New Media Order conference

JLab, AdLab and TRA students attended the ‘New Media Order’ conference and had the opportunity to personally meet and speak to Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, internet / technology theorist Tom Chatfield, Ali Baba’s Brian Wong, CEO of Perfect World Entertainment Alan Chen and global investor of bright ideas Tim Draper, and ask questions to Wikileak’s Julian…

Inform or offend? Religion versus Freedom of Speech

A Contemporary Ethical Dilemma in Journalism In 2005, the conservative Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 editorial cartoons of which most depicted Islam’s prophet Muhammad. In the explanatory text of the 12 cartoons, Jyllands-Posten’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, wrote, “The modern, secular society is rejected by some Muslims. They demand a special position, insisting on special…

Açı is on Wikipedia

JLab students have started posting their own pages on Wikipedia.  This is not such a simple endeavor as there are many factors that cause the refusal of your article to be posted on Wikipedia.  You go through a few jurors who select articles that are authentic and well written, that do not repeat which already…

TEVİTÖL-Özyeğin Debate Tournament

Açı debate team realized a few first-timers in this tournament.  It was our first Turkish language debate tournament.  We were competing in T-Ö tournament for the first time. It was the first time Açı debate team was in semi finals.   Congratulations to team captain Can Aşardağ and Nathan Candaner, Rahime İsmetova, Atakan Paksoy and…

Elevator Pitch

It was the first time we were competing in the Elevator Pitch which is about presenting an idea you have to a CEO in a simulation of an elevator which is going down from the 16th floor to the ground floor in 60 seconds.  22 students from 10 schools competed in this interesting format.  Ferkan…

Açı Hosts Discover Your Voice

Acclaimed debaters, judges and champions of many world debate tournaments John Ashbourne and John Gallagher mentored the debate and public speaking training DYV (Discover Your Voice) at the school. We had the pleasure of welcoming different schools who were interested in the subject, along with advisors who got training on the issue too.

Having opinion, a bliss or a curse?

“Objectivity does not mean having no opinions.” James Poniewozikwrites the above in an article criticizing Washington Post for not letting its staff write their opinions about events in their Twitter accounts. He says that everybody has an opinion about things that happen around them and this shows that they are able to comprehend and differ…