|FMPA Student Receives Award at Rencontres Internationales
des Jeunes Pianistes
Buket Kartal, a Music Preparatory School student at the Faculty of
Music and Performing Arts, received an award from the European Piano Teachers Association
at the fifth "Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes" competition, held
in Belgium from November 25 to 28.
Confident Despite Defeat
The Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes, organized by the European Piano
Teachers Association, is one of the most prestigious music contests in Europe. This year,
many young international contestants participated in the competition, which included both
solo and four-hand performance categories.
A contestant in the 10-14 age group category, Kartal was the only pianist from Turkey in
the competition. She played pieces by J. S. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and U.C.
Erkin, and received a great deal of recognition from the jury, as well as invitations to
Holland and Belgium for master classes and contests.
After their 106-0 defeat of Başkent the preceding week, the Bilkent Judges went into
their game against the Hacettepe Red Deers this past weekend with high morale. The
overwhelming victory had shown the Bilkent team's apparent ability to cope with any
opponent, despite its relative lack of experienced players. But the Hacettepe game proved
otherwise. The Judges went down to defeat by a score of 44-6 on their home field. The
game, which lasted for three hours on a cloudy December afternoon, exposed the weaknesses
of the Bilkent team's dynamics, offering a valuable lesson for use in future games.
Hacettepe, considered to be Bilkent's strongest rival in the University League, proved
that they had earned every bit of their reputation. The Red Deers were in perfect
condition, with a fast offense and experienced players in key positions who coordinated
the team with skill. During the first quarter, the Bilkent team seemed unable to answer
the press of their rivals. By the third quarter, the Judges had begun to break through
their opponent's pressure, and managed to give the Red Deers some scary moments. Bilkent's
adjustment to Hacettepe's tactics came too late, however, to turn the tide, even though
the Judges never gave up until the last moment of the game.
Play was fair, despite occasional disputes between members of the opposing teams, perhaps
not surprising in such a tough sport. Fortunately, neither team suffered serious injuries.
Coach Alper Angın expressed the view from the Bilkent side following the end of play:
This was our first defeat, and we were playing our strongest opponent. We're continuing
to move toward the finals.
One area of weakness for Bilkent was a lack of support. At this game on the Judges' home
field, Hacettepe fans outnumbered Bilkent supporters, boosting the Red Deers' morale
throughout the contest.
Bilkenters, your team needs your support! Students, faculty and staff are urged to come
out and cheer on the Judges at their next games.
(Emre Kırtunç COMD/IV)
|Ayva Cup Tournament Play: A Busy Week of Basketball
basketball teams played a full schedule of Avya Cup Tournament games last week, with mixed
results. The men defeated Başkent, 76-72, and Sabancı, 70-52, but lost to METU, 71-60,
and Koç, 60-54. Bilkent's women won handily against Sabancy, 78-31, but were defeated by
On Tuesday, November 30, in an away game against METU, the Bilkent men suffered their
first loss of the season. The game started well, with Bilkent leading 38-32 at halftime.
However, their attack faltered in the second half of the game. METU took full advantage of
this and ended up winning by a score of 71-60. The Bilkent women's team also lost to their
METU counterparts, 55-37.
The Bilkent men's team was back home at the Bilkent Sports Hall on Thursday, December 2,
where they played a very competitive game against Başkent. Bilkent led by 34-25 at the
end of the first half, but Başkent came on strong in the second half. With three seconds
left to play, Bilkent was holding on, 63-62, when one of its players fouled an opponent.
Ba?kent made one of two free throws to tie the score at 63-63 and send the game into a
five-minute overtime period. With only nine seconds left to play, Osman Sezener scored to
clinch the game for Bilkent, 76-72.
Over the weekend, the Bilkent teams traveled to Ystanbul to play against Sabancı and
Koç. On Saturday, both men and women took the court against Sabancı in the Sabancı
Sports Hall. The Bilkent women made baskets from the outset and for a time held their
opponents scoreless. They won the game by a wide margin, 78-31. Bilkent's men also started
out with a strong attack, led by the effective shooting of Emre Can. With fast breaks and
good performances from a number of players, Bilkent gained another decisive victory,
Points Scored - Bilkent (Women)
Mine : 4
Merve Karacaer: 6
Merve Sönmez: 6
Points Scored - Bilkent (Men)
Emre Can: 23
On Sunday, December 5, the Bilkent men played their fourth game of the week, against Koç
University. The game seesawed back and forth throughout the evening. Koç had a slim lead
at the end of the first period, 16-15, but Bilkent held its opponents to only 7 points in
the second period and was ahead by 28-23 at halftime. However, Koç rallied in the third
period to tie the game at 37-37. Both teams put on strong offensive performances in the
final period, but the week's heavy schedule had evidently taken its toll on the Bilkent
men. The game ended at 60-54, in favor of Koç.
Points Scored - Bilkent (Men)
Emre Can: 17
at the Main
Bilkent - Hacettepe (Women): 5 p.m.
Bilkent - Hacettepe (Men): 6:30 p.m.
Department of Turkish Literature has awarded its second Melih Cevdet Anday scholarship to
Gökhan Tunç, a student in the department's master's program. Gökhan, a published short
story writer, was recognized for his excellent scholastic performance by the unanimous
vote of the department's academic committee.
The scholarship was established on the occasion of the Anday Symposium held at Bilkent in
December 2002. The awarding of the second Anday Scholarship was announced on November 29,
2004, the second anniversary of Melih Cevdet Anday's passing.
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