Small actions change Ewha: The Social Action Project
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Small actions change Ewha: The Social Action Project
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  • 승인 2009.06.01 16:02
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    With a total of nine teams taking Leadership Training II classes this semester, Ewha students are once more beginning to see signs and posters around campus urging them to help change some of the more annoying as parts of campus life.
    These posters are put up as part of the class’s Social Action Programs: projects where students take direct action to improve the lives of people around them. This semester’s projects support a two-line campaign on escalators at subway stations, work to improve the environment of Ewha Sarang (the coffee shop in the Ewha-POSCO Building), to share books, to understand and support multicultural families, to maintain a more healthy posture, to encourage student participation to defend Dokdo, to reduce the noise coming from high heels in reading rooms, to develop better toilet usage, and to encourage smiling.

    “Shall we do some Booking?” by C.U.B.E.
    The name of the team, C.U.B.E., stands for Communication, Understanding, Books, and Ewha. C.U.B.E. aims to promote active interaction among students by Booking. “Booking” doesn’t refer to making reservations or impromptu meetings in bars or nightclubs, but is the combination of the word, “book” and the suffix “ing” to mean a “continuous culture of reading books on campus”. C.U.B.E. felt the lack of an open place where students could contact each other to exchange books and took steps to provide such a place. 
    To build up the Booking movement in Ewha, C.U.B.E. now provides an on-line club at Cyworld (http://club.cyworld.com/bookingewha). The lists of books members are willing to lend are compiled into one book list under the name of Ewha. Students can search the list and arrange with each other. As the campaign is voluntary, the more students who participate in the Booking campaign, the more books will be available and the better the system will work.
    C.U.B.E. has also held off-line activities to promote its Booking campaign. The team members have advertised their campaign through posting slogans like “Shall we do some Booking?.” They have also donated 60 books to the Job Cafe in the Ewha Campus Complex (ECC). The books include textbooks for regular classes, contributed by the Ewha Press. Without having to buy all the materials they need for a class, students will be able to simply refer to the books at the Job Cafe on weekdays, beginning May 21.
    Although C.U.B.E. has been encouraged and praised by many students in response to their project, they say more participation is still needed. “Booking is basically about sharing books but it is not fully possible yet because only a few students have offered lists of books. I hope Ewha students will not feel bothered but will see our site as a useful way to interact,” said Lee Su-lim (Sociology, 4), the leader of C.U.B.E..
    To attract more students, C.U.B.E. held on-line events, including a quiz, from May 11 to 15 and a book review competition from May 16 to 24, both sponsored by the Ewha Press.
    
    “Decrescendo. Confidence without Noise.” by k.i.l.l Heel
   
    Have you seen a dramatic poster that says “k.i.l.l Heel” and shows a stiletto heel changed into a pistol? The poster represents the high heels which are the main cause of noise in silent reading rooms. As part of a campaign to reduce noise coming from high heels in reading rooms, the team k.i.l.l Heel is aimed at awakening students to the importance of basic etiquette in reading rooms.
    k.i.l.l Heel has posted posters on partition walls of toilets and bulletin boards around the reading rooms of the ECC, the Ewha Centennial Library, and the Student Union Building, where many students can see the slogans like “Slightly lift your heel.” The group also distributed small cards with the some slogans and advertised their campaign around campus on May 19. They say they will continue their activities until more students recognize the problem of noise caused by high heels in the reading rooms.
    “We have so far focused on making posters and cards to raise consciousness about the noise problem. From now on we will involve ourselves in other activities to make a change, like one-line campaign project in front of the elevators at the Ewha-POSCO Building did last semester,” said Heo Ye-lin (Human Movement Studies, 4), a member of k.i.l.l Heel. 
    “A germ says ‘Why do you keep avoiding me?’ ” by Clean & Cool 
Some students have perceived a change made by the efforts of the Clean & Cool participants. “One day, after seeing a slogan I have found myself closing the lid after using the toilet. My family, who did not directly see the information on the poster wouldn’t listen to my advice. Then I realized the power of that small paper posted by the SAP team,” said Kim Su-yeon (Social Sciences, 1).
    The Clean & Cool project is working to improve sanitation in the bathrooms at Ewha. The team has attached posters to partition walls of toilets and bulletin boards at the ECC and the Student Union Building that show three steps to take to use the toilets cleanly. The first step is to cover the lid of a pot after using it, as 500,000 germs on average bounce into the air when flushing the toilet. The second step is to tightly press the lever since some toilet bowls have low level of water pressure. The third step is to reopen the lid of the bowl so other people can use it.
    After working on the project until April 3, the team members gathered feedback about the campaign from acquaintances, bulletin boards on the Ewha portal site and Ewhaian websites, and graffiti on the paper posted on the walls of toilets. They realized that not many people were aware of the campaign, and that those who tried to follow the three steps have difficulty completing all of them. To further spread the campaign, they then started a teaser campaign posting the contents of student interviews about toilet usage on the bulletin boards of the Morris Hall, the ECC, the Ewha Centennial Library, the Ewha-POSCO Building, and the Student Union Building.
    The team also held a joint session with the Citizen’s Coalition for Restroom Culture, a civic group established in 1999 to promote a better restroom environment in Korea. Having received advice, Clean & Cool is planning to enlarge its scale of activities with cooperation from the civic group.
    Some students have perceived a change made by the efforts of the Clean & Cool participants. “One day, after seeing a slogan I have found myself closing the lid after using the toilet. My family, who did not directly see the information on the poster wouldn’t listen to my advice. Then I realized the power of that small paper posted by the SAP team,” said Kim Su-yeon (Social Sciences, 1).

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