Monthly Archives: November 2009

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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