No smoking campus
Cigarette butt not on the ground but in a mobile ashtray
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Stress at UM
Columns & Opinion
Mindel van de Laar
Letter from the editor
The paper in PDF
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Submitted opinion articles
Opinion: Another case of ‘himpathy’
Maybe the FOM protests were an opportunity for us to stop and listen
Opinion: “Maastricht, hurry up with your Low Emissions Zone”
The more time is wasted, the fewer benefits for public health
Opinion: Action required, OBP in lowest salary scales cannot make ends meet
The difference between the poor and the rich has continued to grow also within the university community.
“The University Council condemns, without reservation, and in the strongest possible terms, the criminal cyber attack on the Observant”
Statement University Council
Duma on the Maas?
"There is no difference between threatening a journalist with clenched fists (or worse) and shutting down a website"
What kind of university do we want to be?
Opinion Jan Smits: "Especially at university you need to hear opinions you disagree with"
Has the University Council forgotten that democracy requires a free press?
"The silence has been deafening lately after miscreants had blocked access to Observant’s online publications by launching a DDoS attack"
Breaking the bonds with Russian researchers extinguishes the sparks of change
More than 7000 of Russian scientists and science journalists are against the war
Why should we as (international) students care about municipality elections?
"Local politicians are largely ignoring our interests"
"There is a total lack of historic and reality sense"
Fred Grunfeld’s opinion about the WOB request of The Rights Forum
Spoken from the heart
Ellen Krijnen about the bilingual UM
Why I am anonymous
December 19 was #gendercriticalcomingoutday on Twitter, and GC people were invited to break anonymity. I refrained.
An expensive introduction
The fee for a stall at the INKOM market is too high, according to Maastricht grassroots organisations
Cultural war at the UM
At least eighty per cent of the people can live with diversity, but allow themselves to be intimidated by ideological extremists
The Executive Board should hang its head in shame for blindly participating in this
Jan Willems’ opinion about the WOB request of The Rights Forum
Inclusive language in Observant
Feminists of Maastricht: "We advocate an inclusive understanding of gender"
Eisenhower, we have a problem
Misalignment of importance and urgency
My F**K Putin Panels
"I am not waiting for governments to do the right thing about climate change"
We need affordable Food Services on campus
"Especially during exam week, I spend most of my budget on mediocre food that sustains me for about an hour"
Writing in stitches
"At the end of each day of work I would sit and knit two rows documenting how I had spent my writing time that day"
Reexamining the Ethos of Medicine in the Hippocratic Oath
Never forget the importance of good professional ethics
A serious case of homesickness
"She makes me look better than I deserve to, and I twirl her, because she likes it"
Pulling the Emergency Brakes
Covid and the five steps of grieving
Will we have a civil war?
In US misinformation has increased exponentially over the last two years
Safe Space Campus
Trigger warnings don’t have the purpose of censoring content
Writing with Insects
The writing retreat reminded me of childhood summers
What UM can learn from NASA
Over the Rainbow(-washing)
No one will ever love and support you as much as corporations will during Pride Month
Letter from the editor
It’s all about curiosity
University Council meeting was cancelled because the Council “wanted to reflect on internal affairs”
He closes his laptop at 8.20 PM
There’s never a good time to be ill at Observant
Shorter meetings, please
Our Monday morning meetings seemed to be taking longer and longer lately
Rape culture? Taught at UM?
"To avoid any misunderstandings, I will begin this column with a statement"
Ten minutes of your time
"Take part in a survey? Eh no. I usually ignore such a request"
“I don’t want to be named in the article”
People seem reluctant to speak out about even fairly innocuous topics, like how much money they spend on groceries
Our eyes and ears
One dreams of becoming a writer, another is thinking of going into journalism
We need each other
Our always tight-knit team became a little less tight-knit during the pandemic
Urine and vomit
What kind of person even enjoyed humiliating others?
The gorilla and the poorly parked bikes
Back were the young people running to make it to their tutorial meetings in time
Observant finally has a student columnist again
But first, summer. I hope you’ll have a wonderful time
No referral bonus
Even though the job market for journalists has been poor for years, moving to South Limburg has turned out to be a deal-breaker for many
My boss called me to make sure I was fine
Messages started coming in: there was a shooting in the center of Tel Aviv
It feels years and years ago that I was celebrating Carnival in Maastricht
From Tel Aviv from Konrad von Klitzing