Cast: Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff, Cara Buono
Director: Jake Schreier
Vuvu Rating: 5/10
Yes Paper Towns does star supermodel turned actress Cara Delevingne but before you rush off to go see it, maybe you should know there is no need.
Quentin (Nat Wolff) has always seen Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne) as a “miracle”. Despite being close as children they have drifted apart and Quentin has admired Margo from a far.
The enigmatic, free-spirited, punkish (and sometimes annoying) Margo shows up one night at Quentin’s window to take him on one last adventure after which she disappears. Quentin finds clues that Margo leaves behind, which he uses to find her.
To help him he has his two best friends Radar (Justice Smith) and Ben (Austin Abrams), Margo’s friend Lacey (Halston Sage) and Radar’s girlfriend Angela (Jaz Sinclair). To a large extent this supporting cast is the highlight of the film. The group go on an epic road trip from Florida to New York State in an attempt to find her. Along the way relationships blossom and we are taken on a journey to rediscover friendships.
The film is based on a book that was written by the author of The Fault in our Stars. Even though there are many similarities between the two, this film takes the viewer on a very different journey.
Both films have characters who are nearing the end of their adolescence and approaching adulthood. The films are also very similarly shot in terms of style, narration and trying to pass on a bigger message.
The story shows the dangers of putting someone on a pedestal whilst one of the best aspects of the film is the portrayal of friendship between Quentin and his two buddies.
Paper Towns gets an ‘okayish’ review. It entertains and brings across a bigger message, but you won’t always find yourself at the edge of your seat. So if you are looking for a pleasant film outing, go for it! But it won’t hurt to wait for this one to come to our television screens.
LOVE MATHS: Tsakani Patience Ngobeni one of the members of the campaign speak to a class of grade eights at Umqhele Secondary School about changing their mindset about maths. Photo: Dana Da Silva
A combined class of grade eight students enthusiastically participate in a game to get them focused during a visit from the I Love My Maths: Make it Count campaign at Umqhele Secondary School.
“The I love math campaign is a campaign where we go out to school children and encourage them to love maths, to have a passion for maths so that they will be able to conquer it,” said one of the creators of the campaign Sarah Phiri, a Wits applied maths student.
Last week Friday the campaign visited Umqhele Secondary School in Ivory Park, Midrand, during the school’s career day. Members of the campaign along with a guest speaker shared their stories about journey with maths and gave maths sets as prizes in a maths arithmetic game.
They played various other singing games with the students to get them focused as well as to distribute maths sets and calculators.
The guest speaker Mafule Moswane, an Honours in geography and environmental studies student, was invited to help encourage kids to have a passion for maths.
“So the idea is to change the mind set and introduce a paradigm shift so that the young people can love maths and also give them reasons why they should love maths,” said Moswane.
He also said that kids should love maths because it can take them places. “Talking broadly about it, in fact when you are doing maths you can do anything anywhere in all the universities. But if you’re not doing maths you are limited only to specific career paths,” he said.
For one of the students at Umqhele, Manube Mangatane, this is the first time she is seeing a campaign like this visiting her school. “So it’s a great experience and I’ll always put it in my mind and I’ll remember that they came to donate calculators and maths stuff to our school,” said Mangatane.
She also said that this campaign is a good idea for people who can’t do maths as it is very important to know these days.
Dipole Motilabine, another student, is doing maths because he doesn’t want to “be a fool forever” which is why he wants to be a civil engineer.
“Many careers and jobs they need maths. So I think maths is the key. I really want to study it and know it like other learners.”
Spiros the Goat has surfaced amid this year’s run-up to the SRC election campaign. He has taken to Twitter to express his views and opinions about the elections as well as Wits University with his catch phrase #ramming. Also known as candidate 47, Spiros has titled himself the “New kid on the Block” with posters and graffiti around campus. Spiros recently made time from his busy schedule to speak to Wits Vuvuzela.
Why should people vote for Spiros?
A vote for Spiros is a vote against voting.
What does Spiros stand for in the elections?
Spiros is a goat that embodies a collective subjectivity grounded in an earnest politics of irony and the absurd. Spiros wishes to bring to bare the ridiculous and depressing nature of representative democracy where political action is reduced to drawing two intersecting lines in the alienated labour power of a fetishized piece of paper (Spiros is aware that the power is in the worker and not in the commodity).
Spiros is an Act, in the Zizekean sense, where political action involves smashing the nascent totalitarian nature of late capitalist
society and rebuilding in on the basis of a ramolutionary subjectivity.
Who do you support in the elections?
Will you be voting in the SRC, if so for who?
Eat the ballot paper.
What’s it like being a goat at Wits?
WITS University is an anti-goat, anti-black, heteronormative, patriarchal, techno-fascist institution. Spiros’ positionality within
WITS is existentially precarious. It’s difficult being a goat when the grass tastes like Capitalist VW excrement. Spiros is currently reading Sartre and Althusser, in tandem (SIGH!).
Where does the name Spiros come from?
Spiros, as a signifier, does not signify Spiros’ essence but merely signifies it for other signifiers (Jacques Lacan).
Are all goats treated equal at Wits?
Spiros believes that Orwell gives a poor critique of leftist-totalitarianism, read “The Joke” by Kundera instead.
What do you thinks about the expulsions of the seven Wits Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members?
The expulsion is indicative of the totalitarian nature of the Habib regime and how power relations are skewed against black students and workers on campus. Spiros feels that the exclusion of students signifies a concerted effort to limit the essentially common and public realm of higher learning. Spiros says LIBERATE the common!
However, using Spiros’ Marxist-Leninist-Fanonian-Zhdanovian tools of analysis, Spiros notes that there is a profound contradiction in an organisation that calls itself ‘revolutionary’, seeking recognition from bourgeois institutions. Spiros is disgusted by reformism, and while sympathetic to much of what the EFF stands for, cannot stand as a supporter of closet reformism.
Do you think there is freedom of speech at Wits University?
Spiros deplores this kind of liberal discourse around individual rights. Spiros is not Francois Hollande. It is Spiros’ view that
freedom and the notion of a ‘voice,’ in the political, is only expressed through a ramolutional collectivity. Sorry Daryl Glaser.
Do you consider yourself an artist after you put graffiti on campus?
“Art is going elsewhere, and politics has to catch up.” – Jacques Ranciere
Do you support the graffiti messages?
Support is an arbitrary, bourgeois conviction. Just like graffiti.
Since its Women’s month, what is your stance on violence against women?
It is Spiros’ view that Women’s month merely upholds the patriarchy. “Life” in this “society” being, at best, an utter bore, Spiros does not understand how Spiros is supposed to have a stance on such. Ram the patriarchy. Duh.
When you’re not running for the SRC what do you do in your spare time?
Spiros is quite the gastronomist – Spiros’ Lonmin CEO soufflé is to die for.
Braam will tonight play host for a event to kick off the ‘World Cup’ of bartending, taking place for the first time in Africa.
The best in world bartending will be on show in Braamfontein tonight. World Class, known as the ‘World Cup’ of bartending competitions, will kick off in Joburg.
Tonight five bars that have been selected as the best in Johannesburg, have each been assigned a premium product. Specialised cocktails will be made from this and the competition winners will be measured using social media.
Anti Est. in Braamfontien has been selected as one of the five bars to take part in this event for World Class.
In attendance will be the best in the bartending business from across the world. It is the first time that this prestigious event is being held in Africa and over 50 countries take part.
According to Anti Est. bartender George Hunter, “World Class is the largest and most prestigious bartending competition out there. It is the World Cup of bartenders. It’s a platform to display pure passion, excitement and skill for your industry.”
Next week the bartender competitors from around the world will start performing challenges in Joburg, and will then progress to Cape Town where the final will be held.
The event will take place between 9 and 11pm and will include a raffle to be held on social media with a prize valued at R3000.
I would not recommend missing this one, as chances are this is a once in a lifetime opportunity right in our back yard.
Idols SA judge and Metro FM presenter, Unathi Msengana, has been suspended from the radion station following a Twitter spat in which she called a Wits student a “psycho bi**h”.
Popular Idols SA judge and Metro FM breakfast DJ, Unathi Msengana, was suspended from her show this week following a twitter rant that was directed at a Wits student.
The twar erupted following an on-air interview the DJ conducted with Stellenbosch University student Anelisiwe Mdube about the documentary Luister, and the student’s experiences of being lectured in Afrikaans.
The hashtag #UnathiBeLike trended as social media users criticised the DJ for not allowing Mdube to properly express her views.
Wits University student, Palomino Jama, tweeted: “Wife gets beaten by husband. Unathi: Why didn’t you become a lesbian? You married him knowing men can be abusive”.
Jama’s timeline indicates that the she received a number of private direct messages from Msengana the next morning.
“You’re a fu**ing idiot if you think so … You are fu**ing delusional if you think you can get personal. Fu** your stupid mind. No amount is going to change our realities. You psycho bi**h. Fu** you twice over,” read some of the messages.
Jama then responded on Twitter with: “Nothing warrants me being fu**ed twice over or being called a psycho bi**h by a woman who is old enough to be my mother. Someone I had respect for.”
SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, told Destiny magazine that “the questions she (Msengana) asked on air were valid and there was nothing wrong with her questions. We have no control over DJs and what they do in their private space, but our DJs should know that they are representatives of the brand”.
Following Msengana’s suspension Jama tweeted: “ I am not happy about what has happened to Sis Unathi. I honestly just wish the whole thing never happened.”
Jama told Wits Vuvuzela “I regret the outcome of her being suspended. That was never the intention. Mine is just raising awareness for Luister, clarifying the misconceptions and helping people understand so we can all stand in solidarity evoking change for the Black students of Stellies.”
It is still unclear when, or if Msengana will be returning to her show as the SABC says they first need to discuss the matter with her. Msengana has since released a statement in which she apologised for her reaction on Twitter. “I felt badly violated in my personal life and my personal beliefs … However, as upset as I was at that time, I should not have used offensive language”.
Photo: Tendai Dube
Abasebenzi bosonkontileka abaqashwe inyuvesi, baqhubeka nokuzwakalisa ukungeneliseki kwabo ngendlela abaqashi babo ababaphethe ngayo.
Lokhu kuzwakalisa ukunganeliseki kuqale ngesikhathi abasebenzi beMJL Electrical bekhalaza ngokuthi umqashi wabo akabakhokheli amaholo.
Umsebenzi oqashwe iD.L Electrical, ongafunanga kudalulwe igama lakhe ngenxa yokusabela umsebenzi wakhe, utshele leli phephandaba ukuthi umqashi wakhe ubasongela ngelokuthi uzobaxosha nje, uma bethi bafuna ukujoyina inyunyana yabasebenzi.
“Umqashi wethu akafuni ukuxoxisana nathi, uma kukhona okhalaza ngakho noma okubuzisisayo uyakukhakhabisa akusongele ,” kusho lomsebenzi.
Uqhube wathi umqashi akabaholeli uma begula bengezanga emsebenzini. “Ngisho ungamubonisa incwadi kadokotela akakuholeli, ukutshela ukuthi ongasebenzanga ngeke ahole.”
UMnumzane David Letsie ongumphathi weD.L Electrical uzichithile lezizinsolo, wathi abasebenzi bakhe abakaze bakhalaze ngalutho kuyena. “Abakaze bangitshele lutho mina abasebenzi bami, ngiyamangala nje uma sengizwa sengifonelwa amaphepha. Kodwa ke ngizozama ngihlale nabo phansi ngaphandle kwakho [esho intatheli],” umphathi esesicobelela.
Omunye umsebenzi osebenzela iMV&LV , naye ongathandanga kudalulwe igama lakhe, uthe banenkinga yokuthi umqashi wabo akawathengi amathuluzi okusebenzi kanye nenyunifomu.
“Sifika nawethu amathuluzi uma sizosebenza kodwa kuyenzeka aphuke sisebenza. Kodwa kuyaye kudingeke ukuthi siphinde sizithengele amathuluzi amasha,” esechaza.
Umqashi, uSteven Jonhston, uziphendulele wathi abasebenzi bayabuzwa ukuthi banawo yini amathuluzi abo okusebenza ngaphambi kokuthi baqashwe. Eqhubeka uthe umsebenzi wabo uyabaphoqa ukuthi babe namathuluzi abo.
“Uma kwenzekile saqasha umsebenzi ongenawo amathuluzi akhe, ngiyaye ngimuthengele yena bese engikhokhela kancane kancane emholweni wakhe uma eseqale ukusebenza,” kusho uJonhston.
Ephendula udaba lwenyunifomu, uthe useyi-odile izofika maduzane, “Ngibathengela kanye ngonyaka inyunifomu abasebenzi bami, bese kuthi uma kwenzeka iba nenkinga ngiyayithenga futhi,” esichazela.
The Wits Accounting Student Council (ASC) handed over calculators and gave a few words of encouragement to disadvantaged learners in Zola, Soweto.
The Wits School of Accountancy Students Council (ASC) visited Kwadedangendlane High School in Zola, Soweto, earlier today to motivate learners to pursue accounting and mathematics.
FUTURE WITSIES: Grade 11 accounting students accepting calculators from ASC’s chairperson Sewela Makgolane and Social Development office Siphindile Gumede with Miss Magagula.
The students took the opportunity to hand over 40 calculators that will be used by the Grade 11 class at the school.
Siphindile Gumede, ASC’s social development officer, said the visit was to “encourage but also emphasise the importance of education to township learners”.
Speaking to Wits Vuvuzela, the head of the commerce department in Kwadedangendlane High, Iris Magagula said “when it comes to commerce, we hardly get visitors”.
“I promise you, you are not betting on a losing horse” said Tom Mnisi, school principal.
According the Mnisi, “the learners in this school come from squatter camps around the area”. He added that “despite these circumstances, our matric pass rate has never been less than 80%”.
The ASC started collecting the calculators in May and are hoping to collect more before the year ends.
“The initial plan was to collect calculators from students, but we got companies like SAICA [South African Institute of Chartered Accountants] and LBOC Fund [Lets build our count] to sponsor us”, said Gumede.
“We hope those who become part of the council continue with the initiative and do more,” she said.
By Litaletu Zidepa and Queenin Masuabi
“Elegance is elimination.” – Cristóbal Balenciaga
Parisian Chic style or “chic Parisiennes” originated in France, a wardrobe filled with not-so-basic statement pieces, perfectly tailored blazers and classic coloured crisp pants is the way forward for this style. The style encompasses very simple but polished combinations, elegantly down-to-earth neutrals tailored with stripes or statement patterns. This style is not about fitting into clothes, it is about the clothes fitting you.
Same Mdluli: PhD History of Art
Art historian Same Mdluli is wearing a crisp white shirt, complemented with classic timeless pearl necklace and a black Barret, a statement piece for the outfit. She describes her style as ‘Parisian classic’. Mdluli added a beige pressed straight leg pants with brown brogues. Her statement piece for this outfit is her structured brown bag, a complement for her stylish chic brogues.
A break down of the Wits rules of suspension and inquiry
Vice Chancellor Adam Habib has come under fire for swiftly suspending seven students after last week’s SRC election debate ended in a brawl, triggering questions about what are his disciplinary powers.
There are three bodies that have decision-making powers with regards to student disciplinary action at Wits, namely the Student Representative Council (SRC), the University’s Senate and the University Council.
The SRC’s constitution is the “supreme authority” with regards to student governance affairs at Wits. Section four of the SRC constitution are the rules for student discipline. Unfortunately, most students are unware of this document, nor do they know how to access it.
In the case of the seven suspended students a number of rules may have been applied. Highlighted below are some of the rules that may drastically affect students who find themselves on the wrong side of the Wits law.
Rule one: Vice chancellor’s powers of suspension.
This rule states that if the vice chancellor (VC) is of the “opinion” that a student may be guilty of misconduct, he has powers to suspend the student from all university activities including attending, lectures and classes.
He also has the power to suspend the student from university residences, this includes access to the dining hall and any structures that are under the control of the university.
To enforce these powers the VC must inform the student of his reasons for the suspension in writing or in person. He must also give the student a fair opportunity to make a personal or written presentation to the VC to have this reason changed.
However If disciplinary proceedings have not started 45 days after the suspension, the suspension will lapse.
Rule three: Summary inquiry by the vice chancellor or deputy vice chancellor
This rule states that if the VC or his deputy conducts an inquiry in to allegation of misconduct, they are allowed to call upon one or two staff member to help on the case.
Where it is considered appropriate the VC is also allowed to request the help of one or two student representatives.
It also states that any decision made or punishment imposed is at the discretion of the VC. He can impose punishments like warnings, reprimands, fines up to R1500, removal of student privileges and exclusions.
The VC can also appoint an ad hoc committee to undertake such an inquiry on his behalf.According to a university
Statute, if the council consult the senate and SRC they are allowed to change these rules at any time.
Wits Vuvuzela, STORIFY: Mixed reactions to student suspensions at Wits, August 22, 2015
Wits Vuvuzela, Timeline: the SRC campaign so far, August 22, 2015
Wits Vuvuzela, SRC debate investigated, August 21, 2015
Nineteen year old actor, film and television student Travis Hornsby is young but no rookie. He has already rubbed shoulders with A-list actor John Cleese. A pole fitness enthusiast and dance instructor, Hornsby says he “wakes up like Beyoncé and falls asleep like Buscemi”. The Spud actor sat down with Wits Vuvuzela and this is what he had to say.
RISING STAR: Travis Hornsby aka ‘Boggo’ is a rising star. Hornsby has featured in ‘Spud’ the movie and has rubbed shoulders with A-list actor John Cleese. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa
Did you read the book (Spud) before auditioning?
Indeed, I read the series, and had to re-read the first book to get a grip on the character. Reading the fourth book was a surreal experience for us all, though. John Van Der Ruit wrote it with us in mind, so it was disconcerting at times to discover what he truly thought of us.
You auditioned on Youtube, why?
I only got wind of the auditions several weeks into the casting process, when call-backs had already been held. I messaged the producer directly and requested a late entry, and he suggested I write and upload a Spud-inspired monologue to YouTube. The result was a campy blend of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spud and Mean Girls. In retrospect, it was absurd.
When you first got the news about getting the part, what did you do?
Forged an ID and burn my Afrikaans essay due the next day.
How was the experience of playing the character ‘Boggo’?
I found the character difficult to reach at first. Boggo represents a lot of things I strive to avoid. He is crass, arrogant and stylish. Eventually I grew to love him. Even if he smuggles poor-quality pornography under his mattress and swindles schoolchildren.
How was filming with the Crazy 8 members?
We became a second family to one another. We are all still in regular contact with one another, even though we’re so far apart – separated by a continent, with regards to Troye (Spud). We’ve seen each other grow and mature, as professionals and individuals. Having lived together for so many months, there are no secrets amongst us, regardless of our different backgrounds, ages and disciplines.
How was the experience of working with legendary actor John Cleese?
John is phenomenal, both professionally and socially. He holds himself with an unbreakable charisma while still boasting a familiar modesty that is, in a word, inspiring. He went out of his way to mingle with everyone on set, no matter their role, and readily shared his witty, often dark humour. A crew member bore an uncanny resemblance to Hugh Laurie – one day Mr Cleese took a selfie with him, sent it to Hugh on twitter and captioned it ‘Posing with a fan :)”.
It must be hard to memorise lines as an actor. Any tricks for aspiring actors?
On film it’s incredibly easy. We learnt our lines for the day every morning while in the makeup and wardrobe trucks. One rarely gets an opportunity to say much before a shot is cut, and the camera angle is changed. In theatre I find that lines are only learnt through repetition and a genuine
Is there space for young actors in South Africa?
Yes, yes, yes. The industry is as competitive as the Hunger Games, but passion never fails to benefit. The beauty of the art is in the sacrifice. Actors sacrifice their financial security, they sacrifice relationships, their petrol, driving to and from castings, and ultimately themselves.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learnt from John Van Der Ruit’s Spud books?
Everyone is insecure. Don’t miss an opportunity to place yourself amongst people you know nothing about, and open up. Therapy is free. And if you want to get away with murder at an all boys’ boarding school, don’t keep a diary detailing your exploits under your bed. Amateur.
Seven students were suspended by the University Council last Friday after the SRC elections debate was disrupted at the Wits Great Hall. According to a statement released by the council, the students were suspended because they allegedly “threatened violence”, disrupted a university gathering, and were expressing views and ideas which the university was uncomfortable with. The university has emphasised that the students have shown no remorse for their actions and would not give assurances that such disruptions would not happen again.
It is important to state that Wits Vuvuzela does not condone violence and that the views expressed in this editorial do not express the views of our entire newsroom, but rather of the majority of our journalists. As the campus newspaper, future journalists and most importantly Wits students, we feel it is our social responsibility to voice our discomfort with any irregularities within the Wits community.
On the August 20, Wits University released a statement announcing the suspension of the Wits EFF as a club and society and seven Wits students, who were allegedly involved in the disruption of the Great Hall SRC Elections Debate two days before.
As the Wits Vuvuzela team, we feel that the manner in which the vice chancellor and the Council arrived at their decision was hasty and harsh. In this case, the punishment does not fit the crime.
As journalists, the freedoms of expression and of association, are two of the most important aspects of our jobs. The Council’s decision has created an environment in which those rights have been made vulnerable through fear. On our (Wits Vuvuzela) social media accounts, and in person, students are sharing with us how this decision has effectively silenced their voices, and as journalists we feel the same way. What happens when we run an editorial or story that management does not agree with? What happens when management wants us to name our sources?
The right to protest is enshrined in the South African Constitution, and that right extends to our institutions of higher learning. The decision to suspend the Wits EFF as a society (although it was reinstated shortly after the intervention of the national EFF structure), showed an intolerance to this right to protest. Forms of protest differ in different communities, and what the VC could have done, is to try and understand the students and their methods, instead of acting in such a quick and seemingly unconsultative way.
There also appears to be a lack of consistency in the decision-making of Wits management, especially considering that many other students were also involved in the disruption but did not face the same harsh sentences.
Lastly, suspending students a couple of months before their final exams is irresponsible and short-sighted. One of the students that has been suspended is PhD candidate, Lwazi Siyabonga Lushaba who is in line to become one of the first black lecturers in the politics department. Given our concerns about transformation of the academy, it is regrettable that his academic career at Wits may be cut short in this manner.
As an educational institution we believe that learning and our students should be at the forefront of all decisions.
A protest at an SRC debate at the Great Hall that ended in a fight is not necessarily protected freedom of expression, according to two free speech experts contacted by Wits Vuvuzela.
Last week Tuesday a physical fight broke out at the Great Hall between Project W, Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) and Wits Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) after the Wits EFF disrupted the SRC Great Debate with a protest.
This led to the debate being cancelled by the organisers, days later the seven students who were present for the protest and ensuing brawl were suspended.
This raises questions as to whether the Wits EFF had their freedom of expression compromised as they were at first expressing themselves through singing and dancing.
“I don’t think freedom of expression includes the right to physically disrupt the election process, including what appeared to be threats or real physical violence,” said Anton Harber, chair of the Freedom of Expression Institute.
He said that when students enter in a process such as the SRC elections they have to accept a set of conduct and rules.
“You have to operate within those rules or challenge those rules but, no, freedom of expression does not include the right to disrupt elections for example or physically threaten other people, other candidates,” said Harber.
William Bird, the director of Media Monitoring Africa, said that instead of having their own freedom of expression compromised, the Wits EFF compromised the freedom of other students.
“That said some rights can legitimately be limited if the students who were suspended were themselves violent they sought to limit other people’s right to freedom of expression by effectively shutting down a peaceful debate.”
The university later used the Twitter accounts of the Wits EFF members for the investigation, a move that the organisation said was unfair.
Bird said that if the comments had been intercepted online or had been private then it would have been a violation of their freedom of expression and right to privacy.
“But if it is the case that the comments were tweets in the public domain then I don’t see how them being used in a hearing for or against them could be a limitation on them,” said Bird.
Harber said that if a person is making public social media posts, it’s the same as shouting it on a street corner.
“You’re responsible for what you say, what you publish and what you broadcast. [If] it’s in the public arena, it can be used against you,” said Harber.
Wits Vuvuzela, Wits SRC and EFF say student suspensions are unfair, August 22