CLMN | From Eurovision to Mondovision17 May 2016
"Les 12 points du jury français vont à la Chine!" France’s maximum points going to China in the Eurovision song contest is still fiction. But as we just saw last Saturday with Australia as a guest participant, there’s already some opening to globalize this annual mega-show. This year’s vintage largely turned into a platform for predominantly Anglo-American loud music again supported by swinging and swirling dance, and flashing and sparkling light shows, next to a few bizarre solo national(istic) performances. And again, the results proved to be a mix of predictable attitudes by countries casting their votes based on (past) political or cultural affinity, and of more objective and only artistic considerations.
The only real innovation was indeed Australia’s participation (that nearly stole the show) and the new voting system of splitting the juries in two distinctive bodies: the professional juries that had voted before and the public national votes that were cast after the show as usual. This dual procedure added a new level of excitement for hundreds of millions of viewers in Europe and beyond. With a political thriller at the end.
But now to the real issue. As the world goes global, should this European song contest do the same? There might be some organizational constraints, and also a few political false singers out there wanting to keep it all within fortress Europe. But wouldn’t it be truly refreshing and really innovative to open the competition to all countries in the world (like the FIFA does with soccer, but then with less corruption, please!)? Imagine song and dance performances featuring genuine world music, including Latin American salsa and the like, Antilles reggae, African folk music, Arabic raï, and not to forget Indian Bollywood acts and modern Chinese opera! I’d go for it; how about you?
And why not let TU/e as a microcosm of the world take up the role of starting this process. There is so much (artistic) talent within our international community that it would be easy to showcase performances in our next international fair on campus or during the coming intro week. Let’s all dream (now) and dare again (next) and create our new TU/e-vision! Unity through (artistic) diversity. No doubt it’d be good for the rankings…
For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
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.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
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.