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PROOFREADERS Anna Pries Camilla Ankerstjerne Klarskov

EDITORIAL STAFF ISSUE | NO. 4 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Morten Olivarius EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Frederik Dahl Nielsen LAYOUT Maja Helene Larsen Jan Kanty Janiszewski Robert Männa


WRITERS Laura Lücking Camilla Ankerstjerne Klarskov Rasmus Holm Thorsfelt Anna Pries Christine Wiin Olsgaard Morten Olivarius PHOTOGRAPHERS Maja Helene Larsen Robert Männa Jan Kanty Janiszewski TRANSLATORS Rasmus Holm Thorsfelt Camilla Ankerstjerne Klarskov Morten Olivarius Christine Wiin Olsgaard

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inter is upon us with everything that involves; windy and rainy weather, darkness, impending exams, freezing temperatures and colds. It is time to curl up on the couch under a blanket with some good music, hot chocolate, and the new edition of Navigator.

between the walls of the university. Maybe you have heard the sound of hammers and saws, seen a sign reading ‘V-Lab’ and wondered what that is. Or you have been contemplating what distinguishes our university from others, and how it feels to attend AAU CPH when you come from e.g. Italy, Mexico, or Greece. These are some of the Despite the fact that it is get- topics that you can read more ting darker, we have not gone about on the following pages. into hibernation quite yet. Likewise, there is still plenty Even though you may someof activity on campus. That is times forget about it, there is exactly what we want to bring actually also a world outside into focus with this edition: of AAU. Out there, there is also intense activity. Among The campus life. other things, the recently anAs mentioned in the former edi- nounced SU cuts made a lot tion, one of the main purposes of Danish students walk the of this magazine is to strength- streets in discontent; but en the feeling of identity and where are they, when it comes cohesion between the students to issues of a more global kind, at AAU CPH. An active and like trade agreements? This is blooming campus life should something you can read about contribute to this, with activi- here, along with articles about ties and student clubs to every- things happening further away: one’s taste, and with room for How the University’s internaour individual differences. The tional students are celebrating university buildings should not Christmas, and how it is to do just be the frame around teach- a internship in a surfer’s paraing, but also a place where you dise in Morocco, among other enjoy to be, and where various things. activities will make you stay for longer than what is absolutely You can also contribute. Of course, we would love it if evnecessary. ery single of you would join as Accordingly, this edition will regular members of the editofocus on everything happening rial board. But even if you only want to write a single article,

we would appreciate that very much, too. If you have something on your mind, regardless of the topic, we would love to bring your article. It does not have to be about the university. We have free space in the magazine for anything that has a place in the students’ everyday lives. If you are not crazy about writing in English, do not let that stop you. You can just send in an article in Danish, and one of our translators will take care of it. Articles, as with questions, comments, and other inquiries, should be sent to: Now, it is your turn to make an effort. Go down to V-Lab and take a look at what is going on, join a student club, get your afternoon coffee by the Coffee Spot, and your friday beer at Slusen, and talk to some students from other studies besides your own. Or you could start your own club, or get an activity or event going. Campus life is something we create together. Happy reading!

The editorial board


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THE EDITORIAL BOARD Learn about the people behind Navigator

THE EDITORIAL BOARD PT. 2 Learn about the people behind Navigator


Interview with a student of Techno-Anthropology at AAU

ON TOP OF MOROCCO’S WAVES Insight about an internship abroad

WE ARE THE LAST FREE GENERATION A bit about funding cuts in education services

GOOD DESIGN AND THE MEANING OF LIFE Spend a while contemplating with our writer


How do other students spend their Christmas?

PLACES TO VISIT - STUDENTERHUSET Here, there’s a mix of everything that makes studying a little easier


Pretty straight forward, right?

SECRET SPOTS ON CAMPUS Suggestions about where to spend your time at the campus


A short and concise guide to the essentials on campus


Learn about the cover photo and its author

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Morten Olivarius, Editor-in-chief What are you studying? Urban, energy and environmental planning. What are your interests? I chose my study programme because I think many things are interesting, and it sounded like a good way to combine different topics from technical, social, and creative subjects. I am very fond of cities and city life, and I find it exciting how big cities can live and evolve almost like an organism. Besides study, work and campus magazine, I take a big interest in music. I have been playing the cello since I was a child, and I try to allow time for that as often as possible. What do you like about the campus life at AAU CPH? With our campus being relatively small, I think you feel a stronger sense of ownership of all the things happening here; it feels closer to yourself.


“And since it is a rather new campus, you have a big opportunity to influence the campus life, and be a part of the things that are happening here.” Do you have any favorite spots? A spot that I enjoy is the area around the reception in building A. Besides being a good looking place, it functions as the heart of campus, so if you are sitting here, you can see a lot of people that you usually do not run into out by the class and group rooms. How can we make AAU CPH better? Take part in the events here, and join some of the student clubs. Get involved! If you want a good campus life, it starts with yourself. And say hello to each other in the hallways. It creates a good mood.

Frederik Dahl, Editorial director What are you studying? I’m studying BEM (Urban, energy and environmental planning). It is an interdisciplinary engineering education, where you, among other things, promote sustainability in a variety of social contexts. What are your interests? In my teens I was sure that I, in one way or another, had to deal with music for the rest of my life; I loved what music did to me when I listened to it and when I played it. I still do, but it probably won’t be for a living. Procrastination might as well be described as my second hobby, but I have learned to channel it into something constructive, like being a part of this student magazine and engagement in my surroundings, which I find very rewarding… Of course I also find my studies really exciting and relevant, so I use a lot of my time on that as well. What do you like about the campus life at AAU CPH? I really like being surrounded by students and others who engage in making AAU CPH a better place to study.

It is in itself challenging, instructive and cozy, and I get to meet some cool and interesting people. Additionally, I think that there is a great amount of diversity among us students at AAU CPH, which is exciting to explore. Do you have any favorite spots? Two of my favorite places to be on campus is ‘The Coffee Spot’, which is a perfect place to meet during and after the classes every Wednesday in the small canteen. Also the ‘egg chairs’ in the quiet room behind the library, where you can immerse in your studies. I will also urge all students to explore Sydhavn in general, because the district has a lot to offer. How can we make AAU CPH better? According to me there is only one way; we need to commit ourselves more! We all have the opportunity to create a cool environment and culture here at AAU CPH;

“we just need more students who have the courage to be a part of it. So let this be a gentle reminder for all students at AAU CPH”



Rasmus Holm Thorsfelt


What’s your name? Kasper Koefoed Larsen What are you studying? At which semester? I study Techno-Anthropology on the 7th semester, or the 1st semester of the candidate. What is your study about? In short, Techno-Anthropology is about creating an understanding of the interaction between people and technology. We have a methodical starting point on qualitative ethnographic methods, which include studying how people use technology, how people affect the technology and how it affects us. The methodological and theoretical background comes mainly from anthropology, where we more specifically working within a field named “Science, Technology & Society”. Throughout the study, we learn about different aspects of the interaction between technology and people; we learn to understand different technology domains for example through technology analyses, ethical analyses of technology and its implications, and different theoretical frameworks for analysis of our collected data. Thus, we are working with many different topics, issues and technologies in our semester projects. For example: I have during my undergraduate seen students working with everything from 3D bioprinting to a more everyday technology as the travel card. This openness in relation to the choice of topic in the projects has also shown that we have been allowed to try a lot of different methods on the theories and issues which we thought was exciting.In my bachelor thesis I wrote, along with two others, about self-service dialysis on Holbæk Hospital, where we made use of different eth-

nographic methods to examine how kidney patients were responsible for their own treatment through the operation of a dialysis machine. Since I just started on the first semester of the candidate, there have been some changes. The largest has clearly been that we’ve got a lot of students in from other programmes; candidate in Techno-Anthropology is open to a wide range of bachelors, to strengthen the interdisciplinary aspect of the training. Thus, I now study with people from a lot of backgrounds, creating some very interesting discussions of the issues that we work with. What are you doing on the different semesters? The bachelor is structured so that we spent the first two semesters on introduction to anthropology and analysis of human interaction with technology. Second semester focused mainly on the ethical perspective of technology. On the third semester, we were introduced to anthropological methods, and from here we should make use of these in our semester projects. Fourth semester introduced us to innovation and gave us the tools to make user-driven product development, where the fifth semester emphasized participating observation, and the development of our theoretical and methodological understanding. Besides the bachelor project in the 6th semester, we worked with interdisciplinarity from a theoretical science perspective. Besides our normal courses, we have been able to adapt the training in the form of electives; there have been courses in Digital Methods, Big Data, Biological Anthropology, and Sustainability, among others. Can you briefly summarise what your education is about? Techno-Anthropology is the study of the interaction between people and technology. 8


Kirstine Hedegaard, Tourism


f you get the opportunity of doing part of your master’s degree at the surf mecca of Africa, then you say yes! – or at least that’s what I did, and because of that, I am now sitting on the rooftop terrace of La Vida Surf in Taghazout facing the Atlantic Ocean and a bunch of surfers catching the first waves of today. 9

My name is Kirstine, I am 26 years old, and as of now I am doing an internship as part of my master’s degree in tourism from AAU CPH; and that takes place at La Vida Surf in Taghazout, Morocco. Even before starting my master’s degree, I had decided to do the internship abroad. I have been living abroad before in re-

lation to job and studies, and it gives me so much that I cannot get from staying in Denmark; getting to know a foreign culture, living with the locals, developing language skills, and using what I’ve learnt through my studies is so unique and something nobody should underestimate.

After only a few weeks of studying, our instructors and professors started preaching about the importance of our future internship, and they encouraged us all to sign a contract as soon as possible. So, the hunt for the perfect internship place begun, and I would lie if I said that I did not send a lot of applications to ski destinations; skiing has always been my great passion, and the opportunity of working with communication, marketing and tourism optimization in a ski destination is like a wet dream to me. However, I had to admit to myself that the ACL-reconstruction (knee surgery) that I had just before the beginning of the studies took more time to rehabilitate from that I had thought. Therefore, I put the idea of a ski internship out of my heawd, and started looking for something else that could help me fulfil my dream of sports mixed with an educational internship.

A few years ago I stayed at a surf camp in New Zealand, and since then I have tried surfing a few times in Cold Hawaii in Klitmøller, Denmark. I haven’t completely managed to master the waves yet, but when I saw the internship post from La Vida Surf in Morocco, it didn’t take me long to send them an application!

instructor Nourdine who met a few years ago in Taghazout. The vision of the surf camp is to offer a surf camp with focus on body and mind as well as the local community, sustainability and respect for the nature.

So, here I am, on a rooftop terrace in Taghazout, enjoying the waves and the beautiful sight of Taghazout Village; my home for the next three months. Now, “when I saw the many will ask if surfing also is internship post tough on the knees, and yes it from La Vida Surf in is. But with a good portion of common sense, a solid rehabilMorocco, it didn’t programme, a (very extake me long to send itation pensive) custom made DonJoy them an application!” Performance brace for my knee, and world class surf instructors La Vida Surf is a newly started at hand, it is all going to be all Moroccan-Scandinavian surf right, and I am sure that I will camp in the Moroccan surf master the waves before Janumecca Taghazout, about half an ary! hour from Agadir. The corporation is founded by the Finnish surfer and yoga instructor Aleksi and the Moroccan surf

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n Thursday the 13th of October, I was at Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall square) in Copenhagen. I had brought a couple of friends and a homemade banner. We were demonstrating against the funding cuts in education services. In relation to this post, it has been difficult for me to find out exactly how many people were on the streets of Copenhagen in the context of the demonstrations against cuts in SU. But if you add all readings of attendance into the equation, it probably ends up being about 20,000 people. I was there with my peers, and they also thought it was reprehensible that the government set the stage for switching some of the amount of SU to a possible loan, something that will, quite unreasonably, put the younger generation in debt before they even get started. There were also laid up for cuts in research positions, and this is especially affecting the humanities negatively. It does not match the policies, which have been pursued by the successive governments over the last 15 years, particularly well. We have been fed with the idea that we should take a higher education, that our minds would be key to ensuring that there would also be a welfare state for our children.


The cost of the SU has increased tremendously, one could understand if they had stayed updated with the media in the days when this proposal was presented. It was made clear from the start. How is it possible as a politician to look in the mirror, when spending several years, preaching education, then later seeking to jeopardize the opportunities for the students, by increasing the cost of SU. If you spend so many years encouraging people to take a higher education, it should not be a surprise that the cost of the SU increases, but it is as if this has not been considered, being the most obvious economic aspect. Exactly 14 days later, I have returned to Rådhuspladsen. This time for a demonstration that opposes CETA and TTIP, “frihandelsaftalerne” (free trade agreements). Of notable aspects concerning these agreements, we have ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement), which is a court that treats claims against states, made by companies, in the event that the company should feel harassed by the sovereign laws of each country. This time I am here alone and my fellow protesters take on a rather different form than the one from 14 days ago. They are older, much older. Perhaps they were hippies at that time it was a phenomenon, and they are once again out to tell the system exactly what they think is wrong with it. We are a couple of thousands. Tops.



When I ask my companion, who otherwise had indicated that he would go, if he is coming along, I get a “No way”. It’s freezing cold. But so what? The difference in the number of participants at the two demonstrations is truly significant, and it frustrates me. Of course it makes sense that students come out in large numbers when it is their everyday lives, facing potential changes, but where were they when it came to something “bigger”? Wouldn’t these trade agreements affect our daily lives as well? We have a spoiled approach to demonstrations in Denmark. We only bother, if it affects us. Otherwise, we are indifferent to others’ distress. And I think that the two demonstrations work as excellent examples. First, we have a problem, which threatened to convert parts of the SU to a loan. Damn, they are taking our money. Off to the streets we go. On the other hand, there is an agreement that ultimately seek to reorganize basic social structures in favor of large multinational companies, an agreement which was designed in total secrecy in the EU and which will be adopted in a way I experience to be far from what I would describe as democratic. Who the hell do you think you are, to be nearly shitting your pants from rage in the first scenario, while not even considering the second. What we need is for all of us to take a stand, as we did in the first demonstration. There is plenty of shit, we must reply to, with a resounding NO, in the future. We must say no to the selfappointed sheriff’s proposal to monitor our entire society. We must say no to the fact that our youth will be forced to spend so much time in

school, especially at such an early age. We must say no to interventions done by the state against the individual’s personal rights. And we must say no to the people who think they’re working in people’s interest when they spend billions on buying fighter aircrafts to be killing people, instead of investing in sustainability, both in society and climatically. And we must do it soon. Say no. Otherwise it will be too late. We are creating a society where we must go to school longer and longer, and in these schools, we are instructed to have themed weeks, to teach the kids about what it means to be Danish. They must be indoctrinated from an early age. But when you spend 37 hours a week in school in 6th grade, then you may not have the energy or desire to read a book in the weekend. We miss the formation concurrent to the education. We create a herd of drones that are designed to fit into the system, in a way the system dictates. And it may prove to be a huge problem for us in the future. If you indoctrinate a whole generation not to be critical of the system, there will not be anyone to walk the streets and say no, we will remain obedient slaves. Let us, by all means, avoid this scenario. We are the last free generation, but we throw it away by complaining too little over the state of affairs. And that is a damn shame. The article is an expression of the writer’s own views.


Good Design and the Meaning of Life Christine Winn Olsgaard


ne thing you learn pretty quickly, is that life is a mess. Throughout history, we’ve constructed complex systems to facilitate our existence, such as democracy, and bank loans. I know little about either, so I’ll elegantly move on; all that exists is flawed, and we rarely have the power to change this. The only power we do have is how we cope. I would like to argue that good design is the best coping mechanism out there. Good design is nothing but a solution in its most effective state. For a long period, design has been perceived as something that merely concerned the physical appearance of material things. Recently, individuals have argued that the methods used for design are valuable in all other branches. Design is no longer just the process of creating a product; it is now also the pro15

cess of creating basically any- connection between differencthing with the intention of effi- es, to get to a common ground, ciency – a way of thinking. is key. What I’ve been taught so far is that the core of what motivates users, is the purpose they assign to the design. It should make sense, and they have to be able to relate. In a network of relevant actors, all must be represented to assure an efficient design – it must be a solution for all. At the same time, the first rule of design is that ‘design for everyone, is design for no one’. If a solution encompasses too many purposes/ meanings, they end up clashing, and the design tends to be no good at all. The difficulties in the process of design is the processing of information across the fields of knowledge. All actors are dedicated to their culture, beliefs, and expertise, and their behaviour is correlated to exactly this. Creating a

If sustainable design is fixed on being effective, accepted and implemented – how much space will be left for innovation? Does innovation have to be groundbreaking and almost incomprehensible? A theory is that instead of thinking outside the box, it is more the matter of pushing the boundaries of the box, the perception of what it stands for, and what it contains. I think you’re slowly grasping the scale of how many drugs design-theorists probably take. If a solution can contain both the element of the new and innovative, while being true to the purpose it’s designed for, it should be successfully implemented. The next question is; are we just interested in optimizing the existing practice?


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“We are the generation to take what we have, and thrive at our full potential with what we’ve been given, instead of looking for more/better resources”

I believe that with all our resources, technology and innovative outlook, we are the generation to focus on the development internally. We are the generation to take what we have, and thrive at our full potential with what we’ve been given, instead of looking for more/better resources.

normally be one. Establishing this connection can create new innovative solutions, or doorways to even greater connections. This notion has been used for everything; science, art, gastronomy – anything that has an innovative original expression, is basically these visions of connections confined into an entity. Material or What if we, instead of design- non-material. ing and creating from the existing purpose, designed and cre- So what is the conclusion of ated to achieve purpose? That this abstract nonsense? I’m instead of finding the meaning, sad to say there is little conwe strive to create meaning. clusion to draw, and nor should there be. Ideas are contagious, Good design is empathic and they should be given freely as inclusive, while being bold inspiration, and I hope to see and visionary. It pushes limits, design used for everything. I while understanding how to hope to see designers in fields co-exist with the elements of such as economics and political the ordinary. science, especially after recent events. Maybe they’re already Design is the expression of cre- there, suppressing their creativity, and creativity is, in its ativity. I’d like to invite anyone, core, the ability to see a con- whatever you study, whatever nection where there wouldn’t you believe, to see yourself as

a creative individual. To understand that you are what you express – hate, love, violence, compassion, paintings, music, speeches, blogs, math assignments, graph drawings, coding, bad scrambled eggs, dance, football, rap, silly articles about design; anything that is expressed has the power to shake the constellation of what already is. If this is not the greatest power, as well as the greatest responsibility, then I don’t know what is. The meaning of life might not be anything specific – it’s whatever we assign to it, whatever we design it to be. This is as individual as our preference in pizza topping. Design intellectually, show compassion, but do not sacrifice your personal meanings. Go create your purpose, design your future, find your inner fuel, the meaning that keeps alive – express yourself.




hen I think about Christmas, I always come back to my parents living room, maybe it is the childhood I am coming back to, because the room looks much bigger and the lights brighter. There is that smell, the mix of the pine tree and freshly baked Lithuanian pastries. I remember feeling warm and safe with the sound of the "Home Alone" movie in the background. Dwelling on this image, I always begin to smile. What are the Christmas traditions other students enjoy the most?

starting the Christmas dinner, and exchange wishes for good health and prosperity.

Milena's favorite Danish Christmas dessert is “Ris à l’amande”, a Danish rice pudding dessert with almonds. It is to be consumed on the 24th of December, and it involves a game! You add chopped almonds to the dessert, and one whole almond. The one who gets the whole almond wins a prize. Traditionally it is a marzipan pig, but nowadays it can be something else like a gift certificate, a bottle of wine or something else. Milena says that in Denmark it is typical to dec- The funny thing is that you can’t tell anyone you orate the Christmas tree with the Danish flags, have the whole almond until there is no more and dance around the tree while singing festive dessert left, so you have to hide it until then. songs. In her family however, they don’t do that, as her dad is from Serbia and her mom from Po- Maiju is from Finland, favorite thing about land. So they have some Polish Catholic tradi- Christmas is the opportunity to spend time with tions mixed with some Danish. Most of the food her family in Finland without stressing about will be according to Polish traditions: 12 dishes anything. One of the Finnish traditions is to go with fish representing 12 months of the year and to a sauna on the morning of Christmas Eve. the 12 Apostles. You also have to fast, therefore They decorate the house, and her dad always only pescatarian dishes will be served. It also in- cooks the dinner, with special Christmas Beer volves sharing of an “opłatek” (translation found and Christmas Candy. from Polish to English: Christmas wafer) before



Judita's favorite Hungarian Christmas tradition is the belief people have that the one who brings the presents is Little Jesus and he is helped by the angels who decorate the Christmas tree. It is something that you are told when you’re a child because your parents want to make Christmas magical. However, when you are an adult you still use this phrase. So if you are in Hungary, and someone asks you ‘What has Little Jesus brought you?’ it’s nothing weird, just tell him/her about your gifts! In Hungary Christmas season starts four weeks before the 24th of December.

and cook the dishes. Spending the night with their closest relatives and giving presents. Some families even go to the midnight mass. There are some folk traditions in connection with the 13rd of December and Christmas. People don’t follow them, but everyone knows about them. There is a superstition that the 13rd is the day of the evil, and if you stand on the homemade wooden chair which has been prepared for 13 days (called Lucy’s chair), you can see witches. Then, the chair has to be dropped to the fire to kill them and you can hear the witches crying.

Every family has an Advent wreath with four candles on it, and they light the candles one by one each Sunday. On the 24th, which is the most important day, they decorate the Christmas tree

Everybody has their own special ways of celebrating this occasion. Maybe this year is the time to try some Danish “Ris à l’amande”, Finnish Christmas Beer, or even making Lucy’s chair?

"when Santa and the Santa lady ‘Krampus’ came, I was so scared that I ran to the closet to hide and my mom had to beg me to come out."





hen I was about 5 years old, my parents and their friends organized a huge party for the children before Christmas. I was the youngest and I guess the most shy, because when Santa and the Santa lady ‘Krampus’ came, I was so scared that I ran to the closet to hide and my mom had to beg me to come out. And then she made me even more scared by putting me on Krampus’ lap. I had to sit on her lap during the whole gifting ceremony.

After many-many years, it turned out that my mother wasn’t heartless at all. One day I was looking in the family photo album, and noticed that Santa had the same watch as my brother, so they finally admitted that my brother and his fiancée had been Santa and Krampus and I was the only one who didn’t know.



s a kid, I believed in Santa and I was waiting every Christmas to meet him. However, growing up in Denmark all my family was in Serbia and Poland, so it was always just my parents, my sister and I celebrating. We didn’t have anyone who could be Santa. My parents decided that my dad couldn’t do it, because they didn’t want me and my sister to think that Santa wasn’t real. They came up with a plan: My mom would tell me and my sister that we had to get dressed because Santa would come any minute now. We would go to our room to get dressed, and once we would stand there in our underwear, the door bell would ring. It was Santa!! And we were not dressed. So we would dress in a hurry and run out, but by the

time we got to the living room Santa had left, but he had put all the presents under the tree. My dad would say that he asked about us. I started thinking with time this was fake, so I asked how come I couldn’t hear him walking in? My parents told me it was because he had cotton under his shoes so no one could hear him. Usually when I tell this story, people feel bad for me that I never saw Santa on x-mas eve, however I find it so funny and creative of my parents, and I maybe believed in Santa longer than others, because I would have recognized my father if he had been in disguise. So I am happy that they let me believe in this magical illusion for so long.


PLACES TO VISIT: STUDENTERHUSET Camilla Ankerstjerne Klarskov We get off the train at Nørreport Station. Charlotte says that we won’t have to walk far. Five minutes later we stand in front of Studenterhuset. Inside it’s filled with people. Charlotte explains that it’s always like that here. But we manage to find a place to sit. In the five minutes it took to get here, Charlotte expressed several times that she was really looking forward to a latte. So we go directly to the bar to order one for her. I order tea. I can choose between Earl grey, green tea, lemon/ginger, berry, orange/coconut and peppermint. “Do you have a student card from KU?”, the man in the bar asks once I have made my choice and I am about to pay. My answer is no, to which he replies: “Then it’s 27 kroner”. On our way back to our seats, Charlotte tells me that there’s a discount for students at KU (University of Copenhagen).


I ask her what her thoughts are on the fact that a place that has so much focus on students has a discount for some, but not for others (like us at AAU CPH). “I think it sucks!”, she says and laughs. But, she adds, it makes sense since Studenterhuset is funded by KU. She also tells me that despite the fact that we don’t get a discount, unless we pay for a membership (75 kr. for one semester and 100 kr. for two), she thinks that it’s great to have a place where you have the possibility to study, knowing that many others are here for the same reason. “I don’t really know of any other places where it seems so natural to study”, I say. Charlotte agrees and adds: “The atmosphere here is different from other places”. I think about her comment on the atmosphere while I look around the large room. There are only young people here. I would guess that there’s a laptop on 9 out of 10 tables.

There are people sitting alone. People in larger groups. People talking. People reading. A lot of voices, music and noise from the bar fills the room. But, oddly enough, it’s not difficult to concentrate. Hanging from the ceiling are lamps in different colours. The walls at one end of the room look like one big painting. Next to the stairs leading to the toilets, there is a sign with the headline “THIS WEEK”. Written on the sign is a list of events happening throughout the week. These include a quiz & board games, swing dance, and meet & eat (every Wednesday), among others. My gaze moves from the sign to the blackboard in the bar which acts as a menu. I jokingly mention that it’s nice that you can get alcohol, in case your homework gets too dry. “In the evening it’s a little more pub-like,” Charlotte says and smiles (probably at the thought of beer).

We’ve been here for about an hour and a half and I start to crave some sugar. “Do you want to share a muffin or a cookie?” I ask. We decide on a cookie – and a break from having our eyes glued to our laptop screens. We end

up talking about how much more fun it would be to play one of the many games Studenterhuset has on offer. Both Charlotte and I are fans of mixing the study life with boardgames, hot coffee and cold beer. Therefore, we

can’t be anything but fans of Studenterhuset. Here, there’s a mix of everything that makes studying a little easier – well, everything except that we as students at AAU CPH have to pay full price.

Do you know a place that deserves to be highlighted? A place your co-students just HAVE to know about? In every issue we bring a new reportage, and maybe “your” place is just what we need. Our only demand is that you want to show us the place while having fun with at least one from the magazine. Write us at:


art on campus Morten de Fine Olivarius Helene Leu Photos: Helena Leu, Jan Kanty Janiszewski


round campus, you will find a broad variety of artworks of different kinds, adorning the hallways, walls, and rooms. Most recently, our campus has joined the art association Art at Work, who provides artwork by Danish contemporary artists. The works are on display for eight weeks at a time and are then replaced, so that the decorations on the walls are in constant change. You can see many of these works in the


reception area and on Globegangen. Besides this, there are also more permanent works around. Here is a selection of those, commented by our newly appointed art critic, Helena. Take a walk around campus and explore the art further. It is hiding around all buildings, but especially on Globegangen there is a lot to look at.


SUPERFLEX Free Beer (2007) Building A, besides the guest cafeteria


Colour variations over the theme: Free Beer It is homely. Free beer. I think every student likes that. But it also kind of raises false hopes. Unless they put up a bar with free beer.

VICKY VERA STEPTOE Balthazar (2000) Building C, ground floor

Painting in a stylistic hodgepodge The style is sort of like street art. I don’t think the artist knew exactly what he wanted to do when he made it. It reminds me of having too much coffee.


KIRSTINE ROEBSTORFF CENTER (2009) Building C, ground floor


Curtain of colourful patches in front of canvas. Shoes are jutting out. When you see the shoes I imagine that Charlie Chaplin is behind the curtain. And with the cloth of a homeless.

KIRSTEN ORTWED Heavy Metal in Minimum Gravity I & II (2002) Building B, main hall

Two twisted metal pillars of three meters height. They remind me of those stone piles you see on hiking trips. They are practical, you can rest your coffee mug on them no matter how tall you are.

CARSTEN VON WÜRDEN Når vi slipper skyerne (2010) Building B, main hall

Three highly phallic cacti on dark blue background. An actual cactus is placed among them Gives certain associations… The flower is nice looking, but the rest could be left out. It looks as if they do not have spikes, but fur. I could have done this better. 30

Ă˜-RĂ…DET Samfundets Grundvold (2015) Building A, Globegangen

Standing stone in granite from Bornholm, placed on a pedestal Granite from Bornholm, it says. You can feel how there is a good story behind how it got here. This is honest

HENRIK MENNÉ FLYDENDE STEN (2001) Building A, by the bridge

A very indicative title (“floating stone”) unveils what the work is about. But how the stone is floating remains a mystery A good title. It looks like marble, and could use a dusting. Also, it looked better when it was in the shade. You get an urge to fiddle with it.






In this little guide, we will share some of our secret spots on campus. These spots might not be secret to all of you – and they are definitely not the only secret places on campus. But they are places that all students should know about, because they are here to make campus life a little sweeter.




They might not look very pretty at this time of the year. But next spring, go visit the urban gardens on campus. Kitchen Collective’s garden is just outside the Foodscape Lab in Building D. Here, you can eat your lunch or just hang out surrounded by fragrant herbs, colourful tomatoes and majestic kale. Or visit the students’ urban garden just outside the V-lab. Join their facebook group and grow your own food: urbangardenAAU/

Exam headaches? A sore back? Need to be straightened out after too many hours with your laptop? Help is on the way. In Building B, right by the canteen, there is a secret door leading to a small world of wellbeing. This is where the massage company Something Personal offers massages at student friendly prices. aau-massage/

This is an online platform for students that AAU forgot to tell us about. The AAU intranet is where you can read campus news. It is where you find the weekly canteen menu. It is the place for practical information like guides for finding your way around on campus. And it is where you might find even more secrets about campus than revealed in this article. students/






Underneath the canteen is the ground floor of Building A. A strange mix of lecturing rooms and technical rooms connected by hallways with empty vending machines and old couches. And in the middle of it all is the fitness room. It is small and stacked with equipment. The equipment is not really up to date, but everything works fine. And you will feel more like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 80’s when lifting weights. Did we tell you it is free? For now at least. Keep updated on the intranet.

Not far from the fitness room are the changing rooms. Spacious with plenty of lockers and warm showers. There is even a sauna here, but we did not succeed in turning it on yet. Any tips for how to do that can be send to

Rooftop terrace, a hot sauna, and a cosy fireplace. Sounds like a place you would spend a cold october afternoon? Well, you cannot. But the place exist right here on campus. It is on the fourth floor of Building B, and is currently being renovated big time. From the information we got, the place is available exclusively for the AAU direction for meetings. Unfair? Oh yes. Because where are the cosy places for students to hang out? Where are the fireplaces and rooftop terraces? We definitely need more of this.


READING ROOM BY LIBRARY Right by the library is a room for studying. Here, you can tuck away in a couch and read for hours without being disturbed.




E-LAB If electronic components or circuits makes any sense to you, E-Lab is the place to be. If something is missing, or you have any general questions, Jesper’s office is open for any confused soul. If you need any tools that aren’t displayed in the lab, you’ll have to book it at the booking office website (, and then pick it up at the booking office. Be aware that some of the equipment is only available for certain faculties. It’s all to be found in Building B. Bottom floor, right side of the entrance (Room 0.03). V-LAB All you need to build, paint, lasercut, 3D-print, weild, etc. can be found in V-Lab. Remember to take a course to the lasercutter and 3D-printer to get acces to Fab-Lab. Talk to Lotte if you need anything, or answers to your questions, and be aware that you need to pay for some of the materials (they have mobilepay, don’t worry fam). Building B bottom floor, staircase on the left side of the fountain/stairs. Walk through the door to the staircase, then through the door places behind the stairs.... Sketchy, I know, don’t be THE LIBRARY afraid.... When you’ve referenced Wikipedia around 10 times in your report, it might be time to visit the library. The Library is located on the first floor of Building A - the staff is at your service from 9:00 to 15:00 Mon-Fri. This is where you pick up books as well as reserve them through the libraries database - which by the way also contain a big collection of academic papers to really boost your report.


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GYM In the basement of Building A, we have the university’s own gym. Go to the elevator in the main hall, take it to the basement, turn right through the door, and there you have it, the big orange door on your right. There is a decent selection of maschines and weights, more than enough to get a whole days stress and aggression out of the system.

STUDY HALL The little modest study hall has it’s existense right next to the library (Building A, first floor). It consists of two rows of tables, it’s completely silent, and the view of the water and the bridge is not bad at all. It’s open 24/7 with an active stu-

SHOWERS & SAUNA Yes, I’m serious - there is a sauna on the university’s property. I imagine the winter bathing club fancies this facility a lot. It’s a bit tricky to find, so stay with me - before you cross the bridge from Building A to Building B, you turn right and walk down the hallway - when you get out to the staircase, you go to the bottom, and enter the door hidden to the right behind the elevator. Through the next door, and then you’re there. Enjoy! icons: freepik, eucylab, Nikita Golubev via 40

CREATIVE TYPES WANTED We are looking for photos, illustrations, and any kind of art or stories which can be presented in our magazine. If you are interested in cooperating or just want to get exposure on our cover write to: We kindly welcome all kinds of creativity.


Cover Photo Christine Winn Olsgaard

Illustration of male is charcoal on paper. I took a photo after completing it and used it together with a random wallpaper-like picture of a galaxy, and a vector icon (of a galaxy) found on the Noun Project. It has all been mixed together in Photoshop CC 2015.5. Little contrast editing has been made in terms of the illustration, which also contains a gradient mask. The mode of the galaxy has been changed to ‘Screen’, while the mode of the vector icon was changed to ‘Soft Light’. The asymmetric composition containing the sharp edges and the non-existing attempt to cover the edges of the individual pictures is heavily inspired of recent graphic trends. Examples of such are shown below.

From left to right: Work by Nicolas Lalli, Poster from ‘Mirage Fesitval 2016’ in Lyon , Work by Amandine Hugues 42

Navigator | December 2016  
Navigator | December 2016