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COB Assists Students


Through Harsh Economic Times
Carvel Francis
Staff Wter
Mindful of the downturn in the Bahamian
economy, College of The Bahamas President
Janyne Hodder announced in November that
the institution is ready and willing to do its
part to ensure that enrollment is not affected
by the current economic woes.
Encouraged that there was no decline in
enrollment compared to last semester
(fall,2008) the president indicated that
enrollment for the spring semester had
increased and that her administration had
crafted a three-tiered approach to assist stu-
dents, potential students and others who may
be impacted by the current economic slow-
down.
This assistance included the Deferred
Payment Plan so favored by students and
first announced at a press conference
November 28th. At that time Hodder said
COB plans to reduce the first phase of stu-
dent tuition payment plan from 60% to 33%.
"We are doing everything in our power to
make sure that each parent or guardian is
comfortable in paying for their relative's
tuition here at COB," Hodder explained.
"Education is very important and as the ter-


* CAMPUS STARBUCKS TTHESE DAYS -Asked if Starbucks had seen a downturn in sales
with the economic recession, an attendant claims sales have actually increased since last
year. It seems The College community thinks spending $5 or so for Starbucks coffee is one
of the small pleasures people can still count on when the going gets tough. Photo: by RevaDevi


tiary institution of The Bahamas we must
ensure that all those who seek higher educa-
tion are met halfway financially and other-
wise."
After the initial 33% or one third is paid
on the tuition payment plan, a third is


required in the second month and the final
payment during the last month of the semes-
ter. The president said this is COB's
response to assist those who are literally
* Continues on page 14


Ministers Tour Performing Arts Centre
-_ -apu Orientation__


ARTS CENTRE TOUR- The Performing Arts Centre will officially open April 11, 2009 said
President Janyne Hodder this week during an official press tour of the facility located from
the main entrance to the Administration Block. The Centre which costs about $3.3 million,
contains state of the art lighting and staging system, has over 400 theatre style seats, has
changing rooms as well as two side galleries for art exhibitions, is said to be more than an
educational facility but a revenue generator, attracting major public events. On hand for a tour
of the Performing Arts Centre with the press were, from left (top photo): Dr. Earla Carey
Baines whose portfolio contains the management of the Centre, Minister of State for Culture
Charles Maynard, COB President Janyne Hodder and Minister of Education, Carl W. Bethel. -
--photo by Kendra Culmer.


INBC Spring Entrants-Northern
Bahamas Campus freshmen gather in the
dining hall for the start of the Orientation
program. ------ photo by Shannaka Hall
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* by Nikera Cartwright
Movie Revewer


If you are a rap fan, choosing to watch a
biographical film on one of hip hops most
influential artists is a no-brainer. But for
those who think of rappers as nothing more
than thugs spitting expletives and misogy-
nistic rhymes "Notorious" is sure to be a
disappointment. The movie plays on a mix
of emotions, showcasing the humble begin-
nings in Christopher Wallaces' (aka
Notorious BIG) life and what led to his
early death.
At first the story seems overrated due to
the absent father theme and street life. But
as the movie develops, key themes such as
friendship, sacrifice and fidelity are high-


lighted. "Notorious" offers a look at
Wallace's struggle to manhood, his rela-
tionships and the fulfillment of a dream.
Besides the life lessons, there are enough
throwback tunes to get heads bopping and
energy levels rising.
Jamal Woolard excelled in his role as
Biggie supported by Angela Basset as his
mother and Derek Luke as Sean "Puffy"
Combs. Unfortunately Anthony Mackie
was not the least bit convincing as Tupac
Shakur.
I am still left wondering whether
"Notorious" was a true depiction of
Wallace and his life especially since Puffy
was portrayed as more of producer/hype
man than as a best friend. But most impor-
tantly "Notorious" answers the question of
why one of the greatest feuds in rap history
began.
Just when Wallace started taking steps to
right his wrongs by becoming a better
father and less of a womanizer, he was
gunned down over what seemed to be a
simple misunderstanding. Despite the posi-
tive message of dreaming big, this movie is
not for the highly conservative as it has its
fair share of adult language and sexual con-
tent.
I for one left the theatre with a new idea
of what tracks to add to my iPod. This
movie is definitely worth watching because
it serves as a tribute to one of the greatest!


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It's almost here once again. We're
talking about Valentine's Day. This
annual day of love will soon be here for
all those pestering with that oh so bit-
tersweet disease of erotic infatuation.
We're talking about Valentine's Day.
But who perpetuates this notion of
true love that can occur, for example,
after four months of dating? Guys and
girls alike are probably already con-
vinced that it's the female mindset that
is more likely to sing the songs of love
in a relationship before any guy would.
Nowadays it's easier to believe that
the desire to be in love is stronger than
the actual feeling of being in love. The
21st century female, not the ones that
are shaving their heads and managing
offshore banks, but the daughters of the
ones shaving their heads and managing
offshore banks, are completely taken
aback by the idea of the perfect love.
Women have a built-in mechanism to
desire love, protection, domestication
(one could imagine the scolding looks
this one gets), and maternity. This cou-
pled with the destructive media images
of the "perfect" man and the perfect
relationship, have females longing for
that image to take manifestation in their
own less than qualified relationships.
Thus when any guy comes close to
resembling that Hollywood image,
girls convince themselves that it must
be love. The guy is too good to let get
away, and who says a girl cannot
decide whom she falls in love with. But
it is when the guy in the relationship is
confronted with the terrifying verbal
ultimatum that the true problem arises.
Yes, the "I Love You."
Needless to say more often than not
the guy's usual response is a half heart-
ed but seemingly enthusiastic "I love
you too", in fear of losing his girlfriend
or in effort to avoid any unnecessary
turbulence. Of course the female is
bubbling over with excitement while
guys are pretty much experts at faking
it.
This is the sad and very real state of
many relationships. The ladies fall in
love all by themselves in hope that their
gentlemen feel the same. Here's the


thing, ladies you're way more in touch
with your emotions and your sentimen-
tality. Sure there are some of us that
still believe in the power of love at first
sight but as a rule of thumb it doesn't
happen more than once in a lifetime.
So try to put some holds on those
love horses and don't be so quick to let
them out the stables. Perhaps try to wait
at least until the relationship reaches its
six month mark before dropping the
"L" word. By nature, guys become per-
formers under the influence of eligible
females, so by default it'll take a while
before he breaks his facade around you.
So really you fall in love with his abil-
ity to perform (get your minds out of
the gutter). Just block out all the dis-
gusting happy relationships that all
your friends are in, and try to avoid
looking directly into the grossly gigan-
tic engagement rings on their fingers,
and don't throw yourself into a forced
and completely fabricated world of
love.
Nevertheless, the sure fire way to
be certain you're not in love alone is to
wait until he says it first. That may take
forever but cut us some slack, the "L"
word is scary. But hey if he comes out
shakily explaining that he "really likes
you a whole lot" just consider that the
go ahead to use that "L" word. So look
out for a little Valentine's Teddy Bear
holding a plush heart sporting the
phrase, "I love you" on February 14th
and hope that it means something other
than one step closer to "consumating"
the relationship.


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Security Officer Threatened

Police Called on Campus
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Students gathered to watch as police take into custody four students who were
involved in an incident with campus security. -- Photo by Caleb Kemp


Iby Carvel Francis
Staff Writer

Wellington Francis, Director of
Security told The Spectrum that COB cam-
pus is "vely safe" after a fight broke out
between security staffers and students after.
The incident erupted during the second
week of classes.
Francis reported that "around 5:30 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 21st when officers asked
some students to contain themselves as
their behavior was unusually loud, one of
the students threatened an officer and then
left the scene." Later officers spotted the
student on campus and "believing he (the
student) had returned with a weapon as he
had threatened, officers approached the stu-
dent to make a routine search, to make cer-
tain that the student was not in any way
attempting to fulfill his threats against the
officer."
Francis said several of the security team
are registered police reservists and there-
fore they simply began to apply the law in
respect to that student. However, what was
a simple search of one student resulted in
three other students challenging the officers
when a scuffle ensued.
"At this point a police car was sum-
moned and those four students who took
part in the incident were removed off the
campus and taken into police custody,"
Francis said.
He stressed that there are clear rules that
governs student behavior on campus and
any breach of those rules can result in a stu-


dent being expelled from The College.
Francis assured The Spectrum that both
faculty and students are safe. He said
guarding the campus are highly trained
officers ready for any such incidents.
A student who witnessed the entire inci-
dent and wished to remain anonymous said,
"It was a really crazy scene that lasted too
long and it seemed like the security guards
were losing control of the situation with the
unruly students. "The mindset of those stu-
dents [who joined in] need to change and
stop running towards fights and encourag-
ing such foolishness."


The Spectrum January 2009


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COB Stuen Deaie Afte


I by Carvel Francis
Staff Writer
"Police are our friends" or at least that's
what we are told, but this latest incident
which took place last fall has left this stu-
dent shaken.
So shaken that she is still distressed
over the incident, and has yet to see any res-
olution.
Imagine you are a young 19 year-old
college student with never having any
brushes with the law, but somehow found
yourself into an arm-twisting position by a
strong plain clothed male officer, hauled to


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a fellow student raced to the outside world
to capture that moment through the eyes of
her camera.
It was a warm Monday afternoon
around midterm Tracy recalls whilst she sat
inside Starbucks with her camera in hand,
inhaling the rich cocoa beans. It was 3 pm
and as usual students of the C.C. Sweeting
High School were making their way home
when suddenly that moment arrived for
Tracy.
"And so I started telling that story
through the eyes of my camera, I took pho-
tos of them as they made their journey,
when suddenly adjacent to the parking lot at


Traceyann Perpall, a student in the school of communication files complaint with RBPF
following an incident where she was detained after carrying out a photojournalism class
assignment.


a police car and dumped into the back seat,
whilst a female officer seated in that vehi-
cle gesticulates her fingers into your face
whilst swearing at the top of her voice.
No one could have imagined that this
would be the result after carrying out that
simple class assignment, but it was.
And that is just what happened to
COB's Communication Major Traceyann
Perpall, as she followed instructions by her
professor in the photojournalism class.
"Photojournalism is a course, which
tells a story that evokes an emotion or
meaning viewed through the lens of the
camera," Tracey explained.
"And so part of our assignment on this
day of my ordeal was to take photos of inci-
dents or events occurring in our communi-
ty. Two photos would be presented for an
exhibition."
And so after being drilled with excite-
ment of this assignment, Tracey along with


City Market I heard that an altercation had
broken out and so I raced to that site to
complete my photo shoots," she said.
"When I got to the scene of the fight
apparently both girls has already stopped
and a circle ring of student had already been
created around them. Both girls were being
held by a man, who parted the fight as he
tried to ask them both what had happened.
And so I began taking photos at this point
as I thought it was that perfect shot I longed
for all that afternoon."
It was that moment Tracey explained
when a plain clothed officer, as she discov-
ered later, quickly a charged at her and
demanded her to relinquish her camera.
"Gimme da camera, gimme dat cam-
era," Tracey recalls as he raised his voice
and shouted at her.

U Continued on page 13








A The Spectrum January 2009


COB's Partnerships for


Students Study Abroad


SIGMA WEEK OF ACTIVITIES


SSanovia McPhee
Staff Wnter
During the first week of classes stu-
dents at COB Oakes Field campus were
showered with an array of activities and
lively entertainment hosted by Phi Beta
Sigma Fraternity. Sigma Week-which is
what the week of events was called-served
multiple purposes for the fraternity.
Primarily, its purpose was to welcome
back returning students after the winter
(Christmas) break and to make freshmen
feel welcome in what initially can be an
overwhelming environment.
Activities during first week of classes
included their trademark step dance and


lots of free snacks. Another feature of
Sigma Week was to get the fraternity into
the public's eye-to showcase their program
and to increase membership which has not
shown much growth during the previous
term.
Many students showed up and partici-
pated in the activities so Sigma did accom-
plish another goal set for Sigma Week-to
increase school spirit and activity.
Throughout the spring semester the frater-
nity has a number of events planned but
their main focus will be centered on com-
munity service, which is the area on which
they have concentrated the majority of their
efforts.


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STUDY ABROAD-This program that allows COB students to spend a semester at a uni-
versity abroad as well as bring students from other universities to COB is getting a lot of
attention. For example, Jenny Sallee, a fourth-year Elementary EDU major from Auburn
University in Alabama shown with students from Oakes Field Primary, is completing her
program here for the semester. On the other hand D'Andra Greenslade who just complet-
ed a semester at Acadia University in Canada is happy to have had the semester abroad
and now looks forward to wrapping her final year at COB. Students interested in the
Study Abroad program should contact Valdez Russell in the International Relations
Department, Oakes Field Shopping Centre.


Sby Joanna Louis and Jessica Simmons
Since its inception, an increasing num-
ber of students are taking advantage of
COB's partnership with other universities
to do Study Abroad programs at universi-
ties in other countries. The Spectrum inter-
viewed several of these students to get their
impressions of their experience.
D'Andra Greenslade, a fourth year
Accounting Major, describes her experi-
ence at Acadia University during fall 2008
as "memorable." Acadia is located in the
Canadian province of Nova Scotia, in a
small town called Wolfeville. Greenslade
went to classes as she would at COB, but
describes the social scene of The College
as radically different.
"Acadia had a lot of events that stu-
dents can be a part of. Everyday, something
is taking place around the campus," says
Greenslade of campus life at the university.
Ironically the major part of the culture
shock experienced by this student was that
the atmosphere of the campus of Acadia
was quiet and country-like versus the hus-
tle and bustle of Nassau. Greenslade rec-
ommends a semester abroad to any person
who is looking to gain international experi-
ence and to meet people of other cultures.
Students from universities abroad are
also taking advantage of the Study Abroad
program to attend COB. Jenny Sallee is a
fourth-year, Elementary Education major
from Cincinnati, Ohio who is in her final
year of study at Auburn University in
Alabama. Sallee is completing her teach-
ing practice at the Oakes Field primary
school, teaching fourth graders. As an


international student, she says she would
definitely recommend the experience to her
schoolmates back home, especially ones
who have a courageous spirit and like to try
new things.
Another international student spending a
semester in The Bahamas is Joe
Consentino of Kent State University.
Consentino is also completing his certifica-
tion for a Bachelor of Arts in Physical
Education. Consentino, who is a bit of a
world traveler, did not experience much of
a culture shock when he came to The
Bahamas but pointed out that the size of
COB versus the size of his university was
more noticeable to him.
He is posted at St. John's College, a pri-
vate all age high school. Consentino does-
n't mind the lack of campus life at COB,
because teaching practice and all the pre-
requisite stresses that come along with it
encourage him to spend his free time at rest
rather than at play. He would also recom-
mend this experience to friends and col-
leagues mainly for exposure and because it
would allow them "to get outside their
comfort zones."
As each of the students has indicated,
studying abroad helps broaden ones hori-
zons and to appreciate ones own culture
when submerged in another. Although the
prospect may be frightening to some, it
provides participants with the opportunity
to experience things that were only previ-
ously accessible through televisions
screens and the glossy pages of magazines.








The Spectrum January 2009


Complacency, a Bahamian Condition


When did being Bahamian
become synonymous with
being complacent? Why is it
that we are so content to take
whatever is given to us without
question?
It's another new semester
and where is COBUS to protest
the outrageous textbook prices
that we face? Where are we
now as students to complain,
to demand an explanation for
what can only be described as
lousy service?
We are paying upwards of
$200 in many instances for
paperback, International
Student (read: cheap) Editions
of books. To add insult to injury,
we are asked to pay these
prices for books that were
printed in 2005, meaning that
there are other, newer editions
available. In essence, we are
expected to pay exorbitantly for
outdated information.
Not only are the books


expensive but as of the second
week of school some texts are
still not in stock in what seems
to be a repeat of last semester,
when many students went
without books for almost a
month.
Why is the bookstore push-
ing old inventory on students at
full price? Even better, why are
we still supporting them in
doing it?
At what point will we as stu-
dents say enough is enough
and demand better service
from our school? The cost of
books for some is approaching
the cost of tuition and yet as a
student body we are still silent.
It's a "put up or shut up" men-
tality, one that seems to exist
everywhere in this society.
Yes, we may complain but
the problem is that the only
complaining we do is under our
breaths while on line to pay for
these overpriced books. --KC


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S-3 Art Block
The College/University of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Tel: (242) 302-4483 Fax (242) 302-4539
Email: spectrum@cob.edu.bs

EDITORIAL & CONTRIBUTING STAFF
Managing Editor ...... .Kendra Culmer, ACCA
Production Editor ..... Carvel Francis, MASS Com.
Production Assistant .. .Travis Cartwright-Carroll, EDU
Features Editor ....... .Chakara Bennett, ENG
Cartoonist/Reporter .... Patrick J. Deveaux, ENG LIT
Staff Writer. ......... Reva Devi, PUBA
Special Assignments. . Joanna Louis, EDU
Movie Reviewer ........ Nikera Cartwright EDU

REPORTERS
Cassandra Nottage, Zenovia Pinder, Jessica Simmons, Sanovia
McPhee and Shannaka Hall

FACULTY ADVISOR
Marjorie Cheetham
The Spectrum is published monthly during the fall
and spring semesters.


LETTERS
TO THE EDITOR

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 spectrum @cob.edu.bs.
Length should not exceed 350
words. All letters must be
signed and include contact
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name. The Spectrum has the
right to withhold any submis-
sion 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 let-
ters and submissions for con-
tent, clarity and length.


Visit The Spectrum online
http://www.cob.edu.bs/Students/StudentPubns.php


Dear Editor;
I ask that you allow me a small section
of your paper to express my recent disap-
pointment in the tertiary level institution
that is supposed to be the best in The
Bahamas-The College of The Bahamas
(COB). I would like though to start by
commending COB on providing an excel-
lent education to its students. The vigor-
ous and extensive courses provide an
above average standard. However, if
COB is to make any progress there has to
be an improvement in their administra-
tion.
I am a student who recently completed
classes at The College during the summer
semester between June and August last
year. While this is generally speaking an
exciting time for a student it has turned
into a nightmare for me. At any given
College or University one would have to
wait a maximum of one month to get doc-
umentation of your degree or completion.
At COB I have had to wait approximate-
ly 6 months. That is because the
Academic Board meets twice a year when
the larger bulk of students are to graduate,
December and May. Knowing that I
would finish classes in the summer of
2008 I applied to continue my education
at another University abroad and also
applied for jobs. Due to the fact that I
had to wait 6 months for my documenta-
tion of completion I was unable to attend
University in the fall of 2008 and I have


been unable to provide documents to any
potential employers. Therefore my edu-
cation has been forced to be put on hold
for a year and the rest of my life has been
put on hold for 6 months.
There is absolutely no reason why any-
one finishing classes in the summer
should have to wait until January of the
next year for one piece of paper to say
they have completed ally when being
encouraged to complete classes in the
summer. Upon finally getting the letter of
completion there were errors pertaining to
the date of completion. I am sure there
are many more horror stories of other
deficiencies in the administration of
COB. This is completely and absolutely
unacceptable for a school that is hoping to
reach University status in the near future.
Is this what COB wants its students to
take and then portray as being good serv-
ice? If the top learning institute in The
Bahamas cannot provide service that is
efficient, how can any other service in
The Bahamas be expected to do the
same?
A revamp in the administration of
COB is over due. It is now time to get rid
of the mediocre service and start provid-
ing students with service that is top notch.
You cannot expect any student to want to
attend, return or recommend COB when
it leaves such a bitter take in their mouth.


Yours truly, Bitter Mouth





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New Help for Probation Students


I by Chakara Bennett
Features Editor
At the end of every semester at least 2%
of full-time students are listed as on proba-
tion or in other words, have scored below a
2.0 GPA on a 4.0 grade assessment scale.
Unfortunately, for many semesters many of
these students were unaware of this or if
they were, they did not know what to do
about it.
In response to this growing problem
Teorah Ferguson, Assistant Director of
Counselling and Health Service
Department said Counseling took it upon
itself to send letters to underachieving stu-
dents to inform them and to invite them to
come to Counseling to devise ways to rem-
edy their situation.
"Every semester we get a list from
Records Department of students on proba-
tion and we send out letters to ask them to
come in so we can discover why they didn't
do well and how we can help them.
However, students don't always know why
they failed a class but we have a number of
tests that can help us uncover the issue--
tests such as the Learning and Study
Strategy Inventory (LASSI) and the
College Adjustment Scale (CAS). This
school year we sent out about 280-290 let-
ters."
However, these conventional ways did
not bring in as many students as hoped to
be assessed. This semester, Ferguson is tak-
ing a new approach to reach these students.
The first of a series of Academic Success
Workshops took place on Saturday, January
17th in the CHMI building.
Alison Newbold, a second-year


IbyJoanna Louis
Special Assignments

Last semester a new policy was institut-
ed regarding registration and payment
called deregistration. When a student regis-
tered online into a class they would have to
pay for the seat they reserved in the class
within in seven days or be dropped from the
class. Usually without deregistration, class-
es would not be at their full capacity
because students would not register to hold
seats that they would eventually not pay
for.
According to Registrar Dr. Danny
Davis, the overall deregistration process
went well with only one major glitch and
that occurred when some scholarship stu-
dents were deleted during the first cancella-
tion exercise. That was an error made by
the computer system and was easily
resolved.


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Ms. Teorah Ferguson, assistant director of Counseling and Health Services.


Business student says the workshop was
very helpful. She said, "The workshop
helped me to meet other students like me
who are having similar problems. It was
just a big group session and I got to talk to
other students and see how they dealt with
their issues. We identified problems among
ourselves and individually, and we just had
fun doing it together. It's a lot different than
what you think an assessment or visit with
the psychologist should be like. It's interac-
tive and if you are uncomfortable with that
you can still just see a counselor by your-
self in the Portia Smith Building."
Ferguson introduced this program to
add to the options that academically strug-
gling students have to find help, however
those coming in for help have increased.
She says that 50 students responded to the
workshop invitation and 27 students actual-
ly attended. Furthermore, for those who are
unaware, there are a number of facilities
and opportunities that The College pro-


vides that can assist students on probation
or those having problems keeping up in a
class:
Peer-tutoring center located on the
third floor of Portia M. Smith Building and
manned by fellow students.
Career Counselling with one of
COB's many trained psychologists avail-


Registration is also becoming some-
what easier because the system itself ran
well during registration for spring 2009.
Freshmen also used the online registration
facilities to register for the first time. There
are even more advances expected for the
improvement of registration, including
allowing bills to be posted on IQ Web, sav-
ing both paper and time for students and
cashiers.
Even though the nightmare that was
once registration is improving, many stu-
dents are still reluctant to put their full faith
in online registration. According to Davis,
only 30% of the total student population
registered solely online that is without
having to go to Records Department. This
may be attributed to some errors within the
system, such as its failure to recognize stu-
dents' prerequisites for certain courses,
which had to be resolved manually by
Records or the Registrar's Office.


Dear Editor :
Every semester on the first day of
classes, students enter the classroom
eager to learn, only to find out that when
they go to Chapter One Bookstore to pur-
chase their respective textbooks, they are
unable to, because they are too expen-
sive.
The price of college textbooks seems
to be escalating at an alarming rate. For
example, this semester, price for the Fund
Accounting textbook: Governmental And
Nonprofit Accounting Theories and
Practice 8th Edition is $243.50. This is
just a few dollars shy of the price that stu-
dents pay for a course (100/200 level) at
The College of The Bahamas. This text-
book can be purchased new on
Amazon.com for as low as $25.95 and
used (in excellent condition) for $5.45.
Similarly, at Chapter One Bookstore, the
price of the Advanced Accounting text-
book: South-Western's Advanced
Accounting, which by the way is a paper-
back book, is $228.25, again almost the
price that COB students pay for a
100/200 level course. This book sells
(new) for $19.99 on Amazon.com.
In many respects, many students who
have been proudly patronizing Chapter
One Bookstore (The College's bookstore)
have been priced out of the local market
and are now forced to source their text-
books through alternative avenues such
as Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com
and other college textbooks Websites. In


able in the same building for those who are
unsure of or do not like the direction their
major is taking them.
For students whose academic
problems hinge on financial strain Job
Placement skilled psychological advisors
will help them find ajob best suited to their
abilities, personality and time commitment.
Academic Counseling and
Assessments are also available to help stu-
dents identify academic problems they may
have. These sessions also help students
identify what their learning strengths and
weaknesses are so that they can work on
their problems.
Language Resource Center in F8
is also available to students who need spe-
cial help for English class assignments.
This center is manned by qualified English
lecturers who can stimulate and guide stu-
dents in the right direction.
Also, pay attention to your lectur-
ers' Office Hours and visit them whenever
you have a concern.


fact, because the textbooks obtained
through these alternative sources are con-
siderably less expensive (even with ship-
ping charges) than those at Chapter One,
many students are willing to wait a few
days, even up to a week for their text-
books.
What students want to know is why
are textbooks so expensive? Could it be
that there are too many intermediaries
(middlemen) in the ordering and distribu-
tion process? Could it be that the markup
on textbooks is too high? Could it be that
The College's realized losses are being
recouped in the price of textbooks? Or, is
it that the powers that be set the textbooks
at such high prices because they believe
that students have few options and will
buy the textbooks anyhow?
The world has become a global vil-
lage and the Intemet has: 1) provided stu-
dents with countless of options to pur-
chase textbooks and 2) made it possible
for students to inexpensively purchase
their textbooks from the comfort of their
homes simply by the click of a mouse.
However, this translates to significantly
decreased revenues for the college. If
only for this reason, the powers that be
should be motivated to look into this mat-
ter. Students want to support The
College's bookstore but the current prices
of textbooks makes it almost impossible
for them to do so.

Signed Bianca


Textbooks Prices Sky-High


Deregistration Update






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Life After College of The Bahamas


I by Reva Devi
Staff Wrter

As COB students, you would have had to
go through the processes of admission,
advisement, registration, and taking classes,
not to mention the planning involved in all
stages of this all to facilitate the process of
graduation. But what happens after gradua-


tion, how do the newly graduated assimilate
into the workforce and into society?
Depending on the field of study, some
students continue on to get professional cer-
tifications, others advance into higher levels
in their academics and others still are able


to secure employment right away. Here's a
look at some students who recently went
into the workforce after graduating from
The College:
BA in Computer Information Systems
- Garnel Leo. After working in the indus-
try for over two years, Garnel claims he
already knew what he would be dealing
with and that it wasn't difficult trying to
find a new job with several openings in IT
departments. It also helped, he believes,
that he wasn't searching for employment
after the economic levels reached the point
they had by mid-year 2008.
Garnel currently does IT work in the
financial services sector, and as far as salary


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Charles Isaacs


INFORMATION
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COB's

Oakes Field


The Library opened their
newly renovated
Information Commons
which holds about 42
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the spring
semester.

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wage job.


Stephen Hanna

goes, it appears he is paid very well for his
educational background as well as his expe-
rience level. Asked how his COB experi-
ence contributes at work, he responded,
"My Business and CIS courses, the group-
related work and communication courses
have all proved helpful."
AA in Mass Communications -
Stephen Hanna & Alex Missick. Though
it wasn't difficult to find jobs in the area of
Mass Communication, Stephen says he
realized after graduating that "everyone has
to start out small, and ... it is not the worst
thing in the world to work at a minimum
wage job." He seems to have forgone a
cushy paycheck for "experience and free-


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dom." Nevertheless, he does credit COB
with teaching him rhetorical skills on top of
technical ones, as well as having planted
more realistic ideas in him of what work
and the search for identity is really about.
Alex, on the other hand, chose the more
traditional route of journalism and report-
ing. Though the number of jobs available
was high, she seemed to find it difficult to
be accepted without experience. She claims
it took her about four to five months to get
a job, where she feels she is paid sufficient-
ly as a newcomer, even having extra bene-
fits. Furthermore, she boasts of COB, hav-
ing been her "training ground to a well
rounded career" as she is now able to "get
ideas from all angles." However, she does
add that she still learns on the job everyday,
and that she hopes to contribute new ideas
to the advancement of Journalism in The
Bahamas.
ASc in Mechanical Engineering
Technology Charles Isaacs. The econom-
ic downturn made projects in engineering
nearly non-existent for Charles and as a
result, he was unable to find even an intern-
ship in his major area. This was highly dis-
appointing for him, particularly considering
his expectations of new projects. He also


Stephen Hanna


felt that COB didn't prepare him for the job
market, saying there were "no seminars for
graduates on resume preparation, interview
preparation, or anything of the sort."
Though working, he feels dissatisfied with
the salary in a non-related job area, consid-
ering his skill set in engineering, and claims
he has been left "underemployed and frus-
trated".


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NLorthuenrwr Bahma mCaInimpuisw


Sby Shannaka Hall
StaffReporter
Spring term Orientation at COB's
Northern Bahamas Campus (NBC) was
held Jan. 5th and was organized by Campus
Life, spearheaded by Autherine Turnquest,
Assistant Director.
Over 100 excited students started the day
by attending Freshmen Chapel which
included Blessings led by Student Christian
Movement, then praise and worship and
rules and regulations of COB. This was fol-
lowed by a welcome from COBUS
President Khasdon Russell and remarks by
Dr. Coralee Kelly, Associate VP for NBC,
who also introduced NBC's staff responsi-
ble for advisement and registration.
Freshmen Tavana Russell said she chose
COB instead of going abroad because sh
believes that COB is one of the best col-
leges in the world when it comes to her


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Students on Grand Bahama getting ready
for Spring '09.
major which is Primary Education. She
emphasized that she believed she will get
the same quality education at COB that she
would get anywhere else in the world.
NBC students had pretty much a similar
experience as had Nassau students which
included freshmen lunch, campus tour and
an afternoon of activities arranged by
Campus Life.


COBUS officers (above photo) welcome students to pick up a snack before or between
classes from COBUS Tuck Shop. Most items priced for $1. Hot Patties from $1.50 and
daily specials from $2-5. Free microwave use. Tuck Shop is located in COBUS office
opposite Campus Life in Student Union Building (SUB).


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The Spectrum continues our series of getting ansL'wer to qle'stioin\ tiii'dent asIk.
If you have questions you want answered, contact us\ St .lA1rnL. Ciohb.elhr. h\:
we will print the answers in the next issue of The .,pL'etruin. .-IAnlers provided
for the questions below by VPAcademic Affairs, lr. RhoInda ( hipimin-
Johnson.

* What is COB's policy on cheating?

Answer: COB has a policy on plagiarism and academic integrity
which is presently under revision to include all kinds of cheating.
The policy on examinations also speaks to cheating incidents.
Students who have been found guilty of plagiarism and other kinds
of cheating have received various forms of punishment: 1) an F for
the course and 2) they have been suspended for a semester. COB
will not tolerate dishonesty of any kind.

* Is COB seeking to discontinue Independent Studies ?

Answer: No. However, the schools want to limit the use of independ-
ent studies and will only allow them in special circumstances. Also,
not all courses can de done via independent study.

* When will COB offer a Bachelor Degree in programs that are cur-
rently Associates, e.g., Geography, Culinary Arts, Architecture.
Engineering?

Answer: Over the next five years COB hopes to develop Bachelor
degrees in these areas. There is already an approval in principle for
a bachelor degree in Architecture and discussions have begun
regarding Bachelor degree in Culinary Arts and Engineering.

* What graduate degrees will The College offer in the foreseeable
future?

Answer: COB will probably begin with the MBA. As a matter of fact, a
consultant (see Spectrum, October 2008 issue) has been hired to
develop this program and to work on other initiatives in the School
of Business.


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The Spectrum January 2009


Smart Classrooms

Smart Classrooms---COB intends to
upgrade most classrooms turning
them into high tech rooms with pro-
w m jector, cable access, whiteboard and
television. Many classrooms will
soon have access to web and inter-
net connections. It should also be
noted here that two classrooms in
the B-Block already have cable serv-
ice paid for with funds collected
from sale of items in the School of
Business Tuck Shop.
-----photo by Nat Adderley
By the end of the semester COB will convert every classroom into 'smart classrooms'
which means your class will be technology ready with a projector, cable access, whiteboard
and television.
A smart board is a device that a lecturer will only need, according to Rodman Forbes
of Library Media, "a finger and a laptop to use." These are currently found in a few class-
rooms in the B-block, G-block, A-block and CHMI. B-block and T-block already have
local cable.
Also, no longer will Library Media, which currently provides equipment to enable high
tech learning, be controlling delivery of electronic equipment for class use. Everything
needed should soon be installed in the classroom. Only remotes will be in the hands and
control of Library Media staff.

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"And so I backed away and began try-
ing to explain to him the reasons for my
taking these photographs, but he was not
hearing it, he grabbed my wrist and I
demanded that he let go my hand."
Tracey explained that the events that
followed still haunt her to this day, "And
here he is, holding my hand threatening to
take me to jail if I fail to give it up. I began
asking him who is he; he had no police ID,
no uniform and continued to manhandle me
in a very embarrassing way. I mean people
seeing this could have believed I was at the
one guilty of the school fight."
Tracey described that she reached for
her cell phone to call her father, but the
plain clothes officer knocked it away. "It
dropped and broke and it was at that point
he began dragging me to a waiting car," she
recalls.
Dragged with one foot bare as a shoe
came off and her cell phone shattered,
Tracey was thrown into the back seat of a
police car, disgraced in front of her peers
with scores of high school students looking
on.
Shaken, with all this drama unfolding
Tracey said she kept shouting, "Why are
you doing this to me, I didn't do anything!"
she noted.
In the car a female officer, also in plain
clothes awaited and began hurling exple-
tives at Tracey said.
Il \\ at that time an officer in uniform
approached the car where I was being
detained and asked to view the photos. I


explained to him why I was at the scene and
why the photos were taken. After viewing
them he asked me to delete them and then
released me out of the vehicle," she said.
"There I was with no phone, ruffed up,
with one foot of shoe in front of all these
people. It was truly an embarrassing situa-
tion, all in an effort to tell a story for a class
assignment, but later having a story of my
own to tell."
Tracy, that same evening, filed a report
at the Police and Corruptions Unit at the
RBPF Headquarters. To date, Tracey has
yet to hear of anything coming out of the
matter.
"Is there still freedom of the press in
this country? I was so upset because I
attempting to follow a simple class assign-
ment, yet which landed me in the backseat
of a police vehicle? Is this not what journal-
ist, are supposed to do? Present the truth?
I realize it is matters like this, which
occurs all the time where individuals abuse
their power over people who don't know
their constitutional right!"
"I have been affected by this experi-
ence," she said.
But now this experience is behind her,
Tracey said she places her trust in the jus-
tice system of this country and will contin-
ue her quest for whatever it takes to get jus-
tice in this matter.
The Spectrum has made several
attempts to get responses to this complaint
filed at the Corruptions Unit at the RBPF,
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Freshman On A Mission

.


ORIENTATION HELPERS---Groups of students, shown wearing camouflaged tops, from
campus clubs were responsible for organizing Spring Orientation activities. They includ-
ed a number of new features in the program that stretched over a three-day period using
the theme --Freshman on a Mission. ---photo by Kendra Culmer.


Sby Jessica Simmons
StaffReporter

Spring semester Orientation at the
Oakes Field campus on January 5th marked
the beginning of a three-day process with
the theme Freshmen on a Mission to wel-
come about 500 new students. Throughout
the day the freshmen were given informa-
tion about COB and had the opportunity to
walk, explore and become familiar with
their new school.
Many had anticipated this experience
since high-school and others said it was a
day that was long overdue. The Spectrum
interviewed several students go give stu-
dents a view of their first impressions.
I've been waiting for two years to start
college," says C. R. Walker graduate
D'Angelo Gray an Accounting Major.
Nikki Lloyd, a CIS major described this
year's theme as very creative. "It made me
feel welcomed and because the theme was
focused on us freshmen it suggested that
they really thought about us and our enter-
ing The College."
Deangelo Ferguson, a member of the
Student Leadership organization on cam-
pus, said this Orientation has something
special and explained that a group from the
various clubs came together to organize the
Freshman on a Mission plan to make this
Orientation different and more exciting.
I think we have done a good job and
have the new students' attention. It's a beau-
tiful initiative and I think it was successful
in getting people more involved and inter-
ested in COB."
Activities such as the F.O.A.M
Orientation Hunt was geared toward intro-
ducing freshmen to faculty members, edu-
cating freshmen about the locations of dif-
ferent schools, resources and facilities
located on campus.


Nikki Lloyd in describing her experi-
ence said "The environment was warm and
everything was understandable. The tour
guide was very thorough and everything
was made easy." On the other hand, Gray
noted although the process was informative
"in that we now know about the campus
and the schools located here, I feel as
though the orientation process was kind of
long."
Organizers also produced and displayed
a DVD for freshmen that addressed campus
Dos and Don'ts the first of its kind at
COB. Lloyd said while the DVD concept
was good; the manner in which it was exe-
cuted made it kind of boring." In the same
manner, Valentino Burrows, incoming
Electrical Engineering major, had a little
more to add regarding the DVD perform-
ance, noting that, The video was okay, but
it was not edited too well. The actors were
also not too good. It seemed as if they t
needed more practice." He recommended
that, "In the future, more effort by the par-
ticipants would be useful."
At The College, the orientation experi-
ence of many students is one that remains
memorable. COBUS senator for the school
of Communication and Fine Arts, Lindsay
Brennan said that, "We are trying to create
the same campus spirit you tend to expect
in colleges abroad. We want the new stu-
dents to truly feel as though they truly are a
part of the COB community. What we are
trying to do all day is to have a sort of 'Rite
of Passage' that will really enforce these
ideals."
Many enter the halls of COB filled with
joy and excitement, anticipating an experi-
ence of a lifetime. Thirty-one year old
Mirlande Barrow, Nursing Major, and her
sister, Ariana Demeritte, 35 years old and
also a Nursing Major, are prime examples I
of this belief. Barrow says "Being here at
L


COB gives me hope. There was no hassle
in getting my papers or anything at this
Orientation. I have been working for 10
years in hotels and I really wanted a change
and I am happy that COB will offer me this.
I want to be a nurse and I was scared but I


* Continued from page 1

scrapping to pay college fees.
"I am elated to be able to take advantage
of the new payment plan," said a Family
Island student. "My aunt pays my fees and
she is now working on a reduced schedule.
Under normal circumstances she would
have had a rough time paying my fees, but
this new plan has made it much easier for
her."
Hodder and her administrative team have
taken a long look at enrollment figures in
the years 2001 and 2002 years when the
country also experienced economic diffi-
culty.
She said, "At that time there was a pick
up in part-time enrollment and a reduction
in full time enrollment. After reviewing that
and properly assessing our current situa-
tion, we are confident that our deferred
payment plan and the implementation of
our financial aid policy will prevent any
looming decrease in the enrollment of our
full time students.
Hodder noted that one of the main goals
of COB is to educate as many Bahamian
students as possible and her intent as presi-
dent is to make every effort that this is
done.
"I actually had to sit out last semester,"
said another student. "My parents just did-


have my sister who is starting this with me
as well. So we will push ourselves and
focus. This entire affair is making me very
happy."


n't have the money. My father lost his job
and my mother has to carry our entire
household. As much as it hurt her, my mom
had to ask me to sit out the semester.
"When COB came up with this new pay-
ment plan my uncle stepped in and said that
the plan was manageable for him. So using
the plan, he is able to pay my tuition and
thank God I am back in school."
Additionally, The College is assisting
students studying abroad who are affected
financially due by the economic downturn.
Students are advised to first check first with
their institutions to see if credits from COB
are accepted. If so then the student can
transfer to COB on a short term or long
term basis.
One happy parent learning this told The
Spectrum, "I am so, so happy right now. I
was wondering how I could continue pay-
ing for my daughter's education in Texas.
She can come home for two semesters,
attend COB and by that time I should have
caught myself financially and she would be
able to return.
"I am very pleased to know that COB
would be so willing to assist in this way.
This is awesome and I am sure the answer
to many parents' temporary financial set
backs. Ms. Hodder is doing a wonderful job
at turning COB into a University."


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The Spectrum January 2009


COB Students Join Cleanup of South Beach Recreation Area

Bahamas information Service

Students from The College of The
Bahamas joined students from the ,
University of Maryland in a clean up the
South Beach recreation area last week. .
The visiting University students were in
The Bahamas as part of an 11-day Service
Learning Programme where students
worked on issues such as the environment,
sustainability and community development. o, I
COB's International Relations Liaison
Valdez K. Russell explained that the
University of Maryland's Service Learning
Programme goes a step beyond the normal
community service, which involves just the
picking up the trash.
Mr. Russell said it is more important for .
the students (including COB's) to under- -
stand why the trash accumulated, to find out
why persons dump their trash in undevel-
oped areas and what can be done to get
Bahamians to take pride in their environ- ,.
ment.
Mr. Russell added that The College .

their surroundings and keep communities
clean.
Staff Advisor and Director of Leadership ,,I. -,
and Community Service Learning at the
Students from the University of Maryland who were in The Bahamas for 11 days in mid January are seen picking up trash and cleaning
University of Maryland Craig Stack said the up the South Beach recreational area which was one of several community development projects they worked on during their visit.
students, who arrived January 13, did more (BIS photos by Patrick Hanna)


Students from The College of The Bahamas and the University of Maryland prepare to
start their clean up of the South Beach recreation area. -Photo by P. Hanna


than help to clean up the South Beach recre-
ational area.
Mr. Stack said, "We have had a fantastic
opportunity to interact and really live with
community members specifically over in
Andros staying in Staniard Creek, where we
really lived with the community and learned
what the community interests are as they
relate to the environment."
While in Andros the University students
created a path to two blue holes to provide
easier access.
Mr. Stack said they met with high school
students to learn more about what the sec-
ondary education system is teaching and
what students think about the environment;


they met with government officials to better
understand government policies concerning
the environment and met with US Embassy
officials to see how they plan on helping the
country on matters relating to the environ-
ment.
While the students from abroad and COB
were cleaning up the South Beach area,
workers from the Environmental Health and
Roads and Parks Beautification Department
were also doing their part in the clean up.
Director of Environmental Health
Melony McKenzie said that in order to
deter persons from illegally dumping their
trash after the clean up, surveillance cam-
eras are going to be strategically placed in
the area.


Life After COB cont.


* Continues on page 15

ASc in Architecture D'shanti Pinder.
D'shanti was lucky enough to have been
recommended to work at an engineering
firm while she was still at COB. Though
not in her field, she claims she has found
architectural firms that would be willing to
take her on (for training and then employ-
ment). She emphasizes the importance of
learning the AutoCAD software at COB,
which would have been a more difficult
and time-consuming process at work.
D'shanti's expectations at her job have
been met, but she claims she is also "get-
ting great experience, learning how to
interact with clients, learning some of the
ins and outs of running a business, going to
new places, meeting new people, and gen-
erally, having new opportunities to broad-
en my knowledge of technical careers."
She's also happy with what she takes home
at her level, but still plans to get more qual-
ifications in architecture and open her own
firm someday.
It appears no matter what field of study
you are in, it's always a good idea to talk
to your professors and persons in the field,


so that you will have a better idea of what
to expect when you finally walk down that
aisle... at graduation.


D'shanti Pinder








The Spectrum January 2009 |1


Athletics Director Says


Gender Not An Issue


Three-Point Competition -- Winners of the Intramural three-point competition are
from left: Runnerups Benhamin Light-bourne and Shantera Brown; Champions are
Demetrius Mckay and Karissa Evans. Shown also is Directer of Intramural sports and
recreation, Sean Bastian.

Intramurals Activities / Community Events
February March June 2009
February
2/3 2/5 Table Tennis Singles Intramural Tue -Thrs
2pm 4pm
2/12 5 on 5 Basketball Competition Intramural Thursday
2pm 4pm
2/10 2/12 Bench Press Competition Intramural Tue Thrs
2pm 4pm
2/20 Exuma Campus Fun Run Walk Race Community Exuma Campus
2/24- 2/26 Chess Tournament Intramural Tue Thrs
2pm 4pm
March
3/5 3/26 Co-ed Soccer Intramural Thursday
2pm 4pm
3/24- 3/26 Dominoes Tournament Intramural Tues Thrs
2pm 4pm
June
28-3 July Bahamas Summer Sports Academy Community Nassau Campus


LADIES SOCCER 2009


Interested in playing soccer and playing for COB Ladies
Soccer Team? Practice sessions are held on the College field
every WEDNESDAY

4-6 PM and SATURDAY 8-10:30 AM

ALL ABILITY LEVELS WELCOME.
For more information contact Coach McCann
at: 302-4505/565-0587
Office E-5 or email: pmccannuk@yahoo.com


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by Patrick Deveaux
Sports Writer

When most people think of sports, they
think of big, sweaty, muscular men in uni-
forms. Well, that set of imagery is way off
in the case of The College of The Bahamas'
new Athletics Director, Kimberley Rolle.
"Being Director is just a job to do and gen-
der is really a non issue," she says.
Although it may not be the norm, Rolle
says the female presence in Sports
Administration is nothing new. Since about
20 years ago the model of Athletic
Administrator has changed according to
Rolle although before that time the Athletic
Administrator was simply the football
coach, the physical education teacher, or
just the head of the sports department. Now,
job roles and portfolios call for more diver-
sity which is why Rolle believes women
are becoming more active in many previ-
ously male dominated fields.
When it comes to sports administration, a
director must be able to communicate
effectively, raise and manage budgets. With
her past experience in the field of commu-
nication and a Master's Degree in Sports
Administration, Rolle seems well equipped
for her new position.
Rolle does not deny that she may have to
work harder because of some lingering
stigma attached to women in leadership
positions but she points out that she is not
treated differently because she is the first
woman in this position. "I didn't pick up
any vibes, as you young people say," Rolle
said.
She says she has received much positive
feedback and encouragement and so gender
in the work place has become a non issue.
She says College administrators were just
looking for the best person for the job, thus
gender was irrelevant.
She admits that her track record of having
excellent planning and organizational skills
may have led to her obtaining her new posi-
tion and says she intends to approach her
new office in a systematic way placing
emphasis on much needed organization.
She said her first months in office will con-
sist of much planning and strategizing
about where The College intends to be five
to 10 years ahead.
Just as The College moves toward attain-
ing university status, the Athletics
Department wants to function at the level of
university athletics. This is where intercol-
legiate associations such as the NAIA and
the NCAA come into play. Currently, COB
only has affiliate membership with NAIA
which is not full membership but this
allows the local teams to participate in the
Sun Conference so they compete mostly
against teams and universities within the
Floridian region.


Kimberley L. Rolle
Rolle explains that she is always careful
in bringing up the topic of full membership
as she does not want to give birth to any
misconceptions. Full membership is not
something that will happen over night.
Faculty, facilities, policies and a whole
gamete of adjustments must be made
before full membership can be granted she
explained.
Another of Rolle's goals is to align the
Athletics program with The College's mis-
sion to achieve university status. In this
same vain, the Department adopted the
motto "Students First" meaning, before one
is an athlete, one is first a student. "Sport
will be worked within the educational
realm, so sports will not take precedence
over academics," says Rolle. She states that
some measures will be put in place to
ensure student athletes have the needed
academic support because those in the
Sports Department recognize that balanc-
ing athletics and academics can be chal-
lenging.
Eventually all student athletes would be
required to take a minimum of 12 credits
per semester and maintain a 2.7 GPA which
is a NAIA requirement for full member-
ship. Also an Academic Support System
will be implemented where student ath-
letes, who need assistance, will have to sit
8 hours of supervised study hall. Lecturers
will also be asked to give a progress report
on the athletes at least twice before mid
semester.
School spirit is also on Rolle's radar as
The College itself is going through a
Branding exercise. Identifying a logo,
school colors and a mascot are important
symbols because schools and teams are
identified by their colors and mascots. A
unique image is as important as anything
else. It is her hope to solidify athletics
through the Branding exercise.




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