A conferring levy?

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Received this via email this morning:

Student Outrage as UCC Impose Conferring Levy on Students- YFG

UCC students were left wondering if they were being hit by a bad April fool’s joke from college authorities last night following an email sent to all students informing them of a new €65 conferring fee to be introduced from April 1st.

The charge of €65 will apply to each student and their two guests choosing to attend their conferring ceremony. The email stated that any student who did not pay the required fee will be conferred In Absentia and will not be able to attend their graduation ceremony.

Massive student anger has erupted following this surprise announcement. UCC Young Fine Gael Chairperson, Robert O Sullivan stated “The introduction of this fee is disgraceful. In a year when UCC College registration fees have already increased to a massive €1,650, this fee cannot be justified and should be reserved. Students are already facing massive financial pressure and the idea of sneaking yet another charge onto students just as they finish is simply wrong and will be opposed strongly by students.”

Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Laura McGonigle supported YFG as she condemned this decision by UCC. “What other fees and charges will they make up next?”

Additional charges are needed to help the college get through this difficult period but students have already contributed enough towards this effort and a line must be drawn on what levies are necessary and which ones are simply unfair.

There is a Petition online if you wish to sign it. I wonder is this to pay for the Presidents trips?

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Argh Strikes!!!

So we were informed today in Class that our teachers are going on Strike next Tuesday. It turns out that teachers in Further Education Colleges, like Cork College of Commerce, are represented by the Teachers Union of Ireland, so they are going on strike for the day as they have handed notice into the VEC. They will be joining the other unions taking part in the National Strike on Tuesday 24th. Also clerical staff who’s union is one of the public service unions will be on strike. So it means no college for me on Tuesday.

Now this wouldn’t bother me much except next month I have two exemption exams in December which I must pass to get into 2nd Year of my course. One of these is in Criminal Law and on Tuesdays I have two classes of this subject and now I am missing out on it!! Its very annoying.

The announcement today brought me back to 2000/2001 and the ASTI teachers strike when I was doing my Junior Cert, now that didn’t bother me much back then, but now I am loosing out on a day when I could be doing projects on software I dont have at home, but have to use in college. Its fair annoying!

Unions seem to be out to get me!

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Finished College

Woooooo! Had my last class of German tonight and it was fun. My teacher gave me a cert and chocolate. Debating whether or not to do the the improvers course. I did actually learn alot, though I was bored at times as I know more German then I thought I did!

Cert

Also Gute Nacht alles! Bis Morgen!

Last Night of College

I have my last Class of German for Beginners Tonight and it should be interesting. I am getting my cert and we are finally doing the alphabet something Frau Murphy has said that we had already done. I know the alphabet so should be a snore class at that point but it should be fine after that as I did miss two weeks of class so it will be a good catch up!

So I’m off to college!

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