This Week in Trinity: TCDSU Disability Awareness Week

Week Ten is here with Ancient Greek, Coding Competitions, First Dates and a Trinity campus lit up in purple

Week ten has arrived, and as this weird term is drawing to a close, I think we are all wondering where the time went and whether it’s too late to try and catch up with missed online lectures. Week ten is TCDSU’s Disability Awareness Week, and there will be a number of events happening throughout the week, with the aim of raising awareness and promoting education about disabilities. On Thursday, Trinity will be lit in purple, along with various other buildings across the country, in celebration of UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Taking place soon at 7pm, Monday evening brings the first monthly meeting of the Speak out, Read up Book Club, hosted by DU Amnesty, SUAS, TCD Envirosoc, Global Development Society and the Society for International Affairs. The Book Club will be focused around social justice and development, providing a space to discuss the social justice challenges the world is currently facing. The first theme of the Book Club is Climate Justice in an Irish Context, and you can join the group via their Facebook page.

On Tuesday, in honour of Disability Awareness Week, TCDSU are hosting a screening of The Drummer and the Keeper in collaboration with Film Soc. They will be collaborating with Q Soc/LGBT Trinity for a screening of The Way He Looks on Thursday at 7pm.

If you’ve ever felt the burning desire to improve your Ancient Greek and be the kind of Trinity student who can seamlessly quote Plato in the original, head over to DU Archaeological Society on Tuesday at 7pm for their Ancient Greek Workshop. They’ll be looking at the Rosetta Stone, Greek and Indo-Greek coins and some Christmas Carols.

On Wednesday at 6pm, the Phil is holding an information night with A&L Goodbody, a leading Irish law firm, for those interested in a career in law. The discussion will include information on graduate programs and training opportunities, while Partner Jason Milne and Senior Associate Gillian MacDonald will be speaking on their own career journeys, having both come from non-law backgrounds.

For a completely different kind of Wednesday evening, DU Players and Trinity Hall JCR are collaborating to bring you First Dates at 8.30 pm. They promise to “set you up on the best dates of your life”, so really what do you have to lose? Among other things, this term of social distancing has been somewhat starved of romantic opportunities, so this might be a chance to kindle the beginnings of a virtual relationship—something to check off on the 2020 bucket list.

In keeping with the theme of romance, the Hist is coming to the end of the 2020 Rosaleen Mills Maiden Competition this Wednesday with the motion “This house would rather have loved and lost than never loved at all.” Join at 8.30pm to watch the Maidens Finalists find out once and for all an answer to the much-asked question: “Was the high worth the pain?”

On Thursday, DU Computer Science Society are holding their annual coding competition in collaboration with Arista Networks. This is a chance to learn more about coding and be in with the chance to get a spot on the Arista internship program. Furthermore, there will be prizes worth up to €200 and the event will be catered in the form of a Deliveroo voucher for competitors.

DU Gamers is also hosting an arts and crafts Discord event at 5pm on Thursday, where they will be “indulging in some nerdy crafts” like painting wargame minis, though any kind of craft is of course welcome.