9:09 pm - 02/06/2018

Kyung Hee University Once Again Under Suspicion Of Preferential Treatment Towards An Idol


Kyung Hee University once again is being scrutinized for possible preferential treatment.

On February 6, SBS News reported there are suspicions of an unidentified member of a popular idol group (hereafter referred to as B) receiving their master’s degree from Kyung Hee University after submitting a lackluster performance video in lieu of a thesis.

B received a Master’s Degree in Applied Music from Kyung Hee University last year, after they submitted a video of what they said was themselves singing while busking last May.

Based on their findings, SBS News reported that school regulations allow for students to substitute their graduate thesis with a solo performance. Performances must be with accompaniment, and are required to be over an hour in length. Due to strict guidelines and expenses, only three or four people have successfully graduated through this method. A graduate of the school said, “They are extremely picky, if I remember. It is to the point that not a single thing can be out of order. Busking would not be enough.”

B had performed by themselves for only 30 minutes, and passed the professor’s assement. Both the video and their performance are described to have been of significantly lesser quality than other graduation performances.

B also performed at Kyung Hee University’s Outdoor Theater, which requires prior permission. It is normally used for school events, as it can fit over 8,000 students. However, it appears that B may not have had permission to use the venue, as a source from the school stated, “There is no record of any performance. We searched last year’s [schedule] not just in May, but from April to August.” They also stated that they do not let students borrow the venue themselves for any personal events or performances.

The specific professor who assessed B’s performance has also fallen under suspicion. A faculty head responded, “I also recently learned that [said professor] was in charge of the evaluation. I don’t remember exactly, so we have to first confirm with the department if they still have the video.”

The police are currently investigating how B received their master’s degree after receiving a report about the situation. Kyung Hee University recently underwent an investigation in regards to Jung Yong Hwa’s admission to their school. In response to this latest report, the school has stated, “We are currently looking into the matter. If what has been reported is revealed to be true, we will decide based on school regulations. Because of this, we need some time to [look into the matter].

It's being alleged that it could be [Spoiler]Jo Kwon, but who knows

Source: Naver & SBS News via Soompi
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goshipgurl 7th-Feb-2018 02:49 am (UTC)
i just submitted the same post, even put the idols name in spoilers lmaooo

i guess we'll soon get news of him enlisting, if this is true. to me this is even worse than yonghwa's scandal.

Edited at 2018-02-07 02:50 am (UTC)
pearlychoco 7th-Feb-2018 02:53 am (UTC)
oh snaaaap lol

weird question: but isn't he still promoting that ballad or has it already ended?
sra_interesante 7th-Feb-2018 02:58 am (UTC)
beside gdragon reports(?)

#everybodyknows this has been a thing for years ... it was never right but suddenly korean press cares enough to make articles and blind items lol

i hope idols start enlisting like any normal citizens or at least stop looking for special treatment
tungatunga 7th-Feb-2018 07:27 am (UTC)
But they are not normal citizen and the nature of their career made it hard to enlist earlier, first they have to compete for a spot to debut and after that they constantly working and under contract nonetheless so it's not like it is entirely their decision when to enlist.
donaldjdrumpf 7th-Feb-2018 03:45 am (UTC)
Ugh people who gain advantages just because they're rich or famous are the worst.
pearlychoco 7th-Feb-2018 04:05 am (UTC)
jaequeeragenda 7th-Feb-2018 03:55 am (UTC)
oh dang, i thought this was about GD too not another idol, so dang, thats 3 now, is this the flood gates leaking before the pour? :O
chikage_chan 7th-Feb-2018 04:15 am (UTC)
All these people not taking their graduate studies seriously are pissing me off, this is something I hope they all get caught for doing.
sparkb 7th-Feb-2018 04:39 am (UTC)
Idc if theyre using study as a way to postpone enlistment but at least do it right and fair.
rainstormraider 7th-Feb-2018 04:41 am (UTC)
I thought it was GD?

Also can someone refuse to enlist because they're a pacifist or on religious grounds?

Edited at 2018-02-07 04:43 am (UTC)
pearlychoco 7th-Feb-2018 04:53 am (UTC)
Also can someone refuse to enlist because they're a pacifist or on religious grounds?

the right of conscientious objector such as religion, freedom of thought/conscious, homosexuality (to name a few) are not recognized in SK

Edited at 2018-02-07 04:53 am (UTC)
giriboy 7th-Feb-2018 05:31 am (UTC)

kyunghee probably needs a new dean or board or something. these scandals are all really dry to me, tho: very white collar, i wonder why they've only been coming out recently
vintage_boom 7th-Feb-2018 05:44 am (UTC)
Probably because of what started with a university special treatment scandal ended up with the last SK presidents impeachment. People are paying close attention to it now.
taengwoo 7th-Feb-2018 05:38 am (UTC)
okay so this might be off topic but if someone is getting a master's in applied music why would they chose to write a thesis? im only commenting on the part where the article states "only three or four people have successfully graduated through this method"

i knew a couple of people in the music dept at my college and their graduation requirement was a solo recital. same goes with theatre majors, they had to be in a major production to graduate. but maybe im just basing it off american university standards
madrigalpals 7th-Feb-2018 06:43 pm (UTC)
Most music performance degree programs in the US require a recital upon graduation, but some MM degrees allow an emphasis in musicology which could be what that's about. It gets wild with Doctoral degrees where even if you're focusing on performance you have to write a dissertation from what I understand
mewgical 7th-Feb-2018 06:47 am (UTC)
Soompi updated with this but I'm not going to bother posting it. Jo Kwon's agency is being silent it says but according to the article it says "a source from Jo Kwon’s side" says it's false. idk sounds like a friend with a bike reporting it so I'm just going to chalk it up as #fakenews until his agency or him say something.

pearlychoco 7th-Feb-2018 07:23 am (UTC)
a representative my butt.

i need to hear this either from Cube themselves or Jo Kwon. that's it.
baekpedaling 7th-Feb-2018 09:13 am (UTC)
I don't want to believe this cause I really like Jo Kwon. But not because I care about college, I just don't want anything to mess up his career
uguukawaii 7th-Feb-2018 10:27 am (UTC)
Lame, grad school is hard and expensive, seeing this shit pisses me off. Imo it's kinda one thing to fudge an undergrad but something above that kinda seems way dirtier to me.

Just GO like i know civil service isn't great for their image but if youre old and dont wanna do pushups like a normal recruit there are options. I KNOW it's a hit to your career but two years isnt an insurmountable amount. Companies also need to be more willing to take a hit and debut 22 year olds who already went and came back... it's not ideal but it would avoid this kind of cringe situations entirely and would appeal to more male fans.... as it is now, guys in korea HATE GD, Yonghwa, anyone getting caught doing this shit. People love the akmu kid for being a normal young guy..

Like ethically or morally I dont agree with mandatory service, but the cultural baggage around it is complicated and the reality is you gotta go and getting caught like this is worse than taking a break from your career/dating for two years and shaving your head.

I know so many people studying at Kyunghee now I'm thinking I should be applying there since they apparently sign off on crazy shit like this all the time

Edited at 2018-02-07 10:28 am (UTC)
myungung 7th-Feb-2018 12:07 pm (UTC)
re taking older trainees, I think it would be very hard to take those who have gone for the army/civil service because there's a lot of time taken away on training and you will definitely get rusty from your skills. even athletes who have had to serve often lose out on their fitness and competitive streak.
plus, with an older more mature trainee, it's harder to break them and mould the trainee into what the company/industry wants, and therefore perhaps harder to control them? you're not as impressionable as a teenager to lap up what the company provides and the higher ups are probably not that happy to have someone who they can't mould
daceymormont 7th-Feb-2018 12:32 pm (UTC)
I don't blame male celebs for going to university to postpone their enlistment, but they should care more about their studies, or at least pretend to ffs... with how competitive korea is I'd be pissed too as a ~normal citizen.
slutdrop 7th-Feb-2018 02:04 pm (UTC)
nekobot 7th-Feb-2018 04:19 pm (UTC)
It's strange that there are next to no idols that have finished their service once they've debuted already considering most men are done by 21/22 at the latest. It really shows how youth obsessed the industry is because that's still a young age to start at.
There's the argument that it will interfere with their training but honestly...I feel like lots of these kids that train for half a decade are being scammed out of money anyway because it hardly ever shows in the end product at all, most of the great singers and dancers were already pretty good when they auditioned. With the insane work ethic they have going they could do more than enough with a year or even less if they're given proper lessons by actual professionals.
bob_dabuilda 7th-Feb-2018 04:43 pm (UTC)
IA. Many idols still debut at 21-22 without serving and it's like why? And many of the most talented idols are great because they received training outside the company, then auditioned (Chen, Baekhyun, DO were singing before SM and each had less than 1 year of training. Kai was dancing before auditioning).

Produce 101 just showed that the trainees are told to just push out or force out notes. Or to execute choreography well enough to blend in. Some companies don't even bother with vocal training for visuals, like Hyeri, who was told to not come for vocal lessons since she slowed it down for Mina and Sojin.
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