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SUBMISSIONS OPEN - 10th Golden Thread

(Eoin Robinson)

"The Maynooth University Law Society are now accepting submissions for the 10th edition of the Golden Thread!To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Golden Thread, this years theme is 'A Decade in Law'What is the Golden Thread?The Golden Thread is the first student-run legal publication of the MU Law Department. The I'm of the journal is to provide a forum for students to publish their views and opinions on legal topics.Why should I write a submission?Having an article published in a legal publication can be excellent for exposure and may open a platform for other authors to connect and collaborate with you. It can also be an excellent and unique addition to CV. This year we will be publishing a hard-copy of the publication and it will be displayed in the MU Law Department. Each accepted author will be awarded a €50 OneForAll Voucher.What requirements should my submission meet?It is advised that submissions be short in length (between 1000-1500 words), however, longer submissions may be considered. MU students from all years are invited to make submissions. Please note that all submissions should be complete with footnotes, should be fully cited using the OSCOLA reference style and should be submitted no later than March 31st 2020.Any hints or tips?In order to ensure your submission stand out, we advise that you write on a contemporary legal topic. Submissions that have been submitted as a part of continuous assessment will be less likely to be published.If you are interested in making a submission, or if you would like more information, do not hesitate to send an email to law@mulife.ie addressed to Irina Ciocan with the subject title 'Golden Thread Submission.'If you have any queries please do not hesitate to send an email to law@mulife.ie."

'Joker' - Review

(Daniel Sheridan)

"'Joker' - Reviewed by Daniel SheridanIn Todd Philips's controversial film Joker, we learn the past of the most infamous characters in comic book history. With an amazing performance at the centre of the film, Joker has a lot of amazing qualities going for it, yet it is too bad that these are held down by its many flaws. I have always been a Joaquin Phoenix apologist from his strange performance art documentary I’m Still Here and his beautiful performance in The Master. Phoenix has proven to be one of the worlds most versatile actors and no more does it shine than in his performance of Arthur Fleck. His portrayal of a man broken down by society in this film is nothing short of mesmerizing. We follow his transformation from a man who only wanted to make people laugh to the sadistic character we all know from previous iterations. While I love Phoenix’s performance in this film I think he gave a far more realistic and nuanced performance of a man forgotten by society in Lynn Ramsey’s 2018 film You Were Never Really Here. Sometimes Fleck felt a bit uneven on his motives throughout the film, yet I do not put that down to Phoenix’s performance rather down to Todd Phillips and Scott Silvers script. Two other aspects of the film I really enjoyed were the score and the cinematography. The way Lawerence Sher framed Gotham made it feel like a lived-in world. The gritty colour grading and close-ups made us more engrossed in Fleck’s struggles, while it moves out too well choreographed wide shots at moments of his triumph. Similarly, Hildur Guðnadóttir’s score added to both the claustrophobic nature of Gotham city and the dreamlike perception Fleck has on reality. It is so hard to find composers who use their music to drive forward the story through their music alone, yet that is how I felt every time Guðnadóttir’s haunting violins creep into your ears. Where I feel the film falls flat is within its script and its direction. It is hard to separate Joker from the intertextual references that inspired its narrative as it is so ingrained in its DNA. When I watch Joker I never feel like I am watching something new, interesting or innovative because I have seen the same form of narrative done better in two Scorsese flicks. I am not saying it is wrong to have intertextual references and influences within works of art, for example, most of Hozier’s songs reference different Jazz standard artists that influenced his work and Yargos Lanthamos uses techniques similar to Stanley Kubrick to tell a story on the screen. Yet the difference between the likes of Hozier/Lanthimos and Phillips Is that they take their intertextual knowledge in order to create something new, which Joker never feels. Philips had nothing new to say so he called on films like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy to say something for him. While I think you should see Joker I feel like it's not the masterpiece you have come to believe it to be. There is talent working on this film, yet they are squandered on a director that bit off more than he could chew."

'Sicario' - Review

(Daniel Sheridan)

"'Sicario' - Reviewed by Daniel SheridanSuspense is a tool used in the film to make the audience fear, not just for the safety of the characters on screen but also for themselves. This tool is most commonly associated with horror, the creaking door and the slow walks through the hallway of an abandoned house. Yet it was in 2015’s Sicario, where suspense feels real. Directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Tyler Sheridan Sicario is a gritty tale of gang violence, American Colonialism and an FBI agent thrown into the middle of it all. Villeneuve’s direction of the film is nothing short of masterful, creating tension out of mundane moments in the film, with simple shots and cuts, making the viewer feel on edge at every moment of the film. This is only heightened by the excellent cinematography of Roger Deaken who turns this tale of gangs vs the CIA into a wide scoped western. The collaboration between these two men creates one of the most engaging tales in recent cinema history. Through visual cues, the two manage to create mystery about their characters through visuals alone, rather than through what they say. Sheridan’s script also must be praised. Proving to be one of the most prolific thriller writers in recent history, Sheridan seems to have a fantastic understanding of the role mystery plays in a story. He never truly lets us understand the characters. With Benicio Del Toro’s Alejandro, remaining an enigma throughout the entire run of the film, regardless of the fact that we learn quite a bit about him. Where I think Sheridan’s script falls flat is in his treatment of Emily Blunt’s Kate Macy. He introduces her as a hard-hitting professional character, yet once Josh Brolin and Del Toro are introduced into the script Blunt’s character loses all agency becoming essentially an extra in her own story. I think this is due to the fact that Sheridan has an issue with writing female characters, with his later film Wind River doing the exact same to Elizabeth Olsen’s character and High Waters having little to no female characters at all. It adds this uncomfortable air of misogyny over the film that does not sit well with me. If you are looking for a film that will make you tense through every single frame of the film, Sicario is definitely a must. It’s a well-crafted mystery and beautiful cinematography and direction are enough to make this one of the more interesting thrillers of the previous decade, despite its flaws in the script."

REGISTRATION OPEN for Silken Thomas

(Eoin Robinson)

"Registration is now open for the 10th annual Silken Thomas Intervarsity Moot Court Competition! This event is kindly sponsored by Matheson. The competition will be taking place from FRIDAY 6th to SATURDAY 7th of MARCH 2020. Each year, this competition has drawn teams from both national and international universities to showcase their adversarial abilities as well as having attracted the attendance of esteemed judges such as Mr Justice John MacMenamin of the Supreme Court in the previous year. The competition will take place in the South Campus of Maynooth University, with the finals and a gala dinner taking place in Carton House. There will also be a dinner in Maynooth on the Friday night. All participants are welcome. The winners receive a monetary prize of €250. There will also be a best speaker award entitled the “Mr Justice Carney Best Speaker Award” in memory of the late Mr Justice Paul Carney who had judged the competition for many years. This year’s question concerns issues arising in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. Teams are limited to two members. Written submissions must be submitted by 4 March 2020 at 11pm. Please register you interest to mootcourtnuim@gmail.com with your names, student numbers, email addresses and mobile numbers by 1 March at 5pm. If you have any questions, feel free to email our moot court convenors (Lonan & Jana) at mootcourtnuim@gmail.comSee you soon! Eoin Secretary Maynooth University Law Society "

A CHORUS LINE AUDITIONS

(Lauryn Ashmore)

"Happy New Year guys from all of us at MUMS! ?To start the year off perfectly, we have announced our full scale production team! Once again we would just like to congratulate them and wish them all the best in getting our full scale production of A Chorus Line together.And now, down to business. As many may have noticed this year we have had huge turnout at auditions where it has taken much longer than expected to get through everyone. That is why this year the production team have put everything together so all those auditioning can be completely prepared before going in!Sign ups will now be down on this form where you should select all the times available that suit you to audition, and should be sent in ASAP to avoid disappointment of not being able to audition at a time that suits you!Sign up link : https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScxTwntctsubu7oxa…/viewformAlso linked here are the character breakdowns, monologues and audition requirements - Our production team have put together this extensive list of what they are looking for in each character and what is required for you do to if auditioning for a certain role!Audition Requirements : https://drive.google.com/…/1CbQJzZbcERhE95e68eqV6xm7_…/view…Character breakdowns : https://drive.google.com/…/1BwhbPkxkRlZ9fXrwHioqzv45V…/view…These auditions are open to all who wish to take part in our full scale auditions! Any international student interested in joining our society in second semester is more than welcome to come along and audition also, and we hope to see you all there!"

'Reservoir Dogs' - Review

(Adam McGuire)

"'Reservoir Dogs' - Reviewed by Adam McGuire The feature length directorial debut of Quentin Tarantino is often hailed as a cult classic by many fans. The movie shows us the story of 6 petty criminals in Los Angeles who attempt a diamond heist and must deal with the consequences of the heist going wrong, while unaware that there is an undercover cop amongst them. The rough around the edges, gritty style of this movie and the excellent work by the young up and coming actors as well as the support from the seasoned acting veterans really helps to elevate this movie to another level. The movie itself starts off near the end and is told in flashbacks from each characters’ perspective, which leads to the story being slowly unravelled in an interesting and dynamic fashion as the audience slowly solves the mystery of who is the undercover police officer as the story progresses. The gory nature of the movie leaves the audience with a sense of unease throughout the movie which serves to hold the audience’s attention and shows us the start of Tarantino’s signature gory, over the top violent directorial style.  The transition between background music and silence in some of the scenes gives a great idea of depth and perspective and really accentuates some of the actions done by the various characters. While the film itself is very low budget, it shows the masterful directing and writing from Tarantino that allows the movie holds up to the test of time over 25 years later. This gritty, realistic crime movie truly is a must watch for both the casual movie watcher and the diehard fanatic. "

Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Awareness Week

(Mollie Doyle)

"Games Brief Aim: To show what having dyslexia/dyspraxia is like to those who don’t have the disabilities  1 Unscramble eggs *name tbc* Aim: To unscramble as many words in one minute Equipment: Scrambled words, stopwatch, score sheet Rules: You have one minute to unscramble the words provided. For every word correctly unscrambled you earn a point, if you cannot unscramble the word you can say pass and move onto the next word. The person at the end of day with the most amount of points win. How to play: The challenger will challenge a player to play unscrambled eggs& rules are explained. Timer is started and person starts to unscramble the words. Words begin easy and as you go on, the words become harder For every correct answer one point is awarded. At the end of the minute the score is tallied up and player is told their score. Challenger explains that this is what people with dyslexia experience everyday. At the end of day/week, the leader board is published, and prizes are given.  2 List it off Aim: To list off as many things in order in one minute Equipment: A list, stop watch, score sheet Rules: You have one minute to remember everything on the list. After one minute you have a minute to list everything off on the list in order. For every item correctly listed off in order is one point, if item is skipped minus 0.5 of a point. Eg, if one item is left out, 0.5 is deducted, if two items are left out in order then 1 point is deducted. How to play: The challenger challenges a player to play & rules are explained. Player is shown the list and timer is started. After one minute the list is taken away. Player is asked to recall everything in order within a minute At the end score is tallied up and player is told their score. Challenger explains this is what people with dyspraxia experience everyday when someone gives them orders. At the end of day/week leader board is published and prizes are awarded.       3 Bad directions Aim: To identify where on campus the description is describing Equipment: Descriptions of places on campus, score sheet Rules: You have to try figure out the place on campus I am describing, for every correct guess you get one point. If first guess is wrong point is reduced by 0.10 until you correctly guess the place right. How to play: Listen to description of place on campus Guess where After all places are described and guessed for point are tallied up. Challenger explains that people with dyspraxia can find it hard to follow directions and read maps. At end of day/week leader board is published and prizes are awarded.  4 Sounds like spelled like Aim: To guess the word when spelt phonetically within a minute Equipment: Words spelt phonetically, stop watch, score sheet Rules: You have one minute to guess words that is spelt phonetically, for every word guessed correctly a point is given. How to play: Rules explained Words are shown and player must correctly guess word correctly, if cannot guess word player may pass  At the end of a minute score is tallied and player is told their score Challenger explains that people with dyslexia can find it hard to understand phonetics  At end of day/week leader board is published and prizes are awarded Dyslexia Dyspraxia Week  Aim: To raise awareness for these two disabilities through games, social media and personal stories.  What is dyslexia? According to dyslexia.ie; There are many definitions of dyslexia. A very simple one would be that dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly. The Dyslexia Association of Ireland defines dyslexia as a specific learning difficulty affecting the acquisition of fluent and accurate reading and spelling skills. This occurs despite access to appropriate learning opportunities.  Dyslexia is characterised by cognitive difficulties in (1) phonological processing, (2) working verbal/auditory memory, and (3) speed of retrieval of information from long term memory. (phonological spelling= breaking down words, working memory= remembering sequence of info presented, speed of retrieval= takes longer to organise thoughts and therefore takes longer) Dyslexic difficulties occur on a continuum from mild to severe and affect approximately 10% of the population. People with dyslexia may experience greater stress and frustration as they endeavour to learn, resulting in heightened anxiety, particularly in relation to literacy acquisition. People with dyslexia may also have accompanying learning strengths. What do others think dyslexia is *Fabian is writing this*  How does dyslexia affect me? Saoirse: Dyslexia affects me in different aspects day to day. When I was younger I would always confuse my b’s and d’s, my q’s and p’s. Id hate when the teacher dictated words to write down into our copies because by the time I had figured out how to spell one word, they wouldve been on a new sentence. I was made go to an afterschool class where it would be school like school for primary school students with dyslexia called workshop, we did one on one classes with a tutor where we’d read a bit of a book with our tutor and try read and spell words together that I found hard to read in the book. We worked on other skills too like typing skills and speech and drama. Without the workshop I wouldn’t be where I am today, but that doesn’t mean I’m cured of dyslexia, I learned coping skills in the workshop and without practising them, I go back to the way I was before.  Indicators of Dyslexia While no case is the same, these are common indicators of dyslexia: Difficulty with reading unfamiliar material. Tendency to mispronounce or misread words. Slow pace of reading. Reading for information only, not for pleasure. Understanding more easily when listening than when reading. Difficulty with spelling. Finding it hard to visualise words, or remember the sequence of letters in a word. Difficulty with sentence construction and punctuation. Difficulty putting information on paper. Difficulty in spotting mistakes made in written work. Finding it easier to express thoughts in words than in writing. Underachieving in school and college, particularly in exams. Having immature or poorly formed handwriting. Tendency to be clumsy and uncoordinated. "

Lá Nollag na Cuallachta 2019!

(Lucy Anderson)

"**BÉARLA THÍOS // ENGLISH BELOW**Bhí lá den chéad scoth againn inné, an 12ú Nollaig dár Lá Nollag! An raibh sibh linn?Bhí imeachtaí éagsúla ar siúl i rith an lae ar fad, ar nós ceardlann ealaíne leis an gcumann Arts & Crafts, Scannán Nollag, Cór an Dóchais, ceardlann amhránaíochta leis AnChéadGhluainEile, cluichí Kahoot agus Countdown, chomh maith le “6 Pop-Up” níos déanaí san oíche!Bhaineamar an-taitneamh as agus táimid ag mothú i bhfad níos Nollaig-í ina ndiaidh! Tá súil agam go mothaíonn sibh cosúil linn! Ach ná bígí buartha, fós beidh Tae agus Plé Nollaigeach ar siúl againn an tseachtain seo chugainn, agus beimid ag céiliúradh an tseachtain ar fad, dár ndóigh ??************************************We had the loveliest day yesterday celebrating Cuallacht’s Christmas Day! We held loads of events throughout the day, from a Christmas decoration workshop with Arts and Crafts soc, taking part in the Hope Foundation Choir, a movie, a singing workshop with the incredible Connemara singing sisters, AnChéadGhluainEile, as well as kahoot games, countdown, and 6 Pop Ups later that evening! We’re feeling a lot more Christmassy now and we hope you guys are too! But don’t worry, if you weren’t around yesterday, we’ll still be celebrating Christmas in Seomra na Gaeilge all week so make sure to pop in! Especially on Thursday for a Christmas themed Tae&Plé! Nollaig Shona a chairde ??"

Ice Skating and Variety Show

(Robyn Keogh)

"Hiya guys! ? Here we are again with another fun filled week with classes galore! ? please check the timetable attached as per usual for this week’s slots! ??Thank you so much to anyone who participated in or attended the Maynooth’s Best Dance Crew event last Thursday! ?? it was such a success and we hope that all of you’s had as much of a blast as we all did! ?? we are still in the midst of totting up the total of how much money we raised for Ataxia Ireland so we will keep you updated on how well we did during the week, just keep an eye on our social media pages! ? Our ice skating trip will take place on the evening of the 18th of December! ? we will post updates on social media about the final cost for the trip and there will be drinks and food afterwards too which is always a good time! ? this day out is such a good way to spend the last week of college and to get away from the stress of assignments! ? please keep an eye on our social media posts again for all this information! ?? Finally, there is a Performing Arts Variety Show taking place in the Roost this Wednesday evening! ? this night will feature a freestyle performance from the performing arts societies within the university and we want all members interested to come down and represent the society in a freestyle performance of our own! ?? no dance routines or experience necessary, this isn’t a competitive performance but just a bit of fun for us to take part in with other societies that are similar! ? if you feel that this is in any way for you then please pop on down to the Roost on Wednesday, pints are guaranteed to follow ? That’s all I have for this week guys, I hope you’s all have a splendid week and I can’t wait to see you’s down at the hall! ? Robyn Secretary  <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545; min-height: 14.0px} span.s1 {font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s2 {font: 12.0px '.Apple Color Emoji UI'} </style> Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"

'Arrival' - Review

(Daniel Sheridan)

"'Arrival' - Reviewed by Daniel Sheridan"Is our lack of communication creating this divide between us on a personal and political level". That is the question posited by Denis Villeneuve's thoughtful sci-fi film Arrival. This has been in the list of many (including myself) as one of the best films of the 2010's. With most sci-fi films becoming loud and boisterous these days, the quiet approach of Arrival was a breath of fresh air. Not interested in the spectacle of explosions and harsh sound effects, Arrival was more interested in presenting its central thesis and making you reflect on that rather than the otherworldly elements of the film.One thing that draws you in from the outset in Arrival is the music, from Max Richter's On the Nature of Daylight which serves as the theme of the film, to Jóhann Jóhannsson's original score. Both works add this melancholy element to the film which adds to the narrative, particularly Jóhannsson's score which sounds otherworldly much like his other albums. We cannot talk about Arrival without talking about Villeneuve's spectacular direction and Eric Heisserer's script which work perfectly in tandem with one another. The project started off as a passion of Heisserer's, wanting to adapt Ted Chiang's short story 'The Story of Your Life', which gave way to Villeneuve's involvement in the film. Many changes added by Villeneuve elevated the narrative of the film, specifically the opening of the film which allowed the narrative to look alot like the language of the Heptipods in the film. It is collaborations like this that take a film from being good to fantastic. When it comes to the cinematography of the film Bradford Young did a great job of grounding the film in a sense reality while also evoking the otherworldly presence. The way the alien craft hangs in the background of almost every shot shows this great sense of world building through the visual medium. We also must look at Amy Adams' immaculate performance. Giving a career best, Adams takes over every scene she is in, encapsulating this notion of a person feeling out of their depth. Her descent into this new world she has been thrust is one of the best performances of the past ten years. Please, if you have the chance, go see Arrival. If not for the fantastic cinematic experience then for the clever ways in which it connects to our real world."

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