Hall vs. Residence who’s better?

Hmm, a little run-down...

Wah... Looks like some up-market condo!

By: Lim Fang Min & Benjamin Lim

After a tiring day at school, have you returned to hall feeling just a little jealous of our seemingly glamourous neighbours across the road? From the outside, our neighbours seem to be living in the lap of luxury, with condominium-like facilities available at their doorstep, not to mention beautiful landscaping of artificial waterfalls and large open squares like the ones below.

Look at that huge space...

Now, don’t lie to yourself, surely you must have been swayed at some point in time to give up your hard-fought place here for the greener pastures yonder? But before you pack your bags and head across the road to enjoy the high life, we’d like you to pause for a moment and consider: is PGP really better than KE7, or is there more than meets the eye? Hopefully, this short dissertation can cast aside those thoughts about vacating our beloved hall, when you understand how our hall is truly superior (at least in the aspects we considered).

Oh! The convenience of it all...

Why doesn't it ever end?

Perhaps, the greatest point of contention is the lifts they have that make the journey back to the apartment less arduous and comfortable. No doubt, E blockers on the 8th floor would very much welcome this amenity. But are lifts really all good? They consume large amounts of electricity and remove the need for us to exercise as we make our way to school each day. Having lifts makes the earth hotter and our girths larger! Not so good after all…

Cool and shady!

Parking lots have a much greater impact on our lives than you think! It has been shown by geologists that they are heat islands, which have the power to change our weather locally. By shading the parking lots, the heat and glare resulting from them can be significantly reduced.

Open concept...

But since many of us don’t drive, the parking lots are of little significance and consequence; being just a plot of asphalt-coated land which we pass by on our way to breakfast or dinner every day.

Like people always say, “a hungry man is an angry man”. Do not think that the place where we dine is not important, for it is our dining atmosphere that affects our mood and ultimately, our well-being. So where do the residents of KE7 have their meals every day?

Doesn't it feel like home?

It is none other than the KE7 dining hall, which is located right at the heart of the hall. Seemingly quiet and deserted throughout most times of the day, the place will start bustling with activity once breakfast/dinner time draws near. The biggest plus point of dining in hall: You get to eat with your friends! What’s better than being able to chat with your buddies over a good meal?

A myriad of stalls

Unlike in hall, our friends in PGP do not enjoy the luxury of catered meals. Thus, they spend their meal times in the PGP canteen, which offers a “large” variety of food, ranging from the most common Chinese cuisine to more exotic ones like Vietnamese food. Then again, no matter how large the variety is, one will definitely be bored at some point in time. Imagine eating from the same stalls for one semester… and the many more semesters to come…

Of course, we have not left out the most important aspect: Study rooms.

As diligent students who spend a large (and we mean LARGE) amount of time studying, the environment of the study rooms is of utmost importance.

Wouldn't you feel claustrophobic?

Well-equipped with bright lighting and work desks, PGP’s study room definitely looks like a good place for one to mug through the night.

But wait! In comparison with this:

Big and spacious… The place where you are one step closer to your CAP 5.0!

KE7’s study room is comparable to none. Not only is it roomy and well-ventilated, one does not need to worry about being too tired after a hard day’s work. Simply take a walk outside, enjoy the beautiful landscaping of our hall and you’ll be fully invigorated to continue the battle with your textbooks!

If that’s not enough, there are always the ever-convenient block lounges available and accessible to all.

Versatile & multi-purpose…just like everything else in hall!

So, is hall or residence better? Well, the answer is pretty obvious…


14 Responses to “Hall vs. Residence who’s better?”

  1. January 1, 2010 at 3:14 AM

    i don’t think you’re suppose to use “who” in reference to buildings.
    and actually no, the answer is NOT pretty obvious. argumentative essay – fail

  2. 2 zichun
    January 1, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Just thought I’d post something here to speak up for KE Press.

    I must say that the publications committee in KE has come a long way since the days when I was a freshmen in KE, but you don’t need to be a fourth year student to find that the articles in our hall blog are generally well-written (often very relevant and extremely funny), well-edited (I usually cannot detect typographical or grammatical errors) both in content and layout, and admirably up-to-date.

    Please do keep in mind that people are paid full-time salaries to maintain websites like these, but we have a team of part-time students and full-time KEVIIans who are doing their best to keep the publications wing of our hall up to date in a professional manner, and I feel that they’re doing a pretty remarkable job.

    Yes, to be frank, this article was not as well written as other articles that can be found in this blog, but let’s live and let live. Either make criticisms that are constructive and positive or read the other better articles and don’t comment on this one at all.

    IHG will be coming up soon, and I look forward to seeing more exciting articles of our sportsmen and sportswomen in action. I think that good reporting and coverage and mutual encouragement in sports fosters a strong spirit that makes us true champions regardless of whether we win the game itself or not.


    Keep up the good work, KE Press!


  3. 3 Zhengyu
    January 1, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    after disappearing for a million years, re-hi dudes!

    i agree with zichun, with just one point to add. a publication like this has to be constantly updated, even if there is exams, or holidays, or simply no major events. thank you for planning this article, and also touching on something close to heart.

    over here at ntu hall now, life isnt the same. i am not involved in the activities here and so it doesnt feel like the home in ke7. (well i’m overaged for uni, frankly.) but on the other hand work is heavy and i’m running more ccas outside of sch than ever before, so that keeps me occupied.

    keep up the good work and hope to hear more of you guys!

  4. January 1, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Thank you so much, Zichun & Zhengyu! KE Press will continue to work hard to provide KEVIIans with the latest news as well as entertaining articles! :)

  5. 5 Jonathan
    January 3, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    It’s a good photo essay though. I’ve seen far far worse =) Not bad guys!

  6. January 26, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Does the KE press REALLY need this many writers writing mediocre postings with no heart?

    That is why they mega-fail. Keviians are so niiiicccee, oh they write horribly but it’s ok! Good job! Good effort! It’s the effort that counts right? Sure we have improved but good luck to you if you want to rest on your laurels. Good luck to all of us when potential NUS students looking for a hostel google KEVII and end up here. And you wonder why nobody wants to come here.

  7. January 26, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    And by the way, just because we are students, it doesn’t mean we have no standards. Stop giving stupid excuses and learn something from SH, KR, TH and EH.

  8. January 26, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Hi keviian,

    I assure you that we are not resting on our laurels. Personally I don’t think that my writers have “no standards”, but of course there is always room for improvement. Thanks for your feedback.

    Janice Fan

  9. January 26, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    i think that you are too harsh on the ke press. why have they mega failed? they update often, and some of their articles are rather entertaining. i enjoy reading the hall blog, it keeps me updated about what’s going on in hall. what’s so great about the sites of the other halls? they just look nicer in layout, if you talk about how updated or how well-written the articles are, i think that ke press’s work is SO much better. esp for ihg reporting in the past few weeks! if you think so badly of keviians, what are you doing living here?

  10. 10 Wai Kit
    January 26, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Dear keviian,

    Giving you the benefit of doubt, I think you really do care about hall (caring sooo muuch that you would give such harsh comments). And yes, I do agree with striving for higher standards. But if you haven’t noticed, let me tell you from a very-very-old-senior’s point of view. KEVII Press was in such a bad shape when I was in Year 1 that honestly, I don’t care a shit about it. But what I see here is certain progress and I’m certain this progress won’t just stop here (Please don’t let me down KE Press). So please don’t conclude that people are just looking for “nice” comments only and lack the urge to be better. A word of comfort or two does bring the authors some drive to move on.

    If u truly feel that an article is horrible, just tell them it’s horrible (I for one could be very anal at times) and if u do know how horrible it is, why don’t you give them some advice on how not to be horrible? I don’t believe that people could truly improve just by listening to a bunch of demeaning comments.

  11. 11 Wai Kit
    January 26, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Oh, and one more thing. If I were a freshie reading this. I would think twice about KE because of YOUR comments, not the mediocre writing. Thanks for the warning=]

  12. January 27, 2010 at 6:04 AM

    Haha, Wai Kit, we have been through worse time.

    Well… to make this page not filled with finger-pointing/defending comments, why not start by giving constructive comments.
    Here’s my 2 cents worth of thoughts.
    1) KE7 cant really compete with the other halls in terms of certain facility, eg: lift, due to the fact that we are one of the oldest hall in this campus. But you forgot to mention the other facilities we have, eg: tennis court, multi-purpose-court, comm hall cum badminton court, and a unique squash court. take a bird’s eye view (using google map), and it wun be difficult to see that we are also big (area wise) and in close proximity to some other facility, eg, NUH (touch wood), SRC, etc..

    2) How about the activities we offer? tats one of the big things residences don’t offer.

    3) Everytime u mention something that KE is inferior to, defend it, back it up. Stating that ‘you get to eat with your friends’ over breakfast n dinner is a good one there. Definitely better than eating with strangers everyday.

    4) Which leads to my last point, I think things that truly make a hall different from a residence should not be the tangible things like those facilities, cos by the time Warren Campus is up, it will out-compete the other halls and residences. What I think truly make us different are the hall spirit, the people, and legacy, and that, my friend, can be another article on itself.

    To be frank, I do agree with some of the negative comments above to a certain extent. I’m not a writer, but I think like all things we do, we do it with a purpose. If this article has not make the KEVIIans past & present proud that they are part of a KE7 legacy, or make freshmen-to-be attracted to the hall, most likely this article has failed. (As to whether it fail to the extent of ‘mega’, i cannot judge).
    Maybe Editors can give suggestions and advices to the writer to improve. Not sure how KE Press works, but at least that’s what Mr Jameson in Daily Planet always do.

    Anyway, that’s one long comment.
    As someone who no longer stay in hall, I just wanna say thanks for keeping us updated.

  13. 13 Nick Chai
    January 28, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    Go Janice, we love ya.

    No point losing hair over rude a**wipes.

  14. 14 Jonathan
    January 29, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Dear keviian,

    I’ve written for KE Press for coming to three years already and have edited for the committee. I assure you I’m more than qualified to tell when an article has “Epic failed”. When I praise an article, I mean it. If you have been a writer and editor for KE Press too, do come and talk to me about it. Personally. Face to face. And we can discuss things like gentlemen, not children hiding behind anonymity.

    Jonathan Chan, F505
    Writer 07/08, 08/09, 09/10
    Editor 08/09

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