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The Unpopular truths... candidate is secretary. Parties that will run this year are ISMYL and Cryosphinx. ISMYL Party has already completed their line-up but Cryosphinx only has four candidates field in for secretary, auditor, PIO and business manager. The lone candidate for president, Balassu, is not, however, automatically elected president. The election still needs 40 percent of the university’s student population to vote for Balassu to be elected president. REACTIVE? Amid criticisms for being branded as reactive, SCC, according to Alipio is actually coordinating with the governors of the different schools. When asked if they have, in any way, called for the studentry to know the latter’s stand on issues, he said their office calls for meetings with the governors from time to time. “Every now and then naman na nagpapameeting kami sa kanila, talagang tinatanong namin kung may problema at kung sakasakaling mayroon silang problema pwede naming gawan ng paraan,” he said. Another source from the SCC, though, claimed the president only informs his officers minutes before the actual meeting starts. “Ganito po yun, kulang ng communication. Number one is communication. Kasi ganito po yan, pa’no po namin madi-disseminate yung information kung kasasabi lang two minutes to five minutes bago ‘yung miting,” he said. “Nagpupunta sila [governors] sa SCC [office] tapos malalaman na lang nila, ‘ay may miting pala ngayon,’”he added. However, Alipio admitted that the perennial problem that beset their meetings is the nonattendance of some governors. “‘Di rin makumpleto eh. Kaya sabi ko na lang bahala na sila. ‘Pag may problema, sabihin na lang nila

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at gagawan namin ng paraan to the extent of our abilities ‘tsaka kapag nagpapamiting talaga kami, ‘di nawawala ‘yung tanungan ng problema per department,” he added. FB ISSUE Alipio also answered the issue regarding the problem presented in the broadsheet issue of The Marian where he admitted not checking the SCC_The Marian facebook page. It is here where the students post their suggestions and comments on the different issues they come across with. He said they were actually checking the page during the first semester but instead of getting feedbacks, advertisements stuff the page. “Imbes na feedbacks ang nakukuha namin dun eh puro mga advertisement na “Like po ‘to, paki-like po ‘to.” Halos gano’n lahat,” he said. CHALLENGE He also challenged the next president to be more visible to the students and admitted his academic endeavours hindered him to performing this function since he did not actually run for president. “They be more visible to the students. They [should] show the students that they are there kasi on my part din talaga, I did not really run for president this year because of academic reasons,” he said. Former president Keith Paguirigan won in last year’s election but resigned due to health reasons in the middle of the first semester. Alipio then took over her post. Alipio also challenged the next set of officers to show the students that SCC is “not merely for organizing activities.” M

Schedule of Activities Date

Activity

February 26

Halalan 2013

Campaign period

February 27 - 28 (Fr. Tonus Gymnasium) Election Days February 28 (Fr. Tonus Gymnasium)

Canvassing

March 4 (Fr. Lambrecht Stage)

Announcement of Result

Student Central Council

SPECIAL ISSUE COMMITTEE Joe Allen Mark Esteban Editor-in-Chief Hazel Buctayon Managing Editor Samantha Chedrick Wallis Features Editor Ryan Pastolero Sports Editor Ellaine Marie Laureta Operations Manager Marc Ryan Brosas Layout Artist

EDITORIAL BOARD

2012 - 2013

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Joe

Allen Mark Esteban BSAr 5 Freniel Mikko Austria BSA 5 Hazel Buctayon AB journ 3 NEWS EDITOR Lea Donna Divina AB Eng 4 DEVCOM EDITOR Reynaly Mannag BsA 3 FEATURES EDITOR Samantha Chedrick Wallis BSEd - Biosci 4 LITERARY EDITOR Willeth Jacinto BSAr 5 SPORTS EDITOR Ryan Pastolero BSEd - Eng 3 OPERATIONS MANAGER Ellaine Marie Laureta BSN 3 CIRCULATION AND COMMUNICATION MANAGER Hajie Mariano BSN 4 CHIEF ARTIST Marc Oliver Fernandez BSEd- Eng 3 CHIEF LAYOUT ARTIST Jay Aromin BSCE 4 ASSOCIATE EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR STAFF WRITERS RHODORA AQUINO. CASELLINE CORPUZ. VANESSA DE GUZMAN. JAN MIKHAEL PATING. ELLEN GRACE PEÑA. JAIZYBEL TANAWE. DAN REUEL VIADO. ANGELICA ROZE VILORIA.

JUNIOR STAFF WRITERS ANSHERINA ROSE ARQUERO. REYNALDO COLOMA. EMMANUEL JOSE. JEREMY LOPEZ. DEN MARK LORENZO. RAZOR JAN MAPA. ROSSELLE SISON. SENIOR LAYOUT ARTIST JOE ALLEN MARK ESTEBAN

JUNIOR LAYOUT ARTISTS MARC RYAN BROSAS PAUL ANTHONY DANGUILAN

SENIOR PHOTOJOURNALISTS

JUNIOR PHOTOJOURNALIST

IRENE FERRER. FEIQUEEN GUINSATAO

JULIUS GULAYAN, Jr

JUNIOR ARTISTS MILVIN MANITCHALA MARK JEFFERSON MARABE

JUNIOR ADVISER

CLARA MANGOLINCHAO-GONZALES SENIOR ADVISER

JOHN G. TAYABAN

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Special Issue 2013

The Unpopular Truths Behind the Popular Balloting, the Council and the Facebook Page Almost a year has passed since the first university-wide election, the Student Central Council remains to be the highest student council of the university. Why, there is definitely no question about that. Yet amid criticisms of how the cliché of the functions of SCC as being “just organizers of activities and programs” rather than slanting towards the welfare of the students, it remains unfazed. What issues did a universitywide election solve that a ‘representative-from-each-school’ voting did not anyway? What project has this year’s SCC done which the past administrations have not? But what former SCC secretary Mr. Mark Balonquita said during last year’s election to be an avenue for the studentry “to feel

the responsibility of supporting their officers” has become a mere campaign scheme to further the movement for a university-wide election. Because what has transpired within the bulwark of this organization—the issues, the adversity and all—have been kept in what is supposed to be a central body that makes known to the students it leads vital and critical matters that need be addressed and attended to. ‘UN’POPULAR BALLOTING One of the problems that have fraught this year’s election is the lack of information dissemination as admitted by the president himself referring to the lone party which has completed their line-up.

“Siguro nagkaroon din ng lack of advertisement,” he said. And in the president’s own words, the seemingly taciturn SCC “has not been seen” this year as evidenced by the unopposed candidates in the top positions for this year’s election. “One thing, baka walang interested kumbaga or talagang ‘di nila (students) na-feel ‘yung SCC this year kaya ‘yun ang problema,” Erwin Keith Alipio said. Iisa’t Sama-samang Marian Young Leader (ISMYL) Party presidential and vice-presidential bets Raychard Viner Balassu, BSEd-Social Sciences 3, and Gerome Rogel, BS Accountancy 4, respectively are running unopposed since the other party, Cryosphinx, only has four bets, the highest position aimed by one of its

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ISMYL Iisa’t Sama-samang Marian Young Leaders Soon to Serve Student MEALS

Raychard Viner M. Balassu “Sineset ko po yung mind ko sa [kung ano man] maaring mangyari.”

• Gabi ng mga Bago at Gabi ng mga Ganap na Marian • Workshops and Seminars for Non-Club Members • Exhibits for Students • Gawad Parangal para sa mga Natatanging Marian

• Intensive Leadership Training

A cademic Excellence

• School-wide Student Study Group Program • Think-Tac-Toe

Aileen Belle N. Galapon

“Kaya nga hindi lang iisa ang Student Central Council (SCC). Magtutulungan po kami.”

M aximizing Potentials

Gratification E motional • Weekly Counseling

CRYOSPHINX

PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

Jeremy C. Mosquito

Aspect S piritual • Faith Reflections • Mission-Vocation Fund Box

S T A R

Structured, Transparent, Accountable and Responsible

SECRETARY

“Gusto kong makilala ang SCC. Ibabalik ko ang tiwala nila dito. As a Marian student, siyempre magstart po ako sa sarili ko. Katulad po ngayon nagtututorial po ako ng math sa mga students for free after ng klase ko.”

Romiel P. Mariñas AUDITOR

Pearl Desireen F. Viernes TREASURER

Gerome R. Rogel

“Ikaw na mismo ang magapproach sa kanila (students), malalaman mo naman sa isang tao kung may kailangan sila o wala eh.”

VICE PRESIDENT

“Ano man ang mangyari, I believe in my leadership. Kahit walang gumagawa, gagawa ako.”

AUDITOR

BUSINESS MANAGER

Elijah Elvis P. Robleza BUSINESS MANAGER

PIO

“Kaya ako tumakbo [kasi] gusto kong alisin yung perception about sa SCC na andun sila pero wala.”

“Sa mga concerns din ng mga students, dun kami magrerely or magtutuon.”

A. Through STRUCTURED GOVERNANCE, we believe that the function of each elected SCC officer, whether the President or Business Manager, is given equal credit and respect in terms of organizational planning, implementation and evaluation provided that the officer will comply with his/ her duties and responsibilities instituted in the articles and by-laws of the organization and with the general policy of the organization at large. B. Through TRANSPARENT GOVERNANCE, we believe that SCC as an institutionalized student organization should be recognized as a home of honest and sincere leaders. Therefore, it should be inherent for elected officers to act in the manner provided by the organizational articles and by-laws and not the way which could only benefit their self-interest and self-satisfaction. C. Through ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE, we believe that elected officers must be ready and willing to uphold their function as an officer and competitively face the risk of the responsibility attached to them in order to keep the SCC’s vision of student empowerment.

“I’ll share a little bit of mine that would facilitate something good or change within them.”

Emmanuel C. Jose

Cheriz Ann B. Bimmulog

“I would invest on my potentials and responsibility ko if ever I would win as an auditor. Transparency and accountability should be observed talaga in preparation of financial statements. As much as possible, may monthly issues of financial reports for the students to know how the fund of SCC is allocated.”

Everard Mark Q. Domingo

L eadership and Social Awareness

• Week it, to Win it • Sumbong, Sumbong! Kay Bonggang, Bonggang! DODONG and FRIENDS • Suggestion Box • BARATILYO: Tulong Dunong

“Gagawin ko ang job ko as a leader, papakinggan ko sila. Magiging open ako sa kanila (students), na andito lang kami. Kami ang magsosolve ng kung ano man ang mga problema nila.”

Team Vision: Empowering Marian Students Through STAR Governance

“Naniniwala po ako sa mga capabilities ko. In my own simple way, I can be a good example once na na-elect ako. I can change the face of SCC.”

Rey Mark A. Castillano PIO

“Ang kailangan mong gawin, marunong ka [dapat] makinig sa sasabihin ng ibang tao, kahit negative yan o positive. Pagiging open lang ‘yan para malaman mo kung ano ba talaga yung problema.”

Ronald N. Ramos BUSINESS MANAGER

“Para sa ‘kin, as long as you have the passion and the plan, a greater plan for the Marian community at maaprubhan ‘yung mga plans mo, gaganda ang takbo ng organization [SCC].”

D. Through RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE, we believe that SCC should not only develop internally but also operate and expand its function externally through addressing the academic, physical, emotional, or spiritual demands of Marian students through an attainable, relevant and sustainable form of student services. Specifically, CRYOSPHINXers want the following activities be established in the Marian Community for A.Y. 2013-2014. 1) To strengthen the implementation of CHSF through extending various environment-related seminars and workshops to Marian stakeholders particularly students. 2) To organize committees (e.g. committee on logistics) within the SCC organization to encourage each officer to make an effort and primarily to make every planned student project or activity more successful through the concept of division of labor and skills specialization. 3) To provide students with financial statements intended for their personal review in order for them to be informed on how the funds are being utilized. 4) To sponsor weekly mass for Marian students to develop their spiritual life.


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