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The Honor Society of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, on Saturday held its first-ever retreat at the Robert Pastor Library to build camaraderie among its members and prepare outgoing members for life after the university.

In his welcome address, the President of the Honor Society, Mr. Gregory Tanyi thanked members of the Society, faculty members and staff of the University for attending the event.

Some of the guests at the event included the faculty advisors of Honor Society, Dr. Obioma Uche and Dean Reginald Braggs, former president of the Society and a faculty member in the School of Business & Entrepreneurship, SBE, Mr. Ifeatu Uzodinma, a faculty member in the School of Information Technology & Computing, SITC, Dr. Salihu Dasuki, and AUN Chief Information Officer and Assistant Vice President of Digital Services, Mr. Julius Ayuktabe.

AgathaTwo faculty members of the AUN School of Arts and Sciences, SAS, on Friday, April 1, discussed two key characters in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat in a seminar that held at the Idorenyin Akpan Multimedia Lab.

The faculty members, Dr. Agatha Ukata and Dr. Brian Reed, both of the Department of English Language and Literature, spoke on the topic, “The Awakening of the Prophet: Forgotten Hope in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat” as part of the SAS Seminar Series.

Their presentation focused on the themes of liberation and the quest for self-preservation, thus they extensively analyzed the experiences of two characters in the book: Mugo and Kihika.

In her presentation, Dr. Ukata argued that Mugo saw himself as his people’s messiah, and is only acting out repressed dreams from his childhood. 

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The Office of Judicial Affairs of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, 

on Friday, March 11, hosted a seminar to educate students on the dangers and legal implications of using illicit drugs.

Speaking on “Illicit Drug Use Amongst Nigerian Youth and the Legal Implications: A War Without End?”, the Chair, department of Private and Business Law, AUN, Dr. Agbo J. Madaki, said that the seminar was aimed at educating the youth on the legal consequences of drug abuse and the measures they could use to protect themselves and their loved ones from substance abuse.

He explained the meaning of narcotics and observed that the youth are the ones mostly indulge in substance abuse.

“Narcotics are any kind of substances that numbs the senses such as opium, morphine, belladonna, alcohol, etc. Youths are the main culprit of drug abuse.”

drmyattThe American University of Nigeria’s Women Leadership Council, WLC, on Friday, March 11, hosted a talk entitled “Breaking Out” to mark the International Women’s Day.

As part of the celebrations, members of the WLC had on Tuesday, March 8, donated relief materials to HIV-infected pregnant women at the Federal Medical Center, FMC, Yola.

The theme of the event, which was named after the poem, “Breaking Out” by Marge Piercy, centered on the need for women to liberate themselves.

Speaking at the event, AUN faculty member, Dr. Tamara Myatt, who inspired the audience with her engaging oratory, discussed, among other things, the gender deficit in the world today, concluding that “women have achieved equality in no nation.”

hsStudents of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, Friday, debated on whether race is a genetic or social concept.

The debate, which held at the auditorium of the Robert Pastor Library, featured two teams of four students each, with each student given five minutes to convince the audience and judges of their stance.

One speaker from each of the teams was then allowed to return to the stage and deliver their closing argument.

Each team was coached by a faculty member, thus while Dr. Hayatu Raji, chair of the Natural and Environmental Science program, coached the genetics team, Dr. Gado Alzouma, professor of Sociology and Anthropology, coached the social team.

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Mushish FC remains unbeaten after Week 5 of the AUN Premier League, APL. The team have garnered 15 points in 5 games to become clear favourites to win the league trophy this season.

Another confident display from the leaders saw them defeat last season’s champions LXB FC 3-2 in the hotly contested tie of the round. 

Box-to-box and energetic midfielder, Yusuf Olabisi, helped his team’s cause with a brace to cap an outstanding midfield display and firmly put his team in a comfortable position in the title race. 

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OnWednesday, March 9, the AUN Clinic will administer free vaccines against yellow fever, hepatitis B, and tetanus diseases.

The inoculation exercise will take place between 2 and 5 pm at the Robert Pastor E-library Study Rooms13, 3, and 8.

Chief Administrator of the Clinic, Mr. Philip Eappen, said that the vaccines are preventive measures. Explaining the seriousness of the mentioned diseases, Mr. Eappen urged the community to embrace the exercise.

“Tetanus is a serious illness that causes convulsions [and] muscle spasm which can be strong enough to cause bone fractures of the spine. Immunization against tetanus is given at childbirth and it is very important to have a booster dose every 10 years to prevent this disease.  

“Yellow fever is a viral infection which is caused by mosquitoes. It is a severe infection with a high rate of mortality. Vaccination against yellow fever helps to prevent it for 10 years. 

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