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Rhodes admits to calling for police assistance

Rhodes admits to calling for police assistance

On Friday 28 August, members of the Black Students Movement (BSM) arrived at the Gavin Reilly Postgraduate Village (GRPGV) intending to speak to the Rhodes University Senate about…

Statement regarding “BSM members access confidential documents in VC’s office.”

Statement regarding “BSM members access confidential documents in VC’s office.”

We as The Oppidan Press would like to respond to some of the comments that have been made regarding the article entitled- “BSM members access confidential documents in…

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Rhodes admits to calling for police assistance

Rhodes admits to calling for police assistance

On Friday 28 August, members of the Black Students Movement (BSM) arrived at the Gavin…

Statement regarding “BSM members access confidential documents in VC’s office.”

Statement regarding “BSM members access confidential documents in VC’s office.”

We as The Oppidan Press would like to respond to some of the comments that…

Support floods in for the BSM

Support floods in for the BSM

Three organisations have expressed their support of the BSM’s actions in occupying the Rhodes University…

Mabizela reprimands BSM for photocopying documents

Mabizela reprimands BSM for photocopying documents

  Transcript: *video begins* -unclear- The documents in the office of the Vice-Chancellor which are…

Arts and Entertainment

SABiNE

SABiNE

A brisk July morning finds me seated across from Matthew Sabine, a man I last saw opening his soul to a crowd of new fans in Champs as…

Siziwe’s Story: The Falling

Siziwe’s Story: The Falling

This edition’s short story is a continuation of the partnership between The Oppidan Press and Rhodes University’s Ink Society. Written by Bianca Taylor, the story is part two…

Multimedia

OppiTV: Red Bull Campus Clash

OppiTV: Red Bull Campus Clash

Redbull held a Campus Clash between DJs on Thursday 14 May at the Rhodes University Union lawns. The event saw 8…

OppiTV

OppiTV: Red Bull Campus Clash

Redbull held a Campus Clash between DJs on Thursday 14 May at the Rhodes University Union lawns. The event saw 8 DJs go head to head in…

OppiTV: Rhodes Let’s Talk

In light of the #RhodesMustFall debate, the Rhodes University SRC held an emergency student body meeting in order to encourage discourse and healthy conversation about the situation.…

OppiTV: Rhodes Must Fall

Rhodes Must Fall has quickly become a social media phenomenon. It started at UCT, where students were protesting against the statue of Cecil John Rhodes, and what…

OppiTV Presents: Two minutes with Al Bairre

South African Indie band Al Bairre made their way to Rhodes University on Saturday 21 February for the annual Great Field party. Before their performance, OppiTV presenter…

Politics

Rhodes admits to calling for police assistance

On Friday 28 August, members of the Black Students Movement (BSM) arrived at the Gavin Reilly Postgraduate Village (GRPGV) intending to speak to the Rhodes University Senate…

Compulsory military conscription to be reintroduced in South Africa

As early as June 2016, the youth of South Africa could find themselves forced to become part of the youth military programme currently being debated by the…

10 most important quotes from the Presidential debate

Last night’s presidential debate, the second part of the ‘Grazzle’ process leading up to the election of the Rhodes University Student Representative Council (SRC) for 2016, saw…

How international is Mandela Day?

This year, the 18 July celebration of the internationally recognised “Mandela Day” inspired a focus on  community service and relationship building in South Africa, as well as…

Arts and Entertainment

SABiNE

A brisk July morning finds me seated across from Matthew Sabine, a man I last saw opening his soul to a crowd of new fans in Champs…

Siziwe’s Story: The Falling

This edition’s short story is a continuation of the partnership between The Oppidan Press and Rhodes University’s Ink Society. Written by Bianca Taylor, the story is part…

OppiTV: Red Bull Campus Clash

Redbull held a Campus Clash between DJs on Thursday 14 May at the Rhodes University Union lawns. The event saw 8 DJs go head to head in…

GALLERY: RedBull Campus Clash

DJ hopefuls lined up on Thursday to show of their mixing skills and stand the chance to win recording time in Red Bull’s studios.…

Environment

Poaching killed Cecil, not hunting

Recent outrage over the killing of Cecil, the black-maned lion at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, has resulted in widespread calls to end trophy hunting. However, professional hunters…

Rhodes for Dummies: Keen to be green

The available recycling initiatives take centre stage in our latest feature of Rhodes for Dummies.…

GALLERY: Wellness Week

GALLERY: Grahamstown joins the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

Grahamstown residents of all ages joined the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, organised in collaboration with Rhodes Organisation for Animal Rights (ROAR), on Saturday 4 October.…

Sports

NMMU add to trophy cabinet as overall winners

The weekend of 14 August saw the four major Eastern Cape universities battle it out on the various sports fields and courts at the annual Intervarsity tournament…

A win for Rhodes University 1st XV rugby team

This past weekend saw a win for the Rhodes University 1st XV rugby team as they beat Walter Sisulu University 1st XV team 17-7 during the final game of…

Intervarsity participation called into question

Rhodes’s future participation in Intervarsity has been put on thin ice following a decision by the university council. If conditions set by the council are breached Rhodes…

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

Statement on The Oppidan Press’s involvement with Investec

It has come to our attention that as part of the commemoration of Marikana Day on Sunday 16 August, the Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign (UK) will be…

OPINION: Malema talked policy, not transformation

Since the late 1950’s, student activist movements have played vital roles in many African countries in the struggles for liberation from colonialism as well as in advocating…

Not in our name – The Oppidan Press statement on the xenophobic attacks

The Oppidan Press has strived to be the home of the best in South African student journalism for the last nine years. As such, we promote and encourage critical…

OPINION: Rhodes: A perfect name for a perfect fit

For the past few weeks, staff and students at the University of Cape Town have been protesting to ensure the removal of a statue celebrating Cecil John…