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اعتقال مهند الطنطاوي الطالب بالجامعة الأمريكية وتوجيه تهمة جماعية له ومن معه

Posted on 15. Aug, 2013 by in Arabic, News

اعتقال مهند الطنطاوي الطالب بالجامعة الأمريكية وتوجيه تهمة جماعية له ومن معه

Mohannad-El-Tantawyتحديث (18 أغسطس 2013 – 2:40 صباحاً): قد تم للتو الإفراج عن مهند الطنطاوي

الخبر (15 أغسطس 2013):
تم القبض على مهند الطنطاوي ظهر أمس، الطالب بالسنة الثالثة هندسة البترول بالجامعة الأمريكية.

تم اعتقال مهند ضمن 27 شخص وهو في طريق سفره من الدقهلية للمنصورة عائداً إلى بيته، بعد اعتداء بلطجية عليه ومن معه بالأتوبيس.

يقول والده محمد الطنطاوي: تم نقله إلى قسم شرطة بالمنصورة (ثان) وعمل محضر جماعي لهم بتهمة حيازة أسلحة بيضاء – 12 شومة و 2 ساطور – وحبسهم أربعة أيام على ذمة التحقيق.

وأكد والده أن مهند ليس له علاقة بمن كان معه في الأتوبيس ولا يعرفهم وأن التهمة تم توجيهها بشكل جماعي.

وأوضح أن مهند اتصل به في مكالمة قصيرة وأبلغه بمكانه وأنه يتم معاملته بشكل لائق.

سيتم إعادة عرض مهند على النيابة يوم السبت بمجمع المحاكم بجوار الاستاد الرياضي، المنصورة.

الصورة: لحظة خروج مهند الطنطاوي من النيابة لمركز شرطة المنصورة (قسم ثان) – تصوير: أحمد شمعه.

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مائدة إفطار الحرم اليوناني بالتحرير مهددة بالتوقف

Posted on 01. Aug, 2013 by in Arabic, News

مائدة إفطار الحرم اليوناني بالتحرير مهددة بالتوقف

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لأكثر من عشر سنوات يقوم عدد من طلاب الجامعة الأمريكية بالقاهرة على تنظيم مائدة إفطار يومية طوال شهر رمضان للفقراء بشارع محمد محمود أمام الحرم اليوناني بالتحرير AUC Greek Campus، في البداية كجزء من أعمال الهيئة الخدمية لاتحاد الطلبة (SU Public Services)، ولكن المائدة أصبحت مهددة بالتوقف بسبب قلة التبرعات.

يقول محمد محسن، أحد القائمين على المائدة:  «نقوم بإفطار 150 شخص كل يوم وتكلفة الوجبة الواحدة هي عشرون جنيهاً فقط،» موضحاً أنهم بدأوا في إقامتها منذ اليوم الأول في رمضان بعد تحضير امتد لأسابيع.

«نتمسك بإقامة المائدة كل عام وكثير من القائمين عليها الآن طلبة خريجين من الجامعة..» ولكنه أكد أن ضعف التبرعات هذا العام يهددها بالتوقف في آخر أيام رمضان، فيقول: «محتاجون لتبرعات بأقصى سرعة حيث أن ما تبقى لدينا لن يكفي لبقية الشهر الكريم. وأناشد الجميع أن يبلغوا أصدقاءهم وأقاربهم للمشاركة.»

وأضاف: «سنأتي إلى أقرب مكان للمتبرع، فكل ما هو مطلوب أن يقوم الشخص بالاتصال بأحد أرقام فريق العمل وسنأتي إليه، وهم كلهم زملاؤنا طلبة أو خريجين من الجامعة.»

أحمد مجدي: 01211125505 – علي طه: 01119699928

وختم محسن قائلاً: «وبالتأكيد من يريد الحضور والمشاركة في التنظيم معنا فأهلاً بهم في أي يوم قبل الإفطار بساعة أمام حرم الجامعة الأمريكية اليوناني بشارع محمد محمود بالتحرير.»

Masked men attack 5 AUC students in a car and shoot one dead

Posted on 29. Jul, 2013 by in News

Masked men attack 5 AUC students in a car and shoot one dead

M-Samir-Ghanima--RIPLast Friday, AUC community has lost the fellow student Mohamed Samir Ghanima who was shot dead, while four other AUCians were injured.

The 5 students Mohamed Ghanima, Paula Shoukry, Kareem Hossam, AbdelRahman Khalil and Tarek Akmal were together to study for a summer session Mechanical Engineering final exam. Three of them were seriously injured but they are recovering and are in stable condition.

Driving off ElHegaz street around 8pm, a jeep car with four masked gunmen suddenly approached theirs and told them to stop. When they refused and attempted to drive away, one masked man started firing gunshots at them.

“Mohamed Samir took a fatal bullet to the head, Paula took a bullet to the chest, Kareem Hossam took a bullet which entered through his left forearm and exited through his left elbow then continued through his left side,” according to AbdelHalim Hamid, who was present at Cleopatra Hospital in Heliopolis where the injured students remain.

Moreover, AbdelRahman Khalil’s arms and head had shrapnel wounds, and Tarek Kamal had minor flesh wounds.

Remembering Ghanima

Mohamed Ghanima, a 20-year old student, was majoring in mechanical engineering, and due to graduate in one year.

We spoke to Mohamed El Gohary, Ghanima’s best friend since his first semester in 2009, who said: “Mohamed’s best quality is that he was the best friend you can ever have”, said El Gohary.

“We could easily say that he was a very devoted person that cared for his family and friends more than he did for himself,” said Ahmed Wahsh, a friend of Ghanima for 15 years.

He described Ghanima as a brother and the best childhood friend, said: “Young Mohamed Samir Ghanima was a mischievous character that was always up to something but camouflaged it with a smile.” He added that as they grew older, Ghanima became more and more kind and loving.

Wahsh told us that he contacted AUC President Lisa Anderson who agreed on planning a memorial for Ghanima amid her return to Egypt on August 26th. Other friends also created a Facebook group under the name of “Sadka Garya for Mohamed Samir Ghanima صدقة جارية للشهيد محمد سمير غنيمة ” to collect donations for ongoing charity.

“His legacy will still live on in all of our hearts and a person like Mohamed is not easily forgotten”, Wahsh concluded.

Banner supporting Bassem Youssef and insulting Egypt’s top prosecutor hung on AUC bookstore

Posted on 02. Apr, 2013 by in News

Banner supporting Bassem Youssef and insulting Egypt’s top prosecutor hung on AUC bookstore

Bassem-Youssef-Banner-Solidarity-AUC-Plaza-Shaheer-Shaheen A banner that shows support to Bassem Youssef, host of satire program who had an arrest order issued for then released on bail, was put up over AUC book store, in the Plaza area earlier this morning.

The banner, carrying the SU logo, attacks Egypt’s top prosecutor calling him an ‘unlawful son’ and demands freedom for all the detainees. It reads: “How much have you sold us to the Guidance Office [of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood] for?”

We spoke to officials from the OSD who stated that they contacted the SU president because “it is his responsibility to take the banner down,” stressing that he did not take permission to put it up in the first place.

SU president Taher El-Moataz-Bellah told The Insider that the text used on the banner is a verse from a popular song made to criticise the military council after the revolution, believing that the state of the country nowadays very much resembles the situation back then.

“It is a message to him that he cannot be biased in such an obscene way to the ruling party,” he said, stressing that the SU does not support the return of Abd ElMeguid Mahmood (the former Prosecutor General) to office.

“Bassem Youssef and his show are not the most dangerous in Egypt, and if you are suing him for insulting president Morsi, this would be a much bigger insult to the presidency.”

We asked him whether the SU will take the banner down if University officials demand so, he replied: “No, not until the end of the week when everyone sees it and we fulfill our purpose with it.”

Taher assured that they aim at showing the students what is happening “outside the bubble of AUC” by making them aware of the treatment opposition in Egypt gets. “If this is happening to the famous show host, then what is happening to the people in the streets and in detention camps,” he concluded.

The Insider also spoke to Mostafa Shams, SU Chair of Services, who referred to the movie “V for Vendetta” saying that they are using the same idea of taking advantage of a famous symbol in order to unify and mobilise people.

“It is a message to the top prosecutor who sold himself to the Brotherhood. If the administration takes the banner down, we will put another one, nothing is easier.”

Inauguration of AUC Gate dedicated to Port Said Martyr Omar Mohsen

Posted on 05. Mar, 2013 by in News

Inauguration of AUC Gate dedicated to Port Said Martyr Omar Mohsen

The University has inaugurated a new pedestrian entrance in memory of Omar Aly Mohsen (1989-2012) who was tragically killed during the Port Said soccer massacre on February 1st, 2012.

“This is a small gate with a large meaning named in memory of a young man with a lasting legacy,” said President Lisa Anderson.

She added: “The fact that this gate was not in the original plan didn’t seem that compelling to the people who thought it was a good idea, and they thought it would serve the common good to have this access. And so they militated for it.”

She pointed out that in naming it after Omar Mohsen, the role that he and generations of students at AUC have played in practicing  advocacy, community, debate and activism are being acknowledged.

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The administration had previously established a memorial scholarship in honor of Omar Mohsen, and this afternoon, the Omar Mohsen gate was inaugurated in the presence of Mohsen’s family and friends.

“Omar was my friend, he used to tell me everything and I used to take his opinion about many things,” said Mohsen’s father to The Insider.

“I still do not feel that he is gone. I miss him and I feel that he is just travelling. Omar is always in my life and he is always with me.” he continued.

“Today, I am proud that I was a student in Omar Mohsen’s university,” said Omar Kandil, SU president (2009-2010). He added that the target of this gate, the scholarship and everything else is that Mohsen be honored forever.

“My words are addressed to Omar…” said Tarek El Maghraby, “the few times I saw you, you were calling for people to demand their rights. I thank you because you helped the workers in AUC last year and you helped them again, this year. One way or another, you are still with us.”

Kandil added that anyone who passes by the gate will feel like there is hope, Omar Mohsen’s hope, that everyone will be able to learn and succeed.

Tarek El Maghraby assured that they will all cooperate to build a mosque which holds Omar’s name.

Omar Mohsen, an economics senior, was killed on the same month he was to attend his graduation ceremony.

The twenty two year-old student was an active member of Ultras Ahly and was violently killed in the massacre among 79 martyrs.

Mohsen’s grandmother said to The Insider, “Omar was my first grandson, and I was very attached to him.”

She told us that on the day of the accident she called Omar only to know that he was in Port Said and asked him to return home.

“From that day, I do not know what to do,” she said, “it hurts so much that he went without telling me. I really wanted to hug him and I miss him very much.”

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Grief after the death of AUC’ian Nada Fathy in a tragic accident

Posted on 27. Feb, 2013 by in News

Grief after the death of AUC’ian Nada Fathy in a tragic accident

 

A funeral prayer for our fellow student Nada Walid Mohamed Fathy was held earlier today in front of Barlett Plaza. Nada-Fathy-AUCThe 19 year-old passed away amid a tragic car accident on Monday, February 25th, leaving behind memories of her kindness, her laughter, and her positive spirit, as described by her friends and loved ones.

Aya Hussein, Nada’s best friend for twelve years, said: “She was very social and never hurt anyone. She used to pray regularly and urged her friends to go pray with her.”

Aya spoke of how Nada constantly told jokes and adored dancing, where she was a member of AUC Folklore Troupe.

Her friends and other AUC students who never met her before were gathered during the assembly hour to pray for her this afternoon, in an atmosphere of grief and sorrow.

Her friends were distributing written prayers for her soul, and collecting money donations for ongoing charity.

Amina El Banna, one of her closest friends, said: “She loved everyone and was everyone’s friend. She was the kind of person who makes you feel that life is beautiful. She was great.”

“Nada was really a pure hearted person and I am so glad I got to know her. She left a great impact on my life,” added Zena Zahra, another friend of hers.   Click for more pictures

Newly installed six different trash bins on campus: our waste is valuable!

Posted on 23. Feb, 2013 by in News

Newly installed six different trash bins on campus: our waste is valuable!

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The university has started a new recycling project on campus last Wednesday to promote recycling and make the best out of our no longer needed stuff.

The newly installed trash bins provide a different container for cans, glass, plastic, food, paper and other trash, each carrying a distinctive colour and opening sign.

Mohamed El Batran, DDC researcher, spoke to us about how the old boxes were not doing the job, and that there used to be only two trash bins, one for food and another for non-food material.

He said: “In order to manufacture paper, trees are cut which causes deforestation; therefore, recycling plays an important role to decrease the impact of the process.”

Dalia Mouris, DDC office coordinator said that children are the ones who usually perform the sorting process manually. The project aims at preventing them from exposing themselves to pollution which could dangerously infect them.

She also noted that if material like paper is mixed with organic material, it no longer becomes recyclable.

Shaymaa Hassan, another research assistant at DDC, said: “Our wastes are very valuable. Those who collect trash depend on them to sustain their lives and sell them.”

On the importance of recycling, she pointed out how Cairo needs the “recycling culture” and intense waste management, saying: “The well educated group is supposed to support such initiatives.”

“The organic waste is used to make compost, something we have been doing on campus for some time now,” she went on.

She added that they are filming an advertisement to spread awareness on the importance of placing trash in its corresponding bin.

The idea was developed by “Sustainable Campus Committee” which is comprised of members from AUC community who care for the environment in general; and the DDC (Desert Development Center) is supporting this project.

DDC researchers going around AUC campus to spread awareness on the new recycling trash bins.

DDC researchers going around AUC campus to spread awareness on the new recycling trash bins.

Registering courses remains a burden, delaying graduation of many

Posted on 18. Feb, 2013 by in News

Registering courses remains a burden, delaying graduation of many

AUC-courses-closed-registrationWith the start of every semester, AUC’ian’s are yet hoping to be able to register their courses in an easy and quick manner.

Many students complain that because of the difficulty finding slots in courses, they are usually behind and this leads to a delay in their graduation.

Shorouq Zulfikar, a business major student with a junior standing said: “I am behind by 2 courses because of this and even though I am a junior, I am with a sophomore standing because of my low credit hours.

quote-News-en-300px-auc-registrationThe problem isn’t only with the registration, it’s also with the not so good professors,” Zulfikar added.

While Amira Walid, IMC student, stressed that “reserve can’t always be closed for students.”

The council for Advising, Registration and Enrollment (CARE), founded by Robert Switzer on October 2012, tries to improve the registration process and open registration at additional times, in addition to developing waiting lists.

However, some students are still not satisfied and are finding many obstacles within the registration process.

Although freshmen are given a higher priority when it comes to registration, some advisors focus on filling in the courses rather than carefully choosing courses that suit and satisfy students.

Safey Sallam, a freshman said: “Although courses were put by my advisor, not all courses timings are suitable for me specially because I live far away and some courses don’t really interest me.

Usually students who struggle to put enough courses per semester require an overload to graduate on time.

Dr. Rasha Mahmoud who helps students with their overload stated that if GPA is above 3, it’s “easier to apply overload.”

She also explained how it takes the registrar 4-5 working days to approve or disapprove the overload and that it depends on how many extra credits the overload is.

Have you been facing difficulties registering your courses this semester? Share your experience through the comments.

A line of work

Posted on 26. Nov, 2012 by in News

A line of work

It was surprising to us to find that an original photograph taken by The Insider AUC team had been effectively taken out of its intended context, cropped excluding The Insider logo, then re-used in another article belonging to news outlet ‘Caravan’.

We invite Caravan to clarify their standing on this issue and add that we are more than happy to openly share our material with them in the future, if they would be so kind to ask and naturally attribute said material to its original source.

As journalists we pride ourselves in facilitating trust in the work we do. The Insider as an organization sees that transparency and honesty in the field of information is of paramount importance.

Needless to mention that we at The Insider highly respect and appreciate Caravan’s integral and long standing work at AUC.

Please find  here the link of The Insider’s original photograph posted on our Facebook page on November 9

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The Caravan’s reply:

In regards to a query raised by online AUC publication the Insider (http://www.insiderauc.com/) regarding the use of one of their original pictures, The Caravan would like to clarify the following:

The Caravan reporter Ms. Dalia El-Abd was assigned to cover the Taekwondo story. When meeting with the athletes she asked if she could take a picture of them together, but due to scheduling conflicts this was not possible. As a result she asked if they had any pictures of the tournament and such that they could provide. They sent her the featured Insider picture and two others.

After reviewing the emails, we discovered that the original version of the picture did indeed include the Insider logo. However, it was automatically scaled down and cropped before insertion into layout. Had the editors seen the original picture before it was scaled down, they would have surely detected that it had proprietary rights and removed it forthwith.

Caravan staff hold all proprietary and copy rights, ethical and legal considerations in utmost importance. We also maintain an internal code of ethics which we impress upon our student journalists. We adhere to honest and fair reporting, objectivity, independence, and accuracy.

As such, we are not shy about admitting mistakes when they occur, immediately correcting them and taking every measure to ensure they do not recur.

The picture will be removed from our online edition. The Caravan staff would like to thank the Insider for pointing out our fumble.

Marina Barsoum
Editor-in-Chief, The Caravan

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The Insider’s statement:

We very much appreciate the professionalism demonstrated by ‘Caravan’ in admitting their ‘fumble’, even if the words ‘sorry about that’ didn’t feature.

We would like to put this issue to bed however, a few of our more technically aware members seemed a little upset by the explanation ‘Caravan’ gave us. According to said members the crop made, could only have been the result of precise and deliberate handy work, illustrated by the proportions of the modified picture and very unlikely to be the result of any kind of ‘automatic crop’, food for thought.

In regards to where we go from here we would very much like to see a more proactive response from ‘Caravan’ and have them officially clarify the source of the picture in question for the benefit of those who acquired the print before ‘Caravan’ noticed their ‘fumble’.

We would like to thank ‘Caravan’ for being as committed as we are in upholding truthful and honest journalism.

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From Caravan’s print issue on December 2nd, 2012

 

 

ICGE announces spanning to Germany, becoming the first AUC activity to expand to Europe

Posted on 16. Nov, 2012 by in News

ICGE announces spanning to Germany, becoming the first AUC activity to expand to Europe

ICGE, a student-run activity at AUC, is starting a new branch in Germany, allowing it to span internationally, and aiming this year for a joint conference between all the councils.

“Do what you love , know your dream , fight for it and only fear yourself”, those were the words Omar Abdellatif, ICGE President, addressed more than 700 attendees with during his speech in ICGE’s 13th opening ceremony which took place on Friday, November 9th, in Bassilly Auditorium.

The event hosted as a keynote speaker Mr. Sherif Samy, managing director at Misr Capital Investment Company, and featured various talented performers.

The event mainly featured speeches about success, professionalism, shared life experiences and leadership.

Mr Sherif Samy, managing director at Misr Capital Investment Company, shared his experiences through life emphasising that success is different from one person to another.

“Success is what everyone would believe they want to do, not comparing themselves to anyone else,” Mr Samy said. “We Egyptians lack professionalism,” adding, “in my opinion, being professional is your way to success.”

He strongly advised his audience to develop their leadership, technical, commercial, communication and financial awareness skills.

Organising committee head, Sherif Hafiz, then talked about his experience in ICGE and introduced the committee heads, while academic committee head, Nada Ragab introduced the secretariats.

There were some performances in between the speeches by Sherin Ashraf and Hassan Ramzy [Videos], who both took part in ‘Arabs Got Talent’ TV show last year.

Click for more party picturesThe program lasted for 90-minutes after which the audience were lead into an open area for a party where there was DJ Aniz & Moutaz, a dancing area, and a buffet.

Attendance to the event was open to anyone interested.

What is ICGE?

ICGE (The International Conference on Global Economy) was founded in 2000. The conference hosts around 500 student delegates and 150 organising member students who all engage in various business and economic activities.

ICGE started with only 3 councils, but has now expanded to include 7 councils which are: Council of Printed & Radio Ads (CPR), Council of TV Ads (CTV), Council of Marketing and Public Relations (MPR), Council of Stock Market Simulation (SMS), Council of Business Crisis Simulation (BCS), Council of Investment and Commercial Banking (ICBS) and Juniors Council (JRC).

The secretariats giving the sessions are students from many Egyptian private and state universities.

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ICGE 2012 Team