Pets in the Dorms – Yay or Nay?

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?

A Guide to Choosing a Room in the Dorms

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

Not Ready to Mingle? Get a Single!

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!

No Solution Rising for Broken Elevators in Science Park

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

From Punishment to Ambitious Project – Reshaping the Tenants Association

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

AULeftovers – From Procrastination to Creating a Platform to Reduce Food Waste

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

The Diverse and Not Always Excellent Common Rooms

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

Has Vandalising the Dorms Become Normal?

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?

Couch Incident Results in Note in Students’ AUC Files

By Cille Kaiser — Stichting DUWO, the housing agency providing housing for AUC students, has issued an official warning to all students residing in the string from which a couch, among other objects, was allegedly thrown on the night between 9 and 10 December 2016. In response to the warning, AUC administrators called the students involved to a meeting and made a note of the … Continue reading Couch Incident Results in Note in Students’ AUC Files

Forgotten February

Editor’s Note: This op-ed was written by a student unaffiliated with The Herring, and edited by staff. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect The Herring’s. By Erika Persson — It is halfway through January, and the students at Amsterdam University College are now in the second week of their intensive courses, the last ones in the careers of the February graduates from the class of … Continue reading Forgotten February