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Volume 6 Issue 2 October 2006

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Contributed by Ryan Bastian & Garnel Leo
Students are known to gripe about the
cumbersome advisement registration process,
insufficient number of essential courses and
other administration woes, but few complain
about the value of their academic instruction.
Students know they are getting a good educa-
tion right here at home which enables them to
compete successfully for jobs and with those
who attend university abroad for similar
undergraduate degrees.
The cost of tertiary education is rising
everywhere but at The College/University of
The Bahamas, it seems. Students receive first
class education at COB, but pay very little for
it when compared to universities in the US
and Canada, where most Bahamians go
directly from high school or as transfer stu-
dents from COB.
For tuition only students at COB pay $300
for a three-credit course taken in the first and
second year and $450 for 300 or 400 level
courses taken in the third and fourth year of
college. In 2004-2005 a student taking 30
S credits of 100 or 200 coded courses paid a
- total of $3,000; if they took 300 or 400 level
courses they paid a total of $5,000. So a good
estimate of tuition cost for a bachelor degree
at COB would be about $16,000, an amount
Bahamians could easily pay for a single year
at some US colleges.
The cost of education at COB is extremely
modest when compared to what they would
pay if they went to the US or Canada for ter-
tiary education. College costs are said to be
increasing faster than inflation in the US.
Tuition hikes range from 4 or 5 percent to
over 11 percent for out of state students. In
fact the high cost of education abroad is the
reason why most students attend COB since it
is frequently stated that Bahamians prefer to
go abroad after high school. The reason cited
most is to get away from home or to get more
international exposure.

* Continued on page 9

* THAI COOKING-World famous Thai chef Vatcharin Bhumichitr shares
some of the secrets of Thai cooking with Tiffany Barton, Sous Chef at
Wyndham Nassau Resort restaurant and many others at a hands-on
demonstration Sept 11-12 at COB Culinary Institute, Thompson Bldv. (
photo by Library Media.)
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COBUS Government Officers
This list is reprinted because a few positions were not included in the September issue
of The Spectrum.

A A'Leithia Sweeting President
" Dale Gelin- Vice President
" Kendall Carroll III Sectary
" D'Angelo Reid- Treasurer
" Moses Darville- Public Relations
" Randina Oliver Presidential Advisor
" Lorenzo Curtis- Presidential Advisor
" Audirio Sands Social Sciences
* Pemesia Rolle Nursing and Allied
Health Senator



How Many triangles
do you see?

* Chavette Black Tourism Senator
* Shantell Rolle Natural Sciences
* Anwar Smith Natural Science
* Daryl Dorsette Business Senator
* Monique Brown Business Senator
* Henrietta Cartwright -
Communication Senator
* Vernita Moss Education Senator
* Latoya Hall Education Senator
* Emille Hunt English Senator

(Submitted by Sterling)

The Black Dahlia Movie Review

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Reviewed By Travaldo Farrington

In this display of nostalgia gone awry,
Brian de Palma brings us the film adaptation
of The Black Dahlia novel. It follows a
boxer-turned-detective as he investigates the
murder of a young actress. The film stars
Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank and Josh
This film fails at just about everything it
attempts to achieve. First and foremost,
where Black Dahlia does succeed is in
achieving the film noir aesthetic. Everything
about the way the film was shot feels as if it

were really a 1950's crime drama. If only it
had been shot in black and white, it would've
been perfect. Unfortunately, that's the only
really good thing that can be said.
Josh Hartnett and Scarlet Johannsen were
chosen as leads for the film. If their charac-
ters were played by any other actors, it may
have been a performance worth watching. As
it stands, they lack the charisma to bring
these characters to life. Josh Hartnett, in par-
ticular, lacks the presence and grizzled, hard-
ened demeanor to pull off the role. The pro-
tagonist in a crime drama should ooze pas-
sion and a jaded view of the world despite his
own hope that there is some good left. Whal
we get is a slack jaw and a continuously fur-
rowed brow.
The first half of the film flows well
enough but quickly becomes unnecessarily
convoluted and downright ridiculous. The
impact bloody climax would have had is
completely lost in a sea of meandering plot-
lines and alterior motives. The film feels
forced, as if two halves of two different
movies had been mashed together. You may
find yourself, as I did, agreeing with the
audience. It would seem to be far more satis-
fying to mock what's going on on screen. Al
least then, when you see "The End" it won't
be nearly as frustrating as it'd been if you
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TEL: 380-LIX / 393-9404

The Union of Tertiary Educators of the
Bahamas (UTEB) recently signed a new
industrial agreement with The College of
The Bahamas. The agreement that has
been in the making since 2003 gives fac-
ulty at COB a pay raise which most find
satisfactory. It also guarantees, through a
set of American based nomenclature, that
Union members have opportunities to
increase their salaries while doing the job
for which they feel most qualified.
According to Ms. Isaacs-Dotson,
UTEB President, before the new contract
faculty hoping to be paid more had no
choice but to go into administration.

So how does the new nomenclature

In ascending order, the levels for
teaching faculty are: Instructor, Lecturer,
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
and Professor, with each rung in the hier-
archy being an opportunity to make more

money while remaining in the field of
Ms. Isaacs-Dotson says the entire
teaching faculty has had their positions
converted to the new system although
officially most persons have retained the
positions of Instructors and Lecturers,
with faculty who were designated Senior
Lecturers in the old system becoming
Associate Professors.
Asked if the new ranking could cause
students to question the authority of their
Instructors and Lecturers whom it could
be construed the system has inferred as
less qualified, Ms. Dotson did not see
that as a possibility.
The whole procedure she explained is
controlled not only by the degree a facul-
ty has earned, but also the length of time
spent at The College and the amount of
research done. The Union leader also
assured The Spectrum that the student
body does not have to fear being "short-


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President's Scholars Inducted

Surrounded by represen-
atives of organizations that
donated scholarship funds,
heir parents, COB
'resident, Council
chairmann and COB officials
including Council
chairman six students were
officially inducted as
'residential Scholars Sept
:0 at a ceremony held at the
evidence of President
anyone Hodder.
President's Scholars
'rogramme (PSP) is a four-
'ear scholarship and person-
1 development scheme
designed to identify and
attract outstanding high
school students, selected
,ased on merit and leader-
hip attributes. (See story in
;ept issue of The
;pectrum.) Goals of the
irogramme and selection
process were explained by

Director Lottis Shearer
During the induction cer-
emony led by President
Hodder, the six students
were charged and accepted
the responsibility to uphold
the vision and foster the
principles of PSP.
Afterward representatives
from First Caribbean Bank
Dr. Kerry Higgs and
Bahamas Markets Brian
Knowles, cloaked the stu-
dents in blue jackets with
the official PSP badge.
Council Chairman
Franklin Wilson said COB
is engaged in a strategic
process with clear concepts
for developing a university
uniquely Bahamian institu-
tion wth regional and global
perspective. He thanked
Director Shearer Duncombe
for introducing the concept

of PSP, Dr. Rhonda
Chipman Johnson who offi-
cially launched the pro-
gramme while Acting
President of The College
and President Hodder for
her enthusiastic support of
He said this is the first
time that there has been an
event focused on students at
the official residence of the
President. He said the occa-
sion reflects the value the
President attaches to student
excellence which argues
well in the transition from
College to University. He
said the transition involves
many steps and the induc-
tion ceremony is one build-
ing block in the process. He
saluted the students,
describing them as pioneers
and encouraging them to be
good role models.


by S.A. Hanna
Managing Editor
You may have noticed that renovations are
being carried out in the cafeteria beneath the
SUB. That's because Sbarro, the Italian
eatery is moving onto the COB campus and
will be opened for business sometime in late
October or early November.
According to Carlton Knowles, franchise
owner in charge of the project, the restaurant
will be just like any other branch of Sbarro's,

with a slightly youthful twist, of course.
It will offer the classic Italian menu of piz-
zas, salads and pastas. They will also have
soft serve ice-cream as well as yogurt and
fruits, for the health conscience demographic
at COB.
Mr. Knowles promise that prices at this
branch will be competitive with the various
fast-food restaurants located near the Oakes
Field campus. He said they are still research-


SNews from The Northern Campus


U Standing from left: Steve Davies, School of Business; Dr. Kayla Stubbs, School of Sciences and Technology; Maggie
Turner, Academic Affairs Officer; Juliet Spence, Scool of English; Dr. Daphne Grace, School of English; Chef Devain
Maycock, School of Culinary Arts; Esmund Weekes, School of Business; Don Maples, School of Education. Seated:
Veronica Ferguson, School of Education; Bridgette Major-Donaldson, School of Culinary Arts and Carol Moss, School of
English. Not shown is Jean Bowes, School of Business

The Fall 2006 academic year at the
Northern Campus started off with a wonder-
ful New Student Orientation Program held
under the tent on the grounds. In attendance
were many of the new students along with a
large number of parents. The morning was
filled with songs of praise, a prayer for the
new academic year, and important guidelines
were passed on to the freshmen.
There was approximately a thirty (30) per-
cent increase in enrollment this year, with a
significant amount of male students present.
Classes are running well, and with the higher
enrollment numbers several extra sections of
classes had to be added to the timetable to
accommodate the large numbers of students.
With this increase, the Northern Campus
is even more inspired to create a vibrant stu-
dent activities program. A Bowling League
will be established by October for staff and
students. Clubs to be revived will be The

ing how exactly to give students concessions.
The campus cafeteria has been closed for
a year now. The renovations done for Sbarro
show expansion in some places, handicap
accessible restrooms and an overall design
that models this branch so that it fits in with
other franchise locations. Mr. Knowles said
that entire portion of the building has been
gutted, giving the workmen a blank slate to
work with. In his words, "everything that
was not structurally a part of the building has
been removed."
He was asked to respond to the comment
made by some in the College community that
Sbarro's move here is one purely motivated
by profit, Mr. Knowles responded: "If the
services we offer to the College are per-
ceived by students to be nothing more than
exploitation, the business won't survive."

Business Club, The Choir, Volleyball and
Basketball teams. We will continue to have
the Bridge Club, SCM and COBUS.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority are
being very generous to the campus by pro-
viding a refurbished, high tech Student
Resource Centre which is now being devel-
oped. The centre will be refurbished with 10
new computers, a laminating machine, over-
head projectors, and new carpet; all to
enhance the level of technology, which the
students will have access to.
One of our goals for The Northern
Campus this academic year is for students to
receive an excellent and well-rounded educa-
tion during their time with us. This will be
achieved through high standards in academ-
ics, the creation of a high tech campus, and
an increase in meaningful, yet fun-filled stu-
dent activities.

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The Spectrum

S-3 Art Block
The College/University of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Tel: (242) 302-4484/5 Fax (242) 302-4539

Managing Editor ..............Stephen A. Hanna, JRN/COM
Production Editor............ Tecoyo Sturrup, CIS
Business Editor .............. Khandise Smith,
Banking & Finance w/Spanish
Features Editor ......... ... Chakara Bennett, ENG
Cartoonist ................... Patrick J. Deveaux ENG LIT

Reva Devi, Ryan Bastian, Garnel Leo
and Dianna Vargas-Phillpot

Marjorie Cheetham

The Spectrum, the student voice of The College of The Bahamas,
is published monthly.

Why is the F- Block Trippin'

by S.A. Hanna
Managing Editor

Persons with majors that force
them to spend considerable amounts
of time in the F block may know that
of late this block has been plagued by
lost of electricity. Not during a BEC
load shedding exercise. Those don't
really affect students because COB
has several generators around the
Oakes field campus in the event that
such a situation should happen.
According to the Physical Plant
Department, the problem is that the
construction work being done on the
Auditorium is pulling power from the
F-Block. This means that at any
moment something is being added to
one part of the College, it can cause
another part of The College to lose
something in the form of time, infor-
mation and equipment.
The lost of power that has occur
several times in the past two weeks is
isolated solely to the F-block, which
is the home for the Learning
Resource Centre, the Language Lab,
the Journalism Lab and several class-
These incidents affect in particular
members of the Journalism depart-
ment adversely as they occur while
students are using the important elec-

tronic devices in the lab.
It is not that this block has been
grossly neglected or over-looked by
The College.
Many of the students are quite
grateful about the fact that all of the
classes have air-conditioning.
Unfortunately this seems to have
contributed to the problem because
when the power goes out in the F-
block, many of the windows are
stuck, unable to open because the
operators do not work.
What it seems to be is that, while
The College has been gracious
enough to bestow many kind bless-
ings on the F-Block, certain impor-
tant things have been over looked.
Certain important things like having
adequate power for a block with
over $22,166.00 worth of fickle
electrical equipment running at any
It only seems unwise to risk los-
ing such costly equipment as well as
the incalculable work of students to
a problem that has a possible reme-
dy. The residents of the F-Block no
doubt will make do, with the equip-
ment that have long as the
electricity is flowing through the
equipment allowing them to work.

Letters to the Editor are encouraged. Please type and send to The Spectrum, C . of the Bahamas c/o Student
Publications Board, S-3 Art Block, Oakes Field Campus, or email Length should not exceed 350
words. All letters must be signed and includecontact . such as exact COB registration name. The
Spectrum has the right to withhold any submission from publication and will not consider more than two letters from the
same individual on one topic. The Spectrum reserves the right to edit all letters and submissions for content, clarity and


Dear Editor:

It was a Thursday afternoon as I
walked into the law . only
to intrude on a .. topic about the
female worker's As I said
excuse me to ask my question, my
words are received with looks of "oh
what does this one want". This wasn't
so bad though, it's the laughter that
follows my question that pushed my
buttons. To add insult to injury my
being there is completely pointless
due to the fact that they can't even
answer the question. I I

began to wander if the Librarian was
even aware of the extent of the frus-
tration some of her : on stu-
dents everyday. To say that COB's
puts customer satisfaction first
would be the same as saying commu
nist encourage the growth of the pri-
vate sector.
I'm getting ahead of
Although this current instance is
merely one of the most recent in a
long line of experiences of utter dis-
satisfaction, the beginning would pro-
vide more perspective about the frus-
trations of which I speak.
I. other student can tell you,
registration can either be a walk in
the park orfor the majority of the time
an uphill struggle in . As a
freshman the only hindrance to my
registration experience was the fact
that my advisor was missing in action,
but other than that I was "quickly"

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sorted out three hours later. It wasn't
until my second time registering that
my faith in COB's to waiv-
er. My account had been left locked by
the business department because
someone forgot to remove the lock
after they took my money. One
would think such an oversight would
be quickly remedied, but the people
with clearance to unlock my account
were all on a retreat for the next two
days. This happened on a Thursday.
Fast forward to Monday and I'm left
picking new classes due to the fact
that two of my five classes are full.
Why would they do such a thing
around registration time? Would leav-
ing someone behind with the authori-
ty to deal with such matters be too
much of a task?
I'm sure I'm not the only student to
the bookstore doors and
try to obtain a book, only to find out
that it either "hasn't been brought in
yet" or has "sold out for now". Then
only to return the next day to find out
that the books in question were actu-
just sitting around up stairs or in
storage dust because some-
one forgot they were up there. This
much is excusable to an extent but
what was at issue is the fact
that the bookstore's security guards
found it within their job description to
and once almost
harass students at their leisure. For
example there's a guard who likes to
walk up to every table/booth and stare

at the occupants until they start up a
conversation with him. In a more
extreme case a student was merely
behind the cafe store pur-
chase area when a security guard
came and told him to sit down without
any explanation. So he com-
,. His compliance
however was met with . from
the security, who proceeded to lecture
him about "you . students think
you're so much better than me" and
then threatens to assault the student if
he ever meets him outside COB
grounds. Who hires a man this unsta-
ble to protect people? Furthermore
who doesn't fire such a person after
three other occasions with three
ferent students were accosted by him
in plain sight in the bookstore?
C . of The Bahamas is the
hope of our nation's tertiary educa-
tion system and hopes one day to
become University of The Bahamas.
With the upgrade in status will the
level of complacency and
shown by its workers rise or will this
new prestige lead to a more .
and streamlined institution. There is a
lot that can be done under our new
leadership, my only question is will I
be around to see the fruits of such said
change if it happens or will the gener-
ation of tomorrow be plagued by the
same . that we face

. 'Frustrated

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If you like to sing and wish to participate
in more college activities, The College Choir
is an excellent choice to liven your college
experience. The Choir is actively seeking
new members.
The Choir has a rich history of entertain-
ing not only at campus events but communi-
ty events where their reputation as a talented
performing and instrumental group has blos-
somed over the years. Choir members often

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Not Enough Computers

by S.A. Hanna and Reva Devi

"They have bad conditions. The internet
never up and there ain't enough computers
for students," said Kordero St.Cyr, a second-
year student. The attitude he expresses is
shared by many students at COB.
Whether or not they are working properly,
the question of whether COB has an ade-
quate number of computers for students has
plagued The College for several semesters.
With reports of students having to wait up to
1/2 hour to print one document as well the
unpredictability of the computer lab hours,
the efficiency of the present number of com-
puters and labs has some students worried.
When questioned on if the schools esti-

mated 80 computers available for general
use, was ample for the thousands of students
at COB, Rudy Burton of the MIS
Department says there are a sufficient num-
ber of computers. "People have computers at
home, the problem is bad planning," he said
referring to students procrastinating with
their assignments.
But some students do not feel such a posi-
tion is acceptable. According to Patrick
Thompson, a third-year student, all of the
responsibility cannot be placed on the shoul-
ders of the students. "Everybody don't have
a computer or internet at home," he said cit-
ing this as the reason persons wait until they
are at school to do their assignments.
According to John Collins, MIS Chief

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Information Officer, there
are three main labs located
around the Oakes Field cam-
pus that are open to all stu-
dents. These are the BBTC-
7, A-13 and T-4 each with
12-20 computers. Besides
these, there are specialized
computers labs that are
opened only to specific
schools as well as computers
available in the various

perform at community concerts and with vis-
iting college choirs.
Although the majority of Choir members
are Music major, anyone within the COB
community can join The College Choir, other
students majors in particular, but faculty and
staff can also lend their talents. The Choir
wants you!
Choir practice is every Thursday from 2
pm in the Music Room in the H-block. If a
performance is upcoming practice time is
This year there are two Choir Directors,
Associate Professor, Pauline Glasby, Head of
Department and Patricia Ellis, Assistant
Director of Human Resources.
This semester The Choir will performing
at various receptions President Hodder is
hosting at her residence. The Choir is also
preparing for another annual Christmas con-
cert which will be held at Government House
ballroom. The choir has a present member-
ship between 30-40 members.

libraries, times.
He also added The Mr. Collins also attributed
College is taking steps to bet- the inconsistent hours to the
ter the existing system. interference of students.
Part of the problem with Referring to a specific inci-
the erratic lab hours accord- dent, Mr. Collins revealed
ing to Mr. Collins, is that that a student "burnt out" the
MIS is understaffed. A prob- controls for the hurricane
lem he says they are dealing shutters over the door for the
with by hiring more students computer lab in the A-
as Tech-Mentors to keep labs Block, locking students out
opened during the allotted temporarily.

* Monsieur Thierry Boeuf, French Consul, led a group of faculty, students and representative of for-
eign nationals in the parade of 15 flags at the opening of the International Languages and Cultures
Institute, Thursday, Sept 28, 2006. Photo by Library Media.

Contributed by Dianna Vargas-Phillpot

As part of The College of The
Bahamas' transformation to university, a
new International Languages and
Cultures Institute was launched Thursday,
Sept 28 which offers everyone an oppor-
tunity to broaden their cultural horizons
and develop knowledge in foreign lan-
According to its mission statement,
"The International Languages Institute is
committed to providing quality language
instruction in selected world languages
and promoting intercultural communica-
tion and awareness for students, business
professionals, government and other spe-
cial groups within The Bahamas and the
region. The Institute strives to offer
instructional programmes and services in
an optimal learning environment which
integrates the most current and effective
pedagogy and technology."
This means that the Institute, with Dr.
Irene Moss, Assistant Professor in the
Foreign Languages Department, School

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of Communication and Creative Arts,
serving as Project Coordinator, aims not
only to complement and assist The
College, but will cater to the needs of the
general public.
For example, the Institute is planning a
community outreach which will assist
high school students to better prepare
themselves for the BGCSE foreign lan-
guages exams.
Moreover, COB students might find the
Institute significantly beneficial when it
comes to foreign language studies. The
Institute will address specific interests and
provide more specific learning services, in
this case focusing on different cultures
and foreign languages programmes.
In most instances where members of
the public wish to take courses for person-
al development or job-related needs, the
Institute offers proficiency certificates
designed for specific courses.
Languages courses previously man-
aged by COB's Continuing Education and

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F1 The Spectrum October 2006


What are you studying at COB?
Education? Biology? Chemistry? Nursing?
Law? Business? Well, it's fairly likely that
one of these is your major, after all they are
among the most commonly pursued
At The College of The Bahamas there
are about 60 programs from which student
can select majors. Yet there are some
majors that are highly under-subscribed,
such as Art, Music and English.
So what is the problem? After all, these
majors allow you a lot of leniency, a wide
margin for creativity and many classes
don't require end of term exams.
According to most students interviewed
the reasons for not taking such majors are
either they simply lack interest in the areas
or they don't have the skill to succeed in
Some students said that they love the
subjects but they couldn't live the lifestyle
of poverty that they would be subjected to
in The Bahamas. Other students comment-
ed that, "There's no future in art!" or
"English? You could only be a teacher,"
and "What are you going to do with
But quite frankly, there are a lot of occu-
pational options in the mentioned subjects
as can be seen below.

And these are just a few of the career
possibilities in these fields. For more
information contact a College Counselor
on the 3rd floor of the Portia Smith
Also students are advised to remember
that The Bahamas is a diverse place and
ideas and points of view change everyday.
Not doing what you are passionate about
because of what society or your parents
say, won't be helping you to achieve your
full potential. Of course, you are likely to
receive an amazing salary being an
accountant or doctor, but is it going to be
worth your being dissatisfied for a large
portion of your life?
Don't be afraid to explore these majors
say faculty advisors. Some of this coun-
try's best and most creative minds are in
these fields. It is possible that creativity
may be exactly what this country needs to
get to the next level developmentally and
Who is going to 'step up' to the plate
tomorrow to be the next K.B. or Keva
Bethel or Antonius Roberts? These people
entertain us, educate us and preserve our
history and culture through the work they
do. You are needed to continue this work
and to keep our culture rich and intact.
So the ball is in your court COB stu-
dents. It's your choice.

Careers in Art Careers in Music Careers in English

Graphic Designer
Interior Decorator
Book Illustrator
Tattoo artist
Fashion Designer
Magazine layout & design
Art teacher/lecturer
Art Museum curator
Police Sketch Artist

Music Synchronizer
Music record dealer
Music artist
International teacher
Music teacher
Movie track composer
Music promoter
Music Manager
Music publicist
Recording Studio Engineer

Professional Proof-Reader
Professional Speech writer
Research- Analyst
Print & Broadcast
Video Programming & Production
ESL teacher
Language/Literature teacher


It was an enthusiastic
group made up of hotel
chefs, culinary students and
others that gathered at the
School of Culinary and
Hospitality Management
Institute to learn some of the
secrets of Thai cooking, Sept
Renowned restaurateur
and Chef Vatcharin
Bhumichitr and his delega-
tion provided hands-on
demonstrations of Thai cook-
ing for the enthusiastic audi-
ence that included President
Janyne Hodder and
Executive Vice President Dr.
Rhonda Chipman-Johnson.
This special culinary ini-
tiative was supported by The
College of The Bahamas in
partnership with the Thai
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The Spectrum October 2006 H

A Very Dramatic Summer

Chakara Bennett
Features Editor

Have you heard? Drama is COB is on the
rise! During the early part of this year and
continuing into the summer months, many
COB students have been involved in differ-
ent dramatic productions.
One such production was the play, "De
Market Fire" which was written by English
major, Emille Hunt and produced by The
Track Road Theatre, which our own Dr. Ian
Strachan is founder and chairperson. It was
humorously focused on the historical Bay
Street straw market fire that occurred in
2001. This show was an instant hit!!! All of
the actors/actresses in this production were
extremely talented. But actors such as
Matthew Wildegoose, the main actor, and
Franklin Camille and actresses like Daria
Delancy and Ryan Adderley, really brought
the play out due to their excellent perform-
ances. The play was not only popular with
the public at large but also with many COB
students. In fact, it was said that people had
to be sent away when seats ran out in the the-

The second production, "Honey Les Wait"
should hit closer to home for you, COB stu-
dents. After all, according to actor, Patrick
Deveaux, and co-writer and director Travon
Patton, this was not just performed by stu-
dents, but also directed, organized and pro-
duced by them. "We were surprised at the
amount of student support we got, especially
it being our first time trying something like
this," he said. In fact, the actors formed
themselves into a group called YAG (Youth
Actors Guild). The purpose of this play was
to promote abstinence and AIDS awareness
among the youth of the nation. According to
Tony McCartney, an actor who isn't a COB
student, this production has been performed
not only for students but also a few scenes
for the U.S. ambassador at his home and the
entire production at The National Center For

The Performing Arts. Also, there have been
articles about it in The Tribune and The
Guardian. Drama in COB is surely going
In the past, drama in the Bahamas appears
to be on a decline, yet these two major youth
involved productions are saying otherwise.


To increase awareness of the need and
importance of literacy, The College of The
Bahamas and The Tribune publications
teamed up for a week Sept. 8-15th to pres-
ent a series of readings by Bahamian
authors to celebrate International Literacy
Readings were held daily during the
evenings in Chapter One Bookstore with
presentations by writers Michael Pintard,
Obediah Michael Smith, Dr. Ian Strachan,
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, Telcine
Turner-Rolle, Cleveland "Anku" Eneas
and Victoria Sarnes.
In addition, The Tribune ran a special
eight-page supplement with interesting
articles by Dame Ivy Dumont retired

Governor General and Sir Arthur Foulkes,
one-time Bahamas High Commissioner to
the UK, plus interviews with a number of
well-known writers most are noted above.
The supplement also included a message
from the United Nations and a 'Reading is
Freedom" declaration signed by a number
of very important local people whose sig-
natures can be seen on the front page of
the supplement.
International Literacy Day is an annual
event and is celebrated in a number of
ways but most countries tend to focus on
educational activities to increase aware-
ness of literacy and the role it plays in
developing constructive citizens.

Drama is back COB!!! Drama is back!! But
why? What has changed? According to
Deveaux and also Andrew Strachan, an actor
in "De Market Fire", the reason is simply that
this generation has changed. "Young people
are no longer forced to stifle their creativity
by the fretful older generation. They have a
more open mindset and the illusions of
grandeur and success only existing in aca-
demic fields such as medicine and law have
been shattered. Drama is no longer a waste of
time. It's an awesome and worthwhile pas-
time. Also, many plays today are more
focused toward attracting young actors, and
the young people support each other."
Well, after such a successful drama season,
what is in store for the future you ask?
Simply, more and more drama!!! If you were
one of the unfortunate people who missed the
plays mentioned above, then you are in luck!
Coming October 5-7th at the Dundas is an
encore of the historically fabulous and
extremely entertaining "De Market Fire".
If you have any ideas, a deep passion or
talent for drama, don't be afraid to contact Dr.

Cost of Education at COB
Continued from page 1

In this issue The Spectrum takes a look at
a sampling of tuition fees only that students
pay for one year of education at COB and
selected institutions in the US and Canada.
While at COB tuition fees have remained
fixed for several, tuition in the US and
Canada fees vary considerably, depending on
the program of choice, the number of cours-
es taken or whether the institution is public
or private. If private, tuition will cost more
because fees have to cover operating costs, if
the institution is public, a major source of
funding comes from the state.
We are not comparing size of the foreign
institutions to COB or whether the nomen-
clature is university or college, we are look-
ing at cost of tertiary education and the insti-
tutions that attract many Bahamians.
Bahamians, as international or out-of-state
students, pay considerably more at both pri-
vate and public institutions. Cost of course
credits can differ depending on the course
taken, for example whether you are a fresh-
man/sophomore or junior/senior student and
in some cases whether it's a science or arts
A look at tuition fees only for a 30 credit
load at the following universities: Atlanta
University in the US state of Georgia a pop-
ular institution for Bahamians, the fee was
just under $15,000; at North Carolina
University at Chapel Hill, they would have
paid over $18,000; at Florida International
University the fee was a little of $15,500 and

Da Market Fire Cast

Ian Strachan in the School of English. He is
also in charge of the college's drama club,
"Off-Track", which is presently in hiatus, bul
if there is enough student interest it may be
able to restart. Or maybe you may choose to
take the initiative to produce the play on your
own with your friends for fun. Well, howev-
er you plan to express yourself dramatically,
always remember to have fun!

at St. Leo's University (in Florida) they
would have paid almost $15,000. At COB, a
student taking 30 credits would pay between
In Canada where tuition fees are about
four to six percent less than they are in the
US, a Bahamian attending Acadia University
would pay just under B$13,000; at Saint
Mary's University and Dalhousie they would
have paid a little over B$10,000; at Queens
tuition fees range between B$9 and
B$19,000 depending on the program of
The fees indicated for COB and universi-
ties abroad are for tuition only and do not
include any number of accompanying fees
for items such as books, insurance, union,
labs and other miscellaneous fees which can
vary depending on the year. These amounts
also do not including housing and meals.
At COB the credit range for a bachelor's
degree is betweenl20-135, depending on the
program. A student who graduates from COB
with a bachelor degree last year paid between
$16 and $22,750 for the entire four to five
year package. Of course this amount did nol
include the various fees which add up to an
additional $175 each.
A COB degree is highly marketable.
Employers respect it because COB graduates
have a history of leadership performance al
work. Universities abroad welcome transfer
students from COB because they know the
students can achieve. The question is fre-
quently asked nowadays: How long can COB
continue to provide this level of education
for which students, for the most part, pay
only a fraction of the cost?

WI The Spectrum October 2006


Located on the second floor of Student
Services (Portia M. Smith) building,
Financial Aid & Housing office is one of the
most sought out sites on campus.
Nevertheless, many students are unaware of
the list of services or confused about what
they need to do to take advantage of the
offerings of this department.

It's a competitive

business 3

Headed by Director Cheryl Carey and
Assistant Director Mary Russell, two caring
women who have been with The College for
many years, this department is extremely
busy at certain times during the semester. If
you need assistance contact them months
before the semester starts but the information
contained in this report should answer some
of your concerns and help you get started.
It's a competitive business. Over the years
enrollment has increased but the amount of
money available for financial aid and hous-
ing has not increased by any appreciable
amount. Financial aid is primarily awarded

based on scholastic merit and according to
Director Carey, there are more students
requesting financial assistance than there are
award dollars, so students have to compete.
Students can get awards from $600 to full
Freshmen or new students should contact
Financial Aid before they graduate from high
school, however COB will normally accept
applications in July or August. Current stu-
dents should apply by end of June for fall and
end of October for spring award. All COB
application for admission forms have infor-
mation about financial aid and when and how
to apply. Only full-time Bahamian students
are eligible for financial assistance.
New students who enter with 5 BGCSEs
(English and math included) at A or B grades
are in much better standing to compete for
financial awards than a student who has 'C'
grades. Ms. Carey explains that a 'C' grade
puts the student in the race for consideration,
but an 'A or 'B' grade puts the student in
competition." Current or continuing students
must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA to be con-
sidered. No awards or scholarship are grant-
ed to students in College Prep or basic

upgrading, the LLB and Master's programs.
Although COB selects students and grants
the award, the money for financial assistance
is provided by the Bahamas government and
these funds are lumped in the total COB
annual government grant. Government grant
to COB supports in particular Teacher
Education and Nursing majors although
awards are also given to financially strapped
students with good grades. For the past two
years, including the current academic year,
COB received less than $20 million from
government, practically all of which goes to
pay faculty and staff salaries.
Additionally, financial aid supports the
well-known Work-Study program and pays
for tuition only but this is a significant help
to students experiencing financial difficul-
ties. Recipients of this award work in vari-
ous areas of The College during the fall and
spring terms.
Not to be overlooked are the various pri-
vate scholarships and bursaries donated by
individuals, companies and organizations.
These are normally awarded to academically
outstanding students, but some are awarded
on the basic of financial need and for partic-
ular areas of study. As always The Lyford
Cay Foundation and Canadian Lyford Cay
Foundation and The College of The Bahamas
Endowment Fund are available to students.


Another challenging responsibility of this
department is housing which has had a histo-
ry sprinkled with students' complaints about
faulty facilities and appliances. However, for
the past few years, students in the two resi-
dency blocks located Moss Road and College
Avenue--easy walking distance from the
Oakes Field campus--seem relatively satis-
fied with their accommodations.
There are 11 apartments occupied by 55
students, mostly family islanders who each
pay $400 for the longer semester and $200
during the summer session. Each summer
COB spends thousands of dollars renovating
and replacing furniture and appliances at the
dorms. Students are sometimes turned away
because of shortage of space and many are
hopeful that this issue will be lessened once
construction of Dorm C, the third block of
housing, is completed.
A small number of off campus housing are
also available and within close proximity to
campus. A listing of these accommodations
is available in the Department, just write to
Director, Financial Aid & Housing or tele-
phone 302-4371 for further assistance.

International Languages
and Cultures Institute
Continued From page 7

Extension Services (CEES) are now the
responsibility of The Institute which
will apply the same equivalency as
CEES. For example: Conversational
Spanish I and II are equivalent in credit
to Spanish 103 offered by the Foreign
Languages Department of SCCA.
Institute courses (formerly CEES cours-
es) run for 10 weeks, with 3 hours of
classes per week. SCCA's Foreign
Languages Department courses run for
14 weeks, with 4 hours of classes per
But the Institute's purpose is not only
academic as it will also offer special
services such as immersion days/week-
ends, literary evenings, art and other
exhibits, reception of satellite broadcast
from foreign countries and cultural
Dr. Irene Moss explains that the
Institute's focus is also on the teaching

C6 I want students to come here
and be able to experience other

and learning about other cultures so as
to promote tolerance and understanding
of the many international cultures that
touch our shores.
"I want students to come here and be
able to experience other cultures with-
out having to travel abroad," she said.
She illustrates the Institute's aim of
promoting foreign cultures through the
many colourful multi-cultural ddcor dis-
played around the Institute's office in
the Munnings Building located next to
Kentucky Fried Chicken, northwest of
the roundabout.
The Institute will initially offer cours-
es in Spanish, French, German and
Haitian Creole and organizers hope to
incorporate shortly, Portuguese, Italian
and Mandarin Chinese.
Additionally, English as a second lan-
guage will be taught, and special interest
language courses will be offered to hotel
workers, banking and business groups,
medical professionals, taxi drivers, tour
guides, etc.
Dr. Moss reports that as The Bahamas
moves further toward globalization, all
course levels will follow the proficiency
guidelines set out by the American
Council for the Teaching of Foreign
Languages (ACTFL).

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COB is a public sup-
ported institution. The
Bahamas government
provides the main
source of funding for
COB. Tuition fees are
regarded as fixed since
they have been the same
for four years now and
will likely remain so for
a few more years, most
COB officials believe.
The government's
annual grant to The
College is just under $20
million and has been so
for the past three years. To
raise fees COB would
have to get government's
approval and although
they have not made a for-
mal request for tuition fee
increase, they have not
had any response to their
verbal request.
Because tuition costs
remain fixed, VP for
Finance and
Administration Denton
Brown says COB relies
heavily on the government
grant to pay salaries health
insurance and utility bills.
In addition he said COB
relies on revenue generat-
ed from tuition fees and
non-tuition fees--which
COB can change without

government approval-to
pay for other operating
costs which have
increased substantively, in
some areas.
Mr. Brown said The
College's total income for
last year was $35.2 mil-
lion. This amount includ-
ed the $20 million from
government, plus $10.6
million from tuition fees
and $1.5 million from
non-tuition fees. Include
in the total income was
income from book sales,
scholarship grants, dona-
tions from benefactors and
friends of The College.
COB's expenditures were
$38 million and COB used
a surplus from the last
three years to pay for the
additional expenses.
From an accounting
perspective, The College
may seem financially
sound since there is no
significant deficient on the
books, however this pres-
ent status, leaves little rev-
enue for necessary expan-
sion of facilities and fur-
ther development of prop-
er infrastructure.
If COB were to raise its
tuition to five or six thou-
sand dollars a year, for
example, that would

"make a whole lot of dif-
ference in terms of student
life" says Mr. Brown.
He said COB would be
able to provide proper
infrastructure, increase its
computer capacity with
internet access, renovate
and expand dorm space,
more facility for sports.
"This will have a positive
impact on the quality of
student life. There is a
direct relation between the
amount of money we have
to spend and the quality of
life for the students," says
Mr. Brown.
Improving the quality
of student life is what
everyone wants but this
requires more funding,
more than COB presently
generates. So the govern-
ment has given approval
for COB to float a bond to
generate more revenue.
Mr. Brown explains that
COB intends to do this in
before the start of the next
academic year. He said,
"The bond will be issued
in amounts of $5, 000,
$10, 000 and $20,000 for
5, 10, 20 or 30 years and
will be sold to the public,
insurance companies, pen-
sion funds and corpora-


* Watermelon Rose See it at the festival (photo by Reva Devi)

Contributed by Reva Devi

If you've never heard of the International
Food Festival, chances are you've been living
under a rock. Every October, people living in
The Bahamas from the different nations of
the world come together and offer food,
entertainment and trinkets from their home-
lands to those in attendance.
Held at the Botanical Gardens, this two-
day event scheduled for Saturday and
Sunday, Oct 21st and 22nd is not a mere fair,
it is an extravaganza of cultures.
Each country involved is responsible for a
stall, as well as having a representative in
national dress participate in a fashion show
called the Parade of Nations. Most countries
volunteer to provide entertainment over the
two day period, however, festival entertain-
ment usually officially kicks off with a beau-
tiful dance by a young Indian girl. Many
countries provide a dance or a song, but some
provide a skit or non-musical display.
The stalls, where food and other items are
sold, are split into sections according to
regions. A Caribbean section includes The
Bahamas (which has a variety of stall) and
Cuba (which is so large it is in an area on its
own), Asia, the Americas and Europe. In
addition to the food stalls, there is a Kiddy
Korner (run by Girl Guides and various vol-
unteers), soda stalls, and, for adults only, the
Bacardi stall.
The stalls of different regions compete
early on Saturday morning to see which has
the best presentation and although there is no
cash prize plaque, the competition is solely
for bragging rights and pride.
For persons only interested in the food,
this is truly the place to get ANY and
EVERYTHING that you want. Whether you
want Chinese food you normally buy as a
treat, Bahamian food you eat on a regular

/ basis, or the Scottish food you've never tried

before, you will be able to find something
you'll enjoy. Each country brings a variety of
dishes from which you can choose and most
also offer a local drink of some kind.
Younger children have the option of
going into the Kiddy Korner, which is a very
large play area with a swing set, slide and
other activities. It is a small price to pay foi
a parent to put their child in the area for a few
hours or the entire day. If that's not quite
what you have in mind for your child, there
is a bouncing castle and a spinning ride that
they can also enjoy without you having to
leave them.
Though the prices can be a bit exorbitant
when you add up your expenditure, the melt-
ing of the various cultures is a sight to behold
on its own. Every stall, regardless of place-
ment in the competition, is always beautiful-
ly decorated and the food for each is always
displayed in the most appetizing manner.
A small stall, like the Turks and Caicos,
uses its space to full capacity and has cre-
ative ways of exhibition. The largest stall,
Cuba, has different stalls for food, drinks,
trinkets, leather, jewelry, as well as artwork
and has the opportunity to present as much
native decorations as they desire.
The College community is invited to
attend the festival and enjoy the food and the
rich cultures from around the world.

* Watch the parade ot nations in color dresses
(photo by Reva Devi)

PI The Spectrum October 2006

Athletics Progress at COB

S COB students at a recent soccor meet (photo by Sean Bastian)

Contributed by Patrick Deveaux

Progress is being made and good news is
radiating from the new athletic program.
Greg Harshaw, Director of Athletics says
that there was a great interest in the intramu-
ral program, greater than expected. This is
because most of the teams were established
in time to meet their deadlines. Men's and
Women's intramural table tennis, Men and
Women's intramural swim, and Women's ter-
tiary volley team were among those that were
able to meet their respective dates.
Mr. Harshaw was pleased to announce that
all intramural deadlines were met and the
dates for team establishments are confirmed.
Furthermore, the program is making strides,
not to mention it has had the greatest sign up
and participation record that The College has
ever had, which really expresses the overall
interest of the student body.
As far as the Tertiary league is concerned,
that was expected to be in place as of the
beginning of this semester, but that process
has been delayed because of lack of response
for a grant request from the government.
Despite the postponement however, the terti-
ary league teams are already established, so
the athletics committee are prepared and
ready to start as soon the government
Among the array of events and excursions

the sports committee has planned, is the
recent visit to Northern Bahamas Campus to
establish the bowling league which will be
launched early October when they will be
heading back to check on the progress it has
made. However that wasn't their only motive
behind the trip.
The visit was also to make students aware
of Student Activities and to encourage stu-
dents to get involved in various clubs, as Mr.
Harshaw explains this program is about more
than sports as it seeks to create opportunities
for students in the area of sport whole mak-
ing them well round in mind and body. The
next trip the committee makes will be to the
Exuma campus.
For that creative student, a contest will
soon be on the way to name The College's
Mascot,of course the one chosen winner will
be awarded in this effort to promote school
For all you computer savvy sports lovers,
there is soon to be an upgrade to The
College's website where one can view, the
Bios of team members and couches along
with their pictures, statistics and rosters. This
is not only going to be excellent for COB stu-
dents but couches and students at colleges
and universities aboard.
Tournaments are planned for Men's and
Women's Basketball teams to travel to New
York City in November to play City Tech and

Polytechnic University and New York City
College of Technology, which are both
NCAA teams. During the Thanksgiving
weekend, Nov 25-26, Men's Basketball team

hopes to attend a tournament as well. Besides
getting new uniforms the Track Team is also
expected to compete in three to fours track
meets in the US.