Student Government Association holds week of collective action
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Student Government Association holds week of collective action
  • Lee Min-jeong
  • 승인 2012.09.30 14:34
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The Student Government Association (SGA) held the “I Wish” week as a collective action with 11 student councils from each of the colleges and the United Committee of Student Clubs from Sept. 24 to 27.The student representatives held events requesting the school to respond to the four demands that were initially made last semester, including tuition cuts, students’ autonomy, education and welfare from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in front of the Main Gate.Ninety-five student representatives out of 105 members who attended the General Assembly held on Sept. 12 agreed to hold a week of collective action.During the meeting, the four grand demands were determined as the impending problems faced by Ewha students.The original petition addressing these concerns was made to the school last semester, but the demands remain unsolved. Therefore, the week of collective action was planned as an extension of a sit-in protest, a protest held in April claiming for the school to respond to students’ demand by setting up a tent.“Student representatives have continuously struggled for our right for education concerning the four demands since last semester,” Jung Na-wee (Sociology, 4), the president of SGA said.Taking into consideration the importance of requirements that differ slightly from college to college, representatives took part in different events that varied everyday during the week of collective action.During the three days, notes about students’ opinions regarding issues which require improvement were made everyday.The themes of the events were “I Wish, the day of students’ autonomy, tuition cuts and education, and welfare.”Student representatives from the College of Social Sciences, College of Education, College of Pharmacy, Scranton College and United Committee of Student Clubs opened a marketplace selling rice cake and egg skewers at the first floor of the Student Union Building on the first day.The College of Music, College of Art & Design, and College of Business Administration hosted the event on the second day under the theme of tuition issue.“I thought students received less support from the school compared with the high tution fees they pay for the College of Art & Design,” Song Hyoung-sook (Fiber Arts, 3) said. “Therefore, I participated to provide support to my department’s issues as a member of the student council.”The College of Health Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences and College of Liberal Arts participated on Sept. 26 by preparing pine boards to be smashed by students, with the notes placed on the top as a frustration relief.On the last day, the SGA requested an interview with the Ewha President Kim Sun-uk, and the head of the Office of Student Affairs in front of the Main Gate while taking a polaroid photo of students holding their notes. However, President Kim and the head of the Office of Student Affairs replied that they will not have an interview with the SGA.“The week of collective action provided me a chance to feel the urgent need of meeting the students’ demands,” Jung said. “The event was also meaningful in terms of publicizing the issue on campus.”

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