re we even among the best in the country?DLSU was ranked a dismal 16th in a purportedCommission on Higher Education (CHED) study listing the top 20 colleges and universities nationwide. Thelist was supposedly based on the average passing rate of grad-uates in board examinations conducted by the ProfessionalRegulation Commission (PRC) through 1992 to 2001.DLSU was ranked behind 15 other universities nationwideincluding UP schools which grabbed the top three spotsand Ateneo de Manila University (Loyola) at sixth place.However, the list stated cannot be considered as an ofﬁciallist for its origin is not accessible.Last May 9, Boo Chanco, a columnist for The PhilippineStar, published the list in his column despite admitting thathe was unable to conﬁrm the list independently. It was statedin his column that one need not spend a fortune in tuitionand other fees in the so called exclusive schools in MetroManila because there are a lot of good schools out there inthe countryside. Particularly, the statement “there is evenone college on the list from Butuan that I have not heardof (Urios College), and it did better than La Salle” caughtthe prying eyes of the administration, which immediately responded to defend the University.
In defense of DLSU
Br. Roly Dizon, FSC, former CHED chairperson andformer DLSU System President, spotted several statisticaldefects that made the list misleading.In a message posted by Br. Roly at the onelasalle website,he observed that the passing rate used as criterion for thelist “tries to mix apples with oranges and come up with ahybrid that does not capture reality.” Board examinationshave several categories based on the number of examinees.Therefore, a school that boasts a passing rate of 100 percent yet has only one examinee would not necessarily mean it isbetter than another with 80 test takers and a passing rate of 85 percent. This was also brought up by Br. Armin Luistro,DLSU System President and EVP Dr. Carmelita Quebengcoin an email response to Chanco's column. Br. Roly alsostated that since the overall passing rate is different for eachcourse, combining all these passing rates would make for aninaccurate perception of the colleges concerned.Br. Armin and Dr. Quebengco further observed thatschools which offer more courses with licensure examinationstend to have a higher ranking.It may be recalled that Time Magazine came up witha listing of the top universities in Asia in 2000. Employing vastly different criteria which included research, studentselectivity and Internet bandwidth among others, DLSUemerged as the top private university in the country, andsecond among all local universities next only to UP. ShanghaiJiao Tong University also performs annual ranking of worlduniversities. In both lists, passing rates for board examina-tions was not a criterion for the ranking.
Study ranks DLSU 16thamong RP colleges
An academic bridge program for incoming freshmen mari-time students was recently facilitated by seventeen faculty members from the College of Science (COS) and the De-partment of English and Applied Linguistics (DEAL).Now in its second year, the venture, more formally known as “The Maritime Academic Ramp Project,” servesto improve maritime students’ academic competency tonear the level required by STCW 95, the global seafaringstandard. A 2001 Warsash Maritime Centre feasibility study entitled “Improving the Training and Supply of FilipinoSenior Ofﬁcers Qualiﬁed at the STCW 95 ManagementLevel” recognized the “knowledge gap” between gradu-ating Filipino high school students and the STCW95 re-quirement.Fifty students from the Maritime Academy of Asia andthe Paciﬁc (MAAP)–Kamaya Point comprised the ﬁrstbatch of students who underwent an intensive two-monthreview in English, Mathematics (Arithmetic, Algebra,and Trigonometry), and Science (Physics). Post-courseevaluation subsequently showed signiﬁcant improvementin the areas of Language Usage, Numerical Reasoning,and Reading Comprehension, particularly among initiallow scorers. Bolstered by its previous success, the program went on to include students from the University of Cebu,John B. Lacson Academy, and the Philippine MerchantMarine Academy.The academic ramp initiative traces its roots to Novem-ber of 2002, when DLSU alumnus Michael Estaniel andCapt. Helmut Sallaba, representing the Philippine MaritimeEducation and Training Foundation Inc. (PMF) Board of Trustees, met with DLSU-M Executive Vice President Dr.Carmelita Quebengco to discuss the University’s possibleinvolvement in the development and testing of an academicramp curriculum for maritime students. Dr. Quebengcothen referred the matter to COS Dean Gerardo Janairo, who in turn spearheaded talks between the PMF and COSadministrators, culminating in the project’s presentation tothe funding agency last May 2003.The project was done in partnership with the Inter-national Maritime Training Trust (IMTT), PMF, and theMAAP. COS Vice Dean Voltaire Mistades acted as theproject coordinator.
COS, DEAL tutor maritime frosh
PAULO JOSE MUTUC
ia, a College of Business and Economics (CBE)student, has been lining up since 5:30 in themorning to obtain a number card distributedat 7:00am that would allow her to adjust. She was able toadjust six hours later.Due to poor information dissemination, implementa-tion of the online regular adjustment caused long lines of confused students during the late adjustment period thathappened from May 23 to 27.The Enrollment Committee for SY 2004-2005 approvedthe implementation of the new online regular adjustmentsystem. Last May 21, the online regular adjustment period was only for students who incurred failures during the thirdterm of the SY 04-05.
Result of Miscommunication
The Office of the University Registrar (OUR) an-nounced the changes through dlsu_announce and otheronline mailing lists to the Lasallian community in March.However, Student Council VP for Academics Oliver To feltthat the OUR’s publicity effort was not enough.Students who wanted to adjust but did not incur any failure during the previous term thought they would be ableto adjust during regular adjustment. Since the informationregarding the changes did not reach all students, thesestudents later realized on the regular adjustment day itself,forcing them to adjust during the late adjustment period.Two University Academic Calendars circulated in theinternet caused further confusion among students.
University Registrar Edwin Santiago stated there was norush in implementing the online regular adjustment system.The system was already prepared for implementation two years ago. It did not push through due to the request of astudent representative for valid reasons.It was only during last SY that the Enrollment Com-mittee ﬁnally agreed to implement the said system. He alsostressed that former VP for Academics Arianne Jimenez waspresent when the implementing guidelines were discussedin the committee.
No Questions Asked
Because of the sudden upsurge of students wanting toadjust for convenience, the Enrollment Committee has de-cided to entertain students, who wanted to adjust in the lateadjustment period, without questions asked but in return aP150 fee called the Late Adjustment Fee. Moreover, students who adjusted are also required to pay P70 for the reprintingof their Enrollment Assessment Form (EAF).Assuming that 1000 students underwent late adjust-ment, and each of these students paid P220 for the late ad- justment fee and the EAF reprinting, the OUR has generatedan amount of P220,000 for the late adjustment.To believes that the root of the problem must be ad-dressed. “Why is there a need to pay for reprinting of EAFand late adjustment fee? And where does this fee go? Willit go back to the student services as well?” Currently, Toassumes that the fees go to College Funds, but the SC willconduct a further study on this matter.
Because of the tricky adjustment process, the late adjust-ment was extended to ﬁve days as requested by To. Thisallowed most students to adjust their schedules despite theinitial confusion.For the meantime, To encourages students who adjusteddue to new or dissolved sections and other unexpected casesto approach their respective College Assembly Presidents orthe Ofﬁce of Vice President for Academics (OVP-Acad) incases that the late adjustment fee was not waived.On June 14, the Enrollment Committee of the OVP- Acad will have a meeting to draft a proposal to lengthen on-line adjustment to three days, where one day will be given tono failures and cross enrollees. Further, speciﬁc adjustmentissues per department like CBE quota grades will be covered. As of press time, the OVP-Acad has drafted a system whereinthe Reprinting fee of the EAF will be removed.
Old Adjustment Trends
Prior to the new policy, adjustments are done after every online enrollment. Adjustment is divided into three periods.The Early Adjustment period is designed for students withunder load schedules (less than 12 units), transferees andreturnees. If a student has incurred any failures during thepast term, they will be entertained during the regular adjust-ment period. Finally, the late adjustment period was only forstudents, who belong to dissolved sections during the ﬁrst week of classes for the opening of new sections.However, a new adjustment trend began to surface, which caught the attention of the OUR. Many students whoavailed of late adjustment did not belong to the category of students the period originally catered to. The EnrollmentCommittee saw that majority of students’ purpose in adjust-ing was for convenience and no longer the reasons that they were intended for.
Adjustment difﬁcultiescontinue to haunt students
ROSS VERGEL DELANTAR AND GAYLE GUZMAN
“It has come to my attention that some of the Student Council [SC] ofﬁcers are violating the ethical standards of the Student Council when it comes to partisan-ship.” This is what Arden Atienza, Chairperson of the Ethics Committee, voicedin his letter to the SC.Dan Dizon, College Assembly President of the College of Engineering(COE), said the issue started when Chuck Chang of COE, a Santugon member, wore yellow in one of the SC meetings. Yellow, as well as blue, is the party colorof Santugon. Atienza stressed that SC ofﬁcers should wear only white collared shirt to SCmeetings. Recruitment for one’s political organization is barred, as well takingpart in party-related campaigning while in ofﬁce.Dizon, the only non-Tapat member of the SC-Executive Committee, andSantugon's Anina Rubio, batch representative of 58th Eng, observed that Atienzadisplayed paranoia in his letter. Dizon claimed that color of shirt is trivial, butparanoia politicized and “blew up” the whole issue. Rubio furthered that theincident was coincidental and could not be used for campaigning purposes.On the contrary, Jhoan Lim, LA Rep of Tapat, agreed with Atienza. Limreasoned that Atienza, also a Tapat member, was just doing his job. VP-Activi-ties Simoun Ferrer had laid down speciﬁc rules on attire, Lim recalled. Althoughparanoia may exist, the policy is a preventive measure aimed to promote the SC’sthrust of non-partisanship.It may be recalled that partisanship was a stormy issue in the SC two yearsago. Tapat actively pursued partisanship to let student ofﬁcers act according totheir party afﬁliations. The Executive Committee disapproved of partisanship.
Technology (NAST) Hugh Greenwood Environmental Science Award for herinventions on wastewater treatment. The event was held at the Traders HotelManila last April 21.Dr. Gaspillo’s works were just one of the many outstanding works presentedin the Hugh Greenwood Environmental Awards. Launched in 2001, the eventrecognizes inventions and works that contribute to environmental protectionand conservation.The COE Dean and also full-time professor of the Chemical EngineeringDepartment revealed that she began conducting some of her researches ﬁfteen years ago. Her other works were done in collaboration with undergraduate,graduate and post-graduate students of DLSU.NAST deemed Gaspillo’s researches regarding water potability and wastewa-ter puriﬁcation as essential to life. In Gaspillo’s presentation entitled “Researchon Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes: A Consolidated Study,” whereGaspillo mentioned the effects of both domestic and industrial wastewater to theenvironment. She also came out with possible solutions to reduce water pollu-tion, such as “Chromium Reduction by Chemical Precipitation and ChromiumRecovery by Ion-Exchange Method” and many more.These contributions to water and wastewater management bagged for herthe grand prize, which included a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize.
AILEEN KRISTEL CHAM
negative sense,” Br. Armin defended. According to Br. Armin, the transparency he wants to push this year is oneinvolving a system-wide database where vital information from all eight unitscan be collated, analyzed, stored, and retrieved efﬁciently to aid decision-mak-ers like himself. He calls this the Information System, one of the three essentialfunctions of the approach that he plans to centralize. The two other plans arepooling investment funds together to obtain higher yield, and centralizing pur-chasing activities to signiﬁcantly lessen lag time between requisition and releaseof items. Any savings from these activities earn will be translated into additionsto the endowment fund for scholarships.Interestingly, while the SC is working for representation in the OperationsCouncil and Board of Trustees, Bro. Armin thinks that sectoral representationis not the best way of being efﬁcient in decision-making. He said that it is betterto “put in the persons who know... professionals, and put them accountable tothe bigger group... otherwise we won’t be able to move.”EVP Dr. Carmelita Quebengco stated "In the spirit of transparency... thereare no secrets in our campus." However as of press time, the EVP has yet toanswer
's additional questions.The Student Council (SC) and the Discipline Ofﬁce (DO) convened last May 27 to discuss the issue regarding the banning of slippers in the University.The meeting took place for the SC and the DO to address the growingconcern of students regarding the policy. It may be observed that in the ﬁrstfew weeks of classes, Discipline Ofﬁcers performed rampant reprimanding of students caught wearing inappropriate slippers.However, students who have been caught until this week violating thenew policy will not be given a minor offense.Moreover, the discussion between the two sectors centered on the clari-ﬁcation of what kind of slippers would be appropriate inside the campus andthose that are not.In line with this, the SC, as part of their mandate “to consistently protectand defend the rights of the students,” proposed certain speciﬁcations that would determine the slippers considered as inappropriate.
What to Avoid
Following their deliberation, the SC and the DO have come up with threequaliﬁcations that must be met in order to classify a slipper as appropriate orinappropriate.Thong style slippers, which have “straps joint at one point between theﬁrst two toes”, as well as those that are entirely made of rubber, synthetic ornot, and foam, are considered inappropriate. According to the agreement, the “entirety of the slippers is limited to whatis visible to the eye” as well. Also listed as a prohibited kind of slipper are ﬂats with wedges and a baseheight exceeding three-fourths of an inch. Slippers with soles that are ﬂat onthe ground and have a base height of three-fourths of an inch, on the otherhand, are appropriate. All other slippers that do not fall under the categories that the DO andSC have agreed on are also regarded as appropriate and could be worn insideDLSU.
Student Council President Army Padilla, through an email, stated that theDO will not catch students wearing inappropriate slippers for the next two weeks. This is to allow for the dissemination of the agreed-upon policy. Fullimplementation of the policy will start on June 13.
DO, SC identify inappropriate slippers
ROBERT ROYCE ZUÑIGA
Protect student rights, uphold stu-dents’ welfare and encourage socialchanges. The Student Council’s (SC) yearlong thrusts will revolve aroundthese main points.
According to SC President Army Padilla, the SC should provide quality service through protecting studentrights and welfare. In line with this,there will be reviews on the mandateand performances of all ofﬁces andsectors inside the University. Theresearch on the University StudentGovernment (USG) will be continued,as well as seeking for the approval of the Student’s Code within DLSU.Improvement regarding policies onactivity approval will be reviewed andan Activities Monitoring Board Grad-ing System is being intensiﬁed underthe Ofﬁce of Student Activities (OSAc)and SC. Some former projects suchas the Carpool Program will also bestrengthened.
A pro-student University
One of the SC’s main goals is toobtain maximum student representa-tion in all university decision-makingbodies. In accordance to this, the SC will pursue to have student represen-tation in the Enforcement Section of the Discipline Ofﬁce (DO) and in theBoard of Trustees.The Office of the President(OPRES) will lobby for the removalof certain unreasonable rules in theStudent Handbook, for instance, therule that slaps a minor offense forleaving or losing the ID three times.Furthermore, the autonomy of the SCand the Council of Student Organiza-tions (CSO) will be upheld.For the Legislative Assembly’s part,Padilla stated that it will discuss reso-lutions directly affecting the students.Particularly, resolutions calling for therevision of the Student Handbook, theremoval of the power of the Ofﬁce of Student Activities (OSAc) to approveor disapprove student activities, and toreview the enrollment procedure willbe put forward.
For affordable education and a primemover institution
With regards to tuition fee, thefight continues for removal of un-necessary or unjustiﬁable fees as wellas maximizing student representationduring tuition fee increase deliberationsin the MSCB. The student body willalso be provided with academic manu-als to guard their academic freedom.The grievance system will be reformedand strengthened.The SC will prepare standards of education to ensure that instructorshired are well-equipped for teaching.Moreover, a stricter faculty hiringprocess and the evaluation through theInstitutional Testing and EvaluationOfﬁce is also at hand.
Leadership and Duty
To reinforce duty for the country,the SC will continue to press the caseof the Student’s Code to Congress. Inaddition, the DLSU SC will spearheada movement for citizen empowermentby establishing an alliance called thePhilippine Alliance of Students To- wards Empowerment. Additionally,the SC will intensify ties with other SCsfrom different universities to ﬁght forstudents’ rights.
SC thrusts focus on student welfare
JOYCE ANNE ALFONSO
partiality to the Aliazas group by allowing them to campaign without restraints inside the campus and allowed them to useits facilities for such function at the same time.
Grave Abuse of Discretion
Following the denial of its motion for reconsideration,DLSU ﬁled a case against DOLE Secretary Patricia Sto.Tomas for committing grave abuse of discretion in holdingthe University liable for unfair labor practice last March 18,2005.The University’s lawyers argued that the opinion of Bu-reau of Labor Relations (BLR) Director Cacdac, from whichthe DOLE Secretary allegedly based her conclusion that there was no void in DLSUEA leadership, could not hold waterbecause it was not an ofﬁcial Order or Decision.However, the Fifteenth Division of the Court of Appeals, which tried the case, had an opposing view.“We ﬁnd that the BLR Director’s statement in said letter-order, concerning the status of the Union’s leadership, even if it were to be considered a mere opinion, must nonetheless begiven weight in the resolution cases coming within his juris-diction and specialized ﬁeld for expertise,” the court said.Furthermore, they ruled that the DOLE Secretary didnot commit a mistake when it ordered the University tocommence negotiations with the Union because DLSU’srefusal to discuss despite the repeated demands of the Unionconstituted a violation of its duty to bargain. Since the courtfound that the Labor Secretary did not commit grave abuseof discretion, the dismissal of DLSU’s petition followed. After the election of DLSUEA’s new set of ofﬁcers last Au-gust 28, 2003, the University has resumed negotiations withthe Union and has normalized its relation with it hitherto.
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COE students continueto top licensure exams
DLSU grabbed the highest passing rates in the recently concluded board examsin engineering courses in their respective categories. Categories are based onnumber of examinees.
Electronics and Communications Engineering
In the recently concluded April 2005 Electronics and Communication En-gineering (ECE) board examination, DLSU maintained ﬁrst place in the 50-99examinees category gaining a 77 percent passing rate against the national passingrate of 33.6 percent. Eight students entered the top 20, which included the topspot grabbed by Elvin Ivan Uy followed by Jeffrey Tan at second. Other students who entered the top 20 are Christian Barlis (ninth), Eduardo Perez and Karen Villanueva (11th), Frederick Adan and Richardson So (13th), Joseph Viernes(16th), and Alain Abitria (19th).However, the department has been facing sharp declines in its passing ratein recent years, the worst of which occurred during the April 2003 exam witha passing rate of only 83.75 percent (against the national passing rate of 35.99percent) from April 2002’s passing rate of 91.36 percent (against the nationalrate of 43.51 percent). Even with a declining passing rate, a DLSU ECE studentstill topped all test takers in the April Board exams since 2000 except for April2003. ECE professor Jonathan Coronel stated that the department still gainsthe highest passing rate in all categories in terms of number of examinees despitethe decline.
In the May 2005 Civil Engineering Board Examination, DLSU again per-formed well, gaining an 87 percent ranking against the national passing rate of 35.76 percent. Fourty of 46 passed the exam. Allen Robert Adecer grabbed thehighest place among DLSU students at seventh place followed by Roger LanotOpina at 16th place. Like other Engineering departments, the Civil Engineering(CIV) department has also experienced slight decreases in the passing rate duringthe May Board Exams, where regular students usually take the exams. The depart-ment has been obtaining a 90 percent passing rate in May 2002 and 2003.
Another engineering department whose students recently took the boardexam is the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department. Concluded last April,the department acquired an 83 percent passing rate against the national passingrate of 45.74 percent, where 30 out of 36 Lasallian examinees passed. Not to beleft out of the gradual decline, the passing rate decreased 10 percent from April2004’s 93 percent (against the nation’s 47 percent passing rate). Mark AaronChan grabbed the highest place among DLSU takes this year at third, followedby Anthony Joseph Zara at 10th place.
AILEEN KRISTEL CHAM
Opposing the student body’s opinion, Irwin Jurilla, Com-puter Facilities and Operations (CFO) Head of the Informa-tion Technology Center (ITC), stated, “The administrationhas good reasons for having the CCTV [cameras]. The systemis intended to be used for those reasons [monitoring possibletheft] only, so it can neither be misused nor abused.”Jurilla said that CCTV installation started last April. Theinstallation is 80 percent complete and will be completed thisJune, Engr. Gerardo Mendoza of the Physical Facilities Ofﬁcesaid.Designated areas where CCTV cameras are being installedare hallways with rooms containing expensive equipment, suchas Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) projectors and VHS players.CCTV cameras will also be installed within the vicinity of computer laboratories and SMART classrooms. Speciﬁed placesare Miguel and Gokongwei buildings, where most theft caseshave been reported. With the monitors to be stationed at their ofﬁce, 24-houroperation of the system will be placed in the hands of the Safety and Security Ofﬁce (SSO). The 32-camera CCTV system willbe monitored via two personal computers, with each computerdisplaying 16 feeds.Though there are still no guidelines as to its operation,SSO Director Dionisio Escarez believes that the monitoringdevice will be utilized mainly for the purpose of preventingpossible theft and robbery cases. Jurilla added that guidelines will be created soon.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Kuon tried to obtain more information regarding the CCTV installation. However, Mr. Jurilla passed Kuon on to Engr. Gerardo Mendoza of the Physical Facilities Of- ﬁce. Engr. Mendoza, in turn, passed Kuon back to Jurilla. Both claimed the other knew more.)
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