Author: Sebastiaan Nijland (Sebastiaan Nijland)

A boys’ club covered in blood
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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.

Library Confidential: adventures in the academic underbelly.  
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Library Confidential: adventures in the academic underbelly.  

The setting is the second floor of the library on a Friday night, I’m not wearing shoes and having a beer. There is a math equation being dotted on a whiteboard next to me and a group of girls are eating some Mcdonald's happy meals in the corner. No, this isn’t the average student accommodation, this is the UB at the Singel. A rock of anarchy amid an ocean of exam stress, a small student-driven world of its own. 

Student politics at the UvA: For the people, by the people?
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Student politics at the UvA: For the people, by the people?

In late May student elections were once again held and the results are in. On average 15% of the student voted for their faculty councils and 11% of total students voted for the Central Student Council (CSR). Or about 6.500 and 4.510 students respectively. A shockingly low number that in any democracy would lead to questions about the system. This all leads to the question: what can the UvA do to increase student participation?

A love letter to the P.C. Hoofthuis: finding a deeper meaning in the unaesthetic
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A love letter to the P.C. Hoofthuis: finding a deeper meaning in the unaesthetic

On the 17th of February former YOUvA Today writer Matthew Uy published an article detailing a critique of the P.C. Hoofthuis, one of, if not the most divisive building the university has to offer. The article consisted of the usual flak the PC endures some but not all of which are: it’s ugly, the way the space is laid out is confusing, and it’s cramped. I’m here to offer a rebuttal, not only is the PC one of the best buildings the university of Amsterdam has to offer, but it might also be the last pillar left standing in the fight against the commercialization of the UvA

YOUVOTE 2022: Ballot boxes and scalpels: Student politics at AMC
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YOUVOTE 2022: Ballot boxes and scalpels: Student politics at AMC

Given the fact that the UvA’s medical faculties (UMC/AMC) are one of the largest and furthest removed from the regular campuses, the most interaction average UvA students have with the faculty of medicine is when they see the log-in option on canvas. But what really goes on over there? And how are the student parties working to overcome this divide and improve their faculty? YOUvA Today looks at the faculty's two parties in the run-up to the student elections.

Does the UvA’s high QS ranking hold up? 
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Does the UvA’s high QS ranking hold up? 

 It seems like Celebrations are in order! Why? The Qs world University ranking by course has yet again ranked the UvA as number one of the world in Media and communication sciences; Surely, UvA’s media and communication sciences faculty members and students are proud of this fact, right?  We spoke to a student and a member of said course's faculty to find out if the rankings hold up.