Written by Toh Boon Kheng
Written by Toh Boon Kheng
When I first joined Editorial Board, there was only a small team and a magazine dream. Now, we have developed a lot since, even adding a website under our responsibilities. It has been a wonderful experience. From facing a wall of tasks, to working with the best colleagues of all time, being the President of IMU Editorial Board was a horrid expectation turned beautiful memory. I did not choose to take the post, yet now I find it hard to let go.
The faces you meet; the places you seek. It has been an eye-opening journey through the IMU culture diversity, seeing the campus in a new light, only because I was a part of the Editorial Board. I can still recall the nervous feeling at my first event report: IMU Cup Cheer 2014. Since then, I knew there was something special about this club. I used to have an article ‘headcount’, but now I have lost count. As a committee, we have nurtured the club as much as we can, so it is time for some of us to rest back to watch it bloom on its own. Time flies; things feel not so long ago, but it has really been an eventful year. We all make decisions we regret, but being in this Editorial Board will not be one.
Thank you, readers, for giving us reason to go forward. Thank you, Dr Katrina & Ms Dachaini, for your kind support. Thank you, my dear outgoing committee, for it has been a ride to remember.
Editor-in-Chief was a challenging position. Aside from making sure all the necessary events are covered by the reporters and photographers, the Editor-in-Chief must also encourage the writers to create relevant, creative articles, as well as ensuring all magazine page designs were top notch. I also dabbled with creating promotional posters for the purpose of Public Relations. So it’s clear that the Editor-in-Chief required me to maintain my connections with other people in the club, both committee and regular members. In addition, I also participated in development of Editorial Board into something bigger and better.
Though it was labour intensive, Editorial Board is also a labour of love, and being Editor-in-Chief helped mature my sense of leadership and time management. It was also really fun to have lively discussions with other members. Thinking of how we all were able to bring the shambles that was Editorial Board into something substantial like it is now always brings a smile to my face.
I hope that in the coming years, Editorial Board will become an integrated part of IMU, one that all IMU students will be proud being a part of.
Photographs submitted to IMU Photography Club
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.
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.
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!
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)
Written by Andrew Octavian
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 DoeNow 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).
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.
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.
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?
Written by Toh Boon Kheng Artwork by Foong Keng Wah
With life, comes death. Despite this, death is a taboo subject for a large portion of our society. So if you must, turn back and read another article. Still here? Good. Firstly, let me ask you a simple question. What would it be like, if one day, someone we love and care about was gone forever?
2015 was not exactly a fun year. Within a span of 6 months, five friends who were dear to me decided to take their own life. It made me wonder; I aim to be a psychologist, to help those in need, but I couldn’t help those close to me, so how could I help others in the future? The fact is, I am far from qualified, but above all, we are human. Now I know how certain they were about it, it becomes possible to respect their decision (though agreeing is a separate matter). This feeling of helplessness and self-blame allowed me to see that there are many things beyond our control as well as the things we can miss simply by being caught up in conversation. Don’t we wish to turn back time and change the outcome, or to look into the future and avert disaster? All we can do though, is to do what feels right, right now. Sometimes, it is not about what happened or what will happen, rather, it is about what we make of the present that we have.
Image obtained from: https://dangerouslee.biz/2012/09/07/win-a-fight-by-walking-away/
It is a tough task to avoid feeling empty from the loss; drained and tired of life. When it really happens, there is no instant cure for the despair. It is okay to be sad. To be angry at the world for everything. To cry. But eventually, we have to take our own initiative to continue walking forward in our own life journey. Easier said than done. If it was ever easy to begin with, then it would probably already be done. The question now is; how do we do this?
All this talk of loss, and we tend to overlook that the loss has left a space in our lives. A space that perhaps we should fill. It’s not as simple as taking another person to fill it up. Each individual experiences the loss in different ways, and filling the gaps can be done in various ways as well. There are some of many things that we can bring into light:
We lost someone we care deeply about. Yet we are not the only ones grieving. Others who we are also close to, is in the same state as us. From personal experience, it helps to reach out, and support one another. Being there, knowing that we are not alone in this, that there are still family/friends to care for, all contribute to rebuilding the damage caused by a death. Losing a close one, and gaining a newfound closeness between those who remain.
For those we spend a lot of time with, the loss will hit harder. Suddenly, you have plenty of alone time, or even an emptiness in the group. Even though, this person may be gone now, he/she/they would have left a significant mark in our lives. Plenty of moments shared, experiences learnt, and moments to cherish. It may not seem like much, but by having a small gathering of close family/friends to share and release these memory fragments, we remind ourselves that this loss does not change the memories made. It also serves as a reminder that this grief is simply dark clouds shadowing the sun, and that beneath it all, this person who had lit up your life still will, through shining the past into the present, even after they are long gone.
Basically, do something that makes you calmer or happier. It is not to distract your mind. Instead, it is another form of reminder. To remind us that life goes on regardless, and how this person we lost would be happy to know that we gained a greater appreciation on the fragile life we have. Stretch our insight and overlook on the world. Go on a vacation, and stare out into the ocean until a smile appears on our mouths. Hike that challenging mountain while we still can. Draw a painting of how we feel about the loss, so that all can appreciate this aspect of living. Or write an article about it all, so others know that it is human to feel loss, and that it is not the end of the line for us still here.
Of course, there is also grief counselling. This is merely an opinion article of how I believe one can self-cope, and there are plenty other things that can be done. Just don’t expect yourself to recover from the pain perfectly fine to carry on life as before. Someone is gone from your life now, and they will never come back. The way we see things, the way we get tasks done, the way we love, will never be the same again. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Change can very much be beneficial, as long as we maintain the core of ourselves. We learn from where we lack. A wise man, who goes by the name of Viktor E. Frankl once said, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” We may end up lost while changing ourselves for the better, but hopefully, we can one day say that we have found our better selves.
In memory of; Ben, Ariana, Raj, Din, and Lizzy (Benjamin, Ariana, Rajagopal, Abidin, Elizabeth). You will be remembered fondly.
Reported by Azfar Afham
The second Nottingham Ultimate Taekwondo Showdown 2016 (NUTS) was held on the 9th and 10th of April. It was organized by University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club under Master Bala, their coach. On the 9th of April, participants were required to weigh-in at the Sport Center, University of Nottingham to ensure that they will be competing in the right category.
On the 10th of April, Poomsae and Kyorugi competition was held simultaneously. For those who are unfamiliar with the Taekwondo terms, Poomsae also known as pattern is a set of Taekwondo movements that contain blocks, punches, strikes, and kicks logically arranged in a meaningful order. The patterns were developed by the grandmasters hundred years ago. The athletes were require to follow the Poomsae as it is. The judging criteria were based on the accuracy of every footwork and hand movements, as well as the charisma of the athletes during the performance. Kyorugi also known as sparring is where two individuals fight each other for most points by kicking to the vest (stomach area) and above, to the head. The only way for an athlete to win the match is by gaining more points than the opponent or knockout (KO). The athletes are required to read the opponents movements and react to every movement accurately.
For this particular event, the organisers invited various universities nationwide to compete in and to crown the ultimate champion. IMU Taekwondo Club was honoured with the invitation. 8 players from the club competed; 7 Kyorugi players and 1 Poomsae player.
Based on the results, IMU Taekwondo Club aimed to bring back a gold medal in the upcoming tournament. Chan Chee Shan, the team manager, was proud with the results from the players and hoped that they will improve their skill to get better results in the future.
Written by Toh Boon Kheng, Artwork by Tammy Teh Siew Vuon
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.
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.
“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!
Written by Azfar Afham
Tricking, also known as martial arts tricking, is a hybrid of culture and sport. It combines Western culture and the influences of Eastern culture, the result is a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone around the world.
It has martial art kicks from Taekwondo (South Korea), Capoeira (Brazil), Chinese Martial Arts (China) and Karate (Japan). It also consist of dance moves and style from breakdancing (America) as well as twist and flips from gymnastics. Tricksters (tricking practitioners) incorporate some kicks from video games such as ‘Tornado Kick’ by Ryu from Street Fighter. These combinations of kicks, flips and twist, and dance moves create a form of art.
Tricksters could perform dynamic manoeuvres by shifting their centre of gravity and increase speed in every move to create momentum. This momentum helps the trickster to keep moving and produce more difficult manoeuvers that appear to the eyes of the viewers as breaking the laws of physics.
Recently, this sport slash art gained popularity through YouTube and numerous competitions. Red Bull provided a bi-annual competition as a stage for trickster to compete among themselves. The competitions are called ‘Red Bull Kick It’ and ‘Red Bull Throwdown’. ‘Red Bull Kick It’ was held in South Korea, while ‘Red Bull Throwdown’ was held in America. Both competitions are slightly different. ‘Red Bull Kick It’ consisted of two rounds, the first section was for the participants to showcase their tricks and the second round involves participants attempting to break wooden boards with their feet by using their mastered tricks. ‘Red Bull Throwdown,’ on the other hand is a platform solely for tricksters to boast their skills and tricks.
This sport is not for fighting or self-defence even though it involves martial art kicks. Tricking is used in martial art demonstration. Nowadays, tricksters incorporate these moves into dance choreography. K-pop boy group known as Got7 utilises tricking in their dance choreographies, this is evident in their debut video “Girls, Girls,Girls.” Another famous trickster is Jacob Pinto. He is three-time Red Bull Tricking Champion. He has been featured in television commercials, films and shows in the United States such as Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.
I have been practising Tricking for a year or so, I started learning demonstration kicking from my Taekwondo master. Before every training, I would train those kicks to improve my state at the time. Now, I could do some kicks that people would say it is impossible to do. In the span of a year, it was difficult as the only guidance at the time were videos from the Internet. By being my own teacher, it had caused me to receive multiple injuries such as knee injury, shoulder injury and back injury. These injuries does not stop me from practicing and learning tricking, with passion you can do anything.
“Tricking helps me grow and develop self-confidence especially after performing a difficult move. Tricking may as well help me see my body limits and push my body more than that to improve myself.” – Azfar Afham