What happened to open minds, open hearts?

When thinking about what to write about this week, I was very hesitant to address anything protest- and fee-related. With so many news reports and comments flooding social media, I’ve almost reached my limit of opinion, never mind adding my own two cents. But how could I not speak about the biggest thing to rock our campuses in months?

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Jump on the vote boat

It’s that time of year again when the campus lamp-posts are littered with posters, the middle section of our paper is stuffed with newsprint manifestos, and strangers start approaching you with the aim of getting you on their side. This year’s SRC elections take place on 20 September, and if you’re up to date with what is happening on campus, it’s a pretty exciting event.

When you’re involved in student news, it’s easy to forget that not everyone is aware of the SRC or what their roles are supposed to be, but I think over the last few years we have seen that the SRC does have some power within the university to make decisions that can benefit or hinder students. This is why ensuring that we vote for the best candidates is important – we need an SRC that will represent all students and make the right decisions for us and represent us all fairly.

As much as voting is important, it’s equally important to make an informed decision. Take the time to read each candidate’s manifesto, attend the circuses, and think critically about what they promise, as what I’ve learnt from numerous intake interviews is that a person can look great on paper but in real life, their actions do not match their talk.

With the current atmosphere on campus and more and more student needs coming to light, it is our responsibility to elect candidates who will address these issues and ensure the best outcomes. Remember that your vote does matter, and that if you feel that the SRC doesn’t represent or affect you now, you have the opportunity to change that in a matter of one day.

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We need to talk

Spring has sprung and if you are as much a fan (read: not a fan) of winter as I am, you’re probably rejoicing in your ability to wear shorts and slops. But as much as spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings, there are also more sinister tones underlying the season.
It took me no time at all to read up on how numeourous studies have indicated that suicide rates increase during spring. This may seem ironic but with a little thought, you can see how the current social climate and this particular semester can introduce pressures that may get too much for people. The third semester brings specific realities for students: fees and funding may not have come through and students may have no money to continue with their studies, second semester marks may not have been high enough for a student to transfer into their dream degree, uncertainty about the following year may arise in terms of accommodation or a job. These are coupled with standard student pressures like relationships, assignments, family, and change.

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Stuck in a slump

As August draws to an end, the second semester slump has hit everyone with enough force to leave them flat on their backs. Clearly this was the case last Friday when campus was so empty, you could only assume that it was in fact Saturday and everyone was sleeping in.

Apart from the mountains of assignments everyone has been wading through, semester tests have filled our evenings. Suddenly life feels like a whole lot of work and very little downtime.

Perdeby hasn’t been exempt from this supernatural force and this edition can only be described as a real push. While everyone else was sleeping in on Friday, our News and Features editors were busy typing away, attempting miracles with content. But we made it, the worst is over, and we have some great pieces.

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Are we putting our best foot forward?

This week I have been annoyed by one thing in two particular circumstances. One relates directly to Perdeby, and the other to the university.

As Editor, it is my job to ensure our paper is as representative of as many groups and individuals as possible. I have probably failed at this many times, but I do feel I try. This week’s first “frustration in the lack of representation” comes in the form of the Entertainment section, more specifically, our Oppikoppi coverage. Over the last few years, Oppi has made an effort to diversify itself and break away from the “white people, rock music” image it had. It’s taken care to invite artists from many different genres. I wish I could show you the festival’s efforts in this edition, but I can’t. I really tried. I applied for interviews with artists Riky Rick, Jack Parow, Yelawolf, Petite Noir, Nakhane Toure, August Burns Red, Nonku Phiri, Reason, and Satanic Dagga Orgy. The interview requests that were approved already cut out half of my efforts to have content that catered to everyone. For the interview requests that were granted, Reason didn’t pitch for our scheduled interview and Nonku had to cancel at the last minute. Great. What do we have now? Exactly what our critics expect us to have. It’s incredibly frustrating for me when we get criticised (and I won’t argue with that criticism) but it’s equally frustrating that our efforts fall through, too. We can’t do this without the support of artist managers and the artists themselves. It also concerns me that artists would turn down an opportunity for publicity. They also have a role to play in creating representative content. Either way, it makes me feel as if we have failed some of our readers, and I really do apologise for this.

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Perdeby Poll

Will you be attending OppiKoppi this year?

I don't trust the dust, even if there are Mangoes - 59.3%
Oppi is an institution, I wouldn't miss it for the world - 25.9%
But daisies though... - 14.8%

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