Mona Bassel - Staff Reporter

Stories from Mona Bassel - Staff Reporter

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Come exam time, most AUC students turn to their hurriedly scribbled notes and their rarely perused textbooks to cram packets of information in as little time as possible. But with nerves frayed, a number of students are increasingly turning to private tui- tion to help boost their grades.

This phenomenon, which is usually associated with high schools and government universities, has slowly made its way into the ranks of AUC students.

“The concept of private lessons is a paradigm in Egyptian ideology; students see it as the easier option and go for it,” said a student who chose to remain anonymous.

Galal Amin
Sunday, May 15th, 2011
For the past 30 years, economics professor Galal Amin has been an acclaimed figure in the AUC community and among the region’s intellectuals. One of Egypt’s most renowned economists and thinkers, Amin joined AUC’s faculty in 1979 to teach generations of students about economic philosophy, Egypt’s economic welfare, and economic development.

Earlier this semester, and to much of students’ dismay, he announced his plans to leave AUC.

“I’ve enjoyed teaching at AUC and I love teaching. It is a pleasant place to be in from every respect,” Amin said.

Amin garnered international repute and commercial success after authoring more than 30 books in Arabic and English, including “Whatever Happened to the Egyptians,” its sequel “Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians,” “Introduction to Economic Analysis,” and “Food Supply and Economic Development.”

voters
Sunday, May 8th, 2011
Construction engineering senior Ahmed Alaa Fayed won a repeat round of the Student Union presidential election by a margin of 169 votes late Thursday.

Opponent Mohammed Hussein came in with 670 votes to Fayed’s 839.

Election results on April 28 were too close to call - a nine-vote difference in Alaa’s favor – leading the Student Judicial Board to call for a re-vote.

Eleventh hour campaigning was intense as Fayed and Hussein supporters lobbied for last-minute swing voters earlier in the week.

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Construction engineering senior Ahmed Alaa Fayed won a repeat round of the Student Union presidential election by a margin of 169 votes, late Thursday.

Opponent Mohammed Hussein came in with 670 votes to Fayed’s 839.

Election results on April 28 were too close to call - a nine-vote difference in Alaa’s favor – leading the Student Judicial Board to call for a re-vote.

Mennein Ageeb Nas
Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
Audiences should not be repulsed by the gruesome yet tragic love story between a girl and her beloved who is decapitated for criticizing a town leader.

Mennein Ageeb Nas (Is Anybody Out There(, a play which opens at AUC on April 6, follows the young woman’s journey as she seeks to reunite the head with the rest of her beloved’s body.

Mennein Ageeb Nas
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
A tragic love story, between a girl and a deceased folk singer’s head, takes place when the girl takes the head on a journey, in an attempt to rejoin it with its body. Mennein Ageeb Nas opens in AUC, April 6.

The play was written by Egyptian playwright Naguib Sorour, and directed by Theater department professor Mahmoud El Lozy.
Maze
Saturday, March 26th, 2011
Talents hidden within a number of AUCians sometimes go unnoticed or are never properly nurtured unless artists and authors follow a laby­rinthine route from anonymity to fame. This was almost the case with Ihab Adham, a construction management sophomore, who took his hobby of drawing mazes to a whole new level.

Adham started drawing his own mazes at the age of 14, after remaining virtually unchallenged by the simple and easy mazes in magazines and comic books.

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.

CIMUN
Friday, March 11th, 2011
AUC’s Cairo International Model United Nations (CIMUN) received a $2000 scholarship from the National Model United Nations (NMUN) to attend the annual university based conference in New York City in April.

According to Noureen Ramzy, CIMUN secre­tary general, the scholarship is usually worth $500 to $1000, but NMUN chose to give CIMUN a larger sum, which is a great source of pride for CIMUN.

“Last year, we were representing Egypt in the conference and we won the outstanding delegation award,” said Rana Fayez, a member in CIMUN. “I think that award could have played a role in us win­ning the scholarship this year.”

Friday, March 11th, 2011

As Egypt prepares for a referendum on con­stitutional amendments, the financial sector is still trying to avert decline in local markets.

But the economic downturn has adversely af­fected how reached AUC clubs and student groups raise funds for activities.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Stranded in an airport, surrounded by luggage and exhausted from long hours on a plane, Maha Abdullah, a political science junior, and her friends were not allowed to enter Egypt because of their Palestinian travel documents.

Abdullah is one of 15 Palestinian students who were unable to enter the country and resume studies at AUC after the January 25 Revolution started. “I think what happened was pointless; we’re students and we should be able to get in the university whenever we want,” Abdullah said.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

A large number of study abroad students left Egypt in a frenzy just days after arriving for spring 2011 semester after their governments warned them the country was unstable and possibly dangerous.

The departure decisions mainly came from the students’ home institutions or embassies rather than their own fears.

Macarena Torres, an exchange student from the US, had to leave because her parents were worried. If it were up to her, she would have gladly stayed.