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Sami Mirza

Sami Mirza, News Editor

Sami Mirza is a sophomore from South Bend, IN. He intends to major in International Studies with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa and minor in Journalism in the Public Interest. This is his second year on staff and his first in the News section; last year he worked on Features. When not writing, shooting, or editing, Sami can be found redacting his bio, eating totally normal foods out of his Campus coffee mug, playing video games, and pretending not to be a workaholic.

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Darnell Tucker, director of the IDEAS center, asks a student their opinion on a topic during “Do All First-Year Students Think the Same?” The activity, part of the college’s Gator Day programming, was held on the blue courts of the David V. Wise Center.

Gator Day 2021 in photos

September 24, 2021

Syd Hammerman, ’25 (right), serves a vegan attendee of Wingfest in the Campus Center on Sept. 19.

GAP ‘shoots for the moon’ with Wingfest

September 24, 2021

The scent of fried chicken wings drenched in various sauces wafted through the halls of the Henderson Campus Center on Sept. 19, signaling the return of one of the most beloved traditions at Allegheny...

The student entrance of the Wise Athletic Center, where members of the Allegheny community go to access routine surveillance testing.

Abbott testing inventory shortages reach Allegheny

September 17, 2021

As of Monday, Sept. 13, the Allegheny College community will get their noses swabbed by kits from Inspire Diagnostics instead of Abbott Laboratories’ BinaxNOW rapid tests. The decision,  announced via...

ASG Director of Diversity and Inclusion Jennifer Peralta, ’22 speaks with ASG President Noah Tart, ’22, after the ASG General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

ASG appoints College Committee Council reps

September 17, 2021

Vice President Sophie Adams, ’22 gaveled the weekly General Assembly of the Allegheny Student Government to order at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14 in room 301/302 of the Henderson Campus Center, setting...

The walls of the former Gateway and Learning Commons — the section of the library now known as the Maytum Center for Student Success — have been painted bright blue gold to coincide with the college’s re-branding.

[Photo] Gateway and Learning Commons merge into Maytum Center

September 10, 2021

SAMI MIRZA/THE CAMPUS The walls of the former Gateway and Learning Commons — the section of the library now known as the Maytum Center for Student Success — have been painted bright blue gold to coincide...

Ali, one of the Carrdens chickens, stares down our cameraman as if he was a sage leaf, which the Carrdens feathery partners devour without hesitation.

[Photo] Carr Hall Garden welcomes back volunteers

September 10, 2021

Ali, one of the Carrden's chickens, stares down our cameraman as if he was a sage leaf, which the Carrden's feathery partners devour without hesitation.

“Fume hoods” like this one in the Doane Hall of Chemistry helped some of Professor Tim Chapp’s class meet at almost full capacity before the vaccine became widely available.

Gone, but not forgotten: mask debate lingers

September 3, 2021

Allegheny College fully returned to in-person instruction on Aug. 24 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced students home in March of 2020. Most students have elected to attend class and...

The Harlequin Ballroom at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront, where Hilary Link will be meeting with alumni on Sept. 9

Link to visit NY, OH, on alumni tour

September 3, 2021

On Sept. 9, 21 and 30, Allegheny College President Hilary Link will be visiting Erie, Buffalo and Cleveland, respectively. According to the Allegheny College website, the events are a chance for alumni,...

S2E2: Class Assemblies

S2E2: Class Assemblies

August 27, 2021

Sami sits down to talk with with Dean for Student Success Ian Binnington, First-Year Class Dean Niki Fjeldal, and Ryan Sesler, '23, about the new class assemblies.

Students at the ‘All -Campus Celebration and Pep Rally, the last event of Week of Welcome on August 23. Classes began, all in-person, the following day.

College reopens as Gators flock to Week of Welcome

August 27, 2021

Following last week’s successful move-in, Student Life hosted a wide variety of on-campus events as a part of the “Week of Welcome.” Students flocked to the semester’s first Late Night Breakfast...

Professor James Niblock and three choir students introduce the Class of 2024 to Allegheny’s Alma Mater, a tradition the second-years were denied last year because of COVID-19 restrictions.

‘A new tradition’: Allegheny introduces Class Assemblies

August 27, 2021

Matriculation is the traditional beginning of students’ academic journey at Allegheny College. Last year, pursuant to COVID-19 health guidelines, the ceremony was conducted virtually as a prerecorded...

Students participate in the Midwinter Festival, put on by the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (SRL) on March 12, 2021. Despite temperatures in mid-40s to low-50s, the event had to be held outside with masks and social distancing due to COVID-19 public health restrictions.

ASG, students prepare for reopening with an eye on delta variant

August 8, 2021

In an email to students July 23, the Allegheny College Health Agency announced a new pandemic plan for the 2021-22 school year in which the administration plans to fully reopen the college. According to...

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...

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