ICG 2014
story Raeden Richardson We are not NUS students. We did not reject prestigious universities across the globe, leave families on the other side of the world, tread the unbeaten path or bind ourselves to the Singaporean government to matriculate as NUS students. Our reason for taking these risks and dreaming these dreams is because we want to be part of something entirely different. This is Yale-NUS - this is “one plus one equals three” – this is the opportunity to create groups and teams that will form a legacy beyond our years – this is a college where possibilities are
story Spandana Bhattacharya | May Tay As the hustle and bustle of activities on campus slowly wound down near the end of last semester, over 50 students of Yale-NUS’s inaugural batch were gearing up for one last event. They were attending the Centre for International and Professional Experience’s (CIPE) flagship program, the NGO Bootcamp. The five-days Bootcamp took place from 14 to 18 May, and comprised whole day sessions facilitated by leaders from the local and international non-profit sectors. During the sessions, session leaders shared their views on the local and international NGO landscapes, as well as valuable skills and
RC2 Orientation
story Spandana Bhattacharya | May Tay On 7 August, the college’s freshmen class packed their bags and embarked on their 5-day Orientation Adventure Trips. These trips were part of their 18 day long orientation program, and took place in three different Southeast Asian countries: Laos (RC 1), Malaysia (RC 2) and Vietnam (RC 3). There were three main goals for the trips. The first was for the students to explore a new location in Asia, the second was for them to learn more about a country’s culture, and the third was to encourage team building within each residential college.“Most schools don’t
Octant
In the wee hours of 8 October 2013, Panopt was born. There was little kicking and screaming, and sounds of ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ soon accompanied the blue and orange papers on elevators, notice-boards, and common lounges. It was a smooth delivery. Panopt started out as an academic newsletter under the Vice-Rector’s Office. We no longer exist in that capacity. We hear your voices – a newsletter that simply praises its institution without critical thought has outlived its usefulness to the community. Moving forward, Panopt is an autonomous school newspaper that is committed to free speech and critical discourse. Discourse is essential for any
story Dave Chappell Whilst a sudden downpour may have rained off the semester’s first basketball match on Friday 29 Aug. 2014, it did little to dampen spirits. The rapturous applause drowned out the pummelling rain, the claps of thunder sticks rivalled those of the actual thunder and the screams from the crowd brought a hush to the howling wind - even long after the game had concluded. Despite the early finish, the match was in many ways an unqualified success. The team performed admirably and the atmosphere set a high standard for all future Yale-NUS sporting events. As Zach Mahon
Yale-NUS professors engage in intense discussion.
story Graham Link Independent Courses are arguably one of this college’s most compelling benefits. The opportunity to propose, build and shape your own course is simply unique in higher education. These courses erase our major labels and grade anxieties, allowing us to pursue knowledge with no other purpose beyond itself. In short, we become learners before students. There is a certain purity about the whole idea. But all this could soon change. On Aug. 19, 2014, the Curriculum Committee laid out a new policy on Independent Courses. [1] Unfortunately, although some reasonable points on formal assessment and overloading are made,