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January/February 2022 Newsletter

Board 11's Formal Picture!
(left to right) Jeroen Post, Pedro Louro, Karlijn van der Loo, Lexi Iburg, Wieke Buijk


Happy New Year!

 
With the Netherlands gradually opening its doors again, I’ve been waiting to get to give you all an update on what Ubuntu has been up to in the last few weeks/months! In this newsletter you’ll get to hear what the board and committees have been working hard on, some of their successes, struggles, and what you can look forward to in the coming months. We’ve got lots of fun events lined up for you and plenty of opportunities to get involved as well!

The committees who you otherwise might not hear much from in the newsletter, present here also a little blurb on what they’ve been working on and what you have to look forward to so keep reading and hear what they have to say!

The most upcoming event, the Ubuntu game show will already take place today, February 2nd at 7pm at our new café, Ouwe Dikke Dries! The location of the big study trip will also be revealed then!

Another exciting announcement… the board has implemented one of our goals to develop sustainable merch options and you’ll see these announced soon!!

I wish you all the best in the new year <3
On behalf of the 11th board,
Karlijn van der Loo
President CS Ubuntu 2021-2022

BOARD UPDATE

As a board we faced a few small setbacks at the end of last year, having some of our most exciting events cancelled or postponed due to COVID restrictions, but we made the most of it! We’ve rescheduled events, made them bigger and better, and used the online time to work on some of our long-term policy plans. We also used this as an opportunity to advocate for causes we as individual board members feel passionate about and which may not be as widely discussed, so go back and take a look at the weekly spotlights posted so far and keep an eye out for those still upcoming!

COMMITTEE UPDATES

ACTIVITIES

The activities committee is excited to present to you a new initiative of events at CS Ubuntu called, ‘Who wants to be a lecturer?!’ Drawn from the popular ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ show, this series will feature student speakers on any subject of their interest. Contact activities.committee.csubuntu@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting one of these nights, and we’ll update you as speakers come in. We'll see you at the monthly drinks and game show tonight!


MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT

The Monthly Spotlight Committee went out of its way last December; not one but two spotlights were published. One of these was a first report with updates from previous spotlights. This will be repeated more often. Its purpose is to ensure that the subjects raised by the committee do not fade into oblivion and to continue to demonstrate that many of these conflicts and/or situations are continuously evolving.
The second spotlight of the month was a special one, because this time it was not set in a specific country, but in outer space. An environment that is increasingly starting to resemble a potential battle arena, and therefore deserves our attention.
January's Spotlight is the first to focus on China. And more specifically on Tibet, and how cultural genocide is taking place in this area. Check out CS Ubuntu's Instagram and website to read about it!
LECTURE

The lecture committee has adapted as well as possible to the meandering circumstances of the COVID pandemic. Unfortunately, our first event of the year had to be cancelled due to government measures. However, in December we had more luck and managed to host our first event with a speaker during our documentary night with explorer and producer Ben Ayers. We look forward to a brighter second half of the year, and have an exciting line-up of events planned, which we will hopefully be able to host in person. We hope to see you during one of our events soon!


STUDY TRIP

 

The Study Trip Committee unfortunately had to cancel our small trip, as the regulations at the time did not allow us to go through with it. However, we have been working on the big study trip, which is going to take place during spring break (if COVID regulations allow); The location, price, and schedule of activities will be announced on the 2nd of February during the monthly drinks! Sign ups will also open at the monthly drinks, and will stay open until TBD (probably late February, 1 month after opening).

GET INVOLVED

Forming the committee of the Conflict Academy is still in the works! Contact internalaffairs.csubuntu@gmail.com for more information!

Join the team planning 'Yoga Stops Traffick,' an Utrecht-wide event against human trafficking in collaboration with UGlobe and help arrange the event with NGOs, academic speakers, vendors, and more! Contact president.csubuntu@gmail.com for more information!
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