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Interview with the 50th Student Council 'S:with'

On December 4th, 2017, the 50th student council, 'S:with’, started its one-year term. Since S:with was elected with approximately 60% of the vote and the spring semester has just started, some Kingos must be curious about their upcoming projects. Therefore, the Sungkyun Times (SKT) interviewed the student presidents and vice presidents from the Natural Sciences Campus and Humanities and Social Sciences Campus and listened to their promises and goals for this year.

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Q1. What made you decide to run for student council?

Natural Sciences Campus : Hello. We are Kim Junseok (Architecture, 11) and Lee Hwi-ra (Mechanical Engineering, 15). While we were working for the college student councils, we got interested in the university itself, especially in the university student council. As students, moreover, we always felt there was still a distance between the student council and students. Therefore, we decided to run for student president and vice president to communicate more closely with all Kingos.

Humanities and Social Sciences Campus: Hello. We are Cho Gi-wha (Business Administration, 11) and Heo Han-sol (Journalism and Mass Communications, 15). Working for the college and university student councils for the past few years, we participated in lots of activities where students gave back positive feedback. Therefore, we dreamed of planning and working on newer and more meaningful projects for Kingos.

Q2. You might have been quite busy during the winter vacation. What have you done since you started your term?

Natural Sciences Campus: We have done several activities both inside and outside of the student council. Internally, we reorganized and thoroughly reviewed the work that the former student council had done, as well as looked at feedback from Kingos. Regarding our election pledges, we monitored the specific conditions of the campus-to-campus shuttle bus system as well as the facilities within the campus, and had a talk with the school regarding the improvements of such conditions.

Humanities and Social Sciences Campus: At the tuition deliberation committees, we discussed the quality of university education, which had never been discussed before, and deliberated over the proposed budget for this year. Meanwhile, we planned more meaningful events such as a photo zone at the enrollment ceremony for freshmen, flea markets, and group purchases. There are several election pledges that you proposed during the election.

Q3. Do you have a specific pledge that you are planning to focus on the most during your presidency term?

Natural Sciences Campus: One of the biggest obstacles to the interaction between the two campuses is a lack of campus-to-campus shuttle buses. Since many students have been asking for an improvement in the shuttle bus system for a long time, we are planning to focus on that matter before anything else. We especially think that the shuttle bus schedule should be readjusted based on students’ preferred times.

Humanities and Social Sciences Campus: We are going to focus on strengthening the SKKU alumni network the most. Most Kingos feel that there are not enough ways to effectively communicate with alumni. Regarding this matter, we promise to hold events such as an online community for Kingos, an intercampus festival, and ‘SKKU Week’ for communicating with SKKU alumni.

Q4. To communicate closely with Kingos, what attitude do you think is necessary?

Natural Sciences Campus: We think reliability is essential. This is not just about carefully hearing students’ opinions, but also accepting and further improving them. In this sense, as from March, we are going to set up a booth, ‘S:with Next to Me’, for students to easily communicate with us. Since it is one of our yearround pledges, we plan to open booths at least once every quarter.

Humanities and Social Sciences Campus: We think a friendly attitude is necessary. Rather than unilaterally notifying Kingos about the results of our work, openly sharing the plans, the difficulties, and the solutions of the process are more important. For these reasons, we think Hwang Man-geun from the novel Thus Said Hwang Man-geun written by Sung Suk-je is the image of an ideal student council. In other words, it is important to work diligently even on matters that may not be seen from the outside. In doing so, we hope students will feel the benefits of our improvements.

Q5. What is the image of SKKU that you dream of as student presidents and vice presidents?

Natural Sciences Campus: The SKKU that we dream of is a place that will always remain in Kingos’ thoughts in the future. It is the reason why we named ourselves ‘S:with’, meaning that we want to be of help, just like ‘sweet’ soothing chocolate to students who might be facing challenges in university life.

Humanities and Social Sciences Campus: We dream of an SKKU where all of the members including the students, alumni, and school personnel are united all together. Although the school has been gradually improving, as external ranking indexes show, many Kingos think that events to interact with other school members are lacking. Therefore, we hope that everyone unites and becomes proud of the improvements of the school before long.

Q6. It has been 50 years since the first student ouncil was formed. Can you tell us about your special hopes or thoughts as the 50th student presidents and vice presidents?

Natural Sciences Campus: We want to work on new projects such as mentoring programs or creating online communities which no student council has ever done before. In doing so, we hope to take a step forward, so that the succeeding student councils can grow based on the data we accumulate during our presidency. As we promised that we would not communicate merely with words or letters, we will put students’ demands into action as much as we can. Thank you for your support.

Humanities and Social Sciences Campus: There have been many student councils and numerous projects, but not enough data has been accumulated or passed down to council successors. Therefore, as the 50th student council, we promise to let students know the processes of our projects step by step whenever they want. We believe that, to some degree, we will be able to contribute to the succeeding student councils in this way. During our presidency, we promise to make this year more fruitful for Kingos. Thank you.

As the 50th student council, S:with has promised to contribute to both the history and the future of the SKKU student council by implementing new but necessary projects for Kingos. To genuinely communicate with Kingos, however, it is an important mission for S:with to openly communicate and cooperate through school media as well. The SKT hopes that Kingos will keep paying attention to the student council’s work and that school media will work as a watchdog that will report the facts to Kingos.

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김효진  theweeknd@skku.edu

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