by JASMINE MAE ALARDE, ROBB NIGEL MOYA and MARIANE YSABELLA PANTE
EVERY TUESDAY, Keziah Cinco, an Asian studies senior, leaves her home early to avoid heavy traffic going to the University for an afternoon onsite class.
As someone who lives in Novaliches, Cinco has to travel for two to three hours to go to Manila.
But this came with additional hurdles. She needed to attend her online class first in the morning, which usually ends before lunchtime, giving her only a few hours to prepare.
“The most I can do is compensate, which means I'd need to sacrifice [my time by going] to UST early and […] take morning classes there if I can’t really make it on time,” Cinco said.
Based on the course guidelines released by the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) for the second term, only high-st...
By ZOE AIRABELLE AGUINALDO
THE UNIVERSITY will not yet implement pure face-to-face learning next academic year despite the improving COVID-19 situation in the country.
Under the Office of Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs' general guidelines for hybrid instruction for academic year 2023-2024, all courses in UST will be delivered with a combination of onsite and online classes.
“No course shall be delivered purely onsite to ensure that academic staff and students continue to enhance instruction through the use of the UST Cloud Campus and other technology tools acquired by the University,” the guidelines read.
“Online course hours may be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Academic staff shall take advantage of online hours to help students prepare for on...
By KATHERINE CHAN
INTERNET ACCESS points will be available for students and academic staff in selected classrooms in the St. Raymund de Peñafort and Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. (BGPOP) buildings starting March 4.
Through a memorandum released Wednesday, Feb. 23, the Faculty of Arts and Letters launched its project on the installation of internet cables in classrooms in preparation for the faculty’s hybrid learning setup.
Rooms 101, 102, 112, 117, 200, 203, 205, 206, 207, 208, 210, 212,214, and 216 are all scheduled for cabling installation. Affected classrooms have been temporarily relocated to the second floor of St. Raymund’s building
Rooms 11-A, 11-B, 11C. 11-D, 1108, 1107, 1106, 1105, and 1104 in the 11th floor of the BGPOP building are also installed with inter...
By ZOE AIRABELLE AGUINALDO and SHAYNE LEE MACARAEG
THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) is embarking on a new chapter this term with the assumption of a new administration led by Dean Jacqueline Lopez-Kaw.
In a recent interview with The Flame, Kaw, a former director of the UST Human Resource Department, vowed to uphold the legacy and to sustain the programs of previous AB administrators.
We asked members of the Artlet community what they thought should be accomplished under her leadership and what measures should be done to achieve a more conducive learning environment.
Enhanced grievance system
Students expressed hope that the AB’s information dissemination system would improve as it transitions to onsite classes.
AB Student Council (ABSC) chief of staff and jo...
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...
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...
'COMM IS BACK ON AIR’
Some Juniors of the AB Communication program had their first on-site class on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. bldg.
The Communication program is second among the 13 AB programs to hold limited face-to-face classes this term.
Photos by Grehmalyne G. Carandang and Raymond Vince Manaloto
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 PHOTOS: After two years of online learning, Journalism seniors return to campus for their first limited in-person classes today, Sept. 22. The Journalism program is the first AB program to conduct limited face-to-face classes for its students.
Photos by Rainiel Angelyn Figueroa/ THE FLAME
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...