CS Ubuntu Newsletter January 2019
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Newsletter January 2019


Dear <<First Name>>,
New year, same us!
After two weeks of hibernation during the holidays, we are back and ready to make 2019 another academically interesting one, and bring even more people together!

In this month's newsletter you can find:

Enjoy the read!

Update from the board

Dear members,

Welcome back and all the best for 2019! The board is all rested and ready to take on the next year. We have a lot planned for the coming months. Also, some exciting news: the CS Ubuntu merchandise is ready! How to get your very own is explained below, along with more info on past and coming events.

Best wishes on behalf of the 8th board,

Julie Koehorst
CS Ubuntu President


We are super happy to announce that CS Ubuntu is also here to keep you warm during these grey January days. This month we offer a incredibly soft navy blue sweater and the original grey sweater. This is a unisex jumper, so available for all. Besides that, we offer a slightly updated version of the tote bag. The previews of the three items are following: 

Navy Sweater:

Grey Sweater:

Tote bag:

Note that the final printing may vary slightly from the images above, but the previews do give a good impression of the model and colors of the merchandise.

The price for the jumper is €17,50 (per piece) and the price for the tote bag is €8,10.

You can register for the order of merchandise through the link.

If the link does not work, try pasting the following in your browser:

Make sure you transfer the amount due to our bank account, so we can process your order!

Registering for the order is possible until January 16th!


Big Study Trip
After a successful small study trip to Brussels, the Study Trip Committee is busy planning the next trip: the Big Study Trip. This trip will take place between 12 - 21 April, so save the date!

The Study Trip Committee will announce the destination soon, so stay alert for updates!



Upcoming Events

9 January
Monthly Drinks New Year's Edition
Come celebrate the new year with us at Cafe de Stadsgenoot and enjoy some delicious snacks such as the famous Dutch bitterballen while you exchange your holiday stories.


17 January
Cinema & Drinks
Need a break from deadlines and exams? This is the perfect opportunity to share some relaxed time with fellow CS Ubuntu members in the cinema watching Mary, Queen of Scots and chat over some drinks after the film!

23 January
Board games
Beat your enemies (or friends) in an old-fashioned boardgame. Nothing is better than to sit in a warm, cozy room and play games (and hopefully actually winning) 
Bring Your Own Games!

1 February
Burundi Conference
In collaboration with Yves
Stay tuned for more information.


7 February
Committee Info Evening

Are you excited to be part of a committee and work on your CV? Come see us at the committee info evening to get more information!
Stay tuned for the time and location.


12 February
Meet the Masters
Are you interested in doing a conflict or international relations masters? Join us at this event, in which students from masters from different cities in The Netherlands come to Utrecht to tell us about their experience as a masters student and answer all your questions. This way, you can easily compare different Conflict and International Relations masters.
Stay tuned for more information.

Recap of Last Month's Events

5 December: Monthly Drinks 
To celebrate the holiday season we had some nice soul warming drinks at our local cafe de Stadsgenoot.  Don't miss out on the New Year's Edition on January 7th.

10 December: Diplomatic Event: Israel/Palestine
On the 10th of December 2018, the joint efforts of dr. Lorena De Vita and Wouter Kuijl (CS Ubuntu) brought two speakers to Utrecht University for a diplomatic event that sought to discuss the Israeli-Palestine conflict in an international perspective.

Former diplomat and United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organisation from 2007 to 2015, Robert H. Serry and Historian and Researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights at Utrecht University and Peter Malcontent engaged in a most interesting discussion that broke through the commonly referred to regional point of view.

It is sure to say that the students were not only delighted by the discussion, but they also had ample opportunity to ask questions to these experts themselves. All in all the event was a success, with knowledge exchanged, perspectives broadened and long-held questions answered.   

14-15 December: Small Study Trip to Brussels
Early on Thursday morning (or was is still considered night time?) we met up at Utrecht Central Station to embark on our little journey to Brussels. After a little nap on the train, we arrived in Brussels for our first meeting at the European Parliament. We were booked into a room where we got some more information about the complex structures of the Parliament. Next up was a sneak peek into the room where it all happens!

From the European Parliament we rolled into the Martens Institute, this is a think tank for the People's Party in the European Parliament. After that, we made our way  to the hostel to drop off our bags, and have a well deserved lunch.

The last event on the program that day was a visit to the International Crisis Group, in an impressive office on the 14th floor looking out over Brussels. After we admired the view, we got an interesting presentation on the workings of the organisation, after which we all had many questions about possible internships. Networking networking networking! We even got the opportunity to look through the publications of the International Crisis Group, which we could even take home with us!

The evening had us drinking special beers in bars and having a lovely dinner with everyone. Our dance moves came out, sparkly as ever despite that we were awake for 22hrs already.

On Saturday we had a little lie in, but the strong people were present at breakfast in the hostel kitchen. After refueling our bodies, we had free time to do what we wanted. We spend the day strolling from one lunch place to the other, visiting the Christmas market and a super cool second-hand shop. Happy, content and tired we took the bus back to Utrecht.

19 December: Board Games Santa Edition
This month's board games edition took place in Mick O'Connells, where we sat down for (many) beers and played some fun games. It was a beautiful evening with smiles on all our faces.




Stay in touch

The next newsletter will be send to you in the first week of February.
In the meantime, you can always find us on our website / Facebook / Instagram.

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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