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Let The People Sing(lish)

Let The People Sing(lish)

The debate over Singlish vs. English can never seem to rest: even before the furore over Singlish between local poet Gwee Li Sui and the Prime Minister’s press secretary Li Lin Chang last year, many have thrown their hats into the arena. Recently, a few The Straits Times’ Forum articles generated more attention than usual:...

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Censorship in Singapore

Censorship in Singapore

The Singapore government argues that censorship of political, racial and religious issues to a certain extent is necessary to avoid upsetting the delicate balance of Singapore’s multi-racial society, which begs the question: how far is too far? Silencing Arts The M1 Fringe Festival controversy over two shows Naked Ladies and Undressing Room started on 22nd November 2016,...

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New Sem, New Me: 3 Resolutions for this semester

New Sem, New Me: 3 Resolutions for this semester

Semester 2: A brand-new start for a brand-new semester? As Semester 1 comes to a close and this new semester begins, it is very easy – much too easy in fact – to fall back into the dreary routine-ness of everyday life. Indeed, as the last semester wore on, I occasionally caught myself just going through...

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Rejection 101: Stuff they don’t teach you in college

Rejection 101: Stuff they don’t teach you in college

Everybody has faced or will face rejection at some point in their lives. Be it academic, professional, or romantic, we’ve all been there, we’ve all done that. So shouldn’t all colleges have a comprehensive course covering rejection so that young adults like me are better equipped to deal with it in the real world? Fret...

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Fighting Zika — at any cost?

Fighting Zika — at any cost?

Elsewhere in the world, precautionary measures were introduced after a discussion of the negative effects on health and environment that Zika could have. As of yet, there has not been a similar debate in Singapore. As of 23rd September, there have been 387 Zika infections confirmed by the National Environment Agency, including 16 pregnant women. In contrast...

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Class Part, Class Fart?

Class Part, Class Fart?

I used to instinctively avoid classes with a heavy focus on class participation, as they often meant ripe opportunities for instinctive panic, horrific embarrassment, making oneself stand out and therefore, committing social suicide. Even though these jitters have since faded, it hasn’t stopped me from questioning the prevalent focus on graded class participation (colloquially known...

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The Worst Present You Can Receive

The Worst Present You Can Receive

What matters in gift-giving is the giver’s heart; and when a present lacks that, it can easily become the worst present ever. When a present lacks memory or becomes a whisper of the past, that is when a present begin to feel lighter in meaning and heavier in remembrance. It is not the present itself that is causing...

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FOMO: What Are You Really Missing Out On?

FOMO: What Are You Really Missing Out On?

We all have that one friend who has that National Geographic worthy Instagram page, filled with travel photos from exotic locations–names of which we can’t even pronounce. They’re usually seem alongside the acquaintance who seems to attend more parties and events in a month than most of us do in a year. With friends like these, it...

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The Secret Behind NUS Confession Pages

The Secret Behind NUS Confession Pages

Do you have a secret? Don’t worry – you can share it with everyone and still keep it safe. Welcome to the world of confession pages and social media. The name NUS Confessions might ring a bell for seniors. From crushes on tutors to the listing the cleanest toilets on campus, it was a collection of anonymous...

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Student Suicide: The Opening of a Pandora Box

Student Suicide: The Opening of a Pandora Box

On 10 September, the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) distributed plasters to the public for World Suicide Prevention Day. These plasters were meant for people to wear, and to act as a conversation starter on suicide. But is Singapore doing enough to tackle this issue? Despite the worrying trend of student suicides, the media has done very little...

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The Horror of Hollywood Remakes

The Horror of Hollywood Remakes

Fear may be universal, but horror has an abysmal reputation for getting lost in translation. When movie-goers think of cross-border remakes within the horror genre, the prevalent image is that of Hollywood butchering yet another Japanese classic for a quick buck. Though Asian filmmakers have not yet remade an American horror as far as I know,...

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Where Should University Rankings Stand?

Where Should University Rankings Stand?

NUS = 22 – 10 = 12. NTU = 39 – 26 = 13. For those of you feeling the anxious déjà vu of confusing midterms, not to worry. These equations represent the positions of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on the 2015/16 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings. Arguably the most recognised...