By Ma. Clarisse S. Osteria

CMC Student Council Chairperson Karol Mark Yee said that College Secretary Jane Vinculado is planning a workshop for organization leaders and members of the Faculty and Student Relations Committee (FSRC) to assess points of improvement in the orgs’ application processes.

“We intend to map out here each other’s ideas, comments and thoughts, and hopefully come up with a very good system,” said Yee, also an FSRC member.

Although the date of the activity has not yet been set, it will be a follow-up to the FSRC’s meeting last September with org reps and their advisers on suspected hazing in application processes of CMC organizations.

Hazing under Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law, also found in the UP Student Guide, includes “placing the recruit, neophyte or applicant in some embarrassing or humiliating situations such as forcing him/her to do menial, silly, foolish and similar tasks or activities.”

Saying that the CMC-SC did not support public humiliation in college organizations, Yee added that orgs could choose alternative activities that could still provide the skills needed to enter these organizations, such as productions where applicants could sell tickets.

May patience doon, may resourcefulness, may management, may organizational skills, tapos di ka pa mahihiya, tapos may output pa for everyone,” he said.

Expect changes

Veronica Guingon, membership committee head of the UP-CMC Broadcasting Association (Broad Ass), said changes were already made to Broad Ass’s application process. As an example, she said the size of the “I’m a proud Broad Ass applicant” nametag worn by the applicants is now smaller than the one used before.

Krystel Agnote, president of the UP Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral sa Komunikasyon (UP SAMASKOM), also said there have been changes in their application process, yet she did not give details. She said students should just observe the changes once SAMASKOM’s application process begins.

Agnote said SAMASKOM was finalizing an outline of its activities to be passed to the college secretary.

Though the required passing of such outlines has been tied to the CMC administration’s campaign against hazing in the organizations, Yee said they would be used for reservation purposes. He said the outlines, according to Prof. Vinculado, were more intended for “miscommunication that (might take) place when reserving locations and equipment.”

The FSRC acts as a liaison between the students and the CMC administration on important matters such as organizational concerns. Prof. Vinculado, as the college secretary, also acts as the FSRC coordinator.

Other members of the FSRC are Dr. Fernando Paragas (Comm Res Dept.), Prof. Marinela Aseron (BC Dept.), Prof. Patrick Campos (UP Film Institute) and Prof. Lourdes Simbulan (Journalism Dept.) CMC org heads are also included in the FSRC.

The Anti-Hazing Law, passed during the Ramos administration, seeks to prevent hazing in membership rites for fraternities, sororities and organizations. Violators could face up to life imprisonment.

The hazing issue in UP resurfaced after Cris Anthony Mendez, a graduating student of the National College of Public Administration and Governance died while allegedly undergoing the initiation process of the Sigma Rho fraternity. #


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