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The Beacon Monday, January 31, 2010

Stars frozen in time An exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art showcases lost photos from Hollywood’s Golden Age By Kelsey Satalino Contributing Writer “Made in Hollywood: Photos from the John Kobal Foundation,” is a special exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art that will be open until March 6. The exhibit contains photographs of Hollywood stars ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, including stills of Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Humphrey Bogart, among others. Michelle Misci, senior docent at the Norton, recounts the importance of the photograph in the history of Hollywood. According to Misci, back in the 30s and 40s, stars were owned by studios rather than by individual agents. The only photographs of stars were the ones taken by photographers owned by the studios. A photograph of a star, according to Misci, was essentially a preview to get people to come see the movie they were in. The photographer’s goal was to “make [the stars] look glamorous, make them look enticing and make you want to see the movies.” John Kobal was an Austrian author and collector who had established connections in the movie industry through his friendship with movie star Marlene Dietrich. When the studios started to break up in the 1950s, Kobal, Misci says, “would race down to the different studios and just take [the photos]…they were throwing them away.” Kobal is the reason many of these photographs are still around today. The Norton exhibition contains 94 of these photographs, taken by more than 50 photographers. All the photographs come from Kobal’s Londonbased archive. The goal of the exhibit, Misci says, is “to show you how photography really formed and made these stars back then.” The Norton is offering more than just still photographs for those interested in the history of Hollywood. “Every Wednesday this month, they’re showing a different film from the 20s and 30s here, with a lecture afterwards,” says Misci. These movies will be shown from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Another exhibition coming soon to the Norton is “Fabulous Fakes: the Jewelry of Kenneth J. Lane,” featuring costume jewelry by the leader of the industry. Lane’s jewelry has been bought and worn by Nancy Reagan and Britney Spears, among others. The exhibit will come to the Norton Feb. 3. Another exhibit, “To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum” will come to the Norton on Feb. 12. Admission to the Norton Museum of Art is free to West Palm Beach residents every Saturday. This admission includes special exhibitions, like “Made in Hollywood.”

Jewelry sales at E.R. Bradley’s on Friday, Jan. 14 helped raise money for Relay for Life. Ten percent of the sale was donated.

Relay for Life returns

Jacki Stuckert / Contributing Photographer

By Brooke Awbrey Contributing Writer

One in three women and one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Relay for Life is an event held to spread cancer awareness, to celebrate the lives of survivors, to remember those who lost their lives to cancer and to unite a community in the fight against it. Last year, 493 college campuses raised more than $ 22 million. Palm Beach Atlantic University raised $ 10,000. On the night of March 25, Palm Beach Atlantic University will once again be hosting a Relay for Life event. The official theme of the event is “Down at the County Fair.” Much like a fair, events throughout the night will

include face painting, a petting zoo, wall climbing, bungee jumping, an inflatable slide and a dunk tank where PBA professors and staff members will be dunked. In addition, there will also be fair food such as cotton candy, hot dogs and pizza. One of the main events of the night is the pageant/talent show. This event will be unlike any other because the participants aren’t just ordinary team members; they are local pediatric cancer patients. “It’s a way for us to reach out to the kids and offer them a special outlet to have fun and not feel funny about their appearance as a result of chemo and steroids,” Dr. Mireille Aleman, assistant professor of chemistry and the event chair, said. The pageant will feature Emily

Pantelides from News 12, an affiliate of CBS, as the emcee and Mary Hardin, who will be a judge. Just like any county fair pageant, there will be a talent portion for the participants to show what they’ve got. Aleman and the other committee members are currently looking for PBA theater, music, voice and dance majors who are willing to volunteer and help the kids with their talents. The relay will be held on the Baxter Green, which is the open space between the Warren Library and Baxter Hall. As of right now, there are 12 teams participating, but the goal is to have 20 by the time of the event. If you would like to either start a team or join one, you can contact Dr. Aleman or go to www.relayforlife.org/ pbaufl.

wildlife biologist with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, unable to lift themselves off the ground due to their weight and size, “the birds need a very high place so they can get the lift they need.” “Phillips Point may be one of the tallest buildings in West Palm Beach,” said Dr. Maurice Thomas, coordinator of the Biology Department. “So they tend to gravitate towards it.” Thomas also attributes thermals to the allure of these buildings. Thermals occur when warm and cool air mixes. The mixture then results in an upward spiral of air that these birds use to gain altitude. The heat radiating from Esparante and Philips Point mixes perfectly with the cool ocean breeze from the Intracoastal Waterway. The Esperante building is white and therefore radiates less heat than Phillips Point. So, there is a greater amount of vultures circling Phillips Point than Esperante. Turkey vultures tend to ride a se-

ries of thermals to great exponential heights, and then soar downward reaching speeds up to 60 miles per hour until they catch another current. Turkey vultures are not only attracted to this area due to thermal conditions. These birds feed on carrion, dead animals including fish, and shoreline vegetation. Being social birds, turkey vultures tend to roost in large numbers. Turkey vultures are federally protected under a migratory bird sanctuary ordinance but this isn’t the only reason these birds are tolerated in such high numbers. Turkey vultures are clean. By defecating on their own legs, strong acid in their urine cleanses them from harmful bacteria they may have picked up from dead carcasses. Water in their urine also helps keep them cool in the heat of South Florida. These birds are thriving off of our high buildings, ideal food sources, and optimal thermals. And in return they keep our beaches and streets clean of rotting organisms.

Turkey vultures lurk above PBA campus By Kaitie Chassé Contributing Writer

Soaring high above our heads, silent fliers share our very own concrete ecosystem. Turkey vultures can easily be seen soaring just a couple blocks from campus, high above the Esperante and Philips Point office buildings. The turkey vulture, cathartes aura, has a wing span of up to 6 feet in length and can weigh up to 6.5 pounds as an adult. They are native to southern areas of the United States as well as Central and South America. Since these birds are so large, any flapping of their wings would be extremely laborious; therefore, turkey vultures have the ability to sour for hours at very high altitudes without expending any energy. In order to keep stability in flight, they tend to teeter back and forth while flying with their wings slightly dihedral, meaning in a v-shape. According to Ricardo Zambrano, a

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