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Campus is a cool place to beeeee!

By Emma Beroske & Lotte Wolff

As we all know, the bee population has been decreasing rapidly, threatening biodiversity and our very own agriculture. Enactus UCU hence decided to take action to help out their dire situation! Project Kom Erbij has been running for a year and a half now and successfully managed to set up two bee colonies last year.

We collaborate with the Salvation Army, to provide vocational rehabilitation to disadvantaged people, whilst simultaneously increasing the bee population. After a successful season and harvest, unfortunately our poor bees did not survive the winter.. But fear not! New bees are on their way, and they might even be coming to campus.

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Campus’s Missing Minority

By SHELBY KAPPLER

In the past few months, issues of diversity and representation on campus have surfaced, including articles on gender equality and social class. These are popular and important concerns. However, there is one voice missing, and no one seems to notice: disability. This has been a difficult article for me to write, as I’ve had a sense of ‘systemic blackmail’ that comes from nowhere specifically. “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” is common advice, and while this is not what I intend to do, I fear it may come across as such. . I want those who have helped me to know that I greatly appreciate everything they’ve done, and that I would be struggling if not for them. That said, this article is a commentary on my experiences and what I’ve noticed during my year as an exchange student at UCU.

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Thoughts on the Moustache

By MISCHA SIBBEL

Picture credits: Remco Hodenius

Eddie Bambrough published his ‘thoughts on the beard’ in the last Boomerang edition. Just like Eddie I have also grown some facial hair over the holidays. A goatee beard now ornaments my face. Originally I was just too lazy to shave, but then my twin sister grew to like the new look. She’s an artist so I trust her on these kind of things. Plus I simply cannot refuse her anything ever, period.   Back to the moustache. It has definitely given me a more distinct look. I feel that people remember me more easily and recognize me from far away. Shaving it off at this point would cut my social network in half. On top of that their usual guess of Eastern European birth has changed to Italian. (I am actually plain Dutch) The change also gave rise to clever wordplay. My favourite Dining Hall guy now addresses me with ‘Maestro’ and my friends and family simultaneously invented the nickname ‘Mistache’. And its ‘Descartes’ now for my honours course. In his joyful piece, Eddie also touched upon the topic of ‘having game’. I suppose that a moustache has a polarizing effect there. For some persons it will be a no-go whilst others find it more attractive. So, from my personal experience, those that have a positive attitude will be quicker to step up to you. Improvement!

For the last summer months of my campus life I will keep it up, especially because of the visibility argument I mentioned before. Afterwards there is a good change that my  studies will bring me to Berlin. Whilst attending my twin’s EP release there I noticed few clean-shaven looks, so my goatee beard would blend in very well. Thus, it seems that my Masters application will determine whether or not I will carry on the moustache next year!

For my twin´s EP:

https://soundcloud.com/merle-sibbel

Being White Before Being a Woman. Being Rich Before Being Black and Latino.

By LIMINAL MATTHEWS

It has been an incredible couple of months: Black lives Matter making the headlines, the rise of new aggressive stance of modern day feminism, society shifting towards removing the bigoted ideologies that persist in our society, or at least adopting a consensus that these ideologies are wrong.

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Serbia: A Growing Dictatorship in Europe’s Backyard?

By DJINA MATKOVIC

Seeing the latest news report on your country’s elections in an Italian newspaper is interesting, especially when all the major domestic news and media outlets fail to report on it.

I know that most of you think that political repression in Serbia ended after the demise of Yugoslavia as well as the demise of the 90’s regime that came after. Perhaps your initial intuition won’t tell you there’s something odd about an already established Serbian Prime Minister , Aleksandar Vucic, running for president in Serbian Presidential elections of 2017, and gaining the absolute majority (over 50%) in the first circle of elections, thus securing his victory.

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