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Beacon Features: Facebook affects students’ GPA

By Christopher Hernandez
Contributing Writer

More than six billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day worldwide, more than 40 million status updates are posted each day and more than 65 million active users are currently subscribed to Facebook on their cellular phones, according to www.facebook.com. These statistics show Facebook is a global phenomenon. With so much time spent on Facebook, when is there time for work?

“It’s a time sponge,” Dr. Stephanie Bennett, associate professor of communication and media studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, said in regards to social media. “It sucks time away from us, and before we know it, we are spending more hours in front of the screen than we are in our books or in our primary relationships.”

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Mahanes sit-in protest update: Protest cancelled

Update: The sit-in protest scheduled to take place tomorrow at 11 a.m. is canceled. Protest organizers released this statement on the Facebook group page regarding the change.

In lieu of and in respect to the wishes of Dr. Mahanes, the protest tomorrow will not be taking place, all members of this group have been notified of the adjusted nature of the events on Tuesday.

The silent sit-in protest was called shortly after a letter sent to university faculty and staff was published on The Bacon that outlined the details of budget cutbacks that would terminated Dr. Ken Mahanes’ position as Vice President of Religious Life.  The Facebook group calling for the protest urged students to wear black, bring signs and invite everyone to a sit-in protest at 11 a.m. on the Rinker Green May 5. During its short lifetime, the group grew to 266 members.

Stay tuned for more breaking updates on the Mahanes protest and other news.

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Happy April Fools, Introducing the ‘Sea Kitten’

The following stories are part of the special April Fools edition of the Beacon newspaper. Beacon staff members, along with our friends at the Bacon, put together a special issue of the Beacon newspaper titled, “The Sea Kitten.” Wondering where the name came from? This February, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) contacted PBA,  suggesting the university ditch its mascot “Sailfish Jack” for a friendlier made up animal, a “Sea Kitten.” Dr. Clark made it clear to students that week that the university has no intention of changing its mascot. Check out the Beacon article here or the Palm Beach Post’s article here.

Questions or comments? Send them to beacon@pba.edu or pbalocal@gmail.com

Fighting SquirrelsAnimal Fight Club at Campus /By: Twitter Thug

Palm Beach Atlantic University has unveiled a fight club operating in the underworld community of students. However, this is no ordinary fight club with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton; this fight club consists of doped-up lab rats, thuggish campus lizards and lightsaber-fighting squirrels.

Supposedly, the lab rats  and squirrels are escaped experimental party specimens. They are very prone to rambunctious behavior when hearing any form of techno music; the music ignites the ecstasy and foxy roxy coursing through their tiny veins.

On the other hand, the thuggish campus lizards are said to be genetically-enhanced hybrid curly-tail iguana lizards that we see scurrying around campus. It is said by an anonymous pharmacy student that they know of a student, who is experimenting on the lizards with a new form of steroid.

Perhaps the most disturbing  issue is the report of the losing fighter is viciously disposed of in the mantra of Michael Vick. The remains are sold to the chain of Road-Kill Cafes that are opening everywhere.  In fact, there is a proposal with the city to open a RKC, where Samaritan Gardens is located.

It is already enough that PBA sponsors Roach Races.  Now we have “Pinky and the Brain” to root for. Continue reading

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PBA Local gets exclusive interview with Tool of the month Dylan Jacobson

PBA Local confirms that the fake Facebook profile, Matt Reed was made by the same mind behind former pulled profile, “Peter O’Tooliham.” O’Tooliham’s profile was pulled just last month when Facebook corporate deemed the “Tool of the Month” awards slanderous. Unlike Reed’s profile, O’Toolihan was up long enough to announce the winner.

Nominee and former “Tool of the Month” for January, sophomore Dylan Jacobson, sits down to talk to PBA Local about the awards.

PBL: How did you feel when you first found out you were nominated for “Tool of the Month?”

DJ: I thought it was funny. I wasn’t offended. There were a couple moments I was confused as to why I was nominated and I messaged him to ask. He told me that other people nominated so I was like OK.

PBL: Were you concerned that the awards would damage your reputation?

DJ: No absolutely not. People who know me, know that I’m not a tool. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m not.

PBJ: Why do you think you were nominated for “Tool of the Month?”

DJ: Because I’m kind of a goof ball. I’m a bigger guy, I don’t know, sometimes I’m kind of loud. Last year I hit on girls a lot so I was surprised because they would have had me for sure last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if I was nominated by some of my friends.

DJ: I was kind of disappointed when I found out that Peter O’Toolihan was pulled down because I wanted to defend my title for next month. I want to be the “reigning tool of the month.”

PBL: What would you do to try to maintain your title of “Tool of the month?”

DJ: Oh well I don’t know. I guess I would probably walk around with my shirt off more. I would probably flex a lot more and grunt a lot more at the gym. I’m a bigger guy and I wear a medium shirt size so I would probably kick it down to a small. Oh and I would definitely wear sunglasses at night. Definitely! I think I’m in pretty good shape to defend the title.

PBL: Is there anything else you want to say to the PBA community about the awards?

DJ: I would like to give a big shout out to all the fans and people who supported me, thank you.

Anyone with information on the identity of Matt Reed please contact pbalocal@gmail.com

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Would the real Matt Reed please stand up? Student gets kicked off Facebook

The anonymous profile that went under the pseudonym Matt Reed, was kicked off of Facebook due to slanderous activity. The profile that resembled a “juicy campus” concept, asked students in the Palm Beach network to nominate a “tool of the month” and a “citizen of the month” and even included pictures of the nominees. Voting for each category required a private message to the profile but Matt Reed didn’t have the chance to announce the winners before the profile got pulled by Facebook corporate.

“I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to see the official winners,” said junior Katie Weller after hearing that Matt Reed got pulled down. “I thought it was harmless.”

Weller was one of the first students to friend Reed and even sent in private nominations for tool of the month. According to Weller, Reed had built a mass following in his short lived life.

The official Facebook Terms of Use limits the all content including pictures and posts, that could be, “harmful, defamatory, invasive or otherwise objectionable.”

For anyone with information on the identity behind Matt Reed, please e-mail us at pbalocal@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for exclusive interviews with Toolbag nominees.


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Time Wasters: Facebook Trends

Video courtesy of Mashable.com, the Social Media Guide”

You would be kidding yourself if you denied the feeling of instant excitement when you see the little red box in the corner of your Facebook home screen. “Creepy McCreeperson has tagged you in a photo.” Maybe it’s a picture from the party you went to last night or maybe it’s a throwback from the good ole’ days as a carefree freshman.

But, to your dismay, it’s a cartoon sheet with different “cute” little personalities meant for tagging your friends in, linking each personality to someone in your posse.  As you feverishly search for your name, your heart drops as the tag reads, “the geeky one,”or “the drama queen.” You feel your face begin to redden a bit, partially from laughter and partially from the disappointment that you weren’t “the good friend” or perhaps “the cutie pie.”

FACEBOOK TRENDS. Social networking’s guilty pleasures that some can’t help but dabble in.

You know what they are: “25 things that no one knows,” bumper stickers, the photo application that places your face on billboards and magazine covers. All time consuming activities that catch on pretty quickly in the cyber world that everyone eventually seems to use and abuse. Continue reading

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