Can’t pay the fine? Don’t do the crime.

By Josh Roberts Thirty degrees in the August heat, and I’m sitting in a restaurant in Greece having a chat with an eighteen-year-old bloke who has just been accepted to Trinity. His parents, the mum in particular, asked me to explain to their son all the various oddities of Trinity life, “so everything will be […]

Unpaid internships: costly experience?

By Bruff O’Reilly For students and recent graduates, internships offer up one of the most attractive methods for gaining experience and contacts in a cut-throat job market. In many fields, internships represent a necessary stepping stone to full, paid employment. With young people finding it increasingly difficult to find entry-level jobs, this poses several worrying […]

Freshers’ Week, I love you, but you’re bringing me down

By Jamie Lynch We’ve all been there. We’ve all woken up the morning after the night before with a head like a bag of loudly clanging spanners, a mouth as dry and furry as a badgers behind and, in extreme cases, a Hansel and Gretel style trail of vomit leading from the bedside to the […]

Get on your dancing shoes, you sexy little swine

By Izzy Cumming-Bruce Recent research conducted by the Universities of Northumbria and Gottingen has shown that hip-hop mastermixer Nelly might just have been on to something when he exclaimed the need for males to “shake ya tail feather” in order to attract lady companions. The study, which was published a fortnight ago, asked 19 men […]

Add as friend: social networking in real life

By Josh Roberts A recent study by educational and behaviour experts in the US, published last week, has found that for over 80 percent of new university students “making and sustaining meaningful relationships” is their number one concern about starting university life. And while it’s certainly not prudent to believe everything that comes from across […]

Sabbatical review: have the promises been kept?

Kate Palmer gives her opinion on whether this year’s Students’ Union sabbaticals have lived up to their pre-election proposals. When voting, it’s easy to be swayed by utopian ideals set out in the glossy manifestos forced upon us during campaigning season. In a bid to gain votes, it seems nominees will promise almost anything to […]

Playing follow the reader at Dublin Book festival

The Dublin Book Festival offered an opportunity for writers to discuss their work and, more importantly, each other’s works. Kevin Breathnach was on hand to witness the witticisms. Once, I saw polemicist Christopher Hitchens eviscerate self-styled contrarian John Waters in a debate on religion. Though I’ve since come to view the militant atheism of Hitchens, […]

Irish students: the eternal adolescents

It’s not just about missing lectures – Conor Dempsey on how our lazy generation are putting our futures in danger. While searching for exam clues on the feedback thread for one of my maths courses I came across a bleak example to substantiate my feeling that there is something amiss with at least a certain […]

It’s all coming up Roses with Suas

Volunteering with Suas is a life-changing experience. Current Rose of Tralee Charmaine Kenny describes how her visit to Kolkata opened her eyes to the plight of India’s poor. It has been seven years since I first volunteered with Suas Educational Development, an Irish-based, education-focused organisation that supports access to quality education in under-resourced communities in […]

Election Special: Canidate Profiles

For our presidential candidates’ profiles, click here. Education Jennifer Fox Jennifer Fox acknowledges that the role of Education Officer is “not full of glamorous policy”. She pledges to make the Students’ Union approachable, and improve student services by introducing a College Virtual Learning Environment.  “I don’t think we have the top services in Ireland” she […]


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