Monthly Archives: September 2009

Beacon Opinion: Fighting fire with faith

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

1 Peter 5: 8-10
“Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.”

This scripture is very powerful and encouraging. I believe that everyone should take heed of it, and apply it to their lives.

This scripture tells us to be smart, bold, strong and aware of the fact that the devil is not our friend. He has pity on no man that is working in the likes of God.

The devil is heartless to all and he lurks around seeking any opportunity he can to take control of our lives.

We must remain alert because he always targets us simply because we are God’s people. It is our duty to never let him be successful in making us another victim to his corruption.

Arm yourselves
Our faith is our strength and our greatest weapon; it’s like a sword we are allowed to use to fight the works of the devil and all of his followers.

We are not the only ones that he is after: He is after our brothers, our sisters and everyone that is around us.

So don’t be selfish in resisting him and strengthening your faith just for you, but  teach others that their strength of faith is a weapon that will protect them from becoming a victim of the devil.

We have the upper hand on the devil. He could never overpower us once we are strong in our faith.

We should take it as a battle that we’ll always win because of our faith.

So which do you believe is undefeated, the fire of the devil or the faith of the Lord?

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Beacon Opinion: You call yourself a ‘reporter’?

By Jen Herring
Contributing Writer

With the recent outburst of “oh so humble” Kanye West at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and the brief on-camera dispute between boxers Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Shane Mosley during post-fight interviews, the media have plenty to talk about.

However, during the chaos, it seems reporters have forgotten what their jobs entail. After Saturday night’s fight between Mayweather and the defeated Juan Manuel Marquez, HBO announcer Max Kellerman proved he had no idea what to do when the two boxers began to argue during the interview. Kellerman intentionally provoked Mayweather by asking unrelated questions to “get his attention.”

Mayweather became rattled and responded by saying, “Imma do the talking because you do too much talking.”

After that, it was downhill for Kellerman as he took the hit by Mayweather personally and kept taking every question back to “Floyd’s behavior.”  After his drawn-out rant, the viewers were still left with unanswered questions as to how Mayweather defeated his opponent from the words of Mayweather himself. In other words, Kellerman couldn’t have cared less about what viewers wanted to hear. Oh, what’s that called again …reporting? Thank you HBO for that in-depth coverage.

As for Taylor Swift, she finally had the opportunity to speak about the interruption by Kanye West during a series of television and radio interviews. As I was driving home this weekend, one particular radio station caught my attention.

Kiss 95.1 radio host “MJ” decided to push the envelope by continuing to ask Swift about the West incident. Swift spoke briefly, stating she was “focusing on the outpouring of love” and the people “who had her back.” She also said she wanted to “move on” and not discuss it; MJ continued to ask questions about it.

Swift got so upset she stepped away from the phone. Not only did he kill the chance to ask her other questions about her career or life, but he also broke ties with her completely. Will she ever speak with Kiss 95.1 again? Probably not.

I’m not sure when reporters decided to state their opinion and not give the facts, but let’s hope it ends soon.

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Beacon Opinion: Oink, oink: I’m on the prowl

By Evelyn Ticona
Features Editor

On Friday, April 24 I was babysitting when CNN had the first images of civilians and the police wearing masks in Mexico City’s main square.

“Breaking News! Swine flu virus has killed at least 68 people in Mexico and more than 1,000 people have fallen ill in Mexico City,” the news anchor said.

H1N1 goes beyond fever, upset stomach, vomiting and other symptoms; it can actually ruin your finances and summer plans. I won’t go into details about the swine flu itself because there is a very informative article about that in this same issue.

I must make it clear that eating pork will not put you at any risk whatsoever of getting infected. So those of you who like pork, don’t let the media scare you. Go out there and get as many pork products as you want.

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Beacon Sports: AFC once again NFL’s strongest conference

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

This week’s preview is the first of two installments that will first give a rundown for the American Football Conference, followed by next week’s National Football Conference preview.

America’s favorite sport is back and bigger than ever this fall with the return of the National Football League to millions of televisions across the country on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.

Just five months from now, the AFC will send their representative to battle with the NFC’s top team in Super Bowl 44. So sit back, grab the popcorn and enjoy the best sports action around.

During the past decade, the AFC has been professional football’s dominant conference, winning nine out of 12 Super Bowls. That trend continued last year as the Pittsburgh Steelers captured their record sixth Super Bowl victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

This year looks to be no exception as six of the top nine teams, including the top three, from preseason odds in Las Vegas reside in the AFC. The AFC boasts many traditional powers that will try to continue their reign in 2009.
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Beacon Sports: New fitness classes added at Greene Complex

By Jocelyn Martinez
Contributing Writer

Looking for an alternative to your boring workout? Palm Beach Atlantic University has added several exciting options to the group fitness class schedule.

New classes include Yoga, Total Body Force and Zumba. All programs are free to students.

Fall 2009 Schedule
Level Up! — Featuring a fusion of body conditioning principles and boot camp intensity. This class provides a full body workout.  Participants will train using cardiovascular, strength, agility and various other techniques.
Availability: Mondays  and Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Room: Meet in lobby

Core Crunch — Designed to target the midsection. This class focuses on the abdominals, obliques and lower back.
Availability: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Room: Meet in lobby

Yoga — Known to relieve stress, yoga strengthens, stretches, aligns the body and increases flexibility using continuous non-stop flowing movements.
Availability: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Room: Group Conditioning Room

Pilates
— A full mind and body experience program focusing on muscle strength and toning, balance, body alignment, stabilization and flexibility.
Availability: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Room: Meet in lobby

Zumba — Combining high energy Latin and international music with easy-to-follow dance steps, participants dance away their worries.
Availability: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:20 p.m.
Room: Group Conditioning Room

Total Body Force — This class is designed to tone, define and condition muscles while increasing muscle endurance and raising your metabolic rate for rapid fat burning. It’s a fast way to get into shape.
Availability: Fridays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Room: Group Conditioning Room

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Beacon Sports: International student aims for championship

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Freshman Rashida Robinson of the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis team is hoping to make her impact this year.

Robinson, from the Bahamas, was recruited and offered an athletic scholarship to be a part of the team. Robinson is a broadcast journalism major with a minor in communications.

Robinson was recruited for tennis after the team’s head coach, Chi Ly, received data of her records as a tennis player in the Bahamas.  She was ranked as the number two player in the country at only 18.

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Beacon Features: A look at ‘The Great Reverse’

By Nicholas Murray
Contributing Writer

From the documentary film-makers of the “Nomad” series comes a new  documentary known as “The Great Reverse.”

This film details the experiences of nine young men and women who, guided by the love and influence of Jesus Christ in their own lives, voluntarily step outside of their figurative fish bowls in order to minister to both children and adults living in West Africa.

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