CSN TIMES 2017 - 2018
Letter from the editor Hi, My name is Rebeckah McCarthy, course rep of Journalism for the Digital Age and editor in chief of the CSN Times. The CSN Times is an annual magazine highlighting the key moments of the year here in CSN. It displays the lively, vivid and creative atmosphere of our college. While creating the magazine with my Co- Editor Leah Haupenthal, we got to connect with more students outside of the classroom and got behind the scenes. Think of this magazine as an access to all areas... college style. We hope you enjoy the magazine as much as we enjoyed putting it together. CSN Times was created by the Journalism Course 2017/2018 Content - Elisa Brandenburger, Asiling Coleman, Laura Devine, Eric Dineen, Cian Drake, Leah Haupenthal, Ryan Meehan, Rebeckah McCarthy, Oisin Oâ€™Driscoll, Peter Owens, Dave Sheehan, Fawzzy Shobowale Layout - Leah Haupenthal, Micheal McCloskey, Stephen Kingsley
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Business and Law Earlier on in the year I met with the Business students and learned a few handy tips. Budgeting is essential for a successful business. Accounting teaches future entrepreneurs how to successfully budget your business and predict future sales based on sales at that current time, because it’s not about using credit to fund your business but “all about the cash you have”. Budgeting and saving is not only essential for businesses but your daily life. There are many ways for students to save money, both by saving and finding the best deal in shops. The first tip I was told was going “cold turkey” by leaving your credit/debit card at home and instead bring a certain amount of cash. That way you’ll be less inclined to spend money on items you don’t necessarily need. Instead of leaving money lying around the house, students can put their money in the Credit Union to help prevent them from taking cash whenever they want to buy something. Another way to put cash away without having to take money out of your account and place it in the Credit Union is to set up a savings account with your bank. This method allows for you to have a set amount of cash automatically taken out every week or so, which
is very time friendly for students on the go. Of course one of the best ways to save money when your shopping, is to ask if there is student discount available. Many businesses such as Lifestyle Sports, Boojum, Topshop, New Look etc. provide student discounts once you’ve your student ID with you. So be sure to ask if you can avail of this because each discount adds up. While speaking with the students we got to talking about the modules in the course. The three main subjects in this course would be business, accounting and economics. Each of these subjects are vital to be a successful entrepreneur. Between supply and demand, financing, and consumer law. It’s essential to know these things to run a business successfully. While the business course teaches students accounting, economics, business it also gives students insight into world issues and allows you to broaden your mind, explore ideas and concepts that before you wouldn’t have paid attention to before. One day during the course this year the business class spent a class discussing refugees. Through this discussion the business students concluded that the media “puts a spin on” on the topic and is often biased.
- by Laura Devine
Radio Broadcasting One of the main courses here in CSN that informs students of ongoing events is Radio Broadcasting, an integral part of the of students social and entertainment aspect while in college. With music played in the college and made available to students 24/7, its hard not to be informed frequently of what‘s going on both locally and nationally by other fellow students in CSN. A central part of the student‘s day is their radio broadcasting channel, JuiceFM found on 88.7, aimed for those aged 15-24, accessed in many parts of Cork through phone apps, online and pop out player. Three days a week the Radio broadcasting students stream live and frequent updates of what‘s going on in Cork and other topics such as sport. These intervals are two and a half minutes long and are followed by songs from the playlist, all set and ready to play throughout the college. The students stay in tune with events that occur in the college such as the Play for Pieta event that happened on the 8th February 2018. Throughout the event, three students Siobháin, Marion, and Sean
kept in contact with Barry through live phone calls, where the live scores would be reported on the field. Having spoken to a few of the radio broadcasting students I found that each person had different reasons for enrolling to do this course. Marion had dreamed to be on the radio but due to her speech impediment thought that it wouldn’t be possible. However, it is possible for her to be live on the radio, and because of the teaching at CSN she is thriving in this course and has found she loves the research side of radio broadcasting and hopes to continue in this field once the course is finished. Throughout the year Juice.fm have broadcasted in different venues such as Cork on Ice in November and Blackrock Castle. From talking to the radio course it’s clear that it’s a fun environment as they all enjoy it. The Radio Broadcasting Course is available as a QQI Level 5 and Level 6 course here at CSN.
- by Laura Devine
he CSN dance course makes dancing look so effortless and beautiful. It makes anyone believe that they can also dance with such grace and skill, as is portrayed on our cover photo. The final product is so fine and crisp, it looks so easy, when in truth it took months of hard work to perfect . Month of intense work core workouts, diets and extra late night to perfect their moves. I sat down with one 1st year and one 2nd year student.
ere’s some advice they gave to incoming first years next year: “You have to be motivated and have enough passion to keep going when it gets intense. You’re going to want to put in the extra work because nobody is going to force you to do it.” We’re wishing them good luck in their upcoming Graduation show in the Firkin Crane.
- by Fawzzy Shobowale
hen we first met the actors what struck us was how close all the students in the course were. They all said that they all get along exceptionally well as they are one of the courses here in CSN who interact a lot during their modules. Everyone said they really enjoyed the year with one exception: the assignments. I think we can all agree on that one… There was one common element in the interview we had with the actors and that was that they all seemed to be very sad about the year ending. Most of the actors wish to stay in their profession after they leave CSN. Some have auditioned for universities already, others think about heading to Dublin or even abroad to London to go to acting schools and universities there. Their first play, which took place before Christmas, was a huge success and everyone was happy with how it went. They did however had some
hick-ups during the first few shows, which is to be expected. Even if one of their teachers responsible for the music who will remain anonymous, accidently played the music in the wrong scene they had to quickly adapt and play some scenes differently. They were able to keep going with the play which only proves the strength and quality of their acting. The show must go on. Unfortunately, they were not able to tell us much about their second play, as their “air-tight contracts” haven’t been made yet. However, we did find out some clues to what it is. According to the actors here at CSN, it is an interesting play which tells the story of five mystery writers. The genre of the play is a murder mystery/ Comedy. We have a lot to look forward to!
- by Leah Haupenthal
hen walking to class as a student of CSN you are likely to hear beautiful music that can often liven up your day. The various voices and instruments heard throughout the campus immensely enhance the experience of CSN on a day to day basis as well as elevating the sense of community felt throughout the college. Therefore we decided to get to know a little more about the course and the students who participate in it. The Music, Management and Sound course has been supplying top quality professional performers and sound engineers to the music industry for almost thirty years. Students acquire first-hand experience, training, information and advice on all aspects of music. Studies focus on practical musicianship, live performance, studio and live sound engineering, music law and song writing along with marketing and promotion of music as a product. Live shows are organised throughout the year and these gigs offer the ideal opportunity to put new knowledge and skills into practice. Here is our interview with two music students, John Shinnick and Emmet Crottey. Why did you choose to study music? To improve skills in theory, performance and live sound also to work in a studio setting.
Why did you pick CSN? It was the most practical course, the focus is broader and the skills attained are more practical. What does the course cover? Theory, performance, song writing, event management, word processing, work experience, history of music, sound engineering, music production and music industry studies. Do you find the course useful? Yes it is useful as it covers the whole music industry. It is more beneficial than just simply learning how to make music. The marketing and selling of music along with the legal aspect are very important to learn which gladly we are in this course. What are your future plans in music? To become a full time performer and be financially dependent due to a career in music. What performers in the course should we be looking out for? The rock/indie band The Chads and Colm Oâ€™Brien aka The Lonely Tourist who is a singer songwriter focusing on folk. What upcoming events can we be looking forward to? Well on the 26th of April in the Firkin Crane theatre Cork there is a showcase of talent from both first and second year music students. There will be many different acts with versatile styles. - by Oisin Oâ€™Driscoll and Eric Dineen
The cultural and heritage course in CSN is an extremely dynamic course which has been refined and honed over the past 30 years to make sure the students have the best possible experiences and opportunities as they study Ireland’s culture filled folklore and history. The course covers a wide range of Ireland’s heritage and culture both academically and practically. It is built on three main tenants, Archaeology which is the oldest and looks at Ireland’s physical past. The second oldest which would be Irelands folklore and ethnology, which isn’t just sitting around the fire and storytelling but its more about discovering the origins of Irish customs and how they fall into the belief system of our country. Then there’s the youngest which is Irelands actual history as history in Ireland only really started in 400 AD, as it was the return of the written word to our country. These tenants blend together to give the students an amazing understanding of Ireland’s in depth folklore and the ability to link that with our countries physical history like Newgrange. That’s what the course is mainly about, exploring and linking Ireland’s folklore and history both academically through text and historiography but also through fieldtrips they go on every Wednesday. There they either explore archaeological, historical or cultural sites around our country.
The course blends together to give the students an amazing understanding of Ireland’s in depth folklore
This course is also a very welcoming one as it not only has a huge draw from younger students but also mature students. They are welcomed back to the education system in an easy manner as the course has two classes with different time tables, one for younger students and one which is more suited for the mature students who might have other responsibilities outside of college. The course is also closely linked with UCC as it has between 15 to 20 students each year progressing on to further courses which UCC has to offer. Before Easter the course hosted a mumming play in which the cultural and heritage course combined it with the great European play as a part of lifelong learning. This play was performed in various venues like the Honan chapel in UCC and also at a carnival on Patrick street Cork. - by Stephen Kingsley
n the first day, strolling through the college, no one would ever think how many creative people are part of this college. Throughout the year, students in the art departmnet have created a huge amount of different artistic pieces, as not only drawing is part of the course. There are many more modules like painting, ceramics, digital photography or print making. Most projects are personalized through themes like identity, which acts as a thread to
all subject. As the year continued, the art department began to showcase their works of art around the walls of CSN from the entrance to the backdoor. You could say, they have brightened the walls of CSN with their amazing work.
selection from the portfolio of 1st and 2nd year student. There’s a variety of different courses available, such as Art 1, Art 2, Art, Craft & Design Portfolio Course and a Digital Media Higher National Diploma course. Some of the students will be proceeding The art department have been real- into colleges in the UK or Ireland, ly busy preparing their end of year such as Crawford College of Art, showcase exhibition “Activate”, CIT, Brighton or NCAD Dublin. opening on May 24th, with many works of art being portrayed. Artwork shown will be a small - by Laura Devine and Leah Haupenthal
Carpentry and Furniture making
t was a cold, drab and wet Wednesday morning in Cork when I took the opportunity to go to the woodwork department in CSN. I ventured into a part of the college that I had never seen before. When I stepped inside the door of the room my nose was filled with the aroma of freshly cut wood. The room was bustling with students, all of them doing different tasks. There was a cacophony of various noises as there was machinery running in the background. I met with one of the lecturers Fergal, we sat down and we talked about the course. He told me that most of the students in the course were mature students. He also said that most of the students are very passionate about crafting things with their hands. Fergal than gave me a tour of the facilities. He showed me the hi-tech machines that the students use day in and day out. This included 3D printing machines, a laser cut-
There was a cacophony of various noises as there was machinery running in the background. ting machine and also various other machines used to perform a multitude of tasks. Fergal showed me a demonstration of the laser cutting machine in action. He explained to me that the courses involve a lot of practical work, students get to build a number of different projects ranging from wine racks to coffee tables. A lot of the student’s work is showcased in the reception of CSN. The pieces are regularly changed and it is a great opportunity to see the beautiful work of the students. The work on display is of an extremely high level. Some of the pieces are so good that they look like they belong in a luxury furniture shop. There is also a lot of theory involved as students need to be taught the fundamentals of woodworking, they are taught life drawing, technical graphics and computer aided design.
- by Micheal McCloskey
Former student profile: Chiedozie Ogbene
ports injuries graduate Chiedozie Ogbene is a recent student and exciting youngster in the world of football after completing a move to championship side Brentford FC from Limerick FC in January. Chiedozie started his senior career at Cork City after signing in August
2015 coming on in the as a late substitute in a league game away to Bohemians on the final day of the season before going onto make 9 appearances in the 2016 season impressing as each game progressed while also gaining first team experience. he scored 3 goals that season and gained an FAI cup winners medal coming on as a late substitute in the win over Dundalk in the final. frustrated with the lack of first team football Chiedozie moved to Limerick FC on the 19th of January 2017 to bolster the then newly promoted teams squad Chiedozie was raised in Cork after
moving with his family in 2005 but is eligible for both Nigeria and Ireland. In an interview with the 42 website in December 2016 he admitted one day he will have a tough decision to make deciding what national team to represent. â€œAn opportunity hasnâ€™t come my way yet but when it does I have a difficult decision to makeâ€? growing up in Ireland he also took up Gaelic football and became a key player with Nemo Rangers putting in a man of the match performance in the under 21 football championship final, scoring 1 goal and 2 points to earn Nemo a draw with Valley Rovers.
happening that I’ve been dreaming of so it’s all been positive for me. It was tough because you play GAA most of your life and you’re leaving friends you grew up with.” Still finding his feet at Brentford is a lot to come from this highly ratsoccer and GAA,” he explains, “but ed youngster. Chiedozie Ogbene I’ve always wanted to be a profesis a name to remember as he rose sional soccer player and this is the through the ranks of English Footdream. It’s just unfortunate as a lot ball with ease. A fantastic talent of people thought I was good at who honed his skills at CSN ColGaelic Football. I did like it but I lege. had to choose. You miss it some- by Peter Owens and Ryan Meehan times but a lot of things have been But that performance would signal the end of his Gaelic football career, as he made the decision to focus full time on his Cork City duties at time. In the same 42 interview mentioned above he detailed his decision in picking Soccer over GAA. “I had to pick between
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Call Me by Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino, and written by James Ivory, is the cinematic offering based on the André Aciman 2007 novel of the same name. Based in Italy during the 1980s, the production tells a touching, coming-of-age love story, which would soften even the hardest of cinema-goers’ hearts. The plot centers around 17-year-old Italian-American Elio Perlman (played by Timothée Chalamet), who is spending his summer holidays in an Italian villa, with his parents (Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar), and what becomes a love affair for the ages, between Perlman and his father’s summer assistant, the 24-yearold American Oliver (played by Armie Hammer). The film, coming in at 132 minutes in length, is a lit-
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tle longer than the average two-hour cinema sojourn, but is worth the watch. Although largely dramatic in tone, Call Me by Your Name features some incredibly funny, laugh-out-loud scenes. The film’s humour, too, is strongly juxtaposed by one of the most heart wrenching closing scenes that I’ve seen in cinema in a long time. Call Me by Your Name originally had its premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It has received critical acclaim, with Chalamet being the youngest ever actor to receive a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Perlman, as well as being nominated for Best Picture. Call Me by Your Name is currently available to purchase on DVD.
- by Aisling Coleman
As I am originally from Luxembourg, I would love to show you how we celebrate Easter. Like Christians everywhere else, we celebrate Easter on Sunday the 27th of March. In the Grand Duchy, this celebration is a mix of traditions that are similar in many countries, such as the religious ceremonies, the symbolic eggs and Easter bunny. Long story short, we love Easter. However, some of these traditions are only celebrated in Luxembourg, such as Klibberen, the Emaischen, and the Peckvillecher. The Thursday before Easter Sunday carries a silence as church bells throughout the day refrain from ringing. Silence is eventually broken by groups of children making noises of clattering, or also called in Luxembourgish (yes, it is indeed an official language) Klibberen, with wooden instrument
boxes that sound like wooden rattles. According to tradition, the church bells of Luxembourg have flown to Roman’s Saint Peter’s Square for confession and an Easter bell ringing performance. Children in Luxembourg towns walk around with their Klibberen singing a call that roughly means “Let the bells ring once, let them ring twice, let them ring out at random”. Weird huh? There’s more, because on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday (Ouschtersonndeg), children go from house to house to collect their reward for klibbering bells. They usually receive chocolate or money. If the children are not dying of exhaustion after that long walk, the Easter bunny will hop through their garden and hide his eggs. In my opinion this day is not about our boy Jesus Christ anymore, it’s all about the children. - by Elisa Brandenburger
Cork Nightlife or Shitelife? On social media I regularly see people talking about how poor Cork’s nightlife is. As someone who regularly goes out (I’m putting that mildly), I feel I’d have a good grasp of Cork’s nightlife and how good or bad it is. Drinks are overpriced for the most part, you’re bound to come across the odd junkie and a fight may never be too far away but is it really as bad is most people seem to think it is? I’m 19 years old now, let’s say it’s a Thursday night, options in terms of night clubs are quite limited. There’s Voodoo, Church or Havanas In my opinion each venue has it’s down points. For example when busy Voodoo has a smoking line which although is for safety which is annoying. In Havana’s you can’t move due to the amount of people in there, I usually spend most of the night bouncing off people, as in my drink is always all over me at the end of the night. Church can sometimes be quite dead. Although these are just a few negative points in my opinion I think that our night life actually isn’t that bad. It’s more of what you make it. Comparing to even
Limerick’s nightlife Cork comes nowhere near to the selection of good clubs they have. It’s almost like we have an academy system of bringing through the newest generation of drinkers. Eclipse being the grass roots stage, bringing through the youths, decimating brain cells week in - week out. If I had to describe Eclipse as a person it’s the younger sibling that you’re forced to bring around with you. Then it’s next level which is Church/Havanas -they are like two competitive friends that you hang around with. All just to prepare you for Voodoo –that is like the older group of friends that you’ve always looked up to. Nevertheless having said all of this does that mean night life is bad? No. But it is an average of 6 or a 7/10. Having spent a few years drinking in a field and a few years in Eclipse I don’t think that what we have now is so bad. Could it be better? Yes. Our nightlife scene is on the fence but it’s up to you on how good your night is. As long as you’re with your friends there can be a potential 10/10 night on the horizon, it just all depends on your perspective. - by Cian Drake
Debate the Eight As it stands we do not have abortion in Ireland, the repeal the eight campaign involving both prolife and prochoice aims to raise awareness on the effects of repealing the eight. The prolife campaign is focused on speaking up for the foetus without a voice while the prochoice campaign believes that every woman should have a say in her own reproductive rights. With the recent discussions of the referendum soon to be scheduled for the summer of 2018, we should take a minute to reflect on what has brought us to this after all we have had a referendum regarding abortion in previous years.
The Campaign promotes pro-life education and defends human life at all stages, from contraception to natural death. It also campaigns for resources to support and assist pregnant women and those in need of healing after abortion. On their website the prolife campaign discusses an array of topics. The website raises awareness on all issues about abortion, the primary focus of the prolife campaign is the safety of the foetus. This is clear in the thread which is discussed in detail about how babies survive abortion and are quite often left in a “corner” to die. It goes on furthermore to discuss on how one woman survived gestation because a nurse took pity and pushed for her to received medical attention. Another topic discussed on the website is how Ireland is a safe country for women without abortion being available. It raises the question that is lack of abortion really putting women’s lives at risk. It also says that Ireland ranks top in the world about women’s safety. In one of their video’s Pro-life – mobilised and growing one (Prolife campaign) of the major things spoken about is the mental health of the mother and how there has been no studies that prove abortion helps a mother who is suicidal or who may have any other mental health issues. As Ireland is traditionally a religious country it plays such an influential role in the prolife campaign. The catholic church believes that all life is equal. Up until quite recently, the catholic church did not allow the use of contraception. They believed artificial contraception interrupted the natural plan to bring new life into the world.
On the pro-choice website it gives 8 reasons to repeal the 8th amendment. They talk about how many women have died in Ireland from being denied the right to an abortion. It tells us that there has been over 150,000 women who have travelled abroad to receive an abortion since 1980. I think the most interesting thing in the eight reasons to repeal is that number six states you can face up to 14 years of imprisonment for those who get an abortion in Ireland and doctors. This could be putting a strain on those who seek an abortion under drastic circumstances. As it is very difficult to prove that life was at risk here and thus easily putting those who seek an abortion and those who carry out an abortion at risk. The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment recognises that not everyone who needs an abortion identifies as a woman. We support access to abortion for all who need it be they cis, trans or gender fluid. The Citizens’ Assembly made the following recommendations by a majority vote: - That Article 40.3.3° should not be retained in full. (87%) - That Article 40.3.3° should be replaced or amended. (56%) - That Article 40.3.3° should be replaced with a constitutional provision that explicitly authorises the Oireachtas to legislate to address termination of pregnancy, any rights of the unborn, and any rights of the pregnant woman. (57%) based on these figures, it’s clear that Ireland is ready to take a step forward.
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- by Rebeckah McCarthy
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