Thursday, March 21

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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

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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
Tracing the threads: ABSC files complaint vs. ‘fraudulent’ Type-B supplier

Tracing the threads: ABSC files complaint vs. ‘fraudulent’ Type-B supplier

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article won best in-depth report in the second UST National Campus Journalism Awards last Dec. 21. It first appeared in the Flame's Vol. 51, Issue no. 2. ON FEBRUARY 11, students in the University were allowed to wear their Type-B uniforms throughout the semester in anticipation of the hot weather. However, Anna Patricia Urrutia, an Economics senior, has yet to receive the two Type-B uniforms she ordered from the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) last year. "Malapit na akong grumaduate [pero] wala pa rin akong Type-B uniform. Seeing your batchmates wear their Type B uniform every day since February 11—I can’t stop thinking when can I get [mine], and if ever there’s a chance of refund, when will that happen?” Urrutia is just one of many Artlets who own
THE FLAME EXPLAINS:  Why OSA wants uniform constitution for SCs, orgs

THE FLAME EXPLAINS: Why OSA wants uniform constitution for SCs, orgs

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FROM STUDENT councils, interest organizations, and political parties, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is home to an array of extra-curricular organizations that cater to Thomasians’ interests and need for holistic learning. Student leaders and concerned constituents have been in constant pursuit of amending their constitutions to adapt to the changing times and demands of their organizations. Usually, it is the students who initiate such move. Fast forward to 2015, this grassroot-level of student lawmaking could take a different route. Due to the lack of proper documentation of some faculties and colleges, the University’s Office for Student Affairs (OSA) wants to hold a constitutional convention with all faculties, colleges, and institutes to revisit their constitutions. This w