“WHEN I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I’m beginning to believe it,” said Clarence Darrow. Yet, such a statement probably does not seem so easily realized. Hence, *The Yonsei Annals* has decided to offer Yonseians a chance to become president and consider their priorities as well as what changes they would make if they became president. What would be your primary initiative?
Na Yoon-jin (Fresh., University College, Liberal Arts)
I always desired to become a pilot but it could never happen because of my bad eyesight. Thereby, possessing a private jet would be the foremost thing I would like to do when I become a president. I also would like to adopt an educational policy, which requires middle and high school students to spend a year abroad, funded by the government. This idea arose from my personal wish to be bilingual, which seems to be easy for my friends who fluently speak English due to their experiences abroad.
Suh A-ri (Sr., Dept. of Business)
I would employ polyandry, a custom, where one woman can have more than one husband at the same time. I suppose that living with several husbands, each possessing their particular excellence would make my life much easier. Majority of Korean guys are brusque so I think I could just sit back and let them support me financially. There are guys who are physically large as well as healthy and I believe they could easily complete the tough domestic chores. Last but not least, I would love to have a good-looking husband in order to ensure a life full of romance.
Ra Wan (Jr., Dept. of Arch. Engin.)
Lessening of impact of private education would be my number one task when I become the President of Korea. The comparative percentage of Korea’s private education expenditures to its GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is the largest among the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries and second largest in the world. My counterproposal is to elevate the quality of public education as well as after school classes by expanding financial support from the government to schools.
Jeong Soo-min (Sr., Dept. of Astronomy)
I feel that starting an enterprise for the sake of advancing science would be my first priority. I observe my friends in science-based majors, joining firms that have no relationship to their fields. Such circumstances occur, when they cannot easily find jobs, which make the best use of their academic specialties. My counter plan would be, for example, establishing Astronomy as a regular subject in high schools and naturally expand the job market for those students with Astronomy majors.
Kim Hye-jin (Soph., Dept. of Political Science)
Korea has numerous historical events cloaked in a shroud of mystery. These historical secrets are kept in confidence; however, the president is authorized to read these documents. Hence, I would like to release documents to ensure open and honest government as well as transparency. I am interested in the conspiracy involving Dr. Benjamin W. Lee. It has been reported that he was brought from the U.S. to Korea for the nuclear proliferation but suffered an unexplained death.
Terence Patrick Murphy (Prof., Dept. of English Language & Lit.)
I would make plans to take control of the Yongsan Army base in order to turn it into a big central green space for the city of Seoul, along the lines of Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York. Seoul is not a particularly green city, but this area of land would be ideal for making a start on changing that situation. Who knows? Perhaps the day when families can stroll around in a big, green space with lots of trees is not too far off either. It would be a tragedy if it were simply turned over to the developers to make new blocks of apartments and department stores.