Adrienn Kacsor, an M.A. student in the Department of History, and fellow students Adela Hincu and Alexandra Preda, want CEU’s new library to be the best it can be, so they decided to gather input from primary users of the library, the students.
“So many things happen in Hungary, but for international students it’s hard to get information about scandals between Hungary and the European Union, for example,” says Agnes Kelemen, an editor at the student-published CEU Weekly. “It’s important to channel Hungarian news for the CEU audience.”
Denise Nijhuis, Miranda Myrberg, Wietske Nijman, Inga Popovaite, and Dora Vajai decided to take their interest beyond the classroom, launching the Nationalism Studies blog at http://nationalismstudiesnetwork.wordpress.com/. The blog is a vibrant collection of the latest articles, books, videos, calls for papers, and scholarship or fellowship opportunities in the field.
“We’re all part of the problem, but we’re all part of the solution,” says Elana Hawke, an MSc student in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy who asked students, faculty, and staff to have themselves photographed with their pledge to reduce waste in their own lives at the WasteFest event March 19-21. The event highlighted the amount of waste produced by the CEU community every day. “I wanted people to think of something in their lives that they could change. Taking a photo made them more accountable, and took the message further.”
Working with people within CEU and around the world, Kristina Georgieva (Department of Economics, Economic Policy in Global Markets, two-year MA), took the lead in convening the Budapest Open 2013 Debate Tournament held the weekend of March 1-3. This was the second year in a row that the CEU Debate Society hosted the international tournament, both times in conjunction with Corvinus and ELTE universities.
“Building a community is difficult, but there is a passionate core group of students to keep doing the events,” says Saras about her experience as president of the Student Union, and cites the recent International Cultural Festival as the Union’s “blockbuster event.” Saras, who is American, arrived at CEU after spending time in Lithuania on a Fulbright grant. Building on her involvement there in human rights activism, she joined CEU’s Human RightS Initiative (HRSI) upon arriving.