Wednesday, March 3

Obscenity Published on AUC Newspaper

Another article I wrote to The Independent student paper in response to several embarrassing articles with obscene content published on consecutive issues of the Mass Comm newspaper 'The Caravan.'

A Brief Response to the Obscenity of the Caravan Newspaper
Recent articles published in the Caravan Newspaper present an extremely disappointing image of AUC students and the university as a whole.
While the university may function as a venue of social and cultural development – and the place where many young people experience their ‘coming of age’ – it is first and foremost an educational institution. Let us learn from this grave mistake which was made by the Caravan and yet reflects badly on the entire student body. The articles published in the first issue of Spring 2010 as well as the last two of Fall 2009 are utter sources of embarrassment and shame, and they clearly violate the university’s code of ethics. It is everyone’s duty to protect the reputation of AUC:
Article 1 Section C-2.The care of the university, its property, facilities, and reputation are obligations of every member of the community
 [AUC CONSTITUTION]
Student activities on campus enrich the AUC community in many ways, and allow students to express their diverse interests and creative energy. However, we must keep in mind that any activity which occurs on campus and involves AUC faculty, staff and/or students reflects the values of AUC as an organization. If any visitors to the campus from Egypt or abroad were to pick up a copy of the Caravan what would their impression of the university be? It would be that of a lax institution which allows its students to openly encourage each other to break the law, wasting their time with alcohol consumption, drug abuse, pornography and gambling. Does that make AUC look impressive, professional or credible in any way?
Whether or not all of the things reported in the recent Caravan issues are indeed true, writing about them openly in an official student newspaper is self-degrading. It is immature and tasteless at best.
To those of you who are proud of your weekend party achievements: some of us are aiming to go a little further in life. If you choose to ruin yourself and your future, all in the name of having a good time, then that’s great for you. But don’t infect our academic environment at AUC and taint our collective reputation with your stupidity. Please, keep your illegal activities to yourself and your pals, the whole campus really does not need to know about.
Majed Jarrar
Student Senator

I sent a letter to the chair of the department - being member of the Student Senate - requesting a formal apology and threatening to use our veto power to freeze the newspaper, and they did publish their apology last Sunday. I insisted, however, that my response would be published anyway to defend the Student Senate's reaction.

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