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Shaken, not stirred

Shaken, not stirred

Shaken, not stirred; the classic recipe for style and good taste. The challenge for most cocktail bars is to recreate the classy atmosphere of a James Bond movie. This week I investigate whether Beez succeeds. Leaving behind the bright lights and gleaming white cobblestones of the tiny street next to the Bijenkorf, I find myself in the newly refur...

New UCM dean is Maastricht native

New UCM dean is Maastricht native

MAASTRICHT. He studied political science, holds a PhD in history, worked as a researcher at Oxford and Harvard, is now associate professor of European Integration in Utrecht and a member of the national Scientific Council for Government Policy, writes columns for Het Financieele Dagblad and hosts a weekly Europe-themed spot on Radio-EenVandaag &nda...
The beer was horrible, but the place is perfect”

The beer was horrible, but the place is perfect”

Favourite spot of: Massimo Beckers, third-year Arts and Culture student. “My favourite spot in Maastricht is a square between two churches. I believe it’s called the Henric van Veldekeplein, named after, well, Henric van Veldeke. “I have been living in Maastricht for a while, but I discovered –so to say- that plein onl...

Being happy

Being happy

Jasmijn (24): “I have read dozens of self-help books and I even have a subscription to the Happinez magazine. I do what they say, but I am still not happy. What am I doing wrong?” Ingrid: I read on Facebook that happiness is a choice. As long as we are positive and optimistic, life is wonderful. Sheer nonsense. The glossy Happinez se...

 “He should be around forty, not someone about to retire”

“He should be around forty, not someone about to retire”

Rector magnificus Luc Soete is leaving. His successor will start on 1 September. Who should that be? And what should he/she do most of all? Observant will ask students and members of staff in the next few weeks.
Opinion: lack of critical thought from students during lecture about NATO

Opinion: lack of critical thought from students during lecture about NATO

“On Tuesday, February 16th, I attended the lecture A Changing NATO in a Changing World, organized by Studium Generale. Unfortunately, the loudest thing I heard during this lecture was the silence and a lack of critical thought from students. If nobody speaks up, how can we talk about a change at all? Neither about a changing NATO, let alone a...
“There is more to life than a cum laude”

“There is more to life than a cum laude”

MAASTRICHT. Pressure on students has increased in the past few years, claim Maastricht student advisers and counsellors. The list of possible causes is long: from binding study advice to parents who have (too) high expectations of their children.
Connecting in the kitchen

Connecting in the kitchen

MAASTRICHT. Arabic music is blaring from the kitchen at the Jan Van Eyck Academy an hour before the doors are to open. Around twenty people from the Maastricht refugee centre (AZC) and a chef from Cato by Cato are manoeuvring their way around the countless pots and saucers and the occasional curious child. It’s Thursday 18 February and the so...

50 (shades of) Cucina

50 (shades of) Cucina

The waiter arrives with a wrinkled menu and awaits our orders. There are so many options I can’t make up my mind immediately. “I am going to bring your drinks first”, he announces with a thick Italian accent. While waiting for our drinks, I look around. I’m sitting in the heart of Wyck in a tiny room with tables squeezed in ...

Key question

Key question

Babs (24): “I am often asked to sit on committees or to act as chairperson. Before I realise it, I am doing yet another thing I don’t really want to do. How can I break this pattern?” Ingrid: “I was recently asked to give a workshop on a subject that I don’t really know much about. Still, I said ‘yes’. I...

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