By Katrin Anne A. Arcala
A WEEK AFTER the Founders Celebration, the Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) looks forward to what they deem as the most important factor of Silliman life – hearing feedbacks from the students. SUSG President Rona Marie Namocatcat said that they want to bring the SUSG closer to every Sillimanian. The group wants to give more ways to stay connected with the student body. To ensure that they are a lot more accessible this time, SUSG, through its Students’ Rights and Welfare (STRAW) Committee, created its hotline digits 0916-276-0664 available 24/7.
“Their [the students’] comments are important to us. It is our basis for improvement and our basis on how we are doing. We [SUSG] don’t want to evaluate ourselves based on how we see ourselves. It’s better to have evaluation from outside the group,” she said. Use of Social media Earlier this semester, SUSG already launched their official Facebook page as well as their Twitter and Instagram accounts. Namocatcat said that they are utilizing social media considering that most students get their updates through the internet. “This is the first step of actually saying that you [students] are done with being apathetic. One text message says that you are now standing up against apathy. We are not asking for anything more at this point,” she added.
Hibalag Festival Evaluation In the SUSG Executive Committee meeting held last Sept. 7, the group gave an overall rating of nine out of ten
for the entire Hibalag Booth Festival. Namocatcat also answered the queries of not having a national band and other prominent actors and actresses for the occasion.
“To spend so much [financially] on a time like this while many people are having struggles looking for food? I think at this time, we should lessen our being materialistic. That’s a message that we want to push through,” she said. SUSG recognized the risks of deciding against having national bands. But they are willing to prove that SUSG this time “is not an event making body.” The Cheerleading Team of Central Colleges of the Philippines (CCP) Bobcats and beatboxer Zee Jacob were the only celebrity visitors for the entire week. Second semester plans After the Hibalag Week, SUSG is now gearing up for the second semester projects. Part of the line-up will be the
relaunching of the Sikad project for the bike rentals and the kick-off for the U Speak, a campus-wide tour by the SUSG.
“If they can’t come to Oriental Hall and visit our office, then we’ll bring our office to their respective colleges. We hope to make our presence felt by every Sillimanian, regardless of their location in campus,” Namocatcat said.