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CIT Students’ Union Magazine Volume Eleven - Issue Eight

Examination Advice

Latest CIT News

Is Dating Dead?

Sport & Socs Updates



Congratulations to the Societies Students and CIT Staff on their charity fundraising climb of Carrantuohill (April 2010)

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Hi All Well this is the last time you will be hearing from me as this is the last issue of the year. So as usually I am going to keep it short and sweet. I would just like to thank a few people, to everyone who wrote an article or voiced their opinion on expliCIT thank you, for without you this magazine wouldn’t be here. To all the Union who have made my 2 years in office the best craic ever, and to you the student who is reading this even if you didn’t put an article in or voice your opinion at least you took the time to read and for that I thank you. To all the fourth years about to sit their finals I wish you the best in them and in the future and I hope whatever you do in the big bad world out there, that ye are doing something you love, And to all the other students I hope you all have a good summer and please God I will see you in September for another year at CIT! Well it has come to the end, and again I would just like to thank you all for reading and voting for me for the last 2 years. From taking photos of you when you are out or just saying hello in the mornings, I couldn’t ask for a better time. So good bye my friends and may we meet again. Shake it easy, Killian Hughes Communications Office but also your friend .com/citsu

Exam Time Again! Believe it or not the Summer Exams begin are here. As you are all aware, the continuous assessments will be wrapping up over the next weeks or so, and it goes without saying to do as well in them as you can, as having a chunk of marks in the bag before sitting the exams will take a lot of pressure off you. For some, this will be your last exams before entering the real world. All I can say is best of luck, and on a positive note, the job market is slowly starting to loosen up again so I wish you all the best, and please don’t forget us. No longer will the midweek sessions be the norm (apparently employers frown on employees going out on the lash on work nights???). But most employers do realise that the transition from college to full time employment can be a stressful time for most, so a little leeway is usually granted. Anyway, exams. I wrote an article in Decembers ExpliCIT on where to study, how to study, and all that jazz and I don’t want to repeat myself. So if you want to check that out simply go to to check out all previous editions. I think what is well worth covering is time and stress management. Time management is crucial to effective study. There is no point in simply studying everything. Unfortunately the system we are in rewards knowing specific subject matter – you could know everything in great detail but if you don’t know what is specifically required you cannot come out of an exam with high marks. The best way to pinpoint what is required is the past exams papers. In most subjects, the same core topics are covered again and again – and these need to be covered by you. Whether you create a study timetable or not, you still need to be aware of what subject material needs to be covered. I myself never had a written timetable as I always found people spent more time playing with their timetable than actually studying. If you know what you need to do, just get your bum on a seat and get on with it.

Stress Management We all dread the thought of going into an exam and thinking “Oh, this is new…” Stress management is vital for big exams, as well as in real life situations. Stress can cripple a good student, not to mind a weaker one. There are simple, obvious solutions to manage stress that are far too often looked over like sleep, relaxation and a proper diet

Confidence is your best weapon to fight stress Confidence will not come unfounded. In order to feel confident, you need to be prepared. This doesn’t necessarily mean knowing the syllabus inside out. It does, however, mean that a certain level of work needs to be done. We are all aware of some topics that can be left out if other topics are covered well, so play the odds and cover enough topics well than rather than covering everything quickly.

Sleep Well Pulling all night cramming sessions may seem like a good idea put it has been shown not to work. Sleep is essential, not only to unwind and relax the mind, but your brain only files away information when you sleep. The performance of students in exams after they have been up all night is rarely a fair result for what they actually know. When you are tired, memory blocks, lapses in concentration and simple mix ups happen. You are best off sleeping the night before an exam and getting up early if you feel it is really necessary. I really hope this helps, and best of luck in the exams. They aren’t that bad once you crack into them, so please take on board what’s here and it should make a difference. Best of Luck, John

It’s easy for me to say, but the sooner you begin studying the better. If you learn something now, you will only need to revise it before the exam, which is way easier than learning it in May! It takes only a third of the time to revise fully material than it does to learn it in the first place.

The key to time management is goal setting Before you begin studying, you need to have made a conscious decision of what you want to cover in that given day. Aimlessly trawling through material is useless. Set yourself a goal and promise yourself to complete it by the end of the day. Whether it takes you one or ten hours, get it done. If it is taking longer than you planned, deal with it, and if you are flying through it – even better! This will also help to keep you focused. Promising to do so many hours study isn’t much good, because its quantity rather than quality you are focusing on, and most of that time can be spent day dreaming. Cover so many chapters or topics per day, and this will keep you on track.

Also, don’t go somewhere with many distractions Whether it is a laptop, a television or people that distract you easily – stay away from them. Before you know it, you can find an hour wasted on facebook, watching Home and Away over lunch or just having a laugh with the lads. Minimal distractions lead to a more productive study. Last Summer I knew people who spent 12 hours a day “in the library”. However, this by no means meant 12, or even 6 hours of study. It usually meant two to three hours study and lots of messing and playing. Not only is this wasteful of your time, but is also distracting and quite annoying for other people around you.

Now, you can never overlook focus As lovely and all as it is for some people to highlight everything on a page, it takes away from the effectiveness. Only the main points are to be highlighted, and this cannot be stressed enough. Summarising is very handy for revision, and then highlight the most important points. If everything is highlighted, it has the same effect as highlighting nothing, and also your brain can only absorb a maximum of 75% of what you learn, so cherry pick the points that will get you the most points


Latest News

CIT Summer Exam Appeals may be halted due to TUI Industrial Action It seems to appear that the process of exam appeals this summer is null and void due to the Industrial Action being undertaken by the TUI at the moment. According to their strike action, no member of the TUI is to do any academic work from the 20th June to the 1st September, therefore no appeals can be looked at over the summer months. In a nutshell, what this means is that if you fail an exam in the summer exams and you have a genuine reason to appeal it on valid stated grounds, you will still need to do the repeats in autumn. For this reason, it is imperative that you prepare well for the summer exams, don’t allow yourself to get shaken by anything, and allow yourself plenty opportunity to do your very best. The reasons for the TUI strike are simple – teachers and lecturers have already taken a pay cut in the form of an extra tax levy imposed on their wages, and now they are being asked to take a cut affecting their pay or pension, as well as reducing staff numbers and possibly reducing job security. CITSU Vice President for education, John Lane, has responded by saying – “It is unfortunate that the customers, the students of the college, are the ones affected by the industrial action when it is the Government that the frustrations are aimed towards, but we support the TUI in their claims. We need to work together rather than fight among ourselves however it would be great if a resolution could be found sooner rather than later. If students feel it is unfair, which I am sure we will put college man-

agement under more and more pressure until these problems are fixed”. Senior management within the college must be the ones who acknowledge the grounds for the TUI strike validity. At the moment, the TUI and the Government are both standing firm in their positions with neither side willing to cave to the demands of the other. Now all that said, there is still hope. An e-mail has gone out to ALL CIT STUDENT ACCOUNTS in last few weeks. This e-mail briefly outlines the appeals procedure and how it works. The most important thing it outlines this year is the fact of notice. The sooner your department knows that there is or was a problem (an extenuating circumstance), the better. Exam results are verified and made official at Module Examination Boards, which take place in early June. Should there be any problems arising, it is imperative that you make the Department aware of this as soon as possible as when the results are published it will be too late. Marks can be adjusted or amended at these board meetings with personal circumstances taken into consideration. Simply notify your Head of Department and/or Course CoCoordinator with proof of your claims and they can bring this to the attention of the board. Finally, best of Luck with the exams, and fingers crossed no-one will get caught up in the mess that is industrial action. John Lane

CIT Environmental Awards 2010 The Tourism & Hospitality Department at Cork Institute of Technology have received the prestigious Gold Award from the Green Hospitality Awards. The Gold Award was presented to the Department on March 11th at the award ceremony held in Hayfield Manor. The CIT president, Dr. Brendan Murphy, was delighted to open the awards ceremony. The Department have shown continuous environmental improvements and the hard work by all involved is commended. The Green Hospitality Awards are recognised as one of the most successful programmes in Europe. It is a voluntary programme that demonstrates leadership in environmental management within the hospitality sector. The Canteen at CIT is also a member of the Green Hospitality Awards. They have been carrying out great work over the past number of months to achieve the award. They must adhere to a strict set of mandatory criteria as well as achieve a number of optional criteria. One of the major changes which you will have noticed is the introduction of the Food Waste bin. Baseline information on waste generation and water usage has also been documented and action plans put in place to improve the overall environmental performance. Energy consumption is closely monitored through the metering system and analysed in the Buildings & Estates office. Flow rates from taps have been measured and a light audit has been carried out. The old inefficient bulbs have been replaced with new energy efficient bulbs and steps have been made towards achieving green purchasing at the canteen. The Canteen want to involve all staff and students in achieving the prestigious award and hope you all continue to support the canteen by bringing your tray to the drop off points and separating your waste.

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Latest News

Our Educational Language Deficiency Once again the Irish Education system is letting us down. A recent article in the Irish Times highlighted the fact that Irish graduates are exceptionally poor in the language abilities. At leaving Cert Level, only 8% of students study two languages. This alone doesn’t mean much, but when you compare it to the European average of 60%, a much more detailed picture forms. As a culture, the Irish generally don’t embrace languages, expecting tourists to know some level of English. It is very rarely that you see native Irish make an effort to ease the frustration of a confused tourist. Moreover, this is severely hampering our job opportunities. Now as we are becoming more and more like a global village, fluency is becoming more and more desirable, if not essential, in securing high paid jobs in skilled sectors of the economy. Large multi nationals who have bases in Ireland including HP and eBay now very often seek candidates with full fluency in two or more languages – leading to the assumption that “no Irish need apply”. Ireland’s education system badly needs to be reassessed. We are one of the few countries in Europe where a European language is not necessary at NFQ Level 4(Leaving Cert) and where science is not a mandatory at any level. In the interest of long term prospects, this attitude needs to be adjusted, not only by the Department of Education but also by the student population themselves. CIT Students’ Union Projects Officer, James O’Toole has said “I never realised that some companies demand fluency in another language. However in reflective, I can see why companies would require a second language - in retrospect, there is no demand placed on a student especially in secondary school to have a fluency in the language. If more emphasis was put on an oral exam, more like 40% than 15% in the Leaving Cert, it would prove far more beneficial in the long run”. Being able to transfer skills across geographic and social boundaries is essential now for companies to succeed in ever more competitive times. As the age old saying goes – you either sink or swim. Although many of us do come out of college with a language, it is often not up to the standard expected, this point being reiterated by Lindsay Smith, HP Ireland’s staffing specialist – “Very few of the graduates would have the level

of fluency that we’re looking for,” she says. “They have a level of fluency of course, but a lot of the Irish who apply are often pipped to the post.” Many students, myself included, are of the opinion that everyone speaks English, however, this is a very narrow view, spoken of by Andrew Pease, site director for eBay Ireland - “The language element is very important for us…Our business here is pan-European and Spanish, French, Polish, Portuguese, Italian customers are all supported from Dublin. Having a multi-lingual centre is crucial”. As you can see, these large organisations focus on a European view, as opposed to a narrower Irish, UK and American market. In fact, engineers now are expected to be able to travel all over Europe with their work. Unfortunately CIT is not a college with a strong focus on languages. Even this year, students in fourth year business were unable to keep up their study of French due to budget constraints and a lack of interest by the group as a whole. For this reason, the students who did wish to continue with their studies of the language had to forfeit it. Contrast this with our UCC counterparts, where languages like French, German and Spanish are a core part of certain courses, including Commerce and Arts. As a result of this, these graduates are far more employable as a result of their ability to apply their knowledge and skills across a far wider market and are also able to deal with customer demands much more effectively. CIT Students’ Union Vice President and Education Officer, John Lane, has said – “In light of this new information, a problem which honestly I was unaware of, I believe that a much stronger emphasis needs to be put on languages. At the end of a degree course, it is the Institutes responsibility to ensure that its graduate’s employability is as high as possible. I am not saying that languages should be mandatory, but I do think students should have the opportunity at all levels, and the advantages of these to be highlighted at the start of each year. Allowing our graduate’s the opportunity to travel with their degree should be made top of the agenda, as the college already ensures that the awards it hands out meet the European Credit Transfer System regulations, allowing degrees to be recognised all across Europe”.

CITSU Union Council Awards 2010 On Thursday 15th April the annual CITSU Union Council Awards were held in the Tourism and Hospitality Building to recognise the help and effort put in this year by Union Council members, also known as the Class Reps. On the night, over 90 people attended and were greeted by two of the new incoming SU officers, Vicki Fitzpatrick and Shane Fitzgerald. The night commenced with SU President, Gearoid Buckley, presenting the Students’ Union General Manager, Vicky O’Sullivan with a bouquet of flowers and good wishes as she was commencing her maternity leave. Gearoid then went on to address the audience about what the Students’ Union has done over the last two years in his time as President. Union Council members were then presented with certificates of merit to acknowledge their hard work and extra curricular activities this year followed by a presentation of six awards for “Outstanding Voluntary Contribution”. Each of these awards was presented to students who showed that they went above and beyond the call of duty in one form or another throughout the year. These awards were presented to Danny O’Donovan, second year Business Administration, Orla O’Brien, third year Accounting, Eoin O’Sullivan, fourth year Electrical Power Systems, Sandra Hayes, second year Business and Accounting, Jamie Twohig, second year Construction and Nora Crowley, fourth year Architecture. After the ceremony many of the students went into the Mardyke for a night of bowling, pool, karaoke and beverages. A great time was had by all where everyone mingled, socialised and danced the night away to Blue Moose live in Cubins Niteclub. (see for more pics)


Union Address CITSU Vice President Education Let me start by saying good luck to everyone in the exams. These are the final exams for the year, and the final exams for many. I hope your time in CIT has been enjoyable and you will look back on it with fond memories. Don’t forget about us, and remember that you are always welcome by the SU, your Department, lecturers and the students at any time. For everyone doing exams, please don’t over burden yourselves with stress, worry and anxiousness. The exams themselves, although daunting and scary, aren’t that bad. Others have gone through them before you and have survived and gone on to lead happy, healthy lives. Exams are just that, exams. Nothing more, nothing less. There is a small problem with the processing of exam appeals this year, which you can read about elsewhere in the issue, so just familiarise yourself with the situation and keep yourself covered. As painful as it sounds, ignore the sun and get the study in. It’s only for a few weeks and then the Summer is all yours. Short term pain for long term gain. As for all of you going abroad for the Summer, I’m a little jealous. Just be careful with your passports, local laws, and the sun. Remember, melanoma

is not fancy talk for sexified, despite what Family Guy says. It has been an absolute pleasure working for the students this year, a rollercoaster ride and a whirlwind romance. I have tried my best to meet the demand of the students at every turn, and I think I did as much as I could. I will be here again next year to welcome most of you back in the new position of SU President, and all I ask is that you tell me what you want and need. I am going to do my very best to make college life as accessible and as enjoyable as I can for you and all constructive criticism will be taken on board. The new SU team will be in effect and prepped next September, and I am personally looking forward very much to working with them all. I will be here all Summer (unfortunately), so enjoy your holidays, your tans, jobs insofar as you can, and remember that the college days are the best days of your lives (even though you wont realise that until you are older and even more miserable than you are now!). If anyone is planning on celebrating the end of the exams, I will be found in one of the many reputable establishments in the city, so I might even see you out. Enjoy the Summer, John Lane

CITSU Vice President Welfare Well guys, this is my last address to you and I have to say, thank you all so much for giving me the best year of my life. Working as VP Welfare taught me a lot and I hope I have made you all proud of me. I can’t believe it’s been a year already but I am completely confident in the incoming officers that they will do a fantastic job next year.



Thank you to all of you who have helped me out with various campaigns over the past few months and thank you to the Union for humouring me with some of my wackier ideas! I now know that CIT is not only the best college to study in, but also the best place to work. Mind yourselves during the exams and good luck! Signing off, Deirdre Conroy

Welfare Guide: Eating Right During Exams When you’re studying for exams, good nutrition often slides way down on the priority list. It’s easy to get into the habit of glugging coffee and gobbling take-out pizza, because you don’t want to waste time on food preparation. But, actually, good nutrition should be part of your study plan because it’s going to help you ace those tests. The better the fuel your brain gets, the better you’ll study. It’s a...well...nobrainer.

curbing the temptation of empty-calorie snacks in the vending machine.

Here are 10 tips for eating right during exams:

5. Meet breakfast, your new study buddy. While much is said about the reasons to eat breakfast, less known are the best ways to eat smart in the morning. Coffee and a donut just don't cut it. The idea is to get some protein, calcium, fibre and a piece of fruit or a vegetable in there. So, a bowl of cereal with milk and a piece of fruit would do the trick. Or try a cereal bar with milk. We have some additional quick breakfast ideas for you to enjoy!

1. How do I eat smarter? Meeting daily vitamin and mineral requirements will make doing your best much easier. Iron and B vitamins are especially important to maintaining the physical and mental energy necessary to study well. Iron-containing foods include red meat, cereals and spinach; one good meal idea is Chilli con Carne because it contains ground beef and kidney beans. Foods that contain B vitamins include whole-grains, wheat germ, eggs and nuts. Fish and soy are other foods that are said to help boost your brain by providing the nutrients it needs. 2. Chewable Vitamin C is not a meal. Dietary supplements are good, but real food is better. An orange contains not only Vitamin C, but fibre, phytochemicals, beta carotene and other minerals — so it can’t be replaced by a pill. When you’re heading for the library, pack whole-food items like apples, bananas, oranges, carrot sticks or dried apricots. 3. Eat at regular intervals. Eating regular meals helps keep nutrient and energy levels more stable,


4. Big meals keep on turning ... in your stomach. You might find that eating the standard three-bigmeals-a-day slows you down mentally and physically. Consider 5 or 6 well-balanced, smaller meals, like toast spread with peanut butter, hummus or tuna, or a piece of cheese with fruit.

6. Going bananas? Good. Fruit ranks high among the best foods you can eat for your brain. Blueberries (which can be bought frozen in bags) get a lot of attention because they contain powerful antioxidants and other nutrients. The natural sugars in fruit offer clean energy, so you don’t experience the crash that follows consumption of refined sugar. 7. Choose powerful vegetables. Not all vegetables are created equal. The darker the colour, the higher the concentration of nutrients. For example, spinach has more to offer the mind and body than iceberg lettuce. Other great vegetable choices include peppers, broccoli and sweet potatoes.

8. Smart snacking can enhance studying. Snack smart while studying and you may find that you retain more. Try to get two food groups into your snacks to balance the nutrients and keep your bloodsugar level stable. Some smart snack examples are banana with peanut butter, a small baked potato with cheese, or another cereal bar.. 9. Gather simple recipes for nourishing foods. It's easy to feed the brain well. No-fuss recipes let you eat to succeed, without taking too much time. Here are four ideas: a. Combine scrambled eggs with toast, cheese or salsa b. Spend 15 minutes preparing a meal and continue studying while it simmers or cooks in the oven c. Go Tex Mex with quesadillas or fajitas, adding whatever veggies you’ve got on hand d. A little chopping is all it takes to construct a hearty Chef’s Salad 10. Stay well hydrated. Choose your beverages well, though. Caffeine and sugar should be kept to a minimum. Since too much caffeine can make you jittery, try to drink moderate amounts: 400 to 450 mg per day, the equivalent of 2/2.5 cups, (16 to 20 ounces or 500 to 625 ml). Better choices include water, fruit juice, milk, and anti-oxidant-rich green tea. I hope these tips provided some “food for thought”(ahem, excuse the pun!) Best of luck in your exams! Dee

Feature CIT Student Erasmus Placement in Sweden by Thomas Lynch (previous CITSU VP Welfare)

At first, I was petrified; going to a foreign country, learning a new language, trying to make new friends and, all the while studying for a Masters. Needless to say it was daunting, but with determination in my mind, and skype on my laptop, I headed to Sweden, expecting blondes everywhere and snow year round. Disembarking from the plane, draped in a jacket, scarf and gloves, I thought I had boarded the wrong plane when the sun began to make me sweat. In hindsight, it was daft of me to think that Sweden snowed year round, but I knew nothing about the country before; that’s why I was going. It was easy to make friends here because we were all in the same situation. I took my usual refuge in sport, making friends from all corners of the world. It was exciting; one person from Romania, another from Turkey, someone from Nigeria. Luckily I was Irish, and everyone always appreciated that. They had all experienced the welcoming atmosphere of an Irish bar and wished to reflect that back to me. Soon we were all going to parties every weekend together, and despite the odd spot of studying, were having a good time. After a time we all got into our comfort zones and began shaping groups. The obvious groups were formed, the Germans, the Spanish, the French etc; however there was a lot of room for floating among them. I eventually found my feet as the first wave of snow began to fall. With all of Europe experiencing their worst winter in some time, we found ourselves trudging through the snow, or saving time walking across the frozen sea to other islands in our archipelago town. Snowmen were made, snowball fights were had, but the cold winter brought with it an unwanted desire to stay inside and study. And study we did, however it was not in the conventional Irish method. Despite our own college’s progressions towards continual assessment in the past few years, there is still a lot of stress during ‘those’ two weeks at the end of the semester. And don’t get me started on the Leaving Cert. However here, they have a completely different system. During the first month of my stay here, I had one hour lecture a week, with three assignments to do. The second month I had a three hour lecture at the start of them month, followed by nothing, with anoth-

er three hour lecture at the end of the month. It has continued like this throughout the year, where the focus is on self research and assignment work, as opposed to teaching and exam. In fact I have only had one exam all year. I observed the same practice in the secondary schools here. That and they wear no uniform, and have a lot of free time in between classes. I noticed this when I was taking part in a project organised by the International Office here. European on Loan was designed for students of surrounding schools to speak with people whose mother tongue is that of which they are studying, while encouraging them to study abroad. This was a great project which I benefitted from also. I would give a presentation about Ireland and later ask the students to tell me a bit about Sweden. I got a great insight into sports, games, food, holidays and culture here, while also seeing first hand how good the education system is here. That is the result of a political system that works; Great health care, public transport and absolutely free third level education FOR EVERYONE IN THE WORLD. The last one is under review at the moment and is subject to change to free for everyone in the EU, however that is still impressive. This is all funded by notoriously high taxes which the Swedes like. In fact in a survey carried out eight years ago, more people were inclined to have the taxes raised. This concept of social responsibility and community fosters an atmosphere of ‘help your fellow man’, or even y’ur man from Ireland. And help they did. With the year coming to an end, I’m reflecting on how great it has been here. A white wonderland in winter, and now with spring warming the water, and barbeques filling the air with an appetizing aroma, I am sorry to be leaving Sweden so soon. But I am very thankful for the great experiences, thankful to Margaret Mulderrig, Michael Walsh, Maurice Murphy, Jannike Jonasson, and Melissa Engelke, and to all the Erasmus students who made the year great with trips to Kiruna, Lund, Göteborg and Stockholm, and with a party for every occasion of every theme. And finally I would whole heartedly encourage any student thinking of studying abroad to go for it! I can’t be certain that it will be the best thing you ever do, but it will definitely be a contender.

The Management & Staff of the Rochestown Park Hotel would like to wish all students to CIT the best of luck with their exams. Thank you for once again making us your Number 1 Ball Venue for 2010


CIT CCAD & CSM Balls 2010

Darragh Kearns-Hayes and Kevin Power, CSM

Sam Perkin, Ashley Moyser and Paddy Heaphy, CSM

Michael Crowley and John O'Duffy, CSM

Lisa O'Sullivan, Rory Mullen and Sophie Behal, CCAD

Colm O'Regan and Aisling Cowan, CSM

Michael Craig and Niamh Francis, CSM

Aurin O'Brien and Claire Heffernan, CSM


Ciara Budds and Laura Sheehan, CSM

James Ducey and Cliodhna O'Riordan, CCAD

Pics by Neil Danton - CCAD Ball Thursday 22 Apr 2010 & CSM Ball Thursday 29 Apr 2010 @ Imperial Hotel.

John Kent, John Flynn, Aaron Holton and James Nagle, CCAD

Jack Hickey and Lydia McGrath, CCAD

Stephen Fester and Ciaran Daly, CCAD


UDFWDOV BA (Hons) Exhibition

Open daily at Sharman Crawford Street, Cork

Saturday 19 - Saturday 26 June 10am - 6pm



7 Summer Lovin’ Rules


TO IGNORE! When it comes to dating, everyone’s an expert. Whether it’s how to split the check (the man pays), make conversation (don’t bring up marriage, kids, or your ex), or lean in for that first kiss (preferably in a doorway at the end of the night), we’ve all heard our share of solicited and unsolicited dating advice from co-workers, friends and overly friendly hairdressers. While these do’s and don’ts are usually well-intentioned, they’re not always true across the board—and sometimes, just sometimes, you’ve got to break a few rules to find what you’re really looking for. Here’s a round-up of conventional ideas about dating and advice from real dating experts on why reconsidering them can actually improve your love life.

Rule 1: Never date a co-worker Obviously, there are plenty of good reasons to be cautious if you’ve fallen for someone you’ll be running into every day in the office kitchen. But unless your company handbook forbids relationships between employees, there’s no reason why you should abandon any hope of romance. Dating people you work with makes practical sense—after all, we spend so much of our lives in the office, there's often no other way or time to meet anyone else.

Rule 2: Always wait for the third (or fourth…or fifth) date to have sex OK, so we’ve all heard a relationship is doomed if you sleep together too soon. But sometimes our feelings just get the better of us, and that doesn’t necessarily mean it will amount to nothing more than a fling. Rather than sticking to some rigid, “no sex until date six” rule, trust your gut and enjoy the moment if it feels right for both of you.

Rule 3: Rebound relationships never last Give yourself time, they always say. While it’s healthy to mourn a relationship’s passing, that doesn’t mean you should ignore anyone great you meet while you recoup. Not all break-ups are the same. Instead of focusing on the timing of a new relationship, where you are emotionally after a breakup is a better indicator of whether a rebound relationship will work out. Case in point: My rebound relationship has lasted almost four years! What started out as a kiss, ended up being one of the best relationships with one of the best guys I’ve ever known. I don’t regret it for a second!

Rule 4: Never date a friend’s ex Your friends’ exes are usually off-limits when it comes to dating… but what if you felt a genuine connection with a friend’s old flame? This scenario can create a delicate situation for everyone involved, but according to Dennie Hughes, author of Dateworthy, there are ways to make it work. If you alert your pal to your feelings before acting on them, your friendship doesn’t necessarily need to suffer. Daniel, 22 told us of his experience. “One night at a party, I started talking with a former girlfriend of one of my good friends,” he says. “While I always found her attractive, I never even considered dating her because I always associated her with my friend. But now that she was single (and he had moved on to someone else), she made it very clear that she was into me. When things started to look pretty promising, I decided to give my friend a call and confess—and hopefully get his blessing. We’ll both admit now that it was the shortest and most awkward conversation we’ve ever had, but he thanked me for letting him know and he didn’t stand in our way.”


Rule 5: Only date one person at a time Every so often, the stars align, and several new prospects come along at one time. But contrary to popular wisdom, you don’t have to settle for just one person. According to dating expert Dennie Hughes playing the field is the smartest way to find what you’re really looking for. “All single people should dare to have spares,” she explains. “Most people choose one person, commit to them, and then a few months later realise the relationship isn’t working out so they have to start all over again. Save yourself the time by simply dating more people and staying in the game longer.” Just be sure to be up front with everyone you’re seeing, letting them know that you’re in “dating mode” and not interested in getting exclusive yet, as Sean , 25 did with good results. “Ever since I started dating, I’ve been a serial monogamist,” he says. “I always thought I was dating, but really I was just jumping from one long-term relationship to another. After my last breakup, I realised that if I’m going to find the right person I have to really see what my options are. So I started seeing a number of people and found that it keeps things light and fun instead of getting too serious too fast. And it also gives me a chance to really figure out what I want in a girl. By not putting all of my eggs in one basket, I find that I’m able to judge people’s character better and see what my type truly is.”

Rule 6: Wait for your them to say “I love you” first Saying the L-word for the first time is a huge turning point in any relationship, so it’s no wonder why most people say you should wait for your partner to take the lead. But contrary to popular belief, there’s no hard and fast rule for saying those three little words. Sharing your feelings is courageous, and people tend to be attracted to others with a fearless, ‘go-for-it’ approach to life. Instead of obsessing over whether or not to say it, I suggest just going for it. Ann 22, agrees. “My boyfriend Mark and I had only been dating for a few months when I surprised him by saying ‘I love you,’” she says. “He was going away for the weekend and when I went to hug him goodbye, the words just came out before I realised what I was saying! Instead of saying it back, he just smiled and gave me a kiss. I could tell I had caught him completely off-guard, and I could feel myself blush. All weekend long I obsessed over it and why I had been so stupid to make the first move. But when he called me after he got back in town, to my surprise, he told me he had been thinking about what I said all weekend and how happy it made him feel. Even though he wasn’t ready to say it, he wanted to let me know that it didn’t mean he cared any less for me. And when he did finally tell me he loved me, a few weeks later, it was an extra special moment because I knew he really meant it.”

Rule 7: Couples who are in love spend all their free time together One of the perks of being in a relationship is always having a standing date to do anything, from going dancing to washing your car. But that doesn’t mean you and your partner have to be joined at the hip. Spending time apart is actually a secret of happy couples. Things like your friends, career, hobbies and interests are what make you fascinating to a new date. Often, when couples settle down in a relationship they neglect the very things that made them interesting to each other in the first place. To keep things fresh, nurture your life outside of the relationship, even if it means giving up a date night now and then. The time spent apart gives us something new to talk about and made us appreciate the time we spend together even more!


Is Dating Dead? A Girl’s Opinion:

A Guy’s Opinion:

“Hey, wat r u doin?” If you receive this text anytime after 10 p.m., it usually means one thing: Booty Call. Now don’t get me wrong, if this text comes from your best friend, it probably is a simple question of where you guys are hanging out tonight. If it comes from the hot guy who sits next to you in college, it is a whole other can of worms.

While students more and more often are drawn into texting, meeting up and “cinema dates”, dating in our day and age is by no means dead. The use of modern communication mechanism like facebook, texting and e-mails has just made it easier and easier to meet people, and dating is like a job interview with a screening process.

Dating at the college age has dramatically changed since the days our parents were young. You dread it when your mother asks, “What does it mean if you’re scoring’? The truth, is most college students are just ‘scoring’ with people, and not getting involved in serious relationships right away. But the sad fact is that most relationships today evolve after a series of “hook ups”. Does this mean that our generation is more promiscuous or does it mean that it is just the normal thing to do nowadays? A single invention enabled the drastic change in courtships: texting. Now, I love texting -- it makes awkward conversation much less dreadful. You are able to ask questions quickly without having to hold an entire unnecessary conversation when all you really want is someone else’s number. The one draw back to texting is that it also makes talking less personal. Don’t even get me started on how texting has made our generation grammatically incorrect in the way they speak and write. The fact of the matter is that texting is one of the major causes of the death of dating. The exchanging of numbers still remains, but the text wins over the phone call. With texting, you have time to think of your response or ignore a person completely. It helps you to be less shy about reaching out to someone. But how many times do you ‘reach out’ to someone and only hear back as the end of the night rolls around? I think it is more times than any lady would like to admit. The old age of playing hard to get has been around since the dawn of dating. Willard Waller in 1938 defined the “Principle of Least Interest” after studying students at the University of Pennsylvania. This principle states that the person with less interest in the relationship holds the most power. Sound familiar? Are you the initiator in texting at the beginning of the night? After hours of waiting, do you find yourself feeling excited for a response even if your suitor might not be in a sober state of mind? Don’t feel bad, because it is the norm on college campuses around the country, but how do you feel the next morning? Now I know that this sounds preachy, but texting and hooking up go hand in hand. Is it right to just hook up without the prospect of anything more? Only time will tell, but it is safe to say that things aren’t going to change anytime soon.

Much to my dismay, the first point of contact is far too often a drunken kiss, and then followed by a number exchange or a facebook friend request. Enter stage 1: Get to find out something about the person. People can text for days or weeks, and if they are still interested after getting to know the basics they can then move on to stage 2: meet up (again to my dismay, far too often in an alcohol setting). But this is far from all bad. It often allows people to meet the person face to face in a familiar setting with friends in the vicinity which allows for an easy get away if need be! From my own experience, if this initial planned meet up goes well, confidence grows and you are much more comfortable to meet up alone. This is where stage 3: The dating stage kicks in. The cinema date is a tried and tested methodology. Spend time together without any major DMC’s (deep meaningful conversations). This can then often progress to coffee, dvd’s and maybe even some dinner. There does then come a point where people ask themselves if they see this blossoming relationship going anywhere. It is at this point that the dating road forks, one road leads to a relationship, the other in to the abyss. Only the people involved can judge this, and far too often they take other peoples advice. There is one rule, and one rule only which you should follow – Do what makes YOU happy. In my research and ramblings, I found this quote to be true and applicable “There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection IS the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted.” Source Unknown And they say dating is dead!! I hope not… John

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Interview Killian Hughes Interviews

Gearóid Buckley

on his past two years as Student Union President “...The most significant contribution of CIT Students’ Union to student life must be our successful campaign against fees...” Do you think a student union representative can play a role in the management of CIT, or is student representation just a token gesture? I believe students form an integral part in the management of CIT. It is fantastic to see how the democratic system of student representation works in an Institute of this size. Just last week CIT’s Academic Council took the decision to amend the Academic Calendar so all Semester one exams will be before Christmas. This was a direct result of a motion passed at a Union council meeting held a number of weeks ago. I think CIT students are well represented on many boards and committees throughout the Institute, management have never denied any student representative the opportunity to have their say. However an issue arises where decisions are made outside of meeting rooms, in corridors and over tea in the canteen.

You have sat on the Governing Body for almost two years, what is your view of the Management of CIT? It should be noted that CIT has seen a change of management personnel over the passed year. Each new member of CIT’s executive management board are having a direct positive input into life in CIT. When I began as President I inherited a notion which is within the Student body that the management of CIT are worst than the big bad wolf. The reality is that they aren’t all that bad. The fatal flaw of CIT’s management team is their attraction to making decisions without proper consultation with all of the relevant bodies. I for one detest all of the red tape and bureaucracy which surrounds the committee after committee meeting, but this is the system which has been adopted by the Institute. This fatal flaw cannot be totally put on the heads of senior management but also those on different boards throughout the Institute. Academic Council is the academic policy setting body in CIT. In theory it is fantastic forum for all members to propose motions and contribute to CIT policy, however although members do comment on issues, the President (Chairperson) always has the last word, proposes an amendment to what is being discussed, and then it is case closed, next item. This has always amused me, members will speak for several minutes passionately about an issue, and then not question a decision taken. I personally have never taken part in a vote for any issue at this forum and if I question “is this democratic” then I would have to say No. CIT’s Senior Management team is more than capable and I believe CIT are fortunate to have many of it’s members. We must remember CIT faced a 50


minute hour scheme which would have drastically changed the way we taught within the Institute, however with prudent sums and minor cost saving measures, we avoided this and this must acknowledged. Compared to other Institutes, CIT students were one of the least effected by a tightening budget. Dr. Brendan Murphy has his critics, I for one can hold my hand up as one, but over the course of the two years which I worked closely with him, he has the Institute and students’ best interest at heart. Predecessors of mine and past students have used words like “Legend” and “gentleman” to describe him. As an individual his only issue is that his brand image is above the ordinary person and there is a clear boundary between management and other stakeholders of the Institute. If he can develop the social skills which will enable him to engage with the ordinary staff member and student, he could well be one of the Institutes finest. I must express a disappointment at CIT’s governing body. CIT is no different to any other governing body in the country. The notion that the Minister for Education and Skills appoints members from various bodies to oversee an Institute is fantastic in theory. However as many members of these boards are from external bodies of the Institute there is no vested interest in the Institute, thus sometimes these meetings become box ticking exercises. On the other hand many governors must be commended for their outstanding voluntary dedication which they have committed to and delivered.

In your opinion what has been the SU’s most significant contribution to student life in CIT? The most significant contribution of CIT Students’ Union to student life must be our successful campaign against fees. No one can deny CIT students this victory. After many protests, petitions and letters we launched one volley of campaigns over the course of a week, last October. After a protest in Cork where over 3000 students took to the streets, CIT students rang, texted, emailed and wrote to every green party member, Councillor, TD and Senator appealing them to reject a programme for government which included the reintroduction of college fees. A few short hours after this campaign had ended the Government announced that fees were off the agenda. This achievement was a prime example of what the accumulation of a small contribution from many can and will always prevail. I think at a local level the recent improvements in CIT’s infrastructure must be noted. As stated recent appointments to areas like CIT Canteen Company or have made a significant improvements. In years gone by CIT suffered from certain IT issues in areas like printing and basic computer requirements but a fresh approach and renewed enthusiasm has made a significant dif-

Interview ference in areas like WiFi, new computers and printers and so on. In the past, CIT Students’ Union had to push forward by stating we were going to launch our own student email system because CIT had repeatedly failed to do so. After we had a system ready to be rolled out, CIT decided to work with us in ensuring a good service was delivered by the Institute.

What if any are the future challenges for CIT Students’ Union? CIT Students’ Union faces many challenges in the short and long term future. Student financial support should be of utmost importance. As we find ourselves deeper in this economic crisis more and more students are finding themselves below the breadline. Support funding has been stretched and there needs to be a change in policy immediately to cater for many students. For 2010 the Student Support Bill should be of utmost importance, I do not believe it will change the system over night, but it will ensure grants are on time and distributed in a fair way. CIT Students’ Union can no longer ignore the National cause, since 2003 CIT has stood independent of USI in defending it’s members at a local and National level. CIT disaffiliated from USI because it became consumed by a Dublin mentality and many IT’s stood powerless. However this mentality within the organisation is changing and I firmly believe that if CIT reaffiliate they can propose policy which can change the focus of the organisation. I have always painted USI in a negative light, in my dealings with its officers I have no reason to think any other way, but a seat on the HEA should not be sniffed at. If the right national student leader can come along, dictate policy at the highest level (HEA) the student movement could be rejuvenated to mirror a time when the consumer (student) was king. I think on a local level CITSU needs to look at serving the postgraduate population of CIT. In my experience post grad students have very little problems, but when they do they are more complex and difficult than most. Many Students’ Union Executives nationally have a part time post grad officer, something which should be considered by next years Union Council. I think there is a long term issue with students in Institutes of Technology and ownership of their Students’ Union. Many students fail to realise that they are the key contributors to dictating SU and College policy. Each student pays a contribution of €56 to CITSU, this fee grants each student full membership. They are entitled to come to General Meetings of CITSU (once a month) propose motions, request officers to undertake tasks and campaigns. As members it is also their responsibility to question officers on their actions or lack of actions in some cases. Students need to get engaged in the political system of student politics. I think in this instance CIT can be used as a microcosm of the Irish republic. Nobody questioned the immoral decisions and bad judgement of our national government until it is too late. A number of years ago WITSU was almost disbanded by the officers of the day as they purchased personal laptops, a jeep as well as many other gifts for friends and family with student’s money leaving WITSU in tatters. If their students questioned all of this at the time then it clearly wouldn’t have escalated to the extent it did. I would urge every student to make themselves aware of what their Union is doing, contribute, and share ideas to make CIT a better environment for all.

Have you enjoyed your tenure as President of CIT Students’ Union? It has been a roller coaster journey from start to finish; I could not recommend the role enough to anybody. The best thing about the role is that any student is qualified for the position. Every student who has been in the position has brought a very different dimension to the job and im sure this will continue into the future. It is not a nine to five position; it is a way of life. There is nothing more fulfilling than been able to help another person. Running for election was the best decision I have ever made, and I will cherish my time as CIT Students’ Union President for ever. So many memories, thank you CIT.

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Oh, What A Tangled Worldwide Web We Weave In a world where you can be friends with people you don’t actually talk to, your scrapbooks are digitally enhanced and nearly anyone can read your conversations, it’s no surprise personal displays of affection between couples has taken on a whole new meaning. Facebook allows couples to shout their love from the virtual mountaintops of social media. Sharing is caring, but where do we draw the line between security in a stable relationship and airing dirty laundry? In profile pictures everywhere couples showcase their status with serious Public Displays of Affection or PDA’s. Keep in mind this is the picture that represents you to your friends on facebook. I get the novelty and fun of it. You’re in love and you want the world to know. Congratulations, but where do you draw the line? I can tolerate mushy pics up to a certain point but please, keep the pictures of you and your partner in a full on maul to yourself! On the subject of too much information, wall posting should be limited to sharing things with a significant other that can only be shared on the Web: e.g. links to videos they would like, songs that remind you of them, even a sporadic funny thought that comes to mind. Recounting private, dramatic or even steamy details from last weekend does not belong on a public wall. Save it for a private inbox or text message. e.g. “Hi snookie-pookie, loved what you did last night, you naughty boy!” (BARF!) Why couples leave those comments on each other’s wall is beyond me. I don’t know why they wouldn’t just say it to them in person and save me the horrific visuals! My advice would be to only post things on Facebook
















that you would say in person, in front of your whole family at a dinner table!!

Top FB Faux Pas: 1. Poking incessantly—it’s just not cool 2. Being in a relationship with someone one day, and then not. Oh wait, now it’s back on again, but then it’s over again. Too many posts on the newsfeed about you are not good. 3. Posting on your significant other’s wall so much you have written ten posts before you get one reply from them. If your partner isn’t into it, maybe you should cool it. 4. Adding you ex’s new guy or girl. Can you say awkward? 5. Stalking your new boo’s photos and wall posts with their ex. That’s just creepy. 6. Depressing quotes as status updates after a break-up. You’ll be avoided like the plague. 7. Liking or commenting on an ex’s new relationship status. 8. Liking every single one of your significant other’s pictures and posts. You’re attracted. We get it. 9. De-friending your ex, but checking up on them from your friends’ accounts. Snakey! 10. Posting a million pics of yourself where you are in your underwear or swimsuit. It’s just uncomfortable to look at!


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Sport & Societies

Social Care Joint Event

NMCI Sub Aqua Club Update When in college, you get to make many life changing decisions. You pick friends that you will be stuck with for years, take subjects which mould your career and you turn slowly into the professional you currently think you want to be, while lecturers drop gentle reminders about exams. Honestly it all seems to be just a little too much. “Give me a break” I hear you murmur, if only you could let go for a while and relax. Well thanks to signing up with the NMCI Sub Aqua Club our members just got the break they needed. We got to go for a full diving weekend in Adrigole, West Cork in glorious weather in April. We had a wonderful time and got to see the sea from a completely different point of view, below! Our diving club is affiliated with

Comhairle Fó Thuinn (CFT), the Irish Underwater Council. CFT enforce an intense training programme including both theory and practical training. We have been training hard all year in the NMCI in Ringaskiddy and have completed the pool training. The weekend gave our trainee divers an introduction to open water diving in Irish waters. We stayed in the Hungry Hill Lodge Hostel, which is close to many diving sites. The first dive site chosen was Zetland Pier. Zetland is ideal for trainees as it is shallow and sheltered with clear water. Fish like sheltered bays so there

is lots to see. It is situated near Adrigole on the Beara peninsula, so when you’re not under the sea there is plenty to see. We didn’t want to just stay at the one site so Allihies was chosen as an alternative site for some dives. Allihies is located further West on the Beara peninsula and offers some deeper dives. Thankfully we picked a brilliantly calm weekend. The weather was wonderful, glorious sunshine, not a cloud in the sky. Not bad for April in Ireland. The sunshine was so good that we managed to get one of our Spanish Erasmus students sunburnt. As a result, sunscreen has become a new edition to Irish divers equipment list! The first days diving started nice and early, all trainees got geared up and briefed to jump into the water. Each took their turns to jump in. Others took the chance to go for a snorkel while they waited. The bay was alive with dogfish, crabs and pike. Visibility was amazing. Some of the more experienced divers went outside the bay to slightly less calm water. Most novice divers got four dives completed, and are now certified trainee divers, also known as 1 star divers. This weekend was a roaring success and as mentioned we stayed in the Hungry hill lodge hostel. This hostel has a pub on site which serves dinner. We took advantage of this on the Saturday night where we got to see Munster hammer Northhampton and meet some very interesting locals. We would like to thank all the staff at the hostel and our instructor Gerry Horan. On a final note, we have had a very successful year with lots of outings. The club will continue to operate and dive throughout the summer and hopefully sign off trainees on new qualifications. Check out our stand in September/October on sports & societies day as we will be recruiting new members. So good luck to everyone in exams, stay safe and enjoy the summer and we’ll hopefully see you next September !

For the first time, final year students of the BA (Hons) in Social Care, CIT and BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy, UCC, engaged in a joint workshop on interprofessional work. This was held in CIT on February 3rd 2010 facilitated by Dr. Áine de Róiste, CIT and Dr. Phil McGowan, UCC. Café Fraiche was used before it reopened thanks to the generousity of the student services team. Students were broken up into small groups, each group including a mix of CIT and UCC students enabling students between the two professions to get to know other. Students then worked as a group on two case studies exploring client needs and how each profession, Social Care and Occupational Therapy would approach and work with each case. Short presentations were also made by a number of CIT staff. Laura O’Rourke, the CIT Disability Officer spoke about Social care and disability work. Ona McGrath, a lecturer in Social Care spoke about adapted physical activity and Tom O’Connor, who lectures in public policy and economics, spoke about policy developments in the health and social care sector. Brief presentations were also given by students from both CIT and UCC about undertaking Erasmus funded professional practice placements and study semesters abroad. The workshop proved to be very successful and is likely to be an annual event, rotating in venue between CIT and UCC. Join Societies Online - Monthy Competitions - Latest News - Event Calendar


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