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Edition 1 - Semester 1 - November

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All The Latest News & Events From Around Campus

WIT Fresher Ladies Footballers Crowned Shield Champions!

See Inside For Reports On · Class Rep Training · Movember · School Convenors · Freshers Week · Dear Arthur

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CLUBS AND SOCIETIES WIT Clubs & Societies

Sport & Health Science Society

Here in WIT there is a diverse range of sport and recreational activities available to all our students and every student has the opportunity to join as many clubs and societies as they wish each year. Last year there was over 60 clubs and societies on campus and so far this year it looks like we will top that number. WIT can offer a huge variety of clubs and soc’s; from the sports clubs that cater for players of all abilities to the students interested in joining and participating in the various societies here in the college. The vast majority of our clubs cater for all types of students, who can range from elite or international level athletes to the beginner or novice. So if you want to be active on campus and get involved in something worthwhile, represent the college in variety of different competitions, meet new friends or even learn something new then you are in the right place!

This Year is the first year of the new Sport & Health Science Society in WIT. The society has been set up and ran by four Exercise & Health Students; to try and integrate the courses within the Health Sciences Department, such as Sport & Recreation Management, Health Promotion, Sports Performance Coaching & Exercise & Health Studies.

Here in WIT there is a club or society for you; from swimming to surfing, table tennis to sky diving and much more in between. With a societies scene that covers 3 main areas: academic, cultural and political, it is definitely an area of college life in WIT that is getting stronger year after year. So far this year we have had 2 Clubs & Soc’s Open Days where thousands of WIT students signed up to the new and existing clubs and societies but don’t worry its never too late to sign up, just call into the Clubs & Societies Office on the Cork Road Campus and fill out the relevant membership fee and you are good to go. If you can’t make it to the office then just get in touch through email, telephone (details below) or even through the Clubs & Soc’s Facebook Like Page at WITclubsandsocs.

They will be hosting their first big event on November the 14th. This will be a talk from Physiologists, Pschologists and volunteers from the Paralympic team, where they will be sharing their experiences and stories from the London 2012 games. This will be followed by a short Q & A. This will commence from 6:30pm until 7:45pm in F03. This is a great opportunity to get some insight into the Paralympic Games and what it was like for the personnel + athletes involved. At 9pm in The Dome Bar there will be an after party with Olympic Themed Events. These events are similar to those in the Olympics but with a bit of a twist! For example the legendary “10m Relay”. We are also looking for brave volunteers to try and bring home the gold in the prestigious “Rhythmic Gymnastics Ribbon”. Spot prizes and top quality Olympic Standard medals on the night (Possibly made out of chocolate!) This is the first of many planned events the society has over the up and coming year. They have planned to carry out a strong man event on campus, a health screening day and a half naked mile around the campus to raise funds.

If you are looking to set a new club or society up then we can help with that as well, just get in touch and we’ll see how we can help to (i) get awareness of the new club or society to your fellow students, (ii) how to get members to sign up, (iii) help you fill out the relevant forms, (iv) get the committee trained up on how to run a club or society here in WIT and finally (v) the rest is up to you!

Clubs & Societies Office Contact Details: • WIT Clubs & Societies Officer: Robin Croke • Email: clubsandsocs@wit.ie • Phone Number: (051) 302238

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WIT n o i n U ’ s t n e d Stu WITSU Charity Donations WIT Students’ Union organised a bucket collection on the Thursday of Fresher’s Week outside the Dome Bar in benefit of Ger O’ Sullivan, a WIT Student who was seriously injured after falling 60ft while on J1 in America. A massive thanks to all the WIT students who donated on the day and helped us to raise over €2000 WIT Students’ Union also donated €1500 to David Keating’s SAFE Fund after a very successful Fancy Dress Ball in the Dome Bar on Monday, October 22nd. Again a massive thanks to all the WIT Students who attended and put so much effort into their costumes.

1st Year/Freshers Registration The 5th and 6th of September was 1st year registration on the Cork Road Campus. WIT Students’ Union had a stand outside the Spar shop and were there to introduce themselves to all incoming students, pass out our Fresher’s Diary, Business Cards and Student Cents Goodie bags. We were also encouraging all students to sign up to our Facebook Page (www. facebook.com/witsu) in order to stay up to date on all our activities throughout the year. If you haven’t done so I would encourage you to do the same.

Freshers Week 2012 WITSU Fresher’s Week took place from Sept 24th – Sept 27th however the planning for it began months before hand. The feedback we have received has been hugely positive from the design of the posters to both the day and night-time entertainment. We do however encourage all students to provide us with feedback and help us to identify areas that can be improved upon. The week saw 7 separate bands and 2 student DJ’s in The Dome Bar, 2 international DJ’s in town and a host of day time activities and companies on campus. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank our Entertainment Officer, Craig Ennis for his stellar work in both organising the week and ensuring it ran smoothly. All night-time events were sold out and The Dome Bar had a fantastic atmosphere all week. The ethos of the week is to ensure that 1st year students get to know their class mates, sign up to Club’s and Societies and feel part of the WIT community.

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WITSU Fresher’s Diary Throughout the summer WITSU worked quickly to have the Freshers Diary sent to print in time for 1st year registration. We successfully managed to do that and were a number of weeks ahead of schedule. The quality of the publication is regarded as among the best nationally by our peers in USI and this is testament to the hard work of all involved, especially Will Doyle, Design & Marketing Manager and David Ffrench your Communications Officer.

Upcoming Events Erasmus Information day: Wed 7th Of Nov., Cork Road Campus and Thurs 8th Of Nov., College St. Campus USI National Campaign: Tuesday 20th, Time and Venue TBC Live Life Safe Week: 26th – 29th Of November on all campuses

College Street Rec Room Upgrade As promised, WITSU have begun upgrading the College Street Rec Room with the introduction of hammocks & bean bags for your enjoyment. The Rec Room is an important area for College Street students’ to chill out & socialise with their peers. If you have any sugggestions for any future improvements please don’t hesitate to let us know. If any Clubs or Societies would like to use the Rec Room after hours for meetings, social gatherings, DVD nights etc. please contact the WITSU College Street Co-ordinator in the office and book your time.

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USI To Host Nationwide Series Of Public Meetings On Cost Of College And Budget 2013 Local TDs, Senators and Councillors will be invited to attend and answer questions from students, parents and business owners on how they intend to support and invest in third level education. The Union of Students in Ireland is launching a month long series of Public Meetings on the cost of college. TDs, Senators and local Councillors will be invited to attend the meetings and answer questions from concerned students, parents and local business owners on their positions regarding fees and the student maintenance grant ahead of Budget 2013. The Waterford Public Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 20th with times and dates tbc. This series of Public Meetings is intended to create awareness in local communities and among public representatives of the significant financial challenges facing families with children who are currently in or aspire to enter third level education. Many of the public representatives that USI has invited gave pre-election pledges to protect students and families from further fee increases and cuts to the maintenance grant. Quick Statistics: • Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has said that families will have to pay €3,000 in fees per student every year by 2015. By the end of Quinn’s tenure, he will have increased fees by €1,000 despite pledging to oppose any increases. This constitutes the largest increase to fees made by a Minister for Education since fees were abolished in 1996. • Since Budget 2010, the maintenance grant has been cut by 11%. The average weekly rate of the maintenance grant is now €84, yet the absolute minimum the State deems it possible to live on per week is €100 (the current level of Jobseeker’s Allowance for unqualified 18-19 year olds), while the average weekly cost of on-campus accommodation is €102.40 per week. Therefore, the average maintenance grant rate now no longer covers the cost of accommodation, before fees or living costs are even considered. John Logue, President Of The Union Of Students In Ireland Said: “We have organised these Public Meetings because public representatives must state their position on third level funding before Budget 2013. Students, families and local business owners need to know if their representatives are going to come out against fee increases that will cause many students to drop out of college and prevent prospective students from entering third level education. In many towns, the student population helps to sustain the local economy. If the Government continues to target students in the name of austerity then local businesses will suffer as less students attend college and the students who do attend have significantly decreased disposable incomes. Is students and families are fed up of being targeted by Minister Quinn, then they should stand up and hold their public representatives to account.”

Entertainments Hi Guys, I’m Craig Ennis and I am your Entertainment Officer within W.I.T. Students’ Union. I am here to provide entertainment, events and help you have an extremely enjoyable social life this year in W.I.T. I believe in entertainment and events for all and I am always open to criticism and suggestions to help improve any aspect of the entertainment provided to you this year.

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Ents Crew Along with David Ffrench I have recently set up the ENTS CREW and will have the first meeting in the coming week but there is always room for more. If you believe you have qualities that would help improve the entertainment within the college or want to help out in general with events, ticket sales and so on please feel free to sign up to the ENTS CREW. To do so simply forward your Full Name, Phone Number and Email Address in an email entitled ENTS CREW to entertainment@witsu.ie

Class Parties

If you require any help setting up a class party or just want ideas or contact details don’t hesitate to ask. Just drop into your Students’ Union office or drop me an email at entertainment@witsu.ie to arrange a meeting.

Group Hoodies As with class parties if you require any help getting/ordering hoodies or just need contact details don’t hesitate to ask. We have searched and priced around to find the highest quality hoodies, print and embroidery for the best price so you don’t have to. Just drop into your Students’ Union office or drop me an email at entertainment@ witsu.ie to arrange a meeting or get any info required. To keep up to date on all events and/or entertainment be sure to add the WITSU Ents facebook page on www.facebook.com/witsuents

Movember WIT Students and Staff will be looking to change the face of Men’s health this month by attempting to grow some facial hair in aid of Charity. Since beginning clean shaven on November 1st they will be bringing The Mo back into fashion one day at a time. The Movember Foundation was co-founded by four Aussies in 2004. The Foundation is a not for profit organisation dedicated to having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Movember started in Australia and has since grown to a global movement, running official campaigns in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America, New Zealand, Spain, the Netherlands, South Africa and Finland. The idea of Movember came from a conversation between two of the founders the year before the Foundation was established. Both felt that the Mo could do with a revival. So, with the seed of an idea, they talked a couple of mates into growing a moustache for one month and with that, Movember was born. In 2003, just 30 Mo Bros took part. The rules were simple; start on Movember 1st clean shaven and spend the remainder of the month growing a Mo. No money was raised; the idea was simply to see who could grow the better moustache. It wasn’t until 2004, having been overwhelmed by the conversations prompted by the previous year’s growth, that the founders decided to develop the idea into a cause that gave birth to the Movember Foundation. Having recognised that men, unlike women, were lacking a way to engage in their own health issues, they saw an opportunity to attach a purpose to growing a Mo, and began to look for a cause for which they could raise a bit of money and awareness in 2004.. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros & Sistas supporting the cause right across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Denmark and everywhere in between. Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes and make men aware of the health risks they face, thereby increasing early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment. More importantly however, Movember’s success will remain with its ability to stay true to its origins, mates and moustaches, which is how it all began. You can show your support and donate in either Students’ Union office or online at ie.movember.com/team/613657

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WIT Fresher Ladies Footballers Crowned Shield Champions The Fresher Ladies Football team have set the standard for Ladies Football in WIT this year. After an early start and long bus journey to Dublin the girls made a great start in their first match of the 1st year blitz in Naomh Mearnog. First up were UL and only a minute into the match Vikki Falconer showed her eye for the green flag by banging home a goal for WIT. Once again Vikki smashed a goal past the UL keeper and was ably assisted by scores from Becky Donoghue and Lorraine Breen. Although UL put up a tough opposition, the WIT girls held strong and at the full time it was 4-2 to 2-4 in favour of WIT. The excellent start unfortunately did not continue for the next 3 games as WIT fell victim to Mary I, Queens and NUIG. However, good performances from Eadaoin Miskella, Emma Corcoran and Aileen McCarthy and scores from Vikki Falconer, Orla Meagher and Becky Donoghue restored pride in WIT’s efforts in the competition. Losing these matches meant WIT did not qualify for the Cup semi finals but instead were placed in the Shield semi final vs Dublin City University. The girls came out with completely changed attitudes for this semi final, this was seen in an inspiring run from captain Emma Corcoran who received a short kick out and preceded to sprint the length of a pitch and banged home a goal! More goals from Becky and Vikki threw off the DCU challenge and thanks to some hard running and work rate from Shauna O’ Donoghue, Louise Dineen, Lorraine Breen, Melissa Gilbert and Caitriona Doyle; DCU only managed 1 score in the first half. WIT came out all guns blazing again in the 2nd half and overcame DCU with some great plays. The final score was WIT 7-1 DCU 3-1, next up was Mary I in the Shield Final! WIT 3-5 Mary I 2-1 The girls’ never say die attitude from the semi final carried through to the final. Becky opened the scoring with a well taken point and followed after goal machine Vikki Falconer slotted yet another goal past the Mary I keeper. Emma Corcoran again travelled up the field from the back line to score a goal and at half time WIT were well ahead with 2-1 to no score. Throughout the 2nd half WIT put an immense amount of pressure on the Mary I team especially in the first few minutes. Shauna O’ Donoghue and Lorraine Breen were putting in a serious effort in not allowing Mary I girls to get past them. One last goal from Vikki and traded points between Becky and Vikki sealed the win for WIT in the early stages of the 2nd half. WIT then got tired in the dying minutes and let 2-1 slip past them, however the girls did enough and when the ref blew the final whistle the first bit of silverware of 2012-2013 was coming back to Waterford! WIT Freshers Ladies football Panel 2012-2013: Aileen Mc Carthy, Becky Donoghue , Caitriona Doyle, Eadaoin Miskella, Emma Corcoran, Lorraine Breen, Louise Dineen, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Nugent, Orla Meagher, Shauna O Donoghue, Vicki Falconer

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WIT Freshers 2 Hurling V UCC WIT Freshers Hurling 2 had an excellent win against a very strong UCC in Carraiganore on Wednesday. WIT got off to a fine start with early scores from the impressive Nicky Crane and Declan Cheasty, however UCC were gifted a soft goal when the WIT defence failed to react to a breaking ball around the edge of the square. The goal lifted UCC and they began to come more into the game but good goal keeping from Brian Power kept the home side from going further behind. WIT started to dominate the game especially around the midfield and half back line with the midfield pairing of Conor Brophy and Jack Walsh excellent throughout the game. Some intelligent hurling saw WIT open up the UCC full back line with Declan Cheasty, Andrew Carron and Sam Linehan picking off some fine scores giving WIT a one point lead going in at half time. The second half was all one way traffic as the WIT defence especially Rob O Leary, Ryan McKenna and Paddy Drennan completely dominating in the back line. Goals from Cheasty and Crane saw WIT race into a comfortable lead, with the opposition only managing a single second half point. Though WIT will be delighted with the win, they must improve in front of the posts, hitting no less than fourteen wides. In an overall entertaining game at Carriganore man of the match on this occasion goes to the industrious Declan Cheasty who scored an impressive 2-3 from play. Final score WIT 5-6 UCC 1-11

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WITSU School Convenors 2012-2013 Aidan Murray - School Of Science Convenor Born Bread and Buttered in Waterford City Studying Bsc Hons In Pharmaceutical Science currently in 4th year 3rd year as a convener Fav sport American Football Supporter of the Miami Dolphins Fav Band The Gaslight Anthem Member and Player of the Waterford Wolves American Football Team, Winner of best mask at lasts years Biz Ball. Joe Foley - School Of Business Convenor Bachelor of business year 2 Waterford Favourite sport: Rugby Band: Noel: Noel Gallagher high flying birds Founder of De La sale Rugby, both junior and senior teams also co-captained the first ever senior team.

Ray Mackey - School Of Engineering Convenor Hometown: Kilmeaden (The place with the cheese), Co.Waterford Course: Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Year: 4 Favourite Sport: Motorsport! Favourite Band: It has to be Metallica. Interesting facts: I’ve been racing Hot-rods since I’m 13, I play guitar, and to those of you interested....I caught all of the original 150 Pokemon. Tom Cronin - School Of Humanities Convenor I am 20 years old and am in 2nd year of graphic design. I’m originally from London but have lived in Ireland for 7 years now and i haven’t lost my accent so you’ll more than likely here me before you see me. Getting to know me is very easy, my favourite sport is football and because i’m English that means soccer. I’m a die hard Arsenal fan and will have banter with anyone who’s up for a good debate, if i meet any other Arsenal fans then it’s usually love at first sight as we are a dieing breed. Thats pretty much me as a person in a nutshell, i’ll see you all around the place and if anyone needs help or advice on anything don’t hesitate to flag me down. Aidan Stewart - School Of Health Science Convenor I’m a 1st year Psychiatric Nursing student From the sunny south east Co.Kilkenny, Fiddown to be percise I play tennis almost every spare minute I have (after study of course), I also run a couple of times a week. I like lots of different music from Gareth Brooks to Tenacious D.... I’ll listen to anything Im a qualified carpenter (just like Jesus) but returned to Psychiatric Nursing as a mature student and loving it so far !! I’m always about so dont be shy! Publication1213.indd 9

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Cassandra Kelly - Welfare Officer Hey everyone, I hope you are all well and enjoyed your midterm break! It’s been a great few weeks here since everyone’s been back and lots has happened. Firstly we had Fresher’s Week which I hope everyone enjoyed, we got great support for the week with all our events selling out so thank you! The next big thing for me was welfare crew recruitment. It is so important that I have a good team with me to help me run the various welfare campaigns and have to say I have been overwhelmed with the crew I have got this year and look forward to getting to know yee and working together all year. If you ever want to get involved just drop me a text! My first welfare campaign of the year was ‘Love Your Body Week’. I hope everyone enjoyed the week and learned something. The sexual health roadshow went very well on the Wednesday but don’t worry if you missed out on the talk from Dr. Sex or the sexual health magician because we will have them back next semester. There was also a lot going on in College Street during the week with a General Health day and the start of chill out Thursdays. Chill out Thursdays take place every week after twelve with free Dvds and popcorn in the Rec room so if your around then come along. As always I have been kept busy with various casework and students coming to see me on various issues. If there’s ever anything you need help with or want to talk about please please call in, send me a text or an email. The next welfare campaign is ‘Live Life Safe’ week. An all encompassing safety campaign so if anyone has any suggestions or wants to get involved please don’t hesitate to ask. With exams coming up its time to put the head down however if you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out in anyway take the right measures to address this. If your struggling with anything contact Stephen the education officer for help and keep an eye out for our exams de-stress campaign with some study and de-stress tips! welfare@witsu.ie 0867854402 Publication1213.indd 10

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Stephen O’Rourke - Education Officer Hey, So I hope everybody has settled in well to life in WIT and is making the most of the college experience. I am delighted to say that you have been keeping me busy which is want I would like to see continue. I have dealt with a lot of case work relating to the likes of grant issues, course issues and many other confidential matters. Also I am delighted to say that I recruited for and held the Class Rep training day and that this year sees WITSU’s biggest ever Class Rep numbers with over 250 reps. I look forward to working with them on any issues over the year so be sure to know who your Class Rep is. Events wise I was heavily involved in the organising and running of Fresher’s Week and I hope you all enjoyed it. Careers Week ran with the WIT Careers Centre and was a great success, you should keep an eye on them for more talks and events soon. I assisted Cassandra in Love Your Body Week and it has to be said her Welfare Crew did an amazing job all week. As the exams approach don’t forget I operate a Grinds Register on the WITSU website (www.witsu.ie) so check that out and any exam related questions you have be sure to drop in and ask me. There is an International study abroad information day coming up also where I will be informing students of their study abroad options and encouraging as many students as possible to take part. I am enjoying my role immensely as your Education Officer this year and will continue to work hard for the benefit of you the students. As always you can contact me anytime or even stop me if you see me in the corridors for a quick chat. Lastly be sure to find the balance between study and socialising especially over the next few weeks as the exams will come upon you faster than you think. Stephen sueducation@witsu.ie 0860499842

SUSI - Grants We in WITSU would just like to inform the students that we are aware of the current issues with SUSI and the grants. Along with USI the national union we are lobbying the departments involved with SUSI to get these issues solved as fast as possible. Stephen is more than happy to assist people on a case by case basis so do drop into him and make an appointment if you feel the need to do so as he has been trained in this area. The main issues and concerns raised by the students include; • Significant delays in application processing and approval • Poor communication of application progress • Lack of awareness on payment schedule SUSI outlined the figures below as up to date on the morning of Oct 16th - 69,714 submitted - 4,894 awaiting assessment (submitted after August 31st) - 2920 fully approved - 50% of fully approved awaiting bank details - 1200 to receive first payment on Oct 19th - Over 160,000 calls received - Over 20,000 emails received - The significant amount of packs being returned incomplete or containing original documents (only copies are needed) is causing the main delays. When a pack is incomplete a new pack must be generated and sent out to the student to be returned causing additional time for the student but also extra work for the SUSI staff. When original documents are submitted extra processing is required; copies made and originals returned. Publication1213.indd 11

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Know Your Union Week This week was all about getting every student in WIT to know who we are, what we do and why we do it. We put up posters and banners in every area of the college to inform as many students as possible about the role that WITSU can play in their college lives. Each member of the team had individual posters so students would know our faces and a short description of the role each of us play within the Union. We were delighted to see the impact the week had on students calling over to the office with a number of issues and queries that they didn’t know where to turn to at first. These ranged from a simple question to more serious issues which are dealt with privately and confidentially by the team. During this week we also held a welcoming BBQ in Manor for all of the residents who the majority are 1st year students. We also invited the International students to this event to help them mix with the Irish students at the start of the semester.

International Students Welcoming Party The week before all of the students returned to restart college WITSU and The International Office held a welcoming party in The Dome Bar for WIT’s new international students. The new students ranged from just across the sea in England to as far away as Australia and China. The night was a great social event with DJ Spencer on hand to spin out the tunes and with Irish Dancers brought in to show the students a little bit of our culture. The Dome was very well decorated and they provided a lovely spread for the people in attendance. For those of you who have seen the pictures on the WITSU Facebook Page you will know it was a great night. It was also the first chance for the new WIT International Buddies to meet the incoming students. This is a great program to be involved with to improve your language studies or simply just learn more about another countries culture while also helping someone new to Ireland settle in.

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Class Rep Training Day 2012 WITSU Class Rep Training day was held in The Woodlands Hotel on October 2nd 2012 with over 200 Class Reps in attendance from a range of different schools and courses across the WIT. The day was organised by Stephen, WITSU Education Officer and the 2 weeks prior to this he had spent recruiting and informing students of the benefits of having a Class Rep. The day was about teaching and educating the Class Reps on their duties and role as a rep and what to expect from the institute for them and their class. The day began with an introduction form Stephen and a talk from Angela Collins from the Careers Centre. Next was the first International speaker of the day Colm McGivern, a highly qualified individual in the area of negotiations and conflict resolution who along with the serious issues he dealt with provided many amusing ice breakers helping to form a great bond between all of the Class Reps. After a break for lunch the day continued with many more talks from Student Life and Learning, Campus Services, The International Office & Clubs and Societies. There was also a very interesting presentation from USI, your national Student Union body from the President John Logue and the USI Southern Area Officer Michael Thompson on the upcoming National campaigns and how every student can get involved. Following this former WITSU President Cathy Pembroke gave a presentation on ‘How to Deal with Course Boards’ to which there was great student involvement and interest. Lastly before dinner all of the WITSU Officers gave a presentation on the role they have to play for the year and how they can help the Reps and their classes. After dinner and awards there was music in the Hotel with further bonding games taking place. Overall it was a great day and it seems to show that WIT Students’ Union and all involved are stronger than ever, With over 200 reps in attendance on the day and with officially over 250 Class Reps now signed up and actively attending Class Rep Council within the union they look forward to moving on and representing the students professionally and with their best interests in mind throughout the year. Together We Are Stronger

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A group of like minded people have come together with a tongue-in-cheek campaign to help highlight Waterford’s plight of potentially losing its City status. They are asking the public to donate 50,000 shirts to the cause, one for every man, woman and child in the Waterford city area: a sort of petition with a difference. Once they have collected all the shirts they will pull off a PR stunt and deliver a message to Leinster house letting them know that Waterford people have been stripped of their shirts.

In support of 'Waterford Gives a Shirt’ - Waterford Institute of Technology and WIT Students’ Union are calling on all students/staff/locals who wish to show their support & give their shirt for Waterford to come along to the Atrium in the Main Building, Cork Road Campus on Tuesday 13th November from 5pm - bring a shirt (if you have) & get your pic taken as a show of support for this great City of ours. Email Lynn @ marketing@wit.ie for info.

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They will then recycle the shirts and give the monies earned to a worthy local charity so it is a win-win situation. Please follow them on facebook and spread the word about them to your fellow Waterfordians & classmates at facebook.com/WaterfordGivesAShirt

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USIT Welcome to a world of possibilities. Never has there been a time in the last 20 years when working abroad has become a regular dinner time conversation for Irish families. The possibilities & opportunities these days are endless and can be availed of by people from all walks of life. Now in our 53rd year of operation, USIT is Ireland’s longest running work, teach & volunteer specialists, and we cater for everyone to help you plan your overseas move. The reasons for working abroad are plentiful – learn new skills, widen your professional experience on your CV, meet new friends, travel to new places. It’s never too late to go and work abroad. At USIT, we offer 1 year work visas to Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Argentina as well as the newly launched 1 Year Work South Africa progrmmes. Also watch this space for a new 1 year work visa to Tawian to be released in Jan 2013. Of course the most popular travel option for Students is the J1 summer work and travel programme to the USA. USIT have been running this programme for over 50 years and it has been a long standing rite of passage for many Students throughout the years. The J1 allows you to work for a maximum of 4 months anywhere in the USA and travel for a further month if you want to explore this vast country. The flexibility of the programmes and relative ease in obtaining a work permit makes it a must for all you students out there. Just remember if you book your visa with me in the USIT office on campus I can help you with the application process, answer all the queries and issues that may arise and make your flight bookings straight away. Its so much easier to deal with someone face to face. So why go anywhere else USIT are here on campus for you!! Another of the popular options at the minute due to the job shortage in Ireland are people seeking employment in places such as Australia & Canada. Every year approximately 20,000 Irish head Down Under to avail of the many work opportunities that lie awaiting. This visa has become a rite of passage for most before you reach 30 years so if you haven’t already been then don’t wait until its too late! Western Australia is particularly appealing at the moment due to the labour shortage and the very low unemployment rate of just 3.8%. Jobs are plentiful across the hospitality, nursing, trades and engineering sector along with excellent wages and a great lifestyle. Perth being officially Australia’s sunniest state capital! If you have a query about whether you can go on one of the above programmes just call email me on kate .murphy@usit.ie or drop into see me on campus. For interests of a more selfless nature USIT is storming the world of volunteering sending Irish people hoping to make a difference to all corners of the globe. Generally for people who are passionate about making a difference, volunteering is a great experience not only for those who are thinking about their direction in life, maybe just finished college & not quite ready for the 9-5 life but also for the more mature that may be thinking of a career break or have some free time on their hands that they want to make the most from. Our projects are carefully selected and cover Teaching & Education, Orphanage work & childcare, Health & medical, Environmental Development and Sports Development in Africa, Asia & Latin America. Don’t forget most of our programmes are open to travellers of all ages! Contact USIT WIT on 051 351762 for more information. You can just travel the world or…you can live it, work it and get stuck into it. With a USIT Work and Travel programme opportunities are endless and experiences await you in every corner of the globe. The USIT office is situated in the Students Union Building and is open Monday to Friday 10am until 3pm during College term time. So don’t forget if you have any travel queries I’m here to help. Kate Murphy USIT Manager USIT WIT Tel 051 351762 Kate.murphy@usit.ie

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WITSU Bike Shop WIT Students’ Unions Bicycle Shop has proved very successful again this year with over 50 new bicycles sold to students & staff in WIT and many more 2nd hand bikes too. Located in the industrial estate behind the AT Building, Browns Road, the shop was developed to help alleviate the parking issue on the Cork Road Campus and also to help supply less expensive bicycles. We also sell a range of cycling accessories. If you are interested in purchasing a bicycle or want to call up for a look, contact the bike shop manager, Dave Walsh on 086-0748010 and he will look after you.

Bike Safety · Make sure to LOCK YOUR BIKE using a good quality lock that can’t be cut easily · When locking your bike make sure to LOCK THE FRAME and not just the front wheel to something solid · Wear a high-vis jacket and use lights when cycling in the evening time.

Remembrance Service We remember Niall Comerford with a remembrance servce in College Street Chapel 3:15 12th November. There will be a condolences book available in the College Street Students’ Union Office From Monday 5th of November.

Love your body week is about putting the message of loving your body across to students. Body image and having a healthy body are very important issues and this week is a fun way to get that message across. Each day there is a different theme. The first day was a Love Yourself theme which focused on body image and confidence. The second day was a General Health day in Cork road campus and a SHAG day in college street. Wednesday was the opposite with a General Health day in cork road and the USI national sexual health roadshow in cork road. The final day was a love others day. The week is a light hearted week aimed at getting students thinking about their bodies and how they can be healthier. I want to thank everyone who took part in the events during the week and interacted with the various people on campus. As always if anyone ever has any feedback please feel free to get in touch.

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Registration It is the responsibility of each student to ensure his/her registration is up-to-date and complete. Please ensure that you have registered as a New Entrant/Continuing/Repeat Attend student. You can register online via www.wit.ie/registration. Should you have any queries with regard to your registration status, please email registration@wit.ie. Students who have yet to register for Semester 1 Repeat Exam Only examinations must contact the Examinations team (see below for details), as the closing date to register online has now passed.

Exam Regulations It is important that every student is aware of and understand the exam regulations and procedures for the programme they are studying. A full breakdown of all examination regulations may be found at www.wit. ie/exams/ It is important to note that students will not be permitted to bring a mobile phone into the Examination Hall. Students will be reminded of this regulation as they enter the venue. An announcement will also be made prior to the commencement of the examination and students in possession of a mobile phone will be required to remove it from the venue. If you have any queries you may contact the examinations office at the following extensions: Ms. Liz White: 051-302043 Ms. Avril Kelly: 051-302883 Ms. Liz Curran: 051-302882 Interesting Events from the or you may e-mail: examinations@wit.ie

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Red Bull’s Felix Baumgartner jumps from space:

WITCard A number of competitions were run for the WITCard this semester, we had our day in Manor Village and we attended the Country Markets at different venues. Each day there was free top ups and prizes given out. We also had our first winner of the Bewley’s Draw for the bursary of €200. We will be announcing our winner for October on the 6th of November with a presentation in College Street Canteen. Throughout November we will have a number of fun events to increase awareness of all the functions of the WITCard. We have new printing stations located in The WITCard office, The F corridor, The Library and the Shop in College Street. They enable students to print straight from their memory sticks obtain their printouts immediately. It is also possible to send the document from your laptop to any of our new printing Kiosks and we will have staff available to provide demos of this in the coming weeks in November. Keep an eye on the WIT Campus Services Facebook page for up and coming evens and competitions, facebook.com/witcampusservices Publication1213.indd 20

Red Bull Stratos: Preliminary statistics Altitude at which Felix Baumgartner stepped off the capsule: 39,045 meters / 128,100 feet Fastest speed achieved during freefall: 1,342.8 km/h / 833.9 mph (Mach 1.24) Time elapse before reaching speed of sound during freefall: 34 seconds Vertical distance of freefall: 36,529 meters / 119,846 feet Total time spent in freefall: 4 minutes 22 seconds Chute pulled: 5,300ft above the ground Total time from the moment he jumped to landing: 9 minutes 9 seconds Distance between launch and landing positions: 70.5km / 43.8miles Records achieved (awaiting certification): - First human to break the speed of sound in freefall without mechanical intervention - Freefall from the highest altitude - Longest vertical distance in freefall - Highest manned balloon flight

· WITSU orders over 25000 condoms Yes that’s right we at WITSU ordered almost 28000 condoms for the upcoming year, temporarily putting the company we order from short of stock for their other customers!!! This order includes the condoms we will be using for Condom Wednesdays, Sexual Health Awareness Days and of course the condoms that we sell in our Student Union offices at very competitive prices. So remember no matter who you love..... LOVE SAFE SEX.

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WIT Soccer Club The WIT Soccer Club is made up of 3 teams; the Premier men’s team, the Division 1 men’s team and the Premier ladies team. All 3 have played 3 league games so far this season and the report card for all 3 show contrasting results but all 3 have ambitions for further success as the season progresses. The Premier team are sitting proudly on top of the FAI Colleges Premier South League after 3 wins from the teams opening 3 games, 2 of these were in Cork over UCC (3 – 1) and IT Tralee (2 – 0)

while the lads had a vital 1 nil victory at home on Thursday the 25th of October over Colaiste Stiofain Naofa of Cork in the Waterford RSC. The team have 2 games remaining in the league, away to both Cork IT and IT Carlow, and know that 1 win will ensure their passage to the knock out stages of the competition after Christmas. The team have played some great football so far this season with players such as Conor Coad, Danny Morrissey, Brian Nolan, Adam Heaslip, Conor Morrissey, Iain Goulding, Craig Maguire, Dylan Mernagh & Cormac O’ Brien all in top form. WIT’s Division 1 side have had a mixed bag in terms of results; a good 2 – 1 win away to Mary I got the team off the perfect start (Coselita Costa & Tomas Piacek got on the score sheet). The next game was at home to LIT but LIT proved too strong in testing conditions and disappointingly the team suffered a second consecutive defeat when UL came out on top after a 5 goal thriller in Limerick, final score UL 3 – 2 WIT. For the record Tim Kealy Brennan and Walter Croke notched for WIT in this game.

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The lads now have 2 games left in the league, away to Cork IT and at home to Cork College of Commerce, 2 wins are vital and are very much achievable if the lads hit top form. The WIT ladies team are playing in the FAI Premier League for the first time in a number of seasons this year and so far the girls are finding the going tough. The squad have been decimated with injuries but with a few of the girls showing encouraging signs of coming off the injury list the team know they will be much more competitive with a full panel to pick from. The team’s opening game was away to UCC; a defeat was to be their lot after the 90 minutes. T The girls were back in Cork for their next game against IT Tralee and a depleted WIT team went down 4 – 1, debutant Pamela Martin with the WIT goal. The girl’s next game was at home to Mary I and the girls came so close to gaining their fist victory of the campaign but had to be satisfied with a draw. WIT’s next 2 fixtures are away to CIT and they finish off the league season with a home match against UL. The team also will have the Intervarsity qualifiers on Friday the 30th of November to look forward to and knowing the resolve and quality in the squad the results will pick up as the season continues. T To get in touch with the WIT Soccer Club please email witsoccerclub@gmail. com

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WIT LGBT is the society on campus that supports all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their friends. So far this semester we have been meeting every fortnight for movie evenings, we hosted the launch of USI’s LGBT Ally Campaign and had a very successful table quiz. After the midterm our meetings are going to be held weekly and we have events coming up such as Pink Training in Cork, Ms Gay Ireland in Dublin, Rainbow Days, Coming Out day, Trans* Awareness Day and much more. If you think you would like to come along to any of our meetings but are nervous about attending don’t be afraid to avail of our buddy system where you can meet up with one of the committee members for coffee or a chat before hand and come to the event with us. To do this simply email witlgbt1@gmail.com and we will get back to you asap, many people use do this in fact this is how I came to my first ever meeting 2 years ago. If this isn’t for you then why not bring a friend along with you, even if they are not in the society, everybody is welcome at the meetings, both members and non members. Please keep in mind that while the LGBT Society is a society for those that are in the LGBT community, it is an inclusive society, LGBT allies are people who may not be LGBT themselves but they believe in LGBT rights or have LGBT friends and would like to come along and support. No matter who you are, what gender or sexual orientation you identify as, everyone is welcomed into the society. Our aim is to create a safe space so that no matter how comfortable you are with yourself this will be somewhere that everyone can be themselves, it is a place of fun, friendship and support when needed. The society is here to serve you as our members needs and wants so we will do our best to provide what people want to see. If for any reason throughout the year even just to have a coffee, or to give me tips on what you would like to see in the society please don’t hesitate to contact me by mailing the facebook page, emailing witlgbt1@gmail.com Christina :)

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WITSU Co-ordinators 2012-2013 Lizzy Kent - WIT Students’ Union Co-ordinator

Hi All, I’m Lizzy and I’m one of the S.U office co-ordinators working between both College Street and Cork Road Campus shops. If you have any queries regarding your Welfare, Education or General College Matters, please drop in and I will put you in touch with the relevant Sabatical Officer. The Student Union Shops offer very competitive prices for all your project requirements ranging from printing, binding, photocopying, faxing and scanning. They are also the main hub for ticket sales for all SU events. If you have any general questions or queries please feel free to pop in and I will do my best to point you in the right direction. A friendly chat and the odd freebie are also available! Looking forward to seeing you, Lizzy Patrick Butler - WIT Students’ Union Co-ordinator

Hi All, My name is Patrick Butler and I am your Students’ Union Co-Ordinators. I’m here to help students’ with all their printing, photocopying and binding. We also have stationary and condoms for sale in both our offices Or maybe you just need to chat or you have a problem that you need to resolve, drop in and see if I can help put you in contact with the appropriate Sabbatical Officer. Just remember we’re here to help you so call into your Students’ Union Office today. Paddy

Travelodge Waterford are offering a rate of €39 PER ROOM PER NIGHT for any accommodation that is booked through WIT Students’ Union between Sunday – Thursday To avail of this rate which is not available online you will need to contact the hotel directly and quote “WIT Students Union”. To book please email the hotel at Waterford@travelodge.ie or call 051-358885

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WIT Athletic Club - Munster Road Relay - 6th October 2012 The second instalment of the Munster varsity road relays took part in Cork Institute of Technology October 6th in fine conditions. It was a joint offer, as last year it was agreed that the hosting swapped between Waterford and Cork. On the day itself, between athletes finding their feet in college athletics and what not, we had a men’s team of 5 to compete, with no women’s team. The stage was done out in relay legs, starting with, a 1km run then, 2km, 3km, 2km and 1km. Gavin Downey took the first leg for WIT. The other colleges had put their strongest runners out early, especially UL, who opened up a massive lead after the first leg. At the change WIT were 5th. Richie Lucas took the second leg of 2 laps. Richie had a strong run over the 2 laps to catch up with fourth place. This put Brian Murphy in a good position to make up two positions on his 3 lap leg, Brian a strong member that played a very contesting role in what was a great intervarsity cross country early in 2012 season put WIT into 3rd position behind UCC in second and CIT in 1st. On the second 2 lap leg Patrick Hogan worked his way up into second position for WIT overtaking UCC, another member of that 2nd place team in the varsity cross country 2012, and whom the next day took the Waterford senior county cross country title.

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A fine feat considering having run 2 intense races in 2 days, massive well done to Paddy. Shane O’Rahilly on his first run for WIT ran a great last leg to catch and overtake the CIT man in the lead to take the win for WIT on his one lap leg. Great start to the college year with a win for the WIT men’s team. It is also important to mention how good an introduction it was by the new members that have run for the first time in this type of event. Well done to all involved. Little bit disappointing to say there wasn’t a women’s team on the day but actions are being put in now to ensure a good solid group of women are in contention for the national road relays in November. With this event already behind us the focus will be on the national road relays that will be held in Maynooth and many members are to come into the fray. It is exciting in some respects that the team still has great depth to make different teams and even add in strength to the first team. Barry Upton Athletics Development Officer WIT AC

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WIT RUGBY Rugby in WIT has gotten off to a very encouraging start this season, the colleges 4 teams have all seen action and the mood in the club is very positive. The season started off with 2 great wins for the senior men over Limerick opposition, these victories included a 52 – 11 win over UL in the final of the Munster Colleges Cup which meant that WIT won their second consecutive Johnny Moroney Cup Final; anytime a team wins a cup for WIT is a good day at the office and it gave the whole club a boost. This year WIT have entered a second men’s team into the colleges league, this team means that we now have a senior team, a fresher team and also a second team; a clear indication of the strength of rugby in WIT at present. The freshers had a good away win over LIT in their first game in the O’ Boyle Cup, a Killian O’ Connor hat trick helped WIT to a 23 -13 win. WIT’s second team followed this up by recording a fine 17 nil home win over IT Carlow on the 24th of October. On the same night WIT’s seniors went down narrowly 16 – 10 but the team’s second half performance was very encouraging. The ladies team travelled to Limerick on the following day to play UL in a 10 side match to get the ball rolling for their new season. It was a good run out for the girls but it was spoiled by an unfortunate injury to Vickie Power. Vickie’s ankle is recovering well and hopefully it won’t be too long until she is back in action for WIT. All 4 teams have a number of fixtures to be played before the Christmas holidays and they will all be going all out for victory in the coming weeks. Training continues for the 4 team’s throughout the week and as always the teams are looking for more players so if you are interested in playing rugby in WIT this year please get in touch with the Clubs & Societies Office at clubsandsocs@wit.ie and you will be put in touch with the relevant coaches.

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WIT Chinese Students Society Host China Culture Day 1st Oct 2012

As a great platform for introducing Chinese culture and education, the China Culture Day was held on 1st Oct. 2012 which is the Chinese National Day as well. China Culture Day was organised by the WIT Chinese Students Society also known as the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and the WIT International Office. The President of WIT, Dr. Ruaidhrí Neavyn and many departments in WIT gave great supports to this event. Cllr. Jim D’Arcy, the Mayor of Waterford City, Mr Wu Xiaochuang (2nd Secretary) and Ms Huang Fei (1st Secretary) from the Chinese Embassy were also invited to this event. Many excellent performances were played in the Atrium at the Cork Road Campus from 11am to 3pm. For example, the Chinese Costume Show presented many types of ancient Chinese costume and decorations. Various instruments such as the Chinese Zither, the Bamboo Flute, the Cucurbit Flute and the Dulcimer were used to play Chinese classic music. The well-known Taiji showed the way that keeping people healthy. The Xinjiang dance and paper cutting presented the Chinese folk arts. The art of Chinese Calligraphy gave the idea of inheritance of Chinese culture.

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WIT Handball Club WIT Mens Handball Win 60x30 Team All Ireland The first handball competition of the new season brought an amazing five in a row for WIT as they claimed the 60 x 30 Men’s A team title for the fifth year in a row after success in beating University of Limerick and Dublin City University last weekend in Talbot’s Inch, Co. Kilkenny. The action began on Saturday evening for the team of four that included Noel Holohan, Ger McGrath and the Funchion brothers Patrick and Peter. In the semi-final stage against University of Limerick , the quadruple of Kilkenny and Wexford players proved far too strong for University of Limerick and a result of 60 points to 3 saw the men in the blue and white of WIT advance to the final. The final took place on Sunday morning at 10 am in Talbot’s Inch and despite the cold weather outside, inside the alley the temperature was risen by Ger McGrath who got the ball rolling with a 21-10,213 win over Peter Hughes from DCU to give WIT a huge 42-13 lead. Next up for the WIT team was the Funchion brothers who are All Ireland under 21 doubles champions from this year and they blew Martin McIlvaney and John Walsh out of the water with a huge 21-10, 21-4 win to give WIT a unsurpassable lead of 84-27 meaning that the final singles game between Noel Holohan and Ciaran Neary was not played. This result was another huge win for the handball team of the college and sets them up nicely for a craic at the 40 x 20 team event that takes places in Wexford over the coming weeks, where it is hoped WIT will also have a team in the B and C grades with numerous new names coming on the scene in the college handball scene this year. Two week prior to this win the four WIT men were playing in the World championships and while no titles were won by WIT players Patrick and Peter Funchion both reached the semi-final stage in the Men’s A doubles , while Noel Holohan was a quarter finalist in the men’s C doubles.

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SANTA’S ELVES GEAR UP FOR WINTERVAL! * All the Magic of New Winterval Festival Announced for Waterford City The brand new Winterval Festival promises to be the highlight of everyone’s Christmas with Organisers anticipating that thousands of families from all over the country will visit the City for the three week long celebration of the Season. The jam packed schedule of fun filled activities includes many ‘firsts’ for Ireland including the ‘Sol Luminiere Lightshow’ by Avtek – a spectacular 3D sound and light show, will light up the Deanery in Cathedral Square every evening from November 30th until December 23rd. Cathedral Square at the Viking Triangle will be awash with the colours, scents and sounds of Ireland’s best Christmas market, echoing the joys of Christmas past and present in this rich cultural environment. Children can keep their strength up by sampling hot chocolate and crepes whilst Moms & Dads might SANTA’S ELVES GEAR WINTERVAL! Commenting on the launch of the Craft Winterval webenjoy a seasonal cupUP of FOR Gluhwein whilst searching for the perfect gifts at official the many Artisan stalls site Chairperson of the festival Barry Monaghan said, which will line the historical cobbled streets of the City.

The brand new Winterval Festival promises to be the “We are delighted to announce preliminary details of highlight of everyone’s Christmas with Organisers Winterval andfor to toy unveil new website www.winterNo-one ever forgets the excitement of unwrapping a much longed atour Christmas and -Hasbro have anticipating that thousands of families from all over the val.ie Winterval promises to be a truly magical event for joined forces with Waterford’s City Hall to create a very special Toy Museum which will include a wondercountry will visit the City for the three week long celeveryone who visits and also offers us the opportunity ful and sometimes bizarre range of toys that children around the world have enjoyed since the 1950’s! ebration of the Season. The jam packed schedule of fun to showcase our magnificent City. We anticipate that Organisers promise that this will be an event for everyone and a wonderful trip down memory lane for the filled activities includes many ‘firsts’ for Ireland including many families will make this their No 1 festive activmore ‘mature’ visitors who will enjoy–reminiscing aboutity Christmas past their own children Grandthe ‘Sol Luminiere Lightshow’ by Avtek a spectacular and believe thatwith Winterval promises to beand Ireland’s children. 3D sound and light show, will light up the Deanery in Ca- premier Christmas Festival. We would also like to thank thedral Square every evening from November 30th until all of our sponsors, big and small for their huge support Festival to sample the delights a traditional Decembergoers 23rd. will also be given a thoroughly unique opportunity which will make this Ireland’s ultimateof Christmas celebration ” Polish Christmas including a Gingerbread Man making class for children at ‘Swiety Mikolaj’, which will be CathedralatSquare at the Viking Triangle will be awash located the Tackroom on the Quays. with the colours, scents and sounds of Ireland’s best Other exciting events which will be highlighted in the Christmas market, echoing the joys of Christmas past comingChairperson weeks include Cityfestival SquareBarry Treasure Hunt, a Commenting on the official launch of the Winterval website of athe Monaghan and this rich cultural environment. Children of Christmas Past at Bishop’s Palace, ‘Yule’- www. -a said,present “We arein delighted to announce preliminary detailsTaste of Winterval and to unveil our new website can keep their strength up by sampling hot chocolate unique Viking Celebration of Christmas presented winterval.ie Winterval promises to be a truly magical event for everyone who visits and also offers us the and crepes whilst Moms & Dads might enjoy a seasonal by Fado, Storytelling at Reginald’s Tower including a opportunity to showcase our magnificent City. We anticipate that many families will make this their No 1 cup of Gluhwein whilst searching for the perfect gifts at Children’s Christmas and Classic Movie Club, Waterford festive activity believe that Winterval be Ireland’s premier Christmas Festival. would the many Artisanand Craft stalls which will line thepromises histori- toHome Crafts Fair at Garter Lane and a host ofWe exciting also like to thank all of our sponsors, big and small for their huge support which will make this Ireland’s cal cobbled streets of the City. activities which will take place in John Roberts Square.

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Dear ArthuR... arthur@witsu.ie Dear Arthur...

Im a 22 year old female and I think I have trouble with alcohol. I don’t drink a lot but when I do, I have too much which causes me to make a show of myself. I don’t know when to stop. Then for days I feel guilty and ashamed. All my self-confidence is lost. I get so down about myself which leaves me feeling depressed. I’ve got myself in so many bad situations - I’m very scared about that because I could potentially be putting myself in danger, I’ve been like this for years and I don’t know how to stop or help myself. It feels like I have no control and that I’m ruining my life. Please can you help? Thank you!

Dear Arthur...

Im worried because I haven’t made many friends yet. There’s no one really my age in the class and there’s no one that I could really be friends with. Sometimes I get very lonely and miss home. Please help!

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Arthur says..

Well done for recognising that you have a problem with alcohol! It’s the first step in regaining control over your life and feeling good about yourself! Even though you don’t drink every day or vast amounts, you’ve been drinking to the point where it affects your mood, your selfworth and your behaviour. You’ve even put yourself in harm’s way. By some definitions that counts as alcoholism. People are individuals and their bodies have the ability to process alcohol to differing degrees. That doesn’t make you weak or inadequate. Here are some tips to safer drinking! • Know your limits and never feel pressured to go beyond them. Remember it’s only one drink an hour for women and 2 in the first hour and one each hour for males • Have enough rest, food in your stomach and water before you start • Space your drinks with water in between each alcoholic drink and a big glass of water before bed. • Avoid mixing drinks and doing shots • If you ever feel like you need more help do not be afraid to ask

Making friends and meeting new people is not always as easy as it sounds and sometimes college can be a really lonely place. There are more ways to meet new people other than your course. Have you thought about joining a club or society? Clubs and societies are a great way to meet like minded people and with the wide variety here on campus I’m sure you can find one you like. You could also meet new people by getting involved with the Students Union! We here at the SU have lots of ways to get involved such as the Ents and Welfare crew! If you ever wanna join just pop in! :) *Bear Hug*

Dear Arthur...

Im embarrassed to say this but im worried that I might have an STI. I went out to the Halloween Ball last week and had too much to drink. I ended up having unprotected sex with someone and now im worried I have an STI. I don’t know who to ask for help because im mortified, please help!!

Arthur says... Dear Arthur...

I was in the down town last Wednesday and I shifted a nice lad. He asked for my number but never called or text. Now I’m really embarrassed and can’t figure out why he never got in touch, I thought we were guna meet up and go on a date.

Arthur says...

Dont be embarrassed about this, it can happen to anyone. So you gave someone your number and he never text, its not the end of the world, there are a number of possible reasons why he hasn’t text. Maybe he is shy and had Dutch courage when he took your number and now doesn’t know what to say, maybe he’s seeing someone else or maybe he just wasn’t that into it and is a total douche bag. Only he knows why so try not to dwell on this too much and dissect all the possible reasons with your girlfriends, onwards and upwards and as the cliché goes there’s plenty more fish in the sea.

First of all let me say that having an STI is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Thousands of people have STIs and most of them are treatable if you catch them early. It is hugely important to get screened for STIs if you are sexually active. STI checks are done free at Waterford Regional Hosptial and you can make an appointment by calling 051 845149. Id also like to say that you should ensure this problem and these worries are prevented again by having secure contraception. If you are sexually active you need to discuss your contraceptive choices with your GP. And always remember we sell condoms very cheap

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