by JULIA MARI T. ORNEDO In April 2017, elections for the new set of Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board officers was marred by mass abstentions by the Thomasian electorate. The question that loomed immediately after the controversial elections was: have Thomasians become apathetic? Many Thomasians argued that the outcome was caused by a lack of competent and deserving candidates and not of interest from voters—a fair point, considering the shameful apologism of martial law by a candidate for vice president that made rounds on social media. Artlets, ever the articulate and outspoken, were some of the first to decry the suggestion that Thomasians had become apathetic to politics when news of the controversial CSC elections broke out. Yet, over a year on, it seems that
By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN STUDENTS, ORGANIZATIONS, and societies from the Faculty of Arts and Letters received recognitions for their exceptional academic and co-curricular performance in the University during the 2018 Student Awards Day held May 18. English Language Studies senior Fermina Vergara led the graduating batch of Artlets after receiving the Rector’s Academic Award for attaining a general weighted average of 1.129, the second highest among the awardees. Communication Arts Students’ Association (CASA) president Nicole Cruz, Association of the Political Science Organizations of the Philippines Secretary-General Ralph Gabriel Buella, and Junior People Management Association of the Philippines Vice-president I-shan Kuo were among the recipients of the Quezon Leadership A
STUDENTS’ RIGHTS and social awareness are among the concerns that the four independent Central Student Council (CSC) bets from the Faculty of Arts and Letters would like to focus on should they be elected to the council. Presidential candidate and former CSC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Francis Gabriel Santos said he will fight for the passage of the Students’ Code, a document aiming to protect the rights of Thomasian students. “[Ang] gagawin natin, lalabas tayo ng UST. Doon tayo sa kongreso. [Magtatayo] tayo ng national coalition. ‘Pag napasa ‘yun sa kongreso, saklaw ang UST. Hindi lang UST ang makikinabang kundi ang bawat mag-aaral na Pilipino,” Santos said. He added that when he was the CSC PRO, the council took steps to support the passage of the Student’s Code but to no
“GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ‘yan. Hindi ‘yan maniniwala sa’yo. May [halong] judgement na nila ‘yan.” This perception is what guidance counselors of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) usually hear from students. Along with similar views, this refrain Artlets from visiting them, thinking that only the gravest problems are needed to be addressed by counselors. Little do they know that counselors like Carmen “Chatt” Quesada and Zyra Angeles work to help solve students’ personal dilemmas and usher them to be the best they could be. The Faculty’s guidance counselors willingly offer Artlets their open arms and give them their brightest smiles. “Ang role namin [ay i-]facilitate kayo to be on your own and to be able to become the person you want to be,” Quesada says. Coming from the heart
By ALI IAN MARCELINO V. BIONG and CRIS EUGENE GIANAN FOUR INDEPENDENT Artlet bets are eyeing positions in the UST Central Student Council (CSC). Former CSC public relations officer (PRO) and Political Science (PolSci) junior Francis Gabriel Santos is vying for the position of president, saying he wants to continue what he started last year. “Gusto ko kasi ipagpatuloy 'yung nasimulan namin ni Ate Therese (Gorospe), at gusto ko 'di lang continuity, improvement din sa kung ano man 'yung pagkukulang namin para ma-make sure natin na 'yung CSC ay papunta sa tamang direksyon,” he said. Santos was one of the only two officers elected in the CSC last year, with the other being Therese Gorospe as secretary, after "abstain" outnumbered the votes for the candidates in other positions.
By ALISHA DANIELLE M. GREGORIO and ANGELA M. SE A NEW year could bring hope and fulfillment to Artlets, and surely, most students already have a list of things they wish to accomplish this 2018. The Flame compiled the goals that some Artlets want to achieve this year. 1. Get better grades No matter what program, this is always included in every student’s goals. Good grades are tickets—although not the most important—to the real world, remember. 2. Eat healthier and get fit Health is wealth, but why not take the extra mile to get fit? Nothing beats the fulfillment of feeling and seeing how healthy one is. Living a healthy lifestyle will not only allow a person to perform better, but will also boost his/her confidence. 3. Be more motivated May it be through a loved one, th
ALL VOWING to bring change in the Thomasian community, three aspirants from the Faculty of Arts and Letters are among the 17 candidates declared eligible to run in the upcoming Central Student Council (CSC) elections by the University’s Central Commission on Elections (Central Comelec). Newly-resigned Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) Secretary Samantha Anne Williams seeks to bring to the Thomasian community the service she gave Artlets, as she now runs for the post of CSC secretary. “Kasi kung may nakikita kang problema, you go forth and address the issue. So as a student na nakikita ‘yung mga problema na ganoon, I want to make a change. [I want to] step up and make that change that’s why I’m running,” independent candidate Williams said. Meanwhile, Behavioral Science j
THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) vowed to mend its relationship with the Artlet community yesterday after conceding it lost the trust of students due to issues that have been plaguing the council since last year. During his State of the Council Address, ABSC President Jan Dominic Castro mentioned the controversies that continue to surround AB such as the missing council fund, anomaly on type-B uniforms, haircut and hair color policy, as well as the council’s accomplished projects and upcoming plans. “Last year, we faced a lot of hurdles one after the other. It seemed unending, and as part of the previous administration, I too would admit [that] last year was not easy, it never was,” Castro said. He added that the council sank in despair because of the sai