Saturday, January 28, 2023


The Octant

Smith Contra Coffee Tables

Michael Smith hates the Yale-NUS Library’s coffee tables and tells us why you should too.

babies! A Review

“While a little messy and off-kilter at certain points, babies! was enjoyable and heartwarming.” Steven and Runchen review babies!, which ran from March 29–31 at the Yale-NUS Black Box Theatre.

What We Owe To Each Other: Student Wages at Yale-NUS

Student workers at Yale-NUS’ butteries are paid SGD $9/hr, less than the cost of four Adlins. Avani tells us why this is not right.

Taste, Acquired: Student Start-up Flavorgator Aims to Improve Dining Feedback

Amidst all the controversy surrounding dining at Yale-NUS, Flavorgator attempts to build a bridge between students and dining provider Sodexo. Avani tells us more.

Foreign Domestic Labor Rights: Policy Experts Speak at Yale-NUS

The Roosevelt Institute brought together a panel of experts from NTUC, the Asia Research Institute, and Yale-NUS College to discuss foreign domestic labor rights in Singapore. Dion tells us more.

‘WasteLess’ for a Week

18th to 22nd March was WasteLess Week, an initiative led by I’dECO to promote waste reduction and help students go zero-waste. Rhyhan reports.

Yale-NUS College Announces Opt-out Option

You asked for it, and you got it. Yale-NUS College has announced an “opt-out” option to students. We report.

All the Signs (and Flags) at the Anti-Brexit March

On Saturday, Mar. 23, hundreds of thousands of people marched into central London to protest Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU), also known as ‘Brexit’, a process set into motion by a national referendum back in 2016. Terence shows us what he saw that day.

Nathaniel Mah: College and Engaged (Four)

To marry your first love is everyone’s dream. Amanda talks to Nathaniel Mah about his engagement to his first and last love, Janeen Loh.

Mergers and Approvals: The Creation of a Student Organization

Applying to be recognised as a Student Organization can be an opaque process. Kimberly pulls back the curtain.

What’s in a Story: Storytelling in Yale-NUS

There's a new student organization on the block – one entirely conceptualized and brought to life by first-year students. William tells us their story.

Why the Abolition of Streaming in Singapore’s Public School System Matters to Yale-NUS

With students from the Normal stream being underrepresented in the Yale-NUS student population, how is the recent news on structural reforms in Singapore’s mainstream education system relevant to us? Paul reflects on his time in neighborhood secondary schools as both a student and an educator and the implications that this policy change could have on the school he is about to leave.

The Octant Explains: Migrant Labour in Singapore

In this installment of “The Octant explains” we explore some of the facts and controversies surrounding migrant labor in Singapore.

Kingfisher Urban Farms: Turning Fruit Waste Into Frittatas

Remember the banana peel buckets in the dining halls? They were used by Kingfisher Urban Farms to make compost. Michelle reports.

Skin Stories

In "Skin Stories," Inés seeks to break away from her photographic stagnancy and share her appreciation for tattoos.

Reflecting on International Womxn’s Day

Yale-NUS saw lots of International Women’s Day events last week. Wisha asks if we are doing enough.

Exchange Students Become the First Group on Campus to Gain Senate Representation

Constitutional reforms now allow for students to join the Senate representing either affinity or interest groups, with two exchange students already forming an affinity group. Alysha reports.

Yale-NUS in a Malay World: A Case for Decolonizing Our Common Curriculum

The Common Curriculum spans cultures and continents, but fails to include important texts from Singapore’s own indigenous culture. Faris makes a case for examining our position in the Malay world.

Editor’s Note: Our Finest Hour

Dear reader, If you are reading this article in print, you would be holding Volume X, Issue 10 of The Octant. It is, by all measures,...

Latest Task Force Report Raises New Questions in Public Spaces Debate

The latest report from the Public Space Task Force finds that previous definitions of public spaces within the college were not in accordance with Singaporean law. Alysha reports.

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