Nadeen Shaker - Assignments Editor

A journalism and English Literature double major, Nadeen is a writer, avid reader, and recent blogger. In the past few years, she has written for several youth magazines including TeenStuff, He said She said magazines, and others. In the summers she finds relaxation in taking up temporary jobs.

Stories from Nadeen Shaker - Assignments Editor

Gigi Ibrahim
Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Gihan “Gigi” Ibrahim, an AUC alumna turned celebrity activist, became the center of a debate after she told Jon Stewart, during an appearance on The Daily Show, that a political science class at AUC was a catalyst for her political activism.
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).

Sunday, May 15th, 2011
Prime Minister Essam Sharaf arrived in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, late last week in a bid to boost bilateral relations and trade with particular emphasis on appropriation of Nile River waters.

“It is time to turn a new page in our relations,” Sharaf said Wednesday about cooperation with Nile Basin countries.

The prime minister’s visit comes a few weeks after a similar diplomatic initiative to Sudan and South Sudan.

The Nile River runs through both states.

In early March, Burundi joined five other African countries in signing the 1997 Entebbe Agreement, which is designed to reallocate water distribution and increase their share of the Nile River.

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

The Caravan’s investigation into the recent theft of antiquities has revealed that in a period spanning several decades AUC faculty and officials collected more than 1,600 artifacts described by Egyptology experts to be ‘of no great significance’ in value.

(Six suspects have been arrested in the theft of the antiquities stored below Ewart Hall - click here)

Ironically, the theft of some of these items brought to light the previously unknown cache stored beneath Ewart Hall.

Renowned Egyptologist and professor emeri­tus Kent R. Weeks told The Caravan that “the ob­jects in Ewart Hall were acquired by then-President Richard Pederson, who for some reason thought it would be nice to have a teaching collection of an­tiquities on campus.”

Sunday, March 20th, 2011
What began as a ramshackle uprising on February 17 in Libya, 34 days after the ousting of former Tunisian president Ben Ali and six days after former Egyptian president Mubarak resigned, has quickly become another Arab country on the brink of revolution.
Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Pressing their votes on palettes at their chair-side after listening to a lengthy debate, audiences of a Doha Debate special, hosted in Egypt, chose not to champion hasty elections over real democracy.

The Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) of the School of Business at AUC hosted the debate at its Tahrir campus, situated at a corner overlooking Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the revolution.

Debaters on both ends of the panel were deeply polarized over how to structure - and even set a deadline for - the transitional period.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

In less than a week since former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down and handed all power to the military, economic and political changes have come in rapid succession, often catching the media off guard.

But political analysts agree that the military is faced with a herculean task of stabilizing the country, re- sponding to ever-growing protests in the govern- ment sector and rehabilitating an economy that has been battered by the sudden drop in foreign invest- ments and tourism dollars.

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

In the wake of the recent suicide bombing in Alexandria, the AUC administration has decided to tighten security measures as well as strictly enforce new safety protocols.

In an email sent almost a week after the New Year’s Day bombing, Brian MacDougall, the vice-president for Planning and Administration, informed the AUC community that entrance to the New Cairo and Downtown campuses will continue to be rigorously monitored by security. Those wishing to access campus must show valid IDs, have their bags screened by x-ray machines and walk through metal detectors at all campus gates.

MacDougall added that “there will be no exceptions,” even if such long-running protocols seem unnecessary to some.

He added that carrying an AUC ID at all times is essential to guarantee access to campus, as well as avoiding any security checks. Any vehicle carrying passengers, especially without AUC ID cards will be checked by both mirrors and bomb-sniffing dogs, MacDougall said.

Worker Demands
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
AUC workers and students gathered on campus January 9, to await the outcome of further meetings between workers and the administration concerning workers’ as of yet unmet demands.

“People might not care because this issue might not touch their personal interests…we need to show them it is important,” said Nour Ayman, a student who was present.

The demands had been presented to the administration last October after discontent over pay and working hours led to a four-day workers strike.

The meeting with Brian MacDougall, vice president for planning and administration, specifically addressed demands for every Saturday to be granted as a day off, with workers pushing for equality as staff, faculty, and students are given this day of the weekend off.

MacDougall promised the formation of a committee within 10 days, made up of workers' representatives, administrators, and faculty members, to study the impact of meeting their demand, which could result in placing more pressure on workers, and prolonging their work hours.

Church Bombing Sit In 1
Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The American University in Cairo's students organized a sit-in on January 5 to express solidarity with the victims of the New Year's Eve church bombing in Alexandria and urge Egyptians to stay united irrespective of religion.

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Looking back at this long trek of a semester, one shouldn’t be surprised to find that many in the AUC community probably have worms in their brains.

So much has happened, stringent, but hopeful for some like in the Student Union (SU), and for others who called for workers’ rights, active and frustrating.

The very first clue that we were in for a semester of bumpy rides was when our vice president for student affairs, Ashraf El Fiqi miraculously emerged unharmed from a car accident that could have been fatal.

Lara El Gibaly
Sunday, December 19th, 2010
Journalism and political science senior Lara El Gibaly was appointed by The Caravan board as its new editor-in-chief last Tuesday.

The Board consists of  journalism and mass communication professors Scott MacLeod, Mervat Abou Oaf and David London, political science professor Pandeli Glavanis, and The Daily News Egypt editor-in-c

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Tapestries, pottery, and metal art installations produced by artists from the village of Harraneya along the Sakarra Road offer a glimpse into the social ties and customs that have endured for generations.

Currently on display at the World of Art Gallery in Maadi, the wall of tapestries made of lamb wool and cotton threads in the exhibition portray the festivities of the Eid El- Adha holiday, while others celebrate the practice of Henna tattooing.

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Showing a glimpse of the many facets of trouble­some lives in the refined district of Heliopolis in Cairo, the movie Heliopolis was screened in the third annual New Arab Cinema Series held at AUC.

The 2009 movie was screened to “give a better chance for students and the audience to discuss the movie[…] with its star and AUC alumnus Khaled Aboul Naga, and Ahmad Abdalla, the film’s writer and director.”

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Mickey Mouse, hormonal abnormalities, and even roaming donkeys feature in the humorous and ab­stract projects of the Sharjah Gallery’s new exhibi­tion A Survival Guide debuting at the Performance and Visual Arts Center on December 9.

A Survival Guide is a collaboration of works by young artists, which attempts to address their sur­vival defense mechanisms in the megacity of Cairo.

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

The SJB is preparing to hit the ground running and meet challenges next semester, its recently elected members said days after a run-off for the fifth and final seat was called for Mohammed Seif.

SJB-elect, Amr Abaza said that the new SJB formation will get a head start on their “learning path” by monitoring the upcoming student senate (SS) elections.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Ibrahim Awad, the former director of the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) International Migration Program, says that there is a need to develop a global system to govern worldwide migration and prevent its negative consequences on migrants.

“Tensions between the principle of [state] sovereignty and the need for an international cooperation exist in almost all policy areas,” said Awad during the “The Governance of International Migration” panel discussion, last week.

Staff Strike
Sunday, November 21st, 2010
Two weeks after a custodial staff strike came to an end, a small number of faculty members and students held a sit-in outside the administration building on November 11 in support of workers’ demands.

They have been calling for more equitable wages as part of a nondiscriminatory employment program.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Hesham Shafick, the Student Union (SU) president, has rejected a Student Senate decision to impeach him days after the union’s activities were frozen pending an investigation.

The Senate had been scheduled to hear in an extraordinary session on November 10 accusations that Shafick breached the AUC code of ethics and student constitution.

Mecca 2
Sunday, November 7th, 2010
While watching Hollywood and Disney movies in 3D, Turkish photographer Faruk Aksoy felt inspired to apply the cinematic technologies to help him take well-rounded, three-dimensional photographs of sacred sites in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

On November 7, the Photographic Gallery will host Aksoy’s exhibition titled “Mecca and Medina: A Photographic Journey,” featuring pictures in 3D.