First Informative Assembly of the Year 2011-2012

By: Karimar Rodriguez Serrano

Format: Hourglass

The General Student Council held the first informative assembly of the year 2011-2012 last Tuesday February 28, 2012, in which they talked about the Inform of the Board of Trustees. Some topics discussed where the increase of 4% of the credit value, the class dropouts and the exemption. They also presented the recommendations and possible solutions to these problems.

Once entered the Mangual Coliseum one of the first things that catches the attention is the fact that their playing music while the wait to complete quorum. Further in you can see the lack of people sitting in the bleachers waiting anxiously to see if the quorum would be made. After waiting proximally half an hour Bianca Diaz the person in charge of keeping the registry of the people announced that the quorum for an informative assembly had been made.

The president of the Student Council Mikhail Blancovitch said “I give beginning to this assembly” and so it began. He started by reading the Inform of the president of the University and the topics of importance. While he was reading the Inform you could sense a collective misunderstanding of most of the student body, not by lack of knowledge but because of the poor sound system and the echoes.

Following the end of the presidents Inform went to the microphone the vice-president Leonardo Cabán who proceeded to read the Inform of the Board of Syndics, in which explained the problems going on in the University, how the affect the student body and possible ways of fixing the problems.

By this time in the assembly one could notice the apparent lack of people still present in the assembly. Most people where beginning to leave under the pretense that they already knew what the where informing and the plain fact that they were hungry.

Some students that went up to the microphone to give their opinions on the situations where most bother by the limitation of class dropouts like Edgardo Garcia form the Department of Mechanical Engineering who was so flustered by the situation that he left before saying his name and in repeated  times was asked to give it. Other students gave light to other problems in the University like lack of professors in some departments. Another student also showed light on a problem going on in the University in respect to the class dropouts and how the shouldn’t be through the professor because there had been cases of harassment by the professors.

Finally the assembly ended by a notion of closure in which the remaining student body seconded. The assembly ended with the General Student Council left to look for more information in respect of the problems said in the Inform of the Board of Syndics. And on those terms they decided to invoke a second assembly further in March to go over the Inform and with the attendance of more students to be able to reach solutions.

Students waiting for the assembly to begin, noticable the lack of quorum.

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One thousand Facebook Likes Celebration

Luis J. Sevillano

March 6, 2012

One thousand Facebook Likes Celebration

For the past three months the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, also known as SHPE, has promised a celebration, if the Facebook association fan page reached 1,000 “likes”. As promised, the activity was held on February 29, 2012, on the plaza in front of the old Celis Building. The activity was composed of a “mingle” between members, E-board members, but as well for the non-members  who don’t know what SHPE is, and two sets of dynamics.

SHPE-UPRM is a Students association in the Mayaguez campus. It is composed of 463 members from all majors, making them the biggest student organization on the UPR system as well as the biggest SHPE chapter in existence. Its main purpose is to promote the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), which clearly includes most of our campus majors. SHPE-UPRM is all about impacting the Hispanic community in a positive way, helping students get co-ops and internships. They are a student’s organization responsible for miniature SHPE chapters in High Schools, called SHPE Juniors. Their five pillars are professionalism, leadership, academic, community and chapter development.

At least 50 members participated in the activity, plus there was an attendance of ten non-members. Although the purpose of this activity was thanking SHPE members for helping them reach their target of 1,000 “likes”, non-members were integrated as well.

As mentioned before this activity was composed of a mingle with the members and non-members, followed by a scavenger hunt on campus grounds, dinner and karaoke and dancing, to conclude the night. Members enjoyed it  a lot because they felt part of something special. That night a group of people with a lot of differences were united as part of the SHPE family.

Every activity of the night had an individual purpose. The mingle was for the members to meet one another, make new friends and for the membership get to know better the E-board. The scavenger hunt was focused on team building and provided the members the opportunity to get to know  the UPRM campus better. Hints were hidden in several locations all over campus. Dinner was provided for all members and non-members in attendance. The night concluded with dancing and karaoke for the enjoyment of all their participants and to promote that even though they are a professional students association, SHPE host activities for the enjoyment of their members.

This activity was one to enjoy. SHPE-UPRM is the best and biggest students association in Puerto Rico and the biggest chapter in existence, as said before. Membership with SHPE, leads students to success and takes students places they have never seen before. Which is reflected in SHPE’s slogan: “Engineering your Success” which defines their triumph on all the activities and the lives they have change for the last 16 years here in Puerto Rico.

Dancing their way in their activity was the best part for this group of people. Cause enjoying life is all about enjoying the t little things.

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Student Assembly

By: Christian J. Marrero Díaz

Thursday, March 19, 2012

Students of all departments in the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus gathered on February 28, 2012 in the Rafael A. Mangual Coliseum to decide whether or not the University would go on a strike.

A student assembly was celebrated Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in the Rafael A. Mangual Coliseum to decide whether or not there would be a strike as a consequence of the decisions being made by the Administration. Unfortunately for those who attended, there was not enough quorum and such decision was not allowed to be made. Instead it became an informative assembly where matters of importance were discussed.

According to the Student Council’s President, there had to be a minimum of 10% of all the students present to make decisions and since that goal wasn’t achieved, it became an informative assembly.

The Council started listing all of their successful projects and those that were still in progress, and excusing the member representing the Council in the Administration meetings for not being there. Afterwards, they talked about the current issues that affected the student community.

One of the topics that were mentioned was the fact that it is possible that all undergraduate students would be moved to other campuses in the UPR system. According to the Council, Mayagüez Campus, Río Piedras Campus and Ciencias Medicas would become institutions for Master’s degrees and PhD’s only. Those trying to get their bachelor’s degree would have to do so in the other campuses.

The Council talked about issues regarding the use of the campuses, the enrollment prices, the quota and exemptions of enrollment. Future measures to inform the students were also discussed.

Another topic they talked about was the possibility of a raise both in the enrollment price and the quota fee. As it is to be expected, this upset a many people in the assembly.

They also said the exemption of enrollment would be either reconsidered to a stricter one or eliminated. If it were to be reconsidered it would benefit a smaller group of students.

Later on, the Council decided to unite with another student group to distribute an informative bulletin that would talk about the decisions that are being made at the administrative level, in hopes of increasing attendance in future assemblies.

As a consequence of this event the Campus moved its schedule forward by two hours, a measure that almost no one felt appreciative about. People were known to leave as late as 10 p.m., and many claim that this was a strategy of the Administration to turn students against the assembly. Furthermore the criterion to allow the entrance of students to the assembly was also questioned, since students with less than 12 credits were not allowed in, as were students that were doing just research, which may have been the cause for the lack of attendance.

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Fourth Symposium “Del otro La’o?” understanding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual (LGBT) Community

Fourth Symposium “Del otro La’o?” understanding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual (LGBT) Community

It was a three-day journey whose purpose was the dialogue and debate on diverse sexualities, also known as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual). The Organizing Committee of the event called “Symposium, From the other side? Sexualities Perspectives, queer” celebrates its fourth anniversary with activities initiated from February 28 to March 1 of 2012 at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus (UPRM). This event is celebrated every two years, started in 2006 as an initiative by of a group of students and professors from the Mayaguez Campus. Now the symposium has grown into an international forum for the dialogue and the debate of queer sexualities. “This activity is a key that helps to open doors in the heterosexual community, conservative, and serves to express our feeling, as people who are members of the queer society. These events, gradually open the society to understand what we want to project” said John C. Diaz De Leon, student of Computer Engineering who was part of the organizing team during the opening of the symposium.

Students of Univertsity of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus and also members of the organizing committee of 4th “Symposium, From the other side? Sexualities Perspectives, queer”. Making strategic plan to announce the events during the symposium that started on Tuesday, February 28.

The symposium included two magnificent conferences, the first one, was Tuesday, February 28 and it was in charge of Juan Carlos Jorge, a professor of the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, who spoke about Sex Embryology: males, females, and intersexual. The second conference was on Thursday, March 1 by Dr. Gloria Careaga, professor in the School of Psychology at the Autonomous University of Mexico and co-secretary of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), who explored the implications of homophobia in the criminal context in his lecture on homophobia and criminalization.

Professor of Medical Science Campus of University of Puerto Rico, Juan Carlos Jorge talking about Sex Embryology: males, females, and intersexual. During first day (February 28) of 4th “Symposium, From the other side? Sexualities Perspectives, queer” at UPRM.

“The event included panels, performances, movies and workshops about a great diversity of queer topics”, informed Lissette Rolon Collazo, coordinator of the organizers of the event committee. The most outstanding topics presented in the symposium, the diverse queer artistic manifestations, the relation between education and queer sexualities, spirituality, mass media and the importance of the personal testimonial of professional people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

In this edition of the symposium had the strongest international participation since its foundation, they counted with participants from Mexico, Colombia, Spain, United States, Nigeria and other countries. This great event has been the cornerstone in the west of Puerto Rico, to bring attention to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities: their literature, their discussions, people and art. The celebration of queer culture included workshops, performances, lectures, films and art. The three-day seminar ends today, March 1 with a series of activities that started since this morning.

General Assembly at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

General Assembly in the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez campus

March 1, 2012

By Francisco A. Torres

Francisco photo 1

        The president of Council Directive Mikail Y. Blancovitch. He is giving a speech about how university students are affected by decisions taken by university administration.

       

         In the General Assembly event there were many points which were discussed. In the meeting, students were

demanding to stop in the increase of class credit’s costs. Also, students were discussing the new policies that will be applied

in August 2012.

        The event was celebrated in the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez in Rafael Mangual Colosseum on Tuesday,

February 28, 2012 at 10:30a.m. Mikail Y. Blancovitch is the Council president who was in charge of the organization of the

assembly meeting.

        One important point which was discussed was the enrollment system which is an issue

because it doesn’t work effectively to secure student’s classes. Student’s demand to improve

the enrollment system in order to finish their bachelor program on time.

        In addition, a new partial class withdraw policy is going to come into effect in August

2012. This policy limits 4 year bachelor programs to 5 withdraws and 5 year bachelor programs

to seven.

         The meeting environment was tense because a student protested against the Engineering

Department, complaining about professor quantities which are less in the department than the

other one’s which causes students to delay with their undergraduate program. The meeting

was focused on being against the class withdraws policy and the organizers gave reasons of why

this policy has to be cancelled.

There is Raul of Industrial engineering. He is complaining about the withdraw policy because there are different reasons  why this policy needs to be cancelled.

        For example, if a female student is being sexually harass by a professor they should be able

to withdraw from the class even if they have already withdraw from five classes. Another

reason to withdraw is that a class can be too difficult for a student to follow.  

        Also, students were protesting against university administration because they are affected

by the fact that the administration is not allowing them to take their required classes. The

assembly has organized a forum for students with the purpose of expressing themselves and

complaining about university administration decisions.

        On the other hand, there were 594 students but it was eventually reduced to 200 students

because the meeting was not successful. The meeting was not successful because many

students could not understand the topics that were discussed. Also, there was not enough

quorum in the assembly.

        According to Puerto Rico governor, Luis Fortuño and a few people comments students do

not demonstrate interest in supporting their protest because they feel disgusted by the past

strike. Students are afraid of another strike because this can result in the loss of university

accreditation and delaying of the semester.

        However, the Council reached an agreement to have another assembly on Tuesday, March

6, 2012. The Council expects that this next assembly will have quorum and that a decision can

be made about the policies. Finally, students will be able to decide what is the best solution for

the future of the university.

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“Slavery, pollution and monopolies”

By. Anaximandro D’Oleo Reyes

This is the front part of La Huella Colegial, where the gathering was held. This place offers miscellaneous for sale and areas for study.

Poverty, abuse, poor pay and children were the words most heard in La Huella Colegial during “La Primera Tertulia” on February 29, 2012. The president of the United Nations Association, Luis A. Arocho Gonzalez, directed the meeting to seek to raise awareness of the reality we live. Issues associated with Apple, the cocoa industry and other large companies were the complement of the night.

While death, sale, exchange and enslavement of children were the reason for reflection. Also the search for solutions, along with UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund), was the topic that concluded the meeting.

The cocoa is one of the industries that does more harm to children today. Beginning with the work that exceed of eighteen hours a day. “Is this not slavery?” Luis Gonzalez questioned.

In addition to being involuntary labor, the kids never asked if they agree to work or not, often do not receive pay or the pay is immoral. Followed by poor living conditions, lack of food and hygiene, are the punishment, Gonzalez reported ranging from dozens of lashes to cut off their hands.

This damage is not only caused by the cocoa industry, Apple Inc. has had problems with subsidized companies that manufacture their products. That is, large companies do not hurt, subsidiaries, which are hired to make the products, abuse children for lowering production costs and increase production per day. Nestle and Coca-Cola were other major companies that he mentioned.

While the aforementioned, he also characterized as being the monopolies and multinational companies that contribute to pollution and slavery. These still have monopoly market almost absolute control of snacks and chocolates. Example, Coca-Cola has more than 3,500 drinks in addition to its soda. Products are bottled in whole or canned; many of these are the biggest source of pollution of water bodies.

But Nike, Addidas and Puma were not off topic. The companies mentioned as abuse that besides labor for a minimum pay and pollute, have budgets that meet or exceed the budgets of industrialized countries. Thus they have a better control of the situation, can silence the media, establish factories around the world and put the bankrupt small local companies.

The activity does not end there; they looked for solutions and ways to help. How to share this information to more people, and make officials act against these practices. The safety of our children and our planet is in danger were the words of one of the participants, which also said that children were the future and that if we exploit in this way there will be no future.

The “Tertulia” is an event that takes place one to four times a month. They take place in La Huella Colegial, located in town, 55 Ramos Antonini St. The event is organized by the United Nations, an association that seeks world peace. It includes an in-depth explanation of the issues raised, debates, discussion of ideas and solutions and also moments of reflection. Possibly one of the best activities to share ideas and see things that television does not show us. “I seek to create awareness of things happening around the world that affect humans” said Luis Gonzalez.

MIT is Recruiting!

By: Jermian Román Estrada

March 6, 2012

 

Future. Technology. Engineering. This is to be expected of U.S.A. admired institute of technology. February 27, 2012, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sent Dr. Pedro Torres Carrasquillo and Dr. Nestor Lopez to discuss the recruitment methods for entering Lincoln Laboratory as engineering students to work on research, orientating the group on the types of researches done at Lincoln Laboratory and the ways of submitting a job interview request.

“Lincoln Laboratory is a research center for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but is not part of the campus itself; even so we are the best at what we do”, as explained by Dr. Pedro Torres. Lincoln Laboratory a facility dedicated to developing prototype technology that would be mass produced as an example for the next five years depending on which companies decide to invest on Lincoln Lab prototypes or in other words, proof of concept. “In Lincoln Lab, we focus on the future and not the past; we are the ones with the responsibility to develop such future. From nothing we must create something and that something will become part of the future”, said Dr. Torres.

Lincoln Laboratory is one of the 15 U.S.A. federally-Funded Research Development Centers (FFRDC). The principal funds are given by the Department of Defense, Navy, Us Air Force, while some of the technology developing companies such as Raytheon and NASA also pay for proof of concepts and blueprints. The technology developed in Lincoln Lab is not supposed to affect the current market technology as part of an agreement with the US government and by that means steer away from such action.

One of the most notable influences for Lincoln Lab workforce is electrical engineers, which are responsible for leading most of the divisions of Lincoln Lab researchers. The technology developed in Lincoln Lab is focused primarily on military technology. The achievement would be reaching a faster military technology than the one it’s out there today. Dr. Lopez’s area of work is radars, and as far as his job goes, he needs to develop new ways of emitting signals from one point to another. Laser technology is by far the one being currently developed and improving speed is the goal for Dr. Nestor Lopez.

To fit into Lincoln Lab Workforce, the students from engineering must apply at specific job requirements which means, they must be specialists in the area they would be requesting a job position. Dr. Nestor Lopez and Dr. Pedro Torres would be the first to communicate with in the case of being interested or visit www.ii.mit.edu/careers/oncampus.html using requisition #3291

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Opportunities

By: Yelitza I. Nieves Prosper

March 6, 2012

On the past Monday, February 27, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory conducted a conference at the Salon Tarzan Cafeteria annex. The conference was about what is the laboratory and in what they work.

If you are interested in enrich your bachelor’s degree with an experience in engineering be part of a summer internship in the MIT Laboratory.

Dr. Nestor Lopez and Dr. Pedro A. Torres Carrasquillo were in charge of the conference. Both of them, graduated from RUM and work at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory with 12 years of experience. They work in homeland protection and amplifying potential.

The MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center that applies advanced technology. The laboratory recruits students from the campus for summer internship and offer full-time jobs for those interested in creating technology for national security.

One of the requirement to apply for this opportunity is to be in a concentration of engineering, science or mathematics. Also, a good GPA is also required. The process is a simple as uploading your resume to the website of this MIT Lincoln Laboratory. There is no deadline for submitting your resume in the website.

The benefits of working here include comprehensive health-care, vacation and holiday plans, flexible work day, work/life balance and relocation assistance.  Since, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory is in Boston, Massachusetts. The benefits include the local attraction like culture, sports, history and education.

In this MIT Lincoln Laboratory you work more with the electrical engineering, but have many divisions in which you work with different fields. It exist 10 different divisions.

The division three and nine works with air, missile defense, space surveillance and space control.  Other divisions work on tactical system with the U.S Air Force Red Team, communication systems and cyber security and homeland protection.

The are also  investigating other advanced technology such as equipment with voice recognition that can detect depresion in the soldiers who came back for war. Others investigations are confidential but you can bet they are so interesting like that one.

The MIT Lincoln Laboratory start being part of the civil war, but when it ends the laboratory chooses to keep by itself. They start investigating for improve the national security in the world with very advance technology.

The conference lasted about an hour and a half. At the end there was a small meal. The representatives of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Lopez and Dr. Torres, fraternized with students eating pizza. Also, they advise students to improve their resume and made some recommendations for implementation of the online resume.

This presentation was organized by the Placement Department. This department is responsible for bringing information about agencies that recruit students. It was also responsible for guiding and helping students apply for summer internships.

For more information you can contact the Placements Department in the Students Center, 5th Floor, and/or Dr. Lopez and Dr. Torres at their emails ptorres@II.mit.edu or nestor.lopez@II.mit.edu. For more information about the MIT Lincoln Laboratory or fulltime and summer internships positions available you can visit http://www.II.mit.edu/careers/oncampus.html

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Dr. Nestor Lopez, worker of the MIT Laboratory, explaining the divisions of the MIT. The MIT works improving the national security.

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UPRM student assembly

UPRM student assembly

By: Carlos E. Santos Ramos

Students at the Mangual coliseum in the high peak of students in the assembly. In the center of the picture at the bottom is the table of the UPRM student council.

Microphones, Chaos, posters and a lot of ideas for change the UPRM campus. That was how the student’s assembly of the UPRM campus began in February 28 at 11:15. That was the original idea, but they did not have the required quorum and have to make it an informative assembly. During the informative assembly they discussed themes as: the limit of partial withdrawals, the university reform, security on campus and a possible rise in the credit cost.

The original purpose for the assembly was to take decisions about what to do to make the student voice count in the UPRM administration and make a strong defense against the changes that will come to the university. But for do that the assembly need the participation of 10% of all the students in the UPRM, that number is approximately 1,200 students, that not happen because there was just 865 in the peak of the assembly. To not cancel the assembly the student council decides to make it an informative assembly that didn’t require the minimal quorum.

After the protocol, the presidents began to talk about the importance of the student’s representatives in the board of trustees of the UPR and that the university must respond to the students need, not the students to the university.  After that the student member in the trustee’s board of the UPR, but they can come, so the vice-president of the student council read the message that she sent. The themes she send in his message was; that the day they present the university reform to the trustees member was left only five minutes to the vote, so in summary she said that the administration of the UPR have a pattern to hide things and present that at last minute of reunions.

Later that they discussed the point of the reform and the way it affect the exemptions and that they raise the minimum GPA that the student must have to take that benefit. It should be noted that the minimum GPA for athletes has not been rise and they have the lowest GPA for an exception. The other theme that has been took was the new regulations for the partial withdrawals, they explain that the new limit of partial withdrawals was five for a four year bachelor and seven for a five years bachelor. The last theme that was talked was about the student’s security in the campus and the reduction in crime in the campus during this semester thanks to the efforts that the council has made. Also they said that all the members of the student council are against the university reform.

At the end the students took the microphone and begin to talk about all the themes and propose to organize another assembly. Another important idea that some student said it that was hard to make withdrawals if you have problems with a professor. Also some people ask for a more easy language but universally all the students were against the new university reform.

 

Recruiting For the Future

March 15 2012

Gilbén Camacho Pabón

 

The ROTC Detachment 756 University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus is very charismatic and outgoing when it comes the time to recruit. On the universal hour a group of students get together at the Stefani Building like many other organizations of the University, to let the college world know who they are and what they do. The “Recruiting Team” as they call themselves, is a group of voluntary cadets that organize activities so the students from the Campus get to know how the program is, the experiences of those cadets that have previous experience, and like always to get some memorabilia of the United States Air Force. These groups of future leaders are committed to bring what they have learned on the ROTC to those new people who want to learn what this is and how they can contribute to their nation.

The cadets always organize the Recruiting Event; this is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills. They start by mounting the table, placing the Detachment tablecloth and organizing the memorabilia that they offer to those students that go to the table and talk to the cadets. In this event attended a Force Support Officer, Captain Liechty that is the one in charge of all that it has to do with recruiting. Along with Captain Liechty there was a young contracted cadet, Cadet Major Otero that is one of the cadets of the detachment that has vast experience and is becoming an officer of the US Air Force, also there were some students of the General Military Course like cadet Hernandez, Rivera, Morales, Paredes and Crespo. This kind of activity is voluntary for any cadet that is enroll in the program, the only thing they have to do is sign up on a sheet and seek for the person organizing the events.

This kind of events are organized in many sites on the Campus and in some cases they visit the cadets of the Junior ROTC to encourage them to continue the program and become leaders for the future. On this activity some students pass to really learn what is involved on the program, other go to the table and just talk to one of the cadets they know or some just pass to see if they can get something free.

After interviewing some of the cadets and learning more from them, it can be seen that they like to participate in this kind of activities, because they like to meet new people. Also the cadets like to motivate other to join the program and explain them what tools, opportunities and knowledge this kind of organization gives you as a future professional and as current student.

 

Cadets of the Air Force ROTC Det 756 on a Recruiting Event in the lobby of Stefani building. The cadets have the opportunity to express their experiences to those interested to join the program.

 

 

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