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"New Era, New Movements"

The GSC (General Student Council)'s crisis has been in public since the early 1990's.
It is said that the GSC is static and that students are indifferent. As matters stand now, Dongguk University also is going through hardships related to this crisis. After reading this article, you will be better informed about the GSC's crisis..................................................Ed.

This year's budget of College of Social Science (CSS) was cut off by General Representatives Council Assembly. Because the CSS didn't submit a detailed account of the second half of 2003, this CSS matter also includes other colleges. These financial concerns will likely influence each college's upcoming plans.
 Last year, the GSC was barely organized and gaining only half of all Donggukians' support. The Management Department's chief resigned his seat within a month due to a private reason. 
  An election to fill a vacancy was executed but several student associations such as College of Law didn't organize. Those events reflect student indifference about organizing student representative groups.

The student associations at DU, however, didn't change as much as students wanted. They still struggle like it was the 170's-'80's. Most people pointed out that it is behind the times. To get people's support, they should be reformed rationally and throw away their very firm attitude. They should keep pace with the "new" times.  

DU student associations became estranged from students. It is a very serious problem.
Most of the events held by the GSC used to become  their own party and students found their enjoyments outside the school. 
Some students, for instance, don't even know who is our University's chairman. Not only the student representatives but also students themselves are responsible for this problem.
Indeed the representative are the main cause of the problem. In the past, several colleges' representatives were elected through an informal process. The representatives, being elected through is way, couldn't relate with most Donggukians.

Executing a Hakbuje is hindering student solidarity. Some students don't even know their seniors or classmates. It deepens individualism. They don't care what students association members do.
"Getting a job is very hard; so students are only concentrating on their studies. They don't care about our activities. We should reform our system to cope with this crisis, but we cannot find a valid solution," said a member of one of the student associations.
The reform is already started. 
They are scheduled to unify organizations with complicated structures.

If the plan goes well, the decision making process of student organizations would be executed more quickly and clearly than before.

First, students should understand the necessity of the student associations. They are organizations that represent all DU student rights and interests. And they deliver Donggukians' public opinion to the SA (School Authority) and protest the SA's unreasonable demands.

To advance the students association, Donggukians should be more concerned about it. And all Donggukians should know the fact that cynical attitudes and unconditional criticism will just rouse up needless antagonism.


<Interview>
Interview with Cho Uhn, a professor in the Dept. of Sociology at DU
"Korean student movements persevered in their efforts to solve the authority's improprieties. The GSC of DU also has been played a key role historically. It is said that the GSC is faced with a serious crisis, but I don't think so.
If the GSC approaches the students and shows that they share common interests, it will be active again. Students, also, should throw away their selfish  attitudes and think of our society and the University's concerns." 

Conclusion
Student movements played an important role in our nation's democratic development and the GSC has led students to the rightful road. 
Moreover, they have protested against society's irrational behavior and the SA's unfair policies. But it failed to adjust to the new needs of new times; so its original intention is no longer relevant. To become a important part of the society again, student association members should understand the present and strive to offer new movements in a new era.
 

 

Choi Young-jun  cyjpizza@dongguk.edu

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