The battle of the residences

BIANCA MEYER

Each year the different residences at UP compete for the award of Residence of the Year. To receive this prestigious award, residences must excel in a variety of categories such as sport, Rag (Reach out and give), cultural and social events and academic achievement. Curlitzia snatched the Ladies’ Residence of the Year in 2014 and 2015. Mopanie received Men’s Residence of the Year in 2015.

Each year a mens and ladies res pair up and become Rag partners. First-years then have to build a float that is paraded around the LC de Villiers sport grounds. Rag partners Sonop and Erika won first place in the 2015 Rag procession with their theme of a German beer festival.

Residences and day houses participate in the annual Ienkmelodienk – the first-year’s concert. First-years have to perform a choreographed routine to a medley of songs with dance moves around a theme of their choice.

An event similar to Ienkmelodienk is Serrie. This event is open to students of any year in the res. Prelims see the ladies residences visit each mens residence and the opposite happens the following night. This means residences can perform up to 14 times in a single night. The best performers at prelims go through to finals.

A res event that sees the winners proceed to  a national competition between residences of different universities is Serenade. Each residence gathers their 20 best vocalists to compete in this prestigious event. In 2013, Sonop was the first male residence of UP to win the national title. For 2015, Sonop and Erika won the UP Serenade event and then placed second and third at nationals, respectively.

Cultural events are socials with a specific theme and activities. Nerina won Best Solo Event in 2015 for their event, Diwali – the festival of lights. Kollege was named 2015 Social Residence of the Year. Taaibos, who host their annual Taaibos July, an imitation of the Durban July, was announced as the Cultural Men’s Residence of the Year.

TuksRes also recognises the academic achievements of the residences. Academic Residence of the Year went to Olympus and Madelief in 2015. The inaugural Interhouse Debate was held in 2015. During the semi-final, Curlitzia and Olympus went head to head. Curlitzia made it into the final against TuksVillage. Curlitzia won the final debate.

The race for the best residence each year is non-stop. Now the only question that remains is who will take the title in 2016.

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