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Kidlat strikes at Malaysia It struck and it struck gold. Traveling 59.9 kilometers per liter of diesel, the electrifying Kidlat scorched everything on its path, besting its opponents at the recent Shell EcoMarathon Asia 2011, held at Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last July 6-9, bringing home and toasting the bacon in the Diesel Fuel Award-Urban Concept Category . Various high school and college teams from across Asia participated in this event with the task of designing and building the most efficient vehicle that can cover the farthest mileage with the least amount of fuel. “This competition encourages our Filipino students to build more cars and technologies for greater energy efficiencies. We also hope to foster the same kind of enthusiasm, inspiration and awareness to our own students back in the country,” said Ed Chua, Shell Philippines chair. Entries were divided into two categories, the Futuristic Prototype where designs sought to achieve the highest efficiency through innovative and creative design elements; and the Urban Concept which focused on producing four-wheeled vehicles having exceptional fuel efficiency. The Urban Concept Category, where Team UP participated in, included two sections: electric mobility and internal combustion, the latter being further subdivided into categories based on the type of fuel that their vehicles will be using: gasoline, diesel, gas to liquids (GTL), and FAME (fatty acid methyl ester). Awards were given to vehicles with the best mileage per liter of fuel. The UP Team, comprised of students from the Mechanical Engineering Department, Power Electronics Laboratory, Electronics and Electrical Engineering Institute, Prof. Gerald Jo C. Denoga from the ME Department and Prof. Carl Michael F. Odulio from the EEEI as their team advisers, focused on designing a vehicle that allows its engine to operate at its most efficient state, achieved through an efficient and lightweight assembly, as

Team UP with their award-winning vehicle Kidlat well as a diesel-electric hybrid system, according to Stanley Siahetiong, UP Team Kidlat leader. The members of the mechanical group, which was responsible for chassis design and the engine and powertrain, were composed of: Tito Eusebio Jr., Head and Team Manager; Siahetiong, Team Leader; Ervian Lao, Driver and Chassis Design; Janina Victoria Pascual, Driver and Safety Officer; Joselito “Yam” Alcaraz, Head of Body Design; Rachell Ann Austero, Head of Logistics; Jonry Marquez, Chassis Design Group Head; Samiel Louie Arroj,ado and Mervin Ignacio, Chassis Design; and Sulamita Flores, Francis Antonio, and Cornelio Caracas, Engine and Powertrain. The electronics group was in charge of motor drives and instrumentation and composed of: Gaudan Albert Chekov Castillo, Electronics Group Head; Roberto Emmanuel Carlos, Instrumentation Group Head ; Aynaranda Salazar and Rolf Emmanuel Ocampo, Instrumentation; Adrian Jay Virata, Programmer; Rovinna Janel Cruzate, Hazel Ellaga, and Francis Gabriel Roque, Electric Motor Drive; Cyrus Dickson Cruz, Public Relations and Promotions; and Charisse Anne de Leon, Webmaster.

Our team began their work early February through the assistance from private companies and sponsors, including Meralco and Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Chairman Manny Pangilinan. Dean Aura Matias, from the College of Engineering, has been extremely supportive in this endeavour and has greatly helped the team in finding sponsors. Funding for this project did not entail the use of UP funds and was mainly obtained

Team Kidlat Mechanical Group

Team Kidlat Electronics Group

WHAT’S HAPPENENG’G? Opening Week 2011: Escape Velocity ends with a bang! IE Club proclaimed champion!

IE regains Engineering Cup crown as it is declared the Ultimate Survivor!

ESC launches Engineering Marketing Congress 2011: Business Beyond Bills!


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CURRENTS

DCS launches Mentorship Program This school year, the Computer Science (CS) Representatives in cooperation with the CS Network initiated the first ever mentorship program, which aims to help students in their major subjects. Students who signed up for the program are assigned mentors, which are student volunteers from different organizations in CS.

behind our classes made me realize that the CS Mentorship program would be of great help to me,” The ’07 Emperadors lived up to their name as shared one of the CS freshman. they emerged victorious in the Clash of the ChEmpires (COTC) last July 4, 2011, Monday, at the Quezon City Memorial Circle Covered Courts. Volunteering

As of now, 16 students signed up to be mentors. For Camille Salazar, she didn’t exactly sign up to be one. “I was volunteered by the academic committee head of our organization after I taught in one of [my org’s events]. But thinking about it now, I really want to become a mentor because when I was a freshman, I found the subjects hard. There was no one there to help me since I was block-less. I don’t want the freshmen to experience that.

Extra Help Since its launch last June 19, a total of 32 students have signed up. Students asked for help in various subjects like CS 11, 12, 21, 30, and 32. A large number are first year students who want tutoring on their first CS major. “I signed up because I think I need extra help from people outside the classroom who certainly know more about our les- Learning sons in CS11. My thinking that I don't want to lag Almost two months have passed since the launch of the program. When asked about effectiveness, a freshman said, “As of now, it has helped me understand more the lessons in our lectures and the skills we need for our lab activities. This CS Mentorship program does not only guide me through my studies but also let me meet people who make my life as a UP student more enjoyable. I get to know my mentor and his friends and have fun while learning.” -Mara Issabel Luna

CS students listen intently as the mentorship program is discussed during the DCS freshman orientation

ChE Freshmen visit Laboratory

ICE receives new equipment, appoints new director

The Chemical Engineering freshmen were formally introduced to the Chemical Engineering ICE Shakers Two new equipment have been added to Laboratory through the Chemical Engineering Lab the Institute of Civil Engineering laboratories Tour 2011: LAB @ First Sight last June 27, 2011. namely, the Shaking Table (or Earthquake ShakThe tour consisted of eight stations. The first ing Table), which is a device used in shaking one was the Laboratory Orientation, where the structural models to test their performance in do’s and don’t’s when inside the laboratory and the case actual earthquakes occur, and the MePersonal Protective Equipment (PPE) necessary chanical Siever (or Mechanical Sieve Shaker), a when working were discussed. Three unit opera- machine which separates materials by their size. tions – Sedimentation, Gas Absorption, and Heat There is no news yet when these will be used by Transfer followed next. Afterwards, Mr. David Gon- the students, but they are already inside the zales, an instructor from the Department, gave a College of Engineering, UP Diliman. lecture on the Laboratory Equipment. The last three stations were Screening, Crushing, and New director, new direction After months of having no director, the ICE Pumps. has finally chosen Dr. Alexis A. Acacio to replace The LAB @ First Sight was organized by UP the newly appointed Vice Chancellor for ReALCHEMES, in coordination with the Department, search and Development, Dr. Benito Pacheco. the ChE Representatives, and UP KEM. This project He was chosen by the nomination committee aims to acquaint ChE freshmen with the laboratory spearheaded by three department chairs in the and its equipment, and entice them to appreciate College of Engineering. Their decision of choosthe course they have chosen. It also aims to provide ing Dr. Acacio was based on the interviews they an avenue for them to meet their course mates and conducted with the staff, the Engineering Stu-

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’07 Emperadors dominate Clash of the ChEmpires

The ’11 Centurions, ’10 Spartens, ’09 Knights, ’08 Dominators, and ’07 Emperadors battled it out to be crowned the ruling ChEmpire, pushing themselves to their limits in basketball, volleyball, and badminton, and sweating it all out even in less athletic games like patintero, relay series, Pinoy henyo, and tug o’ war. The Knights smashed the Emperadors in badminton doubles, while the Dominators triumphed over the Centurions in patintero. The Spartens outran the Centurions in the relay series and outwitted the Emperadors in Pinoy Henyo. The Emperadors dominated in many of the Table 1: Clash of the ChEmpires Results EVENT

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Basketball

200

66.67

66.67

133.33

66.67

Volleyball

200

66.67

133.33

66.67

66.67

Badminton Singles

100

66.67

33.33

33.33

33.334

Badminton Doubles

66.67

33.33

100

33.33

33.33

Patintero

16.67

50

16.67

16.67

33.33

Relay Series

16.67

16.67

16.67

50

33.33

Pinoy Henyo

33.33

16.67

16.67

50

16.67

Tug-O-War

50

16.67

33.33

16.67

16.67

TOTAL

683.34

333.35

416.67

400

300

OVERALL

1

4

2

3

5

dent Council’s CE Representatives, and the organizations’ representatives. They asked for their opinion about how a director should be and asked for their expectations for the new director, and after their deliberation, Dr. Acacio was chosen for the new directorship of the Institute of Civil Engineering. ICE student receives study grant The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineering (PICE) has chosen, from the PICE chapter – PICE UP Diliman, one of UP ICE students, to represent the university and the country in the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) Study Tour Grant 2011. The lucky student is Ms. Anjenine Guanlo and she will be in Japan from August 21-28, 2011. –Pia Jarantilla and Romer Julius Alzona


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ChE freshmen attend Department Seminar

ChE athletes smile for a picture after the games

games, nabbing the championship in basketball, with the Spartens trailing behind; volleyball, followed closely by the Knights; badminton singles, destroying the Dominators; and tug o’ war, with the Knights again grabbing the next spot. Over-all, the Emperadors secured a 266.67point lead over the second placer, the Knights, which narrowly defeated the Spartens with 16.67 points. (see table 1 for reference) COTC is the second installment of the Battle of the Batches, which was first organized by the ChE Representatives last 2010. The event’s main objective is to discover and train ChE players for the Engineering Cup. Furthermore, it aims to provide an avenue for batch-bonding and to give ChE students a day to unwind and enjoy. –Diana Joy Gernan

ME Drill Drivers make the cut in Bosch cordless race The UP ME Drill Drivers drilled and drove their way to second place, trailing behind Mapua Institute of Technology and besting six other colleges and universities, in the Bosch Power Tools Asia Cordless Race held at Boomland Kart Track, CCP Complex in Pasay City last May 15, 2011.

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The two department organizations, UP ALCHEMES and UP KEM, showcased their talents through the intermission numbers they prepared and presented. The said organizations also culminated the event by inviting the audience to their respective Applicants’ Orientation Seminars.

The ChE Department Seminar was organized by UP KEM, hand in hand with the Department, the Chemical Engineering Representatives, and UP ALCHEMES. It intends to introduce the ChE first year students to the course, the Department, the student council, and the organizations. Furthermore, it aims to prepare them for their forthcomDr. Rizalinda de Leon, the ChE Department ing academic and, possibly, extra-curricular loads. Chair, went first on the podium and delivered her Diana Joy Gernan opening remarks. Next to grace the stage was Assistant to the Chair Engr. Cyril Bajamundi, who briefed the freshmen regarding their academic load for the next five years by discussing the BS ChE curriculum.

The Chemical Engineering Department officially welcomed the ChE freshmen through AvalanChE: the Chemical Engineering Department Seminar last June 27, 2011 at the Engineering Theater.

Engr. Trixie Ruth Dy, a current MS ChE student, inspired the first year students with her talk on college life. The ChE Representatives took the spotlight next by introducing themselves and inviting the freshmen to the events organized by the Engineering Student Council.

ChE freshmen during the Department Seminar

participated in the cheer dance competition, which served as an intermission number. The UP cheer dance team, composed of ME and Industrial Engineering students, grabbed the third place.

universities from Thailand, Malaysia, China, and Korea, on September 21-23 at Beijing, China. The team is currently making improvements on the car and preparing strategies to win the race. –ME Representatives

The other participating schools were Colegio de San Juan De Letran - Calamba, Don Bosco Technical College - Mandaluyong, Rizal Technological University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, University of San Carlos Cebu, and University of Mindanao-Davao.

The race karts must be powered and driven using cordless lithium-ion power tools courtesy of Bosch. The UP team started building the car early April and was composed of five students and a The top two faculty adviser. They also received help from other namely Mechanical Engineering students who volunteered schools, Mapua and UPD, will to join the project. represent the PhilipThe race was composed of three laps. The pines in the Bosch Drill Drivers secured the first spot in the first two Power Tools Asia Cordlaps, which were conducted to determine the or- less Race 2011 and will against der of the karts for the succeeding laps. The third compete lap determined the race winner. The schools also other colleges and

UPD’s race kart

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FEATURE

SWEET ESCAPE Five days. Five freshmen. One escape.

Initially, I was vexed by the notion that we needed to go to the university so early in the morning for reasons other than academics. There were a lot of people that day, hundreds of faces whose names I would find difficult to remember, yet among them were few familiar friends that I was lucky enough to have as block mates. After the rounds of performances from groups like the UP Singing Ambassadors, UP Dance Sport, and UP Repertory Company, I cannot help but be amazed by the talent that the people in UP have. But perhaps what appealed to me the most that morning was the cheesy variation of the game Hep Hep Hurray, replacing such words with Up Up! Here…We Go! Winning in such a game, no matter how trivial it may seem, brings a certain joy that is strong enough to make my block mates jump in excitement.

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I have always been envious of people who can dance well.

Before college, it has always been my personal stereotype among engineering students, that though we are (supposed to be) well-versed in mathematics and the sciences, we are not the pop stars of tomorrow. UP students, to me, were It was the second day of the opening week of the bookish kind, the nerdy people who devote and I was excited to witness the organization ex- most of their time to reading books and solving hibits. The second day was entitled Multiverse: problems. Or so I thought. Explore New Horizons. It was indeed an exploraIt was an afternoon after math class when a tion of new horizons since different organizations participated in it. I wanted so badly to see which friend invited me to go with her to a talent comorganizations in the College of Engineering will petition, an event that is part of this year’s Opensuit my course, interests, and personality. When I ing Week. I was hesitant at first, seeing that I finally took a closer look at the exhibits, I was should be going home early and prepare tomorThe Grand Pakain was really remarkable. astounded to see that we Engineering students row’s pre-lab report, but given that we are close Aside from the fact that the organizers would friends, I obliged. are not just engineers; we are artists. have to prepare food for hundreds of people, seeing how people coming from different backPsychedelic. That was the word that crossed The second day grounds forge new bonds among themselves was did not end with my mind when I entered the theater. There were very inspiring. Block photos, 10-second tradejust the organiza- colorful lights of various patterns that beamed marks, and the lengthy conversations from differtion exhibits. At through the darkness of the room; people ent people made my day truly memorable. But around 1PM, an organization fair was held at cramped close together, excited for the performthere was nothing more magical than what hapCHAC. We heard that the block with the most ances that their orgs would be presenting to us. pened during that night. number of attendees will receive the award Most There were skits with Pokemons in them, Participative Block. When we finally went inside, I Undeniably, we were exhausted from the was elated to see booths from different organiza- skits about college life, musical presentations, multitude of activities that we had to go through tions. They prepared different activities and outstanding dance presentations, rapping, and and in a hurry to get home already. But as soon games for us freshmen. Aside from the interactive even miming. It definitely exceeded my expectaas darkness began to envelope the skies and peobooths, the organizers of the event held games tions. The general atmosphere of cheering for ple started handing out candles and paper lan- every hour. It was fun to watch my fellow fresh- your block handler’s performance, cheering for terns, I decided to stay and watch as we prepared men play with the upper classmen. The games your friends to do their best, watching other perto set the lanterns to flight. What happened next held were not that common, like the Jack Daniel’s formers sing, dance, and act as if the world is their was magical. Tens of lanterns floating through Transfer It wherein you will use your mouth to stage, all of these made me feel that everyone has the evening and the excitement of everyone as transfer as much water as you can inside the bot- something to show that they can be proud of. The they worked on making their lanterns soar like tle of Jack Daniels by using a plastic cup. The day fear of ridicule thus loses its essence when one the rest, all of which was enough to have us en- ended with a big smile on my face. The organiza- puts passion in the things that one does. The judges’ comments, though harsh at times, were chanted. It was a sight to behold indeed. But tion fair truly made my day. also amusing and constructive when viewed in a perhaps the reason why most of us were in awe positive perspective. was due to the unison of everyone’s lanterns piercing the darkness with their light that seemed It was truly a delight. The winning performto be a metaphor of what is to come in the folance gave me inspiration to continue my enlowing years. deavor to improve my dancing. Life is but a dance in a sense that we move through it and make our Indeed, this day was appropriately named choices depending on the song that Fate plays for Zero Gravity: Sky’s the Limit for we are a people us. Yet, like dancing, we need not be restricted by of ambition, much like the paper lanterns that what we hear and often the best performances soared the skies that night, lighting up the darkare those that express the inner passion in each of ness and bringing hope to the people who have us. watched and prepared them to the journey that

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Christian Joy Aranas

Riuji Sato


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My block participated on the fourth day of the opening week entitled Aurorae: A Quest to Affinity. One of the activities of that event was a game wherein your block will have the chance to hold the title Ang Pinakapasabog na Block. The objective of the game was to pop the balloons but with a twist: you have to do it with the balloons on your block mate’s lap. We really had fun with the game. But besides that, there was another event my block mates and I participated in. Days before Aurorae, I brought all the stuffed toys that we were not using at home for the activity Ang Pinakamabait na Block. The ESC said that these stuffed toys will be given to a charity chosen by them. Reaching out to them in a small way was such a great feeling. I was about to go home when I passed by several student council members telling me that there was a free concert at the National Engineering Center grounds with free food and drinks. I heard that Markus Highway, Duster, Gracenote, and Sandwich were there to give the students a rocking concert. My block mates and I decided to attend the concert since it was free anyway and I felt excited to hear that the College will try to break a Guinness World record, the largest glow stick design. After the concert, it was the time to witness the most awaited event. We were given each a glow stick for this activity. We formed a 101 figure since it was the first year of the next century for the College. We stayed on our place for a minute so that the organizers can take pictures and videos of this moment. Finally, we were given a piece of paper to write our favorite block for the award Ang Pinakafavorite Kong Block. On the paper, we also wrote our name so that the organizers can count the number of people who participated. It was a thrilling moment since this was the first time I participated in a world record breakGo to page 13 for the Engineering Opening Week 2011 tables of results.

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THE IMPULSE

We are in need of an escape.

A world that we deem necessary in times of stress like these days. The onslaught of academics so early in the semester and the period of adjustment that every freshman goes through do take a toll; and by the end of this week we badly need some place to just let ourselves loose. It was my first time to attend a party, and it was in Area 05, Tomas Morato. I went to the Fifth Dimension: Surreal Extensity to support my block mates who were fortunate enough to make it through the eliminations of the fashion show. Inside, there were free beverages and a photo booth provided by the organizers. (Freshmen were not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages though.) There was something surreal about the place: lights flashing through the general darkness with people dancing as if intoxicated by the madness of this night, calling the inner party girl in me to come out and just feel and be the scene. When the program started, I was gleeful to see my fellow freshmen flaunt their costumes and their modeling talents, fruits of the times they have spent preparing. It just goes to show engineering students are not only excellent problem solvers, but artistic people as well. Their costumes, much like the atmosphere of the place, seemed to bring us all to a whole new different world. Minutes before midnight, the lights were then turned off. To our surprise, professors and department representatives came out and ramped. The people were in hysteria of drunken madness. People drinking shots after shots, songs playing loudly, people dancing in ecstasy, and the bouts of screaming of words saying nothing, all of which has made me into a diffrent person that I usually am. We truly have let ourselves loose that night. It was something to be remembered, an escape from the stressful days that will constitute what we will deem as normal in the years to follow. It was very much like a modern masquerade without the need of hiding your identity in fear of being judged for the person that you are.

Edsel John Serrano

Genesis Valencia

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FEATURE

Thirty-nine days. Eight We are only tiny specks in this gargantuan world. But together and in unity, we become more. The journey of this year’s Engineering Cup began on July 8, 2011 at the Engineering Theater with flaming hopes and a fiery tribal council, which was enjoyed by 250 UP Engineering students. The program started at around 6 in the evening with a blast of colorful lights and thrilling sounds. An audio visual presentation of the old camaraderie in the last Engineering Cup was first shown in the screen. Then, our very own loving and respectable Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzales gave her warm welcome towards the event. Also, she introduced each tribe as each tribe’s flag was shown off at the stage. Then, finally, she led everyone in an oath to sportsmanship. To end the adrenaline-filled program, each tribe pulled their lungs out as they chanted their team’s shout, filling the room with voices hungry to win it. The end of the program marked the beginning of the series of battles each team was soon to face.

Nobody said it was easy. It was always this tough. But we, we can be tougher. A series of basketball elimination matches for the men and women comprised the first games, and were held at the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC). Though the weather was stormy on July 9 and 11, the basketball players competed in unwavering intensity. The strong winda did not stop the tribal spirit of each team. After July 29, EEE Sakwil and MME Sekani led the basketball men’s match with both 3-0 Win-Lose, whereas the basketball women’s division’s leading teams were EEE Sakwil and IE Kaizen. The four

Dept./Insti.

RANK

TOTAL

Basketball

Volleyball

Soccer

Frisbee

Badminton

Chess

ChE INITSIGAN

6

79

9

9

3

3

3

2.5

CE BARAKIL

4

104.5

19

15

12

7

10

6

CS UBUNTU

7

60

3

4.5

3

10

1.5

2.5

EEE SAKWIL

5

99.5

30

21

7

7

1.5

10

GE NADIR

8

46.5

12

4.5

7

3

5

2.5

IE KAIZEN

1

170

19

21

20

20

6

2.5

ME KATALA

2

139.5

6

12

10

12

8

5

MMME SEKANI

3

138

19

30

16

16

4

8

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Christelle Azel Montemayor


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tribes. One SURVIVOR. teams that made it to the semifinals and the finals for the men’s division were EEE Sakwil, CE Barakil, IE Kaizen, and MMM Sekani; and for the women’s division, EEE Sakwil, IE Kaizen, ChE Initsigan and MMM Sekani . The latter games were played during the second week of August. Volleyball elimination games were held on July 11, 18, and 25, also at QMC. In the elimination games, CE Barakil and MMME Sekani led the men’s division while MMME Sekani alone was the leading tribe in the women’s division. Eventually, those two tribes won in their respective divisions.

When you take life too seriously, the joke’s on you. On July 20, Eng’g witnessed the first ever weekly challenge, the Agility Test. Over 200 students relished an hour of fun and adventure as cheered for their players who jumped around the Engineering Lawn while inside a sack. The Institute CE Barakil grabbed the first place, followed by ChE Initsigan and MMME Sekani. The engineering students were again tested on August 4, by a second challenge, which was dominated by ME Katala. Simultaneously on July 16, track and field, chess, badminton, and table tennis were held at different venues. Track and field was attended by a number of engineering students at the track oval. Chess quietly took place at the fourth floor, quiet zone of Melchor Hall. Badminton was in Kalayaan Badminton Center and table tennis was in our very own, UP Gymnasium. Kaizen outran the others in track and field, Sakwil brought the house down in chess, Barakil smashed its con-

Lawn Tennis

Sports Climbing

Swimming

Table Tennis

Track

Weekly Challenges

Run

Attendance

Defaults

Eng’g Var Games

4

3

2.5

8

6

10

8

8

0

0

5.5

1.5

4.5

4

1

8

8

2

-2

3

3

5

2.5

3

5

2

7

4

0

0

5.5

6

1

1.5

3

1

8

1

-2

-2

1

1.5

8

1.5

4

4.5

0

6

-10

0

8

4

10

6

10

4.5

34

4

0

0

10

10

6

5

2

4.5

40

10

-1

0

2

8

4.5

10

8

4.5

8

3

-1

-2

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Christopher Obniala

Genesis Valencia

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FEATURE

Eng’g Cup: Surviving Seven Years Some may argue that engineering students are only defined by books, calculators, and equations. Unfortunately for them, the students of the College of Engineering in UP Diliman clearly prove them wrong. Amidst their back-breaking academic load (and various extra-curricular activities for some), UPD Eng’g students still manage to bring out their sporty side and show others that they can be athletic as well. For seven years now, the Engineering Student Council continues to bring together 5000+ engineering students to a college-based sports event, the Engineering Cup, where the two institutes and six departments are pitted against each other in a competitive yet friendly and healthy competition. The events are divided into major events, which are comprised of basketball, volleyball, ultimate, and football, and field events, which include lawn tennis, badminton, table tennis, swimming, sports climbing, track, and chess. With the theme Survivor: Engage, Endure, Enjoy, this year’s Engineering Cup definitely brought out the competitive facet of every Eng’g student. The tribes Chemical Engineering Initsigan, Civil Engineering Barakil, Computer Science Ubuntu, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Sakwil, Geodetic Engineering Nadir, Industrial Engineering Kaizen, Mechanical Engineering Katala, and Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering Sekani undeniably stretched their limits and pushed themselves just to be proclaimed this year’s Ultimate Survivor. To culminate the exciting competition, a run for a cause was held last August 14 in UP Diliman. Entitled Head Start: Run for Education, it was composed of three different categories: 2.2km, 5km, and 10km, each indicating the distance of the route covered. Students and professionals, children and adults, men and women participated in the cause-oriented event, bringing in around 500 runners. Proceeds will go to a beneficiary elementary school here in Manila. Last year saw the prowess of EEE, IE, and MMME, as they emerged the top three teams. Last August 16, the College of Engineering witnessed the closing and awarding ceremony of this year’s Engineering Cup 2011 at the Engineering Theater. The house was almost full as the students waited for the announcement of this year’s over-all champion. The ceremony was opened by Ms. Shiela Marie Sese, the Vice-chairperson of the Engineering Student Council. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each event were awarded that afternoon. But of course, they were all waiting for the rankings of each department/isntitute in the Engineering Cup. It was a big turn of events as the IE Kaizen regained the title of over-all champion, grabbing it back from EEE Sakwil,

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THE IMPULSE

WHAT IS EMC? The Engineering Marketing Congress (EMC) is an engineering-based marketing competition and seminar series on ideation, communication, technical writing, and creative design, which simulate the corporate world. With the theme “Business Beyond Bills,” it explores the side of marketing beyond money-making and profit generation, which is social responsibility and entrepreneurship. It intends to promote the latest engineering research and development projects as scientific solutions to contemporary socio-economic and environmental issues.

HISTORY

Originally called the “Marketing Congress,” the EMC started out in the year 1994 with the vision of becoming the prestigious marketing competition held in the College of Engineering. Then ESC Councilor, Chemay Avena, headed the first-ever Engineering Marketing Congress, which now continues to recognize the best marketers and thinkers of the college from various departments and institutes. Now on its seventh year, the Engineering Marketing Congress reaches new heights by taking it beyond with newer innovations and more refined ideas. EMC has now grown into a perfect venue for young engineers to develop skills and ideas essential to the corporate world.

THE SEMINARS Four seminars to help you take entrepreneurship beyond. Three workshops to equip you with the necessary skills and abilities. Two speakers per seminar to lend you a hand in marketing. And one Engineering Marketing Congress to develop you as a marketer, an entrepreneur, and most of all, an engineer. Step beyond. Learn how you can be part of the solution to our society’s most pressing issues. Seminar One: Social Entrepreneurship for Engineers will give you insights on how you can practice your profession while helping other people at the same time. Resist mediocrity. Arm yourself with the proper knowledge in writing marketing plans and technical papers. Seminar Two: Research and Business Plan Writing offers you just what you need in writing thesis papers that would surely stand out and shine. Redefine the norms. Do not get left behind and show the world what we Filipinos are made of! Attend Seminar Three: Global Marketing and find out how we can sell our ideas to the global market and how we can make our mark as Filipino engineers in this fast-changing world. Oppose stagnation. Accepting who you are is good. But knowing you can be more than that is better! Seminar Four: Self-Packaging and Power Dressing will definitely bring out the best in you and will give you confidence in presenting your thesis in front of company executives.

MARKETING FAIR OPEN HOUSE Engineering Marketing Congress 2011: Business Beyond Bills introduces a new segment: the Marketing Fair Open House. Participants are given the opportunity to showcase their projects and ideas through a one-day exhibit, in which observers from the college will be able to vote for their favorite project from a wide selection of projects. The Marketing Fair Open House is envisioned to be an excellent venue for the participants to exercise the skills they have acquired during the seminar series.

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PULSES protection against discrimination, sexual violence and abuse, and teen pregnancy c. Physical, Social and Emotional Changes in Adolescents d. Children's and women's rights e. Fertility awareness f. STI, HIV and AIDS g. Population and development h. Responsible relationship i. Family planning methods j. Proscription and hazards of abortion k. Gender and development l. Responsible parenthood The DepED, CHED, DSWD, TESDA, and DOH shall provide concerned parents with adequate and relevant scientific materials on the ageappropriate topics and manner of teaching [of] reproductive health education to their children.”

We believe that the Bill puts emphasis on sexuality, on topics on gender equality and equity, on reproductive health, in contrast to negative propaganda that the bill will be rendering the youth with information on the mechanisms of sexual acts and how it is seen as avenue for pleasure. It is important to stress that the material that is to be taught does not intend to induce arousal or to promote sexual acts but rather to give proper information on issues regarding human sexuality and reproductive health as evidenced by the topics that the Bill proposes to include in the current curriculum in priWe, the Student Body of the College of Engineering, given the dis- mary and secondary schools. parity in opinions and principles, are united in the belief that the State should We also support the RH Bill in its objective to strengthen reproducaddress the problems that the Reproductive Health Bill aims to give solution to. In this regard, it is difficult to present a stand that will accurately represent tive health policies which encompasses maternal care, family planning, and each individual’s outlook on the issue; however, a significant majority of the universal access to quality reproductive health care services. Student Body has voiced their support to the Reproductive Health Bill on the According to the introductory letter given by Sen. Miriam Defensorfollowing grounds: Santiago to the RH Bill: Eleven (II) Filipino women, die every twenty-four hours daily due to The Reproductive Health Bill will provide means for effective inpregnancy and childbirth-related complications. Thus, the formation dissemination on issues relating to reproductive health care and Philippines has one of the highest Maternal Mortality Rate services. According to Section 13 of the Bill, (MMR) in Asia. “Age-appropriate Reproductive Health and More than 60% of pregnancies in the Philippines is classified as high-risk Sexuality Education shall be taught by adequately trained (2003 National Demographic and Health Survey). teachers in formal and non-formal educational system 2.6 million Filipino women would like to plan their families but lack starting from Grade 5 using life-skills and other apinformation and access to do so. (Family Planning Survey proaches.” 2006) Adolescent pregnancy is 30% of annual births (DOH/WHOIUNFPA). In contrary to prevailing propaganda that the Bill will promote the spread of immorality in our society through negative encouragement of the It is evident that there is a pressing need relating to the state of youth to engage in sexual practices as evidenced by statements such as one general reproductive health that our government has to address. In accorgiven by ARCHBISHOP OSCAR V. CRUZ, a retired archbishop and former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in his article Sex dance to the Millennium Development Goals that the Philippines have adopted in 2000, our country has in effect committed itself to implementing Bill 4244, programs that shall cater to reproductive health care needs given that a sig“The Bill promotes promiscuity. It guarantees copulanificant number of objectives from the said set of goals are related to reprotive delight without fear or worry….It invites sexual consumductive health. mate actions with others not his or her spouse. It induces “lovers” to premarital relationships. It draws young people to There are various provisions in the Bill that aims to address these sexual acts…The Bill encourages insensibility. Simply enjoy concerns. To name some, there are provisions on Emergency Obstetric Care sex with anybody at any time, in any way and at any (Section 6), Access to Family Planning (Section 7), Family Planning Supplies place. The good manners and right conduct about human as Essential Medicines (Section 9), Procurement and Distribution of Family sexuality are irrelevant. The good or evil of sexual acts is nonPlanning Supplies (Section 10), Benefits for Serious and Life - Threatening sense.” Reproductive Health Conditions (Section 11), etc. The Bill does not intend to promote early sexual practices through However, there are certain points in the Bill that we see as vague; the introduction of sexuality education in preparatory elementary and seconhence we present these clarifications that we hope to be implemented on the dary educational sectors. It is important to emphasize that these materials Bill. To name some, the definition for the drugs which are legal and medically are stated as age-appropriate and are to be handled by trained educators. To support this, the Bill has specific provisions (Article 13) on the content of the safe should be supplied in the bill. In addition, specific sanctions for the perpetrators of abortion should also be specified. material that is to be taught to students: “Age-appropriate reproductive health and sexuWe believe that the Reproductive Health Bill presents us with a ality education shall be integrated in all relevant subjects timely and appropriate solution to the aforementioned concerns. Through and shall include, but not limited to the following topics: providing equal services to people from all classes, the bill aims to serve its a. Values formation b. Knowledge and skills in selfpurpose of bettering the condition of our present society.

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place, it does not function as it should. Its execution and the operational processes that govern it are not the best they can be. Plenty of students are mis-bracketed, application is highly inefficient, and thus, students give in to the system and fold, or worse, many students are driven away from the university, enroll elsewhere and do not receive the education that should rightly belong to them. Revision and proper implementation must be done.

Every rightfully deserving Filipino student deserves a chance at the best education this nation can provide for them. When it comes to the best, the University of the Philippines is the premier state university and thus, it should be available to those who deserve what it can offer. Despite all this, UP fails to be the beacon of affordable, quality education that it should be. For reasons of one or the other, it falls itself to find alternative ways to fund We from the engineering student council immediately call for the its machineries. revision of the STFAP bracketing, its implementation and its application. Though noble be its intentions and necessary at this time, it becomes highly The Student Tuition Financial Assistance Program or STFAP is one undesirable and undeserving to the students who it was supposed to aid. of the alternative ways UP has chosen to alleviate its financial problems. Its basic foundation is the idea that those who can pay should pay, and those We call for the investigation of the STFAP, its foundations and its who cannot, must be subsidized by the government. Though education fundamentals. Let what was supposed to help the students, truly assist them should be free, the STFAP functions as a practical means to fund the educa- in their time of need. Or if it cannot be done, let a proper system be in place tion that the rest of the students cannot afford. wherein we can all truly be called, mga Iskolar ng Bayan. To begin with, the STFAP should have never existed as the UniverIn entirety, we enjoin the call for greater state subsidy from the sity should be free. But in this less than ideal world, it becomes the student’s government, to restore UP to its former reputation of being a place of true responsibility to help his or her fellow students. And yet, even with this in academic freedom, where social status will not be a hindrance to education,

STAND: STUDENT CODE

ambiguity makes it open to exploitation and violates our rights as students here in the University. While we understand the need for rules to keep peace and order, we know that it is possible for a Code to endorse growth and soWe of the Engineering Student Council stand for the rights of all cial rights. students, teachers, faculty and staff, here in the College of Engineering. We believe in the importance of the principles of order and regulation and at the A proper Student Code should promote development, not stunt it. same time, impartiality and fairness. From what we and our fellow students It should be a code of rights and responsibilities not restriction and rules. It comprehend from our analyses, the current Student Code does not encom- should be one made in close correspondence to those who constitute its pass all of these principles. Thus, we call for the immediate revision of the conventions. 2010 Draft of the Student Code. While we understand the importance of academic freedom, the right to self-expression and social growth, many of the articles within the Code are vague, open to misinterpretation, and ill-disposed towards students. The Student Code should not aim to constitute directives and sanctions upon the students, but to guide, define and empower its students to befit the title of Iskolar ng Bayan.

With this, the Engineering Student Council fully supports the move from the Student Code to the Student Handbook of Rights and Responsibilities, a document made by students, for students.

Knowledge, progress, and service are principles which embody every Engineering student here in the University. It is with Knowledge that we display excellence through progress that grow and thrive and in the service of a Nation we regard as a place of freedom, equality and justice. With As engineers, we believe in the capacity of rights, responsibilities, these in mind we once again call for the immediate revision of the 2010 Studuties and penalties to be declared fairly, properly and accurately quantified. dent Code. Much of the current Student Code is unclear and unfavorable to students; its

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Letter from the Editor Dear Reader, You might be wondering what happened with What’s HappenEng’g, the original title of ESC’s publication. Since the College of Engineering is entering a new century, I, along with my team, have decided that it was also time for this paper to begin a new phase, a phase that would hopefully stand the test of time. In choosing a name, we began by thinking of various terms which were related to Engineering. We then racked our brains and eventually we picked one of them, which was, apparently, impulse. This word, which for us engineers is the product of the change in momentum produced by a force in a certain time interval, also means a sudden urge or desire to act, which the Impulse team envisions to be felt and realized by every engineer in the near future. Thank you for taking time in reading the fruits of our labor. We hope to hear your feedback.

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