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Students demonstrating their unhappiness about gender inequality at the UFS during the SRC Stop Racism protest in September 2016.

Photo: Tammy Fray

Harassment policy up in the air Despite serving as a custodian for approximately 17 000 students, the University of the Free State’s Bloemfontein Campus has never implemented a sexual harassment policy before. Staff member from the Institute of Reconcilliation and Social justice, Dionne van Reenen, confirmed that the policy had been completed during October 2016 by herself and Zane Thela from the Gender and Equity office and is currently awaiting approval from various university bodies before it may be passed . Although the university is

a public space, the need for a sexual harassment policy only made it onto the mandates of the Student Representative Councils of the last three years. Former SRC President, Richard Chemaly, provides clarity on this, “Not to say that gender issues is not pressing, but for a long time particularly when I was President, the university’s main issue was racism and integrating residences. Only very recently have people begun to pay attention to gender issues” said Chemaly. Van Reenen believes that the reason why the UFS has taken so long to begin addressing the need for a sexual harassment policy is because the university

NSFAS failing students pg. 2

Academic advice worry pg. 3

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has irresponsibly assumed that prescribing to the constitution would be enough in terms of ensuring for the safety of its stakeholders, “This is a public space and one has to answer for the behaviours of the members of this space” said van Reenen. The policy will act as a means of holding people accountable for their actions as it is explicit in its definition of sexual harassment. She further alluded to instances of sexual harassment between staff members and students that were difficult to resolve because of the ambiguities surrounding the definitions of sexual harassment, violence and misconduct.

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“We have had cases before where people have been accused of staff misconduct but I mean the things that they have done to students are so much more than just a simple staff misconduct, it’s blatant harassment” stated van Reenen. She believes that the policy’s educational value will allow university members to address damaging social norms before they lead to instances of sexual harassment or rape. “Prior to getting into the rape, there are things embedded into our culture that we allow men to do. We can’t always make a big ruckus after someone has been raped, we need to look and address the root causes of rape.”

Campus based organisation focused on female empowerment, Embrace-a-sister has been instrumental in shedding light onto issues of gender equity. Founder of the organisation, Phumla Mgobhozi, recalls an incident with a student who approached the organisation for help after she had been raped. Mgobhozi says that she found it difficult to assist the student without inhouse counsellors. “Without a policy, the university does not have to take too much responsibility in providing us with counsellors to assist the students, because you’ll find that the student has to go to Kovsie Health and wait two weeks before they are helped.” said Mgobhozi.

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NSFAS troubles continue

Qwaqwa Campus set to get own radio station in 2017

Members of the steering committee, Nomcedo Mqushulu, Itumeleng Chefter and Mbuyiselwa Moloi hard at work planning the launch of Qwaqwa’s own campus radio station. Photo: Gerben van Niekerk

Kanenelo Mokoena @mokanzo11 Teboho Mpholo and Tammy Fray

Uncertainty regarding delayed responses from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has resulted in scores of panicked and frustrated students at the University of the Free State, wandering from office to office in search of assistance. Student leader and member of the South African Students Congress, Fasiha Hassan, believes that the NSFAS system has failed students. This sentiment is shared by a number of students on campus who are not only unable to study, but also hindered from accessing accommodation or buying food. Second year Human Movement Sciences student Yonwaba Jaji fears that if NSFAS does not respond soon, herself or her younger brother’s studies may be compromised. Jaji explained that she has two siblings at university now and only her sister has received confirmation from

NSFAS, her brother however is still waiting. “I haven’t heard anything and neither has my brother” She added. The University has made it possible for those who have proof of confirmation from NSFAS, to register and to receive R750 for meals and an additional R3000 for books; however the university cannot provide assistance in terms of accommodation. A third year Bsc Chemistry student, Thabiso, said that he does not have a place to stay because NSFAS has not allocated money for accommodation. “There was a time when I had nowhere to go and almost slept at the study logs but luckily a female friend of mine offered me her place as she was not around at that time. Thabiso says his greatest concern is that lecturers are continuing and it is really difficult for him to attend. He further added that he tried looking for accommodation but the landlords wanted money for deposit or proof that NSFAS was going to pay and he did

not have what was required Third year Linguistics student, Jane Doe, has been unable to register because NSFAS denied her application on the grounds that her household income exceeded the amount deemed as eligible. She has appealed to NSFAS in the meantime and is still awaiting a response however the university refuses to allow her to register. Doe was not able to completely cover her tuition the previous year and hence has incurred above R20 000 in tuition debt. The university financial aid office as well as Doe’s Linguistic department has offered to collectively contribute R9 000 towards Doe’s provisional registration and fees, however this will not be enough to allow her to return because her debt is still above the R20 000 mark. Due to NSFAS and funding problems experienced by students, the university released a statement announcing the extension of registration period until 17 February 2017.

The radio station will initially remain internet-based until it has been awarded a Low Power Sound Broadcasting license by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Student Media Manager, Gerben van Niekerk, explained that students will manage the station. The Student Representative Council (SRC) will oversee the radio station and the content to ensure its relevance to the students on the Qwaqwa campus. Though enthusiastic about the possibility of having a physical station on the campus, van Niekerk is concerned about leaving the station unattended during the holidays. However, van Niekerk is hoping that students who remain on the campus during the holidays will assist with the running of the station.

Students at the University of the Free State Qwaqwa campus are immensely excited about the imminent launch of their own campus-based radio station. BSc IT Management student, Bokang Molefe, said that the idea of the radio station came about mainly because students sought out a platform to discuss campus-related issues, “Having a different cultural diversity on our campus will give us the platform to discuss the issues we face as students, it will also allow us to engage with students from different cultural backgrounds, as well as engage in the great cultural diversity on our campus” said Molefe. He further added that resources for students ought to be balanced across the three campuses. Molefe believes that students on the Qwaqwa Campus often feel as The station is set to comthough they are outcasts mence broadcasting in the in comparison to students second semester. from the Bloemfontein Campus.

Financial planning law leaves students devastated due to an end to the curriculum Amber-Lee Bosman @IRAWAPost

The Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State, has decided to discontinue the undergraduate Financial Planning Law (B.LURS) degree course. According to the Financial Planning Law department, not enough students requested to enroll for the program and hence the university opted to have it removed. First year LLB student, Clarement De Jager, says that during 2016 he applied to

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study B.LURS, however he was admitted into the university for Law (LLB) . De Jager claims that the university never informed him of why his application for financial planning law was rejected, and it was only much later after he had already arrived at the university that he learned of the UFS’ decision to cancel the B.LURS undergrad degree. Although De Jager is still studying a degree within the law faculty, he remains disgruntled and is rather reluctant about his LLB degree. De Jager believes that the university has uprooted

his professional aspirations by removing the B.LURS degree, “It creates an uncertainty since I had everything planned out studying the B.LURS course,” he said Merliah van Wyk*, currently studying B.LURS and LLB, feels that what made the University of Free State different from other universities was the variety of courses they offered. She believes that the university is committing a grievous error by removing the B.LURS degree, “I enjoy B.LURS more than LLB because it is about helping people with their financial

needs yet it also with a bit of law added to it.” According to the director of Financial Planning Law, Shirly Hyland , for the last three to four years the department hasn’t had enough students enrolled for the course. In addition, it is suggested that undergraduate students who want to pursue in the B.LURS program should do an undergraduate mainstream course and then take electives from the financial planning law department. Hyland believes that this will bring about a well-rounded qualified student that is more capa-

ble of understanding the work ethic and environment than a three-year course student would. Hyland clarified that all teaching staff within the department would now focus solely on postgraduates; and in this sense, staff members do not find themselves too badly affected by the change in the curriculum. Hyland adds, “We are definitely making the right decision in discontinuing the program and perhaps it can be revived again when the university considers it financially viable.”

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3 News Academic advising delays graduation for some 15 February 2017

Tammy Fray @tamtations_

Though academic enrolment is the responsibility of the student being enrolled, inaccurate advice from an academic advisor has proven to be a great hindrance to one’s studies. Former (Bachelor of Education) BEd student, Deniella Tarentaal relays her struggle with inaccurate academic advice. Before relocating to Bloemfontein main campus, Tarentaal was enrolled in the UFS University Prepratory Satellite Programme in Oudsthoorn in the Western Cape. After completing the year long programme, she transferred to Bloemfontein in order to complete her BEd degree. “In my first year I went for academic advice and the Prof told me that I do not have to take the AGAE module because I was a UPP student and got recognition for that module and so I did not do it.” explained Tarentaal. She added that she had yearly received academic advice and each advisor had confirmed that her modules and credits were in order and that she was well on her way towards graduation. It was in Tarentaal’s final year, that things started to go pear-shaped, “I got an email that I must go and see Mr. Stone. Mr Stone then told me that I still have that module AGAE to do before I can graduate, and so I had to go back for a fifth year.” stated Tarentaal. Spending

Long queues during this year’s registration caused pressure at some registration stations at the Callie Human.

a fifth year at university, attending one class without being able to find a part time job was frustrating for Tarentaal. She struggled to afford accommodation and spent first and second semester at the homes of relatives. Aside from the aforementioned issues, the financial burden weighed heavily on their family because her sister was then a first year at university, “My mom could not afford to have us both at varsity. It was very bad. I am just glad it is over and done. Last year was my

fifth year and I graduate this year.” concluded Tarentaal. Chelsea Thomas*, a second year education student, tearfully recounted her experience with academic advising that resulted in her being forced to repeat her second year. Thomas was initially told that she did not have enough credits to be admitted into the B.Education course and hence she completed her first year at South Campus doing a BA general. After her first year, she was advised to move to main campus and switch to Ed-

ucation. It was during this switch however, that she was enrolled for the wrong education modules. “The way our subjects work is that if I do maths I must also do science and technology but the person who filled out my subjects at academic advising enrolled me for history and geography instead. So all the work I did last year does not count because I was doing the wrong subjects. I basically have to re-do everything.” said Thomas hysterically. Thomas is now required to spend an extra two years at

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the UFS in order to obtain her degree. University spokesperson, Lacea Loader, says that all academic advisors are subject to training from the Centre for Teaching and Learning offices and that the aim of the training is to provide advisors with the primary skills to understand the basics of advising, the advising network, and referral skills. Loader did notcomment on the issue of inaccurate academic advising and how these inaccuracies arise and are dealt with.

New Computer Lab under construction at Qwaqwa campus Kananelo Mokoena @Mokanzo11

The influx of students on the University of the Free State’s Qwaqwa Campus has lead to the construction and development of a new computer lab, bringing relief to many who cannot afford computers and laptops of their own. Final year, BSc. Chemistry student, Dieketseng Mbhele said, the university needed a new computer lab because the older computer labs have become overcrowded with students and often times students have to stand for very long periods in queues waiting for others to complete their work before they can use the computers. According to Mbhele, the wait is tedious, time consuming and takes away students planned study time. Mbhele feels that it is a sacrifice students are forced to make because lecturers and tutors expect assignments to be submitted electronically. Most students at Qwaqwa

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campus are supported by bursaries or study loans and as a result, a laptop is viewed as a luxury. “Having another computer lab on campus is indeed a good thing, it shows that our SRC is growing and it will help us to print and help each other with our studies” stated Mbhele. Student Representative Council (SRC), Religious Affairs, Lebona Motlasi, said that having a new computer lab will be very useful for students particularly because the demographics in terms of household income levels of the students at the Qwaqwa Campus is different to those from students at the Bloemfontein Campus. He added that most students come from rural areas and not only can they not afford technological apparatus of their own, but also many students are not technologically literate which increases the time it takes students to complete tasks and assignments. Although Motlatsi stays at a resi-

Qwaqwa campus computer lab under construction.

dence on campus, he says that even the computer labs within the residence are unreliable. Motlatsi adds, “Because sometimes the internet at res gets disconnected I am forced to join the long queues of students waiting at the computer lab.” Mbhele hopes that the new computer lab will also allow

students to pay cash as opposed to paying only with their student cards. Mbhele says, “Sometimes we don’t have enough cash on our student cards and printing with our own money can really help us.” Sakhile Shabalala, the site agent working at the construction site of the computer lab, said that they started with the

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project in January 2017 and hope to have it completed by September 2017. He mentioned that the construction of new computer lab is an indication of infrastructural growth at Qwaqwa campus that should yield positive longterm results for the students and for the campus itself.

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15 February 2017

UFS encourages students to take charge of own safety As part of the ongoing work to improve safety on our campuses and in the surrounding neighbourhoods, the University of the Free State (UFS) is rolling out a #IDidn’tSayYes campaign. It is an initiative, in co-ordination with UFS Protection Services, to reduce or eliminate the existence of rape as well as to instil a custom of taking responsibility of our own safety.

ed circumstances. A few sexual assault cases have also been reported in the past few months, most of them taking place off campus. Most robberies have been concentrated in certain hotspots, mainly in Brandwag and Universitas. The majority of the incidents have taken place after dark, in the early hours of the morning and at times during the day when fewer people are around.

Robberies and crime hotspots around UFS Bloemfontein campus

While the hotspots have varied over time, the main robbery hotspots for the past few months have been: •Groenewoud Road, Universitas (and adjoining streets) •Besselsen Road, Universitas •Steven Road, Universitas •Wynand Mouton, Universitas

UFS students are currently experiencing elevated crime levels. For example, the South African Police Service data for the Brandwag, Universitas and Willows areas has shown an increase in reported robberies with aggravat-

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A number of students have also

been robbed in the following places: •Leisegang Road, Brandwag •Du Preez Street, Brandwag •Nettleton Street, Brandwag •Melville Road, Brandwag Perpetrators and people affected by crime Most perpetrators have mostly used knives and firearms during these robberies, but the threat of violence has also been used. There have been two broad categories of perpetrators: •A single person, or a small group of people, that rob victims and then run away •Small groups of men that travel by car and rob victims and then drive away. •Small groups of men that travel by car, hijack victims and then drive away.

Both men and women have been affected by crime on and around the UFS campus, with persons walking (or waiting) alone being the most vulnerable. Small groups of women walking together have also frequently been robbed in crime hotspots. In the vast majority of cases, students have been robbed of their cellphones and money. Robbery victims have also frequently had laptops. Sexual assault incidents, reported by students, are said to be a result of severe alcohol intoxication.

in the residences on the campus.

This allows the perpetrators to take advantage of the vulnerability of the students that are in such situations. These incidents usually happen around the local shopping centres and clubs around Bloemfontein. Other sexual assault incidents take place

This information is intended to offer UFS students, staff and visitors an overview of crime on and around our campus so that they can make more informed decisions about their personal safety.

Here are a few safety tips to help reduce the risk of becoming a target of these crimes: - Be vigilant when consuming alcohol - Be aware of your surroundings – do not walk with earphones in your ears - Walk in groups as well as in areas with lights. - Be sure to keep the residence doors locked, - Don’t accept drinks from strangers and do not leave your drink unattended

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Features

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15 February 2017

A hard life without sanitary pads

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Palesa Achugwo @PalIsaR

South Africans recently witnessed a great sride in transformation when the KwaZulu-Natal department of Education launched their initiative to distribute sanitary pads to students. The initiative is aimed at girls from public and special needs schools in grade’s 4

to 12. According to the department, this initiative was done as a means to lower the number of girls who cannot attend school for weeks whilst they are menstruating because they cannot afford sanitary products. The department has committed to providing each learner with four packs of sanitary pads from January until April 2017. This will be distributed to 2992 schools and

stored at the schools. The department hopes the initiative will achieve its aim to keep more girls in school in order for young South African woman to secure a brighter future. The department has vowed that the initiative will be continuous if funds and sponserships are available. Lack of sanitary pads is a crisis to students from fi-

nancially challenged backgrounds and it is disturbingly sad to realise that something as human as menstruation is not prioritized in our society. Embrace-a-sister is a campus based organization that empowers women, promotes social interaction amongst women and forms a support system through sisterhood. African studies honours student and founder of Embrace a Sister, Pumla Mgobhozi, briefly explained that living without sanitary pads can be an embarrassment because often the young ladies carry the shame in their eyes although they are not at fault. “It is a very disturbing thing, that condoms are freely distributed and women have to pay for pads.” said an irate Mgobhozi. She further explained that women feel ashamed to be unable to afford sanitary products and when they seek for help from the Embrace-a-sister organization they appear ashamed and fear that they will be judged. She hopes that South African society will reach a stage where pads are distributed for free so that young women may once again feel dignified and unashamed of the natural processes of their bodies. Fellow Embrace a Sister

committee member and third year LLB student, Kekeletso Spyker, commented that it is heart breaking to hear that girls are forced put their lives on hold by not attending school whilst they are menstruating. She admonishes society’s blasé attitude towards the plight of young woman and the judgement these young girls must bear. First year B.Education student ,Suemia van der Ross, said her life without sanitary pads would be miserable because she would have to miss lectures in order to avoid feeling uncomfortable. She empathizes with woman who cannot afford sanitary products because she feels that not being able to hygienically care for oneself makes life inhumane. First year LLB student, Ida Beukes, cannot even fathom a life without access to sanitary products and encourages young woman to support one another and not to take their access to sanitary products for granted. Life without sanitary pads does not only break down a young women’s self-esteem but it also puts their education at risk, robbing them of any hope they have to excel at school.

The 24 hour Social media Sabbath spent my last few hours as a sane human being -A very awful stick figure drawing If someone were to ask me to of me triumphantly countname a list of things I can’t ing all the tiles on our kitchlive without my cellphone en floor. would be the first item to go that list. So to test the limits Twelve hours in. I am one of my self-control and hu- with nature and nature is man tendency to check my one with me. I am but the social media accounts every purest being on earth liv10 minutes I have decided ing only off the land. (To to challenge myself to take be quite honest my mental a one day sabbatical and state is more brittle than conquer the unfathomable the piece of chocolate I de-turning my phone off for voured only seconds ago but I will survive.) 24 hours. Sixteen hours in and I fiThe following article is not nally feel relaxed and don’t for sensitive readers for I get ‘SMWS’ (social media promise you it is filled with withdrawal symptoms) anypure agony unless you are more. So I decided to sit the fearless explorer as I am down with my family. We follow me through my day had a conversation about as I returned back to the old- life and I realised a few en days where technology shocking facts I have come was but a myth and butter to overlook while only lookchurning was the next big ing at my cellphone screen. thing, next to sliced bread Whilst my dear father was telling a joke I realised how of course. Three hours in and I have al- his hair had gotten more ready gone mad. I keep star- silver in the last couple of ing at my cellphone waiting months than I had come to for any sign of civilization acknowledge. My lovely begging for hints of life. I mother who laughed along have turned to the one thing to the joke had started to get that I hoped would inform more wrinkles around her the rest of the world after I eyes and I had never even had died of boredom how I noticed. And other than the Chané Jana Uys @IRAWAPost

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fact that I hadn’t touched my cellphone for the last 18 hours I couldn’t deny the new found knowledge that due to the endless amount of time I spend on social media I have grown estranged to the small details of my own parents. When people say social media has become such a big part of our lives that it could be considered as an extra limb we never consider the fact that the more attributes we have in our lives the more divided our time becomes. We have 24 hours in a day and I never realised how little that was until I started devoting my time to my family, friends and studies rather than sending quick messages over Facebook and WhatsApp or just looking for sparknotes online. One of the most notorious things I came to realise is that we hardly spend time together anymore without having some sort of technology present. Whether it is a tablet, Ipod or computer be rest assured that the digital world will always be at arms length. Why is it that we fear the thought of los-

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ing touch with the outside world more than losing the people we have with us at home? After my 24 hour strike had finally come to an end I turned on my phone and waited for all my notifications to come through. And as each like, comment, email and message came through I realised how I measured the value of my life to a few ‘pings’ of my phone. I realised that even though I hadn’t been present for a day I didn’t really miss anything at all

other than my sister growing a few inches taller, my brother feeling more tired due to work and my parents growing older as we started growing up and the harsh reality of it all is that social media would never have notified me on these changes for it could never replace the true meaning of being part of someone’s life. Social media does have its perks but never let it replace the true meaning of living rather than trying to convince everyone you have a life.

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‘Uncle Sam’ now a SuperSport presenter ly landed a spot as a sports presenter . Hardwork and natural flair for radio meant that pretty soon Ludidi was hosting his own sports show entitled, “ The Arena “ alongside his best friend and fellow radio presenter Mawande Mateza.

Sam Ludidi in action during a Varsity Cup activation on the Thakaneng Bridge. Photo: Gerben van Niekerk

Erica Dibela @EricaDibela

As a young boy, Samphiwe Ludidi harboured dreams of becoming a famous cricket player however , these dreams later changed after he fell in love with media . Today Ludidi’s love for both media and sport has launched him into the spotlight as a presenter for Su-

perSport TV. Ludidi began dabbling in media as a hobby whilst attending high school, however his main focus remained his passion for sports . He relocated to Bloemfontein to pursue a degree in psychology at the University of the Free State and it was during encounters with other university students that he was recognised as an out-

spoken enthusiastic young man . “I was probably one of the only first years who was adventurous enough to speak up during interactions with other residences and it was because of this that others started telling me that I have a voice for radio.” confided Ludidi. Spurred by the encouragement of others , Ludidi auditioned for Kovsie FM and successful-

all the paper work.” Ludidi is greatly respected by fellow colleagues in both the media and sporting realm, “Sam is a hard working individual who is willing to learn more and improve, and that is what sets him apart.” said colleague, Eza Tshengela. Student MeNot only did Ludidi im- dia Lab manager, Gerben press his peers by acquir- van Niekerk, describes Luing his own radio show, as didi as “an exceptional talfate would have it he also ent and Kovsie FM is very became Varsity Cup Mas- proud of his progress in the ter of Ceremony for Rugby industry.” and Netball. Obtaining this job was all thanks to the When questioned about his previous Varsity Cup M.C work ethic and how he atnot being able to attend an tained his success, he simevent. Prior to acquiring ply said “Regardless of what the position of Varsity Cup I’m doing , I’ve always got M.C, Ludidi had very lit- one last push to give. I’ve tle knowledge about rugby, always got one last effort but was eager to learn thus to put in.” His journey is proving that he is willing proof that if you keep pushget out of his comfort zone ing towards your goal you in order to excel. will eventually achieve it. Many people especially his It was Ludidi’s best friend, colleagues admire his hard Mateza, who told him work and tenacious attitude. about the audition for Super “The combination of hard Sport. Ludidi was doubtful work and talent is a powerabout his odds of success- ful one and Sam is testimofully landing the job, how- ny of this power. This is just ever little did he know that the beginning, more is yet he was exactly what Super- to come from this talented Sport was looking for. Be- hard working fellow,” stating immensely impressed, ed former Kovsie-assistant Ludidi was promptly hired manager, Nkox Lindazwe. by SuperSport however he At such a young age he has initially only informed close managed to do so much that friends and family, “I had we cannot wait to see what known for a very long time else he has in store for us but the company just asked .This multifaceted young us keep it on the down low man serves as an inspiration so that they could finalise to the UFS community.

Novel installation re-imagines an old trop at the Johannes Stegmann gallery exuded novelty; A creation by Fine Arts Department Graduate Kara Schoeman entitled “Observing the observed”.The installation is an interactive video projection set against an intricate arrangement of slumped glass; the use of which was inspired by the physics phenomenon of Interference. From afar the main video feed is a lucid depiction of the glass arrangements. On closer inspection, the observer is projected into the video feed as her/his movements are detected by cameras precisely positioned around the installation. Regarding her rationale for using a multimedia platform, Schoeman notes, “I thought this medium was most compatible with the meaning I wanted to put into the work”. Some of the artwork now on display at the Johannes Stegmann gallery. Photo: Johannes Stegmann gallery Interacting with the installation, an observer interferes graduating class participat- concluded on February 10. with the natural order of Thabo Miya @ThaboMiya ed in the department’s an- The exhibition was open to the artwork. Determining nual Graduates exhibition. the public at the Johannes the valence of this interferExceptional students of the This year’s exhibition was Stegmann Gallery. ence is a multilateral proDepartment of Fine Arts’ opened on January 24 and One particular installation cedure; possibly a critique

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of the often unilateral nature of meaning-making. For Schoeman: “we often judge peoples behaviours without considering that people’s actions are determined by their own perceptions of reality, and that might be different from yours or mine”. “Observing the observed” has a poignant relevance within the socio-historical context of the University of the Free State. From its exclusive nature during apartheid to the inclusive diversity seen in democracy; divergent perceptions of the institution exist. Consequently, the university has yet to become a platform based on establishing an introspective sensitivity aimed at learning a symbiotic co-existence.Although novel, Observing the observed serves in steed of a long South African tradition. A tradition of constructing social unity within the spheres of the spaces of sporting and recreation.

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First Years Orientation Collage Compiled by Leroy Seeletse

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Sport

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Shimlas loses at home againt UCT

Sports Blitz Whereas the Stormers have found themselves struggling with serious injury losses before Vodacom Super Rugby season even starts, their main coastal rivals, the Sharks have enjoyed a ,much smoother build-up to next week’s kick-off . Only time will tell whether or not these injuries will have a grievous effect on the Stormers performance. (News24)

George Anderson of UCT secures the ball during the 2017 Varsity Cup clash. Shimlas lost the game 7 - 22.

Erica Dibela @EricaDibela

FNB Shimlas lost against the visiting team, FNB UCT 22-7 in the third round of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International in Bloemfontein on a soaked Xerox Shimla Park on Monday night. The first half started at a drenched Xerox Shimla Park in Bloemfontein. FNB UCT dominated the first ten minutes of play where they had two opportunities to put points on the scoreboard but the fullback Lohan Lubbe missed both penalties. FNB Shimlas lock Ruben Schoe-

man was send off with a yellow card for offside play. FNB UCT scored the first try of the match after 22 minutes of play, Hendrik Lategaan the inside centre crossed the goal line and scored a seven-pointer, the conversion was unsuccessful. The first half score was FNB UCT 7-0 FNB Shimlas. FNB UCT Ikeys enjoyed most of the territory in the first half and carried the ball, they used their opportunity when FNB Shimlas had only fourteen players on the field. FNB Shimlas had opportunities but couldn’t finish off due to handling errors. The second half started with

scrappy play by both teams caused by handling errors and bad tactical kicking. FNB UCT managed to keep the FNB Shimlas pinned back in their 22 and scored their second try in the 57th minute stretching the score to 12-0. FNB UCT hooker Cuan Hablutzel went over after a strong mall from pack forwards of FNB UCT, the conversion was once again unsuccessful. FNB Shimlas answered with a five-point try after the FNB Shimlas winger Marco Mason went over, converting his own try to make the score 12-7 to FNB UCT with 18 minutes

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left in the game. FNB UCT fullback Lohan Lubbe answered with a penalty kick stretching the lead to 15-7. FNB UCT were not done and after a brilliant individual play from the FNB UCT winger Rayno Mapoe who crossed the tryline for a seven-pointer once again stretched the lead to 22-7 with eight minutes left in the match. FNB UCT won the game with 22-7 scoring three tries, the two seven-pointers clinched the game for the FNB UCT team. FNB UCT were the better team on the day and adapted better to the wet conditions at Xerox Shimla Park.

Proteas rout Sri Lanka to top the ICC ODI standings Lourens Tshabalala

With their five executive victories over Sri Lanka in the ODI matches, the Proteas took over the No 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings. After Sri Lanka won the toss and asked the Proteas to bat, the home side posted a formidable 384/6 in their allocated 50 overs. Openers Hashim Amla (154) & Quinton de Kock (109) were the destroyers with their centuries, leaving the partnership of 187.

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The board of Athletics South Africa has appointed a three-member committee to investigate the status and role of corporate clubs. The committee includes, James Moloi, Dorah Mngwevu and Motlatsi Keikabile. The committee is set to compile a report next month that will be submitted before ASA Council at the next general meeting. (The New Age) Arsene Wenger is once again under pressure to end Arsenal’s Champions league last-16 misery as the Gunners travel to bogey team Bayern Munich in last week Wednesdays first leg. Bayern are riding a record 15-match home winning streak in Europe with the mid-week clash marking the 11th meeting between the sides at Munich’s Allianz Arena in the Champions League. (World soccer talk) Rafael Nadal’s uncle, Toni Nadal, will step down as his coach after this year’s ATP Tour, as he feels he has been sidelined by other figures in the player’s entourage.The 55-year-old has been with the 14-times grand slam champion since before the Spaniard broke into the big-time by winning the French Open as a teenager in 2005. Toni Nadal also added that he has felt increasingly sidelined by Nadal’s manager Carlos Costa and the player’s father. (Indian express)

The Proteas completed a 5-0 whitewash of an outclassed Sri Lankan side in the fifth and final ODI at SuperSport Park in Centurion last Friday.

In response, Sri Lanka only managed to collect 296 with eight wickets down, thanks in main to an unbeaten maiden ODI century (114* off 117 balls) from Asela Gunaratne, handing the Proteas victory by 88 runs. Chris Morris with 4-31 in his

Ferrari has been forced to cancel a Pirelli wet-weather tyre test following a heavy crash by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel. Vettel did 40 laps at Ferraris Fionaro test track before his accident. Vettel said that he “simply lost control”. vettel claims to be in good condition without any injuries or ailments. (BBC News)

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10 overs was the most successful of the South African bowlers. Proteas showed Sri Lankan side flames making their ODI Captain, AB de Villiers a proud man. It was the second succes-

sive ODI series in which the Proteas completed a 5-0 triumph against a visiting team. “I was pretty pleased with our bowling. We dismissed them on four occasions in the series, except tonight”, noted the skipper,

AB de Villiers, afterwards. The Proteas now move on to their tour of New Zealand, starting with the only T20I in Auckland next Friday, February 17 at 08:00 (SA time).

Joe Root is the new captain of the England cricket team, taking over from Alastair Cook. He was confirmed in the role by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) this morning. “[Andrew] Strauss, the team director, chose Root after canvassing the opinion of other senior players including Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler. (The Week) Share your sports blitz with us: Twitter: @IRAWAPost Facebook: IRAWA Post

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