Stand Up! – Don’t Stand for Homophobic Bullying

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This is an excellent video from  Belong To on Homophobia and bullying. Do watch it.

Irish anti homophobic bullying advertisement, created as part of BeLonG To Youth Services annual Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Weeks. The campaign promotes friendship amongst young people as a way to combat homophobic bullying.

For more information on the campaign please see: http://www.belongto.org/campaign.aspx

Written & Directed by Anna Rodgers & Aoife Kelleher
Produced by Zlata Filipovic

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There are talks that an LGBT Awareness week will be happening in Cork in the lead up to the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). When details emerge I will of course blog them.

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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New Blogs!

I haven’t done a post like this in a bit, but two friends recently started blogging so I think its the right time for a post like it!

So the first blog is Checking the Pulse on the Irish Care Sector. This is a blog by a friend Con who is a Nurse. It will be an interesting blog which is following a all the health related news in Ireland. A one to watch!

The next blog is John’s Notion of A Blog. This blog by, you guessed it, John an art student in CCAD. He has some interesting stuff up on a few artists. Could be an interesting old blog if you have a passing interest in art like myself!

I might do this again soon, so if you know of new blogs, or have recently started one let me know in the comments or email Stephen[at]stephenspillane[dot]com