Examples of trigger warnings for persons with depression, grief, anxiety disorder, bipolarism, etc: Best practices by universities, professors, media organizations

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FIRST ASSIGNMENT FOR STUDENTS OF MARICHU LAMBINO: Examples of trigger warnings for persons with depression, grief, anxiety disorder, bipolarism, etc: Best practices by universities, professors, media organizations
      Seeing that my classes are almost fully booked as follows:
J101, THE FIRST TO BE FULLY BOOKED in the first two days of enlistment: WITH FOUR SECTIONS BEING HANDLED BY DIFFERENT FACULTY MEMBERS who are probably more competent than i am,  THIS SECTION IS THE FIRST TO BE FILLED UP. Such irony. A trigger warning was posted for this class. The course (fundamentals of journalism: straight news and crime reporting) involves police crime reporting including the viewing and analysis of crime scenes, viewing of scenes at the morgue, scenes involving dead bodies and persons who were killed under violent circumstances such as the drug war; plus: on-the-spot reporting and production of crime news reports onsite; collective assessment and criticism of students’ work; recitation; difficult exams, strict rules on classroom etiquette such as putting mobile devices on silent mode, no talking during exams, etc.) A trigger warning was posted by the handling faculty as follows: The rigors of this class/section does not render it ideal for persons nursing a condition that requires professional psychiatric help or medication. i took down the trigger warning because some students may have felt they were being barred or “barricaded” or discriminated against. Probably a misreading by some since there was no such barring or exclusion or barricading or discrimination. It was a trigger warning: The posting of trigger warnings is practised by universities, colleges, professors, and media organizations in the U.S. and worldwide.

     Ironically, this class and section is the first to be filled up in the first two days of said trigger warning: Nakakatuwa naman ang mga estudyante. (The response from students actually enlisted/enlisting is gladdening.). This group is the most intelligent of their batch. 

Following best practices here in the U.S. and in universities worldwide (nandito po ako across the Pacific Ocean (nagsagwan po 🙂 i paddled my way here)  examining  best practices of universities and colleges, and by professors, which include the use of trigger warnings in their courses), and using the contributed work of students through this assignment, a trigger warning based on results submitted by students will be typed up in the syllabus of this section and those of other courses stated here. The debate on trigger warnings in the U.S. and worldwide is in the opposite direction: Advocates of trigger warnings seek to warn and alert persons experiencing certain conditions so they can protect themselves or avoid the situation while those who oppose trigger warnings object to overprotection of young people or of persons facing certain conditions and challenges and want all kinds of materials and speakers “relevant” to be introduced/ viewed/ listened to.
       Media Law, C120 two sections of several sections being handled by different faculty members who are probably better lawyers and profs than i am: running total for me: 47 students enlisted and still running, the largest total number in the CRS (computerized registration system) for this course (Nakakatuwa naman ang mga estudyante: Students are more intelligent than you think as can be seen in the way they choose and appreciate as shown by the numbers, data, statistics.  this group has got to be the most intelligent crop of students in the university. )
        Media Ethics C110 (1 of 4 sections being handled by different faculty members who probably have more expertise than i do: 26 students and still running, the largest number running at present in CRS for this course (Nakakatuwa naman sila, kahit gabi na ang section na ito, 4pm to 7pm, ako pa rin ang pinili. This group of students are the smartest on earth).
… seeing that the J101 class is already fully booked and the other courses being handled by blog admin have the largest number in CRS: the following is a heads-up on the first assignment for submission online (deadline: during the second meeting of classes, a window or blog post will be opened for each section for posting of their results for the assignment): ASSIGNMENT: Please submit ten examples of trigger warnings used by universities, colleges, and professors, and by media organizations for persons experiencing certain conditions such as depression, grief, anxiety disorder, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), or simply a past trauma, bipolarism, tendency toward self-injury (cutting, etc.), and other similar conditions. The deadline for submission is the day before the second meeting — as the best examples will be used in writing the trigger warning for this course. In other words, we will collectively write the trigger warning for the course. For your contribution to the work: This is worth ten points: Do not copy the work of your classmates (thus, those who submit first have an advantage.). If you copied the work of your classmate for this assignment, i will give you the benefit of the doubt that you did not understand the instruction, and will not file a case of plagiarism (but only for this time because it is the first assignment), HOWEVER, you will not be given any points for posting duplicate work whether wittingly or unwittingly. If you already have the materials right now and the window for our section is not yet open, you may use this window or blog post (type in the comments section below). Please use a pseudonym or a student number as this is a public site, then submit your name and pseudonym to the assistant. Marami pong salamat!


Lines from “The Pelican Brief”

Gray Grantham (reporter):

     How’d you find me?

Darby Shaw (law student):

I called the paper and asked for your address.

Gray Grantham:


Darby Shaw:

I told them I was your sister Mary, in from out of town and couldn’t find you.

Gray Grantham: [looks surprised]

How’d you know I had a sister Mary?

Darby Shaw:

       You’re not the only one who does research.

        John Keating:

        “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute.
“We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.
“And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
“To quote from Whitman,
“O me! O life!…
of the questions of these recurring
of the endless trains of the faithless…
of cities filled with the foolish
what good amid these,
O me, O life?”
“Answer: That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse.
     What will your verse be?”

         (From “Dead Poets Society”)

#UPDiliman art profs to host benefit dinner for art critic & educator Alice Guillermo, March 29

University of the Philippines Diliman

Art Studies Department profs to host benefit dinner for art critic

and art educator

Alice Guillermo on March 29 

From the Inquirer: “The University of the Philippines Department of Art Studies is organizing a fundraising dinner to help with the hospital expenses of renowned art critic and art educator Alice Guillermo, who was recently confined at St. Luke’s Hospital. 
     “The dinner will be on March 29, 8pm., at Gourmet Gypsy Art Café, at P5,000 per plate. Donations are also welcome.
Contact Eloi Hernandez or Portia Placino on Facebook; e-mail ephernandez@up.edu.ph or mcplacino@up.edu.ph   ” 

(if you’re friends with Bomen (Alice’s son), i guess you may also inform him)

(Photo rightclicked from the Inquirer, posterized by blog admin.)


More than 350 #UP Diliman profs convened to resolve proposed Gen Ed changes

(android-shot 5 hours ago)

More than 350 regular faculty members from assistant professors to full professors  of the University of the Philippines Diliman convened as the University Council five hours ago to resolve proposed changes in the “general education” program (or liberal education required of all students) of UP Diliman.

   Photo below shows a 7-year old gifted child who earned his M.A. degree recently to qualify as assistant professor, preparing his proposed amendments to the resolutions. He however left for home early, before the voting started,  due to “lack of material time” on his part, as Channel Animax’s “Young Kindaichi” was about to start.

@SKYserves NO CABLE 48hrs NOW! Sky Cable is the pits! Details here

      For Sky Cable: NO CABLE SERVICE FOR FORTY-EIGHT (48) HOURS NOW! The problem has been reported last Saturday and the reference number has been earlier provided you. The error message starts as “No signal” then transitions to E52-32. Even after the requisite trouble-shooting has been done, the error message has been the same. (For a brief two hours yesterday morning, the signal was restored, and then it was gone again). This means that the television and the digibox is working and the problem is on your end. Your call center agent (her name is Lindel) is of no use because she keeps insisting that the problem is either in the digibox or the cable post outside the house, and that a repairman would drop by. SKYCABLE SERVICE HAS GONE FROM BAD TO WORSE THIS OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.
      Even during the times when there was cable service, half the channels (the movie channels) have no signal and the service conks out every week!!! THIS IS THE WORST THAT SKYCABLE HAS BEEN IN ALL OF ITS YEARS OF EXISTENCE. If you do not do anything about this in the next 12 hours,  blog admin would be constrained to file a formal complaint with the NTC.

The UP Fighting Maroons lynch the NU Bulldogs 71-66, keeping it in the running for the Final Four contenders for the crown.

From interaksyon.com: 

“UP sends NU to 6th straight loss, boosts Final 4 bid

“The UP Fighting Maroons dropped an explosive 15-0 run to thump the skidding NU Bulldogs, 71-66, and stay in the final four race of UAAP Season 79 Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

“With the win, the Fighting Maroons boosted their final four bid. Now at 4-8, State U tied NU for fifth place and moved just two games behind No.4 Adamson Falcons (5-5).

“Jett Manuel finished with 19 points while Gelo Vito added 15 markers. Javi Gomez De Liano chipped in 13 points as Paul Desiderio tallied 11 points and 13 boards to help UP send NU to its sixth straight loss of the season.

“The Fighting Maroons trailed by 12 points, 31-19, in the second quarter but had a strong finishing kick to end the first half by scoring 10 unanswered points that trimmed their deficit to two points at the half.

“UP continued its roll in the third quarter, with Vito burying a triple to complete a 15-0 run that gave the lead back to State U, 34-31.

“UP stretched its lead to nine points, 54-45, in the fourth quarter but NU came to within three after two straight unsportsmanlike fouls by the Fighting Maroons.

“But the Fighting Maroons kept their poise, going on a 12-1 run to build a 66-52 lead with 3:40 left which was enough to fend off the Bulldogs.”


Breaking News, first posted here at 12:39pm, from twitter.com/inquirerdotnet: 

    Tweets from Inquirer multimedia reporter Tetch-Torres-Tupas 14 minutes ago, re-tweeted by twitter.com/inquirerdotnet: “SC issues 20 day SQA on preparations for Marcos burial.

   The tweet means that the Supreme Court has temporarily stopped the Marcos hero burial preparations for 20 days by issuing a  a Status Quo Ante Order.

       i checked Teddy Te’s twitter account and the Supreme Court PIO twitter account, there’s nothing there. Anyway, it’s still in twitter.com/inquirerdotnet so i guess this is vetted and it  has been verified.

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