UCU’s Cultural Oligarchy


Think of three words that define the UCU brand. Was ‘Internationality’ one of them? If it wasn’t, too bad, since this is a print article without a comment section and the question therefore purely rhetoric. However, let’s just assume you did.

The concept of internationality is deeply ingrained in UCU’s self-image. On the website, the Dean professes that we are an “international community of students from all over the world.” In a way, he is correct. Open one of your workspaces, look at the class list and count nationalities and/or where people have grown up. Chances are that you’ll be confronted with a large portion of students who indeed hail from all over the globe. Official UCU statistics (2015) put the percentage of students without Dutch nationality at roughly 30%. Add the double nationals and you’ll have a good 47%. Unique, right?

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Real Virtuality

A Review of Brussaard’s Blue


Is the reality in which we live in not enough anymore? This is the opening question that the play Blue by Marijn Brussaard raises. I went to see it a couple of weeks ago for a performance studies assignment, knowing that it would be an audiovisual experience. After entering a darkened room, a man came in and started playing music on a console. I don’t know whether it was because I had never seen what was happening on stage in a theatre or because the THC kicked in at that moment, but I was very excited about what I was listening to.

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The way we used to read


The image of a pasty, bespectacled intellectual looms over us when we are deciding what we want to read, like a vengeful God. We feel His hot breath on the back of our necks and we know that He will punish us if ever we read something unworthy. And so we carry around a copy of the Fountainhead/Anna Karenina/anything by Martin Amis like the proverbial cross. We struggle through a few pages, maybe, and then we chastise ourselves for not understanding, for not enjoying such a great work. We end up never reading.

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Check your power structures



It is not often that we take the time to think about how we relate to those around us. Who we see; how we act; what roles we take. Recently I was prompted to ask just these questions to myself. In doing so, I came to acknowledge the unusual situation I now find myself in. As with everything in life, it is something that simply happened. The strangeness of it only becomes apparent in reflection.

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Repeal the 8th


On the 8th of March, International Women’s Day 2017, over 10,000 protesters marched through the streets of Dublin in the name of Strike4Repeal. Brandishing signs and chanting ‘We won’t wait, repeal the eighth’, ‘Not the church, not the state’ and ‘Enda, Enda, where’s the referenda?’, Irish citizens were urged to participate in any way they can: take the day off work, close your business, stage an event at 12 noon, withdraw from domestic labour, wear black. Parallel events took place in over 30 locations in Ireland, as well as multiple locations across the United Kingdom, Brussels, Berlin, Lyon, Buenos Aires, NYC, Melbourne, and Utrecht. Inspired by similar protests held in Poland last October, this non-traditional ‘social strike’ is a public call to the Irish government to hold a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment.

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Is Colonisation a Crime Against Humanity?


In an interview with the Algerian TV channel Echorouk News, broadcast on Valentine’s Day, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron qualified the colonisation of Algeria by France as a crime against humanity. This led to a great upheaval in the French political class. Considered the worst of all crimes, Macron’s accusation holds a strong significance.

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The Snake that Charmed the World


It’s not that I hate the man. I mean, I voted for the Liberals. I think Justin Trudeau is probably a very pleasant person to be friends with, and he can be a charming public personality. However, when I try to have conversations about the head of my country’s government, it always seems to be about “because it’s 2015,” his handshake with Donald Trump, or whatever the most current meme is about PM Steal Yo Girl. Although the man has mastered the art of symbolic politics and pretty speeches, his honeymoon period with the Canadian public is over.

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