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Sami Mirza

Sami Mirza, Features Editor

Sami Mirza is a freshman from South Bend, IN. He intends to major in Communication Arts and double minor in Spanish and Arabic. Though this is his first year on staff; he has experience working as a freelance videographer and photographer for community organizations. Sami is also a member of the Islamic Cultural Association and helps run a secret underground game group that meets in broad daylight outside Kinz. When not writing, editing, or standing on the roof outside the newsroom, you can find him running, taking pictures, procrastinating, and avoiding pool noodle fights with the Science/International editor.

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Beef kabob, rice, pita bread, salad, and hummus were served this past Wednesday for iftar, the meal to break one’s fast.

[Photo] Muslim community celebrates Ramadan on campus

May 7, 2021

Beef kabob, rice, pita bread, salad, and hummus were served this past Wednesday for iftar, the meal to break one’s fast.

The Brooks parking lot behind Brooks Hall and Walker Hall on Park Ave.

[Photo] Parking creates confusion among some students

May 7, 2021

The Brooks parking lot behind Brooks Hall and Walker Hall on Park Ave.

SOPA-CC seeks volunteers for in-person return

May 7, 2021

The Crawford County chapter of the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, or SOPA-CC, is looking for volunteers to help restart in-person programming at the Arc this spring and summer. The organization provides...

Alexa Isaguirre Portillo, '24 (L), and Kyrié Doniz, '23, study in Grounds for Change, which opened this spring with new COVID-19 guidelines.

[Photo] ‘Unprecedented’: a year like none other

May 6, 2021

Alexa Isaguirre Portillo, '24 (L), and Kyrié Doniz, '23, study in Grounds for Change, which opened this spring with new COVID-19 guidelines.

Students stand with signs remembering victims of police brutality during the George Floyd vigil on Friday, April 23.

‘Justice for George Floyd’

April 30, 2021

On Friday, April 23, the Intercultural Advocates of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Social Justice Center hosted a “Vigil for George Floyd,” for students to remember Floyd and all victims...

Professor Chris Allison teaches his ECON 380 class, “Entrepreneurship II.” Competing in the competition is required for the class

Zingale Big Idea Competition returns virtually

April 30, 2021

On May 8, the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics will be hosting the finals for the Zingale Big Idea competition. The roughly seven-hour competition will take place virtually for the first...

False inclusivity and cultural insensitivity in campus spaces

April 23, 2021

I grew up in a post 9/11 America. If you don’t know me, or only recognize my name from my work here at The Campus, this statement may serve as a little more than a factually accurate but pointless sentence....

Photo by Sami Mirza

‘Get the vaccine’

April 23, 2021

Last Tuesday, April 13, the Allegheny College Health Agency announced that all students would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, earlier than the previous date of April 19. According to the email,...

From left: Stephanie Bramwell, ’21, Gretchen Wood, and Jane Ellen Nickell meditate at the southeast corner of Murray Lawn

SRL hosts event for healing, grieving after hard year

April 23, 2021

On Tuesday evening in the southeast corner of Murray Lawn, the Spiritual and Religious Life Office hosted an event for healing and acknowledging losses over the last year. The event, titled “Healing...

[Video] OutLoud — Season 1, Episode 18: E-Street Eatery Review

April 9, 2021

A video review of a wrap, fries, and shake from E-Street Eatery in Meadville. Review by Jordan Greynolds, produced by Sami Mirza

[Video] OutLoud — Season 1, Episode 16: Performance Anxiety

April 9, 2021

Allegheny Art Galleries' latest exhibition, "Performance Anxiety," delves into the increasing digitization of our world and how that affects our lives. Story by Mohammad Mansour and Sami Mirza

Students stand in solidarity for the victims of the mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia.

‘Stop Asian Hate’

March 26, 2021

In the wake of the Atlanta spa shootings which killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, the Association for Asian and Asian American Awareness and the South Asian Student Society hosted a vigil...

Paintings by Taha Heydari hang in the Doane Hall of Art during the 'Performance Anxiety' exhibition.

[Photo] ‘Performance Anxiety’ explores digitization in a modern pandemic

March 26, 2021

Paintings by Taha Heydari hang in the Doane Hall of Art during the 'Performance Anxiety' exhibition.

Outloud — Season 1, Episode 15: Atlanta Vigil

March 24, 2021

To honor the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings and stand against anti-Asian racism, students gathered in the Gator Quad Tuesday evening. Story by George Ackerman and Sami Mirza

Student returns green box in Brooks Dining Hall.

[Photo] Green boxes return after year-long hiatus

March 19, 2021

Student returns green box in Brooks Dining Hall.

Saint days and shamrocks: the history behind St. Patrick’s Day

March 19, 2021

Pub crawls and shamrocks define the holiday known as St. Patrick’s Day, when beer flows like water and the Chicago River runs green. But the celebration has deep roots in Ireland’s millennia-old Catholic...

OutLoud — Season 1, Episode 14: Grounds for Change

March 12, 2021

Grounds for Change, Allegheny's student-run, sustainable coffeeshop, has reopened after almost a year closed due to the pandemic.

Students wait in a socially-distanced line at Grounds for Change on Monday. It was GFC’s first day open since it closed on March 13, 2020.

[Video] Grounds for Change reopens for first time since 2020

March 12, 2021

Stepping into the Henderson Campus Center on Monday morning, there was an unexpectedly strong smell floating through the foyer, something different yet pleasant. Coffee. Grounds for Change is serving...

OutLoud — Season 1, Episode 13: Bentley II

March 7, 2021

An update on the renovations of Bentley Hall, the oldest building on campus. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project's completion has been delayed by two semesters, but is approaching completion.

A student walks in front of the east wing of Bentley Hall

Bentley completion expected in May, pandemic cited for delays

March 5, 2021

Bentley Hall has stood for almost two centuries as the symbol of Allegheny College and — for several decades — was the only building on campus. Nicholas Woronchuk, ’21, remembers the building as...

The future of the ‘J-Term’ course

February 26, 2021

According to Dean Ian Binnington, next year there will be another two-module spring semester. Past that, the future of the “J-Term” is still uncertain. The college achieved its goals of returning...

College Democrats and Republicans respond to riots on Capitol Hill, Prof. Ribeiro offers historical perspective

January 15, 2021

As Congress gathered in the early afternoon of Jan 6 to count the Electoral votes from the 2020 presidential election, a large crowd of demonstrators gathered in front of the White House to hear President...

Domestic, international students react to early move-out

December 16, 2020

After three months on campus, those who elected to study in-person this semester have completed their semester off campus through remote learning. Students who took in-person courses were required to move...

Link, students clash in highest-attended General Assembly in ASG history

November 22, 2020

During the highest-attended General Assembly in Allegheny Student Government history, President Hilary Link faced questions from students on topics from racial justice at Allegheny College to the amount...

‘Let ‘er rip’: Professor Jurs cuts hair after 10 months

November 13, 2020

Douglas Jurs is an assistant professor of music focusing on the piano. In addition to teaching and performing internationally, Professor Jurs works across disciplines to connect music with other academic...

Students celebrate Biden victory with an eye on his presidency

November 13, 2020

Between 11:25 and 11:45 am on Saturday, November 7th, most major news outlets in the United States projected that former Vice President Joe Biden would win the state of Pennsylvania, the Electoral College...

Student volunteers staff a booth at the Samuel Lord Gate on Brooks Walk on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

CPP, Andrew Goodman Foundation hold Election Day activities

November 6, 2020

The Center for Political Participation and the Andrew Goodman Foundation hosted Election Day activities last Tuesday Nov. 3, including busing students to the polls, handing out t-shirts and snacks, and...

The WARC Studio in the Henderson Campus Center. Due to FCC regulations, the station has only been broadcasting during students’ shows

[Photo] WARC returns with antenna difficulties and new health protocols

October 29, 2020

The WARC Studio in the Henderson Campus Center. Due to FCC regulations, the station has only been broadcasting during students’ shows

Housekeepers union seeks hazard pay, additional equipment

October 29, 2020

This past week, contract negotiations began between St. Moritz Building Services and Workers United Union, which represents the St. Moritz workers. The 2016 round of negotiations inspired the creation...

Gnibus, Ferrence speak at local candidate forum

October 22, 2020

About two dozen people gathered virtually on Monday, Oct. 19, in two local candidate forums hosted by the Center for Political Participation.  Kristy Gnibus, a middle-school teacher from Erie who is...

English Department Chair and Associate Professor Matthew Ferrence, the Democratic candidate for the 6th District seat of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of the Ferrence campaign

Professor Ferrence gears up for PA State House election

October 15, 2020

UPDATE Oct. 16 9:50 a.m.: The Rally for Ferrence will be held on Murray Lawn, not the gator quad as previously indicated. English Department Chair and Associate Professor Matthew Ferrence is running...

Haddock from McClure’s Fish House and More. The restaurant uses a family recipe, modified for the Meadville palate.

McClure’s Fish House and More: Meadville’s newest Black-owned business

October 8, 2020

Just north of Arch St. on Park Ave. stands McClure’s Fish House and More, Meadville’s newest Black-owned business. The establishment, the first of its kind since Meadville’s Long John Silver’s...

Draigh Ricketson, Avantae Gonzalez, and Isabella James perform in “Habitat” by Professor of English Ben Slote.

Playshop Theatre returns with ‘Go Play Outside!’

October 8, 2020

For the last two weekends, the courtyard of the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts has echoed with the sounds of the Playshop Theatre’s “Go Play Outside!,” a series of socially distanced short...

ASG President Abdikadir Lugundi, '21, addresses the crowd at vigil

Candlelight vigil held for Breonna Taylor

October 2, 2020

Silence fell through the gator quad as students gathered in a candlelight and pajama vigil in honor of Breonna Taylor last Thursday, Sept. 24. Students of all races, creeds and ethnicities sat in socially-distanced...

‘Bioscientific Imaginaries’

October 2, 2020

On Sept. 15, the Allegheny art galleries opened its newest exhibit titled, “Bioscientific Imaginaries.” Displaying art in the genre of, “Bio Art,” which, as the name suggests, are biological-themed...

Student workers face challenges

October 2, 2020

As Allegheny returns to the familiar rhythm of the semester, student workers find themselves back at work in the midst of a pandemic. Though changes and adaptations have been made, some students think...

Developing countries in Asia face first recession in over 60 years due to COVID-19

October 1, 2020

In Asia, the first signs of an economic slump are starting to show. According to a report by the Asia Development Bank, the economies of developing Asia, which consists of 45 nations from China to Georgia,...

In Defense of President Link

September 26, 2020

“Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious...

Security camera installed at Ravine-Narvik Hall

[Photo] Security cameras installed on campus despite student concerns

September 25, 2020

Security camera installed at Ravine-Narvik Hall

Allegheny reacts to Justice Ginsburg’s passing

September 25, 2020

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last Friday, Sept. 18, from metastatic pancreatic cancer at the age of 87. Ginsburg was the second woman to join the court and a key...

Out Loud – Season 1, Episode 4: RBG

September 24, 2020

Campus videographer Sami Mirza sits down with Robert G. Seddig Chair in Political Science Brian Harward and Allegheny Democrats President Ryan Valerio to discuss the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

Out Loud – Season 1, Episode 3: Bentley

September 24, 2020

Campus videographer Sami Mirza talks with Director of Major Capital Projects Cliff Willis and President Hilary Link about the final stages of the major Bentley Hall renovation at Allegheny College in Meadville,...

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