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- *I "TeSuetVieo- h Colg of Th Ba ham -


Volume14 - Issue 3 - November 2010



Iby Reva Devi COB College Council
Editor in Chief Chairman, T. Baswell
Donaldson announced November 12 that Dr.
Betsy Vogel-Boze is COB's new president.
Effective January 1, 2011, Vogel-Boze will
begin her four-year term as College
President, in hopes of carrying the torch lit
by President Hodder and those who came
before her. At this crucial stage in the institu-
tion's development, The College community
hopes Vogel-Boze can be the visionary
leader we need.
"Dr. Vogel-Boze comes to us with a wealth
of experience in building and transforming
tertiary academic institutions," said
Donaldson. "Her experience in academic
administration spans 20 years in multi-cam-
pus university structures."
She is currently a Senior Fellow at the

American Association of State Colleges and
Universities (AASCU), a leadership organi-
zation of 430 public colleges and universi-
ties. She is also former Campus Dean and
Chief Executive Officer of Kent State
University Stark, which a student population
that resembles that of COB in terms of its
Vogel-Boze comes to COB with a PhD in
Business Administration, and a Masters in
Business Administration (M.B.A.), as well
as a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in
P1llllhe,,. She is also a Professor of
Vogel-Boze visited The College in
September, having her community forums Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze will
on September 14-15 at the COB Performing join us in January of next
Arts Center. One of her most salient points year.
was her understanding of the major impact 0 Continued on page 2

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U President named from page 1

the global economic crisis is having on
The Bahamas, especially in regards to
funding for education. With this in
mind, she underlined her interest in
"planning, accountability and coming
up with new ways to make revenue
without burdening students' pockets".
Quoting famous developmental psy-
chologist Jean Piaget, Vogel Boze said,
"Only education is capable of saving a
country from collapse, be it a violent or
gradual one." She claimed her ultimate
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".
According to Donaldson's announce-
ment Current President Dr. Earla
Carey-Baines will resume her duties as
Dean of the Faculty of Liberal and
Fine Arts as of January 1, 2011. She
will have served in the President's
office for six months.

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The Spectrum - November 2010

COBUS Launhces Website, hosts Student Forum

I by Dauran McNeil

Visit COB US as www. COB

On Thursday November 4th, 2010
the College of The Bahamas Union
of Students (COBUS) launched its
highly anticipated website. Not only
did the organization launch its web-
site but they also hosted its first stu-
dent forum for the semester.
According to Public Relations
Officer Dauran McNeil the two
events were not as easy as one may
think, as the organizers of the event
were posed with many challenges up
to the last minute. However, he gave * (Photo court
much thanks to those hard working
individuals who assisted in various
capacities to make the event a success.
A part from the many students who came out to sup-
port the COBUS event, were several heads of depart-
ment, administration and the College's President, Dr.
Earla Carey-Baines. The event was hosted by
COBUS's assistant Public Relations Officer Renbert
Mortimore. The event started with an opening prayer
by COBUS V.P, Nevar Smith. This was followed by
a warm welcoming address by the COBUS secretary,

tesy of COBUS)

DeAndra Cartwright. Opening remarks were made
by COBUS president, Antonio Butler. He noted that
the event was also organized to bring everyone
together where everyone can see and listen to what
COBUS has been doing and its future endeavours.
President Butler also expressed that part the adminis-
tration's goal is to increase awareness for COBUS
amongst students and administration. After which
was the unveiling of the event highlight, the website.

Designer of the website was Public Relations Officer,
Dauran McNeil who was elated to present the web-
site. He stated, "The website is intended to raise the
awareness of COBUS among student as well as a
communication link where students and administra-
tion can keep in contact with COBUS." Those in
attendance were very impressed and applauded the
hard work and dedication that went into the website.
Following the event was the student forum where
students were given the opportunity to voice their
most pertinent concerns. It was also an opportunity
for members of administration to address students
about certain updates such as the new library.
COBUS officials were indeed satisfied with the event
and hoped if students were not satisfied that it gave
them something to think about, in hope to stimulate
change on the college campus. They added that this
student forum would certainly not be the last forum,
however it is their plan to make the student forums
more attractive and in more student centric locations
to involve more students and have an even greater
impact. To visit the College of The Bahamas Student
website you can log on to

* Mandarin Professor from page 1

Beijing finally approved a Confucius Classroom for
the College in 2009.
Dr. Gao Hui is the first Chinese Instructor sent to
our Confucius Classroom from China. She grew up
in China's Hubei province, attending the local
University and receiving her Bachelor's degree in lit-
erature and language. She immediately moved to
Guangdong Province where she attended Jinan
University to attain her Master's Degree. To pursue
her higher education, Dr. Hui then travelled to the
capital, Beijing; where she attended Beijing
Language and Culture University (BLCU) to obtain
her PH. D.
Soon thereafter Dr. Hui became a Lecturer at the
Nanjing University of Information Science &
Technology. In December 2009, the Confucius
Classroom Director, Dr. Moss, and Vice-President
Dr. Chipman-Johnson attended the International
Confucius Conference in Beijing and followed it
with a visit to our partner institution in Nanjing,
where they interviewed two candidates for the new
Confucius Classroom, the successful one being Dr.
Gao Hui.

When she was offered the opportunity to teach in
the Bahamas, though it meant leaving her family and
friends behind, she chose to come to the Confucius
Classroom in Nassau and arrived on October 3rd,
2010. When asked why she chose to become a part of
the program and leave c \ c thing she knew behind
for a foreign country half the globe away, she confi-
dently responded that she thought it would be a great
way to broaden her horizons. Dr. Hui felt that the
move would be an excellent way to learn about a dif-
ferent culture while sharing her own, and that the
window of opportunity was one best taken while
young and without incessant demands or restrictions
on her time and attention. Not to mention that it was
a free trip to the Bahamas.
With regards to the sharing Chinese cultures, Dr.
Hui has wasted no time in assembling a new club
called "The Confucius Caf6." Meeting every
Wednesday from 12pm to 2pm in room 15 of the
Munnings building, the club serves as a relaxed envi-
ronment where one can learn about Chinese culture,
practice the language, watch movies or simply
engage in discussion or play a variety of games. A
number of events are planned throughout the month
of November, including movies showings on the 11th

and 26th, a Xiangqi (Chinese chess) competition on
the 19th, and a second movie on the 26th. On the 3rd
of December, there will be an information
evening/lecture about China.
Though she's generally cheerful and optimistic Dr.
Hui admitted to having had some minor difficulty fit-
ting into the Bahamian lifestyle. When asked about
the transition from China to the Bahamas she made
immediate mention of the island's inherent beauty, as
well as the generally amiable nature of the populace.
What she found most disconcerting she said, was the
need to drive to visit convenience stores, which are
(conveniently) placed underneath apartment com-
plexes in most of China, while markets (food-stores)
are generally within walking distance i.e. across the
street. Dr. Hui was quite happy with her experience
here thus far, though it's taking some adjustment,
however she's looking forward to meeting new per-
sons and experiencing more of our Bahamian cul-

The Confucius Classroom also offers scholar-
ships to students interested in travelling abroad to
live and study in China.

1 The Spectrum- November 2010 OPINIONS

Facultg Edigori

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College isn't easy; students pursuing a
college education are to be commended for
their decision to test the boundaries of their
intellect and their fortitude. Because earn-
ing a college degree requires far more than
most people are willing to do. After all,
most people aren't willing to dedicate 4 to
6 hours a day to reading nonfiction materi-
al written in dizzying disciplinary dis-
course on subjects that are, initially,
entirely alien to them. Most people aren't
willing to dedicate an additional 4 to 6
hours a day to discussing this unfamiliar
reading material amongst others, baring
their minds and souls to a forum of peers,
all nervously wondering whether they got
the point, and then filling reams of paper
with what they hope is a cogent explana-
tion of what they think they've learned
from this reading, only to find that they
have in fact missed the point, and then
going back again to reexamine and, hope-
fully, finally get it. But this is college;
anything less and it's not what we're here
for. Earning an academic degree is a privi-
lege; it's an enviable opportunity to learn
just how much potential we have, andjust
how hard we're willing to work to reach
that potential. It's easy to complain when
we're given what we consider to be far too
many reading assignments, far too difficult
reading material, far too long an essay
assignment, but all of these challenges
stretch our capacities, and build our ability
to move beyond our realm of comfort,
both intellectual comfort and physical
comfort. We should try to appreciate those

moments when professors ask more from
us than we think we're capable of doing.
Every time we try and succeed, we realize
we're capable of far more than we thought.
And we may wonder why no one ever
imagined before that we had these capabil-
ities. We must appreciate professors who
see in us latent capabilities still waiting to
be exercised, and value those times when
they force us, yes, force us, to awaken
those hidden potentialities in ourselves.
This is what a college education ought to
do. We must cultivate in our College com-
munity a healthy respect for academic
rigor. Students must demand it, from their
academic programmes, from their profes-
sors, and from themselves. There are few
things more rewarding than achieving what
one imagines to be impossible. If we only
attempt what we know to be possible, we
will never grow, as scholars, as profession-
als, as citizens. The rigor of academic
scholarship allows us the opportunity to
stretch our boundaries, to innovate, and to
make informed decisions. College students
are a very special part of a nation's citizen-
ry; the hard work students do in the acade-
my is only the beginning of the hard work
required to build and develop their nation.
If we want a better community, a better
country and a better world, we must pre-
pare to work for it, to put in the hours
reading and writing scholarship, sharing
informed ideas, and creating new ones.
Nothing prepares us for that quite like the
rigor of academic scholarship.



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in the spirit ol thanksgiving I would liKe
to remind those of us that are called the
disciples of God that hardships and suffer-
ing are guaranteed for the Christian. The
Bible declares that all who lives godly
must suffer persecution; therefore we are
going to experience difficult times.
Sometime ago I heard a preacher say in
one of his sermons that - 'tlu love of
God and Goffs love of you does not pro-
tect you from trials." We are going to
suffer, for it is our goal to emulate the life
of Christ. This is why the Apostle Paul
wrote: 'That I may know Him, in the
power of His resurrection, the fellowship
of His suffering being made conformable
to His death."
While we are destined to suffer as
Christians, we are also destined to live
out our most holy faith in such a way that
"men will see our good works and glorify

our lather in Heaven. I nerelore there is a
mindset that the believer must envelop
and emulate while we are going through
our times of trials or testing or sufferings.
It is the mindset that the Biblical patriarch
Job who declared in the midst of unimag-
inable suffering and loss - "Though He
slay me, yet will I trust Him."
It is this mindset which is birth out of a
passionate love and trust of the Godof the
ages who has been unconditionally faith-
ful to His people as expressed by hymn
writer Horatio G. Spafford in 1873, who
penned the words - "when peace like a
river attendeth my way, when sorrow like
sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou
has taught me to say, it is well, it is well
with my soul." You cannot sing, it is
well with my soul unless and until our
response to life's hardships is that of

ENTERTAINMENT The Spectrum - November 2010

For Colored Girls, starring Janet
Jackson, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy,
Kimberly Elise and Omari Hardwick, is
based on the play "For Colored Girls Who
Have Considered Suicide When the
Rainbow Is Enuf' by Ntozake Shange.
This movie depicts twenty women, each
representing a female from the twenty
poems, which express the many struggles
and obstacles that African-American
women face, such as abortion, abuse,
abandomnent and rape.
Directed by Tyler Perry, For Coloured
Girls is very dramatic and defies expecta-
tions for a quirky Tyler Perry flick. The
all-star cast gives a moving and memo-
rable performance all around. Given the
realism represented, it manages to be cap-
tivating and very emotional.
Throughout the movie, the poems are
recited bringing out a certain amount of
artful appreciation and tone, as well as
subtle breaks and calmness within the
drama (even though these poems are quite
The films most powerful quote, due to
the pure truth of it all, would be:
"A rapist doesn't have to be a stranger to
be legitimate. Someone you never saw. A
man with obvious problems. But if you
been public with him, danced one dance,
kissed him goodbye lightly with a closed
mouth, pressing charges will be as hard as
keeping your legs closed while five fools
try and run a train on you. These men -

* For Colored Girls movie poster
(Courtesy of 34th Street Films, FCG
Productions, Lionsgate and the Tyler
Perry Company)
friends of ours, who smile nicely, take you
out to dinner, then lock the door behind
I cannot say that I would watch 'For
Coloured Girls' again, but I do have an
appreciation for it and what it represents.
Personally, it's the best from Tyler Perry
thus far.


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FEATURES The Spectrum - November 2010

Race in Games: Are
video games racist?

In my last article my editor thought the acronym RPG meant Real Playing Game
when it actually stood for Role Playing Game. I just wanted to clarify that before you
all thought I was some incompetent casual gamer type bugger. Good, now that that's
over with, let's play some Fat Person Shooters or FPS!
Let me ask you something, have you ever played a videogame as a white charac-
ter? Now, have you ever played a videogame as a black character? Now, that black

* Does CJ from GTA San Andreas, really represent all black people?
character, did they eat chicken and watermelon and use slang words signifying their
non-existent education? I'm exaggerating, but I think you get my point. Videogames,
like all other media, are race sensitive. You'll be hard pressed to find a Sidney Poitier
in videogames, especially in the still racist Japanese videogame market. To prove the
racist tendencies in games, let's look at two specific videogame characters, CJ from
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and Barret from Final Fantasy VII.
If you've ever played a GTA game, you know they tend to be on the controversial
side. Essentially these games are Scarface meets Miami Vice, The Godfather or Boyz
N the Hood San Andreas draws from the later with its main characters being black in
a Los Angeles inspired city. Unfortunately these characters are gang members doing a

U Barret from Final Fantasy VII proves that the Mr.T look is still in style.
(courtesy of
ton of gangster bullocks. CJ, the protagonist returns home after his mother dies and
becomes embroiled in a conflict of race, gangs and class. Along the way he pilfers
cars, murders innocent pedestrians, police officers, animals, prostitutes and many
more stereotypical things. Now this is by no means solely present in the only GTA
game wholly populated with black characters, but it is important to note that black

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Cop E'go Le tr *graea

'Bahamas for Obama', 'Obama for ya
mama' it was evident the Presidential
elections of 2008 sparked a newfound
interest in the politics of the United
States of America throughout the
Bahamas. Through various forms of
media, the Elections were tracked daily
waiting patiently for the results. Dr.
Anna Everett, Professor of Film and
Media Studies at the University of
California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) guest
lecturer for the fifth annual Anatol
Rodgers Memorial Lecture was truly one
of Relevance. With the introduction of a
program in Race and Film at the College
of The Bahamas, coordinator of the event
Assistant Professor Dr. Toni Francis
acknowledged Dr. Everett as more than
"Have we become PostRacial yet?:
Trends in Race, Media and Identity
Politics in the age of Obama". The theme
for the evening encompasses the effect of
digital viral media on the Presidential
elections and how consumers have been
indoctrinated by all forms of media.
Addressing the Obama-mania, ranging
from television, to radio, YouTube,
social networks even on the school buses
of America, Dr. Everett explained the
effects of the media on even the youngest
of consumers. Because of the Obama per-
sonified in the various digital media
forms, everyone expected a revolutionized
change of the economy. Considering the
commercials, music videos even the liter-
ature produced during the Obama boom,
the perception of the President was ideal-
ist, he was expected to revamp, not only
the social issues of America but for other
countries including the Bahamas.
Dr. Everett highlighted the standards set
by the mass majority through media was
unattainable and many refuse to acknowl-
edge that Obama could not rehabilitate an
already failing economy in one term of
PostRacial, where? Considering the eth-
nicity and race of The President Obama,
the media even more commodities the
belief that he must provide change!
Dr. Everett humored the audience with
video examples of viral media, including
the "Obama girl" who claimed she had a

crush on Obama and wrote numerous
songs encouraging people to support and
discouraging Hillary Clinton from run-
ning. Dr. Everett believed this video,
considering the 20 million views on
YouTube, played a pivotal role in the
presidential elections.
The students making up the audience


* Anna Everette gave a rivetting
lecture on race, media and identi-
ty in the era of Obama. (Photo by
Mark Humes, Professor, SES)
found the videos particularly appealing,
despite most were required to attend,
either for a cultural component or some
other English assignment. Regardless of
the reason for attendance something was
learned Symphony Gardner, first year
college student, felt she could not appre-
ciate the extremely political nature of the
lecture but she acknowledged the useful-
ness of the information on digital media
and felt she derived so much on the pro-
found impact of social networks.
Among the distinguished guests in
attendance was The College of the
Bahamas President, Earla Carey-Baines,
Chair of the School of English Studies,
Dr. Marjorie Brookes-Jones, Members of
the Rodgers Family, Director of Public
Affairs, Cable Bahamas Dr. Keith
Wisdom along with radio personality Mr.
Jeff Lloyd

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FEATURE S The Spectrum - November 2010

COB has New Program for Media

Iby Lamech Johnson Majors in the Works
taffchelor of Arts in edia Journalism

Bachelor of Arts in Media Journalism

For the Mass Communication majors,
who are anxiously in search of a
University abroad to continue their stud-
ies, there is hope!
Rumors of a bachelor degree program for
media students coming on stream have
been around for years but have finally been
confirmed by two professors at the College
of the Bahamas.
Paola Alvino, a Journalism and
Communications lecturer here at COB,
validated the rumors after one of several
meetings had taken place.
'The name of the new program is the
Bachelor of Arts in Media Journalism and
will be starting in fall 2011. COB, in par-
ticular Hugo Zarate and Monique Toppin,
have been trying to get this program for a
few years, however, it really got started
early this year."
Alvino also gives comforting news for
students who worry about credits from
their previous program.
"For those students who have completed,
or are still doing the Associates of Arts
degree in Mass Communications, their
credits will be accepted If the students
have completed all the major classes in
that program which also will fall under the
new B.A, they will more than likely be in
the third year of the B.A when they switch
over or sign up."
The lecturer expects about 15 students to

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is good because the program is new for
COB and once the students do well and
excel, the program would gamer more
attention and hopefully bring COB closer
to university status because a University
cannot exist without having a B.A for
Hugo Zarate, another Journalism and
Communications lecturer believes that
students will be saving a lot of money by
remaining at COB. The fees for an interna-
tional student may be considerably more
compared to the College.
Zarate also talked about the upgrading of
the media facilities at COB. '"We're look-
ing at renewing some of the equipment and
current software that we have. Also, we're
planning on installing news rooms and a
few more radio production studios."
This program couldn't have arrived at a
better time. However, as with all things,
only time will tell if students take advan-
tage of this wonderful opportunity they
have been presented with. Students have an
opportunity to continue/pursue their
degree here full or part time and this
should ease the anxiety of University
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people are portrayed as corrupt - is there
one upstanding black character in the
game? You tell me. I'm not claiming that

white characters. Look at everyone's
favorite plumber, Mario from Super
Mario. All he wants to do is rescue his

fighting an evil electric power company that is stealing land and energy from the planet
itself and selling this energy back to the people. Barret heads this group of misfits up
until our protagonist, a blond hair blue eyed white boy named Cloud (can you say Arian
race) assumes control of the gang (not to be confused with gangsters). Barret lost his
family and an arm to the evil company after it sent hitmen out to destroy his village
because they refused to cooperate. Barret literally has a gun for half his arm - a gun. Not
to mention the fact that he looks like Mr.T and uses language that would make any par-
ent do a double take at the T rated game. However, considering the fact that the Japanese
like to draw blacks with big pink lips and blond hair, I'll gladly accept the Mr.T look
any day. The latest black Final Fantasy character is not as offensive as Barret and actual-
ly shows progress.
There are a slew of minor black characters cast in video games including the Mike
Tyson inspired Balrog from Street Fighter 2, Jax from Mortal Kombat 2, just to name
a few. I could go into detail how Drebin from Metal Gear Solid 4, who is followed by
his monkey companion, is a quintessential metaphor for how the Japanese view blacks,
but it's just too offensive. I ask you dear readers, what do you value in your video game
experience? I know that we really just want to be entertained, but I ask you to be mind-
ful of the commentary these games make of our society.

* In Grand Theft Auto San Andreas the player is free to commit rob-
beries, murder, sexual acts as well as numerous other acts all in a black
enviorment. (Photo by

RockS tar (makers of GTA) are perpetuat-
ing racist notions, but I am saying that
isn't it time for a positive black character

princess. Metaphorically speaking, he just
desires to do the right thing. It's not far-
fetched to motivate for change of presenta-

* Drebin from Metal Gear Solid4 has a monkey for a shadow...erhmm. (Photo cour-
tesy of

U Balrog from Street Fight IV is the U Jar from Mortal Kombat 2 loves guns,
spitting image of well known ear biting but not more than metal arms. (Photo
boxer (Photo courtesy of courtesy of

in one of their games? Are we not tired of
seeing blacks stealing cars, and making
nothing of their lives? Tommy Vercetti of
GTA Vice City is no different from CJ,
except that he's white. Yet there are a ton
of video games out there with positive

tion. If one side is presented, then the other
should be represented as well.
Barret from Final Fantasy VII is not as
offensive a character as CJ, but he manages
to hold his own. First off, Final Fantasy
VII is about a group of resistance members

* Jynx from the original Pokemon stirred up U In Final Fantasy XIII, there is acutally a
controversy over her obvious blackface rou- black character that doesn't swear, loses his
tine. (Photo courtesy of temper or is portrayed as a gang banger.
(Courtesy of

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Students Respond:

Impact of the National

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2010-11 COB Women's Basketball Team

Shadell Williams
Alexis Mlaycock
Stevandrae Wells
Deandra Williams
Gabrielle MlcKinney
Alisha Bethel
Deleisa Nlacke\
Giovanna Gordon
Natishka Selver

Guard/Forw ard
Guard/Forw ard


COB Men's Basketball Team

Gar\ in Liightbourn : #42 Senior. Guard
Edw\ ard Burrow s: #33 Junior. Guard
Sherman Bo0-we: #39 Sophomore. Forward
Juda V\ilma: #37 Sophomore. Guard
Khari Thompson: #32 Sophomore. Forward
Charles Taylor: #43 Soplhomore. Centre

Ne\w Additions
Anthon1 Sands : #34 Freshian. Guard
Eleazor Johnson: #35 Freshman. Guard
Charles Walker: #38 Freshman. Guard
Jesper Thompson: #42 Freshman. Forward
Dion MNcphee: #40 Freshman. Forward
Reuben Goodman: #41 Freshman. Forward

Resern es
Dorian Bowe: Centre
Dre\w Rigby: Guard
Gralyn Frazier: Guard
Trev\or Adderle\: Guard
Shamir Martin: Centre


SThe Spectrum - November 2010

Bahamas holds Second amateur

Wushu Sanshou MMA Tournament

Iby Reva Devi Sports Tourism is a burgeon-
Editor in Chief ing market that The Bahamas
is building the capacity to
tap into. But Kent Bazard of The Bahamas Wushu
Sanshou Association is taking it to a new level with
the country's first amateur mixed martial arts tourna-
The International Chinese Martial Arts Circuit World
Championship will take place December 10-12 in
the Atlantis Grand Ballroom.
Bazard, co-producer and organizer for the event, says
the highlight of the tournament will be the Saturday

* Bahamas welcomes competitors of its
first ICMAC Championship in December
2009 (Photo by Kent Bazard)
night fight finals at 7:00pm, which will include the
finals for sanshou (full contact fighting), amateur
mixed martial arts, and grappling.
Part of the event will also include martial arts semi-
nars in tai chi and wushu - more specifically tradi-
tional and modern fighting sanshou. This year's tour-
nament will also be the first time so many local mar-
tial arts schools in The Bahamas will be able to com-
pete in one event.
The International Chinese Martial Arts Circuit
(ICMAC) is a series of martial arts events that take
place all over the world Bazardfs brainchild was born
in 2008 when he took a small team to an IMCAC
event in Orlando, Florida.
At the Orlando event, Bazard asked himself, "Why
can't we have an event like this here in The
Bahamas?' So, he introduced himself to Nick
Scrima, the ICMAC President, handing him the
pitch of the prestigious location and the beautiful
hotels of The Bahamas.
The immediate result was a circuit event in December
of last year, which had over 200 competitors from

eight countries, including Azerbaijan, Argentina,
Canada, the US, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica,
Puerto Rico, Bermuda. Competitors from these
countries return to compete this year, along with ath-
letes from India, Egypt, UK, South Africa, and Italy
The Bahamas Wushu Sanshou Association (BWSA)
was formed this year and is partnered with the


Bahamas Grappling Center, a Jujitsu school. BWSA
is also a Pan-American Wushu Federation (PAWUF)
member and will soon be an International Wushu
Federation (IUF) member. Bazards hope is to
establish a national team to compete at the next
PAWUF championship in Mexico next year.
This, and all ICMAC events, is open to all individ-

* Bazard executes a throw at the ICMAC
Orlando Championships in May 2010
(Photo by Joseph Spagnuolo)
ual competitors. Visit or contact
Kent Bazard at for more
information. Tickets to the events are available at the
door: $20-$25 for adults, $10-$15 for kids and $35
for VIP.