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Entries for October 2013

Head stuck in railings

MAASTRICHT. A twenty-year-old foreign student from Maastricht had his head stuck in a railing for hours during the night from Wednesday to Thursday last week. It happened on the site of the Sappi paper mill on the Biesenweg in Maastricht. A security guard saw on the security camera how a guy was wrestling with the gate at approximately 5:30 hrs. Th...

A different species

A different species

There I was: taking pictures of the Colosseum and St Peter's Basilica. Fighting my way through the masses of cameras focused on happily smiling people posing in front of the sights. Admittedly, on my short trip to Rome I saw all the monuments praised in every tourist guide. When I travel, I’m interested in seeing these famous places. If t...

Jazz and Circus

Jazz and Circus

This month we will gather under the theme of Jazz and Circus! We have the pleasure to have Krokokos – a Jazz septet – play one set on their own, and then play a second set accompanied by different jugglers and circus addicts from Maastricht, professionals and amateurs. So, if you like to juggle, play diabolo, or anything similar, don...
Almost romance

Almost romance

Who: Maarten Doorman, Philosopher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences What: Dangerous Liaisons, by Stephen Frears Target group: students of Arts and Social Sciences/UCM
The American era is over

The American era is over

MAASTRICHT. What economic order will arise from the ruins of the 2008 financial crisis? This remains unclear, but in any event, the key is to prevent business leaders from striving for disastrous business goals. So argued professor emeritus Geert Hofstede in his lecture ‘Beyond growth, greed and quarterly results’, organised last Tuesda...
Tutorial group diversification made easy

Tutorial group diversification made easy

MAASTRICHT. How to ensure that a tutorial group is as diverse as possible? Florentijn Hogerwerf, now a master’s student at Econometrics and Operations Research, developed an algorithm and wrote a bachelor’s thesis on the subject.

Sorry, I’m a foreigner

In two of my newly started courses, I am the only non-Japanese student. Luckily the teachers stick to English, but despite this, I can’t help but feeling I’m the odd one out. When a question is asked and I have an opinion or an answer, I speak up (PBL has trained me for this). But, for Japanese students the strategy seems to be nodding ...

Life in the woods

Life in the woods

MAASTRICHT. Do you enjoy walking? And do you want to get to know the landscape around Maastricht? As part of the Life in the Woods project, Marres Projects and TAAK invited three artists to design a walk centred around the landscape in all its manifestations. This Sunday for example Ruchama Noorda will guide you through the Eyserbos and Holset whil...

25 years of supervising at SBE by ex-marine

25 years of supervising at SBE by ex-marine

MAASTRICHT. It used to be much less strict during exams. “Back then, dictionaries were never checked for cheat sheets,” says ex-marine Ther Gijsen (80), who has been supervising exams at the School of Business and Economics for the past 25 years.
Your entire personality in 500 MB

Your entire personality in 500 MB

Who: Kurt Driessens, expert in artificial intelligence What: TV series Caprica Target group: students of Knowledge Engineering
“I’m not the panicking type”

“I’m not the panicking type”

MAASTRICHT. Sudan is located on the Nile and has lots of water resources – but that is not to say everyone there has clean drinking water. Far from it. This is what Isabel Mank, a German master’s student of Global Health, discovered in and around the capital of Khartoum. Although the research didn't go quite as planned, Mank’s...
Much interest for free Dutch lessons

Much interest for free Dutch lessons

MAASTRICHT. The first 368 bachelor’s students completed the first module of their free Dutch course last week. It is not known yet whether they have all passed. Just before the summer, the Executive Board decided to give in to the long-cherished wish of various student groups: free Dutch language courses for foreign students. Knowledge of Du...

Learning the snake movement

Learning the snake movement

Offer for the ladies: I teach belly dance classes in Heer, Maastricht. Tonight there will be a free class for anyone interested. It is from 19.00 till 20.00. Pm if interested, I will send you the address. Hope to see you there.

Face to face

Twelve thousand kilometres and thirty hours later, I find myself in fifteen degrees Celsius at eight in the morning at the end of the world—literally. Flying over the breathtaking cordillera of the Andes was one of the most surreal moments in my life. It's winter here, though most days the pollution makes it hard to tell what time of the ...

“No outsourcing for Guesthouse”

MAASTRICHT. It would not be wise to outsource the Guesthouse. This, in a nutshell, is the message given by a group of SBE students who carried out a critical survey on behalf of the University Council regarding the Executive Board’s intention. The survey was part of SBE’s Marble project.

Japanese Business Idea

In the Netherlands, especially during events like INKOM, it is common for associations and companies to load students with flyers. Sometimes you accept them out of interest, sometimes because they’re practically pressed into your hands, but after a week, maybe two, the flyers will be long forgotten. At the start of the new semester at Waseda...

More burglaries in student homes

More burglaries in student homes

MAASTRICHT. The number of student buildings that are targeted by burglars is on the rise. “We are worried about this,” says student liaison officer Paul Vermin. “The months of June through to August are fairly quiet, but when the days get shorter, like now, we see an increase, just like with regular houses.” Vermin doesn&rsq...

2000 euros for a thesis

MAASTRICHT. Isabel Mank, a German master student Global Health, has won the Catharina Pijls Aanmoedigingsprijs – 2000 euros – for her thesis on local water management in Sudan.  “One can imagine that this is not the easiest environment to gather data”, says her mentor Rik Crutzen, “but she managed to do this adequ...

About the mantra of permanent growth

About the mantra of permanent growth

Who: Thomas Thijssens, economist at the School of Business and Economics Book: Whatever, by Michel Houellebecq Target group: students of Economics and Business Administration

Sustainable bike project

MAASTRICHT. Old or broken bicycles that have been abandoned around the city or in the backyard of a student house – weesfietsen, in Dutch – are getting a new life thanks to Jules & You, a student services company in Maastricht. They initiated the project in cooperation with TransferWerkt, which helps jobseekers who are short on qual...

Career move thanks to Facebook

Career move thanks to Facebook

Interested in learning Dutch? I’m starting new Dutch courses soon! All levels up to B1+ Have a look on my page for more info J
“Did you hear about the 3000 people who died this afternoon?”

“Did you hear about the 3000 people who died this afternoon?”

MAASTRICHT. “First question: are you happy?” Silence. “This is a very interactive audience”, Feike Sijbesma laughs. He looks up to the balcony of the Aula at the Minderbroedersberg: “Are you happy upstairs?”
Housemate 101

Housemate 101

I have recently moved from a student house, where the only people who knew each other were the people in the same fraternity, where dirty dishes would be left to ‘soak’ for weeks and where I once found a mouse under my pillow. When I lived there I considered myself to definitely be the cleanest, tidiest and most considerate housemate o...

To the left, right?

A lot of things seem really complicated in Japan. Eating with chopsticks, the traditions for sumo wrestling, the kimono’s… In most cases, either I can probably get used to the difficulties, or I will never have to. However, even after weeks of daily practice, I still have no idea how to adept to the Japanese sidewalk culture. Result: I...

“In Germany, a doctorate is also a social achievement”

“In Germany, a doctorate is also a social achievement”

MAASTRICHT. Another German politician is suspected of plagiarism. This time it concerns the chairman of the social democrat party SPD, whose thesis allegedly contains 500 dubious references. What is the matter with the dissertations of German politicians? Observant asked German scientists and managers at the UM.
Fields of time to flamenco music

Fields of time to flamenco music

Who: Ronald Westra, physicist at the Department of Knowledge Engineering What: The poem La leyenda del tiempo by Federico García Lorca Target group: Science College students

Elsevier: UCM is the best by far in Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. According to students, University College Maastricht is the best liberal arts programme in the Netherlands.  Moreover, figures and tables published last week in the Elsevier weekly magazine show that it is the best-scoring programme in Maastricht. Every autumn, Elsevier lists the best studies in the Netherlands, based on students&...

Free pancakes

Free pancakes

FREE pancakes with sugar and cinnamon tomorrow evening. If you would like Nutella with it you may have to pay 50 cents.
What is the impact of one vote?

What is the impact of one vote?

MAASTRICHT. Imagine that you have been voting for the Liberals for years. This time, however, you fear that – if they become the largest party in the elections – they will form a coalition with a party you don’t like. To prevent this you vote for the Democrats, even though you agree more with the Liberals’ programme. Voting ...