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Entries for August 2009

Inkom 2009

Inkom 2009

Here they are again, the new students, wondering how this huge step of coming to Maastricht will affect their lives, whether they will find friends here, if they will make it through the first year, if they will miss their homes a lot. As far as the latter is concerned, last week’s Inkom tried to make the freshmen forget all about their parents and...

A world not funny at all

I am not much of a hero worshipper, for Stephen Fry though, I could make an exception. I admire him as he is a gifted and interesting and imaginative writer, poet, filmmaker, actor and blogger. Everything he does is with dedication, humour, imagination and skill. One of the amazing novels he wrote is Making History. Leo Zuckermann is a physicist o...

28th Preuvenemint

28th Preuvenemint

Traditionally, on the last weekend of August, the largest open-air restaurant in the world is created in Maastricht. For the 28th time, restaurants and bars from in and around Maastricht will set up their elaborate booths and bars on the Vrijthof and invite anyone to come and taste their finest foods and drinks. This historical event draws many re...

Mixed Inkom groups not an unqualified success

Mixed Inkom groups not an unqualified success

Inkom groups consisting of both Dutch and foreign students was this year’s new policy. It was an attempt to improve integration between the Dutch and the Germans. A mentor: “Our three Germans already left the group on the first day.”

New in Observant

Just before the summer, Observant launched its new website www.observantonline.nl. From today, this website will regularly feature short film clips. The first six are - of course - about the Inkom 2009. In addition, eight bloggers - both students and employees - will create a weblog in Dutch and English, updated every week. One of them is German fi...

Talked to a Dutch student lately?

Talked to a Dutch student lately? Heike Seel, a third-year student at the University College Maastricht, looks a bit puzzled. Raised in Frankfurt, Germany, she is now sitting in the UCM’s common room. “Yes, yesterday”, she answers, still with a questioning look. Then, after another question: Of course she knows a lot Dutch people. “I live in a stud...