Rehabilitation of roads welcomed

For years now all stakeholders, students and staff alike have waited for the time when the roads in and around the university would be fixed. That wait will soon be history. For this the whole community is glad. All roads, paths, drainages, parking lots, humps, and pipes are going to be refurbished beginning March this year, and we should all be optimistic that the companies bidding for the assignment will do a good job. With this bold step taken by the administration, the dust experienced during the dry season, and…

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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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Work hard for 2017

(Stuart M)

The New Year is here and many of us have written down our resolutions. But some have written the same resolutions for a number of years in the past and have failed to achieve any. That failure calls for a change in strategy.  In 2017, you might have to take a few extra steps, including emulating others who have achieved, working hard and smart besides putting God before anything else you do. The simplest example for you to emulate is the team of people that sat down over two decades…

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Best wishes in New Year

(Cartoon by Stuart M)

It seems like yesterday when we were turning our calenders to 2016. Now the last issue of The Standard for this year is here! To the students who are starting their exams, our prayers are with you, for we know that your hard work will soon pay off. Those who made grave mistakes of not preparing well thus far, it is never too late. As long as you have not yet entered that examination room, there is still a chance to make amends. Read up on what you can in…

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We need unity after elections

(By Stuart Mwijuka)

This Advent Semester 2016/17 guild elections College, Bishop Barham Kampala Campus and at the main campus. However, by press time the campaigns in Arua Campus had been put on hold because of the controversial circumstances surrounding the eligibility of Felix Onzima, a diploma of theology student, to stand for president. Onzima’s bid contravenes Article 27(b) of the Guild Constitution of Uganda Christian University, which requires a student to have completed at least one academic year at the university before he or she qualifies to stand for this post. However, Onzima…

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The case for student leadership

For the first time ever in the history of Uganda Christian University, the race for guild president comprises only female candidates. Although in education institutions in Uganda the female student numbers are higher than the male, such a race is a rare phenomenon. Is it an indication that now the female species has woken up to the importance of taking on such a major role, and the male are acknowledging their counterparts’ worth? Whatever the case may be, the fact still remains that such positions require commitment and hard work…

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There is no such thing as the perfect decision

BY ANN MUGUNGA “You must be looking forward to the new experience. Are you all-set to go now?” I asked my friend a day before she set off for her professional exchange trip to a foreign land. “No! Actually now that the day is here, I am not sure I want to go any more. I do not want to be away from the family for so long,” she sighed. This reaction was a far cry from the fighter spirit of a woman excited to finally make it to the…

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Graduands ought to be more proactive

Today UCU is sending you off to the labour market. Congratulations! Pause and reflect on the fact, however, that many have graduated  before you and  are still  in the struggle  of looking for jobs, especially  the  white-collar ones. The job market in Uganda requires fast, enterprising and energetic people. That means you cannot afford to sit on your laurels either. The above situation has been blamed on many factors, including government’s inability to create jobs for the youth, but you should not join the game. Be creative. Grab every chance…

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