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Protesting Shell: What came next

Protesting Shell: What came next

Protests are by no means new to Amsterdam, a city deeply marked by civic actions from its bike lanes to its law books. But where there are crowds with banners and demands for change, there are often cops in riot gear. The police’s equipment may have evolved since their clashes with hippies in the 70’, but their methods seem to have a depressing consistency about them, as UvA student protesters found out this Monday night.

Uva cut ties with Shell: Live coverage

Uva cut ties with Shell: Live coverage

The ‘Universitaire sport centrum’, USC for short, broadened its martial arts offer! This year, USC opened a boxing school for all kinds of people who are passionate or eager to learn boxing and kickboxing.

The project started this October as a result of a collaboration between USC and the Amsterdam Municipality, which reached an agreement to lend space for 8 years to the gym, with the goal to create a community hall for youth.

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Protesting Shell: What came next

Protesting Shell: What came next

Protests are by no means new to Amsterdam, a city deeply marked by civic actions from its bike lanes to its law books. But where there are crowds with banners and demands for change, there are often cops in riot gear. The police’s equipment may have evolved since their clashes with hippies in the 70’, but their methods seem to have a depressing consistency about them, as UvA student protesters found out this Monday night.

Uva cut ties with Shell: Live coverage

Uva cut ties with Shell: Live coverage

The ‘Universitaire sport centrum’, USC for short, broadened its martial arts offer! This year, USC opened a boxing school for all kinds of people who are passionate or eager to learn boxing and kickboxing.

The project started this October as a result of a collaboration between USC and the Amsterdam Municipality, which reached an agreement to lend space for 8 years to the gym, with the goal to create a community hall for youth.

The usc: Alive and Kicking

The usc: Alive and Kicking

The ‘Universitaire sport centrum’, USC for short, broadened its martial arts offer! This year, USC opened a boxing school for all kinds of people who are passionate or eager to learn boxing and kickboxing.

The project started this October as a result of a collaboration between USC and the Amsterdam Municipality, which reached an agreement to lend space for 8 years to the gym, with the goal to create a community hall for youth.

colors at the uva: orange and purple

colors at the uva: orange and purple

Ever since I was a child the memory of a colorful orange and red playground sticks out to me. The stomping feet of children playing tag or hide-and-go-seek with no care in the world are still vividly engrained in my mind. I can’t help but feel a joyous sensation when noticing a random playground in the wild with its vibrant and inviting colors – are we ever too old to experience the feeling of flying on a swing? As Lindsay McDonald, et al., wrote in their book titled Progress in Colour Studies: Cognition, language, and beyond, “a strong influence of experience is in line”. For me, these joyfully exhilarating colors connote the endless number of times I have played on various playgrounds with my friends. 

22 things I learned in my professional life before turning 22

22 things I learned in my professional life before turning 22

Today is my 22nd birthday and as I woke up to face the reality of getting one year older, a wave of anxiety washed over me. What am I supposed to do with my life? Like many of my contemporaries, I constantly ask myself what I want to do with my career. Therefore, I decided to reflect on where I am today and jotted down 22 things that I have learned so far. I admit I am far from being an expert. However, I am a second-year Communication Science bachelor student with over seven years of working experience, as well as the co-founder of a business I started back in 2019. This has provided me with both interesting and surprising insights into what it means to be a young professional today.

Roeterseiland: A Monolith of modern academia

Roeterseiland: A Monolith of modern academia

The term “monolith” really suits UVA’s Roeterseiland campus: home to three different faculties, nearly 20,000 students and sitting on almost 50.000 square meters, nothing about Roeters- or Rec as it's more commonly known- can be described as small. Large and ever-expanding the area has grown into the UvA’s main campus. Is this something to be celebrated, however? Or has the sheer size, exacerbated by the amount of funds, led to a loss of community amongst students at the rec campus?

White history: Diversity in the Humanities faculty

White history: Diversity in the Humanities faculty

Only 5% of students and 6% of staff members at the UvA have a non-western background, and only 26% of professors are women. All of this in a university that prides itself on diversity and being internationally oriented. It’s safe to say things need to start changing for the better. Youvatoday Spoke to Ibrahim Kamara, a black student in a predominately white course who’s been actively involved in opening the conversation, so we could get his opinion on how the university can improve its diversity for the better. 

Today’s artists: An interview with Connie Walden

Today’s artists: An interview with Connie Walden

Connie Walden, a first-year Literary and Cultural Analysis student at the UvA, has done what many other students have not even considered attempting. She has undertaken the task of organizing an open mic event! So, I sat down with Connie to talk about herself and the event she is organizing – “Transrijk” – at Vrankrijk which takes place on November 9th.

In business for music

In business for music

Ever had the feeling university is pushing you into becoming a researcher? For some, this sounds like a dream, but for others, the exact opposite. Rosalie Visser, a Business Administration student at the UvA, feels her future isn’t in academia, but in the music industry. She organized an event where like-minded students can meet people from the music industry.

Clinging to a past of paper: Why haven’t the UvA’s exams gone digital yet? 

Clinging to a past of paper: Why haven’t the UvA’s exams gone digital yet? 

As students, most of what we do these days is confined to the digital realm. We read our books from PDFs, and we are assigned essays based on information we are given through screens, which we will then write out on a computer, and we’ll eventually submit online on the digital learning platform Canvas, the same platform where we can check our course progression and grades on. Why is it then that in this online world of learning every couple of exams the old pieces of paper get trotted out and the ballpoint pens dusted off? Wouldn’t the UvA do better to go fully digital? Perhaps helping save some trees and leveling the playing field for all its students along the way.

Today’s Artists: an interview with c’est karma

Today’s Artists: an interview with c’est karma

Like many of my fellow humanities students, I’m always on the lookout for underground, independent artists whose songs we can add to our ever-growing collection of elaborately titled playlists.  Some of us turn to internet reviews, to Spotify recommendations, to our friends, or, for the truly authentic musicophile, to half-scratched-off band stickers left in seedy club bathrooms. However, the one place you may not expect to find your new favorite songwriter is three seats to the left in your 9 am lecture.  C’est Karma is a 20-year-old Luxemburgish electronic-pop artist who also happens to study Literary and Cultural Analysis at the UVA.