Posted on July 3, 2017
To The Alumni Officers
Greetings. I would like to congratulate you for winning your positions in an election participated in by the alumni of the RizalTech. I was a witness to the election which you held in our general homecoming this May of 2017. I was the oldest alumnus in that homecoming—not in years because that distinction probably belonged to Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug—but in seniority, as I was the only alumnus present who graduated in the 1970s, 1978 to be exact. But I would like to apologize for not being able to attend this affair because of the inauguration of the new academic buildings in the Pasig Campus.
I think you will have to find new ways to conduct your elections. Some candidates probably planned way ahead of the election to gather as many alumni as they can to vote for them. They probably spent money, too. Consequently, the last homecoming had record numbers in attendees. This is not particularly true when homecomings are held without the election in the agenda. It is not far-fetched, and there have been tantalizing indications, that politicians are beginning to meddle in our elections. Perhaps the total politization of the alumni could still be prevented, and this is why I am suggesting that we think of better ways to conduct the election. The President of the Alumni Federation is holding a powerful position, especially now that my 2nd term will be ending in November, 2018. The Board of Regents, with the Alumni President sitting as regular member, will vote for my successor. Right now, the campaign has started.
How many alumni would attend if we organize a homecoming without the election, I wonder. Maybe we should find out.
Anyway, in behalf of the RizalTech community, we welcome you back to our University. Without really looking at you now, I am confident that you are decently attired and with proper haircut. As a matter of fact this issue has surfaced in the recent months, and there have been some incidents which bother us. Those incidents could have been avoided if we will give each other proper respect and understanding.
We have our dress and hair code in the RizalTech. This hair and dress code is one of the things which define who we are, in addition to providing our students quality education, which you have obtained from us, or else you would not have reached your stations in life. The very discipline we impose to our students is one of the main reasons why your parents have sent you to us, why you now enjoy the opportunities life have given to you to have a bright future for yourselves.
As alumni you are no longer students of the RizalTech, but that is not a good reason why you will demand to come in to our campus in inappropriate attire and unacceptable hair style. You must still respect our institutional rules, culture, and values. You are our visitors and we respect you as such. We ask that you respect us also. Please tell your members this message. If they will come to our premises properly attired and in proper haircut and on official business I do not think there will be any misunderstandings. If your haircut or hair color happens to be quite different from what we normally allow we will allow you entry into the campus but only if the purpose of your visit is official. But just the same please be in decent attire as befitting professionals.
This is basic. As an alumnus of the University of Asia and the Pacific they apply their dress and hair code even to us alumni. There was an occasion when I was in a chapel of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Pasig when a group of visitors in a propagation service were requested to leave because they were wearing shorts and t-shirts. There are some establishments who will not admit customers who are not properly dressed in their premises. Establishments have security guards who will carry you out if you are drunk and not behaving properly; they call them event security, thickset and burly men who can throw out unruly customers. Elementary schools refuse entry to parents who are waiting to fetch their children. I am also an alumnus of the Asian Institute of Management. As an alumnus I have the privilege to research in their library and eat in the canteen but nothing more. I just cannot stay there doing nothing, and I am expected to be in professional, if not executive attire, because they have a very high regard for their graduates. Visitors and alumni in the New Era University are also expected to be properly dressed and in proper haircut, or else they will not be allowed entry in the campus even on official business.
I recall a foreigner who was shouting outside the door of Shang-rila Mall because he was in shorts and sando and the security would not let him in. I cannot go inside a Catholic Church while mass is going on in my jogging pants and t-shirt soaked in perspiration and say that I am not a Catholic and therefore I am not covered by the Catholic Church’ s rules on proper attire when attending a mass.
I have to respect the rules of the institutions where I wish to be admitted.
In the same way I wish to convey to the alumni this message. We are not asking you to sponsor any of our athletic teams like what the alumni of Ateneo De Manila University are doing. We are not asking for donations whenever we have programs to gather relief goods during calamities or war. When you asked for an office we readily gave a space for you. In the Multi-Purpose Building that is currently being constructed we have allocated for you an entire floor the size of a basketball court for your activities and offices. And most importantly, I have instructed Dr. Hernandez to constantly instruct the security guards to be more courteous and accommodating.
We only ask that you respect our rules, culture, and values.
Thank you and once again my apologies for not having been able to attend this occasion.
Jesus Rodrigo F. Torres