Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
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Pacemaker Winner Vol L, Issue 05
Multicultural sorority opens new chapter britany wright features editor
Five of Cabrini College’s sophomores are hoping to change the stereotype associated with the word “sorority.” Delta Xi Phi, a multicultural sorority, is under a oneyear trial period and is now accepting pledges for Cabrini’s chapter of the organization. Dana Sciamarelli, math and secondary education major, said, “We want to better the community we live in, not have huge parties.” Sciamarelli, along with her former quad mates Brittany O’Connor, business adminstration/ marketing major Lauren Laird, math and secondary education major, Shannon Mulhern, business major and Spanish minor and Regina Bucher, elementary education major, had been discussing the possibility of organizing a sorority on campus last year. “There are a lot of barriers to break to prove that we’re not bad, and especially not just faking wanting to do community service so that we can have a sorority on campus,” Mulhern said. The barriers they had to break not only are proving the credability of the sorority campus-wide, but in the general formation of the club. First, in order to apply for the college’s recognition of the club was to complete a registration form, have a running executive board, an adviser and five additional students who want to be a part of the club. All general information on how to create a club on campus is located at cabrini.edu/getinvolved. The sorority founders not only completed the necessary guidelines but
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A group of Palestinian students are pictured above at Al-Zaytoon School in Gaza. Over 80 percent of the Palestinians in Gaza live in refugee camps. Catholic Relief Services and their employees are dedicated to helping end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Burcu Munyas, a CRS project manager in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza was recently interviewed on Cabrini’s campus.
Palestinian youth express need for change christopher r. blake news editor
University-aged Palestinians live a life where freedom seems a world away. Life at times seems without hope. The Gaza Strip, home to more than a million Palestinians, is a conflict-torn area walled off from Israel and Egypt. Over 80 percent of the population in Gaza lives in refugee camps. An e-mail interview with university-aged Gazans and research by Catholic Relief Services reveal the extent of the difficulties they face. Mohammad Al-Rozzi, 23, has lived in a Gazan refugee camp since his birth in 1985 and has
witnessed constant violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2003, Al-Rozzi, applied to a university outside of Gaza to study to become an occupational therapist. Bethlehem University accepted 10 students from Gaza into their program in the West Bank. Al-Rozzi was one of them. However, the students’ hope and excitement would not last for long. Shortly after their university admission, they found out they would not be permitted to travel to Bethlehem to attend the university. Israeli authorities stopped all Palestinians, including students, from leaving the Gaza strip in reaction to explosive rockets fired into Israeli towns from Gaza. Israel controls
all movement in and out of Gaza because it controls the airport and border crossings to the other parts of Palestine, which are separate sections in other regions within Israel. In a complex intra-Palestinian political situation, fighters from the Hamas party forced the ruling Fatah party out of the Gaza Strip in June 2007. This shift in Gazan power threatened Israel since one of Hamas’ charter statements advocates the elimination of Israel. Gaza became a location from which suicide bombers entered Israel and rockets were launched. As a result, Israel closed the border crossings from Gaza, stopping most commerce and travel. Because of these military and political struggles, young Pales-
tinians’ hopes and ambitions are thwarted by the conflict. The Catholic peacebuilding organization, Catholic Relief Services, has taken notice. “They want a solution. They want change and they want it soon. We have to ask ourselves what can we do to let that happen,” CRS Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza project manager Burcu Munyas said in a recent interview on Cabrini’s campus. In her two years of experience in the region, Munyas, 27, has examined the major issues that college-aged students in Gaza face. The young Palestinians feel isolated because they cannot
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CRS educates on Sudan mallory terrence editor in chief
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How can the largest country in Africa have a region with no medical facilities, large buildings, roads, schools or economy? These are everyday expectations that are taken for granted in most of the world but in southern and western Sudan they are eagerly sought after. Paul Nantulya, peacebuilding and governance manager from Catholic Relief Services Southern Sudan region, came to Villanova University to speak with faculty
and students about the peacebuilding work CRS is engaging in with the people of Sudan. Sudan is the largest country in Africa and has been at war since 1956. Currently, Southern Sudan is working on a new government and trying to implement a peace agreement that was signed in 2005. “Even though in the south we are operating in an environment where a peace agreement has been signed, many stereotypes are still very strong and are very resilient along religious lines, along political lines and along ethnic lines. It makes working in Southern Sudan an extremely
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Paul Nantulya, peacebuilding and govern governance manager from Catholic Relief Services Southern Sudan region, lectures on his work with the Sudanese people in hopes of building peace.
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Genocide still present in Darfur, student activism to generate support Never again, the world collectivly agreed after 10 million were killed during the Nazi persecution. Never again would the world sit back and let an innocent ethnic group die. Never again would the world allow genocide. The promise of “never again” has done nothing and has allowed millions to lose theirs lives to genocide. The United Nations acted too late and with too little force in Bosnia, Kosovo, Cambodia, Rwanda and currently Sudan. Sudan is home to Darfur, a region that has been undergoing genocide since February 2003. Darfur is a region where innocent men, women and children are being murdered, raped and displaced from their homes just because of who they are. This genocide has been able to occur and take over 400,000 Darfuri lives. Funding for the perpetrators comes directly from the Sudanese government. The Sudanese government has sent in a rebel group by the name of the Janjaweed to kill and torture the people of Darfur. In 2004, the United States government called the violent acts in Darfur genocide, but the killing still continues. The United Nations has done little to intervene and has not taken action to stop these atrocities. The violence has been permitted by the international community and will continue to do so if we do not stand up and demand a change. It has been activist groups and student organizations that are rising the most concern for Darfur. It was not the United Nations that has brought Darfur to the minds of Americans. It has been college students wanting to put an end to it and prevent future genocides. STAND is a completely student-run organization that is committed to ending genocide. STAND envisions a world in which the international community protects civilians from genocidal violence. It is organizations like STAND that have brought the issue to the forefront when it was not recognized by even large governments. There are over 900 college national and international chapters of STAND. Cabrini College does not have a chapter. Do you believe that the current genocide in Darfur needs to end and elected officials need to be held accountable for their decisions towards genocide? Change does not need to come from George Clooney or other famous activists. It can happen with the average college student demanding that international action is needed to help save the people of Darfur. Letters to federal, state and even local government officials in support of ending the genocide is one way students can have the ability to make a difference. Last month, the state of California signed legislation that will ban genocide-linked companies from receiving taxpayer-funded contracts in California. Darfur activism groups in California sent letters in support of the legislation, which increased pressure on lawmakers and ended in a huge success for the effort to end the genocide in Darfur. American college students have the ability to say, “not on our watch!”
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Chairman of political science department lectures students on Electoral College andrew stettler staff writer
The Electoral College is a very confusing voting system. This year, for Dr. James Hedtke’s annual Constitutional Lecture, the chairman and professor of the political science department explained the Electoral College in detail. The Electoral College is based on an indirect voting system that uses a number of representatives named electors to pick a candidate to become president of the United States. How it works is an elector makes a pledge to vote for a candidate of their choosing. That elector then receives votes from the people. Those votes then go to the presidential candidate that the elector has pledged to vote for. “This voting style is meant to elect the most qualified candidate, not the most popular,” Hedtke said. There are 538 electors in the Electoral College; 435 of these electors come from the House of Representatives. One-hundred more come from the Senate. In addition, the District of Columbia is allowed three representatives. To win the presidency, a candidate must have a majority of the votes. This means that the first candidate to reach 270 electoral votes is the winner of the election
in that year. A good example is the Presidential Election of 2004 when President Bush won the majority of electoral votes over Senator John Kerry, 286 votes against 251. “[The college is] based on population but not souly on population,” Hedtke said. The number of senate electors is set by the constitution and cannot change. The 435 representatives that come from the House are set by Congress. This number can be changed when Congress feels a portion of the population deserves less or more representation. Hedtke said during his lecture that the only reason electors would be added to the 435 is if Puerto Rico or some other territory were to become a state. In 48 states plus Washington D.C., a winner-take-all format is used in the voting process. If one candidate within a state has the majority of the votes, then that candidate in turn receives all of the electoral votes from that state. However, in Maine and Nebraska, a tiered voting system is used where a single elector is chosen for each congressional district. This elector gets one vote and if there is a majority of votes for one candidate, the minority votes will still go to the minority voted candidate. If there is no national majority for either candidate, then there is
a “tie breaker” held in the House of Representatives where each representative gets one vote. To win this tie breaker, a candidate must receive a majority of these votes, meaning 26 states must vote for a single candidate. Meanwhile, the Senate picks the vice president. This means that while Barack Obama could be elected in the House, Sarah Palin could be elected in the Senate and there could be a bi-party couple that would then go to the White House. If there is still a tie by December, the Speaker of the House in Congress would become acting president. This would cause trouble in finding a solution to the tie because the House would suddenly have a lot of power that it would most likely not want to give away. However, the Electoral College has been the means for which the United States have picked presidents since 1789. Many feel that the Electoral College does not truly represent each United States citizens vote. “I would like to see a direct popular election of the President,” Hedtke said. Hedtke’s statement may reflect how many in the nation feel. However, the college has elected U.S. presidents since 1789 and every year has proved again and again that the system does work.
2008-2009 Loquitur Staff/Editorial Staff Editor in Chief Mallory Terrence Staff Writers Deputy Editor Christine Graf Christine Adolf Kirk Manion Managing Editor Meghan Smith Megan Bernatavitz Melissa Mariani News Editor Liz Garrett Samantha Bokoski Morgan Miller News Editor Christopher R. Blake Justin Bostwick Erin Nollen A & E Editor Christina Michaluk Charles Bush Michael O’Hara A & E Editor Jake Verterano Amanda Carson Eric Povish Features Editor Britany Wright Gillian Davis Gianna Skikitino Perspectives Editor Jessie Holeva Kara Driver Andrew Stettler Sports Editor Danielle Feole Katharine Engell Matthew Stewart Sports Editor Nicholas Pitts Kerry English Tina Vitanza Copy Editor Shannon Keough Jill Fries Jessica Wegelin Copy Editor Brittany McLeod Arielle Friscia Candice Wojnarowski Copy Editor Diana Trasatti Kristofer Genther Jen Wozniak Web Editor Megan Pellegrino Janene Gibbons Multimedia Editor Kara Schneider Sami Godowsky Multimedia Editor Brittany Mitchell Molly Kearney Graphic Designer Anna Scholl Megan Kutulis Adviser Dr. Jerome Zurek Brian Loschiavo
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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Organization aids youth in solving conflict PALESTINE, page 1 best to obtain education because travel. Around 60 percent of the youth that Munyas works with has never been outside of the 25mile-long and seven-mile-wide state. “Gaza has six crossing points through which movements of goods and people are allowed but since June 2007 this movement has been very much restricted. Therefore it’s making the lives of people in Gaza very difficult,” Munyas said. Unemployment has become another major issue. “Families have become a lot poorer and for university students this might mean that they will not be able to pay their tuition fees anymore or even they will not have enough money for transportation,” Munyas said. “They try hard and do their
they believe that’s the only way that they can build up their country, achieve independence and prosper by building a good future for themselves but closure does not allow them to go out,” Munyas said. For Al-Rozzi, closure stood in the way of his dream to help the people of Gaza, his people. Due to the restrictions of movement by Israeli forces, Al-Rozzi and the other students were never allowed to leave the Gaza strip or set foot on Bethlehem University. However, an arrangement was made between the university and an agency in Gaza. The students took courses in Gaza using the Internet. The students also took three intensive courses in Egypt. After four years of patience and dedication to their studies, the Palestinians were able to graduate
Students to charter sorority during one-year trial basis SORORITY, page 1 have an adviser for the group, said theywent above and beyond with their presentation on the purpose of the organization. Anne Ferry-Filippone, director of student activities, said, “I’ve been working with Dana Sciamarelli, who originally proposed starting a chapter here. Her presentation was well prepared and her passion for creating positive change on campus was evident. Because of this, I think there has been a good reaction to the group’s formation. They are still in the preliminary stages, so I think a lot of people are just starting to hear about them.” The sorority’s mission is to provide multicultural awareness through social awareness. Each month they plan to host an event on campus that promotes awareness of different social problems. The members of the sorority are required to do a certain amount of hours of community service each week that is non-negotiable. The sorority not only has to follow the standards that Cabrini calls for any organization on campus, but also must comply with its national chapter’s rules. Filippone said, “They must
turn in an outline of their programming initiatives for the year in accordance with their national guidelines (and implement these programs), they must follow all college policies regarding alcohol use and other substances, all student members must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the college and they cannot perform initiation rituals that involve hazing. These are some of the guidelines that were established and members must sign the contract and agree to abide by the guidelines.” The feedback on the club thus far has been positive due to the popularity of the idea of being in a sorority. It is the first official sorority formed on campus and students are recognizing the chance to be a part of an upcoming club. “The goal is to have 10-15 pledges after three meetings where we can really get to know them [the pledges] personally. As the first Alpha class we know just as much as the pledges do, but will work together with our Littles,” Bucher said. The founders want to get freshmen involved with the club, providing a place where first-years can get accustomed to college life more easily.
Lauren Laird/Submitted Photo
Co-founders Dana Sciamarelli and Shannon Mulhern speak during a meeting of their newly found sorority.
from Bethlehem University. In an emotional ceremony at Bethlehem University, 10 occupational therapy students from Gaza strip graduated in 2007 but their graduation was also from a distance, using a videoconference. “It was a touching moment which made us cry,” Al-Rozzi said. “Actually, this experience has taught me more about myself and my potential than anything else.” The proud new university graduate participates in Gazan Youth Speak Out, a program Burcu Munyas helps run in Gaza. Al-Rozzi explains that Gazan Youth Speak Out is “an opportunity for me to reflect my points of view and understand more about the reality of Palestinian youth.” Although CRS continues to work for peace in the Middle East, their mission has been far from easy. Munyas explained Palestinian youth do not want further division. They want national unity. They think internal political conflict is harming their national cause of building a state for themselves in hopes of gaining independence. “It is very important for Palestinian people that the citizens of the United States care and know about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. Therefore, it’s very important to them that the United States know about their suffering and do something to generate change,” Munyas said. Loquitur welcomes your comments on this story. Please send comments to www.loquitur.com.
Cathy Yungmann/Submitted Photo
CRS worker Burcu Munyas speaks with The Loquitur during a videotaping in the Cabrini College video studio. Munyas helps run several peace-building organizations throughout Gaza.
Sudanese speaker informs students on genocide SUDAN, page 1
complex and difficult challenge,” Nantulya said. CRS is dedicated to assisting the Sudanese to build peace among themselves in this time of turmoil. Assisting citizens and leaders through education, conflict management and mediation, promoting tolerance, reconciliation and stereotype reduction throughout southern Sudan are the goals. “I think this work will help many Sudanese people. This service is more in depth with the issues. It does not just make one person deal with an issue but researches it and finds out why and then works to prevent the problem,” Emily Lewis, freshmen communication major who attended the event, said. In April 2008, CRS completed an intensive nine-month peace building and conflict transformation program, which brought leaders from different ethnic and religious backgrounds to the United States at Eastern Mennonite University to develop skills to resolve conflict. “Sudan is a country that has been at war for very many years and has not been able to realize its potential in terms of agriculture,” Nantulya said.
Sudan, Nantulya said, has the potential to grow enough food to feed all of Sub-Saharan Africa. Food security is an extremely important aspect of any peace -building process. In addition, exporting food allows a country to earn money and further development. Southern Sudan goes without laws, regulations or an efficient government structure. CRS is working to bring a sense of stability and peace to the Southern Sudanese government and its citizens. “I thought that was extremely interesting was the fact that CRS is out in the Sudan for a purpose to save lives but yet their own lives are in complete danger,” Michelle Costa, freshman communications major in attendance, said. In regions like Southern Sudan, conflicts occur when resources are sparse, Nantulya said. To combat these basic needs, CRS assisted in developing water and sanitation programs, which allows citizen access to clean water, “something we might take for granted in countries like the United States, but in Sudan these kinds of facilities are very difficult to come by,” Nantulya said. CRS wants to provide an opportunity for Sudanese children to receive a quality educa-
tion, putting funds into building schools and training teachers. Health care is another pivotal issue. CRS dedicates time and assistance to constructing clinics and health centers as well as training health care workers and providing medicine. Peacebuilding programs that CRS has started in Southern Sudan help to make sure the citizens are receiving all that has been negotiated in the peace agreement. If citizens are not seeing all that was promised in the peace agreement, they will lose confidence and eventually the peace agreement will collapse. CRS is working to ensure that the peace agreement does not fail the people and the conflict subsides. Despite the current conflict and safety concerns for aide workers, CRS has been present in Sudan since 1971 and consistently pours their time and money into the stability of the country. “Peace is not just the absence of war, but it is a process of establishing the broken lines of trust, reaching out to the other side,” Nantulya said. For more coverage on world issues, visit www.loquitur.com. Please share your comments on this story.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Students learn ‘The Truth about Suicide’ amanda carson staff writer
Courtney Burns/submitted photo
Sophomore Courtney Burns speaks to students during an Active Minds presentation of the film “The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College.” The 27-minute documentary was composed of one-on-one interviews.
“In America, for every three murders there are five suicides,” were the words projected on the screen in the Iadarola Center’s lecture hall on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Twenty-one Cabrini students gathered for Active Mind’s presentation of the film “The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College.” The 27-minute documentary composed of real interviews, engaged Cabrini students in stories of other college students who had suffered from depression. Also included were interviews from grieving siblings and friends who had lost a companion to suicide. Active Minds’ members distributed yellow ribbons and suicide fact sheets in order to raise awareness on suicide, the second leading cause of death among college students. Cabrini’s Active Minds chapter launched in spring of 2008 and is one among 150 other campus chapters nation-wide. Active Minds is a non-profit organization, stationed in Washington DC., which seeks to inform on the mental health of college students. Former University of Pennsylvania student Alison Malmon, following the suicidal death of her brother Brian, created Active Minds in 2001. Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds Alison Malmon said, “Our goal with Active Minds is to utilize the student voice to raise mental health awareness on college campuses. We are working to promote a dialogue around the issues so they are understood and respected.”
The aim of Cabrini’s Active Minds chapter is to provide stress-free activities for students and information on mental health issues. “You can find out a lot of interesting facts that can benefit you and others in the future,” Megan Fasano, sophomore education major and a member of Active Minds, said. They also seek to serve as a support group for struggling students, as some members have been personally affected. “I’ve had a lot of friends with problems. In two weeks from today, (it) will be the anniversary of my friend committing suicide. I joined to make people more aware,” Cristin Joy, sophomore education major and president of Active Minds, said. As expressed during their presentation, Active Minds hopes to emphasize the commonality for college students to suffer from a mental issue, especially depression. They plan on informing the college’s community about this commonality as, “A majority of college students experience symptoms that are suggestive of depression at one point or another during college,” Dr. Sara Maggitti, Cabrini’s director of counseling services, said. Following the documentary, Active Minds’ members prompted questions which resulted in a group discussion. Questions asked included, “Do you think depression is a problem on campus?” and “How is depression in the media portrayed differently from real life?” Student attendants talked about the many Cabrini students’ light view on mental issues and stressed that many of them use
alcohol as a means for escaping daily pressures. They also shared personal experiences and encounters with depression and suicide through friends. Before concluding, Active Minds’ members suggested seeking help for either those suffering or who knew someone suffering. Encouraging further research on mental issues the group posted Internet links on the lecture hall’s board for interested students. Active Minds then told students of the free and confidential counseling services offered on campus. “Our services are short term in nature and include individual psychotherapy, group therapy, outreach and consultation, as well as crisis intervention. All Cabrini students are eligible for our services,” Maggitti said of Cabrini’s services. Following the close of Active Minds’ presentation, students took away a basic knowledge of suicide and depression. The students who attended not only learned about mental health issues on campus but also learned the significance of prevention. “Active Minds at Cabrini College has the capacity to really make a difference on Cabrini’s Campus. I believe that Active Minds at Cabrini will have a great impact on the dialogue around issues of mental health and ensure that no student feels alone,” Malmon said. Loquitur welcomes your comments on this story. Please send your comments to Loquitur@ googlegroups.com. The editors will review your comments each week and make corrections if warranted.
Local research yields new medication for illness diana trasatti copy editor
People diagnosed with the mental illness schizophrenia can have difficulty performing everyday functions. However, recent research being conducted in Radnor, Pa. by Diana Koziupa of the Penn Foundation is aiming to make significant advancements in the medication used to treat the cognitive factors afflicted by schizophrenia. Some of the symptoms of schizophrenia include seeing figures that are not really present and hearing voices. According to Dr. Anthony Tomasco, professor of psychology, auditory hallucinations are more common and the culture and environment in which one is a part of will affect the images seen and the messages being said by the voices. Anthony Carroll, 21, of Doversville, is one of the 30 million Americans affected by schizophrenia. “You can go any direction with it. You can feel completely good or completely evil. It’s a challenge to balance it out in your
head.” Carroll has been diagnosed with schizophrenia for five years. After a decline into heavy drug use, he began experiencing the common symptoms of the illness. Though schizophrenia can be inherited genetically, the effects of drug use can turn the gene that will cause visual and auditory hallucinations. Genome studies have helped narrow down the cause of schizophrenia. A currently unknown gene gets turned on or off during prenatal development. “Something interferes with the cognitive development,” Tomasco said. “Change in the neurotransmitters could turn on a bad gene. What has occurred to set that gene off? That’s the big question.” Those who suffer from schizophrenia may have difficulty with day to day activities, but there is always the possibility of living regular lives. According to Tomasco, there are patients who experience remission and are helped by prescription medication. Even when one’s life is af-
fected by schizophrenia, it is still possible to be accomplish greatness. John Nash and Virginia Woolf were both diagnosed with schizophrenia. Nash went on to recieve the Nobel Prize for economics and was the subject of the Academy Awarding winning movie “A Beautiful Mind.” Woolf went on to become one the early great female author’s of the twentieth century. The aim of this new study being conducted is to see if a new drug can successfully improve the cognitive functions of those with schizophrenia. One of the breakthroughs with this new research is that current patients do not have to change their current medications Those who are eligible to participate in Koziupa’s research must be between the ages of 18 and 65 and must have been diagnosed with schizophrenia by the age of 35. It is also required that participants must be on one of the five medication, olanzapine, risperidone, paliperidone, quetiapine or aripiprazole. Those interested in participating in the study can go to cognitivestudy.org.
Dana Parker, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, listens to her professor at Marygrove College. Thirty million Americans are affected by the mental illness. The Penn Foundation in Radnor, Pa. is aiming to treat the cognitive factors afflicted by the disease.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Candidates clash in debate on economy and foreign policy liz garrett news editor
Republican, John McCain and democrat, Barrack Obama took the stage on Sept. 26 to debate a range of issues from the Iraq War to the current unstable state of our nations economy. Both senators stood strong on their political views and sent blows to the other. Obama linked McCain to President Bush and stated that electing him would not yield any change for our country. McCain argued that the economy is experiencing too hard of a stressful time to elect Obama, who lacks experience.
House rejects $700B bailout in stunning defeat In a vote that shook the government, Wall Street and markets around the world, the House of Representatives defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation’s financial system, leaving both parties’ lawmakers and the Bush administration scrambling to pick up the pieces Monday. Dismayed investors sent the Dow Jones industrials plunging 777 points, the most ever for a single day. Thirteen of the 19 most vulnerable Republicans and Democrats in an Associated Press analysis voted against the bill despite the pleas from Bush and their party leaders to pass it. In all, 65 Republicans joined 140 Democrats in voting “yes,” while 133 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted “no.” Dina DiTaranto/Photo staff
Empty cigarette packs and butts lie on the campus of Cabrini College. Over 14 Pennsylvania state college campuses have banned smoking on premises. Smokers are required to take any cigarette breaks off campus or they will have to pay up to a $400 fine.
State campuses enforce smoking ban, students protest bold move candice wojnarowski staff writer
On Sept. 11, in the state of Pennsylvania, 14 colleges and universities banned smoking on campus premises. What was once considered just another part of people’s daily routine would now carry sanctions, and up to a $400 fine. Smokers would have to take their cigarette breaks off campus. It is an act the government hopes will lead to dramatically reduced cases of smoking-related diseases and will encourage more smokers to quit. Opinion on the ban differs drastically among students. The protesters, surprisingly enough, seem to include a wide number of non-smokers. While non-smoking students clearly don’t want smoke blown in their faces, many don’t feel the ban is fair. The debate has also reached campuses where smoking isn’t restricted, or is only partially constrained. Feelings towards the ban seem to be just as diverse across the various campuses, and among the various students. Danielle Finnegan, senior elementary education major, said, “It’s a matter of freedom, of personal choice. I don’t smoke, but I respect another individual’s ability to make that choice for themselves.”
Penn State is one of the universities that maintain a partial smoking ban. Many buildings and pathways on campus don’t allow cigarette smoke, but there are certain designated smoking areas. When the idea of instituting a total ban was posed, an interesting but heated debate erupted between two students. Anne Standish, sophomore psychology major and former smoker, strongly supports the idea of a smoking ban while her friend and classmate, Marcus Siniari, freshman history major and current smoker, strongly objects. Siniari said, “If health care and medical professionals can smoke outside hospitals, I think students should be allowed to smoke outside classrooms.” To this Standish responded “It’s not like schools are saying students can’t smoke. They just don’t want it on their property, which is, in the end, their right to request. I think the fines are a bit ridiculous, but they are only meant to enforce the ban.” “Penn state has the right idea now,” Siniari said about the partial ban. “I mean 30 years ago people smoked inside classrooms, ashtrays were everywhere. I think that’s a bit too severe, but so is a total ban. There should be designated areas, the smokers can smoke and the non-smokers don’t have to be near it. Compromise.”
Standish disagrees however. “Wow, you’d have to walk another whole five minutes out of your way to have a cigarette. I mean I’m not choosing to put a cigarette in my mouth. Why should smoke be in my lungs because of someone else? Talk about unfair.” While violation consequences are gentle right now― asked to put out cigarette and often given a “tips to quit” pamphlet― administrators have assured students this will not always be the case. Rather than informing the student of the new ban, campus and police officials will begin handing out fines.
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Despite warnings, China’s regulators failed to stop tainted milk Recently, China went through a hard hit to their dairy industry. Tainted milk has sickened over 53,000 children, and killed at least three. In May of 2008 99 percent of the companies passed their safety inspections. However, it is now reported that 22 companies have been found to have melamine, the drug that laced the children’s formula. In July, hospitals in Beijing reported a large number of babies having kidney stones, all of them haven taken the same formula. China has pulled 7,000 tons of milk and milk products from the supply chain since leaders were told of the contamination by the New Zealand government three weeks ago. Chinese leaders have distanced themselves from this scandal and avoiding media’s questions.
Conservative university could swing Virginia The state of Virginia has traditionally been a Republican state. The last time a Democratic presidential candidate won the state was in 1964. However, recently polls show Sen. John McCain only slightly ahead of Sen. Barack Obama. Virginia remains up for grabs. Due to the close nature of the presidential race, Jerry Falwell, Jr., chancellor of Liberty University, has recently launched an effort to register all 10,500 eligible student voters at the Baptist institution in Lynchburg, Virginia. Falwell began the voter registration drive September 22, urging students to register locally. Not only will classes will be canceled on Election Day but buses will be available to shuttle students to the polls.
To smother rebels, Russians campaign to end suffering Recently, families in Russia are suffering from arson attacks. At 3 a.m, a woman was horrified by the sight of two camouflaged men forcing her family out of their home and setting it up in flames. The families that have faced these encounters are not chosen at random, they are specifically targeted. These are the people with family members who have joined the insurgency to free Chechnya from Russia. This invasion of homes is the worst period of time for post-Soviet Russian life.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
It’s all about blogging, baby! IN MY OPINION
JANENE GIBBONS staff writer
Blogs, blogs, blogs! Not only are blogs the latest trend, they are the new “it” medium to use to network yourself and share your personality, through writing, with the world, that is if you have one. Blogs are a great way to “publish” your work for free. Through a simple search or tag on your own blog, which takes about a minute to create, millions of people, personalities, news and information lie at the tips of your fingers. The basic blogs consisting mostly of posts on any subject imaginable are displayed on the Web for people all over the world to see. Blogs are effective because they reach and target such a wide and diverse audience. The words “Web” and “world” are becoming more synonymous everyday. The Web is becoming the new form of communication that people use to relate to each other. The fact that blogs are taking over the Web makes me feel that people are really trying to create a global, intellectual com-
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You don’t have to be Perez Hilton to voice opinion .Weebly, Blogspot and many other Web sites make blogging easy. munity through sharing not only their writing, but what events and trends are newsworthy to them. However, at the same time, I think blogs can lead to overexposure and almost a self-induced invasion of privacy if you write your blogs on something really personal in your life. This, in my opinion, is what could make blogs a doubleedged sword. As I browsed around on Wordpress, Blogspot and Weebly, I found blogs on an incredible range of drastically different topics. On Weebly, one lady made an entire blog on her wedding including how she
and her groom met, provided details of the wedding, the guestbook, the gift registry, a list and description of each wedding party member and an extensive slideshow. I thought it was creepy how her featured blog gave out the exact location of her wedding to total strangers. I understand that blog might have been made for relatives who live far away or spread out across the state, country or maybe even the other side of the world, but I think I would have put my settings to private and emailed my family or friends the link to my blog instead. On Wordpress, there
was a story about a woman who lives in Hollywood who was up for a leading role but was deemed too fat by the director within seconds of meeting her. This drew me in because acting is my future profession, and I become outraged by Hollywood’s obsession with being thin. I became glued to the screen of my computer and was encapsulated in another person’s life for a moment. Both of these blogs remind me of the tabloids and the overexposure that I think our society secretly craves and gets a daily fix of with Facebook and MySpace. Everyone hav-
ing to know every little detail about your life isn’t writing. It’s like taking your diary and putting it into the hands of the public and saying “here.” It’s some people’s 15 minutes of fame. They feel like a celebrity, and everyone wants to feel like a celebrity these days with the advent of “reality TV” shows. Blogs of the stars are like reality TV shows put into print, so I refused to read them because that would be taking away the illusion I have of them as actors, singers or what have you and I enjoy that illusion.
I did check out perezhilton.com and found it to be a major waste of time looking at pictures all directly bashing celebrities, gossip and rumors. I would rather watch Chelsea Handler on “Chelsea Lately,” but that’s just me. I enjoy her format more. However, this is not to say I am against blogs of any kind. I actually liked a lot of the blogs reporting on news because it wasn’t just your stereotypical headlines and it was more interesting because the blogs didn’t have to follow all the strict formatting rules of journalism. I also loved how you could actually use varied forms of media in your blog such as Flicker images or Google videos. This made it much more interactive than something you would read in print. I myself am required to have a blog linked to my radio biography on the Web for WYBF 89.1 “The Burn,” Cabrini’s radio station. We started this to extend our social networking and have our listeners feel like they know us more. My first post was on art, and I quite enjoyed it. So after struggling with my two different opinions, I have decided that I do think blogs are a hip, new, effective and freer form of multimedia and communication as long as they are used to inform or entertain and do not give too much personal information that could cause harm to the creator of the blog.
And you thought your dorm was crappy?
Chinese college students have more problems than close quarters IN MY OPI N I ON
ERIN NOLLEN staff writer
When it’s time for kids to leave for college, they’re usually excited to live on their own—no rules, no parents, no curfew. The only thing they aren’t ex-
cited for is the small dorm rooms. A lot of us here in the states think we have it bad. We usually complain about not having enough room and that it’s dirty, but kids across the world in Beijing, China have it a lot worse. Here at Cabrini , most students have a total of two people per room, in some cases rooms can have up to three or four people. If you’re living in the Cabrini Apartment Complex, you can have up to six. Six people sounds like a lot but they are apartments with three bedrooms and two baths.
In Beijing, they have the same size dorm rooms that we have here in the states except for one big difference: they have a total of six people in one room. We complain when there’s only two to a room and they have six people. Imagine sharing a room in Xavier with six people. Here at Cabrini Woodcrest doesn’t have any air conditioning but every other building does. In Beijing, they have no air conditioning whatsoever. Here, we can leave our windows open if it is hot, but if you live in the dorms in Beijing, if you open the
windows you better have mosquito nets everywhere to catch the bugs that will come in the window. It’s safe to say we have things pretty easy here when you find out what other people have to go through for little things such as water. Here, we have bottles of water in our room. In Beijing, if you want a cup of hot water you have to walk a quarter of a mile to get it. Most college students are never too concerned with doing laundry; some kids even drop their laundry off at home for their moms to do it. I know
when I lived in Xavier I always complained that there weren’t enough washers and dryers and half the time they didn’t even work. When I found out that kids in Beijing have to wash all their laundry by hand and then hang it to dry, I felt spoiled. There are a lot of things we take for granted here and I think showering is one of them. Here, we can jump in the shower whenever we want. We could shower eight times a day if we wanted to. It happens to be very different in Beijing. You can’t just jump in the
shower when you feel like it. You have to set a time to use the bathroom and when you use it you are using it with everyone else. There is no privacy and you have to walk a quarter of a mile to the bath house. Here, you can stand in the shower as long as you want. There you get charged on how long you take to shower. Personally, I would have a hard time following those rules or sharing one room with six girls. I think we all have it pretty good here at Cabrini and we should think next time we complain about the laundry machines or showering.
Thursday Oct. 2, 2008
New sport: speedminton Tiny planet IN MY OPINION
KRISTOFER GENTHER staff writer
I used to love playing badminton during the summer when I was younger. We would set up net and spend countless hours playing in the back yard. Then life happened. I no longer had the time to set up a big net or lug it around just in case the opportunity to play arose. Now that has all changed with the rise of speedminton. Speedminton is badminton for the masses. All it requires is two rackets and a “speeder.” It can be played anywhere, from the sandy beaches of the Jersey Shore to the hard tennis courts on Cabrini campus. It is a versatile as a football or a volleyball. People everywhere are beginning to see just how
much fun it can be, it is now becoming an everyday sight on beaches and is quickly becoming popular amongst some of the country’s most elite fraternities and sororities. I find it amazing that you can play anywhere, have a good time and get some great exercise as well. The rules of the game are simple, get to 16 before your opponent, and just like in badminton or volleyball a point is scored when the “speeder” hits the ground. Out of bounds can be defined by almost anything, from a hat or a shirt to mark out of bounds to an already made marker that just gets unfurled and spread out over the ground. There really are no limitations on when you can play speedminton either, as they have glow-in-the-dark “speeders” that are highly visible, making it a great game to play while out with friends on a warm summer night. Interestingly enough when played at night it is no longer called speedminton but rather blackminton. You can buy florescent markers for your courts and florescent attachments for the rackets so that every
part of the game is lit up, making for a great night. I think this game has the possibility to make its way onto many college campuses simply because of the ease of use and the fact that anyone can play it whenever they want. You don’t have to book field time or court time. For many college students renting a house off campus, they don’t have much land that they can work with. This game is perfect for that as it requires very little room. Another aspect of the game that I found to be very rewarding is exercise, something that everyone needs but that few people get enough of. I know that I myself have a hard time forcing myself to get out and go for a run, or go to the gym for an hour or so. A game like this could make even the average person want to go out and play. A result of it is getting in a good work out, as it requires agility quickness to get around the court fast enough. It may be a relatively small court but the “speeders” themselves are very fast and can travel at speeds of up to 175 mph
over short distances, and have the ability to fly over 100 feet, making for a very competitive and challenging game. I like challenges and playing a game at night at speeds like that would seem to me to be very entertaining. The only problem with the game is that it originated over in Europe so that virtually all the dealers who would be selling this equipment are over in Europe, with the only store currently selling it in California. That would mean that in order to obtain the “speeders” and rackets at the very least, if not some of the more fancy blackminton gear, you would have to order it online. I don’t really see that as being a problem and in fact the exotic aspect of the game makes it that much more appealing. I know that there are a lot of college students out there who spend their down time in front of a computer or TV, and this game has the potential to get some of these people outside for some fresh air and some much needed exercise.
Save, don’t spend, unless for Red Bull I N M Y O P I N I ON
MEGAN KUTULIS staff writer
The majority of the tuned-in, aware world has heard every detail of the latest economic crisis, but I know I’m not the only college student who was stuck wondering who these Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae people were. The truth is, the downward spiral of the economy never seemed to have any direct affect on me. Tuition payment? Check. Meal plan? Check. Clothes, food, shelter? Check. Thanks to some awesome summer paychecks and some extra financial cushioning courtesy of mom and dad, I never really cared that the price of milk was getting higher. However, now I’m back at school, and the lack of big paychecks or “just because” handouts are few and far between. Instead, I’m starting to realize that I’ve been riding with
my gas tank on E and I’m hesitant to shell out $2 for Wayne movie tickets anymore. The economy is starting to have an effect on me too. Which leaves me begging the question… what can I absolutely not live without? Not as easy as you’d think. My No. 1 necessity: gas. I babysit every morning for two girls who live down in Villanova, right across from what appears to be the most expensive Shell station on the Main Line. Every morning I pass it, I cringe at the daily 5 cent increases. But as much as I’d like to be spending my hardearned money on new clothes or, well, pretty much anything, I know that gas is obviously the No. 1 thing I just can’t live without. Word to the wise: cutting out the extra rides to Wawa DOES make a difference, after all. I’m a college student— I know the meaning of an all-nighter, and I know when you absolutely need that extra push to finish that paper. For some students it comes in the form of a Campus Corner menu, but I know there’s nothing more disappointing than opening up my refrigerator to see— gasp — no Red Bull.
I know that keeping up with my Red Bull obsession isn’t costing me thousands, but it’s not exactly pocket change. But I also know that without it, my missing assignment and skipped class count would be much higher than it already is. Although there are plenty of things I’m not totally ready to part with, everyone’s different. For some students, it’s that extra $20 bill they have among the cobwebs in their wallets that’s being saved for a night out. After all, a night away from homework has been proven to preserve sanity and how can you pass that up? In a more expensive category, some students can’t seem to pass up new cell phones and iPods. Seeing as how the Blackberry craze is hitting hard, it’s understandable how eager some students are to keep up. But it’s not just a phone or an iPod that you’re paying for, it’s the songs we download, legally of course, the cases we buy and the applications we install. After a few innocent purchases, this addiction can get a little pricey. For all of you out there who can’t live without your own personal must-have, but are having trouble pay-
ing for it, there are definitely a few ways to curb your spending and still enjoy those luxuries. As hungry as you may be and as tempting as it may seem, try your best to refrain from buying lunch in Jazzman’s at 12:45. Meal exchange is a mere 15 minutes away, and you’re easily saving flex money for when you really can’t afford groceries. Take advantage of what Cabrini has to offer. It might be a small campus, and we’ve all heard the “there’s-nothing-to-do” speech, but plenty of organizations on campus offer free or discounted opportunities to get off campus and enjoy yourself. Fast Track to Philly, sponsored by SEaL, passes out free round-trip train passes to students. For shopping addicts, saving money can be hard, and passing up the chance to hit the mall is like a 12-step program. Instead, check out Plato’s Closet. The store, with locations in Springfield and Paoli, sells gently used clothes, handbags, shoes…you name it. They’ll even buy back your used clothes, which means more shopping money for you.
IN MY OPINION
CHRISTOPHER R. BLAKE news editor
If you thought the world was small, then you were part correct and part misinformed. It was small. But the fact of the matter is that the extreme number of communication advancements over the last decade has made this world tiny. I spent half of my summer in Madrid, Spain where I shared an apartment with a German, a Moroccan, a Trinidadian and a fellow American. The reason I am telling you this is because I observed that although we were from several different countries, made up of our own unique cultural differences, our overall behaviors on a day-to-day basis were extremely similar. If you are pondering a deeper meaning, what I was trying to say is that our similarities were remarkably large, ranging from our style of clothes, common interests, even our speech patterns. I felt as if we were all coming from the same origin. This totally boggled my sense of the world. How could we be from similar descents? We all came from completely different geographical backgrounds. Com munication, specifically the Internet, has decreased the number of cultural differences, creating one global culture. Perhaps this global culture is not overbearing at this point in time. However, I believe it is important to notice the change. My study abroad experience in 2008 was completely different than another student’s study abroad experience
would have been ten years ago. Although a time gap of 10 years will always bring about change, the significant amount of alteration is what blows my mind. I walked into a pizzeria in Ferrara, Italy, expecting to hear Italian music playing only to discover Jack Johnson, a popular American singer/songwriter, was being played. While at the Louvre, the famous art museum in Paris, I shockingly ran into a Starbucks next to the gift shop. Every night club I visited in Madrid played small amounts of Spanish music and more and more American music. And the list goes on. So maybe not only has the Internet made this world smaller. Maybe American culture has started to take over other cultures. I am not trying to say that cultures other than American are not in existence anymore. Without a doubt other cultures are out there. Whether I was watching a bull fight in Spain, eating pintxos or delicious Basque appetizers in San Sebastian, Spain or even feeling totally out of place in the largest city I have ever seen, Paris, the diverse cultures of the world have tocuhed me. Each of my unique experiences abroad has taught me about other countries and how people from across the world live their lives differently. If my time abroad taught me anything it would be that the traveling has the most powerful affect on people’s lives. Each of us should do everything and anything in our power to explore our beautiful world. The message I want to leave with you with is not one of concern but of understanding. We have to understand that this world is decreasing. Not in people but in culture. Whether or not this is good is up to you.
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sustainable suggestions with Brittany McLeod
As the financial world continues to cost us substantial amounts of green, it seems only right to find out how we can save some during this crisis, which can be good for our wallets and the planet. Most Cabrini students unknowingly contribute to the environment by keeping it local and avoiding long travel from home. The majority of students are from the tri-state area, with some exceptions, so they are not required to journey across the U.S. and ship stuff to and from school. It doesn’t help, however, when the local kids travel home every weekend. While focusing on travel and carbon emissions, another great way to reduce your carbon footprint is by using public transportation. Want to spend the day in the city? Taking a trip to the mall? Ride the Cabrini shuttle. It runs several times throughout the day and stops at the R5 Paoli/Downingtown train that stops in Radnor, the 100 Rapid Transit Line, the King of Prussia Mall and Wayne, Pa. Another great way to make your dorm room green is to use microwaves and toaster ovens instead of that George Foreman. Electric grills, conventional ovens and frying pans are heavy-duty energy users because they operate at such
high temperatures, which also makes them fire hazards and banned by many dorms. Microwave ovens, toaster ovens, crock-pots and rice cookers concentrate the heat in the food, instead of heating so much extra air or metal like conventional ovens and frying pans do, according to TreeHugger.com. Turning the page, an additional way us college kids can help the planet is to start buying rechargeable batteries. According to TreeHugger.com, of the 15 billion batteries produced and sold each year, most of them are disposable alkaline batteries and only a fraction of those are recycled. For removable batteries, lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride are cost-effective, green alternatives. The fastest battery chargers can charge AAs in as little as 15 minutes. We all know how annoying it us to bust out your camera for a photo shoot with your friends and have the batteries die halfway through the night. But it shouldn’t stop with batteries, look for anything rechargeable. It saves a lot of energy and will pay for itself in the long run. There are plenty of resources to learn more about how we can help save our planet. It is incredibly important we educate ourselves now and inspire everyone to make the small changes in our lives that will add up to big changes for the planet.
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Cabrini College provides transportation to commuter students and residents to and from the train station, Wayne, Pa. and the King of Prussia mall. The shuttle, along with other forms of public transportation, helps reduce the world’s carbon footprint.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Big brother tracks with microchips megan kutulis staff writer
Season 10 of the reality television show “Big Brother” premiered on July 13. The show, which puts contestants under one roof for two months, has literally hundreds of cameras tracking the participants. Twenty-four hours a day, the cameras can track every action and locate every member of the show. Although this reality show has entertained audiences for 10 seasons now, science’s newest development is making “Big Brother” an even bigger reality. In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration approved the VeriChip, an implantable computer chip that would allow nearly anyone to be traceable. The chip, which is about the size of a grain of rice and thinner than a toothpick, takes less than 20 minutes to implant and leaves no trace of the procedure. Although the chip was approved four years ago, the reality of such a development didn’t sink in until about a year ago, when two employees of CityWatcher. com—a surveillance equipment supplier—had the chips implant-
ed into their forearms. Sophomore religious studies major Lisa Somers has mixed feelings about the situation. “I don’t know; I guess it makes sense for people in medical situations, or kids maybe, but it’s pretty weird to think that no matter how unattainable you think you are at a certain time, you can always be tracked.” Somers shares the thoughts of VeriChip and its co-creator, Applied Digital Co. The chip, which contains a unique 16-digit number, only serves as a means to access medical information or entry to highsecurity areas, such as naval bases. In fact, the VeriChip creators stress the idea that their product is not a tracking device. While this may be true, the possibility of finding new purposes for the chip is likely. Alzheimers patients often wander away from their homes and families, as do young children. The ability to track these individuals down might seem intrusive, except in cases like these. Sex offenders, illegal aliens and convicts are also potential targets for VeriChip implants. Though the microchip devel-
opment is still relatively new to the majority of Americans and scientists, some are already assuming the worst. The possibility of re-creating the scanners that would be used to read the information from these chips is a risk some aren’t willing to take. If all the chips are placed in the same area, it makes it easier for an anonymous individual to create a scanner that could access the information available. When asked if he would ever consider taking part in the microchip implantation, sophomore biotechnology major Robert Stoop is quick to say no way. “Personally, no. I just see it being a bad idea. It could cause infections—being put under the skin. There are plenty of trackers that you can put in sneakers or attach to jewelry. I don’t think implanting a chip underneath your skin is worth the potential danger or lawsuits.” However, one of VeriChip’s positive aspects is that the effort is relatively quick and painless. All participants receive an anesthetic and a hypothermic needle injects the chip underneath the skin. The chip is placed under the skin on the back of the arm. Stoop and others, remain unconvinced.
Double sentencing violates rights gianna shikitino staff writer
A judge’s sentencing in a robbery case in Kentucky has criminal justice specialists wondering about the constitutionality of the sentence. The case is being appealed before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The basics of the case are these: man was put on trial on multiple charges in connection with the armed robbery of a bank. He was convicted of the robbery but acquitted of the charges connected with using a gun. However, when the judge sentenced the man, he gave him a much longer sentence based on the gun charges of which he had been acquitted. So the question is, can someone receive a longer sentence because of circumstances the jury has acquitted that person of? “Judge’s have always done that [enhancing sentences],” Dr. William Geary, assistant professor of sociology, said. “I think the real issue is the time.” Geary believes that judges should “decide what level of proof you need to double sentencing.” For those who are not familiar with the sentencing process, it requires a lot of sufficient evidence. If a judge is trying to double a sentence based on evidence that he or she is providing, the jury has to believe in it. However, judge’s have the power to use any kind of proof or evidence to enhance sentences. Is it fair that judges can double sentence based on what criminals are charged for rather than what they are convicted of? Even if the jury has rejected or never heard of the evidence by the
judge? Some may think that this act goes against the fifth and sixth amendments. “A person who goes before a jury should only be sentenced for what the jury has convicted them of,” Dr. James Hedtke, history and political science professor, said. Hedtke feels that this isn’t fair to the accused and the jury trial, that this seems to violate the fifth and sixth amendments. “A jury trial is a persons last defense on an arbitrary government,” Hedtke said. “Arbitrary that’s not a democracy, that cannot happen in a democracy.” Hedtke believes that when “judges render decisions and add more years,” its “as if they didn’t like the jurors’ decision.” “Judges are doing what they’re entitled to do,” Geary said. “It looks really bad on the criminal justice system. It’s the kind of criminal justice system we’ve been trying to avoid, making the decisions when we’re supposed to rely on juries.” Nevertheless, the Supreme Court believes this is very constitutional. Going against that idea, Geary believes that “sometimes law is not very constitutional. The Supreme Court has to step in and give guidance.” In some cases, it depends on the lack of evidence a lawyer provides that allows the judge to go overboard with collecting more evidence. For some criminally accused, it may be hard to pay for a good lawyer to represent them, which leads to lawyers being assigned. Without good council representing a case, what hope does that give the accused? Dr. Laura Groves, LSW Chair, social work department assistant professor said that “getting good repre-
sentation should be a right, not a privilege.” For those who had recently registered to vote, there is a possibility that they can be chosen for jury duty. For anyone planning to vote in this upcoming election, they have now entered themselves to be selected in a part of the judicial system. So is it the judge or the jury who have the ultimate decision in declaring guilty or not guilty? Groves believes, “If they [jurors’] feel their voices aren’t going to be heard, then where’s their motivation for taking [their job] seriously?” Loquitur welcomes your comments on this story. Please send your comments to: Loquitur@ googlegroups.com. The editors will review your comments each week and make corrections if warranted.
Double standards are being used throughout all court systems that many people have never heard of before.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Studies show water bottles cause health problems sami godowsky staff writer
Heart disease, diabetes and cancer are rumored to be caused from drinking out of water bottles. Studies in the past year have shown that the chemical bisphenol A—BPA—is being leached out of plastic products such as water bottles, baby bottles, pacifiers, soup cans and soda cans. Scientists observed approximately 1,455 American adults and concluded that people with a high concentration of BPA were more likely to have heart disease and diabetes. The government is not listening to these scientists’ studies and are continuing to produce products with the harmful substance. “This type of research is valuable to point to potential toxins in the environment; only further studies will confirm if this is
a concern or not,” Dr. Gordon Ewy, chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Az., said to abcnews.com. Freezing water bottles, keeping water bottles in the sun and reusing water bottles are now linked to cancer. Over time, plastic left out can break down and carcinogens, cancer-causing chemical agents, leach into the water. “When people reuse water bottles that is when it becomes harmful,” science professor Ralph Spagnolo said. Although these studies have been done but products containing BPA are on the market, some people are considering changing drinking habits. “I think because of the situation I’ll still drink from water bottles, but I won’t keep them in the sun,” Dave Hickey, junior business administration major, said.
There are still ways to drink from water bottles and be safe. Not all water bottles contain BPA; as long as the bottom of the water bottle does not have the recycle code number 7, it is most likely to be BPA free. Try drinking out of glasses more often to lower the risks of consuming BPA. There are several Web sites dedicated to selling products that are BPA free at rei.com, nalgenechoice.com and camelbak. com. To support a ban by the FDA on products with BPA, go to the sites above and be concious of the bottles used for water. “When I found out water bottles were harmful I was devastated. I only drink water out of water bottles. I feel like I’ve been lied to my whole life, I wonder now if the harmful chemicals in water bottles is why I need braces. I’m probably going to sue,” Ben Nanna, junior English major, said.
sami godowsky/staff writer
Water bottles are causing concern due to recent studies on the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) used in packaging the water that may cause diabetes, heart disease and cancer. BPA is also linked to soup cans, baby bottles, pacifiers and soda cans.
Student activities hires new assistant director morgan miller staff writer
Cabrini College’s newly named Center for Student Engagement and Leadership has hired a new assistant director, Amber LaJeunesse. Although there was a name change, the office is still providing Cabrini’s students with programs and activities. LaJeunesse, an energetic individual, offers a unique outlook for the office. “I guess what I bring is a unique perspective,” LaJeunesse said. “I have the vision and experience of someone not yet accustomed to Cabrini and everything typical within it.” LaJeunesse does not fill her days with petty tasks. The assistant director advises the Campus Activities and Programming—CAP—Board. She also supervises and staffs the many programs that CAP Board holds for Cabrini’s students. LaJeunesse is involved in Cabrini’s New Student Orientation and the Passport Program. She also helped plan Fam-
ily Weekend, which was held the weekend of Friday, Sept. 26. The new assistant director of SEaL does not stop there. LaJeunesse works on services offered to commuter students, such as the Snack Shack, manages the office Web site and updates the records of the office budgets. With all the roles LaJeunesse takes on, one must wonder where she developed her motivation. LaJeunesse earned a bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Arcadia University. Taking classes to earn her bachelor’s degree is not the only task LaJeunesse did at Arcadia. She was a student leader who gained her energy from leading, planning and being surrounded by other motivated people. “Through these opportunities, roles and relationships I learned so much about myself, my abilities and my potential as a leader,” LaJeunesse said. “It only felt natural to me to assist others in doing the same.” After taking a career-interest exam that placed dean of students in her top-five results, LaJeunesse pinpointed what leadership role she refers to as her “calling.”
morgan miller/staff writer
Cabrini is in the process of taking on many new programs to help improve the quality of campus life for students. The Office of Student Activites, has a new assistant director, Amber LaJeunesse. She knew that a career in Student Activities would greatly support her dream. In 2008, LaJeunesse continued pursuing this dream and earned a master’s degree in student personnel services and counseling in higher education at Widener University. Shortly after completing her
master’s degree in education, LaJeunesse became a member of Cabrini’s Center for Student Engagement and Leadership. “Now I get my energy from the students,” LaJeunesse said. “Knowing that I may have had even the slightest positive effect on a student’s future or self-esteem is beyond rewarding.”
LaJeunesse is nothing but excited and hopeful for her future at Cabrini. The new assistant director is eager to participate in the traditions of the office as well as the fresh new programs and activities SEaL will provide. Cabrini is exactly where LaJeunesse fits in for this period of her life.
Arts & Entertainment
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Thomas Walton brings art to Cabrini janene gibbons staff writer
Cabrini’s fine arts department, chaired by Dr. Adeline Bethany, hosted an art exhibit this past Sunday, Sept.14 where the public and Cabrini community could come meet and greet 28-year-old artist Tom Walton. The event was held in the art gallery on the second floor of the Holy Spirit Library. Nine of Walton’s original works, consisting of mostly paintings, were displayed. Walton’s mother and best friend Dave Campbell also joined the mix of guests in attendance. Walton was offered the opportunity to come to Cabrini from assistant professor of studio art Nick Jacques when asked why he picked Walton out of all the young and upcoming artists out there Jacques said, “Tom was a year behind me in the graduate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I picked him because his work really reflects the complexities of the human psyche.” “His use of color in opaque and translucent layers of paint adds a visual and textural variety to the work. It is the kind of work that can really bring our gallery space to life in a way that the whole community can enjoy,” Jacques said. When describing his individual style, Walton said that he likes painting from observation and trying to capture an honest
emotion. “My process is very intuitive. I don’t have an immediate agenda. It’s sort of a process of discovery.” Sarah Playdell, Walton’s mother, said, “It was a no brainer that he was going to be an artist of some kind. When he was 3 years old he use to sit on the curb and examine sticks and stones. I didn’t realize anything unusual about it until I had more kids. They just walked down sidewalks.” Walton said that since the last art movement was abstract modernism, if you go to a big city such as New York, you are more likely see work that is satirical and ironic. His work however is more representational and he knew that would create a lot of “static.” “I think I paint in a sculptal fashion. I find myself being concerned with the placement of forms rather than rendering,” Walton said. He went on to explain that rendering is to describe and focus on the details and the shifting of minute tones rather than what he does, which is to focus on the relationship to space. Walton, now a resident of Philadelphia, did not always desire and strive to be a painter. He used to dream of being a cartoonist and from seventh grade to high school was inspired by Bill Watterson who drew Walton’s favorite comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes.” Painting entered Walton’s life in a serious way at the tender age of 16, when he took part in a work/ internship program in high school
Janene gibbons/staff writer
Dave Campbell, best friend of artist Walton, poses in front of a portrait of himself. and was granted the opportunity to work with artist Carol Pittore for two weeks. In those two weeks, Walton drew a model for a total of 80 hours and completed an hour- long portrait each night. He ended up staying with Carol for the whole summer where he became very obsessive and drew every day. Walton’s obsessive work ethic resulted in a breakdown that occurred when he was off at boarding school in England. The then 16-year-old took a year off before heading to the Rhode Island School of Design. There Walton spent more time defending his work than anything but by the time he reached the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for graduate school he made the break- though realization that his work was expressive not conservative, as he had previously
had thought. Tony Girolo, adjunct professor of studio art who also attended the academy, said of Walton style and his work, “He’s a really good figurative painter. There’s a psychological aspect like a mood that comes from the academy but also transcends it.” When talking about trying to capture the meaning behind his paintings, Walton said, “I wouldn’t illustrate it. I would just find it out as I painted it. My process is very intuitive.” The more time that passes, the easier Walton finds it to be able to stand back from his work and tell his audience what he was trying to capture in regards to the emotions of the people he’s drawing and the objects that represent something deeper such as a themed moment in time. One painting, of Walton’s little
brother sitting on a chair in his house with a sports bag at his feet represents coming of age, starting high school and being at home but still having that sense of leaving. Another of a chair with two sneakers on it up high and a pair of high heels off to the side on the floor were what he themed “missteps” representating a lack of communication in the relationship because the shoes are on two separate planes. “Some paintings end up being like novels and some end up being like poems, so I either keep the one or keep pushing harder for the other,” Walton said. Walton’s art exhibit is scheduled to be displayed in the art gallery on the second floor of the library until Oct. 12.
Get ready for Noah and the Whale gillian davis staff writer
What iTunes classifies as just rock, isn’t just rock. Noah and the Whale can be defined as melodic folk and melancholy lyrics with a blend of unique instruments. Noah and the Whale is a four-man band consisting of Charlie Fink, Doug Fink, Tom Hobden and Matt Urby. Like most bands, Noah and the Whale have an interesting story of how they crafted their
name. They decided to take their favorite movie title, “The Squid and the Whale,” and combine it with their favorite director Noah Baumbach. As a result, the boys generated the name Noah and the Whale. Noah and the Whale was founded in 2006 in Twickenham, London, England. The band originally consisted of six members. In August 2008, the band released their album, Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down, after completing a tour in June. The
THURSDAY DANCE ’80 Extravaganza Thursday, Oct. 2 in Grace Hall 10 p.m. - 1.a.m. Support the Black Student Union. $3 admission.
album is a mixture of new songs as well as released singles, such as “5 Years Time” and “Rocks and Daggers.” Despite the upbeat tempo of their beats, their lyrics are quite the opposite. Each song pulls a different miserable and dejected emotion. The band sings about losing love, their weaknesses and assorted unpleasant experiences in life. However, their hit single off the album reflects a different emotion. “5 Years Time” captures love in lyrics. The song
radiates the emotion of a fresh and whimsical relationship. It’s not even the lyrics. The mixture of chimes, fiddle and various percussion instruments makes the heart beat faster. Noah and the Whale incorporates a variety of different instruments in their music. On every track there is the presence of hand claps, whistles, fiddles, acoustic guitar, tambourine and the soft beats of a drum. The band is growing in popularity in western Europe. As of August 2008, the song, “Shape
of my Heart”, reached 94 on the UK Singles chart. The song “5 Years Time” became incredibly popular and arrived at the number seven spot on the charts. “5 Years Time” has starred in the United States by being featured in car commercial for Saturn. By debuting in this fashion, Noah and the Whale may take over the airwaves. Be on the look out to hear the Noah on the Whale in TV shows, more commercials and on the radio.
EVENTS: OCT. 2 - 9 FAST TRACK TO PHILLY
Free Septa Train Tickets this weekend Oct. 3-5. Stop by Student Activities 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the week to pick them up.
REGISTER TO VOTE WITH SPRINGSTEEN Bruce Springsteen will perform on the Ben Franklin Parkway Saturday, Oct. 4 between 20th and 22nd St. at 3:30 p.m. to support the Obama campaign. pa.barackobama.com/springsteen
LEADERSHIP SPEAKER Mr. Robert Pucci, former president and CEO of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce, will present “Reflection on a Lifetime of Leadership,” Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mansion.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Shake and shuffle: new iPod nano
The fourth generation of the iPod nano hit store shelves on Sept. 11. The new iPod is available in nine colors. jessica wegelin the new nano. staff writer It is a brilliant piece of email@example.com nology that allows you to have music, games, movies, photos “Rockalicious” is the best way and more right at your finger tips. to describe the newly released Ever since the new nano hit the iPod nano. The bright colors are stores on Sept. 11, 2008, the renot the only exciting feature of sponse of people buying it has
been very positive. Ages 15 to 25 seem to be the most enthusiastic about the colorful new nanos. Although the new nano has a skinnier shape, it offers a variety of new and exciting features. “The nano fits right into your hand and a lot of people prefer that one instead of the short fat shape,” Apple store concierge Aniqa Wilson said. The different colors the nano come in are silver, black, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and pink. Their new bright color selection attract a lot of attention. “The first thing I noticed when I walked into the Apple store, were the rainbow colored iPods lined up on the sides of the walls. I wish I could buy all of them, one to match each outfit I own,” Amanda Ribakusky, junior marketing major said. The iPod nano’s starting price is $149 and it comes in the 8gigabyte and 16GB which allows for more rockin’ and rollin’. People are calling this iPod nano “musical genius,” which is very fitting considering one of the features is called the Genius feature. If you are rocking out to a song you really like and you would like to hear other similar songs, the Genius feature is able to track
down other great songs in your music library and make a playlist. If you are one of those people who have trouble searching for songs you would like to listen to, you can view your album with just a simple touch of a button. The iPod nano allows you to press and hold the center button to search for that perfect song. Once you find that song, press the center button again and it’s added to your on-the-go playlist. “I would be driving and looking for a song, now I just go to my on-the-go playlist and my favorite songs are right there, that feature probably is saving lives,” junior education major Andrea Krzemien said. With a simple shake of the wrist, the new nano will shuffle your songs. Every now and then you need to shake things up and with this new feature you will really get a chance to do that. “I have a hard time listening to one song, keeping it on for the full time so this shake and shuffling feature makes it easy and fun for me to switch to a new song,” freshman elementary education major Jacky McDermott said. You can turn the shake button on and off. That on and off switch will come in handy while you are working out so that the
song doesn’t automatically shuffle from your movement. Another new and exciting feature is you can get games targeted especially for the iPod nano. The different games will respond to the way you move, vertically and horizontally. The new nano comes with Maze, which is a game that lets you move in and out different mazes by maneuvering your iPod in different directions. “I am addicted to the maze game. I love how the screen moves whenever I tilt or move my nano,” Monica Souders, junior biology major, said. The iPod nano also has the world’s biggest small screen. That might contradict itself, but the 2-inch screen is great for watching movies, TV shows and videos. The screen offers highresolution to make the picture clear and vibrant. Not only can you watch movies and TV shows but you can store your pictures. It’s the new music playing, TV watching, personal DJ photo album all packed into one. “I love shaking and dancing with my new nano ipod. It was definitely my best investment this year,” sophomore Kristen Vernan said.
Pete Schmidt: simple beat, new talent jill fries staff writer
Music lovers, listen up! The multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Schmidt entertained his small, but intimate audience with songs of relationships, friendships and other personal experiences. Schmidt plans on going big one day after performing with such leaders as John Mayer and Jason Mraz. The 23-year-old from Alpharetta, Ga. started playing music in college in Tallahassee, Fla. where he never saw it as a career or even a passion. Schmidt never took formal guitar lessons but used his talent more as a getaway. Never thinking being a performer would be his career, Schmidt recorded songs and put them on MP3.com. His pop/rock sound received more that 60,000 downloads and his EP reached number one at Awarestore.com. He never expected that much success in such a small amount of time. He performed in bars and at parties while in college. He also performed a lot with country singer Jake Owen before he went big. How was Schmidt discovered? “I don’t think I’ve really been discovered yet,” Schmidt said “I was doing MP3.com and my manager contacted me.”
Being blind to the whole industry, he didn’t know what his manager could do for him since he never thought his music would become so serious. “I thought, oh cool, I can play in bars,” Schmidt said. Silvers flew in from New York wanting to be his manager and scheduled him an opening gig for Norah Jones. “I got discovered by her. I owe it all to her,” Schmidt said about his manager. After being asked how he would label himself as an artist, he really did not know how to respond. “I’m myself to tell you the truth,” Schmidt said. “I like to experiment with a lot of things and different sounds. A lot of my songs just come from a simple beat that I dig up.” He experiments with his acoustic guitar and creates masterpieces such as “Wrong Turn” and “Dreams.” Schmidt’s personal lyrics make his songs honest and relatable. “The writing side comes from personal situations with friends and relationships. I never try to force it,” Schmidt said. Being only a few years older than most college students, Schmidt’s lyrics are stories that this generation can relate to, such as love, drinking, happiness and sadness. Although a lot of students didn’t come out to Jazzmans Tuesday night, the optimistic and grateful Schmidt included
the crowd between each song making jokes and explaining his inspiration for each song. How did Cabrini get such a talented artist to perform here? CAP Board and Ellie Spano especially, are responsible for blessing Cabrini with his presence. “Back in high school I bought his tracks off iTunes and fell in love with it,” Spano, junior international business major, said. She contacted his booking agent and he was completely willing to perform for Cabrini. “I hope he goes big. His music is so fun. I wish him all the best,” Spano, said. “His lyrics were fun,” Leslie Farrell, sophomore math secondary education major said. “Using the guitar made it more interesting.” There were so few audience members to watch Schmidt. “He deserved a bigger crowd. He was pretty funny, especially the song about alcohol,” Farrell said. If interested in learning more about Pete Schmidt, visit his Myspace and Facebook pages and check out his music. His music is now available on iTunes as well.
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Musician Pete Schmidt played in Jazzmans on Sept. 23. Schmidt can be downloaded on MP3.com where he currently has over 60,000 downloads.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Cavaliers come from behind for late victory charles bush staff writer
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John Graham gets grabbed while carrying the ball down the field in the game versus Arcadia University on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Cabrini’s men’s soccer team beat Arcadia University 2-1 on Saturday, Sept. 27. Cabrini came out strong creating some great chances in the early going. Sophomore Troy Allen was all over the pitch throughout the game, providing Cabrini with a few chances off free kicks in the first few minutes. This would set the stage for the rest of the game with Cabrini claiming a 7-2 advantage in corners. The game progressed naturally, with both teams battling hard and creating chances. Twenty-five minutes into the first half, Cabrini capitalized on a scrappy play in the box to score, but the point was called back for a Cabrini player being offsides. Arcadia would answer Cabrini’s scare with a little scare of their own, when five minutes
later, two Arcadia players pushed forward with a two-on-one advantage and pushed the shot just wide. Later in the half, with 11:21 to play, Cabrini’s senior goal keeper Colin Hinkelmon left his box to make a phenomenal save. Hinkelmon then quickly rushed back to goal when the ball ended up at Arcadia’s senior striker Matt Benner’s feet, who took a shot, and Allen deflected the ball off of his head to make another save to help out his scrambling goalie. However, an Arcadia player was arguably off sides, according to the opinion of Cabrini players. “He was offsides and Troy made a great save off the line, and we had a little defensive breakdown,” senior back Brett Butler said. Arcadia senior striker Matt Benner then capitalized on all the confusion and scored the only goal of the first half. To begin the second half,
coach Glen Jaskelewicz made a strategic coaching decision to make five substitutions at half time. This decision did not create a goal, but it did, however, get Cabrini’s key players moving in the right direction. Then, senior back John Graham placed a shot from outside the box right through the hands of the Arcadia goal keeper. “It was one break in the game we got, and luck started to bounce our way,” Butler said. The goal came with 18 minutes left to play, tying the game at one goal a piece. Cabrini then sealed the deal with four minutes left when senior Mike McDevitt had a brilliant one-time touch in the box and scored. “Mike is definitely finding the net this year and is having a great start to the season,” Butler said. The goal gave McDevitt five goals for the season and Cabrini a 2-1 victory over Arcadia.
Women’s volleyball blanks Bible Baptist mike o’hara staff writer
On a great day for Cabrini’s volleyball team, not everybody got what they wanted. “I hate Cabrini,” Steve Taylor, an Eastern University graduate who came to watch his friend from Bible Baptist College play in Saturday’s game, said. Taylor probably hated Cabrini a little more after watching Cabrini’s volleyball team sweep Baptist Bible on Sept. 27 to improve its record to 2-0 in Colonial States Athletic Conference play and 8-8 overall for the season. Led by nine kills from Stephanie Recklau, sophomore biology major, the volleyball team won convincingly with scores of
25-11, 25-12 and 25-16. The women were strong both offensively and defensively all game. “It was a great all around effort,” coach Eric Schafer said. “Steph Recklau played really well at the net.” The Lady Cavs used good communication and high energy to overwhelm Baptist Bible College, jumping out to large leads in the first two games and building momentum. “I thought we forced Baptist into a lot of early mistakes,” Schafer said. Lizzie Williams, junior biology major, recorded her third double-double with a team high 22 assists to go with 10 digs. The Lady Cavs were able to use all of their players in the game.
“Everyone got in and the subs played great. Kate Conahan subbed in very well,” Schaefer said. “It was a good game, a real team effort. It was good to see everyone get in,” Recklau said after the game. The stands were full of Cabrini fans and they liked what they saw. “This game was very intense; it’s fun to come out and root for our friends,” Kim Zupko, freshman exercise science major, said As the game wore on and Cabrini’s domination continued, the Lady Cavs were encouraging each other and showing Baptist what a team is all about. It was obvious the Lady Cavs were really enjoying the game. Each good play made and point won
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Senior Lindsay Martin serves during the win on Saturday, Sept. 27. was met with a large cheer from teammates and fans alike. After several key points, Recklau and Lindsay Martin, senior exercise science major,
celebrated in between points with games of patty cake. “We had a lot of fun out there today and we play better when we have fun,” Recklau said.
Senior tennis star not quite ready to call it quits justin bostwick staff writer
Dina DiTaranto, senior graphic design and studio art major, recently was selected to be player of the week for tennis. This was the second time she was selected for this honor for her performance on the tennis team. DiTaranto attended Holy Cross High School where she began to play tennis at a competitive level. This is her eighth year involved in the sport. However, DiTaranto was not always a tennis player. Before she developed her talent in tennis, she was on the swim team. All of her hard work as
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a swimmer really showed her that she felt comfortable being a part of a team. It was actually her swim coach who supported her wishes of being part of the
tennis team at her high school. “I don’t really have a tennis idol, but my swim coach is really motivational,” DiTaranto said. Although there is no tennis idol in the life of Dina DiTaranto, she is a huge fan of tennis phenom, Roger Federer. It is only expected that someone so talented in the sport would follow the professionals. “He’s ranked No. 1 in the world,” DiTaranto said. Tennis was not the only thing that caught her eye when it came to choosing Cabrini over other schools. Aside from her long hours dedicated to the sport, DiTaranto is a graphic design and studio art major. When she was looking at colleges, she was extremely impressed with the program
Cabrini had to offer. The combination of the art program and the tennis team made her decision a much clearer one to make. DiTaranto spends roughly 18 hours a week practicing. Clearly, all of her work pays off since the team has a 4-0 season so far and she is nominated player of the week. It isn’t always easy balancing an 18-credit schedule with 18 hours of tennis a week, but she finds the way to make it all work. Her hard work does not go unnoticed. DiTaranto’s parents make an effort to attend every tennis match she plays. They show a true devotion to drive all the way from Cinnaminson, N.J., DiTaranto’s hometown, for every match.
This is DiTaranto’s senior year here at Cabrini. After college life, many people leave their sport behind. However, DiTaranto has other plans. “I would like to join a league after I graduate,” DiTaranto said. As for her time remaining here at Cabrini, she plans to finish out the season as successful as possible. DiTaranto is pleased with how the team has been performing so far this season and has faith that they will continue to keep up their vigorous work. “We’re 4-0 right now and half the season is over. We’re ready to bring back a CSAC win,” DiTaranto said.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Already NL East champs, Phillies hungry for more SPORTS SCENE By Nick Pitts So many times in my lifelong career as a professional Philadelphia sports fan have I found myself watching recaps of the great moments of yesteryear. So many times have I wondered what it would have been like if I were alive when the Flyers won back-to-back Stanley Cups, or when the Phillies won the World Series. I have been around for a lot of great moments for every Philly team, but every time they fall just a bit short of a championship. It seems as though everything great in Philadelphia sports history has come and gone and after 25 years of “maybe next year,” you really start to wonder just when the hell next year may be. When will we finally allow Fred Shero’s cup-winning Flyers of the ‘70s to walk into the sunset and Mike Schmidt’s Fightin’ Phils to rest? Thanks to Jimmy Rollins’ heroic game-ending National League East-winning double play, next year might not be next year afterall. For the second time in two years, the Phillies will be playing October ball and for the first time since 1980, this may finally be
the year the World Series belongs to Philadelphia. The Phillies looked merely unbeatable coming into the final month of play in the season, where Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard finally got their acts together. When the team fires on all
cylinders like they have in September, they’re flat out fun to watch. Still, many fans, reminiscing or not so much, about last year’s quick expulsion from October ball, don’t have much faith that the Phils will even make it out of
the first round. Put your ulcer medicine away Philadelphia, this isn’t even close to last year’s post season Phillies. There was no monumental collapse of the New York Mets allowing the Phillies to slip into
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Fireworks rocked Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, Sept. 27 when the Phillies clinched the National League east in front of over 45,000 rally towel-waving fans.
the post season; they did it on their own steam. Although it was great to see the Mets choke so badly last year, the Phils limped into that pennant win only to meet a superior Colorado Rockies team with all of the momentum in the world. Heading into October this year, Philly boasts a strong starting rotation and a stellar defense, both around the diamond and outfield. With a bullpen not too far away from the literal meaning of the term, they actually put themselves into a position where it didn’t have to come down to the final day of the season this time around. This time, it seems like the Phillies are coming in with that momentum and their first victim, the Milwaukee Brewers, are a mere one-pitcher team with no closer quite like Philly’s Brad Lidge. The highlight clips that I am going to watch over and over again this week aren’t going to be in that fuzzy ‘70s glare. Instead, I’m going to enjoy the magical plays created just last week. That is, until they’re replaced with some more firework-producing magic. Loquitur welcomes your comments on this story. Please send your comments to Loquitur@ googlegroups.com
This week in sports
katie engell staff writer
Beloved Spectrum soon to be a memory One of Philadelphia’s most beloved sports arena is soon to be a faded memory as it is scheduled to be demolished in spring 2009 and replaced by a multi-million dollar entertainment complex. The new complex is said to be called “Philly Live!” and to incorporate ventures such as restaurants, retail shops, condominiums, small music venues, a movie theater and other entertainment outlets around the stadium area. Before it disappears, two ceremonies will be held in memory of The House That Clarke Built. Eleven of the 15 former captains will be recognized, including the Flyers’ from ‘74 and ‘75 Stanley Cup champions. Spectrum moments such as the Flyers first Stanley Cup title in ‘74 and the win over the Soviet Red Army team in ‘76 will live on forever.
USC upset by unranked Oregon State
The Oregon State Beavers went into Thursday night’s game with a winning attitude and set out to shock the nation. The unranked Beavers seemed to go unnoticed by the No.1 ranked USC Trojans. Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers scored three touchdowns, allowing the Beavers to dominate the scoreboard. USC was painting a come-back picture as the Oregon State fans prayed to maintain their lead. The Beavers fans prayers were answered by a turnover late in the fourth quarter, which set up Rodgers’ third touchdown. This upset is sure to shake up the BCS rankings.
Suspension for Plaxico Superbowl champion Plaxico Burress is facing a two-week suspension for violating team rules. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said that Burress was tending to urgent family matters and that’s why he didn’t attend practice. Due to a bye week, Burress is only going to miss the Oct. 5 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Burress will also suffer $117,647 in financial penalties. Other punishments include being suspended and fined for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Tom Coughlin found these actions unacceptable from a champion wide receiver.
Upcoming Games Thursday, Oct. 2 Women’s tennis @ Immaculata University – 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 Men’s/women’s cross country @ Paul Short Invitational – TBA Volleyball @ Desales University – 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 Field hockey home vs. Immaculata University – 1 p.m. Men’s soccer home vs. Centenary College – 6:30 p.m. Women’s soccer @ Gwynedd-Mercy – 12 p.m. Women’s tennis home vs. Gwynedd-Mercy - 1 p.m. Volleyball @ Kean University – 10 a.m. Volleyball @ Arcadia University – 12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 Men’s tennis @ East Stroudsburg University – 3:30p.m. Women’s soccer home vs. Immaculata University – 6:30 p.m. Women’s tennis home vs. Philadelphia Biblical University – 3:30 p.m. Women’s tennis @ College of Notre Dame – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 Men’s soccer home vs. Immaculata – 4 p.m. Field hockey home vs. Keystone College – 6:30 p.m. Volleyball home vs. Neumann College – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Penetar, Gambescia lead the way at Belmont Classic christine adolf staff writer
Eddie Penetar, sophomore psychology major placed second in the individual, which guided the Cabrini men’s cross country team to a ninth place finish at the Belmont Classic in Fairmont Park on a rainy and cloudy day, Sunday, Sept. 28. The women’s cross country team ranked
No. 11 overall in the women’s standings. The Belmont Classic cross country meet is usually held every year in either late September or early October. “The thing I have noticed with longer distance races, such as the 8k, is that the key is to be stubborn and not give in when it starts to hurt,” Penetar said. Felician College placed first in the men’s standings,
while Philadelphia University and University of the Sciences finished second and third. Penetar posted a time of 26:52.24, finishing 14 seconds behind Philadelphia University’s Shawn D’Andrea, also a sophomore. Senior Justin Walsh placed No. 42, clocking a time of 29:52.51. Sophomore Kevin Wellman finished at No. 55 with a time of 30:34.09.
On the women’s side, Ursinus College finished first in the team standings. Philadelphia University and The Catholic University of America placed second and third. Sophomores women’s cross country runners Diane Gapinski and Kelly McEachern did not compete for the Cavaliers in the Belmont Classic. Senior Lauren Gambescia, with a time of 23:07.13, led the
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Senior Lauren Gambescia (center) warms up with several other teammates before a meet earlier last season. Gambescia paced all other Lady Cavaliers in the race, finishing at No. 54 overall in the Belmont Classic on Sunday, Sept. 28.
Cabrini women’s fight, finishing No. 54. Freshman Tatiana Gomez placed at No. 63, posting a time of 23:40.03. Freshman Bridget Killen finished 86th with a time of 24:31.60. “Every race where you compete is successful,” Jamie Tadrzynski, freshman secondary education and history major, said. “Cabrini has had better meets in the past and we were missing some key runners for the girls, but Eddie Penetar took second place, and anytime a teammate places, it is a success because you are proud of them and how they represent the school,” Tadrzynski said. The weather caused a factor in the Belmont Classic. It was cloudy, overcast and raining part of the day. The course was slippery and the runners had to watch their footing and where they stepped while running the course. “Preparing for the Belmont before the race was a little different from normal since it was raining,” Tadrzynski said. “I have type one diabetes, so before a race I always make sure I have my blood sugars at a good level and make sure I have something on me in case I would go low as well as making sure that I am completely stretched out and warmed up.” The Belmont Classic hit home as Cabrini College was the host school for the meet on their home turf at Fairmont Park. The Cabrini men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Friday, Oct. 3 at the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University.
Second Annual Nick Colleluori Classic
October 11,2008 T-shirts will be on sale September 29 October 10 in Jazzmans and the Marketplace to support the HEADstrong Foundation 11 a.m. - 2p.m. The Tournament: The 2nd Annual Nick Colleluori Classic will be held at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pennsylvania. The tournament date is Saturday, Oct. 11 2008 at 9 a.m. and will host 13 college lacrosse teams across division I and division III
About Nick: Nick Colleluori (“Head”) graduated from Ridley High School in June 2004 as a three-sport athlete and joined the Hofstra Pride lacrosse team the next fall. With hard work and determination, Nick earned a role on the Hofstra team the spring of his freshman year. Nick was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in September, which started a brutal fourteen-month battle with cancer. Although Nick battled with all his will and might, he lost his battle to cancer on November 28, 2006. during his illness, Nick not only battled cancer physically, but also mentally. Nick reached out to others with the same illness and counseled them to help them have the same posotive outlook that Nick always possessed. In Nick’s own way, he also counseled his family, friends and teammates to help them through this extremely difficut time. He was truly an inspiration to all who knew him. It was Nick’s idea to begin the HEADstrong Foundation, to help those who have been diagnosed with blood cancers, as well as put an end to this horrible disease. To learn more about Nick and the HEADstrong Foundation Mission, please visit www.HEADstrongfoundation.org.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
A rainy night down memory lane brian loschiavo staff writer
Cabrini College men’s lacrosse players new and old gathered at the Edith Robb Dixon Field to play in the annual alumni game. All Cavalier lacrosse alumni were invited back on the turf to take on the 2009 team which will open its fifteenth season this coming spring. The rain was coming down and the temperatures proved that autumn is here to stay. Despite the weather, the Dixon stadium was filled with alumni, parents, family, friends and students. Nick Terlizzo, a 2006 alumnus, said, “It feels great to come back here and see what the school and program have become and where they’re going. Knowing you are in some way still part of this storied program feels good.” Head Coach Steve Colfer, who is entering his tenth season at the helm, has built this program from the ground up. Just last season he reached his 100 career win and helped lead the team to its eighth consecutive PAC (now CSAC) championship. “The alumni game is always fun,” Colfer said. “It has two purposes, to get the alumni back on campus to stay connected to the program, and for current players to get practice in playing against some good talent from the past, while working on some new things; this could be a great season, but we still have a lot of hard work to do. If we do that we have a lot to look forward to.” Parents of both current and past players alike gathered together as if the game was a big family reunion. Joyce Grugan, mother of 2008 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American (USILA) Casey Grugan, said, “I love coming out and watching the team play, whether it be the
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Kevin Quinn relives his glory days as netminder for the alumni squad on Friday Sept. 26. This was Quinn’s first year as an alumni after graduating in May 2008. alumni game or a regular season game. The organization is very close, the players and parents have a great comradery. It’s like a big family.” “It’s great to see my son play against players of the lacrosse programs past,” Rose McSorley, mother of John McSorley, freshman special education major, said. “Everyone in the program from the coaches to the veteran parents have welcomed us. I am very proud standing here watching my son play for Cabrini. This school has been a
great fit for John. He loves both the education and athletic aspects and he’s playing as a freshman. What more could I ask for?” Playing in the 2008 alumni game were brothers Steve Hill, 2006 graduate and freshman business major, Brian Hill. The brothers, both native of Ridley, Pa. played lacrosse for the Ridley High School but never got the chance to play together. Here at Cabrini younger brother Brian will follow in older brother Steve’s footsteps. The Hill brothers’ mother,
Joan Hill, said, “This is a very fun and exciting game. We’ve been looking forward to it. Brian loves it here. He wanted to stay close to home and this was perfect for him. As he was growing up he watched Steve play here, so it’s neat to see them play against each other on this field.” “Now we just gotta see if any of them can get a goal,” Rick Hill, the brothers’ father, said. The 2008 PAC (now CSAC) player of the year Casey Grugan, junior business major and catalyst in capturing the team’s
Mike Dolente faces off against a member of the Alumni Team this past Friday. Dolente helped his team beat the alumni squad by a score of 11-7.
No. 6 ranking in the nation just last season, said, “It’s fun playing in this game, getting to see old players who have helped build the program, but at the same time you still have to get your work done. I feel this upcoming season has potential to be one of our best. We have 16 seniors coming back and a lot of returning players, there’s a lot of experience and leadership on this team.” The game came to a close with a score of 11-7 where the 2009 team outlasted the Cavaliers of the past.
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