Current Issue – Fall 2021

Letters

From the Editors

From the Editors

  From the Editors Fall 2021 Dear MainGate readers, We’re delighted to present this fall issue of The MainGate—a reflection on the many facets of the AUB community. As befits these straitened times, we are publishing in a smaller more economical format for this...

From the President – Fall 2021

From the President – Fall 2021

  From the President - Fall 2021 Dear readers, You can be assured that throughout the crises of the past three years, the board of trustees, university leadership, and I have listened, debated, and deliberated how to forge a path forward for this most precious of...

Features

Khabazteh?

Khabazteh?

  Features Khabazteh? by MainGate Staff Fall 2021This past October, AUBMC shared a video on social media titled “The Bread Exam.” Popular Lebanese baker Um Ali stands in a spacious, well-lit kitchen in front of two wrapped pieces of dough molded in the shape of...

Written Word – Fall 2021

Written Word – Fall 2021

Features Published & Produced By MainGate Staff Fall 2021The Arsonists’ City (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021) by Hala Alyan (BA ’08). This family saga centered on their struggles to save the ancestral home in Beirut tells the story of both a family and a region...

The Cultural Weight of Arabic Calligraphy

The Cultural Weight of Arabic Calligraphy

  Features The Cultural Weight of Arabic Calligraphy by Najib Chowdhury Fall 2021Arabic calligraphy was born in reverence to writing the Qu’ran but has grown in its life outside the holy text. It exists beyond the page and is found on the domes of mosques, the...

Ecology of Cedars: A very long relationship

Ecology of Cedars: A very long relationship

  Features Ecology of Cedars - A very long relationship by Eric Eyges Fall 2021"They stood at the forest’s edge, gazing at the top of the Cedar Tree, gazing at the entrance to the forest. Where Humbaba would walk there was a trail, the roads led straight on, the...

Comprehending the Currency Crisis

Comprehending the Currency Crisis

  Features Comprehending the Currency Crisis by Dr. Said Elfakhani, AUB professor of finance, accounting, and managerial economics, has tracked the fall of the LBP since it unhinged from the pegged dollar rate in October 2019. He spoke to us about the mysterious...

Mary Jaber Nachar

Mary Jaber Nachar

  Features Mary Jaber Nachar -An AUB stalwart takes a seat in the C-Suite by MainGate Staff Fall 2021Appointed in September 2020 as Vice President for Administration, Mary Jaber Nachar is the first female to serve the university in this role. The challenges she...

Commencement Celebration

Commencement Celebration

\  Features Commencement Celebration by MainGate Staff Fall 2021The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down in many ways. That is certainly true for the Class of 2020, whose graduation was postponed over one year. In a strange twist of events, AUB’s 151st...

Lasting Notes

Lasting Notes

Features Lasting Notes by Rami Abi Zeid Fall 2021Ever since Rami Abi Zeid (BE ’21) played the violin at an AUB commencement, he planned what he would say at his own graduation celebration. Following are excerpts from his imagined speech to his classmates. ---- I hate...

Aiducation – Firas Hatoum

Aiducation – Firas Hatoum

  Features Aiducation - Firas Hatoum by MainGate Staff Fall 2021Firas Hatoum was raised in Aley, where he attended the Universal College of Aley. The son of AUB alumni who met at AUB, Firas grew up hearing stories about student life on campus and always knew that...

Alumni & Friends

In Memoriam – Fall 2021

In Memoriam – Fall 2021

    In Memoriam - Fall 2021 Antoine Zahlan, PhD (BA ’51, MA ’52). A brilliant scientist, scholar, mentor, and AUB professor (1956–1976), who also served as chairman of the Physics Department, Zahlan passed away on August 31, 2020, at the age of 92. In 1948, he...

Class Notes – Fall 2021

Class Notes – Fall 2021

    Class Notes - Fall 2021Munzer A. Afifi (BA ’51) writes, “After graduation, I taught for two years at the Friends Boys School in Ramallah, Palestine where I had been a student. I came to the US in 1953, studied at Michigan State, served in the US Army for two...