Campus Reporting

Ongoing Fights for Human Rights
Ongoing Fights for Human Rights
2016 WAS truly an eventful yet troubling year for Yonsei University. Within the school, there were numerous incidents that infringed upon students¡¯ hu...
Bridge to Innovation
NOWADAYS, WITH the spread of smartphones, producers can easily promote their products over Social Network Serv...
Admission Fees, Unadmitted
THE BURDEN of university costs includes not only the high price of tuition but also admission fees. But what i...
Too Expensive to Stay
JUST WHEN you thought school fees were expensive enough, the high prices of dormitories make your financial bu...

World Affairs

A Balance Between Work and Life
A Balance Between Work and Life
FOR MANY years, workers have been struggling to find a way to balance work and personal life. Normally, when there is an imbalance between the two, workers¡¯ satisfaction and work efficiency decreases. Thus, authorities have long been looking for a way to balance work and life while improving work efficiency, and the result was the Flextime Policy. The policy encourages workers to create a flexible organizational culture where workers can manage their daily schedules for work, childcare, self-development, and so on. What is the Flextime Policy?The Flextime Policy allows workers to voluntarily d
The Least Productive but Most Workaholic Nation
IN LAST October, Matsuri Takahashi, a 24-year-old worker of a giant ad company, Dentsu, committed suicide. According to The Asahi Shimbun, she had been working more than 105 extra hours per month. This, however, is considered usual formany Japanese workers working in major companies. In response to raging public anger, the Japanese government is finallyrevising policies governingworkplace practices, and many companies in Japan are also setting limits in working overtime. An obsessive working culture also prevails in South Korea, where labor practices and...
A Room for One
KOREAN SOCIETY is shifting away from its idealized image of the household ascomposed of a nuclear family. Just ten years ago, Korean society was highly group-oriented. The term *single* was not positively embraced, and watching movies or eating at restaurants alone involved a great degree of self-consciousness. Living alone in South Korea was rare, as the statistics show. However, in 2016, living alone either out of necessity or by choice is no longersurprising. In fact, it is becoming a trend, with a rising number of people living alone. There are even ...
A Cry for Help from Behind Closed Doors
A FEW MONTHS ago in China, Gao Xiaojun confessed that she had been severely assaulted by her ex-husband for several years. In France, Jacqueline Sauvage shot her own husband, who had been physically abusing her for years. She stated that it was an act of ¡°self-defense.¡± The news media these days are full of domestic abuse cases, homicides, and psychological counseling. The unfortunate reality is that behind the veil of family, millions of women are being abused by their own husbands, and many of them are restrained from calling out for help. Even though...

Culture

Behemoth: Living in a World of Monsters
Behemoth: Living in a World of Monsters
BEHEMOTH IS a gigantic and unbeatable monster portrayed in the Bible. It is too enormous that no one knows exactly what it looks like. Indeed, it is an unknown yet powerful monster. Although the origin and the birth of Behemoth in the Bible are unknown, the modern version of Behemoth has a clear origin: the capital. In modern society, the capital has become an undefeatable monster that makes everything possible. Behemoth is a play that depicts how this modern monster thrives in today¡¯s society. Reflection of reality: the world of monsters ¡°Do you know what others call me? They call me Behemoth
The Witch-Hunt is Back
WITCH-HUNT IN the Middle Ages referred to a search and killing of people that were suspected of being regarded as ¡°witches.¡± Due to the moral panic or mass hysteria, women falsely accused of being witches were burned during the witch-hunts. With the advent of Social Network Services (SNS), the old witch-hunt is now back but has moved its platform from offline to online. The movie Social Phobia shows how online hunters, formed with the protection of anonymity, viciously trap their victim and publicly burn them at the stake.The movie Social Phobia illustra...
Byul-bol-il-it-nun-nyu-seok-deul, Worthwhile Individual
¡°A PAIN is a blessing to youth.¡± as the author Kim Nan-do says, majority of the youth go through the difficulty of life, believing that such hardness will be compensated in the future. But, what if it just ends there? Many youths in South Korea, especially teenage workers, are suffering from unfair treatment in their work places and are not even paid the legal minimum wage. The novel Byul-bol-il-it-nun-nyu-seok-deul, meaning worthwhile individuals, is a Korean novel that portrays the unpleasant reality of the teenage part-time workers. The title refers ...
Fine Tuning Your Skills for Next Industrial Revolution
LAST MONTH, there was the international conference, ¡°Computing in the 21stCentury: Human and Machine Working as a Team¡± held at Yonsei University. The conference dealt with advanced technologies that will increasingly have a major influence on people¡¯s daily lives in the future. One of the audiences asked what skills the future society would require and how people could prepare. At the core of historical changes were always technological innovations. Advanced technology causes huge changes in social and economic structures around the world. Many experts ...

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Sleep Soundly
Sleep Soundly
A PERSON¡¯S mood, daily performance, mental function, immune system, and physical health are all affected by the lack of sleep. However, it has become common for many people to push aside sleep in this fast-moving society and to prioritize work or social life. People go to bed past midnight, sleep for just a few hours, and sometimes even pull all-nighters working assiduously straight into the morning. The importance of sleep is often downplayed. They may not be aware, but these small habits are detrimental both to their health and daily behavior. In order to function better the following day, w
What Do You Collect?
MANY OF us have been collecting something since we were young. Why do we collect items? Some people may gather antiques as an investment opportunity, hoping that their value will appreciate over the years. In most cases, however, people collect things because they have an affinity for them and feel happiness and pleasure through the process of collecting. Thus, amassing items that we feel a deep attachment to can be an expression of pursuing instinctive pleasure that holds a special place in our hearts. Pottery requires a long time and considerable effor...
A Sleepless Night
THERE ARE some nights when sleeplessness haunts you. You toss and turn in bed, feeling heavy with the anxiety that mightcome from hurting remarks, an unbearable workload or an uncertain future. During such nights, instead of forcing yourself to sleep, step out for a moment and take a look at the night sky above. The cool night air will wrap your body as if to soothe your wounded soul. Then, breathe deeply while leaning against the wall of an alley lit by a lonely streetlamp. As you exhale all the sorrow, anger and unease that has been weighing on your mi...
Pinocchio¡¯s Lies
CREATED BY a good-hearted carpenter, Geppetto, the wooden doll named Pinocchio had a shameful trait he could not conceal: his nose grew longer whenever he lied. In order to hide the truth, Pinocchio rattled off lie after lie, which eventually snowballed into an irreversible series of false stories. Before he could do anything, his nose grew so long that he could not even raise his head. Throughout life, we experience moments where we feel a strong desire to cover up the truth, whether it is for our own sake or for the sake of others. However, those are t...