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22nd board of Study Association T.W.I.S.T., 2023-2024
From left to right: (top) Thijs de Groot, Emile Hertog, Horea Marinescu (bottom) Łukasz Al-Darawsheh, Charlotte Wennekes

Emile Hertog [eɪ̯ˈmilˁ ɦɛɻt̪ɔχ] (he/they)

Hey everyone, my name is Emile and I’m a second year descriptive linguistics student with a big place in my heart (and brain) for romance languages. This year I will be fullfilling the role of Chair within T.W.I.S.T, which means I get the exciting task of being the face of the association. Other than my life at the university and T.W.I.S.T. I also have a personal life (shocking right?). Whenever I have some longer period of free time you can find me travelling to different countries, whether it’s on my friends or on my own. For the short periods of free time my favourite things to do would be scouting, going to parties and concerts or just listening to music in general (especially in different languages! I’m a linguist after all 🙂 ). I’m looking forward to be even more in touch with T.W.I.S.T. the coming year, and I hope to get to know it’s great members even better <3.

Horea Marinescu [ˈho̞.ɾe̯a ma.ɾi.ˈne̞s.ku] (all pronouns)

Hi everyone! I’m Horea, your local dad jokes teller. I’m also the secretary of T.W.I.S.T. for this year, so please read the emails I send you. I put my heart and soul into each and every one. Alongside Łukasz I hope to serve as a good representation of international students for the T.W.I.S.T. board. Besides my role in the board, I am a third year descriptive student, with a specific interest in Caucasian languages. My hobbies include learning about other cultures, listening to music and playing tabletop games.

Thijs de Groot [tɛi̯s də ɣroːt] (too/tall)

Hi, I’m Thijs and I’m now in the second year of linguistics. I went in to the direction of language and communication and of descriptive. To place an extra burden on me during the journey, I stowed some cognition in my bag, because language equals fun. Besides that, I really enjoy letting my recorders (the musical instrument) and very rarely flute speak and unwinding all those threads with running. I could also talk on and on about trains and train tracks, but don’t worry, I won’t bother you with that. Being treasurer is also part of my life now and if I may: keep the receipts! Now that that’s out of the way, I have one question left for you: does any of you know Domenico Scarlatti? This artist is makes the sickest beats of the whole wild sfsjkldr. I am very curious how many people actually read this. To test this, the first six people who say or text to me ‘hebban olla vogala’, get a free drink during the next T.W.I.S.T. borrel or party.

Łukasz Al-Darawsheh [ˈwukaʂ aldaˈrawʂɛ] (all pronouns)
Assessor Internal Communications

Hi lovelies!! In addition to being a second year cognition student, I have now aquired a new identity – assesor internal comms of T.W.I.S.T. so I’ll be responsible for getting in touch with you all, caring for the website together with Charlotte, and choosing the most unflattering pictures of everyone to put on the website (just kidding! if you don’t like a picture that’s on the website, please hit me up and I’ll delete it).
In linguistics I am mostly into syntax, computational stuff and the ethics of language models. I’m also a passionate vowel denialist hehe.
Outside of linguistics, I am absolutely obsessed with movies, especially the boring, lengthy arthouse, and crazy, weird genre. So if you want to hear a lecture about why Doucarnou, Weerasethakul and Smoczyńska are best living directors, hit me up. Oh and I also love to talk about the post-transformative literature of ex-eastern block. Being pretentious is fun as long as you’re self aware ( ๑‾̀◡‾́)σ”

Charlotte Wennekes [ʃɑɹˈlɔtə ˈʋɛnəkəs] (she/her)
Assessor External Communications

Hi! 🙂 I’m Charlotte and I’m the assessor external of T.W.I.S.T. this year, which means I’ll be in contact with some people outside of the association and sharing responsibility for the website with Łukasz. I’m a Descriptive Linguistics student with an interest in many different aspects of linguistics (not a huge fan of syntax though). Some languages that I like are Kichwa, Welsh, and French, although there are many more that I could add to this list. Besides languages/linguistics, I like animals, playing guitar, singing, watching series/movies, playing games, and travelling. I also like to procrastinate so don’t hesitate to come and have a chat when you see me 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you at activities!!

What does each role mean?

The chair of the association leads the board. This means that they lead the board meetings and GA’s (General Assembly). To lead such a meeting, they have to make the agenda first. The agenda holds all important points to talk about, for example committees, future activities, or other things that are going really well or the opposite.
The chair also participates in external meetings, like de VerO (verenigingen overleg/associations meeting), KleVer (kleine verenigingen/small associations meeting) and the StOP (Studievereniging Overleg Platform/Study Association Deliberation Platform). Besides these activities, the chair is in several committees and attends as many events as possible.

The secretary is the writer of the association. Writer, you may ask? The secretary writes the minutes during board meetings and GA’s. Almost everything is written down by them: important points explained, and sometimes even comments from other people. Besides writing the minutes, the secretary is also responsible for answering emails that are sent to them and also for writing the monthly newsletters. Same as the chairperson, this person is in several committees, tries to attend external meetings as well and of course our own events.

The treasurer of the association is responsible for the money. They keep track of the association’s bank account, make up the budget for the school year and also the budget for all committees. If anyone has a question about money, for example for paying for activities organized by one of our many committees, they can go to the treasurer. But the board nor a committee can not just spend money on everything. The treasurer keeps the receipts for everything that is spent.
Same as the chair and secretary, the treasurer tries to attend as many of our own events as possible and is in several committees.

In our board, there are two assessors: an assessor internal communications and assessor external communications They all do different things within the association, but work together closely. It is therefore important to communicate well in order for things to happen.
Assessor internal communications
Our assessor internal communications is responsible for, as the name says, communication within the association. This means being responsible for the social media, promotion and making the monthly programmes. Additionaly, this assessor takes care of the visual side of the website, and contacts some entities within the university structures. This assessor is also in several committees.
Assessor external communications
Our assessor external communications is responsible for the website information and communication outside of our association. This can be getting into contact with other study or student associations, as well as our partners. They update the website if necessary. This person is like the other board members in several committees. They also organize the LANGU day.