VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 5
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
Ms. D shares her story about her struggle with breast cancer and surviving Pg 4
Monday, October 22, 2012
LOCAL NEWS Celebrating ‘real men wear pink’
PHOTO BY MEGAN HUMAN
Helping the cause: “I’ve seen over and over again patients being misdiagnosed, in terms of being told they were negative when they were, in fact, positive,” said FORCE representative and Outreach Coordinator Amy Shainman, pictured first from the right. “I know of two right in my local group that this happened to.” PHOTO BY MEGAN HUMAN
Receiving a blessing: “I’m a two year cancer survivor,” said Felber, pictured right with his wife. “I found out that I had cancer, but I didn’t have money.” CAHH later helped pay for his bills.
Covered in pink, wives and husbands celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, telling stories of trials and speaking for those afflicted with the disease By Megan Human Staff Writer Stiff pink hairspray and blinking pink ribbons bobbed up and down to the sounds of classic hits at PGA Downtown on Oct. 12 at the season’s biggest breast cancer awareness event. The Jupiter Medical Clinic and the Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which included live music, artist booths, and abundant information on breast cancer. “We do a lot of events to try to raise awareness, and this is one of our more public events,” said Jupiter Medical Center Communication Specialist Corrie Edwards . “Last year was the first time that we did this, and this year we wanted to go a little bit bigger and better.” As the events specialist for Jupiter Medical Clinic, Edwards is particularly invested in the annual PGA event. “This is my baby,” said Edwards. Meaning behind the music The event lived up to expectations as cover band “The Party Dogs” drew in a Friday night crowd by performing hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” While the music provided allure, participants were also exposed to information and servic-
es that would aid cancer patients and their families. The booths scattered around the plaza banded together to provide many different sides of the awareness process.
Health and Hope tracked Felber down after hearing his financial dilemma on the radio. CAHH is an organization that helps cancer patients pay every day expenses such as mortgages and utility bills which are unrelated to cancer, but can become enormous financial burdens in the face of hefty medical bills. CAHH began aiding Felber and his wife, who is now a member of their fundraising committee, with mortgage payments, enabling him to begin chemotherapy.
“I found out that I had cancer, but I didn’t have money. Did we pay our mortgage or pay for chemotherapy? I was on the radio and one of the founders of the organization heard me and literally sought me out and was like ‘we want to help you guys.’” - Felber In each white tent was a different service or opportunity for cancer patients, and an individual driven to make a difference. In one such booth was Wayne Felber, a member of the board of directors for the Cancer Alliance of Health and Hope. “I came across them three years ago,” said Felber. “I’m a two year cancer survivor. I found out that I had cancer, but I didn’t have money. “Did we pay our mortgage or pay for chemotherapy? I was on the radio and one of the founders of the organization heard me and literally sought me out and was like ‘we want to help you guys.’” Using Facebook, a woman from the Cancer Alliance of
“In my first month of chemo, we were like ‘that’s so awesome,’ and we started helping out. Next thing you know, I’m on the board,” said Felber. CAHH holds many events throughout the year in order to raise funds used to aid cancer patients. The next event for CAHH will be the Boots and Bling Ball, an event for which the group is still seeking volunteers. The misdiagnosed Practical aid was helpful for those already diagnosed with cancer, but awareness for possible undiagnosed cases was also a key aspect of the event. According to a representative from Facing Our Risk of Cancer,
or FORCE, a national non-profit organization that works with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, misdiagnosis or lack of diagnosis might be more common than the average patient thinks, and can be extremely dangerous. “I’ve seen over and over again patients being misdiagnosed, in terms of being told they were negative when they were, in fact, positive,” said FORCE representative and Outreach Coordinator for Palm Beach County Amy Shainman. “I know of two right in my local group that this happened to.” For FORCE, coming to an event like the PGA Breast Cancer Awareness can provide the pedestal to talk to passersby about more accurate methods to approach cancer screenings. “The best first step is calling a genetic counselor. A phone call is free and most genetic counselors will ask you a few questions over the phone,” said Shainman. Shainman recommends a genetic counselor over a general doctor or an OB because she believes they are better suited to getting a correct diagnosis and helping their patients process the information and take the next step after a diagnosis. An alternative approach The event’s mantra, “real men wear pink,” repeated by volunteers and demonstrated by The Party Dogs, emphasized an alternative approach to breast cancer awareness. For years, women have donned pink attire to promote awareness of the disease, but for many men, this is a new phenomenon. Wearing pink allows men to support their wives, sisters, and
daughters, but also promotes a different side of awareness. “Men love women,” said Shainman. “Men can come get information for their women, or they can bring their women. Not only that, but men can actually get breast cancer, and I don’t think that a lot of people realize that they can.” The location in PGA downtown, which has heavy foot traffic on a weekend night, allowed the event to draw in many passersby. Shainman hopes that those who stopped to hear the music also heard some substantial truths. “Knowledge is power, so any information that you can get and help educate yourself is basically a smart thing to do, not only for yourself but for your family,” said Shainman. The event also provided some more unique forms of entertainment to the crowd, including a PBA alumna as a balloon sculptor. Connie Abston loves to entertain and often dresses as a clown for events, but at this event, she chose to deck out in pink to support the cause. “Pink is the signature color to remind people of breast cancer awareness, and I think any cancer in general,” said Abston. Abston studied music at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and she has been “clowning” since college. The event at downtown PGA is one of many for most of the organizations present, because even though October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, awareness is a non-stop effort.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Knitting ‘endless projects’ in WPB Great Balls of Yarn not only offers classes on creating colorful sweaters and scarves, it also boasts over 20,000 balls of fabulous fiber that scatter the walls inside the store.
PHOTO BY NAOMI WALLEN
Robin Turner’s Gourmet Fibers: Turner, who exemplifies turning a passion into profit, even has her own yarn company.
By Gabbie Hoge Staff Writer Less than a mile from Palm Beach Atlantic University is a shop where the walls are lined with shelves holding every color and texture of yarn imaginable. From metallic silks to hand dyed cotton from South America, customers are guaranteed to find the yarn they need to add excitement to their hobby and make luxurious fashion items at Great Balls of Yarn, which is located on the corner of Dixie and Belvedere. Great Balls of Yarn is a specialty yarn boutique that offers a variety of knitting and crocheting materials and supplies. The store also offers instruction so customers can turn balls of yarn into wearable sweaters and blankets. “Many of our clients enjoy making accessories like hats, scarves, bags, shawls, blankets, baby layettes...the projects are endless,” said Robin Turner, the founder of Great Balls of Yarn. “We cater to the knit-a-holics, ones that are just passionate for the art and who want to use the best fibers that the marketplace has to offer,” she said. “We sell fine silks, cashmeres, angoras, the specialty yarns that you cannot find at say a large big box craft store.” Turner even owns
a private brand of yarn, known as the Robin Turner’s Gourmet Fibers. Upon entering Great Balls of Yarn customers are overwhelmed by the store’s 20,000 balls of fabulous fiber. Judy Morris, a Great Balls of Yarn employee who has been knitting for 60 years, said, “The store is organized by color and colors that blend together. It’s different from other shops because you can see the colors and different textures and fibers within each color way.” The shop is not exclusive to only to selling yarn, according to Morris. “We also sell knitting needles, crochet hooks, books, accessories and offer classes and private instruction.” Morris is the knitting instructor and said classes range from “the beginning techniques for absolute beginners to special techniques for advanced knitters.” The store’s beginning class in both crocheting and knitting covers the basic stitches of the skill, and is offered every other week
for $35 plus the cost of materials. Project-based classes are three hours long and guarantee that participants will leave with a finished product or at least something to finish at home. For active knitters, Great Balls of Yarn offers a unique vacation experience where you can relax while growing in your knitting skills. “We sponsor a knitting cruise a couple times each year,” said Turner. “On the knitting cruises we have different designers come. Some of them bring their own yarn and designs and they do a lot of teaching on the cruise. Non-knitters are welcome to tag along with their spouses or friends as they enjoy a scenic tour across the Caribbean or Alaska. Robin Turner founded Great Balls Of Yarn on Dixie seven years ago. Since then it has grown immensely, adding two more locations in Boca Raton and Stuart Florida. “I started it because there just were not any really fine knitting stores in our area,” she said. She said that she has found a surprisingly large number of passionate knitters here in South Florida, many being snow birds, said Turner.
PHOTO BY NAOMI WALLEN PHOTO BY NAOMI WALLEN
Working with a passion: Sales Associate Anne Sloop stands alongside the wall scattered with yarn.
Catering to the knit-o-haulics: “The store is organized by color and colors that blend together. It’s different from other shops because you can see the colors and different textures and fibers within each color way,” said Judy Morris, a Great Balls of Yarn employee who has been knitting for 60 years.
‘I say a prayer,’ says motorcyclist Daily enforcement by police and a recent seat belt law helped lower the fatality rate on Florida roads. One PBA student explains risk versus reward on a motorcycle. By Victoria Vartan Staff Writer With approximately 600,000 registered motorcycles in the state of Florida and more than 15 million registered cars, the roads become increasingly dangerous for drivers and motorcyclists alike. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, motor vehicle accidents occur in any part of the world every 60 seconds. In 2009, the U.S. Census reported that there were 10.8 million motor vehicle accidents. One Palm Beach Atlantic University student who owns a motorcycle, Brent McDermott, a senior, has had his motorcycle license for four years now. He currently rides a Honda CBR 600 and he said that he loves riding every day if the weather is
clear. He recalls being in an accident a few years ago when he ended up going down on a highway similar to I-95 at about 70 m.p.h. “It was only by the grace of God that I walked away from it,” he said. McDermott also said that accidents and fatalities involving motorcycles have not made him consider getting rid of his bike. “As far as close calls, I have them more often then I’d like to admit,” McDermott said. One even occurred on PBA’s campus. “A student pulled out in front of me last week and I had to skid to a stop to avoid it,” he said. “People just don’t see you on a motorcycle.” McDermott also voiced the mantra of other motorcyclists who have to decide whether it’s worth the risk to ride a motorcycle.
“To be honest, I wonder if I’ll make it back to campus when I go out sometimes and so I say a prayer for protection every time I get on.” Although scared, McDermott believes it’s worth the risk. “It’s like an addiction,” said Mc-
minds all that motorcycle riding is dangerous and requires skill and constant attention.” Wheeler said that attending a certified training course is extremely beneficial, along with wearing an approved helmet and other protective clothing when
“A student pulled out in front of me last week and I had to skid to a stop to avoid it,” he said. “People just don’t see you on a motorcycle.” - McDermott Dermott, who wanted a motorcycle at a young age At PBA, Terry Wheeler, the director of Campus Safety and Security, said there are approximately 20 motorcycles and scooters registered on campus. “The advice I would offer is reflective of the statement of the Motorcycle Training Institute, Inc., and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation,” he said, “which re-
operating a motorcycle or scooter. Florida law requires that anyone under the age of 21 wear a helmet whenever operating a motorcycle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, only three states do not require helmets for motorcycles. Along with helmets, many states require you to wear eye protection while operating a motorcycle.
Florida Highway Patrol’s Lieutenant Tim Frith, Troop L’s public affairs officer, said that there has been a decrease in all traffic fatalities across the State of Florida for the past several years. Frith said there are several reasons for this decrease, including daily enforcement by troopers that focus on speeders, impaired drivers and drivers who don’t use their restraint belts. There was a mandatory primary seat belt law that was passed by Florida legislators that has reduced injuries and deaths on roadways. Firth said that texting while driving does not improve the situation either. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers take their eyes off the road for at an average of five seconds whenever viewing a text message while driving. Firth, and the rest of South Florida drivers and motorcyclists, hope that the trend of traffic fatalities continues to decline.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
CAMPUS NEWS Facing breast cancer with a smile
PHOTO BY CHELSAE ANNE HORTON
Thinking pink at PBA: Dorothy Gaitor, known as Ms. D by PBA students, will be sporting her pink scarf the entire month of October and using it as a conversation starter. “Cancer is something you don’t know who it will attack. It’s not about age, color, or number. It just hits you,” she said.
By Kayla Viaud Staff Writer Whether she is taking student cards during breakfast at the Fresh Food Company at 7 a.m. or during lunch after chapel, Ms. D does it all with a smile and a
sense of humor. “I love these students so much,” she said. Though Ms. D exudes an energy that is evident to the students she loves on and cares about, behind her distinguishable laugh and wire frames, lies a history with a condition that, according
to Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, will impact an estimated 226,870 women in the United States this year. That condition is breast cancer. Four years ago, Ms. D, whose real name is Dorothy Gaitor, awaited the resultts of a yearly checkup and biopsy. It was during that checkup in May 2008 that Ms. D was notified she had stage one breast cancer. Her reply was simple. “Ok, when’s surgery,” she told the doctor. She recalls the doctor was taken a bit off guard by her response. Her doctor was not sure she understood what he was saying. He called her daughter who explained that because her mom was a Christian, she had no anxiety and fears. “I was ready,” she said. That July, without missing a beat, Ms. D began her fight against breast cancer by having surgery to remove the cancer in her breast followed by nine days of radiation therapy.
Radiation therapy is treatment with high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells. The radiation can kill any cancer cells that may remain. Ms. D said there is a 50 percent chance that the cancer may return to her breast or another part of her body. “Because I know the Lord and trust Him I just think I’m already healed,” she said. Ms. D credits this trust and faith as the reasons for her strength during her battle. “What I went through, I feel like God was watching me. I feel like I owe Him, instead of Him owing me because I could have been dead,” she said. Today, Ms. D is now one of 2.9 million women, according to the American Cancer Society, that have survived breast cancer. She says one of the hardest side effects to live with is swelling in her arm and leg due to blockage in the lymphatic system. “It’s (the pain) like it will never go away. It’s still there after four years. It’s killing me,” she said.
Though she may experience pain, she continues to take life one day at a time, not worrying about what will happen tomorrow. “I make every day like it’s my last. I make myself happy,” she said. One way she is choosing to live her life today is by being an advocate and spreading the word about breast cancer. Last year, she participated in Relay for Life, and she plans to participate this year as well. Ms. D will be sporting her pink scarf the entire month of October and using it as a conversation starter. “Cancer is something you don’t know who it will attack. It’s not about age, color, or number, It just hits you,” she said. Finding strength in God and family, and serving the students she loves, Ms. D will continue to push through her pain and any of life’s curve balls with a smile on her face. “You have to be able to fight cancer-strong and have a good sense of humor,” she said.
Do you want to start your own business? Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Do you want to win $10,000 to help you achieve your goals? Industry leaders J.J. Prendamano and Ray Titus of United Franchise Group will provide information on how you could do just that. J.J.’s Entrepreneurs Informational Meeting 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 MacArthur Hall Room 1291/1292 Ray Titus (left) and J.J. Prendamano (right) with last year’s winner, Jared Stresen-Reuter.
Questions? Call Mary Jacobs, PBA director of special projects, at 561-803-2025. See you there!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
PBA’s Batman Professor of biology Maurice Thomas received his fourth Quality Initiative Research Grant to continue his study of bats on Singer Island and in Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama. Nicole Saunders Staff Writer When professor of biology Maurice Thomas researches bats, he does so methodically and precisely. “I find out what species are in the caves, where they all hung together, then I separate them by species, and then study them,” Thomas said. “Such as what they eat, when they fly around, get their food. “Bats don’t just eat insects. There are fruit eating bats, nectar bats that pollinate, fish eating, vampire, and insect eating bats,” he said. In 2011, Thomas received an-
other Q.I. grant to study bats on John D. MacArthur State Beach Park on Singer Island, and he has recently received another. He researched about four to five days a month over the course of a year. “Sometimes it would be once a week, but not all night. I would set certain types of nets and the bats would get caught in them,” Thomas said. “I had to use fine nets because as you know, bats have echolocation; they can pickup the returning echoes that bounce off things in front of them. “I spent about 100 nights a year in the park, not all night long, capturing bats,” he said.
After the research, Thomas said, “the bats are marked and released. We never harmed the bats.” Through his years of experience, Thomas cites the weather as the biggest difficulties in his research. “If you’re going to work in a forest at night, you better hope it’s not raining,” Thomas said. “Inclement weather would be a problem as the nets could be affected by high winds, affecting their efficiency.” “Sometimes bats don’t fly if it’s real cold, they wait for warmer night when it happens,” he said. With regards to opportunities for growth, “I just want to continue the program and hopefully publish the data in first year science journals, so that others can get the value of the research I have done,” he said. Thomas believes that the top characteristics of a successful researcher are curiosity, organization, intelligence, and determination. Thomas’ advice to those who feel compelled to research, even if they are not researching, bats is to do your homework. “You better know something about the subject like how to go about
PHOTOS BY CHELSAE ANNE HORTON
Not just for horror films: According to professor Maurice Thomas, there are over 1,100 species of bats and 150 species in Panama. “Studying bats has been an interest of mine for 30 years,” said Thomas. “I was one of the first ones to receive a Q.I. Grant when they came out at PBA. I am thankful they did that.”
collecting the data,” he said. “If you’re studying animals or plants, have scientific knowledge about that plant or animal, what has been done already, survey of the literature and then build on that,” he said. According to Thomas, there are over 1,100 species of bats and 150 species in Panama. At the age of
70 and with many things about bats to discover, Thomas continues to pursue his ambition. “Studying bats has been an interest of mine for 30 years,” said Thomas. “I was one of the first ones to receive a Q.I. grant when they came out at PBA. I am thankful they did that.”
American Free Enterprise Day Ceremony Honoring Medalist
Brian P. Burns Chairman of San Francisco-based BF Enterprises Inc. Nationally Recognized Business Attorney Entrepreneur and Philanthropist and
Companion Medalists Connie Cooper Shepherd • Starbucks Company Donald K. DeWoody, Jr. • WGCompass Realty Companies
Thursday, November 8, 2012 11 a.m.
Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation Students will receive one chapel credit for participating. This is the only time chapel will meet this week.
A complimentary lunch will follow the ceremony. Brian P. Burns
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
Students debate the economy
From the Left
By Belle Herrera Guest Columnist When it comes to the Democratic view on the economy, we see it as a focus to rebuild the middle class so they won’t have to struggle again. In order to rebuild the economy, it needs to be built from the middle class out. They are seen as the stabilization of the country, the back-bone. But if you’re on the Republican side, you’ll tend to agree that the economy needs to be built from the top down, into more of a “trickle down” method. First off, a look at the problem; President Obama came into his Presidency with a lot on his plate. The economy was already in the midst of suffering, and he was about to take all of that upon him. People need to take that in to account when they want to blame the huge deficit and unemployment rate solely on him. It’s unfair to surpass the true cause of the economic downfall. If it took 4-8 years to ruin and damage the economy because of what can rightfully be called the largest surge in government spending, it’s going to take that amount of time, or longer, to mend it. There is absolutely no doubt about that. The way that the economy needs to be approached is by building up the middle class out. It is said that the real median income has declined by $777 to $50,054 in 2011. That’s a big blow to many families. Money needs to be put back into their pockets so that the middle class can be built up again. If Congress passes the payroll tax cut, it would help those people in need. Those
families who received the payroll tax cut in 2011 were helped out in a tremendous way when they noticed the downfall of their pre-tax incomes. Congress is vital in this decision, and, if they were to go against more tax cuts for the middle class, those people would begin to struggle and add onto the already detrimental effects of the recession by adding an estimated $2,200 more in taxes. Congress is hurting the middle class families by not giving them a break just so that the wealthy upper class can receive more breaks that are completely unnecessary. The wealthy isn’t going to become less wealthy if they were taxed more. Truthfully, the only people hurting here are the middle class and in order to restore them is to help them grow first. The “trickle down” method is not what’s going to work. Everyone needs to play by the same rules. Giving more tax breaks to millionaires, who control 90 percent of the country’s wealth, would only damage the middle class more. This is what Governor Romney wants to do. The middle class needs to be strengthened, not burdened. As far as job growth goes, the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest it’s been in basically four years. It has dropped to 7.8 percent which is the lowest since January in 2009. This has created a mass amount of about 114,000 jobs as a result. This is something to be applauded for and will certainly have an impact on the campaign. How could lowering the unemployment rate and creating more jobs not be something that should be praised? There is obviously still more work to be done and that is in progress right now. The only way that this progress will keep improving is if President Obama stays in office. He is someone who can relate and get on a personal level with the average American. He came in at time when 800,000 plus jobs were being lost each month and since he has been in office, there have been 31 consecutive months of growth for jobs and 5.2 million more jobs through the private sector. He saved the auto industry and saved many people their jobs that support their families. Mitt Romney said he would have let them go bankrupt. Anyone who would give up jobs of many hardworking people, in my opinion, has no business trying to run for president in a time where it’s hard for people to find work. I said it earlier, and I’ll repeat it again. It took more than four years to create this economic recession, and it’s going to take more than four years to clean up the mess. Leave it to President Obama, who has the experience in this job.
Matt Crumb Guest Columnist Before 1917, the federal government’s spending as percentage of the nation’s total GDP was steady at below 10 percent. In 2012, that percentage is 40 percent and the federal debt is now near 16 trillion dollars. In 1970, The Code of Federal Regulations (rules that govern the economy) contained 54,834 pages. In 1998, it contained 134,723 pages that took up 201 volumes and 19 feet of shelf space. America also has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world at 35 percent. These numbers are nothing short of scary. Conservatives everywhere have ascribed to the wisdom of Henry Thoreau who stated, “That government is best which governs least.” America was founded upon Western standards of “limited government.”
From the Right
Based upon this school of thought, the government is to play an “umpire” role in the economy. The government is to simply set the basic guidelines and enforce them but to let the free market “play the game” and compete for business. Our current mess of regulations, taxes, subsidies, and bailouts has made a mockery of the ideals of limited government. Businesses are burdened by compliance to numerous rules as well as being highly taxed. Our government has also been picking winners and losers by subsidizing or bailing out certain companies over others. The result is a struggling economy that is having a hard time recovering because government has set a hostile playing field. To remedy our economic decline, conservative politicians have suggested an array of actions, most of which focus on lowering taxes, repealing unneeded regulation, and cutting government spending. Also relevant are the issues of parasitic unions and the opening of international markets. As for taxes, our current federal taxation system is difficult to understand and riddled with credits, deductions, and loopholes that only cause division. Tax reform should be a part of any politician’s agenda. On an individual basis, taxes on personal income and payroll taxes, the fairest system is a flat tax. A flat tax is a single percentage of your income or payroll that the government requires. For example, a tax rate of 10 percent would require ten dollars of somebody making a hundred dollars, and a hundred dollars of someone making ten thousand dollars, etc. Rich and poor
do not matter in a flat-tax system as everyone pays the same rate. In regards to corporate tax rates, a hot button issue, “the lower the better” can be applied as a simple rule. If you take the tax burden off of companies, they will be able to hire more people. As I mentioned in my introduction, federal regulations are becoming too numerous to count. Those regulations are killing jobs because businesses are too busy with compliance to grow like they should. Conservative politicians need to be unraveling the mess of regulatory statutes and separate the ones that are absolutely necessary from those that are advanced by special interest groups. The environment is important but if you want to make sure there is gas in our cars we need to drill for oil. Trust in the private sector needs to be restored so companies can hire and expand. America has embarked on a path of government dependency that resembles the socialist models of Europe. Welfare in the forms of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, unemployment benefits, Food Stamps, and now health care have all spiraled out of control and threaten the fiscal credibility of our government. Whether these safetynet programs are a legitimate function of the government is another argument, but at the very least politicians on both sides of the aisle need to reform these programs to make them fiscally viable. Before I get into the details of a conservative approach to America’s economy, allow me to lament over the fact that our government has become so entangled in the private economy as to have profound effects on its success and failure.
PBA to offer M. Div next fall By Becca Stripe Staff Writer Starting next fall semester, Palm Beach Atlantic University will offer a master of divinity (M. Div.) degree program, approved two weeks ago by the school Board of Trustees. “The establishment of an M. Div. program at PBA has long been awaited and perfectly reflects the founders’ vision for the university,” PBA President Bill Fleming said. “For 45 years, PBA has stood as a beacon for Christ. Now we have the opportunity to prepare graduates for even more fruitful careers in ministry.
“With the faculty, facilities and technology in place, the trustees believe that this is the right time to launch this graduate program,” Fleming said. Depending on the needs of students, the M. Div. degree program will be offered in three ways: an accelerated two-year format, a traditional three-year format, and a part-time four-plus year format, said Dr. Randy Richards, dean of the School of Ministry. The accelerated plan consists of 15 hours per semester plus 12 hours per summer. The traditional plan consists of 10-13 hours per semester and the part-time plan consists of 5-plus hours per semester.
Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the mornings and afternoons going from about 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. According to Richards, the M. Div. program can be completed in as few as five semesters and includes a required apprenticeship in ministry. A “three plus two” format is also available, consisting of three years of undergraduate ministry studies and two years of graduate coursework. “In conversations about this degree program, local pastors have expressed enthusiastic support and look forward to partnering with our students,” Richards said. “Those called to ministry can re-
ceive integrated graduate training without leaving their current ministry responsibilities.” The new M. Div. program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Commission on Colleges. All current PBA programs have this full tier-one accreditation. The M. Div. program also has been designed to meet the requirements of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The normal processes and timetables are being followed with the expectation of full approval from both accrediting boards, Richards said. “This has been an exciting pro-
cess for us on the faculty who have been designing this,” said Dr. Gerald Wright, PBA School of Ministry professor. “I’m excited. I think it’s going to be a really good product,. “I think you’re going to have a different kind of experience in this than a traditional M. Div. program, but you’re still going to get the content,” he continued. Richards shares in this excitement. “We think it will be terrific,” Richards said. “We’ve prayed and worked on this for a very long time because we think this is great.”
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
PHOTOS BY LORI RICHARDS Goal-bound: PBA’s Kenny Hogg maneuvers around defenders, fires for the goal, and then celebrates with his teammates.
5th-ranked Sailfish led by striker Scot By Kent Berame Sports Editor Kenny Hogg’s tall stature, quick feet, and assassin-like accuracy may intimidate you, but in reality, he’s a humble guy, loves his soccer, and would confuse you with his Scottish accent. Hogg led the men’s soccer team in the number of goals last year with 23, and in total has 40 goals for his career here at Palm Beach Atlantic University. With Hogg’s help, last week the PBA squad was ranked No. 5 in the South Region while the Sailfish women’s team sits at No. 8 in the first NCAA regional ranking of the season. Hogg is a junior majoring in mathematics and minoring in exercise science. On the field, Hogg is a forward striker with a total of 17 goals this year. Hogg does not wear a kilt around campus, but still misses his roots back at home. Born on April 23, 1991 in Irvine, Scotland, Hogg attended
Greenwood Academy, which won the High School Scottish National Cup against St. Andrews of Glasgow 4-3. He scored three goals in the game. “It was the first time I had ever won a national championship so I will always remember it.” Hogg said. A usual game day for Hogg would involve getting a good night’s rest the day before, showering, and playing Playstation. About three hours before the game, Hogg’s meal of choice is either pasta or chicken while he listens to some music. He would come in to get ready about two hours before the game and would have the devotional with the team. Hogg hasn’t always been a 6-2 scoring machine. Growing up, Hogg loved spending time with his family, and the snowy mountains Scotland offered. One of the most memorable days of his life was the last Christmas that he had with his dad and the entire family years ago, said Hogg. His earliest
memory is being in Australia on a seven-week vacation with his family. “I had my fifth birthday in Australia and when we were flying there, I was allowed to go in the cockpit of the plane.” Hogg said. Soccer has always been an influence in Hogg’s life. His favorite players to watch while growing up were Thierry Henry or Kaka. Hogg also has high aspirations for his life in soccer. “I love winning at soccer and scoring goals,” said Hogg. “I also love soccer because it has brought me my best friends because it brings people together. Hopefully I am able to play professional football by next Christmas.” And no, not pigskin football Americans. The Scottish native means soccer. Hogg’s most avid supporters and inspirations come from his family. Family is very important to Hogg, and his brothers Stewart and Murray have built his confidence to who he is today, said
Hogg. He has also played with his two brothers on the soccer field. Hogg also has a younger sister named Kirsty. He is still really close to all of his family, and talks to all of them quite often. “My mum is probably the person I am the closest to in the world,” said Hogg. “She has al-
ways been there for me and has helped me with everything that I needed. She is my number-one fan and attended all of my games when I lived in Scotland. She is the person I listen to the most about everything, including soccer.” Hogg said.
Sailfish wrapup: v-ball starts 2nd streak The University of Tampa Spartans spoiled the volleyball winning streak of Palm Beach Atlantic University Tuesday, but the Lady Sailfish bounced back Thursday with a three-set win over Northwood University. The Spartans took the match in straight sets, 25-17, 25-16 and 2522. PBA had gone into the match with a 21-game winning streak. On Thursday at home the Sailfish breezed through the match 25-7, 25-9 and 25-10, to bring their record to 24-3. The Sailfish played before a
large crowd Thursday in PBA’s annual Pink Night to support breast cancer research. Many fans wore pink while funds were raised to support the Connie Vanderwey Scholarship Fund. This year’s winner of the scholarship is Jessica Wharton, a junior on the tennis team.
Cross Country PBA’s women’s cross country team rounded out the regular season lineup on Oct. 12 at the University of Central Florida Black
and Gold Invitational. Competing against some of the top collegiate talent in the state, the Sailfish finished tied for ninth place as a team while finishing behind eight NCAA Division I programs in the final standings.
Scholar Athletes Last week 67 student-athletes were honored for posting a spring semester GPA of 3.2 or higher last semester. Nine of those had a 4.0: Ashley Shoaf, Janeen McCormick, Michael Lyon, Mark Heimberger,
Brianna Parker, Stefano Bucciol, Ashley Dolberry, Logan Thomas and Faith Warren. “The Division II slogan is life in the balance and PBA student-athletes certainly live by this motto,” said Athletic Director Carolyn Stone. “During their championship season, student–athletes spend 20 hours of practice and game time all while balancing the demands of academics. Our student-athletes are students first, athletes second.”
M. Soccer v. Rollins College Oct. 23 - Home - 3 W. Soccer v. Ave Maria University Oct. 23 - Away - 3:30 Volleyball v. Flagler College Oct. 24 - Home - 7
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