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[2018 SKKU Presidential Election ②] Public Hearing on the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus

During the 2nd period of the public hearing, there were a keynote address of Sparkle, a questioning period of the Sungkyun Times (SKT) and the Sungkyunkwan Broadcasting System (SUBS), and a questioning period of Kingos at the public hearing.

Culture/Communication

Culture

The SKT asked Sparkle about the detailed implementation plan of a united festival of SKKU. Sparkle stated, "It will not be held in one of two campuses by lending the 3rd place. In addition to this, the SKT asked where the festival would be taken and how expenses were expected to be covered. The SKT also showed concern that the pledge of shortening the festival period a day to resolve budget problem might reduce Kingos’ participation due to classes or personal reasons. In response, Kim Ye-ji (Consumer and Family Science, 15), the representative candidate of Sparkle said, “We are thinking to rent Mokdong Stadium, and it might cost about ₩10 million. We expected a united festival of Kingos and outsiders, by setting up a stage in Mokdong Baseball Stadium, and running other activities, including sports competition, club street performing, and rivalry between two campuses, in the main stadium. Ticket sales are considerable, and other budgets can be covered by corporation promotion concerts.”

Communication

The SKT asked questions about the generals about communication policy pledges. The first questions about Sparkle’s communication method. The previous student council S:with, has set up a booth to talk to the students. Sparkle’s policy pledges: approach and ask students seemed vague at first. The SKT could not quite tell how Sparkle’s communication policy pledge is different from S:with communication policy. According to Kim Ye-ji, the reason they will approach and ask students is to get rid of the barriers to communication. Secretaries will go to the School of management building, side gate or elevators to talk to students face to face. The time interval of communication will probably be around once or twice a week. Sparkle will also create a communication space online to help students understand new policies online and feel closer to student council.

After that, the SKT wanted to know if videos policy explanation is a part of off-line communication and how is Sparkle going to explain policies with videos specifically. To this question, Lee Ah-hyeon (Global Economics 16), the deputy candidate of Sparkle, answered that secretaries will explain the policies through videos and unlike previous student councils. Previous student councils made announcements off-line by Hangul, Word Processor, PDF, or poster. Sparkle, however, will create videos and upload on the iCampus or other online applications to notice students about school event or new policies along with documentation too. Sparkle was also recognizing the fact that off-line poll is necessary when collecting data for a survey. When the SKT asked questions about how Sparkle will deal with manpower shortage caused by their direct communication method, Kim Jae-hee, representing the policy team of Sparkle, said they will use both online and offline methods to get enough data for a survey. According to him, the main reason Sparkle wants to approach students off-line is to listen to trivial inconveniences as well. As much as a student is curious about a big policy change, he or she may want to talk about minor things. For example, if there is no toilet tissue or a soap in the bathroom, students can be hesitant to contact us about them.

Next, the SKT asked whether "Kingopedia" was going to be operated by an open-source system like Wikipedia or not and who was going to manage it. To this question, Kim Ye-ji said that the student council would take care of "Kingopedia" and that the requested information would be double checked by the school before posting it on Kingopedia for its validity. The next question was the sustainability of this project. Sustainability is important for student autonomy. To keep developing "Kingopedia" after Sparkle's term, the SKT thought Sparkle have to be willing to discuss the development of it with the next student council and the school. To this question, Kim Ye-ji answered, “Every year, the student council uploads needed information on Facebook. The problem with uploading on Facebook, however, is that students cannot find the information they are looking for with ease. To solve this problem, Kingopedia should be well categorized and more informative by keep collecting more data. We will definitely discuss with the school and the next student council about it.”

The SKT asked questions about the establishment of a policy bulletin board, asking if policy bulletin board meant an online board or offline board like Sparkle at the Natural Sciences Campus mentioned. Lee Ah-hyeon answered that the policy bulletin board will be established online. Also, similar to how Yeonsei University uses the bulletin board, they will explain the policies by three steps: the proposition of the policy, the progress of the policy and the result of the policy.

The SKT’s final question on communication policy pledges was about the revision of campus poster regulation, asking how the standard of poster attachment is going to be decided and the effectiveness of their proposed policy pledge. It seemed that if campus poster regulations are revised as Sparkle proposed, students would not have to get permission from the school which can make pre-existing problems more difficult to solve. Kim Ye-ji started to answer by stating that it is the school that approves the regulation revision. Before handing in the proposals for regulation revision, they have to collect opinions from both the students, student support department and student council. After making a proposal based on collected opinions, the vice president will have to sign the proposal which is the final step for revision. On the policy book, Sparkle said it would add a new article that prohibits putting up a poster on top of another to solve the problem of lack of space. The SKT, however, did not consider the prohibition of putting up a poster on top of another a real solution to the problem of lack of space for posters and asked for detailed information about this policy pledge. Kim Jae-hee pointed out that the real problem is actually the lack of space for posters. Another problem Sparkle found, however, is putting the same posters all over the place. According to him, if only one poster can be attached to each poster board, more space for posters can be created.

School Facility/Rights of Kingos

School Facility

Sparkle prepared four election pledges regarding the facilities of the campus. It promised to effectively manage the empty spaces in the campus, improve restroom facilities, upgrade exercising environment and install the wastebaskets. On the election pledge of utilizing empty spaces of campus, Sparkle mentioned they would use one of the four PC rooms in the Dasan Hall of Economics by using bean bags or bar table for comforts of Kingos when doing team projects or just taking a rest. Those facilities, especially bean bags, would be periodically replaced within the anticipated budget of maximum one million. Regarding the question of the empty space in Hoam Hall, Sparkle answered it would use the outer place behind the vending machine and the inner place next to the print manager on the 1st floor. Kim Jae-hee explained, “The table in the center of the inner empty place on the first floor is not effectively used even though there are a lot of Kingos moving around, therefore, we would rearrange bar table effectively and install electrical outlets.” Kim Ye-ji added that the tent would be installed in the place for the Kingos’ comfort. Regarding the concerns of noises in when Kingos study in the bar table of inner place at Hoam Hall, Sparkle illustrates that there were no problems related to noise in the other place such as Law School or the International Hall which also have bar tables in front of the lecture room.

Sparkle also made the election pledge related to the lockers in front of the college of art’s student council room. It mentioned that its goal is to make 40 lockers and the installation of 20 lockers have already been discussed with school. Regarding the lockers, the policy team leader, Kim Jae-hee explained, “the locker would be made using reinforced plastic that it would not be damaged easily through rain, furthermore, the place where the lockers be installed would not be affected by the rain.” According to Sparkle, what the Student Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences would do related to the lockers would be managing the external factors. The lockers would be allotted randomly every semester that the possessing person or group would have a responsibility to manage the internal factors. Sparkle would also replace the net between the playground and pedestrian passage under the “Silk Road” which has been worn out. Regarding the election pledge of wastebaskets, the Sparkle explained the trash cans would be installed where Kingos eat food a lot. As the answer to the question related to bad smell and fast fulling problems of managing wastebaskets, Kim Ye-ji explained, “Wasting trashes using plastic bags would be sanitary and convenient both for Kingos and cleaners.” She added, “Cleaners mentioned they would then manage the whole wasting system."

Rights of Kingos

The SUBS asked about the Kingo’s rights. Sparkle, the student council candidate announced the four big policies which are Human Rights Welfare Committee (HRWC), Barrier Free Zone (BFZ), education of Human Rights Awareness Improvement (HRAI) and Human Rights Manual (HRM) forwarded to the professors of SKKU. Sparkle argued that it would reorganize HRWC to Human Rights Welfare Administration (HRWA) under the student council. Sparkle expects organic cooperation between the student council and HRWA by reconstructing the organization form. Kim Ye-ji stated, “The HRWA will perform a role of the overall welfare of the whole Kingos without exception so that everyone can be benefited.” In addition, Kim Jae-hee said, “The tasks related to BFZ would be performed by HRWA, and the public hearings during the semester also would be led by HRWA.” Sparkle also now prepares cooperative work with the Human Rights Center (HRC) so that they can improve human rights policy related to Kingos with disabilities.

As for the BFZ, Sparkle promised three pledges, education of BFZ administrator, adjusting the position of BFZ and improvement of accessibility. SUBS asked how Sparkle can know the practical needs and demands of disabled Kingos. As a reply, Kim Jae-hee said, “I have already discussed the issue with disabled Kingos, and they prefer the rear space to the front space because of a feeling of burden. Also, in the view of accessibility, Sparkle made a decision that rear space would be better than the front for easy accessibility because the staffs and the performers' movement and preparation are implemented at the front space."

Sparkle also made a pledge for the education of HRAI. Sparkle promised volunteer hours for which will be given after taking an education class of HRAI. The volunteer hours will be included in graduation requirements that one of the mandatory requirements for graduation of the Kingos. Kim Ye-ji stated, “Because one of the qualities of SKKU graduation requirements is "exercising moral values as a leader," the correspondence of it can make the pledge feasible.” Moreover, education of HRAI will be carried out with cooperation with HRC so that they can do extensive education than before. The previous education of human rights was confined to domestic violence and sexual violence, but Sparkle expects that with the cooperation with HRC will solve the problem of this.

In response to the HRM question, Sparkle answered that they already discussed it with the administration team of SKKU. However, when the issue is related to professors of SKKU, the issue must be registered on the faculty meeting, so the strict and direct manual training cannot be done practically. Therefore, Sparkle will send HRM to the professors through the electronic mails instead. Kim Jae-hee argued, “By sending HRM to the professors, it could be the standards for the responsibility if the human rights problem happened during the class.” In addition, Lee Ah-hyeon said, “We will send various kinds of problem cases to the professors for an easy explanation and alertness of it.”

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