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Volume XXV 21st February 2012
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UCDSU ELECTION SPECIAL -Interviews with all the candidates -Further SU Constitution Analysis -College Turbine Election Special
The candidates and their supporters took part in the annual Poster Race on Saturday afternoon. The elections and the SU constitutional referendum will be held on Wednesday 29th February and Thursday 1st March. Photo: Sinéad Williams.
UCDSU Referendum on USI pledged for next year DONIE O'SULLIVAN
achel Breslin, the sole SU Presidential candidate and current Welfare Officer, has pledged to hold a referendum on UCD Students' Union's affiliation with the Union of Students in Ireland sometime in the next academic year. The move is a significant one as UCDSU, the largest individual students' union in the state, contributes over €100,000 to the USI budget each year. Breslin, likely President-elect, says she believes there is an appetite
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amongst UCD students for a referendum on the matter. Although she told the College Tribune she believes it would be inappropriate for her to indicate how she would vote in the referendum, she said that she is content with the level of reform in the new USI constitution and believes USI offers an effective method of launching national campaigns. She said she believes it is ultimately up to the students of UCD to decide if they are getting their money’s worth from USI membership – currently every member of UCDSU pays a €5 USI membership fee annually. Significantly, UCDSU are holding a referendum in March to determine the
Union's position on fees. Currently UCDSU, like USI, campaign for free fees. However, recently some students have begun to express the view that they believe this is no longer a realistic goal and argue a more pragmatic approach is needed. Breslin says if UCD students were to vote to change the Union's position on fees and if this was not consistent with USI policy then a ref-
erendum on affiliation with USI would be held in semester one of the next academic year. USI are also currently reviewing their position on fees as many criticised last autumn's “Stop Fees, Save the Grant” campaign. Trinity College Students' Union President had encouraged TCD students to petition for a referendum on USI affiliation before Christmas, however no referendum has
been called and sources in Trinity suggest one will not take place this year. UCDSU sabbatical officer elections and a referendum on a proposed new SU constitution will take place in two weeks time on Wednesday 29th February and Thursday 1st March. A total of eleven candidates are running for the five sabbatical positions. This week's College Tribune features analysis of all
eleven candidates, including their position on USI and fees [see pages 6-10]. The majority of candidates support a referendum on USI membership. If elected, Campaigns and Communications candidate Karl Gill has pledged to step down from the position should UCDSU's policy on fees be changed and he was not expected to campaign for free fees.
News in Brief SOPHIE KELLY Dublin’s ‘stupidest’ criminal jailed. A Dublin man, who "ranks amongst the alltime stupidest criminals", has been jailed for seven years following an attempted armed robbery where raiders had to be rescued by the Fire Brigade. Gary Byrne left the scene of the robbery, trapping his accomplices into the gold storage business. The trial judge commented that for “some unknown reason” Byrne left the premises, leaving his accomplices “to emerge with their hands up and surrendering themselves to Gardaí” after being rescued by the fire brigade. He suspended the last two years of Byrne’s sentence, arguing that he was not “a hardened criminal”, although “[Byrne’s] ineptitude and stupidity does not, in any way, reduce his culpability”. Dublin music venue closes doors. Dublin nightclub complex POD, which is located on Harcourt Street, has been permanently shut down. It is believed that the venue, which includes Tripod, Crawdaddy and The Lower Deck, will be renovated under new management into one single large scale nightclub on the popular clubbing stree. The closure has lead to scheduled gigs being moved to similar locations across Dublin. Django Django, who was scheduled to play Crawdaddy on February 23rd, will now be playing in The Grand Social. Certain POD club nights have also found new locations, such as Banquet Saturdays which will now be held in The Button Factory. Website to inform students of radical constitution change UCDSU have set up a website dedicated to the Constitutional Referendum which will be held on February 29th and March 1st alongside the Sabbatical elections. SU President, Pat de Brún, believes that the referendum “is a hugely important vote for all students to be informed about’’.
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UCD students hit catwalk once again for Fashion Show SOPHIE KELLY
fter months of planning UCD Fashion Show, “Europe’s largest and most glamorous student-run fashion show”, is set to take place in O’Reilly Hall on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd of February. This will be the 26th UCD Fashion Show. The show’s communication manager, Aisling Billington, told The College Tribune: “we've produced a really strong show and have some excellent students involved’’. Stylist Roxanne Parker will be returning for a second year to style the sixty models included in the show. The Fashion Show Committee believe that this year “will be an even better show” and said they are “honoured to
work with such a sought after name in the fashion industry’’. This year’s theme is fashion and music throughout the ages, which the Committee feel is “sure to be not only absolutely beautifully put together, but there'll also be a few laughs out loud moments as the models have fun with it.’’ Billington informed the Tribune that BodyWise gave a talk on healthy eating at the first rehearsal to the models. The organisers encourage a “healthy attitude” and try to choose models that represent UCD’s range of students. She does not believe the show can be criticised for only picking “stick thin girls”. Billington laughs that after the press call all the models “ended up in Captain America’s for burgers!”
Entertainment for this year’s show will include Dublin singer-songwriter Paddy Casey and De_mau5, as well as dance routines from DanceSoc. Spin 103.8’s resident DJ’s will be hosting the night. The show will also include awards for Young Designer of the Year and Model of the Year. Entrants will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including Stellar magazine editor Corina Gaffney and stylist Courtney Smith. The winner of Young Designer of the Year will win a portfolio shoot with photographer Agata Stoinska. The model chosen as Model of the Year will receive a one year contract with Assets modelling agency and as a spread in Stellar magazine. The show is in aid of the Mark Owens Medical Fund.
Photo: Caoimhe McDonnell The Charity was set up in April 2011 with a target of raising €1 million to help Marc, an eighteen year old Dublin City University student, pay for his ongoing medical treatment. Marc suffers from a very rare and aggressive form of cancer, which has less than 200 known cases worldwide. The recession has had an effect on the planning of the show, with clothes being chosen from a mix of high
street and designer sources. Billington hopes that this will help students find the show “more accessible”. She told the College Tribune that she wants “people to come along and be wowed by what they saw, but also be able to afford to recreate the looks’’. Tickets have been on sale for (how long maybe?) for the shows from the models, SU outlets and a stand located in the Arts Block, ranging from €10 to €15.
Multi-Story car park for UCD? DAWN LONERGAN
t Council on Tuesday 14th February a committee was set up to examine the possibility of improving parking facilities at UCD. This follows a feasibility report from the University which decided that the building of a multi-story car-park would not be feasible unless charging for parking was introduced across campus. Pat de Brún, President of UCDSU, disagrees with this decision, stating to the College Tribune that “personally I am against cross-campus charging”. There is no information as of yet if residence car-parks would be excluded from the potential charge. The on-campus feeling appears to be a call for more parking spaces despite the possibility of a charge being introduced. Law with Politics student Deirdre Bonham stated she would pay for parking at UCD as there are “certain times of the day that there is no point coming into class, as there is no chance of getting a space which means missing classes”. It would also have to be below fifty euro, as Second Year Commerce student James Kelly points out that “you can get a 50 euro pay and display ticket for the year and there is almost always a pay and display spot”.
ECJ Rules Against Copyright Filters LISA GORRY
I The presence of ‘Park & Riders’ is often cited as a major problem, but de Brún feels it is only “a small fraction of the overall problem”. Bonham disagrees and believes it to be a bigger problem. “I could arrive into college at 8.30 and many car parks are already full which is crazy when no class starts until 9.” Kelly agrees: “I was there at 7:30 most mornings in First Year and the car parks were about half full even at that time”. A solution put forward by de Brún is “using the UCard system to introduce barriers at the entrances of car parks to alleviate the park & ride problem”. However, he points out that “the costs & feasibility of it would need to be carefully examined.”
De Brún recognises that there is a problem with parking on campus, but he doesn't see an easy solution. “We have far more drivers & cars on campus than there are spaces available…whatever happens, I don't see the parking problem ever being really fixed. I believe the only solution long-term is a move towards better public transport & cycling facilities.” Furthermore, he says, “there are more buildings planned for the campus… and the fact that students numbers are growing year on year only exacerbates this problem.” There are two proposed parking facilities, one near to the N11 and one near the Clonskeagh entrance.
n a judgment handed down last Thursday, the European Court of Justice made a landmark decision in relation to file sharing. The ECJ ruled last week that web hosting companies and services could not be compelled to install filtering software in the search for uploaded content in potential copyright infringement. It ruled that such an order would threaten the proportion the ability of rights holders to protect their copyright, and the right to entrepreneurship. The court had been asked to rule on the original case, known as the ‘Scarlet ruling’, where music rights group SABAM were told it could not ask internet service providers to deliver blanket bans on file-sharing. The court was asked whether EU directives authorised a court to order web hosts to impose a copyright filtering system. According to the Luxembourg court “That injunction
could potentially undermine freedom of information, since that system might not distinguish adequately between unlawful content and lawful content, with the result that its introduction could lead to the blocking of lawful communications.” The ECJ went on to add that any domestic court which granted such an injunction “would not be respecting the requirement that a fair balance be struck between the right to intellectual property, on the one hand, and the freedom to conduct business, the right to protection of personal data and the freedom to receive or impart information, on the other”. TJ McIntyre of the Digital Rights Ireland group said the ruling was “not that exciting in its own right”, describing it as a “copy and paste” of the Scarlet ruling. The ruling comes as junior research minister Seán Sherlock prepares controversial secondary legislation which will allow copyright holders to seek injunctions blocking access to certain websites.
21st February 2012
UCD hosts event in honour of former Taoiseach MARIAN PRENDERGAST
he first annual Garret FitzGerald Spring School took place recently in UCD. The event was hosted by the UCD College of Human Sciences and included a lecture from former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. The event, named after former Taoiseach and UCD lecturer Garret FitzGerald, took place over two days. The theme was ‘Democracy in the 21st Century’ and was heavily influenced by FitzGerald himself, focusing in part on his legacy. In her lecture, Robinson praised Fitzgerald’s dedication to Irish society, describing him
as “a guide and mentor for this country that he loved so much”. She spoke about “his dedication to seeking a lasting solution in Northern Ireland”. She also highlighted FitzGerald’s achievement in bringing “many bright, young people into the department inspired by his vision of an Ireland that could hold its own in Europe and more broadly”. FitzGerald, who died in May of last year aged 85, had strong links to UCD. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the college and later went on to do a Ph.D. in the university. In later years FitzGerald returned to UCD to lecture in econom-
ics. The introduction of the annual Garret FitzGerald Spring School honours the relationship between the former Taoiseach and the University. The Spring School is not solely about honouring FitzGerald. It also aims to educate people about issues such as the media and democracy in the present and future. According to Robinson: “We can draw inspiration from the memory of Garret FitzGerald, but I’m sure that he would be the first to say in the end we must find the courage to take the necessary measures to face future challenges ourselves”.
UCD SHAG Week 2012 LISA GORRY
CDSU’s annual SHAG Week took last week from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February, promoting sexual health and awareness. Various workshops and campaigns were held throughout the week, including Condom Throwing Competitions, Residents Take Me Out and several Sperm Attacks targeting numerous buildings around campus. Speaking to the College Tribune, current Welfare Officer and SU President Candidate Rachel Breslin expressed how delighted she was with how the week had gone. She spoke particularly about the success of the Shag Packs: “The Shag Packs contained information on contraception options for females and then more general contraception options, as well as condoms and lube… We gave them out in different places; all the faculties and then around residences, and reckon that we distributed around 4,000 packs.” She went how to highlight how they were core to the message of Shag Week. “The message we wanted to get out during Shag Week is to
encourage everyone, particularly first years who haven’t had a Shag Week before, to think about their contraception options, to think before they have sex and to make sure that they are aware of all the options.” Another highlight of Shag Week was the workshop run by Dr. Siobhan O’Higgins on Wednesday. Dr. O’Higgins, who works as a sexologist, ran the workshop entitled “Be Better in Bed” to a full Blue Room in the Students’ Centre. Breslin commented that she “couldn’t believe the amount of people that attended; everyone who was there really seemed to enjoy it; she was very entertaining.” Something that really caught the attention of students was the promotional video for SHAG week, which racked up nearly 4,000 views on Youtube. “We were really happy with how the video went down,” said Breslin, thanking everyone who took part. “The video was great. We got a lot of positive feedback and it was a good introduction to the week. I think it’s a really great way to do it so that people know what’s going on.”
Dublin ranks 8th in ‘Best Student Cities’ LEIGHANNE BENT
he first ever Best Student Cities ranking has been carried out by QS World University Rankings. Out of a possible 50 cities, Dublin and Berlin were placed joint 8th. The top three cities were Paris, London and Boston. There are two pre-requisites for cities to be eligible for evaluation; there must be a population of over 250,000 and the city must be home to at least two institutions. In total, five areas are examined to determine the ranking of each individual city: rankings, student mix, quality of living, employer activity and affordability. The four institutions in Dublin (UCD, TCD, DIT and DCU) have fees that average
out at €19,600. However, according to the QS World University Rankings website, “they have produced famous names in range of disciplines”. This can be seen as a major incentive for prospective students to continue their education in one of the four third-level institutions that Dublin has to offer, helping to undermine the hefty fees demanded and encourage students to choose Dublin as a city of interest. The total population of Dublin stands at 1,046,000 people. Out of this figure the student population adds up to 51,500. These figures show that Dublin has a high concentration of students. It also has a high international student ratio of 23%. The Mercer Quality of Living survey contrasts and
compares 221 cities across the world. Dublin has bagged itself a once again impressive 24th place. The Mercer Cost of Living Rank for Dublin is a reasonable 58th place. All of the above information merges to give Dublin an overall score of 376. This is made up from the areas of affordability (43), employers’ activity (70), quality of living (91.5), student mix (92) and finally the rankings score that (79). A good social scene is important in the life of any student preparing for third level education. Roman Auernheimer, a foreign exchange student, says: “pubs generate a very unique atmosphere” and thinks that “Dublin deserved a good place” in the rankings.
Photo: Rachel Breslin
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International News in Brief FRANCES IVENS Chris Christie the governor of New Jersey has vetoed a bill allowing same sex marriages, which was passed through the state assembly a day earlier. Governor Christie has been a long standing opponent to the bill, and is calling for a referendum in the state to decide the issue. The bill will now go to the state senate. Currently seven US state recognise same sex marriages; New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Washington state.
On Saturday 18th February, 1,500 family and friends attended the funeral of the late singer Whitney Houston in Newmarket, New Jersey. Houston was found dead in a hotel in Los Angles Saturday 11th February, aged 48. The church used for the service, is where Houston began singing as a child in the local gospel choir. Stevie Wonder and Kevin Costner were among those paying personal tributes to the singer. A private viewing service was also held on Friday night for close family.
Iranian Warships have entered the Mediterranean sea, via the Suez Canal. This is only the second time the country has sent military ships to the area since the 1979 revolution. The move comes amid growing tensions between Iran and the West regarding Iran’s nuclear programme. However, Naval Chief Admiral Habibollah Sayari told press that the motivation behind the action was to show the ‘might of Iran’, and send Tehran’s ‘message of peace’. Israel have accused Iran of provocation, amid increasing deterioration of the countries’ relationship.
21st February 2012
UK may see new degree classification system PETER HAMILTON
ast week, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) concluded in the U.K that the current 2:1 degree classification system is outdated. The report describes how the current system “cannot describe, and therefore does not do full justice to, the range of knowledge, skills, experience and attributes of a graduate in the 21st century.” The report finds that the current system cannot capture achievement in some key areas of interest to students and employers, and that many employers could be missing out on the skills and experience of potential recruits merely because these students had not attained a first or upper second degree. The report comments on how “the focus on the top two degree classes wrongly reinforces an impression that a Lower Second or a Third Class degree
is not an achievement.” The drafters of the report believe that replacing this system represents a major upheaval for the sector. It is now the popular belief that employers value candidates with work experience just as much as academic achievement. A recent survey by graduate recruitment specialist Milkround.com, found 58% of graduates think employers should scrap their minimum requirement of a 2:1 degree. Another survey conducted by High Fliers research, which looked at the graduate job market in the UK, found that a total of 36% of vacancies on offer are likely to be filled by applicants who worked for the company concerned while they were at university. The report concludes: “this means many of those without work experience are likely to be left out in the cold.” The report goes on to find that more than half of recruiters say graduates
who have no previous work experience are unlikely to make it through their selection process and have little or no chance of securing a job offer for their graduate programme. Despite the suggestions of recent research, HEAR believe that they can’t ignore the durability of the current classification system: “throughout this period of considerable institutional and curriculum change, despite the increasing diversity of graduates and their learning experiences…the honours degree classification has endured as the final judgement.” The report still doesn’t find the honours degree classification system as the most efficient, “[it] reduces the information about student achievement to five/ six broad categories of classification and…is far too blunt a tool to fully capture the qualities and capabilities of the modern student.” In 1997, the Dearing report also called for the abo-
lition of the current degree classification system. It has been over 10 years since Dearing hoped that the system currently in place would wither of its own accord. This hasn’t happened, however, HEAR ask for “active partici-
pation of the sector in taking this work forward.” The drafters of the report feel that “information contained in HEAR will be limited and its potential may remain under-exploited.” Nevertheless it is the be-
lief of HEAR that many employers are not knowledgeable on the proposed changes but if they were, the opportunities for providing a range of new types of information are considerable.
NEWS IN FOCUS
Over-eager campaign teams
Timothy Potenz examines the effect those-campaigners-that-follow-you-around-on-election-day have on the legitimacy of the Student Union elections.
n the run up to this Student Union election we can expect the typical plethora of election campaign strategies. As usual, meetings, lecture announcements, posters and fliers will be hard to miss as we gear up to Election Day. These are all effective campaign techniques in their own right. They grab your attention, they inform and they instill a competitive atmosphere. Most importantly, it’s easy for you to walk away from them if you so choose. However, election candidates have another trick up their sleeves that is particularly hard to miss: their canvassers. These platoons of t-shirt clad campaigners described by one student as “unstoppable and relentless” - will be everywhere on both polling days. For readers who are unfamiliar with the events of Election Day, here is a brief description: the polling stations will be located in places students simply have to walk past during their day. These polling stations will be surrounded by roughly 10 - 20
members of different campaign teams. They will be armed with t-shirts, stockpiles of fliers, and determination. What do these people do? Brian Gearty describes a typical encounter: “They approach you, try to get you to vote for their candidate and follow you until you leave the area. It’s not pleasant.” “It’s actually really annoying,” says Arts student Sarah Connolly. “They just don't leave you alone.”
“They follow you until you leave the area. Its not pleasant.” There is actually a way to make these people go away. All you have to do is vote. Then you get a sticker saying you have voted. Anyone wearing this sticker gets left alone by the campaigners. “I just voted for whatever candidate the first person who approaches me wants me to vote for,” says 2nd year Arts student John Finlay. “Once I get the sticker I'm
happy.” 3rd year Maireen O'Sullivan has a similar sentiment:“I vote for the sticker. The last two years I don't think I even paid attention to who I was voting for. I just put down random names, got the sticker and left.” Consider what this actually means for the student union elections: if X votes just to get rid of the campaigners, this would mean that a vote has now been cast by someone who is uninterested in the election and did not get informed in the runup to it. “I'm not entirely sure it’s that big a deal if I just vote for whoever,” continues Maireen. “I doubt many people act the way I do. I just really can't stand those campaigners.” The idea that a great many students cast completely uninformed or random votes to get away from canvassers is indeed difficult to put any weight to. However the question must be asked: if uninformed, uninterested students vote just to get rid of campaigners, do these canvassers actually reduce the
legitimacy of the votes cast, of the mandate given to the candidates, and of the election as a whole?
“I vote for the sticker.” This is a tough question to answer, but an important one to consider. For any
reader who does not feel inclined to assess each of the eleven candidates in the coming week, but who will undoubtedly encounter canvassers on February 29 and March 1, here are a few options. A - They do lower the legitimacy of the election. I will ignore the campaigners
on the day. B - They do not lower the legitimacy of the election. I will not ignore the campaigners on the day. C- They do lower the legitimacy of the election, but I really want to be left alone. I will draw a smiley face on the ballot paper, cast it, get the sticker and walk on.
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NEWS IN FOCUS
Dublin Bay oil sparks debate RÓISÍN CARLOS
he possibility that Providence Resources will be granted a Foreshore Licence to undertake an exploratory well drill in Dublin Bay has been met with an outcry from local residents, politicians and environmental activist groups. Conrad Richardson, Environmental Officer in UCD, has recognised the planned oil drilling in Dublin Bay as a key environmental challenge facing the Irish community and something which should be on the agenda for UCD students. He plans on inviting a guest speaker representing the Protect Our Coast movement to speak at UCD’s Environmental Week, held between the 27th of February and March 2nd. Protect Our Coast and the Dun Laoghaire based Save our Seafront have facilitated a number of public meetings to address the various social, economic and environmental concerns arising from the drilling. The response from interest groups and the public has resulted in an overwhelming call for a Public Enquiry to be made. This call has been received with considerable support from local TDs and councillors, including Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore.
However, despite the outcry for an investigation, and the “large number” of submissions received by the Department of the Environment, the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan has rejected the call for a public inquiry. Hogan has said that the nature of the application by Providence Recourses is the subject of a public consultation process, and as such he does not deem the related
"considerable support from local cross-party TD’s and councillors, including Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore." public inquiry as “necessary.” This decision has been met by a great deal of criticism from many involved in the protest campaign, including Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. According to Gilmore, the 1933 Foreshore Act does give Hogan a right to call for an oral hearing. If Hogan does in fact invoke his right to such a hearing, it would only be the second time this has happened. The only other such hearing was held in 1991, over plans for a marina in Dingle, County Kerry. Many of those supporting the plans for the oil drill
point to the financially lucrative nature of the project. This could be a possible end to Ireland’s recent austerity, as the state can gain between 25-40% of the profits. It is also pointed out that while a company may drill a dry well, at high risk and high cost, the Irish state will lose nothing. Amongst these advocates is Anna McGettigan, second year politics student and Dalkey resident who spoke to the College Tribune. “Obviously, the addition of a drill and oil rig isn’t optimal in an
area with such iconic coastline, but I think that given the current economic situation turning down an opportunity that is providing jobs and resources is ridiculous.”
"a possible end to Ireland’s recent austerity... the state can gain between 25-40% of the profits" However, for many involved in the campaign
Positive steps for LGBT TIMOTHY POTENZ
n Valentine's Day, UCD's LGBT society took part in a protest outside government buildings on Kildare Street. Around thirty UCD LGBT members, and one member of Trinity LGBT, protested on the issue of civil partnership for same-sex couples in Ireland. The protest was also attended by openly gay members of the Oireachtas Senator Katherine Zappone, Senator David Norris and John Lyons TD.
“It would be a terrible shame if the government thought [civil partnership] is enough”
A legal audit of civil partnership that has taken place over the last few months has found that 169 rights afforded to married couples
will not be afforded to samesex civil partners. Significant among these is the right to adopt children. As it stands, single gay people can adopt, but civil partners cannot. “We went to the protest to show support for the protest and to get a stronger voice heard,” says Michelle Crean, auditor of UCD's LGBT so-
ciety. “We wanted to remind the government that we are still here, and also to raise awareness of the March for Marriage.” The March for Marriage is an annual march in support of gay marriage that UCD's LGBT has regularly taken part in. It is part of an ongoing awareness campaign by Noise LGBT, a
national group supporting the rights of same-sex couples. There is a growing confidence among the LGBT community that full rights for same-sex couples will soon be on the table. A recently published national poll shows that 76% of Irish people are in favour of mar-
against the prospective oil drill, such as Melisa Halpin from Save our Seafront, the economic benefit is not worth the cost of potential environmental danger. “The long term implications of this decision are enormous and at this stage, considering the potential environmental dangers and the questionable benefit any oil find would be to the state under the current licensing and taxation regulations, Save Our Seafront cannot see any reason why Providence should be granted this
riage for same-sex couples. In UCD in particular, Crean notes an increasingly positive reception of homosexuality amongst students of our generation. “I think in our generation things have definitely improved. There is still a minority of people out there who are close-minded, but when most people meet gay people they realise that there really is no difference.”
“I think in our generation things have definitely improved.”
Some UCD students echoed a similar sentiment. 2nd Year John Finlay remarked that, “I've never encountered any homophobia in my time in UCD, or amongst anyone of my generation.” “I don't think homophobia is a big problem anymore,” noted Alicia Morrison, currently a student of Law and Philosophy. Asked if she would raise the issue of gay marriage with her local TDs, Alicia replied: “I don't know if I would go to my TD about it... see that's a question of apa-
license.” In response to the environmental and social concerns, Providence Resources and its partners, Star Energy Oil and Gas Ltd, have said that the planned seismic survey, site survey and exploration drilling “will be at a significant distance from any designated area of environmental or ecological interest.” The debate surrounding this issue raises serious questions of Ireland’s energy future, as Ireland relies heavily upon foreign oil and gas imports. Olivia Carrington, second year student of physics with astronomy and space science, told the Tribune what frustrated her most is that Ireland is spending too much time and money on “a dying industry.” “As a finite resource, we should be looking for clean and renewable energies. We need investment to develop technologies and develop on existing ones to make them more efficient. A half-arsed approach isn’t gonna work!” Providence Resources has made a statement saying that they are open for any member of the public to make an appointment to meet with them. The company is stressing that the exploration is at a “relatively early stage” and that the current licence is required “for exploratory activity only.” For more information, visit www.protectourcoast.net.
thy. I think maybe you have to have a personal experience before you really start to get involved in something.” The issue of lobbying is a significant one. Michelle Crean believes that “if people were to simply go to their TDs and tell them that they care about gay rights, then this issue could get closer to being resolved.” There are still obstacles to progress for gay rights. Alongside issues of apathy and lack of awareness, there is the potential problem that the nation will believe that the LGBT community has made sufficient progress as it is. “Civil partnership is a step in the right direction, but it would be a terrible shame if the government thought that it is enough. It is completely different to marriage.” says Crean. Though last week's protest was considered a success by those who attended it, it was only a forerunner to the much larger March for Marriage that will be held on August 12th of this year. According to Crean, “there is still work to be done.”
SU SABBATICAL ELECTIONS
COLLEGE TRIBUNE 21st February 2012
Rachel Breslin Rachel Breslin talks to Donie O'Sullivan about running uncontested in the upcoming SU Presidential election, her vision for the future of the SU, the proposed constitution, and who she thinks is responsible for the SU debt.
CD Students' Union looks set to get its first female President in over a decade as current Welfare Officer Rachel Breslin is running unopposed in the race for the top job in the country's biggest Students’ Union. Rachel, a twenty year old Business and Law student from Bundoran in Co. Donegal, says her year as Welfare Officer inspired her to run for the position of President. “It has really made me believe more in the ability of students to come together and change things and has made me believe more in the power of the Students' Union to make everyone’s college experience better.” Breslin has arguably had the most successful term in office of any of the current crop of sabbatical officers. With a good deal of her promises from last year fulfilled and comparatively few public mishaps, the consensus in the SU corridor seems to be that Breslin is a hard worker and will make a good President. However some of Breslin's more significant manifesto promises from last year are yet to come to fruition, such as the creation of a “safe space” in the city centre for students at night, a facility to allow students to request free condoms using their SIS, and a special volunteering section on the SU website.
Breslin was criticised in semester one for a poor turnout at a Welfare related event in the student bar, and also a number of weeks ago when the SU was forced to cancel the Residences’ Ball due to slow ticket sales. In both instances, however, Breslin emerged relatively unscathed as neither case seemed to generate the same level of criticism, particularly online, as other SU failings. Breslin says that overall she is happy with her year and that she has “no big regrets.” She describes the past number of months as a “crucial year” for UCDSU as “it's a year that we as a Students' Union took on issues that we really needed to take on that had been ignored for several years.” The issues she alludes to relate to the financial position of the SU. Breslin believes it has been “a much more difficult year than Pat [de Brún] could ever have thought it would be.” Breslin maintains that she was happy with all of the major decisions de Brún made this year on the SU finances and said, “if every student knew exactly what's going on in the Students' Union they would have made the exact same decisions.” With that in mind, Breslin says she hopes to improve how the Union communicates information to students, although she points out that this year the Union addressed big issues
that wouldn't normally be anticipated. If elected, Breslin will take charge of a very different SU to the one she was elected to less than twelve months ago. The Union will be a limited company, a new constitution may be in place and an enormous debt will have to be paid. On the issue of the SU debt, which is estimated to be in the region of €1 million, Breslin says she is hopeful that an outcome between the university and the Union will emerge. “The college and the Union must work together, there is no point in blame right now, because that won't help one single student going forward.” However she acknowledges that “it's such a significant sum of money that there are questions to be answered.” Breslin played a central role in the drafting of the proposed new SU constitution and is an adamant supporter of i t s ratifica-
tion. She believes that “there are a lot of areas where it will make improvements,” and dismisses criticisms that under the new constitution the Welfare Officer would not have enough time to deal with personal cases. When the College Tribune asked her about potential issues that may emerge from the lack of detail in the constitution about the “Entertainment Manager” that would replace the elected entertainment sabbatical officer, Breslin didn't comprehensively address how these issues could be resolved, though she did point out that “the main thing about that [the p r o posed n e w
structure of Ents] is that the President has the ultimate say.” Breslin's manifesto has a number of novel promises, all of which she claims are feasible, including a system that allows students to hand in their laptops at the library desk to be charged if they can't find an electrical socket, meals in the soon-to-reopen Forum Bar until 11pm each night, more free water fountains across the college and plans to give students the opportunity to use the space in the Arts Tunnel, formerly occupied by the copy bureau, to run their own business or charitable project, with 25% of the profits going to the Welfare Fund. Breslin also hopes to ensure that the SU website is improved and updated far more regularly, but is not committing to a complete overhaul of it. She also promises that a referendum on USI will be held next year. Depending on the upcoming SU referendum, UCDSU's position on fees may no longer be consistent with USI's. If this were to occur, Breslin believes that a USI referendum would have to be held in the first semester of the next academic year. When asked her own position on USI, Breslin said she thought it would be inappropriate for her to say. She said that she was content with the level of reform in the new USI constitution,
but that ultimately it was up to UCD students to decide if they believed they were getting their money's worth from USI membership. Breslin pledges to remove the overnight element of class-rep training, and hence the costs associated with this, and to have more continuous training throughout the year. Breslin seems to know well the workings of the SU and appears almost as competent at answering questions on the complexities of the reform of UCDSU as the current President. The ladder of succession to the role of President is often criticised, but on this occasion it may prove effective as the Union will need an experienced hand to guide it through its first year as a limited company and to implement the new SU constitution, if UCD students decide to ratify it. The process of uncovering the level of SU debt was spearheaded this year by Pat de Brún. Although, if elected, it will be important for Breslin to look to the future and ensure a stable SU for UCD students, it is also of great importance that those responsible for the SU debt are held to account. That's the challenge, and Breslin should go to it.
ment with the Signature Group nightclub promotion company as a “terrible deal” and claims he will enter into no such agreement if elected. Although H e f -
fernan doesn't seem to be offering a radical change from previous Ents officers he does have some fresh ideas and seems genuine about wanting to get more people involved in Ents. His experience as Auditor of C&E should stand to him if elected and by supporting the proposed SU constitution, despite having concerns over how it will effect UCD Ents, he has shown he is willing to consider the bigger picture when it comes to the future of UCDSU.
Eoin Heffernan Donie O'Sullivan talks to the sole Ents candidate Eoin Heffernan about his plans to entertain UCD students next year.
wenty one year old Agricultural Science student Eoin Heffernan is running unopposed for the position of Ents Officer. Heffernan hasn't been on the Ents crew in two years but says he has “worked closely with the last three Ents officers.” For many it is no surprise Hefferenan, or “Heffo” as he is more commonly known, is running for the position of Ents Officer as speculation he would do so began over twelve months ago while he was auditor of the C&E society. However he says he hope to tackle the perception that it is always the same group of people involved in Ents by creating a
bigger Ents Crew, something he believes wasn't as successful this year, “I don't think its been as big as previous years and wasn't on the ground as much on campus.” Despite this he said “overall this year's Ents officer did a good job, I think he did well brining in some top acts like LMFAO.” It may come as a surprise to some that Heffernan is supporting the ratification of the proposed new SU constitution, particularly as his campaign manager, second year student Jamie Rath, publicly opposed it in the last edition of the College Tribune. Heffernan said he believes the new constitution
will improve the SU overall but disagrees with the removal of the elected Ents position, and seems hopeful that the position could be reinstated in the future. He has promised not to personally profit off the back of Ents and hopes to focus more on on campus activities. In his manifesto he promises more non-alcohol related events, an overnight mystery tour in semester one, UCD Sevens' GAA and rugby tournament and says he will generate sponsorship
for Ents in excess of €30,000. Heffernan describes UCD Ents current exclusive agree-
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Sam Geoghegan The current Education Officer tells Conor McKenna why he is seeking reelection.
urrent UCDSU Education Officer Sam Geoghegan is one of two sabbatical officers seeking re-election. The Killiney native strongly asserts that his experience is the difference in the education race and is one of the reasons students should vote for him. “I know what the job entails, I have the experience and I’ve built up relationships with university staff on all levels. Other candidates will have a couple of months of learning the ropes.” Geoghegan expresses his concern that the current system of fees isn’t working: “One of the main things I’ve had to deal with is people not being able to pay and come to college. The amount of times I’ve had to call the different programme offices and say ‘look this student can’t afford to come to college and he/she needs to take a year off so they can get a part-time job to pay’.” He states categorically that he “wouldn’t be in favour of upping fees”. With a referendum on fees proposed for UCD, Geoghegan accepts that he will support “whatever the students choose in the referendum, if it goes ahead that is.” Geoghegan confirms that he will be on the working group looking at the referendum and that it should meet and the end of March or early April. As regards the new USI constitution, Geoghegan believes that the “trimming down of the officer board was essential, not only to cut cost, but also to make it fit for purpose. The Eastern Area Officer especially, I don’t think the role has been needed as much as the Western or Southern Officers.” On UCD’s affiliation with USI, Geoghegan admits that before he became a sabbatical officer he was sceptical, but has since come to see the need for it. “I really do think there needs to be a n a -
tional representation. USI, not only does it run all these campaigns, it has a seat at the HEA and we’re well respected. If Trinity and UCD leave it won’t be respected at all.” Geoghegan firmly believes that the new SU constitution has a lot of positives. He mentions that “the financial controls put on the union are probably a good thing”. As regards the issue of book-dumping by the SU run Student Bookshop, Geoghegan believes that better communication would have helped, though he maintains that the majority of the books had been on the system for years and were out of date. Geoghegan is looking into bringing iTunes U to UCD and increasing the usability of the UCD Mobile App. “Stanford University in the States is widely regarded as the leader when it comes to this kind of technology and they have their own app. I want the mobile app to check your grades, pay off fines, check the catalogue of the library, etc. The Stanford app does that, but it also organically links in with iTunes U. It would cost to put video equipment and recording equipment in every lecture theatre, but I think the investment will be worthwhile. I think it’s something that is needed because I don’t think
"I really do think there needs to be a national representation" Blackboard is as good a service as iTunes U could provide.” Should Geoghegan be elected for a second term? That’s down to the voters to decide.
Patrick Wolohan tells Conor McKenna about his manifesto, fees and USI. ’ve been in UCD for the past three years and I’d the best time of my life. The Students’ Union mightn’t have helped everyone out but they helped me in many ways. I’d like to give back and help students.” Current Gender Equality Officer Patrick Wolohan explains. One of the major plans contained within Wolohan’s manifesto is to changeover from Blackboard to Google Docs: “It’s just an idea so far, I haven’t done much so far about it.” He goes on to state that there are some problems with Blackboard but feels that these can be worked out through using Google instead. He mentions that he’d “get all notes on Google Docs. By shifting to a completely new system it could be a good way of getting everyone in on it.” Wolohan has yet to work out the cost.
“[I'd] get all notes on Google Docs. By shifting to a completely new system it could be a good way of getting everyone in on it.”
In terms of finances Wolohan states that the ideas in “My manifesto [are] going to be extremely cheap.” But admits that changing from Blackboard to Google Docs will be the most expensive. Wolohan believes that his realistic goals will be the difference when it comes down to “I’ve realistic goals, the change to Google Docs is the most adventurous idea. Some people say Sam has the most experience and some people say Shane ‘he’s the new guy and he’d breathe fresh air into it’. I’ve been in the Students’ Union for a year and I know the main workings of it.” Wolohan admits that he doesn’t know much about the Student Support Act. But feels that his previous experience working o n
campaigns for to lobby for grants will stand to him. As regards Bookshop incident earlier this year Wolohan belives that current Education Officer Geoghegan “wasn’t at fault, but the Bookshop thing was a big problem. He wasn’t the number one person at fault.” He mentions however that Geoghegan “promised expos and he didn’t get those”. More lecturer accountability is a priority for Wolohan: “At the moment I’m making a website. A large number of students don’t use the module feedback website. The one I’m making will make it easier to access, it will have each individual module listed, offering grinds, books for sale” “In an ideal world free fees would be the best way.” Wolohan states but believes people need to be practical: “My ideal system would be a loan system but I don’t know if that’s feasible.” He states that he will support the will of the students if a referendum on fees occurs. “The concept is great.” States Wolohan with regards to USI and remains in favour of affiliation but criticises the sale of USIT after 9/11. He contends that USI should be self-sufficient. Wolohan has not read the entire USI constitution. Wolohan belives there should be a referendum on USI affilation next year. Regarding the new UCDSU constitution Wolohan has “very few problems with it”. Privatisation of Ents and Res Coordinator are some of the strongest parts of constitution according to Wolohan. He argues that the Class Convenors are the equivalent of PROs and is in favour of giving them a salary claiming that he “can’t see every convener claiming ten hours pay a week”. Wolohan feels that his experience as Gender Equality Officer and his success with Pink and Blue Day will serve him well should he be elected.
"Simple ideas done well", Shane Comer talks to Conor McKenna
ublin local Shane Comer promises, that if elected, he will make the Education Office more accessible, visible and pro-active in meeting the needs of students. Comer is a former gaelscoil student and states that while in first year the Union provided help in the area of transition to studying science through English. “I’ve been very involved in UCD in my time here.” he explains, “The Union has been very good to me personally and I really felt like I just wanted to give something back.”
“Through the Erasmus fund scheme, I want to enable students to go on Erasmus through the use of EU Study Grants” In terms of his manifesto Comer wants to improve communication: “I really want to reconnect with the students. I want to reconnect them with their education and with their Education Officer”. Comer goes on to state, “I want to create a UCDSU education blog, Facebook and Twitter. I want to be able to communicate with students that way.” “I’ve been in contact with the Veterinary Building, they currently have an area in their canteen where microwaves and kettles are made available and the health and safety seems fine there.” Comer notes that he is currently involved in negotiations to get microwaves and kettles in the Health Sciences Building. One of the big plans in Comer’s manifesto regards internships: “I want to make sure that students are aware of the requirements of the internships in terms of what they’ve done in their time in u n i versi-
ty.” Comer states that he would like to work alongside the Careers Office but also spearhead campaigns of this nature himself. “Through the Erasmus fund scheme, I want to enable students to go on Erasmus through the use of EU Study Grants.” States Comer, “I want to put students in touch with these EU Study Grants with the Erasmus Programme and make sure that students are aware of the financial support that is available to them.” In his manifesto, Comer has stated he will continue to lobby the government against further increases to the student contribution however he admits that if a referendum were passed indicating UCD students did not support the anti-fee campaign that he would follow Union policy. “I would have advertised it better.” Comer states when queried about the issues surrounding the Student Bookshop earlier this year. However he mentions that there are a number of books, particularly economics, which become defunct when a new edition is published. From a personal standpoint Comer states that he would like to see a referendum on USI affiliation. He believes that USI needs to reform, particularly in the area of communication. Comer admits that he hasn’t read the new USI constitution. Comer mentions that he would like to see the bookshop’s capacity expanded either through moving the shop or knocking down a wall. Also he “would like to create business ties with other second hand bookshops and I would also give the students a wider range. Should he be elected Comer will have a tough year ahead of him. The Education Office has an important role to play but financial pressures could make this portfolio one of the most difficult in the year to come.
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COLLEGE TRIBUNE 21st February 2012
Campaigns and Communications Candidates Aisling Sheerin
Campaigns and Communications Vice-President candidate Aisling Sheerin chats to Conor Fox
Conor Fox asks James Atkinson why he should be our Campaigns and Communications Vice-President
urrent Arts and Human Sciences PRO, Aisling Sheerin, believes that she is the best person for the position of Campaigns and Communications Vice-President, telling the College Tribune that she would “bring an awful lot of experience to the roll...I think that there’s certain things which the current C&C Officer could be doing to inform the student body more and I could bring that to the table”.
“[I] would never promote elitism” Sheerin believes that the main problem with the Students’ Union is the lack of information and understanding the student body has about it. “They’re actually quite good at doing things, but they’re really bad at informing people”. According to Sheerin, current Campaigns and Communications Officer, Brendan Lacey, hasn’t “used the job to its full potential; there’s so much more that [he] could be doing to inform people.” To tackle this, the 2nd year Arts student proposes utilising the Union’s Facebook page more effectively, in particular, releasing vlogs. She feels it is the job of the C&C Officer to make and promote these videos, not the other Sabbatical Officers. When the question of the SU website comes up, Sheerin first states that she doesn’t think that she would build a new website as the current one cost €11,000 to make. “I don’t think people would be happy hearing about me spending loads of money on a new website.” However, she then changes track, suggesting that “[she] would build new one” as she believes the old one to be “rubbish”. A former class rep herself, Aisling is in favour scrapping the current trend of holding class rep training off-campus on the grounds that “it’s such a massive waste of money”. She promises that if elected, she will organise training similar to the peer mentor training scheme, in a one day workshop that would take place in UCD. With regard to the proposed Students’ Union Constitution, Sheerin does not agree with the proposal that
conveners could be paid up to €100 per week. She believes that “it’s more about wanting to be involved and giving back”. The current Arts PRO, Sheerin states that she has “done so much this year, and haven’t received pay. I don’t think I’d like to see a future person taking my role plus a few extra jobs [and] getting a hundred euro for it.” She isn’t in favour of the removal of the Ents Officer role either, as she believes that Ents is the one Sabbatical position that all students can relate to. “There are people who don’t need education advice...don’t need welfare advice...everybody pretty much talks about the UCD Ball or going to the bar”. Sheerin feels that this may result in a more disjointed relationship between the Union and the student body and, as such, she will be voting ‘No’ to the Constitution. For the last two years, the Campaigns and Communications Officer has been
“It’s such a massive waste of money” heavily involved in organising protests with regard to an increase in the Student Contribution Fee. Sheerin states that she doesn’t think “it’s realistic that we’re going to get free fees ... we don’t have free fees”. While she believes that the Union needs to take a more pragmatic approach, Sheerin says she “would never p r o mote elitism... a n awful lot of m y
friends are on the grant; for me to say I don’t want free fees to happen would be insulting to them...but I think we need to be realistic and see that in the current eco-
“[everybody] talks about ... going to the bar” nomic climate free fees isn’t going to happen”. Sheerin is in favour of holding a referendum on UCD’s relationship with USI next year. “I think it’s very important that the student body is informed on the perks of being involved with USI and the disadvantages.” However, when asked if she believed USI is worth €100,000, she refused to give her personal stance on the grounds that it “could be unprofessional”. If 20 year old Aisling is elected as Campaigns and Communications Vice-President, she states that once her year is finished she thinks she’d “need to return back to [her] degree”. Sheerin told the College Tribune that “I don’t see myself being any other Sabbat other than the Campaigns and Communications Officer.” She believes that she is the person with the most experience and drive for the position: “I’m good at promoting things; I know how to promote things effectively”.
ccording to final year Commerce student and Campaigns and Communications candidate James Atkinson, “communications is one of the biggest problems facing the SU... students don’t know enough about the Union and especially about the services it provides”. Twenty year old Atkinson wants to change
“I’m not a Union ‘hack’” the way the Union communicates and make it less of an alien organisation for students. Speaking to the College Tribune, he expresses the view that, “it’s not a case that I’m better than [the other candidates], it’s the fact that I’m better than anyone for the job.” Brendan Lacey’s performance this year as C&C Officer disappointed Atkinson and it was one of the reasons he decided to run for the position. “He was not held accountable enough...he wasn’t responsible enough to manage the duties he should have been doing”. To counter this, Mr. Atkinson sees himself as “professional, approachable, reliable and accountable...I’m not a Union ‘hack’...I have an objective point of view”. He sees himself first and foremost as a student “who’s trying to make the place better”. In relation to the accountability of officers, Atkinson has big plans for change. If elected, he intends to publish his accounts online and would encourage all other Officers to do the same. He wants to see a fixed budget for the C&C Officer, so they “can start the year with a plan.” As viceauditor of the
Commerce and Economics Society, Atkinson tells the Tribune that he feels that “considering the Union’s in a million euro debt, you need commerce graduates in there, people with experience”. Another key issue for this candidate is the students' connection with the Union. Complaints are rife about the state of UCDSU’s website, something the Wexford native completely agrees with: “it’s shocking; it’s absolutely the worst website ever!” He informs the Tribune that he’s currently building a new website for free to show how easy it would be to rebuild the Union site.
“Humour is vital if you want to reach student masses” Atkinson also promises to make video reports on Union activities every two weeks (stating that if he misses one, he will donate €50 to the Welfare fund). He applauds Rachel Breslin’s recent SHAG week video, but ask: “how many times have you seen a fun engaging video from the Union?” He feels that the Union needs to connect with its members: “humour is vital if you want to reach student masses.” Among several main issues facing the sabbactical candidates in this year's race are the Union's stance on 'free fees', the upcoming Constituional Referendum and UCD's affiliation with the USI. Atkinson is dealing with these issues head on. He feels that free frees are unlikely to happen as it is “unrealistic”.
He points out that despite the campaigns, the Student Contribution Fee has risen each year. “I would be in favour of obviously educating students and obviously not leaving them with a whole pile of debt...but I would be in favour of putting it to referendum and getting students informed.” He believes that a rise in the Student Contribution Fee may affect students more than a loan scheme or a graduate tax as it is upfront payment: “mothers and fathers literally don’t have that.” In relation to the upcoming Constitutional Referendum, Atkinson states that he will vote for it to be passed, believing that the fact that Officers may be penalised for not doing their job properly will mean “the fear” will be an incentive for Officers to work. The passing of the Constitution will abolish the position of Campaigns and Communications Officer, however he feels that while it removes the title of the position, it does not remove the duties. Overall, Atkinson imagines that in theory the Constitution will improve the Union. When asked his thoughts
“[I’m] trying to place the place better” on UCDSU’s affiliation with USI, Atkinson says that he is in favour of a referendum. If elected, he would not campaign actively for either side, but would hope to be “actively involved in getting a debate going”. On a personal level, he says that he would choose to disaffiliate as it is a sixth of UCDSU’s budget. Finally, as crops up every year, is the complaint from students over the cost of class rep training, which many feel should be held on-campus. A former class rep, Atkinson says that if he is elected, he will look at all the options and run “a cheap as class rep training as possible”. However, he concedes that it is still likely to take place off-campus. He feels that if training is offcampus “you can build a sense of community... you have to bond [reps] together to give you an effective crew”.
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Campaigns and Communications Candidates Karl Gill
Karl Gill talks to Conor Fox about his plans for the Campaigns and Communications Vice-Presidency
Paddy Guiney explains to Conor Fox why he wants to become Campaigns and Communications Vice-President
e need a completely new strategy ... we need new ideas, new voices, new people”. The second candidate in the running for Campaigns and Communications Vice-President, Karl Gill, is arguably the outsider in the race. Telling the College Tribune that he wouldn’t consider himself “as part of the ‘clique’,” his manifesto states that he wants to make the Students’ Union inclusive and an or-
“it’s numbers that change things, not heroes and individuals” ganisation with which students will want to engage. He criticises the present Union; “they’ve an attitude that they don’t like to be questioned ... that’s the attitude of the SU ‘clique’ if you will; that there’s the mass student body and then there’s them, and anyone who questions that authority is just shot down”. Gill references past dealings he has had with Union members, alleging that he’s “had some not very nice things said about me online in particular by some people who are quiet high up in the Union and I don’t think that’s acceptable behaviour”. Gill believes that there is a huge disparity between the student body and the Union, stating that people don’t “even know the name of the Campaigns and Communications Officer”. On the subject of Brendan Lacey, he feels that the work Lacey did for the anti-fees campaign in conjunction with Pat de Brún and USI was “quite good, but since then it’s been quite bad”. He points to the lack of notification about nominations for Sabbatical Officers. If elected, the second year Social Science student hopes to introduce the ‘Union News’, newsletter printed up and distributed at least every two weeks to inform students of what’s going on in a regular basis; “students tend to skip over the emails ... but people waiting around for a lecture or tutorial ... if there’s a news letter there ... people will pick it up and
have a quick read of it”. Gill wants to involve more students in work around campaigns; “there needs to be a group of people who are actively engaging in ... promoting and informing students [about] what’s happening with the union ... I think that’s crucial”. He is also adamant that students should be informed where and when Union Council will occur; “it’s disgraceful that only reps hear about [it]”. The Auditor of the Socialists’ Workers Party is particularly concerned with education being free for all students and was actively involved with the November march for ‘free fees’. His fellow candidates for the C&C position have spoken about a “realistic” approach, but Gill’s view is that “the fact that we’re in a horribly economic crisis is even more of a reason to demand that we have free education because students are suffering to pay the fees we already have”. Talking about the proposed referendum on UCDSU’s stance on free fees, Gill
“I don’t think that’s acceptable” expressly tells the Tribune that if the result shows that students wish to follow a different proposal, he will resign as Campaigns and Communications Officer. He is running on the stance of free edu- c a tion for all and thinks “it would be completely two faced to get up and say I want a graduate tax when [I] don’t ... it’s fair of me to
step down and let someone who does agree with the new proposal to take it on”. He believes UCDSU could “do with having a break from USI to get our own heads to-
“students are struggling to pay the fees” gether” but that completely disaffiliating wouldn’t be ideal. Gill thinks that the national student movement “needs to be seen as a force to be reckoned with” and that USI has become too bureaucratic; “student activists in the 1960s would be crying looking at our student leaders today”. Gill also opines that the proposed SU Constitution is overly bureaucratic and that it just makes the Union more impersonal. He particularly disagrees with the idea of paying conveners. This extends to his view on class reps, believing that reps “should be representing the class to the union not the union to the class”. Gill criticises training saying that at it “there’s almost an inoculation of union loyalty to the Sabbatical Officers”. If elected, he will bring it oncampus as “there’s no reason why we should be paying for a free holiday”. Gill believes that he stands over the other candidates due to his “history of being an activist and of organising protests ... I’ve got far better ideas in relation to communications”. He hopes that his view for a new democratic Students’ Union would bring in people with other opinions: “it’s numbers that change things, not heroes and individuals.”
urrent Sports Officer, Paddy Guiney, is the forth candidate in the race for the coveted Campaigns and Communications Vice-President position. It is his work as Sports Officer this year that has inspired him to run for a Sabbatical position, as he “loved seeing the amount of stuff that goes on ... a lot of it isn’t
“we need to tell students what’s going on” portrayed to students but so much work goes on behind the scenes and I really want to get involved in that ... I would open up the Union”. As Sports Officer, Guiney spear-headed the ‘Save Our Track’ campaign, which he feels gave him a “real taste for [campaigning]”. Something Guiney feels strong about is the lack of commnication evident in the current SU, pointing out that “I’ve never been lecture addressed by the current C&C Officer.” To combat this, Guiney promises as part of his campaign to lecture address every single morning, adding “people have to see the face of the SU”. The Sports Officer plans on utilising screens in buildings such as Health Science, Arts, Science and Quinn to communicate with the student body. On top of this, he is hoping to reduce the amount of posters the Union prints for environmental and fiscal reasons. “Anything that’s going on, anything that’s relevant ... campaigns ... events ... I want to show what the five Sabbats are doing”. As part of an increase in communica-
tion between the SU and the students, the History and Politics student feels that the current SU website needs to be reformed to make it more accessible for the student body, and hopes to get students involved in this process; “I want their ideas”. Guiney will look at the option of creating a new website versus reforming the old one; “it depends which is more cost effective ... from talking to computer science students ... we can reform the old website”. He also hopes to engage the student body in college life by introducing ‘Credits for Life’ – a proposed scheme whereby students would receive credit for their work outside their degree, through societies and sports clubs; “people need to get involved in college ... you benefit so much from extra-curricular activities”. While Guiney admits that he hasn’t worked out the exact details of how credits would be allocated or by whom, he reassures that they are “going to work with the University ... UCD administration do want this”.
“[I] will run a realistic campaign” Something Guiney particularly wants to see is students getting credits for being a class rep. He agrees that the amount of money spent on class rep training every year is one of the “biggest issues that annoys students about the Student Union”, if he is elected he wants to combat this by ensuring
that it is held on campus. In relation to the proposed Constitution, this candidate fully backs it, on the grounds that “it’s more open, more accessible, it allows more people in the Students’ Union”. On the contentious issues of proposed pay for conveners, he believes that this will place a greater responsibility on conveners to work harder,; “it makes them more accountable”. While Guiney acknowledges that this may be viewed as adding an extra layer to a Union which is already considered overly bureaucratic, he believes the conveners will be more involved with the class reps. He also feels that under the new Constitution, that this will allow the Sabbatical Officers “to focus more on national issues or student important issues. As Campaigns and Communications Officer, Guiney may be called upon to organ-
“it makes them more accountable” ise a campaign in relation to fees. He stated to the College Tribune that considering the economic climate, he will “run a realistic campaign.” However, if the result from the proposed referendum on UCDSU’s stance on this issue shows that students wish to continue campaigning for ‘free fees’ he will support this. Speaking about a possible referendum on UCDSU’s affiliation with USI, Guiney believes the SU “should stay affiliated completely”, on the basis that USI does a “lot of work behind the scenes ... [it] is a powerful lobby group for students”. He wants to make “students aware from our Students’ Union of what USI does,” conceding that if they still want to disaffiliate, he will hold a referendum. This reinforces Guiney’s view that there was a lack of communication this year between UCD Students’ Union and the student body about USI; he hopes to get USI “more active on campus”. Guiney believes that UCDSU needs to get a “passion back, we need to tell the students what’s going on ... I have the most experience and I really want to do it.”
SU SABBATICAL ELECTIONS
COLLEGE TRIBUNE 21st February 2012
Sinéad Williams examines Enda Conway's plans for the Welfare Office.
Mícheál Gallagher's ideas and manifesto are laid out by Sinéad Williams
wenty year old Geography, Planning and Environment Policy student Enda Conway is running for the position of Welfare Officer. Though Conway has never been involved with the Welfare Crew, he still feels that he has something to bring to the job through his experience with UCDSU’s Welfare system. “I know that I haven’t been part of the welfare crew, but I’m going to bring something new to the job. I’ve been through the system. I would not be in UCD at this very moment if it wasn’t for Welfare.” Conway cites life experience as something he feels would help him as Welfare Officer. “I have life experience...I was one of the
“In this current situation we’re in, we need money” four first community development officers for Tesco Ireland in the Republic...In my job I was given a budget and I had to work with that budget and help the area... We were given a lot more than we were told at the start, but it worked great.” Corporate sponsorship is a top priority for Conway, who thinks it would be a brilliant way to fund Welfare projects. “It was done before by a Welfare Officer and anything that gives money to welfare is in the Welfare Officer’s brief, anything that helps more people in UCD.” He says that he has already investigated the possibility and feels it could be done. “I have approached a couple of major companies. Of course, because I’m not Welfare Officer, they couldn’t give me anything in writing, but they’re very, very interested.” “We’re selling the point that this is going to reach 200,000 people, if not more. That’s what we have to be selling. In this current situation we’re in, we need money.” C o n w a y wants to encourage students to join the Welfare Crew “because it’s good, it’s cool, it’s the thing to do.” It’s something he him-
self could not do this year. “Due to personal reasons, this year I have no spare time...I didn’t have time to do it. It’s a real pity and it’s something I regret, but it was out of my hands.” Facebook is something Conway would seek to exploit to promote Welfare campaigns: “I want to make the Union more efficient...I want a Facebook status update from the Union everyday saying ‘this is what happened, this is what’s going on.’” Current campaigns, he says, could be made bigger “very cheaply”. “The days of posters are nearly gone...it’s all about Facebook...I think a lot more could be done on Facebook.” He proposes introducing a loyalty card scheme for students to use in the Restaurant and other food outlets on campus, saying that the manager of the Restaurant was “very interested” when approached about it. He also puts forward a food voucher scheme; something he notes has already been successfully done in Letterkenny, which could provide students with discounted vouchers and coupons for outlets off campus. On the subject of frees fees, Conway feels that the current stance is best. “I think we have to stick with the campaign which is going to help students. At the moment...it has to be [free fees] because it’s got the backing of USI.” USI membership is something he supports, despite the money which could be saved by disaffiliation. “It’s great
to keep the money here, but there’s no point having it if people can’t afford to go to college.” Despite his personal views, he says he would respect whatever mandate he was given by the student body: “I’d have to back, and with full power, what the students believe in.” The proposed new SU Constitution is something he thinks will benefit the Union. “I think I’ll vote yes. When you compare the two constitutions, you’re never going to get a perfect constitution... so what we’re looking at is: is this better for the situation we’re in now? I believe this constitution is better for us now to sustain the Union to help people.” The expansion of the role of Welfare Officer
“If [people] can share their feelings with someone who has been in the same situation it works very well” to include Equality is not something that fazes him, as he believes that the role already involves dealing with equality. Conway proposes introducing a group counseling service to decrease waiting times. “If [people] can share their feelings with someone who has been in the same situation it works very well.” He would also like to see a Peer Support Scheme put in place for students on placement and greater accessibility to nightclubs for students in wheelchairs. “I don’t know what every student wants, that’s a ludicrous statement to make, but I’ve been through it. I’ve been through a lot of things and it stands to me.”
xperience is the reason that Micheál Gallagher feels he is the right person for the position of Welfare officer. The Social Science student has been involved in the Welfare Crew since his first year and currently serves as Welfare Crew secretary. “I’m definitely the most experienced candidate for the job. I feel that the policies I’ve laid out in my manifesto bring a lot to the table.”
“I feel that the policies I’ve laid out in my manifesto bring a lot to the table” As one of this year’s Arts and Human Sciences PROs, Gallagher feels that he has done a good job: “I’m delighted with my year as Arts PRO.” He explains that he has been a member of every class Facebook page to monitor class reps and “make sure class reps are up to the top notch standards that students deserve.” He notes that he has only been unable to deliver one of his campaign promises from last year and this, he claims, was down to cutbacks in services. If elected, Gallagher says that one of his main priorities will be to expand the Student Assistance Fund. “There’s no doubt that next year is going to be one of the toughest years financially for students...what I’d really love to see is an expansion of the student support fund.” In particular, he would like to see the fund used to help cover the costs that students face in commuting to college. Another main focus would be lobbying to ensure that grant payments are made on time. From September 2012, national grant payments are set to be centralised under the control of Dublin City Council. Gallagher feels that an important task for the next Welfare Officer will be to ensure that the new system delivers. “Ourselves and Trinity really d o
have a responsibility to make sure that we lobby Dublin City to make sure that the grant payments are out on time for everyone in the country.” When asked about the proposed referendum on fees, Gallagher says that he would do whatever he was mandated to, but in his view, further options need to be explored. “My own personal position is the mandate isn’t working...I think we need to start looking into realistic options for financing.” He feels that UCD would benefit from remaining in the USI, as they help with national campaigns and “take a bit of pressure off the local teams.” A referendum on the proposed new SU constitution is set to take place on the same days as the sabbatical elections. Gallagher is a proponent of this constitution despite claims from some on the No campaign that changing the position of Welfare Officer to Welfare and Equality Officer will not leave enough time for personal cases to be dealt with. “I’ll be voting yes...I know from my own personal work ethic there wouldn’t be an issue. Welfare and equality, if you plan your day right there’d be enough time for both.” With regard to UCD residences, Gallagher is putting forward a policy for students who are uncomfortable with their accommodation for reasons or bullying or cultural differences. “At the moment residences doesn’t have a policy, you h a v e to re-
quest a room transfer if you’re un-
happy with your current accommodation. It is important to have a policy where if you’re uncomfortable living with your housemates for religious or cultural reasons, or they’re full-on bullying you...you shouldn’t have to pay a €50 room transfer to move out of your room. Extenuating circumstances should be taken into account.” Such a policy would need work from day one if it was to be in place by September, says Gallagher. Gallagher plans to organise a weekly “coming out hour” with the LGBT auditor. This would be a drop-in service where students could seek support and advice on sexuality and coming out. “A student might decide to come out at any time of the year and I think it’d be a great service to have in place.” He also plans to campaign against the stigma surrounding mental health. The idea of seeking corporate sponsorship for Welfare is one that Gallagher agrees with. “It is very viable, especially for some of the publi-
“ if you’re uncomfortable living with your housemates for religious or cultural reasons, or they’re full-on bullying you...you shouldn’t have to pay a €50 room transfer to move out of your room” cations I plan to bring in.. In terms of costing, sponsorship would be the best way to bring out these publications with minimal cost to the Union.” Costs could also be reduced in the area of printing, says Gallagher, by utilising social media. However, he would not welcome cuts to the Welfare budget. “I’d fight against any cuts from services. One of the core principles of the SU is that it’s there for students’ welfare.” “[With] the proven experience and track record that I already have... it’s doubtless that I’m going to do a great job.”
COLLEGE TRIBUNE 21st February 2012
Owner of a lonely heart
Robert Nielsen reflects on months of turmoil in the Middle East
gh, every muscle in my body hurts. That’s the last time I try to get fit by dancing to, wait for it, Single Ladies. Dear readers, I have learned the hard way (and by catching a sly glimpse of myself in the mirror) that not only do I not ooze Beyoncé-ness whilst dancing, but I also managed to sprain my ankle. This in itself has managed to postpone my self-directed “mingling” with boys, therefore leaving me, well, a Single Lady. It’s nothing but a vicious circle. The fact that it happened on Valentine’s Day is also completely typical. I had thought that the rush of endorphins would perhaps make a change from crying into a wine bottle, but apparently not. However, a quick glance at the motivational poster on my wall reminded me that: “The art of love... is largely the art of persistence.” Bearing this in mind, I was like a woman on a mission, putting down the wine bottle and switching on my laptop. A few minutes later, I was on the website www.boyfriendforhire.com, shaking with excitement and downing gulps of wine in celebration. MY MISSION WAS OVER. I was sure that all I had to do was put in a sneaky order for a boyfriend of my choice, pay a few dollars, and there he would be, my own carefully selected man. Job done. I was grabbing my credit card, when I discovered something horrendous. The website itself was only a glorified handyman hire - not that sort of handyman -an actual handyman that repairs broken things around your house. Broken things? Want to repair my broken heart? A few minutes later I was once again sobbing into my wine, until the wine ran out. In a moment of fuelled anger, I emailed the website to “Citizens Information” for false advertising. Handyman? I’ll show them who the handyman is. In the meantime, if you see a girl limping about campus, don’t be lame. Ask me out.
haos theory states that something as small as a butterfly flapping its wings could start a chain of reactions that could cause a hurricane. This could be applied to the Arab Spring which began on December 17 2010 when Mohammad Bouazizi set himself on fire out of frustration with life in Tunisia. This set off a series of ripples that has shaken the Arab world to its core and led to the collapse of three separate dictatorships. Until 2011 the Middle East was a place of repressive dictators who lived in splendour while their people lived in dire poverty. Its leaders were senile and out of touch. The societies had stagnated, unemployment was enormous and food prices were high. A year later, a wave of popular protest has completely redrawn the map. Dictators have fled and those that remain are increasingly unsteady, with many promising reforms. No area has escaped criticism. There were protests in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen. Bouazizi’s death was the
spark for all of this. He set himself on fire in protest against a corrupt and oppressive regime that left its people with few opportunities. He had been robbed by the police for refusing to pay a bribe. This was a frustration that many Tunisians could relate to and inspired thousands to take to the streets in sympathy. These protests expanded to demand an end to the one party state with its lack of freedom and human rights abuses. This provided inspiration to Egyptians and Libyans, who likewise were suffering under similarly despotic, corrupt and brutal dictators. A hundred thousand people crammed into Tahrir Square in the centre of Cairo, staying until the Egyptian dictator Mubarak ended his 30 year reign. However, the Libyan dictator Gaddafi sent security forces to attack protesters killing hundreds. This provoked an uprising and the country descended into civil war. NATO decided to come to the aid of the rebels and launch airstrikes on Gaddafi’s forces. For months there was fierce fighting before the capital was seized in August and Gaddafi was cap-
ture d and killed in October. Not everywhere was as successful. Protests in Bahrain and Yemen led to oppression, arrests and round ups of those who didn’t agree with the government. Troops responded to protests by firing on marchers, killing scores and denying medical treatment to the wounded. In Syria tanks were sent to deal with protesters and artillery was fired on whole neighbourhoods. Some soldiers refused to attack unarmed protesters and mutinied. According to the United Nations over seven thousand people have been killed dur-
ing the country’s descent into civil war. It is unclear what will happen next. Free and democratic elections were recently held in Egypt and Tunisia. In both cases the Islamist party won the most votes, but not a majority. Many commentators have expressed concern at the support that the Islamist parties received. There are also questions about who will replace the dictators. There have been reports in Libya of the rebels’ summarily executing suspected opponents. The large number of armed militias is a significant threat to
law and order. The government that replaced Gaddafi has been accused of corruption and incompetence. The Egyptian armed forces have clamped down on protesters, driving them from Tahrir Square, something not even Mubarak did. This time last year, people across North Africa and the Middle East rose up and demanded freedom. Some successfully threw off the chains of oppression, while others still struggle against them. It remains to be seen what will happen next, but it is clear that all is changed, changed utterly.
As it’s Shrove Tuesday, Rebecca Lambe gives you a guide to making the perfect pancake 100g plain flour Pinch of salt 1 egg 300 ml milk 1 tablespoon melted butter or sunflower oil 1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre of it. Pour in the egg, melted butter or oil and about half the milk. 2. Stir with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients have mixed together and beat well to make a smooth batter then pour in the remaining milk and mix well. 3. To make the pancakes; heat a small frying pan until very hot, then turn the heat down to medium. Lightly
grease with oil or butter. Pour in enough of the pancake mix to lightly coat the base of the pan. 4. Cook over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes until the edges begin to look slightly brown. Flip the pancake and cook the other side. 5. Serve with butter, caster sugar or lemon juice.
It’s Satire, STUPID!
INSIDE "Stillorgan Bypass a failure after student has heart attack" "Librocop shot bullet in critical condition" "Fashion Show mixup sees thousands of Neo-Nazis arrive in style" "Whitney Houston stars in new film "The Bodybag" "Tripod Guy made redundant after nightclub closure" "Electionic Tag mix up sees thousands of prisoners appear on Facebook" "God claims Richard Dawkins doesn't exist" "....." claims Kurt Cobain
Rachel ‘the blazer’ Breslin:
Looking for love after spending the year in a hopeless place, the SU corridor. I have an unlimited supply of condoms, but I’m wrecked after my shag week. I’m a very caring person and I’m very concerned for your welfare. So come on down, knock on the door, we’ll have a hob-nob or a hob on a knob.
out like a fiddlers elbow. I’ve grown an inch for every woman I’ve satisfied and lets just say, I’m pretty fucking tall. If you want to communicate with me just wrap your warm lips around my long, hard, thick microphone.
Paddy Guiney pig:
Karl ‘red scare’ Gill:
I enjoy the odd game of FIFA and long walks on the beach with Brendan Lacey. (‘But I’d do a much better job than him!’). I have a fetish for tight tops and like to shop in Mother Care. As sports officer this year I failed to score, give me a shout if you want to be my whore.
To the left, to the left, everything I have will be in your box (to the left). I may be left-wing, but we need two wings to fly. If you’ll be my right-wing girl we could touch the sky, in a metaphorical sense. I enjoy long walks on the beach, protesting at the waves’ despicable treatment of the shore.
James ‘and his giant peach’ Atkinson:
I’m vice auditor of C&E so I’m well used to fucking. In terms of women I’m in and
Aisling ‘hyperbole’ Sheerin:
Hi guys. When you look at my poster you’ll notice two big things about me… my
eyes. I’m looking for someone to communicate with on a more regular basis... Wait, no it’s my knockers. Eoin ‘the hoff’ Heffernan:
I’m a nightclub promoter looking for someone to entertain, or cum inside. I have the heart of a lion (the lion is very upset about it). I’m a good pall of Pat de Brún so I know where to get all the good stuff – craic that is, good old-fashioned ‘innocent’ craic. When I’m in charge we’ll have the biggest balls this campus has ever seen. Sam ‘who the fuck needs books’ Geoghegan:
You can usually find me in a skip next to the science block. You’ll see me on the concourse, with my hat
Don't vote for those muppets, vote for these....
flipped backwards. People be hatin, but the job’s so nice I’m running twice. I have no other attractive or interesting qualities. Beep. 100101. Patrick ‘saucy pat’ Wolohan:
I’m gender equality officer, so I know how to treat a bitch. I know what the ladies like, I have many of them under my floor boards. The nickname is woolly, nothing to do with my surname, just my insatiable lust for sheep. Shane ‘let me educate all over your face’ Comer:
Looking for a nice woman. I want to take you to the candy shop. I’ll let you lick the lollipop, metaphorically speaking. I’m in science me, so I know what’s good for you… Rufies. Enda ‘sure you know yourself’ Conway:
I like my women like I like
my potatoes, skinless, boiled, and mashed with butter melted all over them. Sometimes I like them covered in breadcrumbs and fried in vegetable oil. Yea baby, I want to cover you in goose fat and roast you like a new spud. Mícheál ‘ the gobhal wrecker’ Gallagher:
I want you to want me. I need you to need me. I’d love you to love me. I’m beggin’ you to beg me. Cause I don’t need anybody else. When I think about you I touch myself. If you choose me we can build our own Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal. The VERY secluded hills of Donegal.
* Should any of those mentioned be offended, please remember that the editor of the Turbine has MS.
COLLEGE TRIBUNE - CELEBRATING 25 VOLUMES : The page below featured in Issue 6, Volume 12
COLLEGE TRIBUNE 21st February 2012
Road to the UCDSU elections S U Sabbatical elections are fast approaching. Media outlets campuswide are kept busy with interviews, reviews and debates, while professors are hassled with pre-lecture addresses. Students find their desks laden with flyers, and are encouraged to vote for this candidate or that candidate by a member of one of the eleven campaign teams taking to the concourse this year. It is one of the busiest times of the year for student politics. There’ll be talks, rallies and in general a lot of hustle and bustle about campus in
the coming weeks. Whether or not the SU election race is your thing you should take an interest given what is at stake this year. Arguably this will be the most important SU election in decades. UCDSU has never faced a crisis quite like this one. The financial strain on the SU will mean that next year’s Sabbatical Officers will be forced to make tough decisions regarding important budgetary areas like education and welfare. Some candidates have explicitly stated that they will take a pay cut. Students campus-wide will be looking for the fu-
ture Sabbatical Officers to produce on their promises even with cutbacks. The candidates, it seems, are aware of this and have produced ‘economy-friendly’ portfolios in light of the financial pressure. What UCDSU needs is a strong sabbatical team, one that is not afraid to make tough decisions in the face of criticism. There will be no room for populism next year, elected candidates will be expected to act in the students’ best interest even if it means backlash from the media. This said, the team must be sure not to become ty-
rannical, showing a blatant disregard for the interest of students with regards to decisions made. Better communication with the student body will help ease the collective minds of students across UCD. There are strong arguments for and against the new UCDSU constitution. The important issues have been discussed at length in this and previous issues [see page 17 for more]. Perhaps the most important issue that needs to be addressed is students’ knowledge of the articles and the changes that will be brought in if it passes.
Students cannot afford to be ill informed or indeed ignorant of the problems the SU currently faces. It is imperative, now more than ever, that students are informed on the issues. Get informed and vote.
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16 GAEILGE Bímís Sona Sásta agus Buíoch as a bhFuil Againn
COLLEGE TRIBUNE 21st February 2012
EDEL NÍ BHRAONÁIN
o bhíos ag suí ar an mbus chun na cathrach inné nuair a stopamar i nDomhnach Broc chun tiománaí a athrú, ní rabhamar ann níos mó ná nóiméad ach fós fhéin, sheas mo dhuine os mo chomhair suas ‘s thosnaigh sí ag tabhairt íde béil don tiománaí nua, toisc go raibh deifir uirthi agus go mbeadh sí déanach dá rang ollscoile. Ba léir gur duine diúltach ‘s duairc a bhí inti le heaspa foighne. Bhí gach éinne ar an mbus chun a bheith níos déanaí ná mar a shíleamar ach b'í an t-aon duine a bhí ag screadaíl ar bharr a gutha, gan chúis, dar liomsa. Níor éirigh léi ‘bheith níos tapúla agus ‘s cinnte nach raibh éinne níos sásta nó níos fearr as, í féin san áireamh. An t-aon rud gur athraigh i ndiaidh di ‘bheith ag tabhairt amach ná d’éirigh an
bus thar a bheith ciúin cé is móite de leanbh a thosnaigh ag gol toisc gur baineadh geit as. Mhothaíos trua don
anaí ó chara liom darbh ainm “Chicken Soup for
the Soul” i gcuimhne dom, scéal amháin atá sa leabhar ach go háirithe, faoi
tiománaí, bheifeá den tuairim gur chreid sí nach raibh mothúcháin ar bith aige an tslí a raibh sí ag tabhairt amach dó. Bhí an tiománaí ag tosnú oibre don lá agus tuigimid ar fad nach féidir brath ar iompar poiblí ó thaobh cúrsaí ama de leis an dtrácht is araile pé scéal é. Chuir an eachtra seo leabhar a fuaireas le dé-
bhrionglóid Helice Bridges agus a ribín-"Who I Am Makes a Difference". Dar liomsa an rud a bhí i gceist lena brionglóid ná buíochas a ghabháil nuair ‘s ceart, daoine a mholadh nuair ‘s ceart agus ‘bheith sásta as a bhfuil againn. Bímid ar fad ag déanamh scime agus ag gearán go minic gan ghéarghá, (mé fhéin san áireamh) nuair ‘s choir dúinn ‘bheith ag díriú ar na rudaí maithe dearfacha inár saol. Má bhreathnaíonn tú go mion ar do shaol ‘s a bhfuil agat, chífidh tú nár chóir duit ‘bheith róbhuartha. Smaoinigh faoi na daoine tábhachtacha i do shaol; do mhuintir, do chairde, do
chomhghleacaithe; bí buíoch astu, inis dóibh go bhfuil tábhacht ag baint leo. Smaoinigh faoi na daoine fánacha a mbuaileann tú leo gach lá; an tiománaí bus, daoine a choimhéadann an doras ar oscailt duit, daoine a deir leat má fhágann tú rud i do dhiaidh, daoine a thugann moladh duit gan chúis, bí buíoch díobh. Nach mothaíonn tú níos fearr nuair a thugann daoine moltaí duit agus nuair a ghabhann siad buíochas leat? Nach mbíonn tú sásta? Níor bhris focal maith fiacail riamh, cuirimís chun na hoibre gan a thuilleadh moille agus déanfaimís ar fad iarracht ‘bheith buíoch agus níos dearfaí ar feadh lá amháin ar a laghad. Muna n-éiríonn ró-mhaith linn, beidh lá eile ag an bpaorach!
Ré an Amaitéarachais Istigh? CORMAC BREATHNACH
’fhoilsigh an Cumann Lúthchleas Gael plépháipéar le déanaí darbh ainm “Stádas Amaitéarach agus Íocaíochtaí do Bhainisteoirí Foirne,” chun ról an bhainisteora sa CLG a phlé agus na híocaíochtaí “mídhleathacha” atá á bhfáil ag roinnt acu a thabhairt chun solais. De réir bhunreacht an CLG “Ní ghlacfaidh aon imreoir, fhoireann, oifigeach nó bhall le híocaíocht i bhfoirm airgid thirim, nó in aon fhoirm eile i gcomhar le himirt na gcluichí Gaelacha.’’ Tá a fhios ag gach mac máthar áfach go bhfuil bainisteoirí (idirchontae agus clubanna) ar fud fad na tíre ag fáil airgid dá gcuid oibre. Tagann seo salach ar an mbunreacht agus ar cheann de na príomh-bhunphrionsabail ar a bunaíodh an CLG. Is ábhar náire é mar sin agus tá géarghá plé a dhéanamh ar an bhfadhb go luath. Admhaítear sa phlépháipéar go bhfuil airgead á thuilleamh ag bainisteoirí an chumainn go rúnda, agus admhaítear go dtagann seo salach ar an amaitéarachas agus saorálaíochas ar a mbraitheann an CLG. Feidhmíonn an CLG ó lá go lá ar bhonn deonach. I gclubanna i ngach cearn den tír roinneann daoine a gcuid ama go fial flaithiúil ag cur ár
gcluichí chun cinn san iliomad slite. Gan an spiorad seo, is boichte a bheadh ár gcluichí, leoga, is boichte a bheadh cultúr na tíre seo. In ainneoin sin, tá ré an amaitéarachais i mbaol. Cheana féin tá foireann fostaithe i bPáirc an Chrócaigh a bhfuil cúramaí riaracháin orthu. Tá rúnaithe fostaithe ar roinnt bord contae fós, agus ar bharr sin ar fad fostaítear dochtúirí, fisiteiripeoirí, saineolaithe cothúcháin, agus síceolaithe. Mar aon le gach díospóireacht tá dhá thaobh ann. Táthar ann ag rá go bhfuil an saineolas ceanann céanna ag bainisteoirí faoi leith
is atá ag síceolaithe agus traenálaithe gairmiúla; go gcaitheann bainisteoirí an tuafás ama ar a gcuid cúramaí (ag cailliúint laethanta oibre, ag taisteal, ag déanamh teagmhála le páirtithe éagsúla); is go bhfuil íocaíocht de shaghas éigin tuilte acu. Is cinnte chomh maith go bhfuil an argóint ann, dá gceadófaí na híocaíochtaí, go mbeadh trédhearcacht níos fearr ag baint leo. Tacaíonn John O’Mahoney agus Tommy Carr le híocaíochtaí do bhainisteoirí. Arsa O’Mahoney “Cén fáth nach dtabharfaimís isteach íocaíochtaí dlisteanacha agus an córas a dhéanamh
níos trédhearcaí?” Tá ciall ag baint leis an bpointe sin. Is suimiúil a thabhairt san áireamh chomh maith go dtacaíonn an GPA (aontas oifigiúil na n-imreoirí idirchontae) go hoifigiúil le fíorú na n-íocaíochtaí. Tacaíonn siad leis an dul chun cinn atá déanta ag Páirc an Chrócaigh an fhadhb seo a thabhairt chun solais, agus creideann siad gur cóir na híocaíochtaí a dhlisteanú agus a dhéanamh foirmeálta. Ar an taobh eile deirtear gurb é seo a chuirfidh tús le híocaíochtaí do na himreoirí agus deireadh iomlán leis an amaitéarachas. Táthar imníoch, má cheadaítear ío-
caíochtaí do na bainisteoirí nach fada go mbeidh ceist na n-imreoirí á plé. Gurb fada uainn an lá úd. Chomh maith, má chuirtear tús le scéim íocaíochtaí conas a reachtálfar é? An mbeidh íocaíocht ag braith ar an méid airgid atá ag Bord an Chontae? Nó an mbeidh sé ag braith ar an rath a bhíonn ar an bhfoireann sa chraobhchomórtas? Tá bainisteoir Liatroime Barney Breen ag obair chomh dian le Pat Gilroy i mBaile Átha Cliath, ach tá i bhfad níos mó airgid ar fáil do Bhaile Átha Cliath. An bhfuil níos mó airgid tuilte ag Gilroy mar sin? Tá argóint eile ann áfach go bhfuil níos mó brú ar Gilroy ó thaobh na meán de. Ar chóir dúinn toscaí mar sin a thabhairt san áireamh? I dteannta sin caithfear smaoineamh ar cheart dúinn na roghnóirí a íoc? Duine amháin atá go mór i gcoinne na n-íocaíochtaí ná Brian Cody. Deir Cody gur rogha atá ann bheith i do bhainisteoir, gur onóir atá ann, nach íobairt é in aon chor. Síleann Cody gur ‘tubaiste’ a bheadh ann, airgead a thabhairt do bhainisteoirí. Caithfear a bheith ag smaoineamh ar na himreoirí chomh maith. Cé nach bhfuilim féin i bhfábhar íocaíochta d’imreoir ar bith, tá an-chuid imreoirí ann ar mhaith leo airgead a thuilleamh ón bpeil nó ón iomáint.
Cuir i gcás imreoir idirchontae a chaill a phost anuraidh de bharr iomarcaíochta ach atá ag leanúint air ag imirt leis an gcontae, ag traenáil ar a laghad uair amháin in aghaidh an lae, uaireanta dhá uair. Ní fhaigheann sé ach a chuid costas taistil. Feiceann sé a bhainisteoir a bhíonn leis an bhfoireann trí uaire in aghaidh na seachtaine ag gnóthú €750 gach seachtain. An bhfuil seo cothrom? Is iomaí imreoir nach féidir leis post a fháil ar na saolta seo agus is seo mar a bheidh sé i ngach contae in Éirinn má cheadaítear íocaíochtaí do bhainisteoirí. Ag filleadh ar an bplépháipéar, tá trí mholadh ag an gCLG i leith na n-íocaíochtaí; 1 – cloí go daingean le rialacha na heagraíochta agus deireadh a chur leis na híocaíochtaí ar fad; 2 – scéim fhoirmeálta a thabhairt isteach a cheadaíonn íocaíochtaí do bhainisteoirí; nó 3 – leanúint ar aghaidh mar atá. Is léir go bhfuil gá le tuilleadh pléite agus tuilleadh díospóireachta ar an ábhar seo, agus is cinnte nach mbeidh gach éinne sásta leis an toradh. Tá súil agam féin, pé scéal, go seachnófar Rogha 3. Dar liom tá sé náireach go bhfuileadar ag breathnú air mar rogha in aon chor. Tá an fhadhb nochtaite anois, caithfear dul i ngleic léi.
COLLEGE TRIBUNE 21st February 2012
All power to the president Former UCDSU Vice-President Pierce Farrell explains why students should vote no in the upcoming constitutional referendum
close examination of the proposed SU Constitution reveals that a great deal of power will be transferred from the Union membership to the Union President, who will still have a backdoor out of their responsibilities. Firstly, let’s look at the “Ents Forum” being proposed to replace the democratically elected Entertainments Vice-President. This is detailed in the proposed article 23. The closest this power-centralising document comes to mentioning a ‘professional Ents Manger’ is where it states: “The President may invite any Union staff member that they deem appropriate to be a member of the Entertainments Forum.” This begs the question: who is this staff member and by what process were they appointed to the Union’s staff in the first place? The SU President stated in an interview with the College Tribune that: “No constitution would ever stipulate the terms and conditions of employment of a staff member.” It seems odd that de Brún makes this claim when Article 15 of the proposed constitution and article 16 of the current constitution (as well as the relevant articles of past constitutions going back to almost the start of the millennium) lay out “the terms and conditions” and indeed the process by which the Editor of the Observer is appointed. The agents of this proposed power-centralising document are trying to have it both ways: conditions for an existing Union employee but none for a new one – why? Perhaps because the pro-
posed constitution mentions nothing about an ‘Ents Manager’, including who might appoint them, what conflicts of interests they must declare or even what budget they would be required to draw up and present. Yet the SU are happy to place such terms and conditions upon the Observer Editor. In spite of this double-standard, the Yes campaign will try to convince ordinary students that the ‘Ents Manager’ position will be a guaranteed part of the Union’s future, even though the proposed constitution makes no mention of it. The proposed constitution basically abolishes the democratically elected Entertainments Vice-President and replaces it with a forum. The majority of this proposed forum’s members are elected by Union Council at a meeting at the end of the academic year, i.e. when most students are too busy preparing for their summer exams to even think about which nightclub might appeal to them next October. True, the President is on this proposed forum and if he or she deems the Union’s Graphic Designer or one of the lovely, hardworking, middle-aged shop managers to be the most appropriate staff member to sit on the Ents forum, then so be it. Shopkeepers are legendary for their boogying ways! The second reason this proposed document should be rejected is the blatant, but well concealed, lie about financial transparency. Those who have studied the Russian revolution will know the phrase ‘circular flow of power’. The proposed Finance Committee has a minimum
of six members. The Union President is one, with four of the five others being “nominated by the President”. While these nominees have to be ratified by Union Council, made up largely of Class Reps, only the Union President gets to nominate two-thirds of the Finance Committee which is meant to: “Examine the Union’s annual audited accounts”, “determine, set and regulate the
executive’s terms and conditions of employment” and, interestingly, “set expenses rates for all officers, committees, and staff of the Union.” It certainly appears to be a very useful facility for a Union President who, like USI president Gary Redmond in the current job market, has opted to serve two consecutive terms. There is the possibility for SU shop managers, who do the day-to-day run-
ning of the shops to “attend at the invitation of the President or Chairperson when they deem appropriate”. Probably the most intriguing line in proposed Article 24 is this: “The Finance Committee and the President in acting on behalf of the Union shall be indemnified against risks and expenses out of the assets of the Union.” Google the word “indemnified” and you’ll see just how much the
Yes side is fudging the issue of taking financial responsibility and keeping ready a ‘get-out’ clause! Finally there’s the issue of Union Council being somehow empowered to deal with the Union’s finances. While Council gets to see the budget, it cannot propose amendments to it. Council has always had the power to demand to see the Union’s accounts and hear explanations regarding any discrepancies – but most Class Reps are never told this! It is proposed that Council will have the “power to borrow, raise or secure the payment of money for the purposes of the Union” but only after the Finance Committee makes a recommendation that’s approved by the Union Executive. Oh, and Executive is being given the new power to overturn the policy set by Union Council. Is the Yes side telling you that if 8 of the 12 members of Union Executive (7 of whom will have their weekly wage part-set by the President) decide that Council has given them a job they don’t want to do they can throw out that demand? Have they told you that the Council Chairperson, like the Finance Committee Chairperson, would be nominated by the President alone? Basically, the very body that’s meant to hold the Union President to account will have its meetings steered by an appointee of the President. See the circle yet? Pierce Farrell is a twotime Class Rep, former Vice-Chairperson of Union Council, Chairperson of the 2004 - 2005 Constitutional Review Group and former Communications and IT Officer of UCDSU. He now lives in Australia.
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One night in Paris What about the fans? Patrick Fleming muses on where our priorities should lie on the Stade de France fiasco Saturday evening at a packed Stade de France and there are only moments to go until kick off. The crowd waits in anticipation as the players begin lining up in the tunnel. Meanwhile, in a corner of the pitch, a group of men are staring at the ground. Some of them are poking at the turf with pitch forks while others try to see if they can get a good divot in. It’s no use; the pitch is frozen. It was fine an hour ago when they decided to push ahead with optimism and with the knowledge that a cancellation would suit nobody at that late stage. But as cold evening became frigid night they had no choice. It was frozen, it was dangerous and they had to call it off. With no tries to deconstruct, lineout statistics to interpret or a man of the match to interview, the focus naturally came down to that moment and that decision. They even had the action replay to ana-
lyse, that’s if you can call a bunch of people looking at grass “action”. Nonetheless the initial reaction was one of disappointment, mostly at the last minute nature of the decision. How could they leave the fans stranded like this? Indeed it was all about the fans and how they must be outraged. Well of course, but they would have been outraged had it been called off an hour earlier too. In fact, they would have been outraged if it had been called when the initial forecasts of freezing conditions had been made during the week. They would have been outraged if the “Escargot King” fast food stand in the stadium had run out of battered horse meat nuggets and curly pommes frites. So let us forget about the assembled spectators. They are a bad focus for investigation because they have a vested interest and as usual,
they have the worst view of events. In fact, let’s forget about anything but the basic objective of playing a game of rugby. In that sense, there was absolutely no reason why a rugby match could not have been played in Paris on Saturday. From early on during the week, it had been forecast that the weather would be cold. Not just cold, but below freezing. It was also known that the Stade de France pitch was ill equipped to operate under frozen conditions. Also, assuming the organisers had a basic knowledge of how weather works (namely that night tends to be colder than day), they could well have reasoned that an earlier kick off time would have yielded more favourable conditions. These are the facts of the matter and from this there was one option, which at the very least, would have drasti-
cally improved the chances of playing the game: reschedule it for an earlier kick off. But playing a game of rugby was not the sole factor in deciding how to deal with the situation. Media and advertising interests had already banked on the more marketable nine o’clock Paris-time start. A change of time would have moved the programming from its coveted prime-
time slot and all the premium ad space that comes with it. The media tail is wagging the sporting dog, a trend which has grown radically since the Rupert Murdoch cash cow that is the Premiership first began distinguishing football fans by what premium satellite TV channels they subscribed to back in 1992. The benefits of the TV age on the major sports in Britain
and Ireland are debatable and it would certainly be ridiculous to ignore that at the very least. The new sporting media has created a monumental spectacle of sports in modern times. But it’s events like those in Paris which should make people question at what point does the game, the pure sport, become secondary to the media circus?
Zambia restore faith in the beautiful game At a point where football’s reputation has taken a hit from off field controversies, Amy Eustace finds salvation from Africa’s Cup of Nations.
or all of football’s glaringly obvious faults, every now and then the moments of controversy are counterbalanced by moments of beauty; moments which remind us why we bother with the whole rigmarole at all, and moments that make us remember why we fell in love with it in the first place. Against the backdrop of a football landscape populated and dominated by the likes of Tevez, Suarez and those involved in Egypt’s tragic violence, last week Zambia’s national team defied the odds to play out a script written in perhaps their darkest hour, nineteen years ago. The scene is Libreville, in the tiny African nation of Gabon; a mere 500 metres off the coast, a Zambian Air Force plane crashes, killing all 25 passengers and five crew members. Among them were eighteen of Zambia’s most talented footballers, bound for Dakar in Senegal where they were due to play a World Cup qualifier. Not only did Zambia lose 30 citizens, but also a collection of its sporting idols; heroes
they have mourned to this day. Zambia’s national team returned to the site of the disaster two weeks ago, but in much more fortunate circumstances, with a mind to rewrite the tale, and change the symbolism of Gabon’s capital in Zambian history. Under the guidance of former Cambridge United manager Hervé Renard, the unfancied Zambian side swept through the group stages, and beat Sudan and a highlyrated Ghanaian side to set up a final against usual favourites Cote d’Ivoire in Libreville. To Renard, it was ‘written in the sky’, but for the rest of the world Zambia were distinct underdogs. With only one of their squad playing in any European top flight team (and even then, the forgettable Swiss side Young Boys), they were a stark contrast with the Ivorians’ host of Premier League stars, including the infamous Didier Drogba, Yaya and Kolo Touré, and Newcastle’s Cheik Tioté. The Zambians, however, were undeterred, and kept the scoreline level at nil all
until the end of ordinary and extra time – albeit aided slightly by Drogba’s harrowing second half penalty miss. What followed was perhaps the most tremendously tense shoot-out of recent times. Each of the fifteen total successful penalties were perfectly struck, from Tioté’s strike to start the battle, Sinkala’s screamer, or the Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene’s cool-headed penalty against his opposite number. At a time when sportsmanship in football is arguably at its lowest ebb, it was refreshing to see a show of mutual respect between him and Boubacar Barry as they shook hands afterwards. Mweene would go on to save Kolo Touré’s meek attempt, but Kasaba’s following miss cost Zambia their advantage. Not for long, though, as Arsenal’s Gervinho – clearly reluctant to take a penalty at all – skied his attempt over the bar. The winning penalty went to Zambian midfielder Sunzu, who fired home Zambia’s last to bring the final scoreline to 8-7.
In a lasting image, after the final whistle Renard carried his injured full back, Joseph Musonda, to the rest of the squad so he could join in their prayer of celebration and then respectfully left them to it. Later, the players danced with the Frenchman, and lifted him on their shoulders, emphasising the high regard in which they held the coach who had led them to glory.
The day before the final, the team held a ceremony on the beach near the site of the crash, laying flowers in the water. At the final, they prayed. Their prayers, and those of the Zambians watching in the stadium and at home, were answered. Zambia had won their first ever African Cup of Nations. It was a fitting tribute to the victims of the 1993 crash.
The news of their death had elicited mournful cries when it was announced on national television nineteen years ago; last week, Zambia’s streets were filled with cheers. Elsewhere, Zambia’s victory had brought hope to football lovers further afield that perhaps the beautiful game still has some beauty left in it after all.
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“Linsanity” taking the NBA by storm In this week’s Down the Line, Conall Devlin writes about one of the most miraculous sports stories in recent memory, the emergence of New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin.
he unheralded, undrafted underdog story is one that is regularly swept up by all sports fans, yet even in the year of NFL star Tim Tebow none can compare with the unprecedented rise from bench warmer to global basketball star of Jeremy Lin. 23 year old Asian American Lin is shining on one of the biggest stages in all of pro sports in the America’s biggest media market, playing for the storied and long downtrodden New York Knicks in the NBA’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. His remarkable tale is reverberating around the world at an almost Charlie Sheen-esque rate of hype. This “Linderella” story isn't just a charming headline to sell newspapers on Manhattan street corners—it's a legitimate sports mania. Overlooked by top college
basketball scouts, economics major Lin was educated at Harvard University, a startling fact for a professional athlete. Moreover, experts continued to disregard Lin even after an outstanding senior season at Harvard in 200910, as none of the 30 NBA teams chose to draft him. He was eventually picked up but subsequently released after brief spells with the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. The Knicks were also about to release Lin until injuries to their established guards forced them to keep him. As fate would have it, Lin burst forth with a record display of scoring and passing. Lin scored 129 points in his first five starts, more than any other NBA player has ever done in that span. The highlight during this run was a 38 point effort in a victory
over Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers. No athlete as unknown as Lin has leaped to the fore in major league competition to outdo the best in the profession, led a losing team to victories during his first few starts, and set a city afire with enthusiasm- the Madison Square Garden network and coverage of Knicks’ games are up 70% in the New York market. One aspect of Lin’s story which is particularly endearing is the racial aspect. In a league of predominantly black and white professional athletes, his pioneering role as an Asian American star is taking a new found place in the NBA, giving hope to younger generations. It is no surprise that Chinatown is enthralled over this unexpected stardom for one of its own. Time Magazine have also acted, putting Lin on the cover of its Taiwan and
China issues. Knicks legend and TV analyst Walt Frazier commented "this league is dominated by African Americans. What are the odds of an Asian guy coming on and having this impact? It's amazing. It's inexplicable." It is unknown how long Lin's hype and double-digit scoring ability will last but basketball fans will be opti-
mistic Lin’s shining star will not extinguish so shortly after coming into view. Fame has crept up upon Jeremy Lin all of a sudden, yet he remains the second most famous former Harvard student to play basketball- the most famous lives in the White House and is apparently caught up by “Linsanity” too.
Clubhouse PATRICK FLEMING Hurling In the Fitzgibbon Cup, UCD’s hurlers came out on top against Waterford I.T. on Tuesday evening by a score of 1-13 to 0-13 as they now progress to the last eight in the competition. Noel McGrath proved to be the key man on the night for the students as he accounted for 11 points out of UCD’s total, with all but 3 of his points coming from set pieces. While the Tipperary man proved vital in keeping the score ticking over, Domhnaill Fox’s goal just before half time proved to be the sole difference in the game come full time as Waterford kept in touch throughout with scores from Eoin Murphy who matched Noel McGrath’s total with eleven points of his own. Waterford may even have felt they could have snatched as they had the deficit down to a single point in the dying moments, but UCD kept their heads and with two late insurance points made sure the game swung their way in the end.
With the win on the road down in Waterford last night, UCD have now booked themselves a meeting with UCC on Wednesday for a chance to progress to the semi finals. Soccer UCD’s League of Ireland team played their second pre season friendly game on Saturday against SD Galway (formerly Salthill Devon) in Drom Soccer Park. The students had to come back from an early 2-0 deficit in order to earn a two all draw against their division one opponents. SD Galway were a goal up after only eleven minutes after Mikey Gilmore put the ball in the UCD net. Brina Gaffney then doubled the home side’s lead but the Students managed to pull a goal back before half time courtesy of Daniel Ledwith. UCD spent most of the second half searching for the elusive equaliser and it finally came as Dean Clarke struck home with only five minutes left in the game. This was the second preseason friendly for the students, their first being a 2-1
defeat at the hands of Limerick F.C. The season proper begins for UCD at home on March 2nd when they’ll be taking on last year’s first division champions, Cork City. Hockey The Ladies first team had a comprehensive 5-0 win on Saturday in Belfield against Corinthian. The win means they stay within touching distance of first place Railway Union in the Division one standings. Jeamie Deacon got the scoring underway early on
when a shot from Anna O’Flanagan was saved, only for Deacon to pick up the rebound and fire home. Brenda Flannery picked up the second goal for Collidge as her darting run from midfield was capped off by casually slipping the ball passed the keeper. Deacon then had her second from a corner as she was able to get the vital deflection on a Nicola Grey sweep. It wasn’t long before the fourth went in, this time it was a long driven from Leah Ewart which beat the Corinthians keeper. Chloe Watkins was on hand to put
the finishing touch on the scoreline late on when she scored for the home side’s fifth and final goal. With the season entering it’s final stretch, UCD continue to trail the unbeaten Railway Union side by a mere two points while Loreto continue to nip at the heels only another two points off UCD. With their next opponents being Pembroke who are in second last, UCD should expect to continue their momentum going into the tense final few games.
Clinical Maynooth advance to Sigerson Semi Final after scalp of UCD Coninued from back page NUI Maynooth -- S Connolly; K O'Brien, K Lynch, D Dalton; T Moolick, J McDermott, S Denvir; C Berrigan, C Brophy; J Califf, S Hurley, C Mullins; M Newman, P Cahillane, D Quinn. Subs: S Fahy for S Hurley (30), G McIntyre for C Berrigan (38), A Walsh for C Mullins (45), S O'Hanlon for D Quinn (52), T Johnson for S Denvir (60) UCD -- M McGinley; M Furlong, J Hayes, C Forde; C Barrett, R O'Carroll, S Redmond; M Coughlan, C Murphy; C Dias, L Smith, C Carthy; N Kilroy, D Kingston, A Giles Subs: M O'Regan for L Smith (19), N Murray for C Carthy (37), M O'Hanlon for D Kingston (44), M Duffy for C Barrett (46), D Larkin for N Kilroy (54) Ref -- D Fahy (Longford)
UCD edge 8 try thriller Coninued from back page Of course, as they had all game, UCD bounced back. And this time they held on. UCD: Michael Twomey, Andy Boyle, Andy Cummiskey (capt.), Alex Kelly, Tom Fletcher, Niall Earls, Peter du Toit, James Tracey, Risteard Byrne, Brian Hall, Brian Cawley, Mark Flanagan, Keelan McKenna, Danny Kenny, Shane Grannell Subs: Kieran Moloney, Neill Foley, Owen Joyce, Shane O’Meara, Terry Jones.
21st February 2012
ZAMBIA WIN AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS
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Clinical Maynooth advance to Sigerson Semi Final after scalp of UCD Maynooth 2-8 UCD 1-8 CONALL DEVLIN
UCD edge 8 try thriller UCD - 31 Ballymena - 28
he majority of the credit for Collidge’s narrow victory over the division’s second place team must go to the pack as a whole whose superb performances meant UCD always looked the better team no matter the score. It was their maul that provided the base for Niall Earl’s 77th minute drop goal that made the crucial difference in Belfield on a day where the wind cut right to the bone. UCD quickly found out
that the wind was not the only thing that could cut when, in the fourth minute, opposing full back Roger McBurney sliced through their unorganised defence for the first try of the match. Undeterred by this poor start UCD quickly got back into the game through their forwards whose terrific play in the tackle area allowed them generate quick ruck ball. Forced into trying to slow ball down, Ballymena began to infringe and so UCD were able to cut the deficit to four through the Earls’ boot and then take a one point lead in the 12th minute with a mauling try. However, all this hard work was reset in the 20th
minute when the strong wind forced a low clearance kick and Ballymena were again able to take advantage of an unprepared UCD defence; this time the damage was done by a clever chip that allowed McBurney an easy touch down. The teams continued to trade tries as the half progressed. With their backline struggling to make ground UCD kept possession within the pack and James Tracey got a go ahead try. This was to be undone when Ballymena’s Martin Irwin intercepted a pass deep in UCD’s half for an easy seven points. Yet again Collidge responded and, yet again through their forwards, with a second
Tracey try UCD went in 20 -21 at the half. With the change of sides came the inevitable change of tactics and both teams took time to get used to their new wind enforced roles. UCD got the first score of the half with through a penalty that also earned Ballymena a yellow card. UCD failed to take advantage of the superior numbers and it wasn’t until teams were level on that front that they got their fourth try through Andy Boyle’s nice finish. Ballymena were not going to let that be the end of things with a third McBurney try tying the contest. Continued on page 19
CD missed out on the opportunity of a Sigerson Cup semi final date with holders UCC after a disappointing three point defeat to a clinical NUI Maynooth outfit in Maynooth. The home team held off a late surge to forge a deserved victory however the Belfield side will point to the controversial sending off of Dublin’s Colm Murphy early into the second half as the decisive factor in swinging the tie in favour of the Kildare side. UCD failed to take advantage of the lion’s share of possession in the early exchanges with erroneous decision making in the final third while Maynooth played the more forceful and intelligent football. The first decisive blow came nineteen minutes in when the eye-catching corner-forward Michael Newman outmaneuvered Colin Forde and shot low and hard to the net. That goal put the home team 1-3 to 0-1 ahead but UCD did finish the first half stronger. Scores from Donie Kingston, Michael O'Regan and Niall Kilroy (free) left two points between the teams at halftime, 1-3 to 0-4. The game came to life in the second half. As aforementioned, Colm Murphy received his marching orders after an altercation with Maynooth's Tommy Moolick, much to the shock and dismay of the UCD bench. Niall Murray and Newman exchanged points before a wellworked one-two between man of the match Moolick and Newman ended with the Kildare man rocketing a shot to the roof of the UCD net. Maynooth were six points
ahead and seemingly in total control of proceedings, making very clever use of their numerical advantage by retaining possession, drawing an opponent and laying off to a willing runner. Moolick was fouled on the edge of UCD’s square soon afterwards and Paul Cahillane popped over the resulting free. A fantastic point from David Quinn pushed Maynooth eight points clear and a cruise to victory looked inevitable. However, despite their numerical disadvantage, UCD mounted a stirring late fight back. The introductions of Matt O’Hanlon, Mark Duffy and David Larkin galvanized Stephen Gallagher’s men and thanks to gaining an upper hand around midfield, poured forward with tremendous spirit. A low finish to the Maynooth net by Larkin after an intricate passing movement six minutes from time was quickly followed by points for Niall Murray and Alan Giles (free). Murray then converted a 45 and with the game in the balance, a brilliant save from Maynooth goalkeeper Shane Connolly from an Alan Giles effort proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the Belfield side. On balance, it was a merited victory for this year’s Sigerson Cup dark horses Maynooth who now look to overcome the competition’s current holders UCC in the semi and either UUJ or favourites DCU in the final this weekend in NUI Galway. Scorers -- NUI Maynooth: T Moolick, M Newman 1-1 each, J Califf 0-2 (1f), S Denvir, D Quinn, C Mullins, P Cahillane (f) 0-1 each UCD: D Larkin 1-0, N Murray 0-3 (1 '45), N Kilroy 0-2 (1f), D Kingston, M O'Regan, A Giles (f) 0-1 each Continued on page 19
Published on Feb 21, 2012