Campus Reporting

Admission Fees, Unadmitted
Admission Fees, Unadmitted
THE BURDEN of university costs includes not only the high price of tuition but also admission fees. But what is an admission fee? What does it cover? ...
Too Expensive to Stay
JUST WHEN you thought school fees were expensive enough, the high prices of dormitories make your financial bu...
Collabo Holds Press Conference Denouncing the Choi Soon
Yonsei University¡¯s General Student Council Collabo finally spoke up officially on Oct. 28, 2016 about the ong...
From the Old to the New
DIRTY, DARK, and deserted. These were the words that used to describe the underground pathway located in front...

World Affairs

The Least Productive but Most Workaholic Nation
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 market imperatives are even more intens
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...
Sneaking Through the Narco-Trail
THE MILITARY confrontation with the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín ¡°Chapo¡± Guzmán-Loera began when a citizen complained about a group of armed forces in the Mexican city of Los Mochis. Mexican marines were quickly able to capture El Chapo and his crew with their pile of rifles and ammunitions. ¡°Today our institutions have demonstrated one more time that our citizens can trust them,¡± announced President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico after this incidence. However, his announcement did not relieve Mexican civilians as they knew tha...

Culture

Fine Tuning Your Skills for Next Industrial Revolution
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 predict the Fourth Industrial Revolution
It-selection of December
Album: XIGNATURE Kim Jun-su, South Korean singer and a talented musical actor released his new album XIGNATURE on May 30, 2016. ¡°I filled this album with my own musical colors and as the title shows it contains my signature music,¡± said Kim in his interview with the The Yonsei Annals. The album contains music that only Kim can do. XIGNATURE features 13 tracks with various genres in a single album; each genre shows extraordinary expertise. For example, ¡°Rock the World,¡± one of the two title tracks, is a dynamic hip-hop dance song. It is powerful and energ...
Bbal-lae, a Sincere Encouragement to Life
¡°WHEN WE feel sad, let¡¯s do laundry together.¡± Why would people do the laundry when they feel sad? The answer is shown in the musical Bbal-lae. Bbal-lae was first performed in 2005. Widely loved by audiences, it has been performed over 3,600 times. Now, the musical is heading for its 4,000th performance. Those who feel weary these days or need to recover from their harsh daily reality are invited to the musical. Bbal-laesymbolizes people¡¯s painful memories, therefore doing the laundry means alleviating the pain from those moments. Come and enjoy the calm...
It-selection of October
Album: The Heart Speaks in Whispers British singer and songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae is back with her new album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, released on May 13. Six years have passed since the release of her latest album, The Sea. This new album has a very special meaning. Corinne Bailey Rae successfully made her debut in 2006, but had briefly stopped her music career in 2008 due to her loving husband¡¯s tragic death. Because of her deep mourning, she felt as if happiness was lost forever. However, she finds happiness in her life again a few years late...

Photo

What Do You Collect?
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 effort to make out of clean, fine earth. It t
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...
Time for a Break
¡°BEWARE THE barrenness of a busy life,¡± said Socrates, an ancient Greek philosopher. In fact, most people treat breaks as a luxury, due to the fear of being left behind in today¡¯s competitive society. Yet as Socrates stated, a busy life without any time to relax will tire your soul. Take a look at yourself right now. If you are exhausted from working too hard, it is time to stop and take a break. At some point, the word ¡®morning¡¯ makes us picture a scene where people hurry out of their houses without a proper breakfast, being pressed for time. Since how ...