The Launch of 2019 Student Organizations
Different formations and different stories
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The student organizations of Hanyang University have been newly launched, alongside the beginning of the new year. Made up of a total of 12 colleges and 4 divisions, all student organizations on the Seoul Campus have been launched in various forms. The school's student body was elected in the form of an Emergency Planning Committee similar to last year (click to read about last year's EPC), headed by Shin Dong-myeong (Department of Policy, 3rd year), the current president of the College of Policy Science. Four representatives, including Shin, gathered in order to share the background of the constitution of each organization: Pyo Young-eun (Department of Applied Art Education, 3rd year), Heo Yoon-seong (Department of Life Science, 4th year), and On Jung-yun (Division of International Studies, 3rd year).
The formation of the Emergency Planning Committee
With the formal School Student Council failing to launch this year due to the short turnout of voters, an Emergency Planning Committee had to be, once again, formed following last year. As stated in the school regulations, the vacancy of an elected school president had to be filled by one of the college and division presidents. Elected by a mutual vote among the college and division presidents, Shin was elected as the head of the 47th Emergency Planning Committee with a term until the by-election, which is planned to be held around the end of this March.
According to Shin, his main role as the head of the Emergency Planning Committee is to successfully hold the planned by-election, full-scale meetings of student representatives, tuition-deliberation committee, and executive training practice. As Shin does not have the legitimacy that the original school president has, not being elected through a full election, he stated that he would focus on the most basic and crucial issues, rather than spreading oneself too thin. Shin also showed his hopes towards a prepared candidate running for the upcoming by-election, while giving his apologies to the students of the College of Policy Science due to his negligence of duties of his original position as the college president.
College of Education
The College of Education also had to form an Emergency Planning Committee this year due to the originally elected candidates receding. Pyo, the president of the Department of Applied Art Education, was elected as the head of the committee through a mutual election between the presidents of the six departments that consists the college. As the head of committee, Pyo has been put in a position where she has to lead the college until the by-election, which will be held in March. Currently, her largest role is successfully holding the college’s ‘Orientation for new students ('saeteo’ in Korean).’
It was only after taking the position of the head of the Emergency Planning Committee that Pyo was able to learn the importance of a representative student organization. She explained that the existence of an actual organization that speaks for the students makes a great difference for the actual welfare that they receive during their school life. “Although elected through a mutual election, I will do my full responsibility as the head of the committee, making the vacancy of president unfelt by students of the College of Education,” maintained Pyo.
College of Natural Sciences
Due to the College of Natural Sciences having to form an Emergency Planning Committee for two successive years, the college formed a Construction Preparation Committee this year, under the judgement that an official student council would be hard to form if an Emergency Planning Committee was formed for a long period. Heo became the head of the committee with future plans for running for president of the college student council during the by-election in March. According to Heo, the following two are of his top priority: successfully setting down an official student council within the college and recovering the lost trust and welfare students.
As for future plans, Heo is planning to organize various programs that meet the needs of the college students, such as book sharing and mentoring programs. Having the main task of setting down an official student council, Heo asserted the responsibility he has as the head of committee. “I believe that I am in an important transitional situation in the College of Natural Sciences. Above all, I will put the recovery of trust between the students and student council as the most prioritized task as both the head of committee and president if I am elected as president through the by-election,” stated Heo.
Division of International Studies
The Division of the International Studies (DIS) is one of the colleges and divisions to have an officially elected student council. Having worked for the division student council for the past two years, On decided to run for president with the thought of returning the help that she has received during her past school years. Fully aware of the heavy responsibility that the position requires, On stated that she will do her best in making a comfortable environment for the students of the DIS. On also shared her thoughts upon the position of the student council as an organization that not only represents but also helps lead the student-made culture.
As for more detailed plans, On is planning to provide an environment in which the students of the DIS can more freely share and pursue their various career paths. A good example would be changing the original Career Development course into one that matches the requirements of students and organizing various study groups or extracurricular activities. She also mentioned how the International Building is currently shared by various students and, thus, needs to make a notice board for the DIS students that would help them become updated with important information. As the president of the DIS, On shared her hopes towards making a division that the students have a sense of belonging and can be fully proud of.
Although the four students are all put in different situations, there is no doubt that they are all taking the full responsibility of their current positions. They also all agreed upon the importance of a fully operative student organization that speaks for the students and helps provide them with a more colorful school life. With each and every student organization working for the enhanced benefits of the students of Hanyang, all four showed their determination towards fulfilling their tasks as a representative of each division.
Choi Seo-yong email@example.com
Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
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