Dina Meky - Staff Reporter

A journalism and history double major, Dina has loved writing since the third grade when her (very) opinionated essay on parents made her class laugh. She has been addicted to writing, letting people know what she thinks and making people laugh ever since. A proud bookworm, she was born in New Jersey to an Egyptian father and a Uruguayan mother. - it's no surprise then that she counts herself as a Bon Jovi fan.

Stories from Dina Meky - Staff Reporter

Sunday, December 11th, 2011
The first thought that popped into my head as I gazed at the seemingly endless line of voters was ‘I'll pay the damned fine.'

On November 28, over eight million Egyptians headed to the polls to cast their votes in the first round of parliamentary elections. When the date for the elections was announced, people headed to the supermarkets to stock up on supplies and to the banks and ATM machines to withdraw money.

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Music can unite people under a common goal. During the Egyptian Revolution, the patriotic music genre boomed with popular songs such as ‘Sout el Horeya, ‘Mish Ba'eed,' a rap album by artists in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya and ‘Ezzay?' by Mohamed Mounir.

Egyptian youth have taken the revolution as an opportunity to expand their creativity and passion for music. It has become a method for them to express their hopes, concerns, and fears for their society and their generation.

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Dalia, an Egyptian housekeeper and mother of two, considers the past few years of her life a miserable period as she suffered through the often humiliating experience of getting a court to grant her a divorce.

"It took four-and-a-half years," she said. "I've spent thousands of pounds to finally get divorced ... its aged me."

The Statue of Liberty
Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Banners hang in front store windows, on the outside of sports bars, on libraries and schools. The American flag, never in short supply, waves at half-mast from many houses in neighborhoods across the US.

Supermarkets and stores advertise discounts, bargains and deals in lieu of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Norman Finkeslstein
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Norman Finkelstein, acclaimed American political science professor and expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, described his excitement - and hope - as Egyptians took to the street earlier this year.

“We kept asking ourselves ‘will they come again [to Tahrir]. Will they come again?’ or would they weary and accept the crumbs from the masters’ table,” Finkelstein said during the Al Quds Club organized lecture at Bassily Hall last week.

“It was a really exhilarating moment when in fact the Egyptian people refused the crumbs and demanded a whole loaf of bread,” he said.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Journalism experts are now debating the changing role of the media in Egypt’s emerging post-revolution period.

They are seeking to move Egyptian society beyond the repressive policies which simultaneously allowed state-owned media to thrive as a vehicle for propaganda while government restrictions stifled the independent press.

Many, such as Hafez Mirazi, director of the Kamal Adham Center for Journalism Training and Research, believe that the public is itself a catalyst for progress in Egyptian media.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Author and English and Comparative Literature graduate student Eden Bowditch believes in magic, and not the kind spun out of the end of a wand made famous by Harry Potter novels.

Instead, Bowditch chose to write about the real magic of science.

“When my son expressed his disappointment in the impossibility of the magic found in young adult novels, I became driven to tell a story about science, the kind of magic that is all around and the kind people can actually do.”

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Luxury. Power. Wealth. Exoticism. Sexuality.

Sixteenth century English scholars and travelers used these images of gluttony and lust to describe the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Sultans who built it.

Playwrights like Shakespeare and his predecessor Christopher Marlowe gave their audiences glimpses into the Oriental East by portraying such characters as arrogant pagans who thirsted for the spoils of war. Many believe these depictions helped create misguided stereotypes  of the East, some of which exist today.

Magdy Yacoub
Sunday, May 8th, 2011
“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.

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

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.

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

You never forget the feeling of your freshman year at university. Just being on campus makes you feel that you have finally reached the threshold of adult­hood. Adulthood, however, would entail getting a job, something more and more AUC students are beginning to do while studying.

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

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.

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

It started out with a bang. Literally.

The microbus and the civilian car cut each other off in the street coming into Algeria Square in Maadi, and the breaks from both vehicles squealed loudly making heads turn.

The scene unfolding wasn’t a new one- drivers getting out of their cars to hiss and curse at each other before driving off in a cloud of exhaust smoke. Any Egyptian would have seen it a number of times every day in Cairo streets. The arm waving, yelling and cursing intensified while a crowd gathered around the two drivers, blocking my view.


Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The library may be acquiring a new ‘Popular Reading’ section according to Senior Reference Librarian Rose Johnston.

“I expect 100 or so new books to be coming in by the beginning of April,” Johnston said. “We ordered the books last semester and we had hoped they’d be here, but they’re not.”

Given the high prices of new books in Egypt and the unavailability of the newest titles, students are eager for new popular novels.

Revolutionizing chic
Sunday, March 20th, 2011

‘T-shirts! January 25 t-shirts!’


On the edges of Tahrir square, hustling, moving and surging with the mass of humanity, sit dozens of street vendors hawking their wares.  Their voices rise and fall with the crowd; each is trying to attract buyers to their makeshift stalls on the sidewalks. They hold up clothes, crocheted mobile covers, wrist-bands, head bands, toys and figurines.

Medhat Haroun
Sunday, March 20th, 2011
New Provost Medhat Haroun has been moving fast since early January to bring an end to one of AUC’s most “chronic” problems: bureaucracy.

“There are measures I have already started on to delegate authorities, responsibilities and accountability to the Deans and they can do that within their schools as well.

Moneer with Libyan Flag
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Libyan AUC students have refused to remain silent after having witnessed first-hand Libyan president, Moammar Gaddafi’s unleashing of mass violence against protestors.

UN figures put the death toll at over 2000 in just 14 days since the start of the Libyan revolution.

Youth Cleaning
Sunday, February 27th, 2011
The January 25 Revolution is not over and much work toward reform still needs to be done, panelists at the ‘Road to Democracy’ lecture said Wednesday.

The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement hosted a discussion led by Egyptian political activists and bloggers at Moataz Al Alfi Hall.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

While the former government blamed the Tahrir protests for the decline of the economy, ‘unprecedented’ communication shutdown cost Egypt hundreds of millions of dollars.

According to Forbes.com complete Internet blackout in Egypt from January 27 to February 2 resulted in economic losses of between $90 and $110 million. Although experts have yet to determine the exact figure, the estimate indicates that the five-day shutdown cost Egypt a loss of over $18 million a day.