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The Beacon has a new home: ReadMyBeacon.com

We are proud to announce that, after many arduous hours on Dreamweaver, a team of students has designed a new site for the Beacon.

Visit the new Web page at www.ReadMyBeacon.com.

After you check it out, send us an e-mail: Beacon@pba.edu. Let us know what you think of our new clothes.

All new Beacon content will appear on ReadMyBeacon. In the fall, it will be the place to go for news, features, opinion, sports and photo essays.

We’re excited about the opportunity to serve the school in a more contemporary format, so if you have suggestions about online features you’d like to see on ReadMyBeacon, leave us a comment and let us know.

Although the Beacon Blog won’t be updated anymore, we would like to thank everyone for making this fantastic experiment a great success.

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Big changes coming to PBA dining

By Anna Zetterberg & Kristina Webb
Assist. Managing Editor & Copy Editor

Palm Beach Atlantic University students can “eat mor’ chikin” on campus this fall as Chick-fil-A replaces Common Ground on campus.

PBA President Lu Hardin announced food service company Aramark has scored the new dining contract with the university after Sodexo’s contract runs out on July 1.

Aramark is listed in FORTUNE magazine’s 2010 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.”

“I’m truly excited when I think about where PBA’s going in the next five years,” Hardin said. Continue reading

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Bill would reduce Bright Futures awards

By Michael Noble
Contributing Writer

Florida’s “Bright Future” is beginning to dim. As the result of state budget woes, legislators have proposed restrictions that would likely reduce the number of students receiving the Bright Futures Scholarship.

“The amount of students receiving the award next year will be significantly lower,” said Joseph Bryan, a part-time counselor for Palm Beach Atlantic University.  “It’s because the state of Florida is falling into major debt, and it’s a problem.”

Bryan is a guidance counselor at Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, and previously worked with PBA Admissions.  He commented on legislation still under consideration by state lawmakers.

The Florida Senate has passed a bill containing a number of provisions to tighten the belt of the Bright Futures budget.  The House may come up with a different version.  That means the ultimate impact won’t be known until a final version makes it through a House and Senate conference.

Under the Senate plan, students could only receive the scholarship for four years, instead of the seven years currently allowed.  Students would also have to get higher SAT scores to qualify for the scholarship. Continue reading

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PBA Spring Dance: Free for students

By Michelle Kappas
Contributing Writer

Ties, tuxedos, dresses, stilettos, surprise vendors and the Harriet Himmel all have one thing in common: Spring Dance 2010.

Spring Formal has struggled with success in the past, but this year Palm Beach Atlantic University is expecting it to be a hit.

“It is my understanding that the event will be free and attract 200 to 300 students as opposed to the 160 that attended last year,” PBA president Lu Hardin said.

Hardin was teaching a Law and Society class on Tuesday nights and lecturing on the concept of promissory estoppel when the issue of Spring Formal was brought to his attention. He was informed by PBA student Kelly Stoltzfus that there wasn’t going to be one this year due to lack of funds.

Hardin was able to pull money from his discretionary fund to make the dance possible. Stoltzfus and Nu Delta Nu partnered together to research reasonable pricing for venues and other preparations.

The team chose the Harriet Himmel Theater in City Place because it is within a walking distance from campus, and set the date for April 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight.
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Pontiac Trans Am draws in bidders

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

Among the hundreds of cars for sale at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Auction, one stood out from the crowd.

“You don’t see a lot of these silver Trans Ams,” said 39-year-old Kenny Clair, a first-time seller from Massachusetts.

Clair sold a 1979 silver 10th Anniversary Edition Pontiac Trans Am.

Kenny Clair talking to his mother, Sue, about his 1979 Pontiac Trans Am. (All photos by Kristina Webb, Copy Editor)

The car went up on the auction block around 1 p.m. Friday, and although there had been many Trans Ams sold throughout the day, Clair was confident he could get a good price for his ’79.

“I’d like to make $35,000 or more, but I know if I get $30,000 for it I’ll break even,” Clair said.

Throughout the day, Clair had many bidders approach him, all interested in the car’s history.

Clair drives his car into line for auction

Clair purchased the car from a man in California, and spent almost $20,000 painting and repairing the vehicle.

When it was time for his car to roll onto the block in front of a crowd that one Barrett-Jackson official called one of the largest since the auction first came to Palm Beach, Clair drove his car for the last time.

The auctioneer listed the highlights of the car: numbers-matching engine; 220 horsepower, “which for 1979 made it one of the most powerful cars of its time,” the auctioneer said; four brand new tires mounted on the original wheels, a plus for any car owner; and the factory stereo, including an eight-track deck. Continue reading

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Luxury on the waters of West Palm

By Evelyn Ticona
Managing Editor

A four-day marine extravaganza filled with boats, marine products and accessories, the 25th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show took place at the West Palm Beach waterfront from March 25 to 28.

Presented by Merdeces-Benz USA and Palm Harbor Marina, it primarily targeted people considering buying a boat or marine equipment.

All photos by Evelyn Ticona, Managing Editor

“It is a buyers’ market offering highly unusual opportunities for great values,” said Show Management President Efrem Zimbalist III.

The show had 434 exhibitors displaying boats and yachts with prices varying from $10,000 for the cheapest to $14 million for the most expensive. Continue reading

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Grad takes a swing at youth & business

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University alumnus Loren Broderick Kemp heard his calling from God to give back to kids through sports shortly after graduating.

Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, Kemp moved to Florida in 2003 to attend Grandview Prepatory High School.

Photo courtesy of Loren Kemp

Kemp applied to several universities in Florida. However, Kemp chose to start his college life at PBA.

“It was the fact of it being a Christian institution that put the icing on the cake,” Kemp said. “I was looking to stay involved with church in a Christian environment.”

Kemp, who graduated PBA in May 2009, fell in love with sports at a very young age and gained a lot of experience during his college career at PBA. Continue reading

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Opinion: African World Cup long overdue

By Katie Witham
Sports Editor

For the billions of soccer fans around the world, the past four years have been spent in eager anticipation of the 2010 World Cup.

This summer’s World Cup will be held in Africa for the first time ever, a move that is historically groundbreaking and possesses the potential to be hugely influential.

When South Africa hosts the competition this summer, it will mark the first time the Cup has been played on the African continent. The World Cup has been held on every other continent except Australia, and multiple times on most.

South Africa will join Cameroon, Algeria, and the Ivory Coast in representing Africa in this summer’s tournament.

Despite never having won a World Cup, African teams have certainly been prominent enough to earn a position as hosts long before now.

The importance of this long overdue honor to South Africa and to the continent as a whole is immense.
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Team handball hits PBA

By Chris Hernandez
Contributing Writer

Team handball recently joined the list of club sports offered at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Team handball, or European handball, is not to be confused with American handball in which players hit a rubber ball against a wall with their hands. Team handball has been around since 1896 and is a unique sport that incorporates running, jumping and passing. It is played within a 40-meter indoor court.

Coach Dominique Dumont is an alumna of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is now the Eastern Regional Director for USA Team Handball, an organization that is licensed by the U.S. Olympic Committee to run and develop the sport in the country.

Dumont’s vision for PBA’s handball team started last year.

“Living up the street from PBA and being an alumna, it made sense for me to come knock on the door and see if we can get something started here,” she said. “When you develop a project, you always start in your backyard.”

Unfortunately for Dumont, by the time she held her free clinics for handball, students were stressing about exams. The project slowly dwindled.

Not one to give up, Dumont came back this year with a new tactic. Continue reading

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Faith conquers fear

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

The Lord calmed the storm and asked them in response, “Why are ye so fearful?  How is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)

This scripture shows that having fear of something means having no faith in the Lord.

In one of my classes, I was given an assignment requiring me to research and describe the relationship between fear and faith.

Artwork by Samone Davis

When I first heard “fear and faith,” I automatically assumed that they had no relationship, but in the next thought, recognized that we must fear God to prove our faith in him.

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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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