Dinner @ Villa Kakelbont7 April 2016
Cursor visits a studenthouse in Eindhoven every two weeks. The cooks reveal their secret recipes and we get to know the house and it's inhabitants. This time: Dinner @ Villa Kakelbont, Stratumseind 38a.
What makes living in this house fun?
“Stratumseind,” says Youri van Eijk, first-year Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, referring to the street itself, which is known for its nightlife. They don’t just live there, it’s where they go out every Thursday night. “Costa is popular,” says Job Nijhuis, another first-year Chemical Engineering and Chemistry student. “But mainly we check out the places with discounts, after all we see them during the day whenever we walk down the street,” says Laura Kuntze, second-year Applied Mathematics, the last person to come and live in the house. They have all enjoyed sharing a house for a year so far. “Cooking, eating, going out, hanging out in each other’s rooms, and cleaning whenever,” says Myrthe Oostenbrink, first-year Nursing, summing up their shared activities. For Lisa van Heyningen, first-year Built Environment, choosing Eindhoven has turned out well. “I’m really happy with the study program and my housemates.”
How did you all end up here?
“Through a realtor,” says Job. “Laura is the only one who had to ‘interview’ for a room. She beat eight other students, but now we'll be introducing a stricter selection process,” he laughs.
Do you already have traditions or house rules?
“We haven’t been living here long enough to have any real traditions,” says Job. “But if you ring the doorbell for no reason, you have to do what is called an 'adje trechten', which means downing a beer (adje) in one go via a funnel (trechter). The funnel was the mascot of a housemate of ours during the Introduction week,” he says in explanation.
The quality of education seems to have slipped at TU/e. In the latest Dutch-language guide to universities (Keuzegids Universiteiten), Eindhoven's university has dropped from third place in the overall ranking to seventh place in the course of a year. "It's understandable but it's not good," says President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers, "and it is all the more reason to push on with introducing an upper limit on student intake to our programs. This is a result of the strong growth in student numbers."
Eindhoven's iGEM team has arrived in Boston. In the coming days, the students will participate in the Giant Jamboree, competing with nearly three hundred teams from all over the world. Their competition entry is their project GUPPI, in which they propose encapsulating tumors in a gel to prevent them growing and spreading.
As well as professors, from now on associate professors (UHD-1) at TU/e may also confer doctoral degrees on PhD candidates. Sixty associate professors were awarded the right to confer doctoral degrees at the start of this academic year after the move was approved by the Upper House of Parliament in the Netherlands shortly before the summer recess. “We couldn't wait to introduce this here.”
Before you google yet another one of my invented diseases and subsequently begin to question the title of this story, let me tell you this. With a new academic year having begun and a shiny new batch of freshmen accompanying it, the university is full of people suffering from the so-called octopus syndrome.