Nov 9 WEEKLY UPDATE: Town Halls, Listening Sessions and Gym Hours.
This week, we reviewed progress on meal tap donation, arts facilities and course listings. Discussion also continued on extending gym hours. Upcoming on Wednesday, we have an Infrastructure Town Hall at 6:30pm in LT1. On Thursday, there’s a Dean of Students Listening Session in Cendana Anteroom from 12 to 1.
Actionables: A list of actionables have been put together from the Student Life Survey. These have been assigned to directorships and will form the bulk of our goals going forward.
Constitution: An amendment is being drafted such that the judiciary will release only 1-2 reports per semester, instead of one a month, due to their short term.
Dining: There’s a lot of chicken. People would like things that aren’t chicken.
Academics: DDP students will have 5th year housing, and most GA major courses will be cross-listed with PPE. Meanwhile, HI courses will still not count towards a History major as it’s a common curriculum course. Feedback on this and other common curriculum points will be collected.
Arts: The Arts budget is being overtaxed through too many performances, so the department would like to encourage groups to consolidate. The recording studio is somewhat operational, and students should go through Professor Jon He to use. PR1, meanwhile, is now a music/tech lab.
Judiciary: Now has a page on the website – check it out here!
Again, find more detail in the minutes.
Stipend Implementation: A proposal for stipends to be given to financially needy Student Council members has been submitted to Judiciary for approval.
Meal tap donation: Student Life has put together a plan that will allow students to donate some lunch taps to college staff who otherwise wouldn’t have lunch on-campus. A form allowing students to opt-in will be circulated at the beginning of next semester.
Welfare packs: To promote a culture of care, students will receive a goodie bag during exam week. We opted for the bigger version (budget permitting) as we feel relieving stress in this time is important.
Arts: Yale-NUS is participating in the UTown Tembusu music festival! More to come.
Student Life: There will be another listening session with Dean Bridges this upcoming Thursday, in the Cendana Anteroom from 12-1.
Gym hours: Ongoing discussions to extend gym hours past midnight are looking positive, although safety concerns persist. If you support (or otherwise) this initiative, please fill out this poll, which will lend strength to our lobbying.
Town Hall: An open dialogue with the infra admin will occur 6:30pm-8:00pm, Wednesday 16 Nov, in LT1 (Saga). Please come along, as a lot of everyday life centers around this department. This is a good chance to express any questions or concerns you have and better understand their processes!
All the best,
Yale-NUS Student Council | Director of External Communication
Quote of the Week –
“You can’t call me Queen Saza in government communications.”
– President Saza Faradilla