DOS Update #5 - Food, Buses and the Virtual Company of Friends


E-gaming students at NUS have organised a gaming marathon including the popular “League of Legends” for students on LOA.  

1 February 2020 

Dear Students:

You never leave NUS

I went to the Eusoff Hall (EH) dance production this weekend.

At the end, the emcee read out a short message from a group of alumni, who collected $6,000 in donations.

“A donation to NUS and the Students of Eusoff Hall: With much encouragement and great admiration for your strong spirit and fortitude in these testing times.”

These times, they are testing, but they also take our measure - and I think we stand tall. 

In light of the heightened alerts, attendees had to leave their details at the door for the purpose of contact tracing. The EH event organiser prepared surgical masks for any audience member who required it. There were also big bottles of hand sanitisers.  

But the show went on.

Not all events however will take place as usual.   

NUS Career Fest Rescheduling

NUS Career Fest was rescheduled to 25 and 30 March (from 17 and 20 February). This is a large-scale event with many flying in – about 10,000-12,000 students, industry partners and staff over the two days of NUS Career Fest. There are also recruiters flying in from India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.

“We felt that this was a prudent move to let things stabilise and hold the event in a more conducive timing,” said Anthony Caravello, Chairman, NUS Career Fest Planning Committee, NUS Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG)

In the meantime, CFG’s industry recruitment talks, career development workshops and career advisory sessions are carrying on as normal. Students are still able to apply for the latest job and internship openings on NUS TalentConnect and career+ portals.

NUS E-Gaming

What can you do if you are stuck in a room with good wi-fi and a trigger finger? From next week, students on LOA can join a team of five to six and take on the world. The NUS E-Gaming Society (NUSEG) has volunteered and planned a 10-day social e-gaming event, starting from 5 Feb.

It will be entirely conducted online and will connect LOA students with the rest of the student community. All they need is their laptops and good wi-fi.

“League of Legends”, “Dota 2” and “Overwatch” are the 3 games which NUSEG had proposed for the marathon. NUSEG gamers have been promoting gaming sportsmanship in NUS since 2008 and are regular champions in Dota 2.

The NUSEG has sent their teams to compete at the tertiary level such as the annual Inter-Varsity Games Festival and StarLeague, consistently doing well at these competitions.

Sean Heng, President of NUSEG, said that a few among the 109 members are within the top 1,000 Dota 2 players in South East Asia, a game that has over 11 million active players globally.

“League of Legends is very popular, and I am sure most of the students who play will know this game. You play at your level, and there are tutorials so it doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or not. Better yet, by playing with friends, you can learn new skills and mechanics, becoming a better player yourself”

Here’s a collection of FAQs about managing daily life at NUS.

A/P Leong Ching 
NUS Dean of Students



Photo: EH dance production, Icarus.

#QOTD Questions of the Day

Answers by Mr Koh Yan Leng, Associate Vice President, Campus Life (University Campus Infrastructure)


Question: “Is it safe to eat the Chinese stall, manned by vendors from the mainland China?”

Answer: Yes. The same Leave of Absence (LOA) is applied to vendors at all retail and dining outlets in NUS campuses. Those who returned from mainland China in the last 14 days and after are required to be on LOA.

Question: “Why are the food handlers/servers/frontliners not wearing face masks?”

Answer: Face marks are for people who are unwell. If our food vendors are well, they do not need to wear masks. We are strictly adhering to the Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines.

Question: "Campus canteens and food courts are not as crowded as they used to be. Is it safe to eat there?"

Answer: We have dedicated more resources to ensure a high level of cleanliness in our canteens and food courts. More importantly, we would like to remind the community to pay attention to their personal hygiene, including washing your hands thoroughly before you consume your food.



Question: “Is it safe to ride the Internal Shuttle Bus (ISB)?”

The operator of our Internal Shuttle Bus (ISB) service is ComfortDelgro, who also operates SBS Transit Public bus services. The same enhanced cleaning and disinfecting regime for public buses are also applied to our ISB. Bus interiors undergo additional disinfection every week.

We would, however, like to encourage our NUS community to walk the shorter distances so as to live a healthier lifestyle! 

The general health advisories from MOH on personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing, can be seen here.


Read More: 

DOS Update #6 -- What's in a name? (2 February 2020)



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DOS Update #2 -- The Proximity of Noses (29 January 2020)
DOS Update #3 -- Black cats, white cats and the placebo effect (30 January 2020)
DOS Update #4 -- A Thousand Words (31 January 2020)