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2017-11 13

[Student]Giving Motivation to Live

On the 18th to the 20th of October, a symposium was held by The Korean Society for Preventive Medicine. Four teams who passed the preliminary rounds were given a session to present their research in the Grand Hotel in Haeundae, Busan. Five students, Cho Seung-won (Medicine, 2nd year), Moon Seong-geun (Medicine, 2nd year), Lee Woo-yeon (Medicine, 1st year), Jin Yoo-hyeon (Medicine, 1st year) and Shin Ji-sook (Medicine, 1st year), proudly won the third prize in this symposium, with research named ‘Factors Affecting Suicidal Ideation of Univeristy Students: Based on a comparison to Their Non-University-Attending Peers‘. News H met three of these students- Cho, Lee and Jin- in a quiet café, early in the morning, to hear more about their unique experience. Contrary to the graveness of their paper, they brightened up the whole cafe during the interview. Enthusiasm combined in a single paper Almost all of the university students who major in medical science go through a subject named "preventive medicine". In order to study this subject, they use textbooks made by The Korean Society for Preventive Medicine. This society, therefore, holds a symposium every year with a purpose to return their profits to the students. This year, the 70th symposium was held with a theme of ‘From cure to prevention of illness, a paradigm shift of national health promotion fund strategy’. Various university students form teams and submit papers related to the topic, and only four teams receive a chance to present their research on the spot. The team consisting of five Hanyangians received this chance and explained their paper on the suicides of the 20’s, which was an area where a lot of research has been lacking. “We first met each other in a suicide prevention club made for students in Seoul majoring in medical science,” reminisced Cho. They visited mental health centers to help those in need and persistently studied these areas. This gave them the motivation to participate in this symposium together. They were so enthusiastic in their research that they devoted the majority of their vacation into their research. Although Hanyangians majoring in medicine only have three to five weeks of vacation, this team met constantly for two weeks to proceed their research. They studied the factors of the 20’s suicides by analyzing statistics by themselves. As a result of their diligent effort, they could present unique research and also receive a great outcome. Cho gave a great presentation that led to a successful result. (Photo courtesy of Lee) The 20’s suicides: out of the government’s picture Their paper did not have an easy theme to proceed with. There had been a lot of research on the reasons of suicides in various ages groups such as teenagers and the elderly. However, this team found out that there was not enough information on the people who just stepped into the society. The ‘adult’ category defined by the government contained ages from the 20’s to the 40’s, and these Hanyangians felt that this category couldn’t fully explain the reasons for 20’s suicides. Throughout their research, they concentrated on the difference between the people who entered university and the people who didn’t. Even within the same age group, the students were concerned the two parties would have different thoughts as they go through vastly different experiences, such as jobs or personal relationships. They, therefore, analyzed the social survey of the National Statistical Office. “We made an exemption on all of those who had any experience in a university. We, therefore, had four different groups: by their gender and their experience in university,” commented Lee. They came to a conclusion that there was a visible difference between these groups on the ratio of people who had ever thought about suicide. “Females who didn’t go to university ranked the highest percentage for suicidal thinking at 11 percent, while men who went to university ranked the lowest at 3.5 percent,” explained Lee. As proud Hanyangians After their symposium, they are now making a brief plan for their follow-up study. Jin explained, “We are curious if this difference we found had the same traits in the past. This party itself has not been focused on in previous studies, so we are just making an abstract frame.” They, indeed, are busy students studying medicine, but they still find a way out to pursue what they want. “Me and Yoo-hyeon also participate in a book club, and all of us try to attend all seminars associated with preventive medicine. It might look tough, but it’s simply something we do to relieve our academic stress,” chuckled Lee. "We wish the prejudice on mental health clinics could change over time." They seemed confident and enthusiastic in their field of research throughout the whole interview. However, they also had their deep, personal concerns. “As I started this research, I felt uncertain if I could practically represent those facing hardships. Generally, most students in our major live a fortunate life with less economic concerns. We, sometimes, feel the burden that we might not be able to estimate their situations as much. I just want to let other people know that there are still people like us who truly care about them,” commented Cho. These students will continue working for their own goals, and they will succeed in motivating others to live. On Jung-yun jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2017-10 23

[Student]Hanyang's Volleyball Player Stepping Up into the Pro Game

The 2017-18 season V League successfully started its first game on October 14th. The Skywalkers, the team of Hyundai Capital, also started off with a victory. In this sky-rocketing team, rookies were selected through a draft on the 25th of September, enjoying their first victory as a professional. Hong Min-gi (Division of Sports and Well-being, 5th year, the ERICA Campus), was selected by the Skywalkers as a center this day and is now living his life as a professional volleyball player. From Hanyang to Skywalkers Most players start their life as a professional through the draft. Seven pro volleyball teams in Korea pick their new team members in order, by placing a player’s name from the board to their own team’s board. Once the players are of age, they can freely participate in the draft according to their own will. “All players are extremely nervous during this process. Most of them look pale since this decides their life as a professional,” reminisced Hong. In this state of tension, Hong was proudly selected in the first round, by the Skywalkers, for his noticeable skills in blocking. He also added, “It still feels like I’m dreaming. My head is full of volleyball 24 hours these days.” Hong explaining his draft day experience Hong, now, stays together in the ‘Castle of Skywalkers’, a base camp in Cheon-an with his team members for training. As a rookie, he had to fit into a whole new environment with new people. “The team generally has a free atmosphere. I did feel afraid of the training before I entered the Skywalkers. However, after personally experiencing it, I realized I am training in a more effective way,” said Hong. It has not been long since the season started, so he explained that he is currently doing his best to blend well into the group. He constantly showed gratitude to his team members who helped him feel comfortable in a new environment. Hong also reminisced about his life in Hanyang University’s volleyball team. Hanyang University has been constantly participating in the universities’ volleyball leagues and is showing fine grades. 16 students participate in the volleyball team, and they practice enthusiastically. “It is definitely an outstanding team. Most players have talent, making the team expect development every day,” explained Hong. However, he also explained about his hardships. Since his major had classes on the ERICA campus, he and other students had to travel to the Seoul campus after classes ended. He remembered, “We had to put extra care into our health since it was a harsh schedule. But it was truly worth it.” Pictures of Hong in Hanyang university and the Skywalkers. (Photo courtesy of Hong) Life of volleyball Hong's volleyball career is comparatively shorter than that of other players. He first started volleyball when he was in high school, even though he initially prepared for a sports major. “I had no interest in my studies, leaving me with no decent choice of universities. My parents, looking at me doing nothing, recommended me to at least find a thing I can do consistently. That’s how I started volleyball.” After he started volleyball, he found not only an interest but also talent in volleyball. He loved practicing volleyball and was fascinated by it. He realized he started it way later than others, and therefore devoted more hours into volleyball. He would come earlier than others, and practice movements he wasn’t good at. His effort eventually did give him a wonderful result. Hong’s life, however, wasn’t all that ideal. To sports players, their body condition is crucial. Especially when a lot of jumping is required, the cruciate ligaments of a knee plays an important role. During a match in university, his cruciate ligament was ruptured when he bumped into another player. Moreover, this fact did not cause a major problem. Hong reminisced, “I was too arrogant with my body when I wasn’t supposed to. My body recovered better than others, so I ignored the precautions and continued playing games.” His cruciate ligament therefore ruptured again in the same year and came to a point when the doctor suggested him to quit volleyball. “I deeply thought about what I can truly enjoy other than volleyball that whole day. However, I came to a conclusion there is nothing other than volleyball that makes me happy and enthusiastic. The next day, I told my mother in earnest I would give it one last try.” This incident became a turning point to Hong. He also explained the fears that came along with an injury. “It’s not the injury itself that’s most threatening. It’s not the fact you can’t perform as well. The most threatening part is that you start making an excuse for why you shouldn’t try your best. You start self-justifying yourself and that’s actually the very problem a lot of the players quit after their injuries.” After he overcame his injuries, he is now back up again showing what he has. When asked for his happiest moment in his volleyball life, he didn’t pick a particular incident. “I am happy every single moment I play volleyball. I now have a job of what I like the most. Why should I have a particular moment?” smiled Hong. "I love every moment I play volleyball." Now, as a professional volleyball player, he is planning to do his best again in his status. “Most volleyball players wish to become a member of the national team, and that’s my final dream as well. It’s definitely not easy, but I want to be able to play games with the Taegeuk mark on my chest,” wished Hong. As he explained that volleyball is not a game that is decided by the individual abilities, he elucidated, "it is a sport with the power of unity that is the most emphasized since players have to sacrifice themselves for a better attack." He promised, “As a rookie, I want to show my liveliness and passion for the Skywalkers. I wish to be a player who can excel while fitting well into the team.” On Jung-yun jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Park young-min

2017-10 16

[Student]Hanyangian Ballerina Blossoms Korean Dream on World Stage

There is an old saying that “ballet is like dreaming on your feet.” Kim Min-ah (Dance and Well-being, the ERICA campus, 4th year) has recently become the dream of South Korea, as she won the 2016 IDO World Ballet and Modern Jazz Championship. It was the first time in history that an Asian ballerina has taken the crown of the IDO (International Dance Organization). Currently, Kim received an Invitation to perform at the IDO World Gala (social occasion with special performances) in Poland. News H met Kim to hear her stories on the life-long desire for contemporary ballet and further hopes to achieve. Kim is last year's winner of the IDO World Ballet and Modern Jazz Championship. Destined dream of ballet It was in her third grade in elementary school that Kim first became intimate with dance. “All of my school friends were learning jazz dance at the moment. So I followed the trend and joined the club,” laughed Kim. After learning jazz dance for three years, Kim was informed about the beauty of ballet. “Even though I was learning and studying ballet, I felt like I was playing and dancing to the music with joy. That is when I thought ballet might be my destiny,” explained Kim. Kim was a gifted child with artistic talents. From music and dancing to art, Kim had tried out a variety of artistic subjects. However, the one that always interested Kim was ballet. “All the other subjects bored me out, except for one--ballet. Since ballet costs a lot for lessons, I decided that this would be my goal to dedicate all my passion into for good,” said Kim. Kim's performance at the IDO 2016 (Video courtesy of IDO) Kim is now majoring in contemporary ballet which is a genre that incorporates both classic ballet and modern dance. Expressing emotions that Kim felt in certain experiences or events often becomes the main theme of the performance. Usually, the choreographer sets specific dance movements to the music. However, the three minute long gala performance is choreographed by Kim herself. “The piece that I will perform at the gala is about the Syrian refuge crisis. The picture of a small child bleeding in the midst of war inspired me to perform the dance,” said Kim. Hopes to popularize ballet Despite her young age, Kim has numerous magnificent, grand titles such as ‘first in South Korea’ or ‘first Asian winner.’ However, with her family and friends rooting for her, Kim is not afraid of the pressure. “When I feel down, I try to walk around the city and empty my thoughts. After reminding myself of how important ballet is to me, and how everyone I cherish cheers for me, I can return to my original position and continue practicing,” said Kim. The biggest motivation of Kim to pour more ardor into ballet comes from the improvement of her dance. “When I see myself improving through video clips, I feel more energetic and passionate,” explained Kim. However, Kim is also worried that contemporary ballet is not popular among the public, and she feels the duty to convey the beauty of ballet to people. “I think it is also my responsibility to excel at all ballet contests so that I can let more Koreans to be aware of the beauty in it,” smiled Kim. "Improvement makes me more passionate, and passion leads to greater development." As a senior at Hanyang University (HYU), Kim is now preparing for a new path for her future. Her current dream is entering a dance company abroad to learn more on ballet in depth. “I was the fortunate girl to find my talents at a young age. I hope all of my fellow friends at HYU will also find the right path and feel the joy in it!” Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Park Young-min

2017-10 15

[Student]Winners of 2017 International Robot Contest

Held annually in the Korea International Exhibition and Convention Center (KINTEX), the International Robot Contest (IRC) is the largest robotic event in Korea. In October of 2017, IRC once again welcomed contestants from various countries such as Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Of several categories of the contest, the gold prize winner of the TurtleBot Auto Race area is the team Real Bapdodook (rice thief), consisting of four students from the Department of Robotics: Jung Hyun-cheol (3rd year), Lee Do-gyu (2nd year), Cho Min-soo (3rd year) and Jung Min-jae (3rd year). Real Bapdodook's gold prize (on the left) and their finished product Ganjang-gae-jang (on the right) (Photo courtesy of Real Bapdodook) Intense concentration as when eating “The Department of Robotics was established in 2013, and we are the first group of students to be admitted into the department. The contest let four of us to come together.” TurtleBot is a robot with open-source software, which is the main item used for the event. All four students were highly interested in it, which became a main motive for them to team up together. The name of the team seems quite unique to be a robotic contest entry. Rice thief, Bapdodook in Korean, is a term referring to food so delicious that it arouses an appetite to the point where one finishes a bowl of rice instantly. The members decided to name their team Real Bapdodook because when people are eating “rice thieves,” they concentrate on eating so much that they become silent. Similarly, the team wanted to focus their TurtleBot to the extent where they become wordless. Fittingly, the name of their robot is Ganjang-gaejang (soy sauce marinated crab), because the finished look of their work resembles the shape of a crab—soy sauce marinated crab is one type of Korean food considered to be a bapdodook. “We decided to participate in the contest because even though it had been three years since we entered the department, we had not really had any opportunity to actually make robots or create an algorithm that goes along with it. With the desire to utilize what we have learned, we searched for robotic contests and came across the IRC TurtleBot Auto Race." Besides, they wanted to put robot operating system (ROS) into use and get a real-life lesson from experience. From left to right: Jung Min-jae, Jung Hyun-cheol, Cho Min-soo, and Lee Do-gyu. (Photo courtesy of Real Bapdodook) The gold mine of efforts “By the time we finished preparing for the contest, we wished to have some extra days of breaks, but the new semester greeted us.” Preparing for the contest throughout their entire summer break, there were largely three impasses the team had to jump over. First and the most difficult barrier was studying ROS (coding system of communication among sensors of the robot). Since TurtleBot was an ROS-based device, not knowing it will make it impossible to start the project. The team had no helping hand to tutor them with the equipment, so they started from scratch by studying with online materials. Another barrier was assembling different parts. No matter how supreme a single part is, it is of no use if it does not fit into the robot. From finding out how an equipment works to figuring out how to harmonize the whole system, there were piles of problems to solve. Lastly, “tuning” the robot to the course of the contest field was a big issue. In order to make the robot run perfectly on its own, this step was essential. This step took the longest because there was simply no other way than to test with trial and error. The track of TurtleBot Auto Race. (Photo courtesy of Real Bapdodook) “Hard work pays off” is what the team said after going through long, exhausting periods of preparation and finally tasting victory. Ganjang-gaejang was outstanding in its speed and stability, but it was especially praised for staying close to the basic, provided materials. While other teams dismantled the TurtleBot and added additional parts that costed much, Real Bapdodook focused on maximizing the efficiency with what was given, proving that winning requires no fancy accessories. The contest offered no cash prize but an upgrade of the TurtleBot, which the team is willing to use for the department’s ROS education. Ganjang-gaejang was excellent in line-tracing as well, which was a crucial factor in making it the winner. From discerning lights, signs, and barricade to safely passing tunnels, the team’s robot successfully completed the given missions. Finishing the track with impressive line-tracing at a speed faster than other teams, the team Real Bapdodook proved its competency. Looking forward to participating in more robotic contests in the future, the members are proudly holding the gold prize in their hands. (Photo courtesy of Real Bapdodook) Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-10 02

[Student]A Donor and a Champion

“A lot of people say I am already successful, and they congratulate me for my achievements. However, I only think this is the beginning,” remarked Won Doo-jae (Sports and Well-being, 2nd year). Won is the key player of Hanyang’s soccer team and one of the members of the national team, U-18 and U-19. In the summer of 2017, he has also joined the J2 League’s Avispa Fukuoka team, proving his competence. On top of his achievements, Won has made headlines because he has donated one hundred million won to Hanyang University (HYU), claiming that Hanyang is the place of his growth. Ups and downs As everything starts small and trivial, Won’s interest in soccer first sprouted when he was in elementary school. First regarding soccer as his hobby and the subject of his special activity club at school, he stepped into what later became his career path, unknowingly. Entering middle school is when he was determined that he wanted to be engaged in soccer professionally, deeply consulting his parents about his decision for the first time. This led him to enter a middle school that had a soccer team and that provided him the opportunity to receive lessons and training. This continued throughout his high school days. By the end of his high school years, Won was put on the brink of going through a surgery due to his sports hernia (a symptom in the pubis are common to sports players). It was the time he was about to join the national representative’s team, so Won was put in a serious dilemma. His desire to join the team, in the end, overpowered his necessity to go through the surgery. Enduring both pain and fear of his symptom, he says, “was the most difficult time for me so far.” He postponed his surgery to a future time by which his symptom was not only on the right side of his pubis but also on his left. Won's back number in the team Avispa Fukuoka is 6. (Photo courtesy of Sportal Korea) Climbing the long way and overcoming hardship, Won became who he is today. He recalled, “I would say my professional debut game was the most memorable game of all. The game was held in July of 2017 against Yamagata, the home team of the league. I was more excited than nervous because I went through so much harsh training.” Won is currently taking a year off due to his tight schedule of matches and training. He had the urge to become an official soccer player so enthusiastically that it became his priority over academics. “I guess soccer was a louder call,” chuckled Won. He is playing in the league in Japan now! Before matches, Won says he watches a lot of videos of soccer matches and listens to energizing music. Right before going to the match, he makes sounds with his hands to prevent himself from being too nervous. The secret to maintaining his stamina, according to Won, is running in the games, since soccer is a sport that involves a large field and the players incessantly run. “Participating in many games and going through training as a team beforehand helps to keep up my stamina.” During the game, however, he does not have the conscience to think about anything else but to focus on the game. "Untill I reach my full potential!" (second to the right on top) (Photo courtesy of Korea Football Association) Shoot goal to the next stage! “What I find attractive about soccer is its usage of the feet, perhaps the most difficult part of the body to handle, to maneuver the ball so freely,” remarked Won. Soccer is his passion, career, and life. He expressed his gratitude to all his coaches and especially to HYU. “Hanyang is the place of my growth” is what Won said when donating a hundred million won to the school. To elaborate, he described Hanyang as the place he grew up through activities and lessons. Just like he did in middle and high school, he met a great coach and received constructive advice and training that led him to become who he is. His times of acquiring skills and accumulating experience has surely seemed to pay off. “My achievements so far are the beginning of my life. I believe there is a long path lying in front of me, and I can do better, infinitely. To reach my full potential, I’m never stopping or giving up!” cheered Won. His goal is to become a better soccer player than he is today, nourishing his potential with his passion. He believes there is no stop to improving, which explains all his hard work and relentless effort to pave the path that lies ahead of him. "Hanyang is where I grew up." Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-09 26

[Student]Two Brave Hanyangians Saving Lives

Stepping into emergency situations requires a great deal of courage and training. This week, News H met two of the brave lions of Hanyang, Lee Mok-wang (Division of Sport Science, 3rd year) and Lee Beum-hee (Chinese Language & Literature, 1st year). Both students saved a man’s life by operating cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Lee Mok-wang is explaining the situation. Q1. Could you explain the situation when you found the patient? Beom-hee: I was on patrol in the Dongdaemun area with a police lieutenant as usual when a couple walking in front of us reported the patient. The man was laying on the ground and his body was stiff, breath being short. His eyes were flipped, so I immediately felt something was wrong with him. Mok-wang: An evening before Memorial Day, I went to Korea Integrated Freight Terminal for a one day part time job. While I was working, a man about five meters away from me collapsed while grabbing a bar. Nobody knew he was having cardiac arrest. We all just thought he was taking a break. I had my eyes on him because I felt something was going on. Then I realized his breath was abnormally rapid and deep. Q2. Why were you around the area? Beom-hee: I am serving as a tourist police, and a tourist policeperson patrols tourist attractions such as Dongdaemun, Myung-dong, and Hongdae in rotation. I have never seen a person passed out on the ground on my past patrols, though. Mok-wang: I was working in the terminal as a daily part timer. I was planning to donate the daily wage to the Ansan Shalom Welfare Center because I always wanted to share with people in need. I find it very lucky for someone who can perform CPR to be there at the moment to save a man’s life. Q3. What was the first thought that came into your mind? Beom-hee: To be honest, I was scared at first. I am a policeperson but I have never seen anyone like that. But the uniform gave me a big sense of responsibility. Q4. What were the people around you doing at the time? Beom-hee: The police lieutenant that I was accompanied with told me that we have to tilt the patient’s head to open the airway. That’s when we realized his head was bleeding. As there were no more people than us and the initial reporters, I asked them to call for the ambulance. But they were already calling. The couple explained the situation to the paramedic on the phone and told me what he said. Mok-wang: They were in a state of panic, not knowing what to do. I asked a person to call the ambulance while performing CPR. It took about 10 to 15 minutes for the ambulance to come. Lee Beum-hee is holding an award from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. (Photo courtesy of Lee) Q5. How long did you operate CPR? What thoughts did you have during the operation? Beom-hee: It took about four to five minutes, but I wasn't so sure. Performing CPR was harder than I thought because I had to put all my weight to my arms. During the operation, the patient’s wife and young daughter came and were crying. Looking at his family being so worried, I couldn’t stop. Mok-wang: I performed for about 10 to 15 minutes, and it was tiring. But, because I major in sports, I work our regularly, and I think it helped a lot. Q6. When did you know that the patient would be okay? Beon-hee: As I was performing CPR, right before the ambulance arrived, the patient’s eyes came back to a normal position, and he was able to breathe on his own. I could feel he was coming back. I was so relieved. Because for the past four minutes of operation, he did not move or react at all. I was also frantic at that time, but I still remembered hearing an old gentleman saying, ‘oh, he’s alive now.’ Q7. When did you learn how to perform CPR? Beom-hee: I learned CPR in the army recruits’ training center. I couldn’t remember everything I learned at the moment, but I did everything that I remembered. Mok-wang: I learned it for the first time when I entered the military in the army recruits’ training center. After I was discharged from the military, I had an opportunity to learn once again in school. (Left) Lee Mok-wang is delivering his daily wage to the Ansan Shalom Welfare Center. (Right) Lee recieved an achievement award from the Dean of College of Sports and Arts. Q8. Did you get in contact with the patient after they got better? Beom-hee: Unfortunately I didn't. About two weeks after the incident, I heard that he was a professor in Macau through a news article, so I tried to find his contact on the university homepage. However, I could not find him. I did ask for his contact in the hospital when I saw him for the last time, but his wife told me they don’t have any contact in Korea. Mok-wang: I did not personally get in touch with him, but I heard that he is living in a tough environment. I am not expecting any thanks because I did what I had to do. I just wish he gets well soon. Q9. Is there a thing you would like to mention to others? Beom-hee: I would like to say something to the people who will learn CPR in the future. You might wonder if you will ever perform CPR in your life, but unexpected things happen in life in unexpected moments. I recommend you teach CPR to your family members, as anyone can have cardiac arrest, even at home. Mok-wang: Please pay attention during the CPR education. Many people disregard the precious education and let it pass by. However, if you learn the operation properly, someday you will be able to handle emergency situations well. We need to be conscious that cardiac arrest can happen to your family and friends. "I was able to realize the weight of a uniform through this incident. I hope I can manage future emergency situations better and more calmly." Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo and Park Young-min

2017-09 10

[Student]Being the Eye For the Blind

Staring deep into the horizon, a man was sitting by the sea watching the waves splashing against the thirty-foot cliff. Although this is not a sentence with diverse adjectives, people who have been to the sea at least once in their lives and have seen it with their very own eyes would be able to picture the scene quite visually in their own ways. “Because blind people are lacking one of their senses, they seem to be missing out on a lot of fun in the world, which is why we have decided to become the eye for them,” commented Shin Jung-ah (Information System, 3rd year). Team Hues, consisting of Shin, Sung Young-jae (Business, 4th year) and two developers from different colleges have created “Miris: Memorable Iris”, which is a device that enables blind people to hear the texts being read out into speech. Sung and Shin discuss the developments necessary for the Miris. Team Hues, light and hope for All Team Hues have already won grand prizes in several contests with their brilliant technological idea for its high degree of completion and marketability. Over 90 percent of blind people are illiterate in Korea, meaning that only 10 percent of blind people in Korea are able to read braille. Yet there are not so many devices that enable blind people to be able to read or study. Most of the devices are targeted towards the 10 percent of the literate blind since it is much cheaper to develop and is easier to do so through braille. What team Hues have targeted were those in the 90 percent majority of blind people who cannot read braille, although they could speak Korean. “It is very obvious that knowledge inequality comes from not the disability itself, but rather from the lack of developers trying to help blind people eager to learn more,” pointed out Shin. Miris is a small camera device that people can wear like glasses and connects with the earphones to let them hear the texts being read out. Through the text to speech (TTS) technology, the camera would analyze the fonts which would let the people “hear” the books they wish to read. What is more interesting is that Miris would have a bookmark system which would let blind people find the book they were reading, plus mark the pages that they have read. Through the RFID and NFC chips, the Miris sensors would scan the microchips and would react to the sensor. Since there are so many cutting-edge technologies involved in this one machine, such as image processing technology, OCR, the text to speech, and so on, Miris has yet to be commercialized as the miniaturization process has yet to be developed. As the team name represents, team Hues will continue to suggest new pathways of enlightenment for the blind. They believe true knowledge comes from books, even with the development of the Internet--and Hues is determined to bring a new dimension to the educational sector for the blind. "We would love to be the eye for the blind and help them read books." Kim Seung Jun nzdave94@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Minju

2017-09 03

[Student]Writing as a Comprehensive Skill

What makes up a good song? Some would say good melody while others say good lyrics. Then, where do good melody or lyrics come from? Kang says, at least for the lyrics, it comes from everyday life. Kang Min-gu (Korean Language and Literature, Doctoral Program), a musician and a poet, unearthed his talent in writing when he was a young boy and developed that talent into his career. His discovery and strength in writing led him to become who he is today, an indie singer-songwriter and a poet by the name of Kang Baek-soo. A friend and the band Kang was schooled in all-boys middle school and high school in Korea, which completely eliminated any possible chance of school romance. When his friend presented a tempting idea, to make a band and perform at a all-girls high school, Kang could not help but accept the suggestion. This seemingly petty reason was the turning point of Kang’s life—this is how Kang began music. “I tried to have different hobbies such as sports and photography but they all didn't last long. Music is the only hobby that captivated my interest.” Entering Hanyang University and belonging to the College of Humanities, Kang naturally joined the band of the department, Dasalnolae. His ability of handling different instruments led him to be the main member of the band, especially in the times when only a few people joined the band. On one insignificant day, Kang saw his fellow member writing a song and making music. “At that moment, it looked easy and I thought, ‘why don’t I try writing a song myself?’” This is how he began writing songs. The lyrics of Kang’s songs come from his daily life as well. Just as he gets inspired by the little happenings in his life, his songs reflect the ordinary parts of his life and arouse a wave of empathy from the people who listens to his music. “I drink with my friends pretty often and every time, on my way back home at nights, I think about the memorable conversations I had because they could give me ideas for the lyrics.” One of his song, titled Wangsimni (click to listen), is a song based on his bitter feeling when he visited Wangsimni after graduating. The lyrics of his songs are easily relatable to those who have similar experience because they are not extraordinary. As an indie musician, Kang performs in music festivals, cafes, and other concerts he is called for. His nearest concert, The Wander Concert, will be held in few weeks on the shore of a cafe located in Incheon. Currently having seven music albums, hundreds of poems written, and four essays in books, Kang is actively engaged in his writing life. (Photo courtesy of Kang) A fine artist As a poet, on a different note, Kang insists on something of his own. When composing a song, he tends to take other people’s opinions into consideration because he aspires to produce music that people can feel attachment to. However, when it comes to poems, his own thoughts are all that matters. “To me, poems are like my identity. I take no other opinions and evaluate and judge my own poems on my own. No other peoples’ opinions are to be incorporated,” stated Kang, sternly. While his songs are for the public, his poems are for himself exclusively. Though he started his band and music by a coincidental chance, he firmly believes that his life path would still have navigated toward writing anyway. As a Korean Language and Literature major with his specialty in modern poetry, he regards his main job as a poet. Kang is preparing to publish his first collection of poems. He has written hundreds of poems so far and he is currently in the process of selecting the best ones of all. “I want to maintain my creative stamina and consistently produce my works.” He wants to be someone who maintains his job and be proud of the stacks of works he produces as time goes by. Reflecting his relatable and interesting songs and their lyrics, his collection of poems sure sounds unique and exciting to see. “Writing is my job. If I write on a manuscript paper, then it’s a poem. If on a music paper, it’s a song.” (Photo courtesy of Kang) Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-08 21

[Student]Cinderella Law and its Failure

Growing up as a boy who loved to play games, Hong Sung-hyeob (Economics and Finance, Master’s Degree) has been growing his interest and passion for games until he sought his career in the company Nexon, one of the most successful online game producers of Korea. He recently published his master’s thesis on the topic of ineffectiveness of the Cinderella Law in Korea (shutting down of online games for adolescent from midnight to six in the morning) and revealed that the law is far from reaching its goals of guaranteeing teens’ sufficient amount of sleep by reducing the time for online games. “Games are my life!” Nexon was Hong’s first job, which he sought out of his pure enthusiasm for online games. During his interview for the job, Hong’s answer for the question why he applied for Nexon was fascinating: he was born for games, which genuinely reflected his heart for games. While Hong was working in the company, he did not belong to the game development department. Instead, he was doing subsidiary tasks such as managing games and their exports and creating events in the games. As a game lover, however, he wanted to do more than just ancillary jobs and do something worthwhile, incorporating his studies of Economics and Finance. The unprecedented topic he chose for his master’s thesis is regarded as an unique one, as it is somewhat irrelevant to the field. Nonetheless, Hong mentioned, “a lot of professors expressed their positive opinion toward my paper because it was something they’ve never handled before and the fresh topic was being dealt with from the perspective of our field for the first time.” As soon as he entered the graduate school, Hong was determined that his thesis paper would deal with any topics related to online games, because he wanted to research and analyze what he was truly interested in. When it was time for him to decide his topic, he realized that the Cinderella Law is one of the controversies regarding online games, as there has been heated debates on whether the law should be abolished or not. He puts an extra significance on the fact that he chose what he loved for his thesis incorporating what he studied at school. In other words, researching and analyzing statistics and data related to online games from the perspective of an economist was something special for Hong. Hong expressed his passion for games along with why he chose this topic for his paper. Cinderalla Law without returning Cinderellas The whole point of the Cinderella Law was to ensure sufficient amount of sleeping time for adolescent students who love to play games throughout the nights, as sleep critically affects their development. However, as Hong proved in his paper, the law was nowhere near reaching its goal. Statistics show that the amount of time adolescent students sleep before and after the law was implemented was, bizarrely, the same, indicating that the law is simply being futile and pointless. Hong used Korea Media Panel Survey Statistic’s data as the basis for his paper. The statistics testify the age range to time slot of online game players. By analyzing these data, Hong was able to extract the amount of sleep adolescents got before and after the law was implemented. The result, surprisingly, was only five or six minutes difference, and even that difference cannot be accounted by the law. There are three main reasons why the Cinderella Law is ineffective: students take advantage of their parents’ ID or residence number to get around the law, they play smartphone games as much as online games (smartphone games are not targeted by the law), and only domestic games are subject to the law. These reasons account for the failures of the law, clarified Hong in his paper. Hong's master's thesis deals with ineffectiveness of the Cinderella Law. Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-08 20

[Student]Being Suit-able for All

Under the motto of “better design, better fit”, Ahn Ji-soo and Shin Yo-sup (Chinese Language & Literature) have set up their designer brand, “SUITABLE”. After setting up the brand in 2015, it has expanded its range of clothes from tailor-made suits to ready-made clothes and this year, women’s wear is ready to be launched. Since co-CEO Shin was on vacation, News H have met Ahn to hear about Suitable. Passion for Fashion Ahn was a natural born fashion star who loved to stand out in front of others. “I had the most shocking look out of all the freshmen when I first entered Hanyang University (HYU),” chuckled Ahn. With his Afro-hair bleached white, Ahn was always wearing the trendiest fashion on campus. “I didn’t really join a lot of clubs but I did work with ‘Campus style icon’ finding the fashion icon of different schools,” said Ahn. Being such a fashion star on campus, Ahn was always the one to reach for advice before going shopping. “I remember being so proud when my friend turned up so cool with a nice outfit after consulting with me,” recalled Ahn. After graduation, Ahn and Shin were both accepted to companies that they have always wanted. “I was good at my job but somehow, there was this empty feeling after returning home everyday,” said Ahn. It was the passion for fashion that was missing in Ahn’s life which he eventually realized after two years of work. “Shin first suggested about starting this business and I felt my heart beating so fast,” recalled Ahn. Shin takes care of most of the promotion and planning of the business while Ahn is responsible for designing clothes. “I always contemplate deeply about one issue and it works the same for designing as well,” explained Ahn. Trying to create clothes that he wants to wear everyday, Ahn says that he is proud to be a designer. Ahn tries to provide styling tips for their customers from head to toe. Philosophy in business “We use the best quality fabric that we can find,” explained Ahn. Comparing fabric from all over the world, Ahn and Shin tries to use the best that they could find and it has led to better quality in their finalized products. With high repurchase rate, Suitable is the type of brand that everyone loves after experiencing the product and its services. “We not only try to sell just our products, but we also try to give the best styling tips and advices that would suit our customers the best,” said Ahn. Providing the pride and hope everyday through their clothes is what Ahn wants to achieve. “There are days when we are filled with pride when we wake up in the morning and feel like we can do anything. I want all my customers to feel that way when wearing our product in the morning,” said Ahn. Suitable also exercises a lot of corporate social responsibility in real life through making tailor-made clothes for the disabled as well. “It takes a lot of time and effort to design a different type of shirt from the scratch,” explained Ahn. One time, Ahn had to design and create the shirt all over for a disabled customer and it took over two weeks to make the final product that fits perfectly. “He later visited our office wearing what I made for him and it looked perfect on him. Filled with pride, that customer thanked us which was very heartwarming,” recalled Ahn. Having big dreams of expanding Suitable into a global brand, Ahn and Shin wishes to enter a bigger market. With their philosophy and work ethics, it would be quite sure to please the customers as they have until now. “I hope everyone feels the pride when wearing our brand Suitable,” concluded Ahn. “I hope everyone feels the pride when wearing our brand Suitable.” Kim Seung-jun nzdave94@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju