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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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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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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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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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PBA grad turns a passion into a career

By Jennifer Rodino
Features Editor

Sometimes people think that after graduation life tends to slow down and be less chaotic, but not for Jarad Russell.

Russell, 22, graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and continues to be very active at PBA while attending graduate school.

Before attending PBA, Russell began his college experience at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Russell explained that the transfer to PBA gave him “a chance to shine and be involved.”

“PBA really shaped my life and it was the transition that I needed,” Russell said. “Since PBA is such a small school, this allowed me to look at all the opportunities God was placing in front of me and really get my name out there.”

Russell immediately became involved in a variety of organizations at his new school, PBA.
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Getting groovy at Groovolution

By Katie Witham
Sports Editor

Tired of the same boring workout?

Typically people go through the routine of cardio, weights and crunches. This can quickly grow dull, leaving exercisers in a rut.

New exercise studio Groovolution hopes to fix this problem by offering such classes as fire dancing, hula hooping, and belly dancing.

Heather Foy runs the studio, which opened Feb. 5.

Foy grew up practicing ballet and jazz dance, but said she didn’t really take it seriously.

At age 19, she began belly dancing, then quickly added fire dancing as well.

“The first time I saw fire dancing I said, ‘You have to teach me how to do that,’ ” Foy said. “I’ve been addicted to dancing ever since.”
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Beacon Features: Wahba gives credit to God

By Eileen Louissaint
Contributing Writer

Dr. Wagdy Wahba has recently earned two accolades for his spiritual and academic impact at Palm Beach Atlantic University. In January, the chapel in the school of pharmacy was named in his honor.

In February, the university named a scholarship after Wahba for students who exemplify strong Christian character and leadership. Five hundred dollars will be awarded to a pharmacy student each April.

“It is very humbling and a great honor,” Wahba said. “I must credit God first and second Dean Brown.”

Also, the annual Rumble with Chains alumni basketball game trophy was renamed on behalf of Wahba after a unanimous vote by players before the tip-off at the 2010 game.

Wahba serves as associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and interim senior associate dean of the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy.
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Mokikami Gardens offer Japanese legacy in Delray Beach

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a unique experience. The gardens and museum are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They offer an intriguing look at the Japanese culture and lifestyle. The Morikami offers rock gardens, art and sculpture exhibits, a gift shop and waterfalls that are breathtaking. For more info visit

All photos by Christina Cernik, Photo Editor

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Beacon Features: Top 10 African-American films

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

In celebration of Black History Month, here’s a list of notable African-American films.
While some are historically significant, others represent ground-breaking performances by African-American actors and actresses.
After reading through the list, leave us a comment and share your favorite African-American film.

• The Color Purple (1985):

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and directed by Steven Spielberg, this film stars Whoopie Goldberg as Celie Harris, a young African-American woman who sustains abuse throughout her life.
Set in the early and mid-1900s, “The Color Purple” follows Celie from a childhood where she is sexually abused and impregnated by her father, to a marriage where she is physically and emotionally abused and treated as a slave.
Although nominated for 11 Academy Awards, it did not win any. Goldberg won a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

• Amistad (1997):
Set in 1839 and also directed by Spielberg, “Amistad” details a mutiny aboard a slave ship and the subsequent legal ramifications.
Featuring breathtaking performances by Djimon Hounsou, Anthony Hopkins and Morgan Freeman, “Amistad” provides a glimpse into the legal system of the 1800s and how issues of slavery were handled.

• To Kill a Mockingbird (1962):
This film, based on the award-winning novel by Harper Lee, tells the story of Depression-era lawyer Atticus Finch and his family.
Finch, played by Gregory Peck, takes on the case of an African-American man, played by Brock Peters, who is unfairly accused of rape in their small town in Alabama. The racist attitude of the town is brought to light as Finch struggles to defend his client and keep his family safe.

• Malcolm X (1992):
Spike Lee directs this film about the life of African-American activist Malcolm X, portrayed by Denzel Washington.
After his father is killed by the Ku Klux Klan, he is put on a path that eventually leads to his becoming the face of the Nation of Islam and the anti-white movement.
However, after a pilgrimage to Mecca, he realizes the error of his ideology and converts to Sunni Islam.
Washington puts forth a phenomenal performance, and was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. However, he lost to Al Pacino.

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Beacon Features: West Palm sparkles and shines

By Jen Herring
Contributing Writer

We all know the familiar saying, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” For weeks, local residents had their tickets and were ready to spend Presidents Day weekend viewing elegant antiques that catch the eye at first sight.

“Tens of thousands” of people attended the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show, show officials said. That number exceeded last year’s attendance at the show, which is billed as the largest art and antique show in the nation.

Photo by Evelyn Ticona


The show, which took place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, featured over 200 international exhibitors from the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, Turkey and Sweden.
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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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Beacon Features: They are their brothers’ keepers

By Jocelyn Martinez
Contributing Writer

A private university with a fraternity? This is something Palm Beach Atlantic University was not expecting.

Thanks to a group of young men on campus, PBA can now say it now has a fraternity.

The fraternity, Nu Delta Nu, first tried out its wings at the end of last year, but because of lack of commitment and lots of paper work during finals week, the fraternity did not make it. However, this past semester, things changed.

The fraternity was born and made history as the first fraternity at PBA.

“This is an exciting time because NDN is an open book with a very bright future ahead of us,” said Clint Longenecker, member of NDN. “We are very young, having just started at the tail end of last semester but the future looks very promising. We have compiled a great group of guys and will be adding to that stellar cast throughout the semester. We’ll provide the campus and university community with a much needed shot in the arm.
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Beacon Features: Photo classes just around the corner

By Michael Noble
Contributing Writer

The Palm Beach Photographic Centre in downtown West Palm Beach offers classes for amateurs and professionals, taught by world-renowned photographers such as Lawrence Gartel, Dennis Reggie and David Kennerly.

The center moved to its new Clematis Street location last fall, but the company has been around for over 25 years, said Fatima NeJame, president and CEO. By using big-name photographers, the center seeks to draw in the public and aspiring photographers.

“You get a real sense of equality when professionals and amateurs alike are listening to the same speaker,” NeJame said. “It is an excellent learning and networking experience.”

Primarily, PBPC is a school for photographers. Memberships are available from $95 to $2,500. Each membership allows for admittance to workshops and community events that help photographers grow in skill and knowledge.

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Poll: Sound off on Legion

With Nick Murray’s article in today’s Beacon, we’d like to hear what you think about the new film ‘Legion.’

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Super Bowl brings party, revenue to West Palm

By Collier Rice
Contributing Writer

The Super Bowl is headed to South Florida again this year and local communities and businesses are looking to cash in on the action. Palm Beach County raked in approximately $42 million in 2007, when Super Bowl XLI (41) visited Miami.

“The economic impact of these events is quite positive,” said Roger Amidon, executive director of Palm Beach County’s Tourist Development Council.

This impact on a community is staggering. The average revenue generated for a Super Bowl host community is $350 million.

(via) Miami Herald

The county has scheduled 14 events this year as compared to one back in 2007. Local officials and businesses are hoping the increase in events will translate into an increase in revenue.

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