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Big changes coming to PBA dining

By Anna Zetterberg & Kristina Webb
Assist. Managing Editor & Copy Editor

Palm Beach Atlantic University students can “eat mor’ chikin” on campus this fall as Chick-fil-A replaces Common Ground on campus.

PBA President Lu Hardin announced food service company Aramark has scored the new dining contract with the university after Sodexo’s contract runs out on July 1.

Aramark is listed in FORTUNE magazine’s 2010 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.”

“I’m truly excited when I think about where PBA’s going in the next five years,” Hardin said. Continue reading

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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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Sewage backup causes Common Ground closure

According to Abbie Rosemeyer, PBA’s Sodexo representative and manager of PBA Dining, on-campus dining facility Common Ground was forced to close yesterday due to a sewage backup.

Rosemeyer stated that she received two calls around 8:30 p.m., one from Angie Johnson, the evening supervisor at Common Ground; and the second from Operations Supervisor Violet Adderley.

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Breaking News: Sister of PBA Sodexo employee feared kidnapped

It is feared that the 14 year old sister of a PBA Sodexo employee has been kidnapped in Haiti, said an e-mail sent to the PBA community by Shane M. Collins, Retail Manager for Sodexo.

Fezlaine Chery, sister of Aniece Valcime, disappeared from the family’s home in St. Marks, Haiti yesterday. Valcime’s mother is flying to Haiti tomorrow to attempt to locate her daughter, Collins said in the e-mail.

Prayer is requested for the Valcime family.

Kidnapping has grown into a trade in Haiti, where, according to a 2008 article by BBC News, the unemployment rate stands at 70 percent and kidnappers can easily request thousands of dollars in ransom money. The United States government issued a travel warning at the beginning of 2009, citing the kidnapping of a total of 25 Americans in 2008 as one of many reasons to avoid “non-essential travel” to the poverty-stricken country.

Cheyanne Lent was a member of the Spring Break missions trip that visited Haiti this year.

“When we were staying in the orphanage, the orphange director, Tanya, was telling us one day … how her daughter, named Sabi, back in early 2007 was kidnapped from her house,” Lent said, referring to the orphanage where the team spent their time. The kidnappers held Sabi for four days while the family raised the $15,000 ransom that was demanded.

Photo by Cheyanne Lent / Contributing Photographer

Photo by Cheyanne Lent / Contributing Photographer

Stay tuned to the Beacon Blog for updates.

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PBA community mourns the death of beloved cafeteria worker Annette Benoit

Annette BenoitPBA cafeteria worker Annette Benoit, 55,  passed away on March 13, 2009 after an extended illness and eight days in the hospital. Benoit was a loved member of the PBA community and worked behind the scenes in the cafeteria for nine years. Details on the specific cause of her death and memorial service are still unknown.

According to the her direct supervisor, Gwen Latham, Sodexo has paid for her funeral home services after her unexpected death. Friends and family members are awaiting for Benoit’s brother to arrive in West Palm Beach in order to schedule a memorial service.

“She was one of a kind,” said Latham who worked with Benoit for five years. “She was always on time, dependable and she was loved.”

Fellow PBA dining worker Francine Walters spent every day with Benoit at St. Mary’s hospital during her eight day stay because she, “didn’t want her to be alone.”

Although Benoit faced various liver problems before her death, workers were still shocked when the news of her passing was announced.

“Everyone was devastated,” Latham said. “It’s still a shock and it’s really taken a toll on everyone.”

Details on her memorial service will be updated once they are made known.

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