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Pontiac Trans Am draws in bidders

By Kristina Webb
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Among the hundreds of cars for sale at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Auction, one stood out from the crowd.

“You don’t see a lot of these silver Trans Ams,” said 39-year-old Kenny Clair, a first-time seller from Massachusetts.

Clair sold a 1979 silver 10th Anniversary Edition Pontiac Trans Am.

Kenny Clair talking to his mother, Sue, about his 1979 Pontiac Trans Am. (All photos by Kristina Webb, Copy Editor)

The car went up on the auction block around 1 p.m. Friday, and although there had been many Trans Ams sold throughout the day, Clair was confident he could get a good price for his ’79.

“I’d like to make $35,000 or more, but I know if I get $30,000 for it I’ll break even,” Clair said.

Throughout the day, Clair had many bidders approach him, all interested in the car’s history.

Clair drives his car into line for auction

Clair purchased the car from a man in California, and spent almost $20,000 painting and repairing the vehicle.

When it was time for his car to roll onto the block in front of a crowd that one Barrett-Jackson official called one of the largest since the auction first came to Palm Beach, Clair drove his car for the last time.

The auctioneer listed the highlights of the car: numbers-matching engine; 220 horsepower, “which for 1979 made it one of the most powerful cars of its time,” the auctioneer said; four brand new tires mounted on the original wheels, a plus for any car owner; and the factory stereo, including an eight-track deck. Continue reading

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Happy April Fools Day!

On page 8 of our March 29 issue, we’ve played a little prank on PBA. Where you would normally find a photo essay and the Looks page, you instead have three Onion-esque takes on PBA life. These stories are fictional labors of love, each written to bring a smile to your face. Read through, leave us comments and let us know what you think. Each story is listed below in its entirety with some pretty amazing artwork (if we do say so ourselves). Continue reading

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Families seek federal assistance for cancer cluster

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

A map covered the wall of a guest bedroom on the first floor of Jennifer Dunsford’s house.

Although not updated since December, the map looked as though it had a horrible case of the chicken pox. Blue, red and yellow dots were scattered across the expanse, representing different types of cancer diagnosed in The Acreage, a rural community in western Palm Beach County.

“We are bombarded,” Dunsford said, adding the cause may come from an abundance of factors surrounding her neighborhood, also home to several Palm Beach Atlantic University students.
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Correction on article ‘Acreage seeks resolution in court’

In an article in today’s edition of the Beacon, an article describes how four families in The Acreage filed a lawsuit against defense contractor Pratt & Whitney.

On Friday, after the issue had gone to print, the lawsuit was dismissed by the plaintiffs. For more information, you can read the Palm Beach Post article here.

We will have continuing coverage of the investigation into the cancer cluster in The Acreage, including an in-depth look at possible causes in our next issue on March 22.

If you are a PBA student living in The Acreage, let us know. We’d like to hear what you have to say about the investigation.

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Technology inspires new major

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s School of Music and Fine Arts has given its church music major a fresh make-over to keep up with modern worship.

Unlike church music, the new worship leadership major gives students the opportunity to learn about worship in a contemporary setting.

Roget Pontbriand is the founding director of popular music at PBA, and designer of the new program.

“Education has to change with the times,” Pontbriand said. “You can’t really teach antiquated practices. You can do that in a classical music program, but you can’t do that with worship. It’s a living, breathing situation.”
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Beacon Features: Top 10 African-American films

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

In celebration of Black History Month, here’s a list of notable African-American films.
While some are historically significant, others represent ground-breaking performances by African-American actors and actresses.
After reading through the list, leave us a comment and share your favorite African-American film.

• The Color Purple (1985):

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and directed by Steven Spielberg, this film stars Whoopie Goldberg as Celie Harris, a young African-American woman who sustains abuse throughout her life.
Set in the early and mid-1900s, “The Color Purple” follows Celie from a childhood where she is sexually abused and impregnated by her father, to a marriage where she is physically and emotionally abused and treated as a slave.
Although nominated for 11 Academy Awards, it did not win any. Goldberg won a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

• Amistad (1997):
Set in 1839 and also directed by Spielberg, “Amistad” details a mutiny aboard a slave ship and the subsequent legal ramifications.
Featuring breathtaking performances by Djimon Hounsou, Anthony Hopkins and Morgan Freeman, “Amistad” provides a glimpse into the legal system of the 1800s and how issues of slavery were handled.

• To Kill a Mockingbird (1962):
This film, based on the award-winning novel by Harper Lee, tells the story of Depression-era lawyer Atticus Finch and his family.
Finch, played by Gregory Peck, takes on the case of an African-American man, played by Brock Peters, who is unfairly accused of rape in their small town in Alabama. The racist attitude of the town is brought to light as Finch struggles to defend his client and keep his family safe.

• Malcolm X (1992):
Spike Lee directs this film about the life of African-American activist Malcolm X, portrayed by Denzel Washington.
After his father is killed by the Ku Klux Klan, he is put on a path that eventually leads to his becoming the face of the Nation of Islam and the anti-white movement.
However, after a pilgrimage to Mecca, he realizes the error of his ideology and converts to Sunni Islam.
Washington puts forth a phenomenal performance, and was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. However, he lost to Al Pacino.

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Flowers, candy, date … demolition?

The hurricane-ravaged condo tower at 1515 South Flagler Dr. tumbled to the ground this morning, and all eyes at Palm Beach Atlantic University looked to the south.

With so many photographers around campus documenting the event, we’re proud to bring you some awesome shots of today’s demolition.

If you have photos you would like to share, e-mail them to beacon@pba.edu or leave us a comment with a link to an online photo album!

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Beacon Sports: Sailfish annihilate Seahawks in season opener

By Michael Noble and Jocelyn Martinez
Contributing Writers

The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team opened the season winning a double-header against Northwood University’s Seahawks on Wednesday.

Photo by Kristina Webb / Copy Editor

The Sailfish dominated the contest, coming away with a run-ruled 9-0 win in the first game and a tighter 5-4 win in the second.

Starting pitcher and captain Ashley Jones delivered a sizzling 11 strikeouts in the first game. Northwood could barely keep up with only one hit.

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Beacon News: Palm Beach Mall closes after 42 years

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

The Palm Beach Mall opened in 1967 as the largest indoor mall in the Southeast. At the intersection of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and Interstate 95, it had a perfect position in a central location.

Today, however, a walk through the mall would tell you the sad tale of one of Palm Beach County’s first landmarks that once enjoyed visits from the rich and famous — and how the economy finally brought it to its knees.

Photo by Kristina Webb / Copy Editor

The Palm Beach Mall stands empty, closed for good on Jan. 31. The only stores remaining are JC Penney and George’s Music, both of which have large, outdoor storefronts and long-term leases.

For local residents, this has been a long time coming.

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Beacon News: South Florida aid reaches Haiti

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

Since a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook their home on Jan. 12, the people of Haiti have looked to the sky, searching for aid that has been trickling into their shattered country.

There are over 100,000 Haitian immigrants in Miami alone, according to government records. With such a large Haitian community, South Florida has been at the epicenter of Haitian relief efforts.

Missionary Flights International (MFI), whose headquarters are in Fort Pierce, has been flying to Haiti for almost 40 years. MFI provided the first relief flight on the ground in Haiti, aside from the military, arriving less than 24 hours after the earthquake.

In addition to taking supplies such as dry goods and medical necessities, MFI brought back a special passenger load on Jan. 18 — a group of 26 Haitian orphans meeting their new parents for the first time.
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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 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 News: PBA buys new theater building

By Kristina Webb
Managing Editor

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Theatre Department has found a new home.

The university announced Tuesday that it has purchased the Ballet Florida building, located at 500 Fern St. in downtown West Palm Beach, for $1.85 million.

“This acquisition will not only be an asset to the future of Palm Beach Atlantic University but will be a cultural asset to the City of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County,” said PBA President Lu Hardin.

Hardin told the Palm Beach Post that he would like to catch the interest of tourists from New York and Chicago.

The 11,950 square-foot building will allow the theater program to move from its temporary home in Theatre Village.
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Beacon Features: 5th annual Alcohol Awareness Week to begin today

By Kristina Webb
Managing Editor

This week, Oct. 19-23, marks the fifth annual Alcohol Awareness Week at Palm Beach Atlantic University. 
Organized by PBA’s Department of Health and Wellness, the event seeks to promote awareness of the dangers of alcohol abuse.

“We have run this weekly program each of the past five years I have been here but this year proves to be one of the most active,” said Vince Diller, director of Health and Wellness.

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Beacon News: First lady honors service volunteers

By Kristina Webb
Managing Editor

“Service is an integral part of higher education in America.”

First lady Michelle Obama spoke these words as she addressed a crowd of more than 500 guests and reporters on Thursday for the Florida Campus Compact fundraiser and awards luncheon hosted by Miami-Dade College.

Obama used her time to promote the benefits of engaging students in community service and integrating community programs into schools’ curriculum.

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Beacon News: Tears, hands tell the story

By Kristina Webb
Managing Editor

It was enough to send chills up the spine of even the most persistent skeptic, and seemed like a scene from a movie: Erin Brockovich, famed environmental activist, asked a crowd of almost 1,500 to raise their hands if they knew of or had someone in their family who was seriously ill.

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At that moment, while the only sound heard was the clicking of photographers’ shutters, hands shot into the air throughout the auditorium.

“I want you all to look around the room,” Brockovich said. “You’re not alone.”

Brockovich, subject of a film starring Julia Roberts and based on Brockovich’s fight to help a polluted town in California, came to the Palm Beach County Convention Center Thursday night to speak to residents of The Acreage.

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Cool Alert: New amphibious car

Riding on the waves of the retro favorite and completely unique creation of the 1960s, the Amphicar, WaterCar has released its own amphibious car: the Python.

Billed as “the world’s fastest, highest performing amphibious vehicle ever designed and built,” the Python is available in several colors and with several different variations of General Motors’ LS series engine — including the ultra-powerful engine found in the Corvette ZR1.

The interior of the car is entirely waterproof, with gauges to take you from the street to the lake.

If you’re thinking of buying one on a student’s budget, think again: a fully-customized Python runs at about $200,000.

For more information on WaterCar and the Python, visit the WaterCar Web site or check out this article on the HowStuffWorks blog.

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PBA scheduled to receive 1,500 doses of H1N1 vaccine

According to Vince Diller, director of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Department of Health and Wellness, PBA is on a list to receive 1,500 doses of H1N1 vaccine from the Palm Beach County Health Department.

Although Diller has been notified that the vaccine is coming, he does not know when it will arrive. It is also unknown if the majority of the vaccines will be in nasal spray or injectable form.

“We’ve been told that we are the primary distribution point for our population, which includes students, professors, families, staff,” Diller said.

Colleges have been placed at a higher priority, Diller said, but there are still recommendations for who should receive the swine flu vaccine first. Once he receives the rules for dispersal, Diller will make the information available.

Diller added that he will have several of PBA’s epidemiologists review the recommendations on who should receive the vaccine and the side effects to make the information easier to understand for students.

About 20 seasonal flu vaccines are still available through Health and Wellness. The CDC recommends a combination of seasonal and swine flu vaccines.

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Beacon News: What’s in your water?

By Tyann Mullen & Kristina Webb
Contributing Writer, Managing Editor

A recent scare in a local community has students at Palm Beach Atlantic University asking the question: What’s in our water?

An accumulation of brain tumors noted by several residents of The Acreage prompted the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to research the well water system in the peaceful, rural community.

Of the thousands of residents, 46 adults and 15 children were found with brain tumors. The FDOH is continuing to research the victims’ medical histories and is seeking to determine whether private wells are causing the cases of cancer to form, or if other environmental causes are at play.

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Beacon News: Workship offers new database

By Kristina Webb
Managing Editor

A new online system seeks to help Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Workship program pair students with the best possible volunteer opportunities.

Beginning last month, students are now able to view online listings for organizations through MyPBA. Any nonprofit organization interested in listing receives a user name and password to enable them to electronically post advertisements.

The postings include information about the work, such as contact information and when the organization needs the volunteer.

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