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UST as a World-Class University: Alluring Thomasian applicants with creativity and new website

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     THE Office for Admissions (OFAD) officially launched its new website last January 21, 2013. Alongside this event, in cooperation with the Student Organization Coordinating Council (SOCC), it also celebrated its awarding ceremony on the 5th OFAD Design Layout Contest with the theme “A Dream beyond Our Seeing: UST as a World-Class University.”

     An exhibit of the designs of this year’s winners and contestants was held at the TYK lobby.

Design making contest
     “I patterned my design with the theme of ‘UST as a world-class university,’” Grazelle Villena, winner of the contest, shared. Her design will be used as the motif of the folders, brochures, bags, pins, and bookmarks that will be distributed among all incoming Thomasian applicants and freshmen.

     A Communication Arts student, Villena acquired a total of Php 8 000.00, a certificate from Toby’s Sport, and a Hawk backpack.

     Julius Fernandez, another CA student, bagged 2nd place, while Gio Savellano, a CFAD student, won 3rd place. Aside from backpacks, they respectively received Php 5 000.00 and Php 3 000.00.

     UST Secretary General, Rev. Fr. Winston Cabading O.P., handed certificates of appreciation to the advisers who participated in the event: Assoc. Prof. Imelda A. Dakis, M.D., Asst. Prof. Joel L. Adamos, Asst. Prof. Cristino Carbonell, Asst. Prof. Jose Arsenio Salandanan, M.S., and Ms. Marichu Beltran among others. Fr. Cabading was assisted by SOCC President Benjamin Ravanera III.

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     The idea of a website started with a proposal by the Marketing Team of the OFAD around August 2012, which was immediately approved by the Secretary General.

     The proposal was patterned with the vision to make the University ‘world-class’ by creating a ‘powerful website,’ according to OFAD Marketing Assistant Steve Michael Moore.

     The OFAD formed a team composed of skilled Thomasian students and was divided into two groups—coordinating with the Department of Information and Computer Studies (ICS) of UST to focus on the programming and encoding, while tapping CFAD for the layout and design of the website.

     TomasinoWeb’s Daryl John Tulay, assistant department head for web development, was part of the programming and encoding team.  Members Juan Miguel Alvarez and Niko Dasig were also part of the same team. Helped in taking photos were Gelli Ann Javellana, assistant department head for photography, and Joanna Fernandez.

     According to Moore, recruiting Thomasian talents has been part of the plan to not only give the students opportunity, but also to have ‘young bloods’ to cater to the needs of their target market: high school students. The team also consisted of the best Thomasian photographers.

     “This website will be the first impression of the incoming applicants to UST. This will attract them and create a big impact on them,” Moore said.

     The website was planned and created through the whole semester break and was done by November. But Moore said they wanted to sync the official launch with the Design Layout Contest.

     Moore described their website as “user-friendly, convenient, easy to navigate, colorful, and attractive. There are online applications, program descriptions, and career opportunities. And it’s not just about the applications, as it also showcases interesting facts about the University.”

     Moore said that by creating the website, OFAD does not intend to increase applications, but to give opportunity to all students to become Thomasians.

     “Statistically, applications increase yearly, but our goal is not really to sell, but to bring UST closer to them,” Moore said.

     The team plans to market the website through posters, brochures, social media, and through publications such as TomasinoWeb and The Varsitarian. They will also promote it in different colleges through the SOCC and the Central Student Council (CSC). Promotions will also be done when visiting high schools.

     To visit the website, check out http://ofad.ust.edu.ph/.

By Regine Ann S. Blanco

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‘Duterte regime falls deaf to people’s cries’ –CSC, LSCs

Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

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Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

“As we reflect upon the state of our nation, so stands our responsibility to address incompetence, the lack of national response from the administration in implementing the need for mass testing and systematic protocols in containing the virus, and its blatant value for militarization over medical solutions,” CSC’s said in a unity statement released yesterday. 

The councils demanded accountability from public officials such as Senator Kiko Pimentel, NCRPO chief Debold Sinas, and Malacañang spokesperson Harry Roque. 

They also called on lawmakers who created “rushed laws that impede fundamental humans rights and freedom of speech.”

‘This is not how democracy works’ 

As Thomasians, the council expressed that they “could no longer sit idly” and watch the government compromise and abuse the country’s freedom. 

“As President Duterte falls deaf towards the cries of his people, his self-serving and personal interests prevail,” CSC said. 

According to them, this is not how democracy works. 

“[I]t is our utmost responsibility that we use our voice to speak for the silenced and oppressed,” the council said. 

“[W]e will embody the resistance and furbish our strength until it extends to the majority of our fellow Filipinos, the true cradle of our sovereignty,” the council added. Paolo Alejandrino 

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Youth groups, student leaders file 14th plea vs anti-terror law

The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

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The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

“Members of these organizations continue to experience red-tagging, harassment, and intimidation from security forces for actively engaging in protests and different forms of advocacy work and for speaking out on the current administration’s policies,” their statement read.

The petition was filed by Atty. Dino de Leon on behalf of 16 youth organizations “to protect their members and their fellow youth from the dangerous provisions of the Act.” 

CSC, which was represented by Arts and Letters student Therese Ifurung, was joined by De La Salle University Student Government, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines – Diliman University Student Council, National Union of Students of the Philippines, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines.

Other youth-led and youth-serving organization co-petitioners were Kabataang Tagapagtanggol ng Karapatan, Youth for Human Rights and Democracy, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny, Millennials PH, Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan, Good Gov PH, Youth Strike 4 Climate Change Philippines, Liberal Youth of the Philippines, Aksyon Kabataan, La Salle Debate Society.

Earlier petitions were filed by a coalition of university law professors, human rights groups, labor unions, partylist blocs, constitutional framers Christian Monsod and Felicitas Arroyo, and retired justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales. 

Another petition is expected to be filed yesterday from the Bangsamoro sector, which is set to bring the total number of petitions to 15.

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Take part in SONA protest, student council presidents urge

University of Santo Tomas student leaders, along with different national organizations, urged the youth to participate in the nationwide protest for the incoming fifth State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on July 27.

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University of Santo Tomas student leaders, along with different national organizations, urged the youth to participate in the nationwide protest for the incoming fifth State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on July 27. 

“It is imperative that we take a stand on the different social issues that our country is currently facing,” Artlets Student Council acting president Paolo Jericho Manuel said during a webinar today, June 20.

Manuel said that democracy, development, and justice are compromised right now due to the government’s incompetence and misplaced priorities, citing the 11,000 ABS-CBN workers who lost their jobs and the signing of the “vague” Anti-Terrorism Act into law. 

Manuel stressed that there is an urgent need for government action in addressing the problem with the accessibility of education.

Department of Education records showed that six million students from last year failed to enroll for the incoming academic year 2020-2021. 

‘Evil move’ 

Central Student Council president Robert Dominic Gonzales called on the youth to stay vigilant in this time of injustices. 

Gonzales said that the passing of the Anti-Terrorism Law is an “evil move” by the government to silence its critics. 

“We will still be haunted by the horrors that this administration has caused,” he said. 

Gonzales also lauded the sacrifice of the frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged the public to protect and support them. 

The webinar, “SONAgKAISAng Kabataan sa Paglaban,” was organized by the Youth Act Now Against Tyranny (YANAT). Raheema Velasco 

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