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Tag: September 14, 2011

UST Quadri housing site rises in Pangasinan

THE FIRST housing village under the UST Simabahayan 400, which seeks to implement 400 community development projects nationwide in connection with the 400th anniversary of UST. is now rising in Villasis, Pangasinan, the ancient Dominican mission in Northern Philippines.

The housing project, titled “Bahay mo Mula sa Puso Ko,” was launched by Father Rector Rolando V. de la Rosa, OP in a thanksgiving dinner last Sept. 2 at the UST Central Seminary.

Thomasian Bishop Jacinto Jose of the Diocese of Urdaneta had proposed the project to provide decent housing for almost 40 families from Villasis, Pangasinan who were displaced by typhoon “Pepeng” in 2009.

‘Anti-no permit, no exam’ bill, naipasa na

PUMASA na sa ikatlo at huling pagbasa sa House of Representatives ang panukalang batas na nagbabawal sa “No Permit, No Exam” policy ng mga kolehiyo at unibersidad.

Ang House Bill (HB) 4791 o ang “Anti-No Permit, No Exam Act of 2011,” ay naglalayong mabigyan ng karapatan ang mga mag-aaral na kumuha ng pagsusulit kahit may balanse sa mga bayarin sa paaralan.

Kinakailangan na lamang maipasa ang panukalang batas sa Senado at mapirmahan ng Pangulo upang ito ay tuluyang maisabatas.

Officials tackle campus security

MORE COPS, more protection.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has agreed to deploy more personnel around the campus to catch pickpockets and other criminals.

This was reached following a dialogue between University officials and police officers last Aug. 22.

The discussion focused on the improvement of security measures through police visibility, especially during the night and early morning.

To address the limited number of policemen in the University Belt Area (UBA) station, Police Senior Inspector Rolando Lorenzo Jr. said police assistance centers were put up on the corners of España Boulevard and Padre Noval Street, and Lacson Avenue and Dapitan Street.

Architects cry foul over proposed ‘Civil Engineering Law’ in Senate

ARCHITECTS are up in arms over the “vague and general” provisions of Senate Bill 2109 or the proposed Civil Engineering Law, claiming the measure would render their profession obsolete.

The bill, filed by Sen. Francis Joseph Escudero last July 10, aims to strengthen the civil engineering profession through“peer recognition of specialization.”

But under the bill’s definition of terms, “consultation,design, preparation of plans, specifications, [and] estimates”—all commonly done by architects—were included in the general practice of civil engineers.

College of Architecture Dean John Joseph Fernandez said the “problematic” definition encroaches on therole of architects.

UST third in Medtech boards

UST SLID to third place despite its high passing rate in the recent Medical Technology board examination, while two Thomasians topped the guidance counselors.

The University produced the most number of medical technologists among all schools, with 249 passers out of the 264 examinees. UST’s passing rate slightly went down to 94.32 percent from 94.72 percent last year.

Saint Louis University emerged as this year’s top-performing school, with a passing rate of 100 percent from only 60 examinees. It was followed by Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, with 95.16 percent or 59 passers out of 62 examinees. San Pedro College-Davao City (85.14 percent) took the fourth spot.

QS: UST out of world’s top schools

AFTER placing 104th in the recent ranking of Asian universities, UST dropped out of the top 600 of the Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Rankings released last Sept. 6.

Other Philippine schools failed to enter the top 300 list, landing farther than their ranks in 2010.

State-run University of the Philippines (UP) is still the top Philippine university, but slid to the 332nd spot from 314th last year. Ateneo de Manila University followed, placing 360th from last year’s 307th.

De La Salle University dropped out of the 451-500 bracket and sank to the 551-600 bracket this year.

Last year, UST placed in the 551-600 bracket.

Felix Bautista, late Varsitarian adviser, remembered at 20

STERLING names in Philippine journalism and literature paid tribute to Varsitarian’s “greatest” adviser, Felix Bautista, who passed away two decades ago.

Bautista, who was a journalism professor at the Faculty of Arts and Letters and the adviser of ‘V’ for 18 years, had his death anniversary celebrated last Sept. 7 at the Mt. Carmel Church in Quezon City, where his achievements as a pedagogue were remembered.

“For practicing the journalism profession without fear, but with fervor, Felix Bautista honestly reported the truth, making him a real journalist,” Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P., Rector of UST, told the Varsitarian in a chance interview.

Legal Management alumnus wins Palanca poetry prize

A FACULTY of Arts and Letters alumnus and a former Rector's Literary Award winenr has won the country's most prestigious and longest literary derby.

Rosmon Tuazon, who finished Legal Management in 2003, placed second under the category of Tula in the 61st Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. The awards were handed out at the Manila Peninsula hotel last Sept.1.

His winning entry, “Mga Nakaw na Linya,” is his third Palanca recognition after winning the second and first places of the same category in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

APO-UST honors 12 alumni in golden anniversary

THE ONLY recognized fraternity of UST had sponsored the construction of the Rosary Garden, in line with its’ golden anniversary.

Alpha Phi Omega (APO)-Pi Chapter donated P2,200,000 for the construction of the Rosarium slated to open on Sept .28.

Pi Alumni Chapter president Manuel Alvero, said the greatest legacy that APO would turn over to UST is this sponsorship, through its alumnus Ramon Sungcuya, who negotiated with University officials to come up with the said project.

Meanwhile, twelve alumni of the APO-Pi Chapter were honored in the fraternity’s grand homecoming at the Isla Ballroom of Edsa Shangri-La last Aug. 23.

Guidance Counseling celebrates foundation

UST Guidance and Counseling Department celebrated it foundation week through seminars and workshops with inspirational speakers last Sept. 5 to 8.

With the theme “Of hearts and minds: Promoting a Culture of Understanding in the School Setting,” the activities help in facilitating the understanding of self, others and community in general.

Now on its second year, the Guidance week is in line with United Nation’s International Year of the Youth’s theme which is on dialogue and communication.