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“A good team is driven by peace and conflict”

“A good team is driven by peace and conflict”

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Between self-righteousness and self-loathing

A humorous book about Andrew's life, which is a mess
"I love it here"

"I love it here"

Julia Schmidtt (23), a second-year student of European Public Health, was born and raised in the Eifel, Germany. She knows this to be a well-known and very popular area among Dutch tourists, but she visits her hometown of Mendig only once in a while. In fluent Dutch: “Not every month. I always go to my favourite hairdresser there. And the doctor, i...

Integration of foreign students must improve

Integration of foreign students must improve

A project group chaired by the rector feels that something should be done about the increasing segregation of groups of students based on nationality. If only for the reason that it obstructs the functioning of the problem-based learning.

Digitally UnReel

What is the impact of the digitisation of cinema on the experience of watching movies? That’s the main question at Digitally UnReel, a film event organised by four master’s students of Arts and Sciences. On Saturday 15 May, three designers, Nic Benns, Olivier Marquezy and Balder Westein, will introduce and discuss the design process behind some of...

Tuna stuck in Spain due to ash cloud

Tuna, a group of Maastricht students who play traditional Spanish music, was stranded last week in the south of Spain. The band was in Spain to take part in a tuna-band championship, and their flight home was cancelled because of the Icelandic ash cloud that has hindered air traffic in recent weeks. Four Tuna members decided to hitchhike home. “The...

Mix & Mingle party

The third International Mix & Mingle party is coming up. On 7 May at 19.00, Fort Sint Pieter will turn into a beach party. There will be a hula-hoop contest, a sangria fountain and prizes for the best-dressed beach boy and girl. Groups like study associations and country teams are invited to rent an island; for €1 they will get an inflatable is...

Service Council without members

There are no candidates for the Service Council of the Maastricht University Office. And this is not the first time director Nick Bos will have to look at empty seats. Four years ago – the Service Council terms last two years – the same thing happened. So why aren’t there any candidates?

Economists earn most

The national WO Monitor 2009 has been published, which draws a picture of the employment situation of alumni and their satisfaction with the studies they did. The UM’s report looks good, with an average of a 7.2 on a 10-point scale. The highest appreciation was for the subject-specific expertise of lecturers (8.0). With a mark of 5.7, providing inf...

Ragweek yields 21,500 euros

This year's Ragweek has raised 21,500 euros. There is an upward trend in the amount raised during Ragweek: in 2007, it was 15 thousand euros and in 2008 almost 17 thousand euros. Last year, a peak was reached, with a record amount of 31,500 euros for two good causes. This great result was mainly because of a sponsored walk held by fifteen Maastrich...

“The Dutch language will not die”

What’s the value of a small language? Why not just give it up and and turn to English instead? These were just some of the radical ideas addressed at last Friday’s seminar at the University College Maastricht, ‘Small languages in a globalising culture’.  
The black servant of the holy man

The black servant of the holy man

“Ik praat een beetje Nederlands. I did a course. I can understand it, I can read Dutch documents and I’m able to speak it on a conversational level.” Isabel Skierka, a second-year student of European Studies from Hamburg, thinks that at least a little knowledge of Dutch is necessary to integrate into Dutch culture. “I want to integrate into the cul...

Student Playback Show

For the thirteenth time in a row, student association Hesperides is organising the Maastricht Student Playback Show. A total of 29 fraternities and sororities will perform either individually or together, and will do their utmost to convince a panel of judges that they deserve the prize. On the panel will be several people who are well known in the...

Rugby team gets promoted without playing

Rugby team gets promoted without playing

Maastricht’s rugby association, the Maraboes, were supposed to play for their promotion from the fourth to the third division last Sunday. But the game was cancelled when the opposition, a team from Rotterdam, did not show up. This was good for the Maraboes, because it meant they could be promoted without actually having to step onto the field. Fro...

Ash cloud hinders student competition

The international ICC@M case competition organised by the Maastricht School of Business and Economics for the first time this week, suffered great disruption as a result of the Iceland volcanic ash cloud. Only a handful of teams from a total of sixteen managed to reach Maastricht. Several teams were stranded along the way, in places such as Singapo...

Best European Fiction: uncomfortable, uncanny

Americans are good at anthologies. Every year you can expect to find your local bookstore’s shelves lined with such titles as The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, or The Best American Travel Writing. Europe doesn’t have an equivalent tradition, for obvious reasons perhaps: Europe is not a country, there is no European language...

Students concerned about elections

Student members of the university council are very concerned about the possible consequences of the ill-functioning MUSL system for the upcoming elections. They fear that students who are not registered, through no fault of their own, will not be able to vote. The university's Central Polling Committee, however, says that everything is being done t...

"There's a bell ringing"

"There's a bell ringing"

English or Dutch? “Let’s do the interview in Dutch, I need to practise as much as possible.” Estrella Frevel (21), a first-year student of Psychology, was raised in the German Sauerland. Since she followed an extended Dutch course last summer in Maastricht, all kinds of Dutch words pop out when she speaks English. Laughing: “I can’t speak it anym...

Start of the Amstel Gold Race

As the weather gets milder, more and more cyclists can be seen in their shiny suits, racing up and down the streets of Limburg. Perhaps some of them are preparing for the well-known Amstel Gold Race, in which 238 competitors from 24 different international teams will take part on April 18, starting from the Markt in Maastricht. This will be the 45t...

Saurus not in Varsity finals

For the fifth time in a row, Rotterdam student rowing association Skadi has won the Varsity, the national university rowing competition. De Maastricht rowers from Saurus were knocked out in the preliminary rounds, where they ended in fifth place. “We crashed into another boat at the start,” says competition official Ronald Nijenhuis from Saurus. “T...

“It’s worse not to apologise”

Last week the Dutch government apologised to Selma Wijnberg, the only Dutch survivor of the Nazi extermination camp Sobibor. After her marriage to a Polish Jew, the Dutch ‘aliens police’ no longer considered her Dutch, and she and her husband were threatened with deportation to Poland. She accepted the apology, but also said it came too late. Does ...
“Freedom is the most that people can give themselves”

“Freedom is the most that people can give themselves”

Freedom is “our biggest common treasure”, and a free person is able to play with life. This is, among other things, what the Hungarian writer György Konrad argues in his lecture ‘On liberty’, organised by Studium Generale.

The therapeutic potential of drugs

Pihkal - A Chemical Love Story by Ann and Alexander Shulgin is about love and chemicals, in the most literal sense. Officially, it's a work of fiction. Thus, when agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) came to raid the Shulgin's home some years after the first publication in 1991, the couple could always claim that specific persons or events w...

Chopwood concert by Odilo Girod

Drug abuse, depression, or the loss of an important person in your life – these are all nasty things to deal with. On the positive side, they have proven to lead to exceptional songs. And Coparck frontman Odilo Girod has found another appalling source of inspiration: insomnia. He spent his sleepless nights writing electronic and acoustic songs abou...

“There shouldn’t be a systematic link between police and university”

Thomas Luijken of student party NovUM during the latest university council meeting whether it’s true that the police report students who misbehave to the university. Rector Gerard Mols announced that he was not interested in that kind of information. But it did happen to a German student who organised a party at Sint Pietersberg Should the universi...

Friendship and cyborgs

I was in a bookstore when I caught sight of this amusing cover with self-designed cyborgs and the extraordinary title The boy who couldn’t sleep and never had to (2010). When I read the back cover I was even more fascinated by the story, which is a combination of literature and science fiction. It was written by D.C Pierson, who was raised in Arizo...

Questions about drugs in university library

Are students taking drugs in the university library? This question was asked in the latest university council meeting. “Rumours have reached us from various corners about students taking drugs in the university library,” says Willemijn de Nooij, who asked the question as council member for DOPE. “We want this to be investigated. Rector Gerard Mols ...

Maastricht attracts many youngsters

More than one third of all newcomers in Maastricht are between 18 and 21 years of age. In percentages, Maastricht scores well above Utrecht, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Groningen is number one: almost half of all newcomers there are between 18 and 21 years old. The results come from figures over the years 2006-2008, published by Statistics Netherlands...

'Zadelhoesjes' with flowers

'Zadelhoesjes' with flowers

She speaks English with American accent. “I was in the United States for a year when I was 16. I had a sports scholarship”, explains Magdalena Schmidt, a first-year student of European Studies from Berlin who celebrated her 20th birthday last Tuesday. “I joined a synchronised ice-skating team: Sixteen people on the ice making all kinds of figures a...

“Try to integrate with Facebook”

“Try to integrate with Facebook”

Cultural organisations in Maastricht are all dealing with the same problem: what’s the best way to gain a bigger audience? In other words: help us with our marketing! And the helpers in this case are third-year students of European Studies, who last Tuesday presented their surveys and recommendations in the AINSI theatre.