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It’s been 8 long years!
June 24th, 2008 posted by clave under Adamson Chronicle, Alumni Stories, Uncategorized

It’s been 8 long years since I stopped writing literally, even in my journal; I hardly updated it since I graduated. 

It was a busy corporate world I have stocked in for almost a decade. A different world from where I was before. The struggle was more than just of the papers to be edited and published. It was the real world I pictured when I was in the publication, people in the working force experiencing injustice, paranoia of insecurity and boredom, and the never ending struggle for rights and benefits for the few who can divulge themselves and for the quarter of people who remain silent for years. 

It was a good camouflage. I had to conceal myself and my background after I failed on my first ever interview because of the radical answers on the question, “So on your term, how was the relationship of the student publication and the administration on your university?” 

I learned the art of concealment and latter unmasked it to start organizing the workforce and deal with their problems. 

It was then I realized the reality of hanging on the cliff between the management and the workforce. Infiltrating and organizing of those on the ground, and making a great deal of development and improvement on the larger scale. 

Latter on, I had to choose a side from where I could be beneficial or from where people could take their stand. Standing on the other side could give a long term career and fame, and choosing to be with them would mean a retirement. 

To choose or not to choose it was tainted one. I remembered I fired two contractual for some serious grounds, work-related-repeated-offenses, without any considerations and without thinking their families. It was a hard decision, that even my life has been endangered for the angst and retaliation of those who loose their jobs. 

Then I asked who am I now? Is this the struggle I fought for so long? 

Then I realized that people changed, it was not always the confinement from the past ideologies, it can be reconstructed, it can be modified and it can be streamed down in order to understand and to justify the struggle of those who are on the top and for those always appears as victims. 

I still have a long way to go… 

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[ # 2748 ] Comment from hbarrales [July 7, 2008, 4:40 pm]

Every year, there is a new issue and an entirely different generation of students who will tackle them. It is unfair and unwitting to compare and contrast what would the old guards would have done.

Only time can wisen up a man.

I was once a Chronicler, and I am proud that I belonged to the generation of Jay Mendezona, “Tio” Pando, Jolet Mendoza, Charry Santos, Dennis Torrecampo. The year in the 90’s when the Adamson Chronicle was re-opened after a decade long closing by the Administration. The year when NBA Celtics vs. Lakers game in the i486 PC was as hot as Michael Jordan’s sneakers. The years when the old guys were wrestling for the title “Bungo King” in the same game.

Three long tumultous years - when we lambasted the administration, cursed the guards, lead the stirring of student activism. I was part of the old guards - but that was it.

New guards came, hot as they are. Their opinions were fiery and their pens were blazing. They were proud. I was part of the old guards - and there is nothing I can and will do then. It was their time.

Now, the then new guards are now the old guards. And the old guards should have no reason to complain.

The Chronicle is still the Chronicle. Its name and legacy will live on. Do not taint the name and morale of the people now composing it. It is their time, now. They have issues to deal, grades to pass and students to fight for.

As long as they remain true to the ideals… that “The Chronicle” is the ultimate voice of the Adamson Students - then all is well.

I was an old guard and I put down down my pen for a while.

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