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RadioACtiveFilm presents “The Lady Eve” (dir:Preston Sturges, 1941)

Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck) and her fellow con artists

If the romantic comedies currently on general release are anything to go by, feminism is dead. The female characters in these movies seem to be either wedding-obsessed harridans, weak-willed nincompoops or irritating kooks. We need to go back to the Golden Age of Hollywood to find a romantic comedy with a strong intelligent heroine. A classic of the genre is “The Lady Eve”, starring the incomparable Barbara Stanwyck.

In “The Lady Eve”, a father-daughter pair of con artists set their sights on Charlie ‘Hopsy’ Pike (Henry Fonda), the snake-loving heir to a brewery fortune. The daughter Jean (Stanwyck) falls for Charlie, is rejected by him, and seeks revenge in the guise of an English aristocrat Lady Eve Sidwich.

Jean pretending to be ‘Lady Eve Sidwich’ and a very confused ‘Hopsy’ Pike (Henry Fonda)

Whether she’s casing a joint, befuddling a patsy or just yearning to be loved, Stanwyck’s Jean Harrington is never less than a woman of character — a far cry from the insipid girls of today’s romantic comedies.

RadioACtiveFilm will be screening “The Lady Eve” at 2:30 pm this Wednesday, 18 February, in Room 3.06. All are welcome.

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Mr. Mervyn Sek and his Valentine!

By OriAna

Mr. Sek, is usually a boisterous teacher and his economics lectures tend to be some of the more entertaining ones. This is mainly because of his down-to-earth sense of humour and the way he is unafraid to use his booming voice to get our attention.  However, when he talks about his Valentine, he is different. His voice is softer, his speech slower. I would not say that this was because he was hesitant or uncomfortable with telling me about his fiancée, Candice. Rather his slow and soft speech seems to show his tenderness towards the subject. Also his willingness to share with me revealed his “settledness” with his valentine as there is none of the coquettishness of a ‘boy in love”.

Mr. Sek shared with me that he met his fiancée 4 years ago when they were both volunteering at the CDC. She was then in SMU doing her undergraduate studies and he was in NUS doing his Masters. Their first official date was going to the movie ‘Kumar’. With its crude jokes, Mr. Sek was worried about the ‘first impression’ he was giving her. I guess teachers are not immuned to insecurities about what ‘she might think’ any more than we are. They have come a long way since then and he says that despite things not being perfect, their commitment shows how ‘love is prevailing’.

Mr. Sek said that the organisation of activities for Valentine’s Day is split between the two of them. He’s in charge of the foot spa and the play they are watching. She will be in charge of dinner. He thinks that Valentine’s Day is over commercialised but that’s ‘the provocative of profit-motivated companies to capitalise on people’s demands’  (sounding too economics for you? J). However, he is  glad that there is a day set aside every year to appreciate our loved ones as we often forget to do so.

People are all the same wherever you go. Teacher or student, everyone wants to love and loved in return. Let us remember to show love everyday of the year and not let the businessmen get the better of us!

Friday the 13th

by Alon Mendez

While the superstitious may look at Friday the 13th as an ominous day of misfortune, ACJC welcomed February 13 with much love and anticipation. Wielding roses and armed with balloons, the students transformed the college into a hub filled with exchanging flowers, songs, and hugs.

Some changes were tangible. The hall was transformed (or patched, rather) to scream Happy Valentine’s Day at the students as cut-out paper hearts (some pasted, some hanging) and the candeck “metamorphosed” into a Valentine’s Day paraphernalia market while doubling as the radio station accommodating song requests and dedications. Posters, too, were up to publicize the day. Themed “Got love? AC has it!”, several A4-sized posters featuring the teachers, councillors and the clan heads od Orientation 2009 dotted the walls of the canteen. Students strolled bearing flowers and balloons, pretending to be nonchalant but secretly proud of the tokens of appreciation they have amassed.

But the essence of V-Day was not so much the decor and the music as it was the slight change in the culture for the day. Smiles were given less relunctantly and i guess there was an informal relaxation of the thou-shalt-let-the-light-pass-through credo. It’s one of the very few days of the year when we are given the excuse to express our appreciation and affection without attracting so much as a I-wish-someone-did-that-for-me-also glance. This is probably why this Friday the 13th was a very thrilling affair; everyone felt appreciated and expressed their appreciation.

The day ended with an outdoor screening of “The Notebook” for Movie Under the Stars. A huge mass of J1s and J2s occupied the basketball court. Some were chatting to their friends, some were exchanging gifts and others actually watched the movie. Popcorn and cotton candy flavored the air (as if all the “I love you” weren’t sweet enough) as the council provided snacks and refreshments.

I guess Valentine’s Day truly is not just a celebration of romantic love but of friendship as well. I even received a sunflower from a guy! And with a personal message to boot! While roses wilt, letters get lost, photos fade, the memories and the friendships that these represent do not.

Happy Valentine’s Day ACJC!


The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever.

the Notebook

MUTS 2009 was more than a congregation of orientation groups and ogls, more than a gathering of old friends, new friends and current friends… It was more than the smell of caramelised popcorn and freshly-made cotton candy, more than a screening of a great movie under a starless sky… It was all of that, not forgetting how the “sex scenes” were replaced by finger-shadow puppet productions courtesy of the councillor… All these made the experience one so uniquely AC.

There was a point in the movie when I turned my head only to be surprised by the sheer size of the crowd that had gathered. The moment the glow from the projection lit up all their faces…each one was  completely absorbed. It might not seem like much but for the first time, perhaps due to the fact that the lights were too dim for anything but faces to be seen, it felt like everyone was truly part of the same community- j1s, j2s, crashers from other schools and all. ‘And in that moment, I swear we were infinite’

PS: I would post pictures but they really wouldn’t do the MUTS experience any justice. You just had to be there, and hopefully next time, you will. 🙂

Akan Datang: Non-Sequitur



By Ivan Ng

Are you sick of all those mainstream magazines infested with celebrity gossip?

Are you tired of all those annoying, whiney punk rock bands?

Is the R&B fever literally making you nauseous?

Is watching Tyra Banks and her horde of “next top models” (11 and counting) giving you conjunctivitis?

Greetings from the board of editors of the resurrected Non-sequitur! – The magazine that is the potential cure for all your mainstream woes.

Non-sequitur is an offbeat, indie, non-conformist but stylish magazine and it brings to you the 411 on the latest underground, indie and artsy happenings from around Singapore. This is inclusive of art shows, local band gigs, jazz performances, runway showcases of budding Singaporean designers, books by local writers and many more.

Well, the people in charge of this magazine can’t exactly be called a board of editors because as far as I know, there are only 2 people . Due to this obvious lack, you can certainly apply to be a writer for the magazine to help strengthen the culture of arts appreciation in ACJC, and maybe shamelessly use the magazine as an avenue to advertise for your favourite attention-deprived indie band.

So stay tuned for the first issue of the Non-Sequitur, your first dosage of this delightfully tasty medicine, specially concocted to cure ailments caused by the over-exposure to the mainstream.

Orientation; In Retrospect

Azlan, Aetos, Mushu, Crusaders.

What do they all have in common with us, J2s?

Walking into school on the first day of orientation 09, I was blurred by the sudden onslaught of voices in the school. It had never been that bustling in school when we started on January 12th . A myriad of uniforms and colors… people walked into the school gates as strangers to this new place, yet I could feel a sense of hope and excitement amongst the new cohort.

In retrospect, Orientation 08 was a good one. Honestly, I did not expect much from it last year but after going through the initiation process into AC, I felt a much closer identification with the school. Rah-rah, I personally am not but hey, looking at those J1s streaming in; taking up our seats in the canteen, filling our spaces at the bleachers, that was just secondary. As jaded and old this might seem, I felt as if vibrancy was once again injected into the dreary lives we had for the past few weeks as J2s, the seniors and the class of 2009.

I still remember my first day in AC, not knowing many people, coming into the school, hopeful. Meeting my OG for the first time and my wonderful OGLs; getting confused with the wonders of subject registration, getting icky during the games; screaming during mass rallies, not forgetting the mass dances …

Armed with my camera and clad in my secondary school uniform on day 2, I walked through the game grounds, and really I could feel that rush and excitement in the air. It was very nostalgic. Well, at that moment, it did not occur to me that the As were looming, not as close as the terms though; that I had other commitments, work to rush and a home to go back to. All I wanted to do was stay, and just soak up the atmosphere.

Campfire-less campfire was the highlight of Orientation 09, in my opinion. I gave up my camera that evening and told myself that I was to have as much fun as I could have, before reality hits. Indeed I did, with the new batch, the OGLs and fellow crashers. As off-tangent as this might sound in this reflective post, it was awesome. The whole atmosphere reminded me that in AC, we really are a big family, despite our differences; that we’d all unite in the AC spirit and cheer for a common cause.

J1s, the first day might be unfamiliar but after your time here, you’d realize how much of an impression AC would have made on you.




Stepping into “Beethoven”

Alright everybody..Today, Miss Harr-Py received special orders from her Harp President to post something of HIGH importance!!

So here goes…

 Harp Welcomes You

 Hi there J1s!!

 Ever wondered how the harp is played? Or just love that awesome soothing music it produces?

Well, grab your pens and diaries! ACJC Harp Ensemble is having its welcome tea and all are invited.

 Date: 11th February, Wednesday

Time: 3 p.m.

Venue: ACJC Music Centre (Next to Oldham Wing), Beethoven room

You’ll get to enjoy a short performance by the J2s and even try your hand at playing simple songs on the harp!

Don’t worry about not owning a harp or not having any prior experience playing the harp. With Tenacity and Passion, we can progressively work our way to mastering this magnificent instrument!

 We’ll be waiting, so remember to mark this date on your calendar!

ACJC Harp Ensemble welcomes you!


ACJC Harp Ensemble

Mushu- Do not let them look down on you because you are small

By OriAna


No smaller!


                No smaller!


No smaller!


Yeah J ”


In the last instalment of this series on the clan heads I bring you the last clan, Mushu. Named after the fictitious dragon in Disney’s adaptation of Mulan, the clan heads both exemplify the small dragon. Like the small dragon in Mulan that didn’t breathe fire till the end of the show (when you needed him the most to), both clan heads are…vertically challenged.


Alon Ramos Mendez, is the male clan head from Mushu. The Filipino scholar with his small build, boyish smile and thick unruly hair looks anything but his 18 years of age. My fellow columnist for maniAC always has a sense of fun(as you can see from his column) and a willingness to help people (especially with a math question you can’t solve). Alon said that he didn’t expect to be clan head as he thought that Clan heads had to be ‘tall and big and high profile’. However, he strongly believes in always giving it his best shot and that he has done.


Xue Yi, the lady that accompanies him on his many adventures (some are caught on film) this orientation has been described by the other clan heads as an ‘energiser bunny’. Always full of energy, Xue Yi enjoys camps in all its forms; she loves the cheering, the messy activities and just plain having people ‘rah rahed’ up. The former Unity Secondary school councillor said that she missed organising camps and thinks that to be ‘involved in Orientation is enough’, to her being clan head was a bonus.


You would think that this fun loving girl, who is so comfortable in the school and who we are so comfortable representing us to the J1s, must have felt right at home here from the get go. However, this was not the case, she said that being from a school where ‘most people go to poly, ACJC was a big culture shock’, she even contemplated changing school. I am sure that there will be some who will feel that way during Orientation and when they do I hope they will think of Xue Yi and the advise she gives of being ‘open and really get involved in school activities so you will know people’ and not feel out of place.


Mushu maybe a ‘small’ clan, but let us not look at size when we judge of the capabilities of a person, clan or school. Instead let us remember that despite size, many have accomplished great things and so can we. May the class of 2010 remember that as they go through their time here, and may they remember Orientation 2009. 



are you Walking On Sunshine?…. Orientation 09, live the legACy

Don\'t it feel goodwalking on sunshineBy BERliN

Note: I’ve only included the verses that were cut for the Couple’s Mass Dance for Orientation 09

 I used to think maybe you loved me
I know that it’s true
And Don’t wanna spend all my life
Just waiting for you
Just waiting for you
No I don’t want you back for a weekend
Not back for a day
No no no
See baby I just want you back
And I wan’t you to stay

I’m walking on sunshine
I’m walking on sunshine
I’m walking on sunshine
And don’t it feel good

Alright now
And don’t it feel good
Alright now
And don’t it feel good

Walking on sunshine
Walking on sunshine

I feel the love
I feel the love
I feel the love
That’s really real
I feel the love
I feel the love
I feel the love
That’s really real

I’m on sunshine baby yeah
I’m on sunshine baby yeah

I’m walking on sunshine
I’m walking on sunshine
I’m walking on sunshine
And don’t it feel good

Alright now
And don’t it feel good
Alright now
And don’t it feel good
Alright now
And don’t it feel good
Alright now
And don’t it feel good

I’m walking on sunshine
I’m walking on sunshine

YES, Tiny is right, we have been invaded.

Over the last 5 days about 850 students have come into our school with their different uniforms and attitudes towards ACJC. However, I do hope that by Friday night they will have all realised that in spite of their different backgrounds, previous schools, orientation groups and clans , they are all now part of the 1 ACJC family. (if they don’t, then our Orientation hasn’t quite done its job)

I cannot remember much of my own Orientation except for a few mass rallies, having lunch in the Cafe and baking in the sun sitting on the Track talking because we were too tired to play games. But I do remember wanting desparately not to love ACJC and yet loving it anyway. I guess because during and after Orientation I realised that I feel the Love, I feel the Love, I feel the Love that’s Really Real. Being a J2 now, I can’t quite remember what it felt like to be J1 and whether I had fun…hence my constant paranoia as an OGL as I want to make sure that my OG kids felt loved and cared for so that even if they didn’t have a super-fun time they would still be able to take a way a postive experiece. Thank the Lord that they really did seem to have fun and enjoy themselves. I wanted them to feel like they were walking on sunshine and I think they did.

I honestly thought that choosing Walking On Sunshine was a good choice for the Mass Dance song (thumbs up for Jared Koh who chose it) especially since they learnt the couple’s dance on the 3rd and 4th day of camp , when I think most of them may have gotten over their intial inhibitions and fears and were truly starting to enjoy themselves and the AC experience. Don’t it feel Good, alright yeah!  This song is a Happy- feel good song and I think it helped build and suit the atmosphere of those two days. Rain on Wednesday didn’t dampen the mood as a rainbow appeared afterwards. Seeing the rainbow vaguely reminded me of Noah in the Bible and how God seems to be blessing our efforts.

To the J1s: Orientation and the few following weeks are the periods of adjustment and sheer joy of being somewhere new. It’s exciting and exhilirating and feels like you are Walking On Sunshine. And remember the school used to think maybe you Loved Us, Now we know its true. We don’t want you back for the weekend, no not for a day, No no no, see Baby We just want you back and We want you to stay.

To the J2s(especially the OGLs): Wonderful job! We left a LegACy behind. Orientation with its Mass Rallies and games is over and its back to monotonous school work. But even as we trudge through daily life towards the final ‘A’ levels examinations just remember that we still have each other and don’t it feel good. Walking on Sunshine isn’t exclusive to the J1s.  

Exhibiting those harps!

Harp Banner
Yes, that’s right. On the Wednesday that just passed, the Ensemble gathered in the Badminton Hall like every other CCA to set up our booth and get ready to rally in the J1s to join the CCA!!
 CCA exhibition--Harp 2

CCA exhibition--Harp 1

However, what made this year’s exhibition most memorable was that the Ensemble collaborated with strings and choir to perform “You Raise Me Up”. Even though, I was not involved in the playing (the Badminton Hall is way too far from the Music Centre and the harps are way too heavy for us to transport ) I was very excited as well because this collaboration marks a whole new beginning and I anticipate more of such collaborations between the performing arts group in AC!!

The enrolment for J1s was considerably good but what matters most now is keeping them devoted to the Ensemble and making sure they will stay on. I really hope that there’ll be many J1s coming into harp this year so that the Ensemble can grow in size and more people can hear the magnificent music that these harps produce. 🙂

So, to all the J1s who are going to join, I really hope that you’ll enjoy being in the Ensemble as much as I do!

Signing Off,

Miss Harr-Py.

RadioACtiveFilm: maniAC’s sister CCA

by Ms Chng S.W.

maniAC is the internet arm of ACJC’s new Media Club. Its film and radio arm, RadioACtiveFilm, made a debut of sorts at the CCA exhibition on 4 February:

We’ve got girls too.

RACF has existed for just over three weeks. During this time, screenings have included Royston Tan’s riotous short film “Cut”; an excerpt from silent comedy legend Buster Keaton’s “One Week”; and a couple of less mainstream animated films, Michael Dudok de Wit’s Oscar-nominated “The Monk and The Fish” and Miyazaki Hayao’s pastoral paean to childhood and family “My Neighbour Totoro”. RACF members have also listened to radio programmes belonging to genres unfamiliar to Singaporeans, such as the radio essay and radio comedy. There will be subsidised film and radio production workshops later in the year.

“The Monk & The Fish” (image from www.tehran-animafest.ir)

What’s up, doc?: Royston Tan’s “Cut” (image from www.guardian.co.uk)

So if you’re

– interested in films and radio programmes of all kinds, and willing to explore the unknown with an open mind

– keen to be involved in the actual process of film-making and/or radio content creation and presentation

do join us at 2:30 every Wednesday, Room 3.06.

A Cylon waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting human… No, actually it’s a knight in hi-tech armour, in a sci-fi movie version of the Arthurian legend… Okay, it’s really a microphone in our new recording studio.

It’s not just like Grey’s Anatomy

By Huiling


That’s Me!

And nope this isn’t the cast of Grey’s Anatomy, it’s just us.

 This job experience truly gave me a clear understanding and idea of how it is to be a doctor and what it takes to become one. I enjoyed the observation sessions as they painted for me a picture of what a doctor, especially one in the respiratory department, does.

However, the most enriching part of the JEP was the various conversations I had with Dr Yap and his team. They gave me a very down-to-earth and realistic view  of being a doctor, especially of one working in a government hospital.

One common thing that each and every doctor told us was being a doctor is FOR LIFE. Once you are in it, it would be very difficult to get out of it. Therefore, all of them advised us: before even signing up for this course, be very sure that you want to do this, and be willing to sacrifice a great deal of your time for it. One doctor mentioned that being a doctor is not at all GLAMOROUS. It does not pay much, compared to being bankers and lawyers; it is, however, a very stable job to have.

When I asked Dr Yap what the one quality a doctor wannabe must possess, he thought for a while and replied very confidently “SELF SACRIFICE“. Throughout my attachment, all the doctors complained of being “on call”, and of having only 1 weekend off the entire month. However, what they proved to us was that to become a doctor, we would have to give up a large portion of our lives to this profession, and no salary could ever match up to this sacrifice. One doctor told me that when one becomes a doctor, money becomes irrelevant. What a doctor deals with is a life not the stock market and while a decision a doctor makes may not only affect him, it will definitely have an effect on the lives of his patients and their families.

All in all, this attachment not only deepened my understanding of what being a doctor entails but also strengthened my will and determination to become one. After all, like Dr Yap said, it still is a noble profession and can at times, be extremely satisfying.



Calefare, not Cauliflower

By Michele, 2AA5

Timeless, the movie

Being a calefare on the set for a day was an enriching and eye-opening experience. Initially, I had harboured romantic perceptions towards film-making, assuming the entire process would mostly centre around the simple act of holding a camera in front of actors, barking out commands and trying to get the film’s artistic feel right. Now that I have seen how it is like behind the scenes, I have discovered a whole new side of film-making – the technical aspect.



Playing a very minor role, I was given the opportunity to study the equipment up close. About an hour before the actual filming started, the director and his crew were already busy at the site – the living room of a lecturer’s apartment, to be more precise – laying down all sorts of technical and mechanical paraphernalia, stuff I had never seen before. Huge umbrella-like screens hung about, propped up by metal stands, trapping in the light needed to create that ‘feel’. It all resembled a photographer’s studio – only there was sound equipment; most notably a huge, furry-looking microphone being held up by one I assumed was the soundman. He wore headphones and steadily held the microphone, which detected the actors’ voices as they spoke their lines. I gained a new respect for the discipline and high levels of expertise those in this business must have, even though they gain less credit compared to the actors and directors, who are seemingly on the forefront of every film. There was also a mini-screen, which was attached to the camera, perhaps there to give a rough image of how the film was being captured.

As I stood there waiting for instructions, I took in the atmosphere – busy, excited and purposeful. Making a film took much more work than I thought and the looks of concentration of the crew’s faces were admirable.

Once the set’s preparations were finished, the actors settled on set. It was then we, the calefares, were told exactly what to do. I never thought much about going on camera – especially since my face would not even be shown.  But surprisingly, the moment I stood alongside others whom I know to be professional actors in front of all that equipment, I felt a surge of anxiety. Our instructions were very simple; yet suddenly I felt as if I was being laid bare. Here I learnt another aspect of film-making – that of the actors. To see them calmly execute their lines and scripts, almost as if the camera was not there was something I can only describe as extraordinary. Watching actors on television within the comfort of my living room was one thing – being on the set watching these people perform their lines almost effortlessly, while I struggled to remain calm in spite of my much easier role, was another. I realised that there was a lot more to acting than just memorising words and assuming a persona – it took a lot of experience, courage and awareness of one’s surroundings.

Also, as mentioned earlier, a high level of disciple must be maintained at all times. Not a word outside the set should be uttered during the course of filming. I felt the whole room hush as all eyes were on the set. It was a mesmerising experience being a part of someone’s story,  watching the process unfold… or at least some part of it, being pieced together. Some friendly members of the crew chatted with us in between breaks, too. We learnt more about the industry and got useful tips about taking up Film Studies in university.

All in all, I am very grateful for being given this opportunity. Although the attachment was short and lasted only a few hours, I learnt many things and have gained a much deeper appreciation towards film-making.

Michele and friends 🙂