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Vaccine rollout needed for economy to recover — econ head

Vaccine rollout needed for economy to recover — econ head

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by MARIE CLAIRE "BLANCHE" S. LAGRISOLA THE GOVERNMENT should have its citizens vaccinated to achieve the projected positive change in the economy, Faculty of Arts and Letters Economics Department Chair Carlos Manapat said on Monday in a webinar, UST Economic Outlook 2021: The Cost of our Choices. Manapat predicted a gross domestic product growth rate of 1.2 percent by the second quarter of 2022, but without the vaccination programs that will provide immunity to the citizens, he said that the economy cannot open abruptly. “The first step is to give the vaccines and later on open the economy,” Manapat said. The country started distributing vaccines on Monday with the arrival of 600,000 donated doses from China’s Sinovac, while more than 500,000 vaccine doses from AstraZeneca
CW parts ways from LitSoc, declares new student-governing org

CW parts ways from LitSoc, declares new student-governing org

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by MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM THE CREATIVE Writing (CW) program announced on Monday its separation from the Literary Society (LitSoc), declaring UST MaKatha Circle as its official student-governing organization.  In a statement, they cited the growing number of students and the diverse interest between the Creative Writing and Literature students that led their separation to LitSoc, who temporarily governed the CW majors. “As the number of students [continues] to grow within our respective programs, and the diversity of interests between the creative writing and literature majors became more apparent, there arises the need for the creative writing students to establish their own governing body,” the statement wrote.  It also said that the MaKatha Circle was formed due to the combine
CSC to hold event honoring Violence Against Women Day

CSC to hold event honoring Violence Against Women Day

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by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY and ARTHUR FLORENCE JEAN N. APOSTOL THE UST Central Student Council (CSC) will launch a five-day event in commemoration of the International Day of Violence Against Women (VAW) on March 1 to 5. The event titled “Malaya ba si Ligaya?” aims to show the prevailing "social inequalities that women continue to experience, mainly violence," according to the council. Performances depicting stories of women facing abuse inside their homes will be presented during the event. The council will also hold a webinar to discuss women’s experiences of domestic violence and injustices. The UST-CSC said that they aim to organize the event together with the annual Student’s Rights and Welfare event, which also accommodates VAW-related cases. The Flame is one of the me
Artlets bag awards in 8th Student Quill

Artlets bag awards in 8th Student Quill

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by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY and MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM THIRTEEN STUDENTS and alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) have won in this year’s Student Quill Awards, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines announced on Friday.  Artlets reaped awards in four different categories and divisions namely, Communication Management - Student Entry Division, Communication Skills - Student Entry Division, Special and Experiential Events Category and Social Media Programs Category. Three Communication Arts (CA) students have won under the Communication Skills, Student Division: Elijah Punzalan for the “UAAP Season 82: All For More,” Maria Gabriel Jopillo for her entry “Flow,” and Rona Alondra Agulto for her short documentary film “Pinarang Sining.” Agul
Philo prof wins Faculty union presidency

Philo prof wins Faculty union presidency

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by ARTHUR APOSTOL and MARIE CLAIRE "BLANCHE" LAGRISOLA PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR Emerito Gonzales has won the University of Santo Tomas Faculty Union’s (USTFU) presidency seat during the online polls for new leaders held last Feb. 15 to 17. Gonzales will serve as the USTFU president until 2026, replacing Dr. George Lim who has been president since 2011. USTFU is an organization made for the faculty of UST where concerns of its members can be gathered and be voiced out to the higher-ups of the University. Gonzales, Sulong USTFU's presidential candidate, ran against the Institute of Religion’s Kabalikat party's Asst. Prof. Revenendo Vargas, and fellow Philosophy professor Lingkod-Guro party’s Prof. Jove Jim Aguas for the position of the union's president. Gonzales plans to form
Journ educator encourages youth to stay vigilant on social media

Journ educator encourages youth to stay vigilant on social media

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by MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM and JENNA KAYE M. PANDANAN JOURNALISM COORDINATOR and editor of PressONE.PH Felipe Salvosa II has encouraged the youth to be cautious in consuming news on social media, especially amid a pandemic through a podcast titled “Talakayan” on Saturday.  Salvosa pointed that the youth are able to express, communicate and consume information through social media that made it have a huge impact on young people.  "Young people are able to express themselves more, especially on social media, and I can see overall [...] that our young people today are very much oriented towards achieving social justice,” Salvosa said. Salvosa however said that social media is not value-neutral as some people use social media as an avenue to introduce misinformation and disinformatio
‘Neoliberalism’ is a denial of knowledge—professor

‘Neoliberalism’ is a denial of knowledge—professor

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by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES and KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY  THE SOLE agenda of Neoliberalism is to eliminate universities as producers of knowledge—limiting people to processors and distributors of information, a professor said in a conference hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy last Feb.6. Bob Brecher, a philosophy professor at the University of Brighton, centered on the implications of neoliberal revolution in Higher Education during the 2nd Kritike Conference. “Recognize not just the political realities and priorities of the neoliberal revolutionaries, remember, we are living through revolution, but also to understand the way in which that revolution is an epistemic one,” he said. Brecher said that the role of universities is not just to

Artlets perform original theatrical plays online

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by MARIE CLAIRE "BLANCHE" S. LAGRISOLA and KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY ARTLETS PREMIERED original theatrical plays, "Pangarap" and "Eh Minsan Lang 'Yan," under their self-made production houses, Yugto Productions and Punla Productions, via Facebook last Jan. 29 and Jan. 31, respectively. Following a story about a burned-out architecture student who has a secret passion for writing, Yugto Productions showed how it is like to have a dilemma between practicality and dreams. Angelo Agito, one of the two directors of “Pangarap,” believed that the theme of their play is relevant in this time of the pandemic since many are faced with harsh truths that make having non-practical dreams unnecessary and irresponsible. "Because of COVID-19, lots of youth of today experience the drained fe
Econ head urges Thomasians to help minimize pandemic effects

Econ head urges Thomasians to help minimize pandemic effects

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by MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM AB ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT head Assoc. Prof. Carlos Manapat urged the Thomasian community to participate in the actions related to minimizing the adverse effects of the pandemic. “Find opportunities to volunteer like being contract tracers and attend to the needy [by donating] cash if you have, your time, and things that you don’t use and things that you don’t need but are still useful,” Manapat said during a webinar on Friday. “When the government said that the senior citizens [should not] go out, apektado talaga sila, especially, kung mag-asawang senior citizens. Now for us Thomasians, how can we help them? Well I think, in that case, a good example is we can go to their house and ask them if they need our help in buying groceries and medicine for examp
Fr. Seño urges Thomasians to be wisdom-conscious

Fr. Seño urges Thomasians to be wisdom-conscious

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BY MARIE CLAIRE "BLANCHE" S. LAGRISOLA  “WHEN WE become wise, everything else will follow," said Rev. Fr. Rudolf Steven Seño, OP during the University Mass for the Solemnity of St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday.  "Being wealthy or being healthy are what most people prioritize in life. But one of the things we can learn from St. Thomas Aquinas is that when one becomes wise, everything else will follow for being wisdom-conscious, one learns how to set priorities, and a wise person will prioritize God above everything else," said Seño.  Seño reveals that the "beauty" being pertained by the lyrics of the Thomasian hymn in "keep us in beauty, and truth and virtues" is actually the physical attributes of St. Thomas Aquinas.  A biography reveals that the saint was known to be handso