What Has the SRC Done For You Lately?

August 3, 2009

By David Shields and Ithuteng Mashabela

Rhodes University’s Student Representative Council is seen as an organisation which exists with the aim of representing the interest of all the University’s students. Its mission statement describes it as a “student approachable institution which fosters a conducive developmental environment in and out of the academic sphere.” However, it seems that after O-week this council of ours is hard to be seen. A common opinion among Rhodents is that it is really only during the weeks leading up to the elections that any visible effort takes place. “The SRC needs to be more in-your-face,” says concerned second year Law student Lebo Motsumi, “just like they are during the elections.”

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Mansfield battling leukemia

June 17, 2009

By Graham Ziervogel

Jeremy Mansfield, a popular South African radio personality and ex-Rhodent, has contracted Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Fortunately, the disease is not life-threatening and Mansfield will continue with his on-air commitments.

Mansfield has stated that he is adopting an aggressive approach towards handling the disease, and has already made several necessary changes to his lifestyle. Most notably, he has had to stop drinking and smoking, something which Mansfield finds particularly difficult, given his love for beer.

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Open Column

May 19, 2009

By Deva Lee


The first year the One in Nine Sexual Violence = Silence protest was staged at Rhodes, a group of about 80 women participated. The campaign has grown each year, and last week 412 people participated in the protest. Purple shirts penetrated most buildings on campus and, for most students and many Grahamstonians, an encounter with a protester was inevitable.

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From the Editor

May 17, 2009

By Kate Douglas

The final week of term is always crap. Last week I was already seeing the faces of stressed, sleep-deprived students, walking around either like zombies or panicked creatures. No matter how long we have known about the final week’s assignments, they always seem to sneak up on us. You are not alone; we are all in the same boat. No matter what year or degree, we are all stressed out together. But I am sure that is of little comfort.


This is why I want everyone to take a minute to really think about the vac ahead. It is almost upon us. Whether you are going home to parents or staying here to work, vacations are still the incentive to push through the workload that comes with the final week of term. For those of you who are a bit concerned, we will get there. I promise you that the week does pass and the vac does come. So work your heart out. Give it your best. You will always enjoy a break more if you can honestly tell yourself that you deserve it. So go on, don’t give up. You can do it; that is for sure. You wouldn’t be here if you couldn’t, I promise.

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New House dominating Inter-Res

May 11, 2009

By Tshilidzi Mutavhatsindi

Pic: Sean William Messham

After a long hassle in sports admin due to late submissions of inter-res competitors, Rhodes’ popular Inter-res sports competition finally kicked off on Tuesday, 10 March, with badminton. After a very long competitive night, New House came first in the Ladies’, while last year’s spirit award winners, Guy Butler, dominated the Men’s badminton Inter-res, collecting maximum points of the night.

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Alcohol Personality Types: Part Two

May 11, 2009

By Ithuteng Mashabela


So, O-Week came and went and perhaps so did some of your most recent memories. The time has come for you to reconsider your choice of beverages for those late nights when the Rat & Parrot and Equilibrium have become your second homes. The alcohol you drink not only affects your behavior and determines how much you will remember the morning after, but might even say something about your personality.

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Sports Scholarships offered at Rhodes

February 16, 2009

By staff reporters

Rhodes University offers three different sports scholarships, namely the Ali Weakley Rugby Bursary, the Sports Bursary and the Rhodes Sports Foundation Bursary. The Rhodes Sports Foundation was formed following a R600 000 donation from old Rhodian Donovan Neale-May and a second donation of R600 000 from the Old Rhodian Golf club. This provides financial assistance to outstanding sports people as they represent the University at various levels. The Sports Bursary awards are made at the end of each year, and are based on the achievements and overall performance of a worthy student. The bursary is worth R2500 and awarded in October of each year. The Ali Weakley Rugby Bursary is an award given to a rugby player that epitomises all that Ali Weakley stood for. A candidate needs to have made a significant contribution to the spirit and achievement of the Rhodes University Rugby Club. “Ali was captain and coach of the Rhodes University Rugby Club. Ali was not only mentally strong but was principled and highly respected both as an incredibly hard and outstanding player and as a person,”said Professor Steven Olivier. All of these bursary awards allow outstanding sports players to gain access to a quality education whilst showcasing their talent and promoting sports at Rhodes.