Student Life

35th Mindanao Debate, 2017

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UP Mindanao Debate Society fielded four teams in the recent 35th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship held in Fr. Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City on 7-9 April 2017.

In the quarter-finals on international relations, the UPMin Team B composed of Karl Butalid (3rd year, BA Anthropology), Michael Saraña (3BS Biology), Wolfe Ote (3BA Communication Arts) debated to support independence movements within Chinese territories and for a military intervention in Syria.

In the Pre-quarter finals topics on the academe, the UPMin Team A of Bryle Bacatan (3BS Food Technology), Frederick Omalza (3BSB), Renzo Polinar (3BACA), supported websites that provide access to copyrighted scientific literature and of the use by the scientific community of results from unethical research, and contradicted the rise of militant anthropology in the academe.

In earlier rounds, the Teams debated on gender issues such as bisexuality, women in mandatory military service, and men in traditionally female occupations. On media issues, the debates were on religious motivations behind crimes, a neutrality policy for media companies, and the use of social movements in corporate advertising. Propositions on law and order and money and the economy were likewise subjected to debate. 

Completing the UP Mindanao delegation were Kimberly Cabantug (3BACA), Isabel Abonal (3BAA), Justin Villanueva (3BACA), Andres Segovia (3BACA), Tiffany Jungco (3BACA), Yrneh Ladera (3BSB), and adjudicators Sarika Rey (3BA English), Gaily Labasano (3BSB), and Nissa Caderao (2BS Agribusiness Economics).

Swim Team in 80th Araw ng Dabaw, 2017

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The UP Mindanao Swim Team won a total of 25 medals in the 80th Araw ng Dabaw Sports Festival 2017 Inter-school Swimming Competition held on 1-2 April 2017. Team swimmer Juan Antonio A. Mendoza (2nd year, BS Agribusiness Economics) was awarded "Most Outstanding Swimmer" in the "18-year-old and above-Male" category.    

The 6-person UP Mindanao team earned 14 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals gained throughout 17 individual and 2 team events to finish 7th overall in a field of 55 schools. The UP team was composed of Mendoza, Bhazel Acac (BS Food Tech.), Angelica Jem Verga (BS Architecture), Paula Yap (BS Computer Sci.), Joemer Aliman (BS Applied Math.), and newcomer Tobias Suico (BSAM).

Coach Albert Ramos reported that his team's proudest accomplishment was in the 4x50-meter relay where they won an upset victory over the event's defending champion, the Davao Merchant Marine Academy, in what he described as a "David-and-Goliath" triumph.

A total of 220 swimmers competed in the two-day event, representing schools from Davao and Mindanao regions, Metro Manila, and individual swimmers from overseas.

The event served as a selection process for the Batang Pinoy events for swimmers in the 8-15 year-old age group, and also for the Philippine National Games for swimmers in the 18-year-old-and-up category. See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1474392455966684

IT Rights Orientation, 2017

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An Information Technology Rights and Responsibilities Orientation was held on 9 March 2017 in Lorenzo Hall.  Major university offices such as the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of Research, and the Cash Office, plus the University Student Council and the CHSS Student Council were represented.  The speakers were Asst. Prof. Miguel Guillermo and Lecturer Kim Gargar from the Dept. of Math., Physics, and Computer Science, and Krishna Balaga from the Information Technology Office. The salient points of the talk were:

1) It is recommended that constituents do not install pirated software, as they may damage computers and make these vulnerable to attacks.
2) Using free and open-source software will not only avoid possible legal issues, but will reduce overall dependency on large software companies.
3) With regard to the letter of Adobe Corp. to scan University computers, Adobe, being a private entity, cannot compel other private individuals or institutions to give them information or allow them access to networks and private users.  As of the moment, the IT Office will not allow a "sniffing tool" to be deployed over the University network to gain access to users of the network.
4) The IT Office is open to any inquiries regarding this, or other IT matters.

The All UP Academic Employees Union president, Asst. Prof. Andrea Malaya Ragragio, expressed thanks to the speakers and participants who attended. 

View the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1445436238862306

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