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First Cherry Blossom Festival Held After COVID-19: Take Off the Mask
  • By Shin Min-joo, reporter
  • 승인 2023.04.10 09:18
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▲ The cherry blossom festival is crowded with the participation of many students

For three days from the 29th to the 31st, the Cherry Blossom Festival, "Cherry Blossom Here, Bud’s Spring Outing,” was held at CWNU Cheongunji. "Bud," is the name of the 39th General Students’ Association. The Cherry Blossom Festival, the largest of the CWNU spring festivals suspended after COVID- 19, was held again after four years. During the festival, Cheongunji was crowded with students and local residents.

Seven application booths and five General Students’ Association booths were operated at the Cherry Blossom Festival. During the festival, the General Students’ Association operated, “Find Bud! & The 'Cherry Blossom Balloon,'” program was always held. In addition, on the campus, an event was held to find "Bud- Rex and Bud- nanas," and take pictures, with cherry blossom balloons being presented to participants. In addition, the Polaroid Photo event limited to 100 people on a first- come, first- served basis was held at Cheongunji since the 12th of march. In addition, various events were held, such as, "Treasure Hunt that presents prizes when finding notes in bottles," "Ask Anything," "Palm Reading," "Sharing Cotton Candy," and, "Bursting Balloon Darts." In addition, there was a Night Bracelet Sharing, additionally, mats and blankets could be rented until 9 p.m. every evening.

This Cherry Blossom Festival not only operated booths but also held special programs. The main event held on the 30th was, "Excited Outdoor Cinema, Bud- nema in the Night Air." The movie, "Architecture 101," was screened in the parking lot of Cheongunji. There were a large number of students, faculty members, and local residents, because Bud- nema was held at night. Thus, they had enjoyed the time for communication and relaxation after their classes and work schedules. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the students, Bud- nema was extended for another day and the movie, "The Beauty Inside," was screened on the 31st, the last day of the festival. On the last day of the Cherry Blossom Festival, the spectacular finale, Bud- cert, was held. Bud- cert was held with a variety of lineups, including performances by CWNU dance club, ‘Pyhita,’ cheering squad ‘Phoenix,’ and students’ Department of Dance, as well as special performances by, ‘Viva Dance Studio.’ The Campus Journal interviewed the 39th General Students’ Association to hear more about the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Q. Tell me about yourself.

Kim: Hi, I am Kim Beom- soo, the 39th President of Bud General Students’ Association, majoring in the Department of International Trade.

Hwang: Hi, I am Hwang Tae- yoon, the 39th Vice- President of Bud General Students’ Association, and majoring in the Department of Shipbuilding Engineering.

Q. What is the purpose of this Cherry Blossom Festival?

Kim: Due to the COVID- 19 situation, the Cherry Blossom Festival has been suspended since 2019, and it can be held again due to deregulation of the former COVID- 19 laws. We have planned this festival so that all students who have not enjoyed university life due to COVID-19, can enjoy the springtime beauty on campus.

Q. What was difficult while preparing for the festival?

Kim: As the weather suddenly warmed, the flowering period was advanced, and there was news of rain before and after the festival, so it was difficult to set the date of the festival in consideration of the weather.

Hwang: There were difficulties in the process of planning various kinds of booths for many students to participate in, and in the process of recruiting applicants to operate the application booth.

Q. What was the most disappointing thing about the festival?

Kim: It was regrettable that many students could not receive cotton candy due to a lack of cotton candy ingredients prepared, with more students' participating than expected. A total of 900 students were prepared, for the duration of the three days, but it was regrettable that more than 500 students participated from the first day and did not receive cotton candy.

Q. What are you looking forward to after the festival?

Kim: I hope this Cherry Blossom Festival will remain as one of the memories of university life for all students. I hope it will also be an opportunity for students to enjoy cherry blossom spots throughout the campus.

Q. Tell me about how you feel about the festival.

Kim: As much as I prepared hard, I am proud of the high participation rate and I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Hwang: Thank you to the Bud General Students’ Association, the office of Academic Affairs, and all the students who participated in the festival together, and we ask for your support and participation in the upcoming events.

The Cherry Blossom Festival ended successfully with the interest of students, faculty members, and local residents. The Cherry Blossom festival announced that the event, which had been stagnant due to COVID- 19, will resume, and has set the stage for a festival to enjoy spring. The, "Champions League," soccer tournament will be held under the supervision of the General Students’ Association in April, so please pay a lot of attention and participate.

By Shin Min-joo, reporter  pinky3167@naver.com

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