A Caravan survey has revealed that almost 84 percent of AUC students intend to vote in the upcoming presidential elections. At least 31 percent said they would vote for Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, followed by former Arab League chief Amr Moussa with 25 percent.
Thirteen candidates are running for Egypt's presidency, which is an unprecedented phenomenon in the country's history. Elections will take place on May 23 and 24.
Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik received over nine percent of the votes, followed by Hamdeen Sabahi with over seven percent.
Cairo, a city that is over 1,000 years old, was originally developed in the late 19th century to be home to a maximum of six million inhabitants. Since then it has undergone numerous development and expansion projects becoming Greater Cairo, the 16th largest city in the world with a population of 18-22 million.
But as development projects focus outward with the establishment of new cities, there is a concern that downtown Cairo may be overlooked.
Every election season in spring, low voter turnout at the Student Union presidential elections indicate that AUC students are not particularly interested in the electing their representatives, and show little concern with student politics in general. According to a poll conducted by The Caravan last week, 37 percent of the students surveyed are planning not to vote.
The current economic and political instability, coupled with shortfalls in foreign direct investment since the January 25 Revolution, may be starting to bite at AUC's scholarship programs.
The Leadership for Education and Development (LEAD) Program used to provide full tuition and accommodation fees for 54 students annually for a period of six undergraduate years at AUC. Now, the scholarship has been limited to only five years.
After facing a legal uphill battle due to lack of licensing, the band Cairokee were able to win the day and perform at the opening of AUC's Developers Inc., a campus club that aims to empower people and to develop their communities, at Bassily Hall.
AUC Vice President for Finance Fouad Sayess will propose an adjustment to the Student Activity Fee, increasing the amount of funding extra curricular activities receive.
Sayess told The Caravan that this comes after he received many complaints from student clubs. The adjustment would entail splitting the fee into two categories: a Student Activity Fee and a Student Services Fee.
Amr Fathy, Speaker of the Student Senate, told The Caravan that he disagrees with the way the university currently allocates funds towards student activities.
Dozens of employees at the State-owned Radio and Television building in Maspero ended their strike last week after the Ministry of Information agreed to their demands to be categorized as "engineers" rather than "technicians."
Some employees, who have been striking for weeks inside Maspero's studios, have complained about not being equally treated to other staff because their job classifications have long been stalled at "technicians."
Employees at Maspero are generally divided into four categories: engineers, media staff, technicians and janitors.
Eight delegates from AUC's Board of Trustees met with student representatives on February 13. Five student representatives, three professors, and some workers attended the meeting.
This meeting comes after AUC students demanded representation within the board during the student led strike last September. Students scheduled the meeting during Sunday's civil disobedience sit-in on February 12, where five students were elected to act as representatives.
Student representatives on the AUC ad-hoc budget committee proposed a new budget model that implements tuition increase caps when they met the Board of Trustees on February 12.
The proposed plan would both help reduce the university's deficit and ensure students are not faced with unexpected tuition hikes, according to Mohamed Hegazy and Yousif Mahchi, economics seniors, who have been working on the proposal since last November after they were appointed to the budget committee.
Egyptian filmmakers say that they expect their industry to prosper in the wake of the January 25 Revolution, bolstered by more liberties and the inevitable dissolution of the censorship authority.
Although most filmmakers agree that they are freed from the shackles of the former authoritarian regime – and almost 50 years of self-censorship, and are energized by the spirit of change sweeping the nation, they have different plans for their upcoming productions.