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Two – For – One

Trinity has the advantage of being smack-bang in the middle of Dublin city centre. This means that Trinity campus is in the middle of a sea of restaurants and cafés, from the good to not-so-good, from the cheap to the not-so-cheap.

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To get the most out of your money, there are an array of student deals you can avail of. Many college societies offer exclusive deals with restaurants and cafes, but for most of the deals I find myself just using my student card and a Trinity Ents card (available for free at House 6).

My favourite deals are the two-for-ones, which are a great way of sharing a deal with a friend! At Jo Burger (off Fitzwilliam street, other branch on Rathmines road), a burger with a variety of exciting toppings would normally cost a whopping 12euros. By abiding by certain time constraints, one of these otherwise expensive, tasty burgers cost only 6euros – the price of two chicken fillet rolls from Maguires, but probably as filling.

jo burger

Crackbird, a sister of Jo Burger, is a chicken specialist on Dame street. Crackbird also runs a two-for-one deal during the week. They pretty much only do chicken-based meals. For the same amount of money you’d spend for a beef burger in Jo Burger, you could get an unbelievable amount of chicken. If you like chicken, you’ll like Crackbird!

Wagamama (just off St. Stephen’s Green) also does a great two-for-one. Wagamama is a Japanese/pan-Asian restaurant with most meals costing 10-14euros without the student deal. With the student deal, you and a friend can get the notorious Chicken Katsu curry for a mere 7euros. At 1200 calories, the Chicken Katsu curry will be sure to fill you for the day. Other dishes with lower calorie counts are also available.

chicen

If the two-for-one isn’t for you, there are many other places where you could get a relatively cheap meal for one: most notably, Maguires on Grafton street do arguably the best chicken fillet rolls near campus, with contender O’Donovan’s on Pearse street also doing pretty great chicken fillet rolls all for a reasonable price.

Note: For some two-for-ones, both you and your partner will require to have a valid Trinity student card and Trinity Ents card, with Wagamama being an exception to this rule.

Faris is a Student Ambassador in the Global Room

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Healthy Body & Soul

This week Trinity’s Students’ Union is hosting ‘Body and Soul Week’, promoting a healthy attitude to body image and self-esteem through a variety of on-campus events. The week is intended to to look at both physical and emotional health, empowering the student body and encouraging them to be healthier. How healthy would you consider yourself to be?

Where do you get lunch?

There are lots of different options for lunch between lectures; so whether you opt for a sandwich or a burrito, take out or eat-in, let use know where you choose to get lunch in this week’s poll!

Mental Health Week at Trinity

Last week Trinity celebrated its annual Mental Health Week. The week aimed to explore different aspects of mental health among students and the general populace in ways which were both relatable and interesting. Students were invited to a range of events on campus all themed to promote mental well-being and open up a dialogue concerning mental health.

This year focused on the theme of emotions, both positive and negative. The idea being that people who embrace all sides of their emotions are more resilient to things such as stress. Each day highlighted a different emotion, with the events on the individual days being related to that emotion. The aim was to get people out of their comfort zones and overcome the stigma associated with certain emotions.

Puppy room
Puppy room

There were a variety of events throughout the week, including Speak Your Mind for Fear & Courage day (where various people from around college and the country came to talk about their experiences with mental health). The Trinity Chapel Gig for Sadness day, and the puppy room for Happiness day, were also popular on campus and drew large crowds (as you can see above and below).

Chapel gig
Chapel gig

Throughout the week funds were raised for various mental health organisations. This included Pieta House, who work to prevent suicide and self-harm in Ireland, and Walk In My Shoes, a campaign from St. Patrick’s Mental Hospital which helps young people with the difficulties they may face with mental health.

Blind Food Tasting
Blind Food Tasting

Although the events really got people engaged, it was important to also let students know about the variety of services available to them throughout the College year. Thousands of wallet sized cards were given out (along with lollipops)  with the contact details for the college’s various support services, including the Student Counselling Service and the Welfare Office.  Pleasetalk.org* and Niteline** pens and goodies were also given out to help promote the services that they make available to Trinity students.

Throughout the year, more mental health days will be run to help raise awareness around various mental health issues and to ensure students know of the services available to them. Mental health is part of everyone’s life, and the fantastic involvement of the student body last week demonstrated that it is an issue we are willing and ready to engage with.

*Pleasetalk.org is a directory website of support services available to students.

**Niteline is a free to call student-run operation for students who want to talk, from 9 pm – 2:30 am during term time (1800 793 793).

Ian Mooney is this year’s Welfare Officer for the Student’s Union, liaising with support services on behalf of students and acting as an on-campus advocate for various forms of student welfare (including sexual, mental, physical and financial).  

SU Campaign Week

The annual week in which young and eager undergraduate students do their best to secure your vote and lead the Trinity Student’s Union. I have found my perspective, along with my peers, has changed over the years. As an impressionable and reserved first year student I let the week wash over me in a haze of brightly coloured campaign t-shirts. If I’m perfectly honest I didn’t know what was going on, I didn’t even think freshers were allowed to vote. However, the next year it became more relevant to me as a friend of mine was beginning her welfare campaign and of course because she was my friend she was instantly better than all her competitors. Why would I need to read their manifestos?

There is a great buzz being on a campaign team, to feel part of something that may have a lasting effect upon Trinity student politics. You are constantly keeping an eye on everything that happens in the news (feed). How many people are showing support in their profile picture? Whose hashtags have they been using? It can become a bitter rivalry in which friends are separated for a whole weeks time. There can be no mingling between campaign teams.

In my third year, I found myself on a number of campaign teams and of course because they were friends they were better than anyone else. In spite of this, I went into this week with less enthusiasm then the previous year, perhaps because it felt too soon for another campaign week. It becomes obvious that the campaign week returns too quickly. The older you get the faster time creeps up on you and the quicker it arrives. Also, let’s not forget the workload intensifies. By the time you come around to being a final year student, the Arts Block becomes an obstacle course. I found myself ferociously trying to avoid eye contact. The tricks I used (and you may borrow these): looking at the ground or reading a book as you walk, massive over ear headphones and a new one I’ve discovered, eating as you walk. Nobody should dare interrupt someone as they eat. By the end of the week it becomes a competition between friends to see if you avoided the most campaigners. Nevertheless I believe it is important to vote for those you believe to be the stronger candidate, because even when I didn’t care about the contenders last year, I didn’t want to leave the college I love so dearly in the wrong hands. What about those sweet first years next year? Won’t someone please think of the Freshers!?