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‘Weak institutions’ cause disinformation—journalist

‘Weak institutions’ cause disinformation—journalist

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by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY DISINFORMATION WORSENED amid pandemic and media is not to blame but the 'weak institutions,’ a journalist said in a webinar series spearheaded by third-year UST sociology students on Nov. 28. Ralf Rivas, a Rappler multimedia reporter, centered on the disinformation landscape during the pandemic and how it affects journalists in a webinar titled “In the Lens of Progress: A Forced Familiarity in Mass Media Amidst Pandemic.” “Badly crafted disinformation materials are mixed with the confusing ones, the partially true ones, and actually the legitimate ones,” said Rivas. He also said that “disinformation, weak institutions, profit-driven interest, competition, strongman leadership, climate of fear, and the virus” make up the country's “chaotic disinformat
UST honors persecuted Christians, frontliners on Red Wednesday

UST honors persecuted Christians, frontliners on Red Wednesday

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by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES THE GREATEST blessing that one could see is that Christians who are in a very difficult situation are learning to trust and put their hope in God, UST Hospital Pastoral Services Director Rev. fr. Cecilio Vladimir E. Magboo, O.P said during the Red Wednesday mass. The University led a Eucharistic celebration at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church, in line with the commemoration of the annual campaign of Aid to the Church in Need’s (ACN) Red Wednesday on Nov. 25 via Facebook livestream, honoring the persecuted Christians and frontline workers serving amid the pandemic. “Even if all these things—the bad things that are happening—without God willing it, we are all in God’s hands as we do our mission in serving God like our frontliners who are serving God by
Pandemic limits students’ mobility, ‘necessary noise’—PolSci educators

Pandemic limits students’ mobility, ‘necessary noise’—PolSci educators

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by MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM and MARIE CLAIRE "BLANCHE" S. LAGRISOLA POLITICAL SCIENCE educators have emphasized the challenges of mobility restrictions and the importance of students’ ‘necessary voice’ in dealing with the health crisis in a webinar conducted by the UST Department of Political Science last Nov. 23. Department of Political Science Asst. Prof. Louie Benedict Ignacio noted in his study “Mobility, Teens, and Quarantine: Covid-19’s Impact on the Mobility of Students and Young Individuals” that mobility restriction has a long term effect on personal, social, and economic characteristics of an individual. Ignacio said that it has compromised the students’ ‘sense of freedom’, an essential component for social development through constant engagement to others belonging in
Classes in AB to resume on Nov. 16 despite recent typhoons

Classes in AB to resume on Nov. 16 despite recent typhoons

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by: KRISTINE ERIKA L. AGUSTIN THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) will resume its synchronous and asynchronous classes on Monday, Nov. 16 while assessments and submissions will start on Friday, Nov. 20, as the University seeks to address the concerns and situations of students affected by the pandemic and the recent typhoons, according to its released memorandum. The memorandum issued by the Office of the Dean dated Nov. 14 acknowledged the challenges faced by the faculty and students to comply with the demands of online classes, but the Faculty has seen the need to continue to provide quality education. “While the University and the different academic units attend to the concerns of the students residing in areas badly hit by the typhoons, we also recognize that it is also impor
Philo kicks off new public discourse event

Philo kicks off new public discourse event

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by MARIE CLAIRE S. LAGRISOLA THE DEPARTMENT of Philosophy launched last Nov. 7 its very first Noche session, an event that welcomes students to join a monthly online philosophical discourse. Noche, also known as Noche Alegre, primarily aims to create a space for philosophical discussion and to widen the research horizon of the department’s alumni and undergraduate students. This projected yearlong activity is inspired by UST's old tradition Noche Triste, which was used to call the night before the examinations for the licentiate degree in Philosophy or Theology. Instead of worrying for the following day's examinations, interested individuals are brought together to navigate through various texts and exchange of ideas. "This is a joyful event as it presents how thought is ali
JournSoc poll pushes through amid COVID-19

JournSoc poll pushes through amid COVID-19

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by RIENE R. DIMAKILING and MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM the official list of candidates grabbed from the Facebook account of UST-Journalism Society. THE ELECTION for new Executive Board (EB) members of the UST Journalism Society would push through despite the shift to online platforms due to the coronavirus pandemic, the JournSoc’s Board of Elections (BOE) announced on Nov. 10.  Four sophomore students are vying for top positions this year. Marymon Frances Reyes, anchor for the UST Tiger TV and former production committee member of JournSoc, is running for president, with “creating change in preparation for the future” through student security and inclusivity on decision-making processes as her platform.  Jessie Jayms Rival, JournSoc’s former executive associate to the public relat
Ex-ASSOC head Carlito Dalangin dies at 72

Ex-ASSOC head Carlito Dalangin dies at 72

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by JANIS MOISES and KAYE PANDANAN photo grabbed from the official Facebook account of Sir. Dalangin ASIAN STUDIES professor and former coordinator of AB Asian Studies Society (ASSOC) Carlito Dalangin, died last Oct. 24 due to chronic kidney disease. He was 72.  Dalangin finished his bachelor's degree in science education in 1973 and gained a master’s degree in history in 2003 at Western Philippine Colleges in Batangas. He began teaching Artlets in 1976 and retired in May 2012. The UST Asian Studies Society offered condolences to the bereaved family through their official  Facebook and Twitter pages. “Asian Studies Society mourns the passing of Assoc Prof. Carlito Dalangin, one the pioneering professors and former coordinator of ASSOC. We express our condolences to the berea
EARTH-UST hosts online filmmaking contest

EARTH-UST hosts online filmmaking contest

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by MARIE CLAIRE “BLANCHE” S. LAGRISOLA   contest poster grabbed from the official Twitter account of EARTH-UST (@earthust) ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES Reaching Towards Humanity (EARTH)-UST, the prime university-wide environmental organization of UST, is currently anchoring an open-to-all online competition dubbed “Sinelaysay: Kabatiran sa Balangkas ng Kapaligiran,” where aspiring student-filmmakers can use their craft to educate viewers about environmentalism. In partnership with the Artlets Student Council (ABSC), together with other organizations from various universities, EARTH-UST hopes to bring out the best films that will leave an impact big enough to compel its viewers to act toward solving environmental issues. In an interview, Ernest Vincent Guillarte, the project ad
ABSC appoints new interim officers

ABSC appoints new interim officers

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by ARTHUR APOSTOL and MATTHEW DAVE JUCOM THE ARTLETS Student Council (ABSC) appointed on Wednesday a new interim secretary and interim public relations officer (PRO) for the academic year (AY) 2020-2021.  The memorandum stated that Fifth Corporal, the interim secretary, was replaced by Khalilla Grace Yayen who was the council's executive coordinator to the secretary, while Pamela Dela Cruz, the director for public relations committee, was appointed as the interim PRO. Corporal has cut its communication and connection with the council, which had caused failure in performing his duties and responsibilities for the position. "[He] ceased all forms of communication with the officers and staff of ABSC which prevented him in performing his duties as the interim secretary," the me
Synchronous classes in AB suspended

Synchronous classes in AB suspended

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by JHONA R. VITOR SYNCHRONOUS CLASSES from Sept. 25 to 30 have been suspended to consider the physical and mental challenges that Artlets confront in the “new normal” way of learning, and the possible intermittent connection within the six-day suspension.  The memorandum released on Thursday stated that only “minimal” asynchronous activities will be given and the deadlines already scheduled from Sept. 25 to 30 may be extended until the following week. Artlets will also be provided “recorded lectures and [...] asynchronous engagements where they can access and complete at their own pace within the said period and the week thereafter,” the memorandum said. It added that the academic and support staff and career counselors of Artlets are ready to accommodate everyone. Synchrono