By Sonia Maya (22A01C), Chairperson, Chen Bi Rui (22A01A), Vice-Chairperson, and Senthilkumaran Shruteekha (22S03E), Vice-Chairperson
Gavel? Isn’t that the law club?
(Un)fortunately, Gavel isn’t a club affiliated to any prestigious law school, nor do we spend our sessions learning the penal code by heart.
In actuality, Gavel Club is a subsidiary of Toastmasters International, an organisation that aims to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. At Gavel, we build members up to become confident speakers and people. Through a plethora of oratorical drills and impromptu speeches, Gaveliers are able to hone the many qualities needed to become an articulate speaker.
The Word of Mouth search bar. Always handy, always helpful, (nearly) always reliable. But behind the scenes, what our readers key into it is a different story. Here are some of last term’s very best queries, taken from your collective search history. (Vol. 1 | Vol. 2)
Note: Queries posted here are completely unedited.
(The preceding sentence, ironically, may be the only one in this article that’s truly uncontroversial.)
It’s nebulous and complicated and resistant to simplification. It’s hard to discuss sensitively, and even harder to discuss meaningfully. Basically: the odds were stacked against it from the beginning.
So this article won’t change the world. It might not even change your mind. But at the very least, it’ll probably change the way you view “race”, for better or for worse.
Reading Time: 8minutesBy Mabel Yet (19S03Q), Vanessa Lur (19S06Q) and Isabelle Tan (19S03S)
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
How would you feel if you were told, right now, that you were about to lose your vision for the rest of your life?
For most sighted people, being blind is perhaps the most terrifying fate. We perceive it as a life plagued with misery and helplessness, and of being wholly reliant on others. While we are aware that these are harmful stereotypes, the mere notion of blindness is haunting nevertheless. As we threaded our way through the unyielding darkness that night, an inexplicable fear struck some of us: what if this darkness stretched on indefinitely for the rest of our lives, becoming something we had to accept?