The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academics (OVCA), along with the Office of Sports Development (OSD), is pushing for the classes of all student athletes to be moved to the Enrique M. Razon Sports Center by the first term of academic year (AY) 2016-2017.
The move to have the classes of the athletes held in the Razon building was proposed to achieve three main objectives, namely to give convenience to the athletes with regard to their weekly schedule, to make it easier for the OSD to monitor and collaborate with the athletes, and to promote better community building among the Lasallian athletes.
Ever since the proposal by the OSD was passed to the OVCA back in August of 2015, the University has been taking certain measures to make it implementable by the start of the next school year. There have been multiple difficulties to make it so, as Dr. Robert Roleda, the current Vice Chancellor for Academics, shared his concerns with the proposal.
“Some of the concerns I had with this plan included the number of classrooms available, the number of student-athletes to accommodate, and the professors that will teach these classes since we will be giving them more work,” he said.
Dr. Roleda admitted that these are things they will have to work around and that its first year of implementation will serve as an experimental year to determine its feasibility. “The first year will always be the hardest [time] to adjust to but it will also be the year for us to see if in fact this plan will work. This will be a great opportunity for us to learn and assess its outcome and at the end of it, we will come together once again to discuss whether we should improve on it or just scrap it,” he said.
One of the actions that have been undertaken to prepare for this move was to vacate the classrooms found in the seventh and eighth floors so that only athletes can enroll in these classes. In addition to this, all fitness training classes will also be held in the assigned venue.
In the first year of implementation, some general and course-specific classes will be included in the list of classes that will be held at the Razon Sports Complex. The reason behind this is the wide variety of courses among the athletes. OSD Director Emmanuel Calanog weighed in on the matter, saying, “We are well aware that our athletes are taking different courses and because of this, we proposed that only the minor classes will be offered so that they can have a chance to be classmates with their fellow athletes.”
He also mentioned that it will be especially beneficial to the rookies who will be entering the school that year because they will be able to acquaint themselves with the other athletes from different sports. Another reason for only having these types of classes included is so that the athletes won’t be entirely isolated from the student body.
“If we added even their major subjects into the mix, it will be even more difficult for both the professors and the athletes. Professors will have more conflicts in their schedules and the athletes will be disconnected from the rest of the students and we don’t want that. We want our athletes to be as much a part of the student body as they are to their respective teams,” says Calanog.
With this proposal, both parties believe that it will ultimately help these players adjust to the demands that come with being a college student and an athlete. Since some classes will be held in the Razon building, the OSD will be able to help these athletes even more because the office will be more accessible for the athletes, also making it easier for the OSD to monitor them.
Any concerns that they may have can be easily raised without them having to travel from one building to another, especially if they will have trainings in the Razon building.
“In the end, we understand the weight of their burden in being both a student and an athlete. As much as possible, we want them to have a great college experience wherein they will be able to gain a good balance between their studies and their responsibilities as athletes,” Calanog concludes.