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Law House Launch Book Drive

Refilwe Mofokeng and Mbali Mkhithi

Law House has organised a book drive to assists students who are unable to afford textbooks. The committee has been collecting books from students and lecturers since the end of the 2017 exam season. According to the Law House Executive Committee member, Andrea Weidemah, a box was left at the Law Library for students to donate the textbooks they no longer use, including textbooks from previous editions that are still relevant in the curriculum.

The Law House have madea R15 000 pledge to buy books from Bookmark and the rest of the books will be donated by students and bythe Deputy Dean of the Faculty Law, Prof. Anton Kok.

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UP students create transport initiative

DITEBOGO TSHAKA

Three UP students have created a first year transport initiative in which they assist incoming first year students to get to their residences or private accommodation locations. The initiative’s creators, Bongo Lobese, Caroline Letsoalo and Refiloe Mofokeng strive to build a relationship with first years and become a support structure that many new students lack.                        

Starting on 26 January, when most first years arrive at their residences, students/people who volunteer for the drive will be collecting incoming students from various arrival points such as airports, taxi ranks, train or bus stations, and dropping them off at their places of residence.

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The UP Student Portal

MBALI MKHITHI

The student portal is an online gateway where UP students can log into the university network to access important information regarding their courses and other facilities within the university.

The portal is a method of communication between the university and the students and provides all necessary information regarding academics and other factors surrounding academics.

In order to access the portal, students need to use either Google Chrome or internet explorer to reach the UP portal login page.

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Tuks technology and app support

MBALI MKHITHI

Many of the services available on campus are found online or arrangements to utilise them are made online. Retrieving information and submitting also happens online, therefore ensuring that student’s online communication is active and effective is crucial.

There are a number of support centres that are available to assist students in the event that students have tech or computer literacy troubles. The University offers a compulsory module for all first-year students called AIM (Academic information management), which equips students with computer literacy skills that will assist in guiding them on the correct format for assignments when using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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SRC calls for mandate from students at mass meeting

CHAD JOHNSTON
On 27 October, the SRC called a mass meeting at the amphitheatre of the Hatfield campus to discuss UP’s proposed fee increments. On 23 October, the SRC posted on Facebook that they had had a meeting with UP management to discuss UP’s proposed 8% increase in tuition fees as well as the 9.3% increase in residence fees and the 9.8% increase of residence food. The meeting was attended by approximately 350 students.

The meeting began with students singing, dancing and chanting in the amphitheatre. SRC President, Kwena Moloto, then addressed the crowd and thanked them for attending. Before the matter of fees could be discussed, a student asked for the removal of Kyle Goosen, the SRC representative for Marketing Media and Communications. Goosen is facing an internal disciplinary for calling Moloto a N***er. Moloto tried to steer the discussion back to the issue of fee increments at the university.

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