Thursday, March 17, 2011

UCT: Some observations and things I have learned about this place so far.

Ikey Tiger flirting on Jammie Steps.   (Image source)
  • UCT’s mascot, the “Ikey” Tiger was named many, many years ago when the school had a lot of Jewish students enrolled. The rival school, Stellenbosch, called the students “Isaacs,” which was then shortened to “Ikey.” It is pronounced like “icy” but with a “k” instead. (I was told this by someone trying to sell me something, so I’m not 100% sure it’s correct.)
  • The classes at UCT are 45 minutes, with a 15 minute passing period, again, maybe because the hill slows people down. Many students seem to use it as a time to socialize as well.
  • The students go to “University” or “Varsity,” not “College.”
  • According to my husband, faculty have “tea time” at 11:00 a.m. sharp every morning.
  • “Meridian” seems to be the word they use for a break lunch time here.
  • None of the students on UCT campus wear school paraphernalia- they do not advertise their school spirit. Please read my post on Style to envision what they are wearing instead. This is very different from the U of A student body, who bleeds red and blue! I saw a rugby game on television and finally saw some students with shirts, flags, and faces painted in support of UCT. You’re more likely to see a yellow and green jersey for the South African soccer team than for UCT.
  • “Jammie” stands for Jameson, and either refers to the “Jammie Steps” which are a huge meeting place for students to sit and hang out; or The “Jammie Shuttle” which is the transportation buses provided by UCT.

Song of the days: Wide Open Spaces by the Dixie Chicks. 

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