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The Return of Jainjeon (Injajeon)

On 22nd of May, Jainjeon, also known as Injajeon, was held for the first time in 5 years. Jainjeon is a sports festival between the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus and the Natural Sciences Campus. The festival, which used to be held annually until 2014, has not been held for the past five years due to low participation. Thus, the 51st Student Council of SKKU, Sparkle, designed the events to attract as many students as possible to participate.

The Various Events

The festival started with the basketball final match between the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus team taking the lead by 11-4 at the end of the 1st quarter. Throughout the next three quarters, however, the Natural Sciences Campus team showed strong defense, only giving away 18 additional points, while scoring 37 points in return. The game ended at 41-29 with the Natural Sciences Campus winning. The next game was strategic tug of war, which is tug of war played with 3 ropes. In the final match, the Natural Sciences Campus won easily with a score of 2-0. While basketball and the tug of war were held at Suseonggwan on the Natural Sciences Campus, the next three events were held outdoors. In the dodge ball finals, the Humanities and Social Sciences team won the first set and took the lead. The Natural Sciences team, however, turned the game by winning the next two sets. In the notdari-bapgi finals, a race where the runner steps across his or her teammates’ backs that are connected like a bridge, the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus finally achieved its first win against the Natural Sciences Campus, which was also the only event that the Humanities Campus won. Finally, in the 11 legged race the team from the Humanities and Social Science Campus fell during the race. The Natural Sciences Campus did not miss the opportunity and easily reached the finish line. The festival’s sporting events ended with the Natural Sciences Campus’s 4-1 victory over the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus. Jainjeon, however, was not just comprised of sporting events. The student council gave out makgeoli and kimchijeon for the crowd watching the games and the participants of the events. Moreover, Sparkle prepared Jainjeon t-shirts for the participants and the crowd, tickets for Psy’s performance that was held in the evening, and many gifts including a Galaxy Tab and Airpod 2, which were given out through a raffle after the competition. Prize money was also given out to the winners and runner ups of the competition. One student from the Department of Sports Science who participated in the event said “I was satisfied with the festival’s diverse programs and gifts, but I wasn’t happy with all the delays that occurred during the festival.”

Issues Regarding Jainjeon

Although Jainjeon itself was successfully held with mild complaints, there were several controversies over the festival even before it began. First of all, there were debates over the participation of the Department of Sports Science in Jainjeon. The department was excluded from participating in basketball, due to the concern that the gap between students who were formerly elite sports athletes and other students would be too big. Students from the Department of Sports Science, however, argued that the exclusion was unfair. The problem was resolved after the department decided not to participate in the basketball match. The banners hung on the Natural Sciences Campus before the festival was another issue that brought up controversy. Students submitted phrases for the banners that intended to provoke the opposing side. Then, the student council chose the best phrases among them and hung the banners around the Natural Sciences Campus. Some banners, however, seemed too offensive and resulted in the student council uploading apologies to their official Facebook account and removing the banners. The issue also gathered more attention from the public after news articles regarding the incident were uploaded onto major portal websites such as Naver and Daum.

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