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Film

Why I won’t be watching the film Music

CW: Ableism It’s difficult to know where exactly to start with the saga surrounding Sia’s debut feature Music. Public awareness of the controversy began with the moment that Sia started insulting autistic actors on Twitter after they rightfully criticised the casting of Maddie Ziegler, a neurotypical actress, in an autistic role. The online autistic community […]

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Voices

January in the Principal’s Office

Look what we’ve found – Peter M’s diary for January! It was bound to happen some time or another  as everything gets leakED around here eventually…  Week 1 Monday 9:00am Beginning of term again, and just when I think everything’s fine, I get an anxious phone call from Colm.  ‘Peter, bad news, it’s LEARN’. ‘Oh […]

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Voices

A letter to those searching for certainty

CW: Description of OCD related compulsions and thoughts We live inside our heads, don’t we? The familiar voice of our internal dialogue is our only constant companion through life, aiding our decisions and comforting us. So, what do we do when that internal voice, that intrinsic and unquestioned sense of self becomes hijacked? What do […]

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Comment

An open letter to the government: fix your immigration plans

My younger sister has never, to my knowledge, displayed a lie on the side of a bus.  She has not yet achieved the dubious feat of making a meeting of adult men and women dutifully chant openly questioned numbers in response to questions about new hospitals, new nurses, new police officers. She did not persuade […]

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Film

#oscarssowhite…again

#oscarssowhite started trending in 2016. It’s now 2020, and nothing seems to have changed, though this is a problem that goes far beyond the Oscars. It’s a problem that extends across all of the major film awards, and into Western society generally.  The problem is our prioritisation of white, male voices. It’s clear that films […]

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News

Parliament resits amidst havoc: What next?

On Tuesday 24 September, The Supreme Court declared Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament “unlawful”. Lady Hale declared the suspension of Parliament as “unlawful, void and of no effect”. However, an official spokesperson for the Government added: “Based on the advice we were provided with at the time by our attorney’s, prorogation was the […]

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Multimedia

Coexistence… With Bulletproof Glass

In September, The Student interviewed a student who had spent a year abroad in Palestine and asked them about their experiences. This photo essay displays some of the images that they took during their time on the West Bank, accompanied by some of their comments about their experience . Palestine is often talked about superficially or […]

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Personal Experience: The bravery of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez inspires hope and a deep sadness to silent victims of sexual assault

Content warning: sexual harassment and assault. In the past few weeks two women have come forward to accuse American Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of historic sexual assault. These accusations have subsequently received intense scrutiny throughout America and the world. One alleged victim, Professor Christine Blasey Ford, was called to testify at Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary […]