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A Stranger with my Face – Why UvA students should care more about their security online

A Stranger with my Face – Why UvA students should care more about their security online

It was just a regular Friday. Slumped over my statistics readings for next week, I picked up my phone, yearning for a five-minute break from the SPSS landscape that had been unfolding for over an hour in front of my eyes. Suddenly, a notification appeared on my phone – it was from a close friend of mine, sending me some sort of photo.

“I was scrolling through our bachelor’s group chat and look – it’s you!”

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?

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A Stranger with my Face – Why UvA students should care more about their security online

A Stranger with my Face – Why UvA students should care more about their security online

It was just a regular Friday. Slumped over my statistics readings for next week, I picked up my phone, yearning for a five-minute break from the SPSS landscape that had been unfolding for over an hour in front of my eyes. Suddenly, a notification appeared on my phone – it was from a close friend of mine, sending me some sort of photo.

“I was scrolling through our bachelor’s group chat and look – it’s you!”

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. 

A boys’ club covered in blood

A boys’ club covered in blood

The year is 1997, and an incumbent student at the University of Groningen is run over by a truck while drunk and asleep in the grass. This was the result of a hazing ritual they signed up for in hopes of making “friends for life” only to end up dead. More than twenty years after this incident a group of students from the same university return home from a ski vacation in Tirol, a vacation that went ahead despite the rising threat of the Covid-19 virus.

Editor’s note: a new chapter for Babette

Editor’s note: a new chapter for Babette

After a little Twitter dispute, the idea for a student newspaper first started brewing around February 2021. However, it took a few more months, and an entire thesis later, to commit to the idea. At this time, I was still working at a student radio with Arthur and Audrey, who turned out to be the co-founders of the newspaper you are reading right now. 

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