There are lots of people on campus. Various people including students, faculty, and staff are making a good society for UOS. Needless to say, the students are the genuine owners of this university. The students are the main group of people who form the school; they make it work. Faculty members do their job by enthusiastically teaching students and fulfill the main purpose of school. There are, however, other people who are here at UOS yet remain silent. They are not very outstanding and well-known but perhaps feel much closer to students than the faculty and have more influence on campus life. In this issue, The UOS Times interviewed the hidden champions of UOS.
Staff of Section of Welfare of Student Affair / Lee Eun-hye and Lee Jae-yong
Q. Section of Welfare does many things related to campus life. What kind work you do, specifically? A. Representatively, we regularly hold the “Yasikhaengsa of love” during the final exam period, twice a year. In winter, samgyetang is usually provided. It began in 2004 and is still ongoing. When the cafe launches new dishes, we post information about the new menu on Gwangjang and promote it to students. Sometimes we do a survey on cafeteria menu evaluation. Based on the results, menu items with a bad reputation are changed or eliminated. In the past Daedongje, we participated in making a giant omelet and an enormously long kimbab roll. This event was even printed in a newspaper.
All these things are possible because we return parts of our profits to students. Unless, it cannot be processed because there is no financial support for holding yasikhaengsa or making giant omelet. We also give scholarship to students.
In spite of doing all of these things, the most important task for us is being a medium of communication. We are a liaison between the students and the rest of the school and try to fairly convey each other’s ideas. This is one of the main jobs of ours
Q. What do you want from the students? A. There is one thing that I want to say to them. On the online community, Gwangjang, extremely aggressive internet posts about part timers are posted from time to time. Watching these types of posts makes every staff member exhausted and reduces motivation. So I advise you to use a softer approach and show a little respect to other students at UOS, as they are all members of the community.
Q. What does welfare mean to the staff members?
A. Welfare is volunteer and sacrifice. I think welfare is what we build all together. When students have ownership and use many welfare facilities, feedbacks on how to give excellent welfare is actively generated and then, truly, genuine welfare is completed.
Dept. of Ramyeon / Na Seong-ja
Q. As the head of ramyeon section, when do you feel satisfaction? A. Some students said the word “Wow! It looks so delicious!” when I bring them the cooked ramyeon and put it on their trays. Every time I hear that word, I feel proud and happy. I thought that it was worth it even though I was feeling very hot near the gas stove.
Q. Naturally, you have had a lot of direct contact with students at UOS. Objectively, how do they treat you? A. Most of the students are kind. They usually say “Thank you” when they receive their ramyeon. Sometimes I think the reason is because they see that I work next to a gas stove.
Q. Tell me about the most memorable student you met. A. One student asked me “how can you make ramyeon so deliciously? What is the secret? When I tried it by myself, it didn’t taste as good as yours.” However, I cannot tell any secret to that student because there is no secret to cooking ramyeon. Just boil the water and then put in the soup packet and noodles. That’s it!
Q. What is welfare to the cook in charge of rameon? A. It is something that comes from the students.
WEB Manger / Jung Eun-joo
Q. What attitude do you have while work at W.E.B as a manager? A. In an earlier time after I had just been assigned to W.E.B, I wanted to make a burger that was special. If I were going to make a burger like the one I make for my boyfriend, that burger had to be delicious. That was my guiding principle ─ to make a burger that was delicious anytime and anywhere. Actually when I was educating my new employees, I told them “You have to make a burger that you would also want to give to your girlfriend and be okay with her eating.” Nevertheless, later, when I had two kids, my principle was slightly changed to making a burger that my kids could eat without hesitation.
Q. W.E.B began in 1999. This year, it celebrated its 15th anniversary.
Could you tell me an impressive or exciting story? A. A long time ago, our ordinary closing time was about 7 p.m. Suddenly, one guy wearing a suit, probably just a business man, came into W.E.B and said “Can I buy a Bulgamja burger and a cheese burger?” Here is the story behind him. He did not graduate from UOS but his pregnant wife had just started having morning sickness. His wife said “I really want to eat from the W.E.B burger at UOS.” to him. He went to W.E.B immediately after leaving work as early as possible, but it was closing time. Every grill, oil fryer, and bun had already been arranged for the next day. Nevertheless, I thought, “how can I not make it for him?” So I turned on every cooker and made two burgers. That is my most touching story of a husband.
Q. What is a benefit that only W.E.B has? A. Bondage between part-timers is strong. Our part time worker relations are like those between club members. As you know, during busy times, W.E.B workers work extremely hard on making, making, making, and packing, packing, packing. In thesee circumstances, they band together and increase companionship. To part-timers, mostly students from UOS, working at W.E.B is kind of a pivot point in their lives. After graduating, discharging from army, or getting jobs they sometimes come by W.E.B.
Q. What is welfare to the manger of W.E.B? A. I think welfare is something that makes members want to stay members of that society. It gives members a sense of belonging and prevents them from leaving. An effort to build a good relationship is needed to have genuine welfare.
Section of Welfare does various things more than one can imagine. Moreover, it was impressive that events like yasikhaengsa are run with money of its own. Section of Welfare really exists for students. They willingly comply with most demands of students. In interview, Lee Jae-yong said, “We are thankful to you because interviewing us and printing our story on the UOS Times are kind of proof that public of school are getting interested in us.” As member of UOS, why do not we see them with a little generosity and a big interest? Also, students are in a duty to watching what Student Affair do.