|Creating Change with Awareness
"We have always spoken, but have seldom read" say volunteers of the club
hoping to inspire more reading in Turkey. "We have always seen, known, made comments,
but could never change."
On March 22, Bilkent Toplum Gönüllüleri Grubu (Community Volunteers Group) read in
front of the Science Faculty Buildings with the slogan "we are aware to create
awareness." The club's aim is to make people aware of the lack of a reading culture
in Turkey and to change things by creating an awareness of the issue. The reading session
began with the members of TOG wearing yellow aprons, and the number of people reading
increased slowly as other Bilkent students joined in. Soft guitar music accompanied the
Bilkent Toplum Gönüllüleri Grubu continues to engage in other volunteer activities with
other TOG clubs and groups organized at 70 universities across Turkey. Members report that
they believe the youth can be pioneers in society by showing their sensibility with regard
to social problems. They believe they can convert their energy into social change by being
active citizens. As such, club members are aiming to be a part of this progress and change
by reading to create awareness.
Bilkent TOG is open to everyone who wants to participate in a friendly, respectful
atmosphere. If you are interested in volunteering, detailed information is online at:
Bilgiç (PHIL/III) Sezen Burçe Şahinkaya (IAED/IV)
Bilkent University Library Art Gallery is hosting a new exhibition which includes works by
architects living in Ankara. Art-lovers were welcomed to the opening reception on March
22. Guests also had a chance to meet and talk with the artists whose works were on display
including, Nuri Abaç, Kadri Atabaş, Gülsüm Baydar, Faruk Erkal, Yalçın Oğuz,
Mükremin Barut, Gür Dalkıran, Mükremin Mungan, Muammer Hacıbaloğlu, Mustafa Mete
Tığlı, Salih Köksalan, Vedat Ağca, Ali Kemal Karahan, Aysun Coşar, Ayşe Ergül,
Mehmet Ertan Yollu, Ertuğrul Özakdemir, Reha Benderlioğlu, Haldun Erdoğan, Fikret
Ünsal, Ali Cinoğlu, Cahit Kalenderoğlu, Mehmet Sayım Karayel, Affan Yatman.
Attila Güllü, the coordinator of Library Art Gallery, emphasized the importance of the
exhibition as it provides people with the opportunity to see how architects are able to
reveal their artistic capacities in their paintings not just their building designs. In
this sense, the artists' works in this exhibition express their way of disguising
themselves within their art. The exhibition can be visited until April 22
between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. everyday, except Sundays.
Naim Atabağsoy (PHIL/IV)
TUNUS BUS RETURNS TO
Effective March 25, 2007 the services will depart from Tunus Road instead of Dikmen Road
starting at 8 a.m.
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|Don Juan, or the Love of
Geometry Opens This Week
students in the Department of Performing Arts at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts
are staging the play Don Juan, or the Love of Geometry (Don Juan ya da Geometri Aşkı) March
27, 30 and 31, April 4, 6 and 7 at the Bilkent
The play, written by Max Frisch and directed by Giorgi Antadze, will premier on Tuesday,
March 27. This ironic comedy by the prominent Swiss journalist/novelist/
architect Frisch, deals with a man trapped by his public image who must free himself by
escaping into marriage.
The play will be performed at the Bilkent Theater Hall beginning at 8 p.m.,
with transportation available to and from Sıhhiye bus-stop. (continues)
Zeki Çelikkol Has Passed Away
Retired Ambassador Zeki Çelikkol, a part-time instructor in the Faculty of Humanities and
Letters, passed away last week on Tuesday, March 20. Mr Çelikkol received his BA in
International Relations from Ankara University in 1956. He served as an ambassador to
Caracas, Lahey and The Hague. Mr. Çelikkol was teaching History of the Turkish Republic
at Bilkent. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Çelikkol family, his
students and his colleagues.
Süleyman Demirel to
Address Bilkent Students
Political Platform Club is proudly hosting the 9th President of Turkey, Süleyman Demirel
on Tuesday, March 27. The conference titled "Turkey
and the World in the Spring of 2007" will be held at 4 p.m. at the
C-Block Auditorium. All students and faculty are welcome to attend.
Day Celebrates Mevlanas Poetry
On March 21, a
"Mevlana (Rûmî) Program" was held on UNESCO's "World Poetry Day" by
Bilkent's Center for Turkish Literature at FEASS, C-Block Auditorium. This year, the
program was dedicated to Mevlana in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the birth of
the great sufi poet. In the program, Mevlana's poems were read, along with translations
into Turkish and English. Beşir Ayvazoğlu, writer, critic and editor made the opening
speech, emphasizing Mevlana's life and poetry, and their significance in Turkish literary
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