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The Student Newspaper of Palm Beach Atlantic University Volume 8, Issue 3

Monday, October 3, 2011

TALKING POLITICS Who will you vote for?

According to a recent Gallup poll, 62% of registered voters say they would definitely vote or would consider voting for Mitt Romney. % Definitely % Might % Definitely vote for


not vote for

Mitt Romney




Barrack Obama




Rick Perry




Source: By Rocky DeCell for the Beacon

PBA students head to CPAC On Sept. 23 the Palm Beach Atlantic College Republicans Club attended the annual national Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). See page 3

By Becca Stripe for the Beacon

Mitt Romney (left): “All across America there are people sitting across kitchen tables with their calculators and their checkbooks wondering if they can make ends meet.”

U.S. Rep. West urges PBA students to take action By Jessica Wharton Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Allen West told students of Palm Beach Atlantic University on Thursday that they should become politically active because “Florida will be the battleground for the upcoming election.” West, who represents the 22nd District of Florida, spoke at the DeSantis Fam-


ily Chapel at the invitation of the Republican Club of PBA. The congressman opened the event by saying, “This is truly about your future; it is truly about the legacy you will pass on to the next generation and if you understand the basic fundamental truth about how this country was established, you’ll understand why we are sitting in a chapel. “Our inalienable rights do not come from man; they

come from our great creator; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said West. “And I believe that if America can get back to that understanding we will once again be a great and powerful nation.” He encouraged students to become involved and challenged those in the chapel to study and understand the political terms of socialism, liberalism and radicals so they can act and speak as “informed students.”

He briefly talked about each factor, and said, “Now you know who they are, so now let’s talk about who we are and what I am promoting. I am promoting you not so much to be Republicans, but rather I want you to focus on the principles of government and what constitutional conservatism really is.” West then gave those in attendance an acronym to remember what constitutional conservatism is: LIFTS,

Students gather for Christival 2011

Intramurals generate excitement

J.R. Vassar joined the Zach Williams Band in headlining this year’s Christival.

Students will compete in volleyball, flag football and basketball in the coming weeks.

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standing for: limited government, individual responsibility, free market and enterprise, traditional values and strong national defense. “America is not a location, it is an ideal that lives within people and if you don’t protect it, the greatness will be lost forevermore,” said West. “ I’m not letting that happen on my watch.”

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Mr. Piano Man PBA alumnus Jonatan Barahona won a Honda Civic song writing contest this past summer. Find out what he has been up to.

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Seen and heard Live from West Palm Beach, it’s Monday Night Duane Meeks P UBLISHER John Sizemore E XECUTIVE E DITOR


Chris Hernandez M ANAGING E DITOR

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Corrections for 9/26:

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By Charlotte Rakestraw for the Beacon

Bring it on down to hipster church: Rinker Resident Director Jeff Timmer (right center) and senior Jenny Bacallao (back left) perform a skit to a crowd of PBA students during last Monday’s show.


With technology, mail still reigns By Jessica Wharton Staff Writer In an age where technology makes communication with co-workers, family, and friends instant, the use of “snail mail” provided by the United States Postal Service (USPS) is becoming a thing of the past. Since 2006 the USPS has closed 186 facilities and is looking to close many more according to the United States Postal Service’s Sept. 15, 2011 press release. Personally, I am sad to see so many post offices around the country closing. Yes, it is easier, and sometimes more practical, to send a quick e-mail, text, or a Facebook wall post. However, how much sentiment can you actually find in one of these quick electronic messages? I believe that there is a time and place for technology, but there is still a need for real hand written messages. My friends and I constantly take advantage of the Postal Service and exchange letters regularly. Being from Ohio, my group of high school friends and I are spread out all over the country and when homesickness kicks in, nothing is better than opening a hand written letter from a friend. Just last week I opened my PBA mailbox and found many birthday letters, along with those little yellow notecards notifying you of a package with your name on it. When I saw them, my heart skipped a

beat and the feeling of warmth from knowing someone cared enough to take time out of their day to write me a letter took over. I grabbed the handful of letters and tore through each and every one of them. Each one was special to me; they were all so diverse, coming from different colleges around the country and different family members. Now, after birthday recognition like that, who could be against the great postal service? That said, with the recent Post Office closings and more to come, I fear that fewer and fewer people will take advantage of the system that was implemented by our fore fathers in 1775 when Benjamin Franklin was appointed as postmaster general. If that brief Americana postal service history didn’t pull at your heartstring for a sense of pride in snail mail, then you clearly have yet to indulge in the greatness of sentimental personal messages, and I can assure you that the history of Facebook and Twitter have nothing on Benjamin Franklin. I believe the Postal System, which has stood the test of time and lasted over two centuries, should always play a part in communication in America and I know that I, personally, will greatly miss writing letters to my friends and receiving them if Post Offices around the country continue to close. Now, take a few minutes and go write your mother!

ast Monday, students from across campus swarmed the Vera Lee Rinker Recital Hall in order to get seats to see a new PBA staple, Monday Night Live or MNL. MNL is a student and PBA staff produced sketch comedy show that is a mixture of live and filmed skits. Modeled after Saturday Night Live, MNL also features PBA’s talented musicians. This past Monday, the cast held two showings of MNL, one at 8 p.m. and the other at 9:45 p.m. The multiple showings didn’t stop students from lining up outside the door and around the building.

U. S. post offices facing problems Andrea Preciado Staff Writer When was the last time you received a handwritten letter in the mail? In today’s world, our lives revolve around computer screens, and snail mail has become much a thing of the past. As more billing options go paperless and develop into digital processes, the United States Postal Service has been chronically losing business the last several years. Additional competition from FedEx, UPS and other companies has added to the drop in revenue as well. According to an article from the Chicago Postal Worker, the postal service needs to seriously downsize “or it will be unable to deliver mail by the end of next summer.” So what does that mean for the future of our mail services in the United States? Debra Fetterly from USPS Corporate Communications said, “the only noticeable change in the next six months is a change in service standards.” A change in service standards refers to the alteration in delivery time for items such as periodicals and firstclass mail, which will take one more business day to reach its destination than before. Due to the constant decline in mail volume over the last several years, the current collection of mail equipment, employees, and facilities that once was not enough in the 1980’s is excessive and under utilized in the 21st century. Suggested cut tactics include discontinuing Saturday work days, cutting workweeks down to only serving Monday through Friday. Other suggested cuts or adjustments include consolidating branches and shutting down some locations, cutting back on mail delivered to doorsteps and only utilizing mailboxes, and of course cutting employees. Fetterly said that the Post Office is currently studying its infrastructure in order to decide how

to consolidate and best utilize the current resources. Those processes will begin to show results in the spring of 2012, which will result in bigger actions for combating the imbalance of mail volume and facility resources. Options are expected to appear from several bills in Congress and even from the White House. Herbierto Rodriguez, supervising coordinator of the PBA mailroom, discussed how this situation will affect mail service on campus. Presently, Rodriguez has seen little impact in the flow of mail. In fact, he said, “our volume increases as new students arrive” and has done so especially the last few years as the school has grown. Rodriguez reflects on how the mailroom has constant business as “students ship stuff in advance” and “many order books” in August when the fall semester began this year. Although changes for the Postal Service are still up in the air, Rodriguiz said “changes are based on how much people use their services.” Although the mailroom on campus and mail services across the country have survived without much change so far, the future of the mail might be in for drastic change.

By Rocky DeCell for the Beacon

Digital takeover?: Will email, Skype and the like spell the end of “snail mail”?

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‘Be informed,’ says congressman continued from page 1 After West spoke, Interim President Bill Fleming said, “If you believe in LIFTS and in the country and that the best days are yet to be, then you need to get up and get involved. PBA is about people being involved and becoming active.” Kyle Rehberg, who is part of the ROTC program at PBA said, “I am a political science major and I love watching the news, so I have heard Congressman West speak before. I really look up to him and find him to be inspirational with his work in both the army and politics.” Franqui Carver, who also attended the event said, “I came today because I believe it is my duty as an American citizen to be informed and this directly deals with my future.”

A lesson in conservatism: Congressman Allen West visits the PBA DeSantis Chapel to speak to students.

By David Fox for the Beacon

PBA sees presidential candidates By Becca Stripe Staff Writer On Sept. 23 members of the Palm Beach Atlantic University College Republicans Club attended the annual national Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, where they heard all of the Republican presidential candidates. One of the main reoccurring topics that the candidates addressed in their speeches is that America is currently going through a difficult financial time and that they’d like to take action and do something to get the country out of this state. Front-running candidate Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, shared with the attendees that if elected into presidential office, he’d like to rebuild the economic engine because “all across America there are people sitting across kitchen tables with their calculators and their checkbooks wondering if they can make ends meet.” Eleven PBA students attended the conference. Club President Jenna Steffens and Vice President Shelby Baker took a lead on organizing the trip to CPAC. “I felt that it was really important for the club members to attend because it was an encouraging and informative start to the political year,” said Baker. “We are nearing the 2012 presidential election and it’s really important to become politically active as soon as possible.” The theme of this year’s CPAC was “We STILL Hold These Truth.” It put an emphasis on principles the United States was founded on, including

constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense and traditional values. According to the club members who attended CPAC, the main highlight of the conference was hearing all ten of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates, including Michelle Bauchman, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Perry. Florida Gov. Rick Scott also made an appearance at CPAC. He told the crowd that he has faith in all of the ten presidential Republican candidates and that Americans should “be optimistic because this is [our] time.” According to PBA’s College Republicans Club members who attended CPAC, the main highlight of the day was hearing presidential candidate Herman Cain speak. In the fifteen minutes time allotted for his speech, he received three standing ovations from the audience. After he explained his 999 economic plan (which can be found at, candidate and businessman Cain shared three simple things that he is stressing to Americans: stay informed, stay involved, and stay inspired. Cain also wants Americans to remember that “there’s man’s plan and then there’s God’s plan. And we’ve got to listen to God’s plan.” In addition to getting the chance to hear the candidates speak, the PBA College Republicans Club had the opportunity to attend and get involved in various workshops and panel discussions throughout the convention center. One popular and highly attended panel discussion was Recruiting the Next Generation of Conservative

Activists. “Young people cannot find work. They cannot afford anything,” said Alex Schriver, national chairman of the College Republican National Committee. “We cannot wait for the youth vote to come to us. We have to go to them.” “Much of our generation is apathetic,” she said. “They believe that their vote doesn’t count.” Today’s youth are going to be faced with the three “M’s” after college: mortgage, marriage, and munchkins, according to Patrick Coyle, vice president of the Young America’s Foundation. “So get active now,” Coyle said while addressing the young audience at this panel discussion. Steffens Baker want students at PBA to become politically active and know that their votes count especially since this approaching election is a huge election. “Jenna and I have huge hearts for our country and we want to do what we can to get this nation to a place where we feel comfortable to where we can all raise our kids,” Baker said. According to Baker, CPAC was an opportunity to feed off of the enthusiasm of other conservatives and become informed on the different policies of the Republican candidates. “CPAC was an extremely fun and great bonding experience with the club and was a small sneak peak into the future of elections and campaigns and gave us a bit of insight into the political atmosphere,” said Baker. “We’ll definitely be looking forward to CPAC in 2012 in Washington, DC.”

Find out if Libertarianism is Christian By Kayla Viaud Staff Writer

The Socratic Club will host their 4th annual faculty debate on Wednesday October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Gregory Hall 116. This year’s topic will be “Is Libertarianism Good for Society? Is It Christian?” Libertarianism is a laissez-faire political viewpoint advocating minimal state intervention in the lives of citizens. Libertarianism can focus on points such as, self in economics, maximum profits, competition, and survival of fittest, but is not limited to. One could question whether it promotes greed in our society. Libertarianism is also a controversial topic because it is associated with the Tea Party. Dr. Cora Barnhart, professor in the Rinker school of business will be

arguing in favor of Libertarianism. One prominent argument presented during the debate is who will come to the aid of those less fortunate if there is minimal government intervention. “Libertarianism argues charity and church”, said Barnhart. On the other hand, Dr. Roger Chapman will be presenting the opposing view. He believes Libertarianism is “a radical ideology that asserts there should be no governmental role in the economic sphere. It is unclear to me if there is any major difference between libertarianism and anarchism.” He adds, “My position is for preserving the American tradition of a middle way, which utilizes a certain amount of governmental regulation of the economy. The libertarian way is far too radical for me”. Both professors were approached

by Dr. Joeckel, associate professor of english, to partake in the debate. As the Socratic Club’s faculty advisor, Joeckel has moderated all three past debates. He has been the advisor since the club began in 2008. “It is modeled after the original Socratic Club which begun in the 1940s at Oxford University. C.S. Lewis was the first president. The heart of the club is discussion and debate,” said Joeckel. Members of the Socratic Club will assist Joeckel in organizing the debate and will serve as timekeepers during the debate. Students who are not part of the club are welcome to attend and participate in the event. “One purpose of the debates is to make PBA students aware of the intellectual diversity on campus and to model how, within that diversity, two intelligent and well-educated scholars

can disagree vehemently and civilly on important issues”, said Joeckel Both professors do not consider themselves to be debaters, but agree that students will find the debate interesting. “Professor Barnhart is not Ann Coulter and I am not Michael Moore, but it might be worthwhile to hear some intelligent pro and con on libertarianism since the Tea Party and libertarian candidates are frequently in the news”, says Chapman. Barnhart also said, “Our plan is to provide students with both sides of a topic and learn more about both sides”. At the end of the debate a Q&A session will be held. Students are encouraged to join the Socratic Club anytime. If interested, students should contact club president Chris Jensen at

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Mr. Piano Man

PBA alumnus Jonatan Barahona won a songwriting contest and got to play with bands Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance. Jeremiah Dias sat down with Barhona for an interview about the experience and Barahona’s plans for the future. Jeremiah Dias Contributing Writer Palm Beach Atlantic University graduate Jonatan Barahona, a music major specializing in piano, originally began touring with a band around Latin America. However, when Barahona recorded a music video for his song “Forever,” it propelled him to victory in Honda’s “The Sounds of Civic” competition. The video included several PBA students, past and present. In addition to winning a Honda Civic, Barahona got to open for popular music acts such as Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance. I had the chance to sit and talk with him about this experience. JD: Tell us a bit about your backstory; where did you start out? JB: Well, I went to PBA; I was a music student there. My sophomore year, I got asked to tour with a Christian singer, Ingrid Rosario, and I’ve been doing that

for about five years. I also have piano students, so I’ve been teaching piano. JD: What sparked your love for music? JB: It’s hard to single out a “sparking moment.” I grew up in a musical family... almost everybody on [my mom’s] side of my family plays an instrument, sings or has a group... My father is a pianist, and his brothers are musicians as well... so, it’s always been something that is very inherent to my family’s identity. JD: How’d you find out about Honda’s “The Sounds of Civic” competition? JB: Well, Daniel Schwab, a friend of mine [who] went to PBA. He tweeted a link to me at three in the morning... I went on the contest page, and I was like, “Whoa, maybe I can actually do this.” JD: How did you go about preparing for and eventually shooting the

music video? JB: That was very tough because when I got the tweet from Dan Schwab it was six days before the deadline. First I called my friends down in Miami and I said, “Hey guys, do you think we can do this? Do you think we’ll be able to pull this off?” They were like, “Hey, yeah, we’ll help you out.” So I decided to do it and filmed the music video first with a lot of friends from church and school. [We] got that done in one day, then went to Miami and recorded whatever I could in two days and submitted it. JD: What was your first reaction when you won? JB: Total disbelief. I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to win, but there was part of me that was sort of hopeful... I got the email saying, “Congratulations, you won the car!” and all [these prizes], and I was freaking out.

JD: Do you feel God played a role in the process? JB: I really think that there were an unusual amount of people that were emotionally invested in this video and making sure that I won, and promoting it. I think it was definitely a God thing that I wasn’t the only one working towards that. There were a lot of people who were just as passionate as I was, and I can’t thank Him enough. JD: So, now that all this craziness has transpired, you’re opening up for bands like Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance, where do you plan on going from here? JB: Well, I was always sort of a keyboard guy, someone in the background. This would be the first time that I would be performing as a solo artist... I think the competition was very encouraging to just explore that area, keep writing songs and see where that goes.

Express line to Halloween in C may wonder, what in along with the one in the world is this guy Royal Palm Beach. He has been managing for doing, or what could the one in Royal Palm he possibly be pro- for about a year and has moting as they roll been working with other Michele Kappas down their windows stores in different areas Staff Writer for the past five years. Standing on the for a quick picture Klockner began workcorner of CityPlace, and a few laughs. For ing with this store waving your hands Halloween Express, through one of his commercial while jumping up and this acreal estate “I just want ev- c l i e n t s down and wearing a tivity is captain America out- normal. eryone to [stop t h r o u g h Hallowhis family fit is going to gain you een Ex- by] here. We business. a few stares. Many press is a He didn’t New costume store, Halloween Express, opens up in CityPlace.

will treat you

By Christina Cernik for the Beacon

Playing Dress Up: Halloween Express offers many costume choices for holiday parties and activities.

new store face many in City right and take problems Place that care of you” with the opened on CityPlace Sept. 10. location -Klockner and was “ W e have two able to get people it ready once working that trade off wearing the with the people regarding Captain America outfit or the lease. the tooth fairy one every Curtis Sigretto, the day. The one wearing the owner of the CityPlace tooth fairy will actually location along with four run around CityPlace and other stores in Palm Clematis Street,” says Beach County, gives employee Amy Schim- Klockner free reign with koski. the store set-up and other Kevin Klockner is the responsibilities as manmanager of Halloween ager. Klockner said that Express in CityPlace many days he spends

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Triplets at the Palm Beach Zoo keep guests roaring for more Palm Beach Zoo acquires Malayan tiger cub triplets.

By Jeremiah Dias for the Beacon

Dream come true: PBA grad Jonatan Barahona performs original songs.

CityPlace about 15 to 20 hours working. “What keeps me in this is that it feels like my own company,” says Klockner. He is a firm believer in the dress-up guys because they bring in positive responses and help advertise for his store. “I just want everyone to [stop by] here. We will treat you right and take care of you,” says Klockner. Julia Vezina, a senior at Palm Beach Atlantic University, applauds Halloween Express for their customer service: “The people were incredibly nice and helpful. They were so goofy and clearly love their jobs. Halloween Express seems to be passionate about what they do.” Schimkoski, another store employee, and Alivia Cochram are enthusiastic about their jobs and about the atmosphere provided through Halloween Express. “It’s so much fun. You don’t feel like you’re at a job,” says Cochram. Klockner says his fa-

vorite part of his job is meeting the different customers that walk in. “It is very entertaining.” With Halloween around the corner, ideas for outfits and parties are developing more and more each day for students at Palm Beach Atlantic University. “The store has items for every occasion,” says Vezina. “Even if you don’t like going big for Halloween, it offers make-up, goofy hats, jewelry, and much more. They even had silly sunglasses I considered wearing.” Halloween Express plans on staying open until a few days after Halloween and the company is open to hiring more employees who are passionate about working with people as the countdown to Halloween begins.

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Kaitie Chasse Staff Writer According to Josh Holbrook, an education specialist at the Palm Beach Zoo, there are only 600 wild individuals left of the Malayan Tiger species. United States zoos currently host only about 50, the Palm Beach Zoo being one of them. So when our local tigress birthed three cubs, it is no wonder that it attracted everyone’s attention. The Malayan Tiger is an endangered species naturally found in the rainforest of the Malay Peninsula according to Holbrook. Because their numbers are so sparse, repopulating the species is of high concern. The three new cubs from the Palm Beach Zoo are part of the Species Survival Plan. Holbrook, who does the daily Tiger Talk, best describes SSP. “SSP is like a dating service for endangered species through the Association of zoo’s and Aquariums (AZA.) Through the SSP, ‘compatible’ animals are paired together based on health and genetics (same species/subspecies but not related.)” What this means, is that the two adult tigers at the zoo, Rimba, the male, and Berapi, the female, were brought together specifically to breed. According to Holbrook, Rimba came from the San Diego zoo and Berapi made her arrival to Palm Beach earlier this year from the Bronx zoo. The cub’s birth wasn’t only a big deal to scientists and zoologists. Apparently, baby cats

What’s for lunch?: Tiger cubs nurse, but also enjoy carnivore diet.

of prey will attract just about anyone. “We had our highest visitor day, ever, at the zoo the night the cubs were unveiled,” said Holbrook. The cubs are healthy and growing and according to Holbrook, they weighed about 30 pounds last time they were weighed. The cubs are currently living with their mother, Berapi. Since Tigers are solitary cats, Rimba, the father, would end up killing the cubs if they were kept in the same pen.“(The cubs) will live with her (mother) until they are getting into scraps with her and are 100 percent weaned.

They will never have contact with Rimba,” said Holbrook. Even though the cubs are still nursing, Holbrook said they are also on the same carnivore diet as their parents. “A carnivore diet is a mixture of ground meat with all different parts of animal bones and tendons. Vitamins are also added. It’s especially formulated for carnivores,” said Holbrook. The tiger cubs are healthy, growing, and attracting a lot of zoo visitors but they still have yet to be named. The zoo recently held an auction to name them, but the names will not be revealed to the public un-

til the winter. The zoo is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday nights for Safari Night. On Safari Night, admission price is reduced by five dollars. Holbrook said the Safari Night is the best time to visit since the animals are most active during evening hours. Tiger Talk with Holbrook, and other zoo educators, is held every day at 3 p.m. Students who wish to volunteer are encouraged to do so and can find more information at www.palmbeachzoo. org/volunteer.html. Service at the Palm Beach Zoo counts for Workship credit.

By Kaitie Chasse for the Beacon

Feisty Feline Addition: Tiger triplets attract new visitors to the Palm Beach Zoo.

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2012 Quality Initiative Faculty and Student Research Grants

Monday, October 3, 2011 By Rocky DeCell for the Beacon

Application Deadline – November 1 For more details, go to MyPBA/Departments/ Institutional Research and Effectiveness/ Faculty_ Research_Council.jnz

Current Grants in Process or Recently Completed: · Dr. Roger Chapman, Associate Professor, School of Arts and Science, President Harry Truman, the Portalto-Portal Decision, and Domestic Cold War Politics · Dr. Yuh Jia (Mike) Chen, Associate Professor, Rinker School of Business, The impact of the Religiosity Beliefs on Students’ Spending Patterns · Dr. Angela Clauson, Assistant Professor, Gregory School of Pharmacy, The Impact of a Critical Thinking Class on the Critical Thinking Skills of First Year Pharmacy Students · Dr. David Compton, Professor, School of Education and Behavioral Studies, Noradrenergic and Histaminergic Intervention of Age-Associated Cognitive Decline · Dr. Jamie Fairclough, Assistant Professor, Gregory School of Pharmacy, Predictors of Health and Psychosocial Well-Being among Pharmacy Students · Dr. Craig Domeck, Dean and Assistant Professor, Orlando Campus, Emotional Intelligence and Effective Teaching · Dr. Kathy Maxwell, Assistant Professor, School of Ministry, Seeing a Different Horizon: Understanding How Others Read Scripture · Dr. Maurice Thomas, Professor, School of Arts and Science, An Investigation of the Natural History of Bats of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama · Dr. Angie McDonald, Associate Professor, School of Educational and Behavioral Studies, Multidimensional Study of the Effects of Parents’ Divorce on College Students, with Brianna Kulp and Bianca Marcellus · Andrew Courter, Research in Microexpressions and Lie Detection · Victoria Moucha, Religiosity and Sexual Behaviors and Attitudes · Allegra Nothaft, Preliminary Survey of Bat Roosts in MacArthur Beach State Park by Means of Thermal Imaging · April Ostrom, The hatching success of partially submerged Pomacea insularum (Ampullariidae) egg clutches and the hatchling success of snails yielded from submerged egg clutches. · Estone Owen, Tess Wieland, Benjamin Hsu, Nathan Shoemaker, John Sarner, jeni Chavez, Viviana Hoge, Blake Nichol, Megan Roper, Breanne Fairfax, SIFE: Reaching Out · Daniel Schwab, Community as Defined by the NonInvolved Student For additional information, contact Carolanne M. Brown, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness (561) 803-2050 or

Brett Cook: The problem with the cafeteria is that students swipe their card once and treat each meal like it’s a buffet.

The number of pounds gained at the Fresh Food Company may have more to do with lack of knowledge than healthy opttions. By Jessica Wharton Staff Writer A common area of interest on campus is Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Fresh Food Company and its healthy options. Brett Cook, assistant professor of exercise science, said, “the food in the cafeteria is not the only reason students gain weight, especially freshman. “The problem with the cafeteria is that students swipe their card once and then treat each meal like a buffet,” said Cook. “Students also aren’t expending as much energy as they consume in calories which translates into fat and weight gain.” Many students living on campus have found ways to make the cafeteria work, and avoid gaining unwanted weight. Junior Johann Lilly said, “many freshman and sophomores do not realize how far the caf has come in the last two years with Aramark taking the reigns. I like the options we have now; it just takes discipline and creativity to put together a different nutritious meal each day.” Cook said, “many students are just uninformed of what is in the food

they eat and how to eat healthy. The salad bar is a great option and any veggies and fruits will always provide great sources of nutrients.” One thing Lilly would like to see in the cafeteria is nutrition facts on every food option and also a list of ingredients in each food. “The FDA does not require a food to say it had trans-fat unless it is over .5 grams per serving, and, unfortunately, many of these food meet this requirement. Students are still unaware of the amount of fat they are consuming.” “One key to eating right and keeping a healthy figure is to practice nutritional planning,” said Cook, “students need to think ahead of what they want to eat at the cafeteria and stick to it. Also, they should avoid going into a meal starving; this will lead to eating unhealthy comfort foods.” Another key to keeping a healthy figure is simply to exercise. According to recent studies, students should engage in some sort of cardiovascular activity for 30 minutes three to five times per week. They should also participate in some sort of resistance training using free weights two times a week. Cook said, “I tell my students to remember that Jesus was a walker. We live in such a beautiful area; it’s so easy for students just to walk outside of their dorm and walk along the Intracostal to get their daily exercise.”

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PBA intramurals generating excitement By Mike Pinzon Staff Writer Intramural season has arrived at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and the students are as passionate as ever. Some of the most popular sports that go on during the fall semester are volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, racquetball, and flag football. “Volleyball has been exciting,” said freshman Matthew Wiesen. “Although my team (Veidy Nice) isn’t doing that well, we’re still having a lot of fun. I think the team to watch out for is Fluffy Bunnies. They can win it all.” As volleyball comes to an end on Oct. 6, men’s and women’s basketball will come to an end Oct. 7. “I played basketball in high school, so a group of friends and I decided to try intramurals,” said freshman Brandon Hadely. “My team (Le Pepe Le Pop) is 2-2 right now. We’re having a lot of fun. I think Charlie Sheen’s team is pretty dangerous and is a favorite to win it all.”

Even though volleyball and basketball will come to an end soon, racquetball and flag football will beginning. Racquetball starts on Oct. 10 whereas flag football starts on Oct. 17. “Flag football has always been a pretty interesting and impressive event here on campus,” said senior Ricky Marc, an official for intramurals. “As far as turnout, we continue to get higher and higher numbers (for sign-ups) every year. Everything is being prepared for flag football to have the best turn out as possible.” “We (The Stud Muffins) are going to go far this season- we are going to show PBA how flag football is supposed to go down,” said freshman C.J. Lucarelli. To make sign-ups for intramurals easier, PBA has made a deal with iamleagues. com. It now allows students to sign up online and particpate with their favorite intramural sports or teams. To sign up go to

Sailfish weekly report

Hogg receives award Sophomore soccer player Kenny Hogg named player of the week; volleyball continues impressive season By Joshua Reid Sports Editor

By Jennifer Rodino for the Beacon

Game Ready: Daniel Falmlen (center) of “RX Kids Have No Game” passes Jared Reuter (11) of Nu Delta Nu to block a shot by Michael Tillett (33).

The ones to watch in high school football By Shannon O’Shea Staff Writer The 2011 high school football season is underway. High school students, parents, alum and locals can expect to see great things under the Friday night lights. Jeff Greer, the Palm Beach Post “Palm Beach Game Time” high school sports writer and analyst, predicts this year’s big team picks in Palm Beach County to be Glades Central (5A), Dwyer (7A), American Heritage-Delray (3A), Seminole Ridge (8A), Park Vista (8A) and Palm Beach Central (7A). “Glades has just about everything,” said Greer. “They have great fans; they have a sort of swagger to them that makes them just an incredible team. They are a six time 5A state champion and have been runner up for the past two years. This team lives and breathes football.” Dwyer also is still expected to be a major contender this year after losing four major players to graduation, one being Nick O’Leary who now plays tight end for Florida State. American Heritage – Delray is predicted to compete in the 3A Class State Championship

Sailfish Sports Oct. 3-10

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Fryd

A walk in the park: Dark horse, Park Vista, celebrates a victory

this year. Park Vista has a young team this year due to the graduation of star running back Trey Mason. Expect to see Park Vista play with a spread offense this year in oppose to their usual power running game. “Palm Beach and Dade County have the best football in the state of Florida,” Greer stated. This 2011 season also has a few division 1 prospects. Avery Young, a 6’6”, 280-pound senior offensive tackle for Gardens, has offers from high powered schools such as the


Tuesday @ University of

Tampa, 7 p.m.

University of Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma. Patrick Miller, a 6’6”, 280-pound senior left tackle from Dwyer, has committed to LSU. Jessamen Dunker, a 6’7”, 315-poound senior guard from Boynton Beach, has committed to UF. Jaime Wilson, a senior receiver from Glades Central, has offers from Marshall, Memphis and Western Michigan while Angelo Jean-Louis, a 6’0” senior receiver and cornerback, has committed to the University of Miami.

Men’s Soccer

Tuesday @ Saint Leo,

7 p.m

Women’s Soccer

According to The Post, this year’s top coaches are Dwyer’s Jack Daniels and Seminole Ridge’s Matt Dickmann. “Being a good coach means that you develop players and you have a successful system. These coaches teach their players blocking, X’s and O’s, and have a very regimented system,” said Greer. Greer also said that this year’s quarterbacks to watch out for “are Park Vista’s Quad Martin (junior) and Lake Worth’s Even Moore (senior).” “Martin can run and throw, this year so far he has 263 rushing yards and three touchdowns and in his passing game he has 11 completions, 175 yards and two touchdowns with only three interceptions,” said Greer. “Moore’s rushing game so far consists of 218 yards and three touchdowns. His passing game is more consistent with 36 completions 503 yards, six touchdowns with only two interceptions.” According to Greer, this season’s dark horse teams are Park Vista and Palm Beach Central. “With Park Vista’s change of offense and a new found defense they have proved their worthiness with a win against Seminole Ridge,” said Greer.

Men’s Soccer

Friday vs. Nova South- Friday @ Rollins Col-

eastern, Home, 4 p.m. lege, 7 p.m

On Sept. 23 the women’s soccer team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end as it fell to the University of Tampa, 1-3. Frehman Moriah Zusi scored the Sailfish’s only goal of the match. On Sept. 26, the team played host to Texas A&M International University. After 90 minutes of play in regulation and two ten-minute overtime periods, the game ended in a scoreless tie. The Sailfish’s record now stands at 5-4-1 overall. The next home match is Oct. 7 against Nova Southeastern University at 4 p.m. On Sept. 24, the cross country team had its first meet of the season by participating in the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational. The Sailfish would finish 12th out of 19 participating teams, including the third best team finish of non-NCAA Division I teams. Junior Faith Warren was the top individual finisher for the Sailfish with a time of 19:45 to finish 53rd in the field. Sept. 24 also saw the men’s soccer team in action. After losing three in a row, the Sailfish won their second straight game, defeating Eckerd College 5-2. Their record is 4-3 overall. Sophomore Kenny Hogg scored four goals in the match, bringing his total to six in two games this week. Hogg was recognized by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as the player of the week. The Sailfish will have a week of rest before taking on Francis Marion University on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. in Florence, S.C. The volleyball team had only one match this week, as its match against Barry University on Sept. 26 was postponed due to a scheduling mishap with the officiating. The Sailfish’s lone match came on Sept. 28, as they defeated Southeastern University 2512, 25-17, 25-14 to improve their record to 12-1 on the season. The team’s next home match is the Pepsi Bash at the Beach tournament on Oct. 7.


Pepsi Bash at the Beach

Cross Country

Disney Invitational

Friday v. Sheperd University, 3 p.m., Saturday @ Lake

Seton Hill University, 7 p.m.

Saturday v. Davis & Elkins, 10 a.m.

Bueno Vista, Fla

Photos by David Fox

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C h r i s t i v a l 2 0 11 Christival 2011 featured speaker J.R. Vassar from New York. Also, musical worship from The Zach Williams Band, alumni from Palm Beach Atlantic University. With only five meetings, Vassar has challenged students to new depths in their faith.

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