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DSA launches "How are you?" campaign

BUSISIWE BEJE

On 5 March the Department of Student Affairs (DSA) held an event covering mental health awareness. The “How are you?” campaign aims to improve the way in which students greet each other and to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

The “How are you?” movement is a student-led initiative which held its first march in October 2014 on the Hatfield Campus, with posters and banners asking “How are you UP?”, making a visual contribution to Mental Health Awareness Day last year.

Director of the DSA Dr Matete Madiba explained, “We had concerns about the death of staff and students on campus. This led to many students talking to the DSA and the Counselling Student Support Division (CSSD). If a person had asked how the other person was doing on that particular day, things could have been completely different. This simple question could have separated life from death.”

Mental illness is a huge problem in our society and we are all affected by it in one way or another. “Between the ages of 18 [and] 24, many young people experience their first episode of depression as lots of things happen,” said Hanlé Kirkcaldy, a clinical psychologist from the CSSD.

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EFF Tuks launches new initiatives

BYRON MCLEOD

EFF Tuks recently started two new campaigns. The first campaign is the “I am Jackson” campaign and the second is to raise awareness and support for the Muslim Student Association (MSA) during the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).

The “I am Jackson” campaign was started after a student referred to only as Jackson was found squatting outside of a men’s residence at the beginning of the year with no food or money to support himself. He was waiting for the NFSAS loan he had applied for in the previous year to come through.

Jackson spent his first semester at Tuks travelling between campus and Warmbaths each day as he did not have accommodation. According to Wenzile Madonsela and Nomcebo Jele, members of EFF Tuks, “He was [only] given funds in May [2014].” He was academically excluded after the first semester.

After hearing Jackson’s story, EFF Tuks decided to help him acquire funding from the university so that he could support himself, and in the process met more individuals who were in a similar predicament. Jele describes these individuals as “alone [and] excluded”. Realising the situation these unregistered students, or “Jacksons”, were in, EFF Tuks launched their campaign by distributing numerous posters around campus to help raise awareness of the “Jacksons”.

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A space to collaborate, create, and innovate

JACO STROEBEL

The Merensky library on the UP’s Hatfield campus has a new secret. It is a curious and colourful room behind Xerox, poised to set new ideas and creative individuals free into the world. This is the makerspace.

In recent years craft culture has had a profound introduction to society, from growing your own bananas to making your own beer from the bananas that you have grown. This trend has not failed to catch on in the science and engineering sectors either, with small start-up companies making drones for doing anything from surveys to surveillance.

Anyone with an idea and some time seems to be employed in making something. This is how the makerspace was born. It is a space in which people with ideas can get together with people that have the technical ability to make these visions a reality. This means that any student, regardless of their technical background, can go there with an idea and attempt to realise it.

The “maker movement”, which USA Today refers to as the next industrial revolution, has been in full swing since 2005. It is the idea that if you are able to imagine it, you are able to make it. This is partly due to the fact that digital fabrication techniques that were previously only available to large institutions have now become accessible for individuals or small groups. Now it is not just the engineer working at some large corporation who is capable of making something, it is also the student sitting in a residence room plotting a schematic for the world’s furthest flying banana-rang.

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The technological age of tertiary education

JODY DAVISON

UP has increased the implementation of the new clicker system in lectures. The clicker system is an instrument to monitor class attendance as well as a way of inspiring class participation and serves as ongoing revision through multiple choice tests.

This year the law faculty has started using the clicker system in first semester law modules for second years. Prof. Anton Kok, deputy dean of the law faculty, told Perdeby “we want to follow an inquiry-led approach in our teaching. We want a better classroom experience. We want to be better able to track our students’ grasp of the issues and in that process probably raise [their] game.” On Participate Technology’s website (the supplier of the clicker system) the statistical data shows an 83% increase in class participation and the system enhances learning by 73%.

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Tuks students involved in accident

MAKHOSAZANA NDLOVU

Four Tuks students have recently been involved in an accident on the corner of Murray and Hay street in Brooklyn. Residents of the surrounding area believe that the intersection is dangerous due to numerous accidents that have happened there before.

The Tshwane traffic department has already been consulted with regards to placing a traffic circle on the street since 25 October 2012, but there has been no response. The residents are not allowed to speak to the head of the traffic department, Mr Steve Ngobeni, directly, despite trying to contact him on numerous occasions. Ngobeni was not available for comment at the time of goint to print.

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