Year: 2013

Cheers to 2013

The last day of 2013 is tomorrow (For those of us in specific regions of the world anyways), and while most people are complaining about how terrible 2013 was, I have to say that 2013 was a wonderful year. Actually, have you noticed that for some people every year was the worst year and the next year will be “their year” only to end up being called the worst year at the end? I don’t get that. But I digress. Despite the many drawbacks of 2013, reliving them will do nothing but create a sour outlook on life. There was a picture on facebook that became the inspiration behind this post. It said to take a jar at the beginning of the year and every time something good happens write it down, put it in the jar and at the end of the year you should have a jar filled with nothing but good memories. I can’t remember everything that happened this year but I have a good enough memory to share a lot of …

UVI Voice

This semester, as part of COM 200 Journalism workshop, I was tasked with designing the University of the Virgin Islands’ school newspaper; The UVI Voice. The class was taught by Stephanie Hanlon, the managing editor of the St. Croix Avis. I began as a reporter, however as the semester went on I then became the Assistant Editor. I had no idea how much work editing was, and even now it is still complicated. I thought I had AP style down, but it is clear that I do not. While it was a long learning process, and a lot of work, I did enjoy the class. I don’t know how or when, but I ended up designing the website for The UVI Voice. I know how to work wordpress well enough and got caught up in designing it. That may be a problem. It was originally someone else’s job but I couldn’t help myself. I love playing with wordpress. Every day I learn something new when I log on. The hardest part of designing the site …

Literacy across UVI

How literacy impacts success and unique challenges facing UVI students MARKIDA SCOTLAND | Published on UVI VOICE on 9/19/13 ST. CROIX – In the Virgin Islands, 90 to 95 percent of the population is literate. However, according to professors at the University of the Virgin Islands, while the students can all read and write, 88 percent have to take remedial English, which often makes graduating in four years unlikely. “I have about five students that are really stellar,” visiting Professor Alexis Walker, said. “My expectations are stringent, so I would say that out of my 60 students, there are about 16 that are below college level. The rest are just average.” According to Dr. Valerie Combie, an English professor at UVI, being literate is more than just being able to read and write. It all comes down to communication and the students are not aware of this. “I don’t think that students understand the importance of communicating clearly and it affects their writing,” she said. Professor Walker believes that a student’s attitude, their teachers and …