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Entries for January 2014

Putin as Gay Pin-up

Putin as Gay Pin-up

It’s only February and already the year has seen some fascinating debates. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands or Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge: who has the better hair? Who really is the first lady of France? And that ever-enduring question: the hammer and sickle – acceptable symbol of solidarity, or just too Soviet? Rewind to late...

Stukafest

MAASTRICHT. Every year and always around February, the student rooms in Maastricht fill up with artists during Stukafest. Cabaret performers, musicians, theatre artists and a genuine chef will be performing during the STUdentenKAmerFESTival (student room festival) on Thursday, 6 February this year. Most of the programme is accessible for non-Dutch ...

Where is this?

Where is this?

Any idea where this picture was taken? It is somewhere within the UM, but we want the exact location. E-mail your answer before Wednesday, 5 February 2014, to cleo.freriks@maastrichtuniversity.nl, referring to ‘Back page competition’ and enter the draw for a 20 euro cinema voucher. The picture will appear on our Facebook page www.facebo...

Stay down to earth and modest

Stay down to earth and modest

Who: Henry Otgaar, Psychologist Book: The Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi Target group: students of Psychology
“Checking Uggs is standard procedure”

“Checking Uggs is standard procedure”

MAASTRICHT. A fortress under siege, is an apt comparison for the west hall of the Mecc. One sturdy guard after the other. At the bottom of the stairs, at the top of the stairs, in the corridors, uniforms everywhere: not a single miscreant could ever get through. It is Friday afternoon, 24 January, and some 800 second-year students of Economics and ...

Getting involved in student life

Getting involved in student life

MAASTRICHT. An information market where various student organisations present themselves; many students will recognise this from the Inkom. There was nothing like that for those who come to Maastricht in February, until now, that is. The Center for European Studies (CES) seized the opportunity to fill the gap and organised Get Involved, an informat...

Looking for a band

Looking for a band

Hey! Is there anyone who would be up to joining an acoustic band (vocals, guitar and percussion) and who plays either piano or bass? :)

The Sudden Soft Power Overkill

While most exchange students by now have safely returned to Maastricht, I still have a couple of weeks to go, writing exams and giving presentations. Heading into my first week of finals, I had set one goal for the day: to get a good start on my presentation about Soft Power in America and Japan. I really like this topic, because it’s somewhe...

Theory of Relativity

Theory of Relativity

Time is relative. Albert Einstein developed a theory on that. Since I am not as smart as him and neither a great fan of Physics, I do not even try to explain this phenomenon in a scientific way. Time is time and in some sense it is not. We experience time in such diverse manners. Seconds, minutes, hours. Days, weeks, months and years. Time is measu...

Everything is relative, especially science

Everything is relative, especially science

Who: Herman Kingma, professor of Clinical Vestibulology Performance: Je t’aime, Lara Fabian Target group: medical students
“I see bright researchers leaving the university”

“I see bright researchers leaving the university”

MAASTRICHT. The mensa at the Tongersestraat was overflowing last Tuesday evening for the debate on Science in Transition (SiT). Those expecting fireworks came away disappointed. There were no emotional exchanges, no confrontational altercations; the evening was civilised and at times even a bit dull. The discussion steered clear of typical SiT...
Where is this?

Where is this?

Any idea where this picture was taken? It is somewhere within the UM, but we want the exact location. E-mail your answer before Wednesday, 29 January 2014, to cleo.freriks@maastrichtuniversity.nl, referring to ‘Back page competition’ and enter the draw for a 20 euro cinema voucher. The picture will appear on our Facebook page www.facebo...

‘Paying’ to participate in an exam is not allowed

MAASTRICHT. Universities are not allowed to fine students who are late registering for a module or exam, says the Dutch Education Inspectorate. Nevertheless, this is common practice in many places, including Maastricht University. Here late registrations cost 35 euro. The only thing is that it is not referred to as a fine in Maastricht, but as an a...

Reading Dutch literature

Reading Dutch literature

To the Dutch (or anyone remotely familiar with Dutch literature): Are there any books of true literary value you would recommend?
Numbers go from left to right

Numbers go from left to right

MAASTRICHT. Small numbers belong on the left, large numbers on the right. Most Western people, who are used to writing from left to right, will instinctively agree with this. This is referred to as the natural number line, the way in which you arrange numbers in your head. Does one’s attention automatically go to the left when one thinks of a...

This year I won’t

This year I won’t

“Un’freakin’believable!” I heard my mother swearing after trying to book a spinning class after the holidays. Apparently the class was full. So, instead of sweating off the Christmas treats on a stationary bike, she settled for sweating on the couch for the Finnish ice hockey team playing in the finals. According to my moth...

Dwelling on traumatic events

Dwelling on traumatic events

Who: Marko Jelicic, forensic (neuro)psychologist Painting: Guernica, Picasso (1937) Target group: students of clinical psychology
Bold theft at the UM

Bold theft at the UM

MAASTRICHT. There were a few bold thefts at the UM at the end of last year. An employee was threatened with an angle grinder during a motor scooter theft; a laptop - during Skype-connection! - was stolen from the university library, and a homeless person was overpowered on the Tongersestraat, having put five iPad minis and a laptop in his bag. &ldq...
Prizes, medallions and a love story at the 38th foundation day

Prizes, medallions and a love story at the 38th foundation day

MAASTRICHT. How to restore trust between science, the media and the public? Not, at any rate, by priding oneself on being a researcher or by loudly announcing the umpteenth breakthrough. These words were spoken by rector Luc Soete during the celebration of the university’s 38th birthday, the foundation day, last Friday afternoon in the Mecc....

Where is this?

Where is this?

Any idea where this picture was taken? It is somewhere within the UM, but we want the exact location. E-mail your answer before Wednesday, 22 January 2014, to cleo.freriks@maastrichtuniversity.nl, referring to ‘Back page competition’ and enter the draw for a 20 euro cinema voucher. The picture will appear on our Facebook page www.facebo...

Designing everything

Designing everything

Need something designed? A poster? A CV? A website? A logo? Your report? Just send me a message and we’ll work something out!

Aaah, Ringo!!

In Japan, it is tradition to go to a temple in the first few days of the year to ask for good luck in the upcoming twelve months. Many high school students ask whether they may please be allowed into the university of their choice, some college students ask for good grades or finding a boyfriend or girlfriend, etc. I went with a group of students ...

Uniform

When approached by a uniformed adult, you’re usually in trouble: a car or a train ran over you; your house is on fire; the alarm went of when you left the department store; you’re seriously ill; someone is about to enter your mouth with a sharp tool; war has broken out; your digestive organs will be mildly poisoned by an airline meal; y...

CZ accommodates cross-border workers

MAASTRICHT. The new collective health insurer CZ accommodates UM employees who live abroad now that it appears that this group (371 in Belgium, 102 in Germany) never received a letter with information in December. The foreign postal codes accidentally ended up on the ‘do not mail me’ list, as was discovered by the health insurer today a...

The most impressive argument against war

The most impressive argument against war

Who: Piet Leroy, paediatrician at MUMC Statues: The Grieving Parents, Käthe Kollwitz Target group: students of Medicine

No rock star behaviour but modesty

MAASTRICHT. Tomorrow, on its 38th foundation day, Maastricht University will award five honorary doctorates. The three men and two women are from the United States, Great Britain, and Germany, from research fields including COPD, European Law, and MRI. All faculties proposed an honorary doctor, with the exception of Humanities & Sciences, where...

VU investigates plagiarism by Nijkamp

NETHERLANDS. VU University Amsterdam is going to investigate the research carried out by top economist Peter Nijkamp. A committee will reassess his publications, as NRC Handelsblad accused the professor of plagiarism this week. Nijkamp is not just anybody, but former KNAW vice-president (‘the conscience of science’) and former chairman...

Extra hurdles for foreign employees at CZ

Extra hurdles for foreign employees at CZ

  MAASTRICHT. Foreign UM employees who have accessed the English version of the new collective health insurance company CZ’s website, and continue by clicking Calculate your premium, are shown a Dutch registration form. Those who live in Belgium, pay an additional 9.25 per cent tax for the supplementary insurance. And registering online...

“Studies with entry restrictions also open for foreign students”

MAASTRICHT. Dutch students do not automatically have priority over foreign students when it comes to access to studies with an entry restriction, says state secretary Dekker. Member of Parliament Jasper van Dijk (Socialist Party) asked state secretary Sander Dekker for Education what he would do if foreign students were to take the places of Dutch...

Where is this?

Where is this?

Any idea where this picture was taken? It is somewhere within the UM, but we want the exact location. E-mail your answer before Wednesday, 15 January 2014, to cleo.freriks@maastrichtuniversity.nl, referring to ‘Back page competition’ and enter the draw for a 20 euro cinema voucher. The picture will appear on our Facebook page www.facebo...

25 bags of clothes for Syria

25 bags of clothes for Syria

Dear Maastricht people, we need your HELP!!! As a student group we gathered 25 garbage bags full of warm clothes which will be shipped to the aid of Syrian refugees. The only thing missing is transportation from Maastricht to Düren (Germany) on Saturday.