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.
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.
Aggressive 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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.