All Around CMU-Q

An online newsletter run by students from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Month: September, 2014

Let’s Communicate

By Hassan Salatt

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As soon as this Student Majlis was elected, Tarek (President of Student majlis) had an important major goal in mind that he hoped to achieve. His goal was getting the students to communicate and raise their voice to not only share their concerns and complaints, but also to share updates and exciting news about the CMU-Q community.

Whether it was from students or from clubs and organizations, communication was always welcomed in the Student Majlis. Student majlis realize how important communication is. They also want to hear feedback from the student therefor the tried few initiatives, for instance instead of only calling students to come and communicate, they have the ‘Talk to Tarek’ corner in every Thursday majlis which will insure a better communication. The last initiative of them was to introduce new committees under student majlis executives. The first is the Student Organizations Committee (SOC), which consists of all the club presidents representing their clubs. In addition to that, they introduced the class committee, which consists of 8 elected members (2 from each batch) representing their class. Finally, the Academic committee, which has different members from different majors who are here to raise all students’ concerns.

Student Majlis welcomed them all to the team on Thursday and on behalf of the All-Around CMU-Q team I would like to welcome them all wishing them the best of luck in their new positions.

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Finally, we can see that student majlis has taken many steps to reach the students’ voice and raise it to the right people, it is now the Students’ turn to take the last step and communicate all their ideas and concerns to the right members of the team. In the end the aim is to improve the CMU-Q community in every possible way.

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CMUQ’s Annual Public Debate

“This House Believes That Reality Television Does More Harm Than Good”, CMUQ’s Debating Society debated yesterday.

As an activity of promoting the organization to the audience of CMUQ, the Debating Society hosted its first public event of the year, which took place in lecture hall 1062 during lunchtime. The event witnessed a good turnout of students and a faculty member from the Student Affairs, with most students from the Class of 2018.

The debaters of the topic were returning students from CMUQ (i.e. seniors, juniors, and sophomores), and they volunteered to showcase what university-level debates are like for the audience. The two sides of the debate consisted of the following students:

  1. Opening Proposition: Syed Zuhair, Valerie Garcia
  2. Closing Proposition: Mohamed Benkermi, Tarek Al-Hariri
  3. Opening Opposition: Nawal Mir, Ameena Al-Haroon
  4. Closing Opposition: Bilal Sheikh, Yousuf Akhlaq
  5. The debate was chaired by Bashayer Al-Saadi.

Due to demonstration purposes, no winning team was announced after the debate was over.

Class of 2018: First Week Impressions

As the first week of classes has already passed by, the All Around team was on the lookout for the class of 2018 students to get their views as members of the CMUQ community. We interviewed a few of them during the lunch break on Monday to get their words, and here are their thoughts:

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Eamon Sager (Left), Information Systems

“I enjoy the classes and the professors. They are all nice and helpful.”

“Any Surprises?”

“Python. It was hard at first but then I actually got the hang of it. It’s not that bad.”

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Syed Abbas Mehdi, Biological Sciences

“Well, the first day I was piled with three homeworks. It was pretty good. A lot of studies, a lot of work. I come here everyday at eight-thirty and leave around six. But it’s fun. There’s a lot of work but you can enjoy it.”

Bushra Al-Sulaiti, Biological Sciences

“Even though I was expecting to hate chemistry because it was my least favorite subject in school, it was surprising that I really liked it. It’s actually my favorite course right now. I like the professor too because he’s interesting and passionate about the course itself.

“Who’s your professor?”

“Professor Terry Murphy.”

Tefla Al-Jalahma, Business Administration

“It was like a big slap on my face after summer. But I guess the business class is my favorite because I love it and I know it already from school.”