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Architecture SC apologizes for concert mishap

“The council made sure to have appropriate measures and approved paperwork assuring that the overtime to 10pm was secured and allowed,” the College of Architecture Student Council told in their official statement.

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(UPDATED March 11, 5:30 p.m.) The College of Architecture student council apologized on Friday evening for the sudden cutoff of the college week’s concert at the grandstand.

“The USTCASC would like to wholeheartedly apologize about the events prior our last performer’s set,” the council told in a tweet following the incident.

 


 

In their official statement released Sunday afternoon, the council said they “made sure to have appropriate measures and approved paperwork assuring that the overtime to 10pm was secured and allowed.”

 


 

Activities organized by student organizations are allowed by the Office for Student Affairs (OSA) until 9 p.m. only, unless approved for overtime.

The grandstand and football field was reserved by the council for the concert and OSA approved the activity from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the University’s Electronic Record of Scheduled Events and Reservation of Venue system, with the concert’s egress from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The program started around 5:30 p.m. but was abruptly cut around 9:30 p.m., three songs into the set of IV of Spades. The band was no longer able to perform their fourth and final song.

A fireworks display set to cap off the concert was also cancelled.

People present in the venue were told in an announcement to evacuate the football field and University grounds as security personnel barred the entry of students who left the campus following the announcement.

No explanation was immediately given or announced during the incident.

In their official statement, the Architecture student council clarified that the evacuation order was merely a lapse in choice of words and was not caused by any emergency.

“We assure that the safety and security of the people present were NOT in any form of threat or hazard – we apologize for our choice of words during our voice-over announcement that had led to speculations of security concerns,” the statement read further.

Students and netizens aired their outrage on social media following the incident, with some blaming the University administration while others slammed the council for supposedly not following University policies on student activities.

Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council President Reymark Simbulan took to Twitter to call on the University to consider the Architecture student council’s efforts in organizing the concert.

 


 

The council, however, urged the public not to blame the University administration and staff “whose members were merely following standard operating procedures.”

The Ransom Collective, who were supposed to perform after IV of Spades and the final performer for the concert, continued their gig in front of the Beato Angelico Building.

 


 

Nonetheless, the council hopes that the incident “may serve as a lesson to us for future event management, as well as a reminder for us to keep improving and developing as a council.”

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UST aces June 2018 nursing boards

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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

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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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UST slumps in May 2018 chemical eng’g boards

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The University posted a lower passing rate in the May 2018 licensure examination for chemical engineers.

UST registered a 20.69-percent passing rate, wherein only six out of 29 Thomasians passed. Last year, the University garnered a passing rate of 58.82 percent, with 20 out of 34 Thomasian passers.

However, no Thomasians made it to the roster of topnotchers.

Peter Matthew Paul Toribio Fowler of Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila led the new batch of chemical engineers with a score of 83 percent. Meanwhile, De La Salle University-Manila remained as the top performing school, recording a 96.55-percent passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 296 out of 636 examinees nationwide passed the board exam.

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