Wednesday, January 23

Perspectives

Demandatory

Demandatory

Perspectives
“AT LAST” were the only words I could say when I learned that the verdict on the case of the missing council fund was handed to concerned parties—that is, the former student council president and treasurer are banned from getting certificates of good moral character for their “gross negligence” of responsibilities, among other sanctions. This is good news for the Artlet community. While there is still no definite answer as to who actually took the money, it is reassuring to know that there were actions taken, however belated, to serve as a warning for students who might get involved in similar cases in the future. But as I acknowledge the administration’s efforts to seek justice, I dare say that had it not been for the attention given by campus publications like the Flame to provide
Resist or Assist?

Resist or Assist?

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THE UNIVERSITY seemed resistant to change as majority of the Thomasian community expressed their opposition to the proposed flood “detention basin” underneath UST’s football field after President Benigno Aquino III made an innuendo to a “big university” in Manila rejecting the said proposal—referring to none but UST—during his last State of the Nation Address. The catch basin project was initially proposed in 2011 by the Department of Public Works and Highways to end perennial flooding in Sampaloc and suburb areas by creating a retarding tank that will serve as storage for water during heavy rains. UST, however, refused to it citing security concerns, possible disturbance of its regular activities, and historical and heritage standpoint. While it is unfair to say that UST was self
Pampering Political ‘Pampams’

Pampering Political ‘Pampams’

Perspectives
IT'S THAT time of the year again where we would bring out the dusty Christmas decorations after keeping them in a box for a year from our bodega. The streets would glow in green and red, markets would be filled with parols, Santa and Rudolph would be seen lighted up in the houses of our neighbours, and politicians’ faces would dominate banners greeting us a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” Filipinos love the idea of Christmas—a season of forgiveness and sharing. And so, we don’t just celebrate it on the 25th of December but we start to feel the Christmas vibe as soon as the calendar shifts to “-ber” months. Politicians take this time to introduce themselves to the public by handing out free gifts, attending public gatherings and printing their faces to almost anywhere—mugs, t-shi
More Than Clamor

More Than Clamor

Perspectives
ONE OF my professors described the Faculty of Arts and Letters as “a microcosm of the society.” We are alive with political intrigues, watchful for unjust system, and most of all, freely immersed into discussions about social issues to let ourselves be aware of what is really happening outside the four walls of our classrooms. We are a versatile crowd. Crafty, empowered, and well-versed, we are the most vocal of all colleges in the University. We promote intellectual liberalism. Being a part of a liberal arts college, we are equipped with general knowledge which helps us understand how the society works. Aiming to encourage interactive discourse inside classes of any subject, we cannot help but feel almost cynical about everything. Wrongdoings within and outside the university do not o
The Tap-and-go is Not Enough

The Tap-and-go is Not Enough

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“ILANG ARAW na lang, Beep card na po ang gagamitin sa lahat ng mga istasyon ng LRT!” exclaimed the sales person from one of the Light Rail Transit’s (LRT) busiest terminal stations, while I was buying my first ever tap-and-go card. For regular train riders like me, a change this big is painful. This year, the LRT and the MRT saw the transition from the old magnetic card ticketing system to the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS). Everything became easier and more convenient, as the Beep card, only worth P20, can be used up to four years, and can be reloaded in any station. Regardless of the train you frequently ride, the Beep card can help reduce hassle transfers from one train line to the other, which required different kinds of magnetic cards before. However, despite the conve