UCU students win regional film awards

Yvonne Bageire and John Cliff Wamala pose for a picture with their awards (Courtesy photo)

BY ELIZABETH NAKIRU Uganda Christian University (UCU) students on Saturday, November 11, won two awards at the inaugural East African Student Film Festival (EASFF) in Nairobi, Kenya. John Cliff Wamala won the award for Best Director (Non-fiction)while the team of 15 Mass Communication students who represented the university won Best Feature Film award. The students’ production portrayed the life of the Batwa of south-western Uganda; ironsmith work in Katwe, a Kampala suburb; and Akampene, a punishment island on Lake Bunyonyi. Joel Kwizera was nominated for Best Male Actor; Tracy Kirabo…

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Are you taking enough water?

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BY FRANCIS EMUKULE “Our bodies contain 60 percent of water and 80 percent  of  our muscle  contains water meaning we are almost entirely water;”  says Ivan Mwase a nutritionist at Uganda Christian University. He also recommends  that at least  in a day, a normal person should take 3 to 4 glasses of water which is about a litre of water every day. Now this is not rocket science in which you have to  invest a lot of  time and money. This is  a very simple thing to do for our…

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Count the cost of pornography

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The Anti-Pornography Act 2014 received mixed reactions from Ugandans. Some said it was a waste of time; others were angry at such interference with their ‘freedom’. Generally, the vice has gained social acceptance and many view it simply as harmless fun. Nicholas Opolot and Francis Emukule take stock of the dangers of pornography and how it is ruining the lives of many. Anecdotal evidence shows that the Internet and mainstream media are the major purveyors of pornography in Uganda. With just a click of the mouse or access to a…

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University security now tight

The UCU security has been tightened at the university gates after a terrorism threat (Photo by Marion Bameka)

According to the DPC Mukono Police Station, Rogers Seguya, the Uganda Christian University (UCU) security department may need to tighten up on measures to ensure the safety of the university community. “Following the terrorist threats that are faced by the community lately, yesterday (September 11) I tried to cross-check with the security at the campus gates and I was disappointed on discovering that it is not as tight as I thought it should be,” said Seguya. “I wanted to see how serious the university security is. So I sent through…

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Freshers cautioned on dress code

DOSA chooses her best dressed students during the Fresher’s Ball (Photo by Joel Osekeny)

The Director of Students Affairs (DOSA), Mrs Olive Ayo Birabi, met with guild officials and emphasized the dress code especially for first-year students. As the freshers prepared for their ball, Mrs Birabi said that some minimum standards were agreed upon, which the guild officials communicated to the new students. “Specifically, the students should desist from wearing short dresses or skirts, and very tight pants for the girls,” she said. During the induction lunch that took place on September 21, Birabi spoke about the accepted dress code at Uganda Christian University….

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HIV fight highlighted

Students from Makerere and hosts UCU pose for a picture during the UNAIDS event at the IUC building (Photo by Edwin Alecho)

TBY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The John Sentamu Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has hosted an HIV legal clinic in partnership with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and UNAIDS. Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Karusa Kiriagu, Uganda’s country representative of UNAIDS, said that there is need to transform the treatment of HIV to make it manageable. “The Government should take reasonable measures to eliminate HIV/AIDS along with the help of civil society organizations and other stakeholders. “We need to broker relationships and the capacity to fight HIV to create…

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Addiction affects all of us – DOSA

A man wearing a placard againt addiction (Photo by Francis Emukule)

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE “Addiction  is not only a Uganda Christian University (UCU) issue but a nationwide concern,” said the Director of Student Affairs, Mrs Olive Ayo Birabi, while officiating at the Annual Recovery Walk on September 23 at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) gardens in Kamwokya, Kampala. “Those in high school shouldn’t indulge in consumption of any illicit content, and as UCU we are committed to work with everybody to reduce the impact of addiction in the country,” she said. Mrs Birabi  called upon everyone to contribute to the…

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2,060 new students have been admitted

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By Staff Writer A total of 2,060 new students both in Kampala and the Main Campus have been admitted this Advent Semester that kicked off on August 30. Of these, 1,700 undergraduates were admitted at Mukono campus while 300 were for Kampala campus. Sixty students were for post-graduate studies. Four thousand three hundred are continuing students for both campuses. Even though there has not been a significant rise in the number of new students as  compared to last year’s Advent Semester, there has been a slight decrease in the number…

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NCHE inspects Medical School facility at Mengo

Mr Ayine and doctors from Mengo Hospital during the inspection of the laboratories (Photo by Marion Bameka)

By Marion Bameka The inspection team from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) on September 21 inspected the Uganda Christian University Medical School facilities at Mengo Hospital for the long-awaited Albert Cook Medical School project. According to the reactions from the NCHE delegates, it was concluded that the UCU Medical School is not yet ready to start. Mr Robert Ayine, a delegate from NCHE overseeing the inspection, expressed concern that the  UCU team seemed unprepared for the opening of the school. “There is no equipment like apparatuses in the…

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Climate change, aims for progress are inseparable

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By Denis Birungi When Donald Trump decided to withdraw America from the Paris Accord and threatened to cut federal funding for climate change initiatives, little did he know that Hurricane Harvey would devastate USA in general – Texas and Louisiana in particular with such horror. His reason for cutting funding for climate change interventions is that “they have killed American jobs” and that climate change is a myth. Storms and floods have, and are projected to continue causing untold death and destruction across the globe. From USA to the Philippines,…

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