Student Leaders Inspire Slash Fiction Eleven days into the Umbrella Revolution, fan-fiction of student leaders has appeared online: on noting that the Federation of Students’ secretary-general Alex Chow and his deputy Lester Shum are always seen side-by-side, netizens set up Facebook group “AlexLester4everLove,” with a photo of the pair smiling and looking into each other’s eyes while Scholarism’s Joshua Wong makes a speech. One user fantasizes that the two are getting married and that Wong is hosting the ceremony. On Facebook, the Federation of Students shares fan art depicting the two holding hands. It thanks supporters for their concern, but urges them to focus on Hong Kong’s democratic development instead . Our take: Shipping Occupy? Sure, why not? School Puts Flag-raising to the Vote A group of students at Lee Kau Yan Memorial School, a secondary school in Shau Kei Wan, protested against an annual Chinese-flag-raising ceremony slated to take place last Tuesday. Principal Jonathan Lai Ping-wah gave students one hour to debate the issue before voting on whether to proceed or not . Students against the ceremony cited Beijing’s tightening grip on the city’s democratic development, while opponents claimed the national flag represents the country’s culture, not its ruling party. More students voted against the ceremony than for it, and the event was canceled. Principal Lai told Ming Pao that it was a great opportunity for students to learn about respecting and discussing others’ opinions. Our take: And you still think Hongkongers aren’t ready for democracy? CY Leung Comes Under Fire for $50mil Payout Australian news organization Fairfax Media Group reported that Hong Kong’s embattled CE made a $50 million deal with Australian engineering company UGL just days before announcing his candidature for the Chief Executive post. The non-compete deal was made when UGL was acquiring DTZ, a property firm of which CY was a director. A controversial provision in the deal retains CY’s services as an “advisor” for UGL. CY’s office said he had not worked for UGL since the agreement was made. Concern has been raised that CY did not declare the deal on the Register of Members’ Interests , but his office says he was not required to do so, as it was made before he assumed office. Democratic Party head Lam Cheuk-ting told Time magazine that Leung had the responsibility to disclose the payout since “the contract period also covers part of Leung’s tenure.” Lawmakers have asked the ICAC to look into the case. Our take: Why don’t government officials ever learn?