November 23, 2005, vol xi, number 11
A young fair-goer holds a sea urchin
at the UVI Marine Science Touch
Pool display at the St. Thomas/St.
John Agriculture Fair. ti
Thousands of people turned out for the St. Thomas/St.
John Agriculture and Food Fair held on Nov. 19 and 20, an
attendance that left organizers thinking about ways to expand
the fair's offerings.
"The level of public participation has increased," said
Carlos Robles, a member of the St. Thomas/St. John Agricul-
ture and Food Fair Planning Committee. He noted that in the
past most people attended on Sunday, but this year atten-
dance on Saturday was almost equal to that of Sunday. The
committee is considering ways to accommodate more ven-
dors and attendees at the Reichhold Center fair grounds.
While attendance was good, so is the state of agriculture
in St. Thomas and St. John. "Progress has been made over
the past few years," said Robles, who is also an extension
specialist with the UVI Cooperative Extension Service. "There
is still work to be done to bring the industry to the next level,"
The Jam Goes On ...
ebrate their 2005
The Badgers, r
who were unde-
feated in the tour-
nament, won 84-
81 over Old Do-
minion in the
Nov. 21 game at
UVI ~ Sports and
Fitness Center Paradise Jam, the annual tournament featuring
the best in pre-season NCAA Division I play, is in its sixth year
Plan Before You Spend for Holiday Season
As the year nears an end, one New Year's resolution for
many people is to become debt free. But how is it possible to
become debt free, especially after spending on gifts, travel and
lavish dinners for the holidays? Daryl Edwards knows it isn't
easy, but he said one thing is important when it comes to any kind
of spending planning. Edwards, a business counselor at UVI's
Small Business Development Center (SBDC), recently presented
a seminar on personal budgeting at the Center's St. Thomas
"Begin your holiday shopping early," Edwards suggests. Not
only can you get better deals if you shop early, payment for those
items will be spread out over a period of time, he said.
Although the holidays are a few weeks away, Edwards
stressed that it is never too late to plan. For holiday shopping,
plan a limit of how much you can afford to spend, he said.
Edwards cautions against using credit cards. Purchases with
credit cards, he explained, should pass the need and speed test.
The item should be "something you need and need right now,"
he said. If you must use credit cards plan a strategy about how
you will repay, he said. But most of all "try to avoid all the hype,"
Edwards said. The latest "in" thing, he said, may not be in your
price range. "There are things (gifts) that can be made," he
The true essence of budgeting must be on-going. Edwards
began the seminar by discussing the principals of personal bud-
geting. The first one was "Be Honest."
"Be comfortable living within your means," Edwards said.
"Some people earn $25,000 a year and spend as if they're mak-
ing $50,000. You must be honest with yourself," he said. Edwards
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Nov. 24-26 Paradise Jam STT
Nov. 23-Dec. 7 Purchasing Workshop STT
Nov. 24-26 UVI Closed STT/STX
Nov. 26 Christmas Concert STX
Nov. 28 ITS Discussion STT/STX
Nov. 28 Nonpoint Source PollutionSTJ
Dec. 3 Christmas Concert STT
UVI Celebrates French Week, Remembers Professor
More than 35 people attended the opening program for Na-
tional French Week activities on UVI's St. Thomas campus. It
was the first time that National French Week has been celebrated
Violeta Donovan, professor of Spanish and Modem Lan-
guage Area coordinator, provided a warm welcome and dedi-
cated the opening program to Professor Evelyn Lallemand, who
died tragically on Oct. 23. Donovan introduced master artist Frantz
Coulanges, a native ofHaiti, whose oil paintings were on display
in the Reichhold Center gallery. She also introduced Freddy Icart,
a photographer and French citizen of Haitian descent, who facili-
tated workshops on campus for National French Week.
Lallemand, a native of Haiti, was passionate about exposing
the University community to Francophone culture. Donovan, who
speaks French as well as Spanish, recalled the discussions that
she and Lallemand had, which expanded Donovan's understand-
ing of the term Francophone to mean, "an amalgamation of all
places that are influenced by French culture," she said. Those in
the audience took part in a moment of silence in honor of
Students from Lallemand's French 132 class performed a
poem by Jacques Prevert.
In her remarks, Madame Odile de Lyrot, honorary French
consul of the U.S. Virgin Islands, invited those in attendance to
also stressed that people do not have to earn plenty money or to
be a financial expert in order to be financially stable.
During most of the seminar Edwards gave step-by-step in-
structions on setting up a budget.
For a copy of Edward's Personal Budgeting Guide or for
dates of upcoming SBDC seminars on St. Thomas, call the UVI-
SBDC office at 776-3206. For dates of upcoming seminars on
St. Croix call 692-5270.
participate in activities sponsored locally by the Alliance Francaise.
French 131 Student LaMoi Hedrington performed a ballet
solo to "Merci" by Florent Pagny, which resulted in a standing
Social Science Professor Dr. Malik Sekou gave the keynote
address on the Haitian Revolution, stressing the cultural and po-
litical legacy of more than 200 years of strife in that country.
Ten UVI students attended the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship
Fund Leadership Institute held during the first week ofNovember
in New York. Front row, left to right: Shakima Stoutt, Onage
Ghanie, Ester Perez Johnson, Tionee Veira andAvalyn Goodwin.
Back row, left to right: Ivan Connor Trevor Joseph, William Davis
McKean andAlkin Paul. Paul was one of the top three winners of
an essay contest and he netted a HP Notebook computer and a
digital camera. Jay Wiltshire was not shown in the picture. To
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