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November 19, 2004, vol x, number 11
Pre-Med Student Shakima Stoutt Claims Miss UVI Title
In a tightly contested pageant, Shakima
Stoutt walked away with the Miss UVI title.
A former Miss British Virgin Islands, Stoutt
also claimed the Best Ambassadorial Presen-
tation and the Best Evening Wear titles. Stoutt
was closely followed by first-runner up
Khalilah Gordon, who won Miss Intellect and
best talent. Tamica Gordon was the second
More than 300 people attended the Nov.
6 show, held at the University of the Virgin
Islands' Reichhold Center for the Arts. The
three-hour pageant was an explosion of tal-
ent, with contestants vying neck-and-neck for
the title, and singers and dancers providing en-
tertainment. Newly crown
Stoutt is a junior enrolled in UVI's Pre-
Medical Technology Program. She plans to become a gyne-
cologist and open a women's health facility in the BVI.
As Miss UVI, Stoutt will serve as the good-will ambassa-
Caribbean Literature Conference
Sparks Needed Conversations
left, speaks with a
student at the Inter-
aon Caribbean Lit-
erature, held on
UVI s St. Croix cam-
Spus. People came
from i,,e,,,gn ,,t the
world to attend the
Katsunori Kajihara traveled halfway across the world to St.
Croix not for the usual sun, sand and sea but to learn more
about Caribbean Literature. Kajihara endured a 20-hour flight
from Japan to attend the Sixth Annual International Conference
on Caribbean Literature (ICCL) hosted by UVI's St. Croix cam-
pus. He was one of the dozens of people who traveled to UVI's
ICCL continued on next page
dor for UVI. She will receive a full scholarship
(academic and room/board) for one academic
year. Stoutt will also receive a laptop, and a free
cellular telephone, cellular phone service and $75
gift certificate from Tom and Jerry Cellular
Phones & Fashions.
Gordon and Lawrence will each receive a
Palm Pilot, a gift certificate from Payless Shoe
Source Inc. and a gift certificate from M.A.C.
beauty supplies. Each of the young ladies will
also receive a gift certificate from America's
During the show dancers Code Blue wowed
the audience with their up-tempo dance, while
songstresses Detra Davis and Tiffany Matthew
swayed the crowd. The contestants were ser-
enaded by trumpeter Simba Leonard. At the
audience's urging, the male trio B.E.S.T consented to an en-
core performance. Miss USVI Kinila Callendar also per-
formed the dance routine that helped her win her title.
Faculty Colloquium STX
EPSCoR Lecture STT/STX
Paradise Jam STT
Music Lecture STT/STX
Little Theater Play STT
Agriculture Fair STT
SBDC Seminar STT
Free H IV Testing STX
lASTED Conference STT
Thanksgiving Day UVI Closed
Fortsberg Day UVI Closed
SBDC Seminar STT
Christmas Concert STT
Holiday Party STX
SBDC Seminar STT
Holiday Party STT
UVI Student Leaders Attend Conference in New York
It pays to be a student leader.
Just ask the five student leaders from
UVI who attended the Thurgood
Marshall Leadership Institute, held
Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 in New York
"I wasn't aware that there were
so many opportunities for black
people to excel at major Fortune 500
companies on a corporate scale," Thurgood Marshall Stude
said Ivan Connor, the Student Gov- tendees were, (left to ,g
Paul, Thamarah Comes,
ernment Association (SGA) presi- Paul, Thamarah Gomes,
Scott-Elliott and Ivan Co
dent on UVI's St. Thomas campus.
For Connor the conference provided "a greater realization of
what is attainable."
Designed to enhance the scholars' experience by helping
them bridge their academic achievements with necessary and
meaningful skills for the workplace, the institute is held annually
for student leaders attending
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
colleges and universities.
St. Croix campus Golden Key
Honour Society President Jasmine
Buttolph jumped at the opportunity
to network. "Networking is often
overlooked as an essential part of
t Leadership Institute at- Other attendees were St. Tho-
Jasmine Buttolph, Alkin mas campus SGA Senior Senator
oseph Boschulte, Ardrina Alkin Paul, St. Croix campus SGA
nor. President Thamarah Gomes and Al-
pha Kappa Alpha Sorority member Anne Auguste.
One of the student development workshops, "Navigating
Corporate Success," was presented by Omarosa Manigault-
Stallworth, the well-known contestant from television's "The
St. Croix campus to attend the three-day event held Nov. 3-5.
"This conference is the most lively that I've ever experi-
enced," Kajihara said. A member of the English Department at
Aichi Prefectural University, Kajihara frequents similar confer-
ences. He was on the panel that explored Caribbean texts and
cultural transmission and presented the paper "Edouard Glissant
and Derek Walcott: The Relations of Language, History and
Kajihara was intrigued by the role literature plays in the lives
of Virgin Islanders. "Literature here is deeply connected to the
daily lives ofpeople," he said.
It was Kamau Brathwaite's first time attending the ICCL.
The literary great was a guest speaker at the daily luncheons,
which featured acclaimed Caribbean artists.
"Writing is so isolating that it is important that we relate to
Caribbean people on Caribbean soil," Brathwaite said following
one of the luncheon lectures. "It is important that we meet each
other, that we talk." Brathwaite, who has written several books,
is a professor of comparative literature at New York University.
More than 125 scholars served on approximately 40 panels
over the three-day period.
The ICCL is sponsored by Morehouse College and Purdue
University-Calumet. The theme of this year's conference was
"Being and/in Narrative: The Historical Tradition of Caribbean
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