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Benchama Maharat student were taught creating e-Portfolio through smartphone applications Photo by Ubon Ratchathani University For more photos, scan QR code

UBU responds to Thailand 4.0 policy

By Siriwan Mokpha

Ubon Ratchathani University has held the project of academic service for networking high school at Benchama Maharat School to respond to the government policy, “Thailand 4.0” On February 2018, Ubon Ratchathani University has been held the project of academic at Benchama Maharat School to respond the government policy, “Thailand 4.0”. Ubon Ratchathani University collaborated Matthayom 6 students’ guardians at 2017 academic year and the guidance department of Benchama Maharat School to hold the project of lecture concerning the topic of “To Obtain Information for Preparation of Studying at a University”. To be ready in order to study at a university, it is important for students to make an “e Portfolio” and present themselves. Assistant Professor Seuppong Hongpukdee, the Deputy Dean of the Administrative Section, Ubon Ratchathani University, was the lecturer concerning the topic “Desirable Charcteristics; A Good Characteristic is half the battle.” This project was held to make the students who were Matthayom 4 participants confident in themselves in order to confidently continue studying at universities. Witchuda Mongkon, the Head of Entry Department, Services Division of Education, Ubon Ratchathani was one of the lecturers to dilate on the topic “Thai University Central Admission System (TCAS)” to help students understand the educational system of entrance of universities for preparation to study in universities in the future. Sompong Waruwanathorn, and Thawatchai Salangsing, who are doctors of Information Technology major, Faculty of Science UBU, were lectures of this project to lecture focusing on topic “Making E-Portfolio By Smart Phone Application” for 700 Matthayom 4 students, at Benchanusorn room of the Benchama Maharat School.


Baan Na Café: Ubon tree house café



Dr. Thawatchai Salangsing said that he was glad to be one of the lecturers of this project because it will help those students a lot to apply technology as a tool to present their profiles. Students have learned how to use the application on smartphones to make e-Portfolio. This project can respond the government’s “Thailand 4.0” policy . Nowadays, it is significant to know the use of e-Portfolio for TCAS system, because the E-Portfolio application is a file to keep students’ work in form of electronic system. There are areas in the file to keep photos, and it is easy to use for saving information. It can also keep documents to make the users comfortable, because they do not need to provide any folder to keep their information in it. When students use a folder to keep documents, they have to be careful not to break those documents physically. However, students can install and use some applications that there are many kinds of applications to make e-Portfolio. For example, Scanner has its sub-type like Can Scanner, Clear Scanner, Simple Scan, and Office Lens, it can be downloaded through Google Play Store for Android system and Apple App Store for IOS system as well.


11th UBU Agricultural Fair 2018

These programs can help users to create e-Portfolio, the users can add photos and edit their photos through these program without the use of compute. The users can create their e-Portfolio to have a colorful look or a unique look easily. Moreover, there are some programs that can be used in Android and IOS like PicsArt, Snapseed, and Adobe Photoshop, students can download and install to make e-Portfolio through those programs. So, it can be seen clearly that the use of technology can help students to prepare their e-Portfolio to present themselves when they are going to continue studying in universities through TCAS. In the present 2018, the world is a digital period, people in this generation are able to use technology in their daily lives, and it is possible to have many applications to make people more comfortable to do their task in the future.







11th UBU Agricultural Fair 2018

UBU joins 18th Arts and Cultures of Higher Education Event By Siriwan Mokpha Mr.Songpon Intasian has taken Ubon Ratchathani University personnel and students to join and exchange experience of arts and cultures at the Arts and Cultures of Higher Education Event 18th at Silpakorn University Sanam Chan Palace Campus, Nakhon Pathom province on 7-9 February, 2018.

The colorful windmill at the UBU Agricultural Fair Photo: Samatcha Dadpon

By Suthat Chuangchai The 11th UBU Agriculture Fair 2018, which is known as Southern Isaan Agricultural Fair, under the concept of “The King’s Philosophy Becomes Thailand Agricultural Development 4.0”, was organized by the Faculty of Agriculture from February 9th – 18th at Ubon Ratchathani University. There were many agricultural exhibitions and numerous seedlings which were gathered at this fair for buying and sightseeing. UBU Agricultural Fair is often held on every February at the activity park near the Faculty of Agriculture. The fair was divided into many zones; the first zone was the exhibition for agricultural knowledge and products; the next zone was garden arrangement which was plenty full of flowers and animals; and the last zone was shopping and contests which consisted of diverse food, agricultural machines, and seedlings. The highlights of the fair, which visitors were not to be missed out were the garden arrangements which consisted of various beautiful flowers and cutest animals. This zone got the most attention from visitors because it was very beautiful and outstanding. Then they could take photos, feed animals, and sightsee several animal species. And the agricultural exhibitions, this zone consisted of valuable knowledge and good quality products from the students of Faculty of Agriculture and agricultural experts who cooperated in organizing the valuable exhibitions and gathering the products for visitors. Miss Orathai, a student of English and communication program, said, “The fair is very big. I am very surprised at the beautiful garden arrangement because it is decorated with various and colorful flowers. And I often come here to take photos and to sightsee these flowers when I finish my classes.” The fair was very interesting to students, agriculturists, and others who are interested in agriculture because it compiles the knowledge, products, suggestions from government service, private organizations, and agricultural students.

UBU HM students win first runner-up in 5th THM FAIR

Moun-Suen-Isan Performance Photo: Division of Student Activity

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There were 101 universities around Thailand and which performed 155 performances in this event. Mr.Songpon Intasian, who is a Vice Chancellor of division of student development, Ubon Ratchathani University said that Arts and Cultures of Higher Education Event can lead to promote and inherit Thai arts and Thai cultures.These Thai cultures are various arts and cultures concerning different provincial parts around Thailand. Those arts and culture are prominent in each style like dancing art and artistic work. Ubon Ratchathani prepared a performance to represent one part of Thai culture which was “Moun-Suen-Isan”. This performance can pass on lifestyle of Isan people, it combined various traditions and entertainment to impress audiences who visited this Isan area. Moun-Suen-Isan performance was impressively acted by 20 students from Ubon Ratchathani Isan Dancing Art Club, Faculty of Liberal Arts. This event is held in every year and it is likely to be hoed in the next year as well. Moun-Suen-Isan is a phrase in Isan language. The word “MounSuen” refers to the expression of feeling of having fun while watching Isan performance. For the word “Isan” in this phrase refers to the performances based on Isan culture like Isan dancing and Isan plays.

By Wasoonthara Janpadang On February 9, 2018, Hotel Management students (HM students) of Faculty of Management Science, Ubon Ratchathani University participated in the 5th Tourism and Hotel Management Fair (5th THM FAIR) at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management at Mahasarakham University, the host of this project. There were more than 11 colleges that participated in this fair under the theme “Steadily chic with Thai-style trip”. Mr. Issara Shuenban, a 3rd year Hotel Management student of Ubon Ratchathani University, won the first runner-up on three competitions such as Tourism Quiz, English Presentation Skills, and Tour Guide Skills. Mr. Navaivan Seekam, president of Tourism and Teacher Training Program, Asst. Prof. Pariwat Somnuk, Dr. Pornchaisak Sirisopon, and Mr. Kadapas Ying were the advisors of the student team. For this project, there were 8 kinds of competitions which included Wedding Flower Display for Ballroom Decoration, Mixing Cocktail Skills, Making Bed Skills, Tourism Quiz English Presentation on Tourism Management, Cooking Skills, Tables and Food Services, and Tour Guide Skills. The purpose of this project was to integrate and develop student’s knowledge for using in real life and applying to work. These were the others students who won three awards in the bed- making competition. The winners was Mr. Kriengsak Thongra, a 2nd year student The first runner-up, Mr. Jotpon Chaloewee, a 3rd year student. The second runner-up, Ms. Darika Srida, a 3rd year student.

Table decoration Photo: Ubon Ratchathani University

After receiving the award, students who won the competitions and their teachers brought the prizes and met Mrs. Manthana Samart, Associate Professor of Faculty of Management Science, Ubon Ratchathani University. She congratulated and cheered up the students who participated in this competition. There were 12 colleges that participated in the 5th THM FAIR: Kalasin University, Nakhon Phanom University, Khon Kaen University, Kasetsart University, Chaloem Phra Kiat Sakon Nakhon University, Ubon Ratchathani University, Mahasarakham Rajabhat University, Roi Et Rajabhat University, Sisaket Rajabhat University, Surin Rajabhat University, Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University, and Mahasarakham University. There were over 300 participants for this year. This is another proud moment of Hotel Management students embarked that they created good reputation about their professional skills. It can lead to the production of good graduates, and they will be desirable to the society and the nation.

UBU IR organizes TOEIC tutorial

By Suthat Chuangchai

On February 16, 2018, International Relations (IR) of Ubon Ratchathani University organized the TOEIC tutorial for UBU students and officers in February and March at Sri Mueang Mai meeting room. This tutorial was complimentary for these who were interested in improving skills and preparing for TOEIC test this November. This tutorial was divided into two parts; reading and listening and it was taught by two expert professors in the field. The reading tutorial was held on 19th and 26th February and 5th March from 10:00-12:00 as scheduled and was taught by Asst. Prof. Dr. Saowadee Kongpetch. The listening tutorial was held on 28th February and 7th, 14th March and was taught by Mr. Songwut Bhattarachaiyakorn. The tutorial was official launched at 10:00 a.m. on February 16, and there were a lot of students and offices who joined it. On the first day, lecturers from TOEIC service gave suggestions and advice for students and officers before beginning to study on the scheduled. The expert professors taught the students and officers the tips and tricks how to do the TOEIC test to get the high score. It was very beneficial because doing the TOEIC test was reckon time and examinees had to do test finish on time. So, the tips and tricks were essential for examinees who sit for testing. The students and officers also prepared by reading textbooks which gathered examinations and examples. Miss Pornjira, a student of English and communication, said, “the tricks are very useful because the professors have direct experiences from being an examiner the last TOEIC test. I think this TOEIC tutorial will help me to get the high score.” This tutorial would help students and officers effectively to be ready for the next TOEIC test this coming November, and UBU would be hosting it.

TOEIC listening part is taught by Mr. Songwut Bhattarachaiyakorn

Liberal Arts students cooperate for development, clean around faculty

By Suthat Chuangchai

Liberal Arts students cleaning around the faculty Photo: Liberal Arts Website.

On the last Saturday in February 2018, the Liberal Arts students cooperated together to develop and clean around the Faculty of Liberal Arts from 08:30 – 16:30. The activities were held by the student union of Faculty of Liberal Arts and asked for cooperation from LA students. In the morning, Liberal Arts students gathered for registration and briefing before the development and clean at 08:30. After the briefing, they were separated to cleaning around faculty and in the faculty, such as washing whiteboards, cleaning rooms, and reforming chairs until 11:30 AM. In the afternoon, they gathered again for doing next activities after having lunch break. They were separated into many groups for quotations making contest to find out the best quotation and get rewards for the LA officer and the student union. In each group, they brainstormed to make and design their quotation to be beautiful and unique. The quotations which each group made and designed as a label were talking about uniform reminder and parking. For this activity, students who joined would get two volunteer credits and it also fostered students’ harmony and teamwork.

Liberal Arts students promoting wearing uniform on a sign Photo: Liberal Arts Website.

Adelheid H Brantner visits PS, UBU By Siriwan Mokpha Professor Adelheid H Brantner the University of Graz, Republic of Austria has visited the Chancellor of Ubon Ratchathani University to meet, discuss and share information involving the topic of herbal medicine as Professor Adelheid H Brantner with the chancellor and an academic research at Faculty Doctors of Pharmacy of UBU For more photos, of Pharmaceutical Science, Ubon Photo: Ubon Ratchathani University scan QR code Ratchathani University. On 9 – 13 February 2018, professors and students of Faculty Moreover, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Ubon RatchaProfessor Adelheid H Brantner is given souvenir of Pharmaceutical Science UBU, had welthani has had a convention concerning the knowledge of Pharmaceutical Photo: Ubon Ratchathani University comed Professor Adelheid H Brantner from the Science with the domestic areas of Thailand, and international countries to Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Graz, Republic of Austria to dis- exchange skills of educational knowledge and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical cuss herbal medicine. After the meeting of the Academic Exchange project Care). In addition, this convention can lead to develop students of Faculty of Pharhad done, on February 12, 2018, Professor Assistant Chutinun Prasitphoo- maceutical Science, and organizations for internship to go forward to be universal. ripreechar, Dean of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science took Professor Adel- The convention had been done on November 13, 2017 focusing on exchange of exheid H Brantner to meet Associate Professor Nongnit Theewatthanasuk, the perts, researchers, and students. chancellor of Ubon Ratchathani University, and the Chancellor gave Brant- This project had been operated since academic year 2013, and it would be ner a souvenir. continued to develop the abilities of producing herbal medicine for people in the future.


Special Issue

“Uncover The Undercover” 1421324 English In Media Faculty Of Liberal Arts Ubon Ratchathani University


Chanathip Boonwit

News Editor

Siriwan Mokpha

Feature Editor

Suthat Chuangchai

Opinion Editor

Wasoonthara Jampadang

Sports Editor

Anjira Surasen


By Chanathip Boonwit

Have you ever wondered why some smart

students are often called by teachers in the classroom? Or they are easily forgiven by their teachers even though it is unforgivably wrong? Since time we couldn’t remember, most teachers have become impressively addicted to smart, front-class students and casted unwise, back-end students aside. They give a helping hand to some of them while shaking head with waving hands (implying “bye-bye”) to other half of them. Those teachers push their favorite students to achieve a good life and leave the others lying down at the bottom. Then favorite students take privileges such as scholarship, connection, and even a less risk to walk into the forbidden room in their school. Isn’t that discrimination? Although they tell us every day that who do good things will get good things, they shouldn’t discriminate due to An abstract artwork in the paranodiac-critical method the fact that all students have same value, Watercolor. March 1, 2018 should they? This may be one of the problematic issues in Thailand’s education. Favoritism often damages children. This sort of phenomenon oftentimes occurs in elementary school, and potentially in high school, where children are in the age of early learning. Students in this spring age look for what they have in their capability. As we know, children are curious in everything all around them and extreme in a preference. What they don’t like, they all reject. What they like, they all accept all. But in fact, people are born different, not all of them are absolutely smart in the same level. That’s why elementary teachers are easily distracted by the difference in intelligence level, and eventually, favorite smart children. After children recognize that something is wrong with them and their teacher has a pet, they are likely to reject studying, which may possibly take them into quit or worse, drug use. I experienced favoritism when I was a child before, back when I was incredibly stupid in English, my then worst of classes. I was always nagged and reviled in front of class. That humiliation stopped me doing any homework, attending class, and studying before exam. So the result got so bad, undoubtedly. I went down and down while other students got on complimentary board. They pushed a few students to become successful and left the majority out. Nowadays, some of my rejected classmates became drug addicts, game addicts, and unemployed. And then there is me who survived from the side effects of favoritism. The prominent problem I can see is that favoritism is no longer different from the judge’s gavel. Perhaps that is what makes Thailand stand in the tail of world’s education. Years ago, most people blamed students for being dull and lazy as Thailand got into the rear end. So most parents sent their children for the extra courses because of the competition in education. Until now, Thailand still hangs on the same place even though Thai students have highest studying hours in the world after South Korea. Why don’t we get in the better place? I believe that favoritism plays a strong role in all of this. Culturally speaking, Thai education has an individualistic aspect because they value successful people than successful goals. When people set individuals before goals, teachers tend to support smart students as the representatives of successful education. In other meanings, it hides how bad other students are by presenting good students. But when international institutions e.g. PISA test in order to study how smart students are in each country, it tests in a random sampling. This means they don’t select only smart students to test, but they randomly pick students to test. By this, representative students by favoritism are like nothing here except to save teachers and schools’ image. The only way is to improve overall students’ competence in order to say that Thailand has good educational system. Not only Thailand has favoritism, but also the rest of the world, depending on how we qualify it much or less. It is not too late to change nonetheless. Education system can be a pyramid with strong foundation or a human tower gymnastic formation, they are what we create. Why don’t we care for every student equally, then? “UBU Speed Bump“ Illustration by Chanathip Boonwit


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We are the students from English and Communication program of Ubon Ratchathani University. With great help from our adviser, Mairenallen Joy M. Basilio, we are proud to present our special issue newspaper for the course 1421324 English in Media of 2018. This newspaper is non-commercial use and for educational purposes.

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moking affects the health of smokers and also non-smokers if there is someone smoking nearby. Smoking was banned in many places such as school, hospital and other official places. Also, our university has banned smoking in the university area, especially the area that contains many people. The university has concerns about the negative effects of smoking, so there are non-smoking signs for warning smokers at each faculty building throughout the university. Most of the smokers in the university are student-wearing uniform. Even though there are many non-smoking signs, many people do not care about it. When people from the outside see this, they might think that the university is full of air pollution. As a result, the image of our university will exactly look bad. In addition, others might think that the university is not concerned about this problem and cannot control students in following the rules. Moreover, it disturbs people who are in the same area. When someone is smoking, others do not want to get close to them because of its smell. Sometimes, non-smoking students are affected by the smell of cigarettes. They cannot focus on their lesson nor they have a headache. However, some smokers do not care about others, and they are still happy with their action. The university should do a campaign in this issue seriously in order for smokers to be concern about social responsibility and stop bothering other people by making them breathe air pollution into their bodies even when they are non-smokers.


Save your life when riding motorcycle By Wasoonthara Jampadang


Photo: Forbes Blog

Should UBU become a cashless society?

By Suthat Chuangchai


cashless society is a society that uses credit or debit cards, and e-payments instead of cash for making payments. The cashless society is increasingly becoming popular in the trades society because it is very convenient and secure for users. And now in some restaurants around Ubon Ratchathani University, such as Krua Phanisara, Happy crepes, Wanyen milk zone, and Joy Vietnamese noodle are becoming cashless for their customers’ convenience and security. The cashless society at UBU is still not popular because some owners and students do not know how to use payment methods for making payments or they may not be familiar with the using of these payment methods. But some restaurants at UBU are turning to use the methods for their payments by using outstanding QR code. I think this is very convenient for students, teachers, or other customers because when we forget a wallet or do not have enough cash at the time for payments, we can use Internet banking or e-wallet apps from our banking service provider to scan QR code for transactions.

oad accident is one of the major causes of death, injury and disabil ity of Thai people, especially the accident with motorcyclists. In Ubon Ratchathani University, there are wearing helmet campaigns which aim to prevent injuries of motorcyclists from a crash or fall, and make students aware of the disadvantages of not wearing a helmet The intersection in front of Ubon Ratchathani University gate is crowded with vehicle throughout the day. Ubon Ratchathani University students occupy the most number of drivers on this road, and most of them are not wearing helmets when riding motorcycle. Some students may think that they just ride a motorcycle for a short drive, and so the accident would not happen. They also think about the comfort and the beauty that it is hot and not cool to wear helmet, rather than their safety. Even though the university has many campaigns for this problem, it does not help some students to be aware of the bad results. The university should truly enforce the punishments for those who are not wearing a helmet when riding motorcycle. They should be called to write their name at guardhouse in front of the university gate. The university should call the students whose names were written down more than 3 times to do community service activities, such as cleaning toilets, and keeping trashes around the university. If they still do it again, they will be given a deduction on their points. In addition, the students who do not wear a helmet will be charged 50 THB. This money will be used to buy helmets for the students, and to make a media for the helmet wearing campaign, so that other students can see the advantages of wearing a helmet. These two punishments will teach them that if they do not wear a helmet, it will waste their time and also their money. Wearing helmet is the important thing that everyone should take care of. So, creating the penalties as shown above are a good way to get more attention from people to follow the rules, and to aware of the harmful results.

Moreover, the cashless society is more secure than using cash. We will see that we do not have to carry a lot of cash and it will be not necessary anymore, so we will not risk to lose or get stolen of cash because your money is on Internet banking database which means that money is going with us everywhere. We only just have a smartphone with us; ready to use whenever we want. Furthermore, we can make often transactions, such as transferring money, topup mobile, and service payment because there are these available functions on apps to use on our smartphone, and we can check these all transactions later because they are recorded on the banking database. Thus, I think the cashless society helps us to be secure and is not risky to lose or get stolen of cash because we do not need to carry a lot of money and do not need to go out to banks or counter services for making transactions. In my opinion, UBU should become a cashless society because it is very convenient and secure for students, officers, and owners. And I believe that it will make our life easier and will help us to get the most out of technology.


‘Reverse racism’ of mixed-race life

in Thailand

By Chanathip Boonwit Racism is a very well-known issue in the world. Simple as it is, people get discriminated and racially separated from one another. We may know about people getting looked down upon. However, strangely, there is ‘reverse racism’ occurring around out, and we take it for granted. Cecilia Anette Lindqvist (Aj. Cilia) was born mixedrace (Thai-Swedish) in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, living through Thai Isan culture her entire life. Graduated from Ubon Ratchathani University, she continues her career as a university lecturer for many years now. In this interview, she expressed her life of being born mixed-race, getting viewed superior, and being reversely discriminated.

Cecillia Anette Lindqvist

Q: Do you feel superior to other people or other students in your school? A: As a girl, I didn’t think that I was superior to other people or other students at my school, but I just felt different from them. I had blue eyes, blonde hair, and fair skin. But most people often look at me like a ‘precious thing’ or ‘unseen treasure’. Their eyes are like eyes of a kid who sees a very cool toy. Many times, I went to Yasothon province with my mother. Many people often asked my mother that “This girl is your child, right?”, or “This girl is your niece, right?” I knew I was different from my mother who has jet-black hair and light brown skin.

Most people often look at me like a ‘precious thing’

Q: Have you ever felt that your mixed race does something to you? A: When I was 5 years old, I went to a kindergarten school. Some students bullied me because my appearance was very different from them. I extremely felt different from other children from that day on. On schooldays, however, many teachers asked me to be a competitor in many English competitions. In addition, I was often a representative of students in the school such as a president of the student council and a president of a secondary school Oryornoi project which is related to Ministry of Public Health. So, I felt superior regarding many opportunities that many teachers gave to me to show my talent and language skills.


Q: I’ve heard that you know Isan culture and dialect more than most of us. Is that right? A: Probably yes. Actually, my mother tongue are Isan dialect and Thai language. I was born in Ubon Ratchathani province and was raised in Yasothon province. So, I’ve grown in Isan and Thai speech community. My heart and my identity are a 100% Thai or an I-san girl who lives in Thailand, and I really prefer Isan. I love Isan food and often speak Isan with other people who can speak Isan especially with my friends and family. However, I’ve learnt English with my father’ friends since I was 8 years old. I’ve also loved English since then.

Baan Na Café: Ubon tree house café

Q: What do you want to tell people how to think about different people in Thailand? A: Don’t judge people by their appearance. I often heard other people gossiping about me. For example, “Do you think where is she from?”, and “Do you think she is a foreigner teacher?”, etc. It was because they assumed that I couldn’t speak Thai or Isan. But surprisingly, I do. One day, I went to Muang Ubon from the university by a bus. On a bus, an old woman asked me “Are you Thai?” and touched my arm. I felt weird and suddenly replied to her in Isan dialect, “I am Thai”. She was surprised that I could speak I-san dialect. Then she said, “You look like a foreigner.”, and I just smiled in embarrassment. The most memorable event for me was Yasothon Rocket Festival in 2006. In that year, I was a guide for giving information about the festival to foreigners. The weather was too hot, so I wanted to buy some drinks. I went to a market with my friend. A seller asked me in English “Can you speak Thai?” I replied him in Isan dialect “I can speak I-san.” He and other sellers near there looked at me surprisingly. I smiled, and my friends gave a loud laugh.

A view from the tree Organic farm

Iced Chocolate Mint and Blueberry Crème Cake

By Chanathip Boonwit In Ubon Ratchathani, there are a ton of coffee shops out there. But this place, Baan Na Café, is completely different from others. Enjoying your favorite cup on a tree while admiring the scenery of nature at a height of 3 meters above the ground? You might never find a place like this in Ubon! Baan Na Café offers a view on a sunny day near Wat Nong Pa Pong (Nong Pa Pong Temple). Not far from the bypass road, once you see an eye-catching place standing among shady trees and a little, modern-style coffee shop, you just reached Baan Na Café.

The front of the café

This place gives you a relaxing space where you can sit or walk by to appreciate its cozy atmosphere filled with 80’s music. Sided with a small organic farm, Baan Na Café is a great place for your holiday with friends and family and a big escape from the crowded town. The most significant area is the tree platform. Most people and UBU students come here to take a picture for a stunning view and a good cup of drink. Talking about drink, Baan Na Café offers you an astonishingly delectable taste of coffee in an inexpensive price. Since it is recently established just half a month ago, there is no frappe option, yet only hot and iced available. Some points are still being actively developed.

Baan Na Café is ready to serve you daily from 8 AM to 6 PM by the friendly baristas. It provides you free Wi-Fi and a lot of charger ports. The owner of Baan Na Café expressed his excitement that “Although we have opened for two weeks, it quickly went viral.” So, if a lot of people have been there, why don’t you? Check out Baan Na Café through its Facebook page: บ้านนา คาเฟ่ Banna Café’ or contact 080-491-8491. For more photos, scan QR code


The Pianist: Hopeless hope amongst war By Anjira Surasen

Score 9.5/10 for the most tragic historical film. The Pianist, a musician who survived from the Holocaust during the World War II. The Pianist (2002) is a historical film based-on true story of Władysław Szpilman. Szpilman’s autobiography was published after the war ended, but the communist authorities repressed it. However, it was published again during 1990s. The film was directed by Roman Polanski, a French-Polish director who survived from Invasion of Poland, so the story was deeply connected with Polanski. He escaped from the Ghetto when he was four years old and lived in a barn till the war ended. Importantly, the film is a co-production between Poland, Germany, France, and United Kingdom. The Pianist is a drama film which narrates the character of a Polish Jew musician, Władysław Szpilman (Adrien Brody), who is a survivor from the Holocaust which caused the death of six million European Jews. In 1939, Germany invaded Poland, and the Polish Government forced Jews to leave their possessions and move to Warsaw Ghetto where is smaller than a rat holes and lacks of food. The government built a wall to keep the Jews from the Polish. Jews suffered under the oppression of The Nazi Germany and Polish officers. They were invaded at night and killed unreasonably. Szpilman was there and saw every scene of those. Before getting on the death train and being parted from his family forever, a Polish officer took him out of the line. He was saved by that officer and rescued by other Polish friends many times. In 1944, the war was about to end with the defeat of the Nazi. Szpilman hid in the building ruins and met with a Nazi officer. He offered bread and jam to Szpilman secretly, also his coat. After the war ended, the Allied won, and life was back to normal. The Nazi officers in Warsaw were seized by The Red Army, the Russian Army. Szpilman continued playing piano to earn money and found out that a German officer who saved him was Captain Wilm Hosenfeld. For me, it was almost the best historical film I have ever watched. It took two hours and a half, but it wasn’t boring at all. It felt like I was there with Szpilman and escaping from death. Furthermore, Broody’s performance was remarkable. The scene when he played the piano for the Nazi officer was very powerful and impressive. His pain, his suffering were sent through his instrument. Overall, the film had lots of details which we should know about the history before World War II began.

90th Academy Awards Shortlist Best Picture:

Lead Actor:

“Call Me by Your Name” Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” “Darkest Hour” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread” “Dunkirk” Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” “Get Out” Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” “Lady Bird” Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” “Phantom Thread” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Cinematography: “Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins “Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel “Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema “Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison “The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) Photo: IMDB

Lead Actress:


Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water” Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya” Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” Meryl Streep, “The Post”

“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan “Get Out,” Jordan Peele “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

CMP – 36th BUABAN GAMES By Anjira Surasen The College of Medicine and Public Health, Ubon Ratchathani University, organized the Thai Public Health Students Association (Thai PHSA) “36th BUABAN GAMES”on January 26-27, 2018. The College of Medicine and Public Health’s student association, UBU, organized an event called “the 36th Bua Ban Games” at UBU’s sports center. The purpose was to maintain harmony between Public Health students from each university and preserve the ethics of Public Health Profession. This year, the theme of the event was “The culture of a river”. At the event, petanque, basketball, volleyball, futsal and badminton were competed. Other competition included academic competitions, cute girls & smart boys contest, amusement competition, funny sports, stand cheer and cheerleader competition. The participants were Public Health students from 16 universities around Thailand such as Mahidol University (MU), Thammasat University (TU), Huachiew Chalermprakiet University (HCU), Burapa University (BBU), Khonkaen University (KKU), Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Naresuan University (NU), Walailak University (WU), Thaksin University (TSU), Mahasarakham university (MSU), Srinakharinwirot University (SWU), Mae Fah Luang University (MFU), Phayao University (UP), Pathumthani University (PTU) and Kasetsart University (KU). Miss. Suwanan Krongyut, a senior student who was the first-aid staff in the event described that it was a very great event of the year for the college. Not only students from other campus came here, also their lecturers and staff were here to see local culture of Ubon Ratchathani. She also said that she was very excited about the event in which she would meet with new friends from the North, the South and the Northeastern Region. They planned and prepared the shows, activities and places supporting up to more than 3000 attendees. She explained that she learned how to work with people and got several new ideas from lecturers and partners. “The activity I like the most was the amusement competition from each campus. Each show would present their identity. The competition took place at Tiger field, and four teams were located in four corners. The music were turned on, then they started to dance against each other uncompromisingly. I was impressed by this activity because it was extremely amusing, and I think that dancing is good for both physical and mental health,” said Suwanan Krongyut. Next year, Thaksin University would organize the 37th Thai PHSA Games in Phatthalung province. By Anjira Surasen

Activity in 36th BUABAN GAMES Photo: @PHSA.THAILAND

Surawan Krongyut

First Khan Chang Games 2018

For the first time, The Faculty of Law organized the Laws’ Games 2018 to build up relationships among lecturers, staff and students on January 17th at UBU’s sport center. The main purposes were to encourage students’ athletic ability, to gain team working skills and to promote sportsmanship among the students in the faculty. The participants were separated into four groups. Each group had their own color which were yellow, green, red and blue.

The first Khan Chang Games is at UBU’s sport center Photo: @LawUBU Students’ futsal team Photo: @LawUBU

The event started with futsal game between lecturers and students. After time was out, both of them scored 3-3. Referee agreed on a free kick and added extra time, so the result was student’s team won against lecturer’s team with score 5 - 4 in extra time. After that, there were traditional games competed by the students from each color. Most of the games emphasized on entertainment such as kick the bucket, run putting gunny sack, tug-of-war, centipede run and flag race. “The atmosphere was hearty and joyful. Some lecturers joined traditional games with the students. Everyone looked bent to win the games such as a tug-of-war; still, they were happy and amused after the games ended. Before we finished, all of us sang Nitisart Samphan, a theme song of the faculty, together. That moment was hearty and made a trace of impression in my heart,” said Tanachai Paiboon, Faculty of Law’s student affair 2018 and a head of organizing the event.

Chem Eng Games - Dok Bua Game By Anjira Surasen

Poster of Dok Bua Games

Early January 2018, UBU - Chemical Engineering Department, Photo: ดอกบัวเกมส์ กีฬา Faculty of Engineering, hosted a sport event on January 6-7 to maintain วิศวกรรมเคมีสัมพันธ์ ครั้งที่ 18 the relationship among the Chemical Engineering students from twelve universities. The 12 universities were Mahidol University, Chulalongkorn University, Burapha University, Khonkaen University, Silapakorn University, Thammasat University, Suranaree University of Technology, Mahanakorn University of Technology, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok - Rayong Campus and UBU. The highlight activity of the event was the Boys, Girls and Sai-rung contest in which each university sent a male, female and alternative gender to represent their identity. There was also an e-sport contest, the online tournament in the event. Also, futsal, volleyball, badminton, basketball, table-tennis and A-math were some of the games. The university which received the most medals was Khon Kaen University with eight medals: four-gold, three-silver and one-bronze medals, followed by King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) receiving seven medals. Four medals won by UBU. Chinnawat Phonraksa

Mr. Chinnawat Phonraksa, a senior engineering student and a coordinator of the event, said that “I am extremely delighted in being a coordinator. Students from different universities worked together, helped each other and exchanged valuable ideas among the students. Even though we were in trouble sometimes, we could go through it. These experiences were memorable and meaningful to me, truly.” This annual event takes place in different universities, and the 19th Chemical Engineering Games will be held at Mahidol University in Bangkok.

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The UnderCover is published for educational purposes only and non-commercial use. The UnderCover is a broadsheet newspaper project of 142132...