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5 things you need to know about Ramadan

Ramadan is the Muslim holy month, and even amid a pandemic, most of the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims will observe it in some form. Which means there’s a good chance a friend of yours, a classmate, a student, a faculty member or a coworker will be celebrating, fasting, and doing all sorts of other activities that are unique to the holy month. Ramez Islambouli, full-time lecturer of Arabic in the Department of Religious Studies, provides 5 things to know about Ramadan.

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B. S. Chandrasekhar, former dean of the College, passes away at 93

by David Farrell ‘Chandra’, as he was affectionately called by his friends, was born in 1928 in a small town in India. After receiving physics instruction from his father, plus bachelor and master degrees from universities in India, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford. In that year, 1949, he was the only Indian student to be so honored.  In 1955, his academic career took an unusual direction for an Oxford PhD, namely, he joined the Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s research lab in Pittsburgh. As he later admitted…. “I wondered how I, a pure physicist, would fare in the...

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