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Team handball hits PBA

By Chris Hernandez
Contributing Writer

Team handball recently joined the list of club sports offered at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Team handball, or European handball, is not to be confused with American handball in which players hit a rubber ball against a wall with their hands. Team handball has been around since 1896 and is a unique sport that incorporates running, jumping and passing. It is played within a 40-meter indoor court.

Coach Dominique Dumont is an alumna of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is now the Eastern Regional Director for USA Team Handball, an organization that is licensed by the U.S. Olympic Committee to run and develop the sport in the country.

Dumont’s vision for PBA’s handball team started last year.

“Living up the street from PBA and being an alumna, it made sense for me to come knock on the door and see if we can get something started here,” she said. “When you develop a project, you always start in your backyard.”

Unfortunately for Dumont, by the time she held her free clinics for handball, students were stressing about exams. The project slowly dwindled.

Not one to give up, Dumont came back this year with a new tactic. Continue reading

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‘Secret Life’ character lacks ‘Grace’

By Chris Hernandez
Opinion Editor

“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” is a show on ABC Family that chronicles the life of Amy Juergens, portrayed by Shailene Woodley.

Amy, a teenager who gets pregnant in high school, must learn how to deal with being a mother at 16. Apart from the show’s main story line, the series is full of sub plots that revolve around teenagers dealing with sex.

One of these teenagers is Grace Bowman, played by Megan Parks. During the span of the show, Grace has gossiped about everyone, physically fought over guys, blamed her sexual sin for the death of her father and attempted to become an example for an abstinence club.

I forgot to mention the fact that Grace is the show’s token “Christian” character.
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Finding your identity in race and religion

By Christopher Hernandez
Opinion Editor

I was given an opportunity to attend the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference (NCMSLC) in Buffalo, New York last semester and reflected on the conversation of “white privilege” presented at the conference in my last article “What does your mirror say?” If you didn’t get a chance to read it, visit beaconblog.wordpress.com. The following is a continuation.

There is such a sense of sophistication in going to coat-and-tie events; you pick out your shiniest shoes and find your best tie.

You may even take the time to iron that crinkled up white shirt in the corner of your room.

When you arrive, there is an intellectual air in the way a person carries on a conversation about his job and the way that person gesticulates.

Even though a debonair atmosphere is presented, you still get stuck wearing the tacky blue and white sticker that says, “Hello, my name is.”

The style of the sticker is not relevant to the other people with whom you come into contact during the night.

It’s the information that you choose to put within the white rectangle of this sticker that seals the first impression.

Who are you?

Is race Identity?

After attending a seminar on “white privilege” and finding that I hadn’t felt the effects of white privilege in my life because the person in my mirror is essentially “white,” I was tossed into a room to discuss the genetics of race.

For this lecture, the people at the conference were separated by their own race. In my room of Latinos, my observations into my mirror started to take on a new meaning.

A girl from Cedarville stood up and shared her experiences being biracial.

On the outside, the girl looks black, yet one of her parents is Cuban. Since she looks black, she felt more included by her black peers instead of the Latino cliques at her college.

She was asked once to change her ethnicity on her identification card because she didn’t look Latino.

After she spoke, others followed, talking about growing up Bolivian, Puerto Rican and Mexican.

After discussing being Latino with the people in the room, the word “Latino” didn’t feel right.

Yes, our races shared a common language, yet our cultures were all different.

I began to feel that race was not a proper identification. Writing down “Latino” on a “Hello, my name is” sticker wouldn’t even scratch the surface of who I am and neither would writing down “Puerto Rican.” The traditions of my family are different from the traditions of other Puerto Rican families.

At a conference that emphasized race, I was learning that identifying yourself as your race is a fallacy. Isn’t everyone’s race similar yet unique?

Though I never considered the presence of white privilege in America before the conference, that didn’t mean that I looked at the world through a white looking glass.

Isn’t my identity in Jesus?

Romans 13:14 says to clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ.

When I look into a mirror, shouldn’t I be seeing Jesus and not race?

The Bible says that a day will come when everyone from every tongue will praise God. This image was the theme of the conference and is the point of identification.

When different people gather, they will be unified by their praise to Jesus Christ.

When that day comes, I won’t look at my brothers and sisters by race; I’ll be seeing Christ in them. They will all be wearing “Hello, my name is Jesus” stickers.

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Beacon Features: Black Friday helps the college student budget

By Christopher Hernandez
Contributing Writer

The holiday season is in full swing at West Palm Beach. From the snow falls at City Place to the peppermint mochas at Starbucks, Christmas is here.

Before any chestnut roasts under an open fire and after the turkeys have been eaten, the stores all over West Palm Beach will be flooded with shoppers of all ages on Black Friday looking for the best deals for Christmas.

For the college student, the black in Black Friday can mean death because of college expenses and lack of transportation. For those stuck on campus this Black Friday, there are affordable options just around the corner.
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Beacon Opinion: What does your mirror say?

By Christopher Hernandez
Contributing Writer

Who am I when I look into a mirror? This question has been haunting me lately. Over the fall break, I had the opportunity to attend a National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference conference at Houghton College in Buffalo, New York.

What is “white privilege?”
I attended seminars on facilitating diversity in my college and worshipped in various languages. All in all, the experience was transforming.

The conference made me aware of issues that affect students from diverse backgrounds, and it made me aware of the issues I face as a person of color on Palm Beach Atlantic University’s campus.

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Beacon Features: Full-time student, part-time cop

By Christopher Hernandez
Contributing Writer

At first glance, Wendy Martinez may look like just an average college student, but this former police officer has seen in real life what her classmates only see in gory cop shows.

Her first call as a police officer came in as a reported suicide. As Martinez interviewed witnesses, she realized she had stumbled onto a domestic dispute turned deadly. When the victim’s boyfriend found out she was cheating, he stabbed her in the face 36 times.

“It was just the whole rush of the crime scene: people writing down the accounts and taping off the area,” Martinez said.

Now she’s put that rush somewhat behind her, becoming just a reserve police officer and studying pre-law. She hopes to become a criminal defense attorney, and she heads toward that goal with a perspective born out of personal trauma.

“I grew up with the cops around all the time because of my parents,” said Martinez, whose father was abusive. “It’s hard to see the kids in domestic disturbance calls because I knew what they were going through. I can see it in their eyes.”
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Beacon Features: Theatre Dept. takes Shakespeare to Kravis

By Christopher Hernandez
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A sad tale may be the best for winter, but does such a tale befit the fall?

Every three years, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s theater department chooses a Shakespearean play to produce. This year, that play is “The Winter’s Tale,” which is partially set in the imaginary countries of Sicilia and Bohemia.

According to Bruce Coville, author of the retelling of the play, “There is a disease that can twist men’s hearts and make them mad, and the name of that disease is jealousy.”

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