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Entries for August 2012

"I hope to get more self responsibility"

"I hope to get more self responsibility"

Jules Stuyt, 19, a European Studies student at the Hogeschool Zuyd from the Netherlands   Why Maastricht?  “I wanted to do European Studies. You can also do that in The Hague, but it is much better in Maastricht than there. Besides, some of my friends are studying here, too.” What do you expect our of your time here? &ldquo...

Faculty introduction in full swing

Faculty introduction in full swing

Thursday afternoon around 13:30. The faculty introduction is in full swing, in the inner city and at the other site of the Maas. The staff of the front desk of the Student Service Centre has to deal with a lot of questions. The official opening of the academic year will be on Monday 3 September 2012 (15:30) in the Theater a...

Seduce and desire

The story: Margot (Michelle Williams) is married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer who is working on a book with nothing but chicken recipes. By chance, she meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), an attractive, aspiring artist who also turns out to be her new neighbour. Something begins to stir that has long been missing from her relationship with Lou: se...

10,000 euros for Green Office

Maastricht University’s Green Office wants to grow and become a European sustainability think tank. The city of Maastricht has granted 10,000 euros, as an incentive within the framework of its Sustainability Impulse. The Maastricht Green Office wants to promote sister institutes at other European universities. In addition, the ‘green&r...

Milky-white legs

Milky-white legs

After last week's intrigue with finally seeing the new 'artist's impression' of me for the first Observant column – I spent some days trying to decide whether I looked 'cool and arty' or just a little bit like the crazy psycho witch from Snow White and the Huntsman. The jury is still out. On that note of vanity, all t...

A feeling for injustice

A feeling for injustice

Who: Gerard Mols, former rector and Professor of Criminal Law Book: The Tortilla Curtain (1995), by T.C. Boyle Targeted: law students
'If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much'

'If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much'

It’s a relatively calm afternoon at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. The Student Services Centre employee Remco de Rijck makes his way to the meeting point, a sign in his hands saying 'Student Pick-Up'. As he walks up, he scans the small crowd of waiting travellers who have gathered around the red-and-white column in the airport's cent...

“We had the beach all to ourselves”

“We had the beach all to ourselves”

In Far away eyes students and staff talk about their travels; the countries, the people, the experiences. UCM-student and experienced traveller Roos Malmberg is first up.
Bruis festival

Bruis festival

Will and the people, Ozark Henry, Infadels, Goose and many more will perform at the Bruis Festival - a free festival at the sports area of the Tapijnkazerne in Maastricht. This is the sixth edition of the family festival which will be held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September. More info 

Election fever

I’m in favour of coffee shops, lenient penalties for criminals and rampant online copyright infringement. At least, according to the StemWijzer. With 30 propositions to agree or disagree with, the StemWijzer tells you which parties best represent your opinions. To be more precise, I think closing coffee shops turns soft drug users into social...

Smooth and easy start in Maastricht

Smooth and easy start in Maastricht

To get your stay in Maastricht off to a smooth and easy start, the Gemeente Maastricht has drawn up a list of ten points that you should be aware of as a student. It's about registering with the Maastricht municipal council,  the red-and-white refuse bags for household waste, cycling rules, a special student parking permit and al...

"My 11 roommates were the first people I got to know"

"My 11 roommates were the first people I got to know"

Alina Hoenen (19), an Economics & Business student from Germany   Why Maastricht? "The city is really nice and I wanted to study in English." What did you do before you came here? "I just finished high school back in Germany." How many people do you already know in Maastricht? "So far, I know Anika, my friend f...

"I miss the German bread"

"I miss the German bread"

Torsten Bode (25), a master student International Business, Strategy and Innovation from Germany is the first to be interviewed in this new series in which we will follow freshmen through their first year at Maastricht University.

Tragos pulls out all the stops

The Maastricht streets were buzzing Thursday evening, as the students were given the choice to attend whatever party appealed to them most; hosted by two of the three big associations in town. With rivals Circumflex throwing their traditional beach party; the Tragos association took their guests to the circus. An anxious crowd awaited the entrance ...

Maastricht's sailors

Maastricht's sailors

After a twenty minutes bike-ride to the landing stage south of the city, about 25 freshmen are welcomed by the Lagakari crew, this Thursday afternoon of the INKOM. We get to choose: surfing or sailing? While the surfers do their best to catch some wind in their sail, two instructors take students in groups of six on short turns with the sailing boa...

Wild water and driving lessons

Wild water and driving lessons

Cheering and shouting echoes over the compound of the student association SV Koko as students enjoy a giant water-slide. Ellis, a new first-year student at the faculty of Health, Medicine and Life sciences however remains skeptical: “I’m wearing a white shirt. I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to go into the water.&rdquo...

One, two, cha cha cha...

One, two, cha cha cha...

The ballroom of the Danscentrum Bernaards is dimly lit, Latin music is played and first-year students are trying not to step on their partner's feet. This Thursday afternoon INKOM participants have chosen to take some dance lessons offered by the Maastrichtse Studenten Dansvereniging (M.S.D.V.) Let's Dance!. The freshmen learn basic steps i...

Your daily dose of adrenalin

Your daily dose of adrenalin

Thursday afternoon at four, fifteen first-year students are waiting to slide down the flying fox that MAASSAC, Maastricht’s climbing association has set up. “I’m a bit afraid of height but I have no choice. My friends are already waiting down there”, says Vera Breimann, 20, from Germany. After the ride, Lieke Sandering, 18, ...

Master dinner INKOM

Master dinner INKOM

On Thursday night, Maastricht's new batch of Master students gathered in the courtyard of the Minderbroedersberg for some casual socializing. In contrast to the hectic buzz of the general INKOM, various languages are floating through the mild summer air. About half of the 200 students are foreigners. “I have already met people from Brazil...

Burn those calories

Unlike the previous years, this year’s Inkom Sport’s Event was located at the Griend; looking out towards the river Maas. The student’s took to relax on this sunny Wednesday afternoon; as many of them were recovering from the MECC party the day before. The remnants of alcohol retained calories were burned during capoeira workshops...

IndepenDANCE or IndepenRELAX?

IndepenDANCE or IndepenRELAX?

At four o'clock in the afternoon, the first-year students are not yet in the mood to move their feet to the sounds of music. Tired from the activities and the night before most people at the indepenDANCE festival are rather sitting in the grass, enjoying the sunny weather with ice cream and a drink. Vera van Aller, 18 and originally from Eindho...

More than one hundred nationalities

Rumour has it, that more than one hundred nationalities were represented on Maastricht's market square on Tuesday afternoon and even though the quick survey by the mayor of Maastricht, Onno Hoes, could not quite prove the presence of participants from Ethiopia or Trinidad and Tobago, there surely were many European as well as non-European stude...

Relaxation and free brunch in the garden of the law faculty

Relaxation and free brunch in the garden of the law faculty

Wednesday, 11:20am: entering the garden, soft music and chatting groups of people are inviting to join in, relax and enjoy the sun. All still seem to be a bit tired from the night before. Ien van der Werf, 22, from Chile, soon studying at SBE, enjoys the event. “I am here to get some advise on things like how to open a Dutch bank account, fin...

Scary Sunday

Scary Sunday

The one thing that made the biggest impression when I first came to Maastricht was not the amount of bikes, nor the different language, not the sound of Dutch music or the smell of coffee shops around every corner. Oh no, these things were nothing in comparison to the sheer dilemma and trauma that ensued on my first Sunday in Maastricht. My belove...

Dutch rapper Ali B opens INKOM 2012

Dutch rapper Ali B opens INKOM 2012

Singing and crowd surfing. That's how Dutch rapper Ali B opened the INKOM 2012 this afternoon. It was a full house, the Maastricht Market was crowded with freshmen, their papa's and mama's and a lot of members of the Maastricht fraternities. A record was broken today; for the first time there were more than 2500 freshmen who join the I...

Dimi-Festival: a multi-coloured battlefield

Dimi-Festival: a multi-coloured battlefield

“A battlefield with a good sphere”, say first-years Ninée Buchholtz, Iris van Leeuwen and Desirée Stroes about the Dimi Festival on Tuesday. The students were welcomed by a train of numerous colours at the Onze Lieve Vrouwen Wal. Each association, sorority and fraternity had set a selection of their troops to sticker every student enter...

INKOM 2012: Over 200 meters queue

INKOM 2012: Over 200 meters queue

A long line of freshmen is weaving from the conservatory over the courtyard of the School of Business and Economics  and into the building. Some are talking to their new fellows, some are only by themselves waiting for the line to move forward. This morning – Tuesday – more than 2300 first year students subscribed as participants f...