Academic Choices
Outside the Common Course
story May Tay About three to four times a week, Anshuman Mohan ’17 rides his bike or takes the shuttle to the National University of Singapore’s School of Computing. This semester, he is enrolled in four courses, two at Yale-NUS College and another two at NUS. Like Mohan, many students at Yale-NUS take up alternative
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Est-ce qu’on est Charlie Hebdo?
story Kaushik Swaminathan | Tee Zhuo On Jan. 7, two masked gunmen attacked the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in apparent response to the publication’s caricature of Prophet Muhammad. They killed twelve people including editor Stéphane Charbonnier, seven Charlie Hebdo employees, and two police officers. A global condemnation of this attack has since followed,
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Editors’ Note
At The Octant’s first General Meeting of the semester, I posed this question to the team: WHY do we do what we do? My answer came in the form of Cherian George’s words in Freedom of the Press. He wrote, “Journalism matters because it helps people learn about their surroundings and form opinions, and this is important because a society where people collectively determine their
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Into Uncharted Waters
story David Chappell The Yale-NUS College Rowing Team achieved great success at their first ever rowing competition over the break. The team managed to place third in the semifinals of two categories, the double and single sculls. While many students were still recuperating from a busy semester, Bernie Chen ’18 and Nicholas Siew ’18 headed
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Branching Out: Defining Residential Colleges
story Yonatan Gazit January 1, 2015 marked six months since Sarah Weiss’s long wait began. Hired in April last year, she had been looking forward to what would possibly be the best job ever” for her. “I love the idea of being around so many interesting minds and having the opportunity to help shape their
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New Year, New Resolutions
story | photos Regina Marie Lee With a new year and a fresh semester, we asked students to share their New Year’s resolutions. Some hope to eliminate a bad habit, or are resolved to adopt good ones, like loving more or going vegetarian. Increased productivity, better health and being more moral were all important motivations for
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Letter From the Editors
Though The Octant itself is new, its Arts section is even newer. As such, we are excited to finally have a section dedicated to the arts, but also nervous as we set out, not entirely sure of what this section will become. We might spotlight the many talented individuals within our community; we might publish
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An Impossible Puzzle: The Perfect Schedule
story Yonatan Gazit, May Tay Drafting the schedule for the 2015 Spring Semester, “was an impossible problem on some level,” Dean of Faculty Charles Bailyn said. Monday, Nov. 24th marked the start of the three-round Registration Process for both the Yale-NUS Classes of 2017 and 2018, and leading up to that date the Registry department was
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The Origins of Yale-NUS: A Conversation with Charles Bailyn
Kavya Gopal Photo used with permission from Charles Bailyn Bio on Bailyn Professor Charles Bailyn is Yale-NUS’ inaugual Dean of Faculty. He is also the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. Professor Bailyn was an undergraduate at Yale and did graduate work at Cambridge and Harvard University, receiving his PhD
Sophomores studying abroad
Not in Asia, For the World
story Regina Marie Lee photo Christopher Khew In January 2015, Keziah Quek ’17 will be in London visiting art museums and galleries, while taking four modules in the Arts and Humanities. She is part of a group of 12 sophomores who will be the first batch of students from Yale-NUS College to do a semester abroad. She