Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Students return to Lebanese university

AP Photo: A security officer, right, scans a Lebanese student with a hand-held metal detector as he...
By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press Writer

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Classes resumed Monday at a university in the heart of Beirut where a cafeteria political spat mushroomed into street riots that killed four people in the worst sectarian violence since Lebanon's civil war.

[...] Campus security guards searched all students at the entrance and denied access to those without student IDs.

At the Lebanese University, [...] "We stressed the importance of saving the academic year," Shukur told The Associated Press, adding that he had urged students to leave their political feelings outside the university.

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It was a good decision called by the Lebanese University to close for 10 days until things calm down, things did calm down, the atmosphere is tense but calm (in and out of the university).

Of course, we would like to thank all the political leaders in advance for ruining this atmosphere pretty soon, call me optimistic.

Almost 7 years ago, I addressed almost a hundred students, the student body and students who are leaders of their in-house faculty political party, telling them that politics (the Lebanese politics) should not be present in universities. The thing is, the elections that take place is based on the political preference and not academic, services and logistics performance on the runners.

Political preference elections in all Lebanese University faculties end up in fights and problems, but really, for what? It's majorly ridiculous and useless.

They say that the university is nothing but a representation of what is going on in the country. I tend to disagree, the university is supposed to shape a person's mind into becoming a better person and not a lousy one like most of our politicians.

Anyway, I just wanted to say now: "I told you so!"

"You reap what you sowed."


  1. Liliane, just a quick note to say that I love the new look of your blog. Keep up the great work - thanks to you I've been kept up to date with my Lebanon a little closer.
    Thank you.

  2. Dear Marianna,

    Glad you liked the new look and thanks for always reading, will always try my best to keep update it.