USD Magazine, Winter 2004

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1:03 p.m. Freddy Grand,Associated Students' vice president of finance, pokes his head into Ryan Van Arnam 's office. "I'mtrying to figure out how we went from $37,000 to $6,000 in reserves," says Grand. Van Arnam, this year'sAS president, hangs up the phone.The two canceled a finance meeting the day before because Van Arnam was bumped from a return flight after Thanksgiving. They scan the printout, but don't have time to solve the riddle. They decide to reschedule their meeting - a process that their busy schedules have forced them to master. Van Arnam: "When can you do the finance committee meeting?" Grand: "We can do it Friday. Do you have time after Senate?" Van Arnam: "Yeah, that'll work. Thanks, buddy." 2:21 p.m. "Think about Korea," sociology Professor Judy Liu says to her race and ethnic stud– ies class. "China to the west. Japan to the east. For centuries both fought over Korea because of its rich resources... Korea figured the best way to defend itself was to seal itself off. For two-and-a-half cen– turies, Korea had no contact with the west. "But in 1884,aU.S. medical missionary named Horace Allen arrives in Korea, saves arelative of the royal family, and he and King Kojong suddenly are on afirst– name basis. In 1902,Allen acts as a liai– son between the king and the United States, which is looking for laborers to work in the sugar cane fields in Hawaii." But the emigration stops in 1905."Why?" Liu asks."Because Japan goes to war again - this time with Russia. Sailing routes are impacted, and the king ceases imports and exports and again seals the country."


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