|Kim Jung-do of "Turning Point" party is answering the questions raised by Donggukians during the open hearing.|
|/Photograph by Kim Min-ji|
On November 16th, the second open hearing of the candidates for the General Student Council (GSC) and the General Coed Student Council (GCSC) took place at Bio-Medical Campus (BMC) at 6:30 P.M. “Turning Point” party (Kim Jung-do, Song Su-hun and “Moving” party (Yun Won-jeong, Kang Hyeon-ju) participated in it as a candidate of the GSC and the GCSC each. In this event, they proved their pledges in terms of the intervention of religious order, university community, student welfare, and the problems of BMC.
With the topic of the intervention of religious order, the candidates gave their opinion about the way to reflect students’ voice and plans to strengthen the power of student councils. Regarding this matter “Moving” party said that direct election system would be one of the ways to exclude external influence intervening. Then, Kim Jung-do, the candidate of the chairperson of the GSC, commented, “To resolve the problem of religious order’s intervention to school, it is necessary to build up students’ strength. We are going to share the information and detailed plans to general students so that they can judge the matter by themselves and unify our demand into one voice to content it with reinforced power of student councils.”
In the second place, the candidates discussed about university community, which included international students and second-class citizens such as female students, sexual minorities. With this topic, “Turning Point” party explained that the discrimination and exclusion against international students are essentially caused by the lack of communication channel and suggested their plan to deal with the problem by organizing bureau of network. Yun Wong-jeong, the candidate of the chairperson of the GCSC, commented, “It is important to prevent not a damage of sexual assault but its wrongdoing so we suggested our pledges such as ‘sexual discrimination report,’ ‘movie screening,’ and ‘feminism seminar.’ We hope female students not to deny their experiences of discrimination, expressing them through our language.”
The candidates of the GSC and GCSC also shared their thoughts about student welfare and the topic mainly dealt with expanding resting place, practicality of school diary, branding school festival, mutual exchange with Gyeongju campus, and running buses to return home for the “Turning Point” party. Among these items, candidate Kim said, “We should utilize the space in practical use by inspecting unkept spaces such as student’s chamber of the Department of Food Science and Biotechnology and outside resting place in Engineering Building 2. In terms of school festival, we are going to diversify programs so that students can recall the festival of Dongguk interesting and will also try hard to increase its budget.” In case of “Moving” party, questions regarding human rights festival, substitute of freshmen talent show, and resting space, which is identical to the “Turning Point” party’s one.” Kang Hyeon-ju, the candidate of the vice chairperson of the GCSC, mentioned, “The goal of human rights festival is to reveal the problem of minorities and create culture of respecting their culture so it will show this society in which various people coexist. Also, we are planning to hold a moot student council program so that freshmen can know well about university’s student council.”
Lastly, the two parties proved their pledges related to the problems of BMC. Song Su-hun, the candidate of the vice chairperson of the GSC, commented, “Students of the Department of Food Science and Biotechnology and the Department of Medical Biotechnology, which are affiliated with engineering, should receive the same benefit as other departments in Seoul campus such as accreditation board of engineering education and Da Vinci program. Also, the four departments under the College of Life Science and Biotechnology should set their tuition fee in the same level during the lower grades since they use laboratory in almost the same frequency.” In addition, “Turning Point” party suggested that the number of shuttle bus operating from BMC to Seoul campus should be increased reflecting proper demand of time and superannuated buses should be replaced for students’ safety. In this part, “Moving” party explained that their pledges like Menstruation Absence and adjusting rule of the GCSC will be operated without discriminating any certain campus and the sports program might be run in succession to self-defense training program.
After proving the candidates’ pledges in four sections, they were questioned by the students of BMC and also had a time to be advised by them so that each party can reflect those insufficient points to their pledges.
After electioneering period which ends on November 17th, the election of the student councils of Dongguk will go along for three days, from November 20th to 22nd.
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