Lara El Gibaly - Editor in Chief

A journalism and political science senior and art minor, Lara has been involved with the Caravan since Fall 2009 and has served as a reporter and as the paper's Senior English Editor in previous semesters. Her work has been featured in Egypt Today and Business Today magazines. She currently freelances for various news organizations.

Stories from Lara El Gibaly - Editor in Chief

Sunday, December 11th, 2011
Everyone is always the main character of their own story. In your own personal narrative of events, you are the protagonist. Your life is significant, your actions define reality, your emotions are worthy of sharing and discussing.

But this is normally a fantasy world of our own making, and in the past I would rarely let myself indulge in these thoughts. I would weave my own story in my head, singling out themes and definitive moments in the plot. When you tell a story you make something magical out of reality, and that is what drew me to journalism to begin with.

Sunday, November 27th, 2011
We heard the faint ringing of gunshots from Mohammed Mahmoud street, and the panicking sound of stampeding feet, as we stood safely in Tahrir square.

We knew that those on the front lines were the ones putting their lives at risk to protect protesters and curious onlookers occupying the square. As we breathed in wisps of teargas at the field hospital, we saw a steady stream of wounded coming in from side streets where clashes still raged.

Sunday, September 18th, 2011
Over the course of the four years I have spent at AUC, I have never seen students rally together in the way they have over the past week.

To be perfectly honest, I was not wholeheartedly in support of the strike at first. It seemed a bit ironic that AUC students, who are generally (but of course not always) considered relatively privileged in comparison to the rest of Egyptian society, were complaining about rising fees.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The Caravan sat down with renowned political scientist Norman Finkelstein during his trip to Cairo for a one-on-one interview where he candidly shared his views on the Third Intifada, Obama and the future of the Arab World. Edited excerpts below:

You are here obviously at a very critical time in the Arab World and there are all of these changes going on, so generally speaking how do you feel this so called Arab Spring is going to impact the Palestinian struggle?

It is not just the impact on the Palestinian struggle, it is an historic event, you know. Everybody who participated has participated in an historic event, part of history. I think September 11 will be forgotten much faster than the Egyptian revolution, so it is a stirring moment for all humanity People saying that, it is not just about Hosni Mubarak and Suzy Mubarak, but ordinary people, simple people, that they also are somebody. It is a thrilling thing to behold. [...]

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Whether on Facebook news feeds, on posters across the city, or in conversation with random people, the message I am bombarded with is the same. “vote no” to the constitutional amendments.

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The day the world drops International Women’s Day from its list of celebrations is when gender equality becomes a reality. But for now, March 8 serves as a continual reminder of the long road ahead. In an unfortunate and saddening incident, a ‘Million Woman March’ held in Tahrir Square last week was sabotaged by Egyptian men and women, screaming at protesters to forgo their cause. It seems that women’s rights may be the elephant in the room for the January 25 revolutionaries.

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Last week, The Caravan ran the first excerpts of a two-part interview with AUC President Lisa Anderson who discussed staff rights and the university’s role in the post-revolution period.

The following are excerpts from that interview:

For the first half, click here

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.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Another week goes by, another figurehead is removed, and the collective power of Egyptian protesters becomes more apparent as government officials shift nervously in their seats, and call their lawyers.

Slowly, but surely, protesters are checking demands off of their list.

As former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik submits his resignation, and with other government figures rumored to be following in his footsteps, the Supreme Military Council is obviously heeding the calls of the people.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

A friend and I had an argument about a month ago, after the fall of Tunisia’s Ben Ali, about whether this scenario could, or should, be replicated in Egypt. She said she feared instability, feared the chaos the country could slip into. I said chaos was preferable to stagnancy. I haven’t called her yet to say I told you so, but its on my to do list.