Day four has begun and by now the Intro is taking its toll. This causes such a shortage of people in groups ‘1’ and ‘24’ of Biomedical Engineering that it is decided to join the two clubs. And what do you get then? Exactly: 1 + 24 = 124.
You have hardly slept a wink and you’ve got a hangover. What can you do? That’s it, get moving! So that’s what lots of people were doing on the Flux lawn, where Intro kids and their mummies and daddies alike were doing push-ups, jumping jacks and burpees. Well, it was the attempt that counts anyway.
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.
Getting to know your fellow students. Of course. Learning about the university. Goes without saying. Following workshops, useful too. But hey, the importance of eating and drinking is not to be sneezed at. And by all appearances you, the Intro goers, are taking this to heart – until the wee hours of the morning.
Open-minded and in large numbers you have been working along and have obediently been singing a phrase as instructed. The result being this swinging, sun-drenched video clip, after diligent nocturnal editing. Intro 2017 was a party. Don’t believe us? Just watch!
How do you repair a tire? And what kind of parts does a bicycle have? The workshop organized by international association Cosmos is not just attracting international students who have just learnt how to cycle. It is also attended by students who have been lucky enough never to have had to repair a tire and who now do want to try and master that skill.
“Hey, look out, you’re throwing me off my balance”, one Intro kid suspended from a rope stretched across the river Dommel is shouting to another Intro kid on the other side of the rope who just cannot keep his balance. A little later the other one can sample the Dommel water at very close range - he takes a dive. A bit farther on the lawn students are also trying to achieve some equilibrium, but in an entirely different manner. They are taking part in the Relaxation workshop given by ideological organization TINT.
FAKE NEWS! At Cursor? No, of course not. Fake tattoos, well: yes. And we stuck loads of them on skins this week, in exchange for your chance of fancy prizes. Time for an update.
In harness for three days on a row and then still start the day again where it probably ended merely a few hours before: at Stratumseind. This is reserved only for true diehards, and by all appearances those can be found especially among the Built Environment and Industrial Engineering and Management Science students. At café Spijker the croquette buns are flying out this morning – and they are washed down by more than just glasses of milk.
Whilst missing a clear overview of all the sleeping-places, we nonetheless dare to posit that Tom Siebelt and Sjors Cornielje do have the most original place to get some shuteye this week. They are sojourning all week in their fire engine converted into a camper standing in the parking lot of the Auditorium.
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.
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
Do you find MetaForum too busy around exams? Does studying at home not appeal to you? Or do you simply need a bit of structure when you're revising? It may well be that the public library at De Witte Dame is the place for you. Under the banner ‘StudyShare’ staff there are hoping to attract students through most of January - with your books or laptop, but without your cellphone.