Category: Human Interest

The New Faces: 38th Students’ Council Feature

By Wong Zi Yang (19A01D) and Joyce Lee (19S06O)
Photos courtesy of the 38th Student’s Council

Managing a 1200-strong student population with a team of 60 is no easy task — especially with the additional burden of academics, and for some, a second CCA. In spite of all this, our newly-inaugurated student Councillors strive to overcome these tribulations to bring a little something into the lives of Rafflesians. To get to know our new Councillors better, Raffles Press presents part two of our feature on the 38th Student’s Council, as interviewees Chew Jay Hong (19A13A), Tan Huiying (19S06O), and Fu Xianli (19S03O) share their feelings about Council and the ideals they wish to realise for the student population.

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Serve By Leading, Lead In Serving: 37th Students’ Council Farewell Feature

By Joyce Lee (19S06O) and Wong Zi Yang (19A01D)
Photos courtesy of the 37th Students’ Council

For the average student, the Students’ Council is merely the trio that looms above us on the third floor during morning assembly, and we see little of them outside of the fun and games during Orientation and Graduation Night. However, behind the glamourous facade of leadership lies a more mundane reality of long meetings, laborious planning processes and impromptu troubleshooting. Raffles Press presents part one of our Student’s Council feature, which aims to shed light on the internal workings of Council through an interview with the outgoing presidents, Beverly Fu (18S03Q), Warren Liow (18A01B) and Jared Foong (18S06H).

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Serve’s Up: Community Service in RI

By Lynn Hong (18A13A)
Photos courtesy of the various CCAs and CE01s featured

Raffles Press brings you an interview with the student leaders in community service to find out more about the heads of the our four service CCAs: Community Advocates, Interact, One Earth and Red Cross, and members of two CE01 projects: The Golden Page (TGP) and Silver Communities.

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Behind the Seams: The Designers of Raffles Runway

By Rachel Lee (19A01D), Soh Ying Qi (18A01C) and Soh Gek Shuen (18S03B)

Read the first part of this feature on the models of Raffles Runway here.

When one thinks of fashion, one inevitably sees the results: the looks paraded on red carpets, international Fashion Weeks and runways that, to the untrained eye, almost seem endless. Rarely is anything made of the process behind the show, the countless hours that go into sketching and sewing and a billion tiny modifications.

Similarly, the preparation for Raffles Runway’s annual showcase is laborious and lengthy, a fact that remains hidden when one sees the dazzling results. In this feature, Raffles Press brings you behind the scenes with one designer, Dou Jingzhi (18S03C), for a look at how it all comes together.

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Spotlight on the Control Room: Behind the Scenes with AVU

By Joyce Lee (19S06O) and Alyssa Marie Loo (19A13A)

Most of those attending Raffles Jazz’s Birdland concert would have had their eyes trained on the stage, mesmerised by the bright lights and talented performers. Unbeknownst to most, a totally different performance was taking place right behind them, in the shadows of the PAC control room. Four AVU members sat in tense silence, three of them manned the sound board, and one controlled the lights. Midway through a song, one of the AV members said urgently: “The bass, can’t hear the solo enough”. With a flurry of directions, fingers flipping and sliding switches across the soundboard, the lovely baritone of the bass solo began to glide over the sound system.

One might think AVU is simply present to ensure rudimentary technical functioning: making sure sound is working, lights are on, and the projector behaves when videos are played. Yet, as with so many other things, there is much more than meets the eye. Raffles Press had the opportunity to witness everything else that occurs in the control room, shining a spotlight on what really goes on behind-the-scenes, and how AVU plays a far more crucial, albeit almost invisible, role at every performance in RI.

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