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TO COOK OR NOT TO COOK MANAGEMENT VERSUS STUDENTS

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Handball Fever Ponggal Competition Week-I-Media MINGGU MESRA KAMPUS (MMK) 2012

Gajjdi Jawani takes first prize for their first time! National Gamelan Competition 2011 Youth Social Responsibilities

NEW LINE-UP OF SRCUTP 2012/2013
Board of Editors Patron:
Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli bin Baharom

Advisors:
Talhah bin Hassan Juli Murshidah binti Ahmad Munassor Azelin binti Mohamed Noor Kan Wai Choong, PE Yr. 3 Sem. 2 Aidil Aznan Azwan bin Abd Azid, PE Yr. 3 Sem. 2

HOT Board:
Editor-in-Chief: Ting Nguong Seng, EE Yr. 1 Sem. 3 Chief Reporter: Teresa Claire Ratnam, PE Foundation Sem. 3 Designer: Medtech

Electronic e-voting system
By Lai Yen Hua, PE, Yr. 3 Sem. 2 and Choo Yeong Seang, PG, Yr. 3 Sem. 2 Tronoh, 1 March: As the older generation retires, new leaders rise. With the completion of the previous term, an election was conducted to choose the new board of leadership in the Students Representatives Council UTP (SRCUTP). This annual event caught the attention of seven UTP students which then led to their nomination as election candidates and ultimately, they contested for viable positions. The seven appointed representatives underwent the standard election process. The leaders were nominated after submitting the election form. During the manifesto night, each candidate tried hard to bring out their strong capabilities to convince voters to choose them as their leader. Everyone had his personal manifesto to convince the students to have trust in him. The candidates campaigned through distribution of posters all over the campus. Students who missed the manifesto night can obtain the basic information through the posters. This year, the election committee introduced a new voting system. The electronic, e-voting system was available to ease the students and to enhance the voting process altogether. Students stood a chance to win an „iPad‟ when they cast their votes this election. There are 3,311 undergraduate students and 1,576 foundation students in the January 2012 Semester. However, only 35.19% of the student population showed up. Out of the seven candidates, six outstanding selected candidates were Naily Akmal Binti Mohd Zambri, Muhammad Nabil Bin Mohamed Yusoff, Muhammad Qaeyyum Hiffnie Bin Mahadzir, Nurizzati Binti Ramli, Wan Ibrahim Bin Wan Mamat, and Syed Muhammad Abdul Haq Bin Syed Mat Daud. The successful candidates now form the new SRCUTP organisational structure. Ensuing this, the other positions of the board will be discussed and decided thoroughly among the current board members. Then, the new line-up of SRCUTP will be released. Photographers: Limam Cheikhna Mah, PE Foundation Sem. 3 Chan Sin Wei, CE Foundation Sem. 3 Muhammad Firdaus Bin Adyney, PE Yr. 2 Sem. 1 Muhammad Firdaus Bin Mohd Yusuf, CV Foundation Sem. 3

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Editor’s Foreword
2012 has been predicted to be a year of calamity, a year of disaster and even the year when the world would end. Nevertheless, all of these are only rumours whose trustworthiness are doubted. Heat of Tronoh (HOT), on the other hand, wishes to bring to you the news at UTP which are valid and true. For your information, HOT will produce a new copy once in two months. This is the change that has taken place and we would like all of you to know. Apart from that, we hope that you, our dear readers, can keep on supporting HOT.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTION 2012
By Lai Yen Hua, PE, Yr. 3 Sem. 2 and Choo Yeong Seang, PG, Yr. 3 Sem. 2 Tronoh, 1 March: The International Student Council of UTP (ISC UTP) recently held its annual election for the term 2012/2013. This election of the High Committee was open to all UTP undergraduates regardless of nationality. There were five nominated candidates in this election. Djengomemgoto Gerard excelled in this election and garnered the most votes. He had now been elected the President of ISC UTP for the new board and was appointed as the Vice President of the Student Representative Council (SRCUTP).

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TO COOK OR NOT TO COOK
By Low Zhen Teng, CV Yr. 1 Sem. 3 Have you heard of cooking ban? Cooking ban means that the cooking is prohibited or simply not allowed. Recently, a cooking ban was introduced on our campus. You and I are no longer permitted to cook in UTP. In addition, cooking utensils are not allowed in hostels . If any cooking appliances are found, owners will be fined possibly up to RM 50 per item and the items will be confiscated by the security authorities. Heart of Tronoh (HOT) has conducted an extensive research into this issue to truly understand the reasons this new rule was implemented as well as the possible outcomes that will follow to understand this matter more.

UTP Management’s Thoughts
Until today, the Management has explained, elaborated and stressed on the consequences of those who fail to adhere to this rule; yet, it seems to have fallen on deaf ears. The Management ensures students that by 1 April 2012, the four current vacant cafés will open; yet the Management still receives complaints from students. What exactly is the problem? Why are students not getting the point that it is more advisable to eat in the cafés than cooking in their hostels?

Students’ Thoughts
Based on the survey conducted by HOT, the results have revealed 4 significant reasons why students opt to cook in their hostels instead of to whet their appetites at the village cafes. The prime reasons include minimising food expenditure, health concerns and lack of variety of food at the cafés. About 65% of students choose to go economical and cook on their own because of its cost saving advantage as cheaper ingredients are used and they get to store their cooked food to keep for several meals. A major fraction (60%) of students cook due to hygiene concerns. It is of utmost convenience and pleasure that food is easily accessible in campus but when taking into account its quality which consist mostly of oily, artificially-flavored food with additives and preservatives, presence of flies and stray cats, the notion of eating out at cafés can make their stomach flinch. On the other hand, cooking by students ensure confidence that their safety and health measures are looked into. The survey also indicated that 49% of students say the type of food sold at cafes are not to their liking. This, we presume, can represent a number of international students who understandably would miss and crave for their local food and therefore would not be satisfied with the food offered in the cafés here. In total, 46% of students think that cooking on their own is more convenient. This is due to the time and effort saved without the need to go to cafes and wait in long queues for their meals. They would also have the freedom to cook and eat at odd hours. Some simply love to cook!

MANAGEMENT VERSUS STUDENTS
By Joyce Shamini A/P Rajendran, CV Foundation Sem. 3 & Yee Yun Huan, EE Yr. 3 Sem. 2

Pro-cooking ban:
Misuse of electrical appliances, past fire incidents caused by students who left boiling water unattended and the worst of all, a pantry in V5 that caught fire are some of the reasons the management had concluded that cooking is dangerous for students, especially at residential villages. The safety of students should always be the priority. Nevertheless, for those who insist on cooking, a formal application can be sent to the management and the application will be taken into consideration. Suggestion: A knack for safety is something to be cultivated. It will be beneficial if the management can organise talks, conduct campaigns or safety drives to serve as reminders to students to cook safely. According to the Security Services Department, the offset of the alarm system involves a long ring of procedures whereby the first person who hears of an alarm is expected to report to the HSE Department, and then a maintenance officer is sent over to check on the situation. In reality, the situations are hardly as ideal as described in the scenario and there are a lot of in-between confusions that happen. Thus, the domino effect of in-house cooking would bring inconvenience and unnecessary trouble to our already heavily burdened authorities. Suggestion: Consider tutoring the residential wardens or even cleaners on how to turn off the alarm if it is triggered when no serious fire case is observed. Here is the strongest point. The so-called „kitchens‟ in residential villages are in fact pantries, which means they are not designed for cooking. Albeit some light cooking such as boiling water and making coffee are considered acceptable, heavy cooking would defeat the purpose of a pantry. Heavy cooking is especially bad for the drainage system (and also causes inconvenience to the cleaners!) as wastes from cooking clogs the sinks and drains, and this eventually leads to high maintenance cost. Suggestion 1: Disciplinary actions may be imposed and fines can be charged to the entire house occupants so that they would hold each other responsible towards the proper use of the pantry at all times. Suggestion 2: Spot checks can be conducted by the authorities from time to time to monitor the rightful use of pantries. Hence, students would always be on their toes to ensure their cooking endeavours do not interfere with the drainage system.

Anti-cooking ban:
Quite plainly, to allow one or two incidents of cooking mishaps to represent the cooking habits of the general population of UTP students is rather an error of partialism. It will be akin to banning cars on roads just because of the rising level of car accidents! With that being said, university students are considered young adults and they should, by now, be independent and mature enough to know the safety measures required when cooking. For the occasional cooking mishaps that happened, 26% of the students in a survey conducted agree that penalty should be imposed depending on the severity of the case or extent of misuse. But a loud number of 69% are against a complete ban of cooking and confiscation of cooking utensils. Suggestion: Instead of punishing the entire population, why not take serious actions only on the 1 % blacklisted as irresponsible cooks? The survey revealed that 39% of the students do not see the validity of banning cooking on the basis of the fire alarm system. Suggestions 1: The management might want to consider tweaking the sensitivity of the fire alarm so that it only rings in a real fire situation instead of it being triggered just by smoke from cooking. Suggestion 2: Students employ some common sense and take into account the ventilation of the pantry. Keep windows open or use a ventilation fan to allow the smoke and smell to dispel during or after cooking. With a majority vote of 61%, most students agree that heavy cooking is bad for the drainage system as wastes from cooking clogs the sinks and drains, and this eventually leads to high maintenance cost, hence, considering it as a rather valid reason for the cooking ban. Suggestion 1: Students, grow up! With great power comes great responsibility, and this applies to cooking as much as to Spiderman. Make sure to filter solid waste from your cooking waste and throw them in the bin before draining them down the sink. Suggestion 2: Come up with a duty roster with your housemates to keep the pantry clean.

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As shown in the anti-cooking ban argument, there are many alternatives to deal with the problems brought about by cooking in residential villages. With much negotiation and understanding on both sides, a win-win situation should be reached between the students, management and authorities so that the common good of everyone can be served and that our university continues to shine not just as a leading university but also as one that is conscientious to its students‟ welfare.

Sizzle and Scoop

ever Handball F

Ponggal Competition
Date Day Venue

: 25 February 2012 : Saturday : Main Hall

UTP Handball team managed to achieve third position in UPSI Open Handball tournament 2011.

Participants decorated their ponggal pots using water paint and marker pens.

Participants boiled the milk until it overflowed from the pot which signifies the advent of prosperity.

Date Day Venue

WeekI-Medi

: 29 Fe b : Wedn ruary - 2 Mar ch e : Chan sday - Friday cellor H all Pocket D Foye , r, D9 & S eminar Room Room 6

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Mahmoud Elshamy, fourth from the left of the second row, first year UTP student playing for Malacca handball team. The team won the Gold Medal for the Malaysian States Tournament 2012 in Malacca.

Real Chilli for HOT

Mahmoud Elshamy Playing for the FaceBook Handball team. The team achieved third place in Putrajaya Open President Cup 2011.

Have a nice shot with chilli and HOT

A model promoting HOT

MINGGU MESRA KAMPUS (MMK) 2012
By Saddam Ahip, PG, Yr. 3 Sem. 2 Tronoh, 17 February: An event called MINGGU MESRA KAMPUS (MMK) 2012 was held from 14 -16 February at the Pocket D foyer. This event started from 8.00 am - 5.00 pm throughout the three days. The event was organised by MPPUTP in order to attract students to involve themselves actively with organisations, societies, clubs, and committees as well as to increase the awareness of the students about campus issues. Besides that, the event was held to cater for the welfare of students in which welfare booths were opened for students should they encounter any inconveniences at UTP. One of the activities named car drift auto show was held at V4 parking area in which excellent controls and skills of the car were displayed by the professional driver. In addition, games and activities such as angry bird mania game and paintball were also included to add more excitement to the event. There was also a blood donation campaign held at Room 9 to increase the awareness of the students on the advantages of blood donation besides storing up enough blood for the public needs. There were also clubs and societies participating in the event mainly for recruitment purpose. This included the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Career Summit for Future Malaysian Leaders (CASFUMAL), The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Sekretariat Rukun Negara (SRN), UTP Debate Club, Friends of IRC and many more. Apart from that, an election campaign was also done throughout the event by MPPUTP for the coming election in order to choose the new lineup for MPPUTP. Furthermore, there were KFC, Mingo2, Celcom, and Nestle joining the events to promote and sell their products and goods to students.

Club members waited for students to visit their booth

Food stalls seemed to be flooded with students

Blast from the Past

Gajjdi Jawani takes first prize for their first time!
By Joyce Shamini A/P Rajendran, CV Foundation Sem. 3

Subang Jaya , 19 November: Just recently made an
official body at UTP, the Gajjdi Jawani Bhangra and Dhol group (a form of Punjabi cultural dance and rythmic art) wasted no time in proving themselves by sweeping the first prize in the Dhiiraati Naksatra Nite 2011, an Indian cultural talent competition organised by the Indian Cultural and Language Society of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. Themed „Awaken the Culture Within‟, the talent competition was held in conjunction with the Pertubuhan Artis-Artis India Malaysia to promote the distinctiveness and richness of the Indian culture. Consisting of 12 dancers, 2 crew members and 2 Dholists, the Gajjdi Jawani group boarded a UTP bus

to Seri Sedaya International School where the competition was held, hopeful to win their first competition ever. Prior to this they mainly did charity or guest performances with their most recent performance at UTP‟s Convocation Dinner 2011. With less than two weeks of practice due to the holidays and semester breaks, the Gajjdi Jawani group set the standard for the competition as they were the first to perform and delivered a most stunning array of choreography and stunts. Nevertheless they were fiercely matched by other participating groups such as HELP University and APITT University. It was truly a great victory for UTP‟s official Bhangra group as they have worked hard and had numerous long nights perfecting their performance. As they are now still a newbie in the line of UTP‟s dance groups,

we are sure to hear more of them and be prepared to be impressed by the Gajjdi Jawani‟s once more!

Performance by Gajjdi Jawani

National Gamelan Competition 2011
By Teresa Clare Ratnam , PE Foundation Sem. 3 Terengganu, 31 October: The National Gamelan Competition 2011 was held at Dewan Al-Muktafi Bilah Shah, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Terengganu from 28 to 31 October 2011. This is the first ever competition to be held for Malay Gamelan in Malaysia and the UTP Gamelan group was fortunate enough to take part in it. The competition was split into two categories, traditional and contemporary. Only 17 teams were selected to participate in the final stage of this competition and the UTP Gamelan group was one of them that made it into both categories. The UTP Gamelan group which consisted of 27 students performed a medley of 2 traditional songs - Gambuh Nyanyi and Lambang Sari Turun Gambang for the Traditional category and Togok and Cinta Seorang Pendayung for the Contemporary category. The UTP Gamelan group won the consolation prize in both categories totalling up to RM 9000. The UTP Gamelan Group would like to express their gratitude to UTP management especially to YBhg Datuk Dr. Zainal Abidin Hj Kasim, Vice Chancellor; Tuan Hj Mohamed Noor Rosli Baharom, Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs & Alumni; En Zaidin, UTP Gamelan Group sifu and En. Ahmad PG Abdullah, Co-Curriculum Unit for their support and guidance and everyone who had contributed directly or indirectly to this event.

Youth Social Responsibilities
By Low Zhen Teng, CV Yr. 1 Sem. 3 Ipoh, 4 November: 16 facilitators from Rotaract Club of UTP (RACUTP) had made their way to St. Michael Secondary School in order to conduct a very new motivation programme, named as Youth Social Responsibilities with 200 Form 2 students present. Youth Social Responsibilities carries the aspiration to provide a better understanding to teenagers about themselves and what they can contribute to the society and hence, enhance their professional development in their learning styles. There were a lot of inspiring activities prepared for the programme such as a talk by an experienced former teacher, Brother Vincent, presentation on quadrants of brains, the Visual-Audio-Kinesthetic study skills model test, and games with moral values. All the programmes were modified to be simple and fun as to match the age range of the participants involved. The students seemed to truly enjoy the event.

Performance by UTP Gamelan Group

The facilitator giving an explanation on the VAK Study Skills.

Members of UTP Gamelan Group

CAMPUS DIARY
16 17 17 20 / / 17 / 3 3 18 / 3 3 MSSM Tennis Tournament Corporate Grooming iFest Visit by Civil Engineering Department staff & students, Ungku Omar Polytechnic, Ipoh 20 / 3 20 - 23 / 3 21 / 3

Rotarian Desmond, accompanied by project manager, Low Zhen Teng presenting a souvenir to the counsellor in charge, Cikgu Omar.

Seminar on Advanced Engine & Fuel Technology Collaborative Lecture Programme by Total Professor Association Visit by Sekolah Kebangsaan Lekir, Sitiawan, Perak

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