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A Morning Well Spent: Hats and Heels

There are always debates regarding whether or not staying in a student residence is of any value. Those in favor of private accommodation will say that it allows for more freedom or that sharing immediate living quarters ‘is not my forte’. These are all of course valid opinions, and we cannot have preconceptions regarding personal preferences. But there are few opportunities that campaigned as much for the benefits of staying in res – and more specifically, in Harmonie – than the event that took place on the 25th of March in our own quad.

This was the annual Harmonie tea party, and basking under a lovely morning sun were the excited faces of be-hatted ladies in florals and chiffon. By their sides, the animated faces of their guests and loved ones: a mother, a best friend, a mentor. This was a special group of people: the invitation was extended to every single Harmonite, with the only requirement for attendance being that their companion be someone that is an inspiration to them. Some brought the friend that had been in their life for ten years, some brought the mother that woke every morning at five to pray for the hard academic day that lay ahead for their daughter. And amidst finger sandwiches, scrumptious scones and delicate tartlets, laughter and loving sentiments were exchanged in abundance. As mothers and friends bonded over a cup of tea and a piece of carrot cake, a photographer subtly went around the long table of chatty ladies, capturing these precious moments for the rest of eternity. And, of course, there was a beautiful photo-booth situated beneath our signature Jakaranda tree, making for countless beautiful photo opportunities.

When being asked for advice by prospective students on what kind of events are worth attending at university – this is the answer. For moments such as these are a big part of the foundation of life-long friendships and are surely a very welcome break from the relentless pressures of academic life.

Marlise Theron

House Fun(ds) Dance

Exams are right around the corner and the nerves are starting to set in. It’s time to start drinking vitamins, because the biannual symptoms we all know so well, have started to manifest: binge-watching series, stress eating, freaking out about due dates and, worst of all, procrastination.  Luckily, the House Fund(s) Dance was just in time to allow us to blow off some steam and enjoy fabulous Harmonie socialising. The next Harmonie dance, the one and only House Dance, will only be late in the second semester, therefore attending this one was an opportunity not to be missed!

The dance took place in the heart and stomach of Stellenbosch University: the Neelsie. Having a dance so close to home was amazing. There was no need to drag along comfortable shoes or jackets. It also allowed us to show off our outfits to the students in FHARGA. They only hate us cause they ain’t us.

The Harmonie newcomers came out in their numbers to represent. This forecasts an incredibly participatory first years group. However, several Harmonie alumni also attended the dance, which lead to a number of vocal reunions between current and “old” Harmonites.

The theme this year was emoji’s, which was ingenious. Not only do most of us use them every day, but thanks to recent WhatsApp updates, there are a bunch of new ones available for our social media pleasure. We really are a diverse group of women: we had scientists, a unicorn, cowboys, queens,  and any other emoji you can think of. Hands down the two outfits that dominated the evening were Caitlynne and Emma’s amazing matching costumes. MacDonald’s chips have never looked as fabulous.

The beverages for the evening were the most diverse I have seen at a Harmonie dance. This dance really offered something for everyone. The cuisine consisted of one of the top three student favourites. Romans pizza is an absolute must. MacDonald’s and Pulp popcorn may have been a bit impractical, so maybe next time.

The last hour of House Fund(s) Dance was the best part of the evening. That was the moment we all come together and just let go. Dancing and singing along to music with your friends is one of the best feelings in the world.  The music was louder and the dance moves were on point.  Shout out to the wonderful ladies of the Second Years Committee, who organised the whole event. Thank you for helping us to take a break before all of the exam pressure.

  • Kayla Odendaal 

My first experience of the senior’s dance

I was completely amazed by the outcome of the dance. The atmosphere, drinks, food and company were more than perfect. I went to the dance with high expectations; after all, I was very determined to make it a night to remember. I was one of the first to arrive at the venue. I was quivering with joy and excitement when I entered the building. The atmosphere was already set with the background music and lights, which just gave me that immediate feeling of excitement. I was amped to start the night on the dance floor. However I didn’t wanted to be that one girl that you find dancing on her own. So I waited for my friends to arrive so we could open up the dance floor.

Not long after I arrived, everyone started to show up. The ladies looked beyond beautiful with their own unique styles. It was an interesting and exciting experience to see the girls all dressed up compared to their everyday casual clothing. One thing that I know for sure is that the ladies in Harmonie know how to dress to impress!

On arrival everyone was welcomed with an alcoholic punch that was really tasty and just the right way to start the night off. I found it easy to mingle with everyone and all the guests were very open to socialising. I truly like the concept of having the dance at a nightclub. It makes things so much easier and Tin Roof was a more than adequate venue. It is also good to change up the scenery.

After we ate our scrumptious Romans pizzas, I decided to join my friends on the dance floor. That is when the night truly started. My friends and I decided not to take dates, but rather take each other. I found it lovely to spend the night out with my Harmonie sisters.

Last but certainly not least: the photo booth! I loved the idea of using props as they added character and flair to the photos. It was a fun and interactive way to capture the memories that were made that night.

I can say with all honesty, it was a night to remember. I’m totally looking forward to the next senior’s dance. The senior’s committee did a great job in making it a memorable night.

Tayleigh Davids

Harmonie Molassesêr 2017: “Ladies with Gees”

From the “Kuierleiers” to the Smarties, the ladies of the Harmonie Molassesêr team pulled out all the stops. The audience was chauffeured through a realistic tour around the University of Stellenbosch in the comfort of their own seats.

The purpose of the energy-charged production was to promote staying true to one’s roots, and simultaneously feeling comfortable while walking on the Rooiplein during lunch hour intervals. “Roots” here is not used in the context of one’s hair roots, but rather as a representation of what makes you, you.

Stellenbosch University is known for its diverse group of students who study and reside on, as well as around, the university’s campus. Each student seems to use their own method of socializing, staying active, and (most importantly) making HEMIS. This diversity is exactly what Harmonie’s Molassesêr ladies were determined to prove.

The day of the Molassesêr started off on a very good note (pun intended). At 06:00, the ladies had their very last rehearsal. Instead of acting as an alarm clock for the rest of the house, as was intended, windows had been angrily shut by 06:05 in reaction to the noise level. This did not offend the Molassesêr ladies though, as it only served to prove that their gees was where it should be!

The ladies’ first performance at the AmaMaties hub was both nerve wrecking and exciting; this was their first time seeing the judges reactions to the moves that were incorporated, the song choices, and the way in which they presented themselves.

The performance was divided into different categories of students of Stellenbosch University, namely: Kuierluiers, Smarties, Humanitarians and The Poppies.

The story revolves around a student at the University of Stellenbosch trying to find her way through each and every group. She ends up never fitting into any of these groups, finding herself unhappy, unattractive, tired and fighting a nasty hangover. She later learns that the only way she will ever fit in as well as be happy, is to be herself and to stick to her roots because each and every student is flawless in their own unique way. There truly was no better way to end off than with the flawless lyrics: “Baby we look so

good all the time, Oh Yeah Oh Yeah Oh Yeah”.

by Tamlyn Blignaut

First year’s dance

Everybody knows how high school dances usually entail those awkward conversations and stiff dance partners. This is most definitely not the case at university dances… The first year’s dance was a fun evening where the first year ladies of Harmonie got to spend time with their fellow Harmonites (and maybe with a handsome date they met in Welcoming Week at a skakel, or in class).

The theme for the first year’s dance this year was “Inside Out”, with décor inspired by the animation movie with the same name released by Pixar in 2015. In the quad, the trees were draped with fairy lights and the guests could lounge around on the comfortable sofas before the dance commenced. The dining hall was, too, draped in fairy lights, and created a warm and aesthetically pleasing welcome. The guests were seated at tables which were beautifully decorated according to the chosen theme, with colourful placemats and centerpieces. Also included in the table décor was a lovely souvenir glass for each guest, completed with the 1905 logo of Harmonie and the words “First Year’s Dance 2017”.

When everyone had found a seat, the dance floor was opened by the House Committee members and the party started. Everyone enjoyed the range of music that was played by the DJ, our very own Una. If I may give you some advice for future dances: do not, under any circumstances, dance in platform heels! In between dancing and eating Roman’s pizza, the guests could take photos at the photo booth, which was also “Inside Out” inspired.

I think it is safe to say that the First Year’s Dance of 2017 was a huge success and that the Functions Committee did an excellent job in making it a magical evening for all the guests.

Welcoming week 2017

From the moment I opened the email that informed me of my acceptance into Harmonie and right throughout welcoming week, I felt a profound sense of pride. It was during that busy welcoming week that I met wonderful people and learned to appreciate our beautiful residence.

I walked through “Knersis” on my first day and was immediately greeted by the friendly members of the House Committee, whereafter I was escorted to the room I would call my home for the next year. To make us feel even more welcome, the newcomers were provided with handpicked mentors to help us adjust to our new surroundings.

Out of the many exciting activities that took place during welcoming week, I would like to reminisce about a few special moments.

One of the first “skakels” we had was with the first years of Huis Visser. Dress code: black. Tonight, we dance! We had the privilege to learn a few dances with the University of Stellenbosch Dancing Society and my partners and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Another one of my good memories is of an afternoon when we were graced with the presence of the Pieke men. The House Committee disguised themselves as first years, while a few newcomers took on the daunting task of being HK-members. It was such blast to see how our guests reacted towards the young house leaders, and how the real House Committee blended in with the rest of us.

We also had various other social events with both male, female and mixed residences and PSO’s, including speed dating, watermelon fights, picnics and hamburger building.

A chat with a few alumni of Harmonie led us, as newcomers, to gain a better understanding of our incredibly special residence and realize how blessed we are to call Harmonie our home. It was truly inspiring to see how connected the Harmonites are.

One afternoon we hiked up Coetzenburg mountain, where the House Committee taught us the house song and gave us time to ponder over the year ahead. They also taught us the Cookery dance. Next time I hear “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” I’ll definitely jump up and start dancing!

Another special occasion was the evening that the newcomers and seniors got to know each other better, while sharing their “claim to fame”. It was definitely a fun way to familiarize ourselves with our residence sisters, all while having a good laugh.

How can one summarize welcoming week without mentioning Vensters? We joined forces with Oude Molen and our show was a huge success! Although we didn’t win, we know that we gave it our best shot. Besides, in the end the most important thing is that we had fun.

All in all, the welcoming period was one crazy, ridiculously tiring, yet incredibly fun week. I do believe that the first years learned a lot and possibly made lifelong friends. I am honoured call myself a Harmonite!

by Andrea Swart16300325_1213934998662412_308543984796126954_o

Welcoming week 2017

From the moment I opened the email that informed me of my acceptance into Harmonie and right throughout welcoming week, I felt a profound sense of pride. It was during that busy welcoming week that I met wonderful people and learned to appreciate our beautiful residence.

I walked through “Knersis” on my first day and was immediately greeted by the friendly members of the House Committee, whereafter I was escorted to the room I would call my home for the next year. To make us feel even more welcome, the newcomers were provided with handpicked mentors to help us adjust to our new surroundings.

Out of the many exciting activities that took place during welcoming week, I would like to reminisce about a few special moments.

One of the first “skakels” we had was with the first years of Huis Visser. Dress code: black. Tonight, we dance! We had the privilege to learn a few dances with the University of Stellenbosch Dancing Society and my partners and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Another one of my good memories is of an afternoon when we were graced with the presence of the Pieke men. The House Committee disguised themselves as first years, while a few newcomers took on the daunting task of being HK-members. It was such blast to see how our guests reacted towards the young house leaders, and how the real House Committee blended in with the rest of us.

We also had various other social events with both male, female and mixed residences and PSO’s, including speed dating, watermelon fights, picnics and hamburger building.

A chat with a few alumni of Harmonie led us, as newcomers, to gain a better understanding of our incredibly special residence and realize how blessed we are to call Harmonie our home. It was truly inspiring to see how connected the Harmonites are.

One afternoon we hiked up Coetzenburg mountain, where the House Committee taught us the house song and gave us time to ponder over the year ahead. They also taught us the Cookery dance. Next time I hear “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” I’ll definitely jump up and start dancing!

Another special occasion was the evening that the newcomers and seniors got to know each other better, while sharing their “claim to fame”. It was definitely a fun way to familiarize ourselves with our residence sisters, all while having a good laugh.

How can one summarize welcoming week without mentioning Vensters? We joined forces with Oude Molen and our show was a huge success! Although we didn’t win, we know that we gave it our best shot. Besides, in the end the most important thing is that we had fun.

All in all, the welcoming period was one crazy, ridiculously tiring, yet incredibly fun week. I do believe that the first years learned a lot and possibly made lifelong friends. I am honoured call myself a Harmonite!

by Andrea Swart

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