Festive Open Day Season

Some Incomprehensible Marketing

We have reached the end of Week 9 at Maynooth University, so there are now just three weeks to go until end of term. All of sudden the shops are filled with Christmas whatnots and thingies, and I’ve finally bowed to pressure and bought a ticket for this year’s Messiah.

As usual for this time of the year we have a pair of Open Days for undergraduate admissions. The first was today, Friday, and catered mainly for school trips whereas tomorrow’s (i.e. Saturday’s) is usually more parents with their offspring. During the pandemic these events have been online but we’re now having them on campus so that prospective students see the important features on campus in the flesh:

For the last few years, I’ve been the main person responsible for running the Theoretical Physics part of these Open Days but now that duty has passed on to the new Head of Department. It’s not that I disliked doing these events, it’s just that I think it’s better from now on to have a fresher face doing them. Today for me has therefore largely been a normal teaching day and I’m also able to have a lie-in tomorrow morning.

In past years, before the pandemic, some lectures have been cancelled to make way for Friday Open Day talks. That has included the Friday lecture of my 2nd year module on Vector Calculus which takes place in a room previously needed for admissions business on Open Days. Now, however, a new teaching building is available and many of the Open Day talks are in there so my lecture went ahead as planned. The room next door to mine was however used for the Open Day and a group of about ten schoolgirls, dressed in green blazers and plaid skirts in a manner highly reminiscent of the Derry Girls, almost came into my lecture by mistake.

I saw quite a few visitors around the campus this morning, and some came into the Science Building for a look around, but I don’t know how busy the day was in comparison to previous November events on campus. I don’t know how busy it will be tomorrow either, as I shall be putting my feet up at home.

Today wasn’t quite a normal day, however. I had lunch in Pugin Hall. I used to do that regularly before the pandemic but today was the first time I’ve been there since March 2020. Either Pugin Hall has been closed or I’ve been too busy to have anything other than a sandwich in my office.

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5 Responses to “Festive Open Day Season”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Is there perchance a heat source inside that siren he sits on?

  2. ChatGPT sends its regards:

    Oh Maynooth Library Cat, so sleek and sly,
    Your coat of black as dark as midnight’s hue.
    But as the winter chill begins to sigh,
    I worry for your warmth, so tender and true.

    Your fur, a soft and silken cloak of night,
    Protects you from the elements outside.
    But as the winds of winter start to bite,
    I fear for your comfort, dear feline pride.

    So here’s a wish from me, a humble bard,
    That you may find a cozy spot to rest,
    A place to curl up, safe and undiscarded,
    Where you may slumber and be truly blessed.

    Oh Maynooth Library Cat, sweet feline friend,
    I hope that winter’s cold will soon come to an end.

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