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Entries for December 2013

Tearful goodbyes

Tearful goodbyes

The Christmas lights have been strung up and after 4pm, Maastricht twinkles through the darkness. The dials on thermostats across the city are being slowly cranked up, and people huddle close to the coffee machines in the library, trying to ignore inevitable deadlines which signal the end of the period, the start of Christmas, long journeys home an...

Bridging cultural differences just across the border

Bridging cultural differences just across the border

MAASTRICHT. When Maastricht was still in the running for European Capital of Culture 2018, there was a great deal of talk about Euregional co-operation. But how much cultural interaction is there in fact between Liège and Maastricht? European Studies alumna Célia Hanssen did research on this topic for her thesis.

Eyelid tape

Asian beauty ideals can sometimes be slightly weird. I’ve heard stories of operations in China to make your legs longer. South Korea has the highest number of plastic surgeries relative population, and getting a nose job as a graduation present is not unheard of. Japan seems to be a bit less extreme in all of this. However, here too the infl...

Science in Transition debate

Science in Transition debate

Tuesday 21 January, 19h30 * Mensa Tongersestraat 53 Mensa is open from 19h00 * Coffee and tea are being served
It’s Too Darn Cold!

It’s Too Darn Cold!

I am what one would call a ‘Desert Rat’. I come from the arid region of Nevada in the United States, a place where temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celsius in the summer is not uncommon. Last summer, we actually neared 49, and yes, it was mind-bogglingly, blisteringly hot! I won’t tell you it’s easy to live in such extreme h...

Thirty is that new pair of boots

Thirty is that new pair of boots

It’s always hard to write about getting older without resorting to clichés. Thirty is the new twenty, that sort of thing. I’ll put it simply: Twenty stunk. Thirty is amazing. Some things haven’t changed. I’m still a student, for one. But this time around, it’s with money. At twenty I was living in Sydney, a big city ...

City council says yes to Student&Stad action plan

MAASTRICHT. “The time when the term ‘student’ was associated with disturbance, is behind us,” said mayor Onno Hoes during the Maastricht city council meeting on Tuesday, 17 December. The Student&Stad (Student&City) action programme, set up in co-operation with the university and various student organisations, was car...
No more problems with Dutch diplomas in Belgium

No more problems with Dutch diplomas in Belgium

MAASTRICHT. Dutch master’s diplomas give not always access to jobs in Flanders. But now it seems as if an end to the arguing about the recognition of diplomas between the Netherlands and Flanders is in sight. In spring of 2014, a treaty will come into force that will regulate academic equality, a spokesperson for the minister of educatio...
“Learn history and have fun at the same time”

“Learn history and have fun at the same time”

Who: Birsen Erdogan, political scientist at Faculty of Law Book: Q, by Luther Blissett Target group: all students, especially non-European students
Where is this?

Where is this?

Any idea where this picture was taken? It is somewhere within the UM, but we want the exact location. E-mail your answer before Wednesday, 8 January 2014, to cleo.freriks@maastrichtuniversity.nl, referring to ‘Back page competition’ and enter the draw for a 20 euro cinema voucher. The picture will appear on our Facebook page www.faceboo...

Also SBE wants to participate in UM-wide minors

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics will do the best they can to participate in the UM-wide minors programme, states dean Philip Vergauwen. The matter was discussed again last week by the ‘management team’ of deans and the Executive Board. Prior to this, Vergauwen was not too optimistic: “I don’t want SBE to be ...

Detection equipment? A waste of money!

Detection equipment? A waste of money!

MAASTRICHT. Not all students welcome the new detection equipment, which the School of Business and Economics (SBE) wants to use to combat exam fraud. SBE students have started a petition on Facebook: Stop exaggerated exam regulations at Dutch universities! Others, who were interviewed by TV news reporters – the media attention was h...
UM tests detector in toilets

UM tests detector in toilets

MAASTRICHT. Receiving the right answers to exam questions on a smartphone from the toilets will soon be a thing of the past. Maastricht University wants to start using special detectors. The first test will take place in January.
Take a picture with Ed

Take a picture with Ed

Edl@b.Take a picture with Ed and have a chance to win a tablet – bij Maastricht University Library. Ed is a cute guy – a bit silly, admittedly – with dark hair, blue glasses and a white shirt with a @ sign on his chest. But now everybody is preparing for Christmas, Ed is dressed like Santa Claus. Ed is the mascot of EdL@b, an off...

Cycling in Kyoto

Although I love life in Tokyo in general, there are still some things I miss from the Netherlands. I’d like to be able to eat a nice dark slice of bread in the morning, or go for a big bag of Belgian fries every now and then. More than all that, I miss my bike. Having a subway system at your service is very nice, but it’s also crowded,...

Partying for Serious Request

Partying for Serious Request

MAASTRICHT. ‘Let’s clean this shit up’ and ‘Let’s get rid of their shit’. Flyers showing messages like these can be found throughout the building of student association Circumflex. Their annual Serious Request party was held there on Wednesday 4 December. Serious Request (SR) has become a tradition: during the w...

Cum laude is not the same everywhere

Cum laude is not the same everywhere

MAASTRICHT. One cum laude is not the other, a master’s graduate of ‘Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education’ wrote to Observant. She recently graduated with an average of 7.9 and did not receive the cum laude annotation on her diploma. Had she studied at University College Leiden, then a 7.7 average in years two and th...
“I gain knowledge here that I will use for the rest of my life”

“I gain knowledge here that I will use for the rest of my life”

MAASTRICHT. “The best students who want to come to Maastricht should not face any financial barriers,” said rector Luc Soete. So Maastricht University awards a number of scholarships every year. Some compensate tuition fees, others (the high-potential scholarships) also pay for a visa, insurance and residence permit. The forty-six schol...

Relax and play a board game

Relax and play a board game

Join us today from 1.30 till 6 pm in our open living room. We are located only a one-minute walk away from the inner city library and we have free coffee, tea and WiFi. We might play a game of table soccer.
Where is this?

Where is this?

Any idea where this picture was taken? It is somewhere within the UM, but we want the exact location. E-mail your answer before Wednesday, 18 December, to cleo.freriks@maastrichtuniversity.nl, referring to ‘Back page competition’ and enter the draw for a 20 euro cinema voucher. The picture will appear on our Facebook page www.facebook.c...

Strong women in the spotlight

Strong women in the spotlight

Who: Jessica Alleva, psychologist Photographs: Women are Heroes, by photographer JR Target group: psychology students

“Turning 100 wasn’t very special to them”

MAASTRICHT. The Netherlands has almost 2,000 centenarians. And while nobody is particularly keen on growing old themselves, people seem to be fascinated by centenarians. For their Marble project, five Arts and Culture students interviewed nine centenarians and examined the representation of old age in culture.

Being a giant

In this column I’ve already talked a few times about the difficulties of being a Dutch person in Japan. There’s the weird walking patterns, there’s the politeness rules. But something way more obvious, which I haven’t talked about yet, is being a giant amidst Asians. It so happens that I am rather tall even for a Dutch perso...

“In the international arena, Israel bashing is a sport”

“In the international arena, Israel bashing is a sport”

MAASTRICHT. “He was very self-confident”, concludes a student leaving the lecture hall at University College Maastricht. “I think he has to be”, another replies. Last Monday morning, the Israeli ambassador Haim Divon visited Maastricht University for a debate with UCM students. His main point: the focus on the Israel–P...

“The ideal body of a dancer is not old”

Who: Aagje Swinnen, scholar in aging studies Dance: Act Your Age on 12-14 December, Maastricht Target group: students of UCM and Arts and Sciences
Competition

Competition

Any idea where this picture was taken? It is somewhere within the UM, but we want the exact location. E-mail your answer before Wednesday, 11 December, to cleo.freriks@maastrichtuniversity.nl, referring to ‘Back page competition’ and enter the draw for a 20 euro cinema voucher. The picture will appear on our Facebook page www.facebook.c...

Have your whole room moved for 60 euro

Have your whole room moved for 60 euro

Are you moving out? Do you need transportation for your new furniture? Ask us to help you! T: 06 49080697 

Symposium on sustainability

MAASTRICHT. Sustainability. It has become an indispensable subject in the 21st century, as the enhanced greenhouse effect is one of the widely discussed topics nowadays. Not letting the tap run while brushing your teeth, and turning off the lights whenever you leave a room, are little things that everyone can do in daily life to contribute to the s...