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e s u o H es u l Va RESPECT:

Due regard to the feelings, rights and wishes of human beings and acknowledging people's differences.

PROACTIVITY: Intentionally strive for improvement by anticipating, learning, creating and controlling a situation and living out the set of an active citizen in and outside Minerva.

GROWTH: Developing physically, mentally and spiritually, through exchanging opinions, examining ourselves and broadening our knowledge of human experiences..


Be culturally enriched by everything you participate in, by learning from each other and have a sense of stability in all aspects of your life.


Being friendly, generous and considerate towards your neighbour, forming genuine relationships and feeling safe.










PALLAS 2018 T H E   E D I T O R I A L  T E A M



In the first Pallas I said that time flies when you're having fun. I forgot to mention that time also flies when you have 2 tests, an essay, tut assignment, sunlearn quiz and 3 meetings all in the same day, All while still trying to make time to go out with friends. My theory is that no one actually wants university students to get any sleep.

But am I busy reaching my goals and making the best of my time at university or am I just busy being ... well busy? Reading old Pallas articles and editor's letters for inspiration has made me wonder what I have achieved thus far. Well for starters I still don't get up at 6 am to go for a jog. Keeping a diary to document my university experience failed within the first week. I still get a bit impatient when the Minerga printer takes too long to show my document, even though it's a lifesaver sometimes. I still watch a bit too much series and though I like to brag about never having used COB, I still take one too many trips to Enroute - it must be something they put in the iced coffee. However one thing I am so close to achieving is completing the first semester of university for 2018 - and so are you! Being a first year, that in itself feels like a pretty big accomplishment and it wouldn't have been possible without setting out and achieving small goals throughout the semester. Therefore with the exams right around the corner, may we all try to accomplish at least one thing everyday, even if it's something small and simple, that will help us to achieve the bigger goals we have set for ourselves. I wish you all the best of luck with your studies and exam and test preperations! I hope you come back from holidays well rested and ready for all that the second semester has to offer! Thank you for reading the second Pallas of 2018. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as the editorial team and I enjoyed writing, editing and compiling it.

CONTENTS Second Term Recap || What You Have Missed || A Life in Pictures  Exam Tips & Tricks || Photo Page || Hygiene & Happiness || Microwave Masterchef Pallas From The Past || Tell Me More, Tell Me More || House Values



A few stats and figures to summarise the highlights of the Minerva calendar so far…  

KKNK Chance that you stopped at Ronnies Sex Shop on your way to KKNK



Chance that you still have your KKNK hat.

Minerva and Dagbreek's hats won the hat competition even Bouwer Bos thought so.


Chance you slept all the way back home

Chance that you even saw the "stalletjies"


HUISFONDS DANS The blue punch was much better than the green punch


chance you love your glass.

1 in 4 chance you fell 3 Balke's floor must have been wet.

3 out of 4 chance You dressed as Sandy from Grease.

SPORT It is way more difficult to serve The netball game is cancelled due to rain. than it is to play.

4 out of 5 chance

"To stop the draught all the university has to do is schedule netball games each evening" - Janine


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Table Tennis Minerva girls are motivated to play hockey even when they don't own a stick.


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South Africa has a new president. Cyril Ramaphosa is the new president of South Africa after he was elected, unopposed in the National Assembly on 15 February 2018.

The Met Gala The Met Gala is an annual event that is invitation-only and a fundraiser to benefit the New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. This year's theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." Fashion icon Donatella Versace, prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Grammy award winning artist Rihanna are cohosting this year's Met Gala with Anna Wintour. You can see some of the fashion showcased on The Met’s official Instagram: @metmuseum.

March For Our Lives In the United States, protests against gun violence increased after a series of mass shootings in 2018, most notably the February 14 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. A heavily organized protest in the form of a national school walkout occurred on 14 March 2018. March for Our Lives was held on the 24th of March and another major demonstration occurred on 20 April 2018.

The British Royal Family has welcomed a new member. The new born baby boy was officially named Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge. He was born on the 23rd of April 2018 and is 5th in line for the throne.

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More Royal Family NewsThere’s a wedding. In less than a week the most anticipated wedding of the year will take place. On Saturday, 19 May 2018 Prince Harry will wed Meghan Markle (best known for her portrayal of Rachel Zane in Suits).

Gigi Hadid- ‘blackface’ Vogue Italia posted on Instagram their cover photo for the May issue and in it, Hadid appears in a darker skin tone that have some social media users calling her out for ‘blackface’. Gigi Hadid has since publicly issued a statement saying she had no control of the situation and although she understands Vogue Italia’s intentions they were not executed in the correct manner. “Please know that things would have been different if my control of the situation was different," Hadid said. "Regardless, I want to apologize because my intention is never to diminish those concerns or take opportunities away from anyone else, and I hope this can be an example to other magazines and teams in the future."

Listeria Outbreak. An outbreak of listeria in South Africa has been responsible for the deaths of at least 200 people and has been traced to processed meats. The foods carrying the Listeria bacteria are rolls of polony and viennas . According to the World Health Organisation it is the largest ever recorded outbreak of the disease. Listeriosis affects people with weakened immune systems‚ the elderly‚ pregnant women and babies in the womb or infants who contract it from their mothers during birth. The symptoms include fever, stiff neck, confusion, general weakness and vomiting (sometimes preceded by diarrhoea).

Kilauea Volcano The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii started erupting on 3 May 2018 and has so far destroyed 26 homes and forced almost 2,000 people from their homes. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

A life in pictures LESLEYBREDEKAMP Look a little deeper into the lives of the Minervianers who live around you. To see more about Lesley, check out her Instagram page: @lesleybredekamp


The one thing you spend most of you time doing? <

Your best look for 8 am classes >

Something at Minerva that makes you smile                      Go to pose on Instagram

When you see you have                          another quiz on SunLearn? ^                                

Your facial expression when you ^ hear Simply The Best playing


The exams are upon us... Just by reading that I know that the better half of you has just sighed, rolled your eyes or developed a feeling of stress. It is true, the time that lies ahead can be stressful, but read carefully because with the help of the Cosmopolitan’s article named: “9 terrible ways your stress affects your looks” I am going to tell you why to try and not stress so that you can look and feel your best while writing your exams. The first defect of stress is under eye bags. Tomorrow’s to do list can keep you from your beauty sleep and cause horrible eye bags, and believe me are not as appealing as shopping bags. When it comes to acne, stress releases cortisol, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause breakouts on your face or body. Stress also causes an imbalance in your gut that results in rashes.

When you're stressed, you breathe in short, shallow breaths and can even find yourself holding your breath for periods of time, which can lead to flushing and redness. And if you think it can’t get worse, stress also may cause hair loss which can leave you having a very interesting hairdo at your matric farewell. So, my advice for feeling and looking stunning during the exams?

DO NOT STRESS. I REPEAT. DO NOT STRESS. You may perhaps want to take notes on these tips that will help you to, well, not look completely hideous in about a month’s time. The first step is basically setting up your time schedule and sharing your schedule with as many people possible. This will encourage you to stick with your schedule and stop procrastinating.

I’m almost certain that everyone of us has done it: putting of studying for an exam until the night before, then pulling an all-nighter with the help of caffeine to cram in as much as we can. But in a study, UCLA professor of psychiatry Andrew J. Fuligni, UCLA graduate student Cari Gillen-O'Neel and colleagues reports that “sacrificing sleep for extra study time is actually counterproductive. Regardless of how much a student generally studies each day, if that student sacrifices sleep time in order to study more than usual, he or she is likely to have more academic problems, not less, on the following day.”

In other words that lie we repeatedly tell ourselves that we “can’t and won’t study a week or more before an exam because we will forget it anyways” should be stopped and you should rather start studying now. Divide your work into smaller sections and study hard for a shorter period of time, then take a break and start again. By doing this you will study much more effectively. Remember to give yourself time away from your studies but only if you deserve it. If you’ve studied consistently during the week then take a day off to relax with family or friends. Exams are tough and rest periods allow you time to recover and regain motivation to push through.

In conclusion: don’t worry about a thing. Because every little thing is going to be alright and you will survive the rest of this year, that is if you follow my advice and your time schedule. Work smarter, not longer. GOOD LUCK!   



Living with 300 hundred other girls can be fun. It’s like a permanent slumber party. Girls just want to fun but sometimes when we’re having fun, someone is bond to feel left out.

Guess who is feeling left out right now? Our good old friend, Hygiene. Sad but it’s true. Never fear, here are just some gentle reminders about how to live in hygienic harmony with all your fellow Minervianers. • Along the showers vein, remember to keep the shower curtain inside the shower. This helps prevent water from falling out of the shower and collecting on the floor outside the shower. The last thing anyone wants to do after a shower in this chilly weather is to step into the cold water that has collected outside the shower. •  At our first house meeting, a girl spoke about a 2-in-1 method to wash your hair: Shampoo the top and then conditioner the ends at the same time. This one is definitely going to help with water usage, which is something we still need to be aware of and your hair will still be clean look great despite taking half the time to wash. • Remember the bucket system is still in use. Remember to take a bucket with you to the shower, let get filled up to the line (never more) and then place it outside and use the water to flush when it is brown, and you need to flush it down. We’re all in this together. • Since we’re on toilets now: let’s have a crash course on how to be hygienic when your “not-so-special-special time” has come around. Here is a pretty selfexplanatory diagram on how to dispose of a sanitary towel:

To be safe and make sure it is all snug and won’t come undone, wrap it in toilet paper a few times and then wrap it in the pad packaging and throw it away. If the she bins next to you is full, throw it in the big bin outside the stalls. Tampons can be flushed down these toilets in Minerva because it doesn’t use a septic tank so don’t throw those in the she bin, please..

"THE GROUNDWORK OF ALL HAPPINESS IS HEALTH" •  Brush your hair before you shower – If your hair is prone to falling out in the shower, brush it beforehand just to help minimise the hair in the shower. And on that note, it might sound strange but if you feel your hair coming out, rub the hairs into a ball and stick it to the side of the wall until you’re finished and then. TAKE IT OFF WHEN YOU GET OUT AND THORW IT IN THE DUSTBIN!  • Now, when you go to the toilet and you do a number 2, bring some soap along with you. Sanitiser doesn’t kill those germs. This is not just for your benefit but for everyone else as well because living in such close proximity to so many women means that we can pass colds, flus and all sorts of sickness around the whole residence. But don’t neglect sanitiser – that also helps with general hygiene. • I’m sure your moms told you this at least once in your life when lice were going around in primary school (if you didn’t catch it, count yourself lucky), but please don’t share hairbrushes or even hairbands and such. On the off chance someone has it, be safe. • Bedding – change your sheets every week. This helps prevent acne. • And last but the most important of all: COMMUNICATION – if you find something you don’t like, let the house know! Let a HK know about something that is definitely out of the ordinary and then also communicate on groups with the house, so everyone knows what is expected and what is just not cool.

There you have it. A little advice to help in your daily routine. I’m sure most of these, if not all are things you’ve heard before, but it never hurts to remind. Please remember that when living with so many people personal hygiene is social hygiene. We’re only as strong as our weakest link. Afrikaans for beauty is skoonheid but skoon by itself means clean. Beauty begins in cleanliness. Let’s live up to Minerva’s motto.


Let’s be real here – forgetting to book your meals at res is a thing. And although an EnRoute mission will always be tempting, diminishing bank balances are also a thing. Cooking for yourself may be a daunting prospect, but it is not an impossible task. It can be made easy, fun and convenient with the aid of a single appliance - the microwave! Here are a few classics that every Minervianer should be aware of. Best of all, you can keep these simple and hassle-free for lazy days or experiment with as many additional ingredients as you please. Hopefully these ideas will inspire and excite you now that you know your possibilities lie beyond conventional ‘microwave meals’. The cooking instructions for many foods including oats, soups and even vegetables all include microwave options! Remember to be careful and to clean up after yourself, but otherwise enjoy!


- ‘Pizza’ This is as easy as microwaving a tortilla/ wrap for 20-40 seconds (check the recommended time on the packaging), topping it with marinara sauce, mozzarella and your ingredients of choice and microwaving for 45 seconds. Hack: To transform into a quesadilla, cover your base with another tortilla and top it with a plate to flatten it. - Sweet potato Pierce the potato all over with a fork. Microwave on high for five minutes, turning the potato once. If not tender enough, cook in one minute intervals. Season with salt and pepper or cinnamon (for the sweet potato). The variety of toppings are endless for this one – spinach and feta, pesto, cheese, you name it. Hack: Transform an ordinary sweet potato/ potato into crisps (the ultimate healthy snack). Place very thinly sliced potato/ sweet potato on a plate lined with piece of parchment paper and sprinkle with salt (ensure that you do this in batches!). Microwave for two minutes and 30 seconds. Continue to microwave in 30 second intervals until you reach desired crispiness or the chips start to brown.

- Eggs (scrambled, fried, poached: yes, it can be achieved, although the former is probably the easiest). For scrambled eggs, mix two eggs with two tablespoons of milk in a mug/bowl (use cooking spray first if you can). Microwave on high for 45 seconds, then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds until eggs are almost set. Hack: Turn this into an omelette by adding cheese, mushrooms or bacon (which, believe it or not, can also be cooked in the microwave). - Pasta Add ½ to 1 cup of pasta to a microwavable safe bowl, with enough water to cover all the pasta. Put the bowl on a plate in case water spills over. Microwave for the suggested cooking time, plus an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Stir halfway through. Hack: It is possible to cook other grains in the microwave, such as rice, couscous and quinoa (a quick Google search should give you all the information you need). If all else fails, 2 Minute Noodles will never let you down.

Pallas from the Past Have you ever wondered what being a Minervianer was like in the 90's? Travel back in time with us with these Pallas articles from the past

Calling of an alarm clock BY: MARLIZE (1992)

At six thirty this morning I smothered the relentless moaning of my alarm with one swift hand. Still snuggling up to the many blankets, I laid in the serenity of the morning, laughing at the cold and darkness looming outside. I owned the glorious excitement of an extended night’s sleep. The weekend has arrived! It is relax-time, movie- and eating at the Spur- time, sokkie in the GATtime, coffee slurping and chatting ‘till after midnight- time, right? … hmmmmm. But, that can only be a dream – the month of June in the bosch! I’m sure that you, just like me, detest stories that end with an anti-climax! Therefore, I can’t, leave you without an upbeat thought about the sweet that lies ahead of us. Kahlil Gibran’s words lightly stir up inspiration: “When you work you fulfil part of Earth’s dream, assigned to you when that dream was born. And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life. And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.” I hope that you have a prosperous exam period and a wonderful holiday!

Pallas From The Past

Minerva at her prettiest BY: CHRISTELLE SNYMAN (1994)

If there is talk about all the festivities in Minerva, then the annual house dance will always be on the agenda. This year was no exception thanks to the hardworking house dance committee. On Friday, the 12th of August, early afternoon, the exciting atmosphere already started soaring through the halls of Minerva. A conglomeration of ladies in the bathrooms affirmed the seriousness of the preparations for the big evening. Systematically, admiring men came to the front door (het “kom voordeur”) and a wonderful evening commenced. A warm atmosphere prevailed in the hall, where a glass of sherry was enjoyed and where there were lekker chatting. With the first moments, feet began to itch with the view of the big dance floor. And don’t be mistaken, people danced! The food was also a hit. Pairs stood in lines for a bit more food or – obviously – dessert. The evening was definitely the much debated R90 worth. Lekker lang-arm music ensured that everybody could think back to a successful evening with sore feet and a smile of content. One only wishes that the evening could be longer but as the saying goes: “Time flies when you are having fun…”





So, what exactly is the “season”-thing? The first few weeks of the second semester is filled with a lot of activities, dances, events, parties and even a few people to try pull of a golden week! It’s the time where you try not to forget about academics, but it’s hard. Enjoy this time, just be aware of the HEMIS monster!

IBN/STAY IN WEEKEND The first weekend of next semester is IBN! Get super excited!! The weekend is filled with Minerva activities where the main goal is to bond with your Minerva sisters. There will be activities for everyone to enjoy, from hikes to runway shows to a games/fine night. Try to participate in EVERYTHING, you’ll bond with people you didn’t know that well and will have the best weekend of your life.

HOUSE DANCE What is house dance and why the big fuss? It’s the event where you start planning from the day your name on the ticket list! You get your highest heels, most special jewellery and prettiest formal dress out of the storage space in your closet and excited! Pre’s will be on the front lawn enjoying a refreshment. At the venue the dance floor will be opened, the amazing house video of Minerva 2018 will be launched, our tummies will be filled with the most divine 3-course meal land we will be celebrating each other and Minerva 2018. Photos, photos and more photos...” - Jeannette Kleynhans, House dance HK.

" For being a Matie, is just not enough"

Pallas 2018 2!!  
Pallas 2018 2!!