Before the autumnal tints overwhelm the hue of the leaves calling for their days to fall, the Student Government Association (SGA) is holding a sports festival that allows students to sweat on the final days of autumn 2008. On September 29, students will invite the rays of the summer heat and energy during their 12 hour-long sports day. Under the theme of “Basic Olympics,” which sounds similar to the “Beijing Olympics” held just a month before the sports festival, students will be hailed with sports activities that they can participate in and feel their hearts throb as they become the main players of each game.
The individual matches, which are matches that a student competes individually, will start from 10 a.m. The games prepared are smashing bricks, limbo game, a standing long jump game, a dart game, decibel (dB: a unit of measurement of sound) game, and so on. The games will take place in front of the Student Union Building.
In smashing bricks game, students are to crush 10 bricks that are made of plastics and the one who cracks the most will be given with an individual prize. Limbo game is done in a way that participants will be going under the limbo stick (the yardstick), which should be held up high enough so that participants can comfortably walk beneath it at the beginning of the game. When participants walk under the limbo stick, they should not bend over. They should only lean backward under the bar. As all participants walk under the limbo stick, the lower the stick is the higher the chances of the participant to win. In the standing long jump game, if students jump over a designated base line they will be granted with a small gift. A dart game is about hitting the highest score printed in a circle shaped board where the score goes high from the boundary to the core. In the decibel game, students are tested with how loud they shout out. The game would be called as “Stress Out,” because it good for students to emit out their stress accumulated through their studies and life issues by shouting out as loudly as they can.
The team matches will be held on the Ewha Sports Strip which is located right beside the main gate. Games include kickball, dodgeball, hurdle race, badminton, and tail chasing.
Kickball is compared with baseball in that it makes people to hit the ball rolling towards them by using their foot instead of hitting a ball thrown towards them by using a bat. Dodgeball game is hitting a person inside an arena to make them out. Although the kickball, dodgeball, and badminton are done in the same way as students generally know, hurdle race and tail chasing have their own rules. In the hurdle race, there are several missions to carry out in the midst of their running toward the final line. For instance, students are asked to give a piggyback to a student who wears a red t-shirt and hop for five times. After they successfully complete the mission, they are allowed to proceed. In tail chasing, if a group of students who make tails by putting arms around each other´s shoulders gets cut by the attack of another team or if the group gets caught up by another group the group gets lost in the game.
Rather than inviting celebrities to school festivals like other universities, Jeong So-oll (Korean Literature, 4) who is the chief of the Culture Planning Commission of the SGA has a different plan in mind.
“I wanted to organize events that students can act as main actors forming what they really wish to do by directly participating in the activities,” said Jeong.
Truly, the SGA has posted along the walls of several buildings inside school to gather inspirations for the fall festival. The words that students had scribbled on the board were reflected in the games, especially in the hurdle games.
Along with the sports activities, the SGA also devised other social activities for the students. “Self-government Activities Exhibition” is going to be held so that members of several clubs within Ewha can share their activities with fellow Ewha students. Besides, “Finding Rights for the Pre-laborers” will be held for students who had trouble during misleading internship programs to report on the harms that they went through. This program is also to give information to Ewha students who are pre-laborers preparing for their future careers about the troubles they may encounter.
At the end of the “Olympics,” the SGA is preparing for a gourd bursting event where Ewha students get a chance to throw golden pouches to a gourd-shaped box. The box with the wording marking the end of the festival has several miscellaneous treats such as candies, chocolates, and instant noodles inside.
SGA is also planning to give out prizes in many unique areas by finding people who have done a remarkable job during the games so as to boost students’ participation.