Tips for pedestrians

True to the beginning of any academic year, campus is filled with over-enthusiastic first-years and seniors motivated by last year’s poor marks. This makes for heavy volumes of pedestrians. While I’m glad everyone is far more eager than me, walking and driving on campus has become an issue due to the amount of foot traffic. Out of kindness, I have compiled a guide for first-years (and seniors whose memories have been dulled by two months of holiday) on how to walk effectively on campus and help make me a little less grumpy.

Tip one: don’t act surprised when you see a car on the ring road. This is a road for cars after all and you, a pedestrian, are the foreign object in an otherwise smooth flow of motor vehicles. There are paths for a reason. Make use of them instead or watch GTA become a reality.

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Give and take, take, take

After the blur that was Rag week and nearly two months of holiday, it’s a bit of a struggle to turn back to the usual grind of academics and responsibilities. That being said, building a Rag float seems to have ensured that the res kids got back to work at least two weeks before the rest of us.

The floats at this year’s procession really were impressive. I loved the creativity and ingenuity used to create larger than life structures or animals out of a variety of materials. Each float had its own atmosphere and even when disaster struck and there was no float (as with Mopanie and Jasmyn), the rag committees still had the courage to walk the route and participate. What was disheartening about the day for me though was how few people actually came to see the procession.

Understand that Rag is no longer the same now that it’s no longer in the streets. I, too, am nostalgic for blikskud and kilometres upon kilometres of hot tar and people. I feel fortunate that I even have those memories unlike so many students. But the fact that the procession is no longer supported the way it was makes me wonder about the real reason that people used to support it. The current procession isn’t terribly out of the way. Chances are, if you could stand along the streets of Hatfield, you can stand along the streets of LC de Villiers. The floats are still beautifully done, too. Residences now work harder than ever to ensure that their floats are charitable, perhaps even cancelling out the need for blikskud. Is it really going to boil down to the fact that students don’t attend because students can’t drink at the procession? Surely we’re better than that?

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A brave new world

When you’re as old as I am, the first year of your undergrad degree may seem a bit blurry. In some way though, 2016 is a kind of first year for me too. First year is a mixture of excitement and absolute fear. Like I hope you are, I am excited to start a new degree and learn about my passions. At the same time, I’m uncertain about what the year holds academically. Like many, I am excited to live in my own space and support myself more than before, but I am also concerned about how to deal with a whole lot of new responsibilities. Seriously, prepaid electricity is quite daunting.

Despite all the mixed feelings, there is one thing I am absolutely certain of – university is what you make of it. The reason my actual first year isn’t very significant to me is because I didn’t take all the opportunities offered to me. I chose not to get involved in my residence, department, faculty or a society, sport or student structure. I chose not to try and chose not to embrace completely new things. With that, numerous experiences and potential friends passed me by. Fortunately, in my second year I realised that it was not my situation but my attitude that was limiting me.

Going into my fifth year at university, I’ve been involved in things I never even imagined I’d do and I’ve met the most incredible people. When I was a first-year, I never expected to ever be offered a position at Perdeby. It took a lot of courage (and two attempts) to actually apply to work here as an entertainment journalist. Now I feel silly for missing out on a whole year of awesome encounters. Like anything, especially like difficult work and living alone, that which seems scary now can turn out well if you approach them with a “will try my best” attitude.

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Message from the Editor-in-Chief: go your own way

Welcome first-year to arguably the most important chapter of your life. You are entering higher education at a very turmultuous time.

Hopefully you are aware of what has been happening since the end of last year and you might have your own opinions on the situation. As university student, you now form part of the movement regardless of your views on it. I would encourage you to not be overwhelmed by what is taking place and to not blindly follow the popular (or not so popular) view. Aim to develop your own informed opinion and contribute to a solution instead of joining the noise. Students are setting the ground for the future of universities and you will form part of the legacy that the FeesMustFall movement leaves in its wake.

Student media and student publications in particular form the life blood of journalism in South Africa. Most of the student newspapers around the country have been around since before democracy existed in the country and even before South Africa became a republic.

This specific newspaper has been around for 78 years. This obviously means that Perdeby has seen a very wide spectrum of the development of this country and provided students with a platform to discuss an array of subjects, some more controversial than others.

It does however remain our responsibility to bring you the truth, an unbiased and balanced account of what is happening on your campus. But we need your help. You are our eyes and ears on campus, so send in your news tips, letters or comments and if you would like to be part of this vibrant team, keep an eye out for the application form at the end of February.

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The top ten: first-years edition 2016


Welcome to the Top Ten. This column is the advice column to end all advice columns. Each week Perdeby delivers a list on a variety of topics to ensure you are properly (mis)guided through university and life. Cut it out, stick it on your wall and quote it to your friends, but first things first: in no particular order, here are the top ten word definitions to make your university career easier.

  1. The AE Annex. A non-existent venue on Hatfield campus. Many students have classes scheduled there as a result of an ongoing printing error the university still hasn’t cleared up since the general timetable reshuffle of 1998. Newly discovered free periods are best enjoyed at Oom Gert’s.
  2. The bokdammetjie. The swimming pool outside the Old Arts Building which is open for use by any registered UP student. The reason they keep the water sparkling clean is because you are allowed to swim in it. Also, don’t forget a life jacket. You never know what can happen in 30 cm of water. Just ask the guys who clean it.
  3. Jottir. Madelief’s silly little polystyrene hats that look far better on your wall than on their heads. Perdeby invested in a few of these wall decorations last year. A carefully planned attack intervention will ensure that all other students will find you daring and admirable. Expect party invites and campus hero status.
  4. Mare. A particularly messy and awesome night out (or in). Mares can take place rocking out on a table in Aandklas, bouncing around with the Rastafarians at Tings and Times, anywhere on the Oppikoppi festival grounds, or at a residence’s clubhouse. You’ll meet a variety of cool characters and lose some memory along the way (clothing optional).
  5. Oom Gert’s. A majestic location on campus provided by UP where you may consume copious responsible amounts of alcohol before after your semester test.

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