Committees are voluntary student-found groups whose members share a common interest. For instance, students meet up to do sports or urban gardeing, reach out to foreign universities, make music, write their own UCF magazine, organize guest lectures, or sell sustainable study material. Whatever idea you think needs to be heard and purchased, found your own committtee and get people engaged!
Aptly named, the committee’s goal is to reach out to other Liberal Arts programs and colleges, the larger Uni Freiburg and the city itself. Therefore, our focus is on establishing and maintaining partnerhsips with other like-minded universities and colleges (such as Leuphana University Lüneburg, University College Maastricht, University College London) with joint projects and activities of various kinds.
These include the hitchhiking challenges to Maastricht and Lüneburg as well as organizing their stay when they make their way to us. We also co-organized the first Liberal Education Students Conference (LESC) in Lüneburg and planned and carried out the second LESC here in Freiburg. In the past we also organized a Harvard buddy program and took care of a tutoring system for our Ersties. Currently we are in the process of creating a booklet with reviews of non-UCF courses and organizing topic-specific school lessons. However, most importantly, we are open to innovative ideas and fresh faces!
Meeting: Every Wednesday @ 6:30 pm in the Common Room
Contact: Jonas Skorzak – email@example.com
LESC website – http://lesconference.eu/
non-UCF Course Reviews – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1I2G9Cilgc_WUtX1swfdyKLkZtQdIlXBeLQdmfpxrrLI/edit?usp=sharing
Reading Room Committee
“Anyone who thinks this world is without magic, hasn’t been to a reading
room.” – Michael Embry
The Reading Room is “the room behind the door”. It is an official meeting room for all important conferences on UCF matters; yet, it is also the LAS-Students’ privilege to use it as study and reading room. In the huge bookshelves you can find a great variety of books e.g. on literature, social sciences, and natural sciences as well as cooking books and language work books. The Reading Room Committee coordinates book offerings and aims to create not only a cosy study and reading atmosphere but moreover a place of magic, offering books which could not be found in other university libraries! As books cannot be borrowed, we own a scanner, so you may scan as many pages as you wish and save them on an USB-flash drive! Each semester, all students have the opportunity to propose one book each, in order to enrich the book collection. With regard to future generations, only a limited number of the proposed books will be chosen and ordered by the Reading Room Committee. Note, that it is attempted to offer books which cannot be found in common libraries, so classics for example will
rather not be ordered.
How to get in? Due to the Reading Room’s double function as study place for students and meeting place for conferences, the opening hours are not stable. The policy is the following: In general, the key to the Reading Room has to be picked up at the UCF office. the office opens at 8:30 am and the key can be picked up. You will sign a document as you pick it up and hence you will be the responsible for key and room! As we students only have limited access to the Reading Room key, we need to organise shifts in advance; that way we are able to pass on the key and to keep the room open. If no staff meetings are announced, we may use the room until the building closes (10:00 pm). So, please, click on the link below and sign in for shifts! If you sign in the online document please also edit the print out on the Reading Room Door. Organising Sheet
If you are the last person in the room you sign the document on the white board in the reading room, lock up the door and then return the key. If you close the room before 3:00 pm, return the key to the UCF office; if you close the room after 3:00 pm, return the key to the Student Mailbox in the staircase. In case of urgent staff meetings, students are asked kindly to leave the room; yet, after such meetings the room may be used again for studying.
Here you find a list of the Books of the Reading Room (February 2014).
THE GLOBAL ORDER PROJECT
1 About the Project
The Global Order Project is a network of student groups and experts, who are studying issues of Global Order in various disciplines. The project was established under the patronage of the former chief prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno Ocampo and currently includes students and university staff in Maastricht and Freiburg. We define Global Order broadly as: a global system, in which international actors behave according to specific determinants. In constructing our current and future Global Order, we see three major challenges:
- Different academic disciplines have different understandings of Global Order as well as the actors and determinants that define it. This ranges from the assumption of anarchy to the rule of law, and states as only actors to the empowerment of individuals.
- Different regions of the world differ greatly in their view of the current, as well as a desired future Global Order. The arguably largest division runs along the global north-south divide, but different regions that warrant different types of Global Order are manifold and include divisions between the US and Europe or Asia and ‘the West’, to the extent that one can even group these regions together. Conflicts arise not at least because of such differing descriptive and normative perceptions of Global Order.
- Finally, different generations will need to work together toward a common Global Order. Only by sharing knowledge, views, and ideas between the most experienced figures of Global Order and those that might shape it in the future, will we succeed in actively designing the world around us.
2 Team Freiburg
In 2015, the first Global Order Conference took place in Maastricht with about ten students from UCF participating. In the aftermath, they took up the role of bringing the next conference to Freiburg. Thus, an organization team was founded to coordinate all Global Order related matters at UCF.
Everybody who is interested is welcome to participate and engage with the Global Order Project. Events and other platforms are managed by the organization team. It is made up of previous members as well as new students who can apply for vacant positions in the beginning of each acadmic year. Students who are not entering their final year of studies at UCF are especially encouraged to apply in order to carry the Project over into the year after.
Orga Team Tasks
- Organize the annual Global Order Conference if it is supposed to take place in Freiburg
- Prepare interested students from Freiburg for participating in the conferene (regardless of location)
- Provide access to ideas, resources, events, and the network in general for students in Freiburg
- Interact, exchange ideas, and cooperate with other Global Order Project Teams (e.g. in Maastricht)
- Maintain an active platform throughout the year for students to engage with topics of Global Order (e.g. organizing a talk series, social media, etc.)
- Secure funding for the Project and its events
- Establish relations beyond UCF in Freiburg: invite other students and incorporate them into the project, contact press outlets, local foundations and other public and private actors
- Having fun doing all that!
3 Contact and further information
Go to our website for more information about the project, upcoming events and news, and contact details. Like us on Facebook to never miss an event and other important news.
If you have any questions, feedback, or comments to the project and our online representation, you are warmly invited to contact us!
UCF students’ magazine
The Jack is an English magazine initiated, run, and published regularly by students of the University College Freiburg (UCF). In every issue of the Jack students and other participants contribute texts and image material that altogether explore one specified overall topic in an interdisciplinary and creative way: the articles may adopt a political, scientific, social, philosophical, personal, cultural or alternative perspective and take divergent stylistic forms. In this spirit, the magazine is an expression of the philosophy of the Liberal Arts and Sciences community in Freiburg, which embraces diversity on an academic as well as cultural and social level.
The editing of the Jack is organized by the UCF Journalism Committee (JC), which every UCF student is invited to join. The JC office holders each adopt a certain area of responsibility. JC members who do not hold an office attend the meetings regularly and assist the office holders in realizing the tasks necessary to edit, layout, fund, promote and sell the magazine.
The Jack is open to contributions from anyone who wants their creative work published: UCF students, students from the University of Freiburg, and even external writers and artists. The JC is the final authority on which works will be published in the magazine and how the content will be presented.
Structure & Content (Sections)
The JC aims at creating a diverse and balanced content for the Jack. Therefore, the magazine is divided into five different sections, which each contain works of specific forms, genres, and content.
Outline of the sections and the potential forms, genres, and content of their articles:
Science & Philosophy
The Science and Philosophy section may comprise philosophical debate, scientific news, and easily accessible scientific essays.
Politics & Society
The Politics and Society section may comprise political essays, academic writing, commentaries, reports, satire, comics, and pro-con debates.
People & Experiences
The People and Experiences section may comprise personal reports, essays, and personal interviews.
Art, Prose & Poetry
The Art, Prose and Poetry section may comprise original artistic works of writing and visual art.
Outside The Box
Anything goes in the Outside The Box Section!
At the beginning of each editing cycle, the JC members elect the JC office holders. Only LAS students can hold offices, however, external students are invited to assist by joining an interest group. All office holders supervise each of their assigned areas of responsibility, which means that they keep track of what needs to be done, execute and oversee these tasks. Each office is accompanied by a corresponding interest group which any JC member may join. The office holder is the head of their interest group, however does not hold singular power.
Outline of the different offices and their corresponding area of responsibility:
- Two editors-in-chief (distribution of work is flexible)
- Heads of the committee
- Organize meetings
- Coordinate all committee activities
- Manages external relations
- Organizes meetings with other organizations
- Holds responsibility for printing, promotion, distribution and fundraising
- Holds responsibility for fundraising and managing finances
- Centrally involved in developing a budget plan
- Minimum of two required
- Excellent English skills necessary
- Final editing of spelling and style
- Five required (one for each section)
- Each member is responsible for one section
- Handles submissions
- Review of content and structure
- Creates and maintains a layout template
- Responsible for formatting, layout and print
The Ecoalas committee brings together the green students of UCF! It is a platform for exchange about topics surroundings sustainability, environmental issues and eco-friendly living. We are meeting every two weeks to discuss whatever we are interested in – contributing from each other’s knowledge and experiences.
Thus, the ecoalas committee is about sharing: we rent a bike to LAS students, offer a share shelf in the common room and make a bread spread within our committee meetings.
We also organize fun events such as Zero-Waste-BBQs, clothes swaps and movie nights in order to raise the awareness about environmental topics and reach out to other LAS students.
Bring in your ideas and join our community!
Contact: Penelope Bergel – firstname.lastname@example.org