Is anyone okay?

When you get to know somebody— whether as a friend, partner, or even just a colleague— you start seeing more and more of their inner self. Not like in a weird way, just the messier side of them; some of the opinions, the day-to-day habits, the quirks and irregularities. As you become closer and more intimate, you start…

Viral “Irish Simpsons Fans” political party is in it for the long haul

Irish Simpsons Fans was a meme page created in 2016, known for posting tongue-in-cheek memes about Irish issues. However, the popular social media phenomenon has been sprung into the spotlight this week by the creation of the Irish Simpsons Fans Party— a satirical political party that suddenly went viral this week, with international coverage. Most find the…

Circadian Rhythms: The Body Clock-Themed Exhibition at the UCC Glucksman

The Glucksman Gallery at UCC launched its newest exhibition, Circadian Rhythms, on Saturday 2 August. In conjunction with the SFI research body APC Microbiome Ireland, the exhibition focuses on the interaction between the human microbiome— the microorganisms that live inside the human body— and the body’s internal sense of time, or “internal clock”. The Glucksman…

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…