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A Simple Life! Age Vs. Video Games Goodwill Trip to Cambodia
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An AIESEC Chat
Internship Preparation Forum A Visit to the Star Appreciating Sports and Co-curriculum FESCO 2011 Red Sonata Fiesta 2
Gathering for the Earth
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Symbolic “60” that did not extinguish even though challenged by the strong night wind. By Ting Nguong Seng, EE Found. Sem. 3 Tronoh, 26 March: The whole world was participating in Earth Hour 2011. So did UTP. The English Language Club held the gathering to promote environmental awareness among UTP students. Stepping into Lecture Hall 2, everyone was given a candle. Then, a series of trailers, comprising many messages that the Earth was harmed and needed to be protected, was shown to all that were present in the hall. The ultimate message was: mankind was urged to play a part in preserving the resources of the Earth before they ran out. The countdown to switch off the lights at 8.30 pm then began. Cheers echoed the hall and participants started to light up the candles they held. The president of the English Language Club, Mr. Kan Wai Choong then led the group, of about 30 people, to walk to Pavilion, passing through the Main Hall. Reaching the destination, a symbolic “60”, formed using candles, was unveiled, and later lit up by all the passionate participants! This was followed by a group photo session. Participants then paraded back to the hall. Entering the hall, the countdown to switch on the lights at 9.30 pm began. The participants played games to strengthen their bond; a performance by Flaming Lips dazzled the audience; and refreshment was served. The gathering ended with the passion for Mother Planet sowed in the participants’ hearts. More pictures on page 4.
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Focus on HSE
By Kan Wai Choong, PE Yr. 2 Sem. 2 Tronoh, 23 March: The annual ‘Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Week 2011’ organised by the Residential College Support Unit (RSCU) in collaboration with the HSE Department of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) was held from 15 to 27 March 2011. Bearing the theme ‘Towards Sustainable Campus’, various competitions and sub-events were conducted, such as the Hazard Hunt, Pop Quiz, Fire Drill, Photography Competition, Bye-bye Rubbish, Blood Donation, Worst Case Scenario and InterSchool Debate Competition. An exhibition was held at the Chancellor Complex, with participating exhibitors from Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA), COSWAY, Perbadanan Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal Dan Pembersihan Awam (PPSPPA) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) among others. The officiating ceremony was held at the Chancellor Hall, where UTP Rector, Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Haji Kasim, signed on the board to mark the solemnization of HSE Week 2011. A short lecture regarding HSE Management System (HSE-MS) was presented by Mr. Johan Andak from DNV, a UTP alumnus. Prizes were given to winners of the competitions; tokens of appreciation were awarded after the lecture. The event was led by the Project Manager, Muhammad Zulhilmi Adnan and Supervisor, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Abdul Munir. The main objective of conducting HSE Week was to educate students and staffs of UTP on the importance of practicing HSE. It also highlighted the vitality of HSE and upheld the HSE policy.
First prize winner of the Photography Competition.
A Simple Life!
By Calvin Chong Chi Hung, EE Yr. 4 Sem. 1 As we trundle through life, sometimes we are so caught up in the quagmire of work and responsibilities that we lose our perspectives. We are after all, like most people, who whittle down their years slaving away trying to search for that elusive concept of happiness. They hoard wads and wads of cash, inanely thinking that the aggrandizement of wealth and power would contribute to their well-being and happiness. The unending quest would usually end up in a lonely death. A fable went like this. A prolific Harvard economics professor once visited a quaint fishing village in Mexico and saw a fisherman dozing in the shades. He accosted the fisherman and asked why he was not at sea since it was a good day. The fisherman merely replied that he had caught enough fish for that day and it was time to rest. The professor, shocked and bemused, retorted that he was going to give the fisherman a pro-bono lesson in economics. He told the fisherman, “You should be out at sea catching fish three times the amount of what you are
catching now. You can sell them off and get more money, hire a helper, catch more fish, get more money and get a bigger boat. Two years down the road, you can open up your own factory, and five years down, you can get it listed on the public trades. I can guarantee you this, ten years from now you’ll retire as a millionaire.” The fisherman, without batting an eyelid asked, “And pray I ask sir, what would I do with all the money.” “What?” asked the professor, “With all that money, you can retire early with your family, move to a picturesque village, buy a small boat , catch some fish in the morning, have an afternoon siesta in the afternoon…” to which the fisherman replied, “That is exactly what I’m doing right now!” Ever so often we throw ourselves headlong into the rat race of life without knowing the whole point of it. Sometimes all it takes to be happy is to have a sip of hot green tea as the rain comes pouring down, dance in the rain as the raindrops hit your face and feel the earth crunch as your shoes fall upon the grassy patch. Drink in the simplicity of life. After all, happiness is much simpler than what our convoluted minds make it out to be.
Goodwill Trip to Cambodia
By Graham Tan, the Director of International Service Avenue, RACUTP Yes, Angkor Wat was amazing . Nevertheless, Rotaract Club of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (RACUTP)’s International Goodwill Trip to Angkor, Cambodia on the 13 to 20 December 2010 was not all about visiting the wonders of the ancient world. The trip was about fellowship and service, just as the Rotaract motto states, “Fellowship Through Service”. Over the years, RACUTP has successfully carried out numerous international goodwill trips, each with its own goals and aims. The trip to Cambodia, RACUTP’s 6th international goodwill trip was aimed at helping Ta Phang Primary School, in a rural village, Kanchangkoy Village, Cambodia. Stationery and many other learning materials are hard to come by in this rural area. Clean water and electricity are also not available. Through the support of the UTP management, students , and also our mother club, Rotary Club of Kinta, RACUTP has managed to donate 300 stationery sets and 10 bio-sand filters to the school and the villagers respectively. Besides these simple donations, participants also taught the school children basic English utilizing the basic Khmer they had picked up in a day. It was truly an unforgettable experience for participants and the school children alike. Simple games like ‘duck duck goose’ and ‘eagle and mother hen’ made the farewell a heartfelt one. Other than doing most of the goodwill in the school and village, participants also visited the Angkor Children’s Hospital, an NGO which provides free treatment for children. Physical Rehabilitation Center of Siam Reap was also on the itinerary. Through these few visits, participants learned how poor the country was and how people have suffered due to the absence of peace. Goodwill aside, there were rewards for the participants too. Participants got to visit the very famous Angkor Wat. A wonder of the ancient world, Angkor Wat is a place one should not miss when in Cambodia. Participants got a good view of the sunset at Tonle Sap, the giant lake of South East Asia that every Malaysian student reads in their textbooks. The trip was an eye opener to all the 13 participants. Efforts done during the trip were amazing. Thus, we hope that this will be a ripple in the ocean for not only the club members but all in UTP to follow and continue to help people in need both far and near.
Age Vs. Video Games
By Fazlee bin Felix, CE Yr. 3 Sem. 1 Video games have always been a part of me in life. When I first got my hands on Mario when I was 4, I was so mesmerized by the sheer joy of moving an Italian plumber through worlds to save a princess that my Mom had to literally pull me away from the console. Seventeen years later, I still spend some of my time collecting creatures in ball capsules and shooting away monsters to save an imaginary world—and I enjoy every minute of it. However, I am well aware that some of the people around me are perplexed by my rather ‘childish behavior’ and could not understand how I can still play games at an age where things like securing a job and getting married seem more paramount. After encountering so many people with this point of view, even I started to ask myself, “Am I too old to play video games?” So, I did some research on the age demographics of gamers, and I was surprised at what I found. According to the Entertainment Software Association’s ‘2010 Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Games Industry’, the average age of a gamer is 34 years old! The article also states that 42% of heads of households informed that they play games on wireless devices such as handphones and 26% of gamers in the United States are over the age of 50 years. A study conducted by PopCap Games in 2010 also reported some astounding conclusions: the average social gamer (those who play games like Bejewelled or are active in Facebook games like Farmville) in United Kingdom and the U.S. is a 43 year old woman, and most of these social gamers are either single or married with children at home. From all these data, we can easily say that you are not too old to play video games, and hardcore gamers are not necessarily men. If this is the case, then why is the social stigma amongst the adult population towards gaming so prominent? According to Micheal Drucker from Gamespy.com, some of the major reasons for this phenomenon are negative perception by the media, the mentality among non-gamers that video games teaches extreme violence and movements beyond the realms of accepted physics, and their acceptance of the common belief that games are for kids. Well, as we all know, we can only accept the ‘facts’ stated by the media with a pinch of salt, since what they report may not necessarily represent the whole gaming community. Also, if you take a moment to really think about it, board games like Monopoly and even chess are essentially violence and cruelty in disguise, teaching cruelty to the poor (exorbitant rents for lots with hotels in Monopoly forcing players to bankruptcy) and extreme apathy towards killing (sacrificing pieces of chess for the sake of winning). I would also like to point out that some of the more sophisticated video games out there actually
require a deep understanding of the laws of physics and motion to master, like the firing of projectiles in World of Warcraft or the trajectory of the football in PES. After reading up to this point, I am quite sure you can see that gamers, as it turns out, are not all kids or even teenagers. We can also gain a lot of benefit from constantly bashing on the joystick buttons. The blog tastyhuman.com lists 10 benefits of playing video games: 1) It teaches children about empathy and understanding social cues and behaviour. 2) It increases cognitive skills and decision-making capabilities. 3) It is relatively better than passively watching television. 4) It alleviates daily stress and perceived mood of players. 5) It improves hand-eye coordination (in this case, general surgeons). 6) It is a possible remedy for intense pain among sick children. 7) It improves visual skills like periphery vision and object tracking. 8) It is a good distraction from excessive eating and smoking. 9) It can be a new way of learning something. 10) It helps develop our sense of creativity and imagination. In the end, we can safely conclude that the fear of becoming too old for video games are totally irrelevant, as there are a lot more adult gamers out there than we might think. Some of the reasons for abhorring video games are unfounded, and we can actually gain something from playing them. Now, if you would excuse me, I would like to continue on with my quest to save the world from evil ghosts and monsters.
Group photo: the participants having as much fun touring as promoting goodwill.
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Internship Preparation Forum
Mr. Bishari (third from left), answering a question directed from the moderator. By Cha Yee Weng, PE Yr. 2 Sem. 2 UTP, 17 February: The Internship Preparation Forum was successfully organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers - Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Student Chapter (SPE-UTP-SC) on 16th February 2011. The objectives of this event include exposing students to the preparation needed prior to going for an internship and the life during an internship period, and promoting SPE-UTP-SC as a club in UTP that is open not only to petroleum engineers but all aspiring oil and gas industry professionals. SPE-UTP-SC was honoured to have four speakers from different courses and backgrounds to give insightful information to the students regarding their valuable experiences and knowledge in the oil & gas industry as well as their internship working environment. They were Mr. Abdelrahman S. Ibrahim (Medco Energi Global Pte Ltd, Jakarta Indonesia), Mr. Lee Kuo Chun (Schlumberger KK, Japan), Mr. Javier Teo Han Seong (Baker Hughes, Kuala Lumpur & Kuala Belait, Brunei) and Mr. Dhanaraj a/l Turunawarasu (General Electric Oil & Gas, Kuala Lumpur and Florence). The speakers shared tips on how to prepare a resume, excel in interviews and how to deal with people in the industry. In addition, most questions from the audience received satisfactory responses from the speakers. SPE-UTP-SC looks forward to organising similar events in the future to continually expose and educate UTP students about the challenges, opportunities and workings of the oil and gas industry.
UTP Soccer League 2011
By Teh Sabariah Abdul Manan, ME post graduate studies UTP, 29 March: Every January semester, Sekretariat Rakan Muda UTP organises the UTP Soccer League. This time, the fever is back with great matches from fantastic teams in UTP. The first match was on 18 February 2011. The Project Manager is Mr. Zulhilmi Akmal bin Saipolbahri. There were six referees for two separate games: Mohd. Asyraf, Nor Azizi and Jamaluddin for Field A; Nazri, Asu and Zainal for Field B. The referees were specially brought from the Perak region of the Football Association Malaysia (FAM). Rules and regulations are based on the regulations of FAM and FIFA. 20 teams were categorized into four groups; Group A, B, C, and D. Below is the latest scores by each team according to their group. Group A consisted of teams named Diao, Facebook, Onitsuka Tigers, Zephyrs and East Coast. The highest score in the group went to Facebook with 10 points, followed by Onitsuka Tigers with 7 points and Diao with 5 points. Zephyrs and East Coast scored 4 points and 1 point respectively. Group B comprised teams named Chancito, Borneo, Blackhawk, Mecherz and Goliath. Chancito has 12 points; Blackhawk scored 7 points; Borneo scored 5; Mecherz 2, and Goliath 1 point. Group C had teams named Azzuri, Cemac, Rasta, Kaiser and Halluuu. Cemac scored the highest with 11 points. Azzuri has 9 points; Kaiser scored 6 points, Rasta scored 3, and Halluuu did not score any thus far. Group D consisted of teams Ace, Zain, Serius, Cantana and Croconile. Croconile has 7 points; Zain, Serius and Cantana each have 5 points, while Ace has only 3 points. Let’s cherish the matches and root for your favourite team! Anticipate the finals on 29 April 2011. Score references from: utpsoccerleague11.blogspot.com.
By Mostafa Mansour, EE Yr. 1 Sem. 2 UTP, 16 March: The Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (AIESEC) Fair was held at the Chancellor Complex from 15 to 16 March 2011. AIESEC members’ friendly smiles and the warmth of the AIESEC family was shown as they promoted AIESEC and its activities. The fair aimed to explain to UTP students what AIESEC is truly about. They were also promoting their main events, the Model United Nations and the HIV Awareness Programme. A blood test and blood donation services were available at the exhibition. Exchange students from UTP as well as other countries were present to explain what student exchange is all about besides sharing their experiences. Students enjoyed the simple activities at the fair, and even competed to get a free lunch. The AIESEC Fair truly reflected the association and its unique culture.
UTP Food Sensation
By Nabila Lau, ICT Yr. 3 Sem. 2 UTP, 26 February: Cybergen brought a much welcome sensation to the campus through the Food Fiesta event, held at the main pathway between residential area Village 3 and 4. A total of four food companies participated in Food Fiesta. The four companies were Gerai Pak Hassan, Rasa Mas, A& W and Pizza Hut. This event was held from 24th to 26th February 2011. The Food Fiesta incorporated both local and western cuisines. Overall, students were happy with the event as it gave them the opportunity to taste a range of food options, rather than just eating in the cafeterias everyday. Ayu Azmi, a final-year ICT student commented with a smile on her face, "I like the Malay food from Pak Hassan. Exactly the kind of food that will satisfy my taste buds. The service is excellent too!" Her friend, Farah Izzati felt the same as well and heartily complimented Cybergen's good effort in conducting this event. However, the manager of the A &W mobile truck, wished to have a more strategic location in the future so as to attract more students who are living in other residential villages. A representative from Rasa Mas shared the same hope. Meanwhile Rofans Hilisebua Beleam Manao, the project director of Food Fiesta, hoped that in the future more food companies will participate in the event in order to provide a wider range of food selection so as to attract more students and staff in the university. He also wanted
Students waiting patiently for their food to be prepared during the Food Fiesta. promotion efforts to be improved in order to bring the next Food Fiesta to a greater success.
A Visit to the Star
By Kueh Mei Lin, PG Yr. 2 Sem. 2 Petaling Jaya, 18 March: The Inspirer and Heart of Tronoh (HOT) collaborated for a visit to Menara Star in Petaling Jaya and the Star Media Hub in Shah Alam. Upon arriving at Menara Star at around 11am, the participants were warmly greeted by the corporate communication staff of Star Publications (M) Bhd. Without much delay, they were brought to the Star Gallery where they were shown the history of Star Publication (M) Bhd. as well as other subsidiaries of the company. With a readership of more than 1,000,000* people, the Star has affiliations with radio stations Red.FM, Suria FM and 988. Since the 1980’s, Star Publication (M) Bhd. also published magazines such as Kuntum, Galaxie and Shanghai. After a half-hour tour, the participants were led into the Warm Red conference room for an introduction session handled by Mr. Joshua Foong, a renowned Star journalist. The corporate video gave participants an overview of the history of Star Publications (M) Bhd., how the Star came about and their success today. Mr. Foong explained the jobscope of a journalist and admitted that it is a very challenging job, especially in Malaysia, due to governmental regulations and the people’s point of view. He also justified the difference between a reporter and a journalist. According to him, reporters are only news conveyers, but journalists need to add their own analysis to the story without modifying any facts. The participants were given the opportunity to have a tour around the departments in Menara Star. They were lucky to be brought around by Mr. David Yeoh, the Deputy Group Chief Editor (I) of The Star. The working environment looked relaxing, with football flags hanging the cubicles and guitars lying around, despite being quite vacant during the visit. The reporters were out completing their daily assignments and would only be back at around 4pm. At the Photography Department, the participants were shown how photos from all around the world were collected, selected and edited before getting published. They also had the unbelievable chance to meet Mr. W.C. Kee, the well-known in-house cartoonist for Kee’s World in the Star. After a 2-hour break for lunch and Friday prayers, the participants moved on to the Star Media Hub. The introduction was given by the Assistant Production Manager, Mr. Sabes. He mentioned that there are 3 printing hubs in Malaysia, namely in Shah Alam, Penang and Kuching. They
A group picture with the staff from the Star. visited a plant and were amazed by the printing, folding and packaging processes. According to Mr. Sabes, the rolls of papers used for the newspaper production are of very good quality—that is why ink on newspapers does not smudge when water spills on it, unlike on normal paper. As a matter of fact, the cost of the newspaper in the market is only RM1.20 despite the printing cost of RM4.50, all thanks to the advertisers. After a short refreshment and photography session, the participants departed. From the visit, they were not only exposed to the processes of obtaining all the necessary information but also the processes of making the end product. It was an eye-opening experience for the participants. How Star Publications (M) Bhd. initially started only in Penang, but is now spreading their wings to Singapore and Beijing, is a big inspiration to them. Through the visit, it is hoped that the participants will learn and improve to make UTP media a success! *Source: Nielsen Media Index (January - December, 2010)
Earth Hour Pictures
Gazing into the skies, looking at the bright stars that had never been so significant until the moment the light was off.
Participants used their candles to form a circle of unity.
The candles shone their passion for the Earth, and they were glad to be a part of it.
Dancers from Walailak University Thailand, presenting a Chinese culture-influenced Thai fan dance.
Participants from Universitas Gadjah Mada wowed the audience with their fervor and rigor.
By Isabel Goh, ME Yr.2 Sem. 2 Tronoh, 5 March: Festival of Colours of the World 2011 (FESCO 2011) is an annual event organised since 2008 with its main objective to promote arts and culture. This year, its theme was “Creative 1Malaysia Dance”. FESCO 2011 was organised by the Co-Curriculum Unit, under Student Support Services Department of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), and UTP Performing Arts Group (UPAG). It was also supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and PETRONAS Performing Arts Group (PPAG). Seven local universities and 2 international universities/colleges with close to 350 dancers of different genres and cultural styles participated in this event. The participating universities were Universitas Gadjah Mada of Indonesia, Walailak University Thailand, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UniTeN) from Selangor, HELP University College from Damansara, Universiti Malaysia Sabah from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and last but not least, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. FESCO 2011 was held at Chancellor Hall. The honourable VIPs were Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli Baharom, Director of Student Services Department, UTP and Puan Hajah Noorsiah Sabri, Pengarah Kanan of Sektor Dasar & Perancangan, Jabatan Kebudayaan Kesenian Negara Malaysia. Each university performed and wowed the crowd with their energetic and charismatic performance. In addition, there was also a singing performance from our very own UTP students as well as a percussion musical performance from UTP Gamelan Group. There were 5 categories for FESCO 2011, including the Best Performance Award won by UTP, the Best Costume Award won by Walailak University Thailand, the Best Music Award won by UTP, the Best International Performance Award won by Universitas Gadjah Mada and the Jury Special Award won by HELP University College, Damansara, Selangor.PETRONAS Performing Arts Group performed for the closing ceremony. It was indeed a spectacular night that everyone enjoyed.
The VIPs applauded for the winners as they gave out the awards.
UPAG presented a real-life wayang kulit as the opening of their performance.
ChemChem-E Car Competition
By Lai Yen Hua, PE Yr. 2 Sem. 2 Tronoh, 17 March: The 6th Malaysian Chem-E Car Competition, an annual event organised by the Chemical Engineering Technical Division (CETD) of the Institution of Engineers of Malaysia (IEM), and hosted by UTP, has as its main objective to construct a shoebox-sized car powered by chemical reactions. With the theme for this year, ‘Towards Sustainability’, this nation-wide competition had participants from 14 universities, including one team from Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember. The model must be able to sustain a certain weight consignment and stop within 2 minutes at a given distance. The winners were the contestants whose model cars could reach the closest proximity to the targeted distance, in two trials. The participants were required to apply their comprehension in chemistry and technical skills to complete the quest. There were three categories of prizes: Car Performance, Poster Presentation and a Special Award. The criterion for winning the Car Performance category was to achieve the closest distance to the target, in either one of the two trials. The Special Award went to the group who achieved the lowest average point distance in two trials. The Poster Presentation category was based on the evaluation of the judges after the Car Performance competition. The champion for the Car Performance category was Thousand Sunny from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, walking away with the challenge trophy and USD1000. Blur Synergy, from Universiti Malaysia Pahang, won the Poster Presentation category; whereas the winner for the Special Award was Boys Over Flowers from Universiti Teknologi Teknologi MARA. The event ended with the handing over of the position as Host University of the 7th Malaysian Chem-E Car Competition 2012, to University Malaysia Sabah (UMS). A participant, focused on making the chemical reactions right. Best Co-Curriculum Achievement by an Individual/ Group Best Sports Achievement by an Individual/Group Special Appreciations
SPE, winner of the Best Club award for two years in a row.
Appreciating Sports and Co-curriculum
By Kan Wai Choong, PE Yr. 2 Sem. 2 UTP, 2 March: ‘Sports and Co-Curriculum Appreciation and Awards 2011’ highlighted the rise of sports and co-curriculum involvement of UTP students. This memorable night shed its spotlight in the Main Hall with the presence of UTP Rector, Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Haji Kasim, Director of Student Services, Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli Baharom, and two Malaysian sports icons, Puan Shalin Zulkifli, a well-known name in the bowling arena, and Mrs. Marina Chin, a former national sprinting star who is now the principal of the Bukit Jalil Sports School. Stating that sports brings people together and that it inspires physical, intellectual, spiritual and emotional aspects of a human being, Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli Baharom also mentioned in his welcoming speech that UTP has been performing exceptionally well over the years, improving from 2009 to 2010. He ended with a note to all to keep up the good work Best Club/Society and continue this legacy. Puan Shalin Zulkifli shared some personal mottos that motivated her to become a professional bowler in her speech. Her main ideal was to always be sincere. She carried on speaking about chasing one’s passion, desire and having discipline in life. She disagrees with the mindset that a person cannot be good in academics if he/she is good in sports. She believes in having a proper balance of both as the current world focuses on both brain and brawn. She also said that she does it for the love of the country. Mrs. Marina Chin said that running gave her a sense of freedom and she would not be standing before the guests if it was not for sports. She also went on to say that sports improves health, boosts one’s self-esteem and is a good teacher. It inculcates teamwork and leadership, which are not taught in books. She encouraged the audience to start doing sports today. Presentation of certificates and awards ended the night. Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE-UTP-SC Rotaract Club, RACUTP UTP Debate Club UTP Debate Varsity Team UTP Netball Varsity Team Jared Ee Han Seong UTP Team to Malaysians Unite Road Safety Organising committee of Mission Awareness Programme 2010 Organising committee of Interfaith Understanding Dialogue Main committee of SIFE UTP Chan Wen Zhen Outstanding Achievement by an Individual/Group Muhammad Imran Muiz Abidin
By Isabel Goh, ME Yr.2 Sem. 2 Tronoh, 17 March: The Book Fair was held from 15 to 17 March 2011 at Pocket D, by Friends of IRC (FIRC). FIRC is a student body proposed by UTP Management to assist the Information Resource Centre (IRC) management to promote IRC as the knowledge and research hub in UTP. Books of various genres were sold at the fair at reasonable prices. In addition, there was also a booth for caricature, which caught the attention of fellow UTP students. There were also vendors selling clothing and stationery, as well as a photography exhibition.
The setup of the Book Fair exhibition at Pocket D.
A highlight was a talk by blogger, Mr. Abdul Adzim Ismail, on “How to Generate Income through the Internet”.
The pipa soloist brought a different taste of music to the night.
This flexible young lady totally wowed the audience.
Red Sonata Fiesta 2
By Mostafa Mansour, EE Yr. 1 Sem. 2 Tronoh, 25 February: The Summervaganza concert , the final act of the Red Sonata Fiesta 2011 (RSF2), was a one-of-a-kind concert that magically teleported China to Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) as it overwhelmed the Chancellor Hall with Chinese culture. The elegance of Chinese culture was presented in the sophisticated performance by UTP Chinese Orchestra (UTPCO) accompanying the “gu zheng”, a Chinese instrument famous for solos. Moreover, the delicate music of the “pipa” touched the audience’s feelings; the impressive 24 Drums performance wowed the crowd; and the sweet and extraordinary Chinese acrobats, blew everyone’s minds. The audience was awed with Chinese culture after the performance by a Chinese face-changing master. Dr. Mah Hang Soon, the Perak government Exco, expressed through his representative Mr. Chang his admiration for RSF2 in pointing out its emphasis on the 1Malaysia concept. According to Vivian Lim, the project director of RSF2 also the student conductor for UTPCO, the main aim of the event was to raise funds to support UTPCO in their future plans to perform overseas. Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli Baharom, the Director of Student Services Department highlighted the importance of such events in increasing the students’ awareness of local cultures, as well as enhancing cultural understanding and integration between them. These cute and young Chinese acrobats brought much joy to the audience.
The 24 Season Drums from SMK Keat Hwa showed unmatchable synchronization and energy.
UTPCO players and student conductor, concentrating to bring good music to the audience.
An AIESEC Chat
months in Australia. Malaysia in their eyes They all find Malaysia quite hot, but Malika likes it as it is a l w a y s snowy in Russia; they all find MaFrom left: Eline, Malika and Tonia in three different settings, all on their AIESEC ‘missions’. laysians to be friendly By Mostafa Mansour, EE Yr. 1 Sem. 2 and helpful. Eline was impressed by the large number of international students at UTP and she was able to mix Tronoh, 16 March: In our quest to understand AIESEC with “too many” people. Tonia finds the food too spicy exchange programmes and discover the uniqueness of its with too much rice, yet she made a lot of Egyptian exchange students, we met four exchange students. friends. They have travelled all around Malaysia. Three of them are girls who came to UTP to join the Model United Nation (MUN) and they are: Eline For Moataz, his experience in Russia was unique and Tielemans from Netherlands, Malika Din, a Russian girl unforgettable. He was amazed by Saint Petersburg and with a warm and sincere smile, and Tonia Rossie from described it as “the best city he has seen in his life.” He Germany. As for the fourth student, Moataz Zoheir, he is explained that it was a beautiful oriental-style city and at a UTPian who just came back from his exchange trip to the same time a very unique artistic and touristy place. Russia. Here, we summarise their sharing of their experiHe visited the Kremlin, the Red Square among other ence as exchange students, their lives and much more. places, and found Moscow to be a beautiful city as well. He was shocked with the fact that outside Moscow, How it started people did not know English at all and were not friendly. The four of them managed to get the chance of exchange through AIESEC. The three girls came to UTP to join the The goals of their lives MUN project; Moataz joined a project called inter-camps, Their goals are unique and simple. Malika said that she during which he visited schools and cancer hospitals to wants to work with children as she simply loves them; teach and play with children, he even joined debate she wants to get her Bachelor and Masters degree, and clubs. her ultimate goal is to have a family of her own with a minimum of 2 children. Eline wants to find a good job Their journey around the world and experiences and be happy in her life because as Eline put it, “We live It turns out that the exchange students had their hand only once.” So she wants to do whatever she wants as a full with activities at the places they have been to. Malika student and enjoy her life. Tonia wishes to travel and see went to United Kingdom where she studied in Oxford the world and connect it with her job. University for one month. She also went to France, Japan, Turkey and Egypt. Eline went to Turkey where she taught Inspiration primary school students. Tonia worked with children in a For Malika, the key to achieve one’s goals is one’s passchool and an orphanage in France and even lived for 6 sion. Tonia gave us a word of wisdom, saying that the key
“...The key to reaching what you want is how you treat people, as the way you treat people will always come back to you. ” - Tonia Tielemans, Germany
to reaching what you want is how you treat people, as the way you treat people will always come back to you. Moataz gained a lot of experience from his trip and made friends from different places such as Colombia and Brazil. He was able to meet a variety of people and experience their culture and their different ways of thinking. Travelling broadens one’s mind. Their last words for the interview were to express gratitude to AIESEC and appreciation to the AIESECers who became their friends—and their family.
The writer: Mostafa (left), with Moataz.
MMK January 2011
By Jayiza Jamil, ICT Yr. 3 Sem. 2 UTP, 9 February: Minggu Mesra Kampus (MMK) was a three-day event held from 7 to 9 February 2011. It was a mass participation by almost all the clubs and societies in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) to share information and exhibit various activities being conducted in the campus. In addition, MMK provided a good start-up platform for the clubs and societies to promote their upcoming events and recruit new members. The overall success meter for the event is only average, as the crowd was not big throughout the the three days. The scenario could be improved to attract a bigger crowd with a MMK Theme of the Semester or a corner for students to dedicate songs. Thus, let’s hope that the next organising committee could put on their best for MMK May Semester 2011.
By Mostafa Mansour, EE Yr. 1 Sem. 2 Tronoh, 23 February: The PC Karnival left an impression on every student going through Pocket D. The Karnival invited different IT vendors to sell a variety of IT products from keypad protectors to laptops with very special promotions—up to 50% discount. In addition, Celcom and Digi were there to promote their new packages. Students’ response of the PC Karnival varied from one person to another. Many students who gathered around the game booths enjoyed the games. However, some students expressed their dissatisfaction due to the small number of stalls. The vendors emphasized the importance of this carnival in providing IT products at low prices for students. They also expressed their satisfaction towards the organising committee and hoped for a better response next time.
By Mostafa Mansour, EE Yr. 1 Sem. 2 Tronoh, 12 March: Strategy and intelligence were overwhelming in the National Chess Competition. Organised by the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF), Perak International Chess Association (PICA) in collaboration with MPPUTP, the competition took place for three days in UTP Chancellor Hall. Nearly 350 participants competed in the event. This year, and for the first time, MCF managed to annually grant USD5000 for 5 years for the champion from each category, as well as allowing the top 4 competitors to represent Malaysia internationally. These are parts of the MCF efforts in promoting chess as a healthy activity among youngsters. Puan Haslindah Ruslan, the Vice President of MCF expressed her gratitude and appreciation to UTP, hoping to hold this event at the unversity again.
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International Culture Night MAKK Night Choco-choco Fair TEC XI SRM visits old folks home Jerit! by Tronoh Theatre Shop EDX 27 Exam Slip Collection Model United Nations (MUN) Opening Ceremony MUN Main Event ChildPro 2011 Concert Night