The Bosun’s first voyage

The Bosun’s first voyage

by UA&P News Desk on January 18, 2011 - 3:26 pm

A galleon ship cannot set sail in harmony and explore the beauty of the outside world without a middle-rank ship officer to cooperate with the crew members and the captain.

Student-run campus publication The Bosun, having recently published its first issue, has aspired to steer the student body to awareness of events inside and outside the University.

Literary editor Jose Romano Mira said their goal is not only to spread ideas in the community but to “create awareness” among the students and readers.

“Bosun is a showcase of art, and we use art as a means of changing the world … and in touching the people’s minds,” Mira said.

What’s in a name?

With such high intentions in mind, students behind the publication initially came up with the name “The Blaze” as its official title to make it compatible with the UA&P catchphrase “blaze a trail.”

Associate editor Kai Jimenez said the editors realized after, however, that the paper’s name could be more symbolic of its role in the community, but still with a profound meaning.

“We wanted a student publication that would connect the whole student body with the academic members of the university,” Jimenez said.

Student publication project head Lean Santos of the CAS-Student Executive Board explained their decision to name the new paper after a seemingly petty ship officer, a boatswain.

“A bosun … does not take control over the crew or go against the will of the captain. Instead, he helps in leading them to a peaceful voyage,” said Santos, who is also the layout artist of the paper.

The paper’s name, according to Santos, was inspired by what their moderator, Mr. Philip Peckson of the Humanities department, advised them: “We are part of the galleon ship, and the galleon ship is UA&P. We’re not trying to sink this ship because we are a part of it.”

Part of a growing crew

Editor-in-chief Tet Rivera wanted The Bosun, with its unusual name, to be defying norms in its own way.

“(This) student publication … does not aim to protest against the faults of the university as how the stereotype goes,” Rivera said.

Jimenez said that to accomplish this, the editorial board decided “to celebrate the UA&P culture, because we’re proud of it.”

Literary editor Gilleane Altuna explained in Filipino:

May mga mahalagang bagay na hindi talaga napapakita sa tao at sa tingin ko kailangan maipapahayag ang mga bagay na ‘yon. (There are important things that people aren’t aware of, and I think those are the things we have to make known.)”

Altuna said an example is a misconception about UA&P students – seen as “rich kids who spend their time and money drinking coffee in Starbucks.”

Tragic as this may sound, The Bosun wanted to shed light on some mistaken ideas.

“We want to correct that statement and convince others that UA&P students also have the passion and dedication for learning,” Altuna said.

Intellectual romance: the Bosun way

Rivera and the rest of the team intended Bosun to have a style of its own – to communicate with the UA&P community in a “romantic and intellectual manner.”

She explained that they mean “romantic and intellectual” as a style that allows certain mystery to things already known, but at the same time one that results to writers’ openness to students by writing about views and facts which are rarely heard but truthful.

For the editors of the The Bosun, they see the paper as a way for them to cooperate with the UA&P body in activities and events to help build and spread the spirit of Unitas in campus and beyond it. #

~Text by Rosemary Sia, I CAS | Interview by Jireh Pihoc | Lead photo by Ms. Camille Diola

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