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Faculty Union files notice of strike

But backdoor talks continue

THE UST Faculty Union (USTFU) filed a notice of strike with the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) last Feb. 27 after negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the University administration ended in deadlock on Valentine’s Day.

The union, which represents 1,600 faculty members, accused the administration of negotiating in bad faith and failing to provide complete and audited financial statements needed during collective bargaining talks, despite repeated requests. The strike notice, signed by Dr. George Lim, USTFU president, also cited as basis the administration’s refusal to accept the union’s final proposal. read more »

Lakas Tomasino bets dominate CSC polls

THE RULING Lakas Tomasino Coalition dominated the Central Student Council (CSC) elections anew as it grabbed four out of six posts, including the presidency.

LTC standard bearer and incumbent CSC secretary Ina Marie Angela Vergara of the Faculty of Pharmacy is the next council president, earning a lopsided victory over Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa) bet Eisaku Ivan Bernardino of the College of Commerce and Business Administration.

Vergara, a fourth-year Clinical Pharmacy student, won a total of 16,273 votes, getting huge margin over the 9,634 votes obtained by Bernardino, incumbent president of Commerce student council. read more »

University raises P5 million for 'Yolanda' victims

UST’S fund drive for victims of typhoon “Yolanda” raised P5 million in cash and in-kind donations, officials said.

Cash donations totalling P1,321,499 and an estimated P3,450,000 worth of goods were received by the Tulong Tomasino Para sa Visayas program under the Simbahayan Community Development Office.

The donations came from the Thomasian community, Dominican priests and laity, and other partner institutions. Donations were brought to the towns of Coron, Palawan; Palo, Leyte; Bantayan, Cebu; and Guiuan, Eastern Samar; and to the provinces of Capiz, Aklan, Iloilo, and Antique. read more »

Media celebs feted anew in 10th USTv

THE USTv Awards ushered in its first decade last Feb. 21 evening at the Plaza Mayor by recognizing television programs and personalities that encourage the youth to become responsible viewers.

With the theme "Makabuluhang Telebisyong Hinubog ng Kabataan Ngayon," USTv's 10th edition reduced its categories to 22 from last year's 33 for a more filtered selection and more careful deliberation.

“Maaring maging mabisang batayan ng kanilang paniniwala, pagpapasya at pag-uugali ang telebisyon, kaya’t maging mapagmatyag sa mga mensahe sa likod ng mga programang binibigay nito,” said Vice Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. in his opening remarks. read more »

BI seeks deportation for 3 German profs

THREE German professors arrested at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex last Feb. 15 after being found without work visas have been released on bail pending deportation proceedings, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

BI spokesperson Ma. Angelica Pedro said the Germans were released to their lawyer in recognizance in exchange for the bail bond.

Before the Germans were granted probationary release last Feb. 17, they were detained at the BI Warden Facility in Bicutan, which is standard operating procedure for foreigners with a pending review for summary deportation.

“As soon as they are deported, they will be put in the blacklist, unless they file for a lifting,” Pedro told the Varsitarian in a phone interview. read more »

Eng'g improves rank in Shell eco-marathon

THOMASIANS showed off their skills against students of top technological schools across Asia in the Shell Eco Marathon-Asia (SEM) 2014 held at Rizal Park, Manila from Feb. 6 to 9.

UST placed fifth in the gasoline prototype category with its vehicle “Tiger 400-Hybrid” (T400H), and set a record of 172.27 kilometers per liter (km/L), the longest mileage among other Philippine schools that participated this year.

The race was done in five series, where UST set a record of 123 km/L in the first run. But technical errors bogged down the UST team in the second to fourth runs. Its winning record of 172.27 km/L was set in the last run.

UST failed to beat its own record of 198 km/L, set when it first joined SEM in 2010 for the same category. read more »

Accountancy grabs second Pautakan crown

THE ALFREDO M. Velayo–College of Accountancy ended the Faculty of Engineering’s three-year winning streak in the team category of Pautakan: The 37th UST inter-collegiate quiz contest last Feb. 24 at the Medicine Auditorium.

The math geniuses emerged as the new Pautakan champions after garnering a score of 200 points in the final round, more than enough to beat other teams. Engineering, last year's defending champion and the winningest Pautakan team, finished first runner-up with 135 points, while the Faculty of Arts and Letters settled for third place with 95 points. read more »

Civil Law dean heads law school association in RP

THE PHILIPPINE Association of Law Schools (PALS) elected UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina as president, late last year in their annual meeting at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City.

In his four years as the University's representative to the official organization of law schools in the Philippines, Divina held the positions vice president for Metro Manila in 2010-2011 and secretary general in 2011-2012.

In the recent election, Divina was unanimously selected to preside over the 128-member association consisting of deans of law schools in the country. read more »

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