Page 19

0 1128

By Navin Chandran (ME113)

For some reason I’ve been thinking a lot lately about children. Not about having them or anything of the sort, but more about their significance. Their place in the world that seems to go unnoticed and unappreciated by anyone and everyone.

We’re always searching for new opportunities. New chances to start over, put the broken shards of our life back together and hopefully leave the shadows of our past behind us for good. And yet every single time that precious chance displays itself, we come along and we mess it all up. I can’t fathom how long it’s been, how many generations have been raised and lost, how many lives and how much time have been wasted as we set ourselves into this vicious cycle over and over and over again.

We’re always searching for new opportunities. New chances to start over, put the broken shards of our life back together and hopefully leave the shadows of our past behind us for good.

Children represent the very best and the very worst of humanity. They represent the unassuming youth we’re born with and lose along the way to the great chain of industry and progress. They represent the pristine, unspoiled nature we’re blessed with and at the same time the very depths of depravity to which we have to be exposed to crack and damage that porcelain mould.

Children aren’t born prejudiced, or hateful, or despicable. They aren’t born thinking “he’s black” or “she’s a Jew”. They aren’t born with sickles and daggers in their hands, ready to stab and hurt everything in sight. They’re moulded. We take them, and instead of creating a portrait of beauty and perfection we shape them after ourselves, into a swirling torrent of hatred and despair.

When I think about the Stolen Generations, Columbine, Sandy Hook, I can’t understand why we put children through the horrors our soldiers and freedom fighters are already facing. That’s why they do what they do, isn’t it? So we don’t have to. So we can sit safely in our houses, enjoying the life we’ve earned and gotten accustomed to, and raise our children to appreciate that and work for a better future. How are we to give them that future if we kill them ourselves day after day?

Why do we put our children through horrors they’ll never recover from? Why do we keep them locked up, terrorise them, rape them, shoot them, blow them up? Why do we damage them, give them no horizon to look forward to? Life makes us all jaded, eventually.

Why do we put our children through horrors they’ll never recover from?

Eventually we’re swallowed up and spat out onto the cold concrete floor; forced to pull ourselves to our feet by our bootstraps and stumble forward. Why do we have to make it harder for the innocents, for those who look out at the world with wide eyes and a mind hungry for knowledge? For those who ask a hundred questions a day and want nothing more than to understand the world they see and feel, so different from the warm, comfortable womb they were so cozy in.

Why can we not afford them the very best we and life has to offer, before they discover for themselves it’s not all it’s made out to be? Why do we chip at them, whittle them down before they’re even fully formed? How long will it take before we learn and realise that children are our true once in a lifetime chance, and that they are truly the coin we can only spend once?

10719090_10152311003602791_506705847_n


Navin Chandran (ME113)

Navin sees the world not in black and white, but in furrowed shades of grey. He spends his time riding the dusky isles like a ship in a maelstrom, trying to find order in the madness and slowly learning that chaos is part of organising one’s universe.


 

0 996
http://alicexz.deviantart.com/

I’ve always wondered, at what point in our lives do we come to realise, if at all, that the universe, unfortunately, does not revolve around us.  Maybe if you will it hard enough, things will end up fine. Just maybe. But we all know that that is not always the case.

We always imagine ourselves as main protagonists with an epic storyline ahead of us. There’s the romantic notion that every miniscule act will lead to an advancement in the plot, and that for every ounce of adversity we go through, we have to come out stronger eventually, prepared to face an even bigger foe. This too, is not always the case.  You will find yourselves with days of stagnation and there will be days where you’re broken beyond recognition. And that all, is fine.  There will be times where you face a dead end and there will be times you ask “Why?”  Sooner or later you will realise, there isn’t always an answer and that you can only cower and cry. And that too, is fine.

You will find yourselves with days of stagnation and there will be days where you’re broken beyond recognition. And that all, is fine.

It’s hard to imagine how the world will keep going on when you cease to. After all, you’re only able to experience it through one perspective, one mind and one identity. Ironically, because of this singular perception of the world, it’s even harder to imagine that the story of the world takes a turn when yours ends. Not the world in general but those whose world you were a part of. How easy it is to just slip away, not knowing that someone might have been holding on.  A tiny blip along the course of time, a permanent scar in one lifetime.  Time numbs but it does not necessarily heal. People will move on but a part always lingers, a part that never forgets.

Shakespeare compared the world to a stage with all the people actors in the play of life. Actors don many masks. A frustrated scowl could transform into a charming grin at a moment’s glance. Words of scorn turn to words of praise. I guess, versatility is a necessary skill if you want to keep your show running. But what of those who go weary of wearing masks? What lies behind the plastered smile? Maybe after each performance, the cracks start showing. However, the show runs on a tight schedule, it goes on with or without you. The rest of the crew would shun you and the audience care not for what lies underneath. To remain on stage, you hope the mask, and yourself, push through another performance.

We may all be ripples amongst raging water, but it takes a ripple to form a wave.

We may all be ripples amongst raging water, but it takes a ripple to form a wave.  We may only be a minor mention in the story of the world but we all have our stories to tell, and there are people willing to listen.

1402207_10152030347133150_498534227_o


Soh Zhi Min (ME113)

Zhi Min is a self-deprecating pessimist who can’t give herself a break. Followers of the MBTI would be intrigued to know that she identifies as INFJ. The world she sees is a juxtaposition of the chaotic and the mundane, with a fair share of the absurd. She spends her free time zoning out, trying to make sense of it all.



 

 

0 1621

Delusions.The not-so-witty demeanor. Dilated pupils. The instantaneous eye-contact-avoidance technique which fails miserably. Funny blabbers. The shy acts. Palpitations (mild ones). Pretty much sums up my open secret. The bitter truth? I’m not the only one. Each of us, at a point in life, are strung by those electrifying little attractions to celebrities, lecturers, the other guy you meet through a mutual friend, a batch-mate, or anyone in that manner (the former two being substantially trivial and are viable to be ruled out with immediate effect).

The rule is simple – opposite poles attract. And a cumbersome fact which follows – it never lasts. And as one or two of my friends rattle; how do you know that a person is as beautiful as he/she looks? Looks can be deceiving, my friend. So which peculiarities matter? How do you choose someone as a friend, per se? How do you not judge a book by its cover? And how good are the perceptions you create to your own self by scanning through the multitude of social networks (the word is STALK on a disconcerting note), namely Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? (Trifling subjects, if you ask me). Will it possibly make a difference if you were to initiate a conversation with the person of interest rather than justifying your non-existence? Will it be interesting if you greeted him/her with a smile or a “Hello” compared to digging his/her story through others?

The rule is simple – opposite poles attract. And a cumbersome fact which follows – it never lasts.

Communicate, my friend. Technology has ripped our life so apart that we don’t spare enough time to lift our heads off our mobile phones and observe the world around us. The world which might be a whole lot different given any of us had taken the initiative. Ubiquitous technology, they say. It has taught us nothing but merely impinging on other people’s lives in the dire hope of changing things in our lives so that we are equivalent to what the world denotes as “The Cool Subgroup”.

You, me, and him; we are not so different from each other.

Behold the truth, my friend. You, me, and him; we are not so different from each other. We are versatile, and we are unique on our own. Remember genetic diversity enhances formidable survival skills? What I am emphasizing on, is not so much different. I ask myself every day, ’ What if’? What if I had mustered enough strength to communicate with a person I find to be enormously attractive? Would it be any different from what it is now? But at least I will be free from the turmoil of juggling between Yes and No. The self-esteem that we pretentiously flaunt during interviews, is it of no use on a daily basis? Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. Therefore, my friend; be bold, confident and optimistic, and you will never be able to fathom the heights to which life uplifts you (this invariably includes your crush talking to you RATHER THAN brushing your sight away). As for me, I solemnly swear that I will stop stalking and be real. Unleash your true potential, my friend. Designs change, personalities DON’T.

10380592_1425141747770952_6880960983670129876_o



Srivindiya Ramanaidu (ME113)

 

 



 

 

0 1236

By Joan Ng (BP113)

BP113 Joan Ng - Music Never Sleeps

 



BP113 Joan Ng

Joan Ng (BP113)

With pen, pencil and amazing talent, Joan Ng , semester 3 Pharmacy student drew this fantastic piece of art. Her inspiration hits her right after she attended Jason Chen’s concert in Taylor’s. Jason Chen is a Youtube rising star that covers and creates different genre of musics.

Besides being a student, Joan is a part-time designer who  makes notebooks, postcards and bookmarks which are aesthetically useful too!  If you want to get your hands on her artworks, feel free to approach her on Facebook.

If you wish to learn more on Joan’s story, visit her blog or follow her on Instagram (@joanmyelife)!



 

 

 

0 1015

Are you a fan of astrophotography?

Born in 1963,  51 year-old Thierry Cohen has been working as a professional photographer since 1985 and is  a pioneer in the use of digital techniques. He lives and works in Paris. Through his eyes, you can feel the breath of the cities, the soul of light and are able to embrace the beauty of the world. One of his recent projects, ‘Villes éteintes (Darkened Cities)’ shows us what we might see if the sights we know were to be illuminated purely by the stars.

In the words of Cohen, the loss of starry skies due to pollution have created urbanites who “forget and no longer understand nature. To show him stars is to help him dream again.”

To view the complete collection of this project, check out his website.

All rights reserved by Thierry Cohen.

0 913

The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children’s book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film featured human characters animated using live action performance capture technique, with the exception of the dancing waiters who dispense hot chocolate on the train, because their feats were impossible for live actors to achieve. The film stars Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye, Jimmy Bennett, and Eddie Deezen, with Tom Hanks in six distinct roles. The film also included a performance by Tinashe at age 9, who later gained exposure as a pop singer in 2010, as the CGI-model for the female protagonist.

The film was made at a budget of $165 million, a record breaking sum for an animated feature at the time (2004).

The film was produced by Castle Rock Entertainment in association with Shangri-La Entertainment, ImageMovers, Playtone and Golden Mean, for Warner Bros. Pictures. The visual effects and performance capture were done at Sony Pictures Imageworks. The film was made at a budget of $165 million, a record breaking sum for an animated feature at the time. The studio first released the film in both conventional and IMAX 3D theaters on November 10, 2004. It received mixed reviews from critics but still went on to gross $307 million worldwide, a very good gross for an animated film, but was still not a box office hit due to its huge $165 million budget. The Polar Express is listed in the Guinness World Book of Records in 2006 as the first all-digital capture film. This is Castle Rock Entertainment’s first animated film.

Cited from the Wikipedia page of the film

“Go with the flow and enjoy whatever it may bring because life can be fantastically adventurous if you are daring enough!”

This is the very first movie I watched in a cinema with my family. Most of the scenes are still ringing in my head that it makes me believe Santa Claus exists. The story starts when a little boy hops onto a mysterious Polar Express which pulls up in front of his house in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. Just like any other kid, he has no sense of danger and fear, and that leads him to meeting Santa Claus. He was the lucky kid who is selected to go on a trip on the reindeer with Santa Claus! At that scene, I told myself that I am going to be like him. Go with the flow and enjoy whatever it may bring because life can be fantastically adventurous if you are daring enough! I have come to accept the fact that Santa Claus is not real but one thing I know is that the creator of life exists and anyone who dares to dream will see it come true!

Rating: 6.6/10.0

0 920

Album: X (pronounced ‘multiply’!)

Singer: Ed Sheeran

Tracks:
1. One
2. I’m a mess
3. Sing
4. Don’t
5. Nina
6. Photograph
7. Bloodstream
8. Tenerife Sea
9. Runaway
10. The Man
11.Thinking Out Loud
12. Afire Love
13. Take It Back
14. Shirtsleeves
15. Even My Dad Does Sometimes
16. I See Fire

Billboard Rating: 81

Right from the start, Ed Sheeran has demonstrated his skill for shrugging off the conventions of mainstream pop while still managing to enjoy its successes: His breakthrough radio single focused on a crack-addled prostitute. “The A Team,” from Sheeran’s debut album, “+” (pronounced “plus”), cloaked its harrowing subject matter in a sensual melody, a nifty trick that has helped the 23-year-old British singer-songwriter transition from pub-playing troubadour to arena act in roughly three years. The accented yearn of his vocal delivery distinguishes him from other aspiring folkies, but Sheeran’s real gift lies in his writing — his lyrics’ attention to detail and unorthodox phrasing in particular. As the title implies, “x” (pronounced “multiply”), Sheeran’s highly anticipated follow-up, ups the ante from his debut. He sinks even deeper into feelings of love, jealousy and inebriation while trying to navigate pop superstardom — a problem this album is sure to only amplify.

Right from the start, Ed Sheeran has demonstrated his skill for shrugging off the conventions of mainstream pop while still managing to enjoy its successes

To that end, “x” looks like a smash. Every song synthesizes the catchiest qualities of “The A Team” and its follow-up hit, “Lego House.” “Bloodstream” flaunts a soulful naiveté over the most delicious guitar lick on the album, while “I’m a Mess” builds into an anthemic ending that will surely cap off Sheeran’s future live show. As the hooks intensify, Sheeran paradoxically spends much of the album trying to hide — from the bright lights that make his eyes squint with intoxicated confusion, but also from unnamed women who endlessly frustrate him. There’s a reason Sheeran name-checks two Bon Iver songs on separate tracks; throughout the album, he attempts to spin his heartbreaks into an empathetic cry for shambling twentysomethings. “Loving can hurt sometimes/But it’s the only thing that I know,” he concludes on “Photograph,” which lets its careful piano keys and acoustic strums simmer until arena-size drums kick in.

Ed Sheeran: The Billboard Cover Story

The daring spirit at the heart of Sheeran’s appeal is magnified here, and he outclasses other rising male singers simply by utilizing a deeper bag of tricks. Few artists could pull off as stark a transition as the leap between “Sing,” a swaggering, Justin Timberlake-inspired dance track, and “Don’t,” a blue-eyed-soul hymn built around the line “Don’t fuck with my love.” Elsewhere, Sheeran raps like The Streets’ Mike Skinner on “The Man” and crafts a new-school wedding jam with “Tenerlife Sea.” Such wild swiveling never feels forced, or even unexpected, from Sheeran, who has proven his exacting musicality onstage. There, he uses chopped-up loops, but few ideas get repeated on “x.”

Sheeran seldom lets his songs breathe

Sheeran seldom lets his songs breathe, packing each second with syllables even when he’s not spitting bars. But that overeagerness will likely be tamped down, as Sheeran continues to polish his impressive craft. “x” finds a hungry artist doing everything possible to elevate to another level, simply by abiding by his instincts. After arriving on the U.S. pop scene with an offbeat folk ballad, Sheeran is expanding his profile on his own terms.

Cited from here.

What do I think about the album?

As a person who likes singing and enjoying beautiful melodies, I shall give this album a thumbs-up! There is a vast variety of genre in just one album, ranging from pop, rock, R&B to blues to ensure all picky ears are covered! Those songs which I find it easy to hum along are One, Photograph, Tenerife Sea, Thinking Out Loud and shirtsleeves. Among them, Tenerife Sea’s rhythm is quite catchy to me as it portrays the happiness you feel when you’re so much in love. Don’t you think life is extraordinarily great when someone you love loves you back? If you enjoy a more upbeat tune, you will definitely not want to miss out on ‘Take It Out’ and ‘Bloodstream’. On a hard day, ‘Runaway’ is the perfect song to give your mind a break as your body moves along to the beats. Overall, this album satisfies my ears in many ways!

 

0 16243

cynthia


Cynthia Tan, a semester 4 medical student in IMU has embarked on a journey to Nepal for her medical electives. Let’s take a walk through the memory lane of her visit to Nepal where she wrote about her experience and her aspiration to raise awareness regarding health burdens in Nepal.


 

Namaste! In the space I’ve been given, I plan to do a few things. First persuade you to visit Nepal at least once in your lifetime, secondly share my experiences and finally raise awareness regarding burns and its health burdens in Nepal.

plane view

Why should you visit Nepal?

Nepal, नेपाल, is a beautiful country situated between China, India, Tibet, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Its population of 27 million people consists of some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met in my travels abroad and its landscape and architecture are some of the most colourful and beautiful I’ve seen. The Himalayan range stretches all across Nepal and it is a sight not to be missed, even in the monsoon cloudy season where you’d have to sit and wait for snow capped peaks to appear. Of the top 10 tallest mountains in the world, 8 are found in Nepal, including of course the world’s famous Mt Everest. Lumbini, Buddha’s birthplace and many monasteries is a short 40 minute flight away from the hustle bustle capital city of Kathmandu. Kathmandu is vibrant, colourful, filled with life and a city that doesn’t sleep, you can find everything you need in Thamel- the hub of Kathmandu. If I haven’t got you yearning to visit Nepal let me share my experiences with you, and if I have here’s some more reasons for you to book that flight.

Streets of Kathmandu
Kathmandu Model Hospital 3

My time in Nepal!

From the moment I arrived into Kathmandu as the plane was landing, I knew I would enjoy my time. The rolling hills and valleys and the colourful buildings in the distance was just beautiful. The ride from the airport to Thamel was full of life and I just couldn’t wait to be in the midst of it. After my first meal, a Nepali Thali lunch set, I was excited for the many more food and drinks I’d be tasting. Momos- Nepali dumplings, buff(alo) momo if you are adventurous enough is not to be missed and of course a good cup of Nepali Masala tea. For you beer lovers, make sure you try Everest beer too! Shopping in Thamel is fun, targeting tourist audiences you can find all kinds of souvenirs, salwar pants, scarves, tops, trekking gear and the list goes on. A visit to the Kathmandu Durbar Square is a must! I managed to visit the square on the first day of the Indra Jatra festival where there were various masked dances and processions including that of the living goddess Kumari. Bhaktapur, 20 minutes away from Kathmandu is another city I visited and loved. It’s architecture remained in its ancient wooden form and the views from many of the rooftop terraces of the mountains was breathtaking. Bhaktapur is famous for its pottery, you will see men and women putting clay together to mould vases or preparing the furnace. On one of my off days, my friends and I did a 15km trek from Changu Narayan to Nagarkot, a viewpoint many go to see the Langtang Himalayan range (I very sadly missed it due to the cloudy situation). Swayambhunath, the monkey temple is the oldest religious site of Kathmandu and after the hundreds of steps up, the view of the valley is absolutely worth it. If you have enough time, make a short weekend trip to Pokhara, you can fly or bus. We flew there on the smallest commercial plane I’ve ever been on (9 rows, 2 seats per row) in 25 minutes! In Pokhara, we rented a boat and rowed out on Phewa lake and went paragliding over the Annapurna Himalayan range. Pokhara is different to Kathmandu, it’s quiet, natural and peaceful, a good getaway from the hustle bustle. From Pokhara, we returned to Kathmandu by a scenic car ride, driving through the mountains, rivers, local villages, rice terraces and then it was time to return to KL. I hope this little account has done the persuading, if not I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Cynthia & Dr Rai

View from Kritipur hospital

Thamel

Pokhara

Nepal Thali Set

Nepal

hostel rooftop

street with rickshaws

The forgotten global health crisis.

Despite all the fun I had, my time in Nepal left some lasting impressions on me and my perception on the burns crisis. These impressions include images of burnt babies, amputated limbs due to burns and disabilities due to burn contractures. In Nepal with a population of 30 million, 66,000 cases of reported burns and 2100 deaths are recorded by the WHO yearly, the second most common injury in Nepal accounting for 5% of disabilities. To put it in striking differences, the USA have a population of 300 million people and 3500 people die of burns yearly. Additionally, the annual percentage of women who contract HIV/AIDS is the same as that who are burnt. In South-East Asia, more girls aged 5-14 die of burns than TB, HIV/AIDS or Malaria. In the USA and Australia, anywhere between 700,000 to 1,000,000 USD is spent per burn victim a year, however in Nepal for 1300 burn and cleft victims combined, 300,000USD is spent yearly. This goes to show how much aid is still needed and I was so glad to hear that Australia and a local Nepali poet are putting in every effort to do so. Every little bit helps, so please take your time to have a look at the following website: here and here, and through the word of mouth raise awareness for this devastating yet preventable issue.

Each one of us can make a difference. Together we can make a change.

Barbara Mikulski

0 1097

 

mook cake 2

In view of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Hua Xia Cultural Society of IMU organised the ‘Loss of Mooncake’ event. It involved a variety of games, with the highlight being the closing night on the 12th of September. We spoke to Chu Jian Feng, Organising Chairperson of the event, where he shared his experience being at the helm of this project. 

Can you briefly explain the objective of this event?

The main objective of this event was to raise fund for HIV patients. Besides that, this was actually an initiative taken up by my batchmates and I, thus I would urge all students to also be self-driven and to seize the chance they have to be involved in extra-curricular activities. Last but not least, it also provided a platform to promote the Mid-Autumn Festival among the IMU community.

I would urge all stuents to be self-driven and to seize the chance they have to be involved in extra-curricular activities.

Was it your first time handling an event like this?

I have had prior experience organising similar events in secondary school but managing the ‘Loss of Mooncake’ event still proved a challenge as I was not familiar with the protocols in IMU. However, I did have more freedom to plan the activities we decided on despite also having to bear a heavier responsibility.

What were the activities conducted for this event?

Throughout a few days, we fund raised through setting up a few game booths at the driveway, while also selling tickets for our dinner. On the night of dinner itself, we had a few game booths set up for guests as well as an exhibit on the culture and origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

What was the most challenging aspect of organising this event?

Communication! As most of the main committee were on holiday during the planning of the event, we had to resort to Skype for our discussion.  There was also some miscommunication during the preparation. Fortunately it was resolved and our plans were carried out smoothly.

What was the most interesting experience of this event?

I would say that the best experience from this event was the friendships formed. I had a great time bonding with everyone by working on this project together.

Is there anything that you want to convey to your committee as well as the rest of the IMU community?

I would like to give my thanks to Chan Weng Sang, Rebecca, Charlene Ye, Yen Ling, Yen Ching, and the rest of the committee for contributing a lot to this event. I truly appreciate the efforts in making this event a success. If the opportunity presented itself in the future, I would not hesitate to work with them again.

I also really appreciate the help of Ray Tan Zheng Liang for granting us this precious opportunity to organize this event under the Hua Xia Cultural Society. Our event advisor, Mr Lim Chee Siong, was very helpful through the process of planning and executing this event.  I would also like to extend many thanks to Jun Rong for agreeing to be our photographer for the dinner night.

Lastly, I thank all the participants of this event, as your involvement was what cemented the success of this event.

mooncake

The family photo of the committee board for The Lost Of Moon Cake.

0 1330

Leonard Goh Zhong Ning (ME113) is event captain for the annual debate competition, let's find out what's on his mind

1002373_10151976827138951_1066767089_n



Leonard Goh Zhong Ning (ME113), President of the IMU Debate Society

Leonard Goh wears many hats – he is also actively involved in cheerleading and chess. As a prelude to the upcoming debate competition for IMU cup, we interviewed Leonard to get his thoughts on the event.



 

So Leonard, what responsibilities do you hold for the IMU Cup debate competition? Would you say that this is your first time organising such an event?

I am the event captain for Debate, as well as the debate captain for Phoenix. I have had prior experience organising debate tournaments with the previous Debating Society 2013/14 committee, such as IMU Debate Open 2013 and Health Science Debate Open 2014, so it isn’t my first time. It is, however, the first time I’ve been placed in charge of the whole tournament. Fortunately, IMU Cup is a rather small-scale event compared to the two aforementioned competitions, so I don’t foresee any complications, especially since I have my wonderful Debating Society committee with me!

How has your preparation been so far?

So far, all the debate captains and I have been recruiting members from our respective houses to attend training sessions, but we didn’t manage to see much response till very recently, with the new intake of medical students. Anyone who is interested in trying out debate is strongly encouraged to contact your respective debate captains! No prior experience is required, only an enthusiasm for learning and critical thinking.

Hydra: Lalina Murugan
Draco: Wan Aisyah Azzahrah
Pegasus: Jagraj Dhillon
Griffin: Ai Ven Tee
Taurus: Arjun Gopal

Anyone who is interested in trying out debate is strongly encouraged to contact your respective debate captains! No prior experience is required, only an enthusiasm for learning and critical thinking.

How has recruitment for the competition been?

Initially it was quite difficult to recruit members, especially since almost all batches across the courses were occupied with exams, electives, projects, semester breaks and whatnot. Some people were probably also intimidated by the idea of speaking for 7 minutes straight without much preparation. (It’s not as hard as it looks, really!) However, with the new ME2/14 intake, we have been seeing an increase in interest in debate, and that has been very heartening.

What is the most challenging part of this event for you?

Most of the Semester One students entering this competition are novices in debating, so the current challenge is to bring them up to speed regarding the format of the British Parliamentary style of debating, as well as speaker roles and how to properly structure their arguments, so that they will be able to fully benefit from their participation in IMU Cup. That said, Debating Society had our first training session with them last Sunday, and their progress looks promising.

What is the most interesting part of this event for you?

I would say the competition itself. Last year, I had to debate on a topic that I was largely unfamiliar with, all within 15 minutes. Needless to say it turned out to be the most fun and the most memorable experience I had during last year’s IMU Cup.

What responsibilities are entailed with your roles in this event?

As event captain of Debate, my role is to ensure that the whole tournament is executed smoothly by the committee. This ranges from mundane stuff like booking rooms and arranging matchups according to the instructions given by the IMU Cup committee, to exciting tasks like setting the debate motions. As debate captain for Phoenix, my role is to coordinate training sessions and to guide the new debaters in my houseas they set off on their debating journey.

What have you put in place to make the team work out?

My committee has been working together for quite some time now, so I didn’t have to do anything per se to make us click. Our team dynamics is great, and I am thankful for that!

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

To be honest, I haven’t been managing my time as well as I would have liked, but I guess time management is largely dependent on our individual priorities, and these priorities can change from time to time. Therefore, it is important to review them regularly to ensure that time allocation for each activity accurately reflects its respective priority level.

What are your expectations by the end of this event?

I hope that this Debate segment in IMU Cup would be a great learning experience for all our new debaters irrespective of which house they belong to, as well as a platform to exhibit Debating Society. I also hope for people to realise that debating is not all about using profound language and arguments to confound opponents, but rather,creating meaningful public discourse about important issues. All that is required of you is to have an opinion, a willingness to defend it logically, and an open mind; everything else is secondary.

I hope that this Debate segment in IMU Cup would be a great learning experience for all our new debaters irrespective of which house they belong to, as well as a platform to exhibit Debating Society.

Is there anything you would like to tell other IMU students?

I would like to encourage everyone to join IMU Cup, as it is really a wonderful opportunity for us to explore new sports and events. Besides that, it is one of the few times when we actually get to meet people from other courses and forge close friendships with them over training sessions.

Last but not least, IMU Debating Society holds weekly training sessions on Saturdays, from 2 pm to 5 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us! For more information, feel free to join our Facebook group.

Best of luck to all IMU Cup participants in their respective events, and may sportsmanship prevail!