Leaving Behind 2011

(The year that has passed was indeed an exhilarating one and brought much changes to our world. The following came from a series of year-in-review articles written in NY1.com)

2011 World In Review, Part 1
The death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden sent people rushing into the streets on May 1, not only in New York City but all across the world. After a decade on the run, the architect of the September 11th attacks was killed in a overnight firefight with elite American forces in Pakistan. Bin Laden’s body was quickly buried at sea, marking the final chapter in a wave of terror that left thousands of innocent people dead.

A stunning uprising in Egypt led to 18 days of demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Cairo, condemning the corrupt 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian president resigned on February 11 and the country sees its first free elections in decades in December.

Unrest in the Middle East also incited violent protests in Syria, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya, which culminated in the death of Libya’s former leader, Colonel Muammar Gadhafi, on October 20.

With the end of Gadhafi’s 42-year reign, US President Barack Obama said “the dark shadow of tyranny” had finally been lifted in the country.

On October 21, Obama announced that all American troops would leave Iraq by year’s end, bringing the US mission which started in March 2003 to a close. More than 4,000 American soldiers were killed at a cost of more than $700 billion. There were also troop reductions in Afghanistan, as 10,000 soldiers left by the end of 2011. An additional 23,000 will leave in summer 2012.

The United Kingdom witnessed its worst unrest in more than a generation this summer, as a wave of looting and violence raged across three cities. It is believed up to 15,000 people are actively involved in the public unrest between August 6-10.

The peaceful and quiet nation of Norway is shattered in a wave of terror on July 22, when a car bomb explodes in Oslo, killing eight people. That was followed by a right-wing extremist dressed in a police uniform murdering 69 people at a Norwegian youth summer camp. The massacre triggered an outpouring of support from around the world.

Part 2:
March 11, 2011 is a date that will be forever remembered in Japanese history. That’s the day one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history rocks the island nation and triggers a 23-foot tsunami that sweeps away homes, cars and businesses.

The Japanese prime minister calls the 9.0 quake the worst event to happen to Japan since the end of World War II. Nearly 16,000 people perish with thousands still missing. With hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, it now stands as the most expensive natural disaster on record.

When the earth shakes in the middle of the night in Christchurch, New Zealand in February, the 6.3 magnitude earthquake reduces a major city to rubble, and 181 people die in the disaster. More than half of those killed are trapped in the collapse of a six-story television building.

Just days after the New Year, a series of mudslides and floods in Brazil bury parts of cities under layers of earth. Nearly 1,000 poor people who live in shacks perched on steep hillsides with no foundations become victims. Heavy, earth-moving rains reportedly bury residents as they sleep in an area about 40 miles north of Rio, making it the worst natural disaster in Brazil’s history.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez travels to Cuba last summer to have surgery to remove a tumor from his pelvic region. The 57-year-old Latin American leader is apparently recovering from his treatment and is now running for reelection.

It was the phone hacking scandal that is heard around the world. Rupert Murdoch’s media empire takes a big hit this summer as allegations of unethical and possibly illegal activities lead to the closure of his tabloid News of the World. The media titan issues a series of apologies for his organization’s “serious wrongdoing” and fires some of his top lieutenants.

After being holed up in an Italian prison for four years, Amanda Knox is set free in October. The college student from Seattle convicted of murdering her roommate in 2007 has the verdict overturned by an Italian jury after the DNA evidence from the prior trial is discredited. Knox and her boyfriend had both been sentenced to more than 20 years in connection with the slaying.

The European Debt Crisis has a cascading effect on the global economy this year. European policy makers scratched their heads for solutions in 2011 as they struggle to find ways to stabilize the debt crisis which nearly cripples Greece, Ireland and Portugal. At year’s end, European Leaders are still trying to find ways to right the crisis and save the Euro zone.

And finally, it’s the biggest and most watched royal wedding since Charles and Di. Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange vows in April at Westminster Abbey as thousands line the streets in London. In a departure from the pomp and circumstance, the prince and his bride speed away from Buckingham Palace in a convertible Astin Martin convertible with a plate that reads “Just Wed.”

(sources: 1. Part I
2. Part II)

Our 2011:
Well, where do we start? This year was more of the same nonsense coming out from that office on the ground floor of Building 6.

The publication only released one issue for second sem 2010-11: the Foundation Day issue, which only had more pictures pictures pictures. We also lost more former staffers because of misconceptions about our goals of bringing together all staffers past and present. They deliberately shunned and failed to appreciate our efforts. During the interim, a number of the staffers that started out in 2009 were taken off the roster. The second semester of 2010-11 also saw the retirement of one of MAGDALO’s most hated personalities: former Adviser Nelida Lares.

SY 2011-2012 started with the staff’s usage of national hero Jose Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary as an opportunity to recruit people…through an essay contest instead of the standard recruitment exam. Additional staffers were indeed procured, but have been similarly indoctrinated against the former staff as well. We were only to identify and add one, but that person also shunned us. The impending reformat of Friendster also gave us a chance to preserve our own profile. and export the blog to where we are now.

In July, the staff were reportedly picked to escort a group of Korean visitors to EAC. Incumbent EIC Andrea Altarejos stepped down to run as CSC auditor under the SHOUT party … but certain politics (which may or may not be related to her run as EIC) stymied her campaign, causing her to return to the post once more (presumably until she graduates). However, circumstances later prompted a handover to Ms Rhoane Estrella. The paper and the CSC also teamed up for a training seminar. The CEGP’s 80th anniversary in July meant nothing to these people, except for former staffers who care about the pub. We also found a fan page from EAC Cavite’s own version of MAGDALO, but it has not been updated in a long time.

In October, former EIC/Adviser Rommel Lopez visited the school for a lecture on leadership with principles. The death of Steve Jobs also gave one of our former EICs a chance to pay his own tribute. For the first time in years, the staff did not send anyone to the Varsitarian‘s INKBLOTS Journalism Seminar. Former staff writer Regine Sidocon – who is best known for not signing a petition to oust Armando Paras in 2009 – returned to become Associate Editor. Something also changed the paper. Paras quit – with some of his puppets following suit. A new adviser, Francis Esmeralda, took over from him and helped revamp the paper’s operations.

The staff also went to another edition of the never-ending Rizal Youth Leadership Seminar, which resulted in some of them getting drafted into the Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal (KAPARIZ) youth group. Like the Kabataang Pangarap ni Aguinaldo before it, it remains to be seen how this can dovetail into the publication’s operations, even as it is able to release issues on a more or less regular basis.

As the new year dawns, where will the MAGDALO take the Emilian…

Would it be on a quest of redemption or unabashed evil? A revealing of the long-suppressed truth or more cover-ups made in the name of “kailangan kasi bago“?

That’s a question we leave to you all.

END THE REPRESSION OF CAMPUS PRESS FREEDOM! RESTORE THE MAGDALO EDITORIAL BOARD’S DIGNITY AND HONOR!

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