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Monday, September 22, 2008

"Walang Paki" : Centennial Lecture Series @ UP Baguio

Baguio Midland Courier columnist Leonora San Agustin recently commented on the UP Centennial lecture series:




It is my observation among the UP faculty that even if it was a university affair, members of the faculty only attend if their department is involved.  During my times at BCF (now the University of the Cordilleras), if it is a school affair, the school requires all faculty members to attend -- a school affair means that the whole school is involved and not only the particular department in charge.  This ruling prevents embarrassing presentations where there is a smattering of people present.


I also observed that president Emerlinda Roman was present at all the lectures.  If the president of UP, who is based in Diliman, can come up to Baguio to attend the centennial lectures, why shouldn't the chancellor and other members of the faculty in UP Baguio attend also?  But as they say in Tagalog, "wala kang paki!"



Ouch! (sori, Aray! pala).  Of course,  nanang Leonora knows that the UPB Chancellor and the faculty members are not faithful attendees to the lectures for after all she has so far only been able to listen in to two of the 20+ lectures delivered in the past nine months.   She also knows that the three colleges of UP Baguio are so far apart in spirit and in flesh that they don't work together somehow on University-wide projects as this lecture series, especially when the lecture is to be beamed from UP Baguio to other constituent universities of the UP System. She is fully aware also that most of the lectures have been telecast from other constituent universities of the UP System -- which means that the UPB Chancellor has to travel far and wide every time another constituent university  hosts a lecture that  will be broadcast UP-wide anyway, and that she has as much travel privileges/time/resources as the  UP President has.  Finally, it is not a secret to the Grand Old Lady that all those who teach at UP Baguio have all the time in the world to be present in ALL of the lectures for after all, these  active teachers -- just like the long-retired ones -- don't have papers to check, lessons to prepare, classes to teach, researches to make, and kids  or other family members to care for , etc.; don't even make a wee attempt to squeeze several of the lectures into their busy skeds; and can't catch up on the lectures they missed via  dilc.upd.edu.ph/.  (Back when I was teaching at BCF, by the way, I could only attend one or two lectures lined up for the academic school year for there were no monthly schedules of lectures at the time . Don't get me wrong, I am a great admirer of former UC President Pama and former AS Dean Alolor under whose administrative stints I briefly served. :) )



So hoy, UPB pipol, makinig! :) AMANI!

3 comments:

grace said...

The thing about UP is that it can be quite difficult to tell students and teachers apart. (I'm talking about form here.hahaha!) Also, we're not really big fans of dressing up (unless we have to) or dressing our part (especially as I guess one of the things one learns from UP is how to blend in with the background and remain inconspicuous). Faculty are always around. It's just that they (We? Grabe talaga! Ang kapal ko!) get easily mistaken for students. BTW, the Randy David lecture was the best of the centennial lecture series thus far!

grace said...

Pahabol pala. Some may not have been physically there, and those who unfortunately get attacks of antisocial behavior and would rather greta garbo it (i.e., I vant to be alone) can punch in an address into their personal computers and view the lectures in the privacy of their own bat caves :-)

scott saboy said...

hi Prof, read that dressing up thing with an "Oo-nga-'noh?" look hehe. by "form," i suppose you also meant "height"? hakhak (op kors with the exception of the few studes who seemed to have licked more Star Margarine than we did in our younger days). thanks for the post :)