It has been seven years since Bio-Medi Campus (BMC) was established. BMC was founded to foster the field of Bio-Technology. As the College of Life Science and Biotechnology moved from the Seoul Campus to BMC in 2015, now the College of Life Science and Biotechnology and the College of Pharmacy are included in BMC. Students of BMC have expressed their inconvenience about the welfare system and flaws of facilities since BMC was founded. Even though there were some improvements in BMC following student demands, there are still problems. For this reason, The Dongguk Post examined how the environment of BMC has been changed until now and will explain remaining problems.
Several changes have occurred for student convenience in BMC
In this semester, there were some changes in BMC. First, Dongguk University Co-operative was launched in BMC. Co-operative is a non-profit corporation where the members of school can engage in managing the corporation after joining it. It takes on varied fields including managing cafeteria, vending machine, and cafe. Jung Lee-kou, the team manager of Dongguk University Co-operative said, “Since Co-operative is a non-profit corporation, we do not pursue much gain. As a result, we can provide the products cheaper than other companies. In addition, many cafeterias in Dongguk University Seoul Campus that we are running have good reputations thanks to the high quality of food.”
The convenience store operated by Co-operative has recently opened in Sang-young Bio Hall.
/Photograph by Yu Na-kyung
Due to these advantages, students of BMC have demanded that Co-operative should be established in BMC. For this reason, the 49th and 50th GSC have discussed with the school to launch Co-operative in BMC. Finally, a convenience store, Noo-ri-teo, run by Co-operative was newly made on the first floor of Sang-young Bio Hall. In the store, the students can now buy various things including stationaries, lab gowns, and books unlike the previous convenience store. In addition, the HOLLYS COFFEE in the Academic-Industrial Cooperation Hall is managed by Co-operative as well.
Moreover, it became easier to issue a student ID card, which does not have debit function. Previously, ID card was issued only for a certain period. However, now the students can apply for and receive the ID cards without limitation as the shuttle bus delivers them from the Seoul Campus. Further, ID card with financial function, was issued at Shinhan Bank Ilsanwicity Branch from March 7th to 8th.
Also, the club expo took place for the first time in BMC. It had been held in the Seoul Campus until the last semester. In this year, the pledge of the 50th GSC which is to hold the club expo in BMC came true. Five central clubs including Sunmoo club, O.D.C, CaFe-in, Eumsaim, and Marx Philosophy Research Society participated in the expo to promote their groups. Park Jung-min, the Vice Chairperson of O.D.C., the street dance club, said, “It was the first time we took part in club expo in BMC. I was surprised that there were as much people coming to see our performances as when we performed in the Seoul Campus.” She added, “However, we are the only club performing on the stage. Furthermore, unlike the expo in the Seoul Campus, there were few students who visited our booth and asked about our club.”
There is a desperate need for BMC in student welfare
Issues regarding the cafeteria of Goyang Residence Hall have been raised intermittently. Park Jeong-min, the chief of BMC unit, which is a subsidiary unit of the GSC stated, “Since last year, most of the students, who have used the cafeteria of Goyang Residence Hall, told that the food does not taste good. They also complained about limited menus.” Currently, unlike the cafeteria of the Seoul Campus operated by Co-operative, the cafeteria of Goyang Residence Hall is run by another company. At the fourth school committee, which was on November 4th, the 49th GSC has asked for Co-operative to run the cafeteria of Goyang Residence Hall. There is a chance that students’ needs can be accepted. Jang Ki-bok, the official of the Asset Team, revealed, “The contract period for the current one managing the cafeteria of Goyang Residence Hall is until 2020. However, considering the situations, student demands could be accepted."
Also, the students have raised doubts about welfare. The students of BMC do not have a bank that can issue student ID card with financial function. Such duty is limited to Shinhan Bank Dongguk University branch in Seoul. Consequently, they cannot receive the card with financial function freely. Although now they can issue their student ID card whenever they want through the shuttle bus service, they cannot get the one with the debit card function. That is, students of BMC have to go to Seoul to get their card with financial one. Kim Joo-won (Senior, Department of Food Science and Biotechnology) explained, “It was pity that a lot of freshmen lined up at the first floor of Sang-young Bio Hall. I hope the school to take an action so that Shinhan Bank nearby BMC can also issue student ID card."
In addition, the students in BMC must come all the way to the Seoul Campus to join the club they want, since all of the central clubs are at the Student Hall of the Seoul Campus. Though there already are some small clubs in BMC, their choices are still very limited. They do not get the opportunity to get involved in club activities as much as those in the Seoul campus. Mun Ji-yeon (Senior, Department of Biological and Environmental Science) said, “I have an experience of being part of Dongguk 108 Leaders for a year. So once a week, I had to visit the Seoul Campus to do some activities. The number of times of the shuttle bus was very limited so I thought it would have been better if there were more buses going to Seoul Campus.”
The attempts for BMC to be better campus is still ongoing
The students of BMC have shown that improvements for BMC are needed. Acknowledging those discomforts that the students of BMC have suffered, the GSC is trying to bring a reform. Kim Jung-do, the Chairperson of the GSC, spoke about the future plans for BMC. “For the cafeteria of Goyang Residence Hall, it is true that contract problem is involved. However, it is certain that the Co-operative will fill the blank if the current one leaves. Also, in order to encourage club activities for students of BMC, we have asked the school to rearrange time schedule for the shuttle bus. Due to geographical issues, we do not have clear alternatives yet. However, in all aspects, the GSC will try our best to improve conditions in BMC.”
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