Following mounting pressure from students and alumni, university administration has decided to suspend the naming of the Suzanne Mubarak conference hall as of April 17. The announcement came exactly one month after students forcibly removed the plaque bearing the former First Lady’s name.
The issue had first become a point of conflict when AUC students started an online petition earlier this semester to rename the hall, in light of the January 25 revolution.
The Caravan’s investigation into the recent theft of antiquities has revealed that in a period spanning several decades AUC faculty and officials collected more than 1,600 artifacts described by Egyptology experts to be ‘of no great significance’ in value.
(Six suspects have been arrested in the theft of the antiquities stored below Ewart Hall - click here)
Ironically, the theft of some of these items brought to light the previously unknown cache stored beneath Ewart Hall.
Renowned Egyptologist and professor emeritus Kent R. Weeks told The Caravan that “the objects in Ewart Hall were acquired by then-President Richard Pederson, who for some reason thought it would be nice to have a teaching collection of antiquities on campus.”
A forum that examines proposed amendments to AUC’s freedom of expression policy and calls for these liberties to be “at once fiercely guarded and genuinely embraced”, is likely to be considered a giant leap forward when it kicks off at Mohamed Shafik Gabr Lecture Hall in the Campus Center at 1PM today.
AUC President Lisa Anderson appointed a Task Force to review and re-write the freedom of expression policy in light of the January 25 Revolution and changes throughout the local media landscape. The old policy, instituted by former President Richard F. Pedersen, enforced many restrictions which the new policy hopes to amend, chiefly by removing limitations on student expression and activities.
A quarrel took place between campaigners for two presidential candidates at the Student Union (SU) elections debate. Some said the situation was on the verge of turning into a full fledged fight, while others described it as an argument between two friends.
“It wasn't a physical fight but it would have reached this if I and some others, hadn’t helped in controlling the situation,” Mohanned Gomaa, current SU president, said.
“Two friends campaigning for different candidates were teasing each other, there was no fight, no problem not even verbally, it was people’s reactions which made it seem so,” Amr Abaza, a member of the Student Judicial Board (SJB) said.The SJB is one of the entities on campus which is responsible for coordinating the SU elections and its debates.
Mohamed ElBaradei, an activist and presidential candidate, compared Egypt’s nascent political reforms to “children crawling to reach democracy [and] God is the only perfection,” when he spoke at the AUC New Cairo campus on April 7.
During the lecture, ElBaradei highlighted Egypt’s current political challenges and discussed the steps the country should take toward reform.