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Beacon News: New Homecoming events draw large crowds

By Cassady Faircloth
Contributing Writer

In the midst of homework, tests and papers, one of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s most exciting weeks just occurred.

Homecoming 2009 offered activities for both current students and alumni, encouraging both to come together, worship and enjoy the campus.

“It really is to bring people ‘home’ to campus,” said Deborah Bowmar-Jaffe, in charge of Homecoming and Reunions. “It truly is a heartwarming experience, because in the ‘70s and ‘80s the college was looking to just survive, and today we are thriving.”

Alums return to reminisce about their college years, volunteer and look into hiring PBA students.
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Beacon News: Where technology and education meet

By Cassady Faircloth
Contributing Writer

Students at Palm Beach Atlantic University, like so many others throughout the country, are turning to alternate, electronic methods when studying.

Among the devices popular with students is the Kindle, which allows them to purchase electronic copies of textbooks at a lower price than the bookstore.

Sold by Amazon and featuring 3G wireless technology for fast data transfer, the Kindle allows you to order and start reading a book in about 60 seconds.

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Beacon Sports: Cross Country continues to grow

By Cassady Faircloth
Contributing Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s men’s and women’s cross country teams are growing in multiple ways.

Women’s cross country has more than doubled in size this year, while the men’s team is still working on expanding.

This season the cross country team is being recognized as more of a competitive and varsity sport.

“We did more purposeful recruiting for this year,” said interim coach and Athletic Director Bob White. “Just because this is a new program, we need to not get frustrated about the more established teams and focus on individual improvement.”

White is encouraging the athletes to focus on running “one race at a time.”

“Even if they only improve by a few seconds, it is still something to work off of,” White added.

The cross country team was the first PBA team to actually practice at the incomplete Hillcrest site. In order to improve the team’s performance they use the rugged path at Hillcrest. They also run in different conditions to prepare for races in various locations and weather.

With returning captain and senior Gina Battista having participated in last season’s NCCAA National Championship, she provides both experience and motivation for her teammates. Battista placed at 108, where the top five women and men of the teams compete.

“She readily makes herself available to the entire team for encouragement and that extra push that you sometimes need to sustain you,” said freshman Chalice Howard. “She pushes both herself and her teammates to become the best they can be and truly goes out of her way to ensure that our team is encouraged and thriving.”

Some athletes to watch are returning seniors and captains Gina Battista and Kyle Pryce, sophomore Stephen Tucker and freshman Kyle Mason.

“We work together so well, and I am just so blessed and privileged to have such great friends and teammates,” Captain Gina Battista said. “We cheer each other on, congratulate each other after reaching a goal, motivate each other to work harder every day and above all love each other.”

For next season, White hopes to recruit international athletes on the men’s team and strong transfers for the women’s team.

The cross country team has competed in four races so far this season, including the Walt Disney World Invitational, which was held on Saturday, Oct. 10.

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Beacon Sports: Sailfish volleyball seeks improvement

By Jose Bautista
Contributing Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s volleyball team is full of ambition this year and plans to do some amazing things.

The team, which had a 10-21 record last season, feels it has improved in certain areas and that those improvements can pay off tremendously for them.

“I think that this team, if we push ourselves everyday in practice and believe, can win a National Championship,” said sophomore setter Jessica Way.

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