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Entries for December 2011

Circus Request, Santa Run and New Year's Eve

Circus Request Serious Request is an annual project by Dutch radio station 3FM in which they collect money for Red Cross projects. This year, DJ Giel Beelen will travel around the country to collect money by doing special assignments. On Monday 19 December he’ll visit Sittard with his Circus Request. The day will start at 10.00 in the inner city a...

Even studying feels different in Maastricht

Even studying feels different in Maastricht

Marta Francia, 21, from Rieti, Italy, Erasmus student from Bocconi University in Milan, BA student of International Business

In their business they can only be a number

You’re frustrated, you work in a business where uniformity is the highest good, the world is about to end and you’re in desperate need of a smoke. Where do you go? To the roof of the office building. Apart from nicotine the staff have other needs, but what are they? The answer will be presented by student drama club Alles is Drama in After the Rain...

Honours programmes for everyone?

It is not just for the very best students, but for everyone that philosopher René Gabriëls started his own honours programme on Wednesday 14 December at five o’clock in the afternoon, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ bar. As a protest and outside the curriculum.
Students will not be given insight into selection criteria

Students will not be given insight into selection criteria

Having received permission from the Ministry of Education earlier this year, the School of Business and Economics can now select all students for its programmes with a limited number of places. The students in the faculty council now want to know exactly according to which criteria this will be done, but the board is not giving away all the details...

Failing your thesis

From now on master’s students at the School of Business and Economics must complete their thesis within seven months, otherwise they will have officially ‘failed’. And anyone who does not manage within the resit period of three months, will have to start from scratch. The latter means finding a new subject and a new supervisor.  The regulatio...

Oddities of colour

Yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, black. This is the colour order in which you need to eat jellybeans, otherwise I come out in instant hives (a lumpy red rash that you might know as netelroos of galbulten, not to be mistaken for the Dutch social networking site Hyves). Until recently I thought I was alone as far as colour-related oddities g...

Deadly combination: Spinoza and four boisterous men watching telly

Deadly combination: Spinoza and four boisterous men watching telly

Iris Fraikin is a third-year student of Arts and Social Sciences. She tested various study spaces for Observant: at home, in the train, parents' home, in a pub, in the open air, and the university library.
Smartest kid in the classroom?

Smartest kid in the classroom?

If you receive a top 3% certificate, what kind of student are you? One without a social life, always studying in the attic? 460 Maastricht University students will be awarded a top 3% certificate and the accompanying grant equalling the tuition fees for the previous academic year. The grant is to be discontinued due to government cuts.  

Magic Music, Tango and Christmas decorations

Magic Music Maastricht Cafés in Maastricht (including Café Zondag and John Mullins) will open their doors for the first Magic Music festival on Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December. Artists such as Hellbound Glory, David Philips, Jamie Mc Donald and Arthur Ebeling will play in styles ranging from rock to soul and jazz. For the full program...

"I really miss my former Dormitory Dean"

"I really miss my former Dormitory Dean"

Eui Sup Lee, 19, from Seoul, South Korea, BA student of International Relations at UCM

Rotterdam gets European University Games

The Erasmus University Rotterdam has been chosen to organise the European University Games in 2014. The student sports event will conclude the celebratory year of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Rotterdam institute.
Tafelstraat 13 complains about interference with policies

Tafelstraat 13 complains about interference with policies

There is no agreement after all between the UM’s Student Services Centre and Ecumenical Student Chaplaincy 'Tafelstraat 13' on the nature of required cutbacks. During the latest meeting of the university council, it appeared that at least the location could be maintained. The T-13 board has written a pressing letter.
Talking a lot and listening well

Talking a lot and listening well

Maastricht University achieved third place in the category ‘other universities’ in the KeuzeGids 2012. Only Wageningen and Eindhoven University of Technology did better. The UM owed this third place partly to the exceptionally high score for University College. Having ended up in third place last year (with 7.2 on a 10-point scale), it now took the...

“Discuss capitalism”

“Discuss capitalism”

How to prevent new forms of social inequality

University College Maastricht undisputed leader in KeuzeGids

According to students and experts, University College Maastricht is the best college in the Netherlands. With a grade of 8.6 (on a 10-point scale), UCM is also the best UM study in the KeuzeGids 2012. European Law School received much less praise, dangling at the bottom of the Maastricht list with 5.0.

Fashionclash, Magisch Maastricht and 90's forever

Fashionclash market Young Maastricht designers will present their clothing, jewellery, furniture and other accessories on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December during the Fashionclash market at Centre Céramique. The market will be open from 10.00–15.00 on Saturday and 13.00–17.00 on Sunday. For more information on the designers, please check www.fashio...

Working towards the international class room

Working towards the international class room

The International class room task force is providing students with the opportunity to get involved in the process of internationalizing the university, says Heiner Salomon, president of Student Representation Party NovUM in this opinion piece. Students should take this chance and participate, if not lead, this development.
I miss my catholic student group

I miss my catholic student group

Laura Garcia, 21, from Madrid, Spain, exchange student of Economics
Using English makes it easier

Using English makes it easier

We won’t find them at traditional Maastricht student associations, all those foreign students. But will we find them on the football pitch or on a sailing boat? The search for the most international student sports association is on.
More reports of undesirable behaviour at UM

More reports of undesirable behaviour at UM

The number of reports has increased, and in some cases also their severity; the 2010 annual report by the university’s confidential advisor Marloes Rikhof shows an increase in the number of reports of undesirable behaviour, from 57 in 2009 to 82 in 2010.