CEC’s Global Bash: Bringing Cultures together

By Bushra Memon,


One of CMU’s biggest event this semester, the Global Bash organized by CEC (Cultural Exchange Club) , aimed at giving the Education City a holistic experience of different cultures from around the world. The Global bash gave the students a ride from Africa’s  Saharan traditions  and East asia’s sword fighting   , to North America’s football game , Eastern Europe’s and Hispanic world’s , all brought together  on the Green Spine.

The enthusiastic CEC volunteers who represented different regions came dressed up in their specific traditional dresses and arranged activities that helped the visitors to learn more about these cultures. Not to forget, the traditional dishes like sushi from the Eastern Asia, pancakes from the Arctic and Biryani from South Asia all added up to the multicultural diversity CEC aimed to create.

Which traditional activity/ food/clothes did you like the most? Comment below and let it go All Around!


Debate Team… Who?

By Ameena Al Haroon

With the Qatar Universities Debating League ending in February, the CMUQ Debate Society is proud to prove its stance once again on topping the speakers chart. Our brilliant debaters debated against teams from Georgetown, Weill Cornell, College of North Atlantic, Qatar University, Texas A&M, the Academic Bridge Program, and Stenden. The leagues started in October and Ended in February, followed by the Nationals held in Weill Cornell on March the 29th and 30th. Our debaters won awards of the following categories:

Best Speaker Award (QUDL), 1st place: Narcis Jafarian

Best Speaker Award (QUDL), 9th place: Mohamed Benkermi

Best Novice Speaker Award (QUDL), 1st place: Bilal Anwar Sheikh

Best Speaker Award (Nationals), 1st place: Patrick Steinhagen

Best Speaker Award (Nationals), 2nd place: Dana Al-Ansari

Best Speaker Award (Nationals), 5th place: Narcis

Congratulations to our great debaters!

However, given the marvelous winning strike that CMUQ is taking in debating, do you guys think that it’s getting the enough amount of recognition in campus? Should there be more activities from the club to engage the rest of the campus in it? Is debating really all about ‘knowing it all’ in politics, economy, and other stories related to current events? Drop some comments and more questions below to let us know what you think.

Tasmeem Doha 2013


By: Maryam Al-Sulaiti

Photos are taken from VCUQ students affair FB.



From 10th-17th march, the HBKU Student Center was overflowing with events, different workshops, distinctive lectures, and all of that was part of the international art and design conference that is held twice a year and organized by VCUQ. Hybrid Making: Tasmeem Doha 2013, a conference that explores creativeness within the social makings, had gathered scholars and participators of art. It aims to engage and educate students and locals about hybridization. With different sub-conferences, exhibitions, and a fashion show, Tasmeem Doha presented such an eventful and constructive conference, having people form all over the world. Students from different schools and universities also came to visit and take part. The conference lasted one week and was organized into three phases, the first phase being the production phase, which consisted of workshops and laboratories (March 10-14th), following it was phase two, which was the rest and preparation phase. This phase was more like a break halfway through the conference, allowing artists to prepare their pieces as well as to have the opportunity to relax. The last phase, which was 2 days long, consisted of the dissemination conference, focusing on the more traditional aspects.

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Did you take part in the conference? What did you think?

The IMPAQT of Brain Bowl

By: Bushra Memonphoto(2)

Just like any other semester, this semester’s Brain Bowl was thrilling and fun-filled , thanks to Professor Ben Reilly’s mind boggling questions and humor. Brain Bowl ’13, though, was exceptional with the participation of the IMPAQT team, who also turned out to be the winners. The IMPAQT team consisted of Aveed Shaikh and Vanessa Fernandez from the Qatar campus and Hira Ahmad and Jay Chopra from the Pittsburgh campus.

What really fascinated us that the three other teams had faculty members in it, thus they could capitalize on the faculty knowledge. However, in our case, we did not have a faculty member but still we were able to win the competition.” -Aveed Shaikh


The competition, as usual, was intense but the IMPAQT team approached the questions in a smart and strategic way, brainstormed collectively, discussed between themselves and thus everyone contributed to reach the answers.

Being part of Brain Bowl, and especially of the super-hyper-mega-cool-funky-guys was an amazing experience. We were a very unique team; on one hand, we had professor Szudzik winning most of our team’s points and from the other end, I was answering as many answers as possible, and losing many points in the process. However, this semester’s Brain Bowl was just a start; next time, we will strike with all our might inshallah!” –Mohammed Benkermi

The IMPAQT folks recollected to me later after the event that they really enjoyed the whole Brain Bowl experience including Prof. Reilly’s clever questions, audience questions, as well as free CMU-branded giveaways.”- Aveed Shaikh

This semester’s Brain Bowl remained one of the best moments the IMPAQT folks had on their trip.