The IBCoM Awards: Highlights & Why You Should Come Next Year


The IBCoM Awards: the annual event where we celebrate and reward the talents of our IBCoM students. Last night it was time to dress up and get ready for an evening of fun, entertainment and craziness. Although a lot happened, and many awards were presented, let me tell you about some of the highlights.

The show started with a surprising and entertaining opening song by the hosts Jan Smeets and Saaiqa Merali, in which they clearly explained how the show would be about us… but mostly them.

The tone was set. Many people laughed, including some teachers on the first row. And with that, the first two awards were presented: Social Media Tiger, won by our very own blogger Nicoleta Ciobanu, and The Library Citizen, Emina Mulagic.

But although the song by Jan and Saaiqa was fun and entertaining, none of the acts were able to beat the performance by Zazala Quist. Her performance, which she called ‘the story’, gave me goosebumps and according to the cheering, many people in the audience agreed. That is probably why, at the end of the evening, she received the IBCoM Talent award!

But before Zazala received that award, many other awards were presented. For example, the well-known category of Mr./Ms. Sunshine! That one person that always has a smile on their face, no matter where you run into them, was won this year by Juneal Holder. He entered the stage with a big smile on his face and the message that he ‘hoped to bring happiness to many others in the future’ – which of course automatically brought a smile on my face!

Another award winner that made me smile was Jay Lee, this year’s most entertaining lecturer. Also known as our first year statistics lecturer who told me in my very first statistics lecture that statistics is (according to research!) considered the sexiest job of this century. A well deserved award, since he made statistics somewhat bearable for many students.

But we cannot forget the memorable moment of the Chug Champion. Instead of counting the votes, the nominees were asked on stage to drink for their title. The first one to finish, won the award. But barely one second into the small competition Laurens van der Valk already raised his hand. To the surprise of many he was done before others even had the chance to start!

The evening was filled up with many crazy moments, as you might have noticed. For those who were there, they might remember the performance Jay KL (also known as Jay Lalwani) who made the entire audience stand up and join in on his party! Or the first ever IBCoM lecturer brave enough to enter the stage to do stand-up comedy, Jason Pridmore – which was (to some people, a little surprisingly), successful. Unfortunately I cannot talk about everything that happened, but I would definitely recommend that you go next year, and I’m having high hopes for the next IBCoMmittee that will organise this event. This year’s team has done a great job and I think everybody enjoyed it. I don’t think I will soon forget the performances by Zazala, Giani, Jay or Anouk, Marieke & Max, nor will I forget Juneal’s smile or David’s surprising proposal to Jan when he asked him to be couple goals with him (for that last one you needed to be there, so I suggest: just go next year!).

Award winners:

Social Media Tiger: Nicoleta Ciobanu

Library Citizen: Emina Mulagic

Successful Slacker: Berdan Kaplan

Most Inspiring Course: International and Global Communication

Life of the Party: Jay Lalwani

Mr./Ms. Sunshine: Juneal Holder

Most IBCoMpassionate: Anne-Merel van Kempen

Most Entertaining Lecturer: Jay Lee

Ultimate Teamplayer: Zephyr Shiho Sugito

Chug Champion: Laurens van der Valk

Couple Goals: Jan Smeets and David Boeren

Award for the IBCoM Support Staff

IBCoM Talent Award: Zazala Quist

Humans of IBCoM: Daniëlle van Kalken

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Meet Daniëlle van Kalken, only a first year at IBCoM but has already 3 years of Erasmus University experience in her pocket. Her excitement to partake in activities outside of the course fuels her on a daily basis and she encourages everyone else to do it too. Here’s her story.

“I was born and raised here in Rotterdam, so it was an easy choice to come study here. However, my first study choice ended up not being the right one.” Daniëlle’s first year was spent at IBACS (International Bachelor of Arts and Culture Studies), but she soon discovered that she wasn’t so much interested in art as she was in media and marketing. “So, I switched to IBCoM, but then soon after I was asked to do a board year at ACE.”

When asked how she got involved at ACE, Daniëlle explained that in her first year at EUR she joined the ACE party committee.  Which was fun, but also more serious and interesting than the typical Dutch partying student associations. “That’s what I liked about ACE, for me it bridges the gap between education, career and social life.”

She was the Chairman of the overall functioning board of ACE, and so responsible for the networking, the presentation and the overall wellbeing of the association. “During my board year I learned a lot such as networking and building connections, as well as gaining more professional experience, but also having as much fun as possible.”

This year she finally started doing IBCoM, so she downsized to being the chairman of the IBCoMmittee. “I wanted to relate my IBCoM life to my ACE life.” Daniëlle explained that it is a lot less responsibility, but just as much fun organizing events and meeting IBCoM students.

“One of the events we organized are the IBCoM awards. This is a night where teachers, staff members and students get together to celebrate the talents and people within IBCoM.” Awards are handed out for different categories, both more fun awards such as “couple goals” or “social media tiger” and more serious categories concerning inspiring courses and lecturers.

“The IBCoMmittee tries to focus on getting all students and staff members involved. We feel that staff members are underappreciated and so this is also a good moment to get to know them and their moment to shine.”

“IBCoM is really great at creating a community, but also to creating other opportunities for students outside of their mandatory courses to gain more real-life experience.”

Daniëlle feels that the pressure of university is so high at the moment that it is important to have those moments outside of worrying about getting good grades and gaining enough experience to work later on. IBCoM and ACE do a great job at creating experiences that are useful in future working life, which are also very fun to partake in. “Students should also consider doing something that they love outside of studying, so for me (as I’m an organized person) I love being so involved with the study association and the IBCoMmittee.”

Thanks to Daniëlle for sharing her story! Be sure to check out the IBCoM awards tomorrow, there are still tickets available!


The Oscars 2018: What Can You Expect?



The 90th annual Academy Awards are upon us. Once again, statues of a tiny gold man named Oscar will be awarded to the best films, the greatest actors and the most brilliant directors of the last year. Will you be watching this Sunday? Here’s what to look out for when sitting through the 3-hour long show.

Lady Bird concerns a coming of age story of a teen and her relationship with her mother, and it is nominated for 5 Oscars. One of these nominations includes Best Director on the part of Greta Gerwig, who also wrote the screenplay. This is interesting because she is one of the 5 women EVER to be nominated for Best Director and in the 90 years the Oscars have been present only TWO women have won this prize.

The film Call Me by Your Name is one of the few productions that wasn’t solely based in the USA. The storyline follows another teen’s coming-of-age journey as he falls in love with an older man. Timothée Chalamet is up for Best Male Lead at the age of 23, he would be the youngest actor ever to win the award. This film, together with Moonlight which won Best Picture in 2017, would definitely raise the awareness of LGTBQ+ issues in cinema.  

Your host, ladies and gentlemen, is once again… Jimmy Kimmel! I am not the first who is surprised to see Mr. Kimmel back on the Dolby Theater stage. Once again, a well-known, highly televised, white male is going to try to be funny in-between award-giving. Could we get someone to crack jokes who hasn’t done it a million times before and with a different skin tone, maybe?

Lastly, I would like to give two tips regarding the 2018 Academy Awards.

Number 1: if you are into horror or creepy thriller films watch Get Out. I don’t know much about this genre and I don’t enjoy watching these films. However, it has been nominated for Best Picture and it is very rare for this genre to be even nominated in this category. (Oh, and the director, also up for an award, is of color, so points in my book #OscarsSoWhite).

Number 2; if you are looking for something new to listen to, check out which films have won the Best Soundtrack/Score awards in recent years and of course this year. Most soundtracks appear on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud (whatever your medium of choice is). Even if you haven’t seen the film, cinema scores are magical and will make you want to see on the silver screen!