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Entries for April 2013

Migration as an integral part of human life

“Migration is an integral part of human life”, says professor Ad Knotter at the start of his lecture “Global Migration – A Concise History” Wednesday early night at the Landhuis. “People have always moved and they will always move. You cannot keep them from doing it”. The lecture given by the UM professor f...

The Canadian bucket list

‘Fear is temporary, regret is forever.’ With that cheesy phrase in mind I decided to go out wearing only leggings, no skirt. Although I have never quite understood that trend – it just looks like you’ve forgotten something – I decided that I should try it while I still could. Because it’s normal here, while in th...

Multilingual chaos

Multilingual chaos

Growing up bilingually has its obvious perks, but there is a messy, chaotic side to it most people don’t know about. Being multilingual myself, I’m not even sure which language is my “mother tongue” anymore. Some side effects can also include beginning a conversation in one language and ending in another, randomly inserting ...

Doing business differently

Doing business differently

MAASTRICHT. “The more you share with others, the more they’ll share with you”, said Uwe Luebbermann, the founder of Premium Cola, as he presented his alternative business philosophy to a group of around thirty students. Last week’s Innovative Business Lecture at the School of Business and Economics was part of the Social and...

“I’m an optimist, but sustainability is very difficult”

MAASTRICHT. To make the world more sustainable, people need a new mindset. Whether we can actually achieve this new mindset is something the panel members at UCM’s Green Day debate ‘Moving beyond the blah-blah – Putting Sustainability into Practice’ have different opinions on. “We need a new city”, says Albert N...

“Losing weight through sports is difficult”

“Losing weight through sports is difficult”

Visits to the gym, cycling from home to university, anything from football to squash, slack lining or yoga sessions – sports are part of most students’ lives. What is the effect of regular exercise? Why exactly are sports beneficial? This is the fourth instalment in the series ‘Science of student life’.
One in four students is a problem drinker

One in four students is a problem drinker

Beer to socialise, wine for dinner, large amounts of alcohol on the numerous parties – students obviously drink a lot. But what are the implications of our drinking behavior for our health? This is the third instalment in the series ‘Science of Student Life’.
Exchanging T-shirts at the town hall

Exchanging T-shirts at the town hall

MAASTRICHT. Last Monday, a hundred or so students from all over the world visited the town hall and exchanged T-shirts. Most were participants in the International Case Competition Maastricht (ICC@M), held this week by the School of Business and Economics. In total, sixteen business schools sent teams to Maastricht. In case competitions – org...

Looking for red crocodile eyes

Looking for red crocodile eyes

Karin van den Akker (21), who has just completed her study of Health Sciences, has seen 12 per cent of the world. Karin van den Akker hasn’t even been back a week, but she already wants to leave for sunnier places. Karin and her friend Marloe Leermakers travelled around South America for six months. They started in Argentina, having done a c...

Freedom and euroscepticism

MAASTRICHT. In a more and more globalizing world Europe needs to find strategies to keep pace with the international economic developments. One of its traditional strenghts is knowledge, which underlies the most important socio-political concept of the EU: a knowledge society based on research and development, educational progress, technological ad...

Orakel’s Un…masked exhibition

MAASTRICHT. An analogue photo by the Austrian Kristina Satori of hundreds of skulls lying in a cave. Or some sweet sculptures made of sugar, glue, paper, wood, rope and more, created by the Belgian Suleika Van der Jeugdt. That’s what you can expect at the fifth Art Festival by Orakel, the Arts and Culture student association. Several young ar...

“Almost every sentence is worth underlining”

“Almost every sentence is worth underlining”

Who: Arie van der Lugt, associate professor of cognitive neuroscience Book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig Target group: “Students interested in philosophy and abstraction”

The king’s inauguration

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 inauguration.

It can’t be that bad

A bit over 12 weeks ago, when I got here, I saw my schedule: classes until April 5th, followed by exams until the end of April. I heard stories about how stressful exam period was, that the library was open 24/7, and always completely occupied. A bit ridiculous, I thought. It couldn't be that bad. And a month of exams, without classes, would gi...

“I quite often go to my tutorials high”

“I quite often go to my tutorials high”

“Twice, I included a full paragraph of a pancake recipe in my seminar work, because I was suspicious that no one read them, both times I got a 9.” 345 people liked this confession on the Maastricht University Confessions Facebook page. “Legend,” one remarks. “Maybe it was a really good recipe?” another one jokes....

Miniskirts

Miniskirts

At last, spring has sprung—a whole deal later than usual, but just in time for a new period spent studying in the stuffy library. How great! At least it’s safe to assume that we no longer have to cycle to our classes in the snow wearing fifty layers of winter clothing. In Serbia there is a saying, “from boots to sandals” an...

“Not everyone in Brazil can dance salsa”

“Not everyone in Brazil can dance salsa”

Benedikta Heldman (21), half German and half French, is a second-year European Studies student who has seen 13 per cent of the world. Benedikta Heldman is certainly cosmopolitan. Her father is German, her mother French. Her father's work meant that she grew up in many different countries: South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Brazil. As a re...

Professor of Human Rights Menno Kamminga: “This is propaganda for the regime”

Should Maastricht University serve as a vehicle for the promotion of the Central-Asian Republic of Azerbaijan, a country with a questionable human rights reputation? This question was asked by German third-year exchange student at University College, Philipp Buchallik, after he had read last month’s online UM news bulletin, containing the ann...

Sociopaths and scholarships

In the news in Britain last week: with measles (mazelen) taking hold in Wales, public health authorities are urging everyone to have their measles vaccination, and fast. In response, the ‘antivaxxers’ have again started shouting about how the vaccine gives you autism. Here’s the thing – no, it doesn’t. Just no. Antivax...

Het COC

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: het COC
Make it in the Netherlands

Make it in the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS.  Businesses, government and educational institutes should try harder - like they do in Germany - to keep foreign talent in the Netherlands. The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) has put this in a draft recommendation to the cabinet. Businesses and other organisations should offer work placements and traineeship...

Canadian rokjesdag

Martin Bril famously described it: ‘rokjesdag’ (skirts day). The day (Dutch) women wear skirts for the first time of the year. On this day, often in early spring, people, en masse, run to the beaches and wear their most summery clothes. If you would take a picture on such a day, you would think that it was at least 30 degrees. But actua...

Puritanism

Puritanism

In my life, things just have to be done the right way, or not at all. I find it difficult to explain my reasoning to people sometimes, but then I realise—there isn’t much to explain. Call it puritanism if you will. I hate it when foods ‘contaminate’ each other on a plate. I cringe when I have to reuse a glass from which I dr...

Suitcase destroyed for security reasons

Suitcase destroyed for security reasons

Elian Bogers (23), from the Netherlands, who is finishing her research master’s in Health Sciences and her master’s in Global Health and has seen 11 per cent of the world Having been in India for only two weeks and you already making the local newspaper. It happened to Elian Bogers, who was about to spend four months studying at Manipa...

Going to the toilet with a telephone in your bra

Going to the toilet with a telephone in your bra

MAASTRICHT.Taking a trip to the toilet with your mobile phone during an exam to receive the right answers. Exam fraud using mobile phones appears to be a persistent issue at the School of Business and Economics (SBE). It leads to long queues for the toilet, with men all waiting to use the cubicle. Security gates, body checks or cameras are not an o...
Take life into your own hands!

Take life into your own hands!

  Who: Jeannette Hommes, assistant professor of Education at the School of Business and Economics Book: Night Train to Lisbon, Pascal Mercier Target group: students from the School of Business and Economics

The PhD can wait – because North Korea won’t

I have a thing for books about wacky countries, and North Korea is getting weirder by the minute. Nothing to Envy I just could not put down. It tells of a doctor who crossed the border into China and, lost in the dark, found herself in a peasant’s dog kennel. She could not believe her eyes: in the kennel was a bowl of white rice. For the dog!...

Lumière

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 cinema

Camp spice

When I looked at my feet, covered in soaked Converses, towing a canoe through the snow, I thought: this is madness. A three-day white water canoeing trip on the Madawaska River in Ontario, still covered with ice, camping in the snow. While everybody else was enjoying delicious Easter dinners. Indeed, why do we do it (speaking for all, and more die...