THE UNIVERSITY has modified the annual Thomasian freshmen orientation as cases of A(H1N1) virus in the campus continue to rise.

The traditional Thomasian walk was also subject to approval of the Secretary General.

Public Affairs director Giovanna Fontanilla said the orientation was moved from auditorium to classrooms to avoid congregation of student crowds in an enclosed venue.

“This may also be a good act because it would raise a highly interactive audience between the class adviser and the students,” Fontanilla said.

She added the Public Affairs Office would be giving out compact discs containing video presentations of UST History and Quadricentennial plans to all faculties and colleges to be used as tools for “virtual” orientation.

Arabella Arquiza said, Office for Student Affairs assistant for organizations said the University administration has not approved social-gathering events as of the moment to comply with the social distancing precautionary measure.

“The Office decided to limit events such as concerts to (prevent) the spread of the flu,” Arquiza said.

Activities lined up by the office were also affected because of the growing influenza alarm.

“ComServe, an environment awareness forum, was moved from June 10 and 11 to July 30 and 31 while Recruitment 101, a yearly event of student organizations to hire new members, has not been scheduled yet, Arquiza added.

Classes in the St. Martin de Porres and Roque Ruaño buildings were suspended, while the fourth floor of the Alfredo M. Velayo Building was banned from students after four Thomasians tested positive for A(H1N1). Jennifer Ann G Ambanta

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