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Controversies on Recruitment and Reregistration of Central Clubs

What Are Central Clubs?

In Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus and the Natural Science Campus each has club associations. Clubs which belong to the associations are called central clubs. Central clubs usually have their own club rooms and receive funding from the school each semester. Despite the separated campuses, some central clubs are united on both campuses. Single campus clubs which are composed of students from only one side of the campus also exist. Every month, club associations conduct a meeting with all the clubs’ representatives to discuss issues regarding the central clubs.

Clubs That Have Recently Had Issues

1. Issues on Recruitment of Students from Other Universities Club

A, a cultural planning central club of the Humanities and Social Science Campus, has 53 members, 28 of which are from SKKU and 25 from other universities. Someone pointed out that Club A might have used funding received by SKKU for the club members from other universities. According to the club association rules, all clubs’ members should be recruited in SKKU, and the club should use the funding to hold events for Kingos. Regarding this issue, members of Club A said that the club association rule was not clear as to whether they can or cannot register students from other universities. They also mentioned that the number of club members from other universities is not over the majority. Moreover, the members also insisted that they allow only Kingo members to enter the club room. Regarding the issue, Sungdongil, the SKKU 38th club association of Humanities and Social Science Campus, ran a meeting on April 2nd to discuss Club A’s future operations and enactment of related regulations. As a result, with a majority of 31 out of 56 votes, the association concluded to keep the status of Club A as a central club, and not to kick out members who are from other universities, as well as not to give funding to Club A for the first semester of 2019.

2. Fake Club Member List

S:u, the SKKU 37th club association of the Natural Sciences Campus, exposed that Club B, a religious central club, acted against the regulation process. According to the regulations, central clubs should submit a list of more than 20 club members which has been handwritten by each member. The club association, however, found out that all 22 people on the list of Club B were fake. Although majors and student numbers match with the students’ names, the phone numbers did not match with the information. In other words, Club B used the names of Kingos without permission. The same situation was discovered on last year’s reregistration list as well. Club B has accumulated five warnings in total: one from not requesting promotion booths at the beginning of the semester, one from an absence of the regular meeting without notice this April, and three from the fake club member list. According to the club association rules saying that a central club will be immediately expelled when it has accumulated five warnings, Club B was disqualified from the central club on April 3rd. The association announced that related issues would be discussed later with the victims whose names are used on the fake list without permission.

Revision of Club Association

Regulations Until now, most central clubs have recruited new members at all times, while the recruitment period is not specified in the rules. Therefore, the association insisted that the standards of the recruitment period have to become clear. Besides, at April’s meeting, the association said that it will introduce a new statement, which states that only Kingos can join SKKU’s central clubs in the rule, and related opinions will be received from a subcommittee. At the central club representative meeting in April, however, subcommittees did not propose any ideas, so the association decided to postpone the revision agenda to next month’s meeting.

김기주  ggelizk27@skku.edu

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