Monthly Archives: October 2009

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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