21 August 2018 • HOP
Meanwhile, this summer…
What a searing summer it’s been! And yet, the world did not stop turning: students broke the rules, con artists profited from the housing shortage and scientists ended up in sketchy publications. A short summer selection.
While one student places a hidden camera in the ladies’ room…
A member of the Virgiel student organization in Delft hid a camera in a coffee mug and placed it in the ladies’ room, reported university magazine Delta. The camera was discovered within twenty minutes, but in that time it had already filmed three female students. The culprit has been banned from the organization.
… Another student is revealed to be racist and sexist.
A member of the Unitas student organization in Utrecht was suspended for sending out a racist and sexist invitation to a social event. In the invitation, he invited other members to drink as many glasses as the number of victims of the Lombok earthquake. He also referred to the Thai football team that were trapped in a cave as ‘yellow teenage wankers’.
As student housing keeps getting more expensive…
According to Kamernet (the room rental platform for students), based on the offers on its own website, the average monthly rent for a student dorm room has reached € 403: almost twenty euros more than last year. In Rotterdam, rental prices went up by 7.4%, but Amsterdam still ranks number one with a whopping monthly rent of € 571.
… Con artists profit from the housing shortage…
Con artists take out fake ads for dorm rooms, trying to make a profit off of desperate students. As reported by Erasmus Magazine, they will ask for a deposit and one month’s rent for a room that doesn’t even exist. Two editors of the magazine posed as foreign students to find out how these con artists try to scam people.
… And foreign students are feverishly looking for accommodation.
Foreign students are having so much trouble finding accommodation, that they sometimes resort to sleeping in tents. At Delft University of Technology, students who are unable to find accommodation can disenroll free of charge. At Wageningen campus, a temporary student campsite has been created to house three hundred students. In Amsterdam, college freshmen might even end up living in holiday homes.
Students feel the psychological pressure…
Psychological pressure under students has been a hot topic for a while now, and it really soared to a boiling point this summer in de Volkskrant. The daily newspaper reported that physicians see more and more students exhibiting fatigue, anxiety and other mental issues. Student debt and social media are deemed to be the culprits.
… While scientists cave under the publishing pressure.
Hundreds of Dutch scientists sometimes resort to publishing their articles in magazines and conference collections that have no or little peer review. De Volkskrant used terms such as ‘piracy magazines’ and ‘fake media’ for these open-access publications, as scientists actually pay to have their articles published.
A study is a big step for kids from families on welfare
Want to start your higher professional education (hbo) right after completing your senior general secondary education (havo)? Since the basic grant has been cancelled, this has become a much less natural path for children from families on welfare as they can no longer afford to go to college immediately after graduating from high school. Only time will tell if they ever end up enrolling at higher education institutions. Researchers at Statistics Netherlands and the University of Amsterdam have found that this is not an issue for high-school graduates with a pre-university education (vwo).