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CIT Students’ Union Magazine Volume Nine - Issue Two

Freshers Week Photos

Latest CIT News

Top Ten Horror Movies

Competitions & Great Prizes

expliCIT editorial CIT Students’ Union Rossa Ave, Bishopstown Cork, Ireland. Telephone: 021 493 3120 Fax: 021 454 5343 Email:

expliCIT Staff Editor - John Lane Design & Advertising - Philip O’Reilly Contributions John Lane Séan F O’Leary Mick O’Mahony Dan Collins CIT Arts Office

Glynis Dennehy Caitríona Foley Philip O’Reilly John Grant CIT Societies

CIT Students’ Union President - Brian O’Sullivan ( Vice President Education - John Grant ( Vice President Welfare - Caitríona Foley ( Entertainments Officer - Eoin McInerney ( Projects Officer - Gearóid Buckley ( Communications Officer - John Lane ( Print Barnaville Print & Graphics LTD Freshford, Kilkenny. Advertising Opportunities CIT has almost 17,000 full and part-time students with over 1,500 supporting staff. Why not use expliCIT to promote your business to this large audience? Copy deadlines, advertising rates and technical specifications are available from our website or upon request from the Publications Office. expliCIT magazine is published monthly by CIT Students’ Union. The views expressed in the magazine are those of their authors and are not necessarily those of CIT Students’ Union. All articles and pictures are the property of their respective owners and should not be reproduced without their permission.

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Hi All! It’s great to see that Freshers Week was a complete rip-roaring success. I’d like to thank everybody for coming along to the events and all the organisers who put in so much effort over the past few months. The day time shows had the highest levels of attendance ever and the parties by night were a complete hit. Now to move on. No longer have we excuses to miss classes, and if anybody is in the same position as me, there is already a lot of catching up to be done two weeks on. It’s fantastic! This issue is full of exciting articles on many subjects, but concentrating especially on Welfare Week. This is a very rare chance to see what support facilities are available around Cork and Ireland and that unfortunately people don’t seek out until they are in trouble. Our good friends at The Revenue Commissioners will also be on campus, so go along to their stand if you want to ask about avoiding tax and screwing the Government, but please don’t ask in these blunt terms! We should, and hopefully do, all have class reps elected at this stage. Make sure that they organise a few class parties over the coming weeks so as to allow all the classes to bond, even though I’m sure you all have already. Don’t be afraid to give suggestions, and remember that you can always do more than just going to the pub for parties. Can I also ask that any issues that arise over the following months be reported to either the Students’ Union or myself at We are setting up a panel of people to help out with expliCIT, either writing articles, taking photos, or just helping out in general. I will be delighted to meet anybody interested so send me an e-mail or just stop me in the corridors. Well, I hope that you all enjoy the magazine, the next month, and life in general. Wishing you all the best, John

CIT Students Crowned ‘College Entrepreneurs of the Year 2007’ ’APRI-COT’ Scoops €15,000 Top Prize at The 2007 Student Enterprise Awards, Ireland’s Biggest Student Awards! Sponsors Enterprise Ireland, Ulster Bank and Invest NI were delighted to announce that students from Cork Institute of Technology have been awarded the prestigious top prize at the 2007 Student Enterprise Awards, Ireland’s biggest third level business awards, at a ceremony in The Royal Collage of Physicians, Kildare St, as well as the Cruickshank Technology Innovation Award. Students John J Barry, Orla Houlihan, Niamh Brady and Regina O’Donoghue of team Apri-COT from Cork Institute of Technology beat off stiff competition from hundreds of third level students across Ireland with their business proposal. Apri-COT is an apparatus that acts as a therapeutic sleeping aid for infants, and scooped the coveted €10,000 top prize and title of ‘College Entrepreneurs of The Year’, and the €5,000 Cruickshank Technology Innovation Award. An Award of Merit was earned by Padraig O’Shea, Josh Walsh, Tadhg Lynne, Dermot Deane, Helena Fleming of Cork Institute of Technology, the team of Ulnar Ltd. UlnarPal Ltd. is a medical device development company that is designing, patenting and marketing medical devices related to the ulnar nerve palsy niche markets. Ulnar Nerve Palsy is a condition that occurs when the nerve that travels from the shoulder down to the wrist has been damaged due to prolonged pressure or trauma to the ulnar nerve. UlnarPal Ltd. is therefore designing a glove which will give the patient more stability and speed up recovery. The designers believe that their product will be a success since they are operating in a nice market and also doctors are urging for a new treatment method to come to the market. Each team who won an Award of Merit received €2,000 Now in its 24th year, the Student Enterprise Awards - which were designed to foster and promote innovation and entrepreneurship amongst third level students across the Island of Ireland - had a celebrity entrepreneurial expert on the judging panel in the form of Ruth Badger, star of the hit BBC show, The Apprentice, as well as Sky One’s Badger or Bust.

Ruth became well known following her 2006 appearance on The Apprentice, narrowly missing out on the chance to work with Sir Alan Sugar to fellow contestant Michelle Dewberry. Since the show, Ruth has gone on to establish her own firm, Ruth Badger Consultancy, as well as starring in the Sky One Show The Big Idea, and currently her own show Badger or Bust where she attempts to turn some of Britain’s most struggling sales teams into high performing businesses. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ruth said: “It has been extremely encouraging to see students taking part in an enterprise-focused competition such as this. The quality of the business proposals has been exceptionally high and a positive reflection on innovation and entrepreneurialism in Ireland. I can safely say that this year’s finalists presented the judges with a very difficult decision” Mr. Brendan Flood, Manager, Regions & Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland said. “The Student Enterprise Awards play a key role in discovering and developing the entrepreneurial talent which exists in our third level institutions. The winning students, and indeed all our finalists, epitomize the excellent innovation that exists within our third level sector which must be harnessed and commercialized to create winning indigenous companies the success and long term strength of Ireland’s economy is directly impacted by the establishment and growth of Irish-owned companies that have the potential to become thriving international businesses”. Paul Brush, Head of Entrepreneurial Development, Invest NI said: “Invest NI have been a co-sponsor of the Enterprise Ireland, Ulster Bank Student Awards for the past number of years. These unique awards are an excellent opportunity to identify and cultivate our future business leaders. The winning students and finalists represent innovation that is essential in the development of the entrepreneur sector throughout the island of Ireland”.

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Nite Bus Service to Ensure Student Safety Cork Institute of Technology Students’ Union (CITSU) is urging all students to be vigilant and consider the saftey of themselves and friends when out at night. All students are being asked to avail of the NITE-BUS service which operates from the city centre, should no alternative safe means to transport be available. The NITE-BUS service ia a joint initiative by CITSU and UCCSU and will run each Tuesday and Thursday night of the academic year. The first bus leaves South Main Street, near Subway, at 1:45am and then every 30 minutes until the last bus at 3:15am. CITSU President, Brian O’Sullivan, said “The NITE-BUS service is an initiative between CITSU and UCCSU in to ensure that students have a means of returning home safely after a night out on the town. As we all know violence on city streets has escalated in recent years and both Students’ Unions felt that the reintroduction of the service was a priority”. He added, “The NITE-BUS will run for the duration of the college year, every Tuesday and Thursday night. It will stop at all the main student accommodation sites including Edenhall, Abbeyville, Parchment Square and Deanshall. Don’t worry if you live in private housing the bus will stop as close as possible to where you live along the route”. CITSU VP Welfare, Caitríona Foley, stated, “Student safety is of paramount importance to all involved in this venture. An Garda Siochana will be providing security at the pick up point and members of both Students’ Unions will be supervising the bus.”

She added, “a nominal fee of just €2 will be charged to students using the service. Both Students’ Unions are heavily subsidising this service. We hope that this will encourage students who might be on their own and who cannot afford a taxi to avail of the service. We strongly urge all students to use the service and not walk home alone”. Meanwhile also this month, Cork City Centre saw the launch of a new pilot latenight bus service ‘LateLink’. Operating initially on two routes LateLink will service passengers on Friday and Saturday nights on City Centre to Douglas and City Centre to Bishopstown routes. Each bus departs from Patrick Street at 1.30am, 2.30am and 3.30am; the fare, €4 per person. ‘LateLink’ will be operated by SkyLink, Cork’s airport shuttle service which operates a Cork Airport to Cork City service normally on the now familiar yellow shuttle buses. LateLink is being supported via grant-aid from Cork City Council. LateLink aims to enhance the transport options for customers heading home at the end of the evening. LateLink will play a vital role assisting the efficient movement of people from Cork City Centre on weekends and in highlighting the message to everyone “Plan a night out, plan your way home” whatever transport-home option they chose. LateLink has been developed by Cork City Cares, a Cork Marketing Partnership initiative that aims to engage and involve a social partnership with all the players and stakeholders in Cork City Centre night time operations. Cork City Cares is spearheaded by Cork City Council, An Garda Síochána, HSE, Publicans and Night Club Owners, Heineken Ireland and Cork Marketing Partnership. Chairman of Cork Marketing Partnership Mr Michael Geary said at the launch “LateLink aims to encourage people to go out and have a good time, and to think and plan how they are going to get home; an important message as Cork welcomes back over 25,000, 3rd level students at the start of the Academic year and the autumn festival seasons runs into the busy Christmas period.”

Students To Expect Grant Delays Again This Year ‘Third level Students from the Cork City area can once again expect long delays in their grants’ according to Sinn Féin Councillor Fiona Kerins. She was speaking in response to an answer to a question she put to the Council last night when it was stated that no special arrangements had been put in place to ensure students got their grants on time this year. According to Councillor Kerins, ‘the delays in the payment of student grants have been a thorny issue for many years in Cork. Often grants aren’t paid until after Christmas when it is clear that students need this money now at the start of term to pay rent deposits and buy books etc. As a result every year many students are forced into hardship simply because their grant is not paid on time. Unfortunately Cork City Council has one of the worst records in this regard’. ‘Those who suffer most are students from low income and rural families. With grant payments delayed by up to 4 months many have to borrow to enable them to pay rent and utilities. In extreme cases some can be faced with no option but to drop out. Students can also be left waiting months before a decision on their application is even made. Considering the attempts being made to try to improve access to third level education for people from lower socioeconomic groups this is particularly disturbing.’

‘In recognition of the problem which affects other local authorities and not just Cork, the current Government is currently introducing legislation to centralise the grant award process in the hands of VECs. However the delays in getting the new Student Support Bill enacted mean that local authorities should have a particular responsibility in trying to get their act right this year. Everyone knows that the academic year starts in September/October every year. It’s not nuclear physics we’re talking about’. 40% of those attending third level education receive state support. These monies are currently administered by 33 VECs and 33 local authorities. Some 56,000 third-level students qualified for support last year with the VECs handling about two-thirds of the applications. They will take over the remainder from local councils when the Student Support Bill is passed. Ms Hanafin first announced the selection of VECs to run the schemes in June last year, and planned to introduce the necessary laws in time for students applying for grants this summer. The statutory scheme will mean each VEC must process applications by a target date every year. However, the Bill has been delayed.

HAVE YOU ELECTED YOUR CLASS REP? Please ensure that your class has nominated a class rep. We depend on your feedback and support to make this college better. For further information, please call into our new SU offices in the Student Centre.

Art Exhibition marks the opening of CIT News Cork School of Music

In Brief

"Sounds of the Inner Eye" is an exciting new exhibition celebrating the opening of the CIT Cork School of Music and brings together the work of two honours graduates of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, David Connolly and Elizabeth Charleson. The exhibition will run until until December 22nd. David Connolly and Elizabeth Charleson with Geoffrey Sprat, Director of CIT Cork School of MusicArtist David Connolly graduated from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in 2003 with a first class Honours in Fine Art Printmaking. He was awarded a year's bursary with Cork Printmakers for his achievements in printmaking during his degree year and he was also accepted into the RDS Student Art Award Exhibition in July of that year.

Royal Academy of Music in London, completing her training in America with Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Northern Illinois University.

A year out of college he produced his first group exhibition at University College Cork with two other artists from the Crawford College of Art and Design which was called "Public Property". At this point he began experimenting with sculptural forms as well as continuing his work in print. He has exhibited widely, including Sweden, Brussels and Belfast.

As a founder member of the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Elizabeth has regularly toured, recorded and led ensemble masterclasses worldwide. Since leaving the Quartet, she studied painting at CIT Crawford College of Art. As a student, she exhibited in group shows at the Lavit Gallery and the Carrigaline Art Studio, graduating in 2006 with a BA Honours Degree. As recipient of the Student of the Year Award from the Cork Arts Society, she had her first solo exhibition at the Lavit gallery in 2006 and will feature in its Student of the Year 40 year retrospective exhibition.

Elizabeth Charleson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She began studying violin at the age of nine and subsequently went on to study at the

Elizabeth's work is in several public collections including Cork Institute of Technology, AIB and Cork City Council.

No Credit Card? Now You Can Shop Online and Pay with Cash! The world of internet shopping has just opened up to everyone in Ireland with the launch of a unique payment system - UseCash. UseCash removes the significant barrier to internet shopping created by the lack of a simple, secure cash payment option. With UseCash there is no need for a credit or debit card for online shopping. There is also no need to tie-up money in a pre-paid chargecard, ewallet or voucher just to shop online. With UseCash all you have to do is order the goods you want to buy from a website as usual, and then select the UseCash payment option rather than credit or debit card payment. A bill with a barcode is generated which you print off and take to your nearest participating payzone terminal. The barcode is scanned, you UseCash to pay and that’s it; you have made your purchase. UseCash immediately notifies the website you have ordered from that your payment has been received and your order is dispatched. It’s a simple and safe system: order online, UseCash to pay offline. And with UseCash you won’t pay high fees to top-up a temporary credit

card and then pay again to get back any unused sums. You pay the exact amount on the UseCash bill with no limit on the value of the transaction. And, of course, you won’t run the risk of falling victim to the hackers out there as you won’t be transmitting your credit or debit card details. UseCash has formed a strategic partnership with Alphyra - operators of payzone - Europe’s largest payment collections network. Anyone who uses mobile top-ups or 3V vouchers will be familiar with their payment services in local shops and convenience stores. Initially, a selected number of payzone shops will be accepting UseCash, but this will be rolled-out nationwide by early next year. Check the UseCash website for our ever-growing list of terminals and participating websites, and look out for the UseCash logo. After all, internet shopping is just mail order home shopping from websites, so a cash payment option really should be available to everyone. And now it is: UseCash See Page 14 for more information

RTÉ Nationwide Features CIT Engineering Students OnTuesday 18th September, RTE Nationwide focused on the student interdisciplinary teams ApriCot and AquaEye with a mixture of interview, prototype demonstration, powerpoint presentation, oral/poster review and live swimming action.

USI in Turmoil? The Union of Students in Ireland has been left in turmoil following the resignation of its President, Richard Morrisroe. The resignation followed the publication of a leaked letter on the political website in which his 'dictatorial' leadership was criticised. The letter was initally removed from the website but was re-posted by the website administrator following the resignation. The letter, apparently drafted by, and circulated among USI board members had called on Richard Morrisroe to resign citing what they felt was an autocratic and dictatorial method of leadership, with no clear focus in the direction and aims of the union. Mr Morrisroe has also been criticized for failing to present effectively the union’s case for the introduction of student grants to be paid on time to the Minister for Education, Mary Hanafin. Mr Morrisroe graduated in 2005 with a psychology degree from University College Cork (UCC). He is a former USI Education Officer and President of UCC Students’ Union. His term in office as President of USI began in July of this year. Cork Institute of Technology Students’ Union has remained disaffiliated from USI following two student referendums in the past ten years at CIT.

CIT Students’ Union President Hey guys. I hope you have enjoyed your first month back in CIT! Classroom difficulties: Quite a few of you, have for the last few months been commenting on increased spacial problems throughout the Institute. While this is not a new problem at the start of any academic year, it certainly has been a far greater issue this year. While I and the team have worked tirelessly to help some classes such as Social Care One and Construction One, I believe that there are far more issues throughout the Institute. With experience I have learned that students sometimes say nothing about problems until they come to the fore, generally around exam time, and thus then too late to resolve. If you or your class are experiencing difficulties with your classroom, your class or your equipment we need to know about it. Road Safety week and Environmental week: As a result of a very impacting and successful safety week last year I plan to run a similar campaign this year. I am currently trying to get ideas together for this initiative and need your help. If you witnessed safety week last year tell me what you would do differently, and if this is your first year, take a read of last years editions on In relation to running an environmental campaign, I feel this is an issue that all students should be concerned about. While road safety awareness may directly save lives, this may indirectly save them. We all need to play our part and thus we need to highlight this issue.

Doubts about your Choice of Course With the fun and excitement of the biggest Fresher’s week ever now a distant memory, attending regular lectures has for most of you, been the most excitement you have enjoyed since! I feel it apt though to speak to those who may be having doubts about their course and find themselves attending fewer lectures as a result. Most of you reading this will feel this applies to a minority, but you are greatly mistaken. The figures are astounding with on average 1 in every 3 first years dropping out within the first four months! That’s 600 people this year! However, I have to stress that there are options if you are having doubts about your course choice. We in CIT have a dedicated careers and counselling team which will willing advice you (for free) on your options. One option which is commonly availed of is internal transfer to another course but the closing date for this is October 31st. So don’t delays have a chat…it may save you a year out. These offices are located on the top floor of the Student centre. Alternatively, come in and ask in the SU. Union Council Meetings As the academic year progresses and all of you should by now have elected your class representatives and it is now time to begin our by-weekly union council meetings. These are a great way of making your opinions known and also finding out the views of others. Also you can learn how to organise class parties, hear about class rep training and other social events which will be taking place in the future. Until next month, Brian

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CIT Students’ Union Vice President Welfare Can you believe we have over a month of college down already? I hope it went ok for everyone, especially the first years. Freshers Week was a huge success and a big thank you to everyone who helped us out at the events, in particular our non-sabbats Eoin, John and Gearoid! Welfare Week kicks off this month from Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th, and it’s one of my most important campaigns for the year. At the event you’ll be able to get information on pretty much every aspect of welfare, from accommodation rights to tax information and sexual health to healthy eating. You may be thinking to yourself

“I’m grand, none of those things apply to me right now”, but the reality is that these are practical issues that everyone needs to know about at some stage in their life. What you’ll find out this week could help you in the future, or even a friend or family member. So get yourself over to the Student Centre between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm, and keep an eye out for posters and flyers advertising the special events that will be taking place on the days. Once it’s all over, make sure you pop in to see the antics at the SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) ball which is happening on Thursday night! Remember, if you want to get involved in any of the welfare campaigns throughout the year or if you need to talk about anything at all, please contact me in the SU office or email Caitríona

CIT Students’ Union Vice President Education Well guys the first month is done and dusted and so far so good. We have been working hard to work out the kinks that are always there at the start of any academic year. The introduction of Semesterisation and Modularisation has created a few more kinks than usual but things are nearly running smoothly for everyone now. Fresher’s week was an absolute smashing success. A big thank you to Mick and Eoin for a lot of hard work during the week, not to forget Gearoid and John who helped everything run smoothly. If you want to see some of the photos from the daytime events check out but please not from a busy computers lab in the college!

The Conferring are now have now taken place and the Graduation Balls went very well. I should know as I finally graduated this year too. If get a chance, make your way over to the Student Centre to check out Welfare Week (October 22nd-25th). There is a lot of useful information available lads and ladies and it would be a shame to come to college and not learn something new at the end of the day. Remember if any body needs some extra help or is having trouble at the start of the year, I have a comprehensive list of grinds available to all CIT students. Any queries on grants or anything else academic related that you may need a hand with then please feel free to contact me on the first floor of the Student Centre. Happy Halloween Everyone! John Grant

Wonderful Welfare Advice Welfare Week is one of the best ways to find out information on the many, MANY issues that can affect your welfare during your time here at college or even throughout your life. The event runs from this Tuesday 23rd October to Thursday 25th, so try to get yourself over to the Student Centre to check out some of the great organisations and services that are here to talk to you. If you don’t get a chance to talk to everyone, here are some of the basics on the most common issues that affect students.

Accommodation Advice Your rights as a tenant: • Your landlord must, by law, provide you with a rent book or written letting agreement or lease. All payments made to the landlord must be recorded in the rent book or stated in the agreement. • Deposits paid to the landlord must be returned promptly to the tenant once the lease is up. Deposits, or part thereof, cannot be retained unless there are rent arrears or there is damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. • An inventory of items already supplied in the house should be issued to the tenants. Take photos of the house at the start of the year to keep a record of the condition it is in. • A formal lease or letting agreement is usually for a fixed period (e.g. a year). You cannot be asked to leave during that time unless you are in rent arrears or in breach of your tenancy obligations. • If you have been renting for less than 6 months, the landlord must give at least 28 days notice of termination of tenancy to a tenant, or in extreme cases, 7 days. Between 6 months and 1 year: at least 35 days notice must be given. • Your landlord can only enter the premises with due notice and permission of all tenants. • Your landlord must, by law, ensure that your flat complies with certain minimum standards (e.g. free from damp, in good structural repair, hot and cold water, adequate means of heating and ventilation, appliances in good working order, electrical wiring, gas, pipes in good repair). • The landlord is obliged to carry out repairs except where damage beyond normal wear and tear has been caused by the tenant. • All tenants are entitled to claim tax relief on rent. Please contact your local tax office, or talk to the Revenue Commissioners at their stand at Welfare Week! If you have any more questions about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, please contact Threshold, the National Housing Organisation. Your nearest branch is: 22 South Mall, Cork T: 021 427 88 48 email:

Employment Advice Minimum Wage With effect from 1 July 2007 the National Minimum Wage is €8.65 per hour (previously €8.30 per hour) for an experienced adult worker. An experienced adult worker is an employee who has any work experience in any two years since turning age 18. • • •

Employees who are under 18 years of age are entitled to €6.06 per hour Employees who are in their first year of employment since turning 18 are entitled to €6.92 per hour Employees who are in their second year of employment since turning 18 are entitled to €7.79 per hour

Breaks and Holidays Employees are entitled to a 15-minute break after 4.5 hours have been worked and another 15-minute break after a total of 6 hours have been worked. The maximum average working week is 48 hours. If not already included in the rate of pay, employees are generally entitled to paid time off in lieu or a premium payment for Sunday working. Employees are entitled to four working weeks of paid holidays in a year. Holidays are earned on time worked by the employee. Full-time employees have an immediate entitlement to benefit from a public holiday. Part-time employees must have worked a total of 40 hours over a fiveweek period ending immediately before the public holiday to qualify. There are nine public holidays in the year: • January 1st • St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) • Easter Monday • The first Monday in May • The first Monday in June • The first Monday in August • The last Monday in October • Christmas Day (December 25th) • St. Stephen's Day (December 26th) If the public holiday falls on a day on which you would normally work you will be entitled to one of the following: 1. 2. 3. 4.

A paid day off on that day A paid day off within a month of the day An additional day of annual leave An additional days pay

If your employer does not nominate one of the above options, you will automatically be entitled to a paid day off on the day of the public holiday Unfair Dismissal The Unfair Dismissals Acts apply to employees over age 16 with at least 12 months continuous service. The Acts do not apply to State employees, close relatives of the employer who live and work in the same private house or farm, members of Defense Forces or Gardai, officers of vocational educational committees and the chief executive officer of the Health Service Executive, FAS apprentices who have been dismissed within one month of the end of their apprenticeship. An unfair dismissal is one which occurs as a result of one of the following: • The employee's trade union membership • Any matters connected with pregnancy giving birth or breastfeeding • The exercise or proposed exercise by an employee of a right under the Maternity Protection Act, 1994 to any form of protective leave or natal care absence • The exercise or proposed exercise by the employee of the right to parental leave, force majeure leave under the Parental Leave Act, 1998, or carer's leave under the Carer's Leave Act, 2001 • The exercise or contemplated exercise by an adopting parent of her right under the Adoptive Leave Act, 1995 to adoptive leave or additional adoptive leave. There is also a specific procedure for dismissal that must be followed. This involves a verbal warning, 2 written warning, suspension with or without pay, and finally dismissal. If this procedure is followed incorrectly it may be grounds for unfair dismissal.

Contraception Advice There are many options when it comes to contraception, but which one is best for you and your partner? Here are just a few of the most commonly used methods:

Drawbacks • Vomiting, diarrhorea, antibiotics and some other prescribed drugs can interfere with its effectiveness • Not suitable for women with conditions such as high blood pressure, heavy smokers, smokers over 35 or women who are breastfeeding • Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections



A barrier method that a man can use to help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. How it Works A thin sheath is rolled onto an erect penis before sex and prevents sperm from entering the woman's vagina during sex. Advantages • Condoms are widely available for sale without a prescription • Allows men to take responsibility for contraception • Can be used with other methods to practice safer sex and to get additional contraceptive protection • Helps to protect both partners from sexually transmitted infections including HIV • No medical side effects Drawbacks • Putting it on correctly requires practice • Condoms can get damaged if handled roughly or an oil-based lubricant is used • Must be used before expiry date Remember, you can get free condoms from the SU Welfare Officer or your local family planning clinic.

Combined Oral Contraception - The Pill Tablet contains two female hormones (oestrogen and progestogen) How it Works Hormones stop a woman ovulating (releasing an egg each month). There are many different brands of pill with different combinations of hormones. Advantages • Does not interrupt sex • Useful for women who can reliably take pills on a daily basis Often reduces bleeding, period pain and PMT • • Protects against cancer of the ovaries and womb and some pelvic infections

Small flexible rod which is placed just under the skin on the inside of the upper arm. It can be felt under the skin but not seen. How it Works The rod slowly releases the female hormone progestogen, which stops ovulation (an egg being released). It also thickens the mucus at the neck of the womb making it difficult for sperm to enter, and thins the lining of the womb. Advantages • Does not interrupt sex • Works for up to three years • May reduce painful periods Drawbacks • May cause irregular bleeding, no bleeding at all, acne or weight gain • Insertion and removal must be done by a specially trained doctor • Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections Remember, the only form of contraception that also helps to prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections is a condom. For more info about these and all other types of contraception, please contact SU Welfare Officer or the Medical Centre

Useful Telephone Numbers • • • • • • •

CITSU Welfare Officer – 021 4933123 CIT Medical Centre – 021 4326356 Youth Health Service – 021 4275837 Crisis Pregnancy Agency – Free text LIST to 50444 Samaritans – 1850 60 90 90 Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment – 1890 220 222 Department of Social & Family Affairs (Cork) – (021) 4270055

More Welfare information available from the Students’ Union Welfare Office (1st Floor Student Centre), online at or please visit our Welfare Week Stands in the Student Centre from 23rd - 25th October 2007.


FREE PHONE 1800 201 365 TEL: (021) 4505933 (BETWEEN 9AM-4PM) OR E-MAIL:

Inaugural CIT Alumni Awards Thursday 6th September 2007 CIT Alumni are leaders in their professions and excel in their pursuits. CIT celebrated this excellence through the presentation of the Inaugural CIT Alumni Awards, which honoured three graduates who excelled in their chosen fields and made enormous contributions to society, both here in Ireland and overseas. The main aim of the CIT Alumni Awards is to celebrate the life-long value of a CIT education and to provide inspiration for others – peers and current students. The inaugural award recipients were selected from nominations put forward by members of the Institute community. The judging panel was chaired by the President of the Institute, Dr. Brendan J. Murphy and included representatives from the Institute Alumni Association Committee.

Fiona Shaw CBE. Fiona Shaw is a critically acclaimed actress in theatre, television, film and radio. Most recently Fiona performed the role of Winnie in the National Theatre’s production of Happy Days directed by Deborah Warner. The production is currently on an International Tour and appearing in Epidaurus, Paris, Madrid and Washington. Other theatre work includes; The Powerbook (NT); Woman and Scarecrow (Royal Court Theatre); The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (NT); Julius Caesar (Barbican); The Good Person of Sechuan (NT – Olivier award for Best Actress/ London Critics award 1990); Medea (Albemarle Theatre/ New York where she won the 2001 evening standard award); Dido and Aeneas (Vienna); The Waste Land (Paris, Toronto Festival, Montreal & Liberty Theatre on Broadway); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RSC); The Merchant of Venice (RSC Tour); The Taming of the Shrew (RSC); Footfalls (Garrick Theatre); Machinal (NT – Olivier Award and Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Actress 1993); Richard II (NT); Way of the World (NT).Television credits: Trial and Retribution XIV; Sherlock Holmes; Richard II; Love Song; Hedda Gabler; Persuasion; The Waste Land; Gormenghast.Film credits: Harry Potter films as Aunt Petunia; ‘Butcher Boy’ directed by Neil Jordan; The Black Dahlia; The Avengers; Anna Karenina; My Left Foot. In 2001 Fiona was awarded a CBE.

Dr. Patrick Galvin Dr. Patrick Galvin was born in Cork. He attended school at the Christian Brothers Sullivan’s Quay and later at the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute (now CIT) where he received the foundation of his engineering education. His early work experience was in Cork with Engineering Services Limited and the Irish Dunlop Company. Following this he joined the Guinness Brewery in Dublin in 1956. He qualified as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and a member of the Irish Academy of Engineering. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from UCD. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School in 1975. Dr Galvin held a number of executive positions with Arthur Guinness Son & Co (Dublin) Ltd prior to his appointment as Managing Director in 1977. He joined Waterford Crystal as Chief Executive in 1989 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of the company in 1992. Dr. Galvin is now retired – during his distinguished business career he held a number of Directorships and other notable positions including the following: • • • • •

Chairman of the Board of Management at the University Industry Centre of UCD Member of the Court of Directors of Bank of Ireland Executive Chairman of the Doyle Hotel Group President of the Federation of Irish Employers (FIE) President of the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

Dr. Galvin is also a Director of a number of other publicly quoted companies. Dr. Galvin is married to Mary (nee Grant). They have a family of three daughters and one son, all of whom are married.

Robert Short Born and educated in Cork, Robert Short, to his conservative banker father’s horror, dreamed of a glamorous life of travel repairing radar systems on ships. The first step was the Telecommunications Technician’s Course at Crawford Municipal Technical Institute (now CIT), which he completed in 1973. He abandoned the dream and took up the only job available at the time at Digital Equipment Corporation in Galway. Thus began a career of over 30 years in the computer industry – most recently as Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, responsible for the design of operating system technology in Windows. In Galway Rob developed programs to optimize computer assembly time that were deployed in DEC plants in Galway and Puerto Rico. He moved from manufacturing to design engineering at DEC headquarters. He joined the VAX 780 design team in Boston, a humbling experience as most of his colleagues had advanced degrees from top universities. He enrolled in night classes at Boston University to learn the arcane computer technology, and has continued to take classes ever since. He initially concentrated on technology, earning an MS in Computer Science at the University of Washington and later focused on management. In 1988 Rob moved to Microsoft to concentrate on improving the architecture of the PC. He was an active member of many cross-industry technical expert groups designing technical standards for busses such as the PCI and USB. Rob has led design teams as large as 750 people including the Windows design team to make PCs “plug and play” as well as the Windows “architecture team”. A regular speaker at technical conferences, Rob is an inventor on a dozen patents mostly related to the interaction between hardware and software. For relaxation he enjoys travel, with his wife Emer and daughters Fina and Nessa, as well as hiking and skiing. Each Award recipient was presented with a Silver Strawberry Dish. The sterling Silver Strawberry Dish was made by the silversmiths at Sean Carroll and Sons, Rutland Street, Cork. This strawberry dish is a signature piece of Cork silver in a unique design which has been produced by Cork silversmiths since 1910 and made famous during the period of “Republican Silver” in 1922. Following the capture of the city by republican forces, the silversmiths of Cork created a special category of silver, bearing the hallmark of the city’s coat of arms. The particular piece, which is 10” in diameter, is stamped with the hallmark of Cork Silver (Sean Carroll and Sons) and has the crest of the Institute engraved on the bottom. The Carroll family are the only remaining silversmiths in Cork and are proud to be able to maintain one of the oldest crafts in the city. The black-tie evening was attended by over 80 guests representing the Institute, business and alumni communities together with family and friends of the Award recipients. The evening commenced with a champagne reception and music from Flautist Johnny McCarthy, Classical Guitarist Jerry Creedon and Cellist Gerry Kelly. The presentation of the Inaugural Alumni Awards took place before a banquet was served. Leo Enright, former Head of News with RTÉ Radio 2 acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. AIB and PJ Hegarty & Sons supported the Inaugural CIT Alumni Awards and will continue to support the Awards for the next two Awards ceremonies. For more information on how to join the CIT Alumni Assocation, please visit or contact Glynis Dennehy, Alumni Relations Officer, by email

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CIT Sports & Societies Day 2007 Societies Day in CIT gave Freshers their first opportunity to jump on the rollercoaster of college life. Thousands of students poured into the Student Centre from early in the morning to be greeted by an array of colourful exhibitions and stalls. Gamers and Jugglers amazed the crowd with their dazzling demonstrations, showing all that practice really does makes perfect! Amongst the stalls the students were sampling fair trade chocolate spread on toast, testing their strength with the ‘dung bell challenge’ and hitting the highest scores on the latest gaming technology. Amid all the madness, there was important work to be done. Societies looking to entice new member who’s enthusiasm and fresh ideas will be essential for their success and growth during the coming year. After the music had mellowed and the students retreated to class, there was only one thing certain at the end of the day. This really is only the beginning of another bumper Sports & Societies College year.

CIT Arts Office Update:

EXHIBITION NEWS: Already this year… ‘I went to the Show and I bought’ – an exhibition of works purchased by the CIT Registrar’s Office from the 2007 CIT Crawford College of Art & Design Hons. Degree Show. Works included painting, drawing, print, photography, and sculpture. A special mention for Donal Moloney who was awarded the Registrar’s Prize. This award included the purchase of a number of works from the exhibition and the facilitation of a solo show of new work in early 2008. Donal’s delicately layered small paintings are a fantastic addition to the collection, and we wish him every success in the future. (pictures above) From 22nd October to 10th November you can see new work from James Hayes in ‘West of no East’. James is a tutor in sculpture at CCAD, and the Arts Office is proud to present this solo exhibition of his recent work, including several pieces made during his time in America. An exhibition of drawings and paintings from Agnes Gormley, an artist based in the Bishopstown area, will open on 10th December. Coming up in 2008 will be Registrar’s Prize recipient Donal Moloney’s solo exhibition of new work; an exhibition from the two CCAD graduates awarded studio spaces in the Backwater Artists Group studios on Wandesford Quay; a group exhibition from 3rd year students of CCAD; and more. Keep an eye on the Whats On in CIT, and listings in local press for regular updates.

And then there’s ArtsFest! 17th – 23rd November....

Arts Fest 2007 The Arts Office at Cork Institute of Technology is delighted to present ArtsFest ‘07. This high energy, dynamic festival always has something for everyone, and in 2007 is especially physical, multicultural, and extremely eclectic This year, ArtsFest is very excited to be the first Irish hosts for The Asia Europe Forum for Young Photographers – a major international event bringing together promising young photographers and curators for an intensive programme of presentations, discussions, and public forums, with an extensive public exhibition on Thursday 22nd November.

ArtsFest will also be hosting ‘Teraz Malopolska’ – an exhibition representing Polish photographers as part of a larger series of events across Cork City and County organised by the organisation Teraz Polska to promote awareness and understanding of Polish culture and traditions. Artsfest is an annual opportunity for students, staff and the extended community to experience International, national and local arts events on the campuses of CIT. Chickens, swimming, rain, photography, knitting, music, song, dance, competitions, exhibitions, lectures, workshops… from death defying to deadly serious, delicate to deafening, intimate encounters to public spectacles. Through Visual Art, comedy, Music, and drama, ArtsFest 2007 will be highly physical, direct and to the point – presenting a visual feast of theatrical spectacles to entice, engage, and entertain... Cork’s latest singer-songwriter sensation Mick Flannery will take to the stage on Monday 19th, kicking off a week of intimate gigs from some of the best local talent. With sold-out gigs in the Opera House and Spiegeltent behind him, as well as extensive touring in Ireland and New York, he is already a seasoned performer and tipped for major success in the years ahead. The crowds will be wowed by the stunning death-defying antics of the universally-famous Daredevil Chicken Club, audience participation is compulsory, chicken costumes optional! Or take a 3 minute trip inside The Whale - a mobile theatrefor-1 from innovative interventionist inventors and pioneers of site-specific theatre Talking Birds With A Play on Two Chairs, by Irish playwright Michael West, utmost simplicity is employed to transport the audience from comedy to pathos and back – all by two seated actors. Both actors from Mangiare Theatre Company, they trained at the Jacques Lecoq School and it shows – this performance is a physical and verbal tour de force. The actors will also be leading a workshop in physical theatre techniques.


James Hayes - Sunset on Titan The legendary Frank and Walters return following last year’s sell-out success, bringing their youthful enthusiasm to the people of CIT and already interest is building. Since founding in the early 90’s, their mission has been to spread cheer and optimism throughout the world via their music. Naming themselves after some eccentric old boys from down the road, their energetic live shows, infectious melodies and seemingly irrepressible happiness have built up a loyal following. Urban Jam brings student societies and local artists together to present the best of hip hop, dance & urban art, fused with classical music and extreme sports in a visual and aural extravaganza guaranteed to get you going BLANK SPACE – a group exhibition from students of the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, and ‘Teraz MaloPolska’ – an exhibition representing Polish photographers - are just some of the Visual Art events to take in. Festival favourites return including the Friday Famous Mystery Performer live in concert; the ArtsFest Market showcasing the best of local artists and artisan producers – this year the Culinary Arts students will be serving up some tasty deserts, pasrties, winter soups, and lots more! - and Kids Day events take in puppet shows, music workshops, and a host of entertainers

James Hayes: West of no East ‘West of no East’, a new exhibition by Irish Artist James Hayes, at the James Barry Exhibition Centre at Cork Institute of Technology ‘West of no East’ presents a variety of new 2D & 3D works by the artist as well as some digital film based work. Much of this work has been made by the Artist while working in United States in 2007. These works explore a number diverse issues relating to ‘Conflict’, ‘Consumerisation’, and also the role of ‘Art object’ in Contemporary Fine Art practice and debate. James is currently a tutor in the Sculpture department of the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design ‘West of no East’ opened on the 22nd October and runs until November 10th.

Puppets are not just for kids - Written by and starring Dominic Moore, ‘Mr. Punch’ is a dark, edgy comedy suitable for adults and children over 12. It’s Punch-and-Judy West Cork style. With puppets. Thursday 22nd. The CIT Cork School of Music will host a series of free lunchtime concerts throughout the week, a perfect opportunity to see and hear talented musicians in an amazing setting. And then the Friday Famous Mystery Performer will be brilliant… That’s just a taste of the ArtsFest lineup – for the full story pick up a brochure around CIT, or check out the website –

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CIT Careers Fair 2007 Gains Record Visitor Numbers at Student Centre

The CIT Careers and Counselling Service held their Annual Careers Fair at the Student Centre on Wednesday 10th October 2007. The Careers Fair gave students the opportunity to make personal contact with leading graduate employers in many sectors of industry and commerce, get expert advice on what a career with a particular company might involve and how you can get the job you want. It also gave students the opportunity to collect company literature and information to assist when applying for positions. Careers & Counselling Head, Mr. Dan Collins said; “I would like to thank sincerely all who supported and assisted in yesterday’s Careers Fair which was attended by approximately 2,000 students and saw 54 Companies in attendance. I believe the Careers Fair is a valuable medium where the qualifications and qualities of the CIT student cohort are exposed to Industry and Business,

and there was very positive feedback and observations from exhibitors yesterday regarding the academic and personal attributes of the CIT student”. He added, “My sincerest thanks to lecturing, administrative and support staff right across the Institute who have played and continue to play an active part in achieving this quality and consequently allowing us to showcase our students to those who are currently recruiting our future graduates. Thanks also to all those associated with the organization and support of Careers Fair ’07”. If you require further information please contact the Service on (021) 4326678

CIT Learning Support Centre The Learning Support Centre is now providing subject support sessions in Maths, Programming, Physics and Electronics for students on a weekly basis throughout the academic year. Students are encouraged to walk-in at the designated times, should they wish to discuss a difficulty with a subject, or if they have a query in a subject. These support sessions are free and open to students across all courses. Students can contact the Centre for advice and for more information on sessions to suit their individual needs. The Learning Support Centre is now providing

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Students Urged to Enter CIT Prize for Job Opportunities Innovation Competition Company:

Shed light on your ideas to harness a piece of the prize. Your invention/business plan can lead to a chance to earn a share of the €10,000 prize money. This is a scheme that awards cash prizes to those whose inventions and business ideas are judged most creative, novel, innovative, and likely to succeed in the marketplace. This prize is open to all departments and you may use a project that forms part of your coursework for the year. The breakdown of prizes is as follows: €5,000 1st Prize: €2,500 2nd Prize: €1,500 3rd Prize: Best Stand Exhibition Stand DATES: IMPORTANT €1,000 on Innovation Day:

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You may participate if you are a registered full-time student at CIT during the 2007-2008 academic year. Position/Duties: Working in teams or individually you can attend free Hours: workshops that guide you in putting a business plan Pay: together and how to set-up your own business. Contact details: The first step for entry is to complete a two-page application form. This will give us contact details for you and will ensure that you are on our list to receive further information about the competition and workshops Company: that will be held throughout the year. Position/Duties: A team of experienced engineers, inventors and busi- Hours: ness professionals will judge your working during Pay: Innovation Day on Thursday, 13th March 2008 Contact details: Please see for further information

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Living in Prague as an Erasmus Exchange Student “...The Erasmus programme helped me to realise and appreciate the advantages of being young and full of energy. It was the best way to fulfil my desire for adventure and knowledge...” Giustino Cacciotti recounts his experience in Prague as an Erasmus* exchange student during the spring/summer of 2007: I had heard about the Erasmus project before but I was not aware of the fact that it could change my life to such an extent. It is a study programme promoted by the EU that is both an integral part of the home programme and sufficiently comprehensive to ensure no loss of progress toward the achievement of the degree or diploma for which the student is studying at the home university. The city I chose was Prague, the amazing Baroque Capital of Central Europe. I spent almost five month there… such an unforgettable time! During the first week I met so many people from all over the globe: Canada, United States, New Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Taiwan, Australia etc. I found I shared common feelings with most of them, and, to my surprise, I found an array of ancient cultures, all bound together by the same purpose; to have fun and learn about traditions and ways of thinking that are different from their own. Prague is an open air visual art museum - full of paintings, sculptures, mosaics, glasswork and ornate ironwork. Every corner that you turn, every street that you walk through, there are architectural treasures which can hold you entranced for days. After the first week, friendships with many of the students became very strong, as if we had always been friends beyond and above the diversity of our cultural backgrounds - and perhaps because of them - as we all had something to teach to, and learn from, our new friends. As an Erasmus student, you not only get to know more about people from different countries, but you also get to learn more about the beauty of the host country. The promenades over Charles Bridge on those cold, crisp nights are unforgettable. The staff and students in the host institution, the âESKÉ VYSOKÉ UâENÍ TECHNICKÉ V PRAZE - Czech Technical University in Prague – were wonderful.

They solved any problems I had, and a Czech student was assigned to me to take care of me throughout my time there. The International Students’ Club at CTU operates a “buddy” programme, with one CTU student assigned to look after each incoming Erasmus student and help them through the settling in process, finding their way around, etc. The trips organised by the university to neighbouring countries were superb, and the concerts, the opera, the museums, the parties, and last but by no means least, the Czech people were all outstanding. The Czechs are a people of deep feelings and old traditions, so bright and clever, and many speak excellent English. All of these incredible memories will remain in my heart for ever. From the academic point of view, my programme at CTU was different but very challenging and interesting, and abilities in my subject definitely improved. When I came back home I was even more eager to learn, with a greater awareness of the importance knowledge has in forging an individual. If I could, I would go abroad again. In fact, I’ve just found out that I may be able to do an Erasmus training placement abroad… The Erasmus programme helped me to realise and appreciate the advantages of being young and full of energy. It was the best way to fulfil my desire for adventure and knowledge. So, my advice to any student who is thinking of participating in the Erasmus programme: Don’t hesitate, just go!! Giustino Cacciotti 3rd Year student on BA in Interior Architectural Technology (You can find out more about the Erasmus programme by contacting Margaret Mulderrig, CIT’s International Officer - email:

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Top Ten Horror Movies for Halloween Resurrected by John Dil 5. Alien (1979)

Halloween is coming up ladies and gents. Wednesday the 31st of October and since everyone will have college the next day I’m sure a night in with a couple of horror movies is what everyone has planned! If you do decide to stay in and scare yourself silly here is what I would consider, after lengthy internet research and personal experience, the top ten scariest movies of all time!

“A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates.” Once again another movie that had a number of sequels but you can’t beat the original. Everyone saw this once as a kid and after all no one slept after seeing it for the first time.

It should be noted that I am dreadful when it comes scary movies and while not everyone would find these scary I found them pretty bad….(yes I’m a wuss)

1. Halloween (1978) Obviously the original! “A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets.” Filled with terrifying moments and it’s really the perfect movie to watch on a Halloween night! Dubbed the original slasher movie, let’s hope your brother likes you and isn’t out for one night just to get you.

2. Silence of the Lambs (1991)

6. Event Horizon (1997) “A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.” A ship in space that, well, is ready to kill. An underrated movie in my opinion that is scary as hell. Oh, it can get quite gory at times which really does not help the whole situation.

7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) “Five friends visiting their grandpa's old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.” One word: Creepy….

8. The Shining (1980)

“A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.” A lot of sequels and prequels followed this and while they do suffice nothing is creepier than Anthony Hopkins in this movie. Just to put everyone’s mind at rest, cannibals are real and someday they may come to get you.

“A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.” No beer and no TV makes Homer go something, something. A terrifying piece of film that not only scares but confuses the hell out of you.

3. 28 Days Later (2002) “Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.” A low budget English movie that really hits the spot. One of the best moments in this movie is the completely empty streets of London. Why? It’s a very low budget movie and yet they still managed to clear the streets of London. That and its got Irish actors Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson.

9. Seven (1995) “Police drama about two cops, one new and one about to retire, after a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as his MO.” Definitely one of my favorites! Really well written movie that is just so smart it’s scary. A must see movie!

4. Saw (2004)

10. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

“With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw" by the police because of his unusual calling card.” A very creepy suspenseful thriller. Basically a really smart movie that will scare the feck out of you!

“In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.” Freddy’s gonna get you and it is not safe to sleep for at least a week after seeing this movie. These are just some of the suggestions for a scary movie night in and let’s not forget you are going to need popcorn, maybe something to drink and a pillow. Happy Halloween Everybody!

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This Month’s Prize: € 30

Competition Closes 5pm Wednesday 31st October 2007 Last Month’s Winner: Liam Dougherty - AT1

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Ten Things to Do to - puzzle 001-5 FREAK OUT Your Flatmate! 10) Collect potatoes. Paint faces on them and give them names. Name one after your flatmate. Separate your flatmate's potato from the others. Wait a few days, and then bake your flatmate's potato and eat it. Explain to your flatmate, saying 'He just didn't belong'. 9) Move everything to one side of the room. Ask your flatmate if he knows how much an elephant weighs, and look at the floor on the empty side of the room with concern. 8) Draw a tiny black line on your nose. Make it bigger every day. Look at it and say, 'the hair, it's growing. Growing!'. 7) Buy some knives. Sharpen them every night. While you're doing so, look at your flatmate and mutter, 'Soon, soon...'

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6) Collect hundreds of pens and pile them on one side of the room. Keep one pencil on the other side of the room. Laugh at the pencil. 5) Tell your flatmate, 'I've got an important message for you.' Then pretend to

faint. When you recover, say you can't remember what the message was. Later on, say, 'Oh, yeah, I remember!' Pretend to faint again. Keep this up for several weeks. 4) While your flatmate is out, glue your shoes to the ceiling. When your flatmate walks in, sit on the floor, hold your head, and moan. 3) Make a sandwich. Don't eat it, leave it on the floor. Ignore the sandwich. Wait until your flatmate gets rid of it, and then say, 'Hey, where the f**k is my sandwich!?' Complain loudly that you are hungry. 2) Every time your flatmate walks in yell, 'Hooray! You're back!' as loud as you can and dance around the room for five minutes. Afterwards, keep looking at your watch and saying, 'Shouldn't you be going somewhere?' 1) Talk back to your Rice Krispies. All of a sudden, act offended, throw the bowl on the floor and kick it. Refuse to clean it up, explaining, 'No, I want to watch them suffer.