Jan 25 WEEKLY UPDATE: Money, Sports and YNCyclopaedia.

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Many students are given money by Yale-NUS, whether in wages, grants or student org allocations. We’re making sure that distribution is fair and appropriate. There’s also been a lot of progress in athletics, around ICGs, MPH policy and Gym resources.

Again, find more detail in the minutes.

 

Project Updates:
Honour Code: An honour code has been drawn up, for the community to uphold and respect. This will be released soon, and we’ll hold a Town Hall to process feedback.
Classroom Bookings: If you have any ideas for our classroom booking policy, please feedback to us.
YNCyclopaedia: Student Council is pushing for the creation of a useful student database. This is intended to hold curriculum resources, info on the school structure, our histories and a student advice wiki. Please email clin.lai@u.yale-nus.edu.sg if you’re interested in helping!
Finance Committee: One is being created to assist the director and increase transparency.
Student Research Payment: Currently, pay is not enough to support international students who don’t have a place to stay. We’re working to come up with a way around this.
Study Abroad: Spots are limited, particular for majors in CS, US and GA. We’ll be working with CIPE to get more info and try to improve the situation.
Student Orgs Travel funding: There’s inherent conflict-of-interest issues with the distribution of travel funding to student orgs by Student Council members, given how everyone knows everyone in this tiny school. That power will remain in the hands of DoS.
External MPH usage: Teams from other RC’s can get permission to use the gym in the period leading up to the ICGs. Since several of them lack their own space, we’ve made ours available in the spirit of fair play, provided they get approval from Athletics and Brandon. We’re working with infra and athletics to crack down on unauthorized usage.
Gym resources: A weighing scale and new gym mats are being procured for the gym.
Extended Gym Hours: Start next week!

 

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

Quote of the Week –
             “Guys did anyone say anything interesting this week.”
– Me

 

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

Yale-NUS takes next step toward getting a mascot

On Wednesday 25 November the Student Government met with President Lewis and EVPs Doris Sohmen-Pao and Kristen Lynas to present the results of the YNC Pride Survey. At this meeting the senior members of the administration voted to continue with the winning option of the mascot survey, the East/West Fusion Dragon, on the condition that the designer make it simple, iconic and easily reproducible.

Following this vote, Public Affairs will begin tendering for designers while the Student Government will hold a ratification process at the start of the next semester to ensure a mandate for the mascot.

The final ranking of the mascots (as per the 264 respondents) were as follows:

  1. Dragon (East/West Fusion)
  2. Chow Chow
  3. Griffin
  4. Sichuan Golden Monkeys
  5. Rhodesian Ridgebacks
  6. Falcons
  7. Pangolin
  8. Mouse Deer
  9. Bull-Lion
  10. Dragon (Eastern)
  11. Manticore
  12. Platypus
  13. Humans

The slides from the presentation can be found here: Mascot Presentation

Concept illustration (Credit: Victoria Kalinina and Dave Chappell)

Concept illustration (Credit: Victoria Kalinina and Dave Chappell)

YNC Pride Survey

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Direct Democracy Vote on Student Government Decisions (26/10/15)

MOTION: This house believes that student vote on Identity Mascot should be based on description of Mascot suggestions without designs created by Yale-NUS students.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: This house believes that student vote on Identity Mascot should be based on description of Mascot suggestions without designs created by Yale-NUS students.
  • Yes (Bing, Feroz, Jared, Yongzhi)
  • No (Dave, Qistina)
  • Abstain (Jay, Tee)
  • Absent (Zach, Maria, Ami)
MOTION: This house believes that student vote on Identity Mascot should be based on description of Mascot suggestions standardised by the Identity Committee, accompanied by stock images (and where not available, using provided images).
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: This house believes that student vote on Identity Mascot should be based on description of Mascot suggestions standardised by the Identity Committee, accompanied by stock images (and where not available, using provided images).
  • Yes (Bing, Feroz, Jared, Qistina, Yongzhi)
  • No (Dave)
  • Abstain (Tee, Jay)
  • Absent (Zach, Maria, Ami)
MOTION: Restructure of the Constitutional Review Committee, to enforce a structural abstention on the Secretary, and to institute a rotational Secretary position from members of Student Government.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: Restructure of the Constitutional Review Committee, to enforce a structural abstention on the Secretary, and to institute a rotational Secretary position from members of Student Government.
  • Yes (Bing, Feroz, Jared, Qistina, Tee, Yongzhi)
  • No
  • Abstain (Jay, Dave)
  • Absent (Zach, Maria, Ami)

Minutes 26 October 2015

As mandated by Article V, Section 1 B of the Constitution: “The Government shall implement an online platform where students can vote on all preliminary decisions. If a majority of students vote against the decision within 48 hours, then that decision will be overturned.”

Yale-NUS Pride

The Yale-NUS Student Government 2015‘s Identity Committee is looking for symbols of Yale-NUS Pride to suggest to the administration. If you have any ideas for mascots, crests, regalia etc. please fill out the following form:

The Student Government is hoping to help establish some items of Yale-NUS pride (such as college mascots, crests and regalia). As such, the government is running a competition which will allow students to submit their ideas for items of Yale-NUS pride. Submissions will close on October 9. There will then be a one week period during which the government will work with the administration and the Yale-NUS designers to select the top suggestions. These suggestions will then be put to an online vote, to determine the winner. The winners will then be presented to the administration, by the Student Government.
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Currently, the plan is that:

-Submissions will close on Friday 9 October

-The Student Government will then consult with the Yale-NUS administration and designers to shortlist some finalists

-An online poll will open on Friday 23 October for students to vote on the finalists

-The poll will then close on Friday 13 November

-The results will then be presented to public affairs who will begin to tender for designers

-The Student Government will then work to select the designer in January

-The designers, Student Government and public affairs will work to make the winning suggestions a reality

We look forward to receiving your suggestions!