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Entries for October 2009

First prize for eight Maastricht programmes

First prize for eight Maastricht programmes

Three gold, six silver and three bronze. These are part of Maastricht’s harvest from the latest survey by Elsevier, which is out on the newsstands today. In total, the quality of 12 bachelor’s programmes at Maastricht University was assessed by students. The results show Rotterdam to be a big competitor.

Hotelschool student falls in ravine

On Wednesday night last week, Leonard Klaver, a student at the Hoge Hotelschool in Maastricht, fell into a 30-metre deep ravine during an orienteering exercise (‘dropping’). The exercise is a traditional ritual during the initiation period of fraternity Waldolala, part of student association Amphitryon. Klaver is now lying in the hospital with brui...

No family of the famous Richard Wagner

No family of the famous Richard Wagner

Family of the famous Richard Wagner? “No, I’m not.” Charlotte Wagner (21), born in Moers near Duisburg, is a third-year student of the University College: “It’s strange, that’s the second time today someone has asked me that.” Biggest difference between Dutch and German students? “The Dutch students are a lot younger. We start studying when we...

A pleasant invitation to think

José Samarago likes to take a simple idea and explore its implications to the very details. In Death at Intervals he takes this concept to its extremes and robs the citizens of an unnamed country of their most fundamental bodily function: dying. In Portuguese, death (a morte) is female and thus appears as a women in the book. What would happen if s...

Shakespeare mystery

The mystery is already four hundred years old: was William Shakespeare the author of an unattributed play about Edward III, or not? A computer program, first used to detect plagiarism at the Maastricht law faculty, seems to have the answer. It was the former employee Georges Span (now working at the Erasmus University Rotterdam) who designed the p...

“It won’t solve the deeper problems”

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is well known for his sexual escapades and for not giving a damn about freedom of press. He sues critical newspapers and runs his own commercial TV stations and the national broadcasting station RAI like a little Napoleon. Journalists held a protest march in Rome earlier this month. And this week, members of...
Out of order, long queues, too expensive

Out of order, long queues, too expensive

One wonders how students will look back on the MUSL problems in upcoming surveys, when last year alone one out of four students was dissatisfied with timetables, group compositions and the announcement of study and test results. These are some of the results of the Student Satisfaction Survey recently carried out by Flycatcher.

Eloquent, humorous and an eye for detail

Not Muhammad Ali, but Ali’s personal photographer. Not Frank Sinatra, but Sinatra’s fans, staffers and ex-wives. Not the star reporter at the New York Times, but the guy who writes the obituaries. If anything, Gay Talese has a knack for choosing original subjects. Talese is a native of New Jersey who, in the 1960s, helped shape the New Journalism...

Your own company, why not?

“It’s often a matter of ‘unknown, unloved’”, says René van Hees about entrepreneurship. He is a project manager at the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship. “The possibility of starting up their own company doesn’t even occur to many students.” For this reason, the centre has organised the Round Tables, a series of four discussions in English. E...

"I was twenty minutes late and had to pay 52 euros"

Yes, he owns a Volkswagen (“together with my brother and sister, it’s a Passat”) and yes, like most German students, he has parking problems. After two parking tickets (“I was 20 minutes late and had to pay €52”) he has now found a secret parking place for his VW. For free? “I’m not sure, it’s in front of a house, but at the moment I don’t pay any...

Jazz Maastricht Promenade

“Five foot two … eyes of blue … But oh! What those five foot could do … has anybody seen my gal?” At the Jazz Maastricht Promenade you just might find her. If not, you can still enjoy this famous song – originally by Dean Martin – and many more. As Artie Shawe said, “Jazz never bores”. At the Jazz Maastricht Promenade you will find many new, but a...

“Students will use it as a party drug”

Seven per cent of Dutch students (at four universities) use Ritalin: for fun and to help them study. That’s the result of a study by Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Ritalin is a drug prescribed for people with ADHD to help them to concentrate. But when healthy people take it, Ritalin works the other way around; they get an energy boost. Is it a go...

As rewarding as it is complicated

Unplug the phone, shut the door, let everyone think you’re on holiday, make sure your fridge is well stocked. Then read The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss. It’s a book you have to read with concentration and without long intervals between sessions – it’s too complicated otherwise. I didn’t make such preparations, and I can assure you, I regrette...

Dutch Dance Days

It is a common sight on a regular night out: partygoers who self-consciously move about in a half-hearted attempt to dance, yet under the influence of alcohol seem to lose all boundaries. This interplay of self-esteem and drunkenness is explored in the production Do you have a cigarette? and other ways of approaching. Choreographer Pere Faura shows...

Postema: “MUSL was not sufficiently tested”

“We didn’t always make the right decisions”, said a member of the Executive Board, André Postema, last week in a meeting with the University Council. Even before the official evaluation of MUSL, the board is already doing penance.
Most integrated student in Maastricht

Most integrated student in Maastricht

She has no car, only a bike with a flat tire. She is known by her fellow students as the most integrated German student in Maastricht – perhaps even the Netherlands. Eva Romswinkel, a 23-year-old master’s student of International Economic Studies, laughs. “I’m not a hundred per cent sure if that’s true, but I’m definitely integrated”, says the new ...

“Don’t deny the problems and don’t neglect them”

Image damage, bad rankings in national and international magazines and, ultimately, fewer students choosing for Maastricht University. Will this be the result of all the problems with the automation system, Maastricht University Student Lifecycle (MUSL)? 

EuroAsian Studies

Euro-Asia Law and Business Studies is a new, one-year master’s degree organised by three Maastricht University faculties: Law, Economics & Business, and Arts & Social Sciences. If the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, the NVAO, gives the programme the go-ahead, it will start in September 2010. In the first year it ...

Small World March in Limburg

Small World March in Limburg

Friday 2 October: the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth and the day that the World March for Peace and Nonviolence started in New Zealand. The international organisation World Without Wars has brought a base team together, made up of more than 100 people, who will march 160,000 kilometres in three months – an impossible goal for anyone, so they’ll use ...

First victory

On Friday – October the 2th - the School of Business and Economics (SBE) will honour the four students who won the important case competition in Bangkok. It is the first time that the Maastricht business school came first. The so-called Thammasat Undergraduate Business Challenge is one of the ten most prestigious competitions in the world. In April...

The first virtual student

Forced by circumstances, the School of Business and Economics has recently ‘registered’ its first virtual student. A exchange student is doing the Brand Management block via a direct video link to Sweden. Using a laptop, webcam and Skype, she is able to participate in discussions during tutorial group meetings. She can hear and see everyone, says l...

Studium Generale on Twitter

Katrin Henss explains the reason why Studium Generale can be found on Twitter: “to give Studium Generale a face.” Twitter is a free online service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. A tweet can be up to 140 characters. Studium Generale uses Twitter to give its 100 followers updates about their activities. “Tonight, fo...

Global Culture Night: Ritmo Latino

Put on your dancing shoes and let yourself be inspired by the sound of Ritmo Latino. At the Global Culture Night on Friday, 2 October, this tropical band will give an exhilarating performance, inspired by Latin American music and dance. This multicultural band plays several styles, varying from Puerto Rican salsa to Colombian vallenato and Dominic...

Drawn into the world of cooking

Is there a US food culture besides burgers and donuts? We know the clichés, like super-sized packages of convenience food and outright frightening abominations like spray-on cheese or pancake-wrapped sausages on a stick. But there is more! Unbeknownst to many Europeans, Americans have taken not only junk food but also the art of cooking to its furt...

“Campuses are too isolated”

The construction of the university campus in Randwyck has come to a halt, because housing association Servatius, which financed and planned the campus, has financially hit stormy weather. Now, some questions arise as to why it was necessary in any event to ask a famous architect like Calatrava to design the campus. Why all the fuss about an archite...
Where is my cheap parking place?

Where is my cheap parking place?

He’d love to live in Maastricht, but at the moment it’s not possible. Alex Ochel, a second-year student of International Business, can’t skip his job in Aachen. He needs the money to pay for his studies, and besides that, “it’s a kind of hobby. It sounds strange but I like being a consultant who prepares people for their pension. I interview older ...