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Missionary Flights International, located in Fort Pierce, Fla., sends daily relief flights in response to the disaster in Haiti.

Monday, January 25, 2010

kristina webb

/ copy editor

South Florida aid reaches Haiti By Kristina Webb Copy Editor

Since a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook their home on Jan. 12, the people of Haiti have looked to the sky, searching for aid that has been trickling into their shattered country. There are over 100,000 Haitian immigrants in Miami alone, according to government records. With such a large Haitian community, South Florida has been at the epicenter of Haitian relief efforts. Missionary Flights International (MFI), whose headquarters are in Fort Pierce, has been flying to Haiti for almost 40 years. MFI provided the first relief flight on the ground in Haiti, aside from the military, arriv-

ing less than 24 hours after the earthquake. In addition to taking supplies such as dry goods and medical necessities, MFI brought back a special passenger load on Jan. 18 — a group of 26 Haitian orphans meeting their new parents for the first time. According to Dick Snook, president of MFI, assistance has been flowing in from around the country. “It’s funny how the Lord works,” Snook said. Clothes, food and medical supplies have been streaming into the organization’s hanger at Fort Pierce Airport. Normally only flying out on Tuesdays and Thursdays, MFI now has daily flights. The program has also received the

Beacon seeks to expand coverage and experience By Jennifer Rodino Features Editor

Now that the new year is here, The Beacon has a new direction: outward. “In order to move the program towards excellence, we must get our reporters out in the community as a first step,” said Dr. Duane Meeks, dean of The School of Communication and Media. Meeks also serves as the newspaper’s publisher. Starting this semester, The Beacon will cover more stories on current events and people throughout the West Palm Beach area. Our reporters will have more of an opportunity to get out into the community and report back to Palm Beach Atlantic University about important news. Meeks feels that by sending reporters to cover stories outside of PBA, this will give student journalists real world experience. In addition, this will help the journalism

program become one of the best. “Our ultimate goal is to develop a premiere journalism program in Christian education,” Meeks said. Not only is Meeks striving for local community stories to appear in The Beacon, but he also has high hopes to expand the readership beyond the PBA student body. If The Beacon picks up community readers, then this would be another excellent way to get the PBA name out into the community and inform the public what is going on around campus. “Our PBA sports teams are underreported in the local media,” said Meeks. “ I want the community to be aware of our superb sports programs on campus.” In addition to a new “outward” focus, PBA journalism students will push to keep up with the changes in technology and consumer habits that are bringing upheaval to the news see, Beacon, page 2

assistance of NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, whose company, Hendrick Motorsports, has lent two passenger jets with flight crews to MFI to assist in their flights. This, said Snook, will help MFI fly in more relief in the form of both people and cargo. “One of the things about our country is that we have a lot of generous people,” Snook said. Cash donations have been steadily coming in, allowing MFI to focus on the task at hand rather than worry about the economic burden of the project. “This is a ministry; it doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to the Lord,” Snook said. “Our experience is when these things happen, we don’t worry

The building on 1515 S. Flagler will be demolished on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. kristina webb/copy editor

about the finances. That’s God’s part of it. He touches people’s hearts.” Here in Palm Beach County, the local branch of the Red Cross is currently accepting only cash donations. “People can be creative,” said Brittany Miller, press assistant with the Palm Beach area chapter of the Red Cross. Miller encourages students to come up with unique fundraising drives. “No matter a local or international disaster, the community in our Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast region answers the call, shining through with unbelievable financial support and offers to help,” said Larry Casey, CEO see, Haiti, page 2

Valentine’s blast planned for building

The skeleton-like 30-story building at 1515 South Flagler Drive will come tumbling down on Valentine’s Day. Contractors will implode the building with dynamite charges placed on several floors. “We’ve designed the blast for the building to come straight down,” said Mark T. Wilburn of Advanced Explosives Demolition. In a meeting at West Palm Beach City Hall Tuesday, contractors and city officials spoke to about 60 local residents who came with concerns about the effects of the implosion. “It’s going to crumble as it comes down,” said Ted E. Lolley, a seismic engineer. The implosion is set for 9 a.m. City officials will ask some close neighbors to evacuate for safety’s sake. Palm Beach Atlantic University properties Flagler Towers and Mango Promsee, 1515 Flagler, page 2

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