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“Home is the place we cling to”.

It’s late October. Night draws in earlier and earlier each evening. Trees blaze orange, yellowand red. Roadsides and ditches accumulate piles of fallen leaves. There’s an icy chill in theair, and Halloween is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time for a ghost story:Imagine a young family – a husband, a wife, at least two children – pulling up to their newhome in a … Continue reading “Home is the place we cling to”.

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Living with It: Students, Accommodation and COVID-19 in UCC

Current Affairs Editor Alana Daly Mulligan talks with UCC Students about the state of student accommodation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Editor’s Note: Interviews were correlated through a combination of phone-calls and student submissions through a Google Forms system. The responses varied from somewhat normal complaints about residents playing loud music, to the more dire, like unsanitary living spaces, threatening landlords, “menacing” security guards, among other … Continue reading Living with It: Students, Accommodation and COVID-19 in UCC

We Need To Reimagine the College Experience

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Molly Kavanagh, questions whether or not the narrative of the “typical college experience” is healthy in relation to our expectations for housing. When I was in my first year of college, I lived in a student accommodation complex managed by UCC. Less than a week after I moved in, a male maintenance worker let himself into my bedroom, completely unannounced, at nine o’clock … Continue reading We Need To Reimagine the College Experience

Is College Better when living independently

No By Gemma Kent   Let’s start with a bit of conceptual analysis: what does “living independently” really mean? There seems to me only one way to do it properly: you forego the homely sanctuary of the nest once and for all, and venture out into the wilderness determined to claim for yourself the coveted title of ‘Fully-Functioning and Self-Sufficient Adult’. Being truly independent means no more … Continue reading Is College Better when living independently