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Issue 1 | March 23, 2011

EtCetera

The Alexandra College Dublin Student Magazine

Welcome to etCetera Hi, everyone, and welcome to the first edition of ‘Et Cetera’ - the new Alexandra College School Newspaper. This newspaper, to be published monthly, will be available free of charge to all students, parents and teachers of Alexandra College from reception. ‘Et Cetera’, based on the world famous ‘The Citizen’ newspaper (as published by The City of London School for Boys), aims to provide a stream of communication for the Alex Community. It is our hope that we will be able to incorporate all the real-life features of a newspaper with all the spirit and entertainment that shape our lives in Alex. From all of us on the Et Cetera team, we hope you enjoy this first issue, and we look forward to what we hope will be a very long and successful run of the new Alexandra College school newspaper. Kirsten Levermore (Student Editor)

Egypt, America... the World The Americans are pulling all the strings... "There are forces at work in any society . . . that will try to derail or overtake the process to pursue their own specific agenda," Secretary of State for the United States of America, Hillary Clinton, said at a US press conference last Saturday. Most likely Clinton was referring to the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist movement that many politicians believe could hijack the current Egyptian uprising and twist it to their own ends, i.e. Restoring Egypt as an Islamic State. (Continued on page 6)


Issue 1 | March 23, 2011

The Boss’ Box From the desk of our Head Girl, Kate O’Donnell...

Want a student card? Collect a form from any Student Council representative and bring in the completed form, a photocopy of your passport and €13, and we’ll post it for you.

Modern L'ÉLITE FRANÇAISE D'ALEX Tu les vois dans les couloirs. Elles marchent avec autorité et sont absorbées dans une conversation animée. Mais elles parlent de quoi, exactement? Bah, on ne sait pas, quoi. Personne ne les comprend. On entend juste leurs rires gras et la belle musique de la langue française parlée avec un accent irlandais. Elles parlent de choses intelligentes, comme le fait ‘qu’on aura des bants pendant ce débat. Une fois, tu as dû les croiser. C’était une expérience regrettable. Tu avais oublié ta trousse dans la salle 1 et quand tu es allée la retrouver... elles etaient là, en train de discuter quelles écoles de garcons il y aurait au prochain débat. Tu les as derangées, et elles n’etaient pas contentes. L’élite francaise d’Alex sont les francophones de 5th et 6th year. C’est probable que t’es l’une d’elles si tu es en train de lire cet article. Ce sont les filles qui sont allées en France pendant l’année de transition, et là, elles ont trouvé leur passion pour le film ‘Lol’ et la chaleur des mecs francais. Elles ont découvert la beauté des gros mots francais et la musique de Section D’Assaut et Coeur de Pirate. Bref,elles adoraient la France. Puis quand elles sont revenues en Irlande, elles se sont rapidement rendues compte que la vie sans Thibaut, Maxime, Antoine et Philippe était dure. La demi journée du Mercredi et les cours incompréhensibles à l’école en France leur manquaient. La réalité en Irlande était cruelle.

Et Cetera Staff Student Editor Kirsten Levermore Supervising Teacher Mr Redmond Arts Editors Roisin Barron Bebhinn Sheil Sports Editor

Mais ce n’était grave, car à Alex elles n’etaient pas seules. Elles ont formé l’équipe du débat où elles ont trouvé d’autres filles comme elles. Quel soulagement d’avoir des gens avec qui on peut parler des soirées folles qu’on a passé chez Camille et le fait que sport est devenu une affaire commerciale...(mdr) Bien sûr que la France leur manquait, mais au moins la vie en Irlande est devenue supportable. Cependant, cette consolation n’a pas duré longtemps! Quelle catastrophe! L’équipe a perdu un debat, alors elle n’existe plus. Donc, on va faire quoi? Comment va t-on préserver ce groupe de francophones? Sans elle, ce serait impossible d’endurer Alex! Ne t’inquiètes pas, ma cherie, on a trouvé une solution. On va avoir une table francophone à la cantine. Alors, viens et parles avec nous, si toi aussi, tu kiffes la France…

Molly O’Leary 5M

Grainne Mulkerrin Foreign Language Writers Harriet Walsh Molly O’Leary Emily Thornton Photo Editor Niamh Doody Economics Writer Megan Davy Features Anna Daly

LAOCH AN GHEIMHRIDH Dá dhearfadh duine go mbaineann rud ar bith speisialta le salann coiteann, é a itheamar le beagnach gach uile béal, táim cinnte go ndearfá go bhfuil sé as a mheabhair. Níor chreidfeá go dtagann maitheas ar bith leis. Ach an geimhreadh seo, bhí riachtanas an salainn léir le feiceáil ar fud na tíre, nuair a d’éirigh sé ó rud a chuirtear ar sceallóga go slánaitheoir na hÉireann. Sin dá bhrí an sneachta agus an oighir a chlúdaigh an tír agus a rinne dochar de gach saghas, do thithe, fheirmeacha agus bhóithre. Chonaiceamar tábhacht an salainn nuair a theastaigh sé uainn chun na sráideanna agus na bóithre a ghlanadh. Bhí sé chomh láriúil in ár saol go raibh clú agus cáil ag baint amach ag Seán O’Neill (ball den tÚdarás um Bóithre Náisiúnta a thugann aire ar an soláthar


Issue 1 | March 23, 2011

L angu age s salainn): ar ndóigh, thug Mario Rosenstock faoi deara go raibh aithne ar an tír air agus cruthaíodh carachtar nua ar an léiriú raidio ‘Gift Grub’ ag deanamh scigaithris air. Chonaiceamar freisin torthaí ganntanas salainn, nuair a bhí ceantaracha áirithe go hiomlán iargúlta. Gan bac lena fadhbanna a théann le easpa salainn - in aerfort sa Fhrainc, thosaigh an lucht oibre i gcomhlacht salainn ag agóid roimh an Nollaig, agus cuireadh timpeall fiche fán gcéad dena eitilte sceidealaithe ar ceall. Úsáidtear leath den salann ar domhan ar bhóithre, ach go ginearálta ní hé gnáth-salann a úsáidtear ach de ghnáth salann cailciam, toisc go gcruthaíonn sé teas nuair a bhuaileann sé leis an uisce sa sneacht agus an t-oighear. Chomh-maith le sin, tá sé le fáil go héasca agus go saor. Ach deanann sé damáiste uafásach don soláthar uisce, dona foirgnimh agus dona cosáin. Fiú denann sé dochar do bhrógaí! Tá rudaí eile le úsáid atá níos cineálta don timpealleacht, agus tá seans go úsáidfear iad i gceann cúpla bhliain, ach i láthair na huaire tá siad go léir róchostasach - go minic bíonn siad ceithre uair níos costasaí ná an salann cailciam. Gan amhras ar bith, bhíomar ag brathnú go mór ar an salann i rith an Gheiridh. Cé nach bhfuil meas ag an domhan air, is fíor laoch é an salann, mar a léiríonn seanscéal a chuala mé, tráth. Is scéal é faoi rí agus a thriúir iníon. Lá amháin, chuir sé ceist orthu cé mhéad ghrá a bhí acu dó. D’fhreagair a chéad iníon gur fearr léi é ná ór agus airgead. Dúirt a dhara iníon gur fearr léi é ná seoda luchmhara. Ach d’inis a iníon deireanach dó gur fearr léi é ná salann. Ní mó ná sásta a bhí a hathair le sin, agus chuir sé í amach as an ríocht. D’imigh sí, agus ag an am chéanna d’imigh gach píosa salann ón ríocht freisin. Níor thuig an rí tábhacht an salainn ach amháin nuair a bhí sé ag fháil bás, agus nach dhearna leigheas ar bith rud maith amháin dó ach an salann a thug a thríú iníon dó nuair a d’fhill sí abhaile. Muide freisin, fuaireamar amach go bhfuil an salann úsáideach, éifeachtach agus riachtanach. B’fhéidir go mbeifeá ag gáire dá déarfadh do chara go mbeadh sí chaillte gan salann ar a cuid sceallóga, ach i ndáirire, ní mhairfimis ar bith gan salann.

Harriet Walsh 5L

LA MATRIMONIA Todo parece un poco aburrido ya que estamos de vuelta al colegio y con todo el trabajo que tenemos despues de las vacaciones pero cuando termina un año comienza otro. Para dos personas en particular, este año será muy emocionante, el Principe Guillermo y su novia Kate Middleton que se preparan para su boda. El Principe Guillermo le propuso matrimonio, de vacaciones en Kenia en octubre, le dió el anillo de compromiso de su madre. El anillo famoso es un hermoso zafiro rodeado por diamantes. El Principe Guillermo explicó que el uso del anillo de Diana era para asegurarse que su madre no se perdiera la emoción del dia. Sin duda están muy ocupados con la boda. La boda tendrá lugar el 29 de abril en la Abadia de Westminster. La señorita Middleton viajará a la Abadia de Westminster en coche por el centro comercial, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall y la Plaza del Parlamento. La ceremonia va a empezar a las once de la mañana. El decano de Westminster va a llevar a cabo la ceremonia, el arzobispo de Canterbury casará a Guillermo y Kate y el obispo de Londres pronunciará el discurso. Después de la ceremonia, la pareja viajará en una carroza al Palacio de Buckingham por el mismo camino adoptado anteriormente por la señorita Middleton. Antes de la recepción la pareja va a presentarse en el balcon del Palacio de Buckingham. Alli la gente se reunirá para ver al futuro rey y a su reina darse un beso. Mas tarde la reina ofrecerá una recepción a los invitados oficiales y privados. Por la noche el principe de Gales será el anfitrión de una cena privada en el Palacio de Buckingham. Habrá baile alli y más amigos y familia . Su matrimonio será día festivo en el ReinO Unido. La familia real y el mundo entero está muy emocionado por la felicidad de la pareja. A todos nos interesa su boda. Esperamos que este año sea un año inolvidable y que su matrimonio dure para siempre!

Emily Thornton 5M

Want to write for EtCetera? Email us your stories, articles, reviews, Letters to the Editor, poems and photographs to editor.etcetera@alexandracollege.ie


Issue 1 | March 23, 2011

FEATURES “F*** your Honda Civic, I’ve a horse outside!” Crude toilet humour? Or satirical genius? The infamous Rubber Bandits caused controversy as their latest song, Horse Outside, headed for Christmas number one. Interestingly, the former minister Willie O’Dea backed them. Things came to a dramatic head on Joe Duffy’s Liveline as outraged callers swarmed the show, expressing disgust at both the content of the song and the minister’s support for it. Live on air, the Rubber Bandit’s Blind Boy countered “Someone needs to give that man a dictionary to look up the word ‘irony”. I was so impressed by this snappy response, I thought I’d follow his advice and consult our explanatory guide. After much scrambling, the definition I found was unsatisfactory, as it was, quite f r a n k l y , incomprehensible. No wonder, then, that we each interpret the meaning of ‘irony’ so differently. ‘Irony’ is something so ambiguous that I find it’s best to avoid mentioning it in casual conversation. It seems to me that, every time I do, a heated debate ensues over what irony is, the exact definition, and how my use of the word was entirely incorrect. ‘Irony’ is certainly something we feel strongly about, even if we can’t quite pin point it. For what is it that makes us laugh? I find the best, spontaneous, hysterical laughs are inexplicable. They are founded on t h i s ‘something’ we can’t quite e x p l a i n ; showing a truth we can’t quite articulate and depending on such a precise set of circumstances, they are impossible to recreate. I am, of course, referring to the mysterious pleasure of a ‘you had to be there’ moment. Imagine, if you will, trying to explain irony to an alien who has never been to this bizarre planet nor met its extraordinary inhabitants. It would be a pretty near impossible task, I would say. Since in order to understand irony, we need to have direct insight into the situation. But it’s not just that.

Similarly, imagine the awkward moment when a child asks you what irony means. The best approach is probably to circumnavigate the question and produce such a complicated definition, the child is left feeling fazed and reluctant to inquire further (this, I think was the dictionary’s aim). How does our understanding of irony develop, since it can’t be explained? Personally, I would say irony is something we learn from example, gradually growing closer to understanding but never quite reaching it. The ability to detect irony, and be amused by it, is an interesting feature of the human psyche. This capacity to gaze beyond the plain facts of a situation is something that differentiates us from the our lifeless twin, the computer; it is a characterizing feature of our humanity. However, a recent invention shows our sibling resemblance is increasing. A sarcasm detector, ‘SASI’- Semisupervised Algorithm for Sarcasm Detection has been invented in an Israeli university. This clever machine can recognize sarcastic sentences with an astounding 77 per cent precision. So, where does that leave us? Sarcasm can be limited to a computer program and I’m sure we’ll soon have iphone apps to help us detect it. But can irony and humour really be translated into formula? Well, at least not until we define it ourselves and somehow I don’t think our rational thinking will ever capture it’s entirety. So in the meantime, lets marvel at this mystical something that entertains, unites and distinguishes us; lets enjoy our ignorance and continue to laugh without knowing why. Molly O’Leary 5Et Cetera Writer

ALEX ANONYMOUS Resolutions Here I go again, 2011! Resolution #1: Keep room tidy. Resolution #2: Put sister's make-up bag back on shelf to avoid being target of sister's meltdown... One hour later Resolution #95 – am now reaching meltdown. Oh, sweet Lord, resolution number 5 already broken!!! Ten minutes later Total fridge contents now inside me and one full A4 copy later and I'm struggling to find anything that does not need to be resoluted! Go in to overdrive and decide I will become god-like child all within the space of about one month. If the 1st of January was replayed again and again, bakeries would go bust, gyms would make millions, crime level would be non existent and the queues at mass would be out the door! Resolution #104: Study. Deciding there and then whatever my future holds, that I will almost never be without a school book in hand and will achieve a mere 600 points in the Leaving! Try not to kid myself that just because I sit in my room for 3 hours and Mum comes up and tells me, “You have done enough.”, it does not mean I have actually learned anything. And then I go as far as to make myself believe that I do deserve a rest! Must try not to kid self. Resolution #264: Every week, I struggle on for a whole 5 days knowing that Friday will be there waiting for me, but for what? Before I know it, it's Sunday evening and I am puzzled as to why I am only starting my homework now?! And why my room is still messy when I distinctly remember starting to tidy it on Friday and try to think of the reasons why it still looks like a bomb just hit! The vicious cycle just goes on and on. Reading a magazine(v. educational) and have now broken resolutions number 9, 12 and15 but have possibly found solution to all problems. Stumbled upon yoga ad, which will lead to extreme flexibility, finding inner chi and will eventually resolve all 264 problems and any other minor blips that occur along the way! Resolution #265: Will start yoga.


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The Fear in Us All The fear of creatures that grips us all - no matter how much we love animals! Have you ever actually thought how illogical some of our fears of animals are? Some are justified, but there are a lot of us who are scared of an animal, simply, because they freak us out. I love all animals; with one massive exception, the very horrible spider. However, even here, my logic fails; tarantulas, I can deal with (not that I would like to cuddle up to one), it's the smaller ones with legs the length of Croke Park, that turn me into a terrified child of five. There must be a whole family of spiders in my room, because I have had no shortage of them. Once, I tried to be brave and poked one with my foot but, at the first sign of movement, I freaked! So, needless to say, that was the end of my heroism. I proceeded with the usual practice: “DADDDDDDD!!!!!” is usually along the right lines. My father, thinking I am in mortal danger, races up to my room, only to fine me crouched, in combat position, on my bed. There's no need to explain, he knows the drill. I point a trembling finger to where the spider stands, in all it's evil. Of course, as soon as the spider realises it's in dangers, it makes a beeline for me. My screams fill the house until the spider is thrown out the window. Safety! Until the next attack... I think that, while we are officially top of the food chain, thanks to our superior brains (cough), our mind still won't believe us; we must be afraid! Of course, lions and tigers are much too cute to be afraid of! We need an alternative; so we choose the creepy looking animals who don't look cuddly. Who cares about safety, after all?! Anna Daly 5K

Criss, aside from 'Glee', is involved in the theatre group 'StarKid Productions'. He played the lead in their production of 'A Very Potter Musical' (affectionately known as AVPM), which has since become a Youtube sensation. I was never a massive Darren Criss fan, though I did like him, and I thought he played Harry Potter brilliantly; so was naturally pleased for him when I heard that he had joined the 'Glee' cast, that his acting career had taken off. This was definitely not the case with some of his more devoted fans. They were happy for him, I'm sure, but they resented the fact that people around the world would call themselves his 'biggest fan' after they saw him on Glee. Their attitude was that you're not capable of being a Darren Criss fan unless you knew him from 'AVPM' before he was on 'Glee'. The internet was awash with outraged comments, complaining about “fake fans”. The former 'AVPM' fans felt they had a right to have him to themselves.

Right: In his lesser known role, Darren Criss stars as Harry Potter in ʻAVPMʼ Below: Darren Criss is best known for his role as Blain Anderson in the hit TV show, ʻGleeʼ.

People don't realise that they are actually doing exactly what they are complaining about. I am a big Tom Felton fan ('Draco Malfoy' from the original 'Harry Potter' movies), but, even though I've always loved 'The King and I' and 'The Borrowers', I didn't realise he was in them until a long time after I called myself a Felton fan. I'm sure that Darren Criss, and all other actors and actresses, are just grateful that they have all the fans that they do, and that their career is a success. I don't see why it should matter where you first saw them. Does it make a difference when you started loving their acting? No, of course not – just as long as you do!

Anna Daly 5K

What Makes A True Fan?

It's funny how people feel that they have a special bond with celebrities. They've never met them, but they're very protective of them. This is especially clear with the Darren Criss fans. His most famous role is as Warbler Blaine Anderson, on the American hit television series, 'Glee'. His most famous role, but not his first - this is where his fans clash.


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Technology Hardware: iPhone 4

although the glass is significantly stronger than regular glass, it can still shatter when dropped. Having glass on both sides of the phone may make it more fragile and easier to break. There are advantages too: the new screen has high resolution and HD (720p) recording, with a camera on both sides - this is used for 'FaceTime', which is similar to 'Skype'. The iPhone 4 is at least €500 on pre-pay, slightly cheaper with bill-pay. It’s very overpriced, especially with the problems it had when it came out. There was a fault with the antenna in the phone – if you held it in a certain way the phone reception would die (hence the term, “Death grip”). This was bad designing on the part of the company but,

If any phone is known worldwide, it’s the iPhone. Adding to their existing three iPhones, the iPhone 4 saw Apple create history once more. On the 30th of July 2010, the iPhone 4 was brought to Ireland with the caption, “This changes everything...again.” Is it true? This review will tell you all. People were intrigued with the new iPhone 4 features: multitasking, thickness, the new folder system. Though some have complained about the multitasking - saying it slows down the phone and could be improved, - the folder system was highly favoured, as it stops one having pages of apps crowding your phone. Instead they're sorted into folders.

“I’d be lost without my iPhone 4, iPad, Macbook and iMac. For better or worse, I’m constantly connected and cloud technology means that I can access my work and personal stuff from anywhere in the world.” ultimately, it is little more than an inconvenience as the reception returns if you change your hand position. The iPhone4 is a high-quality device and, with new ones coming out over the next years, hopefully it can be further improved. The price needs to drop but, aside from that, I fully believe that the imperfections can be improved. Apple has already opened so many doors for modern technology. The iPhone is just the beginning – it can only get better from here.

Unlike it's predecessor, the iPhone 4 has steel aluminium sides and the screen is made of aluminosilicate glass (used in helicopter windshields). This new glass covers both sides of the iPhone, which is causing a mixed reaction because,

Web Review

Zoe Cras 5R Technology Correspondent

stumbleupon.com

Have you ever heard of Stumble Upon? A simple website provide entertainment for minutes to hours. Stumble Upon is a website that will bring you to other websites you would enjoy! (It really is that simple!) This website is free of charge, though you do need to create an account or you can sign in with your FaceBook login. But it’s no problem as you can simply throw in your details and you're set to just... “Stumble Upon!” After you've set up your account you can select a few boxes of your interests, i.e Music, Games, News feeds, Celebrities, Filmmaking, Latest Technology, Fashion, History, Writing etc. You're sorted for entertainment whatever it may be. For example I chose: Filmmaking, Internet, MacOS, Music, Online Gaming and more... There is no limit to the amount of interests you can have, plus if you want to browse a certain topic they have around 16 to browse from and those topics have a range from 16-60 interests each. Having logged in and selected your interests, you can get going! By clicking the button (‘Stumble’) at the top of the webpage, the site shall bring you to another site with anything ranging from articles, videos, games, music clips etc. And your boredom will decrease. Stumble Upon is as easy as that, simple and free. And you shouldn't have a hard time stumbling out of your boredom! Zoe Cras 5R Technology Correspondent


Issue 1 | March 23, 2011

LI T ER ATU R E Together or Apart: A Short Story Time passed slowest on the train. Sean flicked through his paper, listlessly trying to find something colourful to spark his interest. Nothing. His eyes glazed over an enervating financial article, a statistical rant generalising teenagers... he read his horoscope intently, would today be significant? He wasn’t superstitious, just bored. The train plod on, moaning as it went. The stations passed by unwillingly, each one the same as the next; grey, functional, wet. People filed aboard, systematically arranging themselves to avoid human contact where possible. Everyone was stern, incommunicative, waiting for the time to pass. Sean recognised a few of the regulars, people he saw everyday but never spoke to. The balding business man, the girl with flaming red hair and thoughtful eyes... Each wearing the same unfriendly mask, absorbed in their paper, their music, their book. Their world. He saw hundreds of new faces, too, some beautiful, some interesting, some sad. All these people with lives and thoughts that he would never know. He scanned the ads, he could almost see the humour in one but didn’t quite laugh. The image of a group of smiling young models left him feeling hollow. He checked his phone, a text? No, but today he was running late. He spent about an hour on the dart every morning. So about seven hours a week were spent in this way. Seven hours getting from one place to another, waiting for time to pass, wanting life to go faster. The train screeched to a halt. A robotic voice told him that ‘This train is for Bray, Bré’. Nobody reacted to this habitual announcement. How much would it take to get a reaction? How could these people be woken up? Frustrated, Sean yawned indulgently, stretching it out as long as possible, drumming his hand against his mouth repeatedly in an attempt to grab attention. He extracted a series of different noises after the original yawn, in solitary amusement. A bubbling of hilarity rose within him as he gazed from face to blank face. How seriously people take their train journeys! Everyone looked so glum! Mischievous thoughts stirred inside him. What would happen if he disobeyed this pact of severity? If he rebelled against this compulsion to hate train journeys and wait for them to pass? What if he didn’t absent himself from this moment but instead tried to improve it? Sean was usually an obedient teenager but now he was a rebellious one. Something inside him screamed to fight against this ridiculous code of conduct. He wasn’t quite sure how to approach this rebellion, he just wanted a connection with the other passengers. This moment was a sort of purgatory, an insignificant passage way whose soul purpose was to bridge the before and after. Sean hated it. He hated this hour long moment. He wanted no more of these moments. No more earphones, no more sudoko, no more isolation. He watched the red haired girl inquisitively, trying to imagine her thoughts. He stared and waited for her gaze to join his. A snap moment of unity. “Hey” he rebelled, “What’s your name?”. Molly O’ Leary 5M

GUEST FEATURE Alone Endless chasms spread below, and unfurl into oblique darkness, the haunting echoes dully ring, and soundlessly seep into blankness. Looming towers of sheer night, confront the acrid hollow, and an evil shadow’s dark light, writhes and spits below. For when we stand alone, and let our troubles haunt us, to wait in solitude’s black loam, only then our demons kill us.

Colm Finlay High School, Rathgar


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Mr Madden:

MUSIC A run-down of the world of music...

What’s your favourite song? “Not Ready to Make Nice’ by The Dixie Chicks

The Alex Top 10 As chosen by YOU 1.‘What’s My Name?’ Rihanna 2.‘Never Say Never’ Justin Bieber 3.‘Make You Feel My Love’ - Adele 4.‘Born This Way’ Lady Gaga 5.‘Grenade’ - Bruno Mars 6.‘Only Girl in the World’ - Rihanna 7.‘Forget You’ - Cee Lo Green 8.‘Price Tag’ - Jessie Jay 9.‘Tonight’ - Enrique Iglesias 10.‘We R Who We R’ Ke$ha

Turning hip-hop on it’s head new hip-hop duo The Rubber Bandits from Limerick offer a new take on hip-hop music, with their parody of modern society, much needed in these recessionary times. The track ‘Horse Outside’ is hilarious from the vocals to the accents. It is somewhat insensitive and cynical and it’s possible that people were downloading it to prevent the X Factor winner achieving Christmas number one. The duo have been operating the Irish comedy circle for a a few years now, but their new single has merited them a massive new fan base inside and outside of Ireland. The pair played a concert at the Button Factory before Christmas. We hear the response from the audience was very enthusiastic. However in spite of their huge fan base, the twosome have received much criticism and negativity about their talent or lack of it. Of course they are Limerick born and bred, and we are always faithful to our natives. They played Tripod Dublin, Saturday 19 February. Reviews of the evening rave the pair’s humorous rhymes and highly entertaining performance. New Yorkers Vampire Weekend have recently covered Cheryl Cole’s popular track ‘Fight For This Love’ on Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Their version is faithful to the original in fact we think it improves it and is definitely worth a listen. Lady Gaga has just released a long awaited new single ‘Born This Way’ with an album to follow in May. The song has broken a US iTunes record by reaching number 1 in under 3 hours. It is storming the charts all over the world and is now number 1 in UK iTunes chart. This edgy track makes a point about staying true to who you are. The lyrics tell us that we are all unique. The song is different to her usual style and is being compared to one of Madonna’s many hits. Gaga’s last album ‘The Fame Monster’ was released in November 2009. The album received two Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. According to MTV the album achieved bestselling album of 2010, selling 5.8 million copies. In second place was Eminem with ‘Recovery’, followed by teen pop sensation Justin Bieber. Popular singer and songwriter Adele has released her new album ’21’. This album marks her return to the pop music scene, 3 years since her last album. It shows her growth as an artist with the tracks based on personal experiences. Leading tracks include ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Rolling in the Deep’. In 2009 she triumphed at the Grammy Awards winning Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Congratulations to John and Edward Grimes winners of the Late Late Show Eurosong 2011 competition. The pair will represent us in Dusseldorf, Germany on May 12 of this year. If they make it into the Top Ten they will proceed to the final two nights later. Jedward won by a two-vote margin with their new single ‘Lipstick’ from a combination of jury and tele-voting votes. The song is just what is expected from the duo, catchy but unoriginal. The track features a heavy pop-beat with a synthesized lead into the chorus. Admittedly it is the perfect Eurovision track and is assumed to succeed there. Bébhinn Sheil


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PHOTO OF THE MONTH

X1 Hockey Leinster Final. Photo by Niamh Doody


Issue 1 | March 23, 2011

FILM Catfish Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman. Starring: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman. Details: 87mins (12A). Location: IFI/Lighthouse Dublin Produced by: Andrew Jareck Premiered at Sundance Festival Presented as Documentary In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. Their subject is Nev Shulman, a 24 year old photographer. After one of his photographs is featured in a newspaper, he receives a painting based on his photograph in the mail from an eight year old girl named Abby. An unlikely friendship ensues via email and Facebook. Nev also becomes acquainted with Abby's mother and older sister Megan, with whom a flirtatious connection sparks. Soon, Nev and Megan are instant messaging and talking on the phone, things become more serious between them. However, when Nev travels to Michigan to meet the family, well that’s where the movie becomes interesting… This movie verifies two things: the adage that ‘Truth is stranger than fiction’. But also, the validity of spoiler alerts - because to reveal the last 40 minutes of Catfish would an equally frustrating equivalent of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet prologue. [Insightful but it ruins the drama(No offense Billy). However this tale of star-crossed FaceBookers has very little to do with love. Instead it is an entirely unexpected and gripping documentary that forces the viewer to contemplate/confront the enticing the ease of deception and misrepresentation facilitated by the age social networking. If the promise of taking part in the haunting and emotional rollercoaster that is the ending leaves you unconvinced. I implore you to go even if only to scrutinise and dissect for yourself whether the term ‘documentary’ should be applied? (Real or not, the portrayal of the characters disgraces all attempts of method acting and even Stanislavski himself.) Truthfully; when a film's this good, such minute details become secondary.

Roisin Barron Film Editor film.etcetera@alexandracollege.ie


Issue 1 | March 23, 2011

S P O RT S Alex Basketball Team Brings Home the Bacon The senior girls basketball team dominated the All-Ireland final on the th 24 of January in the National Basketball Arena, where busses of Alex supporters encouraged and motivated them every step of the way.

The taste of defeat in last year's final still lingering in their mouths, Ms Clay and Mr Fitz' talented team were hungry for the title this year. Having narrowly defeated Colaiste na hIde, County Kerry in the semi-final, the team and their diligent management duo launched into preparation for the allIreland Final, where they were to play Carrick Vocational School, Donegal. Success loomed for the much deserving squad. From both the team and the masses of supporters, excitement coupled with nerves buzzed the corridors of Alexandra College in the days leading up to the big occasion. Cheers, costumes and choreography were produced in advance to ensure a competitive sporting atmosphere. When the big day arrived, troops in red and white filed into the NBA where the teams warmed-up. Carrick had their fair share of fans in blue and red, who filled the other side of the stand. The whistle was blown and the match-ball was injected between the two teams to mark the beginning of the battle. Alex put in a superhuman effort from the first minute, ably captained by co-captains Georgia and Jessica McGurk. The twins' determination and intensity motivated their team to play likewise, Alex were on top by four early in the quarter. Not folding to the pressure, Carrick responded to the early lead with an inspiring basket from a distance, putting three points under their name on the score board. Alex showed great teamwork in well executed plays which resulted in the red and whites prevailing at the end of the first quarter. Carrick were back with a vengeance in the next quarter appearing to lessen the gap to their opponents. Refusing to give up their lead, Alex proceeded to add to the scoreboard, hindering Carrick's efforts. Georgia Murphy was key in both attack and defense, using her height to collect and captalise on most of the rebounds. In this, the most strenuous quarter of the day, Alex were spurred on by their cheering fans who were rarely off their feet all day. The end of the half showed Alex leading 17-13, a score to close for complacency against thus esteemed opponent. While pep-talks pumped up the players at half-time, the crowd were entertained by a dance ensemble from the Alex sixth years. A dance-off was witnessed between the two mascots, as Alex the lion destroyed Carrick's banana in pajamas with far superior dancing skills. The supporters were roused and ready for all action that the second half of this All-Ireland Final had to offer. Alex began the second half with a revitalised energy and a high speed which Carrick could not handle. Fitness and speed were not an issue for Alex as sprinter Rachel Healy tore up and down the court to ensure her team retained the upper hand. At the end of the third quarter victory was on the horizon for the Milltown girls as they led 32-20. In the final quarter the superiority of the Alex team was evident as they conceded only three points and notched up nine baskets. Admirably, Carrick continued to contend until the final whistle but could not outdo Alex' efforts. A much deserved victory of 51-23 was celebrated by the entire school at the sound of the final whistle. A cup and promotion to the next division were gained in this much deserved victory. As all-Ireland champions the basketball team had much to celebrate at the end of their season and we as spectators have much to look forward to in , hopefully, similar feats to come in future seasons. Grainne Mulkerrin Sports Editor


Issue 1 | March 23, 2011

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Issue 1 | February 5, 2011

The Alexandra College Dublin Student Magazine

Alex Brings Home the Bacon

th The senior girls basketball team dominated the All-Ireland final on the 24 of January in the National Basketball Arena, where busses of Alex supporters encouraged and motivated them every step of the way. The taste of defeat in last year's final still lingering in their mouths, Ms Clay and Mr Fitz' talented team were hungry for the title this year. Having narrowly defeated Colaiste na hIde, County Kerry in the semi-final, the team and their diligent management duo launched into preparation for the all-Ireland Final, where they were to play Carrick Vocational School, Donegal. From both the team and the masses of supporters, excitement coupled with nerves buzzed the corridors of Alexandra College in the days leading up to the big occasion. Cheers, costumes and choreography were produced in advance to ensure a competitive sporting atmosphere. The whistle was blown and the match-ball was injected between the two teams to mark the beginning of the battle. Alex put in a superhuman effort from the first minute, ably captained by co-captains Georgia and Jessica McGurk. The twins' determination and intensity motivated their team to play likewise, Alex were on top by four early in the quarter. Not folding to the pressure, Carrick responded to the early lead with an inspiring basket from a distance, putting three points under their name on the score board. A dance-off was witnessed between the two mascots, as Alex the Lion destroyed Carrick's banana in pajamas with far superior dancing skills. Fitness and speed were not an issue for Alex as sprinter Rachel Healy tore up and down the court to ensure her team retained the upper hand. At the end of the third quarter victory was on the horizon for the Milltown girls as they led 32-20. In the final quarter the superiority of the Alex team was evident as they conceded only three points and notched up nine baskets. A much deserved victory of 51-23 was celebrated by the entire school at the sound of the final whistle. A cup and promotion to the next division were gained in this much deserved victory. As all-Ireland champions the basketball team had much to celebrate at the end of their season and we as spectators have much to look forward to in , hopefully, similar feats to come in future seasons. GRAINNE MULKERRIN

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