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Because We Can’t Believe Everything They Tell Us

I’m not one to believe in conspiracy theories, but when the stories in the mainstream media make little sense, it’s always good to look at another side of the story. In the case of David Hartanto Widjaja, his good friend Klemens Andrianto has written a blog post to describe his side of the story and to highlight the discrepancies about what has been reported in the newspapers. In his post he urged readers to spread his blog entry, in hopes that the police will provide a transparent investigation to what really took place. He writes,

The more we try to figure out this case, the more we found various oddities which are not disclose. Due to clarifying from David’s best friend from NTU called Edwin who already pawned his bachelor degree we would like to express our big gratitude toward him for trying to reveal the truth. Finally we would like to spread the truth story about David Hartanto , our best friend.

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It’s Been a Dark Week at NTU

According to 938Live, a man has been found dead in an apartment in Nanyang Heights, after allegedly committing suicide. In a letter sent out this morning from Dr Su Guaning,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that one of our colleagues, Mr Zhou Zheng, an infocomm project officer was found to have passed away in an apartment at Nanyang Heights at about 10.50pm on Friday, 6 March 2009. The Dean of Students, the university counselling professionals and other senior university officers were on site immediately to offer support and counsel.

This is really bad publicity for our university. Along with this week’s student suicide and attempted murder, this sort of implies that the staff here are as stressed out as the students are. People are speculating that it is a copycat suicide but I really doubt it.



NTU Halls Are Uncomfortable

In a letter sent out to all hall residents in NTU from the Student Affairs Office:

In early May to end July 2009, we will be carrying out upgrading and refurbishment works in the student rooms and common facilities in Halls 8 to 11, 12 (blks 59 & 60 only) and 13 to 15. This upgrading and refurbishment exercise is necessary to ensure that these Halls will be comfortable but not lavish to accommodate the inaugural Youth Olympic Games athletes, coaches and officials from over 200 countries next year.

So I guess they’re implying that the halls in the current state are not comfortable eh. What I really wish they did were to build more halls to accomodate the influx of the Dragon baby boomers, and the increase in student intake due to the new schools formed in the past few years. The student intake has risen substantially, but the amount of accomodation has remained the same. We are fighting tooth and nail to retain our accomodation, and now we’re giving up half of our rooms to the Youth Olympic Games.

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The Stabbing that Shocked NTU

At about 11.30 am this morning, while I was in class, I checked out twitter and saw @greenteacup‘s tweet asking if anyone had heard about a student who committed suicide in NTU. He worked in NTU, and his colleague had received an SMS regarding it. Naturally I was shocked. What he tweeted later shocked me even more.

@reivad ARe u in NTU right now? Heard anything about student stabbing prof, and jump off EEE ?

I was skeptical and took it with a pinch of salt. He then tweeted that he saw police cars going past his building. It was only later on at about 12.30 pm when my parents called me up that I actually believed what had happened. This was crazy. No one would expect this sort of thing to happen in a local university, and I certainly didn’t expect it to happen in my university. Reminded me of the incident last year at Virginia Tech in the US.

According to the Straits Times, the attacker was a final year student in the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the victim was his final year project supervisor. I’m sure there is more to this than just the professor provoking the student. I wonder what would make a person about to graduate in 2 months do something like that, just after the term break.