The Catholic University Forum (CUF) decided to carry out organizational changes in March 2019, after we published the last 173th print edition of CUF, which was one of CUK’s quarterly magazines. After much consideration, we made the decision of going to an online format for our readers to easily reach our platform and keep up with ever-changing media trends. Finally, we opened our online platform publishing our articles on the online homepage instead of issuing our magazine in a paper format on June 2. We will constantly publish our articles online and issue a magazine once a year. For growth and development, change is inevitable and change is constant, as Benjamin Disraeli said.
As we got a footing in our new online platform, we executed our summer session training during the month of July and all reporters dedicated their best efforts to delivering well-written and interesting articles related to our readers, while focusing more on our CUK Life section. CUF interviewed students who contributed in creating the Humanities Lounge in the International Hub, dealing with the development of the Catholic University of Korea (CUK) and its efforts for change. Also, we interviewed professor Shin Chang-seob to deliver the real value and efficacy of pine trees, an issue about which many CUK student have raised questions.
CUF are covering diverse stories about CUK people, making them the protagonists of CUF, starting by interviewing CUK students who went on student exchange programs. Besides these, we also reported problems in CUK such as students saving seats in the Humanities Lounge, illegal copying of university materials, and the eating habits of dormitory students and suggesting alternatives. There are also light, quick, easy-to-read articles in the Life, Trend, Culture, and Review sections which try to take the pulse of the culture in these times.
We also introduce today’s important global and social agendas in the current volatile world situation, aiming to convey accurate descriptions of society and diverse perspectives to our readers. In the Foreign Affairs section, we deal with current affairs in the East Asian region where the recent rise in tensions are being intensified in the face of Japan’s export restrictions and Hong Kong’s mass protests against the criminal extradition law. In the Social Issue section, we introduce the problem of the status of Korea’s autonomous private high schools which has sparked a fierce controversy related to questions of educational equality and deprivation of opportunity.
“Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future” said John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States. In the face of inevitae change, CUF are going to change for the better, being an authentic “Forum” where all ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.