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Empty classrooms a week before finals at AUB!

I was at Flow in Hamra on Monday night when I overheard an AUB student urging another AUB student not to attend classes on Wednesday, in protest of the rise in tuition fees planned for fall semester of this year.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but from what I understood, there used to be this rule at AUB called the 12 credit rule.  And under this rule,  a student at AUB would pay the same tuition whether or not they took 12 credits (a full time course load), or 18 credits (an uber full time course load).

I sat there in amazement as I listed to conversation, having paid for every single credit I took in University..I then turned to the AUB students and said, “I understand how this could be upsetting, but you guys do understand that everywhere else in the world, you have to pay for every single credit you take at University, right?”

To which they replied to me, “Yeah, we know, but still!  There are millions of dollars in donations pouring into AUB from former AUB alumni and successful businesses.  Entire buildings and schools are named after these people to commemorate their donations.  So WHY do they need to increase our tuition rate, as if AUB isn’t expensive enough?  AUB can’t even tell us where our money will be going!”

They have a point.  At least when my university raised tuition fees, they gave us a very detailed justification.  It’s the least that AUB can do.

I had no idea that the protest would result in this (see below), a week before finals at AUB!

AUB Protests Beirut Lebanon

Empty classrooms at AUB..photo credit: Mind Soup blog http://www.moudz.blogspot.com

and this…

AUB Protests Beirut Lebanon

American University of Beirut is now American University of Bourgeoisie! photo credit: Farfahinne http://www.farfahinne.blogspot.com

Learn more about the tuition protest at AUB by visiting Mind Soup’s blog and Farfahinne’s blog.

AUB students are refusing to attend class until the tuition increase is revoked.  I wonder what this means for their final grades.

What is your opinion about the protests at AUB, do you think they’re justified?


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Sights from around Hamra..

Flowers being sold for Mothers day...here its on March 21st..

Barrrr Barrrr! Best shawarma..sorry Malik el Battata

AUB - American University of Beirut

AUB - American University of Beirut

Satellite TV - just a cable away!

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Honking in Beirut..oh, and planting trees in Hamra..

Correct me if I’m wrong,,as I’ve only lived here for a couple of months now..but does it ever get easier to deal with the honking in Beirut?  It always seems to be especially bad when I’m in Hamra..likely because the street is lined with apartment buildings and commercial complexes trapping in the deafening noise..

A recent article in the Daily Star addresses the issue of “noise pollution” in Beirut..while they’re at it, why don’t they address pollution as well?  Apparently, a Fullbright scholar and professor at American University in Beirut is proposing that people who engage in habitual or unnecessary honking be fined. GOOD LUCK.

Does she not realize that honking is a Lebanese national past time?

The professor is suggesting that the fine money be used to plant trees in Hamra to serve as noise absorbers.  Trees, in Hamra?  Ummm where are they going to plant them?  In the concrete?  For my Miami people, saying your going to plant trees in Hamra, is like saying you are going plant trees in Brickell.

According to the Daily Star,

“Loud and persistent noise causes the vibration of eardrums and signals the brain to produce harmful chemicals; annoying noise leading to increased stress, irritability and rage can be harmful to health by increasing gastric acid, desire to smoke and drink coffee and restless sleep.  Adults under stress manifest socially unacceptable behavior in the presence of children by honking horns and speaking foul language.”

Stress, irritability, INCREASED GASTRIC ACID?

Something must be done, and QUICK!

I found this brilliant graphic on a Lebanese blog, by a designer named Joe..its time like these that I wish I was a graphic designer too!

and for my non Lebo people, this is what a Lebanese flag looks like..

Lebanese flag

Lebanese Flag


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