By Sophie Sutherland – This week is Sexual Violence Awareness Week at Amsterdam University College, but efforts in the area are not limited to this week alone. In the months leading up to now, the student life officer, Lydia Roberts, and her graduate assistant, Claudia Dictus, have developed and held workshops on sexual violence with different parts of the student body. Roberts explained that the … Continue reading Sexual Violence Workshops at AUC: Making Our Bubble Safer
By Amber Roos Dinner with a Stranger is probably one of the most nerve-wrecking events a student of Amsterdam University College (AUC) can attend. Students sign up via a Google Form and either host a dinner for a stranger in their own room or get sent a random room number to go to for dinner. It was introduced by AUC’s Peer Support last year and … Continue reading Dinner with a Stranger: Risky Business with Possibly Great Rewards
By Amber Roos As students are often under a great amount of stress, would not every student want something fluffy to greet them every time they get back from class? For students at Amsterdam University College (AUC) this is possible as their landlord DUWO allows them to keep pets. But just because it is allowed, does not mean it is actually a good idea. What … Continue reading Pets in the Dorms – Yay or Nay?
By Eva Lotta Č.P. Editor’s note: This piece is part of a collaboration between The Herring and AUC’s Journalism course. The students of the spring course created a collection of so-called short form alternatives – creative pieces that are informative in one way or another, often with a touch of humor. Every year, first-years-to-be blindly trust DUWO’s system to choose rooms they will spend their first ten months … Continue reading A Guide to Choosing a Room in the Dorms
By Eva Lotta Č.P. — Prior to a student’s first year at Amsterdam University College (AUC), choosing a room means simply seeing the size, number and price. One doesn’t know where it is or what it looks like, but for shared rooms there is another uncertainty: who is the roommate? In some cases, the pairing creates an instant friendship while in general, the end of the first … Continue reading Not Ready to Mingle? Get a Single!
By Edivaldo McEnroe — At least one of the six elevators being broken at the dorms has become commonplace; a great annoyance of Amsterdam University College students that inhabit the building. Despite housing agency DUWO’s recent announcement that all elevators have been fixed, issues seem to remain. Students are prevented from bringing their bikes or other large items downstairs because of the broken elevators. Others have … Continue reading No Solution Rising for Broken Elevators in Science Park
By Madelief van Dongen Disclaimer: As a result of anonymity issues, edits to this story have been made after publication. — When a bunch of students decided to throw a party in their decorated common room last year, they did not expect it to lead to a new function as DUWO ambassador. Hidde Griek, second-year Humanities major, and Noah van Genuchten, second-year Social Science major, were … Continue reading From Punishment to Ambitious Project – Reshaping the Tenants Association
By Anette Mäletjärv — When Oliver Reddy, a first-year Science major, spontaneously decided on one Friday in the middle of March to create a Facebook group “AULeftovers” for Amsterdam University College (AUC) students to share their leftover food, he had no bigger motivations behind it. Now, not even two months later, the group has more than 300 members and students perceive it as a great initiative … Continue reading AULeftovers – From Procrastination to Creating a Platform to Reduce Food Waste
By Denis Ovalioglu Editor’s note: This news story is part of a collaboration between The Herring and AUC’s journalism course. The story was entirely reported, written, edited, and fact checked by members of the journalism course. Some material may have been altered by The Herring’s editors to fit its style guidelines. —When ants greeted Katia Nikiforova, a second-year Social Science major, at home few days … Continue reading The Diverse and Not Always Excellent Common Rooms
By Tom Weber –Facebook posts about vomit in the dorm hallways or wall paintings, by self-proclaimed graffiti artists, are oftentimes seen. These are a genuine expression of the annoyance felt by AUC students for the behavior of some of their peers. Vandalism is a frequent cause for disturbance and anger amongst members of the AUC community and a regular cause for complaints on platforms such as … Continue reading Has Vandalising the Dorms Become Normal?