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For William ‘Jeff ’ Ard Jr., hunting is more than just a sport; it can be a time of solitude spent with God. pg. 4

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Cleaning dirty hands in Sudan Witnessing the sanitation problems in Sudan, one couple created a business making and distributing soap By Nicole Saunders Staff Writer

An unlikely ministry

The couple soon realized an opportunity to help the Sudanese While perusing a book written people could come through the by a Sudanese refugee on per- distribution of soap, because it’s sonal time in a refugee camp, not at the top of the priority list the author’s message of owning for organizations that help the nothing and sleeping on the bare refugees, and they founded Bare earth resonated with Sarah and Earth, a socially conscious soap her husband John Tountas. business. The couple met while working “Buying a bar of our soap can with Samaritan’s Purse, a Chris- help save a life,” said Sarah. “In tian relief organization started America we take the availabilby Franklin Graham, the eldest ity of soap for granted while in son of Evangelist Billy Graham Sudan, they can’t afford the soap in Sudan. In their time working much less even afford to feed their at these camps, the two saw a family.” vast amount of displaced people, According to Sarah, the goal of particularly kids in the refugee Bare Earth is to make the busicamps who died from a lack of ness sustainable. “For every bar proper sanitation. of soap, which retails between five and six dollars, Bare Earth takes those proceeds over to Africa,” said Sarah. “And we buy soap from a local soap makers to stimulate the local econoBare Earth is looking for people my, and give the soap called to help its ministry with to the refugees.” “Local businesses Sudanese refugees. Specifically, do not have enough the company is looking for those money to make the amount of soap that skilled in but not limited to: we would want them to make,” John said. •Small business expertise But in these instances where he cannot find local soap-makers, he •Website design trains people to create it. •Graphic design “In this process we want to bring awareness to situations in •Marketing the world that people are not aware of,” said Sarah. “We want Contact John at to grow to the point where we can help refugees in the rest of or call (561) 847-0323 to learn the world, because we are not the only ones how you can help. who are passionate about improving the lack of hygiene.” Leaving a mark John and Sarah estimate that Seeing the quality of life in Su- the soap is about 90-95 percent dan left an imprint on the couple. organic, depending on the parThey returned to America after ticular bar. “It makes us feel good the stint with Samaritan’s Purse knowing that it is good to for your to further their careers. Sarah body and that there are no chemiearned her nursing degree with cal fragrances in the soaps,” John the hopes of her and John return- said. ing to Sudan to help take care of the sick. Soap in the making Unfortunately, the couple was The overall process of turning 20 unable to return to Sudan be- pounds of soap into about 50 bars cause of an outbreak of civil war. takes about an entire month. For John and Sarah began to pray the first 90 minutes they measure and fast together to decide how and mix ingredients, let it sit for to help from West Palm Beach. 24 hours, and let the soap cure for Sarah explained that she has the bare minimum of three weeks. always had a passion for help“When I last made a bar of ing women and children. John, soap, it reminded me of the same a trained agriculturalist from feeling you get when you make a South Africa, built a primary meal and people enjoy it,” John health care center in rural village said. during his time in Sudan. This new socially conscious business venture has engrossed Tountas lives so much that Sarah quit her job in order to fully de-

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Family First: “This new socially conscious business venture has engrossed the Tountas lives so much that Sarah quit her job in order to fully devote herself to Bare Earth and her three boys, who range from ages 1-5.

vote herself to Bare Earth and her three boys, who range from ages 1-5.

Doubt trickles in

For the Tountas, the most challenging aspect of Bare Earth is their lack of schooling in sales. “Originally we thought ‘What if I don’t know what is going to happen to Bare Earth since neither of us are sales people and we have to sell soap?’” Sarah said. John said, “But, as time progressed the more we realized that God has given us a passion for this and He will make a way.” Despite being a social business, meaning that they are for profit but in turn donate their proceeds to help others, the Tountas describe Bare Earth as a business with a mission’s heart.

Plugging others in

Jessica Cahill, a recent PBA graduate, is a frequent volunteer for the organization. “God put the people of Sudan on my heart and one day at church,” said Cahill. She met the Tountas and had an “instant con-


The Soap Ministry: “When I last made a bar of soap, it reminded me of the same feeling you get when you make a meal and people enjoy it,” John said.

nection” to their heart for Sudan. “In America we have so much and we forget about people who don’t have necessities including soap and water,” Cahill said. “Bare Earth is an example of how we should care about the world and remember them every single say.”

“The biggest blessing for us is that God has a hand on our business a little bit more every day,” said Sarah. “We don’t have the connections to promote but God is prompting people to reach out to us and we are amazed at how positively God is moving and making Bare Earth work.”

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Reliving the Christmas story

A Loxahatchee church is hosting an interactive Christmas story event that will place guests in front of the manger By Becca Stripe Staff Writer Enter a walled city constructed to look like Bethlehem as it appeared 2,000 years ago and immerse yourself in the history of Christmas. This Christmas, Community of Hope Church, located at 1401 Okeechobee Blvd., is holding a Back to Bethlehem outreach event open to the public Dec. 7 - 9. Event Coordinator Trish Zenczak says that the church’s mission is to “tell the story of Jesus’ birth in an interactive, authentic and engaging way that inspires nonbelievers to want to learn more and believers to reaffirm their faith, elevate the true meaning of Christmas and live into our responsibility to tell others about Jesus Christ.” The authenticity is what the

church volunteers are striving most to achieve. They want all the guests to feel like that they are really walking through Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. Actors in the city aren’t allowed to wear eyeglasses or make-up. If they want to have snacks, they must be “period approved” such as nuts or figs and food can only be in containers that was available during that time period. There are nearly 150 actors who have speaking and non-speaking roles, and nearly 100 more help with logistics. “We started in August with our meetings and begin coordinating with the team leaders,” Zenczak said. They have eight team leaders that work on specific areas such as construction, drama, parking, hospitality, costumes, marketing, prayer team and of course administration. The hard work starts with the

construction phase, where they build the layout of the marketplace. Every year brings along more changes, so they always want to get better and make the experience fresh every year. Creative Arts Pastor Billy Langley served as a soldier posted at the guard tower over the city gate as people enter Bethlehem. One of the responsibilities in the role of a soldier at Back to Bethlehem is to move the crowd along at the appropriate times. When visitors arrive at the event on Dec. 7, they will first be harassed by Roman soldiers and will register for the census after hearing from the Rabbi. They then will explore the marketplace amid the 150 actors and shops with live animals such as sheep, goats, chickens, a cow and a donkey. Finally, they hear the Gospel from the Angel Gabriel and see the Holy Family. This then leads guests to an area where they can pray alone. Community of Hope Church leaders hope that through this outreach opportunity they can

touch the lives of the people who attend. “I hope people pause and remember why we celebrate,” said Liz Petruzzi, event marketing director. “I hope God touches their heart and they have a personal encounter through this event and that people who wouldn’t normally enter a church come to a free Christmas event and hear

the Gospel.” Petruzzi says that the church typically sees about 4,000 to 5,000 people during the weekend event and that every single person who walks through the city hears the Gospel. “That’s amazing to me that 4 to 5,000 people hear the gospel in a very non-threatening, nonpreachy way,” Petruzzi said.


Stepping back 2,000 years: “I hope people pause and remember why we celebrate,” Petruzzi said. “I hope God touches their heart and they have a personal encounter through this event and that people who wouldn’t normally enter a church come to a free Christmas event and hear the Gospel.”

Palm Beach on display The Palm Beach Photographic Centre will host a double exhibition featuring the talent and history of the town By Cash W. Lambert Local News Editor Gazing at the blank walls inside the 3,600-square-foot room, workers with the Palm Beach Photographic Centre have their work cut out for them. Preparing for the upcoming exhibit titled “Album,” workers begin meticulously placing 28 works from well known photographers – all from the Palm Beach area - on the walls, bringing the dull room to life with photos from across the globe. A second exhibit, titled “Memories of Palm Beach,” will also be on display, blending the photos from “Album” with a rich photo history of the city. Both exhibits are set to open Nov. 20 and will remain on display until Jan. 5. The cast of photographers whose work is on display includes Alexander W. Dreyfoos, who founded a photo production company in 1963 and is an Academy Award winning inventor of digital imaging process equipment, Tommy Morrison, who worked with legendary French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier and Lucien Capehart, a social photographer who opened his own studio. “Our goal is to enhance life through the photographic art here at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre,” said treasurer Joan Goldberg. Through the double exhibition, the centre wants to highlight people in the who have been very instrumental in development of the community, and who are known to be very talented local photog-

raphers,” according to Goldberg. Since its inception, the centre has aimed to bring the top tier of photographers to their location on Clematis street to show off their work. Photographers also teach one of the 300 classes the centre offers, from how to take a portrait to learning the intricacies of Lightroom and Photoshop. “We were able to showcase Adam Stoltman’s photos from the Summer Olympics in October,” said Goldberg. Stoltman has covered 11 Olympic games and was the former deputy photo editor for Sports Illustrated Magazine. “We’re continually expanding, trying to reach wider audience in South Florida.” “Album” will display the versatility of Dreyfoos, who is known for his photography interests in water activities, such as scuba diving and deep sea fishing. Avram Glazer’s photos will include a glimpse into the city life in New Orleans and New York City. Although Capehart passed away last February, his photos continue to draw publicity. The “Memories of Palm Beach” exhibition will showcase the social life of the wealthy from Capehart’s eyes. The Palm Beach Post called him “society’s photographic storyteller.” He traveled extensively throughout the globe for clients, and when he traveled with his family, he always had his camera handy. A reception for the double exhibit will be at the Center Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30. For more info, visit www.workshop. org.


The Showroom: Both “Album” and “Memories of Palm Beach” will collide to produce 3,600 square feet of Palm Beach talent and history.

PHOTOS COURTSEY OF PALM BEACH PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTRE On Display: Avram Glazer’s photos will include a glimpse into the city life in New Orleans, including a fair in Lousiana, above. The work is untitled. Jean Matthews, Jean Matthews, the current vice chairman for photography at the Garden Club of America, will showcase her perspectives, such as her Bethesda-By-The-Sea photo, left.

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Ard hunts deer, doves, turkey and hogs, but hunting is also a spiritual experience for him. By Carlie Morley Campus News Editor Beginning the trek back down to the Jeep, Jeff Ard basked in the pride of taking down the animal that his father had always wanted, the African Koodoo. Having just spotted the animal from 240 yards below, Ard’s guide told him to take the shot. “It was such a rush; it being so quiet and shooting it perfectly, and then watching it run only 30 or 40 yards before falling down,” said Ard.

After Ard killed his first deer, his father taught him about all the different animals to hunt and the seasons when they’re game. Some of the seasons overlap, but a lot of them are at different times of the year. For instance, deer season is through the winter, and dove hunting is in the fall. Turkey hunting, however, lasts from Thanksgiving time through the spring. Since he usually hunts turkey in the spring, Ard hasn’t been the one to bring home thanksgiving dinner, but his dad has. “Turkey hunting is an interesting thing, because they do fly. A lot of people don’t realize that,” said Ard.

“I felt like those times in the tree stand really allowed me to understand who God is and understand my own faith.”

Africa Trek

Hunting in Africa was a whole different experience for Ard than hunting in North America. “We hunted out of a jeep, which is good because if you’re on foot you don’t know what will find you,” said Ard. “When we - Jeff Ard went for the hartebeest though, which Hunting in Tally is the fastest antelope in Africa, Growing up in Tallahassee, Fla., we would get out of the truck and Ard said his father instilled a love hide in this brush.” for hunting in him since he was After crawling 60 yards in the six years old and it is something brush to where they were about he has done ever since. “When I 20 yards away from the animal, got to be in sixth grade, I finally he realized just how illusive they killed my first deer,” he said. “My were. “I got 20 yards away, and dad taught me how to use a gun I just poked my head out and properly and how to hunt, with they’re gone, and you have to do that you learn firearm safety, how it all over again,” said Ard. to clean it, and how to work it.” During his two and a half week

hunting safari in Africa in the summer of 2009, he hunted what is called planes game. “It’s like what you would see in the Lion King,” said Ard. “You’ve got these massive animals that are just moving across the ground. We saw things like zebra in a huge heard running along, or a group of lions or elephants, giraffes. You name it.” Ard and his fellow hunters provided dinner for themselves and surrounding villagers with the animals they brought in each night. “We had a different kind of meat every night. The people there prepared it for us, and we ate everything we killed. Whatever we didn’t use was given to the villagers in our surrounding areas.” In North America, Ard hunts many things, including hogs, dove, deer, turkey and more. Some things that he hasn’t yet hunted, but would like to someday, include mule deer, elk, grizzly bear and moose.


now; it’s quiet, you hear the wind and that’s it,” said Ard. “It allows you time to think, and we always say we want to listen to God, and we pray and all of these things, but you’re supposed to be still. “Sometimes you think ‘Why is God not answering this?’ Well, you’ve got to learn to listen, and hunting, believe it or not, can do that,” said Ard. “Every time you go, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to kill something. I’ve sat in a stand and not seen one deer. You sat for maybe five hours, and had some time to re-

flect and think to yourself.” During high school, Ard spent plenty of time relaxing up in the tree stand. “Those were some times in my life when I was really struggling a lot with doubt, and dealing with stuff in my relationship with God,” Ard said. “I needed time to myself to process things, and I felt like those times in the tree stand really allowed me to understand who God is and understand my own faith.”

God in the tree stand

Groups such as PETA take on today’s hunters saying that killing animals is wrong, but Ard provides a different point of view. “I think that it’s something that is necessary to do, and, if you do it for the right reasons like providing food, and you have a respect for the creatures that are around you, then it is okay,” Ard said. “Hunting is something that has been important in my family, and, as a hunter, I have a respect for nature around me.” Hunting has also been a spiritual experience for Ard. He has had many chances to appreciate the peacefulness of nature. “There’s a devotional I’ve always liked called ‘God in the Tree Stand.’ When you’re out there, you’re away from the city, you can’t hear what we hear right


Save a horse: Jeff Ard appreciates the beauty in God’s creation while carying on the fmily tradition of hunting.

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Behind every great military man

Trusting in God is all these women can do while their beloved son and husband serves his country after completing PBA’s ROTC program. By Megan Human Staff Writer As Lisa Herndon thumbs through a well worn Bible, she runs her fingers over the words of Psalms. The highlight marks and underlining are so prevalent that it is difficult for her to settle on the passage that she means to bring up. This is the life of a military mother, the perspective of one who waits on the home front. “Being a military mom is trusting in the Lord’s sovereignty,” said Lisa. “When your son goes into active military duty, you know he’s going to see warfare.”


That knowledge weighs heavy on Herndon, a mother of two and assistant to the dean of the School of Communication and Media at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Lisa’s son Nathan Herndon, a graduate of the PBA ROTC program and the ministry department, has completed active duty in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. “He is a lieutenant. He is a convoy commander. He’s in a frontline capacity,” said Herndon. During his deployment, which lasted for seven months and fifteen days, Nathan served his country abroad, while his mother and his wife served it through their trust and support at home. During that time period, Lisa rose each morning to recite the Psalms to herself while walking her dog. “That just set my day. You can get shaken at what you can’t control, but this is what you can control, and it can set the tone,” she said. Although the situation was and will continue to be challenging for this military mom, Lisa is also capable of seeing the intense beauty in her son’s service. “The greatest joy of being a military mother is knowing that Nathan is pursuing God’s calling in his life,” she said. “Even though there are apprehensions


Proud Mom: Lisa Herndon (above) sees the photo of her son and daugter-in-law on her desk every day and cant help but feel proud of him and the way he is serving God and his country. Nathan Herndon (below) graduated from PBA’s ROTC program.

as a mom with having a soldier in combat, there’s also great joy and pride in knowing that, regardless of danger, he is going to do what God has called him to do.” The process has also been difficult for Nathan’s wife, Tiffany Herndon, also a PBA grad. Although she struggled throughout the deployment, she also perceives the experience through a lens of blessing. “The hardest thing I have done in my life is walk through that deployment,” said Tiffany. “It made me dig into the Lord.

There was always this knowledge that he could get hurt, that he might not come home. There was this struggle of constantly having to give it back to the Lord. That drew me closer to the Lord. Our lives are really in God’s control. I grew during that time. “It’s a kind of interesting how un-glamorous it feels when you’re walking through it, but I couldn’t be more proud of Nate,” she continued. “It was neat to know he was one of those serving. I felt so proud that he was gone serv-

ing his country, what God called him to do.” For Tiffany, one of the hardest parts of having her husband gone was the not knowing. “They had two people get killed at a base he was at,” she said. “I remember all night getting calls from family to see if he was ok, and I didn’t know anything. That was one of a couple times of very intensely knowing I couldn’t do anything.”

Cinema TV: behind the scenes PBA Cinema TV students tackled multiple projects this semester, including films called ‘Mallory’ and ‘Rebuild. By Gabriella Hoge Staff Writer Palm Beach Atlantic University has a unique way to give Cinema TV students hands-on, real world experience, through the class of practicum. Jeremiah Dias, a Cinema TV senior in the film track, is very familiar with practicum, having been required to take this one-credit class every semester. He states that students are graded on participation and performance. “There are a list of standards dictated by our dean regarding being professional and behaving as a Christian,” said Dias. “Obviously sets can be high stress environments; we still want to be mindful of our core values especially in those situations.” The unique thing about practicum is it puts the student in control. “Everything is completely student done. Student producers do all the forms getting permission for locations and screenwriters are in creative control,” said Dias. “We have access to industry standard filming and editing

equipment along with the expertise of our professors.” Recently the school has purchased its first Red camera, a professional brand of digital cameras that has been used to film recent blockbuster hits such as “The Amazing Spiderman”, “Snow White and the Huntsman” and the much anticipated, “The Hobbit.” Dias says students are “still trying to figure it out.” In September, all students received an announcement in their PBA inbox inviting them to come out and audition for the student films “Mallory” and “Rebuild” at the Pembroke studio. This was for the student films required for practicum. They advertised for the auditions online to non PBA actors but they usually chose mostly PBA students. Kyra Brundell is senior and the director of this semester’s practicum film, “Mallory.” Brundell describes the amount of time and work that went into Mallory: “I started writing the script in the car on the way down to PBA from my home in Minnesota. It was a long process; I ended up

having to re-write it at least five times with the help of my professors and other students. We had to do storyboards, come up with a schedule, talk to the producers, have auditions.It was pretty much constant planning starting at the end of August until we shot in mid October.” “They get short excerpts from script (to read); they don’t have

to memorize them. They do what is called a cold read. We basically want to get an idea of how they are going to interpret the character. They will be paired up with somebody boy or girl depending on the scene and they will have to do their cold reads. If the director likes them enough they will have them do some improv with the scene.”

“Mallory” and “Rebuild” have joined the collection of successful student films recorded for practicum. Every spring there is a film showcase that gives PBA students the opportunity to gather and enjoy the best movies made by film students throughout the year. “These are the professors’ choice, only the best of the best,” said Dias.


ACTION!: Cinema TV students spend the Fall and Spring semesters working on film shoots. These films are judged in competetions and showcased at the end of the year at PBA.

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The Road to Regionals The Sailfish volleyball and men’s soccer teams prepare for their postseason matches. This marks the first time volleyball will head into regionals, and the men’s soccer team trains for fierce competition ahead. By Kent Berame Sports Editor While the dew dries from Magic Jack field and the halide lights in the Greene complex warm up for it’s first tastes of NCAA Regionals, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s men’s soccer team and women’s volleyball team prepare their mind, body, and faith for their last hurrah of the year. Both PBA’s men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams are led by award winning coaches. Men’s soccer head coach Juan Gomez and women’s volleyball head coach Bob White have guided their teams all the way to the illuminated court and field of NCAA Regionals through hard work, training, and a humble reliance to God.

“No matter how we play from a volleyball standpoint, it’s important that we play for Christ.” Bob White

New stage for Lady Sailfish

This year marks the first time the women’s volleyball team has made it to this level of competition. “This might be something that can help us or hurt us,” said White. “We don’t know how big a match is since we’ve never been here [NCAA Regionals]. We talked about faith going into Regionals today at practice, and that life is full of milestones, and we have hit a milestone. “So we took a chunk of our practice to talk about commitment and our accountability. Now we are on a bigger stage, and this is our first time,” he continued. “No matter how we play from a volleyball standpoint, it’s important that we play for Christ.” Women’s volleyball has been graceful on the court with a record of 32-2. Not only have they been paying their dues to God, they have been working hard to avoid being rusty all season, said White. For senior, Player of the Year, Mariela Queseda, preparations for the postseason are not just physical but mental. “I think about it and picture how the situations could happen in my head, and to understand my role on the court,” said Quesada. “Handling the situations for myself, but also for the team and to help them get going no matter how the team plays.” With an already talented team, technical play is everything for White. He is staying close to his philosophy of “serve and serve

receive” going into the NCAA tournament. “It’s a hallmark of our team. We probably practice this more than any other team in the country, and it certainly has been advantageous for us,” he said. “Our philosophy is that you can offset a team with better hitters or maybe even taller players with the serve and serve receive, and also with great defense.” The Tampa Spartans have been the team to beat in women’s volleyball for the last decade winning eight straight titles. The Spartans have one of the Sailfish’s only three losses this season. The team lost a strong group of seniors last year which were replaced by a young recruiting class. White isn’t worried about how young the volleyball team is with six freshmen competing in a very experienced field of players. “The freshmen are so athletic, and have been playing on such high levels before that I’m not concerned about our young team,” said White. “They work very hard. The freshmen don’t think of themselves as freshmen when they are out there. They think of themselves as a unit, and we talk about it during practice.” Going into the NCAA tournament for the first time means hard work, but it also means accomplishment. No one could be more grateful for this than Quesada. “Actually, yesterday, one of my teammates said that it was a very good gift to go to regionals my senior year,” said Quesada. “It’s great, but it’s not a gift. We earned it. I am thankful for how they look up to me and listen to me. I will always appreciate that and treasure that. It’s great for my senior year that we are doing something for the first time ever, and it wasn’t me; it was the team.”

Men focus on defense

For the men’s soccer team, the latest memory of tournament play was a physical contest against Oakland City University which led to a sour loss in penalty kicks last season. According to Gomez, it will be a different story going into this postseason. “We are more experienced this year compared to years past along with a good young recruiting class which has enabled us to compete at a high level,” said Gomez. “We have been blessed. “Ranked 10th in the nation was an achievement no soccer team at PBA has accomplished, so that was amazing,” Gomez continued. “Ninety five percent of our schedule this year is against NCAA Division II opponents and, to get the start we had, was pretty unique.” Sophomore and a First Team Selection defender Chris Karafilov has been excited for his team’s play leading up to the postseason also. “It’s great to see how well we have all bonded off the field over the course of the semester and how it is showing in our play on the field,” said Karafilov. “Our team is very strong offensively, but we sometimes get caught out of position, and we need to stay focused on our defensive duties. “We have been training hard for the last


Victory: Stephany Brown (No. 3) and the other Lady Sailfish have given volleyball fans much to celebrate this season.

couple weeks, including a few fitness sessions in the morning to get us into top shape for the post-season ahead of us,” Karafilov continued. “In practice, we have been working on a lot of strategy and possession-based drills to prepare us for some tough opponents.” At the time of printing, the men’s soccer team had already started its NCCAA ven-

ture with a dominating 7-0 win over Columbia International. Kenny Hogg scored three goals, and sophomore defender Brandon Langenberg scored his very first goal of the season. The women’s volleyball team still has 12 days before its first match into the NCAA tournament.

Step together: Chris Karafilov, center, and A.J. Black close in on an opponent.


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‘A Part of Me’ Juliet Waller relies on God for perseverance throughout her final season as a Lady Sailfish By Caroline Case Staff Writer Philippians 4:13, a verse used many times in reference to athletics, means much more to Juliet Waller than how it is commonly used. “Personally, that verse is taken out of context,” she said. “In Philippians, there is a great time of struggle. The verse, ‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength’ is meant for perseverance

through the toughest times. So putting that into soccer context means that, when games aren’t going the way we plan, when we get frustrated, we just need to stay calm and remember that we can play our game if we refocus ourselves and work hard to work through that time because God’s given us that ability.” Waller has one final post season before she hangs up her cleats for her senior year at Palm Beach Atlantic Uni-


Philippians 4:13: “The verse, ‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength’ is meant for perseverance through the toughest times,” said Waller.

versity as a forward. “It’s sensational stepping out on the field as a senior,” Waller said. “It’s my last season so I have to make the very best of what I’ve got left. It feels almost like a deja vu, [it is] such a blessing to be back out on the field for another time. For me it’s emotional.” Although she is not sure how she first started playing soccer, Waller began playing when she was around four or five years old. “I think I just told Mom that I wanted to play, and she signed me up,” said Waller. “Soccer has always been a part of me; it doesn’t define me, but it plays a huge role in my life. “I remember one game when I was younger, our team thought we were all that, and then we got our butts handed to us,” Waller continued. “Never made that mistake again. I just kept playing at the highest club level I could , and then in high school, too, which is where I was recruited to play at PBA. [I have] been playing here for four years and who knows if I’ll find somewhere out there after graduation to play, but we’ll see.” One part of soccer that Waller cherishes is her team. The camaraderie makes Waller smile. “Whatever we do, we do it together,” Waller said.“Win, lose, or tie, we all do it together, players and coaches. We make lifelong friendships with each other.” Managing her time is the hardest part about being a student athlete, Waller said. “Being a student athlete is very, very time consuming,” said Waller. “The variety of majors we have on the team really shows how we have to manage our time in-season. We have to keep up with our work when we have away games.” Like juggling a soccer ball,


Not a couch potato: Waller leads the Lady Sailfish with eight goals, three of which were game winners for the season.

juggling schedules is an obstacle that the team has to face together. She recalled one week where she and her team were gone for eight days. “It really shows what time management we have to have,” Waller said. She has no time to waste when she is away at games. If she is not playing on the field, she is working on homework in the hotel or on the bus. “Now I’m not the most organized person in the world,” Waller said. “Ask anyone close to me, and they’ll tell you I’m awful at it, but when it comes to having to get work done on the bus, I have to do it and not procrastinate anymore.” As the team heads into the postseason, Waller’s and the team’s goal is to get the NCCAA National Championship. Currently, the Sailfish are 11-4-1. The team is switching gears towards the postseason.

“We’ve had our ups and downs, but we’ve all stayed positive and worked through the toughest part of the season,” Waller said. “Now all we have to do is work harder to get us a national championship.” Though she may have many supporters holding signs up for her in the stands, her number one fan is God. She said that she gives all glory to Him who has given her not only the talent but also the drive to play the game of soccer. “God gave me legs to run and the skill to understand the game so I praise Him in the good times and the struggles throughout each season,” Waller said. “If I couldn’t play soccer, I’d probably be the biggest couch potato out there. Thank the Lord I’m not.”

Court of no excuses Though he has lived most of his life partially blind, new men’s assistant basketball coach Eddie Shannon doesn’t view it as an excuse on the court. By Kayla Viaud Staff Writer At the age of seven, Eddie Shannon, now the newly hired Sailfish men’s assistant basketball coach, was hit in the eye with a rock while playing with friends. The hit resulted in swelling and redness, and his eye was not properly taken care of, and things became worse, causing him to be legally blind. “By today’s standards the surgery wasn’t successful,which led to another surgery years later,” Shannon said. Shannon’s vision became worse, and the nerves in his eye deteriorated. Since the incident, he no longer had clear vision. What began as blurriness in his right eye developed into blindness. Growing up, Shannon was very active, having played basketball, football, and baseball. Sports was always part of his life, and he planned to keep it that way.

“I was so successful at what I was doing, I found nothing wrong with it and maybe that was my problem,” he explained. So focused on sports, he did not pay much attention to his eye. “I wasn’t consciously doing things because I was legally body adapted,” he said. The West Palm Beach native who went on to attend the University of Florida was not discouraged. He had his right eye removed and replaced with a prosthesis the summer before his senior year at UF. That surgery did not slow him down. A basketball player at UF, he started the Gators final 21 games of the season and became the Gators’ career leader with 202 steals. Before coming to PBA, Shannon played professional basketball in short stints in Croatia, France and Russia, then finally was signed as an limport player for the Adelaide 36ers. Shannon has also coached at

Miami South Ridge High School. Shannon hopes to bring a sense of enthusiasm to basketball at PBA. “We have to take everything that we’ve been working hard for and transfer that to the court,” he said. No excuses is Coach Shannon’s motto to his life and to the players this season. “I never made an excuse about it (his partial blindness) on the court,” he said. “Anyone can have a ready made excuse for anything. You have to hold yourself accountable.” Besides coaching at PBA, Shannon hopes to continue extending his love for the game into the West Palm Beach community. He shares this love with young players from ages 5 to 18. Shannon has hosted basketball camps in the West Palm Beach area for the past three years and has plans to continue it this year. “It’s my passion,” Shannon said. “There is something inside of me that wants to help kids out.”


Ready to win: Coach Eddie Shannon comes to PBA after playing basketball at the University of Florida and also in professional stints.

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