University ‘Beautiful Dreamer’, Angelus to arrive in online classes
University ‘Beautiful Dreamer’, Angelus to arrive in online classes
‘Beautiful Dreamer’, Angelus to arrive in online classes

The online class experience has, for many students, not matched the feel of traditional face-to-face meetings, with campus routines having virtually disappeared one year into quarantine. Some semblance of structure, however, will soon be restored as the University bares plans of bringing back an all-too-familiar tune in a fit of nostalgia. 

Vice Chancellor for Academics Dr. Robert Roleda discloses in an interview with The LaSallian that Beautiful Dreamer, the song behind DLSU’s iconic school bell, will be played in synchronous classes starting Term 2 of Academic Year 2020-2021. 

Professor, play ‘Beautiful Dreamer’

Serving its function in face-to-face meetings, Beautiful Dreamer will be played in intervals to signal the start and end of classes. According to Roleda, faculty members will be emailed a copy of the bell’s tune, which they will need to play to “set the mood.”

Levin Ohartz, a full professor from the Behavioral Sciences Department, says that he has already begun this practice in some of his synchronous classes. “It makes us feel as if we are on campus, as if we are home,” he remarks, citing how some students told him the bell “really hit hard.”

Ohartz also sees the possibility of him playing different versions of the bell, from punk rock to EDM, if such versions exist. “Pero of course, para hindi naman paulit-ulit, baka possible na magkaroon ng iba’t ibang genres ang school bell? Hip-hop, OPM, jazz?” he jests.

(But of course, so that it will not be repetitive, perhaps other genres of the school bell can also be made available?)

Some students, especially seniors who have heard the tune almost every day for years, were  excited for what they believe will heighten the positive virtual atmosphere of Zoom classes. “It feels weird to go to my next class without hearing the bell eh. How else will I know if I’m running late na pala?” Ronin Leyt (III, BSA) shares. 

Some froshes, meanwhile, view it as one way to have an immersive campus life. “As a new student who has yet to experience being in DLSU, this helps me become aware of some of La Salle’s customs,” Jin Gale (I, AB-CAM) says. She also jokingly suggests for professors to take other song requests to make classes more enthusiastic. “Maybe our professors can also start class with Death Grips?”

‘More will be on hold’ 

Most aspects of student life—from taking part in the social scene to joining external internship opportunities—are currently on hold for the Lasallian community. Roleda adds another to this list, revealing that “more will be on hold” once the Angelus prayer at noon shifts online. 

Roleda points out that observing the Angelus in synchronous classes will be a different experience. “Angelus before was just played in the background, now students will be put in a situation where they really have to listen,” he explains. “I recommend AirPods, I find that the noise cancellation feature helps with meditating.”

Until recently, walking across campus at noon meant pausing as soon as the Angelus blasted from the speakers. For Miz Singskul (II, CHE), the Angelus is a welcome interruption. “I finally have an excuse to stop listening in the middle of my 11 am classes again,” she quips. 

Roleda also shares that the University will be holding a trial period to ensure that students are given the best possible experience. “As a matter of fact, some DLSU brothers have already reached out to me. They also want to have the three-o-clock prayer to be played too,” he utters. 

The trial event will be sponsored by DLSU’s own Power Mac Center, which Roleda says has volunteered to provide AirPods to the rest of the students.

Offering another response is Christen Bell (III, AB-HIM). As someone who is still residing in a condo unit along Taft Ave, she shares that she is “especially alarmed” at the thought of having the prayer play through her screen every day at noon. “I live alone in my unit, I don’t think I can afford to stop moving for even five minutes,” she discloses. “What if I’ve left my Air Fryer plugged in?”

The past year in quarantine has made many yearn for a return to campus life. With this, Roleda notes that it is important to innovate the way members of the community interact with each other, referring to not just online learning but also all the features that should come with it. This includes campus life.