Get an idea of how our college events (Akaraka, Daedongjae etc) are like in the following student-made videos! You can also search for the performances of Korean artistes (such as TWICE, WINNER in 2016) at our yearly Akaraka on YouTube.
Posted by: Carmen, Class of 15.5, in February 2017.
When it comes to the fun in Yonsei, we immediately think of the Annual Sports Festival, commonly known as Yon-kojeon. Every year around late September, there is an everlasting playful rivalry between Yonsei University and Korea University, hence the combination of 'Yon' and 'Ko.' But it is to no mistake 'Yon-kojeon,' right? NOT Ko-yonjeon, because that's just absurd, haha.
Playful banters like above as well as games of great sportmanship take place every Fall Semester for 2 days at one of Jamsil, Mokdong, or Worldcup Stadium. A total of 5 series of sports matches include; baseball, basketball, ice hockey, rugby, and soccer. The stadiums of the match differ, according to the date and size of the games. And the time of the games are not widely spaced, so you most likely can only watch a handful of the games rather than everything, since you cannot be at two places at once. To elaborate, although baseball, rugby, and soccer occur successively at the same place (a large stadium) that are open to everyone (no ticketing), because the stadiums for basketball and ice hockey are comparatively small, those matches occur somewhere else and distribute limited number of tickets that have to be earned every year through ticketing on the UIC student council facebook page. Shuttle bus seats during the time of the Sports Event--departing from Songdo to the stadium--can also be attained by reserving them on the same page. All you have to do is follow the instructions that are posted earlier around that time of the year. The schedule of the matches and the seating arrangements in the stadium will likewise be announced. It's pretty convenient to access.
So what do we actually do during the games?--Just watch from our seats? No way!
We have our cheering squad and flag bearers in front of us, ushering us to cheer our proud team on. And what with the blast of the music and synchronized motions from the squad, no one can help but rise up from their seats to cheer louder and make wilder motions than our standing opponents on the other side. The Yon-ko match is all about high spirit, competition, yet joyful fraternity between the two universities. So who could resist such challenge and excitement?
Later at the end, after tallying up all the wins and losses from the matches, the overall result comes out to mark that year. It can be a win, loss, or a tie, but no side is honestly a loser when it arrives to the after-party. After both schools get together for a finale, there is first a get together of Yonsei and Korea at a barbecue, then it proceeds to either campus of Yonsei or Korea, depending on which alternate year it is. We do a traditioinal train-march where every member in line holds on to the one in front and strolls through the streets of Yonsei or Korea. Finally, the two schools move on to share fun games and conversation through some alcohol and let all festivities end late at night.
It is to be emphasized that none of the attendances are mandatory, as we want everyone to enjoy up to what they can handle. But do not let yourself shy away if you feel that you are missing out. As long as we, the proud Yonseians that we are, act responsibly, exert great sportsmanship, and clean after ourselves during and after the matches, any kind of big-scale event can end safe and pleasurable.
So which will it be this year--Yonsei or Korea—to take the glory of victory? Find out with us!
Created by: Minji Jung, Class of 14, in January 2017.
Daedong Festival is no doubt the epitome of Yonsei Spirit, which takes place during the Spring Semester. Starting in early or mid May, the Daedong Festival comes to life on Yonsei-ro (street) in Sinchon Campus and the square of Songdo International Campus. It lasts typically for two days. A myriad of carnival booths held by different colleges and majors welcome Yonseians and non-Yonseians alike for food and entertainment. Of course, we cannot leave out the highlight of the festival which takes place on the last day; students join in for AKARAKA, which is a performance at the Sinchon amphitheater consisting of learning the Yonsei moves and cheer as well as enjoying the amazing concerts of Korea's famous bands and singers invited for popular the line-up.
Some say AKARAKA meant "victory" from the Battle of Greece, some say it came from 악하락하(樂下樂下) which means 'under music and joy,' and still some others say it is the sound of the eagle, which is the school's spirit animal and symbol. Whichever is true, it is a cheering phrase used by the Yonsei cheering squad and Yonseians alike, to prepare for the Annual Sports Festival (Yon-kojeon) that comes in the Fall Semester. With spectacular music, instructions, and demonstrations of the cheering squad and the flag bearers on stage, anyone can gather together at the amphitheater to learn the cheers, moves, and phrases of Yonsei by having the times of their lives. Before you know it, you'll be swayed and passioned by the beat of the music and the heat of the crowd. And that's when you get to know and feel that you've become a true Yonseian.
We welcome you all, and invite you to join us this year!
Created by: Minji Jung, Class of 14, in January 2017.