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.
For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.
Some rooms in De Plint in Luna are not yet ready to use and so the associations are having to put the brakes on some of their activities. The building contractor has run into delays and current expectations are that everything will be ready by early November. There is evidently so much stuff in the Bunker that it can't all be stored in Luna. Bar Potential hopes to open its doors around New Year's. The cultural associations have just moved from the Bunker to Luna.