|Yoon Yeong-ji, a vice chairperson candidate of HIFIVE Party, is making her speech regarding the student welfare.|
|/Photograph by Kim Min-ji|
For the upcoming Student Council by-election, the joint open hearing of candidates for the Student Council of the General Student Council (GSC) with the General Coed Student Council (GCSC) was held. For the GSC Student Council, two parties including two candidates each (Woo Dong-hee and Jang Yu-jin of Really;D Party, Kim Jeong-min and Yoon Yeong-ji of HIFIVE Party) joined the public hearing. In the capacity of candidates of the GCSC Student Council, a single party which consists of two members (Sung Im-eun and Na Han-ji of Dongteum Party) participated in it. They stressed their stances towards the student welfare, the national undertaking of Lifelong Education College, and the new role required to the young after the former President Park Geun-hye’s Impeachment.
In respect with the student welfare, the deficiency of smoking area was brought up. Both Really;D Party and HIFIVE Party agreed to the low possibility of installing proper smoking booths due to financial problems. As an alternative, they insisted setting up temporary smoking booths made with fake walls. Furthermore, Really;D Party is planning on conducting the complete enumeration survey targeting students to make sure whether smoking areas are being used properly or not. HIFIVE Party, meanwhile, asserted that campaigns for improving recognition regarding the smoking area are needed. It should be considered to pass by smoking booths and the reek of tobacco.
Regarding the issue of managing women’s lounge, Dongteum Party emphasized the necessity of women’s lounge for the reason that the campus has the atmosphere of androcentrism. In this respect, they said every members of the GSC and the GCSC should manage the lounge. Really;D Party said that women’s lounge can be managed well with student labor mentioning the case of Kyunghee University where each student is taking charge of only about three hours. Yoon Yeong-ji, a candidate of HIFIVE Party, said, “ We propose to increase places for students to take a rest by utilizing spare areas like the first floor of central library not only for women but also for men.”
In addition, the candidates also discussed about how to help the international students. Dongteum Party said that the international students can join their whole pledges such as mirroring dance and talk dance, highlighting community spirit. HIFIVE Party commented that the representative of international students should be elected. Jang Yu-jin, the candidate of Really;D Party, said, “Programs for international students such as Dongguk Bud and Global Buddy have some troubles in the current system. So such programs should be improved so that they can get help properly.”
After discussing about student welfare, the candidates continued to show their stance about Lifelong Education College plan. HIFIVE Party said that it is impossible to abolish the plan now so they will try hard to reduce the damages other students are receiving. Woo Dong-hee, a candidate of Really;D Party, remarked, “Before dealing with such problem in a dimension of the GSC, the establishment of the student council of the relevant college is on priority to listen to the students’ thoughts.
Finally, in regard of the former President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment, the three parties commonly showed their positive status. Especially, HIFIVE Party mentioned that they will not show their political tendency while working as student councils but do their best to push ahead what the Donggukians really want.
The next open hearing of the GSC and the GCSC will take place on March 23rd at Sang Young Hall of the Bio-medical Campus (BMC). In the hearing, two issues will be discussed: how to the solve the problems of the BMC and the realistic possibilities of each pledges.
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