Intro ’17 | Fake it till you make it (to Cursor)24 August 2017
FAKE NEWS! At Cursor? No, of course not. Fake tattoos, well: yes. And we stuck loads of them on skins this week, in exchange for your chance of fancy prizes. Time for an update.
Upper arms, pulses, shoulders. Naturally that was becoming rather tedious for us after one afternoon. Fortunately Monday morning saw the first few brave ones presenting themselves and prepared to allow one of the Cursor reporters to touch other parts of their bodies. No sexual harassment there, let that be clear, and purely professional. Simply because we like to keep the lines with our readers, both during the Intro and after it, nice and short.
Is it just self-interest then? Most definitely not. For anyone who sends us a nice photo of his/her/their tattoo(s) afterwards is competing for even more appealing prizes.
For example, we can give away five lunches-for-two at grand café De Zwarte Doos on the TU/e campus. In addition, we will be awarding the funniest group photo with a movie night to be selected (for the whole group, of course) at our own Studium Generale - next semester, in the film club above the above-mentioned café, including one drink each at our expense.
Below you find a limited impression of the contributions sent in so far. If you have also been ‘tattooed’ by us and want to compete for the prize? Mail your photo(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org, app them to 06-27433650 or send them via Facebook or Twitter.
Have you not got a tattoo yet? We still have some available in our editorial room, Auditorium 2.15A.
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.