ISP wants Representatives
The ISP (International Student Panel) does not meet in the month of April. The primary reason is that members have exams, and at the last meeting it was thought that the students would be too busy to attend a meeting. Chairwoman Wanda Bemmelmans takes the opportunity to explain the other problem behind the lull in the meetings. Usually there are two students from each programme - a 1st and 2nd year representative. The problem is that most of the second year representatives graduated in January or just recently in March. There are still three programmes where even a first year representative has not yet been chosen. That is bad because these are people who have been here since September."
The shortage of representatives is a problem which Wanda sees as, A result of students disappointments. At first they want to get involved, but enthusiasm is easily frustrated by the bureaucracy. Despite feeling overwhelmed by the bureaucracy of student politics, the ISP should be seen by MSc students as a forum to offer opinions and react to important administrative events in the university. It should be a platform, and we have even discussed making it more of a social gathering where there is a brief meeting followed by a more social event which would include other MSc students, and not only representatives."