News in Brief

Students' Union in minor breach of ConstitutionThe UCD Students’ Union has been found to be in breach of the constitution. Article 10, Paragraph 2, subsection 3 of the Constitution states that: “The sabbatical officers shall display on their door their office hours, including hours when they will be available to take personal queries and cases. When absent during office hours, the sabbatical officer shall display an explanatory note on their door.”Sabbatical officers have only sporadically displayed their timetable this semester. Campaigns and Communications officer Paddy Guiney. “In previous years, the receptionist has done them up and put them on the door, but we don’t have receptionist anymore, but we are hiring a secretary.“I don’t have it (a timetable) on my door today, I’ll put my hands up on that. I can’t speak for the other members of the team, but I know they haven’t put it up and I have suggested it to the President,” says Guiney. “I do think it’s important, because if you’re not in your office then students don’t know where you are.”SU launch Quit DayThe Student’s Union is organising a campus wide “Quit Day” this Thursday.The campaign will encourage students to quit or cut back bad habits such as smoking and drinking. Campaigns and Communications Officer Paddy Guiney says: “Through this day, in a variety of ways, we’re encouraging students to cut out very bad habits and that highlights some very serious issues such as drink, drugs and alcohol. It also reflects a number of more light-hearted issues such as Facebook, texting, coffee, and chocolate.”The Campaign crew are currently working on a poster campaign which will involve effective imagery of the impacts of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse.The Union is also hosting a discussion in the Garrett Fitzgerald chamber about the negative impacts of smoking and alcohol abuse. The Union has invited a number of speakers including a health professional, a recovering drug addict and a lung cancer patient to speak about the issues.UCD Smurfit School ranks 88th in Financial Times MBA rankingsUCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has been ranked 88th in the 2012 Financial Times Global Executive MBA Rankings, published last Sunday. UCD Smurfit School is the only Irish business school to appear in this list, the 13th year in which it has done so.UCD Smurfit School is one of a number of elite business schools in the world to hold the ‘triple crown’ of accreditation from the three international centres of business and academic excellence – EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. The full-time MBA programme at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has also recently been ranked 63rd out of 100 of the world’s leading MBAs by the Economist. The ranking also places the programme among the top 20 in Europe.Speaking about the ranking results, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, said, “We are once again delighted to stand as Ireland’s only entry among the top business schools in the world ... Our ultimate aspiration is to make a significant impact in business education globally and have the UCD Business School brand synonymous with the best business education, not just in Ireland, but worldwide. UCD is quickly adapting to the new business and economic environment and has recently recruited 14 new faculty members, 60% of whom are from overseas. They each bring a range of academic research and real-world multi-cultural experience that will provide our students with the necessary tools they need to succeed as the entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow.”