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In anticipation of NUSSU Rag & Flag 2013

1 Aug 2013

Students from Kent Ridge Hall (top 2 photos) and NUS Business School working on their props for Rag Day
It’s that time of the year again, where big groups of students from different NUS faculties and halls of residence congregate in feverish preparation for the much-anticipated NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) Rag & Flag. A unique NUS tradition since 1958, the yearly Rag & Flag charity event has always drawn much enthusiasm from the University’s student community, who will spare no effort in doing their utmost for a good cause.

The customary Flag Day event, to be held on 6 August this year, will see NUS students travelling to different parts of Singapore and approaching members of the public for donations. The donations will go towards supporting a number of beneficiaries under the Community Chest.

Rag Day on 7 August, which is usually a colourful and competitive affair involving a parade of floats and performances by faculty and hall clubs, will continue to be a vibrant and creative showcase of student efforts to thank the public for their generous donations. It will be held at NUS University Town for the first time and graced by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

In keeping with the spirit of Rag & Flag, NUSSU has, however, introduced some changes for this year’s event to further promote its ideals and objectives. Themed “Extending love and Experience NUS”, it seeks to be even more cost-effective and logistically efficient.

Not only will the props be handmade using recycled materials as in times past, they will also incur less transportation costs and logistics this year with the removal of lorries for the presentation. In addition, the NUSSU Council has implemented a budget cap of S$5,000 per participating body.

Holding firmly to the event’s core tenets of “Custom, Camaraderie and Community”, the Council also prioritised the aspect of creativity over competitiveness by introducing a banding system of judging the displays and performances over the typical placement system.

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