Monthly Archives: October 2009

PBA offers new way to reset password

In an attempt to make the process easier, PBA’s Technology Services department is offering a new way to reset passwords. They asked the Beacon Blog to pass this information along to you to enable students to access and change their password from anywhere, on any computer.

1) Go to the password reset homepage.

2) Click “Enroll” and enter the username and password that have been provided to you.

3) Select three different questions.

4) Provide the answers to your questions. Your answers must be at least four characters long and each must contain a capital letter. Your answers are case sensitive.

5) Once registered, you can reset your password by returning to the password reset homepage and clicking “Reset your password.”

6) Provide your username and answer your three questions.

7) Your new password must have eight characters and include a capital letter, a number and a special symbol (such as @, #, $, %). It cannot contain your first or last name, or your social security number. Also, like before, your new password cannot be the same as one you have had in the past.

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Beacon Opinion: ‘Dear Mr. Anti-Interracial Marriage Guy’

By Evelyn Ticona
Features Editor

Dear Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell:

Please check your calendar carefully; it’s 2009 not 1909. Also, please refer to your American history classes in high school and college. At some point, they must have addressed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 regarding equal treatment of every American regardless of race.

It’s been 42 years since the U.S. Supreme Court brought down the Virginia statute impeding whites from marrying people of a different ethnic group when Mildred Jeter (African American) and Richard Loving (Caucasian) were banned from getting married.

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Beacon Sports Opinion: World Series belongs to Yankees

By Jose Bautista
Contributing Writer

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2009 Major League Baseball World Series match up is now set.

After weeks of exciting postseason baseball, the National and American League finalist teams have been determined.

From the National League you have the 2008 defending World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

The American League has the most historically rich team in the history of the sport, the New York Yankees.

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Beacon Sports: Sailfish basketball seeks championships

With basketball season starting in November, we decided to preview the basketball program here at Palm Beach Atlantic University. We’ve broken down each team to provide you with the best information: on whom to keep your eye, which games are shaping up to be challenging and how each team is looking to improve. 

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Beacon Features: The Mountain Goats get Biblical

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

A new album from a secular group is drawing attention for its Biblically-inspired lyrics.

The Mountain Goats have been in the music industry for 18 years. From Durham, N.C., the band has released 17 albums.

 

The Mountain Goats

Photo Courtesy of the Mountain Goats

The band had its first television appearance on “The Colbert Report” on Oct. 6, the date they released their newest album: “The Life of the World to Come.”

Though the Mountain Goats don’t claim to be a Christian band, all 12 songs from their new album are named after and inspired by Bible verses. John Darnielle’s lyrics interpret the verses to provide the listener with a more personal experience.

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Nicholas Murray’s Commuter Chapter

Editor’s note: Starting this week, we have a biweekly column by commuter student Nicholas Murray. He will share curious incidents he witnesses while taking the Palm Tran every day on his way to PBA.

By Nicholas Murray
Contributing Writer

When most people want to look at a rainbow, they look at online photos of rainbows arching majestically over pristine waterfalls or lush arboreal scapes.

Some people are hands-on and like to recreate the rainbow effect by running some water and then turning their backs to the sun to see the light diffuse across the spray and reveal the visible spectrum.

 

Palm Tran

Artwork by Alicia C. Stamm

 

 

Some people like to eat fruit salad.

Shoot, I’ve even heard of people dying their Twizzlers and having “rainbow twists” as a snack.

I myself take a different tact. I ride Palm Tran.

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Beacon News: Job search tough for international students

By Jocelyn Martinez
Contributing Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University has a total of 104 international students enrolled this fall, of which 20 to 25 percent work on-campus jobs. Several of our international students are athletes who receive support through athletic scholarships.

However, many international students have had difficulty finding sources of income due to tough government regulation.

According to regulations from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, international students may work up to 20 hours a week while school is in session and up to 40 hours a week during breaks.

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Beacon News: Where technology and education meet

By Cassady Faircloth
Contributing Writer

Students at Palm Beach Atlantic University, like so many others throughout the country, are turning to alternate, electronic methods when studying.

Among the devices popular with students is the Kindle, which allows them to purchase electronic copies of textbooks at a lower price than the bookstore.

Sold by Amazon and featuring 3G wireless technology for fast data transfer, the Kindle allows you to order and start reading a book in about 60 seconds.

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Beacon News: Obama’s Nobel Prize shows ‘the American dream’

By Tyann Mullen
Contributing Writer

President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Oct. 9.

Obama received the award for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the committee announced.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awards the prize every year to an individual from an international pool of nominees. The nominations had to be validated by Feb. 1, only 12 days after Obama was sworn into office.

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Overheard: It’s not the door

Girl leaving the Warren Library.

Girl: I hate doors I look retarded in when I go through them.

 

Two girls on the walkway between Baxter and Oceanview.

Girl 1: You know how I know it’s time to shave my legs?

Girl 2: I’m a little afraid to hear this.

Girl 1: I know it’s time when I’m afraid that a small colony of koalas may take up residence there.

Girl 2: Should have followed my instincts on that one.

 

Guy talking on a cell phone in front of Gregory Hall.

Guy: I’m thinking I might go surfing tomorrow. … No, I haven’t gone before, but everyone else is doing it so I thought I’d give it a shot. … No, Mom, I’m pretty sure I can pick it up. Like I said, everyone is doing it.

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Beacon Looks: ‘Black in America’ discussion in Lassiter

On Thursday night students participated in an open forum discussion about “Black in America.” The discussion was led by Flossie Jackson, president of the Black Student Union, and sponsored by the College Republicans, College Democrats and BSU.

The documentary discusses black men in America and topics such as AIDS, employment, education and the ratio of black male incarceration compared to white males. It also focuses on the positive outcomes and achievements from these struggles.

Students agreed it was important to keep in mind how far African Americans have come and to appreciate even how far Palm Beach Atlantic University has come in terms of racial issues.

All photos by Jenifer Herring / Contributor

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Beacon Opinion: A call to remember and obey

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Deuteronomy 8: 1-2
 “Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.”

Not as easy as it seems

Since I returned to school this semester, I caught myself having an “ego”; I was being too confident in myself about my grades, and because I’ve always gotten good grades I felt like I never had to worry. In the past, I have always received good grades and I figured this semester would be another easy one. Yes, I was wrong indeed.

I always looked at people that didn’t do well in school and wondered, “How could you get bad grades when school is so easy!”

For a recent exam, I prepared as I normally do, by studying, but not as much as I should have. I thought it was going to be easy and I felt that there was no point in me studying so hard.

I took my exam and didn’t think twice about it afterward. After I got my exam results back, I was extremely shocked by the low grade I received. This was a call saying that I needed to learn to humble myself unto God.

God giveth and God taketh away

I used this story as an example to show how easily God gives, but at the same time he can easily take it away. That is why we should always remember that we must humble ourselves and not be so comfortable in feeling that we are independent. Nor should we think we are better than someone else.

Everyone needs to be humbled sometimes because we forget that we are far from independent and we should depend on God for everything.

We should not judge because we will be judged. We are all equal and God will use us in not only what we do, but in whom we touch and the way we humble ourselves.

It is not wise to be boisterous and conceited; it is wrong to brag and tease because blessings will come to those who are humble and God tests our character by humbling us unto him. Realize that our strength is in the Lord.

Remember that the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.

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Beacon Opinion: Shame shame; you’re not handicapped

By Luther Hollis
Opinion Editor

I recently got a ticket for parking in a handicap spot. The problem I have with the citation is the fact that there were still other handicap spots available which means there was ample space for someone who was really handicapped or one of the fakers who have a handicap mirror hanger with no handicap at all.

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Beacon Sports: Sailfish baseball wraps up preseason

By Margot Bevanda
Contributing Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s baseball team has begun pre-season warm-up games.
On Friday, Oct. 9, the Sailfish played Palm Beach Community College, and this past Friday and Saturday were their final two pre-season games.

The team looks to have great potential this year as it wraps up its fall training.

Last year’s baseball team won the regional championship for the NCAA. This was an extremely important accomplishment for the team as they continue to grow.

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Beacon Sports: Hillcrest athletic facility to open in 2011

By Jennifer Rodino
News Editor

Back in 2005, Palm Beach Atlantic University signed a contract to purchase land for an outdoor athletic complex. This complex, known as the Hillcrest property, is located about two miles from campus, between Belvedere Road and Southern Boulevard.


After the land has sat undeveloped for several years, PBA now plans to resume work on the site within the next year so the complex can be open for use in about two years.


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Beacon Sports: Carter to coach Sailfish baseball

By Kyle Beck
Contributing Writer

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter is the new coach of the baseball team at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

The announcment was made by PBA President Lu Hardin and Athletic Director Bob White on Tuesday at a press conference in the Greene Complex.

Carter began his career in 1974 with the Montreal Expos and played there for ten years before becoming a member of the New York Mets, where he was a member of the 1986 World Series winning team.

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Beacon Features: 5th annual Alcohol Awareness Week to begin today

By Kristina Webb
Managing Editor

This week, Oct. 19-23, marks the fifth annual Alcohol Awareness Week at Palm Beach Atlantic University. 
Organized by PBA’s Department of Health and Wellness, the event seeks to promote awareness of the dangers of alcohol abuse.

“We have run this weekly program each of the past five years I have been here but this year proves to be one of the most active,” said Vince Diller, director of Health and Wellness.

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Beacon Features: Film students, alumni aim for more awards

By Luther Hollis
Opinion Editor

A film production crew comprised of Palm Beach Atlantic University alumni and current students is making its imprint in the film industry. From their early days of collaborating on film class projects to taking first place in the 2008 Miami 48 Hour Film Project, this talented team has accomplished a great deal.

The journey of the eight-person crew kicked into high-speed upon entry into the Miami 48 Hour Film Project in August 2008. Fresh from a lackluster showing in the Tampa 48 Hour Film Project just a month before, the crew decided to toss their hat into the Miami contest hoping for a better experience.

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Beacon Features: Barbie’s 50 years of beauty and controversy

By Evelyn Ticona
Features Editor

It’s Barbie’s 50th birthday and Mattel, in a partnership with Universal Studios, has decided to celebrate her half-century anniversary by bringing her to the big screen in a motion picture. Barbie is a fashion icon and has inspired girls and women in many ways all over the globe.

Everywhere, women are bombarded with images of perfection. Since her release on March 9, 1959 at the Toy Fair in New York, Barbie has definitely been one of the first images of female beauty that girls see, sometimes before they’re even old enough to talk.

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Beacon News: First lady honors service volunteers

By Kristina Webb
Managing Editor

“Service is an integral part of higher education in America.”

First lady Michelle Obama spoke these words as she addressed a crowd of more than 500 guests and reporters on Thursday for the Florida Campus Compact fundraiser and awards luncheon hosted by Miami-Dade College.

Obama used her time to promote the benefits of engaging students in community service and integrating community programs into schools’ curriculum.

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