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Monday, October 13, 2014

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Medical marijuana and its effects The pros and cons that make the drug a controversial issue By Peter Amirata Staff Writer

“Amendment 2,” a bill created by the Florida government that would allow the cultivation, purchase, possession and use of marijuana to treat medical conditions when prescribed by a professional physician, will be on the ballot during the election this November. Marijuana has quickly become one of the most contentious issues in the United States. Many Americans believe the drug is harmful and should remain illegal, but research shows the drug could lead to medical breakthroughs. Some doctors and other medical researchers believe the drug has numerous medical benefits. contributor Lauren Cox explains that medical professionals use marijuana to help their patients alleviate pain from diseases like cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, AIDS, posttraumatic stress disorder, Lyme disease and seizures. She added that marijuana’s main ingredient, THC, is what causes the pain to subdue. THC stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and is the bestknown cannabinoid in medical marijuana that acts as a muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory. According to a survey conducted by the CBS News

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Senior Jay Varano talks with freshman Brie Monetti about legalizing marijuana in front of the Warren Library. “There are people who are in serious need of medical marijuana,” he said.

Network, 76 percent of doctors agree that marijuana is a great choice for patients with severe illnesses because it relieves pain while allowing people to be alert and active. “Marijuana has several beneficial medical purposes, and it is especially helpful for people with autism and other disorders,” said political science professor John Calhoun.

The New England Journal of Medicine revealed in a 2013 study that 92 percent of current medical marijuana patients in California agree the drug has helped alleviate their symptoms including chronic pain, arthritis and migraines. “There are people who are in serious need of medical marijuana,” said Jay Varano, a student government official. “Long term,

I believe it will help a lot of people.” Despite the drug’s potential benefits, it still poses many dangers, especially to those who use it for recreation. According to drugfreeworld. com, the drug has harmful side effects like rapid heartbeat, lack of physical coordination, depression, anxiety and disorientation. Australian studies conducted

in 2008 showed that heavy use of marijuana can cause brain abnormalities. Additionally, marijuana is one of the few drugs that can cause abnormal cell division and lead to severe hereditary defects. A 2013 study from Northwestern University revealed that heavy users of marijuana have abnormal brain structures and poor memory. The study also indicated that negative effects could be worse for a people who use marijuana at younger ages. Several health associations have stood against the use of medicinal marijuana for a variety of reasons. “Heavy cannabis use in adolescence causes persistent impairments in neurocognitive performance and IQ,” according to the American Medical Association. “It’s associated with increased rates of anxiety, mood and psychotic thought disorders.” Some major problems associated with recreational marijuana usage are mainly through the black market, where the transactions make marijuana more accessible to the younger population. Although marijuana seems to be useful for medical purposes, medical professionals believe it should be used with caution, with more research on the ongoing controversy. For now, Florida’s upcoming election will tell what the state’s population thinks about it.


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Missions Emphasis Week 2014

Students respond to take a leap of faith By Celeste Brown Staff Writer The PBA School of Ministry hosted its annual Missions Emphasis Week Oct. 6-9. This four-day event was sponsored by the Missions Planning Team (MPT), a group of 11 upperclassmen who plan and organize missions trips throughout the year. The department of campus ministries director Mark Kaprive leads the group. Students became involved with Missions Emphasis Week by stepping up to lead mission trips, specifically ones in West Palm Beach and the Dominican Republic. “It was just a time of excitement and expectation of what God is doing here and what He will do when I go overseas,” said sophomore Anna Gainer. “It was just a time of celebration that the Lord is already moving and I’m coming into what He’s doing.” Cross Cultural Studies major Hannah Curry, an MPT member, said that there is a huge emphasis placed on PBA mission trips because of their life changing effects. She went on a trip to Honduras with PBA last spring break.

This is where she believed God affirmed her calling to the global mission field. Missions Emphasis Week began Monday with the International Drink House at 10 a.m. on the Rinker Green, featuring cultural drinks from countries around the world. Chapel kicked off at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Gary Witherall, who spoke at chapel the entire week. Tuesday night featured separate events for men and women. The women’s event, held in the DeSantis Family Chapel, featured fondue and missions discussions with missionary Maritza Hernandez. Wing-Man, the men’s event located in the Rinker pit, featured speaker Gary Witherall who discussed mission work and provided chicken wings. Plans for Wednesday night featured a film for students to view. The week closed out in a missions partnership with The Anchor, a student-led worship ministry. The Missions Planning Team also held a Global Prayer Labyrinth in Upstairs Weyenberg. It was a place for students to seek God’s face about the missions trips. Curry said many students hear

God’s call on their heart to global missions in the Prayer Labyrinth, a piece of Missions Emphasis Week that has continued from last year. Curry added that Psalm 65:8 was the theme verse for the week, echoing the campus-wide theme “Inexpressible Joy.” The verse says, “The whole earth is filled with awe at Your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, You call forth songs of joy.” Some students gathered in the chapel night to meet with mission trip leaders, inquire about the offered trips, and apply for the trips. The week also provided contacts for students who simply visited the weeklong missions event. Curry said that PBA provides an intimate setting by bringing missionaries to campus. Students were also able to see what participating in global missions looks like. The night concluded with missions leaders talking with students interested in their trips. Tables were set up around the sides of the chapel, giving students the opportunity to obtain more information prior to applying. “Even if [students] are not interested in missions, [I] encour-

age them to come see what it’s about and take a leap of faith,” Curry said before the event. As a passionate pursuer of

spreading God’s kingdom, Curry only desires to see students share in her excitement.

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Gary Witherall speaks to students about the continent of Asia at the opening session of Missions Emphasis Week. He highlighted the need for more missionaries and the many obstacles people face while living there.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Tricks, treats and truths An in-depth look at the history of Halloween’s historical and cultural impact

Sun and sand continue to stand rather than autumn’s falling leaves and changing colors. Halloween originated in Ireland over 2,000 years ago and has evolved over the years in popularity and in Western culture.

By April Evans Staff Writer

Halloween is a day for many children to don costumes and collect candy, but not everyone understands the roots of the holiday’s origin or whether Christians should celebrate it. Halloween is a literal translation for All Hallows’ Eve, also known as Holy Day, says associate history professor Dr. Gary Poe. More than 2,000 years ago, the Celts from Ireland began to celebrate Samhain, a season when those who died that year would pass into the underworld on Oct. 31. “It was an active time for those

who here dead,” says Poe. On Nov. 1, Christians celebrated All Saints’ Day, which was a day to remember the dead. It is thought that the idea for this holiday came from Pope Gregory lV in 835 A.D. in an attempt to Christianize Samhain, says Poe. The Celts celebrated Samhain by bobbing for apples, carving vegetables and lighting bonfires to help souls reach their final destination. A day of prayer was held for the dead on Nov. 2 called All Souls’ Day. According to Poe, most of the modern day Halloween traditions come from Samhain, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Amongst the old Celtic traditions, trick-or-treating is thought to have originated from a Middle Ages tradition called “souling,”

sometimes called “mumming” in England. In this tradition, people went door-to-door wearing costumes asking for treats, the most popular treats being soul cakes. Trick-or-treating and wearing costumes on Halloween share the same Celtic roots as pumpkin carving. According to Poe, the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns also originated in Ireland. The tale of Jack-O-Lanterns is about a trickster named Jack who was trapped between the physical and spiritual worlds. Jack’s many tricks and pranks denied him access to Heaven. One day, he tricked the devil inside the trunk of a tree by carving an image into it, and the devil became angry because he could not send Jack to hell.

Associate history professor Dr. Roger Chapman said he believes the reason parents are hesitant to allow their children to participate in trick-or-treating is from the horror stories told within communities. “When I was a kid growing up, there were stories about razor blades being put in food, candy or apples, so there was a fear of, ‘you can’t trust strangers,’” says Chapman. Still, some people believe that Christians should not celebrate Halloween because the roots of the holiday date back to Samhain, which contradicts Christian belief about the afterlife. Assistant professor of biblical and theological studies Myles Werntz believes Christians can participate in Halloween, but should be mindful of how they celebrate.

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“I think it presents Christians the opportunity to minister to their neighbors,” says Werntz. “There was a church group I belonged to back in Texas, and they would hand out school supplies, candy and food. They would do a big cookout for the neighborhood.” Werntz believes Christians can redeem Halloween in different ways, like any daily task or action. “This is true with how we spend our money, to how we celebrate Christmas, to what we eat or what we wear on a daily basis,” he says. Chapman added that many academic institutions ignore Halloween and holidays because they appear trivial. “When a whole society participates in something, you shouldn’t brush it off,” he says.

The eBay of PBA YourPBA changes the way students buy and sell items By Jonathan Reed Staff Editor PBA business students have created a new way to connect people wanting to buy or sell items for a fixed price online or receive services from other students. offers an online PBA market, including books, long boards and electronics. Tutoring and haircuts are also offered by other students who are willing to help their peers. The homepage displays the verse Colossians 3:23, stating

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters.” Their mission statement is to serve their campus by “supporting the needs of the students through a trustworthy service.” The inventory page lists textbooks, televisions, golf clubs, penny boards, game systems and video games on sale. Customers can select an item and email an offer to make a purchase. PBA sophomore Amanda Higgins is one of many students to

use the new site. “I found it to be a good resource and easy to use,” said Higgins. The student services page directs users to all the services offered, including board making and car detailing. The remaining tab is labeled “buy and sell,” where students can exchange items for money or purchase items.

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On-campus advertising makes students aware of new sales and items on On yourpba, students can purchase and sell school and household items at a reasonable price.

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PBA students discuss the pressures of college relationships and single life By Dana Stancavage Staff Writer Opinion

Dating with the intention of marriage is a norm at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and most PBA couples hope to be engaged by the end of spring semester to their Jesus-loving significant other. However, many freshmen arrive hoping to meet their future husband or wife during a devotional on the seawall or while waiting in the stir-fry line at the cafeteria. The possibilities are endless, but it is a tough field when women outnumber men, according to PBA enrollment statistics. The reality is that girls far outnumber guys on campus. However, being a married PBA student definitely has it perks, like Mango Apartments. Education majors and newlyweds Jim and Allie Carey are examples of this social media trend of #RelationshipGoals. “My PBA friends really encouraged the idea,” says Jim Carey about the pressure he felt to propose to his girlfriend after two years together. If one hints at an upcoming engagement to friends, they will more than likely support the couple and eagerly help plan the big day. As students return to campus in the spring, proposal stories are the most widely discussed topic. However, not all students are entertained by the subject.

-Valentina Ferreira, sophomore

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The two most sought after rings for college students are the wedding ring and the class ring. Jim Carey and his wife chose the first ring. “My PBA friends really encouraged the idea,” said Carey.

Constantly being around love-struck couples and girls who “like literally die” over his proposal speech on Christmas morning is not every PBA student’s fantasy. Sophomore communication major Valentina Ferreira desires to further her professional life and travel the world rather than settle down during college. “The only ring I want by spring is a class ring because I gradu-

ated on time,” Ferreira says. Her voice is the heart of students on campus who are not quite ready for the plunge of “together forever.” Ferreira and others view marrying young as a delay of fulfilling big dreams. While some marry earlier, others may be content to wait. PBA staff and faculty create an environment that is encouraging for students to tie the knot.

In fact, some of PBA’s staff members are alumni who married their college sweetheart. PBA graduate and assistant director of alumni relations Maria Cocking O’Carroll and her husband Keelan knew one another from church before attending PBA. The two did not begin dating until they were students at PBA. Though nothing is wrong with being married or wanting to be

married in college, not having a ring by spring is not the end of the world. Just know that Jesus should be a Christian’s first love anyway. What are your #relationshipgoals? Tweet @readmybeacon and let us know!

Connecting the world PBA’s international students have their own stories to tell By Ashley Suter Staff Writer

The heat and humidity of Florida was a major change for Palm Beach Atlantic sophomore Neil Slooves, who hails from Prestwick, Scotland. “Once you get used to the climate, it’s very nice down here,” Slooves says. He is in his second year on PBA’s men’s soccer team. He does not mind the humidity while playing on the field, though the chilly climate of Scotland is more desirable for playing soccer. An accounting major, Slooves says he enjoys his time at PBA on the field and in the classroom and looks forward to heading home to celebrate Christmas and “Hogmanay” over winter break. This Scottish version of New Year’s Eve includes several customs and traditions that date back to the 17th century. One tradition is “first-footing,” the greeting of friends and fam-

ily immediately after midnight to welcome in the New Year. He also says “Boxing Day” is a popular custom in Scotland, where gifts are given out to the poor the day after Christmas. Soccer is not the only activity that Slooves is involved in. Outside of spending time with friends, he enjoys playing golf as a hobby. Among the differences between the culture and lifestyle of Scotland and the U.S., Slooves says another distinction is the cuisine. He says the food in Scotland is relatively similar, besides the portions being significantly larger in America, which he says he likes because it helps his performance on the field. Faith is an important aspect in the lives of the PBA community and Slooves. He admires the atmosphere because it encourages and inspires him to grow in his faith. While off the field, Slooves enjoys hanging out with his teammates most of who are also from other countries. Some of the players are from

Chile, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Guatemala, England, and Italy. Slooves likes the diversity at PBA and enjoys learning about other cultures by spending time with his teammates and fellow students. Another meaningful aspect of life Slooves appreciates is the love and support from his family and friends in Scotland, who consistently encourage him to work hard in school and on the field, he says. Although he is far from home, he looks forward to spending time with his family and friends over the holiday season when he returns to Scotland. While living in the states, Slooves plans to explore his faith, work hard in the classroom and grow with the family he has found at PBA.

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Neil Slooves (left) celebrates with fellow teammates on the field during a game. He says faith and support from his family and friends are the most important things to him while away from home.


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Steeven Raymont Fall 2014

Athlete takes on modeling and soccer

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By Victoria Vartan Staff Writer A less known fact about Palm Beach Atlantic University’s men’s soccer team is that more than 10 different countries are represented, including Scotland, Italy, France and Brazil. “The team chemistry has been great so far this season,” said head soccer coach Brian McMahon. “The game of soccer is a global game, so there is a basic understanding and respect of all diversities among the team.” Twenty-two new players were added to the men’s soccer team this year, which McMahon said created much excitement for the program. Seventeen of these players are from countries out-

By Ryan Teason Staff Writer

The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer team has many new additions to their team this year. French native junior Steeven Raymont is among the new recruits. Raymont is a transfer from Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss., where he started as goalie for the 2012 NAIA National Championship team. Raymont was named the starting goalie this season at PBA after coming off an injury that kept him out of the 2013 soccer season at Belhaven. Besides being a full-time student and the starting goalie, Raymont has a talent and passion for modeling. He began modeling while at Belhaven with one of his teammates. “I was in Jackson, Miss., with my friends,” Raymont said. “And I was approached by a man that said I should do modeling.” After Raymont received his number and kept in contact, the modeling agent contacted him about doing a photo shoot, and his modeling career continued from then on. The PBA goalie has participated in multiple photo shoots and has

modeled on runways at fashion shows. Head men’s soccer coach Brian McMahon coached Raymont at Belhaven University before he came to PBA. “You would never know that Steeven has done modeling before,” McMahon said. “Steeven is very humble and passionate with everything that he does.” Raymont said he chose PBA to play for McMahon and for the great spiritual atmosphere that comes with a Christian university. McMahon and his coaching staff are happy with the strides Raymont has made on the field and in the classroom at PBA. “Steeven has his priorities right,” said McMahon. “He does not get caught up with the whole modeling aspect. Steeven’s main focus is school and soccer. He sees modeling as something he just enjoys doing on the side.” Raymont had 12 shutouts and 19 wins when he was the NAIA National Champion goalkeeper at Belhaven in the 2012 season, according to the Belhaven Univer-

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sity Athletic website. “My goal for this soccer season is the same as the rest of the team—which is to go to the national tournament and go as far as we can compete,” Raymont said. He said he wants to help his teammates improve on the field and build stronger relationships. For his modeling career, Raymont will wait to see where modeling takes him. Although Raymont has not modeled in Florida, he has a connection in Miami that he will contact once the soccer season ends, he said. Raymont has been compared to professional soccer player and model David Beckham. “I know a lot of people say that he looks like me, but I would not make that comparison,” he said. Although Raymont does not know what career he will pursue in the future. For now, he looks to professional soccer as his first priority and modeling as his second option.

New recruits add international presence Diversity proves to be no adversity for men’s soccer team side of the United States. “The team has developed a strong bond since the beginning of the fall semester,” said junior fullback Branden Langenberg. “With 11 different nationalities on the team, our team has bonded quite well through what we call ‘FFF’.” FFF stands for Forced Family Fun. This event is where the team gathers to grow closer through a variety of activities. Langenberg added that the new players have coped well with the school and the team. “We as a team plan on continuing to grow closer to one another off the field in order to increase our play on the field and maintain that cohesiveness,” Langenberg said. Brazil native freshman forward Gabriel Saroli said he heard about PBA from one of McMahon’s former players. Saroli said he trained during the summer and dedicated himself during the preseason. “I have been playing soccer for about 16 years, since I was 2 years old,” said Saroli. “My individual goal is to able to start a game as soon as I become eligible.”

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Eleven different countries represent PBA’s men’s soccer team, which includes Scotland, Italy, France and Brazil. “The team chemistry has been great so far this season,” said head soccer coach Brian McMahon.

However, McMahon believes that these goals and training are a learning process. “Coach McMahon has done a great job bringing the team together with such a high number

of new players,” Langenberg said. “His methods of getting the team together off the field have really impacted the team’s cohesiveness positively.” The ethic diversities have not

affected the team as it has started the season 6-2-3. “It is a very good and united team,” said Saroli. “Soon people will know us for winning the first NCAA national championship.”


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PBA baseball takes the new home field By Taylor Branham Staff Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s men’s baseball preseason recently started at the newly opened Rinker Athletic Campus on Sept. 22. In hopes of making it to regionals, the team has many key players this year, compared to the previous year, that benefits the team, said senior right fielder Jason Webb. The players are determined more than ever to focus working as a team after finishing 16-31-1 last season. A variety of freshman, transfers and returning students make up the team of 30 players. Returning for his fourth year at PBA, head coach Kent Bottenfield speaks highly of his players. “They are very self-motivated,” said Bottenfield. “They are always on time, and so far no one has missed a practice.” Before the regular season begins, the players have an opportunity to focus on their performance and the priorities of the team. “By staying healthy and academically eligible, we will be successful this season,” said Bottenfield. The team practices a few hours a day and around four times a week, with special practices to boost performance at specific positions. After losing key players at important positions, four new pitchers have joined this year to help the team compete. “As a team, we want to win, but at the same time, we want

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Junior right-handed pitcher Eric Russell delivers a pitch during a game. “We want people to know that PBA is a contender to compete with the big name teams,” senior right fielder Jason Webb said.

to make a statement,” said Webb. “We want people to know that PBA is a contender to compete with the big name teams.” This preseason is the first that the team has their own facility. “Having your own home field is an advantage,” said Webb. “Having a field to go to allows room for extra work to be put in.” Senior second baseman Brian Walker agreed. “Having the new field is huge because during home games

we know where we are going to be,” said Walker. “The field will always stay consistent. We do not always have to travel anymore.” After a disappointing end to last season, the team wants to work harder to improve. “Considering it is my last year, I really want to make it a good one and get some runs in this year,” Walker said. Since the opening of the Rinker Athletic Complex, the baseball team has a place to call home.

“We have a place to protect now,” junior pitcher Logan White said of the new athletic field. Bottenfield agreed that having a home field is an advantage to the team. “It is easier on coaches with calling around for scheduling and making sure that we know where we need to be,” said Bottenfield. “We do not have to panic when practice is cancelled, and we have a facility of our own to come to.” Bottenfield said he is appre-

ciative of the board of trustees, the PBA administration and the donors for the field. “They really have given us the best facility without a doubt,” he said. As the players are adjusting well with each other and the new field, they look forward to a successful season in the spring.

Carolyn Stone to make an impact on NCAA By Jasmine McCranely Staff Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s athletic director was recently selected by the NCAA president to join a search committee for a new high-ranking NCAA official. PBA’s Carolyn Stone joined numerous other athletic directors to begin searching for a new executive vice president to oversee regulatory functions in the NCAA. “The executive vice president will manage member service regulatory affairs and help to shape the NCAA as an institution,” Stone said. With the recent admittance into the Sunshine State Conference and the grand opening of the Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus, PBA’s athletic depart-

ment has taken strides forward to become more widely known in the NCAA. Stone said this position provides new opportunities for PBA. “In the past, many schools have disregarded us being an independent school,” wrote senior volleyball player Becca Acevedo in an email. “Now, having our athletic director a part of the committee and becoming a part of the Sunshine State Conference, that is all changing.” Stone said her goal is to help the new executive vice president understand that 70 percent of member institutions in the NCAA are in Divisions II and III. “PBA is one of the 300 Division II schools that have a seat on the committee and strives to be the ideal model within Division II,” Stone said. PBA athletics wants to be a contender in the NCAA, said Michael Brown, the assistant athletic director of external operations. “PBA athletics have become more competitive and a bigger

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Carolyn Stone (left), the Director of Athletics, chats with women’s soccer player Hope Lawson (right). Stone, who has 20 years of experience in sports management, was selected to the NCAA’s search committee for a new executive vice president.

threat to our opponents,” wrote Acevedo. Stone said PBA has worked hard for the new Division II title and wants campuses to embrace their sense of pride. “I think PBA has an amazing

and bright future ahead,” wrote Acevedo. “PBA is a special place, and I feel blessed to have been a part of the program here.” Nonetheless, Stone emphasized that support of a student’s university is the same as biblical pride.

“As Christians we are very sensitive,” said Stone. “We don’t want to be prideful. We always want to be humble and do things in humility, but it’s okay to be proud of your school.”

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