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Entries for September 2010

Organised hypocrisy

“When graduating from university, I applied – like millions before and after me – for an internship at the European Commission”, said Prof. Thomas Christiansen (1965) in his inaugural lecture at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences two weeks ago. As an applicant he didn’t rely on his CV but went through a contact, who told him that the competiti...

Dance Days, Tim Knol and For Real

Students into dance should stay in Maastricht during the weekend of 1–3 October, when Maastricht will host the Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Days) at the Theater aan het Vrijthof and other locations. The line-up includes acts ranging from urban to classical dance and makes way for both well-known and newer dance companies. Visit www.nederlands...

Concerns about council

The council elections are in May, but at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences there is already concern about staff representation. The Faculty Council discussed this in its meeting yesterday.

Maastricht International Week

Maastricht International Week starts at the beginning of October. Or rather: International Weeks, because for fifteen days the city will be dominated by the theme of internationalisation.
“Just put mayonnaise on everything”

“Just put mayonnaise on everything”

Ready steady cook. This is how most students want to prepare their dinner: a reasonably decent dish in less than half an hour. Often, due to a lack of time and inspiration, they stick to boring spaghetti, pancakes or fresh meals from Albert Heijn. For those occasions when you want to impress a friend or your mother: try a Persian eggplant dip, Dutc...
Palestinians'rights blatantly violated

Palestinians'rights blatantly violated

She views the present - umpteenth - attempt by Israel and the Palestinians (in Washington this time) to wrestle free from their mutual stranglehold, which has been ongoing for decades, with some scepticism. Mariolina Eliantonio, a 32-year-old Italian jurist, assistant professor at the UM, travelled with a group of some 20 others through Israel and ...

Right-wing coalition reaches agreement

The Netherlands. The Christian democrats of the CDA, the conservative party VVD and the anti-Islamic party of Geert Wilders (PVV) have reached an agreement. Wilders called it a historic moment. “Left-wing politics have no role to play in the upcoming years. That’s good for the Netherlands, good for my party and good for the voters.”  A right-...

Typical NL: Political what-ness?

I’ve just landed at Schiphol airport. Near Arrivals, I spot one of those stands holding free advertising postcards. I like colourful things – and I love free things – so I take a handful to browse through in the passport control queue. There’s a photo of an absurdly attractive couple in head-to-toe H&M. Close-ups of grinning mouths with shiny d...

The lovely pub in Amsterdam

The lovely pub in Amsterdam

Susanne Eijgenraam (23, raised in Rotterdam), has a bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences from Amsterdam, now a first-year student of the research master’s Physician–Clinical Investigator at UM

UM not in new Times ranking

Dutch universities do less well in the thoroughly renewed World University Rankings by Times Higher Education. Maastricht University has even completely disappeared from the top 200, as have Nijmegen and Tilburg.

Typical NL: Not smoking weed

There are many clichés about the Netherlands: tulips, windmills, cheese, the red light district in Amsterdam and its liberal drug laws. Like all clichés, they are far from accurate and nobody takes them very seriously. The Dutch drug laws, however, are a special case. While one can easily laugh about any cliché, many Dutch people seem to be quite a...

Wall painting in the basement

Wall painting in the basement

They had to get permission from the Faculty Board, but as of a couple of days ago the European Studies association Concordantia can be proud of its bicycle shed. It’s now the fanciest shed in the university; perhaps even in Maastricht.  

SBE lip dub

“Amazing” and “In one word: gay; in two words: super gay”. These are two reactions to the lip dub of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE). The YouTube video has been viewed 20,000 times over the last five days. A music video that was made in a single take, it shows a group of students dancing and lip synching to Queen’s ...

Popronde and Flikkendag Maastricht

Pop, rock, jazz and hip hop; Maastricht will have it all. On the night of Friday 24 September, Popronde, a travelling Dutch music festival, will drop by and present a selection of the last word in the music industry. Over thirty fresh, talented, but still unknown bands will perform at several locations in the city centre (including the Lumiѐre and ...

Too few credits? Leave the country!

From 2011 onwards, students from outside Europe who come to study in the Netherlands, must earn at least half of their credits each year. If they don't, they will lose their residency permits. Maastricht rector Gerard Mols speaks of a “harsh measure”.
"You were the pioneers, and not everything was perfect"

"You were the pioneers, and not everything was perfect"

The first Saudi Arabian medical students have passed their bachelor’s degrees. Last week they were the radiant guests of honour at a special ceremony

“One cannot live with ambiguous bosses”

The appointment was made weeks before. It was to be a serene farewell interview with Chris de Neubourg, about his move to that UNICEF research institute in Florence with the beautiful name: the Innocenti Research Center. And about leaving his brainchild behind: the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance that had finally entered smooth waters, or ...

Koko popular

Student association Koko scores well among foreign students. They registered 29 new non-Dutch members this year (against 25 last year, and ten in 2008). The number is not definite, as Koko still has to inaugurate its new members. The counter stopped at eleven for Saurus, at eight for Circumflex and five for Tragos. Koko received a total of 191 (ag...

Pecha Kucha, Musica Sacra and International Comedy

It doesn’t have to take long to present a good idea. The Pecha Kucha Night, on Monday 20 September, is living proof of this. With just twenty slides and twenty seconds of explanation per slide, Maastricht’s most creative brains will try to convince you of their latest ideas. The concept of Pecha Kucha (meaning ‘chit-chat’ in Japanese) allows archit...

New sports hall for UM

UM SPORT will most likely set up a new temporary sports hall in the former building of Dagblad De Limburger on the Duboisdomein in Randwyck. Maastricht University has rented this building since 1 August. The general and technical support services, the administrative service centre and a few departments from the Faculty of Health Medicine ...

Russia wants BaMa

Russia is considering a remodelling of its universities and introducing a bachelor-master system.

Long queues at the city office

European (EU and EEA) students who live and study in The Netherlands, this year face new rules issued by the ministry of Education. They could be in for an unpleasant surprise.

Tuesday Prinsjesdag

Every third Tuesday in September, the Dutch queen Beatrix delivers a speech outlining the government’s vision for the coming year.

Windows 7 next year

Although it has been some time ago since Microsoft introduced Windows 7 and received high praise, Maastricht University does not yet support the new operating system. Why not? “Other projects were higher on our list of priorities, but the proposal is being put together at the moment,” says Jo Weijers, head of ICT Service Centre. As far as he is con...

Parking on the outskirts of the centre for 5 euros per month

Parking on the outskirts of the centre for 5 euros per month

Foreign UM students who do not have accommodation in Maastricht or its immediate vicinity, and who need to commute for every tutorial group meeting, can now apply for a parking permit for certain areas around the city centre for 5 euros a month. Foreign students who do live in or near Maastricht have been allowed to park free of charge on the campu...

Fucking fairytale stuff

You’ve got lots of old stuff in the Netherlands. Old ruins. Old churches. The oldest theme park in the world. The oldest stock exchange. Old people. In fact, you were building windmills here a good 400 years before my country was even discovered. By your very own Willem Janszoon, as it happens, who accidentally bumped into Australia in 1606, took o...

New trouble at the School of Governance

Relations at managerial level at the Maastricht School of Governance are on edge again as dean Peter de Gijsel has decided to quit. Professor De Gijsel was appointed a year ago to straighten things out at the school. The dean of the faculty (FHS) that controls the School of Governance, professor Louis Boon, washed his hands of the school after conf...

the Parcours, Heritage Days and Arthur Guinness Day

Following on from the opening of the academic year, the Theater aan het Vrijthof is hosting the opening of the cultural season. At the Parcours, Maastricht’s theatres, museums, drama societies and other cultural organisations present themselves on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September. For instance, you can join in the celebrations for the sixtieth a...

“This project doesn’t end with us”

“This project doesn’t end with us”

When Oliver Neumann and Patrick Ganter, both third-year International Business students, came to Maastricht, they felt somehow lost. “We didn’t know where to go to. Other students said there wasn’t much to do in Maastricht, but we discovered all sorts of events”, says Neumann. “We felt that it lacked an event planner specially for international stu...

The puzzle of the caravans

A few famous man-made structures can be seen from space, like the Great Wall of China or the Belgian highways at night. What would be the characteristic landmarks of the NetherlandsIf Google Earth had a live view option, no doubt you’d be able to witness a peculiar phenomenon at least once a year: the great vacation migration. Seemingly endless flo...

UM’s Green Office

Last Monday, during the opening of the academic year, the new sustainability centre was opened and UCM students Felix Spira and Ardjan Vermue, who belong to the group of initiators, gave a presentation. At the Green Office, temporarily located in the Language Centre at Sint Servaasklooster, employees and students can drop by with their ideas or que...

New chance for right-wing coalition

The Christian democrats of the CDA, the conservative party VVD and the anti-Islamic party of Geert Wilders (PVV) want to restart their negotiations. It was only last Friday that Wilders decided to pull out of talks to form a coalition government, claiming that he had lost confidence in supporting a Liberal (VVD)–Christian Democrat (CDA) cabinet. Th...

Film theatre Lumière moves to Timmerfabriek

In 2012 the Lumière cinema, now located at the Bogaardenstraat, will move to the Timmerfabriek in the Boschstraat. There are plans to establish six theatres there with a total of 500 seats (the current Lumière has 326 seats). The Timmerfabriek – a former joinery works belonging to the Sphinx factory – is set to become the new cultural centre of Maa...

"I miss the sea"

"I miss the sea"

Erika Lindholm (21, Åland, a Finnish island where Swedish is spoken), second-year student of European Law School, board member of UNSA Maastricht

No major problems with MUSL anymore

No queues of students ignorant of their timetables or even of their status as registered students, no lecturers waiting resignedly for their students to show up; problems resulting from bugs in the student registration system MUSL last year, have been resolved. The university's top IT manager, CIO René Kocken has confirmed this. “It works for stude...

The trouble with titles

The first time I saw it, I thought it was quaint. The second time, so-so. But from the third to the fifty billionth time, it’s just made me want to scratch my eyeballs out. No, I’m not talking about Geert Wilders. I’m talking about the Dutch love of titles – lots of them. Like Dr. ing. Whatshisname. Or Mrs Prof. Whatsherface. Not to mention the mo...

Bruis, Cultural Nova and Mythe Berlijn

On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September, the Markt in Maastricht will form the stage for the festival Bruis. Saturday is pop and rock day, with the Belgium band dEus set to take the spotlight. This will be one of only few performances that they will give in the Netherlands this summer. Sungrazer, Oi Va Voi and the Dudes will also be present. On Sunday...

Hates: housing situation in Maastricht

Hates: housing situation in Maastricht

Veronika Brantová (20), second-year at University College Maastricht, from the Czech Republic, new member of the university council, member of the board of Universalis.
UCM merchandise profits go to charity

UCM merchandise profits go to charity

The profits of UCM merchandise – a student project that sells official UCM T-shirts and sweaters – don’t disappear into the pockets of the students. Rather, they end up in the bank account of a selected charity. This year, the money will go to an organisation that helps street children in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  

UL open until midnight

Since Monday the Inner City University Library has been open until midnight, seven days a week. In the Coffee Corner you can buy refreshments until 20.30. Previously, the UL’s doors were only open till late in the evening during exam periods. “You see this a lot in foreign countries. Some libraries are even open 24/7”, says UL director Ingrid Wijk...

Still no Dutch Governement

The elections were held in June, but the Netherlands is still waiting for a new government. Negotiations between the Christian democrats of the CDA, the conservative party VVD and the anti-Islamic party of Geert Wilders (PVV) are interrupted. Tuesday evening and Wednesday the Christian democrats held a crisis meeting whether to continue negotiation...

Local Health Authority: Get mumps vaccination

More than 530 Maastricht students have already had themselves inoculated against mumps, according to the Local Health Authority (GGD). The GGD advises students to have themselves vaccinated, regardless of whether they were vaccinated as children (which is often the case in The Netherlands and the rest of Europe) or not. Dozens of cases of mumps we...

Maastricht alumna wins lawsuit

A former law student of Maastricht University and former columnist for Observant is to receive compensation from GeenStijl. GeenStijl is a Dutch website where the news and light-hearted subjects are discussed. They have a reputation for their use of a direct, often rude and offensive tone. The court in Amsterdam has ruled that GeenStijl should pay...