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Entries for June 2013

New student initiative

“To bridge the still significantly existing gap between students living in Maastricht and the region and society surrounding it.” That’s the goal of the newly founded Student Society Interaction (SSI). The project is an initiative of four students – Isabel Voets, Hannan Bittich, Jesper Saman and Dirk Janssen – who work...

Scorpions, tarantulas and giant hunting ants

Scorpions, tarantulas and giant hunting ants

Eva van Voskuijlen (22), a Dutch third-year student of International Business who has seen 11 per cent of the world   Eva van Voskuijlen, a third-year international business student, recently returned from her student exchange in Quito, Ecuador. She spent almost five months in this South American city, and admits that it was quite a shock wh...

Quarter-life crisis

The story: Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York and aspires to a career as a ballet dancer or choreographer. She is now 27, but the free-and-easy Frances still behaves as if she’s just moved out of home. When her flatmate Sophie (Mickey Sumner) announces her plans to move in with her boyfriend, reality sets in for Frances: she has no job,...

UM in THE young top ten

UM in THE young top ten

MAASTRICHT. From nineteenth to sixth place, is the jump made by Maastricht University in the Times Higher Education top hundred of young universities (under 50 years). In doing so the UM has reached the ‘elite group’, says THE. Their criteria for THE under 50 are in principle the same as for the regular THE ranking, with a few adaptatio...

T.S. Eliot on your iPod

T.S. Eliot on your iPod

Who: Guido Goossens, lecturer of Art Theory at tthe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Book: The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot Target group: Arts and Social Sciences students

Fiscal win

Never have I called the Dutch tax office – or any tax office, for that matter – and felt that I’d won. Until today, that is. Despite having left the country three years ago, I was still being taxed by the Belastingdienst. I’d been dreading making the call, though, because as everybody knows, the tax office always wins. But i...

We love…. The world of fans

We love…. The world of fans

A Susan Boyle Fan community, Game of Thrones fan site, Sherlock Holmes Fan Club site. These are just a few examples in a vast jungle. Fans of television series, films, games, or music express themselves in all manner of ways. Virtually on blog sites or forums, but also in real life at meetings. There will be a conference about fan cultures, called ...
Crib clip contest at Brusselslook Festival

Crib clip contest at Brusselslook Festival

MAASTRICHT. Where students and locals meet. This would be the perfect slogan for the Brusselslook Festival, held on Thursday next week at the Orleansplein for the fourth year. There will be music, drinks and a ‘clip your crib’ contest. The idea is to promote the integration between Maastrichtenaren and the attending students (most of wh...

Less pay for student jobs

MAASTRICHT. “I was a member of the ‘UM promoteam’ and back then I was already earning 9 euro per hour. These days that kind of job is arranged through Interum and you only earn about 5 euro. For that kind of money I would not go and visit secondary schools to praise the UM today,” says Nadine van Veenendaal, Dope student mem...

So far

So far

It appears World War 3 has just hit my bedroom; strewn about are boxes, papers, suitcases, plastic bags, and—a dead body? Nope, that’s just me, sprawled on the ground, trying to ignore all responsibilities. Another academic year is over, and I again find myself in a weird limbo, a permanent temporary situation in which I’m floatin...

(Bijna) vakantie! (1)

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 holiday's have almost begun (part 1)
Free Dutch lessons for students

Free Dutch lessons for students

MAASTRICHT. Give new foreign bachelor’s students a free Dutch language course to help their integration into the university and city. With this proposal, the Executive Board is giving in to a long-cherished wish of various student factions. The Board also suggested that students should be given vouchers that they can exchange for language cou...

Fake pockets

Fake pockets

Most girls and women know this; going clothes shopping can be frustrating as hell. Should I have one jacket for all weather conditions or different jackets for different conditions? What if I’m wearing my felt winter coat and it starts raining? I love that pretty cocktail dress but I will never have an opportunity to wear it in Maastricht. Fi...

“I can do exactly as I want when I travel by myself”

“I can do exactly as I want when I travel by myself”

Anna Verhulst (21), a Dutch student of medicine who has seen 7 per cent of the world   Anna Verhulst is going backpacking around Canada by herself this summer. Although she is only 21, this is not her first trip to a far-away destination. It is not even her first trip alone. When she was in her fifth year in secondary school, she visited fam...

Pretentious B-movie

The story: Together with his brother Billy (Tom Burke), Julian (Ryan Gosling) runs a Bangkok boxing club as a cover for their drug smuggling operation. When Billy is killed, Julian’s icy mother Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) demands that he avenge the killing. In his efforts, the reluctant Julian crosses paths with the ruthless agent Chang (V...

Cosy and peaceful

Cosy and peaceful

MAASTRICHT. When the two Media Culture master’s students arrived in Maastricht last August, one thing struck both of them: “Walking through the streets, we saw many students and a lot of elderly people. The group in between is notably absent.” Curious about the people and the city, Christine Spiteri (who did a bachelor’s in ...

Write or Die

Write or Die is a truly genius app. Its aim is to fight writer’s block by simply not allowing you to indulge in it. There are three settings. If you stop typing, the Gentle setting will politely prompt you to start again, the Normal setting will trigger an unpleasant sound until you keep going and, finally, the Kamikaze setting will actually ...

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Inkom's final party

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Inkom's final party

MAASTRICHT. The Dutch DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano will be the closing act of the Inkom’s final party in the Mecc on Friday 23 August. The Inkom Working Group presented the names of the artists during the pre-Inkom drink last Monday. For the opening event on the Markt, on Monday evening, they did not choose a well-known Dutch arti...

Better coffee and FFWD shops

Better coffee and FFWD shops

MAASTRICHT. UM caterers Albron will be replacing the coffee machines for UM employees in September and October, says General and Technical Services (FD). The measure was prompted by the plethora of complaints about the quality of the coffee since Albron took over the catering services from the UM’s own department, Unicatering. The poor scores...

"We are both victims and culprits"

"We are both victims and culprits"

Who: Philip Vergauwen, economist, dean of SBE from September What: Midnight, by Mao Dun Target group: students of Economics and International Business “Regardless whether you are a globalist or an antiglobalist, for or against the neo-liberal market economy, you should read this book. Anyone who wants to take part in the discussion about t...

Vaderdag

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: Father's Day

Erosion of love

The story: Celine’s (Julie Delpy) and Jesse’s (Ethan Hawke) summer vacation is coming to an end. Soon they will have to swap idyllic Greece for everyday life in Paris. During a tense last evening in a luxury seaside hotel, emotions run high and Celine and Jesse are forced to take stock of their relationship. In 1995, filmmaker Richard ...

UM withdraws diploma of foreign student

MAASTRICHT. A foreign master’s student from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences appears to have cheated so seriously that the Examination Committee intends to revoke the diploma. This has never happened before at the UM.
What would you do under barbarous conditions?

What would you do under barbarous conditions?

Who: Wybo Dondorp, ethicist What: Night, by Edgar Hilsenrath Target group: students of medicine and philosophy
Toilet visit policy criticised

Toilet visit policy criticised

MAASTRICHT. It looks as if the student members in the university council will be successful in their resistance against the ‘one toilet visit policy’ during exams. The Executive Board actually agrees with them. The Examination Committees recently decided collectively that action was needed to combat the fraudulent actions taking place ...

Twenty

Twenty

I don’t think I will ever understand how people think newborn babies are beautiful. Sure, the miracle of life is beautiful, but honestly, they’re tiny, weirdly-proportioned humans that have just spent nine months in a bag of fluid inside of another human.  My preferred adjectives to describe the squashed little alien are ‘ter...

Fanatical positivity

I’ve been running some brain experiments recently. No, I’m not a neuroscientist – or a serial killer – I mean on my own brain. I’ve had to give a lot of talks this year, and I used to be a nervous public speaker. Not any more. It’s all about brain manipulation by way of fanatically positive thinking. Whenever a n...

Visiting volcanoes all over Europe

Visiting volcanoes all over Europe

Réka Felleg, a Hungarian PhD candidate at the Accounting and Information Management Department (SBE) who has seen 14 per cent of the world   Réka Felleg’s love of travel began when she visited her family in Los Angeles as a teenager. “I lived with them for seven months and went to high school there.” In her free time, they ...