On December 4, a notice on KaDaeJeon was posted by sophomore Jong-Yeong Jung from the Department of Chemistry regarding a petition to construct a faster path from the west-side dormitories, especially Heemang and Dasom (W4), to the main road on campus. As of December 9, the petition is still available via the original KaDaJeon post.
In the post, Jung explained that many students are reluctant to be assigned to the west dorms, as those who live there are faced with having to go around the hill (Eoeundong-san) when commuting from their dorms to the east-side of the campus, where most classes are held.
Originally, on November 25, Jung proposed the construction of a mountain road or tunnel to connect the west-side dorms and the main road to the director of the Global Leadership Center (GLC). Although the suggestion was met positively, and passed onto President Sung-Chul Shin and the Administration Team, Jung later received the response that the tunnel would be too costly to justify its construction (around 7-10 billion KRW). Thus, he created a new petition regarding the construction of a path that connects the west-side dorms and the main road.
The director of the GLC stated that if the petition received a significant number of responses, it would be forwarded to the Associate Vice President of Administration, Ki-Han Kim, so the proposal can be officially recognized by next spring.
In the KaDaeJeon post, Jung noted that in order for students to actually use the road if it was created, specific requirements should also be recognized, such as being bicycle-friendly.
While the post was met positively, garnering over 300 likes and receiving 200 responses in just 2 hours, students expressed concerns about the practicality of a path over the hill. Due to the steep slope, it is questionable whether students would actually find it easier to go over rather than around. Additionally, safety concerns related to the use of bicycles would have to be addressed. If the road were to be made bicycle-safe, then the necessary constructions could damage the surrounding ecosystem.
Although the petition’s proposal shows great potential to improve the lives of students on campus, it appears that official discussions regarding the details must be conducted to prevent potential impracticality and negative effects on the hill’s environment.