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Monday, June 2, 2014

Snow? In May?

Vicky Wei & Annie Wang

In April and May, the tung trees bloom in the mountains of Miaoli. When the blossoms fall from the trees, the scene is like snow. Thus, tung blossoms have been called “May Snow”. Recently, I had my first chance to appreciate this beautiful scene. To see the pretty May Snow, we took a trip to the Tung Lodge in Miaoli.


We didn’t ride our motorcycles to our destination; we thought that it was too far from Taichung to Miaoli. Instead, we chose a safer and cheaper way to get to Miaoli. First, we took a local train to Miaoli train station. Then we took Bus No.5656 and got off at Rice Mill. Last, we walked down Fudenong Road to the nearest walking trail.

From the street, we could see tung blossoms covering the whole mountain. We also smelt the sweet fragrance of the flowers and the slight scent of the mountain soil. We walked along the narrow walking trail to enjoy this beautiful scenery. The trail was a little gloomy; we could barely see the trees on either side of the trail because the flourishing tung trees and tung blossoms blocked out most of the light! 



We took a break on a bench by the side of trail and admired the tung blossoms. Tung blossoms are shaped like a star. The petals are white but the flowers are a little pink and yellow in the center. The local guide at the lodge later told us that tung blossoms signify grace and poetry. Maybe that is why we saw that someone picked some flowers and arranged them in the shape of heart on the ground. The blooming trees looked just like a painting, so we took lots of pictures. We loved this place very much.

After strolling along the trail, we arrived at our second destination – Tung Lodge. Tung Lodge is located in the mountains near Tung Blossom Trail. When we entered the lodge, we saw many tung trees surrounding the small wooden cottages of the lodge. Outside of the lodge, there were many wooden seats of different sizes. We sat in our chairs and enjoyed the view of tung blossoms drifting and falling slowly. We felt comfortable and quiet. Although we didn’t have a chance to try the food at Tung Lodge, we loved the place because of its peace and grace.



Tung blossoms are unique and beautiful. In April and May, everyone goes to the mountains in Miaoli to appreciate the special, romantic May Snow. In Taiwan, many towns have tung blossom trails, so you can see May Snow covering the mountains. Don’t miss this beautiful scene, or you will have to wait for another year.

My Experience as a Movie Director

Coco Hsiao

Last summer, I participated in an incredible activity – “Click Taiwan,” which was sponsored by the Chunghwa Telecommunications Foundation to shoot a documentary film. The foundation hoped not only to observe and record aborigine cultural values, but also to build a bridge between cities and country towns. It was an amazing chance to tell stories of how beautiful Taiwan is from a college student’s view.

All photos by the author
 Kttp Village” is the home of the aboriginal tribe from Puyuma, which is located in Zhiben, Taitung. It is a beautiful area with lots of natural scenery that visitors from the city especially enjoy.


“Cooperation” is the first thing that comes to mind when visitors first meet the Puyuma people. I discovered that working together is their core value; they believe that “unity is strength.” For example, no matter if they are rich or poor, villagers like to help others as much as they can and to share what they have. They love the feeling of getting together to complete everything as if they’re a big family. This also shows their loyalty toward their hometown.

    

A few days after I arrived, I began to find some inspiration for my film. As I was walking through the village lanes, I saw some white flags printed with black writing hanging on the walls. These banners announced a Kttp Village activity, “Against Tomb Migration,” which was a protest against the government policy of forcing the villagers to move their family tombs. The people who live in Kttp not only wanted to express their anger and opposition, but also defend their homeland. The link between their ancestors and later generations is a symbol of “inheritance,” just like the roots of a tree: if you cut the roots the branches will die; likewise, if the ancestral tombs are moved the culture and traditions of the tribe will gradually disappear.


I was touched by the villagers’ insistent attitude in protecting their ethnic honor and rights. Most people nowadays are too detached to stand up and give voice to their concerns. This activity gave me the idea of recording the feeling of pain and sadness people experience when faced with losing their culture.



In order to preserve the traditional wisdom of their ancestors, the residents held a week-long “Aboriginal Cultural Summer Camp” for their children to teach them more about their traditional culture. At this camp, there were lots of interesting courses and activities like the aboriginal language, harvest dance, arts & crafts DIY (making hunting traps), singing, and traveling around the village to understand the historic sites. 


The most significant part of these activities is learning how to work together with others. As the teachers interacted with the students, I could feel how the villagers really attached importance to their culture and wanted to hand it down to the next generation.


   
The year 2013 was a special year for Kttp Village because it was the first time the teenagers held this summer camp by themselves. Although it was not an easy task, they still tried hard to do well. When they prepared for the camp, I could sense these teenagers’ growth through my camera. At first, they were nervous and afraid to speak in front of a group; they even had no idea how to manage their schedule. 


However, these young people were determined to complete their mission even though they faced many difficulties. They believed they could overcome all obstacles and achieve their goal because they had a passion heart for continuing their traditions. As they worked together, the teenagers became braver and more confident in resolving their problems. Seeing the determination their eyes as they worked together to confront challenges was a beautiful and inspiring sight. I decided to record this theme as the second part of my film to capture a glimpse of every moving scene. 


During the process of shooting the film, there were some obstacles such as “Integrating a different cultural thinking,” which was a complicated one for me to solve because I am a visitor from another city. I thought that even though we might come from different backgrounds, I should not only stand at the same level to understand the aboriginal values and behavior, but also truthfully record the villagers’ point of view. Otherwise, my film would be a spectator film without any emotion. Another problem was the “Young people’s interviews.” Most of these teenagers were too shy to express their opinions, so I tried my best to chat in a friendly way and record at the same time. This created a relaxed atmosphere free of stress. Dealing with these problems taught me the importance of considering more carefully how other people feel.



My fifteen days in Kttp Village flew by. This proved to be an important opportunity for me to learn another philosophy of life. This film-making experience taught me how to break away from the stereotypes about aboriginal culture. If you would also break free from you preconceptions of aboriginal culture, perhaps you would like to participate in the next “Click Taiwan” activity. Search the Internet for “Click Taiwan” for more information on how to apply. I am positive that you will reap a unique harvest of lasting memories!  

Rubik's Cube - It May Be Square, But It's Definitely Cool

Iaroviz Tsao

Rubik’s Cube is an interesting creation.  If you think of it as a toy, you will find that it is more like a puzzle as scramble to get it back together.   However, if you think of the Cube as structure inside a building, you might understand every movement you make.  Perhaps these are the reasons why people have been fascinated by it for 34 years now.  An estimated 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold worldwide; that means that one in every seven people have played with a Rubik’s Cube.  How did this seemingly simple “toy” come to change the world?

In 1974, Ernő Rubik, a professor of architecture at Budapest’s Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts, created a wooden cube which would not break or fall apart no matter how he twisted and turned it. At first, he used the cube to explain spatial relationships to his students.  Then, he created puzzles while scrambling the cube’s colorful sides and then restoring it. It took him a while to solve the puzzles.  After presenting the cube to his student and seeing their reaction, he realized the Cube’s potential and decided to make it popular—he got it manufactured.  The early cube, marketed as “Magic Cubes,” was patented under Hungary’s communist regime, so it was not an international patent.  Later, the cube was manufactured by an American company and marketed as “Rubik’s Cube” worldwide.  

Now, the Rubik’s Cube is so popular that, it has even been featured in many advertising campaigns. Also, the World Cube Association (WCA) holds the World Rubik's Cube Championship every two years.         The last time the championship was held was in 2013 at Las Vegas.  During the competition, people compared their skills in a number of categories: Speed solving, Blind-folded solving, One-handed solving, Solving with feet, Fewest moves solving, and Multiple blindfolded solving.  Most of the cubes in the competition are 3x3x3 squares.



The Rubik’s Cube can be solved in many ways, but people use the Fridrich method most. The Fridrich method was created by Jessica Fridrich, a professor at Binghamton University and winner of the second place prize in the Rubik’s Cube World Championship in 2003. The solution she created is called CFOP, which was the abbreviation for:

l   C (cross) : create a cross-shaped arrangement of pieces on the first layer;
l   F (first 2 layers ) : coordinate the corner piece in the first layer with the edge of the second layer;
l   O (orient the last layer) : orient the last layer to form a solid color, but don’t put the individual pieces in their correct places;
l   P (permute last layer) : permute all of the pieces to their correct spots.

This method is known as the fastest way to solve the puzzle, so it is the most widely used method. 

The fun of the Rubik’s Cube, of course, lies not in whether you can win a prize but merely in the solving process.  Although you might be able to solve the Rubik’s Cube with a bit of instruction, to do it more than once requires a LOT of practice. If you take it too seriously, it might drive you crazy, but if you just relax, it’s actually fun. Why not get one today and find out for yourself?


Penghu Summer School

Kane Chang

The weather in Taichung has been getting hotter and hotter recently, and it reminds me of the unforgettable time I had last summer in Penghu Summer School. Applying for this interscholastic activity was not easy; actually, because the application process was so complex, some of my classmates just gave up. I stuck with it, and I’m glad I did!
 
Photos by the author
  There were several things I had to do here at FCU to prepare for my summer learning activity. First, I went to the Registration and Curriculum Section (註冊課務組) to pick up a transfer credit application (校際選課單). Then I went back to my department and got the chairman’s signature on the application; this means that the department approved of me taking the Penghu Summer classes. After that, I had to go to the General Education Center on the tenth floor of 人言大樓 to find out what kind of general studies credit I could get for the Penghu classes. The staff person at the General Education Center wrote the names of the FCU courses I would get credit for you on my transfer credit application and stamped the form. Finally, I went back to the Registration and Curriculum Section and got the stamp of the Dean of Academic Affairs. Once I had finished this step, I had done everything I needed to do at FCU.



Now for the Penghu part of the process. I first went to the website of Penghu University Summer School and filled out an online personal information form. Then, a few days later, I received the Penghu University tuition bill in the mail. I went to the post office and paid the NT$ 5900 bill, which included tuition and 7 days room and board. Terrific! I had finally completed my application! Now the only thing I had to remember was to take my transfer credit application with me to Penghu to get Penghu school’s stamp. I would get FCU credit only if I had gotten the Penghu University stamp on my FCU form! Thankfully, everything went well, and I did get credit for my classes.

        There were many classes I could choose from when I began the application process, including Penghu World Heritage, Marine Sport, Explore Ocean Environment, Application of Nature Resource, Working Holiday, and Foodstuff Technology and Safety. The course I took was Marine Sport. It was a wonderful course, and I learned a lot. On the first day of this five-day course, we had an opening ceremony. Then the teacher told us where we needed to go on the second day and also introduced Penghu University to us. On the second day, we had an all-day lecture about Marine Sport, included how to play and what we should pay attention to. Although this day is quite boring, it was still important for us because if we didn’t know what to do, it would put our life in danger. For the following three days, we had our classes at the seaside.


We experience canoeing, snorkeling, and windsurfing. The most impressive course to me was windsurfing because it is an extremely exciting sport. When you are windsurfing, you go very fast, just like driving a Jet Ski. However, when you are windsurfing, you are standing up, which is much more tiring. I will never forget the exciting feeling of gliding through the water on my windsurfing board.

On my final day in Penghu, the university held a BBQ party for all of the summer school students. They provided a variety of fresh seafood, and (the best part) I eat much as I wanted! The seafood in Penghu is very fresh and delicious; if you have a chance to visit Penghu don’t miss the seafood there.
  
After this five-day course, I have one suggestion and reminder for others who want to join this program. First, bring a long-sleeve t-shirt to Penghu. Although the weather in Penghu is very hot, you still need to wear a long-sleeve shirt because it’s easy to get sunburn if you wear short sleeves. In addition, don’t believe that long sleeves and sun cream will protect you from the sun; last year, I used a lot of sun cream and thought I would be safe. However, I failed. I got a very serious sunburn on the third day. It was excruciating, like thousands of tiny ants crawling all over you and biting you at the same time. Therefore, I strongly recommend that you bring a long-sleeve shirt. Second, at the end of this program, Penghu University will ask you to write a course review of the program and complete a survey; then you will get your score report card in about one month. Don’t forget take this report card and your transfer credit application to the Registration and Curriculum Section here at Feng Chia to get your General Studies credit.


        As you can see, participating in the Penghu Summer School program may be a bit of trouble, but it’s well worth the effort! If you are interested in applying for the program this year, just do what I did and you will be OK – and you will avoid the nightmare of not having enough General Education courses. Go online right now and search for 澎湖科技大學夏日大學”– and enjoy your summer in Penghu!

Another FCU “Hidden Treasure”

 Anson Wang

        Nowadays, more and more corporations are looking for new employees who already have basic – and sometimes even intermediate – software skills and professional knowledge.  Therefore, Feng Chia University has built a whole new learning space where students can learn how to use professional computer programs like SPSS and take special classes such as questionnaire design.
 
All photos by the author
  

 This special learning space is called “Kreative Commons,” and it is located on the second floor of the FCU library.  In this area, students can choose from several different classes every day, including software instruction in EViews or SPSS, for example, or professional classes in engineering mathematics, economics, and project management.  For example, Professor Wu Rong-Bin from the statistics department is a master in statistical software.  He teaches SPSS (a multifunctional statistical software package) on Wednesday mornings for two hours.  It’s a great chance for students to learn how to use useful professional computer software from an experienced teacher.  If you want to try one of these useful classes, please remember to make an online reservation before you head off to Kreative Commons.


 Beside these courses, Kreative Commons offers a bright sofa zone and a variety of rooms for students to use.  There are different sized rooms for different uses.  For instance, there is a double-television room for synchronous teaching.  


          Moreover, most of the rooms are equipped with a wireless mouse-keyboard-earphone set, electronic whiteboard, projector, and digital books.  No matter how you want to use a room – for taking a Kreative Commons class or having a discussion with your classmates for your project – Kreative Commons has a room just right for you.


  Finally, I want to share a personal Kreative Commons experience. The first time I stepped into this interesting space, I was shocked by the bright, comfortable atmosphere.  I couldn’t help myself; I just had to take out my camera and take some photos of this beautiful space.  I remember thinking that FCU students are very lucky to have these helpful resources.  If I had more time at Feng Chia University (I am graduating soon), I would definitely spend more time here taking extracurricular courses and developing my computer skills.  My recommendation to my younger FCU readers is to spend a few minutes walking around Kreative Commons.  You will find some efficient, new ways to learn and be amazed by the abounded resources that you didn’t even know existed!

Kreative Commons

Location: FCU Library, Second Floor
Business hours: 10:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday
Online: http://web.lib.fcu.edu.tw/library/services/value-added/kreative-commons.html


Satisfying My Need for Speed

Iaroviz Tsao

To be a race car driver is every man’s dream, but to make the dream come is not easy. Karting, go-kart racing, is a low-cost, relatively safe way to introduce racers to car racing. Therefore, Karting is considered the first step in any serious racer’s career. To get closer to my personal dream of being a race car driver, I tried karting recently.  I visited, Rosso, one of the well known karting tracks in Taichung.  It was not until I was sitting in the driving seat did I realize that racing is more than what we can see from the audience seating.

Rosso is in the suburbs of Taichung. It is not easy to notice along the road because it is located behind a tire company and the entrance is not easy to see.  If I had not seen the advertisement on the utility pole, I probably would have missed it.

Although the entrance is hard to find, the venue of the Rosso karting is spacious when you get inside. It occupies around 12,000 m2, and the track is 610m long. The Rosso track is known for the being designed by Bowman company, one of the world’s leading kart manufacturers. The track has 14 curves, which means you need to be in total control as you go around the course. You can use the track for 12-minutes at a cost of only NT$300, and your friends (there is audience seating for about 100) can watch for free.



The karts at Rosso are all the same in quality, appearance, safety equipment. The highest speed they can reach is around 60~70mph (100-110km/h), so the management at Rosso lets only people above 14 years of age to race.  Because the cars do go so fast, Rosso also provides driver’s helmets and balaclavas, just like the F1 racers use.        

Although I have a driver’s license, driving a kart is much different from driving your mother’s car. Unlike normal cars we see on the road, racing karts don’t have power-assisted brakes, so controlling your speed takes a bit of practice. Racing karts have no suspension or shock absorbers, either, so after a few laps you will find your back aches and your whole body is tired. In addition, driving so fast through all those curves will make you dizzy. My karting experience made me wonder how those F1 racers survive at such deadly speeds.

This was my first visit to Rosso, and I am looking forward to going there a second time.   Karting is a fascinating introduction to car racing for every man who has a need for speed. After experiencing it for yourself, you might realize that there is a big difference between being a “dream racer” and actually getting out there on the track. However, you won’t know until you try! Give it a shot, and don’t leave your dreams behind!

Rosso Karting Track

No.1201, Dadu Dist., Taichung City 432
Hours: Sunday to Friday 10:00~21:00
Saturday 10:00~22:00

Phone: (04) 23581056

Shrimp Fishing in Taichung

Jason Yang

Fishing is popular recreational activity all over the world. However, shrimp fishing is something that you can find it only here in Taiwan. Shrimp fishing is also popular among FCU students. In this article, we will look at some facts about this activity first, and then follow with my recent shrimp fishing experience with my friends at a shrimp fishing pond near FCU campus.

Photos by the author

In the 1980s, shrimp fishing was first developed in southern Taiwan. As time went by, this activity gradually spread throughout the whole country. Unlike regular fishing, which you do outdoors, shrimp fishing began at outdoor ponds and later turned into an indoor activity. Local businessmen expanded their shrimp fishing places to include lots of facilities such as KTV rooms, kitchens, seating areas, and even gift machines in order to create a comfortable environment for their customers. Shrimp fishing fees are paid by the hour, and the average rate is around NT150 per hour. Since shrimp fishing places provide comfortable seats, beverages, and kitchen utensils, they are popular among students because they can hang out with their friends and have some fun without spending too much money. Oh – and the shrimp are delicious Thai Giant River Shrimp that are hand-raised locally.
   


The shrimp fishing place we went to was Le-Ka. It is about 5 minutes away from the FCU campus by car. They have two different pools at Le-Ka, one for male shrimp and one for females. The reason why male & female shrimps are separated is because a male shrimp is usually bigger and has more meat. For this reason, the hourly rate charged for the male shrimp is a bit higher than for the females. When we walked into the place, we went to the counter first to open our account. The way it works is similar to going to an Internet Café. We deposited a certain amount of cash in our account, and money was deducted as time went by. We didn’t have to bring anything with us but money because there are always poles and free bait ready for customers. However, people who go often bring their own poles and favorite bait.

 After getting our poles and bait from the counter, we grabbed seats by the pool as well as a shrimp net that was hanging at the edge of the pool. The net is used to hold the caught shrimps for cooking later. Then we set up our fishing lines according to the depth of water in the pool. The fishing line has to be long enough so that the two hooks touch the bottom of the pool where the shrimp can reach the bait. We adjusted our bobbers until we could see if a shrimp was taking the bait. When everything was in position, we were ready to catch some shrimps.



Compared to regular fishing, shrimp fishing doesn’t require any special technique. When we had hooked our bait and thrown it into the pool, staring at the bobber was the only thing left for us to do. We could see quite clearly from the bobber’s movement when a shrimp is eating the bait. When the bobber began sinking slowly or moving up and down, it was time to jerk the line out of the water. However, sometimes we pulled the line up empty because the hook was not deep enough into the shrimp’s mouth. However, with a bit more patience, we didn’t come up empty too many times!


When our fishing time had come to an end, we had to choose whether to eat our shrimp at the fishing place or take them home for cooking later. Like at most shrimp fishing ponds, Le-Ka had free barbecue grills for customers to grill their shrimp. We decided we couldn’t wait. We washed our shrimp with water and salt, and then stuck them on stainless steel sticks. Before We then spread some salt on the shrimp to add a bit more flavor. 


We decided not to cook our shrimp ourselves but instead paid extra for the Le-Ka cook to help us out. We found it amazing that shrimp could be cooked in so many ways! We had a dish of boiled shrimp that kept the original shrimp flavor. We also had a plate full of fried shrimp with garlic, soy sauce, and some basil. Our final dish was “3-cup shrimp.” It is called “3-cup” because the shrimp are cooked with 3 main ingredients – sesame oil, soy sauce, and rice wine. This is a popular Taiwanese flavor.

The author and his prize catch!
 Shrimp fishing places provide a combination of services. As mentioned above, we were able to fish, have our meal, and hang out with friends. No wonder shrimp fishing has become so popular among students looking for an inexpensive way to relax and have fun! Shrimp fishing is really an activity full of local Taiwanese style.

Jay Chou's "On The Run" – A Music CD Review

Momo Lin & Anny Cheng

Jay Chou is a Taiwanese musician, singer, songwriter, actor and director. In 2000, Jay released his first album, which was called “Jay.” His music remixed Hip-Hop, Rock, R&B and blues.  “On the Run” was Jay’s eighth album; it was released in 2007 by JVR Music. This was the first album that Jay released under his own record company. This album was awarded Best Song of the Year and was among the top 10 Mandarin albums listed by the Kong Album Selling Awards. In 2008, “On the Run” was also nominated for five awards at Taiwan’s 19th Golden Melody Awards.

There are ten songs on “On the Run.” Nonsensical, is in the hip-hop style, and there is also some special dancing in the music video of this song. The rock song Incomparable is now the theme song of Dynasty Warriors online game. The R&B love song, Dandelion’s Promise is a blues number about falling in love. With the title song, Cowboy on the Run, Jay took a chance with American country folk singing style. The brisk song, Sunshine Homeboy calls on homeboys to go out and pursue their love. There is a Chinese style sad love song, Blue and White Porcelain, too. The sweet song Sweetness shows Jay’s special style; it’s sweet, brisk, and playful.

There are also some love songs on this album, such as Rainbow, The Longest Movie, and I’m Not Worthy. Rainbow was originally written for his movie, “Secret,´ and recollects an old love affair. I’m Not Worthy tells us that public figures are not as free as most people because they are not free to love.

Our favorite song on “On the Run” is Blue and White Porcelain. We like the song’s lyrics; they are beautiful and poetic. The music video of this song is very touching, too; it uses traditional Chinese blue and white porcelain to represent the continuation of love from the past to the present.


“On the Run” mixes many musical styles, and although not everyone likes Jay’s singing style, we think there is still something special about Jay’s music, and we like it very much. Whether you like brisk, playful songs or sad love songs, we are sure you will find something you like on this album. 

Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” – A Music CD Review

 Jane Kao & Lily Lai

There are many types of music in America, but pop music is the one that teenagers like most. Our favorite pop music singer is Taylor Swift, even though she was a country music singer/songwriter first. Taylor has recorded four albums, and the third album, “Speak Now,” is our favorite.
 
Album cover courtesy of TaylorSwift.com


 The name of this CD, “Speak Now,” comes from a sentence in the wedding vows – “Speak now or forever hold your peace.” There are 14 songs on the “Speak Now” CD. This CD features themes of love, romance, and heartbreak. Unlike Taylor’s previous CDs, all the songs on the “Speak Now” CD were written by Taylor herself. She also co-produced the record with longtime collaborator Nathan Champman. The other different thing about this CD is that, as Taylor said, “Speak Now” is about her life and moods between 2009 and 2010, and every song is like an open letter to a specific person.

 Our favorite song in this CD is Never Grow Up. This song’s melody is light-hearted and Swift plays two instruments on the cut – guitar and piano. The lyrics of this song are about maternal love; the mother hopes that her child will never grow up but just stay little and simple. However, the child can’t wait to move out someday and call his or her own shots. When the child grows up, he or she realizes that everything is someday going be gone, and if childhood could just go on forever, life could be really simple. We think this song is a little sad and makes us miss our childhood. The lyrics remind us of how innocent childhood is. We really like this song very much.


Taylor sings in many styles on the “Speak Now” CD, and old fans and newcomers alike are sure to find something they like. We recommend the “Speak Now” CD, and suggest that, if you like what you hear, you check out Taylor’s other albums!

The 2014 Municipal Cup at FCU

Frople Lai

In Taiwan, many students are very enthusiastic about sports in their leisure time, so many kinds of games or activities are held at school every semester. In addition to these activities on campus, there are also competitions between schools. The Municipal Cup is just this kind of intercollegiate event, and for my department and our table tennis team, it was a big deal this year. 

Photos by the author
 Participants in the Municipal Cup come from departments of municipal studies such as urban planning, land management and development, land economics, and construction engineering. The aim of the Municipal Cup is to give students from different schools the opportunity to make new friends through this sports exchange, to learn some skills from each other, and to relieve the pressure students feel from their studies. This year, the competition was organized at FCU by the Urban Planning and Spatial Information department. There were five events this year, including softball, basketball, volleyball, badminton, and table tennis.



The table tennis team from the FCU Urban Planning and Spatial Information participated in this competition. Our team believed that we should just play table tennis happily and avoid the pressure of trying to win a prize, so our regular practices felt really relaxed. Our teammates all got along well together. After practice, we often went out together for food and fun. I’m not very good at table tennis, but everyone on the team was willing to teach me. It made me feel that our team was like a big family.

During the competition, we lost – but not by much! I think we had the ability, but we lacked actual game experience. The champion this year was FCU’s department of Land Management, second place was CKU’s Urban Planning, and in third place was our table tennis team. Although we were a bit disappointed with the result, we really enjoyed the whole process of practicing together and competing together.


While the Municipal Cup is open only to students in departments of municipal studies, we welcome ALL students to come and watch – and to cheer for the FCU teams!  We hope to see you there next year!