Witnesses: Bubong Na Ginamit Sa UPLB Graduation, Gawa Sa 3D Printer

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Photos from Facebook – Mary Grace Leidia/Kino Sangueza

Kamangha-mangha ang pagtatayo ng University of the Philippines Los Banos administration ng istrukturang masisilungan ng mga magsisipagtapos isang gabi na lamang bago ang graduation ng Class of 2015.

Ngunit kagimbal-gimbal rin ang eksena matapos bumigay ang nasabing bubong ilang oras na lamang ang natitira bago magmartsa ang mga graduates.

Ayon sa ilang saksi na nasa pangyayari habang ginagawa ang mismong masisilungan, gawa lamang sa 3D Printer ang nasabing istruktura.

Ang materyal na ginagamit sa mga 3D Printer ay isang uri ng plastic filament na halos pareho lamang sa ginagamit sa lego ngunit hindi gaanong impresibo ang tatag kumpara sa aircraft aluminum o steel.

Gumamit sila ng mga 3D Printer at pinagkabit-kabit lang ang mga piyesa na pinagmukhang bakal,” ani ng isang nakasaksi sa “behind-the-scenes” ng pagtatayo ng bubong. Dagdag pa niya, tinapalan lang ng silver coating ang mga pundasyon ng bubong upang magmukhang bakal ang hitsura.

“Sobrang gaang po ng plastic na ginagamit sa 3D Printer. At dahil mas mabigat ang tarpaulin na materyal ng bubong, it was only a matter of time before gumuho siya dahil may gravity. Hehe.”

Sa buong daigdig, sumisikat na ang 3D Printer at mainam itong gamitin para sa mga maliliit na bagay o konsepto na gustong bigyang buhay ng mga tao.

Pero para maging bubong sa Commencement Exercises ng libong Iskolar? Hmmm not so good.

“Para po yang mga kaibigan na plastik. Hindi nagtatagal,” dagdag pa ng isang testigo. – [P!]

UP Official Eyes Exemption From Excessive Absences Rule For Activists

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A highly-placed University of the Philippines official (not named Gerardo Lanuza, get over it) is examining the possibility of seeking excuses for activists when it comes to the rule on excessive absences, saying they are there to champion the rights of the masses.

“They are giving us exemplary service beyond the confines of the classroom so why would we limit this by marking them absent? It is just absurd,” the official who request anonymity said.

The rule on excessive absences allows students normally up to 6 absences for 3.0 unit-subjects with 1-1.5 hour-recit classes and up to 9 for 3.0+ unit-subjects accompanied by 3-hour lab classes.

“Activism in the first place brought us to where we are. From the Diliman commune to the various junk TOFI rallies to anti dorm fee increase movements to activities supporting the student-athletes, activists have always shown the initiative to help us. To put things in perspective, without them, your per unit tuition is already around 2,500 pesos,” the official added, stating the UP Strategic Plan of 2008.

The said plan eyed to reverse the tuition allocation ratio from 20-80 (20% shouldered by student, 80% shouldered by government) to 80-20 by 2008, but through the efforts of the activists, the reversal is constantly being slowed down.

The official also went after those condemning activism, saying they do not do justice at all.

“These guys have reasons why they leave the confines of the clsssroom for a while. Those against it are in fact those who have done nothing to advance the rights of people – the very purpose of entering the university. Without activists, this school will still be called American University of the Philippines.”

“Let us go away with the dogmas. Activism was never bad. It has always been the catalyst of development. Let us remember what the Oblation represents: sacrifice.”

In 2014, the university also looked at adding a Repeater’s Clause to the existing rule on absences. – [P!]