Inspiration on Campus
BEACHCOMBER VOLUME 77 ISSUE 4 MAY 2015 WWW.BEACHCOMBERMEDIA.COM [email protected] CAMPUS NEWS SPORTS CLUBS (561) 207-5505 NEWSROOM: LL217 3160 PGA BOULEVARD PALM BEACH GARDENS,FL 33401 MAKING WAVES Inspiration on Campus Talia Fradkin Staff Writer Palm Beach Gardens Campus Palm Beach State College is a community of individuals working to achieve their dreams, and one person who is following his path to success is Biotechnology student Tevin Ali. After attending a Biotechnology Academy in high school, Ali enrolled in New York University where he completed sixty hours of undergraduate work in Biotechnology. Self-doubt and a lack of confidence hindered his success. After enrolling in Palm Beach State College’s Biotechnology program, Ali flourished. He became a man with a mission, success in his chosen field of Biotechnology. Palm Beach State College was his chosen avenue for success. “I used to let myself believe the negative opinions of others and let that drown out my own voice,” said Ali. “At Palm Beach State College I started to overcome the obstacle of doubting myself and my capabilities INSIDE TURN TO CAMPUS NEWS PAGE 3 Surfers for Autism David Hernandez TURN TO SPORTS PAGE 5 Meet the players of your Palm Beach State Baseball Team Jihad Shatara TURN TO CLUBS PAGE 6 DNA the biotech way Talia Fradkin TURN TO MAKING WAVES PAGE 7 TRIO Day celebration … Being [here] gave me so many opportunities to gain leadership experience to serve others, and, as a result, I have become a more confident individual.” At Palm Beach State, Ali learned to “fine tune” his knowledge and skills, increasing his marketability in this exciting new field. His newfound leadership skills were put to the test when Ali began the daunting process of starting one of the newest clubs on campus: the Biotechnology Association. Balancing a rigorous course load while trying to recruit club members at club rush was a difficult task, but his “bio-techy friends and staff ” were there to “support [his] ideas,” said Ali. Dr. Mercer, in particular, was a great resource as well as a staunch supporter. Ali fondly recalls working with her in association with the Tiger Woods Foundation at the FAU Wilkes Honors College presentation to introduce middle and high school students to Biotechnology. Dr. Mercer and Ali held a discussion about the science behind genetically modified organisms and even helped the students make test tube lava lamps. Self-doubt was put aside, and Ali went on to become a Supplemental Instructor for the Biotechnology Department as well as a Biotechnology Ambassador appearing at community events as a liaison between the program and the public. With his confidence issues behind him, Ali is one step closer to a career in the Biotech industry, and is currently interning at the Scripps Research Institute. “The program has further enhanced my lab skills and as a result made me a successful intern at Scripps,” said Ali. “I have various duties, but my work primarily focuses on microRNAs that are associated with diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Muscular Dystrophy … The ultimate goal is to stop aberrant miRNA expression in those diseases using drug-like compounds as biomarkers to inhibit dysfunction.” The future looks bright for this up and coming Biotech Entrepreneur who, after graduating in May with an Associate in Science in Biotechnology and a Bachelor’s of Science from FAU in the fall, plans to continue on Biotechnology student Tevin Ali hard at work. for his Master’s Degree. Ali offers some sage advice for his fellow students, saying, quote, “Have ambition, take risks, and be involved with activities. It’s all the little things that you do that build up and become great things… I TALIA FRADKIN have failed many more times than I have succeeded, but out of the times I failed, I realized I wouldn’t be who I am nor would I be able to do what I love most without having those cracks in the pavement on my journey.” A Farewell to Professor Stephen Gibson Michelle Ramirez Editor, Belle Glade Campus Over the years, you might have seen him in the hallways or in pictures on campus walls. Maybe he has even highlighted all over your paper. He has been there to teach parents and even their kids. This is Professor Stephen Gibson. He has been on the Belle Glade campus for 32 years and is now saying goodbye as an English and American Literature instructor. A wise man, he believes that it is time for someone younger to fill his shoes. His work at Palm Beach State College has always been about the students. Gibson said that he is happy with what he has accomplished. Belle Glade campus student Marcel Diaz said, “He is one of the funniest teachers I’ve had, yet inspiring and the best storyteller.” Even though he is retiring from teaching, Gibson is not stopping there. He will publish two more poetry books; his books are actually available for checkout in the College library and he still wants to help college students. At a Belle Glade campus goodbye event, Gibson read a few of his poems. His poetry is like no other with a very unique way of writing. His poems were amusing and vivid with a realist way of expressing the experiences he has had in his life. His poems showed another side of him. Earl Bryant Professor Gibson During Library Week, doing his last reading before retirement. “I really like how he used historical references throughout the poetry,” stated Belle Glade campus student Sophie Guerra. “It gave the poems more depth than usual.” Students, faculty and staff all got together to thank him for all of the work he has put into helping students become successful with their education. There’s something at the Writers Club for inspiring young minds Elicia Librun The Writers Club is a student organization at the north Palm Beach State College campus which supports students who are interested in writing. The club meets twice a month on the second floor of the Library Learning Center, Room LL210, in a private presentation room next to the adviser’s office, Marilyn Tiedemann’s office. Since the club began in February of 2014, it has grown to more than 40 members during the past year. This club attracts many scholarship scouts and successful guest speakers like Dante Basco, who encouraged students this past March by reciting some of his poetry. The club’s organizers promote and encourage students to participate in these type of events knowing that it boosts personal morale by joining clubs for student engagement. The members of the writers club are extremely passionate about their craft. The club’s President Kevin Wilborn is very serious about his duties, as well as other members. “Getting new members is the hardest part of any club, but the writers club especially,” President Wilborn said. “People think that if they write, they won’t have any fun. The truth is anyone who appreciates literature would be a good fit with us.” The writers club also hosts a variety of activities including general and membership meetings, writing workshops, book and holiday sales, talent shows, parties, and various guest speakers with interest in English and Media. Interested students can find more information by contacting the club’s adviser, Marilyn Tiedemann at [email protected] or by phone at: 561.207.5200. BEACHCOMBER 2 MAY 2015 CAMPUS NEWS BEACHCOMBER FOUNDED 1939 Palm Beach State College 3160 PGA Boulevard Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Newsroom: LL217 Phone: (561) 207-5505 Email: [email protected] FACULTY ADVISER S. Lizabeth Martin ILLUSTRATOR OPEN EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Patricia Medina CARTOONIST OPEN STAFF WRITERS Mona Abdelwahab Allison Bangert Emmanuel Banks CAMPUS EDITOR Gaica Cantave BOCA RATON Christie Estime Tiffany Roopsingh Talia Fradkin Kristin Goliath CAMPUS EDITOR Sophie Guerra LAKE WORTH Chelsea Hackbart Haya Ghannouma Marielle Larsen Carlos Leon CAMPUS EDITOR PALM BEACH GARDENS Madelyn Marconi Michelle Ramirez Michael Craig MANAGING EDITOR David Hernandez CAMPUS EDITOR BELLE GLADE Michelle Ramirez ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR OPEN SPORTS EDITOR Jihad Shatara SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR OPEN COPY EDITOR Michael Craig You are not alone Torkita Canty Staff Writer, Belle Glade Campus The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program was designed to help promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of students. “Suicide is the second leading cause of death on college campuses, with substance abuse not too far behind,” stated Dr. Nance Roy, Clinical Director of the Jed Foundation. According to a report published by the foundation, there are 21 million individuals that attend a post-secondary educational institution, and more than half of them have experienced “overwhelming anxiety” within the last year. College students have numerous stressors that life throws their way, and they are unsure of how to cope which can lead to depression and self-harming. An anonymous PBSC student recently confessed that she used to be a cutter, “I can’t even look at myself in the mirror because I dislike the reflection that stares back at me.” There has to be a way to reach out to our fellow students and let them know that they are not alone. Palm Beach State College has a Counseling Center located on the Lake Worth Campus (contact (561)868-3980 for their services). The free services provided consist of limited crisis interventions, mental health assessments, brief therapies, and community referrals. Students can schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor at their home campus. There are also career centers located on each campus, and by visiting one, students can receive contact numbers for hotlines that address matters in relation to substance abuse, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Belle Glade career center and aca- AL EVANS demic advisor Tracey Wheeler stated that there should be one consistent faculty member that is specialized just for this area. “Students need to know that they are not alone,” she stated. With reality setting in, there will be persons that are in need of a listening ear and guidance. 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BeachcomberMedia.com Facebook.com/PBSCBeachcomber Facebook.com/PBSCBeachcomber @NewsBeachcomber BEACHCOMBER MAY 2015 3 CAMPUS NEWS SurfersForAutism David Hernandez Staff Writer, Boca Raton Campus In the past several years, we have seen a massive increase in support of many disabilities through events such as Making Strides, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, charity walks and now the well-known fundraising event called Surfers For Autism (SFA). Surfers For Autism is a nonprofit organization with a goal of providing a fun and interactive family event. Children with ASD and families alike enjoy great music, games, bounce houses, surfing, catered lunch and many other funfilled activities. What started with a simple idea came to be known as a life changing experience for many children with Autism. Since its inaugural event in 2007 at the Deerfield Beach Pier, SFA has hosted many events through Florida’s East Coast and the events have attracted as many as 200 surfers and raised close to $20,000. On April 10th, 2015, SFA held its 8th Annual South Florida Beach Festival, a free three day festival at the Deerfield Beach Pier. Activities included a concert, games and prizes, music, food and surfing. The best part of the event was volunteering, as volunteers got a chance to work closely with the children as they surfed the waves and enjoyed the sunny day. There were many volunteers from different locations including the Broward’s Sheriff Office (BSO), Lynn University and Palm Beach State College ROTORACT and Phi Theta Kappa from the Boca Raton Campus. BSO Assistant Chief of Staff Mr. Wallace Eccleston Jr, stated, “Every year the BSO team volunteers from the early morning until the evening to ensure the success of the event and have as much fun as possible with the children while surfing”. SFA continues to support and help fund autism research, awareness and advocacy as well as transforming individuals, families and communities. Palm Beach State College is fortunate to have a professor in the Boca Campus who is a member of SFA, Prof. Dave Rossman. Rossman is currently the Communications Director for Surfers for Autism and is able to provide students with the opportunity to experience the events as volunteers. Rossman stated, “I feel that Surfers for Autism, or an entity dedicated to improving the lives of others, serves a vital purpose. There are so many in need, and if you have the ability to give of your time, it is incumbent upon you to do so.” Rossman went on to state, “The Deerfield Beach Festival was one of our best; there was a perfect little wave for the surfers, and each participant got four to five sessions in the water.” Surfers for Autism will host several events throughout the rest of the year. If you would like to know how to volunteer, donate or learn more about the organization feel free to visit their website at http:// surfersforautism.org/. DAVID HERNANDEZ Volunteers helping a student learn to surf. Mastering the art of surfing. DAVID HERNANDEZ Boards lined up and read to go. DAVID HERNANDEZ BEACHCOMBER 4 MAY 2015 CAMPUS NEWS Panel Discussion on Immigration Talia Fradkin Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus As part of the 6th Annual Spanish Language Celebration, students at the Eissey campus of Palm Beach State College attended a panel discussion on President Obama’s Immigration Plan. The panel was composed of Palm Beach State College Professor Maria Garcia, Palm Beach State College student Michelle Diaz, immigration attorney Aileen Josephs and Director of the Global Education Center Dr. Jeannette Manzanero. Maria Garcia, a Professor of English at Palm Beach State College, spoke about her journey from Cuba at the age of four as part of the Freedom Flights authorized by then President Lyndon Johnson. Miss Diaz, a “Dreamer”, offered a unique and personal perspective on the immigration situation. Following her dream of an education, Diaz said, “Being a dreamer is a constant fight.” Attorney Aileen Josephs went on to explain President Obama’s executive action, stating that it allowed “parents of United States citizens who were here since 2010 to avoid deportation and obtain three year work permits.” Dr. Jeannette Manzanero spoke TALIA FRADKIN Professor Emmanuel Alvarado, Dr. Jeannette Manzanero, and attorney Aileen Josephs prepare for the panel discussion. TALIA FRADKIN Professor Maria Garcia, student Michelle Diaz, attorney Aileen Josephs, and Dr. Jeannette Manzanero about the resources available to students and their families, including referrals for legal, health and employment matters, as well as navigating the “college process.” Mr. Cary High, an attorney and Director of the Paralegal Program at Palm Beach State College, guided the discussion. TALIA FRADKIN Dr. Jeannette Manzanero, Professor Maria Garcia, attorney Aileen Josephs, and Mr. Cary High, Director of the Paralegal Program Mayhem Poets Drop the Mic at Belle Glade Campus Sophie Guerra Staff Writer, Belle Glade In February, Mason Granger, Scott Raven, and Kyle Rapps, who call themselves the “Mayhem Poets”, took a visit to the Belle Glade campus of Palm Beach State College. They began their visit by taking over a literature class, teaching a lesson that included rhymes, rhythm, and laughter. They got the students involved with their art and had them express themselves in their own ways through their writing. Later that day, the poets hosted a Poetry Slam Event on campus, kicking it off by introducing themselves the way they knew best – through slam poetry. This introduction stimulated students and faculty to participate in the event beginning with Student Learning Center writing tutor David Woodham’s recital of the poem “Shine, Perishing Republic” by Robertson Jeffers. Soon students Vintwon Jones, Gary Bryant, Torkita Canty, Tamika Mccullough, and Sophie Guerra read their own original poems to teachers and peers alike. From topics ranging from love to stories of chronic illness, these students expressed themselves openly and passionately. Student Torkita Canty stepped down from the podium and shared how her poem was inspired, “I was angry and I found my only release was writing it down and letting everyone else know,” she said. Once the students took a seat, they were all Granger spoke about his gratitude for working with the students from Belle Glade and even invited them to open for the main event he and the Mayhem Poets would be featured in that Friday at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, “To be honest, we were surprised. Everyone here was so passionate,” he said. “There’s so much creativity here in such a small community. That’s really rare and really awesome.” SOPHIE GUERRA Mayhem Poet Scott Raven, as posted on the Palm Beach State webpage. BEACHCOMBER MAY 2015 5 SPORTS Meet the Players of Your Palm Beach State Baseball Team Jihad Shatara, Sports Editor Baseball season is in full swing and our Palm Beach State Panthers are off to another great start. At 25-8, the Panthers are looking forward to another chance at a state title and, quite possibly, a chance at a national title. The expectations for the team are high each year as Coach Kyle Forbes and his staff continue to bring in top-notch talent from the Palm Beach County area. The team has been far from disappointing, as they were State Runner up in 2014, State champs in 2013 and have also finished as the runner up in the Junior College World Series in the same year. The team as a whole has many common goals this season, but there is one aspiration on every player’s mind: Make it to Grand Junction and play for the College World Series. The Panthers are determined to make a push towards the state championship and head back to Grand Junction, Colorado. 2-Jancarlos Cintron Cintron is the shortstop for the Palm Beach State Panthers. He has been playing since he was just three years old. Cintron is originally from Puerto Rico and wants to win States with his team. When asked what his motivation is he says, “I’m just trying to get better and help my team to states.” Ultimately he wants to get to Grand Junction for the World Series. 6-Jared Tosner Tosner is a local redshirt sophomore who plays first base for the Panthers. Tosner was on the team his freshman year when the Panthers finished second in the state. His current goal is to help the team avenge that loss and win first place in States. Tosner says, “I was on the team that was runner up. We just have to take it day by day and play like a team.” 7-Carlos Diaz Diaz, originally from Puerto Rico, is one of the team’s catchers has been playing the game for 14 years. “I just love baseball,” he said passionately when asked about his motivation. 8-Victor Hughes Hughes also plays catcher for the Panthers, but was previously drafted to the Majors by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 22nd round. “I just want to get better and get drafted again. That’s my goal.” He has been playing baseball for 11 years now and wants to improve his skills as a catcher. 11-Peter Strzelecki Born in New York, Strzelecki originally played for the Santaluces Chiefs during high school. Now a local athlete, Strzelecki is a righthanded pitcher with a few goals this season, “As a team, I just want to go to Grand Junction for the World Series, but as a personal goal, I just want to stay healthy.” 14-Anthony Delaney Delaney is Panthers pitches who has many expectations for the team this year, but he has one goal in particular that he would like to accomplish: Delaney looks forward most to taking his team to Grand Junction, Colorado for the Junior College World Series. “We want to win Conference, then States, and make it to the World Series,” said Delaney. 16-Brady Acker Acker, another pitcher in the rotation, started playing at the young age of three. He is currently a freshman at PBSC and would like to continue playing for his team to win States and aspire for a National title. He attends practice every day, training hard to become a better player out on the diamond. 17-Nick Vespi Vespi is left-handed pitcher for the Panthers, and has been playing the games since he was only five years old. He works and trains hard in practice and looks to win States with the rest of his team. He works hard so he can progress and get better as the season moves along. 18-Frank Guardasione It is a long season and Frank Guardasione is beginning to feel it, “We play from August all the way until June. It takes its toll.” He has been playing baseball since he was seven years old and wants to help his team in any way. “It is a team game and anything I can do to help to us get a ‘W’, it will be done.” 19-Chris Turner Turner, right-handed pitcher in the rotation, is not a local athlete. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Turner spent his summers here in Florida to play baseball. He loves the game but looks forward to the little things. “I look forward to stepping up on the mound, getting ready to pitch,” said Turner. 20-Cain Spangler Spangler has been playing since he was four years old. As a pitcher, he tries his best to stay warm during the long season, keeping his arm loose to improve and get better at his drills every day. 21-Gabe Martinez Martinez plays in the outfield for the Panthers, and had developed a love for the sport since he was four. As he continues to go through this long season, his passion for baseball keeps him going. His deep love for baseball drives him to play hard every day. 22-Parker Dancin Another one of our athletes who began his career young, Dancin wants to work hard and keep his teammates motivated (and win of course). He looks forward to the chance at not only a State title, but a National title. 24-Kendrick Gutierrez With a deep love for the sport, Gutierrez said, “My motivators are my haters. They drive me.” He lets his doubters keep doubting and continues to prove them wrong with his play on the field. He has been playing since he was five. 28-Jon Lipinski Lipinski’s love for the game is never in doubt. Playing since he was just four, baseball “is his life”, and today he continues to work hard with a personal goal to some day join a professional team. 30-Cheyne Bickel Bickel started playing baseball when he was 10, a bit later than all of his teammates, but he said, “Baseball is better than anything else.” He enjoys the closeness of the team. They can carry each other and motivate each other to win States. 33-Christian Calleja Calleja is a Cuban from Miami, Florida. His main motivation to play is his family. He was a young four year old child when he first started, and today he is a pitcher for the Palm Beach State Panthers. Coach Kyle Forbes Coach Forbes has been a part of baseball his entire life, playing as a catcher at Palm Beach Atlantic. He has spent 26 years of his life dedicated to the sport, 10 of which were spent couching the PBSC Panthers. BEACHCOMBER 6 MAY 2015 CLUBS DNA the biotech way Talia Fradkin Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus The Biotechnology Association of Palm Beach State College met in March to discuss chemical base pairs and DNA. President and club founder Tevin Ali led the meeting, which had special significance since it took place on his birthday. The celebration/ meeting proved to be more than simply informative – It was a tasty experience too! Attendees made visual models of DNA out of various candies to illustrate the shape of the structure. Club members donned colorful party hats and enjoyed the festivities while learning about science in a fun and creative way. This hands-on activity appealed to everyone with a sweet tooth. Using marshmallows of various hues and licorice in an array of flavors, the group found the experience truly edifying. Not just the new club on campus, the club provides fellowship, camaraderie, and a chance to take part in scientific experiments among friends. Members learn about the exciting developments in the field of Biotechnology and about the many careers in the field. Ali has had many memorable experiences with the group and enjoys having Talia Fradkin Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus Tasty Latin American cuisine combined with the upbeat tempo of Latin music made for an enjoyable afternoon at the Food Reception and Musical Performance for the 6th Annual Spanish Language Celebration. The The 6th Annual Spanish Language Celebration took place at the Palm Beach Gardens Campus of Palm Beach State College in March. The opening day began with a discussion of “Spanglish” in our society and transitioned into today’s social issues. The final day brought an exploration into how language is learned. Professors Emmanuel Alvarado and Maria Garcia of Palm Beach State College welcomed Dr. Carmen Cañete Quesada, an Associate Professor of Spanish at Florida Atlantic University. A Fulbright scholar as well as former teacher of the year, Dr. Quesada discussed how students learn from writing a rough draft, receiving feedback on their work, and revising their work. According to Dr. Quesada, “Zero percent of students take a language simply for enjoyment, while forty percent take it because it is required and they think they will enjoy it.” The question for teachers and students line for food attested to the flavorful aroma that wafted through Meldon Hall at the Palm Beach Gardens Campus of Palm Beach State College in March. Professors and students alike mingled and enjoyed the live music. Food, fun, and flavor filled the air leading to an enjoyable afternoon learning about Spanish language and culture. TALIA FRADKIN Tevin Ali builds a DNA molecule. the “support of his bio-techy friends and staff ”, a sentiment echoed by all of the club’s members. Friendship, fellowship and science are the specials of the day at every meeting. Join your fellow science enthusiasts at the next meeting and begin exploring this exciting new field. The 6th Annual Spanish Language Celebration at the Eissey Campus Talia Fradkin Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus Festive Food and Music at the Spanish Language Celebration alike is, what is the best way to provide the necessary feedback? Dr. Quesada stated that she gathered “one hundred and twenty compositions in total” for her research. By administering a questionnaire at the start of the semester, she determined which students preferred which types of feedback. Her efforts were to make the students as comfortable as possible and provide an environment that is truly conducive to learning. Dr. Quesada discussed the merits and disadvantages of “self-correction, peer correction and instructor correction.” The two-draft system has pros and cons. Dr. Quesada said, “The process is time-consuming for the instructor and not rewarding.” On the other hand, however, Dr. Quesada emphasized that students found it “rewarding” and associated it with “comfort and independence.” Students found Dr. Quesada’s message relevant and readily voiced their opinions in the question and answer session that followed the presentation. TALIA FRADKIN Dr. Carmen Cañete Quesada, Professor Emmanuel Alvarado, and Professor Maria Garcia A fantastic musical performance. TALIA FRADKIN DNA Day Talia Fradkin Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus The Biotechnology Association of Palm Beach State College celebrated DNA Day by honoring the work of Freidrich Miescher, James Watson and Francis Crick. Members of the group gathered in the lab to extract DNA and encapsulate it in small vials that could then be worn as a necklace. President Tevin Ali and Vice President Haya Ghannouma led this wearable science experiment. “DNA is used for genomic sequencing. It contains a code that can be studied,” said Ali who went on to say that the experiment begins by “isolating DNA from cheek cells. Once you remove the proteins, you can see the DNA.” “You can see the strands swirl in the vial,” said Anthony Vargas. Although the Biotechnology Association was new to the Palm Beach Gardens Campus this school TALIA FRADKIN Anthony Vargas examines the DNA. year, it now has over fifty members. Dr. Becky Mercer is the faculty adviser for the group. Outgoing President Tevin Ali will continue his work in the field as a research technician for Scripps after graduating in May. Vice President Haya Ghannouma plans to pursue an internship this summer. The newly elected officers for 2015-2016 are Juanita Sanchez (President), Talia Fradkin (Vice President), Jackeline Maleski (Secretary) and Anthony Vargas (Treasurer). TALIA FRADKIN Jackeline Maleski, Secretary, Talia Fradkin, Vice President, and outgoing Vice President Haya Ghannouma with their experiments in front of a DNA helix. BEACHCOMBER MAY 2015 7 MAKING WAVES The Soft Opening for the Cyber Lab at Lake Worth Campus The Cyber Security Lab funded through a grant from the US Department of Labor. The event consisted of an introduction to the capabilities of the cyber lab to detect cyber threats and penetration test systems. The newly formed “Cyber Security Alliance Club” officers were present for the event. All photos by Al Evans. Cyber Security Alliance Club - Nick Tortorici (Treasurer), Andrew Bonwell (Vice President), Natalie Chambers-Smith (Secretary), Steven Gross (President) Cyber Lab Soft Opening The Cyber Security Lab at Lake Worth Campus. Cyber Lab workstations for defense simulations. 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