Lamees Hazem - Staff Reporter

Stories from Lamees Hazem - Staff Reporter

Spring Book Fair
Sunday, May 15th, 2011
The Spring Book Fair, held every year by AUC Press, offers the community a wide ranging collection and the opportunity to buy high quality books at discounted prices.

“First and foremost the book fairs that we have and will be organizing for years to come strengthen our relationship with the English speaking community of Egypt,” said Dax Bennett Roque, the AUC bookstore manager, and organizer of the event.

“Providing the opportunity for readers to purchase high quality books on all sorts of subjects is our main goal.  The AUC Press is a leading player in the dialog between East and West and within Egypt itself.”

Roque had organized another book fair at the Tahrir campus in early April, in an attempt to promote cultural awareness after the January 25 Revolution.

Ayman Nour
Sunday, May 15th, 2011

As Egypt embarks on a new chapter in its history, many anticipate the first free and fair presidential election will mark the success of the country’s transition to democracy. The surge of political activism, newly formed parties, and onetime opposition leaders turned presidential candidates, has brought to life Egypt’s once paralyzed political scene.

In an embrace of this new phase of political freedom, the AUC community welcomed several candidates on its campuses to present their presidential plans. The events were hosted by the Cairo International Model Arab League (CIMAL), in a series called “Al Shaab Yureed an Ya’raf Al Ra’es” [The People Need to Know the President], while Amr Moussa was invited by the Leadership for Education and Development Program (LEAD).

staff bus
Sunday, May 8th, 2011
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.”

Saturday, April 9th, 2011
Medieval Byzantine, Gregorian, Latin, Italian and Arab music have been gradually gaining popularity in contemporary performances. Musicians today, however, have no notation or directions as to how this ancient music was performed, explained Direc­tor of the music department John Baboukis in his provost lecture Sunday.

“There are many musical scores and they all contain writings,” said Baboukis, “but they only contain [very few] clues [as to how to perform the music]. Students should search for clues to add to their interpretation. The message that I am trying to send to students from this lecture is one thing: do your own music.”

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

AUC President Lisa Anderson announced this March that 300 short-term and seasonal contracts would be replaced with fixed ones by April.

“We think it would be better, for [the staff] and for us, if they had conventional, long-term arrange­ments,” Anderson said.

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Minister of Interior Mansour El-Essawy last week announced the disbanding of the controversial Amn el Dawla [State Security] in a move that has ignited debate over the role that respect for human rights should play in any future police apparatus.

“Minister of Interior Mansour El-Essawy decided today to cancel all administrative branches and offices of State Security in all the republic’s provinces,” the official MENA news agency reported.

The apparatus will be replaced with the National Security bureau and focus exclusively on terrorism issues.

Staff protest
Sunday, February 27th, 2011
In a scene reminiscent of labor protests that have gripped the country since Hosni Mubarak stepped down as president, local staff held their own demonstrations calling for better pay and job security.

A six-hour strike took place on Sunday, and continued through Monday, as staff waited for results of meetings with Brian MacDougall, vice-presid