Despite a stagnating lift on day two of the removal project of the TU/e library, the transport of 2.8 kilometers of books from four locations on campus to the new MetaForum is going according to plan. The various views in the round stairwell in the center of the lower floors enable onlookers to cast a glance at the furnishing activities that are in full swing.
The roof of W-hal (now metaForum), Matrix (former FT-hal) and the gangway in between have remained the same, but everything else has changed. The Hoofdgebouw, Vertigo, artworks KOE and Objet Mathématique, tall trees; TU/e campus has really filled up over the years.
There won’t be an integrated artwork on the roof of the soon-to-be renovated W-hal that will be bearing the new name MetaForum. The Executive Board has decided on the issue in late January, as it turns out. One of the reasons was an expected overrunning of the budget.
No matter how bravely the university is aiming at 'sweet measures'; in an attempt to cope with the impending parking pain on campus, sooner or later 'sour measures' will become inevitable. A first measure: abolition of the free exit cards as of March 1. For, as independent parking policy coordinator Jos Hermus assures us, there is nothing out of the ordinary in paid parking, for guests and eventually probably for staff members as well.
Right now, TU/e campus has 2,153 parking spaces, 1,900 to 2,100 of which are used during peak hours. Two years from now, after several major construction projects, 1,676 spaces will be left
A green pedestrian area for students, staff and guests, free of bikes and cars offering a location for various activities, and at the same time visualizing what TU/e stands for. In a nutshell, that's the Green Strip, TU/e's new central area that should also serve as a stage for research, innovation and experiments. The first phase should be completed by September 2012.
Campus: never a dull moment
Covering 160 acres and being frequented by some 13,000 people daily, there’s never a dull moment on TU/e campus.
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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.
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.
Visitors to the Connect with my Culture event last Wednesday were able to participate in and watch some of the oddest activities. Held in the Student Sports Center, the event included such wackiness as acroyoga, painting a Van Gogh, eating bitterballen whilst wearing boxing gloves, and playing hopscotch in clogs. There were also regional snacks to try, and visitors could do a quiz to test their knowledge.