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Ng Yen Wing, Draco House Captain 2014

We started off with great hopes and expectations that the ‘Dragon’ would certainly be champions of 2014. We had a great Draco team and a dedicated committee to lead the charge to victory. Our goal was simple: to ensure a united Draco family and prepare them to be champions as we anticipate one of IMU’s biggest annual event. We knew it was a long and arduous road but we did our best to learn from the lessons of the previous year and made the appropriate planning and preparation.

As IMU Cup 2014 approached, so too were many unexpected challenges and conflicts that threaten to disintegrate and derail our plans. Schedule conflicts, injuries and other unforeseen circumstances made matters worse. Nonetheless, we learnt to be flexible and adapt to changes. Not everything was smooth-sailing, but together we managed to make the best out of everything. Everyone gave their best, and the energy and enthusiasm with each event was incredible! We learnt to put aside our differences and work towards a common goal, leaving no room for regret. Overall, we finished the year in 5th place. A humble finish, but not without much dedication and sacrifice from all our athletes! Our family is big, our potential limitless and we will only grow stronger! As we settle back into our university lives, let’s continue to savour success and learn from defeats; to welcome new friendships and to cherish memories that will last a lifetime. I believe these are the ultimate goals and ideals of Draco, IMU Cup and sport itself!

Not everything was smooth-sailing, but together we managed to make the best out of everything. Everyone gave their best, and the energy and enthusiasm with each event was incredible!

On a personal note, being a house captain is most certainly a formidable task. The challenges faced were more daunting and complex than anticipated, especially during the peak of IMU Cup itself. All the hardships and obstacles served to underline one’s flaws as well as the strength and mindset to correct them. At times, I did wrong and disappointed many, and I humbly apologise for all my mistakes and flaws. Nonetheless, I will forever be grateful to work with such an awesome Draco committee and to meet many dedicated athletes from all houses! Additionally, I am honoured to work together with other fellow house captains, as we come to respect and learn from each other. Last but not least are the dedicated organizers of IMU Cup 2014 who did a great job and ensured things ran as smooth as possible. Thank you all for such an awesome event and amazing experience! Until next time, cheers! GO DRACO!!!

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Charnice Chan, Phoenix House Captain 2014

It has been quite a different experience for me during this year’s IMU cup, definitely not the IMU cup I remembered last year. Nonetheless it was still good – having the opportunity to work with a wonderful committee, seeing the sport captains taking charge and leading their teammates, seeing new players who have no prior experience in the sports they participated taking up the challenge to do our house proud, truly it is a privilege.

The zeal shown by some of our Phoenix teammates, their effort and contribution is priceless to the team, every participant has made a difference for Phoenix during this IMU cup. Thank you fellow Phoenixians. Next year, we shall rise from the ashes stronger and better. PHOENIX IGNITE!

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Thank you fellow Phoenixians. Next year, we shall rise from the ashes stronger and better. PHOENIX IGNITE!

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As part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week in October, the chiropractic students of International Medical University Malaysia (IMU) celebrated World Spine Day 2014 in the hopes of promoting spinal health and creating awareness of the importance of proper posture and movement amongst the community of IMU. It was a one day event held at the atrium and was mainly organized by the semester 4 chiropractic students. The theme for this year is “Straighten Up and Move” and many posters and books expeditions were set up on the day itself to provide information about common musculoskeletal conditions that can be prevented through proper understanding of spinal health.

It has become tradition for World Spine Day to be organized by all the chiropractic students every year for the past three years as we are brimming with enthusiasm in promoting the significance of maintaining good posture and to create awareness of the very common musculoskeletal disorders that can be easily prevented with good posture practice. To ensure that our event was recognized, posters were displayed on computer desktops with the help of our IT department and we even draw up notices all around our library whiteboards to draw the attention of the IMU community towards the event. We also designed World Spine Day t-shirts in an effort to raise funds.

10564617_903262103020134_1359834394_nThe main decoration this year was a 2D spine with proper curvature that was pasted on the ground which allowed people to actually walk on and off it to symbolize that their spine is the root of their body. Huge World Spine Day letters were cut out from polystyrene boards and were placed right in the center of the atrium as a part of the main attraction

On the day itself, interesting game booths were set up to get more people coming to our event. The ‘Get Your Nerves Together’ booth was to promote education to the IMU community of the common conditions that can be caused in common daily activities especially hunching over in front of the desk, computers and improper body mechanics. The ‘Test Your Grip Strength’ booth was a small challenge and was there as a motivation for everyone to get physically active and strong which indirectly contributes to decrease in inactivity. Apart from that, we also had two mascots walking around the university to promote the event.

Our “Free Milk Booth” was one of the highlights of the day when people stopped by to ask for cold milk with the hot weather outside. Even the lecturers of IMU stated that it was a good strategy to get people to drink milk as Malaysians often neglect the importance of calcium in their diet and end up having osteoporosis later in their lives.

Our most well-received activity was the free spinal screening conducted by all four batches to give a simple awareness of their current spinal health. The second and fourth semester students conducted postural screenings and motion palpation while the sixth and eighth semester students provided consultation which can be a short study on the general spinal health of the community in IMU.

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Ong Joo Yi, Taurus House Cheerleading Captain 

Joo Yi is a chiropractic student in her sixth semester. She has led her squad to victory in the IMU Cup Cheerleading Competition – hands down the most beloved event in IMU. We met up with her to celebrate her victory 



What’s the secret of success of your team?

The secret of winning this is a lot hard work, discipline, never give up and positive energy from each other.

How did your team start up? How was the recruitment process?

Many newbies came and showed their interest during tryouts – some knew by word of mouth, some by Facebook notice and some came with friends. But only a few made it through as we needed to limit our numbers. It wasn’t very tough recruiting because initially we had about ten seniors from last year’s team joining. Some strong friendship bonds were formed last year! Unfortunately, later on some of them couldn’t cope with studies, so we had to find replacements. Despite this, I’m glad to say that I had no trouble in forcing people into joining the Taurus cheer team – most of them are very disciplined.

Talk us through your training process. 

We started our practice around the end of April. During the first two months, members came and went, so we were teaching the newbies the basics about cheerleading to give them a rough idea of what cheerleading is about. We started practicing the tougher skills that are to be included in the routine in mid-July.

We did a lot of strength training, stretching to improve our flexibility, jumps and stunts. Personally, I had a lot of hope in this year’s team! I thought we might have a change to win this if we worked hard and started early. I conveyed the message to every member of the team – that we are aiming for something big this year. I am so glad that they have been with me throughout this whole journey. We finally made it!

I am so glad that [the team] have been with me throughout this whole journey.

Tell us about the happiest and saddest moments of your team.

After being together for 6 months, the happiest moment is that we are able to meet each other through cheerleading, and the friendship bonds formed through this are unbreakable. Learning to put your lives into others’ hands and being able to trust them are some of the most precious things that we gained throughout this whole journey. The happiest moments are definitely when we could hit perfect stunts and master new skills. Everyone is so happy to learn and they are very open minded towards suggestions.

Is there anyone in particular you would like to thank for your success? What advice would you like to give to those anyone who might be interested in cheerleading?

There are many people that we would like to thank for making this dream come true. We have very dedicated coaches who are very motivating – always encouraging us to try new things even when we want to give up.

I would like to advise those who are shy but interested to be brave and give yourself a chance to experience this journey yourself! It is very fun to be able to know people from different courses. From being strangers on day one, to being inseparable best friends after 6 months of training. Not only that, when you achieve something in cheer leading, the feeling is beyond amazing, you will be proud of your achievements. Never try, never know. So I would advise those who are interested in cheer, to step out of your comfort zone, to give yourself a chance to be a part of this family.

 Be brave and give yourself a chance to experience this journey yourself!

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Every beginning has an ending

IMU Cup 2014 has finally come to an end. The annual, much anticipated event of IMU has definitely showcased some of the best sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork among all 6 sport houses.  It has been a gruelling, hectic month for each and every one of us who have shed blood, tears and sweat, just to taste the sweetness of victory.

The closing ceremony of IMU Cup was held in the Atrium. It was a glitzy highlight of IMU Cup with the final event, cheerleading. This is the only event where everyone gathered to support their cheerleading teams and scream their lungs out, literally! The ceremony started at about 7 pm with a dance performance and needless to say, the dancers brought the house down with their sexy moves. Phoenix and Pegasus were the first two teams to perform and both executed their routine quite impressively with minor glitches in stunts. Team Taurus was the crowd favourite and the screams were never ending as they took to the mat. Their tumbles, choreography and stunts were on cue, but the best was their ending pyramid which was unlike any other. Draco performed next and before starting, they engaged the crowd to chant along with them. They were the last year’s champion and it was definitely exciting to watch this team executing their almost flawless, clean routine. Hydra showcased great showmanship and their props were great accompaniments to their routine. Griffin was the final team to perform for the night and of course, they tried their best and performed well.

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Check out JieCong’s Photography for more photos! 



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Wilson Seah Wee Ser,  Hydra House Captain (2014)

Wilson is a first year dentistry student. Throughout the entire duration of IMU Cup 2014, he has been actively involved in several sports events, namely cheer leading, track & field, basketball, volleyball, Frisbee and touch rugby.



First of all, I would like to congratulate you on winning IMU Cup 2014! How do you feel about this victory?

Thank you! I felt so excited and touched when Hydra was announced the overall champion. Initially,we were 8 points behind Pegasus, but we knew we stood a chance in overtaking Pegasus when we were placed third in the cheer leading competition. Although cheer leading played an essential role, I still think that every captain and member of each event deserves the cup together because without any of them, the cup wouldn’t be in Hydra’s hands today.

I see. What was your initial goal for Hydra? Did the outcome match your expectations?

I believe every house captain’s goal is to win this Cup. Not only does the Cup represent a leader’s capability in leading his team, it also marks the effort of every house member. And yes it did match my initial goal.

What have you learned from being the house captain of Hydra?

The responsibility of being a leader in Hydra is totally different from any other posts I have ever held before. This is because house members are constantly looking up to the captain and the committee to finish the job. Leading a large group of people is definitely not an easy job, but fortunately I have learned how to cooperate with my committee and other house captains. The job got easier when all of us worked together towards a common goal. I would say teamwork is one of the most important lessons that I have learned from this Cup.

Apart from emerging as champions of IMU Cup and learning how to work with others effectively, what is the best part of the whole event?

The best part is definitely the blossoming of new friendships! You get to know people from different semesters and courses through the various sports events. It is a brilliant opportunity for IMU students to mix around and have fun. But to be honest, the friendships in the cheer leading team are the strongest as we spent almost every day together.

Will you join IMU Cup next year?

Yes definitely. I would like to try some new sports if possible. I love sports!

Last but not least, are there any messages you would like to share?

I would like to say thank you and great job to the organizers. They did a pretty good job this year and things were well-organized. As for IMU students, I hope more people can participate in IMU Cup next year as it will be a great experience and memory for all of us.

Thank you so much for accepting this interview. All the best to you and Hydra in the future!

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Photography credits to IMU Photography Society and  JieCong’s Photography!

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Written by Ivanova Anjani

I don’t know what you mean when you say ‘the whole world’ or ‘generations before him.’I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now.

– Lois Lowry, ‘The Giver’

I couldn’t remember a time when I didn’t groan in distaste anytime any of my language teachers assigned a mandatory book for the whole class to read. Not that I’m against reading books. In fact, I indulge in doing it. Which is also probably why having someone force you to read could be so irritating. It’s hard to enjoy things when you have no choice but to do it. Plenty of the books that were shoved into my sweaty palms were just copyrighted pages of chores. So it was quite a surprise to me when I was introduced to The Giver.

The Giver is, and has always been, a controversial book. It’s partially a book about the Sameness, a term given to the setting of the book. The characters live in a ‘utopia’ of literal monochrome. Every aspect of life is being controlled to the point that people can no longer discern colors. No one has to worry about global warming since climate has been made into a myth. The future they live in comes with the perks of having peace and no pain, but sacrificing every sliver of passion, love and free-will – not even memories of such things – that may have lingered on anything that exists.

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What it is actually about is the coming of age of Jonas, a contradiction to the Sameness. Jonas is special. When all his friends were assigned to regular jobs in his Community, Jonah was picked to be the Receiver of Memories, a mysterious line of work that required the 11-year-old to be secluded away from everyone he knew. Jonas was put under the mentorship of the Giver. Under the Giver, Jonas was taught how to see the world in its true colors, literally and figuratively. Slowly, Jonas was able to see that there was something horribly wrong with his utopia.

Lois Lowry has written a wonderful book. Its literature makes you question the necessity of control and the consequences to a perfect world. Sure, many similar dystopian books have been published to rave reviews, but none quite like The Giver. Lowry successfully established a believable parallel universe. Jonas’’ rude awakening was accompanied by moving descriptions and convincing characters. However, the most magical thing about The Giver is its ability to connect with an audience like my high-school self: young and still superficial. The book was able to make a reluctant youth reader comply with the unusual circumstances in the book. I was able to understand, to relate, to what Jonas was experiencing. Even my less than bookish friends admitted that they enjoyed reading it.

The Giver has been around for over two decades but with the current string of Hunger Games-esque dystopian settings, a slow-paced dystopian book that can deliver its message as well as any should be a breath of fresh air that’s worth experiencing.

PS. The Giver is a good example of a book that’s better than its big screen adaptation!

 

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Interview by Alagueswari Caruppaiya (CH0113)

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Ivan Sin (CH0111), President of the IMU Cup Committee

In conjunction with the recent IMU Cup Closing Ceremony, we interviewed Ivan, who tirelessly overlooked the organization of the games. Read on to find out how he manages to make him for studies!



Can you briefly explain the objectives of IMU CUP?

IMU CUP is an annual multi-sport event that serves the purpose of bringing students from different courses together, nurturing leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork, providing a platform to hone and display students’ talents and last but not least, identifying potential athletes within IMU.

Is it your first time handling a big event like this?

Yes, but I am glad that I have 4 years of experience from participating in IMU CUP to reflect on, which made the organizing process easier.

We were told that you volunteered for this position. What made you volunteer to be the president of IMU CUP committee?

I was the captain of Draco in year 2013 and I felt that there are something that we need to change. Thus, I volunteered myself to be the president of IMU CUP committee and I hope that the changes and modification I made this time improved IMU CUP 2014 in general.

What is the most challenging part during organizing this event?

The most challenging part of the process was to plan the IMU CUP timetable. My committee worked very hard to gather timetables from all courses and analyze them to come out with the best timeline.

How do you manage time between your studies and extracurricular activities?

I believe that self-discipline is always very important. Being a final year Chiropractic student, I have to divide my time between an academic research, clinic posting, studies and also the planning of IMU CUP. The key to manage my time is to always stay focused and efficient on the work that I am currently doing. I will have to admit that is was not an easy pursuit but when there is a will, there is definitely a way.

The key to manage my time is to always stay focused and efficient on the work that I am currently doing.

What is your message to the citizens of IMU?

I would like to emphasize that IMU offers the best extracurricular activities and student life compared to all varsities in Malaysia. Regardless of your course, batch or even your skills in sports, as long as you are willing to learn and have the right attitude, you are always welcome to join the events in IMU CUP. Do not be discouraged to participate in the event due to any reasons because every single student in IMU has the rightful chance to shine in the games. I hope that we can achieve higher participation and improvement in future events. Thank you all for your support!

Thank you all for your support!

Check out JieCong’s Photography for more photos! 

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Velaiyilla Pattathari (VIP) (English: Unemployed Graduate) stars Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivek, Saranya Ponvannan, and Samuthirakani. The story revolves around Raghuvaran (Dhanush), a graduate in Civil Engineering, who has been unemployed  for four years, and still looking for a job. His younger brother Karthik (Hrishikesh) has a great job in an IT company. Raghuvaran constantly faces rejection from various engineering companies. One day, his mother passed away due to a heart attack. He slowly falls into a deep depression and is constantly wracked with guilt over not answering a phone call which could have saved her life. He eventually falls for his neighbour’s daughter, Shalini (Amala Paul), who initially dislikes him, but warms up to him after sympathizing with his difficulties. Raghuvaran strives hard to get the best possible job and put himself on the right track, but is faced with many obstacles from different rivals along the way. Will Raghuvaran finally be able to redeem himself and find happiness with the right job, partner and family?

Will Raghuvaran finally be able to redeem himself and find happiness with the right job, partner and family?

VIP is a satisfaction-guaranteed film for all Tamil movie fans (and not to mention, die hard Dhanush fans)! A heavy script, carried by Dhanush himself, relies on much of his body language and expressions – which are totally impeccable. This film profoundly explains the predicament of the unemployed which is a relatable experience amongst many graduates. The superb cinematography and catchy music truly got off my seat and wanting to dance. Dhanush keeps his fans hooked and the audience entertained throughout the movie with his charm. Die-hard fans of Dhanush (and possibly new ones) – you definitely do not want to miss this one!

” …you definitely do not want to miss this one!”

I watched this Tamil movie during the Diwali Week Movie Screening without any subtitles but it was awesome as the movie storyline moved me! Amazingly, I stayed in the theatre hall for the whole three hours!

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Firdaus A (BP114)

A subtle writer, Gaga fanatic, and an infamous bathroom singer.

 

 

 



 

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What is debate?

Debate, in essence, is simply the defence of an opinion or stand. It incorporates critical thinking with public speaking, as well as the ability to think on one’s feet (literally and figuratively). The reason why debating is an oft sought-after skill is that it trains people to think about issues from all possible angles and aspects. At IMU Debating Society, we recognise that debating is an excellent way to allow us to better ourselves as thinkers and speakers, and our society has been around for almost as long as the university, making us one of the oldest clubs in IMU.

Events

We organise three tournaments yearly – Health Science Debate Open, IMU Debate Open, as well as the debate segment of IMU Cup.  We also attend other intervarsity tournaments both locally and internationally, allowing our members to gain valuable exposure to the culture of debating inside and outside of Malaysia.

Local Inter-Varsity tournaments
UT MARA IV
Avicenna Medical Debate Competition
UKM Med Debate
Taylor’s IV
National Novice
KDU Pro-Ams

International tournaments
SMU Hammers
United Asians Debating Championship
Australasian Debating Championship
Asians British Parliamentary
World Universities Debating Championship

Currently, we hold weekly trainings on Sundays, 2 pm to 5 pm, conducted by our external trainer Tariq Maketab, a practicing litigator with Lee Hishamuddin Allen & Gledhill. He has had an illustrious debating career, such as winning the 2006 Royals tournament and reaching the semifinals for the 2007 and 2010 Asian British Parliamentary tournaments. Maketab is an experienced adjudicator and coach as well, and you can be sure that you will learn a lot from him during our sessions!

The typical session comprises a round or two of debate, followed by adjudicator feedback in which Maketab teaches us how to refine our arguments and think about the debate motion from different perspectives. Once in a while, he has also provided crash courses in key topics such as International Relations.

On top of the training sessions with Maketab, there are currently plans to have an additional session on weekdays, to be conducted by senior debaters. Regardless of prior experience with debate, we encourage all interested parties to come for our trainings. All we need from you is enthusiasm and dedication to perfecting the art of debate.

Our Achievements

UKM Med Debate 2014 Champions
Avicenna Debate 2014 Finalists
UKM Med Debate 2013 Champions
Avicenna Debate 2013 Champions
IMUDO 2013 Semi-finalists
HSDO 2013 Semi-finalists
ABP 2013 Pre-quarter finalists
KDU ProAms 2013 Quarter finalists
SMU Hammers 2013 Quarter finalists

About Us

Our 2014/15 committee are:

President: Leonard Goh Zhong Ning
Vice President: Lalina Priya Murugan
Treasurer: Nur Izzati Binti Rozali
Secretary: Safaa Bouheraoua
Training Coordinator: Wan Nuraisyah Azzahrah Binti Wan Zuki

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Photo credits: Yiing-j Yap and Choo Wan Yee from IMU Photography Club