|GI-CHA-NOL-E, THE closing ceremony of Yon-Ko Fete, was
born first in 1985 by the students in Dept. of Physical Education in order
to celebrate Yonsei's victory at the 1985 Yon-Ko Fete. The Yonsei Annals
asked Yonseians what they think about the present Gi-Cha-Nol-E
that has been enjoyed for over 10 years, thinking back on 2004 Yon-Ko Fete
just finished last month.
Jr., Dept. of Econ.
As I have joined in
Gi-Cha-Nol-E for several years, I have felt unreasonableness more than
amusement. It seemed that Yonseians were running and cheering not to play
together, but to rob stores intentionally. Seeing students who made streets
messy and noisy, who fought together drunkenly, it suddenly occurred to me what
I was doing there.
Now, Gi-Cha-Nol-E is just fixed as the day of getting free
alcohol without concern for other people in Shinchon. I think it is not
desirable to occupy Shinchon for the whole night in the name of Yonsei and Korea
Manager of bar Double Double
When the Gi-Cha-Nol-E time comes, we Shinchon store keepers have
a big headache. First of all, customers do not come as much as other days, and
dozens of groups visit us asking for free alcohol and food through the night. It
is really painful for us. However, it is a business that we should treat them
smiling even though we hate their behavior, because we know well that we can do
business thanks to Yonsei Univ. students. Nevertheless, under the business
depression like nowadays, we hope students behave more
Fresh., Area of Liberal Arts
Because I am an early decision
student, I participated in Gi-Cha-Nol-E last year when I was a
highschool student. I had never experienced such an event which makes a downtown
enthusiastic. It was literally fantastic for me. In Korea, there are few
festivals in which people can share pleasure all together passionately. In this
culture, Gi-Cha-Nol-E is a good chance for us to enjoy full
unity and an enthusiastic atmosphere.
Soph., Dept. of Mass Comm.
Some people claim that
Gi-Cha-Nol-E should be stopped as soon as possible for its bad effects.
However, I sometimes think how would it be if Yonsei Yell Leaders lead this
closing ceremony. Cheer leaders might be able to control students better than
the school authorities. Rather than going from this bar to that restaurant
recklessly, it would be better to gather students' enthusiasm in cheering again
on Shinchon streets. Small concerts with invited bands or singers might be
exciting, too. Over the years, Gi-Cha-Nol-E has settled down to be a part of the
Yonseians' culture to some degree. Thus, I think it is not a reasonable claim to
stop this ceremony at once. Rather, it needs to be changed to a more cultural
event with cheering and music performances.
Han Jang-wooIn Yon-Ko Fete
period, especially the day of Gi-Cha-Nol-E, a number of residents and
store keepers in Sinchon protest by phone and website to demand university
action regarding the loud noise and messy playing of Yonseians. However,
it is very difficult for school authorities to control such behavior because it
is not an official event by the school, but the students' own
Manager of Student Affairs and Services
Initially, in the 1980's,
students had not bothered stores.
Residents forgave students for that day and store keepers used to offer free
makkoli volunteerly. However, as time went by, students began to play
excessively. Now many of the residents and store keepers do not support
students want to keep this culture, they have to be more mature in
Photographed by Doh Sang-youp