“I wasn’t on the other side of the ocean, with groups of student protestors marching day in and day out against bills they didn’t think was fair... I was living in a quiet college with manicured lawns whittling away at a stack of readings which I couldn’t always finish.” Alice talks about struggling with unrest back home.
“People at Yale-NUS are intensely chaotic. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean this in a ‘will drink too much soju at 11:13 pm on a Saturday night, despite the fact that their 11:59 pm Literature and Humanities submission isn’t yet finished’ way. I mean that in the ‘your planetary placements all contradict each other so that every aspect of your personality is at war with each other’ way.” Shehryar reads our birth charts.
“Climate change activism and advocacy is a role we have to choose to fulfill, rather than an opinion that we hold, and it therefore follows that we have to repeatedly make active choices to commit to solving the climate crisis.” Michael tells us why we should accept more plant-based food in the dining halls.
“Hello ant,” I said to my silent friend. It rested on my nail cuticle, more quiet then. When I placed my hand back onto the table, it crawled onto my readings, sauntering around one of Tocqueville’s lines the same way my concentration meanders around his arguments.” Amanda tells us about ants.
“After attending the intimate post-event dinner, where questions focused less on politics and more on his personal journey as a content creator, I realized that it is not simply delusion, but rather faith, that enables Nas Daily.“
“We are not here to be served, but to learn how to develop our thinking and contribute to society and the environment. Walking a few more minutes to another dining hall is the least that we can do.” Yihui makes a case for why we should all take steps to reduce food wastage.
“The college should own, accept, and examine the sociopolitics of the issue, instead of disavowing all political responsibilities by retreating to the seemingly impartial ground of “academic rigor”. In light of the cancelled Week 7 LAB, Wee Yang examines Yale-NUS’ role in Singapore.
“We can fervently debate issues and advocate for causes until the cows
come home to graze, but if we never bring that conversation beyond our bubble, then we can never expect anything to change.” Elizabeth tells us why we should move our discussions about social issues into our personal lives outside of Yale-NUS.
“The divided reactions to the cancellation of the Week 7 program reveal a growing polarization between different groups in Singaporean society with competing notions of what Singapore can and should look like.” Jia Qi and Daryl reckon with what public reactions to the cancelled LAB mean for Yale-NUS students and Singapore at large.