▲ Statement from the Head of KU Cheerleaders. Provided by KU Cheerleaders Official Facebook page.
On May 26, head of the Korea University (KU) Cheerleaders, Lee Heung Seok (’14, Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering) uploaded an apology on the overall management of the KU’s May Festival, Ipselenti—Jiya Hamsung, on the KU cheerleaders official Facebook page.
Negative comments about KU Cheerleaders were spotted from online KU communities. Criticisms were mainly focused on the overall event management, from ticketing process to the lineups, pointing out the ineffective and vague usage of finance. In comparison to last year, the ticket price has risen from 11,000 won to 13,000 won, raising students’ expectations for Ipselenti. Thus, numerous KU online communities were flooded with students bargaining for tickets, which sold out quickly. This ticket shortage had led to conflicts and adjustments during the ticketing process.
After dynamic preparation, Ipselenti was held on May 25, but the results were not satisfactory as well. According to one comment from KU online community, there were less electronic displays and equipment than last year. Despite the increased financial input for the event, many students expressed disappointment in Ipselenti, which has failed to persuade the students that their money was solely used to hold a better festival. Students were naturally led to strongly question the usage of money and eventually required KU Cheerleaders for official clarification.
In response, head cheerleader Lee first apologized for their inefficient finance management and incompetent event execution. He claimed that they will disclose detailed account records through the official manifesto of KU Cheerleaders. Moreover, as requested by numerous KU students, a public hearing is also planned to be held. Both students and KU Cheerleaders are humbly waiting for the meeting.