Turning the TideBy Dong Min Kim Staff ReporterOn February 19, when reports of new coronavirus cases from a Shincheonji church in Daegu flooded in, South Korea’s chances of containing COVID-19 seemed hopeless. To some extent, having gloomy expectations was justifiable, and the nation has reported tho
The first months of this new decade have been a whirlwind of catastrophic events. A series of massive bushfires ravaged several regions of Australia before torrential rains swept through and reduced their severity. The assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani sparked short-lived tens
Our passion for writing is the main reason why we, reporters of The KAIST Herald, publish the school newspaper. We work hard for our publication, but the busy environment that we live in sometimes hinders us from maintaining it as a priority. Swamped with coursework and trying to keep a personal lif
A Struggle for DemocracySix months have passed — what started as peaceful marches against the extradition bill introduced in Hong Kong have developed into a major political crisis. People who feared that it would allow the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong’s independent legal system are no
The KAIST Herald interviewed a student from the first batch of internationals accepted to KAIST in 2007. Please introduce yourself.My name is Rashad Aliyev. I am from Azerbaijan. I first came to KAIST in 2007 as an undergraduate student in computer science. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Schoo
Thirty years ago, crowds of Romanians filled the Palace Square in Bucharest where Nicolae Ceaușescu, a communist dictator who ruled Romania since 1965, was going to address the nation. Ceaușescu planned to show that he still had power over the country despite massive protests against the government,
If the Tables TurnedBy Wednesday afternoon, my hands are stained red. I’ve been serving as a Korean class TA this semester, and it’s an endless stream of grading quizzes and workbooks. The students, some conducting graduate-level studies far beyond my capabilities in science and engineering, struggl
While the Hong Kong demonstrations have been dominating international headlines, tensions are also flaring on the other side of the Pacific. Thousands of protesters have flocked the busy streets of Santiago, Chile following an increase in the capital’s subway fares by 30 Chilean pesos (CLP), or abou
Earlier this year, a 12-year-old girl was detained at Luohu Port, the border crossing between China and Hong Kong. The unaccompanied child’s heavy-looking backpack raised suspicion from the customs officers, and it was not without reason: upon scanning the bag, they found 142 blood samples that were
Always an Hour LateIf you’ve ever had a Filipino friend who was often late, then you’ve encountered a classic example of “Filipino time”. As a Filipino, I’m afraid I sometimes find myself guilty of this habit, too.What exactly is “Filipino time”? Many Filipinos use this term to describe a common acc
Diplomatic Talks (D-Talks), one of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ diplomatic projects, was launched in 2016 to promote South Korea’s foreign policies to international students throughout the country. The KAIST Herald had the chance to interview Vice-Chairman Dong Hui Lee from the Korean Council on
Measles has made a deadly comeback several years after its eradication. The growing anti-vaccination movement consequently became the quick culprit as it continues to elicit widespread hesitation on the overall efficiency of vaccines. In a way, it deserves the blame. The movement stands on a clearly
President Bolsonaro of Brazil has sought an answer to the country’s underperforming economy in the exploitation of the Amazon. The recent fires engulfing the Amazon rainforest are primarily man-made, a result of massive deforestation that is ongoing in the area. In Brazil, deforestation has been pre
The gloomy weather may not have been the perfect welcome to the new semester, but the expectations for the KAIST International Student Association’s (KISA) new administration remain as bright as sunshine. After a compelling victory in the concluded May elections (see Volume 171 for more details), Di
Wrong Solution to the Right ProblemBy Berhane Weldegebriel Staff ReporterThe huge linguistic and cultural barrier that exists between Korean and international students has always been an issue in the KAIST campus. This long-standing problem is a thorn in the side of this university, with its goal to
On May 15, a group of computer science students — Anuar Talipov, Azret Kenzhaliev, and Bolat Ashim — organized a workshop called “Hack the Technical Interview: Algorithms Practice”, to help KAISTians ace the interview required in most programming job applications. In this month’s issue, The KAIST He
The KAIST community has definitely seen notable changes as the KAIST International Students Association (KISA) launched a variety of activities and programs geared towards improving KAIST life for international students. An open forum was held on May 31 where KISA discussed its projects and accomplishments in the past year (see KISA President Hopefuls Debate at Open Forum for more details). The KAIST Herald also sat down with Shubranil Sengupta to discuss his term as KISA president.
51.9 percent. That’s the proportion of people in the UK who voted to leave the European Union (EU) back in the summer of 2016. The barest two percent over the halfway mark threw the country into the rough seas of political turmoil, a storm from which the nation is yet to emerge. If it ever does, the battering winds of international disagreement and public dissatisfaction are ensuring it will never be the same.
Amidst the rapidly changing news cycle, some important issues get buried underneath the latest top stories. In this month’s spotlight, we focus on two humanitarian crises that the world seldom talks about nowadays.