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the Icon of Reinvention

nanaig ang kaDILIMAN

”..and still..”

everyone went wild as host Boom Gonzales said these magic words  as he announced the champions in the 2011 UAAP Cheerdance Competition: the UP PEP SQUAD.

Congrats to all the  UP Pep Squad dancers and drummers, coaches, alumni, their family, avid supporters and friends, fellow Iskos and Iskas, and to all the believers of the best cheerleading team in the country!

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nung una buhawi na tumama sa UP campus, sumunod ang h1n1 virus threat on schools in metro manila, tapos ngayon ang nagbabadyang brownout! damn. buti na lang umabot ako sa validation at post advising bago mawalan ng kuryente (kung mawawalan nga sa UP). 

from day 1, june 3, akala ko ay magiging probi ako sa college dahil sa bagsak ko. buti na lang at umabot ang units na naipasa ko last sem. so i’m eligible for enrolment this sem. after almost a week of hardwork (sa paghahanap ng slots ng es 12, ce 14, ce 21), patience (sa paghihintay ng 3-4 hrs a day sa labas ng es dept for the raffle of slots) at faith (na may maaawang prof para magprerog ng dose at magbukas ng bagong section ng ce21), natapos din ako sa wakas. at ngayon ay naghihintay na lang ng lunes para makapagbayad at maging officially enrolled (sana lang ay wala nang mangyari pang aberya para hindi ako makapagenrol!). 

halos pagalitan na lang ako ng advisers at RA’s dahil ang baboy at ang gulo daw ng aking form5a! puro cancellation, palit ng section at prerog para lang maipagkasya ko ang mga subjects na dapat at kelangan kong makuha for this sem, just to make sure na hindi na ako lalampas ng 6 years in UP. heto ang history ng units ko since nirelease ang aking 5a: 

june 3:            crs-enlisted subjects = 15 units (plus cwts-ge)

                        (waiting for ce14, ce21 and es12 slots)

june 4:            ce 132 cancelled = 12 units

                        physics 73 enlisted = 16 units

                        ce 26 transferred to saturday = 16 units

june 5:          ce 21 enlisted = 19 units

                        ce 21 dissolved = 16 units

                        pe-tennis enlisted = 16 units (plus cwts and pe)

june 8:          all-day naghintay for es 12 = 16 units

june 9:          es 12 preroged = 19 units

june 10:        ce 21enlisted = 22 units

                        ce 21 cancelled = 19 units (plus cwts and pe)

 yan. ang husay, just imagine kung gaano ka linis tingnan ang form5a ko. buti na lang hindi ko pa naisulat yung ce 21 ko sa form5 dahil undecided pa rin ako hanggang kaninang 10am kung major ba or arki1 ang icacancel ko. Still, meron pa ring bura don sa form5 ko dahil nagpalipat ako ng sched ng ce26 just to allot that time for es12. but then i decided to give up ce21 dahil: hindi rin yun sigurado as of that moment dahil 13 pa lang kami, at ang minimum ay 15 per class; gusto ko munang mag-ge ulit; baka sumabog na lang bigla ang utak ko dahil sa dami ng aking subjects; at floating  na ang major na yun sa bagong curriculum. 

and for now, eto na aking final and official schedule for the 1st sem, ay 09-10:

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

07:00 AM – 07:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

CE 26

 

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

 

Physics 73

Physics 73

Physics 73

Physics 73

CE 26  

 

08:30 AM – 09:00 AM

 

ES 12 

 

ES 12 

 

CE 26  

 

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

 

ES 12 

 

ES 12 

 

CE 26  

 

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

ES 12 

ES 21

ES 12 

ES 21

CE 26  

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

ES 12 

ES 21

 

ES 21

CE 26  

 

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

CE 26  

 

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

 

 

PE – tennis

 

PE – tennis

 

 

01:00 PM – 02:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02:30 PM – 04:00 PM

 

 

EEE 3

 

EEE 3

 

 

04:00 PM – 05:30 PM

 

CWTS 1 – Engg GE

Arkiyoloji 1

CWTS 1 – Engg GE

Arkiyoloji 1

 

 

 goodluck na lang sa ken. ayoko na ng better luck next time. hahaha.

ES 12 (dose) is the name!

pakunswelo lang muna: i took it this 2nd sem together with ES 13 and the fact that it’s one of the hardest ES subjects.

but no, it should not be considered that way.

based sa curriculum namen dapat talaga silang sabay, supposedly 3rd yr, 1st sem, and i think they are indicators and tests for being a civil engineering major (dahil vital ang subjects kung saan sila ay prerequisites)…at kung hindi mo man ito makaya ng sabay, pagisipan mo na kung dapat mong ituloy ang pagiging ce student. shit.

eto pa, we had four exams. nabalik na sa aking ang 2, isa pasado, isa bagsak. the other two were not returned. at yung finals din. wala ring nakapost na grades sa me dept. so, wala akong idea kung anong status ko sa subject na yon.

damn.

isa pa, binabaan daw ang passing grade from 60% to 55% according to my classmates. that only means, na ganoon kababa ang grade ko sa dose.

therefore…

kelangan ko syang iretake next sem. ang sabi ng ibang higher ce students, basta matapos mo ang dose at trese before entering 4th year, kaya pa maging on time.

dahil dyan, extended na talaga ang stay ko sa UP.

 

and hopefully ay one sem lang.

The most tiring, sleepless, brain-drained sem I’ve ever had in my three years in college.

But as they say, this is just the beginning.

Third year starts it all, the most chaotic subjects, kind but demanding profs, and busy days and hectic schedules.

 

For the past 3 weeks before 2nd sem ends, I had 9 exams, fieldwork reports and relief model and 1 ‘docu’ project.

 

March 18 – ce131 2nd exam

March 21 – es12 4th exam

March 23 – es13 5th exam and ce21 4th exam

March 25 – deadline of the ‘docu’ project in ce131

March 26 – ge12 5th exam

March 30 – es13 and ce21 final exams

April 2 – deadline of relief of terrain model, fieldwork reports and notebook in ge12

April 3  –  ge12 final exam

and lastly, April 4 – final exam in es12.

 

I really thought I could not finish all the requirements in time, it is indeed, I passed my field notebook a day after the deadline. And the consequence, there is a 20% deduction in the final exam. Saklap!

 

Pakshet naubusan na ako ng English!

 

Worth naman, dahil may naipasa na akong 2 out of 5 subjects (ce131 and es13) as of the moment. At least I’ve proven myself to the es and ce departments, in case mag 24-unit rule man ako * wink*. Though meron akong isang sobrang alanganing major, which is napabayaan ko dahil sa ibang subject at sa aking pa-banjing-banjing na ginawa.

 

Hay,,,haha I love being tamad sa una, dahil pressured akong galingan sa huli, which is not a good trait for me. marameng nasasakripisyo, pati ang tulog ko. At the same time, marameng news about stressed UP students na namatay dahil sa ‘acads’, nagalit tuloy nanay ko sa ken.

 

It’s been a not-so-good but rewarding sem para sa akin, marameng realizations na naganap (bago magaral)

 

And my next assignment, summer classes! (before moving on to a more challenging fourth year). Haaaayyyyy.

ES11 (Statics of Rigid Bodies) notes:

> lecture notes from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of the West Indies (reference textbook – Vector Mechanics for Engineers, 3rd ed.) : http://www.eng.uwi.tt/depts/mech/ugrad/courses/13a.html

> lecture notes from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University: http://engineeringonline.ncsu.edu/mediasite/Homepages_Video/mae206_lectures.html

> various lecture notes that covers statics, including solid mechanics from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Civil-and-Environmental-Engineering/1-050Fall-2004/LectureNotes/index.htm

> lecture notes and sample problems from Missouri University of Science and Technology: http://web.mst.edu/~oci/frame1.html

> lecture notes and sample problems from the Department of Engineering Mechanics, University of Nebraska – Lincoln: http://emweb.unl.edu/NEGAHBAN/EM223/Intro.htm

 

ES 12 (Dynamics of Rigid Bodies) notes:

>lecture notes from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Mechanical-Engineering/2-032Fall-2004/LectureNotes/index.htm

>lecture notes from the Department of Engineering Mechanics, University of Nebraska : http://emweb.unl.edu/NEGAHBAN/EM373/Intro.htm

>http://smccd.net/accounts/enriquez/engr240.htm

 

ES 1 (Mechanics of Deformable Bodies) notes:

>lecture notes from the Physics Department of university of Wisconsin: http://physics.uwstout.edu/statstr/Strength/indexfbt.htm

>lecture notes from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Mechanical-Engineering/2-002Spring2004/LectureNotes/index.html

 

CE 21 (Engineering Statistics) notes:

>lecture notes from the Department of Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Civil-and-Environmental-Engineering/1-151Spring-2005/LectureNotes/index.htm

 

GE 12 (Elementary Surveying II) notes:

> lecture notes and problem sets from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry: http://www.esf.edu/erfeg/stiteler/ere371/ere371_notes.html ; http://www.esf.edu/erfeg/stiteler/ere371/ere371_homework.html

> lecture notes from the Surveying Engineering Dept of Ferris State University: http://www.ferris.edu/FACULTY/BURTCHR/sure110/notes/leveling.pdf

>lecture notes from the California Dept. of Water Resources: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/row/landsurveys/LSITWorkbook/06.pdf

After exposing worldwide viewers to the consequences of climate change of ‘The Inconvenient Truth’ and ‘Eleventh Hour’, GMA network started a breakthrough in Philippine television when it released early this year a documentary regarding issues of global warming entitled ‘Signos: Ang Banta ng Nagbabagong Klima’, narrated by Richard Gutierrez, with reports from Howie Severino, Maki Pulido and Raffy Tima. And there it is, the consensus of most Filipino scientists believe that the Philippines is at the forefront of this environmental crisis.

 

 

 

Last year, I think it was mid-July, Tullahan Bridge which connects Malabon and Valenzuela collapsed following a heavy rain.  And it was not solely about the cracks on the bridge, for it was built many years ago, but because of garbage. When the typhoon came in Metro Manila, it produced vast floods in many areas including the CaMaNaVa district. This area always experiences flood because of below-sea-level land, inefficient drainage systems causing garbage to clog. As a result, bulks of trash, together with the extreme flood due to continuous rainfall, hit the low-lying connection and broke it apart. The next day, vehicles going in and out of Valenzuela were stranded. They built 2 footbridges at the sides so commuters can pass through. Since then, I really had a bad time walking almost 2kms just to take a bus and go to school. If you ask how much wastes could be enough to smash a bridge, try to see the places around Tullahan, and realize that it’s not hard. This is mainly because of throwing and dumping garbage in the river’s vicinity. If you walk around, you will encounter streets always have trash around theirs corners. People still put their litters even if they see mounts of them. It happens everyday, since the bridge broke until the new one if built. It’s almost a year but people tend to ignore. Everyday, as the bus I’m riding passes the bridge; I always notice that there are still junks floating in the river or stacked up on the side. It’s just disappointing to think that those people near the rivers don’t know how to dispose their wastes properly.

 tullahan bridge when it collapsed

One doesn’t need to watch documentaries like Signos for him to understand and realize what global warming is all about. But this would give a little help of disseminating information to the people. After watching this film, I realized that residents’ discipline is still a prerequisite for preventing global warming. Being responsible of what you are doing and contributing to the environment is good to know, this will make you realize of the larger impacts as a whole.

 

You could make big change out of small things. We can downgrade the rapid increasing of global temperature. Aside from the little things Richard said, there are also minor things you could accomplish on your own. Avoid using too much plastic and styrofoams. Have you realized that using straws is useless? You are just adding another non-biodegradable waste in the environment. And as UP Haring Ibon member, I’m expected to make a stand for nature. Why not join an environmental organization? I’m not inviting you to join UP HI, but this is also a good step for contributing good examples for our planet. Moreover, making advocacies pro for the environment lessen harmful effects in the surroundings. There are several options that require effort and sacrifice, consuming less meat means less emission of carbon dioxides in the atmosphere, according to some vegetarians. See, it doesn’t force a person to make a big action to sustain a living planet; it’s a matter of choice and knowing its outcomes. All you have to do is make a move, for the better and not for worst.

 

 

 

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10406184@N07/1311285108/

                      

Who else but myself…

 

Sino bang dapat sisihin,  kundi ang mga sarili natin sa ating pagiging delingkwente in the past sem?

Sabi nga ni Kirstie kay Jeff:

 

 

            ‘wag mong isisi sa iba, sa mga magulang mo, sa mga kaibigan mo, sa prof mo o sa mga classmates mo kung bakit ka bumagsak sa isang subject, walang ibang dapat sisihin kundi ikaw!’

 

 

Ahaha…very well said.

Natatamaan tuloy ako, at hindi ko siguro ‘to mari-realize kung hindi pa malapit ng matapos ang sem at nararamdaman ko ng tagilid na ako sa mga subjects ko this sem.

 

 

ES 11:

Isang napaka-madugong subject na kelangang pagdaanan ng halos lahat ng engineering students, pero anong ginawa ko, 2 out of 5 exams lang ang pinasa ko! Hindi mag-aaral hangga’t hindi pa araw ng exam. Tsktsk…

 

 

Grade – 3.0

 

 

GE 10:

Hindi ko ‘to major pero required bilang ako ay isang civil engg major. At ibig sabihin, kelangang magpakita ng kahusayan. Siguro sa una, mataas pa ang nakuha ko at napasok pa ako sa top5 *winkwink*. Ngunit nang sumunod na exam, lagapak! Isa ako sa pinakamababa at bagsak…ito’y dahil lang sa isang maling sukat ng angle at isang topic na dinaanan lang ng aking mga mata sa aking libro; dahilan para hilahin ang aking score sa naunang exam.

 

 

Grade – 2.75

 

 

PHYSICS 72:

Isa sa tatlong physics subjects na kelangan kong pagdaanan. Ok given, sabi nila mahirap daw ito compared sa 71 at 73. pero ang masaklap, mahirap na nga, hindi ko pa pinaglaanan ng pansin. Sa 4 exams nito, 4 na beses lang din ako nag-aral, at ito ang apat na gabi (at madaling araw) bago ang exam kinabukasan. Magaling, magaling!

 

 

Grade – 2.75

 

CWTS 1 – MMME:

Isang beses na nga lang ito required (bilang ang isa ay CWTS 2), hindi ko pa na-attand-an ang iba nitong requirements dahil ibang araw at may conflict sa aking PE. Hay, tuloy uulit ako ulit next sem.

 

Grade – It’s complicated (I dunno kung FORCED DROP o SINGKO!)

 

 

Yan ang naging buhay ko for the past sem.

Kaya mga bata, wag niyo itong gagayahin.

Mag-aral na lang kayo ng mabuti.

At ako, babawi na lang ako next sem (na naman! Tskstsk…)

don’t panic

The best math prof I’ve ever had.

I think she’s a member  of the PowerPuff Girls of the Institute of Mathematics. But it’s not obvious with the way she teaches.

I had math55 through a newly opened section, ‘coz I’m always unlucky in the batch processing in the CRS, especially my major subjects. During the first day, it was April 14 and a windy Friday afternoon, she didn’t appear, as majority of all the profs always do in the beginning of a term.

I saw her by Monday, and we start the class right after a few announcements of class policies and orienting herself to us. We were a few students, almost half of which are cross-reg from other UP units, maybe 20-25 of us, just enough to open a new class for a summer term. That day, when she checked the attendance and had the roll-call some were not called. We realized they are going to ask her for prerog, unfortunately, she didn’t accept those hopefuls. Everyday seems to be easy for us to understand her lectures. She always has prepared hand-outs, and she doesn’t allow us to copy while she is discussing. Her hand-outs are made to be interactive with fill in the blanks. But in return, we have to give her ‘donations’ for her yahoogroup’s fund. She said it would be better for us to internalize first and concentrate on the lessons if we are going to listen to her, then after she discuss, we can copy what’s written on the board. This made her different to other instructors. Her teaching techniques suit to the difficulty of her subject. You cannot feel the pressure of the subject because of her light approach teaching.

One of the weird things she requires, we should make noise enough for she to hear and feel that we didn’t left the room. Her personal stories are as cool as her peculiar means of teaching. During idle times, while some are still copying, she always recommends us to spend some time on her favorite restos and kainans. One of which, Fruilli, a small Italian-inspired enterprise located along Magsaysay St. in Philcoa, is one her much loved restaurant. Her most preferred food is their pizza, since it has lots of cheese toppings. She told us a certain mushroom, only found in Italy, can be matched up with several cooking like dessert, appetizer, main course, etc. Concerning this, Fruilli has its dessert with these kinds of mushroom as ingredient, according to her. Mang Jimmy’s legendary sisig is a part of her undergraduate life in UP. She constantly reminds us to go to Balara and check it.

Aside of being an MS student and a part-time instructor, she also manages a reggae band and writes songs for her group. Cool! It shows how she perfectly managed her time wisely. This also shows how talented, versatile and career-oriented UP students are. Her band has gigs in some bars and, as always, she doesn’t forget to invite us to watch, along with her other co-junior faculty.

As a Math major, she has some ‘true-to-life stories’ of experiences and ideals of great mathematicians and philosophers – the stories behind the origin of the equation, eΠί­ + 1 = 0; the ‘golden ratio’ x = ( 1 + √5 ) / 2; and the painter Gotti who can make a perfect circle with just a sweep of a brush or any writing material; and how the great Archimedes dies ( one day Archimedes draw circles in the shore, when the soldiers came they ruined it then Archimedes got mad and argue them, soldiers became angry cut off his head ). Nosebleed, yet inspirational and relevant.

We had our first exam last April 28, Monday. The earlier class, also handled by her, warned us. How terrified they were! (whaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!). As usual, she came in late, and then she distributed the copies of exam. I remembered I answered the first four questions confidently, but as I was answering down the last number, I was hoping to make it to the 60% passing mark! Now, I’ve realized she’s indeed a member of the well-known Powerpuff Girls of the Institute of Mathematics, even if it’s not the real reason behind. After almost two weeks, we had our 2nd exam. I am not a little bit shocked if it’s as hard or as harder than the first one. That’s also the time she returned the results of the first exam. Thank God! I passed, and with a little surprise, I got a score higher than what I expected, ‘coz I didn’t really study that much. I don’t know others if they also passed, but I think many of our classmates passed. As she returns the results, she distributed the questionnaires for the 2nd exam and asked us one by one if we are going to drop the course. A week ago, she forgot about the last day of dropping and realized she’s not yet done checking our bluebooks, all because of her preparation for her thesis defense scheduled on May 21. She invited us to ‘watch’ so she will also have ‘supporters’ like the other instructors have.

One day, a few days before the last day of classes, she was absent, for the second time, since she’s not feeling well. This gave rise to a make-up class, a.k.a pizza party. She said that she’s just finding a reason to have such occasion, which she traditionally gives her students every end of a term. It’s Wednesday night, 5-7pm. Our scheduled 3rd exam is Friday morning, and the final exam is in the afternoon. So, we had only a day, just enough to scan our notes for the 2 exams, to get ready for a brain-exhausting exam day. Cramming is the only solution for this one-day review.

On April 16, we had our third exam and the finals. The scope of the latter is about Series, a very mind-bugling and threatening part of Math55. The third exam is as usual, except for she don’t have photocopies of questionnaires so she had to write the questions on the board. The finals is the most unexpected, majority of us didn’t felt the difficulty of the exam, instead some answered it in just an hour out of two hours (I am proud to say that I’m one of them!).

Now, do you know who she is?

Here are some noticeable descriptions of her.

§ She has a long freely moving curly hair.

§ Her favorite phrase when discussing is ‘don’t panic’.

§ She has this mannerism of waving her hands from her temple outwards, as her peculiar way of thinking.

§ She has a compilation of math trivia and shortcuts (she told us that by these, she can make Math a part of Philippine pop culture.

§ She has distinct smile that is complemented by nearly-closed eyes.

§ She’s a pizza fan.

§ She finished BS Math for only three and a half  years making her one of the Powerpuff girls. She lives in a century-old house, which is donated by a professor to the Department of Mathematics in the year 1912, in front of the Marine Science Institute.

Now, if you really can’t identify her, her widely known pseudo name is IrisOrpi.

I recommend her to all Engineering, Science-related and other students who are required to take Math 55. Math 55 is a very difficult subject compared to Math 17, 53 and 54, but with Mam Orpi’s teachings, you will surely appreciate her discussions and this course will be as easy as 1-2-3 for you.

As I end this short article, I would like to thank Mam Orpi for giving us a wonderful summer term, even if with Math 55.

College Dictionary

·     Absent

                        the notation following your name in a class record

 

·     Allowance

                        force that motivates you to go to school

 

·     Book

                        used as a pillow by students the night before the exam

 

·     Bonus points

                        the key in passing the exam

 

·     Extra joss

                        main source of energy

 

·     Group study

                        alibi used by students to be with friends in a drinking session

 

·     Internet

                        solution to all assignments and researches

 

·     Late

                        happens when the prof arrives earlier than expected

 

·     Read & study

                        formula that causes sleepiness faster than a sleeping pill

 

·     Tomorrow

                        deadline of the project you started today

 

 

 

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