Pop-Splat – The Renaissance of Shakespeare

August 3, 2009

By Tafadzwa  Mlambo

Corruption, politics, revenge, murder and the all-important shock factor; Ian Martin’s new book Pop-splat has it all. A story set in South Africa and, better yet, Grahamstown specifically, injects new life into dreary Shakespearean literature in the form of the ‘disgusting life of Matt Dreyer, Hamlet of the 21st century.’

The author explores a sick South African psyche and tells a story that is filled with cruelty, violence, perverted sex, mad revenge and bitter despair. But it is a story told in the form of an over-the-top, zany black comedy.

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Men’s Inter-res netball adventure

August 3, 2009

By Matthew Theijssen

Netball is a game perceived as an art, where women show their grace around a court, whilst at the same time maintaining a high level of ferocity and determination to win. This is the view of most ordinary individuals, yet to the students of Rhodes University, 25 May brought a refreshed meaning to the game. Men from all corners of campus arrived to show off their skill and talent as they traded in their rugby and soccer boots for a pair of court ‘takkies’ to go head-to-head in an all out battle for victory.

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Listening to the rain, while listening to the soul

August 3, 2009

By Jamaine Chiwaye

“People get to see themselves on stage. They relate to each and every character on one level or another. They laugh, cry, sigh and breathe because of such a bond that could only have been created by Minghella.” So said Christine Balt, who acts in one of the scenes of Listening to the Rain: A Tribute to Anthony Minghella which recemtly ran at the Rhodes Theatre.

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Letter to the Editor

August 3, 2009

By Chelsie Ouellette

Nelson Mandela once said, “Ask yourselves what you can do as global citizens in the fight against HIV and AIDS.” A team of students in Grahamstown, South Africa, have answered Mandela’s call to action. In just three short weeks, students studying with the Global PACT program at Rhodes University have created a radio show, airing on Radio Grahamstown, that will focus on social change. Masincedane Radio seeks to address the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS by providing a safe environment for community members to come together and support each other.
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Ravishing Performance from Rhodes Hockey Teams

August 3, 2009

By staff reporter

The Hockey club, which received the “Most Improved Club of the Year Award” in 2008 Rhodes sports annual awards, are showing more and more improvement this year. The expectations were high as the Rhodes Men’s and ladies 1st sides departed for the annual USSA 2009 hockey tournament. The tournament took place from 28 June to 3 July in Bloemfontein, which is not the warmest place in the country especially during this time of the year. Both the sides started the tour off with double headers. The men pulled off two good victories with a 7-1 win over University of Limpopo and 3-1 victory over Cape Peninsula University of Technology. On the other side, the ladies had a good win over Central University of Technology by 4-0, and narrowly losing 3-2 to the hosts, University of Free State (Kovsies).

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Internal League basketball dribbles to success

June 17, 2009

By Lauren vd Vyver

Pic by: Sean William Messham

High-flying players and out-of-range three-pointers were features at the internal-league basketball. Alec Mullins was host to the first round of internal basketball games on Friday, 15 May, 2009.

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Rhodes’ Club of the Year for 2008 celebrates centenary

June 17, 2009

By Tshilidzi Mutavhatsindi

Pic by: Desiree Schirlinger

The Rhodes Athletics Club is one of the most successful clubs at Rhodes University. Last year, they won the Club of the Year award at the Rhodes annual sports awards ceremony, which took place at the Monument.

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