Opinion

Are consent classes effective?

April 18, 2018

Too often in education we are simply taught that 2+2=4. You write it down in your copy and don’t think about it until memorising it the night before the test. By opening up the classroom to questions and opinions on consent, with a qualified teacher to moderate, students would be more engaged and more likely to listen and take in what’s being discussed.

Opinion

Why we still use Facebook

April 18, 2018

There are ways that we can protect our data on Facebook to a certain extent, by disclosing as little personal information about ourselves as possible and by not allowing third-party applications to access our Facebook pages, but the only real way to protect our information is to delete Facebook completely.

Opinion

Should 16-year-olds be politically involved?

April 18, 2018

Young people however, are inexperienced, in both academia and life. Forget secondary school students, most college students barely clean their room. If you cannot keep your own domain of existence in order, how are you qualified to try and impose order on society?

Opinion

The mixed martial arts misconception

April 18, 2018

For so many, MMA is an outlet. From many kids in low-income areas, to those who have used MMA to avoid going down the wrong path in life, or those who have used MMA to exit that path.

Opinion

Abstaining from United Ireland vote should have been an option

April 18, 2018

If the recent DCU referendum on a United Ireland was absolutely necessary, the option to abstain should have been included. Firstly, a vote of abstinence is not the same as not voting. The option to say not only am I not in favour of DCU calling upon the State to hold a referendum on a United Ireland, I do not think I, or the university, should intervene.

Opinion

Are vigilante paedophile hunters hidden heroes?

March 21, 2018

Callum Lavery: vigilante groups are unjustifiable Let’s get one thing straight first – I fully support the punishment of anyone who feels it is justifiable to corrupt the innocence of children. While I do understand

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Opinion

Are award ceremonies a place for politics?

March 14, 2018

If they don’t speak out on important topics, they’re criticised. If they do, they face backlash. Presenter and controversial Twitter user Piers Morgan described Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump speech as “hypocrisy”, but many others praised her words. They can’t win and they can’t lose.

Opinion

Are same-sex schools better than mixed schools?

March 14, 2018

Same sex schools can often make it harder for people to learn how interact with the opposite gender. It may make it difficult for students when they go into a work place, be it part time or full time to interact with the opposite gender.

Opinion

A new beginning for a new Irish generation

March 7, 2018

But the Government cannot be faulted for their efforts in creating a new Ireland. For young people in Ireland, this plan is almost like a stand of confidence in the country most of us will probably consider leaving in the next few years.

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Opinion

The impact of gender-neutral bathrooms

March 7, 2018

The idea of gender neutral bathrooms is for inclusion and equality, the idea that everybody, no matter your gender, can do their business in a place they feel safe and comfortable.

Opinion

Microaggressions: Why everybody is a little racist

February 28, 2018

Racial microaggressions are subtle forms of prejudice come from assumptions that are based on stereotypes. Which is why I firmly believe that in some way or the other everyone is intentionally or unintentionally racist.

Opinion

The fight for gun control

February 28, 2018

The students of Stoneman Douglas High have taken to social media in a show of unity and strength to condemn the ‘condolences’ expressed to them from Trump and other lawmakers. Instead, they are demanding action on gun reform to protect them in their own schools.

Opinion

The fight to vote

February 21, 2018

To make our country truly democratic, it is natural to argue that our registration system needs to come up to speed.

Opinion

The expense of experience for students

February 21, 2018

As students we’re constantly told that we are the future of whatever industry we’re looking to get in to and that our work should be valued, but how can we believe that when we’re also told that we may have to work for free?

Opinion

What’s the real meaning of Valentine’s Day?

February 14, 2018

Shouldn’t we be appreciating these people in our lives every day of the year and not just the one specific day just because we can write it in a pretty card and buy some flowers?

Opinion

The Good Friday ban, a modern approach or a loss of identity?

February 7, 2018

Pubs only close these two days a year and as part of Irish culture, this trend has been here for all of our lives, with this ban being lifted we are becoming more modern but at the same time it has to be asked, are we losing a part of our identity?

Opinion

The danger of normality

February 7, 2018

It’s no secret that young people are incredibly impressionable, especially young girls. With the growing dominance of social media in young people’s lives, influencers need to recognise this as they are a big part of young people’s lives. These photoshopped images have a lasting impression on young people, they see these images and perceive them as normal.