CAPTION ON FACEBOOK: UP Diliman students are popularly perceived as expressive and opinionated, especially when it comes to social and

political issues. But is it truly the case today for the members of the academic community? Check out Communication Research Society’s study about the state of UP students’ engagement in university and national issues to find out: *TUMBLR LINK* Stay tuned for the next infographic! Kabaka ka pa ba?

TUMBLR WRITE UP: 679 students of UP Diliman were surveyed from December 9-16, 2010 for UP CommResSoc’s “Kabaka Ka Pa Ba?” study, and based on the results, the respondents rarely expressed their views regarding sociopolitical issues. When compared with the overall level of involvement in the level 1 activities (awareness), the overall level of involvement in level 2 activities (expression) dropped 0.61 points in difference, showing a downward movement in the score as the level of engagement went up. However, this does not mean that UP students in general do not express their opinions and support social/political causes; nor does this mean that the low level of involvement for level 2 activities is true for all cases of social/political issues. Methodology The organization used a quantitative-qualitative approach. Multi-stage sampling was employed for the quantitative part wherein a self-administered survey questionnaire was designed and distributed to 12 randomly selected colleges in UP Diliman. The four most populous colleges were automatically included (CSSP, ENG’G, CAL, and CS) in the sample. The researchers opted to equally distribute the survey forms across year levels by convenience. Out of the 800 survey forms distributed, 679 were returned. For the qualitative part, focus interviews were facilitated in order to delve more on UP students’ motivations behind engagement or disengagement in social and political activities within and/or outside the university. Sixteen (16) informants coming from different social and political orientations (with levels of political engagements ranging from high to low) were interviewed from different colleges in the university. The researchers divided UP students’ engagement in different activities into three levels depending on how much effort was spent on certain activities. Compared to Level 1 activities (awareness), activities on Level 2 are more expressive of respondents' thoughts and dispositions on different issues. Activities on Level two include verbal expression of sentiments on issues, expression through the new media, and wearing of different products promoting a particular cause.

In this study. 2. The same thing goes with national issues. which is the term the researchers used to refer to the most popular issues mainly concerning the country at the time. the researchers used the term social and political activities throughout the study in referring to levels 1. data from the focus interviews were used to support findings from the quantitative part. Data obtained from the survey questionnaires of 679 sampled respondents were encoded and analyzed using descriptive and crosstabs statistics through Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) Program. the researchers defined university issues as the most popular issues mainly concerning UP at the time. For the purposes of this study. Meanwhile. Among the university and national issues presented in the study. and 3 activities. respondents were most knowledgeable about the Ampatuan massacre. Respondents were asked to rate from 1 to 5 how often they engage in social and political activities described in the questionnaire. .