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Aegis Juris not a recognized organization this academic year  — Divina

Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said that Aegis Juris is not a recognized organization this academic year.



Barricade tapes currently surround the office of Aegis Juris on Laon Laan St., Tuesday, Sept. 25, as police investigations on the death of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III continue. Photo by Christel Maliksi/TomasinoWeb.

Aegis Juris, the fraternity linked in the killing of law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, is not recognized by the University this school year, Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina admitted on Monday, Sept.25.

Divina made the remark as the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs started the investigation on the alleged fatal hazing case of Castillo.

“For this year, Aegis Juris is not recognized,” he said when Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian questioned the accreditation of the fraternity.

The status of the organization was later confirmed by Office for Student Affairs (OSA) Director Socorro Guan Hing.

Guan Hing added that OSA did not received any letter from the fraternity regarding the “welcoming” rites.

Divina also said that for a fraternity to be accredited, “it must be a legitimate organization, composed of bona fide students and they should not engage in hazing in any manner or form.”

However, Sen. Joel Villanueva, pointed out that Aegis Juris was among the listed non-academic organizations according to the website of the faculty.

The senator added that the inclusion of the fraternity in the UST website served as an “endorsement” of the organization.

Divina is a member of the Aegis Juris fraternity, but claimed to have taken a “leave of absence” before assuming the deanship eight years ago. He also said that he has no longer participated in any activities of the fraternity.

With the issues surrounding the fraternity, the dean defended that there is nothing wrong in joining such organizations.

“Hazing is wrong in all accounts. But hazing is not synonymous to joining fraternities,” Divina said. “There’s nothing wrong with joining fraternities. It exists for noble camaraderie, to give support to one another.”

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However, he condemned the violations in initiation rites by fraternities, suggesting that such acts should be completely banned.

“It be banned completely and totally prohibited. But initiations that do not cause psychological harm, physical injury should be allowed. There are many ways of determining neophytes’ resolve to join the fraternity,” Divina said.

Divina was the one who turned over principal suspect John Paul Solano to Sen. Panfilo Lacson last Friday. Solano is now facing criminal charges filed by the police before the Department of Justice.

by Carisse Nicole Dumaua



Artlets professor, 3 Thomasian alumni awarded Outstanding Rizaleños of 2018



Photo from Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD

A professor of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and three Thomasian alumni were granted Outstanding Rizaleños of 2018 last Tuesday, June 19.

Sociologist Clarence Batan, cardiologist Dr. Marilou de Jesus, nuclear medicine specialist Dr. Juan Torres, Jr. and painter Salvador Juban received the award during the seventh Gawad Rizal at SM Cherry Antipolo Event Center.

“I was honored to receive this recognition representing my province and in celebration of the 157th birthday our national hero, Jose Rizal,” Batan said in an online interview with TomasinoWeb.

He added: “I felt a sense of encouragement to continue doing good social science, both as a teacher and as a researcher in my chosen field – Sociology particularly in the realm of childhood and youth studies.”

The Binangonan native is the last director of the Research Cluster for Culture, Education, and Social Issues.

Specializing in Youth Studies, Batan also played a vital role in establishing the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education.

Meanwhile, Medicine and Surgery alumnus De Jesus is the incumbent president of the Philippine College of Physicians – Rizal Chapter and the Cardiovascular Unit Department of Clinica Antipolo Hospital.

Torres, who earned his medical degree in the University, is currently a diplomate of the American and Philippine boards of Nuclear Medicine and the Philippine Board of Internal Medicine. He is the former chairman and chief of Nuclear Medicine of the University.

Juban, a former student of the old College of Architecture and Fine Arts, was an apprentice of former National Artist for Painting Carlos Francisco.

Moreover, Batan stated that the award was a testimony of hard work, passion for teaching and research, love for the country and a celebration of God’s given talent.

“My Thomasian education is central to my being a social scientist and me being a Thomasian faculty and researcher have given me opportunities to share the mission of learning about the social world we live in, especially the fascinating world of our Filipino society,” Batan said.

Gawad Rizal is annually celebrated on June 19, in honor of the birth of national hero Jose Rizal.

The ceremony recognizes Rizaleños who excel in his or her field and is chosen as model citizens of the province of Rizal.—H. M. Amoroso

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UST aces June 2018 nursing boards



The University posted a perfect passing rate in the June 2018 licensure examination for nurses as all four Thomasian examinees passed.

Carmela Niña Sampaga Tormo led the new batch of Thomasian nurses, landing on the ninth spot with a score of 85.60 percent.

Last year, UST also recorded a perfect passing rate in which all the four Thomasian examinees passed.

Mark Tristan Pangilinan Robosa of University of Pangasinan topped this year’s board exams with a score of 87.60 percent.

Meanwhile, West Visayas State University – La Paz, Velez College and Xavier University were named top performing schools with a perfect passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 4,326 out of 9,873 examinees nationwide passed the board exam. 


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UST retains spot in 2019 QS world ranking, fourth in PH top universities



The University retained its spot on the 801-1,000 bracket of the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, placing fourth among the Philippine universities that made it on the list.

The University of the Philippines kept its place as the country’s top university despite going down in the 384th place from last year’s 367th.

Ateneo de Manila University went down to the 651-700 bracket from the 551-600 last year.

Moreover, De La Salle University joined UST in the 801-1,000 bracket after dropping from last year’s 701-750 bracket.

Despite remaining unmoved from its last year’s spot, UST remained as the only Philippine university to receive a QS four-star rating.

A four-star rated university is “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching,” the QS Top Universities website stated.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was hailed again for the seventh-straight year as the top university in the world.

The National University of Singapore dethroned the Nanyang Technological University as the best in Asia, placing 11th worldwide.

The universities are evaluated based on six factors: academic reputation (40%) , employer reputation (10%) ,  faculty/student ratio (20%) , citations per faculty (20%), international faculty ratio (5%), and international student ratio (5%).—B. Laforga



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