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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.

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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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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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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 drugabuse.gov, 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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Beacon News: Haiti relief adds to PBA’s 2 million Workship hours

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Reaching out to a desperate country, Palm Beach Atlantic University students contributed to Haiti relief efforts by loading and unloading supplies at Missionary Flights International in Ft. Pierce.

As Workship volunteers, students helped package 600 pounds of food, 13 boxes of hygiene and first aid supplies, 30 cases of water and more than 40 bags of clothes.

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“Participating in the [Haiti relief] Workship was heart-warming,” said freshman Timeelah MiAnn, “Being there really put things in perspective for me and it made me realize how blessed I am.”

Missionary Flights International has been flying from Florida to Haiti daily since the Jan. 12 earthquake. Workship students helped on Jan. 23.

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Beacon News: Older dorms cause concern; upkeep requires ‘team effort’

By Jen Rodino & Kristina Webb
News & Managing Editors

With some dormitories on the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus over 40 years old, many students worry about the conditions of their rooms.

In particular, recent concerns have been raised about Flagler Towers, built in 1964 and acquired by PBA in 1986; the Lakeview Apartments, also built in 1964 and acquired in 2004; and the Mango apartments, built between 1920 and 1935 and acquired in the 1980s.

There are 25 buildings on campus and renovations occur every year, primarily scheduled over the summer.

According to Gary Parker, associate vice president of Facilities and Construction, the weather takes a toll on the paint, which is the first line of defense to prevent leaks and other types of damage from occurring.
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Beacon Sports: Intramural football is fan favorite

By Samone Davis
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Intramural sports are beginning to give the intercollegiate sports at Palm Beach Atlantic University a run for their money.

The intramural flag football season is definitely becoming one of the favorites on campus. Flag football is one of the sports activities created for students to have fun and promote school spirit.

Flag football is continuously expanding as the program gains popularity.

This season of intramural flag football began in October and will end Dec. 4. The games are held Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
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Beacon Features: The Mountain Goats get Biblical

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

A new album from a secular group is drawing attention for its Biblically-inspired lyrics.

The Mountain Goats have been in the music industry for 18 years. From Durham, N.C., the band has released 17 albums.

 

The Mountain Goats

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The band had its first television appearance on “The Colbert Report” on Oct. 6, the date they released their newest album: “The Life of the World to Come.”

Though the Mountain Goats don’t claim to be a Christian band, all 12 songs from their new album are named after and inspired by Bible verses. John Darnielle’s lyrics interpret the verses to provide the listener with a more personal experience.

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Beacon Opinion: A call to remember and obey

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Deuteronomy 8: 1-2
 “Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.”

Not as easy as it seems

Since I returned to school this semester, I caught myself having an “ego”; I was being too confident in myself about my grades, and because I’ve always gotten good grades I felt like I never had to worry. In the past, I have always received good grades and I figured this semester would be another easy one. Yes, I was wrong indeed.

I always looked at people that didn’t do well in school and wondered, “How could you get bad grades when school is so easy!”

For a recent exam, I prepared as I normally do, by studying, but not as much as I should have. I thought it was going to be easy and I felt that there was no point in me studying so hard.

I took my exam and didn’t think twice about it afterward. After I got my exam results back, I was extremely shocked by the low grade I received. This was a call saying that I needed to learn to humble myself unto God.

God giveth and God taketh away

I used this story as an example to show how easily God gives, but at the same time he can easily take it away. That is why we should always remember that we must humble ourselves and not be so comfortable in feeling that we are independent. Nor should we think we are better than someone else.

Everyone needs to be humbled sometimes because we forget that we are far from independent and we should depend on God for everything.

We should not judge because we will be judged. We are all equal and God will use us in not only what we do, but in whom we touch and the way we humble ourselves.

It is not wise to be boisterous and conceited; it is wrong to brag and tease because blessings will come to those who are humble and God tests our character by humbling us unto him. Realize that our strength is in the Lord.

Remember that the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.

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Beacon Opinion: Fighting fire with faith

By Samone Davis
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1 Peter 5: 8-10
“Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.”

This scripture is very powerful and encouraging. I believe that everyone should take heed of it, and apply it to their lives.

This scripture tells us to be smart, bold, strong and aware of the fact that the devil is not our friend. He has pity on no man that is working in the likes of God.

The devil is heartless to all and he lurks around seeking any opportunity he can to take control of our lives.

We must remain alert because he always targets us simply because we are God’s people. It is our duty to never let him be successful in making us another victim to his corruption.

Arm yourselves
Our faith is our strength and our greatest weapon; it’s like a sword we are allowed to use to fight the works of the devil and all of his followers.

We are not the only ones that he is after: He is after our brothers, our sisters and everyone that is around us.

So don’t be selfish in resisting him and strengthening your faith just for you, but  teach others that their strength of faith is a weapon that will protect them from becoming a victim of the devil.

We have the upper hand on the devil. He could never overpower us once we are strong in our faith.

We should take it as a battle that we’ll always win because of our faith.

So which do you believe is undefeated, the fire of the devil or the faith of the Lord?

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Beacon Sports: International student aims for championship

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Freshman Rashida Robinson of the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis team is hoping to make her impact this year.

Robinson, from the Bahamas, was recruited and offered an athletic scholarship to be a part of the team. Robinson is a broadcast journalism major with a minor in communications.

Robinson was recruited for tennis after the team’s head coach, Chi Ly, received data of her records as a tennis player in the Bahamas.  She was ranked as the number two player in the country at only 18.

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Beacon Opinion: Do you need to let go of the wheel?

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Jeremiah’s Prayer:
“I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for him to direct his steps. Correct me, Lord, but only with justice — not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing. Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name. For they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland.” (Jeremiah 10: 23-25)

The trenches of the battlefield

This summer I had many encounters with my faith. I battled in situations where I didn’t have enough faith or I didn’t trust in the works of God enough to take care of the things I was going through.

I know a lot of people may have been or still are dealing with something similar, so I decided to write about it and share some insight with Palm Beach Atlantic University.

This summer may have been the fight of my life, and the biggest fight that I have ever won. The reason I think we fight with our faith is because we are weak; we aren’t strong enough to just believe and trust that Jesus is our driver.

Instead we want to take the wheel and be in control of ourselves, which causes us to encounter many accidents and wrong turns.

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