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(No) Memory of War and Violence: Conference Series on 1971 War Cancelled.
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(No) Memory of War and Violence: Conference Series on 1971 War Cancelled.

By: Zoha Fareed Chishti ‘23, Aiza Nadeem ‘24, and  Zainaab Basil ‘24 Towards the end of the day, on the 20th of March, the LUMS community received an email from the Dean’s Office MGSHSS notifying the cancellation of the much-anticipated conference series “War, Violence, and Memory: Commemorating 50 Years of the 1971 War.” The email stated that the cancellation was a result of “unavoidable circumstances.” The conference series was to be held virtually, from 23rd March to 27th March, under the moderation of Dr. Ali Usman Qasmi, assistant professor of History MGSHSS, and Dr. Ali Raza, assistant professor of History MGSHSS. In collaboration with the National Institute of Pakistan Studies (NIPS) at the Quaid-e-Azam University, the talk was organized to commemorate 50 years of the 1971 Ba...
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Choosing to Stay on Campus
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Choosing to Stay on Campus

By: Khadija Faruqui  After the imposition of the new SOPs following a COVID outbreak on campus and the subsequent lockdown, many of the students residing on campus began checking out in droves. Although, there still remain a significant number of students on campus, most have returned to their homes as they found campus life under the new restrictions to be increasingly stressful and debilitating to their mental health. Since the friends of many hostelites were day scholars, the revocation of campus access for day scholars exacerbated the feelings of isolation felt by these students. Fatima Qazi ‘24, a student who left campus in the beginning of April, said, “It’s so depressing here. I had a breakdown because there is no [family] support system. ” In the case of first-year students...
Zoom, Mute, and Study: How Study Groups Help Students Stay Afloat During a Global Pandemic
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Zoom, Mute, and Study: How Study Groups Help Students Stay Afloat During a Global Pandemic

By Maryam Narejo At this very moment, I am clicking away on my laptop while being on camera with three of my college friends who have their own assignments to complete. Usually, the idea of sitting in front of a screen for a few hours and communicating with strangers isn’t very appealing. However, with Zoom being essential to students’ lives over the lockdown, many have developed a bittersweet relationship with the app.Handling one semester without any on-campus facilities was difficult enough. With the spring semester being partially online, LUMS students have been finding new ways to regain motivation and focus to bring back some form of the college experience to their room’s isolation. One way is to organize silent Zoom group studies to create a library-like environment where students c...
Outdoor Classrooms
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Outdoor Classrooms

By Syeda Aiman Zehra In the quiet, green plains behind the SDSB — where the rustle of autumn leaves and memories of birthdays and swing rides reign — there now stands a white canopy over a congregation of desks and chairs. In the middle, affixed between two poles, is an empty white board full of possibilities for the upcoming semester.This makeshift outdoor classroom is one of the developments that the admin has made to, as stated in the Vicechancellor’s email on 25th November, take the LUMS body towards a return to campus in a manner that is safe and convenient during the ongoing pandemic. Similarly, Dr. Adnan Khan, Dean of SSE, explained to The Post: “many universities have shifted to temporary outdoors classrooms to have in person classes during the COVID outbreak. This is done in order...
M-5 Converted to a Female Dorm
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M-5 Converted to a Female Dorm

By Menahel KhanOn December 10, 2020, a wave of happiness ran through the student body of LUMS as they received the much dreamed-for email by the OSA Dean Adnan Khan about housing on campus. With a reassurance of calling everyone back on campus as long as the government orders stay in favor, the Dean OSA also raised the major issue of accommodating the hostelites while remaining COVID compliant. Preference has been given to the female student body and hence, the Junior and Graduate male batches have been relocated to Askari XI. This is done in light of accommodating the female students in M5 as no more than two residents are allowed per room. All hostel facilities with a 3-time-a-day shuttle service, no curfews, and 24/7 access to the campus is being provided to the relocated students. Host...
89.5% of LUMS Students Feel Excessive Online Workload
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89.5% of LUMS Students Feel Excessive Online Workload

By: Ahmad Hasan and Munema Zahid“And here I was thinking the weekend might be a bit chill," said Danish Ali Azhar ‘24 when he realised he had to read sixty pages for next English class. With constant assignments, quizzes, and essays, many students claim the overwhelming workload this semester is heavily affecting their downtime, especially on the weekends which were previously reserved for personal activities. Taking time out for hobbies or to socialise with family or friends provides a much-needed break from the onslaught of academia, and the seeming absence of this has led to significant consequences. As classes moved online, class participation (CP) became written and assignments became more frequent, replacing quizzes. Some classes became asynchronous, and students believe that all the...
Towards Egalitarian Interpretations: “The Quran, Gender Roles and Patriarchy” with Asma Barlas and LRS
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Towards Egalitarian Interpretations: “The Quran, Gender Roles and Patriarchy” with Asma Barlas and LRS

By Hajrah Yousaf Select events in the past have put The LUMS Religious Society (LRS) into the center of controversy; LRS cannot entirely control what a speaker says, and oftentimes given the profile of their speakers, some talks can turn out to be, and have been in the past, controversial. Moreover, a lot of the events held by the Masjid at LUMS are misattributed to LRS, and any negative reception of them gets projected onto the society. However, this semester, LRS is proud to have hosted an event titled “The Quran, Gender Roles and Patriarchy” with the esteemed academic, Asma Barlas. The talk took place on 14th November and was, according to LRS Vice President Zainab Farooq ‘21, the most attended event by LRS this semester. When the organisers reached out to Dr Barlas early in September 2...
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What A Relaxation in SOPs Tells Us About Campus Reopening Prospects

By: Manahel Ayyaz KhanAfter active social media, press, and in-person campaigning, the student body and the administration came together to the table to discuss a phased reopening, with strict implementation of standard operating protocols (SOPs). A Zoom town hall, moderated by the Student Council, was held on 21st August to discuss the possibility of a hybrid reopening of the campus for the Fall semester. The result of the dialogue led to the decision of having a phased reopening with 160 students coming in the first phase. As of the third week of October, an additional 311 students were brought back to campus after a recent announcement. Moreover, additional students, including Masters students, are expected to return in November if things go well.  At the start of Fall Semester, a ...
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From Sudden Partings to Online Graduation And Beyond: A Quarantine Timeline of the Class of 2020

By: Manahel Ayyaz Khan“If this pandemic has taught us anything then that would be that technology is today’s truth”. – Waqas Manzoor M.Phil’20On 25th July, LUMS and the Class of 2020 saw an unprecedented online convocation ceremony. With Malala Yousafzai as the keynote speaker, and a heart-touching tribute by the Music Society, the convocation left a bittersweet taste for not only the graduating class, but for all of its 1500 live streamers. I sat teary-eyed through the entirety of the convocation in front of the screen as my parents accompanied me to get a glimpse of what could have been my own graduation. My Dad watched all the high achievers excitedly as their faces lit up the laptop screen and my mother gleefully noted how the majority of these high achievers were female students, “You...
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Covid-19 and LUMS’ Financial Blues

By Abdul Wasay Ali KhanStudent skeptical of campus finances as LUMS continues online learning When Dr. Arshad Ahmed claimed at the Open House earlier this summer that LUMS was losing out financially with operating online, his comments left many students bewildered. Repeatedly, skepticism in the student body prevails despite a recent email from Dr. Arshad where he elaborated on the financial setbacks that come with operating online. Many students believe that LUMS would have had to incur a lot more costs had the semester been hybrid and has taken a cost effective approach by going online. The logistics involved with a hybrid semester account for many more expenses than they have incurred for a totally online mode. In an attempt to gain some insights into the finances of LUMS, The Post reach...