College Tribune

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Month: March 2020

Opinion: Modernity has become Individualistic – Coronavirus Allows us to Change

Our lives have changed in the last two weeks. COVID-19 started as a far-away problem, something we felt completely and utterly far removed from as we continued to live our lives, as usual. College, lectures and coffees on campus with…

Rent Increases take “Secondary Priority” due to “COVID-19 Concerns,” says Students’ Union President.

In light of recent events surrounding COVID-19, we interviewed Joanna Siewierska, UCD Students’ Union’s President, on the current plans from the Union and what they are doing to help students. “The work of the Entertainments Officer is about to get…

UCD Cancel All Traditional Exams as Doubts Mount over Colleges Returning by March 29th

In an email sent out to all current students, UCD Deputy President and Registrar, Professor Mark Rogers announced that the university “will not be running our traditional examinations in the RDS, Blackrock or the Newman Building this trimester”. The university…

UCD Residences to Remain Open – University Invites Displaced Students to Apply for Accommodation

UCD will honour all existing rental agreements and extend any that are necessary. Students who cancel their rental agreements will receive a rental rebate. Off-campus students may apply for on-campus accommodation if displaced by COVID-19. In an email sent to…

Avengers: Age of Unrealistic Body Expectations – Why Men Shouldn’t Model Themselves on Hollywood Facades

The issue of the male body-image is a consistently overlooked and ignored subject. At a time of ripped role models, gym-junky influencers, and hordes of photoshopped advertisement campaigns, how are dudes holding up under the pressure? Firstly, this is not…

Discovering My Working-Class Voice – On Accents In Poetry

When we think of the arts, we may think of the privileged, of those who can afford failure. This is the reality that working class children grow up with – while you might aspire to be a writer, realistically, bills…

UCD Severely Restricts Building Access

From today, buildings in UCD will operate using “out-of-hours” protocols, in a move that is set to severely restrict movement on campus. The protocol requires staff and students to request permission from their school, in order to enter a building….

“It’s like a ghost town.” – Scenes from an empty UCD campus.

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, UCD has closed its doors for teaching… for the most part. There are still plenty of buildings open. I took a stroll around Belfield campus to see what’s going on at the moment. Unsurprisingly, there’s not…

“Who am I going to be in this?” – Helping those in need during the COVID-19 crisis

It’s amazing how quickly we begin to adjust to the ways that our lives are changing. Two weeks ago, I didn’t know what ‘social distancing’ was. Yesterday, I turned to my wife while we were re-watching MasterChef when a contestant…

University Presidents Ask Students To “Play Your Part” In Fight Against Covid-19.

This afternoon, university presidents from institutions across the country took the “unusual decision” to email students addressing the coronavirus pandemic that has put much of the world on lockdown. After explaining a three- step approach to stopping the spread and…

How to Tolerate Your Family While UCD is Closed

Coronavirus. That’s it. That’s the article. Or at least, that’s how the entire internet feels at the second. Insanity looms over us all, as we scroll through conspiracy theories that this is an elaborate plan to cancel all craic for…

J1 Visas Temporarily Suspended in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

The United States has temporarily suspended the widely popular J1 Visa programme in an added effort to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The U.S. Department of State has said: “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, [the U.S.] will…