By Yun Seul-ki, Editor-in-Chief
Have you read the report about 108 project on Dongguk University (DU)'s website? These days, university students tend to look for off-campus activities. Some professors say that this is because students have become individualistic. As the mass media develops, students have a lot of chances to be exposed to various activities all over the world. So students?interest in school issues is less than in the 90's.
However, there's one thing that we should keep in mind.
In his inaugural address, president Oh Young-kyo stressed the importance of making competent Donggukians for our society. We need student participation as well as school's effort in developing DU. I hope students remember this. University students?roles have changed since the 1980's and 90's, when students were interested in the pro-democracy student movement.
Now, most students are focusing on their grades and job hunting. Even though they object to the ever-rising tuition fee, most students ignore some students?protest against the school board. Students may be smarter than before, but seem to have less power in school. Donggukians have opinion about a certain issue, they just talk about it. Hardly speak up their voice publickly. Why don't they write an article in the school press?
DU's development not only influences Donggukians?job hunting but also the graduate school. Everyone knows the importance of our school's development. Studying hard and participating in activities is good, but let's have an interest in school issues, too. If 108 project goes well, Donggukians will benefit.
Students of the Ivy League are very proud of their school history and alumni, and not just their educational environment and preeminent professors. Ivy alumni have a great influence on society, and this makes the students proud. Many alumni from DU have influenced Korean society and have supported the students and school. DU is not a world-famous university, but it has the potential to be a high rank on university evaluation in Korea. We, the students, should be the cornerstone of DU's development. So let's voice our opinion in any way we can find.
Yun Seul-ki firstname.lastname@example.org
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