Absorbing culture with your sportscard

Spinning, yoga or swimming, the Radboud Sports Centre (RSC) has much to offer for sports lovers. With a series of new workshops in the upcoming period, the sports center plans to attract a new target group: culture fans.

Original text: Vincent Veerbeek
Translation: Marit de Vries

Starting on April 16, Student Life, together with the RSC, will start a pilot offering culture workshops to people in possession of a sportscard. Those who want to be trained in literary writing, drawing, photography, singing, or theater, can enroll in one of these five workshops. 'In many other cities, the local university offers culture workshops, which is why we wanted to do something similar', says Bart Baeten, culture producer at Student Life. The collaboration with the RSC is mostly out of practical considerations. 'We can launch a new portal but students might not be able to find it as easily.'

Interested students can now enroll for the culture workshops. Each of the workshops has around fifteen to twenty places available.

 

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Anniversary of Radboud University

Radboud University (RU) is 95 years old. This means that the RU is celebrating its nineteenth lustrum year, and because of this lustrum activities will be organized for all students and employees of the university. In addition, alumni and inhabitants of Nijmegen and the surrounding area are also welcome. What does the university have in store?

Original text: Elisa Ros Villarte
Translation: Marit de Vries

Music and burning questions
The first lustrum activity is the final round of the Radboud Song Contest on March 15 in the new theater hall C. There the winning Radboud song will be announced, for which students and employees could send in their own songs. On May 24, Radboud Open Air will be organized, where scientists will hold brief lectures about various themes. They will give answers to questions like: Who owns the North Pole when it is melted? The lectures are held on locations across campus, so that a festival atmosphere is created, not unlike Radboud Rocks. That same night Radboud Rocks will be organized, where bands and DJs are to perform. In addition, study associations will compete with each other in a series of challenges during the Grote Studenten Battle (Great Student Battle).

Teachers in class and sports matches
In addition there will be Radboud Kids: Meet the professor on May 31. Ninety-five professors will ride their bikes to primary schools in the Nijmegen area wearing togas, where they will teach school children about their research. Children may ask any questions during these interactive classes. In honor of the university’s ninetieth anniversary a similar day had been organized. The last activity of the academic year 2017-2018 will be Radboud Sports on June 29 at the sports center, with all kinds of activities related to the lustrum year. This battle of the faculties was held for the first time five years ago in honor of the eighteenth lustrum. During this event the faculties of the RU and the Radboudumc battle for the Radboud Cup in categories like volleyball, hockey, tennis, football and basketball. Additionally the second edition of the Sports festival will be held, with workshops, music, and food and drinks.

Closing the Lustrum
During the rest of 2018 there will also be lustrum activities. Alumni can come to Radboud Recharge on October 5 and 6. On the sixth of October the RU will be opened for Radboud Invites when inhabitants from Nijmegen area can take a look behind the scenes in the academic world. They can get an impression of what kind of research is being done and there will be interactive activities for people of all ages. On October 18, the lustrum year will be closed with an academic ceremony during the dies natalis in the Stevenskerk. The dies has been moved from May to October because of the lustrum year. Various speakers will be present, and honorary doctorates and prizes will be awarded.

In general, it is known how the RU wants to celebrate the lustrum year, but even spokesperson Martijn Gerritsen is not yet aware of all the details. The fact that the RU is trying to organize a festive year is nevertheless evident.

 

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Awareness through educational escape room

In order to make students understand how people their age were faced with difficult moral choices during the Second World War, Radboud University (RU) has decided to open the educational escape room 'University in resistance' at the Valkhof Museum on Liberation Day. In doing so, a unique part of history is highlighted, namely the voluntary closing of the RU by the Rector Magnificus at that time, Bernard Hermesdorf.

Original text: Julia Mars
Translation: Ramadan Hasani

Forgotten past
In April of 1943, students of all Dutch universities had to sign a declaration of loyalty, stating that students 'will refrain from any action that is against the German Reich'. Hermesdorf, as the only rector in the Netherlands, refused to impose this declaration on his students. Supported by the other professors, Hermesdorf single-handedly shut down the university on April 11 1943.

'One of the main goals of the educational escape room is to make young people realize what kind of moral dilemmas students at that time had to go through', says fundraiser Eelco Keij, who came up with the idea with historians from the university. 'Within a short period of time students had to decide whether they would sign up to the occupiers for the Arbeitseinsatz (forced labor), or whether they would go into hiding, with the risk that their loved ones or family would have to face the consequences.' At the end of the educational escape room there will be an exposition which also connects to the present. 'We want to pass on the realization that the war and these moral dilemmas may seem far away for us, but that in other places around the world people still face these difficult moral choices on a daily basis, which can sometimes make the difference between life and death.'

Awareness for history
One of those students was Jozef van Hövell van Wezeveld and Westerflier, president of the Nijmegen student organization Carolus Magnus. By accepting the presidency he put a lot on the line because the asssociation was forbidden by the occupier at that time. By solving puzzles and questions the escape room lets participants put themselves in the shoes of the friends of Van Hövell. Van Hövell van Wezeveld and Westerflier was an important link in the student resistance and regularly took part in resistance activities. On March 28 1944 he was arrested and almost a year later he died in concentration camp Neuengamme due to exhaustion.

To target the biggest possible demographic, the educational escape room will be available in Dutch, English and German. Tickets will be available online starting April 11, exactly 75 years after the shutdown of the university in 1943. Attendees up to the age of 25 will get a discount.

 

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Brightspace pilots to be launched

As announced previously, Blackboard will be replaced by Brightspace in the academic year of 2018-2019. Starting this February, the Brightspace pilots will be launched in everyday education to test if the new learning environment fits with the wishes of students and teachers.

Original text: Elisa Ros Villarte
Translation: Marit de Vries

The new system has been chosen for its user friendliness, greater compatibility with mobile devices and integration with other systems such as Osiris. Professors will be able to follow a practice course through a digital tutorial named Sandbox during the course of 2018. This tutorial will stay open for use after the implementation of the new system, so that professors can experiment with the software without any risk for the educational content. To make sure the introduction and implementation of Brightspace will run as smoothly as possible, all professors will be following a basic training course as well. Through this course they can also familiarize themselves with the new Learning Management System and discover all of its possibilities and applications. This is beneficial to both professors and students, as all programs and faculties will be working in the same way.

Evidently the introduction of Brightspace is already in full swing. Come February, students will also be able to get a taste of the new program in TvA 1, where help desk staff is at hand to answer any possible questions. 'No doubt there will be some startup problems, but we are putting everything to work to make sure the changeover will run as smoothly as possible', said Daniël Wigboldus, chairman of the Executive Board, last week Monday in his New Year's speech. Hopefully the pilots will indeed be effective in preventing problems before Brightspace is officially introduced.

 

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Cultuur op de Campus breaks taboos

In March, Cultuur op de Campus organizes a series of three interdisciplinary evenings on taboos in order to make students think about themes such as religion and sexuality.

Original text: Vincent Veerbeek
Translation: Marissa Aarts

The three evenings are consecutively about the taboos of religion in an academic context, sexual identity, and talking about feelings. In order to highlight these themes from as many different angles as possible, an interdisciplinary approach has been chosen, with not only lectures and discussions, but also musical performances and literary recitals. 'We have noticed these themes are also relevant to actors and within the music world', says Aimée Dabekaussen, General Board Member of Cultuur op de Campus. 'On the third evening, which is titled Sad, we host a dance performance that relates to the theme of feelings, and music by a band that has dedicated an album to this subject. The goal of the series is to help people come to new insights. 'Art can awaken people in a different way than a lecture can. In addition, it fits the character of Cultuur op de Campus, so we started working from that perspective.'

In order to organize the evenings, Cultuur op de Campus is working together with LGBT+ youth organization Dito!, Muslim student organization MSV, and a student psychologist. 'Collaborations are helpful to gain inspiration. In addition, other organizations usually have better insight as to what is happening with regard to a certain topic', explains Dabekaussen.The intended result is an evening-long program in which students get the opportunity to reflect and have conversations on themes that usually remain undiscussed. 'We want to show these topics from different angles in order to make them easier to be talked about.'

The taboo-evenings Sense, Sex and Sad will take place on March 14, 21 and 28 in theater hall C.

 

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Farewell in style

It is only a matter of time before the buildings of the Thomas van Aquinostraat (TvA) will be part of history. Before it will really be gone, students are lucky enough to get a chance to party in this concrete labyrinth at the TvA Tribute on Wednesday, January 17.

Original text: Vincent Veerbeek
Translation: Sander Nederveen

There will be a wide range of activities to choose from that evening, including laser gaming, escape rooms, and a silent disco. After years of daydreaming about an event like this, students and staff have finally come together to organize this grand spectacle. 'Back when talks about moving the faculties first began, there were already plans to organize something during the last week', says Bjorn Teeuwen, employee at the Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) and co-organizer of the TvA Tribute. 'Paintball was discussed often, but that would cause too much of a disruption, which is why we have chosen for laser gaming.'

Laser gaming and partying
As TvA 3 and 5 are to be demolished first, the activities will take place there. 'Laser gaming will be done in TvA 5', Teeuwen explains. 'One team gathers in the main hall, the other one at the bridge between Tva 3 and Tva 5, and then they need to find each other from there. Most of the furniture will be gone by that time, but we might put some things in there. When it is all empty it is less fun, because then the hallways will just be long and open.' When students are done playing with their laser guns, they can enjoy themselves in TvA 3 for food, drinks, and other entertainment. 'TvA 3 will be the central location,' Teeuwen says. There will be a bar, a food corner, a mechanical bull, and a live band. 'The intention is to create a festival atmosphere, a bit like the Campusnacht.'

Spectacle for everyone
A lot of students are also involved with the organization of the event. All five study associations from the NSM and three from the Faculty of Social Sciences are participating, as well as Nijmegen Student Sports Council, in light of their lustrum. The students are responsible for a large part of the organization, and they will also help on the evening itself, by taking care of activities such as standing behind the tap or checking tickets. There is also a lot of enthusiasm about the TvA Tribute outside of the faculties involved. Hundreds of people have expressed interest through the Facebook event, and at the first ticket sale last Wednesday, over 150 tickets were sold for laser gaming. 'The maximum number of tickets that we can sell is 400, but then all time slots will be filled with teams of 20', Teeuwen says. The rest of the event will for the most part be freely accessible. Teeuwen hopes it is going to be a university-wide success, so alumni and Radboud-staff are more than welcome.

 

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International students flood Dutch universities

This academic year, a record-breaking number of international students is studying in The Netherlands, according to an analysis by Nuffic, Dutch organization for internationalization in education. The Dutch Student Union (LSVb) and the Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg (ISO) are afraid that universities do not take into account what the consequences are of attracting international students.

Original text: Elisa Ros Villarte
Translation: Evelien Müller

Tremendous growth
The number of non-Dutch students has risen with ten thousand people in contrast to the academic year 2016-2017. This means that a total of 122,000 international students are studying at Dutch universities. Therefore, on average, one out of eight students is an international student. Out of those 122,000 students, 90,000 students are enrolled in a full-time bachelor or master, while the rest is staying in The Netherlands for a semester or a year only. At Radboud University (RU), the number of international students has not risen as drastically as at other universities. The internationalization allows students to exchange experiences and to get in touch with people from a variety of backgrounds, according to the ISO. In order to realize this, the ISO deems it necessary that universities stimulate the integration of international students.

Within limits
This cultural diversity, however, also has a negative side. Because universities wish to attract more international students, many programs are now taught fully or partly in English. The LSVb is concerned that the quality of lectures will suffer because of this, and that Dutch students will have to compete with international students for a place in subsequent education. There will thus be fewer places for Dutch students. Furthermore, because of the lack of student housing in many cities, there is not enough housing for those extra students, although this too is less of a problem in Nijmegen. The LSVb is asking universities to 'stand down and revise their strategy'. Several universities cannot handle the large number of international students, but rejecting students on grounds of their descent is discrimination. Because of this, the ministry of Education, Culture and Science cannot implement any measures to control internationalization.

Internationalization can be beautiful, but can get out of control. Universities should therefore pay attention to the effects of the rising number of international students. The RU is doing fairly well on many issues, such as the housing of international students. However, there are some problems as well in Nijmegen, for example regarding the quality of English lectures.

 

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Kraantje Pappie to headline Radboud Rocks 2018

Last Wednesday, Radboud University (RU) announced which artists will perform during Radboud Rocks on May 24. Following Ronnie Flex's performance last year, the RU has again gone with Dutch hip hop by making Kraantje Pappie this year's headliner.

Original text and translation: Vincent Veerbeek

Aside from Kraantje Pappie, The Brahms and Rondé will be among the artists that are paying a visit to the Radboud campus. The performances will take place on the Erasmus square and the Pieter Bondam square, outside the Cultuur Café. For the most part, the organization of Radboud Rocks is building on the formula of previous years. Apart from the various big artists and smaller performances, the Grote Studentenbattle (Great Student Battle) will take place again. Different study and student associations will compete with each other in a series of challenges. The winning association will win eternal glory, as well as a special tile on the Pieter Bondam square.

Radboud Rocks will begin at four in the afternoon and last until eleven, followed by an after party at the Cultuur Café. Prior to the campus festival, Radboud Open Air is organized in light of this year’s lustrum. Arjen Lubach will be one of the speakers during this afternoon of lectures.

 

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Let's talk about it

Now that The Radboud Song Contest has ended, the time has come for a new university-praising event: Radboud Talks. The finalists of the contest were announced last Tuesday.

Original text: Julia Mars
Translation: Marissa Aarts

Radboud Talks, as the name suggests, is a pitch contest in which young scientists get three minutes to present their research in front of an audience and a jury. The contestants must come up with creative ways to shape their presentation since they are not allowed to use boring PowerPoint presentations or graphs and schemes. Even though the goal of Radboud Talks is to give a stage to scientists from diverse fields, the finale has a clear theme: medicine and molecular research. During the final round, medical researcher Ayla Turan, brain researcher Linda Geerlings, jaw surgeon in training Julie Deferm, molecular biologist Marilen Benner, philosopher and pedagogue Pieter Boshuizen, medical researcher Jade Logger, biomedical technologist Gijs Hendriks, and molecular biologist Annemarie Post will present their research. The winner of the pitch contest will return home with a personal budget of a 1,000 euros, which can be used to finance their research.

The finale of Radboud Talks will be held in LUX on Monday April 16 at 20:00 o'clock. Tickets will be 5 euros per person.

 

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Lev Avitan new campus poet

Last Tuesday, at the campus poet election in theater hall C, Lev Avitan was elected as the new campus poet of Radboud University (RU) for the upcoming academic year. He will follow in the footsteps of Sander Bisselink, the current campus poet.

Original text and translation: Vincent Veerbeek

Avitan, student of Philosophy at the RU, started his artistic career with English-language spoken word poetry, but made the switch to Dutch about a year ago. In addition to this, he also writes, and hopes to combine these two styles as campus poet. Previously, he performed at the Buiten Zinnen literary festival and with Mensen Zeggen Dingen, among others. In the election for campus poet, he only had two competitors, fellow Philosophy student Pieter Theunissen and student of Political Sciences Thom Oudshoorn.

As campus poet, Avitan will get the chance to recite his poems at various events, like poetry festival Onbederf'lijk Vers and literary festival de Wintertuin. His work will also be published in university magazine Vox after the summer.

 

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Living situation of international students investigated

Student union AKKU has looked into the housing of international students at Radboud University (RU) and University of Applied Sciences (HAN) in Nijmegen and Arnhem. According to a report presented recently, students in Nijmegen are generally secure in their accommodation, but there is room for improvement.

Original text: Vincent Veerbeek
Translation: Aafke van Pelt

Settling down
AKKU decided to instigate this investigation following commotion surrounding the living situation of international students elsewhere in the Netherlands last summer. In Nijmegen things do not seem to be so bad, but the student union was still curious to see what the exact situation was. The investigation was primarily focused on measures taken by institutions concerned with housing, such as the SSH& and the RU’s International Office (IO). Results show that about forty percent of international students are provided with housing by the housing department of the IO, which cooperates with student housing provider SSH&. Moreover, the IO stimulates students from Nijmegen who are going abroad to sublet their rooms. Students' complaints are primarily about practical matters such as rent prices and the facilities that are present.

Critical sidenote
Despite these predominantly positive findings, AKKU also cites some issues. One of these is for example a lack of integration since international students often live separated from Dutch students. Another problem the student union anticipates has to do with the fact that 'short-stay contracts' are heavily promoted – these are mostly meant for students who are here for one semester or a year and they offer fewer possibilities for students who are following their full study in Nijmegen. There is a chance problems will arise given the increasing number of foreign students who are doing their full studies here. Another risk is that many students find their housing through the private sector. In general, international students are not always as headstrong as need be, especially if the rental agreements are in Dutch. AKKU's primary advice is improved consultation between housing organizations and parties representing the wants and needs of international students, even if they are not directly concerned with housing.

In conclusion, the report shows that despite the fact that Nijmegen scores above average, there are still a considerable number of issues which need attention and there is definitely some room for improvement. The report partially confirms the statements made to ANS last September by Wessel Meijer, head of the IO.

 

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Mysterious bird turns out to be new Radboud icon

Pictures of eggs and a little bird on the social media channels of Radboud University (RU) caused quite some confusion in the past few weeks. It seemed as if the communication department lost their wits, but it all turns out to have been about the introduction of a new Radboud icon. According to the RU, students will soon be seeing more of the little bird.

Original text: Joep Dorna and Vincent Veerbeek
Translation: Ilse Peeters

Last week, bird nests appeared at various places around campus with eggs in them that looked like they had been stolen from the Efteling ride Vogel Rok. The RU accompanied pictures of these nests with mysterious texts, such as 'Someone is eager to get out' and 'A big plus being a bird: you never have to visit a dentist!'. Whoever was already confused by these messages, felt completely lost after the revelation via a video posted on Facebook and Instagram. A little bird bursts out of its egg, after which Robin, 'the newest member of the Radboud family', is welcomed. People in the comment section mainly wondered what on earth this was supposed to mean.

'Looking at the comments, I already knew that it might have needed some more clarification', says Heleen Seevinck, editor for the department of Marketing and Communication. 'We have designed a little bird, Robin, as the icon of the RU. Many universities already have a logo and we wanted to create something for us to identify with as well.' Some universities use an owl as their logo, but Seevinck argues that would be a too obvious choice. 'Many robins fly around on campus, which led us to choose this icon in the end.'

Initially, Robin will be used primarily on social media, and there are no concrete plans for the bird apart from that yet. 'It would be nice to have Robin be more visible around campus, since we really like the little bird', says Seevinck. 'We for instance thought about using the bird in combination with a textbook when Brightspace goes live.' Seevinck adds that students are always welcome to share their ideas about Robin.

 

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Never eat by yourself again

As of this week, there is a new addition to the sharing economy. After Airbnb and CouchSurfing for accommodation and Uber for transport, there is now an app that allows you to have dinner with strangers: Nibblr. The new app will be launched on Monday in Nijmegen.

Original text: Vincent Veerbeek
Translation: Ramadan Hasani

Dining with strangers
Founder Yannick Kampschoer describes the app as a 'social dining platform', with which people can meet each other while enjoying a self-made meal. Those who are inclined to show off their cooking skills to the world can invite people over. Those who would rather be lazy than tired can find an unknown chef nearby. 'We believe that people should make more time in their everyday lives for the people around them, and dinner is the perfect occasion for that', explains Kampschoer. 'With the app, users can show when and where they are cooking, what they are going to make, for how many people there is room, and what the price per guest is going to be. People who want to eat can take a look at the app and see what is available in their neighborhood.' After the dinner people can leave a review on the person with whom they had dinner. 'It is a kind of social measure, so you can be sure you will join a hospitable chef who is going to cook a tasty meal for you.'

Tasting curiously
The new app is a textbook example of the sharing economy, where the consumer has complete control. 'Initially we had this idea for a restaurant where you do not have your own table, but where strangers can dine together at large tables', says Kampschoer. 'However, because you already have everything at home there is no need for a restaurant, hence the app.' The concept behind the app is also apparent in the name, derived from the English word "to nibble". 'It refers to a unique way of tasting new things, both in regards to food and meeting new people', explains Kampschoer. 'We think this is a brand with which people can identify.'

Out together, home together
Now, a year and a half after the idea was first conceived, the app is ready for use. Starting Monday, the developers will promote their platform among students in Nijmegen. This will be done on the campus of Radboud University and at various SSH& complexes. The inventors of Nibblr want to expand to other student cities, including places such as Leiden, Utrecht and Amsterdam. However, for now the focus is on Nijmegen. 'We want to turn this into a success story, to show what role Nibblr can play in people's lives.' While Nibblr primarily targets students, Kampschoer hopes to expand the platform to other demographics. 'That way we hope to bring together many different kinds of people at the dinner table, who may turn out to have a lot in common.'

 

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Nijmegen establishes international student association

The foundation of an international student association in Nijmegen has become a definitive fact. The Dutch branch of the Erasmus Students Network (ESN), the organization for international student associations, has ratified this during a national convention earlier this month.

Original text: Elisa Ros Villarte
Translation: Ralf Corsten

The establishment
The name of the organization will be the International Student Network (ISN) Nijmegen. Sixteen branches of the ESN had already been established in the Netherlands, but not yet in Nijmegen. Lisette te Hennepe, graduate student Communication and Information Studies, and Annika Schiefner, graduate student Language and Communication, have been busy since June setting it all up. This way, they hope to fill the gap that had been created in 2010 when an earlier international student association was dissolved. Te Hennepe and Schiefner came up with the idea after seeing a large ESN branch in Tilburg, where almost all international students are members. 'We were wondering why Nijmegen did not yet have a student association run by and for the convenience of international students, and decided to do something about that', Te Hennepe explains.

Internationally-minded
ISN Nijmegen aims to target primarily those issues that can plague international students, such as cultural differences and a lack of belonging in the Netherlands thus far. 'Once a month, we will be organizing evening sessions in which we will discuss possible difficulties that international students may encounter', she explains. The association will not just be a point of contact for students, but also aims to further their integration. 'In that vein, we are a student association for internationally-minded students, and Dutch students are more than welcome', Te Hennepe says. ISN Nijmegen has already organized several events in the past few months, including a board game night and a treasure hunt. Future events may include weekly lunches, drinks, and other food-related activities, as well as field trips in the Netherlands.

Wide interest
Boudewijn Grievink, deputy head of the International Office (IO), is glad to see an organization for and by international students. 'We are happy with it and we also support it wholeheartedly. Radboud International Students (RIS) has previously organized social activities for this target audience in cooperation with the IO. I think it is a good development that ISN Nijmegen will now take on this task, especially with the university internationalizing further and more international students applying. However, RIS will continue to organize the Orientation week for international students. I think it will be a great enrichment of Nijmegen student life.' Te Hennepe herself has noticed wide-ranging interest for an international student association. 'We have at this moment forty-four people who have taken an interest in becoming a member of a committee, and all of our events have attracted at least thirty people.'

Last Sunday, the organization celebrated the ratification by the ESN with committee members and other interested people by going out to eat together and holding a beer tasting. Starting February 4, after the Orientation week for international students, ISN Nijmegen will begin organizing activities in its capacity as an official student association.

 

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Partying professors

Karaoke at the Cultuurcafé, a haunted house in TvA, and parkour through the Refter. These are just some of the activities that will be organized during Radboud by Night on March 22, the event formerly known as the Campusnacht.

Original text: Julia Mars
Translation: Vincent Veerbeek

The event has been given a facelift this year. To make it more appealing to international students, the name of the event has been changed into English. On top of that, the event will no longer last the whole night, but will end at 23:00 o’clock, followed by an after party. This party will take place at the Cultuurcafé and at the bicycle storage below the Lecture Hall Complex (CC), which will be transformed into a rave basement. During this techno party, professors will get a chance to show off their DJ talents. Academics like Margot van Mulken, dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Daniël Wigboldus, president of the Executive Board, will play their favorite party tracks.

The activities will take place in the Erasmus building, the Refter, TvA 1, the Cultuurcafé and the basement of the Lecture Hall Complex (CC). Thirty different student organizations, including sports and study associations, will organize the various festivities, and participation is free.

 

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Platform puts language studies back on the map

The number of students choosing a language education is steadily declining within The Netherlands. To emphasize the importance of language programs, the 'National Platform for the Languages' will be established as of April 1. This platform will be lobbying for multilingualism and will provide information about studies of the Arts throughout The Netherlands.

Original text: Julia Mars
Translation: Marissa Aarts

The platform is the result of a cooperation between seven academic institutions, including Radboud University (RU). Its aim is to argue for the importance of studies of the Arts at ministries, government institutions and businesses. 'With this platform, we aim to create attention for the fact that studies of the Arts are important and individual programs', says Prof. Dr. Margot van Mulken, dean of the Faculty of Arts. 'It will not only have an ambassador's function, but also that of an information platform. The platform will be lobbying at the ministry and the educational institutions for multilingualism, and will additionally provide information on languages and studies of the Arts for those interested.' The platform will intensify cooperation between educational institutions, for example with regard to the transition from hbo (universities of applied sciences) or secondary schools to university. 'Right now, there is no insight into the language capacities of hbo or secondary school students. hampers their transition to university or other education', mentions Van Mulken. Through better cooperation between the different educational institutions, they can better adapt themselves to the needs and learning progress of students.

Another goal of the platform is to stimulate innovation. An example of this is a closer cooperation between universities, so that students can attend courses at different universities. 'Due to the fact that Arts programs tend to be small, it is sometimes impossible to have an expert on every subject available', adds Van Mulken. 'That is why it should become easier for a student of French at the RU to follow a course at the University of Leiden, if there is an expert on the domain of literature during the French Revolution present.'

 

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Program RAGweek announced

Between March 7 and 14, students will be able to amuse themselves with tons of activities, which help raise money for the good cause, during the so-called RAGweek. The RAGweek board announced the program of the festivities last Friday.

Original text: Vincent Veerbeek
Translation: Lorin Posthumus

After a kick-off party next Tuesday the RAGweek will officially start on Wednesday with a 'fancy fair' on the Erasmusplein. Several associations will load their booths with food and drinks, but also games and 'resumé-checks'. Besides these and countless other activities organized by various student organizations, there are also a lot of initiatives to raise money by RAGweek themselves. For instance, there will be a "RAGbar" at the Cultuurcafé where you can buy a home brewed RAGweek-beer. For every meal bought at the University's food venues during the RAGweek, students can donate 50 cents under the name "RAGsmakelijk". A new event will take place on the last day of the RAGweek: the "RAGchelous Cantus" at the Steven's Church. The week will be closed off with a big party at the Villa van Schaeck, after which the organization can begin counting the money that has been raised.

The money raised this year will be donated to 'Stichting 113 Zelfmoordpreventie' (an organization for suicide prevention) and 'ACNS projecthulp' (a child support program in Sri Lanka).

 

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Refter to be closed for renovations

This summer, The Refter will close her doors for a thorough makeover. Last week, more news was announced about what is going to happen at the university restaurant over the next few months.

As of last week, The Refter is offering an adapted product range to avoid having to throw away food. 'This way, we want to make sure we will not be left with all kinds of food when we close', says David Niessen, head of the department Retail and Catering of the Facilities & Services Department. 'In the renewed Refter, a new selection of products will be on sale. That is why we want to inform people that some products might run out over the next few weeks.' As soon as the holiday begins on July 6, The Refter will close its doors. Over the summer, people can visit one of the other food establishments on campus, like Het Gerecht in the Grotius building.

After the summer, a small section of The Refter will re-open with temporary facilities, but what this will look like is not yet clear at the moment according to Niessen. 'Our goal is to be able to offer a good lunch and a proper warm meal as usual. Customers should be able to get a full package, but it will not be as widespread as it is now.' Which part of The Refter will open exactly depends on how far construction has progressed at that point. 'When the new academic year begins, we want to be able to offer something at the heart of campus', says Niesen.

Renovations will last until the end of the year, after which the renewed Refter will open its doors as a food court in January 2019. Over the past few months, visitors were able to give input about what the new Refter should come to look like. Although there are plans, Niessen cannot comment on them right now, because everything has not been finalized. 'If we communicate it now, people might have forgotten after the summer. That is why we want to announce our exact plans once the new students have started.'

 

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RU presents its renewed campus

Last week Tuesday, the Radboud University (RU) posted an exciting animation video, displaying the changes that will occur on campus following the demolition of the buildings in the Thomas van Aquinostraat.

Original text: Vincent Veerbeek
Translation: Marissa Aarts

The video, which includes a catchy tune, shows how the TvA-buildings will be demolished over the course of 2018. After the demolition, a new building for the Faculty of Social Sciences will arise from the dust, which should be ready by 2020. It will be the most sustainable building on campus, equipped with solar panels and geothermal heating, as a result of which it can run on renewable energy. The proceedings will start in February next year, but the first wrecking ball will not hit the gray concrete until the summer. Lampposts, bicycle racks and other street furniture that surround TvA right now will not become museum objects, but will be given a second life on the grounds of the Berchmanianum. This former monastery will also come to serve as a university buidling.

With the closing of the TvA buildings approaching, the relocation of the Nijmegen School of Management to the renewed Gymnasion is also getting closer. The first moving boxes have been brought to the sports center earlier this week, and the new building will be used as of January.

 

 

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Second regatta on the Spiegelwaal

On March 31, Phocas will organize another rowing competition on the Spiegelwaal, which seems to make the Traianus Regatta, organized for the first time last fall, a lasting phenomenon.

Original text: Vincent Veerbeek
Translation: Ilse Peeters

After ten years without sizable rowing competitions, Nijmegen has now become, thanks to the Spiegelwaal, an important location for national rowing events again. The first edition of the regatta, held in October, went smoothly and the participants came from all over The Netherlands. Given the success of that competition, Phocas has decided to organize a second edition this spring, as was announced by the rowing club in a press release on Monday.

The second Traianus Regatta is supposed to be even bigger than the last edition, with twice as many participants and more entertainment along the side. Local authorities and people living in the vicinity of the Spiegelwaal are closely involved in the process as well, in order to prevent any kind of disturbance. Local residents are kept up-to-date via flyers and good contact is maintained between the various parties, the same way as last time. Phocas mainly aims to organize a successful event for rowers and spectators, a tradition that the association hopes to carry on.

 

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