The KAIST Student & Minority Human Rights Committee’s recent decision to prohibit Korean re-explanation in English lectures has brought about heated debates within the KAIST community. Professors’ use of Korean in lectures has been an ongoing dispute that many international students have tried to tackle in recent years. Who should be responsible for raising the issue, and is the usage of Korean in lectures in need of change?
The silence in the classroom is deafening. As the professor waits for a response to the question he has posed, the eyebrows of my peers become more furrowed. Contemplating it myself, I couldn’t choose an answer right away, the solution eluding me due to the inherent open-endedness of the question. After a while, the professor, clearly agitated by the lack of a response, reiterates the question: “If you had 10 years to play and do whatever you want, what one activity would you choose?”
If we were to break down life into several broad and general categories, it would be based on social, academic, financial, and cultural aspects. From my observations, people — at least the ones I have encountered — do quite well in a few of those categories. Some might even do exceptionally well. But from what I have seen, no matter how accomplished people might be, there are still some aspects they struggle with. Struggle is universal and no one is exempt.
KAIST sucks. Now that I’m facing graduation, I want to reflect on my undergraduate life in KAIST and that is the first thing that comes to mind. There’s so many problems for fall semester enterers that I have been a victim of, and I cannot fathom how difficult it must be for international students. But this article is not a rant about KAIST; that has been done time and again. I want to think about how it transformed me as a person.
With the start of a new year came news of new campaign parties aiming to be elected as the new Undergraduate Student Council (USC). After the dismissal of the previous USC, Batchim, last year, the USC was replaced by the Emergency Response Committee (ERC), Rise, causing confusion for many KAISTians. To clarify the events of last semester, The KAIST Herald interviewed a former USC and ERC member, Jeho Jin.
With no country being held responsible for the fine dust and air pollution being ever present, the situation is only getting worse. This month’s debate discusses both Korea’s and China’s responsibility concerning Korea’s recent fine dust crisis.
I am a minority. Those who know me will wonder what makes me say so. I am an adult male, with no identified disabilities or illness, I’m economically stable, and heterosexual. Yet, I am a minority. I am a minority: I am left-handed.
Since his inauguration in January 2017, Donald Trump has been subject to endless suspicion and scrutiny. Even the slightest bit of reason to believe that the current president has tampered with the legislative process of the country is a valid enough predication to investigate the case with full expenditure of available resources.
We simply deem meeting people online to be suspicious or unnatural. We are given the tools to find people worth connecting with as well as the tools to actually connect with them, yet we somehow find a way to convince ourselves it’s too sketchy to be worth pursuing.
In times of “personalized everything” and countless choices at our fingertips, it is only natural that people’s expectations just continue to grow. However, for the sake of our own happiness and perhaps a little more simplicity in life, it seems important to remind ourselves that the perfect choice does not always exist.
The rationale for the need for menstrual leave is valid and well-intentioned. However, in the context of the grading system in universities, the abuse of the policy to evade attendance penalties cannot be ignored — or simply left to the morals of students.
John McCain passed away on August 25, and this segment of the publication wishes to acknowledge the passages of his life that cause his name to be attributed a sense of deference in the contemporary context.