Election Team

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High Praesidium


Next year, Rik, the merriest Dutchman of the institute, will be
taking the philosophy students under his wing. He is rather
hard to miss with his big smile, Gouda-blonde hair and
friendly height. He constantly worries about the well-being of
his fellow students and is always prepared to help them. This
makes him the perfect candidate to be praeses. The
considerable experience he has gained in the praesidium this
year will undoubtedly help him in this position. Through his
work in the education department he is up to date with the
recent developments in the university landscape. And as an
editor for DeWijzer he has honed his writing skills to match
those of a true politician.

Michiel S and Luca

Just because NFK is a nonprofit organization does not
mean that there is no money involved. That’s why
Michiel S. and Luca will use their economic genius to
make sure our finances run smoothly. There is no reason
to doubt that these two gentlemen are the perfect fit for
this position. The stories about “Michiel and the faculty
bar’s cash register” are infamous, and Luca is an expert
at financing thanks to his work as the NFK partyorganizer
this year. Together they will carefully guard
the key to our treasure chest, day and night. No thief will
even come close to this precious key. This duo is
exceptionally responsible and will surely fulfill their
important duty with great success.

Function coordinators
Anouchka, Luca, Dennis, Robin, Felien and Michiel S


Besides Rik as the upcoming praeses and Luca and Michiel S as treasurers, the high praesidium
also consists of a couple of function praesides or function coordinators, who coordinate the
workings of their team and communicate with each other. Felien coordinates the new ‘social
team’, since Dennis is the entire ‘sports team’, he will coordinate himself, Robin is responsible
for the ‘PR-team’, Anouchka manages the ‘team culture’ and Luca the ‘team party’.


Dries, Thibault, Felien, Anouchka and Vaes

Wonderful Anouchka and her team will make sure that you get your fair share of culture in the
coming year. We are not surprised that she chose this function because she is already working
for NFK as the director of our play: “The Picture of Dorian Grey.” She also is an aspiring poet,
we can only dream of hearing some of her beautiful verses at one of the enlightening events
that she will be organizing next year. Dries is the perfect fit to be in the culture team. Because
of his irresistible looks, he is playing the leading role in the NFK play. He’s an expert of every
cultural discipline. Simon, aka Vaes, is always welcome anywhere in the institute. With the
help of his curly haircut, dry humor and contagious laugh he will create an excellent
environment in the Culture Team. Next we have Thibault: we only need to think of his famous
beret to know that he is a man of culture who likes to eat cheese and drink fine wine. Last but
not least there is Felien, the Calliope of
the group. She can’t wait to make next
year a culture feast for every single
philosopher at the HIW.
Anouchka speaking: “The purpose of our
‘team culture’ is to make philosophy
students experience culture together. We
can accomplish this goal in many very
different ways! This year, we’ve noticed
that movie nights have been popular, so
we’ll certainly proceed this nice tradition
next year. We’ll also keep an eye out for
inspiring expositions and all those other
cultural events that Leuven has to offer!”

Joëlle, Michie S and Margot

Joëlle is enormously driven in everything
she does. Next year she will be representing
the students at the POC and the student
council of the KUL. She will make sure that
the quality of education at the HIW will
increase by twofold. The same goes for
Margot, after all those years of student
council-work in high school she can’t wait to
put her experience to good use. Michiel
already has a year of experience so he will
be assisting these two young ladies as a
mentor to steer them in the right direction.

Kasper, Margot and Vaes


These three partners in crime will
provide you with your much needed
philosophical news and creativity. They
will network extensively to make sure
that the DeWijzer reaches its fullest
potential. Margot likes to write poetry
in her free time and more than once this
year she also wrote about famous
people’s favorite poems for the Veto
(Leuven’s independent student’s
magazine, in Dutch unfortunately).
Many years from now, people will
reminisce about how – thanks to her –
the next Van Ostaijen was first published in DeWijzer. Kasper already worked for our
magazine this year and just can’t get enough of it. With his broad but critical view he will
enthuse DeWijzer’s readers so that they get thirsty for more. Vaes completes this editorial team.
Behind the counter of the faculty bar he will get inside information about the lives of our
eccentric philosophers so always know what is going on, and report about it in DeWijzer.
Kasper speaking: “NFK has had a magazine for a long time but that does not mean that we have
never sailed turbulent waters. To put things into perspective: last year there have only been
published two numbers. This year we’re on three and the fourth is in the making. I’m happy to
see this revival because DeWijzer is just too good to let it decay. It forms a platform for all
philosophy students where they can be creative: they can publish their writings, philosophize,
draw, show photographs etc. In my view, DeWijzer is first of all a medium of the future and
the past on which philosophy students can capture and share their ideas of the present. Secondly,
I want to use DeWijzer to further connect all students by promoting the use of English language,
so not only Dutch students can enjoy the magazine. Lastly, I see DeWijzer as a place where
student are free to experiment without any formal consequences. Those who wish to break free
from the boundaries of academic writing are welcome to unleash their creativity with us!”

Course Services
Alma and Michiel G

Michiel and Alma form an
excellent duo together: Friendly,
fond of laughing and gregarious.
The ideal candidates for our CuDi!
Next year, they will be helping you
with all your handbooks,
compulsory readings, student notes
and life-saving summaries. When
you are there don’t forget to have
nice chat, you definitely want these
two on your good side if you’re
looking for a nice discount.

Faculty Bar
Elise, Thibault, Abheer, Vaes and Felix

Vaes is a party animal. There is no doubt that he will be asking you to dance, and you can’t say
no to those puppy eyes. Felix will enchant you with his tapping-skills. Discover a new beer (or
a home-made lemonade) on each Tuesday and take your chance to see this hunk in person.
Thibault and Elise are true musical
experts. They know the perfect records
that will fill our philosophical dancefloor.
They also know how to create an
intellectual atmosphere. Take a seat,
discuss the theories of your favorite
philosopher, or just make some small talk
with your fellow students. Abheer, aka
The Shotmaster, is a convivial young man
who will party with you until the sun rises.
Abheer speaking: “SHOTS?! too much
alcohol makes you wanna pee, don’t do it
on the streets. PEACE!”

Abheer, Jade, Marie, Dennis and Luca

Long, brown hair and big brown eyes, Marie has the
looks of an ultimate dancing queen. Just her laugh is
already a party! Be sure to take enough rest this
summer because next year will be a party year like
no other. With Jade, every night is a party when you
have moves like her. Luca is known as the Sultan of
Swing, and Dennis will only play the best records,
thanks to his experience at RadioScorpio. Finally,
Abheer has some wild ideas that will spice up our
parties and make them the best of all Leuven!

Robin, Michiel G and Walt

Walt, Michiel and Robin will be
proving their worth as PR-masterminds.
Be wary of all the messages in your
mailbox, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
and Snapchat. Expect nothing less than
colorful posts and alluring banners. Be
prepared to be fall for Robins charms and
red lips. Be prepared to be persuaded by
Michiel’s mighty, manly beard. Be
prepared to be captivated by Walt’s
irresistible charms.

Robin speaking: The purpose of ‘team PR’ is to make sure that all philosophy students are up
to date when it comes to what is happening at NFK. When this is not the case, many students
will not feel involved, and when you see it like that, PR is essential for the cohesiveness of a
student organization like NFK. Today however, a difficulty emerges: in
today’s world, social media play a significant role in promoting events and
sharing information. But social media platforms are often very chaotic places,
and because of this chaos it is often hard to be able to reach everyone, even
though most of us are all active on these platforms. That’s why we will still
make announcements during the breaks between classes, and why we will
also hang up posters here in the institute.”


The Cybergod has descended from mount Olympus to assist us with our
technological troubles. He will be taking care of our website with the help of
his collection of lifehacks, memes and shortcuts. He will also provide us with
tech advice wherever we need it. He’s a prodigy in the technological field,
just like Bill Gates. Hopefully he will actually, unlike Bill, finish his studies?

Walt, Abheer, Felien en Dennis

The five most convivial people of the whole institute.
With their inviting eyes, warm smiles, friendly postures
and engaging small talk, they’re looking to improve the
social cohesion of the HIW. Together, they will make
everyone feel at home between the blooming wisteria,
old buildings and romantic trees. Undergrad, Grad or
doctoral student, Belgian, Dutch or International, boy,
girl or any gender in between: team social will take care
of every single one of you.

Felien speaking: “The function ‘social’ has made a
come-back, but in comparison to the past this name can be interpreted more broadly. Our team
not only fulfils what the welcoming team did the last two years, we also put our focus on what
‘team international’ was originally meant for, and we try to assist the whole praesidium in
‘internationalization’. Doing this, we try to increase the cohesiveness between the students. At
the request of the institute, team social will organize a Mental Health Week, and we will also
take care of the welcoming weekend and activities in the lounge.
It’s quite a job, but we’re looking forward to it!”


This young, athletic Limburger will supervise our philosophical
sports program. He is known as a man with real guts, but is he
willing to prove it? His ambition for Dad-jokes and Basketball
will help him lead our NFK sports team to victory in every
discipline. The prizes will be ours! Besides these ambitious goals,
Dennis also wants to keep all the philosophers of the institute
healthy and provide them with some activities to actively relax.