Student Unions’ “inadequate response to election controversies” prompts Emergency Council Meeting

An Emergency Student Council meeting has been called for Friday, March 19th to discuss the alleged mishandling of sexual assault allegations by UCC Students’ Union and to elicit an apology from officers involved. The motion states that the SU “have made incorrect decisions which have caused distress for students during times when they needed comfort”…

“The End is Truly in Sight”

Writes Maeve McTaggart Once bitten, twice as shy… to hear the Taoiseach recently say “the end is truly in sight,” left me more hollow than hopeful – it’s been a year, it doesn’t surprise me. Quoting Wham! However –  and one of my least favourite Christmas songs in March – definitely does surprise me (and…

Students turn to arts to rationalise pandemic

Writes Maeve McTaggart, News Editor Covid-19 restrictions have removed students from UCC campus for what will be a year on March 12th, constraining college life to the virtual space of Microsoft Teams and Zoom calls. As the pandemic continues, what the long term effects will be on students and the population as a whole remains…

UCC Refugee Week provides a platform for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the time of COVID-19

Writes Maeve McTaggart, News Editor UCC Refugee Week 2021, now an annual event in the college calendar, marked its fourth year last week with events, workshops and initiatives which explored the lives of refugees in Ireland and abroad. From Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th February, an occasion usually celebrated with a strong campus presence migrated…

Admitting defeat

Writes Maeve McTaggart Déja vú, right? Sitting down to write this issue, I was caught first by a big, frustrated sigh (try it – long inhale, longer exhale – it helps). It’s almost a year since the beginning of the pandemic, since March 12th where I welcomed what I assumed was a two-week break to…

Former US ambassador to the UN is proud of links to UCC

Samantha Power, the former US ambassador to the UN and human rights advisor to President Barack Obama, recently spoke to UCC’s Government and Politics Society ahead of her appointment to the Biden administration. Power has been named by the current President to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAid) and like her employer, has…

The Future is Digital: UCC Open Days and Careers Fairs go Virtual

Although the pandemic has stalled the in-person events students rely on in order to shape their future—Open Days, Careers Fairs and internship talks—it has not prevented UCC from innovating a new way to look forward. Webinars have become the means to acquiring knowledge about prospective career and degree pathways, allowing students to engage with employers…

UCC sets tone for new year with Bystander Intervention Week

The first week of the new semester was this year ushered in with the university’s inaugural Bystander Intervention Week: an effort to celebrate active bystanders in the UCC community and increase their number. The campaign adapted to Covid-19 restrictions and went virtual, hosting events, workshops and conversations to empower students and achieve a zero tolerance…

A Full Resolution 

On March 12th I was sitting at one of those triangular tables in the Hub, attempting to conclude an assignment on a question I wasn’t sure I ever got around to answering, with the Taoiseach’s address playing in another tab. The announcement of a global pandemic is one of the most surreal – but also…