By Lindsay Caban
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.
Photo by Jennifer Rodino, Features Editor
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.
Photo by Jennifer Rodino
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.
By Jennifer Rodino
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.
Photo by Christina Cernik
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
By Jennifer Rodino
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.
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.
Photo by Christina Cernik, Photo Editor
“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.
By Jen Rodino
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.”
Sketch courtesy of PBSO
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.
By Jennifer Rodino
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.
By Jennifer Rodino
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.