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Opinion: We Deserve Better Than UCDSU’s Project 392 Mental Health Campaign

CW: Mental Illness, Suicide   392: It’s the number of suicides the Central Statistics Office recorded for 2017 in Ireland. UCD students have probably had enough of seeing this number, on black posters plastered across campus or posted ominously on…

Year In Review: Sabbatical Officers

After spending the last month pouring over this year’s UCDSU candidate’s manifestos; asking quizzing them on their experience and their plans to implement their ‘big ideas’, we began to reminisce on last year’s election and the manifestoes of the sabbatical…

UCDSU Election Candidates: Final Analysis

Three of this year’s races are uncontested; Katie O’Dea, Conor Anderson and Brian Treacy are the only candidates running for the roles of C&C Officer, Graduate Officer and Education Officer, respectively. All ran competent campaigns. Anderson’s being relatively low-key, as…

Students’ Union Constitutional Referendum: Vote Yes

On April 1st and 2nd, you will be asked to vote for a new UCD Students’ Union constitution. The constitution is the document that governs the way your Students’ Union operates and it can only be changed by a student…

Education Officer Candidate: Brian Treacy – ‘The Thinker’

Brian Treacy, a current Social Science student and Higher Education Editor for the University Observer this year’s only candidate for Student Union Education Officer.   Treacy, who is currently a Class Rep said that he is running because he ‘got…

C&C Candidate: Katie O’Dea – ‘The Environmentalist’

Katie O’Dea is a final-year History and Politics and current Environmental Campaigns Coordinator for UCDSU, who is running, uncontested, for the role of Campaigns and Communications Officer. Beyond the Union, O’Dea has also been involved in LGBTQ+ society and stood…

Welfare Officer Candidate: George Merrin – ‘The Do-Gooder’

George Merrin is a fourth-year biochemistry student and former Science Society auditor running for the role of Welfare Officer. Merrin was a lot of experience that he believes he can bring to the job, from working with the Red Cross,…

Welfare Officer Candidate: Úna Carroll – ‘The Agony Aunt’

Úna Carroll is a third year BA Linguistics, Information and Communications student alongside being the Students Union current disability coordinator running to be the next UCDSU Welfare Officer. Carroll says the job of Welfare Officer “is something I have been…

UCDSU & Arctic Stone Plan To Set Guinness World Record

On Wednesday, March 27th, UCD Students’ Union will attempt to set a Guinness World Record: The most amount of hand-rolled ice cream (i-Tim-pad) in 24 hours. This time last year, Campaigns and Communications Officer Tom Monaghan was campaigning to be…

Presidential Profiles: Joanna Siewierska – ‘The Pro’

Joanna Siewierska, one of three UCD Student Union President hopefuls, sat down with me to discuss her campaign, manifesto and why she’s running to be your next SU President. ‘I want to be president because I want to strengthen the…

Presidential Profiles: Michael Geary – ‘The Ag Lad’

Michael Geary is a Fourth-year Animal Science Student from Glenamaddy, Co. Galway. Though he lacks any experience within the Student’s Union, he firmly believes he makes up for it with what he has learned as auditor of Agricultural Society this…

Presidential Profiles: Declan Kelly – ‘The Dark Horse’

Declan Kelly a third year BA Politics and Geography student who wants to be a fresh representative in the Students’ Union who’ve never been represented before. Kelly, who has never been involved in the SU before, nor held a high…