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How to be an Instagram Social Influencer

So, you want to be a social influencer. Or, at least you want to find some way of justifying to your parents that all that time you spend on social media is really a good thing. Either way, this is…

Opinion: The Welfare of Students Cannot be Deferred

Nearly all of us have been touched by mental health problems in one way or another. Our best estimates suggest that around 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental health problems in their lifetime. It could be anything  from…

Refugee Rights the Focus of 8×8 Festival

The 8×8 Festival is running in UCD from October 1st – 8th. It’s a student led initiative held on college campuses across Ireland funded by Irish Aid. This year it will focus on the rights of refugees. The festival will…

Opinion: Students Deserve To Know Where The Money Will Come From

When we look back at the last few weeks in Ireland, I sincerely hope that it’ll be with incredulity more than anything. Everything from George Hook’s comments to Tim Jackson’s hunger strike to the removal of information regarding abortion from…

Are We Living the Student Life?

We’ve all heard the joke. We’ve all made the joke. We all are the joke. The Student Life is a well established hashtag, and at this point, most of us have accepted it as a legitimate description of the lives…

The Importance of Feminism

The word feminist is a scary word for some. There are a lot of myths surrounding the word so I will begin by explaining what a feminist actually is. Becoming a feminist does not mean that you must burn your…

The Student Housing Crisis: Are Digs the Solution?

A campaign headed up by Campaigns & Communications Officer Barry Murphy has exposed the problems that students are facing with getting acceptable accommodation around Dublin. The campaign involves UCD students going undercover to view potential places and exposing their shoddy…

The Sociology of Nightclubs

The nightclub is a strange place. It’s social character and behaviour is rarely discussed of or examined in any great deal. On the surface, the club is a place of loud music, people, and generally speaking the wild consumption of…

The Challenge of Running Constructive Consent Classes in University

The idea that the giving and receiving of consent should be taught is a relatively new concept. Schools in Ireland were, and still are, caught up with exposing children to graphic images of STD riddled genitalia and filling them with…

The Rising Tide and Power of the Podcast: An Interview With Alison Spittle

Features editor Rachel O’Neill sits down with stand-up comedian and podcaster Alison Spittle, to talk about the growing popularity of podcasts, and what’s it’s like to be a women in comedy.     Alison Spittle has been lighting up the…

Winds of Change: An Interview with the New Dean of Students Jason Last

Dr Jason Last was recently appointed to a new role in UCD’s management, the Dean of Students. There was a similar previous role, the ‘vice-President for Students’, which was abolished from the college management structure for the last number of…

Coppers or Tinder: How Irish People See Dating

According to recent statistics, it’s estimated that 377.6 million people worldwide use online dating sites or apps. It’s estimated that one in every four relationships now begins online and with 180,000 Irish people on Tinder, it’s easy to see why….