Intro '17 | Double-good party indeed24 August 2017
Nice party Wednesday night. A bout of boxing, surfing on a rodeo wave board, singing along with music of DJs and dancing to cover band Dubbel Fout. Every taste is catered for.
The party on the Flux lawn had been organized by the three big student social clubs E.S.C, SSRE and Demos and the sports clubs. That explains why a great many older-year students had also joined the party.
On the lawn, slightly farther away from the podium, you can recognize some of the Intro groups through their formation. They are dancing or singing in a very neat circle.
As are the Foamstars, a.k.a. group 9 of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, brandishing a magnificent small foam plastic guitar with a wooden neck. Mummy Sabine van de Sanden and daddy Job Nijhuis are proud of their kids. Sabine: “On Monday we were still playing very softly and cautiously. Today we managed to play a genuine rock number and on Friday we are really going to let fly at the closing party.”
And the kids are trying that tonight as well, especially vocally. They are singing along at the top of their voices with everything they know. 'We will rock you' and 'Je hoeft niet naar huis vannacht'. But you can go home if you want to.
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.