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Student orgs’ socmed posts to be monitored by admin

Student orgs’ socmed posts to be monitored by admin

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by: KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN THE UNIVERSITY has released a memorandum stating that all social media accounts of student organizations shall be monitored by the administration following the resumption of co- and extracurricular activities for academic year 2020-2021. UST Office for Student Affairs (OSA) issued a list of “guidelines in the responsible use of social media” on Aug. 8 for the purpose and for managing and protecting the social media accounts of the organizations. Following this development, student organizations are now required to submit a “permission to post” form to be approved by the organization adviser before they can publish any content on their social media platforms. “The organization adviser shall monitor the social media accounts/postings of the student orga
‘Laughter of dissent’ can spark resistance, history prof says

‘Laughter of dissent’ can spark resistance, history prof says

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by JHONA R. VITOR photo grabbed from the official Facebook page of UST Department of History   THE LAUGHTER of dissent is not the only way to fight back, but the way to start fighting back, according to Filipino history professor and playwright Jose Victor Torres.  “[It] continues today as [socio-political] awareness grows in society; whether it will have a visible effect on the people is still a question,” Torres said during a webinar last Friday. He added that humor with political undertones can deliver a message to address the ills of society. “[When] laughter of dissent suddenly happens, it shows a warning that [people] are laughing at you, [and] you better watch out because the laughter might change into something else,” he said. As the country continues to g
Journ alumna among finalists in Journalism for an Equitable Asia tilt

Journ alumna among finalists in Journalism for an Equitable Asia tilt

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by: KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN photo grabbed from the official Facebook account of Gaea Katreena Cabico JOURNALISM ALUMNA and the Flame's former editor-in-chief Gaea Katreena Cabico is among the 13 finalists for the Journalism for an Equitable Asia, an award that aims to recognize journalists who "expose social issues of inequality to build the public’s understanding and support for equality, #human rights, and #sustainability" and encourage to "write for a fairer Asia.” Cabico, now a Philstar.com reporter, was nominated for her story "Fed by the waters: Coastal waters in Bulacan that have provided food and livelihood for decades may soon be paved over for an airport project." It was produced with her photojournalist colleague Efigenio Toledo IV.  "When people talk about the propos
Journ educator, veteran newsman Ramon Francisco dies at 72

Journ educator, veteran newsman Ramon Francisco dies at 72

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by JOANNE CHRISTINE RAMOS photo grabbed from Manila Bulletin FORMER JOURNALISM professor and The Flame’s editor-in-chief in the mid-1960s, Ramon S. Francisco passed away on Monday, July 27. He was 72.  In a Facebook post yesterday, the UST Journalism Society confirmed Francisco's death, who was fondly called as "RamFra" by his colleagues. Francisco earned his bachelor's degree in journalism and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas in 1967. He also became the UST journalism program coordinator. For 30 years, he served as the associate editor of Manila Bulletin, where he met his colleagues who also posted their condolences on social media. "We were seatmates in the old desk setup. He worked real fast despite his physical condition.... He had a photog
Journ Artlet goes viral after signing petition with witty name

Journ Artlet goes viral after signing petition with witty name

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by HANNAH BEATRISSE OLEDAN photo grabbed from the official Twitter account of Mark Geronimo (@markgeronimo_) THIRD YEAR journalism student Mark Geronimo went viral on Twitter on Thursday, Jul. 29 after using “Twitter Bhie Bhie Gurl” as his petition name for the #RampaSaKorteSuprema movement that aims to counter the implementation of the newly enacted Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.  Geronimo is one of the 19 petitioners collectively called “Concerned Online Citizens” who filed the 21st petition against the new law. In an online interview with The Flame, he explained that he decided to go with "Twitter Bhie Bhie Gurl" after knowing that he could describe himself without being formal. He said he did not want to label himself as an influencer, but rather just a regular Twitter user and a
Journsoc condemns ABS-CBN franchise denial

Journsoc condemns ABS-CBN franchise denial

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By: KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN READ: Statement of the UST Journalism Society on the rejection of the ABS-CBN Franchise Bill The UST Journalism Society (JournSoc) denounced on Saturday the franchise denial of the broadcast network ABS-CBN, saying it was one of the darkest days of the Philippine press. "The 12 hearings on the network's franchise proved that these lawmakers were not after truth. Their inane questions, disrespectful treatment of resource persons, circuitous statements, and petty arguments—one of them even complained that ABS-CBN did not give air time to his rice distribution activity—unmasked their insidious agenda," Journsoc said in their statement. The media giant officially ceased its operations on Friday, July 10, after lawmakers voted 70-11, rejecting the fran
BES instructor dies at 52

BES instructor dies at 52

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By Kristine Erika Agustin photo grabbed from the official Facebook account of UST FACULTY OF Arts and Letters’ Behavioral Science instructor Emilia Mendoza-Consing passed away yesterday, June 6 at 52 years old. Department chair of Interdisciplinary Studies John Kliatchko said that Consing was confined for cancer treatment, according to the Varsitarian. Consing completed her bachelor's degree in psychology as cum laude at the University of San Agustin-Iloilo and master's degree in human resource management at the University of Santo Tomas. Consing served as a human resource manager in Lufthansa Technik Philippines and behavioral science instructor at the University, under the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. "Siya talaga yung professor na pwedeng-pwede mong mal
UST Journ faculty: Shutting down media is the work of dictators

UST Journ faculty: Shutting down media is the work of dictators

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by JUSTIN LIM and JANIS MOISES the official statement of the journ faculty from the Facebook account of Mr. Felipe F. Salvosa II, the UST Journalism program coordinator.  JOURNALISM EDUCATORS from the Faculty of Arts and Letters on Tuesday slammed the order of National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for broadcast network ABS-CBN Corp. to cease operations after its legislative franchise expired on Monday. In a statement, the faculty called on lawmakers to renew ABS-CBN's franchise and urged the broadcast firm to exhaust all legal remedies. “Duterte has declared war on the free press and this is his Pearl Harbor attack,” they said. The journalism professors also branded the delay in renewing the network's franchise an "insidious" strategy to "run the clock out on ABS-CBN an
Ex-comm dept chair Bong Osorio dies at 66

Ex-comm dept chair Bong Osorio dies at 66

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By: KRISTINE AGUSTIN and BEA RONIO photo grabbed from the official Facebook account of Ramon “Bong” Osorio Former communications department chair Ramon ‘Bong’ Osorio passed away on Thursday due to brain tumor, according to ABS-CBN. He was 66.  Osorio is an alumnus of the University's Communication Arts degree program and has been a part of student publications, The Flame and Varsitarian. He served as an academician in the University and the department chair of Communication and Media Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Letters for 17 years. As an educator, Osorio was a recipient of the Agora award for Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Education from the Philippine Marketing Association in 2002 and The Outstanding Thomasian ALumni or TOTAL Award in 2003. The public relatio
Duterte extends Metro Manila class suspension

Duterte extends Metro Manila class suspension

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By KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN and JANIS MOISES   President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the class suspension in all levels in Metro Manila until April 12 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country. During an address to the nation on Thursday night, Duterte announced the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to prolong the suspension of classes in Metro Manila as cases of COVID-19 rose to 52. A month-long suspension of classes was adopted as part of the stringent social distancing measures in the National Capital Region. The task force also said that learners should still comply with their educational requirements and ordered local government units to ensure that stu...