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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.

YNC Module List Until 2025 Released

With the release of the projected course offerings for the next three years, does the reality live up to the promise of the "full Yale-NUS experience"? Suman reports

“West Wing” to be NUS College Designation for Portion of Yale-NUS Campus Used; No Renaming Plans until 2025: Roberts

After the name "West Wing" was used to refer to Yale-NUS in correspondence, students feared that the College's identity was being prematurely erased.

1 + 1 = 3 but 2 + 2 ≠ 5, or Should You Apply to NUS College?

What do Yale-NUS's first recruitment campaign and George Orwell's 1984 have to do with each other? In conjunction with NUS Open Day, alumnus Daryl Yang '19 reflects on recent developments surrounding NUS College, and offers his advice to prospective students on what to expect there.

SATS Portion Restrictions Spark Controversy; Dining Halls to Allow Double Taps

A recent policy change in Yale-NUS dining halls that limits portion sizes has caused controversy among the student body. 

Aunt Agony Returns!

After a hiatus, Aunt Agony is back to answer your burning questions.

“Collaboration, not integration”: NUS College Dean Weighs In On Post-Closure Relationship

Last week, The Octant spoke to Dean-designate of NUS College Simon Chesterman about the future of Yale-NUS and NUS College.

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.

Dear Yale-NUS, Do You Really Like Meat That Much?

Story | Arena/Topaz Zega (she/they) Photo | Ansh Akshintulu (he/him) Vegetarians and vegans know you have heard it, O’ Yale-NUS student, bastion of free thinking, esoteric...

Class of 2025 Admission Data: The Final Cohort

The Class of 2025—the final cohort of Yale-NUS College students—has embarked on the second semester of their university journey. The Octant speaks to the Admissions Team to learn more about the class profile.

2 Months on from COP26, Will Singapore Do Enough?

i'dECO argues that Singapore's COP26 commitments could have been much stronger, and suggests actions for transformative change.

Cinnamon College to House All NUS College Freshmen; Inclusion among Concerns

Dean-designate of NUS College Simon Chesterman confirmed that NUS plans to house the entire inaugural cohort of NUS College in Cinnamon College. This arrangement had not been discussed at Working Group student consultations.

Student Coalition Publishes Report Recommending Universities to Reconsider Partnerships With Fossil Fuel Industry

S4F’s report is a ground-up, independent research effort by over 60 students, alumni, academics, civil society members, and lawyers over the course of three years.

“NUS College” is NUS’s Top Choice for New College

The new 'top choice' for the official name of the New College has been met with derision and controversy.

New College Dean Will Be Announced in … :Tan Tai Yong

In an interview that took place earlier this month, the President revealed the time when the dean of the New College will be announced and expressed hopes for the leaders of the yet-unborn college.

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. 

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.

Expanded Opportunities for Yale-NUS Students, Full Suite of Courses to be Offered until 2025

The Octant, in a conversation with Joanne Roberts, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, discusses the commitments of staff and faculty to create an authentic experience for the Class of 2025 at Yale-NUS College.

Consultative Leadership Needed to Repair Trust Deficit in NUS

"Tan spoke about winning over students on his vision. Intellectually, I could be persuaded to believe in his vision, but I have minimal faith in his leadership. "

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