Attention LSE Walon! There Will Be No New Juniors On Campus This Spring Semester

This is not a false alarm, LSE students. With Spring semester right around the corner, this isn’t the kind of news you want to hear but..

You read right. For those of you who were looking forward to new faces, LSE will no longer be getting any juniors in January.

Source: lse.edu.pk

We will only be getting juniors once a year now, and that is in September. Being part of one of the last January intakes; I can tell you it has been one hell of a ride trying to make up for the missed semester. So it’s kinda for the greater good.

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Other than that, the university has ended the summer semester last year, so there goes your one chance to catch up on failed or missed courses.

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So basically, if you fail a course or missed any; you’ll have to take them in your last year during your thesis or after graduating. That does not sound fun at all. Guess its time to pull up your boots and start working hard, it’s only going to get tougher from here on out. (Par chalo, at least we’re sort of getting a proper summer break now)

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What do you think about this, let us know in the comments!

This Sports Coordinator From LSE Is Inspiring Young Female Athletes To Follow Their Dreams

“Larkiyan aysey nai kheltein.”

“Larkon kay saath kheylay gi yeh? Log kya kahein gay.”

“How can we send her to a country where we don’t know anyone? Bhai, larki hai, khayal karo.”

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As a Pakistani girl who’s into sports, we face a ton of criticism from people all around who still think it’s ‘not proper’ for a girl to run around on a field, or lift heavy weights because they might make her look “manly” or “bulky”.

But with all these bullies around her growing up, one woman pushed them at the back of her mind and left them with their mouth agape as she traveled one foreign country after another.

Ms. Uzma, currently a sports coordinator at LSE has represented Pakistan in Sri Lanka, China, Germany, and Australia in various Karate competitions, as well as the Former Manager of the Pakistan Women’s football team.

Germany 2012- First Pakistani woman to attend the DFBB Football coaching course

What started off as fun and play, turned into a profession as she started training for national and international events.

It wasn’t as easy as it sounds though.

“My family was very supportive. They always had my back, especially my father. But my relatives were always at my back and unwilling to support me in any way, shape, or form. They hated that I had to come back home with boys around, since they always dropped boys and girls home together.”

Ms.Uzma and team at the 3rd SAAF Championship 2014

She hasn’t just represented Pakistan internationally though. While working at FC College, she inspired girls to participate in their favorite sports to such an extent, that a separate one credit hour course was introduced, amended for each year.

This allowed students to learn more about sports they were passionate about, and maintain their GPA too.

Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

“I see girls who have the potential to go very far in sports but their parents or family don’t support them, or they fall back due to the taunts from people.”

Germany 2012

If there’s one thing I would suggest these girls, then that would be to follow your family values and your parents first, and then follow your dreams in the right way.”

“There is no way girls cannot succeed if they put their mind to it. Do what you are passionate about with love.”

There also lies a huge misconception that girls who train for professional sports end up looking manly and bulky.

Heck, no. 

“It’s all about your natural form and the kind of nutrition you put into your body, as well as the requirement of the sport. There’s is this image that has been embedded into the minds of our people that girls need to look thin, and fragile, this is narrow-mindedness.”

3rd SAAF Championship 2014

“I want every single girl out there to know that as long as she remembers her moral values and her family values and fulfills her duty of being a good human being, there is nothing wrong with being into sports.”

Best. Mentor. Ever.

LSE Walon! Here Are 13 Things You Can Do During Break, In Between Classes

Breaks can be either a blessing or a curse depending on how long they are. Typical breaks at LSE can last up to 2 – 4 hours. At times, it can be a hassle to kill time. Here are some ideas on how you can kill time in your breaks outside LSE.

1. Have Coffee

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With Winter right around the corner and smoggy/foggy day time – the weather calls for it. Not to mention Gloria Jeans and Coffee Planet are 2 minutes away from LSE now. AND students get a 15% discount at Coffee Planet.

2. Play Snooker or Pool

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Sounds boring and cliche but it’s actually fun. Might be a little hefty on your pockets but be sure to not get addicted (been there, done that – and it didn’t work out too well)

3. Play Volley Ball

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As the weather gets cooler you’ll start to see more people around campus specially in the basketball and volley ball courts. Just give your ID card in the sports office at GC in exchange for a ball and play with your friends or join a game thats already being played.

4. Go bowling

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At Uptown LA, Lalik Chowk – of course.

5. Go sight seeing to Azadi Chowk/Minar-e-Pakistan/Badshahi Masjid

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Old Lahore isn’t as far as it seems thanks to Ring Road.

6. Go see the Indian Border

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For those of you who don’t know, India’s Border is pretty close to LSE, as well.

7. Go to the ‘Army Museum’ in Cantt

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8. Check out the Eiffel Tower in Bahria Town

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Disclaimer: You’d need a minimum 4 hour break for this.

9. Play a game of ‘Hot Hands’ with your friends

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If you dare to.

10. Visit Packages Mall

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Not only is it close but there are a ton of restaurants inside to satisfy all your cravings.

11. Watch a movie at Imperial Cinema

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Very close and very convenient.

12. Go grocery shopping with your uni fam to Al-Fatah

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It’s sounds boring, but trust me – it’s quite entertaining and fun.

13. Have a pizza party!

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Self explanatory, who doesn’t want pizza, right?!

How do you guys spend your breaks at LSE, let us know in the comments!

LSE Has Taken Away The Campus Coffee Machine And Nothing Is The Same Anymore

As someone who has never been addicted to chai, I’ve never understood all the fuss people at University create when their bae gets cold, or their sheer disappointment when the doodh- pati ratio is wrong.

But I guess you can never relate to someone’s pain if you’ve never suffered through something similar.

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But now I have. Every coffee addicted student at LSE has, ever since the gurgling coffee machine has been replaced with a silent ice cream unit.

I’m done I tell you. 

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, this Fall, LSE invested in not one, but two ice cream machines.

Even though this might be great news for people who have the ability to smile their way through the Winter season by having ice cream everyday-  this is bad news for people who practically lived on caffeine to get through a hectic day. *points at self*

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After this traumatizing revelation, just like any other coffee lover would do, I ranted to a friend about this (it was a very passionate rant too), who nonchalantly commented:

“Just get some tea woman, you’ll be fine.”

*Smiles*

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I mean, there’s just so much joy coffee brings during the winter. Even if you don’t like the drink, the snappy, foggy winters of Lahore will make you into a temporary lover.

I’m not even exaggerating this.

Even though we still have instant coffee available, anyone and everyone who has ever sipped on that delicious cup of roasted goodness would agree that it just tastes like a mix of water and sugar with a dash of coffee!

But here’s the good part:

A petition has been signed by a large number of LSE students to install the coffee machine again.

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In case you missed out on the petition signing part, it was an informal signing that took place at the main library, and has also been signed by certain professors.

Do you hear that? 

I can almost hear the gurgling and smell the richness again.

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*cheers*

I won’t fall asleep in FA again now.

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Madlock, From Pepsi Battle Of The Bands

This article is about an awesome group of musicians, who go by the name Madlock, and like to play post-90s grunge rock primarily, and are actually quite the sweethearts. In this article, I talk to Mehroze Gillani, Awais Jaffery and their manager Hassan Qazi, about how Madlock came into being, their journey to Pepsi’s Battle of the Bands, and about their experience as musicians in general.

Awais, who’s in his 4th year at LSE and plays bass for Madlock, says his musical passage began, when a friend introduced him to Judas Priest. From there he experienced many twists and turns, going from growling to singing, to finally becoming the bassist for Madlock. 

“I was in the fifth grade when my friend Faiz made me listen to the song Painkiller, by Judas Priest, and it was that song that changed my life. That was when I knew I wanted to do what they were doing, and I wanted to be a musician. I kept listening to a lot of metal, and then I started to growl. Then in school, I met Mehroze, and we bonded over the band Megadeth, and that really shaped us as musicians. Eventually, the roles started to switch, I picked up the bass and learnt that. I have really weird flexible fingers, so that helped a lot with the bass[laughs]. It’s been 2-3 years since I’ve been playing bass, and once the band was formed, meri jagga as a bassist hee fix ho gai.” he said.

For Mehroze, the vocalist, who’s a sophomore in BNU, his journey was slightly different. He started out by playing the guitar, and midway discovered that he had an actual medical condition that affected his vocal chords, after which he finally assumed his post as the vocalist. 

He says “When I was in the sixth grade, my sister brought home a guitar, and like all such things, it just sat in a corner gathering dust. So then I decided that I’d try to learn it, and I did. It was just an impulsive decision I made. This was around the time when I discovered that I had a vocal condition, called puberphonia, or mutational falsetto, where you can’t speak in your normal modal voice. So one day I was randomly googling my symptoms, as you do, and I found a doctor in India, who treated people through the internet, with these really bizarre exercises like blowing air into a football, and pushing your larynx down. So before I was actually treated, I obviously couldn’t sing, so I really focused on my guitar playing. And because of that, once I was cured, I was able to play really complex rhythms on the guitar while singing. So it was really a blessing in disguise.”

They decided, early on in the bands’ history, to shift from metal to a softer, more melodious grunge sound.

“Once we got a little serious about our future, we thought it was time to tone down the metal a little bit, and explore other genres and not be so narrow-minded. And Awais and I actually really loved 90’s grunge already. We were a little skeptical at first, because thrash metal suntay hain hum sab, yaar. But then you realize thats it really just two guitars, a drum and a guy screaming in the mic. It’s just the melodic sound that changes, and becomes less aggressive.” says Mehroze.

Awais adds “Basically, over the course of time, our inclination towards grunge rock became more evident, so we decided that this is the kind of music we wanted to play. We still experiment obviously, as you’re gonna see when we release our new stuff. But primarily, we’re a band that plays straight up rock and roll.

Madlock is primarily influenced by 90s grunge rock bands, but they have some rather surprising influences also, especially when it comes to ideals.

“I think everyone knows we’re hugely influenced by 90s grunge rock bands, but I’m just gonna name some bands that people might not expect from us. From the newer bands, Kings of Leon is a huge one, Coldplay for their atmospheric music, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, The Pretty Reckless, Rival Sons, Puddle of Mudd, Caesar. And people are gonna hate me for this, but we really like Nickelback too.” says Mehroze.

 

When asked what helped them along their journey, they credited both chemistry between the band members, and also playing a lot of shitty gigs. 

“Oh, playing lots and lots of bad gigs.” says Mehroze. “Yes, exactly. When you play a really bad show, with an equally bad and unresponsive audience in front of you, you learn how to play music that appeals to everyone, and it motivates you to get a better response from the audience next time. Doosra, band ki chemistry hamesha se bohat achi thi. We’ve all been best friends since forever, so that made things a lot easier.” adds Awais.

They stressed on the importance of playing music for the sake of creative output and pleasure, as opposed to something fixed and measured. Sometimes though, it can be the audience that becomes problematic too. 

Mehroze says “I think the biggest issue with societies in schools nowadays is that there’s this hierarchy system going on. The seniors act as figureheads of some sort, and sort of dictate who deserves to be here and who doesn’t.”

“Also,” adds Awais, “in a lot of schools, and I say this for LSE obviously, when we used to have jams where everyone could come and watch, the response from the audience was very insulting. I’m not saying respect the musician BECAUSE he’s a musician, but at least respect the art? And appreciate the fact that someone is working hard to play something for you in front you. So at least have the decency to not talk during a set.”

The boys recalled the time they opened for Ali Azmat as their favorite gig so far… 

“It was one of my favorite gigs, because not only did we open for Ali Azmat, but he also complimented us backstage. He really liked Mehroze’s Megadeth sticker, cause he’s into that kinda music also. And then once he started playing, he played a few riffs from Motorhead, and then he kind of winked at me also, and it was just very cool.” says Awais.

…and for their least favorite/worst gig yet, they had two hilarious stories involving wires, and surprisingly enough, Awais’ hair.

Mehroze starts “I remember, we were opening for Call in LUMS, and we were playing Nishaan by Noori. Now I do this thing on stage where I play the chord in a very flamboyant and edgy way and take a step back. So I do that, but I don’t notice that Awais has his foot on my guitar’s chord. And as soon as I take a step back- BOOM. The wire detaches, and there’s a barrage of sound onstage, all while we were in the middle of a song.”

For Awais, it was a little different. He recalls “This was during Pepsi Battle of the Bands, and we were playing Kahaan Hai Tu. So Mehroze and I, for this song, had decided to do this really cool synchronized head banging. And as I began doing that, my hair got stuck in Mehroze’s guitars’ headstock…and we were live!!!”

For Pepsi Battle of the Bands, there was a lot of convincing that Awais and Hassan had to do before Mehroze finally agreed to go for it.

“So initially, I wasn’t very inclined to do Pepsi. I was really worried about being judged by people as a band. Also I had this fear that we might get rejected straight away at the auditions. In retrospect though, I’m very glad that we took this step, for obvious reasons.” said Mehroze. “Initially, I was on Mehroze’s side, because I understood his very valid fear of rejection. Because he worried about getting rejected and the negative image it would leave for the band. But then Awais convinced me and we talked to Mehroze about it” added Hassan.

“The thing about Mehroze is, he’s super insanely talented, but he often really doubts himself. I think most musicians tend to doubt themselves a lot of times. I met so many amazing musicians through Pepsi, who are so incredibly humble, so I think its a musician thing. It took Hassan and I 3 meetings to simply convince him to consider participating.” Awais said. “So I told him that we aren’t half as bad as he fears us to be, and that we should really try out for it. And I’m so happy that we did”.

They went through quite a major setback right before the audition, when one of their guitarists had to drop out, and they had to go from a four-piece band to a three-piece one.

“I think the biggest hurdle for us was when one of our guitarists couldn’t make it for the audition, and had to stay back. So we went and auditioned without him. But then we found out that he wouldn’t be coming with us at all, so that was quite an obstacle for us. It was just Mehroze, the drummer and I, and I remember that Mehroze and I wrote the lyrics of our audition song literally on the flight to Karachi. It was crazy.” recalled Awais.

They learnt quite a lot of valuable knowledge from their time at Pepsi Battle of the Bands, and elsewhere also.

“The most important lesson we learnt was probably to not rely on others, and always make sure you check and take care of all your equipment and your set-up yourself also. And secondly, you should always have Plan B, always. Even if you don’t have a plan B, you should be very flexible in case you need to switch up the plan and try something new. What can go wrong will go wrong, you know.” said Mehroze, sagaciously.

Here’s the advice they have for all future musicians who want to start a band of their own:

Mehroze starts “If you’re making a band, the most important thing in order to function well as one, is that you need guys who are able to communicate well with each other, and have a lot of chemistry. Now I’m no Chris Cornell, and Awais isn’t Victor Wooten, but the thing is, when we play, we make the dynamic work for us. And this is true for every band ever. Bands ke liye ye zaruri hai ke the collective creative output has to be in sync, it should be original and it HAS to be kick ass.”

 

When asked what we can expect from Madlock in the future, the guys told us to watch out for an entirely different side of Madlock.

“We’re obviously working on an album, but I think more importantly, there’s going to a whole new side of Madlock that people haven’t seen before. They’ve seen our hard-rock side, but now we’ve got something different also, so that’s exciting.” says Mehroze.

 

How do you guys feel about Madlock? Do you also want to start a band now? Let us know in the comments below!

These Students From LSE Are Doing What They Can To Help Out Orphans In Lahore

Hi humans. *waves*

I’m going to need you to sit down for this one today, because we need to talk. Like, we need to have a serious discussion on the amount of time you’ve been spending immersed in your own world, and have had absolutely zero time for behavior that would be categorized as ‘socially responsive’.

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As a teenager who keeps up with the whereabouts of our country, I’ve often found myself skimming over headlines and images that describe the poor condition of our government institutions, eyes running over them, heart beating quicker for a minute or so with remorse for these humans, and then proceeding to turn the page over and moving on.

Don’t shake your heads like I’m the only one who does it. You do it too. 

I guess this is why I stopped scrolling down my news feed when Taabir popped up on the suggested pages section.

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A non-government organization created by a group of LSE students that aims to empower the underprivileged youth of Pakistan, by teaching critical thinking through Liberal Arts education in order to promote a more progressive behavior in children.

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After launching this year, these students have already completed three projects across Lahore: ranging from an eight week long teaching scheme at Gulroha Orphanage, to arranging an Iftar for over 300 people and providing school bags to a Government Elementary school.

 An eight week long teaching scheme ladies and gentlemen.

According to these students, the results of the different projects that they do are worth more than anything they’ve ever done.

After their latest project, the students at the orphanage showed the desire to go to school, moreover, they were also provided school bags and taught different social and creative skills, that will go with them in the long run.

Source: Taabir/ Facebook

Just look at those smiling faces!

Humans, I might not be a very socially responsible individual, and some of you might agree with me when I say that we don’t give back to our society at all.

The least we can do as humans is to support those who are making an effort to make this world a better place to grow up in.

The people behind Taabir are students, everyday people. These students show that you don’t have to be extraordinary or powerful to give back and make an impact. That being said, go show your support for Taabir by following them on their Facebook page and donating if you can.

Trust me, It’ll go a long way. 

 

 

 

 

These Stunning Pictures Of LSE Will Make You Say, “Yaar, Yahan Parhna Hai”

Ladies and Gentlemen! *waves* Hi there.

The name’s Khan. Maham Khan. I’m a sophomore at LSE and one of the rare species who is a teensy bit attached to the place to be honest.

Now, all you seniors and new bachas can stop with those eye rolls, and mumbles that go along the lines of, “Wait until the hard part comes in.”,or “Eh, another day, another senior trying to punk us.”

*grins* I might be- or am I?

No you lovely little earthlings! I come in peace.

If you’re someone who has previously scrolled through the few pictures available of LSE online, or an LSEite whose skin now has an unrecognizable weird hue to it due to the hard hours of labour ya’ll put in walking around campus, you need to keep reading because I have free Biryani for you all.

Jokes. 

If you didn’t get it, no, I do not have free Biryani for you all, but what I do have, are pictures, that are so aesthetically pleasing- they’ll make you fall in love with the campus, or they might just make you  want to enroll, because… *cries* they’re just so beautiful.

These aesthetically pleasing photos will spark your imagination,so, fair warning humans. 

1. Fall/Winter is the prettiest time of the year

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As the scorching sun cools down, and your clothes get tighter every time you put them on, you know the time of the year is coming up where you can pull all those zips up and study.

Yes. Study. We have finals in December fellow potatoes.

*evil laughs*

Reminders aside, when the sun cools down, we finally step towards a season everyone waits for every year in LSE- Fall and winter.

When the trees around you start to swing more, the birds chirp louder, your eyes linger over the peacocks more because of the way their feathers stand out against the turning leaves, it almost makes you want to sit down and think about everything you overlooked during the summers.

This is when long walks from the Garden cafe to the Main cafe, or strolls around campus, make you think and come up with life changing decisions.

Which often includes meal choices, but each to their own, right?

2. Sports fields + Rain = THIS 

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If you’re someone who’s into sports, or spends most of their time around the basketball court, you’re probably familiar with the sound of a basketball hitting the ground and cheers bouncing off of every corner of the court.

Add rain and turning leaves into the mix, with a steaming cup of tea resting between your knees as you bundle up in your jacket, and you’ll be able to hear your voice clearer than any ball bouncing on the slippery court.

If you’re a rebel though, I’d suggest getting some action in at the court with your mates. I mean, who cares if you fall and get your clothes wet? You’ll miss it all when you’re a wrinkly potato and not in university anymore.

3. The leafy paths have never looked so good

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This path is probably one of the prettiest ones we have at LSE. Not only does it pass through the Shamyla Garden, but there’s just something about the way the light hits the pavement and the wind passes through your hair, every time you use this path that just makes you look around.

This path also leads to a date engraved at the end of it. If that doesn’t make you think about LSE’s past, I don’t know what will. 

 

4. Lahori fog makes everything pretty

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Now, a part of me- a very evil part of me that’s obsessed with zombies and all things gory wants you tell you how a ghost or zombie with unrealistic strength is going to come out of the fog and rip you to pieces until you’re a zombie too- but I feel generous today, so I’ll spare the details. *grins*

And trust me, you do not want to know the details of how this can turn out.

So instead, I’ll suggest you to never think of ghosts, or anything that haunts you while walking down a foggy path in LSE. Especially if someone calls out your name.

5. The campus is just always beautiful 

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*sighs* Sunshine. Oh, sunshine.

This is my personal favorite spot to read a book at during early breaks. Plus point: this is a great place to take aesthetically pleasing photos like this one. The trees around the area cover me from the harsh sun, and incase I want a bit of warmth, the rays always hit from the right angle.

I’d suggest relaxing here during the second slot. With an adorable cat purring at your feet and a good book, life simply cannot get better. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

Well earthlings, I don’t know about you all, but after this *coughs* ingenious stroll down paths that make you wonder about life and your ever plunging grades, I’ve decided to explore the campus more.

We might not have lockers in our lavish restrooms, or a common room where we can catch up on sleep, but we do have a campus that gives us so much more than what all these things could possibly offer. Peace, quite, and a reminder that we need to get our projects done before the deadlines get to us.

 

 

This Halloween Let’s Recall How LSE’s Party Was Cancelled Last Year Because Of Some Bad Dreams

You probably read this and were like, ‘what? LSE was going to have an event for Halloween?’, and let me tell you this. You’re not alone. When news of this broke out on campus last year, I too, was one of the many skeptics, who doubted LSE’s ability to have events, let alone events like this. But then people began to buy passes, and ~spoopy~ decorations began to appear, and for a good minute, it seemed like Halloween in LSE was actually going to happen. (Except of course, it didn’t.)

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Before we proceed any further, allow me to explain to you the relationship between LSE and any kind of event.

…there is none. No seriously, it’s actually kind of funny, because LSE is a place that is pretty much notorious for being a ‘party school’, but there is a surprising lack of parties on campus. And while by party I primarily mean the actual ‘woohoo look ma, I’m at a party’ kind, I also mean any kind of fun activity going on on campus. And for this exact reason, every time there is news of even the smallest event, the slightest whispering sends into us students a wave of hope, that maybe. Just maybe, this is going to be it. This is going to be that one, elusive ‘fun’ event that we’ve been hearing about. So hopefully this tiny Shakespearean moment of mine helped put into perspective why Halloween was such a big deal for us.

So there we were, with the news that Halloween was indeed happening. 

It was an exciting time for everyone. There were talks of costume contests and what not. Naturally people were looking forward to it. But then on the day of, news broke out that all the Halloween decorations were being taken down, and that the event had been indefinitely canceled.

It was now time for Skepticism: Round Two™.

Nobody was willing to believe that Halloween, an actual, proper, authorized  event, could just be cancelled like this, overnight. People had worked hard to decorate the place, and the next thing you know, you see custodians taking everything down. And this was just a couple of hours away from the actual event. Halloween had just been cancelled.

So what happened? 

That’s a great question tbh, and it’s one to which there isn’t, to this day, any one definite answer. There are many rumors floating around about what happened, and they’re all pretty hilarious.

Some people say that someone high up in the administration ‘dreamed that the school was on fire’, right before the event was to take place.

And of course, being as superstitious as we are, the burning school dream was seen as a bad omen regarding the event. The person who dreamed it (LSE-ites, You Know Who) was like ‘nahh man, not on my watch’ (not his actual words). Thus he cancelled the event…as you do, naturally.

There are others still who say that it was actually a ‘concerned’ parent who got wind of the event, and then dreamt that there were Satanic activities going on in the school, which was of course, on fire. 

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Arson seems to be the common theme here apparently. But yeah, some parent apparently dreamed all of this, and then decided to call up the university and warn them before its too late.

There are even some people who say that a member of the faculty actually dreamed that students were having an orgy instead of an innocent Halloween party.

…I mean, at this point, why shouldn’t the rumor mill churn out outrageous stuff, right?

The most sensible rumor however, is that the admin had issues with how the place was being set up.

So apparently the event venue (the Garden Cafe) was being darkened (obviously) and the windows were being tinted or covered or something of the sort, and the admin was like ‘bro wtf’*. So they were like ‘No, you’re not having a Halloween party at night, have it abhi, in the middle of the afternoon’. To which the students were like ‘bro wtf’. And then the admin said ‘well too bad buddy’. And then they cancelled Halloween.

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*Not the actual words of both parties

Point is, there is no limit to the creative and ridiculous garbage the rumor mill and the human mind can create.

It’s beautiful, really. The human minds ability to find hilariously inaccurate reasons for things. To this day, we might not know what the actual reason behind the cancellation of Halloween was, but at least we have some pretty hilarious stories to tell, about people dreaming about our school being on fire. And to be honest, that’s all that matters.

Happy Halloween to all you kids. Stay safe and spoopy.

Here’s Why You Absolutely HAVE To Attend LSE’s Literature Society’s Orientation

In my first week of my junior year, one of my experienced teachers gave my class a few words of advice: “You guys need to see what’s going around on campus.” And here I am, not only passing on these words to you but providing the motivation to do so as well. One way you could do this is by attending LSE’s Literature Society’s Orientation.

The Lahore School Society of Literature’s Orientation is taking place on Wednesday, the 4th of October, from 2 pm to 3 pm at the SBS Library. 

And here are all the reasons why you should attend it:

Firstly, there will be a panel of aspiring guest speakers to enrich you with Literature.

There will ice-breaking games!

Rejoice shy and anti-social people!

Via Tenor

There will be ‘Welcome Notes’ by the coolest Executive Council.

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There will be Game of Thrones quizzes.

Just for all you GOT fans, I won’t give away all the details but if you win, you’ll receive a Game of Thrones goody bag. I mean, how cool is that?

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You guys will also get to ‘Scrabble It!

The team that creates the most words in 3 minutes wins!

The fun doesn’t end here. You guys also get to play charades!

Clues will be given and you will have to guess the movie/book.

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There’ll be food. 

You’ll also get free cupcakes. Yes, you read correctly. FREE CUPCAKES! (With literary quotes on them to provide not only a yummy snack but food for thought as well.)

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You can share what’s on your mind.

If you love posting statuses on Facebook, this might appeal to you. There will be a life-sized status bar of sorts for you to share your favorite literary quotes on, with paints and sprays. Cool, isn’t it?

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There’ll be customized theme-based bookmarks for everyone!

Who doesn’t love free stuff, right?

*Disclaimer: if supplies lasts*

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Lastly, it’s going to be ‘LIT’ 🔥

Pun intended, of course.

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Be sure to attend The Lahore School Society of Literature’s Orientation and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for more updates! See you all there!

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This LSE Student Who’s A Professional Musician And Restaurant Owner Will Make You Go, ‘Woah’

Omar Mukhtar has to be one of the nicest people out there, because he’s agreed to sit outside LSE’s Main Cafe with me, in the sweltering heat, for the sake of this interview. It’s 12 in the afternoon, the sun is breathing fireballs down our faces, yet not once does Omar ask me why I was unable to interview him somewhere with an air conditioner. (It’s because of the noise, promise). In addition to being a Nice Person™, Omar Mukhtar is also a very successful musician, who also happens to own his very own restaurant, all while managing university also. Clearly, he’s a magician.

Source: Omar Mukhtar Facebook Page

Omar tells me he’s been into music ever since he was a child. He can play a myriad of instruments, including the harmonium and the Sitar, and was actually banned from singing till he was 6 years old, until his parents realized his destiny and relented.

“I’m the 3rd generation of business in my family, so my father didn’t want me to go into music. I used to love singing ever since I was a child, but then I was banned from it till I was 6. I used to listen to Atif Aslam and Ali Zafar’s new albums chup chup ke. But once they realized this is something I wanted to do, they were very supportive. My father bought me my first piano when I was 12, and then he got me a guitar, and once that happened, bass, I was on a roll. They’ve been supportive ever since.”

He compares his music style to Ali Zafar’s happy-go-lucky feel. However, for his next album, he says he’s going vengeful, a la Taylor Swift, and writing about every girl who’s ever broken his heart.

“I really believe in the whole ‘happy-happy’ schtick. But recently, I’ve been very into Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, so my upcoming music will have a similar sound. Because for my next album, I’m going vengeful. It’s gonna be crazy; every girl who’s ever broken my heart, there’ll be a song about her.” he explains. “Mera bohat daffa dil toota hai,” he says with a laugh (Awwwww)

When pressed about his new album, he tells me that it’s going to be called ‘Ganjay Ki Entry’, and that there’s a whole backstory about it. “So like I said, the album is about every girl who broke my heart, and there were a lot. During one particular breakup, there was this ganja guy who entered my life, and turned EVERYTHING upside down, he ended my relationship with the girl about whom I wrote my first album, ‘Ram Pam Para’. So he completely twisted my life and my music.” he reveals.

Source: Omar Mukhtar Facebook Page

About his songwriting process, Omar says its a very natural thing that you can’t ever force. It just happens on its own. 

“So basically,” he explains, “I first compose the melody. And then later I add the lyrics. And even then, it’s never a case of me sitting down and thinking ‘Oh I need to make a song, I need to write something.’ Its a very natural process that you can’t force, it comes to you yourself. If I’m feeling something, the words will come automatically. Sometimes, I’m not even sure what the words mean,” he laughs. “Like in the song Saathiya, I’m to this day not sure what banjaara means, but it sounded right in the moment, so I used it. Its really just like a revelation sometimes.”

Out of all his songs, Nishaan has been his favorite. 

“So Nishaan was one of the first songs I made and released. I originally released it with Walnut Studios, but the version on the album is my favorite version. Firstly, the story behind the song is very important to me. It’s about the girl from Ram Pam Para, and it’s about that thing that girls like to do once they’re in relationships, where they doubt the fact that you really love them.” he laughs. “So, my girl was very angry at me, and I wrote this song for her, and I love this line from it

dil ki baatein kis ne jaani hain,

hum ne kaheen hai, par ussnay na maani hain

Its a song thats very close to my heart, and I love it’s melody also. This is one song I can keep on singing forever.”

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He talks about why his songs are all in Urdu, and why he doesn’t do covers, and how he makes all his own music videos himself. 

“The thing is, to succeed in music, I think you need to write original music. You can’t go very far with just covers. And to succeed in music in Pakistan, I think Urdu is a better medium, because its more widely listened to. You can cater to the masses with Urdu songs, whereas with English ones, its a very small niche market you have.”

“As for my music videos,” he continues, “They’re all self made, with zero budget. My friend Salman is very into videography, so he’s my director. We literally just grab a DSLR, and use our friends as actors, and we just shoot. Over the years though, the quality of my videos have definitely gone up, we’re learning with time. This is one way mein apna acting ka shauq bhi poora karleta hu”.

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Apart from singing and acting, Omar has a third venture too. He recently opened his own restaurant, by the name of Hakuna Matata, which he started and manages all by himself. 

“I’ve been into the music business since two years, and that’s when I realized, that there are very few concerts, so you don’t have too many chances to earn. If you want to succeed, you need a constant supply of money, because this industry is very demanding. So I gathered all the money I had earned from my concerts, and I opened a restaurant near Ganga Ram, which isn’t an ideal place for a restaurant, but I just wanted to learn. I ran that restaurant for six months, and it started taking off, so I thought, hey, maybe I should open another branch. And a month ago I opened the second branch of my restaurant in Defence. It’s going great, Alhamdullilah.” he says, with a smile.

“When I opened my restaurant, it was just a while before the new semester was supposed to start, and I was so immersed in work that I remember telling my friends that I didn’t think I’d be coming back to university. They were all like no don’t be stupid, don’t skip school. My family too, was like hey we’ll help out in every way possible, and they all did. It’s been amazing.” he says.

“At the same time” he continues, “it definitely has affected my studies, but at this point, all I want is to pass, to graduate. I don’t really care about how well I pass, because I already know what I want to be doing in life, because luckily, I’m already doing it.

His advice for students wishing to be musicians revolves around two things: passion and originality.

“If you’re passionate about something, it rarely seems too difficult. If you truly want to do something, you’ll find ways to do it, no matter how difficult. Also, equally important, if you want to be a musician, start writing your own stuff. Create your own original music, that’s how you become known. Thats how you create your own unique sound. Also, start as soon as you can, because that means you get your pay-offs earlier too, which means no taanay from your ghar-waalay.” he says with a laugh.

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When asked about what the future holds for Omar Mukhtar, this is what he had to say:

“For now, the goal is to reach Coke Studio. Thats my major goal for now. But one thing is for sure, you’ll be hearing a lot of revenge songs from me soon. So my new album is going to be angry and relatable, and that’s something you can expect from me soon, music wise.” he said.

Thank you so much Omar, for talking to us!