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Beacon News: ‘Hucka-believer’ fever hits campus

‘Hucka-believer’ fever hits campus

By: Mitzi Figueroa /  News Editor

Gov. Mike Huckabee addresses a crowd at a luncheon March 25

Gov. Mike Huckabee addresses a crowd at a luncheon March 25

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee urged students to stay informed of the political sphere and to keep an eternal focus in the face of difficult times during his visit to Palm Beach Atlantic University on March 25.

The former Republican presidential nominee stressed the importance of staying true to one’s personal faith and to be “the salt to the earth.”

“The truth is we need a whole generation of young Americans to say, ‘wait, what you guys are doing, you’re doing to my country and my future. Stop,’” Huckabee said during a sit down interview. “I hope that there will be millions of younger Americans who speak up and say that what is taking place right now is unacceptable because it’s really not going to affect me as much as it’s going to affect students.”

Huckabee, a former minister and author of  “Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement that’s Bringing Common Sense back to America,” was the key speaker for PBA’s fifth annual Ethics & Character Lecture Series that took place at The Breakers Hotel on March 24.

Apart from the lecture, which cost attendees $200 per plate, the former governor spent time with student leaders Wednesday morning and addressed the student body at a special chapel that took place in the Rubin Arena.

Huckabee urged the standing-room-only crowd to not only challenge the political structure but to also change the ethical structure. He finished off the morning with a surprise performance on bass guitar, smoke machines included.

“Overall it was awesome,” said senior Rachel Skinner. “It was very applicable especially for leaders to see his outlook and where he’s been in life, and to know that he’s stayed true to his morals is very encouraging. I agreed with everything he said. And I thought his bass performance was a great way for students to connect with him on another level.”

See after the jump for more never before seen photos of Huckabee’s visit.

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Trend Alert: Twitter sweeps the Internet, do you Tweet?

Some call it micro-blogging, others relate the concept to a Facebook status update, but most just refer to the Internet phenomenon sweeping the country as “tweeting.” If you haven’t heard about Twitter yet, you will soon.

Twitter is quickly becoming the fastest growing social networking trend in the country and you better believe, some day soon you will jump on board. Twitter.com is a new breed of social networking that offers users a chance to literally, tell the world what you are doing in under 140 characters. Simple enough right?

News networks from the NY Times, CNN and the Palm Beach Post have created Twitter accounts. You better believe PBA Local has one, as does our beloved school’s administration. President Barack Obama was an active tweeter during the campaign period and news has it that his counter-nominee, John McCain, has joined the Twitter movement. (Interestingly enough, Mr. Obama hasn’t touched the twitter scene since his Inauguration into office.)

Celebrities are even boasting twitter accounts, including MarthaSteward, MC Hammer, Britneyspears, and Kanye West. Even new Late Night host, Jimmy Fallon, used Twitter to draw more viewers to his opening show. After promising followers that he would be tweeting in between tapings, he was met with over 10,000 new Twitter followers. (via)

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TOMS comes to PBA

On the last day of classes before Spring Break, three TOMS representatives came to campus to sell the shoe and show the TOMS documentary. PBA Local editor, Mitzi Figueroa, talks to students about the trendy shoe. For more information on TOMS click here or visit the TOMS website.

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Time wasters: FML edition

superbadSo you’ve had a bad day. What do you do now to make yourself feel a little better? Read about other people who have had it WAY worse. Or better yet, you utilize the moment, give it a comical spin and contribute to the global on-line forum that has been gaining attention among college students around the world. Enter fmylife.com.

According to Urban Dictionary, the popular phrase “F**k my Life” was first introduced to popular culture in the cult classic film, Superbad. You remember the scene when Fogell is in the convenience store fumbling over the beer from the back cooler when he drops a few cans that break open and cause a mess? The store clerk surveys the incident and mutters the memorable quote that has evolved to become the all-encompassing catch phrase of 2009.

The phrase has become so popular even for those of us who try to refrain from using the F-bomb since the acronym in itself is all that is necessary to communicate the sentiment. Yup, cursing not required.

The site is gaining worldwide attention and gaining hits by the hour. Anyone can contribute and the format is simple to follow. Start your post with “Today” and end it with, “FML.” They even feature top fmls of the week, the month or all time.

Here are some examples:

“Today, I got my braces on. When we got in the car my dad looked over and said “well at least we dont have to worry about boys for the next two years.” FML”

“Today, I received my passport in the mail. They got my birth date wrong. Then I picked up my birth certificate that I had sent in with the application. Turns out my parents have been celebrating my birthday on the wrong day for 16 years. FML”

Just when you thought your life couldn’t get any worse, the site reminds you that for millions around the world, it IS.

Warning: Discretion advised! The site is not for the super conservatives! There are plenty of crude posts offering way too much information.

Got an FML post worth sharing? E-mail me!

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