Zernike AH shuts down due to lack of customers

The Zernike AH to go. Photo: De Smaak van Stad

Zernike AH shuts down due to lack of customers

The Albert Heijn to go on the Zernike Campus shut down last week. Because of the corona crisis, very few students visit the store to grab lunch.
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‘The campus is quiet, which is why we decided to temporarily shut down this Albert Heijn location’, says spokesperson Taylor Mae Bouwman. ‘It will probably stay closed for a while.’  

Under normal circumstances, the Zernike AH is popular among students who want to grab a bite between classes. The shop is located in between university buildings and right across from the bus stop. But because of the lack of on-campus education, there have been virtually no students at Zernike since March. 

The staff that worked at the shop has been moved to other locations in the area that are experiencing an increase of customers. When the shop will open again depends on the developments concerning the coronavirus. 

Research unis stick with bsa

Research unis stick with bsa, applied sciences don’t

Research universities will not scrap the binding study advice (BSA) this year, says the ministry of Education, Culture, and Science. The BSA will be cancelled at universities of applied sciences, however.
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The ministry made the decision because research universities have been able to provide education like normal, the NOS says, in part because they offer much less practical training than applied sciences universities do. It’s also been shown that students at research universities have barely suffered any study delays due to the corona crisis.

The National Student Union (LSVb) thinks it’s a weird decision. ‘The corona crisis has upended students’ lives. Online education has caused a lot of concentration and motivation issues for students’, says LSVb chair Lyle Muns.

The union is mainly worried about first-year students. ‘Burdening the current first-year students with a binding study advice in these difficult times shows a lack of compassion.’

First-years

The LSVb also thinks it’s weird that the BSA is being scrapped at universities of applied sciences but not at research universities.

Muns: ‘Last year, they did treat the first-year students with leniency. But the whole situation is even more difficult for the current generation of first-years, since they don’t know what it’s like to receive a university education under normal circumstances. That’s why we don’t understand why the BSA isn’t being scrapped for them, when it is for applied sciences students.’

The Groningen Student Union (GSb) isn’t happy either. ‘We don’t understand the assumption that students will be able to do the same things they have been doing in previous years’, says chair Marinus Jongman. ‘Especially considering students’ well-being. The quality of education has gone down and students are having trouble studying under these circumstances.’

Jumping to conclusions

The GSb dismisses the argument that fewer students are suffering a delay. ‘Saying that there won’t be any study delays this year because there weren’t any in March is jumping to conclusions. It’s months later, and students might get stuck on things that weren’t an issue back then’, says Jongman.

It’s unclear how the UG will respond to the ministry’s decision and whether the university will make exceptions for any programmes in particular.

‘A few people messed it up for everyone else’

Stricter rules after party in SSH flat

‘A few people messed it up for everyone else’

Last week, the SSH came down hard on students after a party in the flat at the Winschoterdiep. The new corona rules apply to all the residents. ‘A few people messed it up for everyone else.’
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‘It’s such a shame that a small group of people messed it up for everyone else’, says Jakob (20), a game design student. ‘Pretty much everyone here obeys the rules.’ The new rules say he has to wear a face mask in the shared kitchen, which he does. He also has to stay 1.5 metres away from his roommates at all times.

But that’s not all. The residents are no longer allowed to have guests, security guards have been stationed throughout the flat, and during the day, only four people are allowed in the shared spaces at a time. Jakob’s not too bothered, though.

‘The new rules don’t really affect me’, he says. ‘I’m in my room studying most of the time anyway, and I already avoided people.’

Face masks

Master students of biomedical engineering Juliana (21) and Carol (22) aren’t overly affected by the new rules either. ‘I never spend much time in the shared spaces anyway’, says Carol. They don’t mind having to wear face masks. ‘I thought it was weird that no one in the Netherlands was wearing masks’, says Juliana.

The only thing they don’t like is that it’s harder to spend time with their roommates now. ‘It’s too bad we can’t hang out and have a beer in the common room at night’, says Juliana.

Close together

But they understand why SSH decided to make the rules apply to everyone, including the students who weren’t involved in the party. ‘There are so many of us here, so close together. They have no choice but to be strict’, says Juliana.

The girls realise how lucky they are that the classes for their master are mostly on campus. They spend a lot of time at the university. ‘I can imagine only having online classes would make you feel isolated’, says Juliana. ‘You can’t even go to the only place where you can still socialise with people.’