Students to sign new oaths

Dr Benon Musinguzi during the induction ceremony in Nkoyoyo Hall at UCU, Mukono, on January 24 (File Photo)

BY STAFF WRITER U ganda Christian University (UCU) has revised the induction rules for students. Each student and their guardian are now required to sign a matriculation oath before being registered for a semester. In the past, only first-year students would make an oral oath during the induction ceremony which takes place in the second week of their first semester. The students would make the oath in groups according to their faculties led by their deans. The Ag. Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Benon Musinguzi, told The Standard that the revisions in the…

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Chaplaincy raises Shs2m for Nkoyoyo

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BY STAFF WRITER Former Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo needs prayers where he is admitted for treatment in the UK. Nkoyoyo was recently flown out of the country to the UK for specialised treatment after being ill for several months. By the time he left for UK, he could neither eat solid food nor drink normally and was mainly depending on fluids. Family sources said he had serious pain in the chest. The Standard learnt that he was diagnosed with cancer of the throat although the reports could not be verified. …

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Everyone can be a refugee – Janda

Former senator in South Sudan, Rev Canon Clement Janda (Alex Taremwa)

BY ALEX TAREMWA Jacob Nhial, 25, is one of the “old” refugees from South Sudan. He now works with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as a community contact person in the Kativu Cluster. He arrived in Uganda on December 24, 2013, nine days after the first crisis in Africa’s youngest nation broke out. He had just sat his last Senior Four exam with his dream of joining college and pursuing either Pharmacy or Medicine. He is now one of the over 100,000 refugees in Rhino Refugee Camp in Arua District…

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My memorable insights at the University of Cape Town

Geoffrey Ssenoga (holding a boom microphone) during a documentary film practical session at the University of Cape Town

Last   year    on   September 25, Geoffrey Ssenoga, a lecturer at the Mass Communication department, travelled to South Africa after receiving an invitation from the University of Cape Town Africa Film Fellowship Project to attend a seven-week training in documentary film making. He shares his experience. “Fees must fall,” shouted a group of student protestors in front of the University of Cape Town main building. They were protesting against the fees policies of South African public universities. On South African television channels, there would be nightly news images…

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Grace and mystery in a UCU classroom

By Thomas Froese The short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” is a story taught in my literature class at UCU. It’s written by esteemed American writer Flannery O’Connor. At its end, the grandmother, a character in a lady-like flowery dress, is shot three times in the chest. It’s a horrible and violent death. The rest of her family had already been killed. It doesn’t first seem like a promising way to share the good news that believers around the world hold so dear. But O’Connor, a devout Catholic,…

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Upgrade or replace desktop pc?

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BY JIMMY MAWERERE Before investigating the option of upgrades or replacement, it is advised that users clean up their computer software to try and speed up their systems. Quite often software programmes that accumulate over time slow down the system from optimal performance. Because of this, users should try some maintenance to help speed up their PCs. The average desktop PC has a functional lifespan of roughly three to eight years.The length of the lifespan greatly depends upon the type of system purchased, advances in hardware components and changes in…

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Social media is crushing culture

BY DOREEN KAJERU Last Sunday, I was unintentionally 45 minutes early for church. Being the early bird I was, I looked for the most comfortable place to sit. But next to where I sat was a young man I didn’t greet. I love greeting and for the peace of my conscience, but I convinced myself that it wasn’t my fault not to have said hello to him. He had buried his head in the screen of his phone and also had ear-phones plugged into his ears. Clearly, he didn’t want…

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Change of guard

Denis Etuket (L), the new rugby coach, and Leonard Lubambula (R), in a team photograph with the Shepherds during the East Africa University Games in Nairobi last year (File Photo)

UCU Shepherds get new coach as Leonard Lubambula relinquishes role BY FRED HIDULA The UCU Rugby Shepherds now have a new tactician. He is  Denis Etuket who has taken over the mantle from Leonard Lubambula. This follows Lubambula’s  appointment as director and headcoach of newly formed Walukuba Rugby Football Club. “I will be mandated to   build a team capable of competing in the Eastern League and also nurture young players,” Lubambula said. The two have been working closely including in the just concluded  East Africa University Games in Nairobi…

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Kisenyi re-elected national Woodball Association VP

(On The Shelves)

BY STAFF WRITER Vincent Kisenyi, a lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Administration has been re-elected first vice-president of Uganda Woodball Association. Kisenyi, will manage administration and development for the Association in a four-year term. He beat, Robert Dramani   of the Bank of Uganda, in a tight contest with 22 votes against 19 on January 4. Kisenyi  views his re-election as an opportunity to accomplish  the unfinished tasks and embark on new projects such as increased funding. In other elections, Paul Kayongo retained his seat as president while…

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The 2016 memorable journey to the East African Games

Team UCU in a group photograph at the recent East African University Games in Nairobi, Decembe 2016 (File Photo)

By Janet Mpambara Team UCU that participated in the East African University Games constituted students from different disciplines. We set off for the games hosted by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology on November 15. Before setting off to Nairobi, we converged at the dining hall at 11:30am where the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. John Senyonyi, and the DVC Development and External Relations, Mr David Mugawe flagged us off. The Sports Minister, Janet Mpambara and her deputy Paul Matundo received the university flag and banners from the vice-chancellor as a reminder that…

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