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Iligan City - Criminology Instructor Judiely "Jud" Gingging was shot dead by an unidentified motorcycle rider, in the congested "talipapa" area in Barangay Baraas, Iligan City at seven o'clock this morning.

Iliganons cry for justice for Sir Jud's untimely death.

Gingging, 25, was waylaid, riding on his motorcycle with his wife and five-year old kid. The criminology instructor of Saint Michael's College, slowed down because of the Monday morning rush hour on their way to the city. The unidentified motorcycle rider, wearing black leather jacket and a helmet fired two shots. The gunshots were directed at the victim's back and head. The bullet from the solo shot at the rhomboid (upper back) hit the heart before it went through.

The victim's wife and kid were in shock on the fast pace of events. Gingging was declared dead upon arrival at Dr. Uy Hospital at about eight o'clock in the morning from the gunshot wounds.

The Philippine National Police - Iligan and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group are still on their investigation as to who the culprit was and his motive in doing so. The family, friends, and workmates of Mr. Gingging deeply mourns for justice on his death.
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The gleeful Sir Jud strikes a pose.

Sir Jud's last picture with the Criminology students at the SMC Graduation the night before his death.

Workmates and students would best remember Judiely "Jud" Gingging as one of the great singers in the campus. He was a criminology instructor at Saint Michael's College for three years after obtaining his Criminology degree at Iligan Capitol College. He was the recipient of the "Most Admired Faculty" Award in the College of Criminology last February.

Yesterday, as my way of closing the semester’s classes, I told my students that it will be our last meeting. A female student of mine was quick to correct me and said that I should not use the word, “last” as it denotes death and sounds too harsh and unpleasant.

I simply smiled and told this story.

Once upon a time, a woman went abroad to work leaving her daughter, her aged father, and their cat. Years after, she went back and upon seeing that her daughter was alone in the house, she asked her little girl where their pet cat is.

The little girl quickly responded: “It’s dead”. The woman, who apparently was shocked upon hearing the depressing news, scolded her little girl: “You should have said it in a more gentle way. You may slowly tell the news this way: It was a gloomy night, got nothing to do, the cat climbed to the roof. He happily strode toward the edge of the roof, but accidentally slipped and unfortunately fell to the ground… ”

The woman, seeing the now-forlorn face of her little girl inquired: “By the way, where’s your lolo?” Gently, the little girl said: It was a gloomy night, got nothing to do, lolo climbed to the roof. He happily strode toward the edge of the roof, but accidentally slipped and unfortunately fell to the ground… ”

After telling them the story, I told the class, that one’s choice of words can definitely affect a conversation. While beating around the bush may be required at times, it can also be too risky.

A word or phrase used in place of a term that might be considered too direct, harsh, unpleasant, or offensive is called “euphemism”. Euphemisms are generally good words; but not at all times.

On this speech I’ll give to you my three warnings on using euphemisms.

First warning: some euphemisms sound too awkward.
Sometimes being outspoken is better than sounding too cumbersome.
Let’s take the word “fat”. Many people don’t like to use that word.
For me, fat is fat. Not chunky, obese, or big-boned.

"Fat" does not refer to "chunky".
Chunky refers to corned beef. Obese is a medical term while dinosaurs are big-boned.

Same with the word “thin”; I am thin. Definitely not skeletal, slim, or bony. The skeletal system. Bony refers to bangus. Chances are slim. An ugly person is an ugly person. Not a person with a severe appearance deficit.

I’ve always liked the idea of feminism and its move on making nouns neuter like changing the word businessman changed to “businessperson”. But sometimes it has gone way off and sounded too awkward, too. Should we change the word people person to “person’s person”, or manhole cover to “personhole cover”, or best man to best person? I think not.

Aside from sounding too awkward, some euphemisms have become a form of a lie. This brings us to the second warning: some euphemisms trick us about reality.
These words cover the natural process and hide our humanity.
Just this morning, my classmate in our law class celebrated her birthday. I asked her age and she smilingly answered: “I am 42 years young”.

People are so afraid of the stigma associated with that word. Imagine how sad the fear of aging that is revealed in that phrase. In order to use the adjective, we have to use the antonym. Aging is natural; it is universal. Maybe the rationale is that, since no one wants to get old, we don’t like that, so we trick ourselves.

On the process of hiding reality, some euphemisms also tend to become too vague. This is my last warning on employing euphemisms: some euphemism can be confusing. Sometimes these words defeat their purpose by becoming unclear and ambiguous.


Barber = Hair scientist
To fart = to break wind
False teeth = Dental appliance
Drug addiction = substance abuse
Library = learning resource center.

A “cripple” is a cripple. It’s a perfectly honorable word. There’s no shame in it. It’s even in the Bible: “Jesus healed the cripples”. He did not engage in rehabilitative strategies for the physically disadvantaged.

Also, with regards to euphemisms, it can obviously seen in the Filipino attempts to be “conservative”. It definitely has some drawbacks. A schoolgirl was taught by her parents that her genital should be referred to as a “flower”. I won’t be telling you to picture out what the little girl drew on the board after being asked by their arts teacher to draw a flower.

In wrapping up, most of the time it is better to see things the way they are and not the way some people wish they were. While our time calls us to be politically correct, sometimes it is way better to speak honestly and fairly. It is advantageous to call a spade a spade.

I will now get out of this podium; but that may sound too strong a word.
So, pardon me as I will now engage myself in a voluntary leaving of this raised wooden platform to make a conscious effort to audibly perceive sounds from the serious discourses of other toastpersons.

We don't do a lot of drinking in Toastmastering.
The following is my speech delivered at the Iligan Toastmaster’s Meeting at Unde Hall, CBAA Building, MSU-IIT last March 12.

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Hey, let's bust plagiarism!
I've provided you the format for citing this article (available in MLA Style):

MLA (Humanities Style)
JR Lopez Gonzales. "Euphemism: Triple Warnings on Doublespeak" PoliTikalon: The Official Weblog of JR Lopez Gonzales. 14 March 2011. (write here your date of access).

The Mindanao State University College of Law – Iligan Extension (MSU-IIT) holds its annual Qualifying Exam for the Academic Year 2011-2012. 

You might be our next Bar Topnotcher!

Part I (50%)
Written Examination (Logic and Language Examination)

Date: February 26, 2011
March 12, 19, and 27, 2011.
Time: 8 O’Clock in the Morning
Venue: 4th Floor, College of Nursing, MSU-IIT, Tibanga, Iligan City

Part II (50%)
Panel Interview
Date: April 16 and 23, 2011
TIme: 9 o’clock in the morning

For Graduating Students
1.       Certification from the Department Head / Dean of the College
2.       2 pcs. 2x2 picture
3.       Examination fee (P300)
4.       1 long brown envelope

For Bachelor’s Degree Holders
1.       Transcript of Records
2.       2 pcs. 2x2 picture
3.       Examination Fee (P300)
4.       1 long brown envelope
For inquiries:
Visit the College of Law Office
3rd Floor, CASS Building, MSU-IIT
or Contact: 09185390845

Studying law requires a lot of case reading.
If you are studying at law school while also being a full time employee, there are so many things that you would have to have to think about and more often you would find yourself overwhelmed with all the things you would have to do in so little time.

There would be times when major issues would arise and you will need to deal with all those things. Sometimes you might feel the need to choose your priorities. Sometimes you need to walk on a thin line to keep things on the right track. It could be very stressful and tiresome, and things could get a little too overwhelming. To help you keep your mental stability all throughout this crazy journey, here are some steps to keeping your head clear when taking up law in MSU Law Extension while working full time.

1. Set some goals and never lose your sight on them.

When you have decided to take up Bachelor of Laws you already have a goal that you wanted to achieve, whether it is a long term or a short-term plan. Put them all in writing, and put it up where you can always see it. This way you won’t be easily swayed by many enticing opportunities that could put your future in jeopardy.

2. Draft your studying strategies.

Once you have a clear view on what you wanted to get, plan out the strategies you are going to use to achieve your goals. You have to consider the pros and cons of any plans you are going to make, and find one that would have a better chance of succeeding. One lawyer who is currently my teacher taught us to measure our capability to read and absorb what we were reading so that we can get an estimate of how many hours we will be needing to study our subjects without having to resort to any cramming. You can ask for study advices from our law professors or you can devise one for yourself.

3. Organize your daily/monthly/yearly responsibilities.

It might be great if you can get yourself a planner. Full time employment while studying at law school would entail having to set aside a schedule so that you don’t get too stressed out by the tasks and duties you need to take on.  When creating

a schedule for yourself, you also need to give some time when you can relax and breathe in without worrying over anything. Despite the busy schedule you have, you need some time to distress. You might want to try doing some yoga or workout sessions, or set aside some time for family bonding or some alone time when you can meditate or just sleep. Full-time students/employees usually have less time for sleep, which is why there’s a widespread “eyebags competition” in every year level of MSU College of Law.

4. Don’t be afraid of admitting that you might not be able to do everything by yourself.
Even superheroes can’t do everything by themselves, and you are not some kind of a superhuman. If you think it is very difficult for you to keep up with doing the entire tasks by your self, then it might be some time that you call for help. You can ask your friend or if you are a member of a law fraternity/sorority, they might be able to help you with all the things that you need to do, such as studying and reviewing for your classes and exams. At the very least, they could help you unwind when you are almost dying from the stress of being a full time working law student.

5. When things are not going as planned, don’t let it get you down.

When you decided to take up law while you are a full time employee you are already taking a gigantic risk.

There would be times when things may not go as well as you wanted it to be, but you can’t keep thinking about negative things. You need to keep believing in yourself that you can do it despite all odds. Even the most intelligent geniuses had also experienced similar setbacks and challenges that you face, although it may be on a different scale. But as what you can see now, those admirable people have never wavered on their goals.

Life at law school might be too stressful but if you follow these steps, then you can overcome any challenges and setbacks you would have to face. You need to keep your head in the game. And when things seem to be going really crazy remember that you need to keep your sanity despite the many responsibilities that you have to carry on your shoulders.

This article appeared in The Nexus, the official schoolpaper of Mindanao State University - College of Law - Iligan Extension, by Glenice Joy Jornales.

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