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.

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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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Beacon Features: Carousel Can Can Cafe earns 10 out of 10

By Evelyn Ticona
Features Editor

A new restaurant at CityPlace has captivated its customers with its unique decoration, great service and phenomenal food: Carousel Can Can Café.

Following its opening about a month ago on the second floor of CityPlace, it stands out from its neighbors with its eccentric exterior design.

Inspired by the French can-can era of the 1890s, the decor features a hybrid of contemporary American design and playful carousel elements.

The menu features a variety of French-American dishes, balanced with international recipes as well.

“We have a twist of everything here. Pasta, casual … fun food,” said Paco Gracia, manager of the Carousel Can Can  Café. “Our customers enjoy a great environment and entertainment everyday.”

During weekdays one can-can dancer performs to a mixture of  can-can and modern music.

Interacting with customers, the dancer offers them some entertainment while they eat dinner. There are up to three can-can dancers on the weekends.

“People can get dinner anywhere; we offer good quality food and entertainment together,” Gracia added.

Carousel Can-Can Café has a family friendly environment. The can-can dancers interact with customers respectfully and make your dinnertime a time for fun.

PBA President Lu Hardin recently visited the restaurant and said, “Mary [my wife] and I live … next to the campus. Therefore, we walk to CityPlace often for dinner. The service was excellent.  The crab cakes are a perfect 10 out of 10 and the entrée salad was very good.  Overall, Mary and I would give Carousel Can Can high marks.”

Price wise, which is everyone’s concern nowadays, it’s pretty affordable. An entree costs from $12 to $26. For those on a budget, all appetizers and pizzas have a 50 percent discount from 3 to 7 p.m.

Thinking about making reservations? Call (561) 233-6001. Carousel Can Can Café is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday from  10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m.

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Beacon Features: Francis Chan’s crazy love

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

With Christival having finished this past week, many students probably still want to know more about the keynote speaker, Francis Chan.

Who is he? How did he end up being a pastor preaching to large college audiences?

For those who haven’t read his book, “Crazy Love,” or heard any of his videotaped speeches, prepare to be blown away.

Chan is known for his passion and his ability to make more of an impact with his words because of what Christ has done in his life.

He understands the importance of bringing truth, yet knows how to keep his audience laughing.

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Beacon News: QI grant process begins

By Jennifer Rodino
Contributing Writer

For those interested in research, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Quality Initiative Research Grant program provides students and faculty with those means.

The 2010 grant application process is currently under way, and many have already applied.

The purpose of the grant is to encourage faculty and faculty-student teams to engage in research efforts. The amount of funds awarded for any project will be determined based on the merits and needs of each proposal. This year, the total for student grants is $8,000 and the total for faculty grants is $20,000.

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Beacon News: S.A.L.S.A. spices up Hispanic Heritage Month

By Christopher Hernandez
Contributing Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Spanish and Latin Student Association, or S.A.L.S.A., is starting the year off strong with Hispanic Heritage Month.

S.A.L.S.A. was founded seven years ago and has seen its share of ups and downs, said sophomore Jenny Bacallao, former vice president of the organization.

“When I was a senior in high school, the club was involved with the community and was so strong,” Bacallao said. “Last year, the club consisted of only three solid members, which included its officers.”

One of those officers — the president to be exact — transferred this year, leaving the future of the club up in the air.
Bacallao feels there is a lack of outlets for Hispanic students to feel at home with their culture.

Photo by Christopher Hernandez / Contributing Photographer

Photo by Christopher Hernandez / Contributing Photographer

Junior Brittany Henson, student assistant of international and multicultural programs, cites S.A.L.S.A. as a source for international students to get connected on campus.

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Beacon News: Swine flu hits South Florida

By Luther Hollis
Opinion Editor

As the wave of H1N1 virus — commonly known as swine flu — continues to spread, Palm Beach County residents have become even more attentive to related news and ideas for prevention of the disease.

College campuses like Palm Beach Atlantic University are being singled out as potential hotbeds for the disease.

Vince Diller, director of PBA’s Health and Wellness Center, said, “We have had under ten confirmed cases of the flu but continue to treat all illnesses with the intent to minimize infection of others.”

In an e-mail sent out to students on Sept. 10, all students who exhibit symptoms are asked to notify Health and Wellness.

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Supplies needed to help underprivileged children

The Workship office is looking for supplies to help inner city children in Rosemary Village.

Among the items needed are deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, combs, hair ties, belts and socks.

The children, aged from about 5 to 12, are part of a long-running partnership program between PBA Workship and Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.

To donate items, visit the Workship office (310 Okeechobee Hall) or call Workship Director Carrie Skierski at (561) 803-2382.

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There will be less H1N1 vaccines than expected

The World Health Organization (WHO) had predicted that companies would have the capacity to produce 5,000 million doses per year.

Ensuring that poor countries receive adequate doses of flu vaccine will also be a challenge because wealthier nations have already booked most of the world’s supply, said the UN agency. However, initial results of clinical studies show that healthy adults and older children need just one dose of vaccine instead of two as some experts had estimated, said WHO.

A group of nine countries (United States, Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) agreed to donate part of their supply of vaccines to developing nations.

WHO will coordinate the distribution of the donated vaccines to more than 90 countries, starting with about 300 million doses in November. WHO continues to recommend that health workers receive high priority in early vaccinations.

The vaccine trials so far indicate that it would be as safe as a vaccine against seasonal influenza. According to WHO, side effects are expected to be similar to those seen with the seasonal flu vaccine. These symptoms may include pain, swelling, redness, fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and should not last more than one or two days.

More information will be posted briefly.

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Submit your ‘Overheard’ comments!

We like to kick each weekend off right, and that means that it’s time for Overheard Fridays.

If you’re walking along and hear something completely absurb, hilarious or just blantantly weird, e-mail it to the Beacon Blog at beacon@pba.edu.

Every Friday, we’ll post the best ones as a way to start off the weekend with a healthy dose of humor. We already have one submission for this week, so keep the great lines coming!

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Donate blood today!

The Blood Bus (as we here at the Beacon like to call it) is parked in front of the Lassiter Student Center by the Rinker Green from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Take some time out of your schedule today to donate.

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Beacon Opinion: Do you need to let go of the wheel?

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Jeremiah’s Prayer:
“I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for him to direct his steps. Correct me, Lord, but only with justice — not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing. Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name. For they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland.” (Jeremiah 10: 23-25)

The trenches of the battlefield

This summer I had many encounters with my faith. I battled in situations where I didn’t have enough faith or I didn’t trust in the works of God enough to take care of the things I was going through.

I know a lot of people may have been or still are dealing with something similar, so I decided to write about it and share some insight with Palm Beach Atlantic University.

This summer may have been the fight of my life, and the biggest fight that I have ever won. The reason I think we fight with our faith is because we are weak; we aren’t strong enough to just believe and trust that Jesus is our driver.

Instead we want to take the wheel and be in control of ourselves, which causes us to encounter many accidents and wrong turns.

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Beacon Sports: Sailfish volleyball seeks improvement

By Jose Bautista
Contributing Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s volleyball team is full of ambition this year and plans to do some amazing things.

The team, which had a 10-21 record last season, feels it has improved in certain areas and that those improvements can pay off tremendously for them.

“I think that this team, if we push ourselves everyday in practice and believe, can win a National Championship,” said sophomore setter Jessica Way.

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Beacon Sports: Men’s soccer has experience, potential

By Kyle Beck
Contributing Writer

The Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish men’s soccer team is coming off a successful 13-7-1 record last season in which they reached the NCCAA national tournament.

“The expectations for the team are very high,” said Athletic Director Boby White. “On paper, this is as good a team as we’ve ever had.”

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Beacon Sports: Gators lead this season’s football talent

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

With colleges starting classes over the past few weeks, it’s time for everyone’s favorite collegiate sport: college football.

It has been a long off-season with many coaching changes and plenty of headlining players moving on to the NFL ranks. Two-a-day practices are in the rearview mirror, so it’s time to button up that chinstrap and get ready for another action-packed year of college football.

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