Group Title: Sprat
Title: Sprat. Vol. 1. No. 3.
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Title: Sprat. Vol. 1. No. 3.
Series Title: Sprat
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Language: English
Creator: The College of The Bahamas
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Publisher: The College of The Bahamas
Publication Date: 2007
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The 26th Annual West Indian
Literature Conference was held
March 8-10 and it was a phe-
nomenal success. Many COB and
Bahamian greats took part in the
conference by presenting papers
or their literary works during the
luncheon readings, alongside fa-
mous Caribbean writers and
scholars such as Earl Lovelace,
Mark McWatt and Fred D'A-
guiar. The School of English
Studies were excellent hosts and
not only organised the sessions
but, also made sure that our
guests had evening entertain-
ment. Through the generosity
and the patronage of the Gover-
nor General, an opening recep-
tion was held at Government
House, with catering kindly
sponsored by the Ministry of
Tourism. The Royal Bahamas
Defence Force Pop Band played
Bahamian tunes that got our visi-
tors dancing. CHMI hosted our
guests on the second evening at a
Presenter's Dinner in Choices
Restaurant and The President
hosted the closing reception at

her home. There, our guests
were treated to culinary delights
prepared by CHMI students and


a colourfulJunkanoo rush-out.

On the Saturday, there was also a
fiction workshop held by Earl

There were many people
that made the West Indian Lit-
erature Conference a success.
Thanks go out to:

+Dr. Marjorie Brooks-Jones and
Dr. Ian Strachan for their tire-
less efforts in planning the con-

+All of the full-time faculty of
SES who organised meals,
transportation and accomoda

On the calendar

12-23 External Moderation

19 Launch of food and clothes
Drive, Campus Life Council

19-23 SOS Lecture Series
Issues in Human Sexuality

21 Panel Discussion
'Perspectives on the Impact of
Haitian Migration to The

22 Foreign Languages Day,
The School of Communication
and Creative Arts

23 French Folk Song Evening

23 Fine Dining at Choices

30 Fine Dining at Choices

30-31 Writers'/Readers'
Retreat and Workshop in

31 Health Fair in Exuma

tion and entertainment for our
guests. They are Victoria Allen,
Janet Donnelly, Marjorie
Downie, Vivienne Ferguson,
Michael Herrick, Stuart How-
ells, Mark Humes, Anne Law-
lor, Monique McFarlane-Bain,
Shaniqua Higgs, Virginia

Purvis-Smith, Helean Rolle-
McPhee, Marie Sairsingh-Mills,
Chanti Seymour, Krista Walkes
and Ivy Higgins.

+Denise Mackey, Gwen Charlow,
Ellen Kennedy, Jenny Bethel
and Julia Saunders for running a
helpful and friendly secretariat.

+Yasmin Glinton, Kamilah Gib-
son, Ava Turnquest, Annischa
Cook, Chakara Bennett,
Darion Spence, Barry Williams,
Patrick Deveaux, Kamala Rich-
ardson, Caitlyn Outten and
Stephen Hanna for being excel-
lent student volunteers.

+The Office of Communication
for the programmes, media
coverage, videography, photog-
raphy, signs and help. Two
members of the Communica-
tion team had further develop-
ment in the conference. Mae-
lynn Seymour-Major was a
member of the conference
committee and Vice President
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas par-
ticipated in the Writer's
Roundtable and was one of the
featured readers at this major
forum of Caribbean literary

+The President's Office for help-
ing with the organisation of the
closing reception.

+Media for providing laptops,
projectors and CD players.

+Chef Sterling Thompson, Chef
Mario Adderley, Chef Robert
Laudermilk and the student
chefs from CHMI for their

hard work.

+UWI for letting us use their
dining room for breaks and

+Chapter One Bookstore, espe-
cially Ms. Collie, who came out
every day with Bahamian and
Caribbean books to sell to our

+To everyone else who helped in
some way or simply attended
the conference. Thank you!

Here is a quick recap of some
of the news and events that have
been taking place.

Frequent visitor and
student at the University of
Hartford, Lorraine Dunn, loves
The Bahamas and because of
this love, she decided to do her
internship in Education and
Community Public Health here
at COB. She came here first on
vacation and decided that she
wanted to learn more about
education and health in The
Bahamas. She first met with
Willamae Johnson to use the
library and took it from there.
She has been working with Ms.
Laura Knowles, Chair, and Dr.

Zorene Curry, Asst. Professor
in the School of Nursing and
Allied Health Professions,
where she has completed all 80
hours of her internship here.
Miss Dunn said she was
impressed with the reception
and the warmth of the people.
Dr. Linda Davis, VP Research,
Graduate Programmes and
International Relations is
pleased to say that we will be
looking to establish a formal
agreement with the University
of Hartford.
On March 12, The School
of Business opened Business
Week with the theme
'Resolving Business Conflicts'.
President Hodder presented
the opening address in which
she stressed the importance of
the College/University of The
Bahamas in partnering with
local businesses, especially in
terms of providing them with
our graduates, and promoting
research initiatives. Thanks to
everyone who helped to make
the opening a success,
especially Physical Plant who
certainly had the area looking

The 24th Annual
Conference of Youth Leaders
opened on March 15, with a
ceremony at the Portia Smith
building. The Bahamas
Telecommunications Company
generously partnered with
COBUS and the Campus Life
Department to sponsor a dozen
students from the Family
Islands. Special thanks go to

Theo Cooper and Bradley
Cooper for their efforts.

International partnerships
that lead to exchanges for
students and faculty are
prominent in the vision of the
new University of The
Bahamas. Recently, COB
received a visit from a group of
students and faculty from Penn
State University Organised by
Penn State Professor and COB
alumna, Dr. Juliette Storr, the
call on members of the

College's administration and a
tour of the Oakes Field campus
were to expose the students in
her International
Communications class to a
different culture.

playoffs for the Championship!
Playoff begins on Tuesday, 20
March against the Lady Truck-

+The Colour of Har-
mony is set to take place
April 4-7. As always, it is
going to be a first-class
event displaying great
paintings and sculptures
from our finest art stu-
dents and wonderful mu-
sic from the COB Choir
and the COB band.
Please mark the dates in
your calendar to make
sure you don't miss this

+The School of Social Sci-
ences Department of Psychol-
ogy, Sociology and Social Work
will be presenting a public lec-
ture series discussing Issues in
Human Sexuality, starting to-
night, March 19. The lectures
are as follows: March 19, 'Same
Sex Unions: Christianity and
Heterosexism', March 22 'Sex
Liberation: The Transformation
of Sexual Morality Psychoana-
lytic and Biogenic Perspectives
on the Basis of Homosexuality'
and March 23, 'Regulating
Queer Sex: Criminalisation,
Constitutionality and a Lega-
Rights Strategy of Resistance'.

+A panel discussion 'Perspec-
tives on the Impact of Hai-
tian Migration to The Ba-
hamas' will take place on
March 21 in the foyer of the
Portia Smith building It is pre-
sented by the School of Social

+Congratulations to the Lady
Caribs for winning The Pen-
nant and securing a spot in the

Don't Make This Mis-

Language and Grammar
to Help You Get Things

Our ears have picked up
little mistakes people
make when using the
words CAUSED and COST.
Many people say things
like "You cost it!" When,
for example, the late ar-
rival of a friend means
they miss the start of an
event. What they mean
is, "You caused it!" It is
safer to use cost as a
verb when referring to
what you have to pay to
buy something. For ex-
ample "This cost $6000
two years ago.
Cost can also be used as
a noun. For example "We
are trying to keep the
cost down to $10 per
person." In this instance,
it refers to the price of

+Hola! Are you interested in
learning or improving your
knowledge of Spanish? Then
sign up to spend four weeks in
beautiful Costa Rica at the
Centro Panamericano de Idio-
mas. The trip is scheduled for
May 12 -June 9, 2007. Please
call Jacinth Taylor, Asst. Profes-
sor, School of Communication
and Creative Arts at 302-4484/
5 for more information.

+COB's Concert Choir will be
travelling to participate in the
10th Annual Southeastern Afri-

can American Collegiate Music
Festival in Montgomery, Ala-
bama this week. The event will
take place March 21 26.

+At the Exuma campus, the
first Health Fair will take place
on March 31.

dom of inquiry,
freedom of discus-
sion, and freedom of
teaching without these
a university cannot exist.

Robert Maynard
Hutchins -

Carla Glinton,

This issue's recommended
reading is Captain Corelli's Mando-
lin by Louis de Bernieres. The
novel tells the story of World War
II, a girl named Pelagia, Captain
Corelli, the Greeks, the Italians
and everyone in between. The
novel makes a serious comment
about wars, the idiots who start
them and the innocents who
both fight in and die for them. It
is marvellously and ingeniously
written, sure to make you laugh
and cry
You can purchase a copy of
this book at Chapter One book-

Sandra Paquet-Pouchet, Carolyn Cooper andEve-
lyn O'Callahan,

Bahamian authorMarion Bethel at luncheon read-

Dr. Ian Strachan, Chair SchoolofEnglish Studies,
President Janyne Hodder His Excellency Arthur Bahamian author and VP Communication, Patricia
Hanna, Governor General, Dr Earla Carey-Baines, Glinton-Meicholas at luncheon reading
Dean, Faculty ofLiberaland FineArts

Carla Glinton is an ex-
tremely hardworking employee of
The College of The Bahamas and
she works in the MIS department
as the .BS NIC Administrator.
However her duties extend to
include being the web-master of
COB's website and managing the
IT Customer Support Desk.

Carla loves to travel and her fa-
vourite destination is Switzer-
land, though Italy is a close sec-
ond. She is an avid reader. If you
ever want to treat her to lunch,
seafood is sure to make her smile,
as it is her favourite type of food.

Author Fred D' !,. .. dances with Patricia Saun,

. nt 'i I "
: uM

Dr. Ian Strachan, Dr Marjorie Brooks-Jones, BA
in English Programme Co-ordinator and Miss Lia
Head, DirectorAlumni Relations

If you have any questions,
comments, would like to share
some news with us or have a
friendly suggestion to make, do
not hesitate to contact the
numbers are 302-4353 or 302-
4354. Feel free to e-mail either
Maelynn Seymour-Major at or Gordon
Mills at

+ SPRAT will be a fortnightly
publication from the Office
of Communication, The
College ofThe Bahamas,
P.O. Box N4912, Nassau,

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