Author: Mara Georgescu (Mara Georgescu)

The story behind your story
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The story behind your story

If you haven’t seen your literarily-inclined friend in a while don't worry: there’s a good chance that they’ve joined one of the seemingly hundreds of student newspapers, magazines, and journals that seem to pop up around campus every time a stressed-out humanities major has more then two consecutive hours of free time on their hands. As a writer turned editor for Youvatoday, I should know.

Protesting Shell: What came next
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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
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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.

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

Made in CREA
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Made in CREA

It’s not unusual for weekend evenings at CREA to involve some kind of performance. In the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to attend a plethora of concerts, dance shows, plays, and improv nights, most of which have even been enjoyable. 

CREA likes to move it!
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CREA likes to move it!

By now you probably noticed that there’s a CREA show going on about every week, whether it’s dancing, singing or comedy, the students of CREA courses get the chance to showcase their hard-earned skills in front of their loved ones, friends, family, and of course, one random YOUvA Today journalist: yours truly. After all, no true passion project is complete without the unsolicited judgment of strangers on the internet. So, without further ado, here are our thoughts on the 'Movement into focus' show at CREA this Saturday.

Memes at the UvA
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Memes at the UvA

If you’ve found this article and are reading it from any device other than a fax machine you are probably aware of memes, and it would probably not be a stretch to assume that you’re also familiar with @uva_meme, @uva.memes.faculty, or any of the other active and inactive pages dedicated to immortalizing the struggles of Amsterdam student life. Separate faculties even have their own pages, like @uvaeconmemes and @uvapoliscimemes, where memes get even more specific, engaging students and faculty alike. 

UvA stand up nights
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UvA stand up nights

It’s happened to most of us international students, right? Your dutch friend is talking about this great show they went to, this brilliant performer they saw, and oh, if only they could have taken you along… except you don’t speak the language. Maybe you gave up trying to find some good -and affordable- English-language entertainment after the twenty-third google search, but for those still holding out hope so late in the year, one UvA student group was proud to present its first Stand Up Comedy Night on Thursday at the Boom Chicago bar. But was it worth the 8 euro ticket?

Unpacking the Wolfpack 
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Unpacking the Wolfpack 

In 2010 five teenagers look at the world outside their apartment for the very first time. Almost their entire lives up to had been spent confined within a three-bedroom New York apartment. A few years later the world will get to look back at them through "The Wolfpack", a documentary that recounts the incredible and disturbing story. This weekend at CREA cafe theatre group STA attempted to tell their story once again, only this time live and onstage.  

CREA: dare to dance!
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CREA: dare to dance!

Whether you’re the kind of person who lunges for the nearest table as soon as the beat drops, the kind of person whose wildest dance routine consists of a few timid head bobs, or anyone in between, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and watch the professionals do all the hard work. True, the dance crew at Saturday’s show may not be professionals -yet- but how did their performance hold up for a half-hour of almost non-stop dancing?