Monday, July 18, 2011

A Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor of Sun.Star Davao:

Dear Editor,

With all due respect, I believe your reporter Jereco O. Paloma would have us jump to the same conclusions as he did without establishing any of the pertinent facts. I refer to your recent headline "Youngest with HIV is just 12 years old." Mr. Paloma exploits the tragic situation in favor of an advocacy by pointing to the cause of the infection from a lack of knowledge of sex education. And in the opening paragraph of what is supposed to be a news story, at that.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Facebook Rally

And so it finally came to pass: the hypothetical rally to reinstate Facebook that I mused about--partly as a joke--actually took place late this afternoon.

In a way it was a laughable pathetic sight: just a little over ten Ateneo students in their white blouses and blue polo barongs occupying the pedestrian isle on the intersection of Roxas Boulevard and Claveria Street.

A semi-professional rabblerouser from the League of Filipino Students ran through a litany of well-practiced complaints--something about high tuition fees--while the students up front held up a banner that said in big bold letters on top: "STOP TUITION AND" And what? I couldn't quite make out the rest of the words. So much for proper communication.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Facebook rally

And so it's finally happened: a rally to oppose the Facebook "ban" in Ateneo. It's disguised under the usual tuitionspeak, but the F placards say it all. You do know what F stands for in academics, right? So there they are, a screeching rabblerouser with a megaphone and a huge crowd of...uh...ten. For academic freedom to waste our time, yeah men?

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ateneo's Facebook War

What happens when you pull the plug on Facebook from the college campus network? Understandably, you'll get an irate population. Facebook, after all, is a very popular service, if not the most popular. So whereas once everyone could log in to Facebook at any time, they were suddenly confronted by a terse message that the site could not be reached.

Our university has a fairly generous and liberal policy with regard to Internet use. You can get a wifi signal near offices and lounge areas, not to mention access from the computers in the library and in the labs. Barring the stern proviso regarding pornography, students and teachers could visit any site they wanted...up until last summer when the administration put in place a policy to block Facebook and other social networking sites.