The students are raising their votes on the agenda.
/Photograph by Yang In-hyeok
On October 11th, 5:30 P.M., at Manhae Plaza, the General Student Council (GSC) held the
Students’ General Meeting for the “normalization” and the “democratization” of Dongguk
The meeting started to attract attention from students after the school’s hip hop club “Ajax”
did a performance that showed their stance regarding the agendas suggested by the GSC.
Later at 6:30 P.M., a total of 1,321 students, comprising over one tenth of the whole school
attended to the meeting which would make the voted agendas on the assembly official, by
surpassing the margin number of 1,300. An Dre, the chairperson of the GSC, said, “Thank
you so much for coming and participating for the sake of the school. We have worked so
hard to achieve this and now the hard work has really paid off.”
As soon as the number was achieved, the assembly was proceeded straight into the voting
on agendas. The first agenda was to decide on the suspension of President Han Taesik
(Bogwang) , who reportedly had sued students out of the educational expenditures of the
university. 1,336 students out of 1,344 rose up the “Agreed” sign and voted for the
Students are putting red stickers on the shutter blocking the Main Hall in order to express their opinions after the general meeting.
/Photograph by Yang In-hyeok
The second agenda was to vote for or against the withdrawal of the suspension of Kim
Geonjung, the former vice chairperson of the GSC, which was voted for with only four
disagreements. However, when it was time for the third agenda, which was about the
formation of a management committee made up of both faculties and students, some
students decided to leave the plaza. Although the agenda was voted for, 1313 were left and
more participants started to leave.
Consequently, the following fourth and fifth agendas were postponed to the next meeting
as only 1,181 remained.At the same time, lines of students were flocking their way out of the
plaza. Thus, the two agendas: demanding a democratic process in the university’s presidential
election and asking for responsibilities for the school’s rough and ready promotion on the
“Lifelong Education College Plan” were invalidated for this year’s meeting.
After the Students’ General Meeting was concluded the GSC and a group of students
trailed to the Main Hall to make the “final judgement” on President Han. Students stuck red
colored stickers on the closed shutters of the Main Hall as a meaning of “red cards” to the
president. “It is a historic moment, and I hope it will contribute to the normalization and the
democratization of Dongguk University,” said Jo Hyunji (Junior, Political Science and
Diplomacy), who took part in the action.
Meanwhile, on October 7th, the school noticed that the ground of the plaza will be
repaired from October 10th to 14th. The GSC immediately reacted as they stated that this
was a deliberate sabotage from the school and were given clearance for use on the 11th.
The GSC also announced that the school had notified professors not to accept any absence
papers submitted by the participants of the meeting. However, the faculty of the Student
Affairs said, “The repair has been scheduled about a month ago while the GSC got a
permission to use the plaza on October 5th. Plus, accepting the absence papers for the
participants is against the law of Anti-bribery and graft act.”
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