DOPE, the Deskundige Ongebonden Pragmatische Eenheid (or Expert Free Pragmatic Unit), celebrates its 20th anniversary. It was officially founded on 13 March 1990. Unofficially, however, the party was created a year earlier, because in May 1989 it participated in the university elections for the very first time. Just like NovUM, it is a Maastricht student fraction with members in both the university council and the faculty councils. DOPE is represented this year in the councils of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (6 seats), Arts and Social Sciences (1), Law (3), Humanities and Sciences (2) and School of Business and Economics (4). In the university council, the fraction is represented by five members.
The anniversary celebrations will be next Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13 March. Friday afternoon, there is a programme in the auditorium on the Tongersestraat for all students.