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Yehoon Ahn Wins Election to be Class of 2023 Representative

Yehoon wins the Election to be the Class of 2023 Representative with 42.7% of all votes, despite a controversial campaign policy.

Why It’s Sad That We Needed A Course on Dissent and Resistance

“Several days earlier, I had a conversation with an alumnus from the then University of Singapore about student activism in Singapore in the 1970s…Had the vibrant culture of student activism not been annihilated in the preceding decades, we would never have needed such a course.”

Why Green, and Why Now? SG’s Blooming Environmental Movement

“Ultimately, Singapore can adapt itself all it wants -- but do we really want to live alone in a dead world?” Ajay tells us why you should join SG Climate Rally on September 21st 2019, at Speaker’s Corner, Hong Lim Park, from 3 pm - 6 pm.

Results of Sexual Climate Survey Announced at Town Hall

The recent sexual climate survey showed that while over 95% of respondents agreed that Yale-NUS faculty and staff treat students with respect, only 37.8% agreed or strongly agreed, that those who commit misconduct are held accountable for their actions. Akanksha reports.

Williams Professor Shares Stories of Statistical Sins

“Whether you have set your mind to an MCS degree or dread your bi-weekly QR lessons, it is clear that data analysis is essential to research in almost every field.”

Statistics from the Class of 2023

This academic year, Yale-NUS welcomes 246 first-year students, representing 39 different nationalities. To learn more about the Class of 2023, check out the following statistics compiled by Ruchel.

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.

RCA: Really Crazy Adventure

For our graduation issue, Wei Han reflects on his time as an Residential College Advisor (RCA).

Ithaca, or the Long Way Home

“We seem to be in a rich cultural vein for endings at the moment, endgames to wars waged infinity and uneasy iron thrones threatening to be filled. Where conclusions can easily be undone with endless prequels, spinoffs and retcons, where do we begin to get the sense of an ending after four breathless years?” With graduation looming, Zhi Hao reflects on his journey home.

You Change Your Mind Like a Yale-NUS Student Changes Majors

It is perfectly acceptable to be unsure of your choice in major after the major declaration exercise in Year 2 Semester 2, but right before graduation? Paul talks about the endless what-ifs that plague his decision despite having had an invaluable experience with his major.

Truth is…

At Yale-NUS it’s almost a rite of passage to freak out about how well your friend seems to be holding up when you’re shivering inside. Truth is, we’re all going along a journey in our own time own pace. Be brave and own it. You’ll get there when you do. Numhom reflects “I want to be honest with you about mine.”

I Don’t Feel Like Going Home

“Now that I’m back and almost done with my final year, I do not want to go home. I want to spend every minute here until security waits at the door for me to pack my bags. It is an almost cruel irony to think at the moment I most want to stay here that this space will be gone.” For our Graduation Issue, Justin meditates on home: the one he has built here, and the one he will return to when he graduates.

The Spaces In-Between

“The butteries, courtyards, and sky gardens have given me a repository of memories and experiences that have answered an existential question, and will continue to do so whenever I travel from the familiar to the unfamiliar.” For our Graduation Issue, Chris tells the Class of 2019 what the ‘in-between’ spaces of Yale-NUS taught him about community and belonging.

What if?

For our Graduation Issue, Paul turned to the Class of 2019 to ask them about their formative experiences at Yale-NUS, as well as some of their “what ifs”.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The Silence Surrounding Working Conditions in Yale-NUS College

“In a school that regularly hosts events about inequality, oppression and social justice, the lack of any kind of conversation concerning the existing precarity on campus is remarkable.” The silence surrounding working conditions in Yale-NUS College implicates all of us as part of the college community. Elias tells us more.

Metal Straws Actually Suck

You’ve probably seen people walking around campus with metal straws stuck into plastic bubble tea cups. Alisha tells us why metal straws are not an end in the fight against pollution, but only the beginning.

Better than Revenge: Rethinking Justice for Survivors of Sexual Violence

After Monica Baey’s experience as a survivor of sexual violence went viral, public attention has focused on the appropriate penalties that her perpetrator should receive. Daryl and Alysha discuss why we should consider more pluralistic, rather than punitive, forms of justice for survivors of sexual violence.

Taking Wellness into Our Own Hands

With finals approaching, it can seem like your academic success comes at the cost of your wellbeing. Harrison tells us why this is not the case.

Free Pizza Won’t Fix Our Bad Mental Health

In Yale-NUS College, the issue of overworking is always framed as an individual problem – just learn better time management skills! Francesca tells us why we need to have a more honest conversation about wellness and success.

What Can We Afford, if Not Poetry?

William tells us about what poetry means to him.

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