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Your Union: Your Magazine

What's in store for your? 2011/12

ide Accommodation Gu Local Site Info RAG Week 2012 Volunteering Clubs & Socs Mature Student View Travel And more...

DITSU.IE - your on-line Student Hub TOAST Magazine Volume 04: Issue 02 September 2011

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DIT STUDENTS UNION FRESHERS BALL MR. HUDSON, RYAN SHERIDAN PHANTOM FM ROOM & MORE... THE ACADEMY

Middle Abbey St. TICKETS FROM SU OFFICES Doors: 11pm - Drinks Promos

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Your Union: Your Magazine

EDITORIAL If you’re a newbie, get ready for the time of your life. If you’re returning to education then get ready for another time of your life and if you’re coming from abroad then get ready for the Irish time of your life! The Students’ Union is YOUR representative body in DIT and we work with (and occasionally against) the DIT committees, HEA, Dept of Ed and you the students to make sure that DIT is the top college from a student perspective. Our services to you range from support with academic, exam/assessment issues to welfare info, jobs listing and employment support and of course the all important SU gigs, balls and events! We’ll be running plenty of info and welfare campaigns and nights out over the year but none of them will be a success without your help, which leads me nicely on... Doing well in your studies is important while you’re at college – getting a qualification is why you’re here – but it’s not the only thing . There’s plenty going on outside of study with dozens of clubs, societies and SU activities that you can get involved in. If you’re looking for the serious side then you can become an SU Class Rep or Governing Councillor and help make your course and Union better (always good on the CV!). Just looking for a little more fun? Try joining– or even setting up – a club or soc and indulge that parcour/tiddly winks passion. Or you could volunteer and help out with any of our campaigns this year - it’s a great way to meet people and there’s nothing more enjoyable than dressing up as giant sperm or welfairy! Just drop into your local SU and sign up. We are always looking for students input to this magazine too. Do you have a letter, an article, complaint or rant you think should be in print? Got a photo, drawing or artwork you’ like to share – email toast@ditsu.ie and we will print it. (within reason, terms apply, etc etc) We hope you have a great time at DIT this year, keep the studying in mind but remember that college is more than all that and GET INVOLVED! Pop into the SU Office and say hello, sure that’s what we’re here for...

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A WORD FROM YOUR SU PRESIDENT A WORD FROM YOUR SU VP (ASA) A WORD FROM YOUR SU VP (S&T) FRESHERS WEEK 2011 GUIDE FINANCE SITE GUIDE: AUNGIER ST. RAG WEEK 2012 SITE GUIDE: BOLTON ST. GRANGEGORMAN UPDATE ACCOMMODATION GUIDE CONSTITUTIONAL UPDATE SITE GUIDE: CATHAL BRUGHA ST. GUIDE TO MOVING TO DIT SITE GUIDE: KEVIN ST. VOLUNTEERING SITE GUIDE: MOUNTJOY SQ. THE MATURE VIEW SITE GUIDE:RATHMINES FOOD FOR THOUGHT STUDENT TRAVEL CLUBS & SOCIETIES FESTIVAL JOIN OUR TOASTY TEAM!

THE TEAM EDITOR: MAIREAD BUTLER SUB EDITOR: EVE DONNELLY DESIGN: EDDIE CORR CONTRIBUTORS: DERMOTT JEWELL, MAOLIOSA McLAUGHLIN, SU STAFF.

CONTACTS GENERAL: TOAST@DITSU.IE ADVERTS: COMMUNICATIONS@DITSU.IE DESIGN: DESIGN@DITSU.IE All rights reserved. the entire content is copyright ditsu. ltd., and cannot be reproduced in whole, or in part, without written permission. Views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily shared by DIT STUDENTS UNION.

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Your Union: Your Elected Officers

Hello to all you DIT students!

To find out more on how you can make a difference, pick up one of our “Getting Involved” leaflets from your local Students’ Union office.

Whether you’re a Fresher or a final year, we hope that you’ll find something of interest in this, our first issue of Toast of this year. Who knows, there may even be a picture of you inside. This issue is packed with information, advice, fun and events, all carefully prepared by your Students’ Union.

This week is Clubs & Societies week and with over 80 societies and over 40 clubs, there are plenty of options. Sign up and have some fun.

This year we will be putting a big focus into online communication and social networking, so after you’ve read this magazine cover to cover be sure to follow us on Twitter, like us on facebook and visit www.ditsu.ie.

On a more serious note, we all know the challenges students are facing while coming to college. Fees, bills, rent, food and travel costs all place a huge burden on students and their families. If you are really struggling financially, please do not be afraid to call down to the Students’ Union for some free and unbiased help.

DIT Students’ Union is here to ensure that you have the best college experience possible. Every student is a member and that makes us over 19000 strong. We have offices located in the five larger sites where you can call in for help and advice. We have a strong democratic structure to ensure that everyone can have a say in what your Union does for you. An important aspect of this are our Class Reps. We have been electing Class Reps over the past week and will continue to do so this week. Every class should have a Class Rep and if your’s does not, let us know and we’ll sort it out for you. If you’d like to be a Class Rep, we provide top quality training so don’t be afraid to go for it! Myself and the two Vice Presidents, David and Eric are based in DIT Aungier St, but we will be on each site regularly to meet students. Each of the 6 larger sites also has a Class Rep Convenor - read on to be introduced to your Class Rep Convenor. This is a part time paid position and there is currently one vacancy in DIT Bolton St. Email president@ditsu.ie if you are a Bolton St student and would be interested in the position.

The Freshers’ Ball, headlined by Mr. Hudson is taking place on this week too, so read on to find out more.

Throughout the year we will be running many campaigns to better the situation for students. I will be meeting with TD’s and ministers to tell them your story and make sure your voice is heard. My one tip for the year ahead is to give it your all. Going to college is a great experience, so work hard and balance it with plenty of fun.

I look forward to serving you all in the year ahead, Ciaran

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A WORD FROM:

RAN NEVIN PRESIDENT 5


Your Union: Your Elected Officers

Hello there! Welcome to DIT. I hope you enjoyed your Inductions so far and are ready for the first year of your time in the DIT Students’ Union family. My name is David or Keogan or Cub (long story). I work for you, every single one of you, in the area of Education and Welfare. That covers issues with your course, making sure DIT make decisions with your best interests in mind, helping keep you healthy (mentally and physically) and general advice. We have an action packed year ahead and plenty to be getting involved with. Getting involved is the single best way (after going to class) of making your college time the best it can be. There are a sh1t load of ways of getting involved and an equal amount of reasons for why it is a good idea. Becoming a Class Rep lets you make sure your class are getting the best possible deal in college. You make sure your fellow students are getting the best education by representing in dealings with the lecturers and other DIT heads. You make sure they have a flipping brilliant time by organising class parties in the many wonderful pubs and clubs around the city (help courtesy of my mate Eric Fitzgearld). You make sure the classes voice is heard at all levels of DIT Students’ Union and that they hear info that we are sending back. There will be loads of campaigns during the year such as SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) week, Mental Health week and Physical Health week along with help and info for money matters and accommodation rights. You can get involved by being part of the Welfare Crew. You could be throwing bananas at, I mean to, people or dressing up as a sperm and chasing an egg round the college.

There are also loads of clubs and societies to cater for every interest. Even if there isn’t one there, you could get 15 other like-minded people and set one up yourself. Getting involved makes your time, here in DIT, the best it can be. Engineers from Cavan in Bolton St can meet fashion designers from Cork and business people from China and form life long friendships. It will make couch surfing a lot easier and safer!! Even if you think that you would not be up for all the involvement, I would say give it a try. I was the shyest person in the world when I started college, but getting involved with class reps, clubs and campaigns, I got the confidence, skills and opportunity that would not be possible to get anywhere else. Importantly, you are all part of the Students’ Union as you are a student in DIT. That means, anyone who works for the Students’ Union, works for YOU. All of us are here to help you and make sure your DIT years are the best so far and for a long time to come. If there is anything bothering you or you have a question or you want to get involved or ya just want a chat, pop into the local Students’ Union and we’ll sort ya out. There is nothing too small or too big and there is very rarely anything that we havnt seen before. So please talk to us about it and we’ll shall do our very best to sort it.

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6 Contact David on (01) 402 3160 or vpacademic@ditsu.ie You can also follow his Twitter feed @ditsu_vp_asa


That’s about all from me at the moment. Have a read of the rest of this book; there are some real good tips and info that will help you during the year. Any questions or anything at all, email me at vpacademic@ditsu.ie or drop into any of the Students’ Union offices. Get Involved and Please Talk.

Chat ya's later, David

A WORD FROM:

ID KEOGAN

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Your Union: Your Elected Officers

Hello there! First thing’s first – congratulations on choosing DIT as your destination for the adventure that is third-level education over the next few years! You’ve some of the best years of your life ahead of you, when you’ll make some firm friends, have some amazing experiences and some unforgettable nights, and who knows, you might even learn a little something along the way!

Being a Vice President is my full-time job. I graduated from my course back in October 2010 and I’m currently serving my second term. Each of the three full-time officers of the Students’ Union – that’s me, Ciarán and David – was elected to their positions by the students of DIT. You get to tell us what to do, because you pay our wages – so use that opportunity while you have it!

My name’s Eric Fitzgerald and I’m your DIT Students’ Union Vice President for Services & Trading. First off, my title is horribly convoluted, and I didn’t pick it. If I had to pick my own title, it’d be the Vice President for Craic! Essentially, it’s my job to ensure that there’s a steady flow of college nights out coming your way, from foam parties to drinks deals to big gigs and everything in between! I’m also here to organise the best deals and discounts for you, the students, as well as organising class parties for those of you who want to be the most popular person in your class!

Enough with the serious stuff, back to the fun and games! Freshers’ Week (see page 10) is our way of welcoming you to DIT, with four solid nights of party, followed by a couple of days’ rest before the biggest, best night out of the year, the DIT Freshers’ Ball! Headliners in the past have included The Blizzards, Fight Like Apes and The Rubberbandits, but we’ve got something even bigger up our sleeve for this year! Who’s headlining, I hear you ask? You’ll just have to read on further to find out…

There’s also a bit of a serious side to my job, too. I’m in charge of dealing with any facilities issues raised by students. Basically, if you’re annoyed about anything to do with the building in which you’re learning, whether it’s broken chairs, crumbling walls, all of that stuff, or if you’re unhappy with any of the services being offered to you, like canteens, shops, coffee docks etc., just send me an email or give me a buzz. Vent whatever it is you need to vent and get it off your chest. I’ll do the legwork of following up your complaint and making sure that you get a swift resolution. I’m there to kick shins in DIT so you don’t have to!

It’s not just Freshers’ Week that we have in store for you though! Throughout the year, we’ve got a rake of epic events that we’re waiting to unleash on you all! From the Hallowe’en Ball to our Christmas Mayhem, right down to RAG Week (read more about this on page 18) and the DIT Ball, with a few club nights with cheap drink thrown in for good measure, we’re here to make sure that you’ve got as many opportunities to let your hair down as possible!

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Fancy being in the know about events before everyone else? Want to help out with the organisation and promotion of DITSU events? Want a reward party for your efforts at the end of each semester, guestlist into gigs and the chance to learn some vital skills from some industry experts? Join the DITSU Events Crew and get all this and more! You’ll find a sign-up form on ditsu.ie and we’ll have stands across all the sites during Freshers’ Week & Clubs & Socs Week. That’s all from me for now, but make sure to read on and find out everything that’s in store for you as you begin your journey through DIT!

See you around! Eric

A WORD FROM:

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UPDATE

Grangegorman

Ciaran Nevin

Grangegorman will be the furure of DIT, providing a modern, purpose built campus. SU President Ciarán Nevin keeps us up to date with the latest developments. You may or may not have heard about DIT Grangegorman by now. In short, it will see each of the DIT campus relocated to a single site in Dublin’s north inner city as opposed to the 39 different sites we currently occupy. This is an enormous project, particularly at a time when education spending is being cut left, right and centre. The project will be of enormous benefit to DIT students and to the local community. In September of last year, the Government announced that the project would indeed go ahead as proposed. In July, Dublin City Council approved the planning application - another firm commitment to the development. There have been a total of four objections made to the planning application since then, a very low number considering the scale of the project. This has been the result of a lot of careful consultation between all the stakeholders and is a credit to all involved. The project is split into two main phases with phase one expected to be complete by September 2015. Phase one will relocate 70 percent of DIT students to the new campus. The final 30 percent i.e. Bolton St, will not be relocated until phase two, as it is the closest of all sites to the new campus. If you would like to find out more about the development, which is very impressive, visit www.ggda.ie If after looking at that you can’t deal with the excitement and are about to head up to the site with a shovel and flask of tea, we have just the thing for you. If you become a Governing Councillor, you can sit on the Grangegorman Standing Committee, allowing you to have input into the world-class development. You can’t say fairer than that! Ciarán

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NINETIES PARTY NIGHT d2 NIGHTCLUB TICKETS

Harcourt St. FROM SU OFFICES Doors: 11pm

FRESHERS PAINT PARTY

DIT STUDENTS UNION FRESHERS BALL MR. HUDSON, RYAN SHERIDAN PHANTOM FM ROOM & MORE... THE ACADEMY

Middle Abbey St. TICKETS FROM SU OFFICES Doors: 11pm - Drinks Promos

BREAK FOR THE BORDER Lower Stephens St. TICKETS FROM SU OFFICES Doors: 11pm

WTF WEDNESDAY LAUNCH PARTY @ INDUSTRY, THE MEZZ VENUE TICKETS

Templebar FROM SU OFFICES

Doors: 11pm -

Drinks Promos

ARTHURS DAY FOAM PARTY THE TURKS HEAD TICKETS

Templebar FROM SU OFFICES

Doors: 11pm -

Drinks Promos

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NINETIES PARTY NIGHT d2 NIGHTCLUB

Harcourt St. TICKETS FROM SU OFFICES Doors: 11pm

FRESHERS PAINT PARTY BREAK FOR THE BORDER Lower Stephens St. TICKETS FROM SU OFFICES Doors: 11pm

WTF WEDNESDAY LAUNCH PARTY @ INDUSTRY, THE MEZZ VENUE 12

TICKETS

Templebar FROM SU OFFICES

Doors: 11pm -

Drinks Promos

Take a step back into the recent past, for a totally radical, tubular, far out 90's Night. Anoraks, turtlenecks and leggings at the ready, folks, as we call on you to help us celebrate everything that is weird and wonderful with the decade in which most of you were born. Ireland's greatest 90's tribute act, Smash Hits have captivated DIT audiences in the past and they will be pumpin' up the jam all night with 90's classics.

Last year, the Freshers' Paint Party saw us cram 1,000 people into Break For The Border, for a wild night of debaucherous, messy and vaguely artistic mayhem, thus answering the age old question; what do you get if you combine a room full of DIT students, with gallons and gallons of UV paint? We had so much fun that we're going bigger, better and messier this year! Trust me, after all that scrubbing of paint out of your hair, it's a night you won't forget!

Wednesday will see the launch first of our regular DIT club nights for the year at WTF Wednesday @ Industry (The Mezz Venue), Temple Bar. With €2 drinks, you can’t really go wrong with this one! We'll have some mad shenanigans there, including some savage surprises for the launch night! You can feed back to us about any aspect of the night and we’ll always be working to make it bigger and better as the year goes on!


ARTHURS DAY FOAM PARTY THE TURKS HEAD TICKETS

Templebar FROM SU OFFICES

Doors: 11pm -

Drinks Promos

DIT STUDENTS UNION FRESHERS BALL MR. HUDSON RYAN SHERIDAN PHANTOM FM ROOM GREEN ROOM DJs & MORE... THE ACADEMY

Middle Abbey St. TICKETS FROM SU OFFICES Doors: 11pm - Drinks Promos

Thursday 22nd is of course Arthur's Day! To celebrate, we’d like you to join us for an Arthur’s Day Foam Party at The Turk’s Head, Temple Bar. Wear some old clothes , because you will get soaked! DJs, foam cannon and quality drinks deals (with a small focus on the black stuff) We did this for Arthur’s Day last year and it was ridiculous! This year we’ve gone one step further by getting hold of the biggest foam machine in the country!

The DITSU Freshers’ Ball 2011 is a ‘back to school’ party, so break out that uniform at least one more time and come play! There’ll be prizes on the night for those of you who put the most effort in! And the line up? Mr Hudson is one of the UK’s biggest producers and performers, having collaborated with the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West. His second album, Straight No Chaser, shot him to fame with singles like Supernova and White Lies, as well as his collaboration on Jay-Z’s Young Forever. Ryan Sheridan started off as a busker in Temple Bar, but it wasn’t long before he exploded onto the Irish music scene with his single Jigsaw, which shot up the Irish Singles Charts and refused to go away. Ryan continues to enjoy significant airplay across Ireland’s radio stations. The Phantom 105.2FM Room will be a showcase for some of Ireland’s best up-and-coming acts, while the Green Room will have our resident DJs spinning the best music until late to keep you rocking and dancing.

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DIT STUDENTS UNION FRESHERS BALL MR. HUDSON, RYAN SHERIDAN PHANTOM FM ROOM & MORE... THE ACADEMY

Middle Abbey St. TICKETS FROM SU OFFICES Doors: 11pm - Drinks Promos

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UPDATE

Constitutional Review Ciaran Nevin

DIT Students’ Union is an organisation that was established by students to represent them within DIT and further afield. Since it was first dreamt up, the organisation has developed into a very strong and effective body offering a ranges of services to students on top of playing a strong representative function. If you’re feeling sick after working through that last paragraph then you should probably read no further as it could prove fatal. I am of course joking, while this is pretty heavy stuff, you cannot afford not to read it. This year, you may well have the chance to change DIT Students Union for many years to come. Read on to find out more...

What are you talking about?

The DIT Students’ Union is bound by a document known as a “constitution” in all that it does. The current Constitution was adopted by the students of DIT in 2004, and has not changed in any way since then.

What has this got to do with anything?

Well, everything really. The Constitution states how many elected officers there should be, how many class reps there should be, how decisions should be made on behalf of students etc.

Why are you even talking about this?

The current constitution was created after a lot of consultation with students, and was designed to suit the student body of the time. I believe that we need to review the constitution so as make sure that DIT Students’ Union is fit for purpose.

Why now?

Good question, in the 7 years since the current constitution was adopted there has been enormous change in DIT and nationally. We now have a large number of international students, mature students etc. We have dwindling numbers of those studying trades. DIT has moved from being 6 faculties to 4 colleges and will soon be united on one campus in Grangegorman. College has never been as expensive for students in the past 7 years as it is now.

In short:

The issues are different, the students are different, the challenges are different and the college is different but the Students’ Union is in many ways the same. I believe that it must change to suit the needs of students.

So what are you doing about it?

Over the summer months, myself and a number of students have been submitting ideas and thoughts to a working group for their consideration. We will then begin the formal procedure of bringing a draft to our SU Governing Council. If Council decides that a review should take place it will result in a referendum in the middle of the second semester.

There ya go with the big words again. Whats a Referendum?

This is your chance to have your say. The draft constitution will be put to a vote of all students, and you can chose to adopt it, or reject it and maintain the current constitution.

Interested?

If you are really interested in getting involved in this, you should definitely become a Governing Councillor. Call down to your local SU office for more info.

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Your Union: Your Finances

DITSU'S GUIDE TO STUDENT FINANCE Finance is always a tricky subject for students. That’s why we have put together this 12 step guide, along with a few Top Tips, to help you stay in the black. 1

Shop in Lidl, Aldi, Tesco or Dunnes Stores and Super Value stores. Buy ‘own brand’ items – They are the same – they just don’t look fancy. Spar, Centra and Londis are cheaper now but BEWARE most of their stock is nearly twice the price of the supermarket so it pays not to shop after dark.Marks & Sparks and Superquinn are just too expensive for the average student. You can treat yourself when you are making the big bucks, after graduation, not grant pay day!.

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Buy in bulk as it works out much cheaper in the long run. Eg a large sack of rice is very reasonable in the Asian/African food shops in town (esp. Parnell St).  If you have a fairly big freezer, get down to your local butcher and stock up.

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Avoid convenience foods and those pre-packed/ prepared meals. They are bad for your health, waistline and pocket.

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Special offers, coupons and vouchers (post and online). Check out the offers on your supermarket receipt and in newspapers. You’d be surprised the savings you could make.  Groupons are all the rage, but be careful of the deals that require you to text!  Use your common sense, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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Shopping on an empty stomach is never a good idea. You buy too much. Make a list and go at a regular time each week.  Calculate as you go (that’s a good habit to nurture) and become aware of the expensive items- can you get a better deal by changing brand or store?  

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Bring a packed lunchIf you don’t it’s at least € 25 a week on lunch alone! With approx 30 weeks in the year, it makes sense to invest in a lunchbox. The saving could be the price of a holiday or a few months rent. Think about it!

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If you live nearby college, why not head home for lunch? This is a definite money saver. This can be good for the head too. Check out the DIT Students’ Union shops.  They exist for you the students and aim to provide relevant products at minimal cost.  From the cheapest Insomnia coffee in town to the Newspapers, the Sambos and snacks this is the best value you can get.  

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Charity shops are all around town. You get great bargains and it’s fun hunting for those hidden gems you may pick up! Electricity providers are becoming more competitive but it is worth getting in the know when it comes to electricity usage and spend. Turn off the lights when you leave the room, plug out the telly and electrical items so as to try and save energy around the house. Wasting electricity and heating will cost you and fellow bill-payers! Keep an eye on the Immersion, Storage heaters and your bills.  

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If you are looking for second hand text books, check out the Book Connect Second Hand Book Exchange Service the Students’ Union provides. See www. ditsu.ie or contact your local SU office.

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Did you work abroad for the summer? Check if there is any tax back due to you. In the States there is both Federal and State tax that you may be eligible for if you spent time working there.

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Have you worked in the past and are returning to college? Be sure to source your Log on details for Revenue.ie and ensure you are availing of any tax back due or rent relief opportunities via Social welfare.  There are loads of opportunities that you may not know about and now is the time.  Rumour has it that this year’s budget announcements will further cut reliefs, so be sure to check this out now.

MABS: If you are in a pickle financially and are finding it difficult to see the wood for the trees, be it debt, credit cards or avoiding the reality, contact your local MABS. With offices located throughout the city and country, the Money Advice and Budgeting Service offers advice and support. Hotline for advice is 1890 283 438.

DIT STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND: The DIT Student Assistance fund is a hardship fund available to students in difficult circumstances. The forms for 20112012 are available online at dit.ie/campuslife/studentsupport.   SU staff can assist you with any questions you may have around eligibility or filling the form, so be sure to contact us with any questions. Drop into an SU office for details.

STUDENT FINANCE: Not sure what grants and schemes you may be able to apply for? Check out studentfinance.ie for information on financial supports available to students in third level. Visit studentfinance.ie for details.

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Your Union: Your Site

DIT STUDEN

AUNGIER Your Class REP Convenor Glenn is your main point of contact for any local site related issues. You can contact him down in the SU office or by mailing: convenor.ast@ditsu.ie

Well lads and lassies! I’m Glenn Fitzpatrick, your Class Rep Convenor. It’s my job to work with the class reps based in Aungier Street and Temple Bar that you guys elect to make sure that your time here in DIT is the best it can be, both inside the classroom and outside it. First of all, I’d like to give a warm welcome to all of the incoming first years. Congratulations on making it this far, you’re in for a great few years. Also, I’d like to welcome back current students. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s put their faith in me to represent you guys. I won’t let you down. This year, I’m hoping we can make an effort to keep students on campus while they’re not in class. I’d love to see an array of different things happening in the common area and again, I’d be most appreciative of any ideas you have. Over the next few weeks we’ll be going from class to class, recruiting new Class Reps. If we haven’t got to you then pop down to the office or stop me if you see me around the building.

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It’s absolutely vital that every class has somebody to keep them in the loop about what’s happening on campus and in the wider student movement. Some classes are entitled to two or more Class Reps. The general rule is one Rep per 30 students. Again, pop down to the office if you’re interested in getting involved in DITSU this year in any way or form. We’ll be holding elections at the first Class Rep Meeting of the year. I’d especially like to extend the invite to get involved to incoming first years and mature students. It’s important to us that we can represent the entire student body. If you have any queries at all then you can email me at convenorast@ditsu.ie or alternatively, drop down to the office. Shaz is your Student Support Advisor (SSA for short) and she’s tremendous. Here’s to a great year both academically and recreationally.

Glenn

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AUNGIER STREET SU OFFICE: For assistance with searching for the right place to live, getting advice on academic matters or simply looking to get involved with SU activities, we are here to help. We can offer you advice and support with all manner of student issues throughout the year too. So drop us a line, we look forward to hearing from you. Contacts: Glenn - Class REP Convenor (01) 402 3110 convenor.ast@ditsu.ie Sharon - Student Support Advsor (01) 402 3110 advisor.ast@ditsu.ie

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Sharon and Class REP Convenor Glenn!


UPDATE

RAG Week 2012

Eric Fitzgerald

This year, DIT Students’ Union is proud to be fundraising on behalf of The Ross Nugent Foundat ion for RAG Week 2012 and throughout the 2011/12 academic year. RAG Week stands for Raising and Giving Week and each year, DIT Students’ Union chooses one charity to fundraise for throughout the year. I’d like to take you through the story of The Ross Nugent Foundation and tell you more about this extraordinarily worthy cause. Ross Nugent was a talented, creative, fun-loving 18-year-old guy from Malahide in Dublin. He loved nothing more than drawing, sketching, playing guitar, singing or just being with friends and family. He was well known in his locality and was Assistant Head Boy at Malahide Community School. Back in September 2009, Ross began to notice back pain, which only worsened as time went on. MRIs and X-Rays returned all clear and Ross and his family were baffled as to the cause of the pain. Having met a neurologist socially, his parents decided to contact them, desperate for a result. Within two days the neurologist had replied and called around to the Nugent family home. He was gravely concerned by Ross’ continually worsening pain and his weight loss and arranged to have him brought into Beaumont Hospital A&E for some tests. On January 6th, 2010, the Nugent family received the most awful news imaginable; Ross had been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, an extremely rare and vicious form of cancer. Ross underwent all sorts of therapy, including chemotherapy, to try and combat this illness. He remained positive and dignified throughout and vowed to raise money to buy equipment for St Claire’s Oncology Ward in Beaumont, where he was being treated, once he got better.

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Sadly for Ross and the Nugent family, that day never came. On May 15th, 2010, at 6.55am, Ross passed away with his family by his side. Sandra, Don and Emma’s grief was immeasurable, but from their grief came hope – hope that Ross’ wish to raise money for a new blood pressure monitor for St Claire’s would be realised. Since The Ross Nugent Foundation was established, Ross’ friends, family and all supporters of the Foundation have far exceeded this wish. A blood pressure monitor costs around €3,500 and, to date, the Foundation has raised in excess of €40,000 in supporting Ross’ noble aim. The equipment has even been designed in some cases by Ross’ favourite designer, Ed Hardy, in keeping with a promise made to him by his mother Sandra.


Many of Ross’ friends were students in DIT and on May 3rd, 2010, they decided to take action and bring Ross’ story and the good work of the Foundation to the attention of the students of DIT. At a special meeting of the DITSU Governing Council to select a RAG Week charity for 2011/12, a presentation was made on behalf of the Foundation, imploring DIT Students’ Union to choose it as their charity for the forthcoming academic year. Their story touched the hearts of the representatives present at that meeting and The Ross Nugent Foundation was selected ahead of seven other charities with an overwhelming majority. Since then, we here at DITSU have held a number of meetings with The Ross Nugent Foundation and what struck me in particular is their tremendous energy and their capacity to create something hugely positive from such overwhelming grief. Sandra, Don, Emma and all of the Foundation have offered us every help and support possible and we want to repay their faith in us by doing all we can to fundraise for The Ross Nugent Foundation throughout 2011/12. This year, we will be organising a number of fundraising activities to help you raise money for the Foundation. These include bucket collections in both first and second semester in the city centre as well as Ross’ hometown of Malahide, as well as bungee jumps, sponsored dives, fundraising at our events as well as a special “Rock for Ross” night. The key part of fundraising, however, will be you guys and girls and your mad, crazy fundraising ideas. We need you to come to us with your ideas for fundraising and what you want to do to raise money! In the past we’ve had people shave their heads, wax their chests, run marathons, eat disgusting stuff in Iron Stomachs, push beds, busk and loads more besides! If you’ve got an idea, be it sedate or mental, call down to your local Students’ Union office and grab a sponsorship form – it’s that simple!

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Your Union: Your Site

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Hello to all you Bolton heads, Sadly we don’t have a Class Rep Convenor in DIT Bolton St yet. This is kind of a big deal. Bolton St is one of the biggest sites and really needs a local elected officer. The Class Rep Convenor is a part time paid officer and plays a number of vital roles. They ensure that every class has an elected Class Rep by working with David Keogan, so that your issues can be dealt with as quickly as possible. They also ensure that there are local events organised by working with Eric Fitzgerald to keep you entertained. They also give you a voice at the highest levels in DIT, through communicating your issues to myself.

Bolton St could really suffer without a Class Rep Convenor. You can change all this though. This is your call of duty. Get up off that couch, pull up your socks, and call down to the SU office to find out why your Union needs you.

Do it!, Ciaran

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STREET

SU OFFICE

BOLTON STREET SU OFFICE: For assistance with searching for the right place to live, getting advice on academic matters or simply looking to get involved with SU activities, we are here to help. We can offer you advice and support with all manner of student issues throughout the year too. So drop us a line, we look forward to hearing from you. Contacts: TBC - Class REP Convenor (01) 402 3621 convenor.bst@ditsu.ie Orla - Student Support Advsor (01) 402 3621 advisor.bst@ditsu.ie

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Hold onto your hard-earned: Kevin Street:

Aungier Street:

Term-Time opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 8.30am - 7pm, 8.30am - 5pm Fri

Term-Time opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 8.30am - 6pm, 8.30am - 5pm Fri

This shop stocks: ECTI books and electrician tools, Lab coats, safety glasses & spatulas for lab.

This shop can cater for the Student Travelcard and is also a Ticketmaster outlet.

Reduced priced papers, Foo go & Weight watchers sandwiches & Insomnia coffee

Reduced priced papers, Foo go & Weight watchers sandwiches & Insomnia coffee

Bolton Street:

Cathal Brugha Street:

Term-Time opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 8.30am - 6pm, 8.30am - 4pm Fri

Term-Time opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 8.30am - 4.30pm, 8.30am - 3pm Fri

Competitively priced, freshly made Deli sandwiches. This shop is also a Ticketmaster outlet.

This shop stocks: Chefs uniforms & accounting books

Reduced priced papers & Insomnia coffee

Reduced priced papers, Foo go & Weight watchers sandwiches & Insomnia coffee

Mountjoy Square: Term-Time opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 8.30am - 5pm, 8.30am - 3pm Fri Reduced priced papers, Foo go & Weight watchers sandwiches

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Your Union: Your Accommodation

S ' N A G O KE E TO GUIDNG IN LIVI LIN DUB ssies, Well Lads and La ere from thee to David Keogannhw h my guid Student Uniolin. Aits a native of living in Dub ide myself, I know the countrys between living in the difference at home. the city and living ake the tranSo, to help youn m living at homefor sition betwee to a new plauce and moving into gether a g idse college, I put w tr icks and tip that has a fedetails if you have and contactquestions. You’ll find any further il address on the a useful emae page if you want bottom of th ething urgently. to know som nd ith more guides a Chat soon wg advice... Keo an.

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Your Union: Your Accommodation

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The Most Popular Areas:

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Southside (All the even numbers) For Rathmines, Kevin St. and Aungier St. 2 Dublin 2 If you manage to get an affordable rent here you are lucky, and we are jealous! Lucky students have found bargains on Leeson St., Camden St. and Aungier St. DUBLIN

6 Dublin 6 Rathmines is practically a student suburb, with great student pubs and nights. A favourite for all Southside students the regular bus links also make it an option for Northsiders. Shops, launderettes, banks, clubs, cafés, restaurants and takeaways are all nearby. DUBLIN

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8 Dublin 8 The South Circular road is very long and a bit further away so your money goes that little bit extra. Portabello is small enough but still a great location. DUBLIN

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Northside (All the odd numbers) For Bolton St., Mountjoy Sq., Cathal Brugha St. 1 Dublin 1 All Northside colleges are in Dublin 1. Look out for apartments in Capel St (and its side streets), Abbey St., Parnell St. and Mountjoy Sq. All of these areas are maximum 10 minutes walking distance to the centre of town, expect to pay a slightly higher rent for the privilege! DUBLIN

3 Dublin 3 Although close to Northside colleges this area has never really taken off as a student area. This is partly because it is mainly residential, with more family homes than student accommodation. DUBLIN

7 Dublin 7 The Cabra Road, Old Navan Road and Phibsboro are extremely popular with students. All colleges are only a walk, or a cycle, away. Smithfield, often dubbed ‘the new Temple Bar’, is also closeby. DUBLIN

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9 Dublin 9 Drumcondra is popular with students of all Northside colleges. Most stick to Dorset St. and Drumcondra Lower and side streets off these. Large houses with gardens can usually be found here. DUBLIN

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Your Union: Your Accommodation

S P I T , S T HIN Qs &FA

What amenities should I be looking for?

What is the AVERAGE rent? Rent of box rooms in a house/apartment range from €250 a month and we’ve come across studio/one bed apartments going for approx €500 a month. Depending on your budget, requirements and location,  prices vary and you should carefully consider standard of accommodation and commuting times.   Ask if bills are included or charged per month or per week.

Laundry if no washing machine, supermarket, bus or luas stop, doctor, dentist, Dublin bus ticket retailer. If commuting home at the weekends bear in mind how far your place is from the national commuting areas and stations.

Can a landlord come and go as theY please? No, they need to get your permission.T he landlord should treat your rented accommodation as your home, or unless they have made priory arrangements with you. Generally a landlord must give 24 hours notice before entering a premises.

WHAT ABOUT THEFT AND INSURANCE DETAILS?

Whats the story with BILLS? The advantage of some student Purpose Built accommodation ,is that bills can be included in the price, but if you’re renting or sharing privately your bills will include heating,oil or gas, electricity, waste, tv license, broadband etc. Some of these bills may be optional but remember you are required by law to have a Tv licence.

It is very unlikely that the landlord has insurance for tenants personal items in a rented places. You are responsible to insure your personal valuables and tenancy insurance is available. You can ask a landlord before you move in, what is covered under the property insurance but it is unlikely that any of your gear would be though.

IF I SIGN A 12 MONTH LEASE CAN I JUST LEAVE AFTER 9? No! If you sign a 12 month lease, you are legally liable for 12 months. Ignorance is no protection from the law! See www.threshold.ie for more advice and information on your Tenancy rights.

I want to share but dont know anyonE... Try Facebook, Boards, Gumtree, Dafts Sharing and Roommates sections, or word of mouth. Ask your friends and family, or your classmates and email accommodation@ditsu.ie

Here to Help For assistance with searching for the right place to live, getting advice on adjusting to the big city or simply finding your way around town, we are here to help. We can offer you advice and support with your tenancy rights throughout the year too. So drop us a line, we look forward to hearing from you. Contacts: David - Students’ Union Vice President (086) 603 1075 - vpacademic@ditsu.ie Sarah - Student Support Advisor (01) 402 4370 - advisor.cbst@ditsu.ie

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Fit

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Are you ready to go? Facilities Include: ‘State of the Art’ fitness areas with world class techno – gym equipment available at DIT Kevin St and DIT Bolton St College Campuses. 18m four-lane swimming pool at DIT Kevin St. Multi-activity sports hall at DIT Kevin St. Our on site sports facilities at the Fit2Go club in DIT Kevin St College will be revamped in November 2011 to include a new exercise studio and strength and conditioning area. Membership: New membership packages are now on offer, you can join on line at www.ditsports.ie or you can pay as you go by purchasing a €10 visit card (€2 x 5 visits) at any of the DIT Student’s Union Campus Shops.

Timetable Fit2Go Classes Mon 12:45 - 13:30 Urban Rebounding 13:00 - 14:00 Yoga 17:45 -18:30 Boot Camp 17:45 - 18:30 Spin 18:30 - 20:00 Dance (Hip, Hop) Tues 12:15 - 13:00 Body Sculpt 17:30 - 18:15 Urban Rebounding 18:15 - 19:00 Boxercise 17:30 - 18:15 Boot Camp 18:15 - 19:00 Spin 19:00 - 20:00 Zumba Wed 12:45 - 13:30 Shape-Up Circuits 13:00 - 14:00 Yoga 17:45 - 18:30 Body Sculpt 17:45 - 18:30 Spin 18:30 - 20:00 Break Dance 18:30 - 20:00 Dance (Hip, Hop)

Fit2Go Club - DIT Kevin St, Sports hall DIT Bolton St College, Room 293 Fit2Go Club - DIT Kevin St, Sports hall Larkin College. Studio Larkin College. Studio Fit2Go Club - DIT Kevin St, Sports hall Fi t2Go Club - DIT Kevin St, Sports hall Fit2Go Club - DIT Kevin St, Sports hall Larkin College. Studio Larkin College. Studio Larkin College. Studio Fit2Go Club - DIT Kevin St, Sports hall DIT Bolton St College, Room 293 Fit2Go Club - DIT Kevin St, Sports hall Larkin College. Studio Fit2Go Club - DIT Kevin St, Sports hall Larkin College. Studio

Timetable Fit2Go Classes Thurs 12:15 - 13:00 Lunch-time Bounce 17:30 - 18:15 Boxercise 18:15 - 19:00 Spin 18:15 - 19:00 Urban Rebounding 19:00 - 19:15 Ab Attack 19:15 - 20:00 Fitball Fri 12:45 - 13:30 Boot Camp 13:00 - 14:00 Yoga

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For more information about these classes or Fit2Go, please visit www.ditsports.ie email Fit2Go@dit.ie or call us on: 01 402 4715 Fit2Go Club, DIT Kevin St 01 402 4009 Fit2Go Club, DIT Bolton St

DIT GAA Fresher Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Football Start up Times: Week 1 (Sept) Tues 20th Wed 21st Thurs 22nd Week 2 (Sept) Mon 26th

Week 3 (Oct)

18:00-19:00 18:00-19:00 17:00-18:00 18:00-19:00 18:30-19:30 Wed 28th 18:30-19:30 13:30-14:45 Thurs 29th 14:00-16:00 Mon 3rd 18:00-19:00 18:00-19:30 Tues 4th 14:00-15:00

Fresher Hurling Trials - Grangegorman Fresher Hurling Trials - Grangegorman Fresher Football Trials - Grangegorman Fresher Football Trials - Ballymun Fresher Hurling Tournament - Ballymun Fresher Hurling Training - Ballymun Gaa Pitch Ladies Fresher Football Nth v Sth - Grangegorman DIT Fresher Football 7’s Tournament - Grangegorman Fresher A Football v AIT - Kinnegad Fresher Camogie Train - Larkin College(TBC) Fresh Hurling Div 1 v St. Pats - Drumcondra

Contacts: Fresher A, B and C Football Alan O Mara 086-334 4338 Fresher A and B Hurling Adrian Cummins 086-826 3311 Fresher Ladies Football James Costello 086-346 5433 Fresher Camogie Stephen Hoary 085-735 0777

Things coming up in Semester One – www.ditsports.ie for all updates!: Clubs & Socs Festival Come along and make new DIT friends on any of the dates and meet the Clubs, find out about trips, training times, competitions and the craic: DIT Aungier St Monday 26th September 12:00 – 14:30 DIT Kevin St Tuesday 27th September 12:00 – 14:30 DIT Cathal Brugha St Wednesday 28th September 12:00 – 14:30 DIT Bolton St Thursday 29th September 12:00 – 14:30 DIT Fun Sports Day Thursday 29th Sept from 15:00 to 17:00, join us for a bit of fun, we’ll have Camogie, Ladies Football, Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer, Tag Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Novelty Sports and lots more. Check out www.ditsports.ie for times of buses and more.

Intra Mural Fun Leagues, every Tuesday 19:00-20:30 in Belvedere College Sports Hall, activity changes every month. DIT Boxing Club Invitational Show in DIT Gleeson Theatre on Thursday Oct 27th – Come along and support your fellow DIT Students – visit www.ditsports.ie for more information. Take the DIT Activity Challenge – Try out 6 activities in a month and claim a T-shirt. DIT Sports Scholarships Awards DIT GAA Dogs Night Fundraiser 29 It’s a knock out Badminton Blitz night 5 a side Mens Soccer Leagues – Monday nights Tag Rugby – Indoor at Larkin College every Tuesday night.


Your Union: Your Site

DIT STUDEN

CATHAL BR Your Class REP Convenor Anthony is your main point of contact for any local site related issues. You can contact him down in the SU office or by mailing: convenor.cbst@ditsu.ie

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Hi all! Welcome and welcome back! Hope to find you all well and excited for a new year. My name is Anthony and I am your Convenor here in Cathal Brugha street this year. I am part of the student union and we are here to help you and help solve any issues that you might have. We have a fun side to and throughout the year there will be onsite entertainment and campus wide craic with the like of rag week and shag week! But Firstly is Freshers week! Woo! You may as well get excited now because it is some of the best fun that you will have! It was for me anyway and there are people I met in my freshers week that have turned out to be some of my best friends!

So I hope that you are all excited now and ready for the coming academic year! And year of awesomeness! If you have any problems or just want to say hello then pop down to us in the common area in Cathal Brugha Street! Once again welcome and hope to be seeing you all soon! Until then Good Luck

See you around, Anthony

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NTS' UNION

RUGHA ST.

SU OFFICE

CATHAL BRUGHA ST. SU OFFICE: For assistance with searching for the right place to live, getting advice on academic matters or simply looking to get involved with SU activities, we are here to help. We can offer you advice and support with all manner of student issues throughout the year too. So drop us a line, we look forward to hearing from you. Contacts: Anthony - Class REP Convenor (01) 402 4370 convenor.cbst@ditsu.ie Sarah - Student Support Advsor (01) 402 4370 advisor.cbst@ditsu.ie

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Sarah and Class REP Convenor Anthony!


Your Union: Your New Start

KEOGAN'S GUIDE TO MAKING THE BIG MOVE

Making the big move from second level to College and embracing the student experience can be a roller coaster experience but support is available. For many, the challenge of moving away from home for the first time can take its toll, and have an effect on their family, friends and relationships. So remember, you are not alone if you feel a little lost, homesick or stressed. It happens to us all sometimes. The great thing about DIT is that there are a range of services, most of them FREE, for you to avail of if you are a full time student. SO check out our super useful list across the page and USE THEM... DIT Students’ Union offers a Support and Advice service to assist you with issues, both in and outside the classroom. We have staff members who will advise you on everything from class issues, exam queries, quality assurance and questions you may have about facilities, library etc.   Our Welfare department offers you support and referral to services in and outside of DIT.  We offer representation on Employment rights, Visa, various legal issues and accommodation matters etc..  If you are not sure where to go or who to ask, call into your local SU office or contact us online.  

It’s important to get involved in all aspects of college life, so get to know new people and volunteer, or become a Class Rep or Governing Councillor. DITSU events and activities will be running throughout the year so be sure to find out what’s happening on your site or at night around the town. Contact your local Students’ Union office if you are looking for welfare or DIT academic advice, want to volunteer or if you simply have a question or need directions, advice, a stapler or just a friendly ear. Our Doors are open 9-5pm (no closing for lunch) Monday to Friday for you. Call into your local Student Support Advisor in the SU office on your site or the DITSU ASA team by email or phone: SU Contacts: Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs: David Keogan

vpacademic@ditsu.ie / 086 603 1075 Director of Academic Affairs: Mary Scally

academicaffairs@ditsu.ie / 086 815 1471 Student Affairs Manager: Aimee O’Callaghan

studentaffairs@ditsu.ie / 086 815 1468

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DIT Students’ Union

We have offices on all the sites listed below. Drop on in or e-mail us with any questions or queries you may have. If we don’t have an answer for you, we will put in touch with someone who does. Contact: www.ditsu.ie Aungier St: (01) 402 3110 - advisor.ast@ditsu.ie Bolton St: (01) 402 3621 - advisor.bst@ditsu.ie Cathal Brugha St: (01) 402 4370 advisor.cbst@ditsu.ie Kevin St: (01) 402 2813 - advisor.kst@ditsu.ie Mountjoy Sq.: (01) 402 4111 advisor.msq@ditsu.ie

DIT Student Services

http://www.dit.ie/campuslife/studentsupport Student Sports, Recreation and Support Services Fund: * Student Assistance Funding * Personal Accident Insurance Scheme * Accommodation Service Contact: Mail student.services@dit.ie Tel: +353-1-402 3394 Fax: +353-1-402 3449

DIT Health Centres

Student Health Service, DIT Aungier St. Serving the South City DIT colleges; Aungier St, Kevin Street, Rathmines, Temple Bar, Conservatory of Music. Situated: Room 205, Second floor of Aungier St. College Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9.30am-12.30pm 2.15pm4.30pm Contact: 01 402 3051 Student Health Centre Bolton Street. Serving the north City DIT colleges: Bolton Street, Mountjoy Square, Cathal Brugha St, Linenhall. Situated: Linenhall Lodge, across from main entrance to Bolton St. College. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-12.30 1.30-4pm Contact: 01 402 3614

DIT Disability Service

http://www.dit.ie/campuslife/disability/ Contact: If you have any queries please contact the office at 01 402 7681 or email suzanne.duhan@dit.ie

DIT Student Counselling Service

Once you have contacted our secretary, she will allocate the next available counsellor to you. Contact: Ring our secretary Gabby Lynch on (01) 402 3352, text to 086 0820543 or email gabby.lynch@dit.ie

DIT Student Counselling Service

Once you have contacted our secretary, she will allocate the next available counsellor to you. Contact: Ring our secretary Gabby Lynch on (01) 402 3352, text to 086 0820543 or email gabby.lynch@dit.ie

DIT Mature Student Office

Contact: Bob O Mhurcu Mature Student Support Officer 163-167 Lower Rathmines Road (01) 402 7658 - ms.info@dit.ie

DIT Student Retention Office Contact: 163 Lower Rathmines Road Call 01 4027661

DIT Careers Service

Contact: DIT Careers Service Southside Room 2038, DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2. (01) 402 3082 - Careers@dit.ie Contact: DIT Careers Service Northside 69-73 Capel Street, Dublin 1. (01) 402 2961 - Careers@dit.ie *Open 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, Mon. to Fri.

DIT Chaplaincy Service

See http://chaplaincy.dit.ie Contact: Co-coordinator Chaplaincy Service Aungier St Room G003(C002) - 402 3050 143-149 Rathmines Rd. - 402 3307 Call 087-6417309 or mail Mary at Mary.Flanagan@dit.ie

Clubs & Societies and DIT Sports

Societies are run by students for Students. Supported by DIT and Students’ Union through advice, administration & finance.: Contact: Anita Conway- Societies Organiser anita.conway@dit.ie or 01 402 7123 No matter what your sporting aspirations, DIT Sports is committed to helping you achieve. Contact: DIT Sports & Recreation Office ditsports@dit.ie or 01 402 3042

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Your Union: Your Site

DIT STUDEN

KEVIN Your Class REP Convenor David is your main point of contact for any local site related issues. You can contact him down in the SU office or by mailing: convenor.kst@ditsu.ie

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Welcome to Kevin Street! Hi, I’m David Rice a 23 year old electrical and control engineering student (DT009). This is my first year as class rep convenor. I’m looking forward to working with all the students in Kevin St. You are one of a lucky few to be a part of Kevin St. other campuses label us as “nerds” or “geeks” but hey when did that become a bad thing, every one is a closet nerd at heart. This may also have something to do with the ratio of boys to girls, coming in at a startling 3:1 so there is room for improvement. Our building arrangement can be a bit strange so here it is explained the old building is grey the annex is red brick and for the electricians its church lane.

On the plus side there are tons of places to eat close by on Camden St. or you can hit the canteen on site for some food. There are a million things to do nearby after all the city is your campus. I’ll see you guys soon, if you have any problems or questions I’m always at hand to help so feel free to come talk to me.

See you 'round, David

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STREET

SU OFFICE KEVIN ST. SU OFFICE:

For assistance with searching for the right place to live, getting advice on academic matters or simply looking to get involved with SU activities, we are here to help. We can offer you advice and support with all manner of student issues throughout the year too. So drop us a line, we look forward to hearing from you. Contacts: David - Class REP Convenor (01) 402 2813 convenor.kst@ditsu.ie Eve - Student Support Advsor (01) 402 2813 advisor.kst@ditsu.ie

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and Class REP Convenor David!


FEATURE

Volunteering

2011 is the European Year of Volunteering so there has never been a better t ime to share your sk ills and develop new ones while giving some t ime to other people, projects and worthy causes. We in the Students Union have always promoted Volunteering and since 2005 when the CSR programme was begun (in response to the Tsunami in Indonesia)Â we have been sponsoring DIT students who volunteer to work for charities during their Summer holidays.

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Each Summer since then, DIT students have been all over the world, giving their time to good causes and we have been very happy to support them.

CSR- What you need to know: All registered DIT students are eligible to apply for funding under this programme (Student ID will be required). The charity must be registered or be a UN registered Non Government Organisation (NGO). The applicant is required to provide DITSU with written verification of the status of their chosen charity and the nature of their work and the project being undertaken. This must also include an outline of the costs involved. There are other criteria to be filled. Drop into your local SU Office to find out more. Closing date: March 16th 2012.


Opportunities on your doorstep: There are loads of options right here in DIT for you to do something special - from raising money for the RAG charity, helping a local homework or kids sports club, helping out the Chaplains or St Vincent de Paul Society or going abroad in Summer to work as a volunteer. DIT Student Action is the volunteering hub for students and staff of DIT. Volunteer with children, the elderly, abroad, with students or just fundraise . the DIT Societies Office, DIT Community Links, the DIT Sports Office, DIT Campus Life, the DIT Chaplaincy Service, Bike to Belarus, SVP and DITSU are all part of this. Activelink Community Links website. Lots of volunteering opportunities on this website from a few hours as a study buddy to voluntary service overseas. It is updated weekly so lots ot choose to from in your area. WaWa Supporting Women’s Aid. 39 Aungier St, D2. If you have 3-4 hours to spare  to volunteer, call to the wawa shop

Explore the world: make a difference! EIL Intercultural Learning is an Irish not for profit organisation supporting local projects across the world. Our Volunteer Abroad programme involves living, working and making a difference in a local community while learning about a new culture and gaining a new perspective on global and development issues.

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Camara Education is a Dublin based NGO who provide recycled computer hardware and training to schools in East Africa. We are currently recruiting Volunteers for four and five week assignments in East Africa, departing early or late July. For full details, contact Frank on (01) 652 2668 or frank@camara.ie The Community Links Programme works in a number of locations in Inner City Dublin as well as other parts of Ireland. It also has a project in the Chernobyl affected areas of southern Belarus. The Volunteer Projects (TVP) is an operational arm of the registered Irish charity Coir Projects (CHY19211). We work in a number of charitable areas including Volunteerism, Development Education & International DevelopmentVolunteers looking for overseas opportunities should visit our Tanzania and Cambodia pages.

In today’s economic climate graduate recruiters are increasingly looking for more out of their applicants than just a degree. Not only do they want to see a wider range of experience, but they also want to see evidence of how it’s gained. Volunteering is the ideal way to gain those skills and to gather evidence along the way. At DIT we actively encourage students to give a little back. So volunteer, get involved and be a graduate with a difference. 37


Your Union: Your Site

DIT STUDEN

MOUNT Your Class REP Convenor Gill is your main point of contact for any local site related issues. You can contact her down in the SU office or by mailing: convenor.msq@ditsu.ie

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Hey all you lovely Mountjoy Square lads and lassies! A big welcome to all you fresher’s! Hope you lot are ready for the year ahead, and of course to all you who are coming back after your summer hol’s, hope you had a good one, filled with lots of mischief, and are ready to come back for another year of college banter! For those of you who are new to DIT or just new to the students union, I’m Gill and I’m the convenor for Mountjoy Square this year. If you have any questions about college life, want a chat, want free condoms or information about anything, don’t hesitate to call down to the SU office, email or phone us. Myself and our new Information Assistant are always here for you!

So my one piece of advice for you this year is to GET INVOLVED! Become a class rep, a governing councillor, a part time officer, no experience required! Just be willing to meet loads of new people, have the craic and learn a thing or two! Just pop down to the office for info on how to get involved. I’ll leave it at that for now and I look forward to meeting ya’ll over the next few months!

Peace out MSQ, Gill

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TJOY SQ.

SU OFFICE MOUNTJOY SQ. SU OFFICE:

For assistance with searching for the right place to live, getting advice on academic matters or simply looking to get involved with SU activities, we are here to help. We can offer you advice and support with all manner of student issues throughout the year too. So drop us a line, we look forward to hearing from you. Contacts: Gill - Class REP Convenor (01) 402 4111 convenor.msq@ditsu.ie TBC - Information Assistant (01) 402 4111 advisor.msq@ditsu.ie

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Class REP Convenor Gill!


FEATURE

The Mature View

Maoliosa Mc Laughlin

Not everyone who starts in dit is in their late teens and just back from the leaving cert holiday in Ibiza. Here, Maoliosa shares her experience of start ing in dit as a mature student. For me deciding to go back to college wasn’t the easiest of decisions. I had toyed with the idea for years but the thought of actually giving up a well paying I.T. job that I didn’t particularly like for a no paying student position made me physically shudder. The thought of having to start a career all over again and go back to the classroom petrified me, not to mention giving up the monthly pay packet. Yet as luck would have it, that decision was no longer in my hands. After 10 years I lost my job. After the initial devastation and trying tirelessly to find another job I began to rethink my future. After much deliberation I decided to go back to college. Drama had always been a passion of mine and being somewhat of a drama queen I thought why not try make a career of it. After a long and painful process I was offered a place in DIT. The first day starting college was one of the most nerve racking, exciting and well I’m not going to lie, down right terrifying moments of my life. I had no clue what to expect and the zone that usually housed my comfort had blatantly gone and emigrated on me. I had never felt old in my life and for good reason. I’m not old. Thirty in years but thirteen in maturity. But that first day, surrounded by eighteen year olds I couldn’t help but feel slightly out of place. There was also the time-table to contend with and the aimlessly wandering the corridors trying to find classrooms. It was a major shock to the system to say the least.

" Ifelthadoldnever in my life and for good reason: I am not old.

I’m not going to lie and paint this idyllic picture of college life because well it just isn’t like that especially in the beginning. It’s tough, it’s hard work and it’s a big adjustment but it’s worth every minute of it. You will go through the many fazes that I think every student goes through at one point or another. You’ll love it, you’ll hate it, you’ll want to quit, you’ll want to scream, you’ll want more sleep but most of all you’ll be proud of your achievements. Everything worth having is worth working for. The good thing about DIT is the many support services they have. If you have any issues there are support services there for it. Financial, Emotion, Social, Religious, you name it they support you. As well as the hard work, you should also prepare yourself for the hard play. With college life comes the compulsory social life. Not only do I recommend you get involved with this part of college life, I compel you to. It’s the only way to let your hair down and to bond with your class mates. Throughout the year there is never any shortage of social events so get involved or join one of the many clubs or societies of DIT.

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My advice to any first year is to be positive, to take each day as it comes and most importantly to enjoy every minute of it. So be prepared for a rollercoaster ride and one of the most rewarding journeys of your life.


DIT Student Counselling Service

Study Skill Classes

Your key to academic success!

Making A Good Presentation:

To help you achieve your academic best, we are running a series of study skills classes throughout Semester 1, covering a variety of topics. These classes, which run for about 45 minutes at lunchtimes, are free and open to any student.

Tuesday 01st November, 1pm: Cathal Brugha St, Kathleen O'Sullivan Theatre

There’s no need to make an appointment, just drop in!

Thursday 03rd November, 1pm: Aungier St, Black Box Theatre

Assignment Preparation & Plagiarism Awareness:

Working In Groups:

Tuesday 27th September, 1pm: Cathal Brugha St, Kathleen O'Sullivan Theatre

Tuesday 15th November, 1pm: Cathal Brugha St, Kathleen O'Sullivan Theatre

Thursday 29th September, 1pm: Aungier St, Black Box Theatre

Thursday 17th November, 1pm: Aungier St, Black Box Theatre

Time Management:

Exam Preperation & Techniques:

Tuesday 11th October, 1pm: Cathal Brugha St, Kathleen O'Sullivan Theatre

Tuesday 29th November, 1pm: Cathal Brugha St, Kathleen O'Sullivan Theatre

Thursday 13th October, 1pm: Aungier St, Black Box Theatre

Thursday 01st December, 1pm: Aungier St, Black Box Theatre

For support/assistance, contact Student Counselling Service By phoning 402 3352/ 0860820543. www.dit.ie/DIT/counselling/index.html

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Your Union: Your Site

DIT STUDEN Hey all you lovely Mountjoy Square lads and lassies! Before I begin my introductions I would like to congratulate you for choosing DIT Rathmines. We may be a small campus but it is common knowledge that Rathmines houses the finest looking students in all of Dublin. Get in. My name is Ciara Smyth, I’m a second year Drama student and I’m your Class Rep Convenor for the year. What the balls does that mean? It means I’ll be skulking around Rathmines and Francis Street ensuring class reps are elected and that you’re enjoying college life as much as physically possible. I’ll also be chairing the class rep meetings and informing you of all the DIT Student Union goings on. In Rathmines it’s a fairly safe to assume that you are either studying Music or Drama. Which means that not only did you have to get the points but you also more than likely had to audition for a place in the college. Another congratulations in order. The first few weeks will be a bit mental but there will be plenty of chances to get to know your classmates and indeed the rest of DIT. Freshers’ week is set to be intense so my advice is to get your class together and head out to any one, or all, of the events. Between the paint party, the foam party and the Freshers Ball you’ll be well acquainted with everyone in no time! As far as the Student Union goes there will be loads of chances to get involved. You could run for class rep, volunteer for the ‘Ents Crew or just give us a hand by putting up posters. No matter how you get involved, I promise you’ll have a laugh and won’t regret it.

RAT Your Class REP Convenor Ciara is your main point of contact for any local site related issues. You can contact her by mailing: convenor.rath@ditsu.ie

As far of cuisine is concerned, Rathmines has arguably the best location of all the DIT campus’. Case and point, we are a 43 second brisk walk away from McDonalds. We also have burritos, pizza, chinese, chips, burgers and I’m fairly certain you can buy an apple somewhere. There is an abundance of bars and coffee shops to choose from and if you’re feeling wild there’s a gym next door and a cinema across the road. And we’re a ten minute walk away from town. Before I get carried away talking about food and junk, a little word about the course work. Performance based courses are tough going and we spend a huge amount of time in college. Stay on top of your work, go to class and if you need a hand don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have a problem you can come to me or talk to our brilliant and attractive Student Support Advisor, Sharon. If you have any questions or need to give out about something or even if you just want a chat I’m always around so please don’t hesitate to come over to me. Chances are you’ll probably hear me before you see me anyway!

See you soon guys, Ciara

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THMINES SU OFFICE RATHMINES SU OFFICE:

The SU Office in Aungier St. serves as the SU Office for Rathmines students. Feel free to call down or contact us anytime. For assistance with searching for the right place to live, getting advice on academic matters or simply looking to get involved with SU activities, we are here to help. We can offer you advice and support with all manner of student issues throughout the year too. So drop us a line, we look forward to hearing from you. Contacts: Ciara - Class REP Convenor (01) 402 3110 convenor.rath@ditsu.ie Sharon - Student Support Advsor (01) 402 3110 advisor.ast@ditsu.ie

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FEATURE

Food For Thought

Dermott Jewell

In the f irst of a regular series, our very own intrepid explorer Claire healey shares with us some advice and t ips on travelling on a budget. Welcome to you first year students, and welcome back to the rest of you, and best of luck with the coming year. This article is dedicated to you! It’s about how to eat healthily during the year in a way that’s easy to do and easy on the bank balance as well. The main way to ensure you stay healthy is to get some exercise and to eat healthily. This doesn’t mean you have to go completely without having a bar of chocolate or run a marathon twice a week. For many of you it will mean simply making some slight changes or introductions to your normal eating habits. The easiest way to eat healthily is to follow the old-faithful ‘food-pyramid’. The ‘food-pyramid’ works on the basis that the foods at the bottom are the foods you should eat most of. i.e. Bread, pasta, rice & potatoes, followed by the 5-a-day of fruit and vegetables. You should eat about 3 portions of meat, fish and dairy products a day followed by the sugary, fatty foods being eaten ‘sparingly’ (a couple of bars of chocolate a week won’t do you any harm). The pyramid is designed for the normal human body, so that following it will make the body run properly. To get started with some healthy and affordable eating I’ve given an example of a recipe that follows the guidelines of the food-pyramid. The dish is easy to make and affordable, costing less than a take-away or a trip to McDonalds. You’ve nothing to lose by trying it and you might even like it. Depending on the time of year you can have a side salad or vegetables with it. Enjoy and happy cooking!!

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SPOTLIGHT Student Food #1

Bia Mall Society

Bia Mall is a new society based in Cathal Brugha Street that will focus on the aims and objectives of the worldwide organisation; ‘Slow Food Movement’ (slowfoodireland.com). Slow Food Movement believes that food is good, clean and fair. They believe that the food we eat should taste good, it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health.

Fish Pie Recipe: Ingredients: 1 fillet of your favourite fish, 2 large potatoes, 1 cup of milk, 1 spring onion, Cheese, Salt and pepper,

The society has been set up by a dedicated committee of students all of whom are in different culinary courses in CBST. Our leader Barry Bryan has faithfully and strategically led the way for the society and is the ‘fuel to the fire that is; Bia Mall DIT’.

Method Break the fish into little pieces and put it in a pot with a cup of near boiling milk, salt & pepper, for 5 minutes.

At the moment the artisan food scene in Ireland is thriving with new producers appearing all over the country including anything from jams & chutneys to Irish Cheese production. We want to create awareness of these producers and their products as well as the establishments in Ireland which promote these artisan producers by using the goods in their restaurants.

Peel, boil and mash the two potatoes and add the spring onion (chopped into tiny pieces).

At the beginning of the year there will be some shameless advertising of the events we have organised for the year including;

Take the fish from the pot with half the milk and put it in a pie dish. Place your mashed potatoes on top and sprinkle with some grated cheese. Pop it under the grill for1 minute until the cheese has melted.

Talks from the likes of Darina Allen, Trevor Sargent and Professor Patrick Wall on the ideals of the Slow Food Movement,

Trips to the production sites of some of Irelands leading artisan food producers such as Glebe Brehan (producer of raw milk goats’ cheese).

Artisan Food Fair – featuring samples from real artisan food producers and an introduction from Ella McSweeney.

Most of these will be held in The Brugha; we will be in all the DIT. campuses, both north and south of the Liffey over the year. We’ll even be doing a cook off in the middle of O’Connell Street in November. Bia Mall is not exclusive to CBST so if you are a specialist in car mechanics from Bolton Street or the next marketing wiz from Aungier Street, get involved and take an interest. Keep an eye out for us and if you are interested in food, wine and having a good time then become a member of the society and take full advantage of the fantastic and insightful events we have45 running throughout the year.


FEATURE

No Frontiers

Claire Healey

In the f irst of a regular series, our very own intrepid explorer Claire healey shares with us some advice and t ips on travelling on a budget. Well, you have got together with a few of your mates/partner over a couple of pints, and decided that you would like to go on a bit of a holiday to check out the scenery, culture, history, nightlife, weather, women/men in a new city - but you have no idea where to go, how much you will spend or what you will see!! Well here are some handy tips to take into consideration when planning that all important budget holiday or weekend break.

STEP ONE: Decide where you would like to go... Identifying what you would like to do on your holiday, is certainly the first thing you need to think about. Is it a lads football weekend? Are you a history and culture buff? Do you want to sit by a beach drinking cocktails whilst working on that all important tan? Luckily with Ryanair and Aer Lingus travelling from Dublin Airport to Europe is really easy, and can be awfully cheap. Getting a flight to an exotic destination for the same price as a return train ticket to Cork is always a cause for celebration. The Dublin Airport website www.dublinairport. com has a great little search tool, where you can check which airline serves the destination you have chosen, and if there are two airlines flying the same route, you will be able to pick up a bargain flight! Flying on a Thursday and Tuesday are often the cheapest days of the week to head out.

STEP TWO: Choosing where to stay... Hostelworld and Hostelbookers are your place to look for that quirky hostel you will call home for a few days. However, getting the cheapest deal might not be the best deal. Filter your results by “top rated”, and take note of how many reviews have been written – obviously the higher rated, with the highest number of reviewers is your best option. Take a look at how highly the location has been rated, you don’t want to be staying 10 miles out of the city centre, and have to catch a bus in, or a very expensive taxi home in the wee hours! Get hold of a Hostelworld gold card (often given out in various Fresher Packs), and save yourself the booking fee. 46


STEP THREE: Sightseeing... Rather than just sitting at the beach or pool nursing a rotten hangover, get out and see some of the city. Often Hostels are great at telling you the best places to go. Tours can be pricey, but you also get someone telling you what exactly you are looking at. If you do decide to go on a tour, shop around, there will be many tour operators providing the same trips. If there are a few of you, you can even try and haggle the price down a bit. Take your student card or Travelcard, as you will often get a student rate into various attractions (ask in your local SU Office if you do not have a Student Travelcard).

TOP TIPS: Visas – You can Travel to most countries in Europe without a visa on an Irish passport. Check out www. dfa.ie to see if you need a visa or visa waiver. Money – Getting out money from an ATM is the best way to access money within Europe. Most Irish banks offer a no fee withdrawal system in Europe, both within the Eurozone, and other currencies. Language - it is always appreciated by locals if you learn a few key phrases of their language. Please, thank you, hello and goodbye and the universal language of smiling are a must. Most tourist areas will have sufficient English speakers, but if in doubt, invest in a phrasebook, or download an app for your smartphone. Eating – Don’t hole yourself up in McDonalds, try some of the local food – it could spark a taste-bud revolution! Eating street food is often very cheap and convenient, and won’t put as much of a dent in your wallet as a restaurant.

In the next edition, we will be exploring various festivals and activities you can enjoy in Europe, and how to get to and enjoy them student style!

GET THE BEST DEAL FOR YOUR TRAVEL VACCINATIONS RIGHT HERE IN DIT: Free Consultation Low Cost Vaccines Call the Student Health Centre (Bolton St Clinic) on 402 3614 to arrange an appointment.

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GAA IN DIT: DIT Fresher Football, Camogie, Hurling & Ladies Football Start up Times TXT your name, Sport and Club to 087-2245508 and join today!

GAA Timetable: Tue 20 Sep 18:00 – 19:00 Fresher Hurling Trials - Grangegorman Wed 21 Sep 18:00 – 19:00 Fresher Hurling Trials - Grangegorman Thu 22 Sep 17:00 – 18:00 Fresher Football Trials - Grangegorman Mon 26 Sep Mon 26 Sep Wed 28 Sep Wed 28 Sep Thu 29 Sep

18:00 – 19:00 18:30 – 19:30 13:30 – 14:45 19:00 – 20:00 14:00 – 16:00

Fresher Football Trials - Ballymun Fresher Hurling Tournament - Ballymun Ladies Fresher Football Nth V Sth - Grangegorman Fresher Hurling Training - Ballymun DIT Fresher Football 7’s Tournament - Grangegorman

Mon 3 Oct Mon 3 Oct Tue 4 Oct

18:00 – 19:00 Fresher A Football V AIT - Kinnegad 18:30 – 19:30 Fresher Camogie Train - Larkin College(TBC)  14:00 – 15:00 Fresh Hurling Div 1 V St. Pats - Drumcondra

GAA Contacts: Fresher A, B & C Football Fresher A & B Hurling Fresher Ladies Football Fresher Camogie

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Hidden Talent? WE WANT TO SEE IT!

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WRITERS: Do you have a passion for writing? If so, we want to hear from you! Toast is a student magazine- we aren't looking for literary masterpieces! As long as you have an opinion and are eager to share it with your fellow students, then get in touch with us now!

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Do you have a passion for taking photos? If so, we want to hear from you! We are open to giving over sections to photos. In the past we have done so for Fashion and end of year exhibits. Just drop us a line and share your idea.

ILLUSTRATORS: Handy with a pencil and paper? Then you could be just what we are looking for! Be it a specific illustration to go with an article or an off-the-wall comic strip, we have the means to share your talent with the student world!

DITSU.IE - your on-line Student Hub Get 50 in touch! This is your magazine- we want you involved. Contact us now and you could be in the next issue!


DIT Clubs information and Timetable 2011-2012

Club Archery Athletics Badminton Basketball Boxing Breakdance Camogie Canoe Caving Cricket Cycling Dance (Hip Hop and Street) Dodgeball Equestrian Fit2Go Classes GAA (Mens) GAA (Ladies) Golf Handball Hockey Hurling Judo Karate Shotokan Mountaineering Rowing Rugby (Mens) Rugby (ladies) Sailing Snooker & Pool Snow Sports Soccer (Mens) Soccer (Ladies) Soccer (Futsal) Sub Aqua Surf Swimming Table Tennis Tae Kwon Do Tag Rugby Ultimate Frisbee (women’s Team) Waterpolo Volleyball Yoga

Day Time Mon 17:00 - 21:00 Tues 17:00 - 19:00 Tues 19:00 - 21:00 Mon 18:00 - 21:00 Tues 18:00 - 19:30 (M-Col) 19.30 - 21:00 (L) Wed 18:00 - 19:00 (Rec) 19:00 - 21:00 (M -Club) Thurs 18:00 - 19:30 (M-Col) 19:30 - 20:30 (M-Club) 20:30 - 22:00 (L) Mon 20:00 - 21:30 Thurs 19:00 - 21:00 Wed 18:30 - 20:00 Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Mon 18:00 - 19:30 Wed 17:30 - 19:00 Thurs 19:00 - 21:00 Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Mon 18:30 - 20:00 Wed 18:30 - 20:00 Tues 19:00 - 20:30 Visit www.ditsports.ie for details www.ditsports.ie/sport/fit2goclub/ for details Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Mon 19:00 - 22:00 Wed 19:00 - 22:00 Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Tues 19:00 - 20:30 Thurs 20.30 - 21:45 Mon 18:30 - 20:00 Thurs 17:00 - 18:15 Mon 19:00 - 21:00 Tues 19:00 - 21:00 Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Mon 18:30 Wed 19:00 Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Tues 18:00 - 21:00 Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Mon 19:00 - 21:30 Tues 18:00 - 19:00 Wed 18:00 - 19:00 Wed 19:30 - 21:30 Fri 19:00 - 21:00 Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Wed 17:00 - 20:00 Tues 20:30 - 21:45 Thur 19:00 - 20:30 Tues 19:30 - 21:00 Tues 17:30 - 20:00 Thurs 18:00 - 19:00 Mon 19:30 - 21:00 Visit www.ditsports.ie for details Mon 13:00 - 14:00 Wed 13:00 - 14:00 Fri 13:00 - 14:00

Location Belvedere Sports Hall Belvedere Sports Hall Denore Harriers Larkin College Sports Hall Rathmines Sports Complex Rathmines Sports Complex Belvedere College Sports Hall Belvedere College Sports Hall Rathmines Square Sports Hall Rathmines Square Sports Hall Rathmines Square Sports Hall DIT Kevin St Sports Hall Larkin College Sports Hall DIT Kevin St Sports Hall DIT Kevin St Pool DIT Kevin St Pool Larkin College Climbing Wall Larkin College Sports Hall Larkin College Sports Hall Belvedere Sportshall Croke Park, Handball Alley Croke Park, Handball Alley DIT Kevin St Sports Hall DIT Kevin St Sports Hall DIT Kevin St Sports Hall DIT Kevin St Sports Hall Larkin College Climbing Wall Larkin College Climbing Wall Grangegorman Grangegorman DIT Aungier St, Student’s Union Larkin College Pitch Larkin College Pitch Larkin College Pitch DIT Kevin St Pool DIT Kevin St Pool DIT Bolton St College Room 132 DIT Kevin St Sports Hall DIT Kevin St Sports Hall Larkin College Facilities Larkin College Facilities Belvedere College Sports Hall DIT Kevin St Pool DIT Bolton St College Room 293 DIT Bolton St College Room 293 DIT Bolton St College Room 293

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Chris Kelly Jerry Linane

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Cronan Morrison Ciara Flaherty Vincent McKeon

087-962 4363 085-813 5157 085-773 6153

basketball@dit.ie basketball@dit.ie basketball@dit.ie

Troy Tyson James Costello Carol Fitzpatrick

087-778 2755 01-402 3172 086-151 0025

boxing@dit.ie socsoffice@gmail.com camogie@dit.ie

Charlie Farrell

087-791 0163

canoe@dit.ie

Stephen Brandon Herbie McClelland Kevin Coughlan

087-627 5737 087-224 5507 085-133 1104

caving@dit.ie cricket@dit.ie cycling@dit.ie

James Costello

01-402 3172

socsoffice@gmail.com

Caragh O’Buachalla Sara Gynn Fit2Go Office Bryan Menton Carol Fitzpatrick Eoin Dolan

087-293 3442 085-173 2036 01-402 4715 085-131 5410 086-151 0025 087-6700 683

intramural@dit.ie equestrian@dit.ie fit2go@dit.ie gaamens@dit.ie gaaladies@dit.ie golf@dit.ie

Padraig Gaffney

086-859 9533

handball@dit.ie

Stephen Cole Ronan Sharkey

087-414 4835 087-213 7273

hockey@dit.ie hurling@dit.ie

Patrick Lindstrom

086-878 4065

judo@dit.ie

Sephen Murphy

085-146 3150

shotokan@dit.ie

Niall McEoigheann

087-742 5663

mountaineering@dit.ie

Caragh O’Buachalla Eoin Keirns Eoin Keirns Rachel Guy Darren Duggan Gavin Hughes John O’Carroll John O’Carroll John O’Carroll Oisin Hayes Mathew Kirby Gavin Donovan Helen Broderick Colm Gerety

087-293 3442 087-627 6565 087-627 6565 086-1014140 085-146 4412 086-197 3686 086-795 4371 086-795 4371 086-795 4371 087-289 7452 085-12 41291 086-165 3896 086-176 2475 086-261 8518

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Niamh Foley

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Eoin Keirns

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Aoife Delaney

086-074 6628

rugby@dit.ie ultimate@dit.ie

Helen Broderick Caragh O’Buachalla Colm Gerety

086-176 2475 087-2933442

swimpolo@dit.ie volleyball@dit.ie

086-261 8518

fit2go@dit.ie

surf@dit.ie swimpolo@dit.ie tabletennis@dit.ie

Sinéad McNulty - DIT Head of Sport E: headofsport@dit.ie

John O’Carroll - DIT FAI Football Facilitator E: john.ocarroll@fai.ie M: 086 795 4371

T: 01 402 4010

Niamh O’Callaghan - DIT Sports Officer E: niamh.ocallaghan@dit.ie M: 087 298 5849

T: 01 402 3042

Eoin Kerin - DIT Rugby Development Officer E: rugby@dit.ie M: 087 627 6565

T: 01 402 4010

T: 01 402 3042

Seamus Reilly - DIT Sports Personnel E: seamus.reilly@dit.ie

T: 01 402 4009

T: 01 402 3042

Lauren Freegrove - DIT Sports Administrator E: lauren.freegrove@dit.ie T: 01 402 3042

Herbie McClelland - DIT Sports Officer E: hmcclelland@dit.ie M: 087 224 5507 Caragh O’Buachalla - DIT Sports Officer E: caragh.obuachalla@dit.ie M: 087 293 3442

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