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idential Candidates vi�
Iby Lamech Johnson and Reva Devi
CAMPUS WEIGHS IN...
Though Dr. Earla Carey-Baines has taken up her position at the After a lengthy introduction, Dr. Vogel Boze emphasized her
helm, the search for COB's next President continues. This past understanding of the major impact the global economic crisis is
week, the three finalists for the position visited The College, and having on the Bahamas, especially in regards to funding for educa-
students, faculty, staff, and alumni were given the opportunity to tion. With this in mind, she underlined her interest in "planning,
meet the candidates. accountability and coming up with new ways to make revenue
Dr. Betsy Vogel Boze had the privilege of being first, having her without burdening students' pockets".
community forums on September 14-15 at the Performing Arts Quoting famous developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, Dr.
Center. With 20 years experience in multi-campus university envi- Vogel Boze said, "Only education is capable of saving a country
ronments, Dr. Vogel Boze was most recently Campus Dean and from collapse, be it a violent or gradual one." She claims her ulti-
CEO at Kent State University at Stark in Ohio. mate goal at The College would be to "help students become active
citizens who will help lead and develop this country to its
true potential and wants to raise the college's prestige".
In addition, Dr. Vogel Boze has a strong stance on student
relations, expressing her interest in getting to know the
On September 16, Dr. Kathryn Bindon met the college
community as the second presidential candidate. Dr. Bindon
comes to COB with Presidential experience from Bahrain's
Royal University for Women and Okanagan University
College in British Columbia.
COB Presidential Ccwcdidates from I to r:, Dr. Betsy Vogel Boze, Dr. Suswan Dr. Bindon began with a presentation, detailing her
Coultrap-McQuinn and Dr Kathryn Bindcon.
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CAMPUS CAt00'N. by S..Han
1. COLLEGE PRESIDENT
An amorphous, ubiquitous being. No one is quite
sure what it looks like, or if it even exist. Rumor has
it, the College President has more incarnations than
2. SPECTRUM CARTOONIST
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(Also the geekiest kid from your
High School and all Family Island
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(He has been here for the post 8
years and is only here to hit on
Freshman, no actual Major)
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(Because what is hotter than a guy
who can write a proper sentence
They also do work in Tyler Perry
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(Soon to be MASS COMM Majors,
and then EDU MAJORS)
(Because they will always get the
short end of the stick hence they
are portrayed as stick figures, a
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FRESHMAN FUNDAMENTALS The Spectrum - September 2010
COBUS Speaks: Welcome to COB
I by Dauran McNeil
COBUS: the voice, the difference and the movement
COBUS would like to take this opportunity to welcome all
new and returning students. Firstly, we would like to thank all
students who have participated in the last COBUS general elec-
You have made it possible for the very hard working and
excited executive members as well as your senators to serve in
this administration. We also take this time to encourage each
student to make it your mission to meet with your various
school senators, to share any pressing issue or concerns you may
have as it relates to your college experience.
Senators are your voice and your representative, so we
implore you to take advantage of these willing and hard working
individuals. Members of COBUS gr
The COBUS administration has already begun working campus. P
towards our platform and goals to serve students better and advo-
cate for the well being of each student that attends the college. During this term, we will
seek to improve our image among the student body and dispel all negative stereotypes and
stigmas that may have been affiliated with COBUS. In addition, we also want to improve
communication as well as our accessibility to you, the student body.
In our pursuit to serve you, we have revised, completed, tabled and passed the amend-
ments to the COBUS constitution on August 27, 2010. The COBUS budget and Club
Allocation form was also passed. In addition to these great accomplishments is also the
revitalized COBUS tuck shop conveniently located on the ground floor of the Student
Union Building (SUB); fully loaded with eats and treats to serve you. It also provides
employment for hardworking students.
English Professor Launches Book
I by Erin Knowles and S.A. Hanna
Assistant Professor of English at The College of the Bahamas, Ivy Higgins released
her first novel, To Market, To Market, at ChapterOne Bookstore on September 23. The
event marked the end of a process that spanned over half a decade, the total amount of
time it took to write and publish the book.
Higgins spoke for some length on writing the novel and how, for most of the writ-
ing process she was apprehensive about calling the work "a book". Instead, she reflected
on her choice of referring to it simply as a project.
She exposed feelings of uncertainty and doubt in the completion of the novel and did
not want to disappoint if it didn't turn out the way she planned. To her own family mem-
bers it was as if she was working on an assignment for school. Her youngest son inquis-
itively discovered what it was that she was doing and immediately told her husband
The professor of eight years concluded the book in 2008. Although completed, she
allowed no more than her husband and another colleague, Associate Professor Marjorie
Downie, the opportunity to read the book. Despite the initial criticism and finally the
approval, Mrs. Higgins remained hesitant about revealing her "project". She did discuss
it with a few of her colleagues. As more and more became aware of her novel, the encour-
agement and support helped her to move forward, and as such, she attempted to thank as
many of them as she could
Dr. Marjorie Brooks-Jones, Chair in The School of English Studies, insisted she trav-
el to an Academic conference in Kentucky, despite the reluctance she went and there she
met with numerous individuals in the literary/publishing community. The printing and
publishing of the book began to take shape; she credited that process to Dr. Brooks-Jones.
Mrs. Higgins then divulged that, once U Continued on page 5
SIn addition to these important strides, COBUS has also formed
various committees to foster change and transformation on the
. "-college campus.
Take for example, the Student Union Building (SUB)
Relocation committee. This committee has taken on a mandate
for change, by presenting a proposal for relocation of the SUB,
to the soon-to-be old library. Although it may seem impossi-
ble, it is endeavors like these we are seeking to advocate for stu-
To find out more information and news on these projects and
others of the like, be sure to look forward to the launch of our
COBUS website, bimonthly COBUS newsletter and the
t returning students to COBUS notice boards (already in effect) to serve you better.
oto courtesy of COBUS Through initiatives like these we are seeking to inform and
We indeed anticipate a bright future with this COBUS administration and we look for-
ward to your assistance in making this COBUS term a successful one that cannot be reck-
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The Spectrum - September 2010 N EW S
Iby Nicolette Bethel
Assistant Professor of Sociology
There's a lot of talk about COB and
something we call "university status".
Much of this talk centres around whether
"we" are "ready" for that status; whether
our government is ready, whether our stu-
dents are ready, whether the faculty or the
administration are ready, yadda yadda
It's all misdirection, and frightening
misdirection at that. The very idea that
any entity that calls itself a nation has to
think about whether it is "ready" for a
university calls into question the sound-
ness of that entity. After all, African
Americans in the USA had no doubt that
they were "ready" to found universities as
soon as they got their freedom; Clark
Atlanta was established in 1865, Fisk in
1866, Howard in 1867 (you can find the
whole list on Wikipedia). Forty-three
years have passed since majority rule was
attained here. I think we are probably
But I digress, and my editor told me I
have a 500 word limit. To the point, then.
There is only one true thing that distin-
guishes a university from a college.
Colleges transmit knowledge; universi-
ties produce it. And nations are built on
new knowledge; you can't build a country
if you don't know anything about it. The
question isn't whether we're ready to be a
university; the point is we have no
choice. The nation needs its own knowl-
edge, and this institution must produce it.
Because Bahamian students coming out
of high school don't know some very fun-
damental things about the nation they
inhabit. (Yes, freshmen, I'm talking
about you. No, freshmen, it's not mostly
your fault.) Here are some of the things
that my students have told me they don't
know: what and where "Over the Hill" is;
where Nassau's landmarks are, or how to
get around downtown; what the signifi-
cance of Majority Rule is and how their
lives are still affected by our past; the role
of Great Britain in shaping the modern
Bahamas and our connections with the
southern USA and the Caribbean; impor-
tant milestones in colonial and postcolo-
nial history, such as slavery and emanci-
pation, the Haitian Revolution, the parti-
tion of Africa, apartheid and the struggle
to end it, and what any of this has to do
with the way they think about themselves
in the world
They don't know it because we don't
teach it. And we don't teach it because we
don't see the production of new knowl-
edge, our own knowledge, as being
important to who we are. No; we bleat
about university status and invest in text-
books that are mass-produced Stateside
and teach from those, instead of writing
our own. And we are surprised that our
young people don't know anything about
Lynden Pindling or Cecil Wallace-
Whitfield or Stafford Sands.
Here's a thought. Let's begin to behave
as a university does: by doing research,
publishing the results, and giving new
Bahamians a corpus of work that is theirs
and relevant and on which they can build
their futures. And maybe we'll create both
a university and a nation.
Becoming a University and the
Production of New Knowledge
masters install new officers for 2010-2011
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Avoiding student contract woes:
A lesson for Education Majors
I by Erin Knowles
Students pursuing a degree in education whether primary or secondary have been face
with the reality of such a choice: Follow thy contract. You may laugh and feel as though
such a statement is not relevant to you, but before you know it you are requested to drop
Recently a violation of contracts has been brought to the attention of the School ol
Education's Chair Dr. Beulah Farquharson. In an effort to ensure students are in sync, Dr.
Farquharson has embarked on a task to solidify the importance of enrolling in classes as
outlined on the four year agreement.
Although this task involves withdrawing students from classes, it is most beneficial.
Working closely with Dr. Farquharson, Dr. Janice Munnings advocates to all students in
all classes the benefits of abiding by the School's admonitions. The School of Education
is devoted to students achieving success and the only way success can be gainedis by adher-
ing to the procedures. It is easy to assume, as many claim, Dr. Farquharson is unreason-
able and irrational, but how can one argue with directions pertinent to success?
Despite what many believe, classes are not randomly selected Courses are strategical-
ly allocated to provide necessary theory as well as practice, through the seminars. It may
take awhile to realize the benefits of the courses, but it becomes quite clear when in EDU
325, EDU 005 and EDU 301. Having the ability to practice the foundations and fundamen-
tals in Education as well as integrating technology into a lesson testifies to the coherence
of the contract.
The contract also allocates the total number of credits expected to be earn in every
semester. If, as an Education major, one decides to add or subtract classes without necessary
authorization, an individual risks losing valuable information, practice and experience.
On that note, students feeling capable of taking more than the allotted classes also known
as 'overload', requires permission from not only your advisor but also the Chair, which
would be Dr. Farquharson.
Students ought to be aware of the perquisites for courses. If an individual is not regis-
tered for college level classes, i.e. 100-400 level classes, this individual should not be
enrolled in any EDU Seminar Sessions. It is a disgrace to the student, the School ol
Education as well as the College of the Bahamas when one is out in the field and unable
to understand what is being taught in a primary or secondary school setting. When a stu-
dent has the foundations, whether College Prep or BGCSE's, they are equipped for a
smooth transition from the seminars to the field as well as a successful college career.
With all that said, it is of utmost importance for all Education Majors to take a copy
of both contracts and transcripts to respective advisors to ensure that you are enrolled in all
the correct Seminar Sessions and other classes. Dr. Farquharson has arranged for class level
meetings to address questions, concerns and updates. The dates for such meetings will be
announced and posted in the Michael Eldon Complex.
If unsure of your class level, please speak with your advisor. At the end of your college
career the benefits of the School of Education's initiatives will be had, and requirements foi
graduation will be the least of your worries.
N EW S The Spectrum - September 2010 l
COB Presidental Search
* from page 1
thoughts on national development in The Bahamas, as well as The College's attainment
of university status and capacity to drive national development. She closed her presenta-
tion with a quote from American educator Derek Bok: "If you think education is expen-
sive, try ignorance."
Given the importance of accessibility of The College once it becomes a university, Dr.
Bindon stated, "I believe the government has a responsibility to help students who want
to succeed in life and go to university regardless of the [state of] economy."
When asked what attracted her to the position, Dr. Bindon mentioned having "the expe-
rience to help transition The College of the Bahamas to taking the remarkable opportu-
nity of becoming a national university which in turn will help the country's development.
Dr. Bindon was certainly well-received and seemed a strong candidate.
The third and final candidate, Dr. Susan Coultrap-McQuinn, met with the college com-
munity on September 20. Dr. Coultrap-McQuinn comes to COB from the State
University of New York, with over 30 years of academic experience at four institutions.
When asked why she chose the College of the Bahamas at this period in its develop-
ment, Dr. Coultrap-McQuinn said, "I believe that this college, which isn't a community
college in my opinion, has strong academic programs and can become a fully recognized
international institution. It has impressive graduates throughout the world, 11 of whom
are currently in government right now. Our values are basically the same. National devel-
opment is important and that's why I chose The College of the Bahamas at this time."
Dr. Coultrap-McQuinn was also given the opportunity to discuss issues of course avail-
ability, COB's cultural identity, faculty/staff/student unions and College funding.
COBUS Vice President Nevar Smith queried her stance on meeting with the student body
on a regular basis, to which she responded positively.
It's interesting to note that all three candidates are women from North America, who've
not previously had the opportunity to live and work in The Bahamas. Though some may
not be satisfied with this, it is simply a demonstration of globalization at work, some-
thing The Bahamas can't argue with anymore.
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FEATURE S The Spectrum - September 2010
Iby S. A. Hanna
If you missed it last year, its back.
Shakespeare in Paradise is on its 2nd year
and this time it promises to be even more
entertaining and culturally stimulating.
The theatre festival, which spans from
September 29 to October 11, will feature,
9 plays and various poetry and drama read-
This year, under the directorship of Patti-
Anne Ali, A Midsummer's Night Dream
has been dramaturged by COB Students,
and will be performed with a Bahamian
This classic Shakespearean plot takes
place in Cat Island 1910. The play still
holds all of the traditional trappings of
rhyming couplets and standard 16th
Century English syntax.
Shakespeare is not the only playwright
to be featured this year. Same as the last
festival, there will be an eclectic mix of
plays and performances, dealing with vari-
ous social themes and issues.
Plays that will be performed during the
festival are: Woman Take Two, God's
Trombones, Dat Bahamian Ting, The
Pcw cdlse t'-t a-n,
World is My Home - The Life of Paul
Robeson, and One Flesh, two one act
plays, Come Back to Me and Manikato
The festival also includes Storytelling
by Derek Burrows and Hom of Plenty fea-
The festival is the brainchild of
Ringplay Productions, with the hope of
helping to further develop local theatre and
to expose the Bahamian audiences to more
Part of the whole experience that they
hope to build has to do with the unique
venues many of the plays and poems will
be performed at.
Visit shakespeareinparadise.org for a
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K The Spectrum - September 2010
COB Students Reflect on Oil Spill
I by Bradley Worrell
So apparently some oil leaked out of a well in the Gulf of Mexico... under the
sea... and killed the little mermaid; a beloved Disney figure, perhaps it explains why so
many people are up in arms over the recent catastrophe. Or perhaps it was simply the
seeming lack of urgency in addressing the issue, a sentiment shared by Senior Social-
Work Major Kiesha Rolle:
"I think it's messed up, I think it took too long for action to be taken. I mean, I know
that you don't dive in without knowing aun lihi in. but both the environment and people's
lives were affected by this."
As it stands we all know, (or should know unless you've been living underneath a
rock for the past 5-20 years) that oil is not the future of energy. Fossil fuels are finite in
supply and the U.K. based website carboncountedco.uk states: experts project that even
with the shift toward alternative forms of energy, the world supply of fossil fuels may
last only another 50 years at best. In fact, it has been theorized that Uncle Sam was so
concerned over the potential loss of the vital fluid that he decided to make an unscheduled
trip to the Middle East.
That however is a tale best left for another time. Let us return to the topic at hand,
the emission of the highly toxic, viscous, life altering substance referred to as oil.
For those who may not have followed the story, according to the article compilations
found on The New York Times interactive website nytimes.com: on April 20th 2010 an
oil rig owned by the mega-corporation BP p.l.c. experienced a series of mechanical fail-
ures, exacerbated by the negligence of persons who were responsible for the maintenance
of said rig. This resulted in an explosion on site which claimed the lives of 11 people and
destroyed the machinery that prevented oil from flowing into the sea.
The spewing underwater geyser of crude matter was eventually stemmed on July 15th,
almost 3 months later. It has been estimated that before the well could be capped a total
of 4.9 million gallons of oil escaped into the ocean. Though BP attempted to stem the
tide of darkness, most of their initial efforts failed, it was only with the help of the U.S.
Coast Guard and other parties that cleanup and prevention efforts attained any measure of
Skimming the oil off of the surface of the water before burning it was one of the more
practical methods used, though a plethora of various techniques were applied Much of
the criticism and hostility directed toward BP was seemingly a result of the length of time
it took to resolve a disaster which has had an effect not only on the ecosystem but on
English/Education Major Valicia Rolle expressed similar views when she said \ ly
biggest concern about the oil spill epidemic was the focus. In the beginning marketeers
were more concerned about the oil lost which of course interpreted into revenue lost.
Many of my friends were more concerned about the possible increase of gas more than
the millions of marine life destroyed It was really repulsive to see how long it took
before the focus shifted from the monies lost to the life lost.
The Gulf of Mexico was an important source of revenue for many fishing and tourism
industries which will be forced to acquire seafood from elsewhere for an undetermined
length of time for fear of poisoning consumers. Thus far BP has spent at least 1.25 bil-
lion dollars in clean-up and compensation costs.
Contrary to the thoughts of other students of C.O.B First year Architecture Major
Lauren Williams' had this to say: " I believe it's a simple mistake, everybody makes
them. I mean it took a little longer than we expected to take to clean it up.... but all in
all I wouldn't say stop buying from them because they made an oil spill. That's just self-
ish, I see people getting angry and saying they're not buying from them anymore."
Drilling for oil in the ocean is a moronic idea at best considering the potentially dis-
astrous consequences. Non-the-less, BP was allowed to do it and many persons enjoyed
the benefits reaped After all, oil is used in the production of coal and different types of
fuels that help make our lives so wonderful; from the gas that goes into your car to the
jet fuel in our aeroplanes, and the closer the source the cheaper it is; everybody's happy.
Everybody's happy, until something goes terribly wrong; at which point almost
everyone seems to forget how much they benefited from the idiocy they condoned, and
see fit to point fingers and slap wrists.
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ENTERTAINMENT The Spectrum - September 2010
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The American staring George Clooney as
Jack/Edward aka Mr Butterfly is a
drama/thriller about the last assignment of
an assassin. This movie is set almost
entirely in Italy and seemingly portrays
everything in a very artful way from land-
scape to erotic scenes to the angles in
which each scene is shot.
Unlike most 'last assignment' movies
the focus is not on action and graphics but
instead on emotion and the actual skill of
an assassin making it much more realistic.
The actual plot of the movie begins with
a job in Sweden going bad leaving Jack to
hide out in Italy. There he befriends a
priest, Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli),
who can be considered to not have lived a
not very priestly life, and ends up falling
for a prostitute named Clara (Violante
Due to Jack's way of life he is unable to
trust anyone and always wakes up as if
traumatised and ready to kill anyone or
anything. These actions are not necessari-
ly unneeded considering that while he does
his last assignment (gun craftsmanship)
the Swiss is after him and later his
employer puts out a hit for him.
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The American does not have much of a
soundtrack however considering the por-
trayal of the movie it does not matter.
Overall I would say this is a good movie
and is an excellent portrayal of how an
assassin's life probably really is like-to
always be scared for your life and lonely.
Favourite meaningful quote-"You cannot
deny the existence of hell. You live in it.
It is a place without love." Father
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Terror! Panic! The fearful scent of adrenaline induced sweat; fast, harsh breaths and bum-
ing lungs, flared nostrils, senses reeling, his stocky frame wrackedby sobs, yet hazel eyes
wide, watching, picking up on the most miniscule of movements...but everything lay
Where was it? The thing that hunted him, a thing of impossible proportions, limit-
less stamina, a being comprised of little more than shadow, a living nightmare. This was
no child's fantasy monster that lay in wait under your bed or lurked in your closet; there
were no red glowing eyes, no long forked tongue, no slavering jaws filled with honey-
coated words and poisoned fangs.
There would be no luring, no enticement; the thing would find him... and when it did
the screams it would bring forth from him would be capable of snapping bones like dead-
wood; he'd seen it happen to his colleagues only moments ago.
A short, sudden howl ripped through the stifled silence, shredding bark, leaves and
trees like paper. Cursing himself a fool he forced himself to his feet and started moving
again. His strength was almost spent and now he could hear his swiftly approaching pur-
suer and the oaks it left crashing in its wake. He knew then with a certainty that chilled
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him to the core that he was doomed; but he'd not de like a coward, head bowed and tail
between his legs, he'd face e the ting in the glade.
Stumbling forward, branches whipping him unmercifully, leaving him marked and
bleeding, knotting his dark, close-cropped hair; he fervently wished he had the moon or
even the stars to see by; but no natural light would shine in the presence of this mon-
strosity. Another howl tore through the foliage with a frenzy that pulled the very air from
his lungs; and he almost went down then, gagging on the fetid stench of rotting flesh and
curdled blood that assaulted him.
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meters to the glade. The thing could not be more than two or three miles behind him; he
had only a few minutes to prepare his defense before u it would be upon him.
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sought to bring him down had found him a powerful spell caster; hiis will allowing him
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Recently I suffered a huge blow to my per-
fectly planned out life - you know that one
with the dates attached to the goals, both
long and short term ones? Yes...those
plans. They were violently overturned and
as is my custom, I freaked out!
I cried, I complained, I wallowed in self
pity - poor me! Of course because no tem-
per tantrum is complete without a bout of
depression, I was depressed
This unexpected change in my well laid
out plans through me for a huge loop and
much like the prima-donna diva Christian
common to the western hemisphere in this
twenty-first century I immediately began to
And the saddest part of the whole thing
was that in my selfish, self-centered... okay,
okay my narcissistic tunnel vision is that I
began to scream as did the disciples on the
storm tossed lake - "Master, carest thou not
that we perish?"
I began to question the faithfulness and
sovereignty of a God who to date had never
standing; sigils that would have melted the
marrow of others his rank. He was of the
earth, his eyes slid dosed in concentration
and as he connected to it he felt the sigils
on his palms come alive. Calling to the
others, they swam lazily around his hands,
lighting on his fingertips before moving on
as others quickly took their place.
Wonderful searing heat welled up in
him, driving away the chill as magma ran
through the sluices embedded in his fore-
arms; giving his pale faintly luminous skin
a ruddy complexion. Grasping at the sigils
he needed, he had just begun casting the
spell when he felt its presence.
"No! It's here already! I didn't even hear
it approach, how! How!" Eyes snapping
open he rushed the spell as the thing
launched itself at him with frightening
speed, long sinewy limbs thrusting out
eager for first blood
As one clawed hand found his cheek the
failed or faltered at His word
I was disappointed because my plans were
"ruined" but interestingly enough, never
once did I seek His face and inquire of His
plan. I mean shouldn't that have been my
first response considering that I end every
prayer with a line given in the model prayer,
also known as the Lord's prayer - 'Thy will
be done on earth as it is done in Heaven."
So if it is that I want the will of God to
be done in my life, and if it is that I trust
Him the way I say I do because He's been
faithful the way He promised to be then
maybe my disappointing situation is not a
disappointing situation at all, maybe, just
maybe it is a divine appointment set up by
God to ensure I fulfill my purpose.
So here's some words of advice to all of us
who boldly declare that we are Christians,
especially as we begin a new school year -
when unexpected changes occur remember it
is our response that will determine whether
we are disappointed or we "diss" a divine
earth exploded, roots pushing out, vines
growing at insane speed, wrapping around
the creature, pushing it back, strangling it!
For one giddy moment he thought he
might triumph, but then the monster
regained it's footing and came at him again,
ripping through the growth in a maddened
Too slow, he brought his hands up.
'Too slow, too slow!" His mind shouted.
The glade rocked from the resulting miscast
spell, turning the once tranquil glade into a
hell, alight with a sinister red glow.
Strength spent, he lay on his back, watch-
ing as the thing advanced through the
flames, even as they consumed it, licking
the blackened husk and searing it's body.
Howling in pain and insane fury, the
thing reached for his head, and as he finally
saw the creatures face mirrored only in it's
eyes, he let loose a scream that shattered his
The Spectrum - September 2010
Sf O9 T
After The Game.
Michael Vick's Return
I by Imran Rahiem
In 2007, number seven for the
Atlanta Falcons, Michael Vick was
accused of and plead guilty to Federal
dog fighting charges in the United
States. However in 2008, after paying
his debt to society, he was cut by the
Atlanta Falcons and most NFL teams
refused to sign him for fear of losing
their fan base's respect and revenue.
Many general managers and journalists
said no NFL franchise needed the atten-
tion the number seven wearing Michael
Vick would bring or his perceived bad
decisions. Only one team, the City of
Brotherly Love's Philadelphia Eagles
gave him a contract and a chance.
Philadelphia at the time, had two very
The starter at the time Michael Vick
was signed was Donavan McNabb.
McNabb a six-time, probowler who led
the Eagles to five NFC Championship
and one Superbowl appearance. The sec-
ond string quarterback at the time was
Kevin Kolb who was the second round
draft pick in 2006. One of the questions
surrounding the signing was where
would Michael Vick fit in?
When the 2010 NFL season opened
for the Philadelphia Eagles on
September 12th, the Eagles faced the
Green Bay Packers at home and
Donavan McNabb was slated to play for
the Eagles archrival Washington
Redskins and Kevin Kolb had been
named the starter after Donavan was
traded to Washington in the off season.
Michael Vick began the 2010 season as
Kevin Kolb's backup and one play away
from playing full time as the Eagles
In the second quarter of the opening
game of the Eagles' season, in front of
62,000 fans, Kevin Kolb was pulver-
ized by number 52 Clay Mathews of the
Green Bay Packers and sent to the side-
lines where his health was evaluated
* Continued on page 12
Welcome to the Fall 2010 Semester
flag football. No team? No problem! We'll find a team for you.
There's also recreational swimming, a bowling league and the
ultimate board game challenge where you get to test your skills in
backgammon, checkers, connect four, and dominoes.
_u We also want you to take advantage of the Wellness Centre,
S_ which is free with your ID. We have professionals to assist you
Se with weight loss, diets, stress, weight training and more. We also
Want you to support your fellow students who play on our sports
Steams. While teams travel to compete, there will be opportunities
for you to cheer on your classmates when they play locally.
winners o te first opscotc tournament. Keep an eye out for these game schedules posted on campus
Photos by Imran Rahiem bulletin boards, email notices from the Office of
The Athletics Department welcomes all new and returning stu- Communications, information in the next edition of the Spectrum
dents! There are many ways for you to become involved in cam- or you may follow us on www.twitter.com cobathletics and
pus activities outside of the classroom, and we want you to take www.facebook.com TheCollegeoflTheBahamasAthleticsDepartment
advantage of them. This Fall, there will be friend competition ; email us at email@example.com or visit us in the Wellness
(intramurals) between teams in basketball, volleyball, softball and Centre. Make it a great year!
COB Women's Soccer Loses Scrimmaue
I by Alisha Bethel
A newly laid out soccer pitch was christened as the
College of the Bahamas women's soccer team hosted
a scrimmage match against the Trevecca Nazarene
University. The Trevecca Nazarene University
woman's soccer team is a part National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and had originally
come to the Bahamas on a mission trip. They arrived
Saturday August 14, 2010 to conduct a soccer camp at
the H.O Nash Jr. high school. The camp lasted from
Monday to Thursday and hosted children from elemen-
tary school and up.
The team 22 girls and their coach Brett Armstrong
were invited to play against COB on Thursday August
19, 2010 by head coach Vandyke Bethel. The game
took place on COB own soccer field located on cam-
pus behind the wellness center.
As the girls from both teams warmed up, students,
other college athletes, and parents gathered to spectate.
Interim College President, Dr. Earla Carey-Baines, and vice presi-
dent of student affairs, Mr. Colyn Major showed their support by
attending the game alongside COB's Athletic Director, Kimberly
When the game got under way the team from Trevecca began
their very aggressive attack on the COB team immediately pressur-
ing their defense while putting the COB goal keeper, Charmika
Bullard, to the test.
The ball mostly remained on COB's end of the field and within
the first seven or eight minutes Trevecca player Aubree Thomas
scored the first goal on the game. Minutes after, Thomas' fellow
player Heather Hatstead scored the second
For the rest of the first half the COB girls tried to answer back
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COB's Women's Soccer Team hard at practice.
by pushing the ball into Trevecca's half of the field, making a few
scoring attempts, but the combination of Trevecca goal keeper
Rebeccah Headrick and mistakes of the COB players hindered their
chances. Minutes before the second half ended Trevecca goalie,
Headrick, took a dangerous dive for a ball and collided with COB
player Tara Ambrister. Tara left the game with a knee injury. The
second half ended 2-0 with Trevecca leading.
When the second half began COB immediately tried playing
more aggressively as Coach Bethel screamed "test the keeper!" and
"stay switched on!" from the sidelines in order to keep his girls
focused and make a comeback.
Bullard played excellently from start to finish making good
saves and commanding her team during her time on the soccer pitch.
She was replaced during theontinued on page 12
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SThe Spectrum - September 2010
After The Game.
* Continued from page 11
After that it was decided Kevin Kolb had
sustained a concussion and under NFL rules
was not allowed to participate in football
games until an independent evaluator had
When the third quarter started, Michael
Vick took the field as the full time Eagles
quarterback for the rest of the game, the
score was 13-3.
Michael Vick went on to complete 16 of
24 passes thrown for 175 yards and rushed
the ball 11 times for 103 yards. Beyond the
statistics however, Michael Vick's decisions
as a quarterback kept the Eagles' chances of
coming from behind to win the game alive.
He did this with a limited playbook and
a small number of practice sessions the
week before. Despite entering the game
midway in the second quarter, Michael Vick
gained 278 of the 320 total yards of offense
the Eagles had on that day.
In fact, Michael Vick almost brought
the Eagles back to win the game. The
Eagles lost by seven to the Green Bay
At the end of the game, as time expired,
the crowd cheered Michael Vick. He wore
the same number he wore for the Atlanta
Falcons, the team who exiled him. For the
fans in Philadelphia, number seven was
what they needed
The Pulse of COB SportsFans
Which two teams will play in the NBA
2011 Finals? (16 polled)
Lakers and Heat
Lakers and Bulls
Mavericks and Heat
Thunder and Heat
Lakers and Celtics
Lakers and Magic
COB Women's Soccer Team Loses Scrimmage minutes of the game. He also expressed being happy with the way
* Continued from page 11 the Trevecca soccer girls soccer team played and their ball move-
second half for a well deserved rest. As the second half pressed on
COB Fiona Tucker and Gissell Outtins of the home team played
excellently, fighting back against the Trevecca players. However
the COB team couldn't hold back Trevecca and were scored by
Trevecca players Justine Forth andAudury Robinson, respectively.
Trevecca won 4-0.
Trevecca Coach Brett Armstrong said that he thought his girls
had an advantage since they had played a game earlier that week
which was why they were able to start off quickly in the first few
Hopscotch Tournament September, 201
COB's first ever Hopscotch
Tournament was held on September
8th, 2010. It featured three very ath-
letic participants, Marcia Tucker, Kia
and Kevin and many fans.
The tournament began with Kia
going first, followed by Marcia and
then Kevin. All participants were
asked to use their own markers to
place their mark on their hopscotch
The board was placed at the request
of COB Athletics, between two bas-
ketball courts and in front of the
bleachers for maximum visibility.
The strategic location worked well and
by 4pm, many fans were seated on the
bleachers preparing for the tourna-
After a brief overview of the rules
for the players, the tournament began at
The rules for hopscotch were:
1. The first player to reach the end of
the board wins first place.
2. If a player touches any of the bor-
ders of the board, he or she loses a turn.
3. If a players' marker does not fall
into the space ot their cu
the game then that player
First place awarded to \
second to Kia and third to
place is a $10 phone card
phone card and third a hon
ment which he felt won the game. Coach Armstrong also thought
that the COB girls played an excellent game and he commended
their goalie for great game play and consistency. He felt that his
team just had more depth in players than the home team.
Coach Bethel was not all too satisfied with the way the COB
girls soccer team played and said, "The game wasn't to the expec-
tation or level that I would like to see the girls play." He went on
to say, that they need to 'just play the game and maybe they'll sur-
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Spectrum Sports Upcoming Contests
Pick the winners in these games and win a $20 phone card
Every one who picks all these games correctly wins.
October 3-Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburg Steelers
October 10-Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets
October 17-Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears
October 24-New England Patriots at San Diego
October 3-Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts.
October, 2010-Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons
New York Giants at Houston Texans
Email your picks by October 1st to and you can win a $5 phone
card if you get all correct to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All players have to be cob students, include your student num-
ber and full name, no nicknames. If you win stop by the office on
November 1st for your phonecard.
Spectrum fantasy basketball will begin in Thursday October 28
at 2:15pm. The winner of COB fantasy basketball wins a $20
phone card Sign up by mailing the spectrum sports desk at spec-