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As we wait for the US Consulate Election party to start at Ulster University, Belfast, here are some young opinions.
Ulster MA Journalism student Rebekah Wilson has been garnering opinion on the election from some young Americans…..
By Rebekah Wilson
It has been a dramatic few months of campaigning for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In under 24 hours one will be the new American President.
But why has it ended with these two as the options?
“On the 9th of November, we will have a president that no one wanted”, stated Jack Hanson, a 21-year-old American studying at Liverpool University.
He said, “It’s all about money. It’s all about who has the most and who can spread enough of their propaganda at one time. This whole election has been nothing to do with the people of America.”
I also spoke to Cody Peck from Boston. A 22-year-old who is currently studying in Massachusetts. He explained, “I feel there are many Americans who feel like we don’t really have a candidate for President that we truly believe, or believe in.”
Hanson and Peck agreed that they are having to choose the ‘best of a bad bunch.’ They also agreed that the young voters didn’t have a voice in this election.
Peck remarked that young voters have “lost our voices…scandals and entertainment are shown as the real issues. Not talking about the racism, unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, Mental Health Awareness in our country.”
The lost voice of an entire generation that will be hit hardest by this election fear that either Clinton or Trump will change nothing but engage in “petty arguments”
Hanson added, “I am an American and I am ashamed of where this election has gone. Why did we let it go this far?”
What do they hope will happen after this election?
Peck – “I just hope Americans, like me, rise up within the next four years and demand a real change, and let us have a government that truly represents all of us.”
Hanson – “I don’t know. You can love the country and disagree with the politics. I don’t know what goddamn flag Trump is flying but it ain’t mine. This country is freedom. I hope it comes back to that one day.”
Young Americans living in and out of USA are finding that this election has promoted nothing they’ve desired and they hope there will be change in four years.
But the majority have no trust in either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
“Make America great again? Neither of them could do that if they tried.”

Festive ‘cheer’ at Coleraine campus

Student councillors at Ulster University are trying to help with exam stress with their ‘Be Happy’ event.


The Students’ Union at the Coleraine campus have set-up a ‘Cheer’ stall, which offers free tea and coffee, as well as mince pies and other festive treats.

Video interview HERE

Vice President Emma Bonner says that the idea behind it is to offer someone a smile and hope that they take it away with them. She said they have organised the event because “Christmas can be a very lonely and sad time for people” and that “a smile goes a long way”.

President Colum Mackey said that there are always student officers available for a chat, as well as help available on the UUSU website. He said: “We are running a campaign online at the moment which gives people a few tips about exam stress and what they can do to combat it”.

If you are cramming in the library today, pop over to the ‘Cheer’ stall and go away with a smile or at the least a festive treat.



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University of Ulster Students’ Union: Are they worth a vote?

By Dylan Ruane and Ryan Murphy

Today begins the gruelling campaigning process for those running in the Student’s Union elections.

We interviewed Jemma Dolan, VP for Campaigns and Communications, and we look at what the Students’ Union has done for its students – and whether it has gone unnoticed. Click on the picture here to listen to the interview.

Jemma Dolan


Pips Suicide Awareness

By Elizabeth, Aimee, Ryan, Claire and Niall

PIPs suicide awareness brought their pro-mental health training course to students on Coleraine campus.

The project arranged by Student’s Union Campaign’s Vice President, Jemma Dolan focused on making students aware of the signs and symptoms of suicidal thoughts and depression. Coleraine Campus was one of the stops of a nationwide tour of the project which included prisons, schools, police and fire services.

The project was set up to tackle the supposed ignorance surrounding depression and suicide prevention in society. They have decided to debunk the myth that there is nothing that the average person can do to detect and prevent suicide among their peers.

Their slogan of “’Listen, look, link” was pitched to students to remind them that they can spot differences in the behaviour of their peers, recognise them as dangerous and to connect them with relevant professional help.

VP of Campaigns Jemma Dolan had this to say on the matter:

“This is our second year of doing it, it has been really successful. University is stressful; it is definitely something that was needed because there have been three suicides in the last year in the University of Ulster alone.”

The funding for the project came from the National Lottery fund, which approved the initiative which allowed a close working relationship between the SU and PIPs to be struck.

The course was reviewed by student Cara Forbes who attended the course at Coleraine. She said: “The effect it had on me was quite a change. It meant I was more informed” about “what I was to do if someone came to me with suicidal thoughts and also who to link them to in that particular situation.”

Cara Forbes comment seemed to match PIPs aims of educating students into taking positive action in regards to mental health. With this kind of training, students at Coleraine really can hold their heads up high.



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Ellen DeGeneres@TheEllenShow10 hrs

If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars

Report from: aimee, elizabeth, claire, niall and ryan

 Academy awards host Ellen Degeneres has done it!

She has stolen the prestigious record of most retweeted selfie. During last night’s Oscar’s, Degeneres made her way to the front row where the crem de la crem of celebrities were seated. It was a case of how many A listers can fit into one ‘selfie’ as Bradley Cooper strectched to accomadate, wait for it… Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lawerence, Jared Leto and Channing Tatum. Phew!

Ellen Degeneres uploaded the selfie at 10pm (local time), and within 3 minutes it had almost 80,000 retweets. Within the hour it had surpassed the President’s selfie with over a million retweets, even crashing Twitter’s webpage!

Serious assault in Coleraine

By Jack Bell and Jordan Gale 

The PSNI have announced they are appealing for information in relation to an assault on a man in Coleraine town centre.

The attack is believed to have taken place around 8 o’clock last night (2 March 2014) in New Market Street, a side street just a matter of minutes away from the centre of the County Londonderry town.

Eyewitnesses to the incident claim that police entered The Market Bar shortly around 9.00pm. A Volkswagen Caddy was also stopped by police in the Abbey Street area of the town a short time afterwards.

The 52-year-old man is said to be in ‘critical but stable’ condition following the assault.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested for questioning about the incident and is assisting police with their enquiries.

When asked about the incident, the bar staff refused to comment.