The Student Newspaper of Palm Beach Atlantic University Volume 8, Issue 5
Monday, October 17, 2011
MIDTERM COFFEE BREAK Caffeine good in small doses By Meghan Gilmore Staff Writer
Cultured Café PBA alumni launch a new coffee shop on Clematis Street that promotes the use of Counter Culture Coffee See Page 5
Whether it’s a Five Hour Energy, soft drink, or iced coffee from Starbucks, it seems like college students everywhere are getting their daily doses of caffeine. With hectic schedules that place social functions and homework above sleep, it’s not difficult to see why caffeine plays such a major role in the college life. But, what is it actually doing to those minds and bodies? Caffeine is a drug classed as a stimulant that releases the neurotransmitter dopamine into the brain. Dopamine is associated with feelings of pleasure, heightened concentration and increased energy. “At consumption levels up to 200 milligrams, the amount in about 16 ounces of ordinary brewed coffee, consumers [of caffeine] report an improved sense of well-being, happiness, energy, alertness and sociability,” Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine said in a 2008 New York Times story, “although higher amounts sometimes cause anxiety and stomach upset.” Studies show the connection between caffeine and dopamine may have even more important health benefits. In 2001, a study published in the journal Neurology suggested caffeine consumption could protect against Parkinson’s disease by preventing dopamine loss.
By Christina Cernik for the Beacon
Sean Scott: “If you want the world to be better, you have to do something to make it better. It’s hypocritical not to.” Sean and his wife, Natalie (above), are PBA alumni.
Technology’s idol in the pocket
Man on a mission
PBA Professor offers his views on the death of Steve Jobs.
Sophomore Kenny Hogg discusses playing soccer at PBA.
See Caffeine, Page 5
Students showcase their art Student artists share pieces they have been working on during Family Weekend.
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Monday, October 17, 2011
Seen and Heard
CityPlace in danger of foreclosure?
Chris Hernandez Managing Editor
any students from Palm Beach Atlantic University grab dinner or catch a flick at CityPlace. Students also depend upon CityPlace as a source for part-time jobs. That made it big news when the PBA community learned of the center’s financial woes. A foreclosure suit was filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court after CityPlace fell behind on its $150 million loan. As CityPlace continues to negotiate with the lenders, local business observers expect the center to survive its financial challenges. “B.B Kings in Cityplace is my employer,” said PBA sophomore heather Knapp. “If they foreclosed I’d lose my job.”
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By Christina Cernik for the Beacon
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By Becca Wendt for the Beacon
Mac users mourn: At the mall in Wellington, Apple fans plastered the entrance of the Apple store with sticky notes responding to the death of Steve Jobs. Memorials were held outside of hundreds of Apple stores across the globe.
Opinion: Technology’s idol in the pocket By Dr. Alex Wainer Contributing Writer Last week’s announcement of the death of Apple founder and chief innovator Steve Jobs led to an outpouring of mourning from thousands of Apple devotees. Since the coming of the Macintosh computer in 1984, Steve Jobs was known as the guru of the digital age, the wizard who imagined the future and sold you the technology you didn’t know you wanted until you tried it and fell in love with its ease of use, and beautiful design. Following up the Mac with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Jobs transformed computing from the dominion of nerds to a kingdom of almost magical devices enjoyed by millions. The joy of all things Apple for its large and growing public was the delicious anticipation of what Jobs would bring us next, following by swift adoption by millions who delighted in how much pleasure and value the devices delivered. Many days this year, Apple has been the most valued company on the stock exchange. But as the late media scholar Neil Postman said, “Technology giveth, and technology taketh away (adapted from Job 2:21, found using my iPhone 4’s handy ESV app). Apple’s ability to give us wondrous stuff functioned for many as a source of meaning in a chaotic world. Christian author Andy Crouch, discussing “Steve Jobs, Secular Prophet,” in the Wall Street Journal, discussed Jobs’ choice of a bitten apple as the company’s logo, his
sly hint that his technological breakthroughs defied the curse God placed upon work after Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit “Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.” Apple seemed to take the toil out of digital technology.
Apple tribute: With this sticky note, a fan left a real apple.
Of course it’s not sinful to create labor-saving devices and make them elegant, but the problem is that such technology always overpromises. Life is easier with tablets and smart phones but we give up other things. Like safety when we are tempted to text while driving, or basic manners as we don’t look up walking across campus checking our e-mail as the person in our path takes evasive maneuvers. Headphones tell the world not to bother me, cutting off interpersonal interaction. Digital media is so easy and cool that it’s distracting. It can creep into our lives and change our behavior in ways we never intended. In fact, to look across campus between classes and see so many bowed heads gazing, as if in contemplation at the object in their hands, someone from 1999 would wonder if we were engaged in some type of devotional activity, like medieval monks, walking and reading from a prayer book. Just as the bronze serpent God gave Moses to heal the sickness he’d cursed the rebellious Israelites with later became an object of worship, so we are drawn to venerate these wonderful tools and live in hope of the next dispensation of iPhone features or OS upgrade for the fresh miracles they will dispense. How do you know you might be idolizing technology? When it becomes more of an end in itself than a means to fostering vital relationships with God and others. Now, excuse me, I’ve got to download iOS 5; it’s got some sweet new features!
Monday, October 17, 2011
Work-study cut at PBA and across the nation
By Cash Lambert News Editor
Palm Beach Atlantic University students are learning, some for the first time, how to balance money away from the confines of home along with trying to pay for college. Since the institution of work-study in 1964, it has helped students pay for school without taking too much time away from the classroom. But with the recent cuts in work study jobs across the nation and from the Financial Aid department at PBA, students are scrambling for money. “Last year I had work study and this year, even though my finances stayed the same, I didn’t receive it,” said sophomore Rachel Hill. “It was a surprise to me because nothing changed on my part. I was suddenly ineligible, and it was really frustrating to take such a pay cut.” The work-study financial problem isn’t based out of PBA; it’s a nationwide issue. “Our financial aid that we give to the students comes from the federal government, and we have received $80,000 less from them this year,” said Geneveve Gort, a financial aid counselor. “Since the economy is struggling, it’s affected schools everywhere,” continued Gort. “We’re having to cut work study jobs because the money just isn’t there.” The hefty amount of $80,000 that wasn’t given to PBA translates to 11,000 hours that could have been worked by students, but instead, because of the cuts, went unworked. Work-study, signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson over four decades ago, was part of the Economic Opportunity Act. The goal of work-study, according to the national coalition Campus Contact, was to “stimulate and promote the part-time employment of students in institutions of higher education who are from low income families and are in need of the earnings from such employment to purse courses of study at such institutions.” But when the economy begins to drag, spending is cut in various programs and, unfortunately, work-
study has been one of them. The economy suffering is nothing new to Americans. The federal government is in debt over 14 trillion dollars, which if paid by the taxpayers, would cost a payment of $132,000 per person, according to the U.S. debt clock. Also the stock market, which rises and falls on a daily if not hourly basis, has many losing money. With such a need for jobs, the unemployment rate nationwide is 9.1 percent, with Florida specifically at 10.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This makes the thought of getting a job for people even more difficult, let alone college students. With these worries constantly on the news, college students who used to have work-study jobs are having to look for off campus jobs. “The great thing about work study is that you can work on campus, and you don’t have to make a big commitment off campus,” said junior Zach Peters, who has an on-campus work-study job. “Classes should be the number one commitment, but if you can’t get a work-study job and you have to go off campus for a job, it makes keeping up in class even harder, said Peters.” PBA, however, hasn’t been the hardest hit with the cut finances for work-study jobs. Yakima Valley Community College, a two year school with a small enrollment in Washington State, has lost “hundreds” of jobs, as its work-study program was cut by two thirds, from 300 jobs to 100. Another school, Whittier College in Los Angeles, Calif., had a decrease of $201,000 over three years, according to the school’s newspaper, heavily increasing the loss of work study jobs. The future of work-study is at a serious risk. It is unknown whether the cuts will continue or if work-study will exist in the next few years. Colleges depend on federal aid, which depends upon the economy. “It’s hard to predict what will happen,” said Gort. “I doubt there will be a miraculous turn-around.”
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Distinguished scholar speaking on evolution Dr. Alvin Plantinga is bringing his knowledge and impressive resume to PBA today in the chapel By Olivia Baldassari Staff Writer On Monday, Oct. 17, Palm Beach Atlantic University will be hosting its annual President’s Distinguished Scholar Lecture with Dr. Alvin Plantinga, the emeritus John A. O’Brien professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Plantinga is considered one of the most significant and prominent philosophers of the 20th and 21st century. He began his teaching career in 1957 as an instructor of philosophy at Yale University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1958. In that same year he became a professor of philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where he would remain until 1963 when he accepted a teaching job at Calvin College. He taught at Calvin for over 19 years before he moved to Notre Dame in 1982. Over his tenure teaching others, he received numerous honorary degrees, from Glasgow University in 1982, Calvin College in 1986, North Park College in 1994, the Free University of Amsterdam in 1995, Brigham Young University in 1996, and Valparaiso University in 1999. He has also written several books, including “God and Other Minds,” a three volume series covering his view of reformed epistemology and proper functionalism, and “The Nature of Necessity.” On Monday, Plantinga will be discussing the conflict between the scientific theory of evolution and Christian theology. He will argue that there is not much of a difference between them. He believes that the more appropriate conflict is between naturalism and science and not religion and science. Plantinga’s lecture is titled: “Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies.” It will be on Oct. 17 at 7:30 in the DeSantis Family Chapel. He will also speak at chapel and in classes around the PBA campus.
Leading by example is school year theme By Becca Stripe Staff Writer
By Christina Cernik for the Beacon
State of the University speech: Interim President Bill Fleming speaks at chapel during parents weekend.
On Oct. 8 Interim President Bill Fleming took the stage in the DeSantis Family Chapel to tell students and parents that this year Palm Beach Atlantic University is “pushing prayer,” and doing things “a little bit bolder.” Student Government and the Parents Council hosted the event over parents weekend. The morning opened with a prayer led by senior student government president Gregory Bromley. “It is such a blessing to come to this university, he said. “There’s something very special about coming to a university where the center is the most important thing and that is Jesus Christ and that He’s our Savior and our Lord.” John Hadden, a member of the Parents Council and father of a daughter who attends PBA,
introduced Fleming. “Of all the leaders I’ve ever had the privilege of working with I don’t know of one that’s ever led standing so tall but doing so on bending knee,” Hadden said. “Every decision he makes is at the foot of the cross.” Fleming delivered the State of the University address. After hushing the crowd into complete silence, Fleming said, “Do you feel it? What I feel are good vibrations. Each and every day, in all ways, there are good vibrations at PBA.” Fleming directed the attention of the audience behind him to the bottom of the Christ window in the chapel to read what John 14:6 says on the window – “I am the way and the truth and the life.” “Right there in plain sight, not hidden,” Fleming said. “For you and for your students each time they’re in the DeSantis Family Chapel for activities and weekly chapel to remember what
the true pathway is.” He brought up the school year’s theme: Lead by Example. “Palm Beach Atlantic University is a university built on prayer,” Fleming continued. “This year we’re doing some things a little bit different, a little bit bolder, a little bit edgier when it comes to prayer,” he said. “But we’re pushing prayer because we believe that it’s a way that we will strengthen this academic community and we will strengthen each and every member of this wonderful university. It’s the power of prayer that we’re calling on at PBA. “It’s the truth we’re anchored to.” Fleming ended the State of the University address by hushing the audience again and asking, “Can you feel the good
Monday, October 17, 2011
Van Gaga: Students showcase art By Brianna Dungan Staff Writer
When is a time when paintings, drawings, photos and living art all come together under one roof? Friday, Oct. 7, Palm Beach Atlantic University hosted a Student Art Event where students of any major could showcase their wide range of artistic talent. This was not only a time to see the artwork but also to meet the artists. The posters for the event drew attention to the fact that there would be live art—an intriguing and curious concept. The live art was approached from many different angles and included living statues, artists at work and dancers. Even Mario and Luigi from Mario Brothers
made an appearance for photo opportunities. Alyssa Osbron, junior at PBA, transformed willing sophomores Elizabeth Jorgenson and Adrienne Smith into metallic living statues. Both girls started the night out in front of the library using the columns as a backdrop. The girls began to draw the attention of curious students and parents as they passed by. Smith and Jorgenson ended the night propped inside the entrance of the library staying perfectly still and in character even as students endlessly tried to initiate conversation and smiles. When asked what inspired Osbron to create these live statues she explained “I’m from Chicago, we have them all the time there, so I thought I’d give it a try.”
Osbron was not only a contributor to the event but also was in charge of the event. Another aspect of the live art featured was the dancing group known as Dance Redemptive. The five girls danced and posed in front of the rotunda to showcase their artistic abilities. Co-leader of Dance Redemptive, Caitlyn Girardi, said that they dance as a worship ministry. Dance Redemptive can be scheduled for events and they have performed in a variety of places from coffeehouses to churches. The live art was not the only thing captivating about this event. All the art was bursting with talent and passion. Logan Kaynes, psychology major and junior at PBA, showcased her pictures from an
11-country, 11-month mission trip she went on last year. Her pictures showed the joys, sorrows, and afflictions of the people in these countries. Kaynes said she would love to live in another country after she graduates but feels God is calling her to stay in the states. Many students at the event showcased pieces featuring Palm Beach’s beautiful beaches and the intracoastal waterway. However, some artists’ pieces were not focused solely on landscape but rather a variety of different things. Senior and graphic design major Courtney Houston, was this exception. Houston showcased a variety of many paintings and drawings ranging from Lady Gaga to detailed portraits. “I am always really inspired by
the music I listen to, so I love to use the artists of that music as my subjects,” said Houston. She said that the professors at PBA have taught her many ways to improve her artwork, especially Professor Craft, who said ten times a day her freshman year “draw what you see.” Houston said that she’s not sure what she’ll do after graduation, but that she will always be doing art for fun. Whether they are art majors or math majors, the students at PBA know how to make art fun and alive, not only for the artists in the show but for students and parents as well. Freshman Claudia Tinoco described the event as being “absolutely mesmerizing; I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
By Brianna Dungan for the Beacon
Color me creative: PBA students display various ways to express their inner artist.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Caffeine From page 1
By Christina Cernik for the Beacon
Coffee shop set apart by works of art
Got culture?: Besides doubling as an art gallery, Habatat Coffee Company sells Counter Culture coffee to aid coffee farmers.
By Christian Rosario Staff Writer
Imagine being a farmer who works tirelessly and endlessly in a third-world country producing coffee beans. A new coffee shop in West Palm Beach has partnered with a coffee company that seeks to create a bond with such farmers so that they are treated fairly, and are able to produce the best product possible. Habatat Coffee Company, located on the corner of Clematis Street and Rosemary Avenue, is the newest coffee shop to hit our West Palm Beach environment. Sean and Natalie Scott, alumni of Palm Beach Atlantic University, are the proud owners of the coffee shop. Their shop is located inside the Habatat Galleries owned by Jillian and Jay Scott. Habatat Coffee sells products from Counter Culture Coffee, a company that works with farmers all over the world. According to Sean Scott, Counter Culture Coffee may be changing the way coffee is produced and traded. Counter Culture gets to know the farmers on a personal level, Scott said. Counter Culture uses what is called direct trade. Direct trade, said Scott, promises to tell the farmers what their beans are worth and how to perfect the coffee bean growing process.
“I always knew before I started the business that I wanted to do my business holistically,” said Scott. “If you want the world to be better you have to do something to make it better; it’s hypocritical not to.” He said this is why he uses Counter Culture Coffee for his products. At Habatat Coffee Company one can get anything from a simple coffee or tea to a complex order like a non-fat almond milk vanilla latte. Eric White, a West Palm Beach resident and self-proclaimed coffee addict, ordered a white chocolate mocha and had this to say about his experience of Habitat Coffee Company: “I will be back! There’s nothing like supporting quality coffee and local business.” Whether the order is simple or extreme, Scott said, just by ordering, the customer is making a difference in farmers’ lives by giving them the money that they rightfully deserve. Scott draws a distinction between the system he supports and what is commonly called He said “fair trade” coffee. fair trade acts like an insurance policy, in which a farmer must make a certain amount of coffee and is promised to make enough money to let him survive the year. Though the farmers make enough to survive, Scott said, these farmers have no idea what the coffee is being priced
for, nor do they get a portion of the money gained from the coffee being sold in retail. He said these farmers could be making a lot more money than what they actually receive. Counter Culture Coffee’s direct trade promises farmers to make up to 19 percent more than what fair trade farmers are making. Not only are direct trade farmers promised to make up to 19 percent more, but they also make a portion of the money gained at retail sale. At Habatat Coffee Company, PBA students can make a difference in the community by supporting local business, can make a difference in a farmer’s life by purchasing Counter Culture Coffee, and can help themselves by having a great place to focus and study in an environment that is different
from the library or Starbucks. “It’s such a unique place, definitely one of a kind, and very modern; it’s really cool,” said Courtney Barry, a PBA freshman. According to Kyle Walding, a PBA junior, “Habatat is a modern variant of the typical coffee shop— with comfortable lighting and seating, delicious delicacies, and trendy art. It is both a great place to study and a cathartic escape from the stress of campus life.” PBA students get a 20 percent discount when showing a PBA ID, so walk up to Clematis or park in the free parking lot around back. Take a seat anywhere around the gallery or on the balcony that overlooks Clematis Street and enjoy coffee that makes the world just a little bit of a better place to live in. Graphic By Rocky DeCell for the Beacon
fee visit http://counterculturecoffee.com Habatat Coffee Company hours Mon – Wed 7am – 5pm Thurs – Sat 7am – 5pm
In the same report, caffeine has been shown to reduce memory loss and cognitive decline, according to Scientific American magazine. Other aspects of the caffeine molecule have been shown to possess many health benefits and even produce positive effects on patients with certain diseases. In 2009, a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism showed that caffeine decreases pain associated with exercise. Caffeine may also improve lung function in asthma patients, according to a study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2007. According to the New York Times, “even a small dose [of caffeine] – less than the amount in a cup of Starbucks coffee – could improve lung function for up to two hours.” Although caffeine itself has health benefits, the most common high-caffeine drink, coffee, appears to be especially valuable, according to studies done over the last 20 years. According to an article published in the New York Times in 2006, coffee – with or without caffeine – has the potential to reduce the risks of many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver. Another study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 showed that caffeine in coffee could improve cognitive performance in patients with Alzheimer’s. Despite the overwhelming evidence generated by modern studies, there still seems to be a stigma surrounding caffeine implying that the substance is unhealthy. The New York Times reports that in the past, many studies suggested that caffeine led to dehydration, heart disease, hypertension, bone loss and even cancer but that current research disregards these concerns as myths. In the case of cancer, The New York Times reported that a recent review suggests that people who drink caffeinated drinks have half the risk of developing liver cancer than people who do not consume caffeine. As with all things, moderation is the key. As with other drugs, overconsumption of caffeine can lead to health problems. However, the health benefits associated with regular caffeine consumption (two to four mugs of coffee or 360-720 milligrams per day) make it possible to survive the chaotic college lifestyle without fear. Alicia Britton, a junior at PBA, said she tried a Five Hour Energy drink for the first time last week. “I didn’t get any sleep at all and I knew I had a really long day ahead of me with tests and lacrosse so I knew I couldn’t do it without some assistance, I only drank half of the bottle though so I wouldn’t crash really bad later, so by doing that it wasn’t so bad,” Britton said. Justin Mikesell, a PBA sophomore, said he relied on caffeine to get through each day. “I basically need it to function,” Mikesell said. “I usually drink about three or four cups of coffee every day. I would definitely not be able to function as well on as little sleep as I get in college without it.”
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Monday, October 17, 2011
Stop the World brought story of redemption to Fern Street Theatre
By Greg Halmos Staff Writer
ith six performances to sold out crowds, audience members of “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off” experienced the story of Littlechap. Director Don Butler said he chose to do this show for three reasons. “The first” he said, “was to explore the idea of the concept musical where the theme is more important than the actual narrative of the play.” Second, Butler pointed out that there are a lot more women than men in the theater department, and this show gave him the opportunity to showcase 13 women and one man. Finally, “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off” tells the story of redemption, an important message for audiences and often
a theme of PBA plays. Audience member Carlo Sabusap saw the show on Thursday night and said, “ This is one of the few concept musicals I have seen, and I think it they did an extraordinary job of pulling it off.” Bradley Mack, a PBA student who played the lead role and the only male in the show said the experience was “a lot of fun.” He said, “It was definitely the most challenging role I have ever had, but challenging roles lead to growth as an actor.” The next production by the TheatrePBA will be “The Long Christmas Dinner” written by Thorton Wilder. The play will take place at the Fern Street Theatre Dec. 1-3 and will be directed by Daniel Gordon.
Stop in the name of Theatre: Bradley Mack (above and top left), Amberly Harman (above) and the rest of TheatrePBA performed Stop the World, I want to Get Off to sold out crowds during parents weekend at Fern Street Theatre. Photos by Tai Cornell for the Beacon
Photos courtesy of Morgan Skwira
On your mark : The Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish get ready to compete at the Florida Runners Invitational in Titusville. The girls took third out of seven schools at the invitational. According to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the cross country team currently ranks fourth in the south region in the NCCAA Division II. This is the highest ranking of all prior seasons for the Sailfish. The next race is this Saturday in Atlanta.
Cross Country receives highest ranking Faith Warren Staff Writer On Oct. 4, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released the NCCAA Division II rankings, with the Palm Beach Atlantic University Women’s Cross Country team ranked fourth in the south region. This is the highest ranking of all prior seasons in PBA’s cross country history,and the Sailfish continue to escalade to the top. “This year the focus is all about the team,” head coach Trish Butler said. “The girls are highly motivated and very committed to each other and achieving their goals.” The 2011-2012 cross country team includes Meghan Gilmore, Katherine Harvey, Faith Warren, Danielle Kittell, Morgan Skwira, Sarah Walsh, Jessica Sexton, and Kourtney Sumner. As the girls practice six to seven days
a week, averaging 55-70 miles, their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed, especially at the meets over the past three weeks. Starting off the season, the women competed in Gainesville, Fla. in the
“We are working hard because we now have the ability to win and the girls are aware of it.” - Price Mountain Dew Invitational and finished 12th out of 19 teams including the third best team finish of non-NCAA Division I teams. In their second race, the Sailfish took third place out of seven schools at the Florida Runners Invitational in Titusville, Florida. Most recently, the sailfish placed eighth out of a total of 28 teams last Saturday at the Walt Disney Classic in Orlando, Fla.
According to last year statistics, the women’s cross country team was ranked tenth in the region. Moving up six spots in three races, these girls continue to advance as they “believe nothing to be impossible and place no limits on this year’s season,” said Kittell. “PBA cross country has improved every year but this has by far been the biggest success,” said assistant coach Kyle Price. “This year we are far more competitive, driven and goal oriented. We are working hard because we now have the ability to win and the girls are aware of it.” The University of Tampa continues to hold the first place South Regional ranking, with Nova Southeastern ranked second, the University of West Florida ranked third, and PBA ranked fourth. “This year every single one of us is working towards the same goal,” said Katherine Harvey, a junior and third year runner for Palm Beach Atlantic. “It is awesome to see what prayer, hard work
and passion can do over a period of three years. I only expect us to get better as the years go on.” Before the season ends, the Sailfish have four more races that present the opportunity to further improve. This past Friday they were to run in the USF Black and Gold Challenge. Next comes the Southeast Classic in Atlanta this Saturday and their first NCCAA regional championship race in Tampa. Finishing the season, the women’s cross country team has high expectations for the NCCAA Nationals in Cedarville, Ohio on Nov. 1. In 2009 the women’s cross country team placed 17th out of 19 schools at the NCCAA Nationals followed by fourth out of 21 schools in 2010. As the Sailfish continue to work hard and progress in the rankings, the girls “plan to improve their times at Nationals from last year and aim for the top,” said Harvey.
The Beacon Monday, October 17, 2011
Sailfish weekly report
V-ball goes to 17-2
By Joshua Reid Sports Editor
By Christina Cernik for the Beacon
Making a name for himself: Kenny Hogg leads the team in goals with 11. He hopes to get at least 15 by the end of the season.
Man on a mission Sophomore soccer player Kenny Hogg hopes to achieve more than just being the only Sailfish named NCCAA athlete of the week. By Joshua Reid Sports Editor
Photo courtesy of Tom Strunk
In action: Hogg chases after the ball in a recent match
Sailfish Sports Oct. 17-23
Last season was a memorable one for the men’s soccer team, as it won its first-ever NCCAA National Championship by defeating Cedarville University by a 2-0 score on December 4. As the Sailfish try to accomplish the feat again this year, sophomore Kenny Hogg leads the way. “I came to PBA because I felt it was an excellent athletics department and a great chance for me to enhance my academic and soccer skills,” said Hogg. “I also like that it’s a smaller university.” “Last season was great for the team, and I want to experience something like that.” Hogg is a sophomore who transferred from Strathclythe University in Scotland, where he did not compete in athletics. He played soccer in high school for four seasons before being selected to the Scottish International Schoolboys, where he won the national cup by scoring three
goals in the final. “It was fun,” said Hogg. I felt that I wanted to accomplish something like that at PBA.” Hogg was recruited by men’s soccer coach Jose Gomez, who is in his seventh season as head coach.
streak. “I want to score at least 15 goals before the season ends,” said Hogg. “I just want to help out the team as much as I can, and I know scoring goals will allow me to do that.” While last year’s team had a
“I came to PBA because I felt it was an excellent athletics department and a great chance for me to enhance my academic and soccer skills.” - Hogg “Coach (Gomez) knows someone he used to play with (back home). I also had one friend that played here last year, so that made my decision to come to PBA easier,” said Hogg. Through eleven games, Hogg currently leads the team in goals with 11. In one week he had a total of six goals in two games, including four in one. Earlier this season, Hogg was recognized by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as the player of the week for the week of the Sept. 26. With the majority of the season over, Hogg hopes he can continue his scoring
Men’s Soccer 3 p.m. @ Lynn University Women’s Soccer 3:30 p.m., Home vs. Flagler College
Volleyball 7 p.m. @ Ave Maria University
memorable season, this year’s team is struggling to achieve the same type of success. The Sailfish currently have a record of 5-6 and have six games remaining before regionals on Nov. 9 and 10. “Hopefully we can win out,” said Hogg. “I’m going to try to perform the best way I can, and that’s by scoring goals.” The team’s final match before nationals is on Oct. 29 when they play at Barton College in Barton, North Carolina. The final home match is on Oct. 26 against Nova Southeastern University.
On Oct. 8 the Palm Beach Atlantic University volleyball team won the annual Pepsi Bash at the Beach Tournament. The team started the tournament on Oct. 7 when it swept Shepherd University, 3-0. Later that day, the Sailfish went on to defeat Seton Hill University, 3-1. On Oct. 8 the team concluded the tournament by sweeping Davis & Elkins College 3-0 and sweeping Johnson C. Smith University 3-0 to become tournament champions. Senior Lenae Robinson, freshman Melissa McPeek, and redshirt junior Mariela Quesada were all named to the Pepsi Bash at the Beach AllTournament team. The momentum continued after the tournament as the Sailfish swept Nova Southeastern on Oct. 12, 3-0, to improve their record to 17-2 on the year. The team hopes to continue its winning streak next week in a stretch of three games, including back-to-back home games on the 21st and 22nd against Rollins College and the University of Central Oklahoma, respectively. The men’s soccer team fell short in its two games last week. Despite a tough effort in a hostile environment, the Sailfish fell to fifth ranked Rollins College on Oct. 7, 0-2. On Oct. 12 the team once again had a road match against a ranked opponent, this time against number ten ranked Barry University. Despite another valiant effort, the team fell 0-1. Steven Bush had five saves in net. The two losses bring the team’s record to 5-6 on the season. The Sailfish closed out the week by having the first home match in a month on Oct. 15 when they played Southeastern University. To see results, go to pbasailfish. com. The women’s soccer team lost its only match of the week, as it fell to Barry University on Oct. 11, 1-2. The loss brought the team’s record to 5-6-1. Junior Meagan Phillips scored the only goal for the Sailfish. Sophomore goalkeeper Allison Fox had 11 saves in the match. The Sailfish would be back in action again on the 15th when they traveled to Valdosta, Ga. to take on Valdosta State University for the first-time ever. To see results, go to pbasailfish.com.
Men’s Soccer 3 p.m., Home Cross Country 10 a.m. Women’s Soccer noon, Home vs. Chowan University Southeast Classic vs. Chowan University Volleyball 3 p.m., Home @ Rome, Ga. Volleyball 7 p.m., Home vs. University of Central vs. Rollins College Oklahoma
Monday October 17, 2011
Last weekend, a low pressure system pumped through the east coast of Florida, giving surfers an incredible stoke. Palm Beach Atlantic University students surfed many different breaks, from Clarke Beach to South Floridaâ€™s most famous spot, Reef Road. Surfers saw a variety from choppy 10-foot whitewash waves to 4-foot hollow barrels that crushed those who were in the way. Either way, it was a good time for all involved.
Photo above taken by Cash W. Lambert. All others taken by Christina Cernik.