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The College View DCU’s Independent Student Newspaper Vol. 8 Issue 7

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April 2007

INTERVIEW WITH DR. GARY MURPHY LEAVING LAW AND GOVERNMENT PAGE 4

JUSTIN McCARTHY’S QUEST

LEADING NA DEISE ONCE AGAIN SPORTS PAGE 21

International students neglected by DCU Darren Gleeson DCU HAS received a mixed review of its support services for international students from its School of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (SALIS). The report, compiled by Dr. Vera Sheridan of SALIS, notes praise from international students concerning the level of lecturer accessibility in DCU, the University’s contacts with businesses and the INTRA programme and the facilities in DCU. However, Dr. Sheridan also notes that students express reservations on a number of issues. These include; the lack of ongoing language support; DCU fees being uncompetitive; spouses of international students being unable to work in Ireland; confusion over the role of the international office; inconsistencies in postgraduate supervision. Financial problems are among the most prominent complaints from nonIrish students. The report observes that DCU’s fee structure is “prohibitive” to international students continuing their studies. Although students feel that DCU’s year-long programme for non-English speakers (International Foundation Course) is invaluable, this course has been judged to price some students “out of the market”. One foreign student said: “My friend, she paid €5,000 in Foundation certificate but now its €8,000. Nobody can afford that, it’s crazy”. Irish students are often viewed by

international students as aloof and nondiligent, which partly results in “ghettoization” in multi-cultural classrooms: “All the international students sit at the front and the Irish at the back.” The report recommends that all faculties issue handbooks to their international students, and it praises those already distributed by the School of Communications, School of Business and Faculty of Engineering and Computing. It also suggested that academic English classes be provided free of charge to international students, and that the fees structure for international students “requires reviewing in light of the level of dissatisfaction expressed by students as well as students abandoning their studies.” Incoming DCU Students’ Union President Alan Flanagan raised DCU’s foreign student policies in his election manifesto. He has welcomed the report’s recommendations: “I think it’s ridiculous that some of our students coming from abroad are paying these kinds of figures. I definitely think that if you’re a student coming from abroad to study in DCU, then you certainly need free English classes in order to participate in university life.” International societies are also sometimes under-funded. Mohammad Hossain of DCU Cricket Society says: “Many of our members are unhappy [about funding]. Some of my friends went to play for DCU in Cork, and they had to pay from their own wallets”. Chair of DCU’s Chinese Society Qiang Zeng feels that problems should be solved through “better understand-

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SPORT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: A recent SALIS report says that DCU is not properly looking after its foreign students. Photo by James Spencer

ing”, saying: “Most of our funding from the Students’ Union comes for sports. This year we organised a celebration for Chinese New Year, which is a very important event for most of

our students. Yet we only received 50 cent per person to pay for food. I don’t think the Students’ Union understood how important this was to us”.

Retraction The College View wishes to apologise to the MPS and SU for the inaccurate reporting on the front page of its last issue, which held the headline “MPS blame missing equipment for their lack of productivity”. This paper would now like to clarify that the MPS has not suffered a dip in productivity and that rumours of an SU-MPS feud are unfounded. It would further like to clarify that the opinions of Jack Fox and Graeme Butler, two MPS committee members interviewed for the article, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the MPS. Lastly, The College View would like to make clear that the word “discovered”, used in the article in connection with a CD player that was in Event Manager Shea McNelis’ office, was not meant to suggest that Mr. McNelis was deliberately hiding it. The College View regrets the mistakes made in this article and hopes this letter will serve as sufficient apology to all affected by it. Editor of The College View

SUPER QUINN 18-year-old Niall Quinn talks about his Formula BMW driving. PAGE 19


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2 DCU NEWS SUMMER JOB FROM HELL underpaid, under staffed and overworked. page 7

Student stabbed during attempted mugging Sebastian O’Driscoll

TO GOOD TO BE GONE

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An interview with singer/songwriter Fionn Regan page 10

WHAT THE HELL IS LINUX?

SPORTS

ARTS NEWS

CONTENTS

SPORT OF THE MONTH

Playing with the penguin. page 18

Trucks, pikes and straddles. Enter the world of Trampolining. page 22

SHANOWEN: Students were attacked on Shanowen Road. Photo by James Spencer

Editor: Eoin O’Neill News Editor: Stan Dunne Asst. News: Janet Newenham Arts Editor: Catherine Carr Asst. Arts: Dawn Wheatley Tech Editor: Gillian O’Hea Sports Editor: Alan Waldron Sports Assts.: Sean Callery Aoife Connors Sports Subs: Liam Murray Aron Hegarty Image Editor: James Spencer Layout: Brendan O’Rourke Eoin O’Neill Webmaster: Cian Brennan Contributors:

DARREN GLEESON, SEBASTIAN O’DRISCOLL, NAOMI LINEHAN, LORNA NOLAN, CELINA MURPHY, LEE DALY, CLARE NÍ MHUINEOG, NATALIE COMMITTEE, EOIN BYRNE, SARAH CRAMER, NIGEL WHEATLEY, SIMON KILROY, CILIAN MURPHY, PATRICK GRIFFIN, CLAIRE BRENNAN, CATHAL DENNEHY, ARRAN SADLIER, CLAIRE BYRNE CLARE O’REILLY, JAMES WARD, OWEN BYRNE, LOUISE BRUTON, ALEC HUGHES, YVETTE POUFONG, MARK KERRY, CONOR HIGGINS, CONOR LYNCH, ROIBEARD O’ MHURCU.

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ond mugging on campus that night by the same attackers. Campus security has the attack on CCTV and has submitted it to the Gardaí for their investigation. DCU Security Head Ray Wheatley did not want to comment any further on the matter while investigation was still ongoing. A third attempted mugging took place outside the estates office only minutes before the stabbing on Shanowen Road. Student Caroline Goldrick was approached by two teenage boys and threatened for her phone and wallet. “He grabbed me but I was in shock at first but then I started screaming” she said. A group of teenage girls ap-

peared during the tussle and told the boys to leave her alone. The teenage boy released her and she made her way onto campus. Two women witnessed the event from the benches by the Helix although worryingly did not intervene. “Two women just stayed talking and I was screaming and they didn’t do anything” said Goldrick. “When I passed them afterwards they asked me if I was alright but I was really shook up so I just kept on walking” she added. New safety handbooks are to be issued to all students in September and Campus Security are considering extending the first year’s security lecture to all students.

On the night of April 10th, Karen Birney left her car overnight on the roof level of the multi-storey car park. The next morning she received a call informing her that her car had been broken into. Considerable damage was done to the window, and it seemed that the perpetrator had attempted to hotwire the car. However no personal belongings were reported stolen. Birney was extremely upset by the incident. “Security were very good to me, and did everything they could to help, but I would wonder whether all this could have been prevented if the criminal had been caught on the security cameras,” she said. Frank Kelly of Whitehall Gardai Station said he would advise all students to be extra vigilant in participating in the Campus Watch Programme. He would ask that if students witness any suspicious activity that they report it immediately to security on campus. Alternatively report it directly to Whitehall Gardai Station. “DCU continues to be a very safe campus, but it is important for students to be extra careful about locking doors and keeping their belongings safe,” he says. “There is no need to invite crime.” A member of Campus Security said: “These things happen in spates, but overall, DCU continues to be one of the safest college campuses in Ireland”.

NOT ON TAPE: CCTV cameras positioned in the DCU car lot did not pick up any footage of the recent car break-ins. Photo by James Spencer

Car break-ins lead to concern over lack of CCTV coverage Naomi Linehan

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A GANG of teenagers attacked a number of DCU students around campus Tuesday night, April 10, including the stabbing of a student on Shanowen Road. The student was walking down from the Shanowen Road to campus when the teenagers tried to mug him for his phone. During the mugging one of the teenagers stabbed the student in the arm. An unmarked garda car passing the attack on a patrol came across the struggle and the teenager was arrested. A file is being prepared for the DPP on the incident. Gardaí are also investigating a sec-

ACCORDING TO Whitehall Gardai Station several cars have been broken into in DCU over the last two weeks. The Gardai have arrested a man in connection with these crimes, however the investigation is ongoing and the case is currently before the courts. Reports indicate that two cars were damaged on April 3rd with a third incident occurring on April 10th. In all three cases the car windows were damaged, but no personal belongings were stolen from inside the cars. Ray Wheatley, head of Security, was not available to comment on the issue. A member of campus security said: “It was strange, one of the girls had one of those portable stereos in her car, and [the criminal] could easily have taken it, but it was left there”. There is no CCTV footage of the perpetrator carrying out the crimes, so it is difficult to determine whether they were acts of vandalism or attempted robbery. The multi-storey car park is fitted with a CCTV system. However members of security have expressed concern about the positioning of the security cameras in the car park and their ability to monitor the area properly. A member of security said: “Most of the cameras are useless for watching the cars, they’re all positioned in the stairwells, and in the entrances and exits”.

Corrections The College View would like to correct two mistakes which appeared in its last issue. Our apologies.

In the article titled “DCU to bring in modulisation” on page 3, the correct term is in fact ‘modularisation’ and ‘modulisation’. The article titled “Someone call Security!” on page 3 featured a picture of the NuBar. The bar refered to in the article is actually the OldBar.


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DCU nurses take part in nationwide strike action Sean Callery & Lorna Nolan DCU STUDENT nurses were dragged into the dispute between the Irish Nursing Union (INO) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) when one hour work stoppages were held in Dublin hospitals recently. DCU nurses on work placement in Beaumont Hospital and St Ita’s Psychiatric Service took part in the protests as part of the ongoing dispute between the nursing unions and the HSE over pay and working hours. Nurses had already undertaken work-to-rule action in hospitals across the country before the stoppages were announced by the INO and Psychiatric Nurses Association on Monday April 9th. The INO had earlier issued orders to its student members saying: “Nursing students in third year are on paid clinical placement and are classified as employees of the HSE. Therefore for the duration of the dispute these nursing student members will be involved in the action as agreed by the INO.” Ms Mary Kirwan, Programme coordinator of the BSc nursing said: “As with all industrial relation actions the students who are union members will have to co-operate fully with the work to rule of the INO and the Psychiatric Nurses Association. “It is mainly third year students who will be affected by the strike as they are currently on a placement. This means that they are employees of the hospital,” she said. The recent review of the nursing de-

NURSING THE WOUNDS: DCU nursing students join nurses to protest over poor pay and excessive hours.

gree in DCU has also caused concern among nurses. Third year students now only receive €300 for a five month work placement. This works out at roughly €15 a week. Although only third year nursing students are directly involved, the INO urged all its student members on place-

ment in hospitals to aid the action by refusing to engage in work left undone by qualified nurses. There are almost 1,200 nursing students in DCU. Of these 450 are currently on work placement and are affected by the action. Vice chairman of the student section

and the School of Education Studies in DCU. The group came together in response to a number of racist incidents in the Finglas area in the past. In the 18 months of the partnership students also participated in voluntary English language teaching programmes to migrant groups and held media production workshops in the university for primary school children from the area. The 3-D animation short created by five final year Multimedia students as part of the project was awarded first place in the Third Level Education category of the Irish Times ‘Living Dublin Awards’ earlier this year. Featuring the voices of Finglas school children, ‘Seen and Now Heard’, will now form the basis for a multimedia resource and education pack to promote respect for diversity in primary schools. The work begun by DCU students will now be carried on by the Finglas for Diversity network after the pilot project comes to an end. The student’s enterprising work on a welcome pack

for migrants settling in the Finglas area will also continue to be developed, supported by a grant from Dublin City Council. The project has forged important links between local groups and the university. Project coordinator Kerry Lawless says the initiative has also been invaluable to the student’s development. Lawless said: “It has enabled them to see their coursework coming to life, to gain valuable work experience and to put a wide range of media, research and pedagogical skills into practice in a context that is not driven by market demands”. She also said that the initiative has been an important opportunity for personal development, cross-disciplinary cooperation and thinking ‘outside the box’. DCU President, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski said that DCU aims to be a leader in citizenship and community engagement adding that

of the INO, Moira Wynne, said that a quick resolution to the dispute is in everyone’s interest. She said: “We certainly hope this will be in the short term rather than a long term thing. The last thing we want is to put patients at risk”. However, Wynne was adamant that

the action is justified and that an improvement in working conditions is needed. “An awful lot of student nurses leave their positions in hospitals once they are finished studying because of the conditions they work in. Any changes made would be of huge benefit to students and everyone in the profession,” she said. Debra Murphy, a third year general nursing student on placement at Beaumont hospital, said that the situation is tough. “I’m on holidays at the moment in order to catch up with my study and course work and I can’t even ring in to check my hours for next week because no one will answer the phone,” she said. The basic annual pay for a newly qualified staff nurse is €31,233 and they currently work 39 hour weeks. The INO and PNA are seeking a 10.6 per cent pay increase for all nurses and a 35 hour working week. Ms. Catherine McGonagle, Deputy Head of nursing at DCU, is quick to reassure students who are concerned about the situation. She said: “It is impossible to predict at this point in time what will happen in the coming months but when the nursing strike happened in 1999 students missed nine days in total and were not penalised by the school for this”. Adamant that there is a genuine commitment to the nursing students at DCU, the Deputy Head maintains, “We will do our utmost to ensure that the damage to the students learning experience is kept to a minimum throughout this difficult period.”

DCU students driving force behind Finglas community project Celina Murphy

DCU HAS launched its report on the Finglas for Diversity pilot project, which has been working with students over the past 18 months to promote cultural diversity in the Finglas area. 45 DCU students carrying out key research for the Finglas for Diversity group have produced a website, a short animated film and a radio history project which documents the lives and experiences of members of the community and their responses to change. Finglas for Diversity is a multiagency network group working to encourage integration within the community. It also aims to highlight the benefits of existing diversity within the community. They have been working with students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, from SALIS, the School of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, the School of Communications

FINGLAS FACES: Residents celebrate the area’s new found diversity.

the students who produced the ‘Seen and How Heard’ video have already received a citizenship award and they can now receive academic credit for their work as part of DCU’s Uaneen Module. Von Prondzynski said: “this project in particular highlights the intercultural presence within Ireland, and allows students to become involved at an ex-

tracurricular and intracurricular level with the local community”. The project was made possible with core funding from Finglas for Diversity, the Finglas Cabra Partnership, the DCU Learning Innovation Unit, and the DCU Theme Leader for Internationalization, Interculturalism and Social Development.


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Laying down the law Dr. Gary Murphy talks to Lee Daly about his time as Chairperson of EPL and IR. HAVING FINISHED his tenure as chairperson of both the Economics, Politics and Law degree and the International Relations degree, Dr. Gary Murphy is moving onto pastures new. He has accepted a post as director of graduate research in DCU, bringing to an end a fourteen year association with the school of Law and Government. With the first ever students graduating from both Law and Government degrees this year as well, this writer felt it was time to pay him a visit to gather some of his thoughts on his departure, and some reflections on over a decade and a half at the heart of the social sciences in DCU. Walking into his office on the second floor of the Henry Grattan building, and seeing his usually full bookshelves almost bare as he prepared for the big move, I couldn’t help but think back to my first encounter with him back in the latter days of my first year in DCU. I was a Common Entry Science student back then, and was gnawing my own arm off to get out of that degree. Having not exactly covered myself in glory in the Leaving Certificate exams, my options were limited to either dropping out or transferring internally. After hearing some good things about EPL, I set myself the unenviable task of negotiating the bureaucracy of the registry to reach the promised land of the school of Law and Government. Dr. Murphy was never anything other than helpful in that regard. Sitting at his desk for our interview he proves as helpful as ever and readily recalls how he came to DCU. “I had done a BA in History and Sociology, and then continued on to do my MA by research. I came to DCU initially as a PhD student in 1993, and became part of what was the Law and Government group at the time”, he says. “There were only five of us at the time, including Dr David Tomkin and Ray Byrne, who are both still here. We taught modules in the Journalism and Business degrees, but the real turning point was in 1997 when we offered a MA in International Relations”. The school of Law and Government would continue to grow, as did the university, until, in 2002, it left the Business School and joined the Faculty of Humanities. “We really did that with the blessing of the university [management]. We were looking to develop

Photo by Lee Daly

“I feel like one of the things I might have established is student-staff communication. I always felt staff should be approachable, and given the way we deal with our students, and the way they feel able to talk to us, I think I haven’t done too badly.” undergraduate degrees and they didn’t really fit in with the business school,” Murphy explains. “When you are developing courses you have to be mindful of who your target audience is, how much staff you’re going to need and what kind of graduate you will be aiming to produce, because you have to go through a lot of procedures to establish a degree programme. I felt there was a market, and I do hate using that word, for what we were offering”. “Our International Relations Masters program had been a success, so we decided to run an undergraduate degree as well. We didn’t want to compete with Trinity and UCD, so a

straight law degree wasn’t something we considered. We settled on Economics, Politics and Law as you can’t really teach any of those subjects within a vacuum, separate from each other. They are all interconnected”. The degree programs took in their first students in 2004/2005, and there were immediately issues with some of the modules, in particular Learning to Learn, a 15 credit module where students had to complete continuous assessments including a moot court and various essays. With a different lecture every week, and some lecturers not showing up at all, students began to feel disenfranchised and attendance at lectures began to fall.

“A lot has changed since I was in university; students now tend to have jobs and attendance has suffered as a result. I think students have a right to complain if they are dissatisfied and I operate an open door policy because student feedback is crucial to how we structure the course. At the same time, students really need to go to lectures to get the most out of their degree”. While some of the problems with the degree initially were put down by staff and students as somewhat inevitable given the uncharted territory both were entering into, there were further issues for both the first and second classes in the EPL degree (this year’s current third and second years respectively),

arising from the Creation and Discovery module. The first EPL class to take the module had in-class tests about genetic research and had to design a board game, all as part of their evaluation for the module. The following year things went from bad to worse, with students waiting for the lecturer for the module for over half an hour in order to submit their final projects. Those that left early were threatened with being failed for the whole course when the lecturer eventually showed up. Both incidents remain a bone of contention with many of the students of both classes. “We had been approached by one of the team leaders from the Presidents office. They had formed a link with the Edward De Bono foundation (the module was based on De Bono “six thinking hats” theory), and they were keen to teach a module. We thought it would be a good idea, but it didn’t work out as we would have hoped. It was coordinated from the team leader’s office, and once a module is offered we can do very little in terms of changing how students are assessed. We have decided we are not going to offer that module.” With the end in sight, for now, Dr. Murphy is a little hesitant to describe exactly what his legacy is. “I feel like one of the things I might have established is student-staff communication. I always felt staff should be approachable, and given the way we deal with our students, and the way they feel able to talk to us, I think I haven’t done too badly”. “I have always believed that you don’t need 500 leaving cert points to do a humanities degree, and if you look at the results of our mature students and our transfer students, I think we really have shown that to be true. Also Trinity and UCD are offering degrees in Politics and Law and other interdisciplinary areas similar to EPL, so maybe that’s a measure of how successful we have been”. “I will still keep up an association with the school of Law and Government. I’ll still be coming back to teach modules during my tenure as director of research, hopefully one per semester. As an academic I want to keep writing and researching, as well as teaching”


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Ceol binn an tsamhraidh Clare Ní Mhuineog

AN NGRIAN go hard sa spéir, na héin ag canadh, céard níos fearr le scríobh faoi ná an samhradh. Ní fhéadfá tuar a dhéanamh ar aimsir an tsamhraidh in Éireann, ach nuair atá sé go maith, tá sé go hiontach. Cosa mílítheach, flúirse droch dath na gréine, agus turasanna éigríonna cois fharraige go léir páirt tábhachtach i féilire samhradh Éireannach. Ach na laethanta seo, is i bhfad ón uachtar reoite, 99s, dár óige a bhfuil faisean an tsamhraidh: sa lá atá inniu ann is neamhdhuine thú muna bhfuil tú i láthair ag, ar a laghaidh, ceann amháin de na fleá cheoil móra an samhradh seo. Is mór an rogha a bhfuil ar fáil, agus muna ndéanann tú rud ar bith eile an samhradh seo, ba chóir duit ceol a bhlasadh ar a chuid is fearr – i lár gort, le mórchuid alcól agus cairde, agus gan clú ar laghaidh cá d’fhág tú do phuball! Sea, Oxegen, an príomh fleá cheoil in Éire chuile bhliain. An bhliain seo, beidh an fleá ar súil deireadh seachtain an 7ú-8ú mí Iúil i Punchestown, agus geallann sé an fleá is fearr go dtí seo. L’ainmneacha móra ar nós Scissor Sisters, Razorlight, The Killers agus Snow Patrol, is eachtra é nach fhéadfhá siúl thairis. Gan dabht b’é sin smaointe na díograiseoirí agus na ticéidí ar fad imithe i gceann cúpla uair. Áfach, muna bhfuil ticéid agat d’Oxegen, nó más cleachtadh a bhfuil uait roimhe sin, b’fearr duit freastal ar ceann de na scór flea eile. Is i gContae na Mhí a mbeidh an Garden Party ar an 9ú Meitheamh. Fleá 12 uair gan staid, láthair campála más uait é, agus geallann sé craic den scoth. Nó céard faoi Live at the Marquee, i gcontae Corcaigh. Go fóill tá 6 dáta fógairthe, deireadh mí Meitheamh - tús mí Iúil, le bannaí móra ar nós Bell X1, Status Quo, agus Christy Moore. Cibé fleá a roghnaíonn tú, ná dean dearmad ar na nithe riachtanacha – puball, alcól, cairde agus ceamara, éadaí d’aimsir úafásach, éadaí d’aimsir gleoite (ní fhéadfá beith ró-cinnte in Éireann), agus mórchuid airgead don bia seafóideach costasach atá ar fáil. Ar ndóigh tá alán fleá, do chuile bhlas ceol, ar fud na tíre agus thar tréimhse an tsamhraidh a d’fhéadfá freastal orthu. Agus cuireann Electric Picnic, dóibh súid le bhlas ‘difriúil’, deireadh len séasúr plódaithe, agus an samhradh, i dtús Mean Fómhair. Amhlaidh, an cheist ná, cá mbeidh tusa an tsamhraidh seo?

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Horny Henry G! Janet Newenham

AN UNDERCOVER investigation by The College View has revealed the Henry Grattan building in DCU is a top spot for gay cruising in Dublin. Squirt.org, which describes itself as “your neighbourhood cruising guide” has over 15,000 locations listed worldwide where gay and bisexuals meet for sex in public places. The investigation was prompted by graffiti written on walls of the toilet cubicles in various locations on campus, promoting the website and warning otherwise unaware students what the toilets are actually used for; “Boycott this jax, it’s 4 sausage Jockeys” alongside similar yet more explicit warnings. According to the site one of the top spots in Dublin is listed as the toilets on the 2nd floor of the Henry Grattan beside room C206. “There are two cubicles with peepholes right in the middle of the partition, giving both a great view. In the cubicle furthest from the door, there are two more peepholes which look right onto the urinals, so you get to watch the straight lads piss! Boy, have I seen some action in there!” The website gives information on what buses to take to get here, the average age of cruisers, when the best time to go is and cruising tips such as “Just keep (relieving yourself) and if he looks through the peep hole, you are in.” Recent comments from members in-

THROUGH THE PEEPHOLE: Graffiti in Henry Grattan toilets advertising gay cruising. Photos by James Spencer

dicate that the library, Albert College Park and 1838 Club are better spots than the Henry Grattan. Comments include; “Hey, will be around here tomorrow if anyone wants to meet up in the Henry Grat.”; shyguyinireland asks “Hey, are there any guys about DCU looking for some sneaky action? Some very private (and very nice) shower rooms in the 1838 Club toilet area.” Bman83 replies “what about the library toilets? They’re always empty and they’re pretty big?” Fitguy19 posted on the message boards recently suggesting “the park beside DCU would be good after dark”. Unsure of how legitimate these com-

ments were, The College View set up a profile on the site in hopes of attracting some inside action. Just 10 minutes after logging on a fellow cruiser emailed asking to meet up in the Henry Grattan toilets. “I will wait for you at the urinals in ten minutes.” Roi07 turned up and waited for over 20 minutes, oblivious to the reporter sitting outside documenting the set up. He left the toilets and walked up and down the corridor in search of his mystery man leaving after a further ten minutes. It is not just homosexuals that get up to such activities. There are other websites alongside squirt.org such as alternativeireland.com and swing4ireland.

com which are promoted as websites in favour of swinging and public sex for heterosexuals. Alternativeireland.com and swing4ireland.com both have lists of ‘dogging’ locations around Ireland. The term ‘dogging’ comes from the phrase “walking the dog” and refers to open air public sex. According to alternativeireland. com, there are 25,000 active ‘doggers’ in Ireland, which is why the site is claiming that Dublin is the new sex capital of Europe. One dogging location that swing4ireland.com suggests is the roof of the Ilac Centre’s car park.

but that is not the case. I don’t believe we should plant a hedge between our two countries.” In addition to discussing the future relationship between the new Stormont administration and the Irish government, the two also discussed the possibility of a contribution from the Republic toward the economic peace dividend in Northern Ireland. Following the meeting, Paisley ac-

cepted Ahern’s invitation to visit the site of the Battle of the Boyne as a demonstration of the cooperation between the two governments. “I believe that this site can become a valuable and welcome expression of our shared history and a new point of departure for an island, North and South, which is at ease with itself and respectful of its past and all its traditions,” Ahern stated. In addition to this event, a powersharing deal is to take place between the Catholics of Gerry Adam’s Sinn Fein and the Protestants of Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party on May 8. So, is this truly the beginning of a new peaceful era for the Republic and Northern Ireland? Skeptics may write this handshake business off as nothing more than Paisley looking for a handout for Northern Ireland, and Ahern attempting to boost his ratings for the upcoming elections by working toward uniting the two nations. Whatever their motives may be, many would agree that a peace agreement between the Republic and Northern Ireland is long over due, and any steps made toward its completion are certainly welcomed.

A month in politics Natalie Committee

TEN YEARS ago, no one would have guessed that the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and stanch Protestant, Rev. Ian Paisley, would be shaking hands with anyone from the Republic of Ireland, especially not the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern. However, on April 4th at the Farmleigh House in Dublin, the public witnessed what has been dubbed by the media as the “historic handshake.” This simple act between former foes is indeed a momentous event considering the bitter history between the two countries. Since the 1960s, more than 3,600 lives have been lost due to the conflict over Northern Ireland. But as Ahern said, “We must do our best to put behind us the terrible wounds of our past and work together to build a new relationship between our two traditions.” It is clear that Ahern wants Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to be united, but he has settled for progress in that direction. “Through our partnership and cooperation we are determined to ensure that the final steps of the peace process

are successfully completed,’’ he said. What are a bit more surprising are Paisley’s positive comments that coincide with Ahern’s. “We can confidently state that we are making progress to ensure our two countries can develop and grow side by side in the spirit of generous cooperation,” he declared. Later in the day he also stated, “Some say hedges make the best neighbours,


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Killing the messenger Stan Dunne A LEADING Irish crime writer fears that more journalists could be murdered in Ireland. Paul Williams, the Sunday World crime correspondent and author, has said that a murder in the Veronica Guerin style could happen again. Williams has received several serious death threats and a post bomb attack because of his work as an investigative journalist uncovering Ireland’s gangland activity. Williams said: “Ireland is becoming a more dangerous and volatile place, I’ve had serious concerns for my safety.” He was afforded Garda protection because of the danger to his life. The Sunday World reporter believes that Irish journalists are not printing the truth because of the danger to their life but also because of the new restrictive laws brought in by the government. He said: “There is too much politically correct bullshit in our business. Some papers are more worried about how the journalists got the story than the story itself.” Two Irish journalists have been murdered in the last eleven years. Veronica Guerin was shot dead while sitting at traffic lights on the Naas road in 1996 and Martin O’Hagan was also shot dead when walking home after a night out in his home town of Lurgan, Co. Armagh in 2001. “You have to be constantly cautious, don’t announce were you are going and stay away from certain areas. They

shot Veronica Guerin because they knew were she was” said Williams. However Williams is prepared to continue the fight against organised crime in Ireland. “My job is to shine the light of publicity on the scum bags. Some people say I’m mad but I hate seeing people who pay their taxes pushed around by scum bags.” A report by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) has said that it is almost “risk free to kill a journalist”. The study called “Killing the messenger” said that two journalists have died every week in the last decade while trying to report the news. Out of one thousand, 657 of them were murdered, however only one in eight of the killers were ever prosecuted. The INSI has called on world governments to stop the “impunity” of killers. They have also said that there should be more publicity for murdered journalists to expose the tragedy of these innocent victims. The misconception that most deaths were in times of war was also dispelled by the report. It found that only a quarter of journalists were killed in armed conflict with the majority dieing in peacetime. Vincent Broussel, a spokesman for Reporters Sans Frontier (RSF), a journalist protection agency, said that the murder of journalists around the world was “quite disturbing”. Broussel highlighted the blogger campaign started by RSF to put pres-

sure on world governments. However, he said that “there is no political will to stop the perpetrators of such crimes, the killers have influence against the police to stop the investigations.” RSF have welcomed the United Nations’ new hard line stance on the protection of media workers. The UN Security Council passed resolution 1738 in December of last year to try to combat the continued murder and kidnap of journalists. The Resolution stated that journalists have the “right to the status of prisoners of war under the Third Geneva Convention.” It also emphasized that war correspondents and media workers should be considered civilians and deserve to be “protected as such”. Deaglan de Breadun, former Foreign Affairs Correspondent of the Irish Times, said he was very wary of the danger he faced while covering the Second Intifada in Israel and Palestine in 2000. De Breadun had to make his own arrangements for a flak-jacket while covering the conflict. However he believes that a lot of responsibility for the media workers safety lies with the media organisations themselves. He said: “I do believe journalists should receive training on how to survive in conflict-zones and I’m happy to say that my newspaper sent me on a training course of that nature.”

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De Breadun also said that editorial staff should get training on how to handle and manage staff working in conflict zones. “This is very important but I don’t think it happens in many media organisations,” he said. De Breadun believes that the decline of impartiality and objectivity in journalism is placing more journalists’ lives in danger. “There are too many journalists and media organisations with political agendas these days,” he said. The continuing kidnapping of jour-

nalists around the world is also causing concern among media organisations. Alan Johnston , the BBC’s Gaza correspondent, was kidnapped three weeks ago in the Gaza Strip. Vincent Broussel condemned the kidnapping and said that the continuing abduction of journalists in the region may lead to people thinking everybody in the Gaza Strip and West Bank are terrorists. He said: “Unfortunately the kidnapping of journalists in Gaza is a daily occurrence.” There is still no news of the whereabouts of Alan Johnston.

McClave elected Humanities Convenor after third count Alan Waldron THE ELATION and disappointment of elections were all too evident at the recent Students’ Union election for the Humanities Convenor on April 5. In a bizarre twist, Niall McClave was elected Humanities Convenor after the original vote was overturned following a recount. After the first count it was announced that Eimear Fitzmaurice had been elected by 236 votes to McClave’s 219. Fitzmaurice originally led by 4 first preference votes after the first round. Then, after the redistribution of the votes for competitors Karl White and Robin Cafolla, Fitzmaurice had a slightly more comfortable lead of 17. After much personal deliberation, McClave requested a recount. “I was told I could ask for a recount so decided I should because of the narrow 17 vote margin” said McClave. In the second count, McClave gained eight votes to bring his new tally to 227 while Fitzmaurice lost nine votes, leaving another 17 vote margin. However, crucially and rather strangely, this time the 17 votes were in McClave’s

CONCENTRATION IS KEY: Electoral Committee go late into the night counting election votes.

favour. Following this 34 vote swing and obvious shock at the change in result,

Fitzmaurice then requested another recount. It was at about 3:30 am when Mc-

Photo by Eoin O’Neill

Clave was finally confirmed Humanities Convenor for the next academic year when the second count’s statistics

were replicated in the third count. “Obviously I was disappointed and quite surprised that there was such a change but I understand that mistakes are made” said Fitzmaurice. She was also keen to add that “the Electoral Committee was very sympathetic to my situation which made it much easier to take”. McClave was obviously delighted to be elected but was also very sympathetic towards Fitzmaurice. “I felt relieved after thinking I had lost. I just think it was a mistake with the counting.” This opinion was echoed by Electoral Committee Chairman, Andrew Harford, who said that the situation was unavoidable and was “just human error.” In the other closely fought election race of the evening, Hazel Hayes was elected Deputy President by 45 votes against Kate Fitzgerald while there were 64 votes spoiled by students. However Harford was keen to point out that “any votes which indicated clear preference towards a candidate (such as ticking rather than numbering) were counted as votes.”


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Summer job from Hell

Photo by James Spencer

Carrie King 4.30 AM. A time at which many of us would be meandering home after a particularly good night out; or perhaps one might associate it with getting up early to catch a flight. However, the mere mention of that ungodly hour sends a shudder of fear up my spine. Why? One may legitimately ask. I had the summer job from the deepest pits of Beelzebub’s lair. It was late May and I was worried about my summer prospects as I had been unemployed for the entire college year, living off the charity of my housemates and sometimes the mushrooms that had taken to growing on our sitting room wall. In my desperation to avoid spending another summer at home, I applied for every job that seemed even slightly tolerable. When I got a phone call from one of the hotels I had petitioned I was, needless to say, delighted. It seemed like a good deal at the time, but then, I was caught up in a frenzy at the prospect of having some money. I would start at 6am and finish at approximately 3, maybe even 12 on certain days. And thus I started my job with the unwitting enthusiasm of all those who have just been employed and are as yet unaware of the unpleasantness ahead. I was to be serving breakfast, lunch and then I would refill mini-bars. Thus I arrived, bright and early at 6am on a Monday morning. I approached reception to enquire where I was to start work, but was met with a blank, if slightly exasperated face. So I wandered towards the restaurant in the hotel and tried to find someone a little more responsive. I was in luck. I met

Maria, a girl who I would be working alongside and who showed me the ropes in the kindest way possible. I was brought to the back of the kitchen to be introduced to the chef.

tired and impatient. My hands were soon burnt from plates and coffee and it may have seemed from the outside that I had taken up a nasty habit of selfharm.

When I asked if there was anything in particular that I should be doing, he told me to “stand there and look pretty”. It was at that moment I realised I was doomed. When I asked if there was anything in particular that I should be doing, he told me to “stand there and look pretty”. It was at that moment I realised I was doomed. I soon got into the routine of getting up at the ridiculously early hour of half past four. I didn’t start work until 6am of course, but as there were no buses at that time, I was required to walk for an hour just to get to what was to become the bane of my summer. Sadly, the walk to town was the most pleasant part of my day. Usually, I was the only person in the land of the living at that time, apart from the time when I watched a guy get arrested outside a pub. I came to hate O’Connell Bridge as it meant there would soon be no turning back. Luckily, I was working alongside some really lovely people, from all over the world, but we were understaffed, underpaid and overworked. The work was hard and usually quite pressurised, made all the more difficult by heavy eyelids, and a body that was suffering withdrawal from its duvet. Customers were most often rude,

I was supposed to be finished by three o’clock, but most days I was there much longer, often working eleven hour days. And even though I finished relatively early in comparison with most, work still took over any social exploits I may have had in mind. As my body clock pulled itself into the antithesis of student timing, I soon became tired at about 6 o’clock in the evening meaning there was little I

come out of it, having missed a crucial chunk in the middle. Why didn’t I just get a new job? I asked myself the same question many times, but in truth, it was simply because I was so exhausted and monosyllabic it would’ve been impossible to make a good impression on a prospective employer. It wouldn’t have been so bad if I was being paid well, but unfortunately, doling out cash was not something my former employers were good at. I was often underpaid and missing hours, and for two weeks they simply ‘forgot’ to pay me. I was on the other hand, being treated better than many of my nonnative counterparts. I found out much later that I was being paid more than girls who had been working there longer than I had. People were being fired without reason or notice. And often some of my hardest working colleagues were being paid for half of the hours they had actually worked. Alex, a Brazilian man I worked with

The work was hard and usually quite pressurised, made all the more difficult by heavy eyelids, and a body that was suffering withdrawal from its duvet. could do in the way of fun. Nights out were non-existent as at 12am I was all too aware that I had to be up in just over four hours and so I usually opted to greedily grasp every possible minute of sleep. I just became tired. There are countless movies that I haven’t seen the end of because I would nod off in the cinema, or would

once managed to clock up 80 hours in one week by starting at 10am and not going home until 3 in the morning. He was only paid for 40 of those hours because the management ‘didn’t believe’ he had worked that much. It’s quite incredible how exploited people in lower-paid jobs can be. Ah, management: The bane of all

our young lives. Angry and disillusioned about the level of authority they wielded, they made life as hard for the staff as possible. I was the only Irish person in the entire establishment that wasn’t one of these incarnations of evil. The only one, who was at times tolerable, was fired for wanting to bring the housekeeping staff up to minimum wage. I worked in the same place for seven months. I’ve no idea how I did it or why I stayed there. The most likely reason is because it was too risky not to have a regular wage. I’ll maintain, for my own sanity, that it was character building. I did work alongside some of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met, and as with all jobs, no matter how mundane or difficult, it’s always the people you work with that keep you sane. I’ll finish with some words of wisdom for any of you poor souls that end up working in such a horrible job. Americans tip. It’s part of their culture, so stretch the smile an extra inch, and try and sate their every whim. It’s worth it. English people don’t. Be slightly less available. Avoid if you can tables of hen-parties (you’ll notice them by their distinctly orange skin, their cackling laughter, and the fact that they appear to travel in gaggles). Make the best of it if you can, and get to know the people you’re working with. They’ll end up saving your sanity and your job more than once. Learn to balance plates, and developing resilience to heat is also advisable. Lastly, don’t ever get a job in a hotel!


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WALK IN THE PARK FOR A HEALTHY HEART: DCU staff and students take a stroll around Albert College Park during Wellness Week, raising €500. Just one lap around the park a few times a week is enough to keep your heart healthy.

CHEQUE THIS OUT: Liam Printer hands over the proceeds of the Casino Ball to John Fitzpatrick from Our Lady’s Hospital at Crumlin. The charity event raised €11,038. Photo By Eoin Byrne

CELEBRATION TIME: New Students’ Union President Alan Flanagan is lifted up onto the shoulders of his supporters upon hearing the results of the SU Elections. The final count finished at 3am on April 5th. Photo by Eoin O’Neill

LITTERATI: DCU campus on the weekend after students spent a busy week sitting on the grass enjoying the sun.

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his year has been good to Fionn Regan. Recently nominated for 2 Meteor Awards - Best Irish Male and Best Irish New Act – as well as receiving a nomination for Best Album of the Year at the Music Choice Awards, it’s easy to see why things have taken off for him. After a string of gigs abroad, the Wicklow-born man is back on Irish shores to a big welcome from his Irish fan-base. “It’s nice to be back here again. I’ve just been touring for two months non-stop [and] before that I was touring for six months. I travelled to a lot of places but I’ve seen very little.” More recently he has spread his music across a host of Australian cities. Following that, he headed straight for Los Angeles, then to Austin

last year with the album making its way through the market. “When I’ve come back to places I’ve played before there’s a bigger turnout now. And I haven’t been using any big marketing campaigns really. I get the feeling that people have come to the gigs, liked the music, told their friends and basically brought them along next time I was playing or passing through.” So word of mouth still seems to work then. A recent gig played in London’s Union Chapel sold out to Fionn’s surprise. “God knows how,” exclaims Fionn. “There was no big marketing campaign, so it was pretty unexpected.” His album is due to be released in the States in June, perhaps the biggest test for any artist and just as Sony helped launch the popular ‘Heartbeats’ (the ad with all the coloured balls bouncing down the street), Toyota are using Fionn’s ‘Be Good Or Be Gone’ in a current commercial. “I wasn’t aware of that,” says Fionn. “Well it

“If people see me as carrying the torch from Dylan and Young then I’m very honoured” Texas and finally back to England. His recent existence has been somewhat nomadic. But isn’t this what so many of us dream about: creating our own music, touring the world with it and playing to adoring crowds. Isn’t this the illusion that the likes of MTV have sold to us? “The thing about touring is you don’t get to see the places you visit. You’re cooped up travelling, rehearsing or meeting folk. Parts of it have been hard going.” His debut album, ‘The End of History’, has been ebbed out from country to country. Fionn has seen the gradual change in crowds over the

should hopefully reach a wider audience which is what I want to do.” Despite this desire, he is somewhat cautious about his recent popularity. “In the last two months or so, I do feel that a lot of people have been turning up and perhaps not necessarily just for the music. It’s this feeling I’ve picked up on at some more recent gigs…like some people want to catch the next big thing before it gets big. It’s a bit of an uncomfortable feeling. I just want people to enjoy the music if they like it.” Many DJs and critics have placed Fionn side by side with the likes of Neil Young, Donovan and Bob Dylan. But there is an overwhelming sense that Fionn isn’t entirely comfortable with this. There is a tiredness in his voice when I inquire as to his influences – a sense of ‘here we go again as I’m about to be pigeon holed’. “The music is itself, by itself. When you pick up a guitar and create songs on your own, you immediately get put in this neighbourhood of the ‘singer/ songwriter’. It happens to every type of musician depending on what they play. People need to apply a genre to you. It doesn’t feel good to be branded like

“I got put in this neighbourhood of the ‘singer/ songwriter’”

that when you feel your music is your own.” “I suppose they would be musical father figures,” says Fionn. “If people see me as carrying on a torch somewhat, from the likes of Dylan, Guthrie and Young well then I’m very honoured.” Like his predecessors his songs contain plenty of imagery - sometimes simple, other times abstract - wrapped around acoustic melodies. Throughout, the music constantly guides you to where the lyrics are heading. On this, Fionn feels “the music sometimes takes a backseat to the lyrics, sometimes the music comes first, other times they both take an even keel.” The End Of History plays out like a picture book: a photo album of memories and paths travelled; ‘I have become an aerial view of the coastal town you once knew’ sings Fionn on ‘Be Good Or Be Gone’. “English was the one subject in school where I would feel I could get away. It was the only highlight of school for me. It was something I could get lost in, especially when you have that

feeling of alienation and distance which I think everyone can relate to at some stage.” This year Fionn will be moving away from the Big Tree stage, instead playing the Crawdaddy tent at 2007’s Electric Picnic. Sold out is quickly becoming a phrase associated with Fionn’s gigs so you have been warned.

Go to Page 16 for a review of Fionn Regan’s single Be Good or Be Gone


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N THE surface the Delorentos look like the conventional rock band. They’ve got the shaggy hair cuts, the trendy outfits and the loud guitars. But upon closer inspection you soon see that these guys aren’t like the rest. They aren’t in your face; they don’t shout or swear. They’re actually quite shy and modest, something which makes a refreshing change. The band all hail from North Dublin and three of the four members attended DCU. They drifted together after numerous drunken encounters at the college parties we are all too familiar with. Vocalist, Ronan Yourell, admits that at first they had no dreams of stardom, but they soon realised that they had something new to offer. “When we began, it was just for fun. We jammed now and again but we really clicked. That was about three years ago now and since then we’ve really got into the music.” It’s hard to pin point who or what the Delorentos sound like. Their songs are an eclectic mix of musical generations meshed together to form something new and alluring. Ronan along with drummer, Ross; bass player, Niall and guitarist, Kieran all claim this sound is a result of conflicting musical tastes. “I’m a huge Bruce Springsteen fan but Ross would never listen to him. He’d be more into the Pixies. Whereas the other guys love bands like the Cure and Muse,” says Ronan. “We all have equal input and that’s what makes it exciting,” The band’s unique sound caught the attention of Hugh Murray, a talent scout with Sony Music UK and when he left the company in 2005 he decided to manage the band full time and since then they have gone from strength to strength. Their big break came last May when they won the British National Student Music Award. “We won the Irish version first and then decided to try our luck in London. It was a great experience. We met lots of people and even got our lawyer out of it, it really made an impact on us.” The band where even promised a slot on ITV’s CD:UK but when the show got cancelled so did the gig! “At the time we felt we weren’t ready to appear on national television so we postponed it but then Cat Deeley left and the ratings dropped so the show got cut and we lost out.” However, the band didn’t let this set them back and finished up their album, ‘In Love with Detail’, in February. The first single, ‘Leave it On’, secured a Top 30 slot in the charts and received rave reviews from music magazines including Hotpress and NME.

The band had already performed tracks from the record at various gigs throughout the country including last summer’s Oxegen festival. But all the attention really took them by surprise. “We didn’t expect that many people to show up if I’m honest. But ironically the bad weather worked in our favour. Everyone was so depressed about all the rain on Saturday. We were playing first thing on Sunday morning and thank god the sun was shining so about 5,000 people piled down to see us. It was amazing,” said Ronan. Other career highlights include performing with Bell X1, the Futureheads and a Meteor Award nomination for best New Irish Band. Currently the lads are gearing up for their national tour. They play Temple Bar Music Centre on April 26th as well as several other dates around the country. “We hope to give our current fans a taster of what’s on the album and maybe even gain a few more along the way. I couldn’t pick a favourite track. I really love all the songs on there, there’s something for everyone” he says. ‘In Love with Detail’ is in the shops now.

“They aren’t in your face; they don’t shout or swear”

HE PINNACLE of the most underappreciated musical movement in rock history was in 1991. During this glorious year, the two finest albums of their genre were released: ‘Loveless’ by My Bloody Valentine and ‘Going Blank Again’ by Ride. That genre? Shoegazing. Shoegazing earned its name from the behaviour of both its practitioners and its fans (um, we looked at our feet. A lot). An air of ennui was de rigueur; there was no macho posing, trendsetting matching suits or ultrastylised haircuts. Their uniform was jeans, paisley shirts, baggy jumpers and unkempt hair. Shoegazing was not a fashion statement or a guide to life; it was all about the music. The typical Shoegazing approach to their unique sound was simple: take a guitar track. Layer it over itself about eight times. Take a few dozen more guitar tracks, or a few hundred. Repeat step one. Add a skipload of wah-wah pedals, reverb and distortion. Stir. Bury some bass, drumming and nonsensical lyrics beneath the mountain of guitar and you’re laughing. Kevin Shields readily admits that he lost count of the number of guitar layers used on ‘To Here Knows When’, from his magnum opus, My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’. ‘Loveless’ took over three years to make, used 18 sound engineers and nearly bankrupted Creation Records (until a certain Manchester-based uni-browed ladrock group saved their bacon). It remains, however, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time and holds the title of Best Album You’ve Probably Never Heard Of. The only way to hear a Shoegazing band was live. The bands turned the amps up to 13 and broke the knobs off. Ears bled. Girls swooned. Legends were made. Guitar antihero Shields experimented with hypnogogia, a trance-like state entered when the body is lacking in sleep. He encouraged fans to deprive themselves of sleep prior to coming to a MBV concert. The combination, he stated, of three squillion layers of guitar played at 130dB coupled with lack of kip would lead fans to experience visions and out-of-body experiences. Beat that, Arctic Monkeys. So what happened? A certain three piece from Seattle released ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. The Kids embraced the Next Big Thing, leaving Shoegazing languishing in the dust, a lost cause. Hot on the heels of Nirvana came BritPop, where Blur and Oasis engaged in a war that held the nation in sway and divided families. So, where are they now? Kevin Shields surfaced recently to serve as musical supervisor to Sofia Coppola’s introspective masterpiece ‘Lost In Translation’. Andy Bell, the six-string wunderkind from Ride gave it up as a bad job and took the vacant bass slot in of all bands, Oasis. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.


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HE HYBRID awards, run by the Media Production Society, were hosted this year by comedian and DCU Graduate Neil Delamare. He is certainly in touch with the student sense of humour, slagging those who had entered several times in the same category and MPS themselves over “missing trophies”. However there was a feeling in the audience that he was racing through the show to get it over with. In all, 18 awards took about 45 minutes to present. This was disappointing. The event aims to recognise DCU students for their media achievements in areas such as print writing, TV, radio production, photography, script writing and web design. And while it did do this, the swift show made it a half-hearted effort. The venue looked amazing. A lot of work had gone into the awards, the glitzy wine reception, the impressive stage and the great screen graphics. Esteemed judges of the awards included, Peter Murtagh of The Irish Times deciding the Best Sports Writer category, Garrett Harte from Newstalk 106 for Best News Writer and Alan O’Rourke of BAFTA nominated ‘spoiltchild. com’, for Best Website. Clearly a lot of time had gone into the awards beforehand and it was a pity not as much time was taken to actually present them. I understand that long drawn out speeches can be boring; no one wants to hear the tenth person thanking

their parents through blubbering tears. One suggestion might be to play the winning piece of radio or excerpt of an article or clip from a film just to acknowledge the work of the winners. It is difficult to measure the high standards of the winners if we never actually get to hear or see their work. The 45 minutes, while brief, were entertaining. For those who won it was a great recognition

of their work during the year. For those who didn’t, they were chuffed to see their name in the programme and up on the screen. It is one of the rare occasions in the DCU calendar where most people scrubbed up and made an effort. Of the winners whose work I am aware of, the standard was very high. We saw from the Smedia Awards that DCU students are incredibly talented and can be successful on a National Stage. If

All Night Long

years when I didn’t know the difference between the Clubs and Socs Office and room YVE24). I simply couldn’t understand why they would jeopardise their marks for some obscure DCU event that I had never heard of – an event where

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Y FIRST encounter with the Clubs and Socs Award was around this time last year. My two friends and I had a very important assignment due in the following morning and I had expected to join them in an all-nighter.

But to my surprise they walked into the kitchen, dressed up to the nines with sheepish looks on their faces. “We’re going to the Clubs and Socs Awards” they explained to me. The what? (this was back in my wilderness

“The ‘trilogy of deserts’ was less an epic movie and more three small chocolates” only a select few would get tickets. They promised faithfully that they would complete their essay when they arrived home but when they hadn’t returned by dawn the next morning I gave their

those 141 students entered the Smedias, the college would definitely win more. The Hybrid awards are a terrific event and show that DCU is still a strong contender in student media. Manchester United won 7-1 that night, and the awards ended in time for the second half... maybe Neil Delamare is a Man U supporter?

essays up for dead. This year I was the one to forego any impending assignments and begin the journey to Clontarf Castle. The buses were privately hired from Dublin Bus and I spent much of the journey being amused by the confused faces of people at bus stops as they tried to figure out where the number PH was going to. The pre-ceremony tension was as notable as the crowds of people packed in the foyer for the wine reception, and when word spread that the main door to the ball room was opening, the stampede for the ‘good seats’ began. And the meal….oh the meal. I have since heard that many people’s personal highlight was when they discovered the treasure trove of mashed potatoes hidden beneath the mouth-watering beef. The “trilogy of deserts” was less an epic movie and more three small chocolates, but at that stage no-one was thinking of their stomachs anymore, the awards were about to begin. The collective blood-pressure of the room soared as each award was announced, but all too soon, it was over. The weeks-long speculation ended and the winners’ places in DCU C&S history was secured. Then the real party began. The victorious Clubs and Societies posed for endless pictures and danced around their trophies, completely oblivious to the ‘also-rans’ who had nothing to dance around but their failure. The DJ for the night kept the crowd very happy and soon lots of people couldn’t really remember if they had won an award or not. The biggest cheer of the night came when the melodies of the Vengaboys brought hordes of people to the dancefloor. We were reminded that although the Clubs and Socs Awards is a strong contender for Best Night of the Year, its biggest competition will probably have something to say about that. I can almost hear them revving up that bus now….


Muse-ic to my Ears OWEN BYRNE

appears on the Sunday. There is nothing I can say about this band that hasn’t already been said. Seeing them live could quite possibly change your life.

There’s also Daft Punk. This band will please your soul. Their purpose in life is to make people dance. That is all. Then there’s Babyshambles. I know, I know. And believe me they wouldn’t be in this list without good reason. And that reason is that Carl Barat and Pete Doherty played a show together last week. Which means the Libertines might reform. How bad would you feel if the Libertines played Oxegen and you didn’t go because you thought it was Babyshambles? Finally, there’s Bright Eyes. This one is risky. Conor Oberst may well be the greatest lyricist of our time, not to mention having a kick ass back catalogue, but all of that really won’t matter if he gets coked of his face and slags John Peel again. Let’s hope he doesn’t.

ARE YOU one of the many people who couldn’t get a ticket for the two-day Irish music mecca known as the Oxegen festival? Well why not hop on plane to Belgium to see the same bands and more, spread over four days for the same price. Rock Werchter is the festival where you can fulfil all your indie needs, heavy metal is allowed and curfews don’t matter. This year sees a great mixture of rock and dance acts with Muse, Metallica, The Chemical Brothers and Faithless headlining over the four days. A four day ticket with camping costs €177, while day tickets cost €75 each. Once in Belgium, all tickets entitle the holder to free public transport to and from the venue. The first day will see performances by My Chemical Romance and shock rock legend Marilyn Manson. Emo superstars MCR use a whole stage show for their Black Parade concept album, while Manson’s shocking onstage antics saw him banned from playing Ireland for many years. Muse will also perform at the first day of Werchter, lighting up the night with their surreal take on prog rock. The Oxegen headliners will take to the stage after midnight, playing until 2am. Day two is a big day for indie with Kaiser Chiefs and Arctic Monkeys playing on the main stage. Grunge heroes Pearl Jam will headline the day. The band, who sold out The Point last year, will no doubt be ready to rock the crowd with the likes of ‘Evenflow’ and ‘Alive’. The third day is another day for big indie bands with performances by Razorlight, Snow Patrol and The Killers. The final day brings in the heavier end of the festival with Incubus and Mastodon playing the main stage. Metallica will play as part of their ‘Sick of the Studio’ tour. The metal giants, who have no plans for playing in Ireland this year, will be debuting new tracks as well as playing out the classics. Rock Werchter festival takes place in Werchter village in Belgium from June 30 to July 1.

Electric Picnic is not just a music festival. It also boasts some of the biggest names in Irish and worldwide comedy in the International Comedy Tent, including Adam Hills, Neil Delamare, PJ Gallagher and Doktor Cocacolamcdonald, who provides laughs for all of the wrong reasons. Des

Bishop has organises this tent and it would be too easy to spend your day here. Fossetts’ Circus is the latest attraction to be added to this three-day escape from reality. Poetry readings and debates take place in the Leviathan Think Tank, the stellar Silent Disco keeps going

until the early hours and a wonderful array of organic and ‘normal’ food will be available at all times. This festival is one not to be missed and you will realise that it is what has been missing from your life.

Coming Up For Air JAMES WARD

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HO’S UP for a weekend of drugs, sex and rock n roll in the rain? I was too, but this year’s Oxegen line up has been a bit of a let down. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of great bands, but look at the headliners. Last year, they had Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Who (The WHO for God’s sake), and what have we got this year? Some Irish lads responsible for the most sinfully boring song of last year and a “rock band” fronted by a man who’s religion forbids him from doing anything even remotely rock n roll. But all is not lost; there are still some damn fine acts to see.

Kings of Leon have just returned with their third, and possibly finest album, ‘Because of the Times’. The Tennessee quartet is as much responsible for bringing back guitar music as the Strokes or the Libertines. Do not miss them; they could be the greatest band of our generation. The competition for that honour, Arcade Fire,

“This year’s Oxegen line up has been a real let down”

Not Your Average Picnic LOUISE BRUTON

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HE BOUTIQUE festival, Electric Picnic, is for those who have put the days of Witness long behind them. Set in Stradbally Estate, Co. Laois, the laid-back atmosphere allows gig-goers to wander between stages, tents and activities (this year an arts and craft area has been added to the Body and Soul area) at ease. Taking place from August 31 to September 2, it is the perfect way to finish off the summer. Headlining acts include the eccentric Bjork, psychobilly giants Jesus and the Mary Chain, the splendid Primal Scream, the newly formed super group The Good, The Bad and the Queen and the recently reformed, over-the-hill rockers Iggy Pop and The Stooges. The Beastie Boys will be making an appearance, their first one in Ireland for almost a decade, in which they will be showcasing their latest material. Modest Mouse and LCD Soundsystem will also be promoting their albums released in 2007. Other acts include Jarvis Cocker, Polyphonic Spree, Deerhoof, Sonic Youth, The Go Team!, The Undertones, Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain and Ladytron.

“Electric Picnic is not just a music festival”


The Preview

The Review

MOVIE:

Spiderman 3 DIRECTOR:

Sam Raimi CAST:

Tobey Maguire, Topher Grace, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco MARK KERRY IT’S HARD to know where the Spiderman franchise can go on from this latest installment. Sam Raimi’s latest delivery of Peter Parker’s adventures is bigger, bolder and visually more impressive than ever before. There are more villains, more girls and more CGI imagery than the first two films combined and the effect is rather impressive. However, this time the plot is too elaborate. It’s easy to see what Raimi wants to do with the film, and the message he wants to deliver, but he goes about it in a very long-winded way. The central plot is to do with Parkers struggle to make room for both his love life and Spiderman. However, when the alien symbiote, ‘Venom’, attaches itself to him, his persona changes for the worst. The foes Parker faces this time are bigger,

badder and uglier than ever before. Harry Osbourne is the ‘Hobgoblin’ who wants Parker to pay for the murder of his father. Flint Marco is an escaped convict who becomes ‘The Sandman’. And last but not least, there’s Eddie Brock, the arrogant new journalist with an eye on Parkers job in the Daily Bugle. Spiderman 3 really is a film catered for a younger audience. It’s all about the cool new bad guys and the amazing special effects. Anyone going in expecting knockout performances or an amazing script will be disappointed. It’s mindless entertainment at its absolute best. Spiderman 3 won’t win any Oscars (except maybe for the special effects) but it will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. Overall it’s an excellent film, but not as good as it could have been.

SARAH CRAMER HAD I not heard an interview with Shane Dunphy prior to reading this book, I would have assumed much of it was fiction. I would have hoped it was. Last Ditch House is a record of Dunphy’s experience as a child care worker on four exceptional cases. The book details the troubling stories of, among others, young twins so neglected and abused that they were practically feral and a pair of young boys who believed they were seeing their murdered father alive and well. The book is written from Dunphy’s point of view and it is an extremely engaging account. The style is close to that of a novel, and the writing is often needlessly and clumsily descriptive. It can sometimes feel as if you are reading a leaving cert English essay and you can hear the teacher in Dunphy’s ear (“be descriptive; show me, don’t tell me!”). This is completely unnecessary. The weight of the stories themselves is enough to touch the heart of even the coldest cynic. According to Dunphy “There are people who are motivated by things we’ll never understand” and that is part of the fascination this book holds. The tales he slowly and skillfuly unfolds are often repellent and yet the reader is compelled to continue, compelled to investigate whether Dunphy will give us answers to the questions the victim’s stories throw up. While the cases Dunphy refers to are tragic, the book does not leave the reader feeling down. It both baffles and intrigues. How any human being could want to inflict such torture on an innocent child is baffling. How any human, especially a vulnerable child, could survive and bounce back from such experiences is intriguing and, ultimately, uplifting. Regardless of the technical merits of Last Ditch House, these stories deserve to be read.

BOOK:

Last Ditch House AUTHOR:

Shane Dunphy

“You can hear the teacher in Dunphy’s ear (“be descriptive; show me, don’t tell me!”)”

Who likes Short Shorts...

Band: Ash Single: You Can’t Have It All

Band: Fionn Regan Single: Be Good or Be Gone

Band: Delorentos Single: Basis of Everything

Band: Kings of Leon Album: Because Of The Times

NORTHERN ROCKERS Ash are back, minus Charlotte Hatherley. If the first track off forthcoming album ‘Twilight of the Innocents’ is anything to go by, my predictions are that 2007 will be a good year for Wheeler and the lads. It effectively strikes the balance between cool and mainstream indie/ pop-rock; Wheeler’s vocals are smooth, the chorus catchy but not nauseating, and the guitar solo impressive. They’ve reverted back to their distinctive sound that circulated our air-waves in the past decade. The records not very original, but it will please Ash fans and may even convert a few haters!

THE SINGLE comes from the Bray performer’s debut album, ‘The End of History.’ It’s a simple song, with his vocals accompanied by acoustic guitar and sparse harmonies. Without coming across as bland, it’s just a really likeable song (recognisable perhaps from a Toyota ad). It’s hard to tell whether or not an entire album would get monotonous, but the single definitely has its contemplative and charismatic charm. The disk also features the video (actually surprisingly entertaining), and ‘The Ice-Cap Lullaby’ which at 90 seconds is harmless enough, but fails to shine like the single.

ANOTHER SONG about another imperfect relationship. This chewed-over topic is delivered with an infectious tune and a riff that will not leave your head for quite some time. It will be a favourite for girls on the dance floor of any dodgy pub or club - others could just see it as another attempt from an Irish band trying to make it big. It’s a harmless, fun song and for the Delorentos’ sake, I hope this single pushes them past the critics’ sneering judgments. After all, you’ve bopped to worse in Coppers.

Yvette Poufong

Dawn Wheatley

THE KINGS of Leon have grown up. No longer are they the scruffy Tennessee minstrels pedalling a styled up version of dessert highways and whiskey fights. They are a now a band of genuine substance. Releasing an album in the same vein as their previous two would have seen them climb another rung towards stardom. Instead they have created a hugely different offering and it is their most impressive piece of work to date. Different it may be, but the stand-out singles on the album will guarantee more commercial success. Finally Kings of Leon are a band you can take 100% seriously.

Louise Bruton

Alec Hughes


Case of the Ex In the Country JANET NEWENHAM

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AVING SPENT the last two years living here in DCU I am well used to Dubliners saying that I and everyone living outside Dublin are “from the Country!” Yes I do come from Cork and yes I am a farmers’ daughter but I do not appreciate people looking down on me for these reasons. I have argued with quite a number of people on the topic attempting to eliminate the negative connotations that go side by side the phrase “...from the country”. However it appears all my efforts were in vain as I travelled down south for the Easter weekend to visit my friend for her 21st birthday and witnessed life like never before. Little did I know how far “into the west” I was going. Without leaving the boarders of my beloved County Cork it took well over 2 hours to get to Bantry and a further 20 minutes to get to the seaside village of Kilkrahane where supposedly there was a festival on called “Craic on the Coast”. Two pubs and a shop were all we found. Along with a street overflowing with people with paddy hats upon their heads and pints of Guinness in their hands! It felt like I was in a different country! I had no credit and no reception! All I could do was laugh. As my friend and I sat outside the busiest pub in the village, I struggled to understand a word that was being said to me. I might as well have been back in Africa, with the guys speaking Swahili…because no way was I understanding this thick culchie west cork accent! They had NEVER heard of Bebo and Dublin to them was as far away

as Australia is to us. Out of all the girls I talked to, not one of them was attending college. They were all jumping around the place doing Irish jigs and singing along out of tune to the resident band “Potbelly Folk”. Couples were set up by parents if it was “Good for the family”. Respectable farmers’ daughters introduced to other hardworking young lads. I felt like I was in India as girls my age were been almost forced into relationships in exchange for their parents peace of mind and a hefty dowry! It was a world away from life in Dublin.

“Out of all the girls I talked to, not one of them was attending college” As we all piled into a car at 11pm to head to “Cargo”, a night club half an hour away in Bantry it would appear drink driving was not an issue; its’ not like there were any guards around! Driving along the narrow wind winding road to Bantry a song came on the radio that could not have been more perfect if I had planned it. Smiling to myself in the back of the car I hummed along to Blur… ‘You should come to no harm on the animal farm, in the country’!

CATHERINE CARR

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VERY RELATIONSHIP is difficult. It’s a fact. The smallest thing can knock a couple back to square one; maybe knock them off the board altogether. There are obstacles that must be jumped over, axes to be dodged, and falling pianos to side-step. But there’s always something that will trip you up. Something buzzing about that you can’t quite squish. What exactly is this relationship murder weapon? You guessed it! Ms. Scarlet herself …it’s the Case of the Ex. Players to your positions. But this time it isn’t Mr Black who has been murdered. In this game you have to find the killer before they find you. It applies mainly to girls, of course. Exboyfriends have that macho-possessive quality but fail to make much of an impact. But the girls? Well, as everyone knows, a woman’s choice of weapon is poison. Girls just can’t fight honestly and because of that, you very rarely know what it is exactly that you’re fighting. She makes remarks around you, but is as sweet as honey at the same time. Namedropping is a must. “Oh, I was speaking to (insert your boyfriend’s name here) earlier …” and she pauses to take a look at your reaction. But a lot of the time, the murder is being cultivated away from you. She’ll call your boyfriend over to ‘help with something’. You see, even though they broke up, they’re still ‘such good friends’, and because they know each other ‘so well’, he’s the only one she can turn to when something happens. And she’ll use this. The fact that you’re already insecure about yourself, and she happens to be gorgeous, means you start to worry. She had him before, so why can’t she have him again? What if her hanging onto him makes him realise he actually still loves her and they’re going to get back together and, after leaving you alone with cats, they’ll whisk off to Hawaii where they will set up a surfing school to fund their warm nights of lying on the beach with cocktails *pauses for breath*. You’re insane, of course. In theory, they wouldn’t have broken up if he still loved her, and chances are he is oblivious to all that’s going on

(guys never pick up on the little things!!). But you still panic, and may become a little psychotic and possessive yourself. Then, before you know it, ‘relationship’ has been murdered in the library with a spoon! Girls are too possessive. It’s not necessarily that we still like the guy, we just hate when they stop liking us. It’s a control thing, and plus, the attention makes us feel good. Most have the morals not to act on these feelings. It’s just that some girls never quite figured out how to be ladies…..


The College View Crossword No. 15

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8 plucked string instrument with four pairs of strings (8) 9 hanging spike of ice (6) 10 small toy model (4) 11 it’s capital is Accra (5) 12 abominable snowman (4) 13 in a prenatal father like way (8) 16 to urge someone to do something (6) 18 among (4) 20 another word for a jack (5) 21 canine tooth of certain animals (4) 22 the BICS were held in this county (6) 23 abstract, esoteric (8) 26 hindquarters of a mammal (4) 28 board used to contact the dead (5) 30 writes briefly (4) 31 person who a type of cake gets for free (6) 32 bag carried on the back (8)

1 a far eastern temple (6) 2 a revered person (4) 3 motto, jingle (6) 4 recently deceased (tv show host) ____ Nicole Smith (4) 5 New York (3,5) 6 sly, crafty (4) 7 amphibious egg-laying mammal (8) 14 to provide (5) 15 cud chewing mammal (5) 17 route far from the middle (5) 19 an acknowledgement of guilt (3,5) 20 central points of a speech (8) 24 sailor (6) 25 a comedian’s routine (6) 27 feeble, weak (4) 29 irritates, annoys (4) 30 something done or said for amusement (4)

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The College View April 2007

Editorial THE ACADEMIC year is coming to an end but another one will soon begin. Before you know it, the summer job from Hell will be nothing more than a bitter aftertaste, the Oxygen tent will be packed away, and back to DCU you’ll flock to resume what you love best...reading The College View. But for some, the new beginning has already begun. I speak, of course, of the brand spanking new editorial team that has put this issue of The College View together. Well, maybe not brand spanking new but definitely new. Let me introduce you to the team. Firstly and secondly we have Catherine Carr and Alan Waldron, who have stayed on from last year’s team. Catherine was made Arts Editor for the our last issue and immediately set about making it her own. The Attic, the new arts pullout, is her little brainchild and I’m sure you’ll find plenty of gems up there on a rainy day. Alan, who is staying on for another year as Sports Editor, has been a marathon man for the past seven issues but he hasn’t run himself ragged just yet. But there’s plenty of new blood as well. Our newly appointed News Editor Stan Dunne will be rejuvenating our news section with help from Janet Newenham, who many of you might recognise from her multiple by lines over the course of this year. In Arts, Dawn Wheatley will be rummaging through the Attic alongside Catherine. Dawn comes from a long line of College Viewers. Her brother Nigel leaves us this year as webmaster but after dusk comes Dawn. I promise, that is my last pun. Talking of mastering the web, our new person in charge of The College View online is Cian Brennan. Make sure to visit him at www.redbrick.dcu. ie/~pubsoc/ . In sports, we’ve got a team big enough to enter the Astro League next year. Accompanying Alan are two veteran College View writers, Sean Callery and Aoife Connors. Aoife was Sports sub this year, so she knows the ropes. Damn, I’m mixing up my sports metaphors. Liam Murray and Aron Hegarty will also be making their debut appearances for the editorial team. Brendan O’Rourke will be continuing the work that Karen Howley began by keeping DCU’s student paper within the margins. Alas, not everyone is around next year. Gillian O’Hea, who kindly agreed to put together this issue’s Tech page will be moving on from DCU. So, if anyone is interested in carrying on this section, let me know at thecollegeview editor@gmail.com

Correction

In an opinion piece entitled “Smedias eligibility” in last month’s Letters & Comments section, it was stated that the UCD Observer had five full-time paid members on their editorial team. This is not the case. The paper has two sabaticals on their team and the rest are volunteers.

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back on their times in university and remember the times they spent working or socialising within a certain club or society rather than the exhilarating three hour lectures they sat through. And this isn‘t a bad thing at all. However university is larger than the Clubs and Socs offices. Also there are a certain number of people around campus that I have met in the last two years who seem so immersed in their own extra-curricular work that they can’t appreciate the work of others, which I see as an unhealthy balance.

Some members of these clubs or societies then feel that only their club or society is deserving of a club or society award at the end of the year which will only cause unnecessary conflict between clubs and societies. As an outsider, I feel it necessary to remind everyone the real meaning of their work with a club or society. Rather than awards at the end of the year, the focus should be the enjoyment and involvement. Take a step back and enjoy it. Is mise le meas, Alan Waldron

Toilet graffiti in DCU Alec Hughes

There is a graffiti problem in the toilets of Dublin City University – the graffiti is pathetic. It has been a long time since toilet tennis was funny and maybe I’m wrong but “Your Ma” jokes, and slurs against the student nurses do not make impressive or witty reading. One of life’s great pleasures is to be seated at a porcelain throne and be exposed to some witty or insightful literature. In DCU, this rarely happens. In DCU you have to settle for Celtic crests and homophobic slogans. You would be better off reading the back of a bottle of Herbal Essences. Having spent a year in UCD I know what can be achieved if the effort is made in the cubicle. In Belfield toilet graffiti is the stuff of legend. Characters like Pat Patterson have been brought about and inspire creativity in the facilities. People are invited to

add interesting facts about Pat Patterson on the toilet door. Such was the interest in Pat the short lived but fondly remembered whoispatpatterson.com was created. It provided students with an online outlet for their contributions. Pat Patterson changed Belfield. A university than can be a daunting and hostile place had changed. A strange sense of common ground had been created thanks to some toilet graffiti. I am yet to see anything as inspirational as that in a DCU cubicle. UCD is not alone as a University that prides itself on expressing oneself via a toilet door. There is a great dedication to this pursuit in other colleges. In Trinity, one student wrote out an entire Dáil bill on the back of a toilet door then simply wrote at the bottom – “I disagree with this”. Much of DCU’s graffiti remains incomplete. There is no sense of community to

writing on the toilet door in DCU. A valiant attempt by one fella to write a “bog blog” was quashed. His work was scribbled over when he innocently asked what people thought of his picture. This would not happen in UCD or Trinity where Students take the time to give positive feedback and there is a shared pride in wit. One would imagine that students in creative hotbeds like the school of communications would have ample wit to come up with something a little more inventive. But worryingly, the Henry Grattan toilets are below the low standards set elsewhere on campus. Inspiration needs to come from somewhere of course but if not, we may need to look elsewhere. In my secondary school the words “Harvey digs Sabrina” were emblazoned on the door of one of the cubicles. Funny. Not laugh out loud funny.

It’s not exactly an episode of Extras, but the effort was made. Not only did it get a regular chuckle but it was to become a theme. “Doug Funny loves Patty Mayonnaise” was to appear below it. This was to continue in the weeks that followed as even more iconic couples were added to the list. Themed toilet graffiti might not suit DCU but trying to improve on the current standard is a must. To be compared to colleges like UCD and Trinity can often be an irritation to DCU students. The usual excuses of a lack of funding and a smaller student population echo when DCU do not compare favourably with their rivals. Of course DCU cannot compete with Trinity or UCD in terms of history. DCU has only a fraction of the identity as it is but a fledgling university. But we must begin to take pride in the little things. “Your Ma” is not one of them.

The opinions expressed in this publication are not neccessarily those of the Editorial team of The College View


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The College View April 2007

TECHNOLOGY

TE C H N O LO G Y

What The Hell Is Linux? Simon Kilroy TALK ABOUT a difficult article to have to write. On one hand the CA student in me would love to ramble on for 500 words about the benefits of Linux, but on the other hand the normal person in me is dying to tell you the truth. Let’s see if I can tread some sort of line here… So, what is Linux? Well basically, like Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, it’s an operating system (OS) for computers. For those unfamiliar with the term, that’s the rather large program that controls all the other hardware and software in your PC. So how does it differ from its brethren? Well the two main differences are a) it’s free and b) its source code is completely open. These two factors mean that Linux is available to practically anyone to use, modify and also redistribute free of charge. Within this fact however, lies both Linux’s greatest strength but also its greatest weakness. It’s customisabil-

ity means that it only really appeals to those users willing to spend extraordinary amounts of time tweaking the OS to fit their needs. While fans of Linux will argue that there are several different versions of it; many of which are designed for people who don’t want to deal with these intricacies, given its limited compatibility with the vast majority of other software out there, it’s of little surprise that Linux has still not grown in popularity. So who really uses Linux? Well the OS is predominantly known for its use in servers across the world, from those large computers which form the backbone of the IT networks of businesses to the internet itself. It can also be used in normal desktop computers, supercomputers, and even mobile phones which lends it a level of compatibility that few other operating systems possess. While the OS itself isn’t well supported in terms of mainstream software it does have some level of following in the gaming world with the infamous Quake and Doom series of games ap-

pearing on the platform on numerous occasions. But where did it come from? The Linux story began back in 1991 when a young software engineer from the University of Helsinki, Linus Torvalds, tired at having to pay for operating systems from the likes of Microsoft, decided to develop a new operating system based on the open source UNIX environment. While many areas of the OS had already been completed, the very core of the system, the kernel, still had to be written. It was the work on this kernel that Torvalds initiated and to this day, it is what he remains most famous for. And so there you have it. What is Linux? In short, something that nerds love, normal people don’t understand and in this day and age probably something we actually couldn’t live without. Look on the bright side though, next time some wild eyed and bushy haired Redbrick user comes up to you at least you’ll have something to start a conversation with.

A lesson in podcasting How podcasts have taken over the Internet Nigel Wheatley

CASTING YOUR POD: Podcasts have become so popular in the last few years that a Google search for the term yields 112 million results.

IN DECEMBER 2005, the word “Podcast” was awarded the New Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year. That year, strong competition for that honour came from “Sudoku” and “Bird-flu”. Since then podcasting has proliferated even further into society. But how did something that was once the preserve of nerds and tech bloggers manage to become one of the most popular and easy things to do online? A podcast generally refers to a digital recording of a radio or TV program that is made available on the Internet for downloading, usually free of charge. Traditionally, podcasts were intended for playback on portable music players such as Apple’s iPod (hence the name), but because they are actually just audio or video files, they can also be played back on a computer or burnt to a CD or DVD. Podcasts are actually relatively simple to set up and download. The content provider, be they a blogger or

radio station, uploads their music or video files to a web server. They then create a simple XML file to reference these files’ details, such as their URL, title or description. A feed file (almost always RSS) then takes this information from the xml file and offers it to the user. The RSS file can be picked up by any number of programs called podcatchers. Because the file being downloaded by the user is already archived as an mp3 or mp4 file, unlike online streaming, the issue of buffering or sound quality does not come into the equation and the only variable faced by the user is the download time. Early podcasting applications only allowed you to organise and download your files. With the release of Apple’s iTunes 4.9 in June 2005, all this changed. It allowed you to subscribe, download, play and sync files with your iPod. In simple terms, it brought podcasting to the masses. An example of this huge rise in popularity

is evidenced by the fact that in September 2004 a Google search for the term “podcasts” generated just 24 results. Presently, that same Google search will generate a staggering 112 million results. In the latter quarter of 2005, content providers started offering video files alongside traditional audio episodes. Current models of the iPod, Zune and Creative Zen Vision: M provide an affordable portable video player to the market. iTunes now offer video podcasts alongside their audio counterparts. At present, as clichéd as it may sound, everyone will find something of interest in the podcasts charts. While corporate media companies use the platform to offer news and entertainment, there is also great interest in getting your automatic downloads from more off-beat items like The Onion Radio News or the drunken round-up of the week’s tech news found in Diggnation.


The College View April 2007

Sport in Short Kelleher continues to excel

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Super Quinn’s race to success

LEN KELLEHER continues to set a new standard for DCU kayaking. He recently finished 1st in the second leg of the National Freestyle Kayak Championships. The DCU student qualified in 1st place for the semi-final of the first event of the National Freestyle Kayak Championships. However, the semi-finals and finals of the event have been postponed due to weather conditions. He is now preparing for the World Freestyle Kayak Championships which will be held at the end of April. He qualified for the 2007 freestyle kayak team in 1st place and recently headed out to Ottawa, Canada on Friday April 20 for five days of training before the competition begins this week.

Devils threaten UL DCU DEVILS gave UL, the dominant force in third level ladies rugby, a huge scare in their recent league semi-final. UL, who boast numerous Irish senior international players, were caught offguard by a Laura Skully try straight from the kick-off. At half-time, UL held a narrow five point lead, with the Devils still threatening. Previous meetings between the sides had seen the annihilation of the Devils, however on this occasion, they held on until late in the game when UL ran in a few late tries to finally ease them into the league final. However, signs would suggest that significant progress is being made by the Devils.

Canoe Club success EARLIER IN the month, DCU’s Stephen Quinn and Pauline Griffin travelled to Grandtully in Scotland for the final of the Irish canoe slalom team selection races. Quinn was aiming for a place on the U-23 K1 team while Griffin was only starting her international canoe experience. Consistently impressive performances from Quinn obtained him his place, which will see him head to Athens to compete on the Olympic course in the U-23 European Championships. Griffin also put in a strong performance in Scotland and in the previous race in Bala in Wales. However, these were her first international races and she clearly demonstrated her international pedigree.

Aoife Connors DCU STUDENT Niall Quinn is living the dream of many of his peers. At ten, Quinn got his first rally car. At 16, he was signed by the F1 Red Bull Junior Team. Last year, he was a second runner-up in the 2006 Dunlop Young Racing Driver of the year award and now 18, the ‘teen supreme’ has his sights set firmly on the World Junior Racing Championships this summer. In motor racing, there are three age group categories to compete; Cadets from age eight, Junior from age 12 and

Archers on target BRIAN O’MOORE got the highest overall score in the archery intervarsity to win DCU archery club’s Archer of the year. DCU club members, Dot, Shane and Brian have all been marked as potentials for the Irish Archery team for the summer 2012 Olympics in London. DCU Archery club finished 5th overall in the Intervarsity league with strong performances in all six of the events to finish the year on a relative high.

A WIN FOR QUINN: DCU student Niall Quinn wins another Formula BMW race. Photo courtesy of niallquinnracing.com

Senior from age 15. Quinn is the only Irish driver to win in all three categories. Starting in the Irish Championship at ten years of age, Quinn won the National Championship three times in each category. In 2005, the Meath native received a scholarship after winning the Red Bull talent search for top motor racers in Ireland. Red Bull signed up four racers from the top four countries to represent Europe in the world final. Quinn was the top Irish driver selected for the Red Bull Junior Team, who are part of the Formula One Team.

Studying Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in DCU, Quinn admits that racing takes up a lot of his time. He said: “I decided to take up half the modules in my course this year because of all the training and travelling involved in my sport.” Last year, while completing his Leaving Cert, Quinn was sent to the BMW UK Championship. Three Irish racers were chosen, but he was the youngest and impressively finished second. He recalls: “For over eight months, I spent 60 days in a car, racing. I started well in the Rookie Cup; winning five of the first eight races. We were leading by 40 points.” Unfortunately this success did not continue as engine trouble ultimately cost Quinn his place on the team. However, when one door closed, another one opened. He got onto top German squad AM Holzer Rennsport for the World Championships, but admitted that he needed to prove himself in the BMW World Finals in Valencia last November. He said: “They had seen me drive and knew the problems I was having with the car. I came eleventh out of 40 in the overall class but I finished third in last season’s Formula BMW UK Rookie Cup. “The UK series ran from March until October. I won five rookie races; my best position was fifth but mechanical problems put me back.” Motor racing does not come easy to the slightly built Quinn. Everyday he spends two hours doing fitness training in his local gym and does a six-mile run around the town. “You have to be very physical and fit to drive the car, its physically drain-

ing because there’s no power steering in the car. Cardio fitness is essential to avoid loosing oxygen in the brain. You loose concentration otherwise,” said the Dunboyne teenager. As teams prepare for the new racing season, Quinn says sponsorship is vital and impossible to do without it. “This is the crazy off season now. We’re talking to teams now after the world final because different teams want to test you and see do they want to take you on board.” He added: “I’m still looking for sponsorship for this year. It’s difficult to focus on the next race when your thinking about who’ll sponsor you. The team gets half the prize money when you win but it’s the sponsor that pays the teams.” Red Bull sponsored Quinn while he was on their Junior team. However, after speaking with Red Bull manager, Dr Helmut Marko, Quinn was advised to stay with Holzer Sport, who won the World Championship in 2005. Competing in the World Championships this summer, Quinn has high hopes going into the first race in Germany on May 6. He said: “I’m going out to win the Formula One BMW test; it’s a stand alone event.” At the end of the summer, the World Final will take place where all the series come together. Quinn is full of optimism and excited with energy about the future, but admits getting to the next stage could take up to two years. “Next year I hope to go into Formula Three. This is a class above the BMW series. It’s faster, there’s more technology and more speed in the car. The next stage is called the GP2, it’s very close to Formula One because it’s so fast.”


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Football Championship preview Cilian Murphy FOR MANY people the recent good weather is a sign of the lazy summer days to come, sipping drinks and maybe a holiday abroad with friends or family. For GAA fans however, the bright evenings and sunny weather signifies the start to the 2007 All Ireland Senior Football Championship is near. The Championship kicks off on May 13 with New York taking on Sligo inGaelic Park, New York. This game is the beginning of four months of pulsating action. Many people will fancy Kerry to retain their title but there are a number of serious contenders this year that will be desperate to get their hands on Sam Maguire. Mayo will feel they have a point to prove after suffering a heavy defeat to Kerry in last year’s decider. DCU’s Conor Mortimer had a superb championship for the Green and Red, finishing as the competition’s top scorer. Mayo face an in-form Galway side in the first round of the Championship on May 20. Galway, who lost by a point to Mayo in last year’s Connacht final and in this year’s league semi-final, finished top of Division 1B this year and will be tough opponents for John O’Mahoney’s side. Dublin, who were beaten by Mayo

in last year’s semi-final, will feel that they have as good a chance as ever this year despite a disappointing league campaign which saw them relegated to Division 2. DCU Sigerson Cup players Paul Casey, Ross McConnell and Bernard Brogan and DCU Freshers trainer Bryan Cullen have all featured for the Dubs in the league this year. All four have a great chance of featuring prominently as Dublin attempt to bring Sam back to the capital for the first time in 12 years. Donegal’s last silverware came in 1992 when they beat Dublin in the All-Ireland Final. Many people believe that this year is the men from Tír Conaill’s best chance of All-Ireland glory since that historic victory under Brian McEniff. Donegal topped Division 1A beating five serious All-Ireland contenders along the way, including last year’s champions Kerry. They face an out of form Armagh side in the first round of the Championship and will be clear favourites after their promising league campaign. Tyrone will want to avenge last year’s early exit at the hands of Laois by laying down a marker of their credentials in their opening Championship game against Fermanagh. The winners of that match will play either Donegal

PREDICTIONS MUNSTER & ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS:

KERRY

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DONEGAL CONNACHT CHAMPIONS:

MAYO

SOARING HIGH: Kerry look set to retain their All-Ireland title.

or Armagh in the Ulster semi-final and should Tyrone win that semi-final, they will be expected to be serious contenders for both Ulster and All Ireland ti-

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tles. Laois and Kildare had impressive league campaigns and are considered as contenders for the Sam Maguire. Ross

Munnelly, a DCU scholarship student, had a tremendous Championship last year helping Laois to the quarter-finals where they were narrowly beaten by Mayo in a replay. Despite the number of counties looking to knock Kerry off their pedestal, the Kingdom will be confident of winning their third All-Ireland in four years. New manager Pat O’Shea has spoken about a new freshness in the Kerry squad. Despite two losses in the league campaign and the retirement of Séamus Moynihan, Mike McCarthy and Eamon Fitzmaurice, a Kerry side playing well are a daunting prospect for any team in the country.

Hurling championship preview Patrick Griffin

CAN ANYONE stop Kilkenny claiming their 30th All-Ireland this September? It seems doubtful, but there are still several sub-plots to keep us interested in this year’s championship. How will Dublin fare? Is their early or late league form a true barometer of their potential? Can Wexford reemerge as a hurling force? How far can Ger Loughnane take Galway in his first year in charge? And of course the Munster championship always makes for compelling viewing. In Leinster,assuming that Kilkenny will reach the final with minimum fuss. On the other side of the draw, the semifinal meeting of Dublin and Wexford at Nowlan Park on June 9 should provide the greatest theatre in the province. Dublin will be disappointed with how the league finished having put themselves in a strong position. Wins over Limerick and Galway plus a brilliant draw with Kilkenny were cancelled out by two slip-ups against Antrim and Tipperary. It might be a year too soon for this young Dublin side. Their U-21’s probably have a much better chance of success this year. Wexford were demolished by Waterford in their league opener, but recovered to make the league semi-finals. However their recent 15 point loss to Kilkenny doesn’t suggest the Model County will be re-living their 90s heroics just yet.

PREDICTIONS LEINSTER & ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS:

KILKENNY MUNSTER CHAMPIONS:

CAT’S EYES STILL ON THE BALL: Killkenny look too strong in the race for Liam McCarthy again.

The Munster championship will be a lot tougher to predict. Cork, Tipperary and Waterford will all fancy their chances, while Clare and Limerick will also feel they have strong cases to plead. Cork have their problems though; replacing Brian Corcoran will be a big ask, while the recent departures of Wayne Sherlock, Killian Cronin and

Mickey O’Connell have raised doubts over the team’s unity. Clare have dominated the newspapers for all the wrong reasons. A row with new manager Tony Considine means goalkeeper Davy Fitzgerald may not feature in this year’s championship, while the retirements of Brian Lohan and Seanie McMahon will be

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heavy losses for the Banner men. In Danny O’Hanlon, Tipperary may have found the man to take the pressure off Eoin Kelly. They will also be boosted by a good league campaign which included victory over Kilkenny. Galway have been subject to negative press throughout the year; Joe Canning’s treatment in the county fi-

nal and board’s subsequent non-action mean new manager Loughnane could be without both Ollie Canning and his talented 18 year-old brother, Joe. They have also failed to find a settled team, but with the talent of Eugene Cloonan, Damien Hayes and Tony Og Regan they can upset anyone on their day. Antrim are expected to win the Ulster Championship as Down and Derry are in a worse state than the Saffrons. The so-called management “dream team” of Terence McNaughton and Dominic McKinley are proving to be anything but. Their solitary league win over Dublin was surrounded by hammerings from all other teams. Despite excellent underage results in recent years, Antrim have been on a downward spiral ever since manager Dinny Cahill quit. So plenty of things to look forward to in the race for the Liam McCarthy Cup, but expect a familiar outcome: a Kilkenny win.


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McCarthy leads another Waterford quest for the holy grail

STILL CHASING THE DREAM: Justin McCarthy feels that his Waterford side can win their first All-Ireland in 48 years. Courtesy of Sportsfile

Aoife Connors JUSTIN MCCARTHY hails from Passage West, a beautiful village in West Cork. Growing up with two brothers and one sister, he attended the Capuchin Franciscan College & Monastery. From the age of six, young McCarthy could be seen tipping around with a hurley and sliotar. “My mother said I always had a huge interest in hurling, my older brothers gave me great encouragement.” “The priests gave us a brilliant start; always organising leagues and matches for us.” After spending a few years in college at Rochestown outside Cork city, 17 year-old McCarthy began an apprenticeship in the early 1960’s with a Dutch ship yard company in Cobh. Playing minor for Cork in 1963 was just a stepping stone in McCarthy’s hurling career. In 1964 he played U21 for Cork and became a sub on the Cork senior panel. He then made his debut in 1965 as a senior hurler for Cork. The following year, Cork beat Waterford in the Munster Final and Kilkenny in the All- Ireland Final. They also won the U-21 All Ireland championship. Playing both U-21 and senior, McCarthy was awarded the ‘Celtics Hurler of the Year Award’ in 1966 at only 21 years old. Tragically, his hurling success could not continue due to a sudden accident in 1969. “On the weekend of the All-Ireland Final against Kilkenny, I was knocked off the back of my friend’s motorbike by a car.” Breaking his shin bone in three places, he spent five months in hospital. “I had a plate inserted in my leg for

two years. I was told I’d never be able to play hurling again.” At 24 years-old and in his prime, McCarthy was determined to make a full recovery. He was then approached by Antrim

I take good care of myself.” McCarthy says “life can get very serious, it’s important to have a laugh everyday. There’s a time for being serious and a time for being light hearted. A wise man once told me ‘there’s just

“Life can get very serious, it’s important to have a laugh everyday” in 1970 to manage their senior team. Troubles were rife at the time but Antrim won their first ever All-Ireland Intermediate title under McCarthy. In 1971 he was back training and played for Cork in the Munster Final. McCarthy says when you’re faced with a tough decision, “You’ve got to know yourself. Know your strengths and your weaknesses. You must keep close to God”. It was in 1990 that McCarthy was asked to coach a Tipperary club, Cashel King Cormac’s. “We had a great team with the Bonner brothers, Grogans, and the O’Donoghues.” “After winning the county final in 1992 for the first time in 50 years, we beat Middleton (Cork) in the Munster Club Final and drew with Kiltormer (Galway) in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Cashel.” “The replay in Ballinasloe was a draw after extra time and we were beaten by two points in the third replay in Croke Park.” McCarthy is a unique character. “I’m a very spiritual person, I have great belief in God; I talk to him continuously everyday because he gives me direction and confidence. I get the inspiration from God, to go on being optimistic and enthusiastic in life”. He admits “I have a lot of regularity in my life. I never drank or smoked and

in one and there’s just in the other’.” Born and reared on his father’s family farm, McCarthy took a good interest in rural life. He says “nature is everything. Every season has its own sequence; in winter you’ve more time for reflection, by autumn the colours are changing, spring sees things budding and everything blossoms in sum-

1975 at the age of 30, he was then asked to coach the Cork senior team. They won the Munster Championship against Limerick but were beaten by Galway in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. He continued to play club hurling with Passage West and in 1976 he was asked by Clare Manager, Fr Harry Bohan, to coach the Clare team. They beat Kilkenny in the National League Final in 77 and 78. McCarthy finished with Clare in 1980. Despite some resentment that he had let Cork down, McCarthy was asked to be selector of the Cork team in 1982 by manager Gerald McCarthy. In 1984 McCarthy’s Cork beat Offaly in the Centenary All-Ireland Final at Thurles.

“I’ll always be involved in hurling at some level, no matter what. I’m so passionate about the game. It’s been a part of my whole life, it always will be.” mer”. “I love the outdoors and wildlife. I’ve a great interest in photography. When I take photos of the wilderness and our landscapes, I feel very close to nature.” His interest in photography has taken him to Montana and Wyoming in the midwest states of the US, western Canada and regularly to the Highlands of Scotland where he visits national parks. McCarthy has also held three photography exhibitions in recent years. “You must have a balance in your life, no matter how good you are. You need an outlet, something that’s outside your normal routine life”. Playing well for the Cork team in

He realises the importance of time management and taking responsibility. After managing Top Oil for over 30 years, he says you must always make time for yourself. He says “People can get carried away with success. An old teacher once said to me ‘when you find your feet, hold onto your head’. Common sense and practicality are essential. Talent will only get you so far. Application with a good work ethic and dedication are essential. You’ll pass people out with discipline”. “In 2001 I got a call from Waterford. After a lot of hard work we beat Tipp in the 2002 Munster Final for the first time in 39 years.” Facing Cork in the 2004 Munster Fi-

nal, Waterford were victorious. “We were narrowly defeated by Cork in last year’s All-Ireland SemiFinal but it was one of the best games of hurling all year.” What about Waterford’s chances this year? “I believe we’ve a more mature team than we’ve ever had. There’s a balance. We’ve gained experience, with key players in key positions and a sprinkling of new players.” says McCarthy. “I’m confident that we’ll succeed. A lot of time, effort, commitment and organisation has been put into training, watching match videos and holding meetings.” “If we stay clear of injuries and continue to play well, we’ll be there or thereabouts in September.” McCarthy describes himself as a man in a hurry. “I do a lot of things; I’m never idle or bored. Tonight I will repair all the hurleys for the lads after yesterday’s game. I’ll balance and shape them up in the workshop”. “My philosophy is simple now; I want to make a contribution to Waterford hurling. They have the ability to win but I must work on various aspects of the team like physical fitness and preparing psychologically.” And where to from here for Justin? “Well this is my sixth year with Waterford; it’s a very demanding job. I can’t stay with Waterford forever.” “I never think too far ahead. I’d be good to size things up but I depend on God. I’ll ask him for his advice about what’s the right thing to do at the time. He’ll always tell me whether to go for it or not.” “I’ll always be involved in hurling at some level, no matter what. I’m so passionate about the game. It’s been a part of my whole life, it always will be.”


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The nasal Croke of Irish soccer Darren Gleeson EVEN ALLOWING for Ireland’s comical ineptitude during these European qualifiers, the opening of Croke Park to soccer was going to be eagerly anticipated. No matter that Ireland-Wales had the the makings of a mid-table scrap, Ireland fans were guaranteed to fill seats. And so it transpired, 72,539 meaty arses testing the bleachers. Ireland’s vociferous and loyal fan base has never been in question; as anyone who heard the incredible atmosphere at Lansdowne during the Czech Republic game can attest. This, following the national humiliation of the Cyprus thrashing. However, there are some things about some sections of Ireland’s support that I’ll never be able to get my head around. Like the fascination with wearing Celtic jersies to Ireland fixtures. Cue howls from the lads in Frazer’s about Brother Walfrid from Sligo, the special bond between Celtic and Ireland, blahdy blah... Glasgow Celtic are a Scottish club lads; the clue’s in the name. Their greatest ever team comprised of... ah yes, eleven Scots. And if you don’t believe me, check out the following statement from their Chief Executive, Peter Lawell: “We are a proud Scottish club, but with strong Irish connections, that is a fact and we have never tried to hide it.” Into Croke Park and already it seems all so different: half an hour before the match and the place is half empty. Moreover, any Irish or Welsh fans have been segregated, a slightly unsettling vista in a GAA stadium.

Jimmy Magee bleeds the eardrums through high- decibel banter with some of the greats. Whoever selects the music at Ireland matches should be sent to The Hague, screaming for mercy. A series of lyrically awful ditties held me hostage, the worst probably being the yelpy ‘Where’s Me Jumper’. Miraculously, the place has almost filled by kick-off. The Welsh seem to have much better taste in all things musical, the delectable Katherine Jenkins singing Land of Our Fathers, red geansaí bustling. Male eyes all around dart surreptitiously towards the big screens.

Whoever selects the music at Ireland matches should be sent to The Hague, screaming for mercy. Almost immediately I hear him right behind me, a Dublin brogue with the range of a skewered walrus, ”Geh woyed O’Shea, geh woyedd!!!” and I know there’s nothing I can do. How he thought our right-full was going to threaten Wales from our goalkicks is anyone’s guess. How he thought O’Shea could hear him from forty feet above in a full stadium is another mystery. Other helpful insights included, “Go back and play for Waherfud hulers, ya culchie b****ard!” and my personal favourite, “Ya Scouse b****ard!” at Welsh striker, Craig Bellamy. Ironically, O’Shea was one of better

ON THE VOLLEY: Croke Park strangely welcomed soccer to its famous turf when Ireland played Wales. Courtesy of Sportsfile

performers in green. Stephen Ireland does his best to puncture the tedium with a well-taken goal, but Robbie Keane shanks one wide from a one-onone. Nothing new there then. Our man then sets his sights on Dam-

ien Duff, “take your money, ya fooker!”, and by now I’m in the mood for some half-time e-coli and chips. €4.50 for a hot-dog? And I thought the GAA were bad! (And I know they are for overcharging patrons, having worked

on stalls at inter-county matches.) Nothing much to report from the second half, other than Wales were bad, Ireland worse. Stan’s still in a job and who would have predicted that two months ago?

Sport of the Month: Trampolining Claire Brennan

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WHEN I was asked to attend a training session for DCU’s tramp club, I must admit I was pretty insulted. But when I discovered it was going to be more pike jumps and summersaults, than stockings and suspenders, I quite literally jumped at the chance. You see tramp club actually means DCU Gymnastics and Trampolining Club, which has been up and running since 1995. At present it has 125 members, although only 20 actually practice the sport. No previous experience is required so whether you’re a world champion or a beginner, the club can cater for you. Although I was pretty sure bouncing up and down on a trampoline was going to be no problem, I decided that it’s better to be safe than sorry and start from scratch. First off I learnt my simple shapes. These comprise of tucks; which is when you jump with your knees tucked under your chin, pikes; when

you jump with your legs out in front of you and finally straddles; when you jump with your legs spread either side of your body. Having quickly mastered all of the aforementioned moves, I soon felt ready to progress to the next level; body landings. These are comprised of front and back drops and seat drops, which are basically when you fall off the edge and flat on you face. Turns out that my cockiness was to spell the end of my brief but highly enjoyable trampolining career. Thankfully DCU has some rather more agile students who were willing to show me how it’s really done. Caroline Lambe, Secretary of the Club talked me through some of the more complex techniques. “Our best trampolinists compete at an elite level. This ties all the other moves in with things like front and back summersaults which are very hard to perfect,” she said. Competitions see each student per-

form two routines for the judges. The first is a set routine with 10 moves, which everyone must attempt. The second is a routine that has been personally choreographed by each competitor. Each move has a certain tariff and the person with the most points at the end wins. At this year’s intervarsity in Cork, the club took home two medals and also had one of their members, 1st year business student Sarah McGuigan, attend the world championships. DCU also holds its very own competition called the Dublin championships. Despite the deceptive title, the competition welcomes entrants from all over the country. “The championships are a less formal competition. We give away prizes for creativity and things like that. It’s about having fun,” said Caroline. In fact trampolining seems to be one of the friendliest sports around. “We get on really well with all of the other

colleges. We often go on nights out together; we all have a great social life.” Training sessions are also a great way of making friends. As the group is rather small the sessions are intimate so beginners, like me, needn’t feel intimidated. Having said this, the sport does have its down side. The rate at which you progress depends on how much you train and moving ahead too quickly can result in serious injury. Broken backs are not unheard of in the trampolining world so proper warms up and expert supervision are advised. However, this should not put people off from having a go! As long as you take proper precautions, trampolining could be the sport for you. The myth that you must be small and nimble causes fury in the tramp world. The current Olympic Champion is a sixfoot, German, mother of three. So whether you’re little or large there’s still time to get jumping.


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Rugby World Cup preview Aron Hegarty THIS SUMMER will be a season of two halves; first half, party-mad students soaking up the fun in the Sun, and second half, rugby’s elite preparing to slog it out at one of the world’s greatest sporting events. In total, 86 countries participated in 192 qualification matches on the road to the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. Now it’s down to the last 20 nations to compete for rugby’s most prestigious prize. Between September 7 and October 20, 48 matches will be played to decide the best in the game. Host nation France will kick-off the sixth Rugby World Cup with an exciting opener against Argentina at the Stade de France on Friday, September 7. Reigning champions England lock horns with the USA while favorites New Zealand tackle Italy the following day. Meanwhile, minnows Portugal, who were the last team to qualify, make their World Cup debut against Scotland on September 9. The 2007 Rugby World Cup draw, made in Dublin in May 2004, once again pitted Ireland in the ‘Group of Death’. This time Eddie O’Sullivan’s charges are up against Six Nations champions France, who knocked Ireland out at the quarter-final stage in 2003, and close rivals Argentina, who they will face for a third consecutive

EDDIE’S GETTING READY: O’Sullivan is eagerly anticipating this Autumn’s Rugby World Cup.

time at the finals. Pool D’s ‘big three’ encounters will make for the pick of the pool matches.

06/07: A DCU sporting review

The Collingwood Cup recently won DCU’s best sporting event. Photo by James Spencer

Sean Callery THE DCU trophy cabinet is brimming with silverware again after a highly successful year for sport at the college. Men’s tennis, ladies’ basketball, ladies’ GAA and athletics were the big winners. However, numerous other teams and individuals tasted victory in the DCU colours, eclipsing the success of previous years. Predictably it was the focus sports that took most of the honours. The men’s tennis team under coach Jamie Pilkington retained its intervarsity title on home soil and qualified for the European Intervarsitiy Championship which will be held in Moscow in December.

In its first year as a focus sport in DCU, Ladies basketball also enjoyed an excellent campaign. The senior team made a clean sweep, claiming the A and B intervarsity titles in Limerick along with the Division 1 title. The freshers team also won its intervarsity competition. Athletics also proved to be an area of success, with DCU successfully hosting the annual track and field intervarsities competition, and also winning the majority of medals up for grabs. Earlier in the season, the ladies team took its fifth cross country title, while final year student Fionnuala Britton claimed the individual gold at the event. Britton then went on to run at the World Cross Country Championships in Kenya in February where she ran impressively,

Other huge ties to watch out for include England’s clash with South Africa in Pool A on September 14, Wales finishing in the top 15. Meanwhile, ladies GAA was also to the fore this year. The footballers triumphed over UUJ in the final of the All-Ireland league and were narrowly beaten in the semi-final of the O’Connor Cup. DCU’s star forward Bronagh Sheridan was selected for the Irish international Rules squad. There was All-Ireland league success for the camogie team as well. However, the DCU ladies lost out in the final of the Purcell Cup. There were mixed fortunes for men’s football. The senior team failed to reach the heights of last year’s Sigerson winning performance, losing out to Jordanstown at the quarter-final stage in this year’s competition on Valentine’s Day. Division 1 league success and the Fresher’s triumph restored pride for the DCU footballers however. Some of the more minor sports also brought trophies back to DCU. The ladies squash team claimed its first ever intervarsity title in February. Ultimate Frisbee also yielded an intervarsity title for DCU, as did the ladies rock climbing team who took both the senior and novice titles. The men’s team was not to be outdone though, winning the Irish Bouldering League. DCU students Len Kelleher and Pauline Griffin represented Ireland in kayaking and canoe polo respectively, while the DCU canoe team finished a respectable third at this year’s intervarsities. Fencer Siobhan Silke also enjoyed a fruitful season, successfully defending

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versus Australia in Pool B at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium the next day and Scotland’s Pool C games against the

All Blacks in Edinburgh and Italy in St. Etienne on September 23 and 29 respectively. Participating teams in the Rugby World Cup will be primarily based in a regional camp location during the pool match stages. This is the first time in the tournament’s history that teams will stay and train in their allocated town or city and also play at least one match in their base camp region. Ireland will play both of their opening matches against Namibia on Sunday, September 9 and Georgia six days later in their base camp region of Bordeaux before the crunch encounters with France in Saint-Denis on, September 21 and Argentina at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Saturday, September 30. Should Ireland progress to the knockout phases, depending on where they finish in the pool stages, they will face a potential showdown with either Scotland or Italy at the Stade de France on October 7 or the mighty All Blacks in Cardiff on October 6 in the quarterfinals. Next the semi-finals, which will be played in the second weekend of October and from there, all eyes will be cast on the Rugby World Cup final at the Stade de France on Friday, 20 October. Quite a lot of rugby is to be played first but this looks like the strongest Irish team ever to be sent to a World Cup.

DCU jump for joy in Belfield THE BIGGEST event on the college trampolining calendar is the Irish Student Trampolining Open. This year, the competition took place in UCD, and DCU had 11 entrants in total from Novice level right through to Elite. Sarah McGuigan, DCU’s competitor in the Elite section of the competition, beat off other competitors with her more difficult routine. Sarah has a tendency to go for the spectacular, which is great to see in the Elite competition. Derrick Milford deserves a special mention, finishing with a bronze medal in the Advance Men’s section, with two impressive routines, to place him in the top three. Amy Morone was the highest DCU finisher in the intermediate ladies division and is definitely one to look out for in the future. Morone is only a fresher but has proven that she’s got what it takes to compete in the advanced level at next year’s competition to be held in Cork. Caroline Lambe came 58th and Ciara

Fitzgerald 82nd in what was the biggest and most hotly contested category of the day. Aoife Squires, Fiona Donnellan and Jane Dickson finished 28th, 31st and 36th respectively in the Advanced ladies section, all improving from their last outing in the Scottish Student Trampolining Open in February. In the Novice ladies category, Michelle O’ Driscoll finished 30th in only her second competition ever. The competition hosted entrants from all over Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland. The Competition sees individuals performing two routines of ten moves that increase in difficulty as the levels advance. The events itself was a huge success and its reputation as the most prestigious College Trampolininig Event is growing, so it was great that DCU performed so memorably. The sport is still developing in the university and has seen remarkable progress in recent years.

her national épée title in March. Silke also captained the Irish épée team at the Five Nations tournament which DCU hosted. Sinead Gallogly and David Smith both won intervarsity titles for DCU in handball, while in a year in which cricket has taken off in Ireland, DCU claimed the indoor intervarsity title. However, there was disappointment for the men’s soccer side who failed to

impact on the Collingwood tournament which DCU hosted. DCU were beaten by Coleraine and Jordanstown in what was a poor tournament for Fran Butler’s side. Despite this disappointment, 06/07 proved to be another fantastic sporting year for DCU. It will take a monumental effort in 07/08 if the achievements of the last two years are to be surpassed.


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Athletes complete first intervarsity clean sweep Cathal Dennehy DCU’S ATHLETICS team completed an unprecedented clean sweep of all four university championships by claiming the team title at the Intervarsity Track & Field Championships. The event was hosted by DCU in glorious sunshine at the national athletics stadium in Santry on April 13-14. After claiming the overall team title at the Road Relays, Indoors and Cross Country championships, hopes were high that the well-funded athletics team could produce another victory. Masters student Mark Christie brought the curtain down on his illustrious college career by completing a remarkable double over 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Christie, who has been an invaluable asset to DCU over the last four years, took the lead from the gun in the 10,000m and never looked troubled. As he clocked off 71-second laps with apparent ease, he left UCD’s cross-country champion Joe Sweeney trailing. Christie lapped most of the field before coming home an impressive winner in 29mins 52s, almost a minute clear of his nearest rival. He returned the following day for the 5000m and eased away from the field to win in 14:45. When DCU missed out on the team title by just 19 points at last year’s championships, new recruit Chris Crowley was seen as an athlete who could turn it around for them in 2007. The Corkman duly obliged by completing an exhausting weekend of point-scoring which saw him strike gold in the pentathlon and high jump and score 33 points for the team. Crowley, best known as a high jumper with a PB of 2.15m, jumped 6.69m in the long jump for silver and 13.55m in the triple jump for bronze. He also got third in the javelin with a throw of 44 metres and fourth in the pole vault. His efforts earned him the award for athlete of the meet. Fionnuala Britton, fresh from her stunning 14th place at the World Cross Country Championships in Kenya, is another athlete pivotal to DCU’s success. She won the women’s steeplechase comfortably in 10:07, coming home

OVER ANOTHER HURDLE: DCU finally capture overall Track & Field title in Santry Stadium.

well clear of her team-mate Linda Byrne in second. She claimed the women’s 3km the following day with a commanding performance in 9:58. Sports Science student Leona Byrne was another to win double-gold. She won the 100m hurdles in 15.69 and jumped 1.65m to win the high jump. She also turned out for the triple jump

and took silver. Byrne was also part of the victorious 4x100 relay team. The team was led off by Claire Brady, who ran a storming first leg and handed over to Ailis Mcsweeney with a good lead. Gemma Hynes blasted around the final turn and handed off to Byrne, who brought the team home well ahead in 48.13.

Photo by James Spencer

Carlow native Danny Darcy reclaimed the title he won last year in the 1500m. He sensibly backed off the suicidal pace set by Paul Pollock of QUB, and reeled him in with 400 metres to run. Darcy showed his class by storming clear on the final turn and speeding to victory in 3mins 51s, an impressive

time so early in the season. Athletics Director Enda Fitzpatrick was impressed with Darcy’s run, saying: “He was calm, collected, didn’t panic and paced the race perfectly.” Claire Brady was most impressive in winning the 200m in 24.80 from her flatmate Gemma Hynes, who finished second in 25.34. Brady was narrowly denied gold in the 100m, beaten by less than a metre by DIT’s Louise Kiernan. Eoin Everard put injury behind him to reclaim his 800 metre title with a powerful win. Everard, who transferred to DCU from UL, cruised to the lead on the penultimate straight before bolting clear around the final bend to win in 1:52. Other individual winners for DCU included Nicola Alcorn in the 1500m walk and Ian McDonald in the 110m hurdles. The men’s 4x400m quartet of Joe Warne, Eoin Everard, Dan Treacy and Micheal O’Sullivan brought the curtain down on proceedings in style by taking gold in 3:21.02. Other good performances on the men’s side came from Eoin McCormack who finished second in the 3km steeplechase, Eoin Kelly who won silver in the high jump and triple jump, and Eamonn Byrne with second in the discus. Ellen Diskin ran well for silver in the women’s 800 metres, and also got third in the 1500m with team-mate Ciara Durkan ahead of her in second. DCU claimed the overall team title along with both the men’s and women’s competition. They scored 283 points, well clear of UL in second on 203 points. Enda Fitzpatrick, Director of Athletics, was thrilled with the team’s performance, saying: “It was absolutely fantastic. Everybody chipped in. “When the chips were down, people were willing to be counted, and ultimately, to win the overall team award, that’s what you have to do.” Fitzpatrick looked ahead with enthusiasm to next year for DCU athletics, saying: “We’ve got to strengthen up our sprints and throws, and just continue doing what we’re doing, and further expand on the programme. We’ll have upwards of 50 athletes living on campus next year.”


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