26
Aug
12

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21
Aug
12

KE Press Recruitment 12/13

Do you enjoy writing? Have you ever dreamt about writing for your favourite magazine, the Straits Times, ESPN or even Reuters? Looking for a chance to exercise these passions?

Well, look no further.

KE PRESS is here to provide you with THE opportunity to pursue this dream! We are now opening applications for KE Press for academic year 12/13 for both writers and editors. We look to existing members of KE media/pressas well as new, interested individuals to become a part of our team. If you are currently an existing writer/editor under KE Press, please also apply again.

Why you should join KE Press

  • Challenges excite you; yes we are referring to 2-day even 24-Hour deadlines during the IHG period
  • You live and breathe Microsoft Word
  • For writers, you wouldn’t mind getting nagged at by your editors, when you don’t meetyour deadlines
  • For editors, you are an absolute grammar Nazi and feel no in hesitation chasing down your writers for articles
  •  Articles are an avenue for you to show support for your friends in sports/CCAs in a uniquely different way
  • Commitment is your philosophy; you are a responsible and independent worker
  • You want the satisfaction of recognition for your opinions
  • Most importantly, you want to be the eyes, ears and voice of our beloved hall, KEVII.

 If you answered YES! to most of the questions above, then, KE PRESS wants you!

What if I’m not sure if I can write?

Don’t worry! We know that writing is and can be a challenge to many. We are looking for commitment, not ability. If you have a passion for writing or want to refine your skills, we would love to have you as part of our team (:

What positions are there in KE Press?

  • English writer
  • Chinese writer
  • English editor
  • Chinese editor
  • Ad-hoc English and Chinese writers

 What is my jobscope as an editor or writer?

Editors (for an academic year)

  • Delegation of work to your writers
  • Upload of articles onto the hall blog
  • Organisation and maintenance of the hall blog
  • Editing articles, and giving constructive feedback to your writers to help them improve their writing
  • Ad-hoc articles and interviews
  • Several sports articles for IHG
  • Creative intiative
  • Yearbook collation

English and Chinese writers (for an academic year)**

  • 4-5 articles related to hall events
  • Free and easy lifestyle articles, e.g. interviews, weekly columns
  •  Ad-hoc interviews with selected residents
  • Approximately 4 sports articles for IHG
  • Creative initiative

**A note for ad-hoc writers: If you would like to apply as an ad-hoc writer, we welcome you to do so. As an ad hoc writer, you can choose to write lifestyle articles during your own time, own target. You may also have to back up writers to cover some events, in the case that the writer is unable to attend his/her delegated hall event.

How do I apply?

  • Do also remember to come down to our booth during the CCA fair to book your preferred interview date and time
  • We will be holding interviews most likely in the week after CCA fair. Don’t stress! It will be an informal 5-10 minutes sit-down session.
  • If you have any queries, do feel free to email either me or Zachary (Press Vice Head) at yeap.celine@gmail.com and zacharylow@hotmail.com

Express yourself, join KE Press! (:

Regards,
Celine and Zachary

Heads, KE Press 12/13

25
Jul
12

The Smoking Marshalls at Stardust 2012

Written by: Jen Yeh

Edited by: Celine Yeap

Photos by: KE Vision

Stardust 2012, aka, a night of epic talent, is an annual nationwide talent-search competition organized by the NUS Bizad Club to promote and encourage the music scene in Singapore. This year, over 200 people/bands auditioned via Youtube. Of these 200, a total of ten solo vocalists and five bands, including KEVII’s own Smoking Marshalls, moved onto the finals held at the Lasalle College of the Arts.

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Stardust 2012, a night of epic talent

 Of the solo vocalists, several really stood out from the rest. One was Iskandar Aziz, a guy whose unassuming appearance masked an incredible voice and great guitar skills. As soon as he opened his mouth and began to sing, the crowd was immediately won over. Another notable singer was Nurhayati Abdul Malek. Her smooth voice and emotional performance earned her compliments from the judges, as well as an extra comment from one judge that she was “really an eye-candy.” Boon Hui Lu performed a cover of Jessie J’s “Pricetag,” a song that had must meaning for her because of her family’s financial background. Her strong stage presence, cute appearance, and fun attitude won the crowd over. Last to sing was Tan Shi Yu who chose to perform a piece that differed greatly from all the other vocalist’s choices. She delivered a stunning rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical “Les Miserables” causing the judges to declare that she had made the night “worth the money” for everyone present.

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Following a very funny performance from the local duo Jack and Rai, it was time for the bands to compete. There was clearly much support in the crowd for various bands, some of which had come from within NUS, and all were noteworthy. The first band Chasing Daylight had many fans, with many of these appearing to be fans of the lead singer/guitarist (this reporter admits that he was quite cute and charismatic). The Kovan Leopards performed some jazz-inspired covers of Michael Jackson, even working in a twist on JB’s “Baby.” Quis, a band that originally did JPop songs, covered Kesha’s English version of SNSD’s “Run Devil Run”, followed by a mashup of Lady Gaga songs. Take Two, a band from Eusoff Hall, gave everyone a lesson in Indie music. Platonic π stood out from the rest by incorporating  a cappella elements in their songs where all seven of their members showed off their great voices.

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The Smoking Marshalls!

When it was the Smoking Marshalls’ turn to perform, the supporters from KEVII went wild. The rest of the audience, including the emcees themselves, seemed impressed by Sheik’s build as he strode out onto the stage in a singlet. As those who have watched the Smoking Marshalls’ performances before will know, a bit of stripping can usually be expected on Sheik’s part, so his initial appearance caused some confusion due to his lack of layers. However, he soon assured us by saying that the Smoking Marshalls would be trying something “different” this time around.

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Sheik’s infamous build

The band’s set included some older rock songs, including the classic “Eye of the Tiger” and an exciting crowd pleaser, “The Final Countdown.” Sheik’s vocals combined with his stage presence and bodybuilder antics helped to hype up the crowd, while the rest of the band dominated in their individual instruments. During the first song, Sheik began to put on more layers over his singlet, much to the consternation of KEVII fans. However, he soon began to lose the layers (to the delight of the crowd), even throwing his hat so high into the stage lights that it got stuck (leaving the next band paranoid that it would drop on their heads during their performance). As “The Final Countdown” reached its last screaming note, Sheik went one step further and tore his singlet in half. Cheers and screams resounded throughout the hall, while many guys in the audience bowed in the face of Sheik’s muscles.

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 The judges all said that the performance was very entertaining, with one jokingly asking if Sheik would punch him if he commented negatively. Though they stressed focusing on the musicality of the pieces more, all of the judges, and the crowd, had a very good time. Even though the Smoking Marshalls started out the night with a small group of KE supporters, they certainly won themselves some fans during their time on stage.

At last, the emcees read the results. Of the solo vocalists, the dark horse contender Iskandar Bin Aziz placed third. The cute and entertaining Boon Hui Lu placed second, while Tan Shi Yu, who performed “I Dreamed a Dream,” placed first. The audience waited in anticipation while the emcees waited for the judges to decide on the band placements. Finally, the results were delivered and promptly read: The Kovan Leopards placed second, while Quis placed third. After a long pause, the emcees and the solo vocalists all shouted out the name of the first place band: Platonic π!! There was much applause as all the winners showed their trophies and the night of epic talent showcasing ended.

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The emcees for the night

Although the Smoking Marshalls did not place, it is clear that they and everyone else enjoyed themselves immensely. A big applause to all the contestants who poured their all into their performances; the results were undeniably amazing. As I left the hall, I was very impressed with the amount of musical talent present in Singapore. I look forward to the Smoking Marshalls other performances in the coming school year, hopefully complete with the ever present stage charisma and added hat tossing.

Regarding that hat, to my knowledge, it is still stuck in the lighting of the Lasalle College of Arts auditorium with no intention of coming back down to earth.

09
Apr
12

Good lookers of the West Wing

Reported by : Julian Tay

Edited by : Victor Lee

It was less than a month ago when half of the KEVII Hall residents were dressed up as witches, unholy spirits bikers, members of the netherworld or just plain formal for Dinner and Dance 2012: FEAR. It was a night filled with excitement with games like the ‘No Laughing’ game, performance by a professional illusionist and tantalizing giveaways during the Lucky Draw segments. However, it was the pageant segment which stole the limelight that night with elaborate costumes and makeup, sexy yet terrifying dance performances and hilarious replies during the Q&A segment.

This article thus serves as a sequel to the Q&A segment that night by providing more insights into the experiences of some of our beloved pageant contestants. I managed to catch hold of the 2 couples from F and GH Block, Melissa Chee (MC) and Zachary Low (ZL) from F Block and Yasmin Yeow (YY) and Wesley Chan (WC) from GH Block for a brief interview and here are their responses.

What the King of F block looks like when he steams.

1.         What was(were) the title(s) that you won in DnD?

MC: Miss Personality

ZL: Mr. Sexy. I also don’t know why.

YY: Miss Photogenic

WC: Mr Popular + the psycho-motor guy who couldn’t dance

2.         How would you describe your experience being in the DnD pageantry over the past year?

MC: It has definitely been a fun and new experience, I mean it’s not every day that we have an occasion to wear pretty gowns, glam up and dance. Closer to D-date, things got really hectic but it was all worth it in the end. Looking back, the most important thing was about the connections formed between the contestants as well as our caregiver mummy Laine! :)

ZL: Tiring, punctuated with periods of late-night excitement and too much makeup.

YY: It was a totally, totally new experience and very unexpected. I have never done anything like this before but it was fun and definitely something that I will remember fondly of for the rest of my life.

WC: Yasmin your answer is so scripted.

Their love-hate relationship...are both parties playing hard-to-get?

3.         What was the most memorable moment that you had during the course of your preparation?

MC: DAILY DANCE PRACTICES WITH THE GIRLS! What heartened me was how the other contestants actually came to my aid when I was lost after not learning Stacey’s section of the dance. Hee. Practicing with them every night before DnD was really fun. Actually even shopping with the girls for our dance costumes or going to Masquerade to pick out costumes for ourselves and our partners was memorable too! They are all really good memories!

ZL: Memorable implies something positive, so I’ll say… supper? Pizza and butter chicken are always cause for fond reminiscence.

YY: Probably the day before DND when most of us went for a dinner buffet and just talked and joked and talked some more J It was bittersweet because we were relieved that it was ending but at the same time, it was sad because it had been a great experience.

WC: The most memorable moment for me had to be during the filming of the games (the video that was shown during DnD), where we were eating and puking coffee at the same time. (this part wasn’t shown during the video), but it was a game where each of us had a cup (the cup from dining hall), and we drew lots for utensils of different sizes. The utensils would then be used to scoop coffee powder from A BUCKET OF COFFEE and we only had that small cup to fill with hot water. Most of us ended up shovelling undissolved coffee powder into our mouths, and the ‘Whatsapp’ group was busy till 5am. Life damn tough.

Behind that innocent facade is someone who ranks top 50 in the world for the WoW.

4.         Which was your favourite pageant segment and why?

MC: Can I pick two segments? :D In chronological order, it would be the themed catwalk first because I really enjoyed the Alice character and my prop Bunny. Also, Zach was really in sync with the Mad Hatter image so it made the themed catwalk fun. After that it has to be the dance segment, we worked hard to improve our dance and when we danced it for the last time on stage it was when we really gave it our all. I felt happy yet strangely sad after we were done with it, but still insanely proud of all of us for doing our best that night.

ZL: The introduction to the themed catwalk… I got to prance around like a madman. Any excuse for doing silly things is a good excuse.

YY: Playing the games for the funny video that was shown during DND. That was the easiest part out of all the pageant segments (i.e. dance, photo shoots, catwalk, video, finding dresses) plus… the girls won! :D

WC: Yeahh the games were definitely the most fun. Not forgetting Yasmin manhandling most (all?) of the guys, there’s a short 1s moment in the silent library video where u see her turning around and delivering a textbook punch to my sternum.

5.         Did it take a lot of sacrifice in terms of time, energy and so on to be a pageant in DnD?

MC: Close to the actual DnD, yes, in terms of finding costumes, practising for catwalk and dance. All of these were time consuming and tiring, especially when you find yourself up at 4am in the morning trying to rush assignments.

ZL: The DnD prep comes right after the IHG season ends… and happens in the week where every single assignment is due. You say leh? That said, other people probably sacrificed more.

YY: YES! They did not tell us that we would have this much to do during the pageant interview. It was especially challenging for someone who is not aesthetically inclined and is quite unglamorous. But it was a good experience and I learnt a lot! I still can’t sing though.

WC: Actually, I didn’t really think it took up that much time! Looking back, I am surprised we managed to learn the dance(s) and all the segments in such a short time—we only started rehearsals the week before the DnD. Yeah well, if u saw me dance then maybe that kind of makes sense…

6.         What would you like to say to your supporters who cheered you on and voted for you that night?

MC: Thank you so much for your support, friends. I wouldn’t be here without you lovely people. In case you still believe that I am an internationally ranked StarCraft II player, sorry to disappoint but I am not. HOWEVER, do watch out for me, melchee92, coming soon heehee. :)

ZL: That I love them all and would like to give each of them a hug. They can hug me in the dining hall if they still want to redeem the post-celebratory hug. Also, a big shout out to my partner, melchee92, for putting up with me. It isn’t as easy as it sounds.

YY: Thank you so much for coming and supporting us!!! You guys were the ones who made the night unforgettable! I would like to say an even bigger thanks to the people who really believed in me from the start and encouraged me throughout this entire journey.

WC: Uh….Sorry?

7.         How did you find the friendships that you have forged with the other pageant contestants?

MC: The fact that we became friends from being mere acquaintances or even strangers is really something to be thankful for. I think I am blessed to have met these people. The friendships that we have forged after late night practices are certainly meaningful and it would be really heartbreaking if we treated each other as strangers!

ZL: The friendships forged were friendly. Indeed.

YY: That was the best part of this whole experience. I would say that we all know one another a lot better now. The girls (including Mummy Elaine) grew especially close because we would have extra dance practices together and we bonded over many things. Wes and I even have a semi-truce! Haha. But seriously, Wes really helped me A LOT and he was very patient with me. I would not have been able to do this without him. Thanks so much, Wes J

WC: I think we started off really well from the first supper, where it all began? We had these games where suddenly everyone showed how spastic they could be. I think it helped that nobody really treated it like a competition; it was more like a team effort to put up a good show. And yes, Yasmin’s energy was contagious; I think our couple-antagonism kinda worked out huh J

8.         Given the opportunity, would you go through it all over again?

MC: Would agree in a heartbeat if it were with the other contestants as well as mummy Laine, Shaam, Celes, Auggy, Stacey and anyone else who helped in the process of DnD. :)

ZL: You mad bro?

YY: Do you mean, “If I had to relive my life, would I still join KE pageant?” or “ Would I join another pageant if I was asked to?”. For the first question, I guess that I would still join KE pageant again. It is kind of tough to reject when you are sabotaged but looking back, I am glad that I was J For the second question, it would have to be a definite “no”. One pageant is more than enough. Wes and I were asked to join another pageant recently too but for me, I don’t want to spoil the good memories that I have of KE pageant. Pageant was truly one of the highlights of this academic year J

WC: If maybe we could swap partners…(: then yeah, definitely.

 

 

09
Apr
12

Games Night : A night not to be missed

Reported by : Koh Pin Lang

Edited by : Victor Lee

If you missed out on Games Night, you’ll probably have to wait a long while before you can enjoy another great East Wing supper. This annual event has been held for the past 3 years. While the idea of having fun and playing games remained, I assure you the event is very different from last year. Tempted by the early door gift, I arrived at the communal hall early and got a nice bar of chocolate! The turnout for the event seemed quite good. As I sat down beside a fellow blocker, I realize that some West wing people were present as well. The ever hospitable AB Block Committee seemed to have invited West Wing for the event as well. Oh, the more the merrier! The supper officially started after a brief speech by the new AB RF, Professor Chiu.

The best artist wins!

The best artist wins!

The first game was adapted from the popular smartphone application, Draw Something. For those who have never heard of this application, it’s basically ‘Pictionary’ but on a smartphone. The two emcees Jen and Sue Yuin were encouraging and asked for volunteers from the audience.  The crowd was quite responsive and everyone had a good time laughing and guessing the pictures drawn. One of my favorite moments was the battle between the block heads, Vicki and Winnie. Armed with a marker, the block heads set out to draw the most convincing picture. The initial drawings were slightly odd. Winnie drew a rectangular block-like thing. As for Vicki’s drawing…it didn’t make much sense either. However, when Winnie started drawing a second picture that resembled a drumstick, someone from the crowd rushed to the front of the stage and shouted ‘Butter Chicken!’, which was the correct answer.  Despite being a AB blocker, I must admit that Winnie is slightly more talented in drawing.

Look at all that food.

Look at all that food!

With the end of the first game, supper was served.  Trays and trays of food were laid out at the sides with the block committee members ready to dish out the tasty food. Interestingly, there were some new dishes, like kaya toast. I think what puzzled me the most was the Japanese pancake (Okonomiyaki). It looked rather odd to me at first but with the addition of Japanese fish flakes, seaweed and sauce, it begun to resemble a little like a blown-up version of the Japanese octopus balls. In fact, many blockers said it tasted a little like it but with way more vegetables. After reaching the end of the serving table, my plate was piled high with nuggets, fries and fruits. But my favorite was the ice cream cream puffs. Even writing about it makes me hungry! With my plate of food in one hand and a drink the other, I settled down for part 2 of Games Night.

East Wing-ers!

East Wing-ers!

When the next game stated, I found it oddly familiar. Suddenly, it struck me that it was adapted from the TV show Minute to Win, where the contestants had to perform seemingly simple tasks using everyday items such as straws. A handful of blockers from each block had to be sent on stage for this game. The crowd shouted different names enthusiastically and the teams were soon formed. Each team member was up against the opposing team for an individual challenge. One of the tasks was particularly entertaining to watch. Hwee Ting and Yan Yi were first up in a slipper throwing competition. Holding a laundry bag in hand, Yan Yi had to catch the slippers thrown by Hwee Ting, who was only allowed to use her toes. It was hilarious watching the girls as they tried to figure out the best way to perform their respective tasks. Initially Yan Yi was confused about her role and caught the slippers with her hands then placing it in the laundry bag, After a reminder by the emcees, she soon able to catch the slippers with the laundry bag. As you might already expect, the numerous failed attempts left the crowd roaring in laughter. This reminds of the next task , ice-cream eating. It was a fight between Germaine and Yan Shi to see who can finish a bowl of ice cream faster. Taken straight out of the ice box, the ice creams were frozen hard and the contestants struggled to get to their ice cream. Germaine even broke the plastic bowl! The crowds were cheering and chanting for their own blockers. Yan Shi was declared the winner after devouring his ice cream.

The last segment of the supper was the lucky draw. The one and only prize was a lomography camera. Zhi Yi of B302 won the prize and the supper came to an end shortly after. Though Games Night 11/12 did not have sexy ‘babes’ (seniors, remember the ex AB and CD block heads with their great figures?) like last year,  it was a definitely a night to remember.

 

09
Apr
12

Hallplay 2012 : Overdue but still deeply etched in our minds

Reported by : Azrin NAZIR

Edited by  : Victor Lee

When I signed up to be the Head of Set Building for Hallplay 2012, I already had a rough idea of what to expect. I was a member of the set building team for Hallplay 2011 under the legendary Michael Warren Lim. To build a set that could produce a believable environment where they could immerse themselves into the world of the Baker family. That was my dream. It wasn’t just me though — the entire steering committee though working on many different things, had the common goal of reaching the high standards set by our predecessors.

To me, ‘Come Blow Your Horn’ is a story about growing up. The irresponsible and self absorbed Alan Baker who cannot come to terms with the realities of growing up and his own feelings. The young and naïve Buddy Baker, who is beginning to take the first steps away from his sheltered upbringing. Put these two contrasting personalities with their parents, whom most of us can relate to. Mr Baker, the strict and despotic father who only wants the best for his sons. Mrs Baker, the typical dramatic and worrisome mother who loves her children dearly.

Alan and Buddy are at the crossroads of their lives. Alan is torn between a promiscuous lifestyle, courting girls like Peggy (the stereotypical blonde/bimbo) and the as of yet unrealized love of his life, Connie (sweet, beautiful and family oriented girl). Buddy, who just ran away from home to stay with Alan, is torn between living life to the fullest and the disappointment of not meeting the expectations of his parents. Coupled with problems with the family’s wax fruit business, both Alan and Buddy are disowned by their father. To make matters worse, Alan messes things up with Connie because of his reluctance to commit to a serious relationship.

3 weeks later and we see an almost incredible transformation. Alan with his new found sense of responsibility tries to set things right, finding new business deals for the business. Baker with his newfound freedom, blossoms into a flirtatious man very much like Alan 3 weeks ago. Not only did the brothers’ personalities clash, things worsened when their own mother runs away from home to live with Alan and Buddy after she could not tolerate her husband’s passive-aggressiveness at home. With Mr Baker arriving on the scene further chaos ensued. Connie’s arrival sparks a sudden moment of clarity in Alan as he finally realizes what he had always subconsciously yearned for. He proposes to Connie and finally gets his father him not as an irresponsible bum but as a dependable son. They reconcilled and Mr Baker even allows Buddy to carry on with his current lifestyle, seemingly to understand that everyone goes through that rebellious phase before they can finally grow up.

I have come to love not just the main characters, but also every single member of Hallplay 2012. The level of commitment was absolutely amazing. Rehearsals were always held almost full attendance, regardless of the date. Personally, I was impressed with the number of people who turned out for the rehearsal on New Year’s Eve.

Preparation work started days after the CCA fair in Semester 1 after all the members were split into their different sub committees. The sacrifices made by the all the committed members paved the way for a successful production. From the cast practicing for hours every day to memorize their lines to the marketing team arranging for sponsors when exams were around the corner, to the ticketing department for taking on the nightmarish task of keeping records for tickets sold, or the publicity team who worked tirelessly to make sure that the production was made known not just to KEVIIANs but to the rest of the school.

Behind the cast’s stellar performance was the director Annie, who was constantly making improvements so that the audience will get the best possible show. I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people to be in charge of. As Head of the set building team, I have to be a little biased right now and thank set décor head Vincent and his team for being so instrumental in bringing the set to life. Of course how could I forget my own team of builders for sticking with me all the way!

In all honesty, Hallplay 2012 was one of the most defining moments of my hall life this academic year. Being part of the steering committee has allowed me to witness the bigger picture and appreciate the finer details that go behind a production of such scale. It has allowed me to make new friends and create memories that I will cherish despite the many hours spent during my holidays.

Now that its all over, I feel slightly empty inside.

06
Apr
12

DND 12′: Fear, A Contestant’s Experience

Written by Zachary Low

Edited by Celine Yeap

The room is cold: the air-conditioning is at full blast. Yasmin, Ashley and Jen are curled up in decidedly unglamorous foetal positions on the floor, seeking whatever warmth they can find in layers of fabric. Alex and Wesley, with makeup already on, are reading their lecture notes. Jack is wearing a singlet, sleeping in a chair, oblivious to the cold. Isaac entertains the rest of the world. While Mel and Celine are having their makeup done, I mentally slap myself for not bringing anything to do.

Pageant girls (spot Yasmin and Ashley behind the chairs) and me, foaming hard.

Two hours later and I am regretting my decision to let everyone else get their makeup done first – I suffer the ignominy of having nine other people laughing at my pained expression as my face becomes the slightly unwilling canvas of the makeup artist. But a miracle happens and in ten minutes I am the gleeful owner of rust-orange eyebrows and blue eyeshadow. We move backstage and await the beginning of the pageant themed catwalk segment of the evening’s entertainment.

The powers of make up

This is it: DND at last! No more late night dance practices, later night photoshoots, strange games, costume fitting, catwalk training, et cetera. On the 25th of March, as KEVIIans gathered for the annual dinner and dance, I stood backstage, relieved that the entire pageant process would be ending soon.

Life is tough when you’re backstage. You can’t eat the food, for one. When finally released into the main hall, I descended upon the food, inhaling whatever was on my plate. I must admit that the excellent fare was a welcome change from the daily diet that we all enjoy.

No magic show to watch – from backstage you can hear the oohs and aahs of the crowd.

One must wonder what Mitchell is smiling about.

Also, you can’t see Shaam and Ryan strut their stuff as the emcees for the day. Life is tough.

I did, however, enjoy myself immensely in being allowed to prance around like the Mad Hatter.

But DND isn’t just about the show. It’s also about the people in hall. An occasion to dress up and where everyone is licenced to break normal social etiquette: where else can you see Andy Sim wearing pseudo-diapers? At this point one must stop to ponder what walking back to hall in that outfit must have felt like. Other than the slightly disturbing (in addition to the abovementioned example, please also refer yourself to pictures of the winner of the ‘most sexily dressed female’), there was a huge variety of other costumes on display, from chained-up ghosts, MIB agents wielding Nerf guns and Super Soakers, and even a gang of Al-Ameen delivery bikers. I suspect that the rampant photo-taking that was going on had something to do with all this dressing up.

Al-Ameen delivery bikers – did they bring the naan?

Please explain the physics behind your… weapons?

This night of debauchery fun was punctuated by the MAB awards ceremony, which saw Lok Liangxun and Jen Yeh taking home the Freshman and Freshgirl/Freshlady/Freshwoman/Fresh-I-don’t-know-if-there’s-a-specific-term of the Year awards respectively, and Eddie Tan receiving the Outstanding KEVIIan Award, among others. The night’s activities ended with the crowning of our very own Hall King and Queen: Isaac Chay and Ashley Tong of CD Block.

Liangxun - our freshman of the year!

Jen - our freshman (female) of the year!

Ashley and Isaac - Hall Queen and King

As DND concludes and people move out of the ballroom to begin a new round of photo-taking, it becomes a hugely communal activity, a celebration of the friendships forged over the year. Group photos for the different blocks spark off new cries for various CCAs to gather to take more group photos. The lobby of the Kent Ridge Guild House becomes a space in which KEVIIans affirm and immortalize their friendships through the vehicle of a digital camera. A very noisy space, no doubt, but  a space in which a warm, fuzzy feeling manifests itself. Perhaps this is why people indicate their ‘home’ on their Facebook profiles as 1A Kent Ridge Road.

Even amidst the rush and preparation for the proverbial crunch that is the Finals (with a capital F, mind you), I find myself looking forward to going to DND – just another reminder on why hall life is such an enriching experience.

Speaking of enriching, the acquisition of the ‘Mr Sexy’ title also came with a voucher from New Urban Male. One must wonder how these two equate. The prim and proper Zachary Low, confronted with the prospect of entering a NUM store, is at a loss of what to do. Maybe you can help.




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