Archive for March, 2009

Neil Strauss addresses The Phil…

March 30, 2009

On Tuesday the 30th March, hundreds of eager students squeezed into the chamber of the GMB to hear author Neil Strauss (who also goes by the pen names of Style and Chris Powels) address the society. Strauss is a writer, journalist and ghost writer, known for his best-selling book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. He also regularly writes for the New York Times and is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone Magazine. The

Strauss told ous about the experiences behind his acclaimed book, The Game, in which he tells the tale of his two year transformation from ‘AFC’ (average frustrated chump) into legendary pickup artist Style. The book made a month-long appearance in the New York Times best sellers list and reached number 1 position on Amazon.com immediately after its release in the US.

Neil hung around the GMB for over an hour afterwards, meeting eager young fans and signing copies of his latest book ‘Emergency’.

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Success for The Phil at the DCU IV…

March 27, 2009

The DCU Open took place on the 27th and 28th of March, and the Phil performed strongly. Ruth Faller (ex-President) reached the final of the competition as part of a composite team, ultimately losing on a very tight split decision. In the interests of speaker development, most of the Phil’s more experienced debaters spoke with novices from the society, helping them learn more about debating. This was the last intervarsity of the year, marking the end of what has been a hugely successful year for our competitive debating. Congratulations to all of the Phil’s speakers!

Victory for The Phil at the Limerick IV…

March 7, 2009

The Phil is proud to announce victory at the Limerick IV, which took place on the 7th and 8th of March. The team of Kiera Healy (Registrar) and Edward Gaffney (ex-Secretary) won the competition, defeating world-class speakers in the final debate on the topic of Israel and Palestine, with Kiera also being awarded the prize for best speaker in the final. This marks the Phil’s first victory at an intervarsity competition in recent years, and combined with our performances at Oxford, Cambridge and the World Debating Championships, makes this the most successful year ever for competitive debating in the society! Congratulations are also due to the teams of Brian O’Beirne (ex-Registrar) and Shauna Maguire, and Jonathan Wyse (Debates Convenor) and Andrew Linn, both of whom reached the semi-finals.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde…

March 4, 2009

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

On Thursday the 4th of March, the Phil once again hosted the re-enactment of the Trials of Oscar Wilde. The original performance of the trials towards the end of last year was a massive sucess and a true credit to the students who had tirelessly organised it. To see pictures of last year’s performance, click here.

Oscar Wilde was one of the most renowned student of Trinity College (and during his time at Trinity, he was a member of the society). Wilde’s trials, led to his two year imprisonment in Reading gaol for ‘acts of gross indecency’.

The re-enactment was written by ordinary members, Marianne Cassidy and Davey Kelleher using transcripts from the original trial. The performance took place in the period settings of the GMB and encouraged audience interaction. Upon arrival, each member of the audience was treated like a jury member, and presented with a ‘book of evidence’ containing copies of the letters, poems and prose originally used to convict Wilde. Each member of the audience was also presented with a carnation (Wilde’s favourite flower – he was said to never leave his house without one).

Since the productions original performance, it was approached by the organisers of the Ennis Literary Festival, where it was performed in the Ennis Courthouse on Saturday the 6th March.

To read media coverage of the event, click here: Irish Times, Irish Herald.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde