AUS Carnival renamed AUS Monopoly for interest-oriented clubs

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By Zahra Rashid

UNIVERSITY CITY, SHARJAH – The American University of Sharjah Carnival has been renamed “AUS Monopoly” specifically for the inclusion of interest-oriented clubs and academic associations, said Student Activities Coordinator Maha Jibril in an interview on Monday. 

“We already have Global Day which is only for cultural clubs so we needed this [AUS Monopoly] for the other clubs,” she explained. 

Rahma Ali, president of the Photography Club, said she thinks this is a good idea. 

“Interest-oriented clubs are just there for the Club Fair and events barely focus on them,” she explained.

Jibril said the event will run for two days, Feb. 23 and 24, between 5 to 10 p.m. at the football fields.

“The event will have a Monopoly theme,” Jibril said, explaining that there will be 13 tents with three clubs in each, collaborating to set up games and activities for the students. She highlighted that there will also be food trucks, music, stage performances and a raffle draw at the end.

“We received instructions from the Sharjah Private Education Authority and the AUS Safety Department to be able to hold in-person events on campus this semester,” Jibril said. In accordance with the COVID-19 protocols, she stated that there will be an entrance booth at the event that will check for a green status on the Al-Hosn application and masks will be required at all times. 

AUS student and Industrial Engineering major Mahmoud Amr said “I can’t wait for it and I think it will be a good opportunity to finally get things back to normal. Events like this is how I met most of my friends in freshman year.” 

“I think it’s great because in-person events are much more interactive and engaging than online,” added Carol Maher, another AUS student and Multimedia Design major.