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Entries for May 2009

“A lot of our topics are being put on the agenda”

On 4 June, the elections for the European Parliament will be held. Billboards are on display around the city to enthuse citizens for this election round. Some Maastricht University students and alumni are themselves running for election as EP members. Aren’t they too young and inexperienced to make a difference among trained politicians?

The traditional formula of pesto is very simple

Alas, it's exam time again. I assume that you, like me, can barely find a moment to spend in the kitchen. But to be ready for those days when every minute counts, you can prepare your own convenience food: make your own pesto. It takes a bit of effort, but it's easy to scale up and stores quite well, if you keep it in the fridge with a thin film of...

Searching for 'real' bread

Searching for 'real' bread

“I like living in this city – it’s just a pity that you can’t buy any ‘real’ bread around here”, a German student at my faculty sighs. “But you can”, another student tells her. “There’s this French bakery, really close to the inner city library, that sells the most wonderful bread.” Intrigued by this conversation and driven by a hunger for some go...

Links with Darwin

Links with Darwin

Who hasn’t been hearing about Darwin yet? It’s not for nothing that it’s his year. And, of course, Maastricht University can’t be left behind. That’s why the Art and Heritage Commission (Kunst- en Erfgoed Commissie, or KEC) is making sure that Darwin gets his deserved spotlight at Minderbroedersweg 4–6. In fact, there’s another reason behind the o...

Poster Ouranos

I am an exchange student at the Faculty of Law and a member of study association Ouranos. I write this letter to complain about one of the advertisements that has been posted by Ouranos in the faculty. I am a muslim, a strict practicing one where my life is heavily influenced by and based on my religion. I pray five times a day, and believe in ful...

“The effects will be more dramatic than any previous crisis”

“The effects will be more dramatic than any previous crisis”

“The bad news is: you have no idea how far this crisis reaches. The good news is: you belong to the small group of people that is well informed and well educated. Look for a job in companies that are less affected by the crisis, like governments or national banks.” Last Monday, financial study association FS Focus organised a congress on the financ...
Networking on a train

Networking on a train

Last Thursday, more than 150 students got on the train from Maastricht to Brussels. Not for a shopping excursion, but to meet EU-related companies, in the train, that is. Observant joined this rolling career event.
Wearing orange to get to know each other

Wearing orange to get to know each other

It’s two days before the Queen's Birthday. Members of student association Tragos decorated their hostelry the Nox with red, white and blue balloons. Orange paper chains are put up to boost the Dutch character of the night even more. No, it’s not an early celebration of the Queen’s Birthday; tonight the first edition of the Passport Party takes plac...

“Is there a new website?”

It took a few years, but now it’s there: the new Maastricht University website. The web controllers of the faculties and service centres met on Tuesday to discuss a lot of complaints (more on page 3). But what’s the opinion of the ordinary employee and student on www.maastrichtuniversity.nl?

Rag week proceeds

Rag week 2009 raised 31,500 euros. That is almost double the proceeds of 2008, when 16,000 euros was collected for charities. The high score is mainly due to a joint action by the Rag week board and National Sports Week: children from eleven primary schools in Maastricht participated in a sponsored walk and raised 15 thousand euros. In addition, t...

Kunsttour

Kunsttour

Upcoming in exactly one week is the anniversary (10th) edition of the Kunsttour, organized by Art2Connect. Spanning four days at various locations in Maastricht, around 150 artists display their paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics and textiles in various expositions. In addition to visual art, this edition pays special attention to ‘sound ...

Eat, drink and be merry

England has 3 sauces and 360 religions, France has 3 religions and 360 sauces. That is, according to Napoleonic diplomat Talleyrand. I don't know much about religion, but I assume that times have changed since then. With regard to the sauces, however, I'm not so sure. The variety of sauces is truly something special to French cooking. It was Talley...

Weser's Whereabouts

Weser's Whereabouts

Nothing good ever happens after 2 am. This old saying seems to be correct concerning nightlife in Maastricht, if you believe the group of UM students who are gathered on the market on this Saturday night. The café they have visited this evening, has just closed since it is 3 am, but what to do now? “Let’s just go to the Alla”, one of them suggests ...