Archive | October, 2008

If AUC goes bankrupt, do the desert rats inherit the new campus?

27 Oct

Apparently word of AUC’s fine mess is getting back to sources in the US. Here’s a link to an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

And when you’re done laughing about the desert rats, you can read the surprisingly good investigative reporting in the AUC student newspaper about how the university, in the fine tradition of other over-extended American institutions these days, is losing money hand-over-fist. From this point on, I’ll consider any paycheck I get a bonus.


Painting the town red

21 Oct

One of the classes I’m teaching this semester is on the Civil Rights Movement. I figured it was a good opportunity to give my students a little hands-on experience along with what they read in the books, so I incorporated a community-based learning project into the class. We got hooked up with an NGO working in one of the many slums in Cairo, and later in the semester my students are going to be teaching adult literacy classes for some of the women there, with the theme of educating them about some of their basic civil rights (sort of along the lines of the Freedom Schools in Mississippi in the 1960s). Continue reading

Our Little Lawn Ornament

19 Oct

Finn and I went to a Halloween party yeserday. For his first Halloween, Finn was…

Finn and Abbey

Finn and Abbey

a lawn-gnome! Wish you were here, Laura!

Tonight Elder Holland is going to be here to address our little branch!!! So excited!!

An Egyptian Holiday

4 Oct

– or – “Say, is that a monk on my arm?”

The past few days have been the Eid el-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan (the holy month of fasting). I had Tuesday through Thursday off work, so we decided to get out of the city for a few days and do a little snorkeling. We recruited some of our new friends, the Heisses and Sharps, and set out for a fun three-day trip to Hurghada, a popular resort town on the Red Sea coast.

Instead, we had maybe our worst vacation experience ever. Continue reading