CS Ubuntu Newsletter July 2017
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter July 2017

In this newsletter, please find:

Enjoy the read!

For the last time, Eloy and for the first time, Marleen
CS Ubuntu activities

Because of the Summer there are no upcoming activities. See our next newsletter for the activities in September. 

Last Update from the Board

Dear members,

It’s strange to realize that this will be the last newsletter of our board. However, this last month’s been a blast. We had our Dies Symposium in the fancy Academy Building which was pretty awesome and of course we had the End-of-the-Year-BBQ-which-wasn’t-actually-a-BBQ. Two great events to round up the year with! But most importantly, this month we as the former board handed everything over to the new board. During the GA Anouk, Guusje, Luuk and Marleen were voted in as the new board and were already able to present some ideas and plans for the upcoming year. But of course, behind the scenes, the real transition took place. We’ve had several handover meetings with the new board and I’m happy to say we have full confidence in this new and energetic board! However, this also means goodbye for us. So as my final words, I’d like to thank everyone who made this Ubuntu year awesome and I hope to see many of you next year again!

President: out. *drops microphone*

On behalf of the board,

Lisanne Veldt
President of CS Ubuntu


Membership and Committee Applications

Membership 2017/2018

Dear members,
To all of you who want to stay a member of CS Ubuntu the upcoming year, we want to inform you that you have to renew your membership online. Please be aware that we have increased our membership fee to €10,- this year. You can sign up by clicking here. It is also possible to sign up for a half year membership, which will only cost € 7,50. If you are interested in this option you can send a mail to We hope to see you all again next year!

Committee Applications

We have open spots in our committees next year! Check our site for information about the Activities, Study Trip and Financial committee. For the new committees, which include the Lecture, Student Council, Conflict Academy and Alumni, it is possible to get some information by sending a mail to We will form our committees at the beginning of the academic year. However if you are interested, you can already apply by mailing with your preferences. We will let you know in September!

A Recap of Last Month's Events

06 June, Dies Symposium

At the beginning of last month, it was time to celebrate CS Ubuntu’s sixth birthday! The Activities Committee did its very best to organize a series of interesting lectures, all on the topic of ‘Forgotten Conflicts’. After a short introduction by our – now former – president Lisanne, Student Representative Anna Salden took over as moderator of the evening. The first speaker was CCS teacher Chris van der Borgh, about the Soccer Wars between El Salvador and Honduras in 1969. Second speaker was Lukas van Diemen, a Conflict Studies and Human Rights alumnus now working for the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. His lecture was about several indigenous people who tend to be overlooked or even forgotten by their national governments. An example of this are the Twa in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. Both lecturers had insightful speeches and there was time for some questions, too. Then it was time for a break with special and very tasty CS Ubuntu Dies cakes!

After the break we continued with the next speaker: Frank Willems from the Dutch organization Stichting Zelfbeschikking West-Sahara. He told us about the history and current situation of the Western Sahara, and the work that his organization has done to get more attention to the subject. Last but not least we welcomed Pacifique Nininahazwe, who is a lawyer from Burundi who helped set up ‘NDONDEZA campaign against enforced disappearances in Burundi’ and is one of its leaders. First in French with a translator, but later in English he told us about his own background, his resistance to the current president of Burundi and how he had to leave the country. Again, these were very interesting speeches which gave us some food for thought. Then Lisanne ended the evening with a short closing speech, after which most of us went to Café Stadsgenoot for some drinks. Some of the speakers joined us as well, and it gave us all an opportunity to discuss the speeches we just heard, but to have fun as well. In short: a diverse, insightful and great night!

Emmalien Meijer

28 June, Summer BBQ & Drinks

On the 28th of June, the last event of the year took place: the Ubuntu Summer BBQ! Well, it was actually only a BBQ on paper because the Dutch weather proved to be totally unpredictable. On this rainy day we moved to de Stadsgenoot where we had a successful and warm tapas evening. While it was the last event of the year, it also formed the very first event of our new board. We were very happy that so many people (more than 40) showed up and made this evening a large success. A lot of great food, beers, shots and even a former board member getting into a fight with the bartender for opening a bottle of champagne inside: this evening proved to be unforgettable. First off, we wanted to thank the committee members for their commitment and enthusiasm the past year. And of course, the former board for their great work in making Ubuntu the association as it is today. But this evening was also about looking at the future: so many people showed up and were interested in being active at our association for yet another year. Next to that we were glad that we could present our new board to everyone. We are really looking forward to the upcoming year and hope it will bring us many more nights like this!

With love,

The Board of CS Ubuntu 2017-2018, Anouk, Guusje, Luuk & Marleen

Website & Next Newsletter

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

Expect our next CS Ubuntu newsletter and the first one of the new academic year in your inbox in the first week of September. If you have any input, feedback or updates on interesting events, please let us know at We love to hear from you!  For now we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. 
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