Basketball Returns to the Albert Sheen Campus


UVI St. Croix Campus Basketball Team

Chris Sealey |

ST. CROIX – Opening UVI St. Croix’s Student Government League’s basketball season, the university welcomed the VI National Guard basketball team, the Spartans, to an exhibition basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 11. In the end, the university claimed victory over the visitors, winning the game 46-38. Eddie Castillo topped score with 15 points and Chris Sealey pitched in with 11 points.

Senior forward Sealey started the game scoring the UVI team’s first 8 points.

“Chris came out the hole firing,” Castillo stated after the game.  “The team’s mindset early was to set the tone defensively which got the team going offensively.”

By the end of the first quarter Spartans were down by 8.

“I was definitely aware of players like Sealey and Castillo,” Coach Webster of the Spartans said. “I told my team to focus on those two players defensively.”

By halftime the score was tied at 26.

Webster started the second half with his team playing a half-court pressure defense.  The Spartans forced some turnovers early, but the great ball handling of senior point guard Amali Krigger helped UVI gain a lead.

“I felt we did well on the defensive end,” Krigger said, “when by playing pressure defense we forced turnovers, mainly because they were weak when it came to ball handling.” Continue reading Basketball Returns to the Albert Sheen Campus

University Prepares for Zika Virus


Update from the USVI Dept. Health posted to their webpage Feb. 16 2016

Alayna Belshe |

ST. THOMAS – The University of the Virgin Islands is taking the Zika virus situation seriously.

Friday UVI’s Emergency Management Committee hosted an informational forum featuring Dr. Dan Baden, of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and Dr. Esther Ellis, the territorial epidemiologist, of the VI Department of Health. UVI’s own nurse, Maritza DeCosta, director of the Student Health Center, also presented and directed the Q&A session following the presentations.

The purpose of the forum was to present known information on the Zika virus, to hear from the CDC representative, and to answer the UVI community’s questions.

Dr. Baden focused on Zika and pregnancy. His main point suggested that there is currently not enough data on Zika, although the CDC has confirmed that there is transmission of Zika from mothers to unborn children.

“Pregnancy does not increase infection rate,” said Baden. Regarding the recent connection made in Brazil between Zika and microcephaly, children born with small heads, he pointed out that there are two types of microcephaly. The primary type is due to genetics and the secondary type is a result of infections. Continue reading University Prepares for Zika Virus