CS Ubuntu Newsletter December 2016
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter
December 2016


In this newsletter, please find:
  • An update from the Board
  • Save the dates: upcoming events of CS Ubuntu in December
  • Other events that might be of interest for Ubuntu-members
  • A recap of last months events 
  • In the Spotlight: Last November's study trip to Paris.
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
Enjoy the read!

Patricia, Sarah & Eloy
CS Ubuntu activities
07 December
CS Ubuntu Sinterklaas Celebration and Monthly Drinks
10 December
AISU & Ubuntu Writing Marathon
13 December
Pool evening

14-23 December
Christmas Stockings
Update from the Board

Dear Ubuntu'ers,

December is finally here and we're reaching the end of the first semester! Some of our international friends might be leaving soon but luckily we still have some fun activities ahead for December! In the mean time we're also working on events in the long-term. With the very succesful small study trip just behind us, the study trip committee is already working on an exciting destination for our big trip in April! Furthermore, the activities committee is working on big events like a one-day trip to several political institutions in The Hague (very interesting with the elections coming up!) and our annual Meet the Professionals event! From the board, I'd also like to already announce one important event, namely that our spring General Assembly will be held on February 6th! In this GA the committees will talk about what they've been doing and what their plans are, we'll keep you up to date on developments in the association and all members get the chance to have input in important Ubuntu matters. So write this down in your calendar and for now enjoy Ubuntu's last events before your Christmas break is here! We wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year! 

On behalf of the board,

Lisanne Veldt

President of CS Ubuntu

Upcoming CS Ubuntu Events

07 December, CS Ubuntu Sinterklaas Celebration & Monthly Drinks

Drift 25, 103. Afterwards monthly drinks at Café de Stadsgenoot! As always at 21:00

We are going to play a fun Sinterklaas game together! For this game we will ask you to bring a small present, which could literally be anything - from peanut butter to a pair of socks, candles to toothpaste - just anything you can find for around €3,-. Also we are happy and honoured to announce that Sinterklaas himself is joining our party and brings along enough food and drinks to make this a great evening. While Sinterklaas normally leaves the Netherlands after the 5th of December, he wanted to stay a little longer since of course he could not miss out the Ubuntu Sinterklaas party. Sweets for the sweet!
If you like to join this event please send an email to so we can take this into account while doing purchases.

All the internationals who have never experienced this crazy and somewhat controversial holiday then you definitely do not want to miss this! Click here to stay informed!

Afterwards you can join us going to Café de Stadsgenoot for the monthly drinks! Don't hesitate to bring your friends to the drinks. We will be heading there around 21:00! We hope to see you all tomorrow 

10 December, AISU & Ubuntu Writing Marathon

The Colour Kitchen, Oudegracht 214

Every year, to mark Human Rights Day on December 10th, hundreds of thousands of people around the world write letters and sign online petitions to help people they've never met. Amnesty International Studentgroup Utrecht and CS Ubuntu are pleased to invite you to the Amnesty Writing Marathon on the 10th of December at the Colourkitchen. 

We do this to put pressure on authorities to take immediate action, so these people can be to live their lives. You will be asked to write two different letters, one to the prisoner and one to the authorities. For more information check out the Facebook event!

If you want to be more active in making a change in the world then you should definitely come to this event and try to make a difference! 

13 December, Pool Evening

Pool café Hart van Utrecht, at 19:00. Deadline signing up: 11th of December!

Clear your agendas on December 13th, because CS Ubuntu is going to play pool! On this evening we have reserved some spots in pool café ‘’Hart van Utrecht’’. You’ll be able to play pool for two hours from 19:00 until 21:00, while enjoying unlimited drinks! Even for the ones of you that are not into this wonderful game this event will definitely be fun.
            Beware! Because we need to know how many people will show up, you have to register for this event. You can do this by sending an email to After that you can sign up until December 11th by transferring 10 Euros to NL89TRIO0390514519 with ‘Ubuntu pooling 2016’ in the description. 

14-23 December, Christmas Stockings

Boardroom, Drift 21 room 206

Celebrate Christmas with CS Ubuntu - come hang your sock in our office in University and have them filled up with presents when you're back from the holidays! We will have strings where you can hang your socks as in the Christmas tradition - hang them starting on the 14th of December and before the 23rd and come back to find them filled with presents by the CS Ubuntu team. The best socks will be featured on the 'Sock Hall of Fame' - and the ultimate winner will receive an extra special gift!


Other events that might be of interest for Ubuntu-members: 

08 December: PEUBQUIZ

Café Het Weerbericht, at 20:00.

With great pleasure the Information Office of the European Parliament in the Netherlands invites you to join the Utrecht edition of the European pub quiz! Teams up to five persons can compete and test their knowledge about Europe. You can sign up by sending an email to the first two drinks are free!

22 December: Feestelijk verbinden? (Dutch!)

Centrale Bibliotheek op de Stadhuisbrug, at 18:00.

Op donderdagavond 22 december is er van 18 tot 21 uur weer een dialoogbijeenkomst in de Centrale Bibliotheek op de Stadhuisbrug met soep en broodjes. Deze avond staat het thema Feestelijk verbinden? centraal.  In veel culturen wordt in de laatste maanden van het jaar het licht gevierd. Sommige Nederlanders vieren Sint Maarten en ook Sinterklaas is weer in het land. Maar wat maakt een feest een waar feest? De avond zal worden gestart met een kort voorprogramma waarin verschillende mensen over hun ervaring met het thema spreken, als inspiratie voor de gesprekken. Je kunt je hier aanmelden voor de dialoogbijeenkomst. 
Wil je een dialoogtafel begeleiden? Er worden nog dialoogbegeleiders gezocht voor donderdagavond 22 december. Daarvoor kun je je hier aanmelden. Wil je misschien leren een dialoog te begeleiden of je voorbereiden op een dialoog? Schrijf je dan in voor een Basis/opfristraining. De eerstvolgende training vindt plaats op donderdagavond 13 december. Via deze link kun je je aanmelden voor de training.

English: The events are interesting for students that have a native or bilingual proficiency in Dutch language. If you’ve had difficulty reading this information, we regret to inform you that these events will probably not be of interest for you.


A Recap Of Last Month's events

The Movie Nights
November was movie month, and we hope that you managed to make it to a few showings! Just as a quick recap, here are the films that we got a chance to see!
On November 7th we had the pleasure of having a very interesting lecture provided by Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör, whom has conducted field research in Syria surround the Syrian conflict, following our viewing of White Helmets. The film White Helmets is a Netflix documentary that follows the civilian rescue team in Aleppo, and their daily lives. The lecture provided by Dr. Ungor provided a huge insight into the conflicts in the area, and offered a firsthand experience of the conflict.
On November 14th we all gathered at Eli Terra’s beautiful apartment to cuddle up and watch the film A Perfect Day, about the Balkan region and relief organizations alongside the UN. There were quite a few snacks and some good conversation, as we watched this fiction film about a dead body poisoning water in a village and the amount of gridlock that exists in different international agencies.
On November 24th, some of us headed into Amsterdam to attend the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam to watch The Settlers at the EYE Film Museum. This film was focused on the settlers of the Palestine territories in Israel and the conflicts in the region. It offered a glimpse at one side of this widely discussed issue. Following the film, the audience was able to ask questions to the director of the film, Shimon Dotan.
On November 28th we got to learn about environmental law and URGENTA with a lecture by Dr. Otto Spijkers, and watched the widely acclaimed Leonardo DiCaprio documentary, Before the Flood. This film is about climate change, and all the work that we have to do to prevent it, and what international leaders can do in order to help combat this issue worldwide.


In the Spotlight Study Trip to Paris!!

For everyone who missed the study trip to Paris, worry not! You can read about what we did and even better.. there are some pictures of the things we saw! If you really wanted to go but couldn't keep your eyes open for our next study trip in the week of 17 April! (Destination will be announced end of December/beginning of January).

CS Ubuntu’s latest study trip to Paris was certainly one to remember! Our trip consisted of the Louvre, visiting the sites of the Paris attacks, meeting with a representative from Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, visiting the Notre Dame and the War Museum, climbing the Eiffel Tower, and taking a beautiful canal tour. Quality time was high in supply and it was absolutely incredible to spend so much time in the city of love with so many amazing people! Although some didn’t make it to the War Museum, climbing the Eiffel Tower and taking the Canal Tour certainly made up for it. Good food was eaten and a lot of craziness ensued. It was certainly a successful study trip! The walking tour to the sites of the attacks was very inspirational. It was really impressive to get a glimpse of the places where the Paris attacks took place. We were relieved to see how the people were all moving on, the cafés and Bataclan Theatre being reopened, and almost no signs of the attacks at the places themselves. With regard to the city of love itself, sadly it has lost a touch of its charm due to all the militaries and frisking booths. But as the French showed us, people must now continue bringing love back to Paris.

(Eli placing a rose at one of the sites of the Paris attacks)                      (Roderik placing a rose at one of the sites of the Paris attacks)  
(Enjoying the view atop the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur)                (Trying to figure out the metrosystem)
      (Group picture in front of the Notre Dame)


Food for Thought

Syria, the environmental crisis behind the civil war

By clicking on the following link you'll find an interesting article discussing the Syrian conflict, and the environmental issues that have helped to contribute to unrest throughout the region. This could especially be a cool read if you attended the White Helmets and Before the Flood movie nights, to provide an interesting relationship between the two conflicts. 

Ted Talk: How Christmas lights helped guerrillas put down their guns

Christmas during conflict. Anti-guerilla creative Jose Miguel Sokoloff  takes you on a journey to Colombia, the country with the oldest standing guerrilla in the world. According to Sokoloff, Christmas trees helped Colombia demobilize 331 guerrillas, roughly five percent of the guerrilla force at the time. "These trees were lit up at night, and they had a sign beside them that said, 'If Christmas can come to the jungle, you can come home. Demobilize. At Christmas, everything is possible'." Click here for more information. 

Website & Next Newsletter

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Expect our next CS Ubuntu newsletter in your inbox in the first week of January. 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. If not a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! :D

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