|Kim Ye-jin, a candidate for the 30th GCSC, is stating her announcement.|
|/Photograph by Im Chae-hyun|
The second joint open hearing for the next student representatives took place at Sang Young Hall of the Bio-medical Campus (BMC) on November 21st, at 6:30 P.M. The hearing started off with an introduction of the four candidates: Park Kyoung-gun as the chairperson candidate and Kim Min-ju as the vice chairperson candidate for the 49th General Student Council (GSC), and Kim Ye-jin as the chairperson candidate and Kang Hyun-joo as the vice chairperson candidate are from for the 30th General Coed Student Council (GCSC).
Since the hearing was held at the BMC, the first agenda was about the troubles students at the BMC were facing. Lack of communication between the GSC and the BMC students, course restrictions the BMC students are confronted with, and insufficient number of shuttles were mainly discussed. Park Kyoung-gun from Check-Mate Party stated, “The existing student discussion table is not official. Therefore, we are planning to form a management committee made up of both faculties and students from the Seoul Campus and the BMC. Official meetings will be held once a semester where every student is allowed to participate.” Kim Ye-jin from Ready-Action Party added, “Students at the Seoul Campus, including myself, would not be able to fully understand the disadvantages of the BMC students. Nevertheless, we will try our best to be more aware of the problems by frequently gathering students’ opinions.”
The following agenda was in regard to the details of each candidate’s pledges. Candidates from the Check-Mate Party announced that they will constantly monitor the “Dongguk Bamboo Forest” to search for any inconvenience, set up flea markets for self-boarding students, and arrange the closing hour of the 3rd and 4th floor aisle at the dormitory from 10:00 P.M. to midnight. Meanwhile, candidates from the Ready-Action Party explained their pledges, which are opening lectures concerning women’s studies, receiving official approval for absence due to menstruation, and creating a counselling program for sexual offence.
As for the last agenda, which was about methods to unite with disadvantaged students, Kang Hyun-joo from Ready-Action Party answered, “Our party will band with QUD, Korean Women Workers Association, Korean Comfort Women and female disabled students, and hold a joint campaign on campus.” Also, Kim Min-ju from Check-Mate Party replied, “We have plans to make a buddy program for disabled students to support their welfare.”
Park Moon-soo, the chairperson of General Representative Council, concluded the hearing with a request to Dongguk University students by saying, “The stronger the student council gets, the faster students’ problems will be solved. The power of the student council comes from students’ attention." He added,
“Beginning from November 28th to November 30th is the Voting period. I hope many students would vote for the better Dongguk."
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