Tembusu College wins Inter-Collegiate Debate Shield Finals

February 22, 2013

Picture: The Three Hairy Men (from left: Nafis, Angus & Omar) with Prof. Greg Clancey, Master of Tembusu College, after their win.

The College would like to congratulate the "Three Hairy Men" for their victory in the Intercollegiate Debate Shield Finals. Pitted against an equally talented team from the University Scholars Programme (USP), the team rallied hard to bring home the shield in what was a fiery debate riddled with humour, charisma and emotion.

The University Town Intercollegiate Debate Shield is in its second year running, with the previous holders being the University Scholars Programme.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.