Does the academic calendar matter? ~ Akei | Higher Education -
"For “international students,” his explanatory variables are academic calendar, faculty/student ratio, academic repute, papers/faculty (amount and quality of research papers), and international faculty. What he finds is that the academic calendar influence is never statistically significant. What are significant contributors to attracting international students are the papers/faculty and international faculty."
SC rules online libel constitutional ~ Akei | Information -
"The Supreme Court decision, penned by Justice Roberto Abad, ruled online libel to be constitutional but with an exception – that is, in cases where it covers persons other than the original author. Recipients of, and netizens who react to a potentially defamatory post, will not be covered by online libel."
Power to the people: an urgent paradigm for disasters ~ Akei | Environment -
"Still, in the afflcited lands, we know that there is dissastisfaction, even serious unrest and anger. Consider that two days after the SES survey results came out, protesters reportedly numbering around 10,000, and coming all the way from other Yolanda stricken areas in the Samar and Leyte provinces marched through the streets of Tacloban City to express their indignation over the government’s purported shortcomings. The protesters demanded 40,000 pesos in direct cash assistance from the national government and were calling for the repeal of the 40 meters ‘no-build zone’ from the shoreline policy, among other gripes, and have since issued an ultimatum for the government to heed their demands."
For LGBTs, a wedding feel at UPLB ~ Akei | Gender & Sexuality -
"The UPLB Babaylan opened “Weeehdding,” a marriage booth during the annual UPLB February Fair running from Tuesday to Saturday in what the student group supporting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights calls a modern version of the precolonial ritual."
House holds ‘joint’ session as groups back medical marijuana ~ Akei | Drug Policy -
"According to Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III at Tuesday’s hearing of the House committee on dangerous drugs, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) just needs to draw up the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on the cultivation of the drug and its usage."
Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism) ~ Akei | Society -
"Instead of allowing all people to follow their entrepreneurial spirit into the endeavors that fulfill them, capitalism applauds the small number of entrepreneurs who capture large portions of mass markets. This requires producing things on a mass scale, which imposes a double-uniformity on society: tons and tons of people all purchase the same products, and tons and tons of people all perform the same labor. Such individuality as flourishes amid this system is often extremely superficial."
IT students encouraged to develop mobile apps and solutions for the Philippine education system ~ Akei | Innovation -
"UP coders win Accenture app-development competition, Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge"
Professors, We Need You! ~ Akei | Higher Education -
"Many academic disciplines also reduce their influence by neglecting political diversity. Sociology, for example, should be central to so many national issues, but it is so dominated by the left that it is instinctively dismissed by the right."
In the Sontag Archives ~ Akei | Information -
"Now our lives are increasingly lived on the computer. The amount of data on our smartphones is far more than she could have imagined in her lifetime, though she died less than a decade ago. For anyone who believes in the value of historical research, hard drives, like those preserved at U.C.L.A., will be the locus of that research. Will they end up revealing more about our lives—or, by revealing too much, ultimately reveal less?"
Poe: Ensure Food on the Table of Every Filipino Family ~ Akei | Food -
"Poe filed Senate Bill (SB) 2089, or An Act Promoting Corporate Farming and Providing Incentives for its Effective Implementation, to ensure a more stable food supply."
Huge drop in drug use among Filipino youth – survey ~ Akei | Drug Policy -
"The most substantial decline was found in drug use, with only 4% of young Filipinos admitting to the act as compared to almost 11% in 2002."
Academic Arrogance ~ Akei | Higher Education -
"The philosopher Foucault pointed out that knowledge and power are so intimately related that we cannot really think about them separately. I learned this the hard way on that day. Arrogance is the Dark Side of knowledge and students, no matter how old, can become scared of you because you have power just from being a teacher. I haven’t always suceeded in being tolerant and gracious in the classroom since that day, but I try."
The Progressive Lineage of Macklemore’s And Lorde’s Attacks On the Pleasures of the Poor ~ Akei | Music -
"“That kind of luxe just ain’t for us”: Where pop culture, progressives, and puritanical values meet."
Young, tech-savvy Filipinos more sexually active than you think ~ Akei | Gender & Sexuality -
"The nationwide survey by the Demographic Research & Development Foundation and the UPPI noted the shift of young people’s preference from traditional to new media, which is also evident in their sexual behaviors."
Russell Brand: Philip Seymour Hoffman is another victim of extremely stupid drug laws ~ Akei | Drug Policy -
"In Hoffman’s domestic or sex life there is no undiscovered riddle – the man was a drug addict and, thanks to our drug laws, his death inevitable"