Weekly Update [Week 9]: Mascot Debate, Science Common Curriculum Focus Group Discussions

Lots to get to this week, so let’s get straight down to business!

Project Updates

From Student Life, the mascot selection procedure is running as planned with the first round of voting having just closed last night (Sun, 20 Mar). Moving forward, we will be hosting a mascot public debate on 23 Mar (Wed) where students, faculty & staff will be able to discuss the top three mascot options (Clouded Leopard [48 votes], Kingfisher [58 votes] & Whale [66 votes]*) in detail. Following the debate, the second round of voting will open on 24 Mar (Thur) and will run until 29 Mar (Tue).

*The full breakdown of votes can be found on the original voting page: tinyurl.com/yncmascotvoting1

MASCOT PUBLIC DEBATE

From Academics, focus group discussions will be held every day during lunch this week (except on Good Friday) to collect feedback from students on the Science Common Curriculum. This feedback will be collated and shared with the faculty committee on the science common curriculum. Sign up at tinyurl.com/yncscience or drop by Saga Dining Hall!

Science CC

From Events, the Student Government will be co-hosting together with The G Spot a dialogue & dinner session with Ambassador Chan Heng Chee on 30 Mar (Wed). More details to follow soon.

The Judiciary released a Guidelines and Procedures document this week, as well as established a system for filing complaints against the Council. The form for filing complaints can be accessed here: goo.gl/forms/yrTgaUR6gB.

Finally, a reminder that the Council is always keen to receive feedback from the community via our feedback form, or via our email at yncstudentgov@gmail.com.

Summary of Weekly Meeting

In the weekly meeting on Friday (18 Mar), the Council passed its internal budget, and tabled discussion on a potential need-based stipend for Government members. The Council unanimously agreed on the percentage of votes needed to ratify the mascot choice: more than 50% of yes votes (over yes+no votes) will be needed.

Next week, the Council will put out a survey on feedback for CIPE. On 30 Mar (Fri), the Student Government together with the G Spot will host Ambassador Chan on campus — details have been discussed and a formal invitation will be sent to Ambassador Chan shortly.

Other issues discussed include lift policy, library door, housing, and student health insurance coverage.

In view of next week’s public holiday (Good Friday), our regular meeting will be rescheduled to 28 Mar (Mon), 6.15pm.

Read a more detailed account of the meeting here: Weekly Meeting Minutes (18 March 2016)

Final Thoughts

It was with great interest that I, along with some of my fellow Council members, read the Octant’s recent article on apathy towards the Student Government. Coming somewhat mid-way through our term in government, the article raised important questions for reflection and consideration – is the prevailing stance of the student body towards Student Government still one of apathy? Have we done anything to address this issue? What can we do more of to combat civic apathy?

We believe that the Student Government will only continue growing as an important institution of student representation in Yale-NUS, especially as the student body grows. Student concerns and interests will only multiply and grow more diverse, and a body of representatives will be key to organising student interests. This is something we will certainly continue to think about and work upon as we make our way through our term.

 

Regards,
Joceline Yong
Director of External Communications

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