the 53rd JCRC Presidential Elections

Writer: Reuben Lim
Editor: Janice Fan


As the countdown touched zero, candidates for the President and Vice-President of the 53rd JCRC  presented their vision and mission for KE VII Hall in the next academic year. On one side, we have Goh Wee Lee and Gwendolyn, and on the other, Qing Song and Lee Chun Keat. This would be the platform for the candidates to reach out to the voters of KE VII while addressing their concerns and problems faced during the year 2008/2009.

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This is the first time in KE VII history that a presidential debate has been held between two rival teams vying for the Presidency. This is also after an amendment has been made to the KE VII constitution to enable elections for the President and Vice-President positions in the second semester of the academic year instead of the first. After the election of the President and Vice-President of the 53rd JCRC on a joint ticket, they will then select their cabinets which will consist of the other Secretaries; reminiscent of the US Presidential system.


Kok Pun was the moderator for the inaugural Presidential Debate. He started the debate with both teams introducing themselves respectively, after which they stated their motivation for running for the positions.

Qing Song and Chun Keat’s campaign centred on the desire to help out CCAs during their tenure, through better promotion of cultural events and more efficient administration of the sports cluster. Chun Keat also expressed that he would support the President in lifting up the name of KE VII while providing constructive opposition to ensure that a check and balance system exists in the JCRC.

Past experience in the 51st JCRC and good rapport with SCRC and the hall residents is the backbone of Wee Lee and Gwen’s mission. Wee Lee also gave his vision for the hall which is “all rounded excellence through strong administration.” Gwen elaborated more on their team’s plans to achieve their mission and vision through an improved CCA Fair, forming bilateral relationships with faculty clubs and rotatory leadership rules.

Next, it was Question Time for the candidates as Kok Pun posed some prepared questions for the candidates to make their stand on. This lasted for about 20 minutes as both sides made their points on the issues.

After that, the floor was opened to the residents to ask whatever they wanted to know from the two teams. There were several staple questions, like:

What are your comments on the 52nd JCRC?

Why did you choose your current partner?

And also more unique ones like:

Is ROCKE still relevant?

How will KE VII position itself in view of the challenge posed by the upcoming University Town?

This debate lasted for the better part of an hour, and at 8p.m. the inaugural Presidential Debate winded up with the closing speeches from both teams.


Sound Bites from the Presidential Debate:

Qing Song, on motivation for running for the JCRC Presidency-“I first considered it during IHG, when the swimming team lost every match, and during Xinyao promotion when work was 24 hours and I needed support from the hall.”

Gwen, on diversity of candidates’ backgrounds-“Which faculty you are from doesn’t matter; it is the CCAs you join that shows whether there is diversity.”

Wee Lee, on continuing to serve hall even if unelected-“I will continue the effort for publicity of KE VII in Science faculty through Science Club and their Freshmen Orientation Project. I will share these ideas with the new president even if I am unelected.”

Chun Keat, on being on the same team as Qing Song-“His idea of increasing the publicity of KE VII really touched me, and I can work well as a team with him.”

Qing Song, on 52nd JCRC-“They did a good job; all secretaries were clear about their job scope. There were two improvements; increased cooperation between CCAs like KE Media and better communication between JCRC and the hall residents.”

Wee Lee, on relooking the constitution-“We will look at the constitution to see if there are any loopholes as the constitution is still new; this will help to make it better for the future.”

Gwen, when introducing herself-“After two years of being here, I remember KE VII as more than a secluded hall with crazy flights of steps.”

Chun Keat, in his closing speech-“I would like to thank every candidate for passion in service to the hall, and remind Keviians to choose the best person for the job, for no matter what we’re still Keviians.”


26 Responses to “the 53rd JCRC Presidential Elections”

  1. 1 Max
    March 18, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    “This is the first time in KE VII history that a presidential debate has been held between two rival teams vying for the Presidency”
    – are you sure?

  2. March 18, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    This is according to the mail that has been sent out by the Election Comm.
    “This is the first Presidential Debate that KEVII Hall ever has.”

  3. 3 Buddhima
    March 18, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    haha it’s more towards advertising, not the facts. they even borrowed obama’s slogon :D

  4. 4 Max
    March 18, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    “This is the first Presidential Debate that KEVII Hall ever has.”
    – are you sure, election comm?

  5. 5 Max
    March 18, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    KE history is too long that you can’t be sure of many things…

  6. 6 KK
    March 18, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    wanna see video recording =)

  7. 7 YL
    March 18, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Max, cut them some slack la… they probably forgot to take into account the many many years before they entered hall.
    btw, Max, or any other alumnis who know: Do you know when was the last presidential elections? just curious ^.^

    the talk about publicising KE7 has been there since JCRCs back. Talk a lot, but no concerted enough effort to really put KE7 on the prospective resident’s radar. Several years back, JC visit had been organised, 2 years back, Branding Comm was set up, but all these led to nowhere. And another thing is Alumni Comm, where is it now? If you think about it, ALumni = the brand of KE7, because it also represents who we were and the kind of people who live/lived here. It’s like if you mention a country, you don’t only think of what it stands for currently, but you also think about its past and what it represented then (that’s why even though countries like Germany and Japan may be in the good books these days and people go gaga over their technology, they still can’t escape the negative perspection that is tied with their past.). Rebrand and publicise KE7 for the future but I’m suggesting not to forget KE7’s past. You may say KE7 history will speak for itself, but someone must be there to speak of it first, or it will all be buried with time. In other words, other than acknowledging the significance of having alumnis and of the glorious past, the next step is to put into action this talk of “acknowledging” and really find ways to engage the alumnis. Don’t let history speak for itself. History has to be created.

    Sorry for the long post. I was somewhat piqued by the fact that we don’t know even know much about KE7’s elections history. ….which brings me another question: If there were ever presidential elections in the past, why did it, at certain point, merge with the normal elections as one?

  8. 8 CK
    March 18, 2009 at 9:25 PM

    YL, you’ve got a great point there, where not only the present of KE to be publicized but also the rich history of KE. Alumni comm is definitely what JCRC have to work on as well.
    I guess the ultimate purpose is to make KE7 appeal to the prospective students and more talented JC students will choose KE as their choice of hall accomodation.

  9. 9 Buddhima
    March 19, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    other than for alumni as a brand, alumni can also share valuable experience. alumni can help ensure continuity. it doesn’t always happen, but try to get them to help. find out how things were. find out how to improve upon it. don’t repeat the cycle unknowingly. and don’t reinvent the wheel.

    on a side note, we used to have the KE archives (or something like that), the comm who handled that was scrapped a couple of years ago, sadly. henceforth our history became decentralised. no idea what happened to their paperwork though. maybe the office will know?

    and branding comm! I didnt know it died :(

  10. 10 Buddhima
    March 19, 2009 at 2:19 AM

    I made some mental notes from the last half of rally day that I saw the other day. Here goes. This is not a criticism, but some stuff I feel you guys should take in to consideration. Sorry it’s in no particular order!

    As mentioned, ‘hall spirit’ isn’t tangible, but you can manipulate it. Yet again, do be active, not passive (eg: sticking up posters vs. speaking to people personally). How are you going to increase participation? Publicity is a very passive thing. (eg: beautiful posters for something that’s on a day before a popular-module CA)

    Many people have tried, but instilling a sense of belonging is really hard to do. Imagine quarter of hall turning up on their own accord at IHG, for example? That’s what we need to work towards. As long as their efforts are realised, and they feel like their efforts are investments, they will come back to hall reciprocate.

    There was word of getting new talent, and keeping existing talent. Was the issue of sharing talent addressed? That’s quite an issue with KE I feel. Do you see the problems we’re facing with sharing talent between different hall activities due to timing, and a small talent pool etc?

    Bring in people who can be kept in KE. Create an environment to keep these talents in KE. KE is not for everyone. Realise that. Use the existing seniors to bring in talent. Tap on alumnus! We don’t mind helping :)

    KE has a small subset of people who do most of everything. It has been the trend for the past few years. Try and spread the spectrum, so that this group isn’t over-taxed. We need them. So don’t kill them.

    And guys, you have to go down for hall activities. Yes, open house was brought up I know. Whether you like it or not, you must represent hall and yourselves. I think all Keviians should do this, but we all know the reality of that. But come on, if you’re going to head the resident body I don’t think you should skip anything, right through the year. You must be there. Lead from the front! Engage with the masses. It’s tiring, but someone’s gotta do it right?

    One solution may give rise to another problem. Some solutions will take more than a AY to work out. So have long term plans and short term plans. And also backup plans!

    Understand what KE is about. Understand the present state of the hall. If you come out with a lovely plan to fix up a car and later realise it’s only a bicycle, it’s not much use right. Get my drift I hope :)

    I’m keeping this short, as I don’t want to rant. There’s a lot I’ve seen in the past 4 to 5 years in and around hall which I can share with you guys. And I’m not the only such alumni as you know. Feel free to talk to us, we don’t bite haha

    You know that famous over-used saying? -modified- See what you can do for hall and not what hall can do for you. I’m sure hall has done a lot for you. All those friends, fun times and memories you’ve had! Now pay it back. I’m saying this to all Keviians, not just the JCRC.

    Anyway, all the best to the candidates! Make KE rock :)

  11. 11 Wai Kit
    March 19, 2009 at 7:02 AM

    Well said buddhi!

  12. 12 Carnage
    March 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Ah! Ok, I have to take responsibility for Branding Comm here. Excuses, excuses – we stepped up pretty late and thus spent most of the time learning the ropes and settling the more pressing hall issues. A decision was made thus to shelf branding comm first and focus on the proper running of day to day matters. Whether or not it was the right decision, I’ll leave it to you all to judge lah, but it’s really regretful that we did not have the manpower to focus on that and i’m really sorry to the people who had put in so much work over the past year. On a more positive note, the archiving is in place and it’ll be passed down to the 53rd. So I’ll leave it to the 53rd to see if they have the resources to handle branding!

  13. 13 Buddhima
    March 19, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    thanks for the update :) btw, carnage, may I ask who you are? sorry I don’t know who’s who here :D if branding comm comes back around I’m willing to help. I’ve been willing to help ever since I left, just that I was never really kept in the loop since leaving. might as well pass down whatever I remember of it. cheers

  14. 14 Buddhima
    March 19, 2009 at 10:54 PM

    ah shit. my reply just disappeared! anyway, thanks for the update carnage! (may I ask who you are?) I was willing to help branding since I left, but I wasn’t really kept in the loop. anyway, if branding comm comes back to life, I’m still willing to help! branding comm has the potential to be something very cool. seriously. it can be related to PR comm stuff too. if it’s brought back, do give it enough manpower :)

  15. 15 Eric
    March 20, 2009 at 1:54 AM

    Carnage is Aik Leong… haha…

  16. 16 YL
    March 20, 2009 at 4:49 AM

    Way to go Budd!

    There is always an issue of manpower and resource allocation; about seeing the same faces in different activities; burning out of talents.

    Personal motivation and demand for CCA points hangs on a delicate balance / scale here. Tipping over too much on either side can one can kill a person’s enthusiasm and create frustration towards an organisation. On the positive side, these two factors can be employed to broaden the spectrum of manpower. So, let’s just say that KE7 do attract the wrong people and they cannot be motivated by any point of the scale. They are the ones who represent the valley in the manpower spectrum. A point brought up by Budd can be used to push this valley narrow:”Bring in people who can be kept in KE. Create an environment to keep these talents in KE. KE is not for everyone. Realise that.” ….. to realise this is to become selective of what KE7 wants and chooses to do and to have. But to be realistic, to achieve this, KE7 needs choices, a whole big wave pool of them. So it is valid that the first question that has to be answered is: How do we create these choices?

    my two cents worth
    YL =)

    PS. There you go Aik Leong… you already have a freelancer for the Branding Comm =P

  17. 17 Max
    March 30, 2009 at 12:59 AM

    i find that joining the still-doing-hall-activities-alumni club is the most useful way of sharing what we think to the current keviians!

    join us, KE alumni!

    (btw, alumni is a plural word, its singular is alumnus.)

  18. April 2, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    will join you next next month.
    now still not qualified.

  19. 19 Max
    April 2, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    =D welcome!

    which department do you wanna join? =P

  20. April 2, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    u 24hrs on web 1 ar.
    i just refresh n read other blog post, u already reply.
    i’ll join ‘culture production and event management’ department.

  21. 21 Max
    April 2, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    coincidence only… don’t get so high… but it’s not wrong that i am 24 hours on web, coz my work nature is like that loh…

    great! can you please serve and improve the ‘mood solvent’ sector of this department? i feel it lacks professionalism in many aspects…

  22. 22 Wai Kit
    April 2, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    wah….. recruitment so fast! GES, I guess I can only join u guys next year…… lol. I am still not graduated yet!!! Goodness……

  23. April 3, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    don’t graduate too fast leh ah kit. hahaha.

  24. 24 KK
    April 3, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    hmmm… off topic… let’s change to alumni section.
    ah kit? kp…

  25. April 3, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    yea! i was just about to say that.
    seems like great minds think alike.

    I’m actually thinking of building up the production quality as a whole. ICN, Amplitude, ECP (if there’s one…), Xin Yao Concert, etc..

  26. 26 KK
    April 4, 2009 at 7:06 AM

    Yes, definitely need to improve.
    But you meant having similar group of ppl running the concerts? Or try to ‘teach’ individual group how to run? Or maybe a mixture of both?
    er… really feel uncomfortable to continue here. can we have a bbs or forum… seems nowhere else suitable also.

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