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CRS candidates refocus to more student-friendly SC services

(UPDATED April 4, 1:30 PM) All CRS candidates pushed for refinement measures and development on student information dissemination, student entrepreneurship, and avenues for student concerns.

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Screengrab from the CRS Commission on Elections' Facebook page

(UPDATED April 4, 1:30 PM) College of Rehabilitation Science (CRS) bets discussed a student-centric approach on the existing systems in the CRS Miting de Avance 2022 on Friday, April 1.

Previously at seven, only four students had filed their certificates of candidacy. Independent candidates Audrey Marie A. Narcelles (President), Rikki Miguel B. Mariano (External Vice President), Tanya Poleen B. Macaraeg (Treasurer), and Enrique Angelo L. Aytona (Public Relations Officer) faced off in the event.

All CRS candidates pushed for refinement measures and development on student information dissemination, student entrepreneurship, and avenues for student concerns.

In the “Yes or No” segment of the program, only Narcelles agreed to the implementation of a “no fail” policy in the college during online classes.

Then-aspirants Alexa Francine L. Adoremos (Internal Vice President) and Nielsen Audrey H. Castillo (Auditor) withdrew from their posts due to personal reasons on March 19. 

Nicholai Marian E. Santander, who was previously running as Internal Vice President, was disqualified on March 29 for premature campaigning and forming a campaign team as well as campaigning outside the campaign hours prescribed by the CRS Commission on Elections.

Online elections will be held from April 4 to 8.

ERRATUM: An earlier version of the article stated that Nicholai Marian Santander was disqualified for premature campaigning on March 29. This was not the sole reason for their disqualification.

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CFAD secretarial bet plans to make internship platform univ wide

Monceda bared her platform called “Into the Real World: An Internship Recruitment Event and Career Talk” where art companies will be invited over to discuss their objectives and the qualities that they look for in interns.

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Running candidates were asked how they would collaborate with the CSC during the Miting de Avance last Sunday, April 3. Screengrab from the College of Fine Arts and Design Commission on Elections’ Facebook page. 

Instead of being implemented only in the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD), the internship platform could also be executed on a university-wide scale, the college secretarial aspirant said on Sunday, April 3.

Through a coordination with the Central Student Council (CSC), Samyela Chievle Co Monceda, who is running unopposed, said that she would recommend her internship project for university-wide execution.

“If we [are] going to be collaborating with the CSC, I believe I could involve my platform about hiring internships. Make it university wide instead na maging sa CFAD lang siya accessible,” Monceda said during the college’s miting de avance

Monceda bared her platform called “Into the Real World: An Internship Recruitment Event and Career Talk” where art companies will be invited over to discuss their objectives and the qualities that they look for in interns.

“Right after the talk, the students can reach out to them para if interested ‘yung student na mag-apply [as] an intern, ready na siya hindi ‘yung magreresearch pa online.”

Jerielle Louise Barrientos, running candidate for PRO, also emphasized university-wide projects, but recommends an exchange of ideas among student councils to highlight the University’s “different cultures and experiences.”

Meanwhile, aspirant treasurer Julian Gamalinda said he would prioritize the main concerns and needs of the student body.

“We must look at it from the student’s perspective, like what rules do we want to implement, university wide? Ano ba yung mga kailangan ng students ngayon? Ano ang mga pangagailangan nila? How can we implement this?” Gamalinda stated.

Presidential aspirant Kaleena Aaryanna Tongco and external vice presidential aspirant Roy Emmanuel Agang also emphasized on the concerns of the student body, saying that communication between the student councils is important to address such matters.

CFAD elections will be held from April 4 to 8.

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ABSC candidates face-off over constitutional revisions

Most candidates agreed that the AB constitution needed amendments, but nuanced on when and how it would be done.

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ABSC (Artlets Student Council) candidates debated over constitutional reforms and the future of the council’s transition plans on face-to-face classes. 

Most candidates agreed that the AB constitution needed amendments, but nuanced on when and how it would be done.

Presidential aspirant Cyrille Coronado spoke about amending the bill of rights and giving students the right to reconsideration of their cases, stating it would protect student activists.

“Isa sa mga specific na gusto kong i-dagdag sa bill of rights is ‘yung pwede mag-appeal for reconsideration regarding the verdict ng kaso ng isang estudyante, ‘yung estudyante mismo kasi kailangan natin protektahan ung interest nila,” Coronado said.

VP aspirants Ierathel Tabuno and Timothy John Santiago both concurred on revising the constitution based on the needs of the student body. 

“As Artlet student leaders, we have the responsibility to protect and serve the best interests of the AB student community. Which is why if meron nga pong urgency from the students and to create necessary revisions to the AB constitution, we will not hesitate to do so again,” Santiago said. 

AB’s constitution was last revised in 2005, almost two decades ago.

Transitions to a new normal

Presidential aspirant Kim Dacanay from Dekada also agreed in spearheading constitutional reforms but focused on her platform for transitioning to face-to-face classes. 

Meanwhile, Coronado’s platform for face-to-face transition is on centralizing information dissemination. 

When asked if Dacanay’s plans for face-to-face transition included the resumption of membership fees for orgs, she said this would be on a case-to-case basis with the organization in question. 

“Hindi tayo pwedeng maging super black-and-white on that, obviously kapag nasa student council ka, automatic na may student membership—nasa tuition na natin ‘yon,Dacanay said.

As of writing, the Faculty of Arts and Letters is still in its planning stage for face-to-face classes, prioritizing courses where the learning competencies cannot be achieved via online means.

The student council voting period will last from April 4 to 8. 

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Nursing SC aspirants envision student body empowerment

The questions at the conference revolved around the candidates’ backgrounds, platforms, and competencies that they plan to bring to the highest governing council of the College.

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"Tagisan: UST College of Nursing Miting de Avance" held on Saturday, April 2. Screengrab from the UST College of Nursing Commission on Elections' Facebook page.

The College of Nursing’s running candidates expressed their plans for enhanced student capabilities and opportunities at Tagisan: UST College of Nursing Miting de Avance 2022 on Saturday, April 2.

Only three students have filed their certificates of candidacy for the upcoming academic year. Independent student leaders Charles Hezekiah Importante and Nicole Christiane Olvido are set to run for President and Vice President, respectively. Sebastian Dela Fuente is vying for the position of Secretary under the Bisig Partylist.

The questions at the conference revolved around the candidates’ backgrounds, platforms, and competencies that they plan to bring to the highest governing council of the College. When asked about his programs to address the nursing students’ concerns, Importante highlighted his projects “ALON,” “WATERS,” “Navigating through SEA,” and “AHON kaBATAan: Balik-Eskwela’y Aksyunan Tungo sa Adhikain.”

“We will be using our council to improve the openness of students in their narratives and become a transparent governance in all the things we are about to do,” he said.

Breaking down her STEPS Initiative, Olvido discussed her core values of empowerment, partnership, and transformation. She also emphasized that “the council is not just limited to elected student leaders” and “it is the student body itself.”

“Having an effective partnership with everyone maximizes the potential of each individual here as well as the community that we have here in the College,” Olvido added. 

In response to the possible improvement of the current council, Dela Fuente expressed his desire to add an avenue where students can voice out their opinions and ideas to “stimulate their creativity.” He revealed his wish to create “safer spaces” for the members of the College.

“[The] NCBS is nothing without the student body. Because of this, I think that it is important that we incorporate and include them in projects and opinions,” he said. 

Official elections are set to begin on April 4 until April 8.

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