Social media becoming a workplace menace

BY SOLOMON MWIJE It is not a surprise that every ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’ holds a smartphone. The smartphones are trendy and come with high-tech applications that catalyze easy communication,  often rendering the user addicted. The 2016 Global Media Research Report by Statista, says there are about 2.34 billion users of social media worldwide and these numbers are expected to rise tremendously to about 2.95 billion because of the current global social network penetration of 31 percent. As of 2016, over 1.71 billion people are actively using Facebook, 1 billion…

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Be available to God

Isaiah 6:1-8 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor I had been married for two years, and although I had a wonderful family and a promising position at the Department of Mathematics, there was a persistent and inescapable nudge toward resigning my position at Makerere University to go into itinerant evangelism and the ordained ministry. But I had at least two drawbacks. My wife, as she often says it these days, was a clergyman’s daughter who had vowed to steer clear of marrying a clergyman. The girls in the family…

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Tips for handling exam pressure

BY STAFF WRITER It is a few days to the final exams of this year and students should be in the final stages of preparation to sit for their papers. In this period you may experience tension and anxiety. This feeling has to be handled carefully   if    one    is to succeed. Many students wait for the last few days towards exams to have all the required data in the brain. This is a wrong mentality because it creates fear and panic. It will be very difficult for…

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Dr Elizabeth Kizito Stirring creativity in agricultural students

BY PATTY HOUSTON-HOLM On paper, the Ugandan chicken industry looks good. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics reported a 3.2 percent poultry production increase from 2011 to 2012. This means more local food, including eggs, and improved income for farmers. However, for a fourth year Uganda Christian University (UCU) student, Allan Dickson Mulepo, that’s not good enough. He is concerned that only 37 percent of each slaughtered chicken is used, with various parts going to waste. During a research proposal defense in UCU’s science lab, Dickson   Mulepo presented his research…

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Students of law tipped!

BY ISAIAH TIBITA I n a heated discussion organised by the Law Society of Uganda Christian University on November 9, under the topic “Rule of Law: How far off the paper?”, students from the law faculty were tipped on how to take the rule of law far beyond paper-work and class discussions. When asked by The Standard on whether the symposium served its purpose, Patrick Ssemwogere, the speaker of the UCU Law Society, said that the symposium brought to light factors that affect the rule of law in Uganda. Some…

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The Insight: Note to exam invigilators

BY JOHN VIANNEY Recently, while walking in the UCU compound, there were two students ahead of me, one male, the other female. They were engaged in an interesting discussion that caught my attention, which I will dub, ‘How to successfully cheat during exams.’ This prompted me to move closer to them so I could hear more. I pretended to be busy on my phone while I listened in to the dialogue. The following interesting strategies were exposed by these two students on how to effectively cheat in the exams without…

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Lawyers’ fun night thrills

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT On November 10, all roads led to Nkoyoyo Hall for the lawyers’ fun night. Organised by the Uganda Christian University Law Society, the event attracted both current and former law students, as well as students from other courses. The theme and the hashtag of the night was the ‘lawyers must tip’, and indeed the energetic performances from the various performers liven up the crowds. UCU alumni like Brian Kiira, the former Law Society president, and Leon Amutuheire attended the event. The first performance came from Afrie (soloist),…

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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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 The Insight: Get the extra edge in the employment market

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA A few weeks ago the UCU career development office conducted yet another finalists’ Careers Week. The theme was: “Beyond the transcript”. Skilled and experienced facilitators from within and outside UCU spoke to the students on various topics. I was honoured to be part of this purposefully selected team. Indeed, the world continues to change and so are the required skills for ideal professionals. This trend is influenced by globalization. Therefore, anyone searching for a job placement needs to conform to international standards. This global perspective is…

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Two students scoop Rwenzori Teens’ awards

BY KYOMUHENDO MUGWANI Rose Nakyanzi and Maxwell Kitooke, both second-year students of Mass Communication at Uganda Christian University were on September 24 each awarded in the Rwenzori Teens Awards (RTA) in Fort Portal, Kabarole district. Some of the categories in which they participated were artist of the year, best news actor, best television and radio presenter, among others. Kakuru Kahinda, who was the organiser of the RTA, said the awards were meant to recognise young people who have been outstanding in the media and music industries in Uganda. Nakyanzi, who…

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