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Equality candidate criticises fairness of voting system Jessica Leen

A candidate in the Students’

Union Equality Officer election earlier this month has complained to the Express over the treatment of one student on voting day. Luke Field, who contested the position along with now Equality Officer Dave Carey, stated that one part- time student was treated unfairly when he was “disbarred” from vot- ing on grounds of a clerical issue. The Students’ Union has since stated that it has received no offi- cial complaint, but is investigating the issue with the aim of prevent- ing future occurrences. According to Mr. Field, part- time student Ciarán Delaney was

turned away from his designated ballot box and boxes elsewhere, as his name did not appear on the list of registered students. This was de- spite the fact that Mr. Delaney was indeed a registered student at Uni- versity College Cork, and had a student card to that effect. Mr. Delaney then approached

Luke Field at his campaign desk, where Mr. Field advised him to seek the issue with the Students’ Union. Mr Field stated; “I told him that his best option was to go to the Students Union and speak to the returning officer Denis Macdonald, which he did through the secretary, and he was told that due to some clerical issue within the university

Last year’s floods could leave UCC buildings uninsured

Karen O’ Neill The floods which occurred last

year may cause UCC buildings to go uninsured for a period of time, if insurance companies deem the structures to be too high-risk. The floods caused the biggest insurance claim UCC has ever made, and as a result buildings like the Glucks- man Gallery may not be insured in the future. UCC will be developing affected buildings to better defend flood threats that may occur. Diarmuid Collins, the UCC Bur-

sar, stated, “We are now paying a higher premium than ever before, this is an extra burden for the uni- versity.” There is a concern that certain buildings will be refused flood-cover altogether, an eventu- ality that businesses throughout the city will have to confront. The Glucksman Art Gallery,

where the first floor and basement were underwater last November, has been designated “high-risk” and, according to Collins, may have to face the rainy season unin- sured. As yet exact figures are un-

known as the university is still working to assess the risk of future floods and estimate the scale of de- velopment needed. Mark Poland, Director of Buildings and Estates, told the Express that while the management staff are: “concerned about future floods we are not

overly concerned.” He added that they are confident of being “ready to act as necessary according to conditions” but that they consider the floods a rarity and are not ex- pecting a reoccurrence. Building officers have “com-

missioned a report from consulting engineers which has been pre- sented to the finance committee and the university management team.” Acting on the back of the report they will be undertaking “certain short term measures which will better protect us into the fu- ture.” However these new flood- preventative measures will also come at a price, while cost cutting is one of the university’s key goals in the Strategic Plan. In November of last year torren-

tial rain culminated in the flooding of 29 key UCC buildings. Among the worst affected was the Western Gateway Building, where one 300 seat auditorium was flooded al- most to ceiling height. More struc- tures were severely damaged and costly teaching and research labs were lost to the Lee. The destruction led to by far the

biggest insurance claim in UCC history. The estimated total cost of flood damage in Cork as a whole was €100 million, enough to have the event classified as a natural dis- aster by the Red Cross organisa- tion.

he does not appear on the registra- tion lists and has been disbarred from voting on this ground.” Mr. Field went on to state that

he felt this was not valid grounds for disbarment from the voting process due to the fact that students were told from the beginning that this was 'an election for all stu- dents'. He voiced his disappoint- ment in the matter saying "to me that's any registered student with a student card, this fits Mr. Ciarán Delaney's description perfectly, he should be allowed to vote”. Dave Carey, the elected Equal-

ity Officer has said "we have had several meetings about the issue and have more lined up over the

October 26th 2010

ballot list for future elections. At present the Student’s Union

next two weeks. The new Mature Student Officer, Gary Mulcahy and I are concerned about the matter and are working with the returning officer Denis MacDonald and other university staff towards a so- lution before the next elections are held."

SU Deputy President Daithi

Linnane explained how the univer- sity provides the student union with a list of student names and student numbers when running an election and it is his understanding that these were the figures they had to work with. The Students’ Union is currently working with the col- lege to make sure that all students will be on the register of electors

are looking into extending ballot station voting hours for future elec- tions so as to accommodate evening and part-time students whose college hours may differ to what is currently available. Daithi Linnane told the express

that at no point was there any offi- cial complaint made, but that they are taking this issue very seriously. The final vote on the position came in as Dave Carey 565, Luke Field 271.

Mr. Field left us with this state-

ment from his campaign team, "The worst part of this, the greatest injustice in this is that it's an equal- ity election, an election for the equality officer, and there is not even equality of voting."

business program announced Enda Kenneally The Farmleigh Fellowship is

offering 25 graduate students the chance to earn a Masters in Asian Business at UCC starting in Jan- uary 2011. The participants will spend three months in UCC so they can learn about the region in which they will have to work in for the remaining nine months of the twelve month program. They then move on to

Nanyang Business School at Nanyang Technological Univer- sity in Singapore, a leading provider of business studies in Asia before working on enterprise based projects. The initial idea first came

about because of a desire to im- prove the economic situation in Ireland. The Farmleigh Fellow- ship was developed by Irish busi- nessmen in Singapore following the Farmleigh Forum held in 2009 by the Irish Government. Representatives from Irish

businesses outside Ireland dis- cussed ways to support the long- term recovery of the Irish economy after the property bub- ble. One the key proposals were to improve the business education of Irish managers and potential Irish managers regarding Asia. The School of Asian Studies in

UCC and the Department of For- eign Affairs were contacted. The School of Asian Studies exempli- fies the strategy of UCC to raise

its profile in Asia. Hence, support for the idea of the Farmleigh Fel- lowship within UCC and the Irish Government has been very strong. The UCC School of Asian Studies teamed up with the Faculty of Commerce to jointly deliver the UCC contribution to the MBS Asian Business. The new programme generated

a positive reaction from the Gov- ernment with Micheal Martin ac- knowledging that it is a wonderful opportunity for Irish business in Asia and the Cork Chamber of Commerce called it an ‘exciting and innovative’ scholarship. The School of Asian Studies is only two years old and it was created as part of a response to the Govern- ment’s Asia strategy. There are now well established

UCC programmes in China, Korea and Japan. There are a number of experts on Asia, according to Dr. Jorn-Carsten Gottwald of the School of Asian Studies, in various departments in UCC for example Government, Economics, Manage- ment, Philosophy and the Study of Religions. The close cooperation between

the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and the Col- lege of Business and Law and the tremendous support from the Of- fice of the Registrar has been the key to develop this exciting and in- novative programme with our part- ners in Singapore within such a short period of time, according to

Prof. Fan Hong, the Head of School of Asian Studies. A mixture of multi-national

companies and small companies are involved, ranging from Ab- bott and Pfizer down to Glanbia and our very own UCC. In addi- tion, it is also supported by, in the words of Fred McCombe of the Farmleigh Fellowship, the Irish Diaspora with mentoring on offer to the students with Irish business people already in Asia. The participants will have to

go through a rigorous selection process but McCombe believes the emotional intelligence of the students will be important and that the Irish psyche and our cul- tural background make Irish stu- dents ideal candidates for the Farmleigh Fellowship despite the fact that UCC and Ireland are newcomers to Asia. Dr. Gottwald also added that

other countries have a longer tra- dition of sending students to Asia for university education but this fact should not be an impediment to the success of Irish graduates in the program It rather highlights the vast opportunities for Ireland in Asia. The ethos of the Fellowship is

to support highly skilled individ- uals while developing a network of business people to spear head Irish investment in Asia. The closing date for applications is the 22nd of October.

Groundbreaking Asian

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