September 30, 2005, vol xi, number 9
The Spurs are Coming ... to UVI
They are the best team in the NBA
with, arguably, the best player in the league
- Virgin Islander Tim Duncan. And they are
coming to UVI's Sports and Fitness Cen-
ter. The 2005 World Champion San Anto-
nio Spurs will hold their 2005 training camp
at the Sports and Fitness Center from Oct.
The Spurs will be the first NBA team
to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands. "We've
always thought about holding training camp
in the Virgin Islands," said Spurs General
Manager RC Buford. "It certainly is some-
thing that is very important to Tim Duncan.
But we really think it'll be a great experi-
ence for the entire team.
Although practices will be closed to the
public, there will be a scrimmage game at 8
p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, that will be open to
the public. The scrimmage is free but only
Virgin Islander and San Antonio
Spurs power forward Tim Duncan.
Duncan has won three NBA cham-
pionships and has been named the
most valuable player in all three of
those NBA finals.
a limited number of tickets are available.
One hundred tickets were provided for
UVI students and will be distributed be-
tween both campuses. On the St. Thomas
campus, students who wish to attend regis-
tered and a lottery was held at September
Fest on Sept. 22. St. Croix campus students
who want a chance to attend should com-
plete an entry form available on level 100,
next to the bulletin board in Evans Center.
A limited number of tickets are also
available for UVI employees. Winners will
be selected via a lottery. Faculty and staff
who wish to attend the scrimmage should
complete an entry form located in the of-
fice of the Campus Executive Administra-
tor on the St. Thomas campus, Quarters B,
orthe Business Office on the St. Croix cam-
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Students Displaced By Hurricane Katrina Enroll At UVI
Hal Edwards was looking forward to his junior year at
Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. But a few
weeks into the semester Hurricane Katrina slammed into the
U.S. Gulf Coast and brought Edwards an experience he prob-
ably won't forget.
After riding out the storm in a dormitory designated by
the school's administration, he found himself trapped inside
for nearly a week. Flood waters rose around the campus,
flooding buildings and dormitories, trapping Edwards and about
100 others in that dorm. He used the word "frustrating" to
describe his feelings those days after the storm in the dorm.
"I was just thinking about getting out of there," the Cru-
cian said. On the Thursday after the storm, Edwards and the
others were rescued by National Guardsmen via boat and
taken to Baton Rouge. By the Friday he was on a plane back
to the Virgin Islands.
Edwards is one of six students who took up on UVI's
offer following the hurricane to enroll students who were
displaced. Two of the students are enrolled on UVI's St. Croix
campus and four are enrolled on the St. Thomas campus. All
of the students are from the Virgin Islands and were attend-
ing universities in states along the Gulf Coast that were rav-
aged by Hurricane Katrina. Most of them lost all of their
New Students continued on next page
Sept. 30 Humanities Colloquium STT
Sept. 30 WNETBussiness Seminar STX
Oct. 1 Al Jarreau at Reichhold STT
Oct. 1 Coastweeks Clean-up STT
Oct. 3-7 Spurs Training Camp STT
Oct. 7 Spurs Scrimmage Game STT
Oct. 6 NSE Info Session STT
Oct. 6 Student Council Meeting STT
Oct. 13-14 Health Disparities Meeting STT
Oct. 16 World Food Day STX
pus and and turn it in to those same
locations. Only full-time UVI em-
ployees will be able to participate
and employees can only complete
one entry form.
The employee and St. Croix
student entry forms must be turned
in by 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct.
4. The drawing will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4,
in room EC 401 on the St. Croix campus and in room B-110
on the St. Thomas campus. Winners will be determined by a
random drawing from the total number of entries per campus.
Each winner will receive one ticket and will be notified by
telephone, fax or e-mail. Entrants do not have to be present to
Faculty and staff who wish to view 15 minutes of the San
Antonio Spurs' closed practices next week must submit their
name and preferred date and time on an index card, to Curtis
Gilpin in the Athletics Office by 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3.
New Students Continued
belongings. Michael Nissman, who attended Layola Univer-
sity, left Louisiana for Florida a day before the hurricane struck,
taking only a change of clothes and personal hygiene items.
Nissman said what would normally be a two-hour drive to
Destin, Fla., turned into a 10-hour road trip.
"UVI has been very sympathetic to everything," said
Nissman, now enrolled on the St. Croix campus. "My initial
plan was to stay here for one semester," he said. "But now
I'm not sure if I'm going back to Loyola."
Most of the students said that the hardest part of the
transition is catching up in their classes.
"I just hate being so far behind (in classes)," said
Lateefah Lord, who was an Xavier sophomore. She had left
the city for St. James, La, before the hurricane hit.
Some of the students will attend UVI for one semester
Viewing will occur in the VI.P.
room on Wednesday, Oct. 5, be-
tween 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or
Thursday, Oct. 6, between 11 a.m.
and 12:30 p.m. No phone calls will
be accepted. Please monitor the
UVI Announcements web page for
For the general public on St. Thomas, tickets will be given
away via a lottery. People interested in obtaining tickets must
register for a chance to win in the center court at Tutu Park
Mall. The ticket drawing will be held in the mall at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, Oct. 2.
On St. Croix, tickets for the scrimmage and a free, char-
tered boat ride to St. Thomas will be given on a first-come
first-served basis beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the
Randall "Doc" James Racetrack. The boat will leave St. Croix
at 1 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 7. The boat will leave
St. Thomas at 7 and 11 a.m. on Oct. 8, for St. Croix.
while their respective universities are being repaired. Others
may opt to remain at UVI.
Members of the community who would like to contribute
monetary donations to the students who lost their belongings
in Hurricane Katrina can call UVI's Institutional Advance-
ment Office at 693-1040 or make checks payable to the Uni-
versity of the Virgin Islands and in the memo section indicate
Hurricane Katrina Student Relief. Mail checks to the atten-
tion of: Joseph Boschulte, No. 2 John Brewer's Bay, St. Tho-
mas, V.I., 00802.
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