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The Student Newspaper of Palm Beach Atlantic University Volume 8, Issue 6

Monday, October 24, 2011


By Chris Hernandez for the Beacon

I will survive: Fourteen years ago, Lorna Johnson (sixth from the left) heard the words she hopes no one would ever hear: “You have breast cancer.” Now, she is the event chair for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an organization that holds events to raise funds for research and education regarding breast cancer. She is pictured above with other survivors after taking part in a flash mob at CityPlace on Oct. 14.

Painting CityPlace Pink PBA and the community of West Palm Beach performed a flash mob in the middle of CityPlace for Breast Cancer Awareness

By Chris Hernandez Managing Editor Fourteen years ago, Lorna Johnson sat in her doctor’s office awaiting the results of her biopsy. A few weeks earlier, she was working a corporate job and was going in for what she thought was a routine mammogram. The doctor found some massive tissue in her breasts. Fourteen years ago, Johnson heard the words she hopes this generation would never hear: “You have breast cancer.” On Oct. 14, Johnson joined other breast cancer survivors in a flash mob dance in CityPlace, celebrating her victory from the disease. The road to CityPlace wasn’t an easy one for Johnson or

You’re a firework: People from all walks of life gathered by the CityPlace stage to take part in the flash mob. The flash mob was choreographed by Palm Beach Atlantic University adjunct professor Niki Jaquetti. “This was such a simple task for me to do. Choreographing the flash mob took me a whole 10 minutes. However this one of the most memorable dance experiences I’ve ever had, all because of the intent behind it,” she said. By Chris Hernandez for the Beacon

her family. “When mom’s sick, everyone’s sick,” she said. At the time she was diagnosed, both her sons where in Canada. “My youngest son took it hard,” she said. “He’s a mommy’s boy and didn’t want to be away. So, he came to the U.S. and journeyed through it.” Even though she had her family, Johnson still did not know anyone who had battled the disease. She recounted that, while she was recovering from surgery, people from the American Cancer Society visited her. These people had a profound impact on her. “They taught me what it’s like to embrace this disease I was experiencing,” she said. “Fourteen years ago, I went on a journey that said, as long

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Volleyball team heads to regionals

Protesters make their voice heard

PBA ghost stories, fair trade treats and a word on what the Bible has to say about ghosts.

Volleyball team hopes to continue its success going into regionals.

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Protest in Lake Worth echoes Occupy Wall St., includes PBA student.

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Seen and Heard

Dancing through Life P

Chris Hernandez Managing Editor

Cash Lambert nEws Editor

Charlotte Rakestraw FEaturEs Editor

Joshua Reid Sports Editor

Rocky DeCell graphic arts Editor

Jenny Hendriksen Web Editor

Meghan Gilmore Video Coordinator

John Sizemore ExEcutivE Editor

Photo Courtesy of Issac Dean with I.Q. Photography

Duane Meeks Publisher

BA Dance majors, minors, and dance enthusiasts participated in the Student Choreography Showcase during Parents Weekend. The dancers performed for a seam-busting crowd that overflowed from the edge of the stage into the first floor lobby before the show began at 2 p.m. From comedic and lighthearted to intense and contemporary dancing, the performance took the audience from laughter to tears to self-reflection as each piece contributed a different dynamic to the showcase. Whether it was a solo, a duet, or a troupe of dancers, each piece had its own story to tell. The next dance department performance is coming up on Nov. 11 and 12 as the PBA Dance Ensemble prepares to present its Fall Dance Concert.

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Severe drought hits PBA

Former student dies Christina Dyben, 22, a former student at Palm Beach Atlantic University, died on Oct. 14 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis. She was the daughter of Mark and Andrea Dyben. Mrs. Dyben is director of the Student Success Center. “I had the opportunity to spend some time with Mark and Andrea and am amazed at their incredible faith and strength during this difficult time,” said Campus Pastor Bernie Cueto in an email to the PBA community. “This is an answer to many of your prayers. Keep praying!” Andrea Dyben posted the following on Facebook Oct. 15: “Late last night, Christina went home to be with her Savior. The healing we all prayed for was fully credited to her. She can finally breathe in a way she never has been able to and will never have to worry about doing treatments ever again. While Mark and I cannot fathom how we will live without her, the joy she is experiencing right now gives us comfort. We cannot thank everyone enough for the prayers and support that have

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been offered; your continued prayers for our grieving process would be appreciated.” Christina Dyben came to PBA in 2007, and majored in dance. She was unable to complete her studies here because of her health problems. In a Facebook posting, one of her former resident assistants recalled that she “was such a joy, and had a smile that lit up the room.”

Say, “Cheese!” Yearbook Photo Day & Senior Portraits Nov. 14-16 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lassiter Student Center *Dress appropriately-No halter tops, hats, spaghetti straps.

Seniors: To make your appointment, log on to www.photoappointment. com. Password: pba. All underclassmen are photographed on a walk-in basis.

West Palm Beach is experiencing one of the worst droughts it has witnessed in years. When you are a stone’s throw away from the Intracoastal and only a mile from the ocean, the thought of a drought sounds peculiar doesn’t it? As you have probably seen around campus, aesthetic landscaping has been postponed due to these watering restrictions. According to Becky Peeling, assistant vice president for University Relations & Marketing, “West Palm Beach enacted water restrictions in May, which strictly limited PBA’s watering of landscaping. “The colorful flower beds that you are used to seeing take more water than the larger pieces such as the established palms and trees.” To be more specific, according to the South Florida Water Management District, an emergency one-day-a-week landscape irrigation restriction has been put into place. It was implemented on June 13 by the West Palm Beach City Commission for the areas served by the City of West Palm Beach’s Utility, which includes the City of West Palm Beach. “We were hopeful of a good rainy season that would allow the water restrictions to be lifted but we have not gotten as much rain as some areas,” said Peeling. “The weather we’ve experienced this fall semester has not been enough to replenish the city’s water supply to keep up with demand.” To add to the current shortage concerns, South Florida Water Management District reports that “long-term forecasts are calling for record La Niña conditions in South Florida during the winter months,” meaning a typically dry season during the next few months is on the way. This is no normal deficit. According to regional water managers, West Palm Beach’s drinking water sources “will probably be exhausted” by March. Patrick Painter, the city’s watershed resource manager, told the Palm Beach Post, “This is just an extraordinary drought. We need to assume nothing and prepare for the worst.” Scott Burns, the water shortage incident commander at the South Florida Water Management District parallels Painter’s statement and said, “I think you need to approach this with the concept that you’re facing a significant event …we’re going to do everything we can do to help.”

As the weather cools, the pressure is heating up about what to do to satisfy the thirst of WPB’s 111,000 customers. Currently the city is surviving through being able to buy 10 million gallons from Palm Beach County to mollify its maximum need of 32 million daily. The city’s water pipes are too small to handle more than that, said the report in the Post. Realistic options for the city of WPB are few in number and stressful in process. Regional water managers recently warned the WPB City Commission that they will not be allowed to pull water from its wellfield due to it being in violation of its permit. An idea suggested this summer was a pilot project that mixed water from Lake Okeechobee with the reservoir’s water. The low level of lake water, which is needed to properly dilute the salinity of the reservoir’s water supply, does not help the situation. In addition to the risk of insufficient dilution, evaporation and loss of fluid via seepage can lead to over half of the water being lost in transportation as it traveled east to ease our water restrictions. Current suggestions made by City Utilities Director David Hanks include: partnering with Florida Atlantic University on a study to drill horizontal wells, resurrecting plans to inject water into a well for storage, and extending intake pipes to the deepest sections of Clear Lake-the reservoir that feeds water to the neighboring treatment plant. Hanks also suggested fixing the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant that’s supposed to replenish the city’s well field. It has not functioned at anticipated capacity, and when it is working it only produces 2 million to 7 million gallons of reclaimed water a day. This has eliminated the hope of being able to pump a gallon of water back into the wellfield for every gallon taken out. According to Hanks, The only plan that could promise any hope of immediate action would be to pump water from the C-17 Canal that lines Congress Avenue into the M Canal, which feeds Clear Lake. Even if this were to be completed by March, Scott Burns said that the C-17 Canal would likely be too low to use. As the city stresses to provide for its civilians, help by doing your part. If the city’s water resources are not sustained, more water restrictions will be coming.

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Local protesters make their voices heard

Photos by James Brandenburg for the Beacon

Making their presence known: protestors made signs and sang songs on ideas they believe need to be amplified.

By Meghan Gilmore Staff Wrtier


rotesters in Lake Worth braved the stormy weather on Oct. 15 to add their voices to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Among them was Palm Beach Atlantic University student James Brandenburg, who expressed his distaste for the government and economy in an interview after the protest. “First, let me just say that there are many emotions that go along with this movement; for me, anger is just one,” said Brandenburg. “Yes, I am angry because of the injustice of one small group, the one percent, owning most of the country’s wealth while the rest, the 99 percent,

continually take pay cuts and higher taxes. “When I see people in this country who cannot pay bills, afford health care for themselves and their families, or cannot afford basic needs such as food and shelter, I cannot help but feel convicted,” said Brandenburg. “I do as much as I can to help others, but when I saw a large group of people who were willing to sacrifice, to stand up and speak out against the injustice and corruption, I felt a conviction to join.” The main idea of the protest, said Brandenburg, is “to show that there are people who need help and are not getting any, and to tell those with an abundance that they can and should help.” He referred to the words of Jesus in Luke 3:11 regarding the needy. “The idea of helping others so that everyone has their needs met, I think, is not only a political one but a

spiritual one,” he said. “I think these protests are a great place to start a national and global conversation of revamping political goals and the means in which the goals are met,” said Brandenburg. “This re-education could be the needed spark to ignite the changes that are desperately needed.” For another side of the story, PBA’s Dr. Roger Chapman, associate professor of humanities, described the Occupy Wall Street protestors as “idealistic with vague grievances, self-contradicting, no specific agenda or concrete platform, no leader, no direction.” He said the movement “is classic guerrilla theater.” Nevertheless, said Chapmen, the movement “might coalesce into a needed pressure group, one to counteract the Tea Party that is bankrolled by corporate interests that want

less government because they wish to be less accountable to the public.” The Tea Party generally represents the older generation and the Occupy Wall Street generally represents the younger, according to Chapman. “Both groups are concerned about the future and consequently have different concerns; it makes sense that some PBA students would feel a connection with the Occupy Wall Street group,” said Chapman. “We are a very diverse society and there are competing views,” said Chapman. “Other countries may have less activism because they are more homogenous. We at PBA need to make certain not to unconsciously equate Christianity with only a certain demographic, otherwise the gospel gets contained and tainted.”

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Charlotte Rakestraw for the Beacon

Luminaria: bags lighted with candles bear the names of cancer victims and survivors.

Relay for Life set for PBA

Jessica Wharton Staff Writer

Every year Relay for Life raises money for and celebrates the lives of cancer victims all across America. This year, Palm Beach Atlantic University will host Relay for Life on campus, starting with a kick- off meeting on Nov. 10 in the student center. At Relay for Life, teams camp out and have one representative of their team on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. The event at PBA will be 18 hours long, and students, as well as faculty and staff, will be invited to take part in camping out, community building events, and the luminaria ceremony at sunset. Dr. Mireille Aleman, assistant professor of chemistry at PBA, is helping to run and organize the event along with her student co-chairs, Olivia Joyce and Tosin David. “I had been involved with Relay for Life back home in Michigan and thought it was a great community building event,” Joyce said. “I really don’t know anyone whose lives haven’t been touched by someone with cancer.” The goals of the 2011 Relay for Life include raising $15,000 and more student and community involvement.

Joyce recalled, “some of the most memorable things from past relays is simply to hear the stories from friends and family of the people they love battling cancer; it hits so close to home for everyone.” There are three distinct parts to Relay for Life: Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back. The first lap is always run or walked by cancer survivors as a way to celebrate their life. The remembering part of the relay is during the luminaria ceremony, using bags bearing the names of cancer victims and survivors. The bags are lit with candles and illuminate the track. Past participant and PBA sophomore Liddy Robinson said, “this event is really special to me because my mom is a survivor of brain cancer. I think it’s so great to see everyone out here supporting such an important cause; it’s touching to see people walk the 18 hours and camp out because my family and I truly know what it is like to be struggling with a family member having cancer 24/7.” For further inquiries on how to get involved and help beat cancer, contact Olivia Joyce at

as I lived, I would be a resource because when I was diagnosed, I knew no one.” Living up to her journey, Johnson was the event chair for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk this past Saturday at the Meyer Amphitheater. The mission for Making Strides is to raise funds for research, education and awareness through fun activities like the walk and the flash mob at CityPlace. “One of our committee members decided we should do something different. She’s young, 26 years old, and had lost her mother to cancer. She wanted to do the flash mob in honor of her.” To help with the flash mob in CityPlace, a volunteer representative from the American Cancer Society contacted Carrie Gomez, the spirit director at Palm Beach Atlantic University, to choreograph the dance for the flash mob. Gomez’s aunt had battled breast cancer and is cancer free today, so she jumped at the opportunity. “As the spirit director, community outreach and service is one of the most important things our club is involved in,” she said. To help with the dance, Gomez enlisted PBA adjunct dance professor Niki Jaquetti, who had friends who were diagnosed with the disease at an unlikely age. Jaquetti also saw it as a way to get her dance students involved. “I thought it would be a fun way for the students to be supportive of the patients and survivors,” she said. “I actually taught the dance to students in all of my classes, so there were students of all majors participating as well.” The song chosen for the event was “Firework” by Katy Perry. “That song has meaning to survivors,” Johnson said. “If you listen to the words, it means something.” When the clock struck seven on the day of the flash mob, a swarm of pink bras took over the middle of CityPlace. The mob consisted of people from various walks of life and ages. As the song winded down, the women who were breast cancer survivors formed a circle and took over, ending the dance in celebration of their victory over breast cancer. Though she could not physically be at the event, Gomez was emotional after watching it on a video her husband filmed. “It brought tears to my eyes when I viewed the tape,” she said. “It was definitely emotional seeing all the people dancing for a great cause, especially for a disease that my family has dealt with.” Jaquetti felt honored by the experience. “This was such a simple task for me to do. Choreographing the flash mob took me a whole 10 minutes. However this one of the most memorable dance experiences I’ve ever had, all because of the intent behind it,” she said. “I hoped that the patients and survivors would feel God’s love multiplied with every person dancing for them and with them.” Johnson hopes the message reaches the younger generation. “We must get to the younger generation and say to them you must protect and preserve your breasts,” she said. “People need to stay in the process. Stay educated. Never join us. Just support us.”

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Saudia Ali Staff Writer Have you seen any ghosts lately? Heard any terrifying noises? Perhaps even seen some strange figures shifting around in the darkness? With Halloween peeking right around the corner, October is definitely the scariest month of the year! Normally around this frightening time the haunting experiences are at a maximum. Whether you willingly choose to experience a fright or you unfortunately get caught up in one, scares occur nonstop during October. But have you ever stopped and thought about the haunted places around our own university? Well brace yourself because there are quite a few localities surrounding the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus. Undoubtedly, you have noticed the massive cemetery across from campus on South Dixie Highway. The Woodlawn Cemetery is seemingly scary, but could you imagine living right in front of it? “It’s disturbing looking out my window and seeing a graveyard, especially at night time,” says Colin Bazo, an Oceanview Hall resident. “The Woodlawn cemetery is definitely haunted; you never know what you’re going to see when you look over there,” says another Oceanview resident. Perhaps if you are brave enough to take a stroll through the cemetery, you’ll encounter some scary haunts. You might assume that Quattlebaum Funeral & Cremation Services, located by the PBA campus, is haunted. Not so. “The funeral home is not haunted at all,” says Greg Quattlebaum, the vice president and funeral home director. Luckily, Quattlebaum knew of another local haunt, the Norton Art Museum. On the surface, the Norton Art Museum may seem like a normal, sophisticated dwelling. It is below the museum, however, that this innocent façade fades, revealing the true spooky nature of the Norton. Beneath the Norton Art Museum lie the bodies of many. The location of the museum was where the Woodlawn Cemetery originally stood. “Unfortunately, when the cemetery decided to transfer locations they

were unable to attain permission from everybody’s family, which caused a great number of bodies to be left behind,” Quattlebaum said. Then as construction of the Norton Art Museum commenced, there was no choice but to construct the building on top of the graves. According to construction files from Raymond Hall, the director of operations at the Norton Art Museum, there is a record of 40 bodies but there could be countless more. Some spooky occurrences have ensued in the museum. One such happened to the housekeeper of Quattlebaum, Mary Alice. Mary Alice’s children were in town visiting her when she decided to take them on a family adventure to the museum. Once there, Mary Alice’s daughter stopped-short in front of the building and told her mom that she “wasn’t going any further.” Her daughter confessed to Mary Alice that she “could sense dead bodies and that the bodies were not happy to have a museum on top of them.” Did I forget to mention that Mary Alice’s daughter had not been told of the graves beneath the cemetery? Horrifying haunts may hit even closer to home, at our very own PBA. As stated on, the library on campus is “claimed to be haunted by an old janitor.” The janitor apparently was working at the library for years and suddenly disappeared without a trace. You can still hear him “rummaging through the old janitors closet that has been locked up ever since the day of his odd disappearance.” Even some PBA students have had some possible encounters. “I have heard some really strange noises near one of the janitor closets when I was in the library; it was weird,” Kelsey Alyea, a PBA student confessed to me. As well as Breanna Aurigema, who stated “One day I was walking by a book case in the library and I thought I heard a janitor cart being pushed around the corner, but when I turned the corner there was nothing there.” It does seem like we have a ghost in our midst.

The legend of Wooden Lucy Christopher Jensen Contributing Writer The legend of Wooden Lucy is a traditional Weyenberg tale passed down from generation to generation. A century ago, long before PBA’s founding, the building now known as Weyenberg House was a cheap motel in a bad part of town. It was the off-season, and the managers were making cuts to save money. One unfortunate employee they had to lay off was a member of the housekeeping staff, a young woman named Lucia Villalobos. An orphan and an illegal immigrant, Lucia would have been forced to live on the streets. Desperate and with nowhere else to turn, she sneaked into one of the vacant rooms in the middle of the night and hanged herself. Her body wasn’t discovered for two weeks, and by that point, it had already reached an advanced state of decomposition due to the Florida humidity. Hoping to avoid a scandal, the motel manager surreptitiously buried her on the property, in the very spot, some say, in which now stands the iconic Weyen-tree. Over the years, many have claimed to have heard spectral voices whispering Spanish in the darkness. Lights have flickered, clothing has disappeared, and there are often reports of a mysterious, disembodied creaking noise throughout the building, almost like an old rope settling under a heavy weight. Many don’t think twice about these occurrences, but those initiated into the legend say they are the doings of the restless ghost of Lucia Villalobos, nicknamed Wooden Lucy because of her alleged connection with the tree. If you’re ever passing by Weyenberg late at night, take a look up into the branches of the Weyen-tree… but don’t be surprised if you find someone looking back.


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Cash Lambert Staff Writer Chocolate, one of the worlds’ most popular delicacies, is harvested in cocoa farms in west Africa. Out of those 600,000 cocoa farms in west Africa, according to fair trade advocates, up to 90 percent of them use child slaves as workers. And, with the world consuming 3 million tons of chocolate per year, according to the documentary “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” the need for workers is high. These farms are the initial step of producing chocolate. On these farms, critics say that up to 15,000 children, from ages 12 to 16, are working in inhumane conditions from sunrise to sundown, harvesting cocoa plants. Beatings, unsanitary living conditions, and mental and physical scars are frequent for the children. Fear drives the work, as children are too scared of the landlords to attempt an escape, which, if caught, would mean even more beatings and punishments. Cote d’Ivoire, a country in west Africa that shares a border with Ghana, according to the Chicago Fair Trade, is the largest exporter of the world’s cocoa beans, providing 43 percent of the world’s supply. The U.S. imports the majority of these cocoa beans, for use in chocolate candy, sold by major brands such as M&M/Mars and Hershey. Such brands are sold in the Palm Beach Atlantic University bookstore, along with fair trade chocolate, which is higher priced and not made through child slaves. The bookstore purchased the fair trade chocolate directly from Not 4 Sale, an organization that aims to educate others on human trafficking, from sex slaves to child slaves. “We just want people to realize the impact,” said Abbie Rosemeyer, PBA bookstore director. Rosemeyer said that buying fair trade chocolate versus the retail chocolate is just like making an extra effort to recycle or to pay more for organic food “The fair trade chocolate is more expensive,” she said, “but we just want to give students the opportunity to make a choice. Its worth it.” Many stores are quiet in regards to the chocolate that is sold. Several management workers from Publix in Florida declined to comment.

With Halloween Just around the corner, culture is paying its due to the commercialized side of the holiday. In our popular culture today, we are surrounded by tales of spirits, hauntings of houses and apparitions and ghosts. There is hardly an opportunity that the movie industry misses in which to release several or more films a year that deal with the subject of ghosts. Most of us can remember a time when we were little and when ghosts seemed very real to us. For example, you may have imagined a ghost when you heard the sound of a creaking floor near or in your bedroom, or you might have imagined seeing a shadowy figure out of the corners of your eyes. But do ghosts really exist? And what does the Bible tell us about them? Palm Beach Atlantic University Biblical Studies Professor Nathan Lane says, “The Bible doesn’t really speak much to the issue of ‘ghosts.’ The Bible does assume that there is a spiritual world that is intimately connected to our physical world. For the writers of Scripture, this spiritual world influences our physical world in ways that we’d never imagine. On the contrary, the ideas of ‘ghosts’ or ‘ghoulish’ creatures are not really a biblical idea. The halloweenish presentation of spirits as ‘half-dead zombies’ or something similar comes from culture, not the biblical texts.” So this Halloween, when you hear something go “creak” in the middle of the night, instead of getting scared as you may have in previous times, relax and rest assured that the Bible never speaks of anything resembling a ghost as we imagine them today, so the frightening sound is probably not Casper in your house.

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Nationally Recognized Celebration

American Free Enterprise Day 2011 American Free Enterprise Medalist

H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. President Huizenga Holdings, Inc. H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr., is president of Huizenga Holdings, Inc., a diversified company that manages the Huizenga family owned private businesses and real estate. He also is chairman of the board of Rybovich, a super yacht marina and refit facility based in West Palm Beach. Huizenga is a member of the board for the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. He is founder and a member of the board of directors for the Christian Community Foundation of South Florida. He serves on the Trinity Forum’s Board of Advisors and Lifework Leadership National Advisory Board. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Committee for Door of Hope Outreach, Inc. American Free Enterprise Day was established at PBA in 1984 to recognize the practitioners of free enterprise and to put faces on principles. It honors the individuals whose hard work and success within that system proves its validity. Those who wear the medal exemplify the best of the American free enterprise system.

JOIN US Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 ★ 11 a.m. ★ Greene Complex Chapel Credit ★ Free Lunch

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ROTC trains future leaders By Jessica Wharton Staff Writer Until fellow students at Palm Beach Atlantic University are seen walking around in army uniforms, many do not know that PBA has a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program on campus. ROTC is a program offered by the United States military that allows students to complete their college degree and become leaders in the military right after graduation, as officers in the Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard. The Army ROTC program is offered at 273 host institutions and more than 1,100 partnership colleges and universities. Started as a branch of Florida Atlantic University’s ROTC program, PBA’s was founded four years ago and produced its first two graduates last year. Nathaniel Herdon was the first cadet to sign up for PBA’s ROTC program. He and fellow cadet Joseph Puccio were the first graduating class of this program. The program at PBA currently has 12 students enrolled, six of whom are in the nursing program. Students can enter the ROTC though four, three and two-year scholarships. Sophomore Sarah Woods, who earned a four-year scholarship out of high school, decided December of her senior year to join the ROTC program at PBA. “It was a spontaneous decision to join actually,” said Woods. “I saw a guy in a uniform when I was touring the campus one day and I started talking to him and asking questions; of course my family was all for it as my dad

and grandpa were in the military.” Woods’ father was in the Navy for four years working on submarines and her grandfather worked in military intelligence for 25 years, serving in Japan and Germany. Her uncle also became a military man, graduating from West Point, and served for 10 years, mainly in Germany. The ROTC program allows students to take coursework from the college while also taking classes through ROTC. Cadets, those enrolled in the program, must take a military science course every semester, which teaches leadership skills, morality and ethics. Also mandatory are fieldwork labs, which include a visit to FAU for handson military training once a week. Woods said, “I am currently in Military Science III and ROTC lab, but lab is my favorite because that is where we are able to put everything we have learned into action.” While land navigation and map reading prove useful in combat situations and active duty, Captain Colon, of the PBA ROTC program and a West Point graduate, said, “the overall mission of ROTC is to develop future Army leaders and to motivate these cadets to be overall better citizens.” Woods said her goals in the ROTC program are “to become a better person overall; it helps me improve on the physical part and keep me in shape but also it keeps me in check with how I act no matter what the situation is.” The army values are: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

On Oct. 21, 2011 these values were put to the test through the semester’s field training exercise (FTX). The cadets traveled to FAU for a weekend of training and practice. Before leaving for the FTX, Woods said, “I expect it’s going to be hard because it will

be my first time doing anything like this; field navigation, ruck marches, battle drills, and we get to sleep outside in the middle of nowhere on mats, which I’m really excited for!” While practice field training presents itself as a fun exercise, Captain Colon put the exercise

and the ROTC program in perspective. “Signing up for ROTC is different now than it used to be because we [the United States of America] are involved in overseas wars,” said Colon. “All the cadets know that at some point they will probably be going to war.”

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Fall: PBA Style I By Jen Rodino for the Beacon

f last Thursday’s cool weather didn’t get you in the mood for the fall, maybe the Harvestfest and Anchor Costume Party did. The 2011 Harvest Fest (pictured to the left) was a great time for painting pumpkins,

drinking cider, dunking professors in water and free stuff. Later that night, after the Anchor, Daniel Martin (above right) dressed up as old person, led the crowd in dancing the night away, clad in their Halloween best.

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Crown them champs

Cross country shines at meet

After three weeks of excitement, there is a new men’s intramural basketball champion. Team Nu Delta Nu is the 2011 intramural basketball champion. The team consisted of captain Jared Rueter, Adam Woodring, Chris Bing, David Phillips, Dennis Koleda, Keith Coleman, Michael Tillett, Olivier Nazon, and Travis Jones. The Fluffy Bunnies are the 2011 intramural volleyball champions. The team is made up of captain John Will, Abigail Huws, Daniel Vicente, Andrea Koele, Dillon Crawford, and Daniel Diaz.

By Joshua Reid Sports Editor

Are you ready for some football?

It’s not too late to sign up for intramural men’s and women’s flag football. The deadline is Nov. 18. To sign up go to

Photo Courtesy of Jared Rueter

Victorious: Team Nu Delta Nu celebrating after winning the 2011 intramural basketball championships.

In it to win it The volleyball team hopes to continue its tremendous season heading into regionals By Joshua Reid Sports Editor The 2011 volleyball season has been a special one for the Sailfish. After finishing last season with a 26-10 record and losing in nationals, head coach Bob White feels this year’s squad is better and more confident than before. “We’re right on course,” said White. “One of our goals going into the year was to cut our losses in half, and we’ve done that. We also went to the Final Four last year, and hope to get back there again this year. We’re statistically better and have gotten a little better each day.” This season has also been special in the fact that there’s eight freshmen on the team. “We’re a young team,” said White. “While we do have eight freshmen, we also have five seniors. (Experience) evens out in the end, but it truly is a unique combination.” This season is also the first time in six seasons the Sailfish have defeated fellow Sunshine Conference rival Nova Southeastern University in both meetings. “Beating Nova Southeastern was a tremendous achievement for us,” said senior Allie Warren.

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Photo Courtesy of Greg Halmos

Denied: Senior Janeen McCormick (20) and redshirt junior Lisa Jedlicka (12) block a shot against a Nova Southeastern player on Oct. 12. The Sailfish swept the match, 3-0.

“A win is always great, but a win against a rival is better.” The team also beat Rollins College for the first time ever. “We play Rollins College each year, and beating them for the first time was a real spark for this team,” said White. “It was a game the whole team wanted to win.”

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The first loss of the season for the Sailfish came against Eckerd College. Despite the loss, the Sailfish weren’t worried about the performance they had. “Eckerd has been a team that’s been in and out of the top 25, along with Rollins,” said White. “It was a close match, as we ended

Wednesday 10/26

up losing to them by two points. It could have gone either way. Even though it was a loss, it felt like a win because they have been one of the best teams out there.” Earlier this season the team traveled to Tampa to take on the second ranked team in the nation, the University of Tampa. Despite a valiant effort, the Sailfish lost the match in straight sets. It was just the second loss of the season for the team, and hasn’t lost since. “The loss to Tampa made us a better team,” said White. “It showed us what we need to work on. We’ve learned a lot from it and performed better because of it.” “We lost one match prior to the Tampa game,” said Warren. “Even though we were leading at one point, we didn’t play to our potential, and it showed in the end. That has got us going and made us more focus and a better team.” With the season coming to an end, the team’s main focus is regional’s, which are on Nov. 18 and 19 at the Rubin Arena. “Hosting regional’s this year is a big advantage for us,” said White. The team is also focusing on getting further than they did in nationals. “We’ve been working hard all season, and it’s starting to show,” said Warren. “It has been an unbelievable season (going 18-2), but there’s still more to accomplish. This year is really close in our hands. I feel we’ll be one of the main contenders come nationals.”

Thursday 10/27

Men’s Soccer 11 a.m., Home Volleyball 7 p.m. Volleyball 6 p.m., Home vs. Clearwater Christian @ Florida Tech vs. Webber International University Men’s Soccer TBA, Home University Nova Southeastern University

On Oct. 14, the cross country team came in sixth at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando, Fla., ahead of rivals Rollins College (9th) and Nova Southeastern (13th). It had the highest finish among NCAA Division II teams. Freshman Kourtney Sumner was the top PBA finisher in 13th place with a final time of 23:37 while junior Faith Warren finished in 15th place just one second behind at 23:38. The Sailfish also had a meet on Oct. 22 at the Southeast Classic in Rome, Ga. To see results, go to pbasailfish. com. On Oct. 15 the men’s soccer team ended its three-game losing streak and got its record back to .500 by beating Southeastern University, 1-0. Junior Matt Crumb scored his first career goal of the match, which happened to be the only goal for either team. On Oct. 19 the team could not continue its success as it was shut out by rival Lynn University, 0-5. The loss dropped the team’s record to 6-7 on the season. The Sailfish hoped to avenge the loss when they played at home on Oct. 21 against Chowan University. To see results, go to On Oct. 15 the women’s soccer team lost its third consecutive match and fourth in five games, losing to Valdosta State University 0-3. Sophomore Allison Fox had 12 saves in net. The team’s record went to 5-7-1. On Oct. 19 the team was supposed to have a match against Flagler College, but the game was postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced. The team was to play against Chowan University on Oct. 22. On Oct. 19 the volleyball team had its first match in a week, cruising past Ave Maria University in straight sets to improve to 18-2 on the season. Junior Mariela Queada led all PBA players in kills with eight. Seniors Janeen McCormick and Lane Robinson each had five kills. Senior Allie Warren led all players with 16 digs while freshman Melissa McPeek contributed 15 digs. On Oct. 21 and 22 the Sailfish hosted the Hyatt Place Sunshine Classic. The team began play on Friday against rival Rollins College and then concluded the tournament on Saturday by playing the University of Central Oklahoma. To see results, go to

Saturday 10/29

Saturday 10/29

Women’s Soccer noon @ University of West Alabama

Men’s Soccer 4 p.m. @ Barton College

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Monday October 24, 2011

The Graveyard Shift Many locals are familiar with Bethesda by the Sea, a beautiful, Gothic inspired church on Palm Beach Island, and the Woodlawn Cemetery across from PBA’s campus. People have been buried in this historic graveyard for over three centuries. The cemetery also includes several large mausoleums like the one featured below. These places include spooky gargoyles and Celtic inspired tombstones.

Photos by Christina Cernik

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