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Entries for December 2010

“Look at the Chinese person!”

“Look at the Chinese person!”

What could you do without in 2011? The question isn’t that difficult, because it seems that there’s always something to find ridiculous, annoying or useless. Even the smallest things, like the traffic light around the corner, can be upsetting. Observant asked two students, and a PhD student wrote a personal story.  

Defending European values

At 16.00 today, a group of students will hold a demonstration by the statue of Minckeleers (holding a burning torch) at the Markt to call for a democratic and free Belarus. “It’s a country where you end up in prison because of such a demonstration”, says Vincent Venus (21), a second-year German student of European Studies. “Along with Maastricht, 7...

Typical NL: Gingerbread lovers

Kruidnoten. Pepernoten. Taai-taai. Speculaas. My flatmate in Cambridge is Dutch – just can’t get away, can I? – and this was the shopping list she gave me when I popped back to Maastricht for a weekend recently. They’re all really Dutch things, she said, and she’s missing them now that Christmas is on its way once again. What they all are, I reali...

SBE, four first places in KeuzeGids 2011

The four bachelor's programmes of the School of Business and Economics have all reached first places in the KeuzeGids 2011 (Study Guide) ranking. University College has dropped to a disappointing fourth place. European Studies received little praise. As a whole, Maastricht University ended in the top three.
People with an open mind and football offences

People with an open mind and football offences

Thomas Hoekstra (22), a Dutch fourth-year Law student and chair of the Christian student association Lux ad Mosam

'Change Weeks', Mr. and Mrs. Murphy and street concerts

Mr and Mrs Murphy are not that pleasant to visit at Christmas. They’re grumpy and stern and when everything goes wrong they only have each other to blame. On 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30 December, actors Wanda Eyckerman and Roel Swanenberg (known from the play Alone in the World), will bring these speechless characters alive in the Theater aan het Vrijtho...

Barbie and Ken and the dreary Christmas traditions

Barbie and Ken and the dreary Christmas traditions

Romy Heutz (21) from Heerlen, the Netherlands, is a third-year student of Arts and Culture.

Typical NL: Trains without toilets

Even after many years, I can't get rid of it. Whenever I hear the abbreviation 'NS', I think of National Socialists and get an uneasy feeling. Ever seen the posters 'Werken bij NS?’ But of course, in the Netherlands NS stands for Nederlandse Spoorwegen, the Dutch railway company. Without the NS, nothing would work in the Netherlands; it's vital to ...

Strictly Vinyl, Blackgospel and Holiday on Ice

On Saturday 10 December the kick-off of Strictly Vinyl, a party that will take place monthly thereafter, will be held at De Kadans. The aim of the parties is to invigorate the electric music scene in Maastricht. DJ volt.mar from the German-Swiss minimal techno label Minimood and local resident DJ dialog will play minimal techno house. Tickets cost ...

Anonymous complaints about Musketruwe flats

Anonymous complaints about Musketruwe flats

There was an anonymous letter, signed by the “friendly students Musketruwes” with complaints about harassment in their neighbourhood Malberg and the distance to the city centre. Observant and the Executive Board found the letter in their letterboxes recently. “If they do not report matters to us, then we cannot do anything for them,” reacted the Ka...

You'd better suppress your anger!

We use only 10 per cent of our brain capacity. In love, opposites attract. It is better to give vent to anger than to suppress. These are just a handful of misconceptions from the book Great Myths of Popular Psychology. One of its authors, Scott Lilienfeld, will give a lecture at the Faculty of Psychology and neurosciences next week. The professor ...

Magisch Maastricht, Mintzkov and Opgetekend en Vastgelegd

Christmas in Maastricht is going to be magical this year. On Friday 3 December Magisch Maastricht, a programme with various activities all over town, will kick off with a spectacular show by the artists from Corpus Acrobatics at the Vrijthof. Ice-skating, Christmas markets, street theatre and music performances will all be on offer in the streets a...

“There are many students who need it more than I do”

“There are many students who need it more than I do”

“When I look at you I don’t see nerds, I see young people eager to take part in and contribute to society”, said rector Gerard Mols to the winners at the top 3 percent awards ceremony last Thursday at the Theater aan het Vrijthof. This was the third year that the awards were presented to the 413 students whose study results belong to the top 3 perc...

Who is going to be the next manager?

Who is going to be the next manager?

Quite a few Maastricht students choose International Business Administration and especially the master's programme of entrepreneurship because they grew up in a family business. But what is it like to have your father or mother as a boss? And who will take over from him or her?

New Inkom Working Group

At the moment, the five members of the Inkom 2011 Working Group spend about twenty hours a week on the preparations, but from 1 January they will go full steam ahead. Four of the five students – Sonja Bongard, Jeroen de Boer, Marianne Boschloo and chairperson Anne van Tetering – have won their spurs in previous years as members of the Central Post,...

Serious Request Maastricht

A sport’s subscription, a tailcoat, a dinner for fifteen people, and a wine tasting event. These will be auctioned off during the Serious Request Party in the Circumflex club on Wednesday 8 December. The organisation is in the hands of the Red Cross Student Desk and the Maastricht Chamber of Associations. The proceeds from this auction (all goods a...

Penalty for study delays

Students who need more than one year extra to complete their studies, will have to pay €3,000 euros additional lecture fees from next year onwards. This means that they will have to come up with a total of 4,700 euros. In addition, universities will receive a ‘penalty cut’ of another three thousand euros for every slow student. It is not clear at t...

Criticism of top 3 percent awards

Criticism of top 3 percent awards

Last Thursday it was top 3 percent-day in the Theater aan het Vrijthof. More than 400 students received a grant. But criticism is rising: is this really a good publicity measure or should UM use the money for other purposes?