Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Enrollment soars anew

UST is experiencing a dramatic increase in enrolment despite the overall slump of private education in the Philippines, in a development seen by University officials as a sign of increased public confidence in the quality of education offered by the oldest university in Asia.

Data released by the University Admissions Office showed that 12,000 freshmen were accepted this school year from more than 40,000 applicants nationwide, about two-thirds more than 7,302 freshmen enrollees last academic year.

UST Rector Fr. Ernesto Arceo O.P., in his message to the Thomasian community at the school opening Mass last June 12, said that all other schools in the University Belt Consortium—except the University of the East (UE)—experienced a decrease in enrollees.

“It takes only the correct vision to see how blessed we are,” Arceo said following the Mass of the Holy Spirit which marked the opening of academic year 2007-2008.

Artlets leads cage intrams

ON THE brink of glory.

Flaunting a little of everything in its retooled artillery, the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) is slowly making its championship intentions clear in the 2007 Thomasian Goodwill Games basketball wars.

The AB team capped the month-long eliminations with a flawless 7-0 slate, following a 96-78 drubbing of the Ecclesiastical Faculties last December 13 at the Engineering Sports Complex.

Banking on the prolific three-point sniping of shooting guard Ed De la Torre, Artlets underscored its reputation as the fiercest offensive machineries in the tournament, whipping their opponents by an average margin of 19 points an outing.

“We are excited going to the finals, the competition is much more intense compared to previous games,” Artlet guard Rainier Santos told the Varsitarian.

Painting students exhibit, sell artworks

FOR THE first time, painting majors of the College of Fine Arts and Design experienced how it was to showcase and sell their works in an open-house exhibition at the gallery of the Beato Angelico Building last Nov. 19 to 23.

“(The professors wanted) the students to feel how is it like to sell an artwork,” said Mailah Baldemore-Balde, painting professor and one of the organizers of exhibition, titled Mga Pyesa: 1 2 3 4. “We want them to be appreciated when someone buys their painting. This is like a steppingstone where we make them feel the life of an artist in the world outside.”

The works, which covered different artistic styles such as modernism, impressionism, expressionism, cubism, surrealism and realism, were plates required of the students.

However, Balde said she did not want the students to consider their works as mere plates.

‘Optimistic’ Aytas lament cultural exodus

BAMBAN, Tarlac – The aeta culture may be slowly fading away, but tribesmen remain optimistic on the future.

During the “Araw ng Katutubo” spearheaded by the UST Office for Community Development of last October 25, Fernando Mallari, 50, leader of Sitio Haduan, told the Varsitarian that many in the younger generations of their village no longer want to practice traditions inherited from their ancestors. “Dahil sa impluwensiya mula sa kapatagan, nahahati kami,” Mallari said.

One of the reasons for this is that younger aetas want to imitate the way the “unats” (straight-haired) wear clothes, especially those they see on TV.

Despite this, he still sees hope for their culture and traditions. Elders are starting to take measures to preserve their way of life, like greater use of the ethnic dialects, Mag-antsi and Sambal, in conversing with each other.

Student affairs chief laments low turnout in rights awereness week

FOR BEING nowhere during that one week in November dedicated to promoting students’ rights, leaders of student organizations got a mouthful from no less than the “ARSA” or Assistant to the Rector for Student Affairs herself, Cristina Castro-Cabral.

At the twice-a-year dialogue called the “ARSA’s Hour,” Cabral used a 90-minute speech to take student leaders to task for the poor turnout during the much-hyped Student’s Rights and Welfare Week or STRAW, where only eight out of more than 170 accredited University-wide and college-based student organizations were represented.

Cabral also warned student organizations who have been conducting activities without approval, and even threatened to evict those who have not been taking care of their erstwhile spanking-new offices at the Tan Yan Kee Student Center.

Archi has new attendance checker

ATTENDANCE and punctuality are now “technological” musts at the College of Architecture.

To better monitor the daily time record of professors, the college has bought a state-of-the-art device called the biometric bundy system.

Professors now have to have their fingers scanned by the machine, which has a fingerprint database, to record their attendance.

“Before this system was (introduced), the attendance of the faculty members was checked by a staff that would go around the building and check each classroom,” Architecture Dean John Joseph Fernandez said. “And because (Beato Angelico) is an eight-storey building, by the time (the staffer reaches a classroom), half of the period has already passed. So you wouldn’t know who came in late and if the classes are already dismissed.”

UST Publishing releases new titles

THE RACE to 400 books for the quadricentennial of the University continues with the release of this school year’s initial 25 titles in both fiction and non-fiction.

From theology to literature to medicine-related disciplines written in both Filipino and English, the books were launched last September 2 at the World Trade Training Center, where the authors got the first copies.

“We hope to publish 15 more books this coming January in line with the University week,” said John Jack Wigley assistant to the director of the UST Publishing House. “So far, we have been consistent in hitting the 40 books-a-year mark.”

The goal to produce 400 books by 2011 started in 2001 and as of the last count, 265 titles have been released.

‘Big Ben’ to rise in Artlets

IT’S ABOUT time.

For hardly showing the real time, classroom wall clocks at the Faculty of Arts and Letters have been removed and the dean is planning to install a Thomasian version of “Big Ben” that will finally give the exact time.

The clocks’ inconsistencies had brought confusion and hardly anybody could tell whether the professors or students were late for class. Classes have also overlapped because of disagreements over the correct time, adversely affecting the academic operations of the Faculty.

Steps to get Wi-Fi

1. Switch on the wireless device.

2. Click the message that will appear on the system tray.

3. Select UST@400 Unending Grace at the window that will appear once the message is clicked. Another window will appear stating that the network type is being detected.

4. Click change advanced settings in the window. The wireless network connection 2 properties window will pop out. Select the wireless networks tab and click the advanced button.

5. Select access point (infrastructure) networks only in the window that will pop out and click the close button.

6. Click the properties button in the wireless networks tab. The UST@400 Unending Grace properties window will pop out.

7. Click the authentication tab.

8. Click the properties button. The protected EAP properties window will pop out