What should an influencer do and not do?

What should an influencer do and not do?

MAASTRICHT. Is a vlogger allowed to advertise a product in a video diary and not state that it is advertising? Is it all right for a YouTuber with a lot of underage followers to promote energy drinks? Influencers have become an established part of the online media landscape, but for legislators it is still a very new phenomenon. The Maastricht ‘Influencer Law Clinic’ wants to create clarity, both for the influencers and for consumers.

Mayor closes Highlander

Mayor closes Highlander

Mayor Hoes closed The Highlander pub on Tuesday afternoon at 16:00hrs. The pub on the Hertogsingel is especially popular among foreign students. What in the Netherlands are called ´soft drugs´ were found on the premises. The apartment in ...

University Council blocks Guesthouse privatisation

Providing housing for foreign students should be considered a basic service by this university. The plan to hand over the Guesthouse to a commercial market party should therefore be carefully reconsidered. This is what chairman of the University Cou...

A pattern of black and white

A pattern of black and white

Last Thursday, another Mix and Mingle event – the regularly organised get-togethers for international students – took place at the Stay Okay Hostel. This time people were invited to a 'Black and White Party' referring to the dress...

Free Dutch language courses at other universities

In an attempt to bind international students to the Netherlands, the University of Groningen is offering free Dutch language courses from January 2013. Maastricht University asks 150 euro for a similar two-part beginners' course in Dutch. In Tilburg, free language courses have existed for years.

Outsourcing Guesthouse is near

The deal is almost done: the Guesthouse is to be privatised. Maastricht University will no longer offer furnished rooms to foreign students. If, at the beginning of next year, the response to the European call for tenders is a positive one, the UM wi...

"University College students are trained in 21st century skills"

"University College students are trained in 21st century skills"

Hope, change, progress – many words with a positive connotation marked the Dean's Debate last Friday organised by the University College Student Representatives Netherlands (UCSRN) at the bookstore Selexys in Maastricht. Deans and students ...

"I think compared to my friends I work much harder"

"I think compared to my friends I work much harder"

In this series we will follow freshmen through their first year at Maastricht University. This time: UCM student Hania Thurlow who already survived a mouse-infestation.

Student death causes despondency and raises questions

The unexpected death of a board member of student association Circumflex in their club house, last Saturday, appears to have raised questions and speculations as to the cause. The Circumflex board has decided not to give any comments. The body of Th...

“I was scared as hell”

“I was scared as hell”

“It was the longest night of my life. I was scared as hell: the dark, the horrible noise – and I was all alone.” These are the words of Laura Lenz, a Maastricht student who is living in Manhattan while doing a four-month internship as a junior researcher at New York University. She survived Hurricane Sandy, which hit more than ten American states last week. Here, she tells us her story.

Cause of death of Circumflex board member: unfortunate combination of factors

The death of the Circumflex treasurer, Thijs Eberson, was caused by an unfortunate combination of factors related to his medical background, according to a statement released by Maastricht University this afternoon. Thijs Eberson was found dead on S...

Circumflex board member found dead

Last Saturday the treasurer of the student association Circumflex, third-year International Business student Thijs Eberson, was found dead in the Sociëteit de Kaap on the Capucijnenstraat. The 22-year-old student from Oisterwijk slept over in the bu...

Basic government grant and travel pass abolished

In a matter of 47 days, the liberals (VVD) and the social democrats (PvdA) – winners of the national elections in September – have put together a coalition agreement. Students will be hit hard: the basic study grant is abolished; the travel pass is abolished, the additional grant is reduced.

Appeal for Council Committee Chairman for Students

How many students can Maastricht handle? This was the subject of the first Sphinx flash debate, a spin-off of the longer Sphinx debates on current topics. The conclusion was that the city needs a council committee chairman for students.

More learning space in SSC building

One hundred and eighty-one new learning spaces will be set up in the Student Services Centre (Bonnefantenklooster) before the end of the year. Six months later, an additional 72 places will be created in the Randwijck university library. According to...

"I feared my fellow students would be all about studying"

"I feared my fellow students would be all about studying"

Rodrigo Mesquita (18), a European Law School student from Brazil   Do you already have a group of friends? “Sure, since I study law, most of my friends are law students. I don’t speak Dutch, so they’re mostly international. A...

"I expected to go to class every day"

"I expected to go to class every day"

Jules Stuyt, 19, a European Studies student at the Hogeschool Zuyd from the Netherlands   Do you already have a group of friends? “I’m still in contact with a lot of people from my Inkom group. We meet quite often to do something f...

"I appreciate the freedom at UCM"

"I appreciate the freedom at UCM"

Andreas Tometten (19), a student at the University College of Maastricht from Germany   Do you already have a group of friends? Did they turned out to be like you expected them? “Yes and no. I do have international friends as I expected,...

Chlebíček – Cooking the Czech Way

Chlebíček – Cooking the Czech Way

In this new series students from all around the world cook their favourite recepies for Observant. First on the menu: Chlebíček - party sandwiches that are very popular in the Czech Republic.

"My living situation has been improving"

"My living situation has been improving"

Torsten Bode (26), a master student International Business, Strategy and Innovation from Germany   Do you already have a group of friends? "Yes, I do. I expected it to be a little different though. From my previous university, I am used...

"I am quite surprised I fit in"

"I am quite surprised I fit in"

Sanne Thijssen (18), a European Public Health student from Kenya/the Netherlands   Do you already have a group of friends? "Everyone is open in my study. I keep meeting new people and getting to know them better. There are no cliques an...

“Cuba is a Mecca for boxers”

“Cuba is a Mecca for boxers”

Kevin Paulussen (21), first-year Biomedical Sciences student from the Netherlands “I have always been fond of travelling, but I could never combine boxing with being away for a whole year,” says Kevin Paulussen. He is a first-year Biomed...

Zumba with your doctor

Zumba with your doctor

Over a hundred women and a few brave men hear the loudspeakers say “Hey, sexy lady!”, while they dance at the ‘Zumba Party Hearty’ in Randwyck Sports Centre on Thursday evening. The theme of this special Zumba lesson (Zumba is...

Student tutors evaluated better than staff

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) uses a lot of student tutors in the first two years of its study programmes. The former student members of the SBE Faculty Council were not sure whether this is a good idea. Are student tutors really as good...

Cycling to knowledge

Cycling to knowledge

Cycling for about 11,000 kilometres with 40 other students, visiting 8 universities, travelling through  7 countries – from Istanbul to Beijing along the Silk Road – in 5.5 months. This is The Study Road, a project invented by UM gra...

“This garden is like a statement”

“This garden is like a statement”

“The idea was to turn every kind of wasteland-area into an edible garden.” When Iris Kühnlein (a UCM student) saw the secluded garden in the FASoS courtyard, she wrote a proposal wanting to turn it into a community herbal garden. In March...

Sustainability – made in Maastricht

Sustainability – made in Maastricht

Footprint films, eco-map, teaching, consultation, discussions, a recycling system for bikes of exchange students, joint order of biological food, 'green' parties... the list goes on and on. The student organisations at the Sustainability BBQ ...

Greetings

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: How do you greet and say goodbye in Dutch? Watch, listen and practice!

My night in Amby’s polling station

My night in Amby’s polling station

Two and a half hours, that is how long most students expected to be spending on counting votes for the Dutch elections yesterday night.  Reality looked different: It took some of the volunteers five hours to evaluate the result of the elections ...

Students swindled by rooms-for-rent sites

The Maastricht police are warning against rooms-for-rent sites offering rooms that they do not actually have. The swindlers ask potential tenants to transfer a deposit and are subsequently never heard from again. Most of the victims are foreign students. The police reported seven cases in the first week of September.

New guest house at Pieter Willemsstraat has special history

New guest house at Pieter Willemsstraat has special history

A plaque at the gate commemorates the deportation of hundreds of Limburg Jews from the old school during the Second World War. The school has now been rebuilt as a guest house for students.

Take inspiration from Le petit prince

“Tips for books, trips and videos to find new answers in new times”, reads the subheading of the Inspiration Booklet, compiled by University College student Dirk Janssen, Youth Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations. He h...

Maastricht Summer School: not busy, but good

Maastricht Summer School: not busy, but good

They had hoped for a hundred participants, they got 89. Nevertheless, the organisers of the Maastricht Summer School  - from 9 July until 17 August  - are pleased. “We could only start recruiting at a late stage, but the students who ...

"I would vote for a centre-left party"

Today, the Dutch go to the polls. What do international students think about the Dutch elections? Observant asked three of them. What does Mungo McKoen, a student at UCM from Great Britain have to say about it?

"I'm curious how Geert Wilders will fare in these elections"

"I'm curious how Geert Wilders will fare in these elections"

Today, the Dutch go to the polls. What do international students think about the Dutch elections? Observant asked three of them. What does Nethal Hashin, a Strategic Marketing student from Oman have to say about it?

"In the beginning, it was difficult not to confuse the different parties"

"In the beginning, it was difficult not to confuse the different parties"

Today, the Dutch go to the polls. What do international students think about the Dutch elections? Observant asked three of them. First up is Lukas Bagin, a UCM-student from Slovakia.

How to order?

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: How do you order in Dutch in a café and count to three ? Watch, listen and try yourself!

More enrolments at UCM despite surcharge

The new batch of students at University College, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this week, will have to pay a surcharge of 1,200 euros on top of their tuition fees as from this September. The total amount due is therefore almost 3,000 euros. ...

Not in Kansas anymore

Not in Kansas anymore

Pakistan, USA, Iceland, Poland, China, Australia, Switzerland, Brasil, India... it’s a colourful group at the Mix and Mingle event – an international student get-together that took place Tuesday night in the garden of the Law Faculty. &ld...

“I had to watch out in case they tried to poison me”

“I had to watch out in case they tried to poison me”

In Far away eyes students and staff talk about their travels; the countries, the people, the experiences. This week PhD candidate Miranda Poeze who has visited all continents. Well, except Antarctica.

Energy-efficient lighting for UCM

Energy-efficient lighting for UCM

Maastricht University’s General and Technical Services will take measures developed by the Green Office to increase energy efficiency at UCM. Conventional lights will be replaced with energy efficient LEDs in the corridors and parts of the com...

“I don’t want to end up in a group of only Germans"

“I don’t want to end up in a group of only Germans"

Andreas Tometten (19), a student at the University College of Maastricht from Germany   Why Maastricht? "In March, I was more or less dragged along to an experience day by a friend – but in the end I was truly impressed by the beaut...

Taskforce QRS wins Student Award

The Taskforce QRS (Qualitative Resuscitation by Students) containing of Hesam Amin, Ali Ghossein, Janieke Geerling, Marjan Klinkert, Frank Körver and Gideon Bookelman has won the Student Award 2012.   

Introducing yourself

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: Do you know how to introduce yourself in Dutch? Watch and learn yourself!

"I'm not a heavy partyer or drinker"

"I'm not a heavy partyer or drinker"

Sanne Thijssen (18), a European Public Health student from Kenya/the Netherlands Why Maastricht? “It is international. There is a possibility to go on exchange and the teachers here come from different backgrounds.” What do you expect o...

"I hope to get more self responsibility"

"I hope to get more self responsibility"

Jules Stuyt, 19, a European Studies student at the Hogeschool Zuyd from the Netherlands   Why Maastricht?  “I wanted to do European Studies. You can also do that in The Hague, but it is much better in Maastricht than there. Besides,...

Faculty introduction in full swing

Faculty introduction in full swing

Thursday afternoon around 13:30. The faculty introduction is in full swing, in the inner city and at the other site of the Maas. The staff of the front desk of the Student Service Centre has to deal with a lot of questions. The officia...

10,000 euros for Green Office

Maastricht University’s Green Office wants to grow and become a European sustainability think tank. The city of Maastricht has granted 10,000 euros, as an incentive within the framework of its Sustainability Impulse. The Maastricht Green Offic...

'If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much'

'If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much'

It’s a relatively calm afternoon at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. The Student Services Centre employee Remco de Rijck makes his way to the meeting point, a sign in his hands saying 'Student Pick-Up'. As he walks up, he scans the small cro...

“We had the beach all to ourselves”

“We had the beach all to ourselves”

In Far away eyes students and staff talk about their travels; the countries, the people, the experiences. UCM-student and experienced traveller Roos Malmberg is first up.

Smooth and easy start in Maastricht

Smooth and easy start in Maastricht

To get your stay in Maastricht off to a smooth and easy start, the Gemeente Maastricht has drawn up a list of ten points that you should be aware of as a student. It's about registering with the Maastricht municipal council,  the red-an...

"My 11 roommates were the first people I got to know"

"My 11 roommates were the first people I got to know"

Alina Hoenen (19), an Economics & Business student from Germany   Why Maastricht? "The city is really nice and I wanted to study in English." What did you do before you came here? "I just finished high school back in German...

"I miss the German bread"

"I miss the German bread"

Torsten Bode (25), a master student International Business, Strategy and Innovation from Germany is the first to be interviewed in this new series in which we will follow freshmen through their first year at Maastricht University.

Tragos pulls out all the stops

The Maastricht streets were buzzing Thursday evening, as the students were given the choice to attend whatever party appealed to them most; hosted by two of the three big associations in town. With rivals Circumflex throwing their traditional beach p...

Maastricht's sailors

Maastricht's sailors

After a twenty minutes bike-ride to the landing stage south of the city, about 25 freshmen are welcomed by the Lagakari crew, this Thursday afternoon of the INKOM. We get to choose: surfing or sailing? While the surfers do their best to catch some wi...

Wild water and driving lessons

Wild water and driving lessons

Cheering and shouting echoes over the compound of the student association SV Koko as students enjoy a giant water-slide. Ellis, a new first-year student at the faculty of Health, Medicine and Life sciences however remains skeptical: “I’m ...

One, two, cha cha cha...

One, two, cha cha cha...

The ballroom of the Danscentrum Bernaards is dimly lit, Latin music is played and first-year students are trying not to step on their partner's feet. This Thursday afternoon INKOM participants have chosen to take some dance lessons offered by the...

Your daily dose of adrenalin

Your daily dose of adrenalin

Thursday afternoon at four, fifteen first-year students are waiting to slide down the flying fox that MAASSAC, Maastricht’s climbing association has set up. “I’m a bit afraid of height but I have no choice. My friends are already wa...

Master dinner INKOM

Master dinner INKOM

On Thursday night, Maastricht's new batch of Master students gathered in the courtyard of the Minderbroedersberg for some casual socializing. In contrast to the hectic buzz of the general INKOM, various languages are floating through the mild sum...

Burn those calories

Unlike the previous years, this year’s Inkom Sport’s Event was located at the Griend; looking out towards the river Maas. The student’s took to relax on this sunny Wednesday afternoon; as many of them were recovering from the MECC p...

IndepenDANCE or IndepenRELAX?

IndepenDANCE or IndepenRELAX?

At four o'clock in the afternoon, the first-year students are not yet in the mood to move their feet to the sounds of music. Tired from the activities and the night before most people at the indepenDANCE festival are rather sitting in the grass, ...

More than one hundred nationalities

Rumour has it, that more than one hundred nationalities were represented on Maastricht's market square on Tuesday afternoon and even though the quick survey by the mayor of Maastricht, Onno Hoes, could not quite prove the presence of participants...

Relaxation and free brunch in the garden of the law faculty

Relaxation and free brunch in the garden of the law faculty

Wednesday, 11:20am: entering the garden, soft music and chatting groups of people are inviting to join in, relax and enjoy the sun. All still seem to be a bit tired from the night before. Ien van der Werf, 22, from Chile, soon studying at SBE, enjoys...

Dutch rapper Ali B opens INKOM 2012

Dutch rapper Ali B opens INKOM 2012

Singing and crowd surfing. That's how Dutch rapper Ali B opened the INKOM 2012 this afternoon. It was a full house, the Maastricht Market was crowded with freshmen, their papa's and mama's and a lot of members of the Maastricht fraterniti...

Dimi-Festival: a multi-coloured battlefield

Dimi-Festival: a multi-coloured battlefield

“A battlefield with a good sphere”, say first-years Ninée Buchholtz, Iris van Leeuwen and Desirée Stroes about the Dimi Festival on Tuesday. The students were welcomed by a train of numerous colours at the Onze Lieve Vrouwen Wal. Each ass...

INKOM 2012: Over 200 meters queue

INKOM 2012: Over 200 meters queue

A long line of freshmen is weaving from the conservatory over the courtyard of the School of Business and Economics  and into the building. Some are talking to their new fellows, some are only by themselves waiting for the line to move forward. ...

SBE students awarded for local business cases

SBE students awarded for local business cases

On Wednesday 27th of June, three teams of SBE-students received a certificate from the alderman Mieke Damsma at the town hall. The students have carried out sustainability projects in Maastricht, about urban farming, windmills, electric transport.

Best book review

“Nothing gives the human machine such an impetus as a supreme belief in one’s own abilities.” This is one of the life lessons as described in The Human Machine (1925). Miriam Engels, a third-year psychology student, picked this book...

Award for Green Office

The Green Office has received the oikos Student Leadership Award. This award is given to outstanding student projects or campaigns contributing to a sustainable campus and encouraging other students to start their own initiatives. Ulrich Scharf of th...

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