Senior staff within UCD have agreed in principle to discuss with UCD Students’ Union (SU) about addressing some of the main issues that were highlighted during the #RESRIGHTSNOW campaign. Continue reading
Several UCD students have been hospitalised after taking a cocktail of amphetamines and LSD, called scuzz, at an end of exams party.
Following the incident, UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) were approached by An Garda Siochana to issue a safety warning to its members warning that a tainted cocktail of drugs was in circulation and that they should exercise caution.
The statement read: “Several students have been taken into hospital last night after taking a bad cocktail of drugs that may have included amphetamines and LSD.
“The Gardai are worried that fatalities may occur if this batch is not taken out of circulation.”
Furthermore, the Irish Times are reporting that this represents the sixth such incident this week that Gardai have had to deal with, as a veterinary student was arrested in the Grafton Street area and taken to hospital for displaying extreme behaviour.
The nature of the incidents and their apparent connection has led to an investigation being launched into the source of the drugs.
Students who may have any information in relation to the incident have been appealed to contacted the drug unit on 01 6669200, or contact UCDSU.
UCD Law students will not be able to cast votes in the new Sutherland School of Law during this year’s UCD Students’ Union (SU) elections. Instead, Law students will have to place their votes in the Quinn School of Business on the second day of polling, Thursday April 3rd, between 9.30am and 5.15pm, or in the Newman Building between the hours of 6pm and 9pm on the same day.
There will also be no polling taking place in the Newman Building at all during the first day of the elections, Wednesday April 2nd. Traditionally, all faculties have been allowed to vote in the Newman Building in the evenings of both days of polling in order to accommodate those who are unable to vote during the day.
Voting for the UCDSU elections will take place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, with the votes expected to be counted on Friday. Students of the Business Postgraduate, Architecture or Engineering faculties are the only ones who will be permitted to vote on the first day of polling.
Welfare and Equality Officer hopeful and fourth year Law student, Rebek’ah McKinney-Perry, has claimed that the decision to take polling out of the Sutherland School of Law “has no basis in logic”.
Meanwhile, Amy Fox, who is also a fourth year Law student and is running for the position of Undergraduate Education Officer, has described the decision as a disappointment. “Last year marked one of the lowest voter turnouts for UCDSU elections and over the past year, the Union have placed a huge emphasis on greatly improving this year’s turnout… Surely the best way to encourage voting is to ensure the opportunity is available in all buildings.”
In reference to last year’s low turnout, McKinney-Perry said that, “surely reducing polling times and completely disenfranchising an entire portion of the student body is contrary to that aim [of increasing voter numbers]. The Returning Officer made the decision on the basis that Quinn is right beside Sutherland but by that rationale so is the Engineering Building or the Newman Building.
“After speaking with the Students’ Union President Mícheál Gallagher, the decision to reduce the polling times is not a financial one. It was made solely by the Returning Officer and it is a decision I am very disappointed with. The precedent is there that Law students were able to vote in their building which previously was Roebuck but now with the new Sutherland School, there is a lot more space to set up a polling station so this decision has no basis in logic.”
UCDSU Returning Officer, Morgan Shelley, could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print.
UCD Ents have confirmed that the Nissan Generation Next UCD Fashion Show 2014 has raised €10,000 for the Jack Kavanagh Fund, after proceeds for the charity were tallied following the event, which was held over a two night period in late February. Continue reading
TEDxUCD have announced that this year’s event will take place on Saturday June 14th, with UCD graduate and Emmy award-winning war correspondent Terry McCarthy confirmed as a speaker. Continue reading
On Friday, April 11th a 12-hour swimming event will take place in UCD’s 50m pool in aid of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice in Cork. Continue reading
Eoin MacLachlan has spoken about his delight following his appointed as the new Auditor of the Literary and Historical (L&H) Society for the 160th session of UCD largest student society. Continue reading
The UCD Student Innovation Fund in partnership with UCD Students’ Union (SU) awarded a combined sum of €15,500 to student-run startups last Thursday evening, the March 27th, as part of a new initiative by UCD to invest in student entrepreneurs. Continue reading
The annual Please Talk Day took place on campus last Wednesday, March 26th, focusing on promoting mental health issues on UCD campus and encouraging people to talk about their problems. The day is also used to help inform students about support services in college. Continue reading
The full line-up for this year’s UCD Ball has been confirmed by UCD Ents. Acts set to perform at the O2 on the 25th of April include, Clean Bandit, Katy B, Laidback Luke, and Le Galaxie.
This is the second year that the UCD Ball will be held at the O2 on the final day of term. Tickets for the event are priced at €40 and will be available in the SU shop below the James Joyce library at 11am on Monday the 24th of March, with a facility for purchasing the tickets online coming soon.
UCD Ents made the announcement through a YouTube video this evening, which is viewable here