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    • The BLUe AND GOLD Issue 11 • November 2010 • MICA 254/07/2010 Glass ro Cafe om Disco unts! Travel: From Laos to USA HPAIR 2010 Professor de Meyer Interview PLUS: Sports Fiesta, Grad ? still Night, Eve, Vegetarianism, and more! f r e sh Find out how students’ perspectives change as the years go by! Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 1 23/10/2010 3:09PM
    • The BLUe AND GOLD A publication of the Singapore Management University Students’ Association Editor’s note CommuniCations seCretary, smusa I f you picked up our previous issue at our news- stands a month or two ago, you might have been awed by the great photographs of the sports CCAs that we featured. You might also have been impressed by the statistics that we have of BOSS bid- Lee Cher Hern ding of this semester and the previous years – I was certainly surprised when a professor teaching Intro- managing DireCtor ductory Economics contacted me one day to verify aCting eDitor-in-CHieF my sources, especially since they were not retrieved from the official statistics. In a dramatic turn of Owen Tan events, I provided our methodology to an academic instead of the other way round! Deputy eDitor-in-CHieF Aashna Nasta We provide you, hopefully, with even more reason to pick up this issue. Apart from a fantastic cover shoot with a talented photographer and mod- aDVisors els, this issue does not focus on particular CCAs, or even groups of people; Michael Ng this issue is all about you. We attempt to figure out what freshmen like; what second and third year students think about Finishing Touch; what Ephraim Loy makes seniors have such positive impressions on their first presentation and project; and what Freshmen Bash, unfortunately, has to do with Ana- managing eDitors lytical Skills and Creative Thinking classes. Shobana Nadaraja Senthil Sukumar Looking to travel? Our travel section returns with reflections of trips rang- ing from backpacking (page 38) to Work and Travel (page 39). While res- marketing DireCtor taurants have proven rather elusive at granting us interviews, we decided that circumventing the situation involved a little food subsidy for our re- Deborah Lim porters – read all about going to Wendy’s, on a budget (page 42). senior eDitors We are also honoured to feature an exclusive interview with our new Talisa Kaur Dhaliwal President of SMU, Professor Arnoud de Meyer. In his article he reveals Nadim Ali Kapadia more about his experience and what he hopes to achieve with SMU. Tobias Yeo Sheena Lee We hope you enjoy this issue. Ankita Prasad Owen Tan grapHiC Design & layout Managing Director Melvin Tiong The Blue and Gold Owen Tan owen.tan.2008@economics.smu.edu.sg CoVer story pHotograpHy Lee Chei Ren All rights reserved. No part of this publication should be reproduced without the prior permission of the authors concerned and The Blue and Gold. The Blue and Gold is does not necessarily endorse the opinions put forth by its writers. Printed by KHL Printing Co Pte Ltd. The BLUe AND GOLD 81 Victoria Street Singapore 188065 pubcomm@sa.smu.edu.sg This issue of The Blue and Gold is proudly sponsored by Prudential Singapore. smublueandgold@gmail.com Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 2 23/10/2010 3:09PM
    • Viewpoint Inside This Issue 6 The Magic of Laos Sanva Saephan gives us a perspective of this special part of Indochina. Face/Off 7 Should schools have the right to endorse their students for elections? Four stu- dents give their views. Cover Story Still fresh? 8 We take a look at what SMU students are happy and not-so-happy about. ws! Campus Ne Sowing the Seeds of Innovation 20 Aashna Nasta and Emile Law find out more about our new SMU President Ar- noud de Meyer. The Green, not the Library 22 Claudia Wong reports on the nom Sports Fiesta. Welcome, the 11th 26 SMUSA Exco 28 Graduation Night 2010 Eve 2010 30 Lydia Toh reports on a night of ap- preciating the arts. A musical and a play 32 Reflections on the Law Musical and Home, Nearly. Perspectives HPAIR 2010 32 Reports from participants and organisers. Travel For a variety of reasons 38 From backpacking in India to working in the USA. Thumb 42 Wendy’s, books, movies Sup! Our new recommendations section. ngapore. Overheard @ SMU and. 46 Excerpts from everybody’s favourite Facebook page. The BLUe AND GOLD 3 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 3 23/10/2010 3:09PM
    • From “THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST AND GOLD ISSUE EVERRRR love the photos and the new BLUE RRR...I Our layout format! Looks qualifying as a Newsweek! Great job to the team! Its FANTASTIC.” Desk - Lee Jun Kiat (Year 3, Business ) he BLUe AND GO D TTheBLUe AND GOLLD /2010 MICA 254/07 tember 2010 • Issue 10 • Sep e how you made me Sports Ed it ion “Very well done. I lik . Glassroom ad]. Haha flip to page 31 [The PLUS: So Singaporean. “ Capturing the the World ■ Events Around ■ Bidding Woes ours Economics) ssroom and Col Spirit of Sport Interviews: Gla - Hazel Ang (Year 3, ■ Exclusive ! sro om dis co unts ins ide Ed: We’ve got mo re Gl as From alumni... Congrats on the new Blue and It is AWESOME!!!! Gold mag! - Angela Anthony, former Editor Spor ts issue -in-Chief, The Blue and Gold m sroo Glas afe AWESOME Blue and Gold iss C unts isco e! ue. D insid AWESOME. - Elvin Ong, former regular con tributor, The Blue and Gold isor Memo fr. Adv An Overheard extra... “You come in as a fresh piece of Ephraim Loy dough. You get slammed about and stretched to the limit. Finally many yellow , when I don’t like too you’re moulded into a fluffy prata - boxes. you get eaten!” 10 - V Kumar Sharma reflects on September 20 school life while eating prata at Jalan Kayu Write to us and win prizes and vouchers. Send us an email at pubcomm@sa.smu.edu.sg. 4 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 4 23/10/2010 3:10PM
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    • Viewpoint The magic of Laos Sanva Saephan gives us a perspective of this special part of Indochina. W hen I tell people that I am from Laos, they often give me perplexed looks. Some even Visitors often spend at least one or two days here before continu- ing on their journey to Vang Vi- After our OCSP, the team trav- elled north to Luang Prabang for some well-deserved rest and embarrass themselves by asking eng (if they travelling north). relaxation. This small, beautiful “Is Laos in Myanmar?”, “Is Laos town is a UNESCO World Heri- part of Cambodia?”, or even “Is Vang Vieng is a five-hour bus tage site; French architecture Laos a country?” ride from Vientiane, a town that and Buddhist temples domi- visitors must not miss. The sce- nate the town, creating a tran- I remember an incident at Chan- nic beauty of the town has cap- quil atmosphere. Life here is gi Airport a few years back; a tivated many tourists; a place slow and simple, and taking a memory that will not leave my where you can experience the stroll through town is enough mind for years to come. An Air purity of nature, and let the fresh to experience the loveliness and Asia officer refused to let me air will purge the pollution from charm of Lao culture. Wherever check-in, insisting that I needed your lungs. There are also many you go, Laotians greet you with a visa to visit Thailand. Even af- breathtaking caves to explore, simple Hellos, but you can sense ter explaining that, under the and wherever you go, the moun- the liveliness and sincerity. Af- new ASEAN agreement, Lao tains greet you smiling. I would ter your walk, shops along the passport holders can travel to say that this town is as impres- streets offer aromatic Lao cof- some ASEAN nations (including sive as the famous Guilin city in fee and delightful refreshments. Thailand) without a visa, she re- China. At night, the market in Luang mained adamant that I needed Prabang showcases elegant Lao one. I was furious. To accompany the mountains of handicraft from a variety of eth- Vang Vieng, the Song River is a nic groups, such as the Hmong To make matters worse, she even buzz of activity. Tubing, where and Mienh, ideal gifts for friends asked, “Where is Laos?” I was you sit on a tyre and let your- and family. ready to explode, but I managed self flow with the current, is one to compose myself, and request- relaxing activity that the river Outside Luang Prabang, there ed to see the manager. The prob- provides. The slow flowing riv- are also magnificent waterfalls lem was quickly solved, and the er also has turbulent currents at Tat Guangxi where you can officer apologized. I dismissed at some junctions, and is a won- relax and get in touch with na- the matter, but it is a reminder of derful place for kayaking. How- ture. Home stays are another how little is known about Laos. ever, the most popular activity way to learn more about the cul- is slinging, where you can jump ture and lifestyle of the people. Laos is a land-locked, indepen- from a high platform to grip a dent nation sharing borders bar and drop into the river. For art lovers and appreciators with China, Myanmar, Vietnam, of simple lifestyles, Luang Pra- Cambodia, and Thailand. De- The night sky of Vang Vieng is bang is the perfect place to visit. spite recent development, Laos filled with stars, and those of To the partygoers and sightseers, is a laid-back country with a my friends who went there for Vang Vieng is the perfect get- peaceful atmosphere. Many are an overseas community service away. Laos also has many other content with the simple lifestyle programme (OCSP) are still in amazing places to offer, such as that has been passed down from awe of this sight. Each night, we the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang generation to generation. Only would lie down “talk” with the or the historical sites and ma- after SEA Games 2009, which stars, ready to close our eyes and jestic waterfalls of Champasak. Laos hosted, did the country gain make our wishes on a shooting The best time to visit is from No- some international recognition. star. The starry night was a per- vember to February, when the fect respite after each tiring day, weather is cool and lovely. Even though Laos is still un- and the sixteen souls in the Wan known to many of us, the coun- Mai OCSP team – Amanda, Al- I hope this article has helped try has many things to offer. fred, Yi Chen, Linh, Vy, Heng Yin, you to learn more about Laos, Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is Charmaine, Xue Kun, Jie Han, enough perhaps to make Laos an economically emerging town. Derek, Tian Sheng, Swee Leng, your next holiday destination. Yet, many historical monuments Zhen Zhen, Mervyn, Yen Soon, built during the French coloni- and myself – quickly fell in love zation are still well preserved. with the town. 6 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 6 23/10/2010 3:10PM
    • Recently, Oikos, the society representing the School of Economics, was reminded by SMUSA that endorsing one of its students for the SMUSA elections is not allowed. In our new section, we ask the students if schools should have the right to endorse candidates for elections. I believe that the email supporting the SMUSA In SMU, societies and student bodies are entirely Aye election campaign of Economics student Gary Tan student-centered – by the student, for the student. was simply a call from the Oikos family to support one of its flock. Unlike the political agendas that real world orga- nizations may have, school elections should have Nay only one aim: to search for students who are most It is beyond my comprehension why SMUSA was so affected by this passionate in serving the student community. endorsement. Though I must agree that the email probably boost- ed the votes for Gary, as some Economics students may have felt in- As such, all initiatives should be led by students, and the primary clined to vote in line with the School’s endorsement, thus throwing concern should be the quality of candidates and their mandate. In their collective weight behind Gary. I believe that SMUSA ought not the journey leading up to voting day, candidates have campaigned be too put off by this move, as I believe that the Oikos Committee aggressively – using posters, Facebook pages, bookmarks, and bal- purely wanted to put up a display of support for Gary. They must loons – just to convince voters that they are worthy of the checkbox have had prior knowledge of Gary’s capabilities to serve the student next to their names. body well, and would not have taken a blind leap of faith in support- ing Gary Tan. After all, they are putting the reputation of SOE on the However, if schools step into the electoral process by endorsing cer- line. tain candidates, it would give those candidates an unfair edge. While it could mean extra firepower for some- Furthermore, we are highly educated students, one who is competent, would that be at the ex- and our ideals and morals will not be easily pense of another passionate, but not as estab- FACE swayed by endorsements, even one from a lished, candidate? school committee. After all, the SMUSA elections are important, and students Whichever school the candidates hail will not take voting lightly. If The from, we must always remember that New York Times can endorse Barack we come from one place, one fam- Obama in the US presidential elec- ily, one SMU. These students are all tions, I don’t see why SOE cannot striving to serve their fellow stu- declare its support for Gary Tan. In dents, and thus should at least be OFF fact, I think it shows solidarity and accorded the privilege of a level unity within the Oikos family. playing field. Tan Yi Heng Jason John Huang SMUSA serves as the The School of Eco- voice of SMU’s stu- nomics had thrown its Aye dent population, so why should schools have to re- weight behind one par- ticular candidate, a deci- Nay main neutral by not endors- sion presumably made by ing candidates for elections? the small student committee heading the school. It is only natural that each school would seek repre- sentation in the SMUSA Exco to voice their opinions and To maintain an even playing field, SMUSA understand- fight for their interests. Successfully elected members rely on the ably intervened, and reminded the school to remain neutral. For fair- votes of the student population to arrive at their privileged positions, ness, a body in a position of strength and power should not be using and if schools were to remain neutral by not endorsing candidates, its influence to take sides. large swathes of support would be missing in the elections. Each school represents a different part of the student body, and thus they Of course, we must assume that the student committee in question should be allowed to endorse the candidate they feel would best rep- is discerning enough to make that judgment.By disallowing bodies resent their interests. It is unfair to prohibit schools from supporting in-the-know using their influence to help their constituents make in- candidates purely due to their relatively greater power of influence. formed choices, many votes will be cast blindly, especially as voters The support from schools represent the collective view of a signifi- are often apathetic and will not make the effort to determine the ca- cant set of students, and should not be ignored. pabilities of each candidate themselves. This may eventually lead to a sub-optimal SMUSA board, and in turn, a decrease in student wel- Even though school committees and portfolio holders have great- fare. er power and influence compared to the average student, students should still be allowed hear their opinions, and will eventually draw By extension, only if an informed student body elects student com- their own conclusions based on whatever is personally important. mittees will we then be able to count on them making the right choice in endorsing a particular candidate for SMUSA elections. Jeanie Hue Loh Wei Quan The BLUe AND GOLD 7 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 7 23/10/2010 3:10PM
    • Cover Story f r e sh s till ? 8 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 8 23/10/2010 3:10PM
    • In this issue, we take a look at what SMU students are happy and not-so-happy about - and how your perspective of SMU changes as you progress through school life. By Owen Tan With additional reporting by Serene Tay, Stephanie Yow, Shobana Nadaraja, Ankita Prasad, Aashna Nasta, Tobias Yeo, and Senthil Sukumar Photography by Lee Chei Ren Models: Lim Zihui, Tan Siow Yun, Kingley Lim The BLUe AND GOLD 9 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 9 23/10/2010 3:10PM
    • Cover Story Losing its Lustre? “[School] started out as being really rosy, but now it’s lost a bit of its shine... though I’m not really complaining.” “SMU’s lifestyle is more hectic than other universities; high stress levels and expec- tations in school.” “The pursuit for grades is becoming more and more intense.”` - Final year SMU students who responded to our survey 10 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 10 23/10/2010 3:11PM
    • Not 5. First lesson of university So 4. Analytical Skills/Creative Thinking (AS/CT) 3. Matriculation 2. Leadership & Team Building (LTB) 1. Freshman Bash Fresh D on’t be mistaken by the title: indeed, there are 5. LTB  IncreasIng senIorIty a lot of great things about school that all of 4. AS/CT us love. We will go to those later, but rather than 3. Internship going the conventional route of giving you the good news before the bad, we decided to show you 2. FTB the peeves of the SMU student as he progresses 1. Freshman Bash through his school life. The myth, of course, is that all SMU students are satisfied, content, enriched with every course that they take; being on the Dean’s List; balancing school life, a part-time job, and a relationship ex- tremely well; loving their project group mates; es- 5. Convocation sentially enjoying every second of their SMU lives. 4. First presentation 3. Matriculation  For this issue, we sent out an Internet survey that 2. Freshman Bash  had over 200 respondents to figure out what exact- ly peeves the SMU student. We realise, interesting- 1. AS/CT  ly, that some things consistently appear on the list of poor impressions (we explore a couple of these further in the next few pages). We present to you, from our survey results, The 5. Vivace  Blue and Gold’s very own “Top of the Bottom” list. 4. Matriculation  3. Overseas community involvement project 2. Freshman Bash 1. AS/CT Arranged in ascending level of negative impression, where 1 = most negative. Events in bold denote new entries compared to previous years. Did you know? Most participative: Seniors Graduating students seem to be more vocal in class, our survey suggests: 41% of them participate at least two to three times every lesson. The BLUe AND GOLD 11 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 11 23/10/2010 3:11PM
    • Cover Story 12 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 12 23/10/2010 3:11PM
    • The 1. Orientation camps Fresh 2. Acceptance into SMU 3. Vivace 4. First project in SMU List 5. Convocation IncreasIng se 1. Acceptance into SMU S ave for the pet peeves that all of us have, it seems that there are some things that SMU students of all levels of seniority like. 2. First presentation 3. OCIP 4. Vivace Orientation camps, for instance, seem to be the most memorable among all levels; receiving the accep- 5. Orientation camps tance letter after what is arguably the toughest ad- mission process for a university here is ranked top nIorIt y of the fresh list for both second and third-year stu- dents. Interestingly, fourth year students have a very differ- ent fresh list from the rest. Most of them, having had 1. Acceptance into SMU the opportunity to go overseas, now place that as the 2. Orientation camps  most memorable impression; the first projects, pre- 3. LTB sentations and lessons at SMU now seem to be the 4. Vivace most positive impressions that they will take away from SMU upon graduation. 5. Internship 1. Overseas programmes 2. First project in SMU 3. Finishing Touch 4. First lesson in SMU 5. First presentation  Arranged in descending level of positive impression, where 1 = most positive. Events in bold denote new entries as compared to previous years. Did you know? Most respondents to this survey: Freshmen Thinking of sending out a survey for your classmates to complete? Perhaps targeting freshmen would be the best option. Close to 50% of the respondents in the survey were freshmen. The BLUe AND GOLD 13 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 13 23/10/2010 3:11PM
    • Cover Story 50.0 Satisfaction! (and who’s getting it) We take a look at how happy SMU students are with their school life, and debunk some myths. 37.5 MYTH OR FACT #2: The people who are most dissatisfied with school are MYTH OR typically the senior students. FACT #1: Unfortunately, the myth seems to be accu- 25.0 The majority of SMU stu- rate. 14% of seniors indicate that they are dents are dissatisfied with “very dissatisfied” with school. - FACT school. A contentious point, but it seems that the proportion of dissatisfied students in the survey stands at 21.5%, while satisfied students are at 78.5%. - MYTH 12.5 0 Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Somewhat dissatisfied So 14 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 14 23/10/2010 3:11PM
    • MYTH OR FACT #3: Most senior students are not satisfied with school. 59% of fourth-year students are either sat- isfied or very satisfied (73% if you add in Conclusion: “somewhat satisfied”), which suggests that Freshness guaranteed... dissatisfaction with school is greatly exag- gerated. - MYTH (for most anyway) If we are to believe the naysayers, we sin- cerely believe that the bars would have been much higher on the facing page. What we see from this survey, however, proves them wrong: a majority of stu- dents are satisfied with life in SMU, and within this a significant number is more than just “somewhat satisfied”. It seems that we can say that the majority of our student population are, as of this mo- ment, still fresh. The school administration, of course, should still note that there are little warn- ing signs that should be resolved. A sig- nificant (14%) proportion of final year students are “very dissatisfied”. As with all surveys, ours has limits: the people who are dissatisfied with school life may be under-represented, since they may not even bother to check their emails. Response rates for the senior stu- dents, most of them busy with their final year projects and internships were much lower than for the freshmen. For now, however, it seems that SMU stu- dents are mostly satisfied. - Owen Tan sfied Somewhat satisfied Satisfied Very satisfied The BLUe AND GOLD 15 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 15 23/10/2010 3:11PM
    • Cover Story What you think! Here we post some of the comments you made in our survey. Most are happy Freshmen to get in here Liked orientation camps because... “Awesome fright night” - Jonathan Lim, Information Systems Liked Vivace because... “of goody bags!” - Rebecca Ling, Accountancy Didn’t like their first lesson because... “I got lost distinguishing between SR, CR and GSR” - Mervyn Lee, Information Systems Didn’t like LTB because... “I know it prepares us for the corporate world and all, but leadership theories are boring” - Daniel Soon, Business It was very interesting to see how foreign students or exchange students participate in class discussions. Most of them were more outspoken than Singaporean students, even those from South East Asian countries. - Anonymous SMU today is known today by both potential and current students for having the snazziest advertisements for undergraduate admissions Sophomores Liked OCIP because... “Made us realise that we should be grateful of what we have now... Probably the greatest experience of my SMU ■ Tobias Yeo life” - Edwin Eduardo Kalisaran S MU has just celebrated its 10th Anniversary, by no stretch an achievement in a is the last barrier between a rel- atively comfortable school life and the cold, hard reality of the Didn’t like LTB because... “Team mates weren’t very cooperative” - Gary Liang Jun Hao world of Harvards, Oxfords, working world. It is that first Princetons, NUSs, and NTUs. Still, in those 10 years, we have (curse you, competitive Singa- pore society) necessary step we Juniors grown from a fringe institution must take in climbing the corpo- Liked orientation camps because... “Loved it! Pure fun, no conse- into an extremely popular main- rate ladder. quences!” stream one, and each year stu- - Yessita Azeharie, Information Systems dents face stiff competition for a However, the unique SMU sys- place here. An acceptance letter tem also creates its own prob- Liked Vivace because... “I found my calling in the unlikeliest of has become a mark of achieve- lems. When asked how they are CCAs” ment, a symbol of pride. SMU’s adapting to school, students like - anonymous progress can be easily summed Cheryl Loh from the School of up in the words of Social Sci- Accountancy simply say, “It’s Liked internship because... “It means time away from school” ence student Lydia Low – “It isn’t tough.” Fortunately (and en- - Kyna Tan NUS.” couragingly), many freshman feel they are helped somewhat Disliked AS/CT because... “CT seemed to have served no purpose For many, SMU also represents a by their orientation experience. in my tertiary education” university with unconventional Besides the opportunity to meet - Sophia admission criteria. Top students new friends, perhaps the most sometimes fail to gain admis- important benefit is the chance sion, while other students, like Daniel Soon from Lee Kong Chi- to “learn quite a bit from se- niors,” in the words of School Seniors an School of Business, are grate- of Information Systems student Liked going for exchange because... “It was the best semester of ful that “SMU recognized me Jonathan Lim. my university life!” – a talent!” I understand his sen- - Xinyi, Business timents deeply; only SMU would In fact, in a survey by The Blue allow me, a polytechnic student and Gold, orientation camps and Liked their first lesson because... “It was interesting because it with an IT diploma, to change acceptance into SMU have been was my LTB project. Had a great group there.” tack and pursue a Social Science listed by freshman as their 2 best - Jurena Chan degree. experiences. If anything, fresh- men are at least enjoying the ex- Didn’t like Freshman Bash because... “didn’t do much even The transition into University perience of starting school. though I attended.” is a significant event. Often, it - Chen Yongzhe Benjamin 16 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 16 23/10/2010 3:11PM
    • A Toast to Orientation Camps Stephanie Yow gives her take on the orientation camps that freshmen went through. The Freshman Teambuilding Camp is mandatory - but certainly does not seem mun- dane - for SMU students W hen I think of camps, I think of flickering, cozy campfires, hot melted marsh- with everyone shuffling into the reporting venue with large duffle bags and different co- mallows, and jolly songs being loured shirts according to clan, belted out loudly in a night out and guys checking girls out and at the woods. Singapore, how- vice-versa (never underestimate ever, has no woods whatsoever this, for it is an important step but only a concrete jungle, so we in evaluating the future market have to make do with pitched size of potential boyfriends and tents at East Coast Park. girlfriends). There was a certain level of ex- But there is noth- “Whatever the approach citement in ing wrong with you might have taken, the air, and East Coast Park. I believe that the main we all had teractions, on hindsight, gave having a blast. Now that was It is near food takeaway for most of us the taste of us friends that would pore over what mattered most. places selling re- was connecting with new anticipation textbooks till midnight with us, ally good barbe- individuals, and seeing on our lips- laugh, and cry with us. So here is a toast to freshmen cued stingray, our lives intersect on so Who were orientation camps, urban camp- with public re- many different levels.” going to be How can we forget the bizarre, sites, and ever-lasting friend- strooms located our team- crazy games? I remember trudg- ships. Let us, from freshmen to at a stone’s throw away, and we mates? Would the camp be fun, ing to the showers at night feel- seniors, not forget the signifi- still get mobile phone reception. or a total bore? Would we fit in? ing completely exhausted, with cance of our baby steps towards We are Singaporeans, after all. several bruises and cuts on my becoming a bona fide Singapore We thrive on comfort and conve- The more meek ones naturally legs, flour and peanut butter Management University stu- nience. We love reclaimed land took a longer time to open up, caked on my face, and drenched dent- polished, confident, intel- and imported sand, because it but the more boisterous ones clothes from water games. I hon- ligent, and eloquent. If I may put makes our island city so much simply thrust their big smiles estly questioned the credibil- it this way, orientation camps bigger and speaks of our govern- in people’s faces and welcomed ity of the games. Some of them are merely the gateways of warm ment’s ingenuity. new friendships. Whatever the were only present to get fresh- hospitality to get you settled approach you might have tak- men dirty, and had no learning into university life. The future I am a freshman this year, and the en, I believe that the main take- value at all. But as I watched my behind our campus’ tall, auto- first step that I ever took towards away for most of us was connect- team mates erupting into peals mated glass doors is ultimately university life was in orienta- ing with new individuals, and of laughter, with every one of for you to create. tion camps. Do you remember seeing our lives intersect on so us sweaty, tired and hugely un- your first day? A bleary morning, many different levels. These in- glamorous, I knew that we were The BLUe AND GOLD 17 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 17 23/10/2010 3:12PM
    • Cover Story Nostalgia? The Dark Side AS/CT classes and Freshman Bash end up regularly on the not-so-fresh list. Senthil Sukumar and Aashna Nasta report. ■ AS/CT work questions with other stu- dents, only to redraw and rede- A S/CT modules were consis- tently ranked as the ‘Worst 5 First Impressions’ that student fine the exact same questions after even more discussions with more students. have in SMU. Unlike CT, in AS students are Many students feel that the two given a strict set of clearly-de- modules add little value to their fined rubrics for coursework. overall curriciculum. CT in par- But like creativity, at times even ticular has a bad reputation for logic seems perplexingly subjec- being a waste of time and focus- tive. In addition, with its weekly ing more on class participation assignments, presentations and then instilling creativity. This exams, the AS module is decid- Shobana Nadaraja believes that missing the “good old could be a consequence of the edly more intense, and com- days” is strong for final year students module’s central tenet that cre- plaints abound that it takes up ativity is relative, and the reason too much time and effort for just F inal year students have a much different Fresh List as compared to the rest of the co- becomes more competitive than the previous one.” He remarks, “as cliché is may seem, GPA is why any and all verbal quips are given merit regardless of wheth- er or not they are constructive a half CU. Perhaps the reason why SMU horts. For them, the first lesson not the only important thing. contributions. As one student students share a love-hate re- in SMU, their first project, and Instead we should be aware of puts it, “CT quickly becomes a lationship with AS and CT is first presentation appears to be other non-academic issues; the battle for class participation, because we come from a strin- the most memorable. lack of integration between the with TAs just ticking names of gently grade-oriented education foreign students and local stu- people who spoke up.” system, and the well-rounded- This was just the start point dents.” He also shared his disap- ness that these modules aim to of my journey in SMU, an in- pointment of pre-planned class AS is a completely different ball inculcate in us jars with our ac- dicator as to what I was to participation among two peers game, and class participation ademic sensitivities. However, expect in future projects. which they executed timely dur- alone does not guarantee a good love them or hate them, these - Mohan Jeyapalan, year 4 ing class. grade. We all remember redraw- two modules are here to stay and ing arrows and redefining state- leave their impression on suc- In his emphasis of personal rela- ments that can be held to be true cessive generations of SMU stu- Does nostalgia come into the tionships, Mohan believes that or false after discussing home- dents. picture? Mohan Jeyapalan, an IS “at the end of the day it is the student in his graduating year of people that I have met in SMU SMU shares his experiences over who will leave a life-long im- ■ Freshman Bash Looking at it from an entirely his four years in SMU. pression on me, not very much different perspective, a few stu- Mohan feels that the first few milestones in SMU were essen- of the digits (GPA). My group of friends, which we have named as Malay, Indian and Chinese S tudents vented that the Fresh- man Bash organized by Biz- com at Zouk didn’t meet their dents think that it was too ex- pensive and not worth the mon- ey; a sophomore was tongue in tial in shaping one to survive (M.I.C.) has been there beside me expectation. It was just another cheek about it, “There are a lot the upcoming challenge. “Even through these four years. School clubbing night for many and of needy people out there, who though I came from a polytech- would not be as fun without found the pageant long and would have done much more nic the standards of projects in them. I also found the love of my time-consuming. Some also with the money!” SMU were just different. It felt life in SMU.” hinted that the selection crite- more formal. However we grew ria of the pageant winners could Being held on a Thursday night together as a team. This was just He concluded with a quote im- have been more transparent. was also the concern of some the start point of my journey in parted from his favorite pro- SMU students - Clinston Tan SMU, an indicator as to what I fessor, Mr Kirpal Singh, “Fight Even some final year students said that he did not attend espe- was to expect in future projects.” for the things you really want” who expressed their nostalgia cially since he had class the next in which Mohan explains that about most other school events morning. Like a date, both qual- With regards to academics, “fruitful outcomes can only be commented that “The Freshman ity and timing are essential in “with freshmen entering every achieved if you believe in your- Bash didn’t leave an impression holding a successful event. year, I feel that the current batch self.” on me.” 18 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 18 23/10/2010 3:12PM
    • Growing in Confidence Most professors think that the difference between freshmen and seniors is the latter’s belief - in themselves ! ■ Serene Tay niors’ intellect and abundant “They actually start something experiences. Dr Margaret Chan concrete like small enterprises S MU inflicts changes on us we may or may not appreciate, but as both facilitators and spec- very aptly names this period a “liminal” period, a period of “be- twixt and between”, in which we instead of merely planning their futures, and are much less afraid and more determined to “get tators of this transformational struggle to make sense of why out there”. Still, no less humble, process, our professors are proud we subject ourselves to this dis- but nicer, grittier and definitely champions of this nurturing en- comfort and figure out what we smarter.” vironment. hope to gain from being in “A Different U”. Ms Carla Lim adds that a differ- For the typical year one, the nu- entiating factor between year merous pre- semester camps and In Dr Chan’s words, “within the ones and beyond is the level orientation sessions do nothing year, most freshmen get used to of class participation. But of to alleviate the feeling of alien- this and come to relish their in- course. Class participation is ation in his/her new school en- dependence.” As long as we ful- the ultimate infamous grading vironment, which admittedly fill the course requirements for requirement, and might have looks nothing like a school. our degrees, we may choose to single handedly scared off some take whatever else modules we potential applicants. Countless Glass paneled buildings, escala- wish. Should we want to go on debates have arisen on this top- tors and seniors brisk walking exchange, business study mis- ic, professors experiment with to their next lecture in full- on sions, overseas community proj- dogged determination in hopes business suits can really throw ects, conferences, extended in- of discovering the perfect grad- off a freshman on his/her first ternships, SMU grants us leave of ing system, students furiously day from the familiar school absences. Countless case compe- research the ongoing debate in environment of painted school titions, business quizzes, social real time to spur discussions.. blocks, chatty classrooms, can- enterprise opportunities abound but class participation is no did pranks, scheduled lessons in this institution fully commit- doubt fulfilling it’s core purpose- with disciplining teachers and ted to expanding the potential of to nurture more outspoken indi- in all a protected environment. those who walk through it. viduals who challenge what is presented to them. And for the Class participation is fulfilling The power dis- level of class participation to be visibly differentiated, it shows tance that ex- its core purpose - to nurture isted between that freshmen ultimately do students and break out of their shell to benefit more outspoken individuals teachers in from the increased confidence who challenge what is secondary schools is and enriched learning process a greater involvement in class par- presented to them. completely ticipation provides. eliminated in As much as we grapple helpless- university. We often bump into Ending on a heartwarming note ly in a bid to survive, professors professors while eating lunch Dr Chan adds, “I have attend- feel this change in environment or working out at the gym, and ed the weddings of many of my is not simply desirable, but nec- Ms Carla Lim feels this contrib- former students, and it always essary, with “an exponentially utes to a closer relationship and moves me to see them so poised ... more difficult curriculum at the facilitates the education process and assured. I look forward to be- tertiary level, the teaching style as professors are more in touch ing an ‘SMU grandmother’.” De- has to take on a more individual- with the lives of students. spite all the freedom SMU stu- ized approach.” dents receive, we exist with the All agree that confidence is the assurance that we have dedicat- This is what freshmen struggle most exponential growth. Ms ed professors behind us, support- with, the sudden burst of inde- Rosie Ching feels that “their con- ing our development and ready pendence and clashing timeta- fidence level grows exponential- to offer advice. bles with their peers, and being ly with years at SMU, together intimidated to no end by the se- with more lines and grey hairs.” The BLUe AND GOLD 19 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 19 23/10/2010 3:12PM
    • ws! Campus Ne President De Meyer: Sowing the Seeds of Innovation With SMU continuing to strive for success, Professor Arnoud de Meyer’s appointment as the fifth President of SMU has sparked curiosity and enthusiasm amongst all. Emile Law and Aashna Nasta share with you his opinion of SMU and how he plans to navigate its path further. S canning the array of books neatly arranged on the shelves in the office of SMU’s newly elected President’s office, one can definite- ly presume that President de Meyer is a keen academician. Well, we weren’t too far off the mark, but much more lay beneath that book- ish façade. Just 15 days into his official days of work in SMU, our president shared with us ideas and foresight that surpasses the compass of knowledge that can be found in literature. A self professed ‘Academic Entrepreneur’, his words resonate with wisdom amassed from his de- cades of experience in the academic arena. Previously the Director of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, and with 23 years of experience in INSEAD under his belt as well, he unfolds SMU’s next chapter of change to come. ON WHY HE CHOSE SMU: SMU’s STRENGTHS: Having been in Singapore from “The People. When I came here, 1998 to 2003 for work, our Pres- everyone was so enthusiastic.” ident’s familiarity with the lo- Which encompasses the staff, cal surroundings was certainly students and faculty; and he at- among the motivating factors. tributes this to the culture of He knew that Singapore will be a caring in SMU. place where he could live in, and that was something he regarded Students in SMU make an effort to be important to someone from to improve the university and overseas. But beyond that, it was that, he says, is “very difficult the nature of the wide opportu- to grasp, to maintain, and even nities of this unique position to say what drives it” President that drew him to here to SMU, “I De Meyer definitely loves it, as will learn about Law, Economics, he finds the enthusiasm spilling Social Sciences and Information over to him as well. System- I have a very broad port- folio of topics, which I thought was very interesting”. 20 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 20 23/10/2010 3:12PM
    • The iPhone is not just an iPhone. It is everything that comes with it - The culture, the brand, the service, and the people who care to make the applications.” BRINGING SMU TO THE WORLD ARENA “In the short run, we can be very KEEPING ABREAST good at explaining to the people what we have achieved, which OF COMPETITION will enhance our brand.” But he elaborates, the short term pub- With regard to how other in- licity “can only go so far to the stitutions are following SMU’s point where we have to deliv- unique pedagogy, President de er results and the delivery will Meyer states that, “It’s great that A TYPICAL DAY “Any good university that wants to survive need to come out of research.” others copy us”. It shows that we definitely have something OF WORK? in the long term has to have good research.” Again, our President espouses the need to create research that worth emulating. However, our President believes that “it is not “I don’t have a typical day. All my “has an impact on organizations, that simple to copy us. It’s easy days are different! Every day is and makes a difference in the to say, we have lecture theatres exciting, everyday is a huge dis- lives of people [&] improves the that look similar, but it’s going covery for me” THE CHALLENGES: quality of teaching” to be very difficult to copy the culture of the place. I’m rather However, he cites his responsi- “SMU has been doing so well … With SMU’s young faculty, the optimistic that they won’t catch bility over SMU’s financial equi- the challenge is, ‘Where do we President says, “Given the right up too quickly. But they will.” librium, its quality of teaching go from here?’ ”. environment and incentives, and research, as well as its im- they [the faculty] will produce And that is where President de age and brand. “The Responsibil- Moving forward, he identifies great ideas” Meyer reiterates the importance ity starts with me.” He likens his SMU’s challenges manifest in of for SMU “To continue to in- role to that of a CEO and points three aspects: The growth of He explains that thus far, ideas vest in innovation in the way we out the importance of him work graduate programmes, building have largely migrated to Asia teach, the way we educate” SMU ing with his team of people who the SMU brand internationally, from countries like Europe. needs to keep on improving. help drive SMU. as well as research. As he says, “I think we are at the ‘tipping “Any good university that wants point’, we are well positioned He draws analogy to Apple “It’s He also stresses the need for him to survive in the long term has to to take advantage of it” Hence, like Apple with its iPhones, so to provide SMU with a clear have good research.” in the long term, SMU’s success easy to copy.” strategy and vision that is “dy- will certainly come from its re- namic and lives”. “You have to Yes, he says, those are the main search. “But it’s not the product of the give people a view of where they challenges. But underlying all iPod or the iPhone. It is every- will go in this university” Well that, we will still need “to pro- “Oh, and when I think of it, your thing that comes with it- The notwithstanding, the role of be- tect what we have” to make [students’] successes as well.” He culture, the brand, the service, ing a spokesperson for the orga- SMU a more robust place in the adds. and the people who care to make nization, in this case SMU. future. applications that come with it. And Apple is constantly inno- vating!” With SMU continuing to strive for success, Professor Arnoud de Meyer’s appointment as the fifth “You have to give President of SMU certainly will be the herald for many changes people a view of to come. where they will go Congratulations President Ar- noud de Meyer! We certainly in this university” look forward to your leadership in days to come! The BLUe AND GOLD 21 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 21 23/10/2010 3:12PM
    • ws! Campus Ne Sports Fiesta 2010 The Green, not the Library Claudia Wong throws light upon the sixth Sports Fiesta kicked off to a fanfare on the third Friday of the new school semester. H eld at Singapore Manage- ment University’s Cam- pus Green, this year’s carni- dents for the very first time. We typically get external vendors, but this time round we let our both teams were tied 7-7 before De Anda netted the winner with a few minutes remaining on the en alike commit a lot to their CCA and it is this strong bond that make the team.” val-themed event had 240 own sportsmen run the games, clock. participants take part in three to promote their sport.” The 7 Dwarves ironically fielded competitive sports- Soccer, In the soccer finals, Team Un- a team of towering giants to beat Dodgeball and Captain’s Ball. “We’ve noticed an increasing derdogs, whom seemed to be the Team Floorball 19-10 in the most number of students who coop favourites even before the start popular sport, Captain’s ball, in Fringe games such as Face Soc- themselves up in the library to of the competition, beat Team which a record of 24 teams took cer, Goggle Ball, The Balls ‘R’ on study all the time and we wanted Patrick Star 6-4 to be crowned part in. the floor and Sledge Mania also to provide an avenue in which champions. attracted curious onlookers to they can lead a more active life- Elsewhere in Dodgeball, Team have a go at the innovative ver- style by playing sports.” Chang Guo Guang, a first-year Douchebag edged out Team Ba- sions of their sport. business student at his first nah Randoas in a narrow 2-1 vic- Chrystal De Anda, a 19-year-old Sports Fiesta, scored countless tory. Liu Xinghui, a third year School exchange student from Mexico, goals for his side but lauded his of Information Systems (SIS) stu- not only scored a hat-trick but team for their effort. He said, “I Even as Sports Fiesta ended on a dent, who headed this year’s or- also the winning goal for Team credit the win today to my team, high note for the winning teams, ganizing committee, sees Sports Kofi Annan in the third place both the guys and the girls. We for the SMU sportsmen and Fiesta as an event to engage play-off. She has been playing came here just to have fun and women, they will return to their and interest students in playing soccer since she was four but I’m proud of my team’s achieve- training routine to prepare for sports to escape the mundane this was her first playing at a soc- ment.” the upcoming SUniG (Singapore routine of studying. cer tournament in a futsal-like University Games). This tertia- pitch. Chang, who plays as a winger for ry level competition pitches the Said Liu: “The aim of Sports Fies- SMU’s soccer team and also for four universities against each ta is to promote student life. The De Anda formed a team with Gombak United, has just joined other in 16 sports, such as soc- sports at Sports Fiesta are rela- other exchange students from the SMU team but has found his cer, tennis, aquathlon, basketball tively easy to play, so everyone Denmark and Spain, who were place among the sporting com- and handball. can enjoy them. One difference visibly a head taller than their munity. “I feel that the SMU this year was that fringe games Singaporean opponents, Team sporting body is a very tight knit were organized by our own stu- Ramesh. In a high-scoring game, one. Sportsmen and sportswom- 22 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 22 23/10/2010 3:12PM
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    • Prudential-SMu BuSineSS CaSe CoMPetition 2010 Standing out from the crowd Singap The Prudential-SMU Business Case Competition 2010 is the first in- “Additionally, through networking with Prudential Singapore staff, ternational business case competition to be held by Singapore Man- you will be able to gain first-hand knowledge about the financial ser- agement University (SMU), and organized by Cognitare -- the SMU vices industry and the general economic climate of Singapore.” business case club The objective of a business case competition is to champion the drive Prudential Singapore has made the competition possible through a for innovative solutions to strategic and managerial challenges faced generous sponsorship. This is part of Prudential’s strong ongoing re- by global business leaders, encourage the establishment of global lationship with Singapore Management University. Prudential seeks networks through cross-cultural exchange, and facilitate the sharing to support a world-class business case competition for undergradu- of ideas and experiences among participants and faculty members. ates from around the world. A diverse mix of top-ranked local A business case competition is and international business schools about using a case study of a real One objective of the compeitition is have been invited to participate. world business problems, to help a to champion the drive for innovative Each team consists of four under- team of students to focus on finding graduate students, hand-picked to answers to the problems. This is a solutions to the strategic and mana- represent each university’s elite. gruelling but enriching experience gerial dilemmas faced by under intense time pressure for all participants,. global business leaders. This year’s teams come all the way from HEC Montreal (Canada) to the University of Auckland (New Said Mr Philip Seah, CEO of Pruden- Zealand). Other participating uni- tial Assurance Company Singapore: “This competition will provide versities include Concordia University, Chulalongkorn University, you a platform with which to sync your academic and career goals Nanyang Technological University, Queen’s University, Rikkyo Uni- by gaining an awareness of real-life critical issues faced by global versity, the University of Florida, Singapore Institute of Management, business leaders, and applying your academic knowledge to craft and Singapore Management University - the host of the competition. innovative solutions for these issues. You will be able to exchange ideas and experiences with fellow participants and faculty members, Each team will have 24 hours to complete their analysis and present thus establishing cross-cultural global ties. their recommendations to the judges in the form of a a presentation and 2-page executive summary. 24 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 24 23/10/2010 3:12PM
    • Singapore Management University Prudential Tower A diverse mix of top-ranked local and Happenings Case competitions are about more than just cracking a case - it’s also international business schools have about establishing new friendships. A special dinner at Wave House been invited to participate. Each Sentosa for all participants will be organised for participants to let their hair down and experience Singapore. team consists of four undergraduate students, hand-picked to represent each university’s elite. SMU Cognitare Cognitare strives to spread the business case culture within SMU as well as earn international recognition for the university through competing in international business case competitions. It hopes that During this period, students are required to work on their own. Any through this process, it can offer a challenging and rewarding learn- communication or interaction with advisors, faculty members or ex- ing experience for all its members. Cognitare also engages in consult- ternal parties is strictly not allowed. ing and case writing efforts together with some of the leading indus- try partners in Singapore. Before the competition begins, participants will be taken on a tour of the Prudential office at Scotts Road, with presentations by Pruden- Prudential Singapore is one of the top life insurance companies in Singa- tial’s management team, followed by a networking session. A short pore and is a wholly owned subsidiary of UK-based Prudential plc. As one tour of SMU will help international participants understand SMU’s of the market leaders in investment-linked plans, Prudential Singapore has campus life as well, thus giving participants an overview of a real over S$7.7 billion funds managed under PruLink funds as at 30 June 2010. business context and a snapshot of academic life in Singapore. With the dedicated team of approximately 3,500 financial consultants and over 600 employees, Prudential Singapore has been serving the needs of The competition will be held the following day. Participants are ex- more than 600,000 policyholders with over 1.3 million policies for almost pected to complete and present their findings within the stipulated 80 years in Singapore. 24-hour deadline. The BLUe AND GOLD 25 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 25 23/10/2010 3:12PM
    • ws! Campus Ne Welcome, 11th SMUSA Exco Daniel Minardi Gary Tan Bryan Lim Amanda Chua What’s your What’s your What’s your motivation for joining? I want to thank every one of you motivation for joining? motivation for joining? This is a question that I have out there who has voted for me. Running for elections was an All along, I have the passion heard so many times for the last Without which, I will never be opportunity I couldn’t resist to improve student life and to few weeks. My answer is always able to pen down these thoughts in the end. Of course, the deci- do my part as a member of the the same: it’s PASSION. in a position of a SMUSA Exco. sion wasn’t just about me div- school community. My expe- My motivation from running for ing into an open window. I def- riences in the Meridian Junior The passion to contribute back SMUSA comes from my desire initely made the decision with College 5th Students' Council to SMU and being actively in- to serve the student population, full confidence in my leadership have been really meaningful and volve in the betterment of stu- and to me SMUSA is the most di- abilities and experience as well. memorable. dent life. rect avenue for me to realise this I thus thought it’d be a great passion. waste to not at least put myself The major challenges? The major challenges? up for the student population’s Promoting myself to the school The election and campaigning The road to entering SMUSA consideration. and to be confident enough to period. I am not the type of per- exco was not a smooth-sailing campaign for what I believe in son who like to see my face all one. I have to constantly con- The major challenges? in front of the lecture halls and over the school. It was really vince, not only my friends, I realized that I needed a con- classrooms. With the strong sup- tough but the journey definitely but people whom I have met crete and somewhat improvi- port and encouragements from paid off. throughout my campaigning sational action plan to succeed. friends however, I managed to process. You might have remem- It’s a long competitive journey overcome that and campaign Things you bered seeing me pitching in where you have to always on the confidently. intend to solve? your classes, or giving out book- ball – ready to unleash the next The quality of study place in marks/balloons as part of my trick up your sleeve. The elec- I would like to take this chance SMU. SMU students need more publicity campaign. One of my tions voyage - along with its as- to thank school mates who be- space to study. greatest challenges is, therefore, sociated stress and uncertainty lieve in me and voted for me and stepping out of my comfort zone – only truly ended when the re- friends who are always there for to approach people and con- sults finally came out; it was un- me, especially mention ZiRui vince them of why they should doubtedly a challenge managing , Rena (campaign manager), vote for me. the campaign on top of my aca- Quek, Yikee, Wenqi and Vic. demic work. Realising the importance of Things you maintaining a healthy studies- Things you intend to solve? student life balance, I want to intend to solve? The first thing I would like to spread this belief and promote The validation of students for improve is the students' dia- active participation in school ac- entry into the gym via ezlink logue session. A more effective tivities; be it in Waikiki or Adra- cards, however, would be a real- student dialogue can help in ce or even in the recently con- istic and feasible change. Matric- planning of student policies. cluded SMU Challenge! Once ulation cards should no doubt be again, thanks everyone! the primary means of validation. 26 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 26 23/10/2010 3:12PM
    • We interview the newly elected student rep- resentatives to find out their motivations and their future plans. Ryan Tan Zizie Zuzante Jazmine Oh Majella Tay What’s your What’s your What’s your What’s your motivation for joining? motivation for joining? motivation for joining? motivation for joining? I felt that whatever I could do I did not have any fancy reason To serve and contribute to the During summer, I attended four in school would be of minimal to justify my motivation. I sim- school that has made me who I runs of FTB and FIDES camp as significance, until I became part ply wanted to serve the school. I am today. Apart from academic a facilitator, and was also part of the Freshmen Teambuilding wanted to take an active role in pursuit, I believe having a fun- of the Bondue camp. Apart from Camp (FTB) 2010: it dawned on helping to create the SMU expe- filled life in SMU is very impor- meeting many new friends, I me that I could do the same for rience. tant. Ambitiously, I aspire to felt that I wanted to be more in- the rest of the students of SMU make SMU a home that students volved in school. I wanted to cre- as long as I wanted to. The major challenges? love to stay and return! ate and be part of this vibrant I believe I was my only obstacle. school life that we often speak The major challenges? I wasn’t exceptionally active in The major challenges? of. For me, the most obvious way Upon hearing of my decision to school life during my first year The greatest challenge I faced to do it was via the SMUSA Exco join the SMUSA Exco, my friend and chose to concentrate on my during the election process is and being part of the SAC. advised against it, saying it is studies instead alongside my to put myself upfront for judg- ‘too time demanding’ and that CCA and CIP commitments. Of ment and surviving the culture The major challenges? ‘it would adversely affect your course, time was another chal- shock. All my life, I have never In year one, I hardly made any GPA’. In response to that, I would lenge as it was a month-long ral- put up so many pictures of my- friends at all so I was afraid explain to my friends that I ly and there was a lot that need- self around places I go every day! that I would not be able to rally would be willing to do it regard- ed to be done. Nonetheless I am thankful for enough support as compared to less of the strain that would be those who stood by me, in par- my other peers running. I had put on me. Things you ticular my pillars of strength Mr to work really hard on getting intend to solve? Lee Jun Kiat and Mr Avnish Ash- votes from people who did not Things you I want to improve the students’ vin Desai. know me prior to the elections. intend to solve? perception that the Exco does I would look into streamlining not make enough effort to hear Things you Things you some of the events which are the student population and also intend to solve? intend to solve? not as well received by the stu- motivate them to take a more One of the first few things I in- Two things I really want to im- dents as well as pushing of new active role in shaping their own tend to work on epitomizes the prove is toilet paper in every events that students would like SMU experiences. I’ve already opening up more interesting toilet cubicle at all times and to see and be a part of. At the got a couple of ideas to build possibilities for students to mar- to integrate international/ex- same time, I would like to build upon the current initiatives that ket their events and raise aware- change students more.I would a stronger SMU identity, for stu- have already been put in place ness of ongoing activities. I en- also like to create an event that dents and alumni alike. by the current and previous vision that these avenues could involves the whole of SMU, an committees and can’t wait to provide opportunities for orga- event that students want to go pitch them to my fellow friends! nizers to reach out to SMU on a for. I would really love to regain more personal basis instead of our student discount at Ice Cold relying on emails. Watch out for Beer. This may prove to be the our upcoming plans! most difficult one but I’m will- ing to try. The BLUe AND GOLD 27 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 27 23/10/2010 3:12PM
    • ws! Campus Ne Graduation Night 2010 T hemed “Friends”, SMU Grad- uates’ Night 2010 was held on the 17 July at Island Ball- transition with, of course, their friends! “I’ll describe this as my ‘three-in- one’ evening: Meet-up, celebrate and party with my friends!” room, Shangri-La Hotel. The dress code was “A Touch of – Vincent Bei, School of Business Gold”. Why gold? The tagline ‘Life wouldn’t be fun “It was definitely exciting to catch without friends’ is definitely be- Well, simply because the Orga- up with my friends I’ve made fitting for this special occasion. nizing Committee couldn’t re- throughout my years at SMU. I had It captures the essence of sup- sist the temptation of gold! We enjoyed taking pictures with them portive friends who have been wanted something effortless to interesting backdrops at the event!” through the craziest moments dress to the occasion! With the – Elvin Ong, School of Social Sciences, together and made our mun- metallic color, anyone can ef- Class of 2010 dane school life much more en- fortlessly shimmer and shine for joyable. the evening! Besides, Gold repre- “I like dressing up to theme! The sents one of SMU’s school colors. question I asked all evening was As the Class of 2010 embarks on The Class of 2010 were definite- ‘Where’s the gold?!’” a new journey, this is the eve- ly high on school spirit as they – Sentill Ananthan, School of Business ning for them to celebrate this decked themselves with the col- or of Gold! “We had a great time and wish all of you the very best. – Professor Howard Hunter, 3rd President of SMU “I’m sure it was a memorable time for all the graduands, one which they will remember and tell their kids about :) I myself had a smash- ing time! Thank you!” – Professor Low Aik Meng, Dean of Students “It was a memorable evening and I wish all of you every success in the next stage of your life journey.” – Professor Phang Sock Yong, Interim Dean of School of Economics 28 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 28 23/10/2010 3:13PM
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    • ws! Campus Ne Eve 2010 A night of appreciating the Arts! By Lydia Toh ing to keep it short and sweet, he addressed and greeted the different groups of friends from the ACF clubs, exchange students, alumni and members of the Office of Student Life (OSL), wishing them an enjoy- able evening ahead. This year, to honor individuals who had contributed substantially to SMU’s Arts scene, four Eve ambassadors were nominated to be the ‘faces’ of the event. These were students and alumni, who not only excelled in their respective artistic fields, but also represented their club in leadership roles. The Eve ambassadors - Amanda Voon (presi- dent of SMUBE 2009, member of SMU Chamber choir), Goh Xin Ying (president of Indancity 2009, member of Ardiente Latin ballroom performance team), Melvin Tiong (Music Director of Samba Masa- la 2009, member of Eurhythmix and Artdicted) and alumnus Joshua Jonathan Lim, Vice president of Symphonia 2008, involved in Arts Festival from 2008-10, a member of Stageit during his time and still actively involved in the local musical theatre scene. A ppreciating the Arts! To sum it up, that’s what ‘Eve’ is all about. Inaugurated in 2009, ‘Eve’ was conceived with the intent of giv- ing the CCAs under the Art & Cultural Fraternity (ACF) a chance to The evening continued with performances by ‘Sharp-dressed Men’ a group of four Blues enthusiast from Crossroads, the new Blues sub- kick-back, relax and mingle, apart from their usual hectic schedule of club under SoundFoundry. The four-man band consisted of Sid Singh events, workshops and performances. and Saurav Ray vocals and the guitar, backed up by lead guitarist Na- ren Gunawardene and Sahj Chawla as the rhythm guitar. They ser- The very first ‘Eve’ last year was a cozy affair held at 7ateNine restau- enaded the crowd for a good, enjoyable half hour as guests contin- rant, at the Esplanade Mall. This year’s ‘Eve’ organizing committee ued mingling. This was followed by a dance performance by Nach Le, decided to up the ante and make the event a bigger, glitzier affair. the Bollywood sub-club under Indian Cultural Society. Guests were treated to the debut of Nach Le’s first self-choreographed dance, as A cocktail event, Eve 2010 was held at Klapsons, a posh boutique ho- they shimmied energetically to a musical line-up of popular Bolly- tel located at Tanjong Pagar, just a stone’s throwaway from the Cen- wood songs: Khwaab Dekhe, Mind Blowing Mahiya and Move Your tral Business District. Entering the main lobby, guests were greeted Body! by a futuristic silver globe of a front desk reception, magically sus- pended above a shallow pool. This set the scene for an impressive Next up were the stage games. Sporting guests participated in vari- event venue on the 28th and 29th floors, with an expansive balco- ous rounds of trivia and walked away with exciting prizes! Some ny wrapped around the building, boasting a panoramic night view were even game enough to stick their hands into a slushy tank of of the surroundings. Guests got the chance throughout the night to the unknown to retrieve items as specified by the hosts. This was fol- go out for a breath of fresh air, and take in the skyline. Admittedly, lowed up by a ‘Best dressed’ segment as contestants gamely struted one side of the building faced a very industrial view of a container- their stuff in pairs, thrilling the crowd with their poses and charm- filled PSA shipyard, while the other was unfortunately blocked by ing antics. the gargantuan K-REIT Asia building. Nevertheless, the thrill of be- ing 29 floors up dressed to the nines with groups of friends made it Finally, what would appreciation be without some form of acknowl- memorable. edgement and recognition! Outstanding CCAs for the past year were presented with ACF awards. These were Most popular Arts Camp But back to the highlights of the evening – As the doors opened at workshop (Samba Masala), Best new initiative (Ballare – g’lamour), 730pm, food and wine were promptly served by waiters carrying Most no. of workshops held (Japanese Cultural Club) and the Special platters of hor’dourves between guests clustered around the cocktail Service Award (SMU Broadcast Entertainment). OSL Associate Direc- tables. On the menu for the night were mini potato croquets, fried tor, Jimmy Ye, was invited onstage to present the awards to represen- fritters stuffed with cheese, mini sandwiches, delicate squares of tira- tatives of the various winning clubs. misu and marinated chicken sticks. Our guests particularly enjoyed the generous free flow of liquors – Bacardi as well as Red and White The night eventually closed with the much anticipated lucky draw wine! For added entertainment, a roaming magician enthralled segment. Guests were delighted by the many prizes up for grabs – guests with his deck of cards and sleeve full of tricks. among them, Ben & Jerry’s vouchers, Sony earphones/headphones and Doc Marten’s. These, however, were dwarfed by the grand prize Our friendly hosts, Felicia and Kevin of SMUBE kicked off the night of a Sony digital camera which one lucky guest walked away with! by inviting ACF President, Ken Chang, to say a few words. Promis- 30 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 30 23/10/2010 3:13PM
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    • ws! Campus Ne The Little Mermaid: SMU’s Law Musical ■ Lydia Toh interview about “The Little Mer- day that “[we] did it [our] way”, maid: A Law School Musical”. and I’m honoured to have had T his year marked SMU School of Law’s first attempt at stag- ing their first full-fledged musi- Samuel was instrumental to this musical in his various roles as co-scriptwriter, composer, lyri- the opportunity to be part of it. Proudest moments cal. Helmed by powerful female cist, music arranger and over- I really appreciated my musical lead vocalists, Zara Fung (Mari- all music director, as well as, a compositions and arrangements na, aka the little mermaid) and member of the cast in this pro- being transformed into reality Genevieve Wong (Lady Lucida), duction. He is also no pushover on stage and sung with much audiences were treated to an eve- at grades: he was Top First Year fervour. For someone with hard- ning of pure entertainment in Law Student, amongst a host of ly any formal musical training, true Singaporean fashion. other academic awards. every act of encouragement or affirmation means a lot of to me. Throughout this modern adap- Name us your: tion of the “The Little Mermaid”, Funniest moment / cleverly woven into its musi- Biggest regret Most embarrassing thing cal lyrics and script were refer- for the play? that happened ences to judicial terms, life’s lit- I don’t think I could say it any I do not think I am at liberty to tle quirks and stereotypes (such better than Sinatra when he disclose the most embarrass- to perform on stage (it was only as Chinese eating everything!) sang, “Regrets –I’ve had a few. ing thing that happened (it con- sung by the two leads). It con- and of course a favorite topic But then again, too few to men- cerns someone else’s wardrobe vinced me that my music and amongst local playwrights – a tion.” In fact, the song sums up mishap during final warm-ups)! lyrics would live on in the hearts host of none-too-subtle jibes quite aptly how the entire pro- But the next most embarrass- of my friends for a long time. I about our Singaporean system duction team feels about the ing thing on the list must be the dropped a tear –so did another, of rule. whole experience. The path little-known fact that one of our and the rest, as they say, is his- leading to the actual perfor- cast members split his pants on tory. This was evidently portrayed in mances was long and tumultu- stage very badly during the first one of the opening songs “Third ous, fraught with internal dis- show as a result of his very en- Thank yous World to First” which drew agreements (sometimes due to thusiastic dancing! I would like to use this opportu- much giggles of amusement our personal anxieties, insecu- nity to thank each and every one from the audience. rities and petty ego issues) and Most memorable who took part or watched our la- doubts constantly thrown at us moments bour of love. And to the produc- We managed to catch Samuel by naysayers, which rocked our When I saw members of the tion team and cast/ensemble: I Ng, Assistant Director (one of confidence every now and then. ensemble slowly gathering to love you. amongst many other roles for I guess the team feels very proud sing–with the help of the lyrics this musical), for an exclusive to be able to say at the end of the booklet–a song they did not get watch the production the SMU Considering the objective, it peace and inclusion, I say, Bra- “Home, Nearly”: Arts and Cultural Centre, but was ironic that much of the hu- vo. Home, Nearly has earned my the small room and did nothing mour was based on “arcane lo- admiration, and the only shame A play to dampen the response to an cal knowledge”, as said in a line here is that more people didn’t amazing evening. from the play. Still, the message get the privilege to see this pro- was clear, and if just one student duction and smile like I did. ■ Tobias Yeo An inspired script, a passionate learned that valuable lesson of cast, and thought-provoking me- “We are Singaporeans.” – Singa- dia fused to form a truly magi- pore Students cal production. There were both laughs and tears as we followed “And we are how you got here in the the adventures of Desmond and first place.” – International Stu- Janet from Singapore, Robert dents from India, and Alisa from Cam- bodia as they learned to appreci- O n the evening of 21 Septem- ber, in celebration of SMU 10th  Anniversary and Interna- ate each other over the course of a group project in SMU. The final scene, where the cast held hands tional Day of Peace, this year’s and sang a version  Home,  was Peace Day Organizing Com- particularly touching. Script- mittee presented their inaugu- writer Jonathan Lim has a lot of ral production – Home, Nearly. talent, a fact clearly on show in About 100 people gathered to this production. 32 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 32 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • Unique New Balance collection launched I n previous years, New Bal- ance’s annual APAC (Asia-Pa- cific) project has been grounded in a special drawer box. On a wider scale, the hybrid The photographic works of the artists will also be compiled into an album that will be sold at New in Asian culture.However this M150 model - a modern inter- Balance stores, with proceeds year, the project takes a break pretation of the 1500 classic de- from the sales going towards the from the artist/store collabora- sign - has been made over in bur- visually impaired communities tions and goes back to the com- gundy red, navy blue and classic within the respective city. pany’s sports heritage of classic gray colorways. The uppers of running footwear designs with the three shoes are made up of a The ‘Your Balance. Your color’ the Tricolor collection. mixture of suede, leather, nylon photo exhibition will run from: mesh and synthetic materials, Sept 27 - Oct 3, 2010, at the About New Balance Lifestyle New Balance took inspiration and will be available at key New Omotesando Stadium, Tokyo. from their past, applying three Balance stockists worldwide. “The ‘Your Balance. Your Color’ New Balance, based in Boston, of their heritage footwear colors photo exhibition will kick-off MA, continues its tradition of - burgundy red, navy blue and The launch of the collection will at the Omotesando Stadium, To- premium footwear. Designed classic gray - onto a pack of lim- be supported by an exhibition kyo, from Sept 27 – Oct 3, 2010. for both men and women, New ited edition running shoes. of photos based on the TriColor Balance footwear features the theme titled ‘Your Balance. Your The New Balance Tricolor col- finest construction and quality. The highlight of the Tri- Color’. The photo exhibition is lection and charity photo al- Ranging from all-time classic Color collection will be the the finale of “Balance is Every- bum will be hitting stores on favorites to reinvented mod- CM1500SB, which is inspired by where” campaign in 2010. 10/10/10. ern silhouettes, each Lifestyle the recent re-released of the orig- shoe features innovative ma- inal M1300JP cult favorite that is Now for the first time, New Bal- The CM1500SB will be avail- terials and technologies that highly revered by New Balance ance brings together 3 renowned able at LeftFoot and Limited Edt keep the New Balance brand fans and collectors worldwide. photographic artists in Asia – Vault while the M150 will be as relevant and sought after Mr. Kim Hyeon Seong (Editor- available at Leftfoot, Limited Edt today as it was 100 years ago. The CM1500SB is individually in-chief of OhBoy! magazine) stores and New Balance Concept Celebrating heritage, crafts- numbered and limited to 600 from Korea, admired for his fash- Stores. manship, innovation and imag- pairs worldwide and is a show- ionable and unique everyday ination, New Balance Lifestyle case of New Balance’s heritage visuals,Mr. Masatoshi Nagase fuses classic designs from the and history. It is made from pre- (award winning actor) from Ja- past with bold ideas from the mium nubuck and mesh, and pan for his storytelling images future. will only be available at select and Mr. Quo Ying Sheng (Art Di- top-tier New Balance accounts. rector and artist) from Taiwan For more information The CM1500SB comes with heri- for his contemporary and artis- please visit tage print inserts, shoe bag and tic crossovers. www.newbalance.com.sg/lifestyle The BLUe AND GOLD 33 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 33 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • Perspectives HPAIR 2010: A Review ■ Wang Sha & Hu Nian Bo ciate Korean culture through are “screened” to some extent. resources. The two teams from H PAIR 2010 holds a diverse group of distinguished speakers from both academic different events during the con- ference, the choice of location this year, which is Singapore, Thus HPAIR is able to bring to- gether lots of passionate young students with brilliant ideas, or SMU and Harvard worked close- ly with each other to materialize HPAIR 2010. business worlds. What attract- provides delegates a platform to valuable questions, on the world ed them to HPAIR? Speaker Prof. learn about multilateral Asian development in the new Asia Nevertheless, as no success Gopinathan from National In- cultures. Sungwon believed that century. Apparently, It is easier should be taken for granted, the stitute of Education of Nanyang the theme of this year, “Sustain- for them o find their comrades organizing process of HPAIR has Technological University shared ing Momentum: 10 Years into here. presented many challenges to his answer. Asian Century”, plus Singapore, both SMU and Harvard. Ms Lucy 2010, conveys a meaningful Leisure time after intensive sem- Zhang (Yr Harvard), Executive As a Singaporean and expert in message to all participants. inars and discussions was also Director of HPAIR 2010, said one teaching, he is eager to share an important part of the dele- of the biggest challenges during with young people how Singa- Despite of its high participation gates’ HPAIR journey. Even be- the organizing process is the dif- pore was transformed into a de- expense and strict selection cri- fore the first day’s tour ended, Li ferences between Singaporean veloped country within a few teria, HPAIR is viewed as a not- Yijing, a year 3 student from Ren- culture and the American cul- decades by some wise decisions to-be-missed opportunity by ming University of China, invit- ture. in the field of education. On the students representing 150 uni- ed her newly made internation- other hand, he came to HPAIR to versities. The seminar sessions al friends to her birthday party, For instance, she said, in US if appreciate what young people and panel sessions covered a va- which happened to be on the students want to contact a speak- are doing for themselves. riety of topics relevant to busi- second day of the conference. er, they usually call or email the ness, economics, education, en- She was surprised by how they speaker directly; while in Singa- Speaker Mr. Richard Pond from trepreneurship, politics, science reacted, “I didn’t expect them pore, the Committee had to go Cadbury, world’s biggest confec- and technology, etc, not to men- to be so enthusiastic about my through many levels. Further- tionery company, offered a dif- tion this year HPAIR first merged birthday party. “ more, the distance between the ferent answer. He came to “learn the traditional HPAIR Business two teams added to the difficulty from and share with young peo- and Academic conference. The only drawback of this is that of communication. Conflicts oc- ple”. Indeed, he very impressed the attendance turned out to be cur even during the conference. by the quality of the penetrat- With so many denoted speakers low as the end drew near , when It is understandable that student ing questions raised by the dele- from different industries sharing young participants took off their leaders and associates from Har- gates. Mr. Pond also commended their opinions, students are able suits to network and have fun. vard came all the way to Singa- the design and organization of to get more insight into a field Some delegates showcased dif- pore not to merely take care of the conference, especially in the they were not familiar with. You ferent cultures through perfor- the logistics when so many in- sense that the speakers are well can be amazed by how much mances on International night fluential speakers are around , complementary to each other, as you can gain from a single sem- ,and all delegates enjoyed a club but SMU organizing commit- they lifted up different customer inar. A final year student from carnival at the Butter Factory. tee found them sometimes too challenges in various industries. Hong Kong University was en- Who said making a bunch of aggressive in networking with lightened by Prof John Khong, new friends is less important the speakers. The two Organiz- Sungwon Han, a delegate from who have successfully started ing committees negotiated and Sungkyunkwan University of several businesses, during his Behind the splendid stage is a managed to achieve agreements South Korea, who was also the seminar on biotechnology. She team of committed students on liaisons and operations, and President of last year’s HPAIR was even considering changing from SMU and Harvard Uni- this is critical to the success Committee, said this year’s con- her major to biotechnology. versity. Benjamin Chong (Yr 3, of this year’s jointly organized ference is very well organized School of Business), Director the HPAIR. and that he was moved by the Another irresistible benefit of Organizing Committee, noted thoughtful preparation. Com- HPAIR is its role as a platform that the Committee has been Ms Zhang stressed that she menting on the difference be- for friends making. Since stu- preparing for HPAIR since Sep- found worthy of the interaction tween HPAIR 2010 and 2009, he dents have all gone through the tember last year. All Committee and the friendship between her said while last year delegated strict selection process—part members worked extraordinari- and her SMU peers. had the opportunities to appre- of it is to submit 2 essays ---they ly hard to put together ideas and 34 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 34 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • Perspectives Conversations with CEOs HPAIR 2010’s Business Strategy in Asia Panel ■ Ian Lim neurs” – people who constantly da’s Regional Retail Director, Ms. Ovi Life Tools. Closer to home, I had the privilege of attend- ing HPAIR 2010’s panel on Business Strategy and Manage- strive to improve the organiza- tion and identify market oppor- tunities, regardless of rank – and Cristina Ventura-Steinmann, stressed the importance of tech- nological innovation, even in Singapore’s Jack Sim, CEO of the World Toilet Organization, has a business idea to provide sanita- ment: Winning in Asia and Be- will groom them to become top a seemingly “low-tech” luxury tion in the developing world by yond from August 20-24, 2010. potentials in his organization. goods business! For example, selling USD 30 latrines to fami- As a business student, I have al- her company’s latest focus was lies, and making them “sales- ways been curious about what However, they also stressed that in employing information tech- men” for his products by pro- kept CEOs awake at night, and self management is also equal- nology to allow women to see, viding them with a one dollar what better way to do so than to ly important for the successful virtually, how they would look commission for the next latrine hear from the men (and women) 21st century corporate leader. in different outfit/handbag com- they sell to the next family. One themselves! Together with 70 Eikoh Harada, CEO McDonald’s binations online, to reduce the day, he hopes to franchise this other delegates from the Asia- Japan (a man who possesses a hassle of trying on clothes. business model to emerging Pacific and Europe, I partici- wise, zen-like demeanor), ends markets all around the globe. pated in four days of discussion meetings every day by 6pm, and Lastly, the captains of industry These were only some of the with eleven of the head honchos gets most of his ideas walking in also shared their experiences in many innovative business ideas themselves. They hailed from the park (not cooped up in the creative capitalism, a.k.a. doing and innovations shared that tru- diverse backgrounds and indus- office. Mr Hsieh Tsun-Yan, for- business in emerging markets. ly opened our minds. tries - ranging from Garuda Indo- merly from McKinsey’s Global In a world of 6.7 billion people, nesia, McDonald’s Japan to UBS Leadership Institute, said that often only 2 billion people in the Overall, the Strategy Panel was Singapore. As your correspon- the best consultants were often developed markets are served by a great panel to be involved in, dent, I would like to share the the ones who were not always most companies. The remaining especially for business students highlights of some of the most “busy, busy, busy” but those two-thirds of the global popula- who want to complement their pertinent themes discussed in who were able to live in varying tion need to be served as well, existing classroom knowledge the panel – leadership, global times – fast-paced in tight dead- but they do not even have ba- with real-world experience from strategy and creative capitalism. lines, and to slow substantially sic necessities like clean water, people at the top of their field. down to reflect on their actions food, and sanitation. Apart from For those interested to develop In the first conference, the cor- (much more so than the average the usual, token corporate social their understanding of business porate leaders shared with us person). responsibility initiatives, com- in Asia further, I would encour- lessons on leading global orga- panies who are able to rethink age you to check out hpair.org nizations. Contrary to popu- The CEOs also explained their their business models and lever- for details of next year’s confer- lar belief, the hardest decisions companies’ global strategies to age on these untapped markets ence, and sign up (early!) for this made by CEOs were not busi- the delegates in the next engag- may reap tremendous econom- panel! ness decisions (because that ing discussion. Sunny Verghese, ic benefits as well! For instance, could be done through a well CEO of Olam International, relat- Nokia (which has been losing thought-through framework), ed that since commodities were market share to Apple and oth- but people decisions – who to a cost competitive business, the er brands in developed markets) Ian Lim is a Year Three double-degree hire (and fire), how to increase company’s strategy was to iden- still enjoys a leading market po- student at the School of Accountancy performance, and how to moti- tify geographical regions where sition in emerging markets like and the Lee Kong Chian School of Busi- vate team members. However, it was cheaper to grow a partic- India and Indonesia. Nokia pro- ness), and is currently on exchange at employees can be leaders too, ac- ular commodity, invest in them, vides simple applications on its The Wharton School, University of cording to Mr Gerald Chan, CEO and work extensively to also by- handsets for villagers who need Pennsylvania. All errors and/or omis- UBS Singapore. He is often on pass the various middlemen to to check prices of commodities sions are entirely his own. Please contact the lookout for “serial entrepre- reach his customer directly. Pra- on their mobile phone, through him at ziyang.lim.2008@smu.edu.sg if you have any questions or comments! The Strategy Panel was a great panel to be involved in, especially for business students who want to complement their exist- ing classroom knowledge with real-world experi- ence from people at the top of their field. The BLUe AND GOLD 35 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 35 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • Perspectives HPAIR I n SMU, student-led events are a dime a dozen. Look around you, and I am sure any student University that was led by the SMU Ambassadorial Corps and students from the Harvard Proj- so much more about yourself. Not only did it teach us how to appreciate the positivity of the singled out would have been in- ect for Asian and International situation amidst the negativity, volved in some planning in one Relations (HPAIR) organisation a lesson so very important be- way or another. Involvement in of Harvard University. It was an cause no event-planning would such activities is insidiously be- event bringing together groups ever go smoothly, but time and coming an integral part of the belonging to two different coun- time again, we were also taught SMU student life; an emblem, tries, cultures and living in two how to draw our strength to an unspoken must-have before directly opposite time zones. trudge that next step from the SMU students graduate. team; the awesome team who It would be an understatement fought with us right from start Yet, amidst being caught up in to say that that working togeth- to the end regardless of the ob- this hectic, whirlwind swept er was no mean feat; to refute stacles thrown in their way. We lifestyle of 4 years, have we claims that we never felt like giv- have also been humbled by the paused for a moment to ponder ing up would also be a sheer lie. dedication of the volunteers upon these past experiences and Nonetheless, as with all events, who had joined us at a later stage glean the essential life lessons the end will and did come about but were equally dedicated to taught to us via such unassum- eventually. making the conference a suc- ing avenues? cess. Last but not least, amidst At the final moment, just as del- remaining task-oriented all the As Chairperson and Vice-Chair- egates streamed out of the ball- way, this experience was also a person of Host Country Orga- room and gala dinner came to wonderful opportunity for us to nizing Committee at the recent- a close, reality suddenly hit us: discover more about ourselves: ly concluded HPAIR 2010 Asia no more 1am late night calls how Steffi becomes a laughing Conference, the closing of that followed by urgent 8am meet- maniac at 3am in the morning significant page in our lives def- ings to deal with the latest emer- while doing work to how Steph- initely left us much to relish, gency, no more coming back anie really likes her items orga- savour and think about. Term- on Sundays just to test out the nized if not she will get cranky. ing the end of the conference as feasibility of systems and pro- Learn more about your strengths a significant milestone in our grams put in place and no more and weaknesses to your quirky lives might seem nothing less seeing each other 5 out of the 7 tendencies, likes and dislikes, than an augmented, exaggera- days. It also spelt no more trials because only when you under- tion, yet that was what it truly thrown at you to test one’s ma- stand yourself well, then you meant to us and the rest of the turity and train one to behave can enhance the working rela- committee who toiled tirelessly in a calm-headed manner, no tionship with your team. for it for a year. more instances for one to prac- tice removing emotions from Thank you HPAIR, for all the A conference aimed at bring- the equation before reacting and awesome memories you have ing together like-minded under- most importantly, no more time given us with our team, for let- graduates across the globe to dis- to be shared with the team who ting us see ever so clearly who cuss various issues pertinent to fought together for one vision: to are our true comrades in times of society today, the HPAIR 2010 make the conference a success. difficulty, and most importantly, Asia Conference was held at the helping us to grow so much in Suntec Singapore International As much as the organizing of times of adversity that we can From the Convention & Exhibition Cen- tre from 20 August to 24 August 2010. It was an event jointly or- this event has given us much wrinkles, grey hair and hair loss, until then it was when we ful- quite confidently say that we are no more the little girls of yester- day. Organisers ganized by two different student groups from two different uni- versities i.e. the students from ly appreciated that this experi- ence has also give us so much in terms of character building, per- ■ Stephanie Liow & Steffi Tedjo the Singapore Management spective moulding and learning As much as the organizing of this event has given us much wrinkles, grey hair and hair loss, until then it was when we fully appreciated that this experi- ence has also give us so much in terms of charac- ter building, perspective moulding and learning so much more about yourself. 36 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 36 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • 7 Reasons to Go More Vegetarian ■ Luo Mingxuan & Lau Wen Jin Meat contributes to global warming Livestock production is one of the largest sources of green- house gases. It accounts for 37% of methane and 65% of ni- trous oxide emissions released into our atmosphere. In all, it contributes to more than 50% of our annual greenhouse gas Interview With emissions! Meat is an inefficient source of energy A Vegetarian More than 10kg of grain is fed to a cow to produce only 1kg of beef. Food is also converted to hair, bone and waste products, all of which are inedible. This means that while we are eating meat, we are, at the same time, throwing away huge amounts of food at the same time. The BLUe AND GOLD interviews SMU vegetarian activist Lau Meat destroys forests Wen Jin to find out about the life of a vegetarian. 70% of Earth’s agricultural land is used as pasture or to grow Q: Can you tell us what you do as a vegetarian activist? food for livestock. In Latin America, there is rapid expansion of I am an advocate on the need to eat less meat to reduce Glob- pastures into some of the most vulnerable and valuable ecosys- al Warming and reduce the unnecessary suffering billions of tems. Brazil is one of the major suppliers of beef to Singapore, farmed animals go through every year. I volunteer in green and yet cattle ranching is the primary reason for deforestation in animal-rights events, and give talks in schools to spread the the Amazon. green message. I say “less meat” instead of “no meat” because even a small step in reducing meat intake is a step in the right Meat wastes huge amounts of water direction. It takes more than 25,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of beef and 200 times more water to produce 1kg of beef than 1kg of Q: How did you become a vegetarian? potatoes. While many in the world face the danger of water When I was 13, I chanced upon a book on how eating meat can scarcity, over 8% of global human water use is expended on be cruel to animals, harmful for human health and not envi- animals. ronmentally sustainable in a really alarming way. There was of course the usual denial. But after a few days, I decided that Meat pollutes our water I wanted to be a more responsible member of this planet, and The meat industry is the single greatest polluter of our waters. didn’t want to play a part in killing animals to satisfy my taste In the US, animal livestock produces many times more excre- buds. ment than the entire human population. The US is a major ex- porter of meat to Singapore. Q: Are there times you are tempted to eat meat? Definitely! Funnily enough, everyone has temptations, but it Meat destroys biodiversity is a matter of choice whether we act upon them or not. When Livestock production is the key factor in the loss of plant and I remind myself of the reasons why I decide to adopt this diet animal species, as it destroys vast areas that were once habitat which is kinder to the planet and to the animals, the tempta- for wildlife. Livestock waste produces 68% of the total ammo- tion subsides. nia emitted. This contributes to acid rain, which harms biodi- versity, especially aquatic life. Q: What are your thoughts on the green movement in Singapore? The link between Global Warming and meat consumption isn’t Meat contributes to world hunger as well-known as it ought to be. Even when people have heard More than 80% of corn and 95% of oats grown in the US are about it, they don’t understand enough to share the urgency in fed to livestock, not to hungry people. In poorer countries, food the issue. But things are changing slowly. More and more, we is grown not to feed the poor but to produce meat exported to see people realise that it is really an issue of personal respon- wealthy countries. This competition for food and agricultural sibility: If we do nothing about Global Warming now, our chil- land is one reason why an estimated 800 million people do not dren will suffer the consequences of our inaction. have enough to eat. Q: Are there any quotes which have inspired you to move in your ad- vocacy activities? “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The BLUe AND GOLD 37 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 37 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • Travel India B ackpacking to India is not for the faint of heart. If you are an intrepid adventurer for dollars and roadside vendors selling scrumptious food for something even less than a dol- whom variety is the spice of life, lar. Travelling in trains and bus- India is the place to be. With its ses was never cheaper (crammed history as old as the tomb of Tut- as they may be!) ankhamen, terrain as variegated as the stalls of the road-side food- Let me warn you though, de- court, people as diverse as a com- spite the experience being nov- pendium of corals in the great el and stimulating, you risk be- reef, weather as erratic as a hun- ing robbed or getting sick from gry tigress, India will be an ex- the food and untreated water. perience that will make you fall As for the lodges, you’ll get what in love with the taunting rheto- you paid for! Did I tell you about ric, dirty tricks, colorfulness and the homosexuals and prostitutes rowdiness that it has to offer. who’d probably try and be overly friendly to get their share of the Step out of the airplane and you stronger currency? can smell India! Coming from a nation that’s known to be or- In spite of all this, India is a rela- ganized, you’d be surprised at tively safe country. A word from how thorny it can be to just pass the wise, “travelers should never through the mundane immigra- let their guard down.” tion and baggage pick-up to the exit. Here too, expect to be greet- Even with all its blatant flaws ed by felicitous yet belligerent (you’ll get to see them for your- taxi drivers who will be prob- self once you’re here!), India has ably haggling amongst them- a lot to offer that can be both vi- selves to decide who gets to rip sually appealing and aesthetical- you off. Getting daunted is it? As ly pleasing. I won’t waste words I said, India is not for the vulner- describing those and also saving able. you the trouble of looking it up yourselves. As a matter of fact, Everywhere you go, you’ll be there’s so much to see and do greeted by people with a beam- that the list is quite endless. ing smile on their faces and an unscrupulous scheme to swin- Kudos if you are already getting dle you off your money playing set to pack your bags and plan at the back of their minds. And your travel. Trust me, India will you thought backpacking was surprise you in ways more than about pinching pennies! one. Once there, you’ll realize that it’s much more than just the Granted that you will find every- land of snake-charmers, eccen- thing much cheaper than home tric languages and spicy food. like a night at a hostel for a few Rishit Kataruka “India will be an experience that will make you fall in love with the taunting rhetoric, dirty tricks, colorfulness and rowdiness that it has to offer.” 38 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 38 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • ■ Tobias Yeo N ew Zealand is no stranger to tourism. Almost 10% of the island nation’s GDP and jobs gee off Auckland’s Harbour Bay Bridge, which is exactly what we did. Please do it too. If you’re taining not only comprehensive exhibits on natural history, but also great exhibits on Maori cul- are in the tourism sector. The is- here on a Work and Travel visa, ture and art. land-nation has been called the Auckland is also the best time adventure capital of the world, to open a bank account and get After Wellington, it’s only a and is the birthplace of bungee an IRD number for tax purposes. short ferry to South Island, jumping. People from all around You’ll need these to work here. where you can work in the vine- the world also flock to see the yards of Blenheim. Spend some dramatic and varied landscapes It was a Work and Travel trip, time pruning grapevines and – and for good reason; these land- so it was time for some work to learning about New Zealand’s scapes have appeared in movies be done! We moved along the award-winning wineries be- and productions like Lord of the coast to Te Puke, Kiwifruit cap- fore heading further south to Rings and The Last Samurai. ital of the world. The once in a Christchurch. Christchurch is a lifetime chance to pick and pack beautiful city, many buildings The government has pursued ag- New Zealand’s iconic fruit is preserved with their colonial ar- gressive conservation measures hard work, but it doesn’t really chitecture intact. Go for a peace- to preserve the natural beauty seem that way, especially when ful walk with the ducks along of its environment and a unique surrounded by so much beauty the river, or join in the festivities ecosystem. New Zealanders, or (and sheep). It’s also a great way of one the many carnivals. Kiwis, are mostly descendants of to meet travelers from all over European settlers, but they also the world. In one short month, The next stop is the famous treasure the culture of the in- we worked with Germans, Queenstown. If New Zealand digenous Maori, and you’ll have French, British, Malaysians, Ko- is the adventure capital of the many opportunities to experi- reans, Chileans, Americans, Is- world, then Queenstown is Some tips to remem- ence the communal Maori life- raelis, and so many more. where it all began. During the style. winter season, the population ber when visiting After Te Puke, start the journey of this small town quadruples, New Zealand: Travelling to New Zealand is south with Rotorua, a geother- and in fact I could barely get ac- easy, with several flights flying to mal region with steam vents commodation there. Besides the -Be prepared to cook – When a either Auckland or Christchurch dotting the entire region. It’s skiing and bungees, there is the plate of fried rice costs $10, eat- each day. The flight to Auckland a sigh to behold, and there are Milford Sound. It has been de- ing out regularly becomes very was breathtaking. I had nev- even public thermal footbaths scribed as the eighth wonder of expensive. er seen such wide expanses of in the park to ease your feet af- the world, and is New Zealand’s green rolling hills, and the sight ter a long walk. Don’t forget to number one attraction. This un- -If you intend to work in the cit- had me stuck to the window try out Zorbing; Ever dream of touched fjord is a sight to be- ies, apply at least 3 weeks in ad- during our descent. Auckland, climbing into a giant plastic ball hold, and any trip would be in- vance; it usually takes that long the city of sails, is New Zealand’s and rolling violently down a complete without visiting and just to process an application. I largest city, and 70% of the coun- hill? Check. taking a billion photos. highly recommend working out- try calls it home, along with al- doors instead. most as many boats. We had a After Rotorua, travel down to My trip is coming to a close, but budget in mind, so we booked the bottom tip of the north is- it would be incomplete without - Bring a friend, especially if you into BASE Backpackers, a hos- land, where you find Welling- at least one hiking trip. I decid- intend to hike. I went alone, but tel well located on Queen Street. ton, New Zealand’s capital city. ed on the Travers-Sabine in Nel- there were several hairy mo- Our roommate was a gregarious Wellington is also known as the son Lakes. Although it’s incon- ments that had me cursing my Swiss engineer who was going city of wind, and it’s not a name venient (the only town within 4 stupidity. home after cycling around the lightly given. Strong winds reg- hours has a population of 50), I country for 2 months. We spent ularly blow through the streets, prefer the isolation on my treks, - Slumming it out in backpacker the night listening to stories of and the region is beautifully dot- and generally avoid crowded ar- hostels is the best way to meet all the places he’s visited, and ted with windmills. Two attrac- eas. Indeed, when I registered fellow travelers. There are many even one of almost getting run tions are must-sees. First, the my intent to go, I was the only amazing stories to hear. over on his bike. He left us with Wellington Zoo; regular visi- one on the mountain, and at only one piece of advice: “Don’t tors to the Singapore zoo may the peak, the sense of isolation - Finally, and most importantly, cycle.” On to plan B. not find this zoo impressive, but knowing that I was 3 days from visit every bakery you see =D here you can meet some of New the closest person is a rare expe- While you’re in Auckland, take Zealand’s endangered wildlife, rience I doubt I will have anoth- advantage of the free city tours including an extremely ador- er chance to feel. offered by the two main tour able one-legged Brown Kiwi companies: Kiwi Experience bird. Second, the Te Papa muse- Some trips you don’t forget. and Stray NZ. For $100 more, um; New Zealand’s most popu- you also get to do your first bun- lar museum is a joy to visit, con- The BLUe AND GOLD 39 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 39 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • Travel Work & Travel USA By Fu Yingliang Pictured: Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio. Source: Localattractions.com T hinking about how to spend your summer term break this year? Work and Travel USA is an Serene was tasked to work as a sweeper at Cedar Point Amuse- ment Park in Sandusky, Ohio. ployers partnered with the or- ganizer before going through an interview with the employer’s save a lot as there maybe “little option for cheap food” in places like New York. Besides cooking, option. Responsibilities involve sweep- human resource manager. This one also has to handle laundry ing the park according to an as- helps to facilitate the match- and this can be easily settled Travelling is enjoyable for most. signed roaster, disinfecting pay- ing process and ensure profi- with a US$2 wash and dry in the But one has to worry about large phones and also “skimming the ciency in English to allow par- dormitory. Independence is em- expenses incurred when trav- lagoon”, which requires her re- ticipants to faster adapt to life in phasized again as Serene, men- elling for long periods. YMCA move algae and plants using a US. “Many people go to improve tions the need to “plan your own Work and Travel allows partici- net. As one can infer from its ti- their English,” adds Serene. schedule and take care for your pants to spend three months in tle, this job may not sound glam- personal needs”. US. In the first two months, par- orous but it is the “most fun” for For those thinking of a cheap ticipants will work to earn their Serene. travel experience, jobs most- Travelling can not only allow keep and the last month is used ly pay the minimum wage of you to broaden your perspec- for travelling. The trip can be ex- “I get a lot of freedom from being around US$7.30 per hour. “This tives but also makes you thank- tended if you can’t get enough of able to work around different ar- may not be enough to cover your ful for the things taken for grant- it. eas of the park compared to be- travel expenses,” said Serene. ed at home. ing stationed at one place. There Before reaching US, she spent Working, together with travel- is also interaction involved around S$4000 on air tickets and “I really appreciate the secure ling appears daunting. However, when you talk to the guests.” other expenses which include environment in Singapore and for second-year business student, travel insurance and visas. the convenience of public trans- Serene Tay, who went on the trip Besides being a sweeper, there port,” commented Serene, “Not last summer, the experience was are also other jobs available at When asked on how to reduce forgetting the food too!” she truly unforgettable. Cedar Point. This includes work- expenses, Serene, advices for adds. ing in the toll booth and also thorough research on the cities “This is a chance to make new helping to manage the crowd, a that you plan to visit, the pub- If you are in for an exciting new friends and learn to be indepen- job under “crowd control”. lic transport options and also experience this summer, Work dent. It’s easy to socialize as peo- on the location of supermarkets. and Travel may be a good idea. ple are friendly and easy-going,” Participants get to choose their Often, a home cooked meal of said Serene. preferred job from a list of em- “pasta with beef or chicken” can 40 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 40 23/10/2010 3:14PM
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    • Thumb Sup! Wendy's, the fast food chain that hails from none other than the Motherland of junk food -- the USA, recently blessed Bras Ba- sah road with its cheery new outlet, recognizing the fact that no respectable university campus should be without a junk food chain within comfortable reach. By Serene Tay & Deborah Lim As we digest the blindingly bright menu while waiting in line, we decide on a 1/2 lb Double with Cheese combo with the drink upsized to a Strawberry Frosty Shake, along with sides of All Beef Chilli and a Broccoli Cheese Baked Potato, in order to deliver a satisfactory all- rounded review. Wendy's signature Old Fashioned Hamburgers come in three sizes- 1/4 lb. Single, 1/2 lb. Double with Cheese, and the 3/4 lb. Triple with Cheese. Wendy's prides itself on its trademark square patties, which are cute but are not immediately apparent due to the haphazard burger construction. Indeed, the unassuming burger did not look very appetizing at all. The patty looked dry, the lettuce pale and the top bun slightly squashed. Howev- er, one bite and both of us agreed the patty was all real ground beef and with no filler. Slightly dry and chewy at the corners, the patties were juicier toward the middle and with the support of melted American cheese, onions, tomatoes, pickles and a dash of mayonnaise, made a pretty decent burger overall. Along with the combo came the fries and the Frosty. The fries were your average fast food fare, a mandatory mix of crispy and soggy with a hint of salt. They were slightly thicker than those of McDonald’s, but no tastier. Dunking them in the All Beef Chilli might just be the answer to fin- ishing the serving. Not that we advocate empty calories, but 42 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 42 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • that the All Beef Chilli was a very impressive accompaniment. Packed with a wholesome mix of slow-cooked kidney beans, diced celery, onions, tomatoes and ground beef, the gen- erous serving was touted to be “low in fat and high in fiber”. The array of ingredients lent themselves to make up a very flavorful chilli without the excessive use of salt. Some of us might be glad to know that it was not the least bit spicy. Served piping hot, it makes great comfort food on a rainy day, we both thought. It just needed something to go with, perhaps nachos or something of the like. Wendy’s attempts to balance the caloric intensity of its burgers and Frostys by offering baked potatoes and salads. We decided to try their Hot Stuffed Baked Potatoes, which come with four choices of toppings - Sour Cream and Chives, Broccoli and Cheese, Bacon and Cheese, and Butter. We settled for the apparent healthiest- Broccoli and Cheese. A russet potato baked to perfection, it was served steaming hot and largely unadulterated. The natural rustic flavour of the po- tato was well accompanied by thick melted cheddar cheese and steamed broccoli. Alongside the traditional soda fountain, Wendy's has made a name for its famous Frost- ys- milkshakes made from "fresh grade A milk and rich cream". When it first arrived, the Strawberry Frosty Shake looked very artificial, with bright red strawberry syrup lining the white soft serve, topped with tons of whipped cream and an artificial cherry. However, one sip blew us out of the water. Fresh from the counter, the Frosty is thick but extremely creamy, and sweet enough to end the meal as a quick des- sert. Unlike some milkshakes, the Frosty contained no trace of iciness. Despite it’s seeming unpopularity (a quick glance around the restaurant found many soda cups but no fellow Frosty fans), the Frosty Shake is definitely one of the better milkshakes we have tasted, and is a steal at just $2.60. This is the item we foresee ourselves being bent on grabbing de- spite being late for class, over and over again. The BLUe AND GOLD 43 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 43 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • Thumb Sup! Literati recommends... Here are some books that you might want to consider for holiday reading. The Unbearable Roots And Then There The Diagnosis Cry, the Beloved Lightness of Being by Alex Haley Were None by Alan Lightman Country by Milan Kundera by Agatha Christie by Alan Paton This is the incredible sto- Imagine you’re Bill Translated from Czech, ry of an African-Ameri- If you are a thriller fa- Chalmers. An ordinary Cry, the Beloved Coun- “The Unbearable Light- can man who traces his natic, this one is definite- man who has everything try is a gripping socio- ness of Being” is an family roots back 7 gener- ly for you. It’s probably in life. A successful job, political commentary easy to read yet deep- ations. Romantic notions one of most well-written a warm home and a lov- about a country that sel- ly  philosophical  novel. of the history of African- thrillers; I can say this be- ing family. Life for him dom crosses our mind – It revolves around the Americans aside, Haley cause I bought this book was simple, complete South Africa. The novel lives of two men and two has researched African 8 years ago and although and routine. As Bill shut- tracks the journey of a women in Prague Spring village customs with the it’s tattered and almost tles to work one summer native pastor Kumalo, during  the Commu- help of an oral historian into bits from the mul- morning, something un- who is searching for his nist  period in Czechoslo- in his home village, and tiple reads, I still have it usual happens. Sudden- son Absalom, and his sis- vakia in 1968. Tomas, a the history of slave trade, in my bed drawer of fa- ly, he could not remem- ter Gertrude, who both surgeon; his wife Tereza, to stitch together this vorite books. First, there ber which stop is his, travelled to the city of Jo- a photographer hurt by story. It is a marvelous were ten--a curious as- where he works, or even hannesburg, but have not her husband’s adultery; rendition of his family sortment of strangers who he is. Shortly after returned since. Through Tomas’s lover Sabina, a life from the 1700s to the summoned as weekend Bill’s memory returns, the eyes of the gentle free-spirited and proud mid-1900s. guests to a private island he begins to feel strange Kumalo, we learn of a artist; Sabina’s lover, off the coast of Devon. numbness in his body. As South Africa torn asun- Franz - a Swiss universi- Haley used the stories Their host, an eccentric Bill attempts to find a di- der by colonialists and lo- ty professor; and Simon, told to him by his grand- millionaire unknown to agnosis for the unknown cal politicians alike and Tomas’s estranged son mother, whose father all of them, is nowhere illness, he falls deeper of a society paralyzed by from an earlier marriage was emancipated from to be found. All that the into a nightmare of un- fear. With its evocative – these diverse characters slavery in 1865. He has guests have in common certainties – the pres- style and effortless lyri- come together and move traced his family back is a wicked past they’re sures at work and home. cism, this novel shines apart in a smooth yet hot- to Kunta Kinte, who was unwilling to reveal -and a because of its conviction and-cold manner that go captured by slave trad- secret that will seal their and courage in speaking straight to the heart of ers in 1767. For genera- fate. For each has been out against the system the reader. tions, Kunta Kinte’s de- marked for murder. One that would eventually scendants passed down by one they fall prey. Be- give rise to an apartheid This is a story of “irrecon- an oral history of Kunta’s fore the weekend is out, regime. cilable love and infideli- experiences before and there will be none. And ties” in which Milan Kun- after he was enslaved. only the dead are above dera addresses himself to Although this book has suspicion. the nature of 20th century been blamed for plagia- “being”, offering a range rism and critiqued nega- of brilliant and amus- tively by some experts, ing philosophical specu- it remains a fascinat- lations. Complete with ing work of part-reality, comedy, tragedy, and part-fiction, that evokes deemed a contemporary laughter and tears and a classic, it is a must read gut-wrenching sense of for lovers of literature. what reality once meant to Africans. 44 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 44 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • Horror Through the Ages For the sake of Halloween, SMU Film Society walks us through the spine-chillers. T he horror genre has continued to enthrall audienc- es with its play on psychology and the fear of the unknown practically since the beginning of cinema. Although horror films are often derided for their lack of rational cohesion, the subliminal themes of many horror films, ranging from the mid-20th century fear of the nuclear age and social alienation (The Incred- ible Shrinking Man, ’57) to the nexus between racism and the creation of urban legends (Candyman, ’92) has attracted a number of celebrated directors including 1960s: Stanley Kubrick (The Shining, ‘80) and Francis Ford 2000s: 1980s: Repulsion Coppola (Dracula, ’92) to the genre. Let the Right One The Evil Dead Who said you need In (Låt den rätte A classic of the horror- ghosts to make a truly Whatever your reason for watching horror, SMU Film komma in) comedy/zombie sub- chilling film? Roman Po- Society presents a list of recommendations of horror Recommended viewing genre, and an early in- lanski’s exploration of films through the decades that will ensure you stay up for all who feel that Ed- dication of Sam Raimi’s a woman’s descent into at night. Just don’t say you weren’t warned. ward Cullen has defamed genius, the Evil Dead madness and hatred for the vampire genre. High- effectively injects gore all things male remains ly original and moving at with ample amounts of a poignant psychological the same time, the bleak hilarity, revelling in its horror milestone. imagery will linger in own sense of zombie your mind long after the madness. end credits roll. 1970s: 1990s: The Invasion of the The Ring Body Snatchers The original Japanese This remake of the 1950s film that spawned the lat- classic of the same name er Hollywood remakes, is an interestingly intel- Ring combines creepy ligent take on a disori- atmosphere and a taut enting, aliens-are-taking- script to elevate an ordi- over theme. Lauded by nary chain letter prem- critics as one of the best ise to the hall of fame of horror remakes, and a all-time horror master- seminal example of 70s pieces. cinema. The BLUe AND GOLD 45 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 45 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • Source: Overheard at SMU page on Facebook Overheard @ SMU Do you realize that most of the people who are creative have a feminine side and a Because SMU life wouldn’t be the same without masculine side to them? the daily escapades of Prof, Student, Class and Yes! That’s called being gay! Posh Girl. Prof I wish to divorce AFA on the student grounds of irreconcilable differences. So for ocip, you will take jet- star and live in a barracks, student bla bla... AFA Can I book my own flight and my own hotel instead? Sorry Prof, the traffic ah, phew! Very heavy! Etc. etc. Posh Sorry Prof, I... Girl Late in Week 1... student dropped my drink! Prof, can I write the an- swers in pencil? Late in Week 7 student Sure... I’ll just rub the (consecutively......) answers off and change student them later. Ethics class... Are you guys with me? Obvious- Prof ly not... Well the least you guys could do is pretend… Can you send me the testimonials? Sure. Here you go. The Prof file’s called testis. 8.30AM Academic writing class... student LOL! I like to write a lot, but I don’t write in red or else student your paper will be like, bleeding. What?? Prof at income tax class... Donations to PAP is not IPE Class... deductible. PAP is a po- An economist is like a man who litical party, it’s not the government. LOL! knows all the positions of the Kama Sutra but doesn’t know any women. Prof Prof Class 46 The BLUe AND GOLD Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 46 23/10/2010 3:14PM
    • Error 404 You are not authorised to view this page. Rather, why not create this page yourself? Have you been wondering how to fulfill your potential? How about putting the things you’re supposed to be good at into practice? Unlike conventional wisdom, a magazine isn’t just about writing, or journalism, for that matter. We look for people with different skill ■ Writers (opinion articles) sets that can put together SMU’s premier student publication. ■ Journalists/Contributors (reports/articles) If you think you have the talent and the passion to contribute to the ■ Designers (InDesign/Photoshop) school magazine, drop us an email at pubcomm@sa.smu.edu.sg. ■ Illustrators (Comics/Artwork) ■ Photographers (Cover and articles) The BLUe AND GOLD The BLUe AND GOLD 47 Blue & Gold 11 Sat 23-10-2010 1300h.indd 47 23/10/2010 3:14PM
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