Dear Jacobs Community, Mercator is proud to host the 12th Mercator Art Contest! As you...
On March 22, 2014, 36 badminton enthusiasts from the wider Jacobs community competed in the Sixth...
The Romanian Country Information Day was the first CID of the Spring 2014 Semester and it was...
Dear Jacobs Community,
Mercator is proud to host the 12th Mercator Art Contest!
As you may know, this contest focuses on ‘Visual Art’
that includes drawing, painting, sketches, printmaking,
ceramics making, video, photography, fashion design,
graphic design, industrial design , interior design, art
installations… This classy event has inspired and hosted
many interesting works, which are still on display at
Mercator College and the IRC.
The theme for this year is ‘A New World’ and we hope that
the theme will inspire innovative, challenging and thought
provoking ideas. The contest is open to everyone and no
previous experience is necessary – just your creativity,
energy and of course, your contribution. Group entries are
also welcome. Limited artists' materials are available from
the Mercator College Office which are available on request.
Please get in touch with a Mercator College Office team
member for support.
A festive vernissage will be held soon thereafter, where the
five best pieces will be announced and the winners will
receive a cash award. If you enter a piece of art into the
contest, it is expected that you will leave it on loan to
Mercator College for exhibition, with the possibility
of it going to a temporary exhibition in the IRC for
at least 2 months.
For winning pieces, it is expected that you will loan the
artwork to Mercator for at least 2 years.
The deadline for entries this year is 24th April 2014.
Artworks may be handed in to the Mercator College Office
during opening hours, in case of any questions please hit
reply or contact: email@example.com.
We look forward to your support through your
Mercator College Masters Chris
Cohrs and Chaitali Das
On March 22, 2014, 36 badminton enthusiasts from the wider Jacobs community competed in the Sixth Mercator Challenge Cup. The event takes places since 2005 under the auspices of Mercator College, and this year drew most competitors ever. The men’s doubles competition had 24 participants; women’s doubles had 8, while 18 participants played in the mixed doubles contest, most badminton players competing in two of the contests. The tournament started shortly after 1pm and continued to the victory ceremony well after 7pm.
The women’s doubles competition saw Melanie Flöter and Alina Dima, both from computer science, winning the bronze medal, Melanie a computer science doctoral student, Alina studying for a BSc in the same discipline. The silver medal went to Linda Baldewein, who studies for a BSc in Earth and Space Sciences, and Usha Lamichhane, a doctoral student in biochemical engineering, and veteran participant of the Mercator Challenge Cup. Winners of the Challenge Cup in the women’s doubles competition were Anna Kuznetsova, a BA student of Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology and foundation year student Ngoc Linh Nguyen.
The men’s doubles competition had Ishtiaq Hussain, a doctoral student of chemistry, and Farhan Younas, who studies for the doctorate in biochemical engineering winning the bronze medal. Finalists competing for the Challenge cup were exactly the same as in 2013. This year, however, the silver medal went to last year’s winner, C3 college master Aidan Boyle, and Kim Philipp Jablonski, a BSc student of Applied and Computational Mathematics, while last year’s runners-up secured the Challenge Cup this year: Samuel Johnson, Mercator’s own veteran college office manager, and Florian Münch, a social entrepreneur (www.do-change.com) from Berlin and oldest son of former Mercator college master Klaus Boehnke.
Third place in the mixed doubles competition went to last year’s winners Usha Lamichhane and Sidhant Bom, a doctoral student of physics, who had won the mixed doubles competition already as an undergraduate at the first cup in 2005. Ngoc Linh Nguyen and Ishtiaq Hussain won the silver medal. The Challenge Cup went to Melanie Flöter and Henrik Jacobsen, a BA student of International Politics and History.
Congratulations to all winners and thank you for great games to all participants. The Seventh Mercator Challenge Cup is firmly planned to take place in about a year from now. May the event grow even further!
The Romanian Country Information Day was the first CID of the Spring 2014 Semester and it was greeted by many students. The official number of visitors was not obtained, but the venue of the CID, Mercator Common Room, was jammed, thus leading us to think it was quite a successful event.
This time, the CID wanted to break the barriers of common stereotypes and build a new story and face of Romania on these usual images: Dracula, Transylvania, gypsies. And it wanted to do so by blending in with the tradition. The “festivities” started off by two traditional customs in Romania. The visitors were offered salt and bread, a greeting ceremony for much of Central and Eastern Europe. The female visitors were also offered a red-and-white string, that was tied to their hands, symbolizing “little” March or the beginning of spring, called “Martisor”.
The CID also wanted to cover the diversity of Romania’s corners, so the organizers prepared a country tour with 3 characters that have painted somehow the image of Romania of nowadays: Gheorghe Hagi, the famous football player; Dracula, the infamous vampire residing in Transylvania; a traditional countryside woman, symbolizing some traditions that still persist in Romania until now.
The three characters took the visitors on a journey through Romania’s most impressive and important cities, where one could see the change in culture, values from one region to another. Besides valuable cultural, traditional and historical learning, the city tours were interspersed with different activities such as dances and music performances.
The orchestra offered an interpretation of Romania’s famous classic musician, George Enescu, and his play, Rhapsody No. 1. Furthermore, three Romanian students performed stunningly while singing two traditional Romanian folk songs. During the presentation, the CID also offered the visitors the possibility to learn some traditional dances, one of them being “Brasoveanca”, which the dancers quite enjoyed.
The organizers showed their creativity by also creating a news-like video where they presented the most important news concerning Romanians at Jacobs University. Visitors got to see interviews on campus where students were asked their current opinions of Romania and Romanians. At the end, the festivities were ended with another traditional dance, Hora, which involved more people from the audience.
Overall, the Romanian CID was a successful event that embodied different activities and readily managed to transfer people’s minds from the ever-lasting stereotypes to something that makes Romania more than a vampire land.
Article by: Vlad van Popa
Annual Floor Cooking Contest took place on 9th of March, 2014 with the participation of six floors assigned to six different cuisines. Charlie (Mercator's Apetito chef), Nicole Unnithan-Brauch (College Master, 2007-2013) with Mandy and Klaus Boehnke (College Master, 2002-2007) judged a total of 23 mouth watering dishes and the winner was MC1, with Latin American cuisine with 6 different elements representing the category. Second place went to MC3 with Romanian Cuisine and MB3 with Ghanaian Cuisine got third place.
The event was moved outside to the Terrace due to sunny weather which the whole campus seemed to enjoy. Mercator students and by passers also tasted the various dishes and were all satisfied with the delicious meals from all around the world.
MA1 represented Arabic Cuisine and using unique spices they had two kinds of
dry baklava, chicken and rice dish and creamy bean salad.
MA2 represented Indian Cuisine with butter chicken, naan and homemade lassi.
MB1 represented Polish Cuisine with piroggi, beans and
traditional cakes with ice-cream and fresh berries.
MB2 represented Ghanaian Cuisine with bean patties, spicy rice and banana bread.
MC1 represented Latin American Cuisine with lemon-marinated raw fish, bean paste
with pita and molten cheese, chicken soup with vegetables and
as dessert, tres leches and homemade juice.
MC3 represented Romanian Cuisine with Salata de Boeuf, stuffed peppers with pastry.
Thank you all the participants for widening our gastronomical
knowledge and filling us with delicious food!