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Entries for February 2011

Two-way traffic for cyclists in the Brusselsestraat

Two-way traffic for cyclists in the Brusselsestraat

At the beginning of next year, the Brusselsestraat will undergo some changes. After these changes have been implemented, cyclists will be allowed to cycle up and down the street.  

Plans for a new IArts culture study

Maastricht wants to start a new culture study in 2012, called IArts. The city council, provincial government, Hogeschool Zuyd and Maastricht University are signing a cooperation agreement in Kasteel Vaeshartelt today.
Fewer calories because of fat tax

Fewer calories because of fat tax

Hamburgers, brownies, crisps: people are more inclined to avoid fast food if they have to pay more for it. So fat tax works, but not always. This was proven in a study at Maastricht University, which is also going to experiment with a gastric band for obese adolescents.  

Reduced Shakespeae Company, Zorita and Suit-up Party

Do you feel like having a night of comedy while catching up on your cultural knowledge too? Then The Reduced Shakespeare Company is just right for you. On Friday 25 February they will show the entire works of Shakespeare in 97 minutes, while giving their own comical interpretation to the plays. The performance will be held in the C-mine culture cen...

Typical NL: Rotten, naked and headless

Living abroad means learning excellent new words. And Dutch names are among the most excellent of these. Me being me, I’m a big fan of all those names that mean something completely different in English. Having a girl? Try Joke, or perhaps even Floor. A boy? You can’t go past Flip. Or Taco. Or better yet: Harm (no-one’s messing with that kid in the...

"Cats have such personalities"

"Cats have such personalities"

Asiyah Arif (21), bachelor’s student in Law, from Singapore

Think of the environment, make fewer copies

The average UM student is responsible for 12 kilograms of CO2 per year caused by printing and copying, says the on-screen message on UM computers. This is a good initiative, thinks Beatrice Riley, a master’s student from Great Britain. But why does this message only target students as the main culprits? UM should do more to reduce printing and copy...

Typical NL: Bike theft

Fietsen (bikes) – is there anything more typically Dutch? Your standard omafiets by Gazelle or Batavus is so emblematic for Dutch culture that it's not only the most popular motif on postcards besides windmills and tulips, it's even simply known as the 'Dutch Bike' outside the Netherlands. But of course, Dutch biking culture is about much more than...

Gene for yo-yo dieting

Avoiding the yo-yo effect – that is, gaining weight again after slimming down – is not only a matter of will but of heredity as well. Dr Ping Wang of the Nutrim research institute has identified a gene involved in regulating blood pressure that predicts whether women are prone to yo-yo dieting. The findings were published on Monday in the online sc...

“I want a perfect grade and I’ll take the risk”

Students who commit fraud should pay a tough price, certain Dutch political parties have asserted in response to recent exam scandals at Dutch hogescholen. At UM, too, several law students have appeared recently before the Examinations Committee accused of copying parts of one another’s papers. They got a warning.  

Back to court in GeenStijl case

A new judgement has been handed down in the legal fight between a former Maastricht University law student and the Dutch website GeenStijl. This time, the judge sided with GeenStijl.

Debate on elections

Maastricht. It was fairly busy at last week’s debate on the States-Provincial elections, organised by student association Koko. On Wednesday 2 March the Dutch choose the States-Provincial, which is responsible for matters of sub-national or regional importance. Over a hundred students came to hear the opinions of the liberals (VVD), the labour par...

Nightrider, Cement Festival and Porgy&Bess

Want to check out the student nightlife in another city? Take a trip on the Student Nightrider. All you have to do is reserve a seat on the bus, and forget worrying how to get home. Admission to clubs, a map and a tour through the best bars is all arranged for you. The first trip will head to Cologne on 18 February. See www.studentnightrider.com fo...

“Where will we be in one year? Madagascar!”

“Where will we be in one year? Madagascar!”

Last Wednesday, seven Maastricht University students sold out the Muziekgieterij, the city’s only venue for music that falls slightly outside the mainstream. Their group, The Serious Beans Project, has been doing well in the past year, and last week’s performance was no different. Observant sat down with them in a kitchen to have a chat.
Dean of FHML to be new UM president

Dean of FHML to be new UM president

The dean of the Faculty of Health Medicine & Life sciences, Martin Paul, will be the new president of Maastricht University. This was announced by the supervisory board this morning. Paul - Jo Ritzen's successor – will start work on the first of May. The choice of the dean of HML is a bit of a surprise in the light of earlier remarks...

Typical NL: Agreeing to… agree

The saying goes, “God made the world, but the Dutch made the Netherlands”. This is because much of the country lies below sea level, and so consists of polders (land reclaimed from the sea). The upshot: if you lived in the Middle Ages and were at war with your neighbouring city, you still had no choice but to cooperate when it came to maintaining t...

"Feminine and sexy, without getting sexual”

"Feminine and sexy, without getting sexual”

Ineke Graafmans (25), from Valkenswaard, is a third-year student of the Bachelor in Arts and Culture.

Stukafest

Enjoy a dance performance between study books and pizza boxes, or join a drawing workshop while sitting on a beer crate. This, and more, will be possible during the fifth annual Stukafest on Tuesday 15 February. Stukafest is an abbreviation of Studentenkamerfestival (‘student room festival’), which means that for an entire evening, students in elev...

Maastricht Prince Carnival

Maastricht Prince Carnival

This year's Maastricht city carnival prince is a real ‘Sjeng’ (i.e. born and bred in Maastricht), but one with a Maastricht law diploma and more than 25 years of service at the university and therefore a true member of the UM community. Maurice “d’n ierste” (the first) Olivers was proclaimed prince carnival on the Vrijthof last Sunday. A boyhood d...

“SBE never asked for more money”

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) has made a contribution to the Jo Ritzen Scholarship Foundation, which aims to attract talented students to Maastricht. Last Monday, SBE farewelled Ritzen during a debate on higher education.

Typical NL: Careless about privacy

A friend told me a story that many years ago he fell victim to a pickpocket in an Amsterdam café. The owner had a surveillance camera, so they were able to identify the thief. But when they turned to the police, the officer got angry: the recording was seen as an infringement of the thief's personal rights. Oh, how times have changed! It's hard to ...

Over-motivated first-year students can be quite annoying

Over-motivated first-year students can be quite annoying

Annika Lübbert, 20, from Hamburg, Germany. Second-year student of the Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Science, specialising in Psychology and Neurology
Selling books for charity

Selling books for charity

A bright orange colour decorates the wall, the bookshelves are stuffed with books and there are stools and tables ready for people to sit at and browse through a book or drink a cup of coffee. Books4Life, the charity bookshop managed by UM students, reopened last Friday in the cellar of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Grote Gracht 80–82). ...

Cultural Square

A central meeting place where all culture-loving students in Maastricht can come together and find out what’s going on. This is the aim of Studium Generale’s new initiative, Cultural Square. Students can register via the website www.culturalsquare.nl and get discounts on cultural activities, the chance to win tickets to various events, and mor...

Louis Boon in the shape of a robot

Louis Boon in the shape of a robot

Former dean Louis Boon bid farewell to outgoing president Jo Ritzen on Monday afternoon, during a ceremony at the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences. But was Boon not supposed to be on sabbatical leave in New York? That is correct. Boon was not actually present in the flesh in the building on the Kapoenstraat, but used a telepresence robot from the...

Nervous about the future

Nervous about the future

Where will I end up after my bachelor's? Which master's programme to choose? These are questions that make many students from University College Maastricht (UCM) nervous, says policy adviser Gerard Korsten. “They feel uncertain, even though they know that our alumni do well for themselves, from the London School of Economics to Columbia University....

Live & Die Like a Lion, debate on immigration and Oleta Adams

Live & Die Like a Lion? is the name of the first Dutch exhibition on the American painter Leon Golub. From 22 January until 25 April, Het Domein museum in Sittard will be showing about fifty drawings made between 1999 and the artist’s death in 2004. Although he is mainly known as a painter, these drawings form the core of Golub’s oeuvre. For mo...