▲ A student is singing at the audition for the singing contest for the UOS festival
The first half of 2015 is almost over, and this year,s Student Council, Close-up, is rushing to accomplish all of its business, including annual school events, a briefing for male students on military service, and free printing and plotter work. They have completed some of this business successfully, but there have also been some failures.
The General Student Assembly on April 2 turned out to be a disappointment. The agenda could not be discussed simply because the minimum number of attendees required could not be reached. However, the Council may possibly gain more participation if it intensifies such campaigns as the written agreement in the future.
The Student Council funded and led a Freshmen Orientation without support from university administration because the Office of Student Affairs denied assistance. The administration cited the Sewol ferry tragedy and an incident at Busan University of Foreign Studies as reasons for its decision. However, with active cooperation from student volunteers and help from the colleges and councils in each department, the orientation continued without incident.
On May 7, a briefing was held for male students waiting to begin military service. It aimed to help them understand the military system, but no students attended the session.
The printing and plotter services provided to UOS students who have paid the student union fee have received a positive response this semester. The plotter service, which is for printing posters and other promotional materials, is useful for advertising campus activities. This year,s UOS festival, “Playround,” was held from May 20 to 22. Some events that were supervised by Close-up and a few celebrity appearances, including a concert by Psy, added to the mood.
One Close-up staff member said that student participation is an important factor in the success or failure of the Council activities. Student feedback on the Council activities is also crucial to improving the campus environment and student welfare. In the end, it is up to the students as well as the Student Council to ensure the quality of campus life.