Intro '17 | In equilibrium and out of balance24 August 2017
“Hey, look out, you’re throwing me off my balance”, one Intro kid suspended from a rope stretched across the river Dommel is shouting to another Intro kid on the other side of the rope who just cannot keep his balance. A little later the other one can sample the Dommel water at very close range - he takes a dive. A bit farther on the lawn students are also trying to achieve some equilibrium, but in an entirely different manner. They are taking part in the Relaxation workshop given by ideological organization TINT.
“You really need to lie on the rope”, is the recommendation that can be heard from the bank. Trembling, the boy tries to shift his balance. He moves over a bit too far, and before he knows it he is dangling from the rope. After covering a few more centimeters, he cannot escape plunging into the water.
Outdoor Sport Club All Terrain certainly has not made life easy on today’s participants with the Obstacle Run around the river Dommel. Students are forced to walk on and between ropes, clamber across a net, crawl over ropes and through tires.
Over a distance of almost one hundred meters, students are trying to maintain their equilibrium in a totally different way, or to gain some equilibrium. Things are looking cozy in the tent on the lawn, with some twenty students lounging about. They are all there to relax, to come to their senses again.
In short: calmly regain one’s balance in the Intro week which is hectic and crammed with activities. The TINT workshop is all about mindfulness and learning to unwind. Of course, getting some shuteye for an hour in between activities is possible as well.
Purple rain will fall tomorrow, on Purple Friday, from the TU/e chimney stack, so that everyone can see that the university recognizes and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation. But as President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers emphasizes: “Our support is more than symbolic.” University secretary Nicole Ummelen is calling on the LGBTU/e community: “Please be our role models - and let us know if there are matters we can facilitate.”
The Department of the Built Environment has been in existence for fifty years. Yesterday evening this milestone was celebrated in grand style with a festive dinner at Plaza Vertigo attended by more than 350 people followed by a party. Speeches and performances enlivened the evening. Departmental Dean Elphi Nelissen made her speech during the eight-course meal. Live music was provided by Laura Eshuis and Eleven Dirty, while the Superstijl DJs worked the turntables.
Forget about Antwerp, London and Cologne. The only Christmas market worth its salt this year may well be right on your doorstep. It will have everything - from a hearty hotpot and a cup of steaming mulled wine to live Christmas music and the new tradition of firing a Christmas tree from a cannon - and will be right here in MetaForum's market hall from December 11 through 21.
The first TU/e Christmas market could hardly have got off to a more Christmassy start on Monday, in a 'market hall' surrounded by a thick blanket of snow. The firing of Christmas trees from a cannon, the promised opening activity, unfortunately suffered some initial delay - but for anyone who missed it, there was another chance to see it on Tuesday afternoon.
In 2018 the students of TU/e will be represented on the University Council by three parties. The provisional results indicate that newcomer DAS Eindhoven will have two seats, Groep-één remains the largest presence with four seats, and the Eindhoven Student Council (ESR) takes three. For the first time in years, staff faction PUR includes a professor; Anton Darhuber of Applied Physics.