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Reported by Aashwany Chandra Mohan Photographs by Andrew Octavian

After an exciting and harrowing period of elections and mentoring sessions, the Student Representative Council (SRC) Handover Ceremony finally took place at noon at the driveway. It is a ceremony where the SRC committee members of 2015/2016 pass down their positions to the newly elected committee members of 2016/2017. The ceremony began at 11.30am with Ismail (ex – VP of medicine) as the emcee for the day who welcomed the guests and students present. The mic was then passed on to Kenneth Lee, ex – president of SRC, who gave a witty introduction of his committee members and also reminisced the challenging and successful moments being a part of the SRC. Even though, he came up with a spontaneous and informal speech, he managed to put a smile on everyone’s face.

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“Being an SRC member is definitely an arduous task but you will definitely enjoy every moment that comes along with it” – Yap Soo Min, (Secretary of SRC 15/16) who will be leaving to University of Dundee soon.

The event then proceeded with an appreciation ceremony where reward hampers where given to the library and student services team for their ministrations with SRC 15/16. Felicity Ng, the current president of SRC 16/17 was then welcomed to give a speech, where she thanked Kenneth and his team for their guidance throughout an entire month despite being busy with their courses and exams. She also hoped that the new SRC will be able to improve and bring IMU to another level and strive for success despite all the possible challenges.

Then we came to the bittersweet session of passing over, where the ex – committee and the current committee exchanged gifts and the new members get their freshly printed name badges. The handover ceremony ended with Ismail saying, “For us it’s the end, for you guys it’s a start. THANK YOU!” Last but not least, a delicious – looking and simple lunch spread was provided for the SRC members, guests and students.

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 “Even though I’m the cultural & religious representative, I hope to focus on humanities and I don’t want it to be entirely about culture and religion but also what culture embodies, that for me is the performing arts, which I hope for it to shine in IMU” – Umeswari Kandasamy, Cultural & Religious Representative 2016/2017

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The SRC 2015/2016 have contributed well to IMU in many ways from extending library hours during exam periods, addition of Arts & Photography competition for IMU Cup, coming up with a new booking system for sports and event venues and the list goes on. We from IMU Editorial Board would like to thank the Student Representative Council 2015/2016 for the continuous and endless support to our club and also to IMU students and we wish them all the best in their studies and future endeavors. Not to mention, we also would like to congratulate the Student Representative Council 2016/2017. Good luck!


 

Student Representative Council Members of 2016/2017

President: Felicity Mishan Ng (ME115)

Secretary: Lee Sook Yee (ME115)

Treasurer: Law Tong Yee Matthew Edward (ME215)

VP of Medicine: Celine Perera (ME115)

VP of Dentistry: Phebe Chua Yi Shi (DT115)

VP of Medical Sciences: Eugene Yong Chern Jue (CH115)

VP of Health Sciences: Kelly Low Jia Li (PS215)

VP of Pharmacy: Tan Shin Thong (BP215)

VP of Postgraduate Studies: Dang Nguk Ling (PhD)

IT Liaison: Louise Ngam (ME215)

Public Relations Liaison: Jonathan Chua (ME115)

Social Concerns Liaison: Sarah Soon Khe Wei (DT115)

Cultural & Religious Representative: Umeswari Kandasamy (ME115)

Sports Representative: Cheong Chee Qing (ME115)

Vice Sports Representative: Lenon Loh Hao An (ME115)

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Written by Andrew Octavian

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Winning the 2015 Google Science Fair was like a dream came true to Olivia – from Connecticut, United States of America – who had developed a faster, cheaper, and more stable test for Ebola virus in less than 30 minutes. She noticed the problem the current Ebola detection was complex and lengthy, thus she simplified it while maintaining its integrity. However, the key to her victory was her innovation of utilizing silk fibers to stabilize the chemicals tested, allowing them to be stored at room temperature for up to 3 weeks, no refrigeration required, unlike with current Ebola tests.

 

Kelvin Doearticle-kelvin-1205Now a Sierra Leone teenage national icon, Kelvin Doe came from humble beginnings. As a child, he would often dream of solutions to problems in his community. At the age of 10, he started scavenging for scrap electronics parts from dump sites after school for his inventions. At the age of 13, he had already built his own radio station. Upon becoming a finalist in the GMin’s Innovate Salone idea competition, Doe gained more popularity amongst the engineering community and officially became the youngest ever “visiting practitioner” with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 

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Bio-waste materials such as mangosteen skin means something more than just what they are to Faye. She experimented with these waste materials and processed them to become mordant – together with onion skin extract – for cotton fabric dyes. This project not only replaced the utilization of hazardous chemical mordants with bio-waste material, but at the same time also helped recycle bio-waste itself. She won first place in the 2014 ‘Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’ in the category of environmental management.

 

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At the age of 16, he won the Grand prize of the’ Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’ for developing an inexpensive method of pancreatic cancer detection. Andraka’s Dipstick Sensor method costs 3 cents and takes 5 minutes, dozens of times faster, less expensive and even 100-fold more sensitive than current existing tests. This method or detecting the biomarker of pancreatic cancer, mesothelin, in blood or urine results in 90% accuracy in detecting this particular biomarker. Moreover this test can also be used to detect ovarian and lung cancers.

 

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Pasterski was only 14 years of age when she first came to MIT’s campus office seeking approval one morning for the single-engine plane she built. Now, at 22, she has won various awards and is now seeking to explore black holes and space-time, particularly concentrated on explaining gravity through the context of quantum mechanics. She has received job offers from Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and aerospace company, Blue Origin. Even NASA has shown huge interest in the young physicist. Can a black hole even stop this force of nature?

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Reported by Andrew Octavian Photographs by Jun Hong

Being one of the most prestigious events involving not only students, but also staff of most if not all of IMU Faculties, this year’s IMU Ball 2016 – Ethereal had been a traditionally long awaited event. Following the very big footsteps of Starwaltz, the organizers of Ethereal did not intend on making this year’s ball less of a spectacle. Taking place in the Nusantara Ballroom of Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur on the 8th of April 2015, the ball had filled in its quota of over 350 sign-ups at 1 week left before the D-day. Attendees started gathering as long as an hour before the pre-drinks started to be distributed and as time passed by, the attendees’ anticipation grew.

Buffered by the awe-some photobooth service provided by AWE Photobooth, the attendees gathered in groups of friends as they captured the moment in singular photo strips. As the night grew darker and the stomachs yearn for food, the organizing committee finished the last touches to the night and so at 7:30pm, the grand ballroom door was open. The 1920s Great Gatsby theme was exemplified by the elegant black and gold themed decorations assembled across the ballroom, where people quickly filled in their assigned seats. The VIPs took the 3 front-most tables, amongst them are Ms May Kuan from SSD and other staff including lecturers, while the rest of the tables were occupied with students.

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The audience were greeted by the 2 stunning emcees, Serene Kho and Nicole Ann Matthews, and soon after the opening customaries, the night started with a performance by the Jammerz. Brimming with enthusiasm and energy, the performance was just right to open up the night and liven up the ambience of the ballroom. Once the mood was set, the President of the IMU Ball 2016 committee, Hui Jane, took the time to welcome the audience to the event that her team envisioned and to pass a mock cheque to the representatives of ‘The National Autism Society of Malaysia’ sitting down at one of the VIP tables. As a charitable event itself, a portion of the ticket sales amounting to RM 2,000.00 was donated to this foundation in good faith.

This year’s IMU Ball is star studded and various performers gave the night their all, including the DNS trio, ZSC, Jeremy and Joshua, and not to forget the band of acapella singers invited to perform specifically for this event, Singaholics, and also the winner of this year’s IMU’s Got Talent, Black Diamond, who mesmerized the entirety of the ballroom with snazzy dance moves and enchanting charm. Numerous chants and claps could be heard thundering within the ballroom as the performers dazzled the night. Jonathan Chua, the Secretary and the Stage Manager of the night did experience some problems in preparing the sets of performances despite his calm demeanor. When asked what the toughest part of holding his position was, he easefully answered, “If I had to choose, it would be keeping my cool and making sure I proceed with the ball, even if it meant changing half my planned schedule. There were many changes to the event schedule during the latter half. I also had mishaps with light/sound technician as well as the banquet master, but in time and with the help of the team, the problems were resolved.”

The Prom King, Prom Queen, and Best Couple nominees were brought onto the stage in various occasions throughout the event for them to charm the votes out of the attendees. Different tasks however, were given to the different categories. The Prom King nominees had to do a lip-sync battle which got the audience roaring, the Prom Queen nominees had to mimic model poses as displayed on the screen, and the Best Couple nominees had to play the classic Pocky game, inspired by that spaghetti-eating scene in Lady and the Tramp. Members of the audience then casted their votes and soon the ballot counting process started.

Not forgetting one of the pinnacle components of the night itself, the 4-course meal was served individually in the midst of the performances, starting with the appetizer, which was salmon carpaccio with arugula, cheese, tomatoes and pesto sauce, the tangy flavors of the tomatoes blended well with the mouth-watering salmon slices. Next in line to warm up the cold ballroom was the delicious cauliflower soup with croutons and mascarpone cream. The main course which has everyone waiting for was spinach-stuffed chicken roulade with potato and asparagus. The flavors of the spinach seeped well within the poultry meat and it was just simply amazing. As the night grew closer to its end, the tanginess of the dessert course consisting of raspberry ice parfait was served alongside a petit financer which gave a good ending to the gastronomical journey.

Various lucky draw prizes ranging from Starbucks cards to Polaroid cameras and the grand prizes of Playstation 4 and a trip for 2 to Redang were given out to some lucky participants mostly by members of the Student Representative Council. The winner of the Redang trip was especially memorable as she made a heartfelt comment when asked what she would do with that gift, in which she just answered, “I’m going to give this to my parents,” with an earnest smile on her face, which had the whole ballroom in awe.

At approximately 10:15pm, the prize giving ceremony commenced. Preceding the anticipated crowning of the King, Queen, and Best couple were the crowning of the Best Dressed individual for the night. The audience was itching for the moment of truth where the emcees revealed the winners of the different categories. Eventually, Jeihin Subramaniam was crowned Prom King, Yap Soo Min the Prom Queen, and Adrel and Iverene the Best Couple. The crowd congratulated the winners with claps and cheers throughout the crowning ceremony and the victors were thrilled.

The night ended with the amazing Griffin dance group who topped the IMU Cup 2015 Dance competition last year. As anticipated, they performed graciously as a team, not missing any single step, putting a great end to the great night. The dance floor was then opened for the attendees to jam while some went outside to round up some photographs of the memorable night. The smiles on the attendees’ faces and the amount of photographs taken were testimonial towards how well the event went.

The organizing committee brought a prom experience to the attendees with the hope that the successors would also create a prom experience in the future with this kind of spirit.

“I would say to help out your colleagues, offer your help and give them moral support, because I discovered that this gave me the strength to be able to do something I had never done before. So for the next committee, be as caring and helpful as you’d like to be done to you,” said Jonathan about advice for the future committee. He ended his questions by adding what he felt Ethereal was like for him, “In one word Ethereal was: Stimulating. As strange as it sounds, for me this is what it felt like. *laughs*”

For more photos of this dazzling night, check the album out on IMU Photography’s FB page!

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Written by Andrew Octavian

IMU Photography Club is one of the earliest founded clubs of IMU, dating back to more than 10 years ago. With a huge number of members sharing the same passion of capturing moments, this club is clearly one of the most active clubs in the whole of IMU. On the 26th of February 2016, we sat down and had a talk with the President of IMU Photography Club, Naja Najwa on her musings and her experience as the President of the club.


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Hey, Naja! Let’s start off easy first. Can you tell us more about yourself and how you started off on your photography journey?

Hi! My name is Naja Najwa, I am currently studying Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the batch PC114 and I am the current President of the IMU Photography Club. In terms of how I started off taking up photography as a hobby, I would say that my father – out of all people – is the reason why I love photography in the first place. Why? Because whenever we attended events, he always, always, passes off the camera to me since he loves to be in pictures. It was a nuisance at first, but eventually I ended up loving it, and I thought if I love taking pictures, I might as well be good at it, and thus, my journey started and it’s been a good, rewarding one, I’m telling you

So, if you can define Photography in your own words, what would your definition be?

Photography, in my opinion, is painting with light. It’s a tool for you to capture memories that would last possibly for a lifetime. For myself, it’s a hobby which eventually became really fun especially when you find individuals who share similar interests as you. I love taking pictures of celebrations, capturing the moments, really. Happiness, facial expressions, things that only photographers like myself know how to capture. Aside from that, I am also an avid camera collector, having 145 cameras in total as of now. They range from polaroids, folding cameras, video cameras, box cameras, DSLRs and many more. My personal favorites however, are Polaroid Studio Express and Polaroid XS-70.

“Photography, in my opinion, is painting with light. It is a tool for you to capture memories that would last possibly for a lifetime.” – Naja Najwa

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Picture by Naja Najwa – Some of the many cameras that Naja collects on display during Recruitment Drive

Wow, that’s one heck of a hobby. You also mentioned that you are studying Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Why not the more obvious choice of studying Photography?

Well, I’ll just skip the long story and say that, photography is my hobby, but I also love studying drugs, especially drug manufacture. With Pharmaceutical Chemistry, it’s more about research and of course it’s difficult because it is science, sometimes you kind of have to grasp around in the darkness, but it’s also thrilling and challenging. I guess I’ll keep it at that *laughs*.

Alright, moving on to more club related stuff. What was the process like of you achieving presidency?

I worked a lot with the ex-president, Devin Khaw, and since he wanted to make sure that the committee is a solid one, as in nobody in it would slack off, the AGM was a closed one and the previous committee appointed me the new President alongside the other 5 committee members to the assigned posts.

What is it that you guys do in the IMU Photography Club?

We mostly photograph events around IMU and we had a couple of fundraisings by opening up a photobooth service for the public, for a price, of course. We did these fundraisings in events such as Halloween, and Chariofare. We also have street photo walk, whereby quite a few of our members joined despite it being a weekend and one of the most memorable ones was the one we had in Petaling Street. During my term, we also had the privilege to open up a photo exhibition-competition in IMU Cup 2015 which was very exhilarating as it is the first one ever.

Seems like the club has been very active, eh? Any memorable moments during your time as the President?

This year, my committee members and I were thrilled to be able to cover every single one of the IMU Cup events. It was so taxing but also it was worth every single tired muscle of our bodies as it was a learning experience for us like no other. Sport photography is all about dynamics, things that you have to experience to understand, but there are also sports like chess and competitions such as DOTA that are not dynamic but still, we had the task to capture the feel of it. Covering orientations are also interesting because not only do you get to know the incoming juniors, you also get to watch the silly things that these newcomers or even our friends might do.

How about problems, any qualms in your term?

Sometimes, when I cover events on my own, I feel pressured as the organizers feel that there is a specific set of feel that us photographers have to fulfill, but once I get the hang of it, it goes smooth sailing. Other than that, a lot of event organizers seem to assume that the IMU Photography Club will come and cover their events while the reality is, they have to come to us for us to come to them. We are working on these kinks in the hope that these problems will not arise in the upcoming terms.

Any advice for the upcoming committee of the IMU Photography Club?

I do have a couple, actually *opens up a page of notes* alright, the committee should make sure most if not all members are participating especially in internal events as Photography, as I said copiously before, is a matter of learning together. Photowalks are also very useful for bonding and learning as different venues and timings of the day give the smallest different details of lighting, letting you learn new things. Sometimes, you feel like Photography is something where the more you, the less you know, so workshops would always be great.

Before we finish, I also notice that the IMU Photography Club is picking up a project called the Photo of the Week? Can you briefly explain to us what it’s about?

Photo of the Week is an idea of the committee a couple of years ago to sort of rebrand ourselves. People nowadays take a lot of pictures and they post these photos on social platforms for the purpose of being known, or being “liked”. This is why the IMU Photography Club wants to create platform for people in IMU to explore their skills.

Any closing words?

I would like to thank my loving committee for the unforgettable one year, ex-president Devin Khaw, and my teacher advisor, Professor Kang Yew Beng. It has been a pleasure working with every one of them and I hope that the spirit of the club lives on.

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That’s it from Naja! Photo of the Week is done on a weekly basis whereby there’s a different theme each week. Any one of you can submit photos on the IMU Photography Club Facebook page or simply tagging your photos #imupotw on Instagram. For more information, visit their Facebook page or find IMU Photography Club (@imuphotography) on Instagram.

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Reported by Andrew Octavian

The festivity of Chinese New Year hasn’t quite ended for most of us who were at the Atrium of the Bukit Jalil Campus on Friday, 19th of February 2016. The first long awinding week post-CNY seemed to have tired people around IMU out but this soon changed when they realized that a Lion Dance contraption was being set in the middle of the Atrium. Soon, people gathered around with brimming anticipation for what might be the last glimpse of the great start of the ‘Year of the Monkey’ before actually delving into it.

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Loong Kee’s Lion Dance performers did last minute preparations as the audience were impatiently waiting and at the first loud thumping sound of the drum, faces turned brighter amongst the audience. The performers didn’t disappoint one single bit, being very accommodating in being taken pictures of, all while still having to perform their dance choreographs.

This spectacle was arranged by the HR department of IMU to commemorate Chinese New Year that is rather long overdue, but festive nonetheless. Check out more pictures of the Lion Dance Performance below and last but not least:

**HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!**

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Photographs by Andrew Octavian

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Written by Andrew Octavian

Am I happy?
No, not these days I’m not
They say, “You should be grateful,
You’re breathing, you’re alive!”

I wake up, I take time to decide
Do I live today,
Or can I do that tomorrow?
Breathing hurts, life’s a ball of pain

I know my parents meant well
When they said,
“Be more like your brother”
Three times a day, seven times a week

I know it’s my mistake
Getting F’s, flunking classes
I try, every day I try
But tomorrow never seems as good
As what I pictured it to be

One morning I woke up
“I’ll try to be happy today” I said
Night came, so did the voices in my head
So I decide to stop breathing
And for the first time in a long while
I felt free

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Written by Andrew Octavian

You must have heard or come across some news about Nobel Prize laureates, but what are these that make them so special? Nobel Prize is the most prestigious award one can get in the fields of research in different disciplines, namely Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Economics, and Peace. So who made the cuts for this year’s most pepped up award in 4 out of 6 of the given categories?

Neutrino’s Mass

Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald made a huge contribution to the world of physics as they presented that neutrinos – something that had been baffling physicists for decades – change identities. Neutrinos are similar to electrons, just that in this case, neutrinos do not carry any charge. The discovery led to the far-reaching conclusion that neutrinos, which for a long time were considered mass-less, must have some mass, however small. Due to the fact that these subatomic particles have mass, they can then metamorphose.  For particle physics this was, indeed, a historic discovery.

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Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar share the Nobel Prize for Chemistry this year for having mapped, at a molecular level, how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard our genetic information. These three pioneering scientists have successfully observed and unravelled to the whole world – to the most extensive level – how our basic DNA repair mechanisms work. Their work has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions and is, for instance, used for the development of new cancer treatments.

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This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awardedto three individuals with stunning contributions to the world of medicine. William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura was awarded half of the Prize for their discovery of a new drug, Avermectin, which radically lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, while the other half was awarded to Youyou Tu for her discovery of Artemisinin, a very potent Malarial drug. These two discoveries have provided humankind with powerful new means to combat these debilitating diseases and the consequences in terms of improved human health are immeasurable.

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded this year’s Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for their significance contribution on bringing stability and fundamental rights to all the Tunisian population irrespective of gender, political views, or religious belief after the wake of the Jasmine Revolution in 2011. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war. This year’s prize will contribute towards safeguarding democracy in Tunisia and be an inspiration to all those who seek to promote peace and democracy in the Middle East, North Africa and the rest of the world.