UCC Capitation Fee Set To More Than Double

Writes Samantha Calthrop, News Editor It was announced yesterday that the capitation fee for incoming first-years at UCC is set to rise by €200.The fee is to be gradually raised each year, with the first raise from €170 to €250 being implemented for incoming first years in 2019. The fee is to increase by €40 each…

Against Valentine’s Day

As much as it pains me to write this at the beginning of my piece that is literally arguing against Valentine’s Day: I don’t have anything against celebrating Valentine’s Day. Okay, so it’s commercialised; it’s a huge money-making fake holiday that capitalism made up so the chocolate companies could make a killing and the supermarkets…

Dire Straights

When I was asked out by my first boyfriend, an older, married friend took me aside. Most people’s reactions had been either congratulatory or involved sex jokes, or both. But my friend had a somber expression, and she was not discouraging but earnest in what she told me. “Be careful,” she said, “No matter what…

Volunteering abroad: Are you really making a difference?

Student ‘volunteer abroad’ projects are vogue; spend two weeks teaching English to orphans in the Philippines, one week holidaying. Possibly even three weeks building houses for poor homeless families, new water pumps or better wildlife outreaches, all for a donation which goes back into the community you’re working for: It’s simple as can be. Volunteering…

Residents Object to Farranlea Student Accommodation Complex

Cork councillors are set to meet with residents who object to the building of a 146-bed Student Accommodation complex on Farranlea Road, Sunday’s Well. Residents have sent over 50 letters to the council objecting to the development, largely due to complains about the building’s height, parking arrangements and the prospect of antisocial behavior & property…

Is sustainability sustainable?

This is the last stand of climate change. Perhaps not exactly; the world will not cease to be in fifty years, after all, and if all of human industry stopped and disappeared right now the planet would make a swift recovery, relatively speaking. But it’s one of the stands, and one of the last stands…