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Editors Letter Campus News Culture Calendar Feature Innovating for the Future: Cloud Computing The Other

Side of Technology

Originality? SNU Society Survey on Religion at SNU

Spreaders of the Word

Havens in SNU

Searching for a Sanctuary On Religion Alcohol and Energy Drinks in a Bombshell

The Truth Behind the Administrative Building Protests

Sports at SNU Arts and Culture 330 Millon Gods. ONE Temple.

Out for Freedom of Thought

Made in Italy

Editors Choice Flavor Your October with Music Urban Nomads

The Little Prince

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Volume 40
October 2012

The Other Side of Technology





One may be accused of being overly optimistic by claiming that an ideology or belief has survived in its truest form through history. In fact, over most of human history, there have been few constants that have persisted to maintain its original form. Political theories, cultural customs and technology have all evolved through time and in effect, have continuously transformed from the life of an individual to the workings of society. Whether it was the seemingly impeccable concept of the Greek republic or Stalins take on communism, none of these ideas can be claimed as neither an absolute truth nor an answer. However, there remains one entity in human history that claims itself to be an absolute, religion. Spirituality has always been a concern for humans. Despite the constant strives for betterment through political, cultural and technological revolutions, religion remains to be considered as a sacred entity that has been left relatively unchallenged. From Hinduism to Christianity, religion has played an integral role in shaping human history without ever becoming completely obsolete. With such thought in mind and in need of a spiritual healing in the busy blur that is our lives, in its 40th volume, the Quill has chosen religion as the main topic of interest. Through a comprehensive survey and student interviews on the topic of religion, the Quill will attempt to understand the role of religion in the lives of the students of Seoul National University. The issue will attempt to address issues such as the spreaders of the word in campus as well as the role of religious clubs that serve as spiritual havens. There is also coverage on some of the less familiar religious and irreligious organizations at Seoul National University such as the SNU Muslim Association and the club Free Thinkers. For readers less interested in religion at SNU, the Feature section will cover on the more modern topic of technology and its role in our contemporary world. Meanwhile, the Arts & Culture section will provide a range of cultural material to survive as a cosmopolitan SNU-ite, from a review of the restaurant Trattoria to an introduction to a Hindu temple in Itaewon. The 40th issue of Quill also adds seven new writers to our roster with the hopes of strengthening our journalistic arsenal. Any inquiries or comments regarding the content of the articles or the Quill itself can be sent to BY YUN HWAN CHAE EDITOR -IN-CHIEF


uill Staff
Chief Managing Director Su Hyen Bae Editor-in-Chief Yun Hwan Chae Vice Managing Director Hyun Jung Feature Section Seo Kyoung Lee Campus Section Editor Johannes Hwang So Hyun Park Haesol Kim Diana Cho Eun Hur Sam Ko Regina Lee Arts and Culture Section Editor Abhas Maskey Hyun Chung Chung Inhwa Kwon Tselmeg Chuluunbaatar Hee Kyung Lee Jane Park Young Min Son Cover and Introduction Design Suzanne Park E-Mail Website Advisor Professor Eli Sorensen Professor Eui Hang Shin Sponsor SNU College English Program Office of International Affairs Printing Late Spring (0222698030) Design Sun Hee Kim

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College of Social Sciences
The Department of Psychology has introduced a new management system as many universities in Korea have done for this semester. The relatively hastily adopted experimental system recommends students enrolled in any of the following psychology classes, Introduction to Psychology and Psychology of Human Relationships, to partake in four psychology studies conducted by researchers at SNU. Each study will provide one credit to the students respective class. There is also the alternative option of receiving the extra four credits by writing a report, however, the prospect of students choosing the latter option is highly unlikely. Furthermore, the student president of the College of Social Sciences, Sujin Yoo stepped down from her role, citing personal reasons.

A wide range of experiments, including perceptual psychology is being conducted in building 16 M.

College of Arts
The College of Arts and the Formative Research Institute is providing a creative challenge to the students of SNU by opening a contest for campus bench and rock designs. With a free topic, students from the College of Arts are asked to design a bench for four and an aesthetically pleasing rock to be situated in the current Acro Garden. Two to six winning contestants will be granted the opportunity to place their piece with their names in school on November and will receive 1,000,000 and a winning certificate. The only criteria will be aesthetic creativity and safety. For more information, visit

College of Engineering
The Lam Research Korea is conducting their 2nd LRK Thesis Award for national undergraduate and graduate students. Although participants can be from any select major, the thesis topic is a choice between the semiconductor industry future trend (market analysis) and semiconductor technology. The winning award is a grand 10,000,000 and another two 5,000,000 for the 2nd and 3rd placements. Dont miss this chance to attain excellent thesis writing experience and a winning scholarship! Registrations are open until October 15th. For more information, visit

Poster for the Lam Research Koreas LRK Thesis Award.

College of Humanities
The students of the College of Humanities are opened to enter the China Expert Forum Public Discussion held by the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy on October 17th. With the topic of Industry into China, students will be given the time to listen to strategies and opinions of experts regarding China. For more information, contact Hae Jung Lee (02-3460-1117, Furthermore, the student president of the College of Humanities, Dong-hyuk Yeom, resigned from his post explaining that he is no longer qualified for the role as he had recently been a perpetrator of sexual abuse.

LG Building 59 is one of the most invested buildings on campus.

College of Business Administration

The LG Business Building has renewed their lobby this semester thanks to the help of professors and former alumni. The first floor, which was previously rather vacant with black sofas only, is now filled with a grand piano and luxurious wooden tables and stools; the second floor, with a whole new EMBA Lounge. With this donation from professor Jong Hak Choi and alumni Bok Hyun Hwang, students are now able to more leisurely spend time outside of the classrooms. The LG Business Building is open to students of all majors so feel free to check the new and refined building at building 59!
Innovated lobby facilities with a green view of the new garden.



Culture Calendar
Sun Mon 1
Steve McCurry Photo Exhibition -Between darkness and lightSeoul arts center V Hall

Tue 2

Wed 3
Photo exhibition -THE BEAUTIFUL DAYS(~10/14) Hangaram Design Arts Center Sagmeister

Thu 4
Sagmeister Another show about promotion and advertising (~11/25) Sejong Arts Center

Fri 5
Flamenco meets Pansori Baekam Arts Center

Sat 6

Jung Jae Hyung with James Morrison Yonsei Univ.

Seoul International Dance Festival-Focus on Eastern Europe Jayu Theater, Seoul Arts Center



Itaewon Global Village Festival Itaewon

Itaewon Global Village Festival Itaewon

Itaewon Global Village Festival Itaewon

Chrysanthemum Festival(~11/14) Korea World Trade Center




Zandari Festa(~10/20) Hongdae

Grand Mint Festival Seoul Olympics park

Grand Mint Festival Seoul Olympics park


Dialogue in the dark (open run) Sinchon Vertigo



2013 NOROO international color trend show Grand Intercontinental Hotel

Moonlight tour at Changdeokgung Palace (~10/30) Changdeokgung Palace




K Will Gala Concert Grand Ambassador Seoul hotel

*The Lounge refers to the lounge at the second floor of the Student Center of SNU. *The underlined are in-campus events.

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Innovating for the Future

: Cloud Computing
A user of any Apple device is probably familiar with the term iCloud. However, while Apple has only recently incorporated the cloud concept into its models, the idea itself has been around since 1994. Nevertheless, cloud computing has become the it trend as websites such as Box and Dropbox gained insurmountable popularity. In technology blogs and news, headlines stating Microsoft Moves Further into the Cloud, Cloud Computing for the Poorest Countries, Amazon reshapes Clouding, The Cloud Wars, bombards us with the concept; many of us non-technology geeks will just have to stand by and wonder why those tech gurus are fighting over some puffy mass in the sky. The problem is that there are so many definitions of cloud computing that it is difficult to grasp the concept as a 101 cloud computing beginner. Some define cloud computing as virtual servers available over the internet; some define it broadly as anything one consumes outside of the firewall. According to the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), cloud computing is defined as a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, ondemand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. In other words, cloud computing enables a way to increase capacity or add capabilities efficiently without radically changing

the existing infrastructure; it also includes any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that extends IT's existing capabilities (Infoworld). The five essential characteristics of cloud computing are on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and measured service. Currently four deployment models exist: private cloud is for exclusive use by a single organization or business unit; community cloud is exclusively used by a specific community of consumers from organizations; public cloud is openly used by the general public, often operated by business, academic, or government organizations; hybrid cloud is a combination of two or more cloud infrastructures that remain independent entities, but share portability of data. There are three main types of cloud service models: software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service.

Customer Relationship Management products. 2. Platform as a Service (PaaS): This service enables the consumer created application or acquired application deployed onto the cloud and delivered through the server of the providers infrastructure. The consumer cannot manage the cloud infrastructure, but has control over the deployed applications. Examples include the Google App Engine, Microsoft Azure Services Platform, and Yahoo Pipes. 3. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): This is a provision model in which the service provider owns and maintains the cloud infrastructure and equipment, while the consumer has control over the operating systems, storage, applications, and is able to deploy and operate software. Amazon Web Services and Amazon E2Cs payas-you-go model, AT&Ts Computeas-a-Service and Storage-as-a-Service, HP Blade System Matrix, Cloudscaling, which builds massive clouds for organizations, are all examples of IaaS providers. At the moment, cloud computing is taking baby steps toward realizing its full potential as the focus is yet on individual cloud services and cloud computing aggregators and integrators have only recently emerged. Nevertheless, the future for cloud computing will bring a paradigm shift to the IT sector; experts also expect it to promote cooperation among businesses, governments, and academic organizations. Cloud computing is no longer a foreign concept, but has become a necessity as most organizations deploy it as the standard operating procedure. The next step will be to ask how, when more organizations could adopt the system, and educate the general population into clouderatis.

Cloud Service Models

1. Software as a Service (SaaS): Consumers use a single application delivered by a cloud infrastructure which is accessed through a web browser or program interface. The provider can maintain the single application with a low cost compared to a conventional method, and the customer also does not have to directly invest in servers. Gmail, as well as other desktop applications, is an example of SaaS as the host is Google and the consumer simply accesses the email through a web browser. Another widely known example would be, which focuses on

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The Other Side of Technology

The famous phrase survival of the fittest by Charles Darwin might seem easy enough to understand; but what has really allowed the human species to adapt so well to their natural environment? We have overcome problems such as diseases, scarcity of food and natural predators which other animals have been unable to accomplish to such a large extent. An explanation could perhaps be found with a closer look at the development of technology. In this area our species have far surpassed any other animal. Due to technology, human society has been able to progress at an impressive speed allowing billions of humans to live on this planet and even a few outside Earth. However, when discussing about technology, most people tend to focus on science and engineering, inventions such as the steam engine and the light bulb comes to mind. However, there is another important side of technology which many forget; organizational innovations, just like technical innovations, have had a large impact on the improvement of societies. Thus, a more appropriate definition of technology would be the ability to solve problems that leads to development. One could divide technological innovations into embodied technology, technical innovations, and disembodied technology, organizational innovations. The organizational aspect of technology could therefore be defined as how to improve the way to use equipment or how people work. A famous example is Henry Fords invention of the assembly line and consequently, the mass production system which allowed humans to use much less resources to create what they needed. In the same way as most technical innovations occurred, organizational innovations have mostly taken place in the past 200 years since the industrial revolution and greatly contributed to the growth of society during that time span. Organizational innovations combined with technical innovations shows the complexity of human technology and our capabilities. It is not only about tools and machinery but also the way they are used as well as how we work together. Organizational improvements can be something as simple as the way you divide the work while doing a team project. Everyone knows how timeconsuming an inefficient team can be and what negative effects it can have on your other commitments. We have many to thank for our society not being as inefficient as perhaps some of your team projects have been. Just imagine if the workers at the Hyundai Motor factory had to build the entire car instead of dividing the work and specializing in just one task; the sight of a car would be as rare as 150 years ago.


Essential organizational innovations throughout history

Craft production (from ancient times)
Craft production is the process of manufacturing a product through the use of manual skills, with or without the help of tools. Manufacturing by hand is a timeconsuming process since one person needs to have all the necessary skills to produce the product. This was the most prevalent production system in the preindustrialized society but is still used today to make high-quality and unique products. The difference in cost between a craft produced and mass produced item is a simple evidence of how newer organizational innovations have been able to make more out of less resources.

Division of labor (from ancient times)

Division of labor is one of the earliest forms for humans to cooperate, for example, the system of hunter-gatherers during the early time of human society. Since individuals could specialize and devote all their time to a single task they were able to excel and perform better which allowed human communities to have sufficient amounts of food to survive and grow. In modern society, we can see division of labor everywhere and globalization has allowed even countries to specialize due to international trade.

Mass Production and the Assembly Line (Late 19th century)

Mass production is the method of producing large quantities of goods at a lower cost per unit than the use of craft producing would have been. This organizational innovation was essential for the industrial revolution since it was now possible to produce enough goods for many more people. Mass production cannot be defined as a single technology but many other organizational and technical innovations were necessary to make mass production possible; most notably the assembly line, division of labor, machine tools, interchangeable parts, and power (electricity). An assembly line is where each worker is assigned to doing just one task while working on the product. In the case of the Ford factory, the cars were placed on an assembly belt and every worker added just one part to the product. This technique is still used by modern automakers.

Vertical Integration (Late 19th century)

Vertical integration is when a company produces two or more goods that are in the same production path. For example, Hyundai has both a steel company and an automobile manufacturing company; they use the steel to produce the cars. This can reduce costs as Hyundai will always be able to make enough steel to meet their needs. While vertical integration in many cases can be beneficial it is not always the case since it becomes difficult to coordinate. JapanZaibatsu system and Korea s s Chaebol system are other organizational innovations which are heavily influenced by vertical integration.

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Stock Exchanges (Late 19th century)

Selling shares (stock) is a way for a company to finance their business by making every shareholder a part owner of the company and hence entitled to a part of the profit. This system allows people to invest in businesses they believe are able to become profitable and it is a way for companies to get direct funding by the public instead of having to turn to a bank or other major firms. While the concept of stock exchange has existed for a long time it was first efficiently developed in the US in the late 19th century and has today become a vital aspect of modern society.

Scientific Management (Early 20th century)

The concept of scientific management was first developed by Frederick Winslow Taylor, the basic idea is to use a scientific approach when managing a group of workers. The first development of scientific management came when Taylor was working as a foreman in a factory. Taylor noticed differences in productivity among workers and was interested in finding out why these differences existed and how he could make the factory more efficient by analyzing the results. He wanted to find what methods of work were most productive develop a standard procedure and apply those standard procedures on the entire factory. While this innovation was successful in improving productivity, it also failed in certain areas such as ignoring individual differences.

Industrial Districts and Business Clusters (Early 20th century)

Industrial district is a term to describe an area where the workers live just by their work place. This method of organizing production was commonly used in heavy industries during early to mid-20th century; for example, coal mining in England. Most such districts have now disappeared in the developed world and have been replaced by a similar phenomenon called business clusters. A business cluster is when many interconnected businesses are located in the same area. A famous example is Silicon Valley, where many computer technology firms can be found.

Lean Manufacturing and Just-In-Time (1960s-1970s)

The basic principle of lean manufacturing is that any use of resources that does not create value for the customer is wasteful and should be eliminated. Lean manufacturing is mostly derived from Toyota production system and is the main s reason why Toyota has become such a successful automaker. Just-In-Time is also a contributor to this accomplishment and is a management technique, in which a firm holds little or no inventory at all. Materials for production should arrive just before they are used and finished goods should be sent to the customers immediately. By using this method, costs for holding inventory and stock are reduced but relies heavily on the ability to come up with materials and products as soon as there is demand. As of today, lean manufacturing (or just Lean) and JustIn-Time have become the most common management techniques in modern firms.



n the early 20th century, it was a common belief among intellectuals that everything had already been invented-that science had rendered itself obsolete. Now more than ever, especially in light of new patent law suits where Apple is claiming infringement on intelligence down to the details of curvature of phone icons, history seems to be repeating itself. Clearly, the world has entered a much faster, internet friendly, convenient era in the passage of time. Which brings us to the question, is it now safe to conclude that originality is dead? On the premise of its definition, originality is just really inaccessible and mostly conceptual. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, originalitys definition can be seen as the quality of being novel or unusual. Somehow, this definition leaves the reader thirsting for more-- a stricter premise perhaps. Or in other words, just because something is weird and inaccessible doesnt mean it is original. In the Samsung vs Apple issues, Samsung has received several financial blows, including a $1.05 billion dollar law suit, including on surface design. On the other hand, Apple lifts a lot of ideas itself from other companies. Xerox for the GUI, or outright buys the companies they want to use the patents/software from. iTunes was originally SoundJam MP, Siri was originally a 3rd party app, the notification dropdown was on the Android first, the notification bar in ML was Growl. In short, its hard nowadays to distinguish whats mine and whats yours. Beyond that, let it be known that nothing can be truly original only along the lines that no one can create anything outside the realm of human experience. Or rather, no matter how hard one tries, whatever one can think of comes from the millions upon millions of things he has experienced or learned within the span of his lifetime. But in a more practical sense, recycled things are new to many people. Take music, for example. The desire to physically play music comes from the sense of pleasure one must get from hearing a particular sound created by a group or person. So much that one wanted to recreate it; and they soon grow to find out that they want to express themselves rather than to be like someone else. Referencing another person is also a convenience issue. Its also a lot easier to just boil it down and admit that something sounds, looks, or feels like

something else. Its a simple rule and convenience of relativism. So when someone says, Im like the female Bon Iver, she was probably just trying to let you know what her music sounded like rather than saying she wants to copy exactly what he does. The artist was probably referring to some kind of melodramatic, emotionally frustrated style rather than actually trying to be like Bon Iver. With the idea that originality is this obscure, subjective, difficult to define issue, take a look at the infamous Samsung vs Apple law suits. Originality is an incredibly difficult concept which brings us to question the logic of basing billion dollar law suits on such an idea. The idea war essentially becomes a race to the patent office. The battle between Samsung and Apple does not just stop at mere angles and superficial designs, but brings to mind the obscure quality of originality. Everyone has idols, sources of inspiration, or subconsciously picked up ideas, and certainly, there are people out there who just want to copy such and such artist without bringing anything original to the field. In conclusion, to base the patent system on such an obscure concept as originality is to do innovation injustice.


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SNU Society

Survey on

Religion at SNU
Religion has had a towering presence throughout human history. In many cases, differences in opinions regarding religion has led to negative outcomes such as conflicts or the neglect of progress in science. At Seoul National University, students from various religious backgrounds study theories that might contradict their beliefs. The Quill decided to survey 142 SNU students on to what extent religion affects their university life. The survey was conducted with eight questions on the topics of religion and social life, society, academics and minority religions. The purpose of this survey was to find out how religious and non-religious people think how religion affects their lives.


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Do you consider yourself religious?

Of those surveyed 42% admitted to being religious in some way. This differs from national numbers as the National Statistical Office considers 53.5% of South Koreans to belong to some religion, with Christianity and Buddhism being the largest ones.

Percentage or religious people at SNU

Does your religion affect your social life? Total social life a. Yes, very much. b. Yes, a little. c. No, not much. d. No, not at all.

Non-religion social life

Religion social life

When asked if religion affects their student life, SNU students 63% agreed that it did have almost no effect on their social life at all. However, when comparing non-religious students to religious students one can notice a clear difference in the answers. Only 9% of the non-religious people thought that religion affected their social life and nobody considered religion to be a major influence. The religious group understandably responded differently as 74% considered religion to have an impact on their social interactions.


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Does your view cause you to have conflicts/tensions with people with different views? Total conflicts/tensions a. Yes, very much. Non-religion Religion conflicts/tensions conflicts/tensions b. Yes, a little. c. No, not much. d. No, not at all.

On the topic of social life, the respondents were asked to answer more in detail whether different religious views had ever caused conflicts or tension with other people. Overall, only 12% seemed to have notable negative experiences related to religion in their social relations. Non-religious people seemed to have even less problems than the average student and as many as 55% said that they had never encountered even a slight problem with other people due to different views. Religious people seemed a bit more bothered since only 30% said they had never had any issues but still a large majority did not consider religion to have a very negative impact on social life.

Do you think religion is beneficial, harmful or harmless to society? a. Beneficial Total society Non-religion society b. Harmful c. Harmless d. Can be either beneficial or harmful

Religion society

While religion did not seem to be a concern to most people when it comes to conflicts in social life, the Quill also investigated if people considered religion to have a positive or negative effect on society. SNU students thought that religion overall was beneficial with a majority of 58%. However, as many as 18% thought it was directly harmful. When comparing the opinions of non-religious students and religious students the results are more interesting. It is clear that the religious group have a much more positive view of religion and as many as 83% think it is beneficial. Among the non-religious, more people consider religion to be beneficial than harmful, but as many as 25% think religion has a negative impact on society and an additional 8% think that it could have either a negative or positive impact. Most notably we can see that while most people consider religion to be good there are still many that think religion has a harmful effect on society. Even among religious people this number is 9%.


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Do you think religion can work together with science (ie,evolution) or are the two incompatible? a. Religion can work together with science. b.Religion and science and compatible to a certain extent. c. Religion and science are incompatible
Total Compatibilty with science
Non-religion Compatibilty with science Religion Compatibilty with science

In the second part of the survey, the focus shifted from social life to academics. Since it is not uncommon to hear about contradictions between religion and science, SNU students were asked for their opinion on this matter. On average 37% considered religion and science to be compatible but the majority (51%) said that they are both compatible at least to a certain extent. Only 12% held that religion and science are completely incompatible. When looking at the views of the two different groups it was not very surprising to see that religious people were more positive to religion and science being compatible (51%) while 73% of the non-religious students stated that they could never be completely compatible. A notable fact is that 8% of religious people admit to their views not being compatible with science at all.

Have you ever encountered a situation where religion has interfered with the content of a class? Total Problems in Class Non-religion Religion a. Yes Problems in Class Problems in Class b. No

To further understand religions effect on academics, the Quill also asked the surveyed if they had any personal experience of religion contradicting or interfering with the content of a class; as many as 55% said that they indeed had encountered such a situation. While religious individuals seemed to have less such experiences, 41% of the respondents still thought that religion had interfered with the content of a class they had taken. 65% of non-religious students claimed that religion does not completely agree with their academics.


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If you belong to a minority religion at SNU has this ever caused problems? Minority Problems a. Yes, very much. b. Yes, a little. c. No, not much. d. No, not at all.

Do you think SNU should provide more assistance to minority religions? a. Yes, very much. Minority Problems b. Yes, a little. c. No, not much. d. No, not at all.

Students belonging to minority religions were asked to give their opinion on their experiences at SNU. They were first asked if they had ever had problems due to being a minority religion and also if they thought SNU should provide more assistance for them. While most students did not seem to have any problems with belonging to a minority religion at SNU, as many as 54% still thought SNU could provide more assistance.


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hen looking at the respondentsanswers regarding social life, we can see that religion has less effect on nonreligious students, both when it comes to social life and situations with conflicts or tension. Religious students on the other hand thought that religion, on average, affects their social life but does not cause much conflict in their lives, even though it seems that more religious individuals experienced tension than non-religious individuals. It can be concluded that religion simply is a more important part of religious peopleslives rather than those of non-religious people. More interesting results can be found in how SNU students view the effect of religion on society. While most considered it to be beneficial, many were still worried about the harmful consequences of religion. 25% of the non-religious and 9% of the religious did consider religion to have a negative impact on society. These results make one wonder if one should look over certain aspects of religions that could harm people or societies. One area where religion can have negative effects on society is in the area of science. Historically, we can bring up many examples such as the alienation of Galileo Galilei and his discoveries by the Catholic Church. It also seems true today that many are skeptical to religions compatibility with science, as shown by this survey. Surprisingly, even some religious SNU students think religion is incompatible with science which makes one wonder which side to choose to believe in when pursuing their academic career. A majority of SNU students had even encountered situations when religion interfered with the content of a class. Even 41% of religious individuals admitted to problems between religion and science in their studies. This suggests that religious backgrounds might affect how one perceives what the SNU professors are teaching. We can also see that while most students of minority religions do not experience many problems, there are some that have encountered a lot of difficult situations during their time at SNU. Also a majority of the respondents ask for more assistance from the school to make their livelihood, or the lives of other minorities to be made easier. On a final note, we can conclude that even though religion does not seem to cause severe problems for SNU students there are still many questions after this survey that should be addressed. If religion does in fact cause conflict, harm society or interfere with studies, then perhaps we should be cautious regarding the extent to which religion affects university life.

Refer any questions regarding the survey, how it was conducted and the results to The SNU Quills official email: Or contact the reporter in charge directly: Johannes Hwang:


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Spreaders of the Word


eoul National University has an extremely open campus that has its arms open to any stranger, and with any stranger, specifically the spreaders of the word. Our campus is swimming with outsiders that desperately seek to gain new followers in their religious circles. These outsiders are notoriously known on campus to go in and out on a dailybasis approaching SNU students openly without caution, and bluntly, ask students join to their religious groups. Exactly who are these religious groups, and what are the true roots to their religious backgrounds? Why do they use SNU as a source of seeking new followers? How do we, SNU students, handle a situation when approached by these people? The two most common groups around campus are the following: Shinchonji and World Mission Church of God (Hananims Church): Shinchonji, is not an officially recognized sect by the Christian organization because of its somewhat different beliefs. The definition of Shinchonji refers to the term new(shin) and basically means a new world. The religion strongly focuses on the bohaesa, or the comforter, and has interpretations of the new testament that are not officially proven of. The number of followers of Shinchonji are tremendous in Korea,

not to mention their rapid expansion. It is no wonder there are a great deal of these people that enter SNU for the broadening of their followers. The World Mission Church of God (Hananims Church) has a large center located at Nakseongdae area, near SNUs rear gate. The basic religious beliefs of this group is founded upon the belief in the Mother God. They acknowledge the one true God, but

also believe in the existence of a mother god to complement the father god. Followers can often be found around the dormitory area in search for new believers. In order to accurately understand the message and perspective of the religion, Quill sought for an interview with them. However, without luck, both religious organizations refused an interview regarding their doctrinal

Our campus is swimming with outsiders...

Hananim's Church signboard largely displayed at Nakseongdae


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intentions and purposes for spreading their word around the SNU campus. The reason provided by the organizations were due to concerns of misrepresenation. Specifically, the World Mission Church of God explained that an interview would be unlikely stating to look into their Article 7. Anyhow, both interviews were unsuccessful and therefore, their purpose of roaming our campus leads to the default understanding that the organizations are aimed at their religions proliferation. However, hope is not lost on the spreaders of the Word since SNU students had nothing against being interviewed. They in fact gave their personal accounts on how they act when confronted by these people on campus. Maria Lee (Design Major, 11) gave her account of how she reacts to the confrontations around the Arts department and the dormitory area. She at first, as most new freshmen,

Exactly who are these religious groups, and what are the true roots to their religious backgrounds?
experienced her first confrontation seeking to get out of the discussion with the spreaders because of her existing faith. She is Catholic. According to Maria, she now avoids confrontation by often pretending she is on the phone or saying she is unable to speak Korean. These people on the other hand, are also quite prepared in doing their job as they carry around pamphlets of several language translated versions for people who are unable to speak in Korean. For example, Maria was given English pamphlets. She also stated that her religion was Catholic, and the people told her that they believe in the same God. On that note, a conclusion cant safely be made, but it truly lies on the students beliefs. Tom Lee (Liberal Arts Major, 12) is a Christian and tells spreaders straight up that he is a faithful Christian. If he is still followed he simply listens and agrees with what they say. He says he tries to ignore those who dont have the same religion as him by giving them a serious face whilst walking away. However, if a fellow Christian approaches he is relieved to know that their conversation wont last long because the other would understand that they are of the same beliefs. Most accounts of confrontations are met with how students try to avoid spreaders, but this does not mean they should be. If youre interested, why not? Especially for those seeking a faith, or simply want to extend their spiritual boundaries, who knows, it may lead to great changes in students lives. It is no question however, that spreaders are extremely determined to have their messages sent across when confronting students and that it is often quite difficult to get out of a conversation when approached. Often, people resort to rudely walking away. Yet, it should rather be preferred that both perspectives be taken into consideration. Spreaders of their Word clearly have their reasons of so desperately seeking attention to save a new soul, whilst an SNU student might already have a strong faith in their own religion or frankly just need to get to class on time!

Sample bookmark given out by Shinchonji members at SNU Station


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Havens in SNU

ith academic work and social commitments consuming most of students lives both mentally and physically throughout the school year, students at times need a place to release their stress through different channels. Luckily, large portions of the SNU student body have such havens on campus where they are able to find repose through the channel of religion. Various religious college student clubs, including the 15 registered and approximately 30 informal ones, mainly consist of the three prevalent religions in KoreaChristianity, Catholicism, and Buddhism. Three student college clubs of these religions: YWAM, Wooltholic, and the Buddhist Student Association respectively, shared their ideas regarding the influence of these clubs on the religious life outside of school and also on diverse facets of life. Despite the different life-enriching experiences and learning they provide for their members, religious college student clubs all seem to fulfill the common achievement of becoming havens for the students of SNU. Min Ki Hong (former representative of Christian student mission organization YWAM)

YWAM members and former representative Min Ki Hong (Engineering, 08) on the far right.

outside of school?
YWAM activities largely consist of the on-campus daily prayer, bible reading sessions, weekly silt on campus and weekly visit to the church. From these involvements, the mission organization provides me with experiences that I cannot obtain if I were to just participate in my church, such as new insights to the bible. I am able to apply my new knowledge and feelings to my prayers and activities at church. Mutually, YWAM also provides an opportunity for me to utilize the emotions and insights I have gained from church in school.

of YWAM is that the focus is on the religious attributes and the bible rather than on typical club activities, which evokes a more spiritual influence on my life in general. Psychologically, I have gained a new perspective to life as a whole from an egoistically driven mindset to a more altruistic one. All my achievements are headed towards God and for his honor and glory. I tend to work harder and become more active in all of my involvements whether it is academic or social.

How do you think YWAM affects your religious outlook

Does YWAM have any affect on your school life apart from religious views?
One of the most enjoyable aspects

There are many other Christian student clubs and associations here in SNU, what are your opinions about them?
My personal opinion towards the numerous Christian clubs on campus is absolutely positive. Although there


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are many branches and types of Christianity here in school, we all strive to pursue essentially the same thing at the end of the day. These diversities hence gives us more characteristics and methods to celebrate God. There are major events when all of the Christian association members combine together for the closing silt and it is quite delightful to be part of such a great ceremony. Jin Soo Yoo (Current administrative member of Catholic student college club Wooltholic)

insight to the lessons within the bible. Some people share their feelings elicited by a particular phrase in the bible and this can influence my whole outlook on life sometimes. My belief towards God has also become stronger by participating in Wooltholic. I have a stronger sense to pray every night and I think a major portion of this stems from my involvement in Wooltholic.

Does Wooltholic have any affect on other facets of your school life?
Wooltholic is sincerely a haven for me. I can rest, share problems, help members, meet new friends and personally, I pray more often during my own private time. Hence, I am able to easily release my stress and focus more on my studies. Wooltholic sometimes has alcohol-included meetings as well especially after the Opening and Closing meetings. This helps me have a fun night and also meet new inspiring people.
Jin Soo Yoo (Business Administration, 11) Current administrative member of SNU Catholic college student club Wooltholic

How much proportion does Wooltholic take in your life and what do you do in regular sessions?
I would say Wooltholic takes up quite a portion of my current life. First of all, we meet very often, with the weekly rosary prayers, bible reading, and thoughts sharing. During the meetings, we go around sharing about the events that happened to each of us throughout the week and associate them to the messages in the bible so that it guides us for the future. Members also frequently share their feelings or hardships they are going through and we give them advice or help. There are also the Opening and Closing meetings where we participate in a wholesome SNU catholic event with the faculty partaking as well.

Buddhism and interpret the learning in the perspective of a university student that I have not done before coming into the association. I do not believe however that my participation in the club causes me to visit the temple more often for it is my self learning that is most valued in Buddhism.

What do you hope Wooltholic to become in the future? Any aspirations?

I wish Wooltholic would be a club where any Catholic or curious students of SNU can comfortably come to rest and ask for help. Also, there are many more Catholic clubs within SNU that are not part of Wooltholic and I hope that these branches can come together to create a bigger combined Catholic community in the future. Gwon Hee Lee (Current president of the Buddhist Student Association)

How does the Buddhist Student Association affect you school life in general?
Socially, involvement in the club enhances the intimacy in relationships between people as well as a development in warmth facing people in school. In a way, Buddhism can be seen as a structure of respect where pupils learn life lessons from Buddhas words. Therefore I also learn to live in a more socially correct way to properly resolve the issues I am faced with. Due to the nature of Buddhist teachings in which the essence of everything is to be the first to be sought, my participation in the club does not enhance my grades per say, but I believe more insight is provided academically for self-development on a wider scale.

How do you think Wooltholic affects your religious outlook outside of school?
Since I am dedicated to Wooltholic, I feel a heavier sense of responsibility to go to church on Sundays. Even during a busy week, I try to attend church. Also, although I have read the bible before I joined in Wooltholic, the sharing and interpretation of the bible by other members gives me more

What influences does the Buddhist Student Association have on your religious outlook outside of the campus?
The club enables me to study


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Searching for a Sanctuary

In the sleepy hours of a Friday morning in the dormitory, a group of Muslims begin their communal prayers. From a Pakistani Ph.D. student to an undergraduate engineering major from Bangladesh, the diverse group of people meets together every Friday for prayers. Although there are only fifty or so members, the Muslim students of SNU form a tight knit community, the SNU Muslim Association, offering religious guidance as well as the practical help for Muslim students in need. Founded in 2006, the SNU Muslim Association is a student organization created to help out Muslim students adjust to life in SNU as well as Korea. Initially, there had been no facilities to accommodate Muslims with a place of worship in campus. However, the students took matters into their own hands and now there is a daily prayer as well as a communal Friday prayer every week at Agorium in the dormitory. Although the facilities arent exactly intended for a place of worship, the space provided serves the Muslim students a means to practicing their religion. As with any foreigners living in a new environment, there are many cultural differences that Muslim students find at SNU. From food to proper facilities, there are many subtle yet important cultural differences that Muslims encounter. For example, despite having a place of worship, the room provided for the Muslim Association is a makeshift prayer room


Members of the SNU Muslim Association

intended to use as a lecture room. This limits the Muslims from performing their prayers properly. Furthermore, there are procedures prior to going into prayer, ablution, when one must clean body parts such as the feet. This integral procedure in Muslim prayer is misunderstood by Koreans as a misuse of public toilets as personal bathrooms. Muslim students have to resort to performing the procedure in their homes but at times when there is a class beforehand, it simply isnt possible. Muslim students expressed that it is an inconvenience to both the Muslims and non-Muslims and that a separate facility would solve the issue. Although the organization felt that the administration does an adequate job in providing accommodations, students of the organization agreed that it fails to pay attention to the details of the Muslim lifestyle. Another key concern for the Muslims at SNU is the lack of halal meat. Halal means permissible and Muslims can only eat meat that has been slaughtered under Islamic guidelines. Due to the strict dietary rules of Islam, Muslim students face a religious dilemma every meal as no cafeteria in the university provides halal meat. Some have even resorted to go vegetarian. However, most Muslim students have no choice but to eat the menu provided by the school even if it is prohibited by their faith. Seoul National Universitys efforts to diversify the student population have brought in students from a

variety of backgrounds and the Muslim population is one such community in SNU. The SNU Muslim Association is an example of students working to provide their own accommodations; however, the matter should be the responsibility of the administration. Although it is difficult to provide accommodations for all individual needs, Muslim students share the sentiment that the school does not care enough to provide essential accommodations for students who practice Islam. For Muslims, a proper place of worship is a necessity in their lives and SNUs negligence of this matter depicts its aloof stance to the community. This view was firmly expressed by Md Zahidul Islam (College of Engineering 10), We understand that all needs cant be met but it is frustrating that there is no proper prayer room. It is admittedly impossible for SNU to meet every single need of Muslim students, however, providing a place of worship shouldnt be an issue. Despite the concerns, the students claimed to be more than willing to cooperate with the administration to solve the issues such as introducing a menu in the cafeteria with halal food. As SNU aims to be more open and globalized, it should take proper care of the concerns of students from foreign cultures, as failing to do so would be the contrary to its goals of establishing a globalized environment.


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On Religion
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies
- Friedrich Nietzsche

here are we going? Every day I meander around campus, passing by hundreds of students, and a realization hits me. Were all religious, even though we may not have an official faith. The survey my fellow writers, Regina and Johannes, and I conducted saw that only 42% of SNU students considered themselves religious. That the remaining 58% of SNU students consider themselves not religious, I believe, is an illusion. To me religion is something more than a word used to describe the spiritual frameworks of an organization which believes in a certain deity. Religion is not just about Jesus, Jehovah, Krishna, or Muhammad. These are just the most well known, or the most well advertised, religions in a sea of infinity. The Native Americans, for example, believed in the holiness of nature. Taoists believe in the way, or the path. Even Buddha, the first Buddhist, believed only in achieving enlightenment. Religion doesnt have to be affiliated with an organization, and neither does it have to involve a deity. The commonality which connects each of these diverse faiths is that there is, in

every one, a conviction in a certain story, and this conviction motivates and encourages us to keep living. It brings in us a desire to help those in need or to share our stories, to live morally or to battle crime. But conviction can also start the crusades; it can lead to the persecution of millions of Jews; it can create social upheaval, which is whats happening in the Arab world today. The late Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, when pertaining to convictions, that they can be more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. So where are we going, and what convictions can we call our own? At which direction are we looking as we lead our lives and interact with those with their most likely different from ours yet, even still own convictions? Call it Christianity, Hinduism, Scientology, Shincheonji, evolution, or humanity. We all believe in one, or a combination, of these ideas, largely ignoring the fact that none of us have actually seen Jesus rise from the dead, aliens create humans, the (relatively) long and arduous process from singlecelled-ness to todays heralded homo sapiens sapiens, or even the existence of human nature. We are all told these

stories, however incredible, mysterious, or downright silly they may seem, and we have learned to accept one, or several, of them. Roughly one in ten people (12%) at Seoul National University experiences conflicts or tensions, to a little extent or more, with people of other convictions. But convictions, like any other idea, are innocuous by themselves. It is completely, and only, up to us, as the people who believe in these ideas, who decide how to act upon them. We can choose to believe in something and to try to convince others to do the same, or on the other hand, we can choose to believe and let others maintain their own. The world is big, and so is the diversity of ideas in it. Though we may have different viewpoints concerning the world, its origins, and its purpose, the truth is, well, none of us know for sure. It is, in my humble opinion, pointless to start religious conflicts with people of other beliefs, when really both parties, or none, can be right. Rather we should aim to discuss these differences in the hopes that both sides can become more objective, more open-minded, and ultimately more learned people afterwards.


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Alcohol and Energy Drinks in a Bombshell


o what happens when you add energy into your alcoholic beverage? Does it let you party all night or does it make you crash faster? You will get conflicting answers from college students--some say it acts like an ordinary bomb shot while others say it gives you an extra boost of energy. Well, recent studies favor the idea that energy drink cocktails delay fatigue even though it is too early to say for sure. In other words, just by drinking an energy drink cocktail you can increase your drinking capacity; drink more, party harder and longer. All thanks to energy drinks. With the sales of energy drink going through the roof since it first entered the Korean market in August 2011, it is difficult to remember what life was like with just plain old coffee. In fact, just drinking energy drink such as Hot 6, Red bull or Monster from a can seems old school now. Students often home brew their miracle drug by mixing energy drinks with vitamin C supplements, ionized drinks and even ginseng beverages. These drinks, also called boong boong drink are like a nonalcoholic cocktail. Although this line

of self-brewed boong boong drink has dangerous side effects, students are willing to take the risk for their studies. On the other end of the scale, there are energy drink cocktails where energy drinks are actually mixed with alcoholic beverages. Although energy drink cocktail is relatively new, it is so popular among college students (18-24 years old) it is now almost difficult to find a club or a bar that doesnt have them. The reason why energy drink cocktail is so popular is because its easier to drink them. Unlike other cocktails, the unique taste and flavor of energy drink suppresses the pungent taste of alcohol. Meanwhile, the bubbles in the carbonated energy drink also makes it smoother to swallow says Jung Min Lee, the former President of Hurim (a bar and cocktail club at SNU). In fact, energy drink suppresses the unique herbal flavor of Jagermeister or Agwa which many people find it difficult to drink. Energy drink cocktails are also being advertised like no other. You can easily find Jagermeister being advertised with Hot 6 around Seoul. You can even get Jager energy combo at COEX Megabox where you get 2 Jager energy

and nachos. Instead of calling it Jager bomb it is advertised as a Jager energy, as if its an energy drink itself. From the standpoint of companies that sells high alcohol content beverages (eg. vodka, rum or Jagermeister), these companies can easily increase consumption of their drinks if consumers mix it with energy drinks. Thats why advertisements further encourage energy mixed alcohol drinks by promoting the cocktail as being energetic and propelling, Lee says. At the moment, the most popular energy drink cocktail in Korea are: Jagar bomb, Agwa bomb, and Vodkabull. Jagar bomb is probably the most popular drink in clubs. Previously, before the Red bull entered the Korean market, Jager bomb was a bomb shot made with Bacchus, Jagermeister and cider. If you really wanted to try out Jager bomb with Red bull, you had to get it from the black market says Lee. Today, Jagar bomb is sold as a mix between Jagermeister (German liquor) and energy drink (usually Hot 6). Since Jagermeister tastes better cold, it is kept cold before serving. Jagermeister


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Jager Energy Display at COEX Megabox

The classic, Vodkabull

The iconic glass for Agwa bomb

tastes a lot like black licorice and it may not be everyones favorite beverage. But Hot 6 holds the strong herbal, bitter taste of Jagermeister, and brings out the sweetness. Agwa bomb is popular among ladies for its sweet and sour taste. It is a mix of AGWA (Netherland liquor) and energy drink such as Hot 6. It is served in a special Awa bomb shot glass that looks like an hourglass. Agwa bombs are not as common as Jager bombs although its shot glass is aesthetically pleasing. Compared to the previous bomb shots, Vodka bull is a classic. Depending on your preference, you can choose to have vodka and Red bull in ratio of 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3. It is relatively bitter compared to the Jager bomb and Agwa bomb so it is usually not a ladys favorite drink. Even though it is called vodka bull you can compensate red bull with other energy drinks such as Hot 6. Promoting energy drink cocktails as an energy boosting alcoholic beverage, lead many students to overlook the dangers of energy drink cocktails. The problem with energy drink cocktails is that people have bias opinion about hangovers and not getting drunk. But this is a very dangerous thought. Either way, both alcohol and energy drink are provocative drinks to the body. Although I dont have scientific knowledge, I do know that the spiral

effect from energy drink cocktails brings more stress to the body. says Lee. Energy drink cocktails may work like a charm but it comes at a price an intense and prolonged hangover. Keep in mind, this is no ordinary hangover. Energy drink is to blame for dropping the alcohol bomb on the body after a night out drinking. According to Clare Clancy, TimesColonist, when you get a glass of energy drink cocktail you get a mixed glass of a stimulant (energy drink) and a depressant (alcohol). As a result, you get this feeling of wide-awake drunk. In other words, your brain is conscious and alert but your body is drunk. The energy drink delays fatigue; tricking your brain into thinking you can have another drink. Normally with other alcoholic beverages you will get drowsy after a couple drinks; so this clear headed feeling you get after drinking energy mixed alcohol beverages comes fresh. You naturally assume that you can drink a little more because you dont feel drowsy or tired like you normally would. By the time you realize you have had enough to drink, you wouldve drank way over your bodys alcohol capacity. When the effect of energy drink starts to descend and the alcohol kicks in, it hits you quick and hard. This sudden overload of alcohol often leads to black outs. Since wide-awake drunk effect

allows a person to drink over their bodys alcohol capacity, it is also easier to get alcohol poisoning and cardiovascular arrests. Although there has not yet been reported incidence related to injuries caused by energyalcohol drinks in Korea, there has been numerous accidents among college students abroad. In fact, on November 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that caffeine is an unsafe food additive to alcoholic beverages and that it will prohibit the sale of premixed energy drinks in the United States. Some countries in Europe are now labeling energy drink cocktails as being dangerous and trying to limit the sales of energy drink alcohols. People may be aware of the side effects but they are willing to sacrifice themselves for a night out. Many fans learn about the side effects of energy drink cocktails the hard way. Its not entirely the consumers fault, theres not enough information and awareness in Korea about the dangers of these cocktails. There are still many factors of uncertainty between the coupling of alcohol and energy drinks. If there is one thing for sure, its the fact that it adds additional stress to the body than ordinary alcoholic beverage. A drink or two in modest amount may help bring up your mood. Just remember, if you abuse this cocktail, it will get even with you.


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The Truth Behind the Administrative Building Protests


ince the beginning of August, the administrative building was confronted with a barrage of protests from the Seoul National University Branch of the National Universities Workers Union. After the formal incorporation of the university, the school proposed a new reorganization plan for the workers, consisted of those from either the civil service or the school supporting association. The new reorganization plan will place civil service workers into the ranks 4,5,6 or 7 while the school supporting association workers will be placed into the lower 7 or 8 rank. More specifically, school supporting association workers with less than 13 years of experience will be placed into rank 8, whilst civil service

workers with the same condition will be classed into rank 7. Of course, both before and after incorporation, both sets of workers have executed and will execute similar tasks regarding the schools administrations. Yet if the reorganization plan is genuinely put into practice, the school supporting association workers will be ranked lower, in spite of receiving the same wages as their civil service counterparts. This is in complete contrast to equal labor, equal wages slogan that the school has so vehemently advocated since its establishment. Furthermore, albeit the contract agreements that promised the school would consult the school supporting association workers on such reorganization plans before its enforcement, such process was never fulfilled. More worryingly, the civil service workers, who have only to benefit from the enforcement of the new reorganization plan, have countered that they will not allow the school supporting association workers to receive the same rank as them. They affirm that the test to become a civil

service worker is much more difficult. In fact, such series of unfortunate proceedings are exactly why the Seoul National University Branch of the National Universities Workers Union had little choice but to protest in front of the schools administrative building. The school, which created the very problem by proposing an unequal reorganization plan, is now stating that the two sets of workers solve the problem by negotiating with one another. In order to find out more about the situation, Quill decided to interview the President of the Seoul National University Branch of the National Universities Workers Union, Hong Sung-Min. We thank her for giving up her time for the interview.

What is the schools current stance and how is the situation likely to develop?
We had two meetings with the school. It was a three way conversation with the Seoul National University Branch of the National Universities Workers Union and the National


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The administration building inundated with protest signs (left) and a photo of one of the protests in progress in front of the administration building .(right)

Universities Workers Union. There was no result from the conversation. We want the same rank as them while the civil service workers want a higher rank than us. Im not sure about how the situation will develop because nobody is willing to concede.

During one of the protests there was a clash between the school supporting association workers and civil service workers. Exactly what happened?
On the 14th of August, the civil service workers used crude and condescending words to describe us. They said that they will stamp us down. Hence, our workers were evidently angry and we clashed with them physically. They have sued us claiming that we have abused them as a group. I have personally been sued too. If I go to court, they will automatically be sued as well.

What actions are the civil service workers pursuing?

They have contacted the schools

professors saying that they deserve to have a higher rank than us. However, after the incorporation of SNU, all workers signed a contract saying that they will give up their civil service status. Therefore by law, they are not civil service workers anymore. We are now all the same workers. Yet they continue to claim that they should have a higher rank than us, while we are rightfully saying that all workers should be given the same rank. This was the content of the email. In general, the professors have not shown much interest in the emails sent. On the other hand, our emails were read and some professors have given us phone calls of support. One professor even came to see us. The professor claimed that the civil service workers were wrong and it was dreadful to see the same workers union fight with one another. The professor is right. They had a choice. If they didnt want to lose their civil service status, they were given the chance to move elsewhere. Some did exactly that. Those who remained must abide by the school laws but the civil service

workers are not doing that.

Are the civil service workers claiming that their qualification tests were more difficult?
We agree that some may feel aggrieved with that, but the civil service workers are actually the same as the school supporting association workers because about 100 school supporting association workers were transformed into civil service workers suddenly due to a government legislation. Moreover, not all entered the school via tests, only half did. Normally, all civil service workers are paid by the government, but SNU, being a very big university, was not able to attract the amount of workers that they required. That is the fault of the general affairs office.


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Sports in SNU
: Are you in for the call?
Interest toward sports is at fever pitch with the growing awareness of one's well being and the occurrence of many global sports games like the Olympics. Students of SNU are no exceptions to this continuing thrive and many are taking part in the move by joining sports teams inside the university. There are over 40 official sports teams in SNU. Ranging from team sports to single sports, summer sports to winter sports, ball sports to athletics, sports teams of SNU are diverse in the kind of sports they deal with. Here are brief introductions to some passionate SNU sports team full of enthusiasts in the field.

SNU gumdo club : Gumdo(kendo)

Proudly boasting its 56 year long history, SNU gumdo club is always open for newcomers. The members can come every day from 6 pm to practice and are provided lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays by alumni. The club has been entering many national and local level competitions and came out with successful result, taking first and second places several times. There will also be an autumn homecoming event on November 10th and matches with Tokyo University in December when club members visit Japan to duel and interact with students from Tokyo Universitys kendo club.

COET : Tennis
With 25 or so people currently taking part, COET is a tennis team representing the engineering department. The members normally gather on Friday at the school's tennis courts to play tennis all day, from 8 in the morning till sunset. There is an upcoming Tennis match on 12th of October and numerous homecoming tennis matches where graduate members come to play with the juniors. Students in COET aim to really enjoy the sport and have fun playing matches with each other.

Snuscuba : Scuba Diving

Already recruiting its 35th team of enthusiastic divers, Snuscuba is where SNU students come to learn and enjoy safe scuba diving. Since scuba diving is a typical summer sport, main events and activities are held during the summer holidays but there are meetings and other events throughout the year. Members go through two weeks of pool training and ten days of real diving in the sea. They are elligible to take an exam for a divers license after the training. Beautiful ocean sceneries are what make the diving experience unique and worthwhile.

Dalisha : Running
Dalisha is a newbie in the line of sports teams in SNU. Being a rookie club, it only has a total of 40 members, but everyone is eagerly participating. Members take part in many running events outside the school like NIKE training run and New Balance energy run programs which are held every Wednesdays and Saturdays. They meet and run with many runners from other schools and different districts of Seoul. They also gather up to run inside SNU Campus. Endurance is the key factor in running and the members strive to achieve this goal by encouraging each other and keeping pace together till the finish line.


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330 Million Gods. N ONE Temple.

The only Hindu temple in Seoul is modest by usual standards. The Quill takes time to talk to the founder.

The entrance: A large image depicting Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed deity

oksapyeong station is unlike anything from what I usually see in Seoul. A sudden influx of aliens greets me with nonchalant, nonverbal looks as I simply add myself to the herd. The exit is even more crowded by foreign people. Aliens walking their dogs, aliens with outdated punk looks and aliens who look exactly like me, all blend to make my perfectly sunlit Sunday afternoon a little more interesting. The cafes beside the pavement are fuming with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and heavily smoked tabacco as my nose gets a hint of some of the exhaust. I look around, steal a few glimpses of relaxed customers and walk uphill to reach my intended destination. Seouls only Hindu temple is modest by typical standards. A simple yellow sign board stating Vedic Cultural Center marks the entrance as I make my way down the stairs to the basement underneath a framed golden poster of Lord Ganesha- the voracious elephant headed Hindu deity. The tranquil ambience inside is very unlike to what I am used to back home. Usually, temples are a noisy place - devotees crying out the gods name, priests muttering confusing verses, beggars extending their arms for change and the periodic bronze sound of the nearby bells TING! all seem to be the distinct features of an archetypal Hindu Temple. I notice the sharp contrast and take a few silent strides to unlock a beautifully decorated room with Lord Krishnas image for me to observe. I bow down with my palms symmetrically placed to show my respects. After all the time in Korea, I am finally here. The temples founder and caretaker, Kamala Mataji (term translated as Mother) is sitting down crossed legged adroitly weaving freshly


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plucked roses into what appears to be a garland. She finishes up with one of them and then works on the other as she greets me and asks me to sit beside her. We then make a small talk about her life, Hinduism, Lord Krishna and the Temple. Originally from the northern part of India, she has been living in Seoul since 1996. I came here as an English instructor, she says with a gentle smile, I was already fluent in business Korean. Back then, due to her husbands work she had to be acquainted with translating Hindi or English to Korean or vice-versa although she says she never had formal language training. Spiritually minded from before, she started looking for that illusive god as temples were hard to come by in Korea. For nearly ten years, I looked around. I went to churches and expressed myself there. After all, whatever god you believe in, you can still make that connection. Born as a Hindu, she explains Hindus are like potatoes as it tends to smoothly blend into any food item that is being prepared and that she had no problem going to the church. Hinduism is by far the oldest religion known to mankind. Although the term only dates back to the 19th century, the tradition has been evolving from as far back as 10,000 B.C., although this has yet to be confirmed. Thanks largely to the huge Hindu population in India, the religion has over a billion followers making it the third largest religion in the world. It is also by far one of the most complex and least understood religions with multitude of gods to appease and attend to. Although Hinduism is associated with quite a number of gods- crossing way over the million mark - it would be erroneous to assume it as

polytheistic. These gods all represent an expansion and reincarnation of the supreme Absolute Brahmin. The Brahmin represents different gods of equal divinity. These are often worshipped in the form of images and idols in ornately decorated temples. Kamala Mataji though, is an avid follower of Lord Krishna. After reading Bhagvat Gita (the holy book regarding Lord Krishna), I regretted it not reading it before. What was I waiting for? After seeing a classified advertisement on some newspaper regarding the holy books reading session, she took the opportunity by storm. Every Sunday, with a group of fellow Hindus, she made her way to the outskirts of Seoul into a temple where a Krishna devotee gave speeches on holy Gita. As she got more acclimatized to the group, she started taking Prasadam - a term denoting food thats eaten after every religious session - much delight to the participants. The trinity of force that all Hindus recognize is Brahma, the engineer who created the current world and beyond, Vishnu, the protector of all and Shiva, the mad dancing destroyer whose rage is for all to avoid. Understanding these gods takes more than reading Hindu related texts on the internet. The legends behind these divine forms defy all logic and are hard to comprehend in the modern era. According to the holy Bhagavad Gitas Chapter 9, Vishnu is the expansion of Lord Krishna and that Krishna is the supreme self and not a reincarnated form. The confusion regarding these gods, she states, is very understandable. That is why we made this temple. Even though going out of the city week in, week out was a mundane task for her and other fellow enthusiasts, she could not help but feel a growing

need for a temple to be established in Seoul. That way she could facilitate Hindus in the city, organize ceremonies for festivals and clear out any misconceptions regarding the religion to anyone willing to lend a keen ear. Finally in 2008, with Lords help she adds, the Temple came into existence and has ever since never looked back. It now largely depends on donations. The Temple organizes marriage ceremonies in traditional Hindu fashion, prepares modestly for upcoming festivals and is mostly busy during Sunday mornings and evenings where they play host to an increasing number of devotees. It is encouraging she states. The month of October and November presents itself to be a rather busy month for the faithful. Dashain, the largest festival is right around the corner while the most awaited festival of lights, Tihar (Diwali or Dipawali) slots in right after it. The temple is always open to anyone who would love to mingle around at that time. We are all family here she smiles.

Temple Direction
- Noksapyoeng Station, Exit no. 2, Line no. 6 (Brown) - Picture direction:

Diwali celebrations in SNU

- 11th Nov 2012, Sunday - Venue: 2nd floor, Student Center, Building no 63. - More info: Indian Students Association:



Out for Freedom of Thought

Its around lunch time. Youre in a hurry to get to your next class. I shouldve started out sooner, you think to yourself, and start walking briskly. As you pass by the Central Library, you see a person aimlessly standing still. You do not realize what you are walking towards until the moment you feel the persons gaze on you. Uh-oh! The person seems to be approaching you now. You try to raise pace, hoping fervently that the person will just brush by. But no such luck. You are alone, without company; it is a timeless creed that a loner makes a tempting prey. The person steps up beside you. With a bright grin, comes the dreaded question: Do you believe in God? Not again, you groan. The scene above might seem peculiar to some SNU students, while others may fervently empathize with it, having had similar experiences with the so-called spreaders of the word who roam the campus. As of October, 2012, there are 14 religious clubs who serve the religious needs of the SNU student body. However, according to a survey by Center for Campus Life & Culture, almost 47% of SNU students do not have a religion. The club Free Thinkers was created by students who felt strongly about this discrepancy. This relatively new-born group received attention when they first started their audacious campaign to stave off religious propagators in the beginning of the September semester. To understand more about this unique club, the Quill interviewed the clubs chief manager, Ho-min Yang. than ten religious clubs, and not one to speak up for those without a religion. Free Thinkers was founded by those who had critical thoughts about these matters.

Q: What are some of the activities that the club has carried out so far? A: The club mostly holds
discussions and seminars about religion. We also work together with Free Thinkers KAIST. In August, 2012, members of Free Thinkers SNU actually went to KAIST and had a lively session of talks with the students there. At the beginning of the semester, we started a campaign for students who had difficulty refusing tenacious propagators, in the form of propagation refusal cards. The idea was for the cards to explain why they want to refuse propagations, instead of students wasting their time in arguments.

Q: Please give us a brief description of Free Thinkers. A: Free Thinkers is a club which
strives for freedom of thought. The basic idea is to free ourselves from any authorities which might influence our thinking. We believe that religion can be one such authority and so we try to bring religion into the area of critical thinking. This is why we call ourselves Free Thinkers.

Q: How did Free Thinkers come about? A: Free Thinkers started out back in
2011. About that time, some issues related to religion were stirring up the student community and also the problematic issue of propagators on campus had been going on for some years as well. These incidents made us think about how the school had more

Q: Have you had any problems during activities? A: It is true that there were some
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Free Thinkers is the new religiousclub on campus.Only that it is affiliated to non. Confusing isnt it? The Quill interviews Free Thinkers to undestand their perspective.
Free Thinkers poster, along with propagation refusal cards

our campaign. Because somebody had taken all of the cards, we had to replace them with a new supply. We knew from the beginning that our attempts might offend devout believers, so the incidents did not unduly alarm us.

through them? A: We aim to create a place where

the interested parties can discuss freely about matters related to religion. This is why members mainly participate in discussions, talks and seminars. Religion was previously thought to be an area not subject to discussion, but through our activities, we hope to spark up wholesome discourses about religion and other related topics.

Q: What are some activities that you hope to carry out in the future? A: There are several plans in stock
for future activities. To begin with, we hope that more students will make use of refusal cards. We also plan to hold seminars regularly. Joint sessions with Free Thinkers KAIST will hopefully continue as well. There are also movements in other universities such as Korea University and Ewha University to create a club similar to Free Thinkers. As of now, Free Thinkers is a joint organization of SNU and KAIST students, but the group could expand if such an incident were to happen. We also hope to actively express our opinions regarding controversial religion-related issues by posting wall-posters and holding oneman protests.

Q: How did the SNU student community respond? A: The general response, I would
have to say, is pretty positive for us. Our promotion postings in the school community site, SNUlife, received much attention from students. In the case of propagation refusal cards, people actually liked it so much that our supply ran out. Some friends of the members even asked for more as well.

to become a member of the club. Those who believe in religion are also welcome to join and take part in discussions. We also do not urge strict regulations or commitment on members. Members are free to decide what they want to do. If you want to actively participate, you can take part in leading the club. On the other hand, we also have members who give their support just by joining in, but dont actively take part in activities. It is all fine with us.

Q: Do you have any words for those who would like to join the club? A: Free Thinkers is open to anyone
who isnt arrogant enough to admit to what they dont know. There are still lots of things that we dont know yet about the world; To explain these blanks away by leaning blindly on explanations not yet verified would be an arrogant act. Anyone who believes himself or herself to be not arrogant, and can think by free will is more than welcome to join Free Thinkers.

Q: Are there any rules or guidelines that you try to follow? A: We do not have any rules set
down for club activities. However, we do try to remember our motto: free ourselves from any form of authority. There arent any qualifications for you

Q: What is the purpose of your activities? Is there anything you hope to achieve



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meals or serve as an appetizer. Facing the bar, at the other extreme of the restaurant, is the kitchen. A large mirror is placed at the roof, so one can watch all the movements of Franco and his staff, and observe how meals are being prepared. At the left of the kitchen a huge and rounded oven that closely resembles a chimney catches customers attention, while baking Trattorias flavorsome breads and pizzas. A huge, clear and translucent window occupies all the left side of the restaurant and allows customers to observe a pleasing and overall view of SNU area. Luminosity, coming from small fluorescent tubes, is only bright enough to create Trattorias darksome, yet elegant ambience. Finally, the feeble light coming from small candles uniformly disposed at every table completes the romantic and relaxed environment that characterizes the restaurant. Francos customary clientele is diverse, composed of 20% foreigners from many distinct origins and ages,

Universal fondness for Italian cuisine makes Italian restaurants ubiquitous wordlwide. And Korea is no exception. Nowadays, while looking for a place to eat, one would not be surprised to end up in an Italian restaurant. Among these great number of pizza and pasta specialized restaurants, this perticular restaurant boasts an international unique distinction. Recently selected as one of best 450 restaurants over the world for their excellence in cuisine and service, Trattoria is located at the heart of Seoul National University station. Franco, main chef and owner of Trattoria, was born in Italy, where he spent great part of his life before traveling abroad and enriching his expertise in cuisine. Including the exceptional Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, he worked in numerous

renowned hotels. His extensive experience working as a chef around the world is probably what shaped his outstanding culinary excellence and provided him with a unique exposure that enabled him to launch a one of a kind restaurant in Korea. Trattoria in Italian refers to a cafe where people have access to casual and inexpensive dining. It offers a relaxed and friendly environment, frequented by people of all ages. When Franco opened up his own restaurant in Korea his intention was to create an environment that would match the name of his restaurant Trattoria. One can see that he successfully achieved his goal. Dishes are exquisite and affordable. The ambience of the restaurant is elegant, while bringing a sense of tranquility and coziness. A classy bar stands at the very entrance of the restaurant with wine glasses evenly disposed and different beverages and cocktails available for preparing tasty drinks that accompany


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including numerous SNU professors as well as students. It is no doubt that Francos cordiality and geniality is what earned him so many faithful customers. His habit of going around tables and initiating a conversation with customers imprints an agreeable and pleasant impression and forms part of the philosophy with which he runs Trattoria. As a true Italian, eating is not an action that merely involves physical necessity. Eating represents a break where one has to take enough time to relax, enjoy ones meal and sympathize with those joining us. And one can see the restaurants intimate atmosphere and Francos amicable manners are meant to stimulate customers to stay longer and truly enjoy their meals in the Italian way. Everything served at this eatery, including the appetizer bread, sauces and even gelato is homemade. According to Franco, the most popular dishes served are Carbonara pasta and Gorgonzola pizza. The white parmesan cheese sauce is well liked by

even those who are not fans of saucetopped dishes, and is an especially tasty alternative to acidic tomato based sauces. The sauce blends to coat the spaghetti, clinging to the pasta rather than sitting atop it and sliding off. The result is a full, rich flavor in every bite pasta, without being heavy and overpowered with cream. On the other hand, Gorgonzola pizza is also amazing for its combination of flavors. The salty, thick tang of the gorgonzola cheese contrasts with the fresh slices of tomato, and finally the syrup spread on top of the pizza lessens the otherwise too salty savor of gorgonzola cheese. The savory dishes Trattoria offers and the courtesy toward its customers is what earned the restaurant several appearances in TV shows and magazines. On top of that, Franco received an award from the Italian government for utilizing more than 60% Italian ingredient products, which personifies his efforts to bring from his hometown the true original flavor of pizza and pasta.

Located in the Seoul Natl University area, walk straight from exit 2 of SNU subway station until you see Cold Stone and Subway. Take the stairs right in front of Subway to the second floor.

From Tuesday to Sunday Lunch tme 11:00am-2:30pm Dinner time 5:30pm-10:00pm Before 7pm, SNU undergraduate students receive a 20% discount. This promotion will last until December 20th.



Editors Choice
: The Time Keepers Vol. A
Its about time the Quill looked into the man on the stool.
Drummers are possibly the most modest musicians. On stage, they are often seen hiding behind a thick array of cylinders and flattened out bronze with a pair of sticks firmly clutched in their hands. Yet, theres hardly any musician who would deny that its them who keep the time ticking, bridge up bassists to guitarists, open up space for solos, fill in the gaps, regulate the tempo and basically, dictate the whole proceedings of the song. This issue of Quill will look into two of the most celebrated drummers of our era. by left and right hand with equal ease allowing him to play with much freedom and independence. Regular percussionists will know that this is a feat thats painfully hard to attain and one that requires years and years of persistence and patience on the stool. His signature drum beats often blend in flavors of jazz, funk, rock and blues. His bands studio album hit Under the Table and Dreamingreleased as far back as 1994incorporates a fair share of the mix. The complex time signature and the sexy groovy pattern that the band has retained since then attributes to Carters amazingly deft and time steady limbs. His influences include the likes of legendary Buddy Rich and Papa Jo Jones.
Trivia: Carter started playing drums at the age of three. Never looked back ever since. Recent work: Away from the World released in September 11 of this year. It is Dave Matthews 8th studio album.

Carter Beauford: The Magician

One of the most technically adept, ambidextrous and creative drummers of our time, Carter Beauford has to be one of the all-time greats on the stool. The founding member of the popular Dave Matthews Band, Beaufords drum technique is incredibly difficult to emulate. Unlike most drummers, he can play the hi-hats and ride cymbals

Neil Peart: Pure Masterclass

The sound of the band Rush will hang on to from the amateur to the professional drum graduates as Neil Pearts drumming is stubbornly hard to erase from ones memory. Much success of the bands long standing history of 35 plus years and the market success of over 24.5 million albums sold in the United States alone has to

do with Pearts amazing and powerful drumming and equally meaningful songwriting. They just dont call him the Professor for no reason. The high school dropouts style of play is simply hard to explain. Inspirations from versatile, pacey drummers such as Keith Moon from The Who and John Bonham from Led Zeppelin and jazz influences from Buddy Rich and Freddie Gruber are apparent in his music, yet there is a sense uniqueness in his style of play that is difficult to attribute to anyone before him. His evolution from a simple hard headed rock drummer to a more stable progressive one has been phenomenal as he went on to innovate his drumming to include influences from reggae, grunge, metal to classical.

Trivia: The most celebrated rock drummer of our time is also author to four travel books. Not surprisingly, they are all related to music. Recent work: Co-authored the book Clockwork Angels


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Flavor your October with Music!


f you are interested in music, visiting these two festivals might be an excellent choice to spend your weekend. With various artists and bands performing, these festivals will surely bring spice to your tedious weekend.

Zandari Festa
If you are a big fan of Hongdae, this is the festival for you. Hongdae is a famous place in Seoul for its uniqueness. Full of fabulous bars, clubs and cafes, Hongdae has become a hot place for Indie music and creative performers. A beloved place among youngsters, Hongdae is full of energy and creativity. Zandari means small bridge in Korean and it is what Hongdae was called long time ago. The way Zandari Festa distinguishes itself from other various music festivals

is that it literally takes place all over Hongdae simultaneously. Unlike other major music festivals, it has no designated stage on which artists perform. Rather, they perform individually at different venues such as bar or clubs. All you need to do to enjoy this festival, is to buy the tickets, go to the places with Zandari Festa sign and enjoy the music. Audiences are free to explore around Hongdae as much as they want. Adding to that, if the Zandari Festa sign is on, you can enter that place without additional admission fee. On top of that, the ticket costs 20,000 Won a night, which is relatively cheap compared to other music festivals. With many unknown bands as well as famous ones such as The Gixx or No-brain, around 200 teams are scheduled to perform over two nights. If you are interested in Indie music this is definitely the place for you. Information 02-790-3833

Grand Mint Festival

Grand Mint Festival aims to fill the stage with modern music that is

comfortable to listen to. Over six years, this festival has been gaining popularity for the quality music it provides. Being held at the Olymics Park, about 70 teams are performing over two days. Since this festival aims for something more casual and soothing rather than dramatic, performers on stage are famous for their calm music. Ranging from famous singer like Yoon Ha to relatively unknown Indie bands, the festival provides chances to explore various types of music. The festival consists of six stages with each stage having different concepts staring different performers. With intervals between each performance, if you want to see other bands you can always move on to other stages and watch different shows there. Unlike other music festivals, mostly aimed at audiences in their twenties, this festival wishes to entertain all age ranges. Being held around in the afternoon rather than at night (there are stages at night as well), GMF can also be a chance to have a picnic as well. The shows start from as early as midday so you can also enjoy the breeze and sun. A days ticket costs 88,000won while 140,000won for two. Additionally, the stage called Busking in the park is provided for free. So if interested, you can visit and have fun! Information 1544-6399



Urban Nomads
Sky scrapers, cars, busy people- life rolls like any other city. But people seem to think differently. Lets break the stereotype of Mongolia. BY TSELMEG

Do you go to school by horse?... One of the most common peculiar questions Mongolians receive, the preconceived image of Mongolia among foreigners is horsemen living a nomadic lifestyle just like in the documentaries. People believe in what they see. But theres a lot more to it than the pictures from National Geographic. Mongolia is different from what youve ever seen, westernized with the influence from the Russians, yet Asian by the unique culture of the nomads. So grab your calendar and plan a trip to Mongolia and experience it for yourself.

are straight flights from Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, Moscow and Beijing. It is better to book a ticket beforehand if you decide to go from mid May to late September when the city is packed with tourists. Once you arrive, find a place to lodge at the hub of the city as most of the attractions are located there. Fine private galleries along with cultural museums are worth seeing for only around 3-5 thousand won. You can also find remnants of Soviet influence from the statue of Lenin to the architecture design and slogans on old buildings throughout the city. The famous symbol of nomads- ger (a tent style housing) is certainly to be seen at any part of the country, mainly in the suburbs and focal points of the city as well. Peace Avenue or Seoul Street, the citys main thoroughfare, is surrounded by multiethnic cuisine and fusion restaurants. Having a full course meal at an elegant restaurant will cost you around 20-30 thousand won or even cheaper. If you prefer the Mongolian traditional food, which consists of mainly meat, it will cost you half the price of a delicate French steak and leave you satisfied.

As the bustling city day comes to an end, you will see the transformation of a busy business Ulaanbaatar to a glamorous fashionable city. People find themselves a comfy lounge to sip some cocktails or wine house to chitchat and afterward head for the dancefloor. Major nightclubs host parties weekly and are crowded every day of the week. Entrance fee for most clubs are about 10 thousand won, there are no drinks included, but it is considerably cheap and easy to get a table. Silence White, and many other bikini beach outdoor parties are organized every summer.

Summer is the best time to enjoy Mongolia but if you can tolerate the cold, any time of the year is good. Ulaanbaatar is considered the coldest capital city in the world; the temperature can fall 40 below zero in the worst scenario and can shoot up to 30 above zero in the summer. There

Make sure not to miss the Naadam festival celebrated on 11-13th of July, where you can relish the three main sport of Mongolians; wrestling, horse racing and archery. Traditional musicals, dance concerts are dedicated also to the celebration. It is another way to keep the nomadic tradition


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alive at a time when the countrys economic growth is drawing young people away from the nomadic lifestyle. Meanwhile, music lovers can visit Playtime, an outdoor rock festival held after the Naadam. People put up their tents and enjoy the live band performances for two days on the bank of a river. For Mongolians, being in the fresh air, near nature seems to be the most pleasurable relaxation they can get.

increasingly rare nowadays with all the pollution. The most recommendable option would be the custom home-stay with an actual nomad family. You can stay with an eagle hunter's family in the farwest and a 3-day-tour in Gobi desert. The desert is Asias largest and you can travel for days and see almost no signs of human presence. Mongolia is one of the worlds most sparsely populated countries, of only three million people; one thirds of it in are in Ulaanbaatar and the rest scattered over an area the size of Western Europe. The desert is home to many dinosaur fossils in museums all around the world and to the tons of copper and mineral resources.

Tsachin: the Reindeer people. The way of life, customs and people differ depending on where they live. Mongolia has three main terrains; desert, steppe land and high mountains with forest. However, if you prefer a comfy travel, you can choose to stay at a Mongolian tent house-ger-camp and with mealsserved three times a day and travel around the country. Do not worry about being far away from the technology; free wi-fi connection is accessible at most restaurants, hotels and tourists attraction spots. Mobile service is provided throughout of the country apart from some isolated areas. Frequently you will come across satellite dish and solar energy system standing outside families ger in the rural areas.

The high point of your visit probably would be the tour of the countryside. You have several options to witness the famous Mongolian picturesque, plains where you can observe large herds of various wild animals migrating freely outside nature reserves. Another wonder you will come across is the night sky full of stars. The sky is so dark and vast that the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eyes, something which is

You can also head for the Taiga, the northern part, where there is a hauntingly beautiful wilderness of mountains, forests, rocks and ice which straddles the country's border with Siberia. The Taiga is home to the

These are just a small insight into the real thing. Mongolia may be the only place you can experience the mixture of the real nomadic life and a modernized metropolitan lifestyle. The trendy, young and exciting life of Ulaanbaatar nights with parties combined with the delicious cuisine and the beautiful scenery of the countryside, you are guaranteed to visit again.



The Little Prince, Childrens Book Written for Adults

All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it. The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, was first published in 1943. This book has been much beloved by many, and has been voted as the best book of the 20th century in France. The books success did not only happen there; ever since its publication, it has become an International Bestseller with more than 200 million copies sold worldwide. Although its simple language and interesting plot made it appear as a childrens book, The Little Prince makes numerous philosophical observations about life and nature. Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a French aristocrat, writer, and pilot. Although he worked as a commercial pilot before World War II, his life revolved much around the war and flying after the war has started. Exupery wrote The Little Prince in North America before he joined the French Air Force in North Africa, although his health was failing and he was over the maximum age limit for such pilots. In July 1944, while Exupery was on his last inspection mission, he disappeared over the Mediterranean and is believed to have died at that time. Exuperys emotional readers like to claim that he has finally gone to find the little prince. The Little Prince starts off with the narrator as a young boy drawing a picture of a boa snake digesting an elephant. However, all the adults viewed his picture as a hat, and with his artistic creativity crushed, the boy grows up and becomes a pilot, which leads to a crash in the Sahara desert. In the desert, the narrator meets the little prince who can recognize the narrators boa snake picture as what it is. Although at first, the little prince frustrates the narrator with a complicated request to draw a sheep, the narrator and the little prince soon become good friends after the narrator drew a box and claimed that the sheep was in that box. The little prince explains about his planet, rose, and journey to numerous planets including the earth. On Earth, the little prince learns important lessons as he tames a fox and talks to a snake. As the narrators plane got fixed, the little prince plans to leave earth with the snakes venom. The narrator, at the little princes request, does not see the prince leaving. The next day, as the narrator is unable to find the little princes body, he finishes the story with a picture of the place where they first met and where the snake took the prince away, pleading that anyone who encounters a strange child who refuses to answer questions in that area should immediately tell the narrator. I first read this story when I was in fourth grade. Back then, the story was simple and interesting. The second time I read this book was when I just graduated from high school. Before that, all I remembered was an annoying rose and the fox who always said puzzling things. However, as I was reading the book again, I began to view the story differently. The Little Prince was not a simple story at all. Childrens purity was contrasted with adults dullness. Adults lack of imagination was criticized for being responsible for killing kids creativity and imagination. Things that I did not take much notice of when I first read it touched me when I read it the second time. As I finished reading the book, I had to wonder, how is The Little Prince a childrens book? I believe that in ten years, if I reread this book, it will come to me and touch me in a whole new way. This book is an inspiration and a stimulant to adults, and thus is a childrens book for adults.

Now here is my secret, very simply: you can only see things clearly with your heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.