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From 1985 to 2017, about 30 years have passed, and the Hongik Tidings is able to publish 200 issue. For the long run, there were a great many seniors and professors who had stayed. Of course, to this day, the reporters taking part in this issue and the professors who are currently checking our articles are still keeping the Hongik tidings. 200 issue especially puts message from two professors, Jeff and Neil who have been reviewing our articles for about 10 years.

Congratulations to the staff of the Hongik Tidings on reaching the milestone of your 200th issue!

Writing is challenging work – especially when doing it in a second language. From the time authors choose their topics, through the many hours of reflecting on their own opinions and conducting research and interviews, they continue to hone their ideas into passages that will inform and entertain their readers. Some days the work comes easily and ink flows from their pens into almost poetic verses. Other days, they stare at the empty page, unable to force even a simple sentence onto it. Finally though, after weeks of toil, the day comes when they proudly flip through the latest issue of the Tidings to find their article.

This issue that you now hold in your hands is the latest of a long line of issues of a magazine in its fourth decade. These authors and designers have contributed to a tradition at Hongik University, and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all the Tidings staff members, past and present. For two hundred issues, the Tidings members have devoted themselves to recording the collective experience of the Hongik University students. The history of our school – of its campus, administration, professors, staff, and most importantly, of its students – is being recorded as it happens and preserved for future generations.

Again, congratulations to the Tidings staff for its passion and commitment and contributions to life at Hongik University! I’m proud to work with you and look forward to seeing your future creations.

- Neil Cole

Congratulations to Hongik Tidings for publishing your 200th issue!! It is hard working, dedicated students who have made the Tidings a success. Each student who has been a member of the Tidings over the years deserves credit and thanks, for the tireless and often under-appreciated effort that they make each semester. It is quite a sacrifice that these students give to take part in the time consuming endeavour of producing a great magazine filled with fun, interesting, and thought provoking stories for the benefit of the Hongik University community. Most readers do not comprehend all the planning, meetings, research, designing, writing/redrafting of articles along with the numerous other functions required to create each issue. Only committed people are capable and willing to give their free time to fulfill all these duties, for you the reader.

In today’s society, the ability to effectively communicate through written words is slowly eroding to short, emoji-filled, abbreviated text messages. The students at Tidings are to be commended for their willingness to accomplish the difficult task of expressing their thoughts and ideas, remarkably in a second language, in the long article form to help educate and entertain their readers. Personally I have been very fortunate and grateful to assist, in a minor way, to the great work done by so many student reporters, editors, designers and photographers/artists in the Tiding publication for the past few years. Throughout the semesters I have truly enjoyed observing these Tidings members improve their writing ability, noticing the growth in their confidence using English as they discuss their work to this big, old foreign guy and watching them mature as promising young adults and future leaders. It has been a pleasure meeting with these students, talking to them and trying to encourage them to continue pursuing all of their journalistic, educational and personal goals. Congratulations and thank you Hongik Tidings, your effort and results are truly appreciated. Keep up the great work!!

-Jeff Vandeweerd

Reading the congratulatory message from the affectionate professors, we saw the well-thumbed newspapers which are in term of time and effort of the professors and seniors in a reminiscent frame of mind. In the past, there were plenty of articles through various kinds of surveys, questions and students contributions. We can know the fact that in the past, the Hongik tidings could make the student participation and interest. As a matter of fact, it is not so much popular on today, but we will try to become the one who strives to become more popular..

Choi Yugyeong  pretty0467@naver.com

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