Volume 13, Number 26
17 April

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Bilkent Student Is The Turkish State Theatre’s Youngest Playwright

From the Department of Theatre, first year student Erdi Mamikoğlu has qualified as the youngest playwright of the Turkish State Theatre with his play 81st Avenue, Building 14, Apartment Number 2 that he wrote three years ago, at the age of 17. While he considered becoming an engineer during high school, he changed his direction upon the advice of his literature teacher and began visiting the State Theater frequently. He acted in many plays in high school and began writing plays about existentialism after reading Sartre, Nietzsche and Dostoevsky. His play, 81st Avenue, Building 14, Apartment Number 2, is about existentialism and in the genre of absurd theater and was added to the Turkish State Theatre Archive. It was revised with the contributions of one of the State Theatre dramaturges, Eren Aysan, and has been performed on stage since November 2006. Özgür Erkekli directs actors Gören Bozbey and Habibe Merih Atalay in the play.

Erdi Mamikoğlu reflected for Bilkent News, "If it is a very exaggerated issue for a 19 year old author to be named as the youngest author in Turkey then I think the future of theatre in Turkey is in trouble. I am wondering why a play of a young playwright at the age of 19 is being staged after so many years and what other young people are doing. There are many people who are interested in theatre in Turkey. Do all of them want to be actors? Don't any of them want to write plays? If everybody becomes actors, then what will be staged in the future? This is the result of popular culture. Actors are the people who are always seen on TV, who are always talked about and who earn the most money. That is why I think there must be more for the young people in theatre. Young people's plays should be staged and directed by other young people at the Turkish State Theatre and also at Bilkent University. More opportunities should be given to young people. I think this is the only way for the theatre to advance in Turkey, especially in a country where stages are destroyed."

Yeşim Şağban (IE/III)

Fourth National Political Science and Public Administration Students’ Congress
Bilkent University will be hosting the Fourth National Political Science and Public Administration Students' Congress from April 24 to 27. The first student congress was organized by METU in April 2004. The aim was to bring together the Political Science and Public Administration students from universities throughout Turkey, and also provide a platform for students from other disciplines, who are interested in political science issues, where they can express themselves freely. The second congress was again held at METU in 2005. In 2006, İstanbul Technical University hosted the conference. They opened participation to include other universities in Turkey, and they broadened the perspectives presented. This year, the congress is being organized by Sosyal Bilimler Topluluğu (Social Sciences Society) and Yeni Ufuklar Kulübü with the help of the Dean's Office of Faculty of Economics Administrative and Social Sciences, and the Bilkent Office of Dean of Students.

The first aim of the Sosyal Bilimler Topluluğu in undertaking this organization is to help the congress become more institutionalized, and involves a wider platform by sharing the academic and social facilities with other participating universities.
In addition to the general aim of the congress, a further aim is to widen the range of the issues discussed in the congress, and provide an academic depth that is compatible with the vision of Bilkent University. In addition to Bilkent, this year's participating universities are: Anadolu, Ankara, Erzurum Atatürk, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart, Ege, Hacettepe, İstanbul, Kafkas, Kırıkkale, Kocaeli, Middle East Technical and Pamukkale Universities.

All Bilkent students are welcome to the congress to be held from April 24 to 27. For detailed information you can visit the web page: http://www.sbkyk2007.

Banu Bilgiç (PHIL/III)

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Spring Fest Concerts

The evening concerts arranged by the Spring Fest Organization Committee will be held on May 3 and 4, 2007, at the Bilkent ODEON. Note that the concerts are only for Bilkent University students and personnel.

Ticket sales will begin on Tuesday April 24, 2007, at 10 a.m.

Please note that the tickets must be purchased with student ID cards. Each student can buy only one ticket and it is not possible to buy group tickets.

Please remember that at the entrance to the concert you need to show your student ID with your ticket, otherwise you will not be able to enter.

Tickets will be sold by the ticket officer in a prescribed order, thus students will not be able to choose their seats.

People who purchase tickets earlier will have a chance to get a seat in the front rows.

Ticket Sale Offices and Dates:
Ticket sales will begin on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
*East Campus-Catering Center
*Middle Campus- FMPA Building
*The entrance of FEASS building
*The entrance of ‘B’ Building
*The entrance of Kıraç & Speed
*The remaining tickets will be sold on May 3-4 beginning from 12 p.m. in the Spring Fest Area.

Concert Information:
Thursday, May 3,
8:30 p.m.: Funda Arar and Hüsnü Şenlendirici
Friday, May 4,
9 p.m.: Serdar Ortaç
We wish you a nice Spring Fest.

Spring Fest Organization Committee

Donate a Book for The Children

TDP (Toplumsal Duyarlılık Projeleri /Community Projects) is establishing a library at Bozan Veli Topçu Primary School in Eskişehir on April 23. If you would like to contribute to the project, you may donate books at the TDP information booths. Add a book for a better future!
Info booths: April 17, 18 in the 'B' Building and April 19 at FEASS

Yeşim Şağban (IE/III)

National Independence and Children's Day Concert

Monday, April 23 at 8 p.m. / Bilkent Concert Hall
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Naci Özgüç
Violin: Ceyla Ganiyeva, Elvin Hoca
Piano: Mertol Demirelli
Violoncello: Doğuş Ergin
Trumpet: Renato Lupu
Horn: Barkın Sönmezer
Marimba: Elman Mecid

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