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Students can appeal against health care fine in English

Foreign students who are unjustly fined for not having a health care insurance in the Netherlands can now appeal against the fine in English.
More English on official city website

More English on official city website

MAASTRICHT. It appears that a larger part of the Maastricht city council’s website will be made available in English. Mayor Onno Hoes has declared that he supports ‘the purport’ of a motion by the CDA fraction on this matter. The motion concerned “adapting and keeping up to date of the part of the website that is in English...

Safe rom-com

The story: Pat (Bradley Cooper) has lost his job, his house and his wife, and has spent eight months in a psychiatric institution. He suffers from bipolar disorder but is determined to get his life back on track and to reconcile with his ex-wife. At a dinner party he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), an attractive young widow who is dealing with h...

German students welcome again

THE NETHERLANDS. Education minister Bussemaker is strengthening the ties with German higher education. This means she has made a U-turn, because not so long ago, she wanted to send a bill to Berlin for all the German students studying here - many of them at Maastricht University. Bussemaker wants to guarantee “education in which we reinforce...

Train, bus or car

MAASTRICHT. The province of Limburg wants to make public transport more appealing to German students – partly because of pressure from the democrats party D66.  At the moment, through sheer necessity, this group usually travels to Maastricht by car, thus adding to the parking problems in town. A study of their transport needs has been sc...

Destiny

Destiny

If I had one wish, I would go back in time, to precisely the 15th of November 2012, and relive my life since then. Everything would be the same, the only exception being that I would already know everything that was going to happen. I have come to this conclusion after realizing that it was precisely on that fateful day that I walked down the path ...

Call it research

Here’s something I’ve failed to mention in this column so far: doing a PhD is fun. At least, mine is. And at least, at the moment. This week’s task: looking for uses of English words and phrases in Dutch pop songs. It’s the opposite of looking for a needle in a haystack; you may as well ask what Dutch artist doesn’t us...

“Zimbabweans are very open”

“Zimbabweans are very open”

Suzanne Tossings (21), a Dutch UCM student and co-ordinator for AIESEC’s Outgoing Exchange, who has seen 9 per cent of the world.   What is remarkable about Suzanne Tossings’ map, are the countries in southern Africa. “I went to Stellenbosch in South Africa last year, as an exchange student. The semester ended at the beginn...

Calls to make possessing tobacco a criminal offence for under-16s

Tobacconists and petrol station owners are calling on parliament to make it a criminal offence for the under-16s to be caught with tobacco products, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday. Shopkeepers caught selling cigarettes to youngsters face a fine of €450 but the young teenagers themselves get off scot-free, the organisations argue. '...

Knowledge of Dutch is essential on NL labour market

Knowledge of Dutch is essential on NL labour market

MAASTRICHT. Anyone who wants to work in the Netherlands - even if it is with an international company or institute - would do well to also learn the Dutch language. This is one of the outcomes of a study carried by Unipartners on behalf of the UM’s Language Centre.

Cheap chicken set to disappear by 2020, but exports will continue

Cheap, fast-bred broiler chicken - known as plofkip - is set to disappear from Dutch supermarket shelves from 2015 and to be completely phased out by 2020, faster than originally agreed. Representatives of supermarkets, abattoirs and poultry farms agreed the new date late on Monday, according to the Volkskrant. Currently, most supermarket chicken...

Buienradar.nl

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: the Dutch obsession with buienradar.nl
Stukafest

Stukafest

MAASTRICHT. Like last year, almost all acts in the ‘student room festival’ (Stukafest) will be understandable for English-speaking students. “Only the cabaret is in Dutch”, says chair Anna Heimbrock. During Stukafest, ten acts perform three times on one night in student rooms all over Maastricht. “There are lots of mus...

Three Dutch girls in a Canadian car

Reading week. Not sure if the university expect us to actually read academic books. We students consider this week a perfect opportunity to take a road trip. Turns out adventure is easier to find than expected. Especially when you’re three Dutch girls in a Canadian car. When we started driving, we found out that we didn't have a GPS in o...

Jackpot in Abbottabad

The story: A reconstruction of the long search for Osama Bin Laden, told from the perspective of a female CIA agent (Jessica Chastain). Maya is convinced she is hot on the heels of the terrorist, but must contend with the scepticism and indifference of her male colleagues. The verdict according to Observant reviewer Mark Vluggen: “Zero Dark ...

Quirks

Quirks

You know you’re European when you can easily travel through four countries in a day, are never further than a few hours’ drive from Paris and, most importantly, the weather is absolutely dreadful everywhere. That pretty much summarizes my Carnival break, in which I spent a few days in France, the Netherlands, and Germany, in a desperate...

Can wars be just?

Can wars be just?

Who: Roberta Haar, political scientist at University College Maastricht Book: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut Target: UCM students
A mother tongue too sweet for a dark story

A mother tongue too sweet for a dark story

MAASTRICHT. The life of Ana Menendez is all about writing: she was a journalist for twenty years, has now published two novels, two short story collections and numerous essays and – last but not least – is the founder (“It wasn’t me alone; I did it with many colleagues, like Lies Wesseling, Rein de Wilde, Jan de Roder and Wi...

All foreigners in Holland should sign 'participation contract': minister

All foreigners who move to the Netherlands should be required to sign a contract in which they agree to uphold the Dutch constitution and the rule of law, according to social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher. In an interview with the Volkskrant, Asscher says he wants to ensure the Netherlands has a 'warm and caring' integration policy but...

Studying primates all over the world

Studying primates all over the world

Sanae Barth, a Japanese assistant professor at the Department of Economics and postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Psychology, who has visited 15 per cent of the world.   Only South America is missing from the list of continents Sanae Barth has visited. Many of her trips were for research purposes, but she also enjoys travellin...

UC Roosevelt nominated for Flop award

THE NETHERLANDS. Language purists have recommended University College Roosevelt for the Dutch Language Flop Award. They regret that the college uses English as the official language and that other languages are prohibited. Elections for the 2012 Dutch Language Top and Flop Awards have started. Visitors of the Dutch Language Foundation’s &lsq...

Relax!

Chill out, said the New York Times this week. Under a headline that shouted ‘Relax! You’ll be more productive’, the article said two things that made me happy. The first is that naps really do work. The second? More than a few hours of serious brain work per day is too much. In the 1950s, researchers discovered that we sleep in ni...

Labour party investigates imposing a ban on visits to a prostitute

The Labour party has started an investigation into the possibility of criminalising visits to prostitutes, the AD reports on Monday. MP Myrthe Hilkens is to visit Sweden later this week to assess the implications of the ban there. In Sweden people who visit prostitutes can be fined or given a jail term, the AD says. Deputy prime minister Lodewijk...

The Queen’s abdication

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: the Queen’s abdication.

Oh my God, you’re Dutch?!

‘Oh my God, you know what just happened today? … It was just, like, incredible, I can’t believe it, you know’- ‘Ah, that’s soooo exciting, I’m so happy for you.’ And I, overhearing this conversation, get all curious and expect something, indeed, amazing, and ask: ‘Oh my God, what happened?&rsq...

With or without you

On my first day in Canada, I wore a hat with the Canadian flag on it. That wouldn't have been a remarkable - in fact, so many people walk around with gloves with the Canadian flag on it that I start think that the government has given a pair to all citizens - if I were not in Montreal. A friend from there subtly said: ‘Eh, Floor, you don&...

SBE complaints about Study Store

SBE complaints about Study Store

MAASTRICHT. Lecturers from the School of Business and Economics are complaining about the Study Store, the academic bookshop on the Tongersestraat. They claim that orders are incorrect far too often. At the moment, more than a hundred students from the Management Accounting block have no books. The Study Store admits that they are to blame.
Ladylike

Ladylike

One of my favorite actresses, Helena Bonham Carter, once said something in a movie that really stuck with me: “The illusion of effortlessness requires a great effort indeed.” Now, I may not epitomize ladylike charm or grace (they say that there has never been a true lady in my family tree) but I certainly feel like I am world champion a...

Bertolucci & Bowie

The story: Fourteen-year-old Lorenzo just wants to be left alone. After telling his mother he is going a school ski trip, he hides in the dingy basement of their family home, equipped with an MP3 player and enough junk food to last the week. But then he gets an unexpected visit from his unruly, drug-addicted half sister Olivia. The verdict accordi...

Miniaturised weapons

Last night I was two metres away from a man worth $7.5 billion. I was at a talk by Eric Schmidt, former CEO and now executive chairman of Google. And unlike your typical academic, he was happy to take questions. So what did go wrong for Google in China? “I negotiated. We lost”, he said. “Can I be more blunt than that?” The f...

The work of the devil

The work of the devil

Who: Paul Lemmens, addiction expert at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences Book: The Lost Weekend, by Charles Jackson Target group: health sciences and medical students

Fuss about health care insurance for foreign students

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. Many foreign students are unjustly fined for not having a health care insurance in the Netherlands. Appealing against the fine is difficult, mainly because all communication on this matter is in Dutch. Examples can be found in Maastricht too, but Student Dean Anita Jacobs claims it is not a ‘hot item’ among s...
“Everywhere you go, you eat”

“Everywhere you go, you eat”

Catharina Rudschies (21), a German second-year student of European Studies who has seen 9 per cent of the world. After graduating from high school, Catharina Rudschies chose to go on a big trip. “I spent three months in Thailand, six in Australia and a few weeks in Singapore and London. I actually wanted to go to Japan, but the Fukushim...

Debate Café

Debate Café

Feeling like some serious, in depth discussion after your party-stuffed carnival break?  Then the next edition of the Debate Café, scheduled for Tuesday the 19th of February, might offer the perfect event for you. From 20:00 onwards, a Debate Café focussing on the National Distribution of Economic Wealth will be held at the Selexyz bookstore a...

 Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message”

Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message”

MAASTRICHT. Last Thursday,  a group of 18 students from Saudi-Arabia presented roses and a small printed text to the public, in the city as well as in MUMC+.  The text was in English and Dutch and consisted of sayings of Mohammed, whose birthday was celebrated last week. The Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message” o...

Carnaval in Maastricht

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: carnaval.

Pragmatism

O, pragmatics. They eat because they are hungry. Why would you spend an evening cooking, if you can just heat something up in the microwave? Don’t you just want to get rid of that hungry feeling? Why would you bother sitting down, if you can just eat while standing up? They get a coffee because they need caffeine. They don’t want to h...