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Enough is Enough!

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SYDNEY, AUSTRAILIA – Enough was enough.  Casey Haynes, a 15 year-old Australian high school student has been bullied all his life.  Ritchard Gale and his friends taunted and videoed Gale throwing punches at Heynes. Heynes snapped, lifting his attacker up in the air and slamming him downward into the concrete floor.

The video has become a viral sensation, with an online outpour congratulating Heynes for standing up to his bully. Heynes chatted exclusively in an interview with “A Current Affair” where he spoke about being bullied since elementary school. When asked, “what was the worst thing he has encountered”, he revealed a story of how he was duct taped to a pole. Heynes confessed to contemplating suicide, but his sister helped him through his troubling time. Heynes’ father was asked what he thought of the situation. He stated that he ‘doesn’t condone violence, and this isn’t something to be proud of but he is happy his son stood up for himself’.

The school’s non-violence policy resulted in Heynes being suspended for four days, while the instigator of the fight, Gale, was suspended for twenty-one days. This has also sparked a debate over if Casey was in the right to fight back. “Two wrongs don’t make a right, but at the same time, sometimes acting out is the only way to get attention for certain situations and concerns” says Ptah Artison, President of Political Forum, Boca Raton Campus. Many other victims of bullying are reaching out to Heynes, calling him their hero.  Bullying has been an ongoing problem around the world; it’s teenagers like Heynes who give us hope that one day bullying will end.

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March 30, 2011 at 4:11 am

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WestBoro Church Speaks…

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NEW YORK CITY – The Beachcomber staff had the amazing opportunity of attending the nationalCollege Media Advisors Conference on the second weekend of March. With information-filledconferences and interactive workshops, nothing caused more buzz than a forum with MargiePhelps, daughter of the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church. The Westboro Baptist Church isan independent church located in Topeka, Kansas, and is known for their extreme stance againsthomosexuality and their recent pickets at soldier’s funerals.
Recently the Westboro Baptist Church was taken to the Surpreme Court for defamation, invasionof privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress after their picket at the funeral of MarineLance Corporal, Matthew A. Snyder in Westminister, Maryland. In a shocking 8–1 decision, theSupreme Court ruled in favor of Westboro Baptist Chuch on March 2, 2011. When asked toexplain the church’s rationale for protesting the funerals of soldiers, Phelps responded, “They have turned [these funerals] into pep rallies,” she said. “We watched for two years. Wewatched politicians, the media, the military, the citizenry, and the veterans use the occasion ofthose soldiers’ deaths to publish a viewpoint. And we said, ‘we don’t agree with your viewpoint.’ Itis your sins that are killing the soldiers”
Phelps praised the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, which affirmed that the church’s protests wereconstitutionally protected. She said that the church was not bringing emotional distress; “We’rebringing you hope.”
Part of that “hope” offered implied that the world would not be around much longer with thesupport of homosexuality. “I’m not trying to stop a homosexual from being a homosexual,” she explained. “I’m just tellingyou that that sin … It’s taking you to hell. Now, I’m telling you that as a friend … your best friend,your b.f.f. up in here, fo’ rizzle.”
Her humor took an immediate halt when she shockingly took a moment to defend the Muslimgroup steeped in controversy over its plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero. Let them buildtheir mosque, she said.”Look, this nation is overflowing with false religion,” she said. “I mean, you let the rapin’ priestshave their churches, don’t ya?”
Freedom of speech is a constitutional right that is extended to every American citizen. It has beenthe backbone of many fights for equality and liberty in the face of injustice. Unfortunately to everyrule there is an exception, a loophole, and a percentage of the population that will go out of theirway to abuse that right to push an unwarranted agenda.

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March 30, 2011 at 4:07 am

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Go Green!

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BOCA RATON – Ecology Club, with the support of Student Government Associationat Boca Raton Campus teamed together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This wasn’tjust any other celebration; the Ecology Club used this as an opportunity to educateits campuses students on eating healthy. There were various informative signsplaced around the courtyard, stating what the healthier choice between two similarproducts was. The information appeared to surprised many students. “These factsshocked me, but I’m glad to know I’m not eating as poorly as I thought,” said MarissaDel Prete, Student Government Association Boca Raton Treasurer. The EcologyClub also had a guest speaker from Whole Foods Inc. who gave useful tips to collegestudents on little things they can start to enhance their diet. The event wasn’t strictlyinformative, there was St. Patrick’s Day Trivia and Green Lemonade Pong, as well ahealthy lunch for students on campus. To create adventure, the Ecology club createda scavenger hunt for the students to venture out into the campus in search of a smallgreen St. Patrick’s Day duck. This had students engaged in a fun and challenging due tothe fact that the duck was located in a tree! Over all, the event was a success and had avery good turn out. The student body was very engaged and the Provost Dr, BernadetteRussell (PhD) and Interim Associate Dean, Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell, as well asseveral teachers came by and showed their support for the event and participatingclubs. Hopefully, this will turn into an annual event here at Palm Beach State College,Boca Raton Campus!

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March 30, 2011 at 4:06 am

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Student voices heard.

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BOCA RATON – Student Government Association, Boca Raton Campus, in conjunction with the Provost and fellow Boca Raton Campus students came out and attended the President’s Forum that was held with Dr. Gallon, the President of the college. The Forum was a very informative session held in the Cafeteria at which the President answered questions that came directly from the students with topics based on the affairs of the college. Amongst the many topics were the plans to implement a study abroad program with the architecture department, tuition and budget awareness, as well as the future attempts of adding a brand new campus to the Wellington region of South Florida! The forum lasted roughly one hour, however, there was no time wasted with silence. Another piece of great news was the announcement that the school is attempting to implement more Bachelorette programs to offer to students. With a ground breaking 38% increase in enrollment, the President stated, “he hopes that the state will increase our funding, but at the very least, not reduce it.” With the rising costs of maintenance and running the college the Dr. Gallon told students, “we should expect no less than an 8% increase in tuition next year.” Compared to the university system that is projecting a 15-30% increase the news did not come as complete bad news. “It’s nice to feel a direct presence from the President of the college, having him here, answering questions directly showed the President’s passion and appreciation for the college’s students” says Jared Myers, Treasurer of Student Government Association, Boca Raton Campus. Dr. Gallon holds forum at every campus each year and makes sure he hears the student voice.  The Provost and Student Government have been making diligent attempts to reach out to the student body to hear what concerns they have with our own Boca Raton campus. With participation from students inputting their concerns the hopes to improve our campus can become a reality.

If you have any improvement suggestions for this campus, email Student Government Association, Boca Raton Campus at sgapbsc.boca@gmail.com

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March 30, 2011 at 3:47 am

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