Living on campus | “My favorite place is the Honors room in MetaForum”7 March 2017
Cameron Weibel (21) is originally from California in the United States. Growing up, he moved home a number of times: from the West Coast - where he was raised in his early years - to Colorado and afterwards closer to the East Coast, and later to Connecticut where he lived for six or seven years. His father advised him to go to Switzerland for his high school education. He is currently in his third year of the Bachelor's in Computer Science and Engineering.
Before he came to Luna he lived in a student house in Woensel. That was really brilliant, says Cameron, really sociable. "We had a shared kitchen and one of our female housemates cooked delicious meals."
His friends told him about Luna and registered for rooms straight away - but Cameron didn't. By contrast, he felt more drawn to live off-campus. After the summer, when the studios became available, he changed his mind and registered. "I moved into a studio on the thirteenth floor in October 2016, where I have a fabulous view. The rent is good for a studio like this one, at this location. And everything is close to hand, which saves me lots of time."
Until now what he has been missing in Luna are social activities and a communal space where you can meet other people. Now, after six months, the common room is finally nearing completion. The official opening is set for March 2nd.
Cameron says he adapted quickly to life in the Netherlands. "I found it more difficult when I moved from the US to Switzerland, due to the different mentalities of people from the States and from Switzerland. In the US everything focuses exclusively on the United States. When I went to Switzerland I gained a much more global perspective. What's more, people in Switzerland tend to be less outgoing and are quieter; as a rule Americans are much louder.”
In his leisure time he often goes with friends to Vapiano, a restaurant in the city center. Cameron finds this is a fun place to dine and chat with his friends. Last week he went to visit a friend who lives in the Student Hotel near the station. “When we returned from the gym in the morning, we made American pancakes in the shared kitchen; that was really sociable.”
His favorite place on campus is the common room of the Honors Academy in MetaForum. He can often be found there meeting up his fellow students on the Honors program. Exciting times lie ahead for Cameron; he will soon hear whether he has been admitted to the Master's program in Robotics, Systems and Control at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland.
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.
For thirty years, Huub Meijer, former Dutch champion and national coach of the Dutch karate team, spent evening after evening in the dojo and the gym of the Student Sports Center working as an instructor. He taught students the intricacies of various martial arts and ran strength-building and circuit training sessions. All the prizes he has won over the years are now stored in plastic bags – ‘they were on show at home for long enough’ – but he looks back on a glittering career with satisfaction, and with even more pleasure on a fine working life as a trainer.
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.