The 2nd π-Ville Day Celebrated in KU Pioneer Village
The KU Pioneer Village, called π-Ville, celebrated its 2nd anniversary by hosting an on-campus fair on March 14, designated π-Ville Day. Just like pi, which extends infinitely, the village offers a place for KU students to extend the spectrum of their creativity and to express their pioneering spirits. On this year’s π-Ville Day, KU students and fair participants witnessed the results of the village's experimentation that had occurred throughout the previous year.
Since its completion in Sept. 2016, π-Ville has become a place for KU students to do let loose with their ideas. Having become interested in the opportunities the village affords and having used its amenities, many students started to take full advantage of the venue in 2017, creating new ideas and holding events that they hope become regular. π-Ville Day was the venue's 1st official event in 2018. The anniversary falls on March 14, a date which was chosen based on the first three digits of the mathematical constant, 3.14. The 2nd π-Ville Day was also the 1st official event hosted by the 2nd student steering committee of KU Pioneer Village. While the 1st student steering committee adopted “Thinking outside the Box” as the theme for their π-Ville Day event last year, the committee in charge this year decided to extend the theme and designated the village a “thought-provoking zone.” In other words, while the village was open to KU students and participants as a place for sharing their interests and ideas last year, those ideas were expected to be the basis of a major event in light of this year's theme.
There were five programs offered on the day. The Flea Market, like last year, was the most significant element of the entire event, followed by First Thought, Lucky Thought: Beautifully Wrong, π-Ville 101, and Wish Farm. By looking around the venue, KU students had a chance to stamp their own definition on π-Ville. “Instead of expecting students to accept our definition, we want to create a place where we can can think, dream and act together,” said Hyun-joo Seong (2019, School of Art and Design), one of the student committee members.
Five programs designed to encourage participation by KU students
Each of the five programs was designed to draw attention and encourage the participation of KU students. The first was the Flea Market, which took place in the lot. While vendors from outside the university were allowed to participate in the market last year, this year the market was reserved solely for currently enrolled KU students and alumni. A total of 18 vendors who applied for a stall in advance were given the opportunity to sell their hand-made products or items they had collected. Along with the students, KU President Jaeho Yeom also came to the market to look around the π-Ville Day event, and to have a chance to communicate at close quarters with students.
The First Thought program, which took place in an auditorium located on the second floor, allowed KU students to express their opinions about what type of knowledge they wanted to gain through on-campus seminars. The program participants also had the chance to participate in a special event. They put inside a time-machine capsule their photos and letters, which are scheduled to be returned to them in November when the next π-Ville Day event will take place. In the lot located on the second floor, the Wish Farm greenhouse was open to students who wanted to plant hyacinth seedlings. Those who planted seedlings are always welcome to return to the farm and the village to look after their flowers.
The steering committee received planting applications and chose a total of 35 applicants. The program was designed to symbolize the idea that as the hyacinths grow, the students will draw closer to achieving their dreams. They may ask to take their seedlings away with them after two months.
For the π-Ville 101 Program, the steering committee decided to open the π-Ville studios on that day, so that KU students were offered the chance to attend lectures delivered by various teams. In an exhibition hall located on the fourth floor, a photo exhibition was held under the theme of “Lucky Thought: Beautifully Wrong,” where photos were displayed that had serendipitously captured lucky moments in everyday life. Hyun-joo Seong spoke of her aspiration to publicize the village and π-Ville Day. “Using π-Ville Day as a stepping stone, we want to inspire the thoughts of many. We plan to offer a variety of events not only for KU students who major in art or are preparing to launch startups, but for everyone on campus. We want this place to be somewhere they can think and dream of whatever they want to,” she said.
π-Ville in 2018
Talk-ville is a program of student-friendly talks given by speakers selected from among students’ recommendations or through votes / Dynamic Active Lectures (DALs). Instead of passively listening to lectures, students are encouraged to participate in activities in the DAL / π-Ville Network. Through this network, students can share their awareness of critical issues, cooperate to find solutions, and receive support for problem-solving projects.
A notice is posted around the middle of even-numbered months inviting applications for the use of the π-Ville Studios, which consist of several containers, and applications are then received from students. Currently, a total of 24 groups are using the studios, including four project teams, two media content groups, and two educational content groups.
The “Lucky Thought: Beautifully Wrong” special exhibition is scheduled to continue till the end of March. Events and fairs held on campus will be recorded and stored by π-Ville, including creative works devised by students, so that it can also function as an archive.
Creative ideas can be realized in π-Ville. The village can also be used as a comfortable space for students who have free time between classes. The π-Ville Live Concert, Corner Movie screening events, the flea market and the Wish Farm are all on the list of fun and ongoing events and amenities that can be visited in π-Ville.