AT A time when mobility is limited and some tasks can only be done through digital means, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Health Service is performing its crucial role in an entirely different way. Before the pandemic, the UST Health Service used the Thomasian Online Medical Services and Support (ThOMedSS) to provide medical support and patient services for students, faculty, and support staff. Because of quarantine restrictions and fears of catching COVID-19 in health establishments, more members of the Thomasian community are expected to use the online service for consultations and prescription of medicines. While ThOMedSS has gained praises for being efficient and responsive to the needs of patients, there are calls for an improved awareness of its features given that t...
by: KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN THE UNIVERSITY has released a memorandum stating that all social media accounts of student organizations shall be monitored by the administration following the resumption of co- and extracurricular activities for academic year 2020-2021. UST Office for Student Affairs (OSA) issued a list of “guidelines in the responsible use of social media” on Aug. 8 for the purpose and for managing and protecting the social media accounts of the organizations. Following this development, student organizations are now required to submit a “permission to post” form to be approved by the organization adviser before they can publish any content on their social media platforms. “The organization adviser shall monitor the social media accounts/postings of the student orga
By KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN and JANIS MOISES President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the class suspension in all levels in Metro Manila until April 12 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country. During an address to the nation on Thursday night, Duterte announced the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to prolong the suspension of classes in Metro Manila as cases of COVID-19 rose to 52. A month-long suspension of classes was adopted as part of the stringent social distancing measures in the National Capital Region. The task force also said that learners should still comply with their educational requirements and ordered local government units to ensure that stu...
By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE DEAN'S Office is set to release the breakdown of the P1,200 pilgrimage fee no later than July 6, Artlets Student Council (ABSC) president Rafael Arellano revealed. Arellano said the Council had submitted a formal letter of request weeks ago as required by the Dean’s Office. "Sabi [po] samin may cine-clear pa po sila sa [Office of the Vice Rector for Finance]. Pero mabibigay daw po nila not later than July 6," the Council president told the Flame. The P1,200 that each student from Batch 2018 paid last academic year for a pilgrimage was reallocated to a thanksgiving and prayer worship activity after the Commission on Higher Education put a hold order on all off-campus activities after the February 2017 Tanay bus accident. READ: No breakdown for
IN EVERY institution, not only are there rules that need to be observed and followed but also rights that must be upheld to have an orderly atmosphere. Regardless of position, every person is entitled to these rights that protect them from any mistreatment. For Journalism senior Ryah Sunday Carreon, having an official document of clearly defined students’ rights is essential in the University of Santo Tomas (UST). “Karapatan mo ‘yun bilang estudyante and it will safeguard you sa kung ano mang magiging situation mo bilang estudyante na nag-aaral sa UST.” However, in the University, a ratified students’ rights code that Thomasians can refer to does not exist. First drafted in October 2004, the Students’ Rights Code is still benching for the administration’s approval at present.
By MARIA EDEN T. DINO PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson returned her Thomasian Alumni in Government Service award on Wednesday despite the refusal of UST Alumni Association Inc. (UST-AAI) to revoke it. Uson’s representative returned the award to UST-AAI Chairman Emeritus Robert Sy and Board Adviser Jack Castañeda. In a statement posted on Facebook, Uson explained her reason for voluntarily giving the award back. “Sa kabila ng desisyon ng UST Alumni Association Inc. na hindi bawiin ang award na iginawad sa akin, nagdesisyon po akong ibalik ang award dahil pilit na nililihis ng ibang tao ang mas mahahalagang usapin tulad ng Dengvaxia at iba pang nangyayari sa bayan.” Uson said she hopes that her decision would stop the public from condemning
By REYANNE LOUISSE AMPONG IT WAS an afternoon of creativity, lessons, and music as Scout magazine capped off their campus tour at the University of Santo Tomas on Monday. Students started their week with a blast as they played games with their squad, posed like cover models at the photo booth, and vent their emotions out at the freedom wall. To soothe the members of the crowd and make them forget their “acads” for a while, bands like The Cohens, Luncheon, and Oh, Flamingo! electrified #SCOUTxUST. More than entertainment, the event was a glimpse into the world of publishing as Lex Celera, editor in chief of the bi-monthly youth and culture magazine, shared some of his experiences and advice in the field. The real deal in publishing Celera shared that working in publishing
DISSATISFACTION WITH a candidate’s platforms is just one of the factors that would make a voter consider other options in a ballot. But what if the other candidates still seem unfit for the position they are running for in the student council? The voters would rather opt to abstain or rendering ballots void for a certain position might be the answer. This was the exact scenario that happened in the previous polls that led to the mass abstention not only in the Central Student Council (CSC) but also in the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC), where only four out of the seven positions were filled. In the ABSC, the candidates for vice president-internal, secretary, and auditor lost to 678, 766, and 671 abstentions, respectively. With the issue that arose after former CSC pres
IT HAS been a year since the Department of Health officially launched a national hotline that will provide help to people with mental health concerns. The project is called HOPELINE, a 24/7 crisis support hotline for depression and suicide prevention. People behind the phone are trained by professional psychiatrists and psychologists who have undergone intensive training to answer callers in times of need. However, I have encountered many stories circulating in social networking sites, reporting the hotline as inattentive. One user stated that the line becomes busy in the early hours of the morning, while another claimed that her responder hung up the phone when she was crying so hard she could not speak. These were only some of the reports that Twitter users raised against the HOPELINE...
THE TRAIN stops at my station and I move along with the crowd that walked like zombies. But I forgive them; it was a long day after all. The streets around Tayuman station is always busy even at night. Vendors who sell goods are littering the streets, and stores are open, welcoming people in. It is a long walk on the way to the jeepney station that I’m supposed to ride to our apartment, but this is the norm so I’m used to it. But nothing is supposed to be normal that night. It was unnerving to see the business going as usual. It was unnerving to see people walking as if nothing happened. It was frightening to see that everything was normal when just last night, a man was shot dead in front of a gasoline station near the jeepneys I’m supposed to ride home. His blood that pooled around hi