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Presidential bets support establishment of LGBT org in UST

Presidential candidates Francis Gabriel Santos and Karizza Kamille Cruz also said that they are willing to step down from their posts in fighting for the establishment of an LGBT organization in the University.

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Candidates for the presidency in the Central Student Council (CSC) elections expressed on Tuesday support for the establishment of a recognized Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) student organization in the University.

During the election mandatory debates at the Plaza Mayor, Francis Gabriel Santos and Karizza Kamille Cruz were asked by the debate panel if it is “high time” for an organization representing LGBT members of the Thomasian student body “to exist and be established.”

Santos said that members of the LGBT community have “every right to establish their own organization here in our University.”

Cruz also supported the establishment of an LGBT organization in UST, adding that “it is part of [the] UST student government constitution, to respect every [member of the] LGBT [community].”

Both candidates also stated that they would be willing to step down from their posts in fighting for the said organization.

Furthermore, Santos stated that the CSC would be willing to help in the recognition process of the LGBT organization.

“Ang magagawa ng Central Student Council is to empower them, to tell them na meron silang karapatan na gumawa ng organisasyon at kapag merong magsestep-up sa kanila, sasamahan natin sila along the way,” he said.

Throughout the years, members of the LGBT community have struggled to establish a recognized LGBT organization in UST, which is widely deemed to be “conservative” in its stance toward issues on gender and sexuality.

While Noelle Capili, Behavior Science alumna and co-founder of the now-defunct LGBT organization HUE, welcomed the support of both Santos and Cruz, she urged both candidates to take concrete actions in supporting the establishment of a recognized LGBT organization in the University.

“Maganda na sinusuportahan nila ang pagkakaroon ng LGBT org sa UST pero sana hindi lamang suporta na sinasabi kundi sana isabuhay o gawin talaga nila yung pagsuporta if ever magkakaroon ng LGBT org sa UST,” Capili told TomasinoWeb.

HUE was established last 2013 by Capili and former Faculty of Arts and Letter Student Council President Majann Lazo, but it remained unrecognized by the Office for Student Affairs (READ: LGBT Org Strives for Recognition in UST).

Unrecognized LGBT organization Tigresa Royal also existed from the 60s to 90s, but dissipated due to low membership.

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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.

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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