Photographer:Fotograaf: Joey Roberts
MAASTRICHT. For one year, Novum was able to call itself the most powerful political student party in Maastricht. Last Friday, when the election results were made public in the Kruithuis, it turned out that Dope had regained the top position: with no fewer than 29 seats – having gained seven – divided among the University Council and faculty councils. Novum dropped back from 22 to fourteen seats.
With six seats in the University Council, seven in the Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences and five in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Dope reigns supreme there. Only in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Novum has a majority of student seats (three out of five).
In the year that saw the birth of the New University and in which the call for more democracy at universities throughout the country, but also in Maastricht, was getting louder and louder, the turnout was a little disappointing as far as the University Council was concerned. The number of voters dropped by 1.5 per cent among students (to about 25 per cent) to even 10 per cent (from 33 to 23 per cent) among academic staff.
The turnout for the faculty councils showed a slight to reasonable increase here and there. Many more FASoS students made their way to the ballot box (almost 37 per cent, an increase of 10 per cent), just like at the Faculty of Law (33 per cent, up by 6 per cent). Many members of the academic staff at FHS voted too: almost 56 per cent (against 42.53 the last time). An absolute high was the turnout among support staff at Psychology: 75.90 per cent.
Students from FHS, on the other hand, showed less enthusiasm than last year: 31 per cent, a drop of 9 per cent. Support staff at FASoS was also less willing to cast their vote: last year almost 66 per cent did so, against 51 per cent this year.
The new councils will convene after the summer.