Karl Marx once said that history repeats itself twice — the first time as a tragedy, and the second time as a farce. Looking at the current state of global politics, one can say that we are well past the second stage in the absurd play of politicians. Tired of electing the same faces from the same establishments, people turn to outsiders in a desperate attempt to witness some change. These desperate attempts sometimes lead to bizarre consequences that may be seen as a joke that went too far.
Mark Borris Aldonza, a fourth-year student from the Philippines and a student in the Department of Biological Sciences, is one of the grand prix winners of the 2018 Long Term Undergraduate Research Program (URP). The KAIST Herald sat down with him and listened to his story, and here we share some of his realizations from his early research experiences in his long undergraduate journey.
The eternal struggle for good grades seems to beset nearly all of us, so this time the Herald has asked someone who might have found the answer, judging by his 4.3 GPA. Shyngys Aitkazinov, a sophomore student from Kazakhstan, has made it onto the Dean’s List in the School of Electrical Engineering and maintains a positive and happy outlook on KAIST life.
On November 4, 2018, blue-red-green flags were waving on the streets of New Caledonia. These flags symbolized the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front, a movement supporting the independence of the island nation.
It seems that the fall 2018 semester is remarkable for the international community at KAIST, as more than ninety undergraduate students were accepted, which is double the size of previous batches. I have personally experienced the influx of the new students, as the amount of paperwork to handle in the ISSS office has increased twofold.While guiding freshmen through KAIST, I noticed that there is s
Directly or indirectly, countries that are part of the global society are unknowingly relinquishing aspects of their cultures as citizens expose themselves to the international mainstream. Cultures must preserve themselves while having the acumen to recognize what should be improved. These are the qualities that will decide which cultures win and lose in globalization.
Motivated by the fear of poor grades, and consequently stoked with stress, we seek refuge during the finals season. But frequently, it seems something has got to give: during this season, it is students’ health that begins to suffer.
Various reports state that almost one million Muslims are detained in Chinese “re-education camps”. The majority of them are Uyghur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz people — Turkic Muslim minorities of China. Yet it is uncommon to see a news article reporting such atrocities.
Even though the power of many modern monarchs has been diminished through constitutional and parliamentary checks, there are several reasons to believe that sustaining the legacy of the throne itself comes at a price.
In modern times, the principal role of a constitutional monarchy is to represent stability and promote national pride; it is a fine tradition that has adapted to modern needs while retaining the dignity and majesty of historical kings and queens.
Beginning with US President Donald Trump’s Twitter rants that labeled media outlets criticizing his first year in office as “fake news”, the term has circulated rapidly; it was even named as one of Collins Dictionary’s Words of the Year in 2017.
As the page grows larger, it may eventually spread its wings to become a much needed hub of ideas. Ideas worth sharing will be celebrated while controversial ideas will provide a rare opportunity for discourse.
Behind the thinly drawn veil of online anonymity lurks a foul beast, the kind that manifests itself in a reprisal of psychotic behavior that often includes foul language, hate speech, and personal attacks.
It is time to awake from the trance of Olympic fever and recognize the darker side of this global event. Not a beacon of achievement and cooperation; instead repeatedly marred by corruption, politicization, and enormous costs.