DESPITE the UST administration’s scrapping of the rite of rassage, the Central Student Council (CSC) continued with the welcome ceremony for the University’s freshmen last July yesterday.

According to CSC president Xialeemar Valdeavilla, the ceremony, “Fresh!,” still had the traditional parade of freshmen passing through the Arch of the Centuries except that the administration would no longer be part of the event.

“This year’s ceremony would just be a student-initiated event,” she said. “Napagkasunduan na lang namin ni (UST Secretary-General) Fr. (Isidro) Abaño, (O.P.), na hindi na kasama ang administration, but they can still join the festivities if they want to.”

Valdeavilla said the administration scrapped the rite of passage this year because last year’s event was disorganized and Fr. Abaño did not want to suspend classes for the rites.

But Valdeavilla said the CSC “does not want this year’s batch of freshmen students to feel neglected”.

A freshman party at the Engineering Complex followed the ceremony. Ma. Cristina S. Lavapie

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