Wetenschap - 1 januari 1970




The prospect of a shortage of student accommodation in Wageningen looms
once again as preparations are made for new students.

The student union WSO is worried that the university, the municipality and
accommodation office SSHW are doing too little, and that there will be
nearly 200 rooms too few available in September. Board member Kees van Ast
suspects that the shortage will be even greater. The short-term solution
will be the same as last year: Erasmus exchange students will be asked not
to come or to come later, so that the rooms available can be given to MSc
students. The latter come for two years and must start in September.
Increasing international students means that the number of rooms available
for Dutch students is declining, and this is leading to friction, according
to Jan Harkema of SSHW. The accommodation office plans to create emergency
housing behind the old IPO building, but this is being held up by the
application for an environmental permit.

High turnout

In the student council elections Veste is the big winner this year.

780 of the 1687 votes went to the Joint student fraction as it is called,
giving this group six seats on the council. Four go to the Progressive
student fraction (PSF) and two to the Christian student fraction (CSF). The
turnout for the elections reached a record high; 43.7 percent of eligible
students voted, probably because they could do so digitally for the first
time. Last year, elections could not even be held due to a shortage of
candidates. Nevertheless, this year’s tunrout is high even in national
terms, the average being 20 percent for student council elections. Only the
University of Groningen, with 42 percent turnout, comes anywhere near

Robot competition

The first Field Robot Event, organised by the Farm Technology Group, took
place last week and was attended by two hundred people. The entries were
all small robots made by students from the Netherlands, Germany and France.
Most were built on a low budget and in a short time. The robots had to
follow a course set out in a field of young maize plants which included mud
and slopes to negotiate. The winner was the German robot Isaac (Infrared
Self nAvigating Autonomous Crawler), built by students from the University
of Hohenheim. www.fieldrobot.nl