Council Calls for Reversal of UCC Crest Changes

An emergency motion calling for the Students’ Union to lobby against a change to the UCC crest, which has seen the ‘Where Finbarr taught let Munster learn’ motto replaced by ‘Tradition of Independent Thinking’ was passed at the final sitting of SU Council on March 18th. The motion, brought to Council by Mark Stanton and…

NCAD Students Protest over College Overcrowding

Several hundred students at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) demonstrated against cuts and overcrowding at the college on Friday, March 20th. As part of the demonstrations, the students gathered in the office of Declan McGonagle, NCAD Director, to deliver signed letters which criticised recent decisions made by the college. The letter stated,…

NUIG Graduate Kevin Donoghue elected USI President

Kevin Donoghue, the current Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Vice President for Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance, has been confirmed as the group’s new president following a vote by member organisations at the USI Congress. At the annual USI meeting, the NUIG Law and Philosophy graduate beat off competition from Glenn Fitzpatrick, the current…

The Big Interview: Éanna Falvey

Stephen Barry chats to the Irish Rugby Team Doctor about concussion in sport. There are few greater signs of how en vogue discussion on concussion is on these shores than the person sitting in front of me on the bus, as I transcribe quotes from a conversation only hours earlier with Irish Rugby Team Doctor…

City’s Sporting Student

John Kavanagh is one of two UCC students who face the challenge of balancing college studies with togging out for Cork City. Alongside Rob Lehane, the full-back has now been playing first-team football with City since summer 2013 and has progressed over the two years to an established member of the match day squad. Being…

Ending the war on drugs

An urgent and frank rethink of Ireland’s drug policy is required, writes Stephen Goulding.   The latest legal calamity of the Irish government bore all the hallmarks of a Hollywood ‘imagine-if’ film, where characters are be treated to 24 hours of anarchy and civil liberty before having order restored, always for the better. Yet instead…

Women’s rugby team win IV

On Wednesday morning, the 11th of March, 13 UCC women’s rugby players set out at nine o clock from the Mardyke for Carlow IT, with four cars full of people, bags and rugby balls. Playing in the division two Intervarsities, the team reached Carlow and registered to find that some of the teams were unable…

Staring into the fear

Stephen Barry talks to UCC student Patrick O’Brien about his second life, racing on ice. “As soon as my name is announced, my helmet is on and everything else is blacked out. You’ve people there ringing cowbells; you don’t hear any of that. You’re on the start block and you’re staring down over the crest…

NUIG Discrimination Case not an Isolated Incident

Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, the botanist who recently won a court case against NUI Galway after her gender led the university not to consider her for a promotion, recently highlighted at a guest lecture in UCC that her story is far from being an isolated incident. In testament to this fact, Sheehy Skeffington is using…