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“Mostly sex stuff”

Alice Bower is a student of folklore at the University of Iceland. She recently won the standup competition Funniest Student 2018, an annual event held at Stúdentakjallarinn, organised by the Student Council’s Committee of Culture and Social Events in cooperation with Landsbankinn.

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EnglishLísa Björg
Be a tourist in your own country

Sunshine, cold beer, peals of laughter, and of course, Icelandic nature. Summer in a nutshell. You don't have to look beyond Iceland's shores to see spectacular natural sights and enjoy summer to the fullest. With the constant stream of tourists, finding peace in the Icelandic countryside is easier said than done. But there are a few paths less traveled, and the Student Paper has selected a few places that are perfect for a summertime visit.

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Italian for beginners: Italian language studies at the University of Iceland will now be open to students who do not have previous knowledge in the language

"Together with Stefano Rosatti (adjunct lecturer and Head of the Department of Italian for the academic year 2017-2018) we have recently reformed the entire B.A. programme so as to make it possible also for absolute beginners to enroll in the course,” says Edoardo Mastantuoni, adjunct lecturer at the Italian Department of the University of Iceland, in an interview with Stúdentablaðið.

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The Science of Humanity

“Wow, Literary theory, really… You know you’ve got the brains to study mathematics or engineering, right?” says an uncle of mine who shall remain nameless, and wrinkles his nose. I look down at my hands. Maybe he’s right. There’s no point in scrutinizing writings and speculating about earlier societies. There’s no point in asking why humans are here on earth and what their purpose is. Or what?

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Automation: The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Just Around the Corner

In his farewell address, former president of the United States, Barack Obama, declared his concerns about the status of the middle class and the country’s increased inequality. Within that context, he mentioned that the next wave of economic disturbances will not come from abroad, but will be the result of the merciless advancement of automation. By that, he means that new technological advancements will soon make a number of middle class jobs obsolete.

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Rights-Ronja

The University of Iceland is obliged by law to insure that information for disabled students is accessible and easy to find. Despite that there are a lot of things that can be improved and it can be hard to find information about solutions for students with learning disabilities. The team behind Rights-Ronja wants to improve access to information for those university students that are disabled or struggle with learning.

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Observations from a foreigner, or: how to clean a sofa

Coming as an exchange student from Sweden I was somehow expecting to find a lot of similarities between my forested home country and this barren volcanic island. Like the seemingly constant darkness descending upon the societies of the upper northern hemisphere every winter (which the summer-me always forgets that the winter-me lived through only half a year ago). However, as the foreigner I am, I have also inevitably noticed some of the peculiarities this absolutely charming country has to offer.

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Enigmatic Bans and Commands: Regarding Education in Iran and Afghanistan

Iran and Afghanistan are neighboring countries in the Middle East. Not so long ago I, a 22-year-old Icelandic student at the University of Iceland, was able to find them on the world map without too much effort, but I knew nothing about them. Since the countries share a boarder I assumed that the education system was similar in these two countries, but that is not the case. That I have learned from my friends, Homa and Maryam.

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Weather talk: Conversations with strangers on public transportation

You can almost hear a pin drop in the jam-packed train. People barely glance around, careful to be unobtrusive and respect their seatmates’ personal space. The silence is unbroken by the “doodoodoodoo doodoodoodoo doodoodoo-doo-doo” Nokia ringtone or the marimba iPhone ringtone that everyone in Iceland recognizes. The reason, in part, is that this train is in Japan.

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New blood at Iceland Airwaves 2016

Through the years Icelandic Airwaves has served as a stepping stone towards fame and glory for many a band. Every year dozens of up and coming artist try to make it or break it and this year is no different. Stúdentablaðið searched and found the sounds that are sure to reign supreme after this years festival.

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When living in Iceland as a foreigner…

„Where do you come from?“ asks the teacher at the beginning of a lecture for the first year students of Icelandic as a second language. Then something happens that no one expects. The classroom is full of people.  As the class answers the question, the teacher counts the different nationalities of all the people in the room. “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.”

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"Lialogue" with Kælan Mikla

"Lialogues" do not have the same objective as traditional interviews, wherein questions are asked, and convenient truths are often told; truth which portrays the interviewee in a positive light. Since there is rarely such honesty in interviews that they take one’s interest by storm, we will go in the complete opposite direction, and let the interviewees answer whatever they want, as long as it’s not the truth.

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Do we really need detox?

Birna Varðar debunks myths about detox and "cleansing foods". 

“Men should limit their food and drink intake throughout their lives. Should they occasionally surpass their limits, a few days of fasting suffices to regain equilibrium. According to this simple rule, everyone would have to fast every now and then, since people usually tend to eat too much.”  

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