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CIT Students’ Union Magazine Volume Twelve, Issue 7

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Contents 4 President’s Notes CIT Students’ Union, Rossa Ave, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland. Telephone: 021 433 5274 Fax: 021 454 5343 Email: Web:

5  Our new government Should we be concerned or optimistic?

6 Welfare notes 7 CIT notes 8 School Of Music Ball pics Safety week pics Were you photographed at a recent event? 

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10 Pic N Mix Ball gallery 12 Schemers Ball gallery

CIT Students’ Union President - John Lane (

16 Charity feature Details of this years vintage car run in aid

Vice President Education - Chris Scanlon ( Vice President Welfare - Vicki Fitzpatrick (

of Suicide Aware

17 Sports news

This month, we focus on CIT’s recent great soccer results

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20 Clubs and Societies news Cover pic: Giddyup! Incoming SU President, Chris Scanlon promotes our fantastic Student Raceday which took place on Thursday 31st March

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President’s Note


irstly, let me start by congratulating all the successful CITSU election candidates. I wish the incumbent officers the best of luck in the year ahead. It is with a sense of melancholy that I refer to next year. I’m all too aware that my time here is almost up. CIT has been very good to me. Under my belt, I have a solid degree and gained some valuable life and work experience whilst serving as an officer of the Union over the past couple of years. However, I look forward to the coming months as Awards Season is almost upon us and some exciting events are also yet to come. Awards Season quickly approaches with at least three ceremonies scheduled for April including the Students’ Union Council Awards which will take place on 14th April in the Tourism building. This ceremony gives us the opportunity to thank Class Representatives who have volunteered to work on behalf of their classmate. Each Class Rep. will receive a Certificate of Merit and a number of Class Reps who have been nominated by their classmates will be awarded trophies. The Societies Awards will take place on the 5th April and again committee members will be awarded Certificates of Merit and there will be a number of Society and individual based awards. Watch out for the upcoming details of the Sports Awards. Invites for these events have already been sent or will be sent out shortly. Watch out for the CITSU Summer Ball

By Alan O’Connor

Sticks and stones may break by bones but names will never hurt me. This may be true but the way we react to people can have long lasting effects. We grow up in school being told to never listen to the class bully but the startling suicide statistics, especially those in young males, show a huge need for anti bullying programmes to receive more funding in this, the life of the 31st Dail.


Rolling on to the Awards Season to be held in Cubins on 14th April. We listened to you when you asked for a change of venue! This will be a fantastic night and the last occasion when all CIT students can get together before the summer exams are upon us. I don’t know about you, but I’ll certainly be there. Safety Week was a phenomenal success and we here in the Union hope that the message of safety has hit home with as many of you as possible, particularly when it comes to road safety. The Balloon Launch truly did conjure up the image of unnecessary and tragic deaths on our roads every year. Close to 200 people attended defibrillator training during the week and there was an excellent turn out for the Self Defence Classes and for the re-enactment of a road accident presented by the Fire Brigade. Congratulations to Vicki Fitzpatrick, the Welfare Officer, who co-ordinated the week and thanks to the Union Staff who assisted with the organisation of the week. This April CIT will once more play host to the National Skills Competition and will run contests in eleven skills. This competition is run on a yearly basis and is one of the most prestigious events in the crafts’ calendar. It attracts the best trainee crafts persons from around the country to compete for first place in Ireland and win the coveted Department of Education and Skills, Silver Medal in their respective skill areas. We wish all our apprentices who will compete the very best of luck.

While students have already taken a cut in their grants this year, The Student Services Charge, or Registration fee, is set to rise to €2,000 from next September. This rise only applies to the first child in a family paying the Student Services Charge, at any one time. Additional children will pay the current €1,500 charge. From 2011/12 the charge will be renamed the Student Contribution. CITSU and Unions across the country will be working very hard to push the Government to tidy up the grants system so that students at least are getting their grants on time, as many students have unfortunately dropped out of college due to delay in receiving their grants. No doubt you are all snowed under with projects and assignments and my best advice to you is to keep tipping away at these and do not leave things to the last minute. Use the Easter break to catch up on projects and start studying for the imminent summer exams. Remember the Students’ Union operates a grinds database which is available online at or from the Students’ Union Office. I hope you enjoy the Summer Ball and indulge in Easter Eggs over the holiday. Don’t forget to contact the Students’ Union if you are experiencing any problems or difficulties or if you have any suggestions to make on how we can do things better. Until next month John Lane.

We hear bullying words every day, thankfully colourful descriptions of other races and minorities from the travelling community are now much more rare than they were then years ago but one thing that is on the rise is the use of homophobic words.

she is likely to take that and subconsciously attach it to the word Gay for the rest of his or her life. As that child grows into a teenager they will come in contact with people who are gay, friends or family members may even come out to them but all the time Gay has two meanings.

The word Gay has gone through many iterations over the the last 50 years, a man would have freely described himself as Gay in the 1950s when it meant that he was simply happy. However fast forward to the 1980s and gay had it’s new meaning as the gay population reclaimed the word. Here we are another 30 years later and we are once again hearing another meaning of the word gay. This time it means dumb or crap, hearing this class is so gay or did you see the news last night? The new government is so gay, is commonplace. This may all seem like a bit of harmless fun and as adults we can see it for what it is, the problem is what young children make of it.

Now I’m not saying that homophobic bullying can be eradicated by simply stopping using the word in this context, and I’d like to stress this is only one of many different forms of bullying that need to be dealt with in both primary and secondary level schools, but a new attitude must be taken by both the teachers and those around the next generation of young people. The same approach must be taken in school and in the home. We all remember what it was like to be teased in school, some of us because we were fat, some spotty, or some just the awkward nerd. Teaching your little brother or sister to accept these kids for who they are and not tease them for being that way can be much more important than any amount of money the Government can throw at an education programme.

If, when a five year old is first exposed to the word Gay it has a negative connotation he or

The New Government... a cause for worry or optimism? By Sandra Hayes


s all of you know, we have experienced what can only be described as a bizarre series of events in Irish politics in recent months, but what does all this mean for us students? Should we be worried or optimistic? Here are the facts you need to know.... On 1st February last, Brian Cowen made the longawaited trip to Áras an Uachtaráin to ask President Mary McAleese to dissolve the 30th Dáil. Coupled with this, a date for the pending election was set for 25th February and campaigning started in earnest across the length and breadth of the country for what was to become one of the most keenly contested general elections of our time. On polling day, 70% of the registered electorate of this country turned out to exercise their right to vote and a notable tone of anger became apparent with the Irish public in the following days. It was clear to see from the moment the first count came in that the Irish public wanted change. And change is exactly what they got. Outgoing coalition partners, Fianna Fail and the Green Party saw their percentages of first preference votes fall dramatically, by 24.1% and 2.8% respectively. Because of this, the Green Party now have no sitting TD’s. And Fianna Fail now have 20 TD’s, a drop of 58 from the 2007 General Election. In stark contrast, Fine Gael received an overwhelming increase of 8.8% of first preference votes, leading them to win 76 seats. Also, Labour increased their first preferences by 9.3%, bringing their total number of seats to 37. As these results started to emerge, it became increasingly obvious that Fine Gael would lead the 31st Dáil but not with an overall majority. And so, negotiations began between Fine Gael and the Labour Party on Monday, 28th February in Leinster House. Having concluded and reached agreement on a programme for government, Fine Gael and Labour announced the new cabinet on 9th March last and the following make up the who’s who of Irish politics for the next number of years:

Enda Kenny Taoiseach Eamon Gilmore Tánaiste, Foreign Affairs and Trade Michael Noonan Finance Ruairi Quinn Education and Skills Brendan Howlin Public Expenditure and Reform Richard Bruton Enterprise Jobs and Innovation Joan Burton Social Protection Jimmy Deenihan Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Pat Rabbitte Communications Energy and Natural Resources Phil Hogan Environment Community and Local Government Alan Shatter Justice, Equality and Defence Simon Coveney Agriculture, Marine and Food Frances Fitzgerald Children James Reilly Health Leo Varadkar Transport, Tourism and Sport Willie Penrose Minister of State, attending Government and Environment, Community and Local Government, with special responsibility for Housing and Rural Development.  Paul Kehoe Government Chief Whip Included in the programme for government for the 31st Dáil is a very detailed education policy, too long to print within the body of this article but there are numerous implications for third level education that all students should be aware of. It is stated within this document that within the first 100 days, the new Dáil, will resource a new Jobs

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Fund which will (among other things) expand the eligibility for back to education allowance. Also stated in this document is the following, which speaks for itself: “We will a develop new graduate and apprentice internship scheme, work placement programmes and further education opportunities for our young unemployed providing an additional 60,000 places across a range of schemes and initiatives. We will provide a range of initiatives to increase access to further higher level education for the unemployed. We will make literacy and basic workplace skills a national priority, with literacy training incorporated into a wider variety of further education and training. Within this total, we will provide 30,000 additional training places across the education and training system, distributed in line with the recommendations of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.” This is a mere snippet of the programme for government, the remainder of which can be found on numerous websites. If these commitments are met, the future looks promising for Irish students. However, having been let down so badly in the past by empty promises, students must continue to strive to have their voices heard. There is little or no evidence of a policy on third level fees, however, this issue could rear its ugly head in time to come. Students should remain ever vigilant because, due to the huge majority this government has, they could, with considerable ease, push through legislation to the detriment of students.

... not forgetting our own elections! Cathal O’Mullane (Entertainments Officer)

James Wall candidate

Chris Scanlon (President)

Killian Hughes (Vice President Education)

Eva Casey candidate

David Humphreys (Projects Officer)

Sandra Hayes (Communications Officer) Niamh Hayes (Vice President Welfare)


W  elfare Notes

Safety Week ... a massive success!


t is hard to believe that it’s April already. The year has flown by and the summer is nearly upon us. The evenings are getting longer and there is a great buzz building around the campus with exams and summer plans being organized.

In the Students’ Union we are as busy as ever. Our safety week, which ran from 28th to the 31st of March, was a great success. I hope you all enjoyed it. I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the week so powerful and informative. A special thank you to all the volunteers from the Fire Service, Gardaí, HSE and St. Johns Ambulance for all of their help and support in promoting our campaign. The Road Safety Authority and Cork City Council provided additional support and knowledge for which we are very grateful. A significant amount of cars and bikes were also serviced by Auotfast in Ballincollig and the “bike doctor”, who

nursed many sick bicycles back to health! There was a wonderful turnout for the selfdefence seminar, which was expertly delivered by one of our very own students, Dwayne Crowley. CIT’s Safety Officer, Sean O’Riordan, trained over two hundred students in the life-saving AED course. Thank you Dwayne and Sean! Last but certainly not least, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to all the “welfairies” whose support, hard work and dedication ensured that all of the campaigns were a success this year. Thank you so much guys! The Marie Keating foundation will be on campus on Thursday 14th April. We will be giving out lots of information about the different types of cancers and the importance of early detection. The mobile information unit will provide staff and students with

Releasing of 220 balloons, signifying the amount of people that died on our roads last year


Kindness is a language which the dumb can speak, the deaf can understand. - C.N. Bovee

body mass index and lung capacity testing. Boots pharmacy will also be on campus for the day giving out information about contraceptives and sexual health. I would encourage all student s to please avail of this information day as cancer is something which affect all of us and our families in some way. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome and congratulate all of the new additions to the Students‘ Union who take up their new positions in June. I’m still here until the end of May so if anybody needs anything please do not hesitate to get in touch. Love and Light, Vicki

Dahli Lama’s instructions for life:

1.  Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. 3. Follow the three Rs... Respect for self Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions. 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. 5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. 6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. 7. When you realise you’ve made a mistake take immediate steps to correct it. 8. Spend some time alone every day. 9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. 10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. 11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time. 12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. 13. End disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past. 14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. 15. Be gentle with the earth. 16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. 17.  Remember that the best relationship is one which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. 18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. 19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

CIT Notes

Exams are on the way ... top tips for effective study


he more relaxed you are studying, the more serotonin you are releasing into your brain. Serotonin is a powerful neurotransmitter directly linked with improved brain function so the better mood you’re in, the better results you’ll get. Take breaks every 60 - 90 minutes when studying. Your mind’s concentration levels wander naturally so when you start to notice your concentration wandering after a certain while, take a break and allow it to wander • For every four stone in weight you are, drink a litre of water. The more hydrated you are, the more mental energy, clarity and focus you’ll have both short term and long term for your study and exams. Avoid fizzy drinks and caffeine drinks. They give you an instant high, followed by a huge crash • Use the information you are studying as much as possible. Your brain is programmed to delete information it doesn’t think

it needs. The more you use it, the more of it your mind will store • What grades do you want? Write down a list of percentage marks for each subject that you’d love to get - not what you think “realistically” you can get, but what would delight you if you got it. There is far more energy and motivation behind an exciting and challenging goal than a realistic one • Time yourself in the morning. How long does it take you to get ready, wash, eat and make your way to school? When you know this, you be far more organised and relaxed in the morning because you’ll know exactly how long you need •  Get some perspective! If you live to be 80 years old, you’ll have spent 29,200 days on planet earth. Your exam days account for about 1% of your life. If you mess it up, you have a life to fix it. In addition, since it’s only 1%, why not put the effort in now and get it done well!

To All CIT Engineering Students The European Society for Engineering Education SEFI, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK and Dassault Systèmes organise a student contest on developing the learning context in engineering education. Who can participate? There are two categories: one for engineering students and another for student associations. Students participating in the competition must work in teams of at least two students. The students can be enrolled at any European research or application oriented university providing engineering education. The student associations participating may be from any of these universities, too. How can we participate? Your team or student association can participate by submitting a best practice example of an implemented action or project, which seeks to develop the learning context in engineering education in cooperation with labour market. The aim is to improve the skills and qualities of future engineers, so that they can meet the needs of the changing business environment. Your action or project may have already been implemented, or you can apply for funding to implement a development idea. The proposal should be documented in electronic form. It can be a memo (maximum 4000 words, additional appendixes allowed) or any other type of document. Competition documents must be submitted no later than 9th of October 2011 by email to studentcon@ In case of a video document, please ask for instructions by email before sending any documents. How do we apply for a grant? Maximum of 10 ideas will be funded by a grant of €300 - €600. The total amount of grant funding available is €4,000. An application for a grant must include description of the idea, plan for its implementation and the budget. Maximum length of an application is 2000 words (appendixes allowed). Applications of the grants must be submitted no later than 29th of April 2011 by e-mail to The funding decisions are published at 11th of May 2011. How are the winners selected and awarded? The assessment criteria: • Originality of the idea • Estimated effectiveness of the idea • Potential for wide dissemination of the idea • Success in documenting the idea The teams placing first in both categories (students and student associations) will receive a gift certificate worth of €750. Representatives from the winning teams shall be invited to BEST Presidential Meeting in Copenhagen in November 2011 to receive the award. Travelling costs are reimbursed €550 per team. The second-place teams in both categories will receive a gift certificate worth of €400. Should You need more information, please visit the website

January and February 2011 achieved an 84% recovery rate at Bishopstown. Well done to everyone for separating your waste in the recycling bins. Please keep up the good work as we move into April. Always think WASTE PREVENTION. Watch out for the new liquid side pods on a number of bins on campus. These side pods are clearly labelled and can be used to place all your liquid waste. This will help keep our recyclables clean and dry. Less contamination in our recyclables will mean we will send less waste to landfill. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Congratulations to the Tourism & Hospitality Classes on electing a Green Champion in many classes. The champions include: Stephan Downey, Tony Owens, Rebecca Broomfield and Alan Busteid.



CIT Cork School of Music Ball On Friday 25th March, the CIT Cork School of Music Ball took place in the Imperial Hotel where just over 120 staff and students attended the buffet meal and afters entertainment. The theme for the night was an Oscars/Red Carpet event and the guests were treated to a special awards night of their very own, with Oscars being presented to some of the CIT Cork School of Music students on the night. The live band entertainment on the night was provided by ‘She’s Electric’ which were followed by a DJ into the early hours. Congratulations to the student organising committee of Lisa, Alison and Benny who did tremendous work in preparing the event and who are were also grateful for the contribution from all of the CIT Cork School of Music students and CITSU, who were very forthcoming with ideas and providing assistance for the night.

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Check out Sean Murphy, a musician from Cork and a CIT student who has set up ‘Spekulativ Fiktion’. Under this alter ego he composes hip-hop beats and emcee. His music has the potential to appeal to a wide audience. The subject matter and the sound are both a million miles away from the contemporary, commercial concept of hip-hop. The music can offer something real and organic when pitted against the manufactured, fabricated and contrived music we are exposed to on commercial radio and television. Sean has gained a wealth of live experience from gigging around the country in various acts, with some of the most notable venues played so far being The Twisted Pepper, Whelans and Eamon Dorans in Dublin. Sean has linked a video which he created for the closing track of his debut EP, ‘Living Proof that the Pen is Mightier than the Sword’. He says, “I feel that this track is most relevant to people today. It deals with the tribulations we face in life both on the inside and within our environments, and the ways we combat these... for me, the escape being through music.” The EP is available FREE at: www.spekulativfiktion. VIDEO:

by Mick O’Mahony

Music review

“What did you expect from The Vaccines?” (Columbia Records) The Vaccines are currently the most hyped band in the UK. Are they any good though? Their debut album “What did you expect from The Vaccines?” certainly throws up some interesting and complementary sounds. Their songs taste of 1950s rock n roll, The Ramones, The Strokes, Interpol and everything that has been good since 1954 when rock n’ roll was invented. Their ease of delivery of the classic two minute pop song in the 21st century is nothing short of magical. Noted for their incendiary live performances this London based four piece have managed to harness that energy and the simplicity of writing a good tune into rock n roll beast not seen since the Libertines. This album is full of classic tunes like Norgaard and the brilliant singles “Post Break Up Sex” which tells it as it, “If You Wanna” about a lost unrequited love with hopes for a second chance and “Wrecking Bar/ Blow it Up”. They are not going to change the musical landscape but are going to put a smile on your face and at thirty five minutes in length, you are not going to get bored either. Believe the hype, it’s time to be vaccinated and believe that infectious rock n’ roll with harmonies still exists. The Vaccines are going to be the festival band of 2011.



Pic N Mix Mad Hatters Ball


Photos: David O’Sullivan, email: Neil Danton, the ‘Pic N Mix Mad Hatters Society Ball 2011 took place in the Rochestown Park Hotel and was attended by over 600 students and invited guests, with 200 sitting down to the full meal and over 400 joining for the afters. After dinner, Deana Hurley (Chairperson of the FloppySoc Computing Society), Jim O’Dwyer, (Head of Computing Dept) and John O’Shea (Head of Chemical & Process Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Dept.) addressed those in attendance. After the speeches, the informal side of the evening commenced and cover band Transmitter impressed the hatted dancer. They were followed by DJ Anthony Fleming who entertained until 2am. Free buses were provided to bring students to and from the event. On the night, over €500 was raised by the CIT Headway Society as well as €300 raised for charity through the 50 cent donation from each ticket sale.

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Schemers & Mech Engineering Ball Photos: Neil Danton, The Schemers & Mechanical Engineering Paddys Day Ball 2011 took place in the Silversprings Moran Hotel with over 1,500 students and staff in attendance. In total through the 50 cent donation from each ticket sale at the 3 Societies Balls held so far this year, â‚Ź1,750 will be donated to charity. The five course meal was enjoyed by the 160 people in attendence for the full evening with almost 1,400 arriving at the hotel for the afters entertainment after 10pm. After dinner, Anton Mamyko DME4 and Chairperson of the Mech Eng Society and Eamonn Cashell, Dean of Graduate Studies, addressed those in attendance. After the speeches, the informal side of the evening commenced with live bands on both floors. J90 took to the stage downstairs in the Regency Suite and Wall Street Thieves upstairs in the Harbour View Suite. They were followed by DJ90 and DJ Alan H who entertained until 2am. The CIT Dance Society, who ran the cloakroom raised â‚Ź700.


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Charity feature

Vintage car run from Mizen Head to Malin Head 10th-12th June 2011 CIT organised a very successful charity run in June 2009 where the college raised in excess of €20,900 for Multiple Sclerosis Ireland (Cork branch). We are running a similar event in June 2011, a charity drive using vintage and classic vehicles of yesteryear owned by staff members, students and some friends. This vintage car run will take place from the 10th to 12th of June (after exams and before the results) from Mizen Head to Malin Head - total distance approx. 375 miles. We are hoping to raise funds by getting sponsorship from staff and students within the college and also friends outside the college for this very worthy cause. There will be no deductions for expenses for this event as all costs for this trip will be covered by the people involved in the event. All monies collected will be presented to Suicide Aware, a Cork based voluntary organisation set up to help deal with the issues of depression and suicide in Ireland. The main aim of this charity is: • T  o promote awareness and prevention of suicide, by identifying the needs of people suffering from depression and suicide related issues, setting up educational programmes and activities for the purpose of creating public awareness & understanding mental health, depression and suicide.

• T  o set up counselling services with seven day, twenty four hour accessibility where and when required. • T  o set up relevant community centres which are identifiable in local areas, to act as facilitator centres for anyone in crisis. To develop a Suicide Support and Information Service. If there are any other staff or student members interested in getting involved please let us know as we would be delighted to hear from you.

To donate: Bank Account details are 930121 16990030 (AIB branch CIT). For further information contact: Tel: 4335340

This event will be formally launched on Wednesday 6th April by members of the Munster Rugby Team with music by CIT DJ Soc. More information on the charity can be obtained at

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Soccer Success! The Ladies Intervarsities Hosted by CIT The Ladies Soccer Intervarsities Competition was held in CIT from 10th - 12th March. Well done to the CIT’s ladies soccer committee (Caitriona Kelleher, Emma Coughlan, Louise Daly, Sinead Leahy, Mary McDonnell) for organising such a fantastic event. A special thanks to Caitriona Kelleher of 4th year Social Care who put in an enormous amount of work. Caitriona is a credit to CIT. Also, a big thanks from the club to Ger Neff, Clive, Colm and Dave for providing excellent facilities throughout the three days. Congratulations to University of Limerick for achieving their fourth Intervarsity Cup Title in a row, coming from behind on Saturday to beat IT Sligo 3-2 in the Sports Stadium in Cork Institute of Technology. In the plate final Athlone IT retained the Plate title beating DCU 1-0. Deirdre Doherty from IT Sligo was selected by the referees as Player of the Tournament.

CIT B Team - champions!

CIT men’s colleges B Team played the National College of Ireland in the Umbro B Cup final on March 10th in Castlebar, Mayo. Heavy rain and a strong wind in the first half made it difficult for both teams, but it was CIT who adapted to the conditions quicker, creating an opening within the first 2 minutes of the game, only to see Captain Gavin McCarthy denied by a fine save. NCI played counter attacking football throughout the game with CIT’s midfielders Steve Morrissey and Robert Moore dictating the pace of the game. The weather conditions changed for the second half and CIT’s passing and movement became unbear-

able at times for NCI, with CIT’s forward Barry O’ Sullivan coming close on numerous occasions. Besides the odd scare for keeper Charlie Foley CIT’s central defensive pair of John Duggan and James Groarke looked comfortable throughout the game. A well organised and hardworking NCI side forced the game to extra time. CIT put NCI on the back foot straight away in extra time and at this stage the Dublin college were hoping to bring CIT all the way to penalties. Another swift move from CIT forced a corner and this time CIT did capitalise. A Gavin McCarthy corner found Steve Morrissey who with a cool head chested and found Man of the Match Colum Nugent, Nugent the left back poached the ball into the right hand top corner to put CIT in the driving seat. NCI never looked like scoring for the final 15 minutes as CIT tightened up at the back, and it was CIT in fact who went onto hit the crossbar and should have had another before the final whistle sounded to their delight.

John Neville to help CIT Soccer go from Strength to Strength 3rd year Recreation and Leisure student and personal trainer John Neville has been taking CIT’s Men’s and Ladies soccer players through their paces in CIT’s fantastic Elite Gym. The program has been set up to improve each player’s power, balance, strength, core and flexibility. Two sessions a week are set up for the soccer teams where they receive one to one training from John. Each player is also provided with a program which John will progress every three to four weeks in order for the players to progress and reach their goals. These players are provided with the one on one sessions they crave which will ultimately improve their overall technique and help achieve better results, another fantastic facility CIT can provide to their students. Plans have already been put in place for the coming pre-season where our soccer players will work again with John in the Elite Gym four times per week. The players will be provided with the training to get them ready for what will hopefully be an even more successful season. John will also work with the players on the pitch in order to improve their overall fitness with new and improved training methods for the soccer players. Also throughout next season he will work with the players on a regular basis in the Elite Gym. John has been a revelation for CIT’s Soccer Teams and the players very much look forward to working with him long into the future.

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I am from Waterford but currently renting a house in Bishopstown since September. There is mould all over the walls (in the sitting room, and two bedrooms) and the house is in really bad condition. I am renting with three of my friends and we have all voiced our concerns to the landlord and asked for him to fix the mould problem. It is now March and nothing has been done to fix the house. We are paying a lot on rent every month and feel like we are being really unfairly treated. We all hate going home after college and cringe when friends ask to call over. I know the semester is nearly over and thank god we will be moving out soon, but I am just wondering have you any advice? First things first, you must always put complaints to a landlord in writing with the date on it! Then ask the landlord to sign the complaints and make a photocopy. I would also advise you to take pictures of all the mould and any other problems in the house. You then need to contact the accommodation officer here in CIT and also contact Threshold on 021 427 8848. Threshold will give you free advice on your rights and will also act on your behalf if the complaint can only be solved in court. You should not be living in a house and paying as you said a lot of rent if there is mould on the walls as that is extremely dangerous. I know it is near the end of term but you have to be proactive and stand up for your rights! I have been on a diet the last three

months but nothing I’m doing seems to work and I have not lost any weight! I’ve tried everything from no carbs, taking laxatives, cutting out junk food, and doing loads of exercise but I’m still the same size! All my friends in college are so skinny and I feel absolutely huge whenever we go out together. I am trying so hard to lose weight my friends have even commented that I’m obsessed. It’s so unfair they get to eat whatever they want and not put any weight on. Can you please give me some advice?



From reading your email I feel you may have a bigger issue than trying to lose weight. I’m not an expert but you may have an eating disorder. Your friends may be right in saying that you’re “obsessed” you seem very emotional and upset in your mail and I feel very sorry for you. The methods you are using to lose weight are quite alarming. Taking laxatives is extremely dangerous and can cause serious health problems so you should stop that straight away! I think you need to visit your GP and talk to them about what you have told me and ask their advice on what you should be doing in order to stay healthy. You should also consider talking to one of the counsellors here in CIT about feeling insecure when you’re with your friends. Please look after yourself and start talking to your family, friends or counsellors about what you are going through and how you are feeling.

college and I am now a fourth year. At first I enjoyed hanging out with her and going out clubbing together but lately I hate the thought of being around her. She is constantly making fun of me and putting me down. I have tried confronting her but she said it is her sense of humour and for me to stop being so serious. I feel really small when I’m around her and don’t feel like I can be myself. I don’t have many other friends in college so I feel like I have no choice but to continue to hang around with her. Can you give me any advice?


It sounds to me as if this girl is no good for you. A lot can change in three years, especially people. You mention you had good times in the past together, but that is not reason to stay in a friendship if the other person is making you feel down? That’s crazy! Friendships are just like relationships in that they can be great for a certain length of time but may turn toxic in the end. I really think you need to cut this girl out of your life. During lunch why not suggest sitting with a group in your class instead of just the two of you, or better yet start going to the library to study during breaks. Exams won’t be long coming around! If you only know this girl from college, the chances are you will lose contact once the year is over but until then start chatting to other people in your class, even if it’s just instant chatting on Facebook. Hope you find great friends before the year is out!

If you have any issues regarding your welfare at college, contact Vicki Fitzpatrick for advice at 021 4335273 email:

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Clubs and Societies

The Photographic Society are opening an exhibition on campus on 4th April 2011


Chance, is an exhibition of photographic works from the students of Cork Institute of Technology. The students come from a diverse range of departments within CIT. Different styles of photography is explored in the exhibition. It celebrates the diversity and the bridging role played by photography. Featuring: Sarah Radwan, Vitaliy Makhnanov, Shane Ryan, Brian Westfall, Marie Starr, David O’Sullivan, Treasa Foley, Jorge Ruiz Villasante, David Reese, Liam Williams,

Juliette Jaouen, Zeynep Ezgi Muderrisoglu, Kathrin Klank, Viktorija Gecaite

The launch is on the 4th of April at 6.30pm in the James Barry Exhibition centre and it will run until April 15th. Open to the public, admission is free.

CIT Surf Team

On the 18th of February the scene was set for an epic battle, man against nature, college against college, with the intervarsity surfing competition in Portrush, Antrim. After an arduous seven hour drive, twenty five CIT students prepared themselves for the war about to be waged on seven other colleges. For four days and three nights these brave men and women embarked on a colossal journey, where strength, stamina and agility were the only means of survival. The scene was set for a great surfing session, but there was only one thing missing. . . waves. With the beginners 1st round on day one, the majority of the CIT team were able to kick back and relax, while ten of their team mates got through to day two. This was when CIT shone with the long board, men’s and women’s opens also on Saturday and with the sun beating down, the water was perfect for some hard core competition. On the Final day the weather took a turn for the worst but that didn’t stop the CIT crew from getting through to the finals in every category. Captain Michael Coade, who made it to the semi finals in the men’s longboard comp said, “The team did great. Even though the conditions were bad they all did really well.” The CIT team went as far as possible without actually winning a prize, but none of that mattered as they fought gallantly and were rewarded with the respect of the surfers from competing colleges. With the majority of surfers in the water being from CIT and with a huge cheering section, it was the biggest turnout so far. Although the team were the most respected and seemed like they knew what they were doing, CIT’s street cred was blown when surf team member Troy’s surfboard was whipped from his hands by the wind and skittered down the beach. Even after this unfortunate (yet hilarious) mishap CIT were admired by competing teams and judges. The overall college winner was Sligo I.T. while UCC won the men’s beginners but CIT came out on top with the most competitors in the semi finals. It wasn’t all work though as on the Monday, some students found “the most awesome surfing spot ever”, in Castlerock, where the day was spent surfing for fun, compared to the taxing competitions from the days before. The inter-varsities will be held the same time next year and CIT will hopefully come out on top.

Fastest Most Agile Club in college! On the 21st of March CIT’s top sports clubs took part in the annual Sports Challenge. This event was organised by the Athletics Club and co-ordinated By Ian O Sullivan. The following clubs entered teams in the challenge: Soccer, GAA, Rugby, Hockey, Athletics.

Clubs took part in various events to test their physical fitness! Each club competed in a one lap race, sprint, standing long jump, standing discus, hurdles & relay. The Men’s Athletics Team and the Ladies Soccer came in 2nd place overall while the Hockey Club stole the show winning both the Men’s and Women’s title!

CIT’s resident DJ’s added to the atmosphere on the night! Alan Rutherford – Linx Sports and Douglas Deane – CIT Student Services Company sponsored the winners prizes. The Athletics Club are currently training for the Irish Universities Athletic Association Track and Field Championships taking place on the 29th and 30th of April. The Sports Challenge was a perfect opportunity to recruit athletes from various clubs to represent CIT at the final Varsity event of the academic year! For more information on Athletics please call to CIT Sports Office.

Above: (from Left to Right) CIT Hockey Club ‘Strongest Fastest Most Agile Club in the College’! David Smith, Darren Beamish, Andrew Daunt, John Hobbs, Lisa Dineen, Cliodhna Sargent, Yvonne O’Byrne & Jillian Kearns.


Left: (from Left to Right) CIT Ladies Soccer ‘2nd place in 2011 Sports Clubs Challenge’ Ian O’Sullivan (Challenge Co-Ordinator & CIT Athletics Coach), Megan Spillane, Emma Coughlan, Charlie McCarthy (CIT Student Services Company), Katie Richardson & Sinead Leahy

Clubs and Societies Dinners, Parties, and Trips The International Student Society

CIT LGBT Society Hey everyone! Who could believe we’re almost at the end of another semester already? Already this term we’ve had some great events like our radical Pick & Mix Topics Night which had a great turnout. Members chose topics they wanted to discuss which were selected out of a hat with some interesting discussions. Another interesting event was the GayCorkProject and Linc Talk on they services they provide to the Cork LGBT community. This event required a lot of planning to find a date which suited both speakers and we also invited UCC LGBT Society along and it was great to meet some new people from UCC. This month we have planned a big talk from MarriagEquality on their campaign to bring equal status to LGBT citizens in Ireland, why civil partnership is not equality and the work that they do on Wednesday 13th April at 6pm in IT4. We are also planning our big End of Term Meal in May so if members have any suggestions as to where they want to go, we will be happy to hear them. We hope to see you at these upcoming events, new members are always welcome so if your interested feel free to come along or to contact us. Mark O’Brien (Secretary)”

We, at the International Society just wanted to give you a quick update of what we have done so far, and what we will be doing in the next few months… We started off this semester with our “Welcome (back) Party”. This event took place in early February in the Old Oak. We held the party to welcome all new students in CIT, who arrived this semester. Of course, we also wanted to welcome back all the other members, who had been here last semester! Also in February, we organised an International Lunch. We organise this event every year. Everyone brings a dish from their home country as ‘entrance fee’. We then eat lunch and try all the food from different countries. This is always lots of fun! There was also an Irish night, organised by the Chaplaincy, the Photography Society, the Music Society, the Singer and Songwriter Society and us. It was organised for both International and Irish students. We had food and there was entertainment throughout the night, including performances from the Music Society and the Singer and Songwriter Society. As part of our upcoming events this semester we will amongst others organise a trip to the Greyhound races (probably in April), a three day trip to Galway (in April) and hopefully a beach party (in May). Don’t forget: Every CIT student can join us, no matter where you are from! Just send us an email to: Find us on facebook: ‘ISS CIT’ or http:// Or check out our website for the latest news:

NMCI - Sub Aqua Club St. Patrick’s weekend saw the NMCI sub aqua club’s first dive weekend of the season. The main dive site chosen was Zetland Pier in Adrigole, Cork. Twenty strong, the club descended on the Hungry Hill Hostel. Diving began on Saturday morning with our new members entering the open water using the scuba diving gear for the first time. Zetland Pier is ideal for inexperienced divers as it is shallow and sheltered, but still very interesting. Their first dives were very successful and each diver showed real competence in the water. Their extensive pool training was clearly visible and they were glad to see that their hard work and dedication since joining the club had paid off. Six of our more experienced divers then got a chance to go for a scuba dive in deeper waters off the clubs new purpose built dive RIB, Maverick. They loaded up their equipment from the pier and motored comfortably over to the dive site. After placing a shot line and buoy the divers rolled back off the boat to explore the sea bed and fish life for half an hour. With the divers back on board we headed back to the pier, unloaded the equipment and tidied up for the day. The dive rib then returned to its mooring in Adrigole (by West Cork Sailing School). Despite the challenging weather, a great day was had by all. We then retired to the hostel for a relaxing social evening. Sunday started early with the experienced divers heading straight for another deep dive. The dive rib and its divers dived a site in the vicinity of Roancarrigmore lighthouse near Bere island and after their dive went to look at another shipwreck (the Bardini Reefer) near Castletownberehaven before returning to Adrigole to be recovered to her trailer for the road trip home to the NMCI. The rest of the group congregated at the pier for shallower dives. The weather picked up and everyone got some great dives in. Huge thanks to David O’Riordan M2 instructor from Cork sub aqua club who helped out with instructing the new trainees and of course Pat, Jerry and John without whom the weekend wouldn’t have been possible. Also congratulations to Pat who has recently achieved his moniteur one instructor grade, its a great achievement for Pat and a fantastic resource for the NMCI sub aqua club. 

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