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LegMa freshman not missing, says LFS-UST; Dean’s Office clarifies immersion activity not sanctioned by AB

LegMa freshman not missing, says LFS-UST; Dean’s Office clarifies immersion activity not sanctioned by AB

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO and CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN LEGAL MANAGEMENT freshman Rizza Camingawan is not missing, the League of Filipino Students-University of Santo Tomas (LFS-UST) clarified after the news of the LFS member’s alleged disappearance made rounds on social media. In a statement released Thursday on their Facebook page, LFS-UST said Camingawan has contacted her parents and informed them that she is safe in Quezon province where she is taking part in an immersion program with farmers, an activity that LFS offers to its members. “Nakausap na ni Rizza ang kanyang mga magulang at sinabi nitong nasa maayos lang siyang kalagayan. Sa kahilingan ng pamilya at para na rin sa proteksyon nila, minabuti na ng pamilya na isapribado na lang ang usapin at huwag nang magbigay ng dagd
Focus on duties despite attacks on press, Palace reporters tell student journos

Focus on duties despite attacks on press, Palace reporters tell student journos

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By ANGEL B. DUKHA III MALACAÑANG REPORTERS urged journalism students on Monday to continue performing their duties despite the continuous attacks of the Duterte administration on the press. Rappler Palace reporter Pia Ranada reminded students that journalists should not disregard the rules and journalism ethics despite the attacks of the government on the press. “[E]ven if the government is vindictive, media cannot be vindictive. Just because the government has become an existential threat for us, it doesn’t mean that we also have to throw away the rules and just write whatever negative things about the government, make up stories, fake news, siraan lang 'yung government,” she said. “[T]hat’s exactly why it’s hard to fight this fight, because they’re not playing by the rules, but
‘Tender violence’ pervades schools, Artlet profs claim

‘Tender violence’ pervades schools, Artlet profs claim

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A SUBTLE form of violence or “tender violence” exists in institutions like schools in the form of disciplinary actions meted out on students, Artlet professors claimed in a forum on domestic abuse. Literature professor Ferdinand Lopez said tender violence is often overlooked because people only think of violence as something extreme. "Kaya siya subtle [kasi] diffused. May isang klase ng violence na hindi mo mafi-feel kasi hindi naman talaga siya concentrated," Lopez said in the forum held Saturday. Marella Bolanos, a philosophy lecturer, said spanking and other usual forms of disciplining a child are usually not seen as dangerous for the child's growth. "Hindi kinakailangan na physically nasasaktan natin ang mga bata. They can be exposed to violence. [...] There is alwa
Christmas is a celebration of God’s self-giving –Vice Rector

Christmas is a celebration of God’s self-giving –Vice Rector

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN CHRISTMAS is supposed to celebrate Jesus’ self-giving and his “lifelong crusade” to bring back humanity into God’s embrace, Vice Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. said Monday in his homily for the annual Paskuhan Mass. “[God] will go to great lengths, do everything humanly possible just to bring us closer to him. [K]aya tuwing pasko, may pagbibigayan sa isa’t isa at may pakikipag-ugnayan sa bawat miyembro ng pamilya,” he said. Ang praised the “beautiful” decorations and lights in the University but reminded Thomasians not to forget the meaning behind their lighting. “Wag nating kalilimutan na sisindihan natin ang mga parol hindi para magtawag ng atensyon sa sarili. Ang liwanag nito’y paggunita lamang sa tunay na liwanag na nagmumula kay Hesus na ating ta
Sole VP-Int bet withdraws candidacy; Comelec to reopen filing of COCs

Sole VP-Int bet withdraws candidacy; Comelec to reopen filing of COCs

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO SOLE Vice President (VP)-Internal bet China Ricci Vergara from the Students’ Democratic Party withdrew her candidacy on Wednesday citing personal and academic reasons, leaving the position temporarily vacant. Vergara’s withdrawal from the race was announced by the AB Commission on Elections (AB Comelec) hours ahead of the scheduled miting de avance on Thursday night. MEMO NO. 09 SERIES OF 2018-2019 RE: ON THE CANCELLATION OF AB SPECIAL ELECTIONS 2018 pic.twitter.com/4rwmYZLr8t — UST AB COMELEC (@ABCOMELEC) November 22, 2018 "I don't want to commit myself to something na half-hearted naman ako. It's not about who I work with, actually. [...] It's about the workload kasi and being an executive coordinator to internals committee head ay sobrang lakin
Literature Department hits SC ruling on Filipino, Panitikan subjects

Literature Department hits SC ruling on Filipino, Panitikan subjects

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE Department of Literature decried on Thursday the Supreme Court (SC) ruling allowing the removal of Filipino and Panitikan subjects from the tertiary level, saying the decision will have the “unmeasurable damage” on future generations of Filipinos. Literature professors lamented that the decision will affect more than just students’ mental faculties. “Tinatanggal ng Korte Suprema ang isang mabisang lunsaran ng pagkakaroon ng kritikal na pag-iisip, ng maayos na pakikipag-ugnayan sa kapwa, ng marubdob na pag-unawa at pagpapahalaga sa buhay,” the statement read. “Ang usaping ito ay nangangahulugan na rin ng pagtanggal ng sa kakayahang umunawa at magpakatao dulot ng pag-aaral ng komplikasyon ng ating wika—at kung paano ginagamit at umiiral ito—at pag
VP-Int, PRO posts to be permanently vacant if third filing of COCs fails, says BOM

VP-Int, PRO posts to be permanently vacant if third filing of COCs fails, says BOM

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO THE POSITIONS of Vice President (VP)-Internal and Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) will be declared permanently vacant until the next general elections should the third filing for special elections fail, said the Board of Majors (BOM). In a resolution released Wednesday, the BOM declared the VP-Internal and PRO posts temporarily vacant following the resignation of former VP-Internal Anika Imperial who stepped down for medical reasons on Oct. 25. READ: ABSC VP-Internal resigns, apologizes for lapses in service “Upon the third filing for special elections and no Artlet still wishes to vie for the positions and accomplish his/her certificate of candidacy, the AB Board of Majors [...] shall declare the said positions
Human nature draws readers to fake news, says journ scholar

Human nature draws readers to fake news, says journ scholar

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By MA. LEANDRA A. TAMARES FAKE NEWS is a historical concept and human nature is one of the reasons why it “has been around forever,” American journalism scholar Stephanie Edgerly told Artlets on Wednesday. “There is a big tendency for us to believe something, or agree with something, or think it’s more credible and trustworthy when it supports our identities, when it supports our viewpoints,” she said during the 3rd John Jefferson Siler Forum. Edgerly is an associate professor from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. Marishelle Medina, a lecturer from the journalism program, agreed with Edgerly and said fake news exists because readers want to believe such stories. “We need to question our belief. As a journalist, what is our task? Our task is to dis
AB Volleyball teams wiped out in Goodwill quarters

AB Volleyball teams wiped out in Goodwill quarters

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By ANGEL B. DUKHA III THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Women's and Men's Volleyball teams were wiped out in the quarterfinals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games on Wednesday. AB Women's went home with two losses, 23-25 and 21-25, against the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM). Both teams refused to give their opponent a huge advantage in the first set. AB managed to stay in the game despite the spiking arsenal of CTHM which left AB's score nailed at 9 points, 9-10 and 9-13. CTHM ran a series that again pinned AB's score at 19-21. Despite AB's strong defenses, CTHM prevailed, 25-23. The second frame began neck and neck but CTHM's consecutive errors allowed AB to take the lead, 10-5. However, AB choked on their own errors while CTHM deadlocked the game at 13-13...
Artlet alum seeking Senate seat decries nuisance candidate petition

Artlet alum seeking Senate seat decries nuisance candidate petition

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO and MA. LEANDRA A. TAMARES JOURNALISM ALUMNUS and lawyer-educator Angelo De Alban slammed the petition of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) law department to declare him a nuisance candidate after his financial capability to mount a nationwide campaign was questioned. De Alban said the Comelec’s grounds for disqualifying him from next year’s midterm elections have no basis. “Financial capacity is not one of the grounds to declare a candidate a nuisance. Such ground cited by the law department of Comelec has no basis in law and in the constitution, much less in fact,” De Alban told the Flame in a text message. In its motu proprio petition seeking to declare De Alban a nuisance candidate, the Comelec argued that “absent clear proof of [De Alban’s