#LoveOrLust : A feature on cohabitation

Poor academic performance, engaging in indiscriminate sex, loss of self-worth are some of the negative effects students on the University of Ghana campus who cohabitate are likely to experience according to a counselor, Rev. Dr. Bridget Ben-Naimah.

The University of Ghana counselor further debunked all possible justifications for students who engage in the practice of cohabitation adding that “The paramount reason why we [students] come to the University is to study”

Cohabitation here refers to the practice where young couples stay together on campus as though legally married. They do almost everything together including laundry, cooking, studying, some decide to flaunt their relationship by wearing matching clothes with their partners.

On the University of Ghana Legon campus, it is common to find students spending the night together with their partners regardless of the number of occupants in the room and the inconvenience that might cause other room occupants; a practice that clearly violates the rules and tenancy agreement all students on campus assent to.

Confirming the situation to Univers News, some Junior Common (JCR) Room Presidents in some halls revealed that the practice is so rife that some female students especially, after spending the night in the company of their boyfriends also use the male designated washrooms.

In this case, you are likely to see the host standing in front of the bathhouse there by preventing other users from entering till his guest is done using the place.

“Apart from happening in my hall, I can say it is happening almost everywhere in the University. For instance, you go to the washroom and you mob into a female using a male washroom because she is coming to sleep over and she has to use the washroom… I have complained about this” John Howard Avornyo JCR President Mensah Sarbah hall.
“It’s become a bit prevalent, I shouldn’t be that naive. A lady was ejected from the hall because her boyfriend had become a fifth roommate” Witness Avutor JCR President Alexander Adum Kwapong hall.

The practice, however, has some dire consequences for the host’s roommates since their freedom in the room is curtailed at least temporarily.
Due to the presence of the opposite sex, roommates who usually sleep in loose clothes will have to go to bed all dressed up to prevent some body parts from being exposed to the ‘visitor turned a pseudo room member’.
In the past, some disciplinary actions including suspensions, fines and even ejection from the hall have been meted out to students found guilty.

The Dean of student’s affairs Professor Francis Nunoo has however warned that students who will be caught engaging in the act won’t be spared. He further revealed that his office in consultation with the various hall tutors will begin investigations into the practice.

“I am going to draw the attention of all senior tutors and hall masters to this situation and ask them to investigate, assess and get to know those involved and bring them to book and apply the relevant sanctions within the regulations to deter others from starting it all over”

 

Listen to the full report below:

 

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Celebrating a media gem, Radio Univers’ Dr. Abubakr Sidick Ahmed

“Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential”- Steven Stowell.

The quote summarizes the story of a man who refused all sorts of enticements and other lucrative offers but chose to commit himself to building a solid foundation which will later on become an excellent platform for student journalists to reach student audience and improve upon their skill to be professional journalists and media personalities.

Volunteers of Radio Univers, past and present, came together to celebrate in grand style the birthday of Station Manager and Ghanaian media gem, Dr. Abubakari Siddick Ahmed.

They used the occasion to show their appreciation to Dr. Ahmed for his tutelage and support over the years.

Also present, as a surprise, was the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education Prof. Kwesi Yankah who is a longtime friend of Dr. Ahmed. In his short message he described the birthday of Dr. Abubakari Siddick as “a moment where tears could be shed and a moment of history.”

A citation was presented to Dr. Abubakari Siddick Ahmed by Prof. Kwesi Yankah on behalf of all volunteers for all his “outstanding commitment and excellent training skills.” The story of press freedom and its development in Ghana would be incomplete without the contribution of the Dr. Abubakr Siddick Ahmed.

The birthday celebration was one filled with mixed feelings as volunteers, past and present recounted their experiences with the media paragon. Alhaji as he is popularly known as, is the host of Behind The Headlines – the station’s major news analysis program.

Dr. Abubakari Siddick Ahmed is widely regarded as a pioneer of radio journalism in Ghana and is acknowledged by both black and grey. Under his watch Radio Univers has maintained its status as Ghana’s leading campus-based radio station and his expertise has been very useful in the formation of the Campus Broadcasting Association of Ghana (C-BAG).

Dr. Siddick Ahmed has directly trained a host of distinguished journalists in Ghana as well as many others in the corporate world.

Brief History of Radio Univers

In 1993, the Dean of Students, Professor Kwesi Yankah, in consultation with the Vice Chancellor, Professor George Benneh, and the Executive Committee of the SRC, proposed the setting up of a campus Radio Station and subsequently applied to the Ghana Frequency Registration and Control Board for authorization.

The University demonstrated its commitment to the Station and procured a new set of transmission equipment, at the cost of approximately $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars).

So in line with the new image came a new set of equipment and a change of name from Voice of Legon to “Radio Univers”. The adoption of this peculiar spelling of Univers (without a final “e”) was to maintain its distinctive identity.

Then in 2006 the Station Manager Abubakari Sidick Ahmed on his own initiative submitted a proposal through the Management Board of the Station Chaired by Professor Yankah to UNESCO for technical support through its IPDC programme. The proposal was accepted and UNESCO procured a 500Watts stereo transmitter with accessories, an exciter, and eight bay antennae system at an estimated cost of $100,000.

By 2007 the Station Manager again through targeted fundraising drive got some donors to procure an 80-meter fully galvanized industrial tower at the cost of about $80,000 for the Station, which has since become the property of the University. Click here to watch the birthday celebrations.

Read about the full history of Radio Univers here

– Watch Dr. Abubakr Sidick Ahmed’s presentation [Ghana’s perspective] during the 1st International students’ radio conference held in finland

 

Should Traditional Leaders Be Voted Into Power ?

“Today there is clearly everything wrong with the processes of selecting, electing, installing, registration of chiefs to stools and schemes in many traditional areas, the results is the rampant chieftaincy succession conflict and the constant toll on the nation, the Government or specifically the ministry of chieftaincy and religious affairs should rise to the occasion by supporting the houses of chief to find a lasting solution to this canker” – These are the words of Professor Steve William Tonah

Professor Steve William Tonah of the University of Ghana sociology department has urged Government to be resilient and put in place concerted efforts towards ensuring an institutionalized and transparent process for the selection of traditional leaders.

According to him, the secrecy that shrouds the selection process for traditional leaders is a recipe for chaos and conflicts in the country.

Speaking at his inaugural lecture at the University of Ghana on the theme: “The State, Chiefs and Civil Society: A trilateral configuration in the management of social conflicts in Ghana”

Professor Steve Tonah mentioned that the process of selecting traditional leaders is problematic and results in the rampant chieftaincy succession conflicts.

Professor Tonah also added that “Just as the process of electing our Government at the National level has streamlined, civilized and institutionalized the competition of power with the nation state…. We should also civilize and institutionalize the competition for power within the traditional state, by compelling the traditional council and the houses of chief to design a transparent process for the selection of our traditional leaders across the country”

He further called on the Ministry of chieftaincy and the Government of Ghana to support the house of Chiefs in order to put in place measures to get traditional leaders elected through a transparent and all-inclusive decision making process.

Professor Steve Tonah in a related development revealed that the best conflict prevention strategy is Good governance structure from the ruling government.

According to him, a government that ensures a good governance structure is able to meet the basic needs of the people and ensure the consolidation of democracy and economic development adding that Good Governance is indispensable if country is to remain peaceful.

“Good governance is the most effective conflict prevention strategy by meeting people’s basic need such as jobs, food, and healthcare among other Good governance helps to improve human security and the consolidation of democracy and economic development”

This subject can be a lot complicate than you can imagine. Can you imagine Ghana where the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will be campaigning vigorously to become a King like we see our politicians do after every fours years?

Would any of such move affect our cultural heritage as a people ? or will it foster the core values of fairness in our system. Would we be much better off as a people when certain positions of privilege are not won on a silver platter ?

Time will definitely tell.

University of Ghana Sitting on time bomb; It could get Nastier

In less than a week, the University of Ghana has recorded two violent student-clashes. As it stands, the biggest security threats facing the University isn’t one of external violence or invasion but the acts of some violent and unscrupulous people of the university community.

The issue of security on campus is worrying, one which the University management and the SRC do not seem to have answers in sight.

Perhaps, it would be unfair to blame  the University’s private security team for the lack of swiftness in responding to violent break outs.

Pay the slightest attention and you would notice the sorry state of the conditions of service of these security personnel.

Sincerely I would say, that these men and women try their best by putting their lives on the line every time – even in their tattered uniforms and their pale self.

It’s not their fault they have been reduced to just seizing unaccredited cameras during matriculation ceremonies and the wares of vendors on campus, they’re mostly lacking where they are needed.

Saturday 8th October saw one of the worst student clashes in recent times. You may have heard of the clashes that greeted the 2016 University of Ghana Matriculation ceremony where  a vehicle was set ablaze and another was badly damaged. Had it not been for the timely intervention of the Ghana Police Service and the Fire Service, the headlines would have been different.

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The burnt vehicle car during one of the students clashes

 

Saturday 15th October, just a week later, it wasn’t vehicles that were destroyed but building structures. It was a fight between some Commonwealth hall boys and some Akuafo Hall boys. The violence saw several louvre blades,banners and other political posters and flags burnt. In fact, humans (Students) were targeted as well. People pelted stones at one another yet, our campus security stood helpless (but can you really blame them?)

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Maybe it would take a bloodier and more compelling violence to cause the University management and all of us decide to wake up to this worrying trend.

Long before the cars were damaged, those students would fearlessly throw stones at each other without caution, and upon realizing it is possible to damage cars and buildings and go scot free, a refrain is not expected anytime soon.

Drastic measures are needed. The earlier the University acts, the better!

We shouldn’t wait for blood to be spilled before we act; these attacks by students on fellow students are primitive and have no place in 2016.

The reactionary approach to solving problems aren’t entirely useful and there need to change it. It’s reckless and ineffective.

A student should not lose his or her life as a result of students’ violence on campus before we put in place the right measures. It’s a collective effort we must all be part of.

To our SRC reps, I personally feel this is an opportunity to become relevant again- let student feel you are guarding their interests by protecting them.

Going forward, we need a permanent Police patrol team on the University of Ghana campus. Anyone who has witnessed any of such students fight would tell you how the presence of the police on campus helps neutralize the chaos.

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To all those who see their friends and sometimes course mates as enemies in the name of “Hall tradition”, it isn’t too late to wise up.

Remember we are only #strongertogether.

No African University Makes Top 100 List

The University of Cambridge has dropped out of the top three global universities for the first time in over a decade, the annual QS World University Rankings have revealed.

According to the list, the elite institution is the highest ranked in the UK, but has fallen from third place to fourth – its lowest ranking since the league tables were launched in 2004.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named the world’s best for the fifth consecutive year.

In total, 38 of the UK’s 48 top 400 universities dropped down the rankings this year. Cambridge, Oxford, UCL and Imperial remained within the top 10, but the latter slipped from eighth to ninth this year.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, argued that a combination of uncertainty over immigration and long-term funding issues could have influenced the UK’s performance.

He added that “the ability to hire and retain the top young talent from around the world seems to be damaging the reputation of the UK’s higher education sector”.

However, in terms of cities, London continues to host more top 40 institutions than any other city in the world, with nearly half of its 16 featured universities rising in the rankings.

QS World University Rankings – Top 100

Last year’s rankings in brackets.

1.   MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) (1)

2.   STANFORD UNIVERSITY (3=)

3.   HARVARD UNIVERSITY (2)

4.   UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE (3=)

5.   CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) (5)

6.   UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (6)

7.   UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) (7)

8.   ETH ZURICH (SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY) (9)

9.   IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON (8)

10.   UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO (10)

11.   PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (11)

12.   NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS) (12)

13.   NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU) (13)

14.   ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL) (14)

15.   YALE UNIVERSITY (15)

16.   CORNELL UNIVERSITY (17)

17.   JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (16)

18.   UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (18)

19.   UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH (21)

20.   COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (22)

21.   KING’S COLLEGE LONDON (KCL) (19=)

22.   AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU) (19=)

23.   UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (30=)

24.   DUKE UNIVERSITY (29)

24.   TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY (25)

26.   NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY (32)

27.   UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (HKU) (30=)

28.   UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY (UCB) (26)

29.   THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER (33)

30.   MCGILL UNIVERSITY (24)

31.  UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (UCLA) (27)

32.   UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO (34)

33.   ECOLE NORMALE SUPÉRIEURE, PARIS (ENS PARIS) (23)

34.   THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO (39)

35.   SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (SNU) (36)

36.   THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (HKUST) (28)

37. KYOTO UNIVERSITY (38)

37. LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE(LSE)  (35)

39.   PEKING UNIVERSITY (41)

40.   UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO (UCSD) (44)

41.   UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL (37)

42.   THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE (42)

43.   FUDAN UNIVERSITY (51=)

44.   THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (CUHK) (51=)

45.   UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (50)

University College London
7. University College London

46. KAIST – KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (43)

46. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (NYU) (53)

46. THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY (45)

49. BROWN UNIVERSITY (49)

49. THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES (UNSW) (46=)

51. THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND (UQ) (46=)

51. THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK (48)

53. ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE PARISTECH (40)

53. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON (54)

55.   CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (57)

56.   TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (56)

57.   UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM (55)

58.   CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY (62=)

59.   UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (65)

60.   TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN (60)

61.   SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY (70=)

62.   DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (64)

63. OSAKA UNIVERSITY (58)

63. UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW (62=)

65.   MONASH UNIVERSITY (67)

66.   UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN (59)

67.   UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN (77)

68= LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN (75)

68= NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY (NTU) (70=)

68= UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN (69)

71.   GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (GEORGIA TECH) (84)

72.   RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITÄT HEIDELBERG (66)

73.   LUND UNIVERSITY (70=)

74.   DURHAM UNIVERSITY (61)

75= THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM (70=)

Durham University
74. Durham University CREDIT: REX

75= TOHOKU UNIVERSITY (74)

77.   UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS (68)

78.   UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL (79)

79.   KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN (82=)

80.   UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH (85=)

81.   THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND (82=)

82.   UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM (76)

83.   POHANG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (POSTECH) (87=)

84.   THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD (80)

85. UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES (124=)

85. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS (UCD) (85=)

87.   UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON (81)

88.   OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY (99)

89.   BOSTON UNIVERSITY (91)

90.   RICE UNIVERSITY (106)

91.   UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI (96=)

92.   PURDUE UNIVERSITY (89=)

93.   UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS (87=)

94.   UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA (96=)

95. PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY (101)

95. UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA (89=)

97.   KTH, ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (92)

98. KIT, KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FÜR TECHNOLOGIE (93)

98. KOREA UNIVERSITY (104)

98. TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (TCD) (78)

98= UPPSALA UNIVERSITY (102)

 QS Quacquarelli Symonds – www.TopUniversities.com

By: Telegraph.co.uk

Was the #SomeoneTellCNN Trend Worth it ?

After a recap of the Major social media trends that took especially twitter-sphere in Africa by storm in 2015,
A CNN online report, lists the social media trends that gained grounds.
It goes on to list them as follows;

‪#‎MugabeFalls‬
‪#‎147justnotANumber‬
‪#‎TheAfricatheMediaNeverShowsyou‬
‪#‎IfAfricawasaBar‬
‪#‎NigeriaatHogwats‬ and the Famous..
‪#‎FeesMustFall‬

But what the CNN failed to add to the list was ‪#‎SOMEONETELLCNN‬, perhaps the biggest social media troll of an International News Broadcasting Channel.

The CNN Headline that caused a social media outrage by Kenyans on Twitter.
The CNN Headline that caused a social media outrage by Kenyans on Twitter.

#SomeoneTellCNN was Kenyans on Twitter’s reaction to a CNN news headline which labeled the East African Country as a “Hotbed of Terrorism” prior to President Barack Obama’s visit.

The hashtag #SometellCNN trended for several days ahead of the US president Barack Obama’s arrival, with users deploying a mix of humor and satire to criticize the American network.

Kenya has one of the most vibrant media environments on the continent and its Twitter community has emerged in recent months as a major source of news with its frequent and vigorous online campaigns.  South Africa is the Continent’s most active twitter country by volume of Geo-located tweets, with twice as many tweets over second place Kenya, whiles  Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco  make up the remaining five most active twitter countries on the continent

Kenyans on twitter took to the social media site and vented their spleen on on the International Broadcasting site, tweeting pictures that portrayed the other Beautiful side of their country. Some also tweeted pictures of Kenya athletes helping athletes from other parts of the world during international racing competitions.

Seems like the CNN has in recent times made their stance clear on how they see and report Africa.

Kenyan athlete helps out Asian Competitor
Kenyan athlete helps out Asian Competitor

 

 

These pictures was one of the most circulated on Twitter
These pictures was one of the most circulated on Twitter

 

A senior CNN executive had fly all the way to Nairobi to apologize for coverage calling the country a “hotbed of terror” ahead of Barack Obama’s visit in July 2015. But that visit did little to reduce the tension. The hashtag has since been used on the social media site for a number of time when Kenyans disagree with some News stories from the CNN.

So the big question is, Was it deliberate the CNN did not add #SomeoneTellCNN  to their Africa social media report because it had an effect on their brand or the trend did  not have enough substance to be seen as a major social media highlight under the year of review?

Congratulations AshantiGold Football Club

Perseverance indeed leads to success.  After Nineteen years of struggle, mixed with some joyous moments and some bitter experiences, the miners have been able to prove why should be recognized as a powerhouse in Ghanaian Football and not seen merely as an emerging team or better still a team still in the shadows of our two most glorious clubs Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak.

Indeed they defied all odds, beat the best and became the best with a game to spare, thats what champions are made of. Facing the same problems all the clubs in Ghana with regards to club funds and sponsorships uses in successfully run the club, they did not succumb but showed great determination, and courage and mastery and now you cannot begrudge them they really earned it.  Congratulations Ashantigold Soccer Club.

Players of Ashantigold in a jubilant mood
Players of Ashantigold in a jubilant mood

 

What Next?

After successfully achieving this feat, we are urging the leadership of the clubs not to renege on their efforts to see the club rise to become one of the best in Africa. We Ghana football fans want to see a club competing at the highest level in Africa with some beautiful football. Indeed it is possible. Let’s not play the old chorus over again in the sense that The club would withdraw due to lack of funds and accordingly receive hefty bands from the Confederation of Africa Football.

I want to use this platform to appeal to all stakeholders who in their capacity have the means to support a worthy cause by pushing the Aboakesse club to Africa. Should everything be in place I’m sure we will have a course to smile and Jubilate whiles watching the Africa CAF Champions league.

 

Enough Quality in our League?

I am often perplexed at Individuals who otherwise think we do not have the requisite players in the league to play for the Naational team. I want to put it across that the First Capital plus League has some of the finest players to play in our Senior National Team the Blackstars. The likes of Lawrence Lartey, Abeiku  Ainooson,  Amos Frimpong, Richard Mpong and the likes. For Christ sake have we sat down to analyze some of the leagues players who receive call- up to the Black stars play in? Or is call-up to the black stars just based on your status as a foreign based player irrespective of the league or country you play in? No need to mention names but indeed our Local League has what it take to feed the Black stars with players who will not fight team officials and insult coaches but rather passionately don the national colors and play their hearts out.

 

Refereeing Decisions?

Well, having watched some of the games and carefully following the pre and post-match analysis that refereeing decisions saw an improvement in the general performance of the Referees.

Except for some few instances were some decisions by Referees raised eye brows, on a whole I think referees performed creditably.

One costly mistake I would want to highlight though was not in our league but in the FA Cup but worth mentioning since it covers Ghana football is the FA Cup Final between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Medeama Football Club. Once again both teams produced beautiful football, with 3 breath-taking moments. Should have been 4 goals had the referee not wrongfully disallowed the second Kotoko goal.

 

Final Words?

I want to commend the Ghana Football Association led by Lawyer Kwesi Nyantakyi  for their good work done in successfully organizing the League and the FA Cup competitions.

I want to urge all and sundry that our Ghana Leagues still has what it takes to make it one of the best. Let’s contribute our quota by filling up the stands and once again reviving interest in our Local League.  I want to once again congratulate the Coaching staff, the Players and management and fans of the Ashanti Gold soccer club for winning the league and giving the people of Obuasi a reason to smile again.

Ashantigold Soccer Club
Ashantigold Soccer Club