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UI student returns safely from Egypt

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 11, 2011 7:10 AM

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A University of Iowa student who was studying in Egypt when demonstrations erupted is back in the United States.

UI junior Dan Olinghouse, 25, was sitting in a café in Tarhir Square, the center of the movement, when the protests began.

The political-science major said he initially became involved with the protests but decided to leave Egypt after a series of unusually violent clashes outside his apartment.

“I thought it was amazing that people were doing it, because I am well aware of Egypt's governmental ‘situation,’” he said.

The trip back was difficult. Banks were down, so he couldn’t use his credit card to board a commercial flight to Paris, but he managed to board an evacuation flight to Frankfurt, where he was stranded for a day before arriving in Chicago.

He will resume classes at the UI.

— by Regina Zilbermints


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