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A Letter for Better Days

I would like to dedicate my last editorial piece to our dearest Student Council. It has always been a great honor to write on behalf of all my reporters, but none has been as meaningful as this one. So before I begin my torrid epistle to the dear Student Council, I want to give them a word of gratitude for inspiring me to wax eloquent about them. Yes, I am openly writing to you SC, despite the ungraciousness this editorial might cause.

I rang you up several times, hoping to hear your voice, but all I received was yet another message that you cannot come to the phone. Stop being mischievous and answer my calls. I am getting an impression that you are avoiding me. Please, please call me back for I do not wish to create any misperceptions on you. You seriously leave me no other options than to write to you. You seem pretty occupied with your Facebook account, looking for owners of all the lost objects on campus. A standing ovation for the greatest philanthropist of our time. If you had told me how generous you could be, I would have also asked you to look for the wallet I lost several days ago, so I could have spared my time to carry out my real duties.

The current Student Council reminds a lot of our society, from the incompetence of the president to the severance of communication. If there is one difference though, it is that at least Jung does not carry a jotter around like how the President Park does. Instead, she has her dear vice president who does all the chores and acts of a spokesperson who speaks in every occasion for her. Some might wonder why Jung had to run as the president if she was not going to play the role of a forerunner. Well, it is a big conundrum for me as well and I send out my deep sympathy to you all for having to suffer under such president.

T.S. Eliot once said, "We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing." Criticism is like an air that we need for life. In order to revive proper functions of the government, citizens must keep an eye on them. We as students need to keep an interest in every move that the student council makes. If we give up our basic rights and allow the rampage to continue, soon we will live in a world of discordance. This takes me back to the last year's student council election. I am suffering from a guilty conscience every single day for not having second thoughts about voting for the current student council. Their campaign strategy was to bring better days around the campus for everyone. I can dare say that those better days are far from arriving any time soon. For one, the student union fee distribution issue is still being discussed, or rather, being held in the inability of Jung.

One positive aspect of the present chaos is that we can learn from it. What makes us different from other animals is that we possess the ability to learn. It is the thin distinction that separates and makes us special. However, if we do not learn from the past actions and repeat the same mistakes, we will lose the dignity that differentiates us humans from animals. It seems as though the voting rights are taken for granted among youth nowadays. Perhaps it is because the right was given to us without any difficulties and struggles. It is a big mistake to show a contempt for our own rights. We need to be more concerned and informed so that we do not repeat the same mistake of selecting a wrong president. My last word goes out for everyone to claim your rights and vote.

Lee So-young  soybeans@dongguk.edu

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