Saturday, May 25

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Faculty evaluation: An instrument for improvement or just another requirement?

Faculty evaluation: An instrument for improvement or just another requirement?

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By HALEE ANDREA B. ALCARAZ and ANA GABRIELLE CEGUERA GONE are the days when lecturers and professors can execute their individual teaching strategies without students having a say on it. The University requires that for excellent education to be achieved, it has to listen to its indispensable stakeholders—the students—through a “comprehensive” faculty evaluation. However, as the students evaluate their teachers’ performances every semester, they have not been convinced with the effectivity of the faculty evaluation in improving the professors’ pedagogies; faculty members themselves are divided on whether or not the evaluation process yields any change. Encouraging growth The main purpose of the faculty evaluation is for the faculty members to become better college educators
Upholding excellence: Building a culture of research

Upholding excellence: Building a culture of research

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By ALYSSA MAE S. RAFAEL and PEACH ARIANNA P. MANOS IN an effort to meet the demands of higher education institutions, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is geared toward providing quality education and promoting excellence in different fields and disciplines. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognized these efforts and gave prestigious seals of Center of Excellence (COE) and Center of Development (COD) to 24 programs of UST. In 2015, UST received the highest number of accredited academic programs among private institutions. Four of these programs were from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB). The philosophy program was recognized as a COE, while the literature, journalism, and communication arts programs were accredited as CODs. These recognitions are a good ...
Sorry or not sorry?: Assessing the state of equipment and facilities in AB

Sorry or not sorry?: Assessing the state of equipment and facilities in AB

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By FATE EMERALD M. COLOBONG and PEACH ARIANNA P. MANOS A RECENT opinion article in the Flame talked about the “sorry state” of facilities and equipment in the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB). However, AB Dean Michael Anthony Vasco begged to disagree. READ: The sorry state of affairs in AB “Tayo lang ang kolehiyo, I think, na lahat ng classrooms ay may flat screen TV, and yet you say na it’s a ‘sorry state.’ [...] bakit tayo lang ang may flat screen TV sa 27 classrooms natin? Tapos lahat merong multimedia projector, lahat merong built-in microphone,” he said. On AB equipment In Academic Year (A.Y.) 2013 to 2014, AB procured ten 52-inch LED TVs for classrooms. Four academic years later, all 27 rooms in AB already have built-in televisions complete with the EZCast softwar
A closer look: Issues and problems facing AB socs and orgs

A closer look: Issues and problems facing AB socs and orgs

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By ALYSSA MAE S. RAFAEL and ANA GABRIELLE CEGUERA THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB), which offers 13 academic degree programs and houses nine interest organizations, is known to be the most diverse faculty in the University. All 13 academic disciplines, each with its own society, aim to promote values and bring out the potential of the students. AB is built on the foundation of camaraderie and learning beyond the four corners of a classroom. However, being the melting pot of different majors and organizations, the Faculty faces issues and concerns that need to be addressed. Newly implemented rules This academic year, the Faculty administration imposed new rules on all societies and organizations. These included limiting the number of projects and events, restricting t
Federalism: A road to inclusive growth?

Federalism: A road to inclusive growth?

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DURING his campaign in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte promised to undertake a constitutional reform that will change the country’s current unitary system of government into a federal one. His appointed consultative committee has already come up with a draft charter to replace the 1987 Constitution. However, “the revision itself has not yet formally started,” Department of Political Science Chairperson Dennis Coronacion clarified in an interview with the Flame. Is it truly necessary for the Philippines to adopt a federal form of government? Empowering local government units For Coronacion, federalism is “an advantage” because it will empower the local government units (LGUs) by allowing them to make decisions by themselves since the current form of government considers
THE FLAME EXPLAINS: Amendments to the ABSC Constitution

THE FLAME EXPLAINS: Amendments to the ABSC Constitution

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By ALYSSA MAE S. RAFAEL SINCE THE last amendment on February 11, 2005 to the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) Constitution, the eight-page document has been subjected to various amendment attempts by the different student councils that have taken office through the years. Last academic year, then ABSC President Reymark Simbulan proposed the amendment of the Constitution through a Constitutional Convention (ConCon). Its three reading sessions concluded on March 24. However, Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Dean Michael Anthony Vasco did not sign the proposed Constitution after the Faculty Council rejected the amendments. This caused the delay of the plebiscite, which was originally set to take place after the reading sessions. “Kumpleto na ‘yung signatures ng students. The n
A search for leaders: Understanding the lack of candidates for PRO

A search for leaders: Understanding the lack of candidates for PRO

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN and FATE EMERALD M. COLOBONG IN THE two times that the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Commission on Elections (Comelec) opened the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the position of Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Artlets Student Council (ABSC), a position that has been vacant for about five months now, not one Artlet showed up to file a candidacy. The first filing of COCs was held on Sept. 13, while a second attempt was held on Oct. 15. The glaring disinterest of Artlets in vying for a seat in the council has led the Flame to ask: what could be the reason for the absence of candidates for PRO? Lack of qualified candidates For Comelec Chairperson Giselle Manzano, election rules and the shift to K to 12 may have contributed to th
AB’s fight for mental health: Is the effort enough?

AB’s fight for mental health: Is the effort enough?

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IN A country with a population of almost 110 million, one in five people suffer from mental health problems as reported by the Philippines Statistic Authority in 2010. Former Department of Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial admitted that the Philippines has one psychiatrist for every 250,000, far from the ideal ratio of one psychiatrist for every 50,000. In the global statistic of the World Health Organization-Philippines, there are more than 300 million people living with depression, one of the most common mental illnesses. Additionally, the National Statistics Office said mental illnesses are the third most common form of morbidity among Filipinos. It is undeniable that mental illnesses exist and has been a growing problem in the country. A Journalism student from the Faculty...
Mediating power dynamics: In fulfilment of Thomasian students’ rights

Mediating power dynamics: In fulfilment of Thomasian students’ rights

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IN EVERY institution, not only are there rules that need to be observed and followed but also rights that must be upheld to have an orderly atmosphere. Regardless of position, every person is entitled to these rights that protect them from any mistreatment. For Journalism senior Ryah Sunday Carreon, having an official document of clearly defined students’ rights is essential in the University of Santo Tomas (UST). “Karapatan mo ‘yun bilang estudyante and it will safeguard you sa kung ano mang magiging situation mo bilang estudyante na nag-aaral sa UST.” However, in the University, a ratified students’ rights code that Thomasians can refer to does not exist. First drafted in October 2004, the Students’ Rights Code is still benching for the administration’s approval at present.
Of Brotherhood, Bruises, and Blood: What’s next after Atio’s death by hazing?

Of Brotherhood, Bruises, and Blood: What’s next after Atio’s death by hazing?

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WHEN HE entered the gates of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and walked past the Arch of the Centuries, Communication Arts junior Alexander Guevarra was convinced he was safe within the walls of the campus. “Akala ko ‘yung UST, safe space siya para sa lahat, [a] harm-free environment.” But now, Guevarra no longer sees UST as a top-of-the-line institution, all the more as one of the finest Catholic universities in the country after the fatal hazing case of Civil Law freshman and Political Science alumnus Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. On Sept. 17, Castillo was declared dead on arrival at the Chinese General Hospital, following the “welcoming rites” of Civil Law-based fraternity Aegis Juris that he attended a day before. Aegis Juris member and suspectturned-state-witness Mark