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Transformation Month, an initiative introduced by the SRC in association with student societies, began at UCT on Monday, March 9th and will run until March 29th. Thato Pule, SRC Chair of Transformation and Social Responsiveness, has worked as the co-ordinator of events. The campaign places a focus on gender, sexuality and disability as key issues of transformation, with each of the three weeks looking specifically at one of these areas. Transformation Month is made up of a range of events hosted on different UCT campuses as well as in the residences.

Mechanical Engineering students, Jason Hardy and James Shin, developed a new type of vending machine on campus, UniCafé, offering a variety of coffee and hot-chocolate to students. The students created the machines themselves, sourcing parts from South Korea. Currently their machines are found in Menzies, Computer Science, NSLT and Kramer Law buildings and are available 24/7.

The “UCT: Rhodes Must Fall” movement officially began on Thursday, March 12th sparked by the actions of a student at the Cecil John Rhodes statue on Monday, March 9th. The movement aims to address institutional racism at UCT and the issue of transformation.

On Monday, March 16th the university hosted a discussion entitled “Heritage, Signage and Symbolism” as part of a planned series of talks on transformation, which were planned last year. During the introduction given by Professor Crain Soudien, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the discussion, students requested that the order of speakers be rearranged so that Ramabina Mahapa, SRC President, could present his response first.

A number of students have raised the issue of insufficient parking on campus due to the limited parking areas available and overselling of discs. Parking discs are purchased from the Traffic Department, although having a disc does not guarantee access to a parking space. The allocation of parking discs varies as they allow different privileges for different groups of people. Parking bays are subsequently designated in line with the grouping in which the car is registered.

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Features

May the odds be ever in your favour.

Drama + Dance + the City of Cape Town =Infecting the City 2015

Tired of working on campus? Looking for a new place to burn the midnight oil that serves great coffee and has free WiFi? I went exploring to find the hidden gem near you. Here are some of the places that I found:

OBSERVATORY – Hello Sailor Bistro – 4/5

  • WiFi – 4/5

Unlimited; Download speed 2.4 Mbps

  • Coffee – Filter coffee 2/5 Cappuccino 4/5

The coffee tasted a bit sour but it was most likely a once-off thing.

Many things in life are crazy. The fact that Hannah Montana turned out to be a twerking extraordinaire is crazy. The fact that the entire world was sent into an existential panic over the colour of a dress is crazy. The fact that Harry Styles is my future husband, but has not yet met me, is pretty crazy.

However, the following body modifications are so risqué and unorthodox that they’ll re-embody (see what I did there?) craziness and leave even the biggest hipsters gasping in awe…

ARM EARS

Yes, yes we did! I mean, what was not to love? Unreal venue and people, great weather, drinks flowing all day long… yes, the We Love Summer team did well with their final chapter, closing this summer with a bang.

To give you an idea, when I arrived at Blue Rock at around 3pm, it was already pumping. Although every party naturally has its negatives, We Love Summer definitely had more positives. Here are a few that stood out:

Sports

If you’re one of those people who doesn't want to be confined to practise times or can’t find a sports society that suits you (which is highly unlikely at UCT), or maybe you don’t have enough protein shakes to warrant you going to gym, there are alternatives out there.

The Varsity Cup is getting heated as the competition draws to a close. The finalists are yet to be decided as the FNB Shimlas face our very own FNB Ikeys in Bloemfontein this afternoon and the FNB Pukke play FNB Tuks in Pretoria tonight.

The UCT Ikey Tigers beat UJ in an unofficial quarter-final to earn their place in the Varsity Cup semi-finals. Fanie wraps up the season.

I cannot believe that this is the 3rd edition of VARSITY Newspaper for 2015. We have had a fantastic first two editions and are working hard to ensure that we bring you the best local and international sport content

The Flying Tigers are on a roll

The UCT Ultimate Frisbee team have won their last two games in the Cape Town Summer League beating Salusa45 and Catch-22 Ultimate. After eight games of the season the Flying Tigers top the log having won six games and lost two.