Elections AY20/21 Sem 2

As per Article VI of the Student Government Constitution, elections are to be held at the end of semester 2. On 24 Mar 2021, the AY20/21 Election Committee was convened. The committee members are: Steven Justin Sy, Chitvan Bansal, Prayog Bhattarai, See Yongsong, Ayesha Syed, Htet Myet Min Tun, and Cai Shenghao.

Timeline

Mon 29 – 31 Mar: Nominations for StuGov Elections open

Thu 1 Apr: Acceptance of Nominations

Fri 2 – 5 Apr: Election Campaigning / Elections Forum

Tue 6 Apr: Cooling-off Day (no campaigning)

Wed 7 – 8 Apr: Voting Period

Fri 9 Apr: Election Results

Updates

Update #6: Fri 9 Apr 2021

The Elections Committee announced the results of the elections:

STIPEND REFERENDUM

For Question 1, In principle, should future iterations of the Yale-NUS Student Government, after the AY 20/21 Elections, receive a stipend from the College?

Yes: 207 votes.
No: 205 votes.
Abstain: 8 votes.

For Question 2, If the option for “Yes” in Q1 passes the post, what structure should the allocation of a stipend follow?

Structure 1, Fixed Stipend: 112 votes
Structure 2, Claim-by-Hour Stipend: 125 votes
Abstain: 183 votes

For Question 3, If the option for “Yes” in Q1 passes the post, should the current 7th Yale-NUS Student Government be eligible for the stipend?

Yes: 167 votes
No: 106 votes
Abstain: 147 votes

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

Elections reached quorum (25%) for both general elections and Class Representative elections: Total votes were 420 for the general elections, 65 for the Class of 2022 Representative, 64 for the Class of 2023 Representative, and 58 for the Class of 2024 Representative. Results were generated using Instant Run-off Voting (IRV).

For President,

Denyse Tan Jia Wei: 286 votes
No Vote: 110 votes

For Vice President of Internal Administration,

Engie Wong: 307 votes
No Vote: 91 votes

For Vice President of Campus Life,

Billy Tran: 172 votes
Roy Lara: 118 votes
Chua Ying Sheun Kelly: 73 votes
No Vote: 34 votes

After redistributing No Votes,

Billy Tran: 181 votes
Roy Lara: 127 votes
Chua Ying Sheun Kelly: 80 votes

After redistributing Chua Ying Sheun Kelly’s votes,

Billy Tran: 229 votes
Roy Lara: 152 votes

For Vice President of Student Affairs,

Ayyappan Madhumitha: 307 votes
No Vote: 74 votes

For Secretary of External Affairs,

Hunter Davis: 144 votes
Liu Zhenqi: 107 votes
Alexander Zong Kai Tai (Alex Tai): 68 votes
No Vote: 67 votes

After redistributing No Votes,

Hunter Davis: 154 votes
Liu Zhenqi: 125 votes
Alexander Zong Kai Tai (Alex Tai): 80 votes

After redistributing Alex Tai’s votes,

Hunter Davis: 198 votes
Liu Zhenqi: 156 votes

For Secretary of Internal Affairs,

Chloe Ang Wei Ting: 274 votes
No Vote: 101 votes

For Director of Wellness,

Wang Ziying & Rebecca Tay Hui Min: 223 votes
Nageen Ramez and Philippa Self: 138 votes
No Vote: 26 votes
Tushar Singh: 9 votes

For Director of Athletics,

Mishael Hyat Ayub: 189 votes
James Pierog: 100 votes
No Vote: 89 votes

After redistributing No Votes,

Mishael Hyat Ayub: 224 votes
James Pierog: 132 votes

For Director of Academics,

Momo Mbarek: 252 votes
No Vote: 127 votes

For Director of Equity and Inclusion,

Mishael Hyat Ayub: 134 votes
No Vote: 91 votes
Tushar Singh: 83 votes
James Pierog: 61 votes

After redistributing James Pierog’s votes,

Mishael Hyat Ayub: 174 votes
No Vote: 101 votes
Tushar Singh: 92 votes

After redistributing Tushar Singh’s votes,

Mishael Hyat Ayub: 251 votes
No Vote: 112 votes

For Director of Residential Life,

Lee Yun Ning: 225 votes
Billy Tran: 126 votes
No Vote: 39 votes

For Class of 2022 Representative:

Morgane Darya Vassillisa Ropion: 61 votes
No Vote: 3 votes

For Class of 2023 Representative:

Roy Lara: 45 votes
No Vote: 19 votes

For Class of 2024 Representative:

Joleen Teo: 53 votes
No Vote: 5 votes

There were no candidates for Director of Student Organisations. As such, that position will be appointed by the ExCo and ratified by a by-election. Since Mishael Hyat Ayub won both Director of Equity & Inclusion and Director of Athletics, she will be Director of Equity & Inclusion, since she indicated as much in her acceptance form. As such, the Director of Athletics will also be appointed by the ExCo and ratified by a by-election.

Update #5: Wed 7 Apr 2021

The Elections Committee announced that voting has begun and will end on Thu 8 Apr 2359hrs. Voting will be done on Canvas (link below).

Update #4: Fri 2 Apr 2021

The Elections Committee announced that the discussion forum on the Stipend Referendum will be held on Monday, April 5, from 9 – 11 pm.

Update #3: Fri 2 Apr 2021

The Election Committee announced the confirmed candidates for each position:

President
Denyse Tan Jia Wei (‘24)

VP Internal Admin
Engie Wong (‘23)

VP Campus Life
Roy Lara (‘23)
Chua Ying Shuen Kelly (‘24)
Billy Tran (‘24)

VP Student Affairs
Ayyappan Madhumitha (‘23)

Secretary (External Affairs)
Alexander Zong Kai Tai (Alex Tai) (‘24)
Hunter Davis (‘22)
Liu Zhenqi (‘23)
Dylan Loke (‘24) (Withdrawn)
Chua Ying Shuen Kelly (‘24)

Secretary (Internal Affairs)
Chloe Ang Wei Ting (‘24)

Director of Wellness
Wang Ziying (‘23) & Rebecca Tay Hui Min (‘23)
Tushar Singh (‘24)
Nageen Ramez (‘24) and Philippa Self (‘24)

Director of Athletics
James Pierog (‘22)
Mishael Hyat Ayub (‘24)

Director of Academics
Momo Mbarek (‘24)

Director of Equity and Inclusion
James Pierog (‘22)
Mishael Hyat Ayub (‘24)
Tushar Singh (‘24)

Director of Student Organizations
Dylan Loke (‘24) (Withdrawn)

Director of Residential Life
Billy Tran (‘24)
Lee Yun Ning (‘23)

Class of 2022 Representative
Morgane Darya Vassillisa Ropion (‘22)

Class of 2023 Representative
Roy Lara (‘23)

Class of 2024 Representative
Joleen Teo (‘24)

From today until the 5th of April, candidates may post both digital and physical campaign material. The 6th of April has been designated as the cooling-off day, so no new material may be put after april 5. Further, all physical campaign material must be removed by 11:59 on April 8, when voting concludes. The elections will run from April 7 to April 8 and will be done on Canvas.

In addition, the Elections Committee is organizing the Elections Forum over Zoom on Monday, 5 April, from 7 – 9pm. Students can submit questions to individual candidates or ask general questions using the form below. The Elections Committee will be posting a recording of the Elections Forum after it concludes.

Update #2: Wed 31 Mar 2021

The Election Committee released information regarding the Stipend Referendum:

1. An information sheet: The Elections Committee has created an information sheet that provides students a timeline of the stipend issue, a brief overview of the proposed stipend policy, key concerns about the issue, and information on the referendum questions. Link to the information sheet can be found here.

2. Virtual Discussion Forum on the Stipend Policy: To facilitate healthy discussions on the pros and cons of the stipend policy, the Elections Committee is also organizing a virtual discussion forum next week. The session will be held over Zoom and will include a brief overview of the policy and information on the referendum, after which we will moderate an open discussion on the policy.

Update #1: Mon 29 Mar 2021

The Election Committee released the nomination form for the by-elections. Students are welcome to nominate themselves or others for the available positions (see below). The nomination deadline is Wed 31 Mar 2021, 2359hrs. The committee also shared that the deadline to accept nominations is Thu 1 Apr 2021, 2359hrs, and confirmed nominees may campaign from Fri 2 Apr to Mon 5 Apr 2021, with cooling-off day on Tue 6 Apr, and the elections from Wed 7 Apr to Thu 8 Apr. The ratified Elections Code can be found here. The nomination form created by the committee can be found here:

Available Positions

The following positions will be up for election:

Important Note for Class Reps and Directors

Candidates running for Class Rep or Director positions can run individually or with someone else (as co-candidates). Co-candidates will appear on the ballot together (i.e. cannot vote for only one of them), and if elected, will both serve as Co-Representatives/Co-Directors. Candidates running individually will serve alone if elected.

President

The President is the primary representative of StuGov and the student body to the College administration and any external body. The President is responsible for setting the agenda for StuGov, appointing candidates to any vacant positions, setting the agenda of Town Halls with their ExCo**, and supporting the Vice Presidents, Secretaries, Directors, and Class Reps. Most importantly, the President works for all members of StuGov and the College community, and has to be impartial and fair to all parties.

Past Presidents served as a liaison with external agencies (eg. Ministry of Education, National Youth Council), championed student interests on important issues (eg. gender equality survey), built collaborative working relations with the College administration, and advocated for the removal of COVID-19 zoning together with NUSSU (AY20/21 Sem 1).

Past Presidents: Hazeem Nasser (‘22), Rachel Juay (‘20), Scott Chua (‘20)

Vice President of Internal Administration

The Vice President of Internal Administration (VPIA) manages budget allocation for StuGov, financial processes, logistics, and resources (e.g. online file storage). They ensure that StuGov runs smoothly and is connected internally and with the College administration, by maintaining and developing systems and processes. They are also in charge of preserving institutional knowledge within StuGov.

Past Vice Presidents have planned and organised the annual Summer Storage and the distribution of vouchers for students on Winter Housing (AY20/21). They have also worked on the stipend referendum, restructuring of StuGov, a standard procedure for handling crises, and investigating financial accessibility on campus.

The Vice President of Internal Administration previously led the Internal Administration Wing, comprising the Directors of Enterprise and Directors of Finance. The Vice President of Internal Administration will now assume the roles and responsibilities of the Director of Finance, and will not lead any Directors.

Past Vice Presidents: Chan Shawn Kit (‘23), Hazeem Nasser (‘22), Jolene Lum (‘19)

Secretary (Internal Affairs)

The Secretaries (Internal and External Affairs) work together closely to ensure effective and transparent communications both internally (student-facing) and externally (external stakeholders). They share the responsibility for minute taking for meetings and serve as admins for key Facebook groups (e.g. Yale-NUS College Community).

The Secretary (Internal Affairs) takes the lead on StuGov communications by publicising StuGov advocacy efforts. They also manage the Telegram Channel (Kingfisher Chirps), StuGov website, email account, and Halcyon Hub page, and are responsible for publishing minutes/documents, as well as the email newsletter.

Past secretaries have revamped the StuGov newsletter, streamlined access to StuGov resources, and worked on the restructuring of StuGov.

The Secretary (Internal Affairs) was previously known as the Secretary.

Past Secretaries: Bernard Boey (‘22), Tan Hong Kai (‘22), Nicole Quah (‘21), Rachel Juay (‘20)

Secretary (External Affairs)

The Secretaries (Internal and External Affairs) work together closely to ensure effective and transparent communications both internally (student-facing) and externally (external stakeholders). They share the responsibility for minute taking for meetings and serve as admins for key Facebook groups (e.g. Yale-NUS College Community).

The Secretary (External Affairs) maintains external stakeholder relationships by conducting outreach efforts with external parties, alumni, neighbouring residential colleges, and student unions from other universities. They also manage the StuGov Instagram page.

Past position holders have launched the StuGov Instagram page, organised the Next Door Neighbour (Yale-NUS x NUS lunch tag) and Inter-College Pen Pal initiatives with neighbouring residential colleges, and worked on Kingfisher Treats (UTown discounts for Yale-NUS students).

The Secretary (External Affairs) was previously known as the Director of Enterprise.

Past position holders: Denyse Tan (’24), Glen Ang (’22), Chua Yun Da (’22), Celeste Beh (’20), Rachel Juay (’20)

Class Representatives

(Available positions: Class of 2022 Rep, Class of 2023 Rep, Class of 2024 Rep)

Class Representatives serve as the primary liaison between their class and StuGov and also organise class-wide events. They are able to raise issues affecting their class, advocate for student interests as and when they arise, and advocate for policy changes, by coordinating with the relevant StuGov Directors and other members. They are also in charge of managing the anonymous Speak to StuGov feedback form.

Past Class Reps have organised numerous welfare events, and were pivotal in advocating for student concerns on pertinent issues (eg. dining, Week 7, academic accommodations during COVID-19).

Candidates can run individually or with someone else (as co-candidates). Co-candidates will appear on the ballot together (i.e. cannot vote for only one of them), and if elected, will both serve as Co-Representatives. Candidates running individually will serve alone if elected.

Past Class of 2021 Reps: Larissa Lee, Dalia Albarazi, Kalla Sy

Past Class of 2022 Reps: Tan Hong Kai (Acting), Ng Jun Jie, Shim Tae Sun, Don Ferdinando

Past Class of 2023 Reps: Bryan Timothy, Ahn Yehoon

Past Class of 2024 Reps: Joleen Teo, Dylan Loke, Choi Gyuyong (Acting)

Vice President of Campus Life 

The Vice President of Campus Life (VPCL) leads the Campus Life Wing, which comprises the Director of Athletics, Director of Residential Life, and Director of Student Organisations. Their primary role is to support their directors in advocating for student interests relating to the three broad areas, and to promote accessible, inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable campus life.

Past Vice Presidents have organised and moderated regular Town Halls, advocated for using the Travel Funding to subsidise COVID-19 SHN for international students returning for AY20/21 Sem 2, as well as helped facilitate food catering arrangements over the summer during COVID-19 (2020). They have also worked on the issues of housing deficits, housing for superseniors, and Room Draw, especially in light of Study Abroad cancellations and COVID-19. Other Vice Presidents have worked on the dining contract renewal process (AY20/21 Sem 2) in collaboration with the College administration.

The Vice President of Campus Life was previously known as the Vice President of Student Activities.

The Vice President of Campus Life will not be allowed to concurrently be a StuOrgs Student Associate or Summer Intern, Athletics Student Associate, or Residential Housing/DXT Student Associate under the Dean of Students’ Office.*

Past Vice Presidents: Gabriele Ramanauskaite (Gabi) (‘22), Celeste Beh (‘20), Agatha Tan (‘20)

Director of StuOrgs

The Director of Student Organisations (StuOrgs) leads the Student Organisation Standing Committee, whose primary responsibility is to formally recognise StuOrgs, administer budget requests, process StuOrg renewals, and approve travel funding applications. The Director of StuOrgs also works closely with the Dean of Students’ Office to organise the yearly StuOrg Leadership Retreat, and semesterly Student Activities Fair.

Past Directors have served as the touchpoint with StuOrg leaders to support them in their activities. They also organised Tea Party sessions to advise prospective StuOrg leaders, worked with the Director of Wellness to organise a lucky draw for StuOrgs who choose to eat healthy, and helped to promote the usage of the Student Calendar for campus events.

The Director of StuOrgs will not be allowed to concurrently be a StuOrgs Student Associate or Summer Intern under the Dean of Students’ Office.*

Candidates can run individually or with someone else (as co-candidates). Co-candidates will appear on the ballot together (i.e. cannot vote for only one of them), and if elected, will both serve as Co-Directors. Candidates running individually will serve alone if elected.

Past Directors: Engie Wong (‘23) & Odele Tan (‘23), Chan Shawn Kit (‘23) & Daniel Soh (‘23), Low Yi Ern (‘21), Nicole Nazareth (‘22)

Director of Athletics

The Director of Athletics leads the Athletics Standing Committee to take on the immense role of project director for the annual Inter-Faculty Games in Semester 1 as well as Inter-College Games in Semester 2. They liaise with the residential colleges and faculties from NUS, and coordinate the logistics and manpower for the sports events delegated to Yale-NUS.

Past Directors have served as the touchpoint for athletic groups to support them in their activities, as well as worked closely with the Athletics office on issues relating to athletics spaces and equipment on campus.

The Director of Athletics will not be allowed to concurrently be an Athletics Student Associate under the Dean of Students’ Office.*

Candidates can run individually or with someone else (as co-candidates). Co-candidates will appear on the ballot together (i.e. cannot vote for only one of them), and if elected, will both serve as Co-Directors. Candidates running individually will serve alone if elected.

Past Directors: Kelly Chua (’24), Dominic Chan (’22), Sophia Elalamy (’22), Michelle Lee (’22)

Director of Residential Life

The Director of Residential Life advocates for the adoption of policies relating to Housing, Dining and Residential Colleges that align with student interests. They are the primary representative that keeps in contact with the Residential Housing staff and Dining Experience Team (DXT) from the Dean of Students’ Office, Residential College Offices, and Infrastructure, Safety & Security (Infra).

Past Directors have worked on a suite matching spreadsheet to facilitate the finding of suitemates for Room Draw, advocated for changes to the dining hall operating hours in light of COVID-19 restrictions (AY20/21). Other position holders have also worked on the issues of housing deficits and dissatisfaction with dining hall food, and engaged with Infra to resolve accidental room entries.

The Director of Residential Life was previously known as the Director of Wellness and Residential Life, encompassing the role of the Director of Wellness as well.

The Director of Residential Life will not be allowed to concurrently be a Residential Housing/DXT Student Associate under the Dean of Students’ Office.*

Candidates can run individually or with someone else (as co-candidates). Co-candidates will appear on the ballot together (i.e. cannot vote for only one of them), and if elected, will both serve as Co-Directors. Candidates running individually will serve alone if elected.

Past Directors: Ayyappan Madhumitha (Madhu) (‘23) & Liao Yen-Wen (Ivy) (‘23), Yuki Nakamura (‘20), Eda Semsioglu (‘20)

Vice President of Student Affairs

The Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) leads the Student Affairs Wing, which comprises the Director of Equity and Inclusion, Director of Wellness, and Director of Academics. Their primary role is to support their directors in advocating for student interests relating to the three broad areas, and to promote the academic, interpersonal, and mental wellbeing of students.

Past Vice Presidents have led their team of Directors to tackle the issues of counselling unavailability and campus culture, and also spearheaded the advocacy effort for a S/U policy during COVID-19 (AY19/20 Sem 2). Other Vice Presidents have also coordinated with the College administration to organise TGS advising sessions.

The Vice President of Student Affairs was previously known as the Vice President of Student Life.

The Vice President of Student Affairs will not be allowed to concurrently be an Intercultural Engagement/Wellness Student Associate under the Dean of Students’ Office, as well as a Student Associate under a Head of Studies, the Dean of Faculty, and/or the Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs).*

Past Vice Presidents: Joshua Tee (’22), Darren Lee (’20), Scott Chua (’20)

Director of Equity and Inclusion

The Director of Equity and Inclusion advocates for the adoption of policies that promote an equitable and inclusive environment, and serves as a representative on the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Past Directors have led an Equity and Inclusion Standing Committee, worked on the Classroom Ethos Statement, and collaborated with the In-Betweeners Collective (First-Generation & Low-Income Students Network). They have also advocated for better learning accommodations and disability support.

The Director of Equity and Inclusion was previously known as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

The Director of Equity and Inclusion will not be allowed to concurrently be an Intercultural Engagement Student Associate under the Dean of Students’ Office.*

Candidates can run individually or with someone else (as co-candidates). Co-candidates will appear on the ballot together (i.e. cannot vote for only one of them), and if elected, will both serve as Co-Directors. Candidates running individually will serve alone if elected.

Past Directors: Muhammad Naeem Shehryar (‘23), Yasmin Binte Mohd Sani (‘23), Reni Chng (‘21), Kristian Marc James-Paul (‘19)

Director of Wellness

The Director of Wellness advocates for the adoption of policies that promote the physical, emotional, mental, financial, and academic wellbeing of students, and proposes improvements to programs or structures on campus to achieve this aim.

Past directors have led the Wellness Standing Committee to create a Wellness Resources Masterlist, engaged with the Counselling Centre to expand access to external counselling and worked on the issue of counselling unavailability. They also organised a dialogue on managing COVID-19 related anxiety as well as a dialogue exploring body image and relationship with food. They have also distributed COVID-19 Wellness Care packages and organised mindfulness sessions in conjunction with the Dean of Students’ Office.

The Director of Wellness was previously known as the Director of Wellness and Residential Life, encompassing the role of the Director of Residential Life as well.

The Director of Wellness will not be allowed to concurrently be a Wellness Student Associate under the Dean of Students’ Office.*

Candidates can run individually or with someone else (as co-candidates). Co-candidates will appear on the ballot together (i.e. cannot vote for only one of them), and if elected, will both serve as Co-Directors. Candidates running individually will serve alone if elected.

Past Directors: Ayyappan Madhumitha (Madhu) (‘23) & Liao Yen-Wen (Ivy) (‘23), Yuki Nakamura (‘20), Eda Semsioglu (‘20)

Director of Academics

The Director of Academics advocates for the adoption of academic policies that promote academic wellness and align with student interests. They usually serve as a representative on the Teaching Learning and Advising (TLA) Committee and Teaching Award Committee. They also help to ensure easy access to and clear communication of academic resources and policies.

Past Directors have been heavily involved in the Latin Honours review (AY19/20), Capstone review, and Common Curriculum review (AY20/21). They have also advocated for the removal of peer tutoring hour limits, extension of capstone and availability of S/U petitions during COVID-19 (AY20/21), relaxation of no-screen policies, and addition of classes to alleviate module oversubscriptions.

The Director of Academics will not be allowed to concurrently be a Student Associate under a Head of Studies, the Dean of Faculty, and/or the Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs).*

Candidates can run individually or with someone else (as co-candidates). Co-candidates will appear on the ballot together (i.e. cannot vote for only one of them), and if elected, will both serve as Co-Directors. Candidates running individually will serve alone if elected.

Past Directors: Alexander Reaves (‘21), Benjamin Yang (‘22), Faris Joraimi (‘21)


*Any ambiguities regarding which positions a particular Director/Vice President can concurrently hold will be settled by the Judiciary. Any decision by the Judiciary will be final.

** The ExCo consists of the President, Vice Presidents and Secretaries.

Major Changes

This semester, in anticipation of the StuGov elections that will be held in early April 2021, the 7th StuGov is coordinating two major changes: Restructuring, and the Stipend Referendum. Under Restructuring, the structure of StuGov will be changed to reflect the current realities of how StuGov operates. Under the Stipend Referendum, students will vote on whether current and future Student Governments will get a stipend.

Week 7/8: Student input on Restructuring and Stipend Referendum

Week 9: Information session on Restructuring and Stipend Referendum

Week 10: Finalisation of Restructuring and Stipend Referendum

Sun 21 – 23 Mar: Open Call for Elections Committee

Wed 24 Mar: Elections Committee formed

FAQ

Who can I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about the election process, please feel free to contact the Election Committee members: Steven Justin Sy, Chitvan Bansal, Prayog Bhattarai, See Yongsong, Ayesha Syed, Htet Myet Min Tun, and Cai Shenghao. You can also send an email to yncelection@gmail.com.

What is the Elections Committee?

The Elections Committee is an independent body separate from Student Government that is in charge of holding the election process as outlined by Article VI, Section 2. They typically comprise of four impartial arbiters from the student body (chosen from a pool of applicants) and two outgoing Government members acting as committee conveners. Election Committee members are barred from running for elections and have the ultimate authority on all election matters. This year, there are no outgoing Government members from the Executive and Senate in the Elections Committee due to potential conflicts of interest due to the stipend referendum

In line with StuGov Restructuring plans, this will be the second last time there will be an ad-hoc elections committee. After Sep 2021, future elections will be conducted by the Judiciary.