Occasionally the new Master students are surprised by the variety of cultural and sports associations available at TU/e. For who would expect there to be a climbing association in a country as flat as the Netherlands? In turn, the organization is also confronted with unexpected questions. Such as the question whether they organize curling as well. Yesterday participants in the Master Kick-off were given a tour of the Sports Center and got acquainted with cultural and sports associations.
The text involves rather a wide selection of hard and wet vital parts, and it does lead to an unusually savage feast on the campus on Friday afternoon. “All of this was mere foreplay, folks. Are you ready for the real McCoy? I insist on seeing a violent Mosh Pit”, Mr. Polska incites his audience.
Day four has begun and by now the Intro is taking its toll. This causes such a shortage of people in groups ‘1’ and ‘24’ of Biomedical Engineering that it is decided to join the two clubs. And what do you get then? Exactly: 1 + 24 = 124.
You have hardly slept a wink and you’ve got a hangover. What can you do? That’s it, get moving! So that’s what lots of people were doing on the Flux lawn, where Intro kids and their mummies and daddies alike were doing push-ups, jumping jacks and burpees. Well, it was the attempt that counts anyway.
True, it is a bit frightening, to be left at the mercy of other parents than your biological ones just like that. Days 1 and 2 are usually still okay - but after that the deprivation hits home irrevocably. Then you would just like to call them briefly, hear your mummy’s familiar voice. App them. Share some photos. If need be, at the expense of someone else’s splashing fun.
Open-minded and in large numbers you have been working along and have obediently been singing a phrase as instructed. The result being this swinging, sun-drenched video clip, after diligent nocturnal editing. Intro 2017 was a party. Don’t believe us? Just watch!
How do you repair a tire? And what kind of parts does a bicycle have? The workshop organized by international association Cosmos is not just attracting international students who have just learnt how to cycle. It is also attended by students who have been lucky enough never to have had to repair a tire and who now do want to try and master that skill.
“Hey, look out, you’re throwing me off my balance”, one Intro kid suspended from a rope stretched across the river Dommel is shouting to another Intro kid on the other side of the rope who just cannot keep his balance. A little later the other one can sample the Dommel water at very close range - he takes a dive. A bit farther on the lawn students are also trying to achieve some equilibrium, but in an entirely different manner. They are taking part in the Relaxation workshop given by ideological organization TINT.
Classical music and jazz - in Eindhoven they are a perfect match. This is proven once again during the workshops on Thursday, when student music societies Quadrivium (classical) and Studentproof (jazz) join forces. Choir singing to get warmed up followed by some jamming with ‘Hit the road, Jack’.
There was so incredibly much to learn on Thursday afternoon during the Intro. How can you brew beer at home, how can you use paper to cut out a model for electronic jewelry, how do you make tacos, hamburgers or whatever? And whilst all of this can be done in large groups, there was also tailor-made work available. One workshop was very special indeed, at least for Emmy Meijer: she was the only participant.
FAKE NEWS! At Cursor? No, of course not. Fake tattoos, well: yes. And we stuck loads of them on skins this week, in exchange for your chance of fancy prizes. Time for an update.
In harness for three days on a row and then still start the day again where it probably ended merely a few hours before: at Stratumseind. This is reserved only for true diehards, and by all appearances those can be found especially among the Built Environment and Industrial Engineering and Management Science students. At café Spijker the croquette buns are flying out this morning – and they are washed down by more than just glasses of milk.
Whilst missing a clear overview of all the sleeping-places, we nonetheless dare to posit that Tom Siebelt and Sjors Cornielje do have the most original place to get some shuteye this week. They are sojourning all week in their fire engine converted into a camper standing in the parking lot of the Auditorium.
Nice party Wednesday night. A bout of boxing, surfing on a rodeo wave board, singing along with music of DJs and dancing to cover band Dubbel Fout. Every taste is catered for.
Have you always dreamed of singing in fluent Japanese, whistling Guus Meeuwis over a beer bottle, or dancing the salsa with your Intro daddy? Then you had come to the right address in the Auditorium on Wednesday. For it was at this location that the cultural associations tried to win new student souls.
Such a beautiful sight for sore eyes, the pictures we present to you here. And so much better than going on and on with words. Truth be told: we simply couldn't keep up with you already. Enjoy the pictures of a night at Stratumseind!
The news is out on the street during the Intro. Or, more accurately, at the edge of the pond on Wednesday afternoon. Group 3 of Applied Physics tried to hook up with - uh, lay its hands on – an evening meal.
It is the height of summer and the heat is sweltering. Now what can you do, when you are an advocate of winter sport? Not taken aback, the members of student skating club Isis put a bold face on at the sports market outside the Student Sports Center on Wednesday. Of course, they are chill about this, as it never freezes in August.
Gigantic numbers of sausages, chicken on skewers, hamburgers and mega bins of salads and sauces have been procured by Mathematics & Computer Science study association GEWIS for Tuesday night. GEWIS organized a barbecue for five hundred persons. Surely life was far easier for study association CHEOPS from the Built Environment, as they just rented a mobile French fries van. Their aims are identical, though: lay a sound foundation for a visit to Stratumseind.
Is it going to be the basketball club? Or the pole dancing club after all? Or perhaps the Japanese cultural association or the drama club? There is so much to choose from this afternoon on the Green Strip Market, where dozens of associations and agencies are presenting themselves to best advantage.
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The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
For thirty years, Huub Meijer, former Dutch champion and national coach of the Dutch karate team, spent evening after evening in the dojo and the gym of the Student Sports Center working as an instructor. He taught students the intricacies of various martial arts and ran strength-building and circuit training sessions. All the prizes he has won over the years are now stored in plastic bags – ‘they were on show at home for long enough’ – but he looks back on a glittering career with satisfaction, and with even more pleasure on a fine working life as a trainer.
Some rooms in De Plint in Luna are not yet ready to use and so the associations are having to put the brakes on some of their activities. The building contractor has run into delays and current expectations are that everything will be ready by early November. There is evidently so much stuff in the Bunker that it can't all be stored in Luna. Bar Potential hopes to open its doors around New Year's. The cultural associations have just moved from the Bunker to Luna.
There is a need for more activities for the LGBT community at TU/e. This became evident during an informal lunch gathering in De Zwarte Doos today. On international Coming Out Day, more than twenty employees and students discussed what more can be done, aside from the Facebook group recently started for this group.