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Mike Thompson

Hello, Dia Daoibh, Bonjour, Guten Tag, Hola, Salam wa aleikum. I would like to extend a warm welcome to those of you who have just joined us. Congratulations on your acceptance and may your time here be a happy and memorable one. For those of you who are returning I would like to congratulate you on passing your exams and I hope you all had a fantastic summer. My name is Mike Thompson and I am proudly serving as your Students Union President for 2011/2012. I originally hail from Tipperary and graduated with a Health and Leisure Degree in 2010. This year will be my third year involved with the Students Union having previously served as Communications Officer (2009) and Education Officer (2010). My job is simply to ensure that you have the most enjoyable experience here possible. I work with a team of ten, all with specific roles to ensure that each and every aspect of your college life is represented. Throughout the year you will see the team and I involved in everything from organising student’s rights protests to our increasingly popular R.A.G week. In a nutshell, we do a bit of everything. On reading this handbook you will become more aware of exactly what we can do for you. It is vital that you always remember we are here to help and will gladly assist you in every way possible. Any problem you may have has more than likely been experienced by one of our team

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before, so although we may not always have the answers, we can always point you in the right direction. After a very successful summer I have high hopes for the year ahead. I plan to follow through on all that I have promised and am hoping to set new foundations that will benefit the students of I.T. Tralee for many years to come. Among the many changes, students should expect larger and more effective campaigns, a more diverse range of entertainment and a revamped class rep system to name a few. With a strong team behind me and a close relationship with the students I believe 2011/2012 will be a very successful year for the team and the students we represent. Finally I would like to wish all of you the very best of luck in the coming year. For those of you leaving us to pursue your careers I wish you all the best in the future. If you are lucky enough to just be joining us I hope this college is as good to you as it has been to me. Remember you can go anywhere from here, and here is pretty damn good! These will undoubtedly be the best years of your life. Leave with no regrets, take it all in and enjoy every minute of it because the work will never end, but college will. Goodbye, SlĂĄn, Au revoir, Auf wierdersehen, Adios, Ma'a salama

Mike Thompson

Kind Regards,

E: president@ @ittraleesu.ie P: 066 7144136 M: 085 7886388

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Niall Harty

Hi guys! I’m Niall Harty, your Education Officer. Welcome to I.T.Tralee! First of all I would like to congratulate all our new 1st year students, well done on making it this far! Now it’s time to forget about your Leaving Cert and move onto the best years of your life... And they literally are the best, I promise you! Well done to all of you making it back to Tralee for another year and also to those of you returning to education. I really look forward to working for you! Being new to the college scene can really be quite daunting, especially the first few weeks. I know all too well, as I started here 5 years ago and I was in your shoes. I have since qualified with a 2:1 Honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering Management, wrote a dissertation & a major project, been a class rep, entertainments officer, chaired a sports club, got a grant, held an impeccable attendance to Horans nightclub and truly made some of the best friends of my life!.. So I really know the ropes when it comes to college! (Never be afraid to ask me about anything!!) Walking into the North campus being approached by one of the ‘Fresher Buddies’ (the guys in the yellow t-shirts) and not having a clue what was going on around you is generally the first experience most students have during Orientation! Not to worry, it’s a start to your new life in I.T.Tralee. No more homework, P.E. or detention. Now you have electives, C.A’s and tutorials! What’s all that about you may ask? In the coming weeks you should understand it a little more, and if you don’t or just have a question, that’s where I come in!

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As Education Officer it is my job to make sure your academic affairs are in order, I also represent and assist you in areas such as grants, academic councils, exams, library committees and class rep councils. If for any reason you academic affairs are not in order, please call into see me or even have a quick look into the Education Section. Make sure you do your course work, and make your lectures! Another big part of my role is to co-ordinate the class rep system. As a first year entering ITT, I decided to run for class rep. To this day I can honestly say that it has been the best decision I have ever made! Being a class rep means you get to represent your class at class rep council and organise class trips and parties. It’s a fantastic way to settle into college life, and to get rewarded with a certificate. If you’re interested get in touch with me and we can have a chat. Guys it’s very important to remember that you’re not here for a long time, so make it a good time!! Run for class rep, do the SCAVANGER HUNT ,join a society, go to gigs, run for election, join the Ents crew, get a college hoody, go on adventures and enjoy every single second, because believe me, it’ll all be over before you know it! If you need anything at all, give me a call, a text, an email or even a ‘Call Me’. I’m around both campus’ regularly so pop into me for a chat. Look forward to meeting you all!

Niall Harty

E: education@ittraleesu.ie P: 066 7145628 M: 083 1156156

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introducing

Kenneth Reynolds

v.p. welfare

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My name is Kenneth Reynolds, your Vice President for Welfare. Firstly I would like to welcome all new students, One tip I can give you is to make the most of it, and it will be the best years of your life. I would like to congratulate all returning students on passing their exams and I look forward to meeting you all again throughout the year. I am from Cork and have recently graduated in Interactive Multimedia. I have been working with the Students Union for the past two years and I was previously I.T.T.S.U. Communications Officer for 2010/11. This has given me the experience of working with the Union representatives for the past two years and I believe this will enable me to serve you for the coming term 2011/12. I know that this year, with the rest of the elected representatives, I can help make a difference to students' lives. I will work to the best of my ability to serve you the students of I.T.Tralee,to help make the most of your college experience. My job as your welfare officer can be very broad, dealing with the non-academic matters of students life such as health, finance, accomadation and welfare. Welfare plays a big part in all students lives, especially with the current fight against the grant cuts ,the threat of an increased registration fee and the pay decrease for Student Nurses.

My main priority is your safety. I will be running various campaings that can be seen throughout the calender in your diary to ensure your safety and happiness is maintained e.g Road Safety,Mental Health Week, S.H.A.G Week just to name a few. I believe my role is to support you the Students of I.T. Tralee and let you know what services are there for you, to be there for you and provide assistance in any way I possibly can. "A happy mind is a healthy mind!" I would like to encourage everyone to join a society or sports club while here at the IT. This will allow you to meet many new people, and speaking from experiance leads to the most memorable moments to your time in college. At the Students Union we run an open door policy, meaning make sure you pop in any time. We are always here to listen to you and what you have to say, remember we are your Student Union Reps. Please make sure to contact me, however small it may seem to you. My aim here is to help you suceed in your studies. Everything discussed with me is both impartial and confidential and I will always help when I can. That goes for the rest of the guys too so do not be afraid to drop in, call, text or email me! I look forward to meeting you all, Enjoy yourselves and take care,

Kenneth Reynolds Kind Regards,

E: welfare@ittraleesu.ie P: 066 7144137 M: 083 1122737

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Hi, I’m Cian the SU Societies Officer. I’m a third year Health and Leisure with Massage student. I work closely with Rosalynd Hayes, the college Societies Officer, to help societies along with their needs. Societies are an excellent way to meet new people and grow personally. Involvement with and experience gained in Societies also looks great on a CV. I help in promoting societies, their events and activities. These promotions and updates will be seen in the regular issues of SURF, ittraleesocs.ie and heard on BangFM. I can help with queries about societies; when they are run, where they meet and a little bit about what they do, so please do not hesitate to ask! Cian O’ Leary

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Mary Mc Coy

administration

Mary handles all secretarial matters within the union. She is often students’ first point of contact .Mary works very closely with the full time and the part time officers on a daily basis .This close working relationship with the officers gives her a great ability to direct any student queries to the relevant union member. Mary also acts as a very strong link between the students union and the student services team which is vital as the year progresses. Mary works on a full time basis with the students union throughout the year and has an office in both the south and north campus.

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Kate Acheson

My name is Kate Acheson and I am the Southern Area Officer for the coming year of USI (Union of Students in Ireland). During the year I will be working with the colleges in the South and that includes IT Tralee. USI is the sole national representative organisation for the students in Ireland which has a membership of over 30 Students’ Unions and 250,000 students both North and South of the border. My role as Southern Area Officer is to co-ordinate and promote the National Students’ Union USI and its campaigns across the region. I work with the other elected officers that make up USI Officer Board to ensure their mandate campaigns are rolled out successfully throughout the Southern Region.

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During the academic year I will be assisting your Students’ Union across both the North and South Campus during Fresher’s Week, Class Rep Training and other activities. My main aim will be to promote, educate and inform IT Tralee Students on USI and the work we do for students nationally. Throughout the year I will be on hand whether it’s to assist Niall with the Class Rep Training, brain storm and carry out research for Kenneth’s Welfare Campaigns or helping Mike in other areas of the Students’ Union Role. Please stop and ask me about USI if you see me on campus or feel free to email me on southernarea@usi.ie. Have a great year, and remember your Students’ Union are there to help you during the year.

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Every registered student is automatically a member of the Students Union, and a member of our national union USI (Union of Students in Ireland). The many functions include: 1. Representation The SU represents you on numerous councils and committees on lots of levels. We strive to make sure you get the best deal possible when it comes to your education and welfare. We are also active members of USI, where we work on national campaigns such as the fight against fees and the reform of the grant system.

Union structures • The two main decision making bodies of the SU are Class Rep Council and Union Executive • Students elect class reps at the beginning of the year who represent them on Class Rep Council

2. Services The SU offers a wide range of services, including information on anything college related, a 2nd hand book shop, a grinds system and a place to chill out and relax during a stressful day. Our facilities offer you the best deal as we are a nonprofit organisation.

3. Entertainment The SU endeavours to present top quality entertainment to all our members whether it be on or off campus. We organise events such as Freshers Fortnight, Moxegen, Christmas Day, RAG week, and the college ball plus much much more! Lookout for Ents events in our local nightclub Horans, where big names from across the music scene will grace the stage regularly. Also we urge students to lookout for and join in with our daytime entertainments.

4. A Helping Hand The SU is always here to help out a student in need. If you are having any kind of personal problems, from finance to sexuality, our Welfare Officer Kenneth is ALWAYS here to help. We offer confidential and comfortable space to talk along with an effective referral service. The Education Officer Niall is always at hand to help out with academic problems you may have, ranging from missing lectures to applying for the grant.

• Class Rep Council is made up of class reps and Union executive. • There are 3 sabbatical officers in the SU. That means that they were elected into their position and take a year out to work full-time with the union. The positions are: President, Vice President for Education and Vice President for Welfare. • The Union executive is made up of the three full-time sabbatical officers, the administrator/secretary and the 6 part-time officers. • The 6 part-time officers are the Entertainments Officer, Equalities Officer, Communications Officer, Societies Officer, Sports Officer and Mature Student Officer. They make sure their respective areas are being looked after. • Class rep elections take place are held at the beginning of each year. • Sabbatical and part-time elections take place in semester 2, and nominees are elected for the next year.

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COLLEGE LIFE...! It can be said that college years will be the best years of your life! There are many students that will stand by that statement. College is a place where you’ll meet friends that you’ll keep in contact with for the rest of your life. You are here for the same reason that everyone else is, to get an education. While the academic side of college is the most important part, it is by far not the only part! IT Tralee offers so much both academically and socially. The best part of being an ITT student is that the college is small enough to engage us all in a very tight knit community and at the same time it’s big enough that there is always something to do. This year you are a part of a 4000+ student body where you’ll have many fun experiences to share with your fellow students. What you put in is exactly what you get out; it is highly advised that you should join a sport club or a society. There

will be lots of campaign weeks throughout the year, so keep an eye out for freebies! Tralee as a town has plenty of really good restaurants, pubs, clubs and shops. Take a strole around town when you’ve got time off class to really see what the town has to offer! There are LOTS of student deals around the town, to avail of the best ones take a look for the ads throughout this handbook! ALWAYS ASK FOR A STUDENT OFFERS... ALWAYS!! (We all love a good deal; just make sure you’ve got your t-card) Get involved in all aspects of college life, take part in the on campus entertainments, help out with campaigns, go to your classes... but most importantly make sure that you have the time of your life, because you will remember college for the rest of your life!

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What you have to do: 1. Score a fresher –3p 2. Run for class rep –4p 3. Get a picture with Mike, Harty and Kenneth –1p each 4. A picture of you fully dressed as a member of the opposite sex –2p 5. Get free condoms from Kenneth (Welfare Officer) 2p 6. Take part in a duel in the library, using bananas instead of swords –3p 7. Lick Steve (Ents Officer) – 2p 8. Do the no pants dance on campus –3p 9. Do the no pants dance in Horans –3p 10.Propose to Ben (Equalities Officer) –2p 11.Propose to a member of canteen staff –3p 12.Break into a song in a lecture –3p 13.Perform the Macarena in a que to the till in the canteen –2p 14.Hug Niamh Murtagh (Communications Officer) –2p 15.Wear your clothes backwards into a lecture –3p 16.Dance with Ger (Mature Officer) –2p 17.Read the S.U.R.F magazine on the bog (not naked!) –3p 18.Give Mary a flower (SU Secretary) –3p 19.Play a sport with Mairead (Sports Officer) –2p 20.Get a college hoody –3p 21.Wear a toga into college –3p

22.Read a letter to Nora-Ann in the bank confessing your love for her –3p 23.Get a picture in 2 student accommodations - 2p each 24.Throw underwear at a band \ during freshers week –3p 25.Wear a suit to Horans during freshers –3p 26.Juggle with Cian (Societies Officer) –2p 27.Find Harty, present him with a “Superbad” inspired drawing –2p 28.Join the Ents Crew –2p 29.Give a picture of Ron Weasley to Kenneth and ask him to sign it! –3p 30.Play a game of pool with underwear on you head –2p

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Cinema - €6.50 Mon - Thurs Aquadome - €2 Monday night Live music in Roundys Bier Haus - FREE Take a tour in the museum - €5 Look out for one of the great Drama Societies play - €6-8 Bowl and bite in Bowling buddies, 1 hour bowling with finger food + drink - €10 Pitch and putt - €7 Open mic nights - FREE Club Head Bang Bang - FREE Horans Night Club - €5/Tuesday, €8 Thursday Gourmet Sandwich in Kingdom Food & Wines - €4 to €4.50 Get free stuff from voucher / discounts in this handbook - FREE Karaoke in Hennessey’s Bar –Wednesday night - FREE

On Campus: 14. Take part in many of the on-campus entertainments - FREE 15. Join a sports club - FREE 16. Listen to BANG FM from 1-2 - FREE 17. Join a society - FREE 18. Take a bus to visit a friend on the neighbour campus - €1.50 19. On campus pool - €1 20. Lunch in the HTC building, three course “fancy” lunch - €8

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Societies are set up by students for the benefit of students and are a fantastic way of making friends, gaining new skills and enjoying your time in college. It’s very easy to get involved in societies. For more info log on to the societies website ittraleesocs.ie or contact College Societies Officer Rosalynd Hayes – P: (066) 7191782 E: socitiesofficer@ittralee.ie Student Union Societies Office Cian O’ Leary – E: societies@ittraleesu.ie • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Art Society Air Soft Society Catering Society Comedy Society Creative writing Cumann Gaelach Dance Society DJ Society Drama Society College Enterprise Society Film Society Institute Choir International Society Juggling Society LGBT Society MAG Society Manufacturing Engineering Society Mature Student Society Music Society Musical Theatre Society Muslim Students Society Net Society Photography Society Radio Society Sci-Fi Society Toastmasters Society Wildlife Society Yoga Society Young Agricultural Society Young Entrepreneurs Society

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IT Tralee Sports clubs have a huge history of success. Every student is encouraged to take part in a sport of their interest. It is really important to maintain a balance of exercise with academic work. The majority of our Sports clubs compete at the highest levels of intervarsity sport.

Facilities The Institute has an aerobics/dance studio with a wooden sprung floor with mirrored walls. We also have gym with all the latest cardiovascular and resistance equipment and free-weights area. Sports facilities also include an all-weather synthetic rubber pitch which accommodates full-size soccer or three seven-a-side soccer or hockey teams, a GAA pitch and full-sized Athletics track. All outdoor facilities are supported by dressing rooms and are fully floodlit. Tralee Regional Sports and Leisure Complex is adjacent to the Institute south campus and offers excellent facilities for swimming, indoor games and fitness training. For more info contact Sports Officer: Jennifer Healy – P: Ext 5644 • E: jennifer.healy.staff@ittralee.ie Student Union Sports Office: Mairead Fitzgerald – E: sports@ittraleesu.ie GAA Officer: David O’Dea - P: Ext 5642

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What is a class rep? A class rep is a student representative that has been elected by their fellow classmates to represent their views towards lectures, heads of department and almost anything college related. Class reps are the most important means of feedback that the college has, and they provide a vital link between the grass root members and the Students Union. The job of the class rep is to voice the opinions of their class (not just their own) on class rep council, JAWS meetings and resolve any complaints that their class has. Why run for class rep? • Being a class rep is a great way of involving yourself with the everyday affairs of college life. • Becoming a class rep is also great to see on your CV, it shows that you took it upon yourself to take on the responsibilities of your class. • This year active class reps will be awarded with the Presidents Certificate, this is certified and signed by our college president Oliver Murphy. What is class rep council? Class rep council is held by the students union; normally it will take place every 6-8 weeks and it takes an hour on average. It is a decision making body that consists of class reps and union executive. During council the SU will run through an agenda that contains such issues as college affairs, USI national council and SU events/ campaigns. Class reps can put items on the agenda and can also voice other concerns during AOB.

Hi my name is Meabh Moore and I am 2nd year student studying Travel and Tourism Mgt in I.T.Tralee. I ran for class rep last year as I thought it was a nice way of getting to meet everyone in my class as quickly as possible. I have always been a good listener and organiser and I felt that by putting myself forward as class rep I could put my skills to use and make it a great year for all those in my course! It was a really worthwhile decision as I met so many interesting people and befriended almost everyone with such ease :-) The highlight of becoming class rep for me was knowing that anybody in my course knew they could come to me with any difficulties they were having and know I was going to do my best to help them. I would advise anybody to become class rep if they are confident with speaking in front of groups, are easy to approach and believe that they are reliable enough to take on the duties necessary. Best of luck :-)

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This is one of the most satisfying campaigns that any student could ever take part in. All that is involved is hanging out with some of the coolest students in the college from the St John of Gods skills for life programme and taking part in some activity, maybe one you think up of yourself or one that is being run at the moment. The campaign started last year with the Saint John lads taking part in the college sports day which is being held again in this year’s fresher’s week. During the year the lads also took part in a Dance class, music workshop, surfing, rock climbing and a few other events. This year I hope to expand that programme and am asking any students who are interested in taking part in the campaign to contact me with any ideas. It is only a hour here and there nothing too much. I would love if societies and clubs would consider including the lads in their meetings or training sessions with the lads too. It is a win win situation where you can make new friends and get involved with people that will really inspire you and where you can inspire them.

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Wecome to the welfare section of the diary. This section is here to remind you that as daunting as college life may be, there are plenty of people here to help you through it. Achieving your degree is not the easiest of tasks and everyone will go through all manners of stress and worry to get to the finish line that we like to call graduation day. This section contains information and advice on a variety of things that the welfare officer deals with, from mental health to Driver Safety. For more detailed information on the topics covered here, please visit www.ittraleesu.ie and if you have any questions or queries that you cant find an anser to, give me a call. I will do my best to answer those questions, or at least to tell you who can. Kind Regards, Kenneth


Week Safety and Awareness 2nd - 7th October wareness Week Suicide and Bullying A 16th - 21st October Mental Health Week 6th -11th ness Week Drink and Drugs Awar uary 29th January - 3rd Febr Road Safety Week 5th - 10th S.H.A.G Week ch 27th Feruary - 2nd Mar Rainbow Week 18th - 23rd March

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6. Only used licensed taxis and hackneys. Take note of the taxi licence number (the yellow display on the roof) and key it into your phone or text it to a friend. When you arrive at your destination ask the driver to wait until you get inside the door before leaving again. 7. Do not leave keys to your home in an easily accessible or guessable place. Everyone knows to look on top of the doorframe, or under the mat, potted plant or just inside the letterbox. Ireland is still a comparatively safe place to live. Having said that, it’s not as safe as it once was, and the idea that it’s only women who need to be careful is an outdated view. Men are increasingly likely to be victims of crime, particularly physical assaults when alcohol is involved. There is no point living in fear, so as well as being self-aware and precautious, follow these ten tips and stay safe wherever you are. Top Ten Tips For Crime Prevention: 1.

Do not walk alone at night. Walk in numbers.

2. When at all possible, stick to busy streets with lots of lighting and traffic. Do not take dodgy shortcuts. 3. Try to avoid talking on your mobile or listening to a personal stereo, as either will make you less aware of your surroundings and also advertise that you have something worth stealing. 4. If you think you’re being followed, go to somewhere busy and flag down a taxi. 5. Always make sure someone knows when you’re going out, if and when you’re coming back, and whom you’ll be with. When you’re on your way home, let someone know when to expect you.

8. Always be aware of who’s around you when you go to an ATM. Do not use ATMs at night on isolated streets – always choose those with good lighting. 9. Unfortunately, sometimes you will have to act suspiciously to strangers. Don’t be afraid to act assertively if you are uncomfortable or if you think someone is acting inappropriately. 10. The top tip: walk with confidence. Be alert and always look like you know exactly where you are going.

In an emergency, always dial 999 or 112. Remember that if your phone is turned off or out of coverage, you can still dial 112, even without entering your PIN. If it’s not an emergency, call your nearest Garda station. You can call a directory enquiries service on 11811, 11850 or 11890 and ask for the details for the station nearest to you.

Staying Safe on Campus Thankfully, personal attacks on ITT’s campus are relatively rare, but it’s always important to have your wits about you. In case of any emergency or security issue on campus, be it a fire, an accident, or a threat to your personal safety, call security on any of the red emergency phones situated around campus.

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Once again or perhaps for the first time you are finding yourself in the tedious task of finding accommodation. You are moving out of home and living with people and neighbours who may not be as tolerant of your untidiness and loud music as the folks back home were!! The information below ensures that you the student are aware of your rights and those of the landlord and that you are also aware of your responsibilities. It is through discussion and receiving information that you the student will have a problem free term. Here are some basic facts when it comes to renting accommodation. Some are common sense, others are the law. By law, all student accomodation should be free from damp, and have hot and cold water. As and from the 1st of February 2009 it is required that all landlords provide their tenants with the propertys BERC ( Building Energy Routes ) Certificate. When handing over money to your landlord, make sure you get a receipt.

Rent books...... By law, (under the housing, rent books Regulation, 1993) rent books are required when accommodation is rented. You should keep the rent book, and the landlord must write in each payment. It must contain: (a) Landlords name and address (b Length of tenancy (c) Amount of deposit (d Amount of rent, when and how it is paid (e) A statement on the basic rights and duties of the landlord and tenants. Landlords are obliged to provide a rent book (or other document such as a letting agreement) for each tenancy.

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Leases..... Read the lease carefully before signing it. You should have the original lease and the landlord should keep a copy. If you have a fixed term lease, you can’t be asked to leave until it’s up unless you’ve broken the terms of the lease. If you want to leave during the lease, you have to pay the rest of the rent for the term of the lease, otherwise if the lease isn’t fixed (no date for moving out), and you or your landlord wants you to leave, 4 weeks notice in writing is required. Your landlord must return your deposit when you are leaving unless: • You haven’t given the landlord proper notice of when you are leaving. • Caused damage beyond normal wear and tear. • Left bill/rent unpaid. Your rent can’t be increased during the term of the lease, unless stated in the lease. So read it carefully.

Repairs...... Your landlord must record the furniture and appliances provided. You and the landlord should both sign this. You are not responsible for repairs or damage by normal wear and tear. Contact the landlord in writing if repairs are not being completed.

Other...... • Your landlord isn’t allowed into your home without making an appointment with you first. • They can’t evict you out without an eviction order. • They can’t remove your belongings without a court order. If your landlord is breaking the law, or you have any problems regarding your accommodation please contact the Students Union. Having receipts, a rent book, a lease etc. all help your case. Or contact Threshold,

22 South Mall, Cork (021) 4278848 www.threshold.ie

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Men’s Health TESTICULAR CANCER Testicular cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the testicles. Over a lifetime, a man's chance of developing testicular cancer is roughly 1 in 250 (0.4%). It is most common among males aged 15–40 years. Testicular cancer has one of the highest cure rates of all cancers, in excess of ninety percent, and essentially one hundred percent if it has not spread. Even for the relatively few cases in which the cancer has spread widely, chemotherapy offers a cure rate of at least fifty percent. However, testicular cancer is still the fourth-largest killer of males aged 15-34 in Ireland. Detection Because testicular cancer is curable when detected early, men should self-examine their testicles regularly for any changes in shape or hardness of either test. A good suggestion is to get into the habit of checking the scrotum during or after a hot shower, when it's looser. Men should examine each testicle, first feeling for lumps and then compare the testicles to each other together to see whether one is larger than the other. If you do discover an abnormality, don’t panic, as most are not cancerous. However, you should still contact your doctor immediately to arrange a check-up. SADS What is SADS? The phrase ‘Sudden Adult Death Syndrome’ or SADS has been adopted by the media for referring to the more general notion of a sudden death of an apparently fit and healthy young person. SADS events are defined as non-traumatic, non-violent, unexpected occurrences resulting from cardiac arrest within as little as six hours of previously witnessed normal health. Although there have been some high profile tragedies in Ireland on the sports field, such as 24-year-old Tyrone footballer Cormac McAnallen, more than 70% of the 6,500 annual SADS deaths in Ireland happen in the home. However, based on American figures, it is possible to determine that, of the 10,000 people who die of “cardiac causes” each year in Ireland, around 65% of them are deaths caused by SADS. Detection SADS and other cardiac dysrhythmias are often first detected by simple means checking the heartbeat with a stethoscope, or more commonly, taking a pulse at someone's wrist or neck. These cannot usually diagnose specific problems, but can give a good general indication of the heart rate and whether it is regular or irregular (this will be characterised by what seem like 'missed beats'). If you or someone you're with seems to be experiencing irregular pulse, do not panic, but get to a doctor as soon as you can, or if you feel the condition might be more serious, call an ambulance. The simplest diagnostic test for assessment of a heart rhythm is the electrocardiogram (ECG). A Holter monitor is an ECG recorded over a 24-hour period, to detect dysrhythmias that may happen briefly and unpredictably throughout the day. Anybody can be referred for this test, even if they are not experiencing the symptoms of a cardiac dysrhythmia - so if you would like to be tested for susceptibility to the condition, contact your GP.

more a man worries about the problem the less likely an erection is to happen, and so on. Relationships are harmed, sometimes destroyed with each partner thinking it's their fault. Why does it happen? Temporary failure of the erection, such as in the case of 'brewers droop' after drinking too much alcohol, is common. Being over-tired or over-stressed can also cause temporary inaction. Recreational drug use, for example cannabis, can cause temporary and chronic impotence. For around 70 - 80% of men who consistently can't get it up the cause is physical. A shortage of blood to the penis caused by narrowed blood vessels is commonly responsible and is usually an effect of diabetes or high blood pressure. Accidents or injuries that damage the nerves to the penis, or drug side effects, may also be the culprit. Worrying about ED only makes matters worse. Impotence may well be a symptom of underlying anxiety or depression. Can I stop it? Not smoking, eating a healthy diet, not over-doing it with the booze, regular exercise, getting enough sleep and rest, and keeping stress levels to a minimum will help prevent the damage to the blood vessels occurring in the first place. Talking to your partner and seeking help from the doctor will help you overcome the problem. Should I see a doctor? Yes! Visiting the doctor about personal problems is the chief stumbling block for many men. The doctor is there to do a job and your health is his concern. (Don't think that being at the doctor’s means everyone will know why you are there - they won't.) Many treatments are available to help men get their erections and sex life back. Moreover, if high blood pressure or diabetes, for example, should be the cause then getting them treated will help to prevent matters getting worse and other problems from arising. Treatments It may be as simple as changing a medicine whose side effects are responsible. Addressing any underlying stresses and talking with your partner is essential. The list of treatments has lengthened over the last few years. - Implants are surgically implanted in the penis and are semi-rigid rods or are devices that can be inflated when the moment arrives. - Vacuum pump devices. Legend has it that the first vacuum pump was apparently invented by an American mechanic in his garage whilst he played around with a tyre pump. - Drug therapy. This can come in injection, intra-urethral pellet, and most recently tablet forms. - Natural remedies, including ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and muira puama.

IMPOTENCE Impotence, or erectile dysfunction to give it its proper name, means that a man's erection does not stay hard enough for long enough for him to have satisfactory sex. Men of any age might be affected although it becomes more likely with age. A staggering one in ten men in Ireland is affected so although they may feel and often are alone, in reality they're not. What happens? Not enough or nothing, which is the problem. A vicious cycle starts whereby the 79


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increase your intake of raw vegetables by about 60%. Drink plenty of water, too, and avoid sugar as much as possible.

PERIOD PAINS Most women suffer from some sort of period pains. These can range from general uncomfortable feelings to severe cramps, headaches and backache. There are a couple of methods that women can try to relieve their cramps: - lying in the foetal position holding a hot water bottle against the womb, or having a hot bath, can give immediate pain relief - there are pharmaceutical options, including herbal remedies, available - Yoga and gentle exercises can help promote long-term relief - Avoiding coffee, tea and soft drinks can ward off cramp. It’s much better to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and to keep active during your period.

BREAST CANCER Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, and while it usually affects women over thirty years of age, it is not at all unheard of in younger women. Telltale symptoms include puckering or dimpling of the skin; a rash on (or around) the nipple; breasts losing symmetry with one hanging lower or growing bigger than the other; a persistently painful area in a breast, feeling somewhat like a permanent bruise; a lump which had previously been absent; or enlarged glands under the skin or armpit.

PRE-MENSTRUAL TENSION Women with a slightly irregular menstrual cycle are more likely to suffer from PMT. Classic symptoms include weight gain, food, craving, spots, disturbed and interrupted sleep patterns, tenderness and slightly swollen breasts or nipples, reduced alcohol tolerance, fatigue, tension, irritability and depression. Again, there are a few practical measures that can help alleviate PMT symptoms. - Increase your intake of proteins, veg, eggs and whole grain cereals. Make a particular effort to take in lots of Vitamin B (fish, bananas, etc). - Taking physical exercise can help release endorphins to help counteract the stress, as well as being a reliable de-stresser - Avoiding tea, coffee and soft drinks, which can all upset a volatile abdomen. CYSTITIS Cystitis is another common complaint amongst women, especially among collegegoers. It’s caused by an infection of the urethra, which can occur when bacteria enters the area, or from bruising through prolonged sexual intercourse. Another factor believed to promote cystitis is excessive and prolonged alcoholic intake, which could explain why it is so prevalent among students. Cystitis is characterised by a frequent need to pass water and a burning feeling while doing so, and passing a small amount of dark smelly urine when doing so. Sufferers can also feel a dull slightly dragging pain in the lower back. Drinking cranberry juice, which can improve the body’s natural resistance to the virus, as well as some natural remedies, can prevent cystitis. Passing urine immediately after sexual intercourse can also combat the risk of cystitis. Treatments: Your GP will be able to prescribe treatments for cystitis. While suffering from the actual pain of the infection, though, it’s a good idea to drink two glasses of water every twenty minutes, and to keep topped up on cranberry juice throughout the day. THRUSH Thrush is a widely known condition that can infect men as well as women. It’s caused by the overgrowth of a fungus, and occurs when a person has become run-down or has changed the body’s natural balance (taking antibiotics or the Pill, for example). Symptoms include: - A vaginal discharge which is white, thick, lumpy and smells of yeast - Sore, red and itchy genitals - Migraine, severe itching, and general irritability and depression. It is a little known but very real fact that thrush can be developed in any bodily cavity, like the mouth or even, on rare occasion, the ear. Treatments: There are a varying number of treatments for thrush. The standard medical prescription is a vaginal pessary (e.g. Nystain), which is a small piece of plastic or silicone inserted into the vagina and held in place by the muscle. A common natural remedy is the application of natural yoghurt, while it’s good practice to 80

Detection It is vital that all women examine themselves on a monthly basis. The best time to check is on the seventh day after a period begins. It’s recommended to remove all clothes above the waist, place the left hand over the shoulder and behind the neck or back, and to feel for lumps with the right palm. Then repeat the procedure on the other side. If you do discover something, don’t panic. Over ninety percent of lumps are not cancerous. Arrange a check-up with your doctor immediately. If a lump IS cancerous, then early detection is vital for the road to recovery. CERVICAL CANCER The cause of cervical cancer remains a mystery, but some groups seem more prone to developing it than others. These include smokers, people who have had more than one sexual partner, and those who have had sex at a relatively early age. Detection The cervical smear test is the only way of detecting cancer of the cervical region. This involves cells being taken from the cervix and being analysed for pre-cancerous or abnormal cells of any kind. Smear tests are available by certain GPs. All sexually active women should be tested at least every two years. As with most cancers, early detection is crucial to recovery. Never leave the risk of cancer to chance. USEFUL CONTACTS: I.T.Tralee Dr. Joseph Arthurs and Nurse Mary Corr 066 7145600, 066 7191679 EXT.1679 The Ashe Street Clinic, Tralee (066) 7125611 Tralee Family Planning & womens health clinic (066) 7125322 www.wellwomancentre.ie


it's easy to overlook the importance of emotional health - and its effect on our body. The fact that Irish men between the ages of 15 and 34 are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in a car crash demonstrates the need for our mental health to be addressed. If you feel you suffer from mental illness, or are just feeling low, then the useful contacts in the depression column following should be consulted. Depression We all may experience short-lived feelings of sadness in response to disappointments in everyday life. Depression as an illness is more severe and not short lived. It may be associated with negative thoughts such as suicidal ideas, which require urgent treatment. Depressive illnesses affect 7% of the population, and 1 in 13 students. What Causes Depression? Depression is frequently preceded by setbacks in life, such as bereavement, relationship, or financial difficulties, problems at work or medical illness. An inherited tendency towards depression is also a major factor. How to Recognise Depression If 5 or more of the following symptoms are present for more than 2 weeks, it is probably a depressive episode: • Feeling – depressed, sad, anxious or bored • Energy – tired, fatigued, everything in effort, slowed movements • Sleep – waking during the night or too early in the morning, oversleeping or trouble getting to sleep • Thinking – slow thinking, poor concentration, forgetful or indecisive • Interest – loss of interest in food, work, sex and life seems dull • Value – reduced sense of self-worth, low self-esteem or guilt • Aches – headaches, chest or other pains or palpation’s without a physical basis • Live – not wanting to live, suicidal thoughts or thinking of death Support Group Meetings Aware a voluntary organisation formed too assist people directly affected by depression, holds free weekly meetings at some 60 locations throughout the country, to provide information and emotional support to people, so they may learn the skills to overcome depression, and prevent relapses. Contact “Aware” or Kenneth, the Welfare Office for details on the day & location of these meetings. Seeking Help! Contact: Aware, 72 lower lesson st • 01-6617211 • Helpline: 1890 303 302 • www.aware.ie Samaritans, 112 Marlborought St • 01-8727700 • Helpline: 1850 60 90 90 jo@sameritans.ie • www.samaritans.ie Jigsaw, Unit A1, Edward Court, Tralee. 066-7186785 • kerry@jigsaw.ie Counsellor - Clo O’Keefe-Lyons. 066 7191690 • clotide.okeeffelyons@staff.ittralee.ie Kenneth Reynolds - Vice President Welfare 066-7144137 • welfare@ittraleesu.ie

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Self-Harm What is this? Put simply, if a person self-harms, they cause themselves some measure of physical pain by some means. Why? Self-harming is a coping mechanism. It is not a signal that a person wants to die, or is trying to kill themselves, although because of the amount of distress being experienced, the incidence of suicide is probably higher in those who self-harm. People self-harm because they are trying to live, and trying to cope, with the tough feelings that crop up every day. Self-harming can be a physical release from emotions that can seem very overwhelming. If someone you know is self-harming: • Do not act horrified or disgusted. Do not threaten. Your acceptance of the person is needed. • Do get as much information about self-harming as possible, and find out what support is available to you and the person you are trying to help. Tell the person that support is available whenever they want it. Encourage them to talk to their GP. • Talk honestly with them about what is going on for them, and their feelings surrounding their self-harming. Concentrate on the feelings rather than the actions or injuries. • If you see the physical signs of the self-harming, again, do not react with horror, revulsion, or disgust. You do not have to like what is going on, nor should you pretend that you do. But you should try to be supportive of the person. Help and treatment is available in a variety of ways. There can be great fear on behalf of the person that self-harms that their one coping skill is going to be snatched from them. For information and support, contact Kenneth your Welfare Officer, I.T.T. Students Support Services or for more information visit www.ittraleesu.ie. Directory Aware 72 Lower Lesson St Dublin 2 Tel. 01 6617211 Help line: 1890 303 302 www.aware.ie

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Gambling, like sex, is an activity which is acceptable and fun. Gambling, like sex, can easily be ignored as an extremely common, pleasurable, and legal activity. Gambling is a very high stakes game, where friendships, family, finance, and reputations are all at great risk. There are two general types of problem gamblers: (1) Action Gamblers Almost all Action Gamblers are male and begin gambling in their early teens. Action Gamblers are generally very bright, and score high on IQ tests. Their outlets are games requiring skill, including blackjack, poker, sports betting, and even sometimes trading of stocks. Tip-offs to problems include some of the following: • Constant use of phone (unrelated to college life) • Sports/racing form websites regularly in view • Fixated on sports/racing from perspective of odds etc. • Leaving college early • Borrowing money from many friends or sources • Anger and isolation • Defensive and argumentative attitude • Chronic fatigue (2) Escape Gamblers Approximately 75% of all Escape Gamblers are female. While the problem tends to be initiated later in life, it can still be prevalent in college-going ages. Escape Gambling generally involves games requiring little or no skill like slots, bingo or the lotto. If you suspect that someone you know may have a gambling problem, these are common telltale signs that can help you identify a problem. • Boredom • Stress • Grief • Loneliness • Previous history of chronic pain • Abuse • Depression • Desperate Financial Condition • Reasonable lack of other hobby • Dysfunctional family background The Four Phases of Gambling Addiction (1) Winning Phase This is often a short, or indeed sometimes non-existent, phase which brings several small or large wins, and provides a sense of emotional escape from problems, a boost in self-esteem, and a sense of empowerment to the gambler. 86

(2) Losing/Chasing Phase Following the highs of the Winning Phase, losses are explained away as poor luck. Because of the relative lows experienced, and their contrast with the highs of victory, no single win is enough, and the gambler will begin to gamble alone. The gambler will often begin to ignore their friends and family and become irritable when not gambling. (3) The Desperation Phase This is the commonly stereotyped view of gamblers where the complete non-acceptance of blame and complete lack or accountability is standard. The gambler will often become unreasonably angry for no reason with anyone outside of their gambling circle during this phase, feeling that anyone non-participant in their habits is not worth the energy or time. The gambler’s phones will often go unanswered during this phase, and sadly, when faced with any financial adversity, will contemplate suicide - a more frequent occurrence than people imagine. The gambler, unfortunately, sees death as the only exit strategy. (4) The Hopeless Phase This is a relatively new phase, a fact due to the sad truth that many gamblers actually go beyond ‘rock bottom’ through isolated lives without close friends or family to intervene. This phase goes well beyond what most people would imagine ‘rock bottom’ to be. This phase can involve clinical depression, suicide, or actions that will most assuredly land them in jail. This is make or break time, quite literally, Directory Gambling Addiction Ireland Rutland Centre, Knocklyon Road, Templeogue, Dublin 16. Phone : 01 4946358 Fax :01 494 6444 Email : info@rutlandcentre.ie


Stress comes about when there are so many demands and just not enough resources to deal with them all effectively. Stress in small amounts can be a positive thing and many people use it to drive them. However, if it becomes overwhelming it can have serious negative consequences for your physical and mental well-being.

How To deal with Stress: • Exercise regularly. This will keep you healthy, and more importantly will help you release those mighty mouse hormones called endorphins all around your body making you feel all happy inside. Everybody needs an outlet. • Learn to say ‘no’ – you’ve got enough on your plate. People will have to accept that everyone needs time to themselves. • Prioritise. When you’ve done this, you can better manage your time and fit in most of the things you need to do in your week and not feel too stressed. Remember to plan for recreation too, and not to let study take over your life. • Mind yourself. All-nighters and dosing up on coffee and Red Bull, while inevitable, isn’t good for you. Be sure to eat properly and sleep well before an exam to make sure you’re on top form. • Don’t do post-mortems. This applies to exams and life in general. You’ll almost always do better than you think you will. • Have someone you can talk to/rant at. It can be really helpful to get someone else’s perspective on things. • Laugh. Being too serious is bad for your health. Look what happened to Father Stone… • Be optimistic. Positive things happen to positive people. • Talk to us. If you feel you’re struggling drop into Kenneth your Welfare Officer.

• Familiarise yourself with past exam papers in good time. You’ll be far more comfortable with an exam paper when you understand and recognise the format, know how much time to spend on each question, and so on. You’ll often realise, too, that you might not need to cover the entire syllabus. • It’s often a good idea to study in groups with your mates. This way you will probably realise that you’re not as badly set as you think, and hanging out with friends is also an excellent pre-exam stress relief. You can assign reading between yourself to cut down on the workload too. • Don’t panic, they’re just exams. • Another cliché, and one that everyone learns from experience, is that one of the best things you can do is to get a good night’s sleep before your exam, i.e. at least four hours, if not eight. This will help you keep alert during the test, and aid your brain in processing the bits you have learned. • Think carefully about what you eat and drink before your exam. If you’re feeling butterfliesy, avoid fruit juices as they will help bring on the runs (sorry for being crude, but being honest, the runs are really annoying). Eat Weetabix and bananas on the morning of the exam, for a slow and steady release of carbs to keep you on your toes for the day. Avoid toast as this will only provide a short-term boost and will cause a mini-sugar crash. Also avoid Wham bars and cola bottles, because they’ll rot your teeth and give you an awful tummy-ache and a sad face. Again, keep reminding yourself, they’re just exams!

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works and its effectiveness, as students of IT Tralee I urge you to familiarise yourself with this table select a contraceptive method that best suits you and use this method if you are to be sexually active.

If you are sexually active then it is essential that you are aware of the responsibilities and the dangers that come with it. Sex should be taken very seriously and should not be entered into without proper protection or forethought. There are more dangers to having sex than just unwanted pregnancy – there are a host of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) and side effects that often arise after promiscuous or spontaneous sexual activity. If you are engaging in sexual activity you must be aware of the contraception methods available to you and learn what is best or best suits you! 80 – 90% of women that engage in unprotected sex get pregnant! A woman can still get pregnant even if: • If a man pulls out of her vagina before he ‘comes’ • If she has sex when she has a period • If she is breastfeeding • If it is the first time someone has sex • If she does not have an orgasm • If she douches (squirts water or other liquid into her vagina) or washes after sex • In whatever position the couple has sex The simple fact is that if you do not wish to get pregnant then you must use some form of contraception. A list of contraception methods is available on the following pages detailing how it 90

Emergency Contraception The emergency contraception pill is sometimes incorrectly called the ‘morning-after pill’. Emergency contraception pills can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex (however, the sooner they are taken after unprotected sex the more effective they are). Emergency contraception is only available from a doctor or a family planning clinic. Emergency contraception is very effective. The failure rate for pills is between 1 and 5%. The failure rate for the coil is less than 1%. Emergency contraception does not protect from STIs or HIV. You can still get pregnant after using emergency contraception if you have further episodes of unprotected sex before your next period. It is likely that you can continue to use your regular method of contraception immediately after taking emergency contraception. Check this with your doctor. Sexually Transmitted Infections STI’s can be prevented with vigilance and safety. Always wear a condom when having sex, you may think you know your partners sexual history but STI’s are easily transmitted through sex and can be passed on through people without even knowing. Alcohol and sex A lot of sex without contraception and unplanned pregnancies occurs when alcohol has been taken by either one of or both parties involved, during your time in IT Tralee and after please be vigilant with your actions while drinking.


Sexual Health Contacts Kerry Crisis Pregnancy Counselling Service Family Planning and Women’s Health Clinic, Tralee Phone 066 712 5322 Opening hours: 10am to 4pm - Monday to Friday and Monday to Thursday - 6pm to 9pm Kerry Counselling Centre, Tralee Phone 066 712 2931 Opening Hours: 9am to 1pm - Monday and Friday, Wednesday - 2pm to 5pm. South West Counselling Centre, Killarney Phone 064 36416 Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Appointments are also available, by arrangement, outside of office hours. Mary Corr - Institute Nurse Phone 066 7145600 Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. What services are offered? Pregnancy counselling by a trained counsellor who can give you full information on all your options: parenting, adoption and abortion. Ongoing support throughout the pregnancy and after the birth, if required. Information on social welfare and other rights and entitlements. Counselling after an abortion. Free medical check-up after an abortion at the Family Planning Clinic. Counselling to partners

and other family members affected by a crisis pregnancy. All Kerry CPCS services are available by making an appointment. Sexual Health Centre 16 Peters Street, Cork. Phone 021 427 5837 or 021 427 6676. The lines are open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. What services are offered? Free pregnancy testing with immediate results. Pregnancy counselling by a professionally qualified counsellor who will give you full information on all the options available to you: parenting, adoption and abortion. Counselling after an abortion by a professionally qualified counsellor. Free medical check-up after an abortion. All SHC services are available by making an appointment. www.sexualhealthcentre.com Crisis Pregnancy Agency Phone: 01 814 6292 www.crisispregnancy.ie Cura Phone: 066 71 27355 www.cura.ie Students Union Please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the union at any time; all queries will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence and respect.

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EATING DISORDERS Eating disorders are complex, life-threatening conditions from which people can, and do, get better with appropriate treatment. Eating disorders can affect anyone, male or female. They can be seen as a way of coping with unmanageable feelings. The term 'eating disorder' refers to a group of conditions characterised by severe disturbances in eating, emotional and psychological distress, or any one of a variety of physical consequences. Recognising Eating Disorder: • they often will have self esteem problems • there is often a marked over-concern with body shape, weight and size, and an obsession with food • thinness is seen as a magical solution to problems while weight gain is feared • may view their body as larger than it actually is (distorted body image) • may have problems relating to control • may have find it hard to talk about their feelings and to deal with conflict • may be depressed and may become isolated The disordered eating can take various forms, from fasting and self-starvation to binge eating. Excessive exercising or selfinduced vomiting, the use of laxatives or diuretics are used to avoid weight gain (purging). All of these behaviours, sustained over time, will have a serious effect on both physical and emotional health. 1) A person experiencing Anorexia Nervosa will make determined efforts to attain and maintain a body weight lower than the normal body weight for their age, sex, and height. This will usually take the form of self-inflicted fasting. 2) Bulimia Nervosa involves repeated episodes of binge eating followed by high-risk behaviours aimed at compensating for the binges. These can include fasting, excessive exercising, selfinduced vomiting, and the use of laxatives, diuretics or other medications. 3) Binge Eating Disorder (sometimes referred to as Compulsive Overeating) involves repeated episodes of bingeing but without purging. The person who binge-eats is therefore likely to put on considerable amounts of weight over time. They find themselves locked into a lonely cycle of dieting, bingeing, self-recrimination and self-loathing. Men and Eating Disorders Contrary to public opinion, eating disorders are not exclusive to women. Although fewer in number, men also experience eating disorders. Research shows that around ten percent of adults diagnosed with eating disorders are male, but this does not account for the many more men who do not report their problems for fear of being stigmatised. The incidence of anorexia is much lower in males; binge-eating disorders seem to occur almost equally in females and males. 94

Body image issues and feelings of low self-esteem triggered by the media may play a part in the development of eating disorders in men. Males, as well as females, are affected by society’s messages about the importance of physical appearance. The trim aesthetic for men is increasingly represented as the norm. Men, as well as women, internalise these media messages and then measure themselves against unrealistic standards Risk Factors In Men For males, the following seem to be common triggers of eating disorders: • Being overweight for their height and age as a child. They may have been teased or bullied about their weight. • A history of dieting. • Being excessively concerned with fitness, which can leave to over-exercising. • Participation in a sport that demands thinness. • An image-conscious job, or profession, that demands thinness. Male models, actors, and entertainers seem to be at a higher risk than the general population. • Conflict over gender identity, or over sexual orientation, may precipitate the development of an eating disorder in some males. Some males experience severe distress due to body image disturbance and become obsessed with the idea that they are ugly and misshapen, or small and underdeveloped. They can experience real feelings of self-loathing and inferiority and may experience consequent impairment in their ability to form relationships to work and to socialise. Getting Help Many men feel shy or awkward about seeking help for an eating disorder. Treatment, of course, should include dealing with the emotional and psychological issues as well as the physical aspects. Again, while eating disorders are serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses, help is available and recovery is possible. Most people make a full recovery from an eating disorder, but it can take time. Directory Body Whys, PO Box 105, Blackrock, Dublin. Helpline 1890 200 444 • info@bodywhys.ie The Ashe Street Clinic, 36 Ashe Street, Tralee. Tel : (066) 7125611 • www.theashestreetclinic.com


PREGNANCY & CHILDCARE Crisis pregnancy is a difficult time in anyone’s life. A crisis pregnancy can occur to any female during her lifetime. For student’s the difficulty of coping with such a dilemma proves daunting. However these resources and variety of support agencies means that decision making is easier. In the case of a crisis pregnancy it is important to talke your time when making your decision. Firstly, you should have a pregnancy test. If positive, then you can start to consider your options available to you. A problem shared is a problem halfed - you will be surprised how much easier it can be to put things into perspective once you have talked to someone. How do I know if I am pregnant? Early symptoms include a missed period, nausea or morning sickness, a heavy or painful feeling in your breasts, excessive tiredness, period-type pains with no bleeding or a slight discharge, a slight change in the colour of your nipples.Not all women experience all these symptoms, so if your period is late and there is a chance you are pregnant, it is advisable to get a pregnancy test done. For more information log onto: www.positiveoptions.ie or for immediate referral to a trained counselor phone the Irish Family Planning Association on 1850 49 50 51 Abortion The decision to terminate a pregnancy is not one which any person takes lightly. You will need professional non-directive counseling. The time to make a decision is limiting and very often isolating due to persistent traditional beliefs. It is important to remember it is your decision and no one should place undue pressure on how you yourself feel about being pregnant and the decisions you make afterwards. It is important to stress that any woman who does pursue the termination of a pregnancy undertake a post-abortion medical check up and accessing counseling/befriending services. The Irish Family Planning Clinic and your Welfare Officer are there to listen and work through the

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different stages of your decisions in an non-directive, non-judgmental and impartial manner. For more information log onto: www.positiveoptions.ie or you can free text list to 50444. • Free pregnancy testing with immediate results. • Pregnancy counselling by a professionally qualified counsellor who will give you full information on all the options available to you: parenting, adoption and abortion. • Counselling after an abortion by a professionally qualified counseller. • Free medical check-up after an abortion. For immediate referral to a trained counselor phone the Irish Family Planning Association on 1850 49 50 51. Single Parenthood Different organisations are on hand to help you when facing your pregnancy. The Irish Family Planning Association on 1850 49 50 51 and Cura on 066 71 27355 or log onto www.cura.ie organisations that deal with single parenthood. The Federation of Services for Unmarried Parents and Children is also worth contacting in relation to housing problems on 1890 252 084 or log onto www.treoir.ie The Department of Social Welfare provide a single parents allowance. You should establish whether you are eligible within 3 months of having your baby. If you intend in keeping your baby and continuing your studies, childcare may become an issue. There are crèche facilities available in the I.T situated in the North Campus. Feel free to ask you student union Welfare Officer about this service for further information or contact Rose O’Brien on 066-7194769 or email Dromtackercreche@gmail. Student parents experiencing financial difficulty can apply for a contribution towards their childcare costs from the Student Assistance Fund. Please contact the Access Officer or the Chaplain for more details.


Adoption If you have any doubts about keeping your child and are wondering about adoption, you should contact a Social Worker in an adoption agency ( contact the Adoption Board for a list of societies). Many agencies now provide a much broader service for single mothers than just adoption and will help you to look at all the options. Money During Pregnancy If you are not working you may qualify for: 1. Unemployment Benefit 2. Disability Benefit Assistance 3. Supplement Welfare Allowance If you are receiving any of these payments you may also qualify for further assistance if you apply to the Community Welfare Officer at your local Health Centre. If you are working: You may qualify for Maternity Benefit, which you should claim at least 10 weeks before your baby is due. Maternity Leave 1. All laws concerning Maternity Protection apply equally to unmarried and married women 2. You cannot be dismissed from your employment simply because you are pregnant 3. You are entitled to Maternity Leave no matter how recently you have started work. 4. If you are in Insurable Employment you are entitled to at least 14 weeks Maternity Leave. Finance - Once Your Baby is Born Family payment is available to you 1. If you have a child living with you under 18years (or under 22 if still in full-time education) 2. If you are not living with a partner as husband and wife 3. If you satisfy a means test based on your income. A social Welfare Officer will visit you to assess your situation. It will take some time for your application to be dealt with but means if you have no other income you can claim the Supplementary Welfare Allowance available from your local Health Centre while also qualifying for other benefits possibly. Contact your local Community Welfare Officer for further details.

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What is Disability? Here in the Students union we have a commitment to equality and access for all students. As part of this commitment USI has created a Disability Officer and Equality Officer posts at national level while locally, your Welfare Officer, is available to offer support and guidance. Also in ITT the Access Officer and Dyslexia Support Tutor are available to help you. The Students Union run an open door policy for each individual in this college. Email your student’s union Welfare Officer at welfare@ittraleesu.ie or phone GIVE YOUR NUMBER if we can be of any assistance. Also you can email your student’s union equality officer at equalities@ittraleesu.ie

Financial Support In addition to the Student Maintenance Grant, students on Disability/Illness Allowance or Disability/Illness Benefit may qualify for Back to Education Allowance. This is a scheme administered by the Department of Social and Family Affairs under which you may be permitted to keep your welfare payment while attending college. For Disability Illness/Benefit the minimum qualifying period is 2 years or time spent on Disability/Illness Benefit can count towards the qualifying period, as long as at least 50% of the qualifying period was spent on the relevant social welfare payment that actually qualifies you to take part in the BTEA scheme Students on Disability Allowance for 12 months prior to starting college may also be eligible to keep their

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allowance under the BTEA scheme. BTEA recipients will also receive a one-off payment each year called the Cost of Education Allowance. This payment is worth €500 in 2009/10.

How to Apply for BTEA Notify your local Welfare officer by completing Form BTE 1 as soon you accept your offer of a place at college.See SW70 Leaflet from Department Social & Family Affairs for full information on BTEA or visit WWW.STUDENTFINANCE.IE Students may qualify for both BTEA and the Student Maintenance Grants

Peer Support A number of ITT Students with disabilities make themselves available each year to offer peer support to new students with disabilities. At the regular class rep forum, these representatives ensure the voice of students with disabilities is recognised among their peers.


If you have any queries on grants or back to education allowances or any social welfare payments, please do not hesitate to contact any of the student union officers. Welfare Officer: Kenneth Reynolds Tel: 083 1122737 Ext (red phone) 4137 Email welfare@ittraleesu.ie

Dyslexia Support Tutor:Siobhan MacGarry Tel: 066 7191678 Ext (red phone) 1678 Email: siobhan.macgarry@staff.ittralee.ie

Access Officer: Valerie Moore Tel: 066 7191682 Ext (red phone) 1682 Email: valerie.moore@staff.ittralee.ie

USI 00 353 14353400 disabilityrights@usi.ie

AWARE Helpline 00353 1 679 1711 00 353 18308449

AHEAD 01 7164396

Disability Federation of Ireland 1890 303302 www.disability-federation.ie

Irish Deaf Society 00 353 12959344

Forum of People with Disabilities 00 353 18786077 18186400

Irish Wheelchair Association 00 353 18186400

Irish Epilepsy Association 00 353 14557500/4554133

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However comfortable or confident you may feel about coming to college, it is a daunting and intimidating experience. It can be even more difficult and isolating if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans or have just recently started to question your sexuality. Regardless how you feel about yourself and the people around you, coming ‘out’ and being ‘out’ can sometimes be a nerve wrecking time. At the Students’ Union, we’re aware of the problem faced by many students in this regard, and respond to it by making all students, regardless of sexual orientation, welcome and safe. For any student in Tralee who may have these worries over their head below is a list of things you should try out and get involved in:

hugely successful. It is a weekend consisting of coming-out workshops, sexual health workshops, queer theory talks, trans forums, sexual empowerment workshops, bisexual open spaces, talks by guests speakers, debates, talks on LGBT Mental Health etc etc, as well as a night out or two. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet other LGBT people from all over, and to discuss any of the issues that may be affecting you. Always remember that if you’re facing discrimination, or you’re having a difficult time with ‘coming out’ at home or at college, you don’t have to face it alone. You’re SU Welfare Officer Kenneth and Equalities Officer Ben, is there to help and listen to you. Useful Web sites

- The first port of call for any LGBT student in Tralee should definitely be the LGBT society, a great place to meet other LGBT students, as well as make new friends. - Tralee Student’s Union also has a part-time Equalities Officer and there’re the bridge between the LGBT Society and the Union, and are always there to listen and advise if you need someone to talk to.. - Pink Training is an event run by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) every year for LGBT Students from all over Ireland. It is held in a different city every year, and has always been

http://www.angrypotato.net/ A discussion forum and online community. http://www.gaelick.com/ A lesbian e-zine www.spunout.ie This is a good site for youth in general, but has an excellent LGBT section. www.lovingouroutkids.org A parent’s support site.

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Dromtacker Crèche offers a holistic approach in the care and early education of each child in partnership and co operation with parents in a quality childcare service Dromtacker Crèche is committed to offering its facilities to all adults and children, inclusive of gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, race, sexual orientation and religious beliefs. The service offers an open door policy, which welcomes all parents at all times. This is especially relevant during the settling in period. Location Dromtacker Crèche is located in the North Campus of the I.T. Tralee. It is a purpose built childcare centre with innovative design and layout ideal to meet the needs of student parents and their children. Opening Hours We are open from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm and will remain open all year round. Summer closure of two weeks, last week of June and first week of July Facilities Facilities provided in this childcare service include: • Baby Room • Crèche includes divided play areas, & playroom, • Changing room & 2 sleep rooms

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Pre-School Room, After-School & Activities Room, Kitchen, Parent & staff meeting room, Staff Room, Lockers Disable Toilet & Shower & baby changing unit, Utility Room play areas with safety matting Outdoor Play Area with grass and hard surface

Dromtacker Crèche provides a service for: Crèche – 12 years old Days: Mondays to Fridays Times: 8.30 am to 6:30 pm Cost: € 150.00 - Full time € 75.00 - Half day Subvention is inclusive contact Rose for details - 10% discount for two or more children Food A nutritious meal free of charge Management and Staff The responsibility for crèche management lies with:


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The Childcare Manager The Crèche Committee The Students Union of I.T. Tralee The Committee The Committee is in place with staff, student and parent representation which will decide on policy and deal with general issues.

The Childcare Manager Rose O’Brien is the Creche manager. Her aim is to provide a service that children will enjoy and where they will progress to their full potential during their stay, where staff will enjoy working in the environment and where parents will be happy and content leaving their children in our care.

Contact If you are interested in availing of our service please do not hesitate to contact us here at Dromtacker crèche ltd. Rose O'Brien Crèche Manager Dromtacker Creche Limited North Campus, Institute Technology Tralee, Tralee, Co. Kerry Email:dromtackercreche@gmail.com Website: campuskidskerry.com Phone: 066-7194769

The Students Union of I.T. Tralee They will represent the rights of students of the I.T. in relation to the crèche and provide support to the childcare committee Staff All staff are fully qualified in Childcare and are facilitated to update their skills and knowledge through participation of service training on a regular basis. Fees Student Rate • €150.00 per child attending Full time in the nursery. • €25.00 per child per session attending the pre-school/after-school service

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Garda Síochána An Garda Siochana, is your police service in Ireland, and has a long tradition of protecting and serving people. The Garda mission statement is to achieve the highest attainable levels of personal protection, community commitment and state security, regardless of a person’s race, creed, age disability, gender, ethnic group, sexual orientation or political allegiance. Bearing this in mind, the service you can expect from An Garda Siochana will be one that is highly professional based upon human rights standards and fair procedures that are centered on the principle of respect for all people without discrimination.

• Never give your credit card details over the phone unless you are dealing with a reputable company which is known to you. • Never lend your card or disclose your PIN number to anyone. Fraudulent use by friends/family is an increasing problem. • Notify the card company in advance of a change of address. If you are expecting delivery of a new card and it fails to arrive, contact the company immediately. • Never keep your cheque/laser card together with your chequebook, they should be separate and secure.

General Advice: If a victim of crime or general advice for Credit Card and Cash Card Holders• Never leave your card or banking receipts lying unattended at work, in the car or elsewhere. • If you have a PIN do not write it down. Memorise it. • Do not tell anyone your PIN number. • Do not leave your credit card, cheque/laser card or cheque book unattended in the glove compartment of your car as an increasing proportion of cards are now being stolen during the break into vehicles. • If your card is lost or stolen, report it immediately as most fraudulent use takes place within days of the loss/theft. • Keep a list of your credit card numbers and also the 24 hour telephone numbers of your credit card company. This is particularly important for people traveling abroad.

General: • If arrested please ask the Garda for their name or number. • Do not resist arrest. • If in the station, cooperate and give a full account of the incident. • You are entitled to phone a solicitor or any person reasonable named by you including a friend/parent/students union rep or solicitor. • The Gardai are entitled to put certain questions to you while in custody.

Useful Contacts: Kerry Counselling Centre, Tralee - Tel 066 7122931 Talbot Grove Treatment Centre - Tel 066 7141511 Tralee Community Drugs Initiative - Tel 066 7180190

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The SAFE HOME facility is a service provided to help enable the safe return of students and staff of the IT to their accommodation, College or a place of safety from the environs of Tralee should they find themselves in distress or if they have lost their wallet or have run out of money. It has been developed by members of TAXI 365 and the Students union to offer a unique service.

HOW DOES IT WORK? TAXI 365 would like to to help make your stay in Tralee as safe and enjoyable as possible. When a student finds themselves stuck without money and with no fare to get home or to college they can contact TAXI 365 by calling, texting , sending a call me or sending a message via facebook. A Cab will be dispatched and the student can then pay their fare to the students union at a later date. This service operates 24 hrs a day ,7 days a week. As the service is designed for emergencies it is expected that it is to be used as such and that the facility not be abused

CAN EVERYONE USE THIS SERVICE? This service is open to all students and staff of the IT Tralee who are registered with the safe home scheme. All users must be registered and registration is Free. You will be issued with a unique student club “safe Home” identity card.

HOW FAR CAN I GO? The scheme is designed to get you to the nearest destination safely within the town but occasionally we understand that you may have to go further a field in case of a family emergency etc, So the rule is that a fare up to € 9.00 can be paid at the students union. Should the need arise to travel further we will make every effort to assist you.

OTHER BENEFITS? The scheme holds all members details on a database and is supported by a number of retail outlets such as pubs, clubs , take always and many more facilities frequented by students. Should you become confused or otherwise in need of help we can instantly tell where you live and some contact details for your family etc. This has also been

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successful in returning lost property fast . We also hold 24 hr contact numbers for the students union and welfare officers.

HOW DO I JOIN? Joining is FREE….. You Can meet our staff during Fresher week at the north and south campus and fill out the application forms. Registration takes 2 minutes. You can also pick up an application form at the students union. You can also request an application form by calling 086 324 3312

EXTRA BENEFITS? We at 24/7 are happy to help you when you are in trouble but we are also delighted to see you when you are not. Your safe home id card also entitles you to up to 25% discount on regular fares, Free prize draws, and other special offers that we run from time to time. We hope you enjoy our town and life as a student but please always remember BE SAFE

WHAT DO I DO ? !) 2) 3) 4)

Register at the college with the TAXI 365 student club. save the phone number given to you on your phone. like TAXI 365 on Facebook call , text, call me or message on facebook to contact us when u need us .


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september MONDAY

26th

class rep week TUESDAY

27th

class rep week WEDNESDAY

28th

class rep week If you open your mind too much your brain will fall out.


september / october THURSDAY

29th

class rep week FRIDAY

30th

class rep week SATURDAY & SUNDAY

1st & 2nd

doodle box

FACT If a Ke$ha song is playing in the middle of the forest, and no one is around to hear it, it still sucks.


october MONDAY

3rd

safety & awareness week TUESDAY

4th

safety & awareness week WEDNESDAY

5th

safety & awareness week DEFINITION Gingerbread (noun) - Bread made of gingers.


october THURSDAY

6th

safety & awareness week class rep training FRIDAY

7th

safety & awareness week SATURDAY & SUNDAY

8th & 9th

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DEFINITION Marriage (noun) - Betting someone half your stuff that you'll love them forever


october MONDAY

10th

TUESDAY

11th

WEDNESDAY

12th

DEFINITION Studying (noun) - The period of time when your room just begs to be cleaned.


october THURSDAY

13th

FRIDAY

14th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

15th & 16th

doodle box

WHEN A JEDI DIES THEY BECOME PART OF THE FORCE, WHEN THE FORCE DIES IT BECOMES PART OF CHUCK NORRIS.


october MONDAY

17th

suicide & bullying week TUESDAY

18th

suicide & bullying week WEDNESDAY

19th

suicide & bullying week DEFINITION Valentine's day (noun) - When small, fat babies pointing weapons at you is considered romantic


october THURSDAY

20th

suicide & bullying week FRIDAY

21st

suicide & bullying week SATURDAY & SUNDAY

22nd & 23rd

doodle box

TIPS FOR SUCCESS To avoid getting a hangover, simply stay drunk.


october MONDAY

24th

movember week TUESDAY

25th

movember week WEDNESDAY

26th

movember week FACT No matter how much food is in your house, there is nothing good to eat.


october THURSDAY

27th

movember week FRIDAY

28th

graduation SATURDAY & SUNDAY

29th & 30th

doodle box

OPERATOR! GIVE ME THE NUMBER FOR 911!


october / november MONDAY

31st

mid term TUESDAY

1st

mid term WEDNESDAY

2nd

mid term TIPS FOR SUCCESS When on a date with a girl, tell her you're a misogynist. Girls like guys with great massaging skills.


november THURSDAY

3rd

mid term FRIDAY

4th

mid term SATURDAY & SUNDAY

5th & 6th

doodle box

mid term DEFINITION Synonym (noun) - A word used in place of the one you can't spell.


november MONDAY

7th

mental health week TUESDAY

8th

mental health week WEDNESDAY

9th

mental health week You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.


november THURSDAY

10th

mental health week FRIDAY

11th

mental health week SATURDAY & SUNDAY

12th & 13th

doodle box

DEFINITION That's nice (phrase) - What you say when you're talking on the phone and you zone out in the middle of the other person's story.


november MONDAY

14th

project uganda week TUESDAY

15th

project uganda week WEDNESDAY

16th

project uganda week REALIZED College is the only time in which being poor and drunk is acceptable.


november THURSDAY

17th

project uganda week FRIDAY

18th

project uganda week SATURDAY & SUNDAY

19th & 20th

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SIGNS THAT THINGS AREN'T GOING SO WELL You're a college student. You don't like noodles.


november MONDAY

21st

TUESDAY

22nd

WEDNESDAY

23rd

DEFINITION Alcoholism (noun) - Having a college student lifestyle while not being in college.


november THURSDAY

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FRIDAY

25th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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DEFINITION Archaeologist (noun) - A grave robber who went to college


november MONDAY

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TUESDAY

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WEDNESDAY

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DEFINITION Sleep (noun) - An urban myth told by college students before exams


december THURSDAY

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FRIDAY

2nd

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doodle box

TWO PEANUTS WALK INTO A BAR. ONE WAS A SALTED.


december MONDAY

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EXAM DESTRESS WEEk TUESDAY

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EXAM DESTRESS WEEk WEDNESDAY

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EXAM DESTRESS WEEk SIGNS THAT THINGS AREN'T GOING SO WELL You spilled beer on your college application...


december THURSDAY

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EXAM DESTRESS WEEk FRIDAY

9th

EXAM DESTRESS WEEk SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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doodle box

Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling.


december MONDAY

12th

exam REVISION TUESDAY

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exam REVISION WEDNESDAY

14th

exam REVISION The only reason people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.


december THURSDAY

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S1 exams FRIDAY

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S1 exams SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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S1 exams "Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." - Douglas Adams


december MONDAY

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20th

WEDNESDAY

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After twelve years of therapy my psychiatrist said something that brought tears to my eyes. He said, "No hablo ingles."


december THURSDAY

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FRIDAY

23rd

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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Everyone has photographic memory; some just don't have the film.


december MONDAY

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TUESDAY

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WEDNESDAY

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Energizer Bunny arrested and charged with battery.


december / january THURSDAY

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FRIDAY

30th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.


january MONDAY

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exams TUESDAY

3rd

exams WEDNESDAY

4th

exams Knowledge talks, wisdom listens. Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.


january THURSDAY

5th

exams FRIDAY

6th

exams SATURDAY & SUNDAY

7th & 8th

doodle box

"Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the world together."


january MONDAY

9th

exams TUESDAY

10th

exams WEDNESDAY

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

11th


january THURSDAY

12th

FRIDAY

13th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

14th & 15th

doodle box

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?


january MONDAY

16th

TUESDAY

17th

WEDNESDAY

18th

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places. - Henny Youngman


january THURSDAY

19th

FRIDAY

20th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

21st & 22nd

doodle box

“I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.” - A. Whitney Brown


january MONDAY

23rd

TUESDAY

24th

WEDNESDAY

25th

Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?


january THURSDAY

26th

FRIDAY

27th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

28th & 29th

doodle box

Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.


january / february MONDAY

30th

drink & drugs awareness week TUESDAY

31st

drink & drugs awareness week WEDNESDAY

1st

drink & drugs awareness week If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?


february THURSDAY

2nd

drink & drugs awareness week FRIDAY

3rd

drink & drugs awareness week SATURDAY & SUNDAY

4th & 5th

doodle box

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.” - Mark Twain


february MONDAY

6th

road safety week TUESDAY

7th

road safety week WEDNESDAY

8th

road safety week Everyone needs believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer.


february THURSDAY

9th

road safety week FRIDAY

10th

road safety week SATURDAY & SUNDAY

11th & 12th

doodle box

You laugh because I'm different........... I laugh cause I just farted!


february MONDAY

13th

TUESDAY

14th

WEDNESDAY

15th

“Attention, restaurant customers. Testicles. That is all.” -

Peter Giffin


february THURSDAY

16th

FRIDAY

17th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

18th & 19th

doodle box

“You dumped a pornstar?! Friendship over. FRIENDSHIP OVER!” - Barney HIMYM


february MONDAY

20th

TUESDAY

21st

WEDNESDAY

22nd

"Woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah... Lois, this is not my Batman glass." - Peter Griffin


february THURSDAY

23rd

FRIDAY

24th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

25th & 26th

doodle box

"I've got an idea--an idea so smart that my head would explode if I even began to know what I'm talking about." - Peter Griffin


february MONDAY

27th

s.h.a.g. week TUESDAY

28th

s.h.a.g. week WEDNESDAY

29th

s.h.a.g. week ''giggity giggity giggity'' –Quagmire


march THURSDAY

1st

s.h.a.g. week FRIDAY

2nd

s.h.a.g. week SATURDAY & SUNDAY

3rd & 4th

doodle box

"I’d do her... do her... wouldn’t do her.... Whew! who hasn’t done her?! ...Lose the pigtails and we’ll talk..." - Stewie Griffin


march MONDAY

5th

r.a.g. week TUESDAY

6th

r.a.g. week WEDNESDAY

7th

r.a.g. week “Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls!” –Father Jack Hackett


march THURSDAY

8th

r.a.g. week FRIDAY

9th

r.a.g. week SATURDAY & SUNDAY

10th & 11th

doodle box

“I don't believe in organized religion” –Father Dougal


march MONDAY

12th

TUESDAY

13th

WEDNESDAY

14th

“I love my brick! - Father Jack Hackett


march THURSDAY

15th

FRIDAY

16th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

17th & 18th

doodle box

“Get away from me! I don't want to catch the menopause!” - Eoin McLove


march MONDAY

19th

rainbow week TUESDAY

20th

rainbow week WEDNESDAY

21st

rainbow week “It's like a big tide of jam coming toward us, but jam made out of old women.” - Father Dougal


march THURSDAY

22nd

rainbow week FRIDAY

23rd

rainbow week SATURDAY & SUNDAY

24th & 25th

doodle box

“Father Crilly, Pat wants to know if he can put his massive tool in my box.” - Mrs. Doyle


march MONDAY

26th

TUESDAY

27th

WEDNESDAY

28th

Velcro... What a rip off!


march / april THURSDAY

29th

FRIDAY

30th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

31st &

doodle box

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

1st


april MONDAY

2nd

TUESDAY

3rd

WEDNESDAY

4th

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.


april THURSDAY

5th

FRIDAY

6th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

7th & 8th

doodle box

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.


april MONDAY

9th

TUESDAY

10th

WEDNESDAY

11th

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.


april THURSDAY

12th

FRIDAY

13th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

14th & 15th

doodle box

Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.


april MONDAY

16th

TUESDAY

17th

WEDNESDAY

18th

If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea... does that mean that one enjoys it?


april THURSDAY

19th

FRIDAY

20th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

21st & 22nd

doodle box

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.


april MONDAY

23rd

TUESDAY

24th

WEDNESDAY

25th

The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.


april THURSDAY

26th

FRIDAY

27th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

28th & 29th

doodle box

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.


april / may MONDAY

30th

EXAM DESTRESS WEEK TUESDAY

1st

EXAM DESTRESS WEEK WEDNESDAY

2nd

EXAM DESTRESS WEEK What did the fish say when he swam into the wall? - Damn


may THURSDAY

3rd

EXAM DESTRESS WEEK FRIDAY

4th

EXAM DESTRESS WEEK SATURDAY & SUNDAY

5th & 6th

doodle box

Why did the mushroom go to the party? He was a fungi


may MONDAY

7th

exam REVISION TUESDAY

8th

exam REVISION WEDNESDAY

9th

exam REVISION What do you call a woman with one leg? - Eileen


may THURSDAY

10th

S2 exams FRIDAY

11th

S2 exams SATURDAY & SUNDAY

12th & 13th

doodle box

Why did the fish get kicked out of school? - Cause he was caught with seaweed.


may MONDAY

14th

S2 exams TUESDAY

15th

S2 exams WEDNESDAY

16th

S2 exams WHAT DID THE GHOST SAY TO THE BEE? BOO-BEE


may THURSDAY

17th

S2 exams FRIDAY

18th

exams SATURDAY & SUNDAY

19th & 20th

doodle box

A magician was driving down the road..then he turned into a drive way...


may MONDAY

21st

S2 exams TUESDAY

22nd

S2 exams WEDNESDAY

23rd

“If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing” –Homer Simpson


may THURSDAY

24th

FRIDAY

25th

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

26th & 27th

doodle box

“'To Start Press Any Key'. Where's the ANY key?” –Homer Simpson


Top tips from your Education Officer

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Go to your lectures Do not miss any tutorials, practical or C.A’s Plan out all you assignments, make sure they’re in on time Check you e-mails everyday Do not be afraid to ask with any help regarding grants, lectures or exams after all that is why I’m here 6. Get involved in college life!


Semester 1

................13 Sep - 20 Jan

Autumn break ................31 Oct - 4 Nov Exam Destress Week Revision Period Exams

..........5 Dec - 9 Dec ..........12 Dec - 14 Dec

..................15 Dec - 10th Jan

Christmas break

..........20 Dec - 2 Jan

Semester 2 ..................23 Jan - 31 May RAG Week

................4 March - 9 March

Easter Break ............2 April - 13 April Exam Destress Week ........30 April - 4 May Revision Period ..............7 May - 9 May Exams ......................10 May - 22 May

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Maintenance Grant: The maintenance grant (or student grant) is the main source of financial help available from the government for students in full-time higher education. However students on part-time courses are not eligible for a maintenance grant, along with students who are repeating a year. Family and personal income are key factors that will be assessed when you apply for a maintenance grant in our local county council or VEC, but there are also some other conditions. The S.U. is a good place to start if you are unclear in how to apply for the financial support. You can email me on education@ittraleesu.ie or drop in to see me in the office in the North or South campus anytime as I can help you with your application. If you think you are eligible for the maintenance grant, you should apply as soon as possible after the application process opens, usually in June. Even if you did not receive one in your first year of college, you should apply before second year begins as you might be eligible 192

Proposed Grant Payments 2011/12 27/10/2011 23/11/2011 16/12/2011 13/01/2012 10/02/2012 09/03/2012 05/04/2012 04/05/2012 01/06/2012


If you qualify for a maintenance grant, you also have you Student Contribution Charge (â‚Ź2000 Registration Fee) paid or refunded back to you. It is really important to remember that qualifying for a maintenance grant saves you a HUGE amount of money. All you have to do is present the letter from your local VEC (telling you that you have been awarded a grant) to the admissions office in the North campus to inform them of your situation. I highly recommend taking a look at studentfinance.ie! It has lots of information on the maintenance grant and how to apply, along with all financial funds available to students. Make sure you check it out!! If you need any help with any of these issues, you can call into the S.U. office to see me at anytime. If you need a hand straight away, make sure you pop me an email to education@ittraleesu.ie and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Preparation & Skills

Three People to talk to:

Doing an exam is like entering an athletic event. There is a certain amount of training, preparation, and then the day itself. If the conditions are tough this is where the training comes in handy, as you can fall back on the things that you have done before. You may be able to make a good start but the difference is spreading your energy (or knowledge) over the whole course. Here are some tips to get you into training for the big event.

1. SOMEONE A YEAR AHEAD. If you talk to someone who has done the test, they can give you an overview of what is involved and what is generally required. This will give you an idea of the way the exam is put together, the content, and the form that it takes. 2. YOUR LECTURER: It’s good to get an idea of what is involved in the whole process. It will also look like you are interested in doing well. Find out how long the exam will take - how many questions and time per question is crucial information. Find out the format of the test, (e.g. four out of six questions, one compulsory question, etc.) and everything that you need for the test calculator, ruler, etc. Also, find out what the overall mark for the test is. 3. CLASSMATES: This is always a delicate area as they may steer you away from your focus. Find out if they have any past exam papers or any notes or hints that you may have missed. Stick to the ones that are positive about the exam. Stay away from the "Oh my God's". Ask the right questions to keep your cool.

Preparation Keep your head. Don't let anyone else bother you. This is YOUR exam; this is your opportunity to maintain your college average! If you are beginning to feel anxious about the exams that means you care (that's good!). Any time that anxiety arrives get used to the idea by doing a little amount every day or every second day. This will keep your nerves down and also use your energy to make you more prepared - that way the tension doesn't build up. 200


TOP TIPS • Practice having a go at sample questions as they might appear in the exam, in the time allowed. • Establish regular sleep patterns that will coincide with the time of the exam so you won't feel half-asleep during the exam. • Write clearly. They can only give marks for the writing that they can read! • Read instructions carefully. • Allow enough time to answer questions. • Mark questions that you need to come back to. • If you don’t know the answer, make an educated guess. • Answer the question! Lecturers can only give marks for answers to the question. For example, if the question says compare ‘Chemical A’ with ‘Chemical B’. If your answer just discusses ‘Chemical A’ then this doesn't answer the question. • Keep the waffle for the weekend! Some students like to write pages and pages, but they will get similar marks to students that answer in one paragraph. You only have a short time to answer questions. • Tell them what question you are doing! Make sure the lecturer knows precisely which question you are answering. Answer question parts together. (e.g. 1(a), 1(b), etc.) • While writing clearly is important, don't spend too much time making "pretty" diagrams. • If you are running out of time, at least write some key words and phrases. Blank answers get no marks. • Bring supplies!!! Water, pens, pencils, calculators, rulers! • Pay attention to the exam rules, (e.g. no phones, wallets, etc.)

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Library @ IT Tralee

We have libraries in both campuses; they play a major role in your academic life. Access the most up to date information, log onto library.ittralee.ie The South Campus library offers seating for 80 students, and hosts a vast variety of books on course material for the relevant courses in the South Campus. There are also plug-in facilities for laptops at various points throughout the library. It also has a meeting room that is bookable through your librarian for private study or class meetings. The North Campus library located at the main entrance of the Business building, seats 395 students over 3 floors as well as shelving for 60,000 books. There are also desktop plug-in facilities for laptops at various points throughout the library. There is a study room located on the 3rd floor known as ‘The Cube’ where there is room for study with plenty of computer access, along with desktop plug-in facilities for laptops. Library opening times *Library opening times are subject to change: library.ittralee.ie/screens/OpeningHours.html

Web CT (Blackboard Learning System) WebCT is one of the best facilities for online learning. Here you will be able to access past exam papers, course notes, video tutorials, submit assignments, announcements, learning modules and much more. You will also be able to keep up to date with your grades and track your progress. Click on the Log In tab, enter to T-Number and your password. After logging in to the WebCT, you will be prompted to accept a Java Security Certificate. You must click Yes orAlways to ensure that Learning System functionality using Java will work properly in your browser.

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Lockers

Need somewhere to store college books, assignments, or even a gym bag?? For the first year ever, whether you’re a North or a South campus student, ITTSU have made sure that there is lockers available on both campuses for students, on a first come, first serve basis! To obtain a locker from your S.U., simply call into the office as early as possible to book one. The lockers are technically free, but there is a ₏10 deposit taken at the beginning of the term, which is will be given back to you at the end of the year provided that you give back the key & lock.

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Your T Card can be used for many things. While getting huge student discounts from business around the town and the country is technically great, it is not the only thing you’ll need it for. Identification. Your T Card is used as your ONLY form of official IT Tralee identification that you can use for your end of semester exams. It carries your T-Number and your photo so it is essential. Please bring it to your exams to prove that you are in-fact you! Library Services. The Librarian will request for your T Card when you go to withdraw a book from the library or avail from any of the library services. Printing The most common day to day use of you T Card is for printing/photo copying on the printers located around both campuses. Unfortunately printing and photocopying does not come free. You use the credit on your T Card to print off assignments, notes and anything else you require. Printing from computer labs is more expensive.

***IT IS CHEAPER TO PRINT FROM THE PRINTING BUREAU LOCATED NEAR THE COMUTER SERVICES HELPDESKS ON BOTH CAMPUSES***

Topping up you T Card When you register in 1st year there is automatically credit on your T Card. To top up your T Card (and believe me you will have to) you must: 1. Go to an on-campus ATM and select - Campus Top Up 2. Log onto a college computer and follow the link to do it online: http://tcard.ittralee.ie Further Queries: For help or advice call into see your Education Officer or email me: education@ittraleesu.ie Finance Office - On Ext No: 2200 or 066-7145602 Further account enquiries provided you have checked your account on-line first. Computer Services - On Ext No: 1699 or 066-7191699 - Technical Questions E-mail: tcard@ittralee.ie

LOOK AFTER YOYR T CARD IT COATS â‚Ź10 TO REPLACE IT!

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Grinds System

IT Tralee Students Union also provides a system, where students who are struggling to keep up with their studies can get extra tuition on a particular subject (if available). Usually 3rd , 4th and 5th year students offer assistance. Only students with a grade B (or the equivalent) or above can offer to give grinds. The cost varies from student to student but it’s usually around ₏20 per session. For more information contact your education officer or log onto our website to view the grinds that might be available to you.

www.ittralesu.ie

2nd hand bookshop

We also run a system for students who would like to buy/sell 2nd hand college books. The system runs very simply if you have a book to sell call into one of our offices and fill out a 2nd hand book shop form, and we will put you on our website. If you are interested in buying a 2nd hand book, log onto our website to see if the book you require is for sale. For more information contact your education officer or log onto our website to view what books that might be available to you.

www.ittralesu.ie

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Tralee Pitch & Putt Club Kileen, Oakpark, Tralee • 066 7125450 Open 11.00am to Dusk • 7 Days a week

Special Student Rate Only €7 including clubs

All-Ireland Championship Course 1985 & 1995 National Trocaire Champinship 2009

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EVERY NIGHT IS STUDENT NIGHT BOWLING FOR 6 - €30.00 includes 1 lane of bowling for 1 hour Valid for students only

BOWL AND BITE - €10.00 includes 1 hour of bowling, selection of finger food, mineral, tea or coffee.

CLASS PARTIES CATERED FOR


18.00

lecture timetable

17.00

16.00

15.00

14.00

13.00

12.00

11.00

10.00

9.00

MONDAY TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

semester one

FRIDAY


9.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 13.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00

MONDAY

lecture timetable

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

semester two



ITTSU Student Handbook 11/12