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Monday, February 6, 2012

West Palm Beach Wager

Monday, November 14, 2011

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Out of the kennel: The Palm Beach Kennel Club, home to dog races and poker tables, is one location that will be affected if the slot machine bill passes.

A new gaming bill that proposes the inclusion of slot machines in Palm Beach County is sparking debate about its overall impact. By Chris Hernandez Managing Editor


ony Marino spends most of his Sundays at the dog track. On this particular Sunday, Marino, an 83-year-old retired bricklayer from Connecticut, is rooting for greyhound number five, Turbo Decatur. “Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. In my case, mostly lose,” he said. “I come here to enjoy it (dog races) and just get away from things.” Marino is not the only one who finds an escape at The Palm Beach Kennel Club. Here on North Congress Avenue in West Palm Beach, this Sunday the parking lot is loaded with cars as patrons have come to enjoy dog races and poker games. In Sundays to come, maybe they’ll enjoy slot machines as well. Slot machine lovers can already get their fill at other Florida locations, in the casinos operated by the Seminole Tribe. But legislators are once again considering laws to expand gambling in the state. SB 710, sponsored by Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff and the Committee on Regulated Industries, would open the door for counties such as Broward and Miami-Dade to have casinos and other limited gaming such as slot machines, blackjack and roulette. A Malaysian-based company hopes to build a massive casino complex with Las Vegas-style gambling on prime Miami property overlooking Biscayne Bay. At the moment, Palm Beach County is not authorized to have casinos, but, according to a pact made between the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee and Seminole Tribe last year, Palm Beach County may hold referenda regarding gaming. Last December, in a six-to-one vote, Palm Beach County commissioners decided to give voters the final decision regarding adding slot machines to pari-mutuel facilities like the Kennel Club. A referendum would be held in November. Those who want to expand gambling say it would create more jobs for

residents of Palm Beach County and help the economy. “It’s dangerous to have too much dependence on the performance of one industry,” said Lane Wright, press secretary for Governor Rick Scott. “To create jobs, it’s important we have an economy that is diverse.” Bryan M. Malenius, manager of media relations for Walt Disney World, agrees with Scott’s vision for a diversified economy, but asserts that, if passed, the bill would be “inconsistent with Florida’s brand as a familyfriendly destination.” Most people opposing the gambling bill would agree with Malenius’ sentiments, fearing that, instead of increasing tourism in Florida, the bill would ward off Florida’s existing tourist regulars. One of the main groups opposing the bill is No Casinos, an organization founded in the 1970s by former governor Reuben Askew to combat the expansion of casinos in Florida. John Sowinski, who belongs to the group, believes adding three destination casinos is preposterous. To Sowinski, supporters of the bill attempt to “exaggerate the benefits and downplay the costs” that casinos and slot machines can bring to an economy. Costs, he said, that include it feeding off of other businesses, counseling and treatment for addicts and more crime. Though there are views against the inclusion of casinos and slot machines in Florida, there exists a rising pressure for pari-mutuel facilities in Palm Beach County like those in New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an expansion of Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens into a Casino. With its beach location, Florida could match the competition of casinos in New York and even cause a threat to the industry in Las Vegas, according to experts. Meanwhile, back at the kennel club, Marino and the other regulars have heard the talk about expanding gambling. Marino, dressed in a yellow cardigan and plaid shirt, waited for the next dog race of the day, and reflected on his past experiences up north. “I remember when slot machines came to Connecticut,” he said. “I couldn’t stand being there. People just became drones,” glued to their slot machines. “But, I don’t know, I’m sure it won’t affect the dog race.”

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Big names coming to PBA

World’s Elite: Former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, will be on campus April 18-19.

By Eric Quinones Contributing Writer Palm Beach Atlantic University will host a bevy of high-powered conference speakers in April, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair, plus mega church pastor Bill Hybels and other well known leaders, will speak at the 2012 World LEADERS Conference set for April 18-19 in the DeSantis Family Chapel. “I’m really thrilled about having former Prime Minister Tony Blair on this campus,” said Dr. James L. Davis, president of the group putting on the conference. “For three years I’ve been trying to have Tony speak for me.” With its impressive list of speakers, the World LEADERS Conference could easily

rent a large venue and pull in 4,000 attendees, said Davis, “but we don’t want a large conference; we want 400 people. We’re going after the business executives, high-level ministerial leaders, that this could help them move forward in their business, move forward in their ministry.” The speakers will talk about servant leadership, said Davis. “The whole event is around engaging you intellectually but also speaking to your heart. And that’s what servant leadership is all about. “It’s about serving your customer,” he said. “It’s about serving your students, serving those in business relationships with you, serving your congregation. Instead of hierarchical, it’s about taking a towel and saying, ‘I’m going to serve you and help you.’” Those 400 people who attend in the chapel will pay ticket prices ranging from $895 to $1,500. PBA students and university employees can buy discounted tickets for $295 to view the conference on a live video feed in Weyenberg Hall. All the conference speakers except Blair will visit Weyenberg to mingle with the PBA attendees, said Davis. “They’re getting the best of both worlds, getting to meet these people, up close and personal, and it’s $600 less than what somebody else is paying in the chapel,” said Davis. Blair will not join the gathering in Weyenberg, simply because of security concerns. Davis said his group agreed to bring the conference to PBA at the request of Bill Fleming, interim president of the school. Other schools wanted to host the event, said Davis, “But we absolutely believe the values and the vision and the mission of both organizations are in alignment, because that is most critical to put on something like this.” Davis said the conference will be recorded in high-definition video for distribution later, a public relations boon for PBA. “In September of 2012 it will be given

away to the world, and our goal is one million participants in 100 countries in 25 languages,” said Davis. “The opportunity to promote Palm Beach Atlantic University and its students and its academia is great, so I’m excited about it.”

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Cokie Roberts, a senior news analyst for NPR and a political commentator for ABC News, won three Emmy Awards and was president of the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association. Ken Blanchard is a prominent, soughtafter author, speaker, and business consultant. He was co-author of the book, The One Minute Manager®, which has sold more than 13 million copies. Tony Dungy retired in 2009 after a 31-year NFL career. His teams averaged more wins in the regular season than those of any head coach in NFL history. Henry Cloud is a psychologist, communicator, author and leadership coach. Cloud has written or co-written 20 books, including the two-million+-seller Boundaries, Integrity, 9 Things You Simply Must Do, The Law of Happiness, and most recently, Necessary Endings. Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Jim Blanchard served as chairman and CEO of Synovus Financial Corp., a more than $33 billion multi-financial services company. Synovus was selected No. 1 on the list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune. Laurie Beth Jones, Tom Mullins, Tim Sanders, Mark Floyd, Erwin McManus and Patrick Lencioni.

Pharmacy students push bill During a visit with the Florida legislature, Palm Beach Atlantic’s pharmacy students met with state representatives and a senator to discuss

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erse of the week:

But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding. -Job 32:8 NIV

time slots,” said Charlotte Taft, a PBA pharmacy student. “When I was not assigned to a booth, I went to sessions of the House Health and Human Services Access Subcommittee and the Heath and Human Services quality Committee. I got to see different bills brought forward and had the privilege of watching the quality subcommittee pass HB 509,” Taft said. By Saudia Ali “We may not have changed anyone’s mind, but I do know that Staff Writer we had an impact,” said Taft. “We were able to make it known that we, as pharmacists practicing in Florida, care what laws are A group of Palm Beach Atlantic University pharmacy students made concerning our profession.” advocated pharmacy rights to Florida’s legislature in a health “If we as a region sent letters, informing the legislators how fair on Jan. 24. we feel, we will be able to make a huge impact,” she said. “It “For this year’s fair our goal was to is important to be aware and involved reach out to senators, representatives in legislature instead of leaving the and state workers and show them how law making completely up to our “We were able to make it important pharmacy is,” said Natalie representatives.” Ciccone, vice president of Palm Beach Taft personally met with Representative known that we, as pharAtlantic University’s American Pharmacy Ford about two bills, HB 1093, and HB Association. “We really wanted to macists practicing in 509. The former puts regulations on the convince them to support all the extent to which an insurance company pharmacy bills and legislations,” she said. Florida, care what laws can audit a pharmacy. The latter would PBA’s pharmacy students are pushing “allow us to administer an epinephrine are made concerning our House Bill 509, which grants pharmacists pen to a patient who is in anaphylactic and pharmacy interns the ability to shock,” said Taft. profession.” Taft immunize for more than just the flu. “Representative Ford agreed to The bill would permit them to perform support both of the bills for us,” Taft said. shingles and pneumonia vaccinations. “I think the health fair went really well. “I got to meet with and discuss with It was definitely a very exciting event them the various reasons to support the for me and for the Gregory School of pharmacy bills,” said Ciccone. “It was an interesting experience; Pharmacy.” some of them were hard to convince, but many of them were Pharmacy students are now considering doing a letter extremely nice and supportive.” campaign to the representatives. Ciccone, who met with Representatives Allyson Schwartz, They have advocated pharmacy bills in the past. During, the Mark Pafford and William Snyder, as well as Senator Mike hearing for the 2004 Immunization Bill pharmacists came in Fasano, said “If these legislations were passed, future and flooded the capitol building. “Once passed, it made a huge pharmacists would get to do immunizations and shingles impact to pharmacists,” says Ciccone. disease could even decrease. Also it would be easier to get The health fair had its own impact on impact on our PBA medical attention at clinics and hospital. It would be an all- pharmacy students. “We were able to provide screening tests on around positive effect.” over 150 patients,” said Laura Rhodes, a pharmacy student. “At the health fair, I was assigned different booths at different

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Grads with BA face unemployment By Tyann Mullen Staff Writer

Young adults are putting off their careers, due to the recent decline of available jobs and internships according to a survey researched by The Huffington Post. The unemployment rate for college graduates in the United States with at least a bachelor’s degree has remained at 7.7 percent in the last few months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This steady number is driving young adults to put a career on hold, and look to minimum wage jobs for now. The most popular places these graduates are turning to is the restaurant and hospitality business. Ben Foster, a manager at Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach, says he has seen an increase of college graduates applying for a job the last few years. “With all the ups and downs we have recently seen in the economy, it’s no wonder these graduates are looking for a job in an industry that requires a lot of employees,” he said. Because of the decrease of available office jobs and internships, more

students are finding part time jobs during their college career as well. Angie DeFarlo, a senior at Palm Beach Atlantic University, has worked at Nick and Johnnie’s Patio Bar and Grill in Palm Beach throughout college. “I found serving to be the perfect job in college,” said DeFarlo. “The flexibility and fast cash made it very convenient. It also taught me how to have patience dealing with a diverse group of people.” DeFarlo continued, “Even though it’s a fun and easy job, I don’t want it to be my career.” Since the start of the recession in 2007, college graduates are also competing against those who didn’t attend college. Last April, the unemployment rate for college graduates was 8 percent, up from 6.8 percent in April 2009 and 3.7 percent in April 2007. Economists see an end to the recession in sight, according to the National Association for Business Economics, and are relying on the upcoming presidential election to see some positive changes. With the end of the spring semester in sight, many seniors may find themselves hurrying to apply for jobs.

Romney Wins Fla. By Amber Braaten and Kaitie Chasse Contributing Writers

By Gina Cipolla for the Beacon

Angie DeFarlo:“Even though it’s a fun and easy job, I don’t want it to be my career.”

Luckily, PBA’s Career Services are fully devoted to helping all students find work and internships that are available. PBA also has a special job posting site, College Central Network. Once registered, you can stay updated with the latest career information, search the job posted exclusively to PBA, and upload your resume and career portfolio for employers to view.

By Meghan Gilmore for The Beacon

Showing support: Survivors from all corners of the nation showed up for the race (left), including Hoda Kotb (right), an NBC host.

Race for a Cure raises $2 million By Meghan Gilmore Staff Writer

Living in New York City and hosting the Today Show, Hoda Kotb is used to a life of hustle and bustle. But when more than 20,000 people showed up to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, Jan. 21, the survivors realized that sometimes less is better. That is in reference to breasts. Breast cancer survivor Christy Colon, who underwent a mastectomy, said, “I do have to admit it is less painful to run [without breasts] and it’s even more beautiful to be cheered for rather than stared at here.” Colon, who ran a personal best in the 5k, was the not the only one to set a new record on Saturday. The race went above and beyond expectations. Race organizers estimated that about 20,000 people participated in the day’s events and over $2 million was raised to fight breast cancer. A total of cancer 61 survivors finished the race including three men. Additionally almost half of those competitors finished the race in less than half an hour. The West Palm Beach race is one of 140 related races. These races are held on four continents, which culminated in about one and a half million racers last year. Those numbers are an incredible increase from the 800 runners that ran in the first Race for the Cure in Dallas, Texas in

1983, started by Nancy Brinker. She masterminded the plan to fulfill a promise to her sister, Susan G. Komen, who was dying from breast cancer at the time. Survivors from all corners of the nation showed up to the West Palm Beach Event, including Kotb. Kotb is a five-year breast cancer survivor who has been very vocal about her diagnosis and her fight to spread awareness about the disease. “I equate my battle with breast cancer to my career in broadcast journalism,” she said. “I was told 27 times that I couldn’t do it, that I would fail as a journalist. I heard every excuse in the book. I remember things as silly the excuse that my name was too hard to pronounce. Of course I heard the same negatives and pessimistic messages when I first let it be known that I was fighting breast cancer. But I overcame those obstacles and here I am today.” Kotb was a bit humble not to mention overcoming her doubters by becoming a national TV show host and household name on The Today Show. But Saturday, it didn’t matter how many people knew your name. All people noticed was that the women survivors donned in pink and the men clad in gray were the real stars of the show because they were the breast cancer survivors. To see the list of all of the survivor finishers and their times: go to results/2012/SouthFlorida/SURVIVORS.HTM

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, members of The Republican party of the Palm Beaches had gathered at Duffy’s Sports Grill in Palm Beach Gardens to watch the big screen as the results came in for the Florida Republican Primary. The drinks flowed and the entire party room was abuzz. The crowd of 125 to 150 was mostly made up of welldressed Caucasians, 45 and older. “Mitt, Mitt, Mitt,” chanted the crowd, as they heard the political commentators call the primary for Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor drew just over 46 percent of the vote statewide. Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, trailed behind with just under 32 percent of the vote. Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, received some 13 percent. To many voters, the general theme of the Florida primary was less about a favorite candidate and more about which candidate stood a better chance of beating President Barack Obama in November. “I don’t think he (Romney) is a true servant to represent our values,” said Jenna Steffens, president of the College Republicans at Palm Beach Atlantic University. “Basically we want the best candidate to go against Obama and if that’s Romney, we wish him the best.” That sentiment echoed again and again as two reporters talked with voters in West Palm Beach. Voters said they just wanted a new president. “We are so tired of the one we have,” said one Republican exiting the polling place. “We want to get rid of him.” Dr. Jack Calhoun, PBA political science professor, couldn’t vote in the closed primary, because he’s a Democrat, but he offered his take on the primary. “I think Romney will get the nomination,” said Calhoun, who is an Obama supporter. “I want Newt (Gingrich) to win; there is no way he can beat Obama. “He (Romney) is even with Obama in the polls,” said Calhoun. “As a Democrat, I’m worried.” As the Republican candidates continue their battle toward the national convention in August, some PBA students are getting active in politics. A group of Republican students from PBA will travel to Washington, D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Feb. 9-11. Romney, Gingrich and Santorum will speak at CPAC, along with many others.

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Samantha Attention PBA Students! You have a chance to play Cupid this Valentine’s Day. Here’s how: Pick which one of these ladies the Beacon Bachelor Alex will go on a date with. Voting opens on today. The bachelorette with the most votes will spend Valentine’s Day evening with Alex. Hurry and vote! The polls close Feb. 9 at midnight. To find out the results look for our Feb. 13 issue. See how their date goes in the Feb. 20 issue of the Beacon.

Hometown: Southlake, Texas Major: Psychology Class: Sophomore

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Boaz?” Charlie Sheen…No? Most Embarrassing Moment? Falling into the Intracoastal on a morning jog. Hobbies Running. Reading. smoothies.



Favorite Bible Verse Ecclesiastes 1:9. Ideal first date? NOT a movie. I’d enjoy sitting at Starbucks talking.

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Sophomore Alex Noel grew up in Elmgrove, Wis. When he was younger, Alex fell in love with the art of fishing. “It makes me feel closer to God,” he says. “It’s about being in the middle of nature, by myself, and looking at creation. That is where I have my meaningful conversations with God.” Alex’s love for nature and marine life ultimately brought him to want to study marine biology. But, not wanting a life he describes as one sitting at a microscope all day, Alex switched majors and is now studying business management at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Alex hopes to open his own business one day. Alex also has a passion for photography, a skill, that he says, was passed down from his father. “I feel

like photos are my only form of artistic release,” he says. When he’s not snapping photos around campus or fishing, Alex can be found getting things together for Monday Night Live, a sketch comedy show on campus. “I love making people laugh,” he says. “Hearing people laugh is when all the rehearsals and filming pays off.” The Beacon’s first bachelor, Alex has been nervous through this process but, ultimately, feels like it will be a fun experience, just don’t compare him to Boaz. “I think the thoughts behind the Boaz phenomenon are good,” he says, “but, I feel like I hear it all the time. Boaz is overused.”

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Hometown: Charlotte, N.C. Major: Athletic Training Class: Junior What comes to mind when you hear the word “Boaz?” Perfect husband. Protector. Cares about a woman emotionally. Most Embarrassing Moment? I split my pants in 11th Grade. Hobbies Soccer. Hanging out with friends. Going on adventures. Favorite Bible Verse Joshua 1:9. Ideal first date? Dinner and a movie.


Hometown: Boynton Beach, Fla. Major: Psychology Class: Senior What comes to mind when you hear the word “Boaz?” Haha…he seems like a cool guy. Most Embarrassing Moment? My entire freshman year. Hobbies? Guitar. Pinterest. Psychoanalyzing. Being awesome. Favorite Bible Verse? Matthew 6:33. Ideal first date? Theme park with roller coasters.

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The problem with N. Korea A (very) brief introduction James A. Carter III, a student at PBA who has worked with the Korean community, provides insight into the problems N. Koreans are predisposed to. By James A. Carter III Contributing Writer


orth Korea has become infamous for its chilling history of national cultish practices centered around one man and his sons. I would like to take just a moment to introduce some of the complexities of the North Korea problem in hopes that the general silence that surrounds North Korea might be broken, if only for a moment. When our grandparents were born, there was no such country as North Korea. The designation has only been around since about 1951 when the Korean peninsula was split due to factions established in the Cold War. Like Berlin, Korea was divided into two halves—a political/economic bipartisanship created by friction between capitalism and communism. Today, South Korea is one of the fastest growing capitalist countries while North Korea remains one of the most devoutly communist. During the split, a leader emerged. Kim-Il Sung was a guerilla fighter who protested the Japanese occupation (long story). His military prowess made him the perfect option to lead this new country in support of the communists. Systematically, General Kim and his party began to indoctrinate the people of North Korea with mindless military slogans, preferential treatment based on political ideology, and some 1984-style propaganda. The few generations since North Korea’s inception in 1951 have been subjected to nothing less than brainwashing. Since the time they are born, North Korean students are taught to worship Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il as gods—

What’s next after Fla.? Romney should not feel safe leaving the sunshine state. By Matt Crumb Contributing Writer

no exaggeration. In order to maintain the tightest control over the people, the government attributed god-like powers to the ruling family, claiming that Kim Jong-il could walk on water, had power over the weather, knew the thoughts of his citizens, and was the final arbiter in terms of morality. Recent books published even suggest that many North Koreans believe that Kim Jongil has the gift of eternal life to hand out to those he will. To control the minds of the people is also to control their arm: North Korea has a massive military, boasting the title “Most Militarized Country in the World.” It is a substantiated claim that North Korea has nuclear weapons, and consistently threatens to use them at the whim of their deified leader. But these are not the most worrying statistics. The most threatening part of North Korea is the limitations its government continues to put on the people. In North Korea, any religion is strictly forbidden—a crime punishable by the unimaginable sentence of having one’s family interned in a concentration camp. To insult the Great Leader or the Party by expressing skepticism is to risk a similar fate. The only belief system allowed in North Korea is juche, that is, “self reliance.” Since a devastating famine in the 1990s, this hollow ideology seems to be the only thing keeping this unhappy country running. The people’s overwhelming self-deception has put them in a fight they are too proud to lose. In the minds of the North Koreans, their country is the last bastion of Communism left in the known world and they must protect it with their lives, lest it die out in the cold.


Graphic by Charlotte Rakestraw for the Beacon

Getting to the root of SOPA

By Cash W. Lambert News Editor


ou log on Facebook and post a funny video that a friend showed you. After your next class ends, you check it again to see if anyone commented. You try to log on but your profile no longer exists. Then an email shows up from Facebook saying that you have been removed from the site because of copyright issues and now Facebook is likely to be removed from the Internet because of your actions. Wait, what? That’s the world with SOPA - the Stop Online Piracy Act that was proposed in early January to the House of Representatives in an attempt to combat online piracy. SOPA has a sister, called the Protect Intellectual Property Act that was sent through the Senate. Both bills have been postponed for vote on a later date. Let me make it clear that I do not have a problem with limiting piracy, which is what the bill aims to kill. I do, however, have a problem with how SOPA and PIPA wanted to combat the issue. Being a user of the Internet, my point of view is that these bills not only squash creativity. They kill it. The bills give the Justice Department too much

n Tuesday, Jan. 31, Mitt Romney won a decisive victory in the Florida Republican Primary with 46 percent of the overall vote. Newt Gingrich came second with 32 percent, Rick Santorum came third with 13 percent, and Ron Paul rounded out the votes with 7 percent. The Florida Primary is a winner-takes-all contest, meaning that Romney takes all 50 delegates from the state. Florida became the fourth state to hold a primary, and the total delegates won so far by each candidate is as follows: Romney 65, Gingrich 23, Santorum 6, Paul 3. The magic number to secure the nomination is 1,144, meaning that the race has only just begun with four more state contests lined up for this week. Santorum and Paul remain wildcards in the Republican race because both have plenty of time to make real gains on the frontrunners. Santorum was actually declared the victor in Iowa’s first of the

power, they violate the First Amendment, and are eerily similar to the firewalls in communist countries. According to the Khan Academy, the bill aims to shut down foreign piracy websites that exist online in America. Since America has no jurisdiction on foreign soil, the bills can’t bust down the doors of the website’s office and shut it down with military might like America is prone to doing. The only way to shut down the piracy websites is to shut down search engines and websites that conspire with the piracy website. So if you typed in a piracy website into Google, under the new law, the search engine wouldn’t be allowed to show it on the search screen. If Google did allow it, then Google could be deleted off the Internet by the Justice Department. This essentially cuts the piracy website’s funds, which starves the website to death. Theoretically, it’s a fantastic plan. However, this gives the U.S. Justice Department too much power. A site can be shut down if it is believed to enable copyright infringement. That is why so many people protested, especially social media giants like Facebook, Wikipedia and Youtube. All it takes is for one person to link something to the website who doesn’t own the material, and the entire website can be taken off the Internet.

country caucus, but has dropped off with the rise of Gingrich. Santorum stands out as a strong social conservative, and also touts accomplishments made as a two-term U.S. Senator where he authored the Welfare Reform Act and helped to expose Congressional banking and postoffice scandals. His current troubles are linked with conservative voters flocking to Gingrich, who they see as more experienced. Ron Paul has failed to land many delegates, despite having a strong base of highly motivated followers throughout the country. Paul’s views are libertarian leaning, with ambitious plans of dramatic cuts to federal spending and bureaucracies. Paul’s troubles with winning large portions of voters are linked to a general feeling that his goals are unrealistic, at least for the short term. Another distinct position of Paul’s is his anti-war and non-intervention views

that are interpreted as dangerous by many Republicans because the terrorist threat still looms large. Romney started the primary season as the favorite because of his enormous campaign budget and experience as a 2008 Republican Primary contender. This time around Romney has had to defend claims that he is not conservative enough, and that his record as governor paints him as a “Massachusetts Moderate” who has tweaked his message just to appeal to conservatives. There remains an “anti-Romney” sentiment among many Republican voters but it is split behind Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul. The next few weeks include contests in Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota that will feature many strictly conservative voters. If Gingrich or Santorum is able to emerge as THE “anti-Romney” candidate, the primary contest could quickly turn into a two horse race.

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Way to hustle: Senior Chris Donovan tries to catch a ground ball her way

Softball wins season debut By Joshua Reid Sports Editor

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Making an impact: Junior Mary Pippin earned a win and a save in her PBA debut as the Sailfish took both games over Florida Tech 5-1 and 2-0

The 2012 season could not have started off any better for Palm Beach Atlantic University’s softball team. On Feb. 1 the Lady Sailfish swept Florida Tech in back to back games, winning 5-1 and 2-0. Transfer junior Mary Pippin earned the first victory in her first career start for the Sailfish. Game two was a more difficult task for the team, as it took six innings before the Sailfish got on the scoreboard. Senior Kimberly Traxler scored the only run for the Sailfish after scoring on a Kara An-

derson single. Senior Lauren Bubeck was credited with the victory. Opening day for the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis team proved to be a positive outcome as well. The Sailfish defeated No. 18-ranked Florida Tech by a score of 6-3. The two NCAA South Region rivals squared off on Wednesday at Gaines Park with the Fish taking two of three doubles matches and after falling at the top two singles. Whereas the women’s tennis and softball teams started the 2012 season off successfully, the basketball teams continue to struggle. On Jan. 30 the men’s team traveled to Orlando to take on

the more athletic and bigger Golden Knights of UCF. Despite a valiant effort, the Sailfish couldn’t overcome a slow start as the team fell 69-84. Freshman Marcus Hardy led all players with 19 points and added in seven rebounds. Feb. 1 the Sailfish fell to rival Barry University 57-60, despite leading for majority of the night. The loss brings the Sailfish’s record to 4-18 on the season, including four straight losses and 10 of their last 11. On Feb. 1 the women’s team also fell to Barry University, 4766. It was the team’s third straight loss, which brings the record to 7-15 on the season.

PBA starts six-week fitness program By Faith Warren Staff Writer Over 40 faculty and students are battling one another in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s first ever, Body Renovation Fitness Competition. This six-week program is designed to transform physiques and improve competitors’ overall fitness and well-being. Organized by sophomore and student fitness program assistant Sarah Stull, Body Renovation is a dynamic workout plan that will motivate participants to get in their best possible shape before they pull out their bathing suits for spring break. “I am looking forward to seeing improvements in the competitors,” Stull said. “Through our set workouts and resources, I believe the competitors will become more confident in the gym and ultimately in themselves.”

Sailfish Sports Feb. 6 to Feb 12

Growing up involved in swimming, cross country, track and softball, Stull developed a love for fitness at a young age. As a certified personal trainer from Fittour, Stull wants to help and challenge students and faculty at PBA by teaching them how to push their body’s physical limits. The competition began on Jan. 23, and each participant is required to work out four to six times a week following the customized plan that Stull has strategically designed. “This program is great because Sarah has created it to where those willing to work can go to another level,” said Andrew Lewis, assistant director for campus recreation. “Any physical activity will improve your overall quality of life, and the way to start is to just start moving.”


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With a combination of cardio interval training and lean muscle building exercises, competitors will warm-up eight to 12 minutes at a 70 percent effort, complete a daily exercise weight routine and cool down for 15 to 20 minutes. Once participants adjust to the workouts, they are challenged with new routines every two weeks in order to quickly gain muscle and burn fat. To track their improvement, participants are required to record their progress in a log book as well as complete a fitness assessment each week. The assessment includes running on the treadmill (set to 7.5 mph and a 5 percent incline) for as long as possible and one maximum repetition on the bench press, deadlift and squat. Jade Gonzalez, mother and current PBA graduate student, hopes that through this pro-


Women’s 2/8, 7 p.m. @ Rollins College Men’s 2/11, 7 p.m. @ Eckerd College

gram she will be able to get back her physical confidence and get in her best shape just in time for spring break. “I know it will be challenging, but it will be a great way to prove to myself that I can succeed and do whatever I put my mind to,” said Gonzalez. “It would be great to win, but I am more excited to meet and fellowship with new people during the group workouts.” Competitors who attend additional fitness classes and group runs will receive bonus points that will help their score in the competition. They will then be judged based upon the “most improved” and the “most dedicated” participant. “I don’t see it as a competition against the others but myself,” journalism professor Susan Edgar said. “As a busy mom who works full time, I could use the


Women’s 2/9, 3 p.m. Home, Southeastern University Men’s 2/10, 2 p.m. @ Florida Tech Men’s & Women’s 2/11 noon Flagler College @ Orlando

strength and energy to get me through my day.” Stull hopes that this program will not only help competitors reach their goals but will also excite professors to come alongside students, join the programs and use the facilities the Greene Complex offers. “We would love to have more students, alumni, professors and staff involved,” Stull said. “We have more fitness competitions to come this semester and we would love to see the PBA community get more active.” The two winners of the Body Renovation competition will be announced March 2 and results will be posted in the Greene Complex. With the prize yet to be revealed, these competitors realize that the true reward lies in the benefits of their accomplishments.


Eckerd College Invitational 2/10, 5:30 p.m., Florida Tech 2/11, 4 p.m., West Florida 6:30 p.m., Armstrong Atlantic 2/12, 9 a.m. Tampa University 11:30 a.m., Eckerd College

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The Beacon Monday, February 6, 2012

Fish win one for ‘The Kid’ By Joshua Reid Sports Editor

By Christina Cernik for the Beacon

The Sailfish celebrate after a come-from-behind dramatic victory on opening night at Roger Dean Stadium

Opening night couldn’t have been better for the Sailfish, as they won an emotional 3-2 game thanks to a Travis Murray walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Before the game, head coach Gary Carter came out to the field and received a standing ovation from the teams and fans in the stands. From that point on, the players felt a spark. Senior pitcher Logan Thomas retired all three players in the first inning. In the bottom of the first, the momentum continued as junior Cody Higgins was walked and later scored the first run of the game off of a sacrifice fly from senior Travis Murray. The momentum started to wear off, as Lynn University scored runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-1 lead. The lead wouldn’t last long, as junior Matt Perkowski scored

off a sacrifice fly from senior Justin Sizemore. The game heated up again in the eighth, where Thomas walked, gave up a single, and walked the first three players he faced. Despite the slow start of the inning, Thomas regrouped as he would strike out the fourth batter and end the inning on a ground out double play. After the Sailfish failed to capitalize in the eighth, junior Nic Kovacs came in the ninth for relief for Thomas, who gave up just two runs on seven hits. Kovacs gave up one walk in the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Higgins got on base due to an infield error by the Knights. The Knights retired the next two batters, but Higgins stole second. Sophomore Jordan Carter came in to pinch run with two outs and he stole third, which ultimately set up the winning run. Murray went 1-3 in the game and drove in two runs.

Carter family shown ‘a ton of love’ “Not being out there with the guys has been the hardest thing for him,” Kyle Bloemers said of Carter

“We’ve been drawing strength from the Lord,” Kyle said. “Whatever He decides is all part of His perfect plan. PBA has show us a ton of love and support, and we can’t be thankful enough.” Carter, a former catcher who was part of the 1986 New York Mets championship team and was inducted By Joshua Reid to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, was a big reason Sports Editor many PBA players, including senior Travis Murray, ultimately chose the school. After spending the past seven months battling brain “With me being a catcher, he has taught me a lot cancer, Palm Beach Atlantic baseball coach and Major about baseball, catching, and life, and I’m very grateLeague Baseball hall of famer Gary Carter has “several ful for that,” Murray said, who transferred to PBA his new spots/tumors” on his brain, according to doctors junior year. “Any time I wanted extra helps or pointers from Duke University. on how to improve as a catcher, he would not hesitate.” “My dad went to the urologist on Friday (two days ““I think he definitely brings more players into PBA after his last NCCAA regional baseball game) for just a for all those reasons.” regular appointment,” softball head coach and daughter “Coach Carter has definitely had an impact on the Kimmy Bloemers said. baseball program here at PBA,” Thomas said. “I think “He had been a little confused and tired for a few days it is a large incentive to have one of baseball’s best as but nothing of big concern. The urologist (after talking head coach at any university, really. It’s definitely a mawith dad at his appointment) suggested that dad get an jor factor in deciding what MRI.” school you will attend.” “After having a MRI, it “The baseball players re“Kimmy went to a park and saw showed four small tumors ally bring him joy,” Kyle in the back of his brain,” said. “He doesn’t talk as a little girl (about 8 or 9 years Kimmy said. “After a lot of much but each time he went old) in a catchers uniform playwaiting (of the results that to practice, he found that were sent to Duke) the tuvoice again. He motivated ing catch with her dad. It was the mors grew double in size.” the players and that drives same exact park and same exact Carter later had a surgihim to fight this battle.” cal biopsy and found out “Not being out there with spot Kimmy played catch when that he had Gliobastoma the guys has been the hardshe was 13 with Gary.” multiforme, or GBM, est thing for him,” Kyle which is the most comsaid. -Kyle Bloemers mon and most aggressive Carter has also been momalignant brain tumor. tivated by many little things “Because the tumors as well, according to Kyle. are very large and all connected, it’s inoperable,” Kim“Sunday (Jan. 29) Kimmy went for a walk in a park,” my said. “We were all devastated and cried.” Kyle said. “She saw a little girl (about 8 or 9 years old) Bloemers also said that the doctors from Duke “took in a catchers uniform playing catch with her dad. It was him off chemo and avastin on Friday (Jan. 13) and are the same exact park and the same exact spot Kimmy now just giving him what he needs to feel comfortable played catch when she was 13 with Gary.” moving forward.” “That brought a huge smile to her,” Kyle said. “She “As far as our emotions and reactions, we are putting shared that with him and it also brought a huge smile to our trust in the Lord and listening to Jeremiah 29:11,” him. He still remembers those types of things.” Kimmy said. “We are spending every day together as a Thomas also talked about what he remembers most family.” from Carter. “It’s been a roller coaster of emotions. We were ini“Coach has taught me to have a love for the game and tially in disbelief,” said Kyle Bloemers, assistant athletic a love for the opportunities it brings,” Thomas said. director for compliance and marketing. “He would always say that baseball is a game and that “Initially, we had no idea what was going on,” senior it should be fun. Because of Skip, I value every chance I baseball player Logan Thomas said. “We were all pretty get to play the game I love.” surprised and our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Carter has made an impact outside of PBA as well. and his family.” “We get so many posts from people on the guest book “We are definitely motivated to play for him and we on Kimmy’s CaringBridge website,” Kyle said. “We’ve all hope he pulls through.” received stories from how Gary used to give autographs

to kids sitting next to him while he was getting a haircut to how he interacted with fans during major league games.” “It’s amazing how he’s touched so many people’s lives, both in and outside PBA,” Kyle said. “We’re so blessed to have an amazing family and PBA family that’s just been incredible to us throughout the entire process.” Carter received the Baseball Writer’s Association of America “You Gotta Have Heart” award on Jan. 21 in New York. Carter took over the PBA program in 2010 and he led the team to 17 wins. He led the same team to 27 wins last season.

Courtesy of Kimmy Bloemers for the Beacon

Head baseball coach Gary Carter and daughter Kimmy Bloemers

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