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Dr. Keva Bethel was one of the most inspirational Bahamian educators. She taught modern languages at the presti-
gious Government High School from 1959-1975, when she transferred to The College of The Bahamas. Dr. Bethel
served as Chair of Humanities, Academic Dean, and Vice-Principal before attaining her doctorate and being
appointed Principal of the College in 1982. When COB became in independent institution in 1995, she became the
first President, a position she served in until her retirement in 1998. Dr. Bethel was named President Emerita in 2005.

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U The Spectrum - February 2011 N EW S

Bathroom Woes

I by Dawn Alexis McKenzie
Staff Writer
For the past several weeks, there
has been a major inconvenience at
hand. Lack of water supply in many
bathroom facilities around the campus
of The College of The Bahamas has
been a persistent problem as recent as
February 9th. As of late, Bathroom
amenities in the A, E, G, and S Blocks
have been restored, while restrooms in
the T Block continue to be non-func-
Mia Charlow, a sophomore in
Primary Ed, noted, "something as sim-
ple as having water to wash one's
hands has been consistently wishy-
washy since last semester within The
Michael Eldon Building, and the
amenities in the S Block, which are
almost always locked for some rea-
Amy Collins, an Art Education major

in her junior year, commented that
"having running water at her school
was so important that it if water was
unavailable for a specific day, then
classes would be cancelled for that
entire day as well." She continued,
"Therefore, why doesn't COB take the
availability of water in bathroom serv-
ices as seriously?"
Spanish Ed major, Abigail
Armbrister opines after experiencing
the lack of water in the Library bath-
rooms that "the situation with the
bathrooms is absolutely terrible!" She
went on to say about not being able to
wash one's hands, "This is definitely
not healthy and can cause illnesses.
It's inhumane."
Non-working bathroom facilities
definitely do not improve the general
outlook of The College of The
Bahamas in the opinions of its stu-
dents, and neither does it paint a pic-

ture of progression as The College
endeavors to attain University status.
What's worst, remarks some stu-
dents, is that "when one has to relieve
themselves and there is not enough
water to flush the toilets, it is absolute-
ly embarrassing to have to leave one's
waste products there for others to see.
And to add insult to injury, most
times, there is no water for them to
wash their hands, neither is there hand
sanitizers for them to be able to
cleanse themselves in the least way
Some bathrooms have been serviced
since then and optimistically, we can
all hope that persistent issues with
bathroom amenities will become a
mere distant memory soon. Until then,
to be on the safe side, if you've got
water or any other substance that
needs relieving - try not to rest all of
your eggs in COB's baskets because
you never know when any given bath-
room facility may be out-of-order!

U How inviting does this bathroom
make you feel? The S-block bath-
room was recently re-opened after
being out of commission since last
(photo by Alicia Cartwright)

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Librarian for processing.
Access Librarian Catharine Archer commented,
"as far as I've observed, the students don't seem too
bothered by the lack of books. They take advantage
of the request system and they take full advantage of
the electronic avenues available to them."
However, several students have been disheartened
by the difficulty in access to books. Shavado
Gibson, CIS/Education major and COBUS repre-
sentative said, "The lack of books in the Library is a
damper on students, because they are not able to
have access to different books that they need for
research." Gibson went on to say, "Personally, I feel
if C.O.B was not finished with the new library then
they shouldn't have moved the books there because
it's a hindrance to students and makes it harder for
them to prepare for their courses."
History and Geography Education major,
Kendelynn Pennerman, felt the process of borrow-
ing a book was stressful as one doesn't even know if
the book will be found. "COB was in need of more
books that would enhance research before this cur-
rent situation, so now, it is worst," she said.
Pennerman continued on to say, "I've recently had
to go to the library near to Government House to do
research instead of having the ability to use my own
facility at C.O.B. It's a terrible inconvenience!"

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The Spectrum - February 2011



I by Dauran McNeil & DeAndra Cartwright

* COBUS working during the 2010 fall semester.
(photo collage courtesy of COBUS)

The 2010-2011 administration of
COBUS wishes to extend best wishes for
the semester to our students, faculty and
staff of The College of The Bahamas.
COBUS has been active within the colle-
giate community during the last semester
and this semester promises to be even bet-
ter than the last. The 2010-2011 adminis-
tration opened the fall semester with a
'Back to School' treat event where desserts
were handed out to over 1,000 students.
That event was a success because hard-
working COB students indeed have a
sweet tooth!
Another event where COBUS repre-
sented our students was the National
Youth March. COBUS executives along
with students marched in a full rotation
from Clifford Park, passing along Blue
Hill Road and returning to the park. We
wish to inform The College's populace
that for our participation in this event,
The College of The Bahamas received the
award for 'Most Enthusiasm'.
While last semester was indeed event-
filled and filled with much success, it is
unfortunate that we announce the resigna-
tion of Mr. Kenson St. Remy, Senator for
Chemistry, Environmental and Life
Science. Though unfortunate, we do
express sincere thanks for the former
Senator's contribution. Yet with the lost
of one, it is of great esteem that we wel-

come the official appointment of
COBUS's very first Senator for the
University of West Indies, Ms. Karine
MacVean. Also appointed was Mr.
Pasquin Ralhming, as the Senator for the
School of Mathematics, Physics and
Technology. With the new addition we
hope for even greater success.
This COBUS administration will also
continue its work by staying committed
to its platform and goals; to serve stu-
dents better, advocate for student's rights
and fostering a better relationship with
students and the college community at
large. As a part of our ongoing agenda to
advocate for students rights, we are con-
tinuing to address ongoing concerns such
as the present situation with the library,
class cancellations, additional classes, fac-
ulty and staff professionalism towards
students, wireless Internet connection and
the condition of some classrooms.
We would also like to take this oppor-
tunity to thank all students who have par-
ticipated in our events and supported us
during the past semester and we look for-
ward to your continued support as we
serve you. Keep your eyes open for
announcements of upcoming events like
the Miss COB pageant, Conference of
Youth Leaders (COYL), and the annual
COBUS Nominations & Elections. These
elections are an excellent opportunity for

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students to get involved, make a differ-
ence, experience various leadership roles,
and serve others while advocating for stu-
dents' rights. So we invite all interested
students to sign up for executive or leg-
islative positions in COBUS.
COBUS also encourages all students

to make their voices heard by visiting
your respective school senators and also
to stay in touch with COBUS through
Facebook, your student e-mail account
and visiting the COBUS website at for informa-
tion and the latest news.

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The iew,. expressed in the Opinions sectionn are nol tho,,e of the
Spectrmin Ne%%spaper or Thlie College or The Bahamina.

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It is 2011 and I am amazed that no one
made a fuss about the record number of sui-
cides that occurred within our bejeweled
nation last year. Our country has lived
through some particularly low economic
periods and while our standards of living may
have greatly declined, the fact remained that
we lived. So while many blame the declining
economic situation for the overwhelming
feelings of despair that must have taken hold
of those who chose to end their lives - I dis-
Yes it may have been a contributing fac-
tor, but in my humble opinion, it is because
of the Bahamas' growing indifference
towards those whose life circumstances are
less than ideal. Many of us become so
involved in our own problems that we forget
to take notice of those around us, which
plays a major role in the proliferation of this
phenomenon. It is this ever-deepening self-
ish behavior that is tying the nooses and cut-
ting the wrists of our loved ones. We see their
obvious cries for help, but we downplay them
as cries for attention.
My fellow believers and Bahamians,

there are people in our midst who are hurting:
people to whom life is happening too quick-
ly and they find themselves completely over-
whelmed by it. These are people who you
catch the bus with and these are the people
who sit next to you in your classes or at
work. Pain and depression are much like
AIDS. There is no "face"; they don't always
mope about, they are not all poorly clad,
they don't all cry endlessly. But they ALL
showthat they are hurting in some ways, and
sometimes a phrase as simple as "I see you
and you matter" may stay the tying of the
knots and the picking up of the razors. It
doesn't take a whole lot to help someone out
of despair - in fact all it takes is a willing
heart and a patient ear.
I know this month's column is not rife
with spiritual terminologies and biblical ref-
erences, but I've been thinking lately that
the world is not devoid of such things -
church people do that all the time. What the
world needs are believers who are prepared to
practically apply the teachings and imitate
the lifestyle of Jesus.

'Black Swan', directed by Darren
Aronofsky, is a drama, fantasy, thriller
starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and
Vincent Cassel. In this film, Nina
(Natalie Portman), a ballet dancer, receive
the roles of the white swan and her evil
twin the black swan in the ballet 'Swan
Lake'. Nina is perfect for the part of the
white swan; however, she finds the role of
the black swan quite difficult. In her
attempt to perfect the role, she begins to
exhibit psychological problems. Nina
loses sense of reality, rebelling against
her obsessive mother and fantasizing a
lesbian scenario with her co-worker and
substitute, Lily (Mila Kunis).
The part of Nina can be seen as
Portman's best performance, winning her
a 2010 Critic's Choice award, a BAFTA
award, and a Golden Globe, all for Best
Actress. As the character loses her sense
of reality, the film becomes somewhat
confusing, intriguing the audience exten-
sively. There isn't much dialogue, but
instead lots of emotion and body lan-
guage. A viewer actually feels as if he/she
is watching a ballet, but without the
impending comatose state.
This film is like watching real art,
depending heavily on the body language
of the actors, especially that of Portman.
Depicting how pressure on a perfectionist
can break the person, bringing forth


insanity, and how it is not worth it even
if at the end, the performance is actually
perfect. I must say that overall it was
quite different (compared to most movies
released last year), exciting andvery much
worth the watch.

* The thriller,
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leave viewers
(Courtesy of Fox
Pictures, Protozoa
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in association
with Cross Creek

* BlackSwan movie poster
(Courtesy of Fox Searchlight
Pictures, Protozoa Pictures and
Phoenix Pictures, in association with
Cross Creek Pictures.)

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I The Spectrum - February 2011 ENTERTAINMENT

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Open Dally 7a.m. - 11p.m.


Student Discount - Present your
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the purchase of one (1) meal.

It's waaaay better than fast food.
It's Wendy's.

I by Travis Cartwright-Carroll
Production Manager

If you haven't heard yet, both Sony and
Nintendo have begun preparations to
release newer versions of the PSP and DS.
The Sony NGP (Next Generation Portable)
and the Nintendo 3DS (which is slated for
release on March 27th this year) are paving
the way for a market of video games.
The NGP is Sony's answer to

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Next Gen Handheld
Consoles ft
that will no doubt help those who cannot
see 3D images). The device will launch for
$249.99 with games such as The Legend
of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear
Solid 3, Kid Icarus and Super Street
Fighter 3D to be released throughout the
year. That's quite an impressive library of
launch games for any console.

* The new user interface for the Sony Next Generation Portable (NGP),
release date yet to be announced. (courtesy of

Nintendo's continually family friendly DS
systems. Whereas Nintendo has won the
war of PSP vs DS, Sony hopes that the
NGP will move leaps and bounds beyond
the 3DS. The NGP's most notable addition
is the touch screen on top of the device and
a touch pad on the bottom. In addition to
all the original features of the PSP, the
NGP will feature two cameras in the front
and back of the system. Like the 3DS,
Sony is only adding to the already solid
powerhouse that is the PSP. Perhaps the
biggest claim is that of the little device's
graphics, which are being sold as PS3 cal-
Only time will tell however, if the sys-
tem is as powerful and capable as the PS3.
No release date has been set and only a few
games are rumored to be in the works.
Here's hoping to something magical.
Nintendo, on the other hand, is hoping
to maintain the popularity and diversity of
what the DS has come to establish.
Whereas the PSP focuses on hardcore
gamers andhad very little quality games up
for purchase, the DS prided itself on
attracting causal gamers to its mega library
of original and already classic titles.
The 3DS has improved graphics,
sound, user interface, wi-fi and software.
Its defining feature is the addition of 3D
games without using those funky glasses.
IGN reports that the 3D can be turned on
or off with the push of a button (a feature

Gaming on the Go
With the iPad gaining success as a
gaming device, Sony and Nintendo have to
compete for gamers' hard-earned dollars.
Where Apple's games are $15 at most,
Sony and Nintendo's games will remain at
$30-50. Who will win the next generation
war? Does it even matter? Will we be able
to afford these consoles? Why am I asking
rhetorical questions? Find out next time
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SThe Spectrum - February 2011 FEATURE S

How To Lose An Ex

I by S.A. Hanna We've
We' ve
all had rela-
tionships that ended badly. And we've all
had exes that didn't know when to stop
calling. And I know we've all had exes
who stalked us for eleven months until I
finally slapped a restraining order on her...
Well, maybe not all of us. Nevertheless,
the steps toward a healthy breakup are
The first step to losing your former
significant other is to actually breakup.
This is often the most difficult step; it may
never seem the right time but the sooner
you do it the better. Don't worry about
someone's feelings being hurt; it's
inevitable in these situations. The impor-
tant thing is to be truthful about why you
feel the relationship should end
That means that you also need to know
why the relationship won't work; so before
you start that fire at the edge of that bridge,
make a list of the good and bad, even if it's
only a mental one. Dr. Dennis Neder, in
Discovery Health's article, When is it time
to leave the relationship? suggests that
once the relationship is no longer mutual-
ly beneficial, it's time to move on. Now
that you've separated from the person and
left them crying in the food court with two
tickets to Just Go With It, comes step
number two. When you reach home, at
some point you're going to realize that
your house is a lot quieter without your
phone constantly ringing and all the
annoying Facebook pings, pops and ran-
dom How in Love are You? quizzes on
your wall. It is at this point you may be
tempted to text, email, call, or run over to
that person's house and beg their forgive-

According to, "breakups
hurt" because they're a loss of so many
things from commitments, shared dreams
and the relationship:
"A breakup or divorce launches us into
uncharted territory. Everything is disruptedJ
your routine and responsibilities, your
home, your relationships with extended
family and friends, and even your identity.
A breakup brings uncertainty about the
future." So it's expected that it becomes a
frightening experience. This is where you
need to go back over the reasons that you

broke up with them, but you also need to
deal with a crucial step - space.
Even if you and your ex paramour were
only together for three weeks, that's three
weeks of history and breaking up with
them isn't going to make them any less
attractive or any less of an excellent con-
versationist. It may be impossible to avoid
the person altogether, but keep any interac-
tions with the person short and polite.
Don't flirt, this is important while they
may not see the breakup as permanent.
Any flirtation between the two of you may
be read as hope of reconciliation, and it
isn't helpful to either party to string that
person along. Space isn't always as obvi-
ous, as sometimes it's mental. Is your
room covered with nostalgic memorabilia
from this person? It may help to put away
the stuffed animal that you both won at the
carnival last year. You may not be able to
throw it away, but you don't need constant
reminders of what use to be. Step three; do
something productive with your life.
Remember friends? All the people that you
abandoned to spend all your free time with
that person? This may be problematic for
some as postu-
lates that, "When you have been in a rela-
tionship, it is likely that you will have
lots of friends in common. When you then
break up, it can be awkward Don't drag
third parties in and force them to choose
sides." It may be incredibly difficult when
you and your ex both share the same hang
out spots and friends, but Relationship
Expert suggest planning a outing with
friends in a new locale, "If your friends are
worth having they too will be willing to
make the effort," they say.
Besides hanging out with some bud-
dies, do whatever it was you did before you
met that person. Find a hobby, volunteer,
get a job as your parents constantly keep
suggesting. The important thing is to
occupy yourself mentally and socially with
something besides the past. The final, but
most crucial step is to deal with your emo-
tions, responsibly. This should actually be
the second step because it is integral in
making the other steps work out. Whether
you're mad at your ex for cheating on you
or depressed because they left the country
and you can't handle long distance relation-
ships, it is important to deal with those
emotions, not just repress them. Its okay

to be angry, (don't bum down houses or listen to any Jasmine Sullivan albums) talk
with a friend about it. If you miss your ex, don't just go and replaced them with anoth-
er vice. suggest talking with someone you trust about it. In their words,
"it's normal to...feel many conflicting emotions, including anger, resentment, sadness,
relief, fear, and confusion... While these emotions will often be painful, trying to sup-
press or ignore them will only prolong the grieving process."

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BUSINESS The Spectrum - February 2011

A r6sum6 is meant to be a "brief docu-
ment that summarizes your education,
employment history, and experiences that
are relevant to your qualifications for a
particular job". Because your r6sum6 is
supposed to get you an interview and
hopefully a job offer, your r6sum6 must be
user-centered and persuasive.
The general-purpose r6sum6 usually
contains four sections: Contact,
Education, Experience, and Honors,
Activities, and Outreach.

The Contact Information Section
The contact section of your r6sum6
simply lists the information at the top of
the page: your full name; your e-mail
address; your permanent address; your
local or campus address (if applicable);
your phone numberss; your web
address/URL; and your fax number, etc.
Employers will probably look first and
last at your contact information section,
so it's well worth your time to make this
section easy-to-read and appealing to the
eye. Whatever design choices you make,
try to coordinate them with the rest of
your r6sum6.

The Education Section
An education section highlights your
relevant schooling and academic training.
If you have substantial work experience,
this section may be very brief, simply
listing the information below. If you are a
currently enrolled college student or a
recent graduate, however, you may want to
build this section substantially.
The education section usually includes
information about: schools you have
attended such as universities and 4-year
colleges, junior and community colleges,
as well as professional and technical
schools (rarely high schools, unless some-
how relevant), the location of schools,
date of graduation, actual or anticipated,
degrees) earned, grade point average
(GPA) if over 3.0.
Education sections, like experience
sections, are usually placed in the middle
of a r6sum6, somewhere between the
objective statement and the honors and
activities section.

If your educational background is your
strongest qualification or may help your
r6sum6 "stand out," then you'll probably
want to put it near the top. Especially if
you are a recent graduate, this section may
be a major focus for recruiters. On the
other hand, if your experience sections are
stronger, then you'll probably want to
move your education section below them.

The Experience Section
This section emphasizes your past and
present employment and/or your participa-
tion in relevant activities. Sometimes this
section goes under other names such as
Work Experience, Professional
Experience, Work History, Field Work,
Volunteer Work, or Relevant Experience.
You can have more than one of these in a
given r6sum6.
Usually, r6sum6 experience sections
move from most recent to oldest experi-
ence. But with a tailored r6sum6, you may
want to note important and applicable
experience first, thus not following a
chronological order. Feel free to customize
your headings for this section, especially
if you are writing a tailored r6sum6. For
example, if the job ad calls for someone
with editorial experience, you may want to
create a section with the heading "Editorial
The usual content for an experience
section includes company or organization,
its location, your position title, dates of
employment or involvement, and descrip-
tions of responsibilities and duties.
However, you need not put all this
information in this order. For example, if
you wish to emphasize the jobs you held
rather than the place of employment, you
may want to list position titles first. Also,
it is often much easier to read if the dates
are aligned all the way on the right side
margins. This way, it is easier to navigate
through which experiences have been the
most recent.
Some college students may not have a
lot of experience that pertains directly to
the job/intern position/graduate school to
which they are applying. Don't panic! In
these cases, setting up experience sections
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Nissan's Electric Car a Trendserrer

I by Ann M. Job
Associated Press
Nissan's Leaf plug-in electric hatchback is
an endearing car for people who don't mind
metering their mileage, planning ahead and
sometimes tapping the electricity at a
friends home while sharing dinner.
The first all-electric car offered in the
United States by a mainstream auto manu-
facturer since the early days of the automo-
bile, the new-for-2011 Leaf has seats for
five, a roomy, straightforward interior and a

and 48 mpg on the highway.
The 2011 Prius can operate for short dis-
tances on electric power, but the on-board
electric motor mostly supplements the car's
four-cylinder gasoline engine.
The gasoline savings that the Leaf pro-
vides come at a luxury-car-like purchase
price. Starting manufacturer's suggested
retail price, including destination charge,
for the 2011 Leaf is $33,600.
It's true that some states offer incentives
and rebates for this new electric car. And a

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surprisingly solid, stable feel.
Best of all for consumers who worry
about the nation's oil consumption and the
environment, the Leaf is rated at 99 miles
per gallon of gasoline equivalent by the fed-
eral government for combined city and
highway driving.
This equivalent is based on a U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency formula
that seeks to translate a full charge of the
Leafs 24-kilowatt lithium ion battery pack
over seven hours at 240-volts into a com-
parison with a conventional, gasoline-pow-
ered car.
Simply stated, the Leafs mileage rating
- which amounts to 106 mpg in city driv-
ing and 92 mpg on the highway - is, by
far, the top mileage rating for any major
brand consumer vehicle. By comparison,
the highest ranked mainstream, mid-size car
to this point was the was the gasoline-elec-
tric hybrid Toyota Prius with a federal gov-
ernment rating of 51 mpg in city driving

taxpayer can claim a $7,500 federal tax
credit for purchasing a Leaf, so the full
price may be offset by lowering a buyer's
Internal Revenue Service tax bill.
Another all-electric car, the Tesla roadster,
also has the $7,500 federal tax credit but is
a high-priced, two-seat sporty model that
has a starting retail price of more than
$100,000. And Chevrolet's upcoming 2011
Volt car, with on-board electric power plus
gasoline engine, has a starting retail price
of $41,000. Toyota's Prius has a starting
MSRP, including destination charge, of
just over $22,000.
The test Leaf handled in a stable, solid
way - more like a regular car than I
expected There was no lightweight, golf-
cart feel. At more than 3,300 pounds, the
Leaf tester had substantial heft and typical
safety features like air bags.
Also impressive is how the weight is dis-
tributed in the Leaf. In some gas-electric
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everyone away from stoplights - and in
stealthy silence.
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too much of an artificial feeling.It was the
brake pedal that took a bit of getting used
to; it managed the regenerative brakes and
stopped the car in the process. The Leaf
gear shifter also isn't a lever as much as it
is a squat blob in the center console.
Seats have a decided thick foam feel,
and the steeply raked windshield and
uncluttered dashboard layout help give an
airy, spaceship feel to the front seats.
Fit and finish on the test car was excel-
lent. Nissan says the maximum feasible
range for the fully charged leaf is about

130 miles; I never matched that with nor-
mal driving. Normally, Nissan says, it
takes seven hours to fully charge the car
with a 240-volt system.
I didn't have the 240-volt charge system
for the test drive. I also didn't have the
optional quick charge port, which allows
for the battery to charge to 80 percent of
capacity in a half hour.
So, I plugged the Leaf into a regular,
120-volt electric outlet in my garage,
using a large, brick-like portable power
converter, a thick, orange cord and a gas-
dispenser-like connection that plugged
into the front of the car, above the
bumper. With 40 miles left, I'd plug it in
overnight. By morning, the Leaf would
be 90 percent charged
All too aware of the limited range and
the fact that there was only one other
compatible charging station in my area, I
watched the mileage like a hawk. I
planned combined trips so I wouldn't need
to sit at home and wait for the car to
One busy day, I asked a friend if I could
plug in at her home while we ate dinner,
because I worried about running low on
power. But then I realized I didn't have the
cord with me, and she admitted later she
wouldn't be thrilled to power up my car
on a regular basis, adding to her electric

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The Spectrum - February 2011 ( 1

C. 0. B. U. S. - is the acronym for the
College of The Bahamas Union of Students. As
such, a student union should direct the social
and organizational activities of the student
body. The purpose of these organizations is to
represent 'students' both within the institution
and externally, including on local and national
issues. They are also responsible for providing
a wide array of services to students. Students
can get involved in its management through
numerous and varied committees, councils and
general meetings, or become one of its elected

In keeping with the above stated definition; in
preparation for your existing Executive Board
to take office, training aboard was organized
and subsequently supported and financed by
the College. All in an effort to make you and
your support team equipped for the awesome
task ahead.

As the President we hold you accountable!
The President of COBUS also sits on the
Council of The College of The Bahamas, which
keeps you aware of what administration is
doing or not doing, and how this affects 'we the

Additionally, the other members of your
board were voted in and by a democratic
process they too are obligated to 'we the stu-

As a result of your 'election be default' no
commitments were presented up front to the
student body, but there were and remain many
issues that students face on a daily basis from
semester to semester.

We write to request that you address the stu-
dent population within the next seven (7) days
upon receipt of this letter. As 'we the students',
must be brought up-to-date as to what you and
your board have done for us! This is impera-
tive, as parties have started campaigning for the
upcoming election. There appears to be major
scandals that implicate your administration and
possibly these 'Presidential'.

C. 0. B. U. S. has been appointed to repre-
sents 'us'!

'We the students' demand to know:-

- What has the current C.O.B.U.S. adminis-
tration done since taking office?
- Why hasn't the library been opened, as
- How much longer will we have to park our
cars at 'additional' risk outside the campus
gates due to a lack of parking spaces? The col-
lege has almost 5,000 students and less than
1,000 parking spots between all of its campus-

es - What are we to do with our cars when we
arrive to campus? Having a car is a necessity
not a luxury in The Bahamas!
- What has happened to the 'tuck shop'? Was
this not owned and operated by
C. O.B. U.S.?
- Rapes, theft, robbery, physical attacks and
fights are rampant on campus - where is the
security and who are we holding accountable
for these incidences?
- Why are there no water fountains available
for students?
- What is being done about the shortage of
computers available for students' use?
- Each computer lab as almost 25% of their
computers not working - What is being done to
address this, as every student is mandated to
pay a technology fee for inadequate facilities?
- How is it that a non-nursing student can
attend the college pregnant and a student
enrolled in the school of nursing 'cannot'?
- When will there be assigned parking for
nursing students at the nursing school at
Princess Margaret Hospital.
- What is being done about the structure of
BADM 300 on the Nassau Campus - especial-
ly in light of the high failure rate? Also, espe-
cially seeing that Freeport campus does not
experience the same difficulty. Is the curricu-
lum the same?
- When will the lights installed in the park-
ing lot be 'operational'?
- C. 0. B. U. S. has held several dances and
charged a cover fee - Where has that money
- Why do C. I. S. majors have to wait one to
two years for some courses to be answered?
- What is the $50.00 student activity fee for?
Where is the insurance card that should
come with the medical insurance - we are
required to pay?

Mr. President, you and your administration
have been 'formally' invited to Independence
Park or the basketball court area to address the
concerns stated in this letter. Kindly communi-
cate the scheduled meeting time for this 'con-
versation with the students', via various means
of communication (i.e. facebook, cob email
addresses, flyers around campus and general
announcements in all classes). We look forward
to hearing from you!

We the Students Follow-up Letter

We write this letter in follow-up to our letter
dated February 10th, 2011, as our request stat-
ed therein as yet to be fulfilled by you and your

The Constitution by which you are governed
mandates that you should without force update
the student population on all matters that per-

tain to them. Our request is in addition to your
legislative mandate and yet we still see no
regard from you (COBUS) in this matter.

Once again you are being asked to provide a
response with 7 days to the entire student body.
Upon failure to provide same, we will carry our
concerns to the various media houses through-
out the wider community. We further advise if
your response to these request appears vague,
we are prepared to escalate our concerns as

COBUS Response
What has COBUS done?
Your COBUS 2010-2011 has achieved a
number of accomplishments and a detailed
of this can be found on the C.O.B.U.S. web-
site at or on the
Facebook page by searching COBUS.
* Opening of Library
COBUS has been informed that due to a num-
ber of issues, the opening of the library was
delayed but it is expected to open March 1
* Parking
This is an urban campus and as such, space is
limited. The institution is strapped for
parking spaces. COBUS has advocated for
more parking spaces for students and to date:
- Parking is available at the Portia Smith
Building after 4:00p.m.
-There was an introduction of an additional
portion of T-Block Lot for parking.
We continue to advocate for more parking
* Tuck Shop
The Tuck Shop was mismanaged however it
is under new management with more
* Crime
COBUS cannot be held accountable for the
lack of security but we continue to advocate
for more security. We wish to encourage stu-
dents to be more aware of their surroundings
while adhering to the personal security sug-
gestions. COBUS encourages students who
experience problems to report it to COBUS.
* Water Fountains
There are water fountains located throughout
the campus however there is a need for
more of these. COBUS has taken the inacces-
sibility of water into account and plans to
bring up the matter with administration to
supply water coolers about campus. Until this
is tabled, students can approach several cam-
pus locations where you can purchase bottled
drinking water.
* Shortage of Computers
With the opening of Harry C. Moore library,
it is expected to have more computers
available to students. In the meantime, stu-
dents are encouraged to utilize their personal

computers. COBUS is continuing to advocate
for more computers to facilitate the needs
of students.
* Nursing Criteria
At this time, we were told that this particular
school has additional criteria to fulfill
before being allowed entrance. COBUS was
not aware of this particular concern and we
will look further into the matter.
* Parking at Nursing Campus
There is assigned parking, however in rela-
tion to the student number, COBUS
acknowledges that this is indeed a problem.
We are currently addressing this and how the
number of available spots can be increased.
* Parking Lot Lights
COBUS has brought this matter to the atten-
tion of the Security Department who are
following up.
* Dance Money
The money has been submitted to the
COBUS revenue account which is channeled
to the students through funding of events, stu-
dent initiatives and to several charities. If
students wish to view the COBUS revenue
accounts, you are invited to collect a copy
from your COBUS representative.
* Availability of classes
At every opportunity where courses are not
offered when needed, COBUS makes sure
those courses are offered the following
semester. If this was not the case with a student,
you are asked to bring these to COBUS'
attention at the earliest opportunity.
* $50 fee
Please see below for the breakdown supplied
to COBUS by the COB VP of Finance for
the year 2009-2010 which was the most
recent data available to us. This matter is
under constant review and questioning by
your COBUS board.
PROCEEDS = $512,592
From this: PEER TUTORS=$19,581 CAM-
PUS LIFE=$154,463 SPECTRUM=$10,336
This adds up to $554,207.59
* Revenue deducted as it is applicable to out-
side users and employees. 20% has
been allocated to athletics
** Represents 80% of the electricity with
20% being
allocated to UTEB
* Insurance Cards
Campus Life is responsible for this and we
ask that individual students contact that
department to inquire about the availability of
the cards.

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