Troy Carter, a political science senior, was shielded behind a metal barricade outside AUC’s main campus when he was shot right below the eye by a Central Security Forces (CSF) officer on the roof of Ewart Hall.
“I remember thinking this is ironic, you are being shot at by someone in your own university,” said Carter of the violence on January 28.
As part of the crowd of protesters, Carter fought off security forces, throwing rocks and pushing riot police back down Qasr Al Eini and Sheikh Rehan St. After a ten-minute retreat, the CSF appeared on the roof of the building which houses the president’s office in the Main Campus.
An AUC student who had been kidnapped early Wednesday has been returned to the custody of his family less than 24 hours later.
Kamal Elleithy was being held for a ransom of EGP 1 million, which according to relatives was not paid to the kidnappers, as Elleithy managed to escape from the city of Tanta, where he was being held.
According to a close relative, Elleithy's abduction began on his way to a Family Transport drop pick up point in 6th of October city. His driver reportedly stopped to pick up a "friend," who pulled out a knife upon entreating the car, and told Elleithy he was being kidnapped and held for ransom.
Renowned television talk show host Hamdi Qandil told a packed audience at the Moataz El Alfi Hall last week that he is especially proud of what the Egyptian people were able to accomplish through the January 25 Revolution.
Qandil, who worked as a journalist during the Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak years, hopes the current transitional phase will usher a new era of press freedom and democracy.
Are the changes taking place in Egypt going to affect the administration’s policies regarding student activities?
Absolutely, I think the Office of Student Development tended to be extremely conservative about the kinds of things that it was comfortable encouraging students to do. Even at the time, last year, when I was Provost, OSD was more conservative than I would have been.
As I said at the time, I am a political scientist, and I think the best ways to learn about politics is to practice them. So I’ve always thought that students should always be involved in voter registration, debating political issues of moment on campus, and so forth and so on. I do think that there has been a conservative approach to that in the past, and I anticipate that this will change perceptively for students now. Whether that is attribute to my presidency or the revolution, that is for you to decide for yourselves.