Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Norsunians excel in 2012 SCUAA Nat'l Olympics

By Myrna B. Alarcio

Bringing the banner of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) as the representatives of Region VII in the 2012 State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) National Olympics, Chantely Kaye Gonzales was crowned Miss SCUAA 2012 and John Paul Bayona hoarded medals in the swimming competition.

Beauty and Wit

An Elementary Education major and also Ms. NORSU 2012 4th runner-up, Gonzales shared that her happiness towards her achievement is indescribable. “I have always dreamed of joining a national pageant, and I brought home the crown,” she said. Asked about her edge among other candidates, she opined that the way she carry herself and her personality paved her way to the title.

Aside from the crown, Gonzales also won the Best Festival Costume and Best in Terno awards.

Moreover, Jeoffrey Laranjo, Mr. SCUAA 2012 has been included as one of the 7 finalists for the interview portion.

Not empty-handed

Meanwhile, after a week of sports competitions in the Nat’l SCUAA Olympics, Norsunians did not go home empty handed. John Paul Bayona garnered five medals of different categories in the swimming competitions. He won a gold medal in 200m breaststroke, silver in 50m backstroke, and bronze medals in 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke categories.

Furthermore, Sean Rey Sanchez won a bronze medal in Taekwondo Welterweight Division.

Sports and Athletics Department Director Robeleo Padernal expressed his delight towards the achievements of the Norsunians. He added that in terms of performance he was quite satisfied of the efforts exerted by all Region 7 participants. “But one consolation for me is that, all medal producers were all from NORSU among the five schools representing Central Visayas,” he continued. He disclosed that NORSU athletes still needs more improvement and more training especially in the ball games.

Meanwhile, all the winners will be given cash incentives prior to the University President Henry A. Sojor’s announcement during the pre-departure briefing.

The 2012 SCUAA National Olympics was held in Iloilo City on February 19 to 25.

NORSU students elect new leaders

By Janethriz A. Aso and Albert C. Umbac

Another set of student-leaders are yet to prove their skills in leadership for the next school year, The Union of Dedicated Organizations and Responsible Students (TUDORS) standard bearer Kathleen Jean Yuson is the new Student Government of Dumaguete City (SGDC) One president. While, unopposed Ace Vincent Zerna is pronounced as SGDC Two president.

Main Campus I elections

Main Campus I elections was successfully carried out last February 24, which was spearheaded by its Committee on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Geraldine Mapula and assisted by some SG scholars.

In a consolidated data given by the COMELEC chairman, dated February 28, Kathleen Jean Yuson from the TUDORS party list beat Katherine Valdez from the IDEALS in an 806–674 total number of votes. Meanwhile, Carmelito Sojor IV (IDEALS), running for the Vice-Presidential position, got 953 votes against competitor Brian Ponce (TUDORS) with 529.

Mapula also shared to the The NORSUnian that only two of the six colleges in MC I have competing candidates for the local Gubernatorial and Vice-Gubernatorial position indicating a sure-win for the unopposed ones.

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Gubernatorial and Vice-Gubernatorial candidates Michael Vincent Tubog and Michael Hidlao got 295 and 276 votes respectively. While Christine Antosada (209 votes), Rodrigo Jay Miralles (206 votes) and Janny Alemania (196 votes) were the new representatives for the college.

Moreover, Daryl Balbon (77 votes) and Josie Wen Lejarso (64 votes) were the newly-hailed Governor and Vice-Governor for the College of Industrial Technology (CIT). For the Representative position, five candidates were chosen including ­­­___ Lazona (56 votes); Pal Anton Casinto (54 votes); Almae Grace Silay (53 votes); John Rex Villas (51 votes) and Julius Tejam (45 votes).

The College of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences (CNDPHAS) winners include: Norelyn Talorete (81 votes)—Governor; Jean Rose Regon (72 votes)—Vice-Governor; Sheena Lou Saloman (72 votes) and Jiselle Marie Señagan (64 votes)—Representatives.

Newly-hailed College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) Governor Arnel Toledo got 148 votes while Louie Limbo obtained 126 votes for the Vice-Gubernatorial position. The winning representatives of the college are Vince Joedd Guevarra (127 votes), Romar Barrera (109 votes), Shella May Laspinas (106 votes) and Retsell Badili (88 votes).

The College of Education (CEd) and the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) are the only two colleges with opposing candidates for the local positions.

Emma Sarah prevailed as CEd’s new governor after defeating Zenaida Gapuz in a 208–108 student votes. For the Vice-Governor seat, Rene Baraudo got 297 votes defeating the aspiring governor Noel Canobas with 129. Likewise, Gerald Palomar (222 votes) and Cherry Mae Lingcong (221 votes) are the representatives.

Edging against his competitor for the Gubernatorial position, Stephen Villegas (279 votes) beat Lalaine Rachel Orcullo (182 votes) whereas, Claire Ann Olis (227 votes) wins over Judelyn Sumanoy (231 votes) for the Vice-Gubernatorial position.

Main Campus II elections

Both running unopposed for the SGDC II President and Vice-President seat, Ace Vincent Zerna garnered a 649 total student votes while his partner Jillie Ann Rubio, former MC II SG president obtained 635 votes.

The COMELEC in MC II under its chairman June Hannah Pagbonocan scheduled the election last February 16.

Moreover, Reynadel Belingan running for the gubernatorial seat of the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) who was unopposed gained 164 votes. Meanwhile, Janethriz Aso clinched 111 votes against her competitor for the Vice-Governor position, Seth Abraham Singuit earning 74 votes.

CEA’s winning representatives include Feb Marie Boncales (130 votes), Jhon Kevin Rabacal (113 votes) and Allen Tulabing (91 votes).

Vying for the gubernatorial place for the College of Maritime Education (CME), Audillo Fundador Jr. won over Joemar Jabonillo in a 392–247 votes. Furthermore, Janice Bayawa was pronounced as CME’s new vice-governor after obtaining 340 votes against Norbert Casas with 285.

For the Representative spot, Joseph Kent Tañara got 308 votes; Lyndon Navarro attained 296 votes while Felix Amores and Lester Busarang acquired 275 and 264 votes respectively.

Having 368 number of enrollees as of this semester, the College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF) voted Mae Bolotaulo as their Governor after receiving 46 votes against Benedict Hope Japinan with 19. Roden Ubarre (36 votes) defeated Charles Young Zurbito (25 votes) for being the Vice-Governor whereas, Arnel Caday and John Rey Sedigo were hailed as the representatives collecting 55 and 53 student votes respectively.


Winning SG Vice-President for the MC I, Carmelito Sojor IV expressed his gladness to those who trusted and voted for him as their vice-president. “I am happy because I won…to those who voted me, I want to say ‘thank you’ for trusting me.”

“In behalf of my party list (IDEALS), I’m thanking them that they gave their support because I know that what they believed is for the better. And to the University President Henry A. Sojor who recommended and encouraged me to run for the position, thank you sir,” he continued.

Asked about his plans for the betterment of the entire campus, the new vice-president said that he is hoping that the plans he have said during the forum will be made possible through the help, support, cooperation and respect of all Norsunians. “Running for the position is not just for show but for real, I have plans for the betterment of NORSU.”

Since Yuson (TUDORS) and Sojor (IDEALS) are from the different partylist, the latter humbly said that it will not become a barrier for him to make sensible projects with the initiative of the SGDC I president and that he will serve as the shadow of the president.

“I believe in her (Yuson) and we can make it!”

Moreover, Sojor added that all of the hopes and wishes of the studentry will be catered the soonest time possible because they “voted the right person and the right leader.”

“As the new Vice-President, all I could say is,they chose the right person, they chose the firm believer and a firm leader.” “It’s not the position but the possession of the one who has responsibily and who takes the lead,” he disclosed.

Meanwhile, newly-hailed president for MC II Ace Vincent Zerna commented that he will keep his plans for the upcoming school-year in secret while his vice-president, Rubio, aims for a better CEA in the future that will satisfy all the students.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Of Canes and Being Outstanding

By The Ventriloquist

The palace floors glistened as he walked on it slowly and surely. The chandeliers above sparkled like diamonds of forever. Everyone threw stares at him, but this time, he is certain that those were not stares of prejudice and mockery, rather it were stares of awe and pride. He finally reached the platform where the petite president of the Republic of the Philippines was waiting. He was definitely shorter than the honorable lady but he did not mind it. He prided his barong much more than his sense of insecurity and self-pity.

Now, the president has handed him his plaque, he shook her hands with jubilee, and the crowd was just speechless as they gave him their wildest applause.

Four years ago when the Malacañang Palace, through the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, conferred this man, Richardson Estrella Navor, as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. Just like a mere student, his dreams were shallow—to finish a degree, help his family, land a job. But something in him, which he thought at first as a curse, changed the course of his fate.

This person, whom I met before on a seminar called ‘The Outstanding Students of Philippines’, had a cane on his right hand and a techy gadget on the other. He stood inconveniently behind a pulpit and talked about leadership and success, but him sharing his personal life gave me goose bumps and a wide grin. Let me share his story.

At an early age of two, Richardson Estrella Navor, or Chard by his friends, was diagnosed of what sounds so familiar to all of us—cerebral palsy. He could not stand up straight, for both his legs aren’t as brawny as those with the normal people. His limbs are small, and at one glance, one could say that he will never survive life’s cruelty. He surpassed an operation, though, and had a cast at both legs for six straight months. He grew up in the loving arms of his family but teases and taunts were also present in the picturesque. He was mocked during his childhood. “They were piercing stares at me,” he said.

During his high school life, he tried to live as normal as possible. He even tried to court a girl, but this was her reply to his reverent confession. “You are not good for me.” Painful was it indeed, yet he did not wallow in his failures and disability. He did something for the things that he has, and did not resort to asking his Creator a million times about how and why he looked like that.

Amidst life’s rocky roads and winding paths, he was convinced that he would never succeed if he continues to cry at his failures every now and then. He learned to stand up, and lived a normal life of a student, as much as possible.

Fate absolutely did not fail him, for he has indeed proven his worth. Both in elementary and high school, he graduated as valedictorian, aside from the clubs and other extracurricular activities he became engrossed with.

In college, he took up Accountancy, though he so wanted to be a civil engineer. But since his favored course involved drawings and he has no artistic abilities, according to him, he gave up the idea.

Fruitful were his years in college despite being a PWD (Person with Disability). He won many excellent awards and had performed at his best that at the graduation day of April 17, 2008 in the grounds of the University of the East, he became the first UE graduate to earn four titles—Magna Cum Laude, Outstanding Graduate Awardee, Leadership Awardee for Men and College Distinguished Graduate Awardee.

On the 17th of July of the same year, he was awarded in the Malacañang Palace as one of the Top Ten Students of the Philippines (TOSP), as what has been aforementioned.

“Being outstanding is not being good. It is because of the good people around me,” he noted with humility.

The day for him to take the CPA Licensure Examination came. That was on the 8th of October, still on the same year. Little did he know that it became his Calvary, for after the results were posted, he discovered that he was not on the list. He did not pass. A Magna Cum Laude? An Einstein? An awardee of the TOSP? And a failure in the CPA Licensure Exam?

Word spread all over his school, and he felt a bit ashamed. Yet, “I learned acceptance,” he said. Of course, he retook the examination the next year, on May 9, and finally passed.

At the end of the lecture, he gave a wide grin and raised both eyebrows for encouragement. “It’s not what I’ve lost that matters…what matters is what I do with what is left,” he ended.

Just like Richard, each one of us has struggles and problems that we ought to face. School works are definitely a bustle and teachers could just be so boring and uninteresting. Student life could be a humdrum cycle of projects, lectures, Midterm examinations, and INCs. Boyfriends or girlfriends could be annoying at times, even your own siblings or parents. Life could seem to be a never-ending loom of misery.

But try to think of it this way. Richardson has found his way out of the tough maze of college. Even with his disability trying to hamper his chance of excelling, he did not stop getting up every time he trips and falls. He did not look at life the hard way. He strived, persevered, and outstood many other students even if he was branded a PWD. Surely, a man like him is worth becoming an inspiration.

Bigotry behind Vague Governance

By The Arbitrary Pointer

Earlier last year, the Student Government of Dumaguete City-I, notably known as the SGDC-I, asked for the students’ sympathy during the SG election last February. We heard sufficing platforms and assuring podiums presented during the Meeting De Avance. They accumulated public attention and trusts from the whole Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) studentry.

With all trust and hope, the students voted them in desire of helping the school and incorporate discipline and deliberate social development among studentry as anticipated. Moreover, students, in innocence, expected comprehensive governance including general welfare and safety from them. This is so because partly, it is their responsibility.

Apparently, they are expected to function on four major areas. First, they must build concrete projects that would benefit students and help develop one’s personality. Second, their services must be available and accessible to the students. Third, they must be subsidiary to students’ interests and welfare. And lastly, they must be role models in inculcating ideal leadership and transparent governance among students. But how many of these do you exactly know were realized?

As one of the many crying students, I have always aimed of prolific ascendancy. And in my aim of uncompromising trust, there existed cancellation of hope. Few months ago, we have experienced on and off communication towards the SG office and we do not know why. We just noticed later that there was a personal fight among the SG officers. Some quit from their respective positions. We note it is mirrored to the whole studentry, so it must not have happened. They were disorganized, and they jeopardized their union, communication and workforce, resulting to inefficient and ineffective leadership. During those very times, they were not able to come up with satisfying output. We, the students, were massively affected since they no longer function well in their jobs as bestowed officers. We can conclude that the last area where they are supposed to function is already halted.

SG also said that they will renovate and add more canopies along the sidewalks; initiate activities to develop students’ talents and skills; and roof the open court, among others. They further elaborated that the canopies should be added so that students won’t get wet during rainy days. Activities like Sports Fest would be one of their plans to improve Norsunians’ athletic skills and other activities that would hone their talents. And lastly, they said that the open court roofing would be their biggest project in their term.

I am particular with the outcome and I see nothing. The open court was not roofed yet apart from their promise that it must be their biggest project. We can see it! Anticipated canopies were also invisible from students’ eyes. In the actual sense, these laid back personnel seem to be doing nothing but sit in a throne. They have all the coffers but have done nothing.

Similarly, from the sprouting issues about culpable manipulation and mishandling of public funds came a purulent monopoly about NORSUFFA tickets. It is noted that the SG collected some amount of 20 pesos for NORSUFFAA tickets for raffle draw. However, a total P54, 000 worth of NORSUFFAA tickets were allegedly lost. According to SGCD-I President Angelo Nabalse, he unintentionally lost the tickets. But, as a responsible leader, can you afford to lose such amount just because of your negligence? Undeniably, it is a big loss of students’ funds in which if handled properly and meticulously can be used to build for additional student-projects.

The very question in my mind now is that is it really lost? If yes, would let Nabalse depart from this institution without resolving the problem? It would be unjust for us some Norsunians!

There are actually many things still happening around the SG office right now. These things mentioned are just few of the many disrupting reality that must be corrected before we end this semester. But, if these will not be stopped, we will all end unproductive. The school year 2011-2012 is nearly ending, but we are still seated on the top of a rotten eggplant.

So, it is in this light that they are hoped to change and adhere to the prolific grounds of absolute governance. They must be ready to take new steps for societal change and plant legacy that is worth remembering and emulating among us students.

A Not so Fun Day


Waking up early at dawn and looking forward to the awaited Fun Day, Physical Education students wore their designated red, blue, yellow and green T-shirts. They have gathered up in the wide grassy field of the Main Campus II. Everyone and everything is set for the fun-filled activities.

But to have fun in the midst of sorrow of fellow Negrenses who were devastated by the recent earthquake is not right, says University President Henry A. Sojor. Thus, he made a call to the P.E. Department to halt the Fun Day the night before the said event.

Now, the question lies whether the call of the university president is just or not.

We, Filipinos, are known to be softhearted and pitiful. With the destruction brought by Typhoon Sendong and the 6.9 magnitude earthquake, many Negrenses, some Norsunians included, were greatly affected. Some even lost their homes and loved ones, and worst, their own lives.

Showing sympathy is certainly a positive trait anyone cannot abhor. Most likely because no one in their right mind would like to be devastated by calamities and suffer its rage. Thus, the declaration of Dr. Sojor was an act of compassion and consideration.

On the other hand, is the situation of the victims enough to nullify the efforts of the organizers and the payment of the students for the supposed P.E. Fun Day? Weeks of planning and preparation just disappeared into thin air.

The P.E. Department has already prepared the game materials such as relay ropes, monkey bars, huge rubber balls, takarang sticks, three-wheeled carts, and obstacle courses. But sadly, those were just for the eyes of the students, for them to see where their P70 contribution had gone.

There were also prizes prepared for winning teams but those prizes were only tossed in the air, and now it is of the students’ luck if they can get a share or not. Some had gotten many, some had few, and many had nothing.

P.E. Department Director Carlou Bernaldez related that rescheduling the Fun Day is not possible since some of the organizers will be attending another activities and it will be an additional cost for the students. He continued that some of the amount for the Fun Day was allocated to buy some goods which will be given to the victims of the quake.

We, The NORSUnian, take a stand on this issue. We admire the university president’s exemplary character. But we believe that there could have been a better turn out of events.

Both Dr. Sojor and Dr. Bernaldez are admirable leaders. However, if only there has been an early communication between the two parties, then no effort could have been nullisfied and there could have been no dismayed students. After all, communication is a big part of leadership.

Certainly, the students were again caught in a situation where all they could do is abide with the call. But deep inside, queries are waiting to be answered. Should an annual activity be cancelled just to show sympathy? Would having fun make them inconsiderate?

Unexpected Farewell

By Rotten Egg

Hurrying impatiently, I almost slipped off my feet down in the staircase because of a text message saying that I can now avail my course T-shirt.

I directly entered the Information Technology Office to get the T-shirt. Unfortunately, I was not able to get one since the assigned personnel is still not around. I sent her a message for that matter but then she just told me to wait up for she had some things to attend to.

Half an hour had passed and she has not arrived yet. I got bored there so I opened the door slightly to see whose outside. I saw a beautiful girl wearing her P.E. uniform sitting beside the old IRS with phone on hand.

I looked at her earnestly and felt fascinated. She was so pretty and I felt an inexplicable sensation. Without hesitation, I sat beside her exerting fleeting glance, consciously aware of my movement.

“Kinsa diay imong gihulat miss?” I ask her politely. “Gainusara ra lage ka?” I felt my words getting stammered and stumble but I reacted calmly holding my feeling enthusiastically.

“Ahh, nagpalipas ra ko og oras diri.” She replied attentively. “Naa man me practice ron sa badminton din ganahan ra pud ko magtambay dri.”

“Ikaw gaunsa ka diri?” she queried.

“Ako? Ah! Gahulat ko sa akong course T-shirt wala man gud nako nakuha sauna.”

I almost cannot talk because I trembled with unnecessary hearth discomfort.

I asked her name and course. She is Janet, BS Geology as I could remember. After that I introduced myself simultaneously shaking our hands. My God, our hand entwined enticingly as I felt thousands of volt running through my spine. We look at each other feeling amazed.

From that very moment I have already caught her attention. It seems that we know each other that we do not even hesitate to partake our experience, life, achievements and other random things.

While the conversation was getting profound, she stood up to relieve her pain from lying almost a minute. Then, I convinced her to come with me in ITO’s office to wait and to have some cool air also.

“Og kasab-an ko?” she insited. “Din wala pud koy kaila dinha.”

“No! dili ka kasab-an ana,” I insisted enthusiastically to convince her, “besides I will just tell them that you are my special friend, ai! best friend!.”

She grinned secretly on what I have said but hiding her smile make me sense that she feels something for me too. I look at her eyes sincerely and with concerned so that she can feel that I can be counted and trusted. At this point she felt no hesitation at all.

I have convinced her, so we both went to ITO’s office. “Hala tsada lage dri,” I did not respond.

When we got inside the assigned person who will give course T-shirt to was not yet around.

We waited for a moment, refreshing from warmness. I looked at her standing, so I offered a sit. 

“Ikaw diay, magtindog ra ka?”she asked.

“Okay ra ko, para imoha na,” I said modestly. I felt something significant when I hear those words.

I felt fascinated since I have done something great. She got her phone and played some games, she let me play too. We both enjoy playing. At that particular moment, I forgot the time and hoping that the time will not continue since we got our time valuable enough to make it worthwhile.

After I got my course T-shirt, we went out of the office. “Adto na ko kay hapit na ang time sa try-out namo sa badminton.” “I sige kay pauli na pod ko,” I replied. I almost touch her hand but I controlled as a sign of respect since we just met.

Deep inside I do not want her to go away since I started falling for her and I wanted us to know each other well. Leaving our momentous moment make me feel bad but still I really want her.

Before we got departed, I stated my last message “You know! I really enjoyed our conversation.”

“Hala ako pud, kita kita ra unya ta?” she replied.

But that meeting did not have a part two. I was so stupid not to ask her phone number. I still want her but I do not know where to find her.

These probably my one of the most unforgettable moment in NORSU, until now she still marked on my heart. It is probably a mysterious past that still wanted to portray the shadow of myself as a person who wants to meet her again.

P.S. Janet, in case you are reading this diary, I really want to see you again. Please contact me at 09057131422.

Rotten Egg is a second year BS Information Technology who loves to reminiscence his special moments in the university.


When 'not now' becomes 'never'

By Jessie P. Dolia

Putting down your home works and other related works in school because you still have to play Dota or more probably open your Facebook account to check for new updates, and hence getting incomplete grades? How about failing in one of your major subjects because you have delayed passing the course requirements? Well, generally, you are procrastinating. defines procrastination as the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of low-priority, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time. Basically it is the process of voluntarily delaying a task or decision until a later time, often resulting in a negative effect.

See? This is probably what you encounter most of the time. You might not have noticed it because you think all is fine. Favorably, you have got your mind thinking that all is under your control and that ‘later time’ is the best answer to your sluggishness. In fact, when you find this story lousy and stopped from reading this, you have definitely procrastinated.

If by chance you can pursue reading the story though this appears to be boring for you, then I will say you have understood and ravaged the word procrastination itself. According to The Daily, only 35 percent of people convert immediate actions from his thinking summing up to positive result. People who in hand, take full action in prioritizing important tasks achieved fulfilling product compared to those people who usually put things off unattended even though he knows it results negative things.

What probably cause you to procrastinate?

It is important to get to know yourself well so you can recognize what you are doing – or not doing is right or wrong. Why do people procrastinate and keep themselves from having the good stuff?

Too often people have no idea what they really want and they pursue goals they think they should want or what others want for them. That is one reason why many successful people feel unhappy – like something is missing. They are living somebody else’s life rather than one that would make them happy.

Or you sometimes lost momentum and motivation to finish your work. Without support and accountability, you lose steam and enthusiasm quickly and fall back into old behaviors.

Negative self-talk and beliefs. This is a huge reason why folks procrastinate. All the conversations people have in their heads that scare them and make them feel like crap. They construct stories about inevitable outcomes (worse case scenarios, what happened in the past will surely repeat) that they believe as truth! It is amazing what you do to yourselves, isn’t it?

You do not know where to start or what to choose. It is a double-edged sword. Having choices is important and yet, having too many causes confusion. Often people make a hasty choice to get it over with, defer to someone else to take responsibility, or do nothing. You become overwhelmed, and confused, and stressed. You lack structure, routines, and boundaries to help them stay on track.

What procrastination can do to you?

You lose energy when you put things off all the time. You will no longer have the drive and energy to approach tasks that require a fair bit of work. The longer you leave things the harder they are to complete the task.

Stress and anxiety will then follow. The main problem with procrastinating is that it causes you to become stressed and anxious. The reason for this is that when the task drags on and on we think about it in our head and we stress about when it is going to get finished. This is quite ironic because it is we who are causing it to take a long time!

When all of these things happened, you are then depriving yourself to achieve things in life. One of the really sad things about this thing called procrastination is that it stops you from achieving your goals and dreams. It is like a beggar having a lump of gold his whole life and not spending it to change his crappy situation.

True Confessions

According to a third year Bachelor of Science in Geothermal Engineering student Edward Macute, procrastination had been a big hindrance to him in realizing his ambitions. He narrated to the The NORSUNian that he failed from one of his major subjects because he prioritized his happiness first than submitting the requirements asked by his teacher. “I always play Dota, when I have vacant times, I used it in playing. I can no longer resist from playing since I am tempted again and again, then I will no longer go to school because of the play,” he said.

This failure taught Edward a lesson to prioritize first his education before anything else. “Tungod ani nga failure, I realized that I should have prioritized my education kai dili nako gusto nga ma fail na pud sa lain nakong subjects. Tungod sa akong girlfriend nausab ko, sigi ko niya gina advice-san and it paved me the way that sayop jud ko. Sugod ato,dili na kaayo ko mudula then musulod na pud ko sa ako klasi,” he disclosed.

In a related situation, Huskarr, not his real name told the The NORSUnian that he got an incomplete grade in his PE class because of the same reason. Huskarr came to class always late-late to attendance, late to exams, late to projects, late to anything because of procrastination. He prioritized other things apart from his studies-playing. Huskarr just noticed that a big INC mark appeared into his grade form during the end of the semester. He cried out loud and seems to regret but he was too late. The teacher already failed him.

Moreover, Huskarr who is used of delaying realized that he needs to be always prompt in attending his class so as he can pass. Thus, this begs his advice to all Norsunians to always attend classes on time, participate on the class discussion and pass all the course requirements. “In order for you to be successful in your education and career life, just be patient in attending your respective classes and be prompt in going to school, then you will be victorious,” Huskar disclosed.

We students tend to prioritize things which are actually of less value just for the sake of meeting our physiological happiness. We know that if we uphold this practice, we may become unproductive and may lead us to frustrations with our dreams. We know actually what should have been done. With the in-hand knowledge and information, we can definitely break the barrier and can be productive in our own ways.

Dental Health Month brings smiles to Norsunians

By Joeylen A. Dela Cruz

“Ngiting Matatamis, Ngiping Malinis, Dala ay Pag-asa, Tunay na Ligaya.”

Thus, was the theme for the celebration of the 8th National Dental Health Month.

Last January 24, a room to room distribution of Dental Bulletin, the official dental health magazine of Negros Oriental State University, and giving of dental health cleaning aids were initiated by the university dental clinic. And on the 25th, dental services were offered such as tooth extraction and tooth cleaning.

Meanwhile, as an early training to some pre-Doctor of Dental Medicine students (pre-DDM), they were assigned to perform dental cleaning operations on patients. While a number of Associate in Medical Dental Nursing Assistant students together with some faculty members were able to help in the overall facilitation.

Aside from those offered services, there were also dental health related activities that was set for the Norsunians to enjoy such “Libreng Posteso Program” and Mister and Miss Perfect Smile 2012.

Marites Electona, the university dentist who was the person-in-charge of the event, expressed her gratitude to all the Norsunians who have cooperated. She said that if possible, everyone should participate whenever these kinds of activities are held because aside from it is free; it has also a lot of benefits.

She continued that Norsunians should also undergo regular dental check-ups for them to be aware with their dental health condition.

“It was a day of fun and experience. Besides, it was overwhelming to hear those countless thank you’s of the patients after a back-breaking session on tooth cleaning”, pre-DDM student Erwin John Elmido shared. Aside from that, he also expressed his infinite gratitude to the dentists who took part of the activity.

Ched Charmaine Aguilar, a freshman Bachelor of Science in Business Administration student, who availed the tooth extraction service, shared that she was so happy since she will no longer suffer from painful toothaches.

Aguilar was seconded by Caryll Mae Oracion, a freshman Bachelor of Science in Accountancy student saying that she can now eat well without any hesitation. However, she deeply stressed that she will be very careful in choosing the food to eat.

The said affair is an annual celebration usually held during the months of January and February.

MC-II studes demand IRS revamp

By Janethriz B. Aso and Mayette Hanna F. Diez

With the right amount of money collected at the very start of every semester, Main Campus II (MC-II) students demand Internet Research (IRS) Station to render proper services.

As of press time, there are only less than 20 computers functioning which is insufficient to cater to the whole population of MC-II.

Third year Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) student, Anthony Gresula said that the IRS lacks computers and that they were not enough since there were three colleges using the computers. He added that there were times when the IRS is crowded and some students cannot use the computers for research. He also suggested that those computers which are not functioning should be replaced or repaired so that the students can use them.

Rovelito M. Carganian , and Jyson D. Calas, both third year Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) students, commented about the slow connection. According to Carganian and Calas, a faster connection is needed and a downloader should be installed to the computers so that students can listen to some music or videos, those videos which are related of course to their lessons. They are hoping that they can benefit if ever there will be an improvement especially if they wish to do some research.

Freshmen BSCE student, Marjorie R. Polio supposed that the reason why there is slow connection is because of the old computers. She also said that it should be replaced in order to have good facilities and she also noted that some keys on the key board are not functioning well.

Her colleague Clia Mae P. Tabasa expressed her disappointment on the insufficing computers in the IRS. Like the others, she also suggested that some computers should be repaired so that it will be used.

Sought for her reaction as to the said complaints, Merdy-Laine Ventura, the assistant chairwoman of the IRS personnel in MC-II thinks that the system in the IRS is just okay. However, she admitted that there were computers who are not functioning anymore but they have no budget to repair those. The budget, according to Ventura, should supposedly come from the Student Government of Dumaguete City-II (SGDC-II).

About the problem of students not being able to use the computers during peak hours, she said that they already have the reservation list prepared for those who have to wait for their turn. She sadly expressed that indeed there were times when the waiting takes a long time that some were not able to do their research. 

Ventura added that they have already suggested to SGDC-II for the computers to be repaired but it really takes a big budget. Another problem that needs to be fixed is the printer which has malfunctioned since a year ago. She continued that it would have been a great help to the students because if they do not have flash drives, they can immediately have the printed copy in the IRS. Concerning the downloading of videos and music, Ventura stressed that it is prohibited there in the IRS.

“First come first serve is our main policy here. But don’t worry; if you can’t immediately use the computers, there is a room for reservation anyway. Just be patient, hopefully we can add more computers plus a new printer so that all of us students can benefit from it”, she assured.

SGDC-II President Jillie Ann Rubio said that the administration is on the process in purchasing 50 more computers in the IRS of MC-II. She added that they always follow-up the administration for the definite time and when will the 50 computers be accommodated.

'Cory ng EDSA' draws Norsunians

By Jessie P. Dolia and Jela Mae T. Ruales

The Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex seems like a can of sardines after Norsunians flocked the successful ‘Cory ng EDSA’ theater musical last January 17.

The ‘Cory ng EDSA,’ which was casted by the Philippine Stagers Foundations (PSF) artists, portrayed democracy and sacrifice, depicted the life, works and advocacies of Cory Aquino, which gained several standing ovations and resounding applause from the audience.

According to Vincent Tañada, a director and playwright, the ‘Cory ng EDSA’ was a sequel to the “Ako si Ninoy,” also a theater musical played last 2009 which also received recognitions from the Aliw Awards.

Tañada said that he was so happy since the reactions of the crowd were very fulfilling. He disclosed that the ‘Cory ng EDSA’ was indeed life-changing because the audience really expressed their appreciation through there generous applauses.

Norsunians commend

Freshman Bachelor of Science in Office System Management student Lanie Maquiling said that “it’s my first time to watch a live theater musical and it was truly a jaw-dropping performance of the Philstagers.”

Riza Marie Tabada, a sophomore Bachelor of Science in Accountancy student, opined “they are worthy to be called professionals since they showed their astounding talents both in acting and singing.”

“Honestly, nakahilak jud ko. Sulit ra jud kaau ang 150 nga amung gibayad for the play,” expressed Roellyn Barrera, a second year Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.

Moreover, senior Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering student Jhade Pino expressed that the different characters, sequence of events and portrayals of the performers summed up the show to a very enjoyable one.

Junior Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering student Richard Tagle added that the musical was comprehensive. “Even elementary students could understand the message they try to imply,” he disclosed.

Vandalized mural vexes NORSU LGBT Guild

By Jessie P. Dolia and Shenmae S. Sojor

Vandalisms visible Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Guild mural painting annoyed university gay community.

Provincial Coordinator of LADLAD Party list and NORSU LGBT Guild Founder Michael Victor Panuncillon expressed his dismay on the vandalized mural.

According to Panuncillon, their mural was last seen unvandalized last December 5 and found out tainted on December 7. “LBGT- ‘AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) carriers’ and ‘social pests’ were the passages written unto our mural,” he expressed.

Panuncillon shared that he was really hurt since they gave ample efforts in realizing their mural. “It was from our own pockets that we got the money to make the mural,” he said.

He added that those negative commentaries and vandalism that first appeared may later result to violent-related crimes if not given appropriate actions.

Meanwhile, League of Student Organizations President Glen Erwin Betchido said that they will not touch the mural since Panuncillon asked him not to do anything to the mural. He said that it is inform the public that homophobics and gender discriminators to LGBT still.

Gay community reacts

“Disrespectful! Dapat dili sila mag-ingon ana… They should respect us like human beings who has feelings,” Franze Bill Alcantara, a BS Information Technology student.

“To the people who did it, we only ask for some respect and understanding. It really hurt us, knowing that we are being discriminated by our fellow. Dayon sa mural pa jud namu sila nag-sulti og mga ingon ana, so sakit jud siya kayo,” Junmar Obate expressed, a sophomore Mass Communication student.

The same notion was given by Arnel Bato, a junior BS Office System Management student. “For me, they have no right to criticize us [gays and lesbians] or even to judge us. We are also human. They should learn how to love and respect us as their equal. Very insulting sa among part. I just hope that they will stop what they are doing because we‘re just the same,” he related.

“We don’t care about what they think about us. We are not social pests or whatever they want to call us. We are human beings, I really don’t care about what they say or write,” Nick Ramirez asserted, a freshman Bachelor of Elementary Education student.

He was seconded by another Bachelor of Elementary Education student Dave Baldoza. “I admit I really felt sad and hurt about what they are writing about us. They should stop discriminating us. They are not the one who’s feeding us so, dili dapat sila mag-ingon ana. Dili dapat sila mag-buot og unsa mi. They should show some respect,” Baldoza articulated.

NORSU avails janitorial services

By Jessie P. Dolia

To maintain the cleanliness and orderliness on campus, some 26 newly-hired janitors helped make it through.

The janitors were distributed throughout the university system, and are working eight hours a day from Monday to Saturday.

According to University President Henry A. Sojor, the project was realized through the General Appropriation Act (GAA) of 2011, which gives access to state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Philippines to have budgetary allocations for its institutional development.

Moreover, he said that SUCs all over the Philippines were given budgets from the congress and the Department of Budget and Management as mandated in the GAA of 2011 to man the safety, cleanliness and orderliness of the schools’ environment. Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), being one of the recipients, did enjoy the said privilege.

The establishment of the janitorial forces was made possible through the contract of agreement between the NORSU System and the Super Master General Service Company.

A total of P2.9 million, otherwise known as the contract amount, is said to last for a year and is subject to renewal, if desired.

Meanwhile, Sojor appealed to the NORSU community to act responsibly by simply throwing trashes into the right bin receptacles, by not littering around and by taking good care of the school’s facilities.

NORSU Main Campuses I and II have a total of 16 janitorial forces assigned in the different departments and colleges while NORSU-Siaton Campus has one. NORSU-Bais City Campuses I and II, and NORSU-Guihulngan City Campus have three janitors each. NORSU-Bayawan-Sta. Catalina Campus has also three janitors.

On the rights of persons with disabilities

SPED delivers symposium at CEd

By Joeylen A. Dela Cruz

With the theme, “Making the rights real for persons with intellectual disability, ” the Special Education (SPED) Youth Advocates Organization stagged a symposium at the College of Education Mini-theater last February 21.

The symposium mainly revolved on the rights and privileges of persons with disabilities as with reference to Magna Carta Law for Disabled Persons or Republic Act 7277.

“I know for a fact that SPED is continuously growing and we are trying our best to spread our advocacy to the public,” SPED Youth Advocates President Edwin Torremocha disclosed.

Torremocha told The NORSUnian that he was absolutely surprised because he never expected that there would be many students who would attend the event. He also expressed his gratitude towards the members of the League of Student Organizations who took part in the symposium.

“I am pleased that SPED holds this kind of symposium. It may change everyone’s thoughts and behaviors towards mentally disabled persons,” said Arnel Terio, a junior Bachelor of Science in Information student.

Mariz Cellona, a freshman Bachelor of Mass Communication student, shared that being one of the audience was a great opportunity for her because it taught her lessons that she could apply when she will encounter persons with disabilities.

Moreover, Pearlyn Grace Faburada, a freshman Bachelor of Science in Pharmarcy student, was delighted upon hearing the discussion of the second speaker, Romy Katada. According to her, the speech of Katada about guiding a child with Down syndrome really inspired her.

The speakers were Rolando Villamero Jr., the coordinator of Advocacy, Networking and Referral Program of GPRehab, Analou Suan, GPRehab Executive Director and Romy Katada, a guardian of a child with Down syndrome and also the president of Differently-Abled Children’s Parents Association (DACPA).

In connection with this, the Great Physician Rehabilitation Center, Inc (GPRehab), in cooperation with the Differently-Abled Children’s Parents Association (DACPA) organized the Buddy Walk 2012 last February 24.

The said activity was organized to raise intellectual disability awareness towards the community. The SPED participating students from different universities all over Dumaguete City were paired to children and youth with intellectual disabilities. With that, they need to accomplish certain tasks on different stations. The route of the activity was from the City Central to Cathedral, going to Silliman library, then to the market and finally to Robinson’s Place.

On global warming

NORSU to put up solar chargers

By Jessie P. Dolia

In the desire for the harmony of man and nature, Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) will be putting up five solar chargers to lessen electric consumption which contributes to global warming. 

The move was initiated by the Income Generating Project (IGP) and the Student Affairs Office (SAO).

“I am encouraging Norsunians to help preserve the environment through charging their mobile phones using the solar chargers,” SAO Director Giovanni Macahig said. He shared that each charger can cater to as much as five cellular phones. He added that the solar panels can be accessed through manual operation.

Moreover, Macahig said that the five panels of solar chargers cost P4,750 prior to the purchased bid. He added that these shall initially be situated at the SAO while the exact processing area is still planned.

He disclosed that this new innovation helps lower the cost of electric bills of the school and would definitely help preserve the environment.

Second year Bachelor of Science in Geology student Marjorie Bajado opined that the move was a big help to all Norsunians. “This will initially boost our confidence that we are really excelling not only in academics but in technology as well. NORSU has once again paved the way to greater heights. With this, electric consumption will now be lower down which can also be a big help to the school,” she said.

Another Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education student Lovely Eroja said that with these new facilities, our environment will be free from probable hazardous effects the electric currents can bring. “Because these solar chargers function through the heat of the sun, it will minimize electric consumption which is good for the environment,” she disclosed.

A P5 fee will be collected to students who will be charging their phones in the solar chargers as part of the IGP of the university.

PE Fun Day cancelled

By Francis Ivan G. Ho

To sympathize with the victims of the recent 6.9-magnitude earthquake, the Physical Education (PE) Department cancelled the celebration of PE Fun Day last February 11.

The cancellation of the program last February 11 was a directive of Negros Oriental State University President Henry A. Sojor. PE Department Director Carlou Bernaldez publicly announced the decision in his opening remarks during that day. According to Bernaldez, the reason behind the cancellation was to share sympathy amongst the neighboring towns and municipalities affected by the earthquake.

Bernaldez also reasoned that allowing students to come over was to let them see for their eyes the preparations and facilities they have prepared for the Fun Day. “Changing the schedule of the Fun Day for another Saturday is another expense and besides, most of the PE instructors will be out for the incoming National SCUAA,” he added.

The director said that the P70 contribution of the students went for the acquisition of materials for games like relay ropes, monkey bars, bicycles, huge rubber balls, takarang sticks, three-wheeled carts, and other obstacle activities. He added that some of the contribution was allocated to buy some goods to be donated to the victims.

Before the announcement, the PE department staffs started the program with a “dancercise”. Students wearing their respective team colors; red, blue, yellow and green gathered.

Furthermore, instead of having the Fun Day in the open field of NORSU Main Campus II, it became the spot of the prayer brigade offered by the PE department staffs, PE students and the NORSU Kabilin Choir.

PE students react

Most students felt sad and disappointed after the announcement. They were eager to share their reactions to The NORSUnian about the abrupt cancellation.

“Excited na ta! If gisulti unta before nga dili madaun aron dili ma-usik ang among gi-plete,” Faith Toledo expressed, a freshman BS Forestry student.

Education student majoring in Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health Mae Ann Enrera shared her frustration. “It never met my expectation,” she added. Joycee Mae Balonio, first year BS in Office Systems Management student, shared the same sentiment; she was also dismayed because there were no fun and games.

According to freshman BS Computer Science student Patrick Ngiptich, the day was supposed to be a Fun Day and it is sad to know that it is cancelled.

Despite the upset response of students, some of them understood what had happen and shared sympathy. One of them was Ychime, Nkeoma, a sophomore AB Mass Communication student. She conveyed her happiness for the prayer offered for the casualties and fatalities of the recent earthquake.

Some students also discussed the use of the P70 as their registration, knowing that the fun day was cancelled. A group of first year Bachelor of Science in Accountancy students asks for any statement of expenses or any record of liquidation so that their payment would be at justifiable cost, transparent and no bias.

NORSU Pharmacy graduates obtain 100 % passing rate

By Myrna Alarcio

Four fresh Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSPharm) graduates of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) successfully hurdled the January 2012 Pharmacist Licensure Examination giving the school a 100 percent passing rate.

The passers were Charlene Baldomar, Ghenirose Javierto, Elaine Marie Lachica and Cecille May Noay. NORSU registered a 100 percent passing rate as compared to the 51.94 national passing rate set by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

College of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Allied Health Services (CNDPAHS) Dean Dalisay Dumalag was very grateful towards their success. She is thankful that they have maintained the record for two consecutive years giving honor to the university.

Pharmacy Department Chair Analiza Bais shared her sentiments on the achievements of the successful passers. She added that all of their hopes were answered when the four graduates made it proving that the teachings in the Pharmacy Department of the College of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences (CNDPAHS) were useful. Bais advised the students to study harder since it is the only secret to success.

A junior BS Pharmacy student named Hannah Rose Duran expressed her happiness towards the achievement of her course mates. She said that it provides an inspiration for them to study more. She was then echoed by Vilma Villegas, another Pharmacy student, who added that it also serves as a challenge for them to strive more and continue their record of producing commendable passers.

PRC announced that a total of 576 out of 1,109 takers passed the Pharmacist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Pharmacy in Manila, Baguio and Cebu City.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

About Us

The NORSUnian is the official Weekly student publication of Negros Oriental State University system (formerly Central Visayas Polytechnic College) located in Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, Philippines. The NORSUnian is one of the three (3) acclaimed student publications in the Philippines which comes out weekly together with The Philippine Collegian of the University of the Philippines in Metro Manila, and The Weekly Sillimanian of Silliman University of Dumaguete City.
Formerly known as The Edutech, it has grown into a maturer publication with 15 writers and 4 editors, with 10 other members including layout artists and webpage designers.
In its quest to fight for the students, The NORSUnian, has not only published stories about in-campus activities but columns and opinion articles regarding the present regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration and local and societal issues geared toward positive transformation of the City as well.
Negros Oriental State University, a state university in the province of Negros Oriental has the most number of students in the city, having a huge estimated population of 25,000 students from 5 satellite campuses of the state university.
The NORSUnian came into being as it was formerly known as The Edutech, a monthly student paper in 1983. As it evolved, several changes were made by the administration of Dr. Henry Sojor and since the conversion of Central Visayas Polytechnic College, to Negros Oriental State University, the paper was then published on a weekly basis from 10 to 30 members of the editorial staff.

Kenneth B. Pael is the current editor-in-chief of The NORSUnian. Other members of the editorial staff include Rolyn Jane Catanus, Associate editor; Rina Marie Rubia, news editor;Ryan E. Gantalao, Features editor.

Former Editor-in-Chief: Jeremiah It-it, Maria Margarita Narvasa,Junrell Calunod, Merlinda Baliola, Aubrey Ozoa, Jessica Cornelia

Mr. Marx Iturralde, journalist is currently the publication's adviser.
The NORSUnian scholarship program, a scholarship fund given by the university is an aid given to the staff writers/members for their service rendered for the university to pursue its aim in bringing up "poor but deserving students." (NORSU dogma)
The NORSUnian came into being as it was formerly known as The Edutech, a monthly student paper in 1983. As it evolved, several changes were made by the administration of Dr. Henry Sojor and since the conversion of Central Visayas Polytechnic College, to Negros Oriental State University, the paper was then published on a weekly basis from 10 to 30 members of the editorial staff.