ISN Amsterdam, Nieuwe Achtergracht 170 - Newsletter 2014-2015
Crea, room 1.15.
Office Hours: Mon - Wed - Fri 13-17

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Upcoming Events
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Movember Borrel
Wednesday the 26th of December
Coco’s Outback
This week’s Borrel will include a special contest with prizes for outstanding moustaches. Part of the profits will be donated to support the fight against prostate cancer.

Beer Cantus
Thursday the 27th of November
De Heilige Zeug, Warmoestraat 121
The Beer Cantus is the biggest drinking game you have ever seen. A beer cantus is a traditional beer fest with funny customs such as singing cheesy songs and following strict drinking rules. The price includes an overload of beer, so join us for some drinks, songs and fun!

‘Me, Myself & Europe’
Evening with SIB & Aegee
Wednesday the 3rd of December
Lectures and discussions about the identity of Europe.

ISN Career event:
Training on Self-presentation and motivation

Thursday the 4th of December
More information and sign up soon available.

Are you staying for another semester? Keep on reading! To those of you who are not staying, you might want to reconsider... ESN the Netherlands has once again launched the biggest ski trip with international students. So do you like to combine skiing and partying together with 100 other ESN students from all over the country? Then this is the event for you! This year's edition will take place in Risoul in the French Alps, from the 20th to 29th of March. Don't miss out on this opportunity and check out the facebook page.

Board Member of the Month
Karin Ribberink
Introduction Coordinator & Vice president

Hello! My name is Karin, I'm 22 years old and one of the introduction coordinators from ISN. I'm taking care of the introduction for the newbies in January and August. That means that I'm looking for locations to party, dutch lessons and so on. Besides that, I'm also the vice president of ISN. My tasks are supporting the president and keeping in contact with the HvA. The best thing about being part of ISN is meeting a lot of international people, constantly learning and going to places where I normally would never go to (I went to the Zaanse Schans for the first time in my life....).

Besides ISN, I'm teaching economics to students between 13-16 years old. A tough job, but somebody has to do it! I live in Amsterdam for 5 years now and my favorite place is a boat on the canals. (maybe one of the reasons why i'm also working on a boat). I think my favorite travel destination is the same destination where I would love to study abroad and that is Curaçao. I have never been there, but I’ve been begging my parents to go there since I was like 10 years old (unfortunately they never took me there). I don't know when, but I will go there someday!

For now I just want to say, enjoy the rest of your time here in Amsterdam and I hope to see you on one of our trips/borrels or just somewhere around!



Lecture by SIB
Ebola and its consequences
Monday the 1st of December

Since October 2014 there have been more than 4960 deaths because of the Ebola virus. It has a fatality rate of 71%. Although Ebola started in West African countries there have been reports of the virus from other parts of the world. It caused a massive panic among people, triggered by the media. This month we will discuss the origins of Ebola, its impact on the international community and its consequences. So come and join SIB-Amsterdam on the 1st of December at 20:00 o’clock in the CREA Theaterzaal! Find the Facebook Event here.


Have you already heard about Sinterklaas? Sinterklaas is a very popular traditional Dutch holiday named after a guy with a red robe, a beard and a pointy hat who gives presents to children, just like Santa Claus does at Christmas. Sinterklaas includes particular sweets (pepernoten, chocolate letters) and weird customs, such as presents accompanied by self written sarcastic poems and hand made crafts. Although Sinterklaas is a very interesting and fun part of the Dutch culture, there has been a heated debate about his blackfaced helpers (Zwarte piet = Black pete) which has been dominating Dutch media for the past two years. Read more about Zwarte Piet here and more about the ongoing debate here.

Student of the Week:
Mikkel Mallow

You might already have heard of a lovely project called Deep Dinner Dive by now. These special dinners are organized in different homes all over Amsterdam. ISN cares deeply about the project’s goal of bringing people together, and we were delighted to learn that one of our own ISN exchange students was part of the organising team. Mikkel is a 22-year old sociology student from Copenhagen. Before starting his degree, this Danish heartthrob worked as a substitute teacher for a year, using the money he earned to travel around Asia. In his free time, Mikkel develops his refined taste in music, enjoys a good party and, as a former semi professional tennis player, likes to do sports. His delightful Nordic accent, socially concerned disposition, interesting dance moves and, let’s face it, rather dazzling smile make Mikkel our latest Student of the Week. Make the most of your last few weeks here Mikkel; Amsterdam is glad to have you!


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