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Student forum follow-up


After the subcouncil meeting on 12 February during which the new Student Forum was elected, Daso lodged a complaint with the Department of Student Affairs (DSA) as they were unhappy with the election process. Sean Janse, secretary of Daso, explained that Daso felt that “there was a lot of ambiguity behind the voting process.” SRC representative for societies Michelle Kruger confirmed that this matter has been handled internally. Kruger told Perdeby that it was “decided that exactly the same procedures were followed as last year. Nothing in [our] constitution prohibits me from conducting the voting in the way I did.”

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Student misconduct: what you need to know


Each institution has its set of rules as to how things should be done. Some people obey these rules, while others break them by accident or with malicious intent. UP is no different and student misconduct is a serious matter at the university. In the first two weeks of 2015 the Registrar processed 78 cases of student misconduct. Perdeby took a look at the most common occurrences of student misconduct and the procedures which are followed should they occur.

The most common form of misconduct at UP is academic dishonesty. Deputy-director of the Student Disciplinary Advisory Panel (SDAP) Stephen Buabeng-Baidoo explained that this encompasses cheating in exams or tests, plagiarism, attempting to write a test without presenting identification or even writing a test for another person. According to Buabeng-Baidoo, cheating occurs mostly during the first set of semester tests, during engineering weeks and closer to the final examinations. Buabeng-Baidoo says most cases of plagiarism occur in postgraduate students who are in the process of submitting research proposals and theses. “These are all very small things but they play a big role,” he explains.

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HPC protest


Staff at the High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Pretoria embarked on a strike on 9 March. The staff gathered outside of the HPC entrance to the LC De Villiers Sport campus, forcing the university security services to close the gates and cordon off the street.

Gibson Lepoto, a shop steward at the HPC, says that the HPC staff are “fighting for [their] rights.” The HPC staff are demanding bonuses and salary adjustments from their employer. They have been in negotiations with the HPC management since January. After negotiations failed, the staff approached the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). The CCMA ruled in their favour and issued the staff with a certificate allowing them to go on strike.

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Cancellation of the Israeli Apartheid Week debate


The Muslim Student Association (MSA) has declined to attend a debate hosted by the SRC for the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). This resulted in the cancellation of the event. The event was aimed at initiating a dialogue between pro- Palestine and pro-Israeli factions. SRC secretary Adrian Eckard said that the debate was organised as a panel discussion, with one panel arguing for Israel, one arguing against it, and one neutral panel. He further stated that the invitation for the debate was sent to the EFF and Sasco two weeks prior to the event.

The MSA declined to attend the dialogue due to lack of timeous notification on the part of the SRC. They said that the SRC approached them a day before the event to ask them to organise speakers for the Palestinian side because Sasco and the EFF had not.

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Do The Dew campus activation


On Thursday 5 March the Mountain Dew tour travelled to UP for their annual skating and BMX exhibition. With crowds gathering, skaters and BMX (bicycle motor cross) athletes took turns to show their freestyling skills to the crowds. Prizes such as t-shirts and a long board were given out to students who showed the most spirit and had the most creative social media posts.

Kelvin Kiewet, a BMX freestyler, told Perdeby that he enjoyed riding for the crowd because “It was very different, unlike a competition atmosphere. It’s just us trying to pull our best tricks for the crowd, and the crowd made us push harder.”

Kiewet has been freestyling for 15 years and he, as well as fellow participant Malcom Peters, will be riding in Hout Bay later this month before competing in an international competition.

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