Newswire 31/03/2016

On Week 9’s Thursday edition of Newswire, we take an extended look at the ongoing DCUSU Elections 2016, holding debates between candidates for the positions of Clubs, Societies and Irish Officer. We also look into new HIV testing centers, a teachers’s union conference and DCU Drama’s musical spectacular.

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DCUSU Elections 2016

Clubs Officer

A studio debate was conducted by Stephen Murphy which included Sadhbh Candon and Philip Early. Karl McGovern could not make it for the debate but recorded a short message beforehand. Amongst the questions asked included coordination between clubs and mental health, experience in clubs and increasing club visibility.

Societies Officer

A studio debate was conducted by Eoin Luc O’Ceallaigh involving the two candidates, Callaghan Commons and Luke O’Riordan. Amongst the questions asked included the issue of Hub redevelopment affecting societies, alternative venues for society events and issues with the Helix.

Irish Officer

A studio debate was conducted by Lisa O’Donnell which included Criostiona Ni Laimhin and Cáit Ní Cheallacháin, with a short message from Barra O Scannlain who could not join them at the time.  Among the questions asked are ensuring that people not fluent in Irish aren’t intimidated by Irish language events, the amalgamation of colleges and the move of Fiontar offices.

* Know Now Campaign

A new programme has been established to diagnose people with HIV quickly and free of charge. The Know Now campaign is aimed at gay and bisexual men. Roisin Nestor spoke to Adam Shanley, Volunteer Manager for the campaign about this service, starting off by asking him what the tests would involve.

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Teachers’s Union Conference

This week saw the annual conference of the Association of Secondary School Teachers take place where teachers gather to speak on important matters such as the impending junior cycle reform. Lisa O’Donnell spoke with the ASTI’s deputy general secretary, Diarmaid de Paor to find out more, starting off by asking him what has happened in the conference so far.

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* American Idiot

For their annual musical extravaganza, DCU Drama decided to put on Broadway’s musical theatre adaptation of Green Day’s seminal pop punk record, American Idiot. To find out more, Leandro Pondoc spoke with the society’s chair Aoife Ryan and some of the cast as well as sampling the show.

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