Dean Banawa – “Cooperation makes us pinakamalaCASS”

by Amado C. Guinto, Jr./OC-OPI

The College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) caught up on the hashtag fever as this year’s CASS days theme began with one: “#pinakamalaCASS: Greater heights through internationalization”.

The new CASS dean, Prof Marie Joy D. Banawa found an opportunity to use the hashtag when she said, in her message during the opening of the four-day festivities on August 1, 2013 that “it is cooperation among the students, teachers and staff that would make CASS truly #pinakamalaCASS.”

In social networking sites, students use the hashtag “#pinakamalaCASS” to identify and group similar or related messages about CASS days and about the College, in general. The said hashtag is a linguistic play of the Filipino word “pinakamalakas” which means strongest – the quality of students being aimed for by the CASS Executive Council headed by Governor Lewey Jimoya. Hence, more than being just a word preceded by a hash or a pound (#) sign, #pinakamalaCASS has now become a battle-cry of all CASS students.

CASS days started with a parade around campus. The CASS Administration together with all the seven societies namely, the AB English Organization (ABEO), the General Education Students Organization (GESO), the Historical Society, the KAPILAS – Bayan, the Political Science Society, the Psychology Society, and the Sociology Society, participated in the revelry as they shouted cheers for their respective organization. This was followed by a formal opening of the celebration on college grounds where the students took an oath of sportsmanship.

CASS day
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CASS day
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CASS day
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Students shout cheers for CASS. Photos by CASSayuran

The faculty and staff also joined in the fun as they, too, had their own sets of contests which included cheering, longest line, Pinoy henyo with a twist, and face decorating, among others. The English Department Chair Prof. Jean Graciela E Peñola said that this is an excellent addition in the CASS Days celebration in order to foster camaraderie among the faculty and staff in the College.

CASS Day
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Prof Larry Oliveros and other CASS faculty and staff enjoying CASS Days. Photo by Dadine Vacalares

“This is also a very good way to strengthen our bonds as members of the same College,” she added.

The CASS Days culminated in an awarding program on August 5, Monday at the MSU-IIT IDS Multi-purpose Hall. GESO bested all other societies in the sports and Laro ng Lahi events. The Psychology Society bagged the first prizes in both cultural and special events. The literary events were once again lorded over by the Political Science Society.

Miss Psychology Society Essel Mae Pabillaran and Mr Historical Society Raphael Paolo Purganan are the new Miss and Mr College of Arts and Social Sciences respectively. Photo by CASSayuran.

CASS Day
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Miss Psychology Society Essel Mae Pabillaran and Mr Historical Society Raphael Paolo Purganan are the new Miss and Mr College of Arts and Social Sciences. Photo by CASSayuran.

For the general results, the Psychology Society emerged as the Overall Champion this year followed by the Political Science Society as the Overall First Runner-up and the ABEO as the Overall Second Runner-up. (OC-OPI)

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