News

There have been widespread calls for changes to the academic curriculum following the actions of the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement, which raised a number of transformation issues. Although there was already an existing structure established at the end of last year, the Curriculum Task Team (CURTT), individual faculties are now also examining potential changes that could be made to the curriculum.

On Friday, May 8th, an investigation into the Baltimore Police Department was launched by the Justice Department. This investigation follows weeks of unrest after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man, was killed while in police custody on April 19th due to injuries to his spinal chord.

On Thursday, May 7th, Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) held a march to #DecriminaliseBlack from the previous location of the Cecil John Rhodes statue and ending with a public address on Jammie Stairs. During the march students from the Open Stellenbosch movement joined the RMF. Workers also joined the RMF at the end of the gathering to show their support for the movement. The march aimed to draw attention to the disciplinary action being faced by student movements across the country.

5 short summaries of international, national and health news.

The Gender and Sex Project (GASP) is an initiative, run by university students, which takes the knowledge learnt in class and applies it to practical situations outside of campus – educating high school learners about gender and sex. GASP challenges high school pupils to interrogate the roles of men and women in society, the difference between sex and gender, and other related topics in an effort to educate them about gender power from an early age.

Opinions

"will our children ever know what a book smells like?"

Questions of identity, questions of respect

A climb up the political greasy pole

"xenophobic attacks... are disconcerting..."

"History is full of despots and dictators"

Features

The woman behind the implants did it for herself, and deserves to have her journey respected, not stigmatised

From UCT Just kidding, to 4Chan, memes have taken the Internet by storm

A Guide Through IFRS (I Flag Real Sad)

Can religion and drugs go hand in hand?

Sports

Welcome to the second UCT sports wrap-up of 2015. This monthly feature will provide a comprehensive listing of all events that UCT sports has participated in over the past month, along with the results of each event. 

Athletics

4th April: Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon 21km

Timothy Chambers (1st male)

Jessica Pollock (1st female)

This past weekend, the 8th and 9th of May, the University of Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch did battle in the annual Inter-Varsity competition. The competition dates back to 1968 and was originally the Inter-Varsity Golf trophy. The overall points system was introduced in 2013 and in its 1st year UCT won the Spilllkin Intervarsity UCT/Maties trophy. Last year it was Stellenbosch’s turn to take home the silverware and competition was fierce for this year’s 3rd edition.

If I had to tell you that Ultimate Frisbee had a Club National Tournament on the last weekend of April, you probably wouldn’t believe me. You might wonder if there were even enough teams to participate.

1. Self-Defence: the bread and butter of the martial arts. Self-defence is like medical aid - rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

2. Conditioning: this goes beyond fitness. Doing a martial art also gets your body attuned to certain stress, thus making sure that even if you are attacked your body (and mind) will not be completely stunned due to the unfamiliarity of the attack.

Dean Horwitz: How did you get involved in Karate?