Monday, January 22, 2018

Special Reports

Re-elected GenSan mayor vows to support UST campus construction

RE-ELECTED to a fresh term, General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera has vowed to support the construction of a UST satellite campus in the...

Duterte won’t violate rights in campaign vs crime—Cayetano

VICE PRESIDENTIAL candidate Alan Peter Cayetano last Feb. 5 said a Duterte administration won’t violate human rights under a campaign pledge to wipe out criminality.

“If you see how Mayor Duterte talks, yes, he talks about [it being] bloody, about killing. But he’s never said he’d kill anyone in cold blood,” Cayetano said in a forum at the Seminary Gym, in answer to a question about his running mate, presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte, being involved in summary killings of criminals and drug peddlers in Davao City.

Duterte, who has been mayor of Davao City for seven terms, was unable to attend the UST forum due to a prior commitment in Pampanga, where he was seen kissing some women attending his event.

Vote counting machines in May elections 100 percent accurate, says Comelec

THE COMMISSION on Elections last March 7 assured voters that the vote counting machines for the May 9 national elections were “accurate, verifiable and...

SK Reform Act paves way for anti-dynasty law

CHANGE starts with the youth.

The country has taken the first step against political dynasties in the form of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act or Republic Act 10742, a law that bans second-degree relatives of government officials from running for posts in the barangay youth council.

Section 10 of the SK Reform Act, which lists down the qualifications of an SK official, states that an SK official “either elective or appointee […] must not be related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity” to any incumbent national or local government official which includes parents, grandparents, siblings and relations by law or marriage such as spouses and in-laws.

Lacson flyover project pushes through

DESPITE strong opposition from UST officials, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is pushing through with the plan to build a flyover along Lacson Avenue.

Alex Bote, DPWH project manager of the Lacson flyover since 2014, said the start of the construction period was moved to late 2016 due to revisions in the design.

The four-lane flyover, aimed at easing traffic woes in the area, was originally designed to start at Alcantara Street and end near Dapitan Street. The endpoint has been extended three blocks further to Aragon Street.

Addressing anxiety and depression among youth

ANXIETY is common among Thomasians, according to the UST Counseling and Career Center (CCC).

Results of the “depression scale report” of the CCC for Academic Year 2013-2014, the most recent data, yielded an average score of 57.21, which suggested that Thomasians, mostly sophomores, were feeling lethargic, sad and disinterested but that the score was “not enough to warrant a diagnosis for depression.”

The report added that none of the respondent groups got an average score of 60-69, the significant value indicating if depression was present or not.

The American Psychological Association defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.”

UST ranks 101st in Asia

Table shows the top three Philippines schools’ ranking in 2009 and 2010 released by the London-based Times Higher Education-Quacqerelli Symonds survey on Asia’s top 200 universities. Graphics by Carla T. GamalindaTHE UNIVERSITY welcomed the new academic year—and its Quadricentennial—on a high note by securing the 101st spot in the annual listing of Asia’s Top 200 Universities by the London-based Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli-Symonds (THE-QS), UST was tied with Japan’s Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Thailand’s Prince of Songkla University. Last year, it placed 144th.

De La Salle University trailed behind UST at 106, while no significant changes were seen im the rankings of Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines, which landed 58th and 78th, respectively.

In the field of Social Sciences, the University fell from 75 last year to 83 this year. It also declined in Arts and Humanities, dropping from 55 to 69.

However, UST went notches higher from 85 to 69 in Biomedicine.

But still, the Asian rankings placed UST behind Ateneo in Life Sciences and Biomedicine despite the fact that UST offers more courses, dominates licensure exams, and is the acknowledged pioneer in the field.

Is UST ready for its quadricentennary?

WITH a little more than a year to go, anticipation and excitement are building up for UST’s quadricentennial celebrations in 2011, and so are expectations for the once-in-a-lifetime event.

For the year-long event, officials have drawn up big plans consisting of a grand Christmas concert and “Paskuhan,” the unveiling of a new monument and a new University gym costing almost P800 million, an international conference and trade exposition, and even a song-writing contest.

The rationale behind the seemingly broad outlines for UST’s quadricentennial festivities is to show the University’s place in witnessing Philippine history, as well as in shaping it.

“The University wants to reaffirm its significant role in nation-building and service to the Church through its resemblance of moral integrity in four centuries,” Office for Public Affairs Director Giovanna Fontanilla said.

Wika, walang sariling tahanan

SA KABILA ng inaambisyong maging Center of Excellence ang Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas sa iba’t ibang disiplina, nakagugulat isiping wala pa ring sariling language policy ang pinakamatandang unibersidad sa Pilipinas.

Taun-taon, simula pa noong 1980’s, naiulat na sa Varsitarian ang hinaing ng mga guro sa Filipino, Panitikan, at iba pang mga disiplina sa UST na tumatalakay sa paghadlang ng pag-unlad ng bawat disiplina.

Uubra ba ang bagong Gen Ed Department

BILANG tugon sa pagkabigo ng Department of Languages at Social Sciences and Philosophy Department na tuparin ang tungkuling paunlarin ang mga hawak na disiplina, pinagsanib ang mga ito sa General Education Department (Gen Ed), isang departamentong nasa ilalim ng Office for Academic Affairs.

Napapaloob sa dating Department of Languages ang mga disiplinang Ingles, Filipino, Espanyol, at Panitikan. Sa dating Social Sciences and Philosophy Department, nabubuklod ang Sociology, Psychology, Economics, History, Philippine Constitution, at Rizal Course.