Senior Editorial

Andrew Montandon

Chinua Achebe’s work has been flooding African schools, in the form of setwork, for decades. As the father of modern African literature, much of Achebe’s success has been due to his effective communication of Africa’s particular social, historical, and cultural situation to the outside world.

In addition, every one of us has interacted with Achebe’s work (on some level) and will probably start appreciating him even more, now that he has passed.

Alexandra Nagel

As far back as the 14th century, a simple idea was created by not so simple minds. A monster it was, with no sex or gender. Still a foetus in the age of the Protestants, it sprung to adolescence in the 19th and 20th centuries with a face so vile and a heart so violent, its creators had to shelter it with some sort of glamour so the world would choose to look upon it.

 

Mitch Prinsloo

As we - a collection of motley hopefuls milling about this fine institution - emerge from the fugue and reverie of the ever heady O-week period, we begin to think. Or at least I can hope as much.

These thoughts, hopefully, begin to turn from the spontaneity and impromptu impulses of a party-focused meta-conscience to those of reality and endeavours which have an impact lasting through more than just the next day’s downtime.

Now, don’t get me wrong. That prior mind-set has a very real place in the student psyche – reasons wide and varied – but that’s not the point I wish to address.

Alexandra Nagel

A wise man once described diversity as an old wooden ship.

The very same wise man also said that San Diego is a synonym for a whale’s vagina. He was a famous anchor man for Channel 4 News, but unfortunately for him he tried to sound fancy when it wasn’t necessary.

Everyone interprets the world differently. Everyone interprets what we say and what we write in their own way. No single word has the same meaning for everyone, even if your understanding of a city’s etymology is as off as Ron Burgandy’s ‘whale vagina interpretation’ (I’ve never been to San Diego, but I assume that it doesn’t resemble a female whale’s genitals).

Stephanie Venter

Not once did I give a thought to the end when I sat down to write my first editorial for VARSITY. Now, 12 months and some valuable experience later, this space will soon be filled with someone else’s words.

 

This is my last edition as Editor-in-Chief, and I’m pleased to say I’ve learnt a few things during my time at VARSITY. Allow me a few parting words of wisdom (summarised neatly into four main points below) in my swan song to the student body...

(1) When in doubt, fake it

Stephanie Venter

In a recent interview, I was asked which South African leaders I admired the most. My answer,sadly, did not come from the elected leaders of the country, the people representing sunny South Africa overseas – those tasked with little other than leading the country.

How great it would have been to declare the President of South Africa, or another such highup public figure my hero, but to have done so would have been a blatant lie.

Stephanie Venter

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” —Adlai E. Stevenson, 23rd US Vice President

 

As Chad le Clos took the final plunge towards the finish line, every South African sat on the edge of their seat, not daring to believe that their swimmer could triumph over Michael Phelps, recently confirmed as the “greatest Olympian of all time.”

Stephanie Venter

Another senseless shooting. As details trickled into newsrooms around the globe, the

public and the many, many, many Batman fanatics were shocked to their cores by the tale of a masked gunman opening fire on an unsuspecting cinema audience about 25 minutes into one of the most anticipated movies of the year, the Dark Knight Rises.

Stephanie Venter

Another senseless shooting. As details trickled into newsrooms around the globe, the

public and the many, many, many Batman fanatics were shocked to their cores by the tale of a masked gunman opening fire on an unsuspecting cinema audience about 25 minutes into one of the most anticipated movies of the year, the Dark Knight Rises.

Stephanie Venter

There once was a pretty girl from Johannesburg who had dreams of making it big in the modelling world. She did just that, and broke her back as she tripped all over her words.

 

The girl in question: Jessica Leandra, the one-time promising South African model who won FHM’s model of the year award in 2011. Thanks to a telling and exceedingly careless tweet last week, Leandra is now less 1 Å~ lucrative modelling contract, less 1 Å~ fantastic weight-loss supplement deal, and, overall, less 1 Å~ promising career.

Stephanie Venter

“A female student reported to Campus Protection Services that she had been raped at around 10h00 yesterday [Tuesday, April 17th], by two unknown men who attacked her as she was walking towards a shop. The exact location of the incident is still unclear, but it seems to be in a side street near Main Road in Rondebosch.”

 

In one swift sentence, UCT’s confirmation of the reporting of a student rape just off campus last week brought one of South Africa’s most common crimes to each and every UCT student’s doorstep.

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