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CIT Students’ Union Magazine Volume Twelve, Issue 3

• All the latest CIT news • Top tips to relieving stress • Fees protest update • Clubs and Societies • Problem Pages • “Overheard” in CIT

Don’t worry, be happy!

Contents 4 Mental Health Week CIT Students’ Union, Rossa Ave, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland. Telephone: 021 433 5274 Fax: 021 454 5343 Email: Web: expliCIT Production Keith Brown, Philip O’Reilly CIT Students’ Union President - John Lane ( Vice President Education - Chris Scanlon ( Vice President Welfare - Vicki Fitzpatrick (

The road to positive mental health and supports available

6  SU Exec Notes 8 CIT Notes 9  Feature

Jobs for Cork grads in Europe

12  Mental Health Week

Schitzophrenia, fostering a supportive environment and tips for reducing stress

14 Fees protests Latest report

15 Photos

Recent events captured

17 Sport at CIT

The joys of sport

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Whas the best piece of advice you ever received?

21  Feature

A warning about antisocial behaviour!

22 Problem pages

24 Clubs and Societies news

Communications Officer -to be elected (

Entertainments Manager Mick O’Mahony (

19 “Overheard”

So, you think you have problems??!!

Projects Officer - Niamh Hayes (

Entertainments Officer - Gordon Forbes (

4 25 Health


Smoothies and beef stew (not together obviously!)

26 Games

Great prizes on offer for successfully completed entries delivered into the Students’ Union office

As part of S.H.A.G (Sexual Health and Guidance Week) the STI Clinic Cork held a quiz throughout the week. Below are the questions and answers, congrats to all the winners and we hope you enjoy your prizes  • A person can have an STI and not know it (True) • It is normal for women to have some vaginal discharge (True) • Once you have had an STI and have been cured, you can’t get it again (False) • HIV is mainly present in semen, blood, vaginal secretions, and breast milk (True) • Chlamydia and gonorrhoea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (True) • A pregnant woman who has an STI can pass the disease on to her baby (True) • Most STI’s go away without treatment, if people wait long enough (False) • The pill offers excellent protection against STI’s (False) • Condoms can help to prevent the spread of STI’s (True) • Name one service where STI screening is offered in Cork (CIT Medical Centre) • Name two services available at the sexual health centre (pregnancy testing, HIV support)

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The road to Positive Mental Health

Attitude is everything Attitude is the way you think. Your attitude is something other people can actually see. They can hear it in your voice, see it in the way you move, feel it when they are with you. Your attitude is expressed in everything you do, all the time, wherever you are. Positive attitudes always invite positive results. Negative attitudes always invite negative results. Attitude makes a difference every hour, every day, in everything you do for your entire life. What you get out of each thing you do will equal the attitude you have when you do it. Anything that you do with a positive attitude will work for you. Anything you do with a negative attitude will work against you. If you have a positive attitude, you are looking for ways to solve the problems that you can solve, and you are letting go of the things over which you have no control. You can develop a positive attitude by emphasizing the good, by being tough minded, and by refusing defeat. Author unknown

Go now and live

Experience. Dream. Risk. Close your eyes and jump. Enjoy the freefall. Choose exhilaration over comfort. Choose magic over predictability. Choose potential over safety. Wake up to the magic of everyday life. Make friends with your intuition. Trust your gut. Discover the beauty of uncertainty. Know yourself fully before you make promises to another. Make millions of mistakes so that you will know how to choose what you really need. Know when to hold on and when to let go. Love hard and often and without reservation. Seek knowledge. Open yourself to possibility. Keep your heart open, your head high and your spirit free. Embrace your darkness along with your light. Be wrong every once in a while, and don’t be afraid to admit it. Awaken to the brilliance in ordinary moments. Tell the truth about yourself no matter what the cost. Own your reality without apology. See goodness in the world. Be bold. Be fierce. Be grateful. Be wild, crazy and gloriously free. Be you. Go now, and live


Complimentary Therapies for a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. A Reiki treatment involves balancing energies from each chakra ( energy point) in the body. A treatment typically last for around one hour and can cost €40 to €50. Personally speaking it is the most relaxing treatment, where the receiver of the healing , is filled with the most powerful feeling of love, peace and calmess. Reiki is not used as an alternative treatment to illness but is fantastic to be used to increase energy levels either during or after an illness. People receive Reiki for any number of reasons from feeling stressed to recovering from a serious illness. It also important to mention here you don’t need anything ‘wrong’ with you to receive a treatment, infact its one of the nicest things you can do for yourself.


This is an ancient therapy, practised in china for over 3,500 years. Acupuncture is designed to maintain the correct balance of yin and yang (male and female energies), thereby restoring the body to a healthy state. To do this, needles are inserted into acupuncture points. There are 14 acupuncture points in the body, each representing an internal organ. Chi (vital) energy is said to flow through these channel. When people are sick, the flow of chi is altered and the insertion of an acupuncture needle into an appropriate point is said to correct the flow of energy, thereby restoring the body to health. People use acupuncture along with medication to ease pain relief from migraines, joints, bones and muscle. It is also said to improve stress levels and helps releave dental pain and used with cancer patients to alleviate pain.


The aim of this treatment is to help the body heal, by treating ‘like with like’. Very dilute remedies are used to stimulate the body’s own healing abilities. Prescriptions are based on mental symptoms and as physical complaints. Homeopathy is said to work on the principal that water retains a memory which stimulates the body to heal. Homeopathy is used by people suffering from anxiety, depression, painful periods, migraines, eczema and asthma. Homeopathy has attracted particular controversy, with the industry as a whole worth a staggering 38 million a year in the UK. Positive effects have been reported in a study carried out with 60 of 138 published studies, negative effects were reported from 10 studies and the other 68 studies were not conclusive


Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to the feet and hands utilising specific thumb, finger and hand techniques on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the body. Archaeological evidence points to ancient reflexology medical practices in Egypt (2330 BCE). Research has shown the specific techniques of reflexology to be effective and beneficial in many ways. The benfits of reflexology include: Creates relaxation, reduces muscle and joint pain, aids post operative recovery, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, help’s cancer patient’s suffering from nausea and pain. Research also shows that reflexology helps people suffering from depression and anxiety.

an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive

Supports available to people suffering with mental health problems AWARE Aware is a voluntary body that offers assistance to people who suffer from depression. Anyone who suffers from depression or their friends and family members who want to learn more about the condition are encouraged to get in contact with Aware. Services provided include: support groups, LoCall helpline, free information service, education and awareness initiatives. The helpline number is 1890 303302, 10am-10pm. For more information please visit

fected by schizophrenia and related illnesses, through the promotion and provision of high-quality services. The helpline is open every day from 9am to 4pm and provides general information, a listening ear and specific information about Shine services. There is a resource centre in Cork which is open Monday to Friday. This centre provides a wide range of rehabilitation, personal development and counselling services. The Regional office also has relevant and up to date information on local mental health services, information, resources, training and employment services and other community resources.


CONSOLE Helpline 1800 201890

This is a free phone helpline open daily 6pm-10pm. The helpline is for people who are feeling suicidal or equally for a family member or friend who is concerned about someone. People can ring and talk, in complete confidence, to someone who will listen and offer help and support.

Console provides support for those bereaved by suicide. They have a free helpline and also offer counselling to family and friends affected by suicide by a loved one. Please visit the website for more information.

GROW Tel: 021 4277520 Grow is a twelve step support group for people with mental health difficulties i.e. depression, anxiety, panic attacks etc. It is an anonymous, confidential and free service. Services provided include: support, friendship and a safe environment

SAMARITANS Tel: 1850 60 90 90 The Samaritans offer a 24hr a day free and confidential support, for anyone experiencing distress or despair including those which could lead to suicide. No matter how big or small the problem is, there is always someone available, at the other end of the phone to talk to you. Don’t carry the burden alone, speak up and talk to someone.

SHINE Tel: 1890 621 631 Shine supports people with mental ill health and their families and friends in a number of different ways. Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those af-

Mental Health Week

WOMEN’S AID FREEPHONE HELPLINE 1890 341900 Women’s aid offer support and information to women who are being abused by an intimate partner. Mental or emotional abuse includes threats, being shouted at, being put down, intimidated or insulted and having your freedom controlled. The helpline also offers advice with domestic violence, physical abuse and sexual abuse.

Mental or emotional abuse includes threats, being shouted at, being put down, intimidated or insulted and having your freedom controlled

BODYWHYS Tel: 01 2834963 Bodywhys is a national charity which offers help, support, understanding and information to people with eating disorders, and to their family and friends. Services offered include information on various aspects of eating disorders, support groups for people with eating disorders and for their family and friends.

HSE DRUGS/ HIV HELPLINE 1800 459 459 This helpline is a confidential, Freephone, active listening service offering nondirective support, information, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to substance use and/or HIV and sexual health. They offer information and guidance, without telling the caller what to do and have comprehensive information available to the caller.

The service is confidential and offers non-judgemental support, information, help with finding refuge and appointments for one-to-one support services. The helpline is open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Tel: 021-4278411/ 087-1386120 NA provides support for people who are addicted to substances.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA) Tel: 021-4500481 AA is a support group for people with alcohol related problems. For information on local meetings visit


President’s Note


he last month has been one that I will never forget, and hopefully one which will have a lasting impact. On November 3rd, a National Protest was held in Dublin on behalf of Students of Ireland. CIT strongly and proudly sent up representatives to let the voice of CIT be heard. The proposed increase in the Student Registration Fee, cuts in the Maintenance Grant, and the lack of opportunities for graduates were all highlighted. In excess of 40,000 students from all over the island of Ireland came to show their solidarity in a united cause, to keep students in college. Unfortunately, much of the media attention was drawn away from a valid cause by excessive Garda violence and a handful of trouble makers. Moving forward, there is going to be a massive protest in Cork on December 1st. I will strongly urge all students to attend this. The Dublin protest was hours away, but I cannot see any reason whatsoever whereby students will not participate in the Cork march. It is for your own good so please come and support your cause. Anti-social behaviour is also an issue this month. Drunken fun as it may be, I must warn students not to let yourself, your parents and your college down by getting into trouble with the Gardaí or Bishopstown residents. There have been

To All our students I would also like to congratulate all the graduates who graduated last month. In total, 1211 graduated from the School of Business and Humanities, 1024 from the School of Science and Engineering, 240 from the Crawford College of Art and Design and 64 from the School of Music. These conferrings represented years of hard work for all of those involved and we in the Students’ Union would like to commend these graduates and say well done. Events were held in Rochestown Park Hotel on the Thursday and Friday night’s and were well attended. Other issues within the college were the HETAC Institutional Review. Every five years the college is examined to ensure it is doing what it is supposed to be doing, continuously improving and keeping quality standards high. Students and staff were interviewed to ensure clarity and all went off without a hitch. CIT is continuously changing and growing. CITSU SHAG Week was an overwhelming success. CITSU Welfare Officer, Vicki Fitzpatrick, showed that sex isn’t all that scary to talk about and many students participated in surveys, workshops and safety demonstrations. Although a little racy and controversial at times, the week

Yes, it is a celibate month for many of these men, but Movember is a very worthy cause as it is the only charity that focuses solely on male cancers...

a number of incidents this year and the Gardaí have warned CITSU that no mercy or blind eye will be shown to students breaking the law in any form. If students get a conviction, it will hamper your employment opportunities and that is the last thing that anyone wants. It will also prevent you from obtaining visas to get a J1 for the states or access to countries like Australia and New Zealand in later years.


was run for the benefit of all the students and did just that. Mental Health Week is being run as her next campaign from the 16th – 18th November, which you can read more about further on in this issue. As charity events go for the month of November, CITSU are supporting the Irish Wheelchair Associations Angel campaign. The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), serve people with all physical dis-

abilities, not just people in wheelchairs. Angel pins are available on campus, and please support the cause. CITSU are also strongly supporting Cooperation Irelands Santa Challenge. The aim is to break the world record of the highest amount of Santa’s in one place at one time, and the event is aiming for 15,000 people to dress as Santa and gather on the South Mall on Sunday 28th of November. This will be fun for young and old, and also do some good work on the run up to Christmas. To register, log on to The Santa suits must be provided by the organisers to count so registration is essential. And in case most of you haven’t noticed, Movember is also in full swing. Manly men growing manly moustaches. Yes, it is a celibate month for many of these men, but Movember is a very worthy cause as it is the only charity that focuses solely on male cancers. Please support our boys who Mo’s should be coming along nicely at this stage. I should even be sprouting one myself. If anything else comes up I will let you all know, and please feel free to contact me at any time, John Lane

Positive Mental Health Week


ello everyone and welcome to Positive Mental Health Week!! Before I begin talking about the week ahead, I need to extend a huge thank you for all of the help and support I received during S.H.A.G Week. I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of Welfairies who got involved in the campaign and all the hard work that they put in, making the week a huge success.

I am delighted to say that 280 students took part in the sexual health workshops and the feedback was fantastic! I would also like to thank the students who took part in the week’s activites and for making great use of the information stands, condom demos, sexual violence survey, sexual health quiz and of course, the sexual health magician! I hope that you enjoyed the 2,600 condom giveaway we had all week, and don’t worry I still have plenty of condoms in the office, so please feel free to call up! I would also like to thank everyone who took part in the one minute vigil on the 2nd November. It was a powerful display of support and solidarity for all those who have been affected by suicide. As part of my role as Welfare officer I am here to help students with mental health problems and to point them in the direction of help and support in whatever area that they need. Mental health is just as important as physical and sexual health, which are the two other areas of health promotion which I look after. Mental health embodies having a positive and healthy outlook on life, being able to put problems in perspective, being able to enjoy life and the ability to bounce back from setbacks. To look after one’s mental health it is extremely important to set time aside to just breathe, spend time in nature and to have daily exercise. I also find reading inspiring quotes or books a great mood lifter and I love to laugh! It is very easy to get bogged down and caught up with all of the negativity surrounding the Irish economy at the moment and is it is also a time of the

Welfare Officer

year when there is a lot of pressure on students with exams and deadlines. One in four people in Ireland experience some form of mental health problem. This is a very real issue in our lives and the best advice I can offer any student is to talk about their problems. Talking is a sign of strength, not weakness, and there are a lot of supports available here in CIT and in the Cork region. I was shocked to hear that more people died in Ireland from suicide last year than in road traffic accidents. In spite of this, the amount of advertising which promotes road safety is a lot greater than the amount of resources used to promote mental health. This does not make sense to me. I am going to use my role as your Welfare Officer to promote mental health as much as I can.

One in four people in Ireland experience some form of mental health issue

I really hope you all benefit from Positive Mental health week, and take from it as much information as possible, regarding the types of mental health problems and support services available. My aim for this campaign is to promote a positive atmosphere within CIT and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. On Tuesday and Wednesday, different organisations will be coming on campus to display information stands and to talk to students about the

support services they offer. Madpride cork are coming on campus on Tuesday and will be carrying out ‘normality’ testing on students. I hope you are not (all) afraid of clowns! On Wednesday, laughing yoga is taking place at 1pm. I have been promised this is a fantastic experience and will leave you feeling destressed and very happy! On Thursday, from 9.30am - 1pm and 1.30-5pm the HSE are holding two Safe Talk courses. Students will receive a certificate at the end of this course, and it will help to identify some of the signs a person with suicidal thoughts may be showing and will also infrom you on what supports are available. If you would like to sign up for the talk please email me at Haribo have also kindly supplied us with goodies and we are also giving out some freebies during the week so look out for the lovely welfairies! I hope you all have a fantastic week, and remember that we here in the Students’ Union work for you!!! love and light Vicki

Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with them


CIT Notes

The Access Award Programme (A student Volunteer Programme)

Do you want to make a real difference? Learn a new skill? Be part of your community? Boost your career prospects? Have new experiences? Meet diverse groups of people?

The Access Award Programme requires each student to commit to ten hours of project work over the course of one Semester. This work could include school visits, role model sessions, student shadowing sessions, home work clubs, etc.

Then you might consider the CIT Access Award Programme. The CIT Access Service is looking to recruit Volunteers for a new Access Award Programme.

At the end of the academic year and on completion of the ten hours, the Access Award student will be invited to attend a lunch with the CIT Registrar and Head of Academic Affairs in the Training Restaurant and will be presented with an Access Award Parchment. All Access Award student volunteers will appear on the CIT Learning City Magazine. Student volunteers need to be enthusiastic, friendly, committed and reliable.

Cork Institute of Technology Access Award Programme

The CIT Access Award is a special volunteer initiative for CIT Students. The CIT Access Service is seeking to enlist 15 high calibre volunteer students to work on CIT Access initiatives. Each student will be given one days training prior to commencing on the programme. The training would involve an overview of CIT Access, child protection issues, working in teams, public speaking, etc.

CIT Access Service The CIT Access Service aims to ensure wider participation and equality of outcome in higher education by promoting access to CIT and third level and facilitating participa-

tion and progression for under-represented groups. • The Access Service works with four under-represented groups • Socio-economically disadvantaged groups • Students with disabilities • Mature students • Ethnic Minorities If you are interested in being involved please complete the application form and hand it into the Access Service, Student Centre, Cork Institute of Technology. For information please contact Louise on 021-4335139. The closing date for application is Friday 26th November 2010. Applications can be returned by email to louise.bermingham@ or dropped into the Access Service, Nexus, Student Centre.

A Time to Remember our loved ones. You are invited to attend a

Mass of Remembrance

Wednesday 17th Nov @ 1pm Main Dining Room, Tourism & Hospitality Building Sandwiches & hot food will be served afterwards You are most welcome to join us. Chaplaincy & Student Support Team

Movember in Full Swing!

The Mo, slang for moustache and November come together each year for Movember. The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia.  The plan was simple; to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realised the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.  Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.  The Movember moustache has grown year on year since then, expanding to Ireland, The UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, The Netherlands and Finland. The funds raised through Movember’s Ireland campaign benefit Action Prostate Cancer a programme of The Irish Cancer Society.

Movember events at CIT; 22nd – 25th November; Male pamper packs, Info Day, Table quiz


Jobs for Cork Graduates in Europe Last Wednesday November 3, Andrea Pappin, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, the not-for-profit organisation working to make the connection between Irish people and the EU, visited CIT to talk to post-graduate students about the job and internship opportunities available for them in Europe. A worrying trend has emerged in the last few years. Ireland’s booming economy in the mid90s and the plentiful career opportunities that existed here then meant that the number of Irish g r a d u a t e s looking to the EU for employment reduced dramatically. As a consequence of this, there is a real worry that not enough Irish people are rising through the ranks of the EU; and that if graduates don’t start feeding into the system now, the Irish will find themselves grossly under-represented at the higher levels of the EU civil service in a decades’ time. Part of European Movements’ Grad Jobs in Europe campaign, Andrea’s career talk focused on informing CIT students about the internships and graduate positions available both within and outside of the European institutions. At a time when un-employment is rife, and so many students worry about their career prospects after college, this campaign has been developed to show students the vast scope for career development that the European system has to offer and to try and encourage those who are considering emigrating to look to Brussels and Luxembourg as an alternative to the US and Australia. More than anything else, European Movement Ireland is working hard to help Cork graduates overcome the biggest barrier to their succeeding in Europe – confidence. Jobs in the EU are highly competitive, but as Andrea pointed out, the current Secretary-General of the European Commission, Irishwoman Catherine Day, and recently-appointed Chief Operating Officer of the new EU External Action Service, Irishman David O’Sullivan, have clearly demonstrated the Irish are well able to take on the competition, beat the odds and excel in Europe; when the Irish get to Brussels, they do extraordinarily well. First things first, be sure to get to pronunciation right; a stage is to Europe as an internship is to the US, and its pronounced stah-je (like mirage) not stage (like in a theatre). During her talk, Andrea took students through the four routes of getting a stage position in Brussels; • The institutional route (applying to one of the European institutions); • The agency route (applying to one of the 23 EU agencies scattered around the continent); • The non-institutional route (which involves applying to NGOs and private firms and companies) ;

• The academic route (although not a direct route to an internship, there are several ways undergraduates can maximise their chances of getting a stage when their time comes, these include taking the opportunity to go on Erasmus while completing their degree and ensuring they continue to study at least one of the other working languages of the EU). After several years of experience working in the European space – with the Department of Foreign Affairs, as Executive Director of European Movement Ireland and as a Special Advisor to Commissioner Margot Wallstrom – and as a former stagiaire herself, Andrea is extremely wellplaced to advise students on the ins and outs of the stage system, and this she did with humour and insight. The insider knowledge she shared included the advice that there is often a “negative correlation between glamour and interest” when it comes to stage positions. That means that, all too often, the more glamorous and interesting the position sounds, the less likely it is that there will actually be any glamorous and/or interesting work involved. Andrea advised students to read up on all of the stage positions on offer so that they would fully understand the role of each and could make informed and clever decisions when the time came to rank them in order of preference in the application. Andrea also spoke at length about ‘the language thing’ - that is the poor track record the Irish have at taking a second language at thirdlevel. She encouraged students not to dismiss the language skills they have after secondary school and not to let a perceived lack of lingual dexterity to prevent them from applying. She re-iterated the importance of continuing with a language in college, but also re-assured students that Leaving Cert level is often adequate for stage. European Movement Ireland’s career talks will be taking place in third-level institutions across the country over the coming weeks. For more information on these talks, the Grad Jobs in Europe campaign, Andrea’s presentation or the work of European Movement in general log onto the European Movement Ireland website http:// or contact Jenny in their Dublin offices on 01 662 5815 or jenny@ Details of all the stage opportunities mentioned above are available in volume 3 of the Green Book, European Movement Ireland’s guide to interning and living in Brussels. This is also downloadable from the European Movement website.


Important Information you need before your

end of semester examinations, Dec 2010

End of Semester Examinations will take place from 11th December to the morning of 23rd December, 2010 inclusive. Student timetables will be online at http://exams. on 19th November and seat numbers will be displayed on 6th December. A bag drop in centre will be available in the main hall where students should hand in bags and personal possessions including mobile phones and other electronic devices. MOBILE PHONES or other ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE EXAMINATION HALL.

Students who bring to the Examination Hall, mobile phones, iPods, Electronic Devices or written notes of any description, including written notes on hands, arms, pencil cases, rulers etc., are in breach of examination regulations. Any breach of regulations will be reported to the Registrar’s Office and may result in a cancelled examination result. To see the complete CIT Examination Code of Conduct go to If you have special examination entitlements, you should by now have contacted the Disability Officer to set these in place. However, if you have not done so, you should contact immediately. If you are a student whose first language is not English, you may have an entitlement to the use of a dictionary during your examinations. See for further information on this. If you have a query regarding end of semester examinations, please email


CIT Notes

Student Enterprise on CIT Campus

What does the student internship entail? CIT Student Enterprise been established to promote, develop and sustain enterprise among students in CIT. We are committed to helping students find out more about enterprise and to encourage participation. Throughout the college year we will be holding many events and competitions on and off campus to facilitate this effort. Starting up a campus company is a daunting task; however the potential rewards are endless. With the success of previous campus start-ups such as Google and Facebook, we want to show students that it is possible to develop their own company and we are here to help. Working closely with the Rubicon Incubation Centre we have been trying to plant that seed of enterprise and entrepreneurship into student’s minds.

The CIT Student Enterprise Intern programme was officially launched in September 2009. There is widespread support for this project from the Director, the Governing Body, the Academic Community and from external organisations such as Cork City and County Enterprise Board.

Student Enterprise Intern Training

Student Enterprise Intern training took place on the 18th & 19th of October 2010. Six interns attended the training from IT Sligo, DkIT, Blanchardstown IT and CIT (Nicola Walsh BBus, and Johnny Sheehy BEng.). The training included presentation skills, team building exercises and a chance to analyse current competitions and ideas for improvement.

The goal for the future?

Following successful trends in American Universities, the overall aim is to change

student’s ways of thinking in regards to enterprise and innovation. Creative and innovative ideas from the students’ population can lead to infinite success and in turn create employment. With the fast moving economies of the world and the power of the internet causing almost instant globalisation, it is crucial to gain first mover advantage in many markets. Students have the ability to get to the market first, even while undertaking academic activities.

Upcoming Events • Entrepreneur workshops for the CIT • Prize for Innovation. • Business Plan workshop • Financial workshop • Legal workshop • Innovation workshop • Creative workshop • Enterprise & Innovation Society coffee morning

Creative and innovative ideas from the student’s population can lead to infinite success and in turn create employment

Interdisciplinary New Product Development Module begins The School of Business and School of Engineering are co-operating in delivering a new module titled ‘Interdisciplinary New Product Development’ (MGMT 8026). The new module was designed to run in parallel with Innovative Product Development Labs (MECH 8009), the module taken by third year Mechanical / Biomedical / Product Design Engineers. The aim is to formally bring together engineering, business, accounting and marketing students through an action learning project in which teams made up of engineering and business students collaborate in developing an innovative product, estimate it’s commercial potential and plan for its exploitation. The Module is innovative in two ways. Firstly, the aim is to develop an innovative product, which can be successful and fill a market need. Secondly the interdisciplinary nature of the module is innovative. For the first time, students from different Schools in CIT formally share in the process of developing and planning for the commercialisation of a new product, while business and accounting students receive 5 ECTS credits for their role in planning and developing the product and completing the module. The students share workshops on idea generation, team working and project management. The engineers, liaising on a continual basis with the business students, take responsibility for design and manufacturing issues. Business and accounting students investigate market potential, sources of finance and prepare a business plan in conjunction with their engineering team members.


Business/Accounting and Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering students on New Product Development teams and lecturers visit Nimbus and Rubicon Enterprise Centre, CIT

In previous years CIT engineering and business students have had great success in Enterprise competitions, gaining prizes in the Enterprise Ireland student awards and winning the National first prize recently. The new module Interdisciplinary New Product Development was developed in CIT in association with the ACE Initiative. ACE (Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship) is a collaborative project funded by SIF to foster the development of enterprise teaching and approaches in HEIs. Another initiative of ACE is the appointment of Enterprise interns on campus. Nicola Walsh BBus, and Johnny Sheehy BEng, are the current enterprise interns in CIT, with the mission of raising awareness of enterprise and entrepreneurship among the student population.

Peace and Quiet!

Have you ever tried to study and found distractions everywhere? Have you ever been under pressure to cram in information before an exam and have people ignorantly talking to each other? Have you ever wanted to tell people to shut the hell up? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you have probably been into the CIT Library. It is a disgrace that students mess and talk aloud in the library. It is by no means the responsibility of the library staff alone to keep the place quiet. Every student needs to take responsibility and tell people to be quiet if they are too loud. To change a culture is very slow, and must start from the roots. The only people who can keep the library quiet are you, the students. If some one is acting the gobshite, tell them to feck off, if someone is talking and distracting others, tell them to shut up. If someone is on the phone, tell them to get out. The library staff are busy and do their best, but students need to police themselves for the good of each other. CITSU President, John Lane, has said “I know that there have been many times I have thrown a blind eye to people talking when really I should have stepped in. This year, I encourage students to take responsibility for their library, the students library, and tell people that if they aren’t there to study, then leave”’ CITSU representatives will be dropping into the library on the lead up to the exams to see what the place is like, and if the noise is kept to a minimum. After talks with the library staff, the library is planned for reopening again on Saturdays from Saturday 27th of November. John Lane has been in talks with library management to get it open sooner than this, and at the time of this going to print, it looks as if it may be open from Saturday 20th.

2010 Undergraduate Awards Winner

William Holland, a CIT graduate has won the Engineering category of the 2010 Undergraduate Awards. William received the Undergraduate Award for a project where he created and developed an idea for sports footwear support. Mary Robinson presented the awards to the winners. Out of 1603 entries, 26 students received an award; excellent essays are shortlisted and highly commended. Four essays were shortlisted for the Engineering Category, with CIT making up half of this. David Kelleher was shortlisted for his essay Development of Bovine 3D Teat Sensing System for Disinfection Purposes. CIT has often been hailed as the best 3rd level Institute for Engineering, so it comes as no surprise that this top level institute facilitated such excellence. CIT has also been named institute of the year by the Sunday Times, and has the 2nd best employment rate out of all 3rd level education sectors in Ireland. William was born in Cork, and grew up in Bandon, throughout his childhood William always had a keen interest in engineering. “I chose to study at Cork Institute of Technology because it is an internationally recognised college in the fields of both Engineering and Science”, William said. The Undergraduate Awards is an award programme designed to inspire, support and celebrate the ideas of undergraduates. Students enter corrected coursework, which is rated by external and international judging panels. Students are commended for their original ideas, innovation and excellent written style. The awards are open to every 3rd level Institution on the island of Ireland, and submissions for the 2011 Undergraduate Awards are now open. Corrected coursework of 2.1 standard or higher can be entered on the website:

Waste Awareness Day

The Waste Awareness day at CIT held on the 12th October was a great success. The stand was kept busy for the day with students and staff visiting the stand with questions and comments. 218 entries were received for the competition ‘guess the weight’ of a bale of cardboard on display in the Foyer. Correct entries were entered into a draw and three lucky winners are listed below. The weight of the bale of cardboard was 75kg. Well done to every one who guessed correctly. 1st prize (€100) went to Lisa Goulding, 2nd prize (€50) went to John Organ, 3rd prize (€50) went to Nadia Khalfi. Prizes were sponsored by Greenstar. Please make every effort to separate your waste in the new recycling bins and always think waste prevention.

CIT Notes

Erasmus is it a must?

By: Alan O’Connor

For the past few days I’ve been living the life of an Erasmus student. My course allows me to switch to the same course in Darmstadt Germany whenever we’d like. This is because it a joint award so at the end we’re actually handed a degree from CIT and the German equivalent. I came over here to see how someone from my class was doing during his Erasmus year and visit the college I may be spending third year in. I decided to spend the week like an Erasmus student and stay in the student accommodation with him. What better way to be able to put myself in his shoes?

Student accommodation here is good, more or less the same as in Ireland really, but as with all Erasmus students language is the biggest barrier. There is no guarantee you’ll all be able to speak English so getting the washing up done could be like a meeting of the United Nations. Another time you’d encounter the language barrier is day to day life. Shopping, transportation and making your way around the city are all very different when you don’t know a city too well. These things are learned in time but if you were planning on going to a country that doesn’t speak your language on Erasmus then my biggest tip would be learn it as far in advance as you can. I have a good level of German but every now and then during this trip have been surprised by how different conversation German is to what the Leaving Cert teaches you. You also might not be able to fit into a class that is exactly like the one you would have been doing back in CIT so could be a little behind when it comes to certain things or ahead when it comes to others but all that said the opportunity to live in another country and study far outweighs the downside. However Erasmus can be a fun a life changing experience and making friends and fostering links across the world is something that everyone should have the chance to do at least once in their life. Studying as an Erasmus student can be a great addition to your CV too. An employer will love the fact that you’ve put the effort into your studies to go to another country and gotten past all the barriers I’ve spoken about. For many Erasmus can also be a great opportunity to become independent. Without Mammy and Daddy around many students learn how to do their washing, cleaning and living on a budget, quickly sorts out how many nights a week you are able to go out and still feed yourself at the end of the week. You may go away a student but you’ll have come back having learned a lot more than just your chosen area of study. For me the decision is still a few months away but the time to start thinking seriously about it is now.


Mental Health Week

Schizophrenia Hallucinations

The person may hear voices repeating or mimicking their thoughts, commenting on their actions (often in a critical manner), or they may hear voices arguing with one another.

Disorganised Thinking

Schizophrenia Ireland Helpline 1890 621631


chizophrenia is a serious mental health illness which affects one in every 100 people worldwide. The illness is characterised by disturbances in a person’s thoughts, perceptions, emotions and behaviour. The first onset of the illness appears in adolescence or early adulthood. The symptoms may be either positive or negative.

Symptoms include:


People may think that they are being spied on, tormented, followed or tricked, or may believe that gestures or comments are directed specifically at them. Delusions will occur during some stage of the disorder in 90% of people who experience schizophrenia.

Fostering a supportive environment By Dr. Margaret O’Keeffe Lecturer in Community Development and Education Department of Education Development (DEIS) Cork Institute of Technology


This is a change in patterns of thinking and is usually expressed through abnormal spoken language. For example, the person’s conversation jumps erratically from one topic to another, new words may be created, and speech may greatly speed up or slow down..

Disorganised behaviour

A person with schizophrenia may display behaviour that is considered inappropriate according to usual social norms, such as wearing unusual clothing, muttering aloud in public, or inappropriately shouting or swearing.

Loss of motivation

This may involve lack of apathy, energy or absence of interest in things. There may be feelings of isolation and difficulties keeping up with work or daily routine

Loss of feelings

May be inability to express or feel emotions, resulting in damaging subsequent relationships

Disrupted speech

The amount of speech is greatly reduced and may sometimes be repetitious or vague

Flat presentation

A person may stare vacantly into space and speak in a flat toneless voice. This can also be indicated by unchanging facial expressions and poor or no eye contact

Cognitive impairments

Schizophrenia sufferers often experience problems with memory, attention and concentration. People with schizophrenia attempt suicide much more often than others. About 10 percent die by suicide, especially young adult males. People with the illness are also three times more likely to smoke and have problems with addictions and substance abuse. Some drugs, such as marijuana, amphetamines, or cocaine, may make symptoms worse. There are many medical treatments available to cure people diagnosed with schizophrenia, and the earlier the illness is detected the more treatable it is! If you are experiencing the above mentioned symtoms, and it is affecting your daily life, then go to CIT Medical centre ASAP.

There are many medical treatments available to cure people diagnosed with skitsophenia, and the earlier the illness is detected the more treatable it is

In early October 2010, an 18 year old, first year student at Rutgers University (New Jersey) Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. Tyler was by all accounts a shy, quiet and talented young man. The apparent reason for his suicide is quite shocking. Tyler believed his roommate had placed a hidden web camera in their dormitory to transmit his private encounters with another man. Disturbing though this incident is it is not an isolated one. In the United States, there has been a number of young people who have committed suicide after humiliation or bullying linked to their sexual identity. What happened to Tyler is heart breaking for his family and friends. His death, however, poses a wider challenge to us all in terms of how we treat one another (whether it is here in College or in other social spaces). (It also needs to be clearly said that suicide and selfharm are grave social issues for Irish society generally. Ireland has the 5th highest suicide rate in Europe for the 15-25 year age group. Death by suicide is the principle cause of death among young Irish men). Most Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) never self-harm, attempt suicide or have mental health issues (such as anxiety or depression). Nonetheless, the research data indicates that stigma, discrimination, harassment and inequality cause specific stresses for LGBT people (termed minority stress). Minority stress puts LGBT people at increased vulnerability of developing mental health issues. The corollary is that the greater the levels of support and inclusion for LGBT people, the lesser the risk of minority stress (GLEN, p.5). This is a very significant finding. Ongoing efforts to foster a universally inclusive and supportive environment here at CIT are a tremendous community benefit. They constitute a critical protective factor for all of us in times of need. These efforts may also be crucial in supporting people who may be feeling particularly vulnerable and isolated (for a whole host of reasons). This conclusion also highlights the importance of a ‘whole of community’ response to bullying behaviour of any kind, because this kind of conduct has no place in a caring environment like CIT.

Top Tips to Reducing Stress

Mental Health Week • Adjust your standards. Perfectionism is a major source of avoidable stress. Stop setting yourself up for failure by demanding perfection. Set reasonable standards for yourself and others, and learn to be okay with “good enough.” • Focus on the positive. When stress is getting you down, take a moment to reflect on all the things you appreciate in your life, including your own positive qualities and gifts. This simple strategy can help you keep things in perspective.

Things you can do every day

• Spend at least a little time alone every day • Take a short break at the same time every day to meditate, breath, or just notice how your body is feeling. • Realise that you can find opportunities in negative situations. Albert Einstein said: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” • Realise that having negative feelings will just hurt you, not them. So there is no reason for you to have any negative feeling. • Remember your favourite quotes to give you inspiration and motivation. Have a quote of the day. • Realise that you can’t please everyone. In fact, nobody can. Sometimes you need to just let some people go. Realising this will relieve you from a lot of unnecessary burden so that you can focus on the people that you can positively interact with. • Exercise: This is a great way to de-stress. Walk, run, skip, cycle, swim, do whatever you like just as long as you get the body moving! • Learn how to say “NO” Know your limits and stick to them. Balancing college life with work commitments as well as personal relationships is not easy. When you’re stretched too thin and running behind, it’s hard to stay calm and focused. Don’t take on more commitments than you can handle.

Look after yourself first and foremost. Under promise and over deliver! • Manage your time better: Poor time management can cause a lot of stress. • Avoid people who stress you out: If someone consistently causes stress in your life and you can’t turn the relationship around, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely.

Go for a walk Spend time in nature Call a good friend Sweat out tension with a good workout Write in your journal Take a long bath Light scented candles Savour a hot cup of tea or coffee Play with a pet Receive a massage or Reiki treatment Curl up with a good book Listen to music Watch a comedy Dance Kiss

• De-Clutter your life: A clean home, bedroom and car are an absolute must for a clear mind. Organise class notes into separate folders and date them, also catch up on missed notes as soon as your return back to college. No one likes roaming the library the night before an exam in search of exam hints and missed material. • Express your feelings instead of bottling them up: If something or someone is bothering you, communicate your concerns in an open and respectful way. If you don’t voice your feelings, resentment will build and the situation will likely remain the same. • Be more assertive: Don’t take a backseat in your own life. Deal with problems head on, doing your best to anticipate and prevent them. If you’ve got an exam to study for and your chatty roommate just got home, say up front that you only have five minutes to talk.

Look after yourself first and foremost, under promise and over deliver!


Fees Protest

CIT Students not involved in Gardai clash


ork Institute of Technology Students’ Union President, John Lane, has praised its members for their peaceful participation in the National Demonstration of Students in Dublin. He has commended its members for their support, representation and professional behaviour at the demonstration. Mr Lane stated that “the numbers who attended, estimated in excess of 40,000 students, speaks of the power of the movement. “Students will no longer be apathetic. It is the first time since the sixties that so many students have marched. It is the first time in many young people’s lifetime’s that they have felt the need to travel to Dublin as obviously their views are not being represented by their elected TDs.”

students, but this is not what the money raised will be used for – “In reality, it is a stealthy form of re-introducing third level fees” commented the CITSU President. Students were also opposing cuts in their Maintenance Grant, many students’ only form of income as parttime jobs are in short supply. Students are also frustrated that there are very few employment opportunities for them when they finish college and many are now being forced to emigrate. John Lane commented “Emigration should be an option for everyone. Travelling the world is an opportunity that should be open to everyone, but it needs to be an option, not a necessity”.

The students were marching to oppose any rise in the student Registration Fee. This fee is designed to support Student Services, and not finance Colleges, and thus any rise in this fee could lead to a rise in the amount of services offered to

When asked about the reported excessive violence by Gardai, the Student President assured all parties involved that “Absolutely no CIT students were involved. The Gardai were in the wrong and we are quite concerned as to how

it escalated so fast. The Gardai involved have major questions to answer, and we will be quite aware of this when our Cork protest comes along in December”. CIT Students’ Union, along with their UCC counterparts are planning a demonstration in Cork on December 1st.

the numbers who attended, estimated in excess of 40,000 students, speaks of the power of the movement

Your final chance to make a difference! On December 1st, CIT students will march in solidarity to show their opposition to an increase in the Registration Fee and a cut in the Maintenance Grant. Earlier this month, up to 40,000 students marched in Dublin for this very cause. Many CIT students did not attend because of exams, continuous assessments or other academic burdens as this was a full day out of college and out of Cork.

at the circle by the Tourism Building and get our march started. We will then proudly march into the grounds of UCC where we shall again rally with their students. I hope to have more CIT students than UCC students and put them to shame. From here we will march again into the city centre where one final rally will take place.

For the Cork protest, you will have no excuse. If you want to pay €3000 next year in registration, if you want to have your grant payment cut in January, stay in class. If you don’t, you need to march and let your voice be heard. This is the toughest battle third-level students have faced in a very long time, and your unending support and effort is needed.

CIT students must and will unite, stand tall, stand proud, and say loudly in one voice “We will not accept these changes. We will not pay because of others mistakes. We will not go down without a fight!”

On December 1st, we shall leave CIT in the morning with placards, megaphones, whistles, drums and absolutely anything else we can get to draw attention to our cause. We shall rally


I am hoping to get as many CIT students as possible to come. I want students from every single class, course and year there. There is no excuse in my mind that can justify not coming. Staying out of trouble is of the utmost importance. Any drinking, fighting or unwanted social disturbance will turn the public against our cause, and as you may have seen from the Dublin protest, any fighting or trouble will overshadow our message!

Be proud to be a student and show your support on the day. You could be the one to make the difference. Check and for details closer to the timeo or call into the Students Union, upstairs in The Student Centre.

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The Joys of Sport

I am a firm believer that sport should have a part to play in everybody’s lives. Whether rich or poor, young or old there are sports available to suit everybody’s needs. A great example of them is right here in c.i.t itself. We have a huge range of sports clubs open to us from running to hockey to table tennis the list is endless and the benefits of doing an active sport are fantastic. The benefits • Being active will help to build and tone muscles, making you stronger. • Physical activity makes you live longer by boosting your immune system. • Activity can prevent you from getting sick as easily and even help prevent many diseases. • Being active helps you sleep at night. If you

Q&A Kevin Clancy,

are active a lot during the day you will be able to fall asleep faster and get a better nights rest. • Getting active and moving around releases endorphins makes you smile and feel happier. • Make new friends! Getting active, drop-in activities and sports help you to meet new people and make new friends. • Being active makes you smarter! Getting active gives your brain a workout. And as your body gets fit so does your brain, improving memory and though too • By setting and achieving goals in your exercise routine you will feel more confident in completing any other goals you set in life. • It helps you to concentrate. If you are physically active you will find it much easier to concentrate and finish things faster! • Getting active increases lung capacity and lowers your heart rate. This makes daily tasks easier and makes your body feel better too. • Being fit is fun! Getting fit and active is a fun thing to do.

By Chris Scanlon

The Downside The main downside to sports and activities is Injury. Nearly everybody who plays active or competitive sport will at one point or another in their life suffer injury. Whether it is something as small as a strain, or something as horrific as a break of a bone, or even a tear of ligaments or tendons. Being a keen sport fanatic myself I find that there are a couple of ways to prevent injuries occurring. The first and most important way is to always stretch and warm up your muscles before you do your physical activity. The second way is to always attack the ball, never pull out of tackles in sports such as hurling soccer or hockey as you will only get hurt with follow troughs of boots or sticks. Another downside of sport is that it often leads to pain of pride ie losing. Everyone knows it’s tough losing a final. Its gut wrenching knowing all that work you put in throughout the year is utterly meaningless, but as a famous man once said “if it doesn’t hurt when you lose, how can it ever mean something to you when you win”

Sports Performance Psychologist

By Vicki Fitzpatrick

In our last interview with cork player Brian O Reagan,the name kevin clancy popped up. he is a cork native and sports and performance coach around Ireland. I felt his work with promoting positive mental health would be very interesting to hear more about, especially with it being positive mental health week. Q Brian O’Regan mentioned in last month’s Explicit that you worked with the Cork football team in the lead up to the All Ireland. What work did you do with them? A I’ve had the privilege of working with the Cork Footballers for the past two years. They are an exceptional group of players and a great example of a team of people who succeeded despite there being a huge amount of negativity around them. I worked with the players and management on developing their mental toughness, their motivation, confidence, concentration, pre-game preparation and things like that. I was only a very small part of a much bigger backroom team that included video guys, medical people, a strength and conditioning coach and logistical people. We all contributed to creating an environment where the players could excel. The players did the hard part and went out and performed and they fully deserve every bit of credit they get for the huge effort they put in. Q Is it just sports people you work with? A No. I also do a good bit of work in the corporate world and in education. It is similar ideas that I am trying to convey but it is done in a slightly different manner. Sport is the area I most love working in but the other two sectors give me a lot of variety, which is nice. My job keeps me challenged and on my toes, which I like. Q What is the best advice you have ever received? And who from? A That if you dislike something in somebody else, the chances are that person is displaying a behavior that you don’t like in yourself ... I hope that makes sense. It has taught me to always try to see where the other person is coming from and not to just judge them by my initial reaction. My Dad told me that years ago and I think it was good advice. Q Did you always know you wanted to be a Performance Psychologist? A I always knew that I wanted to work in sport. And I always wanted to work with people. Since I never possessed the talent (nowhere near it!!!) to play sport to any great level, Performance Psychology seemed like a good option. I’ve always been interested in people and what drives them and makes them tick

so now I look at exactly that as my career. Q How do you motivate yourself and stay positive with all the doom and gloom in the news and papers? A I rarely, if ever, listen to the news and the only part of the newspaper I read is the sports pages and that is just to look out for information that I might be able to use in my work. I spend a few minutes every day writing the things I am grateful for in my life. This keeps my focus on the good things I have, rather than me constantly thinking about what I don’t have. Staying positive is a mindset. It’s a choice. It takes work to maintain but the benefits are worth it. I motivate myself by remembering where it is I am going. In other words, I am very aware of why I am doing something. I set myself goals, both long and short term and I am constantly reviewing them to check on the progress I have made. Q What qualifications does one have to get to be a Performance Psychologist? A There are a number of different routes you can go down. I studied Psychology and the did a Masters in Performance Psychology but I know of plenty of people who came from a related undergraduate degree (e.g. sports science or coaching or any sports related degree) and then went on to complete a Masters in the area. Q What is your favourite book? Film? quote? My favorite book is a tough one. I tend to only read autobiographies. I like hearing about people’s stories. I was very impressed with Donal Og Cusack’s book and I recently read Andrei Agassi’s and am currently reading Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. Malcolm X’s autobiography is excellent too. Oh and there is another one called Things the Grandchildren Should Know. I can’t remember who wrote it but it is a very good read. I like the honesty in all of these. My favourite film is The Shawshank Redemption and my favorite quote is “Heroes and cowards feel the same fear; Heroes just act differently”. I’m not sure who said that.




Action Breast Cancer Month a great success


he Chaplaincy Student Support Team have had a busy month! October is worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the team decided to raise funds for this very worthwhile cause by thinking outside the box. The team launched their campaign on Monday, 4th October with Irish Cancer Society merchandise and lots of information about breast cancer and support groups. The Info Desk on campus was also ‘pinked’ for the month. On Wednesday evening, 6th October, there were very strange looking “women” down on pitch one in the CIT Stadium. A camogie match was held in aid of Action Breast Cancer; past players from CIT vs current players & staff as well as a few ‘lovely ladies’ thrown in for good measure. Players of the Match were decided by the referee, John Kearney - they were Irene Hogan & Miriam Deasy. Players travelled from all over Munster to attend and raised €500. Many thanks to Keith Ricken, Miriam Deasy & Irene Hogan for their assistance with this event. On Monday night, 18th October, there was

Left- right: John O’ Driscoll (student), Denis O’Mahony (student & part time Chaplaincy SST), Chris Scanlon (CITSU Education officer), Damien O’Farrell (past Chaplaincy SST, Bank of Ireland CIT)

a table quiz held in the Outpost Bar, Bishopstown. 35 people turned up support the cause. After gruelling rounds of questions, the eventual winners were ‘The Couples Retreat’ winning a cash prize & cinema tickets. Many thanks to the staff and management at The Outpost who sponsored the event & DJ.

CIT Crowned Hockey Champions Cit hockey teams travelled to Dublin in hope of being crowned varsity champions of 2010. The men’s team were pooled against defending champions University of Ulster, DCU and Queens University Belfast. They started with a win against DCU on the Sunday evening with a score line of 2-0, with Roger Gray and Ali Smith on the scoreboard. The next game was against UU with the same score line of 2-0 with Ali Smith and Roger Gray again getting the goals. The final group game was against QUB, where CIT ran out comfortable winners on a score line of 4-0, John Hobbs got in on the scoring act from centre back aswell as Roger Gray getting 2 and Ali Smith. CIT finished top of the group and were into the Semi-Final, CIT faced their toughest test of the tournament yet, UCD in the Semi Final of the competition. This was a closely fought game and chances went a miss at both ends. UCD enjoyed early possession and this possession paid off as UCD finally broke the deadlock in the opening half. CIT got into the game more and more as they pressed for the equaliser with strong running from Andrew Daunt and Darren Beamish. CIT were eventually


rewarded for this with a short corner where Roger Gray stepped up and finished neatly to level the scores. The 1st half ended all square with CIT dominating the latter stages of the half. The start of the second half saw CIT attack from the start with CIT forwards of Lorcan Mc Loughlin and Damian Buttimer causing trouble for UCD and eventually Ali Smith got a second goal for CIT. CIT were in full control of the game now and with strong link up play between Malcolm Coombes and Emmet Long set up Ali Smith who beat two defenders and neatly finished passed an oncoming keeper to leave a score line of 3-1 in favour of CIT. CIT continued to press forward as did UCD but the CIT defence stood firm with Aidan Walsh, John Hobbs, Malcolm Coombes, Darren Beamish and Harry Fleming all keeping UCD at bay. UCD got one goal back through a penalty stroke. The final saw CIT come up against DCU, who they already played in the group stage. Both teams started cautiously with DCU taking a 1-0 lead into half time even though CIT enjoyed the majority of the possession in the opening half. The second half saw CIT attack from the start threatening the

The team would like to thank everyone who has supported their campaign through the purchasing of merchandise, supporting the events or donating. The total amount raised in the month was €1290.51. All of the proceeds will go directly to Action Breast Cancer (part of the Irish Cancer Society).

DCU defence straight away through Andrew Daunt winning a short corner from an individual run, CIT scored from the resulting corner through Roger Gray. CIT continued to attack with goal keeper Harry Fleming rarely being tested. CIT were eventually rewarded with another goal through which captain Roger Gray ended a great tournament with a second goal to leave CIT leading with a score line of 2-1. CIT overcame some late pressure from DCU and when the final whistle sounded, celebrations began. Overall CIT scored a total of 13 goals and only conceded 3 goals. TEAM: Harry Fleming, Darren Beamish, Aidan Walsh, John Hobbs, Malcolm Coombes, Roger Gray (Capt), Andrew Daunt, Emmet Long, Lorcan Mc Loughlin, Ali Smith, Damian Buttimer, Ian Buckley, Chris Scanlon, Killian Hughes, Jim O’Grady and Owen Burke. The CIT ladies were also in action in this tournament, coming through a tough group against teams like UCC, UU, and NUIG. The ladies team did well to reach the plate semifinal. However on the day the superior quality of the QUB team paid off. TEAM: Trish Maloney, Yvonne O’Byrne, Emma Fleury, Claire O’Connor, Sarah Desmond, Fiona Shanahan, Lisa Helen, Michaela Lynch, Mary Kate MacGabhann, Deirdre Cronin, Steph Mohally, Emma lyudon, Christine O’Neil and Christine Nolan. Best for the ladies were Trish Maloney, Yvonne O’Byrne and of course Irish International Cliodhna Sargent.

Overheard in CIT Students were asked in the canteen on Tuesday 2nd Nov what was the best piece of advice they ever received or what is their personal mantra, the response was fantastic...

I’d rather live one day as a tiger rather than a lifetime as a sheep What’s for you, won’t go by you Do it now you could be dead tomorrow A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits Life is like a box of chocolates What goes around comes around Love is a small word, people make it bigger Every little helps Work hard Just breath Know the one that’s one too any Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe What you put in you will get out If the problem has a solution, there is no point worrying because it will be solved. If the problem does not have a solution, worrying is pointless because it cannot be solved I do not play to win; I play to fight against the idea of losing Working hard, or hardly working! Take it one day at a time Have no regrets Go hard or go home Fail to prepare, prepare to fail You can’t ride two horses at the same time Shit happens Always look on the bright side of life

Everything happens for a reason A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever Every day is a new day Choose your battles; don’t obsess about the small things Its better late than never Learn to say no to the small things, so that you can say yes to the big things! Be grateful Respect He who hesitates is lost Don’t put all your eggs in the one basket Always stay true to your heart Be impeccable with your word Always do your best Live more, love more Don’t let your victories go to your head, or your failures go to your heart Love is not a maybe thing The shortest distance between two people is a smile Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

Girl sitting at cit bus stop on arthurs day... Girl: So theres loads of bands ‘n’ stuff around Ireland is there? Guy:Yeah but mainly Cork Galway ‘n’ Dublin Girl: And will that Arthur fella show up? Entire crowd at bus stop bursts out laughing In the courtyard there was a guy walking along and tripped on the step outside the main offices and ‘meowed’ Overheard from a window in the Student Centre. Girl shouting: I love the smell of man in the morning! 9:30-9:45 Monday Morning I should of worn a condom!! Guy 1: So how do you like your steak? Guy 2: With another! Out on Halloween Night: Girl: So what are you? A caveman? Guy: Me fertile man. Good provider. You! Come with me! Girl: I don’t think so… two lads were talking in the library and one of them was like “why didnt do your essay?” and the other was like”because i was thinking of something funny to say on Overheard in Cit facebook page

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CITSU XMAS SNOWBALL Official Christmas Ball

Thursday 9th December Adm €6 Doors 10.30pm Overs 18s ID required


Living life to the full?

By The Christian Union Society

Have you ever really thought about why you’re in CIT? I mean, obviously we are here to get a degree or qualification of some sort because we believe that it will improve our prospects, help us get a job etc. These are good goals. Who wouldn’t want a stable job with good pay? But I’d like to go a little deeper into this question and to tease it out a little further. Have you ever wondered what your life is ultimately about? What’s the point of your existence? As you read these very words, where are you going with your life? You may not really care all that much, but I hope that you do consider it seriously because your life is very, very valuable and what you do with it is also very, very important. Jesus said in Luke 12:25 that “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”. In other words, life is not all about what you have; clothes, money, car, degree, family etc. Your life isn’t just the sum total of your stuff. That’s not what it’s all about. Jesus said that he ‘came that they [that’s us] may have life and have it abundantly’. He isn’t referring here to just having life, because we all have that anyway, whether or not we believe in him. So what is this life that he’s referring to? The answer is found in his death on the cross. When Jesus was crucified on the cross, he took the place of countless sinners, bearing the punishment of their sins so that they could be forgiven. God’s wrath was poured out on him instead of sinful people like you and me so that by trusting in him alone, we would be forgiven. When we put our faith in him alone for our salvation, we are granted eternal life. And THIS is the life Jesus was referring to - eternal life which is found in him and him alone. Every one of us will live out our lives with some purpose. But whether or not we are truly living depends upon whether or not we have put our faith in Jesus Christ alone. “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:12 Christian Union meets Every Tuesday @2pm in Meeting room 2 and Thursday nights @ 7.30pm in the Common Room.



Gardai warn CITSU about students anti-social behaviour and students prospects for employment drop significantly if they are charged with an offence”.


ardai have warned CITSU representatives that anti-social behaviour in any way, shape or form will not be tolerated, and they intend on coming down on students hard to prove their point.

Bishopstown Gardai, including Supt. Charlie Barry, have warned CITSU President John Lane that “Students will be charged. On this day there will be no cautions, no slaps on the wrist. We will be operating an Arrest and Charge Policy”. Last year, 17 students were arrested and charged for being drunk and disorderly, criminal damage to property and anti-social behaviour offences. All 17 were given probation which will stick on their permanent record, and which will, most certainly, affect their employability in later years.

for getting caught. It has also come to the attention of CITSU that house parties late at night are being reported to Gardai as they are too loud and getting out of hand. Now we are in no position to say don’t have parties. Parties are all part of the college experience, but please be considerate of neighbours. Most students who have lived in estates in Bishopstown are aware that most of the residents are elderly, and this must be taken into consideration. Party away but please don’t disturb the neighbours. What we may consider harmless can scare an elderly lady living alone half to death. Keep in mind that these residents are someones’ grandparent and it is not fair on them to have to deal with unruly students

So far this year, there have been a number of incidents whereby students conduct on the No.5 and No.8 buses have been far from acceptable. There were also incidents whereby the headlights of a bus were smashed, although it was conceded that due to the location of where it happened and the time of year The main point that needs to be raised it happened, it was more than likely UCC is this – it may seem funny when you are We need to be seen as members who students. Adshells have been tampered after a few drinks to break a bus sign, rob contribute to society, not disrupt it. Evewith, however, on both Model Farm Road a poster or something equally as ridicury single student has to be seen to be and Rossa Avenue, leading Bus Eireann lous, but if you are caught, the Gardai will a positive member of their community, representatives to believe that CIT stunot take any leaniency on you. The Garwhether they live at home, Bishopstown, dents were most likely involved. CITSU dai want to reinforce their message that or further afield. President, John Lane, has met with Bus this is not acceptable, and want to send Eireann representaHere is the consetives to find out quences of antiexactly what hapsocial behaviour – A pened and what will criminal conviction All the students want to do is blow off some steam, but be done – “Underthat will permanently the reality of the matter is that it goes too far, people standably, Bus Eirestay on your record. ann are annoyed get hurt, and students prospects for employment drop This will negatively that damage is beaffect your chances significantly if they are charged with an offence ing done to their of getting a good job property and costand definitely haming them money per your potential for to replace it, while earnings when you they are still committed to keeping Bus their message out clearly. are finished college. It will also be embarfares low for students and the commurassing for both you and your family, and nity as a whole” Nowadays, Garda Vetting for jobs is bemay also stop you from travelling to cercoming more and more standard practain countries. You will not be eligible for Gardai have also warned students tice, and your criminal record will not a J1 Visa with a criminal conviction, and against causing disruption in Bishopssay “Johnny robbed a poster from a bus may also be prevented from travelling to town while under the influence of alcoshelter”. It will say “Convicted of Criminal the likes of Australia and New Zealand hol. There is one day each year which has Damage with sentencing suspended”. become infamous with day time drinking. Let me assure every single student, that Anti-social behaviour of a few changes So much so in fact, that relationships if you are going for a job and your prothe views of people who view all stuhave been damaged between the bars spective employer sees that, you will not dents as one group. If we are seen to involved and the college, the Bishopsget that job. be an unruly college, employers will see town residents, and the community as a us as such and will be slower to hire CIT whole. “It brings bad press on the colWe are all here to develop our skills and students. We are all here so as we can lege, and does not show our students in become more employable. Don’t screw get good jobs, enjoyable jobs, when we a favourable light” remarks Chris Scanit all up by trying to show off. One perare older. If we cant get good jobs, why lon, CITSU Vice President for Education. son might get away with it, but if you get waste your time here? “All the students want to do is blow off caught, you will be the one regretting it some steam, but the reality of the matand you will be seen as the bigger fool ter is that it goes too far, people get hurt,



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I am so broke! I struggle to make ends meet every week but I do manage to go out once a week to keep up with my friends. I get a little from my parents and can’t find a job at the moment. I really want to experience the full college lifestyle but I am afraid that I will run myself into debt should anything unexpected pop up. My friends can go out and get drunk three or four times a week, but if I get out once I am doing well. What can I do to improve my financial situation? Well if your friends can afford to go out three or four times a week they are an exception. The way to look at this is simply one week at a time. If ends are just about meeting, you are walking a tight rope, but at least you are keeping your head above water. Coming up to Christmas, a very expensive time of the year, and a lot of places will be hiring for two or three of the busy weeks. Also, since most students are off in January, this can be a chance to keep your head low and accumulate a little. Finding a job at the moment can be very difficult. Recruitment agencies are a valuable resource, as well as keeping an eye on the paper on a daily basis. The Careers Office will also be very helpful. If you cannot find a job, you will need to budget stringently. Write down your income and outgoings, and make it balance – bring a packed lunch to college, fill your evenings with activities that will get you out but cost nothing – the gym, societies, etc. This way you are not losing out on the student experience and still keeping control of your spending. Most importantly – DO NOT BORROW! You should only ever borrow if you can afford to pay it back comfortably. This is the same for a credit card,


be very very careful. With regards to going out and socialising, lets face the reality, people drink at home. Keep an eye out for offers and promotions, and since you are a student, keep an eye out for where drink promos are on as well. I think the first thing I should mention here, is that you are not alone with your financial difficulties and that most people in Ireland at the moment are struggling also. I don’t think you should compare yourself to your friends, and the fact that they are able to go out so much, as they clearly have a different financial situation from you. If you are managing to go out once a week then that is great (although I hope you still have enough money set aside for food, rent etc.?). There are many different social activities that you can take part within CIT to make new friends and socialise and that are free. Have you thought about joining any of the sports teams or societies? I also think every student should do a personal budget, which is a very simply and easy to do. All it requires is making a list of your income (money from your parents) and listing out your expenditure. By recording every outgoing you will be able to clearly see where the bulk of your money is going and making sure you have enough set aside in case of any emergency. Mabs is a free and confidential organisation which offers financial advice and can help you compile a budget. Visit for more tips or call into the cork office on 021 4552080. Your students’ union welfare officer is also there to help you, so you should call up to Vicki in the students centre if you require any more help!

I am going out with a girl for a while now and we have lost all the excitement. At the start we could barely keep our hands off each other and we wanted to spend every waking minute together. Over the past few months that has all disappeared. We are as good as living together but the spark seems to have gone out. I don’t want to sound cheesey, but I think we are now more like friends than boyfriend and girlfriend. I still love her and don’t want to be with anyone else, but I don’t know what to do and I am not sure if I feel the same way as I did at the start. Only one person can reignite a flame that has gone out, and that is you. It is a problem that many people face after the initial exciting part of a relationship. At the start it is all excitement, nerves and butterflies, and once you get to really intimately know each other this can subdue considerably. The fact that you say you are nearly living together doesn’t help either. If you are living in each other’s pockets, it can be difficult to have “news” when you do see each other, and can often get so used to each other it becomes mundane. Make sure you have your own personal time away from each other and friends that aren’t both of your friends. Being an individual while in a relationship is absolutely vital. Try to keep things exciting. Do something spontaneous that she will never see coming – take a walk in the rain, jump in puddles, hide in a dark corner and scare her. The trick is this – anything that will raise her heart rate will make her more excited and that is where the passion comes from. If this seems like too much effort, I’m sorry, but you are not going to work. I am sure that if you love her you will enjoy doing this though. Good to hear that your eyes aren’t wandering, if they were I would be worried. Don’t be afraid of being each others best friend, but make sure that there is still something more if you are boyfriend and girlfriend. A healthy relationship has both – the trust, openness and deep understanding that comes with friendship, coupled with the passion and urges that come with a sexual relationship. My advice, put in an extra effort. Excitement promotes excitement. And women love excitement! This is a really common problem in relationships. At the start everything is

new and exciting but realistically that cannot keep up. A relationship at the beginning stage can be all consuming (which is great don’t get me wrong) but it is not healthy if it continues after a few months. You are still the same person you were before the relationship began, so you need to spend time by yourself, have time for your college work, spending time with your friends & family etc. I presume ye are not actually living together so I would suggest you pulling back a little on the amount of time ye spend together. Instead of doing everyday things together why don’t you suggest going on a date and doing fun things which ye did at the start of the relationship. This will hopefully bring a little excitement back. If you try this and you still feel like the relationship is more like a friendship then you need to follow your heart. You have every right to change your mind or to end a relationship if it is not what you want. I would suggest you writing in a diary maybe, and expressing how you feel after spending time with your girlfriend. The answers of what you really want are within yourself so you just need to take some time to find out what that is. Hope everything works out for your higher good.


Congratulations and best of luck to Ellen Coughlan, 3rd year student at C.I.T. Ellen is a model with Assets Modelling Agency and currently in a major international modeling competition called ‘Next Top Model UK’.

I can’t seem to find a girl anywhere! I know lots of girls who all see me as a friend, and I make an effort to go out as much as I can and meet people. I can usually get a kiss on a night out if I try, but I can never seem to follow up. Sometimes I am too shy, but when I do make an effort, the girls never seem too interested. Is there anything I can do because I am so sick of being alone! This may seem like a way to dodge the question but it’s not – A woman will appear when you are not looking. When the time is right it will happen. Now don’t get me wrong! I don’t buy into all the “if it’s meant to be it will happen” nonsense. I firmly believe in the “If you want it bad enough you will make it happen” mentality. There is no point deciding that you want a girlfriend, it’s the wrong way to think. Wait until a girl comes along that genuinely interests you and when you find her, make it happen! It sounds so clichéd, but any guy can get any girl (within reason) if they try hard enough. Enjoy your single time while you have it. Be one of the boys, make a few mistakes, get a little too drunk once or twice because trust me, once you get a girlfriend, that’s the stuff you will miss! And on one other point – no one needs someone to make them happy. You need to be happy alone and happy in yourself before you can ever be expected to make someone else happy. If you need someone else to make you happy, you are not ready for a relationship yet.

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Firstly you are not alone! By the sounds of your email you have a lot of friends so try focus on the positives aspects of your life. My advice would be to stop trying so hard! Maybe you should try focusing less on getting a kiss on a night out and instead sparking up conversations and getting a girls phone number. Also if you are going to the same night club every week maybe you should consider checking out some new clubs as people tend to stick to the same venue every week. Also try going to a bar as it’s much easier to get chatting to someone there, than it is in a nightclub! I would also suggest you join a society in the college as it’s a fantastic way to meet new people with similar interests. I also think people who desperately want a girlfriend/boyfriend send out a signal of neediness that would repel most perspective partners. So I think you should go back to enjoying your nights out and just be yourself. Try staying positive and knowing that when the right person comes along, the feelings will be mutual, and all the other girls who were not interested no longer matter! Enjoy being single and I am sure someone great will come along when you least expect it.


Clubs and Societies

Why not join the ISS for some fun?

Photographic Soc Exhibition

CIT Photographic Society presents “Memos”, an exhibition featuring work by students across all departments. “Memos” takes a look into moments out of everyday life including people, objects and environment. It will run from the 8th to the 22nd of November in the James Barry Exhibition Centre, which will remain open continuously on the Bishopstown campus throughout the exhibition.

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One of the aims of the society is for International students to discover the Irish culture and to learn more about Ireland in general. Another aim is for the Irish students to be able to share their culture and to get to know people from other countries. Of course we want to do all that while having lots of fun! Therefore, during the year we organise many events. In October they for example included a Belfast trip and a Halloween party. The Belfast Trip: 52 people who left with the bus on Friday morning from CIT. On our way up, we stopped in Dublin for lunch and to give the students the possibility to visit the main sights of Ireland’s capital. Discovering the difference between hearing about the events, is much more different than actually going there to see them with your own eyes. Before we set off on our trip home, amongst other places, we visited the Cathedral quarter, the Titanic quarter and the Queen´s University quarter. To sum it all up Belfast is indeed one of the must go-to cities in Ireland, we all had great fun! The Halloween party: For Halloween we had a common party with the Floppy Soc. and Recreation & Leisure Society. We booked the upstairs area of the Loft, got a DJ and there was a prize for the best costume. The party was great fun for everybody. We also collected candy for children in the children’s ward in CUH and at Halloween. Two of our committee members then went to the hospital and gave the candy out to the children who couldn´t go out “Trick or Treating”. Log on to: or email:

CITSU XMAS SNOWBALL Official Christmas Ball Thursday 9th December Adm €6 Doors 10.30pm Overs 18s ID required

Societies online competition winner of Apple Ipad, Megan Dunne, 3rd Year Recreation & Leisure. The competition was kindly sponsored by the Mardyke Entertainment Complex. The November competition is up on the website now: Log on now for your opportunity to win a Nintendo Wii Console by answering a simple question.




Boost your energy and immune system


he clocks have changed, the nights are dark and the days are wet. It sucks living on a tiny island at the edge of the Atlantic. Nature tells our bodies to increase body fat when the weather gets colder, thus why we eat more in winter and drink more in Summer. We do this without even knowing it and our bodies encourage us to save up our energy during winter. Well, let me help you boost your energy levels and your immune system before the Winter really kicks in!


Fruit is a rich source of vitamins and minerals and a vital part of any healthy diet– not to mention the fact that it tastes great and is really cheap so it is a must have part to any student diet. Smoothies are one way to eat more fruit and they only take a few minutes to make.  It’s also a great desert, and since it makes two servings keep one for a super breakfast! Serves 2

Beef Stew Ingredients 675g stewing beef 1 dessertspoon vegetable oil 2 beef stock cube dissolved in 575mls water 40g flour Pinch of salt if desired Pepper 5 carrots 1 onion Method Fry the meat until browned on the outside. Remove from the frying pan and place in a saucepan. Chop the onions and carrots and fry lightly. Remove from the frying pan and place with the meat in the saucepan. Sprinkle the flour into the frying pan and stir well. Add the stock cubes, water and seasoning. Continue stirring. Add this to the meat and vegetables and

cook gently over a low heat for 1-1 and a half hours until the meat is tender. Feel free to add in any other vegetables you have lying around About 30 minutes before it is ready, steam a few potatoes We grew up with stew for a reason – it is nutritious, filling, warm and cheap. You can feed one or eight people with a pot of stew, depending on how much you cook. We all know that we should eat healthy, and we should exercise more, but don’t look at cooking as a chore. Cook with someone, experiment (personally I am going through a phase of adding honey to everything. Works with chicken and steak… not so much with breaded fish), and try out new things. You might even enjoy yourself!

Smoothie Ingredients 2+ pieces of large fruit washed and peeled ½ pot of low fat diet yoghurt (natural or flavoured) 90 ml low fat milk or fruit juice Optional: 4 ice cubes If you don’t want to include milk or yoghurt in your smoothie, just add more fruit instead! Why not try out some of the following fruits: Banana and Berry smoothie – add 80g of fresh or frozen berries and 1 banana Strawberry smoothie – add 160g fresh or frozen strawberries Pineapple smoothie – add 160g fresh or canned (stored in own juice) pineapple Method 1. Make sure all the ingredients are chilled before use. 2. Wash and peel fruit 3. Blend fruit, yoghurt, milk and juice together using a hand held blender or a smoothie maker until creamy 4. Add ice cubes and blend again Now that was simple, but if you are looking for something cheap, healthy and fast, you can never beat what we have all grown up with – Beef Stew


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