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Issue 8

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Volume III_March 2011

GMIT Students’ Union RAG Week Raises over €10,000 for Charity

GMIT Students’ Union RAG Week raised a total of approximately €10,000 for Serve, Aware, Special Olympics West, and the Irish Heart Foundation with more funds yet to come. The monies were raised through a series of events such as: • Moxegen (which embraced the spirit of the Summer festival, mud included)! • The Rubberbandits made an appearance in the Library Bar • A Dunk Tank on campus gave everyone the opportunity to soak the Sabbaticals • The ever-popular Bungee Jump saw a fantastic turnout despite the rain The Students’ Union had liaised with residents and Gardaí in the build-up to the week, as well as distributing leaflets on the Sshh Campaign (Silent Students Happy Homes), other student behaviour information and sensible drinking on campus as well as in the student villages. The Union had also continued with its effective Student Patrol Scheme throughout the week. See pages 5 & 18 for more!

Nominations for SU Election Open!

You can now submit your nomination forms for the 2011 Students’ Union Elections for the full-time positions of President and Vice-President (and Welfare Officer). All information is available on our website, www.gmitsu.ie. You can also call to the Students’ Union for any queries.

Coronas to play End of Year Ball next month

The End of Year Ball has been confirmed for Thursday 14th April in the Clayton Hotel. Always one of the year’s highlights, there will be a three course meal, followed by the brilliant Coronas, and then a DJ ‘til late. There’ll even be a specially set-up Chill-Out room this year! Tickets are €30 and are available from the Students’ Union office from Monday 21st March. Afters tickets are also available for €20.

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Ingredients

News in Brief Library News SU Presdient Address Welfare News Chaplaincy SU App & Bluetooth Student Assistance Fund Counselling Just for Laughs Meditation Nokia Competition RAG Week Review Conor Sweeny Tournament Clubs & Societies Health Unit News Careers News

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A GMIT Students Union Publication, 2011. Printed by Mel Faherty, Reprographics Department

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GMIT Student CLUAIN MHUIRE Wins National -Proximity PROXIMITY EXHIBITION is an exhibition set up by the students IT Factor of G.M.I.T. so that we can display our art work in a Myles Kelly, from Ballintubber

Co. Mayo, and a 3rd year GMIT student in Construction Management recently won the NATIONAL IT FACTOR in Limerick with his version of version of the Bruno Mars hit “Just The Way You Are”. See more details on page 6.

professional manner.

Proximity’s aim is to provide an exhibition space for art students and to enable students to showcase their work in public. The Exhibition will open on 25th March on the first floor café/foyer at the Dublin road entrance and run until 4th April. It will be officially opened on the night by TV host of “Off The Rails” Brendan Courtney. Wine and snacks will be available to all attending. Contact proximity2011@yahoo.co.uk for further info.

Myles (second from left) after winning the song contest

CANTEEN OFFERS

GMIT Catering Company is pleased to announce the following deals Meal Deals: 1) The €4.00 Recession Buster Pasta King Meal & 500 ml Water 2) The €3.00 “Jocser” Special Clear Label sambo/500ml water/”Real” Crisps Lucozade Products: Original Lucozade Apple, Lemon, Citrus, Orange, Lucozade Sport wide mouth was 1.75 – Now €1.50

Tourism Management FASHION SHOW

Tourism Management Students have organised a FASHION SHOW that is taking place on 6th April in the House Hotel. The FASHION SHOW is in aid of Chernobyl and will be a night full of entertainment. Starts: 7:30pm :: DJ until late :: Tickets: €10 Please support!! If interested and want tickets, please contact us: 085-1156996

LETTERFRACK STUDENTS IN NATIONAL SKILLS FINALS Letterfrack students in National Skills Finals: Three B.Sc. Furniture Design & Manufacture students Diarmuid O’Conghaile, Anthony O’Neill and Donal Quinn are through to the finals of this national competition, cabinetmaking category.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS WEST RAFFLE WINNERS

Bus Eireann travel vouchers: Michael Monaghan, Marco Noto, Ken Hogan, Clare Gavin, Geri O Regan, Jim O Connor, Tony McDonogh, Tara Mullen, Dermot ODonovan, Roseline, Olabanji Blossom Hill wine: Pauric Heaney Wolf Blass wine, Samantha Nash Kimberely Chocolates: Sinead Joyce Cadbury Milk Tray: Anthony Coyne Food and wine hamper: Conor Kelly Rectory Spa resort gift set: Rachel Gargan Calum Best gift set: John Naughton Prizes are available for collection from the Students’ Union office. The cinema tickets and Temple House tickets have been posted out.

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News

Library

Library Anywhere You can access GMIT Library via your iphone, android or any 3G/ Internet phone. Go to this link http://www.libanywhere.com/m/323 to access GMIT Library directly, it allows you to search our catalogue, access your account online and email the library. This link will detect which device you’re using and send you to the right version of Library Anywhere (there are three versions currently, iPhone, Android, and a Universal version that works on any mobile device, including Blackberry). Enjoy, and please let us know what you think. Library now on Facebook and Twitter GMIT library has finally succumbed to Social Networking and created a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. We can be found on Facebook at GMIT Library - please ‘like’ us so that you get our updates

We can be followed on Twitter at @LibrarianGMIT We have put our social networking links on our home page http://library.gmit.ie for easy access 50,000 titles added to library ebook collection GMIT Library is pleased to announce the availability of Ebrary’s Academic Complete collection of ebooks. Ebrary’s Academic Complete collection contains more than 50,000 titles across most academic disciplines. These include Business and Economics, Computer and IT, Education, Engineering and Technology, Fine Arts, Humanities, Languages, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Reference, Study and Teaching and many more. Access Ebrary by clicking on the Ebooks button on the library website http://library. gmit.ie Opening Hours Dublin Road library is now open Friday evening and Saturday morning. Dublin Road Mon - Wed Thursday Friday Saturday

Contact Us

Tel: 091 742785 Email: library@gmit.ie Website: http://library.gmit.ie

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09.00 – 22.00 09.00 – 21.00 09.00 – 17.00 10.00 – 13.00

Cluain Mhuire Monday 09.30 – 19.30 Tue & Wed 09.30 – 18.00 Thursday 09.30 – 21.00 Friday 09.30 – 16.00


It was a hugely successful week, with some of the highlights being the first ever GMIT Moxegen, The Rubberbandits, the Bungee Jump and the IT Factor. Again, thanks to everybody who contributed. A huge amount of work and effort went into to ensuring that all activities were effective, peaceful and carried out in a controlled environment. We are awaiting other figures to come from fundraising, but it is looking likely that we will beat our previous highest total. To date we have approximately €10,000 and we expect the final figure to be close to €15,000. And remember, there’s still the End of Year Ball on April 14th to look forward to, and we’ve just confirmed the Coronas for that, so it proves to be another memorable event! The IT Factor Song Contest during RAG Week also saw its most successful year ever. Hector ó hEochagáin was MC on the night with judges TG4’s Gemma Ní Chionnaith, Operation Transformation’s Ronan Scully and our very own Joe O’Connor. Winners on the night were Myles Kelly (pictured below) with the best cover song and Dáithí Jordan who won the best original song. And now, I’m delighted to announce that Myles WON the covers category of the NATIONAL I.T FACTOR Song Contest in Limerick IT, covering the Bruno Mars hit “Just The Way You Are”!!! It was a brilliant night down in Limerick and Myles now wins a two day recording session in a professional recording studio (SARMAR, Limerick), to add to the Galway Crystal and €250 he won at the Galway heat of this annual event.

Christmas Greeting

I’m absolutely delighted to confirm that GMIT Students’ Union RAG Week raised a total of approximately €10,000 for Serve, Aware, Special Olympics West, and the Irish Heart Foundation with more funds yet to come.

SU President

Hey everyone!

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everybody of the SU Elections. Nominations are now open for the positions of SU President and Vice President for the 2011-12 academic year. If anybody wants any advice, please don’t hesitate to call into myself or Ruth Merrigan, the SU General Manager. All the very best,

Colin Your SU President

Contact Me GMIT student Myles Kelly singing his winning version of the Bruno Mars hit “Just The Way You Are”

Tel: 091 742055 Email: supresident@gmit.ie Website: www.gmitsu.ie

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Welfare

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Hey guys… I’d like to echo Colin’s comment on what was a brilliant RAG Week. Thanks to all the helpers who ensured that all the events ran so well, particularly the Moxegen festival which was a first for GMIT. What a brilliant day and night that was. We had liaised with residents and Gardaí to ensure it was possible for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable week, whilst avoiding anti-social behaviour. We continued with the effective Student Patrol Scheme throughout the week. Thanks to everybody for your support and we now look forward to the End of Year Ball on April 14th, which is sure to be a brilliant night! CONGRATULATIONS to Mylo Kelly for doing GMIT proud and winning the NATIONAL FINAL of The I.T FACTOR Song Contest in Limerick IT. He had very strong support down in Limerick and we’re all thrilled for him. Fair play as well to Dáithí Jordan who competed in the Originals category, having won the Galway heat during RAG Week. Finally, I’d encourage all students to get involved in the Students’ Union Elections and do come out and vote. It’s important to get a good turnout. It’s Your Union, Your Say, and nominations are now open. All the very best,

Joe Your SU Vice President & Welfare Officer

STUDENT PATROL

HOTLINE to report anti-social behaviour

Talk to Joe!

T: 091 742316 E: suvpresident@gmit.ie Website: www.gmitsu.ie

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TURN ON YOUR BLUETOOTH and WIN!!! MediaPort with Nokia are running a competition for Students and Staff where random winning Bluetooth messages will be broadcast! Prizes are brand new touch screen Nokia phones.

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News

Chaplaincy

Croagh Patrick Climb Postponed

Due to poor weather conditions on the mountain, the Croagh Patrick Climb has been postponed. Please keep an eye on this column or contact the Chaplaincy for updates as to a new date.

7 Night Trip to the Holy Land

From May 23rd Cost per student €700, includes flights, food and accommodation, deposit of €200 hundred to be paid by the end of November. There will be fund rasing events help after Christmas to try and bring cost down. For more info contact Fr. Adrian.

IT Factor Myles Kelly, GMIT student in Construction Management Year 3 won

the covers category of the NATIONAL I.T FACTOR Song Contest in Limerick IT on Thursday last. Myles wins a two day recording session in a professional recording studio (SARMAR, Limerick), to add to the Galway Crystal and €250 he won at the Galway heat of this annual event. GMIT Chaplaincy and Students’ Union would like to congratulate Myles and everyone involved including Dáithí Jordan who performed in the Originals category. The IT Factor is run in conjunction between the Chaplaincy and Students’ Union.

Glenstal Abbey Visit

The Chaplaincy is organising a trip to Glenstal Abbey for early April. Watch this space for furtther info.

FIND US ON FACEBOOK!

Become a Fan of ‘GMIT Chaplaincy’ today! Fr Adrian chaplain has a dropin now everyday from 4pm to 5pm in his office so please feel free to call in for a chat!

Jomh Prayer

Jomh Prayer for Muslim students takes place every Friday in room 367 between 1pm and 2pm. Room 1034 is also reserved as a prayer room from 1 to 2pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until the end of May. On Thursday at the same time room 1032 is reserved.

Mass Times

Reminder: Mass times Mon-Wed are 8.40am. Thurs-Fri 1pm

CHAPLAINCY BOOKLET Contact Fr.Adrian

E: adrian.mcgrath@gmit.ie T: 091-742226

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We now have a new Chaplaincy booklet available to staff and students. Pick yours up in the Chaplaincy office, the Meditation room, the Students’ Union, Students Services and around campus.


Concerned about a friend/ flatmate/ family? Is this stressing you out? Don’t feel you have to handle it in your own Why not come and talk to one of the counsellors? We offer a free & confidential Service Make an appointment on this number 091 742118 or contact the counsellors directly Pauline Clancy 091-742563 pauline.clancy@gmit.ie Pauline Staunton 091-742301 pauline.staunton@gmit.ie Drop in times

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e-mail studentservices@gmit.ie) to check your eligibility to apply for the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) & to pick up an application form.

to the Student Services Office. Incomplete applications (missing documentation/form not fully completed) cannot be assessed.

All applicants will be interviewed by the SAF Committee. To apply, eligible students must complete the form, attach proof of income (or grant letter), proof of social welfare entitlements if applicable and bank statements for the past 3 months. If you are experiencing FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, call to the Student Services Office (or

Completed form and back-up documentation to be returned

Never feel that you are helpless and on your own in college. Contact the Counsellor to get help and support in total confidence. Counsellors Pauline Staunton and Pauline Clancy are available to speak to you today.

Opening Hours: 9.00 - 5.00 Drop in times: 11.00 -12.00 and 1.00 - 2.00 Phone: 091-742118

The Counsellors are available one day per week in Cluain Mhuire & Letterfrack campuses.

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A brand new store has just opened in New York City that sells Husbands. When women go to choose a husband, they have to follow the instructions at the entrance: You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are 6 floors and the value of the products increase as you ascend the flights. You may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you CANNOT go back down except to exit the building. So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. The 1st floor sign on the door reads: Floor 1: These men have jobs. The 2nd floor sign reads: Floor 2: These men have Jobs and Love Kids. The 3rd floor sign reads: Floor 3: These men have Jobs, Love Kids and are extremely good looking.

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“Wow,” she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going. She goes to the 4th floor and the sign reads: Floor 4: These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and help with Housework. “Oh, mercy me!” she exclaims, “I can hardly stand it!” Still, she goes to the 5th floor and sign reads: Floor 5: These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, help with Housework and Have a Strong Romantic Streak. She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the 6th floor and the sign reads: Floor 6: You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. To avoid gender bias charges, the store’s owner opens a New Wives store just across the street. The 1st first floor has wives that love sex. The 2nd floor has wives that love sex and have money. The 3rd,4th, 5th and 6th floors have never been visited.


Cockroaches can live for 9 days after their head has been cut off. 19th century biologist Sir John Lubbock experimented on ants by getting them drunk. He discovered that sober ants would carry their drunken ant comrades back to their nest, if they were from the same colony – but they would throw drunk strangers into the ditch. The electric chair was invented by a dentist. You share your birthday with at least 9 million people. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. No word in the English language rhymes with orange, month, silver or purple.

WRITE TO US

If you have a question, a joke, or indeed ANYTHING to say, pop us an email to brendan.kenny@gmit.ie

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Win a brand new Nokia 5250

In association with our Bluetooth partners MediaPort & Nokia, you can win a lovely new touchscreen Nokia 5250. All you have to do is answer five short questions, and winners will be notified to their student email addresses in early April. Two phones have already been won by just having the Bluetooth turned on, so make sure yours is on to receive information and promotions throughout the year! Best of luck!

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GMIT – HOTEL SCHOOL Restaurants & Bars Connemara Training Restaurant

City of Galway Training Restaurant & Bar

(First floor, Room 0842)

(Ground floor, Room 0526)

Serving:

4 Course Lunch - €7

Serving:

4 Course Lunch – only €5

Student Lunch Special - €5 on Fridays. Must show student ID.

Time:

12:40 – 1pm

Days:

Monday - Thursday

Booking:

Email linksoffice@gmit.ie or call Ext 2427 between 9:30am and 5pm. If you wish to make a booking after 11.30am for lunch the same day, please contact the restaurant directly on Ext. 2479.

Serving:

Casual Dining

Time:

5 - 8pm

Days:

Monday & Tuesday

Booking:

None required

Time:

12:45 - 1pm

Days:

Monday - Friday

Booking:

Email linksoffice@gmit.ie or call Ext 2427 between 9:30am and 5pm. If you wish to make a booking after 11.30am for lunch the same day, please contact the restaurant directly on Ext. 2099.

Serving:

4 Course Evening Dinner - €7 Student Dinner Special - €5 on Mondays. Must show student ID.

Time:

5:30 - 6pm

Days:

Monday - Thursday

Booking:

Email linksoffice@gmit.ie or call Ext. 2427 between 9:30am and 5pm.

Wine Geese Training Bar (First floor, Room 0841) Serving:

Lunch - €7

Time:

12:40 – 1:15pm

Days:

Monday – Thursday

Booking:

None required

The Hotel School’s restaurants and bars are realistic working environments and classrooms where students develop new knowledge and learn new skills. Please keep this in mind when making reservations. We would appreciate if customers can vacate the classrooms by 1.55pm after lunch service to facilitate the next class. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.


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cash struck him as “eccentric�. Mr O’Briain said there was no evidence that Mr McAuley had the cash due to “criminal activity� and said he had sworn an affidavit to explain how he had intended to use it. He said Mr McAuley had purchased a one way ticket because he was “just undecided about the date of his return� to which Judge Hunt asked if he “was he intending to ring [the convicted criminal] when he wanted to come home� in order to buy his flight.

GMIT Students' Union RAG Week raises more than â‚Ź10,000 for charity GMIT Students' Union RAG Week which ran without incident last month raised a total of approximately â‚Ź10,000 for Serve, Aware, Special Olympics West, and the Irish Heart Foundation with more funds yet to come. The money was raised through a series of events such as:

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had been attacked and he wanted to move from the area. He told officers that he had a business selling event tickets he had purchased at a lower price and it was an expensive enterprise which required him to have a cash float. He never made any tax returns for this business. Judge Hunt told Mr Colm O’Briain BL, defending, that his client had “committed a revenue offence� by not making any returns for his business and said the manner in which he had carried the

Galway Advertiser, Thursday 10th March

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officer which showed activity in his account up to May 2008. Mr Byrne said that a third party, who had a previous conviction for possession of drugs, had paid for Mr McAuley’s plane tickets by credit card. Mr McAuley said the man had done this because he did not own a credit card himself. Mr McAuley explained that he had intended to sell his family home, which he shared with his wife and children in order to purchase the Spanish property. He said his house

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leave a trailâ€? and he made enquires with revenue. Mr McAuley was later able to provide documentation to prove that he had been awarded â‚Ź100,000 in a compensation claim in November 2007. Mr McAuley was interviewed the following month by custom officers again when he was not able to provide his father’s address but said he could call his sister to get it. When asked why he was carrying cash in this way he said “I don’t deal with banksâ€?, but he provided bank statements to the

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original song. The Students' Union liaised with residents and Garda in the build-up to the week, as well as distributing leaflets on the Sshh Campaign (Silent Students Happy Homes), other student behaviour information and sensible drinking on campus as well as in the student villages. The Union had also continued with its effective Student Patrol Scheme throughout the week. Colin Canny, GMIT Students' Union president commented, "We are delighted with the success of the week and thanks to everybody who contributed. A huge amount of work and effort went into to ensuring that all activities were effective, peaceful and carried out in a controlled environment. We are

awaiting other monies raised from fundraising to come through, but it is looking likely that we will beat our previous highest total. To date we have approximately â‚Ź10,000 and we expect the final figure to be close to â‚Ź15,000 which is a testament to the work everybody put in."

Clarification

— In an Advertiser article on the student disorder which emanated from NUI, Galway College Week last week, due to a typographical error in one instance it was stated that the event was GMIT College Week. This was not the case. GMIT college week ran successfully and without incident last month. The Advertiser is happy to clarify this.

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RAG2011 WEEK

See www.gmitsu.ie for details of all events throughout 2011 and check out the SU Facebook page for more photos!

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Annual Conor Sweeney Engineering Soccer Tournament in aid of Cope. The annual Conor Sweeney Engineering Soccer Tournament was held during Raise and Give Week at the Mervue United facility. For the first time, all three Departments in the School of Engineering: Civil and Construction, Electronic and Mechanical and Industrial, were represented. Engineering staff made up one of the eight teams. Shock waves went through the tournament when the aging staff team held out for a 1-1 draw against the much fancied Galacticos Internacionales , from Croatia, Spain GMIT Students’ Union President Colin Canny presents Energy Engineering with the and France. With keeper Liam Morris Conor Sweeny plaque and hoodies. leaping at balls like a gazelle, and his greying team mates snapping like badgers at the heels of the students, the staff rolled back the years. With arthritis limiting their abilities to take sharp turns, they spent much of the time barreling around the pitches and bouncing back into play off the surrounding cages, frequently making contact with the ball. Captain PJ McAllen led from the front with a display of true grit, while Paul Tierney and Shane Newell were solid in midfield and Kevin Barrett held the line in defense. Energy 2 & 3 topped Group 1, winning all their games and scoring 12 goals on the way. Group 2 proved to be intensely competitive, with a penalty shoot-out being required to separate the top two teams and send Civil 5 into the final. The final was a very close affair for long periods. However, the Energy Engineers had more power in the tank and eventually put the pedal to the metal and drove on to a comfortable 6-1 win over Louis Page’s men. For the Energy lads, Cathal Rourke played a solid role at the back, while Darren Clabby impressed on the wings. Close interplay between Mark Gillan and David Parker led to scores from the captain, while Kieran Hannify and Daniel Rogers were magnificent in midfield. The tournament was organised by Paul O’Dowd of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Eoin Cahalan of the Engineering Society. The FAI’s games promotion officer, David Hand, provided expert technical and organisational assistance, as well as help with refereeing and with equipment. Tournament prizes were presented by the Student Union President, Colin Canny, and Vice President Joe O’Connor. The Students Union’s Brendan Kenny also helped with the promotion of the event.

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Eoin Murphy - a 2nd year Event Management student in GMIT - flew through his heats in small but challenging waves with clean lines and tight turns. The men’s open final was the last event of the weekend and as luck would have it, the four finalists were in the water for the best waves of the weekend. Eoin eventually surfed his way into second position, claiming the silver medal. Also representing GMIT, Padraic Alan O’Conaire (currently completing an Access course at the college) claimed second place in the body boarding category. He scored high due marks due to his very technical 360 turns and clean lines.

clubs & socs

The University of Ulster Coleraine played host to the Irish Surf Intervarsities on the weekend of the 20th/21st of February. While wave conditions were not ideal for the event, officials decided to go ahead with the competition. Saturday afternoon saw the novice heats take place in small waves, whilst all other categories were slotted into a busy Sunday. This meant that all competitors would have to show their best skills on the day to shine for the judges.

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GMIT Surf Club Team claims Silver at All Ireland Surf Intervarsities in Antrim

Surfing within the 3rd level system is becoming increasingly popular and GMIT Surf Club insist that it won’t be long before there are more intervarsity events with bigger numbers and more sponsors. For further information on GMIT Surf Society, you can contact GMIT Students’ Union or find them on Facebook. [photo credit: Mark Flynn]

Get involved!

Website: www.gmitsu.ie

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Health Unit

HEALTH UNIT NOTICE Medical Examinations for the purposes of organisations outside GMIT cannot be performed in the Student Health Unit. Due to the high demand for appointments by students who need medical attention, the Student Health Unit does not have the resources to deal with such requests. Please make alternative arrangements with your own Doctor.

MEDICAL CARD NOTICE

Please bring your GMS Medical Card with you when attending the Student Health Unit.

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Medical card prescriptions cannot be issued in the absence of an up to date medical card.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Phone Student Services on 091-742118 Email: studentservices@gmit.ie

GENITOURINARY MEDICINE (STI) CLINIC SCHEDULE TELEPHONE NO.: 091-525200 DAY

CLINIC

TIME

Monday Afternoon

‘Walk-in’ * STI Clinic

Doors open at 13:50

Wednesday Morning

‘Walk-In’* STI clinic

Doors open at 08:50

Wednesday Afternoon

‘Walk-In’* STI clinic

Doors open at 13:50

Friday Morning

STI screening and review clinic

By appointment only

•*walk- in clinics operate on . a “first come first served basis” with maximum quota • Attendance at clinic is free of charge •Please contact us (091 525200) prior to your visit should you need any further information.

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MUMPS Important health announcement for all students There has been an increase nationally in the cases of mumps in third level colleges. This is happening because many young adults aged 18-25 years have not received two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps & rubella) vaccine. Mumps is an acute viral illness that causes fever, headache and painful swollen glands. It is spread from person to person by coughs and sneezes, and can also be transmitted by direct contact through saliva (kissing). This illness has the potential to disrupt the education of a large number of students. Complications can include meningitis, deafness, and inflammation of the testicles in adult males.

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CHECK WITH YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED 2 MMR VACCINES: If you have received 1 vaccine your own GP will give you a 2nd vaccine FREE If you are not sure if you have had the MMR before, having another one won’t do you any harm. The GMIT Student Health Unit can help you with information on this issue. However; we do not have your MMR records, or the capacity to deal with all students.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR OWN GP The HSE has provided this website for your attention: www.immunisation.ie


SWINE FLU INFO

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Health Unit

There is a nationwide alert for Swine Flu.

Symptoms

Flu symptoms hit you suddenly and severely. Symptoms of flu include: • Sudden fever and chills - temperature of 38C or above • Chills • Headache • Myalgia (muscle pain) • Sore throat • Non-productive dry cough • Runny nose • Diarrhoea and vomiting.

What should I do if I get sick?

Flu mostly causes a mild to moderate illness. It is uncomfortable but most people do not need treatment and are able to recover at home within a few days. • Stay at home for 7 days or until you fully recover - do not go to work or college while ill • Rest in bed as much as possible • Take medicines such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen to reduce the symptoms • Drink plenty of fluids • Discourage any visitors • Contact your GP surgery or Student Health Unit by telephone (091-742228) if you don’t improve, or if you start to improve and then get worse

Who should be vaccinated with the Swine Flu vaccine?

• Persons 65 and over • Those over 6 months of age with a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart or lung disease • People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment • Persons with a body mass index (BMI) over 40 • Carers • Pregnant women and those 6 weeks after giving birth If you are concerned please contact the Student Health Unit at 091 742228 or 087 9971574

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                             

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                          

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                                   

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                                        ���             


                                                                        

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                                                


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                                                        

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                                                                                     

                                                                                               


                             

   

                     

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                                     

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                    

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                                                        

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   

                           

                            

 

           

    

               

   

                                                  


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           

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