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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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