Last Aug. 9, the Weekly Sillimanian (tWS), together with the Silliman University Student Government (SUSG), was invited to attend the University Leadership Council meeting.
University Leadership Council or ULC represents all academic and administrative units of Silliman University and comprises the university directors and deans.
When tWS attended the meeting, it was introduced as a new member of the ULC. The SUSG, however, was not able to attend.
At least in the last ten years, it never happened that the school paper was invited to be a member of the ULC, just this time.
As the agent of truth, tWS cannot help but question, why?
We appreciate this act of the administration.
They invited us to be part of the ULC, maybe because they want the students to be more “involved” in the activities and be aware of the regulations of the university.
Maybe, they want to be more transparent to the students by inviting the two strongest student-composed body of the university.
The act of inviting tWS and SUSG is something new and perhaps, kind.
But, in this case, there is a very thin line between kindness and intimidation.
tWS hopes that this act of the administration is indeed motivated by pure intentions.
We hope that the administration is befriending the school paper and SUSG not to intimidate them so that they will shut up and be passive about the issues of the university.
Just to remind, the Weekly Sillimanian is not under and will never be under the administration. It is bound to serve the student body and obliged to tell nothing but the truth.