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The Octant

Mapping the Road to 2025: The Editors’ Perspective

If the shock announcement made you feel that the story has ended, don’t forget we have still four more years to go. 

NUS President Tan Eng Chye Challenged, Dismissed Students’ Concerns in Heated Town Hall Q&A

The downside of the decision is that "I have incurred the anger of the Yale-NUS community," said NUS President Tan Eng Chye.

Closure Was Accelerated While in a “Position of Strength”: NUS President Tan Eng Chye

Since the “merger” was made public on August 27, there has been little clarity on the deliberations behind the heavy-handed decision. This town hall, however, provided important details.

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.

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.

How Yale-NUS Disables Students and How We Can Do Better

While variations in one’s physiology might result in impairments, it is not the impairment itself that disables people—places, institutions, and people do. Yihui and Alex investigate how Yale-NUS disables its students, why you should care, and what we should do about it.

We’ve got a minute

But when the world looks on waiting for us to belly-flop headfirst into the great unknown and make it up as we go, who wouldn’t want some predictability? Vrinda muses about the unpredictable end of her college experience.

Unpacking My Closet

There is something melancholic about it though, the Hockney on the wall. All I am left to behold is the white spray—not the spring of the body, not the goggled boy in a swimming cap. Even the yellow diving board is motionless. 

Made Up Sh*t: The Fiction and Fact of COVID-19

Can you fight a force of nature?

The Incomplete Yale-NUS Story

Perhaps it is okay to simply acknowledge that I had a good time here, made good memories, learnt important lessons about myself, and developed some nice skills, without having to fit that into a clean narrative arc.

Where are you from?

"While I’m not sure that everyone faces these same third culture kid problems as I do, it sure would be ironically wholesome to belong in a community where everyone’s split between communities."

What Happens If There Is a Case on Campus?

Are we prepared for the worst? Khym asks.

Decoding Traditions at Yale-NUS

Aryan and Wisha decode traditions of Yale-NUS: What they are, how they came to be and what they say about us.

Reflections on Fulbright University Vietnam: How Should We Engage With Other Asian Liberal Arts Institutions?

“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.

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