By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO ARTLETS Student Council (ABSC) President Rafael Arellano was chosen as the new Central Board (CB) speaker of the Central Student Council for academic year 2018-2019 through a secret ballot election held Tuesday night. The speaker’s duties, as decided by the CB, will include convening the board members, presiding over sessions and appointing or dissolving ad hoc committees. “To be honest, I’m still overwhelmed. Imagine being the presider of all local student council presidents and [being] the head of the legislative arm of the Central Student Council,” Arellano told the Flame in an online exchange. Arellano said he will handle his responsibilities as ABSC president and CB speaker through “proper planning and investment [in] who you work with.” “I
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
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.
I HAVE been used to the sight of a small tube accompanied by the purchase of a Gulp beverage at 7-Eleven. Expected to be given one, I guiltlessly asked for a straw. To my surprise, the convenience store no longer offered that “convenient” option. Although some establishments still offer plastic straws, a customer would need to ask for one. Have you ever wondered about its trip right after using it? Most of these tubes end up in the ocean, and that turtle that has a straw being pulled out from its nose is one of the consequences of dumping these plastics. Data show that the United States consumes an estimate of 500 million straws daily. Straws undergo breakdown and decomposition which takes up to 200 years, then they turn to microplastics which can go to streams, rivers, and oceans af
THREE STUDENTS from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) filed their certificates of candidacy for the upcoming Central Student Council (CSC) elections, Tuesday, March 21. Former UST Journalism Society vice president-internal Christopher Daniel Reyes is eyeing the position of treasurer under Lakasdiwa. The Journalism junior said it is his goal to pursue transparency in the University. “I believe it is about time for me to defy the limits and to go beyond the pool of a journalist […] It is about time to fight for holistic transparency and this is what the whole Thomasian [community] deserves.” Marketing Management sophomore Daveson Jay Nieto of Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC) will compete against Reyes. Meanwhile, Political Science sophomore Francis Gabriel Santos (independen
A COUNCIL that upholds competence, commitment, and compassion is the council that the Central Student Council (CSC) is aiming to build, CSC President Janela Love Nartates told Thomasians in her State of the Council Address (SOCA) held Feb. 11. “We are the council which strives for an inclusive society [that] will embrace all genders and all beliefs. We are the council which will genuinely address the concerns of every student and […] the council which will portray a more responsible student leadership,” Nartates said. She encouraged Thomasians to seek CSC and their respective local student councils for their grievances and concerns. “Ipinapangako po namin at ipinapangako ko po, basta nasa tama at estudyante ka ng UST, ipaglalaban kita kapalit man ng posisyon ko,” she said.
CENTRAL STUDENT Council (CSC) candidates from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) bared their platforms and stands on different University issues in Tagisan 2016 mandatory debate, all seeking to end student apathy and to promote active involvement in the Thomasian community. Both vying for the position of public relations officer, Journalism junior Enna Hermoso from Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa) and Behavioral Science junior Jherome Ramos from Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC) presented measures to combat Thomasians’ political apathy. Hermoso said it is important to know the cause of students’ apathy first in order to come up with efficient solutions while Ramos sees the lack of awareness among students as the main problem. “Kapag naging aware na po ang mga estudyante, he
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
ASPIRING STUDENT leaders were challenged to “communicate beyond the syntax of language” and put their words into action in an open dialogue held Wednesday. Thomasian Alumni Leaders Association (TALA) President Henry Tenedero said words are cheap unless they are "communicated within the pinnacle of the heart." “[Saying] less is more for we have become a talkative society but are we making sense? It is not what you know about leadership but about how you walk the talk,” he said. The former Student Organizations Coordinating Council president emphasized the importance of emotional quotient of leaders as many people lack heart in service. “Where’s GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo)? Nakakulong. [Mayroon siyang] high IQ,” he said. “Maraming matagumpay na tao na matalino per