Campus struck hard by footie fever

26 July 2010

UCT was not spared the soccer fever that gripped the country during the recent FIFA World Cup. Well before the first kick-off, staff and students were dressing up in national colours and makarapas, blasting their monotonic vuvuzelas (yes, we know it got a bit much towards the end), enjoying impromptu games of footie or staging more elaborate events (hats off to you, DSA and health sciences). Our academics got into the act, too. Here, then, is our little photographic montage of how UCT got the gees. (For those who didn't make it into this Monday Paper, why not check out UCT's Flickr site, following the link from the UCT homepage.)

Visitors feeling peckish could drop in at this well-branded caravan, parked just outside Baxter Hall, for choccies and snacks. There was some filling food to go with the footie at Graça Machel Hall.
Just before the tournament-opening game, staff at the Communication and Marketing Department were having a hoot. Staff at the Development and Alumni Department wore black. Yes, sure, they looked cool, but we're still wondering, why black? We hadn't played Uruguay yet.
Department: Student Affairs hosted a little World Cup of their own. Bafana Bafana won. If only John Donald and co had been called up for that Uruguay game. They're small, they're adorable. And even though some lost interest in the middle of the game - follow the ball, honey, follow the ball - they still played better than England.
They tried really hard, but not a peep came out of them. Prof Marian Jacobs made everyone else green with envy at the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Okay, so they don't look excited. But it was match 49, and these staff in the Department of Chemical Engineering were more enthralled by the hydrogen fuel cell that powered their big-screen telly, courtesy of clever colleagues Nabeel Hussain and Marc Wüst. David Maralack of the School of Management Studies didn't just join the fan walk on the last match day in Cape Town, but also a project of the Cape Higher Education Consortium to evaluate the impact of the FIFA World Cup on the city and its residents.
No sooner did ICTS move to a new building in Mowbray than they got disorientated and came up with new ways to locate their PCs - some resorting to a chant-and-vuvuzela tracking system.  

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