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Colourful pageantry livens up NUSSU Rag Day

10 August 2012

President Dr Tony Tan with School of Design and Environment students

The colourful performance from Kent Ridge Hall and Sheares Hall

A ship adorned with starfish, a multihued winged dragon, a bakery featuring a huge cake, Romeo and Juliet descended on the Sports and Recreation Centre field at NUS Kent Ridge Campus on 10 August. They were among the 14 creative floats and characters showcased at the NUS Students' Union (NUSSU) Rag Day 2012, part of NUS' annual tradition. All the spectacular floats were built from recycled and environmentally friendly materials.

Thrilling and exhilarating performances put up by students from the halls of residences, schools and faculties kept the audience enthralled throughout the event. Gracing the Rag Day were Guest-of-Honour Singapore President and NUS Chancellor Dr Tony Tan Keng Kam, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS Provost and Deputy President (Academic Affairs) Professor Tan Eng Chye and the university senior administrators.

Themed EXcandescent or glowing with passion, the event aims to show appreciation to the public for their donations on Flag Day three days earlier. This year, more than S$460,000 was raised. The proceeds will benefit 20 beneficiaries under the Community Chest, including the Autism Children's Centre (Simei), Bright Hill Evergreen Home and Rotary Family Service Centre.

Expressing his thanks to the participants, NUSSU President Ang Yu Qian said: "The annual NUSSU Rag and Flag unites the NUS student community in the spirit of giving back to society. Rag and Flag is a rite of passage for all NUS freshmen and the process is an avenue to forge ties that bind."

Through the annual Rag and Flag Day, NUS has raised more than S$4.3 million in the past 10 years. Since 2003, the University has been receiving the Community Chest Special Events Gold or Plantinum Awards every year for its fund-raising endeavours.

The 2012 winners are:

Overall Winners
NUS Chancellor's Shield
  • Faculty: Business School
  • Hall: Kent Ridge Hall

Flag Awards
NUS President's Shield
  • Faculty: Business School
  • Hall: Kent Ridge Hall

Rag Awards
  • NUS President's Shield: Business School
  • Best Costumes Faculty: School of Medicine
  • Best Costumes Hall: Kent Ridge Hall & Sheares Hall
  • Best Creativity Award: Faculty of Law
  • NUS Favourite Float: Kent Ridge Hall & Sheares Hall
  • Most Environmentally Friendly Float: Faculty of Science