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Blocking VUB-students perform action today against planned Cyclocross race on campus
Students of the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and l'université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) carry out action against the Brussels Universities Cyclocross race, the seventh round of the DVV Verzekeringen Trophy on their campus. They find that the university is during one of the toughest periods of the year -the block - no cyclocross is supposed to organize.

“This is a marketing stunt,” says Charlotte Vanderheyden of the studentenplatform Stay away From Our Block, to Radio 1. The VUB would focus on the wrong priorities and not take account of the students. As a result, today there are protests, though the opposition rather slight: “The block”. Probably remains the distribution of flyers and a large banner. the

The dissatisfied students have a few weeks. So they started a petition with 1200 signatures collected. That they sent to the rector. Further studied them for the last month with z’n all massively in the buildings of the rectorate.

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“We're focusing on in terms of anger, not at the present supporters. If they have questions, we want them also to provide explanations and, therefore, we have flyers with our views. On the banner is " Keep out of our block and a message that education is the top marketing must come,” says Charlotte Vanderheyden.

461 places

The VUB has taken all the necessary measures to hinder that the students can experience the cyclocrosswedstrijd. For example, the students in the nearby House of the Wood study. VUB-rector Caroline Pauwels went there this afternoon all along and saw many satisfied faces. “We were from the outset determined all of the discomfort to avoid and have said right away that we are in a evaluation will. That will be a rigorous evaluation,” said the rector.

“We are proud that cyclocross in the us takes place”, responds Pauwels yet. The university says have sufficient places to provide for diligent students: “When we make the decision for the event names, we immediately see how many students last year on campus stayed to study. That there were 461. That number of places is now freed.”

With the event wants the VUB, and also topsportuniversiteit in the spotlight places. Finally, the university offers more than thirty years, the program ‘top Sport and Study'. At the time it was the VUB pioneer in that area.

Between assembly halls and amphitheatre

The seventh round of the DVV Verzekeringen Trophy will take place between the aula of the VUB and ULB. The riders pass along the amphitheatre of the VUB, a green oasis where the students on a normal weekday can unwind. The cross comes to 11 hours of start with the juniors, in between, follow the male promises and the Elite women. Finally, it is to 15 hours the turn of the Elite men.

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