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New RCSI student newspaper launched
In September 2014, the first issue of
the new RCSI student newspaper,
`DIVERCSITY' was launched, led by
medical students Nikita Rane and Caitrin
O'Leary, who are Co-Directors and Co-
Editor-in-chiefs of the publication. After
a successful first year of publication, the
team hopes that the student paper will
continue to inspire support, interest and
involvement from everyone in the College
for many years to come and will act as a
collaborative focal point for the staff and
student community.
Cultural Diversity Month
March 2015 marked the inaugural Cultural
Diversity Month at RCSI which featured
a number of events that showcased the
culture, traditions, food, music and dance
from the college's student body, which
consists of more than 60 nationalities. The
opening event was International Food
Night, hosted by the Gourmet Society,
which saw 350 RCSI staff and students in
attendance to enjoy gastronomic delights
from all four corners of the globe.
A week-long Cultural Exhibition Fair
which took place in the exam hall was an
opportunity for students from various
countries to showcase their culture,
landscape, clothing and history with
staff and fellow students. Other events
included an RCSI football World Cup and
a quiz themed on culture and geography,
both hosted by the Sports Union; a light-
hearted culture debate, organised by the
Debating Society; and an international
bake sale.
Cultural Diversity Month culminated with
the annual International Night which
was held at Dublin's Mansion House.
Guests at this entertaining celebration
of international talent, music and dance
were transported around the globe with
a spectacular show of music and dancing
from a number of student groups,
societies and individuals. The winners of
International Night 2015 were PMCSA
(Penang Medical College Students
Association), who took home the Parnell
Keeling trophy.
Sporting highlights
Polo Team wins 'Best Strategy' in
Paris tournament
The RCSI Polo team represented RCSI
at the 24ieme Challenge des Grandes
Ecoles et Universités, held at Chantilly
Polo Club, in Paris, France. Captained
by Senan O'Connell, final year medicine,
the polo team graced the famous
polo grounds in Chantilly to win "Best
Strategy".
Boston Marathon
The 119th Boston Marathon took place
on Monday, 20th April, with ten RCSI
students among the 30,000 runners
competing in this most prestigious road
race, with spark and determination,
despite cold, wet and windy weather
conditions. This year the RCSI student
team consisted of Ranjit Banwait
(Captain), Ben Melvin, Eoin Murphy,
Gordon Treacy, Mark Heneghan, Chloe
Doran, Caitrín O'Leary, Susan Hannon,
Aifric Heffernan and Maggie O'Brien.
RCSI's involvement in the Boston
Marathon is facilitated by Dr John V
Coyle (class of 1962), member of the
Boston Athletic Association (BAA) and
recipient of the 2002 RCSI Distinguished
Graduate Award. First to cross the line for
team RCSI was Eoin Murphy with a finish
time of 03h05m - particularly impressive
considering the challenging weather
conditions and his starting position in
the third and final wave. Eoin Murphy
was presented with the John V Coyle
Perpetual Trophy in recognition of his
achievement by Jack Fultz, 1976 Boston
Marathon winner.
The inaugural
Cultural Diversity
Month featured a
number of events
that showcased the
culture, traditions,
food, music and
dance from the
college's student
body.
In February the RCSI Paediatrics Society hosted its first Teddy Bear Hospital in RCSI, which aimed to make
children more comfortable around doctors and hospitals.
Caitrin O'Leary and Nikita Rane are pictured with the
first edition of DIVERCSITY at the Clubs and Society
sign-up day during Orientation Week.
PEOPLE - Student Experience