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涼拌茄子 – Chinese for breakfast

涼拌茄子 – Chinese for breakfast

"There is no such thing as Chinese Food", says Toby Chan, 21, from Hong Kong. He is the only regular Chinese European Studies student in the second year. “China is just too big to generalize about its food. My grandma, for example, has lived in many different parts of China. Sometimes, her dishes can be exotic, even for me.” I...

EIPA library closed for UM students and staff

EIPA library closed for UM students and staff

Maastricht University students and staff can no longer use the EIPA (European Institute of Public Administration) library, situated on the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein. EIPA has to economise and does not have sufficient funds to maintain the collection and to ensure permanent supervision, says Joyce Groneschild, the institute's marketing co-ordinator...

Bike

Bike

Riding your bike in winter has got to be the most excruciating activity on earth. I’m not sure which part is worse; forcing yourself to get outside and ride to the other side of the river while curled up in the warmth of your room; or being drenched in the cold wind and rain while completely wrapped up in a tangle of scarves, gloves, hats, an...

University Council blocks Guesthouse privatisation

Providing housing for foreign students should be considered a basic service by this university. The plan to hand over the Guesthouse to a commercial market party should therefore be carefully reconsidered. This is what chairman of the University Council, Herman Kingma, said to the Executive Board on behalf of the council last Wednesday. The Execu...

Half wormholes

The story: In 2074 time travel is invented, but also immediately outlawed. Not surprisingly, organised crime ignores the ban, sending its victims back to the Kansas of 2044 to be liquidated by assassins, known as loopers. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one of these loopers. The job affords Joe a lifestyle full of beautiful women, luxury cars and des...

13 patients in Twente may have undergone unnecessary brain ops

Thirteen patients at the Medisch Spectrum Twente hospital may have been referred for unnecessary brain surgery by former neurologist Ernst Jansen Steur, local broadcaster RTV Oost reports on Wednesday. Jansen Steur is due to appear in court on Wednesday to face charges of seriously abusing patients following a string of misdiagnoses. The former ne...

“I can recommend couch surfing to everyone”

“I can recommend couch surfing to everyone”

Mariëtte van Loon (30), a Dutch PhD student at the department of Educational Research and Development (FHML) who has seen 14 per cent of the world By now it has been eight years ago that Mariëtte van Loon left to do a research internship in Tromsø, a city in the north of Norway. “I went for eight months, but I enjoyed myself so much that I s...

Meta-analyses

Let me tell you about something that drives me nuts. I had to go to a lecture today called ‘How to give a lecture’. This wasn’t a problem in itself: in fact, the idea of going to a lecture on lectures – a meta lecture, if you will – rather pleased me. But you know what I really wish? That professors who were born three...

The Netherlands offers opt out clause to health insurance objectors

Some 11,000 people in the Netherlands do not have health insurance on principle, mainly very strict Protestants who oppose all forms of insurance, news agency ANP reported on Tuesday. Basic health insurance is required by law in the Netherlands. Some members of the reformed Protestant churches oppose intervention in health issues, including vaccin...

A pattern of black and white

A pattern of black and white

Last Thursday, another Mix and Mingle event – the regularly organised get-togethers for international students – took place at the Stay Okay Hostel. This time people were invited to a 'Black and White Party' referring to the dress code of the night. Students from all over the world fused into a pattern of black and white, while ...

Magic Music Festival

Magic Music Festival

From Friday 7 December to Sunday 9 December, the second edition of the Magic Music Festival Maastricht will be hosted in the city. This music festival will take place in eighteen different bars and cafés, with about ten gigs on average planned each night. The festival can be enjoyed free of charge, and covers all sorts of music genres. From blues t...

Sinterklaas

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:  One of the most popular and the most respected figures in the Dutch culture; Sinterklaas.

Dutch ready to take hard line on EU spending plans and rebate

The Dutch parliament has sent prime minister Mark Rutte to a crucial two-day EU summit in Brussels with two mandates: to cap the EU’s spending plans and ensure the €1bn Dutch rebate continues. The European Commission wants to increase the EU’s budget by 5% or €1bn, but the Netherlands, Britain and other western European count...

Free Dutch language courses at other universities

In an attempt to bind international students to the Netherlands, the University of Groningen is offering free Dutch language courses from January 2013. Maastricht University asks 150 euro for a similar two-part beginners' course in Dutch. In Tilburg, free language courses have existed for years.
Worrying

Worrying

All is fun and games until the exam results are published. It’s always interesting to watch people walk around beaming from ear to ear, while other, less fortunate souls are reduced to a pile of nervous wrecks. Well, maybe that is a little exaggerated, but that is how I picture it in my mind. Until that day, we are all stuck in a weird limbo ...

A face in the window

A face in the window

Who: Fred Grünfeld, associate professor International Law Book: The Town beyond the Wall (1962), Elie Wiesel Target group: UCM and Law students
Build your own robot

Build your own robot

Those who always wanted to build a robot, can now do so at the Department of Knowledge Engineering (DKE). That is to say, a digital robot. In front of the windows of the building on the Bouillonstraat 8-10 there are huge plasma screens that show the so-called robot factory. Passers-by who stop outside the building can use their smartphones or tabl...

In the third class of the Titanic

In the third class of the Titanic

Phoebe Ellis-Rees (19), a British Arts and Culture student who has seen 9 percent of the world   Travel Europe by train – that was the plan Phoebe Ellis-Rees and a friend had last May. “We took a gap year after high school. We worked for most of the time, but we wanted to do some traveling too.” They chose InterRail be...

Nobel Prize winners fear for EU science budget

A delegation of Nobel Prize winners spoke with three top administrators of the European Union last week. They urged the politicians not to cut down on science. Six Fields Medal winners and 44 Nobel Prize winners, including Dutch-Russian physicist Andre Geim, met three prominent Europeans: Martin Schulz, chairman of the European Parliament, Herman ...

464 sins

The story: Alina (Cristina Flutur) and Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) grew up together in a Romanian orphanage, but were separated at the age of eighteen. Some years later, Alina manages to track Voichita down. Alina wants to persuade her friend to head to Germany with her, but Voichita has opted for a sober life in an orthodox convent and now has a mo...

Collective crises of confidence

I’ve been diverted by politics lately, so it’s time to get back to something I actually know about. Isolation, confusion, crises of confidence – the usual hallmarks of a PhD. The good news is, you’ll find a great deal of empathy among your fellow PhD students. Even those in completely different fields – in fact, especi...

Yakul

Yakul

On November 25th, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, Yakul, a singer-songwriter duo from Switzerland will give a concert at Café Zondag. The newly founded band will be starting their tour in Europe with Maastricht as one of their first stops.Sina Chiavi & Yannick Consaël will play relaxed acoustic guitar music with calm vocals. Prepare yourse...

Baby, it's cold outside

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: When there is just even a glimpse of ice on the water, the Dutch fever attacks: sleepless nights, agitation during the day about when they can make their first strokes on the i...
Better than Döner Kebab – Turkish Manti

Better than Döner Kebab – Turkish Manti

“I had to learn to cook when I came to the Netherlands”, says Ceren Halatgi, a Turkish Erasmus Student at Fasos. “In Turkey, you can buy fresh and cheap food everywhere in the streets – no need to prepare it at home!” Fellow students Selin Özenbas and Ayse Görgek agree, they all miss authentic Döner Kebab, Börek, Lahma...

All is not as it seems

All is not as it seems

Who: Karin Wenz, director of studies of the MA Media Culture Book: The sense of an ending, by Julian Barnes Target group: all students and employees

Outsourcing Guesthouse is near

The deal is almost done: the Guesthouse is to be privatised. Maastricht University will no longer offer furnished rooms to foreign students. If, at the beginning of next year, the response to the European call for tenders is a positive one, the UM will transfer the task. The head of the General and Technical Services, Eric Klekamp, reported this to...

Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism

It has come to my attention that there is a inexplicably high amount of vegetarians among the student population. It could be the result of frugality, laziness, or lack of culinary skills. However, it seems to be a phenomenon; upon arriving in Maastricht, students stick to a ‘casual’ vegetarian regime. Many don’t even consider the...

"Haggis is actually quite nice"

"Haggis is actually quite nice"

Ivette Deckers, a Dutch PhD student at GROW School for Oncology & Developmental Biology (FHML) who has seen 10 per cent of the world   It is very beautiful there and it rains a lot. Those were the two things that Ivette Deckers knew about Scotland before she went there to do a three-month traineeship  at the Centre for Pop...

Winnaar Gouden Palm

Het verhaal: De gepensioneerde musici Anne en Georges leiden een rustig bestaan in Parijs. Als Anne een beroerte krijgt, breekt een nieuwe fase in hun relatie aan. Georges probeert thuis zo goed mogelijk voor haar te zorgen, maar moet machteloos toezien hoe zijn vrouw steeds verder aftakelt en hun wereld steeds kleiner wordt. De terechte winnaar v...

Science is the real winner

The real winner of the US election? The social sciences, according to Slate magazine. Voter preferences are often obvious: Alaskans and church-goers tend to vote Republican; African Americans and Harvard grads are likely Democrat. But others seem to be sitting ‘on the fence’, and are therefore assumed to be undecided. The Democrats real...

"University College students are trained in 21st century skills"

"University College students are trained in 21st century skills"

Hope, change, progress – many words with a positive connotation marked the Dean's Debate last Friday organised by the University College Student Representatives Netherlands (UCSRN) at the bookstore Selexys in Maastricht. Deans and students of the five Dutch University Colleges (UCs) were invited to this annual event to talk about “t...

"I think compared to my friends I work much harder"

"I think compared to my friends I work much harder"

In this series we will follow freshmen through their first year at Maastricht University. This time: UCM student Hania Thurlow who already survived a mouse-infestation.

Opposition divided on new coalition plans, debate set for today

Parliament will on Tuesday debate the new cabinet’s strategy for the next four years after a tumultuous two weeks in which one major plank of the Liberal-Labour alliances plans has been scrapped. Most opposition parties have already welcomed the decision to drop the health insurance plans although the Socialists, the anti-immigration PVV and...

Hurray, a baby!

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: When a baby is born it’s tradition to eat beschuit met muisjes when you admire the baby during your visit at the parents home: white and blue for a boy, white and pink f...
Maastricht Global Entrepreneurship Week

Maastricht Global Entrepreneurship Week

From 12 to 15 November, UM’S Centre for Entrepreneurship and Scope|3MA are hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Week. Under the motto 'from good to great', leaders and innovators from private and the public sector come together to discuss the challenges of entrepreneurship. Speakers include the CEO of RTL Nederland, Bert Habet and Jos...

Dutch Farc rebel addresses news conference

The Dutch Farc guerrilla Tanja Nijmeijer has taken part in a news conference in Cuba on behalf of the Colombian rebel group. Nijmeijer, who joined Farc 10 years ago and is the subject of two arrest warrants for terrorism, was part of the news conference held by Farc to outline their position in pending peace talks with the Colombian government to ...

Argo

The story: In November 1979, 52 American citizens are taken hostage in the US embassy in Iran. The hostage takers demand the extradition of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who has emigrated to the US. Six Americans manage to escape to the home of the Canadian ambassador. To smuggle them out of the country, the CIA sends in ‘exfiltration’ sp...

Student death causes despondency and raises questions

The unexpected death of a board member of student association Circumflex in their club house, last Saturday, appears to have raised questions and speculations as to the cause. The Circumflex board has decided not to give any comments. The body of Thijs Eberson (22), treasurer of student association Circumflex and third-year student of Internationa...

Moving around

Moving around

Last week, I almost made an unintentional trip to Denmark. I had every intention of flying to Vienna but somehow something went wrong, and I found myself accidentally walking into the wrong gate. I tried to find a seat, just to notice something odd—everyone around me was speaking Danish. I looked up at the screen and saw the flight name with ...

Moving around

Last week, I almost made an unintentional trip to Denmark. I had every intention of flying to Vienna but somehow something went wrong, and I found myself accidentally walking into the wrong gate. I tried to find a seat, just to notice something odd—everyone around me was speaking Danish. I looked up at the screen and saw the flight name with ...

Reaching the top just as the sun comes up

Reaching the top just as the sun comes up

Marijn Edelenbosch (22), a Dutch fifth-year student at the Fontys Sports University of Applied Science and a member of student climbing association MaasSAC who has seen 4 per cent of the world.   The past six years, Marijn Edelenbosch has gone to the Alps for a few weeks every summer with student climbing association MaasSAC. “The firs...

Being a little stressed is beneficial

Being a little stressed is beneficial

Exams, presentations and deadlines, the urge to perform well, knowing what you want, where to go next, and doing the right things next to your study – all this puts pressure on students. How to keep one’s head above water? This is the second instalment in the series ‘Science of student life’ in which UCM-student Annika Lübbe...

The glorious living museum of socialism

Step right up, ladies and gentleman, come and see, the great, the glorious living museum of socialism! While Obama is vilified in the US for wanting universal healthcare, the Dutch ‘conservative’ party VVD is cutting deals that could see high income earners pay 24 times as much for their monthly health insurance than those on benefits. ...

“I was scared as hell”

“I was scared as hell”

“It was the longest night of my life. I was scared as hell: the dark, the horrible noise – and I was all alone.” These are the words of Laura Lenz, a Maastricht student who is living in Manhattan while doing a four-month internship as a junior researcher at New York University. She survived Hurricane Sandy, which hit more than ten...
Love of a trade

Love of a trade

Who: Harry Hummels, Philosopher at the School of Business and Economics Book: The Monkey's Wrench, by Primo Levi Target group: Economics and Business Administration students

Cause of death of Circumflex board member: unfortunate combination of factors

The death of the Circumflex treasurer, Thijs Eberson, was caused by an unfortunate combination of factors related to his medical background, according to a statement released by Maastricht University this afternoon. Thijs Eberson was found dead on Saturday by a fellow board member in Sociëteit de Kaap. The cause of death has not been formally esta...

US Election Night

US Election Night

How do the US elections work? America - a hegemony in decline? This Tuesday, 6 November, UCM students and staff will provide all the information you need to fully appreciate the US elections 2012. A debate on the best US president ever will take a critical look on past presidencies, and to nail the night, the pub quiz 'Trivia American...

Rutte's second cabinet is ready for business

Rutte's second cabinet is ready for business

The formation of the new cabinet has taken 54 days which is much faster than the average 83 days it takes to put a majority administration together. The number of women in this cabinet is a record, with women holding five of the 13 ministers' posts, according to news agency ANP. DutchNews.nl has prepared a two-page pdf listing the ministers and...

Alliance with Wilders did hurt the Netherlands' reputation

The previous coalition government, which involved Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV in a supporting role, did have an image problem abroad, civil service documents supplied to website nu.nl show. Ministers repeatedly said foreign governments understood the relationship between the minority coalition and Wilders and that he was not officially par...

Raw herring

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 eat raw herring (nieuwe haring)? Watch and try yourself.

Circumflex board member found dead

Last Saturday the treasurer of the student association Circumflex, third-year International Business student Thijs Eberson, was found dead in the Sociëteit de Kaap on the Capucijnenstraat. The 22-year-old student from Oisterwijk slept over in the building after a party on Friday night. He was found there on Saturday by a fellow student. There was ...

SBE: Investing while in the red

The Executive Board demands that all faculties have a break-even budget, but the School of Business and Economics (SBE) will not manage that. The economists' budget for 2013 shows a deficit of 390 thousand euro on a total of some 40 million. Despite this, SBE believes that it is vital to invest half a million in education and research.
Pancake Sunday

Pancake Sunday

Sundays have now been officially declared “Pancake Sunday” by me. I wasn’t sure if this should become a real thing, but since it happens to coincidentally take place every week, I decided, ‘why not?’ After all, everyone needs a little routine in their life. So far, one of my friends has already joined me to commemorate...