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Letter to the editor: In reply to letter published last week

In reply to letter published last week

As Up & Out, Tuks’s official LGBTI society on campus, we hear your concern and would like to state that Up & Out is and has always been a society that majority focuses on LGBTI students and their issues.

We are aware of current social issues surrounding us internationally and even nationally, and we inform and debate such topics with our members and even non-members.

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Letter to the editor 17 March 2014

In reply to letter published last week

Facts over assumptions any day

How is it that Pot `n Pons 2013 started 90minutes late due to “poor planning”?

For your information and those who might not know this, before an event is given a green light, thorough security checks and corrections thereof need to be done. Due to some residences not meeting the security requirements the green light was not given in time. Even after the residences were informed of all the rules and restrictions well beforehand.

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Letter to the editor: an open letter to TuksRag

How is it possible that Pot `n Pons 2013 started 90 minutes late due to poor planning, while 2 500 students stood sulking in the sun?

How is it possible that you give a float height restriction to the residences, but fail to make sure the trees on the route pass the restriction? How is it possible that for the previous 30 years Drastoel was held on the Friday of Rag Week, but this year somebody failed to organise the event on time? How is it possible that you inform the residences they should create eight teams, yet the final map accommodates only seven?

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Letter to the editor 10 March 2014

An open letter to TuksRag

How is it possible that Pot `n Pons 2013 started 90 minutes late due to poor planning, while

2 500 students stood sulking in the sun?

How is it possible that you give a float height restriction to the residences, but fail to make sure the trees on the route pass the restriction? How is it possible that for the previous 30 years Drastoel was held on the Friday of Rag Week, but this year somebody failed to organise the event on time? How is it possible that you inform the residences they should create eight teams, yet the final map accommodates only seven?

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Letter to the editor 10 March 2014

While political parties like Daso conduct national protests against the Uganda anti-gay law, I am particularly disgruntled by the apathy shown by the societies established to deal with the sexual issues of our community. I’m also saddened to read about the personal struggles students go through because of their sexuality.

The question arising is: what are the LGBT-related societies doing to address the social acceptance of sexual strands in our community?

The only reason why the “steps taken to combat homophobia are lagging in comparison to those taken towards tackling racism” is because society structures concerned with racism are more active than those concerned with sexuality. Where is the collective voice for those who experience sexual challenges on campus? If there is a voice, where are the initiatives and programmes it is communicated with? What is being done to bring figures like Desmond Tutu to address students on campus?

If truly Student Affairs offices on campus are more in the know about racism than sexual issues, it is because a collective, active and robust voice is used for the former and an individual, inactive and sympathetic one for the latter.

Surely a more leading and proactive role can be played.

Thato Sihlali

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