While UCT commerce students suffer a reputation around campus as being somewhat stodgy, Wednesday morning’s Orientation programme suggested that that image may be undeserved.
|Campus tour: A commerce orientation leader leads first-years on their first official walkabout around UCT’s Upper Campus.||Great escape: Students Representative Council (SRC) president Insaaf Isaacs and deputy vice-chancellor Professor Crain Soudien head for the exit as the fun hits the fan in Beattie Theatre.|
The 400 of the faculty’s 1,200 projected new students who filled Beattie Theatre on 25 January were treated to a mixed bag of receptions by various university representatives.
Deputy vice-chancellor Professor Crain Soudien led the way, urging the (mostly) bright-eyed students to make full use of the university’s administrative offerings. Soudien assured the freshers that his and his colleagues’ doors were always open.
The yellow-clad Orientation Leaders (OLs) then waited for the most opportune moment to dish up an entertaining official welcome. Their lively skit raised the spirits of a crowd that had grown gradually more restless during the plethora of introductory talks.
OL Don Kwedza says that the Orientation programme is an opportunity for him and his colleagues to give something back to UCT.
“It’s about making a contribution,” he says, adding that the freshers could expect a healthy mixture of fun and learning as they settled into their new environment.