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.

(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)


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.

(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.”

(Lee Jin-Man/Associated Press)

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.

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.

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)

Header: Mike Kemp/Getty Images

The Facebook-KIS Affair

You can’t live with it, you can’t live without it — so what more there is to do?

Facebook: a diversion, or an addiction?

Who hasn’t quickly accessed Facebook when our teachers face their defenseless backs to us? As we KISians always use our laptops during class, we tend to get distracted and tempted to sneak a peek at our barely refreshed newsfeed. Despite the “No Facebook rule” at our school, it’s simply impossible to block the students from visiting the notorious site.

(Daniel Park, ’17)

Facebook is a great way to socialize. We can upload all sorts of photos, chat with friends, and stay up-to-date with the latest news. For example, Student Council uses their own Facebook page to update students about upcoming events such as pep rallies. Clubs, sports teams, and even AP classes in our school also have their own Facebook group in order to post their schedules, plans, important dates, announcements, and so on.

Nearly everyone in the entire school uses Facebook to communicate and access information; therefore, it just makes a great platform for countless things. Forgot when the test is? Ask your friend on Facebook. It’s more likely they’ll chat back, rather than when you call them on their phone. Need to promote a school event held next week? Announce it on the KIS group page, where almost the entire high school student body is a member.

Lisa Han (‘17) mentions it’s a great website for communicating, because it’s so mainstream. You are guaranteed a response because somebody is always online, on the other side of the screen, which is quite reassuring.

However, not everything about Facebook is beneficial to improving our lives at KIS. Simply put by Stacy Jo (‘17), “It’s certainly distracting.” When’s the last time you hated yourself because you kept on putting back the one assignment you had to finish, until it was two in the morning? Certainly not that long ago.

Procrastination is a major – if not the biggest – enemy of students, and Facebook definitely does not help the situation. With the endless entertainment you receive from one website, it’s so hard not to close the tab. After all, what’s so great about an English essay due in approximately eight hours, when you could be browsing Vines on Facebook? The small “break” you take during your “study time” ends up lasting an hour, which will most likely not please your teacher when you present him/her with a blank sheet of paper in the morning.

(Daniel Park, ’17)

Facebook, just like anything else, has it’s pros and cons. It can actually corrupt you if you’re on it too long, procrastinating school work. However, it can also help you in terms of communicating with your peers from school.

In the end, balancing your time on Facebook is the key. While abstaining could mean missing important announcements, being on it 24/7 means you’ll never get anything done. Reward yourself with Facebook after you get all of your homework done! (Now I’ll go back to scrolling through my newsfeed…casually not thinking about the math test I have tomorrow, oops.)

– Leona Maruyama (’17)

Header: Daniel Park (’17)

The Platinum Factor

People have been bleaching and colouring their hair since the mid 1800s. The ability to change the colour of one’s locks has not only allowed greater personal expression, but also has provided a chance to stand out from a sea of blonde, brown, and black tresses.

With all the developed dyes and shampoos today, people can now colour their hair a range of shades and hues from vibrant red to even a deep cobalt. However, not all choose to match their hair colour to a crayon. Platinum blonde is like —but much paler and brighter to the point where it almost seems white in some lighting.

This hair color is rocked by models, celebrities, and singers alike. Not only is it a more striking take on the classic blonde shade, but it also provides a fresher and crisper touch to one’s look. Although it has recently been seen quite often on modern celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, platinum hair has existed since the beginnings of hair alteration.

Platinum Debut: Kim Kardashian wowed the world when she stepped out of her hotel during Paris Fashion Week with her unusually bright hair. (Getty Images)

The white-gold yet silvery shade has always made a statement from Marie Antoinette’s powdered wigs to Kim Kardashian’s recent new hairdo. The platinum blonde colour became a huge hit when the term was first coined to describe the hair of Jean Harlow, an actress who starred in the 1931 film—wait for it—Platinum Blonde. Other actresses, such as Marilyn Monroe, took on the unexpected shade to flaunt their luscious curls and to stand out from the crowd.

Male icons also embraced the bold colour, such as Andy Warhol, an artist famous for his iconic silver/platinum wig, which he used to cover his ailing hair. It was even rocked by Tom Felton in his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series.

The Blonde Inspiration: Andy Warhol was an inspiration to the modern world, whether it was the art he made or the art he wore and became. (The Hayward Gallery)

Bleach has always been in fashion, but until recently the white-blonde locks were associated more with the indie and rock genre, courtesy of singers Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, and Sky Ferreira. However, the mood for platinum blonde has become far chicer and sleeker, and has grown on long hair, instead of being cropped short to a bob.

Such hairstyles have been seen on models walking down runways, such as Sasha Luss, whose light hair gives her an angelic look especially with her equally pale skin, and Soo Joo Park, a model who outgrew her classic black hair colour and instead adopted an extreme platinum blonde.

Soo Joo Park: Supermodel Soo Joo Park hopped onto the Platinum Bandwagon not too long ago. (Wilhelmina Images)

However, there’s no need to bleach one’s hair to destruction in order to achieve a stunning look. Another trending hair colour is rose gold: a beautiful blend of pink, red, and blonde, and maybe even a bit of lavender. Not only does it match with makeup products, but it also works well as ombres on dark and light locks like those of Sienna Miller. A rose gold sheen on bright blonde hair adds nymph-like vibes, while one can also achieve a strong, dramatic look by pairing the soft shade with fiery red roots, creating an interesting fade-out effect.

A Fresh Look: Lots of people, like Sienna Miller in this photo, decided to go with a more playful approach by adding tinges of pink to her already blonde hair. (Mike Marsland)

Although bleach and dyes can take the life out of one’s hair, it’s worth trying a new look and changing one’s vibe. A simple change in something like the colour of one’s hair can completely alter one’s outlook and presence in life. Will you switch your hair to a striking platinum blonde? Or colour your hair rose gold, or another, perhaps more vibrant hue? Leave a comment below!

– Seiyeon Park (’17)

Header: Getty Images, Instagram
Captions: Faith Choi (’16)

Suits Finale: Recap & Thoughts

It’s the season finale that left its fans sobbing and screaming.

“You know I love you, Donna.”

These six words drove us nuts on the second to last episode of Suits Season 4. What did we get in return?

#TBT: A youthful Harvey and Donna have their first encounter after the first major success for Harvey. The chemistry that we have seen the past four seasons between these two is very much prevalent here. (USA)

A sexy flashback to Donna and Harvey’s first meeting. An all-knowing Donna approaches Harvey at a bar with the intention to work for him which he remarks back by saying, “You’re not just a pretty face, are you?” This is also where we see infamous dangerous banker, Charles Forstman, shooting a devilish look at Harvey.

The Stench of Desperation: Without keeping in touch with Harvey for at least three months, Sean Cahill approaches the lawyer with a panic we didn’t see from him the last time he was around. (USA)

Back to present time, Cahill visits Pearson Specter Litt to ask for Harvey’s help to make his case against Woodall and Forstman. Mike and Rachel work together to find Cahill’s money and save him. The couple figures out that Harvey’s troublesome brother probably has something to do with the missing money as the flashback shows Harvey’s brother asking Harvey for money to start his life afresh by setting up a restaurant. But when Jessica turns down Harvey to loan him the money, Harvey runs to Forstman and takes on his offer despite Jessica’s warnings.

In the meantime, Donna helps Louis through tough times as he says goodbye to his late secretary, Norma (who we’ve never seen but heard so much about!). As Louis is at a loss, he offers Donna Norma’s position and we see Donna turning down the offer. However, she does have second thoughts as she confronts Harvey about the night before when he told her that he loved her. Harvey, being the man he is, is afraid to confront his feelings up straight and ends up saying the worst thing possible, “I did that because I wanted to make you feel better.” Donna then accuses him of not taking chances and not letting his true feelings out and storms off.

Back in the flashback, we find out that Forstman had offered Harvey $1 million to come work for him but when he decided to back off from the deal, he finds out that Forstman had already given Harvey’s brother the loan amount he needed for his restaurant. Harvey chews out Forstman for making a stock move based on something he told Forstman the night before in confidence, which made him realize that he was simply manipulated for inside information and can’t go after Forstman without putting both himself and Marcus in a world of hurt.

As we return once again to the present, Forstman has come to talk to Harvey to remind him about their deal made 12 years ago. He argues that Forstman only blackmailed him into the deal. Forstman then tells Harvey that it’s unfortunate that he won’t hear him confess to the crime. A smart man like Forstman never caught on that Harvey was in fact wearing a wire all along, with Cahill listening at the other end of it. This calls for a celebration!


Mike returns home and to find Rachel having prepared a romantic dinner to celebrate but Mike turns the whole night around by finally popping the question. It’s probably one of the most emotional scenes in a good way of all time in Suits as Mike Ross says the sweetest compliments possible to a girl and gets down on one knee with his grandmother’s ring in his hands. No doubt was it a tear shedding moment!

Unfortunately, there’s still time to throw some wrenches. Donna comes back to see Harvey, this time, telling him that she’s leaving him for good- that she is going to work for Louis. Harvey tells her not to go, but Donna still leaves, telling him that she loves him. You had your chance Harvey!

Goodbye For Good?: One can argue that Donna was too flustered with the recent events she had been through, but honestly, props to her for finally taking initiative and doing what she feels is best. You should’ve seen that coming, Harvey. (USA)

We listen in to a final phone call as Harvey phones his brother and we hear that he’s doing great with a wife and kids. That was a satisfying moment because we know the money in the end was worth it and Harvey not giving up on his brother paid off. A truly touching moment there especially since Harvey was broken down by Donna’s departure- hearing how well his brother was doing probably brought some warmth to his broken heart.

Well so much for Darvey (Donna+Harvey)! We couldn’t have been more wrong about their relationship turning romantic and Mike’s proposal sure threw a curveball at us! At this point, Mike and Rachel have gone as far as they can. What will be of the other characters? Will Donna ever come back to Harvey? Will Harvey fight for Donna? Will Mike and Rachel’s engagement last? Who will be Harvey’s new secretary? What changes will this Donna situation in Louis?

The writers sure have to take every step very carefully from now on, because if they screw this up, it’ll be a terrible injustice to years of great script writing! I can’t wait for the summer premiere of a whole new season!


What were some of your thoughts on the Season 4 finale of Suits?


“I died, as always. I was in shock when Donna left Harvey but anything Donna does, I support cuz she’s ****** flawless!” – Sohee Yu (‘16)


– Hyun Jung Choi (‘16)

Header: USA
Captions: Faith Choi (’16)