This semester, many changes on the campus of Dongguk University have been made and some are still going on. Meanwhile, Students continually have been requesting for renovations of facilities on campus. With the establishment of the new General Student Council (GSC), “HIFIVE,” the renovation is on spur along with the school. Overall, the school and the GSC have made lots of changes and repairs in the campus in this first half of the year. These show how well the interaction between the school and the students has been going. Furthermore, regarding the students’ opinion, the right way in which the school and the GSC should step on can also be taken into consideration.
Repairs of facilities on campus made by the school and the GSC
|Arisoo Book Cafe, newly opened on the third floor of Wonheung Hall, provides places for reading books and enjoying snacks with Donggukians.|
|/Photograph by Kim Min-ji|
During the last winter vacation, the school worked on renovations on campus, as a preparation for the beginning of a new semester. For instance, in Myeongjin Hall, a “Problem Based Learning (PBL) Lecture Room,” which is filled with hi-tech equipment, was newly formed. In Hyehwa Hall, a seminar room with 154 seats was created as a part of the national undertaking of the Lifelong Education College Plan. Also, improvements were made in terms of enhancing students’ standard of living. For example, “Arisoo Book cafe” was opened up for students at the third floor of the Wonheung Hall, which is available for all students to take a rest, have a discussion, and eat snacks.
Huh Joon, the vice-director of Facility Management Team, said, “With the help of financial support from national undertakings that Dongguk University received last year, such as the ACE Project, the LINC Project, and the Lifelong Education College Plan, the school could make some considerable changes in bigger scale than those of before. Moreover, the development fund of the school also partially contributed to making the repairs.”
The GSC has also been focusing on improving the facilities on campus this semester. Stairs which are behind the Information & Culture Center have been fixed for the students’ safety. Also, the 90 worn-out water purifiers in Dongguk, which could have led to a serious hygienic problem, have been changed into new ones. The GSC also put their efforts on the eradication of mosquitoes by contacting with Junggu Community Health Center and the school. Yoon Yeong-ji, the vice chairperson of the GSC, said, “In compliance with discussions, the Center is going to take preventive measures against mosquitos once a month and we will also ask the school to do so once per three weeks.”
Especially, the GSC is exerting every effort on the rearrangement of the smoking zone. In a bid for the effort, the GSC posted papers on each of the buildings in order to gather opinions of students for a week. Vice Chairperson Yoon commented, “I regard rearranging the smoking zone as an important part because students can easily feel uncomfortable with the cigarette smoke. So the GSC will decide the places that students had mentioned the most on the paper and send the result to the school so that smoking and no-smoking zone can be separated by attaching guideline tapes or installing smoking booths.”
Assessments of the renovations on campus are generated
As about half of a year has passed since some improvements of school facilities and environment were made, they have been properly used and some positive reactions have been expressed among the students. For example, the seminar room in the Academic Cultural Center that was reformed is utilized well by running “Chacha Cinematheque” program on Fridays. For Arisoo Bookcafe, Kim Hee-soo (Senior, Department of Mechanical Engineering) mentioned, “It is a nice place to come by when I have a break between classes. Also, as the cafe moved from the sixth floor to the third floor, it became more convenient for students to access.” Plus, there are many positive comments regarding the efforts of the GSC to improve the school environment in its Facebook page.
Yet, there are still some critics regarding the issue. Lee Jae-yong (Sophomore, Department of Economics) said, “I think the study zone of Namsan Residence Hall is utilized well among the students. However, I had been interrupted by the sound of typewriting several times since there is no partition between the reading room and the computer room.” Choi Yeon-joo (Freshman, College of Police Administration) also commented, “Although the GSC’s intention to collect students’ opinions about smoking zone is fine, I think posting paper in the open places can prevent students from participating actively. I think it would be better to collect individual questionnaires.”
As some complaints against the improvements come to the surface, there are also efforts to meet students’ needs. Kim Min-hyeok (Sophomore, Department of Statistics) said, “In my opinion, increasing the number of restrooms in Myeongjin Hall is a more urgent problem.” Regarding this issue, Facility Management Team revealed the plan to build out the restroom on the third floor of Myeongjin Hall. Staff Huh Joon said, “Following the result of the vote from the Student Councils of the College of Natural Science and the College of Humanities, instead of maintaining the reading room of the Myeongjin Hall, the spot will be replaced by the restroom and will be available for use starting next semester.” In the case of the GSC, they are constantly trying to listen to Donggukians’ opinions through SNS such as Facebook and Dyeon.
Plans for renovating campus reflecting what students want
Adding on the establishment of restrooms in Myeongjin Hall, the school revealed that elevator and ceiling type air conditioning system will be installed in the Science Hall and the annex of Hyehwa Hall will be extended. In addition, the GSC mentioned their plans to put fire extinguishers in the smoking zones and laboratories, and adjust with AJ Network, which is a company dealing with printing PCs. The GSC is also discussing with the school regarding the remodeling of Student Hall. It also keeps working not only on smoking zones but also on the mosquito control. While renovating the facilities, the school and the student councils should collect and mirror students’ opinions actively. Whether they are positive or negative, so that many Donggukians can be satisfied with the budget invested on the plans for renovation.
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