NUS student: No ‘unrest’ at campus over Sun Xu and Campus Crusade sagas
Posted by temasektimes on March 5, 2012
All is well and peaceful at the National University of Singapore with no ‘unrest’ among the students over two recent incidents which put NUS in the spotlight, according to a NUS student who spoke to us.
Three weeks ago, NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu, who is a final year student in Mechanical Engineering sparked a massive outcry with his now infamous remark on there ‘being more dogs than humans in Singapore.’
A few days later, NUS Christian group ‘Campus Crusade for Christ’ drew flak for ‘insensitive’ posters on its noticeboards and websites which denigrate other religions.
According to our source, NUS is like a ‘ghost town’ now with many students cramming the libraries to prepare for the final year examinations.
“I saw Sun Xu and a group of friends having lunch together at the PGP (Prince George Park residence) canteen. He was laughing and joking with them, didn’t seem to be somebody in trouble.”
He added that the atmosphere at the campus is not tense as most students are too busy with their studies to be concerned with Sun Xu.
“Only the netizens are making noise, the rest of us just can’t be bothered. Such speech is common among the ATs. Nobody expects Sun Xu to be punished anyway…”
As for the Campus Crusade saga, the matter is now closed after students met up with religious leaders from a few organizations for a ‘counselling session.’
“I got one friend in the Crusade and she said the misunderstanding has been cleared up. The posters was meant for the Christians only not for the larger public. It was just a miscomm and NUS has allowed it to resume activities at the campus already.”
Meanwhile, our requests to Sun Xu and his friends for an interview were rebuffed. NUS has also informed us that it is unable to reveal more information about Sun Xu’s disciplinary hearing on 13 March as it is a ‘strictly confidential matter’.