Student Council fails students’ trust
Student Council fails students’ trust
  • Kim Yun-young, Shin Hyo-jae
  • 승인 2018.05.27 12:29
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Students’ dissatisfaction with the 50th Student Council of Ewha, E;ffect is higher than ever after Daedong Festival, the largest school festival of the year. The most anticipated part of the school festival is the many student booths that sell variety of delicious food. Although these booths were traditionally dominated by official student clubs, E;ffect faced harsh criticism when they allocated so much booths to individual student sellers that the clubs could not participate in the festival. Yet, booth allocation was merely the tip of the iceberg that the Student Council faced during the 2018 spring semester. The biggest criticism the Student Council faced involves the student Me Too movement in Ewha in March. To express the student solidarity against the sexual harassment allegations against the professors in the College of Music and College of Arts & Design, students had joined together with purple balloons and phone lights and marched the campus. However, the path of the march perfectly matched with the path that the students took when they were demanding the resignation of then-president of Ewha, Choi Kyung-hee in 2016 for corruption. Although months of protests and sit-ins were achieved by anonymous volunteer students who took rotations to take charge, the school officials and the police had wildly searched for the leader of the protests which left numerous students with trauma to this day. Students thus criticized the student council’s decision to carry out the march, which for many students is a painful reminder of the 2016 incident. “I appreciate the Student Council for stepping in where it needs be and I do believe they’ve done a lot for the school,” said Lee In-hye, a junior majoring in Communication & Media. “However, the march was proceeded in a matter that triggered students with trauma. I understand that the methodology a n d t h e d i r e c t i o n o f s o c i a l movement cannot satisfy everyone. I only hope that they’ll treat things more cautiously in their remaining term.” Regarding the most recent involvement of the Student Council in school events, they used firstcome-first-served system to allocate the limited booths to many people. For most clubs, the festival preparation enables club members to bond together and earns the largest profit for their future activities. Although the competition to win a booth in the best location was always fierce, many were especially shocked to find out that the clubs failed procure a booth at all. One of the disappointed groups were Ewhaus, also known as Ewha HABITAT, the official school club which specializes in construction volunteer. The club had come up with a unique, unprecedented item to sell during the last year’s Daedong Festival. Their food, which scooped ice cream on top of a homemade brownie, was a huge hit and all Ewhaus members were ready for a much anticipated come back this year. “No one even considered the possibility that Ewhaus wouldn’t get a booth for Daedong Festival,” said Lee Ji-hoo, a sophomore majoring in Architecture. “We did have a bake sale planned the week before so we quickly changed the specific plans for the event since it became clear that there’ll be a huge blank during the festival period.” Students then noticed that there were many individual sellers, who weren’t even using the booths to sell their products, but rather, to distribute the goods they had sold with prepayments. “We regret that the problem arose when we didn’t check the booth application system thoroughly enough, but rather, followed the same system that was previously used every year,” stated E;ffect in their apology letter. The official apology was released with a full list of names and the time of the booth applicants. E;ffect also devised a regulation to minimize the small-scaled booths focused on distributing good to ensure that the booths are run according to the original purpose of selling. “We’ve recommended that two teams each with five or less people to share a booth,” stated the Student Council notice. “It’s been decided that teams under five are more likely to be distributing the prepaid goods, rather than selling.” The announcement further included changes in the security deposit of the booths to prevent any booths being empty by increasing it from 30,000 won for three days to 90,000. Instead they allowed modifications in the sale dates for the booths and reallocated the vacancies. With only a month left until the end of a spring semester, students hope that the Student Council would be more considerate in their remaining terms.

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