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Entries for August 2014

Long live the Kingdom

Long live the Kingdom

MAASTRICHT. Have you always wanted to meet Willem-Alexander and Maxima, the king and queen of the Netherlands, in person? The couple will be in Maastricht, this Saturday 30 August, for the celebrations of the 200 anniversary of the kingdom of the Netherlands. Maastricht was chosen as the venue for the festivities, because the city is regarded as &l...

“Feeling insecure is not exclusive to women”

“Feeling insecure is not exclusive to women”

MAASTRICHT. Successful women are not superhuman. They fight to get where they are, fall along the way and battle insecurity like the rest of us. This is a message that Dr Jennifer Barnes would like women to hear. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy at the University of Cambridge will deliver the keynote speech at the Theater aan...
"Some students call out ´hey Pauly´"

"Some students call out ´hey Pauly´"

MAASTRICHT. Paul Vermin is his name, to be pronounced in the Dutch way as VERmin and not VURmin, which in English sound like the term used for ‘pests’ or ‘lowlifes’. The student liaison officer welcomes Observant into the police station’s canteen, on the corner of the Prins Bisschopsingel. Hearty and open, an attitude ...
Pick-up service for 125 students

Pick-up service for 125 students

MAASTRICHT. Waiting for new freshmen at the meeting point at the Dutch national airport, Schiphol. The past two weekends, approximately 125 foreign students from countries such as Brazil, China, Mexico, the United States, Denmark and Spain, were collected by Maastricht University’s Pick-Up Service. Next week, the first of September, they will...

Torn

Torn

Why people migrate is influenced by different factors. Push factors describe the aspects that make you leave a place, whereas pull factors are reasons for moving to a certain location because it offers circumstances attractive to you. At the moment I am indecisive about the balance of push and pull factors when thinking about my next move. The move...

“The fact that I didn’t drop Psychology is all down to one man”

“The fact that I didn’t drop Psychology is all down to one man”

It was touch and go whether professor Rainer Goebel (1964, Fulda), the world-famous brain expert, would throw in the towel with regard to his Psychology study. What was wrong? At the beginning of the nineteen-eighties Goebel registered with the University of Marburg for two studies: Computer Sciences and Psychology. The interaction between mind an...

Inkom: wristband cheating €45

MAASTRICHT. Eight first-year students were ‘caught’ last Tuesday evening during a large-scale check before the beginning of an INKOM party in MECC. The Inkom Working Group organised a second ID check, because there were rumours about seventeen-year-olds wearing the wrong wristband, which enabled them to order alcoholic drinks. Furthermo...

Anti Mosquitoes App

Anti Mosquitoes App

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Reporters and columnists

Observant is always looking for freelance student reporters. This gives you the opportunity to gain experience and see what it’s like to be a journalist. You will cover events, interview other students and maybe even try your hand at reviews or background stories. You learn journalistic skills on the job and receive feedback from one of our f...

Alternative opening of the academic year

MAASTRICHT. For the first time in history, Monday 1 September will see an alternative opening of the academic year in Maastricht. While the official ceremony in the Theater aan het Vrijthof will address the topic of women in academia, the alternative opening that evening will focus on an entirely different subject. It will throw the spotlight on pr...

Become a better, more fluent and more accessible writer

Become a better, more fluent and more accessible writer

Sign up for one or more of Observant's "Effective writing" workshops. Develop a facile pen, learn to focus your angle of approach and improve the structure of your writing. The six workshops are also a great introduction to journalism.
UM suspends animal experiments

UM suspends animal experiments

MAASTRICHT. UM has suspended its cardiology research using 39 Labradors after protests from the Anti Dierproeven Coalitie (anti-animal testing coalition, or ADC). By Tuesday morning, more than 100 thousand people had signed the ‘Free the Labradors’ petition.
Dancing, but not ín the swimming pool

Dancing, but not ín the swimming pool

MAASTRICHT. It's rather cold, but some fresmen and mentors don't hesitate at all to take a plunge in the Geusseltbad, today. Others stick to dancing and leave the aqua for what it is.

Fresmen: from Brazil

Fresmen: from Brazil

MAASTRICHT. Could you make a picture of us? With a big smile Breno Luna Meira (24) and Leandro Dias Romariz hand over a smartphone in the Stadspark this Wednesday evening. Inkom’s Cultural Valley is about to start. The two are from Brazil and have registered in Maastricht for the master Criminology (Breno) and Psychology of Work and Organisat...

Film Cultural Valley

A short impression of Cultural Valley, last Wednesday night at the Stadspark.  

Film Opening Inkom 2014

A short impression of the official opening of the Inkom 2014 at the Markt in Maastricht.  

Freshman: From Paris, France

Freshman: From Paris, France

MAASTRICHT. Charles de Roncourt (19) is from Paris, France. He has signed in at European Studies. He wears a T-shirt that was designed by a friend of his, with a drawing of a man walking away, seen from behind, a bag over his shoulders. Quite intriguing, this picture. Found any new friends already in the Inkom group? “There are a couple of n...

Freshman: From Germany

Freshman: From Germany

MAASTRICHT. She is called Anna-Maria (“with a hyphen”) Ostermann, she’s 20 years old, from Germany and she is visiting the info market on Tuesday, behind the Mensa at the Tongersestraat 53. That is the building where she will be found the next couple of years, studying International Business. Twenty years old already? “Yeah,...

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

MAASTRICHT. Yesterday, Sunday 17 August, early arrived  students from different faculties met at a get-together in the Student Services Centre. There was a free lunch, social activities and a welcome speech by the rector of Maastricht University, Luc Soete. 

Freshman: From Cologne

Freshman: From Cologne

MAASTRICHT. Carla Schmitt (Economics and Business) and Nina Bekele (International Business) used to live in Cologne, but are now inhabitants of Maastricht. The two just met. Schmitt and Bekele chose for Maastricht because of "the international orientation". Schmitt: "I appreciate the idea of studying with people from differ...

Sunny start Inkom 2014

Sunny start Inkom 2014

MAASTRICHT. At 11:00 o' clock this Monday (18 August) the registration for the Inkom 2014 has started.