St Patricks Day at O’Neill’s

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by Oliver Huxtable

Celebrations are kicking off at O’Neill’s this St Patrick’s Day and promise a day of ‘ceoil agus craic’ – music and fun.

The festivities are expected to draw a huge following.

Steve Thorn, 34, the bar manager, said: “We’re expecting to be at capacity by about half four. Last year we were packed to the rafters.”

The Irish pub based on Loseby Lane is offering a variety of traditional experiences including the Irish sports hurling and the GAA and some live acoustic bands.

“We have an acoustic band at 12 and some Irish dancers we have each year at half one. They’re going to an international Irish dance competition so we’re helping raise some money. These are followed by the local band Swagger.

The event seems likely to draw the drink happy student crowd looking for some entertaining culture. He said “We’ve had a price change recently so prices are now cheaper than some student bars.”

A benefit of the celebration will be to raise some money for Rainbows, the Leicestershire children’s hospice, and charity Sue Ryder who provide hospice and neurological care.

With Leicester being the vastly multicultural city it is, St Patrick’s Day offers another chance for us to celebrate our diversity.

“I don’t think there’s much change at all really, everyone’s happy. Despite it being an Irish day we all get together to celebrate this happy occasion”.

Outside of St Patrick’s Day the pub proves to be just as enticing and regularly features live music and sports “we’re a massive rugby pub”.

To sweeten the deal the pub is also hosting a ‘Pot of Gold’ challenge where anyone who finds a gold coin hidden around the pub will wins a nice purse of £250.

Find out more about O’Neill’s St Patty’s Day celebrations and more at:

http://www.oneills.co.uk/leicester/

DMU £42 million Creative and Cultural Centre to be completed in July 2016

Fletcher Complex development

Fletcher Complex development

By Aliyah Loughlan

De Montfort University’s 42 million Creative and Cultural Centre is to be completed for July 2016.

The Fletcher Tower is in refurbishment; other buildings are in development in order to enhance the modern look for DMU. Worldwide contractors Balfour Beatty are working hard to get the project completed in time for the 2015/16 academic year starting.

Builder Matt Major, 24, who is working on the DMU site, said: “There are plans for two main buildings within the site and they’re supposedly going to be used as study rooms.”

The new development plans are set to promote Chinese language and culture for the international students. The progress of the construction site began in August 2014.

Architecture, Art and Interior Design Students have been getting involved and planning the interior construction of the Fletcher Complex. The development of the complex is offering DMU Students the opportunity to apply their skills in project management in order to help within their future career.

DMU wanted to provide a learning environment that is creative and really specified to the artistic students, in order to stimulate new and exciting ideas for up and coming events.

“The progress I’ve seen since working on the site in August 2014 is really good” said Matt. The new development will also become a landmark to the West End of the city, including an outdoor video screen. The 18-month project has given work experience to DMU Students and allowed preparation for work life after graduating.

Visit the DMU Facebook page to view the whole gallery of the Fletcher Complex’s development: http://www.facebook.com/dmuleicester

Premier League TV deal leaves fans wondering if the money is spent correctly

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King Power Stadium

By Mark Sheppard

Football fans are questioning where the money from TV rights is invested and why they rarely see the benefits from such financial rewards.

A new deal that saw Sky and BT Sport secure the rights to broadcast Premier League matches for three seasons is worth a record £5.136 billion.

This has left fans speculating about what the £10.2 million per match is going towards, and whether they will see the benefits of this rather than the players and their agents.

Miren Patel, 19, a Liverpool supporter has said: “Personally I feel that there is too much money in football. It is difficult to see how clubs can justify signing a player for millions of pounds when the government is trying to save money by making cuts in essentials such as education and healthcare.”

Fans would prefer to see the money invested in things that would satisfy them, as opposed to seeing it go towards those who already earn a lot of money at the club.

Mr Patel said: “TV money could help clubs give something back to the fans maybe by reducing ticket prices for certain games or even hosting events like meet and greets.”

Adult season tickets at Leicester City can cost a minimum of £365, but a top Premier League club such as Arsenal will charge fans as much as £2,000 for a season ticket.

This leaves fans feeling concerned they have been pushed to the bottom of the priority list with expensive ticket prices and last minute fixture changes when their team is on TV.

Jaimin Tailor, 19, a Leicester City supporter has said: “With fixture rearrangements I feel there is a clear issue especially when decisions are made relatively late.

“I think the TV money should be redistributed throughout the league more evenly to clubs to ensure that the competition remains a relatively level playing field.”

Clearly there is a case to consider whether the financial rewards from TV rights are being invested in the right way.

Talking Employability: Is a degree really worth all that time and money ?

DMU graduates celebrate  Copyright: DeMontfort University

DMU graduates celebrate
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By: Maren Mahnke

Thousands of university students are about to graduate and flood the already crowded job market.

Three years and a total of £27.000 of fees is what it is going to take for one to get an accredited certification. Often that means students have to get into debt at a very young age in order to fund incidental living expenses.

Aspiring DMU Business and Management graduate Michael Gondo (23) said: “Personally, I believe that apprenticeships provide an excellent means of qualifications as well as developing skills within a more practical work environment.

“A degree however, tends to be more appealing for employers since one specialises in a specific area of education, as well as gaining a certain level of real life, first hand experience.”

Having a degree does not guarantee one a job, and reality shows that at times an apprentice earns more than a university graduate. Most of the time however, students graduating from college do not have a clear idea of what career they want to enter.

Journalism and International Relations graduate Dolapo Eniola (24) said: “Studying instead of working gives you the freedom to explore your chosen area of interest more in depth, to collaborate with others on projects and you learn to deliver deadlines in a place where it is ok to fail and start again.”

On another note, many graduates like to talk about the fun they had whilst being at university. Psychology and Health Studies graduate Vanetta Findlay (27) said: “Looking back on my university experience, I believe the greatest advantage was not necessarily what contents I learnt, but instead what patterns. From my own and others’ experiences I learnt that what we do repeatedly defines how far we go and where we will end up- whether that is studying, partying, resting or maintaining relationships.”

Making the conscious decision to invest into a university degree rather than going into employment straight away is not easy by any means, especially since both universities and companies have exciting and life changing options to offer.