VOLUME 13 ISSUE 2
Halloween Hoopla Player switches sports Jack Calhoun update
Monday, October 5, 2015
Two participants pose during the Al-
zheimer’s walk in 2014. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer’s Association. See story pg. 5.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Lafayette’s opens in CityPlace
New restaurant known for its live music, Southern-style food By Peter Amirata Staff Writer Fall 2015 DUANE MEEKS Dean of School of Communication and Media MICHAEL RAY SMITH Adviser SIERRA DARVILLE Executive Editor CELESTE BROWN News Editor DAVID WILLIAMS Features Editor JEREMIAH SATER Acting Web Editor/Sports Editor SELBY STEBBINS Photo Editor CELESTE BROWN Graphic Design Editor KATIE FORSYTHE Broadcast Content Editor AMANDA HIGGINS Advertising Director Staff: Peter Amirata Taylor Branham Aaron Broghamer April Evans Jordan Flug Kayla Harris Nicole Jimenez Curtis McParland Danielle Mendocha Katlyn Menjivar Amber Miller Benjarong Murray Avery Korn Keisha Oakley Tracy Peyton Hayley Spitler Selby Stebbins Jackie Streng Loganne Vincent
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CityPlace opened a new restaurant on Sept. 3 in place of the former BB King’s. Lafayette’s now operates across from the Muvico Parisian movie theater. The restaurant features half dining room and half music room. Diners can eat in the music room while the dining room is under minor construction. The process of renovation is underway to an area formerly part of BB King’s Blues Club. “Our goal is to give a new and unique taste to the community, where people can relax and enjoy live music,” said operating manager Harry Durham. “The new restaurant is clearly a step up from BB King’s Blues Club, because our food is more unique, featuring mostly Southern-style cuisine.” The restaurant showcases its passion for great food and music from its Southern roots. This foundation has inspired the creation of other great foods, including famous Southern recipes like po’boys, shrimp, grits, pizza and made-from-scratch desserts. Lafayette’s is a chain that has two other successful locations in Memphis and Orlando, which are also in downtown areas similar to CityPlace. “The Southern food and live music sounds like a great fit for CityPlace,” senior dance major
Elizabeth Sober said. “I am definitely going to check it out.” According to the restaurant’s website, the music room will host live and touring acts every night, showcasing Americana, Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock and Roll. The room features new sound equipment, which creates a pleasant listening area that has great acoustics. Some prominent artists to perform at Lafayette’s include JJ Grey and Mofro, the Baron Sisters, the Ghost Town Blues Band, Micah Scott, the Jeff Harding Duo and the Congress Band. “We book anything from local acts to major national touring bands,” Durham said. “There’s a wide variety of bands coming to
perform here, and I can guarantee that it’s going to be a very fun atmosphere with all of our new renovations and stage equipment.” The restaurant does not open until 5 p.m. because it focuses on the evening crowd, whether that is grabbing dinner in the dining area, or getting a beverage and enjoying some live music. “Ever since I came to PBA, I’ve always been a fan of restaurants in CityPlace,” said junior marketing major John Maenner. “This place has great food, a fantastic stage for performers and a tremendous amount of seating in both the dining and music rooms.” The new restaurant also hopes
to become a great option for planning private parties, especially on weekdays. For now, the restaurant is only open evenings from Thursday to Sunday, upon completion of the dining area. Beginning Oct. 8, the restaurant will be open seven days a week.
Lafayette’s stage is set up for bands to play. Diners can enjoy live music every night the restaurant is open.
Photo by Peter Amirata
‘Halloween Hoopla’ celebrates Halloween CityPlace invites community to enjoy free festival By Benjarong Murray Staff Writer Food, games and candy will be more than plentiful this year at the upcoming Halloween Hoopla in the CityPlace shopping district. On the second Sunday of each month during the school year, CityPlace hosts a free Family Fun Fest. Every October CityPlace hosts Halloween Hoopla. “CityPlace wants to provide a safe and fun environment for children and families to celebrate Halloween,” said Brittny Quinn, senior brand manager for the CityPlace public relations team. The festival will be held Sunday, Oct. 11 from 1-4 p.m. throughout CityPlace, just walking distance from the Palm Beach Atlantic University’s campus. CityPlace invites people of all ages to dress in costumes and trickor-treat at the numerous participating locations in the shopping center. “We have found this event to be successful in years past, and it truly gets everyone into the Halloween spirit,” Quinn said. Trick-or-treating and other activities are planned to take place during the event. “Families can participate in arts and crafts, bounce houses, games, face painting, live entertainment and more,” Quinn said. A photographer will also be
available at the event to capture family photos. In partnership with Christ Fellowship, Quinn expects that many local families will be in attendance. Christ Fellowship CityPlace pastor Andy Glass is looking forward to the opportunity for his church to make an impact at the event. “Our volunteers have loved being a part of our fall festival in years past, which is very similar, but was just our church,” Glass said. “This is our first year partnering with CityPlace for their Halloween Hoopla.” Christ Fellowship’s potential for church outreach is increased by joining forces with CityPlace to host this larger event. “Last year, CityPlace reported around 2,000 people in attendance,” he said. “We hope to become an even greater supporter of our CityPlace community and let families know there is a loving and vibrant church in CityPlace where they can belong.” Christ Fellowship volunteers will run carnival games, man the bounce houses and host giveaways along Hibiscus Street,
directly in front of the Harriet Himmel Theater, where the church meets Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. Although Christ Fellowship will play a large role in running the event, the trick-or-treat aspect will depend upon participating CityPlace stores. Jessie Braselton, a PBA junior with a double major in accounting and finance, works as a customer associate at Anthropologie in CityPlace. “I’m most excited to see all of the little kids that will come to the store
to trick-or-treat,” Braselton said. “They are always dressed up in the cutest costumes.” While the event is for all ages, young children appear to get the biggest thrill out of the trick-ortreating. “It’s so fun to see the excitement on their faces when they get the candy,” Braselton said. “CityPlace does a really nice job of putting on events like these for the families in the area.” To find out more information about Halloween Hoopla, visit cityplace.com.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Parents set to visit during Family Weekend By Katlyn Menjivar Staff Writer Families will reunite during Family Weekend with an array of events Palm Beach Atlantic has planned that will take place from Oct. 7 to Oct. 11. The weekend will include free gifts, food and getting acquainted. “I’m excited to reconnect with my parents and show them my independence,” said freshman exploratory major Charis Flake. Freshmen such as Flake and musical theater major Rebecca May are excited to reunite with their families. They expect to get strength and comfort from the visitation. “Students get excited just to
“I think the Parent Bake-Off introduce their parents to their is something unique because roommates and show them they let students taste test,” said around the campus, [highlightJacobs. “They give out Bed, Bath ing] what they have gotten and Beyond gift cards for first, involved in,” director of parsecond and third place.” ent relations Mary Jacobs said. “When “Everyone is just my parents walking around “I’m excited to come, Subwith big smiles. reconnect with my culture is It’s a happy, a required joyful weekend parents and show trip,” said of fun activities them my sophomore and something independence,” music for everyone.” said freshan Charis educaThe Steering tion major Committee orga- Flake. Sarah Cate. nized certain Cate events such as spent time Art After Dark with her parents last year during at Norton Museum of Art, Sink Family Weekend and enjoyed or Sail Game Show Night featurseeing them. Not only did they ing the Parent Bake-Off Compeattend events that were schedtition, Men’s soccer tailgate and uled, but they had the chance to Chick-fil-A Scholar.
go out, explore. “I think our location offers such a unique opportunity to enjoy Palm Beach County, and that’s why we know no one has the exact same itinerary,” Jacobs said. “We offer enough variety so people can just take the schedule that works for their family.” However, students whose family will not be able to attend should not fret! It is a great opportunity for students to gather a group of friends and participate in the events. “My parents aren’t coming to Family Weekend this year, but I’m looking forward to seeing my friend’s parents,” Cate said. All families are encouraged to attend and participate in Family Weekend. The purpose of the weekend isn’t only to spend time with loved ones and meet other
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parents and students but to truly get the feel of the campus, Jacobs said. Registration is open now. For a complete schedule go to www. pba.edu/family-weekend.
Monday, October 5, 2015
PBA professor recovering well from accident
Calhoun encouraged by outpouring of love from students and staff By Kayla Harris Staff Writer
Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Atlantic University
Dr. Calhoun is recovering from a car accident that occurred in late June. He is considering returning to PBA in the spring as a part-time professor.
Dr. Jack Calhoun, 75, professor in the school of from faculty, students, administration and alumni arts and sciences, was critically injured in a car acci- amazed him. dent, during the summer, that involved the death of “I’ve been at PBA for 32 years, and I am more his son John Calhoun, 40. in love with the institution than ever before,” Jack Even more difficult than Jack Calhoun’s physical Calhoun says. recovery has been his emotional recovery. In his period of recovery, he describes this “Rehabilitation is a slow but steady process,” Jack period as an eye-opening experience due to the Calhoun says. outpouring of agape (unselfish Christian love) he Following the accident, Jack Calhoun was in has been shown. critical condition, with seven broken ribs and a torn While Jack Calhoun is absent from campus liver. grounds, his presence on campus After spending nearly two is missed. “Rehabilitation months in the hospital, he is “It’s lonely on the corner of is a slow but gaining mobility and is able to Rinker without him,” says Poe, steady process,” walk without a walker. adding that the history depart“For the first month, we didn’t Jack Calhoun says. ment misses Calhoun’s hearty know if he would make it to the laugh in the hallway. next day,” says the professor’s Jack and John Calhoun’s other son Steve Calhoun. “John absence is felt at PBA events as was his best friend. They did everything together.” they often attended sports games and other PBA Jack Calhoun’s recovery has been aided by the activities together. support he received from family as well as the PBA Calhoun is on medical leave for the 2015 fall secommunity despite his hard journey. mester, but he is giving critical thought to returning The Calhoun family is allowing students and as a part-time professor in the spring. alumni to visit Jack Calhoun in the hospital, beHowever, he is also contemplating retirement. cause he also refers to them as family. “PBA is his life,” Steve Calhoun says. “He considMany faculty, administration and alumni have ers his student to be another group of his children.” been visiting Jack Calhoun, and he says that such While the question of Jack Calhoun’s estimated visits have encouraged him as he recovers. time of full recovery is not yet determined, Steve In particular, he appreciates colleagues Dr. Gary Calhoun reports that he is in high spirits. Poe and Dr. Roger Chapman, who visited nearly He also says that Jack Calhoun is back on Faceonce a day. book, if students wish to connect with him. The number of “get well” cards he received
Student-produced films focus on real-life stories
School of communication produces short films
By April Evans Staff Writer
Each semester, the school of communication and media gives senior film majors the opportunity to direct and produce their own short films. Roles for films are open to all Palm Beach Atlantic students. “Forward” is one of the films that will be directed by senior Renata Zarro, daughter of professor Antonio Zarro, associate professor and coordinator of Journalism and Entertainment Media. Renata Zarro is one of five directors that will be producing films this semester. Renata Zarro’s film, “Forward” is about a young woman who has a six-year-old incest daughter through her stepfather and does the best she can to escape a seemingly hopeless situation. “We’re shooting it very real, very gritty,” Renata Zarro says. “I know people that have been in similar situations of abuse and sexual abuse by family members. Those are stories that need to be told.” In the past Zarro worked as an art director on one of PBA’s music videos and as a line producer on a Calvin Klein commercial. “I really love working with the actors, but I also wrote the script so I have a vision of what I want it to look like, and that is generally what a director does,” Renata Zarro says. “They have the artistic vision that everyone else helps play out.” She emphasizes that directing
Director Renata Zarro sits with Chris Collier and Diana Rice conduct film auditions on Oct. 1. Photo by Katie Forsythe.
involves a preproduction process of script writing, meeting with your DP (director of photography) and producer, as well as planning how the film will look and sound. “Preproduction is so important,” Renata Zarro says. “If you don’t do well in preproduction, your actual filming days are going to be chaotic and basically a disaster.” According to Renata Zarro, the films are operated by different
heads of departments, and she prefers to let the various supervisors take initiative in their department. “I know some [student] directors are very controlling, and want to dictate every single thing, I prefer to delegate,” Renata Zarro says. “I like them to be artistic on their own, and then show me what they bring. Sometimes they will bring something, that’s not what I’m going for, but sometimes they bring stuff I
didn’t think about, but I like it.” Renata Zarro made sure everyone on her crew knows about the details of the script. “We sat down as a crew and went around and read through the script so I knew that they all knew what we were doing,” she says. Assistant professor of cinematelevision, Andrew Ray is taking the place of Antonio Zarro to oversee the student filming process.
“My main role is to give the film the best chance at success that I know how to give it,” Ray said. “That can go down from making sure they have lenses I think they should have, to bigger picture things. I think one of the biggest misconceptions students come in with is that good films are simple to make.” Any student interested in acting in a student produced short film should look out for audition dates that will be posted around campus.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Walk to End Alzheimer’s comes to West Palm Beach programs to help those in need. the disease and be prepared to organization in Alzheimer’s care, Pam Avalos, co-chair for fight it. support and research. Their vision the walk, is excited about the Each partipant will also receive is a world without Alzheimer’s upcoming event. She says that a a promise garden flower. The disease. host of activities such as a DJ, a different colors represent the Tricia Williams, event The Alzheimer’s Association coordinator for the West Palm kid’s tent, several sponsors’ tents walker’s connection to the disease. will hold its annual Walk to End Beach chapter, says that the and an overall fun energy will Blue represents someone who has Alzheimer’s event in CityPlace organization helps the cause in surround the event. the disease. Orange is for those on Saturday, Oct. 10. The walk is slightly over two who support the cause to see a many important ways. Over 600 communities world without Alzheimer’s. “Research is key,” Williams says. miles, looping around CityPlace across the country and unites three times. “Just as there are different “We are number three in funding people through fundraising A registration fee for the walk is colors of flowers given at the Alzheimer’s research in the world. and awareness for an important cause: Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a fatal degenerative brain disease that hinders an individual’s memory, language, problem solving and other cognitive skills. According to alz.org, it affects over 5 million Americans making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to alz. org. Karyn Turk is the primary caretaker for her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2005. “You take this special person, your mom, and in time, the roles became reversed,” Turk says. “It robs you of so much. It takes away their personality and their memories, but I take joy in the moments when I see a glimmer of who she has always been.” While one in nine Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease, early onset Alzheimer’s can develop as early The West Palm Beach Committee stands at the start of the 2014 Walk for Alzheimer’s event. Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association. as one’s forties. Despite the hardships, many We [also] have advocates at the not required, although donations walk, so is everyone’s life touched believe a cure for this disease can local, state and federal level to are encouraged. differently by Alzheimer’s,” be found. Avalos says the importance of Williams says. “This is not an old [spread] the word and share about Established in 1980, The this event goes beyond just the person’s disease.” the disease.” Alzheimer’s Association is walk; it is vital for people to come “You never know when it may The Alzheimer’s Association the leading voluntary health and learn more information about hit your family or someone you also provides support groups and
By Jackie Streng Staff Writer
know,” Avalos says. “Imagine it being a family member you grew up with your entire life and then one day they don’t know who you are anymore.” She hopes with more awareness, people can see the reality of Alzheimer’s disease. “People think that it just affects memories, but that’s not it,” Turk says. “They lose a lot. They are affected physically. It also robs them of their friendships and they can become isolated. The daily quality of life for these people declines. Loving and spending time with them is so important.” Turk also says that discovering a cure is their primary focus. While treatment has advanced, medications have their limits and are not sufficient for full recoveries. “My mom wouldn’t have been alive the past 10 years without the research Alzheimer’s Association has done, so I am thankful,” Turk says. “We need to find the cause of this disease. Donations fund research which will lead to a cure.” Morning registration begins at 7:30 a.m., opening ceremonies are at 8:30 a.m. and the walk beings at 9:15 a.m. “We’re all in this together,” Williams says. “Come out and support this because no one is immune.” For more information, visit act. alz.org. Facebook: /ALZFL
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Monday, October 5, 2015
Freshmen lead the team in first meets of the year
Cross-country team begins anew under new coach By Avery Korn Staff Writer
Palm Beach Atlantic women’s cross-country team came under new leadership during the summer. Maryellen Powers took the head coaching position in August 2015. She brought with her a completely new training program with new goals and momentum for the team. “We were really surprised,” sophomore Kayla Webbe said. “We were totally okay with it and were up for a new change. Coach Powers really knows what she is doing.” Powers is an alumna of Boston University, where she received a degree in business ad-ministration. Her collegiate coaching career began at Northwood University, where she helped start the cross-country program. Prior to her tenure at Northwood, Powers coached at three South Florida high schools. She also operates her own coaching business called System 3 Coaching, where she has trained four successful triathletes. In addition to coaching, Powers has also participated as a professional triathlete. Between 1995 and 2002, she finished in the top-5 at the Ironman Florida and the U.S. Pro Nationals. “I feel that we are in good hands,” sophomore Alise Montgomery said. “[Coach Powers]
Sophomore Alise Montgomery has been among the top runners for Palm Beach Atlantic. Photo courtesy of PBA Athletics.
always knows how to push us in training. This is my first year and within the first month of training, I have already gotten so much faster than when I was in high school.” The new head coach changed
the training program, which included many different workouts. In years prior, practices mainly included running circles around the soccer field at the Rinker Athletic Campus. Now, the team is running sprints, tempo runs and distance
runs in different locations. The team also does hill workouts in Dire Park and runs on the beach. Practices take place every morning at 5:30. to avoid the heat. Meets are held on either Friday evenings or Saturday mornings. The harder and diversified training program is an example of Power’s expectations for the team and the season. “The training is hard, but practices are a lot more exciting,” Webbe said. “There’s something different everyday.” Four Sailfish finished in the top-40, during the first meet of the season at the Florida At-lantic University invitational Sept. 4. The team finished second among Division II opponents. In the second meet of the season, the Sailfish finished 16th out of 21 non-Division I schools at the Mountain Dew Invitational hosted by the University of Florida. “[The team] didn’t place like we wanted to,” Webbe said. “But we all ran good times.” The team has four more races before the end of the season. They have competed in three at this point in the season. “Right now, I would say we are in a rebuilding year,” Montgomery said. “New runners and a new coach, with only three returning runners from previous years, we basically have a new team.” Another goal that Powers
has for the team is to become a strong contender in the conference and at the national level. “Consistency is one of the most important elements to any successful program or en-deavor,” Powers said. Unlike many other PBA sports, student attendance is virtually non-existent. “No one comes to our meets,” Webbe said. This issue is due in part to the lack of any type of home meet and the distance required to attend any of the other meets. To remedy this, the team is in the process of drawing up courses for home meets, which should take place in the future. For now, the best way to support the cross-country team, according to Powers, is to fol-low the results of the meets and to stay up-to-date about home meets. Race results as well as meet schedules can be found on PBA’s athletics website: http://pbasailfish.com.
Team adds 15 new freshmen to roster
Women’s soccer surpass last season’s win total By Taylor Branham Staff Writer The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s soccer team added new faces to the roster this season. Nineteen new players have joined the team this year including four transfers and 15 freshman, with 33 players altogether on the roster. “We believe that team atmosphere is where winning comes from,” head coach Chris Gnehm said. “It’s not just stepping on the field and winning.” With just three wins last year, the team managed to win four games this year in their first six games. “The girls are a lot more invested and committed to each other,” he said. “They understand that the only way to truly be successful is through that.” Last year, the team often approached overtime losing many games by one goal. The team played five overtime games, but they could not manage a win. Gneehm said the team has been able to overcome this year’s obstacles and win one-goal games. Five of their first 7 games were decided by one goal this season. They won three of those games. Junior and elementary major Karina White said she helps the team focus for games by having everyone share a quote. Everyone writes the quote into a dedicated quote book, so they
may have it to read as a reminder of their goals and motivations. “We have a clear goal that has been set,” she said. “We all have individual goals set for ourselves, and we all have something we want to accomplish.” With nearly half the season remaining, the lady Sailfish are able to keep a steady mindset and continue to work hard. “I think work ethic is a big thing,” White said. “I never get comfortable with how things are going. You always want to get better, and I bring that to every practice.” Nursing major Kasey Wyer has spent her entire collegiate career with PBA. “It’s been a great experience especially seeing different coaching staff and styles,” she said. “I got to see two years of one coach and two years another.” By entering into a provisional phase of the Sunshine State Conference on July 1, 2014, PBA’s athletic teams, like the women’s soccer team, are able to gain significant playing experience, while representing their university, according to Jonathan Hower, SSC assistant commissioner for Strategic Communications. Hower said that PBA has to serve a three-year provisional term, which they started in the fall of 2014, where they must meet certain requirements before being eligible to compete for conference championships and become a full non-conditional member.
Senior Kasey Wyer has spent her entire collegiate career with the Palm Beach Atlantic women’s soccer team. Photo courtesy of PBA Athletics.
Wyer said she wants to leave a legacy with the team no matter the outcome of the season. “Last year, even though we lost all of the overtimes and only won three games, we were still in them and fought our hardest to
win,” she said. “It’s rewarding to see that same effort this year put into winning an overtime (game) and having it actually happen.” The players and coach said they believe a mindset and effort from a strong team bond will
continue to help them improve. “We have certainly had to work at it and there’s still a ton of room for improvement, but we want to leave the impression when people leave the field of: ‘man that team works hard,’” Gnehm said.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Soccer player joins the cross-country team
Player makes swtich in her junior year By Tracy Peyton Staff Writer Palm Beach Atlantic’s crosscountry team gained a new addition from the women’s soccer team this season. Junior Alyssa Hearing, an athletic training major from Jupiter, came into college this year not expecting to play on a team again. Throughout her freshmen and sophomore years, Hearing was a member of the women’s soccer team but decided to leave the team because of conflicts with her major. “Switching to cross-country was the best decision for my major,” she said. “Soccer just wasn’t the right fit for me.” Chi Ly, head coach of the men and women’s tennis teams, was Hearing’s first-year experience professor during her freshman year. She said she did not know this relationship would present her with a new opportunity as an athlete. Through Hearing’s major, she and the tennis coach became friends. This friendship led to Ly referring Hearing to the crosscountry team, since the team needed more runners at the time. Hearing was hesitant, but Ly gave the cross-country coach her contact information, which lead to a new beginning for the former soccer player. “I knew she would be a great ad-
dition to the team,” said Maryellen Powers, head coach of the crosscountry team. “Other coaches told me about how disciplined she is.” Hearing now runs alongside the top-two runners, since joining the team. “Alyssa’s work ethic is high, and she leads by example,” Powers said. “She is a voice of reason on the team, and her teammates respect her.” Powers said it is common for athletes to switch sports during college. Some sports complement each other, which makes the transition between them easier. “The primary sport is usually the tension sport,” she said. “Once an athlete switches sports, the tension is gone. The athlete begins to worry more about working hard than about the outcome which is important.” Powers said she believes Hearing’s improvement was quick and would not be surprised to see her move up on the team. “We are a lot better now that she is on the team,” freshman Sophie Miller said. “She is a great sprinter.” Miller said she believes Hearing is encouraging and studious, making her a great teammate. Hearing is thankful for the ability to participate in cross-country, because it gives her a chance to try new things. She said she has carried over an important lesson from soccer.
“[We] work hard even when no one is watching, because you can improve yourself,” Hearing said. She said Powers is encouraging and understands the sport very well, which is helping the team’s success.
“I miss playing soccer,” Hearing said. “I have played soccer my whole life, but I enjoy being on the cross-country team, because the team is a lot closer due to its smaller size.”
Junior Alyssa Hearing joined the cross-country team at Palm Beach Atlantic where she previously spent two years with the women’s soccer team.
Photo courtesy of PBA Athletics
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