Posts Tagged ‘University’

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.

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.