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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.Kyorugi 1

            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.

RESULTS:

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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.

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Written by Toh Boon Kheng, Artwork by Tammy Teh Siew Vuon

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I remember,
The first moment I fell for you,
Everyone was laughing at a joke,
Yet somehow our eyes locked,
And we stopped laughing.
You blushed,
I can’t say I didn’t.
But there was too much at risk,
So I kept it silent;
Confessions left unspoken.
I remember,
The first time we kissed,
It was an all-in gamble.
The air was cold,
Shelves were tight,
The silence was deafening,
Who says libraries were for good kids?
We looked deep into each other’s eyes,
We knew things can’t change back;
Still, regret never showed itself.
I remember,
The first time we had a fallout,
You ended up saying it was okay,
That others needed my time more,
That you, yourself, were too selfish.
You were wrong,
I neglected you,
When in reality,
I needed you;
So I made sure to tell you I loved you every day.
I remember,
The first time I saw you wake from a nightmare,
It was far from the last,
You were soaked in sweat,
Tensed and afraid,
Unlike I have ever saw you before.
So I told you to go for a shower,
As I made you breakfast and chamomile tea.
I knew you’d tell me your tale someday,
And you did.
I remember,
When you had to leave,
Thousands of words,
And a hundred roses of poetry,
Could not keep you here.
So I let you go from my arms,
But held you closer with my heart,
Hoping and believing,
That someday you’d come back;
Waiting for the day that will never come.
I remember,
When you wanted to break up,
Something was wrong,
Something you didn’t want me to know,
So I did not ask.
You looked so certain,
As if it was a sale,
As if I were to be given away.
I agreed to end our love;
Not to lose you eternally.
I remember,
When I heard the news,
I was heading to campus,
But instead I sat staring at the wall.
Time is so relative,
A split second of tragedy,
Takes 2 hours to believe,
3 months to sink in,
7 months to swallow;
Yet forever wouldn’t be enough to forget.

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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 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

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Interview by Toh Boon Kheng

Wearing a white shirt and a warm smile, he entered the SRC Office, ready for the interview before he even sat down. With light-hearted charisma and a humble demeanour, this was indistinguishably the SRC President of 2015/2016, Kenneth Lee. Easily having one of the tightest schedules on campus, we were fortunate enough the slot a few minutes in his lunchtime to ask a few questions, and hopefully shed some new light on the year-long president.


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I am a 3rd year Medical student right now. I enjoy sports and music. I lived in the Middle East for like, 10 years of my life. I was born in Scotland. And, I, love the SRC.

So, you ran for President of the SRC a year back. Would you like to share why?

I ran for president because for me, I felt like, as compared to the other posts, for example, VP of Medicine (because I am a Medical student) was very academic centred, but I also wanted to deal with some of the welfare issues the students might have. So, I thought that President would give me a nice, well-rounded scope to work, if you will.

How has it been (as the SRC President)?

It has been very challenging. It has been very rewarding. Challenging in the sense that, things we wanted to implement, things the students have wanted for many years, even before I was here, we tried them, as the other SRCs have done. Sometimes with slight success, sometimes with no success. Rewarding in the sense that, for example, our student discounts or the shuttle service. Even if one student benefits from it, take the shuttle service, go get a discount at one of the restaurants, and come back, then it is rewarding for us because our job is really to serve the students. If we have done that, then that’s our main goal.

Apart from the shuttle bus service and student discounts, are there any notable achievements to you that has been reached over your term?

Perhaps in the sense of the IMU Cup, where this year we have added the Photography competition and the Arts competition. That was a great part of, in fact, Richard’s vision (SRC Sports Representative) was to make IMU Cup not only for sports people, but for people who are interested in humanities, the arts, and those areas. I think it is really good, because it allows many more students to participate in IMU Cup. We are also thinking about other things for the next committee to add cultural events in IMU Cup, but all that is still in the works. Oh, and the Pandan Serai (cafeteria) renovation. We are quite pleased with that. It is looking really nice. I actually had lunch there the other day, it was nice. We also had the online booking system for sports facilities around IMU. So that has streamlined the process quite a bit.

You mentioned that not everything was successful. Are there any qualms or concerns you would like to bring up?

I mean, really, if you are a student who drives. Are you? No. Okay, well, for students who drive, everybody knows that people complain about parking. It’s been there since the last SRC, been there since the SRC before them, and the ones before them. We’ve tried everything. You know, tell DBKL to not summon our students, to make the roadside parking legal; it doesn’t work. I mean, we have exhausted every single thing we can, however, sometimes there are just too many barriers for what we want.

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The IMU Student Representative Council members of 2015/2016

The new SRC Committee will be elected soon; all the campaigns are going around. Does it bring you back memories of your own campaigning process?

Definitely. Well I still remember the days when, we (some of my friends who are in the SRC now) first decided to run for SRC. We did our photoshoot, made our posters, wrote our manifestos up. What they (the new SRC candidates) are doing now is what I went through a year ago, and perhaps seeing the sense of optimism and enthusiasm that comes with trying to get into a new role. That brings me back to the good times. And the fact that I had to run twice as well, so I had double memory of it. *laughs*

Do you have any advice for the SRC 2016/2017 candidates?

Be hopeful about what you are trying to achieve, but also be very realistic in what is possible and what is not. With the SRC, you have a slightly more responsibility to play around with. Of course, we, the SRC, are just a bunch of students trying to represent the students’ voices. It is really to keep their heads on straight, be realistic about their goals. You can’t just say like, “Yeah, we’re going to build a 5-storey parking,” or whatever it is, you know. It has to be realistic.

What is your vision for the future committee?

Well, there are a lot of things that we have thought of. Perhaps we didn’t implement, perhaps we couldn’t get around to it for whatever reason. My vision is that they continue the work that my colleagues have done. And also not only to continue what we have done, also to come up with their own fresh ideas. I’ve seen, through interviews with some of the candidates, there’s a lot of great ideas. Some ideas, I could not have imagined to come up with, so we are hoping really that they can step up and do a better job than we did. Of course, my committee did a great job, but I want them to do better.

Is there anything you would like to add before we end this interview?

I would just like to say, good luck to the next SRC candidates. Good luck to them in the elections. And I hope they survive the next year.

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Written by Sabrina Tee

In today’s world, the transfer of organs from the body of one human to another is often a sordid affair. The hundreds of enterprising criminals dabbling in the field of human organs certainly gives organ “sale” a bad name. Unfortunately, when it comes to the desperate matter of life and death, morality is often rudely shoved aside and exploitation becomes rampant. After all, the poor have organs, and the rich need them. How much simpler can it get? Losing a kidney doesn’t kill you, and when the trade comes in exchange for a couple thousand dollars, it really does seem like a win-win for everyone. Or so it seems.

Currently, the only country that legally permits the sale of human organs is Iran. Other countries are criminalizing organ sale, which consequently results in off-radar side deals. The organs of the poor are extracted and sold like merchandise to a desperate cancer victim thrusting a bundle of money in their direction (who cares about the cost when your life is at stake?), and the middle man happily walks away with a heavier wallet while the exploited receives a minuscule fraction of the money – if he’s lucky.

This entire affair revolves around a single problem: there are not nearly enough organ donors as there are people on the waiting list for an organ donation. In this case, patience is no virtue.

Either you get the kidney and live, or die waiting for all the names on the list above you to be ticked off. I suppose today’s society takes pride in the concept of altruism in the donation of human organs, and if that’s the case, well, I believe the statistics speak for the abundance of such altruism in our world.

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Artwork obtained from: Reuters – Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, an average of 22 people die every day waiting for transplants. That is 22 lives who could have been prolonged if the resources were available. Needs for an organ continue to rise every year, from 23, 198 in 1991 to 121, 272 in 2013, yet the number of organ donors remains more or less constant. Clearly, relying on the altruistic human nature is not an effective solution. What is, it is the legalization of organ sale.

Money talks. Asking people to give a part of themselves to a family member is sometimes a difficult task. How much harder is it to ask that for a stranger? Sure, you can play the sympathy card and tell them how that little girl will live a long, happy life with the kidney you gave her – but at the end of the day, are you willing to compensate your health for a total stranger’s? When you factor money into the equation, everything changes. Supply increases, and with that supply, more people live.

Personal autonomy is a core principle in the field of medicine. The idea that a person has the right to do what they want with their body sparks numerous debates in other ethical dilemmas such as abortion and surrogacy. If I don’t own my body and the decisions that happen to it, who does? If I want to use my body, and what’s more, help someone, that should be my decision, right?

Of course, this is all very inspiring and empowering, but consider this: how do we stop those aforementioned ‘entrepreneurs’ from simply forcing or tricking the poor to sell their organs and pocketing the profit? How do we ensure that the decision to sell an organ is made of the individual’s own accord and free will? Will legalizing the sale of human organs really cause the black market to shut down?

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Infographic obtained from: Medical Bioethics – WordPress – Organ Trafficking 

Some will argue that legalizing the sale of human organs will not affect the prosperity of the black market – the poor continue to be uneducated and thus ignorant of the cost and consequences of such an operation, or perhaps they will simply continue to be controlled against their will, much like a pimp with child prostitutes. Such endeavors are dehumanizing really, the way in which people are viewed and treated as objects. Place a price on their organs, and suddenly their value becomes the sum of their parts.

And then there’s the role of the good doctor in all this – there’s got to be someone with an adequate medical understanding to harvest the organs. Surely they know if a middle man is involved, if the ‘donor’ is being coerced. I’m guessing they too make a tidy little profit from coloring outside the lines of the law. How then, do we enforce the law on such operations occurring under the radar? The law exists presumably for the safety of the community, but that doesn’t stop the flourishing of the drug industry or the popularity of brothels. I suppose the straightforward solution is to rely on the conscience and morality of the doctor, although considering the greediness of human nature that may be a risk.

If we can’t stop organ sale on the black market, isn’t the next best thing to attempt to control it? Standardize a price, standardize the procedure, standardize the medical acceptability of the organ. That said, there are inevitable complications. This is the way I see it: legalizing the sale of human organs will have both positive and negative consequences. On the upside, the availability of human organs will increase, subsequently lower numbers of the waiting list, more lives are saved. But, it is likely that exploitation of the poor and uneducated for their organs will continue, or even increase if the legalization of such operations were to occur.

So, do we withhold the literal chance of a lifetime to the fatally ill, or continue to try and protect the vulnerable and ignorant? The debate may conclude not with a win-win resolution, but rather the selection in the lesser of two evils.

 

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Reported by Carmen Chong

The long-waited IMU’s Got Talent was finally held on 10th of March 2016. It was organized by IMU Ball Committee 2016: Ethereal with the objectives of promoting and finding talented performers for the IMU Ball, according to Lim Hui Jane, (President of IMU Ball Committee) and Jonathan Chua (event organizer/secretary of IMU Ball Committee).

The oh-so-witty Serene Kho and bubbly Venetia Chan were the hosts for the night alongside four experienced judges: Lim Hui Jane, Kimberly Loh Zou Chiat, Alexandra Tham and Julius Ng. There was a combination of 10 individual and group performances, comprised of singing, dancing, rapping, band performance and instrument-playing. Though the organizing committee faced some technical difficulties at the beginning, they managed to overcome it and made the rest of the event flawless. The atmosphere was very lively and the audience cheered on for their friends as well as their favourite performers. The organizing committee received some wonderful feedback from the audience, saying that it was better than last year as the performances were more diverse, and that it was worth attending.

During the intermission, an interactive session with the audience kept the flow of the event going. Several members of the audience showcased their talents on stage. Even some of the participants joined in as well. As the saying goes, ‘the more the merrier’. One of our judges, Julius, also performed a short dance under the limelight. This truly reflects that IMU students are sporting and talented at the same time!

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After many ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­jaw-dropping performances, it was finally time for the prize giving ceremony. There were two second runner-ups for the night. Jackie, one of the winners, performed a four-song mash-up comprised of ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, ‘Firework’, ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and ‘Ronda Alla Turca’ on the piano skillfully. Not to forget the other second runner-up, Jolene and Lizzy, who performed a duet of Jessie J’s ‘Flashlight’ on the piano and violin. First runner-up went to the group, ZSC, who sang ‘When We Were Young’ by Adele, with piano accompaniment. And last but not least, the one we’ve all been waiting for! Black Diamond – Ng Min Yee, Ng Kai Ling and Michelle Anne – grabbed the title of champion with their astounding dance performance. In addition, six consolation prizes were given to other passionate participants.

Before the event started, Jonathan and Jane could foresee that the winner of the night would definitely be the ones who would capture the crowd’s attention the most. True enough, Black Diamond wooed the crowd and won the competition. The dance crew were extremely flattered when they were announced as the winner because it was their first time competing in this event and they fell that they did not rehearse enough. When interviewed, they said that they were unclear about the requirements for the competition but they went full force and just did their best.

Who says there’s a limit for talent?

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Photographs by Immanuel Tan and Wong Yao Han

For more photos of this talent showcase, visit the album on our Facebook page! Grab your IMU Ball 2016 tickets by the booth in front of the library on the 3rd floor and don’t miss all the glitz and glam!

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Photographed by Azfar Afham and Chia Lynn Lian

New beginnings.

Students coming in with hope and dreams wanting in on the game, to be the future of healthcare. What other great way to start off a journey filled with textbooks and heart-wrenching moments waiting for examination results than an almost 2 weeks worth of orientation with your peers? From wet games to dry games, the behind the scenes drama, the outdoor treasure hunt and brooding friendships, the new students from the different practices of Medicine, Dentistry, Chiropractic, Psychology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Chinese Medicine have truly gone through an experience like never before.

The theme of the orientation is ‘Arcanum’, which in Latin means ‘Secret’, was the main theme of the orientation which took place on the 23rd of February to the 4th of March 2016. Performances and games were kept traditionally similar to the past orientations, maintaining the essence of continuity of this yearly phenomenon and Vei Xhion Tan, the President of MEDTCP 1/16 orientation has led his team tremendously well, eventually creating an experience that the new and existing students, will surely remember.

Outdoor Treasure Hunt

The Outdoor Treasure Hunt took place on the 28th of February 2016 in the premises of IMU. Have a look at some moments of the new students playing games prepared by their seniors in these photos captured by Azfar Afham.

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Variety Night

The Variety Night was the night where everybody showcased their talents in front of the audience. Some groups of students did justice in conveying their sense of humor as they were greeted by the cheers and warm laughter of the audience. Take a look at these unforgettable moments captured by Chia Lynn Lian.

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And of course, these are all thanks to the ones who made the magic sparkles, the Arcanum committee!

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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