Updated as of Oct. 3, 1:34 pm 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 special pols, the Faculty of Arts and Letters Commission on Elections (AB Comelec) said. After coordinating with the Board of Majors (BoM), AB Comelec 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 Executive Board,” th
by ARTHUR N. APOSTOL TWO UNOPPOSED candidates’ grasp of political and social issues were tested as they engaged in a fierce Miting de Avance for the 2021 Artlets Student Council (ABSC) special polls last Tuesday. Candidate for president and political science sophomore Denzelle Jude Caro’s stance on student activism in AB was questioned by students who pointed out how the ABSC was formed during the Marcos dictatorship. He said he was against activism in AB and that there are other platforms to express it. “Every channel is blocked because of the pandemic. In your student activism, currently, you are individualistic rather than collective. Right now, there are differences and vulnerabilities that we have to consider,” Caro said. He argued that it is necessary to protect t
THE UNAVAILABILITY of the electronic voting system has forced the Faculty of Arts and Letters Commission on Elections (AB Comelec) to postpone the student council special polls. The Artlets Student Council (ABSC) special elections, which were originally scheduled for Aug. 23 to 28 have been moved to Sept. 13 to 18. The filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for three vacant positions will also be extended. In a resolution dated Aug. 18, the AB Comelec said the UST Office for Student Affairs had released a letter addressed to the ABSC regarding the postponement of the polls. "Whereas, the letter states the postponement of the Special Elections for the Academic Year 2021-2022 due to fortuitous event i.e, 'unavailability of Electronic Voting System (EnVoSys) during the dates of th...
by MATTHEW DAVE JUCOM FOURTEEN ARTLETS showcased their original compositions of songs and poems on Wednesday during a virtual ‘open mic’ event as part of the Arts and Letters' (AB) freshmen festivities. Organized by the Artlets Student Council (ABSC), “Sincerely, Artlets: Open Mic” was intended to promote the Artlets' creative talents as the Faculty welcomes the new breed of Artlets, ABSC Secretary Kim Dacanay told The Flame. “Through “Sincerely, Artlets,” we encourage Artlets to step out of their comfort zones and join the Thomasian-Artlet community in celebrating their talents,” Dacanay said. Communication and philosophy freshmen Matt Saez and Sofia Cabarroguis performed their songs titled “Matalik na Kaibigan," and “Acronym” and “Baunan,” respectively. “Gusto ko tangg
by JENNA KAYE M. PANDANAN, MARIE CLAIRE “BLANCHE” S. LAGRISOLA, and MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES claimed the position of vice president (VP)-internal and public relations officer (PRO), while political party DEKADA secured treasurer and secretary positions in the recent polls for the Artlets Student Council (ABSC). Julliana Flores will lead the ABSC as the VP-Internal after garnering 894 votes, defeating DEKADA’s bet Josea Roy Dimasuay who garnered 728 votes, while 176 Artlets left the position unanswered. Despite being an independent candidate, Flores ensured that this will not hinder her in creating a united student council. "We must work together on how we can move forward as a body in the realization of our shared goals, that is to guarantee a unified and p
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,
by KRISTINE ERIKA L. AGUSTIN THREE ARTLETS Student Council (ABSC) interim officers filed their leave of absence, citing academic and personal concerns as reasons, according to a memorandum released Tuesday by the ABSC. Gabriel Lapid, interim auditor, and Elan Karsten Castañares, interim treasurer, will temporarily leave their positions from April 26 to May 8. Lapid and Castañares said that they will be focusing on their “academic requirements, mental well-being, and personal matters,” as mentioned in the memorandum. Meanwhile, Interim Vice President (VP)-Internal Gerald Matthew Dela Cruz will take a break from his duties starting April 20 to May 8. Dela Cruz cited “thesis, other academic requirements for this semester, and personal reasons” as the basis for his leave of abse
by FATE EMERALD M. COLOBONG and ALYSSA MAE S. RAFAEL ON Mar. 21, less than a week before the start of the 2019 Artlets Student Council (ABSC) general elections, a memorandum released by the Board of Majors (BOM) rocked the Artlet community. It was an impeachment complaint filed by 28 Artlets, composed mostly of Asian studies seniors, against incumbent ABSC President Rafael Arellano for “gross negligence of duties,” citing the “disappointing” AB Week and the failure to distribute last academic year’s official AB merchandise. After the BOM’s deliberation on the complaint, it concluded that Arellano will not undergo an impeachment trial due to “lack of sufficient evidence” to support the accusations of the complainants. However, the BOM, which acts as the impeachment tribunal of
Compiled by HALEE ANDREA B. ALCARAZ and PEACH ARIANNA P. MANOS THE FACULTY, once again, has a new roster of officers and it will now be up to them to live up to the duties and responsibilities of the student council. Although they will assume office next academic year, all eyes are still on the incumbent Artlets Student Council (ABSC) and how they were able to deliver the promises they made. While it cannot be denied that they achieved some of their goals and fulfilled some of the promises they gave to the Artlet community last year, it is also evident that there is a clamor for accountability and integrity from the council. The incumbent ABSC, which lacks a vice president-internal and a public relations officer despite several special elections due to the absence of candidate...
AN IMPEACHMENT complaint was filed against Artlets Student Council (ABSC) President Rafael Arellano by a group of Artlets for “gross negligence of duties” on Thursday, less than a week before the start of the 2019 ABSC general elections. The 28 complainants, composed mostly of Asian studies seniors, cited the “disappointing” AB Week and failure to distribute last academic year’s official AB merchandise as examples of Arellano’s “incompetence.” LOOK: The signatories of the impeachment complaint filed against ABSC President Rafael Arellano have been released by the Board of Majors. pic.twitter.com/zSLlwZAW4g— The Flame (@abtheflame) March 23, 2019 “AB Week was disappointing and did not meet the bare minimum expectations [...] This is for the fact that [freshmen are] to ex