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GALLERY: SRC Emergency Meeting

GALLERY: SRC Emergency Meeting

An emergency student body meeting was held on Thursday 19 March to discuss the #RhodesSoWhite debate that has recently flared up at Rhodes University. The discussion included several…

GALLERY: Solidarity march

GALLERY: Solidarity march

A march to show solidarity with protests at the University of Cape Town advocating for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes was held on Tuesday…

News

GALLERY: Xenophobia march

GALLERY: Xenophobia march

In the wake of a spate of xenophobic attacks across the country in recent weeks,…

Name change cost challenged in SAFM debate

Name change cost challenged in SAFM debate

As issues of transformation in tertiary institutions, name changes and controversial statues continue to spark…

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

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…

Edition 3

Edition 3

Edition 3 of The Oppidan Press for 2015…

Arts and Entertainment

GALLERY: ‘My Town – Seen through 3 Worlds’

GALLERY: ‘My Town – Seen through 3 Worlds’

Artwork on display at the ‘My Town – Seen through 3 Worlds’ art exhibition which included art by children between 7 and 10 years old from organizations such…

February in Pictures

February in Pictures

A visual summary of the events, both large and small, that made up just some of student and town life in February 2015. Do you have any photographs…

Multimedia

GALLERY: Xenophobia march

GALLERY: Xenophobia march

In the wake of a spate of xenophobic attacks across the country in recent weeks, a march against xenophobia proceeded through…

GALLERY: SRC Emergency Meeting

GALLERY: SRC Emergency Meeting

An emergency student body meeting was held on Thursday 19 March to discuss the #RhodesSoWhite debate that has recently flared up…

OppiTV

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…

OppiTV: Under the Rug

OppiTV has partnered with the RU Gentleman to bring you Under the RUG – our new webcast satire segment with the RU Gentleman.…

Politics

GALLERY: SRC Emergency Meeting

An emergency student body meeting was held on Thursday 19 March to discuss the #RhodesSoWhite debate that has recently flared up at Rhodes University. The discussion included…

GALLERY: Solidarity march

A march to show solidarity with protests at the University of Cape Town advocating for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes was held on…

Islam’s contribution to the development of Africa

Since the 2012 “Arab Spring” erupted, the world has witnessed Islamic fundamentalist groups replace seemingly democratic governments in several African countries. Dictatorships were replaced with systems of…

“He said, she said”: multilingualism at Rhodes

Dr Nomalanga Mkhize, a lecturer in the Rhodes University History Department, has been the subject of much debate, after a picture detailing her actions in a History…

Arts and Entertainment

GALLERY: ‘My Town – Seen through 3 Worlds’

Artwork on display at the ‘My Town – Seen through 3 Worlds’ art exhibition which included art by children between 7 and 10 years old from organizations…

February in Pictures

A visual summary of the events, both large and small, that made up just some of student and town life in February 2015. Do you have any…

INTERVIEW: Shortstraw are Youthless

South African indie band Shortstraw paid Grahamstown a visit when they played at The Union on Friday 27 February. The band was on their Youthless Album Launch…

GALLERY: Shortstraw at the Union

  Popular South African indie band Shortstraw played the Bantu Steven Biko Union building on Friday to an eager crowd and played most popular hits, including crowd-favourite…

Environment

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.…

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.…

Sports

Calata House crowned kings of underwater hockey

Calata House emerged victorious in the men’s inter-res underwater hockey tournament held at the Rhodes pool on Saturday. The tournament also featured runners-up Piet Retief, as well…

Goldfields snatch St Paddy’s tournament from Hilltop

The annual St Paddy’s soccer tournament took place yesterday at Kings Field which saw Goldfields win the pre-season tournament 1-0 against Hilltop. Goldfields shot 5 goals past…

GALLERY: Sports Awards Dinner

The Rhodes University Sports Awards Dinner was held on Friday 17 October at the 1820 Settler’s Monument. Attendees dressed in black tie for the ‘A Night with…

Achievements recognised at Rhodes Sports Awards Evening

Rhodes University Sports Awards were held on the 17th of October 2014 at 1820’s Settler’s Monument. The evening was themed “a night with the royals’. Guests came…

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

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…

OPINION: #RhodesSoWhite

There has been much backlash on the social media campaign, #RhodesSoWhite*, which I started on a thread on the Rhodes SRC Facebook page. The rationale behind the…

Shutting the door: the hidden face of Rhodes liberalism

Yesterday, Tuesday the 17 March, a group of cold and wet students, lecturers and members of the Unemployed Peoples Movement gathered on the Drostdy lawns to think…