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Volume 7 Issue 1 January 2007

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* Contributed by Reva Devi and Patrick Deavaux


You probably wouldn't notice if you simply walked
around campus, but this spring semester has seen the
admittance of more students than normal. The College is
used to admitting around 500 students in the second
semester to both the Main and Northern Bahamas (NBC)
campuses, but 817 persons were accepted for this semes-
Two hundred students were accepted at NBC and 617
at the main campus. And while the increase caused hard-
ly a stir for NBC it created a scramble for additional
classrooms and faculty at the already overstretched
Nassau campus.
In January after the registration data were assessed,
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Rhonda
Chipman-Johnson is now certain that all of the accepted
students did not register. However, The College had to
be prepared beforehand for the possibility of having
insufficient facilities and overcrowded classes.
Course Sections Created
In order to achieve the goal that each student is able
to have a timetable of at least 9 credits or 3 courses,
additional sections of Mathematics, English and Foreign
Languages were opened. This brought up the issue of
insufficient faculty members, to The College had to take
a number of steps to ensure that enough full and part-
time lecturers would be able to fill in any blank spots as
Dr Chipman-Johnson explained.
Nonetheless, the challenge was in carefully locating
and scheduling classes. "Consequently," the VP said,
"more classes need to be more tightly scheduled
between 8 o'clock in the morning straight through 10
o'clock at night and also more classes on Fridays and
To effectively increase the number of students accept-
ed each semester, Dr Chipman-Johnson said The
College plans to expand the Nassau campus to
Gladstone Road, another project in anticipation of the
shift from College to University.
"One of the things we do need is a science complex
with faculty offices, laboratory space, as well as class-

* Meet Lanadia Davis, Accounting major and St. Augustine's College
graduate. She's the newest member to join the President's Scholars and
Honours Programmes launched last year targeting incoming high achievers with
a history of leadership ability and community service.

More dorms will be built and already
underway is the restoration of the dilapidated
building which will be Dorm C on Moss
Road and College Avenue. The VP of
Academic also said there will be more study
space in the anticipated new library and else-
where, more teaching space as well as more
space for students to socialize and congre-
gate between classes.
As for the frustrating situation with the
inadequate number of computer labs, The
College is looking to upgrade computers in
the library and the new buildings. On this

subject she speculated that perhaps extended
hours for labs were needed and this should be
looked into.
Though Dr. Chipman-Johnson was
appointed to Academic Affairs at the start of
the academic year, she has served in thal
position for many years prior to being Acting
President and Executive Vice President of
The College.
"I want students to know that we are here
for them. If you have complaints, you need to
let us know. You need to write; don't jusl
complain among yourselves," she said.



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COB's Website gets a Redesign

I by Tecoyo Sturrup
Production Editor

Of everything that makes up a successful
website, timely updated content is the most
important. This is something that The
College of The Bahamas website has been
seriously lacking.
Only in the last few months of 2006 on the
former website was anything other than the
calendar updated on the website. The former
College website never felt complete. There
were broken links and webpages that infor-
mation stopped noticeably where it should
not have. And pink! What terrible choice of

COB Shorts
tains spouting and attractive new benches
nicely placed on the grass, that area is look-
ing ever more enticing this semester. Several
names were submitted since The Spectrum
considered naming the park a nice thing to do
last year. Apparently some things take a lit-
tle longer to come to fruition. We have nar-
rowed the suggestions to ones we think has
possibility but you can still submit new
choices. We will present the final list for
your suggestion in the February issue.

color to use for the premier tertiary institute
in The Bahamas.
However, the largest oversight has to be
the absent of The college's logo on the web-
site. How could that have been missed?
Though a work in progress, the new web-
site has many features that sets it apart from
the original. For one the website is beautiful;
the colors are excellent and match the logo
perfectly. The graphics and photographs add
depth and life missing on the old website.
The page and navigation are laid out logical-
ly. The website is also content rich with most
of the pages already completed.

PARKING BLUES-Parking on campus
can sometimes be torturous. A spanking new
parking lot was created last year for students
near T-block edging the newly restructured
Tucker Road. But many say it's too far away
from classes, especially for evening classes,
believe it or not! Everyone except staff with
designated spots is competing for space.
Obviously this is out of control since there
have been two dicey traffic incidents/acci-
dents on campus in the space of two months,
one in November and one in January. COB
has posted signs disclaiming responsibility
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SMOKIN'ACES NEW 1:00 3:25 N/A 6:00 8:20 10:50
EPIC MOVIE NEW 1:05 3:45 N/A 6:20 8:35 10:45
BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE T 1:10 3:40 N/A 6:10 8:30 10:55
THE HITCHER C 1:15 3:35 N/A 6:15 8:25 10:50
STOMP THE YARD T 1:00 3:25 N/A 6:00 8:20 10:45
ARTHURAND THE INVISIBLES A 1:15 3:45 N/A 6:20 8:35 10:35
PRIMEVAL C 1:10 3:30 N/A 6:05 8:30 10:40
CODE NAME:THE CLEANER T 1:20 3:50 N/A 6:20 8:40 10:55
FREEDOM WRITERS T 1:00 3:25 N/A 6:00 8:20 10:45
DREAMGIRLS T 1:30 N/A 4:30 7:30 N/A 10:30
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM B 1:05 3:30 N/A 6:05 N/A N/A

SMOKIN'ACES NEW 1:05 3:45 N/A 6:20 8:30 10:35
BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE C 1:10 3:40 N/A 6:10 8:30 10:45
THE HITCHER C 1:30 3:40 N/A 6:25 8:35 10:35
LAST KING OF SCOTLAND C 1:00 3:30 N/A 6:00 8:20 10:40
STOMP THE YARD T 1:15 3:35 N/A 6:00 8:20 10:40
ARTHURAND THE INVISIBLES A 1:20 3:35 N/A 6:15 8:30 N/A

"Stomp the Yard" Review

* Stomp The Yard Rated T
I Reviewed by Travaldo Farrington
In all honesty, I wasn't quite sure what to
expect when going to see Stomp The Yard.
All I'd known about it was gleaned from a 30
second TV spot. Frankly, everything you
need to know about the movie is in that com-

The story is every bit as formulaic as one
could imagine. A troubled youth moves to a
new town to stay with relatives. Filled with
attitude and raw talent, he becomes the cen-
ter of attention at the new school and has to
prove himself to everyone and fulfill his
potential etc. The cookie-cutter plot isn'l
even remotely interesting. The amount of
time spent talking and working through soap
opera-quality melodrama doesn't help. The
cast chosen does the job well enough. The
actors are never horrible or excellent, just
average. An average cast for an average film.
None of this is really important. Nobody
that's going to see this movie cares about the
story or the actors. The film merely serves as
a vehicle for some pretty impressive dance
sequences and competitions. This is the one
and only place the movie shines. The foot-
work is fast, furious and very well choreo-
graphed. If you want to kill 90 minutes,
Stomp the Yard will get the job done; rather
poorly, but done.

* SOUTH AFRICA CONNECTION-COB President Janyne Hodder (left) and Dr. Linda
Davis, VP Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations Hold up crest ol
University of Kwazulu-Natal with Prof Thengani Ngwenya, Deputy Dean of the University.

It was a whirlwind trip to South Africa in
December for COB President Janyne Hodder
and Dr. Linda Davis, VP Research, Graduate
Programme and Int'l Relations. Purpose of
the trip was to find university partners to
develop and collaborate on exchange pro-
grams and internships arrangements
They met with Vice Chancellors and other
top officials of five universities At the
University of Johannesburg where the well-
known Kerzner School of Hospitality is
located President Hodder and Dr. Davis
spoke with administrators about student
internships and signed a memorandum to
establish the agreement. They also explored
an MBA attachment with this University.
President Hodder explained that the

Commonwealth Youth Conference which
was held in Johannesburg during their visit
(attended by COB student Dale Gelin and
Angelique Sawyer) was used as a gateway to
open doors for COB because so many educa-
tors representing 53 different countries, were
President Hodder said the opportunity to
study at one of the South African universities
for COB students brings direct association
with African young people and the different
cultures of that part of the world. Students
would also be able to establish network
which will help them in post college careers
she said.

* Continued on page 11


The Spectrum January 2007


* Business has new Chair Mrs. Remelda Moxey

The School of Business has a new Chair.
Remelda Moxey lecturer in Accounting and
Management with an extensive career histo-
ry was appointed Chair at the start of the
spring term.
Originally a business executive, Mrs.
Moxey began at The College in 1987 as a
part-time lecturer in School of Business. In
1999 she became a full-time faculty however
a year later was appointed Vice President of

Finance until her return to the classroom in
Mrs Moxey says she loves teaching and
will continue to teach and encourage students
to pursue excellence in their studies and pre-
pare themselves for the global village.
"Students have the power within them to do
anything they want to do and we welcome
them to the School of Business."

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RADIOCOOL 96 Admissions Officer Howard Taylor and Academic Affairs
Officer Maggie Turner giving NBC updates on radio COOL 96 College Forum
talk show.

Spring 2007 semester begins with lots
of activities. Student orientation was
quite successful, there were over 100 new
students enrolled. Majority of new stu-
dents are in basic upgrading and CEES.
We are now at 600+, including CEES,
upgrading and Academic programs. To
accommodate the new students we added
a new section of Nutrition 100.
Mrs. Maggie Turner, Mrs. Anita
Osmund, and Mr. Howard Taylor partici-
pated in The College Forum, featured
during Orientation period on Cool 96.
Priority topics discussed on the show
were Admission procedures and advan-
tages of attending COB rather than going
to international colleges/universities.
Other information discussed included
important college deadlines, programmes
which can be completed at the Northern
Campus, housing in Nassau.
The new Nursing Programme for cur-
rently Registered Nurses (RN to BS
Nursing) is a two-year part-time pro-
gramme with 13 students enrolled. It is
primarily a web-based course for the all
students Grand Bahama residents.
Student Resource Centre is now com-
pleted. Opportunities for research is much
improved now that the Centre has 10
brand new computers, a data projector, a
binder and all new furniture. Opening
hours are 8am -10pm.
A new Student Communications
Centre had been added to the English
Department. There are literary resources,
support media for English classes,
audio/visual equipment, and a flat panel

) 12 Jan Chef Devain Maycock was hon
oured at a Chef's Gala Banquet in Nassau
where he received an award as Educator in
Culinary Arts.
) 19 Jan Health/ Wellness Fair included a
diabetic booth, conducting blood/sugar
tests, Disease Prevention, Stress
Management, Diet and Nutrition booths.
d 20 Jan Fun Run/Walk started at 6:30am,
ending at The Bowling Alley.
) 26 Jan Mrs. Bridgette Donaldson was a
finalist at the Cacique Awards in Category:
Human Resources.
) February We anticipate hosting a Black
History Month Luncheon.
) February Bowling League (8 weeks), will
start up for students and staff.
) March COBUS elections will be held.
I Graduation 2007 anticipate graduates
with a BA in Social Work, for
the first time.

Construction on the new campus is
expected to start April 2007. The land is
being filled to approximately 4 feet at this
NBC received a donation of $10,000
from The Ginn Company for upgrading of
campus computers. New computers have
also been added to the Northern Library.
A donation by Mr. William Jones,
given for scholarships for Grand Bahama
students was received.
Dr. Coralee Kelly participated in the
Senior Team Retreat in San Salvador, Jan
14- 16th, focused on 'planning the way
forward' for The College of The



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The Spectrum January 2007


I by LaToya Greene
Managing Editor

There were no long lines and the various
computer labs around campus to distribute
transcripts proved to be very effective so
overall January registration is being hailed as
a success. "The overall goal of providing stu-
dents with experience and exposure to the
process was met," says Dr. Danny Davis
point person of an action unit formed to
upgrade the registration process.
The Spectrum's November issue lead
story focused on the announced registration
improvements and the promise of faster and
more efficient service at the Business Office,
fewer bill adjustments, elimination of library
clearance, transcript distribution at School
labs, fewer bill adjustments among other
In this follow up story Dr. Davis told The
Spectrum that not all goals of the process
were achieved but the use of the various
computer labs around campus to distribute
transcripts at the Schools level proved to be
very effective. Students did not have to
endure long lines this semester to pick up
transcripts. "Certainly, this change I'm con-
vinced was well accepted," said Dr. Davis.

So what can you expect for the future in
terms of registration improvements? Well,
online registration is expected to take full
effect and students will soon be able to view
their transcript online. Dr. Davis explained
that faculty and staff could help in the com-
munication process by making information
on future updates on registration readily
accessible to the college community. He
reported that there are now three faculty
members involved in upgrading the registra-

tion process and encouraged other members
of faculty to share their views, ideas and
Dr. Davis stated that students can help
with the communication process by keeping
up with the latest information. "The Students
have a unique perspective of registration that
could help the process," he said.
Persons wishing to make comments, sug-
gestions or complaints can email Dr. Danny
Davis at

we need a

'hang-out' spot
I Chakara Bennett
Features Editor
It cannot be denied, The College has
greatly improved its visual appeal in
recent years. The drab school grounds
have been replaced by a more picturesque
ideal of what a college campus should
look like. But despite the landscaped gar-
dens and water fountains, a problem
remains, finding newer "hang-outs" or
recreational areas for COB students.
The majority of students interviewed
admitted that they are not happy in their
hang-out spots because it's too noisy and
too crowded. Others say they are tired of
being harassed by security guards and
unable to relax or their favorite areas are
uncomfortable, not central enough, hot
and sometimes conducive to studying.
So, the likely question asked of many
COB students was, "What would you
want in a 'hang-out' spot?" Answers
received were not different from the ones
received from the heads of the commit-
tees that will be executing the creation of
new recreation areas.
L Continued on page 9
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,-* What could I really say to that? The (a rap and dance competition where we concerns, I am proud to say, have been
k *- truth is their point is valid, if the student gave out $100 in prize money), Culture solved and some are being solved.
body is not aware of what COBUS has Craze (a celebration of our Bahamian cul- For the most part, the whole purpose of
Done, then for students, "we have done ture featuring the renowned artist Ancient this was to let you know that though you
nothing." However, this COBUS govern- Man) an event that gave 'Omega', an aspir- may not be aware of what COBUS is
ment has been there for the student body. ing artist, the opportunity to showcase his doing, we are still working with the student
The average person will probably be talent. We also had a dance competition body with their best interest at heart. While
rolling their eyes right now, but I ask you and gave out trophies and prizes and the some of you might know about what has
"'' to hear me out. Let me give you the infor- food was free. been listed here and still feel as if COBUS
Station that we failed to publicize in the Other events that COBUS organized have has done nIihinii.. I ask you to tell us what
first place. From the beginning, this gov- been the 'beach clean-up' at South Beach you would like us to do on your behalf,
ernment has been working towards making which was openly advertised and open to what you dislike, what this government
Assure that each COB student COB feels at the student body, Voters' Registration Day, can improve on, what we need to keep
Caption home when they walk about the halls of and to encourage students taking final doing. Do not simply talk to your friends
this campus. exams we gave them candies and words of about it. You voted us in, and this and
I know of a unique newspaper called The We think that first impressions are last- encouragement right before their exams, every government that follows us is
Island Times. It highlights news from the ing hence we put on a good production at Additionally, your COBUS government accountable to you. However, unless you
family islands, something no other national student orientation so that new students was made aware of the lack of mentors in tell us, we will not know and unless we
newspaper truly focuses on. If I were to ask would get excited and feel welcome. It one of the computer labs, so we sent some know, we cannot truly represent your
a COB student if they have heard of The does not make sense to start a good thing of our members in as mentors to ensure views and concerns.
Island Times, they would say no. Yet, does and then stop it, hence we tried to keep this that at the most critical time of the semes- This year is the year of completion.
that mean this brilliant newspaper does not momentum going by participating in and ter, students would be able to complete Therefore, it is my hope that whatever this
exist? It exists, but has not been really publi- hosting events during the time ordained projects and assignments. During this government has started to do over the past
cized. In the same way, it seems as if many "campus activity time" at this institution, time, we also fought for the opening of semester will be completed in this semes-
people are under the notion that their student This government, for three consecutive another lab. During the past semester, ter. However, the only way to ensure that
government, COBUS, has for the past 4 weeks, participated in intramural sports. have handled concerns of students and those things happen is with your support.
months done nothing. We held events such as Freestyle Thursday Schools the best way we know how. Some May God Bless and Keep You All.
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EDITORIAL The Spectrum January 2007

The Spectrum

S-3 Art Block
The College/University of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Tel: (242) 302-4483 Fax (242) 302-4539

Managing Editor........... LaToya Greene,Law & Crim.
Production Editor ........ Tecoyo Sturrup, CIS
Features Editor ........... Chakara Bennett, ENG
Business Editor ........... Ryan Bastian, Econ & Fin
Cartoonist/Reporter .........Patrick J. Deveaux ENG LIT
Copy Editor/Photographer ...Reva Devi, Sociology
Contributing Writer ........Lorenzo Curtis

Marjorie Cheetham

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

Students Purged

I by LaToya Greene
Managing Editor
Were you one of those students purged
from system on January 6th? If you were,
this should be of most interest. Ironically,
The College did not plan to do any purging
this semester; so why the turnaround from
the original intention?
No purging this semester was planned to
give students more time to pay their bill
before the semester started. However, it can
be said that this action taken by The College
was abused by some students. Did these stu-
dents plan to go the whole semester attend-
ing classes they did not pay for? For some,
that seems to be the case because after being
purged from the system, they did not return
to do the late registration process.
Why did The College purge?
As of January 6th when purging began,
there were 753 unpaid students in the system
which represented 2,141 classroom seats.
Therefore, to free class space for new stu-
dents and students doing late registration,
The College decided to purge.
If you were one of those purged from the
system, it means that you had an outstanding
bill at the Business Office. You probably
found yourself having to do late registration
because you were no longer in those classes
you had pre-registered for. With late regis-
tration fee at $150, certainly the process car-
ried extra costs.
It is quite obvious that the 753 students
who were purged from the system had to

come back to do late registration. However,
out of this 753, only 440 persons re-regis-
tered during late registration. There were 190
students in the system as of January 16th
who had not paid their bill after doing late
registration. Out of this number, 160 were
current students and 30 were new students.
Purging without warning?
It should be stated that The College did
not purge unpaid students without warning.
Flyers and posters were placed around cam-
pus in enough time to warn students of the
action that would be taken had they not pay
their bill.
Good Idea, Bad Idea?
Purging unpaid students might not have
been a bad idea. Not giving students a dead-
line would have caused chaos. Without that
deadline, students probably would not see
that paying their tuition was a priority.
Also, allowing unpaid students to attend
classes and engage in College activities
would've been unfair to current students
who paid their bills. This would've also been
unfair to new students willing to pay their
bill because unpaid students were occupying
a large number of seats.
Word of Advice
There is a lesson to be learnt for those stu-
dents purged from the system. It's simple.
Pay your bill on time. The College can learn
a lesson from this as well. Even though it
seemed nice to give students the leisure of
paying their tuition 'at their whim', if there
isn't a set deadline-some students are going
to abuse the system. It's sad but true.


Letters to the Editor are encouraged. Please type and send to The Spectrum,
College of the Bahamas, c/o Student Publications Board, S-3 Art Block, Oakes
Field Campus, or e-mail Length should not exceed 350
words. All letters must be signed and includecontact information for verifica-
tion, such as exact COB registration name. The Spectrum has the right to with-

hold any submission from publication and will not consider more than two let-
ters from the same individual on one topic. The Spectrum reserves the right to
edit all letters and submissions fro content, clarity and length.

Dear Editor,

Please indulge me as I address a concern. To the Powers that Be, how about con-
verting one of the lecture rooms in the Michael Eldon Complex into a computer lab?

Iris L. Richardson
Concerned Oakes Field Camps Student

LITTLE PEOPLE ART-- Art done by local chil-
dren in relation to HIV/AIDS was combined into
a large display by Bahamian artist and COB alum-
na Lillian Blades. The finished project seen here
debuted at the National Art Museum in November
last year. See more on page 9


Youth-Wants-To-Know Forum, Jan 31
Jamboree! Feb 8th
COBUS Loves You Feb 14th
C.O.Y.L. Feb 22nd 24th
Trivia Mar 8th
Fashion Show Mar 23rd
Campus Positivity Date TBA




While many celebrated the
Christmas holidays, December 26
proved to be a tragic one for the family
of Olando Neil Lewis, a first-year
Culinary and Hospitality Management
Institute students. Olando lost his life
on Boxing Day. He was only 18 years
Olando hoped to be a Pastry Chef,
taking inspiration from his mother. He
was a member of St. Matthew's
Anglican Church. Services were held
Jan 6 with Rev. Dr. James Moultrie
(faculty in School of Social Sciences)
The College community send con-
dolences to the family and friends of
Olando Neil Lewis.

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* WINNERS OF BENCHING COMPETITION (From left) Milton Solomon, Demathio
Forbes, Tremond Gibbs, Javon Ferguson with coach Sean Bastian, A Director
Students Activities. Thirty Students participated in the competition held Nov 30th

I Contributed by Patrick Deveaux

For all those who don't know, The
College's sports program made major strides
last semester, and this semester the Athletics
Board is prepared to take it even further.
Last semester was fruitful in the area of
sports. Men's and Women's volleyball teams
were established. The Lady Caribs went off
to New York and showed they had the
prowess to defeat two NCAA Division III
teams. There was even a bench press compe-
tition and a chess tournament. This goes to
show that sports at The College of The
Bahamas will no longer just be limited to
"shooting hoops."
The year started with The Cynthia
"Mother" Pratt Fun Run/Walk and a
Rules/Referee clinic, free for all COB stu-
dents interested in being officials. Further
plans for the new Spring semester are already
on the way. Assistant Athletics Director, Sean
Bastian says, "They are going to introduce
flag foot ball, coed soccer, coed soft ball and
host yet another bench press competition".
However, this isn't all that is in the works.
Men's and women's Track & Field season
starts in May, which will also mark the com-

mencement of the period for seeking out ath-
letics for men's and women's tennis and golf
The new semester brings even more good
news coming from the Athletics department
with the approval being granted for construc-
tion to start on the Recreational Wellness
Center. With an estimated completion time of
six months and with construction already on
the way, students and athletes alike can be
anticipating using this center very soon. This
state of the art facility built which will be
located south of the Basketball court is
expected to have an aerobics floor, men's and
women's locker rooms and showers. This is
expected to give a tremendous boost to the
sports teams and the college at large. Not
only will there be appropriate facilities to
conduct workouts and weight training in
preparation for competitions, but Mr. Bastian
also hopes that the new showers and chang-
ing rooms will entice more females to get
involved in sports and become part of the
intramural teams.
As for activities, there is a whole slate of
them in store for this semester among them
however, is the Dr. Keva Bethel Basketball
Classic scheduled for February 2nd 3rd, at
Sir. Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium, which

will feature teams from BTVI New
Providence, BTVI Grand Bahama, Galilee
College, Success Training College and COB.
Of course in all the excitement the Northern
Campus could not be left out. Along with the
Intramural Bowling league already being
established, they will get to experience and
benefit from the same Coaches clinics and

Fun/Run Walks as the New Providence cam-
pus. All of this serves to create a balance
between both campuses because like Mr.
Bastian said, "I can see things taking off and
we will be ready to compete internationally",
and when that happens, all the athletics
should be prepared and given equal opportu-
nity to take on the task.

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Most Popular Eatery

COB students are fast food eaters, every-
one knows this.
But you might be surprised as to which
fast food restaurant on the Thompson
Boulevard strip was selected most popular in
a survey conducted last semester by the
Social Research (SOS 200) class.
The object of the survey was to find out
which was the most popular choice of stu-
dents based on several factors such as price,
location, food flavour, healthy choices, vari-
ety of choices, size portions, and efficiency
in filling orders, atmosphere, and food
offered at breakfast, lunch and dinner. A con-
venient sample of 360 students, aged 18 and
older with females 15 to one male, were
asked to rate Wendy's, McDonald's, Quiznos
and Kentucky Fried Chicken as typical of
fast food restaurants.
Participants were asked to rate the restau-
rants by each category based on a scale of 1-
4 with 1 as awful, 2 mediocre, 3 good and 4
very good.
Wendy's was the most popular and out-
ranked the competition primarily on food
flavour, variety, healthy choices, location and
value for money spent. In fact, in all cate-
gories of the survey Wendy's received the
highest ratings. Students also found that on
any given day at midday, the number of
patrons entering the eatery was greater.

One would have assumed that KFC would
have topped the list considering how much
chicken Bahamians consume, but finger
lickin' good chicken did not quite cut it in
this survey, and McDonald's also seemed to
have lost some of its flavour but did come in
second, KFC third and Quiznos at the end of
the chain was too pricey and not as stomach
filling for students with big appetites.
Incidentally, one SOS 200 group did
include First Edition Cafe located in Chapter
One bookstore in their assessment but the
food in this eatery was not highly considered
and it received poor ratings in all categories
except location.
The survey conductors hope that the
results of this survey would aid COB admin-
istrators in providing a comparable, well-
matched restaurant at the Oakes Field cam-
And now that Sbarro will soon be the new
campus eatery, it will be interesting to find
how it fares in the next similar survey by
SOS 200 class. According to Charlton
Knowles, Sbarro's manager, they are pushing
quality, flavour and variety although students
will be given a 10% discount on combos.
Look for the opening in a few weeks. The
campus cafe, located in the Student Union
Building (SUB) is taking shape nicely.



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In a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the small
employee lounge within Physical Plant
was dedicated last November to the mem-
ory of Giles E. L. Wells, Sr., a legend in
the history of that department.
The recognition, which came 21 years
after his death, was attended by represen-
tative numbers of staff and faculty and the
family of Mr. Wells. His widow, Mrs.
Agatha Wells cut the ribbon and unveiled
a plaque after several persons spoke about
the contributions and administrative style

of Mr. Wells who joined The College in
1976 and served as Superintendent of
Physical Plant for nine years until his
death in 1985.
Mr. Wells was described as an excel-
lent administrator, a stern disciplinarian
and a trustworthy friend, so said Vincent
Curry, Ass't. Director of Physical Plant.
Also expressing sentiments were Pauline
Glasby, HOD of Visual & Fine Arts
Department and Joshua Smith and
Michael Saunders of Physical Plant.
Giles Wells, Jr. responded on behalf of
his mother and the Wells family with a
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World AIDS Day Students of Mrs. Barnett and the Law Society attending the
Human Red Ribbon demonstration in Rawson Square

I by Reva Devi
Copy Editor and Photographer

In addition, for World AIDS Day (Dec. 1st),
the AIDS Foundation in conjunction with
Colinalmperia Insurance and The
Counsellors organized a demonstration for
AIDS awareness. In the middle of Rawson
Square, people held hands and stood in the
shape of a ribbon for several minutes. They
wore red World AIDS Day T-shirts and held
up large red ribbons to make the ribbon

we need a 'hang-out' spot

* Continued from page 4

Students say that they would like better
and more comfortable seating, good lighting,
A/C for the summer, etc. According to Colyn
Major, VP Student Affairs, there is a team of
young persons called the Campus Life
Committee, working with him to help design
a student-friendly and functional area.
Soon-to-come changes around COB will
be the relocation of The College's gym to the
Wellness Centre which is in its pre-building
stage and the area for the construction is
already fenced off in preparation. Also, the
new library is said to begin construction in a
matter of months.
The quandary posed by students using on-
campus restaurants as "hang-out" spots were
put to Mr. Major and Denton Brown, VP,
Finance and Administration to shed some
light on how this problem will be tackled.
Mr. Major, similar to what our local security
guards and caf6 managers say, said that first
and foremost that First Edition Caf6 is a busi-
ness and should be treated as such. The fact
that students constantly "hanging out" there,
making excessive amounts of noise does not
reflect well on the caf6's image to other cus-
Both he and Mr. Brown said that there are
to be more areas allotted to students for their

effective. SOSC Lecturer and AIDS
Fountain President, Camille Barnette,
encouraged students from COB, particularly
her SOS-200 class and law students of
E'thegra Symonette, to get involved in this
event and the walkathon the next day. Mrs
Barnett's other class SOS 218 Sociology of
Human Sexual Behaviour also took part in a
class project dealing with AIDS awareness
and named their project RAJAH: 'Ride a
Jitney for Awareness of HIV/AIDS'.

recreational needs. For instance, the SUB is
to be renovated and the area downstairs,
Sbarro's, will have a covered patio-like area
outside for student use and additional struc-
tures or areas are up for consideration,
But until any of these plans come to pass,
students will have to make do with the pres-
ent facilities. Some really good areas are:
* Chess tables and benches outside the
bookstore but they are paid for partly by The
Chess Federation of The Bahamas and
should be used for the playing of the game.
* Different floor lounges in The Michael H.
Eldon Building but you must be quiet
because classes and offices are near by and
you are not supposed to eat in these areas.
* Library but you must be really quiet
because it's a library of course and it's a good
study place with computers.
* LRC or F8 computer lab is a good place to
brush up on English homework with expert
assistance on hand.
* Bandshell, you know that open stage struc-
ture on the soccer field near the Portia Smith
Building. No classrooms in the vicinity so
little noise restriction.
* Randomly placed benches and chairs
around campus, especially by the basketball
court. In fact, there have been additional
seating provided in the last month along the
pathway between the A block and the T and
B blocks.
* Under trees which have miniature walls



I by Ryan Bastian
Business Editor

These days voter registration units are
found almost everywhere large numbers of
people frequent--food stores, airports,
community centres and at COB. It appears
that every indication is being made by the
Parliamentary Registrar to generate enthu-
siasm and encourage people to register.
Understandably, the Parliamentary
Registrar might have reasons to be con-
cerned about the slow process of voter reg-
istration considering it's less than six
months before the national elections and
only about 52 percent of eligible voters
have registered.
And COB community must be typical of
the larger community since most students
have yet to register to vote even though
units were at COB twice last year. Of
COB's 5,000 plus students, over 3,000 are
eligible to vote for the first time this year.
Here are a few reactions:
"I'm really excited. It's my first time
voting and for once I feel that I will have a
say in what goes on in the nation," says 19-
year-old Darron Minnis. A female student
enrolled in Nursing said, "Who cares? I
don't to be honest. I'm still going to do it
but if I didn't have to, I wouldn't." She did
not explain why she feels she has to.
Like the general public, COB students
are expressing mixed emotions about the
upcoming elections. Students' response to
a questionnaire seeking to gauge their
interest in the electoral process and
whether they had registered or will register
revealed a level of apathy that might be
indicative of the Bahamian community as a
It seems difficult for students to get into
election mode and it might be too soon to
judge accurately, but we do know that vote
registration around this time 4 years ago
was much higher and people seemed to
have talking points about the differences
between the two major political parties.
The survey of 100 students conducted

encircling their trunks such as the one off of
the pathway going toward the student park-
ing lot.
* Bleachers in the student parking lot but no
sex on school campus please. A few students
have been found using school property as
intimate areas, so to reiterate: NOT ON

by The Spectrum showed that 98 percent
of students believe in the 'one man one
vote' policy and that the process is very
important to preserve democracy however
85% believe the one man one vote process
works well in The Bahamas but despite
this only 10 percent wanted the process
changed. Not surprisingly, 95 percent of
students reported that the Prime Minister
should be elected by the people as in the
republican system.
Business Major Sherese Rogers said, "I
think the way elections are carried out in
The Bahamas is commendable. In most
countries there is usually blood shed or
mass riots occurring, but all we do is row
about who we want in power then vote and
that's it. I think this says a lot about our
Although 51 percent said they are
already registered to vote, only 49 percent
reported that they actually plan to vote. "I
really don't care about it, none of the two
major parties mean the youth any good and
to be real, it's a waste of time walking or
catching the bus to a polling station just for
this to be done," said an 18-year-old
female, a Journalism
Are COB students attitude much differ-
ent from the general public? It might not
be. The Spectrum's survey shows that 54
percent of students have a preferred politi-
cal party while 51 percent prefer the same
political party as their parents and over 80
percent did not know how many con-
stituencies there are although 92 percent
could name the constituency in which they
Here's what 18-years-old Wellington
Albury said: "My grammy was a PLP and
my whole family are PLPs and my Dad
told me if I vote FNM he'll put me out. I
don't know if he was joking or not, but just
to be safe, I'm going to vote PLP." He also
said he lives in Englerston and it is consid-
ered to be a cardinal site to vote anything
other than PLP in that area.

* Gazebos are great although a few do not
have tables to do school work.
* Empty classrooms work also. But just
don't be too noisy since you're near to other
* Or you could be a hippie and sit on COB's
lush green grass under a tree or the warm

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Since January 22 when classes started,
COB students Patrick Thompson and Cory
Eldon have trekked to 8 am classes at the
University of Rhode Island cloaked in winter
garb bracing against the cold.
While they wished they had come in the
fall or summer months they are obviously
excited about this new venture and the expe-
riences they will have this semester at URI--
a relatively small US university with a well
reputed life and environmental sciences pro-
The two are exchange students who were
recently sent off with best wishes, great
expectations and financial gifts from faculty
and family members. They want The
Spectrum to report their deep appreciation to
those at COB who helped to make their study
abroad possible especially faculty in the
School of Sciences and Technology.
At the top of their goal list this semester is
to achieve a 4 point GPA. Everyone back
home apparently, is expecting them to get all
A's. Both promise to do their "endeavour
best to make that happen."
They are housed in campus dorm at URI
but are not roommates indicating that their
sponsors want them to room with an
American and they are ok with that since it
means they each have close contact with
someone who is a familiar with the environ-
For Patrick who wants to teach at univer-
sity level, this would be his first trip abroad
without his family. "But I have to get use to
it since I plan to do my master's and doctor-
ate in Math and will spend several years
abroad," said Patrick whose quiet personali-

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ty is remembered well by faculty in the
Sciences and Technology School students
here whom he tutored twice a week in math
and chemistry.
As a tutor, he said, students often told him
that he made the subject easier to understand
than their lecturers. He entered COB in 2000
as a Bio-Chem major, but realized soon that
wasn't his thing. "I switched majors a few


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COB's expanded research efforts received
endorsement and high praise from Prime
Minister The Right Honorable Perry Christie
during a luncheon at Choices Restaurant in
late November, 2006 to officially launch the
national fellowship awards programme.
The PM cited several topics of historical
and contemporary significance that he saw as
worthy of research commitment, in particular
research in urban renewal and announced the
establishment of an Endowed Chair in Urban
Renewal. He also announced the govern-
ment's assistance in securing funds to devel-
op the Northern Bahamas campus, the con-
struction of the long expected library at
Oakes Field campus and the Environmental
Research Centre.

He also called the research initiative a
'historic' endeavour and that it was time for
The College to take the lead in research and
engage the various stakeholders in the coun-
try as to how we can best inform public
He called for support of a research-based
culture that will be holistic and balanced and
thus produce programmes, services, initia-
tives and investments based on concrete,
sound reliable evidence and "not just on
experience and instinct alone."
Both President Hodder and Council
Chairman Franklyn Wilson said they were
most encouraged by the PM's enthusiastic
support for the new research programme
which will reach out to businesses, agencies

needing policy research information and
institutions both local and international.
Dr. Linda Davis, the new VP for Research,
Graduate Programme and International
Relations arranged the luncheon meeting.

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times before I switched to math and I did so
because of Dr. Janet Patterson, it's because of
her that I developed my love math."
Cory on the other hand is happy with biol-
ogy and chemistry and impressed with the
selection of science courses in marine biolo-
gy and animal development at URI, although
a scuba certified course he wants to take is
not offered, he will take a substitute as a
"I could take more than four courses but I
want to pace myself, URI could be harder
than COB or easier, I don't want to over-
reach." Cory has 'almost rules out being a
doctor' but wants to expose himself to more
subjects before making a decision. "I am the
anxious type and need time to make impor-
tant decisions," he said.
Patrick and Cory's study at URI enables
them to apply the academic credits received
from URI toward their COB degree. The
value of this exchange arrangement, negoti-
ated last year between COB and URI, draws
upon different cultures and different perspec-
tives on how to carry out research, how to
apply scientific problems and how to work
collectively, to address humanistic issues.
Originally the agreement was a faculty
exchange but talks between Dr. Linda Davis,
VP Research, Graduate Programs and
International Relations and President of
Rhode Island University Robert Carothers
early last semester at URI the agreement was
expanded to include student exchange.
This project is possible because two years
ago URI received a major grant from the US
National Science Foundation to recruit more
minority students in the areas of science,
technology and mathematics.
COB will be able to accommodate URI
students as soon as it has constructed
improved dormitory facilities.

COB Shorts

Continued from page 2

for vehicles parked on campus.
However, unless designated parking
rules are enforced by Campus Security,
the situation will not improve.
on the Wellness Centre promised since
last summer has started near Portia M.
Smith Bldg. It will include gymnastics
and aerobics rooms, showers and space
for personal reflections.
RADIO COB/UOB--Now a fully
licensed station, operation plans are full
speed ahead and it could be on air in a
month or so. It still needs a broadcasting
antenna but we should be able to report
more fully on the hours of operation,
call letters, programming schedule and
how you can listen to it on campus in
the next Spectrum.
watched spellbound the morning of
January 17 as a helicopter hovered over
campus buildings and others along
Thompson Blvd strip before moving on.
Persons stood gaping, necks craned to
get a better look at the craft and its pas-
sengers who could be seen looking
downward. It seems persons in the heli-
copter were intent on scrutinizing spe-
cific areas since the plane hovered
longer over some than others.
Helicopters flying over are not particu-
lar unusual but hovering get people's
family of the recently departed Dr.
Richard Crawford has established an
endowed scholarship fund in the sci-
ences at COB. The family, along with
friends decided to honour Dr. Crawford
in this meaningful way says Dr. Ricardo
Crawford, son of Richard Crawford, a
COB alumnus who spoke on behalf of
his family.
COBUS featured event scheduled
Monday, Wed, Jan 31 at The Bandshell
should prove to be most interesting.
Speakers from the two major political
parties are expected. Everyone should
try to attend. T his COBUS activity on
the drawing board for sometime is
intended to give students an opportunity
to interact with politicians, ask ques-
tions and discuss issues relevant to
young people.

The Spectrum January 2007 0

COB Foreign Students

South Africa Youth Conference

I Chakara Bennett
Features Editor

To many students, college/university life
is meant not only to acquire a firm education,
but also to broaden their global and creative
views by meeting new people from many
cultural, social and economic backgrounds.
College is where you make lifelong bonds
that will benefit you in the long run whether
it is for simple camaraderie or for futuristic
professional connections. The College of The
Bahamas, soon to be University of The
Bahamas, like many universities, strives to
increase the number of foreign students that
attend the institution.
But COB's beckon seems to be very weak
because it has attracted very few internation-
al students. Nevertheless, the foreign stu-
dents here are not shy about expression their
opinions in a one-on-one conversation.
However, a few were happy to talk to this
reporter and to give their impressions of
obtaining an education at COB.


The College of The Bahamas is small and
ideal for students who fair best in less popu-
lated institutions that are located in a moder-
ately busy area. The size of the school also
provides a sense of comfort. Individuality
and the individual attention many students
require. Although foreign students have to
pay double that of Bahamian students, the
cost of education is still relatively low in
comparison to other colleges.
According to one foreign student, The
College not only has allowed her to be in a
place that is really different linguistically and
culturally from her home but also it was rel-
atively easy to get in. It was easy for her to
get up to par in courses that she was not pro-
ficient in prior to starting her real major
courses. Moreover, the local students and
lecturers are friendly and curious about dif-
ferent cultures, so most foreign students feel
more than welcomed.

The College does not have an acceptable dor-
mitory arrangement. The present residency is
bleak, has little personal space, is not con-
ducive to studying, and the facilities are ran-
domly non-functional. Additionally, the fact
that they are not on campus poses threats of
safety on female residents who have late
classes and don't have a ride home.
There is little school spirit and pride in
comparison to other colleges. One of the for-
eign students said, "When I asked what the
school colours were and the mascot/symbol
was, nobody could tell me. I've been here for
two years and I only recently was informed
that we are "Caribs" and the school colours
are orange and brown."
"Also, the technology in the college is
almost 'primeval'," one student said, and
many local students can attest to this opinion
because of the difficulty there is in acquiring
information from COB and the trouble of
advisement and registration.
Most of the foreign students interviewed
came to The Bahamas solely for their educa-
tion. One young lady admitted that she was
ecstatic to find a college that catered to her
educational degree in the area that she was
most interested. Similarly, a young man said
he came here to find work, but The College's
programs attracted him greatly and he was
able to improve his command on the English
language by his daily encounters with
English-speaking students. Another student
said she came because she not only got a
scholarship, but that she was referred to the
school by a friend who thought highly of
The majority of the foreign students
admitted that they would refer COB to other
friends and family for the cultural experience
and a taste of a culturally different means of
learning. But others said they wouldn't
because of the difficulties they face in cultur-
al adjustments and lack of efficiency in The
College's administration, but they do admit
that the school is not a "bad" one overall.

Last month from December 9th to 14th,
two COB students Dale Gelin, Public
Administration major and Angelique
Sawyer, Law and Criminal Justice major
attended a Youth Conference in Cape
Town, South Africa. Conference theme
was "Access to Quality Education for the
good of all."
The South Africa trip was sponsored by
the Ministry of Education which sent a 12-
member delegation lead by Minister of
Education, Hon. Alfred Sears.COB
President Jenyne Hodder and Dr. Linda
Davis, VP Research, Graduate
Programmes and Int'l. Relations were also
included in that delegation.
Gelin and Sawyer were the successful
candidates of an interview process from
which thev were chosen based on their

academic achievements and community
involvements. According to Gelin, they
attended different seminars at the confer-
ence and learned about various problems
the 53 other countries experienced. They
were asked to generate ideas to resolve
Some countries in attendance were
Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago,
Singapore, Pakistan and Canada. Dale
Gelin is the Vice President of COBUS,
member of Controversy Television and a
past Managing Editor of The Spectrum.
He stated that he was "able to adapt to
Cape Town as it is one of the most indus-
trialized parts of South Africa." He also
feels that "everyone can pay a part in
ensuring that education is provided to
each child "


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They held meetings with the Vice
Chancellors of University of Johannesburg,
University of Kwazulu-natal, Rhodes
University, University of Witswaterand and
University of Western Cape.
Visiting these universities, Dr. Davis saw
similar challenges faced by the education

sector in The Bahamas. Students can speak
with her if they are interested in the exchange
program and should also provide information
on the type of progamme--business, educa-
tion, or other-- they would like to see imple-
Both Dr. Hodder and Dr. Davis said the
universities they visited were very beautiful
and admired the way they were built and

* CAROLLING IN MANY LANGUAGES --Students of Int'l Languages
and Cultural Institute (ILCI) along with faculty, staff and others sing Christmas car-
ols in
Spanish, Creole, German and English during end of classes in December. From
left: Dr. Chipman-Johnson, head of ILCI; Brigitte Neven, Renwick Rolle(German
language student) Hon. Council for Germany Ernst Rumer, Dr. Irene Moss, ILCI
Project Coordinator. The College community is encouraged to attend the various
cultural functions planned by ILCI this semester. Coming Feb 1 at 7 pm is: Where
is Haiti Going, a panel discussion lead by Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas
Ambassador, Harold Joseph, Haiti's Ambassador and COB Lecturer Frenand
Leger, a Haitian national.

Topic for January session of Research Edge Forum (Jan
19th) was: The National Average is D: who's to blame?"
Presentation held as usual in Lecture Theatre at Culinary
and Hospitality Management Institute was delivered by Dr.
Janet Patterson, Asst. Prof.School of Sciences and
Technology. Audience reaction was lively.


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