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TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS: What rules does the College have on the way that students and lecturers conduct themselves together?

COB SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2012: Read about this year’s festival and how you can help blow last year’s out of the water. Page 3

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SUPER AWESOME MOVIE STUFF: In this issue, Nathan reviews The Grey (Liam Neeson) and Contraband (Mark Wahlberg). Page 4

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The Student Voice of The College of The Bahamas

COBUS PRESIDENT CHARGED ❚ by Ava Turnquest Managing Editor

College of e Bahamas Union of Students president Renbert Mortimer was arraigned in a magistrate’s court on disorderly conduct charges last week Friday. Mr Mortimer, 22, was arrested in the college’s library shortly before 10pm the previous day, February 2. He was charged with six offenses before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell; aggravated assault on a police officer, assault of a security officer, two counts of

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COBUS PRESIDENT Renbert Mortimer II

using abusive language, disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest. Mr Mortimer was represented by Glendon Rolle, who told the court his client was an upstanding citizen with no prior incidents. Mr Mortimer was granted $5,000 bail with one surety and the case was adjourned to September 26. According to COBUS officials, Executive Vice President Alphonso Major has assumed the tole of acting president until further notice.

From the EDITOR: I would like to extend my deepest apologies to the student body, faculty, and administration on behalf of the Spectrum team for our tardiness. As we strive to increase the level of transparency and accountability at this institution, it is critical that we are also held to the same standards. We hope you enjoy our brand new tabloid size, and look forward to hearing more from the college community on how best we can further our respective goals.

REGISTRATION WOES AT STUDENT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

❚ by Lynden McIntosh Spectrum Reporter

Students have many concerns regarding the day-to-day operation of the College of e Bahamas (COB) and the overall quality of education and experience delivered to students. e College of the Bahamas Union of Students (COBUS) is given the task of representing students while voicing their concerns to the administration of the College and the wider community. On January 26th, 2012, COBUS had a Student General Assembly in the Performing Arts Centre at the College of e Bahamas. Moderated by COBUS’ president, Renbert Mortimer, the intent of this forum was to create a dialogue between students, COBUS, and the Administration. Ultimately, students were to be made aware of the goals of COBUS and to bridge the gap between the intent of the administration’s policies and the perception students have with these policies.

COB/ Jasper Haeward

STUDENTS LISTEN as Danny Davis answers a question at the Student General Assembly on Thursday, January 26.

Panelists include: Dr. Danny Davis (Registrar) and Eslyn Jones (Vice President of Student Affairs). Some 63 students attended the forum. Despite the numerous concerns expressed to the union, Mr Mortimer said he was disappointed

with the neglect students give to official forums where he believes students can make an impact on conditions at the university. Leading the discussion, the college union president listed 15 demands titled COBUS’ Vote of

Concerns. Among the concerns raised were the removal of the late fee for scholarship students; the removal or reduction of the drop/add fee; and reallocation of student activity fee with funds to be placed in a separate account for COBUS

to use for students at the discretion of COBUS’ administration. Also, there is an appeal for furniture in Art Room in the T-Block, roll-over prints each semester students leave prints on their accounts and a creation of a Student Mascot, to “enhancement of school spirit”. Apart from the Vote of Concerns, Mr. Mortimer also listed some issues COB administration should resolve. Among these include a request for Gazebos at the Nursing Campus, an improvement of the College’s website and a school bus system. Mr Mortimer warned administration that if these demands aren’t met, he and the COBUS administration, representing the greater student body, will take these issues to politicians making it a greater political matter for politicians eager for votes. Later in the program, there was a “Question and Answer” session nSEE Page 8

HARRY C. MOORE LIBRARY UPS THE ANTE ❚ by Jasper Haeward Production Manager

MULTI-functional e-readers are the latest investment to the Harry C Moore library. e College of e Bahamas has introduced many new resources to the research features of the library, including an investment in brandnew Kobos. e multi-functional e-readers will be available for checkout just as normal books would be. omas Lundstrom, head of

Library Information Systems said: "e e-readers are available for checkout under the same policy as regular books are; if you damage it, you will pay the full cost to replace it." For their initial time in possession of the College, the Kobo EReaders will have content specifically for some English and Education classes in order to test the usefulness of the loan programme. In addition to this, the library now has services by ebrary, a database

of academic texts and journals compiled under the company ProQuest. e new user interface allows students to download, copy and print up to chapters of research material available from the database. Juan Longas, a representative from ProQuest gave tutorials on how to use the new interface that allows students to login to access the material. COB/ Jasper Haeward


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Letters to the Editor are encouraged. Please type and send to The Spectrum, College of The Bahamas , c/o Student Publications Board, S-3 Art Block, Oakes Field Campus, or email spectrum @cob.edu.bs. Length should not exceed 350 words. All letters must be signed and include contact information for verification, such as exact COB registration name. The Spectrum has the right to withhold any submission from publication and will not consider more than two letters from the same individual on one topic. The Spectrum reserves the right to edit all letters and submissions for content, clarity and length.

JAN-FEB NOTICES s COBUS ELECTIONS

Deadline for nominations is Feb. 22: Forms can be collected from the COBUS Office (SUB) and Campus Life (A-Block) from February 6th. s 50Th ANNIvErSAry SUffrAgE mOvEmENT

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Deadline for essay, poetry and poster submission for the 50th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Movement Symposium is Thursday, February 16 2012. Entries should be submitted to the Office of the School of Social Sciences. s 2011/12 fACULTy & STAff CAmpAIgN

The deadline for the 2011-12 Annual Fund this June is quickly approaching! Don’t miss your opportunity to get the maximum credit for your gift. Just $10 each month in a payroll deduction greatly helps a student or your department. It is the easiest way to donate now. To submit your gift right away, contact one of your Co-Chairs, Nakessa Beneby Ext. 4464 or Peter McWilliam Ext. 2632, the Annual Fund Office Ext.4657 or log onto my.cob.edu.bs. s gENErAL CLUB mEETINgS

These will be held for all official College clubs every Friday from 5 to 6:30pm. Club presidents, vice presidents and 2 board members must be in attendance.

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THUG LIFE. ❚ by Jasper Haeward Production Manager

I love my country. at’s right: I said it. I love e Bahamas, and you should, too. Of the young demographic (15-25 years old), a very great percentage seems to have a very large disdain for anything to do with Bahamian people. is popular hatred comes from the thought that Bahamians are inherently coarse and don’t know how to operate under the unspoken law of common sense. is is untrue. With each and every time I hear someone say that about ‘typical Bahamians’, I feel a deep, dark offense rising within my soul that wants to slap them about the cranium. But I endure. Bahamians are wonderful people. We are naturally peaceful, with a tendency to a high standard of politeness and friendliness that lends to loneliness when we spend long amounts of time abroad (especially in the stingy US). As a people, we are more likely to stick together and pick each other out in a foreign setting because we recognize common national habits more than any Caribbean nation that I know of. ere are things that our people cook, do and say that can only be found and made right here under our temperate island sun. For example, I have numerous friends that have been living abroad for years. Each one of them, though abroad, all admit that there is something about e Bahamas that they can’t find or can’t get anywhere else. Whether it is food, drink, population or atmosphere, many of them prefer to live on their ‘rock’ than anywhere else. It seems that the younger demographic is the one that harbours the majority of the loathing towards the Bahamas. Most of the youth have dreams of leaving this country to some hopeful nirvana in the US, and never returning. Many of us have had those dreams force-fed to us by our parents, whose largest desire is to live vicariously through us to achieve some delusion of success through our struggles. Please do

❚ by Donovan Bullard COB Student

not be deceived. Your life is your life, but I am of the strong belief that we have been blinded completely by the troubles that we all face. ings are indeed tough, but at the same time, hatred only makes it tougher, because hate causes us to become unable to see what good things are available for you to love. ink of it: a world from here on without conch salad? What if Goombay Punch was suddenly discontinued? Tampico? How about straw work? Junkanoo parades? What if Bamboo Shack closed down for good? No more: “What’s gern on bey”? What if Bahamians decided to ignore each other? Although these are simple, everyday things that we take for granted, they are pivotal to the atmosphere and the culture in which we live. Many people look down on Bahamian dialect, saying that it is lower than Standard English or the Queen’s English. Neither of the latter is our national language. Our national language recorded in nearly every atlas is Bahamian English. We have a language, and that’s just too bad for those who don’t like it. Saying that Bahamians are stupid for choosing to speak in our language over Standard English is like saying that people in Shanghai are stupid for speaking Cantonese, and should speak Mandarin instead; or that Jamaicans are stupid for using Patois instead of the Queen’s English as they are taught in school. Although use of Bahamian dialect has its place, it should never be bashed as “bad” English. It is our language, and it should be embraced because it’s part of who we are. Mainly, I think we should all take a look at our lives in e Bahamas, and try to find the beauty in every moment. All of us should seek to perceive this place as if we were on the outside, and possess the same admiration and passion for ourselves as a people and our country as a jewel on the earth. Hatred only blinds, but if you find something that you really love, and hold on to it, your eyes will be opened to opportunities you never thought imaginable.

DOES GOD EXIST?

To begin to solve this complex and ardently argued topic, we must first ask ourselves the question that many unbelievers use to their advantage. Can we see, feel, smell, hear, or taste the Supreme Being entitled God? It is the five senses that give us the notion that we are consciously present in this world! Even our fellow brothers and sisters who possess impairments in one or more of the organs related to the five senses still have a strong sense of connection to this world! If God does not physically manifest Himself through any of the five senses then how can we effectively prove His existence? How can we be certain that the very words contained in the Holy Bible is correct if we can’t present substantial evidence to prove the existence of God from a logical perspective! When examining the situation from a rational perspective. I am sure that you will agree with me when I say the following statement: For every creation there is a creator! For example, as we all know the Nike/Jordan name brand tennis shoes are the most popular brand on

the planet! With this fact being said I want you to evaluate to yourself if you believe that the tennis created itself - of course not! In fact the workers at the Nike/Jordan factory designed and created the shoes. e same ideological concept can be used when one requires proof using common logical sense that God does truly exist. We are the creation and he is the creator! If one who bears an atheistic mindset can comprehend such spiritual truth then their spiritual eyes will immediately open and they would come to a realization that God through His creation can be noticed everywhere. Every time we see the beautiful beach scenery, feel the fine grains of sand running through our hands, smell the refreshing sea air, hear the harmonious noise of the seagulls, taste a delicious apple - all of which are examples that God is real! God sent His only begotten Son into the world not to condemn us but so that we can have eternal life. If any man genuinely seeks after Jesus Christ all the truth that will be revealed to him it will be clearly evident to that individual that God does exist!

COLLEGE IS NOT FOR YOU ❚ by S.A. Hanna Features Editor

I realize now why I have been so offended by the College of the Bahamas, and for so long. I did not understand the true purpose of a tertiary institution. It is easy to fall for the false rhetoric that schools are built for the education of the nation's populace. is mindset only leads to frustration; once I grasped the simple truth then everything made sense. Schools are not for students. Giant pseudo-academias like COB may teach and serve students, but that is not the primary reason for their existence. Education is simply a tolerable side effect to the process, much like children are to the act of coitus. e true purpose of a school is to create jobs. ink about it. e pride of every government is being able to talk about job creation. To boast that in their five years of power they provided jobs for an incalculable number of citizens. is explains much of COB's student policies. It's all about jobs, which why it is perfectly acceptable to allow professors, who disdain not only students but humans in general, to stay employed at the College. Let’s face it, they have a doctorates and are too overqualified to work anywhere else. Misanthropic pseudo intellects, like myself, need jobs too. How else would we buy our poorly designed bow ties and ergonomically designed back packs? Often we are given the mantra ‘this aint high school no one is going to spoon feed you’ or ‘you're adults’. However, if we are to expect no dedication or passion from our lecturers, or librarians, or administrators, and only a cold clinical instruction paired with an accoutrement of sour puss face because they wish in true that we were all dead – deep breath - students might as well stay home and read up on our desired fields of interest on Wikipedia. At least we'll be able to listen to Drake while unraveling the antagonizing theories of Quantum Physics.

Frustration will persist only if we continue to believe that schools are for students, and not in fact just ways for the government to fabricate jobs. A security guard’s job is to sit at the mouth of the library and rifle through a student's purse. e guard will inspect her toiletries and sundries in an effort to find a bag of chips that she was saving for her 6pm class because she has low blood sugar. Alas, the chip needs to go to protect the fragile books donated to the library by a fraternity during the early 1980's. Without a doubt, the sour cream and onion grease would attract the fearsome Norwegian Giant Brown rat, and the loathsome Nigerian rowing Star cockroaches would then eat the dying books thus making the cubic zirconium jewel in the crown that is COB as pointless and non profitable as the investment of the Band Shell, PAC, the Cafe that use to be in the Book Store etc, etc. I say all this to underscore one shining truth: learning is inconsequential to the actual goal of the College. I suggest that in order to avoid further confusion we rename persons and their titles in the College. Security guards will be called "ID and Bag Checkers" because that is the role that the College has relegated these brave men and women to do. Professors will be called Tolerators, unless they fail half of their class on a consistent basis then they will be Facillitators, and Chair Persons if they fail the entire class. Administration shall be referred to as "Our Dark Lords Whose Name We Do Not Speak" or ODLWNWDNS, which is easier to remember. Physical Plant will remain Physical Plant because some how they have been able to hold this crumbling institution together with nothing more than two staplers and some scotch tape. Finally, to clarify the biggest confusion of all, we shall no longer call the College of the Bahamas, the College of the Bahamas. Instead, it shall be called "Mollech the Heathen God of Fire to whom we fool heartedly sacrifice our first born with a false hope for a better tomorrow when all the fire does is consume them". High five?


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GREATER RESPECT NEEDED TO IMPROVE SECURITY-STUDENT RELATIONS ❚ by Shaquille Sands Beat Reporter

INCREASED respect from both sides is critical to improved relations between security staff and student, according to senior guards. Security officers say their side of the story has been neglected as the relationship between students and security officer remains challenged at the College Of e Bahamas. In an interview with e Spectrum, senior guards Mr. Minnis and Mr. ines agreed that the relationship with students should be improved, especially male students. Issues concerning security guards cham-

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pioned the Spectrum’s “New Year’s Resolution- Campus Walk” this month, with many students listing unprofessional behavior as a top concern. Of this percentage that spoke concerning security, particularly made note of their “unprofessional” behavior. Mr. Minnis said: “e relationships with students and officers can be a lot better if the officers show more respect to the students and the students to the officers. Respect should be given where it is due.” “Everything needs to be improved generally with security skills to develop better relationships with students because they’re watching us. We need to build more trust amongst each

other,” Mr Minnis said. Tensions heightened last semester when it was alleged that security officers assaulted a college student in the presence of a counsellor in front of the Harry C. Moore Library. e altercation unfolded after a sophomore student at the College of e Bahamas was removed out of the library on October 4. e matter is said to be under investigation by the college. Forums, or general assemblies, were among the initiatives suggested to bridge the gap between security and the student body. However, any improvement requires nSEE Page 8

STUDENT TEACH RELATIONSHIPS: SETTING BOUNDARIES ❚ by Dawn McKenzie Contributing Writer

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PAOLA ALVINO (right) speaks to a student after her Literary Journalism class.

THROUGHOUT one’s college career, it is essential for a student to have some form of a relationship with his/her lectures. After all, these are the persons that one will have to communicate with, turn in assignments to, and listen to (assuming that one is paying attention in class and not texting or skylarking on Facebook) during scheduled class times for a period of fourteen weeks. However, where can the boundary be set regarding lecturer and student relationships? Since the majority of students at e College of e Bahamas are classified as adults and their lecturers would be at a

matured age as well – does the relationship between the trainer and the trainee need a policy regarding appropriate code of conduct? In the December 2011 issue of e Spectrum, certain student by the name “slippery crab” wrote to the Ask the Carib feature of the newspaper, in part discussing his/her level of discomfort during a class because the lecturer was giving the student the “hungry eyes”, probably signifying a glare that raised the student’s point of cautiousness. A junior status French major opined that primarily she thought that she and her lecturers could be friends, in the sense that she could feel free to talk to them about her academic goals and interests. Yet, she notes

that her view changed because she noticed that one of her lectures in particular started to become slightly possessive of her. As a result, she decided to maintain a business-like relationship with any lecturer henceforth, so as to avoid the problem that she experienced before. By the mere suggestion of such behaviour, it is imperative to explore what policy the college has in terms of student to lecturer relationships and the opinions of lecturers and students as well. However, due to the nature of this article, interviewees will remain strictly confidential. Just like the French major, an Accounting nSEE Page 8

FILM COMMISSIONER VISITS ❚ by Jasper Haeward Production Manager

VIDEO production students met with the e Bahamas Film and Television Commission as the College gears up for it's second annual Short Film Festival. Following the call for films released last month, Film Commissioner Craig Woods and Senior Manager Angela Archer met with Hugo Zarate and six students from the JRN 420 Video Project course. Mr Woods sat with the group to discuss the upcoming festival as well as the desires of the students in regards to film in COB/ Jasper Haeward e Bahamas. (L-R) HUGO ZÁRATE, Angela Archer, Simba French, Craig Woods, Brittney Armbrister and Kriston Saunders at the close of Kriston Saunders, a Media Journalism the January 26 meeting. major and the editor of last year's Short sionate about what we do but it is very thing from nothing. We are the pioneers.” Film Festival winner said: “We are very pasdifficult to buy equipment and make somee meeting was to garner publicity for th

the festival as well as begin to make connections with the government to further student filmmakers in the Bahamas. Mr Zarate said: “We know that the problems we are talking about are very real, but now I want to help [the students] to open the doors to create their own opportunities.” Mr Woods confirmed that there were no avenues for Bahamians to pursue film in the country, such as studios or some government programme that would sponsor emerging artists. However, he encouraged Bahamian filmmakers to continue their quests to improve the film industry in the Bahamas.

FILM FESTIVAL BACK FOR A SECOND YEAR ❚ by Shaquille Sands Spectrum Reporter

THE College of the Bahamas Short Film Festival opened its doors to all students and alumni with a call for films last month. Since initiated April of last year, the film festival spearheaded by Hugo Zarate has provided students and alumni of the College of e Bahamas an opportunity to expose their creativity. “Last semester our plan was to show three films and it was open for students in the media and journalism program,” Mr Zarate said. “is semester, students are working on the project as well but this time we’re opening it up to all COB students. Students of the Alumni Organization since 2009 and after that can also submit a film.” Organizers hope to continue to expand

the festival to students in response to calls for more opportunities to showcase creative talents and skills garnered through studies. While future goals include submissions from established filmmakers, Mr Zarate said the event’s focus remains to provide students with a platform to express how they feel about social issues. “We want to build it little by little and hopefully we’ll at some point open it for film makers in the Bahamas. “We want to reach the international market at least Florida and eventually Jamaica. is year we might possibly have the support of the Film Commissioner of the Bahamas, Mr. Craig Woods” said Mr Zarate. e winners of last year’s festival went on to capture second place in the Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale. is year the event boasts a partnership with Freeport so there may be a portion of the festival in Fort Lauderdale and

the other in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Mr Zarate said: “I just want to encourage students to participate, they don’t need any professional background. Once they have an idea and a way to express it through film if that’s what they love they’re welcomed to here. “Because I know many people aren’t really in the film industry; but they like to do recordings with the small camera’s or phones so once they have something with quality that we can show they can become a part of it.” Submissions are free and must have a running time of 15, 30 or 45 minutes. Entry forms can be downloaded from the COB website or at the office of the School of Communication and Creative Arts, room S6. COB/Mick Masaar


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Burn Upon Reading Super Awesome Movie Stuff! The Secret life of the Bahamian Male: Minutes from the last Bi-Annual National Man Convention Understanding Our Oppressive Shadow Overlords Women

❚ by S.A. Hanna Features Editor

Dear Brothers, the first step to understanding what women want is to realize that it is impossible to know this. Can a man understand why the sun rises in the East and sets in the West – with the exception of Wednesdays when it is clearly the most ergonomic? Can he understand why it’s okay to go swimming when it’s sunny but not while it’s raining? How will the lowly man ever fathom the mystery that is women when in truth he cannot wrap his mind around the breakfast policy of certain fast food restaurants stopping at 11am? Despite the fact that I was on the line for the past 10 minutes, because I have only just arrived at the counter at 11:02am, you can't serve me, even though the “Pancake Platter” is sitting right there on the warming tray. Just give me THAT pancake platter and the egg-sausage sandwich next to it damn it! Is there something wrong with it? Is it that your food isn't made out of food but in fact a "food like" substance that only tastes and looks like food until the hour of 11:00am, Eastern Standard Time, but at 11:01am, EST, they turn back into toadstools and lizard tails...? No, Mister Security Officer I will not be quiet!! I hungry king man!! If we can't grasp such simple quandaries how can we ever expect to understand women and what it is that they want? Together!! (Bro. Schin slams his fist on podium for effect, his eyes well up with tears. It is unclear whether it is from the passion of brotherhood or that he has shattered his anterior metacarpal bone. Bro.

Schin takes a deep breath and continues.) Too long our blood and tears have turned the water wheel of this matriarchal community powering them. For too long we have not received our fair shake because we are the perpetual slaves of the feminine oligarchy never to be given our happiness until we sate the un-satiable. Hear me brothers and know why it is that we have unraveled the mysteries of a raisin-free chocolate bar but we can't figure out what it is what women want. It is because we can never know. We don't know what women want, because WOMEN don't know what they want, so it is a preponderance akin to the difficulty of understanding why they like Vybz Kartel songs but do not appreciate regular men heralding the coming of a maiden with an above average mons pubis (google it) from the window of his eggshell-coloured Maxima! We must stand up to the oppressors and say: ‘we are men and demand your love and respect’. We shall do that by first putting ourselves... (Bro. Schin's cellular phone rings, he answers in a whisper seeming to forget the microphone is on.) Hey love what's up…no I'm not busy at all…(laughs) you know I always…oh, no that's cool, the password is “sp39xvnAmpersand”...no don't write the word ampersand...it’s the little squiggly thing that means ‘and’...it's the number seven when you hold the shift key...well I didn't say that because it seemed like it would further complicate...ugh...alright...I love you too Olive...yea, yea, yea, jump in a lake. (Bro. Schin hangs up his cellular phone) Where was I?

Tech Review ❚ by Nathan Rolle Spectrum Columnist

Blackberry Tag For all you high end Blackberry users, most of your OS 7 Blackberry devices are already outfitted with new technology called near field communication; NFC is a wireless technology that allows data transmissions at a a close range (4 cm or closer). Blackberry has named their version of this application Tag it allows the transfer of data, particularly contacts and multimedia, between phones and other devices just by touching one with the other, like magic. So if you were to meet a new sweetheart in your travels you can quickly add them to your BBM contacts, discreetly. Unlike the iPhone’s lame ‘Bump’ application, Tag is integrated in your device and can used with the majority of your Blackberry applications. ere are already locks that can be unlocked using Blackberry NFC technology, imagine the future possibilities. Blackberry Tag is officially available for OS 7.1 so UPGRADE! iPad 3 Apple fanboys are in high anticipation of

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the iPad 3, said to be set for release in March of this year. rifty and smart shoppers have already pledged to forfeit/exchange an iPad 2 in anticipation for the iPad 3 however, the Courtesy of Google Images question remains, will Apples third tablet be worth the wait? Apple is known adding just a little extra for every new release. So what is difference this time? e iPad 3 is to have a 4G LTE mobile chipset for high speed data along with an A5 Quad Core processor, rather than the Dual Core fitted in the iPad 2. is will also be the first tablet with a HD QXQA display, similar to the ones in the late generation iPod touches with the same dimensions as its predecessor. It will be 1 mm thicker, which no one was expecting. So whats the same? EVERYTHING ELSE! e details on software is not set in stone, but Apple products use the same basic OS, and there is no sign of an iOS 6 anytime soon. If you haven't purchased an Apple tablet yet, I recommend you wait because iPad3 will be faster and shinier, but say that hesitantly because I still feel an iPad 2 will get the job done just as well. Just a little something to think about, besides technology analysts predict that Apple will tank in 2 years, so...consider Android for a minute. Robots, like the Jetsons predicted, may be the future.

Contraband & The Grey

❚ by Nathan Rolle Spectrum Columnist

Contraband is an Action/ Crime/ Drama starring Mark Wahlberg and Ben Foster and it fully engulfs you in, wait for it, action, crime and drama. (Shocked face here.) After his brother gets into trouble with a drug lord in a

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CONTRABAND: Marky Mark’s newest action escapade. Remember when he was a rapper?

smuggling operation gone wrong, Chris Farraday, Wahlberg's character, has to return to a life of crime one more time to protect his family. e action in this movie is engaging so you may feel as if you are in on the crime, if your heart starts racing, ready to beat out of your chest, because of its overwhelmed by tip-toe anticipation, my only advice is “If you get in,

you better get out.” Can that quote get anymore cliché? I'm just trying to warn you, what it lacks in plot originality it makes up for in hard hitting action, you may start thinking for a minute, but only for a minute, then BAM, right back on the intense train. Contraband is nothing new but it is the cliched heist movie done extremely well. ere are a few twist, for example, this film stars Mark Wahlberg and not Matt Damon which I'm certain adds for more intrigue some how. Wahlberg is great at being Wahlberg, (this is referred to as a tangent, bear with me) Wahlberg is a fantastic action star with the experience to fit this role, however, this is such a regular thing, that if you were to catch the movie in the middle you may say, "Wait a minute, I saw this movie before.” Nope. You've seen the exact same actor doing the exact same thing that the exactly same actor does in canon of completely “different” movies. Oh, wait, you should still watch it because all in all, Contraband is a thrilling movie that you are sure to enjoy, like you did last year. I give Contraband a 7/ 10, because we all love re-runs, and if you want some bootleg DVD’s smuggled, let’s just say I know a guy. A movie to look out for is e Grey, starring the super awesome actor guy, Liam Neeson, who will fill our quota of growling voice lead men until e Dark Knight Rises comes out this summer, but back to Neeson. e Grey is about an oil drilling team that struggles to survive after a plane crash that strands them in the wild. e team is hunted by a pack of wolves that sees them as intruders. It shall be epic. Nathan has spoken.


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Did you know...? ❚ by Dawn McKenzie Contributing Writer

Most students are probably blissfully unaware of the countless ways in which you, yes YOU, can land yourselves a seat outside of e College of e Bahamas – wishing that you could be transported two minutes into the past in order to slap yourself senseless so that you could not do whatever you were going to do that would inevitably give you a form of castigation from the college. In this month’s Did You Know, find out what offenses are noteworthy of expulsion, permanent termination of college career; suspension, determined leave of absence from the college; probation, period in which changes in conduct must be proved; and formal admonition, warning. Let’s pull out our handy-dandy COB Handbook and turn to Chapter 27 to find out, shall we. 1. Abusive Conduct – is category encapsulates assaults, both verbal and nonverbal attacks, battery, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and acts of intolerance (e.g. hate crimes). Such behaviour can lead to probation, suspension and finally expulsion. ● Translation: ese offenses may include verbally and physically threatening the lives of faculty, staff, or other college students

2. Disorderly Conduct and Public Nudity – is grouping involves boisterous disruptions, interference with college personnel, general nudity and public urination. e punishments for offenses like this can include formal warning, probation and/or suspension. ● Translation: For all of you that continuously and flagrantly disturb the peaceful status of the library or restricted areas in which class or exams take place – BEWARE! Also, for anyone that feels it necessary to relieve him or herself anywhere on the campus besides the designated bathrooms – WE’RE WATCHING YOU! 3. Damage/Destruction of C.O.B property – is sector involves blatant disrespect college property by writing defamatory inscriptions on college property, discarding personal garbage/debris on college settings. ese actions are worthy of formal warning (if minor), probation, suspension, expulsion and/or restitution – in which the student will have to reimburse the college for whatever goods he/she damaged. ● Translation: ere’s a thing called a garbage bin located around the campus – use it, it won’t bite you! Don’t graciously share your worn-out chewing gums with us under the tables or seats within classrooms, labs or

COB/ Jasper Haeward

GET ONE! The Student Handbook is available online at http://cob.edu.bs as well as in the office of Student Affairs. It contains the rules and regulations for conduct and academics for all enrolled at the College.

on the campus, engaging in sexual intercourse on campus grounds, pestering faculty, staff and students on campus and discriminatory acts that may be generated towards those of a different race, creed, sexual preference, and ethnic background.

libraries – thank you but we don’t need them. Also don’t leave love messages, vengeful rants on the walls college building – it simply screams immaturity and desperation. In short, one should treat college grounds and property in the manner in which one would want a visitor to treat his/her own home.

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Library’s Invasive Search Policy ❚ by Dawn McKenzie Spectrum Columnist

is semester, e College of e Bahamas (COB) created a policy, effective immediately, which subjects each student of e College to a mandatory bag search to enter the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre. is is to prevent items that can be harmful to property or persons in the library from entering. Many students express disapproval of this policy claiming that the College has no right to search the bags of persons who have done nothing to be deemed suspicious. Also this policy seems insensitive toward the students who bring lunch from home, must they wait until after lunch to do research in the library? I also do not approve of this policy but different reasons. To clarify, a college, or any institution, can require its patrons to be searched before entering the establishment. is does not violate a person’s right to privacy, one can opt not to enter the building. e problem with this policy is its excessiveness, there are less invasive ways to keep the property and persons in a college’s library safe. It is already the general belief among students of COB that the Administration and the departments thereof, are awkward when solving problems concerning students, except my friends in the financial aid department of course (wink-wink). Even when they solve the problem, the solutions are sometimes accompanied by bad side-effects, making students’ life difficult in another area, like a miracle pill intended to reduce depression and suicidal thoughts with a potential to kill you. e question, “Why dey searchin’ bags?” may seem trivial but if we look at the different approaches e College could have taken to remedy this situation, the invasion of the privacy of each student, and only students, who enter the library will seem somewhat draconian. Students aren’t supposed to eat or drink in the library, a reason given is that the scent of the food may distract other students who’re studying and there is a potential for an accident to occur with the food and drinks damaging property such as computers and books. To prevent this from happening, the college can, as they did, implement a policy that breaches the privacy of every student (honest or dishonest) by thoroughly searching through every student’s bag. On the other hand, if they truly consider the students and their privacy, there can be solutions to this problem with methods that aren’t so invasive. One measure they can take is heightening security presence inside the library. is doesn’t ask for a military library with hundreds of security guards in every

corner. It does, however, require security guards to not spend massive amounts of time stationary. Maybe by having a security patrol the library looking for food, drinks and candy while another security guard is at the door checking for identification, dishonest students will be less willing to eat in the library, knowing the chances of being caught is great. is effort can be enhanced if there is more attention given to the surveillance cameras around the library. Although this may require a little more movement by security personnel, there will be a little more privacy for students. Along with this, the college can increase the penalty on students caught eating in the library or damaging property in the library. is can be a student’s library privilege being revoked for a month if caught eating in the library and a punitive monetary fee for anyone who damages property in the library. All of

COB/ Jasper Haeward

BAG SEARCHING: A regular safety precaution, or invasion of privacy?

this may be done in a reasonable manner. is doesn’t ask for students to be suspended from using the library for an entire year nor does it ask for the charge to replace items destroyed to be twice the cost of the item being replaced. Securing a university is not easy. I am certain there are many difficulties that arise with some students adding to the problem. ese difficulties come with the profession. e first option shouldn’t be to examine the bags of every student entering the building! However, if e College believes the words “students” and “children” are synonymous, if they lack the consideration for students’ privacy, if they assume students are irrational brats who do not understand rules and must be subjected to the most primitive, collectivist notion of all suffering for the acts of a few, the innocent suffering for the guilty, they will continue to disregard our pride.


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New Year’s What are your resolutions for 2012? ❚ by Shaquille Sands Spectrum Reporter

Alfrednique Gibson:

Kristel Moss:

I want to make all A’s and B’s and be more punctual. ere’s a need for a room designated for cell phone use in the library, security makes it an issue.

I want to make a 3.0 G.P.A and do well in all my classes. I want/ I’m getting a car.

Chaunse Willis:

Megan Johnson:

Weight loss, try to be nice and to make a 3.5 G.P.A to get on the Dean’s List. ey need to inform students better of what to expect, in need of more staff and there are bogus expenses.

To lose 25 lbs., accepted in the University of Toronto.

Sanmarko Lightbourne:

I want to stop eating a lot of fast food and make the President’s List this semester. I believe COB needs to improve their campus business offices on the islands.

Sydnee Kerr:

Kadija Miller:

I want to lose some weight, make the President’s List and the bathroom workers need to clean rigorously.

Shantera Rhamsey:

I want to study harder this year and COB needs to focus more on the right things, like security. I also want to grow more spiritually.

Better time management, make the Dean’s List and plan ahead for paying bills. C.O.B can inform the new students better for payments and also beef up the student activities… make them more enthusiastic.


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Resolutions! Students sound off on their plans for the 2012 academic year. Cyd Ferguson:

Tia Ferguson:

Personally I want to get into the University of West Indies, make it on the principal’s list; the security is a problem and C.O.B needs to inform students in advance about teacher change for a course.

Sharita Forbes:

I want to make all A’s and B’s, practice better study habits and read my bible more. e business office needs some assistance with late registration payments.

Ricara Dean:

Achieve a 3.0 G.P.A to keep my scholarship, avoid heartbreak and C.O.B business office needs to do better with the long lines for tuition payment.

I want to get and stay on the “President’s List” this year and, become a part of the toastmaster’s club.

erez Rollins:

Shantal:

I’m going to practice healthy eating habits and be more organized scholastically. e business office needs more staff here at C.O.B and they need to be more efficient.

Ashley Cooper:

I don’t have a new year’s resolution; what ever comes my way I’m ready for it. But my academic goal is to make a 3.50 G.P.A.

Kavon Rolle:

Soccer field needs to be fixed, I’m sick of falling in ditches.

Honor Roll and the internet connection here is poor. My procrastination is a problem which needs to be altered.


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SECURING CAMPUS ❚ by S.A. Hanna Features Editor

e College of the Bahamas employs some 52 Security Officers at it's main campus inclusive of 6 supervisors, a Senior Supervisor and a Director all charged with the same goal of protecting both the College's staff, students and property, but what is the exact mandate and role of Security on campus? e Spectrum sat down with Wellington Francis the Director, Security Services to discuss the function of the Department. All Security Officers receive some level of formal training with preference being given to those with prior experience in the field but the Department prides itself in on the job training and every patrolman is required to participate in orientation session for methods of relating with members of the College as well as non Collage members. According to Francis, much of their training is handled by Police Training College and focuses on the theory and method of many different facets of defense and protection. Because of an on going constant training program the majority

of the present officers have preparation in methods of patrol and surveillance, conflict resolution/interpersonal skills, common offense like theft assault etc and constitutional law. Francis asserts that because "we are living in an age [where] the conventional approach to security will not surface" the Department has turn to the use of technology like additional cameras, to aid in the surveillance of campus in conjunction with the existing man power. In order to live up to the Security Department's directive of not only "protect(ing) the property of the College and lives of student" but also "to maintain proper record of incidents on campus", plans for the new equipment has implemented in new centralized manner. Presently the Department is developing a "surveillance room" to monitor actives on campus and to accommodate the swifter response to incidents; the new cameras have dual purpose in that sense. Francis has observed that despite the anti authorian senitment that has supposedly grip the entire nation, the frequency of incident of

COB/ Stephen Hanna

“PROTECTING THE PROPERTY”: A security officer checks a car that has entered the College campus.

on campus incidents have decreased significantly particularly by non College members infringing on the rights of students and staff. e remaining number of incidents on the Oakes Field compound are the result of

crimes perpetrated by students on other students which makes it incredible difficult for the Department to defend against and he calls for all of the College's occupants to remain vigilent as they are the firstline of defense.

Financial Aid Deadlines Spring 2012

All COB students who applied for scholarships/financial aid for Spring 2012 through the Office of Financial Aid are advised to collect their letters immediately. All scholarship/financial aid recipients who fail to make payment arrangements with the Business Office by January 27, 2012 at 4:00p.m. will be de-registered and a $150.00 late fee will apply. Scholarship/financial aid recipients who have not been processed through the Business Office by 4:00p.m. on February 22, 2012 will forfeit their award for the Spring 2012 semester. For more information please phone: 302-4370/71 or email: ldemeritte@cob.edu.bs.

Student General Assembly nFROM Page 1

with Dr. Danny Davis leading the panel. e most urgent issue discussed was the struggle students have with receiving financial aid from the College. Many students complained about the little aids they received with some not receiving anything. Students also discussed the crumbling infrastructure of the Portia M. Smith building and the $100 fee students have to pay for challenging

a grade. A few students got their questions answered and problems solved, but, many left as discouraged as they came.

ESLYN JONES (VP Student Affairs) & MR GRANT (Physical Plant) listening to students at the Student General Assembly. COB/ Jasper Haeward

Mentors and Mentored nFROM Page 3

and a Bio-chemistry major commented that they sharing personal experiences, swapping phone numbers, or even using a lecturer’s first name is completely inappropriate. In contrast, a Educational Psychology Lecturer reasons that while there should be set boundaries between students and lecturers, it is by no means inappropriate to get to know each other on a personal level once both are respectful of one other. She adds that in her line of work she finds it necessary to share personally with her students so that they can feel encouraged to continue their education. us, it’s for the better good. What is the college’s policy on student and lecturer relationships? According to the College’s policy regarding student and lecturer behaviour, whether one is mentor or the mentored, each has the responsibility to “behave as mature adults, with respect for the opinions and expressions of one another.

Security and Students nFROM Page 3

DANNY DAVIS, the College Registrar, answers a student’s question at the January 26th debate.

LYNDEN MCINTOSH an Economics major, asks a question about registration fees.

COB/ Jasper Haeward

COB/ Jasper Haeward

Also, one should avoid actions that may bring disrepute to the college”. Such actions that can be related to student and lecturer relationships are: “sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, threatening behaviour and unauthorised entry” (perhaps into a lecturer’s office without permission). ere’s an old saying that states: “Hog know where to rub his skin”. If a mere animal knows whether a particular environment or situation is conducive to it or not, shouldn’t we as well. erefore, whether we agree to only conduct businesslike relationships with lecturers or get to know them on a personable basis, we should never forget that we have an obligation as representatives of the college to ensure that our actions are always respectful and appropriate. Also, just like that hog, whether we decide to personally relate to our lecturers or not, we never want to position ourselves in any comprising situations with our lecturers.

commitment from both sides, said Mr ines, who believes that there is room from improvement within every area of the department. “e professionalism of security officers when dealing with students need to be improved and the approach of officers,” Mr ines said. “e negative approach of students to security officers should be altered as well. In

every area of security there is room for improvement but, the greatest problem that I’ve found is communication,” he added. Among the security concerns raised by students, most noted were increased prescence in the parking lot and improved lighting on campus. Mr ines said: “Administration isn’t doing their part to really fulfill the wishes of the students and security officers. Security can use some communication skills seminars; the college is not giving the incentive.”


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Ask the Carib Dear Carib, is security thing has gone way to far. I was trying to go in the library to type up a paper for my Eng 300 class but unfortunately the security officer had other plans. You see, I’m a woman and us females at times may have some ‘personal’ items in our bags. So the idea of a man searching my bag didn’t sit too well with me. I walked in and read the sign on the door. I thought it would be a simple ‘open the bag and they glance in’ type of thing. But oh no, this dude had me moving books and stuff. He kept asking me to open this compartment and that compartment and even dig to the bottom of my bag where I had a few of my personal items. By this time there was a line out the door and I was EMBARASSED! After all that, he finally said ‘okay’. en, the man had the nerve to ask for my ID again! Carib why is this school - that I’m paying thousands of dollars to attend - making me look like a criminal even when I’m dressed in full business attire? Signed, I guess I’m a Suspect

Dear I guess I’m a suspect, I feel your pain. I’ve went through that with the same male security officer and the sad part is that he really overdoes the search. A similar practice is done at a major hotel on Paradise Island; however, hotel security allows you to hold the bag open and they just glance in. at’s all. It should be nothing more. Especially with such a high volume of people trying to come into the library. But in fairness to the school I understand the measures they have to go to ensure the safety of its students. So what you should do is have a word with COBUS seeing that they are your student voice who can relay the message to a higher power. I’m sure if there are enough complaints this search will be handled in a more sensitive fashion.

What do you think the Carib looks like? Send your fan art sketches/drawings to thecobcarib@gmail.com

Dear Carib, ere is a common belief among students that if the person teaching the course is 15 minutes late for the class, the student has the right to leave without penalty. I’ve searched the student handbook and see no policy reflecting this. However, my question is to students. If this rule does apply, then should faculty mark students who arrive to class after 15 minutes absent? Signed, Just wondering Dear Just wondering, Very interesting question. I heard this rule of the 15 minute thing several times. And I agree that it is a bit too late for a lecturer to be arriving to class. But there are some times when things come up which can result in late arrivals so the student

should be somewhat understanding. I’ve seen that if a lecturer is unable to make the class they send a message with a member of that class before the 15 minutes have passed. As far as students arriving late well there should be no students arriving pass this time. Tardiness up to 30 minutes is considered late. But after 30 minutes, which is too late, a student can be marked absent. ere is a rule that states that if you’re absent for three classes then you are removed from the class. I advise students to not be so petty with some of your lecturers because a lot of them do not enforce the tardiness rule. If they did, we would have a lot more students coming short on classes. If you’re a student and fed up with your tardy lecturer place it on the evaluation a few weeks into the semester or take a stroll to the dean. Just be mindful of your own punctuality as well.

Dear Carib, I have a problem with a lecturer. I think she is prejudiced. She isn’t Caucasian or anything, but she’s of a far lighter skin tone than I am and it seems as if she doesn’t like the darker students like myself. If we were to be in class critiquing each other’s work it always seems like it’s never good enough. But the two brighter skinned students in our class somehow always seem to hit the nail right on the head, and this ain’t no math class where there is a clear right or wrong answer. is isn’t the first time I’ve heard of this about her either. What should I do? It’s starting to reflect on my grades. Signed, Failing Black Mamba

Dear Failing Black Mamba, I think I know who you’re talking about. But are you sure you’re not just making an excuse for not putting the correct amount of time and effort into your schoolwork? A student I spoke with last semester about a similar situation came to a revelation toward the end. ey realized that they were looking for reasons to blame someone else on their failure, rather than accepting the fact that the lecturer’s grades are intended to make students work harder and produce better work. I’m not saying that you’re wrong either, if you have others that feel the same then you should collectively take it to the Dean of that school. But think hard on your situation and ensure that you’re doing everything you can to get better in the class.

Dear Carib, Where are all the hot guys who play basketball with their shirts off this semester? I look forward to my afternoon eye-candy everyday as I walk pass the court or even in the gym. Tell them to come back out. I miss them. Signed, I love my male COB Athletes

Dear I love my male COB Athletes, You kids crack me up all the time. Is this what your coming to school for? ose guys are just playing some ball to pass the time, and they get a little heated so they do the next best thing and this is the result? Laugh out loud, and they say it’s the young men that are distracted in this society. ere’s nothing I can do about getting the men to take off their shirts for you. For your sanity I hope by reading this they feel your longing and give you some ‘eye candy’. Guys, you heard her.

Send your questions to: thecobcarib@gmail.com

Valentine’s Day Photo Booth February 14, 2012 2pm to 4pm Stay tuned to facebook.com/eSpectrumCOB for the location! Digital Prints $1


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SPORTS REVIEW

JANUARY 2012

COB Lady Caribs Fall to Super Value Cybots

❚ by Simmba French Sports Editor

e COB Lady Caribs hit the court against the Super Value Cybots Queens. e final score of the January 12 game was 5671. e Caribs kept close in the first quarter ending it 8-12. However, they were outplayed in the second quarter, giving up easy turnovers that led to fastbreak points for the Cybots. COB scored 13 points in the period while the Cybots scored 21. At the half, the score was 21-33 to the Cybots. By the end of the half, the Caribs shot 21% from the field compared to 40% shot by the Cybots. During halftime, coach Kimberley Rolle gave her team a pep talk and what was said pushed the ladies to play better. e ladies came out in the third quarter and outscored their counterparts, 19-15. e Caribs were down by 8 in the fourth quarter, and the

ladies looked hungry. ey went into beast mode cutting the lead down to three after a three-point play by freshman, Alexis Rolle. However, the Cybots pulled away as the Lady Caribs lost heart and desire. ey were eventually outscored 16-23 in the final quarter. e Carib shot better in the second half at 34%, while Cybots shot 44%. Overall percentages: Lady Caribs shot 27% compared to Cybots’ 42%. Leading the Lady Caribs was Deandra Williams with a double-double scoring 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Gabrielle McKinney finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds. e rest of the scorers were: Stevandrea Wells, 8 points; Alexis Rolle, 7 points; Celeste Pyfrom, 4 points; Alisha Bethel and Natiska Sliver, 3 points; Alexis Maycock, Akia Rose and Alexis Maycock, 2 points.

COB/Simmba French

THEY FOUGHT HARD: The Lady Caribs review a play during their bout with the Super value Cybots.

Caribs in Florida: Basketball with JWU and STU ❚ Photos Office of Communication

MAKE OR BREAK: Caribs Men's Basketball Team about to shoot a three-point.

GOING HARD: Lady Caribs practice before playing in Miami

REFUEL: Caribs Men's Basketball Team in a huddle

“I’M OPEN!”: Lady Caribs work their offense.

PUMP IT UP!: Caribs Men's Basketball Team getting a pep talk.

TAKE IT TO THE RIM: Carib #40 reaches for a lay-up.

TO THE LIMIT: Lady Carib Gabrielle McKinney drives to the hoop.


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NFL Recap & Predictions ❚ by Simmba French Sports Editor

It’s that crazy time of the year. e AFC and the NFC Championships, and then it’s the million-dollar-per-commercial-spot Superbowl game. On January 14, the San Francisco 49ers went up against New Orleans Saints while New England Patriots took on the Denver Broncos. e following day, Houston Texans matched up against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants played last season’s champion, Green Bay Packers. Alex Smith’s San Francisco 49ers V.S Drew Brees’ New Orleans Saints. is was a close game, for the most part, until Alex Smith sealed the victory for the 49ers in the 4th quarter with a touchdown pass to Vernon Davis. Davis created a memorable play that is now being touted as the “Grab”. e game looked over from the beginning when 49ers began with a 14-0 lead but Drew Brees would make two touch-

down passes to be down by 3 at the end of the first half. New Orleans would be shut out of the third quarter. e 49ers scored a Field Goal to make it a six point lead. With Drew Brees as the Saints quarterback, I knew he had some tricks up his sleeves. Brees threw two touchdown passes giving the Saints a 32-29 lead and made a twopoint conversion. I thought the game was over but 49ers had other plans. Alex Smith stepped on the field with 1:37 remaining in the game. Smith quickly advanced up the field and made the pass to Vernon Davis for the win. e game is over and 49ers made their way into the NFC championship game. Tom Brady’s New England Patriots V.S TimTebow’s Denver Broncos is was another hyped game. To be honest I made the boldest statement, “Tebow will beat the New England Patriots.” Boy was I wrong, really wrong. I won’t dive into details about the game

but will say that Brady put a beating on Tebow. Patriots shut out the Broncos in the first and the fourth quarter as they pounded the Broncos 45-10. Tebow threw a measly 136 yards on 9/26 complete passes and no touchdowns. Brady threw 363 yards and scored six touchdowns on 26/34 completions. T.J Yates’ Houston Texans V.S Joe Flacco’s Baltimore Ravens I guess “luck” was not on the Texans’ side as they committed 4 turnovers compared to none by the Ravens. e Ravens took a 17-3 lead and never looked back. e final score was 20-13. Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers V.S Eli Manning’s New York Giants I am a Peyton Manning Fan but since he was out this season, I just watched football for watching it sakes. However, I was thrilled to see his brother in there playing and I just had Giants as a favorite to win it all.

Most persons had Packers to win this game. e Giants play a stingy defense and as a result threw last year’s champions out the playoffs. e final score was 3720. Behind his defense’s stinginess, Manning threw 330 yards on 21/33 completions and 3 touchdowns. Rodgers threw 264 yards, 2 touchdowns and 26/46 completions. Here are my predictions for the Divisional Championship games: AFC Championships – Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots. If I hate Patriots as much as I hate Los Angeles Lakers, I would have picked Ravens. So, I choose New England Patriots to win the AFC. NFC Championships – New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers. My captain, Alex ompson would totally disagree with me on this but I have the Giants beating the 49ers.

COB at T-Bird Flyers ❚ by Alisha Bethel Sports Reporter

COB’s Track and Field team competed in the T-Bird Flyers Invitational at the omas A. Robinson Stadium on January 13 and 14; under the direction of Coach Women’s Shot Put Julianna Duncanson: 1st 11.11meters Kendera Bethel: 2nd 10.58meters Ashley Oembler: 3rd 9.71meters Knastachia Cooper: 4th 9.30meters

Bradley Cooper. Below are their scores. eir next meet will be the Star Tracker Classic at the omas A. Robinson Stadium February 4. Men’s Open 200meters Desmond Major: 5th 23.96 Roddeno Davis: 16th 24.71sec Andrew Barr: 19th 25.01sec Zbigiew Dawkins: 22nd 25.55sec

Women’s Discus Julianna Duncanson: 1st 39.35meters Kenderia Bethel: 2nd 32.08meters Ashley Oembler :3rd 31.43meters Knastachia Cooper: 5th 19.49meters

Men’s Open 400meters Desmond Major: 6th 52.34sec

Men’s Open 100meters Traz Nixon: 15th 11.68sec Roddeno Davis :21st 11.98sec Zbigiew Dawkins: 28th 12.41sec

Men’s Discus Frederick Laing: 3rd 12.92meters Terrane Roker: 8th 8.66meters

Men High Jump Leonardo Romer: 2nd 1.90meters

LEONARDO ROMER leaps into second place. COB/Alisha Bethel

KENDERA BETHEL throws her way into second place. COB/Alisha Bethel

Men’s Javelin Michael Russell: 3rd 45.05meters FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Ashley oembler, Knastachia Cooper, Julianna Duncanson and Kendera Bethel COB/Alisha Bethel

From the Office of Communication Student Leadership Dept. Recruitment e Leadership Department invites you to ‘Love our Leaders Expose & Recruitment Drive’; ursday, February 16, 2012, Independence Park 2:00 -4:00 p.m. First 30 registrants get FREE Sweets & Treats. If you think you’ve ‘got the goods’ to lead, then email or text ‘born leader’ to latifa@cob.edu.bs or 428-7520.

Spring Research Edge Presentation Research Edge presentations for the Spring semester are at noon in the auditorium of the Harry C. Moore Library. e session topics, presenters and dates are as follows: e Role of Fats in the Progression of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus by Dr. Kenya Ward on Friday, February 17th; Performance Appraisal Systems as a Strategic Resource Management Tool in the Bahamian Public Service by Dr. Carolyn Rolle on Friday, March 20th.


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