SKYMUN Recap

We’ve got everything from behind-the-scenes to the real thing.

On Saturday, March 7th, amateur and veteran MUNers alike gathered at our familiar PAC to await the brilliant start of the highly anticipated 2nd annual SKYMUN 2015.

SKYMUN, which stands for South Korean Youth Model United Nations, is organized every year talented students at Yongsan International School of Seoul, Seoul Foreign School, and Korea International School, while other international school students partake in the conference as participatory delegates, chairs, or mentors.

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Delegates grouped together in the earlier hours of the conference in order to come up with the best possible resolutions for their respective topics. (Faith Choi, ’16)

 

This year’s SKYMUN theme was “All Our Relations,” with topics including:

  • “Further improvement on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to entice its international implementation and spread to all member-states,
  • “Aiming to achieve the first Millennium Development Goal: reducing child mortality,”
  • “Measures to protect human rights during peaceful protests, combat unfair criminalization, as well as police brutality.”

 

Although a generally broad theme, it was nevertheless very prevalent to even the real United Nations and foreign affairs that are being conducted present day. If anything, this broad choice helped the delegates and student officer team remember what MUN is really all about. 

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The Executive Team Olivia Kim (’16), Clara Yoon (’16), and Min Byung Chae (SFS, ’16). (Faith Choi, ’16)

 

The opening ceremony took place early in the morning, with Olivia Kim (‘16) and Jamie Koo (YISS, ‘16) making speeches as part of the Executive Team, and our very own JaeHyun Park (‘15) as the keynote speaker. JaeHyun, as vibrant as ever, spoke passionately about the beauties of MUN, and how we, as delegates and global citizens, must work hard to protect ourselves and our peers from the ever ominous MUNritis, a symptom where:

  1. “If an advisor asks you, ‘Why did you join MUN?’ You say, with a smile, “to become a global citizen!”
  2. You fulfill “the three clause requirement by writing three awareness-raising clauses” (if you don’t get this one, ask a friend who might do MUN)
  3. You are “dozing off at this very moment, dreading me [JaeHyun] to stop talking.”

 

With the words of wisdom of the former KMUN-Secretary General in mind, the delegates split off into their respective committees, where they worked hard during lobby sessions to combine the best possible resolution for their specific issue. Each student participated thoroughly during the debate time as well, perhaps with underlying hopes to earn the hallowed ‘Best Delegate’ title of their committee.

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Secretary General Clara Yoon (’16) dashed from committee to committee, whether it was helping them out with crisis-issues, or taking photos, or delivering snacks, or printing out papers. (Faith Choi, ’16)

Behind the scenes, however, there was the executive team, the mentors, and the student officers, making rapid-fire exchanges with one another to hurriedly get committee crises in order, assuring all the resolutions were printed and snacks were delivered on time.

Just ask Olivia Kim (‘16) about the chaotic scene:

“Running, running, running, a bit of printing, and some more running.”

Sounds about right.

Crises are a special event some MUN conferences decide to incorporate into their already-fun conferences. Usually done by a selected, all-fantastic student officers/actors, a scenario is decided (for example, in the Human Rights Council, the head of INTERPOL was taken hostage by a powerful Mexican drug cartel who demanded a huge ransom for the safe return of the head), and delegates are urged to develop, under a very strict, minimal time limit, an elaborate, efficient, feasible resolution to help deal with the crises. (HRC made a one-clause resolution, which passed and succeeded.)

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A delegate in ECOSOC delivering a passionate speech during a crisis issue. (Faith Choi, ’16)

But before all of us knew it, the conference was over. With much excitement, the delegates began to fill up the seats one by one, as the presidents of the committees shuffled up to the stage to sit behind the executive team. The Closing Ceremony was graced with the speeches of all the presidents, Clara Yoon (‘16), Min Byung Chae (who ended his speech by saying a refreshing “Hasta luego!”) and John Park (‘15), who reflected his time as a member of the Executive Team last year, and as a Mentor of a committee this year.

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John Park (’15) was the guest speaker for the closing ceremony. (Faith Choi, ’16)

But Clara Yoon (‘16), had a few more words to say to summarize her sentiments for a conference that she explains has come to hold a special place in her heart.

“SKYMUN has reminded me that MUN is not about winning awards and main submitting, but to be the pinnacle of diplomacy in a room that could often [not] care less about cooperation blinded by ones’ goals.”

What more could one want out of an MUN conference, really?

Overall, it might’ve been hectic, but even as a veteran MUNer myself, I could see and feel the genuine excitement and passion many of the attending delegates felt during the course of this one day. Valuable lessons, priceless memories, and UN worthy resolutions were passed, and it is sights like this that give one hope for the future to come.

And it’s safe to say, each and every single person who attended SKYMUN defeated MUNritis for good.

Want more? Check out the SKYMUN photo gallery here!

– Faith Choi (’16)

What’s New, Milan?

Check out Blueprint’s best picks in one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year.

Paris is the world’s fashion venue,

New York is the city for all clothing entrepreneurs,

London is for all things chic and classy,

But how many people know of Fashion Week in Milan, Italy?

Here are 5 stand outs of Milan Fashion Week 2015 Spring/Summer from Blueprint, to you:

1. EMPORIO ARMANI

Theme:

  • Casual – especially paired with sneaker-like footwear
  • Fitted tops with loose trousers
  • Boxy, ankled pants
  • Dashes of cobalt blue
  • Neutral colors and patterns

Review: 

Just like the name of their brand, their new designs ooze elegance and royalty. Their spring emphasis on cobalt blue was an eye-pleasing choice, and so was the feminine, waist-hugging structure of their line. But what’s new here? Perhaps not much. Everything was there, but the lack of creativity may have been a downfall.

Rating: 4/5

 

2. DOLCE & GABANA

Theme:

  • Darker hues of red and black
  • Latin-inspired colors
  • Bold, elaborate patterns (jewels and distinct, vine-like patterns)
  • Fitted figure

 

Review: 

Who would have thought a brand as European as Dolce&Gabbana would go Hispanic?! Swirly black patterns on red, with hints of glistening gold: all things españoles that scream “sexy” like no other. Hats of to you, Domenico y Stefano!

Rating: 5/5 for novelty and creativity

 

3. VERSACE

Theme:

  • Wide range of bright colors
  • Boxy fitting
  • Slicked back hair
  • Geometric patterns 
  • Tinge of 80’s throwback

 

Review:

Although their designs had an underlying support of the infamous black&white, really, the colors range from from coral orange to baby blue, from hot red to a medley of all of three. Keeping the clean and structured look, Versace incorporated a lot of geometric shapes, and embellished their work with sparkles. (Always yes for sparkles.) Versace’s design might come off a little mundane, but truly, they have managed to bring sophistication and aesthetics in such simplicity.

Rating: 5/5

 

4. GUCCI

Theme:

  • Waist-fitted apparel
  • Muted colors with few bold colors
  • Delicate touch – feathers, minimal gold studs, strapped heels, silky material
  • Clean, slicked-back pony tails

 

 

Review:

Mid-length skirts, bright feathers, wide-legged pants, and patterned scarves? I see what you’re doing here, Gucci, bringin’ the 90s back! It’s hard to mess up 90s fashion, but this year’s Gucci designs seems to be a little too ill-fitting. Honestly, the quintessential impression of a fashion show is exactly what Gucci brought to Milan this spring: excessively bold and quite incomprehensible apparel.

Rating: 2/5

 

5. ANTONIO MARRAS

Theme:

  • Unfitted figures, boxy
  • Bold patterns
  • Contrasting colors
  • Over-the-knee dresses

 

 

Review:

The perfect combination of the past and present! Frankly, I have never heard of Antonio Marras until this spring, and from what I’m seeing, it’s a brand to keep and eye out for. Like Gucci’s approach, Marras’s designs may seem a bit dated and daunting at first, but the more you look at it, the more it grows on you – not necessarily as day-to-day apparel, but as art. Bringing shapes and textures of the Victorian Era, yet spicing the out-dated with a modern twist of geometric shapes, abstract lines, and floral patterns, what can I say, it’s true brilliance.

Rating: 5/5

Which fashion brand was your favorite? Leave a comment or a poll response below!

Hasta La Vista, Blackout

Missed Blackout? Here’s a review of everything (EVERYTHING) that happened on last Friday’s dance premiere from behind the scenes to the actual stage.

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”

– Martha Graham

Make it to the showcase on Friday March 20th? Good. You experienced one of the best events held at KIS this year, so far. Couldn’t go because of after school sports practice or hagwon (or just from being lazy)? Fear not, because this article will get you up-to-date with everything that happened on Friday.

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3:00 PM

Chaos hasn’t ensued just yet. The dancers begin to fill up the black box as their teachers dismiss them from class, hurrying to get changed into their outfits for their first dance routine out of many. Girls are doing both their hair and makeup, while the guys awkwardly stand around watching them, horrified by the amount of makeup products they can fit inside their tiny purses. All the while, club president Kate Won Young Cho (‘15) is already busy running around – an hour before the showcase – distributing the schedule of the showcase to all performers. The schedule consists of a master script to be used by the MCs (Lizzie Jeon (‘15), Peter Kim (‘15), and Jason Kwon (‘16)), as well as the order of every single dance. She then greets each of the other schools’ teams as they arrive, explaining to them where the changing rooms are located, and scampering around to make sure everything is perfect before the actual show.

 

3:30 PM

Chaos ensues. The black box is absolutely full of students who have traveled all the way from SFS, GSIS, YISS, and SIS. Clothes lie strewn everywhere, and Blackout members step around lost clothes to practice their dance moves before their performance in front of the audience. Ashley Soyu Park (‘15), (in charge of backstage) tapes the master script to the door, and reviews the schedule one by one in order for her to tell the dancers when to come out on stage. The noise level in the room reaches an insane level as officer Yuna Shin (‘17) wildly shushes the dancers and crew members. Kate Won Young Cho hands out the team sweatshirt to the Blackout members, with the Blackout logo freshly printed in white. Slowly, the dancers realize that this is it.

 

3:50 PM

The PAC begins filling up with people, and with five minutes left before the show, dancers can hear conversations going on outside. Member Emily Lee (‘17) peeks through the curtains, comes back to the blackbox, excitedly exclaiming that there are so many people sitting, whilst the dancers wait for the show to begin. Top batter performers, dancing to the song 멘붕 (mental break down) by CL are both excited and frightened about being the first ones to kick off the show.

As Rena Yun (‘18), one of the dancers in the 멘붕 group recalls,

“I thought my heart was going to burst open when I entered the stage and I was so nervous and scared of making any mistakes.”

However, despite the immense pressure, leader and Vice President of the club Jamine Kang (‘16) proceeds to calmly address the small group with a pep talk, reminding all members to do their best, and to not blank out even when they make a mistake. The audience is ready, the soundbooth is ready, and most importantly, the dancers are ready.

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4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

The lights in the PAC go dark and the audience goes wild, as the dance team’s promotion video pops up on the screen on stage. As the video runs, dancers get ready right behind the curtains, waiting for their cue right after the video. The video finishes, the audience cheers, and Premiere begins. One by one, dancers go up on stage, perform, run backstage to change, frantically racing with time. Many performers like Kay Herr (‘18) had back to back performances with just a mere couple of minutes of MC to stall time for her to quickly change, and/or to grab her snapback. Despite the showcase being over an hour long, the energy refuses to die down.

As one of the audience, Alex Kim (‘17) says,

“I thought it was very energetic, which actually pumped me up. Overall, it was great and really enjoyable.”

Of course; who wouldn’t get pumped up? Kate Won Young Cho’s solo performance to Break of Dawn by Michael Jackson, the performance of oh-so-fangirled GSIS dancer Trey Noh, and even KIS dancers dancing to HER by Block B in their animal suits. With both great performers and audience members, dancers can proudly say, the Premiere was a success.

Blackout: The Premiere

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Post-thoughts

When asked to recall the Premiere, Jasmine Jeong (‘17) told Blueprint,

“Our first showcase was definitely one of my greatest sophomore memories. I think our club worked really hard as a team for the last month. Despite the lack of time and some clashes between members, I think we did a great job preparing multiple songs for our first showcase. I think it was a huge opportunity for all members to get to know each other better.”

With practices almost every day after school, as well as on weekends, dancers got to interact more, and share their joy and passion of dancing with one another. Dancers enjoyed it, but how about the audience? If the high-pitched, admiring cheers don’t convince you, Lisa Han (‘17) is here to convince you otherwise. She especially enjoyed it because

“Premiere brought different schools together, creating a community where all students can perform and show their dedication for dance.”

She also exclaims that she loved the performance, asking for Premiere to become an annual event. Dancers also wish for this to become a reality, because it’s not an everyday thing to be able to dance in front of a large crowd. However, seeing the stage they produced with their extreme effort and perseverance, we can say it definitely paid off.

Get excited for more to come from KIS’ very own Blackout, because this is obviously not going to be their last stage. Continue supporting our lovely dance members! Until next time…

– Leona Maruyama (’17)

All pictures by Justin Kwon (’16)

How To Diet

Ready for a healthier lifestyle? Here are some tips from our very own senior fitness gurus at KIS to help you with your diet.

It’s not about losing weight, becoming skinny, or gaining muscle. A diet is a holistic experience of subtle changes in food choices, workout schedules, and positive thinking. The result is more confidence, strength, and health! We all know it’s so hard to maintain a changed lifestyle, because of all the junk food, urges to be lazy, and busy schedules. But the senior class is somehow keeping up with their diets, and the results are obvious! We asked a few seniors for diet tips, and here’s what they have to say to you.

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Having a routine makes it easier to keep up with a changed lifestyle. Soon enough, your new lifestyle will seem like you’ve lived healthy all your life!

“Set time for when you eat and when you workout. Workout at around hungry hours because working out suppresses hunger. I just workout from 3-5 so I’m not munching on snacks, but burning calories! Set times for when you eat too. I eat breakfast always in my first block, lunch during advisory, and dinner right after I workout. That way, I don’t eat anything past about 6:30.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Staying motivated is important for you to continue your diet! The moment you lose motivation for a healthy lifestyle, you will start to lose self-control and fall vulnerable to cravings!  

“Have a cheat day every week so you don’t get burnt out and so you have motivation to eat healthy today, keeping that really good meal at the end of the week in mind!” – Jasmine Lee (‘15)

 

“As for motivation, I don’t know, I just feel lighter and happier because YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT so I just don’t want anything from keeping me going. Having a cheat day once a week is definitely helpful. You satisfy all your cravings and you have something to look forward to in a week. For example, when you see your friends eating pizza, you think ‘It’s okay, I can eat that in 3 days. I can resist the urge.’ I think eating healthy all the time is quite impossible.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Eating is important, but exercising and working out are necessary for a strong body! Plus, exercise makes you happier!  

“Work out everyday!” – Annie Na (‘15)

 

“Always do both muscle-building and cardio together so if you get tired of one thing you can do the other, and they’re both helpful in different ways.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Remember, you are what you eat, so make sure to be careful of what you eat. Although healthy food may not be as tasty as fried chicken, it’s much better for you, and you’ll feel happier eating what is good for you! Search up healthy recipes, and start making those green smoothies!  

“I started meal prepping, which is when you prepare all or most of your meals one day for the rest of the week, so I don’t have an excuse to not eat healthy. And when you eat out try to get the healthiest thing.” – Shana Yun (‘15)

 

“No fried food. Try to have a big breakfast, medium lunch, and small dinner. And no snacks in between.” – Annie Na (‘15)

 

“Everyday I bring to school a bowl of vegetables so if I get REALLY HUNGRY before or after lunch then I can eat that instead of going down to the cafeteria to buy an energy bar or something (they’re unhealthier than you think). Also, cut out anything fried or sweet during your non-fat days, and definitely don’t drink soda. If you start cutting out things from your diet on non-fat days, you’re not even going to want it on your fat day after you realize how good you feel without it and how unhealthy it is. Logging your food is a great idea so you know just how much you’re eating everyday.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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One of the most underrated aspects of a healthy lifestyle is drinking water. You must, must drink water constantly throughout every day!  

“Drink lots of water.” – Annie Na (‘15)

 

“WATER. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS drink water. Your goal is to have a water bottle at all times. It flushes toxins out of your system quickly and keeps you from getting hungry often. And plus, it makes your skin look nice.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Last but not least, sleep is very important for the body to rest and recuperate. All of the previous tips would lose meaning if you’re always tired and don’t get enough of REM sleep. Sleep!  

“SLEEP. Sleep is important for a healthy diet. You’re less likely to lose weight if you sleep less than 5 hrs a night.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

  *Extra: check out https://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates for healthy tips, recipes, and workout videos!   So there you have it. Tips for a diet. But above all, remember that it’s for your benefit, so do your best, and enjoy it!

– Sarah Chin (’16)
Header: Tara Donne

Smiley: The Blind Golden Retriever

It’s the dog that’s inspired hundreds of kids and adults alike.

The phrase “love is blind” can’t be truer for anyone else than Smiley the dog.

 

The twelve year old Golden Retriever was born with a condition similar to dwarfism. Not only did the ailment leave him eyeless, but also with oversized teeth. His eye sockets (which were sewn shut to prevent infection) and his large jaw give the impression that Smiley is constantly smiling, hence his name.

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What he lacked for in sight, Smiley made up for with his big, lovable heart. (happytailspetphotography.ca)

However, Smiley’s days weren’t always filled with warmth and happiness. Born in a puppy mill, along with over a hundred other dogs, Smiley had struggled to survive due to his disabilities. When Joanne George, Smiley’s current owner, first found Smiley, he had wounds all over his face and ears. Along with ten other puppies, Smiley was taken by George to be placed with other families in Canada. While the other dogs were sold to other families, George decided to raise Smiley herself.

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Initially extremely shy and fidgety, Smiley was able to come out of his shell with George’s care and her boisterous Great Dane. Now, Smiley works at the St. Johns Ambulance, a first aid training organization, where he had been trained to become a therapy dog. Most of Smiley’s work consists of supporting children and the disabled. George takes Smiley to accompany children to funerals and visitations, claiming that “the presence of a dog helps relieve the sadness surrounding them in these moments” (The Huffington Post). She also takes Smiley to a local library in Stouffville, Canada to spend time with children who have autism or difficulty reading and to classrooms with students with special needs. “These kids who were born with different disabilities are able to see that dogs, too, are born with the same disabilities. It’s important for them to see that Smiley has overcome, and that he’s happy” (Joanne George, The Huffington Post).

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Smiley has found happiness in himself and has used his disability to give love and have love. (Facebook)

One miraculous tale of Smiley’s ever-contagious joy is of his experience with a man named Teddy. Teddy was a man who Smiley frequently visited at the local nursing home. He had no speech and was unable to communicate with others, but that didn’t stop Smiley from trying. “One day, Smiley put his feet up in front of [Teddy] and he started smiling and making noise. All of the nurses rushed into the room and said they’ve never seen the man smile before — never seen any kind of reaction,” said George (The Huffington Post).

 

Smiley’s understanding and patience for everyone around him is what make him so lovable and special. George hopes that Smiley’s story will not only inspire people to not dwell on their past or disabilities, but also encourage others to adopt dogs despite their disabilities, and give them a chance. Although Smiley is now aging, his love and enthusiasm will never die.

– Seiyeon Park (’17)

Photo: Happytailspetphotography
Captions: Faith Choi (’16)

Photo Gallery: Running Man 2015

Blueprint’s captured every single intense moment of this year’s Running Man brought to you by NHS.

Click the photos for the enlarged version and the captions!

Photo and captions by: Faith Choi (’16)

The Blurred Lines Controversy & Trial

Did Blurred Lines deserve the jury’s decision that they got, or is it just another Natalia-Kills-esque accusation?

We all know of the highly controversial song ‘Blurred Lines’ that made its breakthrough in 2013. As rumors and accusations arose, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams decided to launch a lawsuit seeking declaratory relief that “Blurred Lines” wasn’t a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” However, their plan ended up majorly backfiring on them as the Gaye family countersued.

 

And so the 2-year legal battle began.

 

Although the two songs differ in lyrics, two factors of song production were taken into consideration. First was the sound recording, which is the license needed for the actual song. Second was the musical composition–which is the license that has to be paid in order to cover everything from the people who wrote the song, to the people who manipulate the composition of the song itself (so if an artist covers a song, the people who made that song possible still get paid).

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Marvin Gaye (Mojo Music)

The Gaye family argued that Thicke had stolen the musical composition, meaning that Gaye’s voice, the percussion, and the backing vocalists could not be considered in this trial. The music of the song that Gaye originally wrote could be considered–the sheet music being the only piece of copyright infringement. The family couldn’t play the recordings side-by-side in the trial because the performances of the songs might sway the jury. But eventually, the Gaye family was allowed to play a stripped-down version of the song for the jury to listen to.

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Suited Up: Robin Thicke (Left) and Pharrell Williams (Right) both made court appearances in hopes to defend their work. Both their outfits look like they’re about to go on the red carpet though — just look at Pharrell’s sunglasses! (David Buchan / Getty Images) 

The highly publicized trial was dramatic from the start, with Thicke and Williams both appearing in court in defense of their ostensibly original work. In April 2014, Thicke confessed to rampant drug use during the writing and recording of “Blurred Lines,” and claimed he had little to do with the song’s creation.

On March 10, 2015, the jury came to the final verdict: Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were found guilty and had to pay $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s family for copyright infringement.

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From Beginning Till The End: The trio’s music video, although admittedly catchy, stirred controversy from the start for its suggestive lyrics, as well as their rather racy music video. (Interscope Records)

The two singers and rapper, T.I. released a formal statement to the public regarding the final verdict that read:

While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Blurred Lines was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.


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that these overlaps in music happen fairly often. However, this was simply a highly publicized case. In all likelihood, this ruling won’t change the music industry as this is not a major change to the copyright law or an attempt to change any production ways. This case stands alone as one civil case and not a a domino in a line of falling ones.

Check it out for yourselves, do you think there was a clear copyright infringement? Comment below!

– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)

Captions: Faith Choi (’16)
Header: Interscope Records

JooBang: The Place of Dreams (and Lunch)

Come one, come all, to the hallowed bang of Joo.

Joobang: The sanctuary of Mr. Joo.

Are you tired of the cafeteria food? Have you ever wanted a place to eat lunch peacefully? Do you like Mr. Joo’s taste in music? Then come to Joobang! Mr. Joo’s room, on the first floor of the HS Building, is always open every high school lunch for students to, well, just chill. They are free to do whatever they wish, whether it’s studying, eating, chatting, watching a movie, or asking the sagacious Mr. Joo for life advice.

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(Sarah Chin, ’16) 

Why do people choose to go to Joobang? We asked some of the Joobang “regulars” and here’s what they had to say.

 

“If I don’t have Joobang I don’t know where I’ll be. The one time it was closed when Mr. Joo was gone, I was so upset. It’s the one place where I get to see my friends all at one place, and a place to chill after a long day. I like how Mr. Joo really doesn’t care what we do. And I like his music.”

  • Jaye Ahn (‘16)

 

“I come for the music and people. I also feel healthier eating my mom’s food rather than the MSG-infested JJ catering food.”

  • Faith Choi (‘16)

 

“Well, my table isn’t very active anymore and the cafeteria or library is too loud so I can’t hear people talk. And, it’s closer to classes, because I mean the cafeteria is literally underground.”

  • Daisy Kim (‘16)

 

“Cuz it’s quiet, it’s chill, and it’s not crowded.”

  • Jiyoung Choi (‘16), Junghyun Kim (‘16), Nicole Son (‘16)

 

“I come just to chill. I do my homework or just talk with friends. I don’t like [the] atmosphere at the library and how I have to put my bag in the cabinet.”

  • Austin Kim (‘16)

 

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Nothing but smiles!: Do you want to see this beautiful face every day? Do you want to listen to his amazing taste in music! Get your butt over to Joo Bang to check the scene out for yourself! (Sarah Chin, ’16)

A chill atmosphere, no restrictions, good music. The best place to spend lunch! But how did it start? Let’s ask the man himself, Mr. Joo, for how this came to be.

BP: What made you start eating lunch in your room?

MJ: “I gotta spend 5 minutes to walk to the cafeteria and back, and then wait in the Deli line for 10 minutes only to be told that they’re out of kimbab. That’s 20 minutes out of my 35 minutes gone! So I just started packing my own lunch.”

 

BP: How did students start coming in?

MJ: I didn’t ask them, but people just started coming in one day. Every year, there is a group of 10 or so people who are the unofficial residents.

 

BP: What do you like about Joobang?

MJ: “It has a lively good vibe, and it’s usually former Joochem people so we can chat about stuff. It gives us a chance to rant, and it’s a nice amount of free time just to talk about non-school academics.”

 

BP: What do you not like about Joobang?

MJ: “I like everything.”

 

BP: Do you have any other comments?

MJ: “No.”

 

Well, there you have it. A place for laughter, peace, and de-stressing music.

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(Sarah Chin, ’16) 

Come one, come all, to Joobang.

– Sarah Chin (’16)

 Header: Sarah Chin ’16

Adultery Decriminalized in S. Korea

We’ve gone back to the year 1953.

Adultery, the act of engaging in extramarital sexual relations, was decriminalized in South Korea on February 26. The Constitutional Court of Korea garnered the two-thirds majority to strike down the law, with a vote of seven to two. The decision reached declared that Criminal Act Article 241, the adultery provision, “violated the Constitution.”

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The sixty-two year old law was established in 1953 to protect women who had little authority against their dominating husbands in the male-centered society. Since then, the law has indicted more than 53,000 people, although the two year prison term was rarely issued due to the lack of evidence of sexual intercourse.

The repealing of this law officially proclaimed adultery to no longer be an affair of the state, as South Korea’s traditionally conservative and Confucian values are now rapidly undergoing change with greater value placed on individual rights.

However, surprisingly, this was not the first time measures had been taken to take down this law—it was just the only successful one. Since 1990, the law was unsuccessfully revisited four times; the closest the law came to being repealed was in actress Ok So-ri’s 2008 case when it was only one vote short.

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South Korean actress Ok So Ri is seen here arriving at her court date circa 2008. (Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters)

Critics of the law, Judges Park Han-chul, Lee Jin-sung, Kim Chang-jong, Seo Ki-seog, and Cho Yong-ho claimed the charges of adultery breach the citizens’ rights to participate in sexual affairs and violated the privacy and freedom of their personal lives.

They continued that issues of free will, love, and maintenance of marriage “should not be externally forced through a criminal code.” Moreover, they expressed their doubt that the law was effectively performing its duty, for instead of discouraging adultery, it was merely used as a means of threat to achieve financial compromises.

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For as long as anyone can remember, adultery has been considered immoral and illegal. Do you think the S. Korean government did a good job in doing what they did? (eHarmony)

Supporters of the law staying intact, however, claimed that it encouraged loyal, honest family relations and that efforts must be made to prevent the moral depravity that will come as a result of the ban. Lamenting that family life could be undermined and weakened, they shunned the court’s actions as irresponsible and lacking hindsight.

South Korea, now no longer one of the few non-Muslim nations to criminalize adultery, will continue to have a highly debated topic to contend with. Despite the lift, citizens must remember that they all still have a moral and civil obligation against adultery and infidelity.

– Emily Kim (’16)

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