YR 47 Issue 1 2011
 
 
ISSUES
The diversity of Artlets culture   
By AZER N. PARROCHA and ANGELICA CLARISSE R ESMERINA
Inclination to humanities

The Artlets community has taken pride with its wise and witty graduates, some of which are not only successful, but also famous, to boot.

Well-known students include National Arti st Francisco Sionil Jose; politicians Francisco Tatad and Joey Lina; and Palanca Award Winners Angelo Suarez and Lourd de Veyra, to name a few.

Having been known as the faculty that houses the liberal arts, people would recognize Artlets students as “outgoing and outspoken.” Since most students of these courses are expected to be good communicators, it is inevitable to deem them as a bit more liberal or bold, compared to others.

They are also among those who express utmost vigilance on issues—whether politi cal, economic, and academic.

Liberal expression

For someone who would lay eyes on the Artlets offi cial school wear, it is inevitable to be reminded of a high  school uniform—crisp and white collared linen blouse matched with a pleated, fluid dark blue skirt that falls just below the knees for the girls, and black pants and pleated white polo shirts for the boys.

While the latt er escape the prying and taunti ng eyes of many, unless somehow mistaken as floor engineers, the former often suff er from being mistaken as high school students; not to mention, the various pleas for a “uniform reform” that came with criticisms throughout the past years.

Nevertheless, the Artlets’ uniform seems to transcend these cruel jokes, hence serving as one of the many things that sealed the fate of the Artlets community when it comes to being recognized. Their infamous school uniform is what makes them stand out, if not completely diff erent, from the rest of the University’s students.

Adding to this, its students remain true and loyal to liberalism to the point that they manifest its values physically through the way they keep themselves. They come to class with confrontati onal atti tudes, body piercing, and unconventi onal hairstyles, makeup, and clothing as long as they are able to get away with it.

Although this unconventi onal physical manifestati on might have someti mes been compared to students of the College of Fine Arts and Design or of the Conservatory of Music (and perhaps other colleges with unusual disti ncti ve qualiti es), nothing beats the tenaciousness of Artlets students, who resort to unique and creati ve means of expressing themselves.

Security guards oft en say that whenever they catch male Artlets students with pierced ears and instruct them to take their earrings off , they would fi rst try to argue and to point out that their piercing has nothing to do with their academic performance. Students will eventually give in and obey once they are defeated in the argument.

However, it takes some ti me before Artlets students would adapt themselves to the rules they must conform to. The next day same series of events will take place with either the same or diff erent people breaking the same rules.

Unique mark

Brought by the uniqueness manifested by Artlets in different aspects, other faculti es and colleges of the University express varied opinions on its students. “They are not afraid to speak out when they know that they have a point in an argument,” senior Nursing student Precious Maypa said. “They know what they want and are determined to get it.”

Being described as the jack of all trades, Artlets students have a knack for juggling all sorts of activities at the same ti me. “They have an acti ve parti cipati on in extra-curricular activities,” Legal Management senior Alexis Ailex Villamor, Jr., editor in chief of the Varsitarian, said, adding that students from the Faculty always have a say on various issues

True Artlets identi ty indeed varies from one person to another, but no matt er how diverse it could get, one thing remains the same—the strong enthusiasm and burning passion they have for the things that interest them, Psychology junior Miguel Galang said.

“What makes them diff erent from other Thomasians is their courage to fight for what they believe in,” he said. Adding to this, senior Pharmacy student Asella Cruz said that Artlets students “speak their minds and are not afraid to express their opinions for they can easily defend them.”

Since most subjects off ered by the Faculty hone an individual’s oral and written skills, Advertising senior Althea Hornilla said that students from the Faculty are perceived to be good in writi ng, conversing, and socializing.

“They have this confi dence in everything they do and are always updated in the happenings around them,” she added Student Council (ABSC) President Julius Romel Fernandez noted that “life, love, and lore” are the fitting words to describe the Artlets culture.

“It is life, love, and lore brimming full—a combinati on of what we learn in school, what we learn from life experiences, and what we feel when both are internalized,” he said. “Our mastery resides on versatility. Many think we are noisy. Perhaps, it is because other students simply could not jive into our conversations regarding the humanities, liberal arts, and social sciences that easily.”

Guidance counselor Marie Lalaine Lachica-Recio noted the inquisitive nature of Artlets students, as well as their multi -faceted interest and personality.

“They do not just simply obey. There must be a certain justi fication behind their acti ons,” she said. “They have a lot of stories to share and are very colorful individuals, certainly one of the most challenging to handle,” Recio added, noti ng that beneath the bold personality of Artlets students is the liberalism and wit that seal their true colors, Thomasian values, and unique mark.
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Year 47 |  Issue 3 |  2011
Unique mark, identity
Students from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) are said to be well-rounded. versati le, and active individuals who emanate within themselves the true spirit of liberalism. They practice acti ve participation on issues that concern them and practi ce constant vigilance all the time.

FOR MANY decades, the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) housed students with deep and keen passion for the social sciences, humanities, and liberal arts.

Unfazed by the dominance of science courses in the professional world, a great number of students still push through in taking up liberal arts courses.

As different interests and personaliti es comprise the Artlets community, its culture remains as one of the most unique, freespirited, and diverse in the University.
Year 47 |  Issue 4 |  2012