On February 13th, Sung Im-eun, the Editor-in-Chief of “Open Her,” and Duribeoners from the college of Engineering are discussing how to cope with the problems in the orientation.
/Photograph by Hwang Hae-su
From February 26th to March 1st, 2017, the Human Rights Center, “Open Her,” a feminism school magazine and the Emergency Planning Committee placed a “Duribeoner” in the freshmen orientation to create a safe drinking culture that everyone could enjoy. Each Duribeoner, which is a word derived from “Duribeon (open your eyes wide and look around),” is placed in many college in a position to help freshmen cope with the uncomfortable situation they might face in the freshmen orientation.
“Open Her” and the Emergency Planning Committee carried out the program on their own. They asked each college student council to select one “Duribeoner” themselves. After that, a “Duribeoner” from each college gathered for a meeting to deal with the problems in the orientation better. They also heard a lecture hosted by the Human Rights Center from February 16th to 17th. 34 people from 28 departments participated in the lecture. They listened to case descriptions of the issues that may arise in the orientation and learned the related preventive measures and how to respond the issue. When “Open Her” and the Emergency Planning Committee need any help, they can ask the Human Rights Center for help. Then, the Center actively offers professional education or support.
Duribeoner distributed the “Freshmen Orientation Autonomous Rule,” the human rights bracelet, and contacted the freshmen orientation Hotline in the orientation. Firstly, a Freshmen Orientation Autonomous Rule was made to abstain from the culture of heavy drinking. The “Human Rights Bracelet Program” was implemented to protect freshmen who felt some difficulty rejecting alcohol offered by seniors. Students who do not want to drink or are drunk can ask for human rights bracelets from Duribeoners. People with human rights bracelets are not forced to drink alcohol. Lastly, “Freshmen Orientation Hot Line” is to contact the central Duribeoner Sung Im-eun, the editor-in-chief of “Open Her,” when an accident occurs in the orientation. If necessary, the Human Rights Center would take over the accident from the central Duribeoner after judging the situation.
Editor Sung, stressed the need for “Duribeoner.” She said, “Most of the culture in the university are inclined to towards male, heterosexual, or non-disabled students. We must always be careful about sexual violence or human rights violations that can occur ‘naturally.’ For some students, the freshmen orientation can be a lonely and unpleasant experience. We must strive to make it a memorable activity without discrimination so that everyone can enjoy.”
Park Jin-woo, the chairperson of the Emergency Planning Committee, said, “The implementation of a Duribeoner will not change the deep-rooted drinking culture at once. However it can control students’ behavior to a certain extent.” He added, “Drinking alcohol makes people difficult to judge what is right or not. By placing a Duribeoner in the freshmen orientation, students will be able to perceive that they need to be aware of their behavior unconsciously.”
Meanwhile, “Open Her” and the Emergency Planning Committee will conduct a voice-over project about the freshmen orientation in March after the freshmen orientation. They will receive comments about what happened and opinions about the orientation from freshmen and other students. Lee Kun-haeng, the chairperson of the Department of Business Administration, said “Our department’s orientation was finished without any accident, thanks to the Duribeoners. The orientation was enjoyable without freshmen being forced to drink. We had a safe and pleasant time.” Also, “Open Her” and the Emergency Planning Committee are preparing a campaign to make people aware of the culture of heavy drinking during Membership Training; so-called MT.
Hwang Hae-su email@example.com
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