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Awareness

The weapon of choice in the fight for justice Our world is a big place. Every day I am reminded of that. I’m reminded that there are a million problems with a million people shouting about it but with only one answer. Every day I hear the facts: this many people die of this disease and this many people go hungry in this country. Every day I look at my two hands and am ashamed at how little I do. I am sitting pretty at a By Jamie Santoro fantastic private college spending Perspectives Editor money I don’t have. I could take these loans and fly to Haiti with a planeload of medical supplies. I could cure diseases that, in America, require a simple cocktail of antibiotics. I could really change things. Maybe it’s just me but I always feel like I need to do more. Cabrini’s “Justice Matters” program has been a blessing and a curse for me. I felt like there was a whole world I had no idea about until I came here, yet it left a hole in me. It’s like I took a class in “you feel heartless, don’t you? 101.” In the last few months, I learned a difficult lesson. We were reading a book in my ECG class (Faces of Justice) about a woman who left her life in suburbia to go on a mission in Haiti. She had no medical or political background, just a full heart. At first the book infuriated me. I was annoyed with this woman. She went to Haiti and watched it burn. She was selfish and was trying to better know herself. I thought of all the stories I’ve heard about Haiti, both before and after the earthquake; children living under tarps, diseases that are a mere bother to an American are a death sentence in the steamy mountains of Haiti. She was sitting there wallowing in her own indecisiveness as millions suffered. I was waiting to be bombarded with information. I wanted the numbers: who was hungry? Why? What was the agriculture like? How stable is the government? Who is in charge? I never really got to answer those questions because my epiphany came first. All of the sudden I realized that this woman had done the most important thing for the people of Haiti. She got my attention. Granted, I already had knowledge of the area but it was just that: knowledge. There was no emotional connection. All I saw was a people suffering. I didn’t know these people. The greatest weapon in the fight against injustice is awareness. The perfect way to make a big change in the world is to get people talking. Dedicated people at the heart of an issue or conflict get the word out initially. Intellectuals who have a handle on the world’s events pick up on this and go to the closest media outlet, whether it’s The New York Times or their Twitter account. Young professionals and college students pick up on it and teach themselves the issues. Then we have the most important job. We have to get everyone else’s attention, whether we’re just talking to our families at the dinner table or we’re organizing rallies and hosting speakers. This campus has so many opportunities to change the world. Just by deciding to attend you opened up your potential. Through groups like the Catholic Relief Services

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Women in Southern Sudan vote in the nations first multi-party election in 22 years. These women will also help decide whether the south will succede in another vote this January.

Ambassadors program and ECG classes, changing the world is in your grasp. So now I am taking this opportunity to change the world. In about 100 days, the African nation of Sudan may be no more. The south is voting to secede and become its own nation. If it breaks away from the north, the north loses control of the oil deposits across the Southern Sudan. The relationship between the north and south is not good and not just because of the oil. The north is mostly Muslim Arabs and the capital city is located there. They have the power. The south is home to poorer Africans, mostly Christians and animists. They have no voice and are taken advantage of. Their secession could cause the largest conflict in Africa’s history. That paragraph may enlighten one person. Armed with knowledge, that one person has the potential to do anything. You may call it the butterfly effect or advocacy. To me it’s the only way we can make this world better. We can change the world. It might not feel like it or it might not feel like we can do much but if we keep our minds and our hearts open, we can conquer anything. ajs343@cabrini.edu

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Big brother getting too big Since when is a cop sneaking onto your driveway in the middle of the night not considered a violation of your privacy, even when they suspect you of doing something illegal? Well, in Virginia, California, Oregon and six other western states, they By Olivia Torrence don’t believe that there Staff Writer is such a thing as a violation of your privacy. In these states it is legal that, with resonable doubt, police can place a GPS unit on a suspects vehicle. The cops in these states have been secretly placing GPS devices on the cars of people who they think or know are big-time drug dealers and registered sex offenders. Because of this, more people are going to jail who actually need to be there. In my opinion, if what these cops are doing is going to make the world a better place, then so be it. But many people believe otherwise and are against this whole idea. The majority of people think that the world is going to turn into exactly what George Orwell predicted in “1984”: a totalitarian state. Isn’t it a violation of privacy when someone sells drugs on the corner of the street where your children play? We obviously don’t even want to get started on sex offenders. I think people need to look at the big picture here. All anyone wants is “world peace.” Well, we’re never going to reach this goal if everyone’s out running around doing as they please. That’s why these cops are trying to make the world a better place, not only for themselves but for everyone. The main argument is that the car being in your driveway is not considered being on private property. Leaving your car in the driveway is basically asking the cops to tamper with it. If you don’t want your car to be messed with, keep it in the garage. The funny thing about this issue is that these GPS devices have only been placed in the cars of people who have taken part in crimes before or when they are investigating a possible crime, not private citizens who are just trying to go about their daily lives. So yet again, what’s the problem? The problem is the word “warrant.” The police need this to do everything in their field of work: to bust down someone’s door, to arrest them, to go through their personal belongings. They should need a warrant to secretly place a GPS on people’s cars. I guess we’ll see what happens when this case reaches the Supreme Court. What will the Supreme Court decide? Put more criminals behind bars that belong there or let them run wild because random people in this world feel violated? I don’t know about anyone else but after hearing both sides of the debate, I don’t think I mind the police trying to do their job to make this world safer. If this person wants to be a criminal then they are putting themselves at risk anyway. Why should anyone else care? I like the quote from Russ Belville from CNN that said, “Your car on private property isn’t private. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Orwell was right.” oat722@cabrini.edu


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Roommate issues shape college experience Imagine having a roommate who bothers you and does not know where to draw the line. Sometimes your roommate may play loud music or invite a large amount of friends over without prior permission. We By Brandon Kroeckel all know someStaff Writer one that has some sort of roommate problem. The question is how do we handle such a common issue? A great way to start off the year is to draft your own version of a roommate agreement prior to moving in. Include what you and your roommate agree to, such as cleanliness, respect for your roommate’s property and what to do while they’re doing homework. Also, create a code of conduct for visitors and how you will respect quiet hours. When drafting a roommate agreement, make sure to be as specific as possible. A lot of roommate arguments are too broad. For example, when discussing visitation, make sure you create a code of conduct and explain when visitors can and cannot visit and so on. Communication is key when getting along with your roommate. Keep your ground. If you have an issue with your roommate, speak up, but nicely of course. Some conflicts may arise when roommates are too lenient or too “in your face” about situations that could occur. Respect your roommate’s space. Everyone needs his or her space. If your roommate asks you to give them their space,

give them their space. Sometimes people just need to be left alone when they’re going through a rough time. Ask and you shall receive, sometimes. Have respect for your roommate’s property. Do you want to play with their iPad? What about storing something in their refrigerator? Ask your roommate for permission first. If you use their items without prior consent, bad things may happen. Think before mct you speak. You may be really Most college students have never shared a room before. That sudden change can lead to friction, to say good friends the least. internet. Your roommate may not appreci- standard, refer them to the handbook and with your roommate but watch what you ate the fact that you may feel left out or talk to them about how the issue can be say because you may not know everything offended without even confronting them in prevented in the future. about them. Some arguments may stem the first place. If all fails, talk to residence life to see from comments that were not intended Having a class together with your room- how they can assist you. The professionto be hostile. You may have a couple of mate may help improve your relationship ally trained staff will work with you and brothers and sisters while your roommate with them. If you are unsure of an assign- help assist you with any issues you may is an only child or maybe your parents are ment that is due or need assistance for a have in the residence halls. divorced while your roommate’s are still project, maybe your roommate can give Laying the law down with your roomtogether. You probably do not know the you a hand. Working together as a team can mate may be difficult but hopefully some complete background of your roommate strengthen relationships. of these tips will help if any issues were to outside the dorm. When in doubt, refer to the Cabrini Col- arise. Hopefully there won’t be. Along with the “think before you lege Community Standards Handbook. If speak” theme, watch what you post on the you feel that your roommate is violating a bjk66@cabrini.edu

Is Paris Hilton famous for getting arrested? By Elizabeth Scopelliti Copy Editor What’s white, powder-like and small enough to fit in a baggy? According to Paris Hilton, a stick of gum. It was just another night in Paris (pardon my pun) when Ms. Hotel Heiress herself was pulled over by the police outside of a Las Vegas hotel. Her nightclub-mogul boyfriend Cy Waits failed a sobriety test that had been given by a motorcycle officer, who requested he take the test after reportedly smelling traces of marijuana smoke. While Paris waited ever-so-patiently for her boyfriend to finish his test so they could ride into the sunset, she went into her Chanel bag to reach for her lip balm. But uh-oh… the tiny bag containing her “gum” fell out right in front of the police lieutenant! This little princess claimed that the Chanel bag was not hers… ha ha ha. Oh, I suppose your boyfriend wasn’t drunk either. This isn’t the first time the “Simple Life” star has been arrested. Actually, this isn’t even the first time this summer. Bravo, Paris. That’s pretty impressive. Back in July, she was arrested for supposedly smoking pot in South Africa during the World Cup. It was definitely one of her finer moments. What celebutant wouldn’t smoke weed at the biggest soccer game in the world? Obviously only the dumb ones. Anyway, news broke that Ms. Hilton was charged for possession of cocaine and will have to serve a one-year jail

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Americans across the country are following the Heiress’ bad track record and poking fun at her recent arrest. sentence. But not to worry Paris enthusiasts, she will not actually have to report to jail as long as she complies with her plea agreement. This includes a $2,000 fine, 200 hours of community service and the completion of an outpatient drug program. So will this soon to be 30-year-old celebrity, solely fa-

mous for being famous, ever get her act together? I guess only time will tell. Word to the wise: don’t hold your breath. ems83@cabrini.edu

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