“I was hesitant to try it out when I first heard of it, due to the protests of Singaporeans describing it as overpriced and seething with expats. Nevertheless, I gave the pretentiously named ‘lounge’ a chance, and I don’t think I’ll ever look back.” Michael tells us why he clubs at Kilo.
“I want to encourage our community to remember the Wall as more than a contested space filled with hostile language among members of the Greater China region. It is a civic education project that never got to realize its full potential at and beyond Yale-NUS.” Winnie tells us more.
“In response to Speaker Tan Chuan Jin’s question, I say: if the foundation of a liberal education is to encourage engagement with differing sentiments, then we do need a liberal education, not just to get us into the future — but to create that shared future.” Shawn tells us why dissent matters for Singapore.
“Several days earlier, I had a conversation with an alumnus from the then University of Singapore about student activism in Singapore in the 1970s…Had the vibrant culture of student activism not been annihilated in the preceding decades, we would never have needed such a course.”
“Ultimately, Singapore can adapt itself all it wants -- but do we really want to live alone in a dead world?” Ajay tells us why you should join SG Climate Rally on September 21st 2019, at Speaker’s Corner, Hong Lim Park, from 3 pm - 6 pm.
“Do we want to engage with an institution that is complicit in perpetuating America’s imperialistic foreign policies in Vietnam?” Following the participation of Yale-NUS College faculty members at a Fulbright University Vietnam’s (FUV) conference, Ai Huy Luu asks how Yale-NUS should engage with the school.
“We succeed in a writing consultation when the student leaves the session having changed their mind about how they thought of something, entirely prompted by writing that has already been done. Radical change, even when an assignment is to be submitted the very same night, sometimes.” For our Graduation Issue, Jolene reflects on her time as a peer tutor in the Writers’ Centre.
“In a school that regularly hosts events about inequality, oppression and social justice, the lack of any kind of conversation concerning the existing precarity on campus is remarkable.” The silence surrounding working conditions in Yale-NUS College implicates all of us as part of the college community. Elias tells us more.
You’ve probably seen people walking around campus with metal straws stuck into plastic bubble tea cups. Alisha tells us why metal straws are not an end in the fight against pollution, but only the beginning.
After Monica Baey’s experience as a survivor of sexual violence went viral, public attention has focused on the appropriate penalties that her perpetrator should receive. Daryl and Alysha discuss why we should consider more pluralistic, rather than punitive, forms of justice for survivors of sexual violence.
In Yale-NUS College, the issue of overworking is always framed as an individual problem – just learn better time management skills! Francesca tells us why we need to have a more honest conversation about wellness and success.
With students from the Normal stream being underrepresented in the Yale-NUS student population, how is the recent news on structural reforms in Singapore’s mainstream education system relevant to us? Paul reflects on his time in neighborhood secondary schools as both a student and an educator and the implications that this policy change could have on the school he is about to leave.
After tearing his ACL, William found himself dealing with the challenges of getting around campus on a wheelchair. He tells us why he thinks Yale-NUS needs to think about better accommodating disabled students.