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Political actionThe TU Delft student political party Oras is looking for international students interested in becoming involved in student politics and the university’s Central Student Council.

Would you like to have a positive impact on the internationalization process, help represent the international community to the TU Executive Board and be involved in TU Delft policy making? Interested students should contact Rose Manouchehri: r.manouchehri@tudelft.nl,UfD-E.ON prize

The University Fund Delft board invites teams from TU Delft to apply for the UfD-E.ON Teamwork Prize 2009. Closing date for entries is 21 March. First prize is € 10,000. Three incentive prizes of € 2,000 will also be awarded. A jury will judge the entries and the winners will be announced on 27 May 2009. The competition is open to teams of TU Delft students and staff who have recently made a remarkable and outstanding achievement as a team. At least half of the team must be made up of students. This prize, formerly known as the UfD-Ritsema van Eck Prize, was first awarded in 2002 to the Alpha Centauri Team. Other winners include the Ampelmann team, the Delfly team and the Formula Student Racing Team. This is the first year that E.ON has lent its name to the UfD teamwork prize. Entries must be received by 21 March 2009, and should be sent to: University Fund Delft; attn: Mr. van der Laan; Mekelweg 5; 2628 CC Delft.

,Play ball

TU Delft has a new baseball and softball club open to students. The team, named the ‘Hit Manics, will play for fun in the sixth class of the Dutch national baseball league. The club currently has 15 members, but hopes to field another recreational baseball team and women’s softball team over the next two years. In March, the team starts practicing at the TU Sports Centre. Students interested in joining the team should email the manager at: ecroger@gmail.com.

Op het artikel 'dodelijk ongeval schokt campus' (Delta 20), wil ik graag reageren.Geschokt was ik die morgen bij het aanschouwen van het dramatische ongeluk op de hoek Mekelweg-Cornelis Drebbelweg. Geschokt ook door de eenvoud waarop een dergelijk drama plaats kan vinden. Een grote open ruimte, een betonvrachtwagen en een fiets met deken. Het illustreert hoe gevaarlijk dit kruispunt is, maar het gaat niet alleen om dit kruispunt. Vrijwel alle kruisingen op dit fietspad en de levensgevaarlijke oversteek bij de Jaffalaan zijn gevaarlijk.Het nieuwe drukke tweerichtingenfietspad, strak, recht en open, ervaar ik als zeer onduidelijk. Vaak als fietser, maar soms ook in de auto. Vooral op de kruisingen ontbreken fysieke middelen voor overzichtelijkheid. In de auto moet je een eindje de 'oprit' op rijden om goed zicht op de dubbele stroom fietsers te krijgen. Maar tegelijkertijd balanceer je op een hellend vlak, waardoor voor de fietser onzekerheid ontstaat of je de - theoretisch en wettelijke - voorrang wel krijgt. Hierdoor ontstaan gevaarlijke situaties, die ik helaas te vaak heb meegemaakt.Zonder op de zaken vooruit te lopen kunnen we, gezien de reacties van diverse mensen uit de directe omgeving, constateren dat er iets goed mis is met het fietspad langs de Mekelweg.Dat er in negen jaar niets is gebeurd, is niet relevant. Voor sommige mensen is één keer in de 58 jaar een dramatisch gebeuren, waarvan geen weg meer terug is.Het gaat dan ook niet zozeer om de toedracht van het ongeval, maar meer om de opdracht de situatie snel te verbeteren.Na ook de vele minder ernstige ongelukken moeten we toch onze les hebben geleerd.Ir. Guus Westgeest, faculteit Bouwkunde.

Political action

The TU Delft student political party Oras is looking for international students interested in becoming involved in student politics and the university’s Central Student Council. Would you like to have a positive impact on the internationalization process, help represent the international community to the TU Executive Board and be involved in TU Delft policy making? Interested students should contact Rose Manouchehri: r.manouchehri@tudelft.nl

UfD-E.ON prize

The University Fund Delft board invites teams from TU Delft to apply for the UfD-E.ON Teamwork Prize 2009. Closing date for entries is 21 March. First prize is € 10,000. Three incentive prizes of € 2,000 will also be awarded. A jury will judge the entries and the winners will be announced on 27 May 2009. The competition is open to teams of TU Delft students and staff who have recently made a remarkable and outstanding achievement as a team. At least half of the team must be made up of students. This prize, formerly known as the UfD-Ritsema van Eck Prize, was first awarded in 2002 to the Alpha Centauri Team. Other winners include the Ampelmann team, the Delfly team and the Formula Student Racing Team. This is the first year that E.ON has lent its name to the UfD teamwork prize. Entries must be received by 21 March 2009, and should be sent to: University Fund Delft; attn: Mr. van der Laan; Mekelweg 5; 2628 CC Delft.

Play ball

TU Delft has a new baseball and softball club open to students. The team, named the ‘Hit Manics, will play for fun in the sixth class of the Dutch national baseball league. The club currently has 15 members, but hopes to field another recreational baseball team and women’s softball team over the next two years. In March, the team starts practicing at the TU Sports Centre. Students interested in joining the team should email the manager at: ecroger@gmail.com.

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