A day in the life of the Dragonborn.
While I’m doing the Dark Brotherhood quest where I pursue Cicero in the Dawnstar sanctuary, Serana decides to sit in the shade and complain about the sun. Arnbjorn bleeds in the background.
Darkfall Cave 1/2
Serana v. Vyrthur
Badass vampire lady.
Recently finished the Dawnguard questline. I wanted to join the Dawnguard, until I found Serana and thought that the only way to get her to go with me is to be with the vampires. I sided with Serana ever since, eliminating Harkon in the process.
Merlin (pictured in the beautiful drawing by Alan Lee above) is a figure intimately connected with forests in Arthurian lore. After the disastrous Battle of Arderydd, Merlin goes mad and spends years as a wild man in the woods, living a solitary, animal existence, before he emerges into his full power as a magician and seer. His prophesies are contained in Welsh poems said to be written by Myrddin himself from the 9th century onward;
many can be found in the Llyfr Du Caerfryddin and The Black Book of
Carmarthen. In the “Afallennau” and “Oineau” poems (from The Black Book, translated by Meirion Pennar), Myrddin portrays his life among apple trees in the forest of Celydonn: “Ten years and two score have I been moving along through twenty bouts of madness with wild ones in the wild; after not so dusty things and entertaining minstrels, only lack does now keep me company. . . .” He despairs that he, who once lay in women’s arms, now lies alone on the cold, hard ground, with only a wild piglet for company (a creature much revered by the Celts).
Arthur mails a letter: Arthur Sendragon
Arthur pays money to Japan: Arthur Yendragon
Arthur helps someone out: Arthur Friendragon
Arthur starts a new fashion style: Arthur Trendragon
Arthur tells the time: Arthur Whendragon
Arthur plays dress-up: Arthur Pretendragon
Arthur dies: Arthur Amendragon
Young Minerva McGonagall for Wizarding Wednesday.
Against the Shift
This is in response to the recent decision of the University of the Philippines Diliman to shift the academic calendar from June-March to August-May.
The pro camp championed several reasons for the shift, but the loudest is the “globalization” of UP, an attempt to accommodate foreign students and make it easier for them to study in the University. This follows the recently implemented K-12 program for the basic education program, the proposed overhaul of UP’s socialized tuition fee system - STS, instead of STFAP (and I don’t know if what I heard is right, but part of the proposal is a Bracket A+ where the student must pay around Php 2,000 per unit, apparently), the recent change of Diliman’s Chancellor, and the UPD Student Council elections.
Remember well that UP is lauded one of - if not the - best universities in the Philippines. Remember well that five of UP College of Law’s graduates just got into the top ten of the bar exam. Remember well the BA Araling Pilipino student who just topped the LET (and she’s not an education major, mind you). These are just recent achievements. No doubt a lot of people can name more. All these, and UP - a state university, ideally subsidized by the government - has been following the regular Philippine academic calendar June-March.
Who needs the “globalization” shtick?
Let’s count the ways the whole thing falls apart.
I’ve seen arguments for the academic calendar shift. The harmonization of the calendar aims to ease the flow of student exchange between other universities. It aims to maximize the Philippines’ ASEAN membership, among other things. Research, opportunities to make the University a global institution - these are all arguments. They might sound attractive, to start.
But I’ve seen charts. I’ve seen graphs. I’ve heard students and professors rant about this. I’ve seen the facilities - or lack thereof - in UP classrooms. Heck, I’m studying in UPD, so I should know whether or not the electric fans work (they don’t).
The calendar shift disregards a lot of things in this country. First, summer. People say it’s a shallow reason. Sure, it sounds shallow, but hell, I’ve spent an entire summer term in UP and I’m telling you, it wasn’t fun to stay for two hours at AS’s fourth floor, with the midmorning sun shining directly on you, as the professor droned on and on about Aristotle’s concept of justice. I’m telling you, too, that people choose to go to the beaches in the summer for a reason: because it’s hell’s kitchen and the water’s great. If the only “water” we’ll be swimming in during the “second semester” is our own pool of sweat (or our seatmate’s), then nope. Nope. Nope.
Second, tradition. I don’t celebrate fiestas, but I know a lot of people who do. And I’m pretty sure a lot of town fiestas happen during the summer, when students don’t have class and are free to go to the province to spend time with their families. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to stay here at home writing critical papers while my family is out at the province (not celebrating fiestas, but just generally relaxing there, at the province).
Third, the June-July vacation. June-July - rainy season, dead months, what do we do? Students will probably look for employment opportunities, but not all are willing to do that. Too wet to enjoy the beach, right? At least we don’t get assaulted by storms while walking around the academic oval. Oh wait. Yeah, I’m pretty sure most of the big storms happen around September to November. So damay parin tayo. Oh well. That’s what you get when you let your heart win.
Fourth, exams, tests, whatever. When will the UPCAT happen? I suppose that’s not an immediate concern. The immediate concern would be licensure exams, bar exams, reviewing opportunities for said exams. Will the student have to wait for a year or so just so he or she could be prepared? Fresh graduates get to plunge neck-deep into a world of uncertainty, thanks to your shifting.
Fifth, graduation. I’ve seen this addressed before. Graduation during the rainy season! Ampitheater! Wet, wild, muddy! Make sure your sablays don’t get soiled. Also, there are no sunflowers. Precisely because there’s a high chance the sun won’t be out when you graduate.
Sixth, we don’t have the budget. Don’t say we did, because it’ll work against the administration anyway. I mean, wouldn’t you rather improve facilities for students in the University, instead of… establishing a program very few will actually benefit from?
How many members of the ASEAN actually start their school years on August, anyway? Apparently, only two. Singapore, and another country.
I may be biased, and I probably am driving shallow points here, but this is the voice of a student who cannot see benefit from this whole program. Hindi pa nga hinog yung K-12, ipapasubo niyo na yung UP sa “globalization.” Instead of becoming people of the nation, we are being exported. Human goods for the consumption of the foreign market, right? And the practical thinker would say, don’t fight it. It’s pointless to fight. They’ll do it anyway.
They do it precisely because we don’t fight. Because some just nod and say yes, bow their heads and “make do with what we have.”
We barely have anything even without the academic calendar shift. Who knows where the budget for education goes. Kinakain lang ng buwaya eh.
Hindi ako pula, hindi ako tibak, pero estudyante kasi ako na nakakaramdam na ninanakawan ako ng oportunidad na pakinabangan yung kayang ibigay ng mga propesor ko, at ng unibersidad ko. Nakakainis kasi hindi pa nga luto ng mabuti, kakainin mo na. Sira ka pala eh. May bad bacteria yan. Malay mo, botcha pala.
Final words: no reason is too shallow. I get that the idea of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is rather limiting, because if we strictly follow that, no development or innovation can occur. The thing is, though, do we even have the luxury of innovating right now? Is innovation even the goal of this calendar shift? The way I see it, the University of the Philippines - University of the Philippines - is setting the trend of selling its students to other countries, because we’re all machines raking in the dollahhhzzzz yo.
Next thing you know, we’re gonna get dragged across the pacific, heading stateside. Because we’re little Estados Unidos, right? What the hell is nationalism? What the hell is the Philippines? ‘Di ka pakakainin niyan. Paalipin nalang tayo, tutal mayaman naman yung mga kano eh. Wala nga lang kanin. O balut.
Corny nga eh. Globalization. Kala ko mahilig mga tao magpakahipster.