Monthly Archives: March 2010

Happy April Fools Day!

On page 8 of our March 29 issue, we’ve played a little prank on PBA. Where you would normally find a photo essay and the Looks page, you instead have three Onion-esque takes on PBA life. These stories are fictional labors of love, each written to bring a smile to your face. Read through, leave us comments and let us know what you think. Each story is listed below in its entirety with some pretty amazing artwork (if we do say so ourselves). Continue reading

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Warren set to speak for Founders’ Day

By Anna Zetterberg
Assist. Managing Editor

Tuesday could be your last chance to soak up the wisdom of a man who has had more impact on your life than you may realize.

Dr. Donald E. Warren, one of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s founders, will address the PBA community at the Founders’ Day chapel in the Greene Complex tomorrow at 11 a.m.

At 83 years old, Warren said it would probably be his last time addressing the public, saying there is a time to walk away and for new people to step in.

Dr. Donald and Bebe Warren, courtesy of Becky Peeling

He will share his wisdom about God’s calling in the past and future for students who believe they are being called and those that don’t think they are called.

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Cancer cluster affects animals

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

Acreage resident Gail Bass never expected what she saw from her window about five months ago.

The creature perched on her bird feeder looked like a squirrel, but it was covered in tumors.

“It was strange because I noticed the one and it kept getting worse,” Bass said.

Photo courtesy of Gail Bass

The tumors covering the squirrel varied in size, and the number of tumors increased over the next three months. Then, Bass said, the cold snap came and she hasn’t seen the squirrels since.

The Acreage, a pastoral community in western Palm Beach County, is the focus of a state investigation into whether or not a pediatric cancer cluster exists in the area.

Bass wonders if there is something making animals in The Acreage sick.

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Welcome Spring!

Channel 5 meteorologist explains the cold weather that plagued South Florida

By Michael Noble
Contributing Writer

Florida residents can finally put away their sweatshirts and jump into a bathing suit for a warm and welcome spring. The winter solstice ended in February, but the cold seemed to linger a bit longer than normal.

“El Nino and a stubborn high pressure system over the central U.S. contributed to the cold this winter,” said NBC’s WPTV meteorologist Steve Weagle.

The average temperature of West Palm Beach decreased 3.2 degrees this winter, making February the tenth coldest winter month on record, with an average of 64 degrees.

Photo by Christina Cernik, Photo Editor

According to Weagle, weather statistics from most main weather sites were recorded as the lowest temperatures since 1981. The reason why the temperature dropped so low is due to the increased amount of snow that accumulated in the northern hemisphere.

This caused all of the south-bound forced air from the northern hemisphere to significantly cool things down enough for Floridians to notice a big difference.

According to Rutgers University Global Science Lab, the monthly snow accumulation for North America was 18.58 million sq. km., 2 million sq. km. more than normal.


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PBA professor talks ‘Danny Gospel’

By Kyle Beck
Contributing Writer

David Athey’s students at Palm Beach Altantic University have more than one reaon to listen when he talks about writing.  Athey is not only a professor, but also a published novelist.

An English and creative writing professor, Athey wrote the novel “Danny Gospel,” the story of a young man searching for romance and heavenly glory no matter what he most endure.

Photo by Christina Cernik, Photo Editor

The inspiration for the novel came from an interesting man Athey encountered.

“I met a man who believed that mosquitoes could be used by God to help him fulfill a mission,” Athey said. “I knew that was unique enough to propel a story.”

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Runway, camera… Fashion!

By Jen Herring
Contributing Writer

Silk, shimmer and sky-high stilettos dominated the runway during the 12th Annual Miami International Fashion Week.

About 700 people, including press, buyers and audience members came out to support designers from all over the world in Miami’s Art District from March 18 to 21.

“This was my first time at Miami International Fashion Week,” Indian designer Michelle Salins said. “I was totally overwhelmed at the fabulous response my collection received.”

Photo by Jen Herring

On Friday, March 19, the audience piled in, leaving many guests standing against the back walls to catch a glimpse of women’s swimwear by Columbian designer Antonia Saenz.

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Eating well matters

Certain foods save money and improve health

By Anna Zetterberg
Assist. Managing Editor

Your health may be one of the last things you worry about until you get sick. You’ve got more important things to worry about … right?

Actually, preventing sickness and optimizing how your body works will help you do better in almost every aspect of your hectic life, including school, work, volunteering and sports.

And if you are living well, you are saving money. You are preventing expensive doctor’s visits, antibiotics, missed classes and missed work.

Photo by Christina Cernik, Photo Editor

Wellness is about feeling your best, preventing illness and prolonging life.

Dr. Jason Deitch, co-author of the best-selling book “Discover Wellness,” says the 16 to 24-year-old age group is the hardest to reach. The college lifestyle poses challenges to your health, like lack of rest and a lot of caffeine.

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PBA pitcher sets records

By Jocelyn Martinez
Contributing Writer

All serious athletes know the adage “practice makes perfect.” Dedication, hard work and persistence will always help in the long run — just as they have for Palm Beach Atlantic University’s senior softball pitcher, Ashley Jones.

Jones’ outstanding accomplishments have been recognized and honored not only this season, but also many times over the past four years.

“It is awesome to see her hard work paying off,” Head Coach Kimmy Bloemers said. “She deserves every single award and positive recognition.”

Photo by Lori Richards

Although PBA is relatively new to  NCAA Division II, Jones was recognized as a National Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 22-28. The award was a first for PBA athletes.

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Sailfish baseball beats Sharks 8-0

By Kyle Beck
Contributing Writer

The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team easily handled Nova Southeastern University Wednesday night, beating the Sharks 8-0.

Sophomore pitcher Logan Thomas provided a dominant pitching performance to lead the Sailfish to their ninth win of the season.

Thomas pitched a strong seven innings, striking out four batters and not allowing a single run or walking any batters.

Coming into Wednesday night’s match up with the Sailfish, the Sharks were riding a six game winning streak. Continue reading

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Listen up!

and other ways to communicate effectively during those sticky situations

By Ashley Duchesneau

Contributing Writer

If you’ve ever backed down unassertively from someone who mistreated you or lashed out uncontrollably against someone who meant you no harm, you know: Talk isn’t cheap.

The price you pay for not saying what you mean or saying something you didn’t mean can be dear indeed: guilt, anger, loss of self-esteem. And that doesn’t include the hurt feelings and other emotional “claims” of the guy who falls casualty to your unruly tongue.

Photo by Anna Zetterberg

Experts see the results of inappropriately expressed emotions every day.

Some people are afraid to speak up for their needs at all. You can tell something is gnawing at them. They frequently complain of headaches, depression, boredom or anxiety.

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Jupiter drug treatment center seeks funding

By Ashley Duchesneau
Contributing Writer

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports there were 300 drug overdoses in 2008, one every 27 hours. Seeking to address that problem, Jupiter officials have approved plans for a $3.8 million substance abuse treatment facility.

With approvals in hand, SRS Development Company LLC now seeks funding for the center to help those suffering with alcohol and drug addiction as well as mood disorders. The planned facility is an expansion of Jupiter Counseling at River Place and Transformations at Jupiter Counseling.

The facility will provide detoxification services for illicit drugs, prescription medications and alcohol dependency.

Planners say the community now has no facilities to help people facing serious problems of drug addiction and mental health issues.

“We’re responding to increasing demand for alcohol and other drug treatment services, close to home,” said Sarah Sacks, CEO of SRS Development Company. Sacks is a licensed clinical social worker who is also a certified addiction professional.

Alcoholism and drug addiction need to be treated with dignity and respect, said Sacks. “These are individuals that are suffering with no treatment available.”

Some people needing treatment cannot find facilities that will accept their insurance, Sacks said.

She is committed to providing quality treatment at a reasonable cost utilizing insurance.

The proposed site for the center is 1.4 acres off Indiantown Road and Center Street.

The initial phase of the project will be a 10,000-square foot building to house a 30-bed inpatient medical detox facility with comprehensive screening for mental health issues.

SRS obtained a Small Business Administration loan, and seeks other funding as well.

“The need for additional funding is still very much a reality,” said Sacks, “and I sincerely believe the people of Jupiter are committed to being a part of the solution.”

“The Town of Jupiter has gone far too long without having this essential kind of facility,” said Dr. Philippe Martineau, a psychiatrist practicing in Jupiter. “We simply cannot let that situation remain. Sarah has been on the front lines in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction right in our community. We are grateful for her tireless efforts to shepherd this project through.”

“Treatment really does work,” said Sacks. “We’re pleased to offer a place – right here in Jupiter – where people can receive safe, quality treatment.”

For more information about the planned substance abuse facility, call (561) 575-2020.

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Families seek federal assistance for cancer cluster

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

A map covered the wall of a guest bedroom on the first floor of Jennifer Dunsford’s house.

Although not updated since December, the map looked as though it had a horrible case of the chicken pox. Blue, red and yellow dots were scattered across the expanse, representing different types of cancer diagnosed in The Acreage, a rural community in western Palm Beach County.

“We are bombarded,” Dunsford said, adding the cause may come from an abundance of factors surrounding her neighborhood, also home to several Palm Beach Atlantic University students.
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Two languages, one God

By Lindsay Caban
Contributing Writer

This spring break, a team of 10 Palm Beach Atlantic University students went to Havana, Cuba, and stayed at a local church. We participated in a construction project for a church sanctuary that one of the church members is adding onto his house.

Photo by Jennifer Rodino, Features Editor

The team also spent a lot of time with the youth of the church. Even though we don’t speak the same language, God truly blessed these relationships. He broke down the language barrier and let friendships bloom.

One of the days, our team went into Old Havana. While shopping, Brady Jo Holland, Chris Piedra, and I got to pray with a woman right in her little booth. It was such a great divine appointment and the woman was really encouraged by it.

Photo by Jennifer Rodino

When we left, there were many tears from our team and the people of the church. We continue to e-mail them and pray that we will be able to return to our friends in Cuba.

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How great is our God

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

Psalm 46:1-4: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.”

Jan. 12 is a day that Haitians will never forget as their foundation was literally shaken. Before the earthquake, 80 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. The devastation surrounding this country is unfathomable, and one can only cringe at the increase in death and destruction.

But on Feb. 12 things started to change.

Photo by Amanda Ulik

For many around the world this weekend kicked off the celebration of Mardi Gras, a huge event in Haiti. On the one month anniversary of the quake, President Rene Preval stated on national television he was canceling Mardi Gras and called Haiti to three days of fasting and prayer to God.

This statement shocked many in Haiti, a nation with many practitioners of voodoo. Preval spent time praying himself from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a church for those three days. Continue reading

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Intramurals pump up athletes and fans

The intramural basketball season wrapped up right before Spring Break, while intramural soccer kicked off March 15.

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

The week prior to Spring Break meant something more to Palm Beach Atlantic University students than just midterms week and the realization that a vacation was approaching. It also meant the PBA intramural basketball playoffs were beginning.

After a long, physical and hard-fought regular season, 13 men’s teams remained standing for a shot at glory.

When shooting hoops in his backyard, every child dreams about one thing and one thing only: being a PBA Intramural Basketball Champion.

With the level of competition so high and players willing to do whatever it takes to emerge victorious, who would come out on top?

Just like the NCAA tournament last year, in the early rounds of postseason play there were very few upsets and unsurprising outcomes, with almost every early favorite advancing. This set up a dream scenario for the finish.

In what would undoubtedly be the premier Final Four in PBA intramural history, the White Hawks, White Magic, Slothin and Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons each stood two victories from celebrating as champions.

The first semifinal match-up featured the regular season’s top team, the White Hawks, and many bracketologists’ dark horse pick, Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons.
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Opinion: Tebow can succeed in NFL

By Kyle Beck
Contributing Writer

With the NFL draft approaching, there is one topic that just won’t seem to go away and that is Tim Tebow.

Everything about the guy is captivating in some way, whether you love him or hate him. Besides his highly criticized public life and outspoken Christian faith, there are many question marks surrounding his NFL future. Which team will draft him? Which round will he go in? Will he be a quarterback? How good will he be in the pros?

I’ve never seen anything like it. There are numerous NFL prospects that deserve just as much or more attention than Tebow, but the bottom line is he creates controversy.

And with people on both sides of the fence on all the issues surrounding him, there is a lot to talk about before the draft. Continue reading

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Can you find love with someone physically different from you?

By Jennifer Rodino
Features Editor

A high heel can tell you a lot about a person. Not only is a pair of high heels a fashion statement, but it also has personality and class.

Photo by Christina Cernik

For me, in addition to completing my outfit, a pair of heels has one word attached to it: height.

Being 5 feet 3 inches tall, I find a pair of stilettos instantly grants me the height that I lack ,which is important when dating my 6 feet 4 inches tall boyfriend.

When my heels are on, I am finally able to give my calves a break, saying goodbye to tippy toes and hello to the assistance of sheer fashion in meeting my boyfriend face-to- face. Continue reading

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Beauty is in the eye of the Web

By Lynn Pierre
Contributing Writer

Whatever happened to the expression, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?” Last time I checked, God had created everyone in his image, so we are beautiful inside and out.

BeautifulPeople.com has changed those facts. This Web site was created by Greg Hodge because he was tired of “unattractive people” passing as “gorgeous” and “attractive” people: apparently this wasn’t fair to the more attractive people who had to settle for the less “attractive people.”

Even though signing up for the Web site seems easy, you have to upload a picture. It needs to be a full facial picture with no sunglasses or facial hair. It should only have one person and updated regularly if you become a member.

In the beginning of the year, the site dropped — rather expelled — an estimated 5,000 members for gaining weight over the holidays.  

I believe sayings like, “Self-esteem is a good thing,” and, “You are beautiful in your own way,” are true. You should not have to rely on people telling you what you should look like and be like just to be part of their own little corner full of people who are just so insecure.

In the generation in which we live, it’s very easy to get influenced by the media. We look to other sources in the media for the latest news, gossip and fashion. All of that is fine if that’s what you want and makes you feel happy, yet self-worth is far too important; we can’t rely on others to make us feel appreciated and “in style.”

What people seem to lack these days is confidence in themselves. People coming out with foolish Web sites like this doesn’t make the cause of finding self-worth any easier.

The best way to eradicate these genres of sites and media in general is to not pay attention to them. No one needs the judgment of others to feel beautiful.

Everyday as you wake up, if God is pleased with what you see in the mirror that is all the approval you need.

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Love is not just a click away

By Nick Papa
Contributing Writer

“You’ll never guess what your sister did this time,” said my mom’s annoyed voice in a message left on my phone last spring.

That afternoon, my mom was perplexed upon finding an e-mail from an unknown sender.

Artwork by Alicia C. Stamm

“Hello, Diane — click here to view my eHarmony profile!” Confused, she clicked the link, which brought her to the eHarmony home page of “Diane-to-meet-ya” (meant to sound like dying to meet you when read aloud).

Yes, my witty sister had taken it upon herself to sign up Diane, our single mother, for an eHarmony profile.
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Three degrees of communication

How do you make sure ideas don’t get lost in translation?

By Tyann Mullen
Contributing Writer

It is 6 o’clock and you’ve just finished getting ready for your date.

You sit down to watch some TV while you wait for him to arrive. You check the clock, see it’s 6:30, and figure he is just running a little late.

Seven o’clock comes and you start to worry, so you give him a call to see what the deal is.

He doesn’t answer. You don’t know whether to be worried or angry. You call again and nothing. At 8 o’clock your phone rings; it’s him. He tells you that he was at a movie with some friends but forgot to call and tell you.

By this time, you are pretty upset. If he had just called and asked to go out at 8 instead of 6, you would be fine. But instead, there was no communication and your night was ruined.

If you were to ask someone in the dating scene what qualities they are looking for in a potential significant other, their response would most likely be: honesty, loyalty, thoughtfulness or something along those lines.

The most important thing that should be established from the beginning of any relationship is good communication. You cannot expect to form a relationship with someone if there is a line of bad communication.

I have found three ways to maintain good communication.

First, be open about communicating. You should be able to talk openly about anything that is on your mind.

On the opposite end, you should be willing to listen to anything the other person has to say, even if you do not agree with it. Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”

Do not be your own judge. Listen and you will also be heard.

Second, be honest. I think honesty is often overlooked as a trait by itself. If you don’t communicate honestly with one another, you will eventually find yourself in a deeper hole then where you started.

Nothing can be solved if it is not honestly communicated.

The last is to be timely. Bringing up events that have caused you turmoil in the past is the wrong way to communicate anything to each other.

Focusing on the now will clear your head for the future and wipe out the toxins from the past. You cannot move forward if you are stuck in the past.

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