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Stronger Thomasian voice vs EJKs needed – human rights chief

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:36
COMMISSION on Human Rights Chairman Jose Luis Martin Gascon on Thursday urged the Thomasian community to voice out stronger dissent against cases of extrajudicial killings in the country in ceremonies marking the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. “[Dapat] magkaroon ng isang pambansang dialogue ang pamunuan ng UST community o ng mga taong […]

SPECIAL REPORT: Senators vow to repeal ‘weak’ law, abolish hazing

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 18:15
LAWMAKERS on Wednesday vowed to ban hazing rites in fraternities, sororities and other organizations, calling for the repeal of the Anti-Hazing Law or Republic Act (RA) 8049 following the death of law freshman Horacio Castillo III. Critics point out that RA 8049 does not prohibit hazing, but only regulate it. Hazing and initiation rites may […]

Robredo to Thomasians: Selflessness, empathy needed in age of social media

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:51
Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday urged Thomasians to remember their values and practice empathy through “servant leadership,” in a world dominated by social media. “There is a need to look inwards, and set our hearts towards servant leadership and selfless service. [These are] old-fashioned values that can save our modern troubles,” Robredo said in […]

Suspension order on Aegis Juris fratmen partially lifted to allow probe

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:48
The Faculty of Civil Law has partially lifted the preventive suspension it earlier imposed on members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity, Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina told the Varsitarian on Wednesday. Divina also ordered members of the fraternity to “fully cooperate” with the investigation of the hazing incident that led to the death of law […]

Rap battles, Martial Law and EJKs: Thomasian director’s ‘Respeto’ opens in cinemas

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:02
THOMASIAN director Alberto “Treb” Monteras II’s “Respeto” opened in cinemas today, Sept. 20, with the movie initially meant as a tribute to Pinoy hip-hop culture bearing a serious message: the need to stop the cycle of violence. Monteras, an advertising arts alumnus of UST, shared his thoughts on the film during its UST premiere last […]

Lookout order issued vs Aegis Juris fratmen

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:21
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a lookout order against members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity and John Paul Solano who was named by authorities as a principal suspect in the death of UST Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III. Solano was initially named a witness in the case after he claimed […]

Value human life, compassion, head of Dominican Order tells Thomasians amid EJKs

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:03
Master of the Order of Preachers and UST Chancellor Fr. Bruno Cadore, O.P. has called on Thomasians to value human life and exercise compassion amid extrajudicial killings in the country. The Dominicans’ chief hound dog expressed deep concern over the spate of killings in the bloody drug war of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, […]

CHEd calls for stricter enforcement of Anti-Hazing Law in schools

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:38
THE COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHEd) has urged higher education institutions to strengthen the implementation of the Anti-Hazing Law following the death of a UST law freshman who allegedly went through hazing rites. “[CHEd] calls upon [higher education institutions] to review and tighten their compliance with the provisions of the Anti-Hazing Law and existing CHEd […]

Hazing victim’s former prof calls for review of UST policies on fraternities

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:44
THE HEAD of UST’s political science department and former professor of slain law student Horacio Castillo III is calling for a thorough review of University policies on fraternities. While UST has implemented strict rules against hazing, fraternities continue to hold underground initiation rites, Asst. Prof. Dennis Coronacion said. “[In] the past years, the University has been […]

Thomasian biochemists eye spider venom to cure heart, brain diseases

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:59
THOMASIAN biochemists are eyeing spider venom as a cure for heart and brain illnesses and also as remedy for pain. “Spiders are some of the most diverse invertebrates, producing [substances] that can potentially be used for the treatment of pain, cardiovascular diseases and some neurological disorders,” Asst. Prof. Myla Santiago, head of the UST Proteomics […]

Hazing tragedy: Culture of death is alive and well in and out of UST

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:48
“DO NO injustice, suffer no injustice,” proclaims the Aegis Juris of the UST Faculty of Civil Law in its official seal that is represented by the shield of justice. With the brutal death of neophyte Horacio Tomas Castillo III allegedly from hazing, the motto has been exposed as nothing but mockery and hypocrisy.  Castillo, 22, had been set to attend on Sept. 17 […]

Paggamit ng Wikang Filipino sa korte, hinikayat

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:43
Naniniwala ang dekano ng UST Graduate School na makatutulong ang paggamit ng wikang Filipino sa paglilitis at pagdinig sa korte. “Everything will be more comprehensible [in Filipino] especially for the uneducated people, the poor ones who do not even speak good English,” wika ng Dekano Marilu Madrunio, isang dalubhasa sa wikang Ingles at lingguwistika, sa […]

Civil Law dean says he’s on leave from frat, not aware of hazing rites

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:14
UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina on Tuesday said he was not aware of the hazing rites held by the Aegis Juris Fraternity that resulted in the death of law freshman Horacio Castillo III. Divina, an alumnus of the fraternity, said he took a leave from the Aegis Juris eight years ago when […]

Creative Writing Workshop

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:00
The Varsitarian’s Creative Writing Workshop is an annual seminar-fellowship revolving around some of the country’s leading figures in the literary scene along with a pool of fellow consisting some of the most talented Thomasian student-writers. The three-day workshop involves around extensive discussions on the writers’ pieces.

UST suspends Aegis Juris fratmen after freshman’s death in hazing rites

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:08
THE Faculty of Civil Law has placed members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity on “preventive suspension” following the death of a freshman in hazing rites. Members of Aegis Juris will not be allowed to enter the campus or attend classes starting today, Sept. 18 until the suspension is lifted, Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said […]

‘We will leave no stone unturned’: UST vows justice for law freshman killed in hazing rites

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:13
CONDEMNING hazing “in no uncertain terms,” the University has launched an official investigation into the alleged hazing rites by a recognized fraternity in the Faculty of Civil Law that resulted in the death of a Civil Law freshman. “Violence has no place in an academic institution, particularly in the University of Santo Tomas that values […]

Dumped on a sidewalk in Tondo: UST law freshman dead after hazing rites

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:26
A UST Faculty of Civil Law freshman was found dead Monday morning after suffering injuries during alleged fraternity hazing rites, Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina confirmed to the Varsitarian. The parents of Horacio Tomas Castillo III, in separate radio and television interviews, said their son had sought permission to join the “welcome” rites for new members of […]

Thomasian National Artists recognized for promoting Filipino culture, values through writing

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:06
THREE National Artists for Literature from UST were recognized on Sept. 13 for promoting Filipino culture and values through their writing in the 2017 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards. Titans of Philippine literature and Varsitarian alumni F. Sionil Jose, Cirilo Bautista and Bienvenido Lumbera were given the Guardian of the National Memory Award by the Philippines Graphic magazine, which hosted the […]

‘Take care of yourself to help others’ – mental health advocates

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 09:43
MENTAL health advocates urged Thomasians to take care of their personal health to be in a better position to help prevent depression and suicide among young people. “When you say you’re advocating for mental health, it also involves a certain sense of taking care of yourself. [It is] not being selfish because you will be […]

Marian exhibit highlights ‘rich history’ of Santisimo Rosario Parish

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 21:19
A MARIAN exhibit marking the 75th anniversary of the UST Santisimo Rosario Parish and recalling the rich history and evolution of the parish opened at the UST Museum on Friday. The exhibit also featured sculptures and paintings of the Blessed Mother, including a stunning wooden image of the Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario at the […]

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