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Entries for March 2010

First World Clash Dance Party

Curious about other cultures and disciplines in today’s music world? If so, don’t miss the first World Clash Dance Party this Friday. Loosen up to the music of DJs Ramazan, Jp, Slackman, Bill Splate and Mucho Calor, who will give you a passionate mix of world grooves, funky dance, gipsy tunes and Balkan beats. For an extra groove Khygy will give a ...

“Every party is brought to an end”

“Every party is brought to an end”

Sint-Pietersberg, Het Rondeel, De Ossekop. All locations in Maastricht where dance parties have been held for hundreds of international students over the past few months. Time and again, the police end them prematurely, claiming that safety was an issue or neighbours complained about the noise. “Students want something that the city doesn’t offer, ...

The magic is in how the story unfolds

Browsing through new books at my favourite book store, I feel somewhat ambivalent about the marketing blurbs on the back covers. I want to know what the book is about, but the plot synopses often give away too much of the story. So, when I read the back of The Other Hand (American title: Little Bee) by Chris Cleave, I was intrigued: “We don't want ...

One, two, three tequila for Anna

One, two, three tequila for Anna

“I’d really appreciate it if you could mention our women’s rugby team Margrieten in the article. I get one tequila for every time the word rugby is written down.” Anna Veit (21), a first-year student of European Studies, laughs really hard. She has been a rugby player since she was sixteen. “It can be pretty aggressive and you mustn’t be afraid of ...

Different parties, different musical preferences, different language

Different parties, different musical preferences, different language

They do not go to the same parties, the same associations and do not have the same musical preferences. Outside tutorial groups, Dutch and foreign students have very little contact and generally move in separate social worlds.

Former rector Cohen might become PM

A former rector of this university, Job Cohen (62), could well be the next prime minister of the Netherlands if his Labour Party does well in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Cohen came to Maastricht in 1981 to set up the Faculty of Law and became rector in 1991. Two years later, he made his way to The Hague to become State Secretary of Educat...

Traffic survey

Maastricht University is taking part in a traffic survey among people who travel to and from Maastricht, set up by ‘Maastricht Bereikbaar’ (Maastricht Accessible), a joint initiative of various public authorities. All employees will receive an e-mail in the upcoming week, containing a link to the questionnaire. Those who live in Maastrich...

Conservatorium Festival 2010

For the 21st time, the Conservatorium Maastricht is organising its annual festival. As Dutch composer Otto Ketting will celebrate his 75th birthday this year, the festival will focus on him and his sources of inspiration. As the son of a famous but old-fashioned musician, Ketting found himself caught in the middle of a clash between the old and new...

A very, very bright student

A very, very bright student

A very, very bright student. This definition suits Ines Reith (19), a first-year student of European Public Health, perfectly. Her average secondary school marks (1.3 in Germany, around a 10 in the Netherlands) were high enough to study anything she wanted in Germany. She started with medicine and biology in her last years of high school. “It was a...

Made in Europe

Don’t be afraid, choose adventure. This could be the slogan of the Made in Europe film festival, which will take place in the Lumière cinema from 24–28 March. Most of the movies are small films by young European directors, says festival director David Deprez. They tell the stories of ordinary people who want to make the best of life. “You won’t fi...

Working for an NGO in Kabul

Working for an NGO in Kabul

Mihaela works for an Afghan organisation in Kabul. And indeed, she has woken at times to missile attacks but on the whole she experiences her stay as “fulfilling”. She will talk about her experiences during the UM seminar Career Development in Development Work next Tuesday, an event for students who are looking for jobs in developing countries.

Celebrations for student party DOPE

DOPE, the Deskundige Ongebonden Pragmatische Eenheid (or Expert Free Pragmatic Unit), celebrates its 20th anniversary. It was officially founded on 13 March 1990. Unofficially, however, the party was created a year earlier, because in May 1989 it participated in the university elections for the very first time. Just like NovUM, it is a Maastricht s...

concert by Moke

Dutch Britpop band Moke got off to a flying start three years ago. After releasing their first single, the five men became the resident band of one of the most popular TV shows in the Netherlands, De Wereld Draait Door, and had their songs used for two commercials. The album soon went gold (over 30,000 copies sold) and the band went on tour with Pa...

No students in the city council

None of the students who stood as candidates for the city council managed to win a seat. Two university employees succeeded in being elected. Manon Fokke, registrar for the university council, will return for the Labour Party (see the interview on page 7) and Franca Tonnaer, PhD student at psychology, will make her debut in the council for D66. Fo...

“Maybe something went wrong in his upbringing”

Right-wing politician Geert Wilders visited London last week to show his anti-Koran film Fitna in the House of Lords. At a press conference prior to the presentation, he called the Turkish prime minister a nut and the prophet Mohammed a barbarian, a mass killer and a paedophile. Is this rude (or direct, as some might say) way of expressing yourself...

Struggle for identity

The story of the illegitimate son may seem a little old-fashioned in the West, but in Morocco it is both believable and ordinary. Secret Son is the debut of novelist Laila Lalami (1970). She was born and raised in Morocco and lives in the United States. Lalami writes literary criticism and political essays for many newspapers, including The New Yor...

Striptease for rack-renter

Every year, the Netherlands has the Rack-renter of the Year election. The man or woman who treats the tenants the worst or charges extortionate rates receives the award from the Dutch Student Union and Rood, the youth branch of the Socialist Party. The union has seen the number of complaints made by tenants rise in recent years, in particular the ...

Lux ad Mosam

Next month, Maastricht will have one Christian student association: Lux ad Mosam. The two Christian student associations - Navigators and Ichthus - decided at the beginning of this year to merge and continue as one. Ichthus chairperson and law student Sanne Salverda: “We had our own elections on the same day as the local elections, 3 March. Our mem...

An old Renault Clio

An old Renault Clio

He drives a Renault Clio, but not for much longer. Next month, his MOT expires and then he has to take his car off the road. It is beyond repair. “I must choose: buy a new car or use public transport,” says Bob Vogel, first-year student of psychology. He isn't looking forward to travelling by public transport. “My parents live in Krefeld, a hundred...

Thieves target student laptops

Since last November, 105 laptops have been stolen from houses in the city centre. New cases are reported to the police every day. The Maastricht police says that about 45 per cent of the thefts are made from student buildings. The thieves do not just strike at night but also in broad daylight, says local policeman Paul Vermin. “Sometimes the other...

"I don’t like Dutch Schlagers"

"I don’t like Dutch Schlagers"

She’s not in a hurry this Tuesday morning. “It’s not a problem if I’m a little late for my statistics class,” laughs Carolin Hoffmann (22), a second-year student of Molecular Life Sciences a student member of the MLS management team. A few minutes later, we know why: “I studied statistics and chemistry in Germany for one year.” Why did you come to...

“A car is cheaper and faster”

A hundred free parking places for students of Maastricht University in Randwijck. That’s how the municipality and UM want to solve the parking problems in Maastricht. But is this a solution that will work? The right-wing party VVD doubts it. They plead for a railway connection between Maastricht and Aachen. Let students take the bus or the train, a...

Life Science Career Event

If you have almost finished your studies and you are interested in a job in the field of life sciences, the Life Science Career Event is the event for you. On 10 March, students will be able to meet a variety of companies and discover the spectrum of job opportunities outside academia. There will be an information market, short presentations by the...

Successful businessman destroys himself

The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

When is a person dead?

In the Blauwe Zaal (UNS 50), visitors are looking at a large screen showing the beating heart of a patient during a transplantation operation. The arteries are disconnected and the heart is cooled with ice water to stop the beating. Then a hand grabs the muscle, takes it out, puts it into another chest and connects it to the arteries. As if it were...

Student movie night

This is your opportunity to enjoy a full night of the latest movies and old movie classics, along with Red Bull, snacks, wine and beer at the bar. During the Maastrichtse studenten filmnacht (student movie night), 19 movies will be shown. You can pick your favourite movies in four different rounds. It’s your first chance to see The Road, which has ...

Free parking for students

A hundred free parking spaces for UM students in Randwijck. This is how the university and city council are hoping to solve the parking problems caused by students in town. It should also reduce the risk of cars being vandalised. In particular German students often suffer smashed windshields, deep scratches or broken mirrors. Even before the summe...