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"Good good study, day day 'up'!"

Peking University, Apr. 14, 2013: "Get up! ! !"

 

It is a call from Peking University (PKU) "Getting-up" Club, founded on March 25 to overcome the lie-in of students.

 

 

The cartoon avatar of the club (renren.com)

 

"Good good study, day day up", with the Chinglish slogan, the Getting-up Club is fighting against the morning laziness – which has long pervaded the campus, building by building, room by room.

 

Hu Xiaonan, the initiator, has witnessed a peck of PKUers spoil their morning time in default of self-control and persistence to get up early. The sophomore from PKU School of Government confessed that the inspiration was out of her "self-reflection on my 20 years' stay-in-bed life".

 

Up to April 2, altogether 212 students have decided to register.

 

One of those activists, Sun Chenyang from PKU Law School, listed several advantages of getting up early: more utility of the morning time, feeling no sense of guilty anymore, and benefits of having a strengthening breakfast.

 

"I've decided to read more books and practice calligraphy in the morning," specified Li Yue from the Yuanpei College on her morning plan.

 

But how can the club help members get up early and fulfill their aims? "Neither phone calls nor messages would be provided for waking-up our members," declared its "No.1 Document" on March 27.

 

Instead, the club functions on members' mutual commitments. "Without morning urgencies, we would stay in bed, while the motivation for an appointment could kill our bed loving," explained Hu.

 

The time and food preferences of all members are recorded during the registration for their best matching groups. After getting up every morning, a group would sign in and eat breakfast together.

 

But getting members out of bed is not the only challenge. The club is now struggling with increasing bureaucracy during the institutionalization process with the legislature, personnel, communication and other divisions established. "The task of our club is too simple for any superfluous administration," though she is happy to share the management work with other members, Hu seems skeptical towards all the bureaucracy, "The more governance structures emerge, the more we have a decline of efficiency."

 

A similar stance is taken by Sun Chenyang, who would rather make such practical attempts to improve the club — as establishing rotations of organizers in charge, and a mechanism that substitutes reapplication with a "temporarily passive" membership status to streamline administration.

 

In their eyes, sleeping is more fun than bureaucracy, so the gained time from getting up early should be used for something better.

 

Written by: Liu Yineng
Edited by: Arthars
Source: PKU Youth