Dear readers,As consumers of information, our primary concern is no longer the lack of its availability; rather, it is the indiscriminate overconsumption of it. Inaccurate, misleading, or outright false information run more rampant with each passing day. What I find most troubling is that day by day, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish from what is true and what is not.Today’s p
Dear readers,Who are we? Why are we here? What is our purpose? Such are the fundamental questions that keep me awake at night from time to time. However, to claim that I would be the first of my kind to raise such questions could not be any more arrogant and myopic. Many great philosophers, like Descartes, Hume, and Nietzsche, have offered profound ontological insights surrounding the meaning, pur
Dear readers,to be frank, I am surprised at how quickly the semester, let alone this year, has gone by. Back in September, as the new Editor-in-Chief of The KAIST Herald, I promised to the readership to uphold a certain set of values within our newspaper. In my first Letter from the Chief, I pledged to commit myself to spreading the truth and fighting the power. Reflecting back on the semester so
Dear readers,For many college students, March marks the beginning of the spring semester, and along with it, fresh starts on multiple fronts. For the incoming freshmen, they are standing before more or less four years of college life ahead of them. The path lying ahead is teeming with endless possibilities; where the path will take them depends on the choices they make. The path is analogous to th
Dear readers,autumn. It announces its arrival by greeting us with the embrace of the howling breeze and the sight of falling leaves every morning. Out of all the other seasons in Korea, people seem to be particularly fond of autumn. As traditional Korean sayings go, autumn is the season of Cheongomabi — a prosperous time when skies are clear and the horses get fat. It is also the perfect sea
Dear readers, as musician Jimi Hendrix once said, “When the power of love overcomes the love for power, the world will know peace”. In light of recent events, our world as we know it seems to be heading in the completely opposite direction of peace. Those holding power have failed to wield it responsibly; instead they have allowed themselves to be tainted by their primal lust for power and desire
There I was, sitting at the end of the roundtable in The KAIST Herald newsroom, feeling the weight of all the eyes on me. How excruciating it was to realize that every word that left my mouth would determine my first impression on the people evaluating my potential as a Herald reporter. Never before in my life have I been more stressed over and attentive to each and every word. Yet, when asked the
Dear Readers,I am no fan of basketball, but once I came by a basketball joke:"Why is Pizza Hut better than LeBron James? They deliver."It is not pretty sight to come across people asking for extensions few hours before the deadline. Nor is it good news to hear from a third person that a colleague will be leaving soon. Still worse is the duty of having to criticize others?work that undoub
Dear Readers,This issue of The KAIST Herald will be my last as the editor-in-chief and as a KAIST student. The simultaneous letting go of my two main responsibilities for the past year and four years, respectively, has left me feeling disoriented. Albeit, with the coming exams and final term projects KAIST has so generously bombarded me with as a parting gift, it is hard to dwell on these troublin
Dear Readers, The end of the semester is finally within view, though for many including myself, the burden has yet to lessen and the worst yet to come. A tumultuous period indeed, during the last couple of weeks, the Undergraduate Student Council election had been under debate for numerous reasons (as outlined on page 1). Because most of the debating took place on online media forums, the strength
Dear Readers, The blushing of trees and chilly winds around this time is a clear indicator of yet another seasonal change, but defining its start can be troublesome. Did it come at the start of the fall semester? With the end of daylights savings time? Or perhaps, when we started rummaging our closets for warm jackets that were stored away during the summer? It is this ambiguity of arrival that ma
October started off with a bang with blaring headlines about the United States government shutdown. For the optimistic (for lack of a better word) few, the news was not that big of a deal considering the government has been shut down before in 1995 and has recovered since. For the media, it was a field day - with criticisms flying at both parties of how their inability to settle their differences has recklessly placed the nation in a vulnerable position and worried political analysts debating for some kind of resolution to this shutdown. And certainly, awareness of the fiasco was not limited to the politically active or curious. The general public responded to the issue in their own way: satire.
Unless you have been living under a rock these past few weeks, then you would have probably listened to Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories. Even cafes and stores that turn on music really loud outside are playing its title track “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell Williams.
How many times have you breathlessly powerwalked along the endless road to the West Gate only to discover that none of your friends have arrived yet? Can you count the number of times when all your teammates arrived on time for a group meeting? Have you ever lied to your friend that you’re “on your way” when you’re actually still in your room getting ready?
In 1994, Kurt Cobain from the famous grunge band Nirvana wrote in his suicide note, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” Later on in January of 2006, The Strokes made their debut with their first album Is This It.
Dear readers, do you have absolutely nothing productive planned this winter break? Are you afraid that while your friends will be busy doing internships or research, you’ll end becoming a couch potato all vacation? If you were like me and missed all the deadlines for internships, work, and winter courses, you’ll be anticipating for the semester to end but dreading the white, cold months
Dear Readers,Have you ever thought about the cleaning ladies working here on the KAIST campus? They sweep and wipe the hallways and bathrooms in our dormitories, department buildings, and libraries. Most are very friendly to students and appear to have little complaints about their job. However, if we look into their realities, hardly anything seems to be as heartwarming as their expressions.
Dear Readers,Firstly, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. My name is Ji Ha Kim, and I am the new Editor-in-Chief of The KAIST Herald. I’d like to begin by thanking our readers in your continued interest in our newspaper.This issue of the Herald features a look into the band and music culture of our very own school.