Emergency measure committee working hard for Hanyangians in spite of COVID-19
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When the Student Union of Hanyang University is vacant or resolved to be dismissed, the student presidents from each college gather to form the emergency measure committee. The president of the emergency measure committee has the same authority and responsibility as the president of the Student Union. Successively since 2018, the emergency measure committee has been organized to stand in for the absent union. This semester, they have worked especially hard for the students’ convenience in the chaotic situation of COVID-19.
Kim Seok-chan (Division of Business Administration, 3rd year) served as the president of the emergency measure committee from November 2019 to July 2020. Kim said he ran for the president because previously, he had only participated as a supporting member of the Student Union, but he wanted to experience leading his own committee.
This semester, the emergency measure committee’s main task was to minimize the inconveniences of students caused by the COVID-19, by talking to the school and delivering students’ demands. “The emergency measure committee listened carefully to the students' voices and delivered them to the school to produce results that both the school and the students would be satisfied with,” said Kim.
The emergency measure committee has prepared various forms of support to help students who are struggling due to the COVID-19. They secured an additional 100 million won for scholarship programs. “With the additional budget, it was possible to hold scholarship programs including face-to-face test subsidies,” said Kim. They also tried to promote other scholarships run by the school, including ones provided for the students whose family economic situation dramatically worsened due to the COVID-19. “We tried to promote scholarships in various ways including SNS, so that as many students as possible could benefit from them,” said Kim.
In addition to practical aid, the committee also planned entertaining events such as an online festival for the spring semester and an e-sports competition. Unfortunately, they were not able to push ahead due to the rapidly increasing complaints in regards to the students' safety and off-line final exam. “Seeing how many students enthusiastically participated in the online this semester.”
Kim chose the joint action with other Hanyangians, which was held on June 23, as the most memorable activity during his term as president. The joint action was held to deliver the request of students for non-face-to-face final exams and tuition reimbursement through the staging of a demonstration. On that day, Kim was surprised at the large number of students who gathered to express their opinions. “I was moved by how the students gathered together and participated in the demonstration,” said Kim. It was also impressive that the students who participated voluntarily practiced strict social distancing and cleaned up after the demonstration was over. “I’d like to thank all the students who participated in the event and Ryu Duk-kyung (Department of Korean Language and Literature, 4th year) who organized the event,” said Kim.
During his term, Kim felt both pride and the weight of being a student representative. “When I was talking with the school headquarters staff, I thought a lot whether my current thoughts were different from those of other Hanyangians,” said Kim. “As a student representative, I tried to represent the opinions of most students and act carefully.” Kim thanked the members of the emergency measure committee for their efforts to create a satisfying school environment for students.
“The voices of students from last semester were delivered to the school's headquarters, and they also recognized the problems of the current situation,” said Kim. “I hope students continue to pay attention to the situation in school, and do not become easily skeptical or unenthusiastic because their opinions are not reflected right away.”