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Living With Heartbreak

In this personal essay, Anna Evtushenko ’17 discusses the differences and similarities in our experiences of loss and how she doesn’t make sense of it.

Cost Not Main Motivation for Closure, Part of NUS Roadmap to Make Interdisciplinary Education More Accessible: Education Minister

Echoing NUS President Tan Eng Chye’s opinion piece on Saturday, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing told Parliament on Monday that the merger will create a more inclusive and interdisciplinary educational experience. Evan reports.

Yale Did Not Offer $100 Million to Save Yale-NUS, Says Former Yale President

When NUS and Yale offered contradicting narratives, listen to what Richard Levin, former Yale President, has to say.

Why the New College Does Not “Broaden Access to an Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Education”

Existing commentators have explored the possible underlying dynamics, highlighted potential issues, and suggested next steps to make the best of the YNC closure and establishment of NC. Yi Ming Ng, ’21, and Rohan Naidu, ’17 step back and ask if the move is justified.

The Octant Explains: How Expensive is Yale-NUS, Really?

In this explainer, Jia Qi compares Yale-NUS's school fees with other small liberal arts colleges and academic programs in Singapore to obtain a sense of scale.

An Open Letter to the Donors of Yale-NUS College

A group of students and alumni from Yale-NUS reached out to The Octant with an open letter to the college’s donors.

How NUS Broke Our Trust

Students came to Yale-NUS for a promise and only found that it was "recklessly broken," Avery bemoans.

The Yale-NUS Story is a Singaporean Story

Ryan discusses how Yale-NUS has a story that mirrors key aspects of the Singapore story.

Architects of Failure: the “New College’s” Poorly Constructed Student Experience

David discusses how Yale-NUS architecture was designed and how it speaks the unfeasibility of the New College.

A Means to an End: The Strategic Failures of the Yale-NUS Experiment

Why would NUS dissolve two perfectly functioning programs to form a marginally larger college that cannot guarantee the quality of education of the previous two? Ryan weighs in.

Automatic Admission to New College, CHS Offered to Deferred Matriculants

Deferred matriculants, who are currently holding on to offers from Yale-NUS College, have received a guaranteed admission offer to both the New College and CHS.

Did the Yale-NUS Experiment Fail? No, but the New College Might

Neither Yale-NUS nor USP failed, but the New College very well might. What has to be done to make it work? Alumni Daniel '19 and Daryl '19 weigh in.

BREAKING: NUS Students Release Petition Against Mergers

With the slogan #NoMoreTopDown, NUS students released a petition against the merger of six colleges. The petition is jointly written by the students across NUS and encouraged the community to sign the petition against an “unaccountable, impractical and harmful” merger.

New Beginnings, Same Old NUS Mistakes

What is unique about the Yale-NUS model that the New College might not be able to emulate?

In Memoriam of Yale-NUS

What does it mean to be overseas upon hearing the news on closure? Listen from Suman '25, as she grapples with her disbelief and hurt whilst desperately wanting to be on campus.

Few Senior Figures had a Voice in Yale-NUS and USP Merger Decision

Following the decision to merge Yale-NUS College with the University Scholars Programme, The Octant learns that many key stakeholders were not involved in the decision-making process.

The Neoliberal Arts

The “New” in the new college stands for Neoliberal arts, Shawn Hoo ‘20 opines.

A Planned Catastrophe: Yale-NUS to Close in 2025

Yesterday’s news left the Yale-NUS community with much information and many feelings to process. Here’s a timeline of how the plan unfolded since June, with a look from the inside in an exclusive interview with the College’s administrators.

From Curd to Butter to Ghee: On Post-Merger Possibilities

Guest writer and alumnus Daryl Yang '19 reflects on the news of Yale-NUS' impending closure.

How I Confronted an Islamophobic Teacher

"I opened the attachment. The title of the presentation was 'Violence in Islam.' Below it were two photos, one of hadith books and one of an extremist group." When a teacher blatantly spreads islamophobia, Soroush recounts how she intervened and stood up for what she believes in

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