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Editor’s Note

Dear readers, It is with great sadness that I will be stepping down as Chief Editor of The Octant at the end of this semester. The baton will be passed on to my dear friend and partner-in-crime, Spandana Bhattacharya, with two lovely righthand women as Managing Editors— Enzkhul Badral and Regina Marie Lee. This marks […]

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Admitted students at EYW

Admissions over the Years

story Regina Marie Lee The third round of applications to Yale-NUS College has closed and come August, the Class of 2019 will matriculate. The Admissions Committee plays a very important role in shaping the College. The department itself, now fourteen strong, has seen changes across the years. Admissions was one of the first staff departments formed […]

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Ticket for "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Relying on the Rector’s copay

story Abdul Hamid Interested in attending a show? Email the Rector’s Office and, with enough student interest, they might get tickets. You get to see the show, and pay a subsidized amount for it! Colloquially known as the Rector’s Office copay, this informal arrangement has become the go-to for students who want to attend ticketed events […]

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Mr. Lewis supporting Yale-NUS Athletics

The Future of Yale-NUS Athletics

story David Chappell By the end of the first academic year, Yale-NUS College’s athletics scene was successfully out of the starting blocks. As the college approaches the end of its second academic year, its momentum is picking up, but there are still many obstacles to overcome. These issues include a need for a funding restructure, a […]

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Ambassador Chan Heng Chee

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee

Governing Board Interview Series interview Regina Marie Lee Ambassador Chan Heng Chee joined the Yale-NUS College Governing Board in July 2013 and is currently Chairman of the National Arts Council and Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this email interview, she shares with The Octant her role in guiding Yale-NUS, as well as […]

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Letter to the Editor

letter Adam Goh ’18 I refer to Soh Wee Yang’s opinion article, “A Hollow Core.” While his concerns are valid, our college does have a core value system, albeit one that is not widely discussed or mentioned. The Disciplinary Policies and Procedures set forth by the Dean of Students’ Office explicitly mentions what being a part […]

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Cendana College competitors

No Experience? No Problem!

story Xie Yihao On a typical Saturday night, the Low Tuck Kwong Hall (MPH) is normally occupied by Yale-NUS College sports teams training for their upcoming competitions. On Saturday, March 28, however, it played host to Yale-NUS’s very first Inter Residential College Games (IRCGs), an event tailored to students with less sports experience. Close to seventy […]

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A Hollow Core

A Hollow Core

story Soh Wee Yang In his 1978 National Day Rally speech, then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew warned the state of losing our “Asian roots” that have served as a blueprint for development. He had felt that while Westernization had served Singapore well in terms of industrialization, he also feared that it might create a “moral […]

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Facebook Follies

Facebook Follies

story Rachel Lim Cheng Woon When the fire alarm rang at midnight on March 10, Lim Se Ern ’18 was just getting ready for bed. She immediately checked her Facebook to find out what was going on. “Facebook is the platform that connects the student population in the most immediate way,” she explained. The efficiency and […]

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Mismatched Expectations

Mismatched Expectations: CIPE’s Selection Processes

story Li Ting Chan Several students have expressed disgruntlement over how the Centre for International and Professional Experiences (CIPE) chooses its program participants, following the release of application results to summer opportunities in the past few weeks. According to Dennis Chiang ’17, there has been general frustration with CIPE’s lack of transparency. He said that some […]

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Community Service Illustration

Serving the Community at Yale-NUS

story May Tay The community service scene at Yale-NUS College is off to a slow start as students demonstrate lower levels of interest in community work than expected. This trend may change with time, and as the Service Executive Committee (SEC), which seeks to be a network of socially-oriented student groups, revises its role. The level […]

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ARTS FEST '15 leaves its mark

Arts Fest ’15 leaves its mark

story Kavya Gopal As Yale-NUS College prepares to move to its new campus next semester, the memories made in its temporary home—Residential College 4 (RC4)—will not be easily forgotten. To commemorate the physical space that the College has inhabited for the last two years, a group of seven students, headed by Director Jevon Chandra ’17, […]

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Review: Machine

We All Play the Game

Review of Machine, a Fifth Wall production review Theodore Lai A couch, a table and several lamps line the makeshift stage converted from the first floor common lounge. A lone washing machine sits in the corner of the room. Old Chinese tunes play on a radio as warm, comfortable lighting illuminates the set, creating a tranquil […]

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