With the anti-vaxx movement gaining traction and a series of measles outbreaks occurring all over the world, public uproar from both proponents and opponents of vaccines is taking over online discourse. A lookback at the historical context behind the creation of the first vaccine will hopefully provide some insight into why vaccines are required in contemporary society.
Defamation laws are important to protect individuals from harmful and untruthful information. Korean law is unique in that truth is not a defense to defamation unlike those of most countries. We weigh the benefits and consequences in this month’s debate.Don’t Look the Other WayBy Eugene Jang Staff R
9 a.m. lectures are painful. Every morning in the Creative Learning Building, freshmen drag themselves to lectures just in time for in-class roll calls. 10 minutes into the lecture, half of the students already are walking back to their dorms, and the rest refuse to make any eye-contact with the professor. This phenomenon repeats itself all year round only because the attendance here in KAIST is mandatory and affects the final GPA.
Earlier this year, I was invited to a wedding for the first time in my life. I’m sure I’ve been to some distant relative’s wedding at some point in my forgotten youth, but this was the first time I was invited by a friend. Later, sometime last month, I was invited to another wedding. If the first invitation didn’t hit me, the second one did: I’m at the age when people get married.
It is depressingly humorous to find myself imagining things before they happen, and later discovering how terribly deviant those thoughts are from reality. But what is lost through spoilers is too significant to be made possible with the level of accountability we have today.
With its April 24 release in Korea, Avengers: Endgame has stirred up quite the buzz. People from all walks of life have rallied together to celebrate Endgame and its significance as the end to the decade-long story arc of the first-generation Avengers, the Infinity Stones, and their fight against final boss Thanos.
Although gun-related violence and school shootings are issues that may seem unfamiliar to us here in Korea, for other countries around the world, it is a festering problem with no easy solution in sight. With the recent shootings in Christchurch and Utrecht, there seems to be an alarming global trend of an increase in gun-related deaths. An unsettling uneasiness about some potentially imminent danger looms over the heads of many.
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.