Opinion: “The French and their penchant for scandal”

Opinion: “The French and their penchant for scandal”

She has a lot of electoral homework to do these days. On the back of the Dutch parliamentary elections, freelance journalist Lisa Dupuy, a graduate of University College Maastricht, is now looking south – to France. Thanks to her dual French nationality, she is eligible to vote in the upcoming elections on 23 April. Who are the candidates, which one will get her vote and why? And what’s the hardest part about the decision? 

"Gedrags- en bewegingstherapie zijn schadelijk"

"Gedrags- en bewegingstherapie zijn schadelijk"

ME is geen psychische ziekte, maar een systeemziekte, betoogde prof. Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert onlangs in de serie over Mythbusters in Observant. Huisarts, verzekeringsarts, onderzoeker en ME-patiënt Mark Vink is het met hem eens. Hij analyseerde de onderzoeksuitslagen van de grote Britse PACE- studie naar het chronisch vermoeidheidssyndroom (ME) en ontdekte een ´aantal fouten´ die hij in twee wetenschappelijke artikelen beschreef. Een van die artikelen leverde hem een nominatie op voor de John Maddox Prize 2016, een initiatief van onder andere het wetenschappelijk tijdschrift Nature.

Myth-busting a myth busting

Myth-busting a myth busting

“Many ME-patients suffer from tremendous exhaustion for days after exercise, the so-called post-exertional malaise, or PEM. There were doubts as to whether the large British PACE trial was correct,” said professor of Internal Medicine and Immunology Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, a couple of weeks ago in the Myth Busters- series of Observant. The professors Trudie Chalder, Michael Sharpe and Peter White, who led this PACE trail on the chronic fatigue syndrome, are convinced that cognitive behaviour therapy and graded exercise therapy “are moderately effective and safe for patients with CFS/ME. To suggest that this is not the case is to propagate a myth”.

The musty smell of sprouts

The musty smell of sprouts

Where is the student perspective in the anniversary book The Maastricht Experiment? That’s what Evelyne de Leeuw who studied and worked in Maastricht between 1981 and 2000, wants to know. It looks like students have been a hindrance rather than a necessity.

OPINION: What has the EU ever done for you?

OPINION: What has the EU ever done for you?

Twenty five years have passed since the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. What lies ahead for the European Union? Should it break up or become a federal superstate? Neither, says second-year European Studies student Kerstin Spath. It should stay just the way it is.

The Trump Effect on U.S. Foreign Policy

The Trump Effect on U.S. Foreign Policy

No matter who wins, the 2016 American presidential election will be defined by its rejection of establishment candidates and the electorate’s embrace of insurgents, who openly waged war on their own parties, argues dr. Roberta Haar, an American national teaching at UCM, whose area of research includes investigating U.S. foreign policy.

OPINION: “I can´t vote for someone I don´t believe in”

OPINION: “I can´t vote for someone I don´t believe in”

Why are many young Americans so disappointed in the presidential elections that they even consider not voting at all? Cydney Contreras (19) from southern California, who is an exchange student in political science at UCM, explains her considerations.

“Combine faculty introduction with INKOM”

“Combine faculty introduction with INKOM”

The number of people taking part in INKOM is decreasing. First-year students prefer the faculty introduction. The solution is simple, says Bob Meijer, chairman of student rowing association Saurus, combine the two introductions in one week.

Opinion: lack of critical thought from students during lecture about NATO

Opinion: lack of critical thought from students during lecture about NATO

“On Tuesday, February 16th, I attended the lecture A Changing NATO in a Changing World, organized by Studium Generale. Unfortunately, the loudest thing I heard during this lecture was the silence and a lack of critical thought from students. If nobody speaks up, how can we talk about a change at all? Neither about a changing NATO, let alone about a changing world”, says Irena Boskovic, a PhD candidate at the faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Belgium: a failed state?  Well…

Belgium: a failed state? Well…

‘Belgistan’ is a failed state, the media say and that is why it is having so much trouble curbing the jihad reign of terror. But in this analysis people are not seeing the whole picture, argues Georgi Verbeeck, Belgian, senior lecturer of History at FASoS and part-time professor at KU Leuven.

Opinion: “Elected boards? Will that benefit science?”

MAASTRICHT. Should students and staff elect their boards, as René Gabriëls on behalf of the NUM wrote in the last Observant? Gerard van Breukelen, professor of Methodology & Statistics, is not at all convinced. Gabriëls’ proposal  “sounds  a bit too much like ‘all power to the Sovjets’”, he argues.