CHOOSING an outfit to wear to campus may be trivial to some but is an essential choice of the day to others. Students are known for being outspoken about their political and personal views, with some Witsies using T-shirts as a means to ‘fashion’ their messages.
Students (and some lecturers) are seen wearing clothes which express either their political or personal views. Several students said they wear something they just chose because it looked cool.
The shirts looked at this week included political messages about communism, western ideology and pro-life activism. Both pictures and words were used to highlight these serious statements. On the lighter side, symbols of love, aliens, afro hairstyles and music were represented too.
Mpumelelo Mfula, a 3rd year BA politics student, wore a blue shirt which said “International Terrorist” with an outlined picture of a man’s face on it. He said the shirt was satirical.
“One should look at the real cause of wars, not just those presented by mass media. [People] must know the real enemy, the agents who represent the cause of western ideology.”
Third year psychology student, Cynthia Pottier, said that she bought her shirt because it was cheap and she liked it. It said ‘I love you BUT’.
“… But I love me more” she concluded. “It represents who I am at this stage of my life. I am able to look after myself now.”
She said she didn’t think wearing political shirts makes a difference. Jessica van Meter, a first year law student, disagreed with this as she thinks her pro-life shirt “gets the message across and advertises the website [of the cause I support]”.
While some students expressed personal belief in what they were wearing, others had a simpler method to their choice of clothing. Their shirt was either colourful, easy on the pocket, witty or just plain cool. Whatever the motivation behind Witsies’ fashion, diversity is certainly present on campus.