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To the Wall...
Icebreaker Edition After spending a long cold winter slaving away at our anonymous location, we’re finally ready to “break the ice” and present you with the complete 1st edition of the new school newspaper! The journey began round about a term ago, when we were brainstorming names for the newspaper. We eventually decided to have a competition in which students were required to come up with a name and design the masthead for the newspaper. Ross Fourie’s design was chosen as the winner. Ross and Mrs Pienaar then edited and finalised the masthead and created what we have on our front page. Thank you for your hard work. We, the team, are happy to welcome you to the first edition of ‘The Wall’. ENJOY!
MASTHEAD COMPETITION A competition to design the Masthead for our DSG and College Newspaper was seized up by a number of talented graphic designers. The entries were original, creative and showed amazing effort. After careful deliberation among the Newspaper Team, Ross Fourie, in Grade 11, Upper was named the winner. In his design, he came up with the name “The Wall,” the place where the DSG and St Andrew’s College campuses combine. His design included an eloquent font and clever backing image. Ross Fourie won the chance to have an in depth workshop, with expert graphic designer, Mrs Pienaar. During the workshop, he learned new techniques, and together, Ross and Mrs Pienaar came up with a modified version of the Masthead, using a photograph of the Wall, taken by Evaan Ferreira. 2
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DAILY NOTICE ~ FRIDAY ~ NOVEMBER 2013 NEWSFLASH: Always keep an eye out for beauty, it’s only when you look for it that you’ll find it. And remember, even cement mixing is an art. EVERYONE WHO DIDN’T READ YESTERDAY’S DAILY NOTICE: Please meet outside admin this afternoon to schedule your disciplinary hearings. Headmaster’s offences are not tolerated. ALL AUSTRALIAN EXCHANGES: There’ll be a shearing tonight in Merriman for comb-over removal.
Graham Grade 10s x365
Knowling Mama B
Espin Mrs Preston
TEAM MATHS WARCRIES:
Girls and boys must please meet tonight outside the maths centre to practice “I vow to thee Pythagoras” for Saturday’s fixture. Seniors caught throwing calculators will be put on detention. GRADE 11 LO: Keep focused for these coming exams, they are the most important of your life. Also, your entire year’s worth of work is due this week. RUSH BETWEEN CLASSES: All students must please note that rush will be reduced to 3 minutes as of now. It’s cardio time. GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS: Please report to Upper Matie to explain what happened to the tornado.
MUSIC, DANCE & DRAMA PIPE BAND: There’s a meeting tonight in the band room. We’ll be cleaning the pipes. CHAMBER CHOIR AUDITIONS: Well done to Francis Christie for making the cut. Everyone else is out. SPORT DSG 1
Your 1st team tracksuits are ready to be picked up from the clothing exchange. SAC 1ST TEAM CYCLING: Fine, you too. 1st TEAM ROWING: Don’t forget that this Wednesday is “Normal tracksuit day.” MERRIMAN DSG: Well done on winning athletics. Please report to the san for steroid testing.
OUTDOOR ED GROUPS 1, 2, 3 & 5: Remember to get lots of rest in preparation for Journey. GROUP 4:
GENERAL GRAHAM HOUSE BOYS: Please collect your new house ties, badges, shirts, trousers, socks, beanies, scarves, umbrellas, winter jackets, jerseys and underwear from the clothing exchange. GRADE 11s: Because of repeated incidents of people crossing the road before the man is green, Fountain 2014 has been cancelled. SAC TUCKSHOP: Due to snack inflation, the price of egg-and-bacons will be increasing to R29.95. GYM COMMITTEE: Anyone interested in joining the committee, we’ll be having all-night trials on Saturday. DINING HALL NOTICE: All boys don’t forget to wear your new construction helmets to dinner tonight in case the rest of the ceiling breaks too. DSG SECURITY: We have an emergency matric lockdown drill on Monday. ANGLING CLUB: All staff and pupils are reminded that angling club meetings and weekends take preference over exams and sport. SAC MEAL TIMES: 18h00- None 18h10- Armstrong, Espin, Graham, Mullins, Upper, Merriman 18h20- None 18h30- None DSG MEAL TIMES: 18h00- None 18h10- None 18h20- None 18h30- None SAN NOTICE
APPOINTMENTS: 09h30 - Facial reconstruction
- J Lake
09h45 - Chin surgery
- V Rader
OFF SPORT: Graham House, DSG. ABSENT: -Jonono X,
~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ GRAHAM HOUSE & THE CHAPEL ENJOY YOUR DAY!
Who is “I” ??? The newsteam was intrigued and almost flattered to receive a mysterious letter posted under Mr Coventry’s door and addressed The Wall. The letter had a note attached that read:
This really sparked the interest of the team and one of the members took the task of reading the letter. It instantly sparked a debate. The team was immediately faced with a very big divide over whether we should publish it or not. We, as the news team clearly stated: “The paper will be an outlet for College and DSG students to collaborate and express their views about the community, school and school life.” That being said this letter is published in the comments section and therefore The Wall does not take any responsibility for the content of this letter. The Wall also doesn’t support or reject the contents of this letter.
Hipsters – The modern-day witch hunt By James Holmes
With their skinny jeans and scarves hidden beneath school uniform, hipsters are difficult to spot on the College and DSG campus, but don’t think they aren’t there. ‘Hipsterism’ is a fairly recent phenomenon, based mainly around going against what is considered mainstream by the rest of society. As such, their habits are often old-fashioned, but several years of adaptation have turned many parts of being a hipster into a strange concoction of both old and modern aspects of living. Many hipsters, for example, will condemn modern consumerism while checking the messages on their iPhones. In fact, there are several aspects of Hipsterism which appear almost paradoxical. At its core, Hipsterism is a counter -culture movement, which advocates individualism, and yet there is a standard manner in which all hipsters dress: non-prescription glasses and vintage scarves. In this sense, Hipsterism is self-defeating, since hipsters try to be different to the rest of society by conforming to each other. Hipsters may be well camouflaged on our campus, but there is another faction which is the complete opposite: the hipster-burners. To hipsters, they represent ‘haters’, but there seem to be more burners than hipsters nowadays. Favourite quotes of a burner include things like, “kill it with fire,” and “burn them”, hence the name. Strangely enough, however, there are a lot of similarities between hipsters and burners. Burners are also narcissists. Both consider themselves as better than modern
society – the mass majority who regularly fall for advertising scams. Often burners are just as counter-culture as hipsters, they take pride in simply being better than thou. Some burners at College drink just as much tea as hipsters, and secretly love scarves. The biggest and most obvious difference though, is that to the burners, hipsters are included in the idiot-majority. In fact, they are even worse, because their entire philosophy is hypocritical. Burners have had a massive effect on modern-day hipsters. Many have gone into hiding, and don’t openly admit to being hipsters anymore. I suspect that many burners are actually ex-hipsters, turncoats who switched sides when the ridicule became too much. But should hipsters be burned? When the burners started calling for the flames to be lit, I found myself standing up for the rights of hipsters. Hipsterism is a paradox. Many hipsters are actually exswag followers – morons in disguise. And wearing glasses you don’t need is simply stupid. But it doesn’t matter. Hipsterism is about more than that. Hipsters stand for something that actually makes sense: going against the herd. And even if hipsters have left one herd only to join another, they have every right to do so if they honestly believe the hipster-herd is better than the mainstream. Hipsterism isn’t the same as individualism; it isn’t about being different to absolutely everyone, just being different to the masses. Even if we think skinny jeans are stupid, we are all hipsters in our own way. We want to be unique, but we also want to feel like we belong. 7
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For the love of words By Sheldan Dolf
So what is the Cornish Society. “Huh?” “Well, um, (scratches head) isn’t it a meeting held at that old building- the Cornish hall?” “Is it where you discuss Greek gods?” “Cornish, isn’t that a pie?” These are some of the common responses that are received from College and DSG pupils. Most people just strike a blank, which makes me wonder how much we really know about what is going on in our very own schools. Below is the dictionary definition of ‘cornish’: Cornish plural of Cor·nish Noun 1. The people of Cornwall collectively. 2. The extinct Brythonic language of Cornwall Definition from: Dictionary.com
A good guess is that it comes from the second definition: that it is a language that is spoken by an ‘elite’ group of people. The language, in this case, is actually poetry. Does it have a poetic name? Is it symbolic or, like most things at our school, was it named after someone? After looking around in the Archives, Mrs. Andrew and I found one Old Andrean that has a good chance of having the society named after him. This is Mr T Cornish [Housemaster Armstrong 1902, Lower (now Merriman) 1903-1904 and Espin 1907]. The Old Merriman, Upper and Graham Dining Hall were named after him. The function of the Cornish Society is, simply put, the appreciation of poetry. We come together on Sunday nights and talk about anything under the sun. Checklist for a Sunday night: A poem that fits the theme, either self-written or handpicked Your mug (for those cold winter evenings…) …and every now and again the odd pair of socks. It seems that the function of the earlier Cornish Society was for the appreciation of words rather than Poetry. The first entrance of the Cornish society into the school magazine was in July 1943. The Society spoke about plays, books, even literature and at times watched plays as a group! From the
beginning it was a closed society, then accepting no more than 30 members. The first 8 topics covered by the Cornish society were:
Malnutrition Talk on Mission Station( Church based school) The third one was a one man show. This was about the education in Nazi Germany Modern Drama Famous Indian Poets Renaissance of Art in Florence of Art Macbeth and Shakespeare Choice of words.
The Cornish Society, interestingly enough started as a magazine and I quote The Andrean, December 1944 “The content of the magazine is of a satisfactory standard. “ We, the present Cornish Society, are hoping that the Cornish will be a magazine that will second only to that of the Andrean. When and how it became a society about poetry is still a mystery. In today’s Cornish society, members are, at times requested to write their own poetry and to recite it. And here is proof that at the Cornish Society we in fact don’t make pies. 10
The Poetry of Cornish... Moon and Tide The stars confess like scars Against the body of night The moon gleams A shadowlike grace ‘pon the ocean—a face, pale as a bloodless page So the ocean, enraged, parts its seams to dark froth-lain sheets, To escape the moon’s white love, Cast as light in reaching rays, Drawn like moonlit reins, As the ocean lays upon the bay Its tale of escapist love, So the ocean calls, into the wind an out to all As it rolls towards the moon And there upon the sand trapped in dark Is the remnant of moon-tied love.
The Meeting A peaceful blood red fire flows through the crack in the wall
The star shaped sparkle... The dim lit left alone light
Dancing on my tired frail fingers
Kept alive only by made up memories
Silence yawns as it steps out to meet dark
Yet true or false, memories all fade
They Jolt, a sound, quiver scratch quiver
Fade at the meeting of silence and night
The star shaped sparkles swiftly sow their seeds And with the noise there goes light For now is the meeting of silence and night
Their seeds are sown the star shaped sparkles flicker My eyelids fall as my pupils rise And try as I may, try as I might I won't stop the meeting of
Agile fingers less frail now
silence and night.
Writing voices for tired minds, Restless tired minds That little restless mind,
Embracing a dim glow as others darken Clawing at last light, it leeps! As hard as it might to stop the meeting of silence and night
College/DSG Dictionary Phrase: “How old are we?” or “How old am I?” Meaning: It is a rhetorical question that implies you are way too important, good or special to be doing a particular thing. Origin: Comes from the traditional view that the older one is the more respect and power you have. In a sense you become more important the more you age. Therefore asking others how old you are implies that you are too old to be doing the particular task. Example: “Ey man, how old are we for wearing our blazer to assembly”. j.g.
Artists in our Midst Some highlights from the SAC Inter-house art.
Unknown to most of the entertainment industry, Uli wrote the lyrics to ‘Wrecking Ball’, but his work was stolen by Miley Cyrus. Uli maintains that he first intended the song to be a protest chant for construction workers.
James Holmes James’ greatest phobia is the Grinch, because he secretly still believes in Santa Claus and Rudolph. He also enjoys visiting the two unmarked graves where his biceps are reportedly buried.
Rorke Wilson One of Rorke’s eyeballs is 1.1242 times larger than the other, so for him, sleeping in class is a medical condition rather than a punishable offence. Are you jealous yet?
Tali Alexandre Tali is the world record holder for the backwards 100m sprint. She says that her sporting career is the main reason she doesn’t want to grow a beard.
He is a very active member of the club… sort of. He is always filled with ideas and he always carries them out– like the interview articles… exactly.
Few people know that Abongile “ab’ Dongwana got his nickname because he only has one ab. But don’t feel sorry for him, because he has the biggest 1-pack anyone’s ever seen.
Few people know that Evaan had an Afro until he was 13, and that it was the size of a basketball. After that, he had to shave it because it ruined the acoustics of his singing.
Mary Gouws Some say that Judgement Day will be the day Mary gets less than 99% for a maths test, so if you want to live, don’t distract her while she’s studying.
Aaron Adriaan Aaron’s favourite TV series used to be Gossip Girl. When asked why, his reply was: “That was a dark time of my life, you don’t want to know.”
Thamu Mnyulwa Though no one will admit it, Thamu’s art was the inspiration for Zapiro, his hairstyle influenced Martin Luther King Jr. and his chest led to the design of the first M1 battle tank. He was also Quentin Tarantino’s first choice for Pulp Fiction before Samuel L. Jackson had to take his place.
Gina Bennett Gina openly admits to wanting to become a teacher after school. She wants to come back to DSG, be the housemistress of Espin, teach LO, email people with her iPad, stay up all night, organise her daily planner and tell stories of her sporting career while at school.
Sheldan Dolf Sheldan has been addicted to tea bags since acting in Siener. Remember, if you want something from him, his favourites are Five Roses and FreshPak.
Have you read I’s article? It’s pretty messed up. Since we don’t know who I is, all we can really say about him/her is that he/ she should probably visit that new psychologist where the old gym used to be.
What to do if
SAC and DSG campus. By Rorke Wilson
It’s the middle of the night; you’re awakened by your groaning cube-mate. But wait… Your cubemate is out for the weekend, and that groaning does not sound human at all. So that could only mean one thing: Zombies. You quickly jump out of your bed and run for the door, you catch your foot on a loose tile and you’re sent sprawling across the cold hard floor. Suddenly an icy hand clutches around your ankle. This is it; this is the end for you.
Now, you need to quickly wake-up a friend. Choose well: your friend needs to be relatively fit, unselfish and a quick runner, just not a quick as yourself, you need someone to outrun when you’re being chased down by brain-hungry zombies. Now you’ll need to dodge the incoming hordes of zombies long enough to make it to shelter. When choosing a shelter, it’ll need to fulfil the following criteria:
Would you like this to happen to you? Obviously not! With the help of this easy to follow, step-bystep guide you can make sure that in the unlikely event of zombies ever invading SAC or DSG campus, you will be fully prepared.
Well fortified Weapons at your disposal Only accessible from one side And lastly, FOOD
You’ve been awoken by the restless moans of the un-dead. The first thing you do is grab the three zombie necessities: running shoes (They’re called the walking dead, not the jogging dead), an easily movable hockey stick (if not, a cricket bat could be used) and a bandana (if exposed zombie brain fluids/blood you could become infected with the virus).
The best places to go: Shooting range Upsides: Gates on three sides, walls on one. Small entrance (zombies can’t get in quick enough and it’s easy to kill them when they’re coming in a single file line.) Guns, guns and bows. Mrs Morton will most probably be there Downsides: No food
The armoury Upsides: Few windows Guns (They may not work but you can still do some major skull-smashing) Small, strong door. Walls on all sides Downsides: No food
Dining Hall Upsides:
Downsides: Lots of windows and doors
You won’t be the only one getting food.
Now that you’ve got your shelter you’ll have to make sure it’s well fortified. Take any large objects and use them to block the entrance. If you find any guns only use them in when really necessary, a gunshot is like a dinner bell for every zombie within a kilometre radius. It may seem like a good idea at the time but building a fire is the last thing you want to do, Zombies are drawn to anything that may suggest humans are in the area. Now you’ll have to try to make your way to the army base. This shouldn’t be too much of a hassle as we are on the outskirts of Grahamstown. Once you’re in the base, you’re sure to be safe, but bring food as they might not let you in if you don’t have anything to contribute.
Goodnight, and if there is a zombie apocalypse: Good Luck. SAC DSG
A map showing the best route from SAC and DSG to the Army Base
Saying YES to the Dress It’s a tradition that has lasted since the school started, but maybe it is time for a change? The typical DSG white dress is something that our school has been known for. Every year girls cascade towards the fountain in beautiful dresses, each one unique, but all of them white. DSG girls have always worn white dresses as a symbol of purity, the Virgin Mary in white. But sometimes it‘s time for a change in tradition, a breath of fresh air. White dresses are chic, elegant and give off an air of grace which our school is known for. Ultimately we are educated in an environment where we learn these social graces and, therefore, the white dress depict the true image of a DSG girl. Fresh faced and clean, the girls in matric always manage to pull off these beautiful white dresses and some love wearing them. But what if white isn’t everyone’s colour? What if it doesn’t flatter a girl and they spend their whole matric dance feeling self-conscious rather than beautiful? Every girl deserves to look beautiful and spe-
cial on the night of her matric dance and what if white just doesn’t do it for her? Girls should not feel forced to wear something they do not want to and stick to an old tradition in a time when colour is fashionable and beautiful and helps embody individualism. However, this is only one side of the argument. The other is that the DSG tradition is a great thing, and that our school is known for the beautiful white dresses that the girls wear for their Ante and Matric dances. Some girls believe that white is different, elegant and that every single girl looks beautiful on the night. Each dress seems to be unique. There just seems to be something special and almost magical about our white matric dance dresses. So, is the white dress something that should stay a tradition or should we embrace the colours of the rainbow? So to the matric girls of 2014 and everyone else, do you want white, or is it time for a change? By “Gnat Nib Teen”
Past, Present, Future. What has changed over the last 100 years at SAC
1913, one hundred years ago. This year, 100 years ago, the school was vibrant. It had unity and friendships like the ones we enjoy today. It had the rugby side our grandparents and great grandparents were part of, but one thing was missing: the heart of the campus, the place that the school would soon revolve around: the Memorial Chapel: the place where the names of the fallen would rest. The laying of the cornerstone was a problem at first. It was delayed and in the beginning, the school had only £4,000 of what they needed for the building. However The original chapel was designed by Mrs. Armstrong and has now become the arc.
1963 fifty years ago. As written in The Andrean of 1963, “The countryside around is now in its full autumn glory.” At this time the construction of Graham house was completed and opened it its doors at the beginning of the term to its foundation members. On the 10 th of March, the house was blessed and the staff, friends and parents of the school were entertained. Also in March of 1963, Holland house was finished and became the junior house for Mullins. Many of the clubs and societies that we enjoy today either from DSG or College, were introduced around this time: The Alchemists, the drama club, and the Cornish society.
2013 the present. In comparison to the past 100 years at College, a lot has changed. We’ve put in place wonderful teaching methods, we have resources and facilities others have never even had the opportunity to use. We now have technology and a wider variety of sports, but we still have the old College, the bond of brothers. So here is our history from past to present, let’s keep it going for another hundred years. By Aaron Adriaan
Meanwhile After Cross-Country...
What does the Fox say? In a week we saw her rise to new heights with 200 followers and then fall back to only 33. In a week, we saw her give us reason to laugh, cry and be angry; but who is she? Or is it even a she? Who is Virginia Fox and what is going to happen to her? Let’s rewind back to 2010. We had someone back then and it was on Facebook. She uploaded controversial news on the happenings between the two schools under the alias of Virginia Fox. She created a shock wave and suddenly everybody wanted to know what happened and wanted to get the juicy gossip. Once the heads of
Mr Wright and Mr Redfern have offered the following joint comment: “The investigation into who is responsible for this account is being taken seriously and has already been a lengthy and detailed process. A team of forensic investigators from Pretoria was appointed to try to trace the account. Should the Vfox account re-emerge, the investigators will be able to trace the origins of the account, given the information they already have. This incident has been extremely hurtful within our community and the cowardly actions of the individuals involved are strongly condemned. “
DSG and College found out, a threat was issued, that if you “liked” the Virginia Fox page on Facebook you would be punished and just like that, more and more people clicked the unlike button and ran away. Eventually, the culprit’s identity was established and faced the disciplinary that action followed.
They went on to say, “The people behind this account need to understand that if they are identified, they will face not only the most severe sanction within the school system but litigious (legal) action from parents in our community who are very angry and upset by the comments posted.”
The storm that was caused by the first Virginia Fox cannot even compare to the social media hurricane being cause by @Vfoxthesecond.
Our attitude towards it is the only thing that matters and it’s not something to take light-heartedly.
Now we have @VfoxTheSecond who in one of her first tweets said “I have returned! People thought I was dead and buried but I have been resurrected and I’m here to stay #lateforsomepeople.” Has there been a passing of the torch between the two? Whoever this person is, they have the ability ruin a reputation with a few quickly typed words and a click on the post button, but like the news in some newspapers, is it the truth?
Now with the news of people being sent home and relationships falling apart, platonic or not, Virginia Fox has created a shock wave and some people have felt the effects. The question is, how long will it take until the root of the storm is found? To Virginia Fox: you have created something powerful and you have some credit for that , but you have also created something that has hurt many and destroyed relationships and for that I discredit you. Maybe it’s time for a fox hunt? -Anon
Some people have thought of @VfoxTheSecond: “It’s not meant for people to take it seriously” “Cruel and stupid” “Funny — as long as it doesn’t happen to me”
Getting Silly Kenton, streaking and gym- these are all words that are associated with 3rd term and the infamous Silly Season that comes with it. What is it, then, that causes our two schools to suddenly and seemingly unnecessarily erupt into what is a frenzy of bad behaviour and inappropriate incidents that often leave all those involved with a sour taste in their mouths and for some, regret in their hearts? It is undoubtedly a combination of beautifully dangerous factors that include the ending of the school year, which brings with it the enticement of the sunny December holidays, the change of season from a bleak winter into a warm and carefree spring and the nearing of that oh so wonderful pinnacle to every year while in high school at St Andrews or DSG that is Kenton Third Term Half-Term. Over these 5 days, or rather more importantly, the 4 nights that one may spend in this undeniably necessary haven, one can expect to be exposed to a brilliant display of intense underage drinking and other goings on that take place at the raucous and hormone fuelled house parties. For staff members and parents alike, it is impossible to translate to you how special this time is for us and how simply fantastic it is. Kenton, in short, is a place where friendships are forged, where friendships are shattered and where reputations are born. Kenton is everything.
Kenton aside, it must be noted that Silly Season has kicked off to an intense and drama fuelled start with the resurfacing of the now terribly infamous Virginia Fox twitter account that went about documenting the activities of certain people, commenting on apparent bad decisions and exposing the secrets that some were trying to keep as just that. While it is understandable that some of the exposed are upset and distraught at the publication of their specific story, whether it be true or not, the rest of the school has seemed to enjoy the drama. Scolleyâ€™s Memorial Service was another classic event that helped to burst through the gates of boring normality into the luscious green pasture that is Silly Season. Here, the Espin Matrics, along with invited guests and other mourners celebrated the life of what was a dignified and proud hamster who was tragically killed, some will profess it was done maliciously so, by a previous Espin Matron. For Matrics, the end is near. While I would never suggest that you stay out of fun, I would, however, suggest that you stay out of trouble. In closing, I must encourage you to make the most of these fun times while staying out of trouble. In other words, donâ€™t get caught. By Simon Quinn
New Boy’s Noise “Silly season here at College has begun. As I am a new boy it is the 1st one for me, but I have heard a lot of interesting things about it like the Matrics will have to run down naked from the DSG fountain and just streak and have a jam. Like today I saw a matric pulling his pants down and flashing to a couple of DSG girls…”
Mixed Emotions Matrics are about to leave and there will be one less grade at the school. Obviously the matrics are experiencing mixed emotions. But we as the youngsters to them are going to miss them very much, the leadership they have produced means a lot of members in our grade look up to them. But we as new boys are also experiencing mixed emotions, as in the joy of not waking up so early not fagging and not going to town to do stuff for the matrics, but the thought of not having a tutor A.K.A â€œFag masterâ€? is also pretty dramatic, because they have guided us in the right direction in knowing what to expect in certain times at College, and what to do when these situations approach. So I wish all the matrics best of luck for the future and to succeed in what they do.
Your Facebook Identities #1:
The Facebook Snob By Tali
Facebook Snob Characteristic #1: Ignores friend requests from people they know or are related to. This doesn't apply to ignoring the friend request of a psycho ex-boyfriend or someone you've never met. But, if you ignore the friend request of your great-aunt, friend at church or someone else you really know, you might be considered a Facebook snob. It really depends on the circumstances. If someone you know hasn't done something to harm you, and you just don't want to connect with them, you might be the qualifications of a Facebook snob. Facebook Snob Characteristic #2: Accepts a friend request, then acts like they never existed. Whenever I get a new friend request, I always try to make some effort to reconnect with the person. It could be as simple as commenting on their recent Facebook status, or "liking" their kids photos. Or, it could be a private message asking how they are doing. But, I would never accept a friend request and then never, ever comment on a Facebook status or picture. It also definitely meets the qualifications of a Facebook snob if someone sends you a pri-
Alexandre vate message and you completely ignore the message altogether. Facebook Snob Characteristic #3:Invites other Facebook friends to events, but ignores mutual, real-life friends. If you're going to host a party, it's understandable if you can't invite everyone. However, it's best not to do it through Facebook. It's simply rude to let everyone else that you've invited some people to your party, but don't want other people to attend. Everyone else might be able to see about the event, read comments on their walls, etc. Try to be courtesy and invite people the old-fashioned way. Facebook Snob Characteristic #4:Hides people frequently for no good reason. Would you "hide" someone in real life? Hiding friends might be considered a little snobby. It really depends on the circumstances. Read "Is it Rude to Hide Someone on Facebook?â€? For more insight on this issue. It's understandable to hide people to you don't really know well, or at all, but if you're hiding your brother, that might mean you are a Facebook snob.
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Siener in die Suburbs – Reviewed By James Holmes Fear and future, ambition and angst, Siener in die Suburbs had it all. Part of the second term’s cultural boom, Siener’s edited script put forth a surprisingly complex plot and a cast of eerily lifelike characters, all in a fantastically South African context. Ms Potgieter modernised the old Apartheid-era story and put it in a current context, while highlighting how many social issues are exactly the same. “The cast was really diverse, but still easy to relate to. We had fun, but it was also about making a statement about stereotypes,” said Courtney Koopman, who played Ma, in whose backyard the action of Siener takes place. The show seemed to have it all: ranging from the comedic portrait of Giel, the gambler, to the deep struggles facing Tiemmie and today’s youth. Despite most of the show being spoken in Afrikaans, Siener drew crowds of all languages, and the superb acting made it enjoyable regardless, not to mention the thoughtful English synopsis. Siener was a brilliantly polished performance, executed with a sharp professionalism beneath the emotive story. Many of the actors do not take Drama as a subject, not to mention Matthew Bloem, Siphe Joyi and Brian Ferguson who are not Huistaal students. The script featured long monologues and extended scenes, but the cast pulled it off perfectly. Combined with the stunning set and innovative use of props, the Afrikaans department has set the bar astronomically high for future productions.
Cast Left to Right: Arden Booysen, Brian Fergusson, Courtney Koopman, Sheldan Dolf, Matthew– Adam Bloem, Siphe Joyi and Evaan Ferreira.
Cinderella Dance Production MARY GOUWS Every little girl’s dream: to be a princess. On the sixth to the eighth of June this dream became a reality, as girls from the ages of 3 to 18 were joined by the boys of Saint Andrew’s College in a beautiful production of “Cinderella”. For almost two hours the audience was captivated by the classic story of Cinderella, Jemma Houghton, falling for the handsome prince, Stuart Stopforth. One cannot go without mentioning the stepsisters, Emma Dreyer and Akhona Mnqandi, and Refuoe Mokhobo as the Stepmother whose squabbling was humorous yet wonderfully elegant. From the tiny mice to the most experienced dancers, Jemma Houghton as Cinderella and Michaela Oxley as the Fairy Godmother, everything came together for a spectacular show. We, who simply sat and watched, don’t realise how many hours of intense preparation it took for the dancers and the backstage helpers to perfect “Cinderella”. From the beginning of the year, the dancers have been going through auditions and learning and practising every step over and over again.
Jemma Houghton as Cinderella.
Trying to control a bunch of excited 3 year-olds is no easy task for the many DSG girls and College boys who volunteered to contribute to the production. And although these tasks, as well as the Audio Visual crew (of DSG girls and St. Andrews College boys) probably went unnoticed to most, they were absolutely vital to the success of the production. The visual effects, including lights, background images and stunning costumes ,were exceptional, adding to the dream-like experience. What we don’t always think about is that the dances don’t just choreograph themselves, so a huge applause must be given to Miss Potgieter, whose hard work and dedication to dance at the two schools, has resulted in us being able to derive such enjoyment from the production. A total of 57 girls and boys danced in a total of five shows, with many more teachers, parents and other children helping out too. All in all, it was definitely one of the best productions the DSG and St Andrew’s College have put on!
The Fairy Godmother, Michaela Oxley, with the “seasons,” Holly Beckley, Hannah Marshall, Gen Bovijn, Celine Leach. 28
Avicii – wake me up: It has a great beat. It can be a great song for jogging a party with friends or just easy listening whatever you prefer. I think it’s a great pop song. If you like it too check it out on YouTube and check out the rest of the music by Avicii next week you may find your mp3 player, IPod or phone cluttered with his songs. I give this song a 8/10
Daft punk- Get lucky: Has a great dance beat and it would be a great dance party song. Other people like their earlier work. But I like this song. I don’t think it’s bad. Others say that it would be great if they made a dub step remix. I think it’s a great song for easy listening and I think I’ll keep this song for a while. I give this song a 7/10
Katy Perry – Roar: As with all great Katy Perry songs it’s based on life experience. If you watch her movie part of me you will understand that her life became full of fun and friends when she left her home town and went to L.A. It has a great message for people at college and D.S.G. It’s a great party song and a song to be uplifted by. It’s also a song I’ll keep on my jogging playlist just for that extra push. (Don’t judge me I’m a Katy Perry fan) I give this song a 8 1/2/10
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking ball: Ok so even I know this music video is controversial. I mean the music video is inappropriate. The song however isn’t bad but the video just ruins it according to my fellow news writers. It has absolutely no message. I mean it’s basically a Taylor swift song about the fact that her fiancé dropped her. But the song can be a good party song if you like this kind of music. But personally I don’t like it that much but here’s my review. I give this song a 5 1/2 /10
Little Mix – Wings: So this is a new song and this group won X factor UK. So their good if they can do this. But their versatile if you think this song is a bit “Disney” check out their song DNA. They’re a little like The Saturdays. They have a great beat it’s a great party song but its still just a party song. I give this song a 6 ½ /10
Best games of 2013 By Abongile Donwana
Fifa 14: rating 9.2/10 Fifa 14 has had lots of praise with analysts saying itâ€™s the best Fifa yet. With so much new features to offer such as pure shot, precision movement, real ball physics, protect the ball, team mate intelligence, ultimate team, global transfer market and co-op seasons. It has a lot new to offer. And It has definitely lived up to itâ€™s expectations.it also has great online multiplayer modes such as Ultimate Team which is a favourite for me.
Grand Theft Auto 5: Rating 9.5/10 GTA 5 in no doubt is the best game of 2013 beating Fifa. It is a completely different GTA with a whole lot more to offer. For the first time it lets you play with 3 different character who all have one goal but have totally different personalities and backgrounds. It also gives you more freedom when not doing missions such as hunting etc, GTA 5 also got the second best ratings of all time on PS3
Halo 4: Rating 8.5/10 Halo 4 has an amazing storyline with an epic sci-fi feeling. It also has superb graphics and an awesome multiplayer mode. It also has great weapons and compelling and unpredictable action the only con is the fact that it plays thing relatively safe.
Assasins Creed 4: rating 9/10 Assasins Creed 4 is said to be a very adventurous and action packed game with the game taking place in a totally different area (sea) and the character being a Pirate. You are able to sail the sea find islands and has great multiplayer features such as domination, man hunt and wanted. We hope it can be a chart topping game when it comes out but who know? 30
The Broken-Hearted Asked and Answered. The Heart Broken Asked...
How should I destroy my ex-Boyfriends stuff? [FluffyKitty4426]
A: Well if it’s not valuable beat it with a baseball bat or burn it. However if it is sell it on the internet. However if you want to push his buttons take pictures while you destroy his stuff and upload it to Facebook and Twitter. [Sutton Summers]
Q: How do I tell my best friend to stop dating my EX-boyfriend?[AngryBird2] A: Well the golden rule between friends is that you don’t date you friends EX. But if she doesn’t know that or is a Tart just come right out and tell her. Don’t be a door mat! [Sutton Summers]
Q: How do I get back into the dating game after I got over my EX? [Yen1855] A: First stop moping around, then go to clubs, go outside try to meet new people. There are however a few rules. 1: Don’t seem distant. 2: Strike up a conversation with somebody you don't know. 3: Don’t talk about your last relationship. EVER! [Sutton Summers]
Q: I'm currently in a relationship but I feel insecure how should I do?[ A: Well get over yourself! Then just sit him down and talk to them about it. Ask him what his favourite thing is about you after you. Tell him what your insecure about. But last and most importantly say you love each other. [Sutton Summers]
Written, compiled and produced by the SAC/DSG School Newspaper Team 2013