Jan 19 WEEKLY UPDATE: Important Updates on Health, Athletics, Bookings, Student Associates, Student Orgs, Library and Wi-Fi.

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The Directorship of External Communications exists to ensure students have access to relevant information; this week, there’s a lot. Please make sure to carefully read through the Project Updates section!

 

Meeting notes:
We had a long but productive meeting this week. We welcomed new government members Clin Lai and Matthew Ware, and our long-awaited retreat, which was wonderful for our government synergy.

Again, find more detail in the minutes.


Cabinet Reshuffle!
President: Saza Faradilla
Vice-President: Avery Simmons
Speaker: Scott Chua
Director of Student Orgs: Anandita Sabherwal
Deputy Director of Student Orgs: Scott Chua
Co-directors of Student Life: Saza Faradilla and Avery Simmons
Deputy Director of Student Life: Stinson (Shi TIngsheng)
Co-directors of Academics: Clin Lai and Matthew Ware
Deputy Director of Academics: Shardul Sapkota
Director of External Communications: Me
Deputy Director of External Communications: Izzah Harris
Director of Logistics: Sunwoo Nam
Director of Athletics: Brandon Lee
Director of Finance: Aditya Karkera
Director of Events: Nirali Desai

 

Project Updates:
Health Insurance: Our insurance policy is remaining the same. We’re pushing for information
sessions this semester so everyone can learn what that means.
Mental Health: The contract with SACAC, our current mental health vendor, runs out this year. We’re getting external people from NUS to operate in the same function as SACAC currently does.
Mental Health days: We are in discussion with the Dean of Students office to have mental health days available.
Sex: Dean of Students Office is working on eight consent workshops.
Retreat: Our retreat was held this weekend. This greatly improved our corporate synergy.
Room Bookings: The free-for-all room booking policy has come under question, due to the abuse of the system in the form of block bookings. A review is underway. If you have any suggestions or commentary, please contact Student Government through our email or feedback form.
Student Associates: Payment will be changing from a fiat (flat) to a tiered system, with payment allocated based on competitiveness and difficulty.
MPH: Although aircon is unfeasible due to building regulations, windows will be installed to help with ventilation.
ICGs: Are proceeding well and will be held from the 4th to 16th of February. Names will be finalized within a week.
Extended Gym Hours: Are happening, we promise. These will start by next week.
Staff appreciation month: February is slotted as staff appreciation month, so please remember to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who helps make Yale=NUS such a great school, be they your favourite professor, an efficient admin, or a librarian you couldn’t finish your capstone without.
Student Orgs Process: Updated forms will be available on the website soon, alongside a timeline for new orgs to follow. THe deadline will be sometime in early Feb. A directory will no live sometime in March,
Student Orgs room cleanup: A room usage policy is being worked out. There will be a week where groups can claim items; after, they become forfeit.
WiFi: A contractor has been appointed to fix spotty wifi spots. Please contact ERT at yncit@yale-nus.edu.sg if you know of any places they should take care of.
Library cards: There should be no difference in access regardless of whether your number starts with an E or an A.
Computer Lab access: Will hopefully go 24/7.
Library lighting: The current yellow bulbs are to be replaced with brighter white bulbs.
High speed computing: Will be looked at next semester.
Mascot: Will be emailed to all members of Yale-NUS on Feb 3.


Contact us!
Open hours are now every Wednesday, lunchtimes in each dining hall.
Meetings are location TBA, timing TBA. I will Facebook, should anyone spontaneously decide to attend. Please do.

 

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


Quote of the Week –
                 “Let’s capsize!”
– Avery Simmons

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Statement on entering suites

In response to feedback and Dean of Students guidelines, the Student Government would like to remind students to not enter suites without permission from a member of that suite, as it is in violation of student privacy. This goes for both individual students and for student organisation activities.

Thank you.

-The Yale-NUS Student Government.

Community Living Survey (no. 2)

Study Spaces

This section refers to common study spaces, not RC specific study spaces.

How many times a week do you use the Yale-NUS study spaces (particularly the Library)?
  • >7
  • 5-6
  • 3-4
  • 1-2
  • 0
How many times a week do you use the NUS study spaces (e.g. The Learning Cafe, SRC, ERC, Mac/PC Commons)?
  • >7
  • 5-6
  • 3-4
  • 1-2
  • 0
Are there sufficient study spaces in the Yale-NUS library?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Know
Do you have easy access to printers?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Know
Should students be able to reserve tables in the Library by leaving their belongings unattended?
  • Yes, for as long as they want
  • Yes, only for a short period of time
  • Never
  • Don't Care
Should Yale-NUS study spaces be open to non Yale-NUS students?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care
Should NUS study spaces be open to Yale-NUS students?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care
Should non-Yale-NUS students be able to book the library’s group study rooms?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care
Should Yale-NUS students be able to book the NUS meeting rooms?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care
Should non-Yale-NUS students be able to use the library’s meeting rooms when they aren’t booked?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care
Should Yale-NUS students be able to use the NUS meeting rooms when they aren’t booked?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care

Practice Spaces

This section refers to common practice spaces, not RC specific practice spaces.

How many times a week do you use the Yale-NUS practice spaces?
  • >7
  • 5-6
  • 3-4
  • 1-2
  • 0
Should Yale-NUS practice rooms be open to non Yale-NUS students?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care
Should NUS practice rooms be open to Yale-NUS students?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care

Sports

How many times a week do you use the Yale-NUS sports facilities (e.g. gym, MPH)?
  • >7
  • 5-6
  • 3-4
  • 1-2
  • 0
Should Yale-NUS sports facilities be open to non Yale-NUS students?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care
Should NUS sports facilities be open to Yale-NUS students?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care
Should Yale-NUS be able to compete in inter-varsity tournaments?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Care

Honour Code

An Honour Code is a set of behavioural guidelines intended to promote healthy community spirit. Students will be held accountable to each other in upholding the tenets of the Code.

Does Yale-NUS need an honour code?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Care
Who should be responsible for guiding a discussion on a community-wide honour code?
  • Student Government
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Individual Students
  • No one
  • Don't Care

Alcohol Policy

Yale-NUS’s current alcohol policy:

“The College expects that students observe healthy, safe, and socially responsible behaviour if students choose to consume alcohol. The legal drinking age in Singapore is 18 years of age. However, alcohol may not be sold or consumed on campus unless otherwise approved, such as in approved food outlets on campus or during approved events and programs. Those seeking to host an event with alcohol present must contact the Dean of Students office to apply for event approval and learn more about the required guidelines and procedures for such events. Additionally, any event with alcohol present within a Residential College must be approved by that Residential College’s Rector. In compliance with Singapore Law, Yale-NUS College prohibits the sale or consumption of alcohol to individuals below 18 years of age and takes the matter of underage drinking seriously.”

How satisfied are you with Yale-NUS's alcohol policy?
  • I am satisfied
  • It's too strict
  • It's too lenient

Guest Policy

Yale-NUS’s current guest policy states that:

“Common sense and common courtesy apply when having guests visit the campus or student residences, whether the guests are Yale-NUS students or not. Students may have guests for brief visits, including one overnight guest per room, but for no longer than a few days. Students may not have guests stay on a regular basis, i.e., every weekend. Hosts are responsible for their guest(s) and should accompany them at all times. Hosts may be held responsible for violations of the guest policy as well as any guest who violates residential or college regulations. Whenever a student has a concern about the presence of a guest in the suite, they should approach the host whom the guest is visiting to express their concerns and to seek to resolve the issues. Such matters can further be addressed by Residential Life staff, including Dean’s Fellows, Vice Rectors, and Rectors.”

How satisfied are you with Yale-NUS's guest policy?
  • I am satisfied
  • It's too strict
  • It's too lenient