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Monday, November 3, 2014

• How the Green Market benefits local vendors • Students’ unique fashion choices • Basketball fundraising event helps veterans


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Monday, November 3, 2014

On the cover: Students show off their distinctive styles. From left are, Cody Cox, Brie Monetti, Caleb Roderick, Faith Middleton, Phillip Kalicharan, and Kelsey Larson.

On-campus laundry service launches its first semester at PBA Fall 2014 The Beacon is a monthly student publication. DUANE MEEKS Dean of the School of Communication and Media MICHAEL RAY SMITH Adviser HANNAH DEADMAN Executive Editor DAVID WILLIAMS News Editor SIERRA DARVILLE Features Editor JEREMIAH SATER Sports Editor RYAN ARNST Photo Editor AMANDA HIGGINS Art Director JAMES HALL Web Editor CELESTE BROWN Copy Editor VICTORIA VARTAN Advertising Director Staff: Peter Amirata Taylor Branham Shaquanda Briggs Amanda Cairo April Evans Greg Halmos Jasmine McCranely Keisha Oakley Jonathan Reed Dana Stancavage Jackie Streng Becca Stripe Ashley Suter Ryan Teason Victoria Vartan READMYBEACON.COM The Executive Editor may be reached at

By Taylor Branham Staff Writer

Though many different uses of the acronym TLC exist, Palm Beach Atlantic University introduced a version that comes in the form of clean clothes. A new campus laundry alternative called The Laundry Chute provides a wash, dry and fold service for PBA students. According to TLC’s website, the average college student spends about 2.75 hours per week doing laundry, which is over 150 hours or 6 days per year. By initiating a laundry revolution, TLC creates a solution that saves time and provides convenience for busy students. “College students study to become professionals, so why should time be spent on waiting for washing machines?” said president and cofounder James Janis. As a PBA graduate, Janis understands the pressues on students. He recalls being in the same position and does not want them to stress about lost, stolen or unfinished laundry. In order to use TLC services, individuals must register on the website www.thelaundrychute. com and download the free TLC app. After this process is completed, an individual can pick up a bag at any Resident Assistant desk or on top of the bins located in the Lassiter Center, ODP, Baxter, Johnson, Rinker or Towers Residence Halls and activate the bag by using the app. Once activated, students can fill and scan the bag selecting the “drop off clothes” option within the app. The bag is designed to hold a week’s worth of laundry, including sheets and towels. Students who decide to wait another week to take care of their laundry can take and fill two bags. When the laundry is clean, folded, and ready to be picked up, the customer is notified within two days.

Photo by Taylor Branham

Samuel Engel, the executive director of operations for The Laundry Chute, picks up bags from the company bins in residence hall.

The payment plan varies from a weekly, half or full semester plan. The regular price is $17.50 per use, or less than $14 a week for the whole semester. A full plan begins at the start of any semester for $213, which covers one wash per week. Janis added that the first trial is only $3. “We are so confident that once you try it, you will value it so much that you will want to keep using it,” he said. Under 24-hour surveillance, students’ clothes are handled responsibly by professional TLC staff and can be customized by

how they are handled. Preferences can also be specified to the detergent, garment or stain. “Only you can pick up your laundry with your particular phone,” Janis said. “You scan it while using your pin number, which is created during registration.” Students who use TLC are satisfied with their experience. “I love it because it is so much easier than doing it on my own,” said freshman David Tennent. “My parents were afraid I was going to shrink all of my clothes, so they made sure I had TLC

because I’ve never done laundry a day in my life, honestly.” According to Janis, The Laundry Chute gives the encumbered student one less chore to worry about. “I would have a lot of loads of laundry to do on my own, so it is extremely convenient for me when everything comes back packaged and hung up,” said sophomore Tiffany Baker. “It’s definitely worth the money. I’m not wasting my study time, and all I have to do is pick up my laundry and put it away.”

PBA biologists discover saltwater snake in Martin County By Hannah Deadman Executive Editor For the first recorded time in Martin County, Palm Beach Atlantic University biologists discovered a mangrove saltwater dwelling snake. Associate professor of biology Dr. Tom Chesnes, 2009 alumnus Josh Holbrook and 2014 alumnus Hannah Boss caught sightings of the salt marsh snake Nerodia clarkii compressicauda during the months of August and September.

Prior to this sighting, no salt marsh snakes were found in Martin County. The snakes are yet to be found in Palm Beach and Broward counties. “Even though the species was never documented in Martin County, we thought their presence was probable because of northern populations and suitable habitat,” Chesnes said. The non-venomous snake, which can be red or greyishblack in color, is the only species found in the continental United States to live strictly in coastal and saltwater environments.

“By their nature, the snakes are a cryptic species,” Chesnes said. “Even people who spend a lot of time in the mangroves fishing or kayaking might not be aware that the snakes are present.” The project to research the snakes is funded by the Palm Beach Atlantic University Quality Initiative grant program. Salt marsh snake sightings can be reported by emailing thomas_ Read more about this story on Nov. 5.

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This mangrove salt marsh snake Nerodia clarkii compressicauda is known for living only in saltwater and coastal environments.


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Christian apologist Francis Beckwith speaks in chapel about worldview and tolerance By Dana Stancavage Staff Writer

Renowned Christian apologist Francis Beckwith captured the attention of Palm Beach Atlantic University students by urging them to be thoughtful of the diverse beliefs in our society but never to think too deeply on any subject. Beckwith spoke at the DeSantis Family Chapel on Oct. 20 about current worldview issues. Having majored in philosophy, Beckwith graduated from Fordham University in New York. His background in evangelical philosophy led him to speak and write about the common beliefs that people possess but do not know they possess. Beckwith simplified Christian’s presuppositions and faithfulness of life into four main points. According to the Beckwith’s research, people rarely consider that certain people believe in materialism, that tolerance requires moral disloyalty, and that nature’s purpose goes beyond understanding. He began by covering the issue of people who deny the way they were created, and try to conform to the way they believe they should be. “They are ignoring the facts

and assuming something about themselves that is so obvious they cannot see it,” Beckwith said. He explained that people overanalyze simple truths and miss the obvious when they look too deeply into a subject. In a prior lecture, Beckwith shared a personal story with the audience. An individual, who was confused by the purpose of Beckwith’s story, informed him that what he spoke of was over their heads. Beckwith replied to the student by saying, “Perhaps it is not the height of my words, but the stature of your necks.” While he explained the facts, Beckwith reminded the students to see that everything should not be taken too seriously. Beckwith also transitioned into the conflict of belief that materialism is true and how people cannot know everything without looking outside of the physical world. “You cannot look at all that exists as matter,” Beckwith said, emphasizing that not everything in the universe is material. He discussed the belief that tolerance requires a denial of moral truth. He believes that it is impossible to do so without being questioned. “The point of tolerance is if my neighbor had the truth and I listened, so I could learn something,” Beckwith said. “If we disagree, I may be better equipped by better understanding my own

beliefs, and I could become more virtuous.” He challenged students to consider how understanding different beliefs can help individuals realize why they stand by Christian values and allow them to successfully speak with someone who believes otherwise. Beckwith challenged the idea that nature is without design. “They are offering a philosophical understanding of nature that has nothing to do with nature,” Beckwith said. The students were left with a final word from a Pau-

line Epistle that encouraged them to ask questions and better communicate with others. “At the end of the day, be a good person and be virtuous,” Beckwith said. “Live like Christ and be someone courageous.”

Photo by Ryan Arnst

Francis Beckwith speaks at a PBA event on Oct. 20 about the relationship between religion and law. That same day, he was the featured guest speaker during chapel hour.

A fresh look at the Green Market Local farmers’ market brings new businesses and healthy options By April Evans Staff Writer Fresh produce and artisan goods on the West Palm Beach waterfront are what local business owners bring to the Green Market and attract consumers to visit every Saturday from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Vendors at the market display and provide a wide variety of products including meats, baked goods, beverages, seasonal produce, flowers and home décor. The products provided at the Green Market range from specialty dog treats by Oliver’s Brownies, allergy-friendly baked goods from Joey’s Home Bakery and brewed coffee from Rabbit Coffee Roasting Company. Among the lengthy list of vendors are local restaurants like Havana a Cuban restaurant, on South Dixie Highway and Makeb’s Bakery and Deli on Olive Avenue. According to Green Market manager Katrina Resch, in order to sell items at the market, ven-

dors must submit an application. After the applications are submitted, the organization’s steering committee makes the selections of who will participate. “The market helps the local economy in many ways, from providing an outlet for farmers and growers and attracting crowds to local businesses,” Resch said. The market, which hosts over 70 vendors, represents the hundreds of acres local farmers own and cultivate. “The past 20 years have shown a steady growth of an idea that survived because it met the needs of both consumers and farmers,” according to the West Palm Beach official website. “Small family farmers, who willingly made the sacrifices required to live on the land, found eager consumers among those who were dissatisfied with massproduced food. Over time, a trust developed between these two groups, based on the history of wholesome products and honest dealings.” The Green Market also gives

local up-and-coming company owners, like Sherry Brody, the CEO and founder of Licks n’ Love, a chance to display their goods to potential customers. Licks n’ Love is an all-natural dog treat business that began online and branched off to join the community of vendors. In January, Brody started the business out of her kitchen. Her own dog, Nicky, a Yorkshire Terrier, is the muse behind the creation of the dog treats. “Nicky is the inspiration for our treats,” Brody said. “He samples and tastes everything.” Among the handful of new vendors is Bite Me! Macarons. Tanya Spain, creator of Bite Me! Macarons, said she got the idea for her company when she traveled to Paris. “I ate my way through Paris and every macaron I could get my hands on,” Spain said. “When I came home I thought they would be just as abundant here, and I couldn’t find any that I really had the same affinity for.” With inspiration from the Parisian treats she discovered, Spain

started baking macarons herself. “I tried a recipe thinking ‘how hard could it be?’” Spain said. “It’s actually kind of hard.” Spain baked multiple batches of macarons, giving them to her neighbors and friends. People placed orders, and eventually, Spain turned Bite Me! Macarons into an online business.

This is her first season at the Green Market, and she hopes to purchase a professional kitchen to bake and sell macarons. As the Green Market supports local businesses in West Palm Beach, the businesses are able to supply goods to patrons who can purchase and enjoy the variety of items sold on a weekly basis.

Photo by April Evans

Many of Green Market patrons visit the Green Market for locally grown produce.

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Students on campus show off their unique styles while staying classy and comfortable By Shaquanda Briggs Staff Writer

Although Palm Beach Atlantic University has expectations of modesty among both male and female students, most students at PBA tend to throw on whatever they can in an attempt to get to class on time. Some dress for comfort due to the always-changing Florida weather, while others dress in tune with the latest fashion trends. “I wear a lot of dresses and on any other day I’m usually dressed up,” says senior Popular Music major Maryann Whims. “Today is just one of those busy days, so I just threw [something] together,” she says. When it comes to her style, Whims is traditional. She believes that looking presentable, even if she does not feel like it, boosts confidence levels. She favors clothing that is classy and elegant, but is never too revealing. “I’m not against crop tops, but when your top is your bra, then something needs to be changed,” Whims laughs. She believes that girls and guys can be beautiful or handsome while remaining modest. Senior Pre-Law major Steven Sterlin enjoys dressing with a business-casual style. “I dress more professionally than most guys with my collared or buttoned down shirts, but I like the casual feel of my sneakers and fitted jeans,” says Sterlin. He rarely wears shorts and a t-shirt at school because of his high standard of self-respect. “I know some guys walk around shirtless because it’s Florida, but for any occasion I’ll dress for comfort and be fully dressed,” Sterlin says. When it comes to his attire,

finding a balance is important to Sterlin. Senior Business Management major Whitney Erasmus has similar views. “My wardrobe is mostly casual and semi-formal, and I wear a combination of that to school,” Erasmus says. She does not claim one specific style, but says that her shoes always have to match her outfit. “My style mostly depends on my mood and the type of classes I have on a specific day,” she says. Erasmus is a South African native, so the Florida weather was not a drastic adjustment for her. “Because of the dry heat back home, it’s windy, so I always have a cardigan with me,” she says. “But here it’s more humid, so that’s not the case.” While Erasmus usually plans her outfits, sophomore and English Secondary Education major Caleb Roderick describes his fashion choices as impulsive. However, he has one article of clothing that he is rarely seen without – a black trench coat. “I wear [the trench coat] inside because I’m inside most of the time and it’s cold,” he says. Roder bought the trench coat as a part of Welcome Week’s Rock-n-Bowl, where his fish group chose a pirate costume theme. “I found it at World Thrift and I really liked the way it looked.” Sophomore Ministry major Franklin Diaz admits to procrastinating when it comes to choosing outfits. “I think about what I’m going to wear while I’m in the shower, and then I just jump out and put it on,” Diaz says. He describes his style as both dressy and casual – a mixture of urban and Gentleman’s Quarterly magazine styles. He adds a hat or shoes to put an urban spin on his attire while remaining color coordinated and casual.

Photo by Ryan Arnst

Sophomore Caleb Roderick and senior Kelsey Larson show off their style. Like Roderick and Larson, PBA students have their own unique look.

“I dress for style but I make sure it’s comfortable,” Diaz says. “I never plan the outfit unless it’s

a huge occasion.” Though Diaz leans toward spontaneity, he encourages those

who want to update their look to check out social media outlets and see what styles are trending.

Registration dos and don’ts

Students and faculty discuss how to best prepare for registration By Michael Bracewell Staff Writer

As registration approaches quickly at Palm Beach Atlantic University, students know it is time to make decisions and schedule classes. Some students might even officially declare a major. For several students, the decisions are easy, even if the workload is not. “Dr. St. Antoine gave me a degree plan in FYE (First Year Experience,) and I’ve only made two changes,” says junior Elementary Education major Grace Postorino, who is also in the honors program.

Many students have put time and effort into the important decisions. “I’ve already done all my preparations,” says junior Accounting major Bryah Hagen. “I had to go look at my degree plan again, and look up all the classes I had to take, and decide what time I wanted to take them and with which professors.” Others may be less prepared. “When is that?” was the first comment that freshman Graphic Design major Stephen Allen made about registration, which does not begin for freshmen until Nov. 24. “Registration really depends on if you’re prepared or not,” says senior Communication major Kent Berame. “There have been

many times when I was not prepared.” Though preparing for registration is important, other complications can delay the process. “When I was living in Rinker, the Internet would be clogged, the website would be down and classes would disappear. It was better when I was prepared,” Berame says. Records coordinator of the registrar’s office Danielle Peeling says the PBA course catalog is a student’s “best friend in the world” when it comes to determining what classes to select and register for in a given semester. Having a degree plan is helpful when speaking to an advisor about classes that are available for the approaching semester.

“First, they should go over their degree plan,” says Peeling, referencing the plans that are readily available at catalog.pba. edu. “They have to talk to their advisor anyway, to get cleared for registration.” Peeling says few students have issues with clearance for registration. Holds can result from failing to turn in a health form or being cleared by an advisor. However, most students manage to organize their forms and schedules ahead of time. Peeling added that students should make sure they know what times they are scheduled to register. Student athletes and honors students register earlier than other students in their year. If these students miss registra-

tion, they will not be allowed to register with their class and must wait for open registration, Peeling says. “Double check your degree plan and go over it with your advisor,” Peeling says. “You don’t want to be one of those students that we’re calling a few weeks after graduation saying, ‘Hey, by the way, you’re missing this class that we told you you had to take.’” Preparations for registration are crucial for students’ success. Whether a student is a Biology major or Theatre major, registration should be a time that every student takes seriously – otherwise, registration at midnight might be a nightmare.

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New leadership role guides students closer to Christ Discipleship Assistants encourage community on campus through small groups and events By Jackie Streng Staff Writer

Five Palm Beach Atlantic University students are turning the tides on what it means to be a relationship-based community. Known as Discipleship Assistants (DAs), these students are fulfilling a new position in Residence Life by taking on the role of overseeing each resident hall’s spiritual pulse. Senior Cross-Cultural Studies major Kelsey Larson says the roles of the DAs include establishing group leaders and choosing curriculums for Bible studies. “We give organization, emotional and financial support and training to students,” Larson says, the DA of Johnson Hall. Other responsibilities include organizing, supporting and advertising Bible studies and small groups, hosting spiritual-based dorm events and creating events for the entire campus. DAs also organize worship and prayer nights. Each residence hall’s DA operates according to students’ needs. Some halls follow a specific curriculum, while others vary week-to-week. The DAs have noticed a growth in the number of students who have shown interest in becoming involved in small groups and Bible studies. Sophomore Kerry Condon and DA of Baxter Hall is a double major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Christian Social Ministries. “I couldn’t believe the amount of girls who showed up in the first week,” Condon says. “We now have five small groups for Baxter, which is triple from last year.”

Photo by Jackie Streng

PBA’s Discipleship Assistants share a laugh during a group meeting. From left are Austin Peightel, Kelsey Larson, Nicole Minott and Kerry Condon. Not pictured: Patrick Trageser.

Sixteen girls applied to lead a small group in Johnson. The DAs’ focus is not about student numbers, but the benefits that can come by meeting with peers and talking about Biblical topics. “As a senior, I feel a responsibility to see others participate and be discipled,” Larson says. “I just want to give back as others have given to me.” Sophomore Biology major Austin Peightel is the DA for the men of Rinker Hall, Weyenberg Hall and Samaritan Gardens. “It all really comes down to relationships,” Peightel says. “I

want to break through superficial friendships and help the guys have accountability, openness and the ability to reach out to one another during times of need.” The PBA community was amazed when 30 Baxter girls organized a night of prayer, within hours, for professor Scott Spell’s hospitalized daughter Jennifer. DAs are currently planning an event that will coincide with the Alumni Homecoming. They also plan to partner with different clubs including Justice Club, The Missions Depart-

ment and the Refugee Ministry Club, who will have tents on the Pembroke Green representing various countries. These clubs give students the opportunity to learn about injustice issues and pray for those in need. For students who wish to start their own Bible study, Larson, Condon and Peightel gave a few pieces of advice, including implementing prayer, providing food and staying committed to the task. “You could even use fliers that use a little mystery to get people

intrigued and want to come,” Condon says. When discussing goals for the year, the DAs emphasize one common phrase – spiritual community. They hope that everyone will experience personal growth and form lasting relationships with others. Small groups are also open to commuters and friends of students. “I can see a change on campus,” Peightel says. “I’m excited for what is to come.”

PBA hosts its 27th annual Alumni Golf Tournament, raises more than $54,000 in scholarships By Victoria Vartan Staff Writer More than 180 golf players attended Palm Beach Atlantic University’s 27th Alumni Golf Tournament on Oct. 4, which raised $54,000 for the Association’s Scholarship Fund. The tournament originated in 1988 as a fundraiser for PBA’s Alumni Association in order to raise scholarship money for students. This year’s tournament was held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. The Alumni Association awards scholarships to PBA undergraduate students who have remained in good academic standing.

“The Alumni Association at Palm Beach Atlantic University was able to award 41 scholarships to current PBA students,” tournament coordinator Lisa Loomis says about the four-year scholarship. The tournament raised over $54,000 this year and more than $1.1 million since its start in 1988. “The money was raised by a committee that worked hard to secure sponsors, donations, players for the golf tournament, raffle and silent auction held the day of the event,” Loomis says. The 180 players included 45 foursomes, teams of two that alternate between each stroke, on two courses, the Champion and Squire golf courses. Those who wish to participate

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Squire Winners – From left are, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Golf Attendees Team consisting of Ryan Chatt, Michael Broadarick and Chris Thurman won with a score of 57.

can register online on PBA’s website, says Loomis. Brochures were mailed to

8,000 alumni and university associates this year asking for their participation in the tournament.

Next year’s Alumni Golf Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 3.


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PBA seniors reflect on past four years and look to the future By Peter Amirata Staff Writer

This December, Palm Beach Atlantic University athletics will bid farewell to multiple seniors from the women’s soccer and volleyball teams, including Melissa Buckingham. Senior Physical Education major Buckingham joined the volleyball team as a freshman in 2011. “The best part about playing during my four collegiate years at PBA has to be our team unity,” Buckingham said. “Every year, I grew closer and closer to my teammates.” Head coach of the volleyball team Bob White coached Buckingham during her entire collegiate career. “Melissa came in when the program was being rebuilt and she just ran with it,” White said. “She has been a major contributor to the team.” In January 2012, Buckingham married Greg Buckingham. This summer, she gave birth to a baby girl, who is now almost 14 weeks old. Buckingham began the season with the team, despite giving birth just two months before. After graduation this December, she plans to move back to her home state of Texas to be with her family and coach volleyball. Senior Psychology major Becca Acevedo has been in the starting lineup since her freshman year and has marked her name in the PBA athletic record books. “Previously, volleyball was everything,” Acevedo said. “At PBA, I learned that I like volleyball for more than the sport itself. It’s about the people you meet that have a lasting impact on you. It’s a platform to reach others in regards to our faith.” White recruited Acevedo when she was in high school.

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PBA seniors clockwise from top left: Moriah Zusi, Melissa Buckingham, M.E. Stewart and Becca Acevedo.

“Becca grew to play at the highest level she could play at,” White said. Acevedo said her spiritual life has been impacted while at PBA. “Playing for PBA has shown how we can honor the Lord through the talents he has given us,” she said. She believes her teammates have helped her succeed throughout her time at PBA. “My teammates are people who I can turn to in any situation and count on their support,” Acevedo said.

Acevedo grew up in Miami, so playing close to home was convenient, allowing her family to come to PBA and support her during games. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in Psychology at a school where she can continue playing and coaching volleyball. Senior athletic training major M.E. Stewart has been on the women’s soccer team since her freshman year and has adapted to the team’s different playing styles. “M.E. and other seniors are keeping the team positive,” said

head women’s soccer coach Chris Gnehm. Though the transition from head coach James Kryger to Gnehm was difficult, she overcame the change. “I met some of my best friends here,” Stewart said. “The relationships I have built make it feel like family.” Earlier this season, Stewart suffered from a muscle injury that put her on the sidelines for several weeks. However, she discovered she would be eligible to redshirt next year, because she

plans to graduate in December 2015. After graduation, she hopes to continue playing soccer; if not, she plans to find a job working on a fishing charter or join the military and work as a firefighter on an aircraft carrier. Still, Stewart desires to use her experience at PBA in her career after graduation. “Playing soccer for PBA has taught me how to manage my schedule,” Stewart said. “I will use the skills I have learned for my future plans.” Senior elementary education major Moriah Zusi also played soccer during her entire collegiate career at PBA. Zusi has been playing soccer since she was four years old, so she has always balanced soccer and academic work. When she came to PBA, she did not know what to expect. “As the years moved on, I became more experienced and realized what I needed to do to earn my spot,” Zusi said. She said that during her years at PBA, she matured academically and as a person. “The teams have changed quite a bit since I’ve been here at PBA,” Zusi said. “New coach Chris Gnehm has a much different coaching style that emphasizes competition and fitness.” This year, Zusi said she grew closer to the girls on the team more than any other team she has been on. She also plans to graduate in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s in elementary education and a minor in Psychology. Moving forward, she hopes to find a teaching job where she can coach girls and boys and continue to play soccer. The seniors’ seasons end in a couple of weeks before the offseason or postseason begins.

Crew club on campus creates waves of support

More than 60 students interested in joining new rowing club teams

By Celeste Brown Copy Editor For the first time in PBA history, the athletic department will partner with the North Palm Beach Rowing Club (NPBRC) in Juno Beach to establish club rowing crew teams on campus. Head coach Susan Saint Sing of the NPBRC will take charge of the on-campus PBA club. She partnered with PBA because she enjoys working with college students and desires to make the sport available to more people, said Abigail Hews, the director for campus recreation. Saint Sing has more than 25 years of collegiate coaching experience and many successes to her name, according to the NPBRC website. Her rowers participated in the

Photo by Ryan Arnst A group of rowers row across Intercoastal Waterway at the NPBRC. PBA crew club practices begin at the North Palm Beach Rowing Club the week of Nov. 3.

Pan American Games and the U.S. Junior World Rowing Team. In the past, her teams won seven national titles. Additionally, Saint Sing coached a rower who has represented the U.S. in two world championships. Saint Sing said her goal is to bring teams of PBA students to three regattas or competitions

located in Miami, Tampa and Sarasota. Crew season officially begins in the spring. Saint Sing is currently encouraging interested students to get in shape and practice good rowing form by using the rowing machines in the Greene Complex. “[Rowing] is a very physically demanding sport,” Hews said.

The on-campus club is run through the NPBRC with a yearly membership price. For PBA students, the fee to participate is $325. This membership will allow students to have access to the NPBRC during practice times. PBA will provide uniform shirts for those who join the club rowing team.

Fundraising is needed to provide transportation for teams to and from regattas in the spring. The teams will have car washes, bake sales and write support letters to raise the money they need. Approximately 60 students are currently interested. Teams will be composed of all male or all female, consisting of one, two, four or eight people. Senior Cameron Bullock said he wants to row in a single-person boat. “I can only get one year under my belt, but it’ll be a unique [opportunity],” Bullock said. “I’m attracted to water sports.” Practices begin the week of Nov. 3 and run until the season starts in the spring.


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Hoops4Heroes Fundraising event for wounded veterans PBA will host event with local businesses and community members By Ashley Suter Staff Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University will host the Hoops4Heroes fundraising event in the Rubin Arena on Sunday, Nov. 9. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit veterans service organization that offers various events and programs to wounded veterans. “With PBA, we’re coordinating one of the biggest WWP fundraisers to ever come to Palm Beach County,” said Tom Copeland, a co-founder of Hoops4Heroes. “I’m so happy to have chosen PBA to host Hoops4Heroes.” PBA men’s basketball players will take part in the event by helping with registration and promotions, supporting players, and serving as referees and coaches. Craig Goldenfarb, an attorney at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, will help fund and sponsor the event. Students are encouraged to participate by donating $60 in order to form a team. The games will be 3-on-3, however, the teams can consist of more than three players. Students will not be the only volunteers to compete. The coaches of the PBA athletic teams, along with Craig Goldenfarb and other local lawyers, will also register to play. This event will be the first time PBA will hold a community service event to benefit WWP. “Anytime we can give back as a team to the community we look forward to it,” senior Garet Tucker said, “especially when it is through basketball and for a cause such as this.”

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Clayton Williams (left) and Garet Tucker will be among players from the men’s basketball team to volunteer their time at Hoops4Heroes.

He added that he enjoys using his talents to help those in need. Senior Clayton Williams agreed. “Giving back to the community is a priority for us as a team,” Williams said. “We understand that we need to make a positive impact on the community around us.” Michael Brown, the assistant athletic director for external operations, has worked to organize the event alongside Goldenfarb and Copeland. Copeland said he and Goldenfarb wanted to sponsor an event in the name of their firm, because not many events are designed to benefit veterans.

He added that they decided on a basketball tournament for the event because the WWP suggested doing a competitive tournament for the fundraiser. “Craig and I are both huge basketball fans and players,” Copeland said. “We even play in a local men’s league, so we decided to go ahead and do it.” They chose PBA for the event, because they wanted a location that would also be a partner in the fundraiser, Copeland said. He added that Brown has been a great partner in the process. “From promoting and marketing the event, to providing volunteer students, to getting the men’s basketball players involved

as volunteers, PBA has been an integral part of the planning process,” Copeland said. The event, which takes place two days before Veteran’s Day, will provide an opportunity to commemorate and honor veterans. Emerson Lotzia, a sports anchor for WPTV and ESPN 760 in West Palm Beach, will emcee the event. A special halftime show is set to feature a knockout style tournament for kids who are coached by officers of the Palm Beach County Sheriff ’s Office, Copeland said. Hoops4Heroes has also been approved for Workship credit.

Students can volunteer in various roles and positions throughout the day. Interested students can register a team to compete at VIP tickets, which will offer continental breakfast, a catered lunch and all-day access to the upper deck and president’s box in the Rubin Arena, can be purchased at Students can also like and share posts on Facebook (Hoops4heroeswpb) and on Twitter (@ Hoops4HeroesWPB) using the hashtag #Hoops4Heroes.

Male student expands his horizon by joining cheerleading squad

Steven Knappe chases cheer dreams By Keisha Oakley Staff Writer Palm Beach Atlantic University cheerleading has a new face among the recruits this season. Steven Knappe, a sophomore from Illinois, was interested in joining the team when he explored PBA’s club rush and talked with some of the team members. “It’s awesome having a guy on the team,” said Kaila Seiders, a sophomore cheerleader. “We weren’t a co-ed team since a few seasons ago.” Nineteen students make up PBA’s cheerleading team. Many of the cheerleaders were Knappe’s friends, so he thought the idea of trying out was worthwhile. He said he always wanted to

become a cheerleader in high school, but he was too anxious to try. Once in college, he decided to conquer his anxiety. Even though he is aware of the criticism he receives from other students for joining the cheerleading team, he does not pay attention to the comments. “They don’t faze me,” Knappe said. “I just keep doing what I do.” He has participated in other sports, including track and field in high school and sand volleyball. Seiders supported Knappe joining the team, and added that he participates in routine stunts and jogs to the beach with the team every Monday morning. “He is a great fit into the team,” Seiders said. “Every time he is

there, he makes it enjoyable.” Cheerleading season begins in mid-November, along with the basketball season. Currently, the team is preparing for the upcoming season. Knappe was not the only male to try out for the team this season. “The other student made the team but decided it was not for him, so he left,” Seiders said. Knappe said his teammates are glad for his participation in difficult stunts. “My expectations for being part of the squad are to become well-rounded and help with the stunts,” Knappe said. “Also, I can make more friends.” Knappe said he looks forward to working with the team this Photo by Keisha Oakley season. Steven Knappe and Kaila Seiders perform a routine stunt. PBA cheerleading begins Nov. 22 with the first men’s basketball game.

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