Monthly Archives: February 2010

Beacon Sports: Intramural basketball heats up

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

This week begins a series showcasing highlights from different intramural sports.

Last week featured some hotly contested games on the intramural basketball court, but one matchup stood above the rest.

The premier game of the week saw the pharmacy school team, Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons, square off against one of the league’s most popular and well-known squads, the White Magic.

Both the White Magic and Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons came into the Thursday night contest with a 2-1 record. They also both realized that to remain within striking distance of the two remaining undefeated teams, one would need to come out victorious.

The game’s crucial nature drew in crowds of fans to watch. The White Magic, last year’s intramural champion and Facebook sensation, had its usual backing of loyal supporters.

Despite their faithful Facebook following, the veteran White Magic stumbled out of the gate as the Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons jumped out to an early and convincing lead in the first half.

The White Magic were able to take the momentum back before halftime, notching a five point lead.

The pride of the pharmacy school, Jay Jackson, was determined to regain the lead for his intellectually and scholastically superior squad.

A key stretch in the second half saw veteran sharpshooter Michael Hux stroke clutch three pointers on back to back possessions with just a few minutes left, taking his team from down four points to holding a two point advantage.

True to his nickname, “Big Fundamental,” White Magic’s Adam McGregor played tough down the stretch to counter Hux’s hot hand, registering 21 points, as the game’s leading scorer.

Jackson’s leadership and exceptional ball-handling skills were the difference in the game’s crucial moments, as the White Magic could do little to break Jackson of getting his shot or setting up teammates in a great position to make theirs.

In the end, brains overcame brawn as the pharmacy team escaped with a 49-48 victory.

The White Magic were unable to hit a bucket at the buzzer that would have crowned them victorious.

The win put the Jacksons one game behind B.Young and the White Hawks for the league’s top spot.

The victory by the Jacksons was a true team effort, as every player that suited up notched at least six points.

With the White Magic losing their second game it drops them into the jumble of six teams with a record of 2-2.

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Beacon Sports: Errors plague Sailfish

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

At Dave Manzo Field Tuesday the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish led 7-6 in the ninth inning, only to see Nova Southeastern University pile on six runs to win 12-7.

PBA fell to 0-5 for the season, with 17 errors in the first five games after Tuesday’s defeat.

Although this game seemed to be an improvement for the Sailfish offensively, the errors on PBA’s side and the hits that Nova Southeastern University got late in the game cost greatly.

“I’m just disappointed. We could easily be 5-0 instead of 0-5,” Head Coach Gary Carter said after the game. “Our errors are killing us more than anything.”
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The votes are in!

We’ve tallied the votes from our Feb. 8 polls. Here are the results.


It’s just a movie, what’s the big deal?                                                 60%

It makes a valid point about having faith.                                        20%

It’s a mockery of Christianity.                                                               19%

Other: “Russell Crowe is Robin Hood.”                                                1%

(Personally, I’m with the Russell Crowe guy, but what does that have to do with “Legion”?)

Your Favorite Apple Products

MacBook                                         57%

iPhone                                              29%

iMac                                                  14%

Make sure to check back every week for new polls! We want your opinion!

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Found: The sock strikes back

We’ve seen it before: crazy things left on the ground around campus. Perhaps the most notable for followers of the Beacon Blog – and before that, the now-defunct PBA Local – was a sock found on the ground in the Pembroke commuter lot.

The sock was made famous not just by PBA Local, but also by Extra Credit, a blog written by Palm Beach Post contributing writers.

Well folks, the sock is back.

The sock was found today in the walkway between Oceanview and Baxter halls, suspiciously close to the last known location. We think it’s the other half of the pair.

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Poll: Online dating

Check out the three articles in this week’s Beacon about dating, then let us know what you think of online dating. Is it okay? Does the concept strike you as weird?

Sound off on our poll, then leave us a comment and let us know your experience with online dating.

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Police provide sketch of rapist

By Jen Rodino
Features Editor

Local authorities continue searching for the man they believe has committed three separate brutal sexual assaults in the past nine months. Many are concerned and fear that the man will attack again in the near future.

The first assault took place in Jupiter on April 9. The other two occurred in the West Palm Beach-Lake Worth area on Aug. 7 and Jan. 16.

Capt. Carol Gregg, head of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s special investigations division, told the Palm Beach Post, “all three women were seriously injured and the ones attacked in August and January required hospitalization.”

Sketch courtesy of PBSO

The three women were alone when attacked. It appears that the rapist chooses his victims based on their isolation.

The rapist violently attacks the victim and beats them about the head and face for a few minutes, then leaves.

Palm Beach County detectives refuse to comment any further than what has been reported in the Feb. 4 issue of the Palm Beach Post, but indicated that no new attacks have been reported.

However, agencies across the West Palm Beach and Lake Worth areas are still alert and following the open case.

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Marijuana linked to fatal crashes

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Students who consider smoking marijuana “no big deal” might ponder this: Approximately 6 to 11 percent of fatal accident victims tested positive for THC, the main active chemical in pot.

Those figures come from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The statistics hit close to home just a few weeks ago, when three young Coral Springs teens died in a car accident in which the driver had been smoking marijuana, according to police.

The major active chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the mind-altering effects of marijuana intoxication.

From the fatal accident, lab results showed “a recent ingestion” of THC by the teen driver, said Michael Wagner, senior toxicologist of the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office. At the THC level found, he said, “The individual would be under the influence of the drug and would exhibit CNS (central nervous system) impairment.”

Safety officials say that marijuana affects many skills required for safe driving, such as alertness, concentration, coordination, and reaction time. It also becomes difficult to judge distances and react to signals and sounds on the road once a driver has smoked pot.

“If you cause a problem and have any level of drug in your system, you are guilty of using an illicit substance and drug use will be considered a contributing factor,” said Vince Diller, director of Health & Wellness at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

In a 2008 survey, 8.1 percent of the PBA student population reported that they had used marijuana in the past year, and 2.2 percent said they still use the drug. The university used the CORE Survey of Alcohol and Drugs, which is nationally standardized. PBA is one of the few Christian institutions that have made the investment to investigate these issues, said Diller.

“The responses are anonymous and compared to national and institutional averages,” said Diller. He said that only 24.1 percent of PBA students considered marijuana use a health risk.

According to a report on, marijuana is the nation’s most commonly used illegal drug.

Many young people smoke marijuana because their siblings, friends or older family members use it, and some because of peer pressure. Others may think it’s cool to smoke pot, unaware of the health risks involved.

Research has shown that when a person smokes marijuana, THC passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which transports it to the brain and other organs.

When it reaches the brain, THC connects with a certain type of receptor on nerve cells in areas that affect coordination, thought, memory, concentration, sensory and time perception, and pleasure.

This is what causes the user to get “high.”

Short-term effects of marijuana use include impairment in driving skills, impaired memory, difficulty in thinking or solving problems, anxiety attacks, impaired muscle coordination and impaired judgment.

Researchers say that long-term effects include changes in the brain, fertility implications, changes in blood pressure, and emotional problems.

In addition to the health risks, the use of marijuana is illegal in the state of Florida.

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