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After 30 years in office, Hosni Mubarak stepped down as President of Egypt.
After 30 years in office, Hosni Mubarak stepped down as President of Egypt.

Egypt President Hosni Mubarak resigns

Shouts of jubilation and fireworks filled the sky over Tahrir Square in Egypt after the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

After over three decades of power, Mubarak resigned Friday, handing his power over to the military.

Citizens of Cairo, Alexandria and other Egyptian cities were flooded with relief. According to the Kansas City Star, they danced, hugged and raised their hands in prayer following Vice President Omar Suleiman’s announcement on national TV of Mubarak’s resignation. Some citizens fell to kiss the ground and others chanted, “Goodbye, goodbye.”

“Finally, we are free,” said a 60-year-old protester named Safwan Abou Sta. “From now on, anyone who is going to rule will know that these people are great.” Thousands congregated at Tahrir Square, the beacon of the protest faction that was begun by a few secular, liberal youth activists on the web, which eventually developed into the biggest popular revolt in the Arab world.

The example many other countries took from this situation:

If such pandemonium could take place in three weeks within Egypt, where the government seemed concrete and secure under Mubarak’s power, the pandemonium could occur anywhere.

In the military coup, Egyptian Vice President Suleiman seemed to have lost his power as well.

He appeared briefly to deliver his announcement.

“In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic,” Suleiman said.

“He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state. God is our protector and succor.”

The Armed Forces Supreme Council will serve as the interim government until further decisions are made.

According to the Kansas City Star, this Council is made up of the military’s top body, consisting of its highest-ranking generals and headed by Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tanwawi.

At the moment, anxiety over the next step is overwhelmed by the immense joy and disbelief held by the citizens of Egypt.

American Institute of Architects elects AUP+D chair to fellowship

Joy Swallow, chair of UMKC College of Art sand Science’s Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUP + D) has been named a 2012 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow.

To read the official declaration of Joy Swallow’s fellowship please visit:

The AIA Fellowship program was created to bring recognition to architects who have provided a valuable service in the field.

This recognition not only consists of their individual achievements but their influences on architecture and society on the national level.

“Joy is a focused leader, a superb educator and an articulate visionary for the integration of design disciplines,” said executive director of the Mid-America Regional Council David A. Warm.

“Joy’s influence extends well beyond campus,” Warm said. “She is uniformly respected by the broader civic community as a thoughtful and collaborative problem-solver, and she is routinely invited to bring her energy and insights into community affairs.”

The 2011 Jury of Fellows from the AIA moved 104 members to its esteemed College of Fellows.

To be elected into the fellowship is a great honor: AIA has a total membership of more than 80,000, but fewer than 2,700 members have received this honor.

According to UMKC Public Relations, the 2011 Fellows will be recognized May 13 at an inauguration at the 2011 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans.

UMKC collaborates with Aetna Student Health to offer a student-focused health insurance plan

UMKC has collaborated with Aetna Student Health to offer an Accident and Sickness Insurance plan (ASI) for UMKC students.

Coverage is available:

Jan. 16 to Aug. 14, 2011-Domestic Students

Jan. 11 to July 31, 2011-International Students

Access to Providers nationwide

Prescription Coverage (Mail Order option is now available)

Vision and Alternative Health Discounts

Emergency Travel Assistance Services

ASI is important because UMKC will not undertake any financial obligations for student’s medical bills, so having a health insurance plan is vital.

If you currently have coverage please carefully review your health insurance plan, for it may have certain restrictions/limitations.

For example, some employers do not cover students after a certain age, and HMO’s may only provide full coverage when you’re home.

According to UMKC Student Affairs, here are the enrollment eligibilities for International Students:

All non-immigrant international students, scholars and Optional Practical Training/Academic Training participants holding F or J visas attending UMKC are eligible for this coverage.

Enrollment in this Plan is mandatory and automatic for all non-immigrant international students upon academic enrollment each semester.

Enrollment for Scholars and post-completion Optional Practical Training/Academic Training participants is optional and requires completion of an enrollment form each term.

Enrollment forms for ASI can be found at the International Student Affairs Office.

To find a detailed health insurance plan please visit

Lastly, Aetna Student Health Insurance also offers a dental plan for students, more information about the plan can be found if you visit

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