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iSpeak 2013 presents a contest of words By Grace Lim he fear of public speaking is greater than that of death. That was a quote used by the School of Communication’s (SOC) dean, Josephine Tan in her opening address to the crowd gathered at LT12 on 25 September for iSpeak 2013. iSpeak is an annual inter varsity public speaking competition organized by SOC, which was introduced in 2010 with the aim of promoting public speaking. “This year is the first year that we’ve added in a category for secondary school, which we have limited to the Klang Valley and hope to expand it to the rest of the country as we go on,” Tan said. She ended her speech by congratulating the finalists and wished them all the best. The judges for the event were then introduced, of which the head judge was former Miss Malaysia Universe 2003 Elaine Daly who wears many hats as an actress, television show host, model and attorney. The other judges were host of popular local Youtube channel, ‘That Effing Show’ and BFM radio deejay, Ezra Zaid as well as entertainer Jonathan Seevaratnam who is otherwise known as Jiggee Jon in the creative industry. The event began with Category A,


Category A tertiary level winners.

which was for the tertiary level students. This category saw seven finalists speak on the topic ‘Tapping creativity of youth through Web 2.0’. After a short break, the competition resumed with Category B for the secondary school students with the given topic ‘Future of independent learning through technology’. When the contestants were done, the

judges deliberated over the results and then they were announced. Richard Stephenson won first place for Category A, and Harsimrat Kaur, 16, took home the first prize for Category B. For Harsimrat, she was delighted and shocked at the same time, as it was her first time participating in such a competition. “I was involved in a debate in

school, and my teacher, who was present, handed me the form for this competition as she thought it would be good exposure for me,” Kaur said. “I never expected to win, and so I was very excited about everything,” she added. This is the second consecutive year that Taylor’s University has hosted the iSpeak competition.

Dish washing World Record A group of friends inspire a trial run at Taylor ’s ‘pay it forward’ movement By Matthew Hernandez Tong


t was a rare sight at Taylor’s University when students of different nationalities gathered and sat down around the amphitheatre, each consuming a plate of nasi lemak. The occasion was a trial run before the actual attempt of breaking the Guinness World Records for the longest line of washed plates in the world title. On 14 September 2013, Malaysians managed to break the Guinness World Records at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium by washing 26,213 plates with only one 800ml bottle of Joy dishwashing liquid. The official figure of plates washed was verified by Guinness World Records representative Blythe Fitzwilliam, which was equivalent to 6.8km in length.

Guinness stated that the only way the record could be considered legitimate was if people consume the food served on the plates. P&G senior activation executive Melvin Wong Vern Ping, 27, said the reason he chose to organise the demonstration in Taylor’s University was because of the favourable number of students. It was also aimed at demonstrating the cleaning prowess of Joy, a dish washing detergent distributed by Procter & Gamble (P&G). “Taylor’s University proves to be a great platform to kick start this record breaking attempt. Just look at the amount of students consuming our nasi lemak!,” Wong added. The previous record was achieved in India with a little less than 16,000 washed plates.

By Tatiana Azman


f there is one thing that Keep the Change wants everyone to know is that they are not here to start an organization, but to start a movement of kindness towards humanity. One of the founding members, Sanjaya Kumaraseri explained that the purpose of Keep the Change was to create a domino effect of compassion for those less fortunate. “The message we want to get across is to replicate what we’ve done,” he said. “The idea is that you can do this anytime you want. You see a homeless person, just give something.” It was YouTube videos of individuals helping impoverished people that inspired Sanjaya and his four friends to get together

one night and start distributing homemade sandwiches to the homeless around the Pudu area. After seeing the response from people receiving food, the group wanted to do more. Calling themselves the Helpeteers, they have since collected clothes and gotten food donations from a caterer to distribute. “Before we started [Keep the Change], the only idea we had was to go to a home, go to an orphanage, give food, spend time. There’s so many different ways to good stuff,” Sanjaya added after recalling a time when he and his friends bought food for a homeless man they saw every day during lunch hour. “When you see someone in need, it takes that little time to make a difference.”

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Ignorance is bliss, but communication is key By Thomas Yap


aylor’s University hosted an Interfaith Dialogue Forum that offered insights on the misunderstandings and misconceptions of the three main religions in Malaysia – Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Aptly named ‘Misconceptions of my religion,’ the forum was comprised of a three-speaker panel that included Pastor Eugene Yap (Christianity), Lim Jooi Soon (Islam) and Taylor’s University’s Vijaya Samarawickrama (Buddhism) from the American Degree Transfer Programme. Yap said the highlighted religions all struggled with answering four main issues. “It has been a battle to understand the ultimate reality or truth, the definition of good and evil, happiness and suffering, as well as life after death,” Yap added.


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Pastor Eugene Yap on Christianity According to Yap, the biggest misconception about the origin of Christianity was that it began in the Middle East, rather than in the West, despite being predominantly preached there. Another widely misunderstood fact was whether Christianity has one or three Gods. “The Trinity is the expression of the same God in three different mediums – God the Father, God the Son ( Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit working in perfect harmony,” he explained. Lim Jooi Soon on Islam Media has played a role in contributing to the misunderstanding of Islam. Lim Jooi Soon, a Muslim of Chinese ethnicity, explained that most misconceptions happen when messages from the Qur’an are misinterpreted. “Sentences or phrases in holy books of various religions should not be taken

Questions that students posed to the panel of speakers.

out of context,” said Lim, adding that some singular words in the Qur’an can have various meanings. Another misconception discussed was the changing of names after converting to Islam. Lim, who retained his Chinese name after conversion, explained that the changing of names is not a teaching of Islam, but that most Muslims choose to change their names because of its virtuous meaning. Vijaya Samarawickrama on Buddhism Vijaya explained that the general misconceptions derived from Buddhism come primarily from the Buddhists themselves. He highlighted that Buddhism was neither pessimistic nor optimistic, but advocated realistic explanations of the world and does not worship idols. “Idols are merely focal points for believers to meditate and in turn, to calm their minds,” said Vijaya.

Photo Source Mohamed Hanif.

“The carved images and stones serve as a reminder of what the individual is trying to achieve.” Vijaya also dismissed the idea that Buddhism required followers to be vegetarians, and emphasized that it is not what goes into the mouth that makes the body unclean, but what comes out of the mind. “It is not a must for Buddhists to be vegetarians, but it is certainly encouraged because it is healthier,” he added. “Buddhism essentially promotes compassion, a value all believers are ought to uphold.” The event was the second Interfaith Dialogue Forum organized by the Muslim Students Association of Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, the Buddhist Society, and Taylor’s University Christian Fellowship, and sponsored by Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia. *The viewpoints expressed in the article were entirely the opinions of the speakers.

Smoking e-cigarettes banned on campus By Adelaine Pek


n the effort to promote the practice of healthy lifestyle on campus, Taylor’s University has banned the smoking of e-cigarettes effective from September 2013. E-cigarette was introduced to the United States in 2007 and was offered as an alternative for smokers. A simple survey of about 50 students conducted at Taylor’s Lakeside campus found that 80% students would try an e-cigarette despite being unaware of the consequences of smoking it. Students were only aware about how e-cigarettes are tobacco-free, students disregarded the side-effects of nicotine present inside the e-cigarettes and the potential risks from inhaling it. Smoking an e-cigarette can still cause damage to the lungs. Scientists from the University of Athens

found that e-cigarette users experience an instant increase in airway resistance that lasted for 10 minutes. Imagine huffing and puffing on it. Students’ limited knowledge towards this form of smoking was believed to be the reason behind the rise of e-cigarette smokers among youngsters. The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has sounded the alarm over the increased use of e-cigarettes among students. The CAP has urged the Health Ministry to ban the sales. While e-cigarettes do not produce secondhand smoke, they do produce secondhand vapor. It is still unknown whether secondhand vapour from e-cigarettes pose any health risks to non-smokers. In accordance to Taylor’s University

Although still harmful, study shows device will help quit smoking.

Smoke-Free Policy, first-time offenders will be met with the Vice President of Student Experience for a verbal warning. Students repeating the offence are subjected to a fine of RM50 and a warning letter. If a third offence is recorded, the student will be fined RM100 and subjected to disciplinary action with the possibility suspension from their programme.

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Celebrating the full moon

By Adelaine Pek


anterns of pink, yellow and orange decorated the tables outside of Student Life Centre as students participated the Taylor’s Chinese Society 2013 Mid-Autumn Festival. Tables were lined with food brought by the attendees varying from traditional mooncakes to the western cakes, Chinese bee hoon Fried Chicken. Chinese Society advisor, Faith Yeo explained to the crowd the meaning behind this year’s theme ‘Potluck’. “The theme we decided on is sharing, and what better way to show it by organizing a potluck instead of the usual catering,” she said. Co-chairperson of this year’s MidAutumn festival event, Tan Yi Jin, was happy with the turnout. “There were more students present at the event than I expected,” he said.

Students illuminate the night with lanterns.

Tan explained as the Chinese Society in campus, they held the responsibility of spreading and preserving the Chinese culture. It is also their objective to ensure that youngsters continue to practice the culture.

“It is a great way to socialize too,” he added. As the students enjoy their dinner, Taylor’s Music club serenaded students with their melodious singing. The audience sang along to old Chinese

songs and even demanded for an encore. The Taylor’s Dance club also entertained the students with a spectacular performance. The Chinese believed that a wish has a higher chance of coming true during MidAutumn festival. Students were given the opportunity to experience this tradition by writing down their wishes on paper and have them hanged on trees. The peak of the whole event was when lanterns and candles were distributed to every student attending the event. Students lit up their lanterns excitedly and many took the chance to snap a memorable photo. From afar, lanterns of various shapes and colors could be seen as students held onto their individual lanterns and circled the campus. The night ended with the students forming a circle and singing along to the Chinese classical folklore songs.

Counselling department advocates positivity among students By Matthew Hernandez Tong


aylor’s University Counselling and Psychological Services Centre (CPSC) organized a mental wellness campaign this year focusing on optimistic thinking. Their motto, I am Positive+, advocated positive thinking and the need to eradicate negative mindsets. The campaign this year, as compared to last year’s, saw an extension of booths supplementing their objective, which was to promote optimism. CPSC counsellor Kok Choon Foong, 29, said the booths allowed participants to be more expressive, socially engaging and at the same time encouraged creativity. One of the booths saw participants

solving puzzles, which upon completion revealed inspirational quotes. “This serves as an addition to their experience at the booth. Not only do they get to play different games, but at the end of it, they walk away feeling uplifted,” said Kok. The purpose of the counselling centre is to enhance students’ experience in the university by supporting them in the process of academic, personal and spiritual growth, Kok added. The counselling centre is available to those who seek personal consultation, relationship counselling and educational seminars. Students solving a puzzle at the booth during a 2-day campaign.

Happenings in Eat fresh and local By Shafina Sukiman Taylor’s FIS Pre-ETP Event Zombie Survival Challenge Senior students of Foundation in Science are organising a preEnglish Term Project (ETP) event called ‘Zombie Survival Challenge’ in order to collect funds for charity. The event allows participants to experience an apocalypse as they survive a horrifying survival game by achieving simple objectives with the risk of zombies chasing after their brains.



f you are interested in buying local produce, look no further than our own Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus. Taylor’s Business School has launched a weekly Fresh-Mart that will be in operation until the end of October as part of their Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. 60% of all purchases will be directed to the local farming and Orang Asli communities who are the ones supplying the produce. Students can look forward to the market every Monday and Wednesday afternoon at Block C, level 1 from 12pm- 2pm. Every purchase over RM20, customers will receive a free recyclable grocery bag. Those who are unable to attend the market during allocated times can place their orders online at

Taylor’s hold pre-budget talk By Matthew Hernandez Tong


n light of the country’s 2014 budget, Taylor’s University held a pre-budget discussion hosted by Astro Awani’s anchor Rizal Zulkapli. The discussion focused on human capital and the challenges that they face to improve economic transactions. The essence of human capital is the measure of the economic value of an employee’s skill set. In 1960, economist Theodore Schultz invented the term human capital for the purposes of reflecting the

Participants sharing their ideas on human capital and the challanges they face to improve economic transactions.

value of human capacities. Shultz believed that human capital can be invested through education and proper training that will improve a company’s quality and the level of production. Among the present were Taylor’s University vice chancellor and President Professor Datuk Dr Hassan Said, deputy vice chancellor Professor Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud and co-founder of Executive, Empowering Youth Endeavour, Christopher Tock.


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Students teach underprivileged kids By Matthew Hernandez Tong


tudents from the Leo, Rotaract, Wacky and Free Arts Movement clubs of Taylor’s College Subang Jaya got together and organized a noble event for underprivileged orphans. The 2013 Classroom Xperience was aimed to get as many volunteers to pass on their knowledge and share experiences to the children. Taylor’s College Subang Jaya Leo club vice president Elden Choo Ee King, 19, said this event’s objective was to give the children the opportunity to experience education on a holistic scale. “Our motto is to Reach As We Teach. Basically we become their parents for the day, guiding

the children throughout this 8-hour event,” Choo said. There were three sections to the event. The academic classes, arts and craft sessions and games. Each section was meticulously planned to provide the best learning experience for the children. There were about 60 volunteers and they were comprised of students from Taylor’s, Sunway University and volunteers from the public. The orphans were of mixed races from t he Rumah Hope of Petaling Jaya, Puchong Learning Centre and the House of Joy.

The art of feature writing By Grace Lim


avichandran D.J. Paul, 48, graduated from University of Malaya in 1991 with a degree in genetics. However, one thing led to another and now, 22 years later, he sits at the desk of Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia (Malaysian National News Agency), BERNAMA for short, as the assistant news editor for the features section. The 48 year-old was in Taylor’s University on 11 September 2013 as a guest lecturer to students from the School of Communication. ‘Feature Writing’ was the title of his presentation, as he enlightened the students on his journey as a journalist. He began by displaying a few feature articles, and proceeded to interact with the students about the way the article was written, if it was engaging enough and what set one article from the other. “It (feature writing) is not like news writing, where your editor sends you out on an assignment, the feature writer must have

an idea of what to write,” Ravichandran said. “Your title must be interesting, it should be very engaging,” he said in reference to what made an article attractive to the readers. He stressed that there was a story behind everything, and one should have journalistic instincts wherever they went. He has written articles of all categories, the most controversial being an article on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issue in Alaska, and his interviewees include former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. He concluded by giving pointers to the students on how to write good feature articles, that they should have a good command of the language, do their research, have good analytical skills. “That way, you can write a convincing piece that will draw the readers in.” “You do not want to lose your way while writing, or you’ll lose the readers as well.”

Participants and volunteers of the 2013 Classroom Xperience.

Ravichandran (standing) interacting with the students.

Boey’s advice to Taylorians By Adelaine Pek

“My career path was different as

I did not study creative writing but if you really want to, you can make a living out of anything.” Those were the words of Cheeming Boey (pic), primarily known only as Boey, during ‘Readings at Taylor’s’. Boey is best recognized for his illustrations on foam coffee cups and his autobiographical graphic novel ‘When I was A Kid’. The charming author offers stories from his day, lovingly rendered by hand and presented in quirky comic book style with stick figures. He has diligently stuck with it for seven years and counting. “With opportunity, there definitely is a certain amount of stress that comes along with it,” he said. But Boey believes that anything is possible as long as you are determined.

Even though publishers continuously rejected his book over a four-year period, Boey did not abandon hope and decided to self-publish instead. Eventually, the book became a hit with a sequel to boot. “If you really want to make something work, you will make it work,” he added. Don’t be afraid to chase after your dreams, was Boey’s final advice to the crowd of students. “You can meet your demise anytime,” he said.

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TCSJ charity raises RM5K By Thomas Yap


wacky carnival turned out to be a fruitful fundraiser for two educational charity efforts. Taylor’s College Subang Jaya students raised RM5000 for an Orang Asli learning centre through the Strategic Education Methods & Ongoing Advancement (SEMOA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Both organisations received a total of RM2500 respectively, as the funds were raised through the sales of coupon booklets that were redeemable for food and games during the carnival. Welfare and Charity Keen Youths’ Society (WACKY) organised the Heart Rock Carnival with the ‘Wicked Fairytale’ Halloween theme.

WACKY President Karen Yung said that the SEMOA foundation was chosen as the club wanted to contribute to the welfare of the local people in Malaysia. “It is actually a learning centre for the Orang Asli in Raub (Pahang) and we hope that the money channeled would be used to fund the activities and materials for educational purposes”, said Yung. UNICEF was chosen, as one of the club goals for this year is to act as a platform for students to contribute to the society on an international level. The Heart Rock Haunted Maze and local band ‘Once upon a time, there was a sausage named Bob’ were some of the highlights of the evening.


Competitions for this month

BMW Shorties 2013 Malaysia’s highly-acclaimed short film competition is back for its seventh year. BMW Shorties is a cultural initiative by BMW to provide amateur filmmakers with a platform to discover their talent. BMW Shorties 2013 invites all budding film directors to showcase their talent. So get your juice flowing and take your filmmaking skills to the next level. Theme: Inspiration Prize: A production grant worth RM75,000 Deadline: 31 October 2013 For more information, log on to:

Students soaking up the atmosphere at the Heart Rock Carnival.

Taylorian’s come together for a cleaner environment By Adelaine Pek


t is rather common to see rubbish clogging the drains of SS15 and the shops’ walls plastered with illegal stickers. This observation of such eyesores and the residents’ discomfort led Taylor’s College Community Service Ambassadors to organize the gotong-royong (cleaning up) Green Movement. This special event was held in conjunction with World Clean Up Day. The movement was a success as an overwhelming amount of volunteers gathered early on a Saturday morning in the Learning Hub. The volunteers were dressed in green to support

environmental awareness and a cleaner environment. The tasks involved were cleaning the streets, drains and the removal of illegal stickers and posters along the streets of SS15. It was a touching moment for the manager of Green Movement, Sandhya Prem, to see youngsters putting their hearts into cleaning the targeted areas. “We couldn’t have done it without them,” she said. Due to the great response from the student body, Taylor’s College Community Service Ambassadors hopes to organize another round of gotong-royong next year.

Tropfest South East Asia 2013 Tropfest was established 21 years ago in a Sydney cafe to screen a short film made by John Polson and has since become a truly international festival. The Southeast Asian edition of the festival and competition will make its debut in Penang, Malaysia on 24 and 25 January 2014. Tropfest Signature Item: Rice (can use the item in any way you choose and are encouraged to be creative in your interpretation of ‘RICE’)

Prize: First prize: USD10,000 cash award & a five day industry immersion trip in Los Angeles All finalists: USD500 cash award Deadline: 28 October 2013 For more information, log on to:

Volunteers clearing up the clogs in the drain.


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Venezuelan heritage featured at CODA


By Thomas Yap


vibrant array of colours and mythical showcases of drawings and masks depicting a Venezuelan folk culture and tradition was on display at the Centre of Design & Architecture (CODA) on 23 September. The poster photography exhibition themed the Dancing Devils of Corpus Christi was attended by Venezuelan Ambassador of Malaysia His Excellency Manuel Antonio Guzman Hernandez. The School of Architecture, Building and Design Dean Tony Liew Voon Fun said even though CODA has evolved over the course of the last two years, its current home at the commercial block on campus maintains its original function as a collaborative learning space. “Students can use this gallery to display their own artwork in addition to it being open to the public,” said Liew. This unique folk tradition was chosen by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be in its List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding last year.

From left to right: Venezuelan Ambassador Manuel Antonio Guzman Hernandez, Dean Tony Liew and Ernesto Carlos Pujazon Patron at the opening ceremony

The central motive was religious, since these devils dance on the Roman Catholic holiday of “Corpus Christi.”, Latin for “Body of Christ.” The liturgical feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity, nine weeks after Holy Thursday which was right before Easter. The Dancing Devils’ tradition involved drumbeats and devilish masks, made of painted papier-mâché. They danced around the main plaza of their towns and finally stopped in front of the church door, where they knelt down to receive the priest’s blessing. The symbolism was clear, Christ has subdued Satan, good prevails over evil. The exhibition showcased 34 works that also included

a life-sized mask and creative thinking paper that were developed by the students of semester one from the Foundation in Design programme. Liew was confident that the exhibition would provide the students and the public an insight into the much-loved South American tradition of Corpus Christi. During the launch, guests were treated to light snacks prepared by students from the Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. The event was organised by Ernesto Carlos Pujazon Patron from the School of Design. CODA is located at Commercial Block One situated opposite Starbucks. The exhibition runs from 23 September to 4 October.

Internship: Kenneth Ng learns more than expected By Tatiana Azman


or university students, the internship period marks not only the closure of their collegiate experience, but also marks their introduction to the rat race. The Inkslingers met up with business student Kenneth Ng to find out about his internship experience as part of the Supply Chain team at Nestlé Products Sdn Bhd. What attracted you to work with Nestlé Products Sdn Bhd? One of the main reasons why I chose Nestlé was simply due to the fact that they trusted me to offer me a position. I had various people and companies telling me that Supply Chain was a very specialized area and they rarely took interns in. I had the opportunity to speak to Nestlé’s Human Resource at one of the career fairs held at Taylor’s University and they told me that at Nestlé, as long as I had the right attitude, there is nothing which they can’t teach me. Here you have the biggest food manufacturer in the world, ready to take a 5th semester business student on board. So Nestlé, a giant in every right, actually giving me the opportunity to do an internship in an area of my choice definitely made me believe that I just had to do my internship here.

What were your duties at Nestlé? My main duty was to pick up as much knowledge as I could while assisting my manager, who was the Supply Chain Business Excellence Manager. Among some of the tasks I did was assisting product forecasting, converting raw data into information and then analysing them to form trends, doing in-house presentation and assisting my manager in events. I also had the chance to sit in for various training

Kenneth Ng (left) at Taylor’s Career Fair.

How do you think your experience will help with your future career? With exposure to the different obstacles faced by the Supply Chain department, I would have better management skills, having to take into account different departments problems and needs before setting my own objectives. Ultimately my internship experience has taught me that no department in the company works solo. I [also] had the opportunity to work and interact with different people and this helps in developing my interpersonal and social skills.

sessions along with the full-time employees. Though it was baffling, it was good exposure as now I had lived supply chain instead of learning it from a textbook. What were career-specific skills you acquired during the 3-month period? My manager taught me not only about Supply Chain, but being in the working world, and being a responsible adult committed not only to work, but to family and others. I believe that all these, in a way, are careerspecific skills.

I now know how complex Supply Chain actually is; more so in a multinational enterprise like Nestlé. I also believe that developing oneself as an individual is equally career-specific and ultimately, a company is as good as its people What was the best and/or most challenging part of your experience? The most challenging part of my experience would be experiencing the experience itself! My knowledge of supply chain was limited to a textbook. I had no idea that even within supply chain there were so many functions, and it was really a challenge to put all the functions and departments together. Nestlé also had this knack of having 3-lettered acronyms and there were so many of them! It was perfectly normal day in the office to hear 3 to 4 acronyms in one sentence! But with effort, persistence and patience, I could understand sentences being spoken by the second half of the second month. What advice would you give to a student seeking an internship? Go for anything you really want to do! I look at an internship as an opportunity to be around real serious work while being expected and allowed to make as many mistakes possible, and also to ask as many questions as we can. One thing I learned is that learning and experience is something that every individual fights for, not a privilege that will be handed on a silver platter. During my internship, I would say the best learning times would be the one hour lunch session with my boss, or the 30 minutes Q&A session which I pestered my boss for. I humbly believe that we should always bear in mind that an internship does not guarantee us the experience of learning; what it does is give us is a platform to learn and experience. The rest is up to us.

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United we stand, divided we fall Be heard! T


ear reader, only one main intention - to improve the standing and the I am very honoured and humbled to be able to environment of our university. write this first piece of editorial as your President President Barack Obama once said, “One voice can of the Taylor’s University Student Council. change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it All committee members in the newly elected council can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change are, in fact, honoured as well to be elected to serve you a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and through this council. if it can change a nation, it can change the world.” Right now, you may be reading this article in class, in Remember that your voices can change the world. the library or even at home. We recently ran ‘The Voice’ Campaign; a movement To be honest, it is quite difficult for me to write this exists to create awareness for students to voice out their piece as I intend to make it relevant to everyone - every campus feedbacks through Student Council’s channel of individual who is a student of Taylor’s University. communication. My message to you is We hope you are now aware of the avenues simple: Let’s unite! to channel your feedbacks to regarding The Taylor’s University academic and non-academic matters in this Student Council aspires to university. unite the Taylor’s community Adding on, the Student Council would from various backgrounds like to emphasize that we strongly believe in and to create our own unique the uniting factor that Clubs and Societies identity and culture together. bring to our community. The Student Council We acknowledge the roles and successes intends to make it clear that of such bodies in bringing students together our priorities are to continue from various faculties, schools, age groups our predecessor’s efforts in and backgrounds of this university. building and sustaining more We intend to facilitate, with your platforms for students, staffs, support, greater collaborations between the lecturers and others to interact various clubs and societies and even schools and to unite. to implement meaningful events or projects Unity will unleash our Student Council President Lim Ben-Jie that benefit the Taylor’s community at large. untapped potential while allowing us to face any challenges Personally, I do intend to see every Club and Society that might come our way. achieve greater milestones through your own dedication As said by the late great Winston Churchill, “When and hard work. So, come on! there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt Do join us in our pursuit to further strengthen Taylor’s you.” University in terms of its attractiveness and quality as an In my opinion, Taylor’s University has a great culture institution of higher learning in Malaysia. that constantly promotes openness in interaction and Let’s one day look back and be proud to call ourselves communication. an alumnus of this university. Thus, we must continue to embrace and protect this Remember, it always takes two to tango, therefore, culture that will allow us, as Taylorians, to leap further in do play your part in shaping Taylor’s University into a our future undertakings. university that it truly deserves to be. Being the chief representative body, we exemplify your voices. To achieve greater unity, the Student Council To serve with honour, is ready to listen and to act upon your ‘voices’ that have Student Council President Lim Ben-Jie

aylor’s University Student Council wants to hear about your campus life! The Voice Campaign exists as an avenue for students to voice out any and all concerns they have in regards to their university experience. Director of the Campus Welfare Team, Joshua Chieng, explains that the campaign serves to inform the student body that their troubles will be heard and that the Student Council will do all they can to bring change by liaising with management. The Campaign had their official launch on 23 September and 400 students have shared their voices since. If you have any concerns or praise to share do not hesitate to contact us at: Online form: http://bitly.tuvoice Location: SLC Block B, Level 1 Office hours: Tuesday 12-2pm.

Taylor’s University Student Council 2013/2014 President Lim Ben-Jie E: Vice President Joash Nicholas Ong E: Secretary Neo She Yee (School of Pharmacy) E: Treasurer Chan Chin Wei E:

Board of Directors Director : Campus Welfare Joshua Chieng Lie Yang E: Assistant Director : Campus Welfare Chan Min Yao E: Committee Members : Campus Welfare Gan Chi Kang E: Qistina Johari E: Yip Hong Yung Justine Te Wong Shu Yi Lim Jia Wing

Director : Campus Integration Lim Andrea Tzejia

Director : Campus Relations Dinesh Karthikesu

Asistant Director: Campus Integration Teoh Gini

Assistant Director : Campus Relations

Committee members : Campus Integration Japan Shaban Gahwita Mohd Ariff Bin Mohd Yusoff Ang Yeu Jiunn Bernadette F. Mailap Afshin Alipoor Amir Rahimi Ferdasinezhad

Sien Ka-Shing Committee members : Campus Relations Ng Shu Hui Karina Wuan Wai Chui Haw Wen Jie Niki Tan Yuen Lyin Loo Tong Yang



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Taking strides to ‘Think Pink’ By Grace Lim


ink as they say, is the colour of health. Thus, the pink ribbon is used as a symbol of breast cancer awareness all around the world. Many women, especially younger women have little to no knowledge about breast cancer, and brush it off as a small issue. So, is there anything that young women can do? According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, 40% of breast cancer cases can be avoided by lifestyle choices, of which include: Sugar: Too much of anything, is not good for your health. Fructose is considered to be most harmful and should be avoided as much as possible.

Charred meats: Charcoal has been linked to increased breast cancer risk. Acrylamide: carcinogen created when food containing starch is baked, fried or roasted have been found to increase the risk of breast cancer as well. Alcohol: Limit your alcohol intake! Vitamin A: Research has shown that this vitamin is pivotal in preventing breast cancer. Vitamin A-rich foods include egg yolks, milk, chicken liver or beef. The lack of awareness, which is the leading cause of deaths due to breast cancer, as most women are not aware of it until its later stages. In Malaysia, breast cancer is the most common cancer among others, and also

the most common among women. What is even more alarming is that statistics show the number of breast cancer patients has increased over the years. As of now, there is no standard cure for cancer, but there are steps every person, especially women, can take to join this effort in bringing about more awareness regarding breast cancer. October is the designated month for breast cancer awareness, and globally, many events have been set up in conjunction with this good cause. Since the year 2011, Pantai Hospital Klang has initiated a run called ‘The Pink Charity Run’ to raise awareness about breast cancer, and has since assisted in bringing this ailment to light. This

Celebrating 50 years of unity By Shafina Sukiman


ifty years ago, Malaysia was fully formed with the addition of Sabah and Sarawak on 16 September and we have yet to rekindle on the day that promised peace to the nation. In conjunction with Malaysia day, We Are Malaysian Made (WAMM) organised a two-day long festival that included various Malaysian NGOs, traditional performances and a special appearance by Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevaasan. There was an air of unity in Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar during the festival. People from many walks of life came to celebrate the formation of Malaysia by sharing local flavours and learning about our brethrens over on East Malaysia.

The Women’s Aid Organisation and the Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) were some of the NGOs present to increase awareness regarding Malaysia day. On a lighter note, the Association of Science, Technology and Innovation demonstrated simple science experiments for the children that were present. The demonstration attempted to create interests in science amongst the children. Also present at the festival was the art community with their exhibition named “Other Malaysia: Alternative Realities.” The booth saw various artists displaying works depicting their personal interpretation of the personal

and national history of Malaysia. In the evening, a plethora of traditional performance organised by PUSAKA, an NGO that preserves traditional forms of Malaysian art and cultural practices. The performances included both traditional and contemporary skits, such as a Lion Dance, traditional Sabahan and Sarawakian dances, and a set from Az Samad as Cheryl Tan from the Malaysian Music Project. The inclusion of the many backgrounds, causes and art forms within this celebration was all that was needed for one to experience Malaysia for its multiculturalism and the unity that binds the nation.

MTV World Stage Malaysia returns for fourth year By Tatiana Azman


ar East Movement screamed it the best: “There’s a party in the house no matter your race!” And a party it was indeed. Neither rain nor humidity could stop the 15,000 fans from making their way to Surf Beach at Sunway Lagoon for the annual MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013. Hosted by MTV’s VJ Hanli and Alan, there was no shortage of hands thrown in the air and bodies rocking to the beats of a stellar all-male lineup. Malaysia’s own hip hop sensation, Joe Flizzow opened the concert, pumping up the crowd with songs that included collaboration with SonaOne and Altimet. The show continued to satisfy the K-pop enthusiasts with EXO’s dancing and crooning show-stopping performance. Far East Movement took to the stage with a twelve-song medley, including their chart-topping Like a G6 and crowdfavorite Turn Up the Love, and ignited their fans with the crowd-surfing antics of Prohgress and an inflatable duck. From hip hop to K-pop, the musical acts led up to the main man of the night, Robin Thicke.

Photo Source MTV ASIA Far East Movement getting the crowd hyped up.

Thicke delivered a sultry and soulful performance with Dreamworld, Blurred Lines, and ended with an explosion of fireworks in his final song, Clique. Social media exploded during the live broadcast, garnering over 83,000 mentions across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. #worldstagemy became the top trend in Malaysia on Twitter at mid-show. Sponsored by Sunway Group, Xpax,

and Suzuki, and supported by broadcast partner Astro, MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 clearly did not disappoint. It lived up to its global phenomenon that brings multi-genre talents and telecasts to an audience in over 550 million households worldwide. The Malaysia show is MTV’s first originally-produced MTV World Stage event globally, which started in 2009.

run will take place on 13 October 2013. Although registration for this year’s run is now closed, one can still be present it to cheer on and support the men and women who have taken this step in promoting breast cancer awareness. For a start, women from as young as their teenage years are highly encouraged to conduct Breast Self Examination (BSE) and attend screenings. Head on to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association’s website, http://www. for more details on how such activities are performed, and spread the word. A little effort can go a long way. You never know, your awareness may save the life of a loved one today, or even a complete stranger tomorrow.

A night of talent By Grace Lim


hey are different in every way, from their gender to their backgrounds, their races, the colour of their hair and the way they speak. However, they all have one thing in common : the love for performing. These people are students of the Broadway Academy Talent School (BATS). On 14 August 2013, they staged a graduation performance at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) to celebrate the completion of their respective levels of programmes offered by BATS. BATS offers classes in music, drama and dance in four different levels, from freshman, sophomore, junior and senior, Those who complete all four levels will then graduate from the academy. The showcase was a blend of such students from all levels, and it kicked off with students from the dance class performing a Bollywood dance, which lit up the stage from the get go A short play was then performed, which incorporated other students from their dance classes which entertained the audience. Then came the highlight of the night – the showchoir. This segment was performed a la ‘Glee’, which was of course, the hit television series about a school’s showchoir’s rise to the top. The group, which comprised of students from as young as ten to another in her fifties, sang numbers from Glee, Smash (another musical series) as well as songs from well known movies and artistes. The songs ranged from pop singer Bruno Mars to rock legends Queen and feet tapping, hand clapping and hip shaking music by Swedish pop group ABBA. The showcase ended with the students receiving their certificates for completing their respective levels in the academy. The performances and enthusiasm displayed by the students definitely made it a gleeful and smashing night to remember.

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Breaking the silence PETALING JAYA: Imagine not being able to hear a thing while your teacher gives lessons to the rest of the class. You strain to lip-read as you scribble down whatever is projected on the LCD screen. To avoid lagging, you borrow your friends’ notes and later consult your teacher about the lesson, using only a pen and paper to communicate. This is what a typical day is like for a deaf university student. Fakhrul Razzi, 24, who has just completed a diploma in Business Management, shares the problems he faced as the only deaf student in his public university. “Sometimes, lecturers teach without visual aids because it is an inconvenience to prepare the material. This means I have to approach my classmates for help or else I will be left behind,” said Fakhrul via a translator. The lack of basic infrastructure like LCD projectors in classrooms also hampers learning for the deaf. Fakhrul rarely uses the free signservice provided by the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf (MFD) because of the interpreter’s travel costs that he has to bear and the availability of interpreters on short notice. “Universities should strive to provide interpreters, or at least notes, LCD projectors and PowerPoint slides for disabled students,” said Fakhrul, who one day hopes to open his own advertising and marketing company. On Wednesday, The Star Online highlighted the hurdles faced by deaf students in gaining a place in local universities. For the few who gained admittance, their challenges continue as they strive to get an education amid more communication barriers. “There are those who manage to be on the Dean’s list. We also have two deaf students who are currently pursuing their Master’s degree,” said MFD president Mohamad Sazali Shaari. The MFD also advocates for facilities for the deaf in universities. “Ideally, there should be an availability of interpreters and facilities such as internet connections and video chat services for the deaf,” Sazali added. “There is a need for English interpreters as many classes are conducted in English,” said Farhan Kamarzaman, 23, a deaf student currently pursuing his diploma in the Multimedia University. “We have deaf individuals working both the public and private sectors. Many have good positions in their respective industries,” says Sazali with a smile. Source:


Child prodigy begins degree in biology INDIA: Sushma Verma, 13, from a poor family in north India, has enrolled in a master’s degree in microbiology after earning an undergraduate degree at 13. In a country where many girls are still discouraged from going to school, Sushma Verma is having anything but a typical childhood. The 13-year-old girl from a poor family in north India has enrolled in a master’s degree in microbiology, after her father sold his land to pay for some of his daughter’s tuition in the hope of catapulting her into India’s growing middle class. Verma finished high school at 7 and earned an undergraduate degree at age 13 — milestones she said were possible only with the sacrifices and encouragement of her uneducated and impoverished parents. “They allowed me to do what I wanted to do,” Verma said in an interview Sunday, speaking her native language of Hindi. “I hope that other parents don’t impose their choices on their children.” Sushma lives a very modest life with her three younger siblings and her parents. Eating, sleeping and studying alongside them in a cramped single-room apartment in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. Their only income is her father’s daily wage of up to 200 rupees (less than $3.50) for laboring on construction sites. Their most precious possessions include a study

Photo source Rajesh Kumar Singh. AP Sushma is seen attending a ceremony organized by Sulabh International Social Service Organization.

table and a second-hand computer. It is not a great atmosphere for studying, she admitted. “There are a lot of dreams ...All of them cannot be fulfilled.” But having no television and little else at home has advantages, she said. “There is nothing to do but study.” Her first choice was to become a doctor, but she cannot take the test to qualify for medical school until she is 18. “So I opted for the MSc and then I will do a doctorate,” she said. In another family, Sushma might not

have been able to follow him into higher education. Millions of Indian children are still not enrolled in grade school, and many of them are girls whose parents choose to hold them back in favor of advancing their sons. Some from conservative village cultures are expected only to get married, for which their families will go into debt to pay exorbitant dowry payments, even though they are illegal. Source:

Chinese students sign ‘suicide waivers’ before starting college CHINA: Incoming freshmen at a university in China’s Guangdong province have been asked to sign a contract waiving the school of any responsibility in the event any of them commit suicide. An official told China Daily the contract was merely a “dormitory code of conduct” each of the 5,000 freshmen at City College of Dongguan University of Technology endorsed when they registered for school. The document, officially called the “student management and self-discipline agreement,” contains language placing the burden of responsibility for any suicides or other injuries squarely on the students. Yet the cold legalese of officials offers little comfort to parents already nervous about leaving their children behind. “I think this kind of agreement is irresponsible and unfair, and I doubt it’s going to have any effect on student behavior,” said Ms. Li, a mother whose

son just started at the school, “The school should provide counseling services and other help for students, instead of trying to absolve themselves of responsibility even before anything has happened.” The school is not alone in its pursuit of legal armor. In 2012, Shandong Jianzhu University in Jinan asked its 20,000 students to sign a similar “suicide waiver.” The South China Morning Post cited “broken relationships” and “gloomy job prospects” as being among students’ primary motives in considering self-harm. Indeed, a report by The Telegraph zeroed in on Lie Wei, a 21-year-old student who committed suicide in 2009 amid depression and shame over her inability to find a job. “I can’t read or write, so I wanted her to go [to college],” her mother, Wang Shuxian, told the paper, adding her daughter had earned a scholarship. “I thought it would

change her life. I thought it would mean she wouldn’t have to be a farmer.” In China, the impact of a death is compounded by the country’s one-child policy, which places greater stress on childless parents in old age. China Radio International hastens to add that in 2011, of the country’s 20 million students, 40 are reported to have committed suicide. Comparatively, China’s average suicide rate is around 23 per 100,000 people or a jaw-dropping one person every two minutes. Which is not to say there isn’t a problem, as 40 percent of Chinese students have considered suicide due to high level of stress experienced in their universities leading to depression, with a Shanghai Education Commission study concluding it was the No. 1 cause of death for students in the city in 2009 and 2010. Source:

Universities ban Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines on campuses around UK UNITED KINGDOM: Blurred Lines, the song by Robin Thicke, has been banned by the universities of Derby and West of Scotland (UWS). They join Edinburgh and Leeds in taking a stance against lyrics students say “undermine and degrade women”. The song will also not be played on SubTV, a channel broadcast in over 100 universities. The controversial tune came under heavy criticism over the summer for its lyrics such as “I hate these blurred lines” and “I know you want it”, as well as its video, banned from YouTube.

Holly O’Connor, president of the University of Derby students’ union, says: “All the students I’ve spoken to are really offended by the song because it promotes rape and lad culture.” “We wanted to take a stance and say that it is not acceptable to objectify women in such a way. The song suggests there are blurred lines in sexual consent and obviously there are not. It’s important that our venues are all safe spaces, which is why we chose to ban the song.” The University of the West of Scotland says it won’t play the song until

a student council decides whether it would like it played. Cal Reid, campus president at the University of the West of Scotland, says: “Blurred Lines has been banned at our university. The song has been suspended in all student union bars.” Blurred Lines has been the fastest selling digital song in history, reaching number one in 14 countries. The song is currently the longest-running number-one single of 2013 in Australia and New Zealand, and in the US. Source:


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Couch surfing brings a new perspective to budget travelling By Tatiana Azman


ouch surfing is definitely not a sport or a pastime that involves riding breaking waves while on a

couch. It is a way to travel the world, explore new cities and meet new friends while on a budget. The whole idea began after Casey Fenton went to Iceland, but had nowhere to stay. He blasted an email to more than 1,500 students in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, asking for a place to crash. Fenton ended up meeting new friends who not only hosted him, but also showed him around the capital city. Upon returning and realizing that there are people willing to lend a bed to strangers, Fenton recruited his friends Daniel Hoffer, Sebastian Le Tuan and Leonardo Bassani da Silveira, and was born. The organization is now a global community of 6 million people in 100,000 cities. Malaysian Couchsurfer Omar Jamaludin, 33, has been part of the community for 3 years, as host and as a couchsurfer. “I heard it was a fun way to meet people and create local connections while at the same time, cut the cost of accommodations in the travelling budget,” said Omar, having couchsurfed in Prague, Czech Republic and Cluj, Romania.

Couchsurfers enjoy weekly gatherings at various locations around Kuala Lumpur.

Although it could be a daunting idea to stay at a stranger’s place, Egyptian Couchsurfer Ahmed Amer, 23, explained there are many ways to secure oneself. “Trust is the main platform of giving and sharing for any Couchsurfer,” said Amer, adding that the Couchsurfing team developed a referral system, which allows members to leave public reviews and rate their experience with other Couchsurfers. There is also a ‘vouch’ system to vouch for other members of the community. “All three features help your experience to be safer, easier and better,” said Amer. Same systems apply to those who

host as well. Each city has its own Couchsurfers community with weekly events to give members, travelers and locals an opportunity to connect. Amer, a frequent visitor at Couchsurfing Kuala Lumpur events, recalled joining Couchsurfers from numerous countries at the Sarawak Rainforest Music Festival in Santabong, Sarawak and hanging out with the Penang Couchsurfing community in the CSKL Invades Penang Road Trip. “In any town, I drop by because the amount of people one can meet is incredible. You never know who you are going to bump into,” he said.

Couchsurfers are always welcoming new members into the community. Omar suggested signing up and creating a meaningful Couchsurfing profile. “Always screen future hosts or couchsurfers, and use the feedback system to make Couchsurfing safer,” he advised. As for recommendations on how to ‘break the ice’? “You can always start by joining local Couchsurfing meet ups and from there, you will have a better idea how Couchsurfing works,” suggested Omar. For more information or to join the community, visit

Cruising in a realm of fantasy By Spellman Choy


ying peacefully on one of the many benches along the pool, I stare at the moving sky pleasantly as my sunglasses reduce the glaring ray of the sunlight. My eyes shut slowly as the soothing sound of the sea brings calmness to the ears like an enchanting spell. Droplets of water land on me as the children in the swimming pool engage in a water war by splashing water to each other. The ambience of the roof deck never fails to influence the guests to drench in a lively and cheerful mood during the day. SuperStar Virgo is known for its excellent vacation itinerary that is wisely planned out for its guests. With an enormous tonnage of 75,338 gross and 268 meters in length, it carries the glorious title of the largest cruise ship under the Star Cruises cruise line. Having operated in several continents like Australia and Asia, the diversity of SuperStar Virgo’s well planned vacation itinerary appeals to guests from both western and eastern culture. As I checked in with the receptionist, a blue card was presented to me. The blue card is a personal access card that acts as a pass in the ship that is needed to be swiped in restaurants to justify the identification of the guests, and

all the other expenses in the ship. There are five meals provided in a day: breakfast, lunch, high tea, dinner, and supper. Guests are free to choose any of the three restaurants to dine in. All three of the restaurants offer different cuisines, ranging from Western to Chinese. The dining experience is one of the aspects worth highlighting. All the guests need to do is swipe the card, enter the restaurant, enjoy their meal and then leave. This concept visualizes the fantasy of enjoying a meal without the need to pay for it. On top of that, the food served is also top notch as the head chefs of each restaurant has at least fifteen years of experience in the food industry. The variety of food ranging from Western to Chinese is guaranteed to be able to satisfy the guests’ taste buds. Some might assume that being stuck in a cruise ship in the middle of the sea is boring as there is nowhere to go. However, a vacation on the SuperStar Virgo is capable of changing this mindset completely. A daily itinerary of on-ship activities can be found displayed in my personal cabin. Guests can never get bored in

the ship as the schedules planned by the entertainment crew offers a wide variety of activities from morning to night. These activities include line-dancing class, fruit carving showcase, ship crew show, movie screening, acrobat show, standup comedy, and et cetera. For guests who want to take a break from the planned activities arranged by the entertainment crew, they have the varieties for recreation activities such as swimming, karaoke, and spa. One of my favorite pastimes in the ship is merely sitting at the corner of the lounge with a cocktail in my hand and gaze at the beautiful scenery while listening to the music played by the live band. It is absolute bliss to do nothing in a cozy environment with pleasant music serenading the ears and a breathtaking sky and sea view satisfying the eyes. At times, not doing anything at all is also bliss as it offers an amazing feel of relaxation and carefree mood. The overall ambience that brings such a soothing feel to my sight, hearing, and taste senses satisfies the crying soul within me that is hunger for a relaxing escape from the hectic reality. After a full day occupied by activities and enchanting moments on board, I decided to call it a night and make my

way back to my cabin. As I reflect on this cruising experience, I asked myself, “What is it that makes people love cruising so much? Is it the outstanding performances? Is it the heavenly delicious food?” It might be so for some, but I’m positive that the main reason for the majority is because of the escapism and reality withdrawal that it provides. It is important to take a break and reward ourselves with a well-deserved break once in a while because resting is for the sake of embarking on a longer road. We won’t be happy if we constantly work too hard and neglect other aspects in life. Sometimes in life, the greater happiness comes from the simplicity of life. The simplest things in life are usually the things that provide us great deal of happiness. It can be as simple as spending quality time with people you love, or even doing something you like at an environment that provides you the right amount of comfort. Although this cruising vacation offers a very simple schedule, the bigger picture is that it withdraws the guests and transports them into a stress-free and carefree realm to heal their broken soul by embarking on this enchanting ship.

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Making a small effort to make a big difference


Highly suggested movies for Halloween By Shafina Sukima

Continued from page 1

“Keep the change” is often heard in restaurants as a rewarding gesture of commendable service. For the group of five friends, the phrase denoted a gesture of good will. Although the Helpeteers appreciate any and all help and volunteers, they encourage people to pay it forward and inspire other people along the way, just like the way they were inspired by the YouTube videos. Individuals can post a video or a picture on to the Keep the Change Facebook page to motivate other people to also commit to helping those in need.



or the past several years we have seen the “zombie apocalypse” worm their way into books, movies and TV series. But don’t let this book fool you; it is nothing like any other zombie books out there. I am sure everyone is familiar with the June released movie World War Z,



he late Chinua Achebe was a writer of many sorts - he wrote novels, poetry, essays and even children’s books. It is slightly hard to believe that his most prolific book, entitled “Things fall apart”, was published over 55 years ago, and has since sold over 10 million



he book is about wealth management through the narration of Kiyosaki who grows up with two father figures. His biological father who was the poor dad,

The Helpeteers preparing homemade sandwiches.

the movie that become Brad Pitt’s most successful movie to date in the Box Office. You will be surprised to find however, that the movie is very different from the book. In fact, the book is shockingly good. I remember picking up the book because I loved the movie but nothing prepared me for what I was about to discover the moment I stepped into the pages. Max Brooks has provided a refreshingly new and incredibly addictive style to zombie fiction. In this book, Brooks plays the role of a United Nations Post War Commissioner who interviews the survivors of the great Zombie War. What makes this book even more entertaining to read is the multitude of short stories that all resonate with the common plot; every story touches on the

consequences of the outbreak on religious, environmental and political views. The book looks back on past events but relives them in real-time as the stories are told by the survivors. Each page is sure to set your blood pumping as the survivors of different countries, age and gender narrate their own experience surviving the zombie apocalypse. If you happen to have a short attention span, you will be delighted to know that this book will certainly cater to your situation. The short stories allow you to read a chapter, get a story, and then come back to it for a new story the next day. World War Z is a fun read with a very original writing style. I highly recommend it to those who are looking for something to get your blood racing during the month of Halloween.

copies and has been translated into numerous languages. The book was written in English, and centres on the life of Okonkwo, a revered man in an Ibo village in Nigeria. It is split into two parts, of which the first is about Okonkwo’s fall from his high standing in his community and the tribal world. The second picks up from where Okonkwo is disgraced to the added hardship of his village being torn apart by the arrival of European missionaries. The book is peppered with Nigerian words and slangs, of which Achebe so graciously provides a glossary at the end of the book to explain what each word means. “Things fall apart” is so simply and beautifully crafted, that even if one did

not take time to review the said glossary, they would still understand what Achebe is trying to bring forward. If you are looking for a book which is action packed from cover to cover, this may not be the perfect read for you, but it is worth being given a chance for, as it deals with the consequences of human nature and the devastation it can bring. It is a window into the tribal world of Nigeria, and even if you had no knowledge about the country before picking up this book, you will be transported into their world as you delve into the story, and learn to empathise with the characters as their stories unfold. Themes of love, joy, family values, and ultimately, pride, is what makes the book such a compelling read.

and his childhood best friend father Mike who was the rich dad. Both figures teach the author on how to achieve financial success but with contrasting approaches. Kiyosaki compares the father’s principles, ideas and their financial practices. Poor dad was well educated with a lucrative job but retired poor due to his ill management of his wealth. Rich dad on the other hand was not as educated but multiplied his fortune through investments and entrepreneurships. The book is an interesting read as it avoids business jargons and substitutes it with a fictional novel of Kiyosaki’s life

experience that is written in such a way that makes learning about money and finance interesting. Rather than a step-to-step guide in becoming rich, the book is made to educate readers on the fundamentals of money. Some of the main themes that this book has to offer are about identifying assets and avoiding liabilities. Another main idea that Kiyosaki tries to convey is that we should not work for money but let money work for us as a means to escape the Rat Race. Finally but not least his ideas on saving our hard earned money is something worth understanding and applying into our current daily lives.


class of high school students wake up on an island where they are forced to kill each other as part of a government mandated programme. It does not take long for things to get ugly and bodies to start falling. This movie builds up tension, gore and absolute horror in ways that will stay with you long after it ends. Rating 8/10


’Tales from The Crypt’ spinoff where a boarding house of people band together to fight off a demon army lest the end of days will begin. While it does not rank too highly on the fear factor but as Rotten Tomatoes said, it is definitely recommended for its nostalgic factor. Rating 5/10


n author gets into a car accident and falls under the care of his biggest fan, who just so happens to be a little on the psychotic side. As she holds him captive in the mountains, she forces him to write his longest running series to fit her needs or he will pay. This psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat and clutching your own face. Rating 6/10

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Taylor’s University Student Council 2013/2014 (page 7)

Interfaith Dialogue Panelists: Vijaya, Yap and Lim (page 2)

Taylor’s Chinese Society Mid Autumn Festival (page 3)

‘Wicked Fairytale’ Halloween theme carnival (page 5)

Photo Source Mohamed Hanif.

Lecturer Natasha Mohd Hishamudin with her students (page 6)

i-Speak winner Richard Stephenson (page 1)

Taylor’s College Community Service Green Movement initiative (page 5)

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