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First-ever NUSSU Rag Day at University Town

7 Aug 2013

(From left): Prof Tan Tai Yong, Vice Provost (Student Life); Wilson Deng Hui Shan, General Secretary; Liu Ziming, Project Director, Rag Committee 2013; Minister Heng Swee Keat; Goh Ren Kai, NUSSU President; Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President; Prof Tan Eng Chye, Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and NUS Provost; Soh Yi Da, NUSSU Vice President unveiling the appreciation shields to be awarded to all participating bodies

NUS Business School’s presentation on the grand kingdom of Zusbia was a hot favourite

The School of Design and Environment’s winning presentation which centred around toys was reminiscent of the simple joys of childhood

The Faculty of Science won two awards at Rag 2013 – the Gold Award and the most Environmentally Friendly Award

Town Green at NUS University Town (UTown) was a place transformed on 7 August 2013. Not only was it packed with students, faculty and staff who came to view the show for the NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) Rag Day 2013, the place was also filled with student performers decked in colourful costumes and decorated with massive displays, like a theme park well-adorned with larger-than-life toys, castles, sea creatures, giant candies, and other colourful and striking exhibits.

Fourteen dazzling exhibits and performances were presented by the NUS faculties and halls of residences on Rag Day this year, which was held for the first time at UTown and graced by Singapore Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat.

A unique NUS tradition since 1958, Rag Day has been a meaningful way of thanking the public for their generous donations during NUSSU Flag Day. It also affords many excellent opportunities for bonding among students from various faculty and hall groups during the months of intensive preparations for the big event.

Some changes were, however, introduced for this year’s Rag Day to further promote its original ideals and objectives. For greater cost-effectiveness and logistic efficiency, no lorries were employed to parade the displays this year. Instead, the props built with recycled materials were hand-assembled on stage. In addition, the NUSSU Council also implemented a budget cap of S$5,000 per participating body for its respective presentation.

Amidst the Rag Day buzz, there were crowds cheering for their favourite displays and performances, and even a bridal couple who was there for their photoshoot. Rag Day holds special significance for the couple as they first met at Rag Day in 2006.

The displays and performances were also judged competitively, contributing to the excitement. In keeping with the spirit of Rag & Flag and to prioritise the aspect of creativity over competitiveness, NUSSU opted for a banding system of judging over the typical placement system. This year’s results are as follows:

Gold Award
  • Kent Ridge Hall and Sheares Hall
  • NUS Business School
  • School of Design and Environment
  • Faculty of Science

Silver Award
  • Eusoff Hall and Temasek Hall
  • King Edward VII Hall and Raffles Hall
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • University Scholars Programme

Bronze Award
  • School of Computing
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Department of Pharmacy

Most Environmentally Friendly Award
  • Faculty of Science