Monthly Archives: November 2009

Beacon News: H1N1 vaccines arrive on campus

By Jennifer Rodino
News Editor

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Department of Health and Wellness offered students, faculty and staff the chance to either make an appointment or walk in to receive the H1N1 vaccine or the standard flu vaccine. People could also receive both vaccines.

The Health and Wellness center received 200 doses of the H1N1 vaccine, and suggested that students with a healthy immune system receive the nasal mist vaccine.
Ilene Wallmueller, PBA’s Nurse Practitioner, explained that the nasal mist is only a small dose, which may cause your nose to run.

“My mom told me that I should get both vaccines because since I have started field experience for my major and I am around kids all day, it is best that I make sure I am healthy,” said junior Maria Sumner, an elementary education major.

PBA Junior Kevin Keeling receives a dose of the nasal mist vaccine for the H1N1 virus.

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Beacon News: Inside Scientology

The Beacon takes a look at the controversial religion with strong Florida presence

By Evelyn Ticona
Features Editor

From behind a podium next to a big wooden cross, the mission holder begins the service saying, “Welcome to the Church of Scientology.”

After greeting the attendees, Marilyn Cocco, mission holder and executive director of the Church of Scientology of West Palm Beach and benefactor of the Scientology Ideal Organization, reads the creed of the Church. She then reads the sermon of the day written by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology.

Scientologists display an eight-cornered cross, representing what they call the eight parts of the dynamic principle of existence: self, creativity, group survival, species, life forms, physical universe, spiritual dynamic and infinity.

“The cross predates Christianity by thousands of years,” Cocco said. “It has always represented some kind of spiritual symbol.”

Hubbard believed that humans should enhance their spirituality by acquiring mental, spiritual and bodily freedom through knowledge. Dianetics, scientologists believe, is the modern science of mental health that can help cure people from pain and heal themselves.

“Scientology is an exact science; you have to be trained to deliver it. If not, it’s not effective,” said Donna Noboa, basic courses supervisor and treasury secretary. “It’s a process of learning about yourself and life self-realization.”

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Beacon News: Security advises students to lock up tight

By Michael Noble
Contributing Writer

The holiday break season is the most likely time for a student’s residence to be burglarized.

According to Palm Beach Atlantic University Safety and Security data, burglaries are most likely to occur in the months of November and December. In 2006, the most recent data available, more than half of the 21 burglaries reported occurred during these months.

With these statistics in mind, PBA officials urge students to take certain precautions when getting ready for the holiday seasons.
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Beacon News: Waterfront set to open in February

By Jocelyn Martinez
Contributing Writer

Photo by Christina Cernik, Photo Editor

 

 

After years of planning and working on the City Commons area of the West Palm Beach Waterfront, a lot of hard work is about to pay off.

“This project has been part of Mayor Frankel’s vision for downtown as a whole since she came into office in 2003,” said Peter Robbins, public information officer for the City of West Palm Beach.

Now all that is left is to get the project completed. The area should be finished by Feb. 20.
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Beacon Features: PBA alumna prospers in dance

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

For multi-talented alumna Elizabeth “Liz” DeMarco, who graduated this past May, her professional career as a dancer starts off at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Theatre Department.

DeMarco fell in love with the arts at a young age.

Originally from Long Island, N.Y., she began acting at age of 10.

She starred in Christmas plays, shows and pageants at church where she found an interest in song and dance.
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Beacon Features: Black Friday helps the college student budget

By Christopher Hernandez
Contributing Writer

The holiday season is in full swing at West Palm Beach. From the snow falls at City Place to the peppermint mochas at Starbucks, Christmas is here.

Before any chestnut roasts under an open fire and after the turkeys have been eaten, the stores all over West Palm Beach will be flooded with shoppers of all ages on Black Friday looking for the best deals for Christmas.

For the college student, the black in Black Friday can mean death because of college expenses and lack of transportation. For those stuck on campus this Black Friday, there are affordable options just around the corner.
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Beacon Sports: New sports added to spring intramural line-up

By Jennifer Rodino
News Editor

Believe it or not, it is already time to start thinking about spring intramural sports. With the fall semester coming to an end, the spring semester events are just around the corner and ready to take over at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Between January and the middle of April, favorites like basketball, soccer and dodgeball will be available to any students wanting to participate.
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Beacon Sports: NBA Western Conference is anybody’s game

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

After last week’s Eastern Conference preview, we continue this week with a preview of the Western Conference.

The West has been the NBA’s premier conference since the second retirement of Michael Jordan in 1998. Since then, eight of the 11 NBA champs have resided in the West. This trend persisted last season as the Los Angeles Lakers captured their 15th championship, and a record 10th with Head Coach Phil Jackson. This season, can Phil make it 11 or will another squad emerge to represent the West in the Finals?
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Beacon Opinion: The madness of Palm Beach County

By Luther Hollis
Opinion Editor

I’m not quite sure if the cloud of madness that seems to consume Palm Beach county is just plain human stupidity, ignorance or both. Maybe it’s in the water.

Jupiter czars tighten their grip
Jupiter officials are adding a new layer to the cake of madness. The Palm Beach Post reported that there was a vote on Tuesday to bring about a new punishment to those “who let their lawns go higher than the town code allows.”

These grass-loving homeowners “could be fined as much as $1,000 per day, according to a 4-0 vote tonight by the town council.”

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Beacon Opinion: What does your mirror say?

By Christopher Hernandez
Contributing Writer

Who am I when I look into a mirror? This question has been haunting me lately. Over the fall break, I had the opportunity to attend a National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference conference at Houghton College in Buffalo, New York.

What is “white privilege?”
I attended seminars on facilitating diversity in my college and worshipped in various languages. All in all, the experience was transforming.

The conference made me aware of issues that affect students from diverse backgrounds, and it made me aware of the issues I face as a person of color on Palm Beach Atlantic University’s campus.

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Beacon Opinion: revisiting the ‘handicapped’ article and letter

By Luther Hollis
Opinion Editor

A few weeks ago, the Beacon editor received a letter in response to “Shame, Shame you’re not handicapped.” Last week the Beacon ran that letter; there seemed to be some confusion as to the article’s facts.

In my article, I did not say that my ticket for parking in a handicap spot was unfair. I stated that the attributed fine was unfair; there is a difference. I acknowledged that the ticket itself was warranted, but made an argument against the amount of the fine and how it was determined.

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Beacon Features: Full-time student, part-time cop

By Christopher Hernandez
Contributing Writer

At first glance, Wendy Martinez may look like just an average college student, but this former police officer has seen in real life what her classmates only see in gory cop shows.

Her first call as a police officer came in as a reported suicide. As Martinez interviewed witnesses, she realized she had stumbled onto a domestic dispute turned deadly. When the victim’s boyfriend found out she was cheating, he stabbed her in the face 36 times.

“It was just the whole rush of the crime scene: people writing down the accounts and taping off the area,” Martinez said.

Now she’s put that rush somewhat behind her, becoming just a reserve police officer and studying pre-law. She hopes to become a criminal defense attorney, and she heads toward that goal with a perspective born out of personal trauma.

“I grew up with the cops around all the time because of my parents,” said Martinez, whose father was abusive. “It’s hard to see the kids in domestic disturbance calls because I knew what they were going through. I can see it in their eyes.”
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Beacon Features: Commuter Chapters – ‘Bad commuting manners’

By Nicholas Murray
Contributing Writer

For all you know, this column could contain potentially life-saving information.

This week, I will provide you with a look into one of the most harrowing homeward commutes I’ve ever experienced in my long and illustrious commuting career.

Well, as I do upon conclusion of most school days, I crossed Dixie, leaving the campus grounds for the bus stop located across the street. As I was keeping an eye on the corner that the buses round as they turn to head south, what should I see but two distant figures, strolling briskly toward the bus stop, hand in hand.

As I was saying, two emergent figures are coming towards the bus stop. Well, expectedly, they reached it, sadly. It was immediately evident that they were indeed boyfriend and girlfriend.
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Beacon News: Older dorms cause concern; upkeep requires ‘team effort’

By Jen Rodino & Kristina Webb
News & Managing Editors

With some dormitories on the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus over 40 years old, many students worry about the conditions of their rooms.

In particular, recent concerns have been raised about Flagler Towers, built in 1964 and acquired by PBA in 1986; the Lakeview Apartments, also built in 1964 and acquired in 2004; and the Mango apartments, built between 1920 and 1935 and acquired in the 1980s.

There are 25 buildings on campus and renovations occur every year, primarily scheduled over the summer.

According to Gary Parker, associate vice president of Facilities and Construction, the weather takes a toll on the paint, which is the first line of defense to prevent leaks and other types of damage from occurring.
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Beacon News: PBA works to prevent H1N1

Correction to printed article: PBA’s Health and Wellness Center announced Friday that it has received doses of both the injectable and nasal mist forms of the H1N1 vaccine. The vaccine will be distributed tomorrow, Nov. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. by appointment in upstairs Weyenberg. The cost of the vaccine is set at $5. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (561) 803-2576.

By Tyann Mullen
Contributing Writer

As an additional step to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s administration has recently added hand sanitizer units at the entrance to many of the school’s buildings, dorms and classrooms.

PBA’s Health and Wellness Center is in full swing, helping to protect students and faculty against the recent spread of the H1N1 flu.

The H1N1 virus has spread across 48 states. Colleges and universities are seeing a large impact from this virus due to general contact among students as well as additional factors such as emotional and physical stress.

“Stress is something that is germane to college students,” said Vince Diller, director of Health and Wellness. “We typically see more sick students following breaks and during midterms and finals. This is typical of physical and emotional stress and the let down that follows a week of hard work and little sleep.”
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Beacon News: New Homecoming events draw large crowds

By Cassady Faircloth
Contributing Writer

In the midst of homework, tests and papers, one of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s most exciting weeks just occurred.

Homecoming 2009 offered activities for both current students and alumni, encouraging both to come together, worship and enjoy the campus.

“It really is to bring people ‘home’ to campus,” said Deborah Bowmar-Jaffe, in charge of Homecoming and Reunions. “It truly is a heartwarming experience, because in the ‘70s and ‘80s the college was looking to just survive, and today we are thriving.”

Alums return to reminisce about their college years, volunteer and look into hiring PBA students.
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Beacon Sports: Intramural football is fan favorite

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Intramural sports are beginning to give the intercollegiate sports at Palm Beach Atlantic University a run for their money.

The intramural flag football season is definitely becoming one of the favorites on campus. Flag football is one of the sports activities created for students to have fun and promote school spirit.

Flag football is continuously expanding as the program gains popularity.

This season of intramural flag football began in October and will end Dec. 4. The games are held Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
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Beacon Sports: Men’s soccer season wraps up

By Michael Noble
Contributing Writer

The 2009 men’s soccer regular season has come to an end. After 15 games, they have come away with eight wins, five losses and two ties. They are now approaching the NCCAA Regional Playoffs.

“We did not make the NCAA Tournament this year,” said head coach Jose Gomez. “We were probably two games away this year which is unfortunate.”

“I think we played well this season,” Gomez added.  “We had the opportunity to play the first, fourth and fourteenth ranked team in the nation and I thought in each of those games we competed well and even had the run of play in the games.”

Last year’s team had a 21-game season with 13 wins, seven losses and one tie.
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Beacon Sports: Look for drama, upsets in new NBA season

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

This is the first segment of a two-part preview of the National Basketball Association.

One of the most anticipated NBA seasons in recent memory is finally here.

The NBA’s playoff campaign was action packed and had fans glued to every minute of action. Every expert predicted the powerful Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers would match up in a legendary battle between two of the game’s superstars: Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. The overlooked Orlando Magic staged an upset, beating the Cavs in six games in the Eastern Conference finals and advancing to basketball’s biggest stage. During the finals, the Lakers stifled the hot shooting Magic in five games to hoist the golden Larry O’Brien trophy.

A flurry of offseason activity took place during the summer of 2009, leaving a clear view of potential contenders. The top teams in the league got stronger, while the league’s subpar teams shed contracts to weather the storm of the bad economy.
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Beacon Opinion: Letter to the editor

In response to: “Shame, shame, you’re not handicapped” on Oct. 19

I would like to respond to Luther Hollis’ complaint that his ticket was unfair because: (1) There were other empty spaces. He could not possibly know whether a dozen other handicapped students might arrive shortly and need the space he had taken.

(2) He attempted to justify his action by comparing it to that of Rosa Parks. Many people have now surmised that this was a planned action on the part of Ms. Parks and the NAACP. That does not mean it was not a necessary action. It was long overdue.

(3) Mr. Hollis implies that if he cannot see the handicap, it does not exist. If he saw me leaving my car empty-handed on an even surface he might assume I am an able-bodied senior citizen.

However, if I were carrying library books or climbing a small slope, breathing would be difficult because of lung surgery I had some years ago.

As a student in a Christian university, he should have learned not to be so judgmental.

Ruth McCollum
West Palm Beach

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