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02 September 2010

Editorials Inhibitions are for secondary school

question of student participation. Kate O’Sullivan is a former stu- dent of UCC who now spends a lot of time fighting for causes she be- lieves in, and if these involve ar- resting former heads of British parliament so much the better. While Kate’s work is quite seri-

Daniel Lynch Editor

Having had the privilege this issue of interviewing a genuine activist, it had me thinking and raised the

ous and deals with some tragic cases, her work ethos is a good starting point for all first year stu- dents. She gets hands on with her passions and doesn’t lull in apa- thetic indolence. Another interview showed the fruits of labour from society auditor Cormac Ryan. Cor- mac interestingly raised the point that his idea for a society had been around since he was in first year. As often is the case, his best inten- tions led to nothing until he put them into practice. He now runs an exciting new society that appears thriving.

First years who spend their idle

hours flicking their thumbs or scratching their rears take note. It is better to start now rather than later in getting involved in soci- eties and clubs. Inhibitions are for secondary school; you are adults now and should be exploiting the excitement that is all around you. If in first year, you learn the ropes of your society, by second year you may be looking to help run the same thing you were signing up for only a year previous.

To the old dogs of second, third

or fourth year, please ignore max- ims dictating you cannot learn new tricks. Societies day brought into focus the number of options avail- able to us as students, as did the clubs day proceeding it. Extracur- ricular activity is not as important as your degree. However, in some

The freedom of stupidity

the original moon landing, or Live Aid. Few stories can eclipse this feeling more than the Christmas truce of 1914, where British and German soldiers fighting the most extreme and destructive war the world had ever seen, ceased com- bat, and met in No Man’s Land to exchange gifts and stories. Then there are moments which do the opposite, and they make one de- spair at the extreme idiocy people seem to be capable of. This has certainly been one of those months.

Byron Murphy Deputy/News Editor

Throughout the course of history there have been many moments which make one overwhelmingly proud of humanity. For many it’s

Foremost in this debate was the planned Koran burning on 9/11, and while I’m sure you’ve all heard why this was absurd and dangerous, you’re getting it again here. Burning the Islamic holy book because the terrorists who carried out the heinous attacks on that day 9 years ago were of the Muslim faith is something like

Express Editor Daniel Lynch

Deputy Editor/ News Editor Byron Murphy University College Cork Editorial Team 2010/2011

Features Editor Margaret Perry

Deputy Features Editor

Karen O’Mahony

burning 200 kitchen brushes be- cause Stalin had a moustache. Yes, we can see the two are linked in some way, but it doesn’t pertain to the main issue here. Not all Mus- lims are fanatic extremists in the realest possible sense, in the same way that not everyone who dons a soup strainer wants to deport all minorities to Siberia.

Besides this, as I men-

tioned above the planned burning and even the coverage it received was downright damaging to the States. Perhaps the act would have gained acts of violence in retalia- tion from aforementioned fanatics, but far more destructive is the ef- fect this had on the mindset of the average American citizen. I lived in Boston for the summer, a city which houses some of the best uni- versities on earth, and yet I en- countered many people who had an

Entertainment Editor John Barker Music Editor

Michael McCarthy

Gaming Editor Adam El Araby

Sports Editor Colin Keane

instances they can open doors to things that would otherwise be closed off to you.

Though perhaps self serving,

this brings me onto my next point. In some instances, careers are not laid out on a Latin scribed piece of paper. Journalism courses aren’t available at undergraduate level in UCC. It can’t be argued journalism courses are not useful in some ca- pacity. Learning short hand is in- credibly advantageous as a tool of trebling your employability. How- ever practical experience cannot trump anything else in journalism. Prospective employers, if they still exist, value a portfolio of work. If you are someone interested in jour- nalism after your degree, and are not taking advantage of UCC’s fa- cilities then you should be locked in an asylum.

The UCC Express boasts years of experience in producing profes-

irrational hatred of Islam. One father I encountered

asked me if we “have any Muslims in Ireland?” and when I replied that proportionately there weren’t that many, he told me I was lucky. The fact that I could have been a Mus- lim myself didn’t occur to him, be- cause I didn’t fit the picture of what he assumed all Islamic people to look like. This has been caused by a decade of ‘America vs. Mus- lims’ in areas such as film and video games, and acceptable dis- tain for Islam propagated by the highly biased media. This does not need to reach the mass hysteria of the McCarthy era, so I was glad to see senators and President Obama preach common sense on the sub- ject.

That all said, it’s not like

we do not have our share of accept- able stupidity in Ireland. Earlier in the month, Conor Lenihan, Minis- ter for Science, planned to attend the release of a book written by one of his constituents. I would

Fashion Editor Lynn Harding

Photography & PR Julia Healy Layout & Design

Catherine Dennehy Contributors

Jennie Brosnan, Brendan Cahill, Thomas Collins, Isobel Cuddigan,

sional journalists. Vanity Fair and The Examiner are but a few of the publications now housing former writers. A stepping stone we may be, but without the first stepping stone the path is not crossed. Alter- natively, our friendly rivals Motley offer a magazine avenue for writers interested. Cork Campus Radio is an invaluable asset for training DJs of the future.

Finally, as Editor for the UCC

Express, I take responsibility for a lot of work. While I have the lux- ury of setting the template for sec- tions and asking my editors to try and realise it, the true flavour of each section is of their design. This last week preparing out first proper edition saw many sets of bones run ragged. I would like to thank all of them for their tireless effort, with special regards to our Photo Editor and PR mastermind Julia Healy and our designer Catherine Den- nehy.

find that totally acceptable, if the book wasn’t an attack on evolution called The Origin of Specious Nonsense. I can tolerate almost any view, but creationism is, in my opinion, the epitome of weak minded escapism. This is a theory which we have long falsified, and yet there are some who want it to be taken seriously. Nope, sorry. The idea that our Minister for Sci- ence would be seen to support this, the very definition of deluded anti- science, is a terrifying one for those of us who would like Ireland to be seen as a modern country. Mr. Lenihan, who once referred to Turkish workers as ‘kebabs’ while he was Minister for Overseas Aid, seems to have a penchant for the paradoxical, but thankfully he did backtrack on this event but not be- fore the world caught wind and we were made a laughing stock once more. This is the sort of thing that makes me want to emigrate as soon as a foreign firm will have me. Un- less they’re located in the deep south.

Rob Fehily, Ciara Guiry,

Jerry Larkin, Áine Organ, P.J. O’Brien,

Sean O Laoghairen, Kevin O’Neill

Staff Writers

Sean Bent, Kellie Morrissey, Dónal Ó Catháin, John O’Donoghue,

Siobhan Brosnan, David Toms

General Manager Daithi Linnane

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