Amsterdam is a double-edged sword of both tack and enjoyment. Now that you’ve finally gotten here, settled into an overpriced accommodation, and went to a first lecture, the logical next question on your mind should be; where should I go and make some friends?
When during storm Eunice the entire university had to close, some people actually went to the UvA instead of fleeing the campus: the security team. Not only do they protect the students and teachers when on campus, but they also protect the campus when the students and teachers aren’t there.
On the 25th of June CREA’s orchestra ended their tour in the Dominicuskerk. They played six overtures by Dvořák, Wagner, Wagenaar. And their performance ended with Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, resulting in a swinging party filled with happy faces.
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.
When high school students search for their future university options, they'll most likely end up on a 'top universities' list to estimate how good their options will be compared to others. Especially since these undergraduates are usually out-of-country people who can't really make a personal guess as to how a university will turn out for them.
This Tuesday, the 21st of June, UvA students had the opportunity to meet Malaysian LGBTQ+ activist Numan Afifi. UvA Pride invited Mr. Afifi to share his experience with attendees of the event and promote his work on LGBTQ+ activism in Malaysia. Mr. Afifi informed students about the foundation and run of the organization JEJAKA (young man), advocating gay, bisexual and queer rights in Malaysia and generally the struggle of the LGBTQ+ community in Malaysia.
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.