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Gateway stabbing Meabh Ní Ghealbhain
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A MAN is in hospital after a stabbing incident beside student accommodation in Ballymun on Tuesday, November 7. The 48 year-old was walking home from work when two youths attacked him, stabbing him a number of times in the back. The incident took place outside the Gateway Apartments off the Ballymun Road at around 9.30pm. The victim, who is from Ballymun, was brought to the Mater Hospital with several head injuries. His condition was later announced as stable and his injuries are not thought to be life threatening. Gardaí visited every apartment in the Gateway complex, questioning residents who were at home during the time of the attack. Several stu-
claims that initially only €3,500 of the €5,000 sponsorship money was sent to the Soc’s Ball Committee. She says that €1,000 was later transferred but that the remaining €500 was not given over until after an emergency meeting during which there were heated exchanges. However 2005/2006 AF Soc treasurer, Thomas Casserly, has refuted accusations of wrongdoing stating: “Basically it was admin error.” Despite an investigation failing to find ‘incriminating evidence’, ties between AF Soc and the Ball Committee had been cut completely. Previously, the event sponsorship was organised through AF Soc with the society receiving privileges in exchange. These included double the amount of tickets as any other society, four free tickets for committee
members to sit with Deloitte representatives and a place on the organising committee. Current Chairperson of AF Soc, Alicia O’Connor, was prepared to negotiate a sponsorship deal with Ernest and Young but was informed that the Ball Committee no longer wanted anyone from AF Soc on the committee. Similarly, Mr. Casserly has said he offered to negotiate a continuation of Deloitte’s five year sponsorship of the event but claims his help was declined by the committee. Ms. O’Connor told The College View: “It is sad to think that AF Soc will not be involved anymore with what was the Business Ball but when people start pointing the finger, I had to wash my hands of it.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
dents made statements. Darina McKeon, a third year St. Pat’s student was at home in her apartment at the time. “Myself and my housemates were sitting in when we heard a scream outside. Something about it made us look out the window and we just saw a few kids hanging around.” Ms. McKeon and her housemates had to give a statement to Gardaí explaining what they had heard. “I was always wary in the neighbourhood but this happening on my doorstep has made me more cautious.” The victim’s attackers have not yet been found and inquiries are ongoing. Fine Gael Councillor for Finglas, Bill Tormey told The College View that he wouldn’t wish for students to be “paranoid” when walking through Ballymun. “These kinds of crimes are spo-
radic and generally you can’t determine why they happen.” “However there is a big problem with Connolly Tower which faces the Gateway. There are youths congregating (there) and huge anti-social behaviour… Crime is nothing new and it has always been more dangerous in working class areas.” Fianna Fáil Councillor, Deirdre Heney says, “The regeneration of Ballymun is supposed to be about making people’s homes better places to live…You would think that you would be able to walk through your own local area but unfortunately that’s not always the case. “ Cllr Heney says she would like to see tougher law modelled on that of New York. “The general perception is that the criminal is getting away with it time and time again”.
No sponsor for Clubs and Socs’ Ball Kevin Doyle
THE RENAMED Clubs and Societies’ Ball will have no main sponsor this year, after last year’s deal between the multinational financial firm Deloitte and DCU’s largest society became embroiled in controversy. Allegations of money mismanagement have been levelled at last year’s Accounting and Finance Society Committee after the €5,000 sponsor money was lodged directly to their society account, rather than the Soc’s Ball account. While all of the money was later given over to the Soc’s Ball Committee, its transfer was staggered. Former chairperson of the Soc’s Ball Committee, Elaine Bannon,
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DCU boycott on the cards
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A STUDENTS’ Union-led boycott is looking increasingly likely as the campaign against ‘Rip Off DCU’ continues to gather momentum. Executive members Union Charlene Connolly, Eoin Byrne and Michael Robinson have met with several DCU authorities, including President Von Prondzynski, in relation to this issue. The Union are expecting a response from these officials in the coming week and will then consider their options before deciding whether or not to proceed with a protest. Although both The Registry and Campus Residences Ltd have been heavily criticised for the charges they demand for their services, it is most likely that any boycott would be primarily directed at Spar, NuBar and the various canteens on campus. In the event of a boycott, the Students’ Union will actively discourage students from availing of the services offered by these businesses and will offer a cheap alternative by selling equivalent products at cost price. The campaign against ‘Rip Off DCU’ originated from a message posted on the life.dcu.ie website by final year Electronic Engineering student, Orla Heneghan. She argued against the cost of goods and services on campus. “I was just fed up with paying over the odds for things that should cost much less”, says
Heneghan. “Ireland, in general, has become a very expensive place to live in recent years, but having entered my fourth year in DCU, I am experienced enough to know that the price inflation every year in DCU is not proportionate to the rest of the country. I think it is unfair to expect us to pay such ridiculous and unjustified prices, especially considering that we are all on a student’s budget.” Ms. Heneghan’s ‘Rip Off DCU’ post prompted an unprecedented flurry of activity on the LIFE website. Since its introduction 15 months ago, the website has been criticised in many quarters for its failure to engage the student population of DCU but the ‘Rip Off DCU’ thread has attracted huge levels of interest. There have been almost two hundred replies to Heneghan’s original message and the thread has been viewed in excess of three thousand times, easily making it the most popular post in the site’s history. Although it comes as no surprise to Heneghan that so many students share her views on this issue, she admits that she is delighted with the reaction her message has received on the LIFE website. “It's very gratifying to see that I am not the only person that feels aggravated by the extortionate prices, and hopefully, because of the exposure that LIFE granted my opinion, something may actually be achieved because of my griping!” She commends the “professional
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Photo by Sinead Keane and fair” approach that the Students’ Union have adopted in relation to this issue and says that she will support a boycott if that’s the course of action that the Union choose to follow. “The college has been given time to act, and if they don't come through on their part, I can definitely see a Student Union led boycott as being the way to go.” Henaghan is also keen to stress how important it is that the students in the university are united on this issue. “I believe if you don't make
yourself heard, people will walk all over you, and the Students’ Union will need the support of every student in this college if they want to make changes.” In the meantime, Henaghan’s advice to students is to take their business elsewhere if they’re not happy with the prices on campus. “As many people have said to me since I made my post, ‘If you don’t like the price, don't pay for it’. That seems logical to me.”
Old Bar finally secures licence Ruth Ní Eidhin
A QUESTION mark has been hanging over campus lately in relation to the Old Bar and the battle to retain its licence. As the impending court case grew nearer, the entire student body was apprehensive at the thought that the bar might be no more. However, many failed to recognise that the licence renewal is part of a standard procedure and would rarely result in a failure to secure it again. In most licence renewal cases, there will be objections. This is due to public houses often being situated in residential areas and the occupants suffering the onslaught of noise and destruction late at night as the revellers return home. This is not an unusual occurrence and one that can rarely be solved to benefit both parties. In this instance, various complaints were received by the local Gardaí from residents in the Shanowen area. These complaints generally centred around students making unnecessary and intrusive noise in the early hours of the morning. In addition, there were complaints made about the amount of rubbish strewn into the gardens of these same residents.
In the numerous incidents where the Gardaí were called, it was found that a handful of people were socialising in the bar at the time. These occurrences took place on the bar’s ‘quiet nights’, as opposed to when the bar attracts a more substantial crowd, i.e. promotional nights like €3 Tuesday . In court, the Gardaí were ready to verify this suggesting that the noise created on the nights the complaints were lodged came from students coming home from alternative pubs and clubs in the city. Further complaints were lodged about the amount of cans residents were subjected to clearing up from their gardens. This predicament became another weapon in the battle against licence renewal. Nevertheless, what the same residents failed to realise was, cans are under no circumstances made available to buy in the old bar and are therefore not linked to the bar in any way. Though students worried for the future of the bar, it was clear the patience of the local residents was being tested by the behaviour of some students. When the court case came about, both parties were granted the opportunity to demonstrate their case. It became clear that the accusations
made by residents of the Shanowen area could not be linked with the presence of the bar as the Gardaí were also willing to testify this same conclusion. After a very brief hearing, the licence renewal was then granted to the Old Bar.
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A member of staff was willing to clarify this and demonstrated that a lot of the hype surrounding the court case was merely exaggerated speculation. The Old Bar has enjoyed much success and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
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High drop-out rate in business THE EUROPEAN Business course has only been up and running since 2002 but is already suffering due to a high drop-out rate. The course which involves two years in DCU and a further two years in Reims Management School (Cesem) in Northern France, is proving too difficult for Irish students. Talking to the third year students living over in France back in March, they do not seem optimistic about the future. Out of 20 students who started the course in 2003 only six made it to France and only half of them survived the full year, the others returning and transferring to Business studies here in DCU. Last year out of a class of 20, only one Irish student graduated from Cesem in France. Talking with both past and present students of the course, it seems the level of French needed is of an extremely high standard and not enough time is given each week to ensure students will be sufficiently prepared for life in a tough French management school. Second year student Eimear Carroll feels that they need more learning hours in a week, learning the French language rather than French culture and other subjects she
feels irrelevant. She finds the course very challenging and truly doubts that she will survive the full two years in France. Christina McLaughlin transferred from EBF to Business studies, and is of the same opinion. She feels the course was put together badly and the severe lack of communication caused her to change. A current fourth year student of the course told students last year that she would be returning home after one year in France. She felt her two years in DCU left her unprepared for the subjects she would study in France and that all the other foreign students had a much better grasp of the language than she had. She went from an easy 13 hour week in DCU to up to 30 hours a week in Reims, with 8am starts. One of the main reasons, it seems, for the high drop-out level is the lack of communication. Students are left uninformed of high living expenses in Paris, long hours in Cesem and feel uninformed of changes or issues with regards to their course while here in DCU. It seems that the Programme board and Coordinator of the course are unaware of how big the problem really is. Speaking to the new course coordinator, John Connolly, The College View was told, “At this
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 However, Chair of this year’s Ball Committee Aoife Cuneen says the sponsorship offers are “news to me”. After last year’s ball the committee found itself in debt and as a result, has changed its name to ‘The Clubs and Societies Ball’, allowing it to be joint funded by the Societies and Publications Committee and the Sports Club Committee. In a further dispute, Mr Casserly has claimed that a lot of former AF soc members felt the SPC (the body over societies in DCU) had “a vendetta against AF Soc”. “Basically they had it in for us,” he said. This idea is backed-up by a statement on the society’s website which states: “Throughout the AF Soc's history, there has been an uneasy relationship between the committee and the governing body of societies, the SPC. The AF Soc has always believed that the SPC has failed in its duty to support the society.” The site suggests that the SPC is paranoid and that: “Certain committee members were put under unwarranted surveillance and society documentation went mysteriously missing.” It also casts criticism over the SPC’s auditing policy. AF Soc was audited in 2005 and 2006. Current chair of the SPC Roibeard O’Mhurcu denied bias in the auditing process saying: “If you flip a coin five times in a row, it may well land on heads five times in a row. It’s a pure coincidence that the society was audited twice.” He also acknowledged that the website is giving the SPC a bad name but said “people are entitled to their own opinion”. “We’re a governing body, we are not on a pedestal dictating to societies,” he said. Within an hour of The College View questioning both sides about the website, it went offline, replaced by a message stating: “Due to a
problem involving AF Soc's forum this site is temporarily locked down.” Numerous former members of AF Soc have told The College View that a turbulent relationship between the society and the SPC has existed since the society spent money on a stripper’s night in 2002. The event which took place in Club Mono was not endorsed by the SPC but was reported on in An Tarbh. Ms. Bannon, who was present on the night, now condemns AF Soc for its running of the event. “They got a huge lump-sum (in sponsorship) and instead of using for their aims and objectives they blew that amount of money on an event not approved by the SPC,” she said. Mr. Casserly who was not a committee member at the time said it was his understanding that in 2002 the committee “basically just didn’t budget the event properly”, while 2005/2006 AF Soc Chair David Power said that ever since then the society’s committees “were tarnished with the same brush”. However, Ms. Bannon claims that people who run for the AF Soc committee do so for only one reason. “They join because they know they will get to meet the high flyers in big companies and can guarantee themselves a job when they finish college,” she said. Current AF Soc Chairperson Alicia O’Connor says that despite last year’s controversies, the relationship between AF Soc and the SPC has improved greatly. “I want it clearly stated that there is no corruption in the current committee,” she said, adding: “Everything has being going good for the society this year and we couldn’t ask for anymore help from the SPC.” The ball will cost €43,000 to host with the bulk of the money being raised through ticket sales and the rest coming from the SPC and SCC, including a €10,000 SPC grant.
Photo by Sarah Cramer point I am unaware that the EB programme overall has a drop-out "problem”. Over the course of the coming year, I and the Programme Board, will take on board the concerns of any EB students, and seek to address these in a progressive manner”. French lecturer, Jacinta Wright, wouldn't necessarily add further lan-
guage hours to the programme. Instead, she would encourage students to aim at 100pc attendance in target language modules. She also feels that students do have sufficient level of French and language skills to survive the year abroad. However, she agrees that students need the support of their friends, of the partner institution, and their
home institution to get through the two years in France. It is this support she talks about that students desperately need. If communication between students and the programme board and coordinator do not improve, they could be left with less than one student in 20 graduating from Cesem in the coming years.
Shanowen security lapse
Lyndsay McGregor A laptop was stolen from a top floor apartment in Shanowen Hall during a break-in on Tuesday morning, November 7. Joey De Courcey, a student in DCU and resident of Shanowen Hall, spoke to The College View. “I left the house some time between 8am and 8.30am and left the door open because my roommates had class. I went swimming and then got a phone-call from my housemate asking if I had taken my laptop with me or left it on my desk. It was gone.” Mr De Courcey had left the front Photo Yvette door Poufong door andby bedroom unlocked.
The laptop was put in its carry-case and taken, along with approximately €70 in cash from his wallet. Warning signs have since been put up around Shanowen advising students to make sure they lock doors behind them. A Playstation 2 and a number of games were also taken from the kitchen. The thieves then went to the apartment below where they entered a bedroom which was occupied. De Courcey was told that the resident was half awake and asked why the man was there. “The man just said I’m looking for Tom and there just happened to be someone called Tom living there”. The resident was suspicious how-
ever and made a move towards the door prompting the man to run, dropping the Playstation 2 and an XBox just taken from the second apartment. These were later taken by Gardai to Santry station for fingerprints. It is not known how many were involved in the robbery but witnesses say there was more than one. They made a quick getaway due to recurring problems with the front gate of Shanowen Hall. “The front gate has a padlock on it but there is trouble with it and paper was taped over the sensors to keep the door open.” No one has been arrested in relation to the robbery. Shanowen Security refused to comment.
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DCU LECTURERS are not responding well to anonymous marking. The scheme was introduced by the 2004/2005 academic council with Students’ Union President, Paul May and Education Officer Damien McLoughlin. It has been controversial since, but it seems while most students see the benefits, the staff are discontented with the system. School of Communications lecturer, Patrick Kinsella feels the original system was better, “I don't agree with it. I think it is a solution to a problem that does not exist in DCU.” Anonymous marking involves students using a password, located on their portal pages as identification on their exam papers rather than their name. Its aim is to prevent lecturers favouring some students over others. At the moment it is continuing to be implemented in its first pilot group which are the current second years. Eoin Byrne, Deputy President and Education and Welfare Officer says that there have been problems with the system but, on the whole, it has worked and the SU are firmly behind anonymous marking. But many of the lecturers feel anonymous marking infringes on duties they have, such as being
approachable to the students and identifying students who are having difficulties.Mr Kinsella says “part of the relationship that ought to exist is shut off. It formalises a relationship of suspicion that lecturers are incapable of treating students fairly.” Parikka, Humanities Ellen Convenor says “Just because there are problems doesn’t mean we should get rid of it”. She says that lecturers shouldn’t take offence in the system, “its just protection to make students feel more comfortable with sitting exams” Another reason for the lecturers’ dissatisfaction is the “elaborate nature of the system” according to law lecturer, Michael Doherty. While he says if the students want the system, then he is in favour of having one but he thinks a student number would be sufficient. He says it causes a lot of hassle for lecturers and makes it difficult to mark the students as a whole when dealing with combination, continuous assessment and examination modules, saying “administratively it causes more problems than it solves”. Anonymous marking might also affect the results of students whose exam scripts might be read in a different light when the style of the students writing is taken into consideration. Mr Doherty says “if you remember someone’s continuous assessment and you’re looking at
their exam it makes sense to you in a way that it wouldn’t, if you link it up”. He thinks that students should be marked on a whole, “Anonymous marking means you’re completely divorcing those two things.” Dr Michael Clancy, Mathematics lecturer, agrees with this. He thinks students in favour of the system are failing to see how they might actually lose out when it comes to whole marks being considered. He says that if the students feel they have been victimised, they can view their scripts to see how they are marked and this would be sufficient protection. It seems communication is an issue with the lecturers as many feel they weren’t consulted about the system before it was brought in. At the last meeting of the Academic Council in October, despite objection from staff members, it was decided that there would be a continuation to phase-in the system. But the students were let down when the scheme was not extended to first year. Michael Doherty feels that the system could work, but is very flawed from the lecturer’s perspective, “There are all sorts of logistical issues, it can be tricky to use and the marks keep disappearing and you have to keep ringing computer services to get them back. If it was easier to use, maybe I would be happier with it”.
The boy with the camera Celina Murphy
DCU STUDENT Allan Dixon has become the face of Bebo after his film ‘Bebo the Movie: Reality’ won the website’s international birthday video contest. ‘Bebo: the Movie’ currently features as the flashbox on 199 homepages and has received over 500 comments. In response to the infamous ‘MySpace: the Movie’, the competition asked users to submit homemade films inspired by the social networking website.
The film’s star and creator Allan Dixon told The College View: “Basically I saw that Bebo were running a filmmaking competition and I looked at some of the entries and thought I could do better.” The movie follows Dixon, a Bebo addict, around DCU as he finds himself in a real-life version of the website. The nine minute film, now featured on Bebo’s homepage, was written, filmed and edited over the space of a week. “I did all the editing and the majority of the directing. David O’Quigley helped me out with some of the ideas.”
Second year Digital Media Engineering student Dixon has had views for his homepage shoot up to almost 24,000 in the last three weeks following the success of the film. His ‘What do you think of Bebo: the Movie?’ poll has attracted 160 polltakers. The self-confessed Bebo addict says he wanted to draw attention to the way in which students in particular have come to depend on the Internet to communicate. “It’s maybe a popularity thing, people want to have the most views, the best pictures and the funniest
Allan Dixon, winner of Bebo the Movie
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flashbox but yeah, I think people do get a bit too obsessed with it all,” he says. The success of the movie is attracting the San Francisco based CEO of the website, Michael Birch, to Dublin later this month to meet with the competition winner. “He contacted me saying that he wants to meet up and bring me and all the crew and the cast all out for drinks.” Dixon will be putting his prize, a top of the range Sony HD camera, straight to use in his next project: directing, producing and starring in a music video for Irish rock band The Revs. The band’s manager Shea McNelis has asked the student to create a music video for upcoming Revs single ‘The Shine’. “He said ‘Come up with the idea, direct it, give me a storyboard, do whatever you want and give me a budget and we’ll see how it goes.’ So I’m just coming back to him with ideas. The concept is about how technology has taken over our lives and how we don’t talk to each other any-
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more.” A sequel to the award-winning Bebo movie is also in the pipeline. “There is going to be a Bebo extras movie coming out in about the next month or so and it will feature some new ideas, some new things that I forgot in ‘Bebo: the Movie’ and also some outtakes of the previous one.” The movie has also brought attention to some of the filmmaker’s earlier projects. “I jumped out of a second storey window in DCU and that got a lot of coverage there about a year ago... I also went around Brussels in my boxers singing and smashed my head off a railing going at about 20 kilometres an hour on a skateboard.” With high hopes for a future in film, this DCU student is well on his way towards success. “I hope after people do see my work I’ll get some coverage and I’ll get some more offers. I hope to actually pursue a career in this and hopefully make a bit of money out of it too.”
A still from Bebo the Movie
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Ard chostas na hollscoile Darren Gleeson IS DEIMHIN go bhfuil téama amháin i mbéal an phobail DCU sna laethanta seo : sin ‘Rip Off DCU’. D’éagraigh Aontas Na Mac Léinn an díospóireacht sin ar an suíomh idirlíne ‘Life’, agus de réir na freagraí a fuair siad, ní raibh an t-imoibriú dearfach. Is í an ghearán is mó ná na praghasanna bia sna bialainn. Sampla na ngearán is comhóntaí ar an suíomh ná : “Bhí mé i mbialann na n-altraí le linn lóin agus cheannaigh an cailín in aice liom tae, dhá paicéad Ryvita agus dhá triantán Philadelphia. Chostaigh sé €4.80”. D’fhreagair daltaí eile : “Sin í an chúis nach n-itheann mé sa bhialann gach lá; níl dóthain airgid agam chun €4.80 a íoc ar sneaic; gan trácht ar dhinnéar”. Is léir go mbraitheann chuid mhaith daltaí ar an gcampas gur sprionlóirí iad DCU. Rinneadh Uachtarán an SU, Charlene Connolly, praghsanna sa ceaintín ceann dá polasaithe sa toghchán uachtaránachta anuraidh. Dúirt sí ag an am: “Ceapaim go bhfuil praghsanna sa cheaintín ró-ard.Cuirfidh mé bord bainistíochta ar bhun chun praghasanna a fhéachaint, chun iad a chur íseal agus chun feabhas a chur ar caighdeán bia”. Chuir mé an cheist di an bhfuil aon forbairt déanta leis an ngeallúint sin? “ Chuireamar an téama seo do DCU agus d’iarr siad trí seachtaine chun é a chur i bhfeidm. Mar sin, feicfidís an Bord Bainistíochta a chur ar bhun i gceann seachtain is leath,” ar sise. Tortha maith, de réir dealreamh. Áfach, is iomaí raflaí ag dul timpeall na hollscoile faoi baghcat na ndíoltoirí bia go léir ar an gcampas. An bhfaighidh Aontas na Mac Léann a gcuid tacaíochta do gníomh de shaghas sin? Ní bhfuair Connolly a cuid tacaíochta iomlán dó, ach theip uirthi é a riail amach. Chuir sí béim ar an gcostas ard earraí anseo, agus dúirt sí go mbeadh Aontas na Mac Léinn a dhícheall chun luach níos fearr a fháil do na mic léinn maidir le cursaí airgid. Cúis náire eile don choláiste ná na tallaí na n-athscrúduithe. Cuirtear táille €175 ar athscrúduithe i DCU, cé nach gcosnáionn se tada i bhformhór na nollscoile eile in Éirinn. Dúirt Connolly: “Creidimid go bhfuil sé thar fóir chun táille a leithéid sin a chur ar na hathscrúduithe. Ceist eile ná na tallaí chun scrudú a chur ar athlá don bhlian. Tá €300 seafóideach; go háirithe i gcomparáid lena coláistí eile, an tromlach nach bhfuil ach €40 ag teastáil.” Tá focail eile agam in ionad Tá ‘seafóideach’‘saint’. géarghá deireadh a chur leis i DCU, chomh luath agus is feidir.
Broadband too expensive for student pockets Keeto Peterseil
THE LATEST industry figures show that 150,000 people in Ireland now use Broadband, a figure which is consistently growing. Yet the students who are living on campus seem to be paying a high price for accessing these facilities in comparison to some of the other major colleges and universities in Ireland. Residents of Larkfield, Hampstead and College Park apartments, pay €70 for broadband per semester. This has fallen from €75 in previous years, but still works out at €23.33 per month and €140 per academic year. NUI Galway, provides free Internet access to its campus residents, the only cost these students face in securing Broadband, is the Internet cable, costing them around €5. University College Dublin (UCD) also provides some of its residents with Broadband access, although not all the oncampus residences have it free of charge.
Trinity Halls, the offcampus accommodation for Trinity College Dublin, again provides its students with free internet access, and NUI Maynooth provides free Broadband access for residents of its newer on-campus apartments. DCU's sister school Colaiste Phadraig (St. Patrick's College for Primary School Education) also provides free wireless connection for students with laptops across the college, but not within the oncampus accommodation. The college also imposes restrictions on the type of computers which may be used in the apartments. No PCs may be brought in, only laptops, whereas Campus Residences Ltd. in DCU do not impose any such restrictions. The fact is that the residents of DCU's on-campus accommodation are paying the average charge for broadband, the same as any home-owner across the Republic. Irish Broadband offers wireless, 'always on' Broadband access for €18.95, and does not
require phone line rental. This is comparable to DCU residents in Larkfield for example, who do not have phones in their apartments. Out of this comparison, a question arises, as to why DCU on-campus residents are paying a higher price. Cablenet Broadband provides the service for €19.99 per month, but requires a
The month in politics
IT SEEMS the Taoiseach has weathered the storm and closed Bertigate behind him. While in the immediate aftermath of the payments controversy it seemed that the FF-PDs coalitions' end could be nigh, on October 6 McDowell stated that "the Government is safe if the damage that has been done in recent times is repaired". Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny may have been correct in his assertion that Ahern and McDowell made a "secret deal" in their own self-interest, but that has failed to turn public opinion against them. Opposition parties did not strongly seek the Taoiseach's resignation because they feared they would not have public backing. Divided between those who wanted to oust the Taoiseach, and those who wished to leave Fianna Fáil with enough rope to hang themselves en route to the spring election, they apparently could manage neither. According to the recent Irish Times/TNS MRBI opinion poll, support for Fianna Fáil is up eight points to 3pc. It appears their gain is Fine Gael's loss who experienced a fall in support to 29pc. Although the level of satisfaction with the leaders of both Fine Gael and Labour has increased,
this has not been reflected in their party satisfaction ratings. Commenting on the poll Labour leader Pat Rabitte stated: "The public have a right to be wrong". In recent days, the issue of a ban on salmon drift net fishing has caused discord within both government and opposition parties. Labour, the Greens and the PDs united in their support of the ban while Fine Gael contested it. This served to highlight the contrasting policies of Labour and Fine Gael and perhaps explain why the public place more confidence in a fallible but familiar Taoiseach than a partnership built on such shaky foundations. Tánaiste Last September, Michael McDowell spoke of the vast amounts of Stamp Duty collected by Revenue. This sparked much debate on a possible reduction of the duty and a suggestion that first time buyers be exempt from it completely. However, Minister for Finance Brian Cowen seemed to dispel these notions when on October 20 he said he favoured little government interference in the housing market. Now, as the date for publication of the 2007 Budget approaches, such a course of action looks increasingly unlikely despite continued pressure from some PDs. Fianna Fáil's confidence is high
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phone line. So, therefore DCU residents are paying a seemingly unsubsidised rate for broadband without the added benefit of a phone line. Whether it is used for entertainment or educational purposes, it seems that Broadband should be more competitively priced for
and when McDowell recently swallowed his pride and came out in support of Bertie it was clear to many which side of the alliance felt they needed the other more. Bertie Ahern has essentially left the issue in the very capable hands of Brian Cowen and opted instead to place himself to the fore of the
students. Although Broadband seeks to break down any barriers in communication and to make it easier for the world to interact and release information at a much faster pace, due to high prices many students at DCU remain out of the loop.
vote-pulling and prominent issue of devolution in Northern Ireland. At present it seems Fianna Fáil are a shoe-in for the next election but with the Budget to be announced next month we may soon see what a difference a day makes.
The College View November 2006
Sacrificing memories for money
Ruth Ní Eidhin
WITH THE semester in full swing and Christmas fast approaching, the painful truth that summer savings might not get you through the year is becoming increasingly obvious. The fact is that being a student costs money – particularly if you are planning on having a social life. So in the absence of generous parents or a grant cheque, what options are there? Most students are faced with the same dilemma: you can have fun, or you can have the time for fun but no way to fund it. For many, the obvious solution is getting a part-time job - a route made increasingly accessible in an era of high employment. The money made can subsidise both studies and social life, but there are other advantages. According to Muireann Ní Dhuigneain, Head of the DCU Careers Service, “Research carried out by the Transferable Skills Project identified the skills which are most important for students to develop in preparation for their transition to the workplace – communication and presentation skills; team-work; multi-tasking. These are skills which one can develop in
the workplace while undertaking part-time work.” The Careers Service is updating its website to re-instate a part-time job service for students. This will add to the current full-time placement lists, and hopefully encourage students to find jobs that can complement their coursework. Ní Dhuigneain adds “In my view, you will get a better insight into your chosen careers area if your part-time work is closely associated with your area of study. If possible, relevant part-time work should be your first choice.” If you decide a part-time job is the route for you, you will need to think seriously about the hours involved. The most common option is working on Thursday evening and weekends. This would mean no time to visit your family and friends at home, and having to get all of your coursework done on weekday evenings. This in turn means the social life you're working so hard to fund suffers significantly. It is also important to take a look at the numbers. According to the 2003 CLAN survey, the 58pc of students in employment are earning an average of €301 per month. Even those working up to 20 hours a week, at the minimum wage, would earn only €636 per month.
According to DCU's own figures, living away from home will cost the average student €934 per month. Put simply, the numbers just don't add up. This isn't to say that a parttime job is not a viable option, but the income you may earn must be weighed against other potentially negative impacts. The most obvious side-effect of term-time employment is the level of distraction you may suffer from your studies. While this may depend on your course and year of study, the fact of the matter is that across the board, having other priorities will put you under more pressure. “Many students in DCU have no option but to work on a part-time basis to fund their university education” says Ní Dhuigneain, “[however] some students, while in full time education, are working in part-time jobs which are more like full time activities. I would like to encourage students to find the balance.” If you find yourself arriving exhausted to morning lectures having worked late the evening before, it may be time to reconsider. So what alternatives are there? For those in genuine difficulty, a Student Assistance Fund is administered on an annual basis by the Student Affairs Office.
escape but I have no choice but to carry on. Words are currency in the era of compulsory word counts and at this stage anything will do. Grammatical structure and relevance to the assignment brief fly out the window as I hazily type any sentence that comes to mind – a method that does not usually result in the production of good-quality English. Time passes in a blur; culminating in the inevitable desperate sprint towards the project- submission box, hoping against rational hope that I’m not too late. Somewhere along this journey, the realisation
hits me that this is all too familiar. Why do I always find myself in this predicament? I’ve been here so many times before that the panic, stress and last minute discovery that I’ve run out of printing credit have become an accepted feature of my college life. Sound familiar? Welcome to the life of a serial procrastinator. Whether or not you personally from ‘Extreme suffer Procrastination with Regard to Imminent Academic Deadlines’ (or EPRIAD), you should be able to recognize someone who does, by sight. The week before an assign-
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Unfortunately this fund is limited, so for most the only alternative is to succumb to the eternal cliché of the 'broke student'. Learning to live on a tight budget is perhaps one of the greatest transferable skills, and, as Eddie Hobbs preaches, the potential is there to live on €100 or less per week. Hobbs is by no means the only one advising students on their finances, with most major banks dedicating space on their websites to the issue. The trick is to shop around – in every sense. College life should be an experi-
ence, not a struggle. Unfortunately it can be a very expensive experience, so it's important to have a plan to deal with the financial side of things. If you budget properly, it can certainly take the sting out of term-time financial woes. You are here to get a qualification and, as with everything, balance is key. If your studies are beginning to suffer then that part-time job may not be worth the time – or the money.
ment is due, a sufferer will be the person in the computer labs whose screen alternates between Boreme.com, a blank Word document and the helicopter game. Even after a small collection of words appear on the Procrastinator’s word document, he will remain conspicuous by compulsively checking the Word Count and emailing, texting or ringing his friends and family to inform them of any increase, however minute. EPRIAD is, by and large, a solitary experience. Some of the loneliest hours you will ever spend are in the dead of night when everyone else is asleep and when RTE television has been hijacked by an eerie combination of bad radio and a teletext with a mind of its own. Your friends have stopped texting back hours ago and you have resorted to clearing out the fridge in an effort to distract yourself from the fastapproaching deadline. ‘The EPRIAD Survival Manual’ was compiled in 1997 (and revised in 2002) in an attempt to guide EPRIADS through their perilous academic careers. If you wish to discover the earliest opening time of the Henry Grattan on a Friday morning or under which grounds an exemption or extension is likely to be granted, this is where to look. Alas, EPRIAD is not a rational condition and when presented with an opportunity for distraction, it will be embraced, whatever the consequences. It is for this reason that so many vulnerable EPRIAD sufferers fall prey to conversations with Mr. Organised and Little Miss Perfect. The manual describes this couple
as ‘the type of people/robots who use a reading list for its original and pure intention and not as a last minute direct source to bulk up a bibliography’. Within a minute of the conversation the EPRIAD victim will realise he is out of his depth. This person has handed in their assignment weeks ago and is in the library to print out the first draft of their thesis (due in 2010). By the termination of this conversation/torture the Procrastinator will usually feel like a squashed insect. As we have seen, the path of procrastination does not run smoothly. Although it is a condition that inspires more questions than answers, there is no academic research on the origins of EPRIAD or even any valid suggestions on how to combat it. This is possibly due to the fact that people who are not affected by EPRIAD couldn’t care less and people who are, will in all probability never get around to publishing their findings. It seems all the more ironic then that this article about procrastination written by a self-confessed procrastinator could ever be completed. The irony is lessened somewhat when you realise that this piece of writing is a product of ‘proactive procrastination’. This is a term recently coined by an acquaintance of mine describing the practice of throwing all your energies into an activity, from joining the gym to charity work, in an effort to distract yourself from upcoming academic deadlines. That, and the fact that it’s being completed four days after the stipulated deadline.
Could you be suffering from chronic procrastination? Clare O’Reilly
FIVE MINUTES left. My hands begin to shake as I struggle to remain calm. It’s 11:55 and I have 2444 words, just over 50 short of the word-count with absolutely nothing left to say. Exhausted, I try to focus on the words on the screen in front of me. “40 words, portal page, submission sheet, print, sign, run, possible….possible.” I repeat psychotically. I’m dizzy from lack of sleep and way too much caffeine in my system. I desperately want to
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Here ‘cos we’re not all there
The College View November 2006
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Interrailing has never been so popular among students looking to fill boring summer months. Naomi Linehan budgets her way through the eastern zones while Andrea Bonnie falls in love with western Europe. ELEVEN PM in Budapest. We’re standing outside a desolate building on a busy street. Tired and hungry we climb the winding marble stairs trying not to notice the mess of graffiti that ornaments the walls. At the top, a woman stands behind an iron gate, sucking on a cigarette, and speaking a language we don’t understand. It’s a long way from Larkfield and Campus Security. Eastern Europe, we have arrived. This summer, four friends from DCU decided to pack up their old tin cans and go on a journey none of us will ever forget. For 16 days Zone D, Eastern Europe, was ours. We would travel through Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia,
Bureau de Change rates are unreliable, and may rip you off. Like Jack Bauer, with only 24 hours to explore, we began sightseeing, determined to take in all that Zone D had to offer. Strolling through the cobblestone streets of Krakow we felt as though we had travelled back in time. The small alleyways open out into the grand courtyards of the old town. In Eastern Europe, the buildings still tell a story. It is as though the past has not yet been wiped away by new coats of paint and global advertising. Prague was the most westernised city we visited. It has so much to offer, with the hectic shopping streets of the new town only a ten minute walk from the beautiful Charles Bridge. Budapest is divided in two, with Buda on one side of the river, and commercialised Pest on the other. It is a beautiful city, however it is difficult to get around, and would take
“A woman stands behind an iron gate, sucking on a cigarette, and speaking a language we don’t understand.” Hungary, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. We bought our interrail tickets at the USIT office in town, (€195), and we were ready to go. It’s not until we are sitting on our Ryanair flight to Krakow that we realise it is really happening and decide to plan our route. With four journalists aboard, it’s puns galore: The craic we’ll have in Krakow, before we Czech out of Prague, Hungary for adventure. We used a useful and reliable website called hostelworld.com to book our accommodation as we went. It requires you to make a deposit using Laser or credit card, and most hostels require the payment of hard cash on arrival. With constantly changing currency, it’s tough to keep track of your zlotys, kunas, forints and korunas. I would definitely recommend getting maestro on your ATM card as many of the
more than a day to see all it has to offer. A trip to the baths is a must, after a strenuous trek around the city. Croatia proved to be a great addition to our trip as it was more of a sun holiday and gave us a break from city life. Dubrovnik is a mustsee, however it is only accessible by bus or ferry. Although the ferry is a longer journey, it is much more comfortable than a six hour bus journey in the baking heat. Wherever we were, food was always the first item on the agenda, and it was easy to accommodate everyone's tastes, with most meals costing only four or five Euro. The nightlife was different in each city we visited. We sussed out indie pubs in Krakow, danced the night away in a club aboard a ship in Bratislava, and drank cheap Croatian wine in a quiet alcove on the Croatian island of Hvar.
Whether you are looking for the hustle and bustle of downtown Prague, balmy nights in Budapest, or sun and sailing on the Adriatic Sea, interrailing has it all.
His head knocks against the window whenever the bus brakes, but he’s in such a deep sleep he doesn’t stir, not even when we hit a particularly nasty pothole. His feet are sandaled, his jaw unshaven. A battered copy of Lonely Planet hangs loosely under his forearm and just to his left, as if any other proof was needed, a bulging backpack protrudes awkwardly from the luggage compartment. I smile to myself. When you’re a backpacker, as I was this summer, you learn to catch forty winks wherever you can. Buses? Yup. Trains? Obviously. The world becomes your duvet public transport your surrogate mattress. You shamelessly seize every opportunity with both hands. Because God knows the next time you’ll see an actual bed. Our first stop was Sofia – the city where a curt shake of the head means, “Yes” and a nod means “No”. Confusing, yes? No? The weather was fantastic. And food and accommodation were really very reasonable. But remember this about Sofia - it makes no allowances for tourists. Like flies, tourists are simply to be swatted away in irritation. You’ll be hard pressed to find a decent pub either. Walk the streets ‘til the wee small hours if you wish, but all you’ll find is soulless casinos and seedy strip clubs. Stag night central. Oh joy. So while I wouldn’t recommend hopping on a plane to Bulgaria anytime soon, Belgrade, Vienna, Rome are all in competition for my favorite destination. Where Sofia failed, these three succeeded spectacularly. Like all good things, Belgrade left me wanting more. Allotting just a
single day to its exploration it stood out as one of the most beautiful cities I encountered. Occasionally, a gutted building showed itself, a hideous scar upon a glorious visage. But to the casual observer, the Belgrade of media reportage seems remote and impossible. Vienna again was a one day love affair. How lucky that we should be in Austria on the day it celebrated the 200th anniversary of its most famous son – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. What resonates about Vienna though is its architecture. If ever you visit, indulge in a horsedrawn carriage to take you around the city. Sure you’ll be broke. But it’s well worth it. They say all roads lead to Rome and ours was no exception. Weary from a month’s travelling, our journey ended here. Yes, there were thunderstorms. And okay, we had to stay in a campsite in the middle of nowhere because Rome is positively Dublinesque in its pricey nature. But it’s a city you can forgive anything because you fall in love with it so completely. From spectacular sights like the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel to the gorgeous ice-cream parlours and cozy restaurants of Piazza Navona, however long you spend there won’t feel like enough. Having done the whole interrailing “thing” I’ve come to the conclusion that it is to travelling what Impressionism is to art. With all the fickleness of a bee flitting from bloom to bloom, you experience each place with brief and thrilling intensity before moving on in search of greater highs. The bus trundles to a stop and the traveller awakens. He seems to instinctively know that he has reached his destination. I watch as he pulls his rucksack onto his back and alights. As the bus pulls away I catch his expression as he surveys the heart of Dublin for the first time. He has reached the next high.
Putting the life and soul in DCU
DCU CAREER PROFILE
IT’S HARD to believe that Shea McNelis, DCU’s current Ents Manager, who has worked with artists such as Damien Rice and The Revs, started his musical career in a wedding band called Dozen Matter. Despite the cheesy name, McNelis’s first foray into the music business was profitable, starting his career as he meant to go on. “I was making more money than my school teachers would have been making at the time when I was in Leaving Cert.” When McNelis left school, his passion for music influenced his career choice. “I did music management and sound technology. I always wanted to be a sound engineer. Music was always what I wanted to get into.” Following the course, he began his first job in the Taibdhearc Theatre in Galway, where he was the technical director. He stayed at Taibdhearc for two years, when another musical foray prompted a move from Galway to Dublin as he began recording a solo album. “I ended up having to move to Dublin because I’d just signed with a management company called Crashed. Dublin was the place where the music scene was kind of starting to happen at the time.” While in Dublin, McNelis returned to sound engineering, working at large venues such as Dublin Castle. But as his career in sound was prospering, his album was being overshadowed. “It happened that my music, the reason I moved to Dublin, to do an album, was being pushed to the side. I finished the album but by the time it was done I had lost interest in it so it was never released.” McNelis continued to focus on his career in sound, and got a job at the Tivoli Theatre, where he was quickly promoted to General Manager. He stayed in this job for three years, until the long working hours became a chore. “Sunday was my only night off and I was very young. I just felt that my youth was completely passing me by.” After leaving the Tivoli Theatre, McNelis immediately began to concentrate on his writing, travelling to Nashville as part of an IRMA group. It was here that he first met Mickey Harte, who asked him to be his man-
ager. “I went over there and really saw the business side of musicians, so I said; this is what I want to do.” When McNelis returned to Ireland he was faced with a dilemma; he needed to work to fund his artists, but also needed free time to promote them. It was then that he saw an ad for an events manager at Maynooth University. “I went out there and I was setting up the management company at the time so it was a way for me to spot new talent at the same time, colleges are the best place for doing that.” It was at this time that McNelis also began to represent Damien Rice and The Revs, as well as having Mickey Harte’s success on “You’re A Star” to oversee. The demands of all of these jobs became too much. Having developed Maynooth into a serious music venue, McNelis decided to concentrate on management. It came down to a choice between Harte and Rice. In the end, he decided to stay with Harte. “I think a lot of it was to do with Damien, he was going to America and I was getting married. I would have to stay in America for 6 months and it was something I didn’t want to do.” About a year after Harte’s Eurovision success, McNelis stumbled across an ad for the events manager’s position at DCU, which he filled. “The beauty of working here compared to working in any other venue is you have the weekends off, the summer is quiet, Christmas is quiet, and they’re the busiest times for the other business. They completely slot into each other, so it worked out perfectly.” This is McNelis’s second year here in DCU, and he has already turned the campus social life around in a short space of time, with regular open-mic nights, gigs and sellout balls. When asked about what advice he has for anyone who wants to follow in his footsteps he is quick to reply “Get a real job!” He does have some serious advice to offer as well. “You need to make a decision, is it about money or is it about passion. I think there needs to be a combination of both. What I would recommend is that someone gets an education first before they do it and always have a plan B.”
The College View November 2006
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The 12 College View November 2006
Have your cake and eat it
Dawn meets the brains behind Oxfam’s new charity album The Cake Sale WHEN I ask Brian Crosby how he feels on November 3, the day The Cake Sale CD is released in Ireland, he says “relieved” with a very genuine sigh. Brian is probably best known for his role as guitarist/keyboardist with his band Bell X1, but that recognition could take a change of direction as his work with Oxfam gets more prolific, and his involvement grows. He was the principle co-ordinator in this musical venture, which sees some of Ireland’s best loved musicians and songwriters coming together. “I thought about it first about 18 months ago, and it’s been a year in the making... It’s been a long time in gestation” Songwriters include Brian’s Bell X1 band mates Paul Noonan and Dave Geraghty, Glen Hansard (The Frames),), Conor Deasy, Damien Rice, Emm Gryner, and Matt Lunson. Lead vocals are supplied by Lisa Hannigan, Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Gemma Hayes, Josh Ritter, and Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), to name a few. When he talks about his work with Oxfam, something very sincere and unfeigned comes from Brian. I ask how he first got involved with them, and he speaks of how he “just got to know what they were doing over the last few years”. Bell X1 have been linked with the charity for three or four years, playing benefit concerts, and taking campaign teams on tour with them. Oxfam’s globally influential “Make Trade Fair” campaign was what really inspired and appealed to Brian personally, “The more I read about it, the more I just felt I wanted to do something about it.”
In August of this year Brian and his band mate Paul, along with two Oxfam Ireland workers, went on a week long visit to Africa. “That was… an experience” he hesitantly says. They went to Tanzania, where Oxfam brought them to visit projects they are currently funding, like farmers in Morogoro (Tanzania is a country where 80% of farmers are poor subsistence farmers) and a HIV clinic in Tanga, “It affected us both… It really revealed the nature of what AIDS is.” He clearly has a lot of respect for the charity’s work, and hopes to return in the future, “It was really good just to see the work that Oxfam do, and how it had a direct impact. And we met, first hand, people who were directly influenced by the work Oxfam did and who’s livelihoods would’ve been very different had Oxfam not been around.”
“...it really revealed to us both the nature of what AIDS is
The Cake Sale is Brian’s own attempt to make a difference. Is the aim a financial one, or just to build awareness among the public? “A combination.. It’s not meant 100% as a money-making exercise.. And this is with Oxfam’s general view on things. They’re more in for the long haul, the way people think, which will benefit more in the long run.” Brian had often discussed with friends the idea of putting a collaborative band together in the name of charity, and how it could work within the Dublin music scene. He had some time off from Bell X1, so decided to get started and do something about it. Initially they were in the studio for two weeks to “record the bones of the tracks then. [and] It’s very hard to quantify what happened after that.” Four or five musicians were involved in the very early stages, and then “the recordings happened based on other people’s schedules… It did take quite a while”. There was never one time when all the musicians were in the studio (“thank god…”) and the recording was done over a year with different parts being recorded in Dublin, London, Sweden, and LA.” I put the question to Brian, ‘Why should people, (and poor students especially), go out and buy The Cake Sale?’. “If you want to buy something good, and know what the money that you spent will be going to something good you should make the effort to get it.” Apart from the charity aspect of the album, it is a fine group of musicians
working together, and a remarkable opportunity to hear collaborations. The track ‘Some Surprise’ is getting an increasing amount of airplay on radio stations, and has a video available online. It was written by Paul Noonan, and is recorded by Lisa Hannigan and Gary Lightbody (anyone who was at Paul’s solo set at this years Electric Picnic would have seen him perform it with Lisa and Brian).
“The more I read about it, the more I just felt I wanted to do something about it
Despite the track getting so much attention, Brian says there are no plans for it to be released as a single. Regarding the other songs, he claims to be impartial about all of the album’s tracks. “They’re all my favourite songs” he laughs, and you can tell that he’s both proud, and as he said, “relieved” about the CD’s completion. “Are you happy with it?” I ask, “No... I’m delighted! Delighted I think it’s safe to say.” What about a Cake Sale 2? “I’d like to think
I’ll do it again in the future but right now my plans are just to release it outside Ireland (“probably, but not necessarily” in the UK.) Brian returns to his day job with Bell X1 in few weeks time as they start another nationwid tour. They haven’t started writing the new record yet, and are planning to go to Americ early next year and to try and build more of name for themselves there (beyond being th soundtrack for the lesbian kiss in The OC..) Do his loyalties lie in the studio or out touring and more practical work? “I like work that enables you to go to differen places meet different people. What was grea about The Cake Sale was that even though it wa a studio project, with so many different peopl involved and so many different studio locations it always kept being interesting.” Anybody who is disillusioned or cynica regarding celebrity involvement in charity work shouldn’t cast a cold eye on Brian Crosby jus yet. Here we have a man who realised some thing was wrong, thought he might be able to make a difference, so just got going and did it; h really doesn’t seem like the type with a hidden agenda. Keep an eye out for him, I get the feeling he’l just keep going without too much fuss but we’l be hearing a lot more about him.
Back to the future with The Franks
The College View November 2006
IN A CRAMPED hotel room in a dodgy hotel in Wicklow town, just before their latest show on their nationwide tour, I meet the Frank and Walters. They tell me about their plans to “nail Puff Daddy’s ass”, how everybody deserves to be happy and how Linda McCartney tried to turn them all into vegetarians. The Frank and Walters who were once hailed as one of Ireland’s finest, are back with their fifth studio album. A Renewed Interest in Happiness is being described as their most complete work to date. The album went in at number 31 last week in the Irish charts. “Puff Daddy beat us by three copies for number 30 so we’re out to nail his ass” jokes drummer Ashleigh.
“We’ve only had one iffy review so far and she’s on the black list!” “The reviews have all been great, there’s only been one iffy one but she’s on the black list!” So who are the Frank and Walters? They are two Cork men and a Wicklow man who have been around the Irish music scene for the last 17 years. The Franks, as they have become known, write infectious and up-beat indie-pop tunes. Songs such as ‘Colours’ and ‘After all’ are rated as some of the best songs to come from any Irish artist or band by many critics and their live shows have built up a huge cult following, not only in Ireland, but in France and England and they have even played a gig on Spanish national
TV. In 1993 it seemed that the Franks were on the verge of making it big. The lads appeared on Top of The Pops, an experience described as “a dream come true” by Linehan. “The best part about it was that we got to meet Paul McCartney”. Linehan goes on to say that Linda, Paul’s first wife, tried to turn them all into vegetarians. “She was giving us all badges saying ‘don’t eat meat’” Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was a roadie for the Frank and Walters back in the early 90’s. Ashleigh remembers him as a “nice fella”. Linehan adds, “He gave me a demo tape, I thought it was shit, sounded too much like the Stone Roses so I taped over it!” And if it weren’t for the Frank and Walters we might never have heard of bands like Suede and Radiohead. “Well especially Radiohead” agrees Ashleigh “they couldn’t get a gig, no one in England wanted to touch them, so we took them on tour with us.” Their big break never came though, something which the Franks are not bitter about. Linehan maintains that he’s happy playing smaller venues like Whelan’s and the Roisin Dubh. “We don’t really want the fame, we’ll take the money though!” However as a lot of people feel that this album could propel The Franks back to the top, this unwanted fame could become inevitable. On the day of the album launch a text message circulated, reading; “You deserve to be happy, the Frank and Walters 2006”. Linehan believes that “people want to be happy, but I don’t think there are many people who think they deserve to be happy”.
He goes on to say that “if you believe you deserve to be happy you’re half-way to being happy”.
“No-one in England would touch Radiohead, so we took them on tour with us”
Deep words indeed but something about them seems to resonate with the band’s music and live sets. The gig that followed this interview even cheered up the pissed-off bar men and got them up dancing. For that hour the world seemed a better place, and for the 58 minutes or so of the album one can’t help but smile and be happy. In that cramped hotel room Linehan revealed that the next album is already written, music to the ears of all Franks fans. The Frank and Walters are back and ready to make us all happy again. Walking out of that hotel room, I couldn’t help but smile. It’s contagious.
Talking ‘bout my generation
James Ward gives us his views on the origin of the indie music scene and bemoans its descent into mediocrity
THE SOUND of our generation? Just as the 90’s gave us Britpop, the 00’s will undoubtedly be remembered for the genre known as ‘indie’. Except, that indie is dead. Stone cold. The term ‘indie’ refers to any band on an independent label. Pretty much any type of band can sign to an independent level, so how can indie be described as a genre? And now that so-called
The Artic Monkeys
‘indie’ bands are turning the wheels of the corporate machines in EMI and BMG, the genre formerly known as indie has died. But would you expect anything less ridiculous from a decade dubbed the “noughties”? In 2002 a band emerged from the underground scene in London. Calling themselves ‘the Libertines’, their debut album Up The Bracket (produced by the Clash’s Mick Jones) heralded a new era in rock ‘n’ roll. For a time, music was good again. Drugs, sex and social issues reigned supreme and, after what seemed like a lifetime, the boyband “scene” was dead. (Yay!) Suddenly waves of good bands were breaking into the mainstream. And then BAM! Catch 22. We’re f**ked.
The spirit of the indie movement lay in its punk naivety. We felt we were in some way giving a one-finger salute by listening to music that wasn’t fuelling the corporate machine. The music was great, but as it became popular, it became mainstream. The ‘man’ stole it, marketed it, its spirit died, the music was s**t. When the Libertines’ bubble exploded in a blaze of backstabbing, heroin addiction and secret love children, there was little hope left. Pete Doherty’s painfully embarrassing fall from grace was proof of that. But then, in the unlikeliest of places, the ‘internet’, something emerged. Something with catchy riffs, throbbing bass lines, socially relevant lyrics and Sheffield accents. The Artic Monkeys had
arrived. By all accounts, The Artic Monkeys were the most promising band since Oasis. Remember the hype surrounding Definitely Maybe? (No? Me neither.) What made them special was that they actually lived up to the hype. But no matter how many copies their debut album sold, they couldn’t save the scene. Then again we shouldn’t have pinned all our hopes on one band. When the Artic Monkey phenomenon died off, the band apparently vanished, working away on their eagerly awaited follow up album (they’re already screwed in my books, no band has ever had sticky-second-album-syndrome this tough). In absence of the monkeys, we’ve had to make do with the mediocrity of Razorlight, with their detestable front-man Johnny ‘I did your ma’ Borrell. Possibly even more arrogant than Mr. Liam Gallagher and his brother Noel combined. “If Dylan’s making the tea, then I’m cooking the chips”. (Go away, and write television jingles, you tosser.) So where next for Indie music? The Irish bands are typically arriving all too late for the scene. Maybe it’s not a bad thing though. The last thing we want is to be represented by nerds with guitars Director. And as you would expect nerds write boring music, so the chances of Director rescuing the scene in the way the Artic Monkeys did are slim. Just as punk succumbed to Disco and Britpop to Dance, it seems the time has come for Indie to bow down to its inferior nemesis (Please God don’t let it be Emo). Indie was doomed from the start really. It didn’t even have a proper name.
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Paraic McGeough & Nigel Wheely David Kitt – Whelans [oct 21] Ryan Adams – The Olympia [oct 22]
On your marks, get set...
The Go! Team - The Olypmia [Oct 23]
EXCLAMATION MARKS were aplenty in the Olympia on October 23 as The Go! Team performed to a full house. The six-piece Brighton band played at Oxegen during the summer but their return was a welcome one as their infectious tunes seemed to have everyone in a state of giddiness on the night. The support band ‘Pas Cap Pas’ were extremely unimpressive, with poor style and music that seems lazy and adds nothing original to the scene. Surprising, really, that they were chosen to support such a remarkable and vivacious group, but it did just highlight the sheer energy that filled the venue when The Go! Team opened with ‘The Power is On’. The crowd couldn’t help but be impressed by both how the band looked on stage, playing two full-size drum kits and a plethora of instruments to produce their distinct sound, and the excitement of the team, most notably the lead vocalist Ninja. Ninja welcomed the crowd genuinely, following with a cliched and slightly irritating declaration of love for “those sexy Irish accents”. However the banter was quickly forgiven as the band launched into a strong set from their album Thunder,
Lightning, Strike. The high energy in the Olympia was maintained with Ninja’s insane and energetic dance moves. ‘Bottle Rocket’, my personal favourite song by the band, receiving an amazing reaction. Arms flailed and hips thrusted as the crowd attempted to dance to the fantastic action chant of the team. At one point during the song, Ninja began to imitate the dancing of different audience memebers, which proved hilarious; although her imitation of my moves was a bit of an eye-opener… The band’s encore, and final tune of the night, featured the popular ‘Ladyflash’. Once again Ninja’s dancing was central to the music, as she performed cultural dances from around the globe, finishing impressively with Irish dancing. To be that bit more different, the band threw bananans into the audience as souvenirs of a very memorable show. Adding to the charm of the band is their unmistakeable modesty. After the gig I was fortunate enough to meet Sam Dook from the band, the man who is a drummer, guitarist and banjoist rolled into one. He was surprised by the phenomenal Irish reception and was genuinely shocked that there were so many dedicated fans. Between the team’s humble nature and their incredible performances, we can believe them when they say ‘We Just Won’t Be Defeated’.
Sam from The Go! Team
A SOLD OUT Whelans was heaving with anticipation for Kittser and his band last October 21st. There were no signs of nerves as they took to the stage, but this is probably because any time an Irish act plays Whelans it feels almost like a homecoming gig. The only difficulty that was posed was how to please the diehard fans that have followed you religiously from the beginning, while avoiding the pitfall of becoming a parody of yourself. Kittser can rest easy as when the near two hour set of old and new was over, there was no doubting his talent. He cast off the shackles of the dreaded “Irish singer-songwriter” mantle with ease. Not without a little help from his friends though; Richie Egan, Kitser’s bassist and front man for the superb Redneck Manifesto provided backing vocals and there was more than a hint of the Redneck sound to the set. Kittser gave Ritchie a rest and called on the talents of Lisa Hanigan, who emerged from the darkness of the crowd, to join him in a duet. Whelans then witnessed an intense electronic
jam, the definitive highlight of the night, making sure that this is one Irish act you’ll be happy to welcome home again and again. The following night, while David Kitt was in Whelans playing his second date, a sold-out Olympia saw alt-country performer Ryan Adams play his first Irish show in three years. Adams is notoriously unpredictable in his live shows. Fortunately Ryan’s current backing band, The Cardinals, keep everything on track. The Cardinal’s guitarist Neal Casal opened the show with a little help from his friends, with fellow cardinal Jon Graboff and Mr. Adams himself joining him on pedal steel and drums respectively for a few songs. Over the next two and a half hours, the 25 song set drew on songs from all parts of Ryan’s career from the 2000 favourite Heartbreaker right through to the three albums he released in 2005. It’s heart-warming for Adams’ fans that his set encompasses his entire career because so often, nowadays, a band decides to disregard the songs that made them famous and simply embrace their new material. While on the surface Kittser and Ryan Adams are very different performers, they do have more in common than you’d think. This weekend demonstrates Adams and Kitt simultaneously trying to move away from the mantle of acoustic singer-songwriter toward that of credible full band acts. Fortunately for all of us they both seem to be getting on just fine.
Scientific experiment Denise Sammon
We Are Scientists - Anbassador [oct 30]
IT WAS their quirky lyrics and catchy riffs that first attracted me to We are Scientists. They are a band that encapsulate ‘new and refreshing’ while their music still manages to retain a comfortable familiarity. We are Scientists played to a sold out Ambassador on Tuesday October 30 just as they had in The Village on their last visit to Dublin. Hailed as pop’s next-biggish-thing, this band is cultivating a rapidly growing fan base in Europe, playing a rake of sell-out shows. After catching them in the Paradise Rock Club, Boston, this would be my third time seeing them this year. Why? It’s simply because they put on a fantastic live performance. Starting life as a Sci-Fi novelty band, the California trio moved to New York in 2000 in order to pursue their music. When you visit their website it’s difficult not to pick up on their infectious sense of humour. Luckily this is brought into every interaction with their adoring fans. Front man (and soon to be heartthrob) Keith Murray and aptly moustached bass player Chris Cain play off one another at each show with great comic effect. A packed Ambassador was treated to an ener-
getic recital of their debut album With Love and Squalor, along with some extra tunes. The highlight came at the end of the night when their support act, Au Revoir Simone, reappeared onstage for a collaborative rendition of the Boyz II Men hit ‘End of the Road’. Everything inside me told me to cringe at this 1990’s classic cheese, yet I joined in with the majority of the crowd reciting the lyrics word for word. An extra highlight followed after the gig when we spotted Keith Murray sauntering down Parnell St, sporting none other than a We Are Scientists tote bag!
We Are Scientists
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Peaksmania: Retro TV
The breathing method
Mark Curran: The Breathing Factory; Courtesy of The Gallery of Photography
THE GALLERY of Photography is currently displaying the most recent works of photographer Mark Curran entitled, ‘The Breathing Factory’, which runs until November 22. The exhibition is a collection of photographs taken at the Hewlett Packard Technology Campus in Leixlip. Curran displays several portraits and interior studies, which hang side by side, unframed and un-mounted. He also uses an audio-visual technique to produce the background noise of the lull of a factory machine, accompanied by the flickering projection of a production line on a loop, giving the sense of continuity and monotony. The entire project took over 20 months to complete, with each
visit heavily supervised and his material vetted by Hewlett Packard. Curran uses textual narratives in order to guide the viewer through the experience, and provides excerpts from interviews with employees in the plant. Thus, the photographs themselves seem to be part of a broader essay. The viewer is not engaged emotionally, but is led to believe that there is a deep intellectual message to be found. However, it is not made entirely clear what this message is. The photographs show people of different genders, ages, and nationalities, cocooned in corporate uniforms; the pristine white coats, tight surgical gloves and plastic caps suppressing their identities. However, behind the uniform there are hints of stories begging to be told, of lives beyond the factory walls, lived outside of the 9 to 5. On one end of the gallery a small piece of
We need to talk...
Eimear Ryan Book Review: We Need To Talk About Kevin Author: Lionel Shriver
ONE OF the year’s most talked-about books, We Need To Talk About Kevin focus-
es on the aftermath of a school shooting from the point of view of the mother of the perpetrator. Author Lionel Shriver gets under the skin Eva of her resilient narrator, Khatchadourian, as she writes a series of letters to her estranged husband Franklin to talk about, well, Kevin. Eva’s is an untold story in a society that sympathises far more with the families of victims than that of perpetrators, and Shriver latches onto this immediately with her unusual and inspired premise. Eva recounts several unpleasant incidents from Kevin’s upbringing, all the while torturing herself with the question, ‘Where did we go wrong?’ As a character, she is fascinating – a clinical intellectual who has far more passion and love for her husband than she could ever muster for parenting. Kevin himself – a sour, disaffected boy who doesn’t seem to care for anyone or anything – remains something of a mystery throughout, and his motivations for the
paper shows a typed history of the plant. It explains that the complex is built on the former site of the Irish Meat Packers factory, and describes the impact that the closing of the factory had on the locals in the area who depended on it for their livelihood, “The payoff was peanuts and as well as a bad smell in the air, it left a bad taste in our mouths and in our hearts…” This line tells a powerful story of change, of people out of place and time, working 9 to 5 in a type of corporate abattoir trying to make ends meet. If a picture paints a thousand words why does Curran resort to words to paint this picture? Curran touches tangentially on what could have been an intriguing human story, but the full potential of the experience is not realised and the artist’s message is left like the starched white overalls in Hewlett Packard, hanging in the air. shooting are never clarified; however, the relationship between Eva and Kevin, as observed when Eva goes to visit Kevin in jail, is revealing. Though Eva is suitably appalled and repulsed by Kevin’s crime, one can’t shake the suspicion that they are actually very similar. It’s a very well-written book, with sharp observations and real characters, although the writing style is initially a little intimidating, full of elaborate sentences and big words where small ones would do. Most disjointing is the feeling that nobody actually talks that way – at one point the supposedly plain-speaking Franklin says that his career hasn’t brought him to “an orgasm of self-actualisation.” However, once you get past the first couple of chapters, you start to tune into the narrator’s voice; besides, the psychological issues being teased out are too fascinating for one to pay too much attention to the odd overwritten sentence. This intriguing read is topped off with one hell of a denouement. You might see the twist coming, but that doesn’t make the reading of it any less effective. Highly recommended.
TWIN PEAKS: A town where everyone knows everyone and nothing is what it seems. Directed by David Lynch, Twin Peaks was the LOST of its day. The story centred on the murder of local homecoming queen Laura Palmer. The search for her killer kept audiences coming back for more. While watching Twin Peaks you would be forgiven for thinking that this is some picturesque town in rural Ireland. You would even be forgiven for thinking that you grew up there. But Twin Peaks was more than that. It was a town of peace and order, damn good coffee, homemade cherry pie and Douglas firs. On the surface it looked like a typical redneck American community. But that was only on the surface. Every episode revealed the more sinister side of the town. Nothing (or no one) was as it seemed. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (oh you would!) was by far and away the most popular character of the drama. With his penchant for a “damn fine cup of coffee”, the man could do no wrong. One of his many quirks was the Dictaphone he carried everywhere and addressed as “Diane”. I was first introduced to Twin Peaks in my Social History and TV Drama class where we watched the pilot episode. Immediately I was hooked. It was so bad, it was good. It seemed almost wrong to like it. The acting was terrible but by the end I was thirsty for more. And I wasn’t the only one. My friends and I quickly became obsessed. We located the first season on DVD and set aside a day when we would have a Twin Peaks marathon. That’s right. We dedicated an entire day to the show. That’s one day out of our lives that we’re never getting back. But it was worth it. Irregardless of the fact that we never fully understood what was going on. We didn’t care how confused all the plots, subplots and sub-sub-plots made us. We still liked it. We bored everyone around us with our endless quotes and shameless promoting of what we saw as the best TV drama ever. This has since died down. We have found life outside of Twin Peaks. We have even cancelled our trip to Twin Peaks Fest in Washington next summer. But it was nice to be part of the Peaksmania culture for a little while. While audiences today might be obsessed with LOST, Prison Break, The OC and Desperate Housewives, there’s no doubt that in 1990 Twin Peaks was edgy, fresh and went down as easy as a damn fine cup of coffee.
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Roibeard O’ Mhurcu
Film Review: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan BORAT SAGDIYEV, Kazakhstan’s 6th most famous person, is a man faced with a dilemma. He must travel to the “US and A” to learn of American culture to drag his country kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. He must be successful in this venture or he “will get execute!”, and so begins one of the most controversial and, at times, funniest movies of the past few years. He kisses goodbye to his mother (at 43, the oldest woman in his village), his sister (4th best prostitute in Kazakhstan!) and his cow (but not his wife), and heads for New York with his producer and friend, Azamat. Borat’s portrayal of his home town of Kusek is played completely over-the-top; it’s more a parody of how some Americans are perceived to view the former Soviet republic than a reality. The film lampoons such misconceptions through Borat’s attitude towards incest, rape, equality of the sexes, homosexuality, toilet etiquette and most controversially, his rampant anti-Semitism. Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat’s creator) is, however, Jewish himself and merely uses this as a vehicle to further the comedic value of the film. Borat takes to his task with aplomb, eager to meet and greet the Americans, even if a surprising amount of New Yorkers are not that
keen to meet him. He is threatened with physical violence on a number of occasions, and one cannot help but wonder how many bruises Cohen ended up with by the end of filming. As the hapless Borat weaves his way across the US, the film seesaws between clever satire on right-wing American beliefs and outrageous Jackass/Dirty Sanchez-style slapstick. It is at its best when making the viewer laugh and think simultaneously, such as when Borat tells a packed rodeo that the people of Kazakhstan support “Premier Bush’s War Of Terror!” and is met with uproarious applause. The rodeo goes rapidly downhill from there, however… Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat is rumoured to be partly based on early Internet phenomenon Mahir Cagri, a Turkish man whose website has to be seen to be believed (Weblink: http://www.istanbul.tc/mahir/mahir) and whose pronouncements (including “I like sex!”) have been adopted by the Moustachioed One. The resemblance between the two is uncanny. Cohen also seems to be emulating the late great Andy Kaufmann in his style, pulling stunts in the film that genuinely confuse the viewer as to how many of the participants were actually aware that a gag was being filmed. The film is undoubtedly very funny on several levels but it does have a few drawbacks. Its running time is remarkably short at just 82 minutes. Some sketches are drawn out for too long and get a little tired. In at least one instance this reviewer felt that an undeserving person had been hard done by and although that particular character was rewarded in the end, it still left a bad taste in my mouth. But not as bad as the taste left in Borat’s after he catches Azamat with his Baywatch magazine...
Damien Rice: ‘O’ what a wait for ‘9’
Dawn Wheatley Damien Rice: 9
Artist: Incubus Album: Anna - Molly WHEN INCUBUs returned in 2004 with ‘Megalomaniac’ as the first single released from A Crow Left Of The Murder fans became pretty excited about what was to come. ‘Anna Molly’ is the indication of what’s to be expected from Light Grenades and the signs are good. One criticism might be that the chorus doesn’t quite kick as much as “Hey megalomaniac” did. I was unsure at the start but this single really grew on me. Altogether now, “Anomaly, Anomaly…” (It’s a play on words you see) Dawn Wheately
IT’S BEEN nearly five years since “O”’s Irish release, and Damien Rice fans and critics alike have been waiting a long time for this.. Is 9 worth the wait? First single ‘Nine Crimes’ opens the album with gently broken piano chords, and it’s difficult to hold any resentment towards the man. As with O, Lisa Hannigan’s vocals play an alluring role throughout, sounding as if the two were born to harmonise. ‘Elephant’ climaxes as he agonises, “Tell me if you want to lie, cos this has got to die” with typical fragile vigor. This track is simply stunning.
‘Rootless Tree’, ‘Dogs’ and ‘Coconut Trees’ are a trio providing a new side to the Damien Rice most people know; cooking coconut skins, a girl doing yoga, an anger-driven chorus, and generally a more upbeat feel. The vocally distorted ‘Me, My Yoke & I’ is heavier and more severe than anything that’s gone before it – I’m not sure it has a place on the album though. ‘Accidental Babies’ has an original and fresh sound in that it’s accompanied solely by piano. He desperately appeals “Does he drive you wild? Or just mildly free? What about me..?” in what I think is 9’s finest track.
Artist: John Legend Album: Once Again
Artist: John Mayer New Single: Waiting on the World to Change
IN BETWEEN collaborating with Kanye West, John Legend has managed to find time to produce his second solo album, Once Again, It opens with the upbeat and catchy ‘Save Room’, without a doubt the highlight of the album. But it then heads down a long road of cheesy, pseudo-romantic warbling with songs like ‘Heaven’ and ‘Show me’. The good news is that it picks up…temporarily, with the song ‘P.D.A’ before moving into a jazz-influenced moody R&B. Although it’s an over-exaggeration, I’m not surprised that he has been likened to a male Alicia Keyes. Having said that, one thing springs to mind as I listen to it…. dinner party music. Caroline Torrie
‘Sleep Don’t Weep’ concludes the album in a placid and tender manner - it’s still what Rice does best; combining simplicity with bare emotion. There a few songs some people may be indifferent to – perhaps lacking the intensity we’ve come to expect, which is a pity. 9 isn’t merely another O. It doesn’t have the sombre mood dominating, but definitely has its charms. Worth the wait? I think so. But just about…
AT FIRST, this song has a cheesy, “let’s change the world” kind of vibe to it. It sounds quite poppy and is, at times, repetitive. However, this song definitely grows on you. It’s catchy and has a strong, responsible message behind it, about how our generation is angry with how the world is being run but is powerless to do anything. It criticises ongoing wars and the power of the media, and is a revolution song similar to what the Black Eyed Peas might do. While not as “cool” as most of John Mayer’s music, this should do well in the charts. It will be released on November 17th. Claire Byrne Artist: Tony Bennett’s Album: Duets: An American Classic
THE SEEMINGLY immortal crooner Tony Bennett recently marked his 80th birthday, releasing this compilation of both likely and unorthodox collaborations to celebrate. Tony works well with the likes of Elton John and Billy Joel, whereas his dalliances with Sting and The Dixie Chicks sound a touch contrived. The standout track is “The Best Is Yet To Come” featuring Diana Krall, while the largest disappointment on the album would have to be a lacklustre “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” A mixed bag then; it’s a pity that the highs don’t quite outweigh the lows. Roibeard O Mhurcu
Best laid plans… 14
I’m tick tock-ed off!
The College View November 2006
Catherine Carr WELL, THE first semester is only half gone, and I already feel like the victim of a train wreck. The big plan for ‘Second Year’ was to organise myself. I was going to attend all my classes and start assignments as soon as I was told about them. I was going to be on time for everything. I was going to visit the library at least twice a week. I was going to be healthy. I was dreaming. Class-wise, I got off to a good start. But on that fateful day in Week 3 when I skipped a law lecture to practice for a drama audition, I knew I had already lost that battle. The words ‘slippery’ and ‘slope’ come to mind. Assignments …well, I’m giving them a lot of thought! That hour and a half bus journey to college every morning really makes getting out of bed difficult, so occasionally I might be late..! Library …where?? And I won’t even comment on the health thing! The only things I’ve remained committed to have been my clubs and socs activities and now I’ve realised that that is what my college life has become. Is that good or bad though? Well, I’ve been tired, very sick, stressed out, and developed a twitch …but I’ve never been happier. It’s mad, I know. Sometimes, when I’m stuck in Clubs and Socs in the evening, or I’m rushing somewhere for some meeting, or I’m sitting in a cold corridor for hours during drama call backs, I would give anything to be at home with my feet up. But, then when I get to see the results, like a finished edition of the paper, or a cast doing the Macarena on stage, I know it’s all worth it. I can’t even begin to describe the feeling, but it’s amazing. To be a part of something, and to actually work hard at something you enjoy is one of the best experiences ever. I know college is fundamentally about the ‘academics’ and the ‘learning’, but being stuck in the library all the time is no way to go about things. I’ve learned things that are much more beneficial to me during my short time involved in societies. You learn social skills (yeah, you do!), you learn how to juggle things, you learn to prioritise, you learn how to organise. Most importantly you make friends and contacts. Yes, I know I’m getting sentimental, yet again, but your friends are ridiculously important in college. So to anyone sitting comfortably right now, stress-free and relaxed, you’re not living!! Pull a panicked all-nighter for an assignment, sing Bohemian Rhapsody with a group in a random apartment at 3am, run bald-headed around campus because you forgot to get sponsors for an event …its all part of the experience.
Photo taken by Elaine Burke
Image courtesy of Elaine Burke
Ann-Marie Gannon IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a girl with time keeping problems must be in want of a watch. Well I don’t. Want a watch, that is. Yes, I do have time keeping problems and yes, my friends do want to remedy them. But buying a watch for me simply means I can no longer be ignorant of just how late I am. Like with most things, I think I can blame my parents. My father was perpetually late, whatever the occasion. If he had to bring me to any after school activity he would ensure that he was both late when bringing me there and collecting me. This meant that I had a cold more often than not throughout my youth. Waiting outside swimming pools with wet hair is not conducive to good health.
But I can’t really blame my Dad. He didn’t want things to be like that. And neither do I. I don’t want my friend to be waiting for me in the canteen for forty-five minutes*. Nor do I want to be late for every single lecture. They bought me a watch. ‘Now you’ve no excuse’, I believe is what was said. But I do, you see. It’s not that I don’t know what time it is; the truth is that I find it difficult to live by time. If it’s true that we live our lives by certain rules then time doesn’t come into my moral code. I believe that we depend too much on time. I like what they did in the past. I’m talking ages ago. Like: ‘When shall we three meet again?’, ‘eh, around sunset’. That’s my type of timekeeping. Doing things when we feel like it rather than being boxed into eating in the canteen (too expensive anyway). I prefer to cut things fine. If I nearly miss a
The lady in red
WE’VE ALL been there. It’s probably not really love but my God, it feels like it. You have a burning, unquenchable desire to hold her and to feel her next to your skin. For weeks now you’ve probably coveted her from afar, stealing quick glances when nobody else is looking, fantasised about bringing her along to events and imagined the jealous glances that the sight of both of you together would incite in onlookers. You know you’d look great together. The first time you see the object of your affection, you fall for her. She is beautiful and you are smitten. Of course, you probably know in your heart of hearts that you can never be together. You’ve been in this position too many times before to not realise how it’s going to end. But somehow, each time, the attraction feels too strong to resist. Reason usually triumphs over lust at the initial stages and so at first you are able to tear your eyes away from her and walk away. But more and more, you find excuses to walk past the place where you first saw her. After several tortured and sleepless nights, you decide that you can’t take it anymore; you simply have to have her. There is a deep burning desire simmering inside you and although you know it’s a bad idea, and you know there can be no happy ending – you walk into the store and stride towards her. From the corner of your eye you see your friend reach out to stop you, her hand brushes against the clothes hangers and falls limply by her side as she realises that it’s too late. Your palms are sweating and your heart is beating faster and louder than it ever has before.
Up-close she is even more beautiful. Her figure, her cut, her stitching! A crimson red bodice, a full skirt with an embroidered panel – she embodies pure elegance. She truly is the dress of your dreams. With trembling fingers, you stroke her smooth fabric before slowly lifting the pricetag, with a feeling of dread in your stomach. This is not a store that stocks dresses anywhere within your price range. You know that, you’ve known for weeks now but you can’t stop wanting her, needing her. Whack! The shock goes straight to your gut. She’s not just out of your league; she’s out of your stratosphere. You hadn’t imagined she’d play so hard to get. At that price you’ll never be together. As your heart slowly breaks you allow the dress to slip from your fingers. At this point, you can do two things. You can leave the shop with your head held high, your heart broken and some of your dignity still intact or you can fall at the last hurdle and do the unthinkable. Naturally you choose the latter. You are in a fragile state and feel utterly rejected. You know there’s no future together, no possibility whatsoever, but you long to feel the way you did when your eyes first connected with her, just one last time. And so, you begin the walk of shame to the changing rooms where you try it on, and on and on again, before you leave the shop sobbing, feeling cheap and worthless, knowing that the dress won’t ever call and probably won’t even remember your name in the morning. And that’s nothing compared to how you feel when you see her all over your best friend the following weekend.
flight or train I’m quite happy because it means I haven’t been waiting around for hours. That way I miss all of the queuing and chaos. The secret is that if you arrive so late that you will probably miss your flight they let you race through the airport. So there you have it; twenty minutes of excruciating stress versus three hours of prolonged boredom. I choose the former, every time. Throughout writing this article I have looked at my wrist several times. I pointedly took off my watch for the duration in order to feel free, liberated. Wearing this watch makes me feel constricted, restricted; as though I am conforming. I usually lose things quite easily but I can’t shake this. Perhaps for this moment in time, we belong together. *not strictly true.
ORTS Week has loike totally arrived!
The College View November 2006
YET ANOTHER manic social event has come upon us with the arrival of Arts week 2006, running from 13-16 November. Usually organised by the Arts Society, Shea McNelis and DCU SU decided to take action this year and run the week in conjunction with DCU societies. Monday will kick off with busking and juggling in the street, while the Nu bar will h o s t singers a n d songwriters
to help you chill out over lunch. There will be a screening of a mortal combat movie and some game-play in the evening. The Legend of all Legends, the ROCK himself, Ross O Carroll Kelly, will be, loike, reading from his, loike, new book in the Venue from 7pm, courtesy of Book Soc! The day will conclude Irish style with the award winning
singer/songwriter John Spillane and Louis De Paor performing songs from their latest album. On Tuesday morning, girls (and boys, I guess!) can learn how to create that much desired smoky eye affect with an Elizabeth Arden cosmetics workshop, followed by art of a different kind; a Graffiti workshop in the Venue at 2pm. A string quartet will ensure students have another relaxing lunchtime in the Nu bar, to prepare them for the hectic night that lies ahead, in the form of a traditional Ceili outside the Henry Grattan. This will be followed by Fashion Victims Night in The Old Bar at 8pm. For a quieter and more relaxing night, Film soc will be showing movies in the seminar room from 8pm. From an XBOX game launch, book readings, film screenings, a Tech workshop in the Venue as well as an appearance by the
Art corner: the boy
renowned National Chamber Choir, Wednesday’s line up has something for everything. The highlight of the day however will be the much awaited ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ performance, organized by DCU Drama, in The Venue at 8pm. There will be a Brazilian Carnival atmosphere with juggling and Samba performances happening throughout the day. Film soc will be screening ‘A Clockwork Orange” and ‘Fight Club’ in T101 at 7pm while DCU Drama’s one-act plays will take place at 2pm and 3pm followed by an evening show of ‘Whose Line is it anyway?’ in the Nu bar at 8pm. In addition to all of this there will be a Photo and Visual Exhibition in The Hub all week, face painting, Balloon animals and photography workshops.
Reeling him in
DURING THE summer, I was addicted to fashion magazines: Cosmo, U, the works. But fairly soon I began to notice a theme. Nearly every article was about how to ‘hook’ a guy, and how to keep him ‘hooked’ when you ‘hook’ up (men are not human, they are fish.). I read numerous lists, advice columns and features telling me that all men are very simple, and by following a few key steps, I could have anyone I wanted. We can manipulate them with body language, by playing hard-toget, or by twirling (but not tossing) our hair. These magazines sell really well, but to me, this all seems wrong. I grew up watching Disney movies. Aladdin met Jasmine, Simba found Nala, Belle fell for a really hairy guy. It was never planned though. There were no mind games, no ploys. It just happened. There was eye contact, a spark, and magic! It was natural. But, before the girl met the guy, she was happy. She wasn’t moping about with a bucket of ice cream because she didn’t have a boyfriend. And she wasn’t following hints and tips religiously. I’m very much of a member of the WaitAnd-See Tribe (shameless quoting from Scrubs). In school, I was the quiet, plain girl with big hair and a red face, so I actually didn’t have much choice but to sit the ‘boy’ thing out. I’m sure if I’d played games and whored myself about a bit I could have snatched an experience or two. But I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a hopeless romantic waiting for Prince Charming to sweep me off my feet. But for me, when it happens, it just happens. It catches you unaware and it’s …wow! So, do I feel I missed out? No way. I might have been pathetically unattached but I was happy. I had good friends and I was stressfree. While others were stalking and pouncing, I was laughing and discovering GHD’s. I now know that being single is not a bad thing and I can still function quite normally without an actual ‘Other Half’ on Bebo. I’m going to be annoyingly idyllic about the whole issue as I continue down my blissfully unpredictable road. Magazines are binned. I don’t want to know the key words to drop into a conversation to entice him. I don’t want to know why he’s an inconsistent texter, and what exactly that means. The guys I’ve fallen for the most came from nowhere and completely surprised me. So don’t stress. Don’t force something that should happen naturally, otherwise it’s never going to feel right.
This is a new addition to The College View Arts section, if you would like your artwork/photographs considered for publication contact Clare at firstname.lastname@example.org
untitled , watercolour and flower, 2006.
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Vox-pop compiled by Joey Kavanagh Cartoon by Conor Lynch Crossword by Conor Higgins
I generally just drink about ten pints of water when I come home from a night out. That usually does the trick.
A bottle of Corona first thing the next morning. Just don't stop drinking basically!!
A big greasy Full Irish Breakfast the next morning. Mmmmm....
A can of coke and a bout of daytime TV, like 'Charmed' or 'Mythbusters'. But not Oprah. Never Oprah.
I try to skip the whole hangover business by just sleeping right through the next day
The College View Crossword Number 10 Across 1 Large fabric canopy used to retard the fall of man or package (9) 9 Slang or colloquialism 10 Assail, assault (6) 11 Bring someone up, back (4) 13 An industrial town in SE England, home of the Office (6) 14 One doesn’t have to pay to visit the reef (4) 16 ____ and outs (3) 17 Complete harmony, like a male only child (6) 19 Except on the condition that (6) 21 Likely when it’s overcast (7) 23 3 in an ice hockey game (7) 27 Unarmed Japanese combat (6) 29 To secure through intimidation or coercion (7) 32 A drink made from dry white wine and cassis (3) 33 Exclamation of apology (4) 34 At an angle (6) 37 Brainwave (4) 38 Holds fluids, measure of courage (6) 39 Greek author of fables (5) 40 People who enter buildings without permission (9)
Down 2 Change in a church (5) 3 Revive, come to (6) 4 People who walk long distances (5) 5 There was an article in the Sunday Tribune about machines and motors (7) 6 From Ipanema (4) 7 Tiny, amount of time (6) 8 To stress something (9) 12 Guarantee (6) 15 The currency used in Montenegro (4) 18 On the rocks (3) 20 The capital city of Turkmenistan (9) 22 Emitted a strong odour (6) 24 Australian slang for a kangaroo (3) 25 Bart and Lisa’s bus driver (4) 26 My trainer makes me run on all sorts of countryside (7) 28 Savour, condiment (6) 30Wood (6) 31 In a fixed place (6) 34 The whiter pearl (5) 36 Long tube (4)
Prevention is the best cure.
LETTERS AND COMMENTS
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Editorial This issue of The College View we have one or two new additions. First off we have our new technology section on page 18 so turn overleaf and check it out. If you have any ideas on how it can be improved or you would like to write for it please contact Gillian at email@example.com. We have also decided to expand our editorial team. We now have an assistant layout and design editor, Eoin. Lyndsay and Catherine who previously worked as subeditors on the paper are now the assistant news and arts editors respectively. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new members to our team and we hope that you like the changes that we have made. As ever, if you have any suggestions drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another addition is the art corner on page 15. We are looking for any budding artists and photographers out there to send in their work. If the piece of art doesn’t make it into the paper it will go on our website www.thecollegeview.com The Students’ Union this year are focusing all their attention on attempting to reduce prices around campus. Their campaign “RIP OFF DCU” has snowballed with students looking for boycotts to be organised and letters to be written. The SU Executive are in negotiations with the university at the moment. But for the campaign to succeed the support of the student body is needed. Many students argue that prices in the canteen are unreliable. They say that they have been charged different
The point of view Kevin Doyle
prices for the same item on different days. The only way to prove this is to ask for an itemised receipt from the cashier. This way there is evidence on paper of the transactions that can be compared at a later date. Many of DCU’s societies were disappointed last week when the Societies and Publications Committee’s TGM was postponed yet again, this time at very short notice. The funding allocations for each society were due to be handed
out at this meeting. While the funding was posted on http://life.dcu.ie later that afternoon many committees expressed surprise that the TGM will now take place almost four weeks after the date it was originally scheduled for. Committee members that we have spoken too feel that they have been denied the chance to question the allocation of funds in a public manner.
IT IS tiresome work being a student, but it seems that we have become so tired that we just don’t care anymore. Once upon a time in a decade long, long ago students revolted, they laughed in the face of authority and adopted the ethos that rules were made to be broken. If a government annoyed it, the student population would be demonstrating outside the Dáil as soon as the 11A bus could get it there. If a college decided to increase lecture times or reduce spending students would be marching on mass, to where is irrelevant, but they would be visible. Yet in a college where students have so much to moan about, and do so often moan about them, the apathy towards constructive action is poisoning. Every political campaign has a buzz word, a phrase that is repeated so frequently that the electorate are either enraged or enchanted at its very mention. For DCU this year that phrase is ‘RIP OFF’. There is no doubting that students are being robbed blind on a daily basis. Be it the overpriced canteen, the unreasonable registry office, the parking rates or the SPAR shop, students justifiably feel aggrieved. But what are they doing about it? A post to the recent online forum about ‘Rip Off DCU’ stated: “…there is precious few of us who will be sad to see the back of DCU. That’s not the case in most other universities, and it’s a shame. The
reason? They all feel ripped off.” Perhaps this is true but if it is why are we standing for it? I don’t want my lasting memory of DCU to be that I couldn’t afford to have lunch in the canteen. I would much prefer to remember that week when everybody refused to eat lunch in the canteen and the ‘cowboys’ who run it were forced to reduce the prices. In fairness, the Student’s Union do appear on the face of it to be making an effort to combat the rot, but without some sort of display of student empowerment, talk is wasted. However, the problem of student apathy is not solely connected to the issue of student rights. Apathy appears to be spreading into every element of life in DCU like a form of arthritis, preventing student activism. Events in the Hub are consistently criticised for their lack of attendance, especially during Rag Week. The reason given for this by many students is that there will be nobody there so why would they go. Well if everybody has that attitude of course there will be nobody there. Student Unions rarely if ever have a dignified mandate to represent the student body. Yes, they reach the quorum but for example last year not even 2,000 students voted. Yet we want them to act on our behalf. DCU is fast changing from a university with all the excitement associated with student life into a “degree factory”, it’s up to us to stop the rot.
Letters to the Editor The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the editorial team or The College View
Response to Style Soc charity money rumours Madam Editor,
The actions of Style Society following their allegedly altruistic Fashion Show raise some important and unsettling questions. It was stated Style had not donated due to time constraints, such as preparing portfolios for awards. Furthermore, Style say that there's no point in donating money unless it results in more publicity. The initial impression is charity be damned unless it makes Style look good. How can claims that style retained money be "ridiculous", when we are informed by style in the same report that a considerable sum of money will be retained? This
blatant contradiction raised eyebrows, as did the ambiguity over how much money would be donated; An ambiguity which only the SPC could resolve. The show last year cost in the region of €30,000. Much of this was funded by DCU students through the SU and SPC, and the university itself. The rest was collected from sponsors, who, like the majority of students, were under the belief that all proceeds were going to Our Lady's hospital for sick children. This fact was used to justify the massive investments that went into the event, which made about €10,000. What makes this more objectionable is that of this dimin-
ished sum, only €5000 was donated -with fanfare- while the remainder was retained. If a show is truly in aid of charity, is it morally permissible if it decimates the amount of money bequeathed to it? But the real baffling part about this is the arrogance on style's behalf. Style claim no DCU society has ever raised so much for charity, as if this statement renders them immune from questioning. This is, of course, rubbish. There are several genuinely altruistic societies on campus, from One world to SVP. In fact, last year alone SVP raised over €8000 during their events week with practically no overheads. At the time of writing, SVP are naked
save for lab coats trying to reach an even greater target, all of which will go to charity with minimum fanfare and no squandering of student money. It is hardly surprising that many students feel mislead and question the charitable merits of this purportedly noble undertaking, which was in essence full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. There is nothing wrong with Style society wanting to have their pomp and glamour. There is everything wrong with using charity to achieve those ends.
Madam Editor, There have been many complaints by the student body about the prices of food on campus. I do not write to complain but to suggest an alternative. Winter is quickly approaching and we all know that hot food is the most satisfying on these cold days. To a student on a budget these are a costly luxury that they cannot afford. Unfortunately the cold packed
lunch does nothing to excite the appetite. What I suggest is for DCU to invest in a number of microwaves for students to use, even with a small charge to cover electricity and maintenance. These would allow the students to bring in their packed lunch and heat it up. Such delights as homemade soup or a pasta dish can be heated in minutes to provide the student with a nutritious hot meal at a low cost. This would be a great cost alter-
native to the canteen meals and it would help remove the temptation of splashing out on a plate of chips or wedges that will burn a whole in the pocket and lead to an unhealthy diet. Yours, Christina McNeely
Madam Editor, I just wish to point out the irony of the fact that Eddie Hobbs will soon be appear to tell DCU students how to survive on ?100 a week, yet he is charging ?15 a head for his performance. I guess he will also have to give a quick synopsis about having to live off ?85 for that particular week. Rip off DCU indeed! Yours, Name with editor.
Yours, David Grimes
Rip off DCU: microwaves and Eddie Hobbs
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Battle of the browsers Dermot Ryan
There was a time when the internet and Internet Explorer were synonymous with one another. Sure, there were other options like rival browser, Netscape but none seemed to offer the same level of compatibility and ease of use that Microsoft’s browser did. Enter Firefox - the latest challenger to Microsoft’s dominance of the web browser market. Firefox now has an estimated 12% of internet users choosing it as their main browser. It’s installed on every DCU computer and has seen over two hundred million downloads since it first appeared in 2004. But why is Firefox so popular? The developers of Firefox said that their aim was to create a browser that “just works” for the casual user. Firefox introduced tabbed browsing (opening several pages in one browser), simple Google search toolbars and thousands of easy to use plugins. Firefox offered a more streamlined, easier to use and less cluttered way to browse the web and the first real challenge to Internet Explorer in years. RSS feeds allowed users to have the latest headlines appear on their toolbar and plugins made life much easier. The ability to move pages back and forth by simply flicking the mouse left and right for example was revolutionary – the “back” button never seemed further away when
you tried using Internet Explorer again. All this and an apparently more secure browser made Firefox an excellent alternative to its rival. But Microsoft is hitting back with their latest version of their browser released last month – Internet Explorer 7. Internet Explorer 7 has incorporated nearly all of Firefox’s innovations – tabbed browsing, RSS feeds and a wide array of plugins are all available. The latest Internet Explorer looks different – simple as that. While most upgrades to Internet Explorer are minor, this one is evident the moment you open it. The toolbar is gone, tabbed browsing is embraced and everything has a slightly different feel to it. Tabbed browsing, of course, is a godsend - gone are the cluttered taskbars at the bottom of your screen. RSS feeds are easy to set up and prove as useful as they always did in Firefox. The experience of the new Internet Explorer is altogether far less cluttered while retaining the familiarity that the average person is used to. Firefox also released their latest version, 2.0, last month, which is a much more modest upgrade compared to the radical overhaul that Internet Explorer has gone through. Both browsers feature new security measures with both now having a “phishing filter” which warns you when you’re visiting sites that are known to be involved in phishing. Phishing is obtaining information
Such great sites Lego and computers. Two of my favourite things in the world. And when their powers combine Captain Planet style, they make for a very cool but very nerdy Lego Computer. Yes, you heard right. Some wonderful person, somewhere went out of their way to make a computer completely from Lego. While this isn’t technically a site of the week (ha, technically, see what I did there) and is more just a link of the week, it’s a damn fine link. The site details the making of the Lego computer step by step, using some ingenious bits of Lego along the way. Highlights of this computer are the cd-rom which slides along Lego fire engine ladders, Lego windows which can be opened to allow the power supply to cool, and hinged roofs which open to reveal the USB and firewire ports. Of course it may be too difficult for a lot of people to make, myself included but any excuse to play with Lego again is worth it. Another interesting link is for the Nokia 888. This phone won the Nokia Benelux design competition last year and is certainly an idea of what phones may look like in the future. The most interesting feature of the phone is its flexibility, it bends to suit whatever shape you want. It also features voice recognition and
GPS, PDA and email capabilities. While these features are almost commonplace nowadays, the phones unique design is its selling point. Final link of the week is an easy guide on how to make your own
from internet users, such as credit card numbers, by posing as a real and trustworthy organisation. Internet Explorer is also more secure now than it once was, as it is no longer incorporated into the Windows shell, making it less susceptible to the most malicious of viruses. Firefox will probably remain the
ringtone. While it may be more appealing to 14 year olds, it could make for a cheap Christmas present for your teenage siblings! All links can be found on the spiffingly cool tech page at www.thecollegeview.com/tech
more secure however, if for nothing else than the fact that most viruses are designed for Internet Explorer, as it dominates the market. With their latest versions the browsers have become much more similar now than they ever were before. Internet users who dislike Microsoft products will no doubt prefer to stick with Firefox but casu-
al users, who never made the switch, will probably no longer see the need, as most of the benefits of Firefox have now been incorporated into the new Internet Explorer. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” anyone?
I’m a technophobe: Get me out of here! Katie Galvin I am a teenage technophobe and these are my confessions. Ok, well I’m a little passed the teenage part but for some reason I can’t seem to get rid of the technophobe. I mean its not that I don’t like technology, in fact it’s quite the opposite, technology hates me. Heck, I don’t even own a hairdryer, let alone a 30GB creative with Bluetooth and gps navigation with a built in homing device and nuclear missiles, oh and a handy mirror on the back so you can check your makeup. Seriously, I’m the type of person that when my phone rings and I take it out someone shouts “wow that’s a retro phone” or as I like to call it, the brick. It’s tough being a technophobe, especially when you are a technophobe who lives with three multimedia students, no girls, I don’t know what rasterbating is, or rotoscoping, or whatever. I am scared of technology and I don’t know how to use it. The microwave is about as technical as I get and even then it took me twenty minutes to figure out how to turn it
on one morning. Even though I’m a technophobe, I do love USB keys. I tend to have hours of endless joy trying to figure out how to put it in the computer, and then trying to find my removable disk and documents. I’ve owned a USB key for years on the advice of a lecturer because she knew I’d just have to have one. I’ve been known to have to walk back to college because I’ve left my USB key in the computer. USB keys amaze me. I’m amazed at how much they confuse me. For now, I am resolved that I will continue on this path of technophobia, but in the long run what can I do? This world is one where a techno-nerd thrives, where technology is the nectar of the gods. My advice to the rest of you technophobes out there, simply learn a few phrases like “deep freeze”, “USB cable” and “jpeg” and frequently slip them into conversation with your tech nerd friends, heck after years of staring at computer screens, most of their brains have been fried anyway so they wont even notice!
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DCU PROVED victorious in the annual 35s tournament against neighbours NUI Maynooth last week. The universities competed in a range of events including tennis, women’s rugby, men’s soccer, karting, paintball, badminton, swimming, waterpolo, judo and debate. A further five other events were cancelled due to the absence of Maynooth opposition. Surprisingly Maynooth only proved successful in one event over the course of the day, even more surprising was that it was in tennis, one of
DCU’s focus sports and a sport that DCU are currently intervarsity champions in. The 35s competition was originally set up in 1987 between DCU and University of Limerick but UL decided to pull out. The competition is called the 35s as that was originally the amount of points available on the day. Due to costs, UL broke the tradition in 2002 and NUI Maynooth helped to revive the competition in 2005. The 35s give a wide range of stu-
dents the opportunity to represent their university in various sporting codes and they also help to foster relations between the universities. Although Maynooth failed to show in gymnastics and trampolining, canoeing, caving and rock climbing, fencing and pool, DCU’s Sports and Recreation Officer, Yvonne O’Connor sees the annual competition continuing into next year. O’Connor feels that “the games went well from a DCU perspective”. “The games aim to encourage first year’s to
get involved in university sport” and she felt that they allowed that. She sees the games as a precursor for intervarsity competition and an introduction to third level sport. However she does see that there is an issue to be addressed with regards the organisation of the event. She doesn’t recall such problems when the event was with University of Limerick. She therefore aims “to make the 35s more of a day long event rather than teams just arriving, playing their events and going home”.
were tentative in front of goal. DCU however, gradually settled in and once they found their rhythm they were a constant threat with Ciaran Moloney pulling the strings up front. Just past the half hour mark a through ball by Daryll McDermott put Johnny Keenaghan in the clear only for his shot to go narrowly wide. The game (which had been a dull affair up to now) suddenly exploded into life. In the ensuing ten minutes DCU piled on the pressure searching for that elusive goal. Adam O' Toole was the first to try his luck with a speculative effort from outside the box. Frustration in front of goal continued to mount for Keenaghan as he dragged a shot wide soon afterwards but three minutes before the interval their patience finally paid dividends. Eric McNulty found space on the right flank and his perfectly flighted cross was headed home by McDermott. Maynooth struggled to find any real penetration and a couple of early half chances were the most they could conjure up in the opening half. DCU continued to take the game to their opponents in the second period with an early shot from Tom Carroll clearly signalling their intentions. Their lead was nearly doubled when a superb effort by Moloney hit the post, however fittingly, a minute later the vanquished redeemed himself by calmly slotting home DCU's second goal of the day. Maynooth came close with a free kick but by now DCU's defence were well on top. High on confidence and with the shackles off, the boys
played some exhilerating football at times. Their passing was crisp and free flowing, showing just how far they had come since the early moments of the first half. Two well taken goals by Jonathan Fitzgerald and Patrick Duff were justice for the hard work that had been put in and in the end DCU strolled home to a comfortable victory.
before the Devils broke through the Maynooth defensive line to run in their first try. Excellent ball-handling skills, strong off-loading and superb lines of running contributed to the strong attacking play from the Northsiders and led to two more tries for the Devils in the first half. However, on occasion the Devils’ defence got sucked into the middle of the pitch leaving gaps out wide for Maynooth to expose. Set up by the Maynooth forwards, their speedy winger was
close out the game quickly. And they did just that. At outhalf, Kat Doyle orchestrated her backline well and got over for a try in the second half. Backs Vikki McGinn, Beth Keeley and Jess Owens combined well executing switch moves to link up with the wingers to spread the play wide. Unstoppable power from Donnla O’Hagan saw her break through countless tackles to score. Laura Scully led the pack well and robbed good ball in the line outs. Strong tackling from Marine Ledoupil, Lyndsey
DCU win 35s as Maynooth show little interest
MEN’S SOCCER Mark Dowdall
4 DCU NUI MAYNOOTH 0
Photo by Eoin O’Neill DCU’S MEN’S soccer received a timely confidence boost ahead of the Collingwood as they comprehensively defeated Maynooth in the annual 35’s tournament. Due to a clash of league fixtures with the men’s senior side, DCU and NUI Maynooth were forced to send out inexperienced sides for the game. However as both universities have been drawn to face each other in the Collingwood it will do no harm for DCUs hopes of progression in their home event. Little materialised in the first twenty minutes as both sides took time to gel. Maynooth possibly had the better of opening exchanges but
LADIES’ RUGBY Paula Fitzpatrick
NUI MAYNOOTH 12 THE DCU Devils lined out against Maynooth on Wednesday to defend their unbeaten run in the 35s. The Devils were optimistic heading into the clash but held great respect for their opponents following a 22-22 draw at last year’s Intervarsity competition. With most of the Devils making their debuts for DCU, the Dubliners were slightly hesitant off the mark. Maynooth, to their credit took full advantage of this and ran in a breakaway try in the first five minutes. The DCU women re-grouped and began to find their feet as they hit back with strong running from their pack, which cut the Maynooth side to pieces and destroyed their shape. It wasn’t long
Photo by Yvette Poufong unleashed to cross the line for Maynooth’s second of the day. The score stood three tries to two to the Devils at half time but in reality, there was little between the sides. After an emotional half-time talk by their coach the Devils took to the pitch with renewed vigour, looking to
O’Neill and Fiona Nally stopped the Maynooth attack in their tracks to leave the opposition scoreless for the second half. Strong support running from Aoife Hayes saw her in the right place at the right time to run in for a score late in the second half.
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Kelleher chutes to Irish number 1 20
Aoife Connors met Ireland’s leading male freestyle
kayaker to find out
what floats his boat
All-star nominee Sheridan plays for Irish ladies
Photo by Nora O’Keeffe where he came 15th in the World Juniors’ Competition. Another brother Maurice, known as Moe, has won many international events for Ireland and is now practicing in Canada. He has become professional in the sport and it has since become his lifestyle. As I pose the question about becoming professional, Lenny says that he’d prefer to keep kayaking as his favorite hobby because he believes he would be bored if it became his job. He admits that he has great ambitions to go abroad, particularly to France because there’s a wave in Lyon and it’s one of the best in Europe for training.
When asked about the training, Kelleher says “this sport is slightly different, we don’t have a trainer but rather we are always teaching each other new moves experimenting in the water. You look at the standard for a particular wave and you take different manoeuvres from the internet. “My brothers and friends just go out to the water as often as we can and have fun and the craic, if one of us gets a new move we’re delighted for them.” Kelleher, a second year Mechatronic Engineering student in DCU, practices as often as seven times a week with his brothers and friends at the Sluice Gate in Lucan. Kelleher says freestyle kayaking
is a specialised area but it’s easy to switch to different disciplines, like canoe polo, long distance racing or white water racing. He explains freestyle kayaking as surfing a wave or a hole. When the water rises up and turns, you try to perform as many tricks and stunts in 45 seconds on the breaking white water from the wave. The more inventive and outrageous the move, the better. Kelleher, at the age of 18, has qualified in first place for the Irish men’s international team, first place for the European team and qualified for the world championships in Canada in May 2007.
Whacking Day comes to DCU Laura McGrath
Photo by Laura McGrath
Ahern to launch Sporting Academy AN TAOISEACH, Bertie Ahern is set to come to DCU, to launch DCU’s sporting academy. The ceremony will begin in The Helix at 11.30 am on Friday November 17 and will further implement DCU’s sporting academy with three elite sports; Gaelic football, Athletics and Tennis. The academy is being established in association with Tennis Ireland, and the launch will announce the support system and the range of facilities in place for up to 100 students from all over the country, excelling in these sports. Coupled with this announcement, news that the university will continue to support students from other sports and in the future bring other sports to elite academy level that also currently have access to the DCU facilities and direct entry to degree courses in the university.
DCU student and
LENNY KELLEHER started recreational kayaking on flat water at age eleven with the Malahide Sea Scouts, practicing flipping over and getting a feel for the water. By the age of 14, Kelleher was regularly doing free style kayaking and going down white water. As he reached the U18 category, he sought to compete in as many national events as possible. At the European Championships in 2004, Kelleher competed in the U18 category at 16 years of age and was placed second in his first international competition. He was the only Irish team member to win a medal and the first Irish person to compete in the freestyle kayaking competition. He then went on to compete in the World Surf Kayaking Championships in Costa Rica in October 2005, coming third. Kelleher hails from a family who are passionate about kayaking. He is one of five brothers, four of whom compete in major national and His international competitions. brother Louis represented Ireland in Sydney, Australia at the World Championships in 2005; he was ranked sixth in the world for the men’s senior freestyle kayaking. Lenny was also one of the selected six to represent the Irish team in Sydney
Sport in Short
DCU RECENTLY hosted one of Ireland’s biggest indoor beginner’s Ultimate Frisbee tournaments. DCU’s Sports Hall welcomed a total of 22 teams from all over the country. These teams competed against each other on three courts throughout the day, from 9.30am until 4.30pm. The games were 18 minutes long and teams played a strenuous 7 games throughout the day. For those unfamiliar with the game, Ultimate Frisbee is a non contact sport, played between two teams of seven players on a large rectangu-
lar pitch. A line is drawn across the pitch at either end to create two ‘end zones’ and these are the goal-scoring areas. A goal is scored when a team completes a pass to a player in the ‘end zone’ which they are attacking. Players cannot run with the disc. When you receive the disc you must stop and try to throw it to another player. By passing from player to player, the offence or “attacking team” attempts to work the disc up the pitch towards the end zone they are attacking. If the disc hits the ground, is intercepted or knocked down by the other team, then possession is turned over.
The tournament was divided into two divisions: an open division and a women’s division. The open comprised of 16 highly competitive teams. The final took place between DIT and UCD and after a hard fought 18 minutes DIT came out on top to take the top spot. The remaining six teams competed in the women’s division. It was Trinity and UCD who fought for first place with Trinity women taking the win.
DCU SPORTS Science and Health Student Bronagh Sheridan starred for the first ever Irish International Rules ladies team, who played Australia in two tests on October 30 and November 4. Ireland cruised to victory in the first test by 130 to 15 with Sheridan contributing 4 points and playing a pivotal role in the half forward line. After much debate over the shape of the ball, it was agreed to play the second test under the same match conditions, despite the previous drubbing suffered by the Australians. Then in a bizarre second test the Irish ladies were deducted their entire score for incorrectly using a substitute while another player was sin binned. At the time Ireland were ahead by a score line of 42 to 8 at the beginning of the third quarter. Sheridan contributed a behind as Ireland came back to defeat the Australians by 39-18 in the finish. Were it not for the managerial blunder, Ireland would have won the second test by 81 to 18. In the end Ireland had to accept the mistake and settle for a mere 136 point aggregate win. Sheridan was also recently nominated for the ladies All-Star awards and was the only lady from her native county, Cavan, to be nominated for the prestigious awards.
3 DCU players selected on GPA team of the year DCU SIGERSON winners, Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), Bryan Cullen (Dublin) and Conor Mortimer (Mayo) were all selected on the Gaelic Player’s Association Gaelic football team of the year. The team was picked by members of the GPA and reflects who the inter-county players felt to be the best players in the country during the 2005/06 season. It caps off a fine year for all three footballers after they picked up respective provincial medals following their Sigerson success with DCU in February. All three DCU players along with Ross Munnelly (Laois) have also been nominated for All-Star awards which will be announced on November 22. Of the four, only Cluxton has previously been honoured with an All-Star award which he received in 2002.
Reilly sceptical about International Rules Series The College View November 2006
Darren Gleeson KEVIN REILLY is a man in a hurry. It’s not that he’s rude; in fact he patiently waits 15 minutes for me to find a suitable spot to record our conversation. His haste is more to do with a CV that Gaelic footballers twice his age would chew through hot lead for. The 19 year-old has achieved a lot in his short time playing Gaelic football. He has represented Meath at most age levels, making his senior inter-county championship debut a few weeks before his Leaving Certificate. He also won a Hogan Cup (All-Ireland Secondary Colleges) with St Patrick’s Classical School, Navan in 2004. Add to that a Sigerson Cup winner’s medal with DCU last year and a place on the Ireland side that recently played Australia in the International Rules series. He also played in a losing Meath County final effort with his club Navan O’Mahony’s, only a month ago. Such talent is innate and is often noticed early; there is much video footage of prodigies bamboozling their classmates in the playground. So, I ask him, did he start playing one day and realise he was the best player on the pitch? Reilly laughs modestly: “Oh Jesus, I don’t know about that! I started at a very young age, maybe four or five, just kicking around in a field. Later on, I was playing with organised sides and was playing with club and county teams that had players that were a few years older than
myself. But I just got on with things and didn’t really notice.” “I have two older brothers playing with my club Navan O’Mahony’s and they were on the county panel for a while, although it didn’t work out for them. I pushed on maybe that little bit further and reached the next level. So there’s a big tradition of Gaelic football in the family.”
there were the select few giving me the verbals from the Hill! You can actually make out where it’s coming from and what’s being said in detail, but I took it all in my stride.” Meath haven’t been all that successful since they reached the AllIreland senior football final in 2001. However, Kevin Reilly has had the opportunity to play with some of the
“The Aussies had a tactic at the start of the game last Sunday and that was to take out three or four of
our most important players The full-back attended St Patrick’s Classical College in Navan, where he was coached by Meath legend and RTÉ GAA pundit Colm O’Rourke. Reilly is effusive in his praise for O’Rourke: “Colm is a great person and a great trainer in general; he made us into better footballers and gave us an education there somewhere along the line”. “His knowledge of the game is second to none; with someone like that in charge you’re not going to go backwards.” Reilly progressed onto the Meath senior side in 2004 and his championship debut was a baptism of fire against the Dubs in Croke Park. He particularly remembers the sledging that came from the Hill hordes: “To make your debut for Meath in the championship is special; to do it against Dublin in front of a full house makes it stick with you for that bit longer. Running down (to his position) after the national anthem,
best footballers in the country in DCU, such as Dublin captain Bryan Cullen and the 2006 championship’s leading scorer, Mayo’s Conor Mortimer. “To play with players like that brings you on as a footballer and you see what’s required to be the best or even the next best footballer. The likes of Conor (Mortimer) are down on the pitch here practising frees every day and that’s what it takes.” Reilly availed of the Elite Athlete Scheme to study Physical Education here in DCU. This scheme allows athletes who have played inter-county Gaelic games, inter-provincial rugby or soccer, or other sports at a national level to obtain a direct entry into courses in DCU. DCU Sport has a well-deserved reputation for catering for their athletes every need, and Reilly is especially impressed with the facilities in the gym and in DCU Sports Grounds. All of the footballer’s whims are
obliged. “We’re getting tested every couple of weeks to ensure that we are in top physical condition. There is a big emphasis on nutrition and just really looking after yourself. When you’re playing at a high level, if you’re not eating the right food or drinking enough water you’re not going to play to your highest standard. And at this level you need to perform to your highest standard every day,” says Reilly. Kevin recently had the honour of playing for Ireland in the International Rules series against Australia, when he was selected at full-back in both tests. What made it extra-special for him was to play under one of his boyhood heroes, Ireland manager Seán Boylan. “It was a great honour to be picked anyway, but to play under Seán was even better. I have great respect for him and he’s one of the best managers I’ve ever played under. So playing under him probably made it that bit extra-special, alright.” The Second Test at Croke Park was marred by violence and the future of the series hangs in the balance. So who started it? “Well, there was a lot written in the press over the last week about it, but in my personal opinion the Aussies had a tactic at the start of the game last Sunday and that was to take out three or four of our most important players. They were a bit cynical in their tackles, if you want to call them that. “Some of it bordered on thuggery and it’s not acceptable in Gaelic foot-
ball. I’m sure it’s not acceptable in Australian Rules either”. So was it hard to concentrate on playing football while fighting was breaking out all over the pitch? “You have to be on your toes anyway in that game because tackling is allowed and you can be tackled. But that wasn’t the issue; the late tackle or dig off the ball was the real issue. “I saw the Graham Geraghty tackle, and when your arms are wrapped after the tackle there isn’t much chance of protecting yourself. Sometimes the Aussie Rules guys do that sort of tackle to take people out, because it does cause injuries. It was unfortunate for Graham that his head hit the ground, but the Aussie guy landed on him afterwards, and as far as I could see Graham got a few elbows while he was unconscious, which is totally unacceptable.” So would he be wary of going to Australia to play next year? “I’d be very surprised if it went ahead again. I’d be the first person to play tough, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but when it gets dirty like that, it’s not sport.” However, there’s always another game for inter-county players, and Kevin is now preparing for DCU’s Sigerson Cup defence and Meath’s Leinster Championship tie with Kildare. He also has the small matter of his degree course to keep him occupied. It’s a hectic schedule, but as he grins and says goodbye I’m sure that he enjoys it. If he achieves nothing more in his career, he’ll still have plenty to lot to look back on.
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UNTIL LAST Wednesday I had never fenced before in my life. Not too long before that, I thought that fencing involved hammering wooden stakes into the ground and connecting them together! ‘No I’m not stupid.’ It’s just that fencing is a sport that is quite a distance away from what you would call mainstream. Why this sport is not more popular in Ireland, is beyond me. Any activity that involves stabbing your opponent with a big sword has to be fun. However, fencing is not as simple as flailing a sword around wildly in the hope of making a hit. It involves great skill, balance and most of all, patience. The chancer who lunges aggressively at their opponent without thinking one or two steps ahead will invariably be punished with the business end of a foil, epee or sabre. Those are the names of the three different swords used in fencing. Beginners start off using a foil, the simplest and lightest of the three. The epee comes next, while the sabre is the most intricate weapon and is used by fencers with greater experience. The sabre is the most impressive of the three and looks similar to what Dartanion and the three musketeers would have used. My face lit up upon seeing this fine implement. However, to my disappointment, I
Photo by Allan Dixon was limited to using the foil for my first lesson. When sparring with the foil, hits are limited to the torso. This may seem a bit restrictive, but it means concentrating on a smaller area and therefore improves accuracy. After warming up I donned the traditional fencing attire, consisting
of a protective jacket, a glove, mask and breeches. The clothes are worn for protection but the fact that they look and feel fantastic is a bonus! Firstly, I was shown the correct stance to adopt while fencing. This was the part I had most difficulty with, as my teachers will verify. Keeping your feet straight becomes a
A marathon task in Dublin Jan Guilfoyle SIX MONTHS ago, if someone asked me to run a marathon, I would have laughed! I say this because, I am certain that there are thousands of people out there right now who are doing the same thing at that very thought, of running 26 miles. A marathon is far from easy. However, it isn’t something that certain people cannot do. In May while on my work placement, I decided to start running in the evenings after work to ease my mind after long days in the office. At first I was running maybe 2 or 3 miles, but gradually it increased towards double figures and I made up my mind to ambitiously target 26 miles in the Dublin City Marathon on October 30. I stood on Nassau Street at 8.45am on a fresh autumn morning, surrounded by nervous competitors of all ages and nationalities. There were 15 min-
utes until the race began. Despite the nervousness there was a real infectious optimism in the air; from the moment we crossed the start line, to when we rounded the first corner to the encouraging drumbeats of the roadside marching bands. Already after 500 metres people were dishing out encouragment which continued right through to the Phoenix Park where the runners got a well deserved sugar rush from a woman with home-baked cookies. At the 17 mile mark in Terenure, there was a woman handing out water and preaching “C’mon, through ‘The Wall’ and to the finish”. ‘The Wall’, everybody who has done a marathon talks about ‘The Wall’. At 8 miles, when I still felt quite comfortable, I was talking to Scott from Chicago (a veteran of seven marathons) and he was telling me about ‘The Wall’. I thought I understood.
No matter how much you hear, it can’t be fully understood until it has been experienced or survived. At 20 miles, coming down Fosters Avenue I thought I was fine. Then bang- I turned onto the never-ending Stillorgan Road. When I saw that huge stretch of road in front of my aching body, my energy was drained and I felt incapable of any form of movement. For two to three miles, I tried to run, but it was more like a crawl, slower than a walk. All that filled my head was the pain and the exhaustion. The RDS was a revelation. It suddenly dawned on me that I was almost in the city again. I began to run very slowly, but run nonetheless. Then I began seeing more landmarks. Suddenly I found myself on Pearse Street and all the crowds were still there, even though I was over two hours behind the winner. Then up onto Leinster Street, head-
lot more difficult when holding a foil and keeping an eye on your opponent. Movement is supposed to be natural and fluid; something that I’m sure improves through time and practice. Next up was how to hold the weapon correctly and make an attack. Naturally this interested me more as it actually meant making contact with
ing towards Merrion Square. For about the 100th time I heard a voice telling me there are only two minutes left. Nothing will ever look as beautiful as the first glimpse of the finish line when you turn into Merrion Square. In the blink of an eye you’ve crossed it, amid the huge crowds. Still disorientated, I had a finisher’s medal hung over my neck. It takes some time to realise it’s over. Even now it seems surreal, but the feeling of knowing you have fin-
my opponent. But before I had a chance to go all Zorro on him the coaches reminded me of the parry. A parry is essentially a block, which when executed correctly transfers the right of attack to the opponent. My first spar was a stop-start affair. I stopped to pick my foil off the floor a few times, and I started crying at least twice. Not from pain, but from the realisation that I had found another sport that I’m useless at! Fencing, although quite difficult at first, is a sport which through time, I’m assured, can be learned relatively easily. Good balance and concentration are a help, but the most essential attributes for fencing are enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. So don’t be disheartened if after your first lesson you’re not a fencing expert, like any sport it will take time. But with the quality of training available from DCU’s fencing club it may not take as long as you think. After exiting the DCU sports hall, my only regret was that it had taken me until last week to try out a sport which has been in existence since 1200bc. Something tells me it won’t be as long until my next lesson. The DCU fencing club meets every Wednesday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm in the DCU Sports Centre. They provide all the necessary equipment as well as expert coaching for beginners and more advanced fencers alike.
ished will overpower any memory of the suffering endured, no matter how unbearable it seemed. I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true, but a marathon is not beyond anyone. It will take a lot of motivation, and a lot of discipline, but that’s what will make it worthwhile when you cross that finishing line. When you do cross that line, you then realise that you have done something beyond any of your previous personal expectations.
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Dual DCU athletic success in Belgium Cathal Dennehy
A SUPERB win for Fionnuala Britton was the highlight of the DCU athletics team trip, to the Lotto Crosscup in Belgium last weekend. Britton raced to victory in the senior women’s event by a huge margin of 33 seconds. Held on a narrow course replete with energy-sapping mud and hills, the event attracted a sizeable crowd and some of Europe’s finest crosscountry runners. Britton, who featured in last month’s College View, established herself at the front early in the race and held a thirty metre advantage after one lap. She extended her advantage throughout over wellrespected Belgian athlete Veerle Dejaeghere, who finished second. For most of the race, she was accompanied and occasionally obstructed by the quad bike which was screening the race live on Belgian television. However, the final-year student maintained her pace and came home in a time of 23mins 27s to collect the €600 winner’s cheque. She will now turn her attention to the National Intercounties on November 26 and the European championships on December 10, where a winning finish looks possible. Head coach Enda Fitzpatrick was highly impressed with Britton’s run, saying: “Fionnuala has put down a marker for the Europeans. It was a demolition, awesome.” DCU also had a strong showing in the junior men’s 6.75km race,
where two athletes reached the podium. Second-year students Eoin McCormack and Cathal Dennehy showed at the front after the first lap. McCormack led for much of the
close third. Daniel Treacy and Johnny Morrissey finished 26th and 45th respectively. Returning from a recent injury, last year’s junior champion Linda Byrne ran well for 11th place. The biggest race of the day was
of respected Belgians. The ever improving Joe Warne launched his trademark kick over the last 200 metres to snatch 19th place from James King, who finished 20th
“Without doubt, our best international performances to date
the senior men’s 9km featuring top athletes from Belgium, Ethiopia, Kenya, England and Switzerland. DCU’s Mark Christie hoped to improve on his 14th place finish from last year. He ran sensibly and bravely put himself to the forefront after the first of six laps. However he began to struggle with the frenetic pace on the fourth lap and became detached. Christie then regained his composure and ran a strong final lap to finish 9th in 28:36, losing out over the final 100 metres to Shaddrack Kiyyai of Kenya. Chris Bracken also ran a solid race to finish 41st. Many of DCU’s first-year athletes opted for the shorter senior men’s 3km race. With just two laps
“Fionnuala has put down a marker for the Europeans. It was a demolition, awesome.
race before Dennehy increased the pace on the final lap. Dennehy soon opened a gap and held off the closing Swiss athlete to take victory by two seconds in 21:42, with McCormack a
of the course to cover, they blasted through the mud and over the artificial hills at impressive speed. First home for the Irish contingent was Corkman and first-year student John Shine in 14th place, who ran a well-paced race to mix it with a host
two seconds back. Des Earls faded after a strong early showing to finish 25th. He was followed in by Richie Lombard in 29th and Ian Barrett in 39th.
Noelle Earley hit the Dundalk net with two fantastic individual efforts. The final goal again came from Bronagh Sheridan after the hard work and jinky footwork of Earley, Sheridan only had the goalkeeper to beat. Carla Moran proved to be a
pain in DKIT’s side throughout and some great performances from substitutes Crissy Doyle, Denise Mullen and Lisa Reid made sure that the pressure on Dundalk was relentless until the final whistle. Playing in Div 1b this year is a
Ladies GAA off to impressive start Bronagh Sheridan
DCU LADIES GAA kicked off the season with a sweet victory over bitter rivals Dundalk IT under floodlights. Having watched the second team annihilate Mater Dai earlier in the afternoon, the first team made the journey to Dundalk in good spirits and determined to keep up the trend. Bronagh Sheridan opened the scoring on 4 minutes with a point, quickly followed by points from Ash Jennings and a typical piledriver from midfielder Emma Dunne. The team this year has seen the introduction of many talented newcomers, none more so than Noelle Earley, a former All-Star nominee who got her first score on the board in the 7th minute.
Although Dundalk showed flashes of danger up front, the DCU backs were always in control with Captain Niamh McEvoy and Vice-captain Laura Hyland leading by example. Faced with the unenviable task of marking Senior Galway footballer Patricia Gleeson, DCU fresher Sinead Finnegan at midfield played superb football, while Emma Dunne and Claire Murtagh’s workrate and fielding of kick-outs were two vital ingredients in the victory. Goalkeeper, Orla Tuite pulled off a magnificent save before half time to ensure that DCU went in with a comfortable margin at half time. The first two of DCU’s six majors came from Bronagh Sheridan. This signaled the opening of the floodgates as Edel Quinn and
Second-year student Ellen Diskin was the strongest DCU athlete in the junior women’s event, run over 4.5km. Diskin, who finished 19th in the same race last year, ran well to take 4th place in a time of 17mins. She missed out on a medal by just five seconds and improved on last year’s time by 30 seconds. Further back, Maire Ni Amhlaidh ran well for 17th place. Director of athletics Enda Fitzpatrick, who ran a fine race for 3rd in the 10km road race that morning, was delighted with the team’s performances on the day. “Everybody performed. It was a very good weekend,” he said. “Without doubt, our best international performances to date. To me, that was moving to the next level as a team. To have two athletes on the podium in the junior men’s was fantastic.” The team, comprised both of seasoned final-year students and inexperienced freshers. Everyone performed admirably and gained valuable international experience. Many are expected to make the Irish team for next month’s European Championships in Italy. The event was well organised and DCU were complimented by their hosts for their good behaviour throughout the weekend. The distance squad will now turn its attention to the Intervarsity road relays on November 18, while the sprinters are preparing for the Indoor championships in December. There certainly won’t be any rest or chance to reflect on glory for this set of athletes.
step-up for DCU Ladies GAA but one which they showed that they are more than eager to make. They will now be hoping to build on this excellent result and get one step closer to O’Connor Cup football, the ladies equivalent of the Sigerson Cup.
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DCU presents 110 sports scholarships 24
Patrick Griffin ONE HUNDRED and ten athletes ranging from eleven different sports have received DCU Sport Scholarships for the year ahead. The scheme which began in 1996, when only 15 GAA players were honoured, enables the competitors to concentrate on their academic course but also develop within their chosen sport. The DCU Sports Scholarships awards give the students access to DCU’s excellent sports clubs and facilities that include a high performance gym, 25 metre recovery pool, ice baths, indoor sprint tracks and a flexibility studio. Individual athlete support, career guidance, access to elite national and international competition, physiotherapy, sports nutrition and sports psychology is also provided. The scholarships are awarded at five different levels including development, talented and elite with also a maximum grant of E5,000 in support services. Sport and Recreation Officer Yvonne O’Connor, speaking at the reception in the Nubar that revealed this year’s recipients on Thursday November 9 at DCU, spoke of the magnificent success DCU sports teams have enjoyed during the previous year. These included the tennis team making their debut in the European University Tennis
Championships and of course the men’s Gaelic football team capturing the Sigerson Cup for the first time in the college’s history. Ms O’Connor also alluded to the individual accomplishments of DCU students. The university was represented in this year’s All-Ireland Senior Gaelic football final while Kevin Reilly from Meath was part of the Irish team that were defeated by Australia in the recent International Rules Series. Meanwhile Bryan Cullen, Stephen Cluxton both from Dublin and Mayo’s Conor Mortimer were all selected on the 2006 Opel Football Team of the Year. Away from GAA, boxer Darren Sutherland reached the quarter finals of the Senior World Boxing Championships held in China last November. Fionnuala Britton came in first ahead of Belgian international athlete Veerle Dejaeghere in the Senior Ladies 6.15km race in the Lotto Cross Cup which was held in Watchebeke, Belgium just last weekend DCU President Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, speaking at the reception remarked that sport is something the college must get right, underlining his view that sport is very important to the university. He also said he “looked forward to future sporting success” in the coming year, something according to Ms O’Connor is “already beginning to mount up.”
DCU’s Sigerson side lose opening two games Cilian Murphy DCU’S SENIOR Gaelic footballers have gotten off to a shaky start this term with two successive defeats, the latest of which was against Queens University Belfast whom they defeated in last season’s Sigerson Cup final. The DCU team is peppered with
relatively young talent this year after losing players like Bryan Cullen, Declan Lally and Stephen Cluxton from last year’s victorious team however, manager Declan Brennan is not overly worried about his side’s early poor form. “Of course, a number of general issues have to be dealt with but our main priority is to rest the lads who have had busy summers like Conor
Photo courtesy of Denise Sammon Inter-county GAA players included in the scholarship scheme consist of Paul Casey, Sean Johnston, Conor Mortimer, Paddy Keenan, Brendan Egan, Vincent Corey, Eoin Lennon and Ross Munnelly, all of whom will be hoping to help DCU defend the Sigerson Cup. Laois star Munnelly admits his frustration at missing last season’s campaign but hopes to play a big part this year. He says the scholarship gives all involved “a huge incentive
to use all the facilities that the university has to offer” and that it gives a great opportunity for those “who want to go on and do well in sporting terms.” He warned though that he or others students must not let this opportunity go to waste. Dublin camogie goalkeeper Andrea Fitzpatrick – who is up for an All-Star this Saturday night – admits that the scholarship helps ease the financial burdens as she is unable to take on a part time job due to the
pressure of both training and games. This is a sentiment echoed by Anthony McCreery from Ballyfermot in Dublin. A pole-vaulter, he acknowledges that it is “a very expensive sport. A lot of my competitions are abroad so the money helps a lot.” There can be no doubting the importance and value of these Sport Scholarships. It is hoped that they will help all athletes leave a mark in Irish sport in the years to come.
Mortimer and Seanie Johnston and to get the team right for the Sigerson Cup qualifiers after Christmas. That’s the most important thing at the end of the day.” The match against Queens was an ill tempered affair in which DCU came out at the wrong end of a 1-8 to 1-4 score line. Queens drew first blood with two points inside the opening ten minutes with Kevin Mc Gourty’s effort the pick of the two. The Antrim senior footballer was instrumental in his side’s victory and caused DCU problems throughout. The teams then exchanged scores with DCU’s Ciaran Hanratty on target. Queens added on a couple of points to go in front but Paddy Keenan’s goal after 17 minutes brought the reigning Sigerson champions right back into the match. Keenan then added a point two minutes later to extend DCU’s lead. Queens finished the half strongly with four points while DCU could only manage a pointed free from full forward Kevin Leahy. The match was finely poised for the second half with both sides level at half time.
Unfortunately, the second half was more memorable for the mass brawls rather than exquisite football. The game had to be stopped several times by the referee and the DCU manager was angry at the way his players were treated. “I was very disappointed by the way the Queens’ management and players conducted themselves. I feel their behaviour was unacceptable.” The hosts managed to score a further 1-2 in the second half with DCU’s only score coming courtesy of Dublin senior Paul Casey. DCU’s first match of the campaign was against St Marys Belfast. A number of the senior players in this year’s squad were missing including Kevin Reilly because of international rules commitments and last year’s centre-forward, Brendan Egan, through injury. DCU opened the scoring on four minutes with Seanie Johnston pointing after good work from Liam Moffat. The hosts doubled their lead three minutes later with a great point from 35 yards out by powerful midfielder Ross McConnell.
Marys pulled a point back almost immediately but Bernard Brogan soon restored DCU’s lead with a fine point. The home side were the more impressive throughout the first half and were leading by four points at the break with Bernard Brogan’s excellent second point from 40 yards just before the half time whistle being the pick of DCU’s scores. St. Marys had free taker Leo Meenan to thank for still being within touching distance of DCU and his two frees at the start of the second half left only two points between the teams. Disaster struck in the ninth minute of the half when Marys scored a decisive goal. The visitor’s full forward John Kelly collected the breaking ball around the DCU square and finished to the top corner of Jeff Claffey’s goal. The goal deflated DCU and they could only manage a solitary point through Ciaran Hanratty in the second half. The home side were close to snatching victory at the death but substitute Ray Cullivan’s shot was saved.