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Students' Corner

Mizz Dominican - February 2003

The Computer Department is once again collecting Tesco tokens for a new laptop computer or data projector. Sr. Chanel is most generously offering a half day to the class who collects the most tokens. Your student council class representative will give you more details on this scheme. If you do not wish to participate in the scheme with your class, there are collection points in the Library and the Office.

Congratulations to the Senior Basketball team on reaching the Dublin finals, which are to be held on the 13th of February. Good luck!!

The 6th Year Cake Sale was a great success. The year book committee would like to thank all those who supported them and bought a cake. The winner of the teddy bear was Jenny Sewell (6th Year). Also there were 700 sweets in the jar and Sylvia Aioanei (6th Year) whose guess was the closest at 698 sweets.

The school is very proud of our Under 19 Badminton A team who played a remarkable game at the Dublin finals. Well done to Lise-Ann O'Neill, Gillian Mc Donnell, Katie Collins and Sarah Mc Gearty. They were narrowly defeated.

Congratulations to Aisling Mac Neill on her success at the Irish Science Olympiad which was held in D.C.U.. She is now a member of the Irish European Union Science Olympiad delegation and therefore Aisling with the rest of the Irish delegation will have the responsibility of making other EUSO visiting students feel welcome in Ireland. The Olympiad will be held in D.C.U. on the 6th -13th of April 2003.

The Environmental Committee would like to thank all the students and teachers who helped and supported the Table Quiz. Congratulations to the 3rd years who came first. The team consisted of Fiona O'Connor, Lisa Graham, Orla Corrigan and Niamh Devitt. The committee would also like to thank all those who signed the petition to save the trees on O'Connell Street. It was sent off to Dublin City Council before Christmas and we recently received a reply which will be put up on the notice board outside the hall.

Don't forget that meetings are held in SS2 at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and all are welcome.

Letter to the Editor:

Dear Sir,
Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your initiative in producing a much anticipated school spirit and proud a medium through which school events may be communicated to all concerned. Further, we would like to express our satisfaction at the variety which has formed the content of said newsletter.
Thus, we arrive at the crux of our letter, the purpose of our correspondence, the reason for our literary efforts. We strongly oppose the manner in which your have chosen to title our much-loved newsletter "Mizz Dominican", hence negating decades of feminist movements that struggled to ensure that young women would not bear the burden of being obliged to disclose their marital status in their title. We feel it is suffice insult to our femininity that there is a veritable section of our library devoted to "household equipment, household utilities, needlework, housekeeping, childrearing, home nursing" (and I quote from the library listings) that there is no need to compound it in the title of our newsletter.
We feel that a politically correct alternative would bear justice to this harsh struggle. For example "Mz. Dominican" would allow us to strengthen our self-worth and illustrate our equality with the male gender. While simultaneously maintaining the zany and cool image afforded to the newsletter by the use of the 'Z's'. Indeed if we may be so bold as to suggest that the editor has leapt to conclusions in assuming that none of the student body have entered into holy matrimony, the legal age being as it is 16. We wait your response with anticipation, through either the illustrious pages of the newsletter or via the medium of the Student Council.
Yours in girl power,
Jane Horgan-Jones and Heather Byrne.

Response:
The editors greatly enjoyed reading your article and encourage such enthusiasm and interest in our school newsletter but we would like to take this opportunity to suggest a change in the opening of your letter. Should it not in the spirit of political correctness be addressed to Sir/Madam? The editors would also like to mention at this time that two of the editors are female.
Furthermore, the name Mizz Dominican was chosen by Class 1.2 and we hope that as this issue is now in the public arena, that some students, in favour of the name, would be given a chance to reply.