For 111 years, starting from its humble beginning as a wood working class in 1907, the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) system has indeed evolved to a higher institution competing not only in the national scene through education and competitions, but internationally as well by student exchange programs and partnerships.
Through the years, the university has produced at least 51 topnotchers from different degree programs, including the Geodetic Engineering topnotcher Engr. Louie Divingracia during the recently concluded GELE, ranking 8th among hundreds of passers. Aside from this, NORSU has also sent 30 student scholars to Singapore for an exchange program headed by the Temasek Foundation International Specialists’ Community Action Leadership Exchange (TFI-SCALE) to expose them on issues in other nations, focusing on creating friendships for the strengthening of the ASEAN connection.
Also, becoming one of the highlights during the 111th founding anniversary of NORSU is the revamping of the VMGO (Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives). Clearly, the university has metamorphosed into an educational institution that can go places and be an instrument for global change. But events prior the founding anniversary have caused uproar among Norsunians, when it was confirmed that the annual booth stock festival was denied access to the use of Kagawasan Ave. where it was usually held. In addition to this, the torch parade, which is one of the most anticipated events by the students, was also changed into a mascot parade held in the afternoon of the first day.
Student organizations were forced to erect booths within the university because there was no allocated budget for this. Since they could not produce booths of same design, thus the denial of its utilization. In the previous years, the observance of the booth stock festival was along Kagawasan Ave. but because of the Christmas Exhibit of the capitol, it was disallowed. Nevertheless, the celebration pushed through.
This leads to a query as to why the administration did not make a good move to help the students? Who are these students? What roles do they partake in this very institution— a public institution at that? Students are the main stakeholders of this university, without them, there are no topnotchers, student exchange scholars, participants in competitions, and most importantly, bearers of recognitions and achievements. Whatever the administration decides should always be for the welfare of the students since their welfare is the university’s, too.
THE NORSUnian VOL XXXVI ISSUE NO 19-23
November 5-December 7, 2018