Opening of the Lustrum Year

Loes Gennissen
Loes Gennissen 2021-08-28

After not being able to organize any major activities for a year and a half, we are starting this year with a pleasant announcement. Via has turned 20 and we are going to celebrate this extensively this academic year! On Monday September 13th, we will celebrate the opening of the lustrum year with a festive event. In the WesterUnie in Amsterdam we will open the evening with some presentations and after that we will enjoy snacks and drinks. During this evening the lustrum beer and the lustrum merch will also be presented. The snacks and some drinks are included during the evening. The perfect opportunity to enjoy a nice evening with friends and (former) fellow students or to get to know the association better. We look forward to seeing everyone again and making it a fantastic year!

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Extensive Kelder cleaning

Floor van de Leur
Floor van de Leur 2021-08-28

Yesterday the candidate board tidied and cleaned the Kelder! Since the Kelder had not been used in months, dust had piled up everywhere, so the cleaning session was very necessary. For our new members: the Kelder (Dutch for the basement) is via’s association room and is located in building A on the ground floor. You might be wondering now why the room is called the Kelder. That is not, as someone recently suggested on Instagram, because IT people don’t like daylight and rather work in the dark, but rather because in the past our association room was located in a building on the Roeterseiland campus, in the basement. The current name thus is a relic from the early years of via!

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AI Business Challenge Summer 2021

Gerben Koopman
Gerben Koopman 2021-07-05

NEAR.org, Ajar Artificial Intelligence and Master Challenge are organizing the AI Business Challenge from July 27th to August 20th. During this challenge you will apply your AI skills to a real company use case, and experiment with blockchain technology. You will receive blockchain training and assistance, Scrum training if needed, guidance from AI experts and you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a real-world business case. Collaborate with students you already know or with students from other universities. Are you still looking for a fun challenge this summer, or would you like the chance to win a sweet prize? Register no later than July 12th.

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To Dah Loo: Summer edition

Floor van de Leur
Floor van de Leur 2021-07-05

The To Dah Loo is the monthly newsletter that is posted on the doors of the toilets at Science Park 904. It is especially made for UvA Science Students and published by the Faculty of Science in cooperation with the Faculty Student Council. The online edition for this summer can be found here.

In this edition: the last FSR 2020/2021 column, the new master's module 'Professional Skills', a fun maths scavenger hunt, and the results of the survey regarding the effects of COVID-19 on the education at our faculty.

Toppers May!

Maxime van Munster
Maxime van Munster 2021-06-29

Dear Members,

Our Topper of the month May is Tika van Bennekum! Tika will first introduce herself and then we will do a round of This or That. Have fun reading!

Hi, I am Tika. I study Computer Science and my favorite courses are maths courses. In the future I would like to do my minor abroad, preferably in Miami. Besides my studies I do freerunning. I often do this in the city and choose a roof to climb with my friends, after which we have a drink on top of it. Flips are my favorite part, but I don't dare to do them without a mat yet. I also do Korean archery at USC, which I started earlier this year with someone from my intreeweek group.

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New IIS Elective courses

Gerben Koopman
Gerben Koopman 2021-06-21
Are you still looking for a fun elective, or are you just wondering what courses the IIS is offering? Then read on!

How does the coronavirus pandemic fit into the big picture?
The COVID-19 crisis shows us that plagues are clearly not ‘something from the past', and that infectious disease outbreaks continue to form a global threat. How did the world react to previous pandemics and which lessons can be learned for the future? The highly interdisciplinary course Pandemic tries to answer these questions by bringing together and connecting insights from a wide range of disciplines, from medicine to mathematics, evolutionary biology, various social and behavioural sciences, and more.

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No end of year barbecue

Mick Vermeulen
Mick Vermeulen 2021-06-21

Sadly the barbecue committee has decided that this year there will again be no end of year barbecue. Until the very last second we’ve tried to organise an event that would both fit within the current COVID regulations along with the expectations that come with the end of year barbecue but as of now we don’t yet see an opportunity to organise this massive and fun event. Although we are incredibly happy with our virtual event: the spring barbecue, we don’t believe we can transfer the atmosphere and fun of an end of year barbecue in an online event (especially in this heat!). This has led to the decision to yet again cancel the event.

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UvA Together: A New Student Platform

Gerben Koopman
Gerben Koopman 2021-06-07

Are you having trouble studying for your exams or is everything going pretty easy and do you have some spare time to help fellow students? Would you like to go on a walk or drink a cup of coffee together with another student? Then UvA Together is the site for you to meet other students!

UvA Together is a new platform by students, for students. The team hopes to bring students from different studies together. This way it becomes much easier to find a study buddy or a coffee buddy during and after the corona pandemic! They hope to see you soon at their website and on Instagram (@uvatogether).

Kojac - Summer Campaign

Felix Hoekstra
Felix Hoekstra 2021-06-07

It is Kojac’s goal to fill the gap between students and companies. They do this to help you find an interesting (side)job and gain some relevant work experience!

Their main focus within this goal lies with junior developers and data scientists with relevant programming experience. Sign up for Kojac, gain some work experience and earn at least €17,50 per hour!

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No board, your help is needed

Dimitry Grootenboer
Dimitry Grootenboer 2021-06-01

In recent months, many of us have put effort into finding our next board. Yet now, more than ever, we need your help. Last week the candidates had the time to apply. From more than enough interested candidates for a full board, only Felix and I reapplied in the end. That is not enough to form a board and so there is currently no prospect for a board 22.

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