Dreaming Big About Tiny Houses

By Saga Norrby  — In 1994 Laurens Schasfoort – a then 29-year-old Dutchman – went to Tanzania and Kenya with the intention to teach. Having already taught physics and chemistry in the Netherlands, he thought he could be of help there. But looking back, present-day Schasfoort attributes the thinking of his younger self to “white arrogance.” “I think I can learn more from them than they … Continue reading Dreaming Big About Tiny Houses

Kwijtscheldingen for Amsterdam Students: a Bureaucratic Rollercoaster

By Max van Geuns — Students who lack the money to pay the municipal taxes in Amsterdam, a couple of hundred euros every year, can apply for kwijtschelding (a waiver). However, having been a student for the last three years, I discovered how impossible, incomprehensible and unfair this process is. As a journalist, I started an investigation and revealed eight other ‘incidents’ of the Gemeente … Continue reading Kwijtscheldingen for Amsterdam Students: a Bureaucratic Rollercoaster

Albert Heijn Science Park: Blessing or Curse for the Indische Buurt?

By Tobias Romein — How many Albert Heijns does it take to make a neighbourhood perfect? Apparently, two is not enough, as the newest addition to Amsterdam Science Park’s supermarket ensemble suggests.     On March 21, Albert Heijn Science Park, located close to the intersection between Molukkenstraat and Carolina MacGillavrylaan, opened its doors. It spans 2300 square meters, making it the biggest neighbourhood-store in Amsterdam. Although … Continue reading Albert Heijn Science Park: Blessing or Curse for the Indische Buurt?

From Bearing Witness to Breaking the Silence

On October 15, the internet burst open like a can of worms, and an endless stream of #Me Too’s crept across Twitter and Facebook. The campaign was a result of the Harvey Weinstein case, where numerous allegations of rape and assault have been brought forward against the successful Hollywood producer. After years of being silenced, numerous famous actresses including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd, have come forward to share their stories. Continue reading From Bearing Witness to Breaking the Silence

Haarlem Shakes Up the University College Landscape

By Petra Stangvic 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. – Haarlem’s old prison becomes a place of freedom as it transforms into the … Continue reading Haarlem Shakes Up the University College Landscape

Students Use Sunny Days to Escape the Bubble

By Lasse Rogie 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. AUC students having drinks at the Solace Borrel at Café Poesiat & Kater in … Continue reading Students Use Sunny Days to Escape the Bubble

No more laptops in lectures?

Buying shoes on Zalando, or chatting with friends on Facebook during class might soon be history, as the UVA is testing a new set of house rules regarding the use of laptops during lectures. “It is hard to do your job the way you would like to do it, because electronic devices disturb the learning process”, said André Nusselder, a professor teaching the posthuman course at AUC and information studies at the UVA. Continue reading No more laptops in lectures?