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TILBURG INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION

Word fro m the b oard - L ife at V erbs...48 Wall of s - Pass i hame - Q t on! ueen of Romance - Christma Building u s Down pdates - Ac Under tivity: Bach elor Auctio n - Several Location L Sinterklaa oca - Birth s items days - Up coming Ac tivities - A nd Much M ore!


The Editorial Committee

The editorial committee consists of six enthusiastic members of I*ESN, with various backgrounds. We have Jinwei (an article writing buddy who is from China), Fitra (the provider of all the beautiful photography in the magazine from Indonesia), Paul (a Dutch mentor who is the designer of the pretty layout and graphics), Michael (one of our promising writers from Australia), and Janneke (a board member who coordinates the committee).

Editorial: Janneke Janssen, Jinwei Zhang, and Michael Landis Design/Technical Support: Paul Deckers Photography: Fitra Kurniati, and I*ESN Special thanks to: Evi Michalopoulou, Kelly Smits, Michael Themis, Alex G端ntert , Jiska Vroon, and Joyce Adriaensen

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A word from the board... Hi there! This time it’s my turn to write something about my daily life in the I*ESN board. The last weeks have been very busy for several reasons. One of them is that the board visited the WEP (Western European Platform) in Liege. Here all the ESN sections of West Europe meet for workshops, brainstorming, advising each other and of course, there is a big fun part! For the first time in my life I visited an opera, and for the first time in my life I had a Euro Dinner, where all different countries bring their native food and drinks, where the second was slightly overrepresented. This is really one of the nicest trips in the board year, because for one time you don’t have to organize everything yourself and you just have to make sure you are enjoying it! You might have seen some pictures on Facebook or the website, and you can tell it was great for our team bonding too! Other reasons it’s a busy time is that the semester is coming to an end, which means: making the Book of Faces, finishing the last magazine, promoting becoming a mentor, and soon we will order the Activities calendar for the second semester. Things that do during the week are various: I promote events for I*ESN on the website and Facebook, I design posters and create other promotion material, keep track of the members, I coordinate the BOF and the Editorial committee who do great work, send out the weekly update, take care of the photos that have been made, help out in the research committee, pretend I’m a bouncer on Tuesday nights, handling all incoming email, I minute the board meetings which we have every Monday, and there is way more! If you have questions about what I do in the board you can always come up to me if you are interested. Despite this year very busy, I’m really enjoying it and I’m very happy with my fellow board members, who do great work! Enjoy the rest of your stay in Tilburg! Janneke Janssen

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Birthdays December -

Daria Santana Ferrandiz

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Martine Myrdahl

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Name: Evi Michalopoulou Place of Birth: Greece Three things I cannot live without: Chocolate, colorful things of any kind, cotton swabs. What I would do with 10 million euro’s: Travel the world and create my own jewelry brand. The biggest wish when I was a kid: I actually do not remember. If I can go back in history, I would go to: my childhood, I may not remeber specfici things, but I know I had a hell of a time! Three things I have to do every day: Sleep, talk to my friends, smile! If tomorrow the earth will explode, today I will: book tickets to go back to Greece. My biggest wish: only one? Then...Never stop being creative! Some last words: Smile, it makes a difference! I am going to “Pass it on!” to: Christina Meyers

2- Pass it on!

Name: Kelly Smits Place of Birth: Eindhoven, in the hospital. Three things I cannot live without: Family & friends, music and my crazy wardrobe for I*ESN. What I would do with 10 million euro’s: First shop ‘till I drop! Go on a 2 month holiday with family and friends. The rest I’ll put on my bank account and give to charity. The biggest wish when I was a kid: To be a pirate, a month ago that wish became truth. If I can go back in history, I would go to: The hippie period. Three things I have to do every day: Search for my keys, curse myself that I lost them again, and after a while find them. If tomorrow the earth will explode, today I will: Party while eating and drinking everything that’s unhealthy without worrying about becoming fat. My biggest wish: Very boring but, to have a long and happy life with family and friends. Some last words: Houdoe en bedankt! I am going to “Pass it on!” to: Rens van Eijk

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Life at Verbs... 48

verbs [vurbz] from the Latin ‘verbum’, is, like its namesake, a place of doing, of action and, leading up to exam time, procrastinating (everyone, to the library!). Here in cosy 48 we are treated to the most international of the dorms, representing the far corners of the globe in [hold your breath] Chile, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, (French) Canada, France, USA, Argentina, Bhutan, Belgium, South Korea and Australia... to name a few. The massive majority of 3 Italians make their patriotism and culinary requirements known, the recent Berlusconi updates every 10 minutes on facebook kept us on our toes while enjoying yet another penne, cherry tomato and basil lunch. And don’t forget the olive oil, probably the most purchased product in our kitchen. Here at 48 we enjoy the luxury of being close to all the action, with the mentor dinners, preand after-parties, and of course the university all a firework’s throw away. Being such a diverse and large group, inevitably our kitchen sink takes the award for most consistent performer; you can always rely on a stack of pots, plates, teacups and forks to await you on a Monday morning after a weekend getaway... and every day thereafter. Now and again a saint among us spares a half hour of procrastinating to wash up, and to those brave souls I pledge my everlasting gratitude. As an extended group we’ve had a couple of family dinners, and even had day trips to rainy Rotterdam and unique Utrecht. Some among us were able to go one step further on a 2 week fall break adventure to Scandinavia and the Baltics for many unforgettable experiences. Special mention goes to Mikhail, our resident Belgian who through divine intervention arrived in the last available dorm room to help us translate any Dutch that needs translating. Without him, microwave dinners wouldn’t have been pricked, steaks would be overcooked and bills never paid. I’ve no idea how the rest of you exchangers can manage. So what makes life in Verbs just so great? Despite 17 of us on the floor, at times you need to be with your own kind, and with the predominantly Spanish-speaking levels 50 and 52 upstairs, homesickness can be quickly forgotten over some beer, sangria/kalimotxo/fantino or for our dear Italians, a cup of hot espresso. See you at the next dinner! Michael Landis

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Two months after opening its doors to the I*ESN community, Carpe Diem has replaced the hot and steamy upstairs of LG as the hazy flagbearer of scandal through clouds of smoke machines and UV light. After 2am, the dance floor transforms from a PG-13 high school prom into a jupiler and jager fuelled pit of pashing and promise, never far from the listening ears and prying eyes of the Queen’s infinite spies. The Bachelor/ette charity auction turned out a success for some more than others – special applause to the generous Englishman who will be doting on more than his fair share of maidens in a local hotel soon enough, and bravo for the spectacular performances from the eyecandy up on the bar-stage. Even if we couldn’t bid, our enjoyment was ensured. We hop down from the bar, and an eager Eastern European danced with many a taller man, Hungry for a partner to practise with. Our resident ‘cute couples’ continued to show why managing monogamy has its benefits in a sometimes clearly challenging international marketplace, while one recently single Spanish lass with a lot of catching up to do in the tallies proved otherwise, breaking her drought in style, if the tendrils of top secret information from across the border are to be believed. Israel may or may not have secretly supplied South Africa weapons in the 70s, but there was no doubt that heated ammunition was exchanged as these ambassadors led the debauchery on the Diem dance floor to set the bar high. Especial mention must be given to those able to honour their long distance relationships, but to the others, thank you for your wonderful contributions to these pages. These words could never have flowed without you. Yours unfaithfully, Queen of Romance

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Christmas Down Under

Being ‘wrapped up’ by political correctness

On Christmas Eve, whilst the Europeans kick start the fireplace and warm up a glass of milk for Santa, something very different is happening in Australia. In fact we are 10 hours ahead of you, Santa is dressed in swim shorts, a singlet and thongs (flip flops) and has already made his way across the Pacific. It has to be the best part of his journey around the world because the sun is out with temperatures averaging around 30 degrees across the country. Since we were colonised by the British in 1778, Christmas has always been part of our tradition. Post World War II, Australia saw an influx of migrants from all over the world. As a result, Australia is a nation filled with a vast array of religions and cultural backgrounds. The true Australian will appreciate, promote and accept a multitude of cultures – this is inherently the heart of Australia. Christmas tradition is never complete without a trip to Carols by Candlelight. Carols by Candlelight is a unique Australian Christmas tradition that originated in South Eastern Australia during 19th century. It has captivated all walks of life from the old to the young to this very day. It’s a night where thousands gather, as families and friends, usually in a central park or public domain and sing carols under candlelight. However, in recent years, as a result of political correctness, restrictions on Christmas have been placed on public institutions, workplaces and schools. These restrictions have been designed to censor Christmas from those that it might offend. Among other examples, in an effort to ‘promote’ tolerance, authorities in Melbourne have banned the word ‘Christmas’, in certain respects, from celebrations and prevented speakers at Carols by Candlelight from quoting the Bible. Subsequently however, instead of promoting tolerance it has done the contrary. It has sparked outrage across the community, with misdirected anger aimed towards minority groups. It goes without saying that religious minorities are rather concerned with their own right to religious expression than oppressing this right from others. A right, which should be afforded no less to the majority than to the minority. Michael Themis

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Building Updates:

One day in the life of a building manager… So you might be wondering: what would a ‘building manager’ do all day..? Let me explain it to you briefly. When I wake up, of course really late because of the party the day before, I go to Carpe Diem and try not to smell the horrible air there. Of course I have to try if all the beer taps are still working and if the beer is still tasting well (like the wine and all the other drinks). Then I’ll check if there is still some puke left which we didn’t clean up well the day before, and on the way there I probably find some lost & found items. Especially after the sexchange party with all the dresses which smelled like men sweat this was my favorite part of the day. Basically my task is to make everything which has to do with Carpe Diem run smooth. This consists of ordering drinks, getting volunteers to help behind the bar, cling to the door policy, arrange DJ’s, and all other things which are needed for a successful party or activity. In cooperation with our foundation we are making the rooms upstairs ready so students can live there hopefully soon. Since I am the first building manager ever in the long history of I*ESN, everything is new and there was not a clear task book. That’s why also ‘till now I was busy with getting the permit, fire safety and figuring out everything else which was necessary to open our building. Last but not least, the past weeks was about buying, buying, buying!! To make Carpe Diem an international meeting point (also during the day) we are investing in things like a beamer, couches, bean bags, tables etcetera. If you have any ideas considering Carpe Diem, put them in the ‘idea box’ which is at the bar! Hope to see you soon!

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Culture Share: Merry Sinterklaas

What will come to you mind when thinking about December? Snowflakes, Mistletoe and red-and-green wrapping paper? Or if you come from the South part of the planet, it can be rephrased as sunshine, beach and reindeer in bikinis? Well, if you have a strong enough attachment to your current location: the Netherlands, you may need to keep your mind off Christmas for a while. Before you get annoyed by those Christmas jingles which are broadcasted repeatedly everywhere, you have a great chance to experience something different! Ladies and gentlemen, with honor and great applause, here he comes: SInterklaas! Not like Santa Clause (quote from some Dutch guy ‘the commercial version of Sinterklaas’), Sinterklaas (although they sounds somehow quite alike) did exist in history. Sinterklaas, as a matter of fact, is short for Sint Nicolaas who was a saint from Spain ( there is another story that he is from Turkey). Sinterklaas was a bishop; he had a reputation of kindness and generosity. Every year, as early as in Mid-November, Sinterklaas comes to the Netherlands from Spain by steamboat. However, December 5th is the day that the festival should be ‘officially’ celebrated by having a big family party when kids get gifts. ‘Zwarte Piet’, Black Pete, the helper of Sinterklaas, is more welcomed by kids since he is the one carrying and giving out candies and gifts to the good kids who are listed on Sinterklaas’ handbook. Then how about the kids who do not behave in the past year? Sinterklaas will bring them back to Spain or spank them as punishment. (Anyway, the part of ‘being brought back to Spain’ seems more like a treat.) Some people say, the reason that Zwarte Piet has dark skin is he to climb up and down through chimneys to leave gifts in kids’ shoes. Some say, Zwartepiet originates from Morocco. Food certainly involve as a significant part of the festival. Typical Sinterklaas food includes: chocolate letters which are given to kids to represent the first letter of their names; pepernoten, small cookies with a taste of cinnamon, sometimes they are covered in black/ white chocolate; Banketstaaf, flaky pastry with amandelspijs(almon paste) inside, it is generally made into a letter shape, but you can also find one-meter-long banketstaaf in supermarket. Jinwei Zhang

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Crash Course: Sinterklaas

At the beginning of November, the tradition of Sinterklaas starts. You will see stores filled up with all kinds of Sinterklaas attributes: replicas of Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), chocolate letters and lots of other curious candy. Not that you will mind all this candy, but who is Sinterklaas? Actually, the real Sinterklaas was called Saint Nicholas, a fourth century bishop who helped out the needy and is from Spain. In mediaeval times, his story was used to instruct Dutch children of the punishments for misbehaviour. Later his birthday turned into a celebration for the whole family at home. When its halfway trough November, the old man arrives in the Netherlands with his boat full of presents for all the children in the Netherlands, together with his Zwarte Pieten and his horse (which name is Amerigo!). This day he goes on a tour trough a city, where all the little kids are awaiting the Zwarte Pieten, who will hand out all kinds of candy, like pepernoten.

After weeks of waiting, it is finally December 4th, which is ‘Present Night’! Today the old man will show some good horseback riding skills, since he rides his horse over the roofs of all the houses. His loyal assistants, the Zwarte Pieten, go down the chimneys to bring candy and several presents for the children. In return, the children often put a drawing or a carrot (for our lovely horse Amerigo) in one of their shoes, where they will find their candy. Because before the kids go to sleep, they put one of their shoes by the chimney. The next morning its time to open the presents, and Sinterklaas has already headed back to Spain. Janneke Janssen

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Activity: Bachelor Auction

“You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.” Henny Youngman

Cash in hand, a line up of the finest gals in Tilburg, and a couple of charismatic presenters; it was always going to be a fun-filled night, I am of course talking about the I*ESN Bachelor Auction 2011. The night started in suitable fashion with an interesting cocktail of Sombrero-fuelled drinking and dancing bar staff in the hottest of hotpants. The format for the evening’s events seemed simple; the contestants would mount the Carpe Diem bar, shake their booties, and rake in the cash-money. All for Radio 3fm’s charity appeal, which this year aims to support those who have lost partners at war. First up on stage for the evening was non-other than our very own ginger deity Michael Landis. His poetic recital received a mixed response from the international audience; however, our man from down-under managed to redeem himself with some confident dance moves. There was a fury of bidding amongst the prospective buyers, finally raising the gargantuan figure of €9! The prize for the highest bidder, a 3-night stay in a 4* Hotel in 15 different countries across Europe, the bidding was always going to be intense. A flurry of high bids came in from all corners of the bar; however, my intoxicated logic made it inevitable my wallet would lead my brain to success. The final auction, for the Spanish trio of Carmen, Amparo, and Laura, was a brilliant move on the part of I*ESN. Knowing that I couldn’t resist a bargain bundle of beauties I acknowledged my fate and made one final bid to end the night, and apparently entitle me to forever be recognized as “that British pimp guy”. Thank you to all those who participated, and to those who unashamedly bid their student grants away. The evening managed to raise a grand total of over €300. To those 7 people I now own, I look forward to seeing you in the near future, there’s a lot of house-work to be done at my flat… Alex ‘The British Pimp’ Güntert

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Upcoming Activities November

1 December: International Dinner Tonight the international Dinner will take place again. Sign up at the office! 2 December: TGIF Like every week, the TGIF drink is the ultimate unwind after all the studying during the week. All the special beers and special offers are waiting for you! 9 December: International Christmas party Between all the studying you can take a breathe and party in Carpe Diem! This last International Party of the semester will have a Christmas theme. Let’s celebrate Christmas with the international students of Tilburg! Party will start at 22:00h. There will be a special christmas shot for only 1 euro! 14 December: Create your own event?

15 December: Gala Thursday the 15th of December we organize the Gala, where unfortunately we have to say goodbye to the students who are only here for one semester. Moreover it is also a good opportunity to get away from the stress of the exams. You can also win an award! We will hand out awards for best mentor, best buddy, cutest couple etc. The gala will be at Villa Philharmonie, you will receive a welcome drink when you enter and there will be bites during the night. Also, you will get a nice souvenir from I*ESN Tilburg. The price for the gala will be announced on Facebook. You can buy the tickets at the office from Thursday the 1st of December untill Tuesday the 13th of December. So shop for that cute dress or for the guys: suit up! (Note that the date of the gala has changed; the calender says it is Friday the 16th but it is one day earlier; Thursday the 15th of December). Joyce Adriaensen Activity Coordinator I*ESN Tilburg

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