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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 future is a better society than one where people don’t count.” As Editor-in-Chief this semester, this is my dream: I hope The Octant won’t simply tell you what you already know, or coerce you into thinking in a particular way with biased reporting. Instead, I want every issue of The Octant
YNC Crew
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 to Sri Lanka for Yale- NUS’s inaugural rowing competition. They decided to make the 73rd Amateur Rowing Association of the East and Far East Amateur Rowing Association Regatta their first. This was a bold move, since it is the second oldest event of its kind
Yale-NUS Rectors
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 college experience,” she said. At the start of the new year, Mrs. Weiss became Rector of Saga College. The Rector’s office supports the student community, by hosting and funding events and promoting student well-being. During YaleNUS’s first year-and-a-half, the Rector’s office consisted of a single
Andrew Lai
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 students interviewed. “I will quit playing DotA. I used to spend 20 hours a week playing, but I haven’t touched DotA since the semester started and I have so much free time now!” “I think this school could do with more love and I want to
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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 reviews of the events we’ve recommended; we might even put controversial opinions about the arts on the table – but we certainly promise to strive toward expanding your views of art and what it can be. Here in the Arts section, we aim to bring
Handshake as students swap modules
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 tasked with creating and revising the 2015 Spring Semester’s module schedule. Due to inexperience and space constraints without the new campus, students, staff, and faculty said they experienced varying degrees of anxiety throughout the process. According to Bailyn, next semester’s calendar would naturally be the
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 from Harvard in 1987.  I walk into Charles Bailyn's office and see a space not unfamiliar to my eyes—papers littered all over the table, a dislodged shelf dangling on its edge, and the sound of furious typing. Clearly, this is the workspace of a busy man.
Sophomores studying abroad
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 said, “I’ll be attending Yale in London, taking modules such as Time and Place in Early Modern England and Modern British Drama. It’s a great opportunity to see a new city, not just for a week on holiday but for a semester.” Other students are
Joan of Arc
Guest columnist || Amanda Lee Photo from http://badcatholic.co Living out my Catholic identity on the Yale-NUS Campus has been a difficult and wonderful experience. It has been wonderful because people are open to listening. I’ve shared my beliefs, about how we honor but not worship Mother Mary, about the structure of mass, about the Divine Office, Sacraments, confession, adoration, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to people who listen with an open heart. It has been wonderful because I share my life on campus with people who have become close to my heart and teach me Christ’s love every
Yale-NUS Student
Guest columnist || Zachary Mahon Photo used with permission from Yale-NUS Admissions I decided to write this piece in light of the recent events and discussions that have taken place within Yale-NUS, whether online, in person, or through another medium. It was brought to my attention that members of our community particularly the class of 2017 -- are disillusioned with their Yale-NUS experience. People are fed up with their classes, with their friends, overwhelmed by commitments, and so on. Some of us are under the impression that all of these problems would not exist at other institutions. Sure some of