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Oct 31, 2010

You Have an Assignment Tomorrow, but You are not Sure? AUI-S Student Creates a Facebook Page for Assignments

Sarbast Majid, a junior IT student at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, had a small problem. He knew that he was given an assignment, but he was not sure what it was and when it was due.

His friends were no of a better position.

"Whenever I was on Facebook, someone would open that chat box and ask me about the assignments," Sarbast said. "If I had that problem, it meant that some other students had it too."


Oct 30, 2010

Where did the AUI-S Advising Program Go?

Last year, The former Academic Dean of students, Dr. Denise Natali, announced the opening of a mentoring program for the AUI-S students.

The program, as the dean said, was designed to support the students during their university life. The AUI-S students were supposed to get direct counselling from some of the assigned professors.

Some students told Student Voice that they never met or saw their advisors. Some others, who got the chance to meet with their advisors, described the sessions as "useless and boring".


Oct 28, 2010

Fun with AUI-S

by Astios 

Hello again...

We know that this blog's mission is not to make fun of anyone and/or help anyone have fun. But sometimes it is just impossible to get people to understand something without making fun of them and/or having fun with them. That is why, we expect anyone who is smart enough to relate his/her name to his/her initial to be be tolerant and easygoing. We also want them to take our funs seriously. We are dead serious!


Oct 26, 2010

John Dolan, Academic Fraud

by  Dr. John Agresto*

John Dolan  -- John Carrol Dolan – Berkeley PhD, sometimes author, and late of the American University of Iraq, decided he would write a petulant diatribe bemoaning the fact that he was fired from this university.  It’s true; he was.  That may be the only thing true in his rant.

It was a risk hiring him, I admit.  Contrary to what Dolan states, we knew when we hired him that he was strongly against the War in Iraq.  We read his resume, could see where he stood politically, and we didn’t care.  We didn’t hire him because we wanted “intellectual diversity” or to show how open minded we were – we hired him to teach English, and didn’t care about his politics.

In an Exclusive Article to Student Voice, Dr. Agresto to Dr. Dolan: You are a Liar and an Academic Fraud

Dr. John Agresto, the Dean of AUI-S faculty, responds to Dr. John Dolan, the fired professor, in a long exclusive article that will be published tonight in Student Voice.

In his article, Dr. Agresto responds to the points raised in Dr. Dolan's article.

Dr. Agresto argues that the political stand of Dr. Dolan has never been an issue.

"We know he was against the war in Iraq... [but] we hired him to teach english and didn't care about his politics," wrote Dr. Agresto.

Oct 25, 2010

Student Voice Poll: There is Something Wrong with AUI-S and the Fired Professors

The Student Voice poll shows that the majority thinks the AUI-S administration and the fired professors both a re responsible for the crisis.

The poll which lasted for 12 days and ended tonight, recorded the largest participation among the three polls been conducted by Student Voice so far.


Oct 24, 2010

Fun with AUI-S

by Astios 

Dear Student Voice readers... This column will be dedicated for the small pieces of news we get from the students. Send whatever you have to our email stdntvc@gmail.com or share it with us on our Facebook and/or Twitter pages. Here is the first part:

* Dr. G smokes while in class. Is this also a part of the American exceptional-ism?  

* Professor (B.S) always tells the male students to arrange the desks and tells the female students to relax while the males are doing the job. Dear Professor, are you a feminist or you think you are at a guy's fitness gym?


AUI-S Violates the Copyright Rules Set by U.S. Copyright Office

The American University of Iraq-Sulaimani copies books that have copyrights. The copying is due to lack of actual textbooks, as it has been told to the students.

The textbooks that are copies all have copyrights of different publishers such as Cengage.

The copying, if there was no permission from the publishing companies, will be regarded as a clear violation of the copyright rules at the United States of America and Iraq.


Oct 23, 2010

Dr. John Dolan: I Needed Money to Live that is Why I Accepted to Teach at AUI-S....We were Told to Pretend that We were Teaching You like American Students...Dr. Agresto didn't Fire Me Because of Missing Classes, He Fired Me Because of the Article

What you read here, is an exclusive interview with Dr. John Dolan, a former professor of English Composition and Literature at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani. He was fired by the AUI-S administration in August. He answers many important questions on his relations with the AUI-S administration, the faculty members, and the students. He also clarifies some points mentioned in his article.

Most of the people who have read your article say, “Why didn’t he write a critical article while he was at AUI-S?" 

I valued my job and I did not want to offend a capricious and ideologically blinkered administration.   

  Some students feel disgraced by your article? In many places you have made references to AUI-S students that illustrates us as “rough-looking, wimpy, academically incapable and etc.. why?

It was in no way my intention to disgrace the students. I should explain that in American culture, it is fashionable both to be tough looking (think Clint Eastwood) and to be wimpy and urbane (think Johnny Depp).  My point in the paragraph you refer to was that Kurds and Arabs are different, you have a history of conflict and Americans can’t wish that history away overnight.By the way, I never said or thought that students were academically incapable. I said that the ESL course had not prepared them well for university courses in English.Finally, let me refer you to the following paragraph where I express my sincere admiration for students:


How do Bloggers Contribute to Democracy in the Middle East?

From The Economist October 21, 2010. 

Bloggers in the Middle East

Don't be too cheeky

Governments in the Middle East are cracking down on bloggers

A MONTH ago a court in Iran sentenced Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian-Canadian, to almost 20 years in jail, the longest sentence ever handed down to a blogger. The charges were murky. He was convicted of co-operating with hostile states and insulting Islam. Often hailed as Iran’s “blogfather”, he published a do-it-yourself guide to blogging in Persian earlier this decade that helped to prompt an explosion of activity. Today there may be as many as 75,000 Persian blogs.

Oct 22, 2010

Student Voice Publishes an Exclusive Interview with Dr. John Dolan

In an exclusive interview, the fired professor Dr. John Dolan answers Student Voice's questions.

Dr. Dolan has been teaching English Composition and British Literature at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani until he was fired due what AUI-S administration calls "racist" stands of Dr. Dolan.

Dr. Dolan answers questions on his relations with AUI-S Watch blog and Mark Grueter, another fired lecturer at AUI-S.

Oct 21, 2010

Student Voice Publishes a List of the Best Scholarship Websites

Most of the Iraqi students have a common question: How can I have information about studying abroad and scholarship opportunities?

Student Voice gives the answer right here. Here is the best list of the related websites to our dear friends.


Oct 20, 2010

Kazem al -Saher to be in Sulaimani on the Eid ,,, Student Voice suggests reduction in ticket prices for the students

 Kazem al -Saher, the famous Iraqi singer, will be in Sulaimani on the Eid al -Adha  to hold two concerts. Al-Saher, who is also known as the Cesar of Arabic song, will meet thousands of his fans in Iraq after three decades of living in diaspora. Al-Saher will hold two concerts in Sulaimani on the first and second days of Eid and a third concert in Erbil on the third day. he first concert of the Cesar will be in the Sulaimani Soccer Stadium and each ticket will be sold for $60. The second concert will be at the Sulaimani Arts Palace and each ticket will be sold for $200. 

Oct 19, 2010

AUI-S Owes Each Summer Term Student $100

by Student Voice

Last summer, the summer term students at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani were asked to pay $100 as an insurance money. They were told that the money will be given back to them, but they have not received any amount of money.


Oct 17, 2010

On the Policy of Two Gates

by Bahman Abdulrahman Hasan
Ironically, it’s a source of joy, delight, ecstasy, and blessing that our university has two gates, and also, perhaps it just for the safety of students and the staff. AUI-S, fortunately like politics, has both Eastern and Western gates to look through. For the sake of security, as the university claims, students and visitors are allowed to enter the university through the Eastern gate. Yet, satirically, I prefer the West gate, it is better. We want, as we have been asked to, to think and act in accordance to western values. The university based on one of the most Western chosen systems. The western gate a long the eastern gate all together may sever this purpose since they are only gates.   


Oct 12, 2010

Dear Dr. John Dolan .. Yours Sincerely, Shalaw Fatah

Dear Dr. John,
That's how I start writing any formal or informal emails, but since you’ve taught us something about the value of creativity, let me begin my own way. You may remember me, the calm student who was always sitting in the 2nd chair in the back of the class, second line from your right wing, listening passionately, but too lazy and careless to bring a huge book of literature until it came to grades. I saw your article on alternet.com, about your time with us, and regardless of the content which I’m going to discuss it, it should be appreciated for its humorous and convenient method.


Oct 10, 2010

Student Voice Uncovers the Scandalous Exam...The Final Exam Questions Were Stolen

According to a reliable source, which wants to remain anonymous due to safety reasons, the final exams questions of the EWPLI 4 were stolen by a group of students.

The source said that a group of EWPLI 4 students, at least two, have gone into the copy room of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, where the exams are printed, and have stolen the exams. Later, they have given copies of the exams to their friends.

The students who have stolen the exams have gotten unimaginable scores, while their academic capabilities are known to be very weak.

The copy room machines are encoded with passwords and only members of the faculty can access to it. This means that some of the teachers take the responsibility for the leak.

AUI-S Dean of Students, Dr. James Harrigan, is now asked to take necessary measures against the students and teachers responsible for the scandal.
The academic integrity of the AUI-S students is the first victim of the cheating events, and this is the right time to put an end to it.

Oct 9, 2010

Dr. John Dolan Attacks AUI-S Administration.. "I was fired for writing an article"

In a long article, published on alternet.org website, Dr. John Dolan, who has taught English Literature and English Composition at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani , attacks AUI-S administration.

Dr. Dolan's article, "I Was a Professor at the Horribly Corrupt American University of Iraq.... Until the Neocons Fired Me", is full of accusations against members of the AUI-S administration. He has not mentioned most of the attacked figures by name, but most of them are known through the description he has given.

Dr. Dolan's controversial article sheds light for the first time on events have been unknown for the student body at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani. Some of the events mentioned in the article will lead to a big controversy, if they are formally verified.

Dr. Dolan claims that the university has fired him for writing an article against the Iraq war.

To see the article, click the following link :


Oct 7, 2010

Student Voice Poll: Students are more into not paying the $400.

The result of the last Students voice reveals that most of the voters are against the $400 required by AUI-S for books and dorms.
Question of the poll was, “Should AUI-S students pay the $400 for books and dorms”. Each week Student posts a question online to see how students respond. The question sourced from the last change in the AUI-S payment policy.

Oct 6, 2010

AUI-S updates the Academic Catalogue.

The last edition of the Academic Catalogue

Recently, AUI-S renewed the Academic Catalogue with very tiny but critical changes.

“We will Not Pay a Penny” activists started moving.

Idres Ali with his EWPLI certification.

Today celebrating with the last group of  the EWPLI level four students, “We Will Not Pay a Penny “complain activists began the first move toward not paying the $400 imposed by AUI-S.


Oct 5, 2010

Back to page 37 From The Academic Catalogue Of The American University of Iraq- Sulaimani.

by Bahman Abdulrahman
Page 37 of the AUI-S 2009-10 Academic Catalogue.
In fact it is not just white, it is written in black
 but it is white in practice.    

Universities are striving to take steps forward in accordance to the rules they are founded upon. Whereas, for most, enduring these rules is the measure of triumph and a gentle guidance for future, replacing them, for a few, is a clear indication of failure.


Oct 4, 2010

Cabin 36 Turned to a Week Bookstore.

The American University of Iraq-Sulaimani logo

Mr. Paul Craft, deputy to the provost of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, announced that students must have their books bought from the newly established Bookstore located in the Cabin36.


Oct 1, 2010

The illusion and the theory of the cement walls

by Bahman Abdulrahman 

Almost certainly, all engineering students would count the AUI-S campus project as a fragmentary conjecture of the 21st century. It’s, perhaps, a new theory in the field of architecture, in which some five story buildings take years to be erected. Some imperative, but not all, barriers I’m aware of, yet the devoured time reject any pretext.