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Volume 1, Issue 4 of Viewpoint Newsletter. September 16 to 30, 2012

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  • Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, youve got to give it. - R. G. Risch, American WriterBeing a pre-dominantly Catholic country, most schools in the Philippines dedicate areas for religious purposes, be it a chapel or a small grotto. AU-PHINMA is one of the many non-sectarian academes with this feature: The Holy Family Chapel was a project of the Pamantasan ng Araullo Faculty and Employees Association 1983-1984. However, the gymnasium is currently the preferred venue for the Holy Mass since it can accommodate more people. Celebrating the Eucharist in the chapel is now a rare occasion; it has become a mere structure just like the rest of its concrete neighbors.Ultimately, it has completely lost its essence with the students lack of discipline and respect for the place. They eat, gossip, and even date inside a supposed place for prayer and reflection. Food wrappers, paper cups, and shoe prints left on the pews are evidence of manifest irresponsibility and disrespect. Is the idea of caring for our second home, our alma mater, not reiterated enough? Paying tuition fees does not give us the license to litter, vandalize, and destroy. It should instead give us a sense of responsible stewardship for whatever we are paying for. The chapel deserves this kind of respect, as much as the rest of the campus does.The photo of a child praying inside our chapel recently posted on Facebook gained comments from tagged student leaders, professors, and alumni. They shared sentiments regarding its misuse, and they all hoped that Araullians will soon realize that it is more than a hang-out place where one can kill time. Some of them also stressed that being a Catholic is never a determining factor of how an Araullian should treat the chapel. The wall post sparked a more important issue and absolutely

    drove the point home: regardless of spiritual belief, the chapel should be given utmost respect because it is still a house of worship, just like any other house of worship of any other religion. The logic behind this is another no-brainer: a Muslim would not want his mosque scattered with trash, and a Buddhist would frown upon anyone who would act intimately inside his temple. Simply put, a person would not be happy if somebody else is disrespecting his church in any way. Sadly, the possibility of Catholic Araullians defiling their own church cannot be ignored. In fact, it might be a greater possibility than non-Catholics doing the aforementioned activities in the chapel.When asked what he was doing, the child in the photo said he was praying for his sick mother; he definitely knew what the chapel is for. While supposedly mature adults satiate hunger and boredom in the chapel, a young boy had enough sense to seek refuge and guidance from his Divine Being. This incident does not call for any major spiritual transformation on our part. This just reminds us to shed the devil-may-care attitude and start giving the respect we want to gain in the first place.

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    A Chapel CorruptedEditorial

    Volume 1 Issue No. 4 | September 15-30, 2012

    ViewPoint - Truth from every angleThe official student publication of Araullo University - PHINMA.

    Ma. Gladys Repollo Editor-in-Chief, Nathan Beronio Associate Editor, Dan Kevin Roque Managing Editor, Kenneth Garcia Cartoonist Raymond Limuaco, Rea Mariz Albuera Circulation Managers Rhose Ann Vergara Social Media Manager Christina Sanchez, Pauleen Joy Gelacio, Sweet Cel Dela Cruz Writers Darren Gonzales Publication Adviser Office: Simulation Room, 2F Academic Center Building, Araullo University - PHINMA, Cabanatuan City 3100 Nueva Ecija

  • Extending Hawak Kamay to the South...

    Advocates welcome new dean After a year of serving as Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Mr. Nicomedes Palafox, RN, MAN is now the official Dean of the College of Nursing (CON).According to Dean Palafox, working in accordance with the AU-PHINMAs mission and vision is the imperative plan of the college. He envisions CON becoming number one in Nueva Ecija in terms of nursing education. He also plans to innovate operational activities in both academic and clinical aspects of the nursing program to effectively facilitate learning.CON has already achieved a measure of success under Dean Palafoxs administration as OIC as they tallied a passing rate of 13 out of their 16 fresh graduates in the recent nursing board exams.

    Firefoxes go for the gold in CITE Olympics 2012 The College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) broke boundaries as its students from three different courses united for CITE Olympics 2012 last September 24 and 28. CITE-SC Governor Kelvin Vendivil noted that the primary purpose of the fest is to demolish any wall dividing Information Technology (IT), Computer Science (CS), and Civil Engineering (CE) students so that they can easily reach their goals as a college.The heterogeneous teams Red Opera, Green Amaia, Yellow Chrome, Blue Skype, and Black Navigator competed in different contests: Group Cheer, Minute to Win It, Tug of War, Basketball Shooting, Obstacle Relay, Keyboarding, Text Twist, Tetris Battle, Poster Making, Digital Photography, Paramihan ng Alam (Quiz Bee), Basketball, and Talentadong CITE.Jim Paul Espino, 4th year IT, and Sunshine Santos, 2nd yr. IT, were crowned as Mr. and Ms. CITE Icon 2012 on September 28 at the Grand Victoria Club House.

    Basic Ed, AUPA fight for nature COC, CAS continue the Green Project initiativeThe Basic Education Department (Basic Ed.), together with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), took part in the fight against global warming and climate change through the Green Project held at Sitio Alorma, Doa Josefa, Palayan City last September 21. More than 100 students planted narra seedlings in the said activity; they were led by Basic Ed. Dean Corazon Esguerra, Language Department Head Shirley Pajarillo, and University Discipline Coordinator John Paul Vicencio.Members of the Araullo University Performing Arts (AUPA) and seniors from the College of Criminology (COC) engaged in the same activity last September 28. They were accompanied by AUPA Director Michael John Esteban, COC faculty member Randy Maure, Guidance Counselor Alexis Ramirez, and Forester August Farias.From the first tree planting activity on July 13 up to now, the site was prepared for tree planting by the Pinagbigkis Primary Multipurpose Cooperative led by Chairwoman Norma Lawas.

    You.Org AU joins Battlefield You.Org AU attended the second installment of the youth conference Battlefield held at Christian Faith Center, Aduas Centro, Cabanatuan City last September 21. Themed Fight for This Generation, more than 1000 participants from different schools joined the event.For Exceptional Talents, our very own Vindicated Voice won as champion in the Battle of the Bands, while Marcelino Halili III and Melanilene Balot placed 2nd in the Duet Singing Competition.Battlefield, which was organized by the Ever Increasing Church, featured an inspirational talk from Pastor Kevin Loo of Malaysia as well as appearances of singers Yeng Constantino and Acel Van Ommen.

    JPIA AU rakes in awards in Regional MYC Representatives of Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants AU Chapter won in different academic and non-academic competitions in the Mid-Year Convention of National Federation of Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants Region 3 (NFJPIA R3) held at Club Balai Isabel, Talisay, Batangas last September 20 to 22.In the academic category, Jayson dela Cruz won 2nd place in CAT Cup, Level 3, while Laydel Balaquidan placed 3rd for the Cups Level 2; Mhel Jon Legaspi earned 2nd place in the SGV Basic Accounting Wizard, while Maureen Joyce Angeles ranked 4th in the Manabat San Agustin Cup. Also, Angeles and Rachel Merez qualified in the Top 31 of CPAR Meet the Standards.For the non-academic field, JPIA AU was declared as champion in the Grand Variety Show with their rendition of The Little Mermaid and 1st runner-up in Laro ng Lahi. Christopher Cabural clinched the 1st place in Scrabble, while Sarah Pablo and Kevin Jose secured 2nd place in Poster Making; Rovi Mairel Martinez and Almira Martinez came in 3rd in the Paragons Video Making Contest. Lastly, Frances Danielle Mizona was hailed as Ms. NFJPIA R3 1st runner-up and Voters Choice awardee, while Dominador Garcia was awarded Mr. Congeniality.