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Comelec disqualifies treasurer bet

Graduate School student and treasurer bet Rome Voltaire Gomez was disqualified from the elections after failing to meet the required number of enrolled units for candidates.

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The Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualified Graduate School student and treasurer candidate Rome Voltaire Gomez from the Central Student Council (CSC) elections after failing to meet the required number of units to qualify for the polls, leaving Marketing Management junior Alek Pierce Joell Santa Ana unopposed for the post.

In a press conference last Friday, March 23, Central Comelec Chairman Arvin Bersonda said that Gomez can no longer run in the elections as the required number of academic units for candidacy is 15 while he is currently enrolled in only six units for the semester.

The UST Students’ Election Code and the CSC Constitution states that candidates should be “currently enrolled with a total of at least 15 units as may be certified by their respective faculties/colleges/schools”.

In a text message sent to TomasinoWeb, Gomez called for amendments on the qualification of candidates due to the Graduate School’s rules on allowed number of units per semester.

“Not unless the [CSC] Central Board amends the CSC Constitution and/or the [Comelec] makes a section about the qualification of candidates from Graduate School, no regular Graduate School student can file candidacy for the [CSC elections],” Gomez said.

According to the Graduate School’s student handbook, postgraduate students are allowed to enroll only a maximum of 12 units for a regular semester, 18 units for those under scholarship and 15 units for graduating students.

“I think if there is a section about the qualifications of Civil Law students and Medicine students […] in terms of grade requirements, they can make adjustments for the qualifications of Graduate School students in terms of the units required,” he added.

Comelec released the official list of candidates for the upcoming CSC elections last Friday. All candidates from the polls are independent, as Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino, the sole accredited political party for this year’s elections, did not field any candidates.—B. Laforga

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UST bags 5th School of the Year honor in 2018 Student Quill Awards

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For the fifth consecutive year, the University was named School of the Year in the Sixth Philippine Student Quill Awards on Monday, July 9.

UST bagged 36 awards, beating De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, UST Angelicum College, Inc., De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, Bataan Peninsula State University and Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila.

Winning entries from the University came from The Varsitarian, UST’s official student paper; TomasinoWeb, the official digital media organization of the University; Tomasian Media Circle and Talents; The Flame, the official publication of UST Faculty of Arts and Letters; and communication arts and journalism students.

School of the Year award is the highest distinction in the Student Quill Awards. It is given to the school with the most Awards of Excellence.

Meanwhile, TomasinoWeb took home its first Student Quill awards, with three Awards of Merit.

TomasinoWeb’s entries titled “Right Click 2017: TomasinoWeb’s Special Coverage of the UST Student Council Elections” and “UAAP Season 80 Campaign” won under the communication skills category; while  “Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya National Advocacy Campaign” won in the communication management.

The Philippine Student Quill Awards is the junior division of the Philippine Quill Awards, which recognizes private organizations and corporations in the country for excellence in business communication.

Awarding ceremonies were held at the Mariott Hotel Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

The event was organized by the Philippine chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, a network of business communicators around the world advocating for professional growth, learning and communication excellence.

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ERRATUM: We have been informed that the previous photo used in the article was actually taken by The Varsitarian. It was not our intention to erroneously credit the owner of the photo. The image has since been replaced.

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UST tops June 2018 architecture boards

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The University was named as the lone top performing school in the June 2018 licensure examination for architects, with three Thomasians landing in the top 10.

UST recorded an 84.19-percent passing rate, in which 197 out of 234 Thomasian examinees passed the exam.

This was higher than last year’s 83.26 percent, wherein 184 out of 221 examinees made the cut.

Karl Justin Sayseng Diocales led the new batch of Thomasian architects after placing fourth with a score of 82.90 percent.

Thomasian Jomari Patrick Meñoza Guzman placed seventh with a score of 82.60 percent, while Marie Dominic del Rosario Castillo landed in the ninth spot after scoring 82.20 percent.

Moreover, Paolo Gabriel Torres Martires of Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Sta. Mesa led the new batch of architects with a score of 84.10 percent.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 1, 778 out of 3,177 passed the board exam nationwide.

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Applied Physics gets Level I PACUCOA accreditation

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Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) granted the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics major in Instrumentation the Level I accreditation status.

Applied Physics is the newest program among the six straight degree programs of the College of Science.

The accreditation, which was received last May, is valid for three years, up until May 2021.

According to PACUCOA’s website, Level I accreditation status allows the program to have “full administrative deregulation and financial deregulation in terms of setting of tuition and other fees and charges.” It also gives the power to change the curriculum without the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)’s approval.

The program is also made priority during awarding of grants and financial assistance from CHED and from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Pacucoa is a private accrediting agency set to give formal recognition to an educational institution through a series of phases which tests if the academic program of the institution maintains excellent standards.

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