Thursday, February 10, 2011

College Night 2011 Student Leaders Get Caught Reading

For the second time in three years, Carmichael Library is highlighting Montevallo's greatest tradition with our occasional blog feature, Get Caught Reading. Meet your Gold and Purple Side student leaders and learn what they're reading!

Photos by Joel Bullock

Purple Side co-leader Logan Reid chose The Berenstain Bears in The Bears' Nature Guide, by Stan Berenstain. Elizabeth Minyard chose The Legend of Drizzt Collectors Edition, by R. A. Salvatore. Logan majors in acting and directing, and Elizabeth is working on a fine arts degree in painting.

Gold Side co-leader Jennifer Bellamy chose Wolf Boy, by Evan Kuhlman, while Philip Green chose Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions, by Christian Lander. Both Jenna and Philip are Communication Studies majors, and Philip is also pursuing a double major in sociology.

Now that we know what our College Night student leaders are reading there's only one question to ask: "What's it gonna' be?!"

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

From the Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina "To our Friends Around the World: The Events in Egypt"

To our friends around the world: The Events in Egypt
30 Jan 2011

The world has witnessed an unprecedented popular action in the streets of Egypt. Led by Egypt’s youth, with their justified demands for more freedom, more democracy, lower prices for necessities and more employment opportunities. These youths demanded immediate and far-reaching changes. This was met by violent conflicts with the police, who were routed. The army was called in and was welcomed by the demonstrators, but initially their presence was more symbolic than active. Events deteriorated as lawless bands of thugs, and maybe agents provocateurs, appeared and looting began. The young people organized themselves into groups that directed traffic, protected neighborhoods and guarded public buildings of value such as the Egyptian Museum and the Library of Alexandria. They are collaborating with the army. This makeshift arrangement is in place until full public order returns.

The library is safe thanks to Egypt’s youth, whether they be the staff of the Library or the representatives of the demonstrators, who are joining us in guarding the building from potential vandals and looters. I am there daily within the bounds of the curfew hours. However, the Library will be closed to the public for the next few days until the curfew is lifted and events unfold towards an end to the lawlessness and a move towards the resolution of the political issues that triggered the demonstrations.

Ismail Serageldin
Librarian of Alexandria
Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina