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A Good Hours Read

 

A Good Hours Read

By Paul Sather

The Dongguk Post has been a regular part of my monthly routine since I came to Dongguk University four years ago. I often find myself scanning the metal magazine racks around campus, wondering when the next issue will be released. Is there a regular publication date?
I was flattered when asked to act as monitor for the previous edition of the Post. As usual, the 328th edition of the Post was a good hour's read. Though I may not always agree with what is said in the Post, there are, nevertheless, articles that provoke thought. This is certainly the case with the last issue. I was barely a page into edition 328, reading the Pen Villagers Note, when I started bristling with irritation. It seems to me that the unprovoked (or do America's past interventions and willingness to sacrifice its own people to help others qualify as provocation?) murder of 5000+ people can definitely be considered an act of war and is truly the start of the bloody cycle. Some people have very short memories when it comes to the aid America has rendered its allies in the past. Perhaps I will pick up this subject again when I have more space to write.
In the monitoring section, Kim Jung-Mai suggests using The Post in English classes. This is a great idea and is something I have been doing in non-credit classes in the Foreign Language Center for a while now. It is a good way to introduce subjects that are relevant to students and promote readership of the Post.
The Photo Essay made some particularly poignant points. I have spoken to countless students who are frustrated both by the lack of overall study space and the gross lack of consideration for others shown by those who blatantly disregard the posted etiquette guidelines. Should adults possessing common sense really require such guidelines? Why doesn't somebody set up a  sting  operation to catch library thieves? In the future, I would love to see a photo essay on those ignorant people who cant bring themselves to follow the "NO SMOKING" policy in campus buildings.
The Cover Story on student exchange programs was very interesting. It was nice to see so many different perspectives on so many different kinds of programs. Hopefully, students will realize that no two students will have the same experience and that any trip abroad is only as fruitful as you make it. If Kim Hyun-Woo (a former student of mine) is any indication, then the Michigan program is quite a good one as his English ability improved vastly while there.
I must admit to flipping quickly through the political and news oriented sections of The Post. Usually, the news is not so new by the time the magazine comes out. The insight into campus issues and demonstrations is useful in understanding the campus climate. Generally, the human-interest stories are of more interest to me and it would be nice to see more articles on extracurricular campus activities. Dongguk is famous for its student athletes and celebrities. Perhaps, readers would be interested in their campus lives, which could be highlighted in a  student profile section.
All in all, the Dongguk Post is a well put-together publication and is something for which its hard-working staff can be proud. Keep up the good work!

The writer is a professor of English conversation at Center for Language Research and Institute.

Paul Sather  feeling9@dongguk.edu

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