General Elections
On persuasion and conviction: The psychology of politicians
by Casey Margaret Eridio and Elijah Quevedo
General Elections // July 15, 2017

Democracy has come a long way, dating back to the tribalism of hunter gatherers making agrarian and societal decisions and the Athenian democracy of ancient Greeks electing the longest-lasting democratic leader Pericles. It then spread like wildfire, used in institutions in the medieval era and all the way up to modern national governments. Now practiced…

When evil meets conventional: The smear campaign
by Lance Villarosa and Pamela Isidro
General Elections //

Beyond the jitters of first timers and the pressures of those trained by the wheel, a candidate’s greatest challenge comes not from the superficial expectations of the electorate, but by the confrontational weight from within. Amid toss up allegations and false hearsays, a candidate’s campaign reveals the inevitable: a hodgepodge of lies packaged as truths….

In the minds of the elected
by Eternity Ines, Kaycee Valmonte and Andrea Punzalan
General Elections //

Candidates are the building blocks of elections. During campaign week, candidates must scour through the walls and the classrooms of the University, interacting with students whose eyes try to pry the truth and the intention behind why they are running for a position in the University Student Government (USG). For Seanne Esguerra, Ervina Robles, and…

COMELEC on regulating electoral processes
by Andrea Punzalan, Eternity Ines and Thea Tagulao
General Elections //

The University Student Government (USG) Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is the deciding body on all electoral exercises within the University. From the very beginning, COMELEC has been the key background player of the USG General Elections (GE). From screening volunteers to planning campaign and election proceedings, COMELEC regulates the Election Code. Backbone of elections With…

USG: A year in review
by Blaise Cruz and Casey Margaret Eridio
General Elections // July 14, 2017

With the 2017 General Elections upon the student electorate, the University once again will welcome new platforms, new campaign slogans, and of course, new student leaders. While the electorate looks forward to familiar faces and new candidates alike for the upcoming elections, The LaSallian looks into the milestones and achievements of the University Student Government…

Championing the masses
by The LaSallian
Editorial General Elections Opinion //

It was on the eve of September 3, 2016 when the Lasallian community was introduced to a controversy that would rouse the political consciousness of the students. An anonymous write up containing allegations of corruption involving several members of the University Student Government (USG) circulated online, prompting immediate actions of deflection by the incumbent officers….

Head to head
by Patrick Quintero, Thea Tagulao and Lance Villarosa
General Elections // July 13, 2017

The candidates running for the Executive Board (EB) which consists five of the highest positions in the University Student Government (USG) have been training rigorously for the past months as they prepare themselves for the campaign period. The students will be the ones deciding on the best type of candidate appropriate for the position, where…

General Elections 2016 end successfully with 56.31% turnout
by Bianca Suarez and Alex Kaluag
General Elections Straight News // August 17, 2016

A total of 8,154 students voted in this year’s University Student Government (USG) General Elections (GE), registering a total voter turnout of 56.31 percent. The number is a slight increase from the Special Elections held earlier this academic year, where 55.70 percent of the student body voted. This year’s GE resulted in a 50:25 seat…

Beyond the Executive: The Legislative Assembly and the Judiciary
by Claro Ignacio Manzano and Althea Gonzales
General Elections In Review // August 8, 2016

The 2016 General Elections (GE) marked the seventh time students voted for the next set of officers to represent them in the University since the transition from the Student Council (SC) to the University Student Government (USG) in academic year 2010-2011. Crafted 13 years ago by SC President Saint Anthony Tiu, the USG was envisioned to…

A year in review: The USG of AY 2015-2016
by Kheem Gines, Blaise Cruz, Bianca Suarez, Josemaria Rustia and Althea Gonzales
General Elections // August 7, 2016

According to its Constitution, the University Student Government (USG) shall be the sole, unified, autonomous, and democratic representative body of the students. Its power emanates from the student body, and it shall, at all times, be accountable to the student body. But when things took a turn for the worse last General Elections (GE), where…