Back to list All Articles Archives Search RSS Terug naar lijst Alle artikelen Archieven Zoek RSS

Entries for October 2012

Basic government grant and travel pass abolished

In a matter of 47 days, the liberals (VVD) and the social democrats (PvdA) – winners of the national elections in September – have put together a coalition agreement. Students will be hit hard: the basic study grant is abolished; the travel pass is abolished, the additional grant is reduced.
Aurora borealis, reindeer and an ice bar

Aurora borealis, reindeer and an ice bar

Roel Damen (22), a master’s student of Econometrics from the Netherlands “My longest journey was to Sweden, where I spent four months as an exchange student. There is a lottery to determine who is allowed to go to which country. For really far destinations, you have to have really good grades. I didn’t think that was going to hap...

Appeal for Council Committee Chairman for Students

How many students can Maastricht handle? This was the subject of the first Sphinx flash debate, a spin-off of the longer Sphinx debates on current topics. The conclusion was that the city needs a council committee chairman for students.

Killer Joe

The story: Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in a jam: a drug deal has gone bad and he needs money fast. He decides to have his mother murdered so that he can pocket the life insurance payout. To do the dirty work he hires Killer Joe (Matthew McConaughey), a sadistic Texan sheriff who moonlights as a hit man. The deal hits a snag when Joe demands ...

A different truth

A different truth

Who: Jan Smits, professor of European Private Law Book: L’Étranger (The Stranger), Albert Camus Target: Law students

Hold your stupid head up high

When they say you’re stupid, you must ignore them. Sir John Gurden, who this month received the Nobel Prize for his research on stem cells, came dead last in school biology. According to his teacher, his dream of being a scientist was nothing short of ‘ridiculous’. What’s more, research published in Science this month shows ...

Celeb lawyer Bram Moszkowicz banned from practising law for life

The Netherlands’ most famous lawyer, Bram Moszkowicz, has had his right to practice law removed for bringing the profession into disrepute. The legal profession’s disciplinary council took the decision to disbar Moszkowicz on Tuesday. According to media reports, the council said the lawyer had not taken complaints about his performance...

Procrastination

Procrastination

Suddenly it is midnight, your room is squeaky clean, your laundry neatly folded away and your bookshelf and/or wardrobe is perfectly organized by colour. However, you haven’t actually achieved anything substantial for the day. How did time fly so fast? Since exam week is coming up, procrastination measures are at a maximum. Most students pri...

More learning space in SSC building

One hundred and eighty-one new learning spaces will be set up in the Student Services Centre (Bonnefantenklooster) before the end of the year. Six months later, an additional 72 places will be created in the Randwijck university library. According to Ingrid Wijk, director of the university library, this will take the university back to its (self-im...

Jagten

The story: The newly divorced kindergarten teacher Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is trying to get his life back on track. When he is falsely accused of abuse by the five-year-old daughter of his best friend, his life turns into a nightmare. In the close-knit community of his Danish village, the news spreads like wildfire and the other residents quickly tu...

"I feared my fellow students would be all about studying"

"I feared my fellow students would be all about studying"

Rodrigo Mesquita (18), a European Law School student from Brazil   Do you already have a group of friends? “Sure, since I study law, most of my friends are law students. I don’t speak Dutch, so they’re mostly international. As far as expectations go, my friends definitely exceed them. When I first visited the faculty, I was...

Wedding bells ringing

Wedding bells ringing

Last Saturday was the big day: Nancy Bocken and Hidde-Jan Lemstra, both alumni of the School of Business and Economics, got married. On Friday they hosted drinks at the Kruithuis. “We got the idea for a pre-wedding drink at the wedding of a friend”, says Lemstra. “The guests can get to know each other and it’s a good way to ...

“My Ford Escort completely broke down”

“My Ford Escort completely broke down”

Barbara Kuiters (22), from the Netherlands, bachelor’s graduate from the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience and director’s secretary at the same faculty, has seen 8 per cent of the world   A Ford Escort station wagon, some camping gear, a tent and a map of Europe. Three years ago Barbara Kuiters and her boyfriend at the time ...

Experiments to start in heating cycle lanes

Tests are about to start with heated cycle lanes in two parts of the Netherlands in an effort to reduce winter accidents, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday. By stopping snow settling and ice forming, cycle lanes will become safer and there will be thousands fewer accidents, the paper says. The tests, an initiative led by civil engineering group Ta...

"I expected to go to class every day"

"I expected to go to class every day"

Jules Stuyt, 19, a European Studies student at the Hogeschool Zuyd from the Netherlands   Do you already have a group of friends? “I’m still in contact with a lot of people from my Inkom group. We meet quite often to do something fun, like going to a Pub Quiz or going out for dinner. I met so many new people in the last few weeks...

The face of misogyny

Australia and dictionaries: two things that don’t often make world headlines. But the prime minister, Julia Gillard, launched herself into the limelight recently with an impassioned tirade against the opposition leader, Tony Abbott: “I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man”, she raged in parliament. Abbott is ...

MPs remain concerned about winter rail chaos

MPs from all parties are expressing concern about potential winter chaos on the railways ahead of a meeting with infrastructure minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen later on Tuesday. Dutch rail (NS) and network operator ProRail already announced the use of a preventative timetable based on weather forecasts to deal with snow and ice this winter. M...

"I appreciate the freedom at UCM"

"I appreciate the freedom at UCM"

Andreas Tometten (19), a student at the University College of Maastricht from Germany   Do you already have a group of friends? Did they turned out to be like you expected them? “Yes and no. I do have international friends as I expected, but I also find myself in groups of Germans more often than I thought. Let’s say I’m ju...

Counting

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: How do you count to ten in Dutch? Learn how to say your telephone number, house number and postcode in Dutch.
Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Director Leoni Jansen brings Out of Africa to Maastricht’s ‘Theater aan het Vrijthof’. The Safari Musical through Kenya will take place on the 26th of October only. Enjoy the African Jazz beats and ‘Benga Music’ from Mombassa and Nairobi, as well as the amazing dance performances for the price of €27. It’s t...

Chlebíček – Cooking the Czech Way

Chlebíček – Cooking the Czech Way

In this new series students from all around the world cook their favourite recepies for Observant. First on the menu: Chlebíček - party sandwiches that are very popular in the Czech Republic.
"My living situation has been improving"

"My living situation has been improving"

Torsten Bode (26), a master student International Business, Strategy and Innovation from Germany   Do you already have a group of friends? "Yes, I do. I expected it to be a little different though. From my previous university, I am used to having friends from the same studies. But in Maastricht, the different tracks mix. I like that m...

"I am quite surprised I fit in"

"I am quite surprised I fit in"

Sanne Thijssen (18), a European Public Health student from Kenya/the Netherlands   Do you already have a group of friends? "Everyone is open in my study. I keep meeting new people and getting to know them better. There are no cliques and it is pretty international, as I expected."   Are you still in contact with some of yo...

A student room

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week you will learn the Dutch words to describe a student’s room.
Autumn is Here

Autumn is Here

There is no denying it anymore—we have finally reached mid-autumn. This stirs up mixed feelings; to some, it means colourful leaves, pumpkin soup, TV show premieres, and curling up in bed with hot chocolate and a good book. Or rather, hundreds of pages about EU policy processes. It’s not like students at Maastricht University actually h...

Students furious at plan to scrap grants

The national students union LSVb is furious about plans by the pending Labour-Liberal administration to scrap student grants. At the moment, students who live away from home get some €260 a month from the government to help pay for their studies. Students who still live with their parents get around €90. They can borrow a further €6...

Who lurks behind that characteristic moustache?

Who lurks behind that characteristic moustache?

History would have taken a different course if it hadn’t been for Adolf Hitler. Who was this man with his slick hair and peculiar moustache? What made so many people willing to follow him? British historian Laurence Rees will speak about this in next week's Tans Lecture .
“In Israel rockets are as normal as rain”

“In Israel rockets are as normal as rain”

Johannes Federkeil, 24, International Relations student at UCM, from Germany   The idea of going to Israel came to Johannes Federkeil several years ago. This summer he put his plan into action and spent two weeks in Israel as well as Palestine. “It was not a journey without forethought”, says the UCM student. “I’m ver...

'The pharmaceutical industry does not want people to be healthy”

'The pharmaceutical industry does not want people to be healthy”

Who: Geertjan Wesseling, professor of Pulmonology Book: Whistle Blower by Tess Gerritsen Target: students of Medicine, Health Sciences and Biomedical Sciences

PhD students: excellent at failure

Two and a half years. That’s how long a PhD would take, I think, if only it didn’t involve so much other stuff. Writing papers, giving presentations, marking essays, general schmoozing; all seeds you need to sow if you want to get an actual job later (for which your PhD – which at the time seems like Your Whole Life – is jus...

JekerJazz Maastricht

JekerJazz Maastricht

From 12 to 14 October the sounds of Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock'n'Roll and Worldmusic will be heard all over Maastricht. The JekerJazz Festival brings a few dozen bands to 40 different bars in the city where people can enjoy music, drinks and – to use a very fitting Dutch word – “gezellig” moments. The first performances...

Buying a train ticket

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: Buying a train ticket: de NS-ticket machine.

NS takes over train information services

Train information will again be supplied by Dutch railway company NS from November 1, rather than track operator ProRail, Nos television reports. The Dutch competition authority has given the green light for the transfer of responsibility between the two state-owned operations, Nos says. The competition body agreed the change on the condition NS ...

Spectacular rise in Times Higher Education rankings

Spectacular rise in Times Higher Education rankings

Maastricht University has climbed 82 places - from 197 in 2011 to 115 this year - in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which were published today. This is the highest rise in the university’s history. So how did this come about? For one thing, the citation scores have increased “significantly”, s...

The 8-hours-every-night rule

Drinks, parties and trips make the sleeping habits of students probably the most chaotic of all. How to get some quality sleep with such a turbulent lifestyle? This is the first instalment in the series ‘Science of student life’.
Banjo & Co.

Banjo & Co.

Recently, I’ve taken up a new hobby—the banjo. My friends and family have given me quizzical looks or smiling nods, hardly surprised at my eccentricities. I’m okay with that though, because next to sitting in the library for hours reading about the supremacy of EU law over national law and such, I need something entirely different...

A good reason to learn Dutch

A good reason to learn Dutch

Who: Rein de Wilde, Faculty dean at Arts and Social Sciences Book: Badal by Anil Ramdas Target: students of Arts and Social Sciences and European Studies

Nono, het Zigzag Kind

The story: Twelve-year-old Nono (Thomas Simon) is being raised by his father, police inspector Feierberg (Fedja van Huêt). In preparation for his bar mitzvah Nono is sent by train to visit his Uncle Sjmoel, but en route he receives a strange letter from his father. This marks the start of an exciting trip to the south of France, where Nono meets th...

“Cuba is a Mecca for boxers”

“Cuba is a Mecca for boxers”

Kevin Paulussen (21), first-year Biomedical Sciences student from the Netherlands “I have always been fond of travelling, but I could never combine boxing with being away for a whole year,” says Kevin Paulussen. He is a first-year Biomedical Sciences student with a Top Sport status, boxing at a high level alongside his studies.  &...

Best re*ards

You know that moment when you write an important email to a bunch of important professors, and instead of ‘Regards’ you end it with ‘Retards’? And then, not realising it, you press send? And then, precisely because of the fact that you are an über pedant, you look in the sent box to make sure it sent right, and on a whim you...

Moving to the scanner lab

Moving to the scanner lab

Last Friday, the staff of the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience moved from Universiteitssingel 40 to Oxfordlaan 55, just a few metres away. Boxes, plants and other office gear were all brought to the new Psychology building, where the Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre houses a high and an ultra-high field MRI scanner of 3 and 7 Tesla. In a few mon...

Zumba with your doctor

Zumba with your doctor

Over a hundred women and a few brave men hear the loudspeakers say “Hey, sexy lady!”, while they dance at the ‘Zumba Party Hearty’ in Randwyck Sports Centre on Thursday evening. The theme of this special Zumba lesson (Zumba is a fitness programme based on Latin American dance) is cardiovascular diseases. Red balloons hang ne...

Sale

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. In this week’s column you will learn more about a few inscriptions in Dutch.

Slow student fine set to disappear

Plans by the outgoing government to charge higher fees to students who take too long to complete their degrees and to tax home-to-work travel expenses are set to disappear if a Liberal-Labour coalition becomes a reality. Sources close to the on-going talks between the VVD and PvdA suggest a proposal to drop the commuter tax plans will be submitted...

Dutch Dance Festival

Dutch Dance Festival

This weekend – 5, 6 and 7 October – Maastricht will host the annual Dutch Dance Days. The programme paints a broad picture of what’s going on in the Dutch dance scene, whether it’s classical ballet, hip hop or modern dance. In addition to dance performances, the event includes exhibitions, workshops and dance-relat...