CMU’s Student Association issues
statement on current political situation
Pictured are members of CMU’s Student
delivering their statement of concern.
Members of the Student Association of Chiang Mai University
convened September 8 to issue a statement giving their position on the
current political situation.
Monkol Rermbut, the president of CMU’s Student Association together with
20 representatives of the student faculty announced the statement at an
assembly in front of the university’s Dham Hall. The statement
summarized student concerns about the present unstable situation and the
likelihood of violent confrontation developing between the two opposing
The students’ requirements include requests that violence be avoided at
all costs, as it leads to injury, possible loss of life and damage to
property; that any procedures that may create problems for the public
are avoided; that all Thai citizens should pay attention to breaking
news and form objective, non-prejudiced opinions; and that the mass
media should report the truth, with neutrality and a sense of
impartiality, without influencing any further split between the two
CMU’s Student Association members released its statement with the aim of
stabilizing the present situation by peaceful means, with regard to its
non-class movement and student’s human rights as individuals. It was
noted on the same day that the protest at Warorot market in Chiang Mai
was still continuing.
Prem School hosts Under-12 Olympic Day
Pictured are the competing teams in Prem’s
“Junior Olympics” awaiting
the start of their Parade of the Nations.
Prem School (PTIS) recently hosted a new initiative involving the
students from the seven CMAC schools in a mock Olympics to celebrate
internationalism and to encourage cooperation. 144 students, equally
representing the member schools, came together to make up twelve
national Olympic teams comprised of ten to eleven year-old contestants.
In line with Olympic tradition, the event commenced after an opening
ceremony that involved dancing by several of Prem’s grade 10 students,
and an Olympic oath taken on behalf of all the young athletes by Roman,
a grade 6 student at Prem. Students engaged in a Parade of Nations that
rallied the athletes and filled the track with color, as a flag waved to
represent each country. Then, in a surprise display of support and
collaboration in line with the Olympic tone, Prem’s grade 1 classes
appeared with cards to bestow their encouragement upon the competitors
and even provided them with healthy snacks – their current study topic.
A team building exercise introduced the newly formed national teams to
their fellow CMAC team mates. Then, from the Prem Oval, a torch relay
ensued, during which one member from each school ran part of the track.
Students were divided to represent different countries with a faculty
member leading them, and all were decked out in national regalia. Six
rounds of activities were organised in the Olympic manner, with each
‘country’ competing against another country in six different sports,
including group gymnastics, floor hockey, kayak racing, track & field,
table tennis and kickball/cricket. Prem Physical Education and Health
teachers ran each event with help from senior “Sports Leaders” from
Grace International School.
Grade 11 students at Prem performed at the closing ceremony and each
student was given an Olympic gold medal. Competitors performed each
event with sportsmanship and exhibited camaraderie in their
collaboration with students at different CMAC schools. Not only did
students work together, but parents and staff from each of the schools
met one another and cheered for their children’s “countries”. Rather
than having CMAC students engaged in a typical competition defined by
athletic rigor as this event embraced the spirit of internationalism
that all CMAC members share.