Since it started six years ago, Inkblots, the UST National Campus Journalism Fellowship, has consistently left its participants wanting for more.
By inviting prominent lecturers in different fields of journalism, the Varsitarian, organizer of Inkblots, has been attracting campus journalists from different universities and colleges from as far as Mindanao in the south and Batanes in the north by hundreds.
VANESSA Mae has done for this generation what the likes of Niccolo Paganini, the first international violin superstar, whose birthday she incidentally shares, has done for his. At the age of 15, she has made heads turn with her dazzlingly inventive new sound: elegant classical violin fused with eclectic modern stylings, which made her debut album The Violin Player a worldwide smash.
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.
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.
THE STUDENT council fee (SCF) is supposed to fund the projects and activities of the student councils. But local student councils are complaining that the SCF is not serving its purpose because it is not properly and regularly disbursed. As a result, the local councils say they cannot implement their projects. Moreover, cash-strapped councils hold fund-raising projects or even shoulder the expenses.
At the College of Nursing, budget requisitions are slow, said Katrina Urbi, council president.
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.