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What does Heritage Day mean?

What does Heritage Day mean?

South Africa’s cultural sphere is as diverse as its natural landscape. Last week we celebrated Heritage Day – a day for appreciating South Africa’s diverse cultural traditions in…

Grahamstown residents in bid to save railway station

Grahamstown residents in bid to save railway station

Although many may not know of its existence the Grahamstown railway station, which has been slowly disintegrating since its closure, has finally been condemned. As a result, a…

News

Edition 10

Edition 10

Edition 10 of The Oppidan Press.…

Rhodes doodles for Red Bull

Rhodes doodles for Red Bull

The Red Bull Doodle Art competition made an appearance on the Rhodes University campus on…

Academics criticise dumbing-down of present day BCM

Academics criticise dumbing-down of present day BCM

The annual remembrance of Steve Biko’s legacy and that of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM)…

African languages in education difficult line to walk

African languages in education difficult line to walk

At a recent colloquium hosted by the Rhodes Language Committee (RLC),  Professor Ekkehard Wolff discussed…

Arts and Entertainment

GALLERY: Live Music at Champs

GALLERY: Live Music at Champs

Shackles and Bones, and Words Untame performed live at Champs on 26 September to an enthusiastic crowd. Both bands have recently been signed by Silver Cup Records. Words…

GALLERY: Heritage Day

GALLERY: Heritage Day

  Show Me Your Roots took place in the Great Hall on 24 September 2014 as part of Heritage Day and gave students the opportunity to experience diverse cultures.…

Multimedia

GALLERY: Live Music at Champs

GALLERY: Live Music at Champs

Shackles and Bones, and Words Untame performed live at Champs on 26 September to an enthusiastic crowd. Both bands have recently…

Oppi TV Talk: PopUp Perfromance

OppiTV Talk host Carey Moraladi interviews Ntokozo Mbokazi followed by a live performance from Artist Collective. PLEASE NOTE: The live performance…

OppiTV

Oppi TV Talk: PopUp Perfromance

OppiTV Talk host Carey Moraladi interviews Ntokozo Mbokazi followed by a live performance from Artist Collective. PLEASE NOTE: The live performance following the interview contains language that…

Oppi TV Live: News and Politics

OppiTV’s News and Politics segment – presented live on Sunday 21 September 2014. Anchors: Phiwokuhle Dhlamini, Nina Nel and Liam Stout. www.oppidanpress.com | oppitvwebcast@oppidanpress.com…

Oppi TV Live: Sports

OppiTV Live’s Sports segment with host Brandon Yates. Filmed live in the Africa Media Matrix at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Email: oppitvwebcast@oppidanpress.com…

Oppi TV: Rappers battle for the Throne

In a rap battle entitled “Watch the Throne”, Rhodes student rappers battled for the ultimate title of best rapper on campus. The event, hosted by PS Entertainment,…

Politics

Academics criticise dumbing-down of present day BCM

The annual remembrance of Steve Biko’s legacy and that of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) took place for the on 24 September at Rhodes University. This discussion…

Tales of a Divided City: In Praise of Potholes

This article was originally published in Grocotts Mail and has been republished with the permission of its author. This is the sixth installment in a series of monthly reflections on…

Tales of a Divided City: ‘You Must Have Enjoyed It if You Survived’

This article was originally published in Grocott’s Mail and has been republished with the permission of its author. This is the sixth installment in a series of monthly reflections on…

Mixing the sexes under one residence

The Gender Action Project held a panel discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of single-sex and mixed sex residences in the General Lecture Theatre on 26 August.…

Arts and Entertainment

GALLERY: Live Music at Champs

Shackles and Bones, and Words Untame performed live at Champs on 26 September to an enthusiastic crowd. Both bands have recently been signed by Silver Cup Records.…

GALLERY: Heritage Day

  Show Me Your Roots took place in the Great Hall on 24 September 2014 as part of Heritage Day and gave students the opportunity to experience…

Medicine Boy cures Grahamstown

Lucy Kruger, Rhodes University graduate, played Champs Action Bar on Tuesday evening alongside her co-creator Andre Leo as part of Medicine Boy’s launch tour for their debut album…

African Musical Instruments preserves traditional music

African Musical Instruments (AMI), situated in Cloncore Street, has been crafting traditional African instruments such as kalimbas, marimbas and other African instruments for over 40 years. 16…

Environment

GALLERY: Environmental Fashion Show

The Rhodes Environmental Fashion Show showcases designer garments made from recycled materials. The designers that captured the audience’s attention were Saya Pierce, Zinhle Xulu and Pamela Bakasa.…

Carpooling system suggested for Rhodes

The potential of a formal carpool system being instituted at Rhodes was explored  as part of the Environmental Week discussions last week. Daniel Claassen, CEO of FindaLift…

Green economy offers opportunities for students

“[The] green economy is growing like a mushroom,” said Professor Heila Lotz-Sistka at a recent event hosted by the Career Lounge as part of Rhodes University’s Environmental…

Veganism a ‘revelation’ says Patricia Glyn

As part of Animal Rights Week, Patricia Glyn gave a talk regarding her own path to veganism and her views on a vegan lifestyle in relation to…

Sports

Titans claim third trophy of the year

The Titans finished off their football season with an ecstatic 3-1 win over Phoenix Knights in the Internal League Final last night. The Titans were hoping they…

Titans win cup final

The Titans have won yet another trophy by beating Retief Renegades by 3 goals to nil. This trophy will be added to their collection which includes their…

RU hockey player to represent SA at Youth Olympics

Rhodes University first team hockey player, Cody van Wyk has been chosen to represent South Africa at the Youth Olympic Games tobe held in Nanjing, China this…

Sci-tech

Upgrades to Rhodes’ Internet network underway

Rhodes University’s Internet is undoubtedly capable of meeting its students needs, with one of the fastest connections in South Africa. However, its connectivity limitations have left many…

Behind the Facebook façade

In recent years there has been a rise in campus social media based around anonymity. Rhodes Confessions and Rhodes Crushes allow people to express their thoughts without…

20 years of tech at Rhodes

Technology is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and breakthroughs are constantly being made: what was once state-of-the-art can become outdated in a matter…

Scifest 2014 goes into the space

This week Grahamstown and Rhodes University will be hosting SciFest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival. This year’s theme is ‘Into the Space!’. The festival, which will…

Business

Locals denied access to ATMs

Hi-Tec security guards allegedly locked out local Grahamstown social grant beneficiaries from using the ATMs at the Steven Biko Union on 31 July. The main entrance to…

Carpooling system suggested for Rhodes

The potential of a formal carpool system being instituted at Rhodes was explored  as part of the Environmental Week discussions last week. Daniel Claassen, CEO of FindaLift…

Economic outlook not all bad – Mohr

South Africa’s economic outlook is not as bleak as many believe it to be, according to Old Mutual Chief Investment Strategist Dave Mohr.  This prediction on the…

Campus Creations to launch ‘Rhodent Culture’ brand

Production is in full swing at Campus Creations, the New Street supplier of Rhodes University merchandise, as their ‘Rhodent Culture’ branding shift takes hold. The family business,…

Opinion

Tales of a Divided City: In Praise of Potholes

This article was originally published in Grocotts Mail and has been republished with the permission of its author. This is the sixth installment in a series of monthly reflections on…

Impressions: BA vs BSc?

One thing I have learnt this year is that there is a lot of tension between Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) students at…

OPINION: Q&A with SRC president Brad Bense

Seeing that the SRC is elected annually, does this allow for any continuity in representing the students? And how is it fair to judge a single term…

Tales of a Divided City: The Church of Soccer

This article was originally published in Grocotts Mail and has been republished with the permission of its author. This is the sixth installment in a series of monthly reflections on…