Report by Koe Jia-Ju
Photographs by Azfar Afham
September marks a very happening and busy month in IMU, what with the many events going on, on top of lectures and assignments! Chinese Cultural Week 2016 was an exciting start to the month which was held from the 5th to 9th of September. It was a perfect time as it falls in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival, a significant annual festival by the Chinese ethnics. Throughout the week, an exhibition was held at the atrium which displayed various things related to the Chinese culture. Clearly, a lot of effort had been put in the decorations which were eye-catchingly colourful with an elaborated display of the Chinese traditions such as ancient Chinese clothing, cute teapot sets, Chinese chess, traditional string instruments (guzheng), Chinese calligraphy, to list a fair few. The theme of the celebration this year was YUAN (源). “It means the root or the beginning of Chinese culture. Or it can also be explained as the continuity of history, simultaneously showing appreciation to our forefathers,” Chew Khee, the President of this event, helpfully explained. “In terms of Chinese pronunciation, “yuan” can also be defined as circle, fostering the bond between Chinese people; or with interpretation as destiny and fate, besides to promote Chinese culture to the IMU community.” The theme also served to fulfil the aim of this festival which was to inculcate the value of gratitude and appreciation towards Chinese origin.
Mid-Autumn Night took place on a Thursday night that week. This lively festival is all about celebrations with the family, lantern processions and oh-so-sweet mooncakes. Traditionally a time to give thanks to the harvest gods, it is also the time of the year that the moon is at its brightest. When dusk fell that Thursday night, the celebration went into full swing! The night started off with a feast, where an array of traditional Chinese delicacies were served. Several fun station games were organized to keep the participants entertained. With full tummies, everyone then headed to LT2 for the opening ceremony. The ceremony started off with various performances, which included festive drums and Chinese traditional dances, showcasing the talents that youths have in Chinese traditional performances. Mr. Saravanan, one of the event’s VIP and Dr. Lim Chooi Ling who is the Chinese Club’s advisor delivered their respective speeches. Before the night ended, a lucky draw session was carried out where several fortunate participants managed to snag prizes. As the Mid-Autumn festival also marks a day of family reunion, orphans from Rumah Charis were invited to join this festive time to give the children a taste of a festival full of joy and happiness. Without a doubt, it was the enthusiasm and the celebratory spirit of the IMU community that made Chinese Cultural Week and the Mid-Autumn Night a success!
Written by Koe Jia-ju
When was the last time you heard “please” and “thank you” from someone making an order at a restaurant? Or when someone had given up a seat on a public transport to an elderly? Can you recall how often you see people pushing past the door instead of holding it open for everyone else? In this fast-paced era it seems as though what were once called basic courtesies of daily lives are now sorely lacking in the current society. Fret not, Courtesy Week which was organized by IMU Student Ambassadors (SA), was held from 8th to 19th August to raise awareness and aimed to instill courtesy as a part of everyone’s daily lives. Throughout the two weeks, several events to practice proper courtesy were carried out for everyone to practice namely elevator etiquette, escalator etiquette, language barrier as well as appreciation day. Not only that, The Most Congenial IMU People online voting competition allowed students to vote for the Most Congenial Staff, Lecturer and Vendor.
The Closing ceremony for IMU SA Courtesy Week 2016 took place in the driveway on the 19th of August and kicked off with entertaining dance performances and hilarious jokes by the emcees. Joanne Lee, the chairperson of this project, delivered her speech where she graciously thanked everyone who made Courtesy Week a success. This was then followed by a speech by the Deputy Vice President of IMU (International and Engagement), Dr. Mei Ling Young. Clearly reluctant to close such a purposeful event, she urged everyone to keep those practices going even though she was officially supposed to end the event.
After a fun and interactive Kahoot quiz, it was finally time to award the winners of the voting competition. The winners include Dr. Louis Liew Yun Khoon from Life Sciences and Dr. Chin Swee Yee from Pharmacy for the Most Congenial Lecturers, Mr. Sara and Ms. May Kuan from SSH for the Most Congenial Staff and lastly, the Malay Muslim Stall (Pandan Serai) for the Most Congenial Vendor.
Stemming from her daily frustration of having to ask people to make way when using the escalator, Joanne was inspired to come up with an event that would remind others the importance of being courteous. “We felt that courtesy is a basic value everyone should have, but is often neglected due to busyness.” She explained how they had set various themes on different days to raise awareness on certain courteous behaviours. The response was very pleasing. “On the 1st and 2nd day we did elevator and escalator etiquette which everyone practised accordingly so yay! On the 3rd day, we did flash mobs on breaking down language barrier, where we focused on speaking English so that those who rely on English to interact would not feel excluded as there are times when we tend to forget that we have friends whose first language is English. The 4th day was highlighted on showing appreciation and greeting one another. Often times, we forget to acknowledge the contribution of guards and cleaners. So the Student Ambassadors gifted them with handmade cards, just to say thank you.”
So, is common courtesy a thing of the past? Definitely not, in the community of IMU. As a saying goes, life is short but there is always time for courtesy.
Reported by Koe Jia-ju / Photographs by Azfar Afham and Sharaniah Balakrishnan
The 25th to the 29th of April was an eventful week filled with mind-boggling and intriguing activities at the atrium of IMU. It was Psychology Week! In conjunction with the event, booths were set up at the atrium of IMU by psychology students of different cohorts, with display boards introducing quirkily named activities where students were able to entertain themselves with games and experiments based on psychology. With an eye-catching poster that says “It’s All in the Mind” overlooking the atrium throughout the week, the event saw many students jumping from booth to booth, trying out various activities that was based a lot on motivation and emotions.
Their activities included word search in a certain time limit, knowing your personality based on your ability to search for faces in a picture, watching motivational videos, knowing your blind spot, a slightly intimidating game of touching covered items and guessing them and many such others that were equally exciting. Some included answering questionnaires and finding out more about your personality through the activity. There was even a game of Hanoi Tower where anyone who succeeded would earn themselves a Mad Alchemy voucher. Psychology students in every booth patiently explained the outcome of the experiments and activities to the participants and were impressively equipped with their knowledge on the subject itself. As a small souvenir for taking part in the activities, colourful bookmarks with motivational quotes were given out.
On the last day of Psychology Week which was the 29th of April, an Ethics Forum took place in the Senate Room where professional and ethical issues in psychology was discussed. The forum saw three speakers with their respective subtopics. Different points of views were shared on each subtopic during the forum. The first speaker was Dr. Alvin Ng Lai Onn, a clinical psychologist, whose topic was about integrative approach versus individualized treatment approach in both private and public healthcare settings.
Former president of All Women’s Action Malaysia (AWAM), Ms. Haslinah Yacob talked about the gap in serving the poor and wealthy whereas DSP Foo Chek Seng who is a police officer from JPKK Bukit Aman shared about the current frauds occurring in the respective professionals and efforts that can be done to overcome them. Besides that, speeches were also given during the forum by IMU’s very own lecturer, Dr. Nicole Chen and also Melvyn Lai, the Vice President for the 3rd Professional and Ethical Issues Forum 2016. A brief Q&A session was carried out based on the topics presented and discussed throughout the forum. On the whole, this event was certainly one where everyone was able to delve deeper into the world of psychology and gain a wider knowledge on it in a thought-provoking yet an undoubtedly fun way!