2012 beckons: rounding up all upcoming major sporting events!

2012 beckons: rounding up all upcoming major sporting events!

As we start a new year with a whole world of opportunities appearing before us, The RIDGE brings you a roundup of the biggest sporting events to grace the calendar this leap year! The Olympics Date : 27th July to 12th August Location : London If there is to be one event which would dominate the sporting calendar, it’s the Olympic Games. Over 10,000 athletes from an anticipated 204 nations will take part in this sporting extravaganza, including sporting megastars like Usain Bolt, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps and Lionel Messi who lead the charge to win one of the most...

When Austen Beckons

When Austen Beckons

WARNING: This article may be slightly tainted by prejudice and excessive enthusiasm. “I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” – Jane Austen Tea. Scones. Chamber music. Regency costumes. Janeites. It is the perfect felicitous combination of a Jane Austen Tea worthy of its namesake. Contrary to what Jane Austen wrote to her sister, Cassandra Austen, in 1798, the company was very agreeable and I was compelled to like them a great deal. Held on December 17, 2011 (a day after Austen’s birthday), the Jane Austen Tea...

[Fashion] Sweating it out in a cool way

[Fashion] Sweating it out in a cool way

Singapore is generally a hot and humid country and we do not have the luxury of donning sweaters like our counterparts from the temperate countries. However we do have our very own “temperate” zones within NUS and we can work it to our advantage by choosing the right type of outerwear to throw on in these lecture theatres. There are many types of outerwear and though I very much favour the knitted types, they are not very practical in sunny Singapore. Instead of opting for the thick knitted sweaters, one could select cotton ones which are lightweight and easy to...

NUSSU organises Valentine’s Day charity concert

NUSSU organises Valentine’s Day charity concert

NUSSU is attempting to redefine Valentine’s Day in NUS. After the success of Supernova and Timbrefest last semester, NUSSU presents Amplify! 2012, a Valentine’s Day concert that will double as a charity drive. The concert, based on the theme of love, will feature a series of acoustic performances by bands from Sheares Hall and Temasek Hall, as well as some external acts. It will be held on Friday, February 10 at Yusof Ishak House (YIH). In addition to the pop/rock concert, a number of booths will be set up at YIH. They will be selling various Valentine’s Day items. These...

[Interview] Bringing back gold for Singapore

[Interview] Bringing back gold for Singapore

Singaporean athletes produced another strong performance at the South East Asian (SEA) Games 2011 held in Indonesia. The Singapore contingent grabbed 42 gold medals, just one short of their away record of 43. NUS too had reason to celebrate as several of its students were among the medalists. The RIDGE caught up with two gold medalists who might just be in the same lecture theatre as you. Ms. Tan Shi Hua Cherie – Bowling (F) Course : Materials Science and Engineering – Year 4 Likes : Ball games, outdoor activities, listening to music Achievements : 3 gold medals at SEA...

[Review] Parallels Desktop 7

[Review] Parallels Desktop 7

Macbooks are quickly becoming one of the more popular notebooks on campus. While Macs are great, with their chic Dock icons, Finder previews and fancy touchpad gestures, there are just some programs and software that will have you Mac users reaching over (with a deep sigh, no doubt) for that clunky Windows machine you ditched for your fancy new Mac, simply because – horrors of horrors – those programs aren’t Mac-compatible! What’s a hip college student to do when you absolutely need to run Windows programs (or, say, Skyrim) in school, but wouldn’t be caught dead with a non-Macbook device?...

[Preview] Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy the movie

[Preview] Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy the movie

The adaptation of a book to the silver screen almost always causes problems, with diehard fans watching with a critical eye to make sure that the source material is faithfully adapted and the right person is cast for the role. The movie version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, however, proves to have handled itself well with regards to such aspects despite having to live up to a well-loved 1979 television mini-series adaptation, where the one and only Alex Guinness played the main protagonist, and to the book’s status as a classic in the espionage genre – no surprise considering writer...

A musing about giving

A musing about giving

Christmas has just passed us by and the New Year is upon us. The season of giving continues, but why are we giving? Over the years, I have worked in various capacities with social support groups such as charities, public service organisations and social enterprises. My experiences inform me that the motivation to give comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes, from the random to the rational, from the mundane to the inane.

Inter-Hall Games 2012

Inter-Hall Games 2012

By the time you read this, the Inter-Hall Games 2012 (IHG) will have already made a prompt beginning to the new year. Having begun on 3 January, 2012, the games will go on until 13th February, 2012. The six halls of residences – Eusoff, Kent Ridge, King Edward VII, Raffles, Sheares and Temasek – will compete in a wide array of sporting events to decide who shall walk away, crowned as the IHG Sports Champions. Eusoff Hall won last year’s overall championship for the fourth consecutive time and will be looking to make it five. Having seen the other halls...

[Campus Sports] Singapore University Games 2011 Round-up

[Campus Sports] Singapore University Games 2011 Round-up

The SuniG 2011 Overall Champions Title was a closely contested affair between NUS and arch-rivals, NTU as new games were introduced into the fold. But TeamNUS overcame the dividing barriers securing 24 Gold medals (5 more than NTU) and with 13 Championship Gold Medals (outplaying NTU by a single Gold) won the title in 2011. Cricket (M), Cross country (W), Handball (M), Netball (W), Rugby (M), Squash (W), Table Tennis (M), Volleyball (W), Waterpolo (M) and 9-ball Pool (Mix) added a gold medal each to the tally. Team NUS also excelled in sports such as Swimming (M), Tennis (Men and...

NUS campus radio gets new home

NUS campus radio gets new home

NUS’ own campus radio station – Radio Pulze – will soon get a new home in a small studio located next to Starbucks at the Education Resource Centre (ERC) in University Town. The new studio was completed in December last year and will be ready for use this semester, starting in January. Although construction of the studio was slated to finish in October last year, additional improvements to the design and acoustics were found to be required after the ERC was completed. President of Radio Pulze, Dexter Tan, a third-year communications and new media student, explained, “When we went to...

[Book review] American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld

[Book review] American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld

American Wife makes for a riveting read. But, here lies the catch – it is a 600 page saga spanning fifty years, based loosely on the American power couple that everyone loves to hate – George and Laura Bush. I must therefore admit that while I am partial to such sweeping sagas, American Wife is not for everyone. Alice Lindgren is a kindergarten teacher living a staid life in 1970s Wisconsin. Of course, this is barring the fact that she inadvertently killed her boyfriend in a car accident at the tender age of seventeen. (Reminiscent of Laura Bush’s tragic past,...