It was just recent when I was invited to handle a seminar in line with University of San Jose-Recoletos AdCamp, a week-long event. That was on January 27, 2013, when I shared my insights about online advertising to a group of students in the school’s AVR.
A week after that, a video scandal broke out and had gotten viral. I only learned about this when some of my friends and even my cousins told me about the scandal on Facebook. It was called USJ-R scandal for the girl, who was in a video with her boyfriend recording their act of love(during that time), was wearing the school’s uniform.
I did not see the video nor have plans to ever see it. One of the reasons for my dislike of ever viewing it is that it disheartened me being a Josenian. I am a proud alumnus of USJ-R. It would put me in a bit of distress if something like a video scandal would tarnish the image of the university, my Alma Mater.
The sad thing about it though is that the video scandal already went viral in social media. Even if the video had to be pulled out, the impression it left even from those who did not see the video, would remain.
And perhaps, another sad thing is that the girl in the video is still a student, on her way to graduation march next month.
I read articles form different Cebu publications about the scandal. I also heard the developments from my aunt, also a Josenian, through her husband, a professor in USJ-R.
Before the scandal went viral in the social media, the university learned about it and had already guided the girl. It was only during the time it became a trending topic that the girl had to come out.
The stigma left by the scandal did not only put a wreck on that girl but also to the Josenian students. Josenian college students had to endure bullying and bashing even from jeepney conductors.
“i-USJR mo ako” has been borne as an expression, akin to a gay lingo popularized by Vice Ganda on his show, from the recent sex scandal. Though it could be in parallel with “i-Dawn Zulueta mo ako”, the expression tagging the school is more lewd and derogatory in implication and as such should not be uttered, even just in a casual for-fun situation.
Because of complaints from the students having been the targets of bullying even in public roads, the school’s admin issued a mandate allowing the students to wear clothes on wash day for a week. The school’s president has also announced the university’s stand about the issue.
Despite how the scandal put the school in a dire situation, the university’s admins handled the situation of the girl on the video scandal remarkably. Instead of suspending the girl from the school, the university guided the girl nd allowed her to attend classes until she can graduate.
The university’s decision has received praises from other universities in Cebu such as University of Cebu and University of the Visayas. It is only today that I read a column from Mr. Bobit Avila, praising the school and declaring his pride as a Josenian.
In this blog post, I’d like to also convey my praise to the university, my Alma Mater, for handling the matter in a Christian way.
Bjorn Cebuano is a proud Josenian and I am not ashamed of saying it.