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This time around: How to survive Lebanese American University (LAU) Byblos

It’s been a month or so since North LAU-ers, otherwise known as LAU Byblos students, kicked off their fall semester in style.

And after bringing you How to Survive LAU Beirut and How to Survive AUB, it’s time we give North LAU-ers their very own college survival guide.

Note: make sure to add the following guide to your syllabus collection.

1. Making your way among upper-gaters at lunchtime can be awkward. This is why you’re highly advised to drop by the kiosks either before or after lunch, unless you particularly like to wait ten extra minutes for your food and maybe gain some upper gate swag.

2. Learn to embrace the compelling aesthetics of the Attic, half of your exams will take place up there anyway.

3. You may indulge on designer bags and flamboyant sneakers as much as you want but please, do not pick up the outrageous habit of wearing Juicy Couture sweatsuits to uni. The latter trend, perpetuated by LAU girls for years now, needs to end already.

4. Looking for a calm place to study? Head to the Health Sciences library. You might have to walk a few extra miles, but it’s always quieter than the Byblos Library. Even better? An empty class always does the trick (that’s if you’re lucky enough to find one).  (Has the library been transferred from the old basement?)

5. Take as many Psychology courses as you can. The classes and faculty are simply AWESOME (huge shoutout to all).

6. And if you ever need a 1-credit free elective, sign up for the Business Etiquette and Protocol course. You’ll learn a whole bunch of useful social, professional and practical skills. Oh and you get to organize a real-life event/dinner with your classmates as your final exam (you also get to dress up and all).

7. Never come to uni without an umbrella when you have classes in Frem or Dorm A, during the winter.

8. Take advantage of the library, the book collection is absolutely tremendous, not to mention the equally compelling DVD selection (yes, they have series too, you know what to do when you’ve got plenty of time to kill). (For years I submitted the requirement to bring in Human Factors and Ergonomic publications, at no avail. I was supposed to be teaching a few courses in these disciplines, but the students lacked any valuable references.)

9. Be careful what you do when you’re standing at the med school terrace. We see you.

10. Always plan your schedule ahead of time and make a list of potential alternatives in case any of the classes you want to take happens to be full (which is very likely to happen if you’re a freshman/sophomore). This will save you an awful lot of time and confusion during registration.

11. Attend the career/internship fairs and presentations. They’re a great opportunity for you to grow your professional network and meet potential employers. (Unless you are first in your class: the USA will demand you continue your graduation there)

12. Join MUN, even if it’s only for a year. It’s always good to hang around young diplomats on weekends.

13. High heels are a definite no. You’re in sneaker-land, baby.

14. Pray that it doesn’t rain on election day, the road will be closed and you wouldn’t want to get mercilessly swayed by the winds and end up fully drenched by the time you’ve reached lower gate.

15. Do NOT pick civil marriage, same-sex marriage, or legalizing drugs as a topic for your English paper, EVER. The professors have had enough, so has the whole academic universe.

 

The Declaration of students for a democratic society in 1962 at port Huron stated the following:

First, the university has an influential position in permanent social development,

Second, the educative function of a university is indispensable to the formation of social attitudes,

Third, in this complex world of interactions, the university is the central institution for the evaluation and transmission of knowledge,

Fourth, the university is a pertinent social organ for access to knowledge and internal openness to social movements for change and reforms,

Fifth, there are no alternatives for movements of social change and reforms but to acquiring the necessary intellectual competence and knowledge offered within university campuses for using as potent tools of serious deliberation, fair judgement, and honest rational reflections.

In most States, universities are funded by public money; this was the case in the US over 50 years ago, until universities became self-sustained business unit, interacting and transacting with public institutions and private companies.  It is evident that universities in most nations, within its financial and economic structures, are “parasitic institutions” taxing the people for its sustainability.

Obviously, one way of acquiring financial sustainability is to having companies and public services, hiring exiting graduate students to filling job positions, transfer a portion of earned monthly check to the proper university for a duration.

Two drawbacks are consequent to this financial method:

First, students will select financially remunerating fields of study,

Second, university will encourage the students toward disciplines that have higher job opportunities.

What would happen to disciplines in arts, sociology, philosophy, languages,…?

There is this well-established trend that generates grants from public institutions and private companies supporting research studies in specific domains.  The companies enjoy tax-exempt contributions and the university allocates 52% of the amount of the grant to “overhead expenses” for using university facilities…  Actually, tax-exempt contributions are fundamentally taxing the people for more State revenues the next year.

The contention is that most of these grants do not go to basic research but to targeted missions related to military programs and capitalist model systems for exploiting common people and the developing States.  

What can be done so that the students declaration be translated effectively to enhancing social awareness and communication among communities for a peaceful and equitable election laws for representation in power?

An excellent alternative is that, in addition to “overhead expenses”, the university cut out a portion of the grants and allocate it to social, artistic, and inter-communication research programs and student support for liberal choices of specialities.

How transparent are the processes and procedures in secret institutions, private and public, playing the role of universities, like secret campuses, off-limit to public scrutiny in democratic systems?

There are the cases of two universities in Lebanon:  The American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese American University (LAU). Both universities receive funding from the US government and thus, the US Administration consider these universities are belonging to the US properties, even if most of the tuitions are paid by Lebanese students on Lebanese land.

A few years ago, the US delayed the election of a President to  LAU for an entire year because the Lebanese candidates were not appreciated by the US administration; finally, the US  selected and appointed its own American choice.


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