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May 29th, 2007

05:10 pm - housing?
This seems to be a pretty slow community, but I was wondering if anyone knows of any rooms/flats opening up coming this fall semester? I lived in Cairo for 4 months in 2005, and would definitely prefer to share a flat as opposed to residing in the AUC dorm. I'm coming in as 24 y/o grad student, currently living in the Washington DC area.



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November 13th, 2006

01:34 am - Spring 2007

I know this community hasn't been active for a while, but I figured I would try to see if anyone could answer some of my questions...

I'm headed to the AUC for the spring semester, and I was wondering what people thought of their experiences there; is there anything that I either must do or must avoid? Any teachers/classes to avoid? How are the dorms; should I look into getting an apartment? More personally, is it fesable to take a regular courseload (5 classes) and language classes as well?

Thanks for all your help!


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March 31st, 2006

05:24 pm
I posted here a while ago about losing my camera. I never found it :((

Anyway, my last attempt to get another one failed (Amazon.com lost it in the mail so my friend couldn't bring it). I want to try again, and hopefully get one before I leave for spring break 12 April, Wednesday night so I can take pictures of my trips. My roommates mother is coming on the 16th, and I would send it with her, but she's coming 4 days after I leave.

SO, my question is:

Do any of you have friends or visitors coming to Cairo before the 12th of April??? Would any of them possibly be inclined to bring my camera with them if I ship it to them from Amazon.com? I'd be willing to work something out to compensate them if it would cause any inconvience.

If you know of someone who could do this for me PLEASE contact me ASAP (as I have to order the camera very soon for it arrive by the time they leave so I can get it by the 12th).

Thank you soo much!

Sara Ellena
Mobile: 0121353966
Dorm Room # 325
IM: oneironaut85
MSN: sbellena@hotmail.com
email: sara.ellena @ gmail.com
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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March 22nd, 2006

11:16 am - Iran Freedom Concert Follow-Up
We are writing to inform you about the Iran Freedom Concert held this past weekend at Harvard University, and ask for your help in spreading the word about its success.

Co-hosted by students at Harvard University and the Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance (HAMSA, a project of the American Islamic Congress), the concert aimed to promote the message that "civil rights must be respected by any Iranian government, and freedom must become a reality for all Iranians."

The concert was an outstanding success, and was covered by major news organizations. Click here to read an article by the Boston Globe about the concert. 
To see pictures and video clips of the concert, please click here.

Our work, however, is not yet done. We are trying to bring the message and success of this concert to as many people as possible. We are especially trying to reach as many people currently inside Iran as possible, and let them know of this event.

Thus, we would be grateful if you could put a small post about the concert and its success in your journal,  and let as many people know about its message as possible. If you could do us the personal favor of sending us a link to any posts you make about the concert for our records, we would be grateful.

Please e-mail us if you have any questions, and thank you for your time.

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March 14th, 2006

03:25 pm - Iran Freedom Concert
Harvard Students Hold "Iran Freedom Concert" in Solidarity with Iranian Student Movement for Democracy and Civil Rights

Event to be broadcast into Iran via satellite TV

CAMBRIDGE – On Saturday (March 18) Harvard University will host the Iran Freedom Concert, a rally organized by Harvard students to support their counterparts in Iran.

Prominent Iranian student leader Akbar Atri and Harvard's student body president John Haddock will address the crowd. Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, will be sending a statement of support.

"As tensions rise over nuclear issues, our diverse student coalition wants to spotlight the human side of the Iran crisis," said co-organizer Adam Scheuer, a senior and editor at the Harvard Middle East Review.

"Iranian students are denied basic rights Americans take advantage of every day. But there is a brave student movement in Iran working for change, and we need to support them." Widespread student protests in Iran have broken out in recent years, despite a brutal crackdown by the regime's security forces.

The concert, which begins at 9 p.m. at Leverett House, features leading campus musicians and speakers from campus groups exposing repression in Iran. Nine organizations are co-sponsoring, including an unusual alliance of campus Democrats and Republicans.

"The coalition doesn't take a stand on policy debates like foreign intervention," explained freshman co-organizer Alex McLeese. "But we agree that the fundamental rights of Iranians cannot be held hostage to diplomatic maneuverings over Iran's nuclear program."

The Iran Freedom Concert takes place just before the traditional Persian new year of Norouz – reflecting the students' hope for a new day for freedom in Iran.

"Iranian students are arrested for what they write on their blogs and have to take their exams in handcuffs," noted freshman co-organizer Nick Manske. "In fact, the essential elements of this concert are illegal in Iran: live singing, mixed dancing, and discussing social messages. Not to mention the restrictions on women, minorities, and journalists."

That message is being echoed on campuses across the country, with simultaneous rallies planned at Georgetown, UPenn, Duke, and other schools. Prominent Iranian dissidents, as well as the American Islamic Congress, are sending statements of support. The event will be broadcast into Iran via satellite TV.

"If there is no international pressure, there will be more crackdowns, arrests, and imprisonments," said Fatameh Haghighatjoo, the youngest female ever elected to the Iranian parliament. "But if there is international concern, these will be reduced."

"This is a critical moment for Iran," Scheuer said. "Iranian activists need to know that American students are ready to help them hold the Iranian regime accountable. We want to help our counterparts in Iran seize the moment and advance their civil rights movement."

For more information, see http://www.IranFreedomConcert.com or call 617.661.0053.

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February 8th, 2006

12:59 pm - Civil Rights in the Middle East Essay Contest!
Speak your mind on freedom in the Middle East and win $2000!

The Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance (HAMSA) is proud to announce its "Dreams Deferred" Essay Contest on Civil Rights in the Middle East. The contest has two parts: one for Middle Eastern youth (25 and younger) and one for American youth (25 and younger).

To participate, all you have to do is write a brief essay (600-2000 words) addressing one of three questions dealing with civil rights in the Middle East.

Winners will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges - including Gloria Steinem, Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, and Norman Hill - and will recieve a $2000 prize, with other prizes for top essays!

For more information, please visit our website or send us an e-mail at info@hamsaweb.org


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December 6th, 2005

01:25 pm - WANTED: Your used cell phone
Saalam Alaykum!

I'm a poor college student doing a stint abroad at AUC for a year. After living here for four months I finally realized that I really DO need a cell phone!

So heres the deal. I'm looking for:
+ a gently used mobile phone
~ No fancy features necessary (camera, color screen, aestethics, etc.) - I just want functionality and decent service
~ Preferably new to you (ie: I'm only the 2nd person using it)
+ with a SIM card
+ with or without a line
+ Mobilnil/Vodafone (it doesnt matter)

>< Ballpark range: 125-200 LE
>< Price is negotiable
>< I can pick-up or you can mail it to my AUC address or you can drop it off if you want.

Contact Info
Land Line...739-7325

Thanks! Hope to hear from you soon!

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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October 31st, 2005

12:23 am
This isn't spam and I'm not trying to be cheeky. I simply don't know where else to place this. I'm guessing AUC students might know something.

Will be in Cairo for a week come Wednesday and I officially know no one there. Seeking good hookups at reasonable prices. If anyone will hear me out, please leave a comment on my LJ or reply here and I'll contact you. Thanks.

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October 26th, 2005

07:59 pm - Zamalek housing
hi everyone,

Izzak? I know this community hasn't seen much action lately, but I am studying at AUC in January as part of the winter term language institute and I have a couple questions. What is the Zamalek student housing like? Did any of you choose apartments instead of living in the dorm, and was it better? Also, to those of you who did stay in the Zamalek student housing, is the no-guys-in-the-house rule very serious? My boyfriend lives in Egypt...

thanks, Josie

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April 28th, 2005

01:43 pm - New Grad Student

I'm going to be a new graduate student at AUC in the fall. I know no one has posted here in a while, but I was wondering if anyone could answer some of my questions regarding life in cairo (especially about grad student life).

many thanks
Current Mood: okayokay

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