AKARAKACHING AKARAKA-CHO akaraka ching ching cho cho cho lalala sisbumba
Yonsei sunsu lapula hey YONSEI yah! Am I casting a spell? Nope! Any Yonseian
would soon have spotted that it is a catch phrase Yonseians shout when cheering.
Cheering! A lot of universities have their own cheering cultures but are not
developed as much as that of Yonsei University. Then, what would Yonseians think
about this culture? Just for fun, this survey was conducted with
When cheer music starts, Yonseians jump,
leap, bounce, and hop with excitement. What is the matter with them? They are
Yonsei's cheer-oholics! Why are they so mad about cheering? This survey tells us
that a dominant number of Yonseians (44) love cheering because they feel as one
when they cheer altogether. Seeing almost all Yonseians cheering with the same
movements and songs definitely makes people feel as if united. Besides, just
look at the basic form of Yonsei cheers; basic forms such as putting arms around
others' shoulder. The form links cheering Yonseians together.
Though most Yonseians love cheering, they surely won't be
cheering whenever they walk down Baikyang-ro, will they? When asked On what
occasion do you like cheering the most?, about half of the people (49) replied
that they loved cheering at Yon-Ko Fete. Wait a minute. Is Yon-Ko Fete a
"cheering" competition between Yonsei and Korea Univ.? Isn't it a healthy and
sound sports festival? In some aspects, Yon-Ko Fete actually is a "cheering"
competition since both universities' students cheer all day long. Moreover,
cheering is a kind of sports, as you see.
students are very good at cheering. Those talented students are the secret
weapons we have when we contend against Korea Univ. Do you want to join the
secret weapon cheering club? To help you become a member of the club, the Annals
asked if there were any secret to perform beautiful cheer movements.
Surprisingly, quite a lot of students (38) said confidence was the key. Not
useful information? Frankly, this is what our weapon is all about. Since it is
not a tough fighting competition, what really matters is how confident you are.
Your pride in Yonsei cheering will demoralize Korea University students and make
them KITTENS, not a tiger!
Shh~. Let's calm down a
bit in analyzing Yonsei's cheering culture. Here is a rational question. Is
cheering culture perfect for everyone? Assuming that some people might face it
with difficulty, the Annals asked, What are the things that makes it difficult
for you to cheer? Before we tell you the results, let's make a guess. Will it be
the difficult lyrics, forms, or ironically the rare unity? Upsetting results
appeared. Many students (35) complained about the difficulty of cheering in
small spaces. Since 26,000 Yonseians cheer together, the space each student has
to cheer in is very small. Especially when we cheer at the Amphitheater, believe
me, the goal is not to cheer but to step on other's feet.
Hmm…. Is this all the complaints that Yonsei students have about
cheering? I don't think so. Think about the following circumstance when you need
to read the cheer song wordbook THANKS to your lack of ability to memorize
lyrics. And your still cheering in a narrow and sweaty place where everyone is
aggressive in order to secure their space. Oh, oh! Are you the only one busy
holding wordbook, following the Yonsei "Yell(cheer)" Leaders and securing your
space to cheer? Thank god you are not alone. You have 22 friends feeling the
exact same difficulty in memorizing the lyrics.
Before I go on, I need to remind you of the adage, "It
never rains but it pours." What if one of the most difficult cheer songs starts?
Let's say, based on your reply on question number six, "Dance QQ" or "September
Christmas"perhaps? How did you cope when this kind of situation came along? For
the question, How do you deal with the situation when you don't remember the
gestures of those cheer songs?, most students (69) said they watched the Yonsei
Yell Leaders and followed the movements they make. Yup, you probably have seen
students starring at a place as if they were bewitched. Sometimes this happens
to make them fall in love with the Yonsei Yell Leaders, although I am not sure
if it is correct to say "fall in love WITH"-usually it is just falling
Ah ha! That is it. Those difficult forms were
attributing to the popularity of the Yonsei Yell Leaders. Is difficult form the
only reason that made them popular? Indeed, they are smart, good looking and
also good cheer leaders! I guess they "deserve" the popularity anyway. Don't
despair by saying that reality is not always fair for everyone. Let's accept the
reality and be closer to the Yonsei Yell Leaders instead. To know more about
them, the Annals asked, What do you want to know about the Yonsei Yell Leaders?
Here are the questions and the answers follow. 31 students wanted to know how
they compose the cheer songs and movements that well. It is said that they
combine creative forms with several basic forms and complete a cheer song. Some
(9) asked about the height of the Yonsei Yell Leaders' white high-heels; men's
shoes are 5cm high and women's are 9cm high. Wow, you could kill someone with
those heels. For students who asked about the Yonsei Yell Leaders' colorful
uniforms (8), uniforms are said to be designed by number of excellent designers,
and yes, Andre Kim is one of them. There were some students (7) craving for the
Yonsei Yell Leaders' cell phone numbers. For your information, you might not be
falling WITH them, as I said!
Yonseians eagerly anticipate the May AKARAKA! As a matter
of fact, AKARAKA earned the second highest votes (25) from our survey question
number two. Nevertheless, there may be some people who do not like the occasion.
There may also be some who get frustrated due to the irritating behavior of rude
people. Despite this reality, I can guarantee that cheering is the May delight
which will be remembered as one of the most fascinating memories of our campus
lives. Forget the serious problems that cheering culture has or evolves. Just
for awhile, let's get all of our adrenalin pumped!