The new semester of 2020 has begun, but students can not participate in campus life. The lives of many students have been inconvenienced due to COVID-19. How is the Students’ Association, which represents the students, handling this situation? The president of the General Students'Association is taking initiative to help students. What is the role of the president, and what is their opinion on remote classes?
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Q1. Please introduce yourself.
A1. Hello. I am Kim Jong-heon, a senior in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. I am serving as the 36th president of the General Students’ Association. As a member of the university's decision-making process, I carry out various responsibilities, work on projects, and play a role in university activities.
Q2. Why did you run for the position of president of the General Students’ Association of CWNU?
A2. I was the chief of facilities in last year’s Students’ Association. It was a rewarding experience to improve university facilities and to solve students’ problems. The most memorable work I did was installing street lights behind the dormitories. Through a survey I found that many students were scared of the dark street. After filing a civil complaint to Changwon City Hall, additional street lights were installed and the lights were replaced with white lights. I didn’t want to finish after just a one year term because there are still a lot of problems to solve. So I ran for the position of president of the General Students’ Association. I take on the responsibility of improving the lives of students. I volunteer for students with a responsibility.
Q3. Do you have anything to say to the students now that you have been elected as president?
A3. Like the Students’ Association’s motto says, ‘Not coincidence but destiny to work together’, I am so grateful to be with all of you at CWNU in 2020. I promise to do my best and work transparently for the whole year.
Q4. What election commitments have you gotten done so far and what activities are you going to do in the future?
A4. The winter MT, cherry blossom festivals and other events have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Since these events have been cancelled, the Students’ Association will improve the quality of the next event, or plan additional events. I ask for your understanding that events must wait until the remote lectures end, and classes resume on campus as normal. The Students’ Association has made great progress fulfilling commitments. The inspection of illegal hidden cameras and the campaign for the prohibition of illegal filming were completed. Additional printers and umbrella rainwater removers were installed around campus. The CWNU bus stop in poor condition will be improved by filing complaints to the appropriate authorities. When entering the dormitory, a moving company for the dormitory residents will be implemented by the Students’ Association to help students move their luggage. Also, we will upgrade the CWNU app to ensure active communication.
Q5. Many students have asked for the improvement of remote lectures. How are these student complaints and suggestions being communicated to the school?
A5. The General Students’ Association of CWNU conducted a survey on ways to improve remote classes. There were a lot of complaints that CWNU gave information to students regarding remote classes much later than other universities. Students also said that the quality of the classes is lower, and that there are too many assignments. The Student Council conveyed these complaints directly to the university president. After that, the university announced that any notice regarding studying from home will be announced at least two weeks in advance. From April 6, classes will be conducted with recorded lectures or live lectures using Microsoft Teams system. As representatives of the students, we are doing our best to communicate with both the university and the students. I will keep trying to make sure that the university and students get on well with each other.
Q6. By studying through remote lectures at home, most students aren’t using school facilities. Has there been any discussion about tuition refunds?
A6. CWNU is managed according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Education. As of right now, nothing has been decided regarding tuition refunds. Many students may have difficulties studying, especially in programs that require practical training such as in the College of Arts, the Department of Nursing Science, and the physical education program. The Students’ Association will inform you of any notices by the Ministry of Education. I hope these problems will be resolved as soon as possible.
Q7. Do you have anything else to say to the students or about your goals?
A7. I think that the freshmen and students who are looking forward to the new semester are very sad because they haven’t been able to enjoy the college life that they expected. Although the situation may be disappointing now, the Students’ Association will welcome you with more fun and informative events when it is time to return to campus. I will continue to communicate the inconveniences caused by COVID-19 to the headquarters of CWNU, and try to solve problems as much as possible. I hope that we can overcome this situation and see you soon at school.
By Bae Yun-bin, reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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