First of all, the very existence of the monitoring sectinon is an excellent idea and a great opportunity for the Post to receive some honest opinion and feedback from people outside the Post. Of course, English magazines at other schools, such as the Yonsei Annals, also provides a brief review corner which includes short messages from students. However, they are rather short in length (only about a paragraph long each), and are only contributed by Yonsei students. The Dongguk Post receives evaluation from various sources including professors and students both inside and outside Dongguk University, which is one of its advantages.
The article titled "Buddhist Views of Suicide" really caught my attention. Although I am not a Buddhist, and do not have much knowledge about Buddhism, I found this article to be quite interesting. A few months ago, several celebrities ended their lives by suicide, which became a huge social issue. There were worries that such phenomenon might result in ‘Werther Syndrome’, which means the tendency of young people to imitate highly publicized suicides. This article touched upon this important and sensitive issue and gave a reasonable explanation for it. It also helped me grasp what kind of religion Buddhism is, and what kind of ideas are related with it.
Furthermore, the ‘Social Scoop’ section dealt with the issue of plagiarism, which is also a big social issue nowadays. Last summer, the former deputy prime minister and minister of education Kim Byung-jun was found out to have plagiarized his students’ works when he was a professor, but he said such acts were "common practice"at universities. I have personally seen students who guiltlessly copy down information right out of books or the internet and submit them for homework. Worse yet, some students don’t even realize if they are plagiarizing or not. In the article "Plagiarism Is Cheating", a clear definition of the term ‘plagiarism’ was given, making it easy for students to be aware of whether they are ‘cheating’ or not.
While reading the cover story, "Global Dongguk", I got the impression that it could have been organized more neatly to help people understand more clearly. Although it contained a lot of important information, it basically seemed like a long, detailed list of all the plans of the newly elected president. Especially for someone like me, who is not a Dongguk University student and thus had not heard about the 108 project before, this article was a bit overwhelming.
I wish the Dongguk Post the best, and hope it will continue to flourish in the future. Good luck!
Chung Yegaram Yonsei University, Underwood International College
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