THIS YEAR’S Orientation Seminar (OrSem) had a good number of surprises for Ateneo Law School’s new batch of students, and even for upperclassmen. Held last 14-16 May 2014, the yearly “welcome-to-law-school” event for incoming freshmen was set to the theme “We’re All In This Together,” inspired by Disney’s High School Musical.
The theme of the OrSem introduced the freshmen to a more nurturing law school environment, where all students, especially blockmates, make each other’s academic survival a community concern. According to Jet Garcia (2C), who is this year’s OrSem Project Head together with Gerard Rubio (2B), this year’s theme contrasted with OrSem’s concept during the previous years, which banked on the idea of survival of the fittest, highlighting the law school’s reputation for being a difficult experience.
Some notable new activities introduced this year included workshops on being a beadle, reading cases, digest-making, and taking exams. The traditional “mock recits” also had a make-over: this year, “mock mock recits,” where fourth year students acted as faux professors, served as a prelude to actual professors who could give out real grades to be credited during the semester. The freshmen were also given block-specific primers and run-throughs on their subjects.
The OrSem also featured talks given by Bar topnotchers, Raoul Angelo Atadero (No. 1, 2011), Ignatius Michael Ingles (No. 1, 2012), and Dianna Louise Wilwayco (No. 2, 2013). Model students per block were also invited to talk to the freshmen.
The promotion of organizations was given a new format through “Org Speak.” Representatives were allowed to go room-to-room to promote their respective groups, and were asked to provide a short presentation to be played on loop in the classrooms while the freshmen were on break.
The OrSem video, true to theme, was a 30-minute musical featuring ALS versions of songs from Frozen and High School Musical, performed by talents from the OrSem Team. As is tradition, the event ended with OrSem Night, sans OrSem Idol, in order to give the students a break after a loaded three days.
OrSem 2014 was made possible by the many volunteers from the second year blocks, through the coordination and initiative of the OrSem Core: Talk and Tours (TnT) Heads Czar Paguio and Julian Torcuator, Secretariat Head Crissel Tamondong, Programs Heads Borgy Gavina and Angelo Logronio, Marketing Heads Charla Tsoi and Jeli Leuterio, Documentation and Publications Head Bianca Ruiz, Creatives Head Bianca Mangaser, and Finance Head Vet Lim. P