By Kim Ji-young
Ewha in Ewha won the 39th Students Government Association (SGA) presidential election held from November 22 to 24. Ewha in Ewha received 3,934 votes, from the total of 7,579 ballots cast. Yang Gyeong-eon (Korean Lang. & Lit., 3) was elected as president and Kim Su-hee (Special Education, 3) as vice president of the SGA 2007. The opposing party Beginning Ewha consisting of presidential candidate Kim Seo-young (Life Sciences, 3) and vice presidential candidate Kim Ha-young (Voice, 3) earned 3,532 votes.
The newly elected SGA President Yang Gyeong-eon says, “I am so pleased to be selected as the 39th president. However, at the same time, I also feel huge responsibility to fulfill the needs and wishes of those who didn’t vote for us, since the gap between Beginning Ewha and us was very small. We’ll try our best to make Ewha fun and pleasant to study and come around.” Ewha in Ewha proposed making connections with other universities’ SGAs to lower tuition, abolishment of student disciplinary regulations, allocating more spaces to Ewha student when arranging spaces in ECC, installment of more facilities for the disabled on campus and in ECC, and better welfare for students in general. Ewha in Ewha also brought up plans for “no class for students monthly” and opposition to commercialization around Ewha. To put the campaign pledges into practical action, Ewha in Ewha proposed to make “Dongdong in Ewha,” which is an organization consisting of Ewha students who wish to actively participate in improving various problems around Ewha.
Vice President-elect Kim Su-hee says, “Some students questioned about the possibility of accomplishing all of our many pledges. We should indeed try to find ways to accomplish all our pledges. However, the importance of our various pledges lies in knowing that there are still numerous parts and places which need improvement in Ewha. And even if we couldn’t finish carrying out all of the problems we found, those problems we suggested could be solved in the future, which is really very meaningful.”
The election had to be prolonged for a day, due to low participation (about 42% percent of the students voted for the first two days). More than 50 percent of the total number of enrolled undergraduate students must participate in the election for it to be approved.