Category: Columns

Degrees of literality

Proposal for a 5-degree indexation for the literality of written text With the rise of digital communication, most notably that via textual conversation, comes an increased uncertainty surrounding the nuanced interpretation of written text. One of the particular sources of unclarity that is exacerbated in digital communication in comparison to direct conversation, is the matter of literality….

What About Languages?

By Maryna Parfenchuk The 21st of February is International Mother Language Day as proclaimed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999. If we go to the official UN website (http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/), we can see their small article on this holiday stating the following, “Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and…

Yesterday Today: Elderly Students In Our Classes;

A Mix Of Experience And Ambition by Daniël van Hemert and Koen Schotanus After the grand success of student initiative “Middelburg Verwelkomt” last semester, University College Roosevelt has turned its attention towards another demographic in the Netherlands that is in dire need of help: the elderly. Many commenters on Zeeland’s mediaplatform PZC argued that the…

Don’t Use This Fight For Your Agenda!

More reasons for why the aftermath of Cologne matters to German women By Becci Fobbe While the majority of people all over the world celebrated the beginning of the New Year, Cologne experienced an unsettling turn of the year on the 1st of January. Hundreds of women were sexually harassed, a few raped – most…

An Open Letter

To all my opposing candidates, At this moment, all of us are running for one of the most important position in RASA: the post of RASA Chair.  I do believe that given the importance of this election, the voters deserve to be given the chance to make an informed decision. Being a student representative, the…

The Silent Night

by Calin Marginean On the 24-th of December I do not celebrate a god, a saviour, a tradition or a gift, I celebrate humanity itself for what it is but has forgotten. As some of you might already know, I am an atheist who is not afraid to be areligious in public. I criticise religion…

Democracy Is The Answer

By Calin George Marginean A reply to Jonathan: We do not need a calculator, we need a conscience. During the last few years Syria has been devastated by the civil war, with almost 350,000 human beings being wiped from the face of the Earth and four million others losing their homes and becoming refugees. Today,…

Is Democracy the Solution?

by Jonathan ON Saturday, the VVD, the right wing liberal party in the Netherlands, sent me their new immigration policy: “limitations to refugee shelter”. They pose two reasons why refugees come to the Netherlands: they can come to the Netherlands, because other EU countries don’t stop them, and they want to come to the Netherlands,…

Getting Trashed At Festivals

The aftermath on the ‘Island of Freedom’ by Becci Fobbe IT is 8am, I am dragging my-self, my hiking backpack and my low motivation down a narrow path amongst hundreds of other young peo-ple who look as demotivated as me. For about two kilometers (that feel like a whole marathon) we walk past plastic cups,…

Should You Pop That Cherry?

Or maybe wait for the one… by Amir Pliev Do you know that feeling? That weird sensation in your gut? It turns up around 2 a.m. You know, around that time that you’re waiting to be let outside by the guy standing on the stairs in Elliott blocking the way and only letting 15 people…

Saving Ryan’s Privates

By Zelda Have you ever sent someone a nude picture of yourself? Perhaps to your significant other, a stranger online, or maybe a so-called ‘friend with benefits’? With the arrival of applications like Snapchat, where one can send and receive photos that can only be viewed for some seconds before being deleted, the practice of…

All must be known

By William Peterson “Okay. Now everything you had on your other phone and on your hard drive is accessible here on the tablet and on your new phone, but it’s also backed up in the cloud and on our servers. Your music, your photos, your messages, your data. It can never be lost. You lose…

Tribes, Totems And Bubbles

By Zoë Goldsborough As someone who moved from one middle of nowhere to the next, I am used to hearing the question of what one could possibly do where I live. When I still lived in Friesland, I simply answered with “nothing but cows.” Now, here at UCR, I usually try to justify my answer…

Revolution?!

By Bas Oudenaarden In our quiet corner of the country it is hardly noticeable, but in the rest of the Netherlands a revolution is taking place in the Universities. The goal: A democratic university where quality education and research, not efficiency-oriented management, dictate policy. It all started in the morning of Friday the 13th of…

Semi-fictional

Hey there, I am Ben and I am your financial advisor. As a student, you are probably in constant need of money and I have decided to put myself in for your financial well-being. You do not have to pay me for the services rendered – though of course I expect an annual rate of…

The Shadow Rise of the New Right in Europe

By Nicholas Rogers Since the beginning of the decade, it has been undeniable observed that political parties with more radical policies than the traditional conservative Right have emerged across Europe. The European Elections of 2014 entrenched this newfound popularity, with anti-European parties winning or making significant gains in Britain, France and Hungary amongst many others….

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