Stereo equipment, bikes, food and drink have been stolen from
Frydenbø student housing. This January, a TV and a VCR
were taken as well. This was the fourth time in a year that the
common room has been burgled.
We bolted down everything of value. The thief was professional.
He new exactly which of our new equipment was most valuable, says
a frustrated Kenneth Fedje Gurvin, who is dorm director of Frydenbø.
Last November we had bought some sheep heads for a house
party, but they were taken before we had a chance to cook them.
Another time someone broke in and drank up all our wine, explains
SiB has installed a new central alarm system. Living at Frydenbø
remains popular, and the positive attitude of the residents has
not been diminished by the reoccurring break-ins.
More will Study Abroad
The number of students studying abroad has nearly doubled over
the last ten years, to almost 15,000. An additional 4,000 complete
part of their degree abroad.
Weve has a significant increase in the number of
students seeking advice on what steps are necessary to study abroad,
says Steen Buus Jensen, Secretary General of ANSA, a student association
for students studying abroad. He believes that many choose to
study outside of Norway because it will give them the edge in
the job market. The government has been trying to make study abroad
It seems as if they have finally realized that we dont
have a large enough capacity, especially in areas such as physical
therapy and medicine, adds Jensen. He is under the impression
that most who study abroad come from families with means.
Many schools charge high tuition, and the student loan
office has strict guidelines about what can be financed. Often,
the parents income will be decisive in studying abroad,
Laptops for Everybody?
The number of computers for students at the School of Social Sciences
will be reduced from 133 to 100. Instead, the faculty directors
would like more students to buy their own laptop computers, that
can be used anywhere.
This represents a major ideological shift when the faculty
passes on costs to students. This can have the unfortunate effect
of creating a class division between those who have means to buy
a PC and those who do not, says Bård Singstad, from the
IKT committee at SV.