Students rehearse a scene at Little Theatre.

A Look at the 5th Annual Playwrights in Paradise New Play Festival

LILIANA MORENO REYES | ST. THOMAS – Anansi the spider, a Ukrainian “Mail Order Bride,” a polar bear and an ornery St. Thomian bus driver joined many other characters to create the 5th annual Playwrights in Paradise New Play Festival that took place in the UVI Little Theatre on Sunday, April 27, 2015. Under the professional guidance…

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Star-Studded Panel Encourages UVI Community to Show More Pride for Their School

PATRICE RENEE HARRIS │ ST. THOMAS – The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) community, engaged in eye-opening discussions with African American entertainment leaders, philanthropists and entrepreneurs on Thursday 23rd April at the Sports and Fitness Center. The Andrew Young Emerging Leaders Legacy Lecture series 2015 was held for the first time at the University of…

An international student on the St. Thomas campus "hanging out" and enjoying island life.

A Long Way From Home: International Students at U.V.I

LILIANA MORENO REYES | ST. THOMAS – The international students and the diversity they bring, lend quite a bit to the melting pot of the University of the Virgin Islands’ population. At UVI the population comprises American students, other Caribbean students and a small mixture of students from foreign countries. These students play an influential role…

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Truth to Power: My Time in Journalism

DAVID B. GUMBS | ST. THOMAS – In his 1839 play, “Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy,” the English writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton first coined the phrase “… The pen is mightier than the sword.” More than a century and a half later, the idea that the written word could be stronger than any force of aggression or…

Yohance Henley, President

SGA Election Results Announced

CORLISS SMITHEN | ST. THOMAS – The results of the Student Government Association elections have been announced. A week after the student body on the St. Thomas campus went to the polls to vote for the candidates of their choice, the SGA Elections Committee published the results in a general campus email on Wednesday morning.…

Left: Khalarni Rivers, Right: Yentyl Levet at The Mix on the waterfront infront of BurgerMaxx, downtown Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI.

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Student Entrepreneurs at UVI

PATRICE RENEE’ HARRIS | ST. THOMAS – Yentyl and Khalarni wake up each day enthused about their new business. Their hectic 18-hour days begins at 6 a.m. Throughout the day, they bounce between jobs, assignments, classes, school organizations, and their new business, leaving little time for a social life. or sleep. At this time of…

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UVI

KIANA JOHN-BAPTISTE | ST.THOMAS – On Wednesday April 15, 2015 UVI students, under the supervision of Dahlia Stridiron, created a table to promote sexual awareness for the month of April. This activity was sponsored by the Counseling, Career, and Health Service Departments of UVI. The students were able to create a “t-shirt” with their own sayings and…

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Unusual Jobs at UVI

KARINE COX | ST.CROIX — It’s Wednesday again down at the farm. Ismael struggles to hold the yolk down as research analyst, Sue digs her finger into its anus to remove the feces. Sue then inserts the lubricated probe into the goat’s vagina which is connected to an ultrasound machine and watches to see if…

President Dr. Hall and Dr. Simon Jones-Hendrickson

UVI hosts 41st Annual Service Awards

MARKIDA SCOTLAND | ST. CROIX — The University of the Virgin Islands “celebrated their employees with high esteem for 2015″ on Tuesday, April 14, at the 41st annual service awards on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. 30 employees were awarded for their outstanding service and dedication to the university, with honors from employee of the…

Flyers of Board of Trustees candidates, Hakim Potter and Devon Williams, are posted in several locations on the Albert A. Sheen campus. 
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Two students Vie for Board of Trustee Seat

FELICIA EMMANUEL | ST.CROIX – Two St. Thomas students, each vying for this year’s position as student representative to the University of the Virgin Islands’ Board of Trustees presented their platforms on Monday, April 13, in the Cafetorium. The position which alternates between the St. Thomas and St.Croix campuses, allows the elected individual to act…

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ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Campaign for Student Government Association positions has reached fever pitch in recent days.
	With barely one week left before poll day, candidates vying for seats on the SGA are pulling out all the stops to distinguish themselves from their rivals.  Seven positions are up for grabs – president, vice president, sophomore senator, junior senator, senior senator, treasurer, and student representative to the Board of Trustees.  
	Three candidates – Marvin Shelford, Yohance Martin, and Ish-Shawnnn Halbert – have thrown their hats in the ring for the SGA presidential seat.  
With his campaign slogan being “Your Choice Your Change,” Shelford is promising that once elected, he will improve the UVI shuttle transportation system to make it more reliable and less congested; actively advocate for the improvement of campus surveillance and security; increase on-campus and off-campus activities and entertainment; coordinate an effective and efficient grievance committee to defend the rights of students; lobby against the inflation of students’ tuition and institutional fees; actively advocate for profitable ventures and opportunities for students, such as on-campus jobs and scholarships; and enhance the overall academic, recreational, and sanitary conditions at UVI. 
Martin’s aim, according to his catchphrase, is “To Satisfy the People.”
If given the mandate, Halbert will ensure “better cafeteria conditions, learning assistance, new and diverse activities, renovations and additions, and policy updates and outreach programs,” according to his campaign poster.  
Deeno Cumberbatch, Cashkim Bussue, and Cody Richardson, who is Martin’s running mate, have their eyes on the vice presidency.
“Change is a must not an option” is Bussue’s rallying cry.  He is assuring students that a vote for him is a vote for “re-evaluated parking system; improved health system/insurance; employment opportunities for international students; and revived campus life.”
The position of SGA Treasurer is being sought after by Tonya Greene and Denaesha Phipps.
Greene has taken to social media to boost her campaign and according to her Facebook page, her number one focus “would be the financial and economic concern of the student body.”  As SGA Treasurer, Greene will “lobby for fair and equal disbursement of funds to all registered clubs, organizations and associations; actively advocate for profitable ventures for the benefit of the SGA and student population; coordinate financial seminars to educate and encourage students on the best practices for savings and wise money management; encourage clubs to collaborate with other clubs on events to help share the financial burdens of organizing events; have monthly financial reporting for transparency; and ensure the proper and accurate record keeping of the SGA.”
Phipps is simply urging students to “Make A Vote That Counts.”
Contestants vying for SGA Sophomore Senator are Denine Hurtault and Kaunda Williams.
Both Lisa Marie-Hodge and DeWein Pelle are campaigning for the office of SGA Junior Senator.
If elected to serve in that position, Pelle plans to increase campus engagement/activities; foster UVI-related projects to better the Virgin Islands community; increase students’ academic performance; and facilitate student internships (career productivity and readiness).
Hodge’s catch line is “Let her voice be the change you wish to see! Vote for progress and equality!” 
	The lone candidate for senior senator is Tonecia Rogers.   
	SGA hopefuls have been seen around campus familiarizing themselves with students in meet-and-greet sessions inside the classrooms, at the library, at the cafeteria, in the hallways, and in dormitories.
	Two students – Hakim Potter and Devon Williams – are each hoping to be elected as Student Representative to the Board of Trustees.
	Potter describes himself as “a student who is not afraid to speak up; a student who believes in equality” and he is asking his peers to “let him be your voice.” 
On Tuesday night, SGA aspirants will officially launch their platforms before the student population at a “Meet the Candidates” forum scheduled for 7 at the West Hall Conference Room.
	Election Day is slated for Thursday April, 15. There will be two polling stations – juniors and seniors will cast their votes at the library (upper campus), while freshmen and sophomores will be balloting at the CA building (lower campus). Polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
	
 
DeWein Pelle, candidate for SGA Junior Senator, handing out campaign flyers to students in the hallway just outside the office of the Center for Student Success. Photo by CORLISS SMITHEN.


 
DeWein Pelle, candidate for SGA Junior Senator, handing out campaign flyers to students in the hallway just outside the office of the Center for Student Success. Photo by CORLISS SMITHEN

SGA Campaigning Moves into High Gear

CORLISS SMITHEN | ST. THOMAS – The campaign for Student Government Association positions has reached a fever pitch in recent days. With barely one week left before poll day, candidates vying for seats on the SGA board are pulling out all the stops to distinguish themselves from their rivals.  Seven positions are up for grabs…

Research Day activity at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center, St. Thomas campus.  Photo by CORLISS SMITHEN.

UVI Hosts 4th Annual Research Day

CORLISS SMITHEN ST. THOMAS – Students had the opportunity to showcase their skills in information gathering, data collection and extrapolation during Research Day on Thursday. The University hosted its 4th annual Research Day, an activity aimed at allowing the public to view the results of research conducted by UVI students and faculty on a variety…