CLMN | short sIght7 November 2016
We want a phone with top end specifications, reliable brand, excellent camera and so on. How many of us care about the mines and miners’ conditions, from which the important minerals used in our phones come? The documentary ‘Blood in the mobile’ opened up my mind about transparency and companies’ laws.
How many of us wear jeans? (Duh!) But how many of us know how jeans are made? Who is making it and what are the living conditions of the labourers involved?
Why should I care? This question is the root cause of our ‘short sightedness’. We ignore what does not immediately affect us. We complain about weather change while driving our new high performance, faster engines that will burn more fuel to drive faster. What’s even funnier, is that we act like we can impose a visa restriction on the pollution carrying winds and rising water levels, making our country immune from global warming.
Watching the documentary ‘Before the floods’, I realised that in 2016, we still don’t care. Just remember that the earth’s recoil to our actions is indiscriminative. What’s stranger to me is - we fight in the name of the God we created while ignoring what we think he created.
Solution - Lower the ‘I’ in the ‘sIght’(title). Put the community above yourself. Use the ‘three degrees of influence’ to revolutionize change. We can undo the damage or witness Newton’s third law.
As I write this, TU/e becomes a fair-trade university and it has the potential to instigate a revolution in sustainability only if it arms the students with weapons of mass reparation. Every program within TU/e must allocate a few mandatory ECTS to improve awareness amongst students and faculty. The consequences of our lifestyle is as important as programming. Make students aware of the lost connection with the beautiful environment.
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.
At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.
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.