Intro '17 | The swimming pool, the gossip and the truth25 August 2017
True, it is a bit frightening, to be left at the mercy of other parents than your biological ones just like that. Days 1 and 2 are usually still okay - but after that the deprivation hits home irrevocably. Then you would just like to call them briefly, hear your mummy’s familiar voice. App them. Share some photos. If need be, at the expense of someone else’s splashing fun.
So this is how the story unfolded of an unsuspecting Intro goer who on Friday morning was searching for an unused socket in order, in all innocence, to charge his phone. And who then unsuspectedly pulled the plug out of the ten-by-fifteen-meter-large makeshift swimming pool on the Flux lawn, which was filled with what by any and all accounts easily amounted to a shipload of water.
Such, at least, was the gossip version. “And a juicy one at that”, chuckles Mayra Goevaerts of the Central Introduction Committee, who had also overheard it in the Intro corridors.
In fact the long and short of it was that it was just an unsuspecting Intro goer sitting down on the edge of the over-filled swimming pool, which caused a considerable wave of water to leave the pool and flow elsewhere. Whereupon the CIC decided that it might probably be wiser to attach two blowers to the pool. “They continuously blow air into the swimming pool. In view of the jumble of cables spread across the lawn already we hoped that we could make do with just one”, Goevaerts admits.
A section of the Flux lawn was flooded for a short while, but even before the start of the closing festival the ground made good going again, as the CIC lady assured us. And, what’s more: the swimming pool was filled again - for anyone who insists on wearing their swaddling or swimming clothes for just a bit longer today.
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.
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.
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.
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.