by ZOE AIRABELLE AGUINALDO
THE UNIVERSITY suspended onsite classes next week in anticipation of the nationwide transport strike to be held from March 6 to 12.
“[A]ll students will have their academic engagements virtually via the UST Cloud campus,” a memorandum dated March 2 and signed by UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. read.
“As necessary, instruction that may be carried out by academic staff inside the facilities on campus shall be coordinated with the academic unit heads.”
Transactions for essential services will temporarily shift online through the University’s virtual channels. Internships will resume as scheduled unless otherwise specified by the respective training facilities.
The transport strike, to be condu...
by JASMINE MAE ALARDE
THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) has urged Artlets to participate in the policymaking process to ensure that their concerns are truly addressed.
ABSC policy affairs director Josh Moncayo said “progressive” policies would be crafted if there is engagement with the student body.
“[I]n policymaking, you just don't assume what the student wants. There is a dialogue between the constituents and the authorities so that there is a proper inclusion of what they truly want and there is compromise between the students and the admins,” Moncayo said during the AB Model Congress, a policy formulation webinar, last Feb. 22.
The forum was one of the events during the ABSC’s students’ rights and welfare week.
Echoing Moncayo, ABSC policy affa...
EFFORTS TO keep the memory of the 1986 EDSA revolution alive have failed as activities seeking to commemorate the event have been dogged by lack of resources and the failures of the educational system, an activist and a former government official said.
Social and political activist Fr. Robert Reyes, OFM said Filpinos have been “brainwashed” into thinking that EDSA 1986 revolt is “not an important memory" because the allies of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos continued to reign even after he was ousted.
“To keep memory alive requires effort and funding. That’s why, where we fail, the Marcoses, the Dutertes, the Arroyos, the Estradas are succeeding. We fail to institutionalize memory. Together, they are now erasing it," Reyes said during the Pandesal Forum last Thursday, Feb. 23....
By ZOE AIRABELLE AGUINALDO
THE UNIVERSITY will not yet implement pure face-to-face learning next academic year despite the improving COVID-19 situation in the country.
Under the Office of Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs' general guidelines for hybrid instruction for academic year 2023-2024, all courses in UST will be delivered with a combination of onsite and online classes.
“No course shall be delivered purely onsite to ensure that academic staff and students continue to enhance instruction through the use of the UST Cloud Campus and other technology tools acquired by the University,” the guidelines read.
“Online course hours may be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Academic staff shall take advantage of online hours to help students prepare for on...
By KATHERINE CHAN
INTERNET ACCESS points will be available for students and academic staff in selected classrooms in the St. Raymund de Peñafort and Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. (BGPOP) buildings starting March 4.
Through a memorandum released Wednesday, Feb. 23, the Faculty of Arts and Letters launched its project on the installation of internet cables in classrooms in preparation for the faculty’s hybrid learning setup.
Rooms 101, 102, 112, 117, 200, 203, 205, 206, 207, 208, 210, 212,214, and 216 are all scheduled for cabling installation. Affected classrooms have been temporarily relocated to the second floor of St. Raymund’s building
Rooms 11-A, 11-B, 11C. 11-D, 1108, 1107, 1106, 1105, and 1104 in the 11th floor of the BGPOP building are also installed with inter...
THE UST Growling Tigers is facing a “long road” to rebuilding but its officials remain hopeful of gaining the backing of conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC).
Waiyip Chong, one of the Tigers’ newly appointed team managers, said there is no final agreement yet between UST and SMC but efforts to improve the performance and strengthen the roster of the collegiate squad are ongoing.
“We are still hopeful that SMC would give support to our Growling Tigers. SMC has been supportive to the sport of basketball and we are still seeking that Growling Tigers benefit [from] their support. SMC’s generosity would really be a great help to the team,” Chong told The Flame.
“Rebuilding the team, we understand that it is important to give support to the players in and out of the court and build...
By PRINCE RONSON SABADO
FACULTY OF Arts and Letters (AB) regent Rev. Fr. George Phe Mang, O.P reminded Artlets to practice acts that show God’s love as they seek forgiveness for their sins during the Lenten season.
“Our smile, our concern, our support, and our understanding for one another are the acts of God's love that we can do the most, especially during this Lenten season. With that, we become a sign of God's love for others,” Phe Mang said during the Ash Wednesday college mass for the Artlet community at the Santisimo Rosario Parish on February 22.
The AB regent said prayers purify intentions and enable Christians to relate all their acts to God, while fasting detaches them from their “comforts.”
Phe Mang noted that the charity of almsgiving should serve as a ...
HIGHER EDUCATION institutions may now conduct local off-campus activities as long as they comply with the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) policies and guidelines.
According to CHED Memorandum Order no. 1 issued last Feb. 16, the allowed off-campus activities include educational tours, degree program-related events, field studies, mission-based activities, seminars, conferences, community outreach programs, performances and competitions.
The memorandum amended the guidelines in the implementation of face-to-face classes issued last year. The guidelines sought to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campuses.
“Local off-campus activities… are allowed subject to the compliance of HEIs (higher education institutions) with the provisions of CMO (CHED Memorandum Order) no. ...
THE UST Miguel de Benavides Library won’t revert to its pre-pandemic schedule yet due to lack of personnel, its chief librarian said.
Before the onset of the COVID-19 health crisis, the library was open Mondays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It now operates during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. without noon breaks.
“As much as we want to return to the pre-pandemic schedule from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., we have insufficient staff,” UST Library Chief Librarian Maria Cecilia Lobo told The Flame in an email interview.
Lobo said the San Lorenzo Ruiz scholars were a big help to the library’s operations but they are not yet allowed to report onsite.
“We are waiting for the casual employees who will replace them,” she added.
Lobo explained that manpower was one of the factors consi...