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CIT Students’ Union Magazine Volume Eight - Issue One

Crèche in Crisis?

CIT A warded IT of the Year


W elfare Guide to Health & Safety

News & Spor t

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

expliCIT Staff Editor - Gearóid Buckley Design & Advertising - Philip O’Reilly Contributions Sinéad O’Connell Séan F O’Leary Mick O’Mahony

Emma Martin Michael Coughlan Philip O’Reilly

CIT Students’ Union President - Brian O’Sullivan ( Vice President Education - Simon Bolger ( Vice President Welfare - Marie Claire Jennequin ( Entertainments Officer - to be elected ( Projects Officer - Wesley Kiely ( Communications Officer - Gearóid Buckley ( 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.

We Need You! If you would like to contribute to expliCIT please contact Philip in the Publications Office, 1st Floor, Student Centre or email:

Hello and welcome back everyone and a further fáilte roimht to what Dr. Cox would call “Newbies”. My name is Gearóid a second year business student and I will be your Communications Officer for the forthcoming year. Thanks a million for all your votes last year. A lot of people have asked me what the Communication Officer does, basically my job is to ensure all mediums of communication are used to their full potential by the Union. Well lads what a summer. Who’d have thought Roy Keane would be a subordinate of his Muppet “pal” Niall Quinn. We also got a taste of Zidane showing off his skills in his new career, wrestling. It is also rumoured that the NMWA (Nude Mud Wrestling Association) are currently thinking out a three-year deal for the French man to commit to. However, now the late evenings in the beer gardens in west Cork are now a distant memory as I prepare anxiously for a fun filled year, of studying*, studying**, and studying***. (Parent/guardian edition of expliCIT). To all freshers a sincere welcome. The stressful days are over, you’re in college now and the only anxiety you should have is on a Friday morning trying to catch a bus home for the weekend while also enduring a ‘minor’ headache from the night before. Just last year I was in your shoes and I’ve found the support structures in CIT second to none, which have been enhanced over the summer, as now all student services are under one roof in the Student Centre. One valuable piece of advice to you is to get involved in societies and sports. Societies/Sports day takes place during Freshers Week and I’m sure you’ll find something that interests you. Don’t hesitate to contact any of the SU members (phone number and email addresses to left of article) regarding any problem or query. The student body welcomes the Common Room in the new Student Centre, and I foresee it becoming a keystone in developing the social culture in CIT. expliCIT is a magazine produced to voice the opinions of you the students, don’t hesitate to write down what’s on your mind and hand it into the SU office or email it to myself or Philip. Whether it’s a story, a bit of news, a photograph or a joke it will be welcomed with open floppy drives. We are also recruiting members for the expliCIT Editorial board if anyone is interested contact Phil, or myself or call into the SU office. Finally, enjoy Fresher Week and I’ll talk to you next month. Gearóid *=Fresher week

**= Rag week

***= Cramming in May

CIT Awarded Insititute of Technology of the Year by Sunday Times “... The honour for CIT follows the biggest upgrade in the Institute’s 203-year history in both its diversity of courses and a multimillion euro investment to enhance the Institute’s main Bishopstown 80-acre campus...” Cork Institute of Technology has been named as Institute of Technology of the Year in The Sunday Times University Guide. Aimed at those going to college in 2007 it is one of the largest and most respected such guides in the world with 1.4m copies printed in different editions. The award is based partly on performance in The Sunday Times league table which is drawn up from criteria including the calibre of students the institution attracts, research quality, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, graduate unemployment levels and drop out rates. The award also takes into account questionnaires on student satisfaction and the role the institution plays on a local, national and international stage. In student satisfaction ratings CIT moved up the league table to 9th position The honour for CIT follows the biggest upgrade in the Institute’s 203-year history in both its diversity of courses and a multimillion euro investment to enhance the Institute’s main Bishopstown 80-acre campus. The award recognises CIT’s consistency at being among the top institutes of technology for the number of students getting high grades in business, engineering and science. It also got merit for introducing degrees this month in architecture, human resource management, nautical science and quantity surveying. Dr Brendan Murphy, Director of Cork Institute of Technology, said: 'We are extremely pleased with being awarded the title of Institute of Technology of the Year. This is a credit to the hard work of staff and students, and Students' Union Presidents over the years. We will continue to work hard, to consolidate on this success.'

CITSU President, Brian O’ Sullivan, said “it is indeed a proud day for all who attend CIT and proof that equilibrium between curricular and extra curricular activities is the key to better grades at third level. We must continue to build on this into the changing future, by creating more choice for students attending CIT”. Dundalk Institute of Technology made runner-up due to similar transformations on its campus. It also won second best Institute of technology for research and saw an increase in the number of its students getting high grades. University College Dublin was awarded University of the Year with Dublin City University obtaining runner-up. Two thirds of UCD students now graduate with a first or 2.1 class honours, up significantly in the past two years. Much of UCD’s changes have come about in the past 21 months since Dr. Hugh Brady became President of UCD. Having spent nine years in Harvard before returning to UCD a decade ago, he says he intends to draw from “the best of American and European models to create something unique in Ireland”. Wi-fi technology is being enhanced to allow students to work from anywhere in Belfield campus on laptops. In addition, almost a third of students will be offered an opportunity to spend a semester abroad at another prestigious university, one of UCD’s partners in the Universitas 21 Network. Dr. Brady has made many national headlines recently for upsetting other Unversities with his aggressive recruitment policy by not signing up to a “nopoaching policy”. He has also only just deferred strike action with staff and students regarding employment contract issues.

CITSU Launches Redeveloped Student Website - Cork Insititute of Technology Students’ Union (CITSU) have been working over the past few weeks to redevop it’s website, CITSU online. A complete overhaul of the website has taken place with new features added such as online calendar, student polls, interactive maps, photo gallery, job listings, and RSS news feeds.

Students can still access the regular services including, latest campus news, welfare and education advice, contact information, back issues of expliCIT, and a CIT entertainment gig guide. Much content will be added over the coming weeks and students are encouraged to submit articles and/or suggestions for features that may be of use.

The Management & Staff of the Rochestown Park Hotel would like to wish all new and returning students to CIT the best of luck with the year ahead. Thank you for once again making us your Number 1 Ball Venue for 2006

Boxers Fracture Project wins Siemens Engineers Ireland Innovative Engineer National Award 2006 “...From a large national entry, seven final year students were short listed as finalists who presented before a distinguished panel of judges, drawn from industry and academia. Following a highly competitive event...” The Siemens Engineers Ireland Innovative Engineer Award 2006 Competition Finals took place throughout Thursday 15 June, at Engineers Ireland HQ Clyde Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. The award is the national prize awarded by Siemens and Engineers Ireland for projects illustrating innovation in engineering. From a large national entry, seven final year students were short listed as finalists who presented before a distinguished panel of judges, drawn from industry and academia. Following a highly competitive event, the result, announced by Mr. Matthew Russell, Chairman of the distinguished panel of judges, was: First Place and Siemens/Engineers Ireland Innovative Engineer of the Year 2006: Ms. Kathleen Hurley, Final Year Mechanical Engineering Degree Student Project Title: " Fractured Finger Splint System Design and Development " Industrial Partner: Mr. James Harty, Consultant Surgeon Supervisor: Dr. Keith Bryan

metric factors and the loading of the fifth phalange were analysed. From surgeon concept, an aluminium splint was designed to provide a three-point pressure system to immobilise the fifth knuckle. The new fractured finger splint was developed in parallel with an innovative neoprene glove support system to prevent rotational deformity. The requirement for total immobilisation of a hand due to a fifth metacarpal fracture is thus obviated, thereby leading to a faster recovery and less discomfort for the affected party. Utilising Rapid Prototype technologies, a Prototype Splint Device was produced and Validation was undertaken. State of the Art manufacturing techniques was investigated and a low volume production device was designed to produce a marketable splint. The judges were particularly impressed by the fact that Kathleen had liased with three final year Business and Information Studies students Lucy Gleeson, Martina Brennanand Claire Murphy to investigate the commercialisation of her Fractured Finger Splint system, developing a business plan and forming the company Finger Splint Ltd. Market Potential was investigated and Competitors assessed. Significant advantages over direct US competitors were identified including rotational deformity prevention, patient comfort, flexibility, washability and ease of manufacture.

The objective of Kathleen’s project was to research and design an improved support system for the treatment of a fractured fifth metacarpal (also known as a boxer’s fracture) as an alternative to the current conventional treatment, the cumbersome Ulnar gutter splint encased in plaster paris.

Amongst the six runner-up short listed finalists was Brian Guilly Cork Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineeering Student for his ”Design and Development of Equine Tendon Support Boot Test Rig”.

Kathleen was presented with the coveted award and a cash prize of €2,000 by Mr. John McGowan, President of Engineers Ireland. Kathleen will also be eligible for a scholarship of €1,250 if she chooses to pursue Postgraduate studies.

The Siemens/Engineers Ireland competition is open to all third level colleges with professionally accredited engineering degree courses and proved a significant victory for CIT.

Initial research was carried out on the anatomy and mechanics of the hand. Primary anthropometric experimental data was collected. Relevant anthropo-

Sean F. O’Leary, Senior Lecturer

Free IT@Cork Membership for IT Students CIT has negotiated free membership of IT@Cork for final year and postgraduate IT students (Computing, BIS, Electronics). I would recommend any student from these areas to avail of this facility for the many reasons outlined below.

and activities of the IT market in Cork. It is also a useful addition to the CVs of students who will be applying for jobs. Members of it@cork enjoy the following benefits:

What is IT@Cork? it@cork is a not-for-profit industry organisation that supports businesses that depend on Information Technology in the Cork region. It provides a forum for businesses that have a key dependency on IT, to share best practices and to network. It also supports the promotion of the region to external investors and works with other regional stakeholders to promote IT related opportunities. It provides free membership to final year and postgraduate IT students.

The network organises monthly information and networking events for its members and annually hosts the biggest IT conference outside Dublin. Why Join? Membership of it@cork provides students with the opportunity to learn the latest in technology trends, make contacts in the business world, and heighten their own profile. The organisation provides IT professionals from all sectors with opportunities to meet and develop an appreciation of the resources

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FREE admission to the numerous seminars and events on topical sectorspecific subjects and networking events. Discounted registration fee to the it@cork annual conference. Receipt of the it@cork monthly online newsletter, which keeps you informed of recent and future events, as well as news of the IT industry in Cork.

How do I Join? Email letting her know that you wish to join. Catherine will provide you with the relevant registration details thereafter. Where Can I Find More Information? Check out the IT@Cork website at

Welcome from the Careers and Counselling Service Whether you are returning to CIT for another year or if this is your first year at the Institute, the Staff attached to the Careers and Counselling Service warmly welcomes you and invites you to avail of the services offered by the Service. Based on the 2nd floor of the Student Centre the services offered are free and confidential. The service is committed to supporting and encouraging you to reach your academic and personal potential and offers Career Guidance, Educational Guidance and Counselling. The integrated Service operates on a 'drop in' and appointment basis and opened Monday – Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm. To make contact, call over in person, ring 4326678 or email

Urgent Funding Plea for Threatened Rape Crisis Services The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has backed an urgent plea from the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) for increased State funding to meet the demand for services. A €7million funding deficit has affected all 16 rape crisis centres represented by RCNI, leading to cutbacks. USI said there is vigorous support among its 250,000 members for RCNI’s position and the immediate release of the extra €7million required. It called on the Health Minister to intervene in the apparent procedural impasse between the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health (DoH). USI President Colm Hamrogue said: “USI knows firsthand from students and Students’ Union Welfare Officers that supports provided by rape crisis centres and the RCNI are a lifeline for many people who have been raped or assaulted. Society is becoming more aware of the problem of sexual violence. This makes it doubly ironic that we see critical support services under threat because Government departments cannot agree on the procedure for releasing vital extra funds”. USI Welfare Officer Kelly Mackey said: “Rape crisis centres offer crucial support in times of crisis, which is why students stand with the RCNI in demanding the immediate release of essential additional funds. “It is heartening to see more men and women availing of the support which the rape crisis centres provide, but the growing demand for services necessitates an increase in resources, such as staff. The Health Minister must step in to resolve the procedural impasse between the DoH and the HSE that appears to be preventing the release of vital extra funding”.

USI Warns of Student Shanty Towns as 20,000 Face Eviction “...almost overnight, properties presently classified as Section 50 student accommodation will move into the open market and their rents will soar to open market levels. The only affordable accommodation option that exists in many areas will suddenly be priced beyond the means of students...” The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has warned that Student Shantytowns could emerge in three years when the first waves of 20,000 students are evicted from low-rent Section 50 housing. These 20,000 students will be forced into dilapidated or overcrowded accommodation when the low-rent Section 50 option expires. The Finance Act 1999 granted property developers a 10-year tax incentive to build Section 50 student properties. For the first wave of Section 50 developments that 10-year cut-off is fast approaching. It is expected that all student properties built under Section 50 will eventually be transferred to the private sector. The loss of Section 50 student residences will leave no remaining lowrent option for 20,000 students dependent on affordable accommodation. USI President Colm Hamrogue said: “Almost overnight, properties presently classified as Section 50 student accommodation will move into the open market and their rents will soar to open market levels. The only affordable accommodation option that exists in many areas will suddenly be priced beyond the means of students.

The end of Section 50 could force 20,000 students to sleep on floors or exceed fire safety regulations for maximum occupancy, yet the Government can avert this nightmare scenario by renewing Section 50 or legislating to provide thousands of new low-rent student residences.” USI Welfare Officer Kelly Mackey said: “The housing crisis that begins in three years will continue to intensify for a decade. It will worsen with each Section 50 unit that moves out of Section 50 designation and into the private open market. The idea of 20,000 young people priced out of all but the most overcrowded or dilapidated accommodation is truly alarming, and would be a disaster for students and local communities alike. Any potential Government for 2007 must announce plans to defuse the student housing time-bomb by ensuring that thousands of rent-controlled residences remain for students.”

Successful Summer for CIT Mechanical Engineering Students “...Two Gold Medals and One Silver Medal for CIT students at International Medical And Sports Engineering Project Competitions, Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London were achieved...” In a major achievement for Cork Institute of Technology, three CIT Mechanical Engineering degree students, Kathleen Hurley, Brian Guilly and Timmy O'Keeffe, have been awarded top prizes in separate categories at the IMechE International Medical and ISEA International Sports Engineering competitions, which took place in Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London throughout Tuesday 27 June 2006. Victorious Cork students Brian Guilly, Kathleen Hurley and Timmy O'Keeffe pictured ( Left to Right ) outside Buckingham Palace.

Best International Medical Engineering Project Competition First Place and Outright Winner: Mr. Timmy O'Keeffe, Final Year Mechanical Engineering Degree Student Project Title: " Design, Development and Commissioning of an Orthodontic Thermal Cycler " Supervisor: Lecturer Bernard O'Callaghan Industrial Partner: Dental Department, Cork University Hospital

Two Gold Medals and One Silver Medal for CIT students at International Medical And Sports Engineering Project Competitions, Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London were achieved.

Best International Sports Engineering Project Competition Second Place Finalist: Mr. Brian Guilly, Final Year Mechanical Engineering Degree Student Project Title: " Equine Tendon Support Boot Test Rig Design and Development " Supervisor: Dr. Keith Bryan Industrial Partner: Dalmar Ireland

The Award Winning students and projects are: Best International Medical Device Design and Development Competition First Place and Outright Winner: Ms. Kathleen Hurley, Final Year Mechanical Engineering Degree Student Project Title: " Fractured Finger Splint System Design and Development " Supervisor: Dr. Keith Bryan Industrial Partner: Mr. James Harty, Consultant Surgeon

A Fantastic Achievement for Kathleen, Timmy and Brian. A Red Letter Day for CIT and Engineering Education in Ireland. Sean F. O'Leary, Senior Lecturer

CIT Students’ Union President Welcome to CIT. My name is Brian O’ Sullivan and I am your Students’ Union President for the coming academic year. I have overall responsibility for seeing that the Students’ Union works in a way that facilitates and represents CIT Students, making sure your voice is heard on all levels within the Institute’s structure. Some of my other responsibilities include overseeing finance, staffing and media relations. I am also the main liaison officer for The Cork School of Music, National Maritime College and Crawford College of Art and Design. Some of the committees I sit on are governing Body, Academic Council, Academic Executive, Student Finance Committee, Appeals Board, Arts Fest and a number of other sub committees. But that’s enough about me what’s in it for you!? The ethos of the Students’ Union is to represent you the student and also to provide quality services which are otherwise unavailable, on a non-profit making basis. Our range of services includes a retail outlet, a video club, entertainment co-ordination and the publication of a monthly magazine, ExpliCIT.

You can get involved in various ways, however the most beneficial way is to become a class representative. This means you will be the medium between your class and us. This is beneficial to both you and your class as you can help resolve any issues which may arise, organise class parties and be informed of all issues happening within the institute. Other ways to get involved include joining the entertainments crew or welfare committee. To get involved, simply drop your details into us in the office and we can sit down and have a chat! Activities such as class parties and other day and night time events will help you gain new friends and interests and help you develop socially. However, college is also about developing both academically so don’t forget about those books! If you do find that you are struggling academically during the year please do not hesitate to contact us as we can generally help with our grinds database or through other mediums. The Students’ Union acts as the voice of the student population of CIT and will represent you across all areas within the Institute. Simon, Marie-Claire and I are here to help and support you with any difficulties which may arise either on an academic or personal level. Remember it is a right and not a privilege to gain third level education and we are here to ensure this learning experience is delivered to the highest level. Remember it’s your life and your college, make a difference and get involved.

By attending Cork Institute of Technology you automatically become a Students’ Union member. This means you can run for election as a class rep or sabbatical officer, attend general meetings, ask questions of the officers, and avail of the Students’ Union services. The best way to get the most out of your Union though is to get involved. You the student are our most important members and without your involvement, our development and adaptation to the ever changing future in restricted.

Keep it real, Brian

CIT Students’ Union Projects Officer What's the craic lads? Welcome to CIT if you are a Fresher, and if not, just welcome back. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Wez, and I'm your Projects Officer again for this year. My job entails the administration of campaigns and general strike actions as well as assisting the other Officers with other Union events.

going to be here for a while so you may as well make a few friends. Anyway that's all from me, remember if you are lost or need help in anyway, don't hesitate to approach me or email me Talk soon

The Freshers Week line up looks amazing lads… it’s a pity I cannot be there, I’m sunning in Florida as you read this…poor me! FRESHERS make sure you go out to the events, after all this week is for you and it’s a great way to meet people, you’re


CIT Students’ Union Vice President Welfare Hi All Firstly, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to all you incoming freshers, and welcome back to those of you returning for another year. I hope you all had a great fun-filled summer. For those of you who don’t know what my job entails, I am here to assist you with any problems regarding your welfare during your time at CIT, such as accommodation difficulties, sexual and general health queries, stress etc. My door is always open so feel free to stop in for a chat anytime. My very comfortable sofa is also always very welcoming.

I will also be holding a series of talks and workshops throughout the week. Should you wish to get involved in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to see some new fresh faces on the Welfare Committee. If interested, you can contact me at, 021-4933123 or just call into my office. I hope you all enjoy the fantastic line up we have for Freshers Festival. It is set to be a great week, and a fantastic start to the year. Just remember amidst all the excitement to be careful and stay safe. Slán Go Foill,

Landlord Problems? Call into the SU Office if you are having any difficulties, email or call 021 4933123

I have many Welfare related events and campaigns lined up for the year. This will begin with Welfare Week, which will take place from the 24th - 26th October. During these few days, representatives from various organisations will be available to talk to you about their services and what they can do to help you.


CIT Students’ Union Vice President Education So here we are another year and another summer gone far too quickly. Welcome back to you all and for the fresher’s welcome to the next step. The next step of your life, not just your education. Even though education is your main goal in college, there is a lot more. Here in CIT. we have many outlets for students to meet new people and get involved in things you love from societies to sports. We are very lucky to have some great societies, for example one of our societies won best society in Ireland last year. The days for the clubs and societies are coming up so keep an eye for them to sign up for what you want. For those of you who don’t know me I am your Vice-president Education for the coming term I represent you on all issues educational as well as other matters. Even no matter how much we wish we didn’t we are all going have some problems arise through the year and that’s why I’m here.

to pop in and find out information or just have a chat I’ll be there. After all, that’s why we’re here for you the student, we can’t do anything without you. So starting from now I hope more of you will get involved with the Union, we can achieve the goals we all want through solidarity and unity among the students. We are the voice of the Union but you are the blood, the heart you are what keeps the Union alive. As I write this I have just learned that Steve Irwin has died. Steve best known as the Crocodile Hunter also done a lot of campaigning for the protection of habitats and animals so I thought I’d have to put in a quote from him beside “Crikey”. “I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it”. Steve Irwin 1962-2006 “Yeah, I'm a thrill seeker, but crikey, education's the most important thing”. Steve Irwin 1962-2006 I like the first one.

As you read this we should at last be moved or just moving into the Student Centre from our prefab, which finally should be condemned to the annals of awful buildings, it’ll be a special on Sky One now I’d say. So that’s where I should be from now on to help you through your problems or if you just want

So I’ll see all of you over Fresher’s Week, which should be great, Simon.

Freshers Carnival 2006 Freshers Week Preview - 17th to 21st September Freshers FESTIVAL 2006 will kick off in three of the local Bishopstown pubs, Mac B’s a.k.a. Bishopstown Bar, The Outpost and The LOFT on Sunday 17th Sept. Both Pubs will have a good line up of promotional giveaways, live music with both DJ’s and bands so check out their ads on the back page and on pages 7 and 17 for a complete listing.

Wednesday will see a Willy Wonka theme at RAFTERZ The HIGHLIGHT of Freshers Week will be THE FRESHERS BALL Every Year CIT Students’ Union are trying to come up with new & fresh ideas for Freshers Week. This year sees THE FRESHERS BALL hit CUBINS on HANOVER ST, with four different Rooms in action.

The college entertainment will kick off at approx 12:00 am on Monday 18th Sept outside the NEW STUDENT CENTRE weather permitting. This year we are introducing a four day FRESHERS CARNIVAL with bungee castles, bucking broncos, human football etc and live entertainment in the form of Jugglers, Cover bands, Hypnotists, Salsa Bands. Add to this a barbeque on the Monday You can check out the timetable on this page for On-Campus activity during Freshers Week.

The MAIN STAGE will host music from THE ROCK MONSTERS plus MC FLEMING. KARAOKE proved so popular it has been given its own floor upstairs. For those who like your rock see THE RISING STAGE with THE BLIZZARDS in action. IF RNB and House Music is your thing, we have a room dedicated to your needs. Tickets go on sale from the Students’ Union Stand located.

The three main nights in town are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. After checking out a number of pubs in town your college clubbing will start out in a club called EARTH on Sheares St. The theme of the night will be a Uniform Ball Disco. So get those school uniforms out.

Please note that valid 18+ ID is required before you enter any of the college nightclubs. (Garda/Passport ID will be asked for).

For more information, please visit our website

“...this year we are introducing a four day FRESHERS CARNIVAL with bungee castles, bucking broncos, human football etc and live entertainment in the form of Jugglers, Cover bands, Hypnotists, Salsa Bands. Add to this a barbeque on the Monday..”


Wednesday 1:00 pm- RICHIE KAVANAGH (AON FOCAL EILE Star)


Thursday 1:00 pm STRICKLY RIDDEM! (Reggae, Salsa , Calypso Band)

Visit for the latest Gig Guide and Freshers Week Photos!

CIT branch staff, from left to right: Amy Allen, Paula Murphy, Rose Coughlan (Branch Manager), Catriona Bic

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Crèche in Crisis?

“...of the other 3rd level education Institutes in Cork, St. Johns, CSN, UCC, College of Commerce, we are the

ONLY ONE that does not offer childcare places to students and staff....”

The students and staff of CIT have gotten used to inconveniences while building was ongoing here on the main Bishopstown campus. Generally the inconveniences were small and easy to work around, especially with the promises of new buildings to move into at the end. We have put up with continued delays in the delivery of the buildings, uncertainties about who would be paying for furniture and fittings in certain cases and even finished products going unused due to political and administrational errors. In general it has been worth the wait, you just have to take a walk around the new Student Centre, Admin Building and Tourism and Hospitality Building to see that these are fantastic developments that will benefit the population of this college for years to come. However, there is one building where inconvenience of any sort can lead to detrimental damage. The building is the crèche and the damage is to the personal finances and personal relationships between parent and child to the staff and students crying out for this resource. Some of the students that have been around here a bit longer than others might remember the Crèche plans being finalised, drawn up and displayed proudly in the main corridor next to a copy of a letter from the Government granting the college a total of €700,000 towards the project in 2005. This ?700,000 wouldn't completely fund the project, but we were informed that the Institute had already put aside €400,000 for this development and so it looked like finally the building would begin. The planning permission was applied for in November 2004 in anticipation of funding being made available so all that was to be done was to chose builders and draw up a timetable. Things weren't going exactly to schedule, nothing does, but finally in June this year the barriers were put up around the building site and the absolute last preparation was made when a company was brought in to ensure that no power lines were hit during construction. This was the very final preparation and it was expected that building would begin the following Monday. But the builders didn't move in the week after, or the week after that and it was starting to look really bad. Where is the announcement now? Why isn’t there a nice big notice board in the hallway detailing why the building isn’t going ahead when there was one there when it was? Why is there total uncertainty surrounding this? One student waiting with bated breath for the crèche is Jen. She’s going into 2nd year and she’s finding it hard to cope juggling college, work and trying to see her two-year-old Aoife grow up. “I didn’t expect that juggling everything would be so difficult, my Mam and Dad both work and I had nobody else to take care of her in the mornings so I had to find a crèche for Aoife for at least part of the day. I drop her off to the Montessori on the way in to college, it’s a lovely place and I know that she likes it there. My aunt collects her at 1.00 pm I don’t know what I’d do without that, I couldn’t afford more than the morn-

“...if the building isn’t on stream by December we lose it and there is no guarantee when we will be granted the funding again if ever.....”

ings every week. She stays with my aunt until about 3.30 pm, my Mum collects her from there and I get back sometime around 5.00 pm. We have dinner together, I’m always sure that I make that part of the day at least, but I have to work at 8.00 pm in order to fund the crèche fees and the car, I’m nowhere near a bus route and I couldn’t possibly move nearer. I hardly see Aoife, it’s hard for her too because she’s all over the place every day but I’m hoping that she doesn’t notice too much.” Of the other 3rd level education Institutes in Cork, St. Johns, CSN, UCC, College of Commerce, we are the ONLY ONE that does not offer childcare places to students and staff. The lack of this facility is evident every year in the demands placed on the Student Assistance Fund and Student Parent Fund applications. More and more students are applying for assistance for crèche fees or help with bills so that they can cut down on hours working and actually work to their full potential at their course. This fund is dependant on the contributions from each students’ registration fees and with student numbers falling the fund is getting smaller but the demand is getting much higher. The fact of the matter is that there are students that are forced to drop out every year due to the lack of this facility. There are students not able to dedicate themselves to their studies because they have to work to afford extortionate childcare prices. With the increased focus of this college on student retention, it boggles the mind to see that there aren’t any childcare places available when it is undoubtedly the number one priority of any parent embarking on a course or on a student mid way through the course that finds that they will soon be a parent. We are being told that it is the Institute that are holding up the building of the crèche, the ?700,000 from the Government is still there and in fact a lot of it has been spent on surveyors, planning costs, architects fees, etc. The worst part about this is that there is a time limit on the grant from the Government, if the building isn’t on stream by December we lose it and there is no guarantee when we will be granted the funding again if ever. The planning will also lapse, and when it is realised that the crèche can’t be put off any longer the process will have to be repeated all over again. This situation is ludicrous, the site is fenced off, the builders ready to move in and there’s nothing happening! Every student with a child (mothers and fathers) need to make themselves known to the SU Welfare Officer Marie-Claire. Every class needs to elect it’s rep and insist that they keep them appraised of any developments in Union Council meetings. Every student needs to be ready to take action, and soon. We have until December to get this sorted out, it can and must be sorted out.

Be Aware of CIT Health & Safety Procedures “...part of the Safety Management System is the reporting of all accidents. If you are involved in an accident even what you consider to be a minor one please report it to your Lecturer or the Buildings & Estates Office...” On Behalf of the Buildings & Estates Office I would like to welcome you back to the fold. Your safety and the safety of all students and staff here at the Cork Institute of Technology is of the utmost important. Our safety mission statement states that “Everyone of us is entitled to leave here in the same health that we arrived in at the start of the day”. We are responsible for our own health and well being, we must also not put others or ourselves in any situation where we might be harmed or cause harm to others. College will be the best and fondest memories that you will have as you get through and leave with your different skills and achievements. Unfortunately in most cases this will not become apparent until you leave. Your co-operation in all matters associated with Health & Safety would be very much appreciated while you are here. The areas which you will be involved in are as follows, •

Evacuation Procedures: There will be planned and unplanned Evacuations of the Campus. This will test us to see how long it takes to leave and assemble at designated points adjacent to the buildings in an emergency situation.

Accident Reporting and Investigation: Part of the Safety Management System is the reporting of all accidents. If you are involved in an accident even what you consider to be a minor one please report it to your Lecturer or the Buildings & Estates Office. For example if you cut yourself from a protruding screw in a wall, treat the cut but do not report the accident. The accident will repeat itself with maybe worse consequences for the next person. By reporting we can remove the cause and prevent re-occurrences.

Safe Conduct & Behaviour: Please THINK what might go wrong and how it will affect you and others in all your actions while on Campus/Car parks etc.

Best Wishes and look out for each other. Michael Coughlan, Assistant Buildings/Safety Officer Telephone: 021 432 6418

Be Active - Get Involved with CIT Societies & Sports Clubs Every year almost 2000 new students join CIT with their goals set out in front of them for academic success. After all, what else is there to higher education other than achieving the highest grades, the most honours in a given area of study? In trying to answer that question we come to a crossroads. In our minds, is higher education merely a series of carefully designed learning activities with exams at the end? Is there perhaps a component that we are missing out on if we choose such a narrow appreciation of what the purpose of ‘education’ is? Many people over time have approached these same questions with many different approaches and opinions, but almost all of them agree that a true higher education must be balanced with real world, real life experience. One manner in which we can attain this delicate balance is through what has become known as college societies. These affiliations allow for a degree of socialising and interaction between the different students and can help alleviate the typical pressures of academic life. When you speak with the alumni of any educational institution the foremost memories are not of how well an exam went or

how good a certain lecture was, typically they are of good times spent with the people they came to know during those times, shared experiences with their peers. The broad range of societies at CIT ensures that every taste is catered for. CIT societies help to broaden the horizons of the student body and can cover course related areas such as computer skills or scientific study to physical health via offerings like yoga. Another branch of this area would are the sports clubs which allow for some physical and competitive interaction amongst the club members. The more time one invests in trying to pin down exactly what the word education encompasses, the more difficult it becomes to see the edges of the concept. The social bodies listed above are a mere scratch in the socially diverse broad spectrum of possibilities in CIT. Participation in these college societies forms a vital part of the rich tapestry of college life and acts as a counterbalance to the stressful experience that students are exposed to and, can be an important part in helping that to be overcome.


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CIT Post Grad Student and Former expliCIT Editor Wins National Engineering Award “...Significantly the radical solution has very positive implications not just for Cara Partners and the Pharmaceutical Industry in general, but also for the many other industries, which utilise enclosed high speed rotating machinery...” Cork Institute of Technology Masters in Mechanical Engineering Degree student Martin O’Riordan was recently announced as the outright winner of the 2006 National MEETA Student Project Award for students undertaking a project in a maintenance, reliability or asset management area at Honour Degree/ Masters Degree level. The National Award, sponsored by ESS Ltd., is based on submission of a project report and presentation of shortlisted projects before a distinguished panel of industrial and academicadjudication panel at Engineers Ireland HQ, Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Martin’s award winning project is titled Multiple Vibration Source Separation and was carried out in conjunction with Cara Partners under the joint supervision of Dr. Michael J. O’Mahony of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Ms. Linda O’Sullivan of the Department of Mathematics, Cork Institute of Technology. Martin's groundbreaking research work arose from a very difficult problem encountered by Cork Based Pharmaceutical Company, Cara Partners, on the introduction of an otherwise hugely successful World Class Business Centred Maintenance Strategy. Predictive maintenance based on condition monitoring and vibration analysis was being hindered in a number of critical manufacturing components, where monitoring sensors could not be applied directly to the component. Sensors applied to the outer casing record data from multiple vibration sources. The separation of these sources into their constituent elements represents a very difficult technical and mathematical problem. A satisfactory solution had not arisen through the application of traditional analysis techniques. After extensive research, Martin’s inspiration arose from an unlikely source through reading some literature on Electro-encephalography (EEG) i.e. Brain Wave Pattern Analysis. The application of up to 30 sensors to the Human Skull and the very skilled analysis and interpretation of the brain wave patterns by highly trained and experienced doctors was very much analogous to the application of the vibration sensors to the outer casing of the critical manufacturing equipment and the extraction of information of interest to the Maintenance Engineer. Martin’s medical inspired solution required the application and development of advanced mathematical techniques of Blind Source Separation and Independent Component Analysis to the solution of the previously intractable

problem of multiple vibration source separation. An experimental test rig, incorporating data acquisition and analysis software, was designed, developed, manufactured and commissioned by Martin to assess and optimise his developing innovative algorithmic and measurement solutions. Very substantial progress has been achieved in a radical new approach to the solution of a very difficult problem and a sound research platform for the further development and optimisation of this solution has been established. Significantly the radical solution has very positive implications not just for Cara Partners and the Pharmaceutical Industry in general, but also for the many other industries, which utilise enclosed high speed rotating machinery. Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering Mr. Matthew Cotterell is highly laudatory of the success, “Everybody here at CIT is delighted with Martin’s National Award”. This represents a great achievement for Martin, Michael, Linda and Cork Institute of Technology. Martin has just commenced work within the Johnson & Johnson (J&J)family of companies on a unique global operations leadership development ( GOLD) programme. In this prestigious GOLD programme, Martin will be rotated through three work assignments, each lasting eight months, within the J&J family of companies in Europe. Currently, he is working for the Global Supply Chain in DePuy, based in Cork. DePuy are world leaders in the manufacture of orthopaedic implants. After this rotation, Martin will spend an assignment in an engineering role in the pharmaceutical industry in mainland Europe and an operational role in the medical devices and diagnostics industry in the United Kingdom Martin’s achievements are not restricted to the academic area. He also has a strong interest in long distance running, completing the Dublin Marathon in 2005 and the Edinburgh Marathon In 2006. Martin will be presented with his award at the MEETA, The Irish Maintenance Society, and National Conference on November 24th. A native of Curraheen Village, Co. Cork, Martin is the son of Michael and Marjory O’Riordan. Martin has also been very active during his time at College, serving as President of the Mechanical Engineering Society, Communications Officer for the CIT Students’ Union and Editor of the CIT Students’ Union magazine, expliCIT.

CALLING ALL STUDENTS - DO YOU WANT CASH TO FINANCE YOUR TIME WHILE STUDYING AT CIT? THIS MAY BE THE COMPETITION FOR YOU - THE CIT PRIZE FOR INNOVATION Sponsored by South Cork Enterprise Board - Prizes Valued at €5,000 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 €5,000 prize money. KEEP AN EYE OUT IN EXPLICIT FOR MORE INFORMATION!!!

Institute Director Wishes to Close Students’ Union Shop for Imperative Academic Purposes! “...if you think back ( for those who were here) to March 2005, where CITSU was asked to give up the games room, full of pool tables and arcade games, to the college, as it was imperative for academic related activities. This was agreed to, as we saw it to be in the best interests of all students. But that was not to be the case. It is to date a store room..”

CITSU Games Room 8th September 2006 As you all are well aware there is a distinct lack of printing facilities within the college at present. This is an issue CITSU has been fighting to improve on over the last number of years. To date no distinct progress has been made. We in the Students’ Union see this as a disgrace, that students are forced to travel into town and pay extortionate rates for printing when this problem can be alleviated within the college, with relatively little cost. As little progress has been achieved in this area, we felt that it was time for CITSU to take its own measures. The plan was to expand its current services by making available computers and printers in our office in C 143, once we had successfully moved to the new Student Centre. However once again any move made by CITSU to correct college management on inadequacies in certain areas of services to students, was prevented. How this time you ask......? Well, over the summer the Director of the Institute, Dr Brendan Murphy, informed us that we were not allowed to remain in out current location in C143 as that space was to be relocated to the Chemistry Department for academic purposes. As representatives of you the student, it would be very wrong of us to prevent any expansion in academic departments, as this can only further your learning experience.

games, to the college, as it was imperative for academic related activities. This was agreed to, as we saw it to be in the best interests of all students. But that was not to be the case. It is to date a store room. As you can see a large number of rooms on the main campus have been vacated over the last number of months, (eg. Hotel and Catering Department) but to date, no attempt has been made to convert these, to alleviate the serious lack of academic space on campus. We believe that the same may happen to our office in C 143 and as a result, have stalled our move to the Students Centre in order to gain the students point of view on this issue. If we are given assurance that it will be used for needed academic purposes, I’m sure you will agree we leave it go, but to date we have seen nothing to that effect.

So the million dollar question…. Give it up, in the hope it will be used for the purpose intended? OR Fight to hold onto it and expand our services to include badly needed printing facilities? IT’S YOUR COLLEGE…. YOU DECIDE

However….. if you think back ( for those who were here) to March 2005, where CITSU was asked to give up the games room, full of pool tables and arcade

Map showing old college blocks with rooms empty and undeveloped over past weeks / months / years!

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“Vital” for Academic Purposes! Old CITSU Games Room

Director’s Old Office in D Block, one of many unused rooms on campus!

Is space truely at a premium in CIT? D Block practically abandoned on all floors for past few months without any sign of development since Admin Staff move to new building.

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New State of the Ar t Architecture Labs?? Oh wait sorry, sorry, abandoned catering kitchens left weeks ago!

CIT Sports News An active involvement in the social and recreational aspects of college life will ensure that you will look back on your days in CIT and remember all the good times you had. Over the years some of the friends, students have made through sport in CIT have stayed with them beyond their college years, some even become some of their closest friends now. CIT aims to offer possibilities to all students of the college to involve you in some form of physical recreation. This is evident in the excellent facilities, which have considerably improved over the past number of years. A topclass gym, Astro-turf (available for 7-aside or 11-aside games), floodlit tennis courts, international standard athletics track and several playing pitches (two GAA, soccer and rugby, with more under development). CIT offers a wide range of sporting / recreational activities from aerobics to volleyball and everything in between, catering for all students whether your interest is competitive or recreational.

by Emma Martin

CIT has enjoyed a lot of success in a wide variety of sports. Last year there were successes in athletics, badminton, basketball, cycling, equestrian, hurling, camogie, football, ladies football, golf, hockey, orienteering, men’s rugby and sailing. CIT also offers sports bursaries/scholarships which are an indication of CIT’s commitment to the development of a comprehensive sporting policy and are awarded to students who display high achievement levels, commitment and dedication to their chosen sport and very importantly loyalty to the sport within the Institute. Those interested in applying for a bursary/scholarship should contact the Sports Office for an application form. The closing date is 5th October 2006. For all incoming and present students of CIT the annual Clubs Day is the first big event of the sporting calendar and will take place in the Students Centre during Freshers Week. Clubs set up stands of various designs and features advertising their clubs activities for the coming year. By visiting the different stands, students can decide what clubs to join and how many. Often students will join many different clubs but only commit to one or two. It’s important to find the right balance between study and leisure so don’t spend all your time in the library, get involved and join a club be it gymnastics, soccer or kick-boxing. Whether you join for the competitive element or the social scene, one thing is for sure you’ll experience new and long lasting friendship.

Would you like to promote your Society / Club here? or you can call in directly to the Publications Office, 1st Floor Student Centre - puzzle 001-4 - puzzle 001-3

Fill in the grid, ensuring that each column and row and every 3 x 3 box box contains the numbers 1-9. 1-9. (The (The same number cannot appear twice in any row, row, column or 3 x 3 box box at any time).

Suduku Prize - Win 1Gb USB Key To enter simply return completed sudoku puzzle in evelope with your name, class and contact details to the new CITSU office, 1st Floor Student Centre by Monday 25th September 2006

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This Month’s Prize: € 30

Competition Closes 5pm Monday 25th September 2006

Competition Rules: All Entries to be returned by deadline to the CITSU Office, 1st Floor Student Centre on official form. Open to CIT Students only and one entry per student.