AskDefine | Define activate

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1 put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits" [syn: trip, actuate, trigger, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off]
2 make active or more active; "activate an old file" [ant: inactivate]
3 make more adsorptive; "activate a metal"
4 aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter [syn: aerate]
5 make (substances) radioactive

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  1. Put into action
  2. Put to work
  3. Turn on


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Activate is the official student newspaper of Rhodes University. It was established in 1947 as Rhodeo, and during apartheid became an active part of the struggle for freedom of expression as part of the now defunct South African Student Press Union . These days, Activate is committed to informing students about issues relevant to their lives, both on campus and around the African continent. The newspaper is run entirely by the students and is published every second week during term time. The newspaper revives a sizeable grant for the Student Representative Council(SRC) but most of its costs are covered by advert placements.
Since 2005 the staff who serve on the newspaper's two controlling committees (the executive and production committees) are selected and appointed by an editorial board made up of the outgoing editor and deputy editor including one other outgoing senior staff member (usually the editorial consultant), the station manager of Rhodes Music Radio and various staff members from the Rhodes School of Journalism. Traditionally the senior staff serve for a one year term and the current editor is Bianca Silva with Candace Whitehead as deputy.
In 2006, the Oppidan Press was established as another independent newspaper at Rhodes University expressly to cater to the needs of students who didn't live on campus.
Previous editors of Activate:
editors before 2000 are unknown- please help fill them in! 2000/1- Jak Koesoff 2001/2- Natasha Joseph 2002/3- Haru Mutasa 2003/4- Lesley Oedendal 2004/5- Carly Ritz (deputy- Nicolas Haralambous) 2005/6- Peter Barlow (deputy- Bianca Camminga) 2006/7- Xanthe Galanis (deputy- Tim Hancox)


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