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Gathering thesis data through email blasts: Ethical or not?

Gathering thesis data through email blasts: Ethical or not?

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“GREETINGS IN the name of St. Thomas Aquinas! We are fourth year students conducting a study on…” Thomasians know that it’s already thesis season when they receive requests to answer survey forms in their university email accounts – and such requests usually begin with these sentences or lines hugely similar to them. The search for respondents is crucial for undergraduate seniors completing their most important academic requirement before graduation. Institutionalized email accounts like the UST Educational Technology Gmail account allow their users to search for the names of anyone affiliated with the organization, However, this method of gathering data has raised concerns among some students and researchers at a time when people are plagued with spam texts and promotional me...
‘Info leaks could put our lives in jeopardy:’ Gov’t urged to do more to fight online scams

‘Info leaks could put our lives in jeopardy:’ Gov’t urged to do more to fight online scams

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By JASMINE MAE ALARDE  IT WAS just a regular day for Michael,* a political science senior, until an unknown number called his mother. The caller claimed to be a bank employee.  Believing there was an issue with her bank transactions, his mother provided her bank details to the caller.  After some time, her mother discovered that P50,000 has been deducted from her account. She immediately alerted the bank, changed her contact details and secured her account. “When my mother learned of the scam, she first alerted the bank wherein the said bank guided her through the necessary procedures to address the said problem. Aside from that she changed her contact information in the said bank and also got herself a new number,” Michael told The Flame.  Because of what happened to hi...
VLOG POPULI: Beyond the grave

VLOG POPULI: Beyond the grave

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Beliefs vary about where souls rest after their journey in the physical world. In this special Vlog Populi episode, The Flame asked Artlets about their thoughts on the afterlife. Director: Bless Aubrey Ogerio Writers/Researchers: Pauline Nicole Bautista and Joss Gabriel Oliveros Voiceover Artist: Aubrey Lim Animator: Tcheky Cabrera Video Editor: Rainiel Angelyn Figueroa
F Files: Mask-free Philippines, are we ready?

F Files: Mask-free Philippines, are we ready?

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F Files: Are we ready for a mask-free PH? In this episode, the Flame Files examines the country's readiness for the easing of face mask rules following the national government's decision to make the wearing of face masks outdoors voluntary. Directed by Bless Aubrey Ogerio Researched by Jasmine Mae Alarde and Axel Aldana Video edited by Rainiel Angelyn Figueroa
The (mis)representation of Indigenous People in mainstream media 

The (mis)representation of Indigenous People in mainstream media 

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THE IMMENSE portrayal of the indigenous people (IP) in mainstream media, especially film and television, open varying perspectives to arise. Exposing IPs to mainstream media has gained recognition because there are many patronizers. However, it can also mean disruption when their culture is misrepresented and utilized for mere entertainment.  “There are both positive and negative representations. And mostly those shows in popular culture with positive representation or more progressive representations of our indigenous people are usually based on historical facts,” Assoc. Prof. Wennielyn Fajilan from the UST Department of Filipino told The Flame. “Most representations that connote negative representations of our indigenous people are just reproducing the stereotypes that we al...
Artlet community relieved, challenged as UST prepares for F2F classes 

Artlet community relieved, challenged as UST prepares for F2F classes 

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THE RESUMPTION of face-to-face classes in some courses has drawn both relief and anxiety among members of the Artlet community who now have to make some adjustments after two years of pure distance learning.  Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB Dean Prof. Marilu Madrunio recently confirmed that  in-person classes would be offered in some courses of the Journalism and Communication programs.  Seven other programs of the faculty intend to adopt onsite learning this term namely Behavioral Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English Language Studies, History, Literature and Sociology. AB Assistant Dean Alejandro Bernardo said the University’s Facilities and Management Office has started preparing the rooms for the return of in-person classes. “We can only hope that the situation ...
Poor student performance linked to ‘disorganized,’ ‘confusing’ policy implementation

Poor student performance linked to ‘disorganized,’ ‘confusing’ policy implementation

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By EDUARDO FAJERMO JR. THE POOR educational performance of many Filipino students is a result of a “disorganized” and “incoherent” implementation of an education policy, an undergraduate study has suggested. The research titled “Impact of Policy Implementation on Education Quality: A Case Study on Philippines’ Low Ranking in International and Local Assessment Programs” argued that the country’s education is disorderly due to the lack of an integrated system.  The study conducted by political science students Andrea Gail Cristobal and Paul Christian David won the best thesis award in the political science department this year.  “The data we gathered manifested a certain level of lack in terms of a holistic system of education that greatly affects the nuances in terms of cult...
VLOG POPULI: New academic year, new problem: In-person classes and the monkeypox threat

VLOG POPULI: New academic year, new problem: In-person classes and the monkeypox threat

Vlog Populi
With the World Health Organization declaring the global monkeypox outbreak as a “public health emergency of international concern," the Flame asks: Do Thomasians think it is already safe to return to the campus? Episode Director: Bless Aubrey Ogerio Writers/Researcher: Axel Aldana & Eduardo Fajermo Jr. Voiceover Artist: Abigail Adriatico Video Editor: Tcheky Nicole Cabrera
Majority of AB programs eye limited F2F; some students disappointed

Majority of AB programs eye limited F2F; some students disappointed

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MOST OF the programs under the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) intend to conduct limited in-person classes in the coming term, drawing disappointment from students pushing for full onsite learning.  The University has announced that the enriched virtual mode is still the “default mode” of learning instruction for this term.  However, academic units were allowed to decide on the learning modality they would adopt. Of the 13 AB programs, nine are planning to hold face-to-face classes this term namely Journalism, Behavioral Science, Communication Arts, Creative Writing, Economics, English Language Studies, History, Literature and Sociology.  Three other programs, namely Asian Studies, Legal Management and Philosophy intend to apply for in-person learning next term. The Politi...