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The Vice President of Internals as the student’s chief solicitor

When students need someone to fight for their rights, one USG Executive Board office should, according to the USG Constitution, take the lead. This office handles all student concerns within the University; this office is none other than the Office of the Vice President for Internal Affairs (OVPIA).   The office’s involvement is evident in…

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Dissecting campaign plans and promises

In an effort to win votes in the coming DLSU General Elections (GE), candidates from political parties, Santugon sa Tawag ng Panahon (Santugon) and Alyansang Tapat sa Lasalista (Tapat) have crafted and delivered their respective platforms and plans of action for the next academic year.   In an interview with The LaSallian, candidates from both…

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Direction? The problems of an aimless Presidency

Setting a direction is a difficult aspect of the presidency. As the USG’s Chief Executive Officer, the president sets the vision and the general direction upon which the other units will direct their programs and activities.   When Lorenz de Castro was President of the USG two years ago, his main vision was a student-centered…

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Differences within the USG

The second week of March is typically a busy week in De La Salle University.  For regular students, it’s the time for them to relieve themselves from the weight of midterms, and to prepare for the last few weeks of the academic year. For aspiring student-leaders, however, it is their time to show their worth.…

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Commentary: Electing DLSU-STC’s Executive Board

It was a quiet, idyllic, ordinary March morning, when the students of De La Salle University Science and Technology Complex (DLSU-STC) suddenly started seeing red.   Yellow, too – then black, orange, white and blue, marking the start of the premiere campaign period and subsequent student elections in the DLSU-STC campus.   A perplexed DLSU-STC…

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In review: The Chief Magistrate and the Ombudsman

Every school year, University Student Government (USG) officers are elected to serve the Lasallian community. Student leaders have come and gone through the halls of DLSU and have left a mark with unforgettable projects and undisputable contributions to the progeny of the student body. However, in the design of the USG system, it may have…

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Where do parties’ campaign funds come from?

Election time is an awaited event in DLSU. Students eagerly await room-to-room campaigns of candidates, and representatives from political parties are unusually keen on interacting with unknowing spectators.  Friendships are made (and lost) in the same week. Amid the running, complex, complicated gears of the General Elections, one should wonder how all the mass-distributed tarpaulins,…

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Awake but not engaged: A look at Lasallian voting behavior

On May 13, 2013, voters will flock polling stations nationwide to cast their ballots for the Philippine 2013 mid-year elections. According to the Philippine News Agency, 18,022 national and local positions will be up for election, including those in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the local governments of each region, province, city, and…