The AUC community mourned the death of Mohamed Badran, an architecture major, and held a prayer in his memory in front of the BEC Building on April 19, 2011. Badran passed away awhile participating in a soccer game a few days earlier. The cause of death has not been conclusively determined.
A military court last Tuesday resumed hearing the case brought against AUC workers suspected of stealing antiquities stored under Ewart Hall.
However, the details of the case have not been released to the public.
AUC’s lawyer Karim Abdel Latif confirmed that the suspects are university workers. Although he is on the university’s committee to investigate the thefts, Latif said he had not been informed of last week’s court proceedings.
“Science gives us dignity,” said Sir Magdy Yacoub during his inaugural speech at the 2nd Annual Cairo Science and Engineering festival.
This is certainly true for Yacoub, a renowned Egyptian cardiologist who rose to prominence for his breakthroughs in heart transplant surgery, and the recipient of various international awards in recognition of his work.
The three-week long festival aims to promote knowledge and culture and encourage Egyptian scientists, innovators and scholars in post-revolution Egypt.
“It is my belief that science is the savior of Egypt,” Yacoub re-iterated at Bassily Hall last Monday, relating Egypt’s sense of dignity to its scientific accomplishments.
The sun cuts through the ripped curtains of the small decrepit bus, hitting passengers’ faces. The coughing engine puts them on the edge of their seats.
Security guards who often ride the bus to check passenger IDs, were absent when I boarded and no one asked for identification. I was on assignment for The Caravan to check on the conditions of the buses used by custodial staff.
Mamdouh Gaber, AUC transportation director, would later tell me: “Workers usually know each other, and are accompanied by their team leader, so they can detect if a stranger is riding the bus.”
International Human Rights Law (IHRL) students have forgone the typical internship required of them to graduate, choosing instead to organize an Awareness Week in partnership with the Law Students’ Association (LSA).
But the most tangible success of Awareness Week, which ended Thursday, was raising funds for the Sawa and Townhouse Gallery’s art classes for refugee and street children.
“We hadn’t even heard about [these initiatives] before, but we’re trying to raise awareness that these sorts of classes even exist,” said Nada Elafify, one of the Week’s organizers.
AUC alumnae Maha El Shinnawy, Mona El Tahawy, and Farida Khamis were listed among the 100 most powerful Arab women, according to regional business journal, CEO Middle East.
The annual list ranks achievements in the fields of business, science, media, sports, academia, and entertainment.
“I feel very honored to be considered as one of the top 100 Arab women,” El Shinnawy, an internationally recognized researcher, said. “I am humbled to know that I have impacted a lot of women and I will certainly do my best to live up to their high expectations of me.”