You are in a party with a few hundred people whom you know. Realistically, how many would you be comfortably enjoying the time with? Fifty? Sixty? Now the others; when was the last time you had a lengthy personal conversation? Sadly in the mix, there should be at least a few for which your answer is “never.” Nowadays, socializing has become so much easier through the online medium, allowing for constant connections and easy access, which is great, but occasionally, one cannot help but notice how weightless some of those connections are. Have we traded a few analog friendships for more digital acquaintances?
Every time I tell people I live in the Hwaam dormitory, they either give me a look of pity or laugh really hard. Hwaam is not exactly optimal: I need to take a bus everyday to get to class, I am limited in what I can eat for my meals, and I am stuck in a pretty isolated area of Daejeon. Despite all the disadvantages however, I still live quite comfortably. In fact, I will go one step further to say that living in Hwaam became an overall plus in my life. As I was adjusting to Hwaam, some thoughts popped up in my head. Most of them were not world-changing epiphanies but rather, friendly reminders that helped my life a little – little habits we should all keep in mind.
“Boy burnt at stake, girl beaten to death.” I probably have read this line a hundred times in the morning newspaper while sipping my cup of coffee. Coming from a middle class family in India, where people still boast about an unwavering and staunch faith in caste, creed, and religion, I smile, but the smile is one of shame and condescendence.
School rivalry events are decorated with criticisms, disguised as witty jokes and jibes, at the opponent school to raise students’morale and spice things up a notch. However, some point out the extremity to which both sides have taken the criticisms,especially the “Dissing Event” held by an official student organization. The KAIST Herald takes a look into both perspectives.
KAIST has many partner universities around the globe where our students go to for exchange programs. Karlsruhe is a city in southwest Germany that has many renowned universities, and among them is the prestigious Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), a research-oriented school similar to KAIST.
Hannah Chung, a KAIST master’s degree student, proudly won an award at the Copenhagen Bioscience Conference, a poster competition held in May sponsored by the Denmark Novo Nordisk Foundation. After hearing this delightful news, The KAIST Herald met with her to learn about the details.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) is one of the many prestigious associations dedicated to the advancement of technology mainly in the field of electrical engineering. IEEE hosts more than 1,300 conferences and events worldwide on many different topics, and winning the Best Paper Award amongst all the papers submitted is a big honor.
To find out about the baduk (Korean chess) lecture provided by Hoon-hyun Cho, Korea’s professional baduk player, The KAIST Herald interviewed Dong-ok Kim, the president of KAIST baduk club Maek, who put a lot of effort into hosting the event at KAIST to raise student awareness and interest in the historical game.Could you please describe your relationship with Maek and briefly introduce the
Over the newly shortened two-month summer vacation, some students stay on campus, work at a lab, or intern at a company or a research facility, while others choose to return to their rooms where they do nothing but sit around all day. Regardless of where you are, you should consider one of the many competitions that are being held this summer.
What are some great recommendations for summer vacation plans? After midterm examinations, students get busy making plans and reservations for their exciting summer vacation. On the other hand, some students spend their time filling out different kinds of application forms for their meaningful summer vacation. Summer and winter vacations mean much more than just two months of break from school.
This year’s regular season of domestic baseball is now well under way, with the first two months’ scheduled games having been played out; fans are slowly starting to feel the fever of anticipation that peaks during the fall postseason.
One of the biggest dilemmas has been taking shape in my heart and mind. The question that has been haunting ever since I joined KAIST is “To what extent should I participate in club activities on campus?” There probably were so many moments when you had to give up your passion for the sake of studying hard to get a better GPA.
For a considerable amount of time and also durig the 2013 Spring Festival, complaints have been made about the advertising methods of certain school clubs. The KAIST Herald delves deeper into the issue at hand.
It could have well been a perfectly innocuous photo-time for Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, had it not been for the painful number “731” on the jet plane that brought back memories of Japan’s atrocities to many nations worldwide.
The KAIST Acoustic Guitar Club (KAGC) is having its third recruitment this month. KAGC is a guitar-playing club for faculty members in KAIST. They attend many school events and have regular performances four times a year. The KAIST Herald met with one of the members of the KAGC, Jong Seok Lee.
The KAIST Riding Club is a recently created group that consists of members of the KAIST community who simply love to bike. The KAIST Herald met with two students who run the KAIST Riding Club to hear more about their activities and how they would like to develop in the future.
It seems that graduating college in more than four years has now become the norm. Reasons why students end up being “super seniors” vary, but the leading cause seems to be the trend of taking a leave of absence from college, or hyuhak in Korean. According to The Chosun Ilbo, as of April 1 of 2013, 932,703 college students nationwide are on a leave of absence from their studies.
Could you briefly introduce yourself to the readers? My name is Andrew Hamilton, Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, which is the role equivalent to the president of Oxford. I have been the vice chancellor for the past four years and before that, I have spent many years in the United States (U.S.). For most of the time in the U.S., I was at Yale University as a professor of chemistry.
The KAIST Herald warmly welcomes you as the newly inaugurated president of our university. Could you introduce yourself to our readers? It is my honor and privilege to join KAIST as the 15th president. After completing my Ph.D. program at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, I moved to New Jersey to teach at Rutgers University. After two years, I joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, where I was engaged in research and development of 32-bit complementary metal-oxide semiconductor microprocessors.
A hand of friendship is sometimes enough to redefine your position in the society you live in. Be it an individual or an organization, cementing new relationships can change our path, converting it into a more proactive and rejuvenated one. This semester saw the long awaited ties between KISA and ICISTS, gaining a solidified dimension under the initiative of Sua Yang, the Head of the Division of Global Partnerships.