Tuesday, June 25

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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
A NEED FOR SPACE: Assessing St. Raymund’s Building as a place conducive to learning

A NEED FOR SPACE: Assessing St. Raymund’s Building as a place conducive to learning

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WHEN COMMUNICATION Arts junior Chelsea Blanco was asked to rate the effectiveness of St. Raymund de Peñafort building as her learning hub for the past three years, she settled with a score of five over ten. “It’s not safe [in AB] kapag nagkaroon ng emergency, sobrang congested,” she lamented. “‘Yung classrooms, [...] essential ‘yan sa pag-absorb ng knowledge bilang isang estudyante [dahil kailangan kumportable rin kami].” Blanco expected that the facilities in the University of Santo Tomas, as one of the top notch universities in the country, would be of high quality but what she was met with only disappointed her. Built in 1955, St. Raymund’s has been home to the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) since the merger of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and the College of Libe
Fake news epidemic: Journalism in the post-truth era

Fake news epidemic: Journalism in the post-truth era

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THE MEDIA is under attack. Releasing content on different platforms—print, broadcast, and online—the media has always been a trusted source of news and information. But in the past few months, the Philippines has seen a surge of fake news posted on social media sites, and even with real information being a click away, there are online users who choose to believe fabricated stories. With fake news sowing confusion within media consumers, legitimate news sources are now discredited and getting attacks from readers. These incidents signal the post-truth era, in which readers tend to believe news that appeal to their emotions rather than those that contain facts and logical arguments. In the time of developing technology, how is fake news created and what are its implications on j
Apathetic or awakened?: Reflecting on Thomasians’ rising involvement in campus politics

Apathetic or awakened?: Reflecting on Thomasians’ rising involvement in campus politics

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THE PREVIOUS academic year has passed and so has the period of student council elections. However, Thomasians are left to deal with the aftermath of the messy event. After abstentions left vacant the positions of president, vice president, treasurer, and auditor in the Central Student Council (CSC), and vice president-internal, secretary, and auditor in the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC), many saw a start of an era in which Thomasians properly scrutinize candidates before voting. So when the appeals on abstentions filed by former CSC presidential candidate Steven Grecia and ABSC vice president-internal bet Daniela Frigillana ultimately led to the disregard of “abstain” and proclamation of candidates with the most number of votes in the CSC elections, the two candidates e
Battles Less Heard Of: A Spotlight on Mental Health

Battles Less Heard Of: A Spotlight on Mental Health

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HABITUALLY TOUCHING things like the floor and making sure that his toys were organized before going out were some of the certain compulsions that recent Behavioral Science (BES) graduate Heber O’Hara thought were normal in his life as a kid. However, growing up, he realized that his “usual” was unusual to other people. As he reached college, new compulsions due to consecutive life crises came such as making sure that he would sequentially check all the rooms before he left his house. This, piled with rapid and overwhelming thoughts, often made him tardy and mentally exhausted for class. Knowing “the world will not adjust” for him, he tried to combat his compulsions and was able to conceal these from people around him. “Sometimes, ‘yung touching the floor, ako tinatago ko. K
Scarred, Scared, and Silent: Shedding Light on Sexual Harassment

Scarred, Scared, and Silent: Shedding Light on Sexual Harassment

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  A SECOND home is how students would usually perceive their schools and universities, a safe space where they are nurtured intel­lectually and socially before venturing out in the real world. However, beyond the four walls of the classroom there re­mains greater threats—and that includes sexual harassment. Recently, a Facebook post by a Geo Ce­lestino narrated how his sister, College of Fine Arts and Design junior Yssa Celes­tino was reportedly harassed by a fellow Thomasian while she was on board an FX going home. Celestino wrote that his sister took a blurred photo of her alleged molester and posted it on Twitter to raise aware­ness about sexual molesters lurking in public transport. However, Celestino claimed his sister was “bullied” by the Student Welfare and Deve
THE FLAME EXPLAINS: The pressure to preserve UST’s historical landmarks

THE FLAME EXPLAINS: The pressure to preserve UST’s historical landmarks

Issues, The Flame Explains
WITH OVER four centuries of its presence in the educational and religious landscape of the country, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) has been a witness to several significant moments in history as it withstood the test of time. The University, which is home to national cultural treasures like the Arch of the Centuries and the Main Building, has also faced the wear and tear of these important landmarks over the years. In pursuit to take care of the remnants of its glorious past, the preservation of these national treasures proves to be a challenge for the Thomasian community’s pool of heritage conservationists. Recently, the Arch of the Centuries and the Main Building were seen to be undergoing physical refinements. With renovations being done to maintain their structural in
THE FLAME EXPLAINS: Are Voting Receipts Necessary?

THE FLAME EXPLAINS: Are Voting Receipts Necessary?

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  AFTER THE Supreme Court (SC) affirmed its ruling for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to issue voting receipts, the Philippines’ third fully automated national elections last May added the said feature in the voting process. But is it necessary? Section 6 of Republic Act 9369, also known as the Automated Election Law, requires a voter-verified audit paper trail (VVPAT), better known as the voting receipt. The VVPAT is a generic receipt printed on thermal paper that indicates the votes that the vote-counting machine (VCM) tallied for every ballot. It is given to voters for verification but it cannot be brought outside nor photographed. Should a voter have concerns, it should be raised to the Board of Election Inspectors. Asst. Prof. Dennis Coronacion, chairperson of