The day house community has grown even bigger this year with the addition of a new day house. Luminous, previously known as Metaphos, is the new unisex day house on campus.
“We want to start a diverse and value-based day house,” said Bernhard Breytenbach, chairperson of Luminous. To promote diversity in their House, Luminous has appointed a deputy chairman and a deputy chairwoman of different races. According to Breytenbach, this was done to have diverse representation on their house committee.
“One of our goals is to focus on academics, creating a portal where seniors can mentor first years and share notes,” said Breytenbach.
There are currently 67 first years and 25 seniors registered in Luminous. Benjamin Oberholzer, IT and Marketing HK, said that this year, Luminous is focusing on branding itself and getting its name out there.
Breytenbach confirmed that Luminous will take part in all res as well as all other Tuks activities. Luminous already took part in the Rag procession, but will unfortunately not be part of Serrie this year. “We were prepared for Serrie, but didn’t have enough members to participate,” said Breytenbach. “But a lot of energy this year will be going into sport.”
Luminous is open to all day students on all UP campuses. Their membership fee is R200 a year. Their offices are currently based in Tukkiewerf 1-37.
“We chose a Griffin as our mascot because it’s an interesting creature,” said Breytenbach. Their slogan is Lucidum Intervalum, a Latin term for having a bright moment in the midst of chaos.
Breytenbach encourages students to be part of the pioneer team.