UCC elects first female SU President in 18 years

UCC students have elected Asha Woodhouse as their next Students’ Union President, this mornings’ results announced, making her the first female UCCSU President in 18 years. Alongside her on the Executive sits Caoimhe Walsh as Welfare Officer, Maeve Richardson as Communications and Engagement Officer, Sinead Roche as Education Officer, Luke Mulcahy as Entertainments Officer and…

Post-Covid life for Cork City centre looks hopeful

Maeve McTaggart, News Editor Cork City Centre is looking towards entering a post-pandemic world in a state of growth rather than the decline predicted by the impact of COVID-19. Despite the loss of local business, footfall and the closure of retail giants such as Debenhams since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, new plans…

Emergency Council meeting ends without apology, but with compulsory consent training for SU

A public apology from the Students’ Union following their alleged involvement in the mishandling of sexual assault allegations is not necessary, the Student Council has ruled. The decision on the motion was made at an emergency meeting of the council on Friday 19th of March, one which featured lengthy debate on the powers of the…

SU election prepares for virtual campaign

Maeve McTaggart In a normal year, student union election season would position candidates and their campaigns loudly in front of the Boole Library, trying to capture student’s votes as they passed from one lecture to another. There is little of that experience which remains in 2021; outside Boole library remains quiet as campaigns have migrated…

UCC celebrates International Women’s Day

Maeve McTaggart Monday 8th March marked International Women’s Day, and online events commemorated the year’s chosen them: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. UCC celebrated the occasion with a powerful video put together by its Bystander Intervention team, where women in leadership from across UCC told the camera why they #ChoosetoChallenge. The social…

One year on, students still adapting to life with COVID-19

Maeve McTaggart, News Editor March 12th marked one year from the pronouncement of the COVID-19 pandemic by the World Health Organisation and then-Taoiseach Varadkar’s address from Washington D.C. Schools, colleges and workplaces closed the following day; restaurants, retail and cafés soon followed. One year on, the nation has experienced varying degrees of lockdown and reopening…