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Hoe lyk Sonop

Sonop beslaan ses ou burgererwe in die boomryke Brooklynomgewing - skaars een kilometer vanaf die UP hoofkampus. Anders as die ander manskoshuise op die kampus, bestaan Sonop nie uit 'n groot gebou met gange en kamers nie, maar uit mansjoene (klein huisies) met vier kamers elk waar inwoners vanaf hulle tweede studiejaar woon. Tussen die mansjoene is groen grasperke en mooi tuine wat 'n regte huislike atmosfeer skep.

Die eerstejaars woon in die Stalle, die pastorie of die Bloutrein - elkeen met sy eie unieke karakter en atmosfeer.

Sonop is in streke verdeel. Die Weste, Ooste, Noorde en Sentraal het net soos die eerstejaars se woonplekke elkeen hulle eie styl en manier van dinge doen. Elke streek het sy eie informele leier wat jaarliks deur die streek onderling verkies word: die Weste se Godfather, die Noorde se Hoofsaag, die Ooste se President en Sentraal se Hoofpaal.

Internet

Sonop was destyds die eerste koshuis by UP wat internettoegang vir sy inwoners gebied het. Elke Sonopper het 24 uur per dag onbeperkte internettoegang. Die "wireless" netwerk maak dit vir die inwoners moontlik om enige plek op die terrein saam met mede-studente op hulle skootrekenaars aan groepsopdragte te werk of op die tuinbank voor hulle kamers eposse vir hulle familie en vriende wereldwyd te stuur.

'n Hoogs professionele maatskappy is verantwoordelik vir die oorhoofse instandhouding van die netwerk terwyl 'n "Internet-komitee" wat uit huislede bestaan, die grondvlak administrasie saam met die koshuishoof en adminisitratiewe dame behartig.

Troeteldiere

Elke seniorstreek in Sonop (Ooste, Weste en Noorde) word toegelaat om 'n hond as troeteldier aan te hou. Besoekers word gewoonlik deur 'n paar van die honde gegroet.

Hierdie honde het alles behalwe 'n hondelewe - inteendeel - hulle lewe soos konings !

Sonop se honde is 'n gereelde gesig by rugbywedstryde op LC de Villiers waar hulle saam met 'n eerstejaar aan 'n leiband die skouspel op die veld gadeslaan. Ook tydens huisvergaderings word daar vir hulle plek gemaak om deel te wees van die belangrike beraadslagings van die inwoners.

Elke hond moet deur 'n "inlywingseremonie" gaan alvorens hy as 'n Sonopper aanvaar word en sy sertifikaat ontvang.

Hostel Anthem

Zoem Garribaldi
Zoem Garri garri garri zoem Garribaldi
Zoem Garri garri garri zoem Garribaldi

Op die plaas is daar net een huis
Noem 'n plek en daar is ons tuis
Bittermin kan 'n Sonopper wees
Want ons gee onsself om lojaal te wees

Zoem Garri garri garri zoem Garribaldi
Zoem Garri garri garri zoem Garribaldi

Met Oom Gert en Pluto tesaam
Steel ons bordjies, bou ons 'n naam
Die Nonnie se maalvleis en tjips bring verdriet
Neem net kennis om toeter te blaas is verbied

Zoem Garri garri garri zoem Garribaldi
Zoem Garri garri garri zoem Garribaldi

Nietemin dit bly steeds 'n fees
Om 'n lid van Sonop te wees
Waarom sal ons oor die poefplaas wil huil
Want wie wil tradisie vir luuksheid verruil

Zoem Garri garri garri zoem Garribaldi
Zoem Garri garri garri zoem Garribaldi
Zoem Garri garri garri zoem

Voorsitter: "Van Sonop"
Huislede : "Tot laat"
Voorsitter: "Al hoe meer"
Huislede : "Kwaad"
Voorsitter: "Laat die beile"
Huislede : "Huil"

 

The house song was written in 1976 by Kobus Segers to the tune of a traditional Turkish folk song . Where now " Pluto " is sung was initially " Legs " who was the residence 's dog. The intention was that the house song would change as change the dog in the residence but for some reason the name " Pluto " , which incidentally Pote 's son was stabbed down .

Mascots

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1932 : After having been stolen by two Sonop and two Kollege residents and surviving several adventures,Oom Gert finally makes Sonop his permanent home. (See 60-year festival publication, p15)

1939 : A figure used in an advertisement for underpants is stolen and baptised Garibaldi

1942 : Both Kollege and Voortrekker make unsuccessful attempts atstealingOom Gert.

1942 : Oom Gert is abducted by Onderstepoort and chained by his hand. Sonop residents retrieve him, but have to saw off his hand to free him. Sadly Oom Gert only regained the full use of his hand in 1998!

1944 : Oom Gert is abducted first by Kollege and shortly afterwards by Vergeet-my-nie.

1950 : Sonop residents steal Vergeet-my-nie's mascot Olifant (which is currently Jasmyn's mascot).

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1950 : Wits steals Oom Gert.

1956 : Sonop presents Asterhof with a giraffe as their mascot.

1963 : Sonop steals Brandwag, NKP's mascot.

1972 : Asterhof 's Grasie is stolen, used for a photo shoot and returned home before her absence is noticed by the residents.

1975 : Sonop steals the Kollege mascot, Sarge Bourke.

1976 : The Sonop flag becomes official.

1999 : Oom Gert is stolen by Madelief, but finds his new environment most unpleasant and soon finds his way back to Sonop.

 

 

Tradition

Since Sonop's establishment in 1917, a large number of individuals have left an imprint on it, and likewise Sonop has left its mark on many people. Through the years, this hostel has developed a wealth of unique traditions of which every Sonop resident is immensely proud.

Many of Sonop's traditions are not known to the outside world and when, in an unguarded moment, a Sonop resident mentions 'nagligte' (night lights) or 'oliegedroggies'(oil monstrosities) people have no idea what they're talking about. Every year, only approximately 50 students enjoy the privilege of becoming part of the Sonop family and traditions.

Advertising boards:

Sonop offers external institutions an opportunity to advertise their services and products free of charge on the Sonop premises. Sonop residents are more than willing to fetch advertising material (typically advertising boards) from the producers' premises and to install them at Sonop. The first such advertisement made its appearance in front of Rooms 71 and 72 in roundabout 1939. Today Sonop proudly advertises more than 700 products!

Jacket and tie:

There can be no doubt that the best-dressed students on Campus, ie those wearing neat suits and ties, are first-years from Sonop. It is also fairly certain that the worst-dressed student will be a Sonop-semi.

Meals:

Mealtimes at Sonop are experiences not to be missed. With elegantly dressed first-year students serving creative dishes prepared by Nonnie (our matron) to seniors, every meal is a special and exciting experience. Sonop meals differ from those served at other hostels in one respect in particular, and that is that all the Sonop residents sit down together to enjoy them.

Rules and Regulations

For the sake of good order in the residence has Sonop its own set of house rules on the one hand is in line with the University's broad residence policy but on the other hand also provides for the uniqueness that Sunrise has for 95 years feature.

The residence head and residence committee see on the ground that the house rules are adhered to by the people. Regular report and input from the Sonopraad in this regard will take place on place on an ongoing basis.