Effective Academic Year 2019-2020, the College of Computer Studies (CCS) will be officially called the College of ComputerS to avoid any further confusion within the Lasallian community. The announcement was made public during a forum held at the Philippe Jones Lhuillier Conference Room last March 29.
Titled Computer What?, the gathering was attended mostly by CCS students and few from other colleges. In it, administrators and student government officers detailed the problem that prompted the name change.
Lack of awareness
University Student Government (USG) Vice President for Internal Affairs Adrian Mendoza presented the findings of a survey that asked students what they thought “CCS” stood for. The poll revealed that among students from other colleges, 76 percent believed that the acronym meant “College of Computer Science”, while 10 percent thought that the it was “College of Computer Students”. Other answers—which Mendoza assumed were wild guesses—included “College of Computer Software” and “College of Computer Schooling”. Only 12 percent, however, answered correctly with “College of Computer Studies”.
“This proves that our students are widely misinformed,” commented Mendoza. “This is something that officers from the Computer [Studies] Government have been bothered with for a long time,” he continued.
Computer Studies Government College President Nicole Domingo recounted that the college government’s efforts to address the problem were initiated in the middle of the previous term, when the body requested discussions with the College Dean and Associate Dean. During these talks, the idea to rename CCS was first brought up, with both the student leaders and the administrators agreeing that it would be easier to rename the college entirely than trouble students to do their own research. This eventually led to the creation of an ad hoc committee tasked to come up with a new name.
Domingo relayed that the committee, after analyzing data from the Internet, found that the word “computers” was more widely used than the phrase “computer studies” by at least 200 times. This, she said, convinced them that “College of ComputerS” was the best choice for renaming CCS.
CCS College Dean Rafael Cabredo pointed out that the conciseness and the simplicity of the new name gave it a significant advantage over the current one. He expounded, “‘ComputerS’ is much easier to remember—that’s why it’ll be effective; that’s why it’s the best choice. It’s simply ingenious.”
Speaking for the University administrators, DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC admitted that while he initially thought of vetoing the proposal, the panel—which consisted of him, the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Academics, CCS administrators, the USG President, and the CCS College President—made a comprehensive evaluation that concluded with adopting the suggested name.
“If we really want to progress as a leading global institution, changes such as this will prove to be necessary…This will also allow the college’s scope to encompass more than just computer studies and include computers in general,” he explained.
According to Suplido, the decision was finalized on February 14, after an intense two-month process of consideration.
Convenience with a price
The name change found positive reactions among the CCS student body. For Dan Cruz (III, BSINSYS), the change brought him some relief among his friends outside of CCS. “My friends in other colleges would always ask me if I belong to the College of Computer Science, which frustrates me since my degree has nothing to do with Computer Science. At least now ComputerS makes sense regardless,” he shared.
Another student, Carlos Ordenador (I, CS), believes the new change would help in ensuring that the CCS is properly reported in media. “I get frustrated before when even those supposedly ‘well-researched journalists’ would get our college name wrong. With the name change, it won’t be too hard for them to get it right this time,” he explained.
Students from other colleges, however, contest the rebranding since they believe it makes it even more difficult for them to remember what CCS really stands for. Tom Adaco (II, POM-LGL) admits that the stylized writing of the new name would just result in more errors from the rest of the student body. “I always forget whether the S in CCS stands for Science or Studies. But now I have to remember the S in [ComputerS] is capitalized? It only makes it worse,” he complains.
Despite the convenience afforded by the name change, students who participate in external competitions fear being heckled by their competitors for the unusual name. As Ordenador quipped, “They might burst out laughing, wondering if the thing is a typo by a lazy administrator, or if a jejemon designed the name.” Regardless, he is happy with the name change, citing, “At least my CLA (College of Liberal Arts) friends won’t get it wrong for the 20th time.”