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Farewell to S:Energy: Final Checks of the 53rd Student Council’s Pledges
S:Energy, the 53rd Student Council (facebook.com/skku53senergy)

The presidency term of the 53rd student council, S:Energy, has ended this November. The Sungkyun Times (SKT) would like to wrap up this semester by looking through the changes that S:Energy brought to Kingos’ campus lives.

Tuition Fees

By holding meetings of the Tuition Deliberation Committee five times, S:Energy succeeded in freezing nominal tuition fees for Korean undergraduate students. Meanwhile, tuition fees for overseas students increased by 5%, and the reason was to expand the scholarship budget for overseas students. Also, S:Energy identified a lack of investment in student welfare, and therefore mainly discussed replenishing budgets for student welfare and support. In particular, the implementation of a job fair in English was discussed so that overseas students could feel a better sense of belonging. Lastly, Kingos were interested in the refund of the tuition fee for the 2nd semester of 2020, however, the refund did not materialize. The school organized a supplementary budget to prepare online lectures and decided to use the remainder in 2021.

Education

Due to the Challenge Semester, there was a lot of confusion about the entire semester schedule. However, S:Energy successfully bridged the gap between the school and Kingos. For example, S:Energy requested for an eased attendance check of the 1st and 2nd week of school for students living in a dormitory or preparing for exams. In addition, the score evaluation system was reformed; Kingos can now receive A0 at most in the repetition of their major courses, and some courses introduced absolute evaluation. However, many claim that the lack of communication between professors and the school made the reformed system more confusing. Furthermore, S:Energy continued 2020’s modified grade ratio, but three extra credits allowed during the course registration of last year were not provided this year.

Welfare

S:Energy carried out various businesses on both campuses for Kingos’ welfare. The expansion of electrical outlets in both the Central Library and Samsung Library supplemented the lack of electrical outlet seats. Also, the Barrier-Free Map protected the rights of Kingos with a handicap, and the “Lost and Found” page was opened on the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) website to provide better convenience. On the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus, content named “Life of a Confucian Scholar” was updated monthly on S:Energy’s Instagram account, introducing useful living information such as the youth welfare system and tips for a part-time job. On the Natural Sciences Campus, additional installation of outdoor tables and benches expanded rest areas, and the monthly “SKKU Market” carried out group purchases of goods.

Culture

S:Energy hosted entertaining online events for Kingos. In March, “Show Your Voice – SKKU King of Mask Singer” was held and broadcasted through S:Energy’s YouTube channel. Also, instead of a university festival, S:Energy hosted the “Online University Festival – SKKU Traditional Tale Festival”. Specifically, there were “The Tortoise and the Hare” themed E-sports competition, “The King Has Donkey’s Ears” themed consulting program, and the “Alice and Wonderland” themed online escape room competition. Finally, “SKKU Hanmadang” was opened instead of the school anniversary festival. This event held a program that provided information about beauty, cooking, and workout with influencer guests. It also opened various programs such as drawing quizzes, SKKU Got Talent, and an online escape room. Furthermore, there was an offline booth on the campus that handed out school hoodies and badges, providing a festival atmosphere. These creative online events were loved by many Kingos.

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