Events a& Projects - Supreme Student Council
Carolinian Campus Development Authority
Classrooms and other amenities always ought to be considered a worthy investment as they facilitate every student’s day to day activities within the school. To aid in the university’s upkeep, the council was lucky to have the aid of selfless volunteers in conducting round the campus check-ups. Lists of facilities in school that could benefit from improvement were made and used as basis for recommendations submitted to the university administration.
Coal or Cool: Power Plants
When the environment is mentioned, many of us think of an immense global phenomenon like climate change. What many fail to see, is that the environment also refers to the one we are directly involved with now as citizens of the island of Cebu . Power shortage is something parts of the Visayas grid faces. While there are those pushing for cleaner ways of harboring energy, there are also those pushing for the putting up of more coal powered power plants like the one in Naga whose hazardous effects are already affecting the communities around it. The council organized a forum for the education of students about this pressing issue. It is high time that we wake up and raise our voices against the reality of environmental offenses perpetuated before our very eyes.
Carolinian Student Volunteer Team Building
This initiative was one based on the humility of knowing that the number of council members is miniscule in comparison to the total population. In recognition of the abilities of each one, a team of willing Carolinians were tapped and given leadership training sessions in order to serve the student body hand in hand with the council. They are deserving of gratitude, for their empowerment has helped lighten the burden of addressing numerous concerns over the school year.
The nation’s future is placed in the hands of those whom the people choose as its leaders. These honored servants are periodically changed, allowing the nation each time, to call out with its voice those it selects for itself. This selection is of utmost importance to a nation and is capable of deciding all future prosperity. Each citizen must then do all in his ability to choose wisely and encourage others to do the same. The USC-SSC, with its desire to be a pillar of nationalism, held a voter’s education forum for the students who, by their coming of age, earned the sacred right of suffrage in the recently passed national elections.
Gawad Kalinga: Paint for the Future
The future is for us to take if we walk hand in hand towards the light of progress, leaving nobody behind. The Gawad Kalinga communities are a testament to the Filipino’s ability to come together for those in need and give service for the pure intention of lending others a helping hand when they need it. In coordination with the USC Chapter of Gawad Kalinga, the Supreme Student Council facilitated the aid and initiative of Carolinians for the improvement of Gawad Kalinga communities in Cebu and their infrastructures throughout the school year.
Project Green University
From the 100,000 peso grant of the British Council has sprung forth this youth initiated thrust for environmental awareness and genuine concern for other members of the Carolinian family. Sturdy frames have been made to provide support for net bags that serve as receptacles for used plastic bottles within the university campuses. These bags will be watched over and routinely emptied by the Carolinian Working Scholars Association who will be selling the resulting bottles to a junk shop for monetary remuneration. This small stipend for their organization will help ensure any number of promising young people the educational experience they deserve.
Environmental Sustainability Forum
The sustainability of our resources is a challenge prompting each and every one of us to rise up to our responsibilities as caretakers of our planet. This forum tackled the current situation that our country and its ecosystems are in, clarifying that tomorrow’s situations are being shaped by the decisions we make today. People from the different sectors of society encouraged hope by showcasing the different things they have done over the recent years to fight for our environment. Their individual differences reminded those present that it is within every person’s capabilities to join the fight for our Mother Earth.
Upon entry into the portals of our university, the freshmen bring with them intelligence, talent and endless potential. It is thus only fitting that they be given all aid allowable for the development of the greatness that is in each one of them. The starter kit is a small booklet containing useful information and answers to frequently asked questions like jeepney routes and advice for different situations that are common in college.
Every student would be able to answer you if you were to ask what an identification card or ID is. This small chunk of plastic is vital to a Carolinian’s life as it allows entry into the school campuses and is often a requirement for a number of transactions. This year’s council, in seeing this object as a symbol of the Carolinian identity common to all, transformed the ID into a privilege card capable of earning any student discounts at establishments around the city.
The online form of amusement, popularly known as “dota,” is one of the most common ways by which college boys and girls have spent their free time and spare money over the past year. Despite its widespread playtime among students, this addicting game has never before been officially attached to the celebration of a university affair. The council for this year took the opportunity to host a dota competition to add to the other fun activities carried out for the university’s Intramurals week, to the delight of many students who frequent the school’s surrounding internet cafes.
Bloodletting Campaign: Save a life. Bleed for love.
To help meet Cebu ’s need for blood, Carolinians willingly exhibited martyrdom by voluntarily offering their veins up to the needles that allowed them to relinquish a portion of the precious liquid in their bodies. In coordination with the council, the Cebu Chapter of the Philippine Red Cross, the Hamili Lions Club and the Beta Sigma acted on their desire for service by reaching out to the Carolinian community with this activity based on heroism and charity.
Distribution of Donations to Mananga Community
This year has been blessed with many fruitful events that have cascaded the blessings of the Carolinian family onto communities outside the university walls. The concert for a cause held by the council was a success in the way that those who attended brought with them commodities to share from the heart, like noodles, canned goods and used clothing. One of the communities to benefit from these has been the Mananga community of the Gawad Kalinga. In a visit wherein students and members of the council met and mingled with the members of the community, a bundle of goods was given to every family to aid them in their daily struggle for life. It was with heartfelt thanks that they welcomed and later bid the visitors goodbye.
Open Forum with Student Organizations
The student council met representatives of the university’s student organizations to consult them on matters they deemed significant. During a time when certain things like the implementation of the ‘No USC sling, No Entry’ policy were being mercilessly implemented without warning and without due process, agitation spread through the student population. To help facilitate the conclusion of issues, the council took into consideration the suggestions given by those who actually experienced the crisis themselves and brought the mentioned concerns before the university administration.
Open Forum with the Administration
Students’ concerns are a big responsibility. With the help of organizations, both recognized and unrecognized by the Student Affairs Office, an open forum between members of the university administration and the student body was held. Among the administration staff to attend were Father Ernesto Lagura and Madame Nimfa Alo, who listened to and commented on the concerns brought up by the students. Both the students and the administration were given the chance to freely express their thoughts and consider the replies given by the other side.
SSC: USC Website
As the Supreme Student Council is essential within the university, so it’s presence in the university website is indispensable. For the academic year, the portion on the student council was updated to contain up to date information about the officers, as well as reports on a few of the council’s activities. 2010’s USC awards for The Outstanding Leader, The Outstanding Graduate and The Outstanding Student Organization were finally made to replace the list of awards from years past.
Student’s Fair: Pakighiusa Carolinian
Student organizations enhance students’ skills and knowledge and prepare them for the real world through the different experiences they make available. Memberships among the university’s organizations are therefore something that should be encouraged. In this contest, the different organizations were assigned boards to decorate according to set criteria. The reward money prepared for the winners were foreseen as donations to their organization funds. Besides helping fund possible activities, this contest effectively advertised each organization to students either at the Wrocklage Yard or at the Bunzel Building lobby.
Simpol Ra Bai: Concert for a Cause
Fondly referred to as SRB, this concert exemplifies the concept of having fun while lending a hand. Local bands like Powerspoonz and Stallions of the Burning Church played alongside our very own Carolinian talents through a night that helped give many a reason to smile. In place of tickets or fees, entrance was allowed in exchange for noodles, canned goods or used clothing. These goods were later repacked by the council members and distributed to families in Gawad Kalinga communities and those whose homes were razed by a fire just days after the concert.
Carolinians Got Talent
The Wrocklage Yard was witness to a grand event that displayed the variety of arts and talents that flourish in our Carolinian community. The council, in an effort to give recognition to the perseverance and dedication it takes to master a gift, created a venue for those with the courage to present themselves and the fire within them. Some danced and sang while others attempted more unique demonstrations, but all had in common the fulfillment that comes when you step forward to present your best.
Intramurals week is the week of the student. Fun becomes everybody’s right and lessons are put aside for a time. In the midst of all the revelry are highlights that provide unforgettable experiences with friends. This year, the very middle of the week had students blown away by the rock concert that had the band Franco as the grand finale. Franco is a Filipino band made up of Franco Reyes of Inyo, Gabby Alipe and Janjan Mendoza of Urbandub, Paulo Toleran of Queso and Buwi Meneses of Parokya ni Edgar. Undeniably a highlight, the Carolinian Jam 2010 was a definite success.
USC Warrior’s Campaign: Awarding MVP and Players in Soccer Baseball
Identity draws people together. It allows them to move forward without doubts, for they know where they’re from. The university as of late has begun to try and develop the Carolinian student’s identity by highlighting the contributions of our school varsity. In support of this effort, the council participated by naming and awarding the most valuable player in soccer baseball.
Carolinian Gawad Kalinga Volunteers
When: once a month
There is nothing that can match the feeling of fulfilment that fills one who gives. Through these monthly gatherings, Carolinians will be given the chance to work with unified effort to build tangible homes for the poor and fortify their spirits.
Simpol Ra Bai
July 3, 2010
Simpol Ra Bai on its 8th year serves as a venue for Carolinians to showcase talents for a simple cause, to help. It is a charity concert that aims to raise canned goods, noodles and used clothing in place of the sale of entrance tickets. The proceeds of this event will go to the residents of Barangay Luz, Cebu City. This will be a great venue for us to work hand in hand with the rest of society and be united for a noble cause, and that is to share what we have.
June 26, 2010
The importance of environmental sustainability has come to the attention of the council. This is the first action of the environmental committee created to facilitate concern for our surroundings. This forum shall teach how to craft policies that will help Carolinians aid in the preservation of mother earth for the generations to come.
Project Green University
Launching Date: June 22, 2010
During the administration of then president Christine Lovely Red, the British Council awarded the University of San Carlos Supreme Student Council with a grant of about a hundred thousand pesos for the execution of their winning proposal which has now become this project. This venture shall gather and sell the plastic bottles portion of the university’s daily garbage output to provide financial assistance for organizations within the university that are in need like the Carolinian Working Scholars Association (CAWSA) and the Carolinian Residents Association (CRASS).
Students’ Fair: ‘Pakighiusa’
June 29 to July 3
At the start of each school year, the University of San Carlos-Supreme Student Council gathers all co-curricular and extra-curricular organizations and collegiate councils and plans an event that would enable them to recruit new members, most especially those that are in their first year in the university. It allows the Carolinians to be one and thus, the name "Pakighiusa" came to be. A great number of booths are put up in there campuses for a student's easy access. This is a week-long activity that showcases the active participation of the students in making their stay in this university a fun-filled and fruitful memory. The fair formally opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in which the council gives an award to the organization that will have the most creative booth presentation. It ends on July 3 with an Amazing Race activity entitled, "Are You Smarter than Dora the Explorer?" for the different organizations at the Talamban Campus. With all the events set for this week, it is undoubtedly a must-join for all students!