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Public Hearing on the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus

Public Hearing on the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus

The public hearing for the next student council was held in the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus on November 22th. It consisted of three parts just as the one at the Natural Sciences Campus: a policy questioning period between the two parties, S:with and SKKU, Wind of Wish, a policy questioning period of SKKU’s three student media: the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) Weekly, the Sungkyun Times (SKT), and the Sungkyunkwan University Broadcasting Station (SUBS), and a policy questioning of Kingos.

Directly Managed Dormitory (S:with)

In the policy questioning period between the two parties, Kim Kyung-mo (Business Administration, 13), the representative candidate of SKKU, Wind of Wish, questioned actual possibility of paying dormitory payments in installments, asking what measures will be taken to students who do not pay their dormitory fees fully. As a reply, Cho Gi-wha (Business Administration, 11), the representative candidate of S:with said, “I have participated in a lot of discussion with the dormitory administration office about this problem and we both are concerned of the situation SKKU, Wind of Wish mentioned. Therefore, we promised to find means of guaranteeing the minimum residential rights, since the school cannot kick Kingos out of the dormitories.” Additionally, Heo Han-sol (Journalism and Mass Communications, 15), the deputy candidate of S:with stated, “there is no reason for the school to not offer dormitory payment in an installment system because the tuition fee is already paid in the same way.”

Kim Kyung-mo (Business Administration, 13), the representative candidate of SKKU, Wind of Wish, however, argued “the dormitory fee is different from tuition fees because it is related to the housing of students and the school cannot force students out. The dormitory administration office showed a firm attitude during the discussion with us; they told us to provide a practical alternative to take care of the damages caused by the inability of collecting the dormitory fees.” Cho Gi-wha (Business Administration, 11), the representative candidate of S:with replied that “As an alternative, S:with proposed to make students pay their unpaid dormitory fee with their tuition fee for the next semester if the dormitory fee is defaulted. We received a positive answer from the dormitory administration office.”

As a reply to his answer, Yu Jae-yeon (German Language and Literature, 15), the deputy candidate of SKKU, Wind of Wish, refuted that “there already was a case of an international student who left Korea without fully paying the dormitory fee in the Natural Sciences Campus where the dormitory payment in installment system was implemented. How do you think of this case?” Regarding this, Cho Gi-wha (Business Administration, 11), the representative candidate of S:with said, “the most important element in successfully implementing this system is the attitude of Kingos to not abuse the system designed for students in financial difficulties. We also acknowledge that there is a risk of abuse. If the system is supplemented based on the attitude to take care of the financial difficulties of students, however, it can be successfully operated. Additionally, the dormitory administration office can try to organize additional funds to help Kingos in need."

In the second period of the public hearing for the next council, the SKT asked S:with of the pledge to guarantee the safe return of students by gradually lifting the dormitory curfew. The SKT confirmed the position of the dormitory administration office that a dormitory curfew is needed for the safety of Kingos. Therefore, the SKT asked S:with how to persuade the dormitory administration office that has an opposite position, and how to solve problems caused by the system such as roommates being annoyed by the removal of the curfew. In addition, the SKT showed concern that the pledge to change the dormitory management system of custodian-shifts would increase the dormitory fee which is already so high that there is a demand for an installment payment system.

In response, Heo Han-sol (Journalism and Mass Communications, 15), the deputy candidate of S:with said, “we are aware of the concerns of direct managed dormitories that the SKT mentioned, but there is a limit to the dormitory management system currently operated. Under the current management system, one custodian works 24 hours a day, and the curfew hour from 1am to 5am is the break time of custodians. In fact, even if some Kingos wanted to enter the dormitory and get penalty points, they would not able to enter because it is the during break time of custodians. Therefore, S:with intends to establish a more effective dormitory management system through the introduction of a three-shift system of custodians. Furthermore, given the fact that our dormitory is located far from school, we must firstly consider the safety of Kingos who cannot get into dormitories during curfew hours. In addition, the damage given to roommates is not caused by releasing the curfew itself, but by certain Kingos who abuse the system and do not comply with community ethics.”

Meanwhile, about the increase of dormitory fees, Cho Gi-wha (Business Administration, 11), the representative candidate of S:with argued, “the change into three-shift system will not result in a huge increase of budget. It is the responsibility of the school to provide the security of Kingos, and we will strongly recommend this issue so that the school will take responsibility and accept this system.”

SKKU Shuttle Bus Advertising (S:with)

In response to SKKU, Wind of Wish’s question about SKKU shuttle bus advertising¸ S:With answered that they already discussed this issue with the administration team of SKKU. Therefore, the SKT asked S:with whether they believe that it is appropriate to attach advertisement on shuttle buses of SKKU, whose main goal is educating Kingos, rather than profit. Not to mention that shuttle bus advertising will directly relate to SKKU’s dignity, the SKT believed opinions of SKKU students are the most important thing to consider. Therefore, the SKT asked whether S:with is going to carry out the “Free Morning Shuttle Bus” plan that was planned to be implemented through financial benefits of advertisements on SKKU shuttle buses even if the overall response to shuttle bus advertising turns out to be negative. In addition, the SKT questioned “if so, does S:with have other plans to cover the budget for the plan?” In response, Cho Gi-wha (Business Administration, 11), the representative candidate of S:with said ”as you said, we also believe that voices of SKKU students are extremely important. We indeed have to consider that issue. However, the reason we are trying to carry out the “Free Morning Shuttle Bus” plan by attaching advertisement on buses is that a lot of Kingos are experiencing inconvenience. If we find out that Kingos believe it to be inappropriate to attach advertisements on shuttle buses, we are going to prepare the budget in another way. Like we said in the beginning, Sungkeum got \ 130 million from outside sponsors. If you consider this fact, we believe it is possible to carry out “Free Morning Shuttle Bus” plan. From 7am to 8:30am, 200 to 300 people use shuttle buses. If we do the calculations¸ it shows about \90,000 to \100,000 per day and \200 million per month. We believe we can cover that cost.”

PC Practice Program Set Up and Update for School of Art (S:with)

After the public policy hearing in the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus, the SKT made an additional paper inquiry about the background of making the pledge to set up and update the practice program for the School of Art, the efficiency of this pledge, and the demands of up-to-date computers for this program.

In response to this question, S:with firstly stated that the pledge was based on the discussion with student council of the department of Film, Television and Multimedia. According to S:with, the student council of the department of Film, Television and Multimedia have requested the school to provide an update of the Adobe program which is essential program to their majors, but school has not done so until now. In terms of financial efficiency, the Adobe program for educational institutions is 480,000 won per PC per year, and the price can be negotiated with Adobe Company to be cheaper. Regarding updates after purchasing, S:with noted that once the school makes a contract and pays for it, the program will be automatically updated on a yearly basis, which will prevent Kingos from the inconvenience of having to download the programs periodically. Furthermore, S:with added that students should be educated in the latest programs since a university is a place for high education. Lastly, about the demand of up-to-date computers for smooth operation of the program, S:with stated that they confirmed that many Kingos are using school computers according to the student council of the department of Film, Television and Multimedia. Based on this fact, S:with said many Kingos are having problems due to non-updated programs. Since introduction of the Adobe program was an issue that the student council of the department of Film, Television and Multimedia tried to solve but failed due to budget problems, S:with claimed that they can solve this problem by negotiating with the school.

Releasing Dormitory Curfew on Saturdays (SKKU, Wind of Wish)

About the pledge of SKKU, Wind of Wish to additionally release the curfew on Saturdays, the SKT questioned the concrete background of making this policy and if a demand survey was conducted. According to SKKU, Wind of Wish, this pledge is for Kingos who work part time jobs or go to their houses on weekends. The SKT, however, pointed out that the situation is practically applicable on Sundays, and it is unreasonable that the policy releases the curfew of Saturdays even though many Kingos come back to dormitories on Sundays.

In response, Yu Jae-yeon (German Language and Literature, 15), the deputy candidate of SKKU, Wind of Wish said, “the pledge to release the curfew on Saturdays is the first step in gradual release of the curfew, which is the final goal of SKKU, Wind of Wish. Releasing the curfew can guarantee the coexistence of the right to sleep and autonomy of Kingos. We are planning to firstly release the curfew on Saturdays, conduct a satisfaction survey on the residents of the dormitories, and then discuss the total release of curfews. These are based on the survey I conducted in a team assignment for one of my classes.”

Furthermore, about the pledge to make dormitory shuttle buses depart on time, the SKT noted that most dormitory shuttle buses are already keeping the time on the timetable. Moreover, since the current exceptions are mostly due to the morning road conditions, the SKT questioned what can be accomplished with this pledge. As a reply, Yu Jae-yeon (German Language and Literature, 15), the deputy candidate of SKKU, Wind of Wish, mentioned her experiences. She said, “I am currently living in the G-house. Although the dormitory shuttle bus timetable has been announced to Kingos this year, the departure is not always on time. The reason might be the morning road conditions as the SKT mentioned, but some drivers depart a few minutes before the fixed departure time, and some wait a few minutes more if the bus is not full. Additionally, I had received a number of suggestions on this part in the survey I carried out before. Therefore, we thought of making a manual and handing it to drivers to solve this problem.”

Shuttle Bus Between SKKU Campuses (SKKU, Wind of Wish)

SKKU, Wind of Wish made an election pledge about a shuttle bus between the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus and the Natural Sciences Campus. According to the pledge, 50% of the bus seats can be reserved, and are released 5 minutes before the departure time if those who reserved do not appear.

In the second section of the public hearing for policy on the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus, the SKT asked the reason they set the numbers ‘50%’ and ‘5 minutes’. Kim Kyung-mo (Business Administration, 13), the representative candidate of SKKU, Wind of Wish, answered “we set the number ‘50%’ because it is test operation which cannot be applied to every seat. The number ‘5 minutes’ is referred from the shuttle bus reservation system in Yonsei University.” The SKT also questioned the effectiveness of the pledge, claiming that there would be few Kingos who would wait for empty seats until 5 minutes before the bus departs, and asked how they will handle habitual “no-shows” abusing the reservation system. About this, Kim Kyung-mo (Business Administration, 13), the representative candidate of SKKU, Wind of Wish said “it would be more efficient for Kingos to use their time, waiting for empty seats without certainty. We did not have related discussion about no-show problems yet, so we will discuss the penalty for them later.”

In addition, SKKU, Wind of Wish made another pledge for a festival between the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus and the Natural Sciences Campus, as known as “Injajeon.” They said Injajeon is a means for real communication between both campuses. About this, the SKT asked whether the Injajeon is a temporary event, and how long the period between festival will be if it has durability. Yu Jae-yeon (German Language and Literature, 15), the deputy candidate of SKKU, Wind of Wish, answered “Injajeon, the new festival we are now suggesting, has durability. It will be held annually, and we will make it continue even after our term through appropriate transition.” She additionally said “yesterday, SKKU, Wind of Wish at a public hearing for policy in the Natural Sciences Campus said the Injajeon is a one-shot event. This is based on the period of the festival, which will be held once a year.”

Furthermore, the SKT raised a question if the Injajeon is a proper means of real communication with durability. Sungkeum conducted a survey asking what the most required method for active communication between both campuses is. According to the survey, Kingos who answered that the cultural project is most needed was only 20.6%, while increase of the number of shuttle buses between both campuses was 77%. In these circumstances, the Injajeon which SKKU, Wind of Wish suggests seems be an inappropriate method of communication. Rather, it can be a better solution to make intercampus teams like Yonsei University and Korea University, matching Kingos through each major and department. About this, Yu Jae-yeon (German Language and Literature, 15), the deputy candidate of SKKU, Wind of Wish said “we limited the number of Kingos participating in the Injajeon to 300, considering safety problems. When we actually hold the festival, we will consider all possible factors. Also, we also have considered a system with intercampus classes, but it would be impossible due to the size difference between the campuses,” and did not give a detailed plan to maintain the festival.

Safe Way Home with the Student Council (SKKU, Wind of Wish)

The SKT asked “why does SKKU, Wind of Wish try to carry out the plan even if a similar service called “Safe Way Home for Women” already exists in Jongno-gu and other parts of Seoul? If the plan is different from the “Safe Way Home for Women,” please explain the difference that this pledge has.” As a reply, SKKU, Wind of Wish answered that “we believe that going home safely from SKKU provides a psychological and physical security. It is also important to check how many Kingos are using the “Safe Way Home for Women” service. Our plan, “Safe Way Home with the Student Council”, is different in that SKKU’s male students can also use the service that we provide. Most importantly, we hope to communicate with Kingos when student council members are accompanying Kingos home.”

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