Collecting music had long been a hobby of Peter Bollen’s, but it turned into a true labour of love when he starting hunting down and restoring music clips from TopPop. Over the years the television broadcasters turned out to have wiped countless clips, a disproportionate number of them featuring Dutch artists. "Cleaning up clips and restoring them to their full glory gives me a real kick."
Her parents founded the Michelin star restaurant De Echoput in Apeldoorn, now run by her brother. As a child she helped out by washing dishes, and from the age of 14 she ran the souvenir shop with her sister. She learned from her parents the value of hard work and independence. “And from my father I learned to be authentic. To stand up for your beliefs and stay true to yourself.” Rather than follow her brother into the family business, she decided to spread her wings. Now professor of Social Law specialising in labour and social security law, Saskia Klosse was appointed to the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER) in August.
“There’s nothing as exciting as a night-time rifle exercise, even if it is in the Dutch countryside”, says Jaap Hoogenboezem, lecturer in Public Administration at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Since 2008 he has also been an army reserve officer. “I’m a soldier with a zero-hour contract.” Here he talks about camaraderie, excitement and romance – yes, all the clichés are true – but also about the wealth of administrative experience he is gaining in the army and can, in turn, pass on.
The band The Very Sexuals was formed in 2008 and released their first album, Post-apocalyptic Love,online in that same year. The album was downloaded 20,000 times and picked up by music forums in countries as far flung as Brazil, Japan and the United States. A tour was inevitable, the record company agreed. Niels Philipsen, drummer for The Very Sexuals and researcher at the Maastricht Institute for Transnational Legal Research (METRO), looks back at this exciting time with a touch of melancholy.
Every year he watches at least 200 films, 40 of them at the Cannes Film Festival. For Mark Vluggen, Cannes is the recurring highlight of his year. An assistant professor in Information Management at the School of Business and Economics, Vluggen is also the editor in chief of the film magazine of Maastricht’s arthouse cinema, the Lumière, and a film critic for the university newspaper Observant.
At the age of 10, Hans van Hall wondered why the Diepstraat in the picturesque town of Eijsden was so wide. Fifty years later he answers this question himself in his PhD dissertation, ‘Eijsden, een vrijheid met Luikse stadsrechten’ (‘Eijsden: Liberty with Liège City Rights’). “In the Middle Ages, this village had its own justice system. That was unique in the region we now know as South Limburg.”
They sit companionably side by side; supervisor Louis Berkvens and PhD candidate Hans van Hall. Both in their 60s, both at the end of first-rate scholarly careers. There are few signs of a typical student–teacher hierarchy in this relationship. “Absolutely not”, the professor says immediately. “We’ve worked on a great book together for six years; on a dissertation with more social relevance than the outside world initially suspected. And it’s been unlike any other PhD project I’ve worked on. Most of the time I spent on it was my own spare time. We usually met at some nice place in the city or at home with a cup of coffee. Pleasantly illegal, I’m tempted to say.”
Medical studies or the music conservatory? This was the diffi cult decision facing the 19-year-old Angelique Hollands when she was accepted into both programmes last year. She opted for medicine at Maastricht University, but performed with the Dutch National Student Orchestra (NSO) in February this year. Her résumé now includes performances at celebrated concert halls like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and De Doelen in Rotterdam, where she played an English horn solo in Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky.