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DLSU opens inter-college minor programs, electives for undergrads, free of charge

“[It’s] libre—walang bayad.” ([It’s] free—as in, no fees will be collected.) Vice Chancellor for Academics (VCA) Dr. Robert Roleda points to such as one of the appeals of the University’s recently-announced free electives and minor programs. To differentiate the two, he explains, “[For] free electives, each course could be in different disciplines. But in a…

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University endeavors to support construction, concessionaire workers amid crisis

Schools, restaurants, and malls across the country shut their doors to the public last March as authorities introduced nationwide quarantine measures in a bid to control the COVID-19 pandemic. By April 12, a month into the quarantine, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported one million workers were already put out of work amid…

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ECTS: Toward academic crediting system standardization

A radical shift in measuring student workload might soon come into being. In a Help Desk announcement (HDA) released last April 27, the Academics Council moved to bring DLSU’s crediting system closer to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), the standard used by educational institutions in European Union member states. Instead of using…

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Standing together: Reaching out to Lasallians left in Taft

As the local COVID-19 outbreak began to escalate last March, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno initially ordered a one-week class suspension in hopes of controlling the spread of the disease. Students and other members of the Lasallian community who live within the vicinity of DLSU were left with no choice but to pack up and return…

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University safety task force wanes despite growing student safety concerns

Taft Ave. is no stranger to dangerous activity. Reports of crimes such as theft and kidnapping scares have been on the upsurge, with students and parents alike at the forefront of those who face leading concerns. Enter the Task Force Safe School (TFSS) program. Almost 19 years since its conception, the task force was envisioned…

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COSCA’s relief efforts in Taal eruption aftermath

Prompt response in the event of any disaster is critical in saving life and property in the epicenter of a tragedy. The unforeseen eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas earlier in January took local government units by surprise, impeding efforts to aid refugees and evacuees. Amid sluggish official response, a number of organizations swooped in…

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Hanunoo Mangyan Project: Saving languages through technology

Committing to provide access to inclusive and culture-based education for every indigenous learner in the country, then Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC implemented in 2015 the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Education Program by enhancing the learning modules of public schools. DepEd has released an education policy framework for IPs aimed at making…

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Dissecting the four percent tuition fee increase for next AY

Tuition fee increases (TFI) perhaps count among the University policies that are commonly criticized by students, but DLSU itself is no stranger to swelling education expenses.  For Academic Year (AY) 2020-2021, students will see a four percent TFI in DLSU. The increase, approved by different University sectors, was cemented in a Memorandum of Agreement signing…

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‘I’d be happy to slaughter them’: The drug war continues

President Rodrigo Duterte declared the drug war a failure nine months before Vice President Leni Robredo presented her findings as the former co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), articulating her opinion on the drug war’s many shortcomings. Although the elimination of illegal drugs within three to six months was a key rhetoric…

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Reviewing DLSU’s online systems

Information Technology Services (ITS) Director Allan Borra admitted in an interview with The LaSallian last December that Animo.sys and My.LaSalle (MLS), mainstays of the University’s online systems, have already “outlived [their] design.” Obsolescence The home-grown MLS, which went live for the first time in 2003, served as the earliest online enrollment platform for DLSU students.…