April 12 WEEKLY UPDATE: Constitution Reform, Dining updates and Storage links.

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April 12 WEEKLY UPDATE: Constitution Reform, Dining updates and Storage links.

I always hated Athletics Day in high school. I’m far from an athlete, so that day of forced exercise was sad. Actually, my strongest memory from that time is from the weeks beforehand. It’s one of those random, banal segments of time that somehow latch into your subconscious. My PE teacher is hopelessly trying to encourage us to actually hurry the 400m. He’s standing at the start of the last leg, where the width curves into the length, yelling at us to run faster. This moment, where our sides start to burn as the finish line comes into sight, is the point we all decelerate. We’re almost there. But no, he says, we should speed up. Once we cross the finish line we can collapse as much as we want – might as well squeeze all the energy out of ourselves before that point. I remember absolutely loathing him in that moment through the dull haze of the exhaustion that encapsulates my unfit body. There’s no need to pile on the pressure when I’m about ready to fall over. It’s almost done, anyway.

I’m sure you see the metaphor. Interpret it how you will. On to the updates.

Recent Successes:
Dining Hall: Waffles will now change flavour, and the non-Halal weekly options are making the migration to Cendana.
Storage: At a third the price of alternative options, StuGov is offering storage – just sign up here.

 

Upcoming:
Academics survey report: To be released this weekend.
Infra/ERT FAQ: Is being written up in time for Orientation.

 

Meeting Minutes:
Election Reform: Residential College Councils raised concerns about the addition of RC reps to the Student Government, and are collating feedback about that. If you have an opinion either way, please talk to them or us. The rest of the amendments to the constitution were passed, less those pertaining to RC reps, which will be debated later.
Further Directorship reform: Amendment to 1) abolish Logistics, 2) create Diversity, 3) rebrand External Comms to Outreach and add Public Relations to the job description. In-depth discussion of this is in the minutes, and you can find the current resolution online.

Again, find more detail in the minutes.

 

 

All the best,

Hebe Hilhorst

Yale-NUS Student Council | Director of External Communication

 

Quote of the Week –

“I love it when people take me seriously. For once. Too often people take things I mean seriously as humour. Rarely does a joke become serious.”

– Scott

March 29 WEEKLY UPDATE: Lemonade with Lynas, End of Year with Tan Tai Yong – ask and ye shall receive.

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Exams. Exams. Papers. Exams. I realize these are already on permanent loop through your mind, and it’s only going to get worse before it gets better, so those extended library hours are gonna come in helpful. Summer’s soon – you just need to get through to that point. In the meantime, we hope you can take a break from the upcoming mental breakdown to come by our meet-the-admin events.

 

Upcoming:
Lemonade with Lynas: Meet our EVP of Institutional Affairs this upcoming Wed 5 Apr in the Cendana anteroom! Among other things, she’s in charge of infrastructure, admissions and finance – if you want to talk about any of this, or just get to know the people who run the college, come along!
Turn Up with Tan Tai Yong: Get LIT with our future president ath this end of year party, fam. 13th April 4pm – 6pm. Elm Courtyard. There will be food. It’s a party.

 

Information:
YIRPA: Investigation is complete. The club standing is TBD and actions taken against individual students will not be released.
Classroom Bookings: The form is being streamlined and pre-formatted. Priority will be given to study booking → event booking → personal booking.
Wellness: There’s a wellness feedback box outside the centre. Students are encouraged to give feedback!
Library Hours: Have been extended, starting now, for your exam-time benefit. Until May 5, it will stay open until 2am, each day every day.

 

Meeting Minutes:
Student Orgs budgeting: Almost finished!
Handover document: To be written starting now.
Academics survey: Has been closed, with a report being published within two weeks.
Election Reform: The Election Reforms Committee has finalised a reform proposal, which will be voted on first by the Committee, and then the Council, by next week. The document will be open to the public before the Council votes.

Again, find more detail in the minutes.

All the best,

Hebe Hilhorst

Yale-NUS Student Council | Director of External Communication

 

Quote of the Week –

“Be a sport. Don’t try.”

– Prof

March 23 WEEKLY UPDATE: Do the Academics Survey, grab a cup noodle and drop Wellness feedback.

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March 23 WEEKLY UPDATE: Do the Academics Survey, grab a cup noodle and drop Wellness feedback.

 

Meeting Minutes:
Succession planning: President and Vice-President to speak individually to members of the current government who wish to continue, and ensure a smooth transition
Teh with Tai Yong: Vibrant! President-elect Tai Yong would love to do this more often next semester.
All the Best: Capstone end is in sight! Good luck for this final few days.

Again, find more detail in the minutes.

 

Recent Successes:
Added variety: Halal food will be increased in variety to 6 dishes as opposed to 4 dishes during lunch and dinner
STORR Room: Has underwent significant cleaning through the efforts of both Daniels (‘18 and ‘20) and Stinson (‘20). Discussions are ongoing to determine the best purpose of the room

 

Upcoming:
Lemonade with Lynas: Come talk to the lady who manages the corporate side of the school – Finance, relationship with NUS, Admissions etc, on 5 April at Cendana Anteroom
Staff Appreciation Month: Write your thank-you notes and wishes to our hard-working staff and administrators in the dining halls from next week onwards!
Election Reforms Committee: Think we got in too easily? Be sure to ratify the new election reform document coming up in the next two weeks, which accounts for class and RC in a bid to make elections more competitive
Academics Survey: Do it!! Now!! So that you can play a role in the academics at YNC (and you can also get free cup noodles at Elm Buttery)

 

Information:
Wellness: Drop by Wellness at East Core Level 2 to pass them your feedback at the box there now!
Faculty Handbook: Professors do have several policies and considerations they need to abide by. Find out more in the minutes
Extended gym opening hours: Sign on the book if you use the gym at 12mn-2am so that we can lobby for these extended hours to be permanent

 

All the best,

Hebe Hilhorst

Yale-NUS Student Council | Director of External Communication

 

Quote of the Week –

“One of the key jobs of a President is to become a professional beggar.”

– Tan Tai Yong (during Teh with Tai Yong)

 

March 8 WEEKLY UPDATE: Town Halls, Meetings and Money.

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March 8 WEEKLY UPDATE: Town Halls, Meetings and Money.

This was a pretty slow week, so this update shouldn’t be too strenuous a read. Things are picking up pace next week as our lunchtime Meet the Team series kicks off.

Fond Farewells:
On Thursday evening, we celebrated President Pericles Lewis’ last Town Hall during his term here at Yale NUS College. President Lewis has, over the past four years and before, contributed a lot to the foundation and growth of this college. His efforts have shaped the college into what it is today. Our thanks go out to him, and everyone who attended.

Upcoming:
Party with the President and Berries with Bridges: Cendana anteroom, 12-1pm, Thursday 16 March.

Meeting Minutes:
Judiciary Report: Has been released.
Student Orgs: Budget allocation is continuing.
Constitution amendment: Has passed. This amendment primarily a) changes the Director of Budget to Director of Finance; b) decreases the amount of reports released by the Director; c) creates a Finance Committee to help the Director manage budgeting, resolutions, reports and advice, which must give approval to any use of government resource.

Again, find more detail in the minutes.

 

All the best,

Hebe Hilhorst

Yale-NUS Student Council | Director of External Communication

 

Quote of the Week –

“Good Luck.”
– President Lewis

March 1 WEEKLY UPDATE: Meet the Team, eat good food and get help with health.

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March 1 WEEKLY UPDATE: Meet the Team, eat good food and get help with health.

 

Meeting Minutes:
Media training: As media interest in the past Town Hall has shown, Student Government members are more likely to be approached by reporters. As such, we’ve arranged for a media training session with PA.
Email unsubscribe: You can now unsubscribe from these emails through NUS groups – we’re ‘YNC StuCo WU’. People can subscribe the same way.

Again, find more detail in the minutes.

 

Recent Successes:
Green and Healthy Lunches: Thanks to the warm reception and yummy food, these are expanding to every Monday in Elm, Wednesday in Cendana and Friday in Saga. Enjoy your delicious, ethical bread.
Added variety: Non-Halal food will be served outside the serveries on Thursday lunches, starting from next week. The normal Halal menu will still be served inside the hall!
Summer storage options: Student Council is organizing bulk summer storage, which will be much cheaper and more convenient that students could get individually.

 

Upcoming:
Healthcare Listening session: Insurance is important. Not all the time, but when it is, it’s really important. If you want to be prepared in the event of potential catastrophe, we encourage you to come along to the Cendana anteroom on 8 March, 12-1pm to learn what your healthcare options are here at YNC. This will cover sexual and preexisting conditions (but does your insurance?).
RCA application deadline: 8 March. For more information, see the minutes.
Academics and CIPE survey: Please be sure to fill this out when it’s released next week! Everyone’s had a moment when they’ve left class burbling with excitement over how great your prof is, or in an exhausted slump from too many readings. Academics, for many students, is the biggest part of their college experience. This is your chance to make it that little bit better.
Meet the Team: At the last Town Hall, a lot of students expressed interest in having more avenues of communication with administration. To meet that demand, we’re holding a series of open lunches with senior admin. Everyone who requested this is strongly encouraged to attend; ask any pressing questions, express concerns or appreciation, or just get to know the people who run your college. There will be food!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

party w pericles

 

Information:
Medical absences: If you need to miss a class due to a physical illness, a VR note will suffice without an MC. To get a VR note, contact your RC VR in person or via email to explain the situation, and request they send an email to your profs excusing you.

 

All the best,
Hebe Hilhorst
Yale-NUS Student Council | Director of External Communication

 

Quote of the Week –
“Remember – legitimacy, credibility, face. Nothing tooooooo strange.”
– Saza