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National march turnout largest in a generation Pic: Eibhlin Seoighthe

Galway to hold first regional march By Grainne Coyne Over 40,000 students protested against a possible doubling of registration fee and cuts to the grant by marching on November 3rd. The march ended in violent clashes between students and Gardaí outside the Department of Finance. The march, which is the largest in a generation, began in Parnell

Square and students marched down O’Connell Street, to O’Connell Bridge, past Trinity College and finally reaching Merrion Square where the rally took place outside the Government buildings held by the USI. Some students didn’t attend the rally and went to a sit-in protest at the Department of Finance at

Merrion Row. When Gardaí attempted to remove these students, violent clashes ensued. Eggs, beer cans and protest signs were thrown at Gardaí. When the rally was completed, many students ran to the riot outside the Department of Finance. The Gardaí riot squad intervened and dispersed the

crowd. Many videos highlight the use of excessive force by Gardaí against students. This includes charging against students on horses and using batons and dogs. Students have called on the Garda Ombudsman to carry out an investigation into the matter. A Facebook group “Demand Public hearing on Garda brutality against students in

Dublin” was started and currently has over 3,000 members. USI President, Gary Redmond was quick to condemn the actions of students, releasing a statement later that day. Redmond said: “The organisation is deeply disappointed... continued on page 3


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Top ten NUIG academics earn €1.5 million per year By Richard Manton

Tell your TD campaign generates over 25,000 letters in two weeks By Richard Manton The ‘Tell your TD’ campaign, launched by NUIG SU has been branded a major success. The website generated 25,000 letters to TDs in 14 days. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has adopted the idea and it has become part of the national ‘Education, not Emigration’ campaign. The website tellyourtd.com enables students and the public to voice their concerns to their elected representatives, and is due to be adapted to allow voters in the Donegal SW constituency to contact candidates in the November 25th byelection. Peter Mannion, President of NUIG SU said: “People all over the country realise that possible increases in the

According to figures compiled by the Irish Times, the top ten highest paid staff in NUIG earn a total of €1.5 million annually. The figures show that NUIG President, Jim Browne is the joint seventh highest paid in the entire education sector.

fairly implemented”. University staff, as public sector workers have been subject to pay cuts through the pension levy and tax increases, however the salaries of the top academics in NUIG remain some of the highest in Ireland.

Browne’s salary is €212,755 – approximately six times the average industrial wage. The next highest earners are the Registrar (Jim Ward), Secretary (Seamus Mac Mathúna) and Bursar (Mary Dooley), who each earn €156,249. In the education sector, as a whole, sixty people earn over €150,000 and 536 earn more than €110,000.

The salary figures were released just one week after Browne reiterated his call for increased student contribution to the cost of university education. This call was put in the context of state cutbacks to the third level sector: “Unless these cutbacks are mitigated by a private contribution, I think the education system will be in danger and the economy will therefore be in danger.”

Last year, the seven university presidents refused to take a voluntary pay cut when asked by the then Minister for Education, Batt O’Keefe. In an article in the Irish Times, Jim Browne argued that salary cuts in the public sector “must be properly structured and

Many political commentators have argued that a salary cap of €100,000 be introduced in the public sector, as a means to cut expenditure. In this context, over €500,000 would be saved in the NUIG salary bill – the equivalent of 333 registration fees.

An Evening Celebrating Women in Action ‘An Evening Celebrating Women in Action’ is a dynamic cultural event that will celebrate and promote women’s activism, work, and contribution to the arts. It will take place in the Crane Bar on Friday, November 26th from 6pm to 9pm. This event is part of the ‘Women in Action – Active Genders’ postgraduate feminist and gender studies conference taking place in NUIG on Saturday November 27th. The cultural evening will showcase over 15 different acts performed by established and up and coming women artists. Performances include music & song (Irish trad, classical, bluegrass, folk), dance (south Indian classical), comedy, art film, photography, poetry readings and storytelling. Importantly

Registration Fee and reductions in the student maintenance grant would put Third Level education beyond the reach of many. These cuts would condemn thousands of potential students to look towards emigration or the social welfare offices rather than Third Level education. The Tell Your TD campaign allows anyone, who believes that education needs to be protected, to have their voices heard in the lead up to the Budget. The tellyourtd.com website enables students, their families and anyone interested to send a personal letter to their TDs stating that education policy will influence how they vote in the next election.”

this event coincides with and links Galway and in particular NUIG to the well established global campaign 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women, which begins on November 25th and runs until December 10th when local groups and NGOs, students, activists and media all over the world call attention to and call for an end to violence against women. All monies raised by this event will therefore go to the Galway Rape Crisis Centre and all of the artists, many of whom are NUIG students, are performing most generously on their own time, without charging a fee. Local businesses have also kindly donated a wonderful selection of raffle prizes. Tickets for An Evening Celebrating Women in Action are €10 euro and light refreshments will be provided on the night. For more information about our exciting line-up and ticket sales please go to http://celebratingwomeninaction.word press.com


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National march turnout largest in a generation

forward for the students of Ireland.” The statement did not contain any condemnation of Garda brutality. This has led to groups of students calling for Redmond’s resignation.

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The national march will be followed up by a series of regional marches against possible increases in registration fee and cuts on student grants. The first of these regional marches will take place in Galway on Thursday, November 18th.

at the destructive behaviour of a minority of people at the Department of Finance, which occurred seperately from the USI march. We do not condone destructive behaviour and believe that peaceful protest and open discussion and debate is the way

Construction stops at NUIG By Richard Manton Construction work by Michael McNamara Construction has stopped in NUIG. A receiver has been appointed to

See pages 16 and 17 for further coverage

€20 million, although it is believed that the firm made a profit of €6 million over the last six months. Michael McNamara Construction is owned by Bernard McNamara. NAMA recently rejected the company’s business plan and informed McNamara that they would be appointing a receiver on Wednesday evening.

Website to protect mental health services By Lisa Jackson

A new campaign healthrisk.ie is aimed at protecting mental health services from cuts in the upcoming budget. It is calling on students to take one minute of their time to visit www.healthrisk.ie and send a pre-drafted email to government ministers and their local representatives. NUI, Galway lecturer, Dr Mary Keys, is one of the campaigners who signed an open letter from the movement that was delivered to the Dáil in late October. The letter highlights that mental health cuts in the upcoming budget will “condemn another generation of Irish people to a mental health system left over from the Victorian age of asylums.” Dr Keys is also one of thirteen members of the Irish Mental Health Commission, an independent statutory body to promote high standards in the delivery of mental health services. She notes that “one in four people may need help with a mental health issue in their life making it a very human condition.” She believes it is “an extraordinarily neglected area” as “everyone needs good mental health to function.”

Pic: Leah Mollica

the firm, which has the contract for three research buildings in the university. According to the Sunday Business Post, the firm has loans and overdrafts to the tune of €11 million and owes a total of

McNamara owes €1.5 billion in total. It is not known when work on the buildings will resume. Representatives from the university are to meet representatives from the company and the receiver in the coming weeks.

Over 80 Irish organisations and individuals, including Amnesty International Ireland, the Irish Mental Health Coalition and Barnardos, are involved in running the healthrisk.ie campaign. In Galway, 800 signatures were already gathered on Shop Street on Saturday 30 October in support of the movement but students can still become involved through www.healthrisk.ie. The site features an interactive map of Ireland where visitors can select their constituency and send separate personalised predrafted emails containing the text of

the open letter to their TDs and cabinet ministers. For example, a person living in Galway West can click on the interactive map in their area and it allows them to send an email to Frank Fahey (FF), Noel Grealish (Ind), Michael D. Higgins TD, Pádraic McCormack (FG) and Minister Éamon Ó Cuív (FF). The cabinet ministers featured are Brian Cowen, Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney, Minister of State with Responsibility for Mental Health and Disability John Moloney and the Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan. The pre-drafted email includes the following: “We know there is a financial crisis - and that it is making the mental health crisis worse. Financial stress, debt and unemployment are putting a massive burden on people’s mental health. Demand for services is growing as people look for support, and suicide and self-harm levels rose sharply last year.” The campaign highlights that mental health services have already been hit hard. It states that mental health workers make up only 9 per cent of the HSE health workforce but that over half of all HSE staff cuts in 2009 were from mental health. It also notes that assessment waiting lists for children and adolescents have grown by 14 per cent in less than a year. Dr Keys says that the healthrisk.ie is “a campaign of making Ministers aware” of mental health issues and “every possible pressure is important.” She urged students who wished to show their support to log onto the website www.healthrisk.ie. .”


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NUIG Dramsoc to host ISDA

16 Days Campaign of Activism against Violence against Women

By Abby Noyce The Irish Student Drama Awards have been running annually for the last 61 years, most recently last year in Trinity College Dublin. Involving approximately 300 students from across the country, each of the major third-level institutions will send at least one show to the festival. Next year the ISDAs will take place in early March. The festival will feature twenty-two productions in venues all across the city throughout the week, along with a more light-hearted Fringe Festival made up of free afternoon shows and street theatre. Dramsoc is currently planning this event; if you are interested in the ISDAs or would like to get involved, please contact dramsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie or on Facebook under 'NUIG Dramsoc'. Several fundraisers are in the pipeline, notably the English Society’s Literary Quiz at 7pm, Nov 23rd in the College Bar and a special performance of last year’s sell-out production, Metal Gear Solid, yet to be scheduled. Dramsoc also hopes to organise a 24-hour theatre event in January and more information will be released nearer the date. Meanwhile, Dramsoc has just closed play submissions for Semester 2. The

By Richard Manton

first semester has been a great success and will total nine productions by December. The plays have spanned various styles and genres from both Irish and International playwrights. Included were productions from Shakespeare, Harold Pinter and Patrick Galvin to name but a few. Dramsoc has launched a new venture this year with Stagehands. The Stagehands scheme incorporates people into the more technical side of theatre, training light and sound technicians and allowing backstage and front of house staff to gain theatrical experience without being on stage. If you have a profound and understimulated love for theatre, but not specifically acting, get in contact with Dramsoc via Facebook or email. Dramsoc presents The Morning after Optimism from Monday 15th-19th in the Bank of Ireland Theatre at 8pm, followed by The Lonesome West from Wednesday 24th-27th also in the Bank of Ireland Theatre at 8pm. Tickets are sold from the Socsbox and on the door priced €5 for students and €8 for adults. Staged & Confused takes place every Wednesday in The View from 79pm followed by Open Mic in the Cellar Bar.

In recognition of the 16 Days Campaign of Activism against Violence against Women, The Global Women’s Studies Programme in the School of Political Science and Sociology is hosting a series of events, culminating in a roundtable chaired by Michael D. Higgins, that showcase topics of critical concern to Women’s Human Rights. These events are open to the public, and all are invited to attend. ‘ ‘More than a hangover’: Youth, Alcohol and Rape in Ireland’ is a roundtable event that will be held from 2-4pm on December 1st in CA107, Cairns Building. This event will be held in conjunction with the Rape Crisis Network Ireland and will feature Caroline Counihan – RCNI Legal Director, Padraig MacNeela –School of Psychology, Stacey Scriver – co-author of Rape and Justice in Ireland and Saoirse Nic Gabhainn (Chair) School of Health Sciences, NUI Galway. This event is free and will be followed by a reception. The series of events will be capped off with another roundtable event. ‘Renewing our Democracy, reviving our economy: time for more women at the helm?’ will take place on December 9th at 7pm in MY243, Áras Moyola.

The event will feature Michael D. Higgins, President of the Labour Party, Mary Murphy, Lecturer in Irish Politics and Society at NUI Maynooth, Gemma Hussey, former member of the Seanad and Dail Eireann, and David Farrell, Professor of Politics at UCD. This event is free and will be followed by light refreshments. Throughout the 16 Days, students from the GWSP postgraduate and BA CONNECT in Global Women’s Studies programmes will be running ‘White Ribbon Stands’. White Ribbons cost €2 each and all proceeds will go to COPE to support women survivors of domestic violence. The 16 Days Campaign of Activism against Violence against Women is an international campaign with participants in over 164 countries and involving more than 3, 400 organisations. The campaign links November 25th International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically connect violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation.

ROPES seeks submissions for literary journal B y Va l e r i e Ha r t n e t t ROPES (Review of Postgraduate English Studies) is an annual literary journal produced by the MA in Literature and Publishing class at NUI Galway. ROPES provides emerging writers and artists with an opportunity to showcase their work alongside more established names. Previous ROPES

contributors include Seamus Heaney, Peter Fallon and Nuala Ní Chonchúir. The theme of this year’s edition is “change”, which may include, but is not limited to topics such as personal, cultural, or economic change. All proceeds from this publication will be donated to Aware, an organisation which works to prevent suicide in

Ireland by raising awareness of depression and offering support to those who are affected by depression and related illnesses. ROPES accepts short stories, extracts, reviews, plays, poerty, screenplays, etc., and all forms of photography art and illustration.

The closing date for submission is January 17th, 2011. Contributors can submit a maximum of three pieces. Prose should not exceed 5,000 words and poetry should not be more than 50 lines. All artwork will be reproduced in black and white. Email submissions to ropesgalway@gmail.com . The closing date for submissions is January 17th, 2011.


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Global Women’s Studies to host postgraduate conference By Aura Lounasmaa and Clíonadh O’Keeffe A postgraduate conference Women in Action – Active Genders will take place in NUIG on Saturday November 27th. Organised by PhD students from the NUIG ‘Global Women’s Studies Programme’, in conjunction with Sibéal, the Irish postgraduate feminist and gender studies network, the conference will bring together PhD students from several All-Ireland universities. Throughout the conference, presentations and panel discussions will facilitate the exchange of ideas and encourage participants to engage in thought provoking topical debates on the subjects of: Gender and Civil Society - Gender, Memory and Identity - Gender and Political Participation Gender Representations in Mexican Popular Culture and, - Gender Representations in Culture and the Arts.

This conference offers postgraduate students immediate opportunities to network and learn from one another and to share their research in a national forum. It also offers NUIG the potential to advance its reputation in the area of gender and feminist research. Women in Action – Active Genders is open to all students and staff from All-Ireland universities and we especially welcome students from NUIG who have an interest in feminist and gender research. To register, please email info@sibeal.ie. Registration costs €10 which includes lunch and refreshments and is payable on the day. This event is supported by NUIG Graduate Studies Office, the Global Women’s Studies Programme and the School of Political Science and Sociology in NUI Galway. Please see the Sibéal website www.sibeal.ie for further details including conference programme.

S.V.P. Soc appeals to NUIG students By Kevin Mc Cague The NUI Galway Saint Vincent de Paul Society is organising a number of events in the run-up to the Christmas season. Traditionally the busiest time for the organisation across Ireland, S.V.P. Soc wants to give fellow students the chance to contribute in the same generous way as the wider community. More than ever, families in the Galway area are suffering from the kind of economic deprivation that means that, perhaps for the first time, they will not be able to celebrate Christmas in a way that most of us take for granted. It is hoped that through the S.V.P. Soc, the student body can successfully and inventively help to alleviate the tough situation for several families. On Wednesday, 17th November, the society will set up in a prominant location on campus, giving information

about the appeals that will take place the following week; specifically, there will be a list of the items that would not be too expensive, yet ideal for a colourful Christmas hamper that would help a family through the holiday period. The hamper is a chance to put students’ inventiveness to good work and to put the price of a tin of beans or two into an attractive gift. A ‘giving tree’ will also be located on campus. Recognising the difficult financial situation of most students, the ‘giving tree’ allows as many people as possible to make a small donation towards a gift to a child who would benefit greatly from it. The collection of these items will take place towards the end of next week. Keep an eye out for posters around campus, or email the society at svp@socs.nuigalway.ie

NUIG students address pro-life conference By Maria Mahoney As part of the annual Viva la Vida prolife youth conference, two NUIG students addressed a packed audience of young people from all over Ireland and the world on 5 -7 November in Griffith College Dublin. Life Society members Adrian O Boyle and Maria Mahoney spoke on the importance of defending life and ways to make an impact on university students. They shared a stage with internationally renowned experts and speakers such as Dr. Colin McGuckin, Jill Stanek, Andy Pollard, Hillary White, and Bryan Kemper. Dr. Colin McGuckin, who has been invited to speak at NUIG in the Spring, is the founder of CTI-Lyon Cell Therapy Research Institute in France which is finding cures using stem cells derived from consenting adults and umbilical cord blood. In 2005 he made medical history by creating the world’s first mini liver from cord blood. Dr. McGuckin urged Ireland to promote adult stem cell research which has provided treatment for 73 different conditions to date while embryonic experiments have

produced none, despite receiving massive amounts of money from ideologically-driven governments and foundations. He explained how the controversy surrounding lethal experiments on human embryos generates financial contributions, while morally sensitive and successful research on adult stem cells quietly struggles for resources. Dr. McGuckin is unable to carry out his research in his native Ireland. Along with the informative and inspirational speakers, the conference provided a chance for students and young people to meet and share ideas to promote the culture of life. At the céilí on Saturday night, the international attendees got a chance to learn some Irish dances and songs as well. Chatting to the speakers and asking them questions during meals and evening social events proved to be one of the highlights of the conference. NUIG Life Society members thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and look forward to attending the Viva la Vida conference again next year in Madrid.

Draíocht society organises skydive

The Draíocht society is organising a skydive on the 29th January with the Irish Parachute club in Offaly. Proceeds will fund the charity’s work in Nepal, which includes an orphanage and health camp.

The skydive will cost each person €216€260, depending on the number of participants and each person must raise €260 to give to Draíocht. It is hoped that there will be bag packing in the next 2-3 weeks and after Christmas as well as carol singing after the exams. This will be optional to help people raise the €260, should they wish. A bus will also be organised to and from the jump and the societies office will kindly cover half of the travel cost. Sign-up sheets, information leaflets and sponsorship cards available from the Socs Box. Contact 087 2906927 for further details.


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seem to care about the taste and

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quality of journalistic integrity

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killing eleven workers and

article entitled ‘We’ve Got to

the letter from S. Garrity which

that their newspaper operates

are unacceptable as the article did

injuring seventeen others. Imagine

Fight for Our Rights to Study’,

drew a connection between the

with. Also it demonstrated of

not explore both sides of the

the risk of explosion in Rossport

(pg. 20 Issue 4, 02/11/10). I found

articles and two recent assaults

how passionate students are

story. First and foremost I would

had Shell bowed to the requests

the article to be a great piece of

on female students. I believe this

about issues regarding sexism,

like to point out that Shell is

of the protesters to build

writing. I’m glad that someone is

to be an absolutely outrageous

gender based violence, equality,

legally entitled to be there and is

offshore. Readers of the article

finally putting the stereotype of

insinuation and any attempt to

tolerance and respect on campus.

legally entitled to claim expenses

should be cautious of accepting

the lazy college student to rest!

pin any blame for these horrific

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against tax. Shell is a positive

the accusation that there is a ‘kill

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incidents upon Sin or its editor is

voiced their anger, frustration and

asset to our lagging economy. As a

zone of two metres either side of

student at that, I find that

completely unwarranted. There is

opinion and came together to

corporation Shell provides much

the pipe’ and that there is ‘a zone

whenever I talk to people of the

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complain, talk about the issues

needed jobs in the area and in

of destruction that spans miles

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wishing to indulge in casual sex

and contributed to the change

fact, the protests themselves are

beyond this’ when you consider

sure you’ve got nothing to do

and sexual assault. I am honestly

that has come through the paper

further boosting the economy

the campaign that Greenpeace

you’re a college student”.

bewildered by the level of

in the last issue.

because of the necessity to hire

launched against Shell in 1995 to

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controversy this article has

Sincerely,

security personnel to protect the

prevent the corporation from

hours arguing my point that

attracted having initially seen it as

Caroline Wiegand

corporation from the actions of

abandoning the Breton Spar oil

college students do in fact have

merely a humorous addition to

protesters. The author of the

platform in the North Sea.

plenty to do and don’t just spend

the newspaper which I welcomed.

article described the situation in

Greenpeace overestimated by a

Rossport as comparable that of a

factor of 37 the amount of

developing country but what

hydrocarbons in the rig which

Right to study

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our days dossing around drinking

I hope Sin’s content does not

or vegetating in front of a

become overly tame and unwilling

television. At least now I know

to risk controversy because of

Dear Sir,

makes Rossport so special when

might leak into the sea. The

I’m not the only one and

these events.

There is no longer any doubt in

the Galway water crisis of 2007 is

environmental organisation was

hopefully Valerie’s article can help

Yours,

my mind that Corrib Village is a

equally comparable as being on

later forced to apologise for its

the general public realise the

Kieran Duffy

prison. Visitors are allowed at

par with a developing country?

mistake over the Brenton Spar oil

plight of the college student!

certain hours. Key cards are

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rig but the incident underlined

Yours,

needed to get through each bleak

necessity of extracting fuel from

how scientific facts frequently

doorway. High fences surround

Rossport. This necessity is due to

play second fiddle to politics. If

the perimeter. The guards are far

the issue of the Russian pipeline.

the author were to dispute this

Dear Sir,

more concerned with who goes in

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letter I imagine (based on the

In reference to the latest issue of

and out than what goes on within

fuel to Europe runs through

content of her article) that she

Sin I have to congratulate the sin

the gates. If the inmates attack

Russia. Whenever there is

would do so on the basis that the people of Rossport have had their

Another stressed out student

Shift-gate overstated

Sin’s response to shift-gate

Dear Sir,

editor and the sin team. All the

each other it’s their own problem.

political instability in the country

I wish to comment on the

complaints about appropriateness

Contact with the outside world is

threats to cut off the supply of

human rights violated. As a

ongoing controversy over James

of certain content seem to have

restricted by shoddy (or

fuel to the continent are issued. It

student at this university studying

Mahon's articles. While I

found open ears after all. I

nonexistent in my case) internet.

is too expensive to import fuel

human rights I am able to

understand why some people may

recognise a change that has gone

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from the USA or the Middle East

distinguish between a theoretical

have found the articles somewhat

through the paper from the last

cell the second is the one who has

and Norway wishes to keep its

concept that has severely limited

offensive I feel much of the

issue and was delighted to read it.

to cough up because that’s easier

fuel resources for its own

access to legal proceedings and

response has been overblown and

A lot of work has gone into

for the guards. Yet the only crime

population; therefore it is

the reality of the situation in

overly critical of Mr Mahon.

improving the quality of the

we have committed is

essential to develop Rossport. The

Rossport. The author of the

Firstly I wish to address the

paper and to regain journalistic

outrageously overpaying for our

locals are enraged that Shell

article suggests that ‘you can bet

complaints that his articles have

integrity through re-establishing

accommodation.

developed the pipeline inland but

that the men in power benefited

portrayed women as being merely

the balance between freedom of

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they would be in a far more

in some way’ from the situation. I

sexual objects. I do not feel this

speech and proper etiquette. The

Maggie Nic Aonghusa

precarious situation had Shell

would like to ask the author

to be the case, viewing the

current issue masters to

decided to build an oil rig at sea in

where her proof of this is and to

articles as merely a humorous

distinguish between

the stormy Atlantic Ocean, where

present it in the next issue of Sin,

description of casual relationships

appropriateness and intolerance

the risks of extracting methane in

otherwise she should refrain from

with the opposite sex. Were an

with the reputation of the paper

those conditions would be

making outrageous accusations or

opposing article detailing a

and the NUI Galway Students

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substantially higher. There are

give up her mediocre attempt to

females efforts to 'get the ride' to

that it represents in mind. The

I am writing in response to the

thousands of offshore oil rigs in

sound like a journalist.

be published I would have no

issues that many students and

clearly biased article written by

the Gulf of Mexico where

Sincerely,

objections. Secondly I disagree

staff had with content and style

Stephanie Furlong about the

weather conditions are much

C. Sweeney

with the complaints it portrayed

of writing in previous issues of

situation in Rossport. The

calmer than those of the Atlantic

the paper have been sufficiently

standard of writing in the article

Ocean, yet in April of this year

Rossport article


editorial/LETTERS SIN TEAM: Editor Richard Manton

Both the government and the economy are in big trouble. Third level education hangs in the balance.

editor@sin.ie News Editors Méabh McDonnell Gráinne Coyne Reviews Editor Darragh O’Connor Literary Editor Johanna Stock Web Editor Chris Cosgrove Photography Leah Mollica

The current government is the weakest in decades and will attempt to impose the harshest budget in decades. Its majority has been reduced to three and by November 26th will most like be down to just two. The Donegal SW byelection, which the government had to be forced, kicking and screaming, to call, will most likely be seen as a referendum on the government, will give voters a chance to punish FF and will most likely result in a victory for Pearse Doherty and Sinn Féin. The government will be forced to rely on independents, FF TDs outside the whip and nervous backbenchers – any few of which could go for a PR stunt, vote against the Budget, bring down the government and force a general election.

Contributors

The economy has had a tough few weeks. The bond markets have been behaving like a first year after their first bottle of Buckfast. Investors’ fears of Ireland’s incapability to pay led to interest rates topping 9%. This means that the cost of borrowing will be higher and a greater sum will have to be borrowed or cut, creating even further instability.

drop in the ocean of protest and outrage – it will be difficult to have our voices heard. Our votes will be rendered almost meaningless for two reasons. Firstly, the main parties intentionally hold elections on days that are extremely inconvenient for students, usually Thursdays. Secondly, Fianna Fáil will have resigned themselves to a massacre, most likely halving their Dáil representation. Registering students to vote and lobbying TDs can only be one prong of students’ opposition to the government. We should return to the forms of protest made famous by struggles such as France 1968. Mass struggles are often, if not usually, precipitated by students and young people in general – the wind shakes the top of the trees first. The tactics employed here include occupations, sit-downs and student strikes. These are peaceful, yet extremely effective tactics if organised well and mass in character.

The lessons of the national march should be carefully drawn out. It would be wrong to dismiss the clashes as riotous youths or loony lefts going nuts. The attempted tactics of an occupation of the Department of Finance and the sit-down outside the Dáil were good ideas and represent the way forward, but were organised terribly. The consequence was that students were subjected to clear Garda brutality. The lesson of the march is not that we have to be more passive and conservative, it’s that we have to be more active – but it should be organised, massive and led. USI would do well to spend more time reading about France 1968 than condemning students for the actions of the Gardaí.

This Budget will seek to reduce the deficit by €6 billion: €4.5 billion in cuts, €1.5 billion in tax increases. Education

The impact of this deepening crisis on third level is simple, but devastating. The front-loading of cuts will mean that universities are hit harder and sooner. Any cuts that the government had previously ruled out, such as fees, could now be back on the agenda. Furthermore, the government may be more desensitised to protest and lobbying. In the wake of the budget, should it get through, students will be a

Student hardship application

some vague reference to the household

tarnished this view and have given the

with that of someone alive? With my

income. Who knows, some one could

media any other news item to focus on

first anniversary approaching, it seems

Dear Sir,

have accidentally entered a 6 on the

except our main cause - to show our

slightly distasteful that I confront

When the student hardship

calculator rather than a 1 and suddenly

outrage at the government's thoughts

people from the grave. I fully

application/info email went around a

my father is on €65,000 a year rather

regarding education cuts.

appreciate that it will be difficult to

Layout Tom Parandyk

will be one of the hardest sectors hit. Having originally planned a correction of €3 billion, Brian Lenihan decided to front-load the pain - part of the reason for which the deepening of Ireland’s economic crisis.

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The other lesson is that the march and campaign did have an impact - talk of doubling the registration fee to €3,000 has changed to talk of an increase by €500-800. A small step, but the first on a long road.

Lisa Jackson Niamh Dennis Mary McDonnell Abby Noyce Clíonadh O’Keefe Aura Lounasmaa

few weeks ago I said to myself that 'I

than €15,000. There is no way for us to

Valerie Hartnett

don't qualify for that', so I deleted it.

check.

Maria Mahoney

Now a few weeks later I have received

Kevin McCague

a reject letter from the council. My fees application is denied on the grounds

Sinéad Evans Conor Lane Aisling Scally Fiona Ní Mháille

perhaps you should institute a Search

march this Thursday can be pulled off

Committee?

Without such a detailed breakdown of

flawlessly - gan trioblóid, gan stró.

Yours from the Twilight Zone,

their decision are we supposed to hang

Maybe then our TDs will show us some

Maggie Jones RIP

that my pensioner parents earn too

our heads and slump our shoulders and

compassion, and grant us relief from

much and I as a 'dependant' son living

walk away with a swallowed 'okaaaay'?

these overburdening registration fees

Maggie,

in the house have lost my right to the

Regards,

that threaten to arise.

It is with great dismay that I learned of

fees being covered.

Chris Loughnane

Yours,

your untimely demise. I had great

Seán Mo.

respect for you as an actress and

Cillian Lineen Sam Wheway

Needless to say I am not nor could I ask

persistent battleaxe, hence my

Philip Conor

my parents for the last few bob in their

Valentina Dillon

pockets. I got the letter yesterday and

Erin Grant

this morning spent 90 minutes at the

Dear Sir,

council counter writing a letter begging them to reconsider... I doubt it will have any affect.

Áine McWilliams Conor Harrington Colm McElligott Joe Loughnane Kevin O’Connor

find someone of my status and calibre; Our only hope now is that the Galway

I am now facing the prospect of either

National March clashes

selection of your image for our Agony Blanche, the Agony Aunt

Aunt column.

Having attended the USI march on

Dear Sir,

I am glad to hear of your beyond-the-

Wednesday 3rd, I was glad that so

I’ve just found some of my old

grave communication abilities and that

many students turned out to show

letterhead stationery and thought I’d

recognition of Sin has reached the

their outrage at the registration fees'

put pen to paper, well truth be told, tis

other realm. I can assure your estate is

increase.

a virtual laptop these days. Agony Aunt

in very good shape, however as I do not

here, well at least the earthly vestige of

wish to incur supernatural legal action,

leaving the house and forcing my

Paddy McMenamin

mother with a bag back and/or father

However, I was absolutely shocked and

Miss Maggie Jones who used to play

I will replace your image. I can imagine

Jason Browne

with bad diabetes to carry in the fuel

appalled at how a select few could turn

Mrs Blanche Hunt in Coronation Street

that you have quite a selection of

for the night etc. or leave college. I have

the overall view of the march into

fought too long and hard to throw in

something negative. Say what you want

Imagine my surprise to see my photo

the towel just yet.

about gardaí brutality, but they can

on page 14 of Sin, 2 November, 2010 as

I have chosen Ann Widdecombe as

stand by the fact that we attacked

perhaps you didn’t know that I died on

your replacement. Ann retired from

Kevin Hough Ryan Kelly Ciarán Kelly

lawyers at your current residence.

James Brophy

This has highlighted how quick things

first. The hoodlums who participated in

2nd December, 2009. Travel is a lot

politics earlier this year, so she has

Sinéad Farrell

can go bad, one minute I am

the dáil's vandalism should be ashamed

easier now that I’m on the astral plan;

plenty of time on her hands to

concentrating on my studies and next

of themselves for allowing the

hence my awareness of Sin. I hope my

compose responses for our Agony Aunt

everything is in doubt.

government to write off our outcry as

agent is claiming residual appearance

column. She also possesses your

'a disturbance of the peace'.

fees for my appearance in your

battleaxe qualities, as Minister for

newspaper; my estate could do with

Prisons, she had pregnant women

the money.

prisoners handcuffed while in hospital.

Siobhán Harkin Sarah Dillon Martin King Diarmuid Lavelle John Coleman Hynes Oisín O’Carroll

I would add their rejection letter is a complete insult. They throw out

That day was meant to be our one

'decisions' without any figurative

chance to show the ministers that we

information on where or what exactly

are adults and our voices will count in

Would you be so kind as to investigate

performances also.

the decision is based on. Instead we get

elections. Shame on those that have

the possibility of replacing my photo

Best wishes, Richard

Perhaps she can draw on her Strictly


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Government Instability and the Forthcoming Budget By Méabh McDonnell In the last week Finance minister Brian Lenihan has conducted interviews with BBC Newsnight where he has assured the people that Ireland “will not lose its sovereignty”, that we do not need to accept any of the EU bailout schemes, that our economy can stand on its own. However, this interview left the possibility that Ireland will sustain itself without the aid of EU bailouts in doubt, given that the markets have not been improving in the last year. There is doubt surrounding the country’s ability to survive which increases the lessening trust people have in this government. Even the smallest of changes in the current government will most likely rock the very fragile boat they are floating in at the moment. The instability is growing especially with the independent majority of three TD’s possibly descending to two following the Donegal South West by-election. There is too much uncertainty within the government at the moment to inspire any sort of confidence from the people. The media is dominated with stories of fear for the economy and the future of the country as a whole.

Despite this, the Taoiseach has not addressed the public, there has been little or no communication between the Ministers of the Dáil and the people of this country, except the reports that the various media outlets have provided. Without communication there cannot be any sort of hope. This has led to people watching the news with the anticipation of failure, and the expectance of more hardship. The only feeling of solidarity is that we are all bundled up into the mess together. The situation could be described as one where pillars that hold the Dáil up are collapsing around them. Just last Wednesday Labour’s Deputy Pat Rabbitte called on the Taoiseach to hold an immediate general election, “It is like the last days of the Roman Empire around here at present. Would it not be better for the Taoiseach to get into his car, go to the Áras and dissolve the Dáil, and let us return some certainty and confidence to the governance of this country?” There has been much speculation around the country about a general election being just around the corner, however Pat Rabbitte’s analogy did not lead to the Taoiseach considering the idea of a general election. The idea

Dáil numbers, B y

was dismissed outwardly however it did leave an echo hanging in the air, the anticipation that this will not have been the first call for a general election among the opposition in the weeks to follow. RTE’s political correspondent David Davin Power highlighted in a report from government buildings last week that, “Fianna Fáil government backbenchers are generally in a somber and a fearful mood, and there is a lot of talk about the timing of the next general election”. He further highlighted in his report the fluid nature of the government at present, “there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment”. However, the budget remains a massive concern for all those involved in the government and while there have been many calls for a general election before Christmas, the issue remains that it may not be in the interest of the opposition to have this occur. The budget would still have to be implemented and as it is likely to be the worst in living memory, as David Davin Power pointed out. In that case the likelihood of a spring election is stronger. The budget itself is the main

Richard Manton

Government:

82

Combined Opposition:

79

Total sitting TDs:

161

Fianna Fáil

70

Fine Gael

51

Ceann Comhairle4

FF TDs outside whip1

3

Labour Party

20

4 by-elections to be held5

Green Party

6

Sinn Féin

4

Total seats:

Independents2

3

Independents3

4

166

concern of the majority of citizens and speculation has been rife. While the Irish Times reported that, “Taoiseach Brian Cowen has stressed in recent days that no final decisions on the detail of the budget cuts have yet been made.” the speculation that surrounds the Dáil about the budget is everywhere. There is speculation involving the targeting of the wealthier pensioners, Furthermore it has come to light, following the student protests two weeks ago that the registration fee is likely to go up in the region of €500-€800. This would have the majority of students paying up more than €2,000 a year for their college education. Furthermore it has been confirmed by Brian Lenihan that the Government would be seeking to reduce the deficit next year by €6bn through spending cuts and tax increases” All of these problems root back to the economic problems that the government faces and while there is much

Notes: 1. Mattie McGrath, Jimmy Devins and Eamon Scanlon have left the FF whip and could vote against the government on the budget, but it is unlikely. 2. Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy-Rae are independents, but support the government. Could be persuaded to vote for the budget with a deal for their constituencies 3. Finian McGrath, Maureen

division in the government about how to deal with these, they are being encouraged to present a united front, despite their differences, “European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn has called for political consensus to back the Government's four-year economic plan and the Budget”, according to RTE. The importance of a united government when the situation is at its worst was highlighted. However, the Irish Times reported that the Central Bank governor, Patrick Honohan said that “there was no reason why Ireland’s borrowing costs would not fall back to more sustainable levels, if the Government’s fiscal policies were implemented.” This idea of a united front to support government policies is being promoted as possibly Ireland’s only saving grace. However, with the economy in its current situation the instability within the government does not look likely to settle.

O’Sullivan, Noel Grealish and Joe Behan are a mixed bunch of independents. Grealish and Behan are former members of the government and may be cajoled into supporting once again. 4. The current Ceann Comhairle is Seamus Kirk, a FF TD. The Ceann Comhairle has the casting vote in deadlock. 5. By-elections are to take place in Donegal SW, Donegal NE, Dublin South and Waterford.


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1 in 7 people suffer from tinnitus “What’s that noise?” “What noise?” “That loud ringing noise, don’t you hear it?” “No.” This is an example of a short conversation that has been taking place more frequently over the last number of years. The answer to the question will change a person’s life in more ways than they could have ever wanted, and it will affect most of their social decisions and how they think about their health. Tinnitus is a disorder that most people do not think about until it is too late. It is an increasingly common condition that is afflicting today’s teenagers. From a personal perspective, having had tinnitus from an early age, it has made me think on a level of philosophical thought like nothing else I have experienced. It has helped me understand so clearly how one constant in my life has affected most of the variables that a young man encounters. An important aspect of tinnitus that is crucial in knowing is: depending on the severity, if you let it, it will destroy you on an emotional level and incapacitate your ability to relate with society. According to the Irish Tinnitus Association (ITA), any sound level above 90 decibels can be hazardous over a prolonged period of time. This is not a high threshold, considering the average washing machine runs at about 75 decibels. Tinnitus is described as a “ringing or buzzing in the ears” without any external sound, but it is so much more than that. Tinnitus in its most basic form is a noise perceived by the brain as a sound due to a damaged cochlea within either of your ears; therefore your brain constantly sends these signals back and forth to your ear, creating a constant cycle of sound. For some people, it’s a long road of distress, misery and pain. Ludwig van Beethoven recounted his deteriorating hearing and the “whooshing and rushing” sounds that were driving him into isolating madness. He noted how he was beginning to lose touch with reality, and social occasions were becoming more difficult for him as his condition worsened. There are thousands of cases of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who have noise-induced hearing loss which resulted in tinnitus. The New York Daily News reported that up to 30 per cent of soldiers who returned home from war had tinnitus, while up to 50 per cent of those men suffered it due to their vulnerability to road blasts. Over $400 million was paid in disability claims to veterans suffering with the condition. It’s a tremendous shame for the brave men and women who return from war, many of whom spend their lives hearing exactly what they want to forget: the sound of war resonating in their brain’s memory. Most of these men were likely to have been given earplugs that were not sufficient and were easily lost when under attack. For individuals like myself, tinnitus is a source of mild discomfort and anxiety. For some, “it sounds like a drill that never fades away” inside their head, while others say it sounds “like a whistle used to train dogs”, a noise that can be reduced by ambient sounds. So where does this growing problem stem from? Its origins are in listening to loud music or exposure to loud noises. Some people know this but still think it’s worth the risk of going out on a Friday night to a club that has its speakers blaring far beyond the legal limit. During the start of my first year at secondary school I thought I’d try out a local disco which had its music at a level where I would have to shout just so someone standing next to me could hear. I went three

times and as it turned out, it was three times too many for my ears. That was all it took for me to develop tinnitus. I would like to know whose job it is to check on the noise levels in clubs because from my experience they haven’t been doing a very good job. Tinnitus is a condition that can also be hereditary, as some people will have lower hearing thresholds for dealing with loud noises, or it can occur out of the blue. William Shatner once said that when an explosion occurred while filming Star Trek, he started to hear a ringing, one that has persisted ever since. He described how he didn’t know whether he would be able to carry on with his life as the stress of his new condition grew, but he learned to deal with it and made it his mission to promote tinnitus awareness. You may think you’re the type of person who can withstand loud noises, but whether it’s in one year or 10, it could catch up with you, and trust me when I tell you that it’s going to be very distressing. Up to 1 in 7 people have tinnitus to some degree but the (ITA) reported that between “15,000-20,000 Irish people have persistent tinnitus where it has a negative effect on their quality of life and can lead to anxiety, insomnia, and depression.” It’s not all bad news. There are ways to protect yourself and there are treatments which may help. However, do not be lulled into a false sense of security by thinking, “Oh well, I’ll do whatever I want and if I get tinnitus, I’ll just get it fixed.” It’s not that easy. Recently The Irish Times ran a piece on an experimental method of curing tinnitus. The researcher explained a method of sending sound signals through your tongue to the brain in order to focus your brain on a different source of sound. But having spent the last number of years trying to rid myself of tinnitus, I’ve learned that it’s likely to be with me forever. For a lucky few, tinnitus can be the result of built-up wax or an ear infection, hence my decision to spend two months taking herbs to clear my sinuses, alas, to no avail. My ears kept ringing. Several years ago, in Blackrock Clinic, I had moulds of my ears taken to fashion a pair of earplugs. They have improved my life in so many ways, it’s hard to describe. I can go to a football match and be comfortable in my seat while the crowd roars. As they are clear in colour, I am less selfconscious when I am wearing them. To quote Bono, a sufferer of tinnitus, in the song Staring at the Sun: “there’s an insect in your ear if you scratch, it won’t disappear, It’s gonna itch and burn and sting, do you want to see what the scratching brings, waves that leave me out of reach, breaking on your back like a beach, will we ever live in peace, cause those that can’t do often have to, those that can’t do often have to preach”. In the near future I will undergo tinnitus retraining therapy. Some specialists believe that by listening to a device that has the same pitch as your tinnitus for extended periods of time, it will be able to knock the tinnitus sound out of sync with your brain. The best thing I can do is to prevent it from getting worse by being smart about where I go and what noises I’m going to be around. The same goes for you. If you would like to learn more about tinnitus, see www.wikipedia.com and www.ata.org or look up “what does tinnitus sound like” on www.youtube.com. By Conor Lane


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5 Steps to Winter Footwear By Aislig Scally

There are many great things about Galway; unfortunately the weather is definitely not one of them. How many times have you left the house only to step in a puddle, ruining your suede pump and sending that sad little shiver up the back of your neck? How many times have you pranced out the door in ballet flats only to be sprayed shamelessly by a mutinous motorist? How many times have you entered Áras Uí Chathail in sunny climes and been assaulted by hail stones the size of hamsters on the way out? Let’s face it, there are more surprises in 24 hours of Galwegian weather than there are in Lady Gaga’s wardrobe. It’s more tempest oceanic than temperate, and us ladies need to dress accordingly; after all, nothing feels less glamorous than soaking wet feet. We all know that sinking feeling, sitting in the O’Flaherty , dangerously close to catching hypothermia and fantasising about fuzzy socks and hot water bottles instead of taking notes. With the majority of students walking to college, comfortable and relatively waterproof footwear is a must in winter. Your mum always emphasized the merits of “sensible shoes”, and unfortunately most of us are under the impression that this term means a pair of wedge-heeled loafers. This is certainly not the case however, and with a few strategic tips you can easily avoid the dreaded frozen foot syndrome and look stylish at the same time. 1. Pump it Up Pumps were a fabulous invention. Effortlessly elegant and classy, I could bask in the humble comfort of these bad boys every day. However, they prove to be quite the false friend when the clouds open. I hate to say it, but pumps are not a winter shoe. Delicate and light by nature, you will feel every degree of coldness through their paper thin soles and god only help you if you step in a puddle. In the monsoon rains of the past couple of weeks the amount of blue-hued hooves I’ve seen cold footing it around campus is inexcusable. You actually might as well pop out barefoot as wear pumps in the rain, your feet will get soaked and your flats will more than likely be ruined. These are perfect shoes for every other season, give them a break in Winter! If you can’t bear to part with your precious pumps look for some with a relatively sturdy sole, or try some brogues. The leather variety are a fantastic and relatively weather-proof alternative to our flat and flimsy friends.

a local pond. Also, canvas soaks through, and fast. Unfortunately I’ve also had a couple of light coloured pairs ruined from dark denim running when wet, so don’t indulge in their retro charm on rainy days! 3. These Boots Were Made for Walking I’ll be honest, I live in boots from October to March. They are the best invention ever. If you don’t own a pair already, what the hell are you thinking? Seriously, get thee to the nearest shop and invest! Leather boots may cost a pretty penny but they will certainly pay you back in the long term. If looked after properly they’ll last you years, and you can frollock around college footloose and fancy free with the toastiest tootsies and driest digits no matter what the weather. Riding boots are huge this season and look incredible when worn with skinny jeans and knits or long cardis, and equally hot with skirts or daytime dresses. River Island and Topshop have some exquisite efforts, and they’re abundant in all the hardcore shoe shops so there’s really no excuse. Ankle boots are another great alternative, as they’re still sturdy and all your foot is covered so no sneaky water can make its way in. Non-leather boots should provide you with a certain amount of durability, and are certainly better than nothing! Widely available in places like New Look and Penneys they won’t break the bank and will certainly try to keep you dry. 4. Giving it Welly Ask any farmer, fisherman or frequenter of festivalswellies are the only truly 100% waterproof option when it comes to footwear. Commonly seen on our American visitors, you either love them or loathe them. Probably best worn with a skirt or leggings these rubber rebels will certainly get you noticed, for all the right (or wrong) reasons. Just don’t try and glamorize them by calling them rainboots. Like the word fetch, it won’t catch on and you’ll just sound like a knob.

2. Don’t Be Con’d by Allstars These cool canvas creations have been around longer than the quad and prove a solid and more supportive alternative to pumps. Infinitely comfortable and relatively sturdy, Cons are extremely versatile and can be worn with skirts, jeans and everything in between. However, they are also a bad choice in the rain. Maybe it’s their rubber sole, maybe it’s something in the lining (I’m no scientist here), but Converse make the most hideous squelching noise when wet. There’s little more cringe-inducing than parading through the relatively silent library squeaking and squelching like you just emerged from

5. Suedey lady Finally, avoid suede - its silky texture will last approximately 15 seconds in a shower and will be ruined beyond repair. Chanel and Dior have not bottled Eau de Wet Suede for a reason - it reeks. The same goes for Uggs. They will dissolve faster than Disprin in a downpour if not coated generously with protector, and even if they are it’s worth bearing in mind that these babies were made for the sandy dunes of Bondi beach, not the blustery banks of the Corrib. Also, their soles are super slippy when soaked, I’ve the bruises to prove it; they’re best kept for crisp cold weather. So there you have it, these five tips should help you keep your trotters warm and dry this winter. I’ve conveniently but strategically left heels out of the equation as they’re best left to nights out, and are generally only worn by mature students and members of staff during the day. How they manage on concourse I’ll never know.


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Baroque and Roll By Fiona Ní Mháille This season, it’s all about vintage. Before you burn a hole in your pocket, check out your mother’s, grandmother’s and aunt’s wardrobes (God Auntie Sue, you were so slim...what happened?). Vintage is back with a bang. Why walk your dog when you can wear it? Faux fur is huge this season. Love puppies? Never be without them again! Draped around shoulders or in a whole coat, fur can be timeless and elegant. Pick just one item to wear-a bag or a wrap or a coat. An overdose of fur may look Cruella Devilleish and can send out a “let them eat cake” message. This season is all about the baroque must-haves: velvet (like fur, choose just one piece. Otherwise you may look like outdated curtains); lace (where did I put that doily?); and fur. Louis Vuitton kicked off this fabulous trend with the fifties influence on his fall collection. We’re talking midi (mid-calf) poof skirts clenched in at the waist, kitten heels and lots of bows. The fifties style puts a huge emphasise on the waist and aims for the perfect hour-glass shape. This style looks sensational on curvy girls. Valentino brings us frills and lace with his trade-mark romantic looks. He teams frilly, fitted tops with fur jackets and waistcoats for a cosy winter look. Chloe veers towards the 70s with high-waisted, volumised flares that go beautifully with fitted tops. Chloe also brings double-

breasted loose coats to the table a la Whitney Port. Soon to be seen on the Socs

You can leave your hat on! With 80% of the body’s heat going out through the head, Irish people are finally realising that hats are practical and chic. Accessorize and Penneys have a huge range to boast. Ivy caps (the farmer/ sixpense hat); beanie caps; berets; and trapper hats (flapped and furry) are all huge this winter. The hat that is predicted to be the biggest this season is the cloche hat. These hats are available at River Island and Topshop. These hats were huge in the 1920s and are said to make a huge come-back this year. If you’re too bigheaded for hats, a snood is a great alternative. Hats are a great way to cover up on a bad hair day. We’ve all had our fair share of battles with umbrellas in the Galway winds. Those €4 umbrellas we all buy last about a week and end up looking like an iron spider at the end of a path. Let’s face it, nobody wants to bring a golf umbrella into college. If you do, it’d have to be the one dry day in the week. I have a huge fear of ending up like Mary Poppins and lifted into the air with my umbrella, although it’d take a seriously strong wind to lift me. If you don’t have a hood on your coat, buy a hat! The half-drowned cat look is not in this season. These fantastic trends have been filtered down to the high-street shops like Miss Selfridge, Warehouse and Topshop. Always remember: if it’s not baroque, don’t fix it!

and the City runway are Colin Draper and Ann-Marie Fitzgerald. Draper is an apt surname for this clothes horse, who clearly has a penchant for purple and sophisticated style. AnnMarie strikes a killer pose and puts the fizz in Fitzgerald with some Cheryl-esque harem pants, an excellent alternative to the sluggish sweatpant but retaining all of the comfort. Both models cite the ever elegant Eoin Keane as their fashion icon, stating his man coats are among the chicest around. Catch them all in action next Thursday night in the Radisson.

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Dear Agony Aunt, Help! My housemates are slobs who never

by Grainne Coyne

Overheard in NUIG

clean anything! They see nothing wrong with dirty floors and overflowing bins, and I’m sick of doing it all by myself, or else living in filth.

Niamh Crowley: Girl in the

should know.

concourse: 'I didn't even get the shift

Guy1: I should be with her though? Guy2: Feck her actually, come on and

when I was painted green!'

play Fifa. Seconds Away from an Ulcer, 24. Dear Seconds Away, You have my deepest sympathy in this, really, you do. There’s only one thing you can do before the stress drives you crazy, or the exterminators are called to evict your resident family of mice. You’ll have to talk to them. Chances are, lazy as your housemates seem, they’ve been quick enough to spot that if they don’t clean up, you will. And why would they want their handy set-up to come to an

Eric Ó Banáin: On the concourse: Guy 1: ... I was at the party in Dublin.

Dylan Walsh: Outside college bar:

We went to Copper's.

Girl: "Sure the only exercise I get is the

Guy 2: What did you think of it? Guy 1: It's overrated. It was full of

walk of shame..."

Dubs.

Ciaran Mc Donagh: Two girls outside the student union shop today,

Muireann Ni Raghallaigh: History

all I heard was "It came everywhere

Lecturer: "The women actually had a

and right in my face as well"

end? They’ve been enjoying the benefits of your hard work without having to lift

big enough role to play in the

a finger. I hate to add to your list of chores, but unless Kim and Aggie show up on

revolution. They used to do things like

Damian Gunning: Blonde Dublin girl

your doorstep, it’s up to you to tell them that their behaviour isn’t acceptable.

lift up their skirts and show their bare

in Bialann: ''My two favourite places in

Organise a rota for common household chores. If they won’t heed you, have a

backsides to the priests, and it was

Galway are Salthill and the Spanish

word with your landlord or agency. Maybe they can get the shysters to wash a

supposed to inspire terror."

Ark.''

David O'Meara: Outside reading

Aisling Boland: Guy on concourse:

room

“The counties in Connaught are: Sligo,

Guy1: Look just don't tell her we're

Leitrim, Donegal, Fermanagh, Meath,

doing it.

Kildare, Waterford and Tipperary.”

few floors or tables on occasion. Good Luck.

Agony Aunt.

Guy2: Why not, she's your bird? She

Coming out in NUIG “The closet” is a place where one stores clothes, or other various objects. It can

change in another person’s eyes when they come out.

also be a portal to Narnia. “The closet”, though, is slang used for where one “hides” when they haven’t told anyone of their sexuality. “Coming out of the

Often it can be hard to produce the words in the first place. Even writing it down

closet”, or just “coming out”, is telling people that you are LGBT.

on a small sheet of paper can make it ten times easier! It may sound cheesy or silly, but it can actually be a much easier way. Once you’ve said the words once,

Coming out can be one of the hardest things you do in your life. This is why

it’s much easier to say them again and again. Talking about the issue with friends

many people don’t come out, or wait until they’re much older. Sometimes, people

or family becomes more relaxed and comfortable after a while.

only tell their friends, and not their family for fear of rejection. In many instances, a friend will tell someone “Oh you should really come out and tell your

For those who know that their friends and/or family would react negatively,

parents”. There is never any rush. If you don’t feel ready to come out, then don’t!

there isn’t any easy answer. You may still wish to come out, and argue your case

Your sexuality is your business. If you don’t feel ready to come out, it’s just as

with them, maybe even teach them to accept it, but this isn’t a guarantee. To this,

safe and cosy in the closet. (Unless you’re in Narnia, where it’s snowing and an

I say be careful WHO you tell. Sometimes, people are better left in the dark.

annoying goat will stalk you). With relation to choosing not to come out, be careful again. Bottling up But what if you DO want to come out, but don’t know how to go about it?

emotions is not healthy, and keeping certain things secret can damage you

There’s no right or wrong way, but there are certain things you should avoid

psychologically. As I said in the last issue, there is counselling available free to all

doing.

students. Also, NUIG’s lovely Equality officer Robin Allen is available at the Student’s Union (su.equality@nuigalway.ie) or you could contact NUIG’s LGBT

Don’t make a joke of it. Take a serious approach, but try to be a little light

society, GigSoc (gigsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie) and talk to a committee member.

hearted and positive about it. Stay calm. To echo what I said last week, don’t panic. This could cause your

Remember, in the words of Katy Perry, you’re a firework. Let your colours burn.

friends or family (whoever you’re telling) to also panic. However, becoming a

(This song was actually dedicated to the recent LGBT teenagers who committed

little emotional can be hard to avoid.

suicide in America.) In the next issue, I’ll be discussing homophobia and bullying.

Keep referring back to the fact that you are still who you are. Coming out

Look out for it!

doesn’t change a thing; you’re still the same person. Often a person’s image may

By Cillian Lineen


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An Irish Guide to Spotting American Students You can always spot an American in college, they may

an Irish person it would sound more like Darude’s

not be wrapped up in the stars and stripes but

Sandstorm... and be coming from a bush.

somehow you just know. There are so many visiting

Americans may not know what a kettle is, FACT. Once met an American who thought it was a water purifier.

American students at NUIG that it must be a social

Americans may visit the Cliffs of Moher and discuss

10 guesses how they boiled their water? A pint to

group back home. You know there’s the jocks, the

this experience with you. In my own experience it

whoever said “put a glass in the microwave”. Barbarians.

geeks, the nerds etc. And, oh yeah, the group that go to Ireland for a year. There are some easy

Americans may replace the time-proven method of

markers, for instance an accent that cuts across a

creating nicknames (replacing the last syllable with

room quicker than Chlamydia spreads across the

an ‘o’ or ‘y’) and call each other nicknames such as

GPO. But even other seemingly obvious things like

“anal girl”, obviously because she’s particularly

North Face jackets aren’t guaranteed giveaways,

specific about things. Well, she’d wanna be

there are evidently some Irish people who just like

particularly specific about a certain kind of sex or

to camp (and not just on COD). So although these

she can head back over the Atlantic fairly sharp.

points won’t apply to all Americans, it may help identify some of them and their damn outrageous

Americans may use different words than you. They

habits.

could call assignments ‘papers’, don’t know what Selotape is, will ask what your major is and don’t

Americans may, even when you completely getting

take kindly to being told that Gaelic is a sport, not

along with them, show a complete

a language.

miscomprehension of ‘the craic’. This varies in intensity with the highest expertly demonstrated

Americans may order two pints of “Black and Tan”.

by one American tour video describing craic as a

(For all the Irish that just shuddered, it’s apparently

synonym for conversation, but it drips down to all

some ale-beer mix-up. For Americans, Google it.)

Americans. The Irish will endeavour to insult each

They may also be shocked when a particularly witty

other as terms of endearment where as Americans, if

seems that a significant portion of the Irish people has

barman returns with said two pints and says “there’s

they have avoided being offended and partake in this

no idea where the Cliffs are, let alone visited them (it’s

your twin towers”.

custom, will seek you out an apologise just to make

probably just the ones that wear North Face).

sure you know they’re “just giving you shit”. How rude.

If any American took offence to this please contact Americans may return affection tenfold. An inter-Irish

justhavingthecraic@eircom.net. We make fun of

Americans may say sentences like “I drink a lot of

affair might involve an exchange of names, where as

everyone, get over it.

vodka”. This is an easy one; had this been coming from

Americans expect a soon-to-be-via-Skype relationship.

By Philip Connor

There are a hundred superficial ways you could define our generation, ways that will make similarly

People Like Us

superficial people laugh and nod knowingly as though

We’ve moved on from the ‘cool’ of our parents’ generation, though it’s no less ephemeral. The cliché and truism states that it’s impossible and innately

the joke was remotely original. To use an obvious but

unfashionable to try to define what ‘cool’ is (do we

universal example, we are the ‘Facebook Generation’,

desperate clutch at ‘individuality’ by taking an

even use the word anymore?) But if you’ll allow me to

with its legions of fans and naysayers.

extreme stance on a widely accepted matter. Here’s a

have a go, I would suggest that nowadays it’s to have

hint – it doesn’t work if everyone else is doing the

found something that you really dig, and to have stuck

same thing.

by it. Not to slate a trend, or proclaim your dedication

There are those who claim to hate it, for the most part because it seems cool to be ‘counter-cultural’ (read:

to it; let’s face it, neither stance is very original or

different). They insist that people don’t really know

That’s a very negative way to start, and I hate to be

appealing. It’s not you, it’s an ostensibly radical

each other anymore, that having hundreds of

negative. Really, there are very few people like the

opinion that you’ve very consciously decided to

Facebook friends doesn’t make you popular, that

ones I’ve described, and it is for that encouraging

subscribe to, in order to have something to say that

engaging in a proper conversation in the pub is what

reason that I wanted to write this piece. Because I

you think will shock people into admiring you.

we should really all be doing. Well, they’re right. But

would suggest a far more lasting and optimistic label

we all know that, and the few people who don’t

for our generation – that we are one of acceptance.

wouldn’t have anything to say to each other ‘in the pub’ anyway.

Well, I understand. But if any of the above applies to you, try something else, just for kicks. Stop trying to

Of course, I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going on

be different in a contrived and predictable way, and

outside my little circle, how the hundreds of people I

start nurturing your genuinely unique tastes and

The only thing cooler, of course, is to declare that

walk past every day actually feel about Chess Soc or

opinions. You’ll find a deeper satisfaction in true

actually, you love it, it’s a very handy way of keeping

Ballet fanatics. But I get the impression that if you sat

individualism, and wouldn’t you know it, you’ll be

up to date and sharing your good times, and you

down before your lecture tomorrow, turned to the

accepted far more readily – you’ll be cool. And if

couldn’t live without it. Also pretty much true; that’s

person next to you, and started enthusing about the

you’re that guy/girl who is desperate not to be cool,

not the point. The point is that either way they’re as

new Metal/YéYé/Trance band you’d discovered, they’d

or ‘doesn’t care what people think of you’, please, go

bad as each other, because there’s nothing so

like you for it.

back to the top of this article.

unattractive (and, if I may be frank, annoying) as a

By Sam Wheway


SU Sessions: Music Week – Wednesday November 17th, Evil Uncle

As part of Music Week, the SU Sessions will be hosting a special afternoon gig in The Hub at 1pm. Evil Uncle will be gracing us with his beautiful melodies and infuriatingly catchy tunes. Simply put - Evil is the new good. Evil Uncle is a Kinks and Absinth cocktail that will have you singing all the way to the funny farm. Before you know it you will find yourself deep in the mind of a very strange human being. A taster EP (Songs for the Road) was unleashed on the unsuspecting public in September with 7,000 free copies being planted in strange places across Ireland by the Evil Uncle Guerrilla

Distribution Army. He is about to release His debut album "Two Lights Not Broken" from its cage where it has been prowling menacingly. This was recorded by Evil Uncle in various spaces across India and Europe and it is well worth getting your hands on. To have a quick listen to his stuff check out www.EvilUncle.eu The SU Sessions are a free weekly event open to the public and hosted by NUI, Galway Students’ Union in An Bialann (The Canteen) every Tuesday at 6pm. www.myspace.com/thesusessions .

Exam Time In case you didn’t know already your personal timetables are up online at www.nuigalway.ie/exams. Remember if you need any extra help that you can find tutors in most subjects on our Grinds Register, all you need to do is check www.su.nuigalway.ie/grind_adverts/. There are also other great free resources available to help you such as the Student Writing Support Centre and SUMS. The free student writing support centre in the Library is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 11:00 – 13:00 in Group Study Room 3 on the 2nd floor and Monday to Thursday evenings 19:00 –

21:00 in the Foyer Consultation Room (just at the entrance). Bíonn seirbhís Ghaeilge ar fáil maidin Dé Céadaoin agus maidin Dé hAoine (11:00-13:00). For more information on the Writing Support Centre you can email them at writingcentre@nuigalway.ie. If you are having trouble with Maths, then check out SUMS, a free support service. More information on SUMS can be found at www.maths.nuigalway.ie/sums/ If you have any problems about your exams contact Emmet at su.education@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Students’ Union has joined forces with the “Movember” Campaign this year. Movember aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer. The campaign also raises funds for Action Prostate Programme run by the Irish Cancer Society. Throughout the month of November, men are encouraged to grow a moustache or “Mo” and collect sponsorship from friends and family. Students and staff alike then have one month to grow the most impressive

“Mo”. For those of you that have not registered yet you can still sign up as a Mo Bro or a Mo Sista by joining team NUI Galway Students' Union online: http://ie.movember.com/mospace/559 972/ to help us raise money for the Irish Cancer Society's Action Prostate Cancer Programme. There will be a table quiz on in aid of Movember on Monday November 15th from 7:30 in the College Bar. It only costs €5 per person and there will be loads of great prizes.

Student Assistance Fund

Students with Disabilities

Please note that application forms for this year’s Student Assistance Fund are now available on the NUI Galway Student Services website http://www.nuigalway.ie/student_servi ces/student_assistance_fund.html More information is available from Emma at su.welfare@nuigalway.ie and applications must be submitted by the 18th of November.

To all Students with disabilities, even one that you don’t consider serious, it may be worth your while registering with the Disability Office before exams. This is confidential, and can be a huge support during exam time, and in some cases very necessary. The time to register for full support is very quickly disappearing, so it is imperative to register as soon as possible, as an assessment may be needed beforehand for the more complicated supports. For anyone who indicated a disability on their CAO, you are automatically registered. You can contact the Disability Officer on 087 91 493541 or elizabeth.walsh@nuigalway.ie.


WWW.SU.NUIGALWAY.IE | WWW.EDUCATIONNOTEMIGRATION.IE

Third level education is under serious threat in the budget this December. Possible increases in the Registration Fee and reductions in the grant would put third-level education beyond the reach of many. After speaking with government TDs it is our understanding that the Government is considering increasing in the Registration Fee, which is currently €1,500, to as much as €3,000 per student, per year. The Government is also considering a possible cut to the Student Grant of a further 5%, on top of the 5% cut made in the budget last year. Finally the Student Assistance Fund, which helps students in dire financial circumstances, may be cut. Final decisions on these issues have not been made so we still have time to show that students are a powerful force. To prevent these potentially devastating cuts to third-level education we need all students to be active and make your voice heard over the coming weeks!

L TEUL R TD YO

Please tell your elected representatives that you think it's important to preserve access to third level education in the next budget.

www.tellyourtd.com allows you to send a letter to your TDs stating that education should be protected in Budget 2011. All you have to do is fill out your name and address and the Students' Union will look after the rest! It only takes a few seconds!

Galway March Thursday 18th November Leaving Áras na Mac Léinn at 1pm, marching to the Spanish Arch. Contact Peter at su.president@nuigalway.ie for more information.


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National March up close As a member of FEE (Free Education for Everyone) and the USI, I was a part of the peaceful sit-down protest occupying the lobby of the Department of Finance. The Left Bloc, having articulated that students should not be content with just listening to right-wing student leaders such as Gary Redmond telling them to go home quietly, marched to the front of the Dail. Over two thousand broke away with stewards panicking to stop more from joining the alternative route. Members of the student union from the National College of Art and Design began a sit-in outside the gates of the Dail while others made their way to Merrion Row to stage a sit-in at the minimally guarded Department of Finance. Some 30 people occupied the reception of the Department. Over one thousand cheered them on outside the building. The atmosphere was relaxed and good natured with drumbeats accompanying the slogans. The only mild physical expression of anger was the throwing of eggs which must be said, hit as many student as they did Gardai or the Building itself. No one was to expect the sickening reaction mounted by the Gardai. Backup gardai arrived on the scene mounted on horseback and in riot gear. Without notice, they began dragging and

The National Student March will no

We arrived at Parnell Square, the

These riots took away the success of

beating students inside the reception. One protesters necks

doubt be famous for the riots which

atmosphere was full of excitement

the national march which had been for

was stood on, another was knocked unconscious and

took place on November 3rd, but little

students chanting, whistle blowing,

the most part peaceful, and the largest

thrown out onto the pavement. Outside, gardai dressed in

publicity has been given to the

and throwing volleyballs back and

student protest in years.

riot gear attacked students in baton charges. The vast

successful turnout of students which

forth within the crowd, there were

majority of the students sat down on the road and linked

were beyond the USI’s expectations.

witty posters with various famous

The clips that I have seen on the

catchphrases. We eventually began

internet were violent and in some

arms to avoid being singled out for a beating. Many tried to persuade the uniformed bullies to stop their attacks and

My friends and I arrived at the

marching through Dublin peacefully,

cases the Gardaí launched

began the chant of “peaceful protest”.

quadrangle and were met with the

however on reaching Merrion Square,

unnecessarily at students who were

Disgracefully the President of the USI, Gary Redmond

“never ending queue” which spun

the crowd began to turn left towards

standing peacefully but I witnessed

claimed the protesters didn't belong to the USI, effectively

around nearly the whole of the

the Department of Finance, we were

firsthand objects being thrown at the

disowning his members. He went on to condemn the sit-in,

quadrangle. We eventually boarded a

about to join them, when a steward

Gardaí also. I believe an inquiry is

this is despite the fact that only last year he took part in the

bus and on arrival headed straight to

informed, us not to, as it wasn’t part of

necessary to find out what happened.

occupation of Wicklow County Council offices. This can

Parnell Square and followed the many

the official march.

The National March’s success maybe

lead many to reject the students' unions as a whole rather

yellow t-shirts which seemed to be

than those particular individuals who misrepresent student

scattered across the city. We were

We then attempted to continue to

many arguing that the government will

interests. The main problem with the USI is the lack of

handed many leaflets from different

march straight ahead as advised, but

still raise the registration fee and

accountability to it's members. Students need to argue for

political groups on walking to the

we were still being pushed towards the

continue to cut the grants, November

large open forums in the colleges and universities where

march, one of the members of these

Finance buildings, eventually however

3rd proved that students will not take

democratic decisions can be made by ordinary students.

groups called us and other students to

we arrived at Merrion Square. When

it laying down nor will they on

FEE will be holding a meeting entitled: Whose streets? -

join their protest, and “that the USI

the rally ended, we witnessed a riot at

November 18th in Galway’s student

Public meeting on the right to protest, on Wednesday the

and Gary Redmond weren’t doing

Merrion row where we saw eggs and

protest and in the ballot box.

17th at 8pm in AC 201.

enough”, however he was ignored by

objects being thrown at the Gardaí

By Joe Loughnane

the majority.

who were in full riot gear on horses.

overshadowed by the riots, despite

By Grainne Coyne


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“Outside, gardai dressed in riot gear attacked students in baton charges...”

“There is a time when the operation of the machine

wasting away on the dole, or take whatever you could

A 90-minute march around the capital is all well and good,

becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you

scrimp together from the social welfare and buy a plane

but that's been done before, all it did was delay the

can't take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the

ticket to somewhere, anywhere, possibly never to return. I

inevitable. 25,000 people is a loud voice, revolutions have

gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the

took the only choice I had and left, first for the south of

been won with far fewer. I'm not suggesting violent action

apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to

France and now to rural Thailand.

like we saw two weeks ago, if we want to live in a peaceful

indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it

democracy we have to accept that the state has the

— that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented

Young people are among the least represented people in our

monopoly on violence, beating up Gardaí isn't the answer,

from working at all.”

society and yet will have to endure the worst of the

there are alternatives.

hardships. The increase in education fees is just the Mario Savio's words ran through my mind when I first heard

beginning of it, next month's budget will determine your

What if you all registered in Galway and voted for the same

about the events in Dublin two weeks ago. I'm sure some

future; whether or not the dole is enough to live on,

person? What if those 25,000 people simply sat down in the

version of these sentiments was also running through the

whether or not you'll have to move back home, whether

street instead of marching? What about 50,000? They

minds of the 30 or so protesters who attempted to occupy

your local shop can afford to take you on part time, whether

couldn't arrest you all, their horses and dogs would tire

the Dept of Finance or those who took part in the sit-down

or not your parents will have to sell their house... whether or

sooner than you, their batons would break before you, their

protest outside, until the Gardaí deemed it necessary to

not they can still afford to send you to college.

voices would go hoarse before yours and their will would

employ tactics that would be more at home in Burma or China.

bend before yours. What if you left Ireland? What if you You can't rely on the opposition government, you can't rely

had to?

on the Green Party to suddenly grow a spine, you can't rely The second thought that ran through my mind was “It's

on the left to suddenly get their act together and provide a

I started with Mario Savio, so I'll give him the last word:

about time.”

realistic and sustained alternative, you can't rely on USI in its

“You can't disobey the rules every time you disapprove.

current form to ever be more than an ineffective

However, when you're considering something that

Two years ago, when I graduated, I had spent the previous

mouthpiece who are just happy that they even have a seat at

constitutes an extreme abridgement of your rights,

four years training for a career that suddenly didn't exist any

the table.

conscience is the court of last resort.”

more, my friends and I were faced with the choice of either

By Kevin O'Connor


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Clearly, they’re going out?   Why is it that in society women can’t say, ‘Oh, him?

da, conclusion confirmed, gossip plan formulated, this

foreheads? Must we enter a pub, club or party, stand on

Were just friends’ without getting the same old

girl’s previous relationship is heading for divorce.

a podium and declare that we are in a relationship? We

response of, ‘Yeaaah sure’ followed by the casual nod

Congratulations darlings, you’ve ruined another casual

can’t communicate with any member of the male

and wink?

friendship and potentially a previous relationship.

species for fear of speculation. I’m afraid it’s heading that way ladies and gents. We ladies don’t need to fall

You know I’m right; we’ve all been through it. It’s

Some girls are unfaithful and they shouldn’t get away

victim to this ridiculous regime any longer. You should

ignorance leads you to jump to nasty, ridiculous

with cheating. It is not acceptable, however, to judge all

be allowed go out with male friends, make new male

conclusions. Don’t be rude, think before you blab all

of the ladies out there on this one view. The male

friends and not face multiple texts in the morning,

over someone’s future.

response of ‘I trust you, not other men’ is rubbish, leave

piercing looks in the halls or snide comments on

your girlfriends to make male friends; it shows far

facebook. I hope in reading this, women and men will

greater trust in the long run.

lay off the stupid remarks and see that just because

simple, in this rumour spreading, lovemaking society, a guy and a gal can no longer be ‘just friends’. We can’t sit in our local and chat with a good looking male friend without the gossips splurging out all the latest ‘facts’ in less than half an hour later. ‘I thought she was in a relationship?’ well, she still is, and happily so, but your

Then, we have the ‘house party scenario’. An attractive, well-liked girl seen engaging in conversation with an

physically and biologically we can have sex with each

attractive well-liked guy must obviously be planning to

Is this the age where women now have to parade

other, doesn’t mean we always want to.

have some equally attractive well liked intercourse. Ta-

around with their facebook status stamped to their

By Erin Grant

Sport in Corrib “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women

involve a Knorr cuppa soup and where its bones and

mama told you as a boy don’t apply (it’s not just the

merely players” - Shakespeare didn’t know just how

not hurdles that are ‘jumped’.

participation that counts). A somewhat

right he was!

Whether it’s in our ‘state of the art’ playground, ‘up to

accommodating sport, in which aids such as Viagra

When you live in a place like Corrib Village, you meet

the minute’ tennis court, ‘contemporary’ mini market

and Levitra are provided for the ‘less able’. If this sport

them all-the poor ole single standards, the posh

or ‘ultra modern’ laundrette, these players are out in

had a prize it’d be less ‘Sam Maguire’ and more ‘Rider

ensuites, the boggers, the D4’s, the D6’s, the arts

force. Most of these come well equipped with all

Cup’.

students, the party animals, the party poopers, the

their gear; Hollister shirt, jeans straight from the floor,

And finally, a note of advice to all you players: like in

dirty ones, the clean freaks and so on and so forth.

Vans and enough Lynx Africa to punch a new hole in

any game, there’ll be times when you break the rules,

However, there is one category most of them will fall

the ozone layer.

lose focus, get a red card, have to stand on the side

under: The Players. We now live in a society where

All the participants in this game follow the boy scouts

line, maybe even face disqualification. In these times

women are ‘scored’ and not courted, where it’s a

promise (to come prepared) and have all their

of despair, just think of the famous words of the

woman and not a horse that’s ‘rode’. ‘Shift’ is no

‘equipment’ working (here’s hoping). It’s a strange

renowned sports journalist Grantland Rice: “For when

longer just a key on the keyboard. It’s no longer doors

game where the girl and not the boy is advised to

the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your

that are ‘banged’ or corks that are ‘screwed’. A place

wear the cup for protection. The ‘Coach’ usually

name, he writes - not how you won or lost - but how

where it’s ‘birds’ and not eggs that get ‘laid’. A land

comes in the form of The Player’s drunk best friend

you played the game”. Then think about what a prick

where a ‘hump’ happens in the bedroom and not on a

uttering the words ‘Go on my son’ or ‘Get in there

you’ve been, apologise and I’m sure it’ll all be good in

camel’s back. Now that school is over, ‘grind’ has a

kid’. A pastime where it’s pints and not points that

the hood!

whole new meaning. An area where its uglies and not

gets you closer to the goal. A contest where the final

By Valentina Dylan

heads that are ‘bumped’. Where a quickie doesn’t

is short, but unfortunately for some, the words your


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Paddy Garcia Diary of an Arts Graduate

A trip to the dole office It seemed like my eyes had been closed forever. I

myself as a German WW1 officer, I just said: Sure,

or stay up all night dancing naked on a beach

opened them and found myself in space. I was

see you in the back of the smoking area.

around a fire. But I'm far too much of a coward to

enveloped by total blackness, pierced with

actually come out and say that, to be honest with

undiluted specks of perfect light from galaxies and

I had met her a month before, standing in line at

her, to see that look on her face as I say “We need

solar systems never before observed with the

the chippers at three a.m., she was gorgeous, her

to talk...”. I'll do what I always do, wait it out until

naked eye. For the first time in my life, I was

handbag was worth more than anything I have

an opportunity comes to sabotage the

absolutely still. No forces were acting upon my

ever owned. She said she was a model of some

relationship, a war of attrition until she relents

body and I was floating in perfect nothingness. I

sort and that the only reason she likes getting

and moves on, another name added to my list of

wasn't bound by gravity, compelled by any action

drunk is so she can binge on junk food, I

people to avoid in the street.

or indeed limited by resistance. Absolute and total

convinced her to try the battered sausage, she

silence is the hardest sound to contemplate; space

gave me her number.

makes the most peaceful of country meadows seem like a riot of noise and alarm.

Our third date went fine, a few pints in a 'trendy old man pub', an oxymoron if ever there was one. I

I didn't text her, I don't go in for that sort of thing;

walked her to my place, invited her in. She said

going for coffee, calling the next day, arranging

she'd wait inside for her taxi, I shrugged. We

Far off galaxies revealed themselves to me in discs

another date, goodnight kisses, sleeping with each

began to kiss on the couch and I asked her to stay.

and spirals, dancing to a rhythm so precise as to

other on the third date, meeting her friends,

“It's not that I don't want to, it's just that it's too

predict and pre-empt every event and that has

Christmas at her parents', going on holiday

early, I like to play by the rules.” I nodded,

ever taken place or will ever take place so as to

together where I ask her to marry me, conceiving

pretending to understand. If you want to do

make control, power and choice as meaningless as

on the honeymoon, taking a management job at an

something you do it, there are no rules for dating,

the lines in the sand left after the tide, yet at the

insurance firm to pay for private school, winter ski

you're not baking a cake, people have been

same time the vastness of it all made the concept

holidays, waking up in the middle of the night at

fucking and pairing off for millions of years, it

of fate and pre-ordination as unimportant as the

fifty three and realising I was never happy with

baffles me that we could be so arrogant as to

path of the swirls in a milky cup of tea. Distance

her and now it's too late to find someone else

think we could improve it by putting restraints on

and perspective lost all meaning and I was at once

because I'm bald and impotent.

it. Her taxi came and she left.

everywhere and nowhere, time was nothing but a

It was all perfectly clear that's how it would play

mere concept, I was at once now and eternity,

out when I met her, better to stop before it even

I put on some Dylan, sat down in my smoke filled

yesterday and tomorrow, never and always, I had

started.

room and opened a blank page. An hour later and I

lived for a billion years and had yet to be

was still trying to remember what came to me in

conceived. Answers to every question ever posed

A week later, a friend of mine was playing a DJ set

the dole office while I was tripping off my tits. “It

and every thought that will ever be imagined were

in a popular nightclub in town and I went along to

had something to do with space.” I said to the

presented to me and explained as easily as the

show my support by taking a pill and chewing on

empty room. My train of thought was interrupted

simple truth of the difference between zero and

my own lip in the corner of the room for three

by a phone call. “Come over if you're up.” the

one. And then...

hours, it really wasn't my scene; the smell of fake

voice on the other end said. It was an ex of mine,

tan in the air, sugary alcopops, the same songs

we'd been having some sort of thing whereby she

“Hey, wake up” a voice interrupted me.

every night, how could anyone enjoy this? And

calls me up when she comes in drunk and lonely,

I opened my eyes, “Are you God?” I asked softly.

there she was, it made perfect sense, this was her

we never speak to each other apart from that. It's

“Wha? Listen, ya can't sleep here, we're closin' for

comfort zone, she fit in perfectly. She saw me

working out quite well for both of us.

lunch. Come back after.”

across the room and came over, demanding why I

It slowly dawned on me that I was in the dole

hadn't texted her, the confidence of vodka on her

A couple of hours later and we're lying together

office, absolutely tripping off my balls on magic

breath. In that moment I relented, she looked

naked in the dim candlelight. “I've never been

mushrooms. I felt as if my teeth were melting and

amazing in the lights of the dancefloor, through

anyone's mistress before.” was what she said after

my jaw was about to fall off, I held my hand over

the MDMA haze.

I told her about the model, “I think I'll like it.”

We arranged a date the next night and now here

“I'm breaking up with her” I said, flatly “it wouldn't

I went home as quickly as possible, without

we are, about to go on date number three. The

be fair. It's like Updike said, the wife can never

making eye contact with anyone, they knew, they

previous two dates went well, exactly as

know more about the man than the mistress. She

all knew, the dog on the corner of my street said

predicted, some dancing, the usual chit chat, I paid

only suspects the man may be a liar, the mistress

hello to me and I sped up until I reached my door

for her Chardonnay, walked her home to her place

knows for certain.” But she was already asleep,

and fell into bed fully clothed, I slept a dreamless

with her arm in mine, a goodnight kiss and then

and I was left alone in the perfect stillness of

sleep for over twenty hours. I was woken up by a

home by 2 a.m. I really don't know what's going

space.

text message: HI HUN IL B L8 SEE U @ 10

on, there's nothing wrong with her, she's perfectly

my mouth and said: “I'll be back tomorrow.”

pleasant and intelligent as well as being gorgeous, Are we still doing this, the block capitals? The text

we're the same age and have lots in common, and

speak? It's just as easier to write a proper message

yet, I can't wait to be rid of her, she doesn't get

you know. I didn't say that though as I imagined

me, she'd never in a million years take mushrooms,


Societies Music Week Events and More!

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MONDAY 15TH NOVEMBER Rock Soc Campus Busking Time: 12:00 - 23:59 Venue: NUIG Campus

Energy Society Dept of Geography & Energy Society Lecture "Galway Energy & Emissions" Time: 13:00 - 14:00 Venue: AC201

Name of Society:

Rock Soc Rock Soc Showcase Time: 16:00 - 18:00 Venue: the HUB, Aras na Mac Lýinn (TBC)

Lotus Society Beginners Yoga! Time: 17:15 - 18:15 Venue: The Space

The charity money collected by our society goes to people in need and there are no strings

Polish Society Polish Language and Culture Course 1 Time: 18:00 - 20:00 Venue: Block S, Room 109

Poker Poker Tournament Time: 18:00 - 23:59 Venue: The View

Orchestra Soc Orchestra Rehearsal Time: 19:00 - 20:30 Venue: Large acoustic room

Polish Society Polish Language and Culture Course 2 Time: 18:00 - 20:00 Venue: Block S, Room 109

Compsoc Monday Mashup Time: 19:00 - 21:00 Venue: The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn

Juggling Soc Weekly Workshop & Practice Time: 18:00 - 20:00 Venue: Áras Na Mac Leinn

Best Buddies Best Buddies Training Time: 19:00 - 23:59 Venue: AC201 & IT125

Dansoc Intermediate Hip Hop Time: 18:00 - 19:00 Venue: The Cube, Aras Na Mac Leinn

Slainte Soc. Movember Table Quiz Time: 19:30 - 23:00 Venue: College Bar

Choral Soc Weekly Rehearsal Time: 18:00 - 20:00 Venue: College Chapel

Comic Book Society Comic Soc - General Meeting! Time: 20:00 - 21:30 Venue: The Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn

FLAC Society Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) Clinic Time: 18:00 - 19:30 Venue: Meeting Rooms 1 and 2, Áras Na McLeinn

Muslim Youth Society. Describe your society: The official student's Islamic society (ISOC) of National University of Ireland Galway. One interesting fact that people may not know about your society: attached. We operate like the “concern charity”. What are looking forward to most this year? There are going to be many events held during the year such as henna parlour, cake bake sale, talks, Eid party and many more through which we hope to raise awareness about Islam and clarify the misunderstandings that people associate with Islam. Our regular meeting is held on wed 1st week of every month at the time which is appropriate for everyone. muslimyouth@socs.nuigalway.ie Name of Society: N.U.I.G. Choral Society Describe your society: We’re N.U.I.G.’s resident student choir, including members from across male and female vocal parts, and the best thing is we’re not auditioned. There’s something special about a collective musical experience and we’re all about performing choral music, whatever the genre, for the sheer joy of it. And, if we’re lucky, we might make it as far as a competition or two. One interesting fact that people may not know about your society: Last year, during Muscailt week, we had a few impromptu performances on campus, including in the library foyer and by the yellow thing. It was an interesting experiment to bring the music out of its usual confines and into a new environment. Next time we’ll rope passersby into joining in and see what happens... What are looking forward to most this year? We’re embarking on a new adventure this year: new conductor, many new members and a bigger and better sound! Ideas about the possible musical direction of the choir are very welcome. We’re hoping to pack as much into the year as possible, including trips away, on-campus

Dramsoc The Morning after Optimism Time: 20:00 - 21:30 Venue: BOI Theatre TUESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER Intermediate Yoga! Time: 07:40 - 08:50 Venue: The View

performances, Christmas and end of year concerts and, of course, great nights out in Galway. Tuesdays, 6-8p.m. in the College Chapel. nuigchoralsociety@gmail.com Name of Society: Marine Society

Energy Society

Describe your society:

NUIG Energy Society Lecture Series "The transition to a decarbonised power system – a transmission system operator perspective" Time: 18:15 - 19:45 Venue: ac203 Speakers: Philip O'Donnell and Ken McDonnell, EirGrid.

We are the folk you can find on the beach marvelling at rock pools or devoting our afternoons to David Attenborough’s ‘The Blue Planet’ series. MarSoc encompass people who share an interest in marine life, water sports like scuba-diving as well as raise awareness of overfishing, marine pollution and other problems plaguing today’s seas. After all, there is no better place than Galway to learn more about the ocean- the Atlantic is on your doorstep! One interesting fact that people may not know about your society:

Just like a pod of dolphins we are all about socialising and working side by side for a united Organic Gardening Society Open Garden Time: 13:00 - 14:00 Venue: Organic Garden - DIstillery Road, to left of Security Building

Sinn Fein Soc

cause - every year MarSoc raises charity for the Irish Seal Sanctuary.

Ogra Shinn Fein Soc Time: 19:00 - 20:00 Venue: AC 216 - Down Behind the Bank Of Ireland

What are looking forward to most this year?

To better appreciate the marine fauna we will be going whale watching in 2nd semester. As well as organise the annual society’s trip abroad to chart the unknown waters. :) marine@socs.nuigalway.ie


Writers’ Page

Enron Enron Lama Sabachthani

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Small minded small timers know the difference between business and family Old money new money cash money family money money Nary has a soliloquy ever sounded so much like press packet lies High C over E (over O My Lord in unleavened bread Like so many unfinished similes End of days, end parentheses Like a drop of slaughter in the ocean Of citric litigation that invites and inspires sacrilicious dividends Gethsemane blows the whistle and our means just defy the ends Divine requisition forms stacked up on St. Pete’s table “Hey buddy looks like they’re gonna need a new Orleans Semi-colon upper case d How about you grab a six-pack and I’ll see you down there Crying like a financial portfolio in the dark Everyone unabashedly and unknowingly taking parts In LARP larks End of quotation marks

By Fearghal Hand

The Unaccountables

By Shaun Leonard

It wasn’t raining at the time, but it had been not long before and everything glistened in the pale sunlight. Gareth and Barry swaggered through the streets with an inexplicable arrogance chattering nonsense and lies. Club K last night – mental. How come I didn’t know you were goin’ out? I wasn’t. I just ended up there y’know? Ok. Got the shift too. Yeah? Yeah. Fuckin’ hot too. Did you take the Mahon leap of faith? Oh... I was going too and I definitely could have, but I was really hungry so... Curry cheese chip. Yeah. As they crossed the bridge Barry just stared at the water below as if in a trance. Gareth thumped him in the arm. Watch this, he said. He grabbed a passing woman by the coat, grinning at her shock, and he flung her off the bridge laughing at her very vocal terror. Jesus! What the fuck? Relax. Relax? You just killed somebody. It’s just a story, man. It’s a...what? Watch. He pulled a handgun the size of a small cannon out of the back of his jeans and fired at the driver of a passing lorry. The truck screeched as it swerved, smashing into a car and sending them both tumbling into the water. People were screaming and running, Gareth was smiling and laughing firing into the crowd and Barry stood,

head in his hands expecting to wake up any second. Stop worrying. Look in your bag. Barry swung off his back pack, reached in a pulled out an assault rifle. Did you get that bag from Laura Croft! This makes no sense... Told you. None of this is real. We can do whatever we like. Oh what fun, what fun. They grinned like bloody thirsty Cheshire cats. Put on your mask, Gareth said. Why? I dunno. It just seems right. They reached up and pulled down rubber Nixon masks. Let’s rob a fucking bank! They stormed the bank roaring and shooting the roof. GIMME ALL YOUR FUCKING MONEY! The people emptied their wallets. The bank opened their vault. Gareth and Barry just laughed, lit the money on fire and started shooting people. In the streets they lost the run of themselves. They were caught up in their own perverse ultraviolent catastrophe. Laughing and screaming and shooting and murdering like sick rabid dogs. People ran and screamed and people died. It was a horrible story. It was Barry who found her, cowering in a puddle behind a bin crying her eyes out. He froze when she looked at him. All she said was, why? She kept whispering again and again choking on her tears and words. Gareth was across the street. It had

begun to rain again lightly and the rubber masks glistened with this and the blood. Barry! He crossed the street, looked at the woman, then at Barry. What the fuck? Nobody moved. Why? Why not? Nothing’s gonna happen. People are dying, she wailed. No. They are not. And he shot her in the face. But, it didn’t break the skin. What the...? They all looked around to see me standing among the bloody carnage. You two disgust me. Everything about this disgusts me. Gareth raised his gun and shot the man in the chest. The bullet fell harmlessly to the ground. How’d everyone get so bullet proof all of a sudden? This is my story and I can do whatever I like, I said, and honestly, I’m none too pleased with what I’ve written. It’s damn weird and more than a little sick. I don’t appreciate anything connected to grotesque murders in or about my head. So I’d be happier if you never existed. And then they didn’t and the street was full of pedestrians again, rushing, shopping, talking, and the sun began to shine. The woman looked up and smiled. God bless Deus Ex Machina, she said. Amen...


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YOU’RE SOOOOOOO SOUND…… Spontaneous and passionate are two words that can

medium you work in, more so about ideas and how you

describe i102104 radio presenter Fergal D’Arcy. His

develop them in any medium whether it be print, TV or

drive time show “igohome with Fergal D’Arcy” leaves

radio. In college, I was editor of our student paper for

his audience entertained to say the least. A Ballinasloe

two years - that taught me how to get a story and be

native and currently the world record holder for getting

organised, I won a Smedia award for radio production -

as many underpants on in an hour as possible (240 pairs

that taught me that perseverance will be rewarded and

in 33 mins impressive!), Ferg talks to Áine Mc Williams

I was part of drama soc - that gave me confidence.  All

about his career and the ups and downs of radio.

of these little things gave my life a sort of drive.

Why did you choose a career in radio?

After I finished my degree, I joined ClareFM where I did

Whenever priests talk about their decision to join the

everything from co-presenting Breakfast to becoming

RCC they always speak of a 'calling'. I think that I

their Agricultural Editor. I owe a lot to them I learned a

always had a type of mystic 'calling' to get involved in

lot there and it really cut my teeth. Then one day I got

media and entertainment.

a phone call from the Programme Director in iRadio and he told me he'd like to meet. I knew straight away

I was always involved in publications, so I did

this was the kind of radio I wanted to get into...quirky,

journalism and Irish in DIT. I never really considered

up beat and energetic. It was a big difference from

radio as a career but fell in love with the concept in

reading mart reports.

There in NUIG you have one of the best bases in the country to mould, encourage and promote new

college and it appealed to me a hell of a lot more than

presenters. I'm a big fan of Flirt FM and the work they

print. When I left, I got a job in Clare FM and the rest is history.

What advice would you give students looking for a career in radio?

How did you get to where you are now?

Be original, never let anyone knock you and chase your

I think I owe a lot to college life when it comes to

dreams. I always say to the lads in work that nothing is

Igohome with Fergal D’arcy is on i102104 weekdays

where I am now.  To me it's not really about the

impossible, there has to be some way to tackle it.

from 2.50p.m.

do. It's a breath of fresh air, so if I was a student and I wanted in on radio, I'd start there.

Tweet Chide of Brian: How much Influence does Twitter really have? Dave Marash, a stalwart of the American news scene,

one of the biggest political stories of the year. No mean

largely to

recently dismissed the influence of Twitter on news

feat considering the cataclysmic political events

the Cowen

reporting. ‘Anything that can be said in 140 characters

currently taking place.

and O’ Dea

or less isn’t worth saying’, he said. 70 characters; the

scandals. In

man would be a natural on twitter, assuming he would

Of course it is not clear whether Coveney knew the

fact, a

be bothered converting his own soundbytes into text.

significance of his remarks at the time. Part of the

recent

reason so many Irish journalists ‘follow’ politicians on

survey of the twelve leading French news websites

This year, Irish political life has been forced to recognise,

Twitter is that TDs don’t seem to realise that a tweet

revealed that Twitter was only responsible for 0.1% of

if not embrace, the growing influence of social

can have the same knock on effects as an ill-thought out

news traffic. Twitter however, is only four years old and

networking, and Twitter in particular on the relaying of

press release or interview, and as such must be subject

this ‘market share’ of news is likely to grow.

news. Willie O’ Dea felt the sharp end of a tweet when

to the same self-editing.

Senator Dan Boyle of the Greens declared the then

Any medium which can hasten or improve the transfer

Minister for Defence to be ‘compromised’, while An

In countries such as China or Iran, where anything

of news is to be welcome, but as it stands the only news

Taoiseach accused Simon Coveney of having sunk to a

approaching the degree of freedom enjoyed by the

which can be gleaned directly from Twitter comes from

new political low for writing tweets that speculated as

western press is unthinkable, Twitter has played a vital

direct statements made in tweets by newsworthy (but

to whether Cowen was drunk on Morning Ireland.

role in allowing dissenting voices to be heard. The

not necessarily news-savvy) public figures such as

recent silence in Chinese media relating to Liu Xiaobo’s

politicians or footballers. As the public relations gurus

In reality, Coveney could just as easily claim to have

Nobel Peace prize was in marked contrast to the flurry

who already exert such a strong hold over the

reached a more advanced plain in his political activity,

of tweets emanating from the Chinese, but this is more

traditional media begin to reign in these errant

using as he did the latest incarnation of the political

social-political activism than news dissemination.

celebrities, we may find that the content of their tweets

talking-shop to further his aims. Instead of a whispered

will become increasingly sanitised and bland, and that

rumour in the Dáil bar, which may or may not have been

The extent to which Twitter and other social

Twitter may not become the new face of the media

taken up on in the media, Coveney unleashed his

networking sites are a tangible source of news has been

after all.

rumour upon the wider internet community, creating

greatly exaggerated, especially in this country, thanks

By Conor Harrington


tech reviews

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Call of Duty:

Call of Duty: Black Ops is now available from HMV

Black Ops game review

Galway for €47.99

Another year, another Call of Duty. This time around

helped by a high standard of voice acting. Sam

always seem to be exploding, so it’s not likely you’ll

it’s Treyarchs turn to bang out a game in the now

Worthington (your man from Avatar and Terminator

notice it too much. And it’s hardly as if you all bought

ridiculously famous franchise. For those who don’t

Salvation), does a stellar job of playing the player

the game just for the single player is it? You did? I don’t

know, it was Infinity Ward that made the hugely

character “Mason”, and is helped out by Ed Harris and

believe you.

popular Modern Warfare titles and Treyarch have been

another famous actor who I won’t name for fear of

filling the gaps with Call of Duty 3 and World at War,

ruining the surprise. That’s another thing, this game is

Never has their been a series so strong in it’s

games which were seen as sub-par by many in

full of twists and contains plenty of “holy shit did you

multiplayer aspect as Call of Duty, and amazingly Black

comparison. So those of you who played the

see that!” moments to keep players on their toes. There

Ops manages to raise the bar even higher. Those

blockbuster Modern Warfare 2, (and I’m going to

are some great references to World at War and people

familiar with the Modern Warfare games will feel right

assume that’s all of you), will know that

at home here, as the game borrows heavily from

there is a tough act to be followed.

them. However, the most significant change is

Does this game do the series justice?

the introduction of COD points. Instead of simply unlocking weapons and perks by

Short answer is yes. Oh dear god yes.

levelling up, players must now

Rather than try something entirely

purchase them with points earned by killing

different, Black Ops takes everything

enemies, winning games, and completing

that made Modern Warfare 2 so

contracts. To help you make money quicker

amazing and somehow manages to

there is a brand new feature called wager

make it even better. While not set in a

matches, these allow you to bet your hard

“modern” setting as such, (it spans a

earned COD points and if you place in the top

variety of years, but mostly takes place

three then the rewards can be substantial. Lose

in the 60’s) it does have much the same

and it’s tough luck I’m afraid. Also new to the

weapons and feel of the last game, just

series is the inclusion of a Theatre mode similar

with cooler songs. To say that this is

(well the exact same really), to the one in the

Call of Duty: Vietnam would be a

Halo games.

serious error, and yes while there are several missions that take place during that conflict, it

Finally, I will say that yes, there are Nazi Zombies, and

would be more accurate to say this is Call of Duty: Cold

who played that game are in for a treat. It even

yes it’s amazing. Once again, Treyarch have added

War. The missions are as diverse as they are action

manages to keep everything on track and lead it all to a

something completely separate to the main package

packed. One minute you’ll be tracking down Fidel

climatic finale. What happens after the credits roll is so

and can even be considered a game in itself. It really is

Castro in the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the next

amazing, I can’t even write it for fear of my head

the cherry on top of what I can now safely say, is one of

minute you could be on a boat down a river in East Asia

exploding.

the greatest Call of Duty titles made so far and quite

shooting up Vietcong to the soundtrack of the Rolling Stones.

possibly the best game we’ll see this year. I’m still super Unfortunately by today’s standards the AI is quite poor,

excited to see what’s going to happen when Infinity

with enemies and teammates alike doing stupid things

Ward comes back and do Modern Warfare 3, but now

The campaign story is without a doubt the strongest

that serve to remind me that I’m playing a game. Then

thanks to Black Ops, I really don’t mind waiting.

that I’ve seen in a Call of Duty game, and is largely

again there’s always so much going on and everything

By Darragh O Connor

Gamers Corner It’s been a good few weeks for gaming. The new

to find a single title that excites me. Granted, we’re

like an eejit then I would have joined an aerobics class.

Assassins Creed is out this week and is meant to be

into November, and the season of publishers throwing

For feck sake publishers! I know that ye have to get

superb, only a few days ago the new Call of Duty

their winter titles at us in advance of Christmas is

the good titles out in lots of time for Santa’s birthday

arrived to rapturous applause, see the review on this

coming to an end, but do I really have to wait until a

but this is ridiculous! You’re leaving me like a heroin

page (as if you can miss it), and let’s not forget in

few months into next year to play something decent?

addict who never had to worry about supply and is

recent weeks we’ve had Halo Reach, Fallout New

The end of January brings Mass Effect 2 to the

now about to lose all sources of his sweet sweet

Vegas and of course, the amazing Undead Nightmare

Playstation 3 but we Xbox folk have already had it for

nectar.

zombie add on to Red Dead Redemption. All in all,

months. The latest World of Warcraft expansion is

My advice to you people reading out there, stock up

there have been decent pickings. The question on my

out soonish but I stopped being that kind of nerd a

on the decent games while the getting’s good, because

mind however, is what now? I’m sitting here with a list

few years ago. And don’t even try and mention Kinect

it’s going to be a looong winter.

of upcoming releases in front of me and am struggling

to me, if I wanted to wave my arms around looking

By Darragh O Connor


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The X-factor: What is it and who has it? A new year has begun. A new table of controversy has

looking for? “Something different” according to Simon

opened. Our Saturday evenings until Christmas have

Cowell. This year’s line-up certainly have that. Cheryl

been pre-booked as we wrap up in oversized hoodies

Cole’s category, the girls, are probably getting more

beside the fire, glued to our TV screens, listening to the

attention than all of the other categories combined.

rain bucketing outside. We are once again confident in

Treyc Cohen from Tamoworth had a voice of

the knowledge that the X-factor will bring us the

perfection to boast, a huge advantage over some of the

height of entertainment and drama. Last year was the

other contestants, such as Wagnor, who has been

first year for an X-factor artist to be knocked out of the

labelled as a flash in the pan by Cheryl. But with a

Christmas number one spot. Last Christmas, Joe Mc

personality to rival wallpaper she was sent home as

Elderly was beaten by Rage Against the Machine. Have

Katie Waissel was saved by the public. 24-year-old

manufactured popstars lost their appeal? Judging by the

Katie was labelled a “drama queen” by her mentor. My

labelled a “chav” and was thought to be too fragile-

X-factor’s history I’d say absolutely not!

brother labels her a “spa”. Initially, I was intrigued by

both physically and emotionally-to compete in the live

her quirky vintage style, but now I think Louis Walsh

shows. Many thought she would crumble under the

Leona Lewis, the biggest star to ever come out of the

was right in saying she had “more style than substance”.

pressure that comes with fame, but so far, she has

X-factor, has become a worldwide phenomenon with

When she wore feather eyelashes and a lace umbrella

“turned her swag on” and proven the critics wrong.

Oprah and Denzel Washington on her fan list.

to Cheryl Cole’s house, we all groaned in our couches

Alexandra Burke has had four number ones in the UK

with our tea and hobnobs. At week 2, she had already

Last, but certainly not least, there is 24 year old

and Ireland. JLS, Diana Vickers and Jedward have

reached a level of insufferable annoyance. If she lifts

Rebecca Ferguson. With her old Hollywood style and

proven that you don’t have to win the X-factor to get

the veil of melodrama, we might love what’s

Marilyn-inspired clothes, she is without a doubt a class

an amazing career out of it. Jedward-love them or hate

underneath.

act. She has a huge sense of who she is and every week,

them-definitely have something appealing with a

her confidence grows. Her timid nature is perhaps due

double platinum album under their belts, numerous

Cher Lloyd, 17, from Worcestershire, was lucky to have

to the struggles she has admitted to having with

appearances on the Late Late show and sell-out tours in

Cheryl as her mentor. Cheryl seems to understand what

motherhood. Her shy and humble reactions to the

both Ireland and England. They have the X-factor,

Cher is about as an artist. With similar taste in make-

judges praise makes her so appealing. So this year, the

whatever that is.

up, hand tattoos and a passion for R&B, it’s no wonder

X-factor has most certainly not lost its appeal.

So just what is the X-factor? What are the judges

Cheryl said she was “right up her street”. Cher has been

By Fiona Ní Mháille

The Social Network

comes to fame and fortune and how having a great idea can sometimes cause more hassle than it is worth. The

The ingenious part of the movie is that it makes what

plot continues to thicken as a result of this and at

would seem to be a very boring plot quite interesting

The Social Network sees the story of Mark Zuckerberg

and the movie keeps the audience glued from start to

and his ascension into the hall of fame as one of the

finish. We learn of how Facebook came about and we

most successful tech businessman in the world at the

get to know Mark that little bit more as well which

moment. The story of the movie focuses on the idea of

makes the movie very interesting for more than just the

Facebook and how Zuckerberg came up with or ‘stole’

nerd audience people would speculate it is aimed at. The

the idea of Facebook. In the movie, we are shown the

beauty of it is that the plot remains to be appealing to

price one has to pay for wealth and fame as the plot of

all audiences. The characters and events throughout the

the movie centralises around the court cases brought

movie make it an interesting watch for all and to think

against Zuckerberg after he has made his millions off

that the behemoth social network that is Facebook all

the phenomena that is Facebook.

stemmed from a boy’s drunken rant over the break-up of his girlfriend makes it all the more mind boggling and

Zuckerberg is portrayed as a pompous and highly

interesting to see.

intelligent individual but he lacks any social skills, which

By Christopher Cosgrove

proves to be ironic as he develops the idea for the biggest and most famous social site in the history if the internet. This irony is highlighted throughout the movie

Competition:

as Zuckerberg’s lack of people skills land him into

To be in with a chance to win 1 of 5 Social Network t-shirts, simply answer the following question:

difficult situations and from the very beginning we can see the slippery slope he is on and as the movie

Between which hours is Facebook ordinarily banned in campus PC suites?

progresses things only seem to get worse as his creation grows in popularity and strength. certain points in the movie we are confused at times as Along with an insight into the awkward life of Mark we

whether to feel sorry for Mark or feel content he is

come to understand how fickle people can be when it

receiving his just desserts for being such a jerk.

Send you answers to editor@sin.ie Closing date for entries: Monday, 22nd November


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Harry Potter and the Money Printing Film Franchise

This month nine years ago saw the release of the very first Harry Potter film to worldwide audiences. Makes you feel old doesn’t it? After all, most of us were seated at the back of Fifth class attempting to muster some enthusiasm about learning when ‘i’ went before ‘e’ before the bell announced PE class. Sin itself had only come out of infancy the year before to the bleary eyes of hung-over undergrads. And with the seventh instalment just around the corner, now seems the appropriate time to break out Professor Trelawney’s crystal ball and look into both the past and present of one of the most successful franchises of all time. Based on the best-selling novels by J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter film franchise began in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone to you crazy Americans). Possibly the most faithful of all the adaptations, the film chronicles young Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) as he discovers that he’s a wizard and is whisked off to Hogwarts School for witchcraft and wizardry, a place so endearingly bizarre it made the average school all the more

dull. Not before long Harry and friends discover a plot to resurrect Lord Voldermort, the wizard who had attempted to kill Harry as a child, only for the spell to literally backfire. Thus begins a long running enmity between the two that spans the entirety of the series. Directed by Chris Columbus, Philosopher’s Stone has come to be seen as a modern children’s classic in the vein of Mary Poppins and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory. Just as the book had entranced readers, the film mesmerises the viewer with its simultaneously fantastical and whimsical depiction of a magical world within our own. Critical to the film’s success is how quintessentially British it is; the humour, the cast, and overall tone ring all the more true because it sticks firmly to its British roots. The second in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is likewise as faithful, though it can be mawkish in ways Philosopher’s Stone isn’t. A likely cause may be the lack of character development as all three leads seem unchanged since the first film. Another fault may be director Columbus’ penchant for sentimentality and preference for child characters

rather than teenagers. A change of pace was needed for the darker third film and so Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón was brought in to add more style and maturity for the first film to deal with the aging of the characters into teenagers. A more gothic aesthetic was adopted to convey both the corporeal fear of the Dementors and the psychological fears of insecurity and social acceptance that come with teenage years. This also marks the first film in which Radcliffe begins to be more comfortable in his role as Harry, though the show is once again stolen by Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. Another film, another change of director for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. For this instalment, Mike Newell took the chair to become the first English director of a Harry Potter film. A more mature film than the first two and less stylized than the third, Goblet of Fire still retained that feel of magic and wonderment so integral to the series, though has a more episodic plot not seen since the first film. The fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and sixth, Harry

Potter and the Half-blood Prince are both directed by David Yates, who also directs the two final films, making him the director with most Potter films under his belt. Phoenix stands as one of the best in the series, achieving a more stable narrative flow the others don’t. The sixth suffers somewhat in being a lead up to the finale, but has the most shocking of all finales in the film franchise. Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes to our screens next week, with the second part due to arrive in July of next year. Whether this means it will be the most faithful of adaptations or if the filmmakers have added in more material we’ll have to wait and see, but from the looks of the trailer Harry will be getting the send-off he deserves, and we can finally close the book on the biggest pop culture phenomenon of the decade. By Colm McElligott


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Grenades

the hour-long production we catch a grasp of rural

symbolism and imagery throughout are powerful

village life in a close knit community and the sudden

reflections on life, adolescence in a cruel adult world;

impact of violent death.

the hidden secret in the grandfather’s shed; the Nun’s

We ventured along to see Tara Mc Kevitt’s new play

foreboding words; the biscuit tin, the gun, the flag, the

‘Grenades’ during the Galway Theatre Festival recently

The play takes us through a maze of images that leaves

death, the wake, the unrelenting sea crashing into the

and it turned out to be explosive (if you’ll excuse the

us wondering what exactly is going to happen next?

dunes, and the sad soft sound of lost youth.

pun), to say the least. Expecting a drama examining

The early introduction of Oran as a young ‘Jesus’ clearly

family conflict, which as we all know is like a primed

has a parallel conclusion on his selfless actions to save

This was Tara McKevitt’s first full-length play and after

grenade at the best of times, the hour long play took us

others on the beach in later life. The writer questions

receiving an airing on RTÉ radio during the summer, it

on a journey through the emotions of life as seen

‘what’s happened him?’, the community question what

received the PJ O’Connor award, and it’s debut

through a child’s eyes, but then trying to make sense

happened him in later life? The play goes off on one

appearance came on stage at Nun’s Island last month.

off with the benefit of hindsight.

tangent after another led brilliantly by O’Grady, and it

The writer is a product of NUIG’s Drama & Theatre

is so convincing that there seems no one more

MA, originally from Donegal and has previously worked

surprised where we eventually end up, than ‘Nuala’!

with BBC Scotland. At present she is part of the

From a gaol cell, the teenage Nuala, played brilliantly by Emma O’Grady, looks back on a violent world, with the

Mephisto Theatre Company in Galway.

backdrop of the northern conflict, and traces the life of

A youthful experience for the writer gave life to this

her brother, Oran, who becomes an unwitting human

interesting piece of drama, which gives vivid testimony

sacrifice on a lonely beach in Inishowen. Crammed into

to the power of our subconscious memory. The

By Paddy Mc Menamin

Cee Lo Green “The Lady Killer” album review Cee Lo Green’s been at this juncture of popular music

throughout is outstanding, dense but never less than

before. The ubiquity of ‘Fuck You’ mirrors his success

pristine, and the continuity is good despite the revolving

with Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy,’ the 2006 leftfield hit

door of producers.

whose infectious melody and razor-sharp electro-soul production masked a dark and troubled lyric. ‘Fuck You’

‘The Lady Killer Intro’ sets the mood with a sultry

is nowhere near as subtle, and is explicit in every sense

(higher-pitched), Barry White-like monologue,

of the word, but it ticks just about all the other boxes,

streaming into ‘Bright Lights Bigger City,’ a punchy

from vibrant Motown production to a chorus so catchy

dance floor-filler that briefly reprises John Barry’s Bond

it’ll stick to your ears. The lyric video alone garnered 2

Theme ‘You Only Live Twice’ (or Robbie Williams’

million hits in its first week on YouTube.

‘Millennium’ – whichever you prefer). Other highlights

something about modern listening habits that a label

include the tender ‘Cry Baby’ and the Al Green-

would flippantly shove two versions of the same song

According to the man himself, Cee Lo recorded 70 songs

channelling duet with Selah Sue, ‘Please.’ There are nods

on a CD and leave it up to the listener to decide which

for The Lady Killer and was aware that his first two solo

to just about every great soul performer, from Stevie

one he’ll put in the recycle bin. Another odd choice was

records flopped commercially, left it to the label to

Wonder and Marvin Gaye to the aforementioned White

the total omission of beautiful summer single ‘Georgia,’

choose the final running order. Thus we get ‘Forget You’

and Green, but ‘It’s OK’ is surely worth an award for the

but on balance The Lady Killer is one of the year’s most

as track 3 and ‘Fuck You’ shoved on the end following

most nods per capita.

interesting pop releases and will surely produce a couple

the outro. That aside, the majority of the album flows

more hit singles over the coming months.

quite well with only a couple of filler tracks in the

One final word on the tracklisting: It would be a stretch

middle interrupting the momentum. The production

to call it a watershed moment, but it clearly says

By Darragh O’Connor

The Last Burning Review The Last Burning by Patrick Galvin is the story of a

she captured one of the most integral and difficult-to-

that’s if you’re lucky. The very same audience set up

town in Tipperary at the end of the 1800’s. The town

define aspects of theatre perfectly. From the set

which contributes to the atmosphere has done away

is a quiet, idyllic setting until a local woman, Bridget

design - little touches such as church pews instead of

with a tiered seating plan, and your ability to see some

Foley, is accused by her husband Michael of being a

the Bank of Ireland’s usual complement of collapsible

scenes – especially ones which take place with the

witch. The villagers consult with a travelling voodoo

chairs - to the direction of the performers (the

performers seated – is greatly compromised by your

doctor by the name of Mr. Blaney, who tests Bridget

performance of the four witches throughout and the

location in the audience. If you choose the wrong part

throughout the play, spreading mistrust in the

final tableau left lasting impressions on everyone’s

of the theatre, or arrive late and are relegated to the

community. The play is loosely based on the last

minds as they left). In this respect she was ably helped

stands, then you will miss crucial parts of the play. The

actual case of witchcraft to occur in Ireland.

by a cast who, for the most part, created a wonderful

fact that the performers had to compete with the

atmosphere of a community in crisis.

adjacent College Bar caused difficulties in some

The director, Hannah O’Reilly, succeeded in creating a

scenes, where the energy lulled, but overall, this play

pervading atmosphere which lasted from it’s opening

When viewed as a whole, the lasting impression is

was ably performed by all involved, and all deserve a

on Halloween night to closing; in her directorial debut

that you’ve seen an excellent play – and you have. But

pat on the back. By Jason Browne


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Autumn Rugby Internationals: problems on and off the pitch One hundred Euro can get you a lot of things these

Connell makes a swift recovery from his injury

days, in fact I can sell you a nice little Ford Focus for

troubles because unless these areas are rectified, Italy

around that, which even if she isn’t great to start, is

may well be eyeing a scalp at the World Cup and the

probably still better value than paying the same sum to

‘golden generation’ could face the ignominy of failing

attend a veritable challenge game. Rugby, long thought

to qualify from the pool stages for the second

to be game of the affluent has transcended many

consecutive tournament.

boundaries in recent years largely due to the unique appeal of Munster rugby, however the IRFU give the

Probably the main discussion point over the next nine

feeling they want a return to the days of old. The fans,

or so months will be the destination of the number 10

as is their wont, voted with their feet, and the new

shirt. Jonathon Sexton again flattered to deceive

Aviva Stadium was barely at two thirds capacity for ‘the

against South Africa, and Ronan O Gara was sent into

night rugby came home’. It seems nothing is impervious

the fray to try and salvage some pride for the home

Darcy has never managed to reproduce his form of

to the current economic plight and whatever way these

side. To be fair, he succeeded. A trademark cross field

2004 and displays a noted inability to break the gain

Autumn Internationals are marketed, people are more

kick bought our long awaited first try, while an

line.

than aware they are non competitive encounters.

incredibly fortunate bounce took his misplaced pass into the grateful arms of Rob Kearney for a second.

New Zealand on Saturday will hopefully teach us a few

Down on the pitch itself, things weren’t much better as

Unfortunately Lady Luck managed to take her revenge

more lessons. Perhaps it’s better to be coming into a

Ireland slumped to a fourth successive defeat, their

just minutes later when his conversion attempt

World Cup year in a state of flux rather than the air of

worst run in 12 years. Ireland’s lamentable record at

rebounded from the inside of the post. The starting of

near superciliousness which preceded the last event.

producing true international standard prop forwards

the Leinster man and his replacement late on has been

Whatever of South Africa’s status as World

was again all too apparent, Buckley and Healy

a trademark tactic, but surely a new emphasis is

Champions, it’s the All Blacks that are the dominant

thoroughly outfought by their Springbok opponents.

required. If Sexton is to be first choice out half, then he

force on the planet and the game should make for a

Rory Best again contributed to a disastrous line out

must garner experience in the tumultuous and

decent spectacle, although forgive me if I don’t want to

with wayward throwing which compounded our set

pressurised later stages where games will be won and

pay 100 Euro for the privilege.

piece misery. All fingers will be crossed that Paul O

lost. Inside centre is another problem area, Gordon

By Kevin Hough

Champions League week 4: Gunners topple while Red Devils and Blues triumph

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 1 Arsenal Bursaspor 0 - 3 Manchester United Chelsea 4 - 1 Spartak Moscow

Arsenal were away to Shakhtar Donetsk in what was

Manchester United fielded a team with players who

French winger smashed the ball into the roof of the

perceived as an almost inevitable victory for the

we normally see in the Carling Cup so it was a good

net to all but secure victory and progression for

Gunners seeing as they easily demolished the

chance for some of them to prove their worth. The

United. That’s over 20 games unbeaten now in all

Ukrainians in the reverse fixture. It wasn’t so easy this

Red Devils were in Turkey playing relative unknowns

competitions.

time around. Arsenal made a good start by gaining a

Bursaspor. This was a first real chance to see Bebe in

lead only ten minutes in thanks to a goal from Theo

action who certainly seems to have ability but that

Chelsea were at home to Spartak Moscow and

Walcott who used his startling speed to burst clear

doesn’t stop every United fan from thinking, “Alex

continued their impressive home form by winning the

and pass the ball past the goalkeeper in a one on one

signed him without having seen him play” but he

match 4 - 1. Stamford Bridge is a daunting place for

situation. The hosts then made a good reply by hitting

showed good strength and speed and even scored on

any team to go and the away side did well to be level

the post before scoring a deflected goal in the 28th

his Champions League debut. Though he still has an

at half-time but that changed when Anelka scored

minute. It was old Arsenal boy Eduardo who came

awful lot to learn. Solskjaer described Bebe as a very

early into the second half. Drogba converted a penalty

back to haunt his former club by scoring the eventual

raw talent, one who is lacking in years of coaching and

and Ivanovic scored a brace to round off an easy night

winner just before half-time. The Arsenal fans cheered

developmental training but that there seems to be

out for Chelsea. They are many bookmakers favourites

when he scored at the Emirates but they certainly

something very special about him. Darren Fletcher

to land the Champions League trophy but that seems

didn’t cheer when he scored on this occasion.

who doesn’t score very often got a well taken goal as

to be the case every season. Comfortable for the Blues

Arsenal will more than likely progress but it’s results

he took down a pass from Michael Carrick very well in

as they maintain their 100% start in the competition.

like this that make people question exactly how far

the penalty box and slotted it into the opposite

they can go.

corner nicely. Gabriel Obertan got the goal of the night to cap of an impressive performance. The young

By Conor Lane


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Gareth Bale: World Class? - Not Yet. Gareth Bale is a name that has dominated headlines in recent weeks. The young Welshman’s awe-inspiring performances against Inter in the Champions League elicited the highest of praise from a multitude of sources, including a number of respected analysts. Indeed, the twenty-one year old utterly captivated fans, players and coaches alike with his fearless displays, with some commentators boldly asserting that Bale had now catapulted himself into the same bracket of class as Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, framed in the context of Bale’s entire career, such plaudits would seem to be slightly hyperbolic. In 2006, Bale made his debut for Southampton aged only sixteen and his remarkably assured performances at left-back won him many admirers. The young man received numerous accolades in his first season, even earning a callup to the senior Wales national team and when he made his debut, he became the youngest ever player to play for Wales. As a result of the widespread exposure that Bale was receiving, he naturally became a target for a number of Premier League clubs and in 2007, he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur for a reported fee of £5

million. However, Bale’s early career at Tottenham was largely uninspiring. Indeed, amusingly, there was a stage where he was actually considered by many Tottenham fans to be a type of bad luck charm – amazingly it took

Bale twenty five league games before he was part of a winning team. It is also interesting to note that for much of this time Bale struggled to get into the Tottenham side, due to the consistency of form shown by left-back Benoît Assou-Ekotto and as a result, Bale almost found himself on loan at Championship side, Nottingham Forest during the 2009 season.

When one considers this background, those two magnificent performances against Inter in the Champions League almost appear to be exceptions. For, while Bale tortured seasoned international players such as Maicon and Lúcio, impressively scoring a hat trick in the San Siro and setting up goals at White Hart Lane, he continues to find himself stifled by journeymen in the Premier League. Indeed, just a couple of weeks after those marvelous performances, it has already been said that Bale may find himself to be a victim of his own success. Nevertheless, Bale is young and there is absolutely no doubting his potential to be a topclass player. After all, he possesses all the attributes required of a genuinely world-class footballer: lightning pace, strength, deft technique and behind it all, the young man is an unassuming, down-to-earth character, ever intent on improving his game. However, Bale remains relatively unproven at the highest level and he has a long way to go before he can truly be considered world-class, but if he can ignore the hype and continue to perform like he did against Inter, his ascent is sure to be sooner, rather than later. By Ryan Kelly

Mancini facing the inevitable chop? 'My target is to arrive in the top four and next year we want to win the Premier League”Roberto Mancini. These were the words of Mancini in his first press conference as Manchester City manager on December 21, 2009. Already, with twelve games played and being seven points off the top, Mancini’s prophetic words have come back to haunt him. Mark Hughes’ last match in charge was on December 19, 2009 against Sunderland. His XI that day was symbolic of everything Hughes was about with a team of proven and experienced Premier League players who he knew would perform consistently and have desire. Seven of the eleven players came from the British Isles. These were Shay Given, Micah Richards, Nedum Onuoha, Stephen Ireland, Gareth Barry, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Craig Bellamy. Mancini has since wielded the axe which can be seen in his most recent starting line-up against Manchester United where he only used Barry and Kolo Toure from Hughes’ last selection. Despite his catenaccio tendencies, Mancini

invested heavily on flair players last summer, yet they lack the English appetite and identity which has been such a key element for previous title winners. They have become a club containing many mercenaries such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure, who is on a staggering £185,000 a week. Chelsea built their successful title-winning sides of 2005, 2006 and 2010 around experienced, yet hungry, players. The local and indeed English identity was kept throughout these title wins with key players like John Terry, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and later with Ashley Cole. The same can be said for Manchester United’s consecutive title winning teams from 2006-2009 who were dominated by players from the British Isles. Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and John O’Shea all played prominent roles. Manchester City have not built a team under this successful blueprint. The club hierarchy seems to favour the foreign option rather than the consistent Premier League proven players. This

was evident even before Mancini took over as seen with Richard Dunne and later with Stephen Ireland. They were moved on to Aston Villa despite being Manchester City’s best performers in the 2008-2009 season. That’s also not forgetting the fearless Craig Bellamy whose attitude is often unfairly criticised and who is arguably what Man City are missing in a static frontline. Shay Given has been harshly frozen out completely, making just two appearances this season. Man City have lacked that player reliability and desire those players would have given them in their team this season. They were humbled at home to Arsenal, drew at home with Blackburn and lost away to Wolves and Sunderland. Although they edged a tactical bout with Chelsea, Manchester City lack the consistency to challenge for thirty-eight games. One wonders had Mark Hughes been giving more time, would he have finished in the top four in the 2009-2010 season and then gone on to challenge for the Premier League in 2010-2011. By Ciarán Kelly


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Basketball team aims to follow up 2009/10 IV win Last April, NUI Galway’s Men's Varsity team ended a considerable drought when they won the All Ireland Intervarsities on their own home turf in the University Sports Complex, NUI Galway. The 2010-2011 season looks just as promising as 12 of last's year’s squad of 15 are returning. The team loses one starter in Cian Nihill who has graduated another change comes in the line of coaching. Last year’s victorious coach Lawrence "Puff" Summers has moved on from Galway and NUIG welcome Mason Ambler as head Basketball coach. He brings with him a pedigree that justifies his selection as coach. Mason spent four years playing NCAA Division 2 basketball at Coker College in the highly competitive Carolina Conference. As well as coaching he will play this year as the American for the Moycullen super league team. 12 of last year's team return with four of the starters from the memorable one point victory over UUJ. One of the key returnees is last year's Varsities MVP James Loughnane. After a fantastic tournament last April, Loughnane will be looking to build upon what is already a glowing reputation among players and coaches throughout the country. A strong Maree contingent is back again and ready and rearing to

go. Darren Callanan will look to lead from the front once again this season. He was one of the leaders on last year's team and if his performances for Maree recently are anything to go by, nothing has changed. Liam Conroy and Con Crowley also return hoping to bring their recent outstanding performances for Maree to the NUIG team. Also returning this year is newly appointed club captain James Brophy. He is a welcome return to the team with his great inside scoring ability and his rebounding prowess. Two of the more promising prospects coming back are Dylan Cunningham and Stephen Tummon. Cunningham is one of the premier young talents in the country and his increased minutes for Moycullen this season will only benefit NUIG as well. Stephen Tummon is back on campus, and his off-season workouts have paid off. He has been looking like a formidable force in the post in his extremely encouraging off season games for Moycullen. NUIG have two postgraduate students returning for another chance to win it all. 6’7 Garnett Griffin raw athleticism and delicate shooting touch will once again be a huge asset to the

Sportsfile: Alison Nolan After a short break from my matriculation of the sporting spectrum here in NUIG, I recommenced my journey by discussing the progress of the women’s rugby club with captain, and Clare native Alison Nolan. Having started her rugby career as a fresher in the college, she quickly established a profound admiration for the sport and is keen to maintain a firm interest in it beyond the realms of college rugby when she graduates at the end of this year. “I will definitely continue playing after I finish college, I love it and I wouldn’t swap it for anything. I can’t play for a regional team at the moment because we train on a Monday and Wednesday evening which makes it difficult to commute home and play for a home team but I will when college is finished”. The club, as an organisation, has a ten year existence and is no stranger to success in tournaments. “In recent years especially, the team has really performed well and last year we reached the varsity and development league

finals. We’re confident that we can match that achievement and hopefully win them this year, UL would be our main rival, but UCC and DCU are also in our division so it’s a tough competition”. Alison can be seen fashioning the number 10 or 15 jersey on the pitch, which she informs me is quite a tiring task. “It’s a position that requires a lot of running, but it’s worth the effort”. Erasmus students are due to return to the squad next semester, and with members featuring on the international stage, NUIG rugby is evolving in power. “We have players who play on the Connaught side and their captain Carol Staunton, who is also captain of the Irish team is also a rugby player here, we don’t have any coach at the moment but there is tremendous work being done behind the scenes to help get us one”. Coming from a GAA background, Alison is the only representative of rugby in her household, but it’s been an easy transition for the 21-year-

team. Chris McNairney is back as well and hopes to rekindle his form from last year. McNairney was one of the college’s most prolific scorers last season and he hopes to add to his impressive resume once the games get going. Eoghan Maxwell will be hungrier than most for the season to start. He was cruelly sidelined only days before the varsities and he was unable to show off his skills. Final year student Paul O’Brien won’t let his studies keep him from representing the college with all the pride and passion he has shown in the past three years. Two returning sharp-shooters are James O’ Brien and Gerald Lyons. Both will looks to capitalise on the opportunities which are sure to come their way. One thing is certain though, NUI Galway’s Men’s Basketball is gearing up for another big year and are rearing to get going in the college league in the upcoming weeks. By James Brophy

Sport: Women’s Rugby Age: 21, Course: Arts old arts student. “Well my Dad is a football fan and my sister isn’t necessarily sporty but they’ve been really supportive of me so that’s really important”. Every sport preaches about the critical need for good morale among the members. Alison is no exception and she praises her own charges for the bond they share which permeates in their performances. “Everyone’s really close both on and off the field and when we play, it’s for each other and that’s crucial for any team. I’ve never experienced that kind of atmosphere in a team before so I’m grateful to be a part of it” she says. This unity is further strengthened by their attachment with their male counterparts with whom they divide the grant offered by the college. The women’s team will be performing against UCC next Tuesday in the development leagues 1st round and all are invited to travel out for what is sure to be a closely contested encounter.


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Aikido Club demonstrate skills By Diarmuid Lavelle The NUIG Aikido club recently gave a demonstration in the Galway museum as part of a Japanese cultural weekend involving a Japanese film festival from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th of November. On Saturday morning, an Aikido demonstration was followed by a tea ceremony and traditional Japanese singing. The weekend was organised by the Japanese Embassy represented by Yashiro Yamauchi and the Japanese Cultural Society represented

by Yoshimi Hayakawa. The NUIG Aikido club has been operating for more than fifteen years and its senior instructor Diarmuid Lavelle, 3rd Dan, has recently been granted the status of “Fukoshodoin” (assistant instructor to the hombu dojo in Japan). The NUIG Aikido club is affiliated to the Irish Aikido Federation, headed by sensie John Rogers, 6th Dan and sanctioned by the hombu dojo in Japan. NUIG Aikido

club and Ballybane Aikido club (run by Ronan Kane, 2nd Dan) are recognised Aikikai clubs operating here in Galway. Aikido is translated as “the way of harmony”; it is a non competitive martial art and has its roots in several other Japanese martial arts including the sword. For more information on the NUIG Aikido club please email aikidogalway@gmail.com

Judo club win Event of the Year By Siobhán Harkin and Sarah Dillon NUI Galway Judo Club were awarded best single day event at the CUSAI Inter Collegiate Event of the Year in October, for the manner in which they hosted the annual Judo Championships in Galway in February 2010. The club was acknowledged for their efforts in organising and hosting the event in which colleges from

around the country took part. The club is delighted to have won this award as they finished runners up in 20052006 in the same category. Credit is given to the Judo trainer Colm O’Riordan, the captain for the year 20092010, Alan Mordaunt and all of the committee members that were involved in the

organisation. Pictured representing NUIG’s Judo Club (from left to right) Andrew Mulligan, Alumni, Siobhan Harkin, 3rd year science, Sarah Dillion, 3rd year science, Joe Geoghan, 3rd year science.

MA in Drama and Theatre Studies student wins SnowSports holiday

Pictured in the rock paper scissors finale of the SnowSports Challenge (from left to right) Hilary Coyle, runner up; Kevin Fitzgerald, Captain of SnowSports Club; Eric Coleman-Brockie, Clubs Captain; Kate McCarthy, winner. Missing from photo Martin King, vice captain of SnowSports Club.

By Martin King After 3 weeks of exhilarating events the SnowSports challenge came to an end. The competition to award a NUIG student with an all inclusive ski holiday worth €850 to Alpe D’Huez in the French Alps came to a climatic finish last Thursday. Teams spent the last 3 weeks answering quizzes, solving riddles, collecting codes, constructing towers from spaghetti along with other

events to earn points in hope of winning the holiday. Once the SnowSports crew eliminated competitors down to two students there was only one fair way to award the holiday. The final two students – Kate McCarthy and Hilary Coyle stood face to face and were informed one of them would walk away with the package holiday while the other would be awarded a set of skies/snowboard. Tensions ran high between the two girls

as all the eliminated students gathered around in wonder, as to what the final event would be. Once the room had settled down the SnowSports crew revealed that they would give the holiday away on a game of rock paper scissors! The room erupted with applause as paper triumphed over rock sending Kate McCarthy to France! That’s right - a holiday was given away on a game of rock paper scissors. It was that simple.

Kate, a Masters student in Drama and Theatre studies walked away with an €850 ski holiday to France with 150 other NUIG students. Kate had the following to say on the SnowSports challenge “I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it from the expansive table quiz followed by the challenging and vigorous treasure hunt, which really put us through our paces, finally only two of us

remained. And in a heart stopping skirmish of rock – paper- - scissors, paper won out and I claimed my jaw dropping victory and luxury SnowSports holiday”. After the success of the SnowSports challenge the SnowSports Club has decided it will be an annual event, so keep your eyes open next year to be in with a chance to win a holiday.


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NUIG ‘Get Off the Couch’ Fun Run By Oisin O’Carroll Organised by the NUIG Sports and Recreation Unit in association with the Athletics Club, the next ‘Get Off the Couch’ Fun Run will take place on Tuesday, 16th November. Participants can choose to run over 5km or 10km. The run takes place around Dangan at 1.15pm on 16th November. All levels are welcome. Participants can sign up online at http://www.nuigalway.ie/sp orts/

Full details of the event may be found here. http://www.otc.nuigalway.ie/i ndex/index.php OFF THE COUCH IS A RECREATIONAL PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO GET NUI GALWAY STUDENTS & STAFF ACTIVE DURING THE COLLEGE YEAR. THROUGH A NUMBER OF NON COMPETITIVE AND COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES EVERYONE IS INVITED TO GET OFF THE COUCH.

Ladies Soccer: NUIG 3-3 WIT By John Coleman Hynes Last week in Salthill Devon’s Drom pitch NUIG Ladies Soccer team met a highly rated Waterford IT in monsoon conditions. With the warm up consisting of only a team huddle, NUIG’s captain Nuala Marshall gave encouraging instructions to her team, as a highly rated Waterford IT team sprinkled with players who have represented the Irish ladies soccer team. NUIG started against the wind and rain and after only 30 seconds, a great pass from defence put the ball through to NUIG’s Siobhan Tully. Tully beat a rash challenge to expertly put the ball past the keeper to put NUIG into an early lead. Despite playing into

the wind NUIG’s Leona Doolin made vital saves to keep NUIG’s lead. Eventually Waterford equalised after 20 minutes but great defending from the back four of Rosa Shine, Julia Walsh, Aine Barrett and captain Marshall kept them to at bay. Just before half time a rebound shot hit the top of the net to put Waterford IT 21 up at half time. The second half was not even 30 seconds old when again a through ball by Ciara McDonnell put the ever dangerous Tully in to beat the keeper again to make the game 2-2. Ten minutes later Daniella Gordon on the left wing

turned the Waterford full back inside out to whip a low cross into the box. The pass found Canadian Nuala Marshall who hammered home a goal to put NUIG 3-2 up. NUIG could not get that killer goal to put Waterford away, with the eventuality happening with 3 minutes to go a break by Waterford ended up in a goal to make the game 3-3. Final whistle 3-3, a draw in these weather conditions a fair result in a game where the standard of football was very high. NUIG ladies soccer team will look forward to the next home game with a win as top priority after a fantastic and gutsy performance.

NUIG students taking part in the First ever world cup of Culture held in October. This event ran during the FAI’S FARE (Football against Racism Ireland) fortnight.


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