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STUDENTS INVESTING What every student should know before entering the world of stocks.

LAW STUDENTS REPRESENT Theominque Nottage and other law students compete on a world scale!

STUDENT STARS! Read about 2 students who have found their niche! You could be featured next!

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FORMER COBUS PRESIDENT SUSPENDED FORMER student union president Renbert Mortimer has been suspended by the College Disciplinary Board for five months. e board has barred Mr Mortimer, 22, from participating on campus until July 31st. Alphonso Major, vice president of the College of e Bahamas Union of Students, has assumed the role of acting president. e matter stems from an incident that occurred on February 2, and offenses listed by the board include: possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct

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and failure to comply to the instructions of administration. Mr Mortimer was arrested in the college library shortly before 10pm after a security guard alleged he was acting disorderly. He was arraigned in Magistrate's Court with six offenses on February 3, his birthday. Mr Mortimer pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly behavior; assaulting a COB security guard; using abusive language against security and police officers; resisting arrest; and assaulting a police officer. His trial date is set to begin on September 26.

INFLUENCING STUDENTS’ VOTES IN UPCOMING ELECTION ❚ by Lynden McIntosh Spectrum Reporter In a few months Bahamian voters are going to decide who they wish to represent their constituency in the House of Parliament for the next 5 years. Politicians from the Free National Movement, Progressive Liberal Party and the Democratic National Alliance have made several campus visits this year to speak to eligible student voters. is strategy is beneficial as it makes both students and politicians aware of issues and party agenda.

When asked about the issues influencing her vote, art education major Keva Fawkes said that voters should be more critical of individual candidates over the party they’re affiliated with. Ms Fawkes, a Killarney constituent, said she focuses on whether the politician has made “a positive difference and doing what the politician said he [or she] would be.” Killarney is currently represented by the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis. “e guy did his job,” she added. Spanish major Chantol ompson said she is going to vote for the party

that “focuses on education, the youth of the country, crime and immigration”. Ms ompson, a sophomore, said: “I’m voting for who I feel has my best interest at heart and the interest of the Bahamian people. [He/she] will get my vote.” Some students’ votes depend less on the political rhetoric of the election season. Fanchon Dawkins, junior nursing major, said she doesn’t see any reason to invest her “precious time to listen to nSEE Page 8

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE: FIFTY YEARS STRONG DESCENDANTS of legendary activists charged students to participate in the country’s development through education and awareness of social history at a forum held to commemorate the Women’s Suffrage movement last week. Reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the historic status advancement of Bahamian women, the college hosted a symposium at the Performing Arts Centre under the theme "Commemorating the Past, Reflecting on the Present, Envisioning the Future: 1962 and Beyond". Heralded as one of the most significant achievements in Bahamian history, Woman's Suffrage was achieved when a bill to equal voter's rights to women under the General Assembly Elections Act 1959 was passed on February 23, 1961. e legislation came into effect on June 30 1962 after more than a decade of petitioning. In her key note address, former cabinet minister and speaker of the

House of Assembly Janet Bostwick charged women in the country to rise up against the “shameful” gender inequalities that still exist today. While acknowledging that most of the issues outlined by the suffragettes had been achieved, the first female member of parliament said she held mixed feelings about the progress of the women’s rights movement. Mrs Bostwick said: “As women, we have become complacent, materialistic and quiet. We have never been more educated, nor have we ever enjoyed greater levels of influence, yet this is hardly reflected in our involvement in seeking social justice and true equality.” “It is shameful that we in this age and at this time accept it. It is an equal shame that we are prepared in this day and age to accept that a man may rape his wife and be immune to legal sanctions. At the event, Mrs Bostwick was

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acknowledged as the US Embassy's 2012 International Woman of Courage, the US State Department's highest award for female leaders. Jointly organised by the Bureau of Women's Affairs and the College of e Bahamas, the forum featured panelists from institutions in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. Addressing students at the symposium, former Progressive Liberal Party chairman Edward 'Dud' Maynard broke down in tears over the growing disparity between the ideals and aspirations of the country's "trailblazers" and the younger generation. Mr Maynard said he felt that young people were wasting hard-earned opportunities by indulging in drugs and distancing themselves from social history.

HONOURABLE JANET BOSTWICK receives the US Embassy’s International Women of Courage 2012 award from the US Charge de Affaires.

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Confessions of an Oldwyn

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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 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.


Polling Stations open on March 21st and 22nd at 8am and close at 8pm. The SUB, the Michael Eldon building, the CHMI , Nursing campus and Harry C. Moore Library will all be polling stations on both days. s FOREIGN LANGUAGE


Organized by the School of Communication and Creative Arts the event takes place on March 22nd. s BOOK LAUNCH

Monsieur Frenand Leger will be launching his book on March 26th. The event will take place in Chapter One bookstore.

(or in S.A. Hanna’s brogue spelling, ODLWYNWDNS)

❚ by Anonymous Submission

It was with a heavy heart that I read last month’s editorial and came to grips with the present student perspective on the college experience at COB. My heart was especially heavy because, to some degree, while I take issue with the insults hurled at me, at my institution, and at my chosen profession, I know where the students are coming from. So much of the conversations about where the college is going, what the college needs, and where the institution has gone wrong, seems centered not on the students, but on the workers. is of course is partly due to the fact that the workers have a strong voice on this campus; after all, unlike the students, the faculty and staff have structures in place to insist that their voices are heard. No such structures seem to exist for students, besides such

passive and self-defeating measures as refusing to read, duckin’ class, and suckin’ teeth when asked to demonstrate their learning. I take great pride in teaching the students at this institution, and I take it personally when I am insulted and called a Tolerator, a Facilitator, or an Oldwyn. I am proud that the country has found a useful means to employ its citizens who have taken the time and made the effort to improve their intellectual capacities and want to pass on their learning to improve the lives of the subsequent generations. I feel privileged to be a part of that community and grateful that I am compensated for my contributions. e work I do is important, not only to me, but to my community, local, regional, and global. I know that we do not all necessarily feel that way and that pains me, especially because the students see it. ey feel it when they are called children, or “yinna

chirren,” or “these chirren.”ey feel their lack of importance when they are talked down to, and unfortunately, they respond in kind. To quote Shakespeare’s Shylock, “e villainy you teach me I will execute.” If we call students children they will behave like children. If we disrespect students, how can we not expect that they will disrespect us? If we treat them like students, and respect the important position that students hold in this institution, I believe they will act like students. ey will understand that they are here to study, that they are not here to play and they are not here to be placated. We must value our students as investors and stakeholders in this venture of ours. So far, many of us in the staff and faculty have failed them in this respect, and we cannot fault our students for recognizing it.



SHOULD STUDENTS INVEST? ❚ by Lynden McIntosh Spectrum Reporter

Investing in the Bahamian stock market comes with considerable risks, but it is not beyond the reach of a college student. Major factors when deciding to invest should be student income and individual competence, officials explained during a forum held at the Harry C. Moore Library to discuss the initial public offering (IPO) of shares in the Arawak Port Development Ltd (APD). Many COB students were unaware of the IPO, some did not understand the offering, others couldn’t afford it. Scotiabank branch manager Dawn Cash explained that students should be prepared for a possible loss of invested funds or seek other options. Ms Cash said: “It depends on the student’s income and his or her appetite for risk. If the student has enough disposable income to invest and has the appetite for the risk associated with investing in the stock market, especially our Bahamian market, then that student should consider investing.” Students who aren’t prepared for possible loss of invested funds  should consider a less risky investment such as Fixed Deposits, Ms Cash said. Ms. Cash suggested that students should consider saving first for immediate needs or eventualities before investing. “If you’re going to need that money in the short term, it makes no sense tying your money up in stocks,” she said.

While students were fairly enthused about the investment opportunity, most admitted it was beyond their fiscal reach. Kameron Forbes, a civil engineering major, said: “I heard about the Commonwealth Brewery and the APD stocks, but I have no money outside of my saving account for day-to-day spending.” English major O’niel Bain said he didn’t know enough about stocks to make a marginal analysis. “Yes I have thought of it,” Mr Bain said. “I feel I don't know enough about the process yet, such as the benefits of investing in stocks versus other forms of investment. I wouldn't want to jump into something uninformed.” He added: “I consider the risks of stock investment versus other forms, as well as the profit I might receive from other forms. Stock investment might not stand up against other forms I have available to me”. In theory, the risk of any financial instrument and it’s expected return has a positive relationship. is means that the greater the expected return of an investment comes with higher riskiness of the financial asset. If persons are not willing to risk the money they invest, they must expect a smaller return on investment. If students wish to invest in a new IPO, they must wait for the announcement of one to become available to trade in the primary market and contact the relevant investment bank to sign up before the stock becomes oversubscribed.


❚ by Latoya Moncur Contributing Writer

Relationships are a big part of life even for the rich and famous, but as numerous tabloids can attest even Bajan super star pop princesses aren't immune to the terrors of an abusive "romances". On February 9, 2012 at the Harry C. Moore Auditorium, members of the Pre-Medical & Sciences Club along with Rotaract held the first Love Shouldn't Hurt forum. e Forum was targeted at helping e College's students to prevent abusive relationships as well as how to escape abusive relationships. If you missed the event here are some of the main points: Unhealthy Relationships You may be in an abusive/unhealthy relationship, if your partner: • Is jealous or possessive of you (this can take the form of hyper frequent texts or phone calls asking where you are and who you're with) • tells you what or what not to wear, who you can and cannot talk to, where you can and cannot go • is violent, ( do they get into fights or loses their temper frequently) • Pressures you to have sex or something sexual that you don't want to do • Physically or verbally hurts you • Blames you for their problems • After they've hurt you, tells you that its your fault


Led by former president Renbert Mortimer, students staged an impromptu protest last month. e rally ensued after a student meeting to address recent incidents involving College of e Bahamas Union of Students officials was allegedly cancelled by college administration on February 22. According to Mr Mortimer, the student union had reserved a room in the library to speak with students; however, they were told that the reservation was never booked. As COBUS members assembled in front of the library, the student gathering was asked to clear the area as they were noisy and obstructing the entrance. Closely monitored by security guards, the frustrated group moved to the Independence Park band shell, where the student union held a vote on whether or not students wanted Mr Mortimer to remain in the top post. e scattered crowd of around 50 students cheered in support of the former president, who then opened the floor for student concerns. e main point of contention underscored by students were interactions with security guards at the Oakes Field campus. Union officials then led the growing mob to the Portia Smith building, where they planned to lobby theses concerns to the Vice President of Student Affairs Dr Eslyn Jones. However, the emotionally charged group was denied access to the building by security guards, who had been monitoring the proceedings.



Incensed by the lockout, Mr Mortimer charged students to continue their protest and follow him to the president’s office. Gaining momentum as more students became aware of the rally, the group then marched up to the A block demanding their concerns be addressed. Along the way, students could be heard asking each other why they were marching. One student said: “What are we marching for?” Another student said: “I don’t know, who cares, I just like making noise. Let’s go.” Once at the executive offices, students demanded to see the President Betsy Vogel-Boze, who conceded to student’s requests for an impromptu forum at the Performing Arts Centre to address concerns. e PAC forum was attended by more than 100 students, who jeered loudly during the question and answer period. On more than one occasion, the shouts turned to personal insults against the president, who administered the forum along with Head of Security Wellington Francis. Students were advised to formally lodge their complaints so that administration could effectively respond. While many female students attested to sexual harassment by male security guards, it was asserted that there had been not one formal complaint filed on the matter. At the forum's close, Mr Mortimer held another vote to ascertain whether or not students were satisfied with the feedback from administration. He insisted that students stage a strike until concerns were met.

• Insults and embarrasses you in front of oth-

ers • Makes you afraid of their reactions (this results in you being apprehensive in doing things for fear of your partners disapproval) Healthy Relationships consist of: • mutual respect • good communication • equality


• separate identities • trust and honesty 10 steps to breaking up with a bad friend: 1. Put up boundaries 2. Prepare for the breakup 3. Let it fade 4. Be nice 5. Focus on your good relationships 6. Get to know yourself 7. Get to know new people 8. Stay positive and stick with it 9. Make it easier on yourself by cutting off electronic ties 10. Remember the good times and learn from your mistakes.



PRE-MEDICAL SCIENCES CLUB: Students demonstrate healthy and unhealthy relationships.


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Super Awesome Movie Stuff! ❚ by Nathan Rolle Spectrum Columnist

e Grey is a captivating survival thriller starring the legend, Liam Neeson. When an oil company’s plane crashes in the cold Alaskan wilderness, Neeson leads a crew of unruly oil workers in a quest to survive the frigid elements of the frozen tundra. Don't be mistaken though this isn't e Day Aftrr Tomorrow, surviving subzero temperatures is im-

Tech Tech Boom ❚ by Nathan Rolle Spectrum Columnist

It has been a long time since drooling over the Gameboy Color oblivious to your 5th grade teacher trying to beat the dungeon level of Super Mario Brothers at least so I've been told I am not that old. I was more on the quest to capture every Pokemon; the original 150. (May I add that my Charizard was unstoppable? #JustSaying) While the "True Gamers " never forsook the pixelated world of handhelds, modern portables have done wonders in alienating the casual gamers. e release of the gimmick known as Nintendo

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3DS tried to bring the prodigal gamer back into the fold but you should never send Sega Saturn to do a Game Cube's job. But I see a revolution on the horizon. e PlayStation Vita is coming to break the boundaries of traditional gaming. Take that Angry Birds! Sony’s brand new gaming device promises to change the way you play. Playstation’s last handheld device, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) was really big for hardcore gamers really impressing not only players but technology fans with its vast range of capabilities it had at the time of release.

PS Vita is aims to double its predecessor’s success. At first glance, the casual observer may see some similarities with a few of my peers reffering to it as “a bigger PSP”. Personally I see it as a sexy beast. e PS Vita features : •Wifi/3G connectivity with GPS- is will allow for real-time scoring, leaderboards, fast multiplayer and cross-game text. •Front and Rear cameras- these add amazing augmented reality experiences and the customary multimedia sharing. •Six-axis motion sensor- will let players engage in new ways of play. So all that body tilting to stay on platforms during games will actually help. •Touch screen- Come on dude, touch screens are always awesome. •Rear touchpad- is will give you greater hand control options. is I am especially curious about; how will this improve gameplay? How will it feel? I have never been a fan of touching the rear before but, hello innovation. •Cross-play- is will allow players to start a game on their larger PlayStation 3 consoles and continue to play on the Vita. is feature was the biggest marvel of Nintendo’s newest unreleased console and despite whoever came up with it first Sony will be the first to release it. Hopefully they do it well, but I have a strong feeling Nintendo will have a smoother polished version. •is new handheld is also adorned with two analog sticks, the first portable with such stick "endowment". e Vita has already been released in Japan, big surprise, and was released in US markets by late February. I can smell it now so I suggest you save your duckies so that you can grab yours as soon as possible, or not. Remember guys; chicks really love gamers despite what years of popular American television would lead you to believe.

around. e characters felt like real people, unlike almost every movie I have seen in the past 6 months; each character was effective whether they were likable or unlikable. It was great seeing how they all changed, whether for better or for worse. In my deeper philosophical logic, each character

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LIAM NEESON: Is ‘The Grey’ his most powerful performance to date?

portant, but so is defending against a vicious legion of wolves and even that is a bit of an oversimplification. is movie is way more than a bunch of guys killing wolves, it is a poetic display of the bravery of men and of the strength it takes to overcome the worse both physically and mentally. e film has great expression of the depths of depression as Liam's character and the entire cast struggles throughout the film. Neeson's calm, cool and collected nature makes him a bad-as...expletive and great role model for handle situations under pressure. His ability to deal with his own trials while being able to motivate and inspire those around him befit him the title of hero. is movie proves once again that Mr. Neeson is an awesome actor. Tangent Warning: ree years ago Liam Neeson lost his wife in a skiing accident since then all of his roles have been action/dramas that took little emotion to portray. I believe that the lost of his wife in a similar setting may have brought out an extra dose of heart. Its not much of a stretch to imagine him pulling from personal experiences to play character that is haunted by images of a deceased relative. I would have loved for character’s stories to intertwine but each individual had their own personal battle, along with the main conflict of getting out of the snow alive so there is enough drama to go

was sort of a metaphor and you were able to experience their ordeal with them, one by one. Experience. e Grey has very intense and heart racing scenes. Have I mentioned something about experience? No? Well, when you are in a movie theatre and you feel as scared as the man staring into the face of a 5 foot wolf and that is when standing on four legs, I hope you don’t wet your pants like I did. e movie has one of the most intense plane crashes I have ever seen and that is just in the first 15 minutes. ey then went on to top that experience again and again. It may be too early to say movie of 2012, but I feel confident, e Grey does things we hardly see anymore. e only downside is its anti-climatic ending, which only goes to show how great the ride was. Many viewers went into the movie expecting another action movie with men killing wolves in the snow. I suggest you take it as it is and not as what you expected it to be. e Grey is Super Awesome Movie Stuff and I give it a 8.5 out of 10. Experience.





The regisTrar’s oFFice Students should note that the last day to withdraw from a class without Academic Penalty was Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Reminder: Once you withdraw from a class, a ‘w’ will appear on your transcript, however, it will not affect your GPA. Students are reminded to check their IQWEB accounts for “Stops” before Advisement and Authorization which begins March 12th , 2012 for Summer and Fall 2012.

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

is month’s issue of “Did you know” will continue its discussion about students’ actions and the various consequences that they could receive from e College Board as outlined in chapter 27 of the College of the Bahamas’ Handbook. ese offences are as follows: 1. Failure to comply with a College Official – is category involves exactly what it states. Who would have thought that mouthing off and refusing to obey the regulations of perhaps a security guard could produce repercussions? ● Consequence: Students are punished with probation or even suspension, depending on the degree of the insubordination. 2. Possession of fireworks, explosives, hazardous chemicals and weapons – Almost every year at C.O.B a ‘bomb scare’ presents itself. Coincidentally, it happens around the same time for every occurrence – during exams! Whatever the reason behind the scare tactics, the fact remains that if one is caught

with any form of weapons, fireworks or explosives, he/she will be punished. ● Consequence: e level of retribution for each item is listed as follows – ■ Fireworks - probation, denial of privileges, suspension ■ Explosives - denial of privileges, suspension, expulsion ■ Hazardous Chemicals - probation, denial of privileges, suspension, expulsion ■ Weapons - probation, suspension, expulsion 3. Possession, sale, and use of dangerous drugs – e use, distribution and ownership of illegal drugs on the campus grounds is strictly prohibited. ● Consequence: is type of offence can only be disciplined in two ways: suspension or expulsion. is certainly shows the seriousness of an offence such as this. us, one should think twice before using or selling drugs generally and especially on the college grounds. Take a tip from the infamous crime fighting dog Scruff Mcgruff regarding drugs and JUST SAY NO!!

Love is Selfish ❚ by Lynden McIntosh Spectrum Columnist

Here’s a scenario. Rashad’s girlfriend Cassandra needs to borrow his car to submit her application to a college. Today is the deadline to apply and the office closes in one hour. Rashad wants to visit his friends and play a new video game; however, Cassandra has asked him to forgo his plans and lend her the car to run errands. Because he loves his girlfriend and wants her to be accepted into college, Rashad chooses to give Cassandra the car. Is he being selfish? ‘Selfish’ is a term that has been made negative due to the spread of altruism throughout the society and throughout history. e image the word selfish denotes is that of an irrational brute concerned only with the gratification of an immediate urge, whim or tension. is image is a caricature of a bully who receives satisfaction while paying little to no attention to the people he runs over while chasing after such pleasures. e definition of ‘selfish’, however, is having a devotion to oneself and one’s own interests regardless of the interests of others. is definition does not outline specific interests, nor is there a description of whether these interests are good or bad. is can

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only be determined by examining one’s values. Let’s go back to the question: “Is he selfish?” To answer this question in the context of the aforementioned scenario, we must address the question, “Is love selfish?” Yes. Love of a person, whether it’s a friend, a spouse or an offspring, is a selfish and self-motivated feeling. It is the combination of the values of two separate people. A man, who loves his wife, values her and her well-being and thus gains a marginal benefit from her satisfaction. Love is not selfless. Selfless acts require a sacrifice of something or someone of a higher value in exchange for something of a lower value. It isn’t a sacrifice, for instance, if a woman spends her hard-earned money for her beloved child to go to college– she places greater value on her child’s education than the money. It’s not a sacrifice if the deed ranks higher in the hierarchy of her priorities- given the options available to her. Philosopher Ayn Rand opines that a “selfless, disinterested love is a contradiction”. To be indifferent while simultaneously placing value on something is paradoxical. We all care about the things that we value, and work towards preserving what we value. Any effort to preserve what one considers valuable is selfish and should be called selfish. If a person doesn’t devote time and/or effort to supporting his values, he’s being irrational, lacks honor or both. A bum that is fully capable of basic labor, but instead opts to live in the dirty guest bedroom of his parents’ house, either doesn’t value wealth or doesn’t have the honor or integrity to work for his values. So, is Rashad being selfish when he lends Cassandra his car? It depends. If Rashad loves Cassandra and values her goal to be accepted to college, he is as selfish as they come. Her being accepted into college is in Rashad’s self-interest and his efforts are self-motivated. If he chooses to not lend her the car and, instead, visits his friends to play video games, he would be betraying himself, assuming he truly loves her and values her education over playing video games. If he does value video games more than Cassandra and her education, he shouldn’t claim otherwise.

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GET ONE! The Student Handbook is available online at as well as in the office of Student Affairs. It contains the rules and regulations for conduct and academics at the College.

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Jalan Harris

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Artist. Photographer. Sophomore. ❚ by Dawn McKenzie Contributing Writer


f I could imagine seeing the world through the eyes of anybody it would be through the artistic and creative vision of Jalan Harris. Jalan is a sophomore at the College of e Bahamas that is currently studying to obtain her Associates degree in Art. She’s enrolled in 6 courses, yet aside from her busy student career she finds time to work on her professional career as a Photographer and an Artist. Here’s what I discovered about Jalan: When were you first interested in Art? Art has been the basis of my childhood. I later found out that a few family members on my father's side are artists. Before I was born, my dad was also a videographer and photographer so it's safe to say it's genetic. A high school friend named John Zhang was the first 'photographer' I had ever encountered. I modelled for him at 15 and got involved in a lot of his work, so that sparked my love for photography. Where does your inspiration come from when you create art? What most inspires you about photography? Nature is the absolute base of my photography. e location comes first, the model second. With most photo shoots (especially when I shoot for fun) my models usually have to climb something, or go through some greenery. e combination of man and nature is a blessing in itself, so I always want that incorporated in the majority of my pieces. I'm also a vintage girl so I love old school places or

concepts. My artwork is a bit of a contrast from my photography, it’s often dark, sombre and abstract. I tend to only create art when I'm devastated about something. I know that, that’s a tad bit depressing but usually the most beautiful art tends to stem from pain. Do you have any advice for those that work and go to C.O.B full time? Perhaps about managing time so that neither school or work suffers? Be real with yourself. I'm probably not the best person to ask when it comes to time management because I am a huge procrastinator, but I always manage to finish my work on JENNELLE HOLLINGSWORTH:

time. So even if it means staying in a few weekends to get work done, do it. I actually like my classes and I find myself doing homework on Friday nights, which I usually never do! What are your long and short-term goals? I hate planning for the future. So I don’t have many goals. But I do plan on furthering my education after COB is done. I don't have any career plans either; I'm still discovering art mediums. In the meantime I continuously hustle; hustling when it comes to hair, photography, or any service I can offer; using my gifts wisely. Where can interested ones buy your artwork? Most of my art work is still under con-

struction, but as time goes on and with the help of our lively art community I'll hopefully be blessed with some exposure. Photography prints are available, and photo shoots of course. I can be reached at I can also be reached online, where anyone interested can view my various portfolios.



Luval Culmer


AKA Big L. Radio Personality. Alumnus. Junior.

❚ by Ava Turnquest Managing Editor


ou might recognize Luval Culmer’s face from behind the turntables at one of the regular ursday mixers held on campus, but what you may not know is that he’s no amateur disc jockey. e full-time Media Journalism student is also a full-time radio personality at More 94FM. When did you start professionally? I have been working at the station now for about 6 years, I got my real on-air break about 3 years ago. Before that, I worked in almost all other departments-- sales, production, engineering, etc. What do you plan on doing after COB? Well I told my General Manager, as soon as I'm done I will resubmit my resume (lol). Have to make sure this degree works for me. I do plan to stay in the radio field. I love being on air; however, I don't know how much longer I'll stay doing this part of it. I’ll probably go back behind the scenes in programming. How did you get involved in the industry? It was by destiny I guess. When I first came to COB, my major was Economics and Finance. I was already doing third year classes when I decided to take a break - well it was more given to me (lol). During that break, I met the general manger of More94FM Galen Saunders. He told me to come see him about a job if I was interested, I figured why not, got in the door and didn't look back. I now know

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BIG L stands with Elephant Man backstage at Best of the Best in Miami in 2009.

that this was what I was supposed to be doing all along though. Going to work is actually the highlight of my day. Advice to people wanting to get started? I would advise anyone wanting to get in this field: don't do it for any other reason other than a love for Mass Communication and Media. Otherwise it would burn you out! Also, learn as much about it as you can. Try to meet people who already did it or are doing it, listen to some of their experiences and learn from them. is can be the most rewarding

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field/industry in the world, but it does call for hard work, dedication and sacrifice.

and they do allow me certain exemptions when I have school related activities.

How do you balance work and school? Well, I was fortunate to have management who actually appreciated what I'm trying to accomplish and encourage me along the way, so my work schedule was made pretty simple

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MARCH 2012


LAW STUDENTS COMPETE GLOBALLY LAW students will represent e Bahamas for the first time at world’s largest moot court competition this month. A team of five students from the University of the West Indies at e College of e Bahamas LLB Programme have qualified to participate in the 53rd Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. eominique D. Nottage, Ashley Sturrup, Ra’Monne Gardiner, Tamar Moss and Rosalee Ferguson will represent the country at the White & Case International Rounds in Washington on March 25. Named after the late distinguished American jurist and former Judge of the International Court of Justice, the annual

competition brings together students from more than 500 schools representing over 80 countries. e Bahamas team will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network with thousands of law students, scholars, and legal practitioners as they compete for the World Championship Jessup Cup. e Jessup Competition was conceived at Harvard Law School in 1960 to provide students with a courtroom simulation experience grounded in international law. e competition’s principal goal is to instill in students an understanding of international law and a respect for the peaceful resolution of disputes and the rule of law. is year’s competitors will

have the opportunity to explore the legality of the use of unmanned drones and international anti-corruption law. Team Coach Dr Peter Maynard said: “is is an invaluable opportunity for the students. When I completed my studies in international law-incidentally with Judge Schwebel - I wanted to be in the Jessup. But, I would have been a team of one. “Since then, the UWI law program has been established at COB, and our students have the chance to participate. It will give them great exposure and the confidence to do first-class research, writing and advocacy in international law.”

Influencing Student Votes nFROM Page 1 fancy speeches of unreachable promises”. Ms Dawkins said she instead focuses on a prospective candidate’s history of positive outreach in the community. Identifying as a disenchanted and unenthusiastic voter, Ms Dawkins said she wished that politicians didn’t wait until they assumed roles of power to do good deeds in the country. “I wish politicians would actually go out and show me what they can do rather than just tell me,” Ms Dawkins said. “If you want the position so badly, why not show me?” She added: “I just don’t feel mo-

tivated to listen to what they have to say.” e next elected government should focus on correcting the judicial system, according to Kirshon Neely, a recent COB graduate, who feels that crime in the country has spun out of control. Mr Neely, BBA, said: “Crime seems to be something the [current] government can’t resolve. A great deal of crimes last year were committed by repeated offender and vigilantes due to the ‘backlog’ of the courts.” Mr Neely said the politician that convinces him that he or she will commit to that issue may get his vote.

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE: FIFTY YEARS STRONG nFROM Page 1 "We have taken over our country politically, but our children are falling behind," Mr Maynard said. "at is a grievous feeling to me, it makes me feel like I've made sacrifices in vain. Some of us risked our lives, we risked all, so you could have." Joined by children and siblings of leading suffragettes, Mr Maynard spoke of his personal experiences as a witness and participant in the revolutionary movement.

Mr Maynard is the son of suffragette Georgianna Symonette and the father of Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Development. Other relatives present were: Juliette Barnwell, daughter of Mabel Walker; Alice Musgrove-Rolle, daughter of Mary Ingraham; Wallis Carey, daughter of Eugenia Lockhart; and Shirley Cooper, sister of Dame Doris Johnson. Mr Maynard said: "Our mothers made sacrifices and they made sacrifices with you in mind, even before you were conceived. You have to make an effort

to make something of yourselves, be one of the leaders in this country. You don't have to be prime minister to be leader, you don't have to be an MP to be leader." "It's not good enough for some to go away to college and study medicine and become a doctor or a lawyer. You must think of this country and future generations, the way we did." At the four-day event, the academic community explored themes of gender equality and transformation throughout the diaspora.

Panel discussions engaged the following themes: Gender Equality in e Bahamas; Envisioning the Future: Tools for Transformations; and Gender Transformation: Moving Beyond Boundaries. Panelists include: Christopher Curry, E'thefra Symonette, Dr Nicolette Bethel, Aneesah Abdullah, School of Social Sciences; Margo Blackwell, School of Education; Dr Ian Strachan, Dr Ian BethelBennett, Dr Craig Smith, Dr Keithley Woolward, School of English Studies; Michael Stevenson, COB-UWI Law Programme; Ruth Bowe-Darville, Ba-

hamas Bar Association president; Dr Jennifer orington-Springer, Indiana University; Dr Michael Bucknor, University of the West Indies; Kyle Dorsett, McGill University; Jarret Brown, College of the Holy Cross; Darius Bost, University of Maryland; Ronda Henry, Indiana University; Ronald Cummings, University of Leeds; Jahlani Niaaha, University of the West Indies; Charleston omas, University of the West Indies; and Patrick Helber, University of Heidelberg.

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DESCENDANTS OF THE SUFFRAGETTES (L to R): Shirley Cooper, sister of dame doris Johnson; Wallis Carey, daughter of Eugenia lockhart; Andrew “dud” Maynard, son of suffragette Georgianna Symonette and the father of Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and development; Alice Musgrove-Rolle, daughter of Mary Ingraham; and Juliette Barnwell, daughter of Mabel Walker.

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HONOURABLE JANET BOSTWICK answers a high school student’s question regarding the suffrage movement. COB/ Jasper Haeward

LESLIE VANDERPOOL, Founder/CEo of Bahamas International Film Festival was in attendance at the symposium.

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS listen as a question is posed to the panel of descendants of the suffragettes.

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MR ANDREW MAYNARD is moved to tears during his address at the Women’s Suffrage Symposium.



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Dear Carib, I enjoy reading your columns whenever the Spectrum comes out. ey can be really funny at times, and you answer very intelligently. But I have a huge problem. My English 119 lecturer is a pain in the you know what. Upon going into the class there were a lot of people telling me that I shouldn’t take her and she is horrible. I like a challenge, but now I regret it. She marks way too hard. I was a student that usually aced English in high school. It feels horrible to be happy to get a C-. My parents would kill me if they knew the grades I get in a class that is based on my mother tongue. I don’t understand what it is that pushes her to do her students like that. Money doesn’t fall off trees for us to retake these classes. I understand that she wants to be known as a good lecturer and one that challenges her students. But I don’t think it’s fair to us. I really think something should be done with her. What should I do? Signed, e Devil Teaches English

Dear Devil Teaches English, I know just what you are talking about. I too had her as my English 119 lecturer. And the sad thing is, I went in the class by accident. I was exempt from the course. Just like you I was sad to see all the C’s and D’s I was getting. I felt as if she was being unfair. But it’s up to you as a student to sit down with her privately. Utilize her office hours. at’s what they are there for. Find out from her what she expects from you. I’m sure you’ll see a turnaround. I’m not saying that you’re going to ace the course now. But your grades will be much better. e advice I gave you is what she gave me, and it worked. Signed, e Carib

Dear Carib, I love music and everything about it. But ursdays are beginning to become a nuisance. e whole DJ thing at 2pm for club time is disturbing to clubs that aren’t outside. I mean come on, this is ridiculous. It seems like they try to bring Charlies to COB. We do have some sophisticated clubs here and we would like to carry out our club times peacefully without having to hear all that gaza music outside. I think it’s disrespectful and something should be done about it. How could we have something like this on a college campus? It is sickening. Signed Older P’d off Student

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Dear Carib, I have a little something to say about the upcoming COBUS elections. Now I think the current President Mr. Mortimer is a fantastic young man. I met him on several occasions and he seems to be very intelligent and articulate. But my God, was he trying to fit himself in history books with that scene a month ago? I’m glad that he felt as if he was fighting for student’s rights. But I didn’t like the way it was carried out. With that said, I want to encourage all students to carefully consider who they elect in the COBUS office. Let’s get rid of the whole teams idea and start voting on who is best for the job. For the past few terms it has been a popularity contest. is can’t continue to be so if we are trying to advance. I would love to see more responsible and worthwhile people being elected as my representation. I’m not willing to run because I simply don’t have the time. But I would love to see more people like Mr. Mortimer who are really passionate but less controversial. Let’s get it together COB. Signed, Disappointed in COBUS


Dear P’d off Older Student Are you serious? It’s high time we get people excited about getting a tertiary education. Between 2-4 on ursdays there are no classes scheduled. So this gives all clubs freedom to carry out their activities anywhere on campus. I agree the music can be loud at times. But let the kids have their fun man. Do you see how packed it gets by the mini bandshell? I enjoy seeing the youth excited and getting involved. But in all fairness to you and your club, you can feel free to go upstairs to the Student Activities office in the SUB and have a word with them. You can also ask a COBUS official to represent you seeing that you are a student. I don’t think they will get rid of the DJ. But I’m sure they will take your complaint into consideration and immediately deal with it. Signed, e Carib

Dear Disappointed in COBUS I agree with you to a certain extent. Mr. Mortimer is a great young man. But I don’t feel as if the current COBUS board did such a bad job. I felt as if they carried out a successful term. ey should be applauded. Now they did end on a little sour note with the library situation. But that shouldn’t disregard the great work that they did year-round. Give credit where its due. ere is always room for improvement and this go round people should vote basd on who is best for the job. It only makes sense. But let’s not bash the current team. ey did pretty well. Congratulations on a successful term COBUS.

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JAN/FEB 2012

BTC Digitals Too Much For Caribs Men’s Basketball ❚ by Simba French Sports Editor

Easily out matched with size and experience, the men’s basketball team used their speed and athleticism to put up a fight against the Digitals. In the end they lost 88-90. After a slow start in the early part of the first quarter, the Caribs dug themselves out of a hole to end the quarter at 9-18. e second quarter would prove to be more in the Carib’s favor as they would use their full court press which was effective. With 6:19 remaining in

the game, the Caribs were down 17-21. ey continued to use the full court press and ended the half tied at 32-32. e guys received a pep talk from the coaches and got some much needed water during the halftime break. It was back to work for our guys. ey stepped up their defense in the third quarter which resulted in some points off turnovers for the Caribs. ey would outscore the Digitals in the third quarter by five points ending the quarter, 6762. e fourth quarter was the deciding quarter. It

was time to see if experience and size is better than young legs. It was shaping up to be a close game. And indeed it was a thriller. With 5:06 remaining in the game, the score was tied at 70. With 2:41 remaining, Digitals was up by 6 and the game looked over. With just under a minute, the game was tied at 80 and the Caribs fouled and Digitals were up by 2 with 3 seconds and no more timeouts remaining, the Caribs heaved a shot from behind half court but it missed. e game was over, Caribs lost 8890. Charles Miller and Aaron Cash led the scoring

for Caribs with 13 each. Alvan Laing grabbed the most rebounds with 10. Rounding off the scoring for the Caribs; Charles Taylor and Dwight Moss with 11 points each, Alvan Laing scored 10, Rubin Goodman got 9, Lorenzo Rolle scored 7, Earnal Munroe had 6 points, Roland Harton had 4 points, Kirkwood Williams scored 3 points and finally Glen Davis ended the scoring with 1 point. e Caribs won their next game, 80-79 to the YCare Wreckers on Wednesday, February 8. eir record now stands at 3-7.

What a Giant way to end the NFL Season! ❚ by Simmba French Sports Editor

e 2012 Superbowl was an awesome game to watch. e game was not over until the clock said zero seconds. It was a game between Eli Manning and Tom Brady. It was the New York Giants against the New England Patriots at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. is is the home of my team, the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning, the brother of Eli Manning plays for the Colts. In this game I have the Giants winning the Superbowl.

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TWO ON ONE: Charles Taylor (39) sets a pick for dwight Moss

offense on the next play. On the first play, Manning made a 13 yard pass to Henry Hynoski and 2 plays later, Ahmad Bradshaw made a running play to get a 24 yard gain. Manning would later make a 2 yard touchdown pass to Cruz to make it an 8-0 game. e Giants would score the extra point to make it a 9-0 game. e quarter would end with that score. e second quarter would open up with a 2 yard pass to Hernandez from Brady. Brady would take his Patriots into field goal range. Rob Gostkowski would go up and confidently

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MOVING THROUGH: Charles Miller shakes off a digital defender as Charles Taylor sets the pick

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FIGHTING FOR THE WIN: Eli Manning prepares to snap the ball before Rob Ninkovich goes for the sack.

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GUARDING THE RIM: Caribs play defense in February’s game against the BTC digitals.

Eli Manning and the Giants received the ball first. On the first drive by Manning, he gained 35 yards on 10 plays before he was sacked on 3rd and 13 on New England’s 42. Giants would punt the ball. On the next play, Tom Brady would get a safety for intentional grounding making the second time in Superbowl history that the Superbowl started off with a safety. It was not how fans of both teams predicted the game to start off. Giants were now up 2-0. Giants would resume their

kick the 29 yard field goal. e Patriots is now down by 6; 3-9. Giants took over the offense now but would end up punting the ball. ere would be no offensive development for both teams until Patriots come storming back with four minutes left in the first half. Brady would go on a throwing spree, throwing 10 for 10. He would end the drive with a 4 yard touchdown pass to Danny Woodhead. e extra point is good and suddenly it looks nSEE NEXT Page



Intramural 5 on 5 Basketball Results Team Niggas under the tree Snipers Island Boyz Concords GB Sequel

Win 3 0 3 2 0

Loss 0 3 1 1 3

Scores February 2nd, 2012 GB Sequel 33 vs. Concords 43 Island Boyz 42 vs. Snipers 38 February 9th, 2012 Concords 31 vs. Niggas under the Tree 38 GB Sequel 29 vs. Island Boyz 37

COB at 9th Star Performers Track Classic On February 4, the COB Track team participated in the 9th Star Performers Track Classic. Here are the condensed results. In the Women’s Open, e College of e Bahamas placed 3rd with 43 points. In the Men’s Open, e College of e Bahamas placed 18th with 10 points. In the Women’s Under-20, e College of e Bahamas placed 1st with 40 points. Under 20 Women Discus 1 Ashley Oembler 33.05 Meet Record 4 Kendera Bethel 26.79 5 Knastachia Cooper 24.10 Under 20 Women Shot Put 1 Kendera Bethel 11.18 Personal Best and Meet Record 2 Ashley Oembler 10.59 Personal Best 5 Knastachia Cooper 9.12

In the Men’s Under-20, e College of e Bahamas placed 3rd with 19 points. Congrats to Coach Bradley Cooper and his team. Let’s continue to support them in their up and coming endeavors. e team is using these Classics as tune ups for the Embry Riddle Classic that is set for February 24-25 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Men Long Jump 14 Desmond Major 17 Teranne Roker


What a Giant way to end the NFL Season! nFROM Page 10 like the Patriots were in control with a 10-9 lead. ey shut out Giants in the second quarter. e third quarter begins and Tom Brady began where he left off offensively, on fire. He would take 8 plays to cover 79 yards with a 12 yards pass to Aaron Hernandez. e extra point is good and the score is now 17-9 with the Patriots up. Now, I am concerned that the Giants will let the game slip away so easy. e next Giants offensive drive looked horrible despite the Giants making it into the field goal range zone. Lawrence Tynes would score the field goal to bring the Giants within five points, 12-17. e Giants defense finally gets to work, sacking Brady for 4th and 12. e Giants would score a 33 yard field goal to close the gap to 2, 15-17. e period would end with Patriots on offense and the score as Patriots 17 and Giants 15. Eyes watching the Superbowl are now glued to the television set and fans in the stadium are now sitting at the edge of their eats with sweaty palms and bitten finger nails. With a 2 point edge and on offense, the Patriots were now in a position to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. e Patriots hope their offense would carry them to the trophy but the Giants defense had other plans. Chase

Apart from the actual game, the $3.5 million dollar a 30 second ad space is the next big attraction. Below are my Top Ten 2012 Superbowl commercials. 1. Doritos: Man’s Best Friend 2. VW: e Dog Strikes Back 3. Ms. Brown M&M'S: Just My Shell 4. Doritos: Sling Baby 5. Chevrolet: Happy Grad 6. Jack-in-the-Box: Marry It 7. Bud Light: Rescue Dog 8. E*TRADE: Baby – Fatherhood 9. Chevrolet Volt: Aliens 10. Dannon: e Tease maining in the game. It was turning out to be a classic end to a season marred by the lockout. With Tom Brady on the field, anything was possible and it was only 57 seconds on the clock. On his next three plays, Brady would come up with two incomplete passes and a sack. It was now 4th and 16. Brady goes for it and makes a 19 yard pass to Deion Branch. He would convert the next first down. It’s now 1st and 10 on their own 44 yard line. A

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Men Discus Under 20 5 Frederick Laing


Men Javelin Under 20 3 Michael Laing 5 Leonardo Romer

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Women Javelin Open 1 Roselyn Benjamin 35.49 Meet Record Men Javelin Open 1 Lorenzo Rolle 54.34 Personal best and Meet Record

PATRIOT’S RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis runs the ball.

Blackburn intercepted Tom Brady’s pass and the game is once again it’s a game. Manning would now go to work and would drive up the field only to come up short. Brady would go back on offense and his men would fail him. He would have 3 incomplete passes and gave the Giants a golden opportunity to seal the game. With Giants on offense, Manning would make a pass for 38 yards to Mario Manningham. After that play, the Giants were at the 50 yard line. With time running out on the Patriots, the Giants would take the ball to the Patriots 7 yard line. e Patriots would stop the clock by calling a time out. e Giants would run on the next play and score a touchdown. Giants now up 21-17. e two point conversion would fail. With 57 seconds re-

defensive penalty would move them to their own 49 yard line. It’s the last two plays and Brady would have to get 51 more yards to win the game. e first pass was incomplete to Branch and the second one, Hernandez jumped into the air between two defenders and had his hand on it but it was incomplete. e clock read zero seconds. e game was over. Giants won it 21-17. e New York Giants captured the Vince Lombardi trophy. Manning was named the M.V.P. e Giants overcame many obstacles to get where they are today. ey were 7-7 at one point in the season and coach Tom Coughlin was about to be sacked and Eli Manning was being written off. All of that doesn’t matter anymore, they are the champions now. d

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The Spectrum: March 2012  

This is the COB student publication for March 2012.