The IBCoMpanion Bowling Event

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Last Wednesday, the IBCoMpanions hosted a bowling competition for the first year students. IBCoMpanions Sara, Hilal and Demi, together with progamme coordinator Indira Gerards, organized the event by making sure the time and date was chosen, the lanes were booked, and tickets sold.

Unfortunately, the ticket sales were a little slow to start, so most IBCoMpanions had to motivate their group of students to come and hang out at this social event.

Upon arrival, everyone got going to ordering drinks – after the nicknames had been recorded on the screens and selfies made, the real game started.

Most people played in their friend groups, and it was a serious battle! Not only to become the best team, but also to beat each other. Even the IBCoMpanions got in on the fun, battling against each other by throwing the most strikes.

The first year students expressed to me that they hadn’t been bowling since they were kids at their friend’s birthday parties. These used-to-be professionals at the sport were now struggling not to get the bowling ball in the gutter or to hit at least one pin. But after a beer and encouragement from friends, most did manage to swing the ball in the right direction and hit some high scores.

The idea came from the fact that last year some IBCoMpanion groups had gone bowling as a socializer and this was very fun. So this year, the IBCoM staff with the help of Sara, Hilal and Demi decided to organize something similar, but for the whole first year class.

In the end, it was a really fun activity for socializing with friends and maybe even meeting some new people! Had more tickets been sold, the fun probably would have lasted for another hour, but one full hour of bowling tired most people out.

As the cherry on top, the IBCoMpanions announced which teams had gotten first, second and third place. The winning team got a grand prize of 20 euros to spend at Paviljoen.

 

Humans of IBCoM – Giani Kasanmonadi’s Story

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Accompanied by the blood coloured trees rustling in the Rotterdam winds, I had the opportunity to interview Giani Kasanmonadi, an 18 year-old IBCoM first year student who has been living in Netherlands his entire life. His mother is from Curaçao and his father from Indonesia – an interesting cultural blend.

“My mother really instilled the Caribbean culture in me and my siblings. So my values and how I think is really Caribbean, but at the same time I have the ‘chillness’ from my dad’s side. I don’t know as much about Indonesia – and I really do wanna go there and learn about the culture someday,” he tells me.

How could one talk about culture – especially Caribbean culture, and not ask about food? “My dad and my mom are amazing chefs. Caribbean food is amazing – I can make some food, nothing fancy though. I can make ‘funchi’, which is like a dough made out of corn that is oven baked, and then fried. You eat it with cheese on it or really however you prefer. I’m not a huge fan of Dutch food, however.”

Giani is also a musician – and in my opinion, a really talented one. His songs are played pretty often on my Spotify playlists as well. I was interested in knowing why he decided to study IBCoM rather than get professional music training. “I read about the IBCoM programme somewhere, then visited the open house, and I felt really connected with what the programme stood for. It teaches people about life, as in, it’s about things [in communication] that people kind of already know, but it makes us analyse them. Music programmes focus a lot of classical training, and the music I like to make is more about emotion than the mathematical formulas behind them. I might not be able to use the kind of music they teach me, but I know what I learn at IBCoM I’d be able to use even in my personal life.”

His interest in music started when he was young and now Giani, known as Sanguino on Spotify, has an album coming out later this year. “It started out as a hobby cause I’ve been making music almost all my life, I’ve played piano since I was seven, and I’ve been singing with my brother and my little sister all my life. There was this moment when I was around 8 years old and my dad said ‘You know you can’t sing, right?’ and when I heard that, that was the moment when I decided that I needed to prove him wrong. So I started practicing a lot, and it wasn’t until I was 15 – because I used to write a lot of rap lyrics and stuff, a friend of mine told me he knew a place we could just lay the lyrics down and then put them on a track so I decided yeah, okay, this is a great opportunity. I realised I liked singing a lot more than rapping, and that is when I really started writing actual songs, and that’s where it all started, I guess.”

When asked about his journey as a music artist, he told me about becoming a Spotify artist. “First [Sanguino] started with Soundcloud – which is another music streaming website. And then, [my] producer was like ‘We should try to get on Spotify.’ So we tried to connect to the right people and tried to do a bunch of things, and eventually, yeah. Sometimes even when I click on Spotify now and see my own name [as an artist], I feel like yo, what the hell, how is it possible?”

His stage name is Sanguino, derived from the Latin word for blood. “To be honest, the name [Sanguino] doesn’t really have a meaning. I was just scrolling through a Latin dictionary – because I had to take Latin in school – and I loved how it sounded. Like an Italian fashion brand, kind of ‘bougie’.” The word ‘sanguine’ also means positive, which I think is a perfect word to describe Giani.

His album comes out late November, so be sure to check him out on Spotify!

 

What’s Poppin’ in Dutch Cinemas

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Feeling stressed-out and overwhelmed by uni-life? Are you looking for something fun do to get a break from studying? How about going to the movies? Plenty of movies are being released this October and upcoming November. It does not matter what kind of movies you prefer… in this short list of upcoming movies, you will certainly find one you would like to see.

 

  • Thor 3: Ragnarok – Probably not as apocalyptic as it sounds.

Picture7An Action and Fantasy movie by Taika Waititi
With Chris HemsworthTom HiddlestonCate Blanchett

Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, and two years after the events of Avengers: Age of UltronThor, held captive on the planet Sakaar without his hammer Mjolnir, must win a gladiatorial duel against an old friend—the Hulk—in order to return to Asgard in time to stop the villainous Hela and the impending Ragnarök, the end of all Asgardian civilization

 

Is it the right movie for you?

If you liked the stories of the previous Thor-movies and the Avengers, this film is definitely the perfect choice for you. It differs in its style from the first Thor-movies, but still helps you clarify some questions that came up after the last Avengers movie.

 

  • Geostorm – Some Things Were Never Meant to Be Controlled

Picture2A Science-fiction Thriller by Dean Devlin
With Gerard ButlerJim Sturgess and Abbie Cornish

When catastrophic climate change endangers Earth’s very survival, world governments unite and create the Dutch Boy Program: a worldwide net of satellites, surrounding the planet, that are armed with geoengineering technologies designed to stave off the natural disasters. After successfully protecting the planet for two years, something is starting to go wrong. Two estranged brothers are tasked with solving the program’s malfunction before a worldwide Geostorm can engulf the planet.

Is it the right movie for you?

This film is not only a good option for you if you are a big fan of apocalypse movies, because it differs a lot from traditional disaster features. “Geostorm” does not only consist of the story of disaster but also has a side storyline which makes the movie a bit a mystery. All in all, I would recommend this movie to all fans of Thrillers and Science-fiction.

 

  • The Snowman – Soon the first snow will come, and then he will kill again.

Picture3A Thriller by Tomas Alfredson
With Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Gainsbourg

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. 

 

Is it the right movie for you?

If you like crime thriller with unpredictable twists you should watch this movie. The exciting, thrilling and gripping atmosphere enthralls you from the first minute onwards.

 

  • Home again – Starting over is not for beginners

Picture4Comedy and Romance by Hallie Meyers-Shyer
With Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen and Lake Bell

Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.

Is it the right movie for you?

If you like chick-flicks and light entertainment, “Home again” is a good choice for you. As it does not provide much depth in terms of content,  it is perfect to have a relaxed evening with your best friend to forget about the studying stress for a while.

 

And finally, for those of you that just can´t get enough of horror movies, Pathé Schouwburgplein presents the Halloween Horror Show 2017 on the 28th of October. From 00:00- 06:45 they will be showing a selection of different horror movies.

Picture6The program:

00.00 – The Autopsy of Jane Doe
01.30 – Pause 1
01.45 – Jigsaw
03.15 – Pause 2 
03.30 – Don’t Hang Up
05.00 – Pause 3 
05.15 – It Stains the Sands Red
06.45 – End of the program

Find more information about the Halloween Horror Show 2017 at
https://www.pathe.nl/film/6410/halloween-horror-show-2017