October 5, 1988
A St. Andrews Presbyterian College Student Publication
Gathering Place Opening Soon
This fall, in the bookstore’s former loca
tion, The Gathering Place will hold its grand
opening. It is the answer to students’ requests
over the past two years for a place to hang out
with their friends after a busy day, relax, or
have an alternative to SAGA within the Belk
The Gathering Place was made possible
through class and trustee donations, and Dr.
Reuschling donated two televisions for stu
dents’ enjoyment. The Physical Plant’s hard
work and students’ help in some of the con
struction put The Gathering Place together.
Over the summer, booths were built, wood
work finished, and lighting installed.
St. Andrews’ newest addition is ready to
open pending S AGA’s receipt of some neces
sary equipment. Once everything is installed,
a health official will inspect The Gathering
Place and, as Dean of Students Cynthia Greer
said, “hopefully give us a Grade A.”
A sound system has been purchased which
will provide a “coffee house” atmosphere on
various occasions. It will also make possible
small concerts sponsored by the C.U.B., draw
ing some local talent. Ideas for the future
include using The Gathering Place for class
Food selections include gourmet hamburg
ers, french fries, Colombo frozen yogurt,
among other selections.
Although students’ meal cards are so far
invalid at The Gathering Place, food purchases
there may be incorprated into the meal plan
within the next few years. Prices will be
average, and no alcohol will be provided or
This week was scheduled as the tentative
opening. Until set hours are posted. The Gath
ering Place will remain open a few hours each
night, serving free refreshments. Once this
new service to St. Andrews is fully open,
students can take advantage of all The Gather
ing Place has to offer.
Korea "Baptised "
by Olympic Experience
A baptism is, according to the
Webster’s New World Dictionary, “an expe
rience that intiates, tests, or purifies.
In the true sense of the word. Dr.
Daihyun Chung calls the Summer Games of
the Olympics a baptism for his homeland
Korea. In a recent interview on the St.
Andrews campus, where he is teaching phi
losophy for a year, Chung described the
Olympics as a point of initiation for Korea.
“Korea will now be fully recognized
as one of the world’s modem countries,
No longer the Korea that the
American television show M* A*S*H* popu
larized as a rural nation of small villages,
Chung described modem Korea as an eco
nomic and social miracle of big cities.
“A poor nation until recent times,
Korea has been searching for a national
identity,” Chung said. “The Olympics will
help establish that identity.”
But, true to the definition of baptism,
the Olympics have tested the country s
socio-political structure and even caus
elections in South Korea, the Koreans wou
have rejected the Olympics.
“Until the elections, the Korean
people rejected the Olympics as an interna
tional baptism of a military dictatorship, sai
Chung, “but since the elections all Koreans
can celebrate this great event.’
Conversation with Chung provides
a unique window into the collegiate world
in South Korea that has as its backdrop the
social unrest, sparked in a large part by
college students, reported almost daily m
Western newspapers. It’s a world that Chung
has spent most of his life involved in.
Bom the son of a Korean Presbyte
rian minister in 1941, Chung is a graduate of
Korea University in Seoul and Westminster
Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa.
He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Korea
University. CurrenUy, Chung is a Professor
of Philosophy at Ewha Women’s University
in Seoul. . . .
He is at St. Andrews through the
auspices of the United Board of Christian
Education in Asia, an organization based in
New York, N.Y. j „
With that sortofbackground,Chung
has a rather unusual view of his Korean and
American students. „ .
Asked about recent South Korean
student movements to make contact with the
Communist north, Chung said there isnoreal
organized unification effort.
“But our students make the point
that the only real difference between people
in the North and the South are two made-
up’ ideologies,” said Chung^ And most
bureaucrats say to them that there is an
unbridgeable gulf between the two
Chung said this kind of public dia
logue between students was not possible
before the recent elections.
“Students want to meet with North
Korean students and talk about
Twenty-year-old Jonathan Coleman Barger
had always dreamed of participating in the
Brunnenburg program overseas.
In a letter to a friend; “I am preparing
myself lo come to Brunnenburg. I’ve bought
books on mythology, journal writing. North
Carolina folklore. I’ve bought tapes on Ger
many and Italy. I’m taking German my first
semester at school this year. I want to be
prepared to make the most of my trip.”
This dream was never realized. On January
30, 1988, Jonathan, a sophomore at St An
drews, and his girlfriend, Christina Steiger,
also a St. Andrews student, were killed in a
tragic auto accident.
Last Spring in memory of Jonathan, stu
dents that were close to him sent out proposals
to faculty and administration for a memorial
fund to be collected in his name.
The Jonathan Coleman Barger Scholarship
would be an endowed fund for student aid
overseas at Brunnenburg. Brunnenburg is a
semester long study in the Italian Alps under
Princess Mary deRachewiltz.
The fund would provide a student with a
$500 tfavel scholarship based on need and in
dividual preparation, according to Dan Mohn,
director of development. Mohn added that in
the event that the Brunnenburg program
would be discontinued the fund would be open
to other overseas programs.
The memorial gifts conu-ibuted by the
Barger family and friends at the time of
Jonathan’s untimely death will be used as seed
The goal to be reached before the fund can
be activated is $ 10,000. So far only $3,300 has
been raised. The scholarship could be offered
as early as fall ’90.
A brochure designed by Communications
Office, pending approval by the Barger fam
ily, will be sent out in the coming weeks to
notify the community of the need for funds.
In memory of Jonathan, his unfulfilled dream
can be made possible through donations sent
to The Barger Fund c/o Office of Develop
sporting events, cultural events and even
unification,” he said.
The phUosophy professor agrees
with the South Korean government’s po
sition that the students should be able to talk
with each other on a one-to-one basis, but
unification and policy discussions should be
left to government officials.
Chung said students from North
Korea are trying to make the same sort of
contact with the south.
“But, those students in the North are
heavily regulated and nothing but voices of
the government,” he said.
But for all their vocal protests in the
streets of Seoul, Chung describes his stu
dents in Korea as quiet and sedate in the
classroom. Much different than the St.
Andrews students he is teaching.
“I am teaching SAGE (St. Andrews
unique interdisciplinary core curriculum
courses), the ‘Philosophy of Language ,
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