UL President for the Day
What would you do if you were UL President for the day? That
is a question which was posed to all of our graduate interviewees over the
years. Now as we enter 2017 and the new
UL President prepares to take office, we thought it might be fun to revisit
some classic answers to this question.
Predictably, there were many calls for the abolishment of
Friday lectures and the introduction of monthly rag weeks. Some wanted to
provide free beer to the masses whilst others would clearly just get drunk on
Here are a few of our favourites:
Julia Galvin BSc ‘94
I would humbly name a Lecture Theatre after Julia Galvin! And secondly, I would
preserve Elm Park as a historical theme park of how early UL Students lived in
the late 20th century with no oil, wet turf, one and a half matches, the
Limerick Post, a can of beans with no can opener, white sliced bread and a pot
of spaghetti Bolognese!".
Niall Moynihan BSc ‘90
before 11.00, you need to think of those people that go to the pub late! ……………
photocopies of all the lectures, I used to end up writing a lot”.
Patrick McCarthy BA ’91, MA
first issue a decree rendering irreversible all of the decisions taken by me on
that day. I would then elevate the entire European Studies Class of 1991 to my
Board of Governors and summon them all to my lavish offices to have a group
portrait painted and placed over the main entrance to the University. After a
sumptuous lunch, I would convene all students and regale them with witty,
amusing and touching stories of my student days, thereby winning them over
en-masse by the sheer weight of my charisma. With the entire University thus
united behind me and with my friends of old by my side, we would march on Cork,
Dublin, Belfast and Galway, there to do battle with the heathen hordes!”
Mick Kelly BBS ‘96
upgrade my finals results to a 1.1 (knocking Fraggle off top spot) and then
invite myself to the White House for a celebratory sherry. I did a presentation
to the IT manager of UL a few years ago in my old job and imagine my delight
when I discovered the presentation was to be delivered in the White House. I
had obviously never been there as a student! Now that I've been in there and
tasted the opulence, I want more. There's a butler for God's sake!
Greg Dillon BEng '86, PhD '89
I would use
my executive power to make any efforts to have me removed punishable by
keelhauling. In that way, I would effectively install myself as lifetime
President (Carpe Diem, right?). Having re-titled myself as the Exalted
Presidential Grand Examiner and Self Designated Point of Contact at Large, I
would have all QCA’s (or GPA’s or whatever they’re called these days) adjusted
for inflation and retire to Fiji. Before leaving, I would have all stairwells
converted to water slides!
Maeve Quinn BBS ’95
invite all the graduates back for an 80's party on the lawn of the White House
and have the unforgettable Ber Angley as our DJ for the day. We would party
into the night and the current undergraduates would learn all about how to have
real fun from the old timers!
Stephen Griffin BSc ‘06
I would turn
the Plaza area (in front of Main Reception) into a theme park....water slides,
ski slopes, shows, rollercoasters etc. It would make the day pass quicker. I
would also put in a subway system. Walking from the Arena to Thomond village
just takes too long! I would also build a big stadium around the Bowl for the
Soccer team....not that we would fill it but it would look good. I would also
cancel all lectures on Fridays....nobody really listens on Friday anyway!
Finally, I would put a big tent over the Student Centre courtyard.....the
weather just sucks in Limerick so I think it would be a great way to get people
together and have a good time on campus.
Paul Wyatt BSc ‘84
I would have
the whole campus stage a major art and music event ... but the catch is,
nothing could be purchased. The chemists would make the beer, wine and
fireworks, the electrical engineers build the sound and display system and
worldwide broadcasting, the mechanical engineers build the facilities, stage
and power generators. Artists and singers from UL would perform (and maybe
Bono would be allowed to play as the backup band?). The
business faculty would market the event worldwide, get the people on site and
organise the logistics. The legal faculty could write the release from
liability and indemnification clauses!
you do if you were UL President for the day?