In a promotional video for the KEI week, the largest student association in Groningen, Vindicat atque Polit, is looking to turn over a new leaf by emphasising the association’s newfound focus on “personal development”.
Vindicat has been publicly chastised repeatedly in recent years following high profile incidents of violence, including several during student introduction weeks. Despite protocol demanding transparency and accountability, association members neglected to report multiple altercations to the municipality and the University of Groningen.
As a result, the association’s accreditation was withdrawn last year, which means that the association is not welcome on official occasions at the University until at least 1 September. The association has been tasked with proving they have changed course before they will be considered for reinstatement. In a promotional video for the association during the KEI week, the group seems to be attempting to do just that.
Friendships and the future
“Vindicat: a place that is built on friendship. A place where you make friends for life”, the association continues in the video. Vindicat says that in the countless annual clubs, sports clubs, Vindicat houses and other groups, friendships for life are created.
“Development is the second pillar of our foundation. After all, you are not a student without studying and learning. During your time at university, you are preparing for your future.” According to the video, this can be done through personal development by joining committees or attending lectures and symposia. “Transcend yourself in all the cultural possibilities that Vindicat will offer you,” says the association.
For anyone who may be under the impression that Vindicaters are completely starting over, the video emphasises that the group is still all about having a good time. “Above all else, Vindicat is the place for endless social opportunities. Enjoy and relive 205 years of friendship, traditions and fun. That’s us. We are Vindicat.”