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Perhaps this archetypal student is more of a non-existent entity that we convince ourselves is real. A fantasy, projected to us from films and stories from our parents. Or maybe we feel time is running out. Who feels adequately qualified to offer such indispensible advice? This sounds more like a forfeit from a rubbish Christmas board game.
Who are the cool. The ones who browse Wiki How To pages? It makes good reading, you should look it up. But there is an issue concerning what level we should limit our actions. When is being 21 and a student no longer a sufficient excuse? Hardly ever. Write an essay opposing your lecturer. Go to break dancing classes. Cut holes in the crotch of your jeans. Spontaneously turn up at the airport and board a flight to Madagascar. Read War and Peace in one go. Write a dubious, pointless feature for the Trinity News. As the rearguard of American or British forces it played a rather unnoticed if useful role in the military operations.
Public opinion is firmly against involvement in Afghanistan. This encompasses practically the whole political spectrum from left to right which makes Poland a uniquely pro-war bastion in Europe. However, the political elites do not reflect public opinion, which according to the latest poll by the Centre for Public Opinion Research from September , is strongly against involvement in Afghanistan. Such a discrepancy on such an important.
In other words: few people vote and those that do, do not know or do not care what they are voting for. The day-long captivity of the geologist came to a gruesome conclusion the weekend of February when video footage of his beheading was delivered to Pakistani journalists. Being the first case of this kind since the infamous beheading of Daniel Pearl in February some parallels between the two cases can be drawn. Another parallel is the certainty with which Pakistani officials claimed that both men would be kept alive and the suddenness with which the executions befell the concerned American and Polish authorities.
Pearl was murdered approximately a week after he was kidnapped while hope that he was alive carried on until the tape depicting the execution was delivered to the American consulate in the Pakistani port city of Karachi about a month later. Stanczak was kidnapped on 28 September , giving Polish authorities almost four and a half months to open up various routes of dialogue — both covert and diplomatic. The affair stayed out of the media spotlight until demands and an ultimatum from the kidnappers emerged in February. At first twenty six Taliban insurgents convicted of terrorism were to be released by 4 February with the offer being diluted to four prisoners by 7 February.
Fault lay with unfortunate circumstances: the extremely radical character of the Taliban group who put forward unfeasible demands and the fact that the area of Pakistan where the negotiations were taking place is simply not under the control of Pakistani authorities, thus excluding a military operation. According to this argument Poland simply did not possess the advisors, experts and the know-how to wage a successful attempt to free Piotr Stanczak. A frightening thought for every Polish citizen. After initial doubts concerning the originality of the recording Polish officials acknowledged its authenticity and due assertions of outrage and determination to capture the perpetrators were given to the Polish and international media: the newly.
Even Polish plumbers — back to the source. The Evening Herald, which published a weekly supplement in Polish every Wednesday since issued the last ever copy two weeks ago in response to falling circulation numbers. Bus services between Dublin and Warsaw still run twice a week, but this is well down on the four services a day shortly after Polish accession to the EU in And tellingly, the Irish Times reported at the end of January a 53 per cent drop in PPS number applications by Polish nationals in the last six months of These indications would appear to support the rumours, prevalent in recent months, that Polish migrants are leaving Irish shores in droves and choosing to weather the recession elsewhere.
This is not to deny that this question needs to be posed — on the contrary, addressing it needs to be one of the principle tasks of Irish policy-makers and their Polish counterparts. But the first point is that no concrete answer to is likely. Ironically though, arriving at an answer to this may eventually prove to have been the easy part - the tricky part then would be to work out why exactly they left. For although the Polish zloty is indeed strengthening against the euro, political and labour market conditions in Poland remain far from satisfactory for many Poles accustomed to living conditions abroad.
For the moment at least, it would appear that discussion of this question can go little beyond speculation. The very act of discussing whether or not Poles are going home, though, gives pause for thought. For this question can be seen as merely the most recent that Irish people have been asking ever since they noticed products like zubrowka and pierogi appearing in their local supermarket.
Everyone has a different view of Polish migration to Ireland. Consequently, waiting for reliable data on whether a significant amount have. For me, it was being at a house party in Krakow and watching Bartek, who had worked in Galway, outline the finer points of hurling to his incredulous friends. For others it was different. Roddy Doyle wrote short stories about Polish migrants, the very same people who on two-day bus journeys across Europe to Dublin may well have got their first insights into Irish society reading the translation of his account of two men in a chipper van during the World Cup.
But most of all, a generation of Polish children are now growing up with a more personal connection to the gleaming buildings springing up around the country because their daddy worked on them. And for the Polish football team it was their match against Ireland played in Dublin in November last where both teams took to the field before a home crowd.
Donal studies Polish and attended the Jagiellonian University in Krakow last year. The then social-democratic Prime Minister Leszek Miller eagerly supported the plan along with major military involvement in Iraq while both enjoyed broad public backing. Despite this consensus amongst the political elite however, the impact of the war in Iraq took a catastrophic toll on public support for the missile defence project. A poll published by the daily Gazeta Wyborcza last July showed that one in three respondents thought the US had a negative influence in the world and three in four felt that the US abused its power to subjugate Poland.
A mid report by Polish pollster CBOS recorded a sink in support for the war to below 20 per cent, while a follow up early last summer showed that over half were against the missile defence project. Amid popularly supported plans to recall Polish troops from Iraq, the project seemed to have been shelved, despite continuing albeit muted elite support.
The Georgia-Russia dispute last summer altered this state of affairs fatefully. He publicly criticized the cost and untested technology that lay behind the missile defence project, basing future support The domestic reaction to the beheading was as anything but hysterical. The sensationalist as well as the critical media has presented a balanced coverage of the affair.
The two main dailies - the right-leaning Rzeczpospolita and centre-left Gazeta Wyborcza chose to emphasize different possible implications of the affair. The former concentrated on the failings of the Polish state while the latter attempted to refute these claims as an attempt to gain political capital through claiming false expertise and undermining government efforts at a time when unity is needed.
The invited panel of experts, made up of a feminist, a right-wing publicist and a Polish mufti an expert in Muslim law ignored this attempt to emotionally charge the discussion. For a country overshadowed by spectres of past wars and a healing selfbelief the lack of radical voices comes as a welcome development.
The most tangible and immediate could be. This stance clearly created anxiety on the Polish side. In an eight-country survey last November, Poles polled lowest for support of Obama - just under 40 per cent. Nicholas Sarkozy held a joint press conference with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev at which he discouraged the Iskander-M deployment threat, but made his opposition to the sheild unequivocal.
At the 45th Munich Security Conference earlier this month. Tusk reiterated his continuing support for the programme with a tone of veiled frustration and perhaps a little reverse psychology. Vice-President Joe Biden replied that the US continued to support the shield but planned to consult with Moscow on the issue. The eighteen-year—old Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty START expires this December, and it has been suggestd that Obama will seek to replace it with an ambitious non-proliferation treaty between the US and Russia aimed to reduce nuclear war-heads by 80 per cent to about 1, each.
In this process, the shield will provide a bargaining chip more than a realistic or preferable alternative in negotiations with Moscow. The long-term aim is that a broader strategy of disarmament, along with conventional military aid to Poland, will peacefully neutralise the purported threat from Pyongyang and Tehran, through engagement rather than antagonism.
Peter Hession is a 4th year History and Politics student. He studied last year in Warsaw University on an Erasmus exchange. Certainly a passport bearing a white eagle emblem will weigh a little heavier than it used to when travelling to some parts of the world. What surely awaits the Polish government and other European governments that have their troops in Afghanistan i. France, Germany and the Netherlands is the necessity to change the way they legitimize the war to public opinion if they want to increase their troop numbers as President Obama expects.
The Polish Defence Ministry points out that the troops Poland has on Afghan soil are there on a peacekeeping mission, which can be compared to that in Chad or the Golan Heights. The struggle in Afghanistan has become an offensive war though an irregular one due to the partisan tactics employed by the Taliban and a nation-building enterprise. Sadly, sometimes only the death of an innocent man can bring the attention of public opinion to the true nature of a war their country is involved in. Michal, a 4th year European Studies student, was born in Warsaw and has lived in Ireland since It is the manner and conditions of these two coexisting states, however, which present a more practical problem.
Variously described as far-right, revisionist Zionist, and ultranationalist, Lieberman found himself strongly positioned after the recent elections for the eighteenth Knesset, held on February Right-of-centre Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu has been asked to form the government, making Lieberman a likely coalition partner. Following hot on the heels of military operations in Gaza, and not long after a month-long war with Hezbollah in , these elections turned more and more into a singleissue referendum on the incumbent government led by the centrist Kadima party.
That issue was national security, and the chief victors of a general lurch to the right were Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman. Drawing most of its support from Russian and former Soviet immigrants, recent events allowed Yisrael Beiteinu to grow its support base and bring in former Likud supporters as Israelis became disillusioned with the progress, or lack thereof, that has been made in the Departments of Defence and Foreign Affairs. The general rightward shift has left Labour licking its wounds. Israelis have yet to forgive him for meeting Yasser Arafat at Camp David in , an act that shattered his political credentials in the eyes of the majority who admire him professionally, but seem to dislike him personally.
Whatever happens, there will be an uneasy coalition. Who is Avigdor Lieberman? And should we be scared of him? A fiftyyear-old immigrant from Moldova and former nightclub bouncer, Lieberman founded Yisrael Beiteinu in , having previously worked under Netanyahu in Likud. Under this radical departure from previous solutions, the plan does not explicitly involve a population transfer, nor does it claim that there should not be a Palestinian state.
Indeed, the creation of a Palestinian state is a requisite part of the plan.
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Voter papers and parephernalia at the booths. Any remaining Arabs in Israel would be required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Jewish state. Immigration of Jews to Israel would become a priority under the plan in order to increase the relative number of Jews to Arabs in the state, and the two homogenous states would be divided along ethnic lines.
That is until you observe opposition to the plan coming from every quarter of the region; Jewish and Arab, left and right, foreign and domestic. The traditional right, now in the form of Likud and Netanyahu, say that it gives land to a hostile enemy, an action that would come back to haunt Israel. On top of this, Orthodox Jews oppose Lieberman because he calls for civic marriages, a central policy of Yisrael Beiteinu that stems from the recognition of Russian immigrants as Jews by the state but not by the Orthodoxy.
Of course, the most vociferous opposition comes from Arab citizens of Israel themselves. It is quite clear that Lieberman wants to cleanse Israel of its Arab citizens, or at the very least make them sign an oath that may well turn them into a permanent underclass who, to add insult. I hope fans of Irish football forgive me for reminding them that Abbas Suan, an Arab Israeli, became a national hero for the last-minute goal that gave Israel a point against Ireland in a World Cup qualifying match in Tel Aviv.
Under any Lieberman plan, Suan would probably not be able to play for Israel, and even if he was, he may not wish to represent the country that forces him to sign an oath that effectively identifies him as the enemy within, recognised on ethnic grounds as a fifth column of the state. Lieberman is notoriously belligerent and hot-tempered. Any journey from the Lieberman plan to the Lieberman fait accompli would have many stops on the way, each one fraught with fervent opposition.
Whatever the truth of that label, Lieberman is going to need a Hindenburg to run to with demands that the people have mandated him to take extraordinary powers in the name of national security. Would an Israeli President play the role that President Paul von Hindenburg played in and one day ask Lieberman to form a government?
The full effect of these most recent Knesset elections might only be felt after the next time Israelis go to the polls. At that stage, Lieberman might be able to say that centrist and traditional conservative approaches have failed the people. At the moment, Lieberman has a great deal of power, but the rest of his political career will be determined by how he chooses to deal with the right-wing, centrist and orthodox religious parties at home, and a certain Barack Obama, among others, abroad.
Israel gets a lot of international political mileage out of being the only Western-style democracy in the region, but cannot expect to keep that moral high ground if one of its elected representatives does indeed one day put idealist expediency above democratic principles. The next chapter of this long story might yet provide the twist. While we can complain about the marginal decline in our standard of living, the reality for Zimbabweans is that they have no standard of living.
While we obsess about recession, the Zimbabwean people are suffering oppression on a tragic scale, with the majority sceptical about the prospects of the new powersharing government to effect any real change. In tandem with these events, chaos reigned at the initial stages of the swearing-in of the. Zanu-PF retains full control of the Ministry of Defence and Army while control of the Interior Ministry is split between the two parties. Almost all of the Zanu-PF ministers have histories of corruption and brutality.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has been accused of helping to orchestrate the slaughter of 20, civilians in Matabeleland in the s, was given the defence portfolio. Kembo Mohadi remains head of the policing department and is likely to continue to use it as an instrument of oppression rather than public protection. Mugabe also has retained the whip hand in the coalition including in the terms a power to dismiss Tsvangirai for incompetence. This is not power sharing, it is a power struggle at the continued expense of the people of Zimbabwe. For the West, paranoia has long given way to tangible horror.
It is widely believed that Mugabe is using the facade of unity and compromise to in fact smash any possible opposition. Mugabe has retained the whip hand in the coalition. His appointed head of the policing department is likely to continue to use it as an instrument of oppression rather than protection joining this faux-democratic coalition Tsvangirai has gambled if not lost moral authority. With this new coalition it is even more difficult to distinguish the good from the bad.
The UK and the USA have declared that any government with Mugabe in tow is unacceptable and have cut financial support to the Zimbabwean government. They have stated that they would reconsider this policy if legitimate democratic reform was seen to emanate from this new coalition. The initial chaos does not bode well for any policy changes. The coalition smacks of the tactics of Mugabe in the government coalition with Joshua Nkomo and his Zapu party. Mugabe the kleptocrat has stolen everything from his people, their homes, their land and their human dignity.
The government is now advocating the abandonment of their currency and have stated that business may be conducted through foreign currency, thus effectively establishing two parallel economies in Zimbabwe. Currently in Zimbabwe, 94 pre cent of the population is jobless. Furthermore due to the limitless scale of the crisis, supply cannot keep up with the increasing demand.
Until the harvest in April, people will have to live on calories a day - below a survival ration. It is hoped donations will increase with the solidarity of the new coalition, a tenuous hope indeed. The cholera epidemic unacknowledged by Mugabe is worsening. Over people have died of the disease since August and a reported 60, are infected and now require medical treatment by a health system which has been largely abandoned. Basic water and sanitation has broken down, with raw sewage now part of the landscape of every town and village.
Electricity power stations have been abandoned. The AIDS epidemic is worsening as people cannot afford the. Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe anti-retroviral drugs and the medical care is unavailable. The economy began its sharp downward spiral in when he seized farmland from the white minority and gave it to political cronies who had no experience as farmers. Robert and Grace Mugabe and their ilk have propped themselves up to levels of extravagance alien to a disaffected and despondent population who have been beaten down morally and physically.
To date any hopeful whisper of change has been bound and gagged not only by the Mugabe regime but also by the paralysed bureaucracy of the UN Security Council which continues to languish on the fence tying itself up in red tape. It seems world leaders have been numbed to inaction by the level of dysfunction.
They continue to do nothing but collectively gawp at his audacity in maintaining his unapologetic chokehold. Mugabe has many accomplices; China and Russia support his rule, Western capitalism and multi-national corporations. All have vested interests in the continuation of his corrupt regime.
Mugabe is a public figure with no interest in the public good, only a pathological self-concern and greed for power and money. His partner in the new power-sharing deal, Tsvangirai believes that the coalition will bring a new dawn for Zimbabwe. The odds are not good. What is the man really made of, asks our correspondant. But nevertheless, to my mind at least, there is something uneasy about him. For all his promises of change, we can see that it is continuity that has been the biggest feature of his premiership thus far. Instead of over-riding the dirty side of Washington, as he had promised to do, he has demonstrated a remarkable willingness to satisfy personal interest over public benefit.
This has been seen most presciently in his selection of office. Whilst his nomination of Hilary Clinton for Secretary of State can be seen as making political sense, to elevate a person with little foreign experience to such an exalted position in times of such international strife is foolish. Even as a former First Lady and Senator, there are many more abundantly qualified for such a demanding role. And this seems to be a developing theme with. Worse still it seems that patronage will be a theme of the current presidency. Kennedy, who emerged like an apparition from Hyannisport, has no claim on the senate apart from her famous family.
Suddenly all these wild republican claims about the East Coast elitists, of the limousine liberals who look down on the crossover states take on a new potency. Yet Obama is not avoiding the nation — building of the Bush administration, for he has demanded a greater commitment to Afghanistan, a region that proved to be the graveyard of the USSR and of several imperial British expeditions. However with only 90 billion dollars or so earmarked for capital investment and close to billion dollars earmarked for various social programmes it remains to be seen what is so stimulating about emptying what amounts a quarter of the federal budget into one grand governmental sweep.
Whilst this can be critiqued as the fulfilment of the adage that to be seen to do something is better than to do nothing at all, it smacks off arrogance, giving the impression of a man delighted at given the keys to Fort. Knox and to play with real monopoly money. And this leads onto the crux. Obama is too arrogant. Some could say this is unsurprising, after all he ran for President. Maybe he is, but it lends gravity to the impression of a man overburdened with his own predestination.
And this is quite a neat comparison that I am not the first make to a man who promised so much and gave so little — Tony Blair. Blair is now hiding out at Yale University, teaching a course in politics, knowing full well that a return to the country which he has reduced to a penniless and corrupt bureaucracy would prove fruitless. Obama seems a l l. Now thus far, Barack has proved to be a pretty straight kind of guy.
But despite his insistence on being persil-fresh in his political ambitions, there is a chance he will turn out to be another chancer. Now the world wants to believe in Obama, but to attach all our dreams and aspirations to him in these worsening times is idiotic, but symptomatic of the sort of thought fascism that surrounds him.
After 25 days in office, there are signs that he is maybe made of something a little graver than that. But in the world of Student Union campaigning, your image is pretty much all that stands between you and the savage electing body, and as such between victory and shame. The campaigns this year have been a mixed lot, from serious to semi-insane, and at the end of the first week of campaigning we take a look at just what the candidates have been bombarding us with.
Posters are always the first point of call in these elections. This is a calculated risk; just to warn you guys for the future, a little distance can hide a multitude of faults. Daniel Curry succeeded in getting a good quality picture but unfortunately was let down by his own refusal to smile, resulting in quite a dour and serious image. Girls tended to fare better than boys, with Emma Keaveney and Simone Cameron-Coen both getting nice, a little dark shots.
From the posters to the manifestos and leaflets is not a big jump for many, with a majority of the candidates sticking to the same photographs and design elements as the posters. Again unfortunately the photographic quality seems to have suffered here, with many of the images coming out dark and shadowy. Franzi Hensel again suffers for her colour choice, as much of the yellow font in her otherwise very well designed manifesto is almost impossible to read. Where Mick Birmingham may have suffered slightly with posters, he comes up trumps here with his recognisable green lines standing out everywhere and his hilarious central manifesto photograph.
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T-shirts this year have caused several problems, with no less than 4 groups of supporters sporting pillar-box red. Whether this means combined publicity for all or will cause mass confusion and hatred remains to be seen. Final words are reserved for Mr. David Preston, whose innovative campaign is unlike anything seen in recent SU elections.
Dave gets my vote for most original, economical and green, though not my vote for President as I happen to like our ghosts here at Trinity. On Friday campaigning had been going strong for a week, and these Hustings were a real chance for those hopeful of a sabbatical, and a position on the SU to get their noses in front early on. It was arbitrarily decided by the opposition. Cooke offered big promises to Education. After a courteous round of e, it was the turn of applause, ndidates for Deputy the candidates R o b President.
Donohoee spoke f i r s t f o l l o wee d mma by Emma Keaveney. Keaveney wants more information to be available online, and a more receptive SU to student feedback. She outlined plans to introduce regular feedback forms for students and public-speaking training for class-reps to increase their ability to link the upper echelons of the SU with the students.
As usual, Ents proved to be the most popular position with 4 candidates running. Mick Birmingham, the owner of a large Mickey Mouse head that you may have seen bouncing around college, was the first to speak. His policies were well delivered. He began by describing how he w wants to arrange Nite Link buses for affordable trips home after night outs, then moved on to th the creation of an Ents website with tickets to eevents available online, and finished with h his commitment to making the Trinity Ball big bigger and better.
Mick sees an opportunity to se sell more tickets, giving more students the opp opportunity to go, as well as creating more reve revenue for bigger and more high profile acts. Bubbly second-year Law student Amy Dunne came next. Her well-drilled speech emphasise emphasised the wealth of experience she as g gained from her position as JCR Ents E officer this year, as well as cov covering her plans to drastically re reduce the entry fees students are paying by negotiating directly with the mana managers of venues to secur secure better deals.
Both eemphasised the need for Ents to aappeal to a wider Fran audience, Franzi particularly stressing the ffact that there em is too much emphasis on the scene She suggested nightclub scene. Paddy, promised that he. Below: Presidential hopeful Cathal Horan. Photos: Martin McKenna and Andrew Holohan would not approach the year as a business venture designed to make profit, but would listen to what students actually want through regular polls and an interactive website.
Simone Cameron-Coen and Cormac Cashman were up next. Simone described drawing her motivation from the help she was given by the Welfare office when she came to College with a child. Her policies include opening the Welfare office for longer hours to give students the opportunity to seek advice after their lectures finish.
She spoke of the importance of a face-to-face approach to Welfare, and the need to support people both institutionally and personally. Both Cormac and Simone identified the accommodation situation for students in Dublin as needing attention. Cormac also covered his hope to introduce financial advisors into College to help students through the recession with practical budgeting advice. The hopefuls for the position of President were last to take to the stage. Controversially, Curry described his plan to scrap the role of Deputy President, and. Conan wants to liaise with other Irish universities to come together in a coordinated effort against the fees movement.
Aside from this Cathal promises 24 hour study space to appear in the library. Preston spent most of his speech retelling an anecdote about how a ghost that haunts Trinity eventually made one of his good friends leave to UCD, a move that most of the crowd were able to sympathise with.
Aside from Education Officer, which seems a fairly sure thing, all positions are very closely run by worthy candidates. A vigorous legal battle was launched in by then TCDSU president Ivana Bacik, who lobbied for the right to educate students of their choices with regard to contraception and abortion. The future of the union looked bleak when landed with these hefty costs. The weight of this debt was to drive a substantial wedge between the USI and TCDSU, although a tenuous link between the two student organisations was later re-established.
Some would argue that not much has changed. He was arrested and expelled but later readmitted. We may take for granted the accessories provided in the packs distributed during SHAG week, but eight years ago these sexual health information packs were banned in Trinity College.
They shared our concern. In the union became concerned with issues of a more gastronomic nature. This unappetising discovery was. Setting up a 1. The SU threatened the college with legal action in over compensation claims by student residents. The compensation claims arose from excessive noise generated at the Trinity Hall campus in Dartry, where repair and renovation works were underway.
They are also an essential tool in the fight to preserve some college traditions. There was wide-spread indignation in when the college authorities threatened to close the front gate early. However after a meeting between SU officers and college authorities, it was decided that the gate would stay open until at least While some may complain of the lack of. Good advice indeed.
At this stage in Irish history, the internet was still a very foreign concept to the vast majority of people. The 1. So although the SU is occasionally accused of complacency, it is clear that it has always had the welfare of Trinity students close to its heart. However one may conclude that the Celtic Tiger has bred a generation of cosy indifference. A sentimental yearning for extreme action by the SU has been voiced in the national press, and recent fees protest marches in which TCDSU had a central role, were labelled by some as being insipid. This week will see a new batch of sabbatical officers enter the ranks of a prolific union.
Year to year, the SU elections bring the big issues of the student body to the fore, and candidates make a lot of promises, some of which they go on to fulfill when elected. Many went way over the word count; ruthless editing ensued, and of course this small space cannot encapsulate a whole six months of full-time work. Gains have also been made.
The fight against fees is an ongoing battle that the SU have managed to get the student body very involved in, and turn-outs to their protests have been impressive. The library is open on Sundays, despite fierce resistance from College. And this. As with all student bodies, the time each officer has to revolutionise the college is short, and the student government suffers from this turnover, inevitably it would seem. We can rely on each position attracting a certain type of student to its duties.
Ents springs to mind as the position that fulfills this prophecy most unwaveringly, attracting people with strong personalities and a the instincts of true party animals. When voting this week, keep in mind all that has come to pass this year, and all that has been promised. I think this is something that TCDSU brought out into the fore and people were made aware of the major issue facing third-level education in this country, and you can be assured that there is a lot more to come on this before the end of the year. Much else was dwarfed by the enormity of the fees issue but that is not to say that we did little else here in House 6.
From a personal point of view, a lot of my time has been spent working in the student centre; researching what services and space should be provided with help from other universities ,then convincing college that everything that on our wish list for the centre should be included! The issue of the increase in the registration fee is another that I have been fighting hard on this year within some of the various committees at which I sit representing the student body.
One success story so far is the issue of left-handed seating in lecture theatres, which was raised by a member of SU council in Michaelmas term. From that, myself and the Education Officer, Hugh, investigated the lack of. In previous years, these had been two separate projects, neither of which was very attractive. I spent most of the summer working on combining the two into a nice page book, containing as much useful information as could possibly be squeezed in while keeping it totally readable. Feedback from the project has been hugely positive.
My goal with The Record for the year is to give the students a newspaper that they want to read. The Record is not a broadsheet or a national paper. It is a local newspaper, which caters for the students of Trinity. There is no doubt but that a huge part of my year has been spent organising campaigns. We raised this with college and I worked very closely with the college superintendent and facilities officer in raising the problem.
We should see the seating in place by the end of this term. All of us have worked with the Union of Students in Ireland throughout the year.
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This has included various councils and conferences around the country in planning and decision making for the way in which national campaigns are run. The job has a thousand different aspects and will continue to work as hard for the remainder of the year right up to when we leave in July. One year is a very short time but it is an intense year and I look forward to giving everything that I have learned to the president elect come July.
I GET around 40 e-mails and about 10 drop-ins a week from students looking for help with their studies or courses. This could mean grinds or advice regarding a serious problem. The training event for the student-reps was awesome and something which will continue to be improved for many years to come.
Since taking up office in July I have worked hard at these promises as well as putting my manifesto into place. The difficult thing about Welfare Officer is that bar campaigns, all my work is done behind closed doors. This was the first public performance for Nadia Evans, age 8, and she handled it like a veteran.
Nadia asked me if she should tell sitting or standing. I said whatever she felt comfortable with. She chose to sit. Problem was that with the slick leather cushions and her short legs, she kept sliding forward into the microphone, which also decided to swivel slowly down. Nadia kept hitching herself back up into the chair and twisting the mike upward as she told, without a bother on her, as if this was the way it was always done.
Finally, after 3 stories, I suggested she stand up and hold the mike in her hand. She said she had to move around for the next story anyway.
I told her to remember to keep the mike in front of her mouth when she moved her head. She did, and she moved around gracefully as if she had been doing it all her life. Working with Kivas Tully , Charles Barry Cleveland superintended many of their important architectural works in eastern Canada including the Trinity College campus at the University of Toronto. The cornerstone was laid on April 30, Beginning in , representatives of the United Church of England and Ireland in Upper Canada met with the Society for Propagation of the Gospel to solicit support for fellowships to enable the education of local clergy.
James' Cathedral, and Alexander Neil Bethune, then Rector of Cobourg, to prepare a plan for a systematic course in theology for those to be admitted to Holy Orders. Trinity College gradually expanded its teaching beyond arts and divinity, and by the end of the 19th century its scope had included medicine, law, music, pharmacy and dentistry.
The college admitted its first female students in , and St. Hilda's College was created in as the women's college of Trinity. After taking office in , provost Thomas C.
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Macklem supported joining the college with the University of Toronto. On October 1, , Trinity became part of the University of Toronto and relinquished to the university its authority to grant degrees in subjects other than theology. It became clear that the relocation of Trinity closer to the university was necessary, and the college abandoned plans for a northward expansion at its Queen Street site.
Towards the end of the 20th century, the place of longstanding institutions and traditions within the college community underwent changes initiated by internal and external parties. Episkopon , a society based in the college since , was officially dissociated from Trinity in The stamp was based on a design by Steven Slipp, based on photographs by James Steeves and on an illustration by Bonnie Ross.
The southern wing of main building, with its cornerstone laid by Bishop James Fielding Sweeny , was completed in by Darling and Pearson , the architectural firm that also designed the university's Convocation Hall and Varsity Arena. Architects George and Moorhouse oversaw a major expansion of the college in , immediately prior to war-time restrictions on building materials. Strachan Hall is the largest component of the western wing, serving as the central dining hall for students residing in the main building, and the venue of all regular formal High Table dinners, now regularly held on Wednesday evenings.
The largest portraits, which hang from the north wall, are of Bishop Strachan and George Whitaker , the college's first provost from to Near Strachan Hall in the western wing, the Junior Common Room is used by student organisations including the Trinity College Literary Institute whose coat of arms adorns the mantle.
It is a place of socializing by undergraduate, meetings and informal studying. A large portrait of C. Allan Ashley, a professor of the college, hangs to the left of the entrance. The Trinity quadrangle has long been a focal point of student life at the college. In the summer of , the quadrangle was renovated with funds from an anonymous donor. It was designed in the modified perpendicular Gothic style by renowned English architect Giles Gilbert Scott , who was responsible for the Liverpool Cathedral and the ubiquitous red telephone boxes seen throughout Britain.
In the chapel a memorial tablet in Indiana limestone designed by the late Allan George, F. Hilda's College was built in at its present site west of the main building and the chapel. It used to be a women-only residence until , and has since been turned into a mixed residence. Hilda's College in the Georgian style that was heavily favoured at the time, albeit with some embellishments, particularly the rounding of pediments. The Gerald Larkin Building opened in , and the George Ignatieff Theatre, named for then provost George Ignatieff , was added on to the northwest corner of the Larkin Building in The college has about undergraduate students, with a first-year enrollment limited to about students.
The Faculty of Arts offers undergraduate major programs in immunology , international relations , and ethics, society, and law to students at the university. Associated with the latter two is an academic program called Trinity One. Admission to the Trinity One program is separate from that of the college itself, with enrollment limited to 25 students per stream. Noted author Margaret MacMillan taught in the International Relations stream for the first two years of the program, prior to her departure for Oxford. The Munk School also houses notable research centres, like the Centre for South Asian Studies a constitutive until of the Asian Institute , that hosts academic and public events focused on critical global questions of law and activism; histories and contemporary configurations of the sacred and secular; political economy and cultures of capitalism; media, technology and the public sphere.
There are five different streams from various disciplines, all of which are seminar courses. The program is associated with numerous co-curricular events and small class sizes. The John W. Graham Library traces its origins to , when John Strachan secured a collection of some four hundred books from the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge to stock the library of the fledgling King's College.
- Precis de Grammaire Anglaise (French Edition).
- Database Management Systems (Express Learning).
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The modern Graham Library is located in Devonshire House, which also contains the Munk School of Global Affairs , occupying a heritage building renewed for the 21st-century, with , volumes, convenient technological resources, and fine study spaces. The Library serves primarily Trinity's undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the graduate Divinity students and faculty of Trinity and Wycliffe Colleges, and the greater University of Toronto and Anglican Church communities who seek our resources.
Subject strengths reflect the academic programs and interests of the two colleges: international relations, ethics, literature in English, philosophy, theology, Anglican church history, biblical studies. The Anglican and Eastern Orthodox seminary remains active in college life, with worship services held twelve times weekly in the chapel.
At the basic degree level, Trinity offers several Master of Divinity programs - a basic program, a "collaborative learning" model with self-directed study components, and an honours programme, which includes a thesis. Michael's College. Applicants to the ThM must hold an MDiv. Students can also enroll jointly in the MDiv and MA. Non-degree programmes are also offered. The Diploma in Ministry is intended for aspirants to Holy Orders who hold an academic degree in theology rather than an MDiv. The Diploma or Certificate in Ministry for Church Musicians explores the intersection of sacred music and theology.
The Licentiate of Theology LTh allows non-degree students to complete the equivalent of two years' full-time theological study, with or without a previous undergraduate degree. Trinity College enjoys a rich student life, with multiple college events held on a weekly basis. Trinity students hold two black tie balls annually, and continue to celebrate British holidays including Guy Fawkes day and Robbie Burns day. The Trinity College Literary Institute "the Lit" is an arts and debating society that holds weekly meetings. The Lit actually pre-dates Trinity College itself, having been moved there from the Diocesan Theological Institute in While the meetings are typically crass student affairs, sitting provosts, distinguished alumni and sitting chaplains have been known to attend and even debate on occasion.
Beyond weekly meetings, the Lit organises other events including the annual Guy Fawkes bonfire, Oktoberfest, Chess in the Quad, Robbie Burns and Bubbly - a champagne themed formal ball. A "serious debate" is held annually, and convenes a competitive debating committee that sends teams to tournaments of the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate.
Formal dances are held twice annually at Trinity. The Saints Ball is held annually in the fall semester around November at St. Traditionally, the Saint's Ball was hosted by Women of College in their residence, while Conversat was hosted by Men of College in theirs. While the residences have been desegregated since , the tradition remains that the Women of College their date to Saints, and the men ask the their date to Conversat. When someone has been asked to either Saints or Conversat, it is considered in poor taste to refuse them without a prior engagement.
Trinity students publish a newspaper called Salterrae Latin , meaning The Salt of the Earth which was founded as Trinlight in The annual yearbook is Stephanos Greek , meaning Crown. There is also a bi-annual journal of students' short stories, photographs and poetry, called the Trinity University Review ; it was first published in as Rouge et Noir French , meaning Red and Black.