Teddy bears and rompers with the Radboud logo

New Radboud Store packed with merchandise

Every student who wants to proudly sport the text "Radboud University" on their chest or who wants to carry Nijmegen's skyline around on their bag will absolutely love the new Radboud Store.

Original text: Simone Bregonje
Translation: Aafke van Pelt

The opening was announced on Instagram with an unboxing of various products. The Radboud Store sells rompers, keychains and teddy bears apart from sweaters and bags, all showcasing the university's logo. Everyone who wants to give these products as a present can even wrap it in original Radboud wrapping paper. The eco-conscious student is not forgotten either. The Radboud Store's exporter specialises in sustainable merchandise.

Marly Verhaeg, marketing- and communication advisor at the Radboud University, thinks that the Radboud Store will reach a broad target audience amongst students and employees. 'When we were only decorating the story before opening, people already started asking questions', Verhaeg says, 'and we already sold our first Dopper then.' The store's product range will even be expanded according to Verhaeg; new hoodies are going to be sold half October. 'If you're missing a particular product now, chances are the store is actually going to sell it soon.'

The products are for sale at Books by Roelants in the Thomas van Aquinostraat. There is even a web shop for those who aren't scared by the prospect of paying seven euros for shipping.

 

Redactie
'More than a hundred messages'

Difficulties in finding new housing for "renewers"

New international students always get appointed a student accommodation, but they have to leave it after a year. The International office (IO) says that these "renewers" without a student accommodation can always ask for help, but that they cannot guarantee an accommodation for every student.

Original text: Joep Dorna
Translation: Lorin Posthumus 

Sleeping on a campsite, on a hotelboat or on your teacher's couch. This is the reality for some of the international students in Groningen due to the shortage of student accommodations. Luckily, in Nijmegen, things are organized a lot better. All of the 1,100 international students, if they registered on time, got appointed a student accommodation for their first year in Nijmegen. When they decide to stay another year, they will have to search for an accommodation themselves. This appears to be a very difficult task for some of them.

A hundred messages
Malik* is one of these international students who does not have a room yet. He does not want us to give his real name because he is afraid it might have a negative influence on his search for a place to stay. 'I'm currently in my second year', he says. 'At first, I lived in an SSH&-accommodation, but you get a one-year contract only because of which I had to move out during summer. It is impossible to move to another SSH&-accommodation because the waiting lists are simply too long.'

Malik is staying with a friend at the moment, but he wants to move out as soon as possible. 'I contact everyone who put a room up for rent on the internet, basically. But I have not had a single answer yet.' According to Malik, that problem is caused by the fact that a lot of student housings do not allow international students to live there. 'They all prefer Dutch students. It is incredibly hard to get a room anywhere for international students.'

Poignant causes
The IO says that the troubles concerning this matter is known, but according to them every students who finds themselves in this kind of situation can knock on their doors. 'Of course we want that every international student has a good place to stay', says the IO-head Wessel Meijer. 'but we cannot always help the "renewers", as we call them. When secondyear students register at our office they are put on the bottom of a waiting list which is meant for international student housing, simply because we prioritize those who just arrive.' There is a waiting ist of approximately 20 renewers who do not have an accommodation yet at this moment.

The IO, however, does guarantee to 'always keep on searchin' for those internationals without a place to stay. Meijer: 'renewers who do not have a room yet and are completely clueless as to what to do are advised to contact us.' Last week, the office has been able to appoint 15 student accommodations to those renewers in trouble. 'We were able to help the distressing causes known at our office this way.'

Malik says he has not heard anything from the office yet, despite asking for help a month and a half ago. 'I filled in a form with my contact information and my wish for an accommodation. They did not contact me after that.' He has a new plan now in his quest for a place to stay. 'I think I will just drop by the accommodations which are put online. Maybe showing my face will help because my hopes of getting a room just using my messages is not very high.'

*Malik is a fake name, his real name is known with the editors

 

Joep Dorna
Not straight-A students yet

Knowledge or nonsense: Tuesday

Bars in Nijmegen, the rector magnificus of Radboud University and the infrastructure of the campus. Do new students know enough about Nijmegen or would they be better of having another look on Wikipedia? During the introduction week, ANS confronts new students with questions about Nijmegen, their new place of residence and study.

On day three of the introduction week, beer is briefly put aside for a supposedly healthier activity: the sports day. Outside the Elinor Ostrom building, the new students of International Business Communication are waiting in the sun for their next activity. After some hesitation, three students step forward who think they know a thing or two about Nijmegen.

Question 1: Can you name five bars in Nijmegen?
'El Sombrero', German student Konstantin says confidently. During a short silence, Yannick thinks it over. 'Malle Babbe, Drie Gezusters, Riley's', he says, naming bars in rapid succession. Konstantin has some more ideas as well. 'Is Ovum Novum a bar?' he asks. Yannick quickly takes over and pulls the group across the finish-line. 'Bascafé, De Fuik, Van Rijn.'

Question 2: How tall is the Erasmus building?
Clearly, the business students have no difficulty with numbers. 'Around eighty meters, 88?' Yannick says effortlessly. The second answer also hits the mark exactly.

Question 3: How much does a sports membership cost?
Once again, the students prove they know their numbers. 'A hundred and twenty', Yannick suggests. 'No, 108', Koen quickly corrects him. Right once again, showing that the students have paid attention during the presentations

Question 4: What is the slang name for Nijmegen?
The right answer is easily found. 'Nimma', Yannick states without hesitation. That is correct, but the student is not done yet. 'Or Nimsko, the same way they call Amsterdam Damsko.' So far, this alternative name has not caught on, but Yannick hopes to change that.

Question 5: Who was Radboud and when did he live?
This question leads to some confused looks. 'It sounds like a professor or something', Koen suggests. That is incorrect, so Konstantin tries to approach the question from a slightly different angle, guessing that Radboud was a scientist. Unfortunately, Radboud University is named after a bishop in Utrecht who lived around 850, and who probably knew as much about science as these new students know about history.

Question 6: How many people participate in the Four Day Marches?
'Something like 20,000?' Konstantin suggests hesitantly. The students are surprised to hear that the actual number is higher. '30,000. Maybe 37,000', Yannick says. Konstantin decides to adjust his original answer a little: '60,000.' The right answer is somewhere in between, with 41,000 participants.

After a strong start, the International Business Communication freshmen run into a few obstacles with the final questions. While they have been able to rack up a perfect score in sports, the same cannot be said for their knowledge of Nijmegen.

Kennis of kletspraat 1 groot

 

Vincent Veerbeek
Six months without Refter

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.'

 

Vincent Veerbeek
Walking on egg shells

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.

 

Poetry on campus

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.

 

RU in rainbow colors

Tenth edition of the Pink Week in motion

This week, gay youth organization Dito! is organizing the Pink Week. By decorating the campus with rainbow flags they want to raise awareness regarding the acceptation, emancipation and celebration of people of the LGBT community.

Original text: Vincent Veerbeek
Translation: Evelien Müller

A wide range of activities
The Pink Week, on the one hand, is meant for all students who are part of the LGBT community, but are not fully comfortable with it yet. Dito! wants these students to realize that they are not alone, and that they are worth it. On the other hand, this week intends to show all students that Radboud University has an LGBT community, and that the acceptation of this community can be improved. To raise awareness regarding this issue, different activities are organized on campus. The week started with a drag bingo and a karaoke party. Furthermore, there was a lecture about HIV and AIDS on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, students are able to practice their dance moves during a workshop ballroom dancing.

Daan Janssen, chairman of Dito!, says that the organization has put in a lot of effort to make the tenth edition extra festive. 'This year, we tried thinking out of the box. We have a larger budget and we tried to organize lectures with well-known speakers, like Tanja Ineke, chair of COC The Netherlands. Furthermore, because of the ten-year anniversary, we are looking forward to the next ten years.'

Student elections
Hanging next to the rainbow flags, there are posters of all election candidates for asap and AKKUraatd, who are battling for a seat in the USR. Just like last year, the Pink Week coincides with the campaign week for the student elections. Janssen still hopes that this will not distract from the Pink Week. 'Indeed, it sucks. Before the student elections were planned, we alerted the university to the fact that the Pink Week would be held this week. Sadly, the choice was made to hold the student elections in this week as well. It is a pity, but we cannot do anything about it, so we will make the best of it.'

For everyone wanting to escape the campaign madness, several activities linked to the Pink Week will take place, such as a lecture, a party and a hungover yoga session.