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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Hello from the 2016 editorial




Editor: Michal Linden

It’s me again. Next year I’ll hopefully be an English Masters kid that still enjoys Earl Grey tea and wants to be a panda. I’m looking forward to another year with my wonderful 2016 team!







Copy: Herman Hoogenboezem

There once was a sub on the job Whose journos caused him to sob He worked late into the night To make everything right And he tried to not call them all knobs.







Entertainment: Elmarie Kruger

When I first started working as Perdeby’s Entertainment Editor in late 2014, I told Michal that the biggest setback about my personality is that I’m too nice. She assured me that this would change in due time, and if you ask my colleagues, they’ll tell you that it has (I happen to know that some of them refer to me as The Terminator behind my back). Aside from that, I’m still Elmarie, I still love pugs and Batman, and even though I feel like I’ve reached most of the goals that past Elmarie set for herself last year, I still want to bring you the best entertainment stories in a wide range of genres. In 2016, let’s discover the entertainment world together, one article at a time.

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Goodbye from the 2015 editorial



Leanne Cumming

As the Features section editor for Perdeby I have developed many skills that I can continue to use as I pursue my career in journalism. I believe that Perdeby will always be the foundation and building blocks of my career. Perdeby has given me the opportunity to grow as a writer and has allowed me to get a feel of how the industry works. Although Perdeby is a much smaller version of the real industry, Perdeby has helped me grow as a person, develop lifelong skills and has deepened my passion and love for the media industry.

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