Friday, April 19, 2024

Tag: Jelina Anne S. Bunagan

Basics, breakthroughs in journalism

NEW TOOLS, same rules.

New technology may have altered the landscape of journalism, but its goal of informing, educating and stimulating positive change remains.

Such was the primary message conveyed by journalists during the 16th edition of Inkblots, the annual National Campus Journalism fellowship organized by the Varsitarian.

Broadcaster Mike Enriquez of GMA Network sees journalism as "vocation," one that requires commitment.

“It is a calling. Mahirap maging alagad ng media,” Enriquez told some 250 fellows last Dec. 1 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex (TARC) Auditorium.

Tale of an iron woman

IF PASSION were a crime, Retired Associate Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, would be guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Before she entered law school, Gutierrez, the first UST alumna to earn a seat in the Supreme Court, was immensely passionate about the euphony that transpires when she interprets notes and plays the keys.

“Initially, I did not want to become a lawyer. My dream was to finish my Bachelor of Music in piano at St. Bridget’s College and to give a recital accompanied by a full orchestra,” she said.

But she was forced to change her career path when her father told her to enroll in law school. That started her humble years in the Faculty of Civil Law.

Filipino dance crew bested others in world stage

FIVE Thomasians and 25 other dancers from different schools brought home the gold medal in the mega crew division of the 2014 World Hip Hop International dance competition last Aug. 10 in Las Vegas, USA.

Juan Paolo Lorenzo Escano, a sports science senior; John Michael Fitzgerald Domingo, an architecture junior; Maria Bettina Pe, a physical therapy freshman; Rene Ignacio III, a fine arts freshman and Ryan Ramos, pre-school education freshman, were among the crew members of the A-Team.

Purge of UST faculty without MA degrees to begin

UST IS set to terminate the services of full-time and tenured faculty members who would fail to earn a master’s degree by the end of the academic year.

School officials set the deadline in compliance with Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Memorandum No. 46, requiring such faculty members to have at least a master’s degree by this year so the university could keep its autonomous status.

Autonomy means independence from regular monitoring and evaluation by CHEd, freedom to set academic calendars, and the privilege to revise its curriculum and to establish branches or satellite campuses, among others.

Chief Justice Corona’s impeachment tainted with ‘vested interests’

THE CONVICTION of former Chief Justice Renato Corona by the Senate impeachment court in 2012 may not be illegal, but it was tainted with “vested interests,” according to a law professor.

President Aquino now faces criticism over his alleged interference with the impeachment process of the ousted chief magistrate.

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada said in his privilege speech last year that the executive branch gave out an additional P50 million to the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) or pork barrel to each senator who voted to convict Corona.

UST to adjust academic calendar

THE UNIVERSITY plans to synchronize its academic calendar with the rest of the world as a step toward “internationalization,” and in preparation for the economic integration of the Southeast Asian region in 2015.

This means that from the conventional June-March cycle, the academic year will run from September-June, coinciding with the typhoon season.

The plan will allow the University to adapt to the planned Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, said Clarita Carillo, vice rector for academic affairs.

“An academic calendar that is synchronized with international universities will allow greater efficiency in implementing student and faculty exchange programs,” Carillo said in an email to the Varsitarian.