Two student council members have left the VeSte student party. The two separatists are the Chinese students Shaoyang Xu and Yingying Zhang. Surprisingly, the split has nothing to do with different views on policy issues. The two students felt the drinks events and evening activities had too much of an impact on their private lives.
VeSte thinks it is a pity that the two are leaving the party. 'I think we had a good discussion beforehand about what is expected of you as a party member,' says Anneriek Simons. 'But apparently I find it more self-evident that you need to be flexible about when you get your rest. I have no problem with the occasional six hours of sleep.'
The students did not part company acrimoniously and they will continue to collaborate within the student council. The two will carry on working in the same committees during office hours. But they will have more freedom to set their own course and adopt a different policy to that of VeSte.