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UP library services

CHAD JOHNSTON
One of the most important spaces in a students’ academic career is the library. The department of library services caters to the various needs which students face daily. The services provided by the library are there to ensure students excel academically and to assist students who may be struggling to cope with the university workload.

The library provides Wi-Fi hotspots, which become useful when students need to research and access online information. There is also academic writing training and anti-plagiarism workshops offered under information literacy sessions. These are conducted throughout the year and a 24/7 student centre for last minute study sessions.

All these services are free and provide a platform for students to focus on their academic responsibilities. With well over one hundred computers the library is a great place for students with limited resources to check ClickUP, print assignments and obtain quick research for assignments and projects.

In addition to the online services, the library also has discussion rooms where students can get together. They can also be used to practice presentations in a controlled, quiet environment.

The library also has an innovative Makerspace that offers tools such as 3D printers, a 3D scanner and work stations with design software, electronic prototyping tools and more. The library also caters for students with special needs with features such as Topaz Magnifiers for short sighted students, the Wynn programme for students who suffer from ADHD and dyslexia and the Jaws programme to assist blind students.

The library is an integral part of every student’s daily life. It offers a range of services which can be accessed by all students and staff. Students who make good use of these facilities and services will definitely be on the right path to completing successful academic careers at UP.

 

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Tuks Camerata take UP to the international stage

XANDER JANSE VAN RENSBURG

Tuks Camerata is UP’s official choir and with numerous CD releases, a SAMA nomination and performances on the international arena, Tuks Camerata is one of the most well-known university choirs in South Africa.

This year, Tuks Camerata will take part in the 11th edition of the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, Spain in June. The symposium takes place once every three years where the best 24 choirs from all over the world are selected to take part. Tuks Camerata is only one of two choirs from the Southern Hemisphere, and the only one from Africa chosen to take part in the symposium. They will present a workshop entitled “Africa Meets the West” at the symposium.

On their trip to Europe they will also take part in the World Choir Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia, where they will defend their 2014 title as the best university choir. Many other stops along the way are planned such as a performance in Auschwitz, where the choir will be performing “Even when He is silent”, a piece inspired by the tragic events that took place there.

Read more: Tuks Camerata take UP to the international stage

UP management prevents fallists from registering

POOJA PUNDIT

UP management has allegedly emailed students who have criminal cases pending against the due to their involvement in Fees Must Fall, saying that their registration for 2017 is being reconsidered. On 17 January, EFFSC UP spokesperson Lungile Sonwabo tweeted “The University of Pretoria is not allowing fallists to register unless they bind themselves to a contract not to partake in protest action”. Sonwabo also tweeted “This university [UP] has never allowed any processes. Even our suspensions were unlawful. They really defeat me,” alongside a photo of an email he received  from the university, which demanded a formal written request to the UP management indicating why a request to register should be considered and what undertakings the students are willing to give to avoid history to repeat itself. UP management highlighted in the email, that as per the terms and conditions in the registration of 2016, the University is not legally obliged to accept the registration application of any student. In the email it was also stated that “in the event, that you have been awarded placement in a University residence and your request of re-registration in 2017 of a student is not approved, you will automatically forfeit such resident placement.”

 

Political parties speak out on free education

POOJA PUNDIT

The uproar of the Fees Must Fall protests of 2016 commenced after Minster of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande made an announcement on 19 September on provisional fee adjustments for 2017 for tertiary education institutions. He announced that students with a household income of less than R600 000 will not face any fee increment.

Daso UP chairperson, Kwena Moloto, affirmed Daso UP’s stance on the fight for free education saying, “Daso UP is in full support of the call for free quality higher education for the poor as well as proportional funding for the missing middle. Free education for the poor is feasible in South Africa. It is not that we don’t have the resources, it’s that resources are mismanaged by the ANC government.” Moloto explained that it is Daso UP’s view that if you can afford to pay, you should pay. Moloto said, “This isn’t a call for a 0% increase. It’s a call for free higher education for the poor. [Dr Blade Nzimande’s] decision to have a 0% increase for students with a household income of less than R600 000 doesn’t answer the real question that we as students are asking.” He admitted that Dr Nzimande failed to address students’ call for free quality higher education and by doing so passed the buck to universities: “When leadership was needed, Minister Nzimande failed to step up. He failed the students of South Africa.”

Read more: Political parties speak out on free education

Interview with TSC chairperson Henrico Barnard

The TSC chairperson for 2017 is Henrico Barnard, who was voted in internally by the UP council appointed TSC. Barnard spoke to Perdeby about his goals for 2017.

 

As the TSC chairperson, what are your goals for this year?

My best achievement could be more stability on campus than last year, have a conducive student environment and study environment, for people on last year [the protests] played an even bigger strain on needy students by all these actions. In general thats why we are here, so my main focus is a conducive student environment, and also to actively debate about the issues on campus that are sensitive and people need to discuss, and not just do it in your own party, but have the openness to speak to other people and tell then where you come from, and reach a mutual understanding to see what are the things we agree on, through all these differences, and focus on what we can achieve together.

 

The TSC is made up of students from very different backgrounds, how will you manage to work together?

I made it very clear from the start there is no place for politics in that office. As soon as you associate yourself with a specific party, then you exclude a huge amount of students, other than that, they don’t approach you as openly as they would.

 

What’s going to happen with student culture in general?

I personally support that, and I think student culture is a big part of student life. 1sync will be the first student culture event.

Read more: Interview with TSC chairperson Henrico Barnard

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