The Waiting Game

There is something agonizingly long about waiting for the occurrence of future events, especially when they lie in uncertainty rather than assurance. As I stare at my watch its ticking hand reminds me of one of those expectations, the contents of which is – for now – uncertain. Clocks, calendars, dates, and times have been…

UCC reintroduces No Academic Disadvantage exam policy for winter examinations

University College Cork (UCC) has reintroduced the No Academic Disadvantage measures for their upcoming examinations this January. All students received an email from the Interim Registrar Stephen Byrne on Wednesday stating that “in recognition of these exceptional circumstances” the University has “reinstated the additional No Academic Disadvantage” policy and these measures “will apply for the…

A Letter to the Reader

Dear reader,  Thank you. You have heard me say this before but you are a huge part of the reason that we put effort into each issue we share with you. To tell stories, to start a conversation, and to lift spirits and bring some happiness and normality into your lives each fortnight. You have…

Shattering Glass

When I imagine the idea of trust I picture a glass, something that has taken time to construct; is sturdy in its own right; but has the capability of shattering into incoherent slivers if mishandled, an exact replica never possible if such an event comes to pass. Who we place this glass into the care…

When Everything Happens At Once

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen” – Vladimir Lenin. You could associate that quote with any number of weeks over the past year or so but I was particularly reminded of it over the past fortnight. The past week in global politics will take their place in the…

Are You Okay?

This is a crucial question to ask; are you okay? This is normally the space where I would write my five-hundred words of thoughts that have struck me throughout the past fortnight. Instead, this week I would like to begin by reflecting and remembering a fellow UCC student who has parted company with us this…

The Value of the Horizon

I had hoped that you would be reading a physical paper for this issue but, yet again, Covid-19 has dealt us a hand of cards that has forced us to adapt to the situation. The first print run usually marks the beginning of the student media year, but this year it was going to mark…

Higher Education Institutions moved to Level-3 as Irish Universities Association release a statement detailing plans for the academic year

The Irish government requested on September 25th that all university lectures should be delivered online for the next 2-3 weeks moving third-level institutions to Level 3 of the Covid-19 alert framework, commencing at midnight. The Irish Universities Association released a statement detailing measures that universities across the country will put into place in light of…

And So, It Starts

As my pen scratches the paper I pause and think about what people said to me in the weeks before I started college. It is a tough question to answer because the world was a different place four years ago, but the most important thing that you need to hear is: welcome. Welcome to a…