[Op-ed] A Different University Culture
Ban on selling alcohol at school festivals
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From the 23rd to the 25th of May, Hanyang University's (HYU's) spring festival Rachios: Bisang successfully took place with a few major changes compared to previous years. Every university received an official document from the Ministry of Education regarding the sale of alcohol during school festivals. With diverse opinions on this issue, unique scenes were seen during the festival period.
On the 1st of May, the Ministry of Education sent an official document making reference to licensing laws. One that sells liquor without a seller's license could be imprisoned up to 3 years or be fined up to 30 million won, according to the Law of Punishment on Tax Criminals. Therefore, the ministry recommended all universities to cooperate with this law.
As a result, no one sold alcohol on campus but instead allowed students to bring their own drinks and arranged numerous food trucks. Other schools provided free drinks when students bought food from their outdoor pubs or gave out free drinks when students paid for the the table. HYU had a preorganization with the convenience store in the subway station so that students could easily purchase alcohol as they wished. Consequently, the drinking culture during school festivals did not disappear. The difference was that the benefit of the selling went to the merchants nearby, instead of the students who held the pubs.
The students’ desire to sell alcohol was not for the purpose of an individual’s profit, but to be used for all students in the major. However, in the name of a healthy university culture, the same amount of money was transferred to the owners of stores nearby. Instead of unilateral oppression, an explanation and a mutual agreement that everyone could understand should have been made. Festivals are held every semester, and therefore the Ministry of Education and all students should both strive for better procedures to reach for a healthy university culture.
On Jung-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by On Jung-yun
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