After a long day filled with assignments and quizzes, I sat in front of my laptop inside my dorm room to blow off some steam. Just as I turned on some music, however, an irritated shriek immediately came from my stuck-up roommate; “Can you please not? I’m trying to study here.” For a moment I felt immensely guilty for being a disturbance to those who were trying to study around m
Recently, a distasteful conflict erupted in a club I am part of; a member of said club (whom I shall refer to as A and feminine) had had unresolved issues with a club’s associate, and under slight alcoholic influence A expressed her anger in an uproar and undirected violence. For better or worse, I had left the room slightly prior to the incident, so when the expected emergency club meeting
It seems as if students here at KAIST are always indifferent about policies set forth by the school and end up complaining when the school finally initiates them. Take the Munji Campus renovation project for example; Although nothing about the project has been settled yet, the school plans to either allocate the incoming freshmen, starting with the Class of 2019, to the Munji Campus, move the grad
There has been much controversy about a policy whereby those who pursue careers outside the field of science and engineering after having benefited from the National Scholarship of Science and Engineering have to pay back every penny of the scholarship they have received or will receive during their time in school.. This policy became a hot potato in KAIST community last semester and accordingly a
A performance art project by Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz has recently garnered a lot of attention. For her senior thesis, Sulkowicz is carrying her 50-pound dorm room mattress everywhere until she graduates, unless the university expels her alleged rapist. Sulkowicz claims she was raped two years ago by a male student in her dorm, but was too scared to file a complaint until meeting
Few things are played down or misjudged as much as the act of eating alone. The notion that the act is a sign of reservation is worth questioning. Should there not be a reason that so many associate the following phrases or word - a lonely prospect, coping mechanism, humiliation – with this topic? The association is both understandable and logical. Since the dawn of time, people and civiliza
The Special Act on Child Abuse, passed in December 2013, was carried into effect starting September 29. The two cases of child abuse, the “Ulsan Stepmother Case,” in which an eight-year-old was beaten to death by her stepmother when she expressed hopes of going out with her friends, and the “Chilgok Stepmother Case,” in which the stepdaughter was constantly beaten and event
A week ago, NFL superstar Adrian Peterson was arrested and ultimately suspended for child abuse. He was reported to have "recklessly or by criminal negligence cause bodily injury" to his son, and authorities say Peterson beat his four-year-old son with a "switch," a slim, leafless tree branch. Strangely, this particular piece of news, a hot topic for many in North America, did
South Korea has the highest suicide rate in the OECD and second highest worldwide, according to statistics gathered in 2012. The general public tends to attribute Korea's high suicide rate to the hypercompetitive environment in the classroom and workplace. Stories of young people taking their own lives after failing to meet social expectations, most notably those related to poor performances on u
There have been ongoing controversies since the new superintendent of education in Gyeonggi Province firmly promoted his new policy of delaying the time students go to school to nine o' clock in the morning. A total of more than 90% of elementary, middle and high schools are following this policy starting this semester. It has been less than a month since trials of the new policy were held, but m
My city, Vancouver, has an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, clear skies, occasional rain, and very little bugs during the summertime. It is about as moderate as you can get. Korea, however, has a monster of a summer: the sun bombards everyone with unrelenting infernal fury; July and August bring typhoons that blacken the sky; mosquitoes run rampant, draining all blood in their path, and
Year 2014 saw South Korea top the charts once again in the Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment, an index designed to compare the relative performances of 39 countries based on their education output, compiled by the education company Pearson and The Economic Intelligence Unit as part of The Learning Curve report. These statistics show that Korean education is enjoying its golden age, or so it may seem. Those who have actually enrolled in Korean schools or have raised children may not share the same optimistic appraisal of the situation.
The past issue of this series spotlights the importance of journalists striking a balance between a sense of context and objectivity. My colleague had put forth his opinion that while the society no longer takes the media’s words for granted and seeks their own conclusion, it should still be the media and not the general public who presents the news by putting information in the context of the story. He argued that journalists should strive to keep the thin line between yellow journalism and its opposite. However, before criticizing the current state of online writing, should we not address and remind ourselves the fundamental cause of it? The age of the Internet has inculcated a sense of urgency in each of us and thus, it has been imperative for the current online media system to demand a more rapid production of information. Though the quick flow of news is welcome, it seems almost impossible for the online media to achieve the accuracy and the high standard of the traditional media.
The designated national holiday for local elections day should mean more than taking a day off. This holiday emphasizes the importance of voicing one’s opinions and claiming one’s rights. After all, the most essential element of democracy is the process of election itself. However, finding the “right” candidate is the most tricky and difficult part. It is especially harder for local elections since there are many representative positions and even more candidates for each representative position. The promotion brochures that I had to go through just to know each candidate’s major public promises and policies stack up in piles of paper as thick as a book. As a result, many people neglect this process of searching for the right candidate or give up on the way.
The past issue of this series dealt with the responsibility of journalists to effectively promote their stories to the target audience. My colleague asserted that the lack of our youth’s intellectual maturity should not only be attributed to the writers who produce shallow and insignificant news but also to those who report meaningful stories with substance but fail to use all the tools at their disposal - visual, promotional, or otherwise - to deliver the necessary information to the intended audience. However, looking back at the poor media coverage of the recent Sewol ferry disaster, I am beginning to think that there is room for one more attributing factor; this factor is about how the content of news should be presented within the context of the story.
How sad are you about the capsizing of the Sewol ferry? Far too many seem to have taken the convenient and meaningless route to its mourning. During my visit to the public altars in Daejeon, I realized that on each page of the book filled with visitors’ personal messages consoling the victims, there was always someone saying how they are “sorry for not protecting you.” The social norm dictates that all should mourn for such tragedies, but the laziness to do anything meaningful, combined with the unconscious pressure, seems to have brought about a sad form of feigned activism with a greater negative impact than the perceivable shallowness.
The sinking of the Sewol ferry on April 16 has caused the entire nation to mourn for the tragic loss of many lives. More than 300 people were found dead or missing, while only 172 people out of 476 passengers were rescued. Immediately after the accident, the government announced that 368 people were rescued. However, it was later found that there was a counting error, and the number was corrected to 164. When it became clear that the remaining passengers were unaccounted for, the public response began to transform from shock to anger.
With WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden has opened the ultimate Pandora’s Box concerning the interrelation between society and cyber technology. From an ethical standpoint, the issue questions the governmental obligations to and boundaries from its people, and the extension from “real life” to the virtual is a novel problem yet unsolved. And as students in science, perhaps we have the ability and social obligations to help solve this dilemma.
The past issue of The KAIST Herald kicked off this series of articles on writing and the responsibilities of the writer by addressing the yellow journalism and “keyboard warriors” that are rampant online. My colleague also aptly pointed out the important role of web portals in shaping the new generation’s worldview, and how most Korean sites fail to promote stories that contribute to our youth’s intellectual maturity. But is the key issue the writers who produce shallow and insensitive material, or the publication of information in a manner that shines the spotlight on matters of little importance? The digital age has permanently changed the manner in which information is created, provided, and received. Visual presentation of information and the platform through which it is propagated has become equally as, if not more important than, whether there was a true wordsmith behind the keyboard that created it.
I am sure the word “recitation class” is one of the most frequently used terms in KAIST. Recitation session is an unavoidable and a bit stressful part of KAIST life. Hence, there are controversial discussions constantly going on about recitation classes, and each year, the student council comes up with compromising policies due to these complaints.