Intro '17 | Snowboarding, pole dancing and canoeing on the Green Strip Market22 August 2017
Is it going to be the basketball club? Or the pole dancing club after all? Or perhaps the Japanese cultural association or the drama club? There is so much to choose from this afternoon on the Green Strip Market, where dozens of associations and agencies are presenting themselves to best advantage.
A folder here, a chat there, making a photo, but it is especially by taking part in activities that the Intro kids are getting to know the many cultural, sportive, study-related associations and clubs from TU/e or related to it. There is so much that can be done: score in a football goal, shooting balls into a korf or a basket, or climbing a wall, boxing, Twister, shuffleboard, fencing, table tennis, you name it.
Most associations cannot complain about a lack of interest. As is true also for student pole dancing club Blue, where various committee members are showing their skills in a range of positions – using both the designated poles for this and lampposts. Admittedly, the latter is rather more difficult.
Members Vincent Huisman and Robin Kwant have already been involved in helping lots of students climb the poles. Still, it is by no means easy to persuade male students, says Huisman. “Apparently they do not find it masculine enough. However, when I tell them that you really need to be strong and that it is comparable to what gymnast Epke Zonderland does, albeit in a position with a quarter turn, they do take a different view.”
Biomedical Engineering students Mike Albertz, Micha Lipplaa and Wai Keungliu (from group Schnell, “no, not ‘Snel, but ‘Schnell’, the German spelling. Because of our ‘snelle’ sunglasses”) also “prefer to leave the pole dancing to others”. Meanwhile they are on the Fontys lawn, after having looked at and taken part in lots of things, but they have not decided yet whether they really want to join a club or association. Mike: “I’m going to buy a sports card, but first I need to find out how much time my study is going to take.”
In MetaForum association in formation Salaam (Islamic. Academic. Pragmatic.) is attracting lots of curious students. And they are definitely not just students interested in Islam, as the committee members explain. “Everybody is interested in particular because we are a newcomer, they want to know who we are and what we’re going to do”, says the chairman. One of the goals aimed at by the association is to promote the interests of the Muslim community at TU/e, to show newcomers the way and to build a bridge between Muslims and non-Muslims.
After this inspirational afternoon it is time for a barbecue.
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.