Students criticise decision to hold UCD Ball on Easter Saturday

There has been a mixed reaction following the announcement that the UCD Ball will be held on Easter Saturday, April 23rd.Speaking to The University Observer, one student described the decision as “ridiculous” that the Union were “putting it in the middle of a holiday,” complaining [Easter Saturday] is a time I want to spend with my family”.Earlier in the day, a joint statement from UCDSU and UCD confirmed that the Ball would be going ahead, saying: “Following prolonged and constructive discussions between representatives of the Students’ Union and members of the University Senior Management Team, the Students’ Union feel that we have arrived at an agreement that will satisfy the academic needs of the University while ensuring that the UCD Ball can now go ahead for the new date of Saturday April 23rd on the University running track.“Both parties acknowledge that cooperation from both sides is essential to ensure the UCD Ball goes ahead as now planned and that the agreement between UCD and UCD Students’ Union is honoured in full by both sides ensuring normal running of the campus on Thursday April 21st and that UCD campus will close on Saturday the 23rd of April to facilitate the UCD Ball.”