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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
A last farewell
The floating coffin that had made me laugh out loud four years earlier now seemed like a macabre foreshadowing.
Always that deadline
Now, this has little to do with inspiration. It has more to do with perfectionism
A worried email
With some trepidation, I asked if I could review the text for factual inaccuracies
The benefit of the doubt
It wasn’t a moment of “functional anger”; no, I genuinely lost my temper
How a discussion went off the rails
The DDoS attack that hit our website around 12 January had only one goal: to silence Observant
All other news pales in comparison to the war
One Ukranian student understandably let us know a week later that he wasn’t up for an interview
And then our website went down
Who was behind the attack? We have no idea
See you next year
I signed out of my email, put my phone on silent
“Feel the fear, and go for it anyway!”
They prefer to remain anonymous. They’re afraid of being called racist, sexist, transphobic and whatnot
Change the article, or else…
We clearly disagree, which is fine. But using aggressive language and threats to make your point is unacceptable
No, you can’t publish that article
“I want to know you’re OK"
Not as rational as we like to think
I don’t want that at all, purely from an emotional point of view
A piece of cake – or so I thought
It’s probably the flu, he said. It’s COVID, everyone on the team thought
Oh no – a positive COVID test!
Let’s hope that social distancing and fresh air did the job
An ordinary Monday
She has a bad cold, probably caught at a faculty council meeting where coughing and sniffling people were equally welcome
I confess: it is guesswork
We don’t want to share the pie, we want a bigger pie
Goodbye, Martin. We wish you all the best.
A lovely student house
A friend had called her: 'say, would you be willing to temporarily house two students?'
Misconduct, rudeness and tutors’ accents
There is a certain group of students who complain about everything.
Every disadvantage has its advantage
It’s a cliché, but it’s true
They were soaked to the skin, and they only just managed to save the laptop, the printer and the stack of Observant copies from the rain
The first girl in the family to go to university
The fact that she hadn’t been allowed to become a teacher, she found painful even when she was ninety
New website: Together we know more than on our own
“Observant, don’t give the stage to that man”