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Entries for September 2013

Baby Zombies

Baby Zombies

Apparently it’s not enough to stuff a girl in a dress every Sunday for church or hang a noose-of-a-tie around a boy’s neck to demarcate which one is what anymore.  Apparently now we must make sure they wear certain colors, certain fashion; we have to make sure they play with certain things, at all times!  I mean, god forbid li...

Mastering the local customs

UCM-student Corine Schuuring (20) writes about her experiences as an exchange student in Tokyo, Japan. This week she's mastering the art of slurping.
Traditionalism with a view to the future

Traditionalism with a view to the future

Who: Jan de Roder, assistant professor of Literature at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences What: Dumbarton Oaks by Igor Stravinsky Target group: students of Arts and Social Sciences
Plan B 2018 a long way off

Plan B 2018 a long way off

MAASTRICHT. A slimmed-down revival of the Maastricht Cultural Capital 2018 initiative seems to be less and less likely. Three weeks ago, when it was announced that Leeuwarden was the winning city, project leaders Guido Wevers and Huub Smeets alluded to a plan B, for which twenty of the original eighty million would be made available. The initiative...

A closet clean-out sale

Round 2 of closet clean-out sale tonight from 19.30h. Let's hope the weather will be kind to us this time! Clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery & home decoration. Sizes xs-m and shoe sizes 37/38/39. Feel free to join, pm me for address!

Quiz

  5 Ws, 1 H News articles are all about the 5 W’s en de H. Can you complete the series? Who Why W... W… W.... H..   Objective or not? Which of these types of articles are supposed to be objective? Several answers are possible. A column An interview A news report   Spot the mistakes There are seven mi...

Answers to the quiz

1.   What, When, Where, How   2.   B and C are correct; you may only give your own opinion in a column.   3.   We all write things, every day, from a shopping list to an email or a text message. What’s more difficult is having to write something longer. This is particularly hard when it comes t...

Political exile

“Your father and I are moving to New Zealand”, my mother texted two Sundays ago. As though Australia, where they now live, isn’t already far enough. I thought she was serious until I remembered the national election was being held. They had voted for the Greens, as they always do, and the Greens had lost. As they always do. Austr...

About a boy that never stopped playing

About a boy that never stopped playing

Who: UM curator Mieke Derickx Artwork: Panamarenko’s aeroplane Target group: students from all faculties
High-intensity training is hip

High-intensity training is hip

MAASTRICHT. Dribbling, push-ups, squats, knee lifts: it is all part of SuperHIIT, the new sports trend at UM Sports. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. “It uses intervals and a series of exercises,” says Netty Bekkers-Vos from UM Sports. “When you do these exercises, you train several muscle groups simultaneously. T...

Misunderstanding about compulsory attendance at FaSoS

Misunderstanding about compulsory attendance at FaSoS

MAASTRICHT. A misapprehension, that’s all. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has not introduced 100% compulsory attendance. Students are allowed to be absent twice in an eight-week block and once in a four-week block. Anyone who does not comply will be denied access to the block’s exam. Students may appeal to the hardship clause i...

The quest for breakfast

UCM-student Corine Schuuring (20) writes about her experiences as an exchange student in Tokyo, Japan. This week she's doing Japanese groceries for the first time.

Lot of criticism on education investments

THE NETHERLANDS.The government initially wanted to cut the education budget by 250 million euro, but has now found 700 million for investments. The universities and opposition parties say it is paid for out of their own pockets, because the money has come from shifting funds within the education budget. The extra 700 million is a result of circulat...

City rubbish bags cheaper

MAASTRICHT. The price of the red-and-white coloured rubbish bags, in which one deposits one’s household waste and which are left on the pavement to be collected in the city of Maastricht, will drop as of 1 January. A 50-litre bag will no longer cost 1.24 euro, but 0.71 euro cent. These rubbish bags are meant for waste that cannot be disposed ...

Shop & Go

Shop & Go

Handmade jewellery. Earrings with an aqua blue oval of jade facet. Length: 4 cm. Price: 6 euro.
What can you get from a photograph?

What can you get from a photograph?

MAASTRICHT. How to describe someone you only know from a photograph? Friendly? Authoritarian? Reliable? Competent? That was the key question in the Marble research by Roderick Bronzwaer, who completed his bachelor’s in Psychology in July. For the tests, he went to Hong Kong, where he showed test subjects photographs of politicians from the Ne...

Library drama

Library drama

When I had to write my bachelor’s thesis, besides doing an internship during the summer, I really learned to appreciate Maastricht University. The misery began as soon as I became a member of Hamburg University's library. Opening hours for all general members: not useful for people working until 7pm. Thus, a never ending to-do list creat...

Don't blame the evaluator!

Don't blame the evaluator!

MAASTRICHT. It wasn’t Maastricht, but Leeuwarden that was declared European Cultural Capital for 2018 last Friday. A great disappointment for the city, the thirteen partners and the leaders of the project. The jury was scourged in the media last weekend. They were supposedly “biased” and “cowardly”. Observant probed th...

Three toilet visits during exams

MAASTRICHT. The plan to limit visits to the toilet during exams to no more than one, to prevent mobile telephone fraud as much as possible, has been scrapped. The new Code of Order for Exams, effective as of last week, states that Maastricht students are allowed to make three visits to the toilet during a three-hour exam. The students are pleasantl...

A studio artifact full of riffs

A studio artifact full of riffs

Who: Darryl Cressman, philosopher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Album: Here Come the Warm Jets, Brian Eno Target group: philosophy students
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.
UCM to have its own student accommodation

UCM to have its own student accommodation

MAASTRICHT. The Guesthouse has expanded: a complex for 38 students, close to University College, situated on the corner of De Bosquetplein and the Zwingelput. UCM will rent all the rooms for its own students from 2017.
Behind the scenes at the therapist

Behind the scenes at the therapist

Who: Dalena van Heugten-van der Kloet, PhD in Psychology Book: Lying on the Couch by Irvin Yalom Target group: students who have an affinity with clinical psychology
Random People Dinner Club

Random People Dinner Club

Hi people! I would LOVE to host dinner #6 at my place. If weather permits, dinner will be served in my beautiful huge garden, where we can enjoy good food, company, and fresh air. Most likely dinner will be all vegetarian. I have space for 10 people, although I might need some extra chairs, which will be sorted out!

Political exile

“Your father and I are moving to New Zealand”, my mother texted two Sundays ago. As though Australia, where they now live, isn’t already far enough. I thought she was serious until I remembered the national election was being held. They had voted for the Greens, as they always do, and the Greens had lost. As they always do. Austr...

How to survive three years at Maastricht University

How to survive three years at Maastricht University

“I want to prevent you from making those mistakes that I did - and even some that I did not.” Claus Michaelis did his bachelor studies at the School of Business and Economics. Today, 9 September 2013, he starts with a master program in Paris. In this opinion article he wants to give the freshmen of 2013 some good advice. 

From the ta-a-mi-na-ru to the ba-su

In this new series UCM-student Corine Schuuring (20) will write about her experiences as an exchange student in Tokyo, Japan.
Mix and Mingle: Welcome Firsties

Mix and Mingle: Welcome Firsties

MAASTRICHT. On Tuesday evening, 3 September, Maastricht University welcomed all new international bachelor and master students at this year’s first Mix and Mingle party. Before entering the Aula of Minderbroedersberg, the students are asked to write their names and countries of origin on their name tags. Stalls in the entrance hall, represent...

The chicken or the egg

The chicken or the egg

MAASTRICHT. It’s not his first prize. Olivier Marie has already been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship that gives researchers the opportunity to gain experience abroad, and in 2012 he received the Veni grant from the Dutch research organisation NWO. Last Monday a jury unanimously awarded the Edmond Hustinx prize to the assistant professor at t...
Connecting students to the region

Connecting students to the region

MAASTRICHT. Bringing students and residents of Maastricht together on the basis of shared interests. This is the line of approach that the new Student and Society Initiative (Student en Samenleving Initiatief - SSI) is using to organise various activities in the coming months, such as theme dinners - for example about a passion for law/justice - an...

‘Speaking’ without making a sound

‘Speaking’ without making a sound

MAASTRICHT. Imagine: you are completely conscious, you understand everything that is going on around you, but you cannot move or communicate. This is what patients suffering from locked-in syndrome experience. Would it not be great if a small device that measures brain activity enabled you to ‘speak’ to the people around you? It is sti...