Category: Columns

FEEL: Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

By Mabel Yet (19S03Q) and Varun Karthik (19S06A)
Photos courtesy of Kathryn Oei (19A01A) from Raffles Photographic Society

In a perfectly ordered universe, we would hop out of our beds each morning at the keen ringing of our alarms. We’d buzz with energy as we attend all of our lectures and produce top-notch grades almost effortlessly. And we’d never break or buckle even under mounting pressure.

On the surface, it seems like everyone has got their act together, as we are expected to have. Having been blessed with so many privileges–from having a proper education to not having to worry about your next meal–it’s only expected that our lives ought to be impeccable and Oh So Wonderful. Yet, it is these expectations that have shrouded the difficult topic of mental health in shadow.

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Ready Player One – Is Entertainment Enough?

By Aaron Tan (19A01B)

It was at South by Southwest 2017, one of the largest annual conglomerates of film, interactive media, and music conferences in the world, that cinematic legend Steven Spielberg stepped onstage to debut his latest feature: Ready Player One.

The sci-fi CG bonanza, based on the titular New York Times bestseller by Ernest Cline, was one of the most anticipated movies of the year, not least by pop-culture aficionados all around the globe. It promised to be a rollicking adventure through virtual reality,  with one single, central goal — to entertain.

“This is not a film that we’ve made,” Spielberg quipped to the sold-out audience of the Paramount Theatre. “This is — I promise you — a movie.”

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018: A Preview

By Mabel Yet (19S03Q) and Varun Karthik (19S06A)

With campaigns about mental health issues popping up all over the world (Singapore included), as well as an unprecedented number of celebrities sharing about their own struggles, our awareness of mental health issues has significantly increased. This progress might have led many of us to assume that we are already well-aware of the misconceptions and stigmas that shroud mental disorders, resulting in our dismissal of the value of mental health campaigns. And for those who are struggling themselves, especially, they would know that mental health can be something inexplicably raw and personal – something which mental health campaigns cannot fully reflect.

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RI’s New Cafe, Professor Brawn: Great Food with a Great Cause

By Loh Lin (19A01D), Alyssa Marie Loo (19A13A) and Liu Enqi (19A01C)

Rumours have been going around: “There’s a new cafe where the old Manna Cafe was? And there’s Gong Cha?!” We at Raffles Press have set out to investigate this new Professor Brawn cafe, and we bring you this exclusive scoop before you see the cafe for yourself when it opens on 2nd July. We cover their special cause for special needs, their rumoured Gong Cha, and last but not least, their food.

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Imagining the World of Black Panther: Wakanda Life is That?

By Keziah Lam (19A01B) and Alyssa Marie Loo (19A13A)

Even if you have yet to watch the film, it is difficult not to know about Black Panther given how its success has flooded mainstream media. You are probably familiar with headlines like “Black Panther brings Afrofuturism into the mainstream”; “Why ‘Black Panther’ became the hero the world needs now”; or “Why ‘Black Panther’ May Be Marvel’s Best Movie Yet”. The film’s impact stems not only from it being an objectively good superhero movie, but also from how its progressive, Afro-centric setting shows perspectives highly relevant to contemporary issues of racial discrimination. Amidst all the adoration of Black Panther’s fictional and reclusive country of Wakanda, here’s what we imagine life in the high-tech, prosperous and isolationist country would be like.

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