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Entries for February 2012

Not even wrong

“It’s not even wrong.” This was the criticism a friend recently received for his PhD work in maths. And it’s a damning allegation. Consider 1 + 1 = 3. This is simply wrong. But 1 + 1 = vodka is so bizarre it’s not even wrong – it’s nonsensical, and thus meaningless. The phrase “not even wrong” was coined by the Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli, wh...

Laïs, SuperBodies and Traces

Songs we embrace Jorunn Bauweraerts, Annelies Brosens and Nathalie Delcroix, also known as vocal group Laïs, will sing the songs they “always wanted to sing, but never had the chance to” in their show Songs we embrace. Together with Maandacht they’ll perform their own versions of well-known and less well-known songs in De Velinx in Tongeren on Fri...

Video of a leaking cell nucleus

Video of a leaking cell nucleus

How do biochemical reactions take place in living cells?

“It’s an investment in yourself”

“Low tuition fees make students lazy.” With statements like this, Wim Groot, professor of Evidence Based Education, didn’t make himself very popular at the Science Café The future of higher education; who pays?, organised by student party Novum and Studium Generale last Tuesday.
Mad Hatter meets Cleopatra

Mad Hatter meets Cleopatra

In three days – in fact, unofficially tomorrow – the Maastricht Carnival will hit the streets. People dressed up, the so-called ‘drunken harmonies’ all over the streets, and Prince Carnival on the Vrijthof. Are Maastricht students going to join this local festival?

BSA standard raised

Students who do not want to be sent away as a result of a binding study advice, will have to do better in first year. The School of Business and Economics is raising its BSA standard from 34 to 47 credits as of September 2012. The faculty council approved the measure last Thursday. The programme committee had already given the go-ahead in January. ...

Record number of visitors

Lumière art cinema welcomed a record number of visitors in 2011: 103,500.  Among them were 10,034 students (excluding the ‘discount’ Mondays when student IDs are not checked). The number of students has increased over the past few years, says business director Nico Haenen. “In 2010 the number was 7,946. The special performances together with S...

Terrestrial ignorance

A UFO was spotted above the Waddenzee last week, the NRC reported. Was it really a flying saucer with little green men? The speculation brings to mind a Richard Feynman lecture, now decades old and available on YouTube in all its black and white glory. Feynman was an American physicist, known as “the Great Explainer”. And you can see why, as he tel...

Tuition fee instalment compromise

No debate, but a working group. That was the rather surprising outcome of the action taken by University Council chairman Herman Kingma in the dispute between the Executive Board and the student fraction in the University Council about the instalment payments of the institute’s tuition fees.
“I just sent her an email about having this interview”

“I just sent her an email about having this interview”

Anastasia Pallo, 22, born in Estonia, first-year student of Arts and Culture

Maaslove, raggae and Japanese prints

Maaslove Party Romance is in the air; it's Valentine’s Day on Tuesday 14 February. Maaslife.nl hosts a Valentine’s party on this day at Il Cavo. The doors open at 22:00hrs, the party will go on until 2:00hrs. The organisers are going to give out romantic specials at the door. Entrance is €3. For more information, please visit www.maaslife.nl. ...

Looking back on the Maastricht Treaty

“We focused too much on the rules, instead of on who should apply those rules.” Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok made this comment about the Maastricht Treaty – the treaty that led to the introduction of the euro – at the conference The Maastricht Treaty: taking stock after 20 years on Tuesday in the Statenzaal of the Limburg Government building...

UM wants different fee for different studies

During the next four years, the so-called institute's tuition fees will slowly rise and different rates will apply to different studies. Law or business administration students will pay less than medical students. This was an official advice, which was more or less accepted by the Executive Board.
"I miss being able to moan about traffic wardens"

"I miss being able to moan about traffic wardens"

Colin Behr, 24, born in Devon, United Kingdom, second-year student of European Studies

Stukafest, Holocaust Cantata and Redmond O'Hanlon

Stukafest A student room offers a lot of possibilities, as Stukafest proves every year with its student room festival. Music and dance, poetry and comedy; it can all happen in approximately 12 m2. Stukafest will be held in Maastricht on Tuesday 7 February. The first of three rounds starts at 20.30; the last ends at 23.00. Almost all acts are acces...

Tuition fee instalment compromise

No debate, but a working group. That was the rather surprising outcome of the action taken by University Council chairman Herman Kingma in the dispute between the Executive Board and the student fraction in the University Council about the instalment payments of the institute’s tuition fees.
A washing machine can learn

A washing machine can learn

Can machines help us to create knowledge from mounds of information?
“Are you really interested in me?”

“Are you really interested in me?”

Matching and Binding project FASOS: outcome is good indicator for study success

Desperate insecurity

My supervisor’s office, probably much to her dismay, has a fully glass front. So I can always see if she’s in, even if she’s trying to hide behind a plant pot. This is invaluable, because I seem to have hit the latest obstacle in the life of a PhD student: desperate, crippling insecurity. Am I going in the right direction? Or just going around in c...

Maastricht forecasts for UK students rise

Significantly fewer UK students have applied for a place at a university in their own country for next academic year. The number has dropped by nearly 9 percent, according to recent figures of the British admission service UCAS. The main reason for the fall is the high level of tuition fees. One of the European universities that benefits, is Maastr...