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The Beacon Monday, January 25, 2010

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industry. With the increased use of Web-based formats and decline in print media, Meeks feels that journalism students must be wellrounded. Exploring ways to publish news on the Web is another way to gain more readers and improve the journalism program. “We can’t train students for yesterday’s job,” said Meeks. “We have to train them for where the industry is going.” The Beacon Blog, beaconblog., provides journalism students a forum for daily updates and also multimedia. Today’s print version of The Beacon includes two stories that refer readers to accompanying multimedia on the blog. The print version sports design changes, including the front page “flag,” the newspaper’s nameplate. Student Kristina Webb designed the new flag working in a graphics class under David Pounds, associate professor of graphic arts.

The school of nursing welcomed professor Patricia Amado the first day of classes after she had battled breast cancer since March 2009. photo courtesy of lynn erickson

Students support Race for the Cure The first day of nursing classes was celebrated by “Wearing Pink” in celebration of assistant professor Patricia Amado. In March 2009 Amado was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Since the diagnosis, she has conquered surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. All the students and faculty wore pink to celebrate and support Amado’s return for spring semester.

The inner circle represents the evacuation zone (500 foot exclusion zone). Residents of the outer circle are not required to vacate their homes. map provided by the construction services department of the city of west palm beach.

Evacuees will breakfast at PBA

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enade are not required to evacuate, said President Lu Hardin. “As the safety of campus residents is the university’s top priority, campus officials will be briefing campus residents in their halls with details on when the implosion will take place and where residents should – and should not – observe the event,” said Hardin. He suggested that interested students watch the implosion from the south sides of the fourth and fifth levels of the Dixie Garage in Oceanview Hall, “for an excellent

view from a safe distance.” Hardin said the event gives the university a chance to be a good neighbor to the evacuated residents. Trinity LLC, the site developer, will provide those displaced condo residents with breakfast and a viewing area at PBA. The 1515 tower has been deserted and a topic of debate since it was ravaged by hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004. The developer plans to build a 299foot tall luxury condominium on the site. The debris from the implosion should be cleared and the area seeded by the end of May, Wilburn said.

Professor Amado is very dear to each of us, and we continue to pray for continued health and wellness. With “Race for the Cure” being literally around the corner, the school of nursing has registered a team. Any student, staff or faculty that would like to join in celebrating and honoring those with breast cancer, see the 2010 Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure web site at and

choose the Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing team. We look forward to partnering with the community to fight this disease that affects both men and women on Saturday, January 30.

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ily to worry about.” After waiting several days, JeanBaptiste received the news that his father and siblings are alive and well. However, this news was bittersweet: His aunt and cousin died as a result of the earthquake, and several other family members are still missing. Jean-Baptiste said he hopes to go to Haiti to help rebuild, and he was excited when contacted by PBA President Lu Hardin to assist in coordinating the school’s fundraising efforts. Hardin said he has been impressed with the response from the community so far. “While I have been touched by many instances of individuals giving sacrificially to this university, perhaps the most touching example of fundraising took place this week when several students gave significant contributions to our fundraising efforts for Haiti,” Hardin said. “Literally, exuding the widow’s mite in sacrificial giving.”

Lynn Erickson Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing

Hardin urges students to contribute to relief effort

of the local Red Cross chapter. The Red Cross has set up a fundraiser through which people may donate $10 by sending a text message saying “Haiti” to 90999. Palm Beach Atlantic University has organized a relief drive, asking students to donate unused clothing, dry goods and various other supplies. “I would encourage students who want to help to pray, give, and if led by God, work through an organization who has been in Haiti, is currently there and has an infrastructure in place to serve,” said PBA Campus Pastor Bernie Cueto. The chapel office, located in the Okeechobee building, is one of several drop-off points around campus. The money that is collected will go to help Haitians in the PBA community return to Haiti to help their community. This is especially significant to PBA employee and alumnus Jimmy Jean-Baptiste, whose father and six siblings were in Port-au-Prince at the time of the earthquake. “It was devastating,” Jean-Baptiste said. “What’s hurting the most is that my father and one of my brothers who live in the U.S. went there two weeks ago. That makes it more fam-

For more information on how to get involved with the relief effort, visit for a list of organizations.

Beacon Staff

Dr. Duane Meeks, publisher

Jen Rodino, features editor

John Sizemore, executive editor

Katie Witham, sports editor

Evelyn Ticona, managing editor

Chris Hernandez, opinion editor

Anna Zetterberg, assist. managing editor

Kristina Webb, copy editor

DeAnna Caldwell, ad manager

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