Inkspirations: At UCC’s Jennings Gallery

Words: Ellen Desmond Kaumal Baig is a 4th year Dental Student at UCC, who grew up in Cork with Asian roots. Holding the title of Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar (2015/16), it’s not too difficult to see why Kaumal has managed to achieve this accolade. With no formal training in art, she claims she doesn’t know the “fancy terminology,” and can’t recite the names … Continue reading Inkspirations: At UCC’s Jennings Gallery

Editorial: So I’ve Been Publicly Censored

Words: Ellen Desmond In light of the recent campus referendum on the 8th amendment, I had intended to write this editorial about abortion rights, but apparently that’s not festive enough for December. Instead, I’m going to talk about something that is festive enough for December; Starbucks cups. “Cupgate 2015” is the current global crisis (the only one festive enough to discuss, apparently). The coffee cups … Continue reading Editorial: So I’ve Been Publicly Censored

English Graffiti on Every Wall

Ellen Desmond talks breaking the mould of a repetitive music scene with Árni Árnason of The Vaccines. It was 2011 when I first saw The Vaccines live. The Oxegen Festival was in full swing at Punchestown Racecourse, but no one wanted to come see the indie rock foursome. Determined, I abandoned my friends and went to see them alone. A newly formed group at that … Continue reading English Graffiti on Every Wall

Editorial: “You’re born naked and the rest is drag.”

Words: Ellen Desmond Having Bianca del Rio from RuPaul’s Drag Race on the cover of our magazine is far from the controversial decision it once would have been. Perhaps this is because there’s currently a certain something happening to the art of drag. It was incredibly easy to fit other relevant drag references in our Arts & Entertainment section. For example, RuPaul has just released a … Continue reading Editorial: “You’re born naked and the rest is drag.”

Mild Concerns For J.K. Rowling

Ellen Desmond discusses the latest stream of worrying tweets from J. K. Rowling, as she continues to slaughter the Harry Potter series by outright refusing to let it die. At first, it was appreciated. The books had all been published, the films had had their final moment, but no one was quite ready to say goodbye to Hogwarts. J. K. Rowling began to tweet tidbits … Continue reading Mild Concerns For J.K. Rowling

Editorial: We Need To Talk About Consent

Words: Ellen Desmond Consent is a media buzzword. Yet, the reality of everyday, face-to-face conversation and culture is removed from this. Ireland shrugs off inappropriate, harassing jokes. Our culture belittles the severity of sexual assault as “lad banter.” It silences the victims of rape; it makes it too difficult to get a conviction against the perpetrator. It demands that victims measure out just how certain … Continue reading Editorial: We Need To Talk About Consent