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Saida Waheed Gender Initiative: Paving the Way for Gender and Sexuality Discourse on the LUMS Campus
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Saida Waheed Gender Initiative: Paving the Way for Gender and Sexuality Discourse on the LUMS Campus

By Mahrukh Murad S aida Waheed Gender Initiative (SWGI) at LUMS operates as an academic center and focuses on bringing research and conversations around gender to the fore. However, a survey conducted by The Post found that 60% of respondents were unaware of SWGI’s work.Ms. Aimen Bucha, Program Manager for SWGI, spoke to The Post about her role in running the initiative, “I am responsible for coordinating and handling the financial aspect of the canter. I am involved in the day-to-day running of the canter, putting out the events, coordinating with folks. I'm not only a part of the logistics but also help in planning events.”She went on to add, “SWGI has a Steering Committee that consists of faculty across the five Schools, who have an interest in gender studies on an academic and individu...
Concerns Over SSE and SDSB Reopening in Spring ‘21
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Concerns Over SSE and SDSB Reopening in Spring ‘21

By: Salman Tuasene Khawaja 24While SSE and SDSB have announced that they will be offering on-campus classes in Spring ‘21, the details about how these are to be carried out remain murky for studentsAs the fall semester comes to a close, discussion regarding a hybrid re-opening of the campus continues amongst the students of LUMS at a fever pitch. While the student body is certainly excited about the prospect of re-opening, safety must be our number one concern.In light of this, Dr. Alnoor Bhimani, Dean of Suleman Dawood School of Business, has assured the student body that safety is the top priority of LUMS.“We are guided by Dr. Samia Altaf, Professor of Practice in Public Health and Director of Campus Health and Safety, as well as others with oversight for campus safety and also the relev...
“Home is All You Have:” Mohammed Hanif on Home, Writing and Censorship
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“Home is All You Have:” Mohammed Hanif on Home, Writing and Censorship

By: Zoha Fareed Chishti At 10 PM on 16th of December 2020, in a relatively quiet corner of my house, I sit facing my laptop screen. I get a notification, “Changez is in the waiting room.” I click on admit. A few seconds later, Mohammed Hanif, author, journalist, and professor, appears on my screen. On the wall behindI thank him for taking out time to speak to me, amidst his busy schedule. He laughs and tells me to bring out the questions for him. “Toh batayen,” he says, as he takes a bite out of his breakfast. I ask Hanif what he thinks about his works being labelled as being “about home, written from away [from home], in the same line as say, Kamila Shamsie or Mohsin Hamid.” We can hear his children speaking at the back, as he replies, “Uh, I have no idea.” Hanif says he understands that ...
TikTok @ LUMS
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TikTok @ LUMS

By Mohammad Owais Sabri  TikTok has effectively revived an entire genre of content based on short, entertaining videos similar to what Vine had previously done. With more than 50 million daily users, TikTok is already one of the biggest social media applications in the world and it has taken LUMS by storm. TikTok is not an application that many people at LUMS enjoy using for its hilarious and entertaining content, but a lot of creatives also use TikTok as a form of expression.  The LUMS Post reached out to a few TikTok users from the campus community to discuss the role TikTok plays in the Pakistani online sphere, to understand the reason behind its popularity within the people and the very peculiar form of unpopularity within the government.  Shanzé Khalid ‘24, described the first ...
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Rebuilding LUMS from memory, block by block

By Mohammad Basit KhanHow the O’Week Co-ordinating Committee brought the campus experience to first yearsHow can a proper welcome to university with all its vibrant culture be emulated online, a space that has become infamous among 2020’s students for bleak interactions through LCD screens? Being on campus is itself a rite of passage, but what alternative could possibly inspire the same feeling with a new batch of students who have never stepped foot on campus grounds? As the 2020 LUMS O-week Co-ordinating Committee came together in late May, the prospective juniors and seniors quickly realised that they might have to completely reinvent the wheel in preparation for a fully online fall.Madeeha Akbar ‘22, Junior Coordinator and friends, Ahmed Farid Khan ‘21 and Saad Siddiqui ’21 were lookin...
Setting Examples for Empathetic Teaching in the Virtual Classroom
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Setting Examples for Empathetic Teaching in the Virtual Classroom

By Syeda Aiman Zehra When the pandemic forced classes to go online, Maha Zainab Saeed ‘22 found herself in a crisis. A family member was battling cancer. Her work life included two stressful jobs. Her courses were approaching exam season and here was a 2000 word “Anthropology of Energy” midterm paper that asked for her undivided attention. “I was about to have a nervous breakdown,” Saeed told The Post. She approached her instructor, Professor Priya Sajjad, who immediately set up a Zoom call to hear her troubles. Saeed expressed gratitude at this response: “Would you believe it? She divided those 2000 words by 5 and asked me to send a part every day for feedback… So every day, I would take out 15 minutes just to write that small part.” Saeed’s experience is one of many unique student strugg...
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Save me from that probation

By: Menahel Ayyaz KhanTime and tide are not in today’s generation’s favor. In this fast-paced world where nearly every millennial is a tech savvy, rat-racing his/her way through to achieve whatever goals he/she may have set for him/herself, there is a growing anxiety and sense of being lost. If we narrow this anxiety and confusion down to the life at LUMS, we will unfortunately find nearly the entire student body trying to muscle their way to a high GPA. But not all amongst us are aiming for that. Some are just struggling every day to get by, to get just enough of that excruciatingly difficult GPA to stay enrolled in the program. For some of us, saving ourselves from that mentally torturous probation is the prime and only goal. On my search to find a suitable source for this piece, I came ...
Q & A with Malala Yousafzai | On College, Education, and Role Models
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Q & A with Malala Yousafzai | On College, Education, and Role Models

By: Maira Asaad“Right now, the country is walking with one foot. When the other foot joins the walk, the walk becomes easier. When women are empowered, have equal opportunities, and you give them more space in different sectors, from politics to education, they help the country progress.” – Malala YousafzaiEarlier in June, it was announced that the keynote speaker for the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Class of 2020 would be Nobel Laureate and education advocate Malala Yousafzai. On 23rd July 2020, LUMS hosted a virtual panel discussion, moderated by Adeel Hashmi, with Malala Yousafzai, Chief Programmes Officer of the Malala Fund Dr. Maliha Khan, LUMS Vice-Chancellor Arshad Ahmad, and Founding Pro Chancellor LUMS Syed Babar Ali. During the session, Malala Yousafzai answere...
The LUMS Fee Hike
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The LUMS Fee Hike

  An overview of the impact of the LUMS Fee Hike On May 5th, the Finance office at LUMS sent out a unanimous email to the entire student body announcing the restructuring of LUMS’ fee system. This email outlined how the incoming fee vouchers would be calculated on a per credit hour basis, replacing the current flat fee system. With looming global uncertainties, the decision to remodel the fee structure was immediately met with mass resistance. Online groups such as the LUMS Discussion Forum (LDF) on Facebook filled with posts arguing against this conversion, with many backing up their arguments with proposed facts and figures as to how the system put students at an immense disadvantage.  #LUMSFeeHike trended for days on Twitter, accumulating thousands of tweets from professo...
Data (In)Security at LUMS
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Data (In)Security at LUMS

By: Zoha Fareed Chishti“It is important to understand that malicious users always look for easy prey, first, and use social engineering to set up traps. Even if you have spent millions on hardware, one weak link internally can expose all that you have protected,” says Tariq Sheikh, Senior Manager at Information Security (InfoSec) LUMS.   On 9th September 2020, just a few days before the commencement of the fall semester, Ayman Fuad ‘24 received an email on her outlook account that was meant for another student. The email thread which contained another student’s private information was mistakenly forwarded to Fuad. She told The Post, “[The email] contained a password, as well as the student’s phone number and address. This is the second time something like this has happened.”  Over the past...