Construction of roads on campus starts this March

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BY AGATHA MUHAISE Uganda Christian University (UCU) is expected to begin the construction of roads at its Main Campus, Mukono, in March 2017. The tendering process is already underway and the bids are to be opened on February 15. The upgrade of the roads in the university to tarmac was necessitated by the inconvenience of the mud in the rainy season and the dust in the dry season. When the idea was proposed, the Faculty of Science and Technology drew the roadwork designs while the Department of Facilities and Capital…

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Community worship a tool of discipline

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BY AGATHA MUHAISE “What makes Uganda Christian University different from others in terms of discipline is the vigilance applied during the vetting process of both students and staff that are allowed into the community.” This was said by Dr Alfred Olwa, UCU’s Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Development and External Relations, during a meeting with the Visitation Committee from Makerere University on February 3, which took place at the Principal’s Hall at UCU, Mukono. “The nature of our interviews as far as students and staff entering UCU are concerned enables us…

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Unstoppable: UCU Lady Cardinals beat Kampala Queens 3-1 to get three points

Skipper Maureen Kinavudori (L) dribbles past Rines Secondary School FC defenders in a prevoius match between the two sides (File Photo)

The Lady Cardinals are proving to be a team capable of winning the FUFA Elite Women’s League this season, FRED HIDULA writes. Phoebe Banura’s free kick gave the Lady Cardinals an early lead  as they beat hosts Kampala Queens Women Football Club 1-3 at Villa Park on  February 4. The home side received a controversial penalty moments later which struck the post. However, they scored an equalizer just before half-time, dominating possession as well. Skipper Maureen Kinavudori then drifted the ball from the right flank, passing the ball to Jackie…

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Proscovia pens new deal

Peace Proscovia (C) with teammates.The player signed a new two-year contract with Loughborough Lightnig club in England (Internet Photo)

BY FRED HIDULA Former UCU Angels star and She Cranes captain, Peace Proscovia, has signed a new two-year contract with the UK based netball club, Loughborough Lightning. The Gilbert Netball Ambassador for Africa and former NIC player will take part in the team’s opening league game against Manchester Thunder on February 18, when the 2017/18 England Netball Super League season kicks off. In an interview carried on the club’s website, the 27- year-old goal shooter said she was overwhelmed with joy and humbled for being given this opportunity. “I would…

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How working at The Standard re-shaped my thinking

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By Elizabeth Amongin Who is Frank Obonyo? I was born in Nagongera, Tororo District, to Johnny and Betty Obonyo. I went to school in Luzira Primary School, Kisoko High School, Luzira Secondary School, then Uganda Christian University, Mukono, where I graduated with a BA in Mass Communication majoring in Print. How did you join The Standard ? After     graduation in 2006, the idea of starting up a student community newspaper was hatched by the then head of department. We were interviewed and appointed as staff writers in March…

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Writing one’s way to the top

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By Elizabeth   Amongin While undertaking his A-level studies at Mengo Senior School, Semakula decided to pursue journalism in spite of not having studied literature. “I joined UCU in 2003 to study Mass Communication thinking my class had only former literature students. But during the lectures I discovered that we were all the same and not everyone had done literature,” he said. The ambitious Semakula made his friends wisely. While at university in second year, he met one Samuel Waigolo, who was at that time writing for Daily Monitor and…

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Internship and the missed oppourtunities

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The subject of internship has had some bad press lately, owing to the persistent strikes of medical interns, sparking national outrage. The interns claim their allowances were scrapped, and a list of other grievances. In Uganda, finding an internship placement is frustrating, and one has to endure the intricacies and bureaucracies akin to finding an actual job. This is quite ironic because internship is meant to be an activity where one practices training related to a profession or skill and gains the pre-requisite experience. Amidst this dilemma,…

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We are the resident monkeys in this burning forest

A young boy once asked his father why the whole town perceived him as crazy. His    father   responded, “Son, the ones dancing are thought to be crazy by those who cannot hear the music.” This logic also applies to most situations in the world today. Often, because we do not know about the existence, functionality and intricacies of a particular system, we are quick to dismiss it as worthless or worse – a failure. Take Uganda Christian University (UCU)’s career outreach programme for example. For over a year,…

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Why January semester is bad news to business

Stalls without clients in the recent January bazaar (File photo)

BY STAFF WRITER It is the Easter (January) Semester and  the majority of the university students are not on session. Students in the faculties of Education and Arts, Law, Science and Technology, and Health sciences are not on campus. Those who are off-session are thankful that they will have to rest for the next four months. They are happy that they will have time to make some pocket money for their next semester. This situation is however  bad news for the business owners in and around the Mukono campus, because…

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Job’s faith tested through Fire Job 1

Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor Wealth and godliness are two words we do not ordinarily associate. How many stinking rich people can you name in Uganda (or elsewhere) who are exemplars of godly living? Besides, devout Christians with great wealth face temptations of pride and profligate living. It is easier for us to think that great wealth was ill-gotten. Of course this is a generalization, and there are exceptions, but at the same time, it is hard for one to be wealthy and maintain a godly life. The…

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