The presidency term of the 50th student council, “S:with,” has ended. Looking back at the year with S:with, the Sungkyun Times (SKT) examines changes that S:with has implemented and looks into some of the controversies surrounding them.
1. Tuition Fees
S:with succeeded to freeze tuition fees through five meetings of the Tuition Deliberation Committee. It is regarded that S:with accomplished one of its main pledges despite the difficulties in communication with the school due to their different perspectives. The tuition for Kingos from foreign countries, however, has increased by 5%, which is thought to be unsatisfactory. Although the increase was inevitable due to the school’s wider range of support for foreign students, a proper solution reducing the tuition for foreign students has not been discussed yet.
Regarding the course registration system, Kingos can now see the number of other Kingos who put the same lectures in their Course Bags, which can be of help during the enrollment of classes before each semester starts. Moreover, the capacity of the Basic Humanities and Social Sciences (BHSS) courses has been adjusted from 100% for freshmen to 90% for freshmen and the rest for the upper grades. In spite of these two achievements, most of the pledges of S:with regarding education have not been fulfilled. In particular, the problems within the guarantee of the grade notification period or a formal objection period have not changed. Moreover, the pledges of increasing the number of cross-listing (CL) courses and making a timetable where the same class starts at the same time on a different day in the afternoon have also not been executed. Cho Gi-wha (Business Administration, 11), the President of S:with of the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus, explained that although S:with had tried to implement such changes for Kingos, it was difficult regarding the school’s situation.
Better communication with Kingos was the pledge that S:with regarded to be the most important when it started its term. Setting up the booth “S:with next to me” was one of the projects for the student council to communicating with Kingos. Even though S:with first promised that it planned to open booths at least once every quarter, the booth appeared only once on the Natural Sciences Campus during the whole year. In the meantime, however, the booths were held almost every week in the 1st semester and once in the 2nd semester on the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus. The recently created online community, “SKKU:ter,” was also for communication among students, the student council, and alumni. Since it was launched in the middle of the 2nd semester, however, there are still not many users. The fact that S:with planned and launched the online community specialized for Kingos can be appraised as a meaningful achievement in that online communities where Kingos would communicate with each other were not unified. President Cho expected that starting from the end of this semester, SKKU:ter would be promoted more and keep developing in earnest so that freshmen can join and find it useful. Lee Hwi-ra (Mechanical Engineering, 15), the Vice President of S:with of the Natural Sciences Campus, also explained that S:with would discuss ways to further develop SKKU:ter with the 51st student council and the community operating committee before finishing its presidency. Moreover, regarding the communication between alumni and students the mentoring system “Humanbook” project was recently held as another S:with’s pledge, which is expected to be continued by the succeeding student councils.
S:with of the Humanities and Social sciences Campus has fully adjusted the smoking zones by conducting surveys and having discussions with Kingos prior to making changes. In the meantime, on the Natural Sciences Campus, several places for Kingos to rest, such as a men’s lounge, have been newly established as the developed forms of the initial pledge of finding empty spaces on campus. The interior renewal project of school club rooms was also conducted on the Natural Sciences Campus, which got several compliments from Kingos. Moreover, the shuttle bus operation system was continuously discussed. As a result, four shuttle buses between the two campuses have been added. The shuttle bus that connects the Natural Sciences Campus and Bundang has improved its service, while the shuttle bus between the Natural Sciences Campus and Sadang has been discontinued. In addition, for the welfare of Kingos with disabilities, the Kingo zone and barrier-free zone were operated at the SKKU festival.
The united festival of the two campuses, one of the main election pledges of S:with, was implemented for the first time in the 2nd semester. While some Kingos thought positively about it, some Kingos said that the festival was not very successful. Since the main events in the evening were only held on the Natural Sciences Campus, there were some criticisms
regarding the low participation of Kingos from the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus. President Cho said, “We also feel sorry that it was actually difficult to achieve an “entirely” integrated festival.” He added that it was meaningful that the festival offered an opportunity for Kingos from the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus to visit the Natural Sciences Campus to enjoy the festival there as well. On the Natural Sciences Campus, the non-credit culture class for making perfumes received positive responses from Kingos, even reaching its capacity as soon as the class opened. Meanwhile, the election pledge of making the official name of the street near the Natural Sciences Campus was not implemented due to disagreement with the locals.
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