With the arrival of fall, colleges held their own festivals by running booths and providing various events. In the fourth week of September, three different colleges, ELTEC College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and College of Education, each held their own festival.
Meondongje: ELTEC College of Engineering
“Meon” meaning far away in Korean, Meondongje got its name from being located far away from the other buildings of the school. The theme of the festival for this year was “the rainbow”and lasted for three days from Sept. 24,
The vice dean of the college talked about this year’s theme of Meondongje at the opening ceremony.
“We have 10 different majors at the college,” said Park Ji-hyung, the vice dean of ELTEC College of Engineering. “I hope majors can all shine with their own bright colors just like the rainbow and cooperate with one another.”
After his opening speech, the annual bibimbap mixing event started and students lined up to receive the mixed rice.
A total of 10 different booths opened during the festival, in which five were run by student councils of different majors. Each council sold different snacks like hotdogs and coffee-flavored iced teas.
Students enjoyed themselves by playing bingo, taking selfies at photo zones and writing wishes on a wish tree.
“It was intriguing to see wishes written in rainbow colors,” said Moon Ji-ho, a freshman majoring Electronic and Electrical Engineering. “Hoping everyone’s wishes come true, I also jotted down my wish.”
Girinje: College of Liberal Arts
“Girin” in Girinje means giraffe in Korean. The festival’s name includes the word giraffe as it is the animal symbolizing College of Liberal Arts. The festival had events such as a treasure hunt looking for hidden notes, a writing contest and a movie night.
For the treasure hunt, students had to find notes scattered around Hak-gwan, where most classes of the college take place. Prizes such as an iPad and gift cards were handed out.
One difference among the events was that the writing contest also received optional photos along with the writing pieces. Also, the movie “Inside Out” was shown outdoors at the movie night, where popcorn was given for free for those who registered beforehand.
On the grass in front of Hak-gwan, there were pinwheels of various colors. The student council also took polaroid pictures in front of those pinwheels for students who wished. Furthermore, there was a trampoline set up near Hak-gwan, open only for liberal arts students.
“I had great fun taking pictures in front of the pinwheels,” said Choi Ju-hye, a sophomore majoring English Language and Literature. “It was also exciting to jump on the trampoline as I felt like an elementary schooler.”
Beonnimne: College of Education
Starting from Sept. 24, College of Education ran its booths and programs for two days. The student council of the college, Korean Language Education and Social Studies Education participated in the festival.
Members of College of Education student council walked up to students passing by their booth and did rock paper scissors. If students won the members, they were given a candy. The student council also sold tote bags and stickers.
Social Studies Education also ran a booth which asks visitors to answer quizes after looking at a picture related to history, geography or social studies. Next to the booth was Korean Language Education student council providing three different programs.
As one of the programs, Korean Language Education asked three different questions about guessing the writer, the title of a poem, and a Korean proverb. Based on the number of questions answered correctly, up to three presents were given.
Hong Jae-hee, a freshman from the student council of Korean Language and Literature, explained how they prepared the festival.
“We were thinking about whether we should participate or not and eventually decided to run a booth,” Hong said. “We divided up into three teams and designed the goods we sold by ourselves. We all worked hard together.”