(Updated as of 9:35 p.m.) THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) has suspended synchronous classes this week to ease what it called the “psychological stress” being experienced by students. No high-stakes assessments shall be conducted from Sept. 22 to 25 and students may submit their graded requirements until Sept 30, according to an AB memorandum issued Monday. “With the recent memorandum released by the Office of the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, please note that all classes in the Faculty of Arts and Letters from September 22 to 25, 2021 shall be held asynchronously to help the students lessen their psychological stress which makes it difficult for them to focus on their studies,” the memorandum signed by AB Dean Prof. Marilu Madrunio and AB Regent Fr. George Mang read.
by KRISTINE ERIKA L. AGUSTIN THE POSITION of president in the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) would remain vacant after the sole candidate failed to secure more than half of the votes cast in the recent special elections, the Faculty of Arts and Letters Commission on Elections (AB Comelec) said. After coordinating with the Board of Majors, AB Comelec on Sunday released a resolution amending the proclamation of political science sophomore Denzelle Jude Caro as president as he obtained only 474 out of 1,065 votes. “Jude Denzelle O. Caro, garnering only 474 votes, failed to attain a simple [majority of] 533 votes out of the 1,065 total votes. Now, therefore, the Commission hereby declares no candidate is elected as President in the Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council Execu
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THE YOUTH should not only participate actively in next year’s elections but should also have a clear heart and conscience when they make the crucial decision of choosing the country’s next leaders, voter education advocates said. De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research Marco Saez urged the youth to be vigilant against any form of “manipulation” from any sector, noting that their values would shape their decisions. “It’s not only, I think, the mind that we should be mindful of, but we should also be on guard as far as conscience and our hearts. Our value system will determine how we are going to evaluate the situation and the proper actions we will be taking,” Saez said during the ‘Bata, Bata Mulat KNB? The Youth Vote in 2022’ webinar last Sept
PRESIDENT RODRIGO Duterte’s decision to run for vice president is an attempt to remain in power that can pose a challenge to the Constitution, professors of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) said. Late last month, the ruling PDP-Laban party announced that Duterte has “agreed to make the sacrifice and heed the clamor of the people” by accepting its endorsement for him to run in the 2022 elections. The opposition coalition 1Sambayan has assailed the move, describing it as “legally and morally wrong” but officials and even some experts believe there is no legal impediment for Duterte to seek a lower post. But political science department chair Asst. Prof. Dennis Coronacion said Duterte would be “a step away” from becoming president again if he bags the second-highest post, a s
THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has released eight remastered classics as part of the celebration of the first Philippine Film Industry month. The Philippine Film Archive (PFA), a division under the FDCP, has assembled a line-up of masterpieces by national artists and noteworthy Filipino filmmakers that were shown in the 1970s to 1990s. These films have “greatly influenced the Philippine cinema to what it is today,” the PFA said in its official Facebook page. The films that will be shown for free are Lino Brocka’s “Insiang” and “White Slavery;” Ishmael Bernal’s “Manila by Night” and “Pagdating sa Dulo;” Kidlat Tahimik’s “Sinong Lumikha ng Yoyo, Sino Lumikha ng Moon Buggy” and “Turumba;” Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Brutal;” and Nick De Ocampo’s “Sex Workers a
by KRISTINE ERIKA L. AGUSTIN PULITZER PRIZE-winning journalist Manuel “Manny” Mogato, who was recognized for his coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on illegal drugs, is now a part of the university’s journalism program. Mogato was appointed as an adjunct professor – a new category for faculty members – last Aug. 27. The veteran journalist said he aims to inspire students to have passion for and commitment to their craft by sharing his experiences from his nearly 40-year career. “It’s a public service whether we like it or not. Malaki sa democracy ang ginagawang role ng journalist so nalulungkot lang ako na parang nawawala yung passion, dedication, [and] commitment sa ating profession (Journalists play a big role in democracy so I’m sad that we seem to be los
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FOR THE second straight year, the University will not hold entrance tests because of the mobility restrictions designed to contain the pandemic. The university has opened the admissions for incoming college and senior high school students for academic year (AY) 2022-2023 through the UST Admission Rating (USTAR), the Office for Admissions (OFAD) said. "For the Academic Year 2022-2023, the University of Santo Tomas Entrance Test (USTET) will not be administered in consideration of the quarantine restrictions that are currently in effect in the country," an announcement posted on the OFAD website last Wednesday read. USTET was first suspended in 2020 and was replaced by USTAR because of the threats posed by COVID-19. Under USTAR, applicants will be evaluated based on their past ac...
The rise of Korean pop (K-pop) boy group BTS has revealed a possible “new internationalism” as fans associate themselves with their idols while expressing their views on social issues, a cultural studies professor said. Kyung Hee University professor Alex Taek-Gwang Lee said BTS member Park Jimin’s issue in Tokyo Dome proved the potential clout of the group’s fans who engage in social issues while promoting unity and belongingness. “It would be true that BTS fans voluntarily participate in any social issue and a political agenda under the name of BTS supporters... They use BTS as a chance to practice global solidarity and to recognize transnational citizenship with this kind of activity,” Alex said during a lecture on K-pop and nationalism last Friday. Park sparked controversy whe