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Sami Mirza

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief

Sami Mirza is a senior from many different places. He is majoring in International Studies with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa and minor in Arabic. This is his fourth year on staff and his second in the EIC position; he has previously worked on News and Features. When not writing, shooting, or editing for The Campus, Sami can be found playing a surprisingly healthy amount of video games, working the graveyard shift at Pelletier Library, and actually doing his homework.

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WLAX enters 30th season

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 23, 2024

Allegheny’s women’s lacrosse team is looking ahead to their home opener this weekend against Ohio Wesleyan University. The game — set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Frank B. Fuhrer Field — will start...

Bentley Hall houses senior administration, including the office of President Ron Cole, ’87.

Moody’s cuts credit rating

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 23, 2024

Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Allegheny College’s issuer and debt ratings from Baa2 to Baa3 last week, citing “double-digit operating deficits” and “weak financial operations.” The Feb....

Eric Stolar

Stolar parts with college

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 23, 2024

Assistant Dean for Student Leadership and Engagement Eric Stolar is no longer at Allegheny College, with Feb. 9 having been his final day. Stolar spent just over four years at the college, starting with...

Lyndsey Robinson, ’24, is sworn in as ASG’s director of the treasury.

ASG fills three cabinet seats

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 23, 2024

Allegheny Student Government voted in permanent leadership for its finance and sustainability departments at its General Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 20. ASG was filling three seats: The director of the treasury,...

Senioritis, or, How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating and Love Life

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 16, 2024

I feel it setting in. The lethargy, the laziness, the growing itch to just relax. It pulls me away from work and towards video games; away from articles like these towards something — anything — leisurely...

Students gather for a vigil for Palestine in the lobby of the Henderson Campus Center. The crowd peaked at about 30 attendees, with participants trickling in and out over the course of the event

Students hold vigil for Palestinian civilians killed in conflict

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 16, 2024

About 30 people gathered for a vigil for Palestine in the Henderson Campus Center lobby on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 15, holding a moment of silence and beginning to write the names of young children...

Constitutional overhaul recommended, election timeline announced

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 16, 2024

Allegheny Student Government heard constituent concern over major changes to the ASG constitution recommended by the attorney general at its General Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 13. ASG also announced preliminary...

President Ron Cole, ’87, addresses the college’s faculty and staff at the “State of the College” on Feb. 1.

‘Allegheny is investing’

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2024

President Ron Cole, ’87, announced the first of what will be a series of major gifts to the college at his “State of the College” address in Shafer Auditorium on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 1....

A proposed capital project from Chief Information Officer Katrina Yeung would add Wi-Fi connectivity to the green spaces above. Note that this map is only a proposal and is subject to change.

ASG hears Wi-Fi project proposal

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2024

The Allegheny Student Government heard a capital project proposal and approved three new clubs during their first round of voting at their General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6. After the meeting,...

Honor Committee details proposed code revisions to ASG

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 2, 2024

The triennial Honor Code referendum planned for this semester will put significant changes to the code up to a student vote, the Allegheny Student Government heard at its General Assembly Tuesday, Jan....

Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dom Turner lobs free stress balls into the crowd at halftime of the women’s game on Pride Night.

Gallery: Pride Night in the Wise Center

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 2, 2024

The PAM House is a small red house located in between Arter, Carr and Brooks halls, and is open 24/7 for members of the Allegheny community.

[Photo] ICA hosts ‘reopening’ event in the PAM House

February 2, 2024

The PAM House is a small red house located in between Arter, Carr and Brooks halls, and is open 24/7 for members of the Allegheny community.

The Bicentennial Lawn between Schultz Hall and Bentley Hall was covered with snow as late as last Wednesday, Jan. 24. However, the snow — which had already melted a significant amount at the time this photo was taken — would not last much longer.

Gallery: Wacky Weather

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief February 2, 2024

Ellen Johnson (right) speaks with Director of Art and Magazines Penny Drexel during a farewell celebration for Johnson in the Tippie Alumni Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Friday is Johnson’s final day as vice president for enrollment management before she leaves for another institution—a transition that comes as Allegheny faces a long-expected sea change in recruiting dynamics.

As VP of Enrollment Management departs, demographic cliff looms

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief January 26, 2024

Today is the last day for Vice President of Enrollment Management Ellen Johnson, who has led enrollment, retention, branding and marketing for Allegheny College since Spring 2021. “Most of the things...

Dean for Student Life Trae Yeckley, who advises student leadership, speaks during a presentation at the first General Assembly of the semester on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

GA raises vacancy, finance Q’s

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief January 26, 2024

The Allegheny Student Government heard a presentation about expectations and an update about student finances at their first meeting of the semester on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Both conversations, however, have...

After over a week of the front entrance to Brooks Hall being closed off, the college rented a lift to take down the banners on Friday, Jan. 19.

Brooks entrance reopened after unsecure banner removed

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief January 26, 2024

The main entrance to Brooks Hall is open again after being closed for the first week of the spring semester. The doors were blocked off due to issues with the banners that hung above Brooks’ balcony,...

Henry Smith, ’26, (left), Yanqiao Chen, ’24, (center) and Keven Duverglas, ’26, (right) play at the Chess Club table during the Involvement Fair on Thursday, Jan. 18.

The first week back, in images from the CC Lobby

Joseph Klepeis and Sami Mirza January 19, 2024

Though Allegheny students dispersed to every corner of campus after arriving back from winter break, one place saw a number of welcome-back events: the lobby of the Henderson Campus Center. The festivities...

It will take around four months for the college’s follow-up report to be reviewed by Middle States and for a decision to be issued.

Follow-up accreditation report sent to Middle States

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief January 19, 2024

Allegheny College submitted a follow-up report Tuesday, Jan. 16 to its accrediting agency, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The report is aimed at resolving a Notice of Non-Compliance...

Senators Ray Colabawalla, ’25, and Alexis Costanza, ’25, and Class of 2025 President Asaad Bell listen to a senator from the Class of 2024 speak during the ASG General Assembly on Dec. 5.

ASG amends constitution, treasurer now two positions

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief December 8, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government approved a constitutional amendment this week during their regular General Assembly on Tuesday, Dec. 5. and a special session called Wednesday, Dec. 6. The votes cap several...

London Dejarnette, ’24, assists with wagon rides during the “Merry Meadville” event on Friday.  While many students made their way downtown to attend the event, Dejarnette was there on business. They work at the Meadville Market House, a position they took on after volunteering at the Market House with the Bonner program.
“It’s a great opportunity to connect with Meadville residents in a way that Allegheny students don’t normally get to,” Dejarnette said, adding that six other Bonner students were volunteering during the event.

[Photo] Gallery: Snow Days & Holidays

December 8, 2023

London Dejarnette, ’24, assists with wagon rides during the “Merry Meadville” event on Friday. While many students made their way downtown to attend the event, Dejarnette was there on business....

Andrew Strobel, 24, stands during the constiuent comment period of the General Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Two weeks prior, Strobel was the only applicant to fill the vacant treasurers seat, but was shot down by a Senate looking to split the position into two co-treasurers. Strobel returned on Nov. 28 to ask senators why they voted the way they did.

Heated debate, but no action on ASG treasury seat

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government spent more than 30 minutes discussing the vacant position of ASG treasurer position at their General Assembly on Tuesday evening, including questions and criticism from...

Andrew Strobel, 24, (center) speaks with proxy Senator Hunter Goerman, 25, (right) and Senators Aubrey Carion, 27, (left), Lyndsey Robinson, 24, (center-left) and Ray Colabawalla, 25, after the General Assembly of the Allegheny Student Government on Tuesday, Nov. 14

ASG votes down Strobel for treasurer, Surplus set at $503k

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief November 16, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government voted down an applicant for the organization's director of the treasury and heard an update on ASG’s overall financial situation during the longest General Assembly of...

A copy of the original blueprints for Caflisch Hall, next to a copy of The Campus from June 1928.

[Photo] Time capsule discovered in rubble of Caflisch Hall

November 10, 2023

A copy of the original blueprints for Caflisch Hall, next to a copy of The Campus from June 1928.

NaviGator Spotlights: Meet Assistant Dean Kirsten Peterson

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief November 10, 2023

Kirsten Peterson is no stranger to Allegheny College. She graduated twice — in 1978 with her bachelor’s and again in 1987 with a master’s in education — and has taught as a lab instructor for organic...

ASG talks financial system overhaul

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief November 10, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government discussed the next steps in their financial system overhaul, condom distribution and a revival of the Ski and Snowboard Club at their General Assembly on Tuesday, Nov....

Krushel: 911 logs detail response, autopsy results released

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief November 3, 2023

New information has come to light regarding the death of a first-year student in mid-September. Cinna Krushel, 19, of New York, died in the intensive care unit of Meadville Medical Center on Sept. 21,...

ASG treasurer resigns

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief November 3, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government announced the departure of a key cabinet official, added another cabinet member, and discussed the future of the bookkeeping position at their regular General Assembly...

The Ugly: A post-Five Nights at Freddys theater littered with popcorn shows the chaos of the viewing experience.

Surviving five nights: A ‘FNAF’ movie review

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief November 3, 2023

Across eight years, a dozen games and countless jumpscares, the “Five Nights at Freddy’s” series has terrified and intrigued our generation. The franchise’s first installment was a video game...

Students grab lunch in the form of “walking tacos” at the “Gator Done Den” in the Henderson Campus Center on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Gator Day 2023

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief October 27, 2023

Allegheny students woke up on Tuesday morning to no classes and an expanded form of Gator Day. The annual academic and professional development event saw a number of new additions this year, including...

ASG President Nicole Recio Bremer, ‘25, points to the darkness behind College Court as a place that could use more lighting.

‘Light Walk’ used to talk campus safety

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief October 27, 2023

If two’s company and three’s a crowd, then eight might be the participants of the Light Walk, hosted by the Allegheny Student Government and the Office of Public Safety on the evening of Tuesday, Oct....

ASG approves club, swears in senator

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief October 27, 2023

A stripped-down Cabinet led the Allegheny Student Government through their weekly General Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 24, re-approving a club constitution, swearing in a sophomore senator and approving just...

Allegheny has one student studying in Kibutz Ketura (bottom pin) and three students in Amman (top right pin) — both within 100 miles of the Gaza Strip
(top left pin).

Four students near Gaza conflict

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief October 20, 2023

Four Allegheny College students are within 100 miles of the current conflict in the Gaza Strip as part of the regular fall schedule of study abroad programs, and college officials say they are actively...

Meadville City Councilmember Autumn Vogel, ’15 (left), speaks with Joe Leszczynski, ’25, during the ‘Meet the Candidates” event on Wednesday, Oct. 18. “I enjoy any chance to talk with the people who make up Meadville,” Vogel said, adding that students are a part of Meadville in her eyes. Vogel, a Democrat, is running for re-election alongside Deputy Mayor Larry McKnight.

Local candidates visit campus to connect with students

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief October 20, 2023

Seven candidates for local elections showed up to the lobby of the Henderson Campus Center Wednesday night to meet their Allegheny constituents. All the candidates in the Meadville City Council race —...

ASG: ‘Light Walk’ set for Tues, Oct. 24

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief October 20, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government announced the date and time of the “Light Walk,” approved more than $15,000 in spending and appointed four students to college committees during their General Assembly...

Brian Harward (Image source: Allegheny College)

NaviGator Spotlight: Meet Professor Brian Harward

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief October 6, 2023

From his office on the ground floor of Quigley Hall, Professor and Robert G. Seddig Chair in Political Science Brian Harward teaches, advises and does some studying of his own. A scholar of American politics,...

MPD investigating sexual assault

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief October 6, 2023

Trigger warning: sexual assault Local law enforcement is investigating a sexual assault that took place on Allegheny’s campus last month. The assault took place at around 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept....

Director of the Treasury Hunter Goerman, ’25, Vice President Sam Ault, ’26, and President Nicole Recio Bremer, ’25, look at their computers during GA on Oct. 3.

No sign of ASG budget proposal six weeks into term

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief October 6, 2023

Six weeks into the academic year, the Allegheny Student Government remains without a Senate-approved budget and is still supposed to be running on last year’s financial guidelines, though this has not...

The demolition of Caflisch Hall is complete and a layer of dirt now covers the ground where the building used to stand.

Binnington discusses future of Caflisch site at ASG

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief October 6, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government heard a presentation on the future of the Caflisch Hall site, approved the largest week of spending in six months and appointed two students to college committees at their...

Thank you, IT

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief September 29, 2023

Ahh, the internet. It giveth and it taketh away, but for most of us, it’s been a near-constant part of our lives since we could first put finger-to-touchscreen. And without it? The first month of this...

Decorations for Blue and Gold weekend hang from the front of the Henderson Campus Center on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 28.

[Photo] Blue and Gold weekend — a tradition that lives on

September 29, 2023

Decorations for Blue and Gold weekend hang from the front of the Henderson Campus Center on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 28.

College community remembers Cinna Krushel at vigil

College community remembers Cinna Krushel at vigil

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief September 29, 2023

Kind Powerful Mischievous Thoughtful These were just a few of the words more than 100 members of the Allegheny community used to describe Cinna Krushel, ’27, in a vigil in her honor on Sunday, Sept....

An excavator rolls across the rubble of Allegheny Hall on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 27. The two-story dormitory is the second to be demolished this semester, after Caflisch Hall was torn down this August.

Allegheny Hall demolition begins

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief September 29, 2023

Workers began the demolition of Allegheny Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The two-story, 16-room dormitory was located at the north end of campus at 404 Allegheny Street, and follows the demolition of Caflisch...

Retired schoolteacher Gloria Shields (center), of Meadville, protests outside the Crawford County Republican Party headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Meadville residents protest event with Jan. 6 activist

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief September 29, 2023

A crowd of demonstrators showed up to the Crawford County Republican Party’s headquarters Wednesday evening to protest the appearance of controversial conservative activist Scott Presler. Presler first...

ASG debates FFC appointments, discusses Student Affairs

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief September 29, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government discussed appointments to a college committee, access to ethernet adapters and the response time of Public Safety officers at their General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 26....

What was once the site of Caflisch Hall is now little more than a pit in the ground — though the dormitory is far from the only building to meet such a fate.

[Photo] The science of how structures age

September 22, 2023

What was once the site of Caflisch Hall is now little more than a pit in the ground — though the dormitory is far from the only building to meet such a fate.

College announces death of first-year

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief September 22, 2023

First-year student Cinna Krushel passed away Thursday, the college announced in an email to the campus community yesterday evening. “At this difficult, heartbreaking time, we mourn for Cinna and extend...

Interim Director of the IDEAS Center Natalie Brown works in her office in the IDEAS Center on Thursday, Sept. 21. Brown joined the college in June.

Smith out at IDEAS Center as DEI plans for the future

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief September 22, 2023

Just under 11 months after stepping on campus, IDEAS Center Director Lisa Nicole Smith has left the college. The quiet departure is the second such in three years for the IDEAS Center, though the college’s...

Sold to the college at the beginning of this month, the Theta Chi house has already been stripped of the Greek letters of the fraternity.

College buys Theta Chi house for $150k

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief September 22, 2023

The house at 388 N. Main Street is now officially owned by Allegheny College. The college purchased the property from Theta Chi on Aug. 31, expanding the school’s physical footprint by 5,599 square-feet,...

Senators from the Class of 2025 (in front) and the Class of 2027 (in back) stand to be sworn in during the ASG General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 12

ASG swears in eight new senators

Sami Mirza, Editor-in-Chief September 16, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government filled several empty chairs and saw Cabinet members begin their first initiatives in a swift General Assembly held Tuesday, Sept. 12 in room 301/302 of the campus center....

The Feminine Mystique, pictured in Pelletier Library, was published in 1963. It quickly became a symbol of the modern womens movement.

[Photo] Why “The Feminine Mystique” should be required reading

September 8, 2023

"The Feminine Mystique," pictured in Pelletier Library, was published in 1963. It quickly became a symbol of the modern women's movement.

Jean-Arlette Legrand, ’24, waiting to return the ball to her opponent during the Allegheny Invitational.

[Photo] High expectations for women’s tennis in 2023

September 8, 2023

Jean-Arlette Legrand, ’24, waiting to return the ball to her opponent during the Allegheny Invitational.

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