Mirthe Voppen Chairman and commissioner IAPSS
My name is Mirthe Voppen and this year I have the honour of being Chairman as well as the commissioner for the IAPPS committee. Currently I’m in my third year of International Relations and Organizations having finished the last two on good report. Two years ago I arrived in Leiden from a small village in Drenthe not knowing what to expect. Rather quickly I grew acquainted with the SPIL and from the first moment I felt at home here. I’ve been active with the SPIL since my first year here. In the last two years I have been a member of both the First Year Weekend committee and the facilities committee.
As chairman of the SPIL this year I will be leading the board and will see that certain goals are attained. I will also represent the SPIL in other associations like the Student Overleg Platform (StOP), the Verenigingen Overleg (VerO) of the faculty of Social Science and the Landelijk platform voor politicologen (PvP). As commissioner for the IAPPS committee I’ll also be making certain that the trip to the world congress of IAPPS is organized.
Sietske Couperus Secretary and commissioner Promotion
I’m Sietske Couperus and third year IRO student. I’m originally a Leienaar even though I moved to Santpoort-Noord, a small village next to Haarlem, when I was seven. In my first year I moved to the oude vest but I now live with two friends on the Langebrug.
Besides being a board member I’m also a member of Augustinus, besides I work in a restaurant and I have an address where I babysit. I’ve also started the minor Cultural Memory of War and Conflict. As secretary I’m responsible for the records of the members and the alumni members, the newsletter, the proceedings during the general member assembly and the minutes. I also organize the constitution drink and the drink with all the previous boards and work as intermediary between the SPIL and externals. I can use my creativity as commissioner Promotion where I, with the other committee members, maintain the social media accounts, take pictures of the activities and develop posters.
Nadette Embregts Finance commissioner and almanac commissioner
My name is Nadette Embregts, I’m a third years IRO-student and this year finance commissioner and almanac commissioner. I enjoy dancing, food and experiencing new things. That’s why I moved from Limburg to Leiden two years ago to study IRO, a decision I certainly don’t regret. IRO is a very interesting study in which all the subjects surrounding international politics get discussed. This is a beautiful city to live in. All the students and the amazing old canals make Leiden an unique place. I haven’t only learned a lot during my time as a student, I’ve also done a lot. I didn’t just become a member of the SPIL, I also became a member of the Student Association for International Relations (SIB) and of Augustinus. This year as a board member I’ll mostly be focusing on the SPIL. As finance commissioner I’ll be responsible for the financial state of the association and everything involved with this. It is my task to make sure that the contribution money this year is spent like it should. I will also be involved in making the almanac with my committee. I hope to have given out a good edition of the almanac at the end of the year.
Fedde van der Herberg Internal activities commissioner and acquisitions commissioner.
I’m Fedde van der Herberg, born and raised in the beautiful Baarn in the middle of the country. As the only student of the general Political Science direction I will this year be commissioner of both internal activities and acquisitions.
After a year in Leiden I have evolved my Gooische R for a Leidsche R. For a year I rowed quite competitively at K.S.R.V. Njord. As the ultimate achievement I ended at number six of the final ranking with my team Sparrow.
I was immediately enthusiastic about the SPIL during the first year weekend. I became a member of the internal activities and Debat committees. As the year went on I also became finance commissioner of the first All Year Weekend committee. My SPIL highlights of the last year? A day with SP MP Harry van Bommel for Debat, organizing the Council Debate in the city hall of Leiden and the three study trips I made with the SPIL to Berlin, Brussel and Washington DC.
The SPIL enriched my first year in Leiden. Now I want to do the same for all the members of the SPIL. Together with my two committees and the board I’ll do my best to make this an unforgettable year. Long live the SPIL!
Emilie de Raadt commissioner of foreign activities.
I’m Emilie de Raadt and I’m currently working on my second year of International Organizations and Relations. So far I’m really pleased with my choice seen as I’m really interested in international power relations. This year I’ll also be filling the post of commissioner of foreign activities. As commissioner of foreign activities I’ll be responsible for the Brussel excursion and the two study trips that the SPIL organize.
I became active with the SPIL on my first year here. I was a member of the acquisition committee and the committee of foreign activities which I enjoyed greatly. I’m also a member of SSR and a member of a SSR fraternity. I’m really looking forward to this year in which I hope to be able to organize two amazing trips. Together with my committee I’ll make sure that these trips have an educational purpose, but that there will also be enough room to get to know each other and to experience the local culture.
My name is Niels Park and I’m now in my third year of the bachelor International Relations and Organizations. This year I’ll be the commissioner for both the education and for the facility committees. I’ve been active with the SPIL since my first year here and have participated in a lot of committees. In my first year I was a member of facilities, IAPSS and the First Year Weekend committees and in my second year I was secretary for the lustrum committee and worked on the trips to Berlin and Washington DC as a member of the foreign activities committee. As education commissioner I’m responsible for the book sales, I organize study related activities and I hold evaluation interviews regarding the courses in combination with a voluntary panel. This year I also want to join the study committee so I can be the contact point for issues regarding Political Science or IRO. As facility commissioner I organize all the informal activates, for example the parties and the pub quizzes to name but two. This year I want to innovate by organizing lots of different activities. You can also always approach me for questions about the study.
Merle te Molder commissioner Debat and ICT
My name is Merle te Molder, I’m a second year student of International Relations and Organizations and this year I’m the commissioner for Debat and for the ICT. I’m the one responsible for the publication of our semi-scientific magazine that releases four times a year. I’m also responsible for ICT.
The articles in Debat are written by students of Political Science and IRO. They write about subjects which interest them. This could be something political, historic, something regarding society or something which has happened recently. There isn’t only place for regular, normal articles, we also include interviews and scientific news. This is a special year for Debat as it is thirty years old. The Debat committee will work hard to make sure a nice anniversary edition gets released. As commissioner ICT I’ll also be involved in the website. The website has on it almost all the things one could want to know about the SPIL. Maybe the most important is the agenda. Here you can find all the activities that the SPIL organizes.