Aquino picks on UST in SONA

ENVIRONMENTAL, architecture, and heritage conservation experts are defending UST after President Benigno Aquino III implied in his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) that the University was to blame for flooding in Manila.

The proposed flood “catchment area,” which the President claimed was opposed by a “big university,” would place UST’s heritage buildings in danger, and there was also no guarantee that it would work, experts told the Varsitarian. read more »

Artlets, Commerce move temporarily to other buildings

SPECIAL term classes at the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) and the College of Commerce and Business Administration were moved to two other buildings after the fire that broke out at St. Raymund de Peñafort Building last July 5.

Commerce held classes at the Main Building and Artlets at the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building, amid reconstruction and clean-up operations at St. Raymund’s are being conducted.

The Commerce Dean’s Office was moved temporarily to the second floor of the Tan Yan Kee Students’ Center, while the Artlets Dean’s Office was transferred to the General Education Office at the Main Building. read more »

UST improves ties with foreign schools

UST BOOSTED its international profile in academic year 2014-2015, strengthening its ties with universities abroad that resulted in symposia and research partnerships, among others, a report from the Office of International Relations and Programs showed.

Twenty new bilateral agreements with international universities were forged while 93 memorandums of understanding (MOU) were inked, 13 of which were for review and renewal, and six in progress.

University students and faculty members interacted with international faculty from 20 different countries from Asia, Australia and Oceania, United States, and Europe who visited the University throughout the year.  read more »

Civil Law to enforce stricter selection, retention policies

THE FACULTY of Civil Law plans to tighten its debarment rules to maintain its status as a premier law school and improve its performance in the bar exams.

Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said stricter standards would be implemented, for instance, any law student regardless of year level would be debarred if he or she did not meet the standards.

Under the proposal, third-year students will not be allowed to proceed to the fourth year unless they pass the mock bar exams, but exemptions will be given to those who will have an average grade of above 86. read more »

UST dips in QS ranking

THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas dropped two notches in the 2015 ranking of top Asian universities, but improved its score from last year, data from the London-based consultancy agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) showed.

UST went down to 143rd from 141st in 2014, but improved its score to 43.5 points from last year’s 42.4 points.

The University of the Philippines (UP) remained the top university in the country despite dropping to 70th from 63rd place last year.  UP got a score of 60.2 points, which was higher than last year’s 58.70 points. read more »

Library to launch rare books online

READERS from all over the world will soon be able to access UST’s heritage library and archives online under a digital preservation and re-publication project sponsored by one of the country’s top banks.

Lumina Pandit II: A Continuum, a project of the UST Miguel de Benavides Library in partnership with the UnionBank of the Philippines, aims to refurbish, digitize, and arrange more than 30,000 historical books from the library’s collections dating from 1492 to 1900 using a digital collection management software “CONTENTdm.”

One million pages have been scanned and are being uploaded online.

The project was formally launched last May 26 at the UST Miguel de Benavides Library. read more »

UST tops teacher, architecture boards

THE UNIVERSITY emerged as the top-performing school in the recent architecture board examinations, and third top-performing school in the off-season licensure examinations for teachers (LET) in the secondary level, while recording higher passing rates in the licensure examinations for certified public accountants (CPA) and librarians.

UST recorded an 88.74-percent passing rate or 197 passers out of 222 examinees in the June 2015 licensure exam for architects, higher than last year’s 81.89 percent or 199 passers out of 243 examinees. Last year, the University placed second behind the University of San Carlos. read more »

Pharma and Eng'g get highest accreditation

TWO INDEPENDENT national accrediting bodies have affirmed the quality of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy program and all six programs of the Faculty of Engineering.

The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities-Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) awarded the Level IV accredited status, the highest recognition, to the Pharmacy program last May 12.

The Pharmacy program satisfactorily met all the criteria, namely: excellent outcomes in teaching and learning, research productivity as tool for institutional effectiveness, community service, linkages and consortia, career planning and development for students, and planning process. read more »

ABSC draws flak over late uniforms

THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) has drawn flak from social media for the late distribution of Type B uniforms, with students demanding refunds.

Among the student council’s critics is the UST Sociological Society, which released a statement on May 3 expressing disappointment over the delays.

“While the [UST Sociological Society] understands that there has been a failure on the contracted supplier’s end, we maintain that the ABSC is also liable and should have been prepared to effectively mitigate [the delay] from the start,” the statement released on Facebook read. “The ABSC should consider providing students—most importantly the graduating students—the option to refund.” read more »

Architecture freshmen cut by a quarter

THE COLLEGE of Architecture has dropped a quarter of its freshmen under a stricter retention policy that required a higher cut-off grade.

A total of 135 out of 540 first-year students failed to meet the higher general weighted average (GWA) cut-off grade of 1.948 and the “no-failure” policy of the college.

Architecture Dean John Joseph Fernandez said the college lowered the initial cut-off grade from 1.880 after numerous appeals for reconsideration from students.

“After careful consideration, the new GWA cut-off grade for [incoming] second-year students is lowered to 1.948,” Fernandez said in a statement posted online last May 29. read more »

Five Thomasians named outstanding professionals

June 22, 2015, 7:59 a.m. - FIVE Thomasians were recognized as “Outstanding Professionals of the Year” by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) during its 42nd anniversary last June 18.

Thomasians Leila Florento, Teresita Barcelo, and Donald Lipardo were awarded as the most outstanding professional medical technologist, nurse, and physical therapist, respectively. read more »

Tags: Clotilde Arcangel, College of Education, College of Nursing, Collof Rehabilitation Sciences, Donald Manlapaz, PRC

UST Grad School to open MBA program at McKinley Hill in Taguig

May 31, 2015, 8:48 p.m. - UST IS set to open Master in Business Administration (MBA) classes in the middle of a bustling business district in Taguig, under a partnership with the country's largest business group.

The MBA program will be the pilot program in what will be the University's first off-campus site at McKinley Hill in Taguig. The announcement of the historic development was made Saturday by Graduate School Dean Dr. Marilu Madrunio during the school's annual solemn investiture.  read more »

Tags: Graduate School, Marilu Madrunio, PACUCOA

Another petition against K to 12 filed at SC

May 29, 2015, 11:52 a.m. - A NEW petition was filed before the Supreme Court Thursday, seeking the suspension of the K to 12 program due to supposed discrepancies in the law.
Petitioners led by the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) sought a temporary r
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Tags: K to 12

Rector to UST Batch 2015: 'Give life to others'

May 16, 2015, 1:44 p.m. - LEARN how to love and give life.

This was the message of UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. to the 8,048 graduating Thomasians during the 2015 Baccalaureate Mass held at the open field Friday night.

“Learn how to love… You come to the University not just to accumulate information without knowing what to do with it, but through the love, let that information bear fruit,” said Dagohoy, who quoted Pope Francis’ speech during his encounter with the Filipino youth last Jan. 18 in the University. read more »

Tags: Baccalaureate Mass, Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, Rector

Parents, USTFU seek suspension of K to 12

ANOTHER group of parents and teaching and non-teaching personnel is set to appeal to the Supreme Court to suspend the full implementation of the new K to 12 basic education program, citing unclear provisions as well as the lack of public consultations and government preparation.

Members of the Parents Advocacy for Children’s Education (PACE) are calling upon other parents to join their efforts to seek a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the K to 12 Law from the high tribunal. read more »

The Varsitarian launches national campus press awards

JOURNALISTS should always strive to deliver the news accurately and responsibly despite the accelerated pace of social media, ABS-CBN senior correspondent Willard Cheng said during the launch of the first UST National Campus Journalism Awards (UNCJA) last March 21.

“As we demand responsibility and accountability from our leaders in our writings, we should exact the same high or even higher standard of responsibility from ourselves, whether in journalism contests like this one, or when we find ourselves as colleagues in the real world later on,” Cheng said in his message before an audience of campus journalists from different student publications in Metro Manila. “This is how we keep ourselves relevant and credible in the public that we serve.” read more »

Tuition hike limited to 2.5-5.3%

THE UNIVERSITY administration has slashed next academic year's tuition hikes to just 2.5-5.3 percent from 5-8 percent, after strong opposition from students.

Under the final schedule of fees released by the Office of the Vice Rector for Finance last March 26, the tuition increase will now amount to P34 per unit for first-year students (up 2.5 percent), P67 per unit for second-year students (5.1 percent), P68 per unit for third-year students (5.3 percent), and P32 per unit for fourth- and fifth-year students (2.4 percent). read more »

QS ranking: UST a '4-star' university

THE LONDON-based consultancy Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) has given the University of Santo Tomas four out of five stars in its “Stars University Rating,” the first such rating for a Philippine university.

According to the QS Top Universities’ website, a university with a four-star rating is “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching, and provides an excellent environment for students and faculty.”

UST recorded a perfect five-star rating in four out of eight criteria, namely: employability, facilities, engagement, and access; four stars in the teaching category; three stars in internationalization; and one star for specialist criteria and research. UST was the sole Philippine institution to be rated. read more »

Indie bets dominate CSC polls

INDEPENDENT candidates nearly swept the slate of Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa) in this year’s Central Student Council (CSC) elections, winning five out of six CSC Executive Board positions including the presidency.

Independent candidate Anna Mariz Mangalili will lead the University-wide student council for A.Y. 2015-2016 as the next CSC president, after a lopsided victory over incumbent CSC secretary and Lakasdiwa standard bearer Rosevielentine Rosales.

Mangalili, a junior Management Accounting student, won a total of 15,718 votes (56 percent), higher than the 8,916 votes (32 percent) obtained by senior Clinical Pharmacy student Rosales. Eleven percent of the total voting population, or 3,340 students, abstained. read more »

Outstanding Thomasians recognized in Student Awards

THOMASIANS from several faculties and colleges were recognized in the 2015 UST Student Awards held at the Quadricentennial Pavillion on May 8, with the Tradition of Excellence Award bestowed upon an organization in the College of Architecture.

The UST Architecture Network received the top honor for student groups, which is conferred on recognized student organizations that have won awards for five consecutive years.

Bro. Valentinus Ruseno, O.P. of the Faculty of Sacred Theology led this year’s recipients of the Rector’s Academic Award, the highest academic award given to students for academic excellence. read more »

Civil Law performance in bar exam at par with other schools'

UST MAY have recorded a lower passing rate in the October 2014 bar exams, but the University is still at par with other Philippine law schools in terms of passing rate, Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said.

Civil Law placed fifth on the list of top-performing schools with a 43.95-percent passing rate, meaning 69 out of its 157 examinees hurdled the bar. This was lower than last year's 63.67 percent.

“Traditionally, UST has always been a top-performing law school. This year should be no different. The difference though [is that] the passing rate among these top law schools is getting smaller. We expect to improve further over time,” Divina said in an email. read more »

IICS to use cloud tech for some courses

KEEPING up with trends in Information Technology (IT), the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences (IICS) has adopted “cloud technology” in teaching some of its courses.

Through the Internet program NetSuite Academy, students can now run computer applications online without having to buy, install, or manage their own servers for courses such as Accounting and Financial Management, Business Administration, and e-Commerce.

Since a number of IICS programs offer business-related courses, NetSuite’s business concepts and principles will be useful, IICS Director Alex Santos said. read more »

Tuition increase proposed, opposed

5% to 8% hike would be highest since 2008

THE CENTRAL Student Council (CSC) and the Central Board of students have rejected the administration’s proposed five- to eight-percent tuition increase during a consultation last Feb. 20.

Civil Law Student Council President and Central Board Speaker Victor Villanueva vowed to prevent the implementation of the proposed tuition increase, which he said was unjustifiable.

“Our objections will not end today. If the administration pushes through with the proposed increases, which we think are largely unjustified, we will continue to assert our objections,” he said. read more »

UST Museum opens papal visit exhibit

THE UST Museum launched a month-long exhibit on Feb. 12 to commemorate Pope Francis’ visit to the University last Jan.18.

The exhibit, titled “@UST: Lolo Kiko Brings Christ to the Youth,” features memorabilia of the Pontiff’s visit to the only Pontifical university in Asia.

These include photographs, hand-written letters, newspaper clippings, various types of merchandise such as shirts and caps, and personal items used by the Pontiff himself. read more »

Thomasians land in Top 10 of board exams

THE UNIVERSITY again dominated recent licensure examinations for physicians, architects, physical and occupational therapists, and certification examinations for industrial engineers, with Thomasians landing the top 10 lists.

UST recorded a 95-percent passing rate in the February 2015 off-season physician licensure examinations, and saw two Thomasians entering the top 10.

Out of 20 examinees, 19 Thomasians passed. The passing rate was higher than last year’s 83.33-percent or 15 passers out of 18 examinees.

Alrick Anthony Gonzalez headed the new batch of Thomasian physicians after placing seventh with a score of 86 percent, while Angela Pauline Calimag-Loyola grabbed the eighth spot with a score of 85.75 percent. read more »

SC ruling junking P26M union claim now final

THE SUPREME Court has denied the UST Faculty Union's (USTFU) motion to reconsider a ruling junking a claim for P26 million in hospitalization and medical benefits, terminating the case against the University.

In a decision dated Oct. 22, the court denied the motion "with finality," saying there was no “substantial argument” presented to merit a reconsideration.

“The Court resolves to deny the motion with finality, the basic issues raised therein having been duly considered and passed upon by the Court in the aforesaid decision and no substantial argument having been adduced to warrant the reconsideration sought,” the decision read. read more »

Working group to draft Magna Carta of Students

WHILE the University has yet to adopt its own Students’ Code, lawmakers in the national government are working to pass a bill that will serve as the Magna Carta of Students.

Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, a proponent of the students’ rights bill, said “intense lobbying” of schools hindered its passage for almost 15 years in Congress.

“Hopefully, within the next two to three weeks, magkakaroon na po ng technical group meeting [para] mapag-uusapan po in detail ang bawat provision,” Ridon said in an interview.  read more »

Accreditation denied to CSC ruling party

THE UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) sustained its decision to deny Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC) accreditation as a University-wide political party for failing to meet requirements.

In a resolution released Jan. 26, Comelec denied LTC’s motion for reconsideration, saying it failed to provide an updated list of members despite several deadline extensions.

Comelec Legal Head James Ballecer said there would be no more extensions.

“We have given [the political parties] enough time to comply. We’ve actually extended [the deadline] twice. We also need to consider other matters and that includes the welfare of the other political parties,” he said in an interview with the Varsitarian. read more »

Artlets council seeks to regain trust after loss of funds

THE PRESIDENT of the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) said the council was doing everything to regain the trust of the students after the loss of P50,000 in funds last October.

“Gagawin namin ang lahat ng aming makakaya para maibalik ang tiwala ninyo, pero kung hindi ninyo po susubukan na magtiwala ulit, walang kuwenta ‘yung pagsubok namin na ibalik ulit ‘yung tiwala,” ABSC President Marie Jann Lazo said in a dialogue titled “Speak Up: Face-to-Face with the Student Council and the Administration” held last Feb. 10.

Lazo added that the officers were willing to shell out money to replace the missing funds.

ABSC Vice President for Internal Affairs Jan Dominic Castro said the council would also accept any disciplinary action. read more »

Industrial Eng'g professor named ASEAN Engineer

ANOTHER Thomasian industrial engineer has made it to the roster of engineers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Carlos Ignacio Lugay, a professor from the Faculty of Engineering, received the title of ASEAN engineer during the 32nd Conference of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations in Myanmar last Nov. 10 to 13, 2014.

Five Thomasian industrial engineers had been given the title ASEAN engineers, namely, Quality Management Office Director Nestor Ong in 2012, and Juanito Chan, Nancy Eleria, Marilyn Mabini, and Joehanna Ngo in 2013. read more »

Thomasians to start wearing summer uniform

UST IS dressing down for the dry season.

With classes extending to the hot months of March to May due to changes in the academic calendar, the University has allowed the use of “Type B” uniforms last Feb. 19.

“Following the resolution made by the Council of Regents in June 2014, the Type B or Summer Uniform will be officially used as an everyday school wear from Thursday after Ash Wednesday until the end of the summer period,” read the memorandum signed by Secretary General Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P. last Feb. 3.

The Type B uniform will serve as a complementary school uniform consisting of a t-shirt or a light-material top and pants or walking shorts that should meet UST’s standards on good grooming. read more »

UST marks 70th year of liberation of Manila

SEVENTY years ago during World War II, UST was freed from the clutches of the Japanese after serving as an internment camp for some 4,000 foreign civilians

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Santo Tomas Internment Camp (STIC), the UST Museum launched an exhibit last Feb. 2, featuring several memorabilia of the camp and its internees that were considered by Japan as enemy civilians.

Maita Oebanda, collection management and documentation assistant at the UST Museum, said the University served as a “safe haven” during the World War II.

“[UST is] one of the most important locations as regards the Battle of Manila. UST was a safe haven for thousands of civilians for three years,” she said. read more »

Music student council to amend constitution

THE CONSERVATORY of Music Student Council (CMSC) has begun the process of amending its constitution amid budget cuts that had forced the college to reduce departments to seven from 14 this academic year.

The council will gather its officers and student senate composed of all department officers and class presidents every Tuesday from Jan. 20 to April 14 for a constitutional convention, according to a memorandum by Music Dean Raul Sunico.

CMSC Vice President Czen Reganit said the new constitution would accommodate the newly implemented seven-department scheme. read more »

Graduate School to offer master's degree in journalism

THE UST Graduate School will offer a masters’ degree (MA) in Journalism next academic year as part of efforts to improve the practice of journalism in the country.

“The University will be able to keep its reputation in the field [by] putting together a program that leads to a master’s degree in Journalism,” Dean Marilou Madrunio said in an e-mail.

Madrunio said the University had proven itself in offering a quality undergraduate degree program in Journalism, producing some of the Philippines’s top journalists. read more »

CHEd scraps Filipino from college curriculum

THE COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHEd) has stood by its decision to remove Filipino courses in tertiary education.

In a statement released Nov. 27, CHEd proposed to use Filipino as a medium in teaching general education subjects instead.

“Filipino cannot merely be taught as a subject, but must be used in oral and written forms,” according to the statement signed by CHEd Chairperson Patricia Licuanan. “[T]he Commission shall support such aims by providing incentives to Higher Education Institutions (HEI) that opt to use Filipino in the general education courses or offer several sections of a given course in Filipino.” read more »

University team ready for Shell Eco-Marathon

A TEAM of mechanical engineering students is gearing to defend its pride as it competes in two categories of the Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia next year.

During the official launch of SEM Asia at the Plaza Mayor last Nov. 12, the UST team announced that it would be joining both the prototype and urban-concept categories.

The prototype category is for smaller, more futuristic vehicles whose primary design reduces drag and maximizes efficiency, while the urban-concept category is for conventional four-wheeled vehicles.

The UST squad showcased its official entry car named “Tiger-400,” or T-400, for the prototype category by conducting several test runs around Plaza Mayor. read more »

AB student council loses funds; officers in hot water

THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) last Nov. 22 said money was stolen from its office last Oct. 23, confirming an earlier statement released by the Board of Majors (BOM).

The ABSC, in its own statement, said it lost about P50,000 in cash, which was supposed to finance activities like the Athena Cup, NGO fair, and the general staff assembly.

In a meeting last Nov. 11, ABSC officers and the BOM discussed statements made by students who were said to be in the council office when the alleged theft happened, namely: ABSC President Marie Jann Lazo, Treasurer Julienne Avila, ABSC Chief of Staff Emmanuel Arre, and board committee members Patricia Umali, Jancis Valera, and Richard Umali. read more »

Dialogues on campus press freedom bill postponed

DELIBERATIONS on the “Campus Press Freedom Bill,” which seeks to impose tougher sanctions on violators of the freedom of the press in schools, have been put on hold until a new draft of the bill is submitted, according to the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education (CHTE).

In a committee bulletin dated Oct. 22, CHTE chairman and Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo requested Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, author of House Bill 1493 or the Campus Press Freedom Bill, to revise sections 7 and 8.

Section 7 mandates the school administration to collect publication fees during the enrollment period, while Section 8 states that the collected funds shall be given to the student publication within 15 days after the latest enrollment. read more »

Grad School offers extension programs to other universities

THE UST Graduate School has established external linkages by offering some extension programs with other universities in the country.

Graduate School Dean Marilu Madrunio said the project was initiated due to the request for teaching assistance of the University of San Agustin’s Graduate School in Iloilo.

At present, the UST Graduate School has extension program arrangements with the University of San Agustin for master of laws and master’s degree (MA) in Pharmacy, and the Ateneo de Davao University for MA in Architecture.

Last year, extension programs were held in October during the semestral break, but due to UST’s new academic calendar, they will be offered in December this year. read more »

UST among top passers in chem eng'g boards

THE UNIVERSITY posted better results in the November 2014 licensure examinations for chemical engineers, with three Thomasians landing in the top 10.

The University recorded a higher passing rate of 69.12-percent (94 passers out of 136 examinees) compared with last year’s 58.97 percent (69 out of 117 examinees), results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed.

Leading the new batch of Thomasian chemical engineers is second-placer Joseph John Liwanagan with a score of 83.40 percent, followed by Francis Jessy Liggayu at seventh place (82.80 percent), and William Macasero Jr. at ninth place (82.50 percent).

Hazel Dorothy Cesar of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman finished first place with a score of 85.40 percent. read more »

UST dominates first psychometric exams

THE UNIVERSITY emerged as the only top-performing school in the first-ever licensure examination for psychometricians, with seven Thomasians landing in the top 10, including first place.

UST also dominated the recent licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and mechanical engineers, but recorded a lower passing rate for certified public accountants (CPA), results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed. read more »

Fermin, UST's 2nd Pinoy rector, passes away

LIKE a true steward of Christ, this Dominican priest instilled discipline in countless individuals enough to leave a legacy of academic excellence in the University.

Frederick Fermin, O.P., the second Filipino rector of the University of Santo Tomas, succumbed to old age last Oct. 27 at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Baguio City. He was 90 years old.

In his homily during the funeral mass for Fermin last Oct. 29 at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church, UST Rector Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. praised his predecessor for his exemplary service to the University.

Dagohoy said that Fermin was a firm, but gentle man.

"Fermin was a man who had a sense of justice tempered with compassion and generosity,” Dagohoy said. read more »

P1 to 2-M grant for COE, COD programs delayed

MORE THAN a year after being declared as Centers of Excellence (COE) and Centers of Development (COD), several programs of the University have not yet received the millions worth of assistance funds from the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

The delay in the release of the funds was due to the pending submission of liquidation reports and receipts of previous CHEd-funded projects by the University’s Office of the Internal Auditor to CHEd, said Journalism coordinator Jeremaiah Opiniano.  read more »

USTFU pleads high court for medical benefits

THE UST Faculty Union (USTFU) has asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its July decision junking the union’s P26-million claim for hospitalization and medical benefits for the years 1997 to 2003.

USTFU filed its motion for reconsideration last Sept. 15, arguing that the high tribunal made an error in holding that the claims of USTFU were barred by prescription or the period set by law within which the claims could be made, and that USTFU was not entitled to the medical benefits.

The dispute between USTFU and UST is over how much the latter would contribute to the former’s hospitalization and medical benefits fund, and whether it should be one-time or cumulative, given the annual increase in tuition. read more »

PH’s biggest music school 'begs' for classrooms

DESPITE being the country’s biggest music school in terms of student population and a government-designated Center of Excellence (COE) since 1999, the Conservatory of Music is suffering from lack of facilities and equipment.

Music Dean Raul Sunico said he has yet to solve the classroom shortage 12 years after assuming his post. “We don’t have our own building, we’re just begging for classrooms [from the College of Education] year after year. There are no rooms for the students so they practice in hallways and even hold classes there,” Sunico said in an interview. read more »

Thomasians urged to intensify campaign for Students' Code

THE CENTRAL Student Council (CSC) launched a week-long campaign last Oct. 20 to 24 to gain more support from the Thomasian community for the passage of the proposed Students’ Code since it is not among the UST administration’s priorities.

“Kailangan nating aminin na hindi priority ng administration ‘yung pagpasa ng Students’ Code sa ngayon, kaya kailangan nilang maramdaman na gusto talaga nating maipasa ito ngayong taon,” Central Board speaker and Civil Law Student Council president Victor Villanueva said during the Students’ Rights and Welfare (STRAW) forum last Oct. 21.

Villanueva said local student councils are also to be blamed in the long-overdue approval of the code because they failed to actively involve the students in the issue. read more »

No Medicine entrance exam for next academic year

THERE will be no entrance exams for Medicine freshmen next year as part of a transition process, following a decision by the University to finally transfer admissions to the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery to the Office for Admissions (OFAD).

Medicine Dean Jesus Valencia said the UST Board of Trustees, the highest policymaking body of the University, ordered the transfer of the processing of admissions of first-year medicine students to the OFAD earlier this year.

Medicine had been the only faculty or college in UST handling its own admission process.

“There’s a transition period and we have to facilitate and minimize the variables, kaya wala na munang entrance exam for Medicine this year,” Valencia said in an interview with the Varsitarian.  read more »

Congress eyes stricter law protecting student journos

SCHOOL paper editors and writers are again calling for changes to the Campus Journalism Act of 1991 to ensure that freedom of the press is upheld on campus.

The 23-year-old Campus Journalism Act has been used to suppress, instead of protect, the rights of campus journalists, College Editors Guild of the Philippines President Marc Lino Abila said before the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education (CHTE) headed by Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo last Oct. 22.

“The Campus Journalism Act of 1991, which [should be protecting] press freedom at the campus level, has serious flaws that jeopardize  campus press freedom,” Abila said. read more »

HS parents still unimpressed by K to 12

THE COMPENSATION of school employees to be affected by the K to 12 scheme should be the same as their current salaries, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has clarified.

CHEd Commissioner Cynthia Rose Bautista explained that the earlier announced monthly compensation of P30,000 and P15,000 for displaced teaching personnel and non-teaching personnel, respectively, were only estimates.

“We only came up with P15,000 because that is the average [salary] of the administrative staff, and P30,000 for the faculty,” Bautista said in a meeting with representatives from various universities and concerned government departments last Oct. 29. “Kung ano ang salary mo [before your displacement] ‘yun ang makukuha mo.” read more »

Frat quarrels root of bullying at Civil Law

NEW BULLYING cases involving fraternities emerged at the Faculty of Civil Law, just weeks after “standoff” incidents led to the suspension of fraternity members.

Records of the Civil Law Student Council showed that a freshman was publicly humiliated by one member of a fraternity, another freshman was beaten inside the Main Building comfort room by three fraternity members wearing brass knuckles, and another freshman was verbally abused and confronted inside the Miguel de Benavides Library.

Last Oct. 13, law fraternities Gamma Delta Epsilon and Aegis Juris were suspended following a complaint from the Office of the Bar Confidant regarding an alleged confrontation between the two groups during the second week of the bar examinations last Oct. 12. read more »

University targets higher QS ranking

THE UNIVERSITY will establish a committee to focus on the improvement of UST’s standing in the Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) world university rankings, following its poor showing in recent years.

Maribel Nonato, director of the Office for Research and Innovation (ORI), said Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. had decided to form a committee of administrators that would synchronize UST’s strategy to achieve better QS results.

“The move of one will certainly affect the other office kaya kailangan parallel, synchronized ang mga [strategies]. Father Rector will be calling a big [meeting with the] lead offices,” Nonato said. read more »

'Skills' save some professors from 'No MA, no teaching load' rule

APARENTLY, there are exceptions to the “no master’s degree, no teaching load” policy.

While 87 professors and instructors without Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MS) degrees have been retired to comply with the minimum requirement of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) that UST has implemented since 2010, a few others without higher degrees were allowed to stay. UST gave consideration to faculty members teaching “skill-based” courses, according to Secretary General Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P. read more »

Francis appoints UST vice chancellor to theology body

POPE Francis has appointed UST Vice Chancellor Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, O.P. as the lone representative of the Philippines to the International Theological Commission.

Timoner, prior provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, was chosen along with 29 other theologians from different countries last Sept. 23. The new members of the commission will serve for five years, from December 2014 to 2019.

The International Theological Commission advises the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the in-depth study of Church doctrines. It was established by Pope Paul VI on April 11, 1969.  read more »

Thomasians top med tech, chemistry, electronics eng'g boards

THOMASIANS emerged as topnotchers in three state licensure examinations in September, although UST recorded lower passing rates in medical technology and electronics engineering.

UST slipped to 10th place in the medical technology board exams after posting a 93.30-percent passing rate, with 209 passing the test out of 224 examinees, results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed.

UST was the top-performing school in the medical technology boards in 2010, but slid to third place in 2011. It ranked second in 2012. Last year, UST plunged to eighth place after recording a 95.19-percent passing rate, equivalent to 277 passers out of 291 examinees. read more »

UST nagbigay ng halos P100,000 para sa 'Tulong Tomasino Para sa Iraq'

HALOS isandaang libong piso ang ibinigay ng Unibersidad sa Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) bilang tulong sa mga Dominiko na nasa Iraq na naiipit sa karahasang dulot ng teroristang Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Sa pamamagitan ng Tulong Tomasino Para sa Iraq, isang proyektong sinimulan ng Simbahayan Community Development Office, nagbigay ang UST ng P99,343 noong Okt. 8.

Ayon kay Marielyn Quintana, direktor ng Simbahayan, layunin ng proyektong tumugon sa pangangailangan ng Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena-Iraq at ng iba pang mga Dominikong pari at madre roon. “Ang purpose natin is for us to be able to respond to the call of the Dominican nuns and priests who are taking care of the refugees in Iraq,” ani Quintana. read more »

Gen ed departments transferred to colleges next year

THE University-wide Department of Social Sciences is set to transfer four disciplines to a number of colleges, to promote specialization and strengthen faculty affiliation.

General psychology will be under the Department of Psychology in the College of Science and will be headed by Claudette Agnes, while socio-anthropology will be transferred to the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) and will be headed by Josephine Placido.Economics, taxation, and agrarian reform as well as Philippine government and Constitution will also be moved to the Artlets-based departments of Economics and Political Science, respectively. read more »

Graduate School offers master's degree in OT

THE UST Graduate School has introduced a master’s degree in occupational therapy (OT) to meet the growing demand for higher studies in the field.

Dean Marilu Madrunio said the new program was initiated by College of Rehabilitation Sciences Dean Cheryl Peralta, who serves as program leader for the health sciences cluster of the Graduate School.

“It was through her that the feasibility study was made, which revealed that more than 90 percent of occupational therapy graduates expressed their desire to pursue a master’s degree,” Madrunio said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

Twelve students enrolled in the program this semester. read more »

Faculty Union distributes P10-M savings

THE UST Faculty Union (USTFU) has given back P10 million in excess funds to its members, covering union dues collected since 2010. USTFU President Dr. George Lim said the savings were distributed because the union had “enough funds.”

“The P10 million is only what we saved during our term of office,” he said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

The distribution of the fund began last Oct. 10, with union members claiming their checks from their respective faculty club presidents after accomplishing a membership identification form.

The distribution of checks to retired professors began last Oct. 15 at the USTFU office. read more »

Live wire kills Med stude during 'Mario'

A second-year UST medicine student was electrocuted while braving floodwaters on España Boulevard amid the onslaught of Typhoon "Mario" last Sept. 19.

The same live wire that killed Siegfreid Nathan Arcilla, 22, also victimized two others that day. But Far Eastern University student Cedric Fabie, 18, and hotel employee Glendon Benedicto, 22, survived.

Arcilla was killed after his umbrella touched the live wire near UST's Gate 1 around 5 p.m., police investigation showed.

Vendor Radel Sumagang saw the victim lying on the ground and sought the help of UST security guard Geronimo Mazo. But Arcilla did not reach the hospital alive. read more »

CSC enforces new students' grievance system

THE CENTRAL Student Council (CSC) has introduced a new form for student complaints against fellow students, faculty members, administrators, support staff, and organizations.

The “STRAW Form,” launched during the Students’ Rights and Awareness Week (STRAW) held Oct. 20-24, can be obtained online or from the CSC office, the Office for Student Affairs (OSA), and college student councils. The form must be enclosed in an envelope and submitted in drop boxes at the OSA and council offices.

According to the project proposal, the presidents of CSC and the college student council will represent the complainant in investigations. Complainants may seek the assistance of a lawyer. read more »

Civil Law Dean to students: 'My office is always open'

FACULTY of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina has called on students to raise their “concerns” directly to his office or to the student council, in response to anonymous posts on Facebook.

Divina released an open letter last Sept. 19 through the Civil Law Student Council’s official Facebook page, addressing students who had anonymously vented “their frustrations and disappointments with the [faculty], its professors, or fellow students” on pages such as “UST Law Files.”  read more »

Student-focused teaching system adopted in Architecture

THE COLLEGE of Architecture has adopted a new “student-centered” teaching system with the full implementation of an “Outcomes-Based Education” (OBE) curriculum this semester.

Architecture Dean John Joseph Fernandez said the OBE curriculum would be focused on the teaching strategies of professors, rather than the subjects, to facilitate students’ learning.

“With OBE, we aim to explain to the students the things that they did wrong and make them fully understand,” Fernandez said in an interview.

In UST, Architecture students are required to submit three plates for their design subjects.  read more »

UST now under PH Dominican Province

FILIPINO Dominicans are now officially in charge of Asia’s oldest and only Pontifical University, after more than four centuries under Spanish Dominicans and the head of the Dominican Order in Rome.

Secretary General Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P. announced last Aug. 7 during the Mass for the Feast of St. Dominic de Guzman that the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education had issued a decree, dated May 31, approving the revised General Statutes of the University, which allowed the transfer of jurisdiction. read more »

Baybayin is UST's 5th nat'l cultural treasure

THE UNIVERSITY reached another cultural milestone as the UST Archives’ collection of ancient baybayin scripts were declared as national cultural treasures by the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) last Aug. 22 at the National Museum in Manila.

The baybayin scripts consist of 14 consonants and three vowels which orginated from the pre-Islamic and pre-Spanish era.

Coinciding with the 2nd Baybayin Conference, the scripts were formally recognized by NAP’s national archivist Victorino Manalo. The conference is a forum aiming to create awareness for the importance of the ancient writing system. read more »

Foreign students to take place of freshmen during K to 12 transition

ONE SOLUTION to UST’s K to 12 woes will be a “foreign” one.

International students will make up for the lack of freshmen in Academic Year 2016-2017 when the K to 12 program goes in full swing.

“We are for the openness of the University as a Catholic university to admit students coming from [other countries] to form them according to our mission [and] vision,” Secretary General Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P. said in an interview with the Varsitarian. read more »

SC rejects Faculty Union's P26M claim

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has denied the UST Faculty Union’s (USTFU) claim for P26 million in hospitalization and medical benefits from 1997 to 2003, saying the union’s complaint was too late and that it had misinterpreted its collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the University.

The dispute was over whether UST’s annual contributions to USTFU hospitalization and medical benefits fund should be one-time or cumulative given annual increases in tuition. read more »

UST maintains spot in QS world rankings

THE UNIVERSITY failed to improve its standing in the latest Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) world university ranking, retaining its spot in the 701+ bracket in the listing of the top 800 universities.

State-run University of the Philippines led the country’s top universities anew, improving 13 notches to 367th from last year’s 380th. Ateneo de Manila University also went up to the 461-470 bracket from the 501-550 bracket last year, while De La Salle University slid to the 651-700 bracket from the 601-650 bracket last year.

Since 2012, UST has not placed in the QS subject rankings. Ateneo, La Salle and UP failed to maintain their respective posts in English Language and Literature. read more »

Thomasian tops Medicine boards

A SUMMA cum laude graduate of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery topped the August 2014 licensure exams for physicians, a feat last achieved by a Thomasian four years ago.

Eric Royd Talavera, who graduated from UST in 2013, tied with Cebu Institute of Medicine's Raymond Martin Li for first place. Both scored 89.59 percent.

UST alumni Jessica Mae Sanchez and Lean Angelo Silverio, also summa cum laude graduates, shared the fourth spot with Mairre James Gaddi of the University of the Philippines-Manila, all of them scoring 89.25 percent. read more »

Students join initiative vs 'pork'

THOMASIANS once again joined the cry for government reform as they joined the launch of the People’s Initiative against all forms of pork barrel including the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

The campaign, which coincided with the celebration of National Heroes’ Day, was coined as “Stand Up! Sign Up against all forms of pork!” and was endorsed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and the Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines.

Organized by the #abolishporkmovement and the Scrap Pork Network, the campaign marked the first anniversary of the Million People March which was participated by Thomasians as well. read more »

Arts and Letters gets PACUCOA level 4 accreditation

FOUR PROGRAMS of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) have been granted the coveted Level 4 accreditation status, the highest rank that can be obtained by an educational institution from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).

Economics, Legal Management, Literature, and Philosophy obtained the highest accreditation level after a two-day “survey visit” by PACUCOA accreditors last August 18 and 19. read more »

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Gen San campus construction delayed anew

THE CONSTRUCTION of the University’s first satellite campus in Mindanao is again on hold due to pending documents regarding the conversion of its site from an agricultural land to an institutional land.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has yet to approve another permit that will allow the further development of the satellite campus in an 82-hectare land in General Santos (Gen San) City, encompassing two barangays: Ligaya and Katangawan.

DAR first approved the conversion of the land in 2003 and issued another order in 2008, extending the development period of the site until 2013. read more »

Dalawang student orgs, hindi kinilala ng OSA

HINDI kinilala ng Office for Student Affairs (OSA) ang Thomasian Writers Guild (TWG) at Alpha Phi Omega (APO) bilang mga opisyal na organisasyon sa Unibersidad para sa akademikong taon 2014-2015, dahil sa hindi pagdalo ng mga opisyal nito sa taunang Leadership Training Seminar (LTS).

Ayon kay Allan Hernandez, kinatawan ng OSA para sa mga organisasyon, ang pagdalo sa taunang LTS ay kailangan upang kilalanin na opisyal ang isang organisasyon. Mayroong tatlong LTS na dapat daluhan ang mga organisasyon bago kilalanin ng OSA.

“As early as February and March, we were already informing [the organizations] of the tentative schedule of the LTS, and even advised them to block their schedules for [the month of] April,” ani Hernandez sa isang panayam sa Varsitarian. read more »

USTHS and EHS top NAT in Manila

THE UNIVERSITY’S two high schools again bested other secondary schools in Manila in the National Achievement Test (NAT) taken by fourth-year students last March 5.

UST Education High School (EHS), the University’s laboratory high school, topped 18 schools in cluster three, or schools with 100-199 examinees, after posting an average score of 65.91 percent.

EHS got the highest scores in four subjects, namely: Critical Thinking (71.5%), English (79.40%), Filipino (70.25%), and Math (59.89%). It placed second and third in Araling Panlipunan (70.09%) and Science (47.03%), respectively.

EHS had a total of 108 examinees this year. Last year, EHS belonged to cluster four, or schools with 55-99 examinees. read more »

GenEd dept's to transfer to Artlets, Education

THE GENERAL Education departments of the University are set to be transferred to different colleges from the supervision of the Office of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs (OVRAA), adopting the organizational structure of other local as well as foreign universities.

The departments of Philosophy, English, Literature and the Humanities, History, Foreign Languages, and Social Science will be under the helm of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets), while the College of Education will absorb the Filipino department. Its offices, however, will remain at the Main Building. read more »

Disguised thief arrested

SECURITY officials nabbed a 22-year-old man last Aug. 2 for allegedly stealing several gadgets and a pair of leather shoes near the open field.

The UST security office said the suspect, Mark Galvan, was brought to the Sampaloc Police Station 4 after verification with the victims and from CCTV footage. But Galvan, who had posed as a jogger, was later released after reaching a settlement with the victims.

Security records showed Galvan entered the campus on a motorcycle, telling security guards he would go to the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church. He instead went around the field looking for potential victims, like varsity players and joggers, whose bags were unattended. read more »

Suspensyon ng K to 12 hiniling

PANGAMBA ang dulot sa mga guro ng mga pagbabagong hatid ng K to 12. Dumaing ang mga guro at tauhan mula sa mga kolehiyong maaaring maapektuhan sa transition period sa 2016 na dapat nang pigilin ang K to 12 program dahil sa kakulangan ng paghahanda ng pamahalaan para sa pagpapatupad nito.

Iginiit ng Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (COTESCUP) na kailangang suspendihin ang K to 12 sapagkat wala pang maayos na plano ang pamahalaan para sa nakaambang pagkawala ng trabaho ng humigit kumulang 86,000 na manggagawa ng mga higher educational institutions (HEIs).

Isa si Noel Moratilla, propesor sa St. Scholastica’s College Manila, sa libu-libong guro na nangangambang mawalan ng trabaho sa 2016 dahil sa K to 12. read more »

Unang Filipinong Rektor ng UST, pumanaw na

PUMANAW ang kauna-unahang rektor na Filipino ng Unibersidad na si P. Leonardo Legaspi, O.P., arsobispo emerito ng Caceres, noong ika-8 ng Agosto sa UST Hospital sa edad na 78 anyos. Ito ay matapos ang ilang taong pakikipaglaban niya sa kanser sa baga.

Nagsilbing rektor ng Unibersidad si Legaspi mula 1971 hanggang 1977. Naging katuwang na obispo rin siya ng Maynila bago siya itinalagang ikatlong arsobispo ng Caceres sa Naga noong 1984. Nagsilbing aktibong arsobispo si Legaspi sa loob ng 28 taon hanggang sa magretiro siya noong 2012.

Pinamunuan rin ni Legaspi ang Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) mula 1988 hanggang 1991. read more »

Tomasinong obispo bagong kinatawan sa UN ng Vatican

ISANG Tomasino ang kauna-unahang Filipinong itinalaga ni Pope Francis upang maging permanenteng tagapagmasid ng Vatican sa United Nations (UN) noong Hulyo 1.

Si Arsobispo Bernardito Auza, mula sa Talibon, Bohol ay kasalukuyang apostolic nuncio sa Haiti.

Pinalitan ni Auza si Arsobispo Francis Chullikat ng India, na nagsilbing kinatawan ng Vatican sa UN mula 2010.

Bilang bagong delegado sa UN, layunin ni Auza na sumubaybay sa mga usapin ng organisasyon at isakatuparan ang kaalaman ng Simbahan sa larangan ng hustisya at dignidad ng tao.

Siya ay itinalaga ni Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI bilang apostolic nuncio sa Haiti noong Mayo 8, 2008. read more »

BSE Filipino muling binuksan ngayong taon

MULING iaalok sa mga estudyante ng College of Education ang Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSE) in Filipino upang mapanatili ang pag-aaral ng wikang pambansa sa kolehiyo.

Ayon kay Roberto Ampil, tagapangulo ng Departamento ng Filipino ng Unibersidad, magsisilbing kasiguraduhan ang pagbubukas ng kurso na mananatili ang Filipino sa kolehiyo kung sakaling mawala nga ito sa kurikulum ng mga mag-aaral.

“Kasi ang nangyari nga ay ang minimum requirement ng CHEd [sa general education curriculum o GEC] ay 36 units. Out of 36 units, walang Filipino. It happened na mabait ang University,” sabi ni Ampil. “Ayon sa Rektor, sinusuportahan niya ang Filipino.”  read more »

Pinuno ng Metrobank ginawaran ng doktorado, honoris causa

PINAGKALOOBAN ng Unibersidad ng honorary degree ang tagapangulo ng Metrobank Group of Companies na si George Ty para sa kanyang mga natatanging ambag sa kaunlaran at pagnenegosyo sa bansa.

Sa isang seremonya noong ika-7 ng Agosto sa Medicine Auditorium, iginawad kay Ty ang doctorate degree, honoris causa, sa humanidades.

Ayon kay Rektor P. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P., iginagawad ng Unibersidad ang mga honorary doctorate degree bilang tanda ng karangalan at respeto sa mga karapat-dapat na Pilipinong naging instrumento ng pag-unlad.

“We conferred the honorary degree [on him] not only for his achievements in the banking industry but for his works that embody Thomasian values of commitment, competence and compassion,” ani Dagohoy sa kanyang talumpati. read more »

UST nangibabaw sa PT, Nutrition boards

PITONG Tomasino ang naging topnotcher habang nagtala naman ang Unibersidad ng matataas na marka sa nakalipas na Nutrition and Dietetics, Physical Therapy (PT) at Occupational Therapy (OT) licensure examinations.

Itinanghal bilang tanging top-performing school ang UST sa PT board exam matapos itong makakuha ng 91.74 percent passing rate, katumbas ng 100 Tomasinong nakapasa mula sa 109 na kumuha ng pagsusulit, ayon sa datos na inilabas ng Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Bahagyang mas mababa ito kumpara sa 95.74 percent o 45 na pumasa mula sa 47 na kumuha ng pagsusulit noong nakaraang taon. read more »

P2.4 M ibinigay sa mga biktima ng bagyong 'Yolanda'

MAHIGIT dalawang milyong piso ang ibinigay ng UST sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong “Yolanda” para sa pagsasaayos ng mga komunidad sa Visayas.

Sa pamamagitan ng Tulong Tomasino Para sa Visayas, ang proyekto ng Simbahayan Community Development Office na naglalayong tumulong sa mga naapektuhan ng kalamidad noong nakaraang taon, nagbigay ang Unibersidad ng P2,435,000 noong Abril at Mayo bilang parte ng ikalawang bahagi ng proyekto.

Mula sa naturang donasyon, inilaan ang P680,000 sa mga bagong bangka, lambat, at fish cage sa mga naninirahan sa Batan, Aklan.

Samantala, ang natirang P1,755,000 ay para sa pagpapagawa ng mga simbahan at paaralan sa mga bayan ng Hinolaso Dolores at Guiuan sa Samar; Alang-alang, Palo, Tolosa, at Tacloban City sa Leyte; at Capiz. read more »

Aplikasyon sa USTET ganap nang online

MAGPAPATUPAD ng sistemang online ang Office of Admissions (OFAd) para sa lahat ng magnanais kumuha ng UST Entrance Test (USTET) sa taong pang-akademiko 2015-2016.

Ayon kay Marie Ann Vargas, direktor ng OFAd, isang hakbang ng Unibersidad ang naturang pagbabago upang sumabay sa bilis ng teknolohiya at mapadali ang proseso ng aplikasyon.

“This is the idea of making things easier for our applicants. Basically, they can do everything online,” aniya. “The only time they will come to UST is when they take the exams.”

Sa bagong sistema ng aplikasyon, sasagutan at ida-download ang application form mula sa website ng OFAd ( read more »

Music nagbawas ng departamento para makatipid

Pinagsama ang ilang departamento ng Conservatory of Music upang makatipid sa pondo.

“The [budget committee] wants us to consolidate some departments. Actually, it’s not the most ideal situation but we’re just forced to cut down based on the budget,” ani Raul Sunico, dekano ng Music, sa isang panayam.

Simula ngayong taon, ang 14 na departamento (Piano, Voice, Strings, Guitar, Theory and Composition, Music Literature, Conducting, Music Education, Percussion, Jazz, Brasswind, Woodwind, Music Technology at Music Theater) ay naging pito na lamang. read more »

CSC sets deadline for Students' Code

THE STUDENTS’ Code is on its way to enactment, with only minor revisions left after a 10-year delay, and could land on the Rector’s desk as early as August this academic year.

Central Student Council (CSC) President Ina Vergara said the Office for Student Affairs (OSA) has approved the charter. The charter is ready for submission to the Office of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs (OVRAA) and UST Faculty Union (USTFU) following several meetings with OSA, which yielded only slight changes in the code’s terminologies.

“Actually, medyo kinakabahan kami pero sa bilis, the way OSA handles it, okay na [ito] this year. From the past years, ‘dun maraming problems. Ngayon, rewording na lang,” Vergara said in an interview. read more »

Thomasians ace Nursing, Pharma boards

UST dominated the recent licensure examinations for Nursing, Pharmacy and Architecture, with several Thomasians landing in the top 10.

UST was named second top-performing school in the May Nursing board exams after posting a 99.55 percent passing rate, results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed. A total of 446 Thomasians passed out of 448 examinees, higher than last year's 99.04 percent or 411 passers out of 415 examinees.

Topnotcher Ma. Margaret Sanchez bested 11,225 newly registered nurses with a score of 86 percent.

Twenty-two other Thomasians made it to the top 10, including Ariel Bitong Jr. (85.4 percent) at second place and Dominique Rosali Cesa (85.2) at third place. read more »

Thomasians not involved in Benilde hazing rites

NO THOMASIANS were involved in the recent hazing incident that claimed the life of a sophomore taking up hotel and restaurant management at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde last June 28.

On June 30, UST released a statement on its Facebook page disproving the claims of three fraternity neophytes who said UST students led the initiation that killed Guillo Cesar Servando.

“A quick but thorough verification of UST’s automated records revealed that Mr. Trex Garcia and Mr. Hans Tamaring are not UST students,” UST said in reaction to a newspaper report identifying the two as UST students.

The University expressed grief over the incident and offered prayers for the family and friends of Servando. read more »

Thomasians urged to live a prayerful life

HEED the “whispers of the Holy Spirit.”

In his homily during the annual Misa de Apertura, which officially opens the new academic year, Antipolo Auxiliary Bishop Francisco de Leon advised Thomasians to read the Bible every day and have a deep prayer life to become sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s calls and to resist the evils of the world.

"If it (prayer) becomes your habit, you (will) become more sensitive to the whispers of the Holy Spirit, making it easier to avoid temptations from the devil," De Leon, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education, said last July 7. read more »

Artlets eye accreditation, boosts faculty profile

THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (Artlets) is boosting its faculty profile in a bid to meet standards set by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and accreditation bodies.

Artlets Dean Michael Anthony Vasco said the faculty hired 26 new instructors to comply with the CHEd ruling of a master’s degree as the minimum qualification for faculty members.

The improvement of the faculty profile also has an impact on UST’s ranking in the yearly survey by the British consultancy Quacquerelli Symonds, and the faculty’s application for the Level IV status, the highest level of accreditation granted by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).  read more »

Education Comelec wants special elections

THE COMMISSION on Elections of the College of Education will conduct a second round of special polls to install a local student council president, a post still vacant since the February 2014 elections, and a new external vice president.

“We will be having special elections for [the] presidency [with the] same process as the first special elections, but now, we’ve prepared getting-to-know and team building activities, so that the class presidents would know each other and be able to choose wisely,” Johanna Camille Liwanagan, Education Comelec chairperson, told the Varsitarian in an email.

The special poll will take place on July 28. The 240 class presidents in the college will choose from among themselves who will take the position. read more »

SOCC appoints five new vice presidents

THE STUDENT Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) has selected five Thomasians to serve as vice presidents (VP) this academic year.

Fourth year Accountancy student Justin Arrojado was appointed VP for audit and logistics. Jao Dela Fuente, a second-year student from the College of Business Administration is VP for marketing, while Third-year College of Fine Arts and Design student, Carl Castro is the VP for corporate communications, fifth-year Engineering student Rona Ortega is the VP for service assurance, while Jonathan Rosales, a fourth- year Medical Technology student, is the VP for organizational affairs.

SOCC scouted for officers from the different faculties and colleges through an online campaign that started last June 12. read more »

Archi dean represents RP in Asian confab

ARCHITECTURE Dean John Joseph Fernandez represented the Philippines in the recent Architects Regional Council of Asia—Committee of Architecture Education (ACAE) meeting last June 24 in Malaysia, which discussed the architecture education and issues on licensing, cross-border studies and design competitions.

In an interview with the Varsitarian, Fernandez said Philippine architectural education was shifting from traditional teacher-centered teaching to outcome-based education, citing an upcoming 2015 Commission on Higher Education memorandum which Fernandez helped draft as a member of the drafting committee. read more »

P29 billion proposed for faculty displaced by K to 12

TEACHING and nonteaching employees of higher education institutions (HEIs) who will lose their jobs during the K to 12 transition period in 2016 will be compensated through a proposed P29-billion stabilization fund, government officials said.

In a meeting with the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education (CHTE) last June 24, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), along with the Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the compensation would be distributed during a two-year period. read more »

IT, Computer Science set to separate from Engineering

COMPUTER courses in the Faculty of Engineering are finally under a separate institute, a year after college administrators lobbied for the spin off.

The Institute of Information and Computer Studies (ICS) is still led by Engineering Dean Philippina Marcelo, but officials have been named to new administrative positions, namely: Alex Santos, former assistant dean-in charge, as director; Rev. Fr. Hermel Pama, O.P., regent; and Jerralyn Padua faculty secretary.

The new institute will house three programs, namely: Information Technology, Information Systems, and Computer Science.

Each department will have its own chair, namely: Perla Cosme for Computer Science, Mia Eleazar for Information Technology, and Mylene Domingo for Information Systems. read more »

Artlets students lead the Varsitarian

FOURTH-year students from the Faculty of Arts and Letters dominate the Varsitarian’s roster of editors in its 86th year.

The editorial board is composed of Communication Arts senior Sarah Mae Jenna Ramos, and Journalism seniors Gracelyn Simon and Ralph Joshua Hernandez.

Gena Myrtle Terre, also a Communication Arts senior, and Journalism senior Lord Bien Lelay were appointed news editor and assistant news editor, respectively.

Other section editors taking up Journalism are Paul Kennedy Lintag (Sports), Andre Arnold Santiago (Special Reports), April Joy Dy (Witness), Kristelle-Ann Batchelor (Circle), and Michael Carlo Rodolfo (Online). Asian Studies senior Jonelle Marcos is the new Filipino editor. read more »

Espanya nagpadala ng propesor sa UST

KASABAY ng pagsunod ng Unibersidad sa globalisasyon, isang propesor mula sa bansang Espanya ang ipinadala sa UST noong ikapito ng Hulyo upang ipalaganap ang kultura’t wikang Espanyol sa mga Tomasino.

Ayon kay Cornelio Bascara, tagapangulo ng Department of Foreign Languages, ang pagbisita ng mga banyagang propesor gaya ni Jose Miguel Carnicero ay magbibigay sa Unibersidad ng magandang reputasyon at imahe.

“Maganda ‘yung merong visiting professor ang isang Unibersidad dahil pupunuan niya ang isang departamento. Lalong mapapalakas ang pagkakaibigan, relasyong akademiko, at relasyong kultural,” ani Bascara. read more »

Exit polls show slight satisfaction in school facilities

THOMASIANS were moderately satisfied with the University’s academic services, according to the results of the annual Student Satisfaction Survey for academic year 2013-2014.

Architecture got a score of 3.06 in last year’s exit survey, followed by the Conservatory of Music with a score of 3.09. This was only slightly higher from their average satisfactory rate of 3.07 since 2012, as cited from a previous report of the Varsitarian.

Joining the two colleges in the bottom five are the Faculty of Arts and Letters (3.10), the College of Commerce (3.14), and the College of Science (3.16). The Graduate School got the highest importance and satisfactory rate after recording scores of 3.77 and 3.50, respectively. read more »

UST to tighten campus security

A STRICTER and more consistent implementation of the “no ID, no entry” policy will start this academic year.

Security Chief Joseph Badinas vowed to resolve “inconsistency issues” on campus security raised by Thomasians, admitting that there were few lapses last academ ic year.

Badinas said outsiders without official business would not be allowed inside the campus. He admitted it was a hard task monitoring people in public buildings like the UST Hospital, Santisimo Rosario chapel, and the UST carpark.

Joselito Pelagio, University head guard, said that if “inconsistency” of implementation by security officers would be proven, there would be corresponding disciplinary action. read more »

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