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PBA Spring Dance: Free for students

By Michelle Kappas
Contributing Writer

Ties, tuxedos, dresses, stilettos, surprise vendors and the Harriet Himmel all have one thing in common: Spring Dance 2010.

Spring Formal has struggled with success in the past, but this year Palm Beach Atlantic University is expecting it to be a hit.

“It is my understanding that the event will be free and attract 200 to 300 students as opposed to the 160 that attended last year,” PBA president Lu Hardin said.

Hardin was teaching a Law and Society class on Tuesday nights and lecturing on the concept of promissory estoppel when the issue of Spring Formal was brought to his attention. He was informed by PBA student Kelly Stoltzfus that there wasn’t going to be one this year due to lack of funds.

Hardin was able to pull money from his discretionary fund to make the dance possible. Stoltzfus and Nu Delta Nu partnered together to research reasonable pricing for venues and other preparations.

The team chose the Harriet Himmel Theater in City Place because it is within a walking distance from campus, and set the date for April 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight.
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How great is our God

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

Psalm 46:1-4: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.”

Jan. 12 is a day that Haitians will never forget as their foundation was literally shaken. Before the earthquake, 80 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. The devastation surrounding this country is unfathomable, and one can only cringe at the increase in death and destruction.

But on Feb. 12 things started to change.

Photo by Amanda Ulik

For many around the world this weekend kicked off the celebration of Mardi Gras, a huge event in Haiti. On the one month anniversary of the quake, President Rene Preval stated on national television he was canceling Mardi Gras and called Haiti to three days of fasting and prayer to God.

This statement shocked many in Haiti, a nation with many practitioners of voodoo. Preval spent time praying himself from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a church for those three days. Continue reading

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Beacon Sports: World champion to coach cross country

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

When someone has the ability to run a marathon in 2:59:22 and can claim the title “world champion,” heads are going to turn.

This is exactly what happened on Jan. 8 when Palm Beach Atlantic University hired Sonja Friend-Uhl as the new men’s and women’s cross country coach.

Friend-Uhl has been turning heads at least since 1989, when she became the Delaware State Champion for the 800 meters while still in high school.

She then earned a 16th place finish at the 1993 NCAA Championships during her college career at William and Mary.

Friend-Uhl started coaching as an assistant for cross country and track and field at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1996.

She then took on the head coaching position at Western High School in Davie, Fla.

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Beacon Features: Adoption, the complicated miracle

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

The overwhelming feeling of bringing home an adopted child for the first time is so surreal, but also extremely complicated.

Nathan Lane, assistant professor of biblical studies, and his wife have been able to experience this feeling firsthand along with other professors at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Christ Fellowship has a support group for adoptive parents and those who are currently in the process of adopting that meets once a month.

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Beacon News: Nunchucks confiscated in Baxter dorm

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

Nunchucks, according to Napoleon Dynamite, are a skill that is essential to winning over women. Perhaps that’s what Baxter resident Derek Dobutovich was thinking when he brought a pair into his residence hall on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

“I bought a pair of them online for fun,” Dobutovich said. “I didn’t think they were a weapon. I mean, I always played with them as kid.”

Although Dubotovich viewed owning nunchucks as a light matter, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Safety and Security did not.

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Beacon News: Copan and Chesnes debate design

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

“Is intelligent design a valid alternative to the theory of evolution?” This was the topic of the Socratic Club debate held on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The debate, between Professor Paul Copan and Professor Thomas Chesnes, began with an introduction from Professor Samuel Joeckel, faculty advisor of the Socratic Club.

Each was given 15 minutes for their opening argument, ten minutes for the first rebuttal and five for the second. There were about 45 minutes devoted to student questions following the debate.

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Beacon Features: Francis Chan’s crazy love

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

With Christival having finished this past week, many students probably still want to know more about the keynote speaker, Francis Chan.

Who is he? How did he end up being a pastor preaching to large college audiences?

For those who haven’t read his book, “Crazy Love,” or heard any of his videotaped speeches, prepare to be blown away.

Chan is known for his passion and his ability to make more of an impact with his words because of what Christ has done in his life.

He understands the importance of bringing truth, yet knows how to keep his audience laughing.

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