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A Small Letter to Donggukians

  The Election of 18th President of Dongguk University is still limping. Two sides, one that the president should be elected as soon as possible to avoid administrative vacancy and the other that there is still some problems to solve before electing a new president, are sharply conflicting. There has been three times of board meeting to elect a new school president. However, reaching an agreement seems to be a remote future.

  To the board members of Dongguk University. Board members should be responsible for electing a school president. Rumination over last three board meetings, you do not seem to take care of the future of Dongguk University. Your harsh language at the board meetings and boycotting the board meeting were enough to disappoint many people. It just worsened the problem. Also, it could be a dereliction of your duties.

  To the Board of Research Ethics. The Board of Research Ethics should be untilted when investigating one’s papers. The examinee Bokwang Sunim is now protesting his innocence of his plagiarism. If he is right, credibility of the Board of Research Ethics will be doubted. Prudence and impartiality are needed to break through this crisis at Dongguk.

  To Bokwang Sunim. You are now denying that some of your papers were confirmed to be plagiarized. You said, “There is a problem in procedure of confirming my papers to be plagiarized. I made a mistake because I could not consider research rules that have recently become stricter.” You still have a few days to urge redeliberating your papers. Now the problem is up to your morality and consciousness as a monk, scholar, and a candidate of a school president.

  Last but most important, to the students at Dongguk. Students are the biggest members of Dongguk University. Electing a president may not be a big deal to the students considering that student society is not as big as before. However, nobody would pay attention to this problem if you are unaware of it. A new school year starts today. The campus will be full of freshmen’s thrill and expectation of campus life. Students are also very in charge of electing a president. Please consider not only the present of Dongguk, but also the bright future that you should hand down to your juniors.

  Ship Dongguk is wrecked on a rock since last December. On the recent board meeting, which was held on February 23rd, a new chairman of the board, Ilmyeon Sunim, was elected. While there is an argument that electing a new chairman has lost its legality, Dongguk University still has a far way to go. From the beginning of the process of electing, the most controversial things were all about procedural legitimacy. Whoever the president will be, the most important things are the fairness of election and a agreement of all Donggukians.

Kim You-jeong  youjeong719@dongguk.edu

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