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Drinking water won’t cure a hangover say Dutch researchers

Drinking water won’t cure a hangover say Dutch researchers

MAASTRICHT. Dutch scientists studying the consequences of drinking too much have concluded that eating food and drinking water make no difference to a hangover, despite the popular belief that they do.
Saying ‘yes’ to yourself, is saying ‘no’ to someone else

Saying ‘yes’ to yourself, is saying ‘no’ to someone else

Anonymous (25): “I am a PhD student. My research doesn’t make my heart beat faster. I want to quit, but I’m afraid of disappointing others. What should I do?” Ingrid: Zayn Malik quit. After five years with the band One Direction he decided last March that the time had come for him to leave the popular boy band. There has ...

The higher the education, the more drugs used

The higher the education, the more drugs used

MAASTRICHT. The higher the education, the more drugs used Have you ever smoked a joint? Yes, say one in three with higher education. They have experimented much more often with drugs than others, Statistics Netherlands reports. Graduates from schools of higher education and universities also have more experience with cocaine, ecstasy or amphe...

Follow your heart; choose the study of your dreams

Follow your heart; choose the study of your dreams

Mike (19): “I am studying law. This is my second study. I stopped the first one after six months and now I want to quit again. It is not what I expected it would be. The problem is that I don’t know what I do want. How do I find that out?”   Ingrid: “If only I had,” my grandmother mused just before she died....

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Spot the difference

Spot the difference

MAASTRICHT. The lecture hall of the School of Business and Economics has gone through some significant changes over the summer. Gone are the long benches; they have been replaced by individual chairs with their own folding table and power point. Also, a hundred extra seats were added to the hall.

AZM top claims more exuberant expenses than UM managers

AZM top claims more exuberant expenses than UM managers

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht university managers are a lot more frugal when claiming expenses than the managers of the nearby university hospital MUMC/AZM. UM managers regularly have no wine with their lunch in a restaurant.
“He beat the living daylights out of you”

“He beat the living daylights out of you”

Political philosopher Jerry Cohen was a “bag of nerves” when he had to give a lecture. But once he was on stage, he made a show out of every appearance at Oxford University, Teun Dekker vividly remembers. The acting dean of University College Maastricht did his PhD with the man who loved drama, jokes and a lot of gaiety, many examples o...

About step counters and brain surgery

About step counters and brain surgery

MAASTRICHT. Among the names of the 25 young Dutch and Belgian researchers competing for a new research prize, the New Scientist Wetenschapstalent 2015, there are two from Maastricht: neurosurgeon Yasin Temel (38) and philosopher Tamar Sharon (40).
Shrimp hurricane at Wok To Go

Shrimp hurricane at Wok To Go

The fast-food restaurant Wok To Go is right in the center of the Markt. It is a chain with lots of branches spread across the Netherlands. I think this inexpensive and impersonal little hideout fits well with people’s current lifestyle and welcomes not only students but also citizens of Maastricht. Once you enter this small take-away restaur...

Fasos welcomes freshmen

Fasos welcomes freshmen

MAASTRICHT. A queue already beginning on the Grote Gracht. This Wednesday morning the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences welcomes the freshmen. "Are you from Belgium", one of the first- year students asks. Yes, is the answer from a fellow student. "From the Dutch or French part?" "Dutch." And off they g...

Special fellow taxi driver

Special fellow taxi driver

MAASTRICHT. Three students of Maastricht University were driven by a very special fellow taxi driver from the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Maastricht, last Monday. Martin Paul, president of Maastricht University, was at Amsterdam Airport for the Holland Scholarship event with the Dutch minister of education. Could he serve as a pick-up s...

The Bubble

The Bubble

Nothing could seem more dissimilar than life in Israel and in the Netherlands.  Israel conjures up images of war, occupation, danger.  The Netherlands: green, orderly pastures, bicycles, water all around.  I was pondering this recently from the roof of the Shalom Hotel in Tel Aviv, a city that is sometimes called The Bubble. ...

One in five graduates in arrears with student debt

One in five graduates in arrears with student debt

Around one in five graduates with a student debt is behind with repayments, broadcaster Nos said at the weekend. Of these, two-thirds get a visit from a bailiff, the Nos said. The figures are based on information from the education ministry.
Dive like a dolphin

Dive like a dolphin

MAASTRICHT. Badminton, fencing, rugby, rowing, cycling, climbing, music and sun. Every UM sports association was at the Griend to show how much fun it is to participate, this Thursday afternoon. A lot of students came and tried to climb a wall, to dive with a dolphin and to play badminton. Or just sat together.

Dancing the night away

Dancing the night away

MAASTRICHT. There were loads of opportunities to dance at Cultural Valley in the Stadspark on Wednesday evening during the Inkom. The pop songs of the bands, the bass tunes of the DJ’s and the beats of the drum band – they all got people swinging. Those who preferred to watch could see Project Sally’s break-dancers and hip hoppers...

Yes, we dive

Yes, we dive

MAASTRICHT. Always loved to swim and dance? At this moment a lot of fresmen have put on their swimming suits to enjoy a couple of hours in and around the Maastricht swimmingpool Geusseltbad. Tonight, Wednesday 19 August, there will be a cultural festival and food market in the Stadspark.

Start festival Sphinxkwartier

Start festival Sphinxkwartier

MAASTRICHT. An hour ago the Inkom festival at the Sphinxkwartier started with two stages, a lot of music, places to dance, eat, drink and relax. It's quite crowded.

Cold Day@theUni

Cold Day@theUni

It was rather cold at the Day@theUni in the garden of de building of the School of Business and Economics Tuesday afternoon. Most freshmen stayed inside the inner city mensa for their lunch and missed a first acquaintance with study associations like Orakel (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Santé (Faculty of Health and Medicine) and  Gaiu...

2300 freshmen join Inkom

2300 freshmen join Inkom

Yesterday, about 2300 freshmen started with their new life in Maastricht. On the first day of the Inkom 2015 they had lunch in the former military barracks of the Tapijnkazerne and were around 20:00 officially welcomed by DJ Enzo Zanetti, De Heeren van Aemstel Band, Fabrizio and Belle Perez at the Markt in the centre of Maastricht. Today there is t...

Box of chocolates

Box of chocolates

Forest Gump’s mother used to say that life is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you’re going to get. Well, that definitely goes for my first year in Maastricht. Three years ago, I was in the same situation you’re in right now: wandering through an unknown city, not knowing exactly what will cross your path during...

“I was the worst integrated person ever”

“I was the worst integrated person ever”

I’ve taken up squash, and here’s what I’ve learned. It’s not just like tennis. Sure, there’s a racket and a ball and an itsy-bitsy skirt to wear. But if you think you’ll pick it up fast because you’ve got a mean tennis forehand, think again. You’re going to look like a moron. My team has eight wome...