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‘Let them fall to God’s justice’: Artlets regent calls for conversion, surrender of hazing suspects

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 16:09
UST Faculty of Arts and Letters Regent Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P. on Friday urged the Thomasian community to pray for the conversion and surrender of the suspects in the killing of law freshman Horacio Castillo III in a Mass at the UST Central Seminary Chapel. Aligan said the death of Castillo should remind Thomasians of […]

UST Symphony Orchestra goes Disney

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 17:08
The UST Symphony Orchestra impressed its audience anew with lively renditions of classical music in their concert, “Brahms meets Disney,” last Sept. 17 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Under the baton of Daniel Bartolome of the Conservatory of Music, the orchestra blended German composer Johannes Brahms’s intricate symphonies with the music of Disney […]

Panitikan, hindi ligtas sa Batas Militar ni Marcos

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 11:24
Marami ang ipinagbawal noong panahon ng Batas Militar, at isa na rito ang pagtuturo ng panitikan.   Isinalaysay ni Efren Abueg, propesor noong panahon ng Batas Militar sa Polytechnic University of the Philippines, ang pagtuturo ng panitikang naglalahad ng mga damdaming kumakalaban sa paniniil at kawalan ng hustisya sa ilalim ng diktadurya.   Wika niya, […]

Thomasians dominate top 10 of September 2017 physician board exams

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 22:39
THOMASIANS ruled this year’s licensure examinations for physicians, with six Medicine graduates making it to the top 10. UST graduates occupied the first, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth and 10th places. Vincent Edouard Anthony Gullas led the latest batch of physicians with a score of 90.50 percent. The University’s passing rate rose to 97.10 percent, or […]

Divina: Suspension order on fratmen not part of a coverup

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 21:32
UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina defended his decision to suspend Aegis Juris fratmen, saying it was because of the “gravity of offense” and not part of a coverup. “The reason I issued an order [of suspension] last Monday is [based on] the gravity of the offense [and] at the same time to […]

Suspect in hazing death of UST law freshman surfaces

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:33
A suspect behind the hazing death of UST Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III surrendered to authorities on Friday to clear his name. John Paul Solano, a medical technology alumnus of UST who is on leave from studies in Civil Law, said he did not take part in the hazing rites of Aegis Juris Fraternity […]

Vatican OKs plenary indulgence for Santisimo Rosario Parish jubilee

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:59
PILGRIMS who will take part in the festivities of the Santisimo Rosario Parish’s Jubilee Year will gain plenary indulgence following the approval of the Holy See, Parish Priest Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. announced on Thursday. The Vatican’s grant of plenary indulgence is God’s way of reconciling with His people, he said. “Ang ibig sabihin nito, […]

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 […]