October 23, 2004, vol x, number 10
Plant Backyard Gardens, Help End World Hunger
The next time you take a bite
to eat, remember that there are
more than eight million people starv-
ing throughout the world then try
to do something to end world hun-
ger. That was the constant mes-
sage at the World Food Day ob-
servance held on Oct. 17 at the
University of the Virgin Islands St.
While daily news reports show
the number of lives that are lost to
terrorism, few show the plight of
those affected by starvation, said
Dr. James Rakocy, who gave re-
marks at the event. Rakocy, the di-
Veronica Gordon sells kenips and other fruits at the
World Food Day activities held on the UVI St. Croix
rector of UVI's Agricultural Ex-
periment Station (AES), said that
more than 10 million people died
from starvation in 2003. He noted
that the AES is conducting re-
search that is "vital to ensure the
challenge of future food security."
A few hundred people turned
out for the annual fair-styled event
that featured food and produce ven-
dors, workshops, demonstrations, a
food drive, seedling distribution and
tours of the research facilities.
When faced with the enormity
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Brains Over Beauty, Three to Compete for Miss UVI Title
ties, but on Sat-
urday, Nov. 6 the
three young la-
in the Miss Uni-
versity of the
Pageant will dis- Miss UVI contestants, left to right: Tamica
play their talent Lawrence, Khalilah Gordon and Shakima
and intellect as Stoutt.
they compete for one of the school's most prestigious titles.
The show themed, "Caribbean Queens Beyond Beauty,"
will be held at 8 p.m. at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on
the St. Thomas campus.
Vying for the coveted title are Shakima Stoutt, Khalilah
Gordon and Tamica Lawrence.
Stoutt, the 2000-2001 Miss British Virgin Islands, is a jun-
ior enrolled in the Pre-Medical Technology Program. She plans
to become a gynecologist and open a women's health facility
in the BVI.
Gordon is a senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in Speech,
Communications and Theatre. She plans to become a televi-
sion personality and actress.
Lawrence is a sophomore pursuing a double major in Busi-
ness Management and Hotel/Restaurant Management. A
former Miss Nevis, her career goal is to open the hotel chain
"Caribbean Emeralds Inns and Suites."
All of the contestants are enrolled on the UVI's St. Tho-
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PR Symphony Orchestra
Red Ribbon Week
First Response Course
GIA Jewelry Course
Business Guest Lecture
Senior Class Meeting
End Hunger continued
of preparing for the six-hour activity, Vice Provost for Re-
search and Public Services Dr. Henry Smith is often faced
with the question, "is it worth it" from his staff. His answer:
"It's worth it if because of this activity a consciousness of the
plight of eight million people suffering (from starvation) is re-
"Take the significance of this activity beyond the campus
to the point that it makes a difference in your life and the lives
of others," Smith said.
V.I. Agriculture Commissioner Lawrence Lewis urged
attendees to start growing backyard gardens as their fore
parents did. The more food people produce to feed them-
selves puts an ease on the world supply, he said.
Lewis stressed that world hunger is closer to home than
we may realize. "There are those even in the Caribbean who
don't have food today," Lewis said, noting the people of Haiti,
whose food supply has become increasingly limited because
of the destruction caused by Hurricane Jeanne.
Campus Chancellor Jennifer Jackson agreed with Lewis,
urging attendees to take some free seedlings home with them.
"Be sure to plant them and nurture them," Jackson said. "Think
of the fact that we are eating and others are not."
Miss UVI continued
The contestants will be judged on introduction, business
wear, ambassadorial presentation, talent, evening wear, ques-
tion and answer, and personal interview. The personal inter-
view will be conducted prior to the competition.
UVI student tickets are $12 for the covered section and
$10 for uncovered. Tickets for the general public are $15 for
the covered section and $12 for uncovered. Tickets are avail-
able at Parrot Fish (Back Street), Krystal Gifts Galore (Tutu
Park Mall), at all Modem Music Stores, the UVI Bookstore
and the Reichhold Center Ticketing Office. UVI student tick-
ets will be available only at the UVI Bookstore and Reichhold
Center. For ticketing information call the Reichhold Center
Ticketing Office at 693-1559.
For more information call the St. Thomas campus Stu-
dent Activities office at 693-1111.
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September Fest Success
Optician Ralph Taylor (left) examines the eyes ofa student at the annualActivities
Fair held on the St. Thomas campus. Dubbed September Fest the fair drew
hundreds of UVI students, faculty and staff as well as members of the community to
the Sports and Fitness Center. Decorative blue and white balloons welcomed
people into the center where display tables lined the foyer and hallway. Many
activities and clubs were represented at the fair, which included a voter registra-
tion and health screening. At the fair members of the Student GovernmentAsso-
ciation gave out copies of its inaugural newsletter "UVI Become Enlightened."
Special cuisine by the St. Lucia & Dominica Association and the St. Kitts and
Nevis Association were on sale.