Shoes are the right choice on campus

So I was heading to class this morning when I walked past this nice friendly man who was passing flyers. Naturally I politely refused to get one, except that this time, instead of holding onto the flyer, the man actually insisted in a “polite” tone I should get one.

Right from student services comes a campaign to get students to wear shoes instead of slippers. It is a desperate attempt considering that a huge portion of the student population actually wears slippers to classes. That and also the fact that their convincing argument is that shoes would look nice on the students.

Its admirable that the school is adamant about its image, but it does not go without saying that it is fighting a losing battle. Even universities nowadays don’t really enforce this no slippers rule. Especially in hot Singapore, slippers, shorts and T-shirts seem a more logical choice for students as they want to be comfortable when they are studying.

Good effort, but a reality check is needed for a more effective compromise.

2 Comments so far

  1. Tym (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

    Back in the mid-1990s, NUS attempted to enforce a student dress code that barred shorts, tank tops and slippers. They seemed to have forgotten that we live in the tropics, for goodness’ sake.

    Look at NUS today :)

  2. liangcai (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 9:35 am

    Well if I’m not wrong, the dresscode still stands, just that there has been some leeway given to the students. Saw the poster somewhere around school. I did have a friend who was told off my a lecturer to ‘dress appropriately’ though.

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