Intro '17 | Brunch in the shade of Saint Catharine’s24 August 2017
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.
No more efficacious remedy for a hangover than a new beer, is the approach adopted by quite a large number of Intro goers during the brunch at Stratumseind, at the foot of Saint Catharine’s church. There are cheese and ham sandwiches, but the most sought-after are the croquette buns. And let us reassure the parents straight away: there is also a big basket of fruit.
Andra from Romania is present as Intro mummy this year, for last year she so much enjoyed the Intro that she wanted to be part of it again this year. So far she has not managed to get a croquette bun yet, which means she has to settle for a cheese sandwich. Yes, after her Bachelor at the Built Environment she is definitely going to do the Master also. She truly enjoys studying and living in Eindhoven. “The atmosphere is considerably more liberal than in my home country and I really like that.”
We find Mark from Maastricht with a dazed look in his eyes. He has been having a swell time for three days now, is in a nice group of people from Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences including some from his home province, Brabant and Zeeland. Still, Eindhoven does take some getting used to, because it is just a touch bigger and busier than Maastricht, and he is also surprised at the sheer numbers in his study program. He is eager to get started on it and is not worried about the math at all. “Just keep up nicely and do your assignments, then that will take care of itself”, he says like a good boy.
One table further is the rather quiet Kasparas from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius with three of his Dutch group members. Away from home for the first time, but he does not seem to be bothered by that. “I’ve just arrived here in Eindhoven and three days is a rather short period to become homesick already.” Later this academic year his parents are coming over for a visit. He had to choose between studying in England or the Netherlands and eventually the Brexit clinched it. What did he need to get used to most these first few days? “That bicycles are used for so many things here. We really don’t have that many in Lithuania.”
The Cuba Industria group is still looking amazingly fresh, although this is partly because the two heaviest consumers of alcoholic beverages are still groggy in their beds. Nonetheless the group show the greatest respect, for in that area the two are really keeping up the prestige of the whole group.
How have they actually come up with this name, is there a special connection with this communist paradise of the Castro family or with the rum? None of that, this year’s theme at Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences is ‘Explore your boundaries’ and this club was allotted Cuba. So that’s why.
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.