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University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas and St. Croix
"Two Campuses, One Voice" Volume 2, No. 3 February 2007
UVI troupe rocks the house
at the Crucian Festival Parade
\F\ JI~ Lig
By KAVITA BALKARAN
ST. CROIX This year at the Cru-
cian Carnival Christmas Parade the
University of the Virgin Islands
troupe entitled, UVI Playin Mas':
From Many Cultures, One Virgin Is-
lands" came in second place in the
category of groups over 100 in the
What started off as stressful
preparations, countless numbers of
tasks and overwhelming anxiety
turned out to be one of the greatest
S to deliver lecture
events of 2006 for UVI.
Chairman of the Carnival troupe
committee and student activities su-
pervisor Clint Ferris said that this
was an accomplishment achieved by
the people of the Virgin Islands. Ev-
eryone came together and lent a help-
ing hand to make the troupe a suc-
cess, he said.
According to Ferris, the UVI
troupe made an excellent entry at
around 7 p.m. They were accompa-
nied by Antigua's 2006 Road March
Champion, Red Hot Flames, whose
ist How does UVI's
8 News 3
music brought out the revelers to life,
energizing the spectators and bring-
ing them off their chairs.
It has been five years since UVI
last participated in the parade, and
this year turned out to be great, ac-
cording to Dr. Thomas Zimmerman,
program leader of the Agricultural
Experiment Station's Biotechnology
and Agroforestry program and mem-
ber of the Carnival committee.
Ferris and Zimmerman said
UVI's troupe consisted of about 100
administrators including President
LaVerne Ragster staff members,
faculty, students and alumni.
Zimmerman said that the theme
depicted the different cultures of the
Virgin Islands and the ages of mas-
The creoles were formally
dressed in beautifully colored tradi-
tional madras skirts, fanciful dresses
and elegant hats. Some of the creoles
included Math and Science faculty
member Dr. Michelle Peterson, Cam-
pus Executive Administrator Dr.
See 'Troupe'on p. 4
s 'Freshmen 15'
7 News 4
2 Opin'i/,n/Editorial NOVEMBER 2006
VTHE From your CEAs:
Looking ahead to Spring 2007
Kavita Balkaran, Renee Benjamin,
Jonathon Callwood, Carl A.
Christopher, Shawn Gibson,
Monai Greene, Sana W. Hamed,
Vanessa Hamilton, Aslin Leger,
Rachel Mathurin, Bernhardt
Simmonds, Miguelina Valdes
Dr. Robin Sterns
for next issue:
Feb. 16, 2007
s ofe of Ev /,nts
Events subject to change.
Submit calendar items to
Feb. 2 Last day to apply for
Feb. 14 (on St. Croix,
videoconferenced to St. Thomas -
see story this issue) Celebrated
journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault is
the Alfred Heath Lecturer.
Feb.16 Last day to drop a
course without WF, WP, or to
change from audit to credit or
credit to audit
March 2 Mid-Term Low Grade
March 9 Final day to drop a
course or withdraw without
March 12-15 Spring Recess (no
March 16 Charter Day
St. Thomas Campus
March 10 Tap dancer Savion
Glover at the Reichhold Center, 8
p.m. Call 693-1559 for details.
Editor's note: Adjunct
Communication Prof. Lydia
Harris has been advising UVI
VOICE for three semesters, as well
as teaching newswriting and
copyediting. She has resignedfor
health reasons, and our sincere
thanks and best wishes go to her.
We want to welcome all UVI stu-
dents to a new year and a new semes-
ter! Time passes so quickly and it is
challenging to keep pace with every-
thing that is happening at the institu-
tion. But amid all the activity and
work that takes place on these two
campuses, we never want to lose sight
of the reason why we're here our
students, your success.
Hopefully, you had the opportu-
nity to attend the student forum that
was held on your campus on Jan. 24.
We both officially launched our
email@example.com campaign to
underscore the institution's commit-
ment to recognize students' needs as
our top priority. This email address
sends messages directly to the CEAs
where we will provide you with a re-
sponse to your query by the next busi-
ness day. Any problem, observation,
complaint or compliment can be sent
to us at the email address
firstname.lastname@example.org. We urge you
to use this important resource to help
us stay in touch with what is impor-
tant to you and how we can continue
to serve you better.
We are so proud of the work our
students are doing on both campuses
- in academic achievement as well as
community engagement activities.
You will find in this issue of the
VOICE vibrant images from the 2007
Festival Parade where the St. Croix
troupe took second place for groups
over 100. And in response to your re-
quests, the St. Thomas campus is now
piloting a shuttle program to help stu-
dents get from class to class. Based
on this trial run, we will gather data
on usage, demand, and the feasibility
of a long-term plan for this service.
The Commuter/Student Lounge on
the St Thomas campus opens this
month in the Sports and Fitness Cen-
ter, giving students a comfortable
place to congregate and relax on the
We are all fortunate to
belong to a small,
where every group has a
voice that resonates
institution. Make your
voice a part of the
collective. Let us hear
We also want to thank the numer-
ous students, faculty, and staff who
work so hard to keep pulling together
issues of the UVI VOICE. This pub-
lication has proven to be a valuable
tool in bridging the waters between
the two campuses and realizing our
vision of one institution. We do not
underestimate the hard work it takes
to coordinate each issue and we want
to thank everyone who contributes to
the VOICE for his/her dedication.
The work never stops. Each cam-
pus has significant, ambitious goals
that are meant to improve your expe-
rience as a student at UVI. But this
work doesn't only benefit you; it must
include you and we hope you embrace
every opportunity to make some sort
of contribution to the UVI commu-
nity whether it is by sending us a sug-
gestion to the "studentsfirst" site or
by speaking up at a student forum. We
are all fortunate to belong to a small,
personable community where every
group has a voice that resonates
throughout the institution. Make your
voice a part of the collective. Let us
hear from you.
Dr. Monique Guillory
CEA St. Croix
Mr. John D'Orazio
CEA- St. Thomas
St. Croix student learns about campus
life through semester on St. Thomas
versity to give me much more than
But in one semester on St. Tho-
mas, I realized that there is more to
college than just academics and
classes. As part of the student body
on St. Thomas, campus life was so
much richer than anything I had ex-
perienced on St. Croix.
St. Croix student Vanessa Hamilton
spent a semester attending the St.
Thomas campus as part of the cast of
BET's College Hill, to air this spring.
BY VANESSA HAMILTON
ST. CROIX Being a part of the stu-
dent body in St. Thomas's UVI cam-
pus was never on my to-do list; but
when I was invited to be a member of
the College Hill cast, I jumped at the
Soon, I am sure you will hear
plenty about my experience on Col-
lege Hill, but I did want to take this
chance to explore some obversations
I made while attending classes on St.
Thomas last semester.
Being a student on St. Croix for
the past several years, I had grown ac-
customed to simply going to class and
going home not looking to the Uni-
How can St. Croix
replicate similar activities
that encourage healthy
competition and school
spirit despite the lack of
Now don't get me wrong, I love
the St. Croix campus, but the sense
of school spirit here isn't the same as
on St. Thomas.
The students on St. Thomas are
more organized and supportive of one
another. They are actually enthused
to be a part of certain groups and or-
ganizations, participating in various
activities both on and outside of cam-
Unfortunately on St. Croix, a lot
of the organizations seem to be gov-
erned by "cliques" rather than people
who simply want to get the job done.
I have seen for myself how this
closed- mindedness can comprise the
quality of life for students on the St.
Is there money available for St.
Croix students to travel to St. Tho-
mas to take advantage of the athletic
events in the Sports and Fitness Cen-
ter? How can St. Croix replicate simi-
lar activities that encourage healthy
competition and school spirit despite
the lack of comparable facilities?
Are students on St. Croix aware
of the opportunity they have to travel
with St. Thomas students to the BVI
and other islands? I had the chance to
make one of these trips and it was one
of the highlights of my semester.
This isn't something that only ad-
ministrators can solve. They certainly
should provide the support, both op-
erational and financial, to encourage
a positive environment for students,
but it is also up to students, them-
selves, to be involved, organized, en-
I knew there were differences be-
tween the St. Croix and St. Thomas
campuses and I am grateful I had the
chance to experience it for myself.
As for me, this piece is the be-
ginning of my involvement with the
St. Croix campus. For the remainder
of my time at UVI, I will try to en-
courage other students to be more
appreciative of our campus and our
React to this story at
Canrrg-is I e. s
College tuition on the rise across the nation
UVI costs have risen too, but it's still a relative bargain
BY ASLIN LEGER, RENEE BENJAMIN
AND RACHEL MATHURIN
ST. THOMAS Tuition increased
an average of 6.3 percent average
across the country in the 2006-2007
The College Board distributed its
annual survey to over 3,000 post-sec-
ondary institutions across the United
States to monitor changes in tuition
and fees, room and board and other
According to the report, over the
past decade tuition and fees at public
four-year institutions have risen at an
average of 7 percent per year.
The report cites that within the
past five years, tuition has steadily in-
creased more than 35 percent the
largest leap in 30 years due to "re-
ductions in revenue from other
sources other than tuition," and gen-
eral increases in benefits and utilities.
At the University of the Virgin Is-
lands, students recognize all too well
the phrase "tuition increase," due to
the nearly 10 percent increases in both
the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 aca-
At the same time, UVI's tuition
"is among the lowest of all U.S. pub-
lic universities," according to a Daily
News editorial of Nov. 22, 2005, more
than $2,000 less than the annual av-
erage for stateside four-year public in-
During the 2002-2003 academic
year, the average tuition rate for four-
year public universities was $4,098.
In 2003-2004, it rose 13 percent to
$4,645; In 2004-2005, it rose 10 per-
cent to $5,126; and in 2005-2006, it
rose to $5,492.
Four-year public colleges now
cost on average $5,836, and, with the
inclusion of dorms, books and other
expenses, students must now pay on
average $16,367 per year, the report
The "other expenses," such as
transportation and living costs, also
cause financial burdens on students.
Reasons for the increases include
increasing government regulations,
declining federal financial aid to stu-
dents and costly academic research,
according to reports in The New York
Times, published Oct. 25, 2006.
In 2004, the U.V.I. Board of
Trustees approved the first tuition
hike in five years, a 9.89 percent in-
crease in tuition and student fees.
Room and board increased 20 per-
cent. Part-time undergraduate stu-
dents' tuition was raised from $91 to
$100 per credit.
In 2005, another tuition increase
was approved by the Board of Trust-
ees, pushing tuition to $110 per credit
for part-time students and $3,300 per
UVI's tuition 'is among
the lowest of all U.S.
according to a Daily News
editorial of Nov. 22, 2005,
more than $2,000 less
than the annual average
for stateside four-year
year for full-time students.
Like many universities around the
nation, UVI President Dr. Laverne
Ragster cited the rise in health and
With UVI being a state-funded
school, the costs were "exacerbated
by the state reducing their monies to
the institution," Ragster said.
At the time of the 2005 tuition in-
crease, UVI Board of Trustees Vice
Chair Alex Moorhead was quoted in
the Daily News as saying the V.I. Gov-
ernment had allocated $27.5 million
to UVI for the fiscal year, but the uni-
versity never received 10 percent of
Dropping enrollment is another
problem at UVI.
"Enrollment is the most serious
issue we face," the Daily News quoted
U.V.I. Trustee Bernard Paiewonsky as
saying in reaction to the 2005 tuition
"Enrollment was 2,715 for the
2003 school year; it fell to 2,565 in
2004; and it dropped to 2,392 [for fall
2005]," the Daily News said.
In addition, tightened Homeland
Security measures following Septem-
ber 11 cost the university a 17-per-
cent drop in foreign-student enroll-
ment, the editorial said.
Full-time in-state UVI residents
pay $3,300, and out-of-state students
pay triple that amount, according to
the UVI website, www.uvi.edu.
The website estimates on-campus
housing at $7,550.00.
Some parents of UVI students un-
derstand the need for an increase in
Dr. Shirley Highfield, professor
of foreign languages and parent of a
UVI student, calls tuition at UVI
"very good" and "one of the lowest
in the nation." Highfield also supports
the increases for "better salaries for
professors," she said.
An unscientific survey conducted
on both UVI campuses found that 17
of 30 students were affected by the
"I understand that things are get-
ting expensive and the university has
to pay their professors, but students
must also be taken into account,"
Marizela Moya, a 24-year-old part-
time student, said.
At UVI for three years, she said
"so many of us are not fresh out of
high school and have to pay our own
The College Board report said
another reason for tuition increases at
public colleges is the need to mini-
mize the gap between faculty salaries
at private and public universities.
Other Historically Black Colleges
and Universities across the nation
have also experienced tuition in-
creases. Central State University (en-
rollment 1,766), Coppin State Univer-
sity (enrollment 4,500) and Univer-
sity of Maryland Eastern Shore (en-
rollment 3,300) have all instituted
tuition increases of four percent or
more in the past five years, based on
telephone interviews with represen-
tatives at the schools.
Most UVI students surveyed find
the tuition to be reasonable, although
some wonder where their dollars go.
"Compared to other schools, tu-
ition is not bad," said Kalisha
Maturin, a 22-year-old business ma-
jor. "But there is not enough technol-
ogy and resources provided to stu-
Maturin attends UVI as a full-
time student and pays for her classes
with financial aid and help from her
About 70 percent of UVI students
who apply, receive federal aid, ac-
cording to Suzanne Adrien, associate
director of financial aid at UVI.
Eighteen of 30 students surveyed
said that they receive grants, loans,
scholarships and/or military benefits.
UVI students are eligible to re-
ceive federal and UVI grants and
loans. Unfortunately, despite two tu-
ition increases in the last three aca-
demic years, federal financial aid
grants given to students have not
Adrien said that "although tuition
rises at any given school, federally
funded aid can only be changed by
the federal government."
"It is a standardized amount to
any school you attend," Adrien said.
"Congress has been battling for the
past five years to increase the amount
of aid given to students."
The cost of tuition has forced
many students, who might not get
enough financial aid, to apply for
school loans through lending agen-
cies, such as Sallie Mae.
Out of the 30 students surveyed,
12 have student loans.
Ragster said that "UVI acknowl-
edges that most of its students come
from relatively high levels of poverty
and low income," and "every time we
have an increase we try to increase
financial aid grants and loans."
Ali Kareem, a third-year biology
major, said that with the recent in-
crease, he has "barely been able to
"I have other bills to pay as well
and it is very difficult to manage with
yearly tuition increases," he said.
Ragster said that within the next
five years, students should expect
For more information, check out
www. collegeboard. com or
On Jan. 18, the House of Repre-
sentatives in Washington, D.C.,
voted to cut the interest rate on
some college student loans. The
measure would apply to Stafford
loans, but would not increase Pell
Grants or student tax credits. The
billfaces an uncertain future in the
Senate, where education panel
Chairman Edward M. Kennedy (D-
Mass.) is considering a broader bill
that would increase grants and tax
credits as well.
Students to be charged for printing pages St. Croix campus starts 2007 with beach picnic
in computer labs on both campuses
BY MIRIAM WELDERUFAEL
ST. CROIX- Instructional Tech-
nology has started using print man-
agement software called PCounter
in all computer labs on both UVI
The new program is an attempt
to control printing and ensure au-
thorized access, according to an e-
mail sent to all UVI faculty from Li-
brary and Student Technology Ser-
vices Manager Sharlene Harris.
Students will now need to login
when they use the computer labs.
Usernames and passwords are the
same as the ones used for UVI
email. The only difference will be
an added exclamation mark at the
end of the password.
Students will each be allowed
200 free printed pages before they
are charged $0.10 a page. Once stu-
dents no longer have any funds in
their account they will be able to
add funds at the library circulation
desks or at various self service sta-
tions around campus.
Rudy Shulterbrandt, freshmen
Biology major, said he believes that
this is fair because students do use
a lot of paper and ten cents is not a
ridiculously high price.
For details on how the new print
management software will work,
contact your campus library.
By MIRIAM WELDERIFAEL
ST. CROIX IU I S. Croix's
semiannual back-to-school beach
picnic \a s held Sunday. Jan. 16.
at Vincent Mason pool. south of
UI I has held ihe last re\\
beach picnics at Frederiksted
Beach. but Ihis semester it uas at
\incent Mason Pool for the first
Although it %as not as big a
tuIrn' oIl as last semester it %as
still a successful event that helped
bring the community together: ac-
cording to Claude Steele. St. Croix
Associate Campus Execuliie Ad-
Some said they believe the
drop in attendance is due to tihe
drol in the number of students re-
siding in the residence halls.
"Last semester had more siu-
denis. but this semester %as more
organized and more fun." sopho-
more Kenneth Selkridge. %%ho
was the disk jockey at the event.
"The people %ere dancing and
getting their slookie on." he said.
Freshmen Glenn Rogers uuas
one of the students lho ieent.andl
he said that he and many or his
friends had run.
Selkridge said that he not onll
enjoyed the picnic himself. but
others Ihere seemed to be enjo -
ing themsel es. the food and lihe
Camr ,ius I le.. s
BY MIRIAM WELDERUFAEL, AMANDA
LANGTON, ERIKA R. BARNES AND
The extra weight many students gain
their freshmen year is called "the Fresh-
men 15." UVI students prove that, al-
though students typically only gain
eight pounds, the Freshmen 15 theory
Research presented at the 2006
Obesity Society meeting showed fresh-
men weight gain has decreased, but
nutritionists are still worried.
According to Dr. Karen Cooper,
assistant professor of Nursing on St.
Croix, and on-campus doctor Dr. Lisa
McMahon, many UVI students find it
difficult to maintain their weight.
Of 50 students surveyed for this
article, 28 reported gaining weight since
starting at UVI. Of those 28, 18 gained
10 pounds or more.
Of 16 students living on campus,
11, or 69 percent, had gained weight.
UVI student weight gain
16-20 Ibs, 2, 6%
11-15 Ibs, 5, 15%
6-10 Ibs, 6, 18%
15: Myth or Fact?
Melonee Gumbs, UVI's evening
nurse on the St. Thomas campus, said
she is aware that students put on weight
after leaving home to attend UVI. This
weight gain cannot be narrowed solely
to freshman, she added, because weight
gain is true for UVI students through-
Sophomore Jalaunie George said
he gained 10-15 pounds his freshmen
year and 30 pounds since he started
Students often do not lose weight
after their initial freshmen weight in-
crease, Elizabeth Lloyd-Richardson,
assistant professor of Psychology and
Human Behavior at Brown University
Medical School, wrote in USA Today.
Nutritionists worry that an initial weight
gain in college is the first step toward
obesity in adulthood, she said.
Increased alcohol intake, less ex-
ercise, availability of high-calorie and
fatty food and irregular schedules con-
tribute to freshmen weight gain, Lloyd-
Students living on campus
Did not g n ." at
A : : ight,
Registered dietitian Robyn Flipse
of Ocean, N.J., said establishing a meal
schedule even if it does not conform
to traditional meal times helps stu-
dents eat around their hectic schedules.
Portion control not eating directly
from a bag or box- helps students real-
ize the amount being consumed, accord-
ing to Leslie Bonci, sports nutrition di-
rector at the University of Pittsburgh.
Consciousness of alcohol calories is
another of his recommendations to help
curb weight gain.
Dietary choices and changes are
major factors in weight gain during col-
lege, Gumbs said. When students are
dissatisfied with food choices in the
dining halls, they go for McDonald's
or pizza, she said.
"Right now, on this campus, Health
Services is working with the cafeteria
to provide healthier food choices for
students and faculty," McMahon, a fam-
ily medicine practitioner, said about the
St. Croix Cafeteria.
According to a recent unscientific
Student exercise habits
Never Daily 3-5 days 1 2 days once or less
Number of days exercise/week
survey, 14 of 19 students think the St.
Croix Cafeteria offers healthy choices.
But only seven of 18 think the same for
the St. Thomas Cafeteria.
Physicians say weight gain is not
to be completely blamed on unhealthy
food choices, but also the lack of physi-
Of 50 students
surveyed for this article,
28 reported gaining
weight since starting
"Exercise should be a part of
everyone's routine," Cooper said.
On St. Thomas, 76 percent of the
students surveyed said they exercise,
whereas on St. Croix, less than half sur-
veyed do. St. Croix students said they
want to exercise, but do not because
there is no gym on campus.
McMahon suggested taking advan-
tage of the walking space on campus.
"Parking a little way from your des-
tination can help. Take a walk between
classes. Make extra efforts to take the
stairs over an elevator," she said.
Overall, making good choices can
help students avoid or reduce added
weight and help turn the Freshmen 15
from fact to myth.
Festival troupe had 'Carnival fever'
The UVI troupe, "UVI Playin Mas': From Many Cultures: One Virgin Islands." Photo by Quiana L. Duncan
Continued from page 1
Monique Guillory and Eva Maddox,
The moko jumbies portrayed
Caribbean Folklore. Zimmerman
chose this section to strut his stuff.
The Indians, Africans and blue dev-
ils all portrayed the modem masquer-
aders which displayed feathers, a lot
of flesh, and plenty feting. The Afri-
can blue devils were scantly dressed
in blue, and, according to
Zimmerman, were very active and
devious, running with their pitchforks
The volunteer team, headed by
Claude Steele, associate campus ad-
ministrator for student affairs, played
a very important role.
The masqueraders were there
from 9:30 in the morning and did not
perform until 7 p.m. They still did
their thing with vibrancy and vigor to-
gether with the band sending the
crowd in frenzy. This could not have
been possible without the refresh-
ments and beverages distributed by
the volunteer students.
"There are so many people to
thank for making this event a suc-
cess," Ferris said.
The many vendors and sponsors
and also other people who were not
part of the UVI family became part
of the UVI family that day. There
were two refreshment trucks serving
the masqueraders as they paraded
along the streets. At one time, Steele
was driving one of the trucks.
Sophomore Joel Dorseet said that
the masqueraders were sufficiently
provided with beverages and that they
had easy access to the refreshments
via the trucks.
The volunteers were well orga-
nized. They supplied beverages and
were also there to help keep every-
thing in check. They helped the engi-
neers and sound systems and also
helped to decorate the trucks.
Dorseet said that he was a first-
time volunteer and will be coming
back next year.
Parade spectator and UVI fresh-
men Dexter Hipolyte said it was a
very interesting event. The steel pan
orchestra played very well and some
of the troupes were very energetic, he
They did their thing
with vibrancy and vigor
together with the band
sending the crowd in
The UVI troupe had the Carnival
fever, Hipolyte said.
Steele said he would like to com-
pliment the Carnival Troupe Commit-
tee for the many hours of preparation
and the great effort they all put in.
It was a great showing for the uni-
versity and a great showing for the
community, all with the help of the
excellent band they had, he said.
Ferris said they want people to
know that "UVI is not just the uni-
versity up on the hill, but we are
people who also like to have fun."
He said they exceeded all expec-
tations. They had not set out to win
any competition but to be unique in
their own way.
Ferris also said that there was
leadership participation, financial
support, support from the alumni as-
sociation and support from people
they did not even know.
"You just can't help but get en-
thralled in the mas'," he said.
UVI VOICE q ~ Hi SPH
UVI: Penny wise and pound foolish?
BY SHAWN GIBSON
ST. CROIX The University of the
Virgin Islands is a government-run
university that has very little to offer
our community. In spite of this fact,
as the Virgin Islands' only institute of
higher learning, we need the little that
is offered. This is especially true for
Many people say that the St.
Croix campus and its students suffer
in the shadows of the St. Thomas cam-
pus and its people. Even some staff
echo those sentiments.
To justify this way of thinking,
these folks use some of the poor de-
cisions made, poor practices that are
utilized and the lack of courses of-
fered, to name a few.
In recent years, this autonomous
government agency was finally asked
to produce revenue. Management has
since reorganized, and greater empha-
sis was placed on boosting enroll-
ment. A new provost was hired and
this time, being a so-called native
Virgin Islander was not the main rea-
son for hiring him. Nevertheless, this
non-native has the responsibility of
If you use the lack of available
parking space as an indicator, one
may think that enrollment on St.
Croix's campus is up.
My recent experience makes me
wonder who sets policies and why. Is
it is better to gain
$2.30 and lose $2,600
in UVI's view.
it the folks on St. Thomas or our own
St. Croix natives?
Does sound reasoning go into
policy-making or do people set poli-
cies simply because they can?
UVI's policies have me wondering
whether I am at the right university. As a
Business Management major, I think not.
At the end of the fall semester I
did not realize that I owed $2.30 to
the UVI library.
Did they send me a bill? Hell no!
Why? As a means of ensuring collec-
tion, UVI will not register students
who owe the library.
In following this policy, this insti-
tute of higher learning, which offers
various business degrees, refused to ac-
cept approximately $2,600 from me.
Do the math.
Certainly, it is better to gain $2.30
and lose $2,600 in UVI's view.
Now, I am asking, is this the land
of Oz? Do I feel a sense of accom-
plishment in earning a business man-
agement degree from an institute that
practices business in this manner?
Being from the Caribbean, I must
ask, are they penny wise and pound
I simply refuse to believe that
educated professionals are so incom-
petent. Therefore, I wonder, is this de-
liberate? Are they trying to sabo-
tage the non-native provost?
Advising should be more effective
BY ASLIN LEGER
ST. THOMAS For the past three
years, I have asked myself the same
question: "Who is my adviser and
how can he or she help me?"
I was told at the beginning of my
first semester that my adviser would
be a faculty member within my ma-
jor. To find out who this person was,
I had to look for my name on various
bulletin boards throughout campus.
When I finally found the mystery
person, I immediately searched for
contact information on the UVI
After leaving several messages
and receiving no answer, I decided to
go to the department to learn this
person's schedule. My luck was that
my adviser was returning from
classes at that same time.
To my astonishment my adviser
simply pulled out a UVI handbook to
check whether I had the prerequisites
for the classes that I had listed on a
short piece of paper.
After 20 minutes of
prerequisites and picking
classes that were not in
my major, I went out of
the office more confused
than before I entered.
After 20 minutes of cross-check-
ing my prerequisites and picking
classes that were not in my major, I
went out of the office more confused
than before I entered.
I was stunned at the fact my ad-
viser was "advising" me without any
background information. The only
information this person was ac-
quainted with was my name on a list
with my intended major.
As a student, I understand the
hectic schedule some professors have.
But this does not justify some of the
treatment students receive.
Another student shared a similar
tale. In the first place, it was difficult
to get in contact with her adviser. To
make things worse, she spent two
hours in the registrar's office after her
visit, because the adviser had signed
her up using an old schedule.
I suggest that student records be
made available to advisers, so they
have some basis for their interactions.
I learned for myself that I should
take a copy of my transcript for sit-
ins with my adviser. Students who
don't can be forced to take unneces-
sary classes that only waste time and
I'm here. Where's my professor???
By SANA W. HAMED
ST. CROIX An ongoing issue that
I have personally found is professors'
not showing up to class and not even
telling students that they will not be
Most professors will become up-
set if a student comes late to class or
does not even show up, so why can't
they give us the same respect they
want to get?
It is the beginning of the Spring
2007 semester and one of my profes-
sors (not calling any names) has not
come to class twice, and, mind you,
we have had only two classes.
The first time we were told he
was still on vacation. The following
week he still did not show.
And now, as I am waiting for class
to start, I hope he plans on showing up
because I amhere wasting time. C'mon
now, instead of being here waiting an
hour for class to start, I could be home
doing something useful.
Being told in advance can save
time and gas money (especially for
those who live out East).
If professors decide
not to come to class, can
we dock their pay?
For those who have ajob, anhour
that was designated for class where
the professor did not show up could
have been another hour for the pay-
check. Attending classes is not the
only responsibility a student has.
I commend the professors who
always show up to class, and, if they
plan on missing a class, we are told
Some will even have someone
substitute for him or her (please, this
is not necessary!). Just let us know
when you're not going to show up.
Accidents and other things out-
side of our control may happen and
that is understandable: we are not
perfect. But for it to happen too often
something must be wrong.
A solution to this? I think finding
a more effective way for students and
professors to communicate should
take place first. E-mail does help, but
not all students check it constantly.
I cannot come up with a more ef-
fective solution, so maybe the higher-
ups will take notice and help.
If one day I decide to skip class, I
know the professor would not hesi-
tate in the long run to let it affect my
So if professors decide not to
come to class, can we dock their pay?
Where are the
By MONAI GREENE
ST. THOMAS One of the great
things about college is you can pick
your class time to fit your schedule.
Or can you?
The University of the Virgin Is-
lands should offer a wider variety of
classes at night for students who can't
attend during the day.
Although UVI offers a great se-
lection of required classes such as
English, mathematics and science -
when it comes to classes in a major,
they are available only during the day.
As a Communication major, I
have a very hard time finding classes
being offered at night. There are only
two in Spring 2007, for example.
Some students are privileged to
go to school full time without having
to work. But there are others who
have to work to pay bills, support their
families and pay expensive tuition.
There are students who are forced
to quit theirjobs to finish college and
then end up with an extreme amount
of debt. I don't want this to happen to
me or anyone else.
Graduating from college with a
degree can be very rewarding, but
graduation is out of reach for some
students because they are confined to
Whoever schedules classes needs
to consider students who have to work
during the day. It's not fair that a lim-
ited number of classes are available
If not enough professors are avail-
able to teach at night, hire more staff,
or offer more money for teaching
night classes. Do whatever it takes to
ensure that every individual has the
opportunity to graduate from college.
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Advising should be more effective
By MIGUELINA VALDES
ST. CROIX The University of the
Virgin Islands-St. Croix campus is
beautiful, yet we encounter many dif-
ficulties which could have and should
have been avoided.
Our campus is diverse and rich
in culture. Although it is this that
makes it unique, we tend to be lenient
on other things such as our bookstore.
Students whose professors are anx-
ious to give readings from the text-
books are sometimes kept behind be-
cause the books ordered did not reach
on time for the spring or fall semes-
ter or perhaps the many excuses given
to the students when looking for a
textbook that has not yet arrived.
There are many students who are
enrolled in ADL courses in which the
professors are located somewhere
other than on St. Croix. These pro-
fessors give readings based on the
assigned textbooks, but unfortunately
the students enrolled on the St. Croix
campus can not keep up with the pro-
fessors. On the other hand when stu-
dents from the St. Thomas Campus
are asked whether or not they re-
ceived the textbooks, the reply seems
to be "yes."
Why is it that we should be held
behind on our school work due to this
According to the bookstore, the
university did not submit the requests
for the textbooks on time, causing some
textbooks to reach later than others.
Although some professors sug-
gest students place the order for the
textbooks online, it takes sometimes
two to three weeks to actually arrive.
Meanwhile what do students do?
Well, basically there's only one re-
sponse to this question. We simply
wait until the textbook has arrived at
the bookstore and try our best to play
the catch-up game.
When books are late,
what do students do? We
simply wait until the
textbook has arrived at
the bookstore and try our
best to play the catch-up
This is similar to other problems
we face on a daily basis: whether big
or small, they just make us wiser and
better prepared. On the other hand,
to avoid situations like the one men-
tioned here, either the university
should submit or request the text-
books on time or simply let the stu-
dents know so that before the incom-
ing semester comes we could have
already received our textbooks by
simply placing our orders online.
Aerial view of St. Thomas showing campus. Photo by Miriam Welderufael.
Response from Merritt Crowder,
St. Croix UVI Bookstore manager:
The bookstore asks professors
to send us textbooks requisitions
months before the beginning of
Sometimes, especially with ADL
classes, if the instructor is on one
island the requisition only makes it
to that island's bookstore.
We do try to check and make
sure that any class listed for STX
has a requisition and then we inform
the administrative assistant if we
are missing any.
It is then their responsibility to
get the information to us.
Unfortunately the only classes
we are missing textbooks for are the
classes that the department didn't
send us requisitions for until after
the holiday break.
Once we receive the textbook
requisitions we immediately order
the books required and express ship
them. Even with express shipping it
takes time to get books on island.
Students are welcome to come
to the bookstore and take down the
book information off the cards on
the shelves, which we put up before
the holiday break, if they want to
order their books online.
Sadly, if we haven't gotten any
information from the professor/de-
partment we won't have it to give
out to students or to order books for
By BERNHARDT SIMMONDS
ST. CROIX The University of the
Virgin Islands enriches the minds of
students in the Virgin Islands. Unfor-
tunately, the UVI student goes though
many challenges because of the way
the courses are structured.
Students are held back
due to the lack of a
One of the greatest challenges is
that it is very hard to take a course at
UVI and then find the credits won't
transfer to another university.
The students also suffer the cost
of highly expensive books, which are
sold in the campus bookstore, and of
copy paper which puts an extra dent
in their pockets. Students struggle and
have no choice but to buy them.
Every day, students go though the
horrible taste of the bitter food which
Athletics suffers, as well. Stu-
dents are held back in their ability to
become outstanding athletic scholars
due to the lack of a school gym. The
student faces having to use an outdoor
gym, which can't be used on rainy or
Actions need to be taken to improve
the areas that challenge the students of
the Virgin Islands so that the education
of these students is enhanced.
Students, faculty, staff Sought
to join St. Thomas UVI Moko
The UVI Community Engagement
Committee invites interested stu-
dents, faculty and staff to play mas
with the UVI troupe in the 2007 Vir-
gin Islands Carnival Adult Parade as
moko jumbies. Eighteen-year veteran
moko jumbie Dave Smith will orga-
nize the effort and train the jumbies.
Anyone can learn the art of
stiltwalking with proper training and
a little persistence. Training will be-
gin in mid-February. The estimated
cost for the stilts is $25. Parade cos-
tumes will cost approximately $200.
If you're interested, please contact
Smith right away at 693-1257
(email@example.com) for more informa-
Miss UVI Ambassadorial
Competition scheduled for
The UVI Student Government Asso-
ciation has scheduled the 2007 Miss
UVI Ambassadorial Competition for
Saturday, March 24, at the Reichhold
Center for the Arts on St. Thomas.
Five young ladies from the St. Tho-
mas and St. Croix campuses are ex-
pected to participate. The competi-
tion, which is the SGA's 45th UVI
anniversary celebration event, has the
theme "Women of Distinction -
Poised for Greatness." For more in-
formation, contact the Student Activi-
ties Office at 693-1111. UVI faculty,
staff and students interested in help-
ing to plan the competition should
contact Carolyn Wattley, SGA
Queen's Committee advisor, at 693-
1120. Committee meetings are held
each Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the
Student Activities conference room
on the St. Thomas campus.
UVI Counseling Services now
offers confidential, online
UVI's Counseling Services Office is
now offering confidential, on-line
screening for alcohol, depression,
anxiety and post-traumatic stress con-
ditions, free for UVI students.
Screening features a short, con-
fidential questionnaire that may be ac-
cessed from the "Student Life" page
of the UVI web site, at http://
www.uvi.edu. The site can be directly
accessed from this link. For details,
visit the Counseling and Placement
Offices on the St. Thomas or the St.
Croix campuses, or call 693-1134 on
St. Thomas or 692-4187 on St. Croix.
Applications being accepted for
new MMES Graduate Program
Applications are being accepted for
a new Master of Marine and Environ-
mental Science (MMES) graduate
program scheduled to begin at the
University of the Virgin Islands in the
Fall of 2007.
The multi-disciplinary program is
offered by the Division of Science and
Mathematics, the Center for Marine
and Environmental Studies, and the
Virgin Islands Experimental Program
to Stimulate Competitive Research
(VI-EPSCoR). The MMES program
will offer advanced training in science
and natural resource management.
For more information, check out
4 What's on YOUR mind?
deadline: Feb. 16, 2007
BY JONATHON CALLWOOD
I always thought an epiphany was an
"Aha!" moment. There is a period of
thinking, and boom, an epiphany is
I do not know for sure, because I
have yet to experience an epiphany
Maybe this is due to my young,
barely developed brain, maybe I
haven't experienced enough in my
life, or maybe I do not think enough.
I hear this word floating through my
day-to-day experiences, and I have
never once had reason to consider
what an epiphany really is.
I expect this essay to be the door
to my first one, but first, the research.
Naturally, as an American, my
first research stop was my television,
and, as I expected, I was immediately
struck by an epiphany. Well, some-
one else's epiphany.
Several examples of extreme,
life-changing events were postulated
before me, and watching this vacuum
tube of intellect, for a second, I was
entranced and captivated by this over-
flow of intuition.
I wondered why I had never
thought of any of these grand ideas
before. It was amn.zin,_ and I started
actually feeling a bit down.
realizes the value of unit
price shopping, another
person finds God through
a whirlwind of soul
searching and prayer, a
baby discovers the
wonders of its toes. All of
these events have been
labeled as epiphanies.
I wanted an epiphany too, and
then, through the magic of advertis-
ing, a miracle happened. Apparently,
I too could have a life changing rev-
elation for just ten cents a minute.
Free long distance epiphanies on
nights and weekends.
The word "epiphany" is every-
where: someone suddenly realizes the
value of unit price shopping, another
person finds God through a whirlwind
of soul searching and prayer, a baby
discovers the wonders of its toes. All
of these events have been labeled as
epiphanies, and all of these seem to
fit the mainstream definition of an
epiphany, but the mode of epiphanic
deliverance that struck me as just too
absurd was through television.
I vowed to watch less TV, much
The Random House Dictio-
nary defines "epiphany" as follows:
"a sudden, intuitive perception of or
insight into the reality or essential
meaning of something, usually initi-
ated by some simple, homely or com-
monplace occurrence or experience."
I am not sure that a spoon-fed TV
revelation is quite the "insight into re-
ality" described in the word's defini-
tion, but commercials do fit the
"simple, homely, and commonplace
occurrence" mold to a T.
Just looking at the word by itself,
its definition came as a blow to my
ego, and also to my sanity.
The analogy that
seemed most suitable to
explaining an epiphany is
that of the camel whose
back is broken by a
Imbedded in this definition of an
epiphany is a need for the people ex-
periencing said epiphany to realize
that they are not in touch with reality,
and a need for them to admit that they
do not grasp the essential meaning of
what they originally thought.
The fact that a homely, common-
place experience instigates this
change in existence is a further blow
to years of work accumulating knowl-
edge and intelligence.
This definition tells us that, out-
side of experiencing epiphanies, we
Using Merriam-Webster's Dictio-
nary of Law, the definition of insan-
ity is: "The inability to understand the
nature and consequences of one's acts
(as making a will) or of events, mat-
ters, or proceedings in which one is
It's a match.
Immediately my mind searched
for a more acceptable analogy. This
is my way of coping with a thought
that intrudes upon my macroscopi-
cally placid brain. Analogies keep
absurd ideas neatly packaged in my
head to create a mental state similar
to that of chemical equilibrium: busy,
but relatively contained. They also
amuse me, further facilitating a state
of simulated tranquility.
The analogy I chose that seemed
most suitable to explaining an
epiphany is that of the camel whose
back is broken by a feather.
In an epiphany the camel is our
mind. Weight is continually piled onto
the mind-camel through learning and
passive absorption of external stimuli.
Over time this pile of information
decomposes into useful, but still dis-
organized, facts and references.
Under normal development this
process continues until a general under-
standing of a subject is obtained, and
the camel is buff, but still plodding.
During an epiphany, one special
piece of stimulus, the proverbial feather,
acts as a catalyst, and, if a critical mass
of intelligence has been reached, all of
the accumulated facts collapse into uni-
fled understanding. The camel is now a
This is a very satisfying explana-
tion, but it still rings hollow.
If this is true, does that mean that
epiphanies are just an uncontrollable
If so, then it is almost as discour-
aging to accept the camel as it is to
believe that we exist in a perpetual
state of insanity pockmarked by mo-
mentary bursts of insight.
Is our thought really a mechanism
thllt .acts outside of our conscious abil-
ity to reason?
If this is so, then of what value is
our participation in our own lives
other than that of a tool to hold things
closer to our eyes? I cannot be con-
tent as my mind's thumbs.
According to an article in Ethol-
ogy and Sociobiology by Prof. Neil
Greenberg, an epiphany is an "ex-
treme case of what happens every day
when our consciousness (often unbe-
knownst to us) is enlarged or changed
as it assimilates or accommodates
new experiences that come our way
by means of our senses."
This definition is alarmingly con-
sistent with my own reasoning, but
Greenberg came to this conclusion
from an opposite, less discontented
He goes further to state that an
epiphany can be physically expressed,
and that this expression is "the crys-
tallization of creative insight in which
previously unconnected elements are
connected in a way that enhances or
even restores harmony -- a balance of
numerous elements within and/or be-
tween levels of consciousness."
He says epiphanies are art and
The definition of epiphany as
emotion provides the key to linking
epiphany with reason.
Epiphanies can, and initially
must, arise independently of con-
In doing so the epiphany provides
an emotional buffer zone that allows
us to safely keep our thoughts above
the judgment-clouding insanity of un-
This buffer also allows us to think
beyond the "box" created out of ig-
norance, and reason in a manner
which produces accurate and sane
This emotion is probably most
commonly manifested as pride. The
joy of accomplishing something pre-
viously thought to be unobtainable,
the realization that this idea is all
yours, the knowledge that it is pos-
sible to contribute to enlightenment
and art; it is the security of accom-
plishment that is provided by
epiphany that is the connection be-
tween inspiration and the thought pro-
cesses behind the inspiration.
Jonathan Callwood is a freshman
marine science major on the St. Tho-
mas campus. This essay was origi-
nally written as a paperfor ENG 191,
Honors Composition, Fall 2006.
UVI Troupe photos online
Congratulations to the UVI Troupe
members who took second place in
the 2007 Crucian Christmas Festival
"troupe over 100" participants cat-
egory. A slide show featuring troupe
participants is available from the UVI
home page http://www.uvi.edu or
from this direct link.
Cooks, volunteers sought for
Afternoon of the Green
The University of the Virgin Islands
is recruiting dishes for Afternoon on
the Green UVIs annual food, fun
and family event scheduled for noon
to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, on the
Herman E. Moore Golf Course on the
St. Thomas campus. This year's
theme is "It's Celebration Time: Af-
ternoon on the Green has Officially
General volunteers, specifically
those with valid health cards, are also
being sought. For more information,
call the Institutional Advancement
Office at 693-1040.
New Health Service hours for
St. Thomas Campus
At the Health Services Center on
UVI's St. Thomas campus, a nurse is
available on the following schedule:
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.
A doctor is available each Mon-
day, Wednesday and Friday from
noon to 1 p.m.
Emergencies occurring when the
office is closed should be referred to
the UVI Security Office at 693-1530.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
opens national graduate
UVI is seeking applications from out-
standing students or recent graduates
for nomination as candidates for
graduate scholarships to be awarded
by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
In June, the foundation will award ap-
proximately 30 scholarships of up to
$50,000 per year for up to six years.
As an accredited U.S. institution, UVI
can nominate up to two students for
the competition. The program is de-
signed for students with financial
need beginning their first graduate or
professional degree program in the
fall of 2007. Deadline is Thursday,
For more information, go to
or call 1-800-498-6478. Details are
also available from Dr. Utha O. Will-
iams, UVI's Interim Executive Direc-
tor of Global and Graduate Education,
UVI Little Theatre schedules
auditions for spring production
A second round of auditions for the
spring production of "Caribbean
Babylon" at UVI's Little Theatre on
St. Thomas has been scheduled for
Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the
Little Theatre. The play, written by
St. Thomas native Gus Edwards, is
set on St. Thomas in the 1950s, not
long after large-scale tourismbecame
a major economic and cultural force.
Fourteen actors are needed, including
two white actors (one male and one
female) and 12 black actors ( seven
males and five females). For further
information, call David Edgecombe
at 693-1341 or the UVI Humanities
office at 693-1340.
~Carnru t 1le.
Celebrated journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault to
deliver annual Alfred Heath Lecture at UVI
Left: Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Right: Accepting an honorary doctorate, Hunter-Gault salutes the Wheaton College Class of 2005. Photo by Michael Dwyer.
BY UVI VOICE STAFF
ST. CROIX Celebrated journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault will be the Alfred
Heath lecturer at UVI's St. Croix campus, in EC 401, Wednesday, Feb. 14, at
6 p.m. The lecture will be videoconferenced to Chase Auditorium on St. Tho-
mas. She will discuss her new book, New News out of Africa: Uncovering
Africa's Renaissance. A book signing will follow the lecture.
According to her National Public Radio biography, Hunter-Gault recently
left her post as CNN's Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent, which
she had held since 1999, to pursue independent projects. She was chief corre-
spondent in Africa for NPR from 1997 to 1999.
Hunter-Gault was the chief national correspondent for The Newshour
with Jim Lehrer on PBS from 1983 to 1997. During her tenure at The
NewsHour, she won two Emmys and a Peabody for excellence in broadcast
Tap dance marvel
Savion Glover to
play the Reichhold
ST. THOMAS Tony Award-win-
ning tap dancer Savion Glover will
perform at the Reichhold Center on
Glover was just 12 years old
when he made his Broadway debut
in "The Tap Dance Kid," according
to Reichhold press materials. His
1996 Broadway show "Bring in Da
Noise, Bring in Da Funk" earned
Glover a Tony Award for best chore-
Call The Reichhold Center Tick-
eting Office at 693-1559 for details.
Performance is 8 p.m.
by Carl A. Christopher
in the year 2020" 1 11.ck ou.A, "
journalism for her work on the series "Apartheid's People." She has also
received the 1986 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Associa-
tion of Black Journalists.
Hunter-Gault joined The New Yorker as a reporter in 1963. She went on
to work as an investigative reporter and anchorwoman for WRC-TV in 1967-
1968. She then joined the New York Times as a metropolitan reporter spe-
cializing in coverage of the urban African-American community. She won
several awards during her ten years there, including the National Urban Coa-
lition Award for Distinguished Urban Reporting and The New York Times'
Publisher's Award. She has also been published in The New York Times
Magazine, Saturday Review, The New York Times Book Review, Essence,
Hunter-Gault was the first African-American woman to enter the Univer-
sity of Georgia, where she received a B.A. in journalism in 1962. Hunter-
Gault is married, has two children and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
S Af Sp,_rts
L St. Croix intramural
ST. CROIX Klaryssa Simon and
Kornel Baptiste emerged as the
St.Croix Campus intramural female
and male archery champions, respec-
tively, in December.
Simon scored 300 total points out
of a possible 360 to lead all archers,
both female and male.
Ashante Branigan finished sec-
ond in the female category with 260
points, and Precious Laurent and
Marie Jouavel tied for third with 242
Baptiste edged out Joel Sinnanan
by a mere 2 points, 272-270, to
emerge as the St. Croix Campus male
Finishing in third place in the
male category was Wayne Gonzales
with 228 points.
In the co-ed team category, the
team of Baptiste and Marie Jouavel
barely edged out the team of
Sinnanan and Laurent 514-512 points
to win the team championship.
Anna-Mai Christmas and Wayne
Gonzales finished in third with 446
The next archery event will be
held during UVI Charter Day in
March. For more info contact Coach
Bruce Wray at 692-4139.