Volume 13, Number 29
08 May

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Graduation Ceremonies to Be Held on June 13

Graduation ceremonies for Bilkent University graduate and undergraduate students will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at the Bilkent ODEON.
Ceremony and rehearsal times for each faculty and school will be announced soon. Please make sure that you arrive at the commencement site at least an hour before the ceremony begins.

Morning Ceremony:
Wednesday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.
Graduate School of Education + Institute of Engineering and Science, FE, FHL, SAL, FS, FADA, LAW
Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

Afternoon Ceremony:
Wednesday, June 13, 5 p.m.
MBA + Institute of Economics and Social Sciences, FEASS, FMPA, FBA, VSCTOM, VSEL, VSTHM, SATM
Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 12 at 2 p.m.

Şahan and His Gang on Campus

Yeni Ufuklar Kulübü (The New Horizons Club) brought the famous comedian Şahan Gökbakar and his show gang together with Bilkent students on May 1. Actually, Şahan is not a stranger to Bilkent, as he graduated from Bilkent's Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in 2002. He talked to Bilkent students at the event and also made everybody laugh - just in time too, as finals draw near. At the talk, he mentioned his new project - a movie coming to the cinemas this summer. The leading character of the film is Recep İvedik, the most popular character of his shows. Following the act, Bilkent News interviewed Şahan.

Bilkent News: What have you been up to since you graduated?
Şahan: Right after graduating I went to İstanbul, rented a house and tried to settle in. I stayed at home and watched the outside world from the window for about a year. At the end of that year I started auditioning for advertisements. All of them said they liked my performances very much and would call me but none of them did. After a long time, I became bored with this situation and decided to write my own TV program. One day, an acquaintance's father died and I went to her to express my condolences. She directed me to a man and I explained my TV project to him. He was interested in the project and decided to be my manager and then this adventure started. I worked for ten months to prepare my first program and after the first episode I was fired. I went to TRT and started to make a five-hour long live program for TRT. After making five episodes I was fired from TRT, too. One day when we were watching the program Zoka on TV with my manager, he told me that I would be a great presenter on this show and I agreed. Then my manager arranged for me to present the show and I became famous. Next, I started to work on my own program and I became very popular. I transferred to ATV and now I'm on NTV.(continues)


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Online Registration Via Internet

The Online Registration System will be accessible on the Internet for Fall 2007 registration. Students with CGPA's of 2.00 or higher will be able to access the system via the Internet and register using the new WEB interface. Other students (CGPA < 2.00) will register using the designated computer terminals in the labs as usual. These students are urged to seek academic guidance from their advisors prior to their registration appointment times.

The Registration System will be accessible from the Internet throughout the first week of classes to allow students to adjust their course programs if such adjustments do not require approvals by officials or do not violate the academic rules and regulations.

Young Critics Keep Up
the Critical Tradition Bilkent’s 8th Annual “Young Critics’ Symposium”

The Department of Turkish Literature will present its 8th annual "Young Critics’ Symposium" on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, C-Block Auditorium. The symposium has acquired prestige thanks to groundbreaking, innovative papers read by the department's post-graduate students from 2000 to 2006. This year's symposium will feature papers by PhD students who are working on their dissertations although the papers will deal with topics not related to their theses. The symposium topics range from Şinasi to Şebnem İşigüzel, from Nev Yunânîlik to Oğuz Atay, and from Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu to Elif Şafak.

A special feature of the May 9th Symposium is a new, significant paper to be presented by one of the Turkey's eminent academic critics, Prof. Jale Parla. Her opening speech will start at 10 a.m., followed by the papers of Selim Ergül, Murat Cankara, Günil Ayaydın Cebe, Yalçın Armağan, Elif Aksoy. In the afternoon session, Jale Özata Dirlikyapan, Hülya Dündar, Leyla Burcu Dündar and Gül Uluğtekin will read their papers. The Symposium will end with a substantive paper to be given by Prof. Dr. Sibel Irzık. Nilay Özer, also a PhD student in the department, will MC the symposium.

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