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Artlet bets for CSC campaign for students’ rights, voters’ education

Artlet bets for CSC campaign for students’ rights, voters’ education

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by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES and KAREN RENEE NOGOY ARTLET CANDIDATES for the Central Student Council (CSC) vowed on Friday to amplify the students’ rights and voters’ education, and to dignify the voice and welfare of Thomasians amid pandemic. Interim CSC Secretary and sole candidate for presidency, Krizia Milleny Bricio, seeks to focus on efficiency, accountability, and transparency with the CSC Constitution revision to establish an efficient system in the council. “From my four years [of] stay [in] the Central Student Council, I saw that [the] transition period from the previous term to the new term takes [too] much time pagdating sa pag-transition ng work, description of task, and projects,” she said. Under the revision, warnings and other modes of disciplinary actions on the misc
Philo dep’t calls to end aristocracy of sex against women philosophers

Philo dep’t calls to end aristocracy of sex against women philosophers

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by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES THE DEPARTMENT of Philosophy and the Graduate School of Philosophy have committed to uplift women philosophers and their contributions to the flourishing of the most male-dominated field in humanities; Philosophy—a philosophy instructor said Thursday in a webinar titled “Women & Phenomenology.” Women struggle to thrive in the field of Philosophy due to the existing aristocracy of sex, Gina Opiniano quoted from a professor from the College of London. “We’re thankful for the crafting of this class that makes possible endeavors to examine things as what appears to us and it’s appearing, and our conscious experience as experience. These are thoughts we extracted from the few brave, brilliant, [and] inspiring women phenomenologists who have made sure that som
ABSC hopefuls to focus on student welfare, inclusivity amid pandemic

ABSC hopefuls to focus on student welfare, inclusivity amid pandemic

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by MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM and JENNA KAYE M. PANDANAN SIX ASPIRANTS for the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) positions vowed on Thursday to heighten student inclusivity and enrich the student welfare as online classes continue. The candidates presented their platforms and engaged in a mandatory debate during the “Miting de Avance: Online Sagupaan 2021” led by the Faculty of Arts and Letters Commission on Elections (AB Comelec), with the AB Board of Majors as panelists.  DEKADA’s bet for vice president (VP)-internal Josea Dimasuay said that his platform “Student Centered Distance Learning Guidelines” would let the Artlets' involvement in the dialogue regarding their experiences on distance learning. The grievances will be directed to the concerned institution for necessary actions,
‘Weak states’ lead to ‘ineffective’ COVID-19 responses—PolSci chair

‘Weak states’ lead to ‘ineffective’ COVID-19 responses—PolSci chair

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by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY POLITICAL SCIENCE department chair Asst. Prof. Dennis Coronacion said Tuesday that the institutional weakness of the Philippines led to the Duterte administration's failure to control the pandemic. “We cannot blame this all on President Duterte kasi kahit gaano pa siya kalakas na leader, I think given the enormity of the problem—the pandemic, kahit sinong leader ang ilagay mo diyan, he or she is bound to fail kasi we have weak state institutions,” Coronacion said in a webinar. He said that the country has a defective public health system and weak public health institutions, mentioning Philippine Health Insurance Corporation's corruption and the “inefficient” hospital system. Coronacion also cited the “securitization” or the “military solution” as one of
LAYA candidates secure positions in TPSF

LAYA candidates secure positions in TPSF

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by JENNA KAYE M. PANDANAN and ARTHUR N. APOSTOL MEMBERS OF the Lakas ng Alyansang Yaman ay Aksyon (LAYA) party were proclaimed as winners in The Political Science Forum’s (TPSF) regular elections for the academic year 2021-2022, the UST-TPSF Comelec announced Wednesday. The LAYA members were the only students who filed for candidacy in the election. President-elect junior Paul Derick Olorga with 186 votes aims to conduct "Live, Learn, Lead,” a three-day seminar that will focus on students' growth and the improvement of their learning.  Olorga also promoted “LUALHATI,” which aims to highlight the history of TPSF, and Talakayan, a two-part program for the upcoming 2022 elections to inform and a two-part program to inform and discuss the candidates for the upcoming 2022 elections.
Rector urges Thomasians to restore “Tria Haec” in UST’s 410th anniversary

Rector urges Thomasians to restore “Tria Haec” in UST’s 410th anniversary

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by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES REMEMBERING THE University’s past was not meant to burden the memories, but to revitalize the “Tria Haec” which symbolizes the hope, faith, and love of the Thomasians amid the threats of a pandemic, Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. said Wednesday in a thanksgiving mass for UST's 410th anniversary. “In history, we look into the past as into a  mirror in the hope of seeing ourselves not only clearly reflected but also of becoming masters of the present and the future. Today in our time, there is an ongoing war. It is not the war of guns and bombs. It is not the war of planes and tanks. It is the war for life,” he said. Fr. Miguel de Benavides founded the University in 1611 for the Catholic faith to “inform and transform” educators and students, according to Ang. Benav
Gratitude, powerful antidote to health problems—psych researcher

Gratitude, powerful antidote to health problems—psych researcher

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by JENNA KAYE PANDANAN and KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY Gratitude is a very powerful antidote to problems in well-being, said psychology researcher on Thursday in a webinar. “What we found [in our studies] was that gratitude was associated with better motivation, engagement, and achievement,” said Dr. Ronnel King, a psychology professor at the University of Macau and The Education University of Hong Kong, and co-founder and CEO of Positive Psychology and Education Association, Ltd. Digital storytelling which allows students to share their positive life stories by using online storytelling platforms like YouTube, Powtoon, and Storybird helps promote gratitude among students, King said. He furthers that exercises such as “counting blessings” and “tree of blessings” would help students re
6 Artlets eyeing for ABSC; no bets for prexy

6 Artlets eyeing for ABSC; no bets for prexy

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by MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM SIX ARTLETS are vying for this year’s Artlets Student Council (ABSC) general elections, while no candidate applied for the presidency, the Faculty of Arts and Letters-Commission on Elections announced Friday.  Four candidates came from the political party DEKADA, while the other two will run independently. Competing for the position of vice president (VP)-internal are political science junior Josea Roy Dimasuay (DEKADA) and political science freshman Julliana Flores (independent). Freshman history major Kim Czaccei Dacanay (DEKADA) is the sole candidate for secretary.  History sophomore Jiego Tagaban (DEKADA) is the lone candidate for the position of treasurer. Meanwhile, communication arts freshman Francesca Ventanilla (independent) and Asian Stu
Strengthening mother tongue, key to students’ effective learning—experts

Strengthening mother tongue, key to students’ effective learning—experts

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by MARIE CLAIRE "BLANCHE" S. LAGRISOLA and ARTHUR N. APOSTOL Most educators do not fully understand the essence of Mother Tongue Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) as most schools prioritize learning the English language, often neglecting the mother tongue, a Filipino linguist said Wednesday in a webinar. “[K]ahit [ang] mga taga-DepEd (Department of Education) hindi na-ge-gets ito. 'Yong importansya, na kailangan manatili 'yong L1 (first language) as primary MOI (Medium of Instruction) throughout the elementary cycle, tapos kailangan sanayin natin ‘yong mga bata sa L2 (second language),” MTB-MLE expert Ricardo Ma. Duran Nolasco said. The MTB-MLE policy aims to teach in the first language or mother tongue of the students while slowly transitioning into other languages. Nolas
3 Artlets to run unopposed for CSC seats

3 Artlets to run unopposed for CSC seats

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by KRISTINE ERIKA L. AGUSTIN and MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM THREE INDEPENDENT bets from the Faculty of Arts and Letters will be running unopposed as they seek positions in the Central Student Council (CSC) for the upcoming 2021 elections, according to the official list of the UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec). Interim CSC Secretary Krizia Milleny Bricio is the lone candidate for the presidency. Bricio said that some student leaders encountered difficulties adjusting to the new normal, given the pandemic and the academic workload, which urged her to run. “I won’t blame them if they opted not to continue serving anymore because it’s understandable, given our circumstances. However, I saw na during this pandemic as well, mas kinailangan natin ng student leaders and not