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Entries for August 2013

Alex vs Ewa

With this year's Inkom theme being: "Challenge accepted", Breaking Maas figured why not challenge two of theireporters to a competition. Who'll win? Alex or Ewa?

Student committed fraud during two studies

MAASTRICHT. The foreign student from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who was suspected of plagiarism, committed fraud at two Maastricht master’s studies. For one study she never received her diploma because results were declared invalid beforehand, in November 2012. For the other master’s study a diploma was issued but has by no...

No, not a phishing e-mail from the UM

MAASTRICHT. Eleven ABN Amro customers expressed their concerns to Maastricht University after receiving e-mails from the university and their bank, said to be part of a customer satisfaction survey. They were asked to fill in a questionnaire on a website. The eleven wondered if it was a phishing e-mail. Phishing is a form of Internet fraud in which...

Things I learnt this summer

Things I learnt this summer

In July, my plans for the summer were suddenly dismantled after a phone call from the woman who was meant to be my boss.  What I was counting on doing during my break (working a few hours a day, then taking long weekend trips with friends) rapidly receded into the realm of fantasy after I had been ‘let go’. However it wasn’t...

Everything always returns

Everything always returns

Who: philosopher Rob Houtepen (FHML) Film: Ten Canoes Target group: students from all faculties
"We have the very best landlady ever"

"We have the very best landlady ever"

Hey ladies, looking for a cute little room in a ‘gezellig’ student house in Heer, 4 minutes by bike from the Randwyck faculties? Then we’ve got exactly the place for you! Only €260, -/month, including G/W/E and Internet!
Cultivated meat or artificial meat?

Cultivated meat or artificial meat?

MAASTRICHT. Two thirds of the Dutch people support the cultivation of meat, according to a survey carried out by Flycatcher research agency among 1,200 Dutch respondents. The reason for the study was the presentation of a hamburger cultivated by Mark Post, UM professor of vascular physiology, on 5 August in London. Half of the respondents would li...

Not the cheapest, not the most expensive city

Not the cheapest, not the most expensive city

MAASTRICHT. The rent of an average student room in Maastricht? 365 euros. The average price of a glass of beer in the capital of Limburg? €2,60. Only in Leiden (€2,90) students pay more for a beer. Maastricht isn’t the cheapest student town in the Netherlands, a recent survey from MasterCard and Nibud tells us. The cheapest town is ...

AquaDANCE popular

AquaDANCE popular

MAASTRICHT. The packed bike racks at the Geusseltbad are the first sign that AquaDANCE is a popular activity among freshmen. It’s also hard to find an empty place on the sunny lawn, this Thursday afternoon.  And the (brand new) swimming pools in the open air are full of students.  Inside the Geusseltbad people are gliding of the hug...

Drums, wars and water pipes

Drums, wars and water pipes

MAASTRICHT. Opera, dance, theatre, yoga, comedy, a fire-eater: the innocent passer-by at the Stadspark was in for a surprise Wednesday night at Culture Valley. At the entrance of the park, a large group of students is listening to a drum band playing. A girl with a Brazilian flag wrapped around her shoulders dances along. Behind the drummers a grou...

“Let’s crush them!”

“Let’s crush them!”

MAASTRICHT. The sports event, Wednesday afternoon. Somewhere in the middle of the field at the Griend is a small stand where a few boys make dangerously looking gestures. Kicking a large cushion held by another boy and then turning around the axis, one would expect Jackie Chan to join in any moment. This is the student karate club Kinran. The scene...

Short movie: opening Inkom 2013

The students from Breaking Maas film everything during the inkom. Watch their first shortie about the opening at the Markt.

890kg workload

Imagine a huge tent with five thousand people in motorbike gear. All of them sit on slim wooden benches and tables, shouting at each other to drown out the loud (and incredibly silly) folk music and calling for beer, beer and more beer. This was the biker event in Bavaria, where I worked for one weekend during my summer job. It was the most exhaust...

Inkom day 1: Singing along with Maastricht songs

Inkom day 1: Singing along with Maastricht songs

MAASTRICHT. Monday afternoon, 13.00hrs at registrations: a few international students cycle – a bit shaky – for the first time through Maastricht. They stop from time to time to take pictures of each other. At the School of Business and Economics nervous freshmen stand in line for the Inkom registration. The Inkom mama’s and papa&...

New record Inkom: 2,700 participants

New record Inkom: 2,700 participants

MAASTRICHT, 20 AUGUST. Yesterday, 2,700 freshmen registered for the Inkom 2013. That’s more than ever. In 2012 there were 2,500 participants, and that was a record too: 250 more than in 2011. The influx has probably to do with the abolishing of the Dutch basic study grant (€251,76 per month) in September 2014. Students that start their b...

Inkom day 1: Dutch cheese and peperkoek, anyone?

Inkom day 1: Dutch cheese and peperkoek, anyone?

MAASTRICHT 19 AUGUSTUS. It’s not everyone’s favorite smell… But eight freshmen don’t mind and unite around a table with pieces of cheese. ‘Dutch cheese’ says the printed paper next to the plate. On another table we find typical Dutch food like drop (liquorice), gingerbread and stroopwafels (round waffles with a ...