Every week Lee Won-kyung (Media Studies, 3) has the same problem when she tries to organize a session for her video production club, Camcool.
She has to find an open time slot for a room that is shared by all nine clubs that belong to the Division of Media Studies.
“It is hard to reserve time,” Lee said. “Also, when going into the club room, it feels as if it is a room for all the students in the Division of Media Studies, not only for our club.”
Like Camcool, other department-affiliated clubs are not allocated individual rooms because department buildings lack space. Clubs that share rooms have a hard time borrowing rooms in other buildings, arranging meeting times and finding space to store their equipment.
One Division of International Studies club has the same problem as Camcool. Lee Mi-jung (International Studies, 2), president of Rize, the Division of International Studies’ dance club, had trouble finding a room to hold the club’s annual audition in March. All year, the team has to book a dance room in the Student Union Building since the room in the International Education Building, shared among eight other clubs, is too small for the dance team to practice. But because the dance room is shared by all of Ewha’s dance clubs, the competition is even fiercer.
“Since the two available dance rooms in the Student Union Building were already booked in March, we ended up delaying the audition,” said Lee.
The Ewha-Public Administration Society (E-PAS) of the College of Social Sciences also has trouble communicating with club members because it lacks an autonomous club room.
"As E-PAS is a scholarly society, it is essential for us to share and exchange our opinions, in addition to the regular weekly meetings," said Park Se-eun (Public Administration, 3), member of E-PAS.
Storage is another problem students face. Clubs like E-PAS have no place to keep their discussion materials after each week’s session. “There are limits to how much data each individual student can store themselves,” Park said.
Lee, the president of Camcool, said her club’s members can store materials like tapes or video cameras in the club room but there is no space for big equipment and some supplies.
To help International Studies students, Scranton College opened three extra rooms in the International Education Building to clubs - 1202-2, 1202-1, and 1401. However, rooms 1202-1 and 1401 are only available when there is no class in those rooms. The college is trying to make more rooms in the International Education Building available, said Myung Ok-hee, a Scranton College staff member.
College of Social Sciences, on the other hand,) lacks enough rooms for even teachers, much less clubs.
“It is unrealistic to get individual clubs rooms for now,” said Professor Namkung Gon (Politics and Diplomacy), the head of the College of Social Science. Lee, president of Camcool, said she hoped at least for more storage space.