As we move into a new year and a new school term, things have not stopped moving here at ROOT and we have a few updates we would like to share with you!
GRASS sessions have been an important avenue for us to facilitate discussions and gather feedback from you, where we try to distill the problems students are facing and generate actionable "next steps" with your help.
In the coming weeks, members of the Comms team are also planning on the next GRASS session. With a focus on the topics of Food (Canteen), Curriculum (Grading, Pedagogy, Admin) and Facilities (ROOT Cove, Library). Alternatively if you have a topic in mind you feel should be discussed, send it to us as a suggestion and we will try to get your voice heard!
In case you missed it, there’s also been updates to our discussion on academic matters with the Office of Education. We hope this helps to address some of the concerns you have had over the holidays. Our next meeting with Senior Management is tentatively going to be in week 3, and we plan on following up on the grading discrepancy between batches, academic pedagogy, as well as grading administration and communication.
We’re sure you have more questions and concerns regarding these updates, so we’d like to hear your opinions on academic and curriculum matters, in order for us to bring actionable data to the discussion table. You can also find the detailed meeting minutes of our meeting with Prof Pey attached in this email.
Dialogue With Senior Management
To continue ROOT’s push for communication and transparency, we are organizing a public dialogue cum sharing session with SUTD Senior Management. The agenda composes of a dialogue with senior management on topics proposed by students and Prof Chong, as well as sharings by ROOT Student Government and other SUTDents about ongoing projects in SUTD.
This will be an open dialogue held on 22nd Feb 3-5PM, and all SUTD students are encouraged to join in! Location is currently still unconfirmed, but we will keep you updated as the date approaches.
Finally, the long awaited revamped ROOT website is slated for an early February release. It will feature compiled student government resources, form downloads and submissions, FAQs and blog posts.
With help from many selfless fifth row members, the clutter in the SAC has been cleared out to make it more like an Activity Centre than just a storage space. If you would like to make the SAC an even more ideal shared space, you can learn how to help out by joining the Spaceteam chat!
The annual Fifth Row Pulse Check was also completed from 16-18 Jan, where the Office of Student Life met with student clubs to assess their level of activity and recommend their best courses of action moving forward.
Fifth Row Forum
Conducted on 14 Nov 2018, Fifth Rows were gathered for updates on admin procedures and a chance for them to meet and discuss possible collaborations.
It’s that time of the year, where we come together from different pillars, programmes and fifth rows, to show everyone what SUTD is all about! Open House will be held on the 23rd and 24th of February this year, and members of the Events and Student Initiatives subcommittees have been hard at work organizing all the programmes and activities for the day itself!
The Events team is making a final call for students who want to help out as general volunteers (e.g. Ground Guides, Ushers, Info Kit Booth, etc). The deadline to signup has been extended.
DATES: 23rd & 24th February 2019
SHIFTS: 10.30am - 3.30pm (AM) , 1.30pm - 6.30pm (PM)
You will be entitled to the following as a volunteer:
1. Free Buffet Lunch
2. SUTD Open House 2019 T-Shirt
3. SUTD Give Back Hours
Sign Up Here:
The fun doesn’t stop there, so why should you? On Saturday night of Open House weekend, ROOT is organizing the first ever SUTD Night Fiesta! We’re celebrating SUTD’s student culture, and that means we’re transforming the campus into an all-out night festival!
There’ll be stellar evening performances and night installations, but what’s really special about that night will be the brand new Experiential Park! Expect carnival-style video games and tech-incorporated escape room. There’ll be food and drink stalls galore, so grab your dinner with us and stay a couple of hours to join in on all the fun?
The festivities will run on 23rd Feb, 6-10 PM, so save the date and join the SUTD Family event for more updates, including the presales until 10 Feb!
The Events team has a lot more plans for the coming weeks, and we will share more information when the time is right.
A new student lounge is opening up to replace the SpaceBar, and we think you’re really going to like it! It’s a little bit closer to our classrooms and a much larger space than before. With safety inspections just about wrapping up, the ROOT Cove will tentatively be opened in early March. We will be releasing more information on the opening soon and we hope to see you there!
Before the holidays, you may have heard about some food tastings and a reopening of the canteen. We’ve worked closely with the SUTD Food Committee in selecting the new stall operators to bring you a refreshed variety of food options in school!
We’ve heard your feedback regarding the lack of halal food options around, but rest assured that vendors are still undergoing the tender review process for those stalls.
Do let us know what you think, and if you have any other feedback about the new canteen, our email inbox is always open.
The Communications subcommittee members have also been coordinating a revamp of the Library’s open area on the first floor. This space is now Lounge @Library, and it will serve as an extension of Mont Calzone into the Library, and you can look forward to having a livelier meeting/lunch space right in the library! Official launch of the new space is currently scheduled for Late Feb. More details to follow in the coming weeks!
Night Study Rooms
Lastly, ROOT is working with OCIF and students to have a think tank open at night daily from 5 PM to 2 AM to address the need of students who want a space to study in school at night, but may not have hostel. A trial for the study space is being planned to run for the whole term, with the possibility of making it permanent if the response and room utilization from the student body is good.
It's a new term and a fresh start, so we at ROOT would like to wish you all the best for the coming term! See you around!