Faculty union dispute brewing

USTFU president hits back at critics

A DISPUTE is brewing at the UST Faculty Union (USTFU), with professors up in arms at the possibility of losing at least P50 million in salary hikes under a plan to charge a three-unit incentive pay to tuition increases.

The head of the Arts and Letters Faculty Association (Alfa), lawyer Danielito Jimenez, is calling on USTFU President George Lim to resign for allegedly agreeing to the deal with the UST administration, without the consent of the 1,500-strong union.

Sought for comment, Lim hit back at Jimenez, saying: "He does not know that I wrote a letter to UST last August challenging the tuition increase figures given to us." read more »

Rector hits drug-related killings

RECTOR Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. urged President Rodrigo Duterte to focus on rehabilitating drug offenders amid the rising number of deaths of drug suspects.

In a chance interview with the Varsitarian, Fr. Dagohoy said the government should focus on “the Catholic way of justice” by rehabilitating drugs offenders, instead of eliminating them.

“Since we believe that life is important, [w]e have to understand that there is a thing called restorative justice. We have to provide hope and courage to change. `Yun `yung pagtingin ng Diyos sa tao,” Fr. Dagohoy said.

Fr. Dagohoy also called on the government to uphold the rule of law and give suspects a chance to prove themselves innocent. read more »

UST makes it to QS world university rankings anew

UST LANDED on the published ranking of the Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) world university rankings this year, even as it stayed in the same bracket for the fourth consecutive year.

The University stayed in the 701+ bracket along with De La Salle University, behind the state-run University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila.

UP jumped to the 374th place this year from the 400-410 bracket last year, while Ateneo de Manila held on to its spot at the 501-550 bracket.

In a statement, QS said UP rose in three metrics: academic reputation, faculty/student ratio, and international faculty ratio. read more »

Plan to cut trees on Forbes-Lacson is opposed

DESPITE stiff opposition to the construction of a flyover on Lacson Street, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is reviving the project as a measure that will supposedly ease traffic congestion

Moises Norman Garcia, environmentalist and professor at the UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy, is seeking to stop the project, warning of environmental consequences.

The removal of remaining plant life on the street, for instance, will heighten the heat index in the area, Garcia said.

Tree-cutting on Lacson will have a detrimental effect in the long-run, he warned, and will cause what he metaphorically described as the “gates of hell.” read more »

UST hosts bar exams for 6th consecutive year

THE UNIVERSITY will host the 2016 Bar Examinations for the sixth consecutive year after getting positive feedback from the Supreme Court.

UST has been the host of the Bar Examinations since 2011, after the University signed a contract with the Supreme Court. The contract is renewed annually.

Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said the Supreme Court Justices were “very happy” with UST as venue of the Bar Exams.

“They decided to renew the contract with UST. [UST] will be the venue [of the Bar Exams] for many more years,” Divina said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

However, the Faculty of Civil Law is not supposed to be involved in the preparations because Thomasians also take the Bar Examinations, Divina said. read more »

Thomasians pledge support for better PH

Thomasian alumni and students have pledged to support a vision calling for a more egalitarian society toward a “better Philippines” by 2021.

Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said the vision of the document “Youth Vision for a New Philippines towards the Year 2021” posed a huge challenge, but should be put into action immediately.

“While it is also true that the future is uncertain and the demands of the future are severe, dreaming for a brighter tomorrow, whether we are aware of it or not, is something that is constantly worked on and worked hard for,” Dagohoy said during the launching of the document at the Civil Law Auditorium last Sept. 1.

“Sa totoo lang, nalulula ako sa document, but it has the spirit of a real Thomasian,” Dagohoy added. read more »

New central laboratory finished before deadline

THE NEW Central Laboratories Building is expected to be fully operational by the end of October, an official of the Facilities Management Office has bared..

Engineer Lawrence Pangan said contractors of the new laboratory building met the Sept. 14 target date of completion, adding that the schedule was “well-followed” by workers.

“Hindi naging mahirap siyempre with the help of schedules and engineering system, sinusunod naman palagi. There’s always a standard operating procedure for engineering,” Pangan said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

However, Pangan said some equipment inside the building have yet to be installed, which could cause the delay in the opening of laboratories for use by students. read more »

Students urge justice for Davao blast victims

STUDENT activists called for justice following the recent Davao City blast that claimed the lives of 15 people and left 70 injured.

In a protest staged last Sept. 6, students from UST, University of the Philippines, National Teachers College and Araullo High School marched on España Boulevard and took part in a candle-lighting ceremony to honor the victims of recent violent incidents in the country.

Kevin Castro, spokesman of the National Union of Students of the Philippines, echoed President Rodrigo Duterte’s view that the incident was an act of terrorism against the Filipino people. read more »

Hasaan Journal, naglunsad ng ikatlong aklat

NAGLUNSAD ng panibagong aklat na may kalakip na online edition ang Hasaan Journal ng Departamento ng Filipino sa kanilang ikatlong anibersaryo ng paglalatha.

Nagmula ang pangalan ng naturang research journal sa “Hasaan Conference” na isang pagpupulong na dinadaluhan ng mga dalubhasa sa wikang Filipino.

Isang taunang interdisiplinaryong refereed journal sa Filipino ang Hasaan na may mga artikulong nakatuon sa pananaliksik na may kinalaman sa wikang Filipino.

May dalawang bahagi ang journal; ang mga interdisiplinaryong artikulong nakasulat sa wikang Filipino at ang mga mahahalagang ambag ng mga Tomasinong iskolar sa iba’t ibang larang at kung papaano nila pinagyayaman ang wikang Filipino sa mga ito. read more »

Grad School to offer specialized programs in 2018

THE UST Graduate School will soon offer “highly specialized and joint programs” in preparation for vertical articulation, a system that places undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs in the same field under the different colleges and faculties.

Graduate School Dean Marilu Madrunio said some of the highly specialized programs to be offered are global affairs; international development and economics; policy, organization and leadership studies; and Philippine studies.

Joint programs will include master’s in education and business administration, master’s and juris doctor in law and education, master’s in public policy and education, and master’s in business administration and global relations. read more »

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