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NUSSU Rag Day held for the first time as part of National Day Celebrations

11 August 2011

The School of Business was the overall champion and clinched the NUS Chancellor’s Shield

Guest-of-Honour NUS Board of Trustees member Mr Edward d’Silva (far right) unveiling the shields at the opening ceremony and onlooked by NUS Senior Administrators and NUSSU President

With the Marina Bay skyline as a backdrop, NUS students displayed their colourful floats and wowed the crowd with lively performances as part of this year’s NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) Rag Day themed “EXperience NUS”. This is the first time that the Rag Day is held in conjunction with the National Day celebrations on 9 August 2011 at The Promontory @ Marina Bay.

Rag Day is an annual NUS event held to thank the public for their generous donations during Flag Day where 4,800 freshmen and seniors pound the streets all over Singapore to raise funds for the needy. This year, more than $480,000 was raised for 21 beneficiaries such as the NTUC Eldercare Co-operative Ltd, the Metta Welfare Association, the Singapore Children’s Society and the Singapore Heart Foundation.

NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye said: "It is indeed a privilege for NUS to be a part of this year's National Day celebrations. The University is highly supportive of NUSSU's initiative to bring Rag Day 2011 out of campus this year to celebrate our nation's 46th birthday.”

Thanking all Flag Day participants and donors, NUSSU President Mr Christopher Cheong said: “It is indeed heartening to see that the support to the charity cause continues to be strong, and certainly heart-warming to see the portrayal of comradeship as we celebrate our nation's birthday.”

Following the yearly tradition, a range of beautiful floats were creatively constructed using recycled materials and showcased before the NUS community, together with lively performances put up by the students. This year, a total of 15 floats were built – 14 by students representing their faculties and hall of residences, and one by NUS alumni.

The event kick-started with the competitive float performances from the various faculties and schools. In the later part of the day, students from the halls of residences showcased their floats in the non-competitive category. This year the halls of residences teamed up to build and showcase their floats for a more concerted effort and grander display. The Rag and Flag 2011 winners are:

NUS Chancellor’s Shield
  • Best Overall: Business School

NUS President’s Challenge Shield
  • Best Rag: Faculty of Law

NUS President’s Shield
  • Best Total Collection for Faculty Clubs: Business School
  • Best Total Collection for Halls of Residence: Kent Ridge Hall

NUSSU Challenge Shield
  • Best Total Coin Collection for Faculty Clubs: Business School
  • Best per Capita Collection for Faculty Clubs: Business School
  • Most Environmentally-Friendly Float: Faculty of Science
  • Best Costume: Business School
  • Best Presentation: Faculty of Law
  • Best Float: Business School