Volume 7, Number 4
9 October 2000

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Czech President to be Presented with Honorary Doctorate

Vaclav Havel, the last President of Czechoslovakia and the first President of the Czech Republic, will be presented with an honorary doctorate by Bilkent University at the Concert Hall on Wednesday, October 11, at 11:15 a.m. Everybody is invited to this special ceremony and to the speech to be given by the Czech president.

Vaclav Havel is a writer and dramatist. He has published a number of studies and articles in various literary and theatrical periodicals and also acted as the Chair of the Club of Independent Writers.

Havel was imprisoned three times for his views, and spent nearly five years behind bars. During this time, Czechoslovak authorities made it impossible for any of Havel's texts to be published. Under the guidance of Havel's former literary agent, the German publishing company Rowholt compiled a nearly complete edition of Havel's works...

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International Recognition for MSSF Student

Tenor Ömer Türkmenoğlu, a fourth year student at the FMPA, Department of Music, was placed fourth in the Second International Singing and Opera Competition, organized in Azerbaijan.

The 12-day long opera competition, which took place between September 18 and September 30, had 80 international entrants. Ömer received an award of a plaque for his outstanding performance...

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Bilkent's Traffic Receives Attention

Bilkent has become the leader in establishing a traffic model for Turkey. Last week, TRT1 Radio Station invited Dr. İhsan Sabuncuoğlu, Head of Bilkent Traffic Committee, for an interview to discuss how the Traffic Committee was formed, its development and its future plans. When İhsan Sabuncuoğlu was asked about the mission of the Traffic Committee, he replied, "Five years ago Prof. Ali Doğramacı decided to form a Traffic Committee for the University. The mission of the Committee was to increase public awareness and regulate traffic on campus, and to make improvements on the current status."

İhsan Sabuncuoğlu spoke of the progress of the Committee over the last five years; namely, the provision of a traffic manual containing the traffic rules in both English and Turkish; the utilization of traffic-lights; the design and maintenance of a website (http://www.traffic.bilkent.edu.tr) to communicate effectively with university students and staff; and the establishment of a sticker-system so as to have easy access to information on drivers. These provisions have been augmented by the founding of the Bilkent Youth Traffic Team, and the the BAIS computer system, a database of vehicles, drivers, accidents etc., providing on-line support for traffic control.

"Bilkent is the first university to have traffic rules in its book of instructions and regulations," İhsan Sabuncuoğlu declared, "and the most important rule for us is that pedestrians have right-of-way on campus."...

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