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WHAT’S THAT SMELL?!
See what you missed before Christmas 2011, or just relive happy memories!
“Immortals” Page 4
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Bench Wars! Page 6
THE REAL PRICE OF ATTENDING COB
❚ by Lynden McIntosh Contributing Writer
As the semester ends and students prepare to close the chapter called Fall Semester 2011, students now scurry to register for priority courses before the courses close. Students without scholarships must find the money within seven days. Many students believe the price they pay for courses at the College of the Bahamas (COB) is too much. Some wish that COB lower its prices to make it easier for individuals to fit education into their budget. Although this is a legitimate frustration, it can be argued that the tuition at COB has been decreasing for the past 10 years relative to other goods. Over the years, the cost of living in The Bahamas has increased. Households must spend more money to buy the same amount of goods and this affects everyone’s budget. The College isn’t immune to this reality. It has seen the cost of electricity, the wages paid to faculty and staff, and the cost of materials equipment and utensils increase. Ordinarily, this would warrant a increase in prices i.e. tuition; however, COB’s tuition cost is left unchanged. When adjusted for inflation, this is seen as a price cut.
Has tuition really increased?
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THE FIRST CRITICAL CARIBBEAN SYMPOSIUM SERIES
❚ by Stephen Hanna Features Editor
December marked the 50th Anniversary of the passing of notable academic Caribbean born Frantz Fanon. Many of his works like Wretched of the Earth and Black Skin, White Mask have been influential in shaping the thinking of intellectuals throughout the Caribbean and African populations to the point of becoming required college texts in some schools. So significant was the life and writings of Fanon that this year he was the subject of the first Critical Caribbean Symposium Series. The series is brainchild of English lecturer Craig Smith and French lecturer Keithley Woolward in collaboration with the School of English and the School of Communication and Creative Arts, with the hope of making the entire event a tri-annual event.
What these Professors feel makes Fanon timely and applicable to the College community and region, as a whole is his take on issues of colonialism, identity and race. To date this is the only academic forum planned in the region to commemorate the life and nSEE Page 8
Edward J. Russell III
DR. Ian Strachan speaking at the Symposium on December 2nd, 2011.
SEX OFFENDERS’ REGISTRY: THE GREAT DEBATE
crimes before. Roberts-Hanna’s class argued for the establishment of the registry while Ward’s class had the daunting task of contending against any such formation. Although the Professors provided guidance to the ❚ by Stephen Hanna students, the pupils from the individual classes were Features Editor left to construct their arguments and defend them in The Great Debate series, an annual end of term presentation from two sections of the BIOL 475, Bio nSEE Page 8 Ethics class was held November 10th, 2011. It was the third installment. Associate Professors Dr. Raveenia Roberts-Hanna and Dr. Kenya Ward are the engineers of the symposium that seeks to give students the opportunity to apply the rhetoric and philosophies of varying schools of ethics to contemporary moral dilemmas. The topical issue tackled this year was that of the lawfulness of a Bahamian Sex Offenders Registry as well as the social implications of having one in place. This subject was deemed appropriate as the recent horrific murder and mutilation of Marco Archer this year that was allegedly committed by 36SUNDAY Ferguson presents the pros of having a year-old Kofhe Edwardo Goodman, also known as sex offenders’ registry. COB/Stephen Hanna Elvardo Ferguson, who had been detained for similar
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One of the last interviews that Schin Nguyen gave before he was sent to prison as a political prisoner by the oppressive German Polynesian Regime, was conducted by Sarah Betters, who was long considered to be the favorite of Nguyen's three wives, but recent documents have surfaced questioning the validity of their marriage. Schin Nguyen: Lol I think I've created this constant mental image of you sleeping like a cat curled up on the bed smiling (at first I thought it absurd to think people smile when they sleep but...you do) I realized it flawed because cats are an illiterate lot, I don't think I ever met a cat fond of a book, ever! Also while you are really, really attractive and usually a girl's evilness directly co-relates to their attractiveness, you aren't evil at all...not like cats! Sarah Betters: (Lol) ...and how often do you speak with cats, that you can make such searing accusations?
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Schin Nguyen: All the time, they are a talkative race but quite self involved. They don't want to talk about anything except how nimble and clean they are...oh and tuna, they love to talk about how they invented tuna, when in truth they only "commissioned" tuna; it was the Japanese who invented tuna. Sarah Betters:...aren't cats from Egypt? Schin Nguyen: Yes--yes cats are from Egypt...but "tuna" is from Japan. The cats, after enslaving the Northern end of the African continent, marched over to Asia and did the same...that's why the Asian people look like that, (points to eyes) they're giving their former cat over lords a wicked glare Sarah Betters:I want to laugh but it seems racist... Schin Nguyen: It is but that's okay because the cat race doesn't deserve the mercy of humanity. Sarah Betters: (pauses and gives Schin Nguyen a perplexed stare) What exactly did cats do to you? Schin Nguyen: (takes a deep breathe then looks deeply into Sarah's eyes) A cat killed my brother.
News we never want to hear... The College community has lost two of its dedicated staff members this semester. Brendalee Bonimy (Office of Communications) and Predencia Basden-Delancy (Physical Plant). Ms. Bonimy had been with the College since 1994, and Ms. Basden-Delancy since 1979. The Spectrum would like to offer condolences to the families of these wonderful ladies and to the general College community.
This rainbow is for you! ❚ by Jasper Haeward
vDear Students of COB, As the production manager, I'd like to thank you for reading The Spectrum. This job is kinda hard to balance with school, but the reason I do this is you. Yes, that's right: you. You, the students, are the only reason that we exist. In essence, we only exist to serve you. Over the past few weeks, I have been hearing from several people that The Spectrum doesn't care about the students, and only produces issues simply to produce them. As brand new staff with brand new training and a passion for and in-depth knowledge of news and media we have a brand new mission: to turn out a paper that not only is fair and factual, but
When I was about 7 years old my father owned a small family styled diner that specialized in Kosher Vietnamese/Jamaican dishes when Tabby was 12...I don't know if you're old enough to remember him? Sarah Betters: Yes the super hero cat with his own line of designer ascots...I just look young and cute, we’re the same age! (Glares) Schin Nguyen: (not repentant) ...well this "super hero" comes to our resturant and my older brother was his waiter and he hands the cat a menu the cat angrily throws the menu at him and screams "I need a picture menu! Cats can't read". The angry cat storms out. Sarah Betters:So....how does that? Schin Nguyen:A year later my brother died in his sleep from congenital heart failure.... Sarah Betters:I thought you were an only child? Nguyen: (pauses) Yes...well Schin technically...you know what! You don't see me holding your perfect cheek bones and arresting smile against you! Sarah Betters:(silence) Schin Nguyen:Marry me? Sarah Betters: (gets up with her bag) This interview is over sir!
one that involves you individually. Each student has needs and desires that need to be met at the College. Quite frankly, aren't we also the reason that the College exists? We need to get our message out there. Lots of people outside of the college campus read this newspaper. For that reason, my mission is to make the layout of this paper so professional that people have to look twice to make sure that this is: a) a Bahamian paper and; b) laid out by a college student. Whether or not I win awards is irrelevant. My boss, the managing editor, her passion is to see this school be its best and the administration and students kept accountable to one another through our generation of 100% factual and fair information– that's our job as media professionals.
So, it's up to you whether or not you let us do our job. If we call you for an interview, please come. It's really important. We want to help you. If you have a piece of vital information that you think would make a good story, slip it under the door of S3, or just visit us. We check our email every day. As we make the effort to move online, we would like for you to help us, as well. You're worth the night-owl hours in front of the computer. If you're also passionate about this whole media thing, and want to join us in our mission, don't sweat your writing skills, and just tell us. We can fit you where you need to be. Please don't leave us hangin'. We look forward to hearing from you. Oh, and by the way; Merry Christmas!
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COB TAKES CENTER STAGE IN PARLIAMENT
❚ by Rashad Rolle Contributing Writer
The College of The Bahamas took center stage in Parliament on Monday when a bill was introduced to amend The College of The Bahamas act. The bill’s aim was to determine and restrict the time frame of which members of the College council could serve on the council. In addition, security issues at COB were discussed during the meeting. Speaking before the House, the Minister of Education, the Honorable Desmond Bannister, explained that the bill was designed to help ensure the efficient operation of the College. “This new provision sets a definite outer time limit of a maximum of six years of service for a council member, thereby ensuring that the validity of the acts performed during their time of service to our country cannot be questioned by reason only of the length of their tenure in office," he said. Of course, the College council is responsible for the educational policy and administration of the College; it consists of the College’s president, two public officers, a student, a faculty member, the president of the Alumni Association and five
❚ by Shaquille Sands Beat Reporter
HONORABlE Desmond Bannister speaks at the College April 15th, 2010.
For years, students, faculty and staff have complained about a foul odour emanating from the S and F blocks of The College of The Bahamas. The source of the odor is a sewerage problem that has plagued COB for more than 12 years. Despite valiant efforts by the physical plant and the Department of Water and Sewerage to eradicate the problem, it seems to be a losing battle for all. Mr. Curry, Assistant Director of maintenance for the physical plant department explained that COB was built near the Big Pond subdivision so the College feels the impact of environmental problems that plague Big
Pond. This includes flooding and overflowing sewerage. “There used to be a very big problem directly in front of the sewerage plant for some time before there were problems near the F-Block,” Curry said. He explained that physical plant maintains the sewerage in certain parts of the campus, like the BBlock area, and he is not certain if the F-Block sewage system is complete. “The management over that area seems to be above my pay grade,” Curry said. College of The Bahamas’ consultant, Melanie Roach oversees the operation of the sewerage near the F Block and had very little to say about the problem. “All queries should be addressed to the VP of Finance who has responsibility for the College's Physical Infrastructure,” Roach said. Curry claims that he has no knowledge about the maintenance of the sewerage near the F-Block or the foul odour it gives off. He said that every time there’s a problem around the B-Block the physical plant department works jointly with Water and Sewage to find a solution. “They still have the F-Block fenced in. It seems as if it’s finished,” Curry said, but he couldn’t give a definitive answer. He pointed out that the smell of urine is strongly noticeable near the F-Block and at two man holes near the library. Deodorizing chemicals were recently used to minimize the odor and disinfect the area.
The sewage from the T-Block, B-Block and the library is pumped from these areas to the new lift station by the F-Block. Curry feels that if the F Block’s lift station is not completed, this may be the cause of the COB/Jasper Haeward foul odor. Meanwhile, faculty, staff and students tHE S- and F-Block walkway where the stench is continue to inhale the stench. most heavily detected.
persons representing other relevant sectors of the economy. As an amendment to The College of the Bahamas Act Ch. 48, the bill stipulated that “a member of the Council, other that the president, shall be appointed or re-appointed for a minium of two years provided that such member shall not serve for more than the maximum period of six years or more than three consecutive terms.” In addition to the amendment of The College of the Bahamas act, security issues at the College were raised by the Honorable Fred Mitchell, who is the member of parliament for Fox Hill. Mr. Mitchell said that though there were many pressing issues related to the functioning of COB, the one, most pressing issue on the minds of students was the issue of crime. His statements came in wake of a wave of criminal activities at the College which has left students concerned about their safety. To this the MP said that the government should assist COB in upgrading its security capabilities. “We all know that crime knows no bounds and wherever there is an opportunity, criminals will exploit areas of vulnerability. There is indeed a need to improve the security for COB," he said.
CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT ❚ Office of Communications Security Advisory
The College of The Bahamas wishes to advise of its heightened security measures as a result of a robbery, which took place at the Oakes Field Campus during the evening of Tuesday, 15th November, 2011. At approximately 6:54 p.m., COB Security Department received a report that a group of approximately four young men were on campus and had aggressively approached several COB students resulting in an altercation and subsequent theft of a student's laptop.
The suspects fled on foot. Campus security and officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force quickly gave chase and apprehended one of the suspects. There were no injuries as a result of this incident. Additional measures have been taken to increase security at the Oakes Field Campus including: Ensuring all campus lighting is fully operational; Increase evening and nighttime patrols by officers of The Royal Bahamas Police Force around the campus; Stationing of additional COB security officers in nSEE Page 8
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Students are encouraged to follow the outlined procedures to help ensure security on campus.
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Super Awesome Movie Stuff! ❚ by Nathan Rolle Spectrum Columnist
Finally another epic gore fest of Greek mythology; here to - since the classic that shall not be named (300) - satisfy your thirst for brutality. Immortals is an epic action/fantasy movie that will give an adrenaline rush to those starving for carnage on the silver screen. Theseus, a mortal chosen by the god Zeus must lead the battle against the coldblooded King Hyperion who wishes to destroy humanity with a weapon left earthbound by the “Immortals”. With attention to detail and intense battles, some of the coolest fight choreography of this year, Im-
Inner Peace ❚ by Kriston Saunders Contributing Writer
Along the Western Bay Street of Nassau, citizens and tourists of all race and color gather in groups and solos on the well known Junkanoo Beach. Parasailers and jet skiers decorate the turquoise oceanic scene aloof on their own agendas of what they call fun. Tourists, namely the alien Caucasians - the white people, all parade with their usual ‘touristy’ slow paced march. Not a care in the world. The pale blue and black patrol officer making his daily stroll; every so often catching a glance at some exotic Latina booty passing his way heading to the Nassau Palm or Senior Frogs. He’s armed and ready for battle, fully equipped to handle any wayward seagull or delinquent sand crab. Parents walking their children along the sandy shore, underweight little boys throwing sand balls at each other and middle aged moms in one piece bathing suits. This is the usual day at Junkanoo beach. Everyone goes about their own business wrapped in blissful serenity and clothed in carefree harmony. Or so it would seem. Sitting far away from the swash of the tides, the breaking waves coming onshore and the collection of tourists and Bahamians enjoying a good beach
Comics ❚ by Renbert Mortimer Contributing Artist
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mortals is a visual masterpiece. But not much else. The film is a huge marketing campaign, and perhaps the overwhelming theme of “a film by the people who brought you 300” did more damage than good. We were given the same graphic violence we loved, but it wasn’t married with a great story with memorable quotes and sequences. The story wasn’t horri-
ble; it felt irrelevant. Apart from a barren tale, Immortals lacks character progression. You meet the hero already trained and skilled for battle, which leaves little room for struggle and growth in the role. Yes you want him to succeed, but you aren’t pressed with emotions at scenes meant to cause a lone tear run down your face.
day, was a man virtually unnoticed, virtually… invisible. While everyone else was enjoying the cliché beach day, he sat far away, staring into that horizon thinking, pondering and completely lost in the inner sanctum of his thoughts. His faded eyes staring into the clouds told a story all their own. The blue lining along the circumference of his iris showed more than fading vision but years’ worth of experience; three score and eleven years to be exact. While the world continued moving, 71 year old Garthlan Bullard sat still in a gaze of deep reflection. No one else knew what Bullard was battling in his mind and his body. No one else on Junkanoo beach knew anything past their own concerns. He had COB/Jasper Haeward prostate cancer. He was dying while everyone else was ‘living’. He wasn’t thinking about bills or BEC or some other arbitrary burden of the Nassau life. He was busy getting away from all of that. He was thinking about how he could enjoy the life he has. “Really, I just like to come out here and just think
that’s all. Just to be by myself and relax and try to forget about some things.” His posture, the tone of his voice and the genuineness of his smile exudes a sense of optimism and inner peace. “I had prostate cancer for some years now and by the grace of God I’m still here”, Bullard said with a hardy smirk on his face. At that moment, I realized the type of man I was speaking with. This was no man fallen victim to life’s barrage of lemons. This was a man who, through years of experience, learned to accept the things he simply cannot change. “There’s nothing I can do about it now but accept it.” Garthlan Bullard, citizen of Englerston Nassau and born and raised in Andros showed strong resilient character. He had offered me enough of his trust to indulge in a conversation with me and even disclosed information about the cancer inside him that he was battling. Yet I still wanted more. I was
The score tried to bring some emotion to the film, but it was not enough. On a much brighter note, writers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides are very effective in incorporating vast mythological references. Don’t worry, even if you are not a fan of Greek mythology, the plot doesn’t make you suffer for it. The film’s use of gore is the best aspect of the movie and it is astounding. Visually, every swing of a sword is complimented by a beautiful splash of blood. The effects in the fight scenes are unlike any I have ever seen before, a simultaneous mix of fast paced combat with slow motion effects. The violence, the impact of the hits, had me shouting - literally - with excitement in the theater. Don't worry I wasn't the only one. I admit the movie does rank as a bit more intense than 300, but you cannot trade intensity for memorability. All that being said, Immortals is good manly awesome movie stuff. I give it 7 stars. Check this one out and join the battle to save humanity.
not yet satisfied. I wasn’t satisfied because I still knew that there was something I wanted to know but didn’t. I hadn’t gotten out of him the weight I saw on his face before he even knew I existed in the same world as his. I saw in his eyes a deeper story that he wasn’t telling me; something troubling that he’s so obviously use to hiding he did so without the slightest fault in his demeanor. About an hour later I asked the question that would obliterate that informal façade. “Are you married?” There was about a five second silence. That’s equivalent to about five minute minutes in a journalist’s world. He replied, “My wife died last year. We were married for over 50 years and she left me last year.” That was it. The facial expression he had when he made that statement matched the one I saw about four meters away before my first “hello”. “She died of a heart attack; it came out of nowhere”, he said in a more significantly solemn tone. We sat there for minutes, trees blowing, the homeless “jonesas” lying in hibernation several feet away and the seagull patrol officer hustling a dollar for his daily shots when he gets off duty. It bothered him and it was clear. “She hated taking all that medication. I think it was driving her crazy”, he continued. The world kept spinning, the people around kept living while he reclined back on a log under a palm tree and watched it all happen. u
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ey Carib: is it me or is COB becoming a breeding ground for homosexuals? I see dudes meeting in empty classes having ‘private moments’ in the stairwells and meeting under a certain tree at the other end of the campus. You know what I’m talking about. And if that’s not bad enough, every semester for the past year and a half I had a gay lecturer. They just seem to be multiplying. You know how uncomfortable it is sitting in a class for 14 weeks and the lecturer looking at you with hungry eyes? What wise words do you have about this, Carib?
-The Slippery Crab Dear Slippery Crab,
Where do I start? I understand where you’re coming from. My tribe is really conservative and this is what I grew up on. But you see, the world is changing. There are a lot of habits and lifestyles that we are all just going to have to accept. Whether it a religion, sexuality or political preference I’ve learned that we must accept people for whatever decision they make. If you want to travel the world you’re going to have to
be open to just about anything. However that doesn’t mean you must do what you see everyone doing. People live the one life God gave them just like you and I do even though we don’t choose to go down that particular road as they. So if the increase in homosexual activity bothers you try your best to ignore it. It’s the grown up thing to do. And as far as your lecturers try and get into another section of your course. If impossible then you gatta do what you gatta do, Crab.
Dear Carib, This computer thing is really upsetting now. Everytime I need to use a computer or printer in the library and especially in the A lab its ‘out of order’. Come on man. What am I paying these fees for if the tools are hardly available? I mean a few of them upstairs in the library are really annoying and its as if the people don’t wanna fix them. The majority of the computers in the A lab don’t work and the darn screens are just sitting on the desk. What should I do? –Mad Bio-Chem major
Dear Carib, The library is really cold. I don’t like being outside in the hot sun and then coming inside to the freezing AC. This can cause you to get sick very easily. And if they had more sense they would know that if they turned down up the temperature just a degree or two they could save a couple hundred dollars in electricity a year. Do something Carib! It’s too cold to concentrate in there. -Freezing Freshman
Dear Bio-Chem major, I was wondering when someone would ask this. When I went to type my Cannibalism 090 term paper, I noticed the same computer that wasn’t working for the entire semester was still not working. This, for me, is unacceptable. The worst part is that around finals’ time you can’t find available computers. So: let’s go to COBUS first of all seeing that they are the representing the student body. If that doesn’t work, there is no reason why you shouldn’t publicly express your disapproval of the situation. But whatever you do be respectful and cordial. No one will hear you out if you’re out there making a fool of yourself.
Dear Carib, I enjoyed reading your responses to students’ concerns in the last newspaper. You were honest and funny; that is why I feel confident you can help me with my situation. I am an older student studying for my BA. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into one of my classes this semester and saw that the professor was an old flame from a very exciting relationship years ago. The professor and I maintained our professionalism throughout the semester but I can tell from the glances and good grades that feelings are still there. We are both married with families but the chemistry is building and I find myself thinking about my professor A LOT!! Last week my professor handed an assignment back to me and released my hand very slowly. I just know we are both thinking the same thing!!! I plan to ask my professor out for drinks and dessert before the semester ends and I want to know if COB has a policy that restricts students from seeing professors. -Tempted to Touch
Dear Tempted to Touch, This is a quite interesting situation we have going on here. To quickly answer your question there are no laws against a student dating a lecturer. However, I’m sure there is a restriction from a lecturer dating their student. When you think about it, its just not right. Your situation is a bit special. I see you said that both of you are married. Come on now. Let’s try and be good husbands and wives here. The semester is over now so theres nothing you can do about the class. But what I do suggest is that you both be mature about it and let those flames die out in the wind. Drinks and dessert? Not for old flames with spouses and families. And as for registering and accidentally having your professor again, please check at the bottom of the course on iqweb and see who your lecturer would be so you can prevent all as you would call it ‘pleasant’ surprises. Let’s behave Tempted to Touch.
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Dear Freshman, Are you serious? Clearly you froze your brain or something. Do you see the amount of students as well as electronic equipment in there? I think the temperature is fine, and I only wear a piece of loin cloth so you know. I don’t think its fair for students to be complaining about how cold the library is. I think you would prefer it being too cold rather than hot. If you’re hot, you’re gonna have more people sweating and getting musty and then what would you do sitting in an onion smelling library? I suggest you carry a nice sweater or jacket in the library to stay warm.
Center left: Mrs. l. Rahming; president of the Student Nurses Association Center Right: Mrs. p. Munnings; president of the Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
The Student Nurses Association would like to extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the College of the Bahamas for sponsoring our attendance of the 35th Annual Nurses Conference 2011, on November 4th at the British Colonial Hilton, under the theme Nurses Driving Access Quality & Health in The Bahamas.
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BENCH WARS! A ❚ by Simmba French & Ava Turnquest Spectrum Reporter; Managing Editor
running dispute on campus this semester has been the exclusive plot run, and what some consider zealously guarded, by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. The exclusive nature of two benches along the concrete thoroughfare to the T-Block has been a source of contention for some, who feel that there should be no rules prohibiting their use. The benches are cordoned off with rope and offlimits to non-members. Below, two students give their reasons for supporting the fraternity plot. COB/ Simmba French
We have been a part of this campus officially from Spring of 2004 and the plot has been located the same area from 2008 when all the clubs were allotted on the yard. There is a huge significance that the plot plays, even though many may not understand, but simply put we worked for it, we maintain it, it represents us and in turn our prestigious organization. The reason we had the rule implemented at the beginning of the semester that only Sigmas are allowed on the plot was to reduce the amount of vandalize and blatant disrespect from students.
-Ramon Pearson Fraternity member and Fourth-Year CIS Networking major
BATTLE OF THE BENCHES: this is the Sigma-reserved space adjacent to the mentioned walkway.
It’s fine with me. I don’t have a problem with it. These guys paid for it. They got permission. In the States you cannot walk all over the fraternities’ or sororities’ plot…it’s against the rules. Respect it. They (C.O.B) have the Delta’s plot but they are not here. If they were, I guarantee you would not be able to come on their plot. You have the AKAs coming on board and you will not be able to walk on their plot either. These people pay to be a member. We need to respect these people plot. I plan on joining the AKA next semester since that is the only sorority that will be on campus. -Keshia Moss Third-Year Bio-Chem major
What’s Poppin’ in the School of English?
❚ by Shaquille Sands
ENGLISH IN THE PARK: the School of English annual celebration of literature, both oral and written was held at the COB band shell. the event featured the talents of College of the Bahamas students in such activities as Spoken Word/Rapping, Open Mic, Jeopardy, Dramatizations and even a Spelling Bee.
LEFT tOp: Students from C.C. Sweeting, C.I. Gibson, C.R. Walker, Doris Johnson and Aquinas College attended English in the park. MID: Winner of Open Mic Winnae Hunt (COB) with Ms. Shaniqua Higgs BOttOM: Winner of Jeopardy - valene Rolle (Aquinas College) with Dr. Chanti Seymour. RIGHT tOp: Winner of Spelling Bee - Randysha Hanna of C.R. Walker Senior High BOttOM: Surprise Gift - Ashantae Gardiner of C.C. Sweeting with Dr. Helean Mcphee. (courtesy Office of Communication cob.edu.bs)
The School of English Studies had a busy semester. It hosted “English in the Park”, the annual Annatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture Series and introduced two new minors. COB students were treated to a day of festivities sponsored by the School of English Studies. English majors entertained COB and high school students with their creative works, followed by a sumptuous lunch and engaging games, all hosted by the department. “English in the Park” is a recruitment initiative. Dr. Francis, BA Coordinator said that the School of English Studies has experienced a marginal increase of ten additional English majors to the thirty currently enrolled since last semester.
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The Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture Series featured Ms. Oonya Kempadoo, author of Buxton Spice and Tide Running. Kempadoo engaged the audience with a stimulating discussion of “Creativity and the Web of Interconnection. ” She is working on an online novel and wishes to recruit student writers and artists to contribute to the production of the website and novel. COB students now have two additional English minor options, Bahamian Literature and Film and Drama studies. Students with an interest in production and acting may inquire at the School’s office in the A Block. The department welcomed new faculty Dr. Aiden Mckenzie and returning faculty Dr. Randall Pinder, who recently completed a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition. New Chair, Mrs. Heleane Mcphee said that she is especially proud of what the school has accomplished and looks forward to future programmes and projects.
The spectrum wants you! As we plan for more issues each month, we’re looking to expand our team! Come in to the student office or our advisor’s office, and we’ll be glad to help you out. Our meetings are Thursdays 2 to 4pm in CHMI 147.
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The Great COB Flood
drilling to hit water, hence the proliferation of backyard wells in the capital. If you've lived in, or driven through an area like Pinewood Gardens after a 20 minute shower then you've seen the effects that a little water can have on property with exceptional table performance*. The combination of low, flat land with a high water table means that after several inches of rain the area usually becomes saturated with water. This leads to the standard evening news report of middle class residents crying that this type of flooding is the result of inadequate drainage and that the proper authorities should create a better drainage system, this is of course easier said than done. Digging only leads to more water and in truth the issue is a result of persons in search of inexpensive property filling in areas that were natural drains (i.e. swamps, mangroves and ponds in the case of COB). The only solution is fill in with expensive curry and to buy giant umbrellas for older buildings.
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he area is called Big Pond for a reason, the obvious one being that there is a big pond in the area, but seeing that a pond is a small lake, it should probably be called Average Lake. Ignoring the misnomer, that geographical feature may have little significance to the average College of the Bahamas student. It does however have a profound impact on their lives when ever it rains at the Oakes Field compound. The College's main campus is located in a place, that like much of the low lying areas of New Providence, is prone to flooding. This is mostly because the water table on this island, is particularly high. In many places it doesn't take further than 100ft of
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Fall 2011: SEMESTER HIGHLIGHTS SIGMA PLEDGE INITIATION Nov. 17th
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FREE HUGS! Nov. 10th
School can be rough sometimes, ever felt like you need a hug? Hopefully you won't have to wait a year, for the International Free Hug Day to get one. Students of the College participated in November, offering "Free Hugs" to anyone that wanted one.
Four COB students completed their pledges that day and became the newest members to join the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. A large crowd gathered on the basketball court to watch as the once-pledges were initiated. Blue cardboard birds were posted on various structures around the campus in advertisement of the ceremony.
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WRITERS OF LIGHT: “MY LENS, OUR STORY” Nov. 24th For several years the Photojournalism class has put on an end-of-term photo exhibition displaying the work of students, and this term was no different. Upstairs in Chapter One bookstore was covered with the various frames of capturing snapshots of Bahamian life. Quzshan Johnson
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10 NEWS THE REAL PRICE OF ATTENDING COB
nTOP Story When adjusted with inflation figures from the Central Bank of The Bahamas, the cost of attending The College of The Bahamas has decreased by 21% between the years 2000 and 2010. As the cost of operating the College has increased, it was absorbed by the College as it kept the cost per credit untouched. In other 4-year
public colleges in the United States of America, the cost of tuition adjusted with inflation figures from the U.S. Census Bureau has increased by approximately 13%. If this rate of increase occurred at the College of the Bahamas, tuition would be $144 and $216 per lower and upper level credit, respectively. (But that’s just $113 and 170 dollars adjusted for inflation.) Due to the economic slump many persons still find paying for college a challenge. COB has a policy that “no eligible student (as defined by this
[Financial Aid] policy) will be prevented from commencing or continuing his or her studies at the College for financial reasons alone”. Many students have expressed disappointment with the process of receiving financial aid. Nonetheless, if persons have difficulties meeting their tuition payments, they should apply to the college for financial assistance. At its present cost, COB’s tuition is still lower than many private primary and secondary and high schools in The Bahamas.
SEX OFFENDERS’ REGISTRY: THE GREAT DEBATE nFROM Page 1 front of an audience of their peers as well special guests leader of the Democratic National Alliance, Branville McCartney and fellow DNA party member Rodney Moncur, who has often been outspoken in addressing issues of social justice.
Moncur, while personally had not arrived to a decision of where he stood on the issue on whose rights were greater, that of the potential victim or the potential criminal, but acknowledged that the forum gave opportunity for an important topic to be discussed.
THE FIRST CRITICAL CARIBBEAN SYMPOSIUM SERIES nFROM Page 1 death of the Martinique born scholar. Both lecturers feel that the Symposium would help to supplement deficiencies in the academic engagement within the institution as well as wider community presenting the opportunity for there to be student participation and faculty discussion on important topics. As COB pushes towards the goal of becoming a University it becomes more pressing for the in-
stitution to reach certain criteria, Woolward suggests that "part of the academic mandate of Universities is not only the dissemination of knowledge but also the creation of knowledge part of what the symposium does is allow the College to show as an institution is able to disseminate and create (knowledge) through these dialogues". Recognizing this is a way to bring attention to the work of the College,
Smith added that the symposium was also a chance to highlight the contributions that the region has made internationally. The English lecturer holds that the forum as reminder that "there is critical thought that comes out of the Caribbean; the Caribbean culture isn't just Carnival and Junkanoo and Reggae music but we have people who think critically about who we are as people and how history defines who we are today"
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HEARING THEM OUT: Hon. Branville McCartney, Ras’Deniro Thompson and the judges listen as presenters bring points in the third annual Great Debate by BIOL475.
CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT nFROM Page 3 the vicinity of Independence Park and at the Tucker Road entrance to the Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI); and, Effective today, the Poinciana Drive entrance gate to the Portia Smith Building will be closed to inbound traffic at 6 p.m., with a security officer present to allow the safe flow of existing traffic. As the holiday season approaches, The College encourages students, staff and faculty on all campuses to remain vigilant and adhere to the following safety measures:
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Always walk in groups if possible and especially at night; Park near a security booth while on campus late at night; Ask a security officer to escort you to your vehicle if parked in a deserted area at night; Ensure that your personal and valuable items are properly secured in your vehicles; Minimize the amount of cash that you carry; Always lock your car and secure your keys; and, If you see a suspicious looking individual, contact the Security Department immediately at 3024566/397-2647/325-5551
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A CORRECTION FROM THE OCT/NOV ISSUE
FANON FANS: These are photos of other experts that were present at the first ever Critical Caribbean Symposium held on December 2, 2011. Edward J. Russell III
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It was previously stated in the Oct./Nov. issue of The Spectrum in an article entitled “COLLEGE STEPS UP MOULD FIGHT” that, the brown mould that accounts for 90% of the mould found in the structures on campus is harmful.
This is not the case. The black mould, that occurs as 10% of the mould on campus is harmful. We apologize for any inconvenience or panic caused by this misstatement.
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“Toot,” the whistle blows and we start. The first drill sets up like this: two people stand at opposite ends about 10 metres from each other, and a person in the middle runs to the person at the end, hitting the ball with the part of the body the coach tells us to use. The drills go from insteps to laces to thighs to chest and thighs then finally to head. “We have to be technically better as a team if we want to win,” coach keeps reminding us. The drills end and we get some water. “Oh my gosh, I so blow bey,” Ellie says. Looking at Ellie – whose favourite TV character is Cartman from South Park – you might think he’s too overweight to play soccer. But he’s a great player, just not as fit as his teammates. Coach says: “Guys we have to study hard and do good in the classrooms.” A prayer is said and Kris shouts: “One, two, three,” and the team backs him up with, “Caribs.” Kris is a freshman who probably has the worse temper on the team. When he is calm, though, he’s a real asset. It is Monday, November 7. I arrive at 10 and look for my teammates at the hangout spot by the red bench under the tree by the mini-band shell on the strip. As I walk there I look up to see Keith and Sudge with some girls I don’t know. I asked Sudge about the trip. Though I know the score lines of both games I want to get his point of view.
tHE SpECtRUM sports a Mohawk and is a diehard Los Angeles Lakers fan. I hate the Lakers so me and Keith are always at it. He says, “I ain’t ga lie right, we miss you in Freeport dog. If you were there I sure we could have won them games because we lost mainly because of bad goalkeeping.” “We are scoring goals now and that’s a great thing because before we could not find the back of the net,” I tell him. “That’s true, but Mick and Sudge let some dinky goals score on them.” We talk for a couple more minutes then I ask him where our teammates are, and he says maybe in the library. I find them there on the first floor in a corner. Perry is doing math problems. He keeps lamenting that he wishes Audi was here to help him. Perry is a freshman from Temple Christian High School like Sudge, and a hard worker. Math is not Perry’s strongest subject, while Audi is the team’s Math whiz. Audi is studying for his BA in Mathematics and was named male student-athlete last year. A few girls from the soccer team are also here. This is the thing about the male and female soccer team at COB: they have a strong connection. It all started when both teams trained together but got stronger when we went on a soccer trip to Miami to play against universities there. It is Wednesday November 9, the first day of practice since the Freeport trip. It’s 6am and also the first practice since the clocks went back. I start things off with a word of prayer in the usual huddle. It’s bright outside, which we’re not accustomed to. “Well guys I’m going to slow down the number of practices to Wednesday and Friday only until after exams,” coach says in his housekeeping brief. Half the team are there and begin to jog for 15 minutes. Then we stretch for a couple of minutes. Usually, we
It is Wednesday November 9, the first day of practice since the Freeport trip. It’s 6am and also the first practice since the clocks went back. I start things off with a word of prayer in the usual huddle. It’s bright outside, which we’re not accustomed to. “Well guys I’m going to slow down the number of practices to Wednesday and Friday only until after exams,” coach says in his housekeeping brief. Half the team are there and begin to jog for 15 minutes. Then we stretch for a couple of minutes. Usually, we
DEDICATION, STAMINA: The Caribs’ soccer team train hard in early morning practice.
The Freeport game score was 2-2 with Kristoff and Richie scoring, and the last game was 4-2 with us losing, but Kristoff and Junior scored 1 each. “Bey, I played like shit, mudda **** I een kno,” he says. “I think I was just scared, bey, I never play so scared, but I did make some good save and the goals they scored on me were dinky goals.” Sudge is a freshman from Temple Christian High School and coached by one of the best goalkeepers in The Bahamas, Corie Frazier. Sudge is a hardworking fella who never gives up, hence his jump to the second string goalkeeper. His mother is a Bahamian educator and his father from Guyana, like me. Sudge leaves for his 10 o’clock English class and I remind him not to forget to register for the Spring semester. I ask Keith; “Why you ain’t text me back yesterday?” “I got so much text after the game I ain’t even know that u text me, my bad bey,” he answers. Keith is a veteran on the team and goes to the gym a lot. He is red skinned,
would have conditioning on Tuesday but now with the change in practice days coach decides to mix it up, starting off with a passing and movement drill. By now more of the guys have arrived. Neko yells: “Wake up bey Chaved, you doing crap!” Chaved grunts and shakes his head as if he wants to say something but his mind is still sleeping. Neko is in his third year at college and is a returning player. His hair is locked and he has a very skinny frame but he plays like someone much bigger. He has a phrase he loves to use – Skinny N*ggas and Upperclassmen run dis.” It’s a feud between the upperclassmen and lowerclassmen especially the freshmen, but it’s a friendly one. It usually happens during practices that the upperclassmen treat the freshmen without respect. Chaved is a Jamaican and a freshman from Kingsway School. Chaved, Juan and I are the only international players on the team.
would have conditioning on Tuesday but now with the change in practice days coach decides to mix it up, starting off with a passing and movement drill. By now more of the guys have arrived. Neko yells: “Wake up bey Chaved, you doing crap!” The drill continues for 15 minutes with us lining up in three and passing the ball to the guy in the middle then drop off. The guys do the drill sloppy and coach intervenes. “Ma mayne, ma mayne, yall doing sh*t, messing up the drills,” he says walking in our direction. We look at each other muttering, “Can’t this man see we tired?” We try to do the drills better and succeed for five more minutes as Chaved wakes up. It is time for a water break. Audi asks: “Who got the agua guys?” I fling him my bottle. During the water break our captain, Alex, tells us that we need to work harder because the league is fast approaching. The league is set to start on the 15th but no schedule is out yet. There is talk around the football community that the league will not start on time, or that maybe there won’t be a league this year. Coach calls us in to tell us our next drill is the 12 by 20. It’s a conditioning drill. Cones are placed diagonally in a line with about 40 yards between the first and last cone. 12 by 20 simply means that we have to run from the first cone to the next 12 times in 20 seconds then jog down back to the first cone. We start the first time with ease but as we progress, Ellie is the first one to sit out and Kristoff screams, “Arghhhhhh come on guys push it, all the way!” With five more remaining, guys now depend on their heart to finish it off. I look at coach hoping he will say it’s time for people with 8 o’ clock class to leave. On the last one coach says: “Now think it’s the 90th minute of the game and the game is tied, how bad you want to win it - let’s see.” Ellie gets up for the last one, the whistle is blown and every man musters all his strength to run this last one. Coach has a huge smile on his face, happy with the way the team work together to finish. We get another water break and then it’s time for me and the others to leave for class. It is November 13, 9am, and both the men’s and women’s soccer teams are in Holy Cross Anglican Church, Ashley and coach’s home church. It is on Soldier Road East and sits on a very large property. There’s a big field
which is used for fairs and fun days, as well as a hall that leads to the church building itself. The smell of the incense welcomes you, followed by the ushers. It’s hazy inside as if there’s a weed party going on. Members of the congregation sit at the left side, right side or in front of the pulpit. Half of both teams are in church. The Kiwanis Club of Montague is here also and makes a donation to the youths of the church. Coach is caught off guard as the assistant priest asks
PERSONALITY: Clearly, our men’s soccer team is a group of unique guys. him to speak. He fumbles for words. “Well um, um, I know you haven’t seen me for weeks.” Rashad, sitting at the back, stifles giggles because the female players are urging coach to sing. Rashad always gets a roll-on-the-floor laugh out of hearing about coach’s singing and dancing career. Coach ignores the requests and doesn’t sing. Father Adderley steps up to the podium and begins to deliver the sermon, speaking of the lust of the eyes regarding worldly things. Things such as money, car and house. He talks about all three major political parties but tempers the rhetoric. The sermon ends with him admonishing the congregation not to dwell on worldly things. Afterwards there is some reading then singing of hymns. Communion is now up and not everyone from the team is Anglican. Coach, Rashad and Mick are the only ones who go up to collect communion. It is November 23. After beating the University of West Indies 4-1on Sunday, we hit the grass again for another practice session at 6am. It is 2 days before the last day of class and it’s evident that the end of semester workload is taking its toll. Mick, Valdere and I have final projects due, Juan and Sudge have a final exam at 10, and the list goes on. We start out practice by jogging for 10 minutes before stretching and then get into a drill. It’s a conditioning drill. We do several 40-yard dashes before taking a water break. By this time more guys have come and we begin another drill. We play a small sided game. Me, Alex, Chaved, Audi, Perry, Juan and Scottie are the bibs while Alex, Neko, Keith, Sudge, Junior and Rashad are the whites. The bibs team string together some passes but miss the goal. The whites counter-attack and get the first goal of the game from Neko. The bibs continue to attack and pressure the white team defensively until Perry sees the open goal and scores. At 7.30, practice breaks up as people go to class and to prepare for exams. It is confirmed that the league will start on Sunday, November 27, at 2pm with COB playing against BahaJuniors. Everyone is happy. The bond that the trips to Miami and Freeport created will last forever. We will continue to get better as the season progresses. We assure coach that we’ll bring out our secret weapon at the game on Sunday. That weapon is team chemistry. u
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Caribs played with dedication INTRAMURAL Our and passion this semester, through and against difficult teams. BASKETBALL injuries Here are a few snapshots from intramural Carib and Lady Carib basketball games in Fall 2011.
INTRAMURAL VOLLEYBALL Here are more snapshots from the Lady Caribs game from PG 12.
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Lady Caribs Spike Titans
❚ by Simmba French Sports Editor
HE Lady Caribs defeated the Lady Titans in three of four sets at the Donald W. Davis Gym. The victory has revived hopes that the team can perform in the upcoming New Providence Women Volleyball Association league playoffs, assistant coach Cora Hepburn said. The Lady Caribs got off to a slow start but eventually leveled the score at 16. The game was tied again at 22 before the Lady Caribs won the final 3 points to walk away with the first set victory. The starter team included Krystal Delancy, Diandra Sands, Kenisha Thompson, Jacintha Clark, Francheska McBride and Kristen Butler. Simone Duncombe and Aikia Rose got their start in the tougher second set as the Lady Titans came out the gate with a 0-3 lead. Trailing behind by only three points for most of the set, the Lady Caribs persevered but lost the set 21-25. The third set saw some good spikes from Francheska McBride and team captain Kenisha Thompson. With the Lady Caribs back to the original starting line-up, the team took an early lead and never looked back. After defeating the Lady Titans 25-21, the Lady Caribs needed to win set four to win the game to avoid playing a tie breaker set five. The Lady Caribs dominated the fourth set with no
changes to the starting line-up. They won the match with the score line at 25-20. Ms Hepburn said: “I am not too excited about the win because the team needs to cut down on their mistakes. This was an important game for them to win because hopefully they can still make the playoffs.” Wandalee Burrows, co-captain of the team, said: “The game was slow because we took a long time to get into the game. “We just want to stick to the basics and take it one step at a time,” Burrows, a Physical Education major, added. Kenisha Thompson was the top scorer with 23 points. Other scorers include: Jacintha Clark, eight points; Francheska McBride, seven points; Krystal Delancy, four points; Kristen Butler, three points; and Diandra Sands, Simone Duncombe, Wandalee Burrows and Aikia Rose rounded out the scoring with one point each. The Lady Caribs also beat out the Cougars in a following match. The team won three out of 4 sets with Kenisha Thompson totaling 14 points. The team roster includes: Krystal Delancy, Kenisha Thompson, Francheska Mc Bride, Diandra Sands, Jacintha Clarke, Wandalee Burrows, Kristen Butler, Coline Reckley, Simone Duncombe, Aikia Rose, Phylicia Huyler, Rachel Riley, Jan Turnquest, Marissa Tucker and Chelsea Thompson.
Duane Beneby: Athelete Extraordinaire ❚ by Simmba French Sports Editor RESHMAN Duane Beneby, a Chemistry major, hopes one day to become an athletic trainer. Beneby or “Benbo”, as called by his teammates, plays for the Caribs Men Soccer team while he earns his associates degree. A week after his return from the Carib’s soccer team trip in Miami, he left for University of Tampa as soccer recruit for 2012 fall season. The youngest son of Dwight and Karen Beneby, the Right Back player has been competing in the sport for the past 13 years. He is also competitive in track and softball. The experienced 17-year-old was the youngest player on the national soccer team when they faced off against Turks and Caicos this summer.. He also played for Bears FC, reigning champions of the Bahamas Football Association (BFA) league. Beneby was awarded Best Youth Award, and helped the team secure both the league and the knock out cup in 2010 and 2011. He also represented the Bahamas U-15 national soccer team as co-captain. Beneby was selected to the national Academy from 2005 to 2009 and in 2009 he was the National Academy’s U-16 MVP. In 2001, he was the Bahamas Youth Football
BENEBY holding the trophy won by the Bears in the Under 17 Championships in BYFl 2011.
League Team MV1. Benby won bronze and silver medals at Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary School (B.A.I.S.S) track meets. In addition to athletics, Beneby is also very scholastic as an Honor student at his alma mater, Jordan Prince William High School. Beneby was an honoree in The Bahamas Outstanding Students Foundation 2011 and Head Boy 2011. He placed third in the Lads to Leaders Convention Speech Competition in 2009 and 2011. His hobbies include handy work, socializing, watching movies and listening to music.
Shadowing the Caribs ❚ by Simmba French
LADY CARIBS VOLLEYBALL TEAM: (not in order) Krystal Delancy, Kenisha Thompson, Francheska Mc Bride, Diandra Sands, Jacintha Clarke, Wandalee Burrows, Kristen Butler, Coline Reckley, Simone Duncombe, Aikia Rose, Phylicia Huyler, Rachel Riley, Jan Turnquest, Marissa Tucker and Chelsea Thompson. LADY CARIBS VS. LADY TITANS: RIGHT: The girls’ warmup before the game against the Lady Titans. COB/Simmba French
Sports Editor There are always new faces on the men’s soccer team each semester at the College of The Bahamas. This semester there are 19 players. I’m the goalkeeper. Valdere Murphy, the youngest player, controls the left side of the defense. On his opposite side, Duane “Benbo”, another freshman, brings a winning attitude to the team. In the middle of the defense are returning players and gym rats, Keith Moss and Stephan “Steph” Brown. In the centre midfield positions are Dineko “Neko” Bethel and Alex Thompson. The right and left wing are occupied by Rashad “Shad” Adderley and Perez “Perry” Brooks respectively. Rounding out the starting 11 are forwards Philip “Richie” Roberts and Kristoff “Kris” Wood. On the bench are Chaved “Gangsta” Harvey, Junior Joassin, Elvens “Ellie” Omilus, Juan Villalobos, Christian “Sudge” Sarjudas, Audison “Audi” Beaubrun, Mick Massar, Torcassio “Scottie” Bethel. It is Sunday, October 30, a week before the team travels to Grand Bahama to play two friendly games against Freeport. Sundays are scrimmage day. This afternoon we are playing United FC , a club team in the local league. I’m not going on the trip to Freeport so won’t be in the game. Mick will play in my position. The game starts with United applying offensive pressure. Soon, a goal is scored against Mick because he uses the wrong technique to save it. COB regroups and Kristoff puts a goal in the back of the net, bringing the score to 1-1. Minutes later, Valdere shouts: “I got him!” Mick comes out of his goal to make a desperate but failed attempt and the score is now 1-2 in favor of United. “What you doing?” Keith shouts, breathing heavily. “I thought I had him,”, Mick responds in an almost timid voice. “My bad,” he says, then hangs his head and gets back in goal. “Toot toot toooooooooooot!” Coach Vandyke Bethel blows the whistle for half time. The guys walk off the field panting. Coach looks at me and says: “Warm up you on,” and I’m in shock, because I
thought only the players going to Freeport would play. The second half starts and we come out aggressively. “Get him, get him, get him,” Steph shouts to Benbo. Steph covers him and contains the attack. The rain had fallen earlier and puddles dot the field. On attack our plays on the left side slow down or stop because of the puddle by the 18-yard box. We soon pick up our pace and start to attack from the right. Rashad and Benbo now got to work hard as they create a great opportunity for a goal. Juan hits the ball with the outside of his foot and puts it out of the reach of the United goalkeeper tying up the score at 2-2. I shout: “More! More! All day all night baby!” As we expect, United put on a display of shots to the goal but they don’t succeed. “Not in flickin’ here,” I shout, receiving a mixture of high and low fives about the caliber of the saves I have made. Perry shoots a long shot from outside the 18-yard box that rebounds off the keeper and into the path of Junior who scores the third goal. COB ensure United receive no more chances on goal and the score line reads 3-2. It is Tuesday November 2, four days before the trip to Freeport. Practice begins at 6am. Instead of practicing on the field, futsal is the order of the morning, which is similar to football with the exception of the hardcourt surface and a smaller but heavier ball. Practice starts with a 15-minute jog to get our blood flowing as it’s a cool day. The time goes fast and the coach screams: “Stretch!” We stretch our calves first. Today Benbo is in the middle of the circle. “One,” he says. “Two,” the rest of the team answers. “Three, I can’t hear y’all bey,” Benbo retorts. “Four,” the team resounds, and the sequence continues until the count reaches 15. We do flamingos, groin stretches, hamstring stretches and finally arm stretches. Coach interjects. “All right, stretch whatever you have to stretch, we’re going to work on some technical stuff.” We get a ball to share between three persons in preparation for our drills, and begin by working on our touches.
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