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Mustapha El Akkari, who was recently elected to be the first non-Mormon and first Muslim student body president at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, lays down a rug in his room for morning prayers.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM For Mustapha El Akkari, facing higher tuition expenses at Brigham Young University-Hawaii that are not fully covered by a scholarship and stipend he receives as student body president is another bump in his long road. El Akkari, a native of Lebanon, chats with Megan White, left, and Bae Aumua.