Campus Reporting

In with the New: A Transformed University Model
In with the New: A Transformed University Model
THROUGHOUT THE millennia, universities have stood as bulwarks of higher learning. Yet often, this established nature engenders a rigid structure of bu...
Briefing
Bible Lunch Every Monday for YonseiansIn cooperation with Grace and Mercy Foundation Korea, College of Theolog...
Controversy Over the ¡°Multi-campus¡± Plan of Yonsei Univ
¡°ONE UNIVERSITY, multi campus.¡± Made by the President of Yonsei University, Kim Yong-hak, on September 27, thi...
On-Campus Transformation: Yonsei¡¯s Efforts Towards a Su
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, global engagement and empowerment—these are terms that may seem unfamiliar and ...

World Affairs

New Year¡¯s Resolution for South Korean Students: School
New Year¡¯s Resolution for South Korean Students: School Regulations Reform
ARTICLE 4 OF the Seoul Ordinance of Student Rights states that ¡°the student shall have the right to realize his or her personality in appearance such as dress and hair¡± and that ¡°the head of the school and the school staff shall not regulate appearance, hair, and more, against the will of the student, however, clothing may be limited by school rules.¡± This ordinance was established in 2012, and since then, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE) has endeavored to promulgate this article, most recently through pushing forward on South Korean students¡¯ hairstyle liberalization and unif
Seeking Transparency: Charity in the Month of Giving
DECEMBER TRULY befits its title as ¡°the month of giving.¡± The sounds of hand bells resonate in the streets of Seoul as volunteers from various non-profit organizations (NPOs) promote a range of charity works. Donating is an annual ritual for many of us as we share our love and compassion with those in need during the holidays, and these donations add up to make a considerable impact. According to a report from Guidestar Korea, the total amount of donations collected by 8,993 NPOs amounted to a net sum of $1.3 trillion in December 2016 alone. This was mor...
Tug-Of-War: An Economic Face-Off Between Two World Powe
ON OPPOSITE ends of the economic tug-of-war rope, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping take turns pulling their side, both attempting to impose their strength and topple the other. Trump makes the first move, imposing taxes on Chinese goods; Xi retaliates with a tariff on U.S. goods. Both stand their ground. Since June 2018, the world¡¯s two largest economies have engaged in a trade war that not only affects their respective countries but threatens massive repercussions for the onlookers as well. However, recent talks and negotiati...
Sacrificing the Green for More Houses
BUYING A house of your own in Korea is now harder than ever. Recently, housing prices have risen dramatically, resulting in an increased burden on the general population. Some claim that the housing shortage is due to land scarcity that could easily be fixed with the construction of houses on undeveloped land. However, the undeveloped land that could be potentially used to build houses is within Korea¡¯s green belt region. The green belt region is an established area set by the government that is restricted from any further land development. The region ha...

Culture

A Special Winter Treat for You
A Special Winter Treat for You
WITH THE drop in temperature, you become conscious of the chills running through your body. You have been out for too long, and you desperately wish to warm your icy body. Your eyes catch steam rising to the skies and a delectable aroma beckons you to follow. A small but cozy stall awaits you, and the owner gives you a welcoming smile. The booth is filled with foods that invite you to have a taste, and the first bite sends bliss your way. Winter has finally arrived and so has the plethora of street foods unique to this season. These winter treats have become a familiar staple of Korean culture
More Than Just a Cheap Thrill
¡°ALL THINGS considered, there¡¯s a lot worse stuff that's happening today, I mean, a couple of people getting killed by one guy with a knife is not that big a deal,¡± said the latest victim of Michael Myers* in the recent cinematic release of Halloween (2018). With the drastic increase of societal ¡°horrors¡± in America, a few of which include a plethora of gun violence, racial hatred and increasingly visible incidents of sexual assault, it is understandable to see a heightened reflection of these themes within the horror industry. And this has not gone un...
A Dedication to SPAM
IF YOU open the pantry of any Korean household around the world, it is not unusual to find stacks of SPAM stored away, waiting to be cooked in a steaming bu dae jji gae* or fried up in a kim-chi fried rice. The beloved processed meat is an important facet of the Korean culinary experience: not just because of its compatibility with the cuisine, but also because of SPAM¡¯s relationship with the U.S. military throughout World War Two, during which America had a strong presence in Korea. South Korea¡¯s affinity with SPAM tells an interesting story about the n...
Trash-free Me!
DURING THIS summer vacation, I had a part-time job at a café franchise specializing in milk tea. Throughout my daily six-hour shift, I received more than 100 orders and all drinks were served to the customers in disposable items. Drinks were poured into disposable cups, the tops were sealed with vinyl, the cups were then put into paper holders and served to the customers in plastic bags with straws. However, on the first day of August, a lengthy instruction came from the headquarters. It read that from the next day onwards, customers staying at th...

Photo

Frozen Sweetness on the Vine
Frozen Sweetness on the Vine
FROZEN GRAPES harvested in late November are gemstones waiting to be refined into drops of ice wine*. As soon as the weather turns chilly, wineries harvest frozen grapes to transfer them all into the wine press**. Delicate hands are required to pick and process these grapes under the right conditions: the air temperature must be 8 degrees Celsius or lower, and the grapes must be processed while they are still covered in ice. Ice wine can only be produced in cold climates like Canada, since the fruit has to be naturally frozen to be qualified as genuine ice wine. As grapes are late-harvested, t
Blue Knights: The Color Guard That Waves the Victory Fl
ROYAL BLUE flags divide the sky to declare an indisputable victory. The cheering voices of students fill the air. At the center of the crowd are the Blue Knights, the official color guard of Yonsei University, making their way to the frontline of Yonsei¡¯s cheering culture. A month before taking on the main stage of the Yon-Ko Games, the Blue Knights gather to celebrate the graduation of their senior members. The stylish Gate performance in front of the Central Library catches the eyes of the passerby and arouses a sense of great expectation towards the B...
Hello, Sydney
SUMMER VACATION has ended. Still, the hot weather remains unwavering. It has been like a sweet dream, flying away from the heat of Korea to the breeze of Sydney, Australia. August in Sydney was bright and sunny, yet the air was a bit chilly, unlike the warm image of Australia I had in mind. Everything from the landscape to the absence of a hot summer weather was completely different from those of Korea. Sydney is the gem of the southern hemisphere, the cradle of Mother Nature. The iron child majestically risen out of the city¡¯s bleakest days, the Sydney ...
Trip Around Line Number Two
THE GREEN subway line, line number two, is a portal for those seeking solace in the city. The never-ending 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. cycle, spontaneous Skype conferences with foreign clients, and invasive air pollution constrain the modern man¡¯s desire to rest with nature. Yet, subway line number two testifies that sparkling lakes and lush forests are not scenes that are merely shown on Netflix or seen in the Kinfolk Magazine—they are, in fact, an obtainable reality. We invite our readers to come aboard on the green line to enjoy the greenest spots of Seoul...