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" The Spectrum February 2009

I Reviewed by Nikera Cartwright I

I awaited with anticipation the release
of Taken. Intuition told me this was one
of those movies that had to be viewed on
a big screen with surround sound. I was
right! This action film starring Liam
Neeson and Maggie Grace was a refresh-
ing take on action flicks. Finally a movie
with less talk and more action!
Neeson plays the role of Bryan Mills,
an ex government agent looking to make
up for lost time with his giddy 17-year-old
daughter Kim, played by Grace. On a
European vacation Kim is kidnapped and
Mills stops at nothing to get her back. He
seldom lets his emotions get the best of
him and uses his expertise to destroy all
who stand in his way.
This movie does a great job of expos-
ing slave trade operations and how age
and experience are sometimes the perfect
combination for an action hero. Mills is
definitely a man who says what he means
and means what he says. Although he is
initially portrayed as sheepish and soft-
hearted, he quickly transforms into a no-
nonsense one-man-army. Additionally
there were more than a few "Did that just

The only faults I found were that Kim
was more like a 10-year-old rather than 17
and Mills was able to achieve his quest at
the end of the movie too easily. I sat in
amazement wondering which 17-year-old
really runs, skips and pouts to get her
way. Maybe I'm missing something. And
what about all the other unfortunate girls
who ended up as slaves? It's always nice
to see good triumph over evil but fairytale
endings are overrated. Bring on the atyp-
ical endings and authenticity please!
Clearly, my feelings on this one are
mixed. Look forward to a great plot but
the ending leaves much to be desired.

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S by Patrick Deveaux


Latest Craze



YOUTUBE FAN-Kelly Johnson, like many
students, spends a lot of time each day
watching YouTube videos.
Photo by Reva Devi

With the rise of YouTube internet celebri-
ties, everyone suddenly thinks it's a good
idea to post videos of themselves on the
internet. Apparently one can sit in one's
bedroom and record videos of oneself blab-
bering about some pseudo sociopolitical
nonsense and become rich and famous. This
craze, like all crazes is catching on and
Bahamians don't miss a beat.
Whether they call it Podcasting video
logging or an actual show and divide it up
into episodes, people everywhere are doing
it. To be blunt, it is really annoying. Some
are really good though and in this case
'some' refers to the vast minority. When did


everyone become so self-absorbed and
consumed with popularity and stardom?
Does anyone really enjoy looking at those
shifty web-cam shots?
Come on, no one is going to really sit
and stare at a single shot of words coming
out of your face. There is nothing you can
say that is that interesting. Its sad watching
people make complete fools of themselves
talking about subject they know nothing
about. Everybody wants to be a philosopher
or a social commentator or even worse, a
The worst of them is the personal video
blogs in which they ramble on about the
droning events in their lives. Needles to say,
it's just a tad bit weird to record yourself
talking about persons, places and things that
no one knows about you except you and a
few of your cousins and then post it up on
the world wide web. Sure if your think
you're life is so cool and interesting that you
have to have video journal made for public
viewing go right ahead, but try not to flatter
For the Bahamian video blogger here's a
word of advice: The Bahamas is too small
and black people gat too much tings to do.
Honestly, if I wanted to listen to someone
blab pointlessly for 10 minutes I would sit
in front of the mirror reading randomly
selected and incomplete phrases from a
book of limericks. However, we sympa-
thize with you in that reality is not a place
you spend most of your time. When real
people spend their time with actual skill
requiring hobbies and real life constructive
pastimes, you sit in your imaginary world
yapping about your new favorite color and
why you don't use anti- perspirant deodor-
ant anymore.
So here's a suggested exercise to cure
this maddening internet video craze for all
you wannabe internet celebs. Take a few
minutes, type your name into the search bar,
and watch one of your own videos. Now,
wasn't that just stupid and embarrassing?


The Spectrum February 2009

Views on Capital Punishment

I by Reva Devi
Copy Editor and Photographer
Hang him! No! He's a Murderer! He's a
person! He'll kill again! May God forgive
Nationwide debate on the topic of
Capital Punishment continues, but voices
from the country's foremost academic com-
munity have remained silent. Yet, COB
should be the hub of vigorous social and
political debate many here believe. So what
are the points of view on the subject within
this tertiary institution?
Sociology professor Jessica Minnis
says life imprisonment should be the alter-
native to the death penalty. In addition to
the nation's religious and moral reasoning,
the chances of there being wrongful execu-
tion are simply too high. Minnis thinks it is
important "to make sure the innocent per-
sons doesn't die for someone else's crime."
Some students agree with this position
expressing comments like "we should learn
to be forgiving, we are a Christian nation,"
or "everyone deserves a second chance" or
"it would be like fighting crime with
crime" and 'how can we say not to kill then
use it as a deterrent?"
It was also said that any deterrent nature
of capital punishment will only be short-
lived, as criminals will simply cover their
tracks better in the future.
And there are persons who took the

alternative stance and stated forcefully that
"barbaric acts deserve barbaric punish-
ments," or "the Bible says an eye for an ye
and a tooth for a tooth," or "criminals need
to be punished in a way they will under-
stand," and "capital punishment should be
enforced because criminals should not be
able to walk free after causing a family
such grief." Some believe justice is not
really served when a murderer is only
imprisoned. It was also said that enforcing
the penalty will "reduce crime and change
the mindset of criminals".
Public Admin Professor Yvette Newry
feels capital punishment should be
enforced "in a system where all men are
given the same representation under the
law and where justice is swift and fair."
Newry points out that it is costly to the
nation to have persons in jail, so once the
evidence is scientifically clear for the most
part, they should be executed.
Unfortunately, she says the system that
exists in The Bahamas is far too unfair for
advocates to expect such hefty justice from
So the debate continues at COB, pretty
much as it does in the wider community.
And while professors tend to lean toward
abolishment, writing essays for scholarly
journals and presenting papers at Human
Rights Conferences, Her Majesty's Prison
in Fox Hill still has a death row and there
are currently 20 persons on it, all are male.

-OR NOT???'

Cartoon Courtesy of artist Stan Burnside.

PM says no student will

be turned away at COB

I by Chakara Bennett
Features Editor
The world's economic recession is hit-
ting The Bahamas and The College of The
Bahamas is feeling the pinch. At the begin-
ning of the year, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham made a bold statement telling the
Bahamian public with children attending
The College: "I offer the assurance that stu-
dents will not be prevented from continuing
if they are unable to make timely payment
of their tuition because of difficulties aris-
ing from the current economic recession. In
such cases, appropriate arrangements will
be put in place to defer and reschedule
tuition payments."
Ingraham's statement is a timely one
because many parents and even students
themselves are losing their tourism-based
jobs and the money to buy food, pay bills
and other daily essentials is drying up.
Many students are having a tough time
coming up with their regular college tuition
money and some say they have to decide if
they can continue school because of finan-
cial difficulties. So while many are happy
about this some still want to be reassured
that the Prime Minister's statement is not an
empty promise.
For example, Jennifer Gibson, a mature
COB student told The Spectrum, "I have
heard too many stories and promises being
made by the different governments saying
they will help and give assistance for one
reason or another but such stories are just
hype and right now sadly I don't know what
to believe. I would hope that the Prime
Minister wouldn't make such a bold state-
ment without consulting The College and
making sure this will happen."
COB's VP of Financial Affairs Cheryl
Simms said the Prime Minister's statement
has some validity and explained, "We are
not saying that students shouldn't pay or
that anything is free. We are just more
aware of students' financial problems so
this semester we have changed our deferred
payment plan, to not only allow more stu-
dents to be eligible for the plan, but to make
the plan more lenient. For instance, stu-
dents accepted on the plan previously had
to pay 60% of their fees upfront, now they
only have to pay a third of the fee upfront
and the remaining thirds later on in the
She also said that other changes have
been made to the plan. However to ensure
that students pay their bills on time a late
fee charge will be added to the student bill

Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham
Prime Minister

if the date to pay the other installments is
not honored.
Additionally, VP for Student Affairs Dr.
Rhonda Chipman-Johnson put it this way.
'"The College is still very affordable no
matter how you look at it and that is not
likely to change during this time of reces-
sion. I don't think that The College fees or
cost per credit will increase this year.
Maybe next year but it wouldn't be the time
to increase it now. We have to look at what
is happening in the country no matter how
much we may need to increase costs to
cover our expenses.
Chipman-Johnson also indicated that
within the last year The College has made
an important change in regard to the billing
of foreign students. In the past, COB stu-
dents who were born and/or raised in the
country but did not have Bahamian status
were lumped in the same category as stu-
dents applying directly from foreign coun-
tries. After re-assessing the "foreign student
policy," students who were born in The
Bahamas or who were educated in local
high schools are allowed to pay local stu-
dent school fees.
These changes indicated will definitely
make paying for education at COB easier. It
should also be noted that COB's recently
revised Strategic Plan states that "the uni-
versity will increase the level of Financial
Aid it provides students," so even if the
cost per credit at The College increases
there will be more funds and opportunities
available to students.

A The Spectrum February 2009

I by Cassandra Nottage

School of Communication and Creative
Arts (SCCA) new Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Spanish starts fall semester 2009. SCCA
is already claiming strong interest among
high school students for this 120-credit BA
which focuses on courses in Spanish litera-

full time Spanish language lecturers.
SCCA expects a positive response to
students wishing to complete their BA here
at The College of The Bahamas instead of
going abroad. Cabrera emphasized that the
program has a strong list of courses and is
well balanced, providing students with a
good background in courses in the major as
well as general education and electives.

i,'/ ; : I r; A.

School of Communication and Creative Arts Chair Pam Collins and Head of Foreign Languages
Department Dr. Mauricio Cabrera stand in front of a Max Taylor mural located in the school's
office. Photo by Reva Devi

ture, language and linguistics.
Students with an Associate Degree in
Spanish language or completing the AA
this year can easily transfer their 60 credits
to the BA in the fall, and those who wish to
combine their BA in Spanish with another
language can consider French as a minor.
SCCA's Head of Foreign Languages
Department Dr. Mauricio Cabrera said
there are no special requirements to enter
this program. However if a student did not
receive an A grade in Spanish BGCSE the
student will have to take two basic courses-
-SPA 103 and SPA 104-- to upgrade to col-
lege entry level. Credit breakdown for the
BA in Spanish are

S Major courses 66 credits
General Education 36 credits
S Electives 18 credits

Some major courses include: Spanish lin-
guistics, Spanish Culture (in addition to
Latin American Culture), Peninsular
Literature, Golden Age/Contemporary
Spanish Literature, Advanced Latin
American short story. Students will also
have to do a senior thesis and will have to
take two preparatory courses before the end
of the course to introduce them to research
in the language. SCCA currently has eight

Cabrera also said that SCCA hopes to
have students from other majors-such as
banking, accounting, hospitality and
tourism who would want to mix and match
and make this program a part of their
The Spectrum interviewed a number of stu-
dents at random to gauge the level of inter-
est in a BA in Spanish. Some students said
the program would be too much work to
add to their busy schedule, others said it
would be interesting to know another lan-
guage, to expand their horizon, and they
would consider it now that a BA degree will
be offered. Most students said they would
like to learn Spanish as an option to
enhance their career but would not do the
BA although they wanted to know if they
could tie it into their major. And there were
students who said upfront: "It will be too
challenging for me, I need to learn to speak
English properly first before focusing on
another language."
SCCA is strongly promoting the pro-
gram in high schools and has already
received positive interest from several high
"No country shouldout sourcethe higher
education of its citizens," COB President
Janyne Hodder, 2008.

INikera Cartwright
Staff Writer
Some of us can barely remember the
process of choosing a major before entering
COB. For others, like me, it was one of the
biggest decisions ever made. Job availabil-
ity, income and a general sense of fulfill-
ment probably influenced my decision, but
have you ever stopped to think about what
your peers have to say about your choice of
Bear with me, some of these idiosyncratic
comments may hurt.
For example, it has been said that Nursing
majors are merely overpaid maids and they
along with Education majors are only in it
for the monthly stipend from the govern-
ment. Monthly stipend? Well, sign me up!
I'll worry about the extensive training and
the many lives that are literally in my hands
And, there's more if you are an EDU major.
They say you chose it because it is stable
and easy to achieve, especially if one
majors in Physical Education.
Can they get away with this you ask? Well
look here!
o Psychology majors only chose this dis-
cipline because it's easy, even though they
all end up crazy in the end. (This raises the
question of how something so easy could

bring someone to the brink of insanity).
o Business majors are flat out boring.
Face it; you would be too if you stared at
numbers all day. They think they're too
good to work for anyone else and it's all
about the marlins (money) for them. And
just so you know, Business Management is
the easiest of all the business majors.
o Social work (yes this major exists at
COB) is a major for old people who have
low prospects of making money.
o Perhaps the most popular stereotype of
all is the one about Bio/Chem. This is the
major for persons who simply don't know
what they want to do. It just sounds good
to tell everyone that you could possibly
become a doctor, give it a semester or two
and most likely you'll be Bio/Chem major
no more.
Were your feathers ruffled by any of this?
Don't take it personally, I don't and I am an
EDU major. After all, these are just stereo-
types. But do students really think any
major is less important than another or that
some don't deserve the pay they get? Of
course they do!
It's like that old story about the hands and
feet wanting to do their own thing. They
simply could not function without the rest
of the body and neither can we without each



Major Stereotypes


Questions you ask and answers by VP Academic Affairs.

Q. How long after the Spring graduation exercises are degrees issued to students? What about
students who complete their degree by doing summer courses?

A. Normally, students can receive their diplomas within two months after graduation. Students
who complete their programs in the summer will not receive their diplomas until late Fall or
early Spring.

Q. What actually happens to lecturer evaluations done by students at the end of each semester?
Is there a policy regarding lecturers who receive consistently poor student evaluations?

A. Faculty evaluations are analysed by the Chair after receiving the electronic print out. If
a faculty member receives poor evaluations, this is discussed with the individual and the faulty
member is given time to improve his/her performance. If the performance continues to be poor,
then further action will be taken.

Q. When will construction on COB's graduate centre begin? Where will the facility be located?

A. We cannot say exactly when construction on the Graduate Centre will begin because the
site for the building has to be determined.

Q. What exactly does it mean when a student is placed on academic probation?

A. Students whose GPAs fall below 2.0 are placed on probation. Students on probation are
only allowed to do nine credits.

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Production Editor ..... Carvel Francis Jr, MASS Com.
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Features Editor ....... .Chakara Bennett, ENG
Cartoonist/Reporter .... Patrick J. Deveaux, ENG LIT
Cartoonist ........... .Emerald Sands
Staff Writer. ......... Reva Devi, PUBA
Special Assignments. . Joanna Louis, EDU
Movie Reviewer......... Nikera Cartwright EDU
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How do we deal with

slack lecturers?

Dear Editor,

As a student of the College I am aware of concerns expressed
by faculty regarding the lack of interest by some students, who
appear not to care about their school work. However during this
term, I am having grave challenges with some of the lecturers'
interest in teaching courses.
Madame editor, I find this very problematic for me. Morning
after morning I journey miles away from my home in the east,
racing through very busy traffic to get to the College. However
too often when I reach to class it's cancelled.
This is far too unacceptable for the number one tertiary insti-
tution on the road to university status. This slack attitude must
change. How can a lecturer fail to appear to a class and addi-
tionally never take an attendance record?
How can we as students protest these actions by lecturers,
other than at the end of a semester when an evaluation is done?

Concerned Student

It must be extremely frustrat-
ing to be one of the individuals
responsible for keeping COB's
campus clean. Litter is every-
where, sometimes even in the
classroom, yet we are seeming-
ly unaware, or immune to the
mess around us.
While this writer can't attest to
the male bathrooms, I have
seen (and smelled) some filthy
female restrooms around cam-
pus. Why must 'ladies' always
leave the bathroom counter
soaked, complete with soggy
tissues? Why can't grown, col-
lege-educated women flush the
toilet when they're done and not
leave the stall looking like a
scene from a horror movie?
Where is our sense of decen-
It's also nauseating to walk
around campus and see the
amount of Wendy's cups and
wrappers lying on the
ground...four feet from a conve-

niently located garbage bin.
The only conclusion that can be
drawn from this is that we, as a
student body, are either: just
plain nasty, nasty and lazy or
just vision impaired.
Another annoying thing is the
bits of graffiti that have been
popping up around campus -
right on top of some freshly
painted walls. This is not kinder-
garten and we are not four
years old; there is an Art
Department located in T-Block
for those with the need to
unleash their creative demons.
Some people may think it's
trivial and that "COB has people
to clean up" our endless flow of
trash but honestly, no matter
how many janitorial employees
COB has that is not an excuse
to be just plain nasty. We spend
a lot of time on campus but this
is not our home! Please, pick up
after yourselves! KC.

Why So Nasty?

The Spectrum February 2009

Eoll Nt [oWk Li %InS

I by Joanna Louis
A college student has many guilty
pleasures-among them, eating pizza first
thing in the morning, texting through bor-
ing lectures and ducking out of classes with
all manner of impossible ailments-from
tuberculosis to meningococcal meningitis-
all which run their course in about one hour
and 50 minutes-but one of the most preva-
lent pleasures that manifests itself strongly
throughout the first few weeks of school is
college networking.
Lecturers didn't stand a chance last
semester when it came time to register for
classes as students could now see who is
teaching which section. Students piled into
class sections not because of the convenient
time or location but because they had heard
that the lecturer was a lenient grader or
gave very little work in the course. How did
they know this you ask? They found out
from peers which lecturer was best and
which was worse.
College networking can often be faulty,

to contact persons willing to sell (at a much
reduced cost), rent or lend textbooks.
A first-year Business student said that
she left almost ten messages on another stu-
dent's phone to purchase a psychology
book. Networking has also gone into cyber-
space websites like pro-
vides competitive pricing for used books
where COB students can sell, buy or rent
their textbooks. Much like students in the
international college community who uti-
lize online book stores sites like Amazon
and EBay to trade, sell and buy textbooks.
The college network is not only for text-
books and resources, but it can also let stu-
dents know what activities are on and if
they are worth attending. In typical
Bahamian fashion, students tend to be per-
suaded best by word of mouth. Not to
downplay the work of the College Campus
Life and other departments in promoting
events, but the college network seems to be
the route most student groups take when
planning their social lives on campus.
Student groups like COBUS and EAS

COB STUDENTS NETWORKING ON CAMPUS -- Where 2 or 3 are gathered together sometimes
good things are shared. Photo by Reva Devi

like false lighthouses leading unsuspecting
victims to shipwrecks, because it depends
largely on the opinions of others who may
be biased or who has misconstrued their
class results.
Acquisition of textbooks for courses
makes most prevalent use of collegiate net-
works-much to the dismay of Chapter One
Bookstore. In the first two weeks of the
semester many people can attest to seeing
posters advertising, cheap used books for
sale on the backs of restroom doors and
billboards. While most students will grit
their teeth and spend the money to buy con-
tent area textbooks, when it comes to buy-
ing books for electives and general educa-
tion courses, students were furiously trying

have groups on the popular social site
Facebook for students to join and receive
updates from those groups and spread them
to their wider network of friends and col-
leagues. T. Parker, a fourth year Business
management major suggests that this is so
because students are more inclined to listen
to and response to information they receive
from their peers or members of their own
social set.
While networking is a natural occur-
rence for COB students who come from an
open social society that shares much
through face-to-face interaction, network-
ing it is an important skill that needs to be
honed for future use in the worlds of busi-
ness and commerce.

COB Radio, Bridge to the

I by Carvel Francis Jr.
Production Editor & Staff Writer


RADIO COB-This student in the School of Communication and Creative Arts edits radio pro-
gram in the production studio in the T-block.

The idea is not far fetched, nor years
away. Residents from around the country
may soon find themselves listening to a
COB Radio Station according to Hugo
Zarate, Lecturer in the School of
Communication and Creative Arts.
"A radio station can bring distant learn-
ing from the campus to the wider communi-
ty. It will offer students the opportunity to
receive information and updates on subjects
and programs provided at the institution,"
he explained.
COB has professionals in all types of
areas from math to physical education, reli-
gion, politics, sociology and biology. Using
all these human resources, "we can present
a broad range of topics to the community
via our radio channel," Zarate said.
He said the station will additionally
allow time for programs on health and fit-
ness and would allow forums of learning
with teachers and students coming together
and creating shows that educate the com-
Zarate said the radio station could also
act as a tool to educate people on financial
"We can, for example, share ways as to
how to setup a budget or advise people how
to create a meal with $10 for example, or
curb spending during times of crisis as we
now see."
Presently, students studying Mass
Communication at COB produces at a stu-
dio on campus a weekly radio program
tied 'Cross Over' heard on Power 104.5
FM every Saturday at 7:30 pm. The current
production studio has two studio rooms but
the idea of a radio station would require
more space.
"We have located another area on campus
that will be practical for the idea of the
radio project. We are trying to assess how

Photo By: Carvel Francis Jr.
much the entire project will cost to get it
fully operational," Zarate said.
Students produce 10 shows each semes-
ter and during the course they are trained to
use the equipment, write shows, and pre-
pare guests for interviews all recorded in
facilities here at The College.
"It is our hope that this semester the
team of students can expand their current
listening to a podcast audience, which can
be shared and posted online to a global
Zarate explained that any student within
The College community is eligible to take
the radio program course as an elective if
they find this area of radio interesting.
Many students like Lashondra Stuart, a
20 year-old Law and Criminal Justice major
are unaware of the radio program produced
by students. She told The Spectrum that she
will tune in to the next show to see how it
goes. "I think it would be a great idea for
COB to have a radio station for the commu-
nity, particularly now that The College is
transforming to a university."
Most students said a radio station can
further assist in advertising the institution
across the country and online, around the

Professor Hugo Zarate

W i [ The Spectrum February 2009


I by Reva Devi
Copy Editor and Photographer
It's no secret that COB students are not
big on extra-curricular activities unless
you count gambling under the gazebo. But
Campus Life Department reports about 30
clubs at The College and you can say some
of them are quite original and so are the
activities they offer.
For example, President Nacoya
Ingraham of Chess and Scrabble Club (a
revival of the Chess Club) claims student
interest has drawn her to restart a club she
enjoys. Chess and Scrabble are meant to
build concentration strategies and during
meetings, they play as well as teach and
learn from each other.
The newly formed Animal Awareness
Society seeks to change people's apathy or
negative perceptions of animals through

education. Club president Curtika Ward
hopes the club will help to make people see
animals as interesting and fun by having
guest speakers who enforce this, putting
together animal exhibitions and doing vol-
unteer work with animals.
Sophomore Apryl Johnson saw the need
to create bonds through Japanese art. Her
Anime Club, though not in full effect, plans
to teach the basics of drawing anime char-
acters and developing their stories. She
hopes it will be a way for persons to discov-
er hidden talents and develop them.
If this shows that original ideas and
interests don't have to be restrained, your
ideas can be expanded upon right here at
The College. Campus clubs like these men-
tioned or the traditional ones, actively pur-
sue membership and would welcome sup-


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Breast Cancer Research Although the audience was small the dis-
cussion on the ongoing breast cancer research between Bahamas
Breast Cancer Research Initiative and the University of Miami was
interesting and informative. Discussion was held Wednesday, Feb. 18
at CHMI and was arranged by COB Research Unit. Dr. John Lunn,
Bahamian Oncologist led the discussion. Research emerging from
this collaboration suggests that there may be a genetic mutation(s) in
some Bahamian women making them more susceptible to breast can-
cer. Did you know that
* forty-eight percent of the women diagnosed with breast cancer in
The Bahamas are under the age of 50;
* Forty-four percent of Bahamian women with breast cancer pres-
ent with Stage 3 or Stage 4 of this disease, making their chance of
cure low; and
* Among the women who die from breast cancer in The Bahamas,
43% are under 50 years old at the time of their death? (provided by
Stephanie Siegel, 2008)

Day of Absence Ringplay Productions was on campus early this
month calling for a Day of Absence to honour all cultural workers in
The Bahamas and around the world. The group says the country's
greatest brain drain are among the creative workers who are unable to
find work in their area of interest because there are virtually no
avenues here to enable creative people to develop and hone their tal-
ents or to make use of them once they are developed. On the grounds
of Oakes Field campus, near Portia Smith Building the group held a
rally and put on a special performance to express their concern and
seek support of the community to this issue which they say affects
everyone. The event attracted crowds of people from outside the cam-
pus as well as many students.

Fitness for Pennies They are certainly trying, those people in
Campus Wellness Centre, to get The College community to shape up
and get healthier. For less than 50cents a day, from Monday to
Thursday (hours: 5:45 am 8 pm); Friday (hours: 5:45 am 5 pm) and
Saturday (hours: 8 am 12 pm), you can have access to daily classes
of pilates, aerobics, step aerobics, body sculpturing, circuit training
and BLT. In addition they provide complimentary towel and locker
key. All this comes to $14.59 a month or $175 annual membership.
Faculty and staff can arrange to have fee deducted from salary.
!** * * *
Chamber Membership COB recently renewed formal ties with the
Chamber of Commerce and sees this collaboration as an important
step as it continues its evolution to University of The Bahamas. At a
meeting in February at The College to establish the connection with

* COB President Janyne Hodder and Chamber President Dionisio
D'Aguilar Continued on Page 13

School of Nursing News

I Shannaka Hall

When the School of Nursing and Allied Health
Professions returned for spring 2009 semester
they had four dormitory vacancies. Available res-
idential space is unusual but in a matter of weeks
the four beds were occupied, one taken by Althia
Pinder the newly elected Resident Assistant (RA)
after it was decided by the Dorm Committee that
this semester the RA should be given a single
dorm room.
Students selected to reside in the Nursing dorm
must maintain at least a GPA of 2.0, be a
Bahamian and show a greater need of financial
assistance. Students who were chosen this year
by the selection committee were screened more
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School of Nursing Dorm.


NEW ENTRANT Tenishka Williams finds the quiet of her dorm room perfect for studying.

stringently than previous entrants. The commit-
tee-made up of School of Nursing, Ministry of
Health and Public Hospital Authority makes the
final decision as to who is most in need of assis-

Administrative Assistant Cartwright describes
the Nursing resident as 'tastefully furnished but
still evolving." Soon residents will have cable,
internet and more phone lines added to the dorm

Bahamas College Zone Website

Since December 2005, Bahamas College Zone, a local online book exchange
and general buy and sell site, has grown to practically 1900 members. The
site, which connects buyers and sellers, was created by recent COB gradu-
ate Garnel Leo, CIS major. While Leo saw the need for a better way of buy-
ing and selling college textbooks and developed Bahamas College Zone,
which had a slow start, his aggressive marketing drew student attention and
soon the site was getting a lot of hits especially at the beginning of each
semester. The site also offers a message board for discussion and promo-
tion, as well as a scholarship listing for Bahamian students. Questions about
the site can be sent to sunDort(

The Spectrum February 2009

Continued from page 12
The Chamber, President Janyne Hodder said rejoining The Chamber means COB
hopes to find ways to partner with the private section to serve the country. The
Chamber is a non-profit organization that represents a broad section of business-
es in The Bahamas. Chamber President Dionisio D'Aguilar said he was optimistic
about future relations with The College and that he expects the relationship to
grow and develop.

Choices Lunch and Dinner School of Hospitality Restaurant Choices, is now
serving lunch, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and dinner on Fridays. Lunch is
$12 and dinner cost $35 and reservations are expected. Call 323-5804/ext 2241.
Choices is known for serving great food during these 'open to the public' periods.
Meals and service are prepared and provided by Hospitality majors.

Law Library Holds Lunch

& Law Series

Law Library's third annual Lunch and the Law Series was held Jan 30th at the British
Colonial Hilton as usual.
The theme this year was Family Matters and covered a two-part seminar. The first
session covered the topic Succession, Inheritance & Generation Property and the second
portion focused on Domestic Violence in The Bahamas, looking at legislation connected
with the topic.
Distinguished panelists included Wayne Munroe, President Bahamas Bar
Association; G. Diane Stewart, Partner McKinney Bancroft & Hughes; Judith A.
Whitehead, Managing Partner, Graham Thompson; Psychiatrist Dr. David Allen, Police
Superintendent Elaine Sands, Jo-Anne Been of Law Reform Revision Commission, the
Hon Loretta Butler Turner, Minister of State for Social Services; and Rubie Nottage, for-
mer Supreme Court Justice.
There are currently 72 students enrolled in COB's LL.B program. Twenty-five start-
ed entered the program when it first started in 2000.

Tea for Library It's that time of the year again and Dr. Rhonda Chipman-
Johnson is holding her Lenten Garden & Tea Party on Sunday March 8th at 3 pm
to raise funds for COB library now under construction on grounds near Tucker
Road and Thompson Boulevard. Donation is $15 and guest speaker this year is
Lawyer Rubie Nottage who will speak about Family Life. Collect ticket from the
Office of Academic Affairs located from the foyer of the A-block, call ext 4454 or

Teachers as Researchers Conference School of Education held its annual con-
ference last week focusing on the valuable role of teachers in creating information
that drives positive trends in the system of education in The Bahamas. It was
practically a three-day event with the kickoff Wednesday, Feb 18 at 6:30 pm at
National Centre for the Performing Arts on Shirley Street. Former Governor
General and educator, Dame Ivy Dumont, opened the conference which was
attended by visiting guest educators from universities in the US and Canada.

Security Checks-Campus security is enforcing ID checks at all entrants to The
College. Faculty, staff and students should have their IDs handy unless you think
your face is familiar enough to get a pass. Security has a number of student IDs
found in various parts of the campus, these may be collected at Security Office, in
the Munnings Building north of KFC.

Green Initiative COB is inviting architects to submit proposals for the antici-
pated headquarters for The College's program dealing with GTR Campbell Small
Island Sustainability program.(SIS). The facility will house classrooms, labs, lec-
ture facilities, library, faculty offices and administration spaces. There will also be
a green house, a farm house and a chemical storage facility. COB is in talks with
the government on the transfer of a plot of land at Gladstone Road Agricultural
site to construct the institution.
The complex will be named after George TR Campbell, founder of Freedom
Foundation which donated $10 million to The College last year to develop the SIS
program. COB has budgeted $8 million for the land preparation, construction and
furnishing of the facility which could be ready for occupancy by 2011. Students
from small islands states will be able to earn Bachelor degrees in Agri-ecosys-
tems, Eco-tourism and Development, Policy analysis and Integrated Development


Campaigning for a new College of
Bahamas Union of Students (COBUS)
will start soon. Election of officers for
the 2009/2010 COBUS will be held
March 25 26. As is the custom the
present COBUS headed by President
Perry Newton will organize the
process which calls for 6 executive
officers and nine Senators represent-
ing the various academic Schools,
Part-Time students and the Dorms for
the Oakes Field campus. Northern
Bahamas Campus in Freeport has a
separate election and offers a separate
list of candidates.

Classroom Conduct Cont.
SContinued from page 8

students have to come and that they teach
in such a way that should students not
attend they will truly miss out on what is
going on in class."
A third-year Education major had an
interesting way of putting it.
"Throughout our academic life our teach-
ers and parents have been telling us to
attend classes and be on time and it
would be rather hypocritical of them to
tell us that we don't have to now in col-
lege. I also think that now that we are
older, many of us feel that we have
arrived and that we are adults, therefore
we don't have to do everything according
to rules. So I think that lecturers should
be able to drop us out of classes if we
break the rules. We need to be reminded
that rules still exist even for us at this

Library & Instructional Media Services Department will hold its annual Reading Fair
and Book Festival on Saturday, March 14. In the past this event has attracted large
crowds and this year Library has teamed up with the Rotary Club to make this an
even more exciting event. Rotary Club will sponsor the Reading Fair for children
which will run from 10 am 2 pm on the playing field near the Bandshell on
Poinciana Drive. The Book Festival is set for 12 noon- 5 pm and will be showcased
on the parking lot near Chapter One Bookstore, Thompson Boulevard.

There will be something for the entire family to enjoy at this one-day event. It fea-
tures readings and displays by local authors, books for sale and many other literacy

W The Spectrum February 2009

Small Crowd Turns Up For COBUS Forum

Iby Jessica Simmons
Staff Reporter

COBUS held its first Students Speak
COBUS Listens forum on the grounds near
the Student Union the first Thursday in
February. They had anticipated many stu-
dents would attend and voice their concerns
but the turn out was poor.
Senate Speaker Linday Braynen said she
would have loved for ALL students to
attend. "Creating an atmosphere to speak is
greatly important and we really would like
students to support and contribute to the
Among the important issues raised was
the high price of textbooks. COBUS said
they could not really do anything regarding
the high price of textbooks and suggested
that students seek other avenues to purchase
their books such as the student exchange
Another topic of tension was the limited
parking space available to students and the
possibility that students will have to pay to
park by the start of the next academic year.
COBUS President Perry Newton said he
had advised College Council during a meet-
ing that "the study body will not pay for
Braynen confirmed that parking decals

A small but attentive group of student gathered at the first Students Speak COBUS Listens
forum. Photo by Reva Devi

are currently in effect since November
2008. She assured students that the short-
age in parking facilities are due to the con-
struction of the new library and suggested
that students use parking facilities both near
the B-block and at the rear of CHMI
Students also wanted to know whether or
not the Student Feedback Reports, which

they see as lecturer evaluations and which
they complete each semester, are actually
considered. Allez Lighbourne, COBUS rep-
resentative for School of Education gave
examples of two lecturers who have been
terminated as a result of poor evaluations.
Students were urged to not only complete
the bubbled section of the evaluation, but

also use the area designated for them to
make comments about their lecturers.
Thomas Barnett, Hospitality
Management major suggested that COBUS
begin meeting with students on a one-on-
one basis. He believes the Union would be
more effective if they met with the mini
groups that constantly hang on campus.
Even though many students knew about
the forum some forgot to attend like
Shoneva Abraham who wanted to attend but
did not make a note of the date and time of
the event. She said she is impressed with
the present student government and the
efforts they are putting forth to get students
more involved but feels they should ensure
that certain policies are put in place so that
students' needs are met.
Angela Forbes, 4th year Education major
said she has to be motivated to attend cam-
pus events. She says the Union is 'too
quiet" and suggests that they make them-
selves better known and make students
aware of what they have accomplished on
behalf of students.
Braynen countered this by saying they
can only act if members support the Union.
COBUS encourages students to use their
office hours to keep them informed and to
voice their concerns.

Prospective Resident Campus for COB

Sby Jyna Mackey
Staff Correspondent

A major part of university life is residen-
tial campus. COB is not yet a residential
campus but is it worth the effort and finan-
cial investment?
It is generally accepted that living on
campus can prove to be very important for
many students and it will afford many
social, academic and personal benefits
while positively impacting COB through an
increased enrollment and a decreased attri-
tion rate.
The College is on the move toward
becoming a university and this long term
goal is on a hopeful rise of soon becoming
reality. COB has taken some actions to set
things in motion with the separation of the
Department of Financial aid and Housing.
This separation has initialized the effort to
accommodate the housing scheme for a res-
idential campus.
If COB were a resident campus, what
would be the benefits?

The expected growth and expansion will
afford both the current and prospective col-
lege students great opportunities, as out-
lined in many serious studies done by schol-
ars for American universities on this topic.
Research has shown that students on a resi-
dential campus are overall more satisfied
with their college experience, have higher
GPA's than those living off-campus, take a
higher number of credit hours per semester,
utilize campus resources such as the library
and wellness center more often, get more
involved with campus activities, gain lead-
ership skills and have a higher probability
of getting their degree from the same uni-
This final factor in itself is important as it
addresses another major area of concern for
The College of The Bahamas and that is the
decreasing the attrition rate.
Although this is not the only major issues
hindering The College from gaining a com-
petitive stance on the university scene and
becoming more attractive on the interna-
tional forefront. it is one of the more obvi-

ous issues that can be most easily changed
and addressed; given that requirements such
as location, land, contractors and of course
finances, are all in place.
"Whether we will call it the University of
The Bahamas, the University of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, or the
University of the Islands of The Bahamas,
The College, soon to be university, needs to
be accessible," is an issue that College offi-
cials have contemplated for quite some time
according to VP Student Affairs, Colyn
Additionally, Residence Director Stan
Smith is all too familiar with this belief. He
spoke to this reporter on the importance of
on campus housing which is a scarce com-
modity. The relation between students who
require and request housing, to those who
COB can actually accommodate, is dismal
in comparison.
Smith said the waiting list is usually very
long and too many students are turned away
each semester. Another one of the chal-
lenges The College currently face regarding

residences, is the continuous renovation of
the existing structures and the current infra-
structure. For instance, Dorm C is described
by student as 'old' and 'run down' and in
need of major renovation. These factors
must be taken into consideration before
COB can just build brand new dorms.
Just how much will new residences cost
students? Factors offsetting the cost of pro-
viding the residence remain unknown in
such early stages of planning. The policies
governing students living in residents will
remain as they do for current dorms. Just
how COB intends to promote this as a fea-
ture will remain a challenge for officials
until demand and supply are satisfied.
Everyone agrees that living on campus
can be a great benefit to most students.
Educational and social programming and
readily available campus resources can
ensure that students who attend COB do so
in a convenient, comfortable and cost-effi-
cient atmosphere, through a newly attrac-
tive residence campus.

The Spectrum February 2009

Student struck by truck on pedestrian crossing

I by Thea Johnson
Staff Reporter

A female student of The College of The
Bahamas was knocked down while crossing
the pedestrian crossing at night on
Thompson Boulevard, Tuesday, Feb 3,
around 8 pm. Sources say she was either
crossing toward or from the Michael Eldon
Complex when she was struck by a truck
driven by Wellington Francis, Director of
Campus Security. The student was rushed to
the hospital in an ambulance after the inci-
Not much can be confirmed about her
injury or the details of the accident but it is
confirmed that the student is out of hospital,
although but it is not known if the student
has returned to class.
Because of this accident many students
have voiced suggestions to improve road
safety and conditions at pedestrian cross-
ings on Thompson Boulevard. Suggestions
range from better lighting, elevated walk-
way and the presence of a security or police
officer, especially during evening class to
erecting signs that state the speed limit and
to warn drivers that there is an upcoming
pedestrian crossing. Many students also
want to see crossing lights installed.
Many students like CIS major Don
Moss said the main problem is the lack of
sufficient lighting on and around the pedes-
trian crossing. This issue should be
addressed first Moss said and "from there,
it's up to the motorists to be more alert and
aware of their surroundings." He advises
students to take heed that though they, as
pedestrians, have the right of way that does
not mean that they can just march across the
road. "They need to establish that they are
seen and the vehicle has come to a complete

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HIGH TRAFFIC AREA -- A student walks on the pedestrian crossing on Thompson Boulevard.

I don't think it's safe at

nights because drivers really

can 't see pedestrians until they

are right up on the crossing.

Photo by Carvel Francis Jr.
stop before crossing the road."
Another student, Laurence Sawyer had
this to say: "I don't think it's safe at nights
because drivers really can't see pedestrians
until they are right up on the crossing."
Right after the accident a crossing guard
was stationed at night near the pedestrian
crossing. Students should also note that the
Road Traffic Department website advises
pedestrians to "Wear light or reflective
clothing at night so drivers can see you ...
to always look both ways before walking
across intersections ... to remember to stop,
look, listen, and think before crossing the

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