On the 19th of April 2013, the old-school bar, Aandklas in Stellenbosch, was transfromed into what reminded me of the restaurant Mexican Kitchen. Chillies, cactusses and everything Mexican were put up as décor while Metanoia’s firstyears, HK and Mentors took up the whole place. Most guests were dressed up as Mexicans, wearing big sambreros and interesting ponchos, while the mens section: Norrisville, were all present wearing their stylish, denim shirts. Well done guys! A photo booth, which looked very impressive, was also set up to create a Mexican vibe.
On arrival, if a ticket was presented, everyone was given a fancy shot glass with a moustache on it and a box of wine. Everyone sat around Aandklas’ tables and was served Mexican style food on big platters. Good food, good wine and good friends definitely make a party. The firstyears committee also had the brilliant idea of handing out made-up awards to those who made an effort to go “all out.” Best Dressed Female was won by Cara (firstyear), while Schalk (HK) was awarded Best Dressed Male. Other awards included: Mr Mexico, Ms Mexico, Best Moustcahe and most important of all: Tequila Sheila. This award was suppoesed to be given to the tipsiest girl, but it was then given to Stefan! Bravo to you, Stefan! (Primarius of Metanoia)
“Dit is “fantasmagories!”” was Mikhaila Crous’ comment (firstyear). “Insane party!” was all Rhett Butler (firstyear) was able to say. Chantelle Croeser, committee member, said: “Dit lyk cool, dit is cool en almal is happy, so ek is happy.” Florian Kovats (firstyear) made me laugh with: “Mense moenie halfvol boksies wyn laat rond lê nie, dit is gevraalik!”
Negative comments were: “There are more seniors and HK than firstyears,” which is true, because only about 50 firstyears bought tickets. And the fact that Aandklas didn’t play any club/dance music bothered a few people, but none of this stopped anyone from enjoying themselves. And even though there were some sketchy Aandklas visitors, the firstyear’s dance of Metanoia was a huge success. All thanks to the firstyears committee.
Metanoia, Nerina, Heemstede, Venustia en Pieke het op Sondag, 14 April, omtrent uitgehaal en gewys met die afskop van Rubix se kultuur-jaar. Dit was Rubix Kluster se eerste kultuuraand en was gehou in Metanoia se snoesige Rag Room, met ’n Pieke-man as seremoniemeester.
Vanuit die staanspoor was daar ’n magiese atmosfeer toe die aand geopen is met die voordrag van ’n gedig uit Jeanne Goosen se pen. Daarna het Metanoia se eie Xander Stander en Elizma Pienaar hul weergawe van Leonard Cohen se “Hallelujah” gelewer en dit moeilik gemaak vir enigeen wat daarop sou volg. Venustia se ser was volgende aan die beurt en daarna was dit die een talentvolle student op die ander.
Metanoia kan tereg trots wees op al ons deelnemers, wat ons koshuis verteenwoordig het en ons naam hoog gehou het. Alcatraz het hul meer gekultiveerde sy gewys deur te sorg vir vier van Metanoia se agt deelnemers. Metanoia was verteenwoordig deur: Xander Stander en Elizma Pienaar; Quan Piers; Sabine Erde; Ross Langtree; Mynhardt Kruger en Marshall Visagie (Alcatraz); Aidan Horn (Alcatraz) en; Ryan Anton Singh (Alcatraz). Die hoogtepunt was definitief toe Elvis ’n verskyning gemaak het (Mynhardt) en die hele gehoor in rep en roer en aan’t saamsing gehad het.
Die kultuurkomitee is ewe dankbaar aan elke gehoorlid en deelnemer en sien uit om die meer gekultiveerde sy van Metanoia te sien in die jaar wat voorlê. Maak solank litte los en stemme warm vir die opkomende talentaand. Sien julle daar.
Majuba’s got the moves at our young ladies’ first evening skakel.
After the hype of our cluster social on the eve of the 25th, the Meta first year girls were as amped as they were nervous for their first evening skakel. Nevertheless they were all giggles as they set out to Fedics street for their skakel prep together with the HK ladies – who looked equally gorgeous. Luckily Vyfster was loud and proud as they assured the girls that they all looked gorgeous and thus calming down the worst nerves.
On our way to Majuba the girls had a first-hand experience of Stellies looks (and sounds!) on a Friday night as more guys passed our young ladies with whistles and “sjoe’s”. Our ladies kept their cool as they followed the HK to Majuba. Prepared for a casual sokkie, our girls got much more than what they bargained for as Majuba’s HK introduces all the first years to the Dance Society. Starting with the basic cha-cha-slide they eventually got introduced to the original cha cha as well as the mambo and tango. The HK seemed to enjoy this free lesson and it wasn’t long before the Majuba HK took hands with our HK ladies and everyone danced together. The first year girls all agree that last night was a hit and definitely a great start to the exciting skakels ahead as they will get to know more first year guys.
Besides our ladies’ graceful dance moves, the first years’ singing was a great start and end to the skakel as their skakel preparation payed off. Our gorgeous Lady Nozi, of our HK, proudly states: “You know how no-one can get Majuba silent when it comes to singing? Our girls made them silent for days.”
On Friday morning I was awaken by a loud rumbling in the distance. In my sleep induced stupor I could not at first fathom exactly what it was that was producing such a noise. As my vision started to clear and I regained some of my slept away wit it dawned on me that what I was hearing was the Metanoia first years shouting out their war cries. Now you might be wondering why our gallant troops were preparing for battle at such an early hour of the morning, indeed their generals, the HK, had made sure that they were up and ready by 06:30 already.
Well dear reader let me explain to you the situation that led up to these events. During the night of the 24th of January disturbing reports began to filter through to the Metanoia Prim from intelligence organisations in the field. A great evil had arisen from far off lands and was on its way to the Stellenbosch campus to make every students life miserable. Yes you guessed it; boredom was on its way to campus. So it was that the Meta Prim contacted his counterpart in Nerina and a plan of action was quickly drawn up. Realising early on that even the combined forces of Metarina “the kids next door” will not be enough to vanquish this age old foe, our heroic Prims quickly called for support. Reinforcements were called for from Heemstede, Pieke and Venustia and soon they were flooding in from all the far flung corners of campus, the Rubix cluster had assembled for battle.
So D-day arrived and at 08:00 so did H-hour, now as we all know boredom is a wily enemy, cunning and insidious. The battle was long and hard fought, but in the end the combined efforts of the Rubix cluster were enough and fun prevailed. Some of the boredom fighting weapons employed by our brave young troops included musical chairs, soccer, volleyball and a stereotype exercise designed to help the first years get to know each other better.
Now all kidding aside the aim of this event was in line with the goals of the broader university welcoming program, to introduce the first years to new people, to help them feel comfortable in the university setup and they also got to meet some of their fellow students from other residences and PSO’s who will be studying the same course as them. It was very satisfying to see, after these activities, a noticeable downwards curve in awkwardness amongst first years.
The activities were as one would assume filled with all kinds of humorous incidents, from the plethora of hand balls at the soccer to the epic Saturday Night Fever style dance move at musical chairs. Much laughs were had, friendships made and others strengthened. Alas though, all good things have to come to an end and this day of fun for the Rubix cluster is no exception, soon the first years from the other houses will leave us and return to their own respective places of residence, but do not fret my dear reader, boredom has been banished and we shall see our valiant allies soon enough when we commence a new battle…..going to class.
Please note that no first years were harmed during the writing of this article.
To the casual passer by the dining hall in Metanoia on Thursday evening would surely have reminded them of a windy west coast day, in scenes reminiscent of that beautiful part of Mzansi many a young couple could be seen “Windsurfing” across the floor of our revamped dining hall.
Yes Metas I am speaking of the annual first years “sokkie” that came roaring into town again at its traditional break neck speed. To their credit the Meta guys all looked very debonair, with t-shirts being banished for the night, of course not to be out done by their male counterparts the Meta ladies were all looking lovely as ever. So all dressed up and ready to go the first years reported to the venue to have their socks rocked off to the tunes of Kurt Darren and the like, or should I rather say “socked” off?
Now it should be said that not all meta residents can sokkie like “Oom Sarel van die plaas”, but that my dear readers is the beauty of the event, as one first year said: “This event gives us a chance to get to know one another”. And what better way to do that than by teaching your fellow Meta how to sokkie?
So proceedings went forward at a pace with more and more people joining the dance floor every minute, and then suddenly the mood changed, along with the music. Gone were Kurt and co. and PSY’s Gangham style was the new groove. It was at this moment that the sokkie transformed into an epic no holds barred dancethon of magnificent proportions!!!!! HKs Schalk, Justin and Ashara decided to treat everyone present to a superb rendition of the Gangham style dance moves, and boy did they move. This surely was a highlight for many of the Metas present. Their spirited performance brought many a smile to fresh new faces as well as those more seasoned campaigners among us.
After this a few more minutes of fun was to be had before the first years were allowed to leave the by now sweltering “eet saal”, only to then be treated to their first, famous and much loved “Eina Konyn”. All in all the 2013 edition of the Meta first year “sokkie” was a great success, with many new friendships formed and budding new ones reinforced.
Please note that no first year was harmed during the writing of this article.
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