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Phila. church holds ‘Day of Repentance’ jen wozniak staff writer

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“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” These were the words chanted by the almost 600-member congregation attending the “Day of Repentance” at The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in West Philadelphia. The “Day of Repentance,” held on Saturday, Oct. 4, was a service organized by the Episcopal Church to apologize for their involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, as well as segregation and racism over the years. At the Episcopal Church’s 2006 general convention, a resolution was passed that called for a repentance service. St. Thomas was chosen as the location because it is the nation’s oldest black Episcopal Church, founded by a former slave in 1792. “We gather to repent, to apologize for our complicity in the injury done by the institution of slavery and its aftermath and to amend our lives, to commit ourselves to opposing the sin of racism in personal and public life and to create communities of liberation and justice,” the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts-Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, said to the crowd of people from all over the country. Dr. Nancy Watterson, assistant professor of social justice and American studies, attended the event with two students from the Voices of Justice Living and Learning Community. “The first step in social justice is apologizing and acknowledging what happened,” Watterson said. The bishop and con-

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INSIDE

this week’s edition

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Sen. John McCain speaks during a recent rally at Montgomery County Community College. The Republican presidential candidate focused his speech on the financial crisis and his plan to change tax policies. McCain explained the importance of the housing crisis in the United States.

Rally energizes McCain fans meghan smith managing editor

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Sen. John McCain held a rally at Montgomery County Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 13. McCain addressed the standing room only physical education center of MCCC for an energetic half an hour. He spoke about his plans for the job mar-

ket, his response to the financial crisis, changing Washington and Obama’s tax policies. “What we need to see now is swift, bold action to lead this country in a new direction.” “We cannot spend the next four years the way we spent the last eight waiting for our government to change. Times are getting worse … we have to change direction immediately,” Mc-

Cain said in the beginning of his speech. In regards to the $7 billion bailout, McCain expressed his idea of “using more of this public money to help businesses and homeowners that may be too small to survive.” He explained that this financial crisis stemmed from a housing crisis and that the economy and markets cannot be fixed until the housing crisis is

resolved. “My plan will protect the value of your home and get it rising again,” McCain said without going into extensive detail. The housing crisis was a result of bad mortgages and in order to progress “we need to replace them with mortgages they can af-

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Catholic Charities resettles Iraqi refugee family locally christine graf deputy editor

acg724@cabrini.edu brittany mitchell multimedia editor

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An Iraqi refugee father and son sit and reminisce about their life before the war in Iraq through photographs.

Twenty-four Iraqi refugees have been resettled in southern New Jersey by Catholic Charities, a non-profit faith-based organization. These Iraqi citizens had fled Iraq and took refuge in neighboring countries like Syria and Lebanon due to the increase of violence and personal threats jeopardizing their lives. “Our mission is to help all those who are vulnerable and oppressed and refugees certainly are an oppressed target population,” John Marcantuono, direc-

tor of the Catholic Charities refugee resettlement program, said. The Salihs, a family of five from Iraq, are one of the families within the Catholic Charities’ refugee program. They arrived in Moorestown, N.J., two months ago from Syria where they spent over a year waiting and having meetings with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “We were very surprised and shocked because we were always rejected or on hold. We couldn’t say a word from the happiness,” the Salih father, 55, said about receiving a United States refugee visa. The family spoke to Loquitur through a translator.

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Local Band Plays at Cabrini

Senior Day Victory

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EDITORIAL

Race to play large role in 2008 Presidential Election   The 2008 presidential election is less than two weeks away and the country seems pretty split on who will win. The American people are concerned about the economic plans, health care coverage and the Iraq war, but are they concerned about the race of the president?   From a country as diverse as America you would hope that race is not a decisive factor, but some polls are saying that prejudice will affect the results of the election.   A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates race will play a big role in November; 37 percent said yes when asked if race would be a factor in their vote. AP-Yahoo News poll conducted last month showed that one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views towards African-American people.   Even when Sen. Barack Obama seems to be ahead in election polls, supporters should not jump to any conclusions. Previously in history, race largely swayed an election at the last minute. In 1982, Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley was running to become California’s first African-American governor, polls showed Bradley holding a significant lead over his white opponent, but when Election Day came, Bradley lost. The assumption is that voters lied when answering polls; they did not want to seem prejudice but could not give support to an African-American in the end.   Although a racial mindset has changed much since the early ‘80s, will it still affect the outcome of the 2008 election?   Prejudice towards race is not the only obstacle the candidates will face this election. If elected, Sen. John McCain will be the oldest first-term president. Some have even speculated that Obama is associated with terrorism, simply because of his middle name.   How can a voter focus on something as ignorant as race when the education system is suffering, 5 million Americans are living in poverty and over 4,000 Americans have died at war? We need a leader to get us through these hard times and the decision needs to be based on their policies and goals.   Under the country’s current president, our nation’s budget has gone from having a surplus to running a half-trillion-dollar deficit and now the financial markets are in turmoil. Come November we must make a choice of who is better able to offer economic plans to put us back in reasonable shape and build America back to what we once were.   Students should invest time to study the issues and make sure you are voting for the candidate you feel will better the country for what they stand for and not what they look like.   It is our generation that will pay the price, it is college students that headed into the job market, buying homes and searching for health insurance. It will only harm us if we do not educate ourselves before casting our vote.   In a country and election focused on change, how far are the American people willing to go to actually change from the stereotypical white house?

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Faculty grant to spur research on connection of historical radicals amanda carson staff writer

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Connective research, involving radical Catholicism, has encouraged a Cabrini religious studies professor to explore beyond the college’s implemented curriculum. Dr. Nicholas Rademacher, assistant professor of religion, is one of 11-selected faculty members who received a Cabrini Faculty Grant to further research projects. Rademacher researched the two anti-activists, Philip and Daniel Berrigan, and has since been connecting them with other historical, radical Catholics. The connecting of historical radicals is the focus of his research. He will present his research to the college’s community at the Cabrini Fall Faculty Forum. During each academic year, interested professors apply for a Faculty Grant, which will supply funding for research that is separate from professional duties. The beneficial effects of the research to their professional development and Cabrini College community are also examined. “Basically they are chosen because their research is important and will impact Cabrini,” Dr. Melinda A. Harrison, assistant professor of chemistry and a member of the committee, said. The 2007-2008 academic year

resulted in 11 faculty applicants who were all rewarded grants. “They had to work hard,” Harrison said. “It is an honor to do research [that is funded by the grant].” Through his funding, Rademacher explored Philip and Daniel Berrigan and “how they are connected to previous radical Catholics, like Dorothy Day.” Brothers Philip and Daniel stole federal Selective Service Administration draft records from the Customs House in Baltimore, Md. in 1968. The brothers were both Catholic priests. “They were pretty famous in war for anti-activism,” Rademacher said. Rademacher observes this antiVietnam demonstration as being a “natural revolution.” “It’s clear they see themselves connected to previous generations of Catholic radicals,” Rademacher said. Since connecting the Berrigans to other historical radicals is the focus of Rademacher’s research, he has since related them to Paul Hanly Furfey. Furfey was a Catholic priest known for his ability to convert WWI objectors into sociologists. The Fall Faculty Forum will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, from 3:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Grace Hall Board Room. The forum will highlight four researchers, and will mark the first of two forums and an undergradu-

ate research symposium to occur during the 2008-2009 academic year. Rademacher’s presentation will consist of an overview of his research, showing the video clip of the Berrigans burning the draft cards and engaging the audience in a discussion over apparent continuity/discontinuity among historical radical Catholics. As a result of his research, Rademacher is currently attempting to get an article published. Aside from publication, he hopes to communicate to his students that they act out their beliefs of faith and justice. He plans on discussing controversial Catholicism with his students and receiving their feedback. Rademacher also hopes to convey to his students that it is ismportant to recognize that there are specific ways they can put faith into action.” For Rademacher, however, researching the Berrigans is only the beginning of his project. He has an eventual goal of writing a book and publishing his findings on radical Catholicism. Acknowledging Cabrini’s support Rademacher said, “Obviously, it’s a great honor and a great privilege to know the school supports my research.” To read more on the Cabrini Faculty Grant visit theloquitur. com.

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McCain responds to financial crisis MCCAIN, page 1 ford. This is what we did during the Great Depression and we can do it again … All homeowners will begin the process of recovery from this crisis,” McCain said. McCain emphasized that Americans will learn from this crisis in order to prevent another and that stricter oversight is needed. “We’re going to get the government out of the business of bailouts and mistakes … and back into the business of responsible regulation,” McCain said.

“We must restore trust to our financial system.” “As president, I intend to act quickly and decisively with a government that does not provide much … the terms will be demanding and the safety net of our financial system will not become a golden parachute for failed executives,” McCain said. “The hard earned savings of Americans should not be penalized by the erratic behavior of politicians,” McCain said. McCain spent a good portion of the morning speaking about tax cuts and the job market. “When I am elected president, I

Episcopal Church apologizes for involvement in slave trade SLAVERY, page 1 gregation apologized in numerous ways throughout the service, and there were carefully chosen hymns and readings that dealt with the theme of repentance. “I think it was good for the Episcopal Church,” Lauren Sliva, freshman communication major, said. “They are recognizing their mistake and acknowledging that it’s there and that they were wrong.” Those who attended the service learned how many of the founding fathers of our nation were Episcopals who either had slaves or watched and did nothing to stop it, how African Americans were often not allowed to enter churches to worship and how the Continental Congress only counted slaves as threefifths of a person. The Episcopal Church in no way believes that they are the only church at fault, but came to the conclusion themselves that this service was the right thing to do because slavery was a sin. “We hope to be a model for other churches and hope that all denominations will apologize not only for slavery, but for oppression they have witnessed and not worked to stop,” the Rev. Jayne Oasin, program officer for anti-racism and gender equality for the Episcopal Church, said in a phone interview. Oasin said that there are all kinds of subtle ways that

prejudice, racism and oppression still exist-whether it is in unequal employment, educational opportunities or segregated neighborhoods in cities. Most wealthy churches have white figure heads and blacks are sent to poorer areas. “This was an evocation of the past but I think for this denomination of Christians it’s an acknowledgement that the sin of race prejudice still exists, and that recognition is what makes this relevant today,” Dr. Leonard Primiano, associate professor of religious studies, said about the “Day of Repentance.” What started as a solemn service ended with clapping and singing “Oh, freedom! Oh, freedom! Oh, freedom over me!” Oasin said that racism will not go away today, but that hopefully it will become less and less each day. She wishes to pass along knowledge and enthusiasm to young adults so that social justice work and messages of equality be continued. As Schori noted in her homily, a vision of healing and liberation is possible if everyone joins in and does not look the other way. “We hope the program was just a beginning,” Oasin said. “We hope it gave energy to people and let them know that they were not alone and that people are working for justice all over the world. To say the work is over now would be a tragedy.”

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The bishop of Episcopal Church greets the community.

will help create jobs for Americans in the most effective way a person can do this, with tax cuts,” McCain said. McCain’s plan is to create jobs and increase the wealth of all of America and intends to reduce the business tax rate from 35 percent—the second highest in the world—down to 25 percent.   McCain addressed Sen. Obama’s voting records saying that he “has voted 94 times for tax increases or against tax cuts and is now promising almost a trillion dollars in loan spending.” Obama has been a senator for three years and has already earned the title of its most liberal member, McCain said. “Perhaps never in American history have the American people been asked to risk so much based on so little,” McCain said of Obama’s future plans. “Sen. Obama is going to raise taxes and in this economy, raising taxes is the surest way to turn a recession into a depression.” McCain concluded the rally with an emotional call to his supporters to “fight for a new direction of our country, fight for what is right for America.” He reminded the crowd that he was one of them, “I’m an American and I choose to fight.”

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In a recent campaign rally, Sen. McCain emphasized that Americans will learn from the financial crisis in time. The presidential candidate focused on tax cuts and the job market.

Southern N.J. receives Iraqi refugees

REFUGEES, page 1 tacked. The family said the cap- gree in Iraq but the unstable en-

“They were very afraid at first and depressed because it was so different,” May Arzoumanian, coordinator of Catholic Charities’ refugee individual development account program and translator for the interview, said. Arzoumanian has assisted the Salihs with the resettlement processes by finding them an apartment as well as second-hand furniture, bedding and other essentials. Since Arzoumanian is from Iraq, she fully understands the challenges that come with relocation. She explains that everything―from the streets, cars, buses and language―is different. “Iraqi families do not know the language so it is hard to find a job yet,” Arzoumanian said. The only jobs that the Salih father can apply for is along the lines of cleaning and carrying boxes, a far cry from Salih’s life in Iraq. Back in Iraq before the invasion the Salihs’ father was able to provide a comfortable living for his family by working for the Iraqi government as an assistant airport pilot. His prestigious position caused him to be targeted by terrorists in his country after the overthrow of the Hussein government. In 2006, a terrorist kidnapped the Salihs’ only son at the age of 16 and held him captive until a $1 million ransom was paid. While captive, the son received no food or water and was brutally at-

tors hammered long nails into his arm and used other torture methods. “After my son was kidnapped I could not remember anything. All I was concerned about was the fear of losing one of my children,” the Salih mother, 45, said through a translator. Nine days and over a million dollars later, the Salihs’ son was dumped an hour from their home. The son had to find his own transportation back. The family described their son as covered in bruises, with head trauma and high blood pressure due to malnutrition. The father explained that after the kidnapping they had nothing left but their house and had to leave even that to seek refuge in neighboring Syria. In Syria the family was safe but not treated as citizens. “When they were in Syria nobody respected them. They walked with their heads to the floor like they were ashamed they were from Iraq,” Arzoumanian said. “We came to America because we know there is a future in here,” the Salih’s daughter, 22, said. “How lucky you are to be in college and have freedom to say whatever you think whether it is right or wrong. I wish to be like you.” Two of the Salih children are fortunate enough to attend high school in Moorestown, but the eldest Salih daughter’s education has halted. She spent two years working towards her biology de-

vironment caused her to leave the country without getting her transcripts. Her dream is to complete her degree and return to Iraq to teach, but that is not possible at this time due to their financial situation. The Salihs describe leaving Iraq as “both happy and sad.” They miss their lives in Iraq but are grateful for a new beginning in America. “We came for our children’s future,” the Salih father said.

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Forum educates on faith and politics jen wozniak staff writer

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Listen to your conscience and vote for who you believe would be the best candidate for president based on your research and values. This was the message stressed to those attending the Faithful Citizenship Forum, held on Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Wolfington Center. The discussion was held for those who wanted to know more about how their Catholic faith plays a role in who they vote for in the upcoming election. Students also learned where the Catholic Church stands on certain issues. The Catholic Church does not say that you have to be a member of a certain political party. That choice is up to you. What they do say is that Catholics should form their consciences in accordance with God’s truth and vote based on their conscience. This is according to “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” a booklet which was written by Catholic Bishops in the United States and distributed at the event. The handout said, “The Church calls for a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable.”   Also, it states that “As Catho-

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Students take notes and listen to Stephen Eberle, coordinator of community partnerships, and Christa Angeloni, campus minister, during a discussion of religion and politics at the Faithful Citizenship Forum in the Wolfington Center. The forum taught students where the Catholic Church stands on certain issues. lics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a particular party or interest group.” Students were encouraged to be informed voters and to research the candidates before voting and see where they stand on certain issues. Issues that students feel strongly about should influence who they vote for. “What a priest says can influence people, but you shouldn’t say, ‘I like that person, so I’ll believe him.’ Instead, say ‘I’ve heard this, now I’m going to go research it.’ That way you are

forming your own opinion,” Christa Angeloni, campus minister, said. Angeloni led the event with Stephen Eberle, coordinator of community partnerships at Cabrini. The Catholic Church does want Catholics to help the common good by opposing evil and doing good. There are five nonnegotiable issues, also known as “intrinsically evil” actions, which the Church says should always be opposed. They are abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning and homosexual marriage. The Church believes

that these actions are morally wrong, so a serious Catholic should not vote for someone who supports one of these issues. The Faithful Citizenship Forum was not used as a means to force beliefs on people or to persuade people to vote for a certain candidate, but rather for students to discuss topics in an informal setting. “There will never be a party that 100 percent fits all of your values,” Angeloni said. In these cases, your best bet is to pick the candidate whose values are closest to yours. Decisions can

be tricky, because even if a candidate supports something evil, they may support a lot of things that are good. “The bottom line is that you need to follow your conscience. Look at the topics and pray over them and then make your vote on what your conscience says,” Eberle said. When deciding for whom to vote, he said, “It is important for people to take their faith into account, not necessarily their religion.” Faith is important in the lives of many people and young people are encouraged to go out and vote with a well-formed conscience that helps the common good.   People can form their conscience by studying the teachings of the Church, examining the choices and praying. It is the hope of the Catholic Church that Catholics will vote for candidates that respect the dignity of human life and the well-being of all. “Faith will play a role in who you vote for,” Brittany Rodgers, senior elementary and early childhood education major, said. Julia Kenny, senior math major, said that it is extremely important that young people vote. “If we don’t vote, then we have no say in our future and that’s just stupid,” Kenny said. For more information or questions about your faith and its role in the upcoming election, stop by the Wolfington Center on the third floor of Founders Hall or email wolfington@cabrini.edu.


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NEWS 5

European leaders agree to tackle financial crisis molly kearney staff writer

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After weeks of disagreement, European leaders have finally decided what do about the financial crisis. They will act as one, using a plan that would put public money into troubled banks and temporarily fix bank debt in order to get credit flowing again. These countries will also relax their market-to-market accounting rules so that banks do not have to price their assets to current market prices. Although this agreement was reached, some items still remain undecided. Such as the cost, and how each country would go about making these changes to their banking system.

Recession fear grows, DOW Industrial average plummets

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Bill passed to provide mental health insurance coverage diana trasatti copy editor

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Recent bills supporting coverage for those suffering from mental health illnesses and new Web sites providing information for America’s youth show that society is making significant strides towards ending the mental health stigma. The ten-year struggle of mental health activists is reaching its end. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the House and Senate passed a bill that would require private insurance companies to provide the same coverage for those who suffer from mental health aliments and those who are facing medical treatment and surgical procedures. In the past, private insurers were able to implement higher co-payments and put boundaries on the amount of mental health coverage. Thirty visits to a doctor or 30 days of hospital treatment for a disorder were a part of the original implications, but now under the new legislation there are no limits of mental health coverage if there are no limits in medical conditions. Currently 42 states require equal coverage for mental and physical illness. Eighty-two millions of Americans work for private insurers, in which these laws do not apply and 31 million Americans possess plans that do not provide equal coverage. “We’ve always had a stigma, sort of like mental illness is a character flaw. But now science has moved forward, and we can see the complexities in the brain that lead to eating disorders, compulsive disorders. All these connections are being made, the science is just becoming so firm. And it destroys the myth that this

stuff is a choice,” Patrick J. Kennedy, democrat representative from Rhode Island, said in an interview with the Washington Post. The House and Senate support this bill, but it is still indefinite whether it will be transformed into a law and it currently acts as a stand alone bill. Figuring out how to pay the estimated 3.4 billion government costs in a 10-year span is one of the main factors standing in the way of its passage. Mental health illnesses affect a large quantity of Americans. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 26.2 percent of the 18 and older population posses identifiable mental disorders; 9.1 percent are afflicted with a personality disorder and only 39 percent receive treatment. “Those with mental illnesses cannot help it and they should be provided with the same benefits as someone who has broken their leg, needs surgery or is fighting disease. The stigma within society needs to end and this marks a crucial step of Americans becoming more aware and knowledgeable of mental health,” Bridget Cantwell, junior pre-nursing major, said. Along with this ruling, other programs and organizations are being implemented to spread awareness and inform the public. MTV has recently aided in launching the Web site, Halfof us.com Half of Us, refers to the statistical finding that about half of college students have reported feeling so depressed they could not function properly. The Web site provides multimedia personal stories from singers and actors such as, Mary J. Blige, Pete Wentz, Brittany Snow and Max Bemis, as well as everyday teenagers and college stu-

dents that chronicle their struggle with depression, abuse, eating disorders and bipolar disorder. “Nearly all mental health issues can be improved with proper treatment. When we decrease the stigma around mental health and encourage students to seek help if they need it, we are changing and saving lives,” the site states. The site also contains information on different disorders, how to get help and ways to support a friend who is suffering. Cabrini College provides counseling services free of cost to anyone who feels they need to talk to someone and Active Minds is an organization on campus that aims to spread knowledge and identify any misconceptions surrounding disorders. “It’s good that the site is out there and all these issues are brought to the forefront. College students, as well as anyone, should know that there is help out there and others who understand what it’s like,” Cantwell said.

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On Monday, Oct. 13 the Dow rose, but as of Oct. 15 fears of a recession came back. The Dow Jones dropped more than 700 points, losing most of the 936-point advance from Monday, and all the major indexes fell at least 7 percent. With the government’s report that retail sales plunged in September out, it is now clear that consumers are hesitating to spend their money in a unstable economy and an insecure stock market. Analysts stated that this is typical after a large decline. Consumer’s anxiety about the economy is expected to cause changes in the coming months and weeks.

Passengers overpower drunken hijacker A drunken man claiming to have a bomb attempted to hijack a Russian-bound Turkish Airlines plane on Wednesday, Oct. 15, but fellow passengers quickly overpowered him. The man had threatened to blow the plane up if his demand of having the flight diverted to Strasburg, France, was not met. He had passed a note to attendants of that demand and was overpowered by passengers. No explosives were found on the plane or in the man’s possession. Most of the passengers aboard the flight were unaware of the attempted hijacking and found out upon exiting their flight.

Final presidential candidate debate gets harsh With the tension rising in the economy so did it among the presidential candidates. The two battled it out in their most sharply worded confrontation of the campaign. The candidates disagreed on taxes, health care, school vouchers, abortion and energy policy, which only added to the strongly worded tone of the historic competition. John McCain was on the attack with sarcastic remarks and accusations of Barrack Obama. Obama continuously tried to change the topic to the economy and troublesome stock market where as McCain was prepared to be linked to President Bush’s administration but came prepared.

Declining oil prices give buyers much needed break Oil prices for the first time since summer 2007 dropped below the $70-a-barrel barrier. The price of oil has dropped more than 50 percent from the record high this past July above $147. Economists say this could lead U.S. consumers to spend $2.20 a gallon nationally. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries may cause a threat to this possibility with a meeting moved up to discuss keeping oil at the $70-a-barrel barrier. This change in prices will save consumers money that is much needed and will help to drop the price of electricity all around America.


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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

Gay voters have nowhere to turn IN MY OPINI O N

JAK E V ERTERANO a&e editor

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I keep hearing about how important it is to cast your vote this election year. Quite frankly, it’s all getting a little bit too repetitive. Why is it getting so repetitive? Basically, because I’m not really a fan of either candidate. The problem with Obama and McCain is that neither of them are truly appealing to the homosexual community. Maybe that’s an unfair statement to make, but at least to this member of the community, it’s not. I feel like neither of them appeal to me. I mean, come on. Both of them say they support civil unions of same sex couples, yet neither of them will flat out say they support gay marriage. Really. I get that both of you want to win this election, and I totally understand the “taboo” of being gay and

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Gay marriage is an issue many voters care about. For this reason, there are voters in the gay community that are not particularly swayed by either candidate. the possibility of losing voters by supporting the gay community. However, the candidates are losing voters from the gay community by doing this themselves. Are we a more acceptable loss than “the norm” of society? From my viewpoint, it just kind of seems like the gay community is

being put on the backburner and are a second thought as far as this election, or every election for that matter, goes. I just want to know that when I’m voting this year that I’m voting for something more than just “I’m okay with civil unions.” I would like to hear a promise that there’s a possibility

that I can have that wedding I’ve always wanted. One, or both, of the candidates just need to come out of their election closets and say they support gay marriage. I find it very hard to believe that both of the men who could be the future leader of our country are against seeing two people be happy. And if

they are, then our country must be on a non-stop trip down the toilet. I guess when I go vote this election, I’ll look down at my ballot. I don’t really want to vote for either of these guys. Neither of them really sound like they’re on my side. It just kind of seems like they just want to win.

When it comes down to it, that’s really how this whole thing seems. Politicians will say anything they want to win, except to the people who need to hear it most. I’ve heard all of the arguments againt gay marriage and honestly none of them make sense to me. I’ve even heard that some people don’t want gay marriage because they think gay people will only be getting married for the tax breaks. Last time I checked, people get married because they love each other. At least that’s what it says in the Bible. But wait? The Bible says only a man and a woman can make the bond of marriage because they love each other. OK, so this all makes sense now. Gay marriage is definitely about tax breaks! OK, so I guess if I go on a date with a hot guy I’ll be saving a ton of money on my taxes this year; I can’t wait. People are imbeciles. Anyway, I’m not really crazy about either of the candidates. I guess I’ll just cast my reluctant ballot on Nov. 4 for the guy who is less likely to cringe when they see two guys make out.

Political stance on economic crisis IN M Y OPI NI ON

ANDY STETTLER staff writer

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I was at a John McCain rally at Montgomery County Community College last Tuesday when it dawned on me that maybe neither of the candidates had a real solution to the economic crisis. On the way to the rally that morning, my daily coffee of NPR told me that Sen. McCain planned to announce his economic plan and “fight” back at Obama because the Democratic hopeful had recently risen in polls. It is no secret

that McCain’s strength does not lie in his economic knowledge but rather his foreign policy knowledge. So here I am standing five yards from the “maverick’s” podium and both of his introducers talked about how “badly this nation needs a real hero,” how badly we need someone to stand in the face of danger blah blah and everyone cheers. Come on! Call me greedy but am I really the only one who would rather hear about how the next president is going to protect my job security? Let’s face it; Iraq and Afghanistan, for the most part, thanks to the Bush administration, are not as harmful an issue to the United States as is the fall of our economy. Right now, the military is taking care of the problem overseas as is the current administration. Though I do feel it is important to have a future president who will keep

both the U.S. and the troops in good hands, I think it is time to realize that if we are ever going to leave Iraq or even Afghanistan, with a timetable or without, we are going to need to have a strong economy at home so that we can bring the nation back to that level. When Congress passed the bailout, I was at a Barack Obama rally and at the risk of sounding partial, I think Obama made a good point that day. He mentioned that the bailout was not the solution to the long-term economic problem. However, it was something to give the economy “better footing.” Obama went on to say that giving the middle-class tax breaks was “the key to solving the financial crisis.” In the words so nicely chanted at the McCain rally, “Nobama,” I do not think that just one class being given tax breaks is going to solve this problem.

A friend and I were talking the other day and we came to the conclusion that as of right now, neither of us has enough know-how to find an answer to the economic crisis. However, the problem did not just come only from the greed of Wall Street, but from the lack of education our business men, politicians and even the media have on the subject. Last year, Jim Kramer of CNBC’s “Mad Money” said that if Bear Stearns continued with their business practices, if there was no regulation in the stockmarket, this crisis would occur. He called the entire crisis; he said jobs would be lost, homes would be lost, stocks would dip and the Federal Government would need to wake up. He was right. He knew what he was talking about. So even though Kramer is not much of an academic, I would say that if we are educated

then maybe we can find solutions to this and future problems. Both candidates, thankfully, see this light and have pushed the idea that better education will ready us for future crises. In the second presidential debate, I as a voter wanted to hear more of what both candidates would do to solve the crisis. Instead, the importance of the crisis was pushed aside. The candidates thought proving the other candidate could not solve the problem took the place of what they themselves could do to solve it. Disappointment. Give me a president who is not going to solve this crisis through tax breaks. Give me a new age FDR who will throw in enough plans and ideas that will save us before we hit bottom. As a writer, I will make much less than $100,000 a year. If the economy drops harder, I might not even see $25,000.

When Nov. 4 comes, the voters of the United States can only pick one candidate. My generation’s vote will finally be able to define the next four years. People my age could even be the ones to solve the economic crisis before the end of that term. Our vote does not only decide the U.S. economy; it decides the global economy through banking systems and loans. There is a phrase written by an iconic writer named Alan Moore who said, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November.” That morning, we will. Trust me. The Loquitur welcomes your opinion. Please send your thoughts to Loqperspectives@googlegroups. com


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The ad ABC rejected Weekend warrior Network television station abuses First Amendment rights foremost issue being a violation of rights. ABC is expressing their opinion by not airing this ad about substituting with wind and solar energy. The First Amendment involves the freedom of expression, which is not being allowed by this wellknown television network. The network airs commercials about oil drilling. An expression of beliefs through a commercial about saving the climate through an alternate energy source should not be declined. The American people should be respected and viewed as educated individuals. Therefore, all sides of an issue should be expressed, allowing the American people to make up their own minds on an issue. If both sides would be aired, bias from networks and companies could be eliminated. I also expand this view into media. I believe that the media should cover both sides of an issue, which would allow people

to make decisions on their own. It has been said that no matter how thin a pancake is, it still has two sides. The other side of this ad rejection explores the oil versus wind and solar energy dispute. Generally speaking, Republicans want to drill for oil, while Democrats want to end this and find other sources of energy. Returning to my previous point, regardless of my personal political views, the media should not just express the Republican view for drilling. I believe that the United States should research and further develop other ways to provide energy. However, I also believe that we do need to drill for oil. Personally, I feel as if the technology and resources needed to perfect these alternate energy uses could take years. In the meantime, Americans still need energy, which is gained through oil. We need to stop being dependant on foreign oil and other countries. America should find a source of

oil that is on our territory. While we have this oil supply we can further develop ways to have other sources of energy. I have heard my parents talk about the oil and gas rationing of the ‘70s many times before. During this time period, people had to wait in lines in order to receive gas for their cars. On certain days, people with license plates ending in an even number would receive gas. On the other days, people with a plate ending in an odd number would be able to get their gas rations. This gas rationing is an experience we should not have to live through today. We also should not have to live through sky high gas prices. Therefore, it is obvious that other energy sources need to be explored. However, we can not drastically eliminate oil sources and oil drilling right away. Change needs to occur gradually over time.

tery, a new graphics chip, aluminum frame, LED back lit glossy displays and button-less multi-touch glass track pads. The new features allow for a faster, effortless use of a laptop. Even though the laptop seems durable and useful in many ways, what does it really have to CHRISTINE ADOLF offer? It is still just another laptop, isn’t it? Macs do ofstaff writer fer a variety of programs cna722@cabrini.edu for someone who likes to There is a rumor fly- be creative, but it is technoing around in the technol- logically advanced as well. If you are not really ogy world that Apple could possibly be releasing a new technologically advanced, line of Macbooks with a price, less than the normal, around $800 for a baseline model. The new laptops could also range to $3,100 if you buy a laptop that is filled with more technology. If the rumors are true, this will mark the first time an Apple laptop will be below the price of $1,000. With the $300 difference from the cheapest Macbook now, this new laptop line will appeal to the users that need a laptop but can only afford so much with the financial crisis we are in. The new laptop line will include a longer life bat-

a Mac would be harder to understand in my opinion. Even being a communication major, I dislike Macs with a passion. Besides being complicated, Macs are highly over rated. I have an HP laptop that I use here at school and I have a regular PC at home, and I can still use the same programs that run on a Mac on my PC. I can edit video with Adobe Premiere and I can Photoshop my pictures just the same on my HP laptop. I do not think I will ever understand what the big

deal is about a Mac and what it has to offer. I will stick to my HP laptop that I love that still does everything I need it to do, even as communication major. And not to burst your bubble, but on Tuesday, the new line of Macbook laptops were released by Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder, and there was not an $800 laptop presented in the line. Just a laptop for a low price of $999 was introduced. Therefore, the rumor has been settled and there is not an Apple laptop that will sell for $800. Maybe in the future.

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MORGAN MILLER staff writer

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The Alliance for Climate Protection’s Repower America created an ad that addressed the current climate issue. ABC responded to this ad by not airing it on their network. This ABC-rejected ad states that the climate crisis could be resolved by America turning to the usage of wind and solar energy instead of oil. The ad continues by pointing out that America suffers for the large amount of money spent by oil companies for drilling, while the companies profit. Personally, I think there are two issues within this ad rejection. The first and

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GILLIAN DAVIS staff writer

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That party last weekend was crazy. I can’t believe that guy wore high heels and danced on the counter to Billy Idol. Oh and when they threw cake everywhere and painted the walls with jungle juice. Totally ridiculous. What? You weren’t there? Oh that’s right. You went home. And that right there, ladies and gentlemen, is a prime example of why students should not go home on the weekend. I, myself, do not travel back and fourth every Friday and Sunday. It’s not just because I am from Connecticut or that my wallet cries every time I go to pay for transportation home. It’s because I know that every weekend is an opportunity for me to do whatever I want and to experience new things. It’s not like going home is so appalling. Seeing family and friends is always great. But to do that every weekend? Does it even seem like you are in college or are you at a boarding school with family visitation rights on the weekends? Let’s compare the pros and cons in this situation. Pros: seeing lots of your family and friends, sleeping in your bed and the chance to finally shower without those nasty flip flops. Cons: Having your family constantly interrogating you on your plans, missing your friends at school, paying for the gas to drive home and realizing the fact you left all your important stuff at school. School is sounding better by the minute. My experiences of staying 98 percent of the weekends at Cabrini have always been enjoyable. I have had the chance to discover Philadelphia, meet great people and gain independence. Since my freshman year, I have

developed a better understanding of who I am as a person. I believe this is all due to staying for Cabrini weekends. I know most of you reading this right now are saying, “But there isn’t anything to do on the weekends!” What do you want? Have Cabrini give you an itinerary of what to do with yourself? You don’t want that. I doubt you even followed that schedule setup for freshmen orientation. Fend for yourself. Research what there is to do. Ask what other people’s plans are. Visit other schools. Go to that party. Make friends. Branch out. Evolve. Live! Our school is located in the woods but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do. There are clubs on campus, CAP Board, SGA, the Wolfington Center, Cabrini Recreation, SEaL and other groups, which create trips or ideas for students to get involved in or just to have fun. I have signed up for many events offered by these groups. I mean, come on, I got to go zip-lining and complete a high ropes course. I won $100 for showing school spirit at Cavalier Tip-Off. Last year, I even got to experience my first time out of the country on the Ski Club’s trip to Canada. Does that seem boring? By going home on the weekends, you are risking the chance of creating the best memories of your life. I would never trade a weekend home with some of the memories I have created at Cabrini. There is nothing like independence. College is the first chance for you to experience it. You are on your own, living by yourself. You don’t have anyone to guide you. You don’t have your parents holding you back. This is your chance to discover who you are. Embrace this opportunity. These are the best four years of your life. Don’t waste them at home. Go to theloquitur. com to read the paper online. Check the site every Thursday to read Loquitur’s new edition.


Ban cell phones? Should they be banned? Colleges across the nation are re-evaluating cell phone policies as technology continues to advance allowing students to be more connected to the Web. melissa mariani mlm744@cabrini.edu

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BlackBerries have gained popularity over the past couple years as phones and as a connection to the Internet. Sam Randol, senior English and communication major, uses her blackberry before class. At Temple University, the emergency-alert system is one reason why they encourage students to leave their phones on vibrate during class. When asked if cell phones should be banned from class, Chris Holland, senior accounting and international business major, said, “I think that as much it might help students concentrate more, I think students might be mad if they banned cell phones in class. Sometimes I am waiting for an important phone call and I need to answer, I can just walk out of class and get the notes later from BB Vista.”

O’Sullivan suggested to professors at Neumann College to make a compromise like prohibiting students from making phone calls or texting out during class, but allowing them to have their phones on vibrate mode. Megan McCormick, junior marketing major, said, “Cell phones shouldn’t be banned from class. We have other responsibilities as well as personal issues that they have to take care of, just as much as our academics. Without cell phones it will have a big impact on the student’s responsibilities outside of the classroom.”

Cabrini welcomes new sociology professor megan kutulis staff writer

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Cabrini welcomes a new member to its winding hallways of Grace Hall this year. Dr. William Geary, “criminologist by trade,” joins the faculty as a full-time assistant professor of sociology and criminology. Geary, who graduated from Penn State University with a degree in administration of justice, said that although he enjoys working with students, he started teaching for a different reason. “I had a professor at Penn State who served as my mentor and the lifestyle attracted me. Life was good, it was a loose environment and it allowed you to do well. Summers off, setting your own hours—it seemed like a great job to have,” Geary said. Before coming to Cabrini, he taught at a variety of other institutions, including his alma mater Penn State University-Abington and Widener University.

Hot or not: Uggs gianna shikitino staff writer

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Uggs are sheepskin shoes that come in a variety of colors and styles. Originally made in Australia, Ugg boots have been a trend in the United States and in other places around the world. But are the boots hot or not? We asked students and professors on the campus of Cabrini College to

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Universities want to ban cell phone use during class, due to concerns of cheating on tests. Google and other companies have services that send text messages from the Web that make it extremely easy to cheat on tests. A particular service called ChaCha allows users to text any question to a network of people who will answer it within minutes. James M. Burns, a supplemental-faculty member of the English department at the University of Delaware, found out about ChaCha through his college-aged son. Burns has no proof of his students using the network. Concerned about students using ChaCha, Burns sent an e-mail to the faculty at the University of Delaware explaining the service. Instructors at the university are reconsidering their classroom policies. Neumann College in Aston, Pa., has the Vice President for Academic Affairs Gerard P. O’Sullivan worried about cell phones being present in class due to the service. Administrators are now reconsidering a new policy restricting cell phones during class. Bryan Janowski, sophomore elementary education major, said, “I think it is appropriate to have your phone on vibrate in a bag or pocket for emergency purposes. Your phone shouldn’t be on your desk while taking a test; it just enables us to cheat.” Other university administrators don’t want to ban cell phone use during class because it would conflict with the emergency-alert text message system.

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Besides teaching, he has worked with Community AntiDrug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and as a corrections officer. Geary’s experience with CADCA and as a corrections officer is beneficial not only to society, but to his teaching as well. Geary emphasizes that his work with these organizations and with his students go hand-in-hand. His ability to work with students and community youth has strengthened his performance in both areas. So far, Geary’s time at Cabrini has been well-spent. Besides teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice, he teaches Research Methods and Criminology. He also serves as moderator for the Sociology Club. His favorite part is, “The student-teacher relationships. There is a very strong commitment to student education. A lot of colleges can claim that, but even though they say it’s a top priority, it doesn’t always work out that way.

The friendliness of the staff and students is great,” Geary said.

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Dr. William Geary, new to the sociology department. He teaches a variety of courses and is the moderator of the Sociology Club.

Megan Fasano, sophomore education major

give an insight if they believe the shoes are this season’s trend or if they should fall back like day lights savings time. The photographs for people poll were taken by Gianna Shikitino. To view stories online go to theloquitur.com to view and comment on this week’s articles.

Matthew Connelly, senior liberal arts major

“They’re definitely hot because “My least favorite thing they keep your feet warm. about them is when girls wear summer outfits with them. No They’re really comfortable.” mini-skirt and Uggs!”

Tiffany Hart, sophomore marketing major

Richard E. Mitchell, mathematics professor

“They’re good with jeans and sweats; but when you start wearing them with skirts and leggings you’ll look ridiculous.”

“I think they’re going to be a trend, but not a long trend. Uggs are not particularly ugly, but not attractive, if they are functional or not.”

Dr. Maria Elena Hallion, exercise science and health promotion associate professor

Val Rich, freshman elementary education major

“I know that other people really like them, but I don’t. They’re not for me. I don’t mean to criticize people who really love them.”

“I think they are way too expensive. Why would you spend money on them? Girls are walking around like they have a men’s size 13 shoe on, but I guess they’re OK in the winter.”

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Phobias plague students and faculty megan kutulis staff writer

mmk725@cabrini.edu

Halloween is coming and along with it comes the cavities, hangovers and of course, the scary movies. Although celebrating this wonderful holiday has taken on a different meaning now, there was once a time when it was actually as basic as a month-long celebration of spooking and scaring. In honor of Halloween or what Halloween used to be, Cabrini students, faculty and staff have unveiled their biggest phobias. Phobias are the most extreme form of fear and, depending on the case, can have serious social and medical side effects. While this is usually only true for phobias dealing with social anxiety disorders, most of our common phobias, like public speaking,

flying and spiders have been known to spark anxiety. Sara Maggitti, director of counseling services at Cabrini, explains how these phobias go from being a simple fear to becoming extreme. “For some people, there is a situation that triggers it, while others have personal experiences. For example, if someone was bitten by a spider or a dog, it might happen. Or it could happen just by watching a movie like ‘Jaws.’ Sometimes phobias can even be passed down from a parent. If a parent is afraid of balloons, the child may learn to be afraid of them, too,” Maggitti said. Maggitti, who admits that her biggest fear is dark water and not being able to see what it is she’s swimming in, stresses that the phobia depends on two things: proximity and state. Proximity deals with being

closer to the animal or object one feels the most fearful of can definitely increase their anxiety, as well as its state―whether or not it be dead, alive, moving, not moving, etc. This idea of proximity rings true for senior accounting major Jenna Pinto, whose phobia includes a little invasion of personal space. “I hate close-talkers and I get freaked out when people walk too close to me. I like to have my own space,” Pinto said. Brittany DeCicco, graduate assistant for the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, is quick to admit her biggest phobia. “I have a fear of mice. That scene in ‘Lady and the Tramp’ where the babies are upstairs sleeping and the mice go up, that’s why I’m afraid of mice,” DeCicco said.

Although it would seem that an animated movie about puppy love could never spark such a feeling in anyone, Maggitti’s statements prove that DeCicco is not alone. Fears and phobias can come from almost anywhere. And so the inevitable question is, can it be cured?

“Yes, definitely. To cure a phobia, an individual needs to be taught relaxation strategies and then be exposed to the feared stimulus. It might just start as showing them a picture or saying a word, and practicing the relaxation strategy until they can conquer it,” Maggitti said.

britany wright/features editor

Arachnophobia is one of the most common phobias that plague people. It consists of an irrational fear of being near and spiders them or looking at a picture of them.

Economic crisis overshadows car repairs morgan miller staff writer

mlm737@cabrini.edu

Students living away from home at college often have to make independent decisions on car repairs for the first time. Although they can consult their family by phone, they have to decide when a squeak or a thump needs to be checked out. Now with the economic downturn, many are delaying expensive repairs. Christopher Socienski, junior management information system major, treats his 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP like he would a child. Socienski adores driving his car so much that when there was a rise in gas prices he did not turn the ignition off. The current economic crisis has lead Socienski to second guess his intense desire to be behind the wheel. The decrease in car grooming has also reflected onto car repairs. “With the economy being terrible, I haven’t repaired some things on my car,” Socienski said. “Some are actually pretty important; however, some are not.” Socienski, an individual full of information about cars, explained that he needs to fix the weather-stripping on the driver’s side. However, since money is tight right now and it is not essential, he knows he has to wait. Socienski grows more serious as he discusses an important repair needed for his car. “The CV joint in my axle pops when I make a right hand turn,” Socienski said. “If the joint completely breaks, the car isn’t moving out of the parking spot.” Socienski explained how he takes action as soon as the red or yellow light shows up on the dashboard, which is indication of a problem. Socienski further displayed his car knowledge by stressing

the importance of this light. “The light on the dash is one that should not be ignored. You can take your car to AutoZone or Pep Boys and they can plug a computer into your car,” Socienski said. “This can tell you more specifically what that light means and the repairs needed.” Not everybody knows information on cars or thinks to check immediately once a light pops up. Matt Keller, freshman exercise science major, and John Kidd, freshman criminology major, both agree that the dashboard lights intended for warning do not mean much to them. “I usually ignore any lights that pop up, especially if they are yellow,” Kidd said. “When a light turns red and stays that way for a while, I eventually get around to telling my parents.” Keller, nodding his head in agreement, said, “I definitely don’t let the lights ruin my day. It’s just not something I think is overly important.” How does the average driver who can drive well, but is not mechanically trained to fix cars, know what to do when that impending engine light comes on? The answer is AAA. AAA, the No. 1 roadside assistance program, is a company located in King of Prussia at 139 East Dekalb Pike. AAA has employees dedicated to car owners in need. AAA provides inspections for members of the company. The inspections can inform owners of issues that may save their car from complete damage. Amanda Porteus, AAA retail agent and travel agent, said, “A lot of the calls we get have to do with the fact that owners are not aware of problems and how to maintain a car. Our services try to keep them aware and give the best deals when problems do arise.”

Nicole Hearn, senior biological sciences major, has used AAA. Hearn was traveling down Interstate 476 when the tire on her previous car exploded. Hearn, alone and terrified, called AAA. The agent she spoke with told her to stay in the car since she was alone. After find-

ing out Hearn’s destination, the repairman got there as soon as possible in order to aid her. “I don’t know anything about cars. I always just ask my dad,” Hearn said. “When my tire exploded and I was on the side of I-476 in a skirt by myself, I was terrified. AAA got there in 15

minutes. The agent [I spoke with] and the repairman were so helpful.” Loquitur welcomes any comments on this story at loquitur@ googlegroups.com. Editors will review them and make revisions if warranted.

mallory terrence/editor-in-chief

Newer cars often have special features that tell drivers when they need to take their cars in to be checked, like the yellow service engine light, seen above. The students who drive face the possibility of being affected by the economy crisis more than those who do not. Students should take measures to check the little things that could cause a serious problem. Such as changing the oil frequently and checking tire pressure.


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Gay bookstore Giovanni’s has been a landmark for Philadelphia since 1973. The bookstore sells only books geared towards the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ bookstore celebrates 35 years arielle friscia staff writer

af728@cabrini.edu

Walking south on 12th St. in Philadelphia, people can see that the gay and lesbian community has made its presence known. At 345 South 12th St., there has been a bookstore for the LGBTQ since 1973 called Giovanni’s. Giovanni’s is a bookstore for the gay and lesbian community, but also for the non-gay community as well. The store carries magazines, novels, movies and even children’s books. There is a variety of materials to read from to become educated about the gay and lesbian community. Even William “Byll” Monahan, junior English major enjoys going to Giovanni’s whenever he is in the city. “I found out about Giovanni’s bookstore about three years ago when I stumbled into it with a few friends when we were walking back from South St.,” Monahan said. Cabrini students agree that it is

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important for the gay and lesbian community to have a bookstore to find want they want. “Everyone should have a bookstore to find what they want,” Nicole Hearn, senior biology major, said. “I think that it is perfectly fine for gay and lesbian bookstores to be in operation. Gay and lesbian bookstores have the same freedom as religious and other special interest bookstores do to be in business,” Katrina Hill, senior biology and math major, said. There are also students part of the Cabrini community who are indifferent about it. “I’ve worked with gays, I have gay friends. Its never been a big deal for me. The bookstore is like one of those things where I don’t really see the need for it, but I think it’s okay for those who want it,” Joe Cahill, sophmore communication major, said. Giovanni’s is one of the last surviving gay and lesbian bookstores in the country. The bookstore is there to help others understand the culture of the gay and

lesbian community. Senior employee Paul “Skip” Strickler said, “We want to provide the most accurate information.” Strickler started at Giovanni’s as a volunteer. As time passed on, Strickler became a regular employee. The bookstore provides information for parents as well. “There are parents that come into the store and we can provide books that every parent needs to know about a gay or lesbian child,” Strickler said. It is a difficult time when a person comes out and says that they are gay to friends and family members. “It’s scary as hell,” Strickler said. He remembers when he would walk past Giovanni’s and was hesitant to walk into the bookstore. “My first time in there I was a bit intimidated,” Monahan said. According to Strickler, Giovanni’s is a place of comfort as well. There are many gays and lesbians who are afraid to come out and the bookstore provides

information to help the unexposed gays and lesbians how to get through their “coming-out” phase. “They want to come out and they want to know how to do it,” Strickler said. He mentioned that Barnes and Noble probably has the books, but the customers don’t know where to look for the books in their store. In the past, homosexuality was not accepted by many people. The support that the gay and lesbian community has is tremendous compared to the past years. The non-gay community shows a lot of support for the store as the years have gone by Strickler mentioned. “Ed [the owner] has so many connections with the mayor, photographers and city council members,” Strickler said. Giovanni’s recently celebrated it’s 35 anniversary of the store. A party celebrated Giovanni’s success. Why is Giovanni’s here on South Street of Philadelphia? “We aren’t therapists, but we

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All this week, faculty will be displaying their art work in the Grace and Joseph Gorevin Fine Arts Gallery, Holy Spirit Library.

Freak Week: “The Strangers” horror film and pumpkin carving

Freak Week: scanger hunt

Monday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. begins Freak Week. Come out and be scared by “The Strangers” while having pumpkin carving fun.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m., come pick up your information in the Mansion for the Spooky Scavenger Hunt.

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are here to help,” Strickler said. “Sometimes it’s talking to somebody. I love when people call and I have them come to the store. It’s personal service.” “The employees are incredibly friendly. They are not like a Borders or Barnes and Noble where you feel overwhelmed by the Starbucks and long lines. The employees at Giovanni’s are all invested in the LGBT community in some fashion. They are all like allies,” Monahan said. Customers can rent movies as well that deal with the gay community. Giovanni’s room also has a Web site that anyone can order a wide selection of books from. Giovanni’s has all different types of media such as movies, CDs and books. “The selections are ‘unique’ to say the least, they can be a bit risqué, but this is the freedom of speech at its finest,” Monahan said.

Freak Week: “CAP-ture Clue” mystery dinner

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Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. CAP Board will be hosting a mystery dinner in the mansion. Come to SEaL to register.


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First annual Asian Film Fest kerry english staff writer

kme724@cabrini.edu

“Short films are used as calling cards,” Ian Fischer, winner of the best short film award at the first annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, said. The festival started Thursday, Oct. 9 and concluded Sunday evening with a closing night party at the Asian Arts Initiative located at 1219 Vine St. The festival celebrated work done by or featuring Asian Americans. The small turnout allowed the people to interact with directors and writers who sat and watched their work and the work of others with the audience. “Long Distance,” a “dramedy” directed by Nelson Kim, had a running time of 15 minutes. “It came out of a failed attempt at a feature script,” Kim said. The story followed a man and a woman who had just met that night and decided to go back to the man’s apartment. The twist is he speaks no Korean and she speaks no English, which leads to awkward moments and misunderstandings. When the two start to become intimate, the girl gets startled and runs into the bathroom where she phones an ex-love from home. After learning this ex was engaged, the girl leaves the bathroom and decides to make love to the man she had just met. The two know they can never be together and talk about it in their own languages. The film ends with the man and woman getting into bed to-

gether and falling asleep. “Passage,” directed by Angela How, was one of the longest short films shown on Sunday. A chance encounter of an American man and Asian woman both living in Los Angeles quickly turns into a romantic relationship. After six months of dating, the man becomes distant and eventually ends the relationship badly. Once the romance ends, things that seem ordinary begin to fill his head with thoughts of time spent with her. Dreams and visions of seeing her again begin to haunt him and lead to him meeting a pregnant Asian woman on a train. He is drawn to her because she reminds him of his love that he regrets treating so poorly. In the end, the only thing he is left with is memories of her. “Since You’ve Been Ong’s,” directed by Frank Chan, follows three friends of Elizabeth Ongs’ throughout their day spent in Chinatown. The film starts with the three friends waiting for Elizabeth so they can start their venture. When Elizabeth doesn’t show and no one can get a hold of her, the group decides to move on without her. Of the three friends, one is Elizabeth’s boyfriend. Although Elizabeth didn’t show up and no one could reach her, he never seemed to worry about where she could be. He leaves her a couple of voicemails but for the most part is mellow and enjoying the day. Another friend of Elizabeth’s is a boy who secretly has feelings for her. From the moment

she was a minute late meeting the group, he was on the phone trying to contact her. Upset by her absence, the boy tries his best to enjoy the day but feels left out. Elizabeth’s third friend she was to meet that day was a girl who seemed to be the most level headed of the whole group. She too leaves many voicemails throughout the day talking about how she is babysitting her boyfriend and how the other boy is uptight and constantly wondering where Elizabeth could be. “I wanted it to be emotional and biographic in a way that relates to other people,” Chan said. “It was definitely inspired by experiences I’ve had.”

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Directors Nelson Kim and Ian Fisher speak to the audience about their featured films.

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The directors field questions after debuting their work. Films featured ranged from adult themes to dramatic comedies.


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Jer Coons: new face to pop music jill fries staff writer

vjf722@cabrini.edu

Singer and songwriter of “Legs,” “Speak” and “Girl in My Head” visited Cabrini for a free mini concert hosted by CAP Board. The pop/rock musician Jer Coons sang his heart out to the audience with original songs from his CD and also Beatles song, “Something.” He kept the audience laughing and engaged in his lyrics and tunes. Coons, just turning 20-yearsold, grew up in Middlebury, Vt. He drove from Vermont to play for Cabrini in Jazzman’s Tuesday, Oct. 14. He is compared to John Mayer and Hanson, but audience member Rachel Wenzel, sophomore marketing major, said, “He reminded me of Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz. He was really good!”Being compared to John Mayer and Hanson is an honor to Coons. “I like it if it’s meant in a good way because they’re certainly polarizing artists but they’re definitely artists that I’m a big fan of,” Coons said. “I love both of them. When I’m compared to them as an artist, I’m excited because I see them as artists and I see what they’re doing is legitimate art and I think it’s really cool.” Coons grew up with a love of music. “I started singing before I could consciously create memories,” Coons said. “I’ve been singing since I was a little tiny boy. My earliest memory is

my mother singing harmony to everything on the radio so I got interested at a really young age in just hearing all the parts of a song.” “I got my first guitar when I was six but my fingers were too small to play it so I put it in the closet for a few years, picked it up in sixth grade, so I guess I formally started when I was twelve,” Coons said about the start of his musical talent. But he didn’t know this love would turn into something one day. “It was probably a couple years ago when I was in school I had an epiphany,” Coons said. He would skip his music class regularly to write songs. Coons went to Manhattanville College in New York but left to begin his music career. School is still in his future. While Coons was in college, the college held an Open Mic Night every week, similar to Cabrini. “The first discovery I had in terms of getting me slightly bigger than I was before, I played at Open Mic Night and I was that timid kid who didn’t want to come up and sing of front of people,” he said. After weeks of watching, he finally built up courage. A man in charge of the Open Mic Night had a studio in Vermont where Coons recorded his first CD. “That was really the first person to believe in me, other than my parents obviously. So he signed me to his independent record label and I worked with him

for a while,” he said. The man Coons is speaking about is Clint Bierman, his guitar-playing band mate. Coons is not just focused on music exclusively. “I’m really into filmmaking and photography and graphic design is sort of my other passion,” he said. “If I’m not with a guitar in my hand, then I have a pen or some kind of medium in which I can make something. Creative arts are the only things that make sense to me.” “He actually gave me his CD and I listened to it after the show. I like all of his songs, but ‘Legs’ was my favorite,” Wenzel said. Where does Coons get inspiration from for lyrics like those in “Legs?” “Everything I write about is completely and literally personal experience. I veil it as best I can but I can’t really write about something I was not personally involved in and I think that’s cool,” Coons said. His sarcastic personality did not let the audience down even once. “I don’t usually listen to this kind of music usually, but he was really funny. He watches and referred to ‘The Office’ so I like him,” Wenzel said. “Cabrini College is awesome. It’s cool, it’s vibey and you guys were really awesome,” Coons said. You can find Coons on Myspace at myspace.com/jercoons, Facebook at facebook.com/pages/Jer-Coons, jertube.com and iTunes.

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Jer Coons gets into his act on Oct. 14. Coons has a sound similar to that of John Mayer and Hanson.

Cabrini student spreads message through music tina vitanza staff writer

nmv722@cabrini.edu

You might not have heard of “Small Towns Big Cities,” but sophomore communication major Eric Povish is a part of this local band with three other boys. A night out for Povish and Ralph Ritter in February 2007

turned into a decision that would change them from watching bands play to performing for people a year later. Along with other band mates Paul Poper and Tyler Anselm, they decided to create a layinglow band as they wrote songs and developed their sound. When they were ready to come out with the band and cre-

ate a MySpace, they had also decided entering the studio would be a good way to get them known around the area. In August 2007, their first record, “Our City, The Murder Town” was released and soon after they were opening shows for some of their favorite bands including, Just Surrender, The Morning Light, You Me and Ev-

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Sophomore communication major, Eric Povish is part of the band Small Towns Big Cities. They recently played an acoustic show for fans at Cabrini.

eryone We Know, Farewell and Every Avenue. The main singer of the band is Ralph Ritter; he has an edgy voice that turns heads and gets a room listening. His emotions through singing possess the audience with a sense of understanding and feeling. Along with Ritter’s voice, they have a drummer, guitar and bass player that come together to form fan favorite songs like “I Am The City” and “I Am The Culprit.” “They sing very mellow, easy going music. It’s not really my kind of music, but they are really good,” junior communication major Jeff McNeil said. Connections with the Lord and why certain things happen in life is something. Ritter personally found missing from his life during a rough time when he started college. He had to make decisions on his own and was away from family and his home. “Music got me through some of my darkest times. I find my way through music,” Ritter said. A lot of their songs deals with relationships, death and personal experiences the men have gone through independently and together. One song in particular is about how crime in Philadelphia

has gotten so bad over the past couple of years and how saddened they are because, “Philadelphia is such a home to us,” Povish said. The band’s next show is Nov. 1 at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, Pa. It is the Battle of the Bands and they are looking for local support to come out and help. Tickets are $10 and if anyone is interested, contact Povish at efp722@cabrini.edu.

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Cavaliers win one for senior stars brian loschiavo staff writer

bl726@cabrini.edu

On an emotional senior day, the Cabrini women’s tennis team closed its regular season schedule posting an impressive 9-0 win over Colonial States Athletic Conference rival Neumann College on Wednesday, Oct. 15. The one-two punch of Dina DiTaranto, senior graphic design and studio art major, and Christine Telling, senior business administration and human resource management major, came out with big wins in their last stand at the Dixon Courts. The pair won with ease in their doubles match downing Neumann’s Alice Detolla and Courtney Hartel with an 8-1 win.

At the No. 1 position in doubles the women notched their sixth consecutive win and 14 of the season. “It’s a great feeling to win these matches here on senior day,” Telling said, who jumped from the No. 6 to No. 2 spot after just two seasons on the roster. “I’m really going to miss playing for Cabrini; my experience here has been nothing but great memories,” Telling said. The pair also ran the table in their respective single matches. DiTaranto notched her 13 overall win of the season with a 6-0 win against Neumann’s Allison Trout in the No. 1 position while Telling collected her 13 win of the season, outdoing Detolla 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 2 spot. As DiTaranto walked off the

court after her victory she was embraced by her parents as her eyes welled up with tears. Reality set in that her days as a Cabrini student athlete were coming to an end. “It makes me sad that this is my last home match. It’s been a great four years and the Cabrini tennis family has meant more to me than words can describe,” DiTaranto said. DiTaranto’s parents, Debbie and Andy DiTaranto, who recalled missing only two matches throughout her tennis career here at Cabrini, had nothing but great things to say about the program. “This is a bittersweet moment for us. We’re extremely grateful for the four accomplished years Dina has had here, but at the same time sad that it’s all over,” mother Debbie DiTaranto said.

“When Dina was a freshman, a senior dad told me to make sure I enjoyed watching her play now because it would be over in a minute,” Andy DiTaranto said. “Well, that minute’s up and it’s hard to believe.” Junior Nicole Pontious accomplished a straight-set shut out over the Knights’ Hartel at the No. 3 spot and ended her regular season with 13 overall wins. Sophomore exercise science and pre-physical therapy major Stephanie Tighe, who was last season’s Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (now CSAC) rookie of the year ran away with her 15 win of the season at the No. 4 position where she topped Lindsey Ravior with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Pontious and Tighe also contributed to the 9-0 triumph over Neumann with their 14

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Freshman Alexis DiCamillo follows through with a forehand shot during a match played earlier this year.

doubles match win of the year. They notched an 8-2 win against Detolla and Rachel Coladonato at the No. 2 position. With this doubles win, Pontious and Tighe are knotted up with DiTaranto and Telling for the team lead in doubles. “This was a great win today, especially going into the CSACs,” Tighe said. “It has been a great season and I have a lot of confidence in my team going into the tournament.” Cabrini freshmen Alexis DiCamillo and Michelle Lettman have both held their own on the courts this season in their rookie campaigns, each compiling 15 overall wins in singles, tying Tighes record. At the five spot DiCamillo came out on top 6-2, 6-0 to beat Michelle Steward of Neumann and Lettman beat Caladanato 6, 2, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot. “Coming in as a freshman the girls on the team made me feel at home,” DiCamillo, undeclared major, said. “I feel that I have accomplished a lot this season along with the team and I am really looking forward to my first CSAC championship.” The freshmen duo won an 8-1 battle in doubles at the No. 3 position besting Ravior and Steward. They ended the regular season with 13 wins in their doubles matches. This win was the Cavaliers eighth 9-0 triumph in CSAC play this season. “This season played out a lot better than expected. The veteran players showed great leadership and the newcomers matured throughout the season,” head coach John Magee said. “I am looking forward to beginning post-season play this weekend. I feel that we are prepared to make some noise in the CSAC championships.”

Martin valuable leader on and off court kirk manion staff writer

kjm725@cabrini.edu

Lindsay Martin is trying to get a ring before she leaves Cabrini. The senior volleyball player is an outside hitter for the Cavs, a position she has held for four years. Martin was awarded with a second team all-league award last year and plans for more accolades this year as the season is in the full swing. She leads the team by example and with words and has shown her teammates how to be successful on and off the court. She was awarded Allacademic honors last year. On

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the court, she has Cabrini in sole possession of second place in the CSAC and looking very good as the playoffs begin.

Making the playoffs isn’t her goal though; she wants a championship before she graduates in the spring. Martin has been able to show younger players how to play the game the right way, which is why her coach is so happy to have her be a part of the program. “She has the ability to bring her teammates together at the right time when they need a boost in tough points of the games,” head volleyball coach Eric Schaefer said. Cabrini is now 5-1 in league play after a 3-0 win over Cedar Crest College. This puts the team in the perfect position to get their first championship in school history. The past four years have been quite successful

for Martin as she and her team’s play has improved each year. “This is our most talented team and has the most experience, were in a great spot to make a run all the way,” Schaefer said. “We know we have the ability to win games and we have proven that we can win. I really believe we have the experience to win the big games now, which is the difference this year.” “With a big group of freshmen, leadership is going to be an even more important role,” Martin said. “I think with our four seniors, we’ll be fine. We’ll have to be more vocal. The four seniors will have to work hard for each other and work hard for our coach.”

Martin’s career has been very illustrious but there is more to put in the record books. She leads the team in many offensive categories including minutes, kills and digs. Cabrini has seven conference games remaining, then on to the playoffs. If Martin can remain playing the level she is at now first team all league is in her grasp. There are three home games left before the playoffs start for fans to come out and watch her talent on the court. Martin will play to the best of her ability with every kill and assist she has.


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Body Image coalition promotes acceptance mike o’hara staff writer

mto722@cabrini.edu

Eating disorders, crash diets and excessive exercise habits are unhealthy solutions that many use in their impossible quest to have a perfect body. Unhealthy behaviors related to weight and shape often stem from having a negative body image. This is the message from the Cabrini College Counseling Services. The counseling services office hopes students who want to have a healthy, positive body image go to the Transforming Body Image Support group, which meets every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. throughout the school year at the Counseling Services office in Jazzmans, across from the bookstore. Sessions are open to all and are completely confidential. A Loquitur reporter who showed up to report on one of the groups meetings was asked to leave to protect the confidentiality of the participants in the group. The Transforming Body Image Support group is run by counselor Andrea J. Sussel. Sussel, who is in her second year as a Cabrini counselor, considers herself very experienced in helping people maintain healthy body images. The group is open to anybody, male or female, who feels that they are struggling with any body image issues. “The goal of the group is to counteract ‘the thin ideal’ and to help students make a shift from a thin ideal to a healthy ideal,” Sussel said.

Sussel described the “thin ideal” as the body image that is used in the beauty and fashion industries, as well as Hollywood. “The thin ideal sends a message to women that they have to be rail thin, but have big boobs, they have to have perfect teeth and a noticeable butt that’s not too big. The perfect body. But these are ideals that no woman could achieve, even the women who portray this image don’t have perfect bodies,” Sussel said. It’s this unattainable image that leads to eating disorders and other unhealthy behavior. “A lot of people don’t know how damaging that image is. It creates insecurity,” Sussel said. This image applies to men as well. Sussel said she has recently seen a significant increase in unhealthy body image and eating disorders in males. Sussel said the focus of the group was to help participants transform their negative body image into healthy body image. “A healthy body image is about honoring your genetic makeup. Not every girl can be small and petite and not every guy can be 6 foot 4 inches with big muscles. You have to honor the body that you have. A healthy body image is also about eating from your natural hunger, making wise minded food choices and learning how to live in rhythm with your own desires and needs, not by what society dictates you should live by,” Sussel said. Even if you are only having negative thoughts about your body, it is still important to talk to someone. Research shows many full-fledged eating disorders

develop about two years after negative thoughts begin. “The group wants to help people who are having negative thoughts before they end up sick,” Sussel said. If you think you or someone you know may be developing a negative body image or eating disorder, you can take a free eating disorder screening on the Counseling Services Webpage at cabrini.edu/counseling. Cabrini Counseling Services also runs a Body Image Coalition, which has an open conference once a month on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fishbowl. The Body Image Coalition includes members from all parts of the campus community from students to cafeteria cooks. The mission of The Body Image Coalition is “to guide and educate all members of the campus community towards a lifestyle rich with body acceptance, wellness and support.” Those interested in The Transforming Body Image support group, The Body Image Coalition or Counseling Services may contact Andrea J. Sussel at ajs726@cabrini.edu or visit her at her office in Grace Hall room 196 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Loquitur welcomes your comments on this story. Please send comments to: loquitur@ googlegroups.com. The editors will review your comment each week and make corrections if warranted.

Letter to the EDITOR This is by far one of the most ironic pieces I am going to write because last year at this time, I was teaching Nick to take over Jess Hagerty’s sports editor position and mine. Well Nick, I finally disagree with your thoughts; it had to happen someday, right? Sarah Palin, stay out of our sports? No. 1: Do not act like she comes from a third world country here. Alaska probably has advancements that you never, let alone your great state of New Jersey, has ever heard of. Shouldn’t you be a Devils fan anyway? Talk about supporting the “hometown” team. Believe it Nick, Sarah Palin is an icon now, whether people can “stomach” her mommy ways or not. Which brings me to point No. 2: Are you saying that there aren’t “soccer moms” that can be cheering in Flyer audience? You say, “The down-home hockey mom may work in Moosejaw, but not here.” Well, I guess if I want to be a mommy and a sports fan like I do, I better get out of the “City of Brotherly Love” before I am forced out by tenacious sport. How ironic too, that Philly

has this coined nickname when all I hear is complaints and booing when their team isn’t up to their standards. Now, for No. 3 reason, which I find to be the most important: What do the Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They all PREACH, and I mean PREACH on a stage in front of millions and put their beloved Obama on a pedestal. It’s funny how they aren’t “shushed.” Oh, wait. Is that because they are Democrats and their auras are radiantly shining RED? But now, Ed Snider wants to share his views, which he is allowed by the First Amendment and now he gets a bad “rap?” Screw that. Talk about silencing the other side. He has as much of a right as anyone to stand-up to critics and do what he feels is right. He has the “power,” so why not “abuse” it like every other “dem” in the limelight. Kasey Minnick Class of 2009

This week in sports

justin bostwick staff writer

jnb724@cabrini.edu

Eagles inactive at trade deadline The trade deadline for the NFL has passed and the Philadelphia Eagles did not add any offensive players that caught the eyes of followers. Philadelphia did, however, release running back/fullback Tony Hunt. Hunt was kept around only for last week’s game against the 49ers because a third running back was vital. The Eagles had their eye on Tony Gonzalez, but more than likely did not want him, due to the fact that he seems eager to end his career in the next two seasons. While the trade deadline has passed, Brian Westbrook still has two fractured ribs. Andy Reid is under the belief that he will be ready to play when Philadelphia plays Atlanta.

Phillies to compete in first World Series since 1993 The Philadelphia Phillies have made it to the World Series for the first time since 1993. The Phillies have not taken home the title since 1980, so this could be their opportunity to make Philadelphia proud of its team. The title that they brought home in 1980 is the only title they have ever brought home. They will be playing a history-making game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

Vick may move into halfway house Michael Vick, former NFL quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons plans to plead guilty to state dogfighting charges. This decisions could give him the opportunity for an early release from prison and into a halfway house. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30. Vick pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges tied to the dogfighting situation last summer and is currently serving a 23-month term. Vick’s projected release date is listed as July 20, 2009.

Upcoming Games Friday, Oct. 24 Women’s Tennis - Individual Championships in Allentown, Pa. - TBA Saturday, Oct. 25 Men’s Soccer home vs. Marywood University @ 6:30 p.m. Field Hockey @ Philadelphia Biblical University @ 12:30 p.m. Women’s Soccer home vs. Keystone College @ 4 p.m. Women’s Tennis - Individual Championships in Allentown, Pa. - TBA Volleyball home vs. College of Notre Dame @ 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 Women’s Soccer @ Neumann College @ 3:30 p.m. Volleyball @ Philadelphia Biblical University @ 7 p.m.


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Men’s soccer comes up short at Albright erin nollen staff writer

ekn722@cabrini.edu

The Cabrini men’s soccer team played it’s last non-conference game Saturday, Oct. 18, coming up short against Albright College 1-0. The Cavalier’s had a total of 14 shots in the contest but Albright finished a shot in the 80 minute to win the game. “We didn’t capitalize early in the game and it came back to haunt us,” Brian Moran, junior history political science major, said. Senior Mike McDevitt lead the Cavalier’s offense with six shots, three testing Albright’s goalkeeper Wendell Hannaford, while Moran and Justin McCall each had two. Sophomore goalkeeper Bryan Johnson had six saves including four in the second half. It wasn’t until the 80 minute mark that Samuel Thompson headed in a corner kick by Chas DeSanto to clinch the win. “We didn’t get to watch ‘Forgetting Sara Marshall’ on the bus so no one was able to get pumped up,” Jake Neary, freshman education major, said trying to make light of the situation.

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Justin McCall traps a defender on the offensive side of the field during a game at home earlier this season. conference match to Albright College, 1-0. “Everything wasn’t ‘all bright’ King Saah, sophomore graphic University in a Colonial State at the Albright game,” spectator design major, said. Athletic Conference game on Sean Ahern, junior information The Cabrini men’s team is Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. systems major, said. currently 9-3-2, 4-0-0 and will “We didn’t play Cabrini style,” face off against Marywood

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SPORTS SCENE By Nick Pitts Glen Macnow, start taking notes. This might be the year you get to write a new great Philadelphia sports book, one that ends a little differently than the rest. Twenty-five years have gone

by in this championship-starved city. Twenty-five agonizing years of so close, of just one game away, of just one field goal, fourth and inches, one pitch, one point and ultimately, of maybe next year. Do you know what 25 years amounts to? One hundred seasons have come and gone in Philadelphia. The Flyers, Phillies, 76ers and Eagles have played a combined

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Bear, resident of King of Prussia, sports his Ryan Howard jersey and Eagles leash while out on an evening stroll with his owner.

100 seasons since the last championship, which was in 1983. All 100 of those seasons have ended in failure and we all have our own memories of our teams going down swinging. The Phillies of 2008 are poised to finally break that drought. But with that said, I’m not even entirely sure whether or not those players have been around this city long enough to understand just what a World Series win will mean. Not only will Philadelphians be pleased, but just think about those people of South Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, most of Delaware and all of the transplants out in California, including my mom’s sister and every other fan hiding in other cities. Phillies nation stretches much further than people realize. I have never had a reason to be celebrating in October. I was just five years old when Mitch Williams threw the pitch that defined his career: A down and inside fastball to Joe Carter that sent the Phillies home empty handed in their last World Series appearance. That was 1993; Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard were barely teenagers back then and Chase Utley was only 15. Jamie Moyer was the only Phillie even in the league in ‘93 and he was still a Baltimore Oriole. Oh, if they only knew what they were getting themselves into the day they all signed contracts with Philly. They are finally getting previewed to the not-so-bright, yet irresistible history of sports in this town, walking the tight-rope of excellence that so many other teams before them have fallen off

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of, so close to the end. So many times I have seen one of our teams fall so close to the championship, but never have I had such good feelings about a team that is this close. This may finally be the team that, quite simply, wins. And it is about time. I love hearing the old stories of Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent’s Flyers of the ‘70s that shook fear into the hears of opponents, of Dr. J’s Sixers who didn’t know how to lose and of Mike Schmidt’s Phillies of the ‘80s, the greatest Phillies ever. Yes, those stories are all wonderful to hear, but is it not time to renew those stories? Is it not time to let all of those legends of sport to finally have their chance to walk into the sunset? There comes a point in time in a Philly fan’s life when the thought crosses their mind: will I live long enough be able to march down Broad Street with a Philly team? What will mean more to me at this point, is to get to share a World Series win with the people who made me into the Philadelphia sports fan that I am today. Finally seeing a team triumph in this city, getting the chance to celebrate along with both of my grandfathers and my dad, that really is what it’s all about. As the World Series begins and we turn our small suburban towns into shrines for our team, decorating our homes, cars and pets and it would mean that much more, instead of tearing them down in disgust after a loss, to be able to keep them up for months thereafter, following a world series win.

bobby thomas sophomore business administration major

“Phillies should definitely come through and win the World Series no matter who they play against. The Phillies have proved to be one of the best teams in MLB this year and I can’t wait to see them win it all.”

sabini degisi junior english and communication major

“I love the Phillies. Out of all the teams to be going to the World Series, Philadelphia has the best fans and that’s why they will win it all.”

kelsey wetmore senior freshman undeclared major

“I was excited when the Phillies won their games against the Dodgers. I live in Jersey and if I were home no one would have cared that they made it this far but everyone at Cabrini was freaking out so I joined the fun and celebrated also. Go Phillies!”

mike mcfarlane senior criminology major

“I haven’t seen the Phillies go this far since I was six. The team is awesome and I can’t wait for the city to go nuts when they win it all!” katie engell nick pitts/sports editor

Stands selling Phillies merchandise have seemingly popped up over night after the Phillies big win over the Dodgers.

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