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Public Hearing for the 35th Student Council of the College of Social Sciences

The public hearing for the 35th student council of the College of Social Sciences was held on March 22th, 2018. It went along in three parts: an opening speech from the candidates of the two parties, S:pick and SaDari, a debate on the education, facility and welfare, and other policies of each party, and a closing speech. Questioning of the student media and Kingos also took place during the policy debate.

Education Policy

In the opening speech for the education policy of each party, Park Hye-rim (Public Administration, 16), the deputy candidate of S:pick, defined their education policy as “manifesto”, meaning that they will formally declare their pledges to the school. She said, “The reasons for the poor education environment of the College of Social Sciences is the lack of professors, spaces, and budget; however, it is hard for the student council to solve those problems at once. Rather, we promise to speak for the students to the school. We do not suggest populist policies, but realizable pledges. Therefore, we have already consulted with the school for a major fair, in which freshmen and students who are thinking of a double major can explore majors, and a continuous meeting with alumni, in which students can build relationships with alumni from various fields, which can be helpful for students to plan their future careers.”

Next, Kim Ye-ji (Consumer and Family Science, 15), the representative candidate of SaDari, also pointed out the poor education environment of the College of Social Sciences and stated the need for an improvement in succession. She emphasized their main education pledges, the increase in the number of major courses in I-Campus, and C/L courses. She said, “In addition, we suggest a senior-junior matching program to give students more opportunities to learn about their majors. Our education pledges will be helpful not only for students who just entered their majors, but also for returning students and double-majoring students who want to learn more about their majors.”

After the opening speech, a debate between the two parties followed. First, Park Jung-yoon (Political Science and Diplomacy 16), the deputy candidate of SaDari, argued “Class division pledge of S:pick is neither realizable nor appropriate to improve the education environment of the college. For the class division, more professors, more lecture rooms, and eventually more budget are needed. Suseon Hall, the main building for the College of Social Sciences, however, has reached 99% of its capacity.” S:pick replied saying “We are also aware of the poor condition of Suseon Hall, so we have stated that we will ‘propose’ the class division in advance to the school office. In fact, class division can take place in other buildings as well, like Toegye Hall of Humanities or Hoam Hall.” Then, again, SaDari pointed out that since those buildings are for other colleges’ classes, it will not be able to use those buildings for classes of the College of Social Sciences.

Following that, Jeong Ji-hyuk (Public Administration, 14), the representative candidate of S:pick, argued that since the number of classes for each major is fixed, if the number classes in I-Campus of any major was increased, the number of the existing classes for that major would be reduced accordingly. SaDari answered that they have already contacted the office and the professors and received a positive answer about increasing the number of major classes in I-Campus classes in a form of class division. Then, S:pick asked about the difference between the existing roadmap and the new one SaDari is planning to make. SaDari replied that they will visualize and update the roadmap by organizing the courses according to students’ career plan. S:pick, however, pointed out that they are little bit skeptical of the significance of the new roadmap because it seems like SaDari is only planning to visualize the existing roadmap and because there is actually no need to follow the roadmap at the College of Social Sciences. Lastly, S:pick argued that extension of C/L courses can cause reverse discrimination against single major students.

In the questioning of Kingos, one Kingo asked SaDari for the reason for planning on holding a textbook flea market rather than a textbook borrowing program, which was taken placed in 2017. Park Jung-yoon (Political Science and Diplomacy 16), the deputy candidate of SaDari, answered, “Last student council’s textbook borrowing program was not successful because of the lack of promotion. Therefore, we came up with the idea of a flea market in which we can make some profits and use the profits to support the college’s clubs and seminars.”

Facility and Welfare Policies

In the opening speech for the facility and welfare policy of each party, Jeong Ji-hyuk, the representative candidate of S:pick, stated, “We thought carefully about the inconveniences that students might have in their campus lives. As a result, we came up with the pledges of inspecting the elevators, installing window blinds and multiple-tap, and making men’s toilet partitions. In terms of the welfare, we planned a survey on the violation of human rights at the school, fruits group purchase, a provision of diverse female sanitary products, and a visiting information program that sends text messages about changes within the school systems to returning students. We take communication as a priority, so we tried to listen to and answer to the need of the students.”

Next, Park Jung-yoon, the deputy candidate of SaDari, in sequence, said, “Based on our numerous experience of participating in the student council work, we could make pledges closely related to the students’ campus lives, such as building an online academic platform called “S-Archive” that shares PowerPoint templates, fonts, and essay forms to help students’ assignments as well as many other useful information. Moreover, we will hold various programs during exam periods, and improve the facilities of Suseon Hall and Hoam Hall where most students of the College of Social Sciences use. We will definitely make our realistic and effective pledges come true.”

In the debate between the two parties, S:pick asked SaDari about their unmanned delivery box. SaDari replied, “We have contacted a company which is willing to offer a free promotion for SKKU. We have also found a proper place at Suseon Hall to install.” Then, S:pick asked SaDari about their digital locker pledge, too. The two parties debated over if the students’ demand for the lockers at Suseon Hall is enough to install expensive digital lockers. In addition, S:pick pointed out SaDari’s pledges that whether if a new snack vending machine is truly needed or not, and the space is not enough to open a reading room at Suseon Hall. S:pick also pointed out the copy-right problem of “S-Archive”. In terms of remodeling the study space at the 1st floor of Hoam Hall, SaDari stated that they will use the space more efficiently given that many students study there.

Accordingly, SaDari pointed out S:pick’s pledge of regular hidden camera inspection that the inspection has been regularly taking place by the private company employed by the school. Therefore, there is no need for the student council to do any further inspection. S:pick, however, argued that they have already checked that there is no inspection taking place on campus. Next, SaDari pointed out S:pick’s school police program, where the students of the College of Social Sciences and police officers patrol around the campus at night time, that the has a security problem of the volunteer students. S:pick replied that police officers will accompany the students. Then the two parties had an argument over how S:pick will implement a survey on the violation of human rights and a sex education without hurting anyone, especially the victims.

In the questioning of the student media, the Sungkyun Times (SKT) asked SaDari about their pledge of providing breakfast to the students of the College of Social Sciences. Kim Ye-ji, the representative candidate of SaDari, answered that the breakfast will be provided through the promotion just like a snack event. In addition, the SKT asked SaDari whether opening a reading room at Suseon Hall during exam periods is possible, given the lack of spaces. SaDari replied that they will use unused club or seminar rooms, and empty spaces during exam periods. Lastly, SKT asked both two parties about the lack of spaces for student academic associations, but both of them answered that there is no clear solution for that problem due to the lack of space at Suseon Hall.

In the questioning of Kingos, one Kingo asked S:pick about their goshiwon (small and inexpensive living quarters) rental program. He or she questioned, “Last student council had implemented the same pledge before, but the condition of the accommodations was bad, and the price was relatively expensive. Does S:pick have a plan to make any improvement on this? What would be different from the last student council’s program?” Jeong Ji-hyuk, the representative candidate of S:pick, answered, “If students complain about the high price, we will definitely negotiate with the goshiwons to lower it. In order to improve the poor conditions of goshiwons, we have scrutinized the problems accurately and offer wider choices to students.”

Other Policies

In the questioning of Kingos on other policies, one Kingo questioned SaDari about their plan to support the students associations’ fund. “SaDari suggested Advancement for College Education (ACE) as one of the supporting programs, but ACE only supports academic groups. That means students associations related to sports, music, and art can hardly get a support. What do you think about this problem?” Park Jung-yoon, the deputy candidate of SaDari, answered that ACE is only an example among others, and they are planning to participate in other off-campus budget supporting projects as well. The following question was to S:pick, asking about their pledges for international students. S:pick answered, “We have conducted a survey on Chinese students and suggested a Global Buddy program for them. Afterwards, we will survey and communicate with other international students, and post related contents for them on our offline bulletin and wash room communication board at Suseon Hall.” Lastly, one Kingo asked each party, “What do you think of the minority and what pledges have you made for them?” SaDari answered “Jipijigi 2.0 is an upgraded version of last year’s event which were held under the theme of knowing me and others well by opening booths to share students’ experiences of hate speech. We promise that this year’s Jipijigi will be held with the help of many associations related to the human rights. Booths of each association will be open, and the student council booth will be open as well to share our own opinions about human rights issues.” Then, S:pick replied, “The minority should not be seen as minority. If we need specific pledges for them, however, we will ask for advice to related organizations and approach to the issue very carefully.”

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