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Obama and Romney face off
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
With less than two days to go to the U.S. election, The Caravan carried out a survey on undergraduate students to see if they are keeping up with its news and updates.

The upcoming election will take place this week on November 6 between current Democratic President Barack Obama, who's running for a second term, and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Sunday, October 21st, 2012
Medhat Haroun, AUC Provost and former Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering, passed away early Thursday morning after several years of battling cancer. He was 62. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Funeral prayers were held shortly after Dhuhr prayers at Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque.

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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.

SU Polls Apr 29
Sunday, April 29th, 2012

A Caravan survey revealed that around 63 percent of AUC students said they intend to vote in the upcoming Student Union presidential elections contested by four candidates on May 3.

Some 37 percent said they would not be voting at all.

Of those voting, some 35 percent said they would vote for Taher Motaz Bellah.

Aly Zein came a close second with 29 percent.

Underdog candidates Yousif Mahchi and Mostafa Fahmi garnered six and five percent, respectively.

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The donkey has been treated unfairly. Throughout Arab pop culture, donkeys are referred to as dumb animals and the various nomenclatures for its cousins (baghil, ja'hish, etc) have all been used to demean people.

Someone who you want to label as an incompetent buffon might be called a donkey (humaar). A pedestrian who crosses the road ahead of incoming traffic, for example, might invoke the casual commuter's ire and receive the pop euphemism of the Equus africanus asinus.

Saturday, February 11th, 2012
AUC student, Mona Refaat Yousef, was falsely accused earlier today of planting a bomb on a plane coming from Jeddah to Egypt, trip number 664.

While Al-Ahram published a story on the matter, an anonymous official at the airport told The Caravan, "We do not have anything to do with what has been published. It is not true."

On the other hand, Khaled Mostafa, an agent from the Airport queries,confirming the incident, said, "the report did not come from outside the airport, it came from the security."

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Salma Said, leftist blogger and activist, received a hail of police birdshots, 26 in her leg and 3 in her face, later on Sunday when she was protesting in Bab El-Louq near the Ministry of Interior.

Graffitti
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
Tunisia:

December 24, 2010: Mohamed Ammari, an 18-year-old protester, is shot and killed by police during demonstrations.

December 28: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali condemns the "use of violence in the streets by a minority of extremists" and says the law will be applied "in all firmness" to punish protesters.

Farrah Yousry
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
Journalism senior Farah Yousry was appointed by The Caravan board as The Caravan's new editor-in-chief last Tuesday after unanimous vote.

The Board consists of journalism and mass communication professors Scott MacLeod and Mervat About Oaf, history professor Pandeli Glavanis, and The Daily News Egypt editor-in-chief Rania Al Malky.

AUC SA students
Sunday, November 27th, 2011
Three AUC exchange students accused of throwing Molotov cocktails (homemade ‘firebombs') at Central Security Forces were paraded on State TV early Tuesday.

State TV's Channel One, quoting Egyptian authorities, said the three men, all Americans, had been apprehended by protesters and handed over to the police near the Ministry of Interior in downtown Cairo.

Sunday, October 30th, 2011
The trial of Khaled Said's killers last Thursday, where they received seven years of maximum security imprisonment, only served to reaffirm what many Egyptians already know: the system is flawed beyond reform.

The argument presented is that seven years is the maximum sentence possible considering the charges.

However, if it weren't for a corrupt prosecutor general and interior ministry, the officers charged with killing Said would have been charged with murder through torture, something in accordance with international anti-torture legislation Egypt is signatory to.

Sunday, October 16th, 2011
A day none would want to relive, when piercing cries replaced chants demanding change, state-owned vehicles interrupted a peaceful march by running down protesters, blood painted the streets as security forces left morgues overflowing with dozens of dead bodies.

With the October 9 massacre, we have taken a leap back in time to the violent days of the January 25 uprising. The uncanny similarity between now and then forces Egyptians to face how far the nation has derailed from the promise of a new chapter.

Sunday, October 16th, 2011
The October 1973 War was designed with military and political goals in mind.

Egypt's then President Anwar Sadat wanted to force the superpowers US and USSR to intervene in the Middle East conflict and create a comprehensive peace process.

The October 1973 War and the limited military achievements eventually led to the 1978 Camp David Accords between Egypt, Israel and the US.

The Accords comprised two agreements, the second of which formed the basis of the 1979 Peace Treaty.

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Some of AUC's brightest students currently on scholarship and with excellent academic record were honored in an event organized by the Office of Student Financial Affairs last week.

The ceremony, which took place in Mary Cross Auditorium last Tuesday, allowed high-achieving students - from freshmen to graduates - to celebrate their individual achievements as a panel headed by AUC president, Lisa Anderson, offered certificates of merit for these past and current students.

Massive March
Sunday, September 18th, 2011

A day of angry discussions between students, custodial staff, security staff and administration ended with AUC President Lisa Anderson being booed away from the microphone during an open forum outside the administration building late on Thursday. Some students later took down the American flag, as well as the AUC flag, leaving only the Egyptian one up at Gate 1.

Wall Street adorned with US flags
Sunday, September 11th, 2011

In the following articles, The Caravan examines the impact of the war on those who fought it, civilians in the US and elsewhere, the effects on international travel, trade and diplomacy. We will be updating a series of articles on 9/11 this week.

Peak of student strike
Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The throng of protesters also made its way into the library.

By 3pm dozens of classes had been emptied of students.

Some protesters said that they were willing to spend the night on campus in a bid to pressure AUC administration to back down from the recent 9 percent tuition fee hike.

Photo by Nada Badawi

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Six unnamed suspects have been charged with the theft of 145 artifacts and 50 replicas allegedly stolen from a hidden storage area under Ewart Hall, Old Campus. An investigation has been launched by the Prosecutor’s Office after the AUC administration reported the case to the authorities in March.

Meanwhile, the administration has established its own Investigation Committee to look into the matter, according to a member of the Committee and AUC’s Legal Advisor, Karim Abdel Latif.

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

The process of investigating and uncovering the extent of State Security’s involvement with AUC, was long and frustrating.

When we interviewed Ashraf Kamal, the head of security on campus, he was extremely friendly initially. But when we began to ask questions he didn’t expect, regarding Hossam El-Hamalawy (also known as 3arabawy), he took a different tone and basically kicked us out, ending the interview abruptly but politely.

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

A week which began with student protests at the German University in Cairo (GUC) may see resolu­tion as students meet with administration to discuss demands to establish a viable student union.

During a meeting on March 23 with Aynoor Ta­tanaki, an applied arts student and a representative for the student body, GUC President Mahmoud Hashem agreed to the forming of a democratically-elected student union.