Societies’ Corner | Kate Dennison

Get Raw with Law Let the record show that raw is in reference to how ‘real’ things got at the last house meeting, and is not a sexual reference of any kind. Sustained. Anyway, the UCC Law Society did a fantastic job on their first event of the year. The motion before the house was…

The Problem with Syria | Eilís O’ Keefe

Twenty months on, there is still no end in sight for the Syrian crisis. Eilis O’Keeffe examines the progression of Civil War to humanitarian crisis and the lack of international response.      According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights the death toll for the conflict in Syria has surpassed 30,000.  The UN Commission of…

A “subtler kind” of trauma | Sian Cowman

Sian Cowman discusses a harrowing and personal experience regarding the misconceptions surrounding rape. Recently, I set up a course of self-defence classes for women in UCC. We’re learning some really effective moves, useful for defending ourselves against any kind of physical assault. At the end of the class, the instructor reminds us not to walk…

A strong mandate to govern? | Rachel O’Sullivan

The American political system is a relative minefield, as Rachel O’Sullivan discovers in the wake of the 2012 Presidential Election.      The tone of the 2012 Presidential election was in stark contrast to that of its predecessor. The visions of hope and change that characterised the 2008 campaign evaporated, replaced instead by the harsh realities…

Does the government ever learn from its mistakes? | Morgane Conaty

In the wake of the Children’s Rights Referendum, Morgane Conaty questions what step comes next for the government.      The result of the Children’s Rights referendum was not altogether satisfactory for the government, despite its acceptance by the electorate. The vote, which should have passed with little opposition, ended up being a lot closer than…

A housemates guide to getting on | Ashleigh Hayman

Moving in with strangers or lifelong friends can be a tricky adjustment as Ashleigh Hayman explains.   So you finally made the long-anticipated escape from the family home. Shed the nagging, bickering and rules of your relatives. Free to live the life of couch potato to your heart’s content. Hold up, you aren’t free yet. The majority…

Read All The Books! | Úna Farrell

I write this with that niggling voice in the back of my mind which screams about college work. It keeps reminding me that I have an essay due and two exams to study for. This voice is easily silenced with alcohol, food, tv, the internet. It’s easy to ignore really is what I’m getting at….

With Love from Anon | Úna Farrell

  Úna Farrell looks at the dangers of online anonymity with regard to the recent Balpreet Kaur fiasco on Reddit.   “Balpreet Kaur is a first-generation sophomore at the Ohio State University, where she is studying both Neuroscience and Psychology. She hopes to continue onto medical school to become a neurosurgeon, research the effect of…