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Magdalene Lie ’11 reports on the Collegiate Dinner for the graduating Class of 2011

Collegiate Dinner 2011 was held on 25 March, at the newly-refurbished Kent Ridge Guild House.  An annual event kindly sponsored by the Deanery, the Dinner marked “the beginning of the end” to Class of 2011’s time in Law School.  Our soon-to-be-alumni felt a great sense of nostalgia as the games, performances and prizes caused many to reminisce upon their memories of their last four years at Law School.

The programme began with our Dean, Professor Tan Cheng Han SC '87’s speech, filled with encouragement and useful advice as always.  He reminded us to take new challenges in our stride, to never stop learning even as formal schooling draws to an end, and most importantly, should the opportunity arise, to raise better topics of conversation with the Chief Justice than the bestowal of his new licence plate!

Various prizes were awarded throughout the evening.  The categories had been released to the Class prior to the Dinner, for them to submit their nominations.  Much buzz had been generated in anticipation of the Dinner, to find who the lucky (or not so lucky) winners would be. Apart from laudatory awards such as “Most Likely to Become Chief Justice” (that would be our very own Koo Zhi Xuan ’11), there were also light-hearted categories such as “Class Clown” (won by Gregory Gan ’11) and “Most Likely to Become a Tai-Tai” (won by Teri Cheng ’11). The “Class Clown” finalists were made to tell jokes (with varied degrees of success) and the “Most Likely to Get Fired for Hitting on Clients” finalists were encouraged to attempt pick-up lines on the winner of “Most Likely to Become a Tai-Tai”.  All in all, the prizes demonstrated the camaraderie among the Class, being able to laugh good-naturedly with (or should that be at!) each other after all these years spent together in Law School.

There was also a trivia game, which deepened the nostalgic mood as contestants were tested on their knowledge of events, schoolwork and their surroundings over the years.  For example, questions related to the geography of the Campus (“On the second floor, are the guy’s toilets on the left or the right?”), the professors (“Who was the Torts Convenor in Year 1?”) and even the favourite Bukit Timah Campus Summit food court (“How much does a milo big / ice milo cost?”).  It was a closely contested trivia game, with classmates excitedly shouting answers to egg the contestants on.  In the end, the winner narrowly edged out the other contestants with his precise and inexplicable knowledge of how many canteen parking lots there are (answer: nine).

The evening was also livened by band performances from our very own classmates, backed by slideshows of pictures submitted by the Class of their time in school.  From sentimental songs such as “Time of My Life” to the crowd-pleasing “I’ll Be There for You” and “Summer of ’69”, the bands had the crowd on their feet by the end of the evening.

The Masters students were not left out at all, awarding their own batch prizes, recognising the outstanding characters among their batch – whether for sheer discipline (“The Librarian” – someone who is always studying) or for their own personal quirks (“Mark Zuckerberg Fellow” – for the person most often on Facebook).  The Masters band also engaged the crowd with their renditions of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” and “La Bamba”.

Even as the programme finished, classmates were reluctant to leave, and lingered in the Guild House to take pictures, and to chat with each other, the professors and the Dean.  It took much persuading by the Guild House staff to eventually coax everyone reluctantly out the door, drawing an end to a successful and enjoyable evening.

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