Even in the 21st century, the status of women remains one of the most pressing problems in the Indian community. With less than a 50% literacy rate, women are comparatively overworked and underpaid. Women are paid only 60% of what men are paid for equal amount of work.
At the beginning of the semester, an anonymous KAIST student wrote an anger-fueled post filled with foul language against a religious club of KAIST on the school's online forum ARA. The student complained about the club's loud praising activities that could be heard in other club rooms nearby.
After some five months, the scandal over the Unified Progressive Party’s (UPP) election of representatives to the National Assembly finally seems to have wound down. With support from the UPP’s workers’ organization withdrawn and with at least ten thousand having quit membership since July, even the most diehard proponents seem to be facing facts that the party is a "train wreck."
Some people tend to feel uncomfortable with changes, as they do not always make the situation better. This fear of uncertainty struck the KAIST community as there have been mass transitions in student cafeterias. More than half of the food corners in the cafeterias situated north of the campus have changed during the summer break.
Every Spring Festival, the event organizers work around the clock to ensure that the students have a good time, part of which involves bringing musicians to KAIST to perform. However, the significant sums of money needed to hire these musicians, not to mention the brevity of their performances, makes some of us question the wisdom of this tradition.
Due to some irresponsibility on my part, I was assigned a random roommate this semester. Having that awkward relationship where you know each other but not closely, our encounters were minimal with the courteous “Good morning”s and “goodbye”s. Then, it started one night with a short conversation about religion and why I identified myself as a Catholic Christian.
KAIST’s proud alumna and the first Korean astronaut, Soyeon Yi, held the event Yuri’s Night in the Creative Learning Building on April 14th. People from as far as Ulsan, Anyang and Seoul joined the occasion to celebrate the first manned spaceflight of Yuri Gagarin and enjoyed themselves.
A new student organization with the goal of improving health conditions of KAIST students was founded this semester. Named KAITAMIN, a compound word that mixes KAIST and vitamin, the organization aims to become an essential element at KAIST, just as vitamins are to the human body. Even before its inauguration ceremony, it launched programs like the morning jogging program.
Everyone here knows for a fact that studying at KAIST is not easy; the stress of academics often prevent students from being involved in many club activities let alone activities outside of school. Oftentimes the pressure is enough to eat away at one’s confidence in his abilities.
Howl Atthe Moon is a music bar located in Gung-dong. Unlike most bars located in and around Eoeun-dong, KAIST’s main drinking neighborhood, Howl Atthe Moon offers more than just an alcoholic getaway. The main concept of the bar is that you can request and enjoy music other than the usual K-pop played everywhere else.
From recent developments, it seems that steps are being taken in South Asia to slowly put an end to a long-standing rivalry. If you haven’t yet figured it out, the rivalry I speak of is none other than the one between India and Pakistan, two countries that have seen extreme bloodshed in the past.
The beautiful cherry blossoms that glorify our campus this time of year have officially marked the start of spring. April is the month when we KAIST students are filled with warmth and hope through strawberry parties, the Spring Festival and the wonderful weather. This year, however, this burst of spring can also be felt through something else: Busker Busker.
The recent rape and murder of a Korean woman by a Korean-Chinese (referred to as joseonjok in Korean) man in Suwon has elicited a variety of strong reactions. There was utter outrage at the laxity of law enforcement; the police had actually received a phone call from the victim right before she was killed, only to arrive hours later at the scene.
Su-yi Wong was elected as President of KISA this past December and has officially begun her one-year term this spring semester. The KAIST Herald met with Wong to discuss some of her perceived obstacles as well as her future plans for KISA.
One often notes how deeply cigarettes seem to be ingrained in KAIST’s very being: from the copious numbers of cigarette butts scattered around windows and balconies to complaints on ARA about smoking in dormitory rooms and bathrooms. These facts testify to something almost everyone here is aware of: the sheer number of smokers in the university population.
Last March, Red Cross Youth (RCY) KAIST was founded based on the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s philosophy. Since then, it has been active in informing KAIST students of volunteer activities. The KAIST Herald met with Heejae Jang, President of RCY KAIST, and Sangyoon Lee, Vice President, to hear more about the Red Cross philosophy and the activities they perform.
Brainstorming is a common practice for people working in groups. Letting ideas roam freely in one’s mind and expressing them without others’ criticism is thought to be a helpful method of eliciting original and innovative ideas. It is especially widely used in advertising offices, design firms and classrooms.
As most of the people who meet me would expect, I was born and raised in the West. However, I have spent the last seven years of my life in Asia, rarely going to countries that share similar cultural traces with my origins. My immersion into Eastern culture reached its peak when I caught myself thinking, “look, a foreigner!” the moment I spotted another Westerner.
“Taxi Together” is a smartphone application that allows KAIST students to car-pool or split taxi fares with others. Developed by three of our university’s students, the application’s iPhone version was launched last September with plans to launch the Android version as well this semester. The KAIST Herald met with one of the creators of Taxi Together to find out more.