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Come Wi Go Down Memory Lane: The Campus Swot

If you are/were a student at the University of the West Indies and have never been in a class where students were strongly reprimanded for swotting then kudos to you. I can vividly recall more than one of those persecution sessions. They often follow in-class tests, quizzes and mid-semester exams. Weak analysis and incorrect application of knowledge are often deemed by lecturers a key indication of swotting – cramming information at the last minute and not doing additional reading.


Come Wi Go Down Memory Lane: A Letter From Priscilla

“Come Wi Go Down Memory Lane”, let us journey through time to the University College of the West Indies in 1956. Wouldn’t you like to know what campus life was like back then? Thanks to Priscilla, we are given a sneak peek through a letter she wrote to Mattie in the Pelican. Vivaciously, she informs Mattie of the entertainment scene on campus and the various activities young intellectuals engaged in to relieve themselves of the academic tensions of University life.

Pelican Prose

Though entertaining, not all consumers of the Pelican Annual Magazines of the 1950s were receptive of the writing styles popularly employed by the contributors. “Nonsense, pretty pretty, trashy, pointless and cliché,” are among the words used by one reviewer to describe the Pelican prose. Based on such description, it is evident that a number of these articles were quite unpalatable to the more ‘refined’ taste buds. Nevertheless, I must concur that some of these jargons often resulted in a raised eyebrow as one reads the articles.


UWI Museum Storytime: Come Wi Go Down Memory Lane


“Come Wi Go Down Memory Lane” is a ten part series featuring articles of report and stories from the U(C)WI Pelican Annual Magazine. This week’s feature “Carnival Comes to Mona in Trinidad Style”, is from the 1956 Pelican Magazine and is a detailed report on the introduction of Trinidadian Carnival to the Mona Campus. COVID-19 has significantly impacted carnival this year and so we take this opportunity to revel in previous carnivals.



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