Where is my Wikipedia Article?

An Exploration of my Generation by Folke Eikmeier Wednesday night, researching for my thesis, reading the Wikipedia article on 1989 — a historic year full of watershed moments. In the night between June 3rd and June 4th, the People’s Liberation Army crushes the democracy movement on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. On November 9th the Berlin Wall falls, marking the beginning of the end of communism … Continue reading Where is my Wikipedia Article?

Coming from Underground: Interview with the PsiCo Founders

by Folke Eikmeier Feeling that science was underrepresented on campus, third years Piotr Sokól (Neuroscience/Math) and Joris de Vries (Physics/Math) set up ΨCo/PsiCo. An interview with the chair and vice chair of the UCSA’s youngest committee. What motivated you to set up ΨCo? Joris: “Piotr already had the idea two years ago. We all went on exchange and when we came back this semester we … Continue reading Coming from Underground: Interview with the PsiCo Founders

Opportunities and Enjera: Ethiopian Students at UCU

by Katharina Luckner  What do you know about Ethiopia? Take a minute and try to answer that question. If all you can come up with is the general idea of a country somewhere in the Horn of Africa, don’t worry, you are the norm. If you have a faint memory of an Olympian runner, you already know more than most of the people around you.  … Continue reading Opportunities and Enjera: Ethiopian Students at UCU

The Risk in Ranking: Why UCU Might not be the Best

by Eun A Jo  Many students admit: “Rankings are arbitrary.” Yet, have you ever read the “accreditation and rankings” page of the UCU website and felt strangely proud and reassured? You know, those big bold letters: “UCU again best college in the Netherlands”? While Elsevier, the magazine ranking us first, self-promotes their “extensive and influential survey,” many students are not aware of their evaluation criteria … Continue reading The Risk in Ranking: Why UCU Might not be the Best

What’s next? How UCU Students Cope with Making Choises

by Laura Boerboom & Robert van Schaik Spring break is rapidly approaching and UC’s third years are making important future plans. At least, they should be. The Boomerang asked around: are our graduates ready to be released into the wild? Studying to obtain a master’s degree, getting a job, taking a gap year: there seem to be endless possibilities for UC graduates. According to a recent poll conducted by The … Continue reading What’s next? How UCU Students Cope with Making Choises

So imperfect, so nice: Is UCU Ready for a new Accreditation?

by Elena Butti Do midterms stress you out? Are you fed up with continuous evaluation? No worries: here’s your chance to evaluate UCU instead.  UCU goes through an accreditation process every five years. The Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Commission (NVAO) is an independent body of experts, financed by the Dutch Government. In 2007 it wrote a report about our College and is coming back no later than September … Continue reading So imperfect, so nice: Is UCU Ready for a new Accreditation?