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A Conversation with Rector Steven Bernasek, Rector of Cendana College 2019-2022

Before Professor and Rector of Cendana College Steven Bernasek steps down from his position in June, he shares some thoughts with The Octant.

What the Duck?

The mysterious appearance of rubber ducks at faculty office doors has piqued curiosity on campus.

Otters Spotted on Campus over Winter; Likely Displaced Group in Search for Territory

Fears that otters ate the eco-pond fish over December are unfounded.

Meet Prof Michael Choi to Explore the Charm of Stochastic Processes and Markov Chains: YNC Community Connect #4

Prof Michael Choi explains the charm of stochastic processes and Markov chains in an interview.

Meet Dr. Thomas Hercules Davies, who knows more dead languages than you can name: Yale-NUS Community Connect #3

Tom introduces himself as a philosopher who studies the ancient world (particularly the Greeks). Ancient Greeks and Romans, ancient Indians, ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians, and… Karl Marx. Read more about Tom in Evan's feature.

Marimbas, Mbiras, and the Love of Music

Story by | Ryan Yeo (he/him), Managing EditorPictures by | Mpiwa Gwindi (she/her) “Chemutengure, chemutengure,” Mpiwa Gwindi ‘24 sings a traditional call and response song...

Public Health, Private Corporations and Moral Conflicts: Get to know Prof Mao Suzuki for YNC Community Connect #2

Story | Lily Chen (she/her), Contributing ReporterPhoto | Provided by Prof Mao Suzuki (she/her) Date of interview: Sep. 1, 2021Interviewer: Lily Yunrong ChenInterviewee: Prof Mao SuzukiDepartment:...

Freshie’s Spotlight: Happiness at YNC is…

Cindy interviewed four freshie from Class of 2025 on their discovery of happiness and strength at YNC.

YNC Community Connect #1: Meet Prof Chaewon Ahn for a Journey from Architecture to Urban Design

Lily interviews Prof. Chaewon Ahn to learn more about her upbringing, research interests, and her "why Yale-NUS."

Baffled, Cheated, and Frustrated, But Trying to Hope: Yale-NUS Deferred Matriculants Share Their Perspectives on “Merger” and New College

The morning of August 27 was also a fateful one for the many deferred matriculants who had already committed themselves to Yale-NUS College. Hong Jin speaks to them to learn about their dreams, their stories, and their hopes as they grapple with the impending closure of the liberal arts college.

Back to School: Yale-NUS in the Week After Closure Announcement

“The sky is falling and I’m expected to do readings.” Naia writes about how Yale-NUS grapples with the psychological trauma after the closure announcement.

“At Yale We Build to Last”: An Interview With Charles Bailyn, Yale-NUS Inaugural Dean of Faculty

"There's nothing Yale could have done." The Octant interviews Prof. Charles Bailyn, inaugural Dean of Faculty for Yale-NUS College from 2011 to 2016, on his feelings on the closure of Yale-NUS and what role Yale University has played in this narrative.

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.

A Tale of Typhoons, Trains, and Traveling to Singapore

Traveling during a worldwide pandemic is stressful enough. What happens when you add a deadline, a typhoon, and a race across the country?

We visited every restaurant, stall, and diner in UTown so you don’t have to.

So what does UTown have to offer? Which restaurants or stalls are affordable, and which should you avoid? Read on for a gastronomic tour with Michael.

Miniature Painting: Tiny Faces, Massive Worlds

Ryan follows Kyle as he demonstrates the art of miniature painting: painting tiny figurines no bigger than the size of a thumb.

The Death and Life of Great Halcyon RCs

Drawing on ideas from researches on public spaces, Thomas discusses the factors that determine whether a residential college's courtyard feels lively or dead.

Introducing David Post, the New Dean of Faculty

The Octant interviews David Post, the new Dean of Faculty starting from July this year. Joanne Roberts (EVP of Academic Affairs) and Pericles Lewis (former president of Yale-NUS) speak about their impressions of the incoming college leader.

Cake, Romance, and the Ace of Hearts: A Conversation with the Asexual Community in Yale-NUS

Asexual people or “aces” - referring to those who feel little to no sexual attraction towards others - are rarely talked about in our community. In this piece, Ryan talks to several aces in Yale-NUS to learn more about their experience and common misconceptions.

Same Moon, Different Cultures: How Lunar New Year Is Celebrated

Story by Billy Tran | Staff Editor  Living in Singapore, we are no strangers to Chinese New Year. But if you look around, you might...

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