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Thomasians told to still wear facemasks indoors despite eased masking policy

Thomasians told to still wear facemasks indoors despite eased masking policy

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DESPITE THE government's decision to relax the masking mandate, University officials advised Thomasians to continue wearing face masks in indoor settings, citing the rising number of COVID-19 infections. Executive Order No. 7 signed by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. last Oct. 28 made the wearing of face masks voluntary in indoor areas and enclosed spaces. In response to the Palace order, the Office of the Secretary-General issued a memorandum "strongly" recommending the wearing of facemasks in enclosed spaces and indoor areas where ventilation may be compromised." "Proper wearing of facemask will help prevent the spread and transmission of disease, providing protection to you and your family members as well as other people in the community," UST Secretary-General Fr. Louie Co...
JRN instructor bags another PSA best statistical reporting award

JRN instructor bags another PSA best statistical reporting award

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by ARIS JHON GALANG and AUBREY SHANE LIM A JOURNALISM instructor was recognized by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) for her excellence in statistics reporting for the second time.  Marie Carisa ‘Cai’ Ordinario, Artlet instructor and reporter for BusinessMirror, received her second award for “Best Statistical Reporting in Print Media” during the PSA’s 11th National Statistics Month Media Awards. “I am grateful to the PSA and to BusinessMirror for both the award and the opportunity to continue writing stories,” she told The Flame. The UST journalism alumna first received the ‘Best Statistical Reporting in Print Media’ award in 2021, and the ‘Best Online Reporting’ award for her work in news outlet Rappler in 2013. She emphasized that awards and recognition were no...
AB move to hold asynch classes draws praises, concerns

AB move to hold asynch classes draws praises, concerns

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THE HOLDING of asynchronous classes helped Artlets recover from super typhoon "Karding" but some of them are worried that it may affect the faculty's preliminary examination schedule. On Sept. 26, the Office of the Dean issued a memorandum stating that all classes must be held asynchronously until Sept. 30 and that all outputs due that week be moved to October 3. The memorandum sought to give students and faculty members affected by the super typhoon time to recover First-year Journalism student Rain Katrina Tolentino said she was worried that the week-long asynchronous classes would have a “negative effect” on students in terms of preliminary examination preparations.  “I think that there should be some actions done regarding the schedule of preliminary examinations, as the...
In need of USTET advice? Here are six tips from ates and kuyas of AB

In need of USTET advice? Here are six tips from ates and kuyas of AB

Culture
by SAMANTHA Z. ARGONZA and THEA REBECCA DC. FLORES BEFORE GETTING inside the den of the tigers and the home of age-old traditions, Thomasians must pass the University of Santo Tomas Entrance Test (USTET).  Due to mobility restrictions during the pandemic, it was suspended, and UST Admission Rating (USTAR) was implemented for two years.  With the return of USTET, The Flame asked six Artlets to share pointers that can help aspiring Thomasians prepare for it.  Plan a study schedule Preparing for the USTET starts by setting the mind never to underestimate it. History senior Emil Martin Bautista recalled when people were making jokes about the USTET, labeling it “the easiest among the big four exams.” Bautista said that that was not the case.  Preparations for the...
‘This is our time’: Theater orgs perform on stage for the first time since the pandemic 

‘This is our time’: Theater orgs perform on stage for the first time since the pandemic 

Culture
by SAMANTHA Z. ARGONZA THE CURTAINS have finally opened. Artistang Artlets (AA) and Mediartrix return on stage as they welcomed the juniors and sophomores to the university-wide Homecoming event.  This lauds their first live in-person performance since the pandemic happened.  The applause and drumbeats inside the Quadricentennial Pavilion (QPAV) last August 23rd muted the heavy spatter of rain.  Gleaming with the spotlight, the performers stood on the platform as the ocean of lights surrounded them like waves as if it was a cordial greeting solely meant for them. The homecoming “It’s unbelievable because we did not expect it,” Alea Loquinario, a performer from AA said.  She said that it was a huge leap for their organization to be invited to the event as they were used...
Artlet community relieved, challenged as UST prepares for F2F classes 

Artlet community relieved, challenged as UST prepares for F2F classes 

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THE RESUMPTION of face-to-face classes in some courses has drawn both relief and anxiety among members of the Artlet community who now have to make some adjustments after two years of pure distance learning.  Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB Dean Prof. Marilu Madrunio recently confirmed that  in-person classes would be offered in some courses of the Journalism and Communication programs.  Seven other programs of the faculty intend to adopt onsite learning this term namely Behavioral Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English Language Studies, History, Literature and Sociology. AB Assistant Dean Alejandro Bernardo said the University’s Facilities and Management Office has started preparing the rooms for the return of in-person classes. “We can only hope that the situation ...
Majority of AB programs eye limited F2F; some students disappointed

Majority of AB programs eye limited F2F; some students disappointed

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MOST OF the programs under the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) intend to conduct limited in-person classes in the coming term, drawing disappointment from students pushing for full onsite learning.  The University has announced that the enriched virtual mode is still the “default mode” of learning instruction for this term.  However, academic units were allowed to decide on the learning modality they would adopt. Of the 13 AB programs, nine are planning to hold face-to-face classes this term namely Journalism, Behavioral Science, Communication Arts, Creative Writing, Economics, English Language Studies, History, Literature and Sociology.  Three other programs, namely Asian Studies, Legal Management and Philosophy intend to apply for in-person learning next term. The Politi...
Rappler shutdown a form of oppression, media profs say

Rappler shutdown a form of oppression, media profs say

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THE STATE corporate regulator’s decision to reaffirm the closure order against digital news organization Rappler is a direct form of “media repression,” journalism and communication professors said. Two days before former President Rodrigo Duterte left office, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order affirming the revocation of the certificates of incorporation of Rappler, Inc. and Rappler Holdings Corp. (RHC) for their alleged violation of constitutional and statutory restrictions on foreign ownership in mass media. The SEC stood by its 2018 decision which found Rappler liable for allegedly violating the constitutional and statutory foreign equity restrictions in mass media. According to the corporate regulator, Rappler issued Philippine Depositary Receipts (...