Love is in the Air: Happy Valentines to all. Feb. 14 is the perfect day to revisit the common curriculum classics, Yusuf and Zulaikha and The Plum and The Golden Vase. In honor of the occasion, RC^3 organised blind dates and Tandem sold special Valentine’s day merchandise.

The Gift of Giving: Yale-NUS College has set up its first Senior Class Gift. The Senior Class Gift is a two-week, class-based effort to raise money for Financial Aid, with the College matching gifts between $20 and $100 one-to-one. If the participation rate meets 90% the ‘Class of 2017 Award’ will be established. At press time the fund had achieved a 296% participation rate and raised $1655 before matching.

ICGs: The Inter College Games (ICGs) concluded on Thursday, Feb. 16 with the road relay. At press time, Yale-NUS College was leading the competition with 59 points. The College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT) was second and Residential College Four (RC4) was third, with 55 and 54 points respectively.

All Publicity is Good Publicity?: Opinion articles in The Octant were recently picked up by the Singaporean media, including Today and the Straits Times. We were flattered (and a little surprised) that they felt this was worth reporting on. However, we were disappointed by the lack of original reporting and the lack of hyperlinks to our articles.

Modes of Protest: In the wake of the Town Hall, The Octant articles and coverage in the wider media, YNCForum organised a discussion on “Modes of Protest” and how students should respond to authority. With attendees permission, a recording of the event will be distributed to the wider community and the administration.

A Well-Earned Rest: Saturday, Feb. 18 marks the start of the mid-semester break. The Octant hopes everyone at Yale-NUS enjoys a well-earned rest. We will be taking a break from publishing and will return after the break.

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