Welcome back to the final term of the year. The next few weeks will be crucial in determining whether you proceed to the next academic level or exit the university without a qualification or exit for the job market with a qualifi cation from this prestigious university.
Campus is already a little quieter than it usually is, a sign, I would hope, that people are hard at work. When you are done with your class and semester tests, you will move straight into the last exam for this academic year.
I wish you all success and trust that you will shout for help when you feel overwhelmed. The Student Parliament and SRC have now been elected. Thanks to those who have participated in these processes. I also wish to congratulate those in whom the student body has placed its faith and trust by electing them onto the Parliament and SRC.
I hope that they will take themselves and their tasks seriously as they are being regarded in high esteem by both the student body and the broader university community. The list appears in a separate article in this newspaper.
When I announced the results of the Student Parliament elections on 23 September, I commended the students of this university for the manner in which they, in general, conducted themselves during the election. They were guided in every step, by democratic principles.
I was particularly impressed by the debates they initiated which resulted in them having a memorandum of understanding among themselves. This made the election unique and respectable. I want to encourage you to continue in this manner throughout your term of office.
Experimentation with real democracy at this microlevel might produce a model for various other structures in our country. The knowledge and survival tactics you develop today will be invaluable when you get into real situations after your short stay at UP. Please use every stage, positive or negative, as a learning curve and reflect on what made you succeed or fail.
We must however, remember that there is life after student politics. This means that you should now slow down in this area and focus on your studies. The only important activities should be your official training sessions and your official meetings which will be kept to the minimum until after exams.
All other supporters who do not serve on the aforementioned official structures should also refrain from any other activity, including “jam sessions” at the Square, Aandklas, East Woods Tavern, etc. and focus on their studies.
There will be plenty of time for that after exams (if your parents will allow you).
Best wishes to you all in various capacities. Prof McGlory Speckman Dean of Students