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From sticky rice cake to latkes

From sticky rice cake to latkes

Christmas is hardly the only holiday celebrated at the end of the year, nor is turkey the main festive food on everyone’s table. Observant asked four students about their holiday food traditions.
Not knowing

Not knowing

Marcel (21): “I study Medicine. It regularly happens that, having studied a disease, I am convinced that I suffer from it myself. Despite my symptoms, my doctor keeps telling me that there is nothing wrong. But my worries remain. What can I do?”   Ingrid: About one in every three medical students experience physical symptoms ...

Pharmaceutical companies keep the price high, but medicines don’t need to be so expensive

Pharmaceutical companies keep the price high, but medicines don’t need to be so expensive

MAASTRICHT. It is about time that everyone has access to the right medicines, whether you live in America, Europe or Africa. At the moment the pharmaceutical industry has so much power that they can keep prices high. The UM wants to do something about this and signed the Socially Responsible Research and Licensing Policy this week. Ellen ...
Walking 9 km for the kids

Walking 9 km for the kids

MAASTRICHT. ‘The next generation’ is the theme of this year’s Serious Request event, during which three popular radio DJs are locked up for six days in a small, temporary studio. Donations will go to children in conflict areas. “The university just had to be involved”, said Ellen Breevoort of the UM working group, who ...

Donatello’s true Italian dishes – except for its tiramisu

Donatello’s true Italian dishes – except for its tiramisu

For those of you looking for some exciting, authentic Italian food in Maastricht, you’ll find Donatello’s restaurant at the very top of my list. Its menu features Italian favourites including bruschetta, garlic pizza crust, antipasti, a wide range of delicious pizzas, seafood and pasta and some of the finest meat dishes available. The p...

Practice what you preach

Practice what you preach

Tara (21): “I want to be the best student of my year and I am prepared to make sacrifices to achieve my goal. I study a lot and in doing so I regularly turn my friends away. Even though things are going pretty well – I get very good grades – I am very troubled when every once in a while my efforts don’t pay off. How can I de...

Belgium: a failed state?  Well…

Belgium: a failed state? Well…

‘Belgistan’ is a failed state, the media say and that is why it is having so much trouble curbing the jihad reign of terror. But in this analysis people are not seeing the whole picture, argues Georgi Verbeeck, Belgian, senior lecturer of History at FASoS and part-time professor at KU Leuven.
Jasper van Dijk (SP): “Too much English in higher education”

Jasper van Dijk (SP): “Too much English in higher education”

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. Again the advance of English in higher education is a topic of discussion in Dutch parliament. Political parties SP (Socialist Party) and CDA (Christian Democrats) are worried and their education spokespersons have therefore organised a hearing on 10 December. One of those invited is Maastricht President of the Executive...
The creative but noisy Ipanema

The creative but noisy Ipanema

Tucked away under the oak trees in the Charles Eyck park, right next to the river Maas, this charming café is perched in the far corner of the Bonnefanten Museum. Approaching from the museum’s front entrance, you could be forgiven for not even realising there’s a restaurant hidden in this beautiful round building.   Although the...

Sinterklaas user guide: from steamboat to sweets

Sinterklaas user guide: from steamboat to sweets

The Dutch pop band Het Goede Doel sang Sinterklaas, wie kent hem niet, (Sinterklaas, who doesn’t know him) in 1982. But this saintly man is not so well known outside the Netherlands and Belgium. In various parts of Europe, a children’s party is celebrated in or around the day of Saint Nicolas’s death (6 December), but often a lot ...
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