▲ The president of the College of Engineering on the podium. Photographed by Choi Hyunbin.
Korea University Student Association (KUSA) held a rally demanding educational rights for students on April 7, 2017 in the People’s Square. The rally began on 1:30 P.M. with multiple colleges and their representatives present and continued until around 3 P.M. KUSA and individual colleges’ demands ranged from educational policy changes to quality-of-life (QOL) improvements such as reinstating the “drop policy” and improving course registration processes, respectively.
Initially, KUSA President Lee Seung Jun (‘11, Psychology) spoke about how the school administration had flouted their agreement on the Academic Affairs Committee. KUSA and the administration agreed to convene the first Academic Affairs meeting at least by late February, President Lee pointed out. According to him, however, the administration is continuing to hold off the first meeting with the excuse that the head of the office of student affairs had changed. Criticizing the administration’s spurious behavior, President Lee encouraged students to make a stand against the administration.
Throughout the rally, numerous groups performed for the students gathered at the People’s Square, including the Aegineung club Hanaldarae and the Department of Economics club Dolgaebaram. After the first batch of performances was over, the president of the College of Engineering addressed the problem with student welfare in KU. He discussed the buggy Blackboard system and the lack of space for bulletin boards around KU, advising students to pay heed to their right to better welfare services.
The president of the College of Education and the Business School talked about lecture quality and the injustice of tuition fees respectively. In particular, the president of the Business School criticized the school administration of exploiting the laboratory fees of students in the Science and Engineering Campus whose majors do not require laboratory experiments. Furthermore, he repeatedly mentioned the admission fee, calling for the administration to divulge its usage or otherwise eliminate it.
In the case of the president of the School of Media and Communication, she focused heavily on the lack of student housing. This is a continuation of the previous KUSA Star:zari’s projects, especially the Dotory Project. Echoing points made in the Dotory Project, the speaker lamented the lack of dormitory space for KU students and the archaic curfew imposed on the women’s dormitory. Afterward, KUSA led students toward the 4.18 Memorial Hall to deliver their demands to the administration.