Whipping, Secrecy and Coercion: Inside Boat Club’s Hazing Culture

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For most Trinity students, the annual December tradition of going for Commons involves a three-course meal in the Dining Hall and a night that evolves into little more than routine Christmas merrymaking. But for new members of Dublin University Boat Club (DUBC), known as ‘novices’, Commons has a different meaning …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy and Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 January]

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Female Hist members discuss sexism in debating: ‘It’s a boys’ club’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2014 by steve

“The College Historical Society was rocked earlier this week by the publication of a document demanding an end to sexism within the society. The committee has since agreed to elect a temporary equity officer and introduce a minimum gender quote for future debates …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 7 February]

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University life: crazy societies

Posted in Life on July 21st, 2011 by steve

“One of the joys of the student experience (though one that is also open to staff) is the availability of university clubs and societies. Student life should not be solely about studying, but should also include membership of such associations that provide a different perspective, or involve other activities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 July]

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Keeping it Fresh

Posted in Life on September 29th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Record levels of society membership don’t tell the whole story of declining student participation in extra-curricular activity. Balancing the need for a healthy social life with a reasonable academic effort in a college environment is never easy. A vibrant social atmosphere and a tough academic workload never make easy bedfellows. Since beginning the arduous process of semesterisation and modularisation in 2005, UCD has seen this particular marriage hit rocky times, as the academic duties of a conveyor belt of exams and continuous assessment impact on the free time students find on their hands, and their ability to engage in extra-curricular activities …” (more)

[Gavan Reilly, University Observer, 29 September]

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Censorship at UCC

Posted in Life on March 13th, 2009 by steve

“The Societies Guild at UCC has twice rejected applications to set up a pro-choice society on campus on the spurious grounds that this issue is already covered by other groups – including in their first rejection the ludicrous suggestion that this was done by the anti-choice ‘Students for Life’. Timeline of the political censorship of pro-choice views at UCC. Monday 26 January – Societies Guild turn down application to set up pro-choice society: ‘Your society application was brought before the Guild last evening. Unfortunately status was not approved. It is a decision that was ultimately made by a previous Guild and is being upheld. “A society already exists which caters for debate in the area of abortion and choice”. Membership to this and all societies is open to all students in UCC. Thank you for your interest and I hope you join one of the many societies in UCC’ …” (more)

[Alan Davis, Indymedia Ireland, 12 March]

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