Stopping RAG, The Ironic Contradiction

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RAG week – sorry Eolann/Bea/The SU – Raise and Give week is upon us and every year, this year of course being no exception, there are calls for Raise and Give week to be cancelled, stopped, ended, etc. We know the drill at this stage. Every year the Students Union will highlight the fact the week is about raising money for charity and is not simply an excuse for students to go on a week of drinking …” (more)

[Chris McCahill, UCC Express, 16 February]

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‘Alcohol consumption among university students in Ireland and the United Kingdom from 2002 to 2014: a systematic review’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2016 by steve

IrelandBackground: Alcohol is a leading cause of global suffering. Europe reports the uppermost volume of alcohol consumption in the world, with Ireland and the United Kingdom reporting the highest levels of binge drinking and drunkenness. Levels of consumption are elevated among university students. Thus, this literature review aims to summarise the current research on alcohol consumption among university students in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom …” (more)

Davoren, MP, Demant, J, Shiely, F and Perry, IJ (2016) ‘Alcohol consumption among university students in Ireland and the United Kingdom from 2002 to 2014: a systematic review’. BMC Public Health, 16:173 (13pp) doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2843-1.

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Drunken students ‘risking future careers’, says university

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2016 by steve

UK“Students involved in anti-social behaviour in Belfast’s Holyland area are putting their education and careers at risk, says Queen’s University. More than 150 complaints about the behaviour of students from various institutions have been lodged with Belfast City Council since Monday …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Poll: Should Irish colleges ban spirits at student parties?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Beer and wine are the only alcoholic drinks allowed at on-campus parties at California’s Stanford University after it prohibited high volume alcohol spirits. The ban applies to all students living in undergraduate housing and for all on-campus parties …” (more)

[The Journal.ie, 24 August]

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UCC Students’ Union hits out at proposals to restrict opening hours of campus bars during RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The UCC Students’ Union has hit out at proposals to restrict the opening hours of bars on campus during Freshers’ Week and RAG week in the college …” (more)

[Conor Heneghan, JOE.ie, 15 APril]

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UCC RAG Week pub hours are in the firing line from councillors

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork City Council is calling on college bars in University College Cork (UCC) to reduce their opening hours during Freshers Week and RAG Week … ” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 April]

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Call for restricted college bar hours in UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Pressure is mounting on University College Cork authorities to restrict the opening hours of its bars during Rag and Freshers Week. Day-time drinking by students in residential areas of the city has led to calls for change. City councillors have backed calls from residents living around the university urging college bosses to limit the bars’ opening times during the events as part of wider efforts to curb anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 13 April]

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Tackle laddish conduct more vigorously, OIA head says

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“Universities are not doing enough to tackle a widespread ‘lad culture’ of excessive drinking and lewd behaviour on campus, the sector’s ombudsman has warned …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 18 June]

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DCU academics attack Diageo’s €1m funding for drinking campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two of DCU’s leading academics have criticised the controversial Diageo-funded ‘Stop Out-of-Control Drinking’ campaign, despite the fact that it is being backed by the university …” (more)

[Emma Jane Hade, Independent, 18 April]

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Boozing student hordes need to learn lessons in decent behaviour

Posted in Legal issues, Life on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“… How dare these kids come here and feel entitled to trash the place? And where the heck are the PSNI and Queen’s and the University of Ulster when all this is happening? …” (more)

[Nuala McKeever, Belfast Telegraph, 23 March]

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Durham Students To Be Breathalysed By Nightclubs Following River Deaths

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

UK“Durham University students will be breathalysed on nights out as part of a series of new safety measures being rolled out to tackle drinking related deaths. In a period of 14 months, Durham witnessed the deaths of three students who all drowned in the River Wear following nights out …” (more)

[Nick Winchester, Huffington Post, 12 February]

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A foreign student’s view on ‘WITmas’

Posted in Life on December 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Returning from a long day in Dublin in the early hours of Thursday morning, I disembarked at the Parnell Street bus stop at 2.30 am approximately. Not having any idea about the tradition of ‘Christmas Day’ as it has become known locally, I was at a loss to explain why there were so many young men on the streets of Waterford, virtually all of them apparently drunk …” (more)

[Giulia Francomacaro, Munster Express, 17 December]

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Student involved discusses ‘drunk girl’ experiment in UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“One of the students involved in the UCC ‘drunk girl’ experiment, Katie Murphy, has spoken to the Irish Examiner about the experiment. The Drama and Theatre Studies class was inspired by Antonin Artaud, a French actor and theatre director …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner, 5 December]

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UCC tries to get to grips with the problem of alcohol use and misuse in students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2013 by steve

“Alcohol use and abuse among university students is one of the most significant challenges facing those involved in educating and supporting today’s students …” (more)

[Michelle McDonagh, Irish Times, 31 December]

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DITSU survey results: cigarettes, alcohol, and exams

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2013 by steve

“Three quarters of DIT students would like a campus on which smoking is permitted only in designated areas, as opposed to a ‘totally smoke-free campus’, on current campuses and the future Grangegorman site …” (more)

[Al McConnell, The Edition, 19 December]

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Crackdown on student drinking festival a success

Posted in Legal issues on November 28th, 2011 by steve

“A garda crackdown on a controversial student drinking festival, which had wreaked havoc in a Cork suburb, has been hailed a complete success. There were just four arrests during the so-called ‘Christmas Day’ event in Bishopstown last Thursday …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 28 November]

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Pub licences depend on boycott of student drinking binge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2011 by steve

“Gardaí and residents in Bishopstown, Co Cork, have objected to the liquor licence being renewed for two bars in the area unless the bars’ owners gave undertakings not to have anything to do with the so-called CIT Christmas Day …” (more)

[Liam Heylin, Irish Examiner, 1 October]

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Student drinking almost equal by gender

Posted in Life on September 29th, 2010 by steve

“Female college students appear to be binge-drinking at least as often as their male counterparts and sometimes match them drink for drink, according to research published in the latest edition of the Irish Medical Journal …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 29 September]

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Female students binge drink like males

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2010 by steve

“Female college students are beginning to binge drink as often as their male colleagues and in some cases are drinking equal measures of alcohol, a health study has warned …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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We Drink and Write for Some of the Same Reasons

Posted in Life on August 6th, 2010 by steve

“There are probably many reasons why writers tend to drink. Here are some possibilities: both encourage subversiveness; both are an alternative from dealing with the world on its own terms; both let you temporarily trust your voice with less judgment. They also grant some sense of control over the world or an ego boost – making your perspective seem correct and central …” (more)

[Ilana Simons, The Literary Mind, 4 August]

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