Up De Ting: CHTM Style

The long awaited UWI CHTM carnival was FINALLY here, and who said that walking from Arawak Cay to CHTM was a long journey? On a normal day, if we had to walk from Arawak Cay to campus it would be non-stop complaining, but today was different. As you know, CHTM carnival is one of the most anticipated events on the event calendar, and this year was no exception.

The morning’s festivities started out a bit later than scheduled but nevertheless, we took to the streets and although we were small in numbers we were large at heart;  as the Jamaicans say “Wi Likkle but Wi Tallawah”.

We chipped to the beat of popular soca music, “We Jamming Still”, “Stink and Dutty”, and “Good Morning”; lovely girls in their beautiful costumes along with male counterparts. As we took to the streets of Nassau, onlookers stopped to take photos and some even joined in on the festivities. True to CHTM style, no passing cars were left untouched as revellers made their way through the streets.

Along the route and on the final stretch of our journey no one complained that the route was too long, in fact everyone stated that we had gotten back to school too fast and they weren’t ready to stop partying.

Home Stretch

As we made our way to UB compound tired, weary and hungry, everyone sprawled out on the floor or anywhere they could find to be comfortable as they waited on the scrumptious meal that was prepared for us. As we sat and ate amongst friends we reminisced on what was  a great day and one that we didn’t want to end. Big up to the students that made the meals.

Tired and Hungry

CHTM carnival will forever be one of the highlights of our time here and one that we will never forget.  Big up to our amazing sponsors… Long live ALIV!!!

By Crystal Alleyne, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photos/Videos by Renissa Waldron and Shanice Jordan © 2017

 

Sun, Sand & Sex – Research Day

The sun shone in all its glory despite the slight chill and the wind blowing over the island of New Providence, this was the perfect day – Friday 17th March, 2017 – for the third year Tourism Management students to participate in their first research study. Paired off and ready to go, the group made their way to Junkanoo Beach which was filled with an abundance of tourists to administer questionnaires.

Spring break squad

Approaching different characters and personalities was part of the fun in this research assignment as the views of others really mattered. The day went well as many were quite intrigued by the topic “Prevalence and Perceptions of Sex Tourism in New Providence”. Those who never heard of the term before were asking, “Sex tourism is a thing?”

Others were more reserved, one commented, “these questions seem scary”. There were others that felt too shy saying “I’m too conservative to talk about this out loud” and others were  not willing to attempt the questionnaire because they were not sure of the topic even after we explained the purpose of the study. When asked their thoughts on the survey many did say that they enjoyed answering the questions.

Being in the field for research was quite an experience, something I would enjoy partaking in once more. Each student had a unique experience while conducting the surveys; some were super comfortable while others were a bit shy. For me, it was an unforgettable experience with an amazing lecturer and an amazing group of students – overall, a great day with lots work and our very own mini-spring break beach day.

NOTE: Stay tuned for the research findings in an upcoming blog.

Beer drinking

by Sherika Delaney, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photos/videos compliments of Shanice Jordan, Patria Moise and Elizabeth Mackay © 2017

 

 

Waves Boat Cruise 2017

It’s safe to say that most Caribbean people enjoy a good party or night lime. The CHTM, although focused on the academic success of it students, tries to ensure that students have a healthy social life as well. The annual boat cruise is one of many events put together not only to help ease mid-semester examination stress, but also to provide students with a warm up before the carnival celebrations.

Group Photo

This year’s “waves” boat cruise was on Saturday, March 18th.  Boarding commenced at 9pm and by the time we were ready to set sail at 10pm there was  a decent sized crowd. The dress code was  beach/boat attire however, persons showed up smartly dressed to suit the cold, windy evening.

Bajan Trio

The night started off  smoothly with everyone buying drinks and getting a feel for the ‘vibe’ before the real partying began. A group of local men warmed up the dance floor  displaying their synchronized moves to popular rap and R&B music.

Selfies

When it was about 11pm, with the alcohol taking effect,  the party was in full swing. Persons danced the night away to a wide array of music ranging from dancehall to reggae. Some  felt that soca music dominated the boat ride while others didn’t seem to mind the selection at all.

More Selfies

As it drew close to the 1am docking time, some persons were now highly intoxicated, bare back and wearing life jackets. Persons left the boat asking for a ‘part two’ to this memorable occasion, even giving suggestions as to how it could be executed. Needless to say everyone had a blast!

Bare Back Shenanigans

by Annette S.K Mason, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photos by Auri-mae Thomas and Donella Blackman

 

It’s Not Goodbye But See You Later 

On Feb 17th at 2:05pm, Dr. Spencer sent an email to the entire student body requesting a meeting with us on the following Tuesday. Okay cool, no big deal, he has called us into meetings before… However, the anxious feeling in many of us increased when on the 20th, we received a reminder email. Alright…what is this about now? Spencer doesn’t send out reminders…

Jodi-Ann on behalf of Palace

You could imagine our great surprise when our beloved director broke the news that he had been recruited by Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism to serve as the CEO of the Tourism Product Development Company and was leaving us on secondment. Secondment basically means that Dr. Spencer is not actually resigning but rather will be on loan for the next two years, with the option to extend after that time is up. Did this make any of us feel better? No, but regardless of how we may feel about this sudden change, we are all extremely proud of Dr. Spencer and this big achievement in his life.

Wifi House

Life at CHTM so far has been quite a rocky yet freakishly fun journey and I am sure that every student can attest to that. The second years must be taking the news the hardest since they have just started the race and have already experienced numerous potholes along the way. The third year students sympathize with you, we really do. Remember, you CAN do it.

Past student – Daniel Batson

Last Sunday, students turned out in their numbers for a farewell football match featuring Warriors vs. No Name. The match began at 5:15 pm. By 6:30, Warriors had scored six goals, five of which were scored by Spencer and one from Keshae. A few minutes later, Warriors were up another goal .The game was called to an end at 7:15pm but Neil from No Name begged for an extra five minutes to bring up his team’s score. Sadly for him, in less than two minutes, Spencer had scored another goal for Warriors thereby ending the game at 8 – 3.

The ballers

The three goals from the defeated team were scored by Eric (not from CHTM), Josiah, and Julio. Neil insisted that at least four of Spencer’s goals were ‘allowed’ as some kind of ‘farewell gift’.  After the game, the students headed to the dining room for a short get-together with food and drinks provided by CHTM’s Cooking Club. It was a chilled and laid back atmosphere filled with lots of laughter and chatter. Dr. Spencer seemed quite pleased and amazed by the turnout and thanked us for coming to celebrate with him. We stayed there for about an hour and a half before returning home. It was a bittersweet day.

Spencer’s ‘winning pose’

We promise not to sulk because you are leaving but be happy because you were here. You have gone above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions for us and for that, we will be forever grateful. “How lucky I [we] am [are] to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh

By Patria Moise, BSc. Tourism Management (Special) 2017

A Good Day Turned Sour – Kraaaaazy Olympics 2017

After weeks of friendly war among the four houses, CHTM became divided on Thursday, 9th March as we competed for the title of “Champion”. The many pop-up activities – like the Mixology Competition, The Photo Competition and The Road Race – which occurred throughout the semester, led to this rivalry which existed between the four houses – Supreme (Blue), Magic (Yellow), Ivy (White) and Phoenix (Red). Going into sports day, Supreme was leading with 207 points.  Following closely  was Magic with 197, then Ivy with 160 and trailing in fourth was Phoenix with 149 points.

It was a beautiful day, the sun was out, excitement filled the air (personified by Denroy “The Magician” with his cape and wand), and patriotism was shown by all present. Everyone was ready for a fun-filled day, and no one expected what was to come. We started late with a short song and prayer session to bind us together. Each house then selected a representative official to work with Jenielle (who coordinated) to ensure fairness throughout the events.

The Magicians

The first game was the Sand in the Bucket. It started off a little shaky with little clarity obtained from the instructions, but through trial and error the objective was accomplished.  This activity set the tone for the rest of the day. Finding a clear winner should not be that hard, right? Or so we thought.

Sand in the Bucket Challenge

After EVERY game there was  disagreement which included querying results, trying to bend the rules to make peace and participants finding loop holes in the stated rules. As a result of this, the Frog Leaping Game had to be scrapped, since a ‘heap of confusion’ followed the results of the game. Everyone had a different perception of the same event which led to every subsequent game being recorded as back up evidence – our very own ‘instant replay’.

Somewhere between the start and end of each game the fun was lost. Maybe this was as a result of inadequate planning, bad leadership or poor sportsmanship, or a combination of all three. Before half the day had passed almost everyone wanted to leave. It became a very competitive series of activities with many sore losers. With adrenaline pumping,  arguments were  frequent  among the students. This almost resulted in two fights after the Spinning Game. Winding down towards the end of the day, most people were tired, frustrated and uninterested in participating in any more disagreeable activities. Consequently, a unanimous decision was made to cancel the much anticipated Cheer and Chant Competition.

Unbothered

On the bright side, the day was injury free. Although the fun was limited, we still made memories that we will never forget. At the end of the day, Magic’s ‘Magicians’ were victorious with 266 points, Supreme in second with 263, third was Ivy with 243 and fourth Pheonix with 220.

by Andrielle Etienne, BSc. Tourism Management 2017

Images courtesy of Jayda Peter, Emilie Trotman, Sakele Watts

 

Un bellissimo ristorante

Friday, March 3, 2017 was in every way a lovely day and that beauty spilled over to make our CHTM Italian-themed house restaurant  – a beautiful restaurant.

Final year students Kammara Jacob, Latifah Forde and Josiah Joseph were  managers of the day, they were supported by junior managers  Kynann Jordon and Jameelia Stephens. The  restaurant enjoyed a large turnout and the food sold out.

Chef Bowe and Kammara Jacob

Patrons, faculty, staff and students  enjoyed the food and attentive service. Repeatedly customers expressed delight with the food as it was consistently good and each dish “kept getting better”. Those  new to CHTM’s house restaurant said they will definitely return.

Kammara’s advice for future managers: ‘Although it may seem difficult, don’t stop aiming for the stars. We had a lot of headaches and we still pulled it off with teamwork and motivation.’

Photos by Elizabeth Mackay and Kammara Jacob

 

Birthdays CHTM-Style

Every year CHTM students celebrate their birthdays. It may be with a surprise event planned by their friends or planned by the birthday boy/girl themselves. Flouring of the birthday student has been a tradition passed on through the years. When the clock strikes midnight on the person’s special day, a group of friends covers this special person with powder and/or flour.

However, it does not stop there. It is usually followed with gift giving, a dinner or party. Events like this bring the students closer towards becoming a family. New friendships are created and broken ones are mended, as the students forget previous “beef” amongst themselves as everyone is eager and excited to learn  how their friend from a different nationality celebrates this occasion. February came with many celebrations as not just one, but four of our schoolmates had birthdays within days of each other.

Love was shown in all forms and fashions, firstly with Donella Blackman who was surprised by close friends with a limousine ride around Nassau after having dinner at Carmines, one of Atlantis’ finest. Donella however, was blissfully under the impression that she was going to Outback Steakhouse and extended the invitation to a few others, but little did she know that wasn’t the plan. Donella and Sashanee Nevers both celebrated their birthdays on the same day and were both celebrated as is tradition.

Denroy Wilson was next in line for the throne and decided that as this was his first year celebrating his birthday on the day itself he was going out with a bang! Planning was challenging and complications arose (as they always do with great events) but with the help of friends the party was a success! The event was held at Coral Harbour on Saturday night. Fellow schoolmates turned out, some Bahamian friends and the Barbados FIFA Worldcup beach soccer team was onsite. This celebration led into the next day, where Vernon Weech celebrated his 28th Birthday. The night was full of “twerking”, “wining” and “wukking up” as the music hit the souls and hearts of many.

Vernon Weech

The best part of life is when your family becomes your friends and your friends become your family.- Robin Roberts

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

By Emilie Trotman, Bsc. Tourism Management, 2017

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for this post.