Every semester, the Leadership Center offers special lectures on everything from playing the saxophone to coaching and speech presentation skills. Lasting about ten weeks, these classes give the students a chance to learn something other than science and engineering-related topics during their leisure time.
You wake up from your sleep only to find that it is way past lunchtime and that the school cafeteria is already closed. You throw on whatever you can find and head out to the school store, returning to your room with stacks of microwavable curry and rice.
Spending a weekend at KAIST can be tortuous to some – the campus is silent, your roommate has gone up to Seoul and all you see outside your window is trees and kittens. For those new to KAIST or have never travelled farther than the boundaries of Eoeun-dong, escaping the main campus may even seem like a daunting task.
The KAIST Library recently added around 500 e-books that are accessible through a smartphone application provided by Korea’s largest bookseller, Kyobo. Available on both Apple’s App Store and the Android Market, the Kyobo eBook application gives its users access to a large selection of books that is just a touch away.
Woori Café in the Undergraduate LibraryFor most people, the Undergraduate Library is where you go to actually get some work done. For some (like me), we disguise ourselves as hardworking students and go while we secretly want to get distracted and fool around with friends for a while. But regardless of our intentions, the Library is a place where KAIST students study and cram before their e
xkcdxkcd is, according to a slogan on its website, "a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language." The creator of the comic series and the website is Randall Munroe, a programmer and former NASA roboticist. xkcd has a cult following for incorporating science and mathematical jokes into real-life, everyday situations in a humorous manner. The website updates every Monday, Wednesday a
According to today's mass media, tech school equals nerd-land while engineering majors are four-eyed geeks. And, heck, most probably spend their weekends engaging in really unfunny science-related banter that others just can't appreciate. Though I do not doubt the fact that there exists some statistical basis behind this hackneyed impression of engineering students, we should not disrespect this
"Set my DVR to record The Big Bang Theory. The whole world is watching this thing and I need to know why." When a character from a TV show makes a reference to another TV show (and especially if that character is Scrubs' Dr. Cox), then you know you have to check it out for yourself. If you are an engineering student, you have probably watched or at least heard of the American TV show Th
Every semester, the Graduate School of Culture Technology (GSCT) organizes the KAIST Culture Festival for students, professors and faculty members. Throughout the four months, various genres of performances and events – from opera to musicals to indie band performances – take place in the KAIST Auditorium. Professor Boncheol Koo of GSCT is one of the organizers of the events.Can you br
Any form of theatrical art is often evaluated on three factors: the setting, the actors’ performances and, perhaps most importantly, how well it conveys its message to the audience.The 1996 Japanese play University of Laughs easily fulfills all three components in a fast-paced plot. Originally began in the late 1990s in Japan with the title Warai no Daigaku, Mitani Koki’s play has also
One great thing about labeling yourself as a tourist at a place you are familiar with is that you can take advantage of knowing the place. You are well aware of exactly when to avoid the overcrowded tourist attractions and where to find the best coffee. With much anticipation that had accumulated over the past two years, I arrived at San Francisco International Airport in mid-June last summer.Anot
Afghanistan, a country landlocked in South and Central Asia, has grown in importance in terms of global politics. But did you know that the country, which is now one of the world’s poorest nations, was once the hub of human migration along the Silk Road and chronic conflict between the Pashtuns and Hazaras, and the Sunnis and Shias? The Kite Runner, which is the first novel written in Englis
Summer. Can’t you feel the excitement just by looking at that word? Especially after a grueling semester, everyone has at least something to look forward to during the summer vacation, whether it is sleeping in all day long or traveling to a foreign country. For me, it was this year’s Jisan Valley Rock Festival.Held at the Jisan Forest Resort in Icheon City, this year’s festival
At KAIST, it’s not uncommon to find yourself working day after day, constantly fulfilling each task just for more to pile up again. It’s not that you feel so bad that you want to throw it all away; you’re just bored and tired of the seemingly endless routine that has become your life. If this is the case, perhaps Beirut’s The Flying Club Cup could be the fresh breeze you ne
Autumn Vacation is a Korean independent band formed in 2009 with Gyepy and Bobby Chung, vocalists from Broccoli You Too and Sister’s Barbershop, respectively. Bobby Chung writes the songs and performs the guitar for Autumn Vacation while Gyepy provides the vocals. Their first album, released last October, was an instant hit in the independent music community.
Any person with the most basic knowledge of the Cold War will realize that most historical analyses are fixated on the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. Most of what it is written is also from a nauseatingly repetitive American, or “Western,” perspectives.
Though any long-time fans are bound to be well aware of this, the Young the Giant are no newcomers to the music scene. Releasing their eponymous debut album online late last year may have given off such impressions, but they are in fact the band that was formerly known as The Jakes who, after undergoing several changes to their lineup, have caught music fans’ attention with new name and songs.
Perhaps the one word that best describes Life in Cartoon Motion, the debut album of the British singer, Mika, would be “unique.” Covered in an imaginative musical world of his own creation, he is one of the few British male pop stars who doesn’t run with the crowd. Mika’s song is undeniably catchy, jubilant and strangely addictive. Mika shows a nicely balanced mix of pop and glam rock.