Aug 22 WEEKLY UPDATE: Elections, Leave of Absence, and Academics.

Aug 22 WEEKLY UPDATE: Elections, Leave of Absence, and Academics.

It’s that time again. That time when we breathe a sigh of relief, and a new team of eager hopefuls gears up for the year to come. Most of the time, your Student Government just toils quietly away in the background on a campaign of improvement, undemanding except for the odd annoying email.

Now, however, you are needed. After faithfully serving the school for the past year, we are calling on the students to engage momentarily with us to select, from your range of volunteers, those you will accept as your representatives for the next year.

 

Recent Successes:
Academic Report and Town Hall: The Academic Report has been distributed. We appreciate the positive engagement we’ve received from staff and faculty!

 

Upcoming:
Elections and Town Hall: The new Student Government is being elected. Come see you candidates debate the issues of note at the Town Hall, Monday night, 7:30, TCT. Elections will continue from there.

 

Information:
Alumni usages: Alumni may not use the MPH, but have gym access for a 1-yr trial period.
Gym hours: Extended to 2am for a trial run this semester.
Dining: Is now under Infra instead of DOS. Dining Committee is still under DOS.

 

Meeting Minutes:
Constitution Update: Student Government members are permitted a “Leave of Absence” of up to one month, for any ‘acceptable reason’ as defined in Section 2.1.
Handover documents: Are being prepared to welcome and instruct the next government.

Again, find more detail in the minutes.

 

 

All the best,

Hebe Hilhorst

Yale-NUS Student Council | Director of External Communication

 

Quote of the Week –

“Because the males are always, always, always out there trying to mate. Females only come along every now and then, and are pretty to choosy about who they pick.”

  • SI2

Aug 15 WEEKLY UPDATE: Elections, Academics, and YIRPA.

Aug 15 WEEKLY UPDATE: Elections, Academics, and YIRPA.

Welcome, and welcome back.

Recent Successes:
Storage: With all belongings now collected, this concludes our inaugural cheap-option student storage.
Turn Up with TTY: This was a great chance for students to get to know our new President. He’s also holding weekly lunches – check your email if you’re interested.

 

Upcoming:
Academic Town Hall: The results from our Academic Survey are being released to students this Wednesday 23rd August, 7-8pm, TCT. Discover what students think about the common curriculum, majors, and CIPE, areas we’ve identified for improvement and our recommendations to DOF & CIPE. This includes which changes are most desired by students, and which majors are the most & least satisfied.
Elections: The time has come for a new Student Government to be formed! Please nominate those you trust, while being aware of 1) The Elections Code 2) The list of Government positions and their responsibilities. The Electoral Forum will be Mon 28 Aug, 7:30pm, TCT.

 

Meeting Minutes:
YIRPA: The final investigation report was presented. YIRPA was found responsible for multiple policy violations, including misuse of college funds and property. The organisation has been suspended and will need to repay all misused moneys. Should it seek to be reinstated, it will be on probation for a year. Individuals involved also face sanctions. For more detail, please read the minutes.

Again, find more detail in the minutes.

 

All the best,

Hebe Hilhorst

Yale-NUS Student Council | Director of External Communication

 

Quote of the Week –

“Heaven help them if I find the person who follows us, but doesn’t like our page…”

– Avery Simmons

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)