News in Brief

Power failure hits Trinity Ball

Students attending the annual Trinity Ball last Friday were subjected to a disruption by a power cut on the main stage while The Streets were performing.TCD Students’ Union newspaper The University Times wrote on Twitter: “Not currently blinded by the lights” as attempts were made to salvage the performance. The University Times also tweeted that once the amplification system was up and running again, members of security used flashlights to direct the crowd’s attention to the stage.Over 7,000 tickets were sold out for the event, while acts performing on the night included Limerick musicians The Rubberbandits, Bell X1, Fight Like Apes, and Jesse J.TCD Students’ Union Ents Officer, Darragh Genockey, told the Irish Times that students were most excited about the Rubberbandits playing at the ball: “We actually put out a questionnaire to see who everyone was looking forward to seeing and the feedback for the Rubberbandits was just incredible.”Genockey was unavailable to comment on the power failure when contacted by The University Observer.- Amy Bracken~

Fifth annual Student Film Festival at UCD

UCD’s Film Society held the fifth annual Student Film Festival in the first week of April. The event, which was held over the course of three days in the Astra Hall, included workshops, guest speakers and film screenings.The event saw a reception, screenwriting and acting workshops in which an estimated 20 people took part.A talk from the Chairman of the Irish Film Board, James Marks, was held on Wednesday before production workshops, teaching people how to make films by providing them with scripts and cameras. An editing workshop took place later in the day.A preview screening in the Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO) in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield took place on Thursday morning, followed by a Q&A session with the acting director of the IFCO, Ger Connolly.For the remainder of the day, a variety of student films were screened. Entries came from various secondary schools as well as UCD, NUIG and IADT. A ceremony was held at the end of the day to recognise the best films shown.Film Soc Auditor, Ciarán Treacy, was “very happy with how it went – it took a lot of organisation to get everything together, to get guest speakers in, getting workshops together and the films themselves.” - Katie Hughes~

Rás UCD in aid of UCDVO set to begin

The second annual Rás UCD 5K Road Race will start at 12pm on Saturday April 16th, starting outside the Sports Centre.The bi-lingual 5km road race is being jointly organised by An Cumann Gaeltacht, UCD Volunteers Overseas, UCD Sport, UCDSU and the UCD Athletics Club.The inaugural Rás claimed over 450 participants and €5,000 was raised for UCD Volunteers Overseas. Use of the Irish language was promoted across campus and actively encouraged throughout the event.All entry fees for the 2011 Rás will go directly to UCDVO, which currently runs education, construction, reforestation and physiotherapy projects in India, Haiti, Nicaragua and Tanzania.Organisers of the Rás told The University Observer: “The event itself combines different aspects of UCD life; namely sport, volunteering and the Irish language, which all come together to make the Rás a truly unique UCD event.”Refreshments are to be provided after the events, and free T-shirts and Centra goodie bags will be up for grabs for the first 500 people to register, as well as over €1,000 worth of prizes.Payment can be made on the day of the Rás in the Astra Hall, and for those who pre-register online, entry fee is just €8 for students and €12 for non-students. More information can be found at - Amy Bracken