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I Contributed by Tanya Green
Who says there's never good news about the reg-
istration process? Well, there is, starting next semes-
If all goes according to plans the new process to
be announced any day now by COB, comes into
effect this month for the spring registration should
please everyone, even the skeptics.
The new process does not bear any additional
costs to students but will eliminate most of the root
causes of the registration process that students com-
plain about. In fact a communication blitz will be
undertaken soon by The College to ensure that
everyone knows about the "changes and improve-
ments" said spokesperson for the team working to
remove registration kinks, Dr. Danny Davis of
School of Sciences and Technology.
Here's what you can expect:
) Registration will be faster and all windows
in the Business Office will have a cashier
) Students will be able to conduct transactions at
any cashier's window, there will be no distinction for
* THE LONG WAIT-- Long waiting lines for registration might soon be a thing of the
past. (Photo by S.A. Hanna)
I Fewer bill adjustments
) Transcript distribution allocated to Schools'
computer labs. Must have your ID as the
process operates on the basis of student's ID
* Continued on page 11
COUNCIL CHAIRMAN SHARES WITH
THE SPECTRUM VISION FOR COB
* CHAIRMAN AND THE PM--COB Council
Chairman Franklyn Wilson has the ear of
Prime Minister Perry Christie.
I by S.A. Hanna
COB already boasts a number of graduates
who are in high ranking positions in account-
ing, banking and politics, however Council
Chairman Franklyn Wilson posits that "just as
it was in the 60's and 70's when a high number
of politicians were Government High School
alumni, in 10 years COB graduates will have a
similar effect on this country."
It's because of this that Mr. Wilson claims
attending the College of The Bahamas will help
students to develop "important networks"
among future leaders of the country.
According to him, "COB will be The
Network in The Bahamas."
The goal of the Council now is to make the
College so attractive that instead of going
abroad COB will be the primary place of ter-
tiary education for Bahamians.
Several of the initiatives that the College
hopes to achieve in the preceding 12 months
) Beginning of construction on the new
I Completion of the Performance Arts Centre
* Continued on page 9
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U The Spectrum November 2006
The Departed Movie Review
Sbarro Opening Delayed
Opening for Sbarro restaurant has been rescheduled to
January due to unexpected delays in completing essential
renovations in the time anticipated earlier.
According to Charlton Knowles, Sbarro Manager, they
discovered a number of changes needed to be made once
renovations started----the floors had (not have).
"Delays are inevitable when you renovate rather than build
new," says Mr. Knowles.
They will be ready for the January return of students for
the spring term however, and will offer a 10 percent dis-
count on combo items to students with ID.
Since they also want to reach customers beyond the COB
community, they intend to do a massive advertising cam-
paign with daily radio ads promoting the campus Sbarro.
I Reviewed by Travaldo Farrington
"The Departed" is based on a 2002 Hong
Kong film named "Infernal Affairs" and
marks Martin Scorcese's return to directing.
The film follows Billy (Leonardo DiCaprio)
working undercover to bring down Boston's
largest crime boss Frank Costello (Jack
Nicholson) and Colin (Matt Damon) as a
man that was taken into Costello's care at a
very young age, now working in the police
force per Costello's wishes.
There are a few faults with the film. The
love triangle that develops between Billy,
Colin and Verma Farmiga seems forced. Hei
character is never really developed enough to
explain her motivations, they are almost
completely unknown. The set pieces feel
interchangeable. There's never any real tie to
any particular setting. Exposition by the
main characters is excessive and can poten-
tially bore if you're not a fan. The climax ol
the film also seems as if it was rushed. It
never satisfies and will leave you with a bad
taste in your mouth.
Most of the flaws are excusable. The cam-
era work and editing are very well done and
the film maintains a tension you'll feel
throughout the entire film. While not perfect,
"The Departed" is a great choice, especially
if you're a fan of crime flicks.
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I Chakara Bennett
So you say you're a writer. You've written
some recognisable forms of poetry, slapped
together some fine specimens of short sto-
ries, won numerous prizes for your outstand-
ing essays and hailed for your excellent dra-
matic articles. But are you really as good as
Coming to COB or rather any college/uni-
versity will dampen your dreams and expec-
tations when you realize things aren't so sim-
ple and beautiful. Discovering that your
skills aren't as perfect as you thought, you
lose faith and hope. But fear not! This is but
a part of life, overcoming such circumstances
and finding the inspiration you need to con-
tinue your dream to be that future world
And inspiration comes in unexpected
forms. Inspiration is embodied in great
authors like Fred D'Aguiar, who came to
Oakes field campus Nov. 2-4th to share his
knowledge, love and experiences with
Bahamian writers, college students and the
Not only is D'Aguiar an accomplished
writer, poet and playwright but he is also the
winner of various awards and prizes such as
The David Higham Prize for Fiction, The
Whitbread First Novel Award and the T.S.
Eliot poetry prize. Although well-estab-
lished, D'Aguiar comes across as a very
humble literary artist.
During his visit which was organized by
School of English Studies, there were oppor-
tunities for students to hear him speak and
discuss topics close to heart. One main topic
which he consistently discussed was the
issue of Caribbean people maintaining theii
heritage and identities when residing abroad.
He said that is not to make oneself aloof to
the cultures of the land in which you reside
but rather embrace it, live it fully but con-
tribute your knowledge and experiences as a
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The Spectrum November 2006
TWO SCIENCE STUDENTS SET
FOR RHODE ISLAND UNIVERSITY
Flushed with anticipation Patrick
Thompson and Cory Eldon, two outstanding
students in School of Sciences and
Technology are gearing up for their spring
semester at University of Rhode Island (URI)
in the US.
They will be categorized as exchange stu-
dents as a result of an articulation agreement
worked out between URL and COB. VP
Research, Graduate Studies & International
Relations Dr. Linda Davis, returned recently
from a visit to Rhode Island where she and
URI officials put the finishing touches to that
agreement which calls for exchanges of stu-
dents and faculty between the two institu-
Several students were recommended by
their School to participate in an interview
process to select only two students for this
first round at URI. Patrick and Cory are each
registered to take five courses.
COB apparently is the first to get the ben-
efit of this exchange agreement with the
spring enrollment of Patrick a math major
and Cory a biochem major, in the science
programme at URI. They are both four-year
students who will complete their final semes-
ter courses for the Bachelor degree at URI.
According to Dr. Davis, two science pro-
fessors are also expected here early next
semester to conduct a week-long seminar for
Science and Technology faculty. Dr. Davis
anticipate faculty from both institutions will
trade places soon because both are heavily
invested in oceanography research. She
hopes that the exchange program will grow
to where both COB and URI will share
Earlier this year a contingent of Rhode
Islanders led by URI Associate Dean of
Environment and Life Sciences met with
COB officials to initially discuss a faculty
exchange which grew to include students.
That visit and subsequently Dr. Davis' visit to
URI were arranged through the US Embassy.
URI students are not anticipated here until
* Sharon Flake
COB has constructed the long expected
Dorm C addition to the Moss Road residence
which will house the foreign students. Their
study here, like Corey and Patrick, will be
supported by funding provided by the US
National Science Foundation which has
awarded a five-year grant to URI to recruit,
mentor, educate and retain minority graduate
students in scientific studies.
* Children's book author,
American Sharon G. Flake
interacted with members of
the COB community and had
a delightful talk with stu-
dents in an English
Literature class Thursday,
Nov 2 during her visit to
Nassau. Flake has won
numerous awards and her
work, which focuses on
young readers, is required
reading in many schools and
colleges, especially for edu-
cation majors. Ms Flake is
the author of five books and
is best known for her book,
The Skin I'm In, which was
recently added to the
Minister of Education's
Book Club list. Members of
the book club hosted Ms
Flake to a special dinner cel-
Uniforms for Hospitality
and Tourism Students
I Contributed by Alex Missick
Beginning in January, students in the
Culinary and Hospitality Management
Institute (CHMI), formally known as the
Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre,
may be wearing uniforms while on campus.
Students will wear a white or blue cotton-
collared shirt complete with crest and a long
khaki brown pant. Female students will wear
an original Dockers khaki brown skirt that
falls below the knee along with the collared
shirt. It has not been decided if the School
will carry The College's crest or develop its
Ruth Gardiner, head of Hospitality and
Tourism Studies said, "It all boils down to
the individual and how seriously they think
of the career they are pursuing. The student
should not mind having to do anything that
would make their profession look good."
Ms. Gardiner said that she has attended
many tourism education conferences in
Caribbean countries such Barbados, Puerto
Rico and the Dominican Republic, where
students wore uniforms.
"We have done our research. These stu-
dents had a professional look and made a
good impression," she felt, "Why can't we
have the same type of approach?"
Kevin Johnson, Acting Executive Director
of the Culinary and Hospitality Management
Institute, said students leave for internships
and many of them do not know how to dress
as they take what they see from television
and bring it into a professional setting.
Mr. Johnson said, "Uniformity must be
created and we want our students to start
These new uniforms, according to Ms.
Gardiner, are meant to enhance the attitude
and outlook on the hospitality sector and also
to show that some disciplines require a
* Continued on page 11
The School of Social Sciences spon-
sored a two-day symposium celebrating
the life of Sir Milo Butler (1906-1979)
and the Butler family on October 20-21.
Several speakers, including former
Governor General, Sir Orville Turnquest
and members of Sir Milo's family,
explored different aspects of his life--
business activities, political engagements,
religious involvement and philanthropic
This is the centennial year of the life of
Sir Milo Boughton Butler, who spent
more than 34 years actively involved in
politics. He was a devote Anglican, a
fiery politician, and the first Bahamian-
born Governor General, assuming that
post in 1973. Many say his singular con-
cern as a politician was his commitment
to the advancement and liberation of
black people. He served in the House of
Assembly f from 1939 and died January
Speaking at the symposium, combin-
ing personal reflections and scholarly
analysis on Sir Milo's family life were:
Kendal Butler, grandson of Sir Milo;
Loretta Butler-Turner and Claudette
Butler, grand daughters.
Speaking on Sir Milo's business, polit-
ical and religious involvements were: Sir
Orville Turnquest, former Governor
General and good friend of Sir Milo
spoke about his involvement in St.
Matthews Anglician Church; Canon
Kirkley Sands, Chairperson of the School
of Social Sciences presented a theologi-
cal reflection; Franklyn Butler, son of Sir
Milo addressed the business acumen of
Sir Milo; Olivia Saunders, Economic
Professor in the School of Business also
spoke on business, economics and the
struggle for freedom.
On the second day of the symposium,
Dr.Gail Saunders presented a paper on
Sir Milo's philanthropic activities. Hon.
Loftus Roker also gave reflections on Sir
Milo's commitment and concern for the
disenfranchised. In addition, Patricia
Patterson, author of the upcoming biog-
raphy on Sir Milo, gave and overview of
her research, and Lastly, Dr. John
McCartney, Political Science Professor at
a college in the US, analysed Sir Milo's
life in the context of his time as a crusad-
er for civil and human rights.
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I by S.A. Hanna
At the Annual COB club retreat in
September, Vice President of Finance, Denton
Brown explained that it was College policy that
no club should have a private bank account and
that large funds should be given to COB to hold
until it is needed by the club. At that point, club
leaders can request funds.
It was out of this topic that a more interest-
ing debate was spawned. Vice President of
COBUS, Dale Gelin questioned this policy.
Implying that it did not give COBUS enough
autonomy to operate fully as a true Union
should, Mr. Gelin went on to assert that with
such policy in place, COBUS seemed to be
more of a club than a Union.
Mr. Brown responded to this query by sim-
ply stating that COBUS' autonomy lies within
its bi-laws and constitution.
Expanding on this, Bradley Cooper, Ass't
Director of Student Activities also said at the
meeting said, just as The College does not have
autonomy from the Bahamian Government,
COBUS does not have autonomy from COB.
This is apparent as the first three letters in "the
Union's" acronym, mean College of The
The authority which "the Union" possesses-
-they can give permission for the formation of
other clubs, a COBUS representative must be
present at any club elections, etc.-does give
"the Union" intrinsic union-like powers, but in
reality, it is nothing more than a fallacy of
power to quench any rebellion from the mass-
es, (something similar to capitalist democra-
We digress to a more suitable tangent.
The purpose of our "flight of the imagina-
tion" Union is all clearly stated in the handy-
dandy Student Hand-Book that every student
has a copy of (no doubt in a place of high
esteem because we live in such a literate soci-
"The College of The Bahamas Union of
Students--COBUS, as it is popularly called--
represents the interests of students in the
affairs of The College." (p34 of the
When this line is read with a literal inter-
pretation, it may appear to absolve everyone
of responsibility because obviously COB stu-
dents have no interest.
The problem arises when we realize that
the term COBUS, does not refer to a group of
students who won some glorified popularity
contest (which translated in Bahamian vernac-
ular is an "election"). COBUS means "all
COB Students". (still p34)
Which means that every student in The
College is a part of it.
Every student has paid dues in the form of
student activity fees to maintain it.
Every student is someway responsible for
its condition today, better or worse.
By the way, if we were a Union, at this
point, we would cease to exist, simply because a
Union protects the rights of its members, which is
not a worry in this apparent student utopia.
If COBUS is defunct it is not because of its
Executive Branch, it's because "we, the students are
too lazy to do anything." If there are no student
problems, great! Why not build and expand
resources in time of peace.
Or is conflict the only catalyst to move the stu-
dents forward? It is not much of a Union if it can't
rally to get basic things like drinking water on cam-
Perhaps it was the response of COB's Secretary
General, Rubie Nottage that was .i; 1li.i, .ii...L J.;i, i
in answering Mr. Gelin on COBUS's 'Unionhood'.
According to Mrs. Nottage, the word "Union" in
COBUS' name is a bit "misleading" as COBUS is
not a registered trade union and that it is "an organ-
ization internal to COB" simply put...
Yes, Virginia, COBUS is just a club. Many will
not get this obscure Christmas reference and as a
result will miss the analogy drawn between COBUS
and Santa Claus, but no doubt some Eng 120 lectur-
er will be able to explain it to you.
Now the question is: If it isjust a club, what is the
purpose of COBUS? These were the exact words of
Mr. Gelin. To which, Mrs. Nottage replied: "I should
ask you that."
I should ask you!
ONE FOUNTAIN -- NOT ENOUGH WATER TO DRINK
There is one working water fountain at COB's Oakes Field campus.
Located in the A-block, within the stairwell that opens up across from the main exit,
the sole fountain spouts a stream of "iron rich" hydro-oxide, which is not the most palat-
But there is one. This is up from last semester's count of zero.
A full time student at COB must have at least 12 credit hours a week. This over a 14
week semester adds up to 168 hours of four months just spent in class. Add to that the
recommended two hours of study for every hour of class you have (Student Handbook
p106.) Assume that a student may do this at school that makes 504 hours. That's 21
days, nearly an entire month, the average student can spend on campus.
Take that number, add the number of students within The College and divide it by the
number of working water fountains...
My throat is quite parched...there is one fountain.
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Science Awareness Week
Electronicsshowcase demonstrated by a technology student
* Electronics showcase demonstrated by a technology student
COB graduate Julian Blair, now Senior
Project Engineer at General Motors in the
US state of Michigan, was special guest
speaker at the opening of Science
Awareness Week, Monday, Nov.6th in
Choices Restaurant, Bahamas Tourism
In a rap session, Blair, who is working
on his doctorate, encouraged COB stu-
dents to do well in science classes and
that they can make a difference if they
have what it takes. He also mapped out
his academic and work history and how
he became senior project engineer at one
of America's leading automobile compa-
The School of Sciences and
Technology put together an exciting pro-
gramme for Science Week with displays,
science demonstrations in various labs
and locations, and guest lecturers, giving
talks on the importance of sciences and
technology in sustaining and improving
our lives. In addition, students con-
tributed well to the annual blood drive
held in the campus clinic, Portia M.Smith
Student Services Bldg.
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* Entomology showcase
I Contributed by Deandre Williamson
Oktoberfest, a popular German festival
and holiday, drew an enthusiastic crowd to
the grounds of the Band Shell, Saturday, Sept
COB's newly established International
Languages and Cultures Institute (ILCI)
hosted the celebrations, which attracted
many German and Austrian nationals resid-
ing in The Bahamas, including Josef
Hermanns, Honourary Consul for Germany
and Ernst Rumer, Honourary Consul for
According to ILCI's Project Coordinator,
Irene Moss, explained that Oktoberfest is a
yearly beer and harvest celebration in
Munich, Germany. This is the 196th
anniversary of the festival which starts the
third weekend in September and ends the
first Sunday in October. Features of
Oktoberfest include carousels, roller coast-
ers, beer tents and halls, dancing the polka
and Bavarian foods.
"Today Oktoberfest is the largest festival
in the world with an international flavour
characteristic of the 21st century," Moss said.
Dr. Moss made the decision to host an
Oktoberfest in The Bahamas as part of the
cultural activities set out by ILCI. She said
that Oktoberfest will become an annual
"I'm teaching German this semester and I
want to present some of Germany's culture to
the students," she said.
Guests at the Oktoberfest enjoyed polka
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* Physical Therapy booth at the Annual Health Fair.
Students were able to have various screenings done at
the fair, including blood pressure, blood sugar, choles-
terol, hearing screenings, blood donation, eye testing, fly
shots, heart evaluation, skin/mole screening and more.
* Dental Hygiene booth, which gave out baggies with
toothpaste and brochures, was only one of the many
booths providing awareness and information at the
Annual Health Fair, held at the COB Bandshell on
Wednesday October 18th by the Campus Life
* POLKA TROT-this couples gets the spot-
light for dancing the Polka at Oktoberfest.
dancing, live German music, German foods,
beers, and pretzels provided by Mr. Pretzel's,
the traditional food of Oktoberfest.
Chefs R. Bruce Laudermilk, Mario
Adderley and Ricardo Ingraham from the
School of Hospitality volunteered to grill the
bratwursts and assist with the food prepara-
Available for sale were braised red cab-
bage, German potato salad, chicken, sauer-
kraut, bratwurst (German sausage), and
German chocolate cake also known as Black
Music was provided by the Oom-pah-pahs
band, with Dr. Moss on accordion, Lou
Adams on trumpet, Lawrence Russell on
drums and Valentine Farquharson on bass,
which played German songs. The crowd par-
ticipated by singing along.
According to Dr. Moss, traditionally
Oktoberfest is held in the "Wiesn" (German
for field) in Munich and this is why the festi-
val was held at the Band Shell where there is
an open field.
Ernst Rumer, the Austrian Honourary
Council in The Bahamas, attracted a lot of
attention dressed in Lederhosen (German for
leather pants), an outfit worn by men al
"Lederhosen are worn in the Alpine
Region in the western part of Austria. It is
the traditional Austrian outfit and comes in
different styles," Mr. Rumer explained.
Dr. Moss was dressed in the Dirndl, the
outfit worn by women at Oktoberfest
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KEITH BELL IS SIXTH HALL
OF FAME INDUCTEE
It's not often you meet someone who is a
qualified lawyer but works as a career police
Meet Superintendent Keith Bell, a mem-
ber of The Bahamas Bar with a law degree
from the University of The West Indies. He
has been an officer of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force for 22 years.
Superintendent Bell is also a 1985 COB
graduate whose outstanding life's achieve-
ments and contributions as a police office set
him apart. He is a former part-time lecturer
and the 2006 Alumni Association of The
College of The Bahamas sixth inductee into
the Hall of Fame. An inductee ceremony and
luncheon is scheduled for November 17 at
12:30 pm in the British Colonial Hilton, Bay
Street. Funds from the luncheon will go to
the Association's Endowment Fund which
goes to assist major development efforts at
Superintendent Bell says he is very happy
and fortunate to have been chosen one of the
Alumni Association's prestigious Hall of
Fame inductees. The Association views
induction into its Hall of Fame as its highest
honour. It is a designation extended to indi-
viduals whose lives are the hallmark of The
College's motto: "Knowledge, Truth,
As a Law and Criminal Justice major, he
was seen as a charming, easygoing student
who got on with his study. He didn't wear his
badge on his shoulders and no one could tell
that he was a CID detective during his years
Superintendent Bell is in charge of Central
Intelligence, Urban Renewal and Research
and Planning Units at the Royal Bahamas
Police Force. He says that he has the support
of his superiors and staff and that he was
happy to have chosen law enforcement as his
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career for life.
He says he has achieved much and is
grateful to have had the opportunity to have
a good education which was paid for by the
Bahamas government, and The Lyford Cay
Foundation. He also received a partial in-
service award and was allowed to take time
off from the Force to study at UWI and later
at the Eugene Dupuch Law School.
Superintendent Bell is a member of sever-
al community and social organizations,
including the Catholic Board of Education
and Bahamas National Trust. He is the third
male to be inducted into COB Alumni Hall
Association Hall of Fame
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I Contributed by Ava Turnquest
You saw it coming and now it's a rule that
College Security is enforcing. Students can
no longer use the First Edition Caf6 as a
place to hangout with friends.
In an attempt to control and regulate the
influx of students using the caf6 as a meeting
place to socialize, management has instituted
two new regulations that came into effect at
the end of September.
A posted sign advises students that they
have a 30-minute time limit to sit and eat
after purchasing food. Additionally, foods
not purchased at First Edition are not allowed
anywhere in the store.
Having recently celebrated its one-year
anniversary, Chapter One Bookstore, which
houses First Edition Caf6, has been open to
both College of The Bahamas students and
the general public. Due to its location and
attractive atmosphere, Chapter One has
become a popular hangout for students.
First Edition Caf6 Manager, Ruth
Duncombe told The Spectrum, "There are
numerous students who are inconsiderate of
others. They are extremely loud and nasty."
Most students, like Travaldo Farrington, a
Fine Arts major, appreciate management's
position. He said, "It's understandable from
the business side of things-they have to
keep things moving and having a bunch of
kids in there all day making noise isn't good.
Students on the other hand, need a place to
A reading lounge, located on the second
floor in the bookstore, is also now off limits
to students. The second floor mainly contains
textbooks and gift items and students often
use the lounge area to study and do home-
Sharon Bethel, Chapter One Bookstore
Manager said, "The bookstore was not
designed for loitering and the noises generat-
ed by the students hamper sales. We are also
open to the general public and cannot accom-
modate students lounging for long periods of
time because they crowd the bookstore
Jason Samuels, a security officer here foi
seven years and now assigned mostly to the
bookstore, said that there have not been any
serious disputes due to these new rules other
than a few disgruntled students.
DISCOUNT TO COB
STUDENTS, FACULTY & STAFF.
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PHYSICS OF EVERYDAY THINGS
If you're looking for an alternative Gen
Ed science course that doesn't include a lot
of math, or an exciting elective, try PHYS-
102: Physics of Everyday Things 2.
Lecturers in the Physics Department of the
School of Sciences and Technology are
excited about this alternative course,
which is now available as a Spring 2007
No pre-requisites are needed for this
class, just freshman standing, and you will
learn the basic physics of: iPods, cell
phones, DVD players, nuclear weapons,
XM radio, plasma TVs, solar panels,
microwave ovens and more.
Ask someone in the office of the School
of Sciences and Technology, Room G-1 or
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I Expansion of the Northern Bahamas
Campus, Andros Campus and Exuma
I Beginning of foreign student exchange pro-
I Improving the Registration process.
"I think The College is in for a very, very
exciting time. Students are going to be very
happy to hear about student exchanges, stu-
dent will have the opportunity to travel all
over the world in ways that were not practi-
cal before. We are determined to make the
University of The Bahamas the place of
choice for Bahamians."
Mr. Wilson's faith is so deep in his pledge
to improve the registration process that he
says the students as well as the rest of the
Council "can hold him to it."
"I strongly and earnestly believe that one
of the things the President of The College has
said publicly and to The Council that (regis-
tration) will be fixed before the next registra-
tion. And I believe that with all my heart."
The Chairman promises that with all of
the improvements "COB will be the logical
place for Bahamians to go. "Not only will
you (the students) get an education but you
will get an education that will allow you to
do much more."
He says that The College still has quite a
way to go before it could be satisfactory.
Also on his list of improvements Mr. Wilson
hopes for increase in faculty training and
development, creating more facilities for
academics and the personal well-being of
students, assisting faculty in their research
and most importantly completing the transi-
tion to a full university.
Asked if achieving university status by the
projected 2007 was now an impossibility Mr.
Wilson replied, "Well I wouldn't necessarily
say that, but it wouldn't be a wrong answer."
Additional areas that will need improve-
ment he says are within Schools' academic
affairs, where COB needs to introduce new
programs that are "responsive to the needs of
a developing Bahamas."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is a continua-
tion of The Spectrum's interview with Mr.
Wilson concerning the role of The College
Council, his role as Chairman and where
The Council hopes to lead The College....
Reporter: Would you describe exactly how
The Council "governs" The College?
Mr. Wilson: The Council is by statue the gov-
erning body of the academy. The Minister (of
Education) has authority to give us direction
as it relates particularly to the appointment of
The President of The College, but beyond
that The Council has a lot of latitude. He (the
Minister) has generally accepted the will and
views of The Council.
Reporter: So when it comes to persons
viewing your power as Chairman of The
Council as somewhat absolute that's not true,
because you ultimately answer to the
Mr. Wilson: My personal authority as the
Chairman is not absolute for more funda-
mental reason. And that reason is it is a
Council. The Council is comprised of 11 per-
sons appointed by statute and we have just
added a 12th person to serve as a participant
in the affairs of Council. That is someone
from the staff who cannot be an official
member of The Council because we cannot
change the law. We respect their (staff) point
of view as though they were a member
although legally they cannot be a member.
That's Parliament's decision.
Reporter: Is the reason for that to avoid con-
Mr. Wilson: No, it was to be more inclusive,
it was to allow persons who work in The
College to have some involvement in the
Reporter: Persons say that because you're
not involved with every detail of The College
that when you exercise your powers it is
interfering, particularly when you do things
like appointing a President, what is your
response to this?
Mr. Wilson: Let me say this. This is not per-
sonal to Franklyn Wilson it is terribly impor-
tant for me for the students at the College of
The Bahamas to understand that The Council
is comprised of very able men and women,
this is not a personality thing, that is very
We know what we need to know to make
the kind of decisions that we make. And that
is my answer to that. We know or are in a
position to find out.
Reporter: Is it true to say that university sta-
SPEAKS ABOUT VISION FOR COB
tus will not be achieved by 2007 as previous-
Mr. Wilson: Well I wouldn't necessarily say
that, but it wouldn't be a wrong answer.
Reporter: But sometime in the next several
years it should be?
Mr. Wilson: Actually, I am very confident of
Reporter: The school fees at COB are con-
siderably lower than that of schools aboard,
as we move toward university status, are
there any plans in the works to increase
Mr. Wilson: The matter of school fees at The
College of The Bahamas is a matter of pub-
lic policy. The Council could not, or let's say
would not on its own without consulting the
Minister change in any radical way the level
of school fees or tuition fees at The College,
that is a matter of public policy. The
Government pays about 75% of the total
Revenues of The College of The Bahamas
and so they (the government) fully under-
stand that one way to reduce spending is to
increase tuition fees. The fact that successive
governments have not done so reflects an
abiding commitment to ensure access.
In terms of public policy there are a num-
ber of issues that can be relevant to that. One
is there are a lot of people at The College that
can pay more so as a matter of public policy,
a legitimate question to raise is--should peo-
ple who have the capacity to pay more, not
be required to pay more, thereby putting The
IFinding Inspiration From Fred D'Aguiar
* Continued from page 2
"It is important," he said, "to look
back and remember your past, as horri-
ble as it may have been for some,
because you need to understand it, yet
learn to forgive and live your life."
On another note, D'Aguiar shared his
expansive literary knowledge in two
separate workshops for poetry writers
and short story/novel writers. He was
very informative in these round-table
discussions. He not only shared his
understanding of what these different
types of writings should be comprised of
but he also helped writers by viewing a
sample of their workss.
Writing is not as easy as it looks.
D'Aguiar said it is one thing to write
something and another to get it to a point
of perfection that you can part with. But
in reality, a piece of work is never com-
plete as there are always ways to
improve it. "It is important to inject new
ideas into your works instead of simply
fishing in a sea of old philosophies."
He said watching movies for their use of
narration and storylines is also helpful in
bringing new elements to work but pay
attention to the use of language in your
literary work, since movies depend more
on imagery and action to convey the
story rather than the actual dialogue in a
College in a position to do even more and
reduce the level of subsidies that The
Government has to put in so that money can
go to other worthy social causes with press-
ing needs. So there are some really important
public policy issues that need to be addressed
Reporter: But if you were to increase the
fees, because certain persons are able to pay
more won't it affect those who can't?
Mr. Wilson: Well you can combine it,
increase the tuition fees and at the same time
increase needs based scholarships on the
Reporter: But what would be the system
check in place to prevent those that can pay,
from taking advantage of the limited scholar-
Mr. Wilson: I am a trial account by profes-
sion, so I understand that in every system
there is potential for abuse, but that doesn't
stop you from setting up systems, and then
setting up measures that the systems work.
I'm just saying without attempting to get bog
down in mechanics of details of how this
would work and how that would work...the
overriding principal is that it is a matter of
public policy to decide, successive govern-
ments have shown a commitment to facilitate
access to The College of The Bahamas.
Now we can continue to do it the way
we're doing it or you can take other
approaches and one approach is to increase
the fees and let those who can pay more, pay
more and combine that with more needs
based awards and scholarships.
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CROSSING THE IB
FINISH LINE i
I Contributed by Tanya Northeast
2006 graduate, BBA Mgmt
Whew! I'm done! Finally dread! I
thought I would never be done with college!
It felt like it would last forever! But now that
I'm done, now that I've "Crossed The Finish
Line" as the title of my article states, what's
life really like?
Well, as the saying goes, "It's what you
make (or have made) of it". Have you pre-
pared? What did you accomplish while in
college? How well did you do? For some,
graduation and getting the degree was just
another day, just another event to dress up
for, just another certificate to be added to the
storage box; attending and doing well in col-
lege was simply not a priority.
It's no wonder then, that for those people,
post-college life would not turn out so grand.
For those who prepared and busted their
butts to ensure they not only made the grade,
but exceeded the grade (like me... he, he, he),
graduating and getting the degree was of
great value, and value almost always attracts
attention and investment.
What do I mean? Bring real value to your-
self, and as the Bible says, "your gift will
make room for you". The awards will follow
you, the good jobs will come, and the great
opportunities will be presented to you. This
is what happened to me and many of my fel-
low graduates, and it can certainly happen
for you. However, you must first prepare.
"Study to show thyself approved," and
remember, "faith without works is dead".
Yes it's true that 'brain drain' exists in The
Bahamas because job availability is either
non-existent, few and far between or highly
inflexible to new grads with the knowledge,
but not the experience; and while it's also
true (and gravely unfair, I might add) that
"it's not what you know, but who you know"
in this nation, that's no reason to give up or
cheat yourself out of getting a good educa-
tion and making positive contributions to
m ianya iortneast zuuo alumni
The theme of my Graduating Class was
"The future is ours, let's invent it!" This
theme, so beautifully crafted by Latasha
Sherman-Young, another outstanding fellow
graduate of the Class of 2006, dares one not
to fit in, but to break out. To make a differ-
ence and to be the driving force behind the
many transformations that our developing
So, if you can't find a good job...create
jobs! I think too many times "we often look
so long and so regretfully upon the closed
door that we do not see the one which has
opened for us." Alexander Graham Bell,
inventor of the telephone.
And as American John Ruskin said, "The
highest reward for man's toil is not what he
gets for it, but what he becomes by it."
I Contributed by Wellington Albury
"We are determined to keep the institu-
tion's standards high and integrity unyield-
ing," says Director of Campus Security,
Wellington Francis, speaking about inten-
tions to upgrade security services.
In this regard, he says his department,
with a staff of 49, is engaged in discussions
about the installation of high-tech surveil-
lance cameras and the introduction of elec-
tronic swipe cards with a biometric chip that
can be scanned like the ones used in banks
and other modernized facilities around town.
He said that the high-tech cameras, which
will cost about $100,000 and take about one
month to install, will transfer footage of key
"Becoming by it" meaning your degree is
smarter and wiser. Besides, you've just com-
pleted years of college, so it's a given thai
you've learned something.
Unfortunately though, we focus too much
on the "what he gets for it" part of the quote
- the tangible possessions that we can get foi
obtaining a valuable education and doing
well with it. We think, "Now that I've gol
'my papers,' I can get that big time job and be
"'pimpin'" in my car and "blingin"' in my
How has the whole college experience
changed you? How have your character, per-
sonality, views and values changed since
starting college? One of the greatest changes
that can take place within you is when living
life is no longer all about how you can bene-
fit, but about how you can be of benefit to
If you started college saying, "Boy, with a
degree I can make lots of money," you
should close that journey saying, "Now thai
I've gotten my degree, how can I be of bene-
fit to my family, my nation, and those around
me in need?" If you take on this mindset, the
whole world takes on a new light, and
avenues of how you fit into it suddenly
To the upcoming grads, trust me, upon
coming closer to the finish line, things seem
to go in slow mo'. It's easy to get frustrated
and tired enough to want to give up, slunk,
don't care and be sloppy in class attendance,
course assignments or exam preparation,
Don't fall into this trap. Give it all you got,
right up to the end. Relax when you've
crossed over, but only for a moment, 'cause
graduation isn't the close of your life, just a
chapter in it. The beat still goes on,
Finished? Nahhh, you're just starting.
physical areas of the campus back to surveil-
lance command centre. "As it stands now.
there are surveillance cameras mounted in
the B and T blocks respectively," Mr. Francis
Acquisition of the electronic swipe cards,
in particular, is quite expensive. "As it
stands now These plans are still on the draw-
ing board because we are looking for dona-
tions or a good fundraising mechanism with
regards to implementing this particular secu-
rity measure, as it is extremely expensive and
a government grant and tuition fees are not
enough to secure it," said Mr. Francis.
While students are concerned about priva-
cy, they generally support better security and
* Continued on page 11
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The Spectrum November 2006 jM
Effective spring 2007 registration
period, COB no longer requires every
student to obtain Library Clearance
before proceeding to register. Only stu-
dents with outstanding fines and over-
due library materials will be placed on a
'Stop List' at the Business Office. The
stop on his or her account will prevent
the student from registering, ordering
transcripts, etc. until indebtedness is set-
tled. Students without outstanding debts
will proceed with Registration as nor-
mal. It is hoped that this change will
improve the efficiency of the registra-
tion process for students.
Will the following students please
contact the library Circulation Desk:
Adderley, Alexis T.
Baillou, Yolanda S.
Bodie, Kircheva L.
Brown, Eldica N.
Brown, Tasja M.
Cash, Atalia W.
Clarke, Christine M.
Clarke, Shanna L.
Dames, Elkino E.
Davis, Philip D.
Evans, Shelton W.
Ferguson, Kileira S.
Francis, Shantara A.
Gardiner, Michael C.
Gibson, Diandra A.
Jones, Renea A.
Kelly, Kendra N.
Knowles, Akina D.M.
Leadon, Richika A.
Laflaur, Cleomi R.
Mackey, Terrest E.
McKenzie, Endira N.
Mitchell, Latoya N.
Mortimer, Karen E.
Moxey, Marion M.
Moxey, Regina R
Nortelus, Chandra F.
Perpall, Deidre M.
Petty, Richard H.
Pinder, Agatha L.
Rahming, Javann T.
Rolle, Sherry J.
Smith, Antiniqua V.
Smith, Cynara D.
Smith, Javan N.
Smith, Shandria L.
Strachan, Aniqua D.
Stuart, Ravonne L.
Stubbs, Tracy A.
Taylor, Jade S.
Taylor, Jamie K.
Thompson, David B.
Williams, Sheena S.
Wilson, Elvardo L.
* Continued From page 10
many agree that The College should have
cameras strategically placed around campus.
For example, Deandre Williamson, a second
year student, echoes the view of many when
she said, "I don't think that the student priva-
cy will be violated provided that they are not
placed in the bathrooms because everyone
will feel safe to some degree knowing that
the campus is being carefully watched."
One of the many challenges of Security,
according to Mr. Francis, is that outsiders use
the Oakes Field campus as a 'shortcut' to
other points in the area. "For some time we
had situations where persons from Tucker
Road and Big Pond area came onto campus,
but we have since erected a 10 foot wall at
the rear of the campus to eliminate entry by
those persons," he explained.
He stressed that Security officers continue
to attend courses and seminars at the Royal
Bahamas Police College to upgrade their
skills and performance. In October, for
example, members of the department attend-
ed a customer service seminar at The
"We make it our business to keep pace
with security issues in society, to strategize,
and allow feedback from student and the
public because that is what will keep us on
the cutting edge and ahead of the curve at all
times," Mr. Francis said.
REGISTRATION IMPROVEMENTS ANNOUNCED
Continued from page 1
) Library clearance which has already started
and only students with library fines from
overdue items are required to do clearance
before registration and payment. (see list-
ing left of this story -- List also posted in
front of all COB libraries)
I Lecturer's name will be published starting
next semester so you will know who is teach-
ing a particular course or section prior to reg-
Additionally, it is expected that students
entering The College for the first time in the
spring semester will have all the relevant
documents before registration to make the
process smoother for them.
There will be individuals available at all
times to assist students when they come to
register, checking documents to ensure that
you are not on the wrong line.
Students on academic probation or sus-
pension must still report to the Dean of their
respective school before registering.
If all goes as expected, The College hopes
the improvements will make the process
more efficient and thus save money since the
new process will use fewer resources and
reduce operational costs, bad press and proj-
ect a positive image for The College.
Dr. Davis said his team has attempted to
identify and eliminate the root causes that
give rise to registration related issues.
"Everything will be ready to make the new
system easier and simpler for students. The
features are designed with students in mind."
He says the new system still has room for
improvement and agrees the true test of the
system will come during the registration
process and after its completion.
* ANY CASHIER--Students will be able to
make payment at any cashier.
"There aren't any significant drawback to
the new system but there are critical elements
to its success," he said explaining that com-
munication is vital and that the entire college
community should have a proper understand-
ing of the new process. Faculty, students and
staff must "know what is expected of them in
order to make the process successful" Dr.
Check COB website for listing of these
changes and responses to 'frequently asked
questions" or contact your COBUS represen-
Online registration process is only being
tested during the spring semester and is not
yet fully available although there will be a
pilot run with about 300 selected students.
"The online registration will be imple-
mented in a step-by-step process. There has
to be stages to make sure each step functions
properly," Dr. Davis explains.
For those registering online you should
know that the process does not automatically
go through until advisors for the various
schools approve courses requested. This is
so to ensure that students take the correct
Continued from page 3
"It is tradition in the hotel and culi-
nary profession, that persons wear uni-
forms, because it spells uniformity and
professionalism," said Ms. Gardiner.
When asked if College President
Janyne Hodder approved of the uni-
forms, Mr. Johnson said: "This was the
Institute's idea. However, the presi-
dent does not have a problem with it,
but a formal request will be made."
Ms. Gardiner described the new
uniforms as also a money-saving tool
for the students, since clothing for col-
lege is very expensive.
When presented with the idea, stu-
dents had mixed emotions. Some of
them agreed and embraced the idea of
wearing uniforms, while others ques-
Krystle Christie, a third-year stu-
dent said, "I wouldn't mind wearing a
uniform as long as it's cool and I can
be comfortable and not look like an
old person, but still look professional."
Another student, second-year
Yordanka Neymour, disagreed. "I do
not approve of the idea. In my opinion,
uniforms would be a hindrance to my
'unique' dress and it seems that they
want us to look like high school stu-
dents. I would only wear it because I
love my major," she said.
According to Ms. Gardner, the
Institute students are competing
against the best schools in the world."
She concluded by saying, "We feel it is
good to have a dress code so that
everyone would know they are stu-
dents. I have been told by people in the
industry that some of the students'
dress is not becoming."
courses and that students have the prerequi-
sites for those courses.
Feedback received during and after the
spring registration will be carefully assessed
for continued improvements. Students are
encouraged to give feedback about the
changes once the spring registration process
gets underway. Dr. Davis wants your sug-
gestions, comments or complaints. He's
located in Room A-71 or you can email
SThe Spectrum November 2006
* Go Caribs -- The men's and women basketball team heading for
tournament in New Your. Go Caribs Go!
.aw Head Coach: Dr. Linda Davis
Asst. Coach: Charlene Smith
m Track Members -- Its A. Smith Alexis Russell
and Kohfs Miller
sporting their nice and cuban track Christine Sinclair