Sunday, February 18, 2018

Special Reports

Batch 2008 savor their last days in UST

AFTER the euphoria of graduation, Batch 2008 will soon leave the great walls of this University. As they part ways and chart their own careers, the Varsitarian asks them to relive the memories.

What will you miss most about UST?

“Hepa lane at Dapitan, Ate Eva’s sisig, blockmates, CFAD peeps, flood, The Varsitarian, and of course, this chant ‘Go USTE! Go USTE! Go USTE! GO! GO! GO!’”
-Carlo Gonzales Sumaoang, College of Commerce

“The library where I see all of my friends.”
-Charmaine Orillosa, College of Architecture

“Deadlines and projects.”
-Christine Ana Maria Castillo, Faculty of Arts and Letters

“Paskuhan will be the number one event that I will surely miss, especially the free food, quality time with friends, and of course, the fireworks!”
–Catherine Rosales, AMV-College of Accountancy

Preserving the ‘deed of gratitude’

DID UST violate the deed of donation that gave the University its 22-hectare España campus in the early 1920s when it decided to spin off the UST Hospital into a separate entity?

The simple answer is “No,” because the hospital remains a charitable institution attached to the Unviersity, although it is expected to generate profits for the first time in years.

UST Rector Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P., has dismissed the claims, while UST’s top historian is saying the claims made by newspaper columnists are historically doubtful, at best.

UST Hospital expects loan release soon

UNIVERSITY officials are optimistic a consortium of banks which had agreed to finance the P3-billion expansion of the UST Hospital will soon release funds for the ambitious project, a move expected to clear once and for all a controversy that has spilled over to the opinion pages of several newspapers.

UST Rector and hospital chairman Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P. is lashing out at critics of the hospital upgrade and expansion, pointing out that the University only wanted to put an end to years of financial losses.

Despite oddsInter Nos still cited as CMMA Hall of Famer

WHILE other college publications in the University have been encountering difficulties, Inter Nos of the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Sacred Theology was able to surpass all odds and ultimately win the first Hall of Fame award as the Best Student Organ in the annual Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA).

“Though we do not receive any honorarium, it is our dedication that sets us apart,” Ivan Richard Deligero, former editor in chief of Inter Nos, said. “We want to show that we cannot do anything without God.”

Every start of the semester, the Inter Nos editorial board meets to set a theme for their issue, which usually comes out once every semester. The editors decide what to publish and revise the plan with the help of their dean, who is also the adviser of the publication.

Troubled waters

EVERY civilization that sprung in the world, was built beside rivers, along shores, and on islands. Remember that Mesopotamia is a civilization built between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, and the Chinese civilization upon the Huang He and Yang Tze rivers. Even the great Greek civilization was founded on the shores and close islands within the Aegean Sea.

At one point of Great Britain’s history, when its sanitation was in peril, the country literally walked on poop. Nations in Africa are suffering from decades of famine due to lack of water. This shows that the rise and fall of a civilization or a society mainly depends on water.

The Beato Angelico Building was tested using this exact standard. For three consecutive weeks, Beato Angelico, the UST structure that houses the Colleges of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) and Architecture, experienced water interruptions. Everything happened without advice from either the administration or the student council.

A closer look at the University’s admissions test: No sweat Ustet?

No sweat Ustet?

THE COLLEGE entrance exam is supposed to be the test to beat for high school graduates to get into top universities like UST. Supposedly, the exam is meant to admit only the best students and the cream of the crop.

But is that true of the UST Entrance Test (Ustet)?

No, said several incoming freshmen. Yes, said the Office for Student Admissions (Ofad).

“The Ustet was really easy since most of the questions were just basic knowledge in high school,” Michael Dy, an incoming Medical Technology freshman, told the Varsitarian.