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Two languages, one God

By Lindsay Caban
Contributing Writer

This spring break, a team of 10 Palm Beach Atlantic University students went to Havana, Cuba, and stayed at a local church. We participated in a construction project for a church sanctuary that one of the church members is adding onto his house.

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The team also spent a lot of time with the youth of the church. Even though we don’t speak the same language, God truly blessed these relationships. He broke down the language barrier and let friendships bloom.

One of the days, our team went into Old Havana. While shopping, Brady Jo Holland, Chris Piedra, and I got to pray with a woman right in her little booth. It was such a great divine appointment and the woman was really encouraged by it.

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When we left, there were many tears from our team and the people of the church. We continue to e-mail them and pray that we will be able to return to our friends in Cuba.

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Can you find love with someone physically different from you?

By Jennifer Rodino
Features Editor

A high heel can tell you a lot about a person. Not only is a pair of high heels a fashion statement, but it also has personality and class.

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For me, in addition to completing my outfit, a pair of heels has one word attached to it: height.

Being 5 feet 3 inches tall, I find a pair of stilettos instantly grants me the height that I lack ,which is important when dating my 6 feet 4 inches tall boyfriend.

When my heels are on, I am finally able to give my calves a break, saying goodbye to tippy toes and hello to the assistance of sheer fashion in meeting my boyfriend face-to- face. Continue reading

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PBA grad turns a passion into a career

By Jennifer Rodino
Features Editor

Sometimes people think that after graduation life tends to slow down and be less chaotic, but not for Jarad Russell.

Russell, 22, graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and continues to be very active at PBA while attending graduate school.

Before attending PBA, Russell began his college experience at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Russell explained that the transfer to PBA gave him “a chance to shine and be involved.”

“PBA really shaped my life and it was the transition that I needed,” Russell said. “Since PBA is such a small school, this allowed me to look at all the opportunities God was placing in front of me and really get my name out there.”

Russell immediately became involved in a variety of organizations at his new school, PBA.
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Musicians unite for Haiti relief

By Evelyn Ticona & Jen Rodino
Managing Editor & Features Editor

Singer-songwriter Shaun Groves urged the Palm Beach Atlantic University family to support Haiti relief by watching the upcoming “Help Haiti Live” concert Saturday.

DeSantis Family Chapel served as the stage to host Groves last week.

Groves also offered a free concert in chapel Tuesday night where, along with his performance, Groves sent a message about salvation and God’s purpose for us in life.

The relief concert will take place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville at 8:30 p.m., and can be seen live online at www.helphaitilive.com.

Groves is a partner of Compassion International, a child development organization that sponsors children from third world countries.

He said it took Compassion International longer than expected to put the concert together, leaving little time to promote.

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“We want you to help us spread the word,” Groves told the crowd.

Big Kenny will host the concert and singers like Mat Kearney, Brandon Heath, Dave Barnes and Matt West will perform for free to raise funds for the earthquake relief.

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Police provide sketch of rapist

By Jen Rodino
Features Editor

Local authorities continue searching for the man they believe has committed three separate brutal sexual assaults in the past nine months. Many are concerned and fear that the man will attack again in the near future.

The first assault took place in Jupiter on April 9. The other two occurred in the West Palm Beach-Lake Worth area on Aug. 7 and Jan. 16.

Capt. Carol Gregg, head of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s special investigations division, told the Palm Beach Post, “all three women were seriously injured and the ones attacked in August and January required hospitalization.”

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The three women were alone when attacked. It appears that the rapist chooses his victims based on their isolation.

The rapist violently attacks the victim and beats them about the head and face for a few minutes, then leaves.

Palm Beach County detectives refuse to comment any further than what has been reported in the Feb. 4 issue of the Palm Beach Post, but indicated that no new attacks have been reported.

However, agencies across the West Palm Beach and Lake Worth areas are still alert and following the open case.

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Beacon Sports: PBA and Northwood compete in Chick-fil-A battle

By Jennifer Rodino
Features Editor

Craving some Chick-fil-A? Get ready, Palm Beach Atlantic University, because from now until Feb. 15 PBA supporters can show their school spirit by eating more chicken.

The “Chick-fil-A Challenge” is taking place at two local restaurants, located on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and on Okeechobee Boulevard at Florida’s Turnpike.

This challenge is a competition between PBA and Northwood University to see which school can bring in the most sales on their purchases.
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Beacon News: Beacon seeks to expand coverage and experience

By Jennifer Rodino
Features Editor

Now that the new year is here, The Beacon has a new direction: outward.

“In order to move the program towards excellence, we must get our reporters out in the community as a first step,” said Dr. Duane Meeks, dean of The School of Communication and Media. Meeks also serves as the newspaper’s publisher.

Starting this semester, The Beacon will cover more stories on current events and people throughout the West Palm Beach area. Our reporters will have more of an opportunity to get out into the community and report back to Palm Beach Atlantic University about important news.

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Beacon News: H1N1 vaccines arrive on campus

By Jennifer Rodino
News Editor

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Department of Health and Wellness offered students, faculty and staff the chance to either make an appointment or walk in to receive the H1N1 vaccine or the standard flu vaccine. People could also receive both vaccines.

The Health and Wellness center received 200 doses of the H1N1 vaccine, and suggested that students with a healthy immune system receive the nasal mist vaccine.
Ilene Wallmueller, PBA’s Nurse Practitioner, explained that the nasal mist is only a small dose, which may cause your nose to run.

“My mom told me that I should get both vaccines because since I have started field experience for my major and I am around kids all day, it is best that I make sure I am healthy,” said junior Maria Sumner, an elementary education major.

PBA Junior Kevin Keeling receives a dose of the nasal mist vaccine for the H1N1 virus.

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Beacon Sports: New sports added to spring intramural line-up

By Jennifer Rodino
News Editor

Believe it or not, it is already time to start thinking about spring intramural sports. With the fall semester coming to an end, the spring semester events are just around the corner and ready to take over at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Between January and the middle of April, favorites like basketball, soccer and dodgeball will be available to any students wanting to participate.
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Beacon News: Older dorms cause concern; upkeep requires ‘team effort’

By Jen Rodino & Kristina Webb
News & Managing Editors

With some dormitories on the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus over 40 years old, many students worry about the conditions of their rooms.

In particular, recent concerns have been raised about Flagler Towers, built in 1964 and acquired by PBA in 1986; the Lakeview Apartments, also built in 1964 and acquired in 2004; and the Mango apartments, built between 1920 and 1935 and acquired in the 1980s.

There are 25 buildings on campus and renovations occur every year, primarily scheduled over the summer.

According to Gary Parker, associate vice president of Facilities and Construction, the weather takes a toll on the paint, which is the first line of defense to prevent leaks and other types of damage from occurring.
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Beacon Sports: Sailfish basketball seeks championships

With basketball season starting in November, we decided to preview the basketball program here at Palm Beach Atlantic University. We’ve broken down each team to provide you with the best information: on whom to keep your eye, which games are shaping up to be challenging and how each team is looking to improve. 

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Beacon Sports: Hillcrest athletic facility to open in 2011

By Jennifer Rodino
News Editor

Back in 2005, Palm Beach Atlantic University signed a contract to purchase land for an outdoor athletic complex. This complex, known as the Hillcrest property, is located about two miles from campus, between Belvedere Road and Southern Boulevard.


After the land has sat undeveloped for several years, PBA now plans to resume work on the site within the next year so the complex can be open for use in about two years.


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Beacon News: Students ask probing questions of faculty, staff

By Jennifer Rodino
News Editor

The place to be to ask those burning questions from the minds of Palm Beach Atlantic University students was the Student/Faculty Forum at the Rinker Green on Monday, Oct. 12.

A panel of five faculty members and PBA President Lu Hardin were present at the event.
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Beacon Sports: Athletes adjust to living on campus

By Jen Rodino
News Editor

When looking back and reflecting on our college memories and experiences, attending sporting events and supporting our fellow student athletes will always be one memory that is permanently etched in our minds.

Here at Palm Beach Atlantic University, we have a large number of student athletes who choose to come here and share their special talents and skills.

Not only do we have students from all over the United States, but we have a number of international students. It is always exciting to be at the winning game where we support the athletes and display our school spirit.

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Beacon News: QI grant process begins

By Jennifer Rodino
Contributing Writer

For those interested in research, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Quality Initiative Research Grant program provides students and faculty with those means.

The 2010 grant application process is currently under way, and many have already applied.

The purpose of the grant is to encourage faculty and faculty-student teams to engage in research efforts. The amount of funds awarded for any project will be determined based on the merits and needs of each proposal. This year, the total for student grants is $8,000 and the total for faculty grants is $20,000.

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Beacon News: New ‘Express’ rolls to campus

By Jennifer Rodino
Contributing Writer

If you are constantly on the go during the day and can never find time to stop and sit down for a meal, it may be time for you to hop on the Sailfish Express.

The Express, which serves as a mobile option for students, was added by Palm Beach Atlantic University after surveying the student body, and finding out what changes needed to be made on campus when dealing with meal plans and eating options.

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Beacon Sports: Extreme dodgeball added to fall intramurals

By Jennifer Rodino
Contributing Writer

Do you love to play sports and want to get involved this year at PBA?  Well, good news for all you sports fans: it’s that time of year!  With school just beginning, it is already time to gather your teams together and sign up for fall intramural sports.

Between now and the beginning of December, favorites like ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and flag football will be available to anyone who wants to participate.  The bowling outing is also back and will be played on Nov. 13.

In addition to the returning sports that are available, three fun and exciting new ones have been added.  One of the new intramurals that stands out is the flag football tournament.  This tournament will be played over the duration of two days and will begin a week before flag football league.  This is a great way to get an idea of the competition that is out there for all you flag football players. 

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