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I get Caught off Guard by the Olympics Every Time

By Harsh Singh

I like to think I’m a pretty-up-to date with world and national events, but the Olympics always take me by surprise. I get that they come like every two years, but that’s enough time to totally forget about them and be totally shocked when they come back around. Plus, every time they come, they come back at a different time of year than the last time. I just wish I could get a heads up next time. I like watching hundreds of countries compete on the world stage for fancy necklaces as much as the next guy, but a little prior notice so I can prepare would be great. It always seems like I am the last to know and I miss the opening ceremonies which is the coolest part. Then my friends invite me to parties and I think they’re just plain parties and they turn out to be Olympics themed. Then there’s the office pool which I completely missed out on. And they’re in South Korea! How much more exciting can it get? A country neighboring an absolute dictatorship is a recipe for unlimited international fodder, and look I’m already a week late! But also, how do they plan to play beach volleyball in February?

Being Korean and Christian at Rutgers

BY Sarah Kim

skUsually when people reach out to the newspapers about Rutgers, it’s about something bad or inconvenient, but this is not at all about that. Instead, I really just want to let you know that Rutgers has provided me, someone with a Korean-Christian background, ample opportunities to feel involved with both my culture and connect to God.

While most of those not in this rather specific category of students would not know of this, Rutgers offers not just one student organization for Korean-Christians, but three very different clubs to enable me to always fit in. I can nearly attend services and meetings every single day of the week if we include Saturday and Sunday masses! So you might be wondering, what makes all these groups so different and why do we need these all, well let me explain.

Firstly, we have the the Korean Catholic Circle (KCC) .Obviously, this sticks out as a specifically Catholic-based teaching of Christianity. From its about section, it says that it is all about bringing the love of God within the Korean Culture. Like hello, that’s all about me!

Now say you’re not really about the Catholic lifestyle and want a more general Christian experience. Well don’t worry about it because the Korean Christian Fellowship (KCF) is here for you! Based on its quick overview, the purpose of this club is also to love the Lord! Seriously, can’t go wrong here either!

But hold up, maybe you’re not really feeling either of these and want a really exciting student organization. For you guys, we still have one more opportunity here at Rutgers and it’s called the Korean Campus Crusade for Christ (KCCC)! You might think it’s also about the love of the Lord, but they don’t mention love at all! I guess that’s what you get when you join a Crusade, and that sounds epic to me! But don’t worry, it’s still directed towards us Koreans so you’ll still fit just right in.

Now you know about all the Korean-Christian groups that are listed with Rutgers University. Who would ever have thought that there is something Rutgers doesn’t screw us over with. Though now I think about it, they don’t seem too different from each other, but that just means I get triple of the Korean-Christian experience. And of course if that’s not enough for me, there are a multitude of other clubs that fit at least one of the sides of my background so I can always find new people to help me explore myself and my heritage.