Campus Reporting

Did GBED Go G-BAD?
Did GBED Go G-BAD?
¡°I¡¯VE BEEN longing to study in Korea for years, and I finally got the opportunity to do it,¡± said Trinity Wood (Fresh., Global Basic Education Divisio...
The General Female Student Council is Abolished...Now W
AFTER A schoolwide referendum on Jan. 7, 2019, the General Female Student Council (hereby the Female Council),...
¡°Sorry for Majoring in Liberal Arts¡±
¡°THE MORE I studied my course, the more I felt that I was less likely to be employed once I graduated,¡± said H...
Lecturer Law: Expectation vs. Reality
¡°SINCE NOVEMBER, my life has been on standby...everything has been so unsure,¡± said Lecturer Lee*, a lecturer ...

World Affairs

A Country¡¯s Priority: Heritage or Welfare
A Country¡¯s Priority: Heritage or Welfare
WITH THE flames at Notre-Dame Cathedral came a wave of sadness from all around the world. The fire on April 15, 2019 partly destroyed the world-renown French landmark that embodies French history and identity. Many companies and individuals are sending their condolences by donating money to be used to rebuild the monument, and the total adds up to a large sum of money. However, months before the fire, there have been protests in France demanding for economic reforms that address inequality. When attention was shifted to the Notre-Dame fire, they started to question a nation¡¯s priority—th
I Conscientiously Object to Military Conscription
EVERY KOREAN male is familiar with Article 88 of the Military Service Act: ¡°Any person who has received a notice of enlistment for active duty service or a notice of call and fails to enlist in the military or to comply with the call… shall be punished by imprisonment with labour for no more than three years.¡± The following article has accounted for the incarceration of more than 19,300 conscientious objectors who refused to enlist for reasons based on their personal beliefs and faiths. While failure to comply with the duty of conscription under a...
Encircled by Plastic Waste, the World Struggles to Find
WE ARE taught that plastics disposed in specific bins are eventually recycled. Little were we told about the fate of plastics, mostly transported to China, and hardly ever transformed into new goods because they were made of non-recyclable materials. Since 1992, 106 million metric tons, or nearly half of all the plastics on earth have been reported to enter China according to a study published in Science Advances. But in January 2018, China introduced new environmental regulations banning the import of 24 types of solid waste, including waste plastics. ...
Honoring the Reputation of 5/18 Victims – In Spit
¡°DENIAL IS the eighth stage that always follows a genocide,¡± said Gregory H. Stanton, the founder of Genocide Watch. In denying that the crime ever happened and blaming the events on the victims, denial finalizes a tragedy. Among the most tragic moments in modern Korean history, the 5.18 Gwangju Uprising stands out for how its memory is still disputed and invalidated. Most recently, former president Chun Doo-hwan stood on trial for the first time for 23 years for defamation against a witness of the Uprising. The tragedy¡¯s mastermind still refused to apol...

Culture

D.I.Y Your Summer
D.I.Y Your Summer
SUMMER IN Korea is known to be deadly. Temperatures in Seoul reached 39.6¢ªC last year, being the hottest in 111 years.* And having experienced such extremes each year, many of us have our own coping mechanisms to fight off the heat. Visiting waterparks or staying in air-conditioned rooms are all great options, but survival can be a bit more creative. Enhance your summer with D.I.Y activities available at Ssam-zie-gil, Insa-dong area. D.I.Y fans Paper fans are perhaps the lightest, most portable weapons to fight off the heat. Traditionally known among Koreans as hap-juk-seon, these fans are cra
Revisiting The Disney Princesses—What Counts As G
¡°And yet through it all, Cinderella remained ever gentle and kind…¡± ~ Narrator, Cinderella (1950) IT IS a strange thing – not many people remember this key takeaway from one of the most iconic Disney princess films of all time. When we think of Cinderella, many tend to remember the magical glass slippers and the promises of true love with a ¡°Prince Charming.¡± However, tucked away and often forgotten are lessons of courage and kindness Cinderella conveys despite all the adversities she faces. Cinderella¡¯s endearing qualities have always been ...
Relying on a Broken System
WHAT IS the perfect body? Or rather, what do you consider as the perfect body? Does a certain image pop up? It most likely will, but chances are your image of a perfect body will not be exactly the same as someone else¡¯s, and this is a normal occurrence. ¡°Perfect" is an abstract concept that is only achievable in theory, and it is also an ever-changing model that changes its appearance to fit the times. The standards for a perfect body differ in each time period and culture, but the idea of a perfect body lives on. In Korea, that standard has been envis...
Hybrid Culture from the Derelict
A DEFINING characteristic of the culture of the younger generation is hybridity, evident from a multicultural and hyperconnected society, mass media, multilingualism, and the multiple identities that the young are continuously exposed to. Under the influence of younger generations, hybrid cultures are born, mixing the old and the young, leisure and work, and art and industry. More specifically, many young entrepreneurs are using abandoned factories as a locus for this new culture, attracting youth to a run-down neighborhood by setting up cafés, ga...

Photo

The Moonlit Deoksugung
The Moonlit Deoksugung
THE CHARMS of some places are seen best during the night. After dark, the light of a full moon on Deoksugung unveils a new kind of dimension. As soon as you enter through lacquered doors, you are welcomed by the lush gardens and the familiar shadows of traditional Korean architecture. It is an isolated island in the middle of the city—the atmosphere and the cool breeze carries you into serenity. As florescent lights illuminate the walls of Daehanmun, Junghwajeon and Jeonggwanheon and the evening sky darkens, the surrounding city slowly seems to fade away, and the boundaries of history an
Silver Lining
Morning starts with the drumming of footstepsDown the busy station stairs. Hordes gather at the doors.A woman waits, an open book in one hand.She turns the pages ever so gentlyAnd doesn¡¯t look up to see the train come.Compartment 2-2Bodies are pressed inside the cartThey stare blankly at their phone,And to my left, Fingers fervently touch the screen, tap-tapOn the march to school, everyone looks aheadSome tap their friend¡¯s shoulder as they laugh and make jokes While some count steps to the tick of their watches A student sits on a bench and gazes at the...
The Man in the Neon Vest
CROWDS OF youth roam around the streets, occasionally stopping and peering into café windows for seats, or walking into bars to shed the fatigue of a long day. The night in Sinchon is a hotspot embraced by flickering signs, heavy bass, and excitement. Untainted by the usual chaos is a small dimly lit alley near the main road. From behind a pile of trash, a man emerges with his vehicle, preparing for his night shift. It is hard not to notice him—not when he is wearing neon. He seems to be moving with purpose: he walks up to the arranged row o...
The Monochrome City
EVEN DARK streets of the late hours are brightened up by dazzling light in Seoul. Each day goes by in a blur. From the break of dawn, the multi-colored metropolis stimulates our visions. Even during the short walk to the nearby Sinchon subway station, or a quick visit to a mall, lights and colors fill up our sights and capture us in excitement. Neon signs, posters of smiling celebrities, the latest pop songs blasting over the busy streets constantly surround and pull us in to be a part of this buzzing insanity. From a distance, the images of Seoul presen...