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December 62nd Student Council Public Meeting
Song Na-hyun, Yang Chae-hyun  |  ych9962@cau.ac.kr
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Song Na-hyun, Yang Chae-hyun, Jang Yu-chul

On November 21st, in the 207 auditorium of Building 303, a public meeting was hosted by ‘Win:D’, the 62nd Chung-Ang University student council. It was held ahead of the student council elections on Nov. 26th through Nov. 27th. They made a total of 30 pledges in 7 areas: 1. Education, 2. Human Rights and Society, 3. Student’s Welfare, 4. Student’s Autonomy, 5. Communication, 6. Student’s Culture, 7. Student’s Employment Ability. The meeting was divided into 2 parts (questions from student press and CAU students).

   
 

The pledges, which are expected to require a heavy budget, received the most inquiries from the press and students at the public meeting. First of all, the feasibility about a pledge to provide cheaper access to Adobe programs through partnerships with Adobe was asked. Win:D replied that they had already conducted a meeting with a member of Adobe's board. According to Adobe, they have already provided licenses at about 50,000 won per a student to UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology). Considering that there are over 20,000 students in CAU, CAU students could be offered a much cheaper price, said the candidate. Therefore, if elected, they promised to proceed with the survey for students by the end of the semester. Next came questions about the installation of escalators in front of the Central Library. When a student asked if Win:D is aware of the fact that it cost about 2.5 billion won to install an escalator outside of another university, they said, “We have fully recognized the heavy cost and the general affairs team and the facility team are in discussion." They added it is true that the heavy budget will be needed, but installation of an escalator is essential, concerning the safety of the stone stairs. While they said it is impossible to give a specific budgeting plan on the candidate's position, they were not sure which sector of the budget spending would be reduced to install escalators. Third, there were questions about expanding scholarship program. In addition to the scholarships on grades and income distribution, Win:D also pledged to provide new programs based on students' ability development. The plan is to evaluate scholarship students after eliminating their grades and personal information. However, when asked by the press what the indicators of the capacity development were, they left only vague answers.
In the category of human rights and society, questions followed guaranteeing gender equality and disabled student’s right. To guarantee the human rights for disabled students, the candidate said that they will make an in-campus map and a campus tour specifically for disabled students. In addition, they said that they would make more efforts to cooperate with the Human Rights Commission for the Disabled, which was established this year.
Regarding gender equality, candidates said they would hold campaigns on International Women’s Day on March 8, International Day against Homophobia on May 17, and International Men's Day on November 19 to improve the relationship between men and women. One listener claimed that the division of these campaigns into three could discriminate between genders. In response, the candidates said there is no other meaning behind dividing them in three, but they simply planned to hold events on those dates. In addition, when asked if they have any concrete plans for gender equality, they replied that they planned a human rights film festival which gathered compliments among student society last year and to improve the absence guidelines on menstruation and reserve forces training, which have not been followed.
Beside the question about budgets and human rights, there was question about the upcoming Chung-Ang University presidential election next year. When asked whether Win:D intends to push for the direct election of the Chung-Ang University president, they said the direct presidential election system has both advantages and disadvantages – it could reflect students’ voices well, while professors and faculty members may be unable to concentrate on their work. Therefore, gathering students’ opinions should take priority before demanding a direct president election. Also, they promised to engage more in active communication by holding meetings, rather than simply maintaining mechanical neutrality. Questions related to the wall posters (Dazibao) were followed. “Currently, to post a wall poster, students must get permission in advance, which can be thought that it is an unconstitutional way of censoring individual opinions”, said a student. Win:D replied that there is no intention of censorship, but that there is limited space for wall papers. As demand was high, permission was needed to ensure equal opportunities for diverse voices on campus. Asked what they thought about damaging posters, they said, "Unless it is against the law, there should be no pre-censorship, and we are willing to speak out for students." Finally, there were questions about the noise problem in the night market during annual spring festival, which was one of Win:D’s pledges in Student’s Culture. In response, the candidate said, "We will set noise standards in advance to guide and warn each booth in order to prevent noise problems," adding, "If a noise problem occurs, the booth that generated the noise will be penalized by restricting their space in future meetings."

   
 

In the public meeting, many questions pointed out the weakness of the Win:D’s pledges. The candidates answered some questions with specific plans, while others were more vague, for example, with relation to feasibility and budgeting plans. CAH feels this meeting could be a springboard for ‘Win:D’, the 62nd Student Council to make a better CAU society. 

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