Senior Editorial

Pausha Naidoo

It seems that modern day slavery has a new name – resource sector investments. A clinical phrase that may allow us to distance ourselves from the killing of 34 miners but essentially points to our undeniable complicity.

Pausha Naidoo

"It is a story of the cis-gendered, white, middle class and able-bodied heterosexual male and how the intersection of these facets translates into in a deadly combination of privilege and the entitlement"

Jena Ascough

"I may be romantic, but I’m also a student, so in the interest of science (and love) I then devised an experiment"

Jena Ascough

"Ghosting is the new “We need to talk”...except no talking is actually needed"

Pausha Naidoo

They are a special breed of students who are known for being the overachievers that you both hate and want to emulate. A highly evolved breed with the superpower called “swag”, these kids don’t simply study at university.

Parusha Naidoo

For the next few weeks, the opening chords of David Bowie and Queen’s Under Pressure will ring in my ears every time I step into the Oppenheimer Library or the Humanities Postgrad labs. Upon entering, for a brief moment the tension is almost tangible as I watch my classmates bang against keyboards with such dedication and fervour that I’m sure someone will soon start short-circuiting. 

Parusha Naidoo

Editor-in-Chief, Parusha Naidoo, reflects on the ethical issues and sensitivities around media's portrayal of the recent xenophobic attacks.

Jena Ascough

Deputy Editor, Jena Ascough, weighs in on the social mishaps of friendships and names.

Jena Ascough

Sometimes you can do everything right but you still never really know what you’re going to get. Coming into the homestretch of the first semester, be gentle with yourself.

Parusha Naidoo

Do universities merely represent a factory assembly line that churns out robot sheep to graze the fields of office cubicles?

Parusha Naidoo

"The action of one student has reverberated across every UCT campus and has gone further to create a movement of staff and students."
Editor-in-Chief, Parusha Naidoo, reflects on #RhodesMustFall Movement that has been sparked at UCT.

Jena Ascough

VARSITY's Deputy Editor, Jena Ascough, questions where introverts fit in to the conventional student life of parties and clubbing.

Parusha Naidoo

In the previous edition of VARSITY, my colleague dedicated her column to the parking miseries of UCT. Upon reading it, some of you may have scoffed, muttering the words “first world problems”, while others may have nodded vigorously in agreement .

Unaware of the predictive powers held by my colleague, Jena Ascough’s column became a prelude to the bigger story on parking and transportation grievances of students. A week later the SRC Chair of Labour and Services, Sechaba Nkitseng, provided a statement in response to complaints lodged regarding Jammie Shuttles, campus parking and food vendors.

Jena Ascough

It was a hectic week last week; everyone, whether they were affected by the fire or not, seemed to have something hanging over their heads. It seemed like every Capetonian was in mourning for the week. I thought it would never end.

Living in Tokai, on Sunday night my house was stuffed to the brim with smoke. In the middle of the night, I woke up to see houses at Stonehurst Estate start to catch alight. After that, I was done with sleeping. I spent Monday at varsity stressing how I would get home and convince my cat to get in the car (he’s a total brat) if we were called to evacuate. 

Jena Ascough

Surely if you’re paying almost R1000 (R912 to be exact) you should be guaranteed a parking space? It turns out the answer is no. Deputy Editor, Jena Ascough shares her misgivings on the terrors of parking at UCT.

Parusha Naidoo

We hate them for taking our seats in the Jammie and we despise them for eating our wraps from Panda Land. Editor-in-Chief, Parusha Naidoo, reminisces on her first year of university.

VARSITY

VARSITY Newspaper would like to express our apologies regarding the front page article of Edition 12, volume 73 (published October 14th, 2014). 

Subheading: We would like to formally retract the subheading to the article G4S Above the Law? Which stated the following, “Alex Hotz looks at the human rights violations by G4S at UCT, as well as on a national and international scale”. It has come to our attention that this statement is inaccurate as it is not supported by the content of the article. In their affliation to UCT, G4S has never been accused of violating human rights.

Jena Ascough

The King of Swaziland is looking to pay adolescent girls R200 a month NOT to have sex. VARSITY's Deputy Editor questions if a price can be placed on sexual abstinence. How much would you need to be paid to abstain?

Parusha Naidoo

Holding the title of “the official student newspaper” is a bit tricky. While we may hold the title, we are only truly official when you pick up a copy and acknowledge the work of your peers.

Laurie Scarborough

I really don’t know how to sum up my VARSITY experience. There isn’t one single way to do it. I could spend hours telling you about the slow and painful death of my sanity, the many moments I have restrained myself from throwing people off our fifth-floor balcony, the times I have almost cried with frustration, anger, and/or exhaustion, the bridges burnt, the long Sundays spent in the office having happy visions of sending a sledge hammer through the computer screens. All of them. One at a time.

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