Saturday, August 19, 2017

Special Reports

Thomasians go digital

STARTING this semester, the UST administration is providing Thomasians with a new digital identification system.

While La Salle and Mapua have been using a similar system for years, it is only now that UST is upgrading its identification system—one of the few steps towards full computerization of facilities.

Being an open campus, the University has always had the problem of outsiders getting into student-designated areas.

UST backtracks on aboliton of Central Seminary Philosophy department

IF THE University administration would have its way, it would apply a practical solution to a practical problem: it would phase out the Philosophy department of the UST Central Seminary (USTCS) due to the dwindling number of students. But the illustrious alumni of the oldest school of Philosophy in Asia would not hear of it. They believe the department, which houses young student-residents who are in one of UST’s Centers of Excellence, deserves another lease on life.

Danger zone

THE STIGMA brought by billiard halls and other places of amusement to schools seems to have worsen. Every day, more and more students are being drawn to what may be considered a social menace.

True enough, when the Varsitarian investigative team conducted a field survey, it found out that the patrons of these establishments are mostly students, some are minors.

Skewed yardsticks

LIKE its survey of the region’s best universities, Asiaweek magazine has stopped its survey of the best Master of Business Administration (MBA) schools due to “editorial reasons.”

How selective?

DESPITE UST’s high student selectivity ranking of 48 out of 77 participating schools in last year’s Asiaweek survey of best Asian universities, UST still lagged behind University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), and De La Salle Universaity (DLSU) in the overall results. The three universities outclassed UST in academic reputation, research, faculty, and financial resources.

False alarm

DURING rainy days or in times of disaster, Thomasians usually complain of delayed announcements of suspension of classes.

Unlike in both elementary and high school levels where announcements are made earlier on radio and TV stations, suspension of classes in the college level is announced much later since the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) often leaves the decision to school authorities.

This becomes a disadvantage and an inconvenience to students who live far from UST since they usually leave their houses early.

Campus power bills rise

Illustration by  S.I.R. MacaisaAggressive expansion and the use of power-hungry air-conditioners may have jacked up UST’s electric bill in the past few years, but the rising power consumption trend appears to have stabilized, data obtained by the Varsitarian showed.

Agricultural ‘underinvestment’

A woman selling NFA rice amid long lines of consumers in a wet market near UST. Photo by P.N.P. DIMERIN EVERYDAY, housewife Lorna Galang of Silang, Cavite braves the heat just to get her supply of cheap but poor-quality rice from the state-run National Food Authority (NFA).

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.