For a publication that has stood out the test of time, another change within it is bound to create new beginnings and ripples of improvement.
The Quill, Southwestern University PHINMA’s official student publication, elected and appointed its new editorial board and staff for the academic year 2018-2019 during the 1st Quillvention, a blended term of Quill and convention.
With the theme “Quill @ 70: Quality News, Unquestionable Truth,” the 1st Quillvention was officially participated in by its 19-strong members held at San Remigio Beach Club last June 1-4, 2018.
Mr. Jay Anthony Cavales, former publication moderator and newly appointed opinion editor, explained that the activity provides “formal admittance to the publication” and that non-attendance means “nonadmission” to the publication for the upcoming school year.
Furthermore, he added that through the activity, members would be able to collectively decide on the fate of the publication by “exercising their right to vote” and by “deciding matters involving the publication.”
According to Mr. Cavales, “the Quillvention manifests the commitment of all members to the publication” and that “activities are designed for team-building purposes to further strengthen the bond, which is believed to be an essential aspect of any student organization.”
During their stay, members joined in various publicationrelated activities, informative writeshops (writing workshops), and team building and strategic planning for the publication’s future goals.
The activities included the Transition of Command (election of the new editor in chief and associate editor and appointment of the other editorial board members and staffers), Quillandrakas (acceptance of new members by means of rites of passage and oath-taking ceremony), Charter Amendment (review and modification of the existing publication constitution and by-laws), Budget Allocation and Hearing, team-building activities, journalism seminarworkshops, brainstorming for the new Quill website, as well as the passing of the General Programs of Action (GPOA) and the Special Programs of Action (SPOA).
The Quill’s former features editor Rochyne Daphne Kate Sapio was elected editor in chief, incoming Medical Technology student Nica Manique will serve as associate editor, while former The Maroon Ink news editor Miguel Lorenz Parawan was appointed to head the senior editors and staffers as executive editor.
“The Quillvention molds the members of the organization into becoming the best in their respective fields. Rigorous training is done here to ensure quality,” Sapio said.
She also added that the said activity “serves as the guide of every Quiller” before they step into the publication.
The newly introduced Quillvention is the most important policy- and decisionmaking semestral activity of the publication. It sets the tone for the upcoming school year and gives the publication the muchneeded direction as to its shortterm, mid-term, and long-term goals.
The Quill now envisions to be the leading and premier publication outside the country’s capital, serving only the best release which piques the interests of the students, the community, and the country.
Established in 1948, the publication will mark its 70th anniversary next month and will also accept a new batch of applicants.