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Volume 10 Issue 3 November 2008


EDU Majors Respond

I by Nikera Cartwright and Joanna Louis
Staff Writers
Many assessment methods used by the
School of Education are different to meth-
ods employed by other disciplines. To the
untrained eye of students of other schools
and their lecturers, EDU grading practices
may seem easy, but that's not a fair assess-
ment, say students and faculty of EDU.
Teacher aiding, class observations, les-
son planning and teaching are only a few of
the ways that EDU students are assessed.
Students find these types of assignments a
challenge and that's because these assign-
ments they say require extensive planning,
creativity, and the emotional constitution of
an ox. Therefore it came as a shock to many

students to learn that President Hodder had
stated during her speech to faculty and staff
at the seminar in August that:
"I have heard concerns that the grades in
The School of Education are significantly
higher than grades in other schools.
Whether there is a statistically significant
difference in the grade distribution of this
school and the grade distribution patterns of
other schools or whether this is simply a
matter of inaccurate perception, I do not
know. However, given the importance of
fair and consistent grading as part of our
reputation for degree integrity, I invite The
School to do the research that either dispels
this view or explains why there is a differ-

It was difficult to get a response to this
statement from EDU's Chair despite the
fact that three reporters from The Spectruir
went to their November faculty meeting
after receiving prior permission from the
Chair. When the Chair was asked about the
School's response to the President's com-
ments, she asserted that the remarks were
reflective of EDU majors and therefore
questions should be directed to them. It was
explained that because the comment was
made about the School of Education as
whole, all parts of the
School should speak out, including the fac-
ulty. Regardless, EDU faculty remained

* Continued on page 7

Students Voice Re

* Dr. Danny Davis spoke with students at a forum Thursday November 13th about their issues with Spring
semester registration. Student reactions to the change in registration procedure prompted COBUS to draft an
ill-fated petition against it (see story page 7). The forum was held in the Student Union Building in the fore-
ground of an intriguing mural that signifies the power of voice. (photo by Reva Devi)



See Page 7
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Qunu ofS Solc Review I


* Quantum of Solace -- Rated C

I by Derreck Johnson,
Movie Reviewer
Quantum of Solace" is another action-
packed entry in the ultra-successful James
Bond series. It is indeed a weird title, but a
quantum of solace refers to the measure of
comfort and trust needed in any successful
relationship. This idea serves as Bond's
motivation for revenge because he loses his
quantum of solace after his love, Vesper
Lynd, was taken from him in the previous
installment, "Casino Royale". (NOTE: You

might want to watch "Casino Royale" before
you see this film or some parts will be total-
ly confusing.) In addition, the word
"Quantum" in the title serves as the name of
the mysterious organization that Bond has to
Like in "Casino Royale", Daniel Craig
does a fantastic job as the current James
Bond. His performance in this film is likely
to win over the few critics he has left. To
quote M, (Judi Dench) he's a real "cold-
hearted bastard" when he has to be. One
thing is clear throughout the movie: Bond is
a scorned man out for revenge no matter
how bloody it may get, which makes for one
awesome viewing experience.
The movie is not without its flaws
though. Some of the characters just aren't
remarkable. This includes the main villain,
Mr. Greene (Mathieu Amalric) who's more
of a wimp than humanly possible. It seems
as though one hard slap could knock him out
for a few hours. Even the Bond Girls,
Camille and Agent Fields (Olga Kurylenko
and Gemma Arterton) suffer from being ulti-
mately forgettable. Sexy, but immemorable.
There are also problems with the story.
One being that the "evil plan" of Quantum
and Mr. Greene is not clear and you're left
wondering what the big deal is. But when
you're going to see a James Bond film, do

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you really care about the story? It's more
about the action and this film does not disap-
point. There are many incredible stunts,
explosions, car chases, shootouts and fights

by Patrick Deveaux


You know what's stupid? The fact
that we are all stupid. That's right, fel-
low Bahamians, permanent residents,
and those who made their ways here
by some less legal means; there are
certain members of the Bahamian
populace that simply think Bahamians
are all just a bunch of Big-Black-
Now it may come as no surprise
that the ones who feel this way are
those supposed members of the intelli-
gentsia, the cream of the scholastic
corn crop. It seems that once someone
becomes educated the people around
them appear as mindless imbeciles
drifting aimlessly in a constant stupor.
Everywhere you go nowadays you
hear someone blurting out
"Bahamians are so stupid" or "We the
dumbest people in the world" or
something along those lines.
Constantly all that is being recy-
cled is a stream of condensing slurs.
Few words are spent uplifting
Bahamians and The Bahamas, a
nation that is still in an infantile stage
of development (This is however, not
to be taken as an excuse for any soci-
ety or political problems that the coun-
try's has been facing since
Independence). Negative thoughts and
attitudes shape a negative country.
Surely The Bahamas is not a country
of cry babies that can't handle a little
reprimanding, but if there is going to
be criticism at least let it be construc-
tive criticism.
We accept that everyone is entitled
to their own opinion, but is it too
much to ask that if you speak conde-
scendingly about a people and if you
are the upstanding intellectual you
claim to be, then you should offer a
solution to this proclaimed nation
wide idiocy. There's lots of talk going
on by these celebrated intellectuals
(mainly behind closed doors) as well

to satisfy any Bond fan, action junkie or
newcomers to the James Bond series. Aftel
the dust settles, you'll be left wanting more.

as the self proclaimed intellectuals
(mainly in public) about the degener-
ate state of society and the people's
lack of motivation towards education-
al progress, but what is being done
about it all?
Really, one begins to wonder if
these people actually give a flying
hoot about anything other than them-
selves and the chatter they constantly
create. One must inquire about such
things because honestly, pretentious
social elitist just seem way too con-
tented with calling everyone else
idiots. In some sad way they feel as if
they have more self worth because
they have the ability to put down
everyone and \l thlling else. This is
completely logical, right?
Come on, the fastest way to sound
smart is by getting people to agree that
everyone else around you is dumb.
Then that sparks the chain reaction.
You create your own little clique
because, of course you're not an idiot
and the person you so articulately
complain to is not an idiot either. This
is because you're at least too smart to
insult the very person you're divulging
the pains of your pathetic little heart
to, while that very person is not stupid
enough to buy into your conceited
drivel and is at that very moment
thinking you are the biggest nimrod
they've ever spoken to.
So is The Bahamas a bandwagon
country? Are all Bahamians just fol-
lowing the crowd so to speak?
Apparently so. It's hard to believe that
Bahamians are just the stupidest peo-
ple in the world because let's face it,
there are some stupid people in the
world, but it's hard to believe
Bahamians are at the top of that list.
We all know it's at least in the top ten
though of course that's a joke.
But truly Bahamians need to stop
bringing down other Bahamians and
their own country. Those who claim to
know better should act as if they do.
No longer criticize, but energize!
Yaay! Gosh, doesn't that sound like a
government sponsored print ad?

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U Pharmacy Lab Construction started this summer for a Pharmacy Lab to be
housed in the former Magnetics Lab in the T-Block. (photo by Reva Devi)

I by Cassandra Nottage
Staff Reporter
Starting this fall semester a four-year
Pharmacy program was introduced as ajoint
offering of The College of The Bahamas and
The University of Technology (UTECH),
Jamaica. This program provides students
with academic and professional skills to
become competent pharmacists and also lays
the foundation for future academic and pro-
fessional growth in the field of pharmacy.
First and second year courses are expect-
ed to be taught at COB's Oakes Field campus
while third and fourth year courses will be
taught, initially at UTECH in Jamaica. It is
expected that The College/University of The
Bahamas will offer its own Bachelor of
Pharmacy Program within 4-6 years.
Managed by Dr. Zorene Curry,
Coordinator of Allied Health Professions in
the School of Nursing and Allied Health
Professions the program is located the
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences.
Most of the 22 students enrolled in the
program this semester have either an
Associate degree in Biology with Chemistry
or have transferred from the Bachelor's pro-
gram. Hence they have been exempted from
several first year courses. The remaining
students comprise pharmaceutical techni-
cians, transfer students from other COB pro-
grams and students who have completed spe-
cialty courses at other institutions. The latter
group are given exemptions on a case by
case basis.

Former School of Science & Technology
Chair Bridgette Hogg said the core courses
for this new program will be taught by COB
faculty in the School of Science &
Technology (biology, chemistry, physics &
mathematics) whereas the pharmaceutical
courses (specialty courses) are taught by a
staff from the Princess Margaret Hospital
Pharmacy who is also a part-time lecturer at
The College.
Hogg described the program as very
intense and said students are required to take
at least 17-22 credits each semester. Because
students were able to get exemptions, the
heaviest load for students this semester was
14 credits.
It is a program requirement that students
must complete one semester or 40 hours per-
forming community service at an approved
agency such as the Red Cross, Humane
Society or serve with a church or, as request-
ed by some students, work with the chil-
dren's after school program, assisting them in
reading and playing games. Students are
required to submit a report based on what
they've learnt about their service and their
community by the end of the semester.
Hogg explained that students need to get
experience being around people, being able
to speak with people to get their attention
and to get them to listen. "If you are going to
be a pharmacist, there is no good giving out
medicine and people don't know what they
are supposed to do and you can't explain to
them in a way that they accept or understand.

I by Zenovia Pinder
Staff Reporter
If you have classes in the
Technology block you know about
the constructing noise coming from
room T-18 over the past weeks.
Workmen are renovating that room
into a Pharmacy Lab however reno-
vations should be completed by the
time the spring semester starts in
The pharmacy lab is a project
implemented after the Ministry of
Health expressed a desperate need
for more Bahamian qualified phar-
macists of which there are few in
The Bahamas. The lab will provide
hands-on training for both
Bahamian and foreign students opt-
ing to enter the new Pharmacy pro-
gram just introduced at The College
of The Bahamas this semester.
All students in the sciences
should benefit from the new
Pharmacy lab. Nursing majors, stu-
dents pursuing Bachelor's of
Science degrees in Bio- Chemistry
and Associate's degrees would need
a first class research lab. Nursing
and Allied Health School will host a
variety of labs in this new Pharmacy
lab as well.
The lab will be outfitted with a
variety of equipment necessary to
make research a whole lot easier for
students. Sensitive balances, fume

So if they have the medication and you
haven't convinced them that they should take
it and you haven't advised them how to take
it, then it's going to be a failure." In complet-
ing and submitting a report of their commu-
nity service, students should also be success-
ful in advising people about their medica-
Students in this program automatically
join the region's Association of Pharmacy
students as a requirement of being in the pro-
gram. Students are assessed based on grades
and performance in the community service
agencies. In the second year students will be
in pharmacy uniform wearing their pin, like
the Nursing students.
As this program is combined with

cupboards, culture equipment,
chemical analysis and purification
equipment are a few of the many
apparatus that would be available.
In genetics courses instead of substi-
tuting important equipment, stu-
dents will be able to grow organisms
using the culture equipment.
Presently the student population
outweighs the amount of equipment
available to carry out assigned
experiments. Because of scarce
resources, many students are forced
to work in pairs to complete lab
assignments. When the proper uten-
sils are in place, this would accom-
modate the amount of student opting
to enroll in the pharmacy program.
According to Professor Bridgette
Hogg who has been involved in the
planning and development of the
program for the past two years,
"There has been some equipment
that was donated to the construction
of the lab and while the value of this
equipment has not been identified,
The College has estimated the total
lab cost at $1.6 million.
Hogg is also coordinating the
Community Service Project this
semester and assisting with student
advisement. Next semester she will
teach CHEM 336, a course which
meets the biochemistry requirement
for the Pharmacy program.

UTECH, Jamaica, entry requirements musl
satisfy both institutions. Basic requirements
D BGCSE Mathematics & English with
grade C or above and 3 other academic
BGCSE'S with grade C or above (or relevant
D 2 semesters of College Chemistry & al
least 2 semesters in College Physics, Biology
or Mathematics (or relevant equivalents)
I Successful final selection interview.
Hogg is expecting The Bahamas to havc
about 22/23 new certified pharmacist in the
next 4 years.

New Pharmacy Lab

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Since the summer, lecturers whose
offices are in the Michael Eldon
Complex have complained to senior
management of certain problems such as
poor ventilation, bees in the ventilation
system and pigeon droppings on the out-
side walls of the building. One lecturer
went so far as to say that the combina-
tion of hot weather and freezing cold air
conditioning may contribute to the
development of mould between the
Students who have classes in the
building have also reported noticing
swarming bees and a strange green sub-
stance on the side of the building, as
well as "pungent" or "rank" smells in
certain areas of the building. One lectur-
er in Social Sciences and her entire
small class of nine experienced cold and
flu-like symptoms for one week around
the time that their classroom was not
"authorized for entry into." At the time
the room had dead and dying bees
falling from the ceiling, covering about
four or five desks and the surrounding
floor areas.
Security at Michael Eldon Complex
told The Spectrum that complaints about
the bees were forwarded to Director of
Security, Wellington Francis who
advised the closure of the room. Once
the bees were exterminated and cleaned
up by the auxiliary staff, the room was
reopened for classes.

COBUS was alerted to the matter
several times and appointed their SOSC
Senators Crystal Rolle and Keith Major
to champion the issue. Rolle claims a
moss/mould specialist was also to be
called in but claims COBUS has not
"exactly been kept in the loop on the
issue and has been given the runaround."
Julian Miller, Director of Physical
Plant, acknowledged there was a prob-
lem, but believes it is now under control.
Though he claimed to have no knowl-
edge of the room's closure, he did say
that COB spent $1500 in their battle to
exterminate the bees. On the initial
extermination many bees were killed but
the problem did not go away so a bee
keeper had to be called in to ensure that
the queen bee was destroyed. The prob-
lem is now over, as far as they are con-
cerned, and there has been a significant
reduction in the number of bees in and
around the building.
Estates Manager, Anthony Burrows
has indicated they have taken steps to
soon remove the mould and algae
buildup caused by the bird droppings on
the side of the building.
It should be noted as a reminder to
readers that there have been concerns
voiced about smells, moulds and plumb-
ing issues connected with the Michael
H. Eldon Complex ever since it was
occupied in 2005 after COB purchased
and extensively renovated the building.

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Northern Bahamas Campus (NBC) began during the start of this school yeai
and is expected to be completed in 2010. It is a whole new campus locat-
ed on East Settler's Way, 15 miles east of the city of Freeport. The campus is
expected to accommodate some 900 students, one-third more than the 60C
that already attend. Grand Bahama Authority provided the land for the new
NBC will consist of two buildings linked by walkways, containing approxi-
mately 40,000 square feet of office space, 18 classrooms, an elevator to allow
for disabled access, a central courtyard for activities, science and computer
labs, a library, conference room, and a bookstore.
Gordon Mills, Editor and Writer in the Office of Communication said the
idea of placing a campus in another city will allow for the University of The
Bahamas to eventually expand, encouraging more entrepreneurial opportu-
nities to develop within the city of Freeport.

What happens to College Prep

when COB becomes a University?

University buzz has dominated the
atmosphere at COB for a few years now, but
it seems as though the benefits and conse-
quences are not being discussed with current
students. One question that is frequently
asked by relevant students concerns College
Prep. If COB is moving toward more
Bachelor's and Master's degrees and fewer
Associates, what happens to College Prep?
A sophomore who came to COB for
Culinary Arts but has a deficiency in Math
had many questions about what would hap-
pen to College Prep students. "If they end up
phasing [College Prep] out, it feels like I'm
gonna be pushed aside by The College," he
said. "What does that mean for my educa-
tion? Am I kicked out? Am I forced up to
college level math? What about others like
In an interview with VP Academic
Affairs, Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, The
Spectrum was assured that even though the
stress will be put on more Bachelor's
degrees and the creation of Master's
degrees, there will still be some provisions
made for the College Prep Program.
Although what has happened in The

College has been the reallocation of individ-
ual Prep courses from individual schools
exclusively to the Center for Continuing
Education and Extension Services, CEES
will remain a unit of the College/University
and will allow College Prep to continue.
Dr Chipman-Johnson pointed out thai
College Prep had been stopped before and in
that case students were told to enroll al
Bahamas Baptist Community Collegc
(BBCC) and complete their Prep courses
there before coming to COB.
When College came back on stream al
COB, it was only done because of the
tremendous need. Now, about 300 new stu-
dents are admitted into the College Prep pro-
gram each year.
Students who came in on College level
programs with deficiencies (one or twc
College Prep courses to complete) will be
able to integrate their classes and still com-
plete their programs painlessly.
It might be significant to note that the US
is also facing similar issues with vast num-
bers of College Prep students and lesser
numbers of students prepared for Collegc
after high school graduation.

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The Spectrum November 2008

It's hard being a student.
It's especially difficult
when the demands of col-
lege life force you to sacri-
fice precious luxuries such
as favorite TV shows, out-
ings with friends and, of
course, many nights of
This uphill battle against
school work is even harder
when there are others
around you who try to
imply or even outright say
- that the grades you have
earned have been "inflated"
by the lecturers within your
school and that you don't
deserve those letters on
your transcript.
It's even harder when
you know that you've
worked, you know that you

have studied, you know that
you have done everything
short of losing your mind to
prepare for exams and
despite it all, there will be
people who will still out-
perform you thanks to
scraps of cheat notes
stuffed in shoes or hidden
under desks.
It's also aggravating
when you know that you're
putting in your best effort -
or something close to it -
and there will be others
who slide by as dead weight
group members in every
Being a student is hard -
but there are just some peo-
ple who make it even more

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How much will $20 for parking cover?

There has been a lot of talk that
next academic semester students
will be charged $20 for parking;
the question here is how much
will $20 cover? During this
semester a number of students
have complained of their vehicles
being broken into and valuables
being stolen (mainly from the T-
Block parking lot).
According to Director of
Security, this policy is imple-
mented to keep students from
parking in areas reserved for fac-
ulty and staff. As a student
attending the most prestigious
College in the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, I need to know
that when I park my car in areas
allocated to students I should
have some level of security about
leaving my car and not having to
worry about it being broken into.
In every parking lot across the

campus there are signs saying
"COB is not responsible for any
damages to vehicles while on
campus," but as a student paying
fees and tuitions on time every
semester don't I deserve to have
mainstream security protecting
my valuables while attending
There have been reports about
vehicles being stolen while on
campus; why is this happening?
Where is security? Why isn't
COB doing more to protect stu-
dents' vehicles?
As students we make COB The
College it is today. So will $20
only give students a place to park
or will it also protect the vehicles,
when students leave their cars in
the parking lots will they meet
them there when they get back?

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I by Crystal Clarke
Staff Writer

c Vibrant, buzzing, dynamic are some
of the adjectives that should come to
mind when describing Culinary and
Hospitality Management Institute
(CHMI) but it seems that COB's flagship
school is not living up to expectations.
Enrollment is below expectations and
much of its equipment used for training
purposes is below industry standard.
Presently, tourism and hospitality
outlook in The Bahamas and North
American appear grim, however tourism
is likely to remain this country's number
one industry, accounting for more than
sixty cents out of every dollar. Despite
certain limitations, CHMI sees itself as a

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tight lipped, refusing to give their views or
to respond to questions about the meeting
they had with President Janyne Hodder a
few days earlier.
Many Education students told The
Spectrum that they heard about the
President's remarks from more than one of
their EDU lecturers at the beginning of the
semester. Education Awareness Society
(E.A.S.) President, Shannon Evans says,
"On one hand, it was disturbing consider-
ing that as Education majors we work
hard. We are up all hours completing
work, planning lessons and teaching class-
es. On the other hand, it's motivation. I
have to prove the stigma wrong." Evans
also suggests that perhaps student interest
levels are different and maybe the teaching
style used by Education lecturers is differ-
ent than other lecturers',
Some students also u'LI.,Il that the
disparity in grades is a result of the fact
that Education lecturers have extensive
training in various teaching methods and
approaches that help students produce top
notch results. These students were livid
that it would even be implied that there
was some form of outright cheating hap-
pening in the School. Lashanta Knowles, a
Secondary Education Math major was
incensed that it would even be implied that
she does work for her grades, saying "Do
you know how I hard work?" In addition

centre for excellence in culinary and
hospitality management studies in the
According to Dr. Lincoln Marshall,
Executive Director of CHMI, the
Institute is somewhat behind in advance-
ment because of the lack of new cutting-
edge equipment. He said, "Compared to
many programs (hospitality) in North
America and even the Caribbean, we are
behind. We need to upgrade our equip-
ment to become more competitive."
It seems more crucial than ever that
CHMI continue to produce quality pro-
grams designed to keep its students on
the edge when it comes to new industry
standards and kt.1 lm,1i ,'v. CHMI offers
a bachelor in tourism management, basic
professional and academic programs and

to this most students in the school of edu-
cation are on the Ministry of Education
grant, which required that the scholarship
recipients maintain a minimum grade
point average of three point.
Education Senator, Allez Lightbourne
said, "If there is no proof, the statement
should not have been made." After being
admonished by the President on a prior
occasion to avoid propaganda and spread-
ing rumors, Lightbourne said no members
of The College community should rely on
hearsay. However, the fact that the infor-
mation is on the internet for the world to
see has added insult to injury for some stu-
dents. There is no doubt that the statement
has had an impact.
COBUS President, Perry Newton, says
that he has already begun to feel the
effects: "As an Education major, I feel I
have been subject to more intense scrutiny
[as a result of the President's remarks]. It
seems malicious."
Overall, students say President
Hodder's remarks may have been well
intended to clear up what may be a "mat-
ter of inaccurate perception" but neverthe-
less, there are many that feel the comment
only helped to perpetuate an unfounded
belief that has been lingering for too long
amongst other schools. So Education
majors are now faced with the reality that
as future teachers, society-including COB
faculty-view them as persons who should
be at the standard of perfection, and
though unfair, the price of this standard is

* Culinary Faces These Culinary Arts Students look quite smart in their whites
as they prepare pastry for class exercise. (photo by Reva Devi)

opportunities through quality vocal and selves professionally and become more
technical training, professional develop- active in various industry programs and

ment and research.
Dr. Marshall said that CHMI is most
concerned with increasing its enrollment
and improving the quality of programs
offered. He said that the Institute is cur-
rently revising many of its courses,
encouraging lecturers to upgrade them-

For example, Assistant Professor and
Department Head of CHMI, Ruth
Gardiner, recently participated in the 8th
Leon H Sullivan Summit, a large scale

U Continued on page 15

Students Petition New

Registration Procedure

I by Nikera Cartwriqht
Staff Writer
Registration Revamped is a hot issue for
many students. It led to a petition circulated
by COBUS as a means of overturning the
policy that had already been set in motion
since mid November. Nevertheless students
failed to turn up in enough numbers at a spe-
cial meeting called by COBUS Nov 13th to
address the issue and support the petition.
Registrar Dr. Danny Davis, on hand to
respond to questions about the policy tagged
"Registration Revamped explained that the
new Registration process was to aid the
move toward university status. Based on the
questions posed, there was overall confusion
about the new process despite the explana-
tion on The College's website and in last
month's issue of The Spectrum.

Students wanted to know:
J how they would be affected if they were
on scholarship;
" if there was a wait list; and
" why such a short payment time during
economic hardship.

The consensus was that students would
drop out of College because they would be

unable to pay their fees within the required
time frame. Deregistration went into effect
from Nov 17th when students start early reg-
istration for the spring semester. Students
who register are expected to pay for theii
courses with seven days after registration. If
they do not pay within the allotted time, theii
course reservations will be automatically
cancelled by the system.
Scholarship students have an extension
they will not have to pay until after theii
transcripts are issued.
Dr. Davis suggested that students famil-
iarize themselves with the deferred payment
plan and wait until the week they can pay tc
actually register. He also explained how the
new registration will stop the problem of
courses being filled by students who nevel
pay therefore putting students who can pay
at a disadvantage. It will also lessen the
number of students who claim they cannot
get into the classes they need in order tc
Some students were heartened knowing
the chance of not getting into classes will bc
significantly reduced as courses will become
available on a constant basis. Others left the
meeting wondering if they would be able tc
attend college in the spring.

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lecturer at the third annual Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture held Thursday, Nov. 13 in the lecturer theatre
at CHMI. Dawes' passion and topic of choice for was the History, Influence and Future of the Jamaican
Reggae Culture. Reaction to Dawes' lecturer was described as 'outstanding, enlightening, energetic, real-
ly amazing," by many of who attended this year's lecture which drew the largest crowd ever.Previous guest
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enough drama to call in the fire
truck on Friday, Nov. 21.
Everyone was evacuated from
the Portia M. Smith Building,
the three-storied structure
which houses all student servic-
es for a few hours while fire-
men put out the smoke.
Apparently a smoking vent
on the third floor was the cause
and there was some damage to
the walls of the male bathroom
where the smoking vent was
located. Interesting enough the
fire alarm in the building did
not go off. Repairs to the build-
ing are already underway.

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Struggling School Spirit

U BUNDEMLECTURERS NIGHT COBUS hosted their take on the traditional Guy Fawkes celebration Thursday 6 November. The male and female dummies
intended to represent our most distinguished professors, were burned in a signified act of release from school-related stress. The turnout to this event and the
dance that followed shows that students are more willing to participate in College activities and, dare we say, may be showing more School Spirit. (photos
by Joanna Louis)

I by Joanna Louis
Staff Writer

Cheerleading squads, drill teams and
mascots are often the images that come to
mind when we think of having school spirit.
To steal a popular writing technique from
Eng 119 students, school spirit, as defined
by Encarta dictionary, is the enthusiasm and
loyalty that somebody feels through belong-
ing to a group. When students were asked
how they feel about being a COB student,
answers often varied. In the freshmen and
sophomore section of the student body the
school spirit seemed to fledging if not full
grown. A first year business major says that,
"I would say I have school spirit but I don't
really show it." When a third year education
major was asked about having school spirit,
she replied, "All I want is to be finished with
To say that there is a lack of school spir-
it at The College may seem like old news to
some and maybe to others it is of little con-
sequence. Is it that most COB students do
not connect with their classmates outside of
group work? Is it because COB does not
really have a major sports program as yet?
And maybe it is because we do not have the
competition of other major universities in
the country or region. In most colleges the
typical display of school spirit is at games,
rallies or after game rallies. Students like to
set themselves apart from other students to
cheer for the team that represents them as a
school. Sports and the social activities that
come with them are an integral part of
College life, but there are other activities

that promote school spirit. The new campus
life director, Mr. Vicente Roberts, and the
new COBUS have made great strides
towards promoting school spirit through all
of the activities they have put on this semes-
One of the more interesting events was
the "Bun Dem lecturers: Guy Fawkes" cele-
bration. Guy and Lady Fawkes effigies were
placed near the stage on by Independence
Park and an open mike was set up to allow
students to voice their stress and then stuff
the names of lecturers into the Fawkes'

before they were burned. It was events like
these that got the student body out in full
force to support and socialize with one
another. Other events that encouraged school
spirit within the outside community are the
student participation in blood and testing
drives. The number of students that turned
out for the blood drive held in the SUB at the
end of October was unavailable up to press
time; however the drive was shut down with
students still waiting to give blood.
When COB reaches university status -
and for all of you eye rollers out there, we

will reach there someday- hopefully the
influx of international students, a mort
active and varied sports program will caust
a change in the perception of the students
about getting involved in school spirit. Bul
for now, more students should start a slogan
attend a school function and talk to other stu-
dents about school events. All of these activ-
ities constitute school spirit, so for all stu-
dents, the young and the old heads, gel
involved in this experience now while il

around $3.5M to provide major renovations for the
Performing Arts Centre which is forecasted to be 2
_. . significant revenue generator for The College bui
......... .... :. one will or can say when the Centre will open
for business. Although minor sprucing up is still
visible and although the nearby grounds need land-
". .scaping, construction seem completed and every-
one is waiting for this facility to start functioning.
Renovations to reconvert the old COB auditori-
um into a fancy performing arts centre started mort
than two years ago when the area was cordoned off
with plywood causing great confusion on campus
for all who needed to transit to different parts of the
A-block. For months now the previous closed foyei
of the A-block-- the main entrance to the Centrc
L draped in heavy but impressive grape-coloured cur-
"L-J tains can be entered and the various features of the
Centre have been installed--seating, stage appara-
tus, lighting and control room.

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Canadian Foundation Provides

Scholarships for Exuma Students

U Scholarship Provider--One-time Exuma
winter resident Murray DeYoung pictured
outside his home in Canada, provides annu-
al scholarships ;il,..,.I 1 his foundation for
Exuma students to attend The College.

I by Sanovia McPhee
Staff Writer

For ten years, The Murray DeYoung
Educational Foundation has been a source of
financial relief for students from Exuma
who dreamed of pursuing a college educa-
Since its inception more than 20

Exumians supported by Canadian Murray F
DeYoung's foundation have successfully
graduated from The College of The
Bahamas. The foundation gives need-based
academic scholarships to students in Exuma
and the US.
For many years before his death.
DeYoung had developed a deep attachment
to the island and its people. He often rented
a house and stayed in Exuma for most of the
long, cold Canadian winters.
It was on one of these visits that |
DeYoung became interested in the work of
the Exuma Foundation campus at Hooper's
Bay, Exuma. He was particularly interested U JOB FAIR -- Many more companies were featured at this year's
in efforts to support young people gain an Job Fair which organizers say attracted more students than ir
education that would help them to be self previous years. Among the companies participating in the day-
supporting. long event held Thursday, Nov. 13 were: Bahamas Fast Ferries,
DeYoung worked with COB Bahamas Agricultural Industries Corp. (BAIC), Bahamas
Coordinator in Exuma, Jennifer Kettel to Telecommunications Co.(BTC), British American Financial,
establish a scholarship fund that would Caribbean Bottling Co., CLICO (Bahamas) Ltd., Commonwealtlh
enable graduates from L.N. Coakley High Bank, Commonwealth Brewery, Deloitte & Touche, Departmeni
School to attend COB.
of Labour, Doctor's Hospital, Ernst & Young, Family Guardian, Firsi
After his death, directors of the Murray Caribbean Bank Int'l, KPMG, Lucayan Tropical Produce, Roya
DeYoung Foundation continue to support
DeYoung Foundation continue to support Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, Water & Sewerage Corporatior
the Exuma scholarship efforts. and ZNS Network. Photo by Kendra Culmer,

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I by Chakara Bennett and Jessica Simmonm
Staff Writers

Most people would consider the traditional
age for college/university students to be
around 16-30 years of age. However, today
it has become commonplace for persons
well over this age range to attend a tertiary
institute and for some as first time ever col-
lege students. The College of The Bahamas
is no exception in this growing trend of
mature students as more working people
with families decide to attend college to do
individual betterment courses or aspire to
complete an entire new major on a part-time
Although the interest of older students is
positive for The College's credibility, many
of the students themselves feel that they are
not accommodated as well as the full-time
For instance, Tiffany Pinder, a junior and
part-time accounting major feels that
although COB tries to be accommodating to
mature students a little more effort can be
exercised to make schooling at COB a little

more comfortable especially in terms of
consistency in scheduling classes.
"When the new class schedules were
placed for students to view for the fall
semester, a particular class had been sched-
uled for Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 pm.
However, when it was time for me to regis-
ter, I noticed that the time had been changed
to 4-6 pm on the same days. This was dis-
turbing for me because as a working student,
I had already notified my boss about my
classes according to the classes I'd seen on
the schedule. Advising him of such changes
created a problem for at work as to when it
was suitable for me to leave work."
On the other hand Daniel Pinder, a
Primary education major says COB is not
accommodating for her as a mature student.
She says classes are not flexible because
often many of these classes have only one
section. "There is not a wide variety of class-
es to choose from because most of the class-
es are only offered during the day... I was
forced to leave my job to complete COB
because a lot of the scheduled class times

were not working out for me. Fortunately, I
was financially stable to leave my job and
attend school full time. I also believe that the
classes for Education should be better spaced
out because too many times I have not been
able to take major courses because they
Similarly, Mary Brown, a Primary
Education major feels that COB offers too
few sections for essential courses and this
forces many students who want to and can
graduate at a proper time to have to wait until
another semester if not another year in order
to take the class. Another issue is that there
are no Education courses during the summer
and the reasoning behind it by some lecturers
is that because students don't do well in such
classes during the regular semester it would-
n't make sense to schedule them during the
summer. Brown feels that this is unfair and
hinders those students who want to graduate
at the proper time.
"I am convinced that COB is designed to
keep you here forever. I don't think COB is
really accommodating to mature students
and doesn't really try to meet our needs. As it

currently stands, I am not driven at all by the
college's current system."
Fann Bowe, 35, an Electrical
Engineering Technician major wishes thai
the Wellness Center on COB campus had
better opening and closing hours: "I really
want to be able to use the Wellness Centel
but it closes before I even get on campus foi
classes. This isn't fair. Furthermore, the
instructors there say that I must take a phys-
ical assessment test but this test takes plact
between 12 am-2 pm and this is inconvenient
for me and others who work during the day
I shouldn't have to pay for a service that I
don't even use."
Other problems mentioned:
D They have a hard time meeting lecturers
for office hours in the evenings since some
don't actually keep them.
D COB should utilize the 8-10 pm class sloi
so more classes can be offered for students.
D Part-time students, especially evening
students should not have to pay student
activity fees since they do not participate or
get to enjoy the activities.
* Continued on page 14

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U Yes, He Did Darion Spence, COB senior, is proud to wear his Barack
Obama t-shirt.

I by Jyna Mackey
"Yes we can!" This was the triumphant
refrain expressed by American Presidential
candidate Barack Obama in his acceptance
speech as President Elect of the United
States of America on the night of November
4. Creating history as the first African
American candidate to win the election for
president, Obama has forever become a
household, academic, political and historical
name for the world.
This political turning point has indeed been
embraced not only by the US and many
countries around the world, but The
Bahamas has also followed suit. "Bahama
for Obama," "Everybody Wins," are just a
few slogans adapted by Bahamians during
the presidential frenzy. From T-shirts to
bumper stickers and flags, there was a
heightened presence and awareness, antici-
pation for hope and change, which have
been the staged intentions of Obama.
The immeasurable success and achieve-
ment of Obama's won resulted in countless
parties across in Nassau and possibly on
many other family islands as well. Only a
few short minutes after 11 pm on November
4th, 2008 was all it took for the procession to
begin. Cars filled the streets, horns blowing,
people yelling into the night. It was pretty

much like the national Bahamian election.
For many Bahamians Obama's success is
symbolic of the great things black people
can achieve and sets the sky as the limit.
Alexia Rolle, COB Alumna admits that ini-
tially she was thrilled and excited that
Senator Obama had such courage to go up
against Senator Hillary Clinton, and that she
was actually pulling for Clinton more than
she did Obama. However, as she found her-
self drawn in and completely consumed by
the debates, press conferences and rally's
she soon joined the "I fa Obama" bandwag-
on. "As I enter my first year teaching, this is
a momentous event, a part of history that I
will be able to share not only with my kids in
the classroom, but my very own children and
grandchildren, that "Yes, We Can!"
Obama has brought belief and faith and
hope that anything is possible once you put
your best forth and work hard at it. 'I am
confident that he will do well," said Garjo
Thompson, previously employed at Atlantis
Resort but suffered from the downsizing due
to the declining conditions in the tourism
industry. Thompson believes that hope has
come in the right time and that it is not too
late. "All is not lost, jobs may come and go
and I believe Obama is the man for that job
at this time. It will be hard initially but he
will revive America and then we will see the
benefit very soon. I know he will; there's
nobody better suited for the job!"

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D There should be a more
diverse offering of Saturday
D More online courses
In response to the con-
cerns voiced by mature students
College officials say much is
done to accommodate and con-
sider part time students. Dr.
Earla Carey-Baines, Dean of
Liberal and Fine Arts had this to
"There are a number of facil-
ities on campus that stay open
later for the convenience of part-
time or evening students. For
instance, this semester the
Language Resource Center
(LRC) in room F8 open on a

Saturday for the convenience of
these students and they are also
open a few evenings in the week
as well. The Foreign Languages
lab (F6) has also made arrange-
ments for Saturday hours as
well. In terms of part-time stu-
dents having difficulties meeting
with lecturers at office hours, as
far as I know most lecturers do
keep their schedules. They are
required to keep a minimum of
four office hours a week and for
lecturers with evening classes,
we suggest that one of those
hours be in the evening."
Carey-Baines also men-
tioned that most lecturers are
open to appointments if their
times are inconvenient to stu-
dents and are often willing to

allow students to email them
their papers or ask questions via
email if a face-to-face meeting is
not convenient. She added if
none of these options are avail-
able the student should seek help
from the Chair or Dean of their
school in order to get in contact
with the lecturer.
In response to the question
about extending the hours of
even classes, Dr. Brooks-Jones,
Chair of English says classes
scheduled 8-10 pm have been
tried before but most lecturers
found that students were not
attentive after the first half an
hour because they were mental-
ly exhausted especially if they
were working until 5 pm and
had a class from 6-8 pm already.

She said the issue of having
more Saturday classes is also a
good idea and The College is
still trying to get lecturers and
students to be more open to this
idea so that it can eventually
become a regular school day.
However, she said there is resist-
ance from students who are used
to the regular Monday to Friday,
if not Monday to Thursday,
COBUS president 2008-
2009, Perry Newton, also a
mature student, said he is con-
cerned about these issues. He
said mature/part time students
are "a difficult crowd to gather
to ask questions and listen to
about concerns." He continued,
'There is nothing COBUS is

U Part-time Expressions----- Joycelyn Rolle, Nursing; Christopher Smith, Public Adm and Liefl Dean, Banking and Finance-have some-
thing in common. They are among so-called 'mature' or part-time students which make up about 30% of College enrollment.
(Photo by Carvel Francis)

Nursing Career; Still in Demand

Nursing is still very much a career in
demand and even though the academic pro-
gram here at The College has come a long
way so to speak there is still a shortage of
nurses here in The Bahamas. The Spectrum
spoke with several Nursing students new-
comers, about their program and their
College experience thus far and got this con-
sensus. "There is no real respect for nursing
majors at the main COB campus."
Students expressed frustration that there
seems to be nowhere they can go to ask any
questions about their program. Students say
when they question any of the heads of the
academic faculty have been met with the
response: "You will have to check the

Grosvenor campus at PMH." This has led
some to question if the nursing program is
respected in the same way as all other pro-
grams offered here at COB.
After a meeting held Nov. 13th at the
School of Nursing (Grosvenor Close
Campus) which was open to all nursing
majors, freshmen got some more bad news.
They were told that in order to get into and
start their nursing courses they would have
to complete all General Education courses
first. While these new students were dealing
with this information, 2nd and 3rd year stu-
dents were baffled by the announcement that

* Continued on page 15

doing specifically to assist them in their
plight since we don't have anything to go by
or any formal complaints. But to fix this our
position is--if you can't get in contact with
officials in your school you can just drop
your concerns in the new suggestion boxes
that are dotted around campus now. Your
concerns and ideas will be considered and
College officials and COBUS will think of
how to assist in any way we can to alleviate

* Intriguing Matters Dr. Daniel
Mitchell, an expert on tax reform
and supply side tax policy, shared
his views with students, faculty
and members of the public at the
CHMI Lecture Theatre in an open
forum on November 7th. The
event was hosted by the
Economic Society of The College
of The Bahamas (ESOCOB), a stu-
dent organization led by
Economics and Finance majors.

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* Stress Relief These young ladies obviously relieved much
stress, dancing and having a good time at COBUS'
Bundemlecturers Night November 6th. (photo by Joanna Louis)

Nursing Career; Still in
* Continued from page 14

many of them will be sent back to
COB's Oakesfield campus to finish
outstanding general education
courses before they can continue
with their nursing courses.
These inconveniences aside,
many of those juniors and sopho-
mores who have already learned the
ropes of the nursing program seem
to love their experiences of going
onto the hospital wards and interact-
ing with the patients. After speak-
ing with a few of them and asking
about these experiences, the reac-
tions were all the same. They all
seem to be ecstatic about becoming
future nurses and improving the
Bahamian allied health profession.
When asked about advisement and
registration, the students said that
advisement and registration is
always a hassle and wished that this
problem will soon be resolved.
Other than the normal headache of
classes and coming down to the end
of another semester, students at the
Grovesnor campus seem to be
enjoying the newly refined dorms
and eating in the cafeteria while
waiting on their next class to begin.


* Continued from page 7
conference designed to help Africa meet
the needs of its people and participate
more in the global economy. During the
summit, which was held this June,
Gardiner was invited to participate in
one of the forums that focused on sus-
taining the growth of tourism in the
African continent.
In addition, nine faculty members
and staff of CHMI participated in the
ServSafe Sanitation Training Program,
which is an internationally recognized
program designed to give participants
cutting edge information on proper
health and food sanitation in the kitchen.
Dr. Lincoln Marshall expressed his satis-
faction with the outcome of the program
and looks forward to some lecturers
becoming instructors in the program in

the future.
With increased emphasis placed on
employee upgrading initiatives, CHMI
also hopes to upgrade its programs and
practices to ensure that students are
attractive to employers after graduation.
Through strategic industry partner-
ships, CHMI is creating more flexible
programs and enhancing accessibility
for a diverse student population. While
sentiments have been expressed by some
major industry-leaders that CHMI grad-
uates are not fully equipped with the
knowledge and skills needed to effec-
tively work in the tourism and hospitali-
ty field, Dr. Marshall refutes this saying
that based on feedback they have
received, employers are happy with their
graduates and most find CHMI's stu-
dents highly attractive.

"This is particularly true with the
graduates of the apprentice program,"
Dr. Marshall said, "Employers are will-
ing to hire them even before they gradu-
ate. "
To ensure the success of CHMI as an
Institution, adequate funding must be in
place. At present, the only major donor
is The Bahamas Hotel Association in
conjunction with the Nassau Paradise
Island Promotion Board. According to
the Executive Director, the school has
not been successful in attracting spon-
sors and the reason for this is currently
being analyzed.
Student opinions about their major
are mixed, for example, Kendra Smith, a
third year Tourism Management major
said CHMI's challenges go way beyond
the need for new equipment. She

believes the Institute should strive to gel
students more involved in the daily
operations and events of the industry.
"As aspiring tourism and hospitality stu-
dents, we need more hands-on contact
with the industry," said Smith, "If that's
not happening, then we're simply wast-
ing our time."
Second-year Hospitality Operations
student Aysia Glinton, thinks the
Institute is buzzing as there are always
events and activities going on. She said
that the culinary section especially is
always hosting interesting and exciting
events that draw large crowds from the
wider COB population. "Despite whal
people say, I don't see any other school
in COB that hosts more events than
CHMI. There is always something going
on over here."


Extended Library Hours--FROM
DEC. 1-9

Monday Thursday
8:30am 10:00pm
8:30am 7:00pm
9:00am 6:00pm
12:00noon 5:00pm

Lunch and the Law: Jan. 30,
2009, British Colonial Hilton.
Topic: "Family Matters."
Contact Evania Thompson at
677-3227 or evaniathomp- for further

Book Festival- second annu-
al:March 14, 2009. This year,
Rotary International is joining
forces with COB to make an
even bigger and better Book

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happy the male and female winners of the Bench Press
Competition held in Nov. in the campus Wellness Centre receive
their trophy from Wellness Centre Manager Bradley Cooper.
Winners are from left Judy Duncanson, Hilton Solomon, Sasha
Anderson, Runnerup female category,and Sean Bastian, Asst.
Director of Athletics. Missing is Marcian Tucker, Runnerup male


Since mid October the Wellness Centre has been running a three-month 100-Day-
Wight-Loss-Challenge hoping it will be the motivator for getting people on the healthy
track and long term weight loss. The program ends Jan. 21, 2009 with gym membership
incentive awards given for first second and third place winners.
ELIGIBILITY-Any COB faculty, staff or student is eligible. Participants pay a gym
membership of $20 per month for three-month duration of the weight loss challenge in
addition to a one-time registration fee of $5. Students are exempted from the fee as long
as they are enrolled for the semester. However, all participants pay the one time regis-
tration $5 fee.
The program started Oct. 14 with a fitness assessment and registration, however per-
sons can join the program at any time it just means you have less time to burn off those
extra pounds and catch up with the early starters.

Groups meet and weigh in Fridays 12 noon 12:30 pm.
Whoever has the largest weight loss percentage wins the challenge.
Groups are welcomed, of course and can weigh in on e challenge. Winner receives: three
months gym membership (from registration fees); Second Place Winner receives: two
months gym membership (from registration fees) and Third Place Winner receives one
month gym membership (from registration fees).

The College of The Bahamas
Men's Basketball 2008-09
Team Roster
Head Coach: Sean Bastian (7th season)
Assistance Coach: Kirk Basden (4th season)
Trainer: Franco Moncur (1st season)
Team Manager: Jude Vilma (2nd season)

5 Edward Borrows G 5-7 155 Abaco Hgh School
6 Denzel Barr G 5-9 170 Saint John's College
7 Garvin Lightbourn G 6-2 170 C.R.Walker High
8 Jamaal Darling G 5-6 157 Dos Johnson High
9 Raif Ferguson G 5-7 157 V.Bethel Hgh School
10 Damian Sturrup G 6 175 C.C. Sweeting High
11 Theron Butler F 6-3 185 ueen's College
12 hilip Colebroke C 6-3 250 C.C. Sweeting High
13 Rashad Mckenzie 6-3 190 ordan Prince William High
14 Dorran Moxey 6-T2 T17 Saint John's College
15 Domime Sweeting C 6-3 205 Government Hgh
6 Jade Cox r 6-2 215 Nassau Christian Academy

* Soccer Ladies -- COB Women's Soccer Team is strong on the field and
can often be seen kicking a ball around for fun. They are pictured here
with their coaches Michael Wong and Paul McCann.


It started Nov. 19 in the SUB with 15 persons playing sets
of 15 or 21 and the winner moving on to the final which
took place Wednesday Nov. 26.