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Table of Contents POLITICS

4 Illegals in the Netherlands By Bob Pierik

FEATURE

6 The paradox of foreignness By Tuyet Anh Mandy Nguyen

CAMPUS LIFE

8 Goodbye class of 2013! By Anonymous contributions (edited by Sofia Lotto Persio)

10 Dies Fatalis By Silke Mooldijk

12 Interview with the new dean By Sofia Lotto Persio and Ivaylo Todarov 2

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PAX VOLUME VIII, YEAR III, ISSUE II Leiden University College The Hague Student Magazine

FOR LUC STUDENTS

15 Book reviews for summer reading By Sofia Lotto Persio

17 Are there benefits to light entertainment? By Nadine Froughi

19 B&S burgers By Bob Pierik & Sam Kogan

20 Grilled aubergine and chickpea salad By Aileen Corrieri

21 Famous last words By Anne Posthuma & Sofia Lotto Persio 3

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POLITICS

ILLEGALS IN THE NETHERLANDS Illegals: criminals or not? Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) had stated that he counted on the PvdA keeping the promise of supporting criminalizing illegal residence, as it is part of the accord their coalition is based upon. To find a balance between keeping promises to his coalition partner and pleasing his party followers, Samsom promised his party to abolish the so-called illegal quota instead of opposing the criminalization of illegal residence.

When forming a coalition, the Dutch parties VVD (liberals/conservatives) and PvdA (social-democrats) had agreed to criminalize illegal residence in the Netherlands. This would introduce legislation that allows fining illegals up to â‚Ź3,900 or imprisoning them. However, the PvdA leader Diederik Samsom encountered a lot of resistance against this measure among the members of his party. At the last party Congress, almost 90% of the members initially opposed the new measure.

The illegal quota is a quote established by the last cabinet (backed up by Geert Wilders’ the right-wing PVV) that police departments through the Netherlands had to live up to by arresting a certain amount of illegals every year. Originally, illegals were to be deported from the Netherlands when found, but the quota actively pressed police departments to specifically search for illegals for them to be deported. Back then, the PvdA was no part of the government, but various members criticized the quota, with mayors and other government officials stating that they would not comply with it.

The VVD wants to criminalize illegal residence to reduce the amount of illegals that enter the Netherlands, as well as reducing the current amount of illegals. In their policies, the VVD advises to prioritize arresting and prosecuting especially criminal illegals. The argument against criminalization is that criminal illegals would be prosecuted and deported anyway, as their illegal activities cause them to be targeted by the police whether they are illegals or not. Furthermore, it is argued that most illegals have no criminal intentions, and should not be prosecuted for trying to find a better life in a country with more welfare. According to most PvdA members, criminalizing illegal residence would frame normal people as criminals.

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illegal residence. This ‘more humane policy on illegality’ and abolishment of the illegal quota is now topic of discussion between the VVD and PvdA. The social-democrats want the criminalization to result in a fine instead of imprisonment, and want to make it easier to be eligible for a residence permit when the reason for being illegal is not the illegals fault. This would mean that refugees and immigrants would qualify for asylum more easily, depending on the situation in their home country or the conditions in which they fled. The social-democrats further want that illegal residence would still be punishable, but not criminalized, refraining from the rhetoric of calling immigrants criminals.

later opposed it as a specific measure. Negotiations with the VVD will eventually decide whether or not the Dutch government will treat all illegals as criminals. - BOB PIERIK

The debate on immigration has been a part of Dutch politics for quite some time. The VVD as liberal-conservative party is known for a ‘hard’ approach to immigration policy, for example introducing the illegal quota and letting immigrants pay for their compulsory integration courses themselves. The PvdA on the other side is known for a more soft approach from their socialdemocrat approach to immigration. This is not the first clash between the two parties on a policy that was already agreed upon, as merely a week after the establishment of an accord, the VVD members massively opposed reforms of the health care system that would make health insurance fee dependent on income. The difference in this case is that the PvdA members actually approved the coalition accord in a previous Congress, including the criminalization of illegal residence, but 5

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FEATURE

THE PARADOX OF FOREIGNNESS Experiencing cultural differences is part of Mandy’s everyday life no matter where she is. times feel even more ‘non-Dutch’. People have asked so many (cliché) questions in my life such as: “ Nihao, are you Chinese?” “Do you always eat with chopsticks?” “Does your mom have a nail shop” and “Can you do kung fu?” There is nothing wrong with this because I realize that people are curious, but there will always be people that will try to put a label on you and it does make me feel like a foreigner at times. It depends on the situation whether I feel bad about it or not.

An example when I feel more non-Dutch is if I have to make an appointment with Dutch people to eat together instead of visiting them spontaneously and being invited to join dinner right at the spot. At home we cook a lot of food for the whole family so a friend can always join dinner with or without appointment. If we can’t finish the food, we’ll eat it the day after. Most Dutch people I know do not cook for 10 people when there are only 4 people eating. This is something that I had a hard time getting used to when growing up in the Netherlands. If you can always join my family dinner, why do I have to tell you

As a Vietnamese-Chinese descendant I have been living in the Netherlands since I was 1 and a half years old. Even though I am very happy I was raised in the Netherlands, I never felt completely Dutch. I knew from a young age that foreignness will never 100% disappear. It’s not because I don’t want to feel fully Dutch but it’s because how other people act towards me. Of course, I am aware that I was raised differently, have some norms and values that are different and I obviously look Asian. However, how people act towards me makes me some6

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days in advance if I want to eat at your place? Another example is when I am invited to a party but I cannot go because I have to help my parents with their business during the weekends and all I get to hear is: “Can’t you cancel your parents?” There are times that I don’t even bother to explain the importance of family because they might think my parents are very strict or mean instead of really understanding it. The times that I do feel very Dutch are, for example, when cheering for the Dutch soccer team during European and world championships, when celebrating Sinterklaas with friends, singing the Dutch anthem and... when I go abroad. Thus the paradox. Currently I am on exchange in Taiwan. When I first came here in February I felt very much at home, with Asian people that are my height, have my hair colour, and have somewhat the same norms and values. However, I am halfway through my exchange now and I have never felt as Dutch and Western as I do now. People here like to have a white and pale skin and I like to be very tanned. I only use an umbrella when it’s raining but in Asia there are also people who use it when it’s sunny to prevent them from getting a tan. I am also curvier and most of the time it is the case that either I do not fit any clothes or I have the biggest size. Trust me, I have been to places where XXXL is equivalent to European medium. In my eyes Taiwanese people are very nice, polite and helpful. I don’t think I have ever generalized this for any other country that I have been to. However, their politeness also makes it quite hard to grasp what they really think about you. Sometimes this creates a bit of a

distance. During class discussions hardly any own opinions are being given but rather shallow arguments what they expect the teacher and the rest of the class want to hear. The first time I openly disagreed with someone during a class discussion there was a very awkward silence because the local students were shocked and flabbergasted - I guess they don’t appreciate the LUC style! Questions people ask that make me feel very Dutch are for example: “Do you live in Amsterdam?” “Do you smoke weed?” “Do you drink Heineken beer?” The questions are the other way around now that I am in Asia. I quite miss hugging friends and giving three kisses like what I am used to in the Netherlands. I miss the tolerance of most of the people around me on gay marriage and marijuana. I miss the honesty and openness not only during class discussions but also in daily life. I once went shopping with Taiwanese girls and whenever I asked their opinion on certain accessories or clothes or shoes that I picked, they would ALWAYS say that they think it’s pretty even though I’m pretty sure that there were some things that they found hideous. Why can’t you just tell me honestly that you think that neon pink miniskirt with red dots and white lace is ugly when it’s written all over your face? I guess the moral of the story is that I will never feel completely at home somewhere or have a full sense of belonging. And yet, there are more advantages than disadvantages for me being a foreigner everywhere and I wouldn’t have wanted it differently. I just need to learn to go with the flow, but in my own way. -TUYET ANH MANDY NGUYEN

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CAMPUS LIFE

GOODBYE CLASS OF 2013 Looking back Graduation is just around the corner, and soon we will say ‘so long’ to the beautiful people of class of 2013. What made these bright young minds choose for LUC, back in 2010? What were they thinking? Here are some extracts from their motivation letters and application essays. Indeed, we’ve come a long way!

University College teaches people to be the fish which wonders what water actually is. I am looking forward to learning how to be able to do that."

They had a mission... “From since I was a kid, I have always enjoyed a sense of a special purpose. When I was a naïve kid, I always told my mother that I would, not only try, but also succeed to make the world a better place. Although I now see, with my broadened vision on the world, that this is a bit trickier then it seemed at first, this is still my goal in life.”

Some were dreamers: “My dream is to work for the UN, I want to work to enforce human rights and eliminate discrimination and racism” "This leads me to my dream for the future. I aspire to be a politician, national or international and I have the drive to make a change for the better."

"Moreover, I believe that I could have a positive impact within and on the new student community"

“I need to study at LUCTH to grow, to make my dreams come true and to make a difference in the world.”

What did they think about the world? “My first thought of war is that it is bad and should not exist.”

They had great expectations from LUC... “LUC the Hague, with its focus on global challenges, academic skills and developing student minds, for me feels like the opportunity of a lifetime to reach for the sky and work hard for my dream.”

"Fundamentalist groups in the Middle-East are often wealthy and one bomb is all it takes. Because instead of wars with swords and stones, we may now expect chemical weapons or another oil crisis and the differences between fundamentalists and less radical believers or atheists is

"As the Dean said in his opening speech, 8

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increasing.”

"To protect civilization, communication with extremists, above violence, is the key. Faith and reason will have to exist next to each other, which would mean sacrifices from both sides."

the job of Planet Earth. What we are actually trying to do, is not solving the problem, as that is impossible, but delaying our execution date. This we can only do if the human world acts together as one, but also acts together with Planet Earth itself. We can’t do this alone. We are all in this together, no matter how rich or poor one country is."

"The fact that in Islamic countries women still do not have the same rights as men, clashes with article one of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, highly valued in most western countries. Islamic fundamentalists' disregard of these rights leaves many women in precarious situations."

- ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS

They were proud of their country... “Because the Netherlands are not only small, but also very developed, they can also step out of the shadow with a well thought over answer and make it happen. A greater example to look up to in international business is almost impossible to find.”

And, they truly cared about sustainability... "Research has proved that this volcano type erupts once in 600.000 years. Yellowstone Park hasn’t erupted for over 633.000 years. So in this case, it is not five to twelve, but half past." "Human technology can only go so far. Technology has now accomplished the art of predicting what may come. However, we will always stay the predictor. We will never become the builder or the bulldozer, because that is 9

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CAMPUS LIFE

THE FINAL SHOW Read this if you have missed the show, or simply want to remember how great it was The only thing the audience knew before the Dies Fatalis started is that they did not know what to expect. The organisers managed to keep the content of the show secret. Several short videos were published on Facebook, but not much information about the content of the evening was given, so the whole LUC community was very curious and excited. The project started effectively last March, when a small group of students had a dinner in an all too familiar house near the Peace Palace and brainstormed about the show that was going to end the first year of LUC as a “full” college of three classes, and start a new tradition. This small group of people eventually involved more than 110 students, professors, and stuff in the making of the show. The Dies Fatalis took place on May 25th in De Nieuwe Regentes, a theatre that used to be a swimming pool - a very suitable location for the LUC’s thinking fish. The doors opened at 7pm, so everyone could enjoy a few drinks as well as delicious fingerfood

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prepared by the Culinary Committee before the show started. As soon as the lights went off, a great applause was given. The two presenters of the Dies Fatalis, Maddi McMurray and Jori Nanninga, took a man on stage. During the video that followed, it became clear who the man was. As most students know, the Dean is often heard, but hardly ever seen at LUC. Several students were interviewed about ‘the Ghost of Goto-Jones.’ The answers made the public laugh, especially when one student said: “Oh, he is the dean, right?!” When Chris Goto-Jones was finally found, he was captured so he could watch a video that showed what LUC really it about. These portrayed some of the many different social groups of LUC, ranging from the wannabe diplomats who participate in MUN to the idealistic threehuggers of the Act Aware Committee and first-years whose territory is Facebook. However, despite their differences, LUC students are united by their passions and idealism. But has it always been like this? Haven’t there been tensions between the


classy inhabitants of de Klok and the sturdy people living in Stamkartstraat? The two groups did not like each other, but a lost LU Card led to a secret romance between Jules, a guy from Stamkart and Vivian, a girl from the Klok. Unfortunately, as we know, “for the starcrossed lovers, secrets do not last long in the LUC community.” Nor Vivian’s friends, neither Jules’ mates were in favour of the two dating and both groups decided to solve this problem by a fight. However, Jules and Vivian’s story started to look like the one of Romeo and Juliet. Since plagiarism is strictly prohibited at LUC there was no other option than to make peace. After these first three videos, the show paid attention to the three chairs Fortuna has had so far and to the director of BA Studies. Dr. Cissie Fu, who will leave LUC to work on developing a Master programme for Campus The Hague. Also, there were funny and touching musical performances involving Imane Maghrani, Limo Baroud, Jori Nanninga, Anna-Liisa Springham, Emeline Dupuis, Martijn Otten and Raila Abas.

The Award winners were each presented with a different dead fish. Next to the Fishy Awards, there was also an award for the Committee of the Year. The Act Aware Committee won this prize. Finally, a picture of every student of the Class of 2013 was projected on the large screen on the notes of “We are young” by Fun. This was the final goodbye to class of 2013. Afterwards, Judith Neijzen, chair of the Dies Fatalis Committee, held a short speech to thank you the very many people involved with the project, particularly her Board. The Dies Fatalis brought about many memories of the year(s) spent at LUC. This led some of the audience to shed a few emotional tears, but in the end everyone was smiling, glad to have experience an unforgettable night and quite an amazing experience at LUC. - SILKE MOOLDIJK

In the weeks before the Dies Fatalis, every student could vote for the Fishy Awards that were presented after the show. Catch of the Year, or the hottest student at LUC, was Christine Everaars. JD Mussel was chosen as Shark of the Year. The award for Upstreamer of the Year went to Georgina Kuipers. Goldfish, or most pet-like student, of the Year was Fabian Kemps Verhage. Ivo Todorov was chosen as Magikarp of the Year because he may seem a little slow, but has a lot of potential. Arial of the Year, or the biggest diva at LUC, was Vivian Gankema. 11

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CAMPUS LIFE

NEW DEAN’S INTERVIEW Since we don’t know much about him yet What was your impression of LUC before you applied for the position? And now, has it changed? My impression was nonexistent, actually. I don’t think I should be blamed for it, since even Leiden itself does not have a clear image as to what is actually happening at LUC, or Campus The Hague. Many people think of it as a residential institution for rich kids. Short introduction Name: Jos Schaeken

Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, relaxation, and web design

Favorite place: Novgorod (RU), Santa Barbara (USA), Saint Simon (USA), and Terschelling (NL)

Favorite movies: “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Truman show”

Favorite writer: Nikolai Gogol Song you sing in the shower: Mainly the pop/rock songs that my 3 kids play

If LUC were a Hogwarts house, which one would it be? “… Not the one with the bad boy … It has to be the winner’s house, therefore Gryffindor”

After several months of frequently talking to a lot of people, students as well as members of staff, I started seeing the positive ideas behind LUC. First of all, the sophisticated program is built on the three main pillars of Global Challenges – peace, justice, and sustainability. Another fascinating thing behind LUC is the interplay between these three themes in the offered majors. This interdisciplinary interaction requires knowledge in all of them. This eclectic understanding then guarantees that LUC students would be well-equipped problem solvers.

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position of Dean?

new building. Certain things such as finding a housekeeper, a student life officer, and

Firstly, I was lured by the LUC web page.

managing the Akbar are to be taken into

After acquainting myself with the basics,

consideration.

I tried to get as much information as possible about LUC that is not on the

The long-term tasks include responsibilities

web page - by talking to students and

such as the making sure that the official

members of staff.

bodies at LUC respect with their legal obligations. It needs to be confirmed that

Once I found all the information I

important bodies such as the Board of

needed, I discovered that LUC is the

Examiners are legal and act in accordance

place to be for me. In my view, LUC is a

with their function, as specified in the law.

small-scale institution that allows the manager to get directly involved and

What can students expect from you?

not simply sit behind a desk. The program and the international aspects

I will be around, A LOT! I will try to

of LUC are also something important to

communicate with both students and

look at. Both of them prepare students

members of staff as much as possible. [Jos

for the globalized world we currently

also happens to be a smoker, therefore you

live. I also believe that LUC’s vibrant

should not be afraid to ask him: “Can I bum

international community offers its

one, bro?”]

students the opportunity to acquaint themselves with many of the

Guidance rather than command: I regard

characteristics of the present-day global

communication and the finding of common

world. This community facilitates

ground one of the most important features

intercultural communication and makes

of effective leadership.

it possible for students to familiarize themselves with cultural differences

I am also interested in the work outside the

unconsciously and automatically.

office. I find it interesting to look at how all of LUC’s ideas are put into practice and will

What do you see as your major responsibility as new Dean?

therefore be delighted to simply sit in classes and learn together with the students. After having familiarized myself with what it

There are several things that need to be

means to be a teacher and a student at LUC,

done at LUC. Amongst the short-term

I would like to teach somewhere in the

tasks, my most pressing responsibility is

second semester of the next academic year.

to make sure that everything goes smoothly regarding the move to the

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I believe in the effectiveness of the current tutorial system and the availability of a director of studies to tackle any problems that might occur. However, I am also convinced that these bodies may not always be able to address a certain problem or find a solution. For that reason, I will also be able to talk to students, who are having a bad time, after they have passed through all the relevant bodies beforehand. -IVAYLO TODAROV & SOFIA LOTTO PERSIO

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FOR LUC STUDENTS

BOOK REVIEWS Tips for summer reading Suddenly, after months of hard work, you have all this time in your hands. What to do? Try a book! If you are the non-fictional person, move along. You probably already know what you want to read this summer anyway. Probably something light like Heidegger, right? But, instead, if you look for intriguing novels to keep you intellectually entertained and alive, here are a few suggestions (I usually read American/ British author, so I am sorry the list is not very exotic. Feel free to send your own book review to lucmagazine@gmail.com!) Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

but the focus of the story is about the family members, their relationships to each other, and their development as people. I cannot tell much more about it really, as all the characters’ story are different and not particularly connected to one another, besides from being family to each other. But each character undergoes his/her own challenges and difficulties while they struggle to make use of their freedom to make life choices in relation to their expectations, their ambitions, and their regrets. You won’t be able to put this book down, I assure you. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

Freedom is the second book of this great American writer, otherwise known for the Correction, another great book. Both novels actually run along the same theme: a family epic. Nothing really epic happens, actually, 15

A great classic. If you have not read it, read it. If you have read it, read it again.

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but merely invites for a post-reading reflection. I cannot express a final judgment on the book yet, but I will recommend it anyway.

This is the story of how a lawyer with a great sense of justice defends a Black man on trial for having raped a White woman in 1930s Alabama. But there’s more. It’s also a story of childhood play and innocence, and fear of the unknown. The narrator, in fact, is the lawyer’s young daughter. It’s a story illustrating the darkness of human mischievousness and the greatest human kindness. There is also a film about it, really good one, but watch it after reading the book.

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

The perks of being a wallflower by

Stephen Chbosky

I have not finished the book yet, but I will include it in the list for all the coming-ofage novels fan. Rarely has a reader met a sweeter and more sensitive boy than fifteen years old Charlie, who talks about his life in letters to an anonymous friend. He is going through a difficult time in his life, dealing with puberty, the death of people dear to him, his weird temperament, and he needs to tell someone about it so he can make sense of it all. The books also in a very delicate and subtle way with themes such as bullyism, homosexuality, domestic violence and abuse, but they are touched upon so lightly that it is not intrusive and moralist, 16

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This is the greatest satire about war and journalism ever written. This should suffice to make most of you quiver with enthusiasm at the thought of finding this gem of British literature. If you need more to be convinced, the story is about a war in a remote African country that the British press has to cover. Due to a misunderstanding, a London newspaper sends the most unlikely and unadventurous of his contributors to cover the war, with unexpected result. Despite the satire, I think the message of this book is also not to take oneself too seriously and stay humble, a precious lesson for pretty much anyone. But most importantly, it’s funny. If you get British humour. Which is hilarious. -SOFIA LOTTO PERSIO


FOR LUC STUDENTS

ARE THERE BENEFITS TO LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT? Reality TV and the prevalence of the pretentious student. Disdain. That’s it. The attitude of many students towards ‘light entertainment’ is often one dripping with disdain. People who engage in such trivial pursuits as watching reality shows (ew) on television or go see a hollywood (ew) movie in a Pathé (ew ew ew) cinema, are often looked down upon, judged as unintelligent and uncultured. Many of us take pleasure in asserting our own superiority over these people and the mass media they consume. But why? Why has this attidude developed? We know it is not specific to reality television, series like Pretty Little Liars and 90210 are dismissed as ‘nothing’ television, and God forbid you attend a movie produced by a non-independent studio. A quick look at comments on sites like YouTube and imgur will reveal these superior attitudes. Comments like ‘Kill it with fire!’ and ‘This is what is wrong with the world’ appear very frequently, and most of the negative reactions are nowhere near as mild. These reactions are not confined to the internet either, here at LUC if one dares to admit a reality TV habit, they can kiss their hipster credentials goodbye.

We all know that hipster credentials are not that important, but there is a lot of truth in saying that there is an air of superiority around many, many students. This could be something to do with the self importance of your average bachelor student. We view ourselves as an important academic, rather than what everyone else sees, a young person merely beginning their journey in life, a life that we all would hope, would have a realm outside of intellect. But what if watching a silly rom-com or indulging in a few episodes of Jackass from time to time could actually be of benefit to you? We all know that the best thing to do when you’re not studying is to go socialise, go for a jog, cook yourself some healthy food or listen to some loud music. But if you need a break, some comic relief might just do you good. People have always looked to stories, whether spoken or read, for generations – what else is the Iliad if not a more fancy and poetic version of Games of Thrones? We, our generation, have more options to get lost in another world, whether it is Hogwarts or Westeros or the Jersey Shore, to take time out from our often mundane and hectic daily lives to engage our minds in something outside of 17

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ourselves. This can be of great benefit to our overall wellbeing and happiness. In the same way as me being a jerk about people who are too good for reality tv and pop music will not change their ways, being a jerk towards people who watch crappy TV and like to read Twilight will not make them stop either, and why should it? If you are a healthy happy person, working towards your goals, light entertainment is not what is going to hold you back. From time to time, we all just need to relax. -NADINE FROUGHI

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FOR LUC STUDENTS

B&S BURGERS The story behind LUC’s B&S Burgers. In an exclusive interview with B&S founders Bob Pierik and Samuel Kogan, PAX journalists Sam Kogan and Bob Pierik got to ask all the questions to which you had always wanted to know the answers! B&S Burgers is LUC’s first on-campus hamburger delivery service.

Hey guys! Thank you a lot for this exclusive interview, could you tell us how you came across the initial idea to start a burger company? Bob: It started when we just decided to have burgers for lunch, and figured that they were really good relative to the cost of making them. Then we thought of delivering them across campus to make some money. Sam: We also thought we could use the brand as a platform for further projects such as losing Fortuna elections. Bob: Shut up Sam.

What will the future bring for B&S Burgers? B: Well, we may expand to the new building next year, but we are not really sure about that yet. We could do something like pre-Fortunight burgers. S: Future? I am sorry; could you use that word in a sentence?

Fuck off Sam. Are you guys thinking of selling other products than simply

burgers? S: Yes, we are also thinking of becoming a political think tank. B&S Creative Rightful Alternative Policy Solutions will be a new ultraconservative Christian right-wing think tank that can fit in the huge gap in the market of current right-wing think tanks that also sell burgers. B: Yes we already registered bs-craps.org and simply need to start finding customers.

Critics say your company uses illegal methods to sell fast food to poor college students, do you guys have any comments on that? S: Yeah, we are pretty illegal, we are not even an actual burger company. Not even a normal company actually. Most of the time we’re not even selling burgers; however this is not reflected in our aggressive marketing campaigns. B: Yeah basically that’s true, but you should realize that we all have Western standards. Compared to Nigerian standards, we are doing really well actually. We have never ever had complaint from the Nigerian Food Inspection. -BOB PIERIK & SAM KOGAN

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FOR LUC STUDENTS

GRILLED AUBERGINE AND CHICKPEA SALAD A Middle-Eastern inspired salad This simple yet flavoursome dish is cheap and easy to make. Great as a summer lunch. INGRIDIENTS Ingredients (for 2 people) 1 aubergine 1/3 cup olive oil + 3 tbsp 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tsp honey 1tsp cumin 1 tsp coriander Âź tsp cinnamon small onion, cut in half and then thinly sliced small can of chickpeas small dried chili

1 lemon wedge salt and pepper half a cucumber salt small tub of yogurt pepper

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PREPARATION:

WHEN SERVING

(SALAD) Serve the salad with the tzatziki on the side Slice the aubergine into thin rings. In a bowl mix 1/3 cup of oil with the garlic, honey, cumin, coriander and cinnamon. Brush the marinade on each side of the aubergine slices. Grill on a high heat until aubergine slices are soft and charred on both sides. Put on a plate to cool and then cut the slices in half. Heat the rest of the oil a pan. When hot add the onion slices and cook until golden. Add the onions to a medium-size bowl with all the oil. Add the aubergine to the bowl. Rinse the chickpeas and add to the bowl. Crumble the dried chili, squeeze the lemon wedge, add salt and pepper and mix.

and some warm pitta bread. -AILEEN CORRIERI

(TZATZIKI) Cut the cucumber into small pieces and add to a bowl with plenty of salt. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Drain the cucumber and get rid of the excess water. Pat dry. Put it back into the bowl, add the yogurt, some pepper and mix.

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THE SIGN OFF

FAMOUS LAST WORDS A word from the editors Change is an integral part of the LUC experience. Every year at LUC is a year of change. The new students, the new housing building, the Schouwburgstraat... In the past three years there has always been some new developments to get used to. The most massive change still has to occur, of course. The Anna van Buerenplein building. The new Dean. New grade assessment (if you missed it, we are changing to the American system of letters rather than the 1-10 scale). The vast majority of class of 2013, and also some key figures between the Academic staff, like our beloved Cissie Fu, are leaving. Some of us will still be able to stick around, at least for the beginning – we sure do not want to miss occasions to drink and eat on LUC’s expenses! – but eventually, all birds have to leave the nest and take their flight. It’s scary, but exciting. Even the Hague is changing. Biblos, at Plein, where we had our first night out of introduction week back on a warm August Monday evening of 2010, no longer exists. A new bar has taken its place. The AH of the corner of Spui, meeting point of many LUCers grocery shopping after class, disappeared early this year, and almost no one uses the

tram stop in Korte Voorhout since the tram tracks changed. The Lange Voorhout building itself may end up being used by International Studies (the horror, the horror!), and even Stamkartstraat will eventually be dismantled. Who will save the cute little ducklings falling from the edge of the lake? What will be left to stand as a memory of our times at LUC, besides Cremer’s? The only thing that stands behind is a legacy. And I don’t mean it as a legacy like the rich Dutch families engraving a golden ring with the family stem. I mean traditions. Fortuna. Our committees, activities, shows, plays, fundraising events. And this, in a sense, means you, those who remain. It is up to you now to make sure that the inputs in creating the LUC community won’t be forgotten or go to waste. It’s in your hands now, take good care of it. 200 new faces will be walking the hallways and riding the lifts in the new building. People who never heard of why the Christmas Committee is called like this, they don’t know where the story of the two fish comes from, they never tried the taste of a vagina cupcake (delicious, by the way). They still have not heard Aernout’s war stories about Bihać, they will never get the chance to win a leather jacket, and they will hardly ever notice the beauty of Lange Voorhout 22

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changing through the season, or have the chance to go on a ride at the Kermis during a break from a class. It’s up to you to tell these stories, to keep alive the legend of the first generation of LUC, a bit like we do with the original Pokémon group, really. And, in the meantime, make your own legacy and keep alive and vibrant the LUC community. Come together, get involved. Dearest future graduands – the class of 2013 wishes you the best of luck and fun with the remaining time at LUC. -SOFIA LOTTO PERSIO

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SENIOR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF -SOFIA LOTTO PERSIO

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF -ANNE POSTHUMA

GRAPHICS DESIGNER -LIZA LEIMANE

WRITERS -SOFIA LOTTO PERSIO -BOB PIERIK -NADINE FROUGHI -SILKE MOOLDIJK -AILEEN CORRIERI -TUYET ANH MANDY NGUYEN

-SAM KOGAN -IVAYLO TODAROV

COMIC ARTIST -ANNE POSTHUMA

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