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* Valentine's Day Memories Whether it's a picnic in the grass with flowers, strawberries and cheesecake, sharing true feelings on Valentine's is always special. (photo by Carlon Neily)

Valentine's Day Memories

On the other hand, Valentine's Day is not a
bed of roses for all. One young lady said that
she and her boyfriend separated the day
before Valentine's but she was lucky to have
a "caring" older brother to treat her to a can
of tuna and a movie on Direct TV. Another
said she rarely has the opportunity to cele-
brate this festive day because she works in a
bakery and she always works on Valentine's
since the overtime pays well and she doesn't
really care for the day very much anyway.
You may think it odd that there are no

males expressing their "memories" of
Valentine's Day but the truth is that most, if
not all, of the males interviewed said they
don't really like Valentine's Day or there was
nothing really special they remember ever
occurring on this day.
Maybe there is truth in the common state-
ment that males are less sensitive to
schmaltziness than females but that is anoth-
er story.

* Continued on page 9

I by Chakara Bennett, Features Editor
Reva Devi, Copy Editor
V' Day Memories: Valentine's Day has come and
gone but the memory still lingers on. According to
some students, Valentine's Day is a day for creating
memories, good and bad with someone you enjoy
spending time with. One young lady admitted that one
of her best memories on V' Day was when her
boyfriend gave her an array of plushies, while anoth-
er said she was ecstatic when her boyfriend returned
home from an extended trip just to spend Valentine's
Day week together. Another girl said her boyfriend of
four years had proposed to her on that special day of

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U The Spectrum February 2007

Ghost Rider Movie Review

* Ghost Rider Rated PG 13

I Reviewed by Travaldo Farrington

I've been told I can be rather harsh so I'm
going to list all the reasons why you should
watch Ghost Rider. It's so bad that you'll
either laugh all the way through or get in a
good nap. There, I tried.

I'll start from the top. The choice of actors
is awful. Letting Nicholas Cage play the lead
was simply a bad idea. Cage spends far too
much time overacting and mugging for the
camera for viewers to suspend disbelief and
attempt to get absorbed in the plot. The same
plot, by the way, that's so incredibly lacking
in interesting moments or depth that Cage's
poor acting may be a blessing in disguise.
Sadly, he's not the only one at fault. The
entire cast is one big example of what not to
allow in a film that's meant to succeed.
Anything remotely related to exposition or
character development has conveniently
been left absent in this film. Fifteen minutes
into the story, you won't care about anything
that's happening on-screen. It's all very
underwhelming. If by some chance, you're
only interested in the CG effects instead of
the story or acting, prepare to be disappoint-
ed. The effects, while not bad, aren't all that
great either.
If you really want a decent comic to movie
adaptation, wait for Spider-Man 3 this May
or Frank Miller's The 300 this March if
you're a fan of Sin City. Now if you'll excuse
me, I have several stacks of Ghost Rider
comics to set on fire.

HE NUMBER 23 NEW 1:10 3:35 N/A 6:10 8:20 1050
HEABANDONED NEW 1:15 3:20 N/A 6:15 8:20 10:40
RENO 911: MIAMI NEW 1:20 3:45 N/A 6:20 8:30 10:45
DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS T 1:00 3:30 N/A 6:00 8:40 10:55
DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS T 2:00 N/A 4:30 7:30 N/A 10:00
GHOST RIDER C 1:05 3:45 N/A 6:05 8:25 10:45
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA A 1:15 3:40 N/A 6:10 8:30 10:35
MUSIC & LYRICS C 1:40 N/A 4:40 7:40 N/A 10:40
NORBIT T 1:10 3:40 N/A 6:10 8:40 10:50
HANNIBAL RISING C 1:00 3:25 N/A 6:00 8:20 10:45
HE MESSENGERS T 1:05 3:30 N/A 6:10 8:25 10:55

HE NUMBER 23 NEW 1:10 3:40 N/A 6:00 8:40 10:40
RENO 911: MIAMI NEW 1:00 3:50 N/A 6:30 8:35 10:45
DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS T 1:10 3:40 N/A 6:00 8:30 10:35
GHOST RIDER C 1:20 3:35 N/A 6:15 8:30 10:30
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA A 1:30 3:30 N/A 6:20 8:40 10:40
NORBIT T 1:00 3:25 N/A 6:10 8:35 10:30

Never mind the cold fronts, the freakishly
unpredictable weather and the on and off
downpours, people, put down your grand-
mother's sweater and don't let the rain scare
away your drive for letting style be a part of
your tout ensemble. Spring is here and so are
the blossoming new fashion looks.
First off, to have a successful and fashion-
able look this Spring, you will need clarity
and not chaos. The "oh so" endearing audi-
ence of on lookers are going to marvel at the
fact that they can see where every layer
blends and every hemline stops. Shades of
brown, pastels and khaki are perfect for
pulling this off and luckily the earthy look is
so hot for Spring. Don't be afraid of a little
gingham either. Right now, gingham is
parading the spring fashion runways. It's a
surprise what checks or stripes could do in
the right composition. However, that sugges-
tion is only for the stylishly brave at heart.
Also to achieve that smooth blend of clar-
ity while keeping the look simple at the same
time, you can match up those soft faded fit-
ted jeans with your favorite tank top and a
jean shrug. This look is very popular and
don't worry about being repetitive. With the
multiple layers involved, being able to dou-
ble up on the tanks and mix matching with
the shrugs, not to forget accessories and a
choice between flats, heels or sneakers, the
possibilities are virtually endless.
Tanks and shrugs are in, along with the
athletic look. What this simple means is
sweats, track pants, racer back tanks, sneak-
ers and hoodies are what to go for, but for the
most part hoodies. Color doesn't matter much
when it comes to the hoodie, once it's not to
dark and dreary; it is spring after all. Just

by Patrick Deveaux
S Cartoonist and General Reporter


throw on that white hoodie, with any pair of
light denim jeans (with the well-washed
look) or a pair of khaki cargos and those
expensive looking Payless sneakers you've
been dying to wear (yer we know it's just
$19.99 but they're so darn comfortable), and
you're good to go.
Topping it all off with a pair of oversized
$65 Armani Exchange translucent brown
sunglass wouldn't hurt at all (It's been said
that the cheap ones just don't give the same
look). Those things are becoming quite the
fad, despite consensus among the non-fad
following circles.
If you really want to be the oversized eye-
wear envy of all your friends, there's a stun-
ning pair of vintage Luella by Linda Farrow
going for $300. Now we know what to buy
when COB cancels one of our courses next
semester (wink wink).
Not to worry, for all those who don't fol-
low fads, one thing will always be "in", and
that the trusty baby T's and jeans, with which
you could never go wrong.
For all you guys, just stick to what you
always wear. Honestly fashion isn't for guys,
that's just being straight up. However, all you
buffs for footwear be on the lookout for the
new Air Force Ones adorning aquamarine,
black and gold, the Bahamian colors.
Apparently, this limited edition model was
made for the 25th anniversary of Air Force
Ones and commemorates the Bahamian her-
itage of Mychal George Thompson, who was
one of he first Bahamians on Air Force One
team. And, don't forget to express your opin-
ion about Conchience Clh'iiii... some very
sharp people sporting that label on campus.

S JOCKEY MAN -You can express a
concept in a thousands ways if you have
the imagination of Rodney Rolle, PSY 202:
Abnormal Psychology student. For class
project, Rodney got a friend to help him
out. The friend dressed up as 'Jockey
Man', a scary enough fellow in cape and
tights, wearing a mask, who skirted around
campus, twirling and lurching at people
while making unintelligible sounds. The
objective? To see people's reaction toward
abnormal or unusual behaviour and relate
that to every-day behaviour. We don't
know whether Rodney, who videotaped the
performance, succeeded in his study but
~ Jockey Man certainly made an impression.

SCHOOL NEWS The Spectrum February 2007 F

The Truth Behind the Rumor

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U Dr. Kathleen Sullivan-Sealey (photo by Reva Devi)

I by Chakara Bennett & Reva Devi
Good news COB, Dr. Kathleen Sullivan-
Sealey, Dean of Faculty of Pure and Applied
Sciences is not leaving. She still intends to
be around to see The College of The
Bahamas' transition to University of The
According to Dr. Sealey, what may have
started the rumors is the fact that her dual
office as Acting Director of Marine
Environmental Studies Institute and Dean of
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences is
under the consideration of being split into
two distinct positions. Additionally, COB has
published a faculty vacancy requesting appli-
cations for the position of Dean, Faculty of
Pure and Applied Sciences.
Dr. Sealey explains all this as simply yet
another step toward the transition from COB
to UOB.

In fact, she says there are a number of
things that will change during this transition.
For instance, in the past, lecturers hired early
in their careers and there was great leniency
in allowing them to take study leave in order
to help them improve their educational qual-
ifications. Limitations will have to be placed
on the number of faculty allowed study
leave. She also stated that COB students
today are much more intelligent and prepared
to attend universities abroad. After much
process when UOB is full established, there
will be more programs and institutions avail-
able to attract our students. It is therefore
essential to change the view COB students
have about their own school. Dr. Sealey
believes the changes and implementation of
UOB will help to achieve this.
Other changes mentioned include the like-
lihood of many introductory 100-level cours-
es being compiled into large lecture-sized
classes and the higher level classes being
smaller than we are accustomed to. Also few
contact hours for faculty with students (less
course sections to teach) so that faculty will
give more time to individual classes and
required research projects for individual ben-
efit and scholarly benefit for national impor-
The interview with Dr. Sealey left no
doubt that once this institution becomes a
university, COB will become more organ-
ized, fees will increase, facilities will
improved, programs will change and more
faculty will be hired to accommodate the
influx of students and classes.

A CROWN AMONG US- Miss Teen Commonwealth Int'l., Roshanna
Thompson, Tourism Management major, poses with Chef Sterling
Thompson (left) and Culinary and Hospitality students doing the spring
reopening of Choices Restaurant. Roshanna was crowned Miss Teen
Commonwealth Int'l 2006-2007 in London, England on July 16, 2006.
(photo by Andrea Knott)

* THE PRINCE AND THE STUDENTS HRH Prince Edward (second from left seated)
handed out gold awards to COB students and others at the annual Governor General
Youth Award ceremony at Government House, Feb. 12. Also seated are Dr. Davidson
Hepburn, Chairman, GGYA National Council; His Excellency Hon Arthur Hanna, Governor
General, and Robert Nihon, Chairman, GGYA Board of Trustees. Also pictured standing
(left) is Denise Mortimer, GGYA National Executive


I Contributed by Cassandra Nottage Deandra Smith, Esmond Johnson, Travis
Duncombe, Onan Rolle, Robert Moncur,
Nineteen COB students received Gold Rayshell Minus, Dennise Newton, Dontae
Awards and had their pictures taken with Saunders, Mandelia Morris and Jervaise
HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Sawyer.
the Governor General, Sir Arthur Hanna, Feb The ceremony on Feb 2nd was attended
2-3 during ceremonies recognizing contribu- by former GG, Sir Orville Turnquest, Mr.
tions of the various units of the Governor Robert Nihon, Chairman of the GGY Award
General Youth Award program. Board of Trustees, Miss Commonwealth
The students received awards and certifi- Bahamas, and family and friends of the
cates at Government House for long-term recipients.
serving (20-15-10 years) in the GGY pro- On Feb 3rd, the COB unit attended a
gram. To qualify for the Gold Award, partic- reception and rally where all units welcomed
ipants must be 17 years or older, have com- Prince Edward to The Bahamas and partici-
pleted the Silver Award level, show commit- pated in a banner competition celebrating 20
ment and improvement from the initial level years of GGYA. Performances were also
of ability, and display persistent and regular given by The Royal Bahamas Defense Force
effort. Band, National Youth Choir, Police Cadets
Cassandra Nottage, President of the and Government High Junior Junkanoo
GGYA Club at COB headed the list of stu- group.
dents that included Elindera Ferguson, The COB Club President presented a gift
Teynarae Newbold, Danielle Sweeting- of appreciation to Prince Edward on behalf
Wilson, Terez Albury, Alysia Moss, Aisha of the entire GGYA program of The
Turnquest, Max Wilchombe, Stefano Bowe, Bahamas.


There was a two-year lull but it's back. The Mr. Francis, not to evacuate all buildings, for
bomb scare perpetrator struck again on Feb 21 example, the Michael H. Eldon Complex. By
around 3 pm causing an ot pouring from after- 5:40 pm the dogs had sniffed through most of
noon classes and crowds to gather. the buildings and the alarm was lifted.
COB help Desk got the call from a male voice However, many students didn't know about
saying "a student was walking around with a the all clear report and many, including some
bomb for two lecturers." students and lecturers had already left campus,
The caller was vague says Security head consequently several evening classes were not
Wellington Francis so all the appropriate agen- attended Additionally, there were persons who
cies (police, bomb squad with snifter dogs and were not informed by security or anyone else
fire department) were summoned before insi- that they had to evacuate their office (there is
tuting an evacuation of the various buildings on
campus. however, a decision was made, says 0 Continued on page 10

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The Spectrum February 2007


S-3 Art Block
The College/University of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Tel: (242) 302-4483 Fax (242) 302-4539
Managing Editor ............LaToya Greene,Law & Crim.
Production Editor ........ Tecoyo Sturrup, CIS
Features Editor .......... Chakara Bennett, ENG
Business Editor ........... Ryan Bastian, Econ & Fin
Cartoonist/Reporter .........Patrick J. Deveaux ENG LIT
Copy Editor/Photographer ...Reva Devi, Sosc
General Reporter ...........Lorenzo Curtis, Econ & Fin
Movie Reviewer ........... Travaldo Farrington, Art
Marjorie Cheetham

The Spectrum, the student voice of The College of The Bahamas,
is published monthly.


Letters to the Editor are encour-
aged. Please type and send to The
Spectrum, C . of The Bahamas,
c/o Student Publications Board, S-3
Art Block, Oakes Field Campus, or
email spectrum
Length should not exceed 350
words. All letters must be signed and
include contact information for ver
such as exact COB regis-
tration name. The Spectrum has the
right to withhold any submission
from publication and will not con-
sider more than two letters from the
same individual on one topic. The
Spectrum reserves the right to edit
all letters and submissions for con-
tent, clarity and length.

I t


I by LaToya Greene
Managing Editor
With just five weeks before elections for a
new COBUS, Vice President Dale Gelin has
resigned from office. Now why would the VP
of such an esteemed campus organization
choose to do such a thing?
Shouldn't the VP be thinking about the
effects on the student body on whose behalf he
had been appointed to work in the best interest
of? Was his decision made based on some sort
of internal conflict brewing between COBUS
representatives? Or was the VP simply looking
for a way to call attention to himself or "make
news" when he made such the decision? Or was
Mr. Gelin's decision based on some personal
issue which he feels would genuinely compro-
mised his ability to serve as COBUS' Vice
President for five more weeks?
One can only speculate since COBUS hasn't
formally made any announcement about this
change or how it will affect its ability to oper-

ate for the remainder of the term. But whatev-
er the reason, it seems as though this COBUS
can't get it together. This is the third executive
to resign since the start of this administration.
The ripple became more pronounced when
at the start of this semester the Treasurer failed
to return to College and the Education Senator
resigned. It should also be noted that the posi-
tion of Dormitory Senator has remained vacant
since the inception of this COBUS and the
position of English Senator is still empty after
the previous holder was booted out for unsatis-
factory or lack of performance in that capacity.
It is quite obvious that commitment and loy-
alty are somewhat lacking within COBUS and
credibility has became an issue. So much so
that President A'Leithia Sweeting went as far as
to write in the January issue of The Spectrum
an article informing student that she was aware
of the speculation around campus that COBUS
had done nothing since they took office. She
then informed us of the many things COBUS
had done to date, which for some strange rea-
son have gone unnoticed by most students.
Well, one can only wonder if COBUS actu-
ally ever was/is a visible force on campus.

Dear Editor,
On February 6th, 2007, I walked into
The College of The Bahamas' bookstore,
ChapterOne. Shortly after entering, a
book on the shelf caught my eye a book
on Dyslexia. I picked up the book and no
sooner than I had done so, a College
Security Officer taps me on the arm and
instructs me to put the book back on to
the shelf in a firm tone. Now, I personal-
ly have drawn many assumptions for the
motive behind his action.
But none justify or give pardon for his
actions, neither does it excuse the fact
that he was not reprimanded by a senior
officer, who may have been called to
remove me from the premises subsequent
to me demanding to know what rights
have I in the bookstore that my school
fees partially maintain.
This is simply put, a case of harass-
I don't go to The College of The
Bahamas, soon to be University of The
Bahamas, to be kicked out its bookstore
for taking interest in a book.
Now I realize to you, this may not be a
matter of grave national concern. This
after all is political season. But if any of
the cliches about the youth of the nation
being the future of the nation ring true,
then this is a matter of grave national
This is not a simple problem. If a
COB student, at anytime is not allowed to
pick up a book in a COB bookstore, then
a serious problem has occurred.
Perhaps you can live in a country where

Dear Editor,
During the summer of 2006, I began
thinking about situations facing mature stu-
dents versus the younger adults on campus.
I focused my attention on both my fellow
Education majors and members of the
Creative Writing Club. In an effort to
resolve my conflicts I though "Why not
write a poem?" So I would like to publish
this poem in your Valentine's edition as a
tribute to all the young and young at heart
on campus:

your rights are infringed and you simply
skip off giggling away, but not I. It is
ludicrous and I demand more than just an
apology, but a change of policy on the
treatment of students. You see, while the
Security Officers are harassing students
in the bookstore, they are leaving vulner-
able the family island students who reside
in the dorms.
They leave the cars of students unpro-
tected in a dimly lit parking lots, and yell
at female drivers for trying to park in
well-lit areas during the evening and
They rush students out of the Caf6 after
15-20minutes, but smile at visitors in
business suits who simply are there to
peruse. (Tourism philosophy is alive and
well at The College.)
The COB Security force is under-
staffed and undermanned. Check for it
yourself, at no time will there ever be
security at all of The College's exit and
But still they find time in the midst of
their impotence to instruct me not to
touch books?
Obviously we are not their first prior-
ity. Personally, I have taken up a boycott
of the bookstore deciding not to enter the
establishment from that day. Not to spend
my parents' hard earned money in a place
that treats me if I'm lucky, as a second
class citizen.

S.A. Hanna

Love begins as but a youthful spark
Flittering and warming up the early dawn
Then it 'rupts into a fiery flame.
Hot! Scorching! Burning! Burning!
Toiling in the noonday heat.
Broiling o'er and o'er again and again
Yet quietly as the evening comes,
Twinkling in the twilight chill
Wax softly, glowing in the dark
But never, ever dying still.

Signed: Iris Louise Richardson

A COB student wronged by COB

Icamu Cl:oo by 00tric D

EDITOR'S NOTE: Asked to respond to this student's letter campus security says students
in the bookstore often present a security .. ... .. but no one student is singled out for
attention. Security ( f .. .. Francis says many students treat the bookstore like the
library and rather than purchase books students would take books -., the -..7 read
... to find ... I information for class assignments, then put the books back on the
Bookstore attendants complain about this enough times he saidfor security to keep
a look outfor this. He also emphasized that .. some criticism may be ., . 'from the
student's perspective, the security -it, in the bookstore and cafeteria 'takes a lot of rude-
ness'from students but always 'handle students with care'.

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Unusual Jobs that Pay Well

* FULL HOUSE AT CHOICES RESTAURANT-Guests at the launch of Lunch
and Litigation series Jan. 31 ate a delicious 4-course meal and listened to Hon.
Allyson Maynard Gibson Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs discussed
Consumer Protection Act, 2006. The lunch hosted by the Law Library Branch of
Libraries and Instructional Media Services was launched to garner financial sup-
port for the construction of the new library. A silent auction of works by two COB
art students also took place. (photo by Chakara Bennett)

I Chakara Bennett
Features Editor
It's called Lunch and Litigation and the
intention is to engage students and facul-
ty in the evolving legal practices and leg-
islations that affect us directly. It's also a
fund raising project in aid of the new
COB library building. The event was
kicked off January 31 by Libraries and
Instructional Media Services in conjunc-
tion with the Law Library Branch. Lunch
was at Choices Restaurant, Culinary and
Hospitality Management Institute.
This lunch-time fundraiser featured
speaker Attorney-General & Minister of
Legal Affairs, Allyson Maynard Gibson,

who spoke on four pieces of 2006 legisla-
tion formulated to improve the protection
of consumers: The Consumer Protection
Act, 2006; The Unfair Terms in
Consumer contracts Act, 2006; The
Standards Act, 2006; and The Weights
and Measures Act, 2006.
It cost $35 for the four-course lunch
but most of the funds raised resulted from
the silent auction of two paintings by
COB students. While the amount raised
was not stated, organizers of Lunch and
Litigation (planned as a biannual event)
were happy enough with the income and
the attention the event generated.

I by LaToya Greene
Managing Editor

Warning: Some of these jobs require no
qualifications and you can have fun and
earn big at the same time! Read at your
own risk.

1. Greeting Card Writer
Get paid big bucks to write sappy greeting
cards? Yeah right! No seriously, the greeting
card industry is a $7 billion industry. If you
have a knack for writing things that most
people would consider to be inspirational,
romantic or humorous, then perhaps you
could give this a shot. Having this job is also
a great way to express yourself and share
your feelings on paper. Who knows one day,
your words could make Hallmark or Blue
Mountain Arts best sellers on Valentine's
Day, Mother's Day, or Christmas!
2. Wedding Planner
Jennifer Lopez made a movie in which she
had this job and showed us how it could be.
Wedding Planners can earn $500- $500,000
per wedding, depending on whose wedding it
is and how good the planner is at doing the
job. Today's bride is too busy to plan her own
wedding, who can blame her? Ladies can
you imagine walking down the isle in a Vera
Wang, off the shoulder wedding dress,
gloves and all, looking like you could use 3
months of beauty rest? Well, this is where a
Wedding Planner comes in-you'll keep all the
stress off the bride and groom. If you enjoy
organizing events, this job could come as
second nature to you. The wedding business
is seasonal. The months of September,
October, June and August are traditionally
the busiest months, but people get married
3. Sommelier
A fancy word for wine steward, the job of
being a Sommelier entails working along

with the culinary team, pairing and suggest-
ing wines that will best complement each
particular food menu item. You may have to
get some type of certification for this job
though, as there are schools such as
International Sommelier Guild and Wines
and Spirit Education Trust dedicated to pro-
ducing Masters of Wine. Interestingly, it
could be argued that the role of a sommelier
in fine dining today is strategically on par
with that of the executive chef or chef de cui-
sine. Sommeliers make up to $40,000 a year,
just for matching wine with food. Imagine
4. Makeup Artist
The cosmetic industry has always brought in
big bucks. The job of being a makeup artist
entails making people look their best. You
don't need any special certification to have
this job or even be veteran in the field.
However, if you know nothing about apply-
ing makeup and you haven't a clue what mas-
cara is or is used for, perhaps you should
enroll in a makeup artistry school before tak-
ing on any clientele. If you have some skill in
makeup application and you do decide to
wing it, then the first thing you should do is
create a portfolio of your best work. Then,
link yourself to an established beauty parlor
and before you know it, people will be look-
ing for you to apply their makeup. A skilled
makeup artist can earn up to a $1200- $2,000
a day.
5. Videographer
This business is becoming very profitable in
the age of technology. You can make good
money videotaping weddings, graduations
and other special occasions. Having a stable
background in production can work in your
favor for editing and adding special effects.
Being creative and artistic could also be a
plus if you're thinking of making this job a
hobby or career.

Why Sbarro Got Caf Contract

I by Ryan Bastian
Business Editor

Every Oakes Field campus student is
asking: When will Sbarro open?

The building where the cafeteria was located
is still under heavy renovations but according
to Charlton Knowles, Managing Director of
Sbarro renovations should be completed
around mid March with a full opening set for
March 26th.
Sbarro has a five year lease contract Mr.

Knowles states and there is an option of
renewal for two five years terms. However,
the lease is already in effect, although Sbarro
is not paying rent because the cafeteria is not
in operation explained Denton Brown, VP,
Finance and Administration.
The agreement signed in May, 2006 enti-
tled Sbarro to three months construction lee-
way, however they have been plagued by a
number of construction woes which has
delayed opening plans for several months.
Mr. Knowles iterated that delay was due to
poor work ethics of the original constructor.

Mr. Brown said Sbarro is responsible for the
total renovation cost which Mr. Knowles
estimates is between five hundred thousand
and one million dollars. He also claims that
the reconstruction comprises a new floor, a
plumbing system, a reverse osmosis system,
electrical system, bathrooms, air condition,
light fixtures, new ceiling, various equip-
ments and more.
According to Mr. Brown, COB was look-
ing for a partner that offered menu variety at
a reasonable price and Sbarro can deliver this
he said.

Sbarro's combos range from $4.25 to
$5.75 for breakfast, lunch and dinner start at
$4.25 to $6.99 (as stated on Sbarro's take out
menu.). Students will receive 10% discount
on one combo per student per with a valid
student ID card. Sbarro menu consists of
pizza, pasta, salads and desserts.
Mr. Knowles apologizes to The College
community, especially students for the delay
of Sbarro's opening. He also stated that
Sbarro is looking forward to the further
development of a positive relationship with
The College.



The Spectrum February 2007


I by Reva Devi
Copy Editor and Photographer
Counseling and Health Services
Department provides a variety of services.
One of these is the Peer Tutoring Program,
coordinated by Earl Alfred, Psychology
Lecturer and Counselor at COB. The pro-
gram uses students who have an excellent
Grade Point Average in subjects to help stu-
dents who are experiencing difficulties with-
in a class.
In addition to the GPA requirement, tutors
are required to have spent two semesters at
COB and must be willing to volunteer their
time to help others. The program itself only
runs for 10 of the 14 weeks semester and no
one student is allowed to tutor for more than
10 hours per week.
The program has been running for nearly
19 years and started when counselors noticed
a large number of students on probation each
semester. They created the program to ensure
that more students not only passed their
courses in order to graduate but also graduat-
ed in the appropriate amount of time expect-

The Valentine's Day Corner
* Continued from page 1
Below are just a few ideas for what you
can do to make Valentine's Day special
next year:

X 6 Things Not to Give on Valentine's Day

) Toiletry Products You might not mean to
offend but some people find it really offen-
sive to receive deodorant, tampons or body
wash as gifts from their love.)
) Cheese Yes, there are some people who
gave cheese for V'Day.
) Flowers We know this is a popular gift to
give, but according to some ladies inter-
viewed, it's cliche and unimaginative...but
we always thought it was a nice sentiment.
) Functional Gifts Buying your special per-
son an iron is not cute but it does send an
obvious "message" across unless he or she
asked you for it.
) Cookbook Although this would be sent in
the spirit of creativity... you might not want
to imply that a persons needs to learn to
) Strange Humour Ok, we know you have
"unique" relationships with your significant
others, but some cards/gifts are just plain

/ 6 Unique Things to Give for Valentine's




* SPRING TERM TUTORS-For some students, tutors sometimes make the differ-
ence between pass or fail in a course. Shown are some of the tutors for this semes-
ter, from left: Kordero St. Cyr, Deandrea Rigby, Reva Sharma, Joanna Lewis, Kendra
Culmer, Tashana Blythe and Stephen Wilmore. (photo by Travis Carroll)

ed to complete their degrees. The program
has been growing rapidly and now average
10 to 15 tutors who help roughly 100 to 150

I Enjoy a home-cooked meal with your beau
- and this labour of love is not only designat-
ed for our ladies. It is especially romantic
when gents do this too.
I Symbolic Jewelry like a sun charm to
show him/her that he/she lights up your
world. It doesn't have to be expensive but it
should mean more to the person giving it
than a loss of twenty dollars or more.
I Create a treasure hunt in which the ending
prize is your gift this adds excitement to
whatever gift you may choose to give.
I Simply ask your "friend" what he/she
wants within reason Yes, just asking elimi-
nates a whole lot of creative stress.
I Spend time together on that day playing
games and just hanging out We know how
hard it is for "good" college students to spend
quality time with their boyfriends/girlfriends
without their friends. Besides, who wants to
be rubbing shoulders with other patrons in an
"intimate" restaurant setting all night?
I A Simple Card Be it an e-card, home-
made or a store-bought, as long as it express-
es sentiment and a few of your original
words, you can't go wrong with this one.
But like one interviewee said, "Valentine's
Day shouldn't be the only time of the year in
which love and appreciation of your loved
ones is expressed. It should be an everyday
activity and randomly being romantic on
ordinary days is just as special if not more
so." Happy Belated "Wiolent Times Day!!!"

First year and college prep courses are the
main focus. Mathematics is the major area
for most of the tutoring but there are several
other areas, for example, science
(Chemistry/Physics), business
(Accounts/Business Math) and languages
(English/Spanish/Creole) are also being
touched on at the lower levels. The basic idea
is that students are helped to acquire skills
necessary in the core level so that when they
reach the 200 level and beyond, they will
have a firm grounding in the basis.
There are also benefits for tutors. For
example, tutors who are Education majors
claim that tutoring helps them with the one-
on-one aspect of teaching and it's also a form
of teaching practice for them.
Tutoring provides an opportunity for
tutors to refresh their memory of a long-com-
pleted course and ensure that they always
understand the material they covered in class

as they advance to higher levels of their
degree programs. Most tutors receive a feel-
ing of fulfillment when they tutor others,
knowing that they are making an effort to
help someone even though they don't always
get through to everyone. Some tutors also
find that it is a bit stressful because students
often come to them expecting tutors to know
everything and to do all the work for them.
Nevertheless, to make tutoring successful,
tutors often try to make things interesting for
their students and to use a different approach
to that of the lecturers. Though the program
is free to tutees, the tutors receive an hon-
orary pay according to the number of hours
they work.
Most tutees give positive reviews of the
program and say it has helped them greatly in
understanding concepts over time. They
place a lot of confidence in their tutors and
find it remarkable that tutors can remember
so much after taking courses so long ago.
However, there are complaints that students
get lumped together with others who need
help in the same subject and level. This
reduces the amount of individual time that a
student has with the tutor, which they say is
essential to their learning.
Currently, Mr. Alfred is trying to get more
self-help material such as interactive com-
puter tutorials. The challenge now seems to
be getting more students to sign up to be peer
tutors in areas that students are requesting.
However, since it's a volunteer program,
there is little that can be done about this par-
ticular problem.
The program is also gearing up to expand
once more tutoring space is provided.
Present tutors encourage other students to
volunteer as tutors as well as tutees. They
recognize that many tutees do so well they
are capable of being good tutors themselves.
Many students don't know about the pro-
gram or don't bother to sign up for this on-
campus program which tutors describe as
fairly easy to participate in.


U TEDDY FOR MY GIRL-This student waits for his girl while gently cuddling his Valentine's
gift, a white teddy bear with splashes of red. (photo by Reva Devi)

II The Spectrum February 2007


Want To

Know Forum

U WHAT YOUTH WANT TO KNOW Representatives of the governing PLP and the
opposition FNM, as well as the BDM, were speakers at the forum presented by COBUS
in January at the Oakes Field campus Band Shell. Speakers were Ron Pinder, PLP MP
for Marathon (left bottom); Cassius Stuart, BDM (Bahamas Democratic Movement)
leader; Reece Chipman, FNM candidate for St. Thomas More. Although a relatively
small number of students turned out for the event, a lively exchange of questions and
answers followed the presentations. (photo by Lorenzo Curtis)

I Contributed by Lorenzo Curtis

Bahamians everywhere are anxious about
the upcoming general elections. The atmos-
phere is alive with enthusiasm and excitement
as Bahamians get ready to mark their X.
Students of The College The Bahamas are also
gearing up for their opportunity to give their
vote to the political party whom they believe
will be the best choice for their country's future
and their own.
Some students are voting for the first time
while others are return voters. It is also true
that many young people are undecided as to
who they will voting for as was evident in story
written by The Spectrum's Business Editor in
January's edition of the paper. It is with this
thought in mind that The College of The
Bahamas Union of Students (COBUS) put on a
forum at which the major political parties in
the Bahamas were represented. Each was
given an opportunity to share with students
their plans for the youth of the nation.
The Youth-Want-To-Know Forum featured
Ron Pinder, PLP MP for Marathon; Reece
Chipman, FNM candidate for St. Thomas
More and Cassius Stuart, Bahamas Democratic
Movement (BDM) leader.
This forum presented an extraordinary oppor-
tunity for students to ask questions, voice con-
cerns and learn from the representatives why
each though his party should receive their vote.
BDM leader Cassius Stuart spoke first and
said, "The number one persons who should
succeed in the Bahamas are Bahamians." He
emphasized the importance of education as a
first priority and said in effect that, "If we don't
get it right with education, nothing else means
anything." He also included that he has a 40-
year plan, not merely a 5-year plan for the
development of the nation and stressed that the
latter is inadequate.
FNM Reece Chipman enlightened students
on the fact that that it was young people like
themselves, I;hi.i ii the ages of 21-25... who
fought for where we are today." He encour-
aged students to get "out of the box" and get
involved in the political life of the country
through voting and in direct ways, as did their
PLP Ron Pinder presented his life as a
young man breaking onto the political arena.
He said his life was one of those, "wonderful
Bahamian stories of success that you can see
and touch" and said anyone could attain the
same status that he has. He also mentioned
economic developments that the government is
pursuing and will continue to pursue if they are
restored to office.
During the Questions and Answers period,
students were enthusiastic about hearing what
each party would do about certain issues that

affected not only students but also the nation.
Many students were not shy in voicing some of
the main issues they felt would affect their
For example, Daryl Dorsett, an Accounting
major, inquired: "While I agree that under this
government jobs have been created, what hap-
pens after these phases (current development)
are completed? Where do the workers on
phase 3 Atlantis go?"
Ryan Bastian, an Economics and Finance
major, asked: "Why does every major project
have to be a tourism based project? If this
country has 3 million people in it at one time
and there's no one who knows how to feed
anyone, it's because the government puts all its
eggs into one basket." He used this statement
to refer to lack of development of the agricul-
tural industry (his word) on the part of the gov-
A question posed by Travon Patton, an
English major, was, "Why can't we invest in
education the same way we are investing in
tourism? The investment is reflected in the
fact that we have A+ hospitality workers and
D+ students." He continued to seek answers
on certain issues that were of utmost import to
the countries future (his opinion).
Members of COBUS expressed disappoint-
ment about the fact that their request for the
leaders of each party to be present at the event
was not fulfilled except for that of the BDM.


* Continued from page 2

no identifying alarm that goes off) and it was
difficult for students to know what to do in
such circumstances. After classes were evacu-
ated people just stood around, in no particular
place, even those from the Michael H. Eldon
Bomb threats are not exactly unusual and
yet after 32 years COB has yet to institute a
properly coordinated and structured document
for events of this nature. Students are amazed
by the current approach and are asking that fire
drill and bomb scare procedures be provided
It's more than necessary that such a proce-
dure by constructed and posted in the Student
handbook and other relevant student reaad
documents, including the COB website.
Even Security services say a procedure is
needed for emergencies a code system with
an alarm that sensitizes everyone to the fact
that they must evacuate buildings. Mr. Francis
is also recommending that a public address
system be installed and persons appointed to
implement procedures during emergencies.

The Spectrum February 2007

Talking Point: President

Hodder's Student Cabinet

Let's Talk Lunch -- President Hodder invited these students from various disci-
plines at Oakes Field Campus to share lunch and points of view. More bi-monthly
student meetings to follow. (photo by Ryan Bastian)

I by Ryan Bastian
Business Editor
This semester President Janyne Hodder
put in place a bi-monthly meeting with stu-
dents from a cross-section of COB and held
the first lunch time meeting at Oakes Field
campus Feb 5.
The purpose of these meetings is to estab-
lish an exchange of ideas between students
and the president on ways forward for The
College and for the President to hear any
concerns that students may have or any
views students need to express.
At the meeting was VP, Student Affair,
Colyn Major who gave a pep talk about the
importance of meeting with the president
emphasizing the point that students are why
there is a College of The Bahamas. It's very
important for students to meet and interact
with the President. Most students do not
come to us therefore we must go to them if it
one of the ways they will inform us of their
comfort or discomfort with The College,"
Mr. Major said.
Students had a lot to say. Some of the

complaints voiced include being ill-advised
due to the change in programs after the
expansion of the required general education
courses and the revamping of some pro-
grams. A Nursing students claimed that "stu-
dents on the old nursing program were forced
to change over to the new nursing program
expecting credits already attained to be
applied to the new program only to find, after
the start of the semester, that that was not the
Another claimed that the lack of available
courses was impeding her progress toward
graduation. "I have been advised to take a
course three consecutive semesters but was
unable to get into the course. I have had to
beg the class lecture to sign a permission slip
so I would be able to take the course"
Additionally, two Business students
claimed that "Banking Law 256 and Finance
211 are only available in the fall semester
and due to ill advisement they are put back a
whole semester.
The extensive number of credits for some
new programs drew heated discussion when
an Economic and Finance major stated that

I Contributed by Patrick Deveaux

In preparation for the Spring semester,
The College of The Bahamas launched a test
prototype for online registration. Several stu-
dents were randomly selected to participate
in the experimental pilot and were all seem-
ingly pleased with the results. For this pro-
gram to be put on full stream, it would be a
huge step for the College, especially on the

threshold of University status.
Online registration is a service that stu-
dents were hoping to be implemented for
quite sometime since most major colleges
and universities abroad have websites and
sometimes use online registration as their
main form of enrollment.
One of the students chosen for the project,
Gerren Bethel states that the page layout for

* NAME THE PARK It has been sug-
gested by some students that The
Spectrum have a naming contest for
this park, often referred to as
Independence Park by some at The
College, although no official registra-
tion for the name can be found on any
College map. A year ago after the
park's extensive remodeling, The
Spectrum asked readers to suggest
names for the park and received sever-
al, some of which were simply off the

We have shorten the list to these:

Let us know which one you prefer. The name that receives the most nominations
will be selected. Email:, tel: 302-4484 or drop off your
suggestion at Student Publications S-3. Get involved, participate now.

his new program contains 138 credits not
inclusive of Math 140 which is an addition-
al 3 credits.
The positive side of this was the agree-
ment by all students that the upgraded sys-
tem for registration and the issuing of tran-
scripts from the Schools was an improve-
ment and gave it a 'B' grading but added
"more work can be done."
The meeting was not all students' points
of view but also the president's
President Hodder talked about quality
assurance and its importance to attaining
university status. She explained that this

the website was very simple and straight
foreword although the website wasn't a per-
sonalized website owned by The College.
"The registration process was quick and
easy to follow," he says, "It wasn't confus-
ing at all." As expected, registering online
eliminates such things like extensive drop
and add forms, traveling to and from cam-
pus, and waiting through those infamous
registration lines. However, student will still
have to wait in line to pay their bills. It is a
great convenience that when the online

was having the most qualified professors in
their respect fields and having programs
that will be well-respected by employers,
students, other colleges and the wider com-
munity. At this point students questioned the
impact of lecturer's evaluation stating that
some professors do not keep office hours
and barely touch the course content when in
Mr. Major said part time students unable
to attend the meeting because of work will
be given the same opportunity to meet with
the President at a Saturday meeting to be

process is done with, the bill can be printed
right onto a student's personal home printer.
According to some of the students, they
have yet recieve an official followup from
The College on how the entire process
faired. Due to the favorable reports howev-
er, it's safe to assume that even if online reg-
istration isn't fully on stream for the upcom-
ing semester, there will be continued testing
sand online registration will soon join the
list of services that The College provides.

Online registration a success

I Name the Park

The Spectrum February 2007

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* CONCHIENCE CLOTHES You may have noticed the
Conchience Clothing label sported by a selected group of male stu-
dents such as Stefano Bowe shown here. Conchience is the trade-
mark of two students at COB. You can choose from jackets with
hoods or t-shirts in adult sizes only. They also come in several
colours, say those who sport Conchience. (photo by Ryan Bastian)

Sports update

I Contributed by Patrick Deveaux

The sports program is continuing to move
forward here at The College there seems to
be no stopping it, especially with the con-
struction of the Wellness Center.
Construction is still going strong and is
expected to meet completion deadline of six
months. By June the Wellness Center should
be opened to the student body.
On another side of things, while perusing
around campus one may notice fellow stu-
dents playing games on the basketball court,
or may notice the more frequent use of the
pool, or may have over heard someone
speaking about a martial arts course they're
taking. This is because The College offers
several sporting and physical education
courses for credits this semester and the
response by the student body has been excel-
lent. Students want to take low-pressure
courses that don't require much studying or
exams, which will help relieve the stress and
tensions from the ones that do. On top of
that, a marvelous incentive is that all the
courses are for credit.
Ass't Athletics Director Sean Bastian
explains that implementation of these classes
will not only help the enhancement of the
sports program but will help to produce well
rounded students. Undoubtedly, sports at The
College will take a leap forward now that's it
in the classroom.
"This month was a slam dunk," says Mr.
Bastian referring to the month of February.

One of the successes of the month was
COB's Men's team winning the 14th annual
Dr. Keva Bethel Basketball Classic. Coming
out on top, COB's team had to beat out teams
from from BTVI New Providence, BTVI
Grand Bahama, Galilee College, and Success
Training College. Also, an entire season of
Intramural Flag football was successfully
completed. This is a first ever in the college's
athletic history and the first time Flag foot-
ball was ever introduced. However, it won't
be the last with plans of introducing sports
like Extreme Golf, Extreme Frisbee and
many others are on the way.
These are among many other new but pop-
ular unconventional sports that have gained
considerable attention over the years. Many
colleges and universities have established
intramural and intercollegiate teams in these
respective sporting areas and as apart of the
Sports Committee's quest for COB to
become a part of the major intercollegiate
sporting associations. They are preparing
The College to do the same.
For the month of March the program is
expected to continue moving forward with a
Fun Run Walk schedule in George Town,
Exuma for March 3rd. Following that, on
March 15th and 16th will be a bench press
competition and a softball tournament and on
March 16th through 19th BTVI Tertiary
Tournament is scheduled. COB's team eager-
ly awaits the tournament. They've won it
twice in a row and is looking forward to win
once again.