A Letter to My Constituents
story  | Aditya Karkera, Guest Contributor Illustration | Lavonna Mark, Contributing Illustrator   My dear constituents, The practice of constituents writing to their representatives is a cherished democratic tradition exercised across the world, and is emblematic of the ownership that democracy promises as well as the duties it bestows upon citizens. Today, the unfortunate absence
Dissecting Apathy: Why Should We Care about the Student Government?
story  | Yi Lin Peh, Contributing Reporter photo | Yip Jia Qi graphics | Kalla Sy   Unlike local government and school council election speeches, the number of students who were present in the Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre on Monday, Aug. 28 to witness the debate for the Student Government Elections was equal to
Addressing Some Pink Elephants In The Room
story | Daryl Yang, Guest Contributor photo | Rachel Juay If there is something that distinguishes Yale-NUS from any other college in the world, it must be the diversity of our students. Yet, as much as we pride ourselves for this, the inclusiveness of our community does not seem to extend fully to students of
A Step Towards Wellness: Updates to the Student Health Insurance
story  | Vasudha Kataruka, Guest Reporter photo | Justin Ong, Editor-in-Chief   The National University of Singapore (NUS) has changed its Undergraduate Student Health Insurance with effect from Aug. 1, 2017. All NUS and Yale-NUS College undergraduate students are covered by this policy. The previous Health Scheme had faced student criticism, mostly from individual students.
Make Yale-NUS Our Home Again: Part 2
story | Tee Zhuo, Guest contributor photo | Hannah James This is the second part of a two-part series. In the first part, Tee introduced the under-addressed problem of leaving our international friends behind in an empty campus on the weekends. Part one appeared in the Orientation issue of The Octant. In Part 1, I
A gavel lies abandoned at a YIRPA MUN.
YIRPA Policy Violations and Sanctions Announced
story | Pham Le Vi, Managing Editor photo | Dave Chappell, Executive Editor   Eight months after Yale-NUS International Relations and Political Association (YIRPA) was suspended, its policy violations and sanctions have been revealed. They were announced by Anandita Sabherwal ’19, Director of Student Organizations of the Yale-NUS College Student Government and student representative on
Yale-NUS Welcomes Class of 2021
Story | Dave Chappell, Executive Editor Photo | Dave Chappell and Yale-NUS Public Affairs   On July 29, 2017, the Yale-NUS College campus came alive with the familiar sound of students dragging luggage to their rooms. These students were the Class of 2021, Yale-NUS’s fifth cohort, arriving for their orientation. The Class of 2021 consists
Make Yale-NUS Our Home Again: Part 1
Story | Tee Zhuo, Guest contributor photo | Justin Ong, Editor-in-Chief   It’s Saturday! You wake up late but refreshed: it’s finally the weekend! You cheerfully call out to your suitemates to check on their plans. Suite museum outing? Group study session at a nice café? But as the hollow echoes of your voice trail
Professor Paul Gallagher has been living in residential colleges around the world for the past 11 years.
Meet the New Vice Rector on the Block
story | Justin Ong, Editor-in-Chief image | Paul Gallagher, Vice Rector of Cendana College   As the new semester is around the corner, we are pleased to introduce two new Vice Rectors in Yale-NUS College. One of them is Professor Paul Gallagher, the incoming Saga Vice Rector, who will be taking over from Professor Eduardo
In it's first year, Yale-NUS College felt more like a summer camp.
Memoirs of the Halcyon
story | Vasudha Kataruka photo | Anshuman Mohan, Bozy Lu, Yale-NUS Admissions From RC4 to the New Campus Growing from 150 students to a full house in the past four years, there has been a large evolution of the Yale-NUS experience. For the Classes of 2017 and 2018, one of the most noticeable differences was