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Newsweek: The End of Paper Route

An end to a remarkable journey.

This week, the popular news magazine Newsweek begins a new era in its operations. Starting January 2013, all future issues of the magazine will go digital, meaning all subscribers will be sent copies right on their mobile gadgets. The above issue hit newsstands on December 24, 2012, capping off a spectacular 79-year journey dating back to the release of the premiere issue on February 17, 1933.

This move is part of a partnership between Newsweek and the online news source The Daily Beast, wherein the publication will be called Newsweek Global. The publication management stated that the shift was prompted by increasing demand for getting news from online content. Continue reading

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The end of an Indignant Evil?

2010-2011 Editorial Board.
The fat bastard on the left.

This month, we learned that the greatest and longest-serving scourge to curse the MAGDALO Editorial Board since the days of Mrs Lares, Armando Paras, has resigned from the school after several years, supposedly due to academic commitments.

To those who worked under him from 2009 to 2011, he may be looked upon as a father figure… Continue reading

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!

9-11 Ten Years Later

Emilians, today is September 11, 2011.

To many of us, September 11 is usually just another day, but on that day ten years ago, everything changed for us and the world we live in.

Suddenly, the dastardly plots of death we only see in the movies become all too real, but not on a scale this big…and it turns out you don’t need a nuclear bomb or poison gas to sow terror among the populace. Just more ingenious methods to make it happen.

Anyone who have vivid memories can remember where they were that Tuesday. To the Emilians on our side of the globe, some of us were having a drink, completing our assignments, preparing our lesson plans for the following day, or logging more minutes on duty…

…then the news came in.

We first thought that the plane hitting the World Trade Center’s North Tower was simply an accident, but to have one medium-sized jet ‘accidentally’ striking a building in broad daylight beggared belief.

That is until United Flight 175 slammed into the South Tower – and more hell broke loose.

We stood in shock as people in the immediate area of the Towers were forced to head up north and away from them. We saw images of brave firefighters coming into the buildings to rescue as many people as they can and of police officers trying to shepherd those on the streets to safety elsewhere in Lower Manhattan. Many of us could barely hold back our tears seeing people fall to their deaths.

It took at least one hour for two of the biggest symbols of the Western world’s prosperity to go down and leave us all reeling about the thousands of people entombed alive inside them. However, things did not go all the terrorists’ way, because of the valiant defiance and heroic sacrifice of the passengers of Flight 93.

People are saying that going to war against the terrorists who did this is not the answer, but try telling it to those who lost loved ones in the Towers and at the Pentagon – let’s see if you don’t go home in pieces. At the same time, the entire world mourned their loss and the sacrifices. The casualty count was not just exclusive to US nationals; there were people from across the world who were starting off another workday pursuing the American Dream. There were 20 Filipinos who died in those towers and aboard the planes. Even if none of them are Emilians, we share the grief of our fellow blood siblings over there, the loved ones they left behind.

Ten years is a long time, and much has happened in our school and the world since then. In those heady days of September 2001, we were still having to cope with the stabbing incident in Gonzales St, and the CAS was ironing out the final kinks before CAS Week. Your student publication was going through the paces of producing its first magazine of the year …

…and made the fatal mistake of publishing the picture of the WTC Tourist Guy in a Chat-Raw Aguinaldo survey article. We were led back then by people with strong convictions about student journalism. On the world scene, things were more innocent, but the events of that day changed everything.

Now, ten years later, our school facilities have improved, the place is relatively “secure” and attracting much attention in spite of lower enrollment figures and Grampa Campos, Doc Eisma, and Dean Sus have long since been called home. Your publication has been subverted thrice to corrupt advisers who don’t know jack what responsible journalism is like, but possess doctorate degrees in propaganda, the degradation of the paper’s quality, and sunshine journalism. It is also led by an Editorial Board and an editor-in-chief chosen through dubious means and a figurative act of mass murder.

We have seen America strike back in Afghanistan and took it much further with Guantanamo and a war in Iraq, but have taken pains to scale down its presence there. The purported brains behind the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was caught at last and Osama bin Laden killed a few months ago. Two senators in different countries took over as presidents from people who ruled for the better part of a decade.

As a new decade looms before us, the world must still be vigilant and expunge the terrorists that walk among us.

NEVER FORGET 9/11, EMILIANS.

Edge of Darkness: A Look Back At 2010

Fellow MAGDALO staff and all Emilians,

Another year has come and gone with more game-changing elements introduced into the battle for our school’s press freedom that is steadily going into the dogs. And the EAC administration keeps on gloating right in our faces.

This year began with the release of an issue that is adviser Armando Paras’ impromptu attempt to moon at the staff members he deliberately maneuvered to purge. The issue, erroneously labelled as Vol 1-1, was a bare-faced attempt to denounce previous batches as people he claims in his twisted mind are corrupted with “false idealism” from the outside.  As it turned out, the feedback from the students was well in the negative, with some giving it the well-deserved tag of a “Coloring book.” We also made the effort to reach out to some staffers of this batch.

As the 25th anniversary loomed, we made the effort to capture covers of previous issues in an effort to document our paper’s evolution over the years. It was a worthwhile effort, even if our school was too busy corrupting the paper to even care. We, on the other hand, used the issues to find former members, with some scattered across the planet.

Paras amplified his arrogance when he added a former staff member and posted a message in her Facebook wall in March. Despite later claims that he meant differently with the post, the message was obviously another proof of his braggadocio. The response he got a few weeks later was overwhelmingly against him, and he tried to rub it in the staff’s faces that the purge he and his cohorts did was legitimate, when it violated the Emilian’s freedom to join any organisation of his or her choice.Despite removing all of his posts, there was no denying that he had committed a grave error he will never own up to.

As June approached, there was the question of possibly trying to have his lies exposed once and for all…due to unexpected circumstances, nothing happened. The EAC administration decided to further consolidate their grip on the publication by eliminating people who have been ascertained as a major threat to them – including blacklisting a former staffer from the campus and spreading stories about a supposed confrontation between the staff member with EAC President Dr Jose Paulo Campos and OSA Dean Estefanio Boquiron that never actually took place. All the while, the staff created a special election issue and one of their members, along with Paras, participated in a trek retracing President Emilio Aguinaldo’s escape from American forces during the Filipino-American War.

The 25th anniversary in early June came and went, but as usual, there was nothing to mark it, but on the other hand, our sister publication, DLSU-D’s Heraldo Filipino, had lots of things planned.

The selection of the 2010-2011 batch again had former staff members banned from applying, despite the return of examinations that have been a hallmark of MAGDALO selection over the years. The process itself was questioned because positions were decided based on public speaking skills instead of actual journalistic skill, which spawned a dispute. It also became known that Paras spent the few weeks prior the exams trying to recruit students, including two from the 2009-2010 Central Student Council and – for no clear reason – a former managing editor who returned to school after spending the better part of a year at work.

A few weeks later, word came down that the staff members who are from the College of PT/OT joined forces about creating a college paper of their own, which eventually resulted in THE REHABILITAIRE. Such a thing smacks of conflict of interest, because if the same top MAGDALO staffers populate the senior ranks of another college publication, it leaves little opportunity for non-MAGDALO Emlians to make a difference.

In September, the same staffer who was unceremoniously blacklisted by the school made the effort to finally visit the Heraldo Filipino offices in Dasmarinas, Cavite and link up with them as they celebrated their anniversary, which is also ours as well. We also got the chance to reach out to some of the MAGDALO’s pioneers.

The staff later participated in the 2010 INKBLOTS Journalism Seminar, where ten people attended three days of instruction under the aegis of the UST Varsitarian. Given the origins of the current batch, it is a strong possibility that the lessons learned will only be used for more propaganda.

The second sem brought more revisions to the staff, with promotions galore based on perceived strengths and weaknesses, but still no opportunities for former staff due to misguided prejudices.

A few weeks ago, the staff who went to the Rizal Youth Leadership Institute’s annual gathering in Baguio City created a new special group. Called the Kabataang Pangarap ni Aguinaldo, the group’s supposed intention is to inspire bravery in the Emilian befitting the late President Aguinaldo himself. However, this may be at best deceiving, as the group is managed by the same people being given every opportunity to advance in the publication at the expense of others sacrificed in the altar of political convenience. Can this be a vehicle of youth empowerment in the College, or will it be another platform to raise sycophant student leaders trained to parrot “official policy” or extol non-existent virtues?

REVERSAL:

The events that happened to the publication in 2010 have turned out to be the opposite that happened in another editorial board…

When the Pampanga Midget won in 2004, our publication was itself emerging from another period of darkness and we strove to rebuild the Emilian’s faith in the voice we wanted to give back to them. While her administration was rocked by scandal after scandal, we in the paper struck hard at the powers that be who committed wrongs, some of whom are still alive in the College today. We ensured that change was happening, and that every Emilian worth their salt had an opportunity to make themselves heard even if they were not on the staff. We sought help from the outside and built good faith as a publication that was not afraid to tell the truth. We were in need of inspiration from other student publications whose exploits and quality of issues were worth taking a cue from, given our huge resources. Most important of all, we had advisers who knew their roles as prescribed by law and counselled us as we did our jobs as student journalists, not lord over everything from content to developing friendships with publication alumni from years gone by.

But now, as we see the only son of a legendary president take charge, the reversals are now clear. The publication is now being mentored by a misguided man who’s nothing more than a cheat even to his colleagues, the writing quality borders on praise release and editorialized news, the staff are now more selected on their “reliability” and have become every bit arrogant, even to former personnel and alumnae.

As a new decade dawns upon us, we pray that the staff will be finally enlightened to seek the truth deliberately being hidden from them, and find the evil that lies within the College. We are not the enemy; the real threat to our publication’s freedom and integrity is already out and about in the halls of EAC, and they are either too blind to see it or they have made their false peace with it.

MAY THE FLAMES OF EMILIAN PRESS FREEDOM RETURN TO ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE. END ITS REPRESSION.

DOWN WITH THE SUIT-CLAD AGENTS OF CORRUPTION, DECEPTION, AND ARROGANCE.

LONG LIVE THE MAGDALO EDITORIAL BOARD.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Entering Silver: MAGDALO Reflections 2009

To all MAGDALO staff and all Emilians,

Another year has passed in the history of our beloved publication as it slides down further into the annals of darkness.

One of the most challenging years of our history began with adviser Armando Paras’ continued throwing of his weight to the staff’s sheer detriment. The second issue was released several months behind, showing more of a forced pro-admin slant, as evidenced by the front page. In the issue, Editor-in-Chief Erica Pabon wrote a rather sanitized account of an incident featuring former EIC Malou Manuel’s arrogant criticism of the batch’s first issue.

The staff also had problems regarding how to treat the evaluation of EAC’s application as a guest squad in the NCAA when there was no confirmation yet of such, which would only be made known in April.

It was also revealed that Paras’ maneuvering cost the staff a chance to release their third and fourth issues, and a press release being disseminated to the students, not to mention lodging a proposal about what he claims is “MY SOLUTION”: tampering with staff articles, his first crack at article selection, and even outsourcing the layout work of the paper to the Aguinaldo International School staff. The last one is a direct stifling of the publication’s rights over its content. This coming from the same man who purportedly screamed “I DON’T CARE ABOUT JOURNALISM, GODDAMN IT!”, according to a source.

Like the batch that came before it, some staff members were dismayed with the management and took the courageous step of taking Paras out of circulation around February. However, the man was like a leech, as sources said he eventually remained as adviser even when the dismissal papers were signed. Emboldened by this, Paras plotted to commit the worst acts of treachery yet in our publication’s history: denying the incumbent staff a chance to apply for the 2009-2010 Editorial Board, as well as abolishing the journalism seminars and qualifying exams that have become a fixture of the MAGDALO selection process for many years.

At first, they were only rumours, but some staffers were personally told by Paras of his evil designs. The completed third and fourth issues were also held back from release. On his own initiative, he also destroyed over a decade’s worth of priceless archival materials comprising memoranda, personal effects, and back issues we tirelessly preserved over the years, including rare samples of the MAGDALO WEEKLY newsletters, test samples of the MAGDIWANG literary series, and the first-ever TALAKASAN NEWS BULLETIN from 2001.

As school year 2009-2010 came, the staff were left anxious as to whether Paras will actually pull off his plan. He did in June, with another element later revealed: not only will the incumbent staff be denied re-entry into MAGDALO, all students from 2nd year to 4th year will be blocked as well, virtually leaving the selection pool only to freshmen applicants who would be forced to sign a membership contract. Until this day, no rationale has ever been given for such a move, not even from EAC President Dr Jose Paulo Campos and Student Affairs Dean Estefanio Boquiron, despite its glaring violation of the EAC STUDENT MANUAL’s Article XI Section I:

The college has a complete program of cultural, professional, athletics, enrichment program, values education program, and co-curricular activities offered by the different student organizations to interested students who desire to expand their horizons and at the same time make their life more interesting, enriching, and rewarding.

While such a move could mean starting over from a clean slate, the way the plan was carried out at the expense of many people signaled an underhanded effort to sweep 24 years of our proud history under the rug in the name of convenience and subservience. What’s also discomforting is that despite the ban on 2nd to 4th year students’ staff eligibility, a picture that surfaced on one neophyte staff member’s profile shows at least one student wearing uniforms only used in the upper class.

The staff hit the ground running with releasing bondpaper issues called PLUS NEWS, published by the so-called THE NEW MAGDALO 10MAN TEAM, which reports on the goings-on inside EAC. However, the reception was less than warm, especially among the ex-staff who are better skilled in campus paper production, given what rudimentary knowledge of which they were able to learn. It was also discovered that the articles in those issued are not actually written by the staffers. Some staffers even theorized that Dean Nelida Lares’ takeover of the School of Liberal Arts-Mass Communication Department from incumbent Elvira Gonzales – a former adviser as well – rendered it into a MAGDALO feeder group that would supply the paper with potential staff members trained in her equally twisted image.

Sometime after the schoolyear began, word surfaced that Paras and Aurora Yumul nitpicked two particular entries that actively denounced their behaviour. Lares even tried to ask the purported author about it for supposed purposes of ‘verification’…when she clearly had no right to do so.

All of these happened while so much riveting events took place in our country: Francis M and former President Cory Aquino’s death, the double-whammy effect of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, and the Maguindanao Massacre, to name a few, which could have been given an unbiased analysis from an Emilian’s perspective.

Now, after so much that has gone our way in 2009, all the trials and tribulations, we still ask whether our publication can still be saved in the light of the damage the EAC administration have caused. It seems we will never truly learn from our mistakes. Making a clean slate is wrong when the reputation of the person proposing it is too stained, that to even think of it is an insult.

As our publication’s 25th anniversary creeps closer on the horizon, we pray that future batches of MAGDALO staffers be given a chance to undergo the same trials we all went through in days long past. We surely hope that someone who carries the same fire for courage and freedom we all possessed would be seen in those who are about to join. We would surely love to meet them, despite obvious indoctrination not to interact with us ‘for their own sake.’

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL EMILIANS!
LET OUR FIRE NEVER BE EXTINGUISHED!
LONG LIVE THE MAGDALO EDITORIAL BOARD!
DEFEND STUDENT RIGHTS AND CAMPUS PRESS FREEDOM!

2008: A LOOK BACK

To all staff and Emilians,

The year 2008 has turned out to be another depressing year in the history of our beloved publication.

It started with more meddling by that joke of an adviser named Dr Leopoldo dela Cruz. As usual, there were more delays in the production of the issues because of his tampering with perfectly good articles. Although the staff under Wendy Guzman were able to eventually produce four issues, still the quality left something to be desired.

Because of his evil ways, the staff planned to resign en masse, but he got wind of the plan and asked them to restore a relationship with him.

Then in March 2008, dela Cruz did an act of betrayal that finally sank his credibility with the publication. He unilaterally barred non-staff members from entering the MAGDALO Office just because Mr Pierre Ordona allowed his crush to use the office computer for typing a thesis. His denial of the staff’s permission to work on what should have been their final issue for the year during the summer did not help his standing.

His brand of corruption demoralised the staff so much that only a few wanted to return the following year.

Schoolyear 2008-2009 began with the uncertainty of how the publication would fare now that practically the entire staff was gutted and threatened to be replaced by an all-new team of puppets. Word came down that dela Cruz was going to be replaced. The man turned out to be Armando Paras. However, the greatest threat to the publication’s honor came within days of dela Cruz’s dismissal…

On June 25, Ma Ye Albiola of EAC-Cavite’s TAMBULI sent the staff a message telling them to work on their grammar first before writing so many criticisms against the school. Her pubmate, Christian Paul Martinez, did the same by creating a thread comparing EAC Cavite to EAC Manila that eventually turned into a TAMBULI/MAGDALO flame war for most of July. The sheer timing of dela Cruz’s termination and the appearance of his former TAMBULI staffers criticizing MAGDALO can only mean one thing: He unleashed these people as a probable act of revenge against the staff perhaps, not to mention the rigging of the qualifying exams to make things hard for incumbents to return.

Soon enough, some of the  staff members past and present came out to fight back, even if some thought of it as being the work of ‘easy’ people. Mrs Pia Colleen Chan-Fuentebella sought for the hostility to stop, when she denied herself a chance to see the facts. There are times when it is okay to stay quiet and let things run its course, but there are occassions when it is only proper to fight back when one’s own dignity and honor are gravely in danger. This was one of them.

Eventually, the flaming died down, but Martinez never fully apologized to the staff for acting the way they did. The new Editorial Board, with Ms Erica DA Pabon as Editor-in-chief, quietly assumed office in August 2008…really late by any stretch of the imagination. For unexplained reasons, they were labelled as the NEW Magdalo, up to the point that School of Liberal Arts professor Mrs Aurora Veronika Yumul wanted a NEW tag to be put on the staff box as if they were some fresh-out-of-the-factory product.

This untested lot, who showed much promise, went to a seminar in Baguio in September, but whatever they learned there could not be ascertained. This should have set the tone for a possible return to the CEGP LUNDUYAN seminar in Rosario, La Union, the following October.

Little did anyone know that they were experiencing problems with publishing their first issue (VOL XXIV-1) as the end of the first semester loomed. OSA Dean Estefanio Boquiron would deny the staff their opportunity to go to LUNDUYAN, where the new staff could have learned more about campus journalism than the school’s in-house seminar would ever impart.

The issue was eventually released during enrollment time, but the reception was mixed, due to the different layout and a radically changed nameplate, among others. Despite the marketing as the ‘new’ staff, many glaring flaws soon came to light.

In November, the first real criticism over the first issue came…not from a concerned student, but from one of MAGDALO’s own: former Editor-in-Chief Malou Manuel (2003-2004) BSN 2005.

As narrated by Staff Writer Rachel Ann Francia, Manuel had a copy of the paper and started nitpicking every last part, brashly calling it as garbage compared to the issues she produced and even invited Francia to read her articles. She even slammed the paper down like swatting a bug.

Unfortunately, no copies for the 2003-2004 Board’s issues still remain in the office, and it is known in some quarters that Manuel’s reign was not a good one.

As Christmas loomed, production of the second issue was somehow held up due to certain factors that only OSA knows.

Yet one thing remains clear: the hopes of the editorial board performing as advertised were quickly dashed because of the heavy turnover of the staff, leaving less room for institutional memory and handing down of lessons. They are not the NEW MAGDALO some people in the administration try to market.

As 2009 dawns upon us and we reflect at the things that came to MAGDALO, all the missed opportunities to learn from past lessons and from other student publications, we Emilians are left to ask:

Is there any hope left of salvaging the credibility of this paper?

Can our MAGDALO be overhauled to finally carry the voice of the students, not the administration bastards who comprise the screening committee every year?

When will the EAC administration ever come to realize that the staff cannot perform well if they are not given every opportunity to expand their creative horizons as students and as citizens of this country?

When will the school see the writing on the wall that states all is not well with the publication? When no more student applies to the exams every year? maybe when despite the good work, no student comes along to pick up a copy?

Let us all pray that some good things will come to MAGDALO in 2009, especially as the paper is creeping closer to the 25th anniversary in 2010.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL EMILIANS!
LET OUR FIRE NEVER BE EXTINGUISHED!
LONG LIVE THE MAGDALO EDITORIAL BOARD!