May Tay Photo by Pareen Chaudhari When Hillary Loh ’18 returned from a lecture, she found a slip of paper at her door. “Good morning sunshine! Thank you for making this school an even better place by participating in the Angels game,” it read, before announcing the name of her Mortal. The past month or so has seen the mushrooming of a number of student-initiated community building efforts. Conceptualised, facilitated and executed entirely by students, these organic initiatives have further enriched the community at Yale-NUS College and added to the flurry of activity on campus. “I felt that perhaps the community
Regina Marie Lee Photo illustration by Pareen Chaudhari Knives, baking trays, an entire bottle of extra-virgin olive oil — Adlin Zainal ’17 lost all these items when she left them in the kitchen, and she is not alone. A recent spate of high-profile thefts has brought the stealing problem in Yale-NUS College into the spotlight. Students have had $370 worth of stationery stolen from an unlocked room, $70 worth of pre-workout supplements disappearing from the kitchen, and even a painting going missing from a locked room. These thefts have a chilling effect on the community. Many students have expressed a
David Chappell Photos used with permission from Kalya Kee and Luke Ong On Sunday Sept. 21, Luke Ong ’18 began gathering interest on a potential Ski, Board and Surf Team for Yale-NUS College. Four weeks later, the proposal, along with 25 signatures expressing interest in the club, has been sent to the Office of the Dean of Students. Yet unlike traditional sporting societies at Yale-NUS, if approved, the Ski, Board and Surf Team will be functioning both as a recreational sports club and a competitive sports team— a distinction which raised many challenges in its application. Traditionally, when proposing a new athletic
Nicholas Carverhill | guest columnist Graphic by Christopher Khew I have always been equally optimistic as I have been wary of our College’s first publication, particularly in relation to its chosen name. Digging back through the archives, one can find the etymology of Panopt being described as, “that which sees everything” (Issue 02, Volume 01, 2013). Funnily enough, the student who submitted this interpretation was awarded a Starbucks gift card. In two issues before last, we are provided with a stunning reversal from this initial interpretation; we are told it is “not the Panopticon, and [...] never will be” (Issue 01, Volume
I would like to thank Jared for bringing the important issue of disillusionment into public discourse. Although I disagree with him—I feel the college has lived up to and exceeded almost all of my expectations—I do not wish to discount the subjective experience of others. Rather, I wish to ask those that resonate with Jared’s words a question: Does the future campus seem to you like an oversold promise? Most of you probably answer no—rather, it is a work in progress, a promise not broken but yet unfulfilled. I think this is analogous to some aspects of student organizational life.
As the creator of the Hong Kong posters, I was heartened to see the Yale-NUS administration stand up for free expression on campus, and I was impressed that some members of the staff immediately went to talk to the Office of Housing Services, and inform OHS that they are not allowed to remove student posters. However, it is concerning that later, many Yale-NUS administrators dismissed the situation as a “misunderstanding.” Censorship is serious, and words like ‘misunderstanding’ don’t convey the gravity of what it is—a stifling of discussion and debate. Yes, Yale-NUS didn’t, and doesn’t endorse censorship. But even if it
The posters supporting Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution were reinstated in elevators within 12 hours.
Spandana Bhattacharya Photo by Christopher Khew Early morning on Oct. 10, David Chia ’17 saw an official from the NUS Office of Housing Services (OHS) remove a poster reading, “In Solidarity with Hong Kong students” from a Yale-NUS elevator. The incident refused to leave his mind. “I felt like I should write something,” recounted Chia who posted about the incident on the Yale-NUS College Students Facebook group at 11.11 a.m. Within seconds, Chia was “overwhelmed” by the response of his classmates who started actively debating possible political reasons for the removal on Facebook. Nur Qistina Binte Abdul Wahid ’17 revealed,
May Tay Photo by Pareen Chaudhari On Tuesday evening, Oct. 14, the Elected Student Council (ESC) held its first General Assembly of the year. The event was attended by approximately 60 students, coming up to about a fifth of the student body across the Classes of 2017 and 2018. The ESC was created to help facilitate the creation of a student government. The current committee, comprising seven students from the Class of 2017, was elected in May 2014 through a nomination and online voting process facilitated by the Dean of Students Advisory Council (DOSAC). The DOSAC has since been replaced
David Chappell Photo by Christopher Khew “I confess I fall in love with words, the sound and color and flavor of words every day, or at least the days I get to spend reading and researching. How can you come across words like okapi, kakamora, dousing, and wentletrap and not fall madly, hopelessly in love? How can you not ache to write them, let your speech be infused with them like herbs in a delicate oil?” This quote, from guest speaker and renowned poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, spoken by Daniel Soo ’17, marked the return of the President’s speaker series in
Jared Yeo || Guest Columnist Photo used with permission from Yale-NUS Admissions “Wow, your college is doing so much. You are really fortunate to be in Yale-NUS,” my mother said as she flipped through the Yale-NUS College Year-in-Review. I sat next to her, and felt a sense of pride – I was part of something that I can say I played a part in creating. At the same time, I started reflecting: Is Yale-NUS really what is portrayed to our parents and the rest of the world? Is our college really the greatest, awesome-est thing that we keep telling ourselves