The RGEP and YOU: An Introduction to GE subjects

For as long as anyone can remember, General Education (GE) subjects, or those subjects with a number that’s less than 100 (like Physics 10, Art Studies 1), have been a staple in the life of the typical UP student. Whether we want to or not, we need to take 45 units (15 subjects) of GE subjects with 15 units (that’s five subjects) per domain, six units of Philippine Studies subjects, and four PE subjects, as per the dictates of the Revised General Education Program (RGEP).

But the importance of the GE subject goes far beyond the fact that we need to take them to graduate. By gaining at least some degree of knowledge about fields of expertise different from ours, we can “broaden our intellectual and cultural horizons,” which in turn is supposed to “cultivate a capacity for independent and critical thinking” in us. At least, that’s what the RGEP says. It’s up to you if you believe that.

Now that we’re through with that, it’s time to look at details about the GE domains freshmen might need to know.

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Myths and Ghost Stories in UP Diliman

In UP, students are expected to think scientifically. Most of the time, we have to go by the empirical evidence and we criticize claims without proof. Despite this kind of education, there are myths and ghost stories that continue to haunt our campus. And you, freshmen, have to at least know some of them because sometimes, it pays to believe.

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Famous Organizations in UP Diliman

The Philippine Collegian

Description: The Philippine Collegian, also known as Kulê, is the official weekly student publication of the university. The Collegian is usually radical and involves itself in the latest issues in the campus, being a newspaper that is aimed at informing the Iskolars ng Bayan.

Since: 1922

Known for: Its social and political contributions to the university especially during Martial Law;

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GOING TOUGH ON STFAP: A Freshman’s Guide on UP’s Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program

UP has the acronym pun of University of the Poor. This is not a form of mockery but rather an emphasis of the university’s noble commitment to provide quality and affordable education to the less fortunate yet deserving populace.

The relatively more affordable tuition fee of the university does not guarantee that this is within the financial reach of most of the UPCAT passers. The struggle of UP to maintain and sustain its quality education eventually led to the relevant tuition fee increase in academic year 2007-2008 making the chance of financially challenged passers, slimmer.

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UP Ikot/Toki Route

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UP Diliman prides itself as the only campus (in Metro Manila, at least) which has a mode of transportation it can call its very own: the iconic UP Ikot. The jeep with the yellow roof is a pillar of UP culture, having been around since the university’s early years and still surviving up until now.

Faithful to its name, the Ikot jeepney goes around most of the almost 500-hectare campus to bring students from one end of the campus to another. As students are usually not relegated to only one building for most of their academic year, this mode of transportation is used by students who do not have access to a private vehicle to go from one building to the next. It is considerably faster than walking as the University is one big campus. The Ikot goes around most of the main buildings while the Toki, despite being the opposite of the word Ikot, is not relegated only to the route exactly opposite of the Ikot. There are some areas which the Toki goes through which the Ikot does not (i.e. Math building, Office of the University Registrar).

Regular Ikot fare is P6.50, regardless of how many times you go around the campus and a peso lower than regular jeepney fare.

So before the Ikot and the Toki become obsolete, and to help you in deciding which jeepney route to take when traversing the campus, here’s a detailed map from the online forum PEx of the different routes in the University.

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Maria Angelica Perez

Red Day |Part III|


 WHEN  I  
  LEARNED  
THEM ALL 
 |Part III|

The question on top of my mind which rolled the ball during the interview was the one I heard from my professor when she was trying to challenge us in class. Why do the UP students of our generation seem apathetic, which I could have probably mistaken as a question, if not a statement.  She encouraged us to voice out our retorts to the ongoing concerns inside and outside UP through writing or in any way we can. She was telling us that as UP students, Iskolar ng Bayan, we are endowed to initiate change.

Not all professors think like her. Take the word of Roma Jean Araullo who wrote Raise your hand [Philippine Collegian].  Her professor was given highlight in her article when he said, “Wala namang budget cut sa UP.” That professor shares the same thinking with my professor in one of my subjects, not to mean any generalization. The truth is everywhere, yet they still deny it for lack of concern. Mine always reacts negatively upon hearing anything about the activists. We have the highest respect for our noble teachers, but at times, it’s upsetting that these UP educators don’t realize the percentage of poor students who are being affected by the issue of Budget Cut.

This is just one of the too many issues we have to surmount in no time. And I was lost for reason upon knowing the things shared by Tristan (Anakbayan-UPD) during the interview:

On Demolition:  Administered by the Ayala Group of Companies, commercialization will start from San Roque (near Trinoma mall) to Bulacan. Thus, demolition is due for implementation as given truth by the recent happening at Balara. This will affect UP Diliman as he verified. Though difficult, the residents of these places would be willing to leave the place as long as there will be a decent relocation site, not the one being offered to them at Montalban, Rizal. There’s no source of livelihood around the area. All the more, there’s only one doctor who can accommodate the medical needs of the whole community.

On Tuition Fee Increase (TOFI): The question raised by my professor: Bakit yung sa PUP napigilan nila yung pagtaas ng tuition, bakit sa UP hindi?

Answer:  Going back to our history, the time when the Board of Regents (BOR) was deciding upon this matter of increasing the tuition fee rates, student-faculty regents and a lot of students united on their campaign against this.  On December 15,2006, the day when this issue will be provided absolute decision about in front of the opposing cluster (students and faculty), they  misled and did not inform the students and faculty that the procedure will be done at the College of Law. More than 2000 students pepared for that day. It was Enrile who finally informed that they changed places, indeed. Everyone rushed there only to find out that it has already been passed for implementation. The Board of Regents deceived and decided on their own without taking the appeal of the students and faculty into consideration. Within fifteen minutes, UP system has been altered. “Ginago tayo,” said Tristan. And I’m sure that Salvador Ponce Lopez (former UP President and the man behind the creation of the UP system) frowned upon this amendment. When this was implemented, the demography of UP students has changed drastically.

On Oil Price Hike:  The continuous increase of oil prices is said to be a clear manifestation of Imperialism. Below is the latest information I got from the last educational discussion I attended with them.

From January to June this year, this is how the oil price has greatly increased:

Diesel:P7.55/liter
Unleaded Gasoline: P7.65/liter

Price of diesel/liter at the start of the new administration with Noynoy: P34.25

Price now (at the time of discussion): P45.10

Abovementioned are the three pressing issues we were able to put in our bowl of discussion. Under Pascual’s administration, we are all hoping to see a new light, a brighter one to guide the system to the right path. The challenge now rests upon us, the students.

Isko, which worth are you serving? The lesser budget or the lesser tuition?

 

Kathryn Narciso

 

Red Day |Part II|


WHEN  I  
MARCHED
 WITH THEM
 |Part II|

Wearing dark blue medium-sized shirt, a pair of jeans, cream canvas bag (not advisable) and TOMS for my feet (oh no, not this again), I dreaded my being not prepared. I felt sorry for myself all the more at the recall of what my professor advised us of.

If you plan to join a rally, better come prepared!


Wear working/comfortable clothes. Don’t attempt to wear something you don’t want to get worn-out—at all. Bring small plastic sack/Ziploc bag for your gadgets or just don’t bring one with you. Wear slippers/shoes you can run with and you can get over with, if lost. Other than that, prepare your body for the heat of the sun, the wet rage of the clouds [or the tanks], and the not-so-nice yank/smash/whack of you know who.

As we braved our way to Sitio San Roque, near Trinoma Mall, under the heat of the sun followed by the heavy rains, I appreciated them all the more.  I was walking with them, ironically feeling safe for I know that I was surrounded by fearless individuals. No moody weather, no firearms, no tanks can scare them away and stop them from living which they call fighting for the greater good of all deprived Filipinos.

It was not easy for a first timer but their vehemence made me thriving. Who would not be stirred if you are walking with people who fear no death?

We fought together with the residents of San Roque against the demolition that was about to materialize. We won that day. Thank God for the rain which saved the community from a terrible finish.

Then, we, together with the residents, shared a feast. It was such a heartfelt moment for me as I was witnessing such solidarity among strangers bonded by race alone— Filipino.

Tristan said, “Simple lang naman ang kailangan ng tao para mabuhay, pagkain.” This day made me realize the one I was running away from—my fellow Filipinos.

 

Kathryn Narciso

 

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