Nice party Wednesday night. A bout of boxing, surfing on a rodeo wave board, singing along with music of DJs and dancing to cover band Dubbel Fout. Every taste is catered for.
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.
Even before it had started, the traditionally merry Intro week has seen a black cloud moving over the Christian student association Ichthus. On Sunday one of its members, Fontys student Tim Lasschuit, was killed in a traffic accident in Germany. Another Ichthian was severely injured.
How many intro kids are there walking around? How do their numbers compare to last year? For how long have we had an Intro at TU/e? How many intro parents are there? For all the number fetishists and other interested readers we are listing some facts and figures.
The Boy Next Door, HOTTUB HEROES and Het Hitjes Kanon set the house on fire last Monday night during the opening feast of the Intro. The event on the Flux lawn attracted a few thousand visitors.
Love reigns supreme in the sweet intro family of Karel Moeskops, Gerrit Rietveld and Sef Achten. Indeed, three daddies: the trio (“we all voted D66”) hold the multi-person parenthood in great affection, as they stress. Clothed in fluffy onesies they guide their little ones through their first days as students at TU/e. Get acquainted with Onesie One Love.
The business case at the Built Environment: build a waterproof construction by means of cardboard. Whereas previous editions saw the cardboard structures of the architects-to-be being sprayed all over the place, nearly all of them hold out this year. Experiential expert firemen know why: the builders now rush up to the jet of water so that the cardboard is not at risk of getting fully soaked.
Did you ever realize that the names Freek, Taco and Joke sound quite peculiar in English? Stand-up comedian Greg Shapiro did. He presented this reflection along with others to the more than two thousand intro kids who welcomed his jokes while chuckling in the sun on the lawn outside the Flux building.
Considerably larger and open all days. Those two aspects distinguish the second outlet of Spar University, in Luna, from the existing shop in Flux. This morning it opened its doors and before long students studying in MetaForum can also use the walkway and a spiral staircase to get direct access to the mini-supermarket.
The Tech United soccer robot team will be defending its world title from 27 to 30 July at the RoboCup in Nagoya, Japan. If the TU/e team gets to the final, it will be the tenth time in a row. And if the fully autonomous Eindhoven soccer robots win, it will be their fourth world title. In the ‘help-at-home’ category, Tech United hopes its robots will be able to bring home a first world title after second and third places at previous tournaments.
The completion of various rooms in De Plint – the three lowest floors of residential tower Luna (the former Potentiaal building) has been delayed due to the discovery of asbestos. As a result, the cultural student associations will not be able to present themselves in their new accommodation in De Plint during the next Intro. Studium Generale will not be inconvenienced for the time being: SG’s autumn program had already been adjusted by way of precaution.
Student team InMotion set a another track record for electric racing cars Saturday at Belgium's Zolder circuit. With a time of 1 minute and 42 seconds, driver Xavier Maassen knocked no fewer than eighteen seconds off the old record. Only last month the team broke the record at Circuit Park Zandvoort with its IM/e.
Porto, the city of Port wine, that has been the inspiration for the Harry Potter series, that has a bridge of Gustav Eiffel (Ponte Luis I) and where you can find small bakeries with ‘Pastel de Nata’ in every street. No wonder Porto has been elected as the ‘Best destination of Europe’ for the third time in the last five years.
Sooner or later internationals at TU/e feel a yearning for something back home. Like the Asian student wandering along the Stratumseind in a fruitless search for a karaoke bar. Vice versa, however, the Netherlands does offer elements these internationals would like to take back with them. Cursor asked ten international students about their intercultural wannahaves.
Illusionist Victor Mids will add a touch of magic to the opening of the academic year at TU/e on Monday September 4th. He is the first of a series of speakers and performers to be announced by the organizers. This year's theme is ‘The magic of science and technology’.
Make a biosensor that will detect heart failure in good time. This is the assignment set by the international competition SensUs, which is being run by the Honors Academy. For the organizers, a group of Bachelor's students majoring in Software Science have designed an online platform that will go live during the two-day event in September, enabling the worldwide audience to follow the activities of the participating teams in the Auditorium.
TU/e team FAST will this afternoon, Thursday July 6, present REX, a system which converts formic acid into electricity, and which can be linked to an electric bus as a range extender. REX can provide an electric power of 25 kilowatt – 42,000 times more than scale model Junior, which was presented early last year by the student team from Eindhoven.
Minister Jet Bussemaker never wanted to hear anything about it, yet it seems to be happening now after all: the House of Representatives has taken an initiative, which is supported by Bussemaker’s own PvdA party, to grant students the right to maternity leave and a tailor-made examination program.
Startup Lightyear, which arose out of the first Solar Team Eindhoven, aims to launch a commercial solar car on the European and American markets in 2019. The Lightyear One will be an electric vehicle with four-wheel drive and solar roof capable of driving 800 kilometers on a full battery. As of today, buyers can sign up for the car, which has a price tag of 119,000 euros (excluding sales tax).
The association Beter Onderwijs Nederland (Better Education in the Netherlands) is keen to take legal action to call a halt to the anglicization of higher education. They fear it will leave a trail of destruction through higher education, and believe it to be unlawful.
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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 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.
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.
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.
From our 'How can I survive special': Both of them are active members (past and present) of Eindhoven's student scene, have had their fair share of life's headaches and dick pics. Britte Bouchaut (28, graduating student of Innovation Sciences; in an 18-month relationship and not cohabiting) and Alain Starke (27, PhD candidate of Human-Technology Interaction; in an eight-year relationship and cohabiting) discuss love and romance at TU/e like two old fogeys. From long-distance relationships to kissing networks: How can you survive student romance? Alain and Britte give tips, ask others for advice, and take a critical look at each other's views. Are Eindhoven’s drinks rife with date-making, or do dicks take a backseat in Eindhoven?