Olivier writes poems about student life

Olivier writes poems about student life

Philosophy student Olivier van Eijk is the UG’s in-house poet this year, and now UKrant’s, too. He’ll write a poem for our Instagram page every two weeks.
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Each year, the UG names an in-house poet to publish a monthly poem on the university website. This year Olivier van Eijk (21), student of philosophy, proudly wears that title.

Olivier has been writing fiction and poetry since he was a young boy. He’s very enthusiastic about poetry and hopes he can make others equally enthusiastic. ‘People think it’s pretentious’, he says. ‘But it really isn’t! Poetry is a living, growing thing. Anyone can appreciate it. And it’s important to me to make that happen.’

With that mission in mind, Olivier will write a poem about a topical (news) issue for UKrant every two weeks. We’ll publish his work on our Instagram account on Thursdays. Do you have a subject in mind that you’d like Olivier to write about? Let us know!

Video: students applaud for healthcare workers

Video: students applaud for healthcare workers

Applaud to put an end to corona! The thirteen girls sharing a student house in the Zwanestraat enthusiastically participated in the campaign Tuesday evening.
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They started cheering out of their open windows at exactly 8 p.m. and were soon joined by many others in the street. The applause took place all over the country. For three minutes, people clapped for everyone working in healthcare combatting the virus.

Video: Student Rick delivers you meal kit no matter the weather

Rick will deliver your meal kit no matter the weather

If you want to eat healthy, varied, and sustainable meals but don’t really have the time, the inspiration, or the funds, StudentFood is here for you.
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Rick Valk (18), spatial planning and design student, came up with the idea. He puts together fresh meal kits at home in his student room, adds a recipe, and delivers them by bicycle. He gets the ingredients fresh from the market. All for 3.99.

When he had just moved out on his own, he realised he was throwing away a lot of food, which was a waste. This led to the idea of a meal kit delivery service.

So how does it work?

Valk delivers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. People have to order on the day before 1 PM. You can order a kit for Tuesday on Monday, a kit for Thursday on Wednesday, and a weekend kit on Friday.

Couscous, spaghetti, home-made fries; he publishes new and interesting recipes on his website every week. Often, the recipes are vegetarian, or they can be modified to be vegetarian.

StudentFood is environmentally friendly as well, not just because Valk delivers by bike – no matter the weather, But also because he avoids the use of plastic and only uses sustainable packaging. On request, he will email you the recipe rather than add a piece of paper to your kit.

If you’re interested in ordering from StudentFood, check the website: studentfoodgroningen.nl.

The Academy building as a puzzle

The Academy building as a puzzle

He has built 150 puzzles and has 150 still to go. Artist Menno Drent is making 300 3D-puzzles of the Academy building for sale by the RUG.
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The puzzles are sold in the I Shop (the university store) which you can find in the Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat. They cost 49,95 euros.

A scale of 1 in 500

In his workplace at the Travertijnstraat, Drent bends over a miniature façade of the Academy building built on a scale of 1 in 500. ‘Everything is precise to a tenth of a millimetre’, says the artist. And all of it is built by hand.

It’s the largest commissioned project Drent has ever gotten. He expects it will take him about four months to complete all the puzzles.

Other work of Drent

Drent has been making models of eye-catching buildings in Groningen
for years, including the Groninger Museum and the Martinitoren. Do you want to see more of his work? Go to xsmodelmakers.com.

Video: Student rooms with a view

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Student rooms with a view

You can’t have missed it: right next to the Reitdiephaven in Groningen, they’re building a giant student flat at the Hoogeweg.
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The multi-coloured façade, an homage to Groningen artist H.N. Werkman, is visible from the highway.

At 74 metres high, the flat will be able to house 698 students. And man, what a view they will have, especially if they manage to snag a studio on one of the top floors. We got you a pre-view (geddit?). Don’t watch if you have a fear of heights!

Will you be moving into this building, or are you interested in one of the studios? You’ll be waiting a little bit: the flat will open its doors on January 23, 2020.