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For a three-day week, the past week was pretty eventful. Human Rights Day came and went and reminded us of the painful sacrifices made by South Africans to ensure that we have the freedoms that we enjoy today. The South African Constitution is remarkable, and as a Law student I find myself in constant awe whenever I engage with it because it provides such comprehensive protection for the basic human rights that we take for granted every day. As a so-called “born-free”, it is easy to forget that there was a time when the rights we enjoy today were only available to a certain part of the population. It is remarkable to think that 23 years ago, which is not such a long time, it would have been highly unlikely that I would have found myself in the position I am today – pursuing my dreams at the University of Pretoria.
For some reason during mid-March, things are always crazy. Semester tests begin, assignments are due, and in general things get a bit real. Last week Thursday, the Perdeby editorial spent almost all night in the office working on this edition, and I hope that our readers enjoy it.
We’ve got some interesting content this week, including a look at the relationship between the International Criminal Court and the African continent, a fun interview with UP Hip-Hop collective The Looneys, and an Entertainment feature on the transformation of the Academy awards.
This week the Perdeby editorial embarked on marathon interview sessions. We host intake interviews twice a year, and we receive numerous applications.
There were quite a few interesting interviews this year, with many promising candidates. Tough choices had to be made, and picking the best candidates is always difficult.
As I conducted interviews I noticed something fascinating – a pattern almost. For most of the interviews, especially with first and second years, applicants kept on saying the same thing, that they read their news online. No more than five of our applicants said that they read newspapers, and that made me a little bleak.
As February draws to a close, everyone seems to be getting into their zone at UP. Things at the Perdeby office are no different. With a fresh editorial, and a bit of time and training, we’re getting ready to put together a publication on an almost weekly basis. It’s a good feeling, wrapping up on a Friday afternoon, and stepping back to admire the publication you’ve put together during the week.
This week the University of Pretoria welcomes back its veteran students, after what feels like an eternity of a break. The first week back on campus always feels like a fresh start, another opportunity to achieve the goals that you set out for yourself when you began your degree. This year began a little differently compared to usual, without the traditional Rag procession and associated festivities. The Rag procession, which traditionally would have taken place over the weekend, has been cancelled for the time being (We’ve got an article on page 4 outlining this year’s Rag format), but while the first-year singing competition, InSync, may have been rebranded this year, it remained as good as its previous incarnation in prior years. The university has also implemented stricter access control rules, which may make getting on to campus a bit of a time consuming process as well. This means that you’ll probably have to be at the gates extra early if you want to make that 7:30am lecture. There’s a lot to look forward to this year, and Perdeby remains committed to keeping you informed about everything that happens at our university. If you’re interested in volunteering at Perdeby, look out for an application form in this edition. You’ll never know if you don’t apply. Wishing you the best for the academic year ahead.
2016 Features Editor