Saturday, March 27, 2010

On Crossing the Dividing Lines: Students | Officials

As the large bulk of student population of UP rush to finish all the requirements for the subjects of the semester, the system officials are also in the attack positions for the next academic year, preparing the activities and other university-related policies. This last part has unfortunately brought the officials and students again, yet again, for the nth time, into friction.

I am for the upholding of the student rights and privileges (although this phrase has certainly been mutilated, abused, raped, etc. over the years); I have even joined in some of those activities (and once even attempted to place myself in an organization that, in part, has its aims aligned with that task). There is that inner glow, of courage perhaps, to know that what you are fighting for, that what you are chanting and yelling for is for the benefit of the future students in the university.

But what the students have shown in their rally this week, in the move to paralyze the BOR Meeting to purportedly hinder them from agreeing to some policies not favorable to UP students, and the way they have treated our school official, a chancellor, cannot, and will never be able to speak for the rights of the UP students. Plainly said, no amount of paint can solve and move any official for hearing or taking the sentiments of those who put themselves on the side of the students. Not even the smartest defender of them can rationalize what they have shown to our school official. It was all a show of disrespect of a group, not in a state of desperation, but in a state of losing the sense of direction of what they are really defending and fighting for. For that, we should be given a solid thumbs-down.

This also goes for the incoherent fight they were suppose to be sustaining against the suppression for certain school activities that the student leaders have indeed fail, again and again, to maintain in its intended order and proper conduct. Activism should, I believe, still walk within the lines that do not trample on the existing rules and orders. We are not bandits or guerrillas that have to take things ‘beyond the line’.

The recent events must facilitate the realignment of the aims and goals of those student leaders and activists, and as for the lay student, balance – with all the reason you could muster – on which position you shall rest your confidence. We should never be allowed to be blinded by culture, if even it is one of the highlight cultures in the university, if it all goes beyond the proper forums. Times and situations are changing and so must our perspectives.

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