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A Visit to The Collegian
A Visit to The Collegian
A home is really where the heart is, then home must be a place we all can share...from the song Home by Sandi Patti
Today, I write about the college publication, The Collegian, formerly called The BCAT Collegian which I headed for two years as chief editor from 1988 to 1990.
The visit I did in the office of the college publication had given me an assurance that school papers play a huge role in promoting positive social transformation in the school campuses through the published articles which are anchored on the values and culture that people, particularly students, teachers, administrators and anybody who is in the academe hold true and treasure in their hearts.
For so long a time, I have learned to keep a big space in my heart for the school publication and that started not when I had the opportunity of writing for The BCAT Collegian, but during my high school years when I was a staff member of The Bicol Craftsman.
In the conversation I had with the college publication adviser last March 5 (it was the school's culmination of the 3-day centennial celebration), I learned that it stopped operating for two years for reasons I had not taken interest at considering that publications are oftentimes banned, closed, or harassed for valid reasons.
It did not come as a surprise to me for even secondary school publications become a subject for such action.
During my college years and my stint as the college publication chief editor, I had experienced having an audience with the chief of the security guards, department heads and even classmates and schoolmates who had been the subjects of my writings.
Occasions like those that I experienced had made me even stronger to hold fast to the values of truth and that did not move me to say, write and change whatever I had written.
I always believe that whatever is true should be said with much conviction because such truth is the foundation of social transformation.
In my mind and heart, whatever I have to say should spring from the values I treasure in my heart for these drive my personal conviction to push and advocate social reforms starting from the person that I am.
After all, the changes or transformation I expect to happen outside my personal circumstance would not be evident and in effect without the transformation that happens in my personhood.
Really, writers who are true to their values should start writing from their hearts checking on and clarifying their personal values. And same values should be mirrored in the writings or articles they are publishing in the school paper.
So that what they write captures a clear message of actions coming from the heart.
The experience the college publication underwent for two years is no longer new and that the message to the writers should be clear. That the existence of the school publication is to help cultivate, enrich, live and love positive values. From these, we have to expect that the negative side of stories may not automatically vanish but for balance to show that the readers are still human beings capable of making themselves better persons.
How is the college publication now, I may ask. The answer would always be depending on who man the school publication, what values they hold, what advocacy they push, and what convictions they treasure.
What I firmly and continuously believe in is this: That school publications must work for re-engineering the society through articles reflecting positive values. That they are instruments in propagating personal and collective social transformation.