The coronavirus pandemic has existed for a long time and it brought a lot of burden to several industries, including Indonesia’s film industry. The pandemic hugely affected the network of cinema who used to be the primary place to watch movies. On 23 March 2020, the local government of DKI Jakarta deactivated one of the biggest cinema companies in Indonesia, Cinema XXI, to support the semi-quarantine measures (Ardanareswari, 2020). At first, only two weeks of deactivation was planned. However, seeing that the situation has not been better, the deactivation is changed to an indefinite amount of time. The local government of DKI Jakarta cancelled the permit to open cinemas numerous times to prevent a more aggressive spread of the virus. In effect, the premier and promotion for several domestic movies are postponed. Several production processes are also halted for an indefinite time.
The spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia triggers an array of problems in several sectors. In this case, some activities that used to be done offline have to adapt to an online system. The research sector is also disturbed by this pandemic since several field research can’t be conducted in order to minimize the physical interaction between the researcher and the respondent.
The pandemic and alternative research method
The health and security aspect becomes the utmost priority of each individual, including university students,in the middle of this pandemic. The limitation of space, difficulty to get out of their home, and the strict health rules are factors that contribute to the failure of last year university students to complete their final essay. Generally, this pandemic makes it difficult for final year students to conduct field research or qualitative research that requires them to physically be in the field to observe. Meanwhile, the average research method used by bachelor students, especially in the politics and government department, is the qualitative field research with a primary data source (Savirani, 2020).
Studying abroad is the dream of many students, including Maria Yohanna Widianti Satriyo. This Social Development and Welfare department university student in Fisipol UGM batch 2017 had a chance to exchange to Australia for one semester.
She decided to take a leave from her department for a semester to fly to the kangaroo island in February 2020. In Australia, Maria studied offline for three weeks and online for two months due to the pandemic. The Fisipol Media had a chance to interview Maria through the phone. When this article is released, Maria would have already been in Indonesia, awaiting her study result.
Though the line of events was done virtually, the team expressed their excitement in joining the FGD and other events. “It was very pleasurable because the moderator of the FGD was from a policy study institution and they were like a mentor to us,” said Izul. The same thing was expressed by Brahm. According to him, even though the event is held online, the FGD still expanded their knowledge. “We start to see how the students from other university have a unique perspective on a certain issue,” Brahm elaborated.
Literature is going through rough times. Some might say that it is inching closer towards its doom. Mario Vargas Llosa, a Peruvian literature aficionado, said in its compilation of essay called “The Death of a Great Writer”, that literature in the modern era have lost its magical touch. This is ironic seeing how decades ago, literature was on par with religion; philosophers and literati from all across the world grows rapidly like wild seeds on earth. We know them as the giants of civilization; Sartre, his wife Simone, Zola, Borges, Chekov, Tolstoy, and many more. Meanwhile, now, finding writers on their level is close to impossible.
Since the beginning of the year, fears have been spreading like wildfire. The virus known to originate from an animal and fish market in Hubei Province, China spread and claimed victims all over the world. Novel Coronavirus (later referred to as Corona), the name of the virus, presented itself as a new year surprise and soon became calamity to the world. According to Kompas.com, up until the March 1st, 86.986 cases worldwide have been confirmed, with 2.979 deaths and 42.294 successfully treated. The number might or might not continue to escalate in near future. Whether the numbers rise or not, the fact that worries have haunted not only Wuhan but also other cities in the world should not be called into doubt.
Working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a common dream for students in the Department of International Relations. However, not everyone can have this opportunity. Karina Devira, or better known as Ciput, a student from the Department of International Relations batch of 2017, is one of the lucky few to have this opportunity.
At the beginning, Ciput was still looking for the Indonesian embassy abroad that suits her best. In the end, she chose the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok. She chose Bangkok due to its proximity to Indonesia and its relatively affordable living cost. As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok also offers an abundance of tourist attractions.
Critical thinking is an important skill that everyone needs, including in the academic world. In addition to critical thinking, the ability to persuade people is also important. One of the ways to practice these two skills is by participating in a Model United Nations (MUN) conference. Aldyth Nelwan, a student from the Department of International Relations batch of 2019, has successfully practiced these two skills in MUN conferences.
Previously, Aldyth was an International Relations student in Universitas Airlangga. His friends suggested him to participate in MUN conferences. Afterwards, he registered himself to participate in an MUN conference due to his curiosity. His friends guided him when he was still new to MUN.
A good campus not only provides adequate space for its students for their learning process. An academic environment is necessary to stimulate their development and decent college experience. However, tensions instead would ruin everything. No room for students to rest for a while to relax and – in certain places – having fun will only make them uncomfortable being in the campus. And FISIPOL UGM does not want that to happen. In UGM’s FISIPOL Campus, there are facilities for students to study, hold a discussion, or simply to mingle. For reading books and focusing on finishing one’s thesis, students can stit comfortably in Digilib for houts. If students want to work on college assignments while holding a discussion and eating, students can do it freely in Digilib Café or Fisipmart. For holding organizational meetings or group work, the West Hall (Selasar Barat), or the BC Hall can be utilized. Meanwhile, for those who likes to have discussions and mingle with friends, the chairs along SanSiro Park are ready to accommodate.
On 27-30 August, the 32nd National Science Week for University Students (PIMNAS) was held at Universitas Udayana, Bali. Three Fisipol students from the batch of 2017: Maulida “Ifa” Afifatu Tsalitsi, Adhika Trisliantama (Department of Politics and Government) and Miftah Farid Mahardika (Department of Sociology), have successfully won silver medals in the Student Creativity Programme (PKM). On Friday (6/9), Ifa shared us her experience of participating at the 32nd PIMNAS.
According to her, the process to participate in this competition was not easy, as PIMNAS is a prestigious competition for all university students from all across Indonesia. This is because, PIMNAS is organized by the Directorate General of Learning of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia. Furthermore, the results of this competition are one of the components of a university’s accreditation. In PIMNAS, she competed against 60 teams from all over Indonesia. Ifa and her team have prepared everything from November 2018.