Newsletter September 2016




—Newsletter of September 2016—

Dear Lieke,




All members should note that the first bi-annual General Members’ Meeting (GMM) of the academic year 2016-2017 will take place on Tuesday, the 20th of September, 2016, at 20:00 hours. The venue for the meeting is Citadel T300.

The matters of importance that will be discussed at this meeting are the Annual Report for the year 2015-2016, which will recount the progress and modifications brought about in the association during this year, as well as the Financial Report, which will outline the expenses of the association.

Furthermore, there will also be a Board change proposal, during which the Candidate Board will proffer their potential plans for the upcoming year in their Policy Plan.

We invite you to attend the GMM so as to have a voice in the goings-on of the association.





*             Second-Monday-of-the-Month Drinks

Monday, the 12th of September @ Theatercafé, 20:30


Come and have a drink with H.V. Ockham! Featuring our mascot Ockhamster and, of course, snacks at ten with the ‘Tien uur? Bittergarnituur!’ It’s the first drink of the year, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with everyone after the long summer break!



*             Meeting the Board Activity – Bowling

Thursday, the 29th of September @ Bowling Enschede – Colosseum, 20:00 – 22:00

On the 29th of September, the new board of H.V. Ockham will be organizing the Meeting the Board Activity! Join them in a relaxing night of bowling, have a little chat and get to know the new board members. The event will take place Thursday the 29th of September at Bowling Enschede between 20:00 – 22:00.




*            General Update


The leisurely summer holidays have ended and another new academic year has officially begun! While some students are grudgingly getting into the routine of studies (perhaps also Honours), some have graduated and are excitedly discovering the new world of work or higher studies. To all the members, whichever category they may fall under, the Board wishes a great year ahead.

Amidst the beginnings, repeated or new, H. V. Ockham is preparing for a potential Board change. The GMM for this is to take place this month, the details for which are given at the top.



Do you also have announcements or updates for the members of H.V. Ockham please let me know at and it can be added to the next newsletter.





*             Studium Generale – Symposium: Syria at War

Tuesday, the 20th of September @ Vrijhof Agora, 19:30 – 21:00

Syria is torn apart by war and the future seems bleak. How did this conflict come into existence, which role plays the Assad-regime and what is at stake for world powers like the US, Russia and China? In the midst of all violence and destruction, civilians in Syria try to continue their daily lives. Under what conditions do they live, what kind of future awaits them and do they still have hope for peace? Three Syria-experts will give their view:

Lex Runderkamp is travelling reporter in the Arab world for the NOS.

Sakir Khader is a journalist for the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant and writes about refugees and the Arab world.

Fouad Hallak is photographer. He fled Syria and lives in the Netherlands.

Inside Syria: Photos of Fouad Hallak are on display from 6 to 23 September in the Vrijhof.




Plasma Ball at Deutsches Technikmuseum – Fernon Eijkhoudt





Did you know the answer to last month’s riddle? If you did, congratulations! If not, the answer to the question was as follows:


The steam car weighs exactly 200 tons. But as it moves, it consumes fuel, and the water in it is released as steam. So when the bird sits on the car, the car is already weighing much less than 200 tons. As a result, the total weight is still less than 200 tons, and the bridge doesn’t collapse.


The New Riddle is as follows:









*    Monday, 12 September

Second-Monday-0f-the-Month Drinks @ Theatercafé, 20:30


*    Thursday, 29 September

Meeting the Board Activity – Bowling @ Bowling Enschede – Colosseum, 20:00 – 22:00





*    Tuesday, 20 September

Studium Generale – Symposium: Syria at War @ Vrijhof Agora, 19:30 – 21:00


*    Tuesday, 6 September to Friday, 23 September

Photograph Exhibition “Inside Syria” @ Vrijhof








*    1 September

Melissa van Nellestijn (23)

*    2 September

Leonie Broeze (27)

*    3 September

Max Busch (23)

*    5 September

Naomi Hulst (20)

*    7 September

Gerard Snaauw (28)

*    8 September

Ralph van Zwieten (24)

Hans David Wendt (21)

*    10 September

Liset de Bruin (21)

Melisa Mangan(23)

Kim Schildkamp (37)

*    12 September

Leonie Starmann (22)

Giel van Erp (23)

Gideon Simmelink (30)

*    13 September

Bayu Dharmaputra (21)

*    15 September

Xiao Zhu (33)

*    16 September

Mathias Quickert  (21)

*    18 September

Jaap Slootbeek (23)

*    19 September

Michiel  Barends (23)

*    21 September

Sagy Ephrati (20)

Rudolph Jauregui (27)

*    22 September

Maarten Enthoven (19)

*    23 September

Joke Noppers (36)

*    25 September

Vincent Bosboom (19)

*    27 September

Rogier Wildeboer (26)

Idwer de Vries (19)

*    28 September

Luuk Buunk (20)





Book: The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.




“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”

“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.”

“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”

Composed by the Secretary of H.V. Ockham

Volume 6, number 1