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Int national Women's Month h INSIDE
COBUS Elections to be held this month
Iby Dawn Alexis McKenzie
Who would you vote for, Ernie or Bert?
Intensity is high as the time draws nearer to the
much-anticipated event of the spring semester:
COBUS Elections. March 28th and29th will be days of h. '.... ... -
the making as the Student Union executive team is choser .
candidates for the executive team are as follows: En .. ... .
Williams and Renbert Mortimer competing for COBUS I... .. h
cy, Alphonso Major running for vice president without a ...........
tor, Tajh Seymour andTevin Bannister contending for ti.. I... .
tion of treasurer, Tarran Simms and Jillian Russell vying f... i...h-
lic relations director and Paul Rolle II andAzaria Clare coE...' ....
without opposition for the roles of assistant treasurer a: ..I.
tary respectively. However, with so many choices for , i -
executive team, the question arises: Who do I vote for?
Of most significance are the primary executive positi .....
presidency and vice president status). With a college i,, Ii..I
with over 5,000 students, it is almost impossible to reach every V a -l-t Day -,i1--v.I : CO 1 :tue al, 1 I -ac to bo
single student with one's strategies for strengthening the college Valentine's Day, giving COB students a chance to be over-
experience for each andevery student. This is something that each whelmed by their superior design skills (photo by Reva Devi)
executive member promises to fulfill. Candidate Ernesto Williams, a Secondary Education 0 continued on page 2
Harry C. Moore Library finally opens!!!
IyStaff Writerell Excitement Ensues
(photo by Alicia Cartwright)
Dance my friends, shimmy and rejoice, for
The College of The Bahamas's new Harly C.
Moore Library has at last been completed
our "fever pitch anticipation" sated and stal-
wart patience rewarded! In 2009, as a part of
its progression toward becoming a full-
fledged university, The College of The
Bahamas, under the then leadership of Dr.
Janyne Hockler, decided to build a new library
which would befit the said university status
and better accommodate the increasing stu-
dent populace. The new library, built to hold
a maximum capacity of 1,000 students, was
finally completed this spring with most
library materials, personnel and functions
transferred to the new building by the 1st of
March, while the library officially opened to
the student body on March 8th.
At present the new Library is a vast improve-
ment over its predecessor, consisting of three
floors. However students should note that the
collective wisdom of our College's adminis-
trators have seen fit to call the first floor the
ground floor; thereby making what one
would normally consider the second floor the
first and thus, that which should be the third
floor, the second
The ground floor houses an auditorium and
audio-visual room, along with classrooms, a
help section, reference materials and student
use computers. The first floor, similarly to
the ground, is also home to student use com-
puters, additional reference material and
group study space with seating conveniently
U continued on page 10
O The Spectrum - March 2011
President holds Student Forum
byRevaDevi in Independence Park
Editor /n Chief*U EW EU EU
* Dr. Betsy Vogel Boze addressing The College at the Student Forum.
(Photo: Alicia Cartwright)
During the annual Job Fair on March 10, beginning of the semester due to band-
newly appointed COB President Betsy width issues.
Vogel Boze was able to hold her first stu- One student suggested that faculty and
dent forum in Independence Park. Though staff mistreat students, which President
President Boze has been avid regarding Boze didn't find fair. She said that such a
learning about The College in her short thing would need to be looked into, in the
two and a half months, this was the first specifics of the situation. Despite such an
opportunity she had to interact with stu- unfair comment, many students were igno-
dents in an official capacity. rant enough to agree with the suggestion
COBUS representatives managed to get and argue that the issue should be high on
the ball rolling by asking several ques- the President's agenda.
tions related to the Student forum, the Another student expressed dissatisfaction
Harry C. Moore Library and Staff/Faculty with Registration fees and the registration
treatment and attitudes towards students. process. Though the student was unaware
In fact, the first question asked was, "why of the actually registration schedule and
did it take so long for the president to have the fact that there is a set day for deregis-
a student forum?" Though Dr. Boze has tration rather than the announced seven day
been interested in students and interacting period the President stressed the need for
with the campus, this was the first oppor- students to plan and think critically regard-
tunity she has had for a formal student ing registration.
forum. It seemed as though most students who
When asked about the 24-hour computer asked questions up to this point refused to
center, the President talked about the accept the President's answers simply
issues with opening that resulted in the because she didn't say what they wantedto
postponement, one of which being an hear. Much back and forth persisted where
occupancy permit. However, she pointed the students simply came away having
out that the library had been opened even rejected Dr. Boze's answers.
though much had not been put in place, in The discussion also dove into the issues
the hopes that The College can benefit of alternative energy sources for The
from the features that are now available. College, plans for an on-campus cafeteria,
Security systems are in the process of the frequency of course offerings, the inad-
being installed and policies reviewed in equacy of science labs, the art/music pro-
order to facilitate 24-hour access. grams, allocation of the old library space,
Another major issue that was raised had the lack of a Marine Biology program, the
to do with the wireless intemet network on BioChem program, and the Physical
campus, which has been down since the U continued on page 3
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* COBUS members hosted a press conference on March 8th, 2011 to give the
public an update concerning what COBUS has been doing for COB students
over the past year. COBUS also made those attending aware of the difficulties
they have been facing at both the Main Campus and Northern Campus and
allowed questions as to why certain things have not been done. This was
attended by COB students and news media including NB12 and The Tribune.
(photo collage courtesy of COBUS)
This month was a very busy and excit-
ing one within The College of The
Bahamas Union of Students. Among the
festivities was the much-anticipated
launch of the 2011 election campaign
where candidates were introduced to the
voting populace, our students.
However, in the midst of it all, COBUS
organized a press conference that was held
on March 8, 2011 in the Student Union
Building. The purpose of the press confer-
ence was for the student representatives to
inform the nation about the initiatives and
accomplishments of COBUS thus far, as
well as the many issues COBUS has been
dealing with over the past few months. At
the press conference, COBUS Executive
Vice President, Nevar Smith made men-
tion of the concerns of students such as:
the lack of professionalism from some of
the faculty and staff, poor levels of advise-
ment, dilapidated classroom furniture, the
poor living conditions at the dormitories
and the many promises of a cafeteria that
has yet to be realized
Also in attendance at the press confer-
ence was COBUS Public Relations
Officer for the Northern Bahamas
Campus, Donovan Bowe, who spoke
about the concerns from NBC, such as the
lack of student parking, non-functioning
lampposts and the lack of experienced
part-time faculty. However, COBUS did
not fail to mention the many strides and
improvements The College has been
making. COBUS President, Antonio
Butler called for The College administra-
tion and Government to take the concerns
more seriously in order to take The
College to a next level.
After letting the students' voice be heard
throughout the wider college community,
COBUS moved on to other important
business, which was the meeting of per-
spective candidates for the 2011 COBUS
election. Many hopeful candidates filled
the Senate Room to hear about the elec-
tion. However, by the end of that week,
the slate of candidates was narrowed down
to twenty-eight for the executive and leg-
islative branches of COBUS. The candi-
dates also got the opportunity to mix and
mingle at the Meet the Candidates Launch
Party and at the formal Introduction of
Candidates at Independence Park.
As the current administration gets ready
to demit office, we are asking for all stu-
dents of The College to ensure that they
go out on the 28th and 29th of March
between 9 a.m. and 9p.m. to vote and
make sure their voices are heard for the
next COBUS administration.
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IH President Forum from page 2
Education program. operation, but perhaps this is the type of
The issue of student parking was raised space she was referring to. The President
and one student actually raised the issue did not exactly understand where she was
by saying, "I drive and I'm sure everyone coming from.
on this campus does too." As though To add the icing to the cake, another
she did not identify the problem in and student tried to make the point that The
of itself with her evidence that parking College needed a President that knew
was essential. Dr. Boze informed the stu- more about the Bahamian situation by I
dents that the parking that goes with the asking Dr. Boze which Junkanoo group
library would not provide many spaces. was her favorite. He was also concerned I
She said that no more space for park- about her plan to stimulate Bahamian
ing would be obtained unless The culture at The College, as well as the I
College destroys landscape or builds up. issue of Bahamian dialect being an
Building up would entail a virtual accepted form of writing in the English I
maintenance and security nightmare" Studies department. He continued to
and the parking fees would be high in press these issues after the President dis- I
order to cover the costs. Free off-site cussed her plans and the ideas of acade-
parking with shuttling was also a sug- mia regarding Bahamian dialect.
gestion. Perhaps when President Boze
One Education major insisted that stu- announces her next student forum, more I
dents in her program needed their own than one or two students in attendance
library space in order to print. She might ask pertinent and intelligent ques-
claimed they also needed to be provided tions. She is to be commended for her
with more prints on their accounts. I'm patience with the virtual geniuses that
not sure if the Education lab is still in voiced their opinions on that occasion.
Calendar of Important Events
for The College
April 6. 2011
Church Senrvice - -" tI PM - Cli t Chluinch
April 7. 2011
President Bets) Vogel Boze OIficial Investiture
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April 8. 2011
Orricial Opening of The Harr.n C. Moore
Liblari and Inror'nation Centre
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College of The Bahamas Open House
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by Erin Knowles
It seems everyone is developing a
fondness for something they have no
idea the significance,
Depreciating the value of my reality
Leaning on humor instead of under-
standing the underlying truths.
How can one comprehend the con-
stant struggle with wisdom and
if all that is seen is the comedic rep-
resentation of said struggle?
It's often enunciated that the only
way to cope is to speak, to speak of
what you are coping with,
But really how do you speak, when
what you are coping with is to whom
Therefore, no longer will I speak,
No longer will I speak of my signifi-
No longer will I be signified,
The harsh distaste of human that I
once advocate will be replaced,
Replaced by humanity, by the one
thing I detested.
I will no longer be Robot!
I will be...
The Spectrum - March 2011
RED RIDING HOOD
Wow, this movie was neither worth the
time nor the money. This is not to say it
was completely awful, however, 'Red
Riding Hood can be compared to a film
which was specifically made for only tel-
'Red Riding Hood', directed by
Catherine Hardwicke (director of
'Twilight'), is a fantasy/ horror/mystery
set in a medieval village which is haunt-
ed by a werewolf. In this village, Valerie
(Amanda Seyfried) falls for a wood cutter
(Shiloh Fernandez) but this love is made
difficult due to her family betrothing her
with a rich blacksmith (Max Irons). This
creates a love triangle which seems to
encourage the two men to 'prove them-
selves' to her by hunting the werewolf
who is tremendously strong.
This love triangle is entirely too pre-
dictable and pointless considering that
one of the men actually gives up after a
short time. This film does at least associ-
ate the story of 'Red Riding Hood in that
a grandmother is present who lives away
from the village and there is a woodcutter
who protects Red Riding Hood (Valerie).
Although this film is suppose to be a
horror it was much more of a romance
even though there was much killing and
blood However, these killing scenes were
much too clean and precise to be engag-
'Red Riding Hood is very unsuccess-
ful considering that it was suppose to be
a sexier darker version of the folktale.
Really the only thing I can honestly say
I liked from this film is the costumes. It
* Red Riding Hood movie poster
(Courtesy of Appian Way, Random
Films and Warner Bros. Pictures.)
really does feel much like 'Twilight',
however, without the hype.
Watch at your own expense.
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and biting, and I had it all figured out. It was going to be something that had several refer-
ences to Samuel Beckett with all the literary insight that I could plagiarize ftom
SparkNotes.com, but I had to use that good stuff in my Modern Drama class. And because I
was unsure ifyou were cross moderating that, I am forced to fabricate this wonderful chapter
ftom a manual that I �n presently editing for a ftiend of mine
How To Over Think a First Encounter and
Ruin Your Chance With the Gir I of Your Dreams:
The Concise Guide to Dying Alone and Miserable, For Attractive Over-Achieving Males
The writer, a 42 year native ofNorman's Cay has battled with his obscene attractiveness for
the past 30 years, and gives lectures throughout the leeward islands ofthe archipelago on
overcoming the debilitating effects of coarse and debauched handsomeness.
Step One: Come On Too Strong like some pretty deep questions to ask about
According to your mother, "you're a hand- someone that you're talking to for the first
some boy and any girl would be lucky to have time (ever in life), but if you come to the table
you", but even while your murn's pinch with Us information, she can't help but notice
imprint is still clear on your check, you feel that you are serious about Us relationship.
that today you need something extra. You see Now it isn't always possible to get this infor-
today is the day. This is first time that you are nation, as some family members can't be
meeting the girl of your dreams, and although bought (4). At times like this, you have to wing
you've never had a conversation with her, you it. You've intercepted her on the way from the
know she is the girl of your dreams because library to her French class, and she is late for
you've check out her profile on Facebook (1). her mid-term test. You've quickly introduced
This was no easy feat, seeing as she blocked yourself, telling her your name, and she intro-
and reported you twice for inappropriate com- duces herself as something that sounds oddly
ments. Other persons may stop after getting a like an invented pseudonym. No matter, before
cease and desist order, but you suffer from a she goes another foot, you make your move.
severe case of overdetermination, and thaVs Knock all the books out of her hand and get on
what women like. Women like a man who is one knee. From your back pocket, pull out the
determined. imitation cubic zirconium ring and ask her to
NO ONE LIKES A QUITER! (2) many you. Now honestly, she probably won't
There is always some mutual friend whose say yes, and in all truth, if she says yes, you
ac count you can hack and find out what class should run (5), but she will never forget you.
she has on Monday. Now the ball is in your 1. You've also checked your dream bookand
court, but it's not enough to simply steal a cou- your lucky numbers today are
ple lines from a Will Smith movie, while 01101100011011110111011001100101
knocking all of the French textbooks out of her 2. Unless I'm on the other team, then I do
hand, hoping she digs your Ray Bands and like a quitter. Shoot, once in a very competitive
super retro Hi-Top fade. No, this girl is special. game of Yatzee after a girl gave up, I bought
Any liberal arts major can pull off that look, her dinner and even let her get some heavy
you need to step it up to a whole other level. petting in, what was her name? I don't kiss and
You've seen the movies and after school spe- tell - your mother.
cials, what is it that women can't resist9 3. Imagine TMy Songz with facial hair and a
Spectacles, women love spectacles, like a- Basketball Jersey over his church shirt. While
like a child with astigmatism. When I was in that seems odd, you must appreciate the genius
school it was as simple as making a mix-tape of the man that combined two archetypes of
of R Kelly songs (3). success in the ghetto, pastors and basketball
I know that today it is not as simple as it used players, this was perhaps most recognized in
to be to draw attention to yourself ' it is expect his double disc album, The Lord Saved Me
ed that you make an idiot of yourself - it's (Disc 1) To Style On Your Girl (Disc 2).
called brand recognition. How are you going 4. Like Olive's sister, you'd think that $50.00
to get her attention9 You need to do some more would be enough money to procure me a small
research, find out what she likes, no detail is article of clothing, but suddenly Ruby has a
too mundane to ignore, ask around, maybe she moral compass, but she won't give me back my
has a roommate or sister - find out things. money or at least an invoice so that I can keep
WhaVs her favorite brand of oatmeal 9 Whatis a balanced cheque book
her favorite shade of green: teal orjade? What 5. A crazy guy is something girls can get
are her opinions on planned parenting, and by over, at worst you're Tom Cruise, at best your
that you mean how does she plan to deal with Johnny Depp, either way a guy wins. A crazy
that Obediah Michael Smith game that you're girl on the other hand is like ... well it � just
going to be spitting at her? At first, these seem creepy.
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11 The Spectrum - March 2011
We have a major problem in South Africa
Iby David Smith
The murder of a British honeymooner in
a township near Cape Town made the head-
lines - but what about the women living in
a country where they are more likely to be
raped than to learn to read?
While the murder of tourists is rare, and
generates international headlines, the mur-
der of residents is not. More than 700 peo-
ple have been killed in Gugulethu in the
last five years, according to the South
African Institute of Race Relations. On
average that is one homicide every two-and-
a-half days in a population of roughly
300,000.A country of 49 million people,
South Africa every year reports around
18,000 murders and 50,000 rapes. In
England and Wales, with 53 million peo-
ple, there are around 600 murders and
12,000 rapes a year.
Women and girls in Gugulethu, and in
townships and rural areas across South
Africa, are frequently the target of murder,
rape and sexual violence. There is no evi-
dence that Anni Dewani was sexually
assaulted yet a woman in South Africa is
more likely to be raped than to learn to
read, according to research from the One In
Nine campaign. The police reported 68,332
sexual offences last year - an average of
one every eight minutes - and one in four
men surveyed by the Medical Research
Council admitted committing rape.
However, many of these crimes go unre-
ported, with many victims remaining
invisible, ignored not only by the media
but by communities, police and courts.
Among those to have survived to tell the
tale is a 28-year-old from Tembisa, a town-
ship near Johannesburg, who does not wish
to be named She told the Guardian how in
2006 she was working as a personal assis-
tant to the man, who put her up in a hotel
so she could be close to work. "One day he
told me to come to his room. He said he
had a gun collection and if I didn't come he
would shoot me.
"I went to his room and found him naked
in the bathroom. He violated me and raped
me. It was terrible the things he made me
She reported the crime and the man was
charged, but after a court case that dragged
on for four years, he walked free. "They
said it was his word against mine and there
were no witnesses. They asked why didn't I
scream, but what was the point of scream-
During the football World Cup this sum-
* Earlier this year, a lesbian in South Africa was raped by a man who
proclaimed that he was curing her. A local lesbian activist organiza-
tion Luleki Sizwe, is working to change policies and attitudes in South
Africa towards lesbians and gays as well as women.
(photos courtesy of thewestafricanpilot.com)
mer, South Africa worked hard to present a
safer, friendlier face to the world and serious
incidents were kept to a minimum. But
violent crime rates remain high in town-
ships and rural areas where unemployment
and alcoholism run deep and life is often
cheap. One of the few murder victims to
gain national media attention was Eudy
Simelane, a lesbian footballer.
The country has witnessed a spike in
high-profile cases in recent months. A
female paramedic was raped by three men
in Roodepoort while attending to a toddler
who had suffered bum wounds. A 35-year-
old doctor was hit on the head with a brick,
overpowered and raped while on night shift
at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein.
Twelve women in central Johannesburg
were allegedly lured to a hotel room and
raped by a man due to appear in court next
Age is no barrier to the crime: a seven-
year-old girl was repeatedly raped in school
toilets by three boys aged nine, 11 and 11.
An 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped sev-
eral times by a 48-year-old caretaker at her
primary school. A statutory rape incident
involving a 15-year-old girl and two boys,
filmed and distributed by classmates on
mobile phones, has provoked renewed soul
"When will it end?" asked Phumla
Matjila, a columnist in the Times of South
Africa. "How can it end when our children
hear adults say: 'Some women enjoy being
raped or 'They asked for it'? Why do we
shudder when they repeat the words they
have heard us say?"
The Sonke Gender Justice Network, a
campaign group, attempts to tackle the cri-
sis at root by working with men and boys.
Bafana Khumalo, its international pro-
grammes manager, says: "We certainly
have a major problem in South Africa.
There is a culture permissive of sexual vio-
lence. In a society where people can get
away with it with impunity, they are
encouraged to feel there is nothing wrong
"Apartheid was predicated on violence -
the army, the security establishment, the
state apparatus used it to dominate for
decades. That became a culture in our soci-
ety. Violence was seen as a normal part of
The criminal justice system is seen by
many as ill-equipped to meet women's
needs. Khumalo says: "Sometimes a raped
woman who goes to the police is not
believed. . . Sometimes they are raped by
Khumalo rejects the notion that patriar-
chal African subcultures make sexual vio-
lence inevitable. "I find that sometimes
people seek an easy escape into tribal 'tra-
dition'. When you interrogate it further you
find a certain practice was never done any-
where but it's being used to justify some-
South Africa has been branded the "rape
capital of the world" but this is perhaps
unfair - its ability to measure the problem
is far more sophisticated than wartom
countries such as the Democratic Republic
of Congo. On the other hand a 2002 sur-
vey found that only one in nine South
African rape survivors report the attack to
Yet there is a paradox in South Africa's
gender crisis. In its post-apartheid constitu-
tion, "non-sexism" is given equal status to
"non-racialism". The government has out-
lawed sexual harassment at work and given
women equal rights in marriage. Women
hold 44% of parliamentary seats, the third
highest percentage in the world
But the country's leaders have been
accused of failing to practise what they
preach. President Jacob Zuma, a traditional
Zulu, has three wives and at least 21 chil-
dren. He was cleared of rape in a trial,
where he admitted sleeping with a family
friend he knew to be HIV-positive. The
Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini, who has
five wives, hosts an annual reed dance in
which 25,000 bare-breasted women per-
form, after undergoing virginity tests.
Dumisani Rebombo was 15 when he
raped a girl at his school in 1976. Twenty
years later he met the victim to apologise.
He is now a gender activist and senior man-
ager at the community organisation the
Olive Leaf Foundation.
"We live in a society that has known so
much violence for so much time that it
becomes normalised," he says. "People
don't shudder and jump when they hear
these things. There is a negative perception
that if you don't treat women as second-
class citizens, they will take over the lead-
He adds: "We need a bigger movement.
There are men who don't rape but when
they see these atrocities around them they
remain silent. When they speak out, we
will win the battle."
The Spectrum - March 2011 j1
Iby Travis Cartwright-Carroll ObseSSiVc Geaming
So summer is on the move and here in The grab a gun and start shooting folks like it's
Bahamas gamers may find themselves in a a FPS or do the actual missions to
lull. Why you may ask? School, work and progress the story. These games leave it up
or lack of new games to play or time to to you. Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV,
spend with them. I'm pretty sure all the L.A. Noire are such examples of the open
PS3 and Xbox
360 owners are
destroying Call of
Duty Black Ops
and it's expansion
many of you
picked up Marvel
vs. Capcom 3 or
are you guys stuck
on Dragon Age II?
is always lack of
time and you don't
really want to bor-
der on the edge of * Don't let this happen to you! (courtesy of comedy-
becoming obsessed do central.com)
you? Let's look at
some addictive gaming that draw you in world formula. If you pick up one of these
and spit you out. titles, prepare for a hearty breakfast.
Role Playing Games
I write a lot about these games, mainly
because they have become so mainstream
with titles like Final Fantasy, Dragon Age,
Mass Effect, Pok6mon and others just
dominating charts upon their release. How
do gamers pour 150 plus hours into these
titles? Perhaps something in your life suf-
fers when you start playing something like
First Person Shooters
These games tend to have shorter stories
than RPG's which equals less time to com-
plete the game but multiplayer adds hours
and hours of addictive game play. Gears of
War, Call of Duty, Socom, Crysis all have
the potential to destroy your free time in
favor of trophies, domination and as
Charlie Sheen reports, winning!
Open World Games
Ever played a game called Grand Theft
Auto? Have you ever beaten the game? Yet
how many hours did pour into it? Over 100
you say, yikes that scary andyet that's how
GTA games are. Open World Games tend to
be ridiculously engulfing. You can steal
cars and race, explore the city like an RPG,
Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter,
Darkstalkers, Samurai Showdown, Marvel
vs. Capcom or Tatsunoku vs. Capcom all
prove the fighting genre wants your money
and time. The allure of these games has
always been fighting another human being
and decimating the shit out of them.
Seriously, I had fifth grader eviscerate me
on Marvel vs Capcom 2 whilst only using
Guile. I was in like twelfth grade back
then, it was humiliating and yet that's how
Always remember that although games
tend to take up a lot of precious time, it is
wise to regulate the amount of time a day,
a week you play video games. Life has
other rewards besides virtual trophies or
leveling up your Tepig. There are relation-
ships, excelling in school, proving you are
a valued employee even though you hate
your job and of course there are hundreds of
good books that will mature your mind
more than any bottle of Hennessey will
ever do. So please don't let your console
ruin your life, because in another year or
two you'll end up selling that bastard any-
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IJJ The Spectrum- March 2011
An Evening with
I by Erin Knowles
Recipient of the Hiklingh-Currie Award,
Political Prisoner, businessman, father and
husband Mr.Gaby Magomola struck the
audience with awe as he discussed the per-
ils of the worst six years of his life, as
written in his book "Robben Island to Wall
As a member of the African National
Youth League in 1962, Magomola fought
strongly against apartheid in Africa, for
this, he along with thousands of others,
including Nelson Mandella and Mahatma
Ghandi was imprisoned on Robben Island.
He was among the youngest of prisoners,
as he referred to it: "trying to free the land
of the scourge of apartheid'.
As he recountedthe harrowing experience
of torture, of being stripped beaten and
searched in the most painful places, he
paused and reflected on the importance of
recording such an experience. He explained
that as a people we "should never allow
human beings to treat others in the way
that we might have been treated. It's not so
much as selling the book, but conveying
* Former political prisoner, (
Magomola addressed The Collec
early February. (Photo: Erin Knowles)
the message, the message of hope that
came out of despair".
Despair for Magamola included being
locked in a cell with 60 to 70 people.
Located minutes away from the mainland
Robben Island was a method of torment for
all of the prisoners. He recalled looking
out and yearning for the freedom he once
had He gloomily discussed the isolation
and the effects it had on his mind "I began
to feel as if I was losing my mind what
was male began taking the form of
female... I cany Robben Island in me; it is
etched in my soul for eternity". Magamola
wept as he read chapters from the novel.
The experience to him is as vivid as it was
Magomola's account looks wider than the
inside of Robben Island; he elevates this
personal story to a life-affirming tale of
courage and hope for all generations. The
novel suggests a way into the future for
Post-Colonial countries and their inhabi-
Magomola repeatedly exclaimed the sig-
nificance of being free. Similar to
The Bahamas, South Africa was dis-
covered around the 1400's and
deeply entrenched in Colonialism
thereafter. He explained that he
wants the audience and the entire
V Bahamas, through his book to
"understand the goal of being set
free and fighting for freedom from
ideologies of the Colonizer".
"Robben Island to Wall Street" is
a well-structured novel that provides
the audience an opportunity to open
the book to any page and understand
the events unfolding. The imagery
and detail utilized in describing the
experiences bring to life the horrify-
ing nature of life on Robben Island
Magomola's book signing was
well attended alongside students
from The College of The Bahamas,
was President Betsy Vogel-Boze,
Mr. an Mrs. Franklyn Wilson,
Allison Maynard-Gibson, Mr. Fred
Mitchell and numerous others.
3aby "Robben Island to Wall Street" is
)e in available for sale at Chapter One
* Library Opens from page 1
located next to handy "flip-up" electrical
outlets for those who prefer to utilize their
laptops. The second floor is dedicated
almost solely to the law library, but also
shares the space with a conference room
and the Libraries and Instructional Media
Services (LIMS) administration office.
Though the Library has indeed been com-
pleted the grounds remain under renova-
tion, with pathways being laid and land-
scaping set to continue. Considering the
heavy machinery required for the comple-
tion of this task and the potential dangers,
one wonders as to why the facility was
opened before the project was one hundred
percent complete (beware the flying dust
and potential debris). Though the new
facilities are outstanding, the number of
student use computers still cannot meet
the current demand. According to Ms.
Sharlene Smith, secretary for the
College's librarian Ms. Willamae
Johnson, there are no immediate plans to
procure additional computers or resource
materials for students, though it is a con-
cern that is being actively addressed.
Despite this, student excitement regarding
the new 28 million dollar Library has
been positively electric. Though many
agree that it is much too long of a walk to
access the new facility; a fact that can be
seen as novelty-loving student body pants
along the walkways to the shiny new
SES holds second Sidney
Poitier Film Festival
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:tji.-e Il:I- their second annual Sidney Poitier Film Fe i1 :1 :11 I-
I e, : rii, r,;i - is Center. This year, the festival had the their .,- 11 - ;i r-
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, ,-:1 :' htionary.
,~.,, i:, -,, :1, 24, the films shown were Good-bye, My Lacd i iI : I ,-
i: ,- :i] r.,:i -and of Angels (1957) and Mark of The Hawk i I : i :l.
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*:r-, I:., ,,_: 25, the festival showcased World War II drc', --F' : l:II
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i .: :J- :J :1 :ne of his pioneer roles.
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ii._-,ill- i1 :il Pargy and Bess (1959), for which he won *:. : :]J,-'.,
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1i : i r ,-t r, apartheid South Africa and the Academy Aw :n, : i r, ir,,]t-
S- I.- I '-I.- :-it Ones (1958).
TI.- i- . :1i, though controversial, was directed at " ,:r,:n'ir, tI
N.: I',.- -r, .-[, of a great Bahamian actor and filmmaker, S,: Jr,- . :, iti
I-.I:.:I I,.--j : I the School of English Studies, its aim "is tc r:- -
leIl:: i : -.'.jre generations of Bahamians."
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