Inkom 2013 will last five days instead of four. “We have grown very quickly, eleven per cent last year. We cannot handle so many people together at some activities,” says Rick van der Westen, secretary of the Inkom Working Group.
The extra day (Monday) will make the schedule more relaxed. “The Tuesday was really a rushed day. First-year students hardly had any time to put their bags away after registering.” There is also room for new initiatives, such as Aqua Dance on Thursday. “That’s a pool party in the new swimming pool at the Geusselt.” During Day@the Faculty students can meet student associations. The optional activities by debating societies and associations are spread out over two days.
Looking at the programme, there are a lot of changes; almost all familiar items have been relocated. “Two of the best-attended events - the cantus and the final Heineken party - were straight after each other on Friday. We wanted to change that and that is how it all started.” The cantus is now a day earlier. Furthermore the Dimi festival (presentations by student association) and Independence (presentations by independent debating societies) has been condensed and I’m International – where foreign students can get practical information – is now during registration. “This is to take the burden off the mentors, who were asked a lot of questions.”
The theme this year is Challenge accepted. “Because first-year students embark upon new challenges and we felt that the new schedule was quite a challenge,” says chairperson Chantal van der Velde, laughing.