CS Ubuntu Newsletter February 2016
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter

February 2016


In this newsletter, please find:
  • An update from the Board
  • Save the Dates for the CS Ubuntu events for February
  • A calendar with events that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu-members
  • De Groentetas is 'In the Spotlight'!
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
  • A heads up on picking up your membership card!
Enjoy the read!

Sam, Emmalien & Jana

CS Ubuntu activities
08 February   Excursion HH: interview                              war correspondent
11 February   Winter general Assembly
22 February   Lecture: Paris Terror Attacks
23 February   Feestend de wereld rond!/Partying around the world!

Other activities
09 February    Prodemos Politiek Café: De Ander in Nederland, The Hague
13 February  Lecture/debate on Ugandan Elections, HH

Update from the Board

Dear Ubuntu-ers,

Have you ever felt that some clichés really do hold some truth? For us as Board we’ve definitely experienced that time does fly.

The first semester of the academic year is done now, and that means we’re halfway through already. On 11 February (7 pm – 9 pm) we will hold our first General Assembly of the year, where you can evaluate with us how the first half has been. Rest assured though, we still have a lot in store for you! The GA will therefore also be an opportunity to raise questions, suggest improvements, and share ideas. Please find the invitation here, and the event details here.

Speaking of looking back, we have started 2016 in style with New Year’s drinks at Café Hofman. Thanks everyone for celebrating with us, and making it a fun night!
Moreover, a group of adventurous Ubuntu-ers just came back from a trip to Berlin, organized by the Studytrip Committee. There, they visited the headquarters of Transparency International and ICD, as well as some main cultural hotspots in the city like the Brandenburger Tor, the Reichstag and the Holocaust Museum and the Topography of Terror. And last but not least, there was some time left to party! Altogether, it was a great, inspiring and fun trip – many thanks to the Studytrip Committee for organizing it!

And we only just started 2016 – to see what we have planned for you in February, check out the agenda, and keep an eye on our Facebook page and group. Sneak peak: together with study associations VOCUS, Versatile and PAP, CS Ubuntu is organizing a party at Woolloomoolloo on Febryary 23rd! The theme will be ‘Partying around the world’, so make sure to put on an international outfit and join the fun and partying on the 23rd!


Save the Date: Upcoming CS Ubuntu events

08 February 20:00, Excursion Humanity House: Interview with war correspondent
CS Ubuntu’s first day trip of 2016 will be to… the Humanity House! On Monday 8 February, we will gather at Utrecht Central Station to go to The Hague together. At the Humanity House, we will attend an interview/debate with Lynsey Addario, war correspondent, who will tell us all about her experiences. Afterwards, we will stay in The Hague a little while for drinks! The event in The Hague will start at 20:00, but we are gathering earlier at Utrecht Centraal to travel to The Hague together. Furthermore, the costs are €5,- for members and €6,50 for non-members. Want to join, or have more info? Please send an e-mail to or check out the Facebook event.

11 February 19:00, CS Ubuntu's Winter General Assembly
On February 11th, CS Ubuntu will hold its first General Assembly of the academic year. All members are welcome to evaluate the first semester that now lies behind us, and to look forward to the plans and activities that the Board have made for the second semester.
Please let us know through hitting the 'Attend' button on the Facebook event that you will attend the Assembly. Also, you can send an e-mail to
Hopefully see you all then!

22 February 19:30, CS Ubuntu's and SVF Cercle's Lecture: The Paris Terror Attacks
2015 has been a challenging year to French, and in particular Parisian, society. The city of Paris got attacked twice: once in January, when the attacks were specifically aimed at satiric cartoon Charlie Hebdo, and once in November, when several community areas were targeted by terrorists. In this lecture, we will look furhter into the influence these terror attacks have had on France and Paris so far. In order to do so, SVF Cercle and CS Ubuntu jointly organize this lecture, where several experts will tell you more about these cases of terror and the backgrounds. Also, there will be room for questions and debate. For more info, please watch the CS Ubuntu Facebook group, where the Facebook event for the lecture will appear soon. You can also send an e-mail to .

23 February 21:00, VOCUS, Babel, Versatile, PAP and CS Ubuntu present: 'Feestend de wereld rond o.d.z. In ieder stadje een ander schatje' Woollomoolloo, Janskerkhof
The night of February 23rd will be a big one… because then VOCUS, Babel, Versatile, PAP and CS Ubuntu  will host a smashing party at Woolloomoolloo! The party theme will be ‘Feestend de wereld rond o.d.z. In ieder stadje een ander schatje’. In English, this would roughly translate as ‘Partying around the world’, so put on your party clothes from all over the world and get ready to party! On this night, a beer will only cost €1,25 – a bargain, and there will be grilled cheese sandwiches! Tickets will be €3,50 when bought before the party (tickets available starting February 8th), and €4,50 when bought at the door. For tickets and more details, keep an eye on the Facebook group or send an e-mail to

Other activities that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu-members

09 February 20:00, Prodemos Politiek Café: De Ander in Nederland, The Hague

For Dutchies  -  Wat is de rol van ‘de ander’ in Nederland? Op 9 februari gaat het ProDemos Politiek Café over integratie en burgerschap. O.a. Zihni Özdil, historicus aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam en columnist voor NRC Handelsblad, en Ingrid van Engelshoven, locoburgemeester en wethouder van o.a. onderwijs voor D66 in Den Haag, zullen hier spreken over burgerschap, integratie en segregatie van migranten in Nederland. Zowel de lezingen als het aansluitende debat worden in het Nederlands gevoerd. De toegang is gratis; wel is het de bedoeling dat je je registreert als je van plan bent te gaan. Hiervoor, maar ook voor meer informatie, kun je op de website van ProDemos terecht.

13 February 19:00, Lecture: Ugandan Elections and Peace in the Region, Humanity House, The Hague
Uganda has been playing a big role in the peace-building process in the whole Great Lakes Region, for instance as mediator in current political negotiations to bring peace in Burundi. What impact do the coming elections have on the national political situations and how do they influence the role of Uganda in the region? In the light of the Ugandan elections on the 18th of February, this debate looks at the political situation in the country together with representatives of the Ugandan diaspora. The debate will be in English, and entrance is free. For more info about the event, click here, and for more info on the background of the Ugandan elections, see the article below in the Food for Thought-section.

In the Spotlight!
The Spotlight of February will be given to a student initiative promoting and selling local fruit and vegetables of the season… De Groentetas! 

De Groentetas (English: The Veggie Bag) is an initiative coined by Utrecht University students back in 1994. Students sell bags of local, biological fruit and vegetables of the season for €5 a bag. With this, they have been trying to stimulate sustainable food consumption among students. With a short stop in 2010, De Groentetas is now back on track, thanks to volunteers. They are currently looking for volunteers to sell and hand over the vegetables at their pickup stand on Mondays. If you are interested or would like to help, please contact them at

Current work
You might have seen them sometime in one of the university buildings at De Uithof, with bagloads of fruit and veggies that were about to be picked up, and maybe wondered how this works. As a customer of De Groentetas, you can order and pay for a weekly Groentetas at the pickupstand, which is opened on Mondays between 11 am and 2 pm, and pay by cash. Transferring the money online is also possible, with a deadline on Monday nights. In both cases, recipe ideas for the contents of the bag are sent to you by e-mail during the week; and you can come to pick up your bag of local fruit and vegetables at the stand the next Monday. Be sure to bring your own bag, though: for sustainability’s sake, the contents of De Groentetas come without an actual bag!

For the first time, De Groentetas organizes its first symposium on February 17th 2016, 5:30 PM in the Boothzaal at the Uithof Library. The reason De Groentetas partakes in organizing this symposium, is because education is one of their main goals. The main theme of the symposium is a mix of alternative ways of food production and networks, food decisions and food waste management. The entrance and the food served are free, but please do register here in advance! For more info, check the Facebook event.

Secondly, two positions in the board of De Groentetas, Secretary and Treasurer, have opened as of the beginning of this month. If you are interested or have any questions, please send an e-mail to

For more background stories  – including a video – on De Groentetas, you can visit their website. There, you can also find out some more practical details about ordering a Groentetas and the work the volunteers do. For Dutchies, there is a Dutch version of the website. Also, De Groentetas have a Facebook page, where you can keep updated with their news and events. And last but not least, should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact them at! 

Want to nominate a person, organization, website or anything else for 'In the Spotlight'? Please let us know by sending an e-mail to!

Food for Thought

Article International Business Times, 'Uganda elections 2016: Can President Yoweri Museveni win a fifth term in office?'

On the 18th of February, Uganda will hold its national elections, in which the current Ugnadan president, Yoweri Museveni, will run for his fifth term in office. As will also be discussed in the Humanity House debate mentioned above at Other Events, the outcome of these elections might influence the stability of the Great Lake region, of which Uganda is a dominant part. Also, there might be implications for the international relations Uganda has with the rest of the world – as you might or might not know, an intense relation between the Dutch and Ugandan governments exists. In this article by International Business Times, some general and background information is given. Check it out here.

Vacature bij het Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg - reageren vóór 19 februari!
For Dutchies - Bij het Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg, de grootste landelijke studentenorganisatie van Nederland die de algemene belangen behartigt van bijna 700.000 studenten aan universiteiten en hogescholen, staat een unieke functie voor studenten open. Voor komend jaar is het Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg op zoek naar vijf ambitieuze studenten/recent-afgestudeerden die zich vanaf juli 2016 als bestuurders van het ISO bezig willen houden met de toekomst van het hoger onderwijs in Nederland. Het ISO is vaste gesprekspartner van onder andere het ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, de politieke partijen en de koepels van universiteiten en hogescholen. Via is meer informatie te vinden. Wil je je aanmelden, dan kan dat vóór 19 februari a.s.!


Heads up: pick up your CS Ubuntu membership card!
Due to some technical problems, here we go again! Are you a full CS Ubuntu member (which means we have received your membership fee) but haven’t received your CS Ubuntu membership card yet? Come pick it up before the start of the 3rd period! On Friday 5 February between 13:00 and 14:00, our secretary Emmalien will be sitting in Café Lodewijk, near the entrance of the Drift University Library, with the membership cards of those who haven’t got it yet. In case you can’t make it then and there, please send an e-mail to to make an appointment to pick up your card.

Haven’t paid your membership fee of 7,50 euros yet? Please do so to NL89 TRIO 0390514519 to Vereniging CS Ubuntu Utrecht, and come and pick up your card on the 5th too!

Website & Next Newsletter
As you will most likely know, we have our own website! Check it out at

Expect our next CS Ubuntu newsletter in your inbox in the first week of March. If you have any input, feedback or updates on interesting events, please let us know at We love to hear from you! :)
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