University of the Virgin Islands
"Two Campuses, One Voice"
* St. Thomas and St. Croix
Volume 2, No. 4 March 2007
An Award-Winning Newspape
Making it right
UVI VOICE has been reporting on
UVI class scheduling and registration
woes. Here, an upd
BY ERIKA R. BARNES
ST. CROIX A brand-new semes-
ter brought long lines to wait in, tu-
ition monies to collect, textbooks to
buy, and professors to meet. These
elements were pieces of the registra-
tion process that appeared to have no
The beginning of Spring Semes-
ter 2007 got off to a moderate start
for the University of the Virgin Is-
lands St. Croix campus. Both positive
and negative views were expressed by
students as well as faculty members
regarding the process for class regis-
tration/scheduling and the alternate
According to several professors
and students, major adjustments such
as transitioning from one class to an-
other at the last minute made the first
day of classes seem endless and
Jael Browne, a Computer Infor-
mation Systems major, said he felt
that this issue could be improved.
"Scheduling classes for this se-
mester was better than the last but it
still needs work," Browne said.
Dr. David Gould, Associate Pro-
fessor of English, said he thought
videoconference classes seemed to be
suffering the most.
See related stories:
Vice provost hired to address
registration woes ... this page,
Case study: A registration debacle
.. .p. 3
Banweb's new look... p. 3
Alternate pin numbers ... p. 3
"Section V": The pros and cons of
videoconferenced classes ... p. 4
"I was scheduled for videoconfer-
ence classes that are usually held in a
particular room, but I was switched.
This was very frustrating," he said.
Gould also went on to mention
that the equipment for the
videoconference class that he was
scheduled to teach was almost obso-
Freshman Kurt Alexander, major-
ing in Microbiology, said, "All is well
so far. Compared to Fall of 2006, my
first day of classes this semester went
very smoothly. I was placed in the
right room and all my classes started
"Last semester, one of my
videoconference classes did not have
Continued on p. 3
New vice provost to address
BY ASLIN LEGER
ST. THOMAS The University of
the Virgin Islands now has a vice pro-
vost of Access and Enrollment Ser-
vices, Dr. Judith Edwin, as of the start
of spring 2007, who is armed with
plans to change arduous tasks such as
the registration process.
After eight years on the mainland,
Edwin returns to UVI now working
in conjunction with the Center for
Advising and Tutorial Services, Ad-
missions and Registrar, Financial aid
I and Access and Recruitment offices.
Edwin, who left UVI in 1998 as
the Director of Enrollment, cites the
reason for her departure as being "dis-
Newly hired Vice Provost Dr. Judith appointed with the way things were
Edwin. Photo by Aslin Leger. being done."
SContinued on p. 3
St. Thomas students packed in to see the premiere. Photo by Toriefa Alexander.
'College Hill' premiere has UVI
campus glued to the tube
By TOREIFA ALEXANDER AND
ST. THOMAS About 150 students
gathered in the East Lobby dorm and
Student Activities Lounge on St. Tho-
mas at 11 p.m. on March 6 to watch the
one-hour premiere of College Hill,
filmed on St. Thomas last semester.
Students sat in chairs and some
stood in anticipation of the new series
premiere. Prior to the start of the show,
they talked endlessly about what to ex-
pect based on previous College Hill
As the episode began, they watched
attentively, continually exploding in
laughter, while sipping on free drinks
provided by the Student Housing De-
College Hill is a series on the Black
Entertainment Television (BET). Onit's
website, BET boasts itself as "the
nation's leading television network pro-
viding quality entertainment, music,
news and public affairs programming
for the African-American audience.
According to Nielsen media re-
search, its network reaches over 80 mil-
The premiere displayed cast mem-
bers Devon Luis and Idesha Browne of
St. Thomas; Andres St. Kitts and
Vanessa Hamilton from St. Croix; and
Fallon Favors, Krystal Lee, Ja'ron Th-
ompson andWillie McMiller from Cali-
fornia, meeting each other for the first
time and riding on safari buses and sea-
planes showing scenes of St. Thomas.
The off-campus location was a vast
property complete with a pool, jacuzzi,
tennis court and extensive view of the
St Thomas harbor.
Mixed reactions have been ex-
pressed about the show which wrapped
up filming in mid-November. Some stu-
dents said the show contained too much
negativity. Others called it merely en-
Not long into the episode, the cast
participated in an intense game of "truth
or dare" that led to alcohol use and nu-
dity. The episode also displayed the cast
going to their first class as well as a night
out at a local college hot spot, The Green
Joryan Palmer, a senior Finance
major, said, "I think that they need to
air it at 1 a.m. because it seems to be an
During the show, a local cast mem-
ber flashed her breasts and another lo-
cal cast member was so intoxicated she
fell asleep in the nude. As a dare, a state-
side cast member stripped nude and
jumped in the pool after confessing to
working at Hooters.
"I was disappointed by the empha-
sis placed on sexuality, and students pre-
Continued on p. 5
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Miriam Welderufael (St. Croix)
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Toriefa Alexander, Kavita
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Cox, Sana W. Hamed, Maudiana
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March 16 Charter Day UVI's 45th
April 2-5 Regislralion of
continuing students for Fall
April 6-8 UVI Recess no classes
April 26 Last clay of classes
April 27-29 Carnival Recess
St. Thomas Campus
March 24 Miss UVI Ambassadorial
Competition, Reichhold Center
St. Croix Campus
March 20-21 Annual Health Fair
March 22 Club X-Perience Day,
Counseling/Placement Open House
March 23 Movie Night,
Cafetorium, 7 p.m.
March 25 Sludenl Leadership
March 31 Spring Ball, St. George
Botanical Garden, 9 p.m.
/THF V From the UVI VOICE staff:
T: f Student newspaper wins major awards
By MIRIAM WELDERUFAEL, ASLIN
LEGER, ERIKA BARNES AND WENDY
We four students, accompanied
by UVI VOICE adviser Dr. Robin
Sterns, had the privilege of represent-
ing UVI at the 9th annual HBCU Na-
tional Newspaper Conference, hosted
by Florida A&M University (FAMU)
in Tallahassee, Florida.
The conference is sponsored by
the Black College Communication
Association, of which UVI is now a
Students from universities across
the nation came for the purpose of
attending the many workshops on dif-
ferent kinds of journalism, network-
ing with other journalists, discover-
ing current trends in the field of jour-
nalism, as well as mastering their
craft. Most of all they came with the
hope of their school newspaper's win-
ning some of the prestigious awards.
UVI VOICE submitted several
articles from 2006 issues, and, to our
surprise, emerged victorious by win-
ning two of the most coveted awards!
They were: second place, best
news series investigative or in-depth
story, to Mikyla Frederick, Jahnesta
Ritter and Amanda Langton, for their
series on St. Thomas dorm privacy
issues, and second place, editorials
(signed opinion pieces) to Amanda
Langton, for a series of three columns.
This was the first year that UVI
has competed, and since the VOICE
is still a new newspaper, taking home
two awards was fantastic.
Aside from winning awards, there
was a wealth of information being
shared. The presenters ranged from
novices with as little as one year post-
college experience, to veterans with
over forty years of experience in the
field of journalism.
One session was aimed at teach-
ing students how to write feature sto-
ries. Matt Bigg, bureau chief of
Reuters, an international news
agency, shared his ideas.
From left, St. Croix campus managing editor Miriam Welderufael; St. Thomas
campus managing editor Aslin Leger; reporter Erika Barnes; and copy editor
Wendy Bougouneau. Photo by Robin Sterns.
"It's not about knowing every-
thing; it's about knowing where to
find it," Bigg said.
Bigg has traveled all over the
world and lived several places includ-
Lucy Morgan, a bureau chief at
the St. Petersburg Times and Pulitzer
Prize winner, presented the delegates
with tips on obtaining and keeping
There was also a session involv-
ing proper procedures and helpful tac-
tics to effectively connect with local
FAMU Police Chief Calvin Ross
said faculty and students should try
to establish a better rapport with those
people who help protect and serve
In another engaging session,
"Landing Your First Job," Elizabeth
Broadway, a copy editor at the Florida
Times-Union, reminded the attendees
of the age-old rule of keeping the re-
sumes to one page.
She provided valuable tips on re-
sume writing and encouraged work-
shop participants to have several tai-
lored resumes to suit different jobs.
One of the most riveting presen-
stations of the entire conference was
the viewing the premiere of a PBS
documentary called Hip-Hop: Be-
yond Beats and Rhymes.
Filmmaker Byron Hurt, a lifelong
hip-hop fan, explores the stereotypi-
cal nature of hip-hop. He realized the
majority of hip-hop videos were
nearly identical, featuring men in
fancy cars throwing money at the
camera, while scantily clad women
dance provocatively in the back-
Hurt decided to make a film about
the gender politics of hip-hop.This
film tackles issues of masculinity,
sexism, violence and homophobia in
today's hip-hop culture.
Following the film, an animated
discussion was held at the School of
Journalism and Graphic Communica-
tion lecture hall. The film's editor and
co-producer, Sabrina Schmiebt Gor-
don was present and provided infor-
mation about the film and some of the
challenges associated with producing
such a film.
We want to thank President
Ragster and Dr. Monique Guillory for
making our trip possible. We will con-
tinue to make you proud!
St. Croix students have action-packed March,
including Charter Day, spring ball
BY MAUDIANA JOHN-BAPTISTE
ST. CROIX In conjunction with
UVI Charter Day, March 16, the St.
Croix Student Government Associa-
tion is sponsoring several activities
through the month to help celebrate
the founding of the University of the
One of our major projects is the
international flags initiative. In rec-
ognition of the diverse population en-
compassed by the UVI community of
students, faculty and staff, the SGA
is planning to display the flag of ev-
ery nationality that is represented on
the UVI St. Croix campus.
The flags will be hung in the
cafetorium and the SGA will host a
"flag jam" to unveil this community
engagement and beautification effort.
Please come out on Friday, March
30, at 5 p.m. to the cafetorium to wave
your flag and represent where you're
Also scheduled for March is
Shadow our Students (SOS) Day, a
joint project on both campuses.
On Charter Day, seniors from lo-
cal high schools will come to campus
and be assigned a student to follow
throughout the day.
This experience gives prospec-
tive UVI students a glimpse into cam-
pus life. We hope you will join us and
volunteer to host an SOS student for
the day. Please call the Student Ac-
tivities office at 692-4184 for more
Representatives from the St.
Croix campus have been working
with St. Thomas students on the SGA
Queen Committee to prepare for the
coronation of the new Miss UVI,
which will take place on March 24 at
the Reichhold Center for the Arts on
The SGA is working to coordi-
nate special-rate transportation to St.
Thomas to accommodate St. Croix
students who want to attend.
Of the four candidates, one is cur-
rently a St. Croix student while an-
other is from St. Croix but taking
classes on St. Thomas.
Either way, the big island is well
represented and we wish all the con-
testants the best of luck!
The highlight for the month on
St. Croix will be our annual Spring
Ball, which is scheduled to take place
on March 31 at the Botanical Gar-
This year marks the 15th anniver-
sary of our Spring Ball and our theme
acknowledges the occasion of our in-
stitutional birthday "Honoring the
Past, Celebrating the Present, and
Paving the Way for the Future."
This event isn't just for students,
but for everyone in the UVI family. It
is certain to be a fun, magical evening.
So for all of the people out there
who complain that there's never any-
thing to do on the St. Croix campus,
March is packed with fun and activi-
We hope you find the time to par-
ticipate and join us as we celebrate
UVI's numerous successes and bright
future throughout the month.
Maudiana John-Baptiste is St. Croix
Oph-ii I: n/Ed itorial
Carr n-Us I le.. S
New vice provost to address registration woes
Story continued from p. 1
Edwin has set an agenda which
includes increasing stagnant enroll-
ment rates and improving the regis-
"One of the things I want to do is
unravel the cumbersome registration
process," Edwin said.
"I would like to make functions
on Banweb more user friendly, where
students can perform for themselves."
Students presently have to re-
trieve a pin number from a faculty
advisor to begin the online registra-
tion process every semester. At times,
it proves frustrating as Banweb poses
technical problems, forcing the stu-
dent to end up back at the registrar's
"Making students more respon-
sible," as Edwin says, "will alleviate
the strain on the registrar's office."
In keeping with trends at other
universities, at the end of this semes-
ter report cards will no longer be
mailed, but students will be able to
print unofficial copies of their tran-
scripts from Banweb, she said.
UVI President Laverne Ragster
cites Edwin's return as "a part of Vi-
sion 2012. Her position acknowledges
the whole area of support services."
Plans are underway for more
availability of classes. But unfortu-
nately for night students, because of
more prevalent enrollment of tradi-
tional full time students, more classes
will be offered during the day, Edwin
Videoconferencing between St.
Thomas and St. Croix classes has be-
come popular, although many profes-
sors and students complain about tech-
nological issues consuming too much
class time (see related story, p. 4).
Edwin calls the increased use of
videoconferencing a "resource issue."
"We are trying to minimize the
cost of having two teachers on both
campuses teaching the same class to
three or four students."
Edwin said there is a need to
"beef up technology" in
According to an Academic Af-
fairs update released on Feb. 23 by
Provost Dr. Al Hassan I. Musah, he
said, "I hope [these academic policy
changes]will improve efficiency in
Academic Affairs and move the es-
sential processes along in a timely
"One of the things I
want to do is unravel the
-Dr. Judith Edwin
Edwin said the ultimate goal to
have what she calls a "one stop shop"
for students at the New Harvey Build-
ing on St. Thomas, expected to open
by June 2007.
The Registrar, Financial Aid, Ac-
cess and Enrollment and CATS will
be side by side to better serve stu-
dents, Edwin said.
Computers will occupy the lobby
of the Harvey Building for do-it-your-
self registering and for making
changes. Representatives from the
different offices will be there to as-
sist students who might encounter any
On St. Croix, additional rooms,
which will be used for classrooms and
faculty offices, have recently been
finished, she said.
Everyone needs to "communicate
what's happening," Edwin said.
As a person, Dr. Edwin is known
for her expertise and for caring for
her community," Ragster said.
"Her position is simply another
piece of the puzzle, in our mission for
having successful students," she said.
A Spring 2007 registration debacle
BY ASLIN LEGER
ST. THOMAS -An apparent mix-up
between the Humanities Division and
Registrar's Office on St. Thomas left
students without an Interpersonal Com-
munications class they had registered
Dr. Beverly Jensen, communica-
tions professor at UVI, said that she
learned only 30 minutes before class
that she would have 34 students in a
class that can only hold approximately
Jensen, who started as a visiting
assistant professor at UVI during the fall
semester of 2006, said she only signed
three overloads on top of the 20 stu-
dents she expected.
Students arrived to Jensen's class
and came upon a hallway filled with
students. The classroom holds about 25
"There were students standing in
the hallway and in the room," Jensen
"The only logical thing to do was
to inform the students that the class had
been overbooked," she said.
As told by her and another student
in the class, Jensen proceeded to write
a list of student names and numbers on
the board, along with a note to return to
the registrar's office.
Dr. Robin Sterns, coordinator of the
Communications program, said she
wishes Jensen had contacted her. "The
class was over-enrolled by just one stu-
dent when I last checked it," she said.
The class was capped at 25 and 26 were
"We had a similar problem with a
section on the St. Croix campus where
there were more students than seats and
no technology for a professor who
needs to show slides and films. It took
five class meetings, but working with
the registrar I was able to get that class
moved to a workable room," she said.
No one clarified how the system al-
lowed the students to register past the
Another group of students unknow-
ingly registered for a class posted by
Stems said that only two Interper-
sonal Communication sections had
been submitted to the registrar's office,
but a third section was accidentally
Continued on p. 5
Banweb's new look
Banweb has already been updated to allow students and advisers better access
to more infirauitioin. Now when you look for classes, you begin by selecting
the semester, the campus and a range of classes:
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such as where it meets, whether the class is required or not and prerequisites.
You can access lab fees and even e-mail the instructor:
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Continued from p. 1
a definite room and because of that
mishap the class had to be made into
an on-line course," he said.
Alternate pin numbers
Regarding the alternate pin pro-
cess, where students registering for
Spring 2007 had to first get a new,
second pin number from their adviser,
Chief Information Officer Tina
Koopmans said this system was
implemented to aid in advising.
"It is my understanding that the
purpose of the technology was to sup-
port the needs of the Academic & Stu-
dent Services Department,"
Dr. Judith W. Edwin, vice provost
of Access & Enrollment Services,
confirmed the initial purposes for the
According to Edwin, the idea was
for each student to seek his or her
adviser and obtain guidance in choos-
ing courses, along with obtaining
their alternate pin number. If advis-
ers were not available, other options
included a visit to the Division office
"The alternate pin system serves
as a best practice technique to encour-
age or make certain each student fol-
lows their paradigm or requirements
toward their degree in a systematic
way. The idea was to make certain
students were advised," she said.
Students say outcomes varied.
Sophomore Anna-Mai Christmas said
it was a good idea "because many
people don't know what classes they
should take and that helps them."
Business major Michael Jerome
disagreed: "It was difficult because I
did not know who my adviser was at
first, being a freshman. I already knew
what classes I had to take. It was a
waste of time."
Edwin called it a "planning tool,"
designed to help create a relationship
between the students and faculty.
"This also got students to speak
with their preferred adviser, allowing
assistance with their courses. It then
assisted us-the administration-in
planning courses for students," she
The alternate pin was canceled to-
wards the ending of the payment pe-
riod, so students who had missed
early deadlines could still register,
Edwin said. She said the process will
be in place again for Fall 2007 regis-
Carrnijus I le.,. s
The pros and cons of videoconferenced classes
By SHANNON BURTON AND
This semester saw one of the largest
increases of video conference courses
offered at UVI.
According to UVI St. Croix
Learning Resource and Faculty Tech-
nology Services Manager Judith
Rogers, the main reason for video
conference classes is to share exper-
tise between the campuses because
there is a limited amount of resources
at the university, but they still want
to be able to make all courses avail-
able on both campuses.
At first, Erik Pattison, the "IT
guy" of the St. Thomas campus, says,
videoconferencing actually cost more
than hiring more professors, but to-
day videoconferencing actually saves
UVI a lot of money and offers stu-
dents more access to a wider range of
Freshmen engineering major
Rose Charles said that she liked hav-
ing students from St. Thomas and St.
Martin in her classes and that she
rather take her classes now via video
conference instead of having to wait
for a professor to offer the course on
the St. Croix campus.
Although some students have dis-
played that they enjoy the video con-
ference classes, other students tend to
not think so highly of these courses,
associating them with frustrating
technical difficulties and a huge loss
in the feeling of inclusion if they are
on the "remote side," the campus that
does not have the professor in the
Students and professors alike
grumble about the delays caused by
power outages, bad weather, and
equipment that are not set up in time
Freshmen engineering major Pre-
cious Laurent of the St. Croix cam-
pus stated that even though she really
I'm grateful for and
conferencing because I
can take more classes
I want, but I would much
prefer the professor to
be here in person.
likes her video conference class, tech-
nical difficulties take up class time
nearly every time they meet.
Pattison says videoconference
rooms are set up each morning and
that IT staff patrols the rooms to make
sure that they are still functioning.
He continued to say they are try-
ing to make more help available by
joining forces with the library staff;
so if a videoconference room is not
set up, students or professors can call
or go to the library front desk for as-
"We are offering sessions that
faculty or any presenters can take so
that they can learn how to operate the
equipment so that if something hap-
Computer Science professor Dr. Alan F. Lewit teaches a class in St. Croix while
students from St. Thomas as well as St. Martin listen in and watch the screen.
Photo by Miriam Welderufael.
pens they are able to help themselves
and keep going until the technicians
can get there," Rogers said.
Media Specialist Giovanni
Garcia said, "They [professors]
hardly ever show up for the training
so when things do go wrong they kind
of get panicked and they start calling
us to come and try to resolve [prob-
Not just videoconference profes-
sors should feel inclined to learn
about technology in the classroom,
Pattison says. In this day and age
where technology is everywhere, "all
instructors must know about technol-
ogy," he said.
Problems with the hardware is
only one aspect of the frustration
these courses can have. Students and
professors alike express that there is
definitely a feeling of detachment
between the two campuses when
viewing each other through a screen.
Coordinator of Computer Science
Dr. Alan F Lewit, who teaches video
conference classes from the St. Croix
side, said that the detachment be-
tween the two campuses in video con-
ference classes makes it especially
difficult when trying to test the stu-
"When my students on St. Tho-
mas are taking tests, I don't know
what's going on. I can't see them," said
Humanities Prof. Gene Emanuel
and Dr. Richard Hall, a Science pro-
fessor, both mentioned that they had
a hard time "reading" the remote side
class and getting them to interact and
"It makes me shy," says Nesha Jo-
seph, a UVI student taking a litera-
ture videoconference course this se-
mester, "there are sound problems and
I can hear the discussion on St. Croix,
and I don't want to cut in."
Kristin Melnick, a St. Thomas
Communications major, agrees say-
ing "I'm not going to get heard any-
way, so I don't talk. I'm grateful for
and appreciate videoconferencing
because I can take more classes I
want, but I would much prefer the
professor to be here in person."
Hall mentioned that since the Vir-
gin Islands is such a small commu-
nity that videoconferencing classes
are very important to maintain com-
munication and levels of instruction
between the two campuses, but that
they are still best reserved for smaller
class sizes where interaction can be
more easily enforced.
Changes are on the horizon,
Pattison says. New equipment is be-
ing installed even as this article is
being written, since the equipment in
some rooms is eight years old.
These new systems will have fea-
tures that make working the equip-
ment easier; switching from camera
mode to computer screen mode will
be as easy as pressing one button on
Alum returns to discuss value of student internships
BY RACHEL MATHURIN
ST. CROIX University of the Vir-
gin Islands alumna Jeannette
Richards discussed experiences an
undergraduate student in the field of
biology has as part of a Science and
Math Division workshop on under-
According to the students who
attended the talk, Richards encour-
aged them by saying, "Everything you
do in college is assisted by someone,
such as your professor or adviser."
"I am certain her work with [St.
Croix Biology professor Dr. Stuart]
Ketcham helped Richards decide on
her major," UVI student Frances C.
"Richards started her first re-
search experience at UVI on the St.
Croix campus. So the lecture helped
students to be motivated and to per-
sist in meeting goals, although they
meet new challenges," Dr. Velma
Tyson, a UVI math professor, said.
In the workshop, Richards also
said students should accept minority
internships because they help them
gain more experience.
The department of Science and
Math holds many presentations and
workshops to help in the process of
being a participant in an internship.
As an undergraduate Biology/
Biochemistry student at UVI in the
early 1990s, Richards conducted re-
search on the causes of breast cancer,
on the cells in the body's immune
system, and on cells in different path-
ways of the body.
Richards graduated from UVI
with a bachelor's degree in biology.
After graduation, she worked at the
UVI Agricultural Experiment Station
conducting experiments involving the
transformation of the cells from pa-
payas as well as searching for ways
to enhance tropical fruits.
She then earned a Ph.D. in Bio-
chemistry from Ohio State University.
Richards now works for Proctor and
For more information, contact
Tyson at 692-4157, or Jacqueline
Kowalski at the Agricultural Experi-
ment Station, 692-4076.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF V-CLASSES
Sit in a place that will make you visible to the other campus. Don't sit off-screen
and further alienate yourself.
Make sure that you speak into a microphone at all times in rooms that have
individual microphones. Speak clearly in rooms that have only one microphone for
the whole room.
If appropriate, ask questions directed to the other campus, especially if the professor
is on your side.
Try to avoid talking over or interrupting speakers in your class on either side,
because all speakers are projected equally on the sound system. If more than one
person is talking, nobody gets heard.
Be sure you know the phone number for the room on the opposite campus, in case
you have problems and need to call. Be sure you know how to get into your
classroom, if it is kept locked or has a key code. S : E
Source: Erik Pattison
Jeannette Richards. Photo by
Mixed reaction to
'College Hill' premiere
Continued from p. 1
sented themselves as loose," said Dr.
Lonnie Hudspeth, a Business Admin-
"The whole world is looking at the
show and is getting a representation of
the V.I. people and students," he said.
St. Croix campus students' views
coincided with their fellow colleagues
on St Thomas. Daisy Richards, a fresh-
man Nursing student, said certain as-
pects were "degrading to Virgin Island-
ers." Another St. Croix student, Hudson
Browne, thought the show was "very
wild" and gave the Virgin Islanders a
Some other people were not as as-
tonished because of the content of pre-
vious College Hill shows, which also
portrayed mainland college students en-
gaging in similar behavior.
"Everything that occurred was ex-
pected to me, said Krystal Messer, St.
Croix campus Communication major.
"Some may now view the V.I. as a
bad place, but you can't judge a whole
society based on four individuals. Our
generation is not as conservative as be-
fore, so older people may be disgusted,
but we have to keep in mind that this is
a reality show and ratings are what
count. So like every time before, sex
will sell," she said.
Scenes of the island were shown
as the members were transported to their
home during the six weeks of filming.
An aerial picture was shown of the UVI
campus along with some classrooms.
"I didn't know St Thomas would
look so good on T.V. I have seen previ-
ous College Hill shows and it was the
same thing. I don't feel shocked or
shamed," said Marsha Penn, adjunct
professor of Mathematics.
"People are upset because some of
the members portraying Virgin Island-
ers a certain way, but it can happen at
any university," said Maria Arroyo,
sophomore Engineering student.
"They picked students that will give
them the highest ratings. The campus
was beautiful. The island was beauti-
ful. People are taking it way too per-
sonal," said Trinity Granger, sophomore
In a previous issue of the UVI
Voice, administrators said their reasons
for accepting the BET show at UVI
were for exposure and as a means for
increasing enrollment. Hudspeth said he
does not agree with this.
"There will be a lot of interest in
coming here but what caliber of students
will we attract? What will we be known
for, a party school?" he said.
For more information visit
Miriam Welderufael contributed to this
A case study: Registration debacle
Continued from p. 3
posted from a previous semester.
Before the error was rectified, 15
students had already registered.
The University Registrar, Robert
Fontaine, said that the Humanities di-
vision had been put on alert and sup-
posedly found professors to teach the
When she could not find a faculty
member by Dec. 15 to teach the sec-
tion, Sters asked the registrar to can-
cel the class with Division Chair Dr.
Malik Sekou's approval. This was ap-
parently not done, she said.
Students were not notified of this
On the first day of class, when Dr.
Harkins-Pierre saw students from the
extra section that was supposed to be
canceled sitting in the classroom, he
offered to teach the section, according
Fontaine said students from
Jensen's overbooked course were also
encouraged to enroll in Harkins-Pierre's
course, but there is no certainty that all
overbooked students moved on to
This frustrates SGA St. Thomas
President Rick S. Grant, who says that
this kind of situation puts students in a
"It contradicts the university's
motto of putting students first," Grant
Grant became involved when sev-
eral of Jensen's students contacted him
about what she did. Once informed, he
said that he "went through the line of
command, to resolve the situation."
He tried to contact Jensen, but said
he got "an unprofessional e-mail" in
return three days later.
Harkins-Pierre had no response to
the debacle and simply said that she was
"happy to teach the class."
"They [the students] have the op-
portunity to take the same class at the
same time," she said.
Aquellah Cantois, a freshman Bi-
ology major, showed up to her first day
of class to find a sign stating that the
section she had registered for had been
Cantois decided to drop the class
and registered with Harkins-Pierre's
class which was good for her because
"it didn't conflict with her four-year
"I apologize for any misunder-
standing this situation may have
caused," said Sekou.
"It was fixed and will not happen
again" he said.
O er tn yu on
Better than you think
BY MIGUELINA VALDES
ST. CROIX Occasionally we sit
down and hear our friends, colleagues
and former classmates complain that
UVI-St. Croix campus isn't for them.
Once this statement is said, we
can simply look into that person's
eyes, and then ask the question, "If
UVI-St. Croix campus isn't for you,
then what is?"
I must honestly say that at the
beginning I did not want to come to
UVI-St. Croix campus, but as the days
passed, once enrolled in UVI, I real-
ized where else would you receive
that one-on-one interaction with the
Where else would the professor
call you by your first name rather than
by a number?
Lett-r to the editor
Response to "Where are the night course
February 2007 issue.
By SANA W. HAMED
I understand where Ms. Greene is
coming from. But here on St. Croix
it is the very opposite. She is upset
about the lack of classes during the
night, while I am frustrated that most
of the classes are towards the
I have been told that the class
times have shifted throughout the
years due to the fact that students on
St Croix come to classes mostly to-
wards the evening. Most St. Croix
students at UVI have a day job and
the only time they can attend classes
are toward the evening.
I was to take a business course
Students may complain about
UVI-STX being boring and not ex-
actly what a college is all about. To
all those students I must say that UVI
is what you make of it.
Look at the bulletin boards and
view the many activities that take
place. Take advantage of scholar-
ships. Participate in everything you
could possibly participate in. And,
most of all, have fun while you're do-
Don't sit around or drop out of
UVI because you need to or want to
experience "college life": you can
experience all that you want here at
UVI-St. Croix campus.
Remember that there's no other
place that is Historically
American... Uniquely Caribbean and
es?" by Monai Greene in the
this semester, but only one course
was offered, and it was an evening
class. The time gap between this
business course and my other
classes is too much, so I opted not
to take this course this semester.
Ms. Greens states, "graduation
is out of reach for some students be-
cause they are confined to certain
schedules." This cannot be more
true. How can I earn my degree if
the classes I need are offered at
times that are not convenient to my
schedule? Education is the most
important, but it becomes difficult
to pursue a degree when there are
scheduling conflicts. And don't even
get me started about the number of
years it takes to get a degree!
'Bed' event highlights
BY TAMEKA A. BROWNE
ST. THOMAS -Feb. 4-6, UVI Health
Services planned an activity in collabo-
ration with HOPE Inc. and the Student
Peer Educators. This day is known
around the world as Black HIV/AIDS
On Sunday evening, two beds were
placed in high traffic areas on campus,
CA Building and the middle of Upper
Monday morning students coming
to campus noted the beds. On each was
a sign stating, "If this is a place you
would like to be, sign on me."
The beds stayed in their location
through Tuesday. Each day was repre-
sented by a different color marker that
students could use to sign the bed, to
distinguish the signatures for each day.
The purpose of this activity was to
see how many students would sign
without taking into consideration how
many signatures had already been
placed on it.
This is analogous to sexual relation-
ships and the belief that many people
do not ask about previous sexual part-
ners prior to having sexual contact with
The goal was to emphasize that stu-
dents need to communicate with their
partners and know each other sexual
history prior to "getting into the bed."
The result: 80 students signed the
Your name here? Photo by Aslin Leger.
two beds. It shows 80 students might
consider having sexual activity without
giving thoughts to the consequences of
HIV is an acronym for Human Im-
munodeficiency Virus. This causes Ac-
quired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
(AIDS). People can be HIV positive
without having AIDS, but they can still
transmit the virus to others.
As of December 2005 there were a
total of 862 reported cases of HIV/
AIDS reported in the Virgin Islands,
which ranks first in the world with HIV
cases per capital and second in the na-
tion with AIDS cases.
Something must be done about this
problem. It begins with you. Make a de-
cision to be abstinent or protect your-
self for every sexual contact.
Get tested for HIV every three
months if you are sexually active. Please
encourage your partner to get tested too.
For more information or to arrange
testing, contact UVI Health Services at
What's on YOUR mind?
Tell us and we'll tell everyone!
deadline: March 26, 2007
Celebrated journalist discusses
'winds of change' in the new Africa
Journalist and author Charlayne Hunter-Gault with Alfred O. Heath, UVI
trustee emeritus and chair of the Foundation for the University of the Virgin
Islands. Photos by Nanyamka Farrelly.
BY JANE MEADE
ST. CROIX A tall, elegantly
dressed woman entered the crowded
theatre, looked at the audience and
with a captivating smile said, "Wow!"
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, re-
nowned journalist, stood before a
packed crowd of students, professors,
board of trustees members and the
general community at the Evans Cen-
ter, University of the Virgin Islands,
St. Croix Campus, on Wednesday,
Feb. 14, 2007.
"Are you really spending your
Valentines evening with me?" she
joyfully asked, as her large brown
eyes scanned the eagerly awaiting
She quietly sat with her head
tilted to one side as she sipped from a
white cup listening to Provost Al
Hassan Musah's introduction.
From her vantage point she ob-
served the mixed group of people
viewing the video monitor on the St.
Thomas campus and thought, "Is this
the auditorium at the Nelson Mandela
Metropolitan University in Port Eliza-
beth, South Africa?"
The Provost reiterated the pur-
pose of the Alfred O. Heath Distin-
guish Speakers Series as, "to give you
a glimpse into the lives of remarkable
people," making eye contact with
Mrs. Hunter-Gault as he spoke.
She quickly gazed into the cup
while she turned her head as the con-
stant flow of descriptives echoed off
the walls: South Carolina Civil Rights
Icon, Woman of Integrity, Dreamer,
First African-American graduate of
the University of Georgia.
The audience chuckled as he con-
tinued, "As CNN chief national cor-
respondent, she introduced saints and
sinners with equal emphasis!"
Hunter-Gault proceeded to the po-
dium revealing an eye-catching lime
green translucent blouse with a mean-
dering pattern flowing across the chest.
The black and white afro
complimented her white pants and
lime green shoes. The multicolored
scarf illuminated like the tapestry of
Africa on which she was about to ex-
"Thank you for that warm intro-
duction," she declared.
She announced that many of the
prominent executives in broadcast
journalism seem to think that there is
no interest in news of Africa. When
Africa is featured, it surrounds only
the four D's-death, disaster, disease
and despair, she said.
"They [executives] just don't get
it!" she declared.
"When I come to meetings like
these and see the overwhelming turn-
out of people, it tells me that Africa
is still alive in the minds of the people.
"I believe a lot more needs to be
done so that Africa can get the help it
needs rather than the one-sided cov-
erage," she said.
As she spoke, her hands were in
constant motion causing the light to
create a sea of green on her blouse.
The green tree-like images on her
shirt moved like elephants charging
on the African plains, as she spoke of
China veraciously pursuing Africa.
She is convinced that America
should be more concerned of this and
"position itself so that it can forge re-
lationships with African nations" that
will secure America's international
and domestic interests.
As she mentioned "positioning,"
her blouse turned a deeper shade of
Hunter-Gault gave a description
comparing colonial, post-colonial and
During colonial and post-colonial
times, Africa's nations experienced
numerous challenges instituted by
people from other countries who tried
to "in power rather than empower the
In 1998 there were 14 wars, com-
pared to two being fought today in
Africa, she said.
The governments of many of the
African nations have identified two
strategies known as "Nepad" and
"Peer Review" to address many
of the problems facing these nations.
The New Partnership for African
Development (Nepad) outlined some
principles which include: more fiscal
responsibility, human rights issues,
and transparency in government.
Rwanda and South Africa are ex-
amples of places that utilized volun-
tary Peer Review to ensure that
women are empowered and that hu-
man rights are upheld.
"I believe that these two radical
practices are elements that are criti-
cal to Africa's survival," she said.
She spoke proudly of Nelson
Mandela, describing his leadership as
"iconic," and announced that South
Africa is showing great signs of
Also, she mentioned the newly
elected governments, Liberia's first
woman president, and the over-
whelming feeling of hope expressed
by Africans as indicators of change.
She characterized the new birth as
a "second wind of change that is blow-
ing" across the African continent.
As sheutteredthese words, herblouse
seemed to respond in like manner.
She said she hopes that we will
all "embrace Africa as the continent
that is the mother of us all."
Hunter-Gault speaks with UVI VOICE
reporter Lilli Cox.
Questions and answers with
By LILLI COX
Q: Tell me a little bit about Brenda Starr,
your inspiration to be a journalist.
CHG: I loved Brenda Starr's life. She was
an inspiration because she was out there
in the world. My mother only got as far
as third grade but she would read the
newspapers every day and I would read
the comics. I loved Brenda Starr's adven-
turesome spirit. She got to travel all over
the world and had wonderful adventures,
and I was an only child for about eight
years and I wanted to be out there meet-
ing people like Brenda Starr. Early on I
was inspired by that and thought that's a
job I'd like, I. ;,i ... Even though it was un-
likely at those times for a girl, an African
American girl, to go to school and be-
come journalist, my mother instinctively
knew that I was going to do it.
Q: UVI has recently revived its student
newspaper, the UVI VOICE. What advice
would you give to young people who are
interested in a career in journalism?
CHG: At this point in their lives, they
should just soak up all the education they
can get; you know, the English skills to
read and write. Journalism isn't rocket
science but you have to be able to write a
sentence. You have to understand the
world to make writing real-take every
opportunity to live and travel around the
world; finding the context for the stories
is important. A broad liberal arts back-
ground is one of the best.
Q: What specific, technical skill has con-
tributed to your success?
CGH: Language skills: reading and writ-
ing... I find that language is deteriorat-
ing today and it's sad; people say "I done
that" now. I don't know why it's happen-
ing, but it seems to me increasingly more
grammatical mistakes are being made.
Q: In your book, you report the new news
out of Africa. Do you feel a sense of op-
timism; do you think there is any new
news for Africa in terms of media repre-
sentation coming in the future? Where
will the media be in 45-50 years?
CGH: Well, I'm not in the
crystal ball business, but I do say that as
African journalists become more empow-
ered, get more resources, get more en-
couragement and backing by their gov-
ernment, then they will have some of a
voice- but that is not without precedent.
There was an African writer during Apart-
heid that had what they called guerrilla
typewriters, typewriters that were used
even though they were banned.. .And then
you know, the African journalists today
have an iIl-., and so they are taking
steps now to establish their own move-
ment, their own resurgency of their voice
in media. In some ways, each year, the
representation becomes a more complete
voice of the people.
Q: You have covered some of the most
difficult issues in modern times. How are
you able to focus on the task at hand and
not be overwhelmed by it all?
CGH: The hard images- that's not the
only thing that I see; obviously when you
see that, the ravages and consequences
of war, it's hard; at the same time you see
this determination on the part of even the
most oppressed people. There are a lot
of times that you don't quite sleep at night.
When I left Rwanda after my first year
there, the aspects of the revolt-that was
pretty hard to see and made it hard to
sleep for a month. .... That's pretty hard
to take. I guess I'm kind of an optimist
by nature, though-but also a realist. I
think that there are things to be concerned
about, but I think that's why it's impor-
tant to have the media and that's why
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Carrn-ijs I lpe..s
Forum participants. Photo by Darryl Jones.
BY: ERIKA R. BARNES
ST. CROIX It was all about stu-
dents and faculty members on Jan. 24,
at the first student forum for the spring
President LaVerne Ragster, St.
Croix Campus Executive Administra-
tor Monique Guillory, and Nurse
Practitioner Naita Salmon Iles were
just a few who attended representing
UVI's faculty and staff.
Student Government Association
members were also visible for this
event, representing the students at the
The topic of ADA (Americans
With Disabilities Act) compliance
Wheelchair bound sophomore
Robbie Philips questioned adminis-
tration about their plans to improve
accessibility on campus.
"My issue dealt with wheelchair
accessibility. I missed two days of
classes because the elevators were out
of service," Phillips said.
According to Phillips, adminis-
trators responded with assurances that
they are up to code.
Phillips then went on to voice
another concern about the Business
classes she needs being held so late
"This is an inconvenience for me,
personally," she said.
Administrators advised Phillips
to speak with Business Division Chair
Dr. Paul Simmonds.
"The walkway heading towards
the Melvin Evans Center was and still
is a very big issue. However, Physi-
cal Plant demonstrated their hard
work with repairing the bricks. I can
see the improvement. This was a
'thumbs up' for me," said Maudiana
John-Baptiste, SGA President and
According to Guillory, the next
student forum is scheduled for April
3, at 6:30 p.m. Topics include follow-
ups on concerns and policies for
UVI's Fitness Center as well as other
concerns students on the St. Croix
Campus may have.
only do so much. It's also the students'
responsibility to attend. Before stu-
dents think about the negativity of the
university, they should try to articu-
late concerns, and try to meet with the
administrators to address them. Re-
sponsibility is a two-way street," she
Hunter-Gault UVI VOICE interview
Continued from p. 6
new news is important-because it's the
news you don't get, not just the images
of war and brutality but the whole pic-
ture... if people don't get some sense
that there is reason to hope, if all they
are getting is a relentlessly negative
covered picture of the Continent, then
people lose hope, and that would be
unfortunate, more than unfortunate.
Q: Much of your work has been concen-
trated in South Africa, a region that has
seen radical political, economic, and so-
cial evolution in the last twenty years.
There have been numerous parallels
drawn between the dismantling of Apart-
heid and the Civil Rights Movement in
the US. How accurate is that comparison?
CHG: I think the struggles are similar,
that people make sacrifices that benefit
the larger group. It is the struggle against
brutality for rights; there were people
working in Africa and in America,
Mandela, Campbell, and they were orga-
nizing marches and using much the same
methods. The difference is that in Africa
it was a black majority and white minor-
ity in power...
Q: How do you feel being a black woman
has shaped your experience in Africa?
CHG: I view Africa through the prism
of my own experience and there is a con-
fidence when you can do that. Obviously
there are some issues, where it wouldn't
matter if you were black, white, or yel-
low, but with issues of race it gives me a
perspective that I need; and women-my
interest is now focusing on women be-
cause they are among the most deprived
of any group of people-and issues of
poverty and how that shapes the lives of
young girls. All these points, they are a
part of the new news-getting informa-
tion out-for example, most of the con-
flict on the Continent is over and the
money used to fund those conflicts is now
being funneled into development, of edu-
cation, of economics. That's new news.
Q: As the first African American woman
to graduate from the University of Geor-
gia, how do you view progress with re-
gards to the public education system and
the opportunities it provides to minori-
ties in the U.S.?
CGH: There has been a lot of progress
on some levels-I've been very gratified
to see the young, old, black, and white
have an education available to them... but
there are a lot of things that have been
neglected or are just not working. A per-
son can see it when some students are get-
ting the resources they need to get an edu-
cation, teacher, books, well maintained
schools-and others are not. The U.S. has
work to do.
Social Science 100 and Science 100 students competed in Jeopardy on St.
Croix, Feb. 14. Score: SSC100 170, SCI 100 -260. Sone members of the
winning team, from left to right: Hala Said, Jeremy Chassagne, Dexter
Hyppolite, Nickaya Armantrading, Sana Hamed and Ronelle Paris. Photo by
UVI student named ambassador
BY TORIEFA ALEXANDER
ST. THOMAS University of the
Virgin Islands student Amarae
Blyden-Richards will be a Virgin
Island's ambassador in a student-ex-
change program in Denmark.
Blyden-Richards, a senior mar-
keting major, was announced as am-
bassador at the Friends of Denmark
at the society's meeting Feb. 17.
She was awarded this opportunity
based on her winning essay, which
highlighted architecture and the use
of mahogany furniture in the Virgin
Applicants to the program were
required to write an essay and make
a presentation which focused on simi-
larities between Denmark and the
This experience will help her on
a "personal and professional" level,
she said. She has also visited
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perimental Station (AES) Biotechnol-
ogy and Agro-forestry program, said
"the objective is to inform the public
about the native trees and encourage
them to grow native trees."
James Rakocy, AES director and
professor of Aquaculture, demon-
strated a scale model acquaponics
system to the public. This included
the healthy growth of mint and wa-
tercress without the use of soil. The
plants are fed by wastewater from fish
He encouraged the public to buy
fresh fish and vegetables at the UVI
farm store, which is located opposite
Educational Complex, across the
road. It is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues-
days through Thursdays.
Stuart Weiss, program leader for
Agronomy, said that the Agriculture
Fair, "a petting zoo" to many visitors,
is only truly appreciated by those who
are interested in agriculture. Many
people do not see agriculture as a pro-
fessional job-they probably do not
even know what horticulture or
agronomy is, he said.
Dr. Ramon Arancibia, Horticul-
ture research specialist, said their
objective was to inform the public
about different irrigation systems so
that they would be able to conserve
His department also had posters
Valencia, Spain, and Florida Interna-
tional University on study-abroad ex-
"You must know where you are
from to know where you're going,"
In early July, two students from
Denmark will come to the Virgin Is-
lands as student ambassadors of Den-
mark. While on their visit here they
will participate in activities that will
widen their understanding of
Denmark's impact on the Virgin Is-
Blyden-Richards and a student
from St. Croix will return to Denmark
with these Danish ambassadors later
in July, to learn about Virgin Islands
background by connecting with Dan-
They will return in August and
share their experience with the Vir-
gin Islands community through radio
UVI student Elizabeth Castro (front
right) won a 20-inch TV in a hot game
of "Agro Jeopardy" at the Ag Fair.
Photo by Miriam Welderufael.
showing the different diseases they
found in vegetable crops. He also had
a scale model of an irrigation system.
Kate Lincoln, research specialist
for the sustainable farm project, said
they sell everything they grow. She
said they use the wastewater from the
tilapia fish to fertilize vegetable crops,
flowers and herbs. The program's ob-
jective is sustainability.
The Center for Marine and Envi-
ronmental Studies on St Croix was
Emily Tyner, research analyst for
the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory
Service, had a great deal of fun edu-
cating the patrons about the different
organisms found in the ocean.
"Everything you see at the beach
has a name," she said.
Carrmijlis I lp. .s
Campus shuttle trial
chugs to success
BY ASLIN LEGER
ST. THOMAS The results are in:
most St. Thomas students want a
shuttle bus between the lower and
During a trial period from Jan. 15
to Feb. 2, students were transported
from stops beginning at the Class-
room Administration Building to as
far as the Business Building on the
A survey was distributed to 150
students and the Provost's office has
received thus far 119, which LilyMae
Durante, Associate Campus Admin-
istrator for Operations, calls a "high
Most respondents, according to
Durante, are in favor of the shuttle.
"I think it was useful, especially
on rainy days, when you don't have
transportation," Benita Randolph, a
sophomore nursing student, said.
The trial period was originally set
for two weeks but because of its over-
whelming success, it was extended
one more week.
"Right now, it is just to find funds
for the purchase of a vehicle," Du-
The university has one of two
options: hire individuals or contract
a company to provide the shuttle ser-
vice, "whichever is more feasible,"
Money is the biggest issue in get-
ting and keeping the service, she said.
It was not all rave reviews be-
cause while most students saw the
shuttle bus as a benefit, some were
discontented with the times it ran.
Shinel Richards, a chemistry ma-
jor, said that although it was "good,"
she also adds that "they need to make
sure it's more organized and on time."
Durante said she also received
various e-mails from students who
suggested the need for two shuttle
buses because it was not available for
some class times.
Ben Hartell, an NSE student from
Kentucky, said the shuttle bus is "not
cost effective" and "the university
could spend the money in better ways,
like more back-up generators for
classrooms so class isn't disrupted
when the power goes out."
According to Durante, if funds
are in place, the university expects to
get the shuttle service up and started
by next fall.
UV(eye): What did you
think of the shuttle
ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY ASLIN
I would rather just walk.
Visual Communications major
"I thought it was very useful,
especially for late-night
St Croix Ag Fair boasts
The shuttle was a good idea
for the UVI campus, considering
the way it is set up.
Nesha J. Joseph
Some people don't like to walk
up the hill, and it's hard when
you are carrying groceries or
Economics major (NSE)
UVI employees and students at the fair. Photo by Sana W. Hamed.
By KAVITA BALKARAN AND
SANA W. HAMED
ST. CROIX From the delicious
foods to the numerous booth displays,
appealing to our bellies and our
brains, the 36th annual Agriculture
and Food Fair was a success. The
University of the Virgin Islands Co-
operative Extension Service jointly
sponsored the Agriculture and Food
Fair with the Department of Agricul-
ture and Department of Tourism.
The theme for this year's fair was,
"Make Things Happen: Revive Agri-
culture in 2007." It was a great turn-
out for St. Croix and UVI.
Numerous patrons, young and old
alike, drifted in and out of the UVI
tent. Some were looking for informa-
tion to apply to UVI while others
viewed the booth displays.
Student nurses took blood pres-
sure and advised their patients on their
Others bought souvenirs from the
UVI bookstore booth.
Situated not too far from the
bookstore was The Caribbean Writer,
a UVI literary magazine that pre-
serves our Caribbean heritage. The
Caribbean Writer is currently taking
submissions for its 21st volume. For
more information, call Quilin Mars at
"Who wants to be an Agricultur-
ist?" and "Agro Jeopardy" were the
two main attractions at the UVI tent.
"Who wants to be an Agriculturist"
participants were teens vying for a
In "Agro Jeopardy," three of our
own students were competing for the
top prize-a 20-inch television with
a DVD player. Elizabeth Castro took
home the prize after mercilessly beat-
ing the others.
Hala Said, a freshman at UVI St.
Croix campus, said she enjoyed the
fair. "I learned about different cul-
tures, music and local food UVI
seemed organized in their setup and
had plenty information about the Uni-
versity," she said.
Jacqueline Kowalski, research
analyst for the UVI Agricultural Ex-
Continued on p. 7
BY ASLIN LEGER
ST. THOMAS University of the
Virgin Islands female and male bas-
ketball teams are showing up in the
Puerto Rican based LAI league,
which consists of 20 universities, in-
The women's basketball team
currently stands in fifth place with a
team record of five wins and two
losses, according to Athletic Director
With four wins and four losses,
the men's team stands in 11th place.
On Feb. 3, the women's basketball
team played against the University of
Scared Heart with a record-breaking
400 supporters, Sauer said.
The University of Puerto Rico-
Bayamon is the front runner in the 78-
year-old league and also the eight-
time defending champ, he said.
UVI is the smallest league mem-
ber with 2,500 students, competing
against larger schools such as the Uni-
versity of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
with 24,000 students, he said.
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