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Pacemaker Winner Vol L, Issue 18

President, students build ties abroad andy stettler

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President Marie George and senior English and communication majors Kara Schneider and Megan Pellegrino sort coffee beans to select the very best for high quality Fair Trade outlets.

It was snowing when the white Cabrini van carrying President Marie George and a group of students and staff pulled up to the mansion. The group has spent the past week in much warmer weather in Guatemala to experience Cabrini’s partnerships and extreme poverty first hand.   The group seemed beyond exhaustion, sporting unwashed faces and even less clean clothes. But they won’t have much time to sleep this week because the group has brought back hundreds of photos, hours of video and audio recordings to edit. Dr. Jerry Zurek was the first to exit the van, heading toward the trunk to help unload luggage. Zurek smiled tiredly and said, “[The trip was] incredible.” “Every one of us on the trip witnessed something that we could relate to, something that we in the States take for granted. Some need or want that is easily gratified here but which is all but impossible for those living in poverty,” George said. The trip was made for several reasons. One was for those at-

tending to experience Cabrini’s partnerships on a global scale. Another was to observe extreme poverty in a developing nation. It was also to put a face to the new curriculum Justice Matters, through photos and video documentation. The group, consisting of professors, students, a member of Cabrini’s marketing department, a representative from Cabrini’s Wolfington Center and the college president, was able to witness the effects of the Guatemalan Civil War which ended in 1996.   “I understood that the country had experienced massacres,” Kara Schneider, senior English and communication major, said. “I didn’t think that I would meet survivors.” Jillian Smith, senior English and communication major, told the story of her experience in meeting a doctor named Hector. Hector grew up in Guatemala and eventually traveled to the U.S. to attend medical school. When the time came for him to return to Guatemala, he was told by his parents that he could not come


Campus sustainability proves to be top priority christopher r. blake news editor

An online sustainability survey executed by 254 members of Cabrini’s faculty, staff and student body found that four out of five participants ranked sustainability as “very” or “extremely” important. The survey was initiated in hopes of setting the college’s Sustainability Steering Committee, being considered by the President’s Office, in the right direction of gaining insight on what the campus community needs to improve in regards to sustainability. “The survey is a part of a longer project that we’re working on to create a Sustainability Steering Committee on campus, so we thought one of the first things we should do was get a sense of what sustainability issues are most important to people on campus,” assistant professor of biology Dr. Caroline Nielsen said.

INSIDE this week’s edition

The survey was conducted online during the period of November 10-25, 2008. Overall, 53 faculty, 89 staff and 112 students, 87 on campus and 25 commuters, participated. Recycling proved to be the campuses top concern as over 75 percent of the respondents expressed concern for the accessibility, effectiveness and overall level of knowledge of Cabrini’s current recycling program. “I was really struck by people’s level of concern about the recycling program,” Nielsen said. “People think recycling is really important and they have concerns about the program on campus right now, so that was a useful result, because once this steering committee gets up and running that’s something we can work on right away.” Green buildings and conserving electricity were chosen by nearly 50 percent of survey participants. Several respondents even offered suggestions for electricity conservation measures.

Dr. Caroline Nielsen

An online sustainability survey completed by 254 members of Cabrini’s faculty, staff and student body found four out of five participants to be concerned for the sustainability of Cabrini’s campus. Some suggestions included adding a green roof to the Iadarola Center, coordinating the Cabrini shuttle more effectively with the R5 train and Route 100 trolley or adding solar panels to the Dixon Center. “I remember reading through

the suggestions and saying to myself, ‘oh that’s a great idea,’ we should come back to that,” associate professor of mathematics Dr. Ellen Panofsky said. Transportation proved to be another issue the Cabrini community will need to address as

faculty, staff and commuter students documented there average commute distances. One way commutes averaged 15.4 miles for faculty with the


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Cabrini Missionary Sisters: Silent Heroes   Most students know Cabrini College was named after Mother Cabrini.   Few of us know exactly who she was and why she was so important. Students don’t understand that there are Cabrini sisters all over the globe, working everyday, continuing the work that Mother Cabrini had started. These women may not get the recognition they deserve, but they are silent heroes, helping those in need all over the world.   Cabrini was the first U.S. citizen to be given sainthood. She is the patron saint of immigrants. But that is the past. Who are Cabrini sisters today?   They are women religious present on six continents and in 16 countries of the world.   Recently, five students and the college president, along with two professors, a member of Cabrini’s marketing department and a representative from Cabrini’s Wolfington Center ventured to Guatemala to visit Cabrini sisters to see the work that the sisters do.   There they were welcomed with open arms as family by the Cabrini sisters. They witnessed extremely poor areas of Guatemala being helped by Cabrini’s health clinics, women’s empowerment programs and the love and support of the sisters.   In the most extremely poor parts of Guatemala City, without the Cabrini health clinics, hundreds of people would not have anywhere to go to receive needed healthcare. The Cabrini Missionary Sisters give opportunity to many people and provide loving care to all citizens as if they were their own family members.   Throughout the world, whether it be in Swaziland, Guatemala or the United States, the Cabrini Missionary Sisters are hard at work making a difference in their communities. They may be small in size, but the hearts of the Cabrini Sisters are larger than life.     The Cabrini Sisters in Guatemala hold true to the mission of Mother Cabrini. The sisters work hard to protect the people of Guatemala from disease. The health clinics are open to the public for vaccinations and medications for children, expectant mothers and the elderly.   In the rural areas, dedicated doctors and nurses work with Cabrini sisters and travel each day to remote villages.     The Cabrini sisters are currently waiting to send three of 16 sisters in Guatemala to a new mission on the Mexican border to work with immigrants. The sisters discussed the dangerous area they will work in, rife with human trafficking and human organ trafficking. These women are full of courage and integrity to begin their new mission in Mexico. They want to take three of their own, ages 23 to over 60, to work in an even more difficult area of the Mexican-U.S. border, because the greater need for care and assistance of poor people is present there.   We students and staff at Cabrini are a part of something larger. We are a part of a network of incredible people working to better the lives of immigrants and poor people all over the world.    We are a part of Mother Cabrini who spent her life helping immigrants like our grandparents and great grandparents and who still seek out the most desperate of people to bring love and faith to. Cabrini is not just a single institution of higher learning but part of a global network working for social justice.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009

New York spring break trip to retrace the footsteps of patron saint of college gillian davis

asst. a&e editor

The Office of Campus Ministry will be sponsoring a trip to New York City to retrace the footsteps of Mother Cabrini from March 8-16, the week of spring break. Throughout the Mother Cabrini spring break trip, participants will become familiar with what Mother Cabrini experienced when she immigrated to the United States in the late 19th century.   The trip includes visits to the Cabrini Immigrant Services, the Tenement Museum and Ellis Island, Cabrini Nursing home and Rehab and Cabrini High School. Mother Cabrini was sent by the Pope in 1889 to New York City to work with Italian immigrants who lived on the margins of society. There she founded an orphanage known as the Saint Cabrini Home. It was the first out of 67 homes she had established in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, New Orleans, Denver and Los Angeles. Her legacy ended with becoming the first American citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Campus Minister Christa Angeloni organized the spring break trip. “The trip was run a few years ago by different staff

members and then it did not run for two to three years,” she said. “We are bringing it back with a new focus on mission in our lives and the footsteps of Mother Cabrini.” Students will also be allowed to retrace their family’s history on this trip. “If we get the chance to, I’ll definitely try to research my family’s history,” Kristie Bergin, junior social work and religious studies major, said. “I know they came in through New York in the ‘20s and ‘30s.” The focus of the trip will be placed upon the students becoming educated about the wider Cabrini community, including Mother Cabrini’s history and journey. They will learn where she came from, why she came to America and what she did when she arrived. “I hope to expand my perspective of service as well as become involved in the world around me,” Matt Slutz, junior English major, said. “I do a lot of work with my parish and just this past school year I began working with Teen Motivators, which is a program to encourage Norristown youth to continue their education,” Slutz said. Angeloni hopes that the students will be inspired by Mother Cabrini’s missionary spirit and will understand that a person can

live with a mission in life without becoming a missioner, priest or nun. “I think the New York trip will certainly give me more insight and opportunity to work in the larger community,” Slutz said. “I hope to learn more about the present Cabrini ministries and I am excited about going to New York, which is an entirely new milieu for me.” Students will pay $25 as a deposit and will be working together to fundraise to help pay for the rest of the trip.

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Cabrini strengthens partnerships abroad GUATEMALA, page 1 back due to the civil war. His parents, brothers and sisters, would all eventually fall victim to the civil war. “Every time you leave someone, you have to say goodbye like it’s the last time you will ever see them,” Smith said. Guatemalan culture, much like Jewish culture, does not use embalming methods on their dead. So Hector was never able to make it back in time to witness the burials of his family. In the town of Barcenas, Schneider and Megan Pellegrino, senior English and communication major, were able to experience health programs in Guatemala. The two have been researching the subject as part of Cabrini’s convergence class where Schneider, Pellegrino and others will be creating a Web site containing all forms of media that educate users on issues concerning ways to end poverty around the world. The only health clinic in Barcenas is at the top of an extremely steep hill and is served once a week by a doctor from the Cabrini sisters’ dispensary. “People live with [health problems] for years that people in America would never live with,” Pellegrino said. She tells the story of one Guatemalan lady that lived for 23 years in need of back surgery. “Here in America if we needed that surgery, we could get the surgery and we wouldn’t have to wait 23 years or just walk it off.”

Another aspect of the trip was a day spent at San Lucas coffee plantation. The group observed the process of how the coffee beans are produced. During the harvest season, workers will pick up to 200 pounds of coffee per seven hour day. Seven of the group members took about three hours to fill one small basket. The visit by the Cabrini group has inspired the college to become a consumer of San Lucas’s ground coffee. Through Sodexo, Cabrini’s food distributor, Cabrini will begin selling San Lucas coffee next fall. “We have this exciting synergy with Sodexo, our dining services, that has gotten informed and onboard through the activism of students,” Director of International Partnerships Mary Laver said. Laver keeps a map in her office that shows the presence of Cabrini Sisters all around the world. The map shows Cabrini sisters working in developed countries like Australia and Spain and in impoverished nations like Ethiopia, Swaziland, Brazil and Nicaragua. As Cabrini’s president, George is already brainstorming ways to encourage students to visit developing countries as part of the ECG curriculum. Students in the future may be able to take a trip to meet Cabrini Sisters in Guatemala or Brazil instead of taking another three-credit course. “This didn’t grow only out of a faculty committee. This new curriculum grew out of the example

of some of the visionary faculty and students who have been walking the walk,” Laver said. “We know that the new curriculum is meant to tell students of any major … that there is and there must be, a way that each of us intergrades our passion for those who might be left behind, into the way you practice your professional work in the future.” The trip to Guatemala is just one example of what the future of the Cabrini curriculum may include. Upon returning to the States, George summed up the many lessons learned in saying, “We saw what needs to be changed; now it is up to us to begin the work that will change the world.”

See more on Guatemala on page 8.

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Senior English and communication majors Jessica Hagerty and Christine Graf interact with students at a school in Guatemala.

Recycling program stands out in survey SUSTAINABILITY, page 1 especially in the economic recesshortest commute being one mile and longest 100 miles, staff averaged 12.4 miles with the longest commute 48 miles and commuter students 9.8 miles with the longest 30 miles. “I think that we can have a lot of impact on transportation but it doesn’t look like it’s peoples number one priority at this point,” Nielsen said. The Sustainability Steering Committee is being formed through the President’s Office but is still in the formation process. The form it will take and who will have membership is still being discussed by the president and her cabinet. “The original survey was aimed to find out what was happening on campus so that we could get back to Dr. George in hopes of getting the Sustainability Steering Committee going and I think once that’s up and going we can take more leads from the campus community,” Panofsky said. Nielsen spoke about the relevance of the survey and how sustainability issues play vital roles,

sion the United States faces. “It’s nice to have some things we can work on in the short term and other things we can aim to change in the longer term,” Nielsen said. Future surveys may be used in the future depending on what direction the Sustainability Steering Committee will take. “We don’t need a huge project sometimes to make a little bit of difference,” Panofsky said. “Sometimes using education and telling people ‘turn off certain electronics when you’re not using them’ can make all the difference in the world and that’s what we are aiming to do.” Please send your comments to


Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009

Professor lectures on ‘Realizing the Dream’ brian loschiavo

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Black History Month is a time to look to the past, present and future at not just the achievements of well-known African Americans but everyday people. During the month of February, the lives of many important and influential African Americans are celebrated. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 50 Cabrini students and faculty gathered to listen to Dr. Darryl Mace assistant professor of history and political science speak at an event hosted by Cabrini College’s Student Diversity Initiative in the mansion. The talk and question and answer was based around “Realizing the Dream.” Mace talked about the history of civil rights and the recent inauguration of our first black president and if it was the realization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. “I think it is very important that we celebrate Black History Month,” Melissa Waters, director of Student Diversity Initiatives, said. “It is even more important that we all realize Black History Month is not just about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and now Barrack Obama; it’s more about celebrating the everyday African Americans.” Mace presented a slideshow with pictures of men and women during the civil rights movement with questions asking if these people had dreams and that they did have dreams. One slide had

pictures of African Americans protesting and another African American being lynched and asked if they had a dream. The point of this being to realize that it was not just King that had a dream and its not just Obama that has a dream; all the African Americans that fought for civil rights had dreams as well. “Individual dreams can become unified into bigger dreams,” Mace said. “Dr. King was just one person out of a million people that had a dream. Yes, he was a huge part of the civil rights movement, but he was just one piece of the big picture.” Mace talked about the fact that Obama is not living out King’s dreams and that he has his own dreams. Throughout the election Obama has been looked at in the light of King almost taking away the reality of Obama’s own dreams as an African American. “I think it’s a great thing that Dr. Mace spoke tonight about the civil rights movement and African American History,” Brianna Lee, freshman graphic design major, said. “I really enjoyed hearing him talk about realizing the dream. It helped me to think about how many people are out there that go unrecognized for their contributions during Black History Month.” Waters emphasized the importance of the celebration of Black History Month and that talking about these issues and reflecting on the past with the civil rights movement is always a step in the right direction.

“I learned a lot from Dr. Mace’s talk tonight,” Elizabeth Kelly freshman biology, pre med major chemistry minor, said. “I think talking about all of this is just another step in the right direction. It helps to define the true meaning of Black History Month.” This question and answer session was something that helped Cabrini students and faculty to find a more definite meaning to Black History Month. It also helped to define the differences in the dreams of all African American people especially our first African-American President Obama and Dr. King. “Everyone has a dream and every persons individual dreams should be recognized,” Mace said. “It needs to be known that each well known person that is recognized during Black History Month is just a small piece of the larger puzzle.” Please send your comments

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Dr. Darryl Mace lectures on “Realizing the Dream” on Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Cabrini Mansion.

Seminar offers seniors L.I.F.E. advice brittany mitchell multimedia editor

While many seniors were sleeping the morning of Saturday, Feb. 21, there were a few who were jump-starting their future. “L.I.F.E. After College: Explained!” was a three-hour seminar in the Iadarola Center that touched on everything from translating the first day at work, managing money and finding the right place to live. “Our goal is to educate students, in an entertaining way, about mundane situations they would run into after graduation,” Jennifer Besse, seminar leader for CAP & Compass, said. CAP & Compass was founded in 1999 by Jesse Vickey. “Jesse went to Duke and when he graduated he moved to New York with a few friends. They all were specialized in different fields but found that everyone had their stricken points and this is why the book was created,” Besse said. “Life After School. Explained” is the basis of the seminars being offered by the office of Students Engagement and Leadership. “This Saturday seminar was a combination of three L.I.F.E. series that we wanted to offer,”

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Participants role-play as bachelors renting their apartments during the “L.I.F.E. after college: Explained” seminar hosted by the office of Student Engagement and Leadership. Anne Filippone, director of Student Engagement and Leadership, said. “It’s definitely helpful information for the real world,” Mary Kate McKinley, senior finance

major, said. Students were rewarded for participation in questions and role-playing segments. Kandace Keefer, senior English and communication ma-

jor, was the bachelorette for the “renter’s dating game,” while three male students represented the available places for rent. The purpose of the dating game was to decode the apart-

ment lingo seen in ads. “What’s important to know is that before you start renting you should really have three months rent already saved up,” Besse said. “I’m clueless about apartments and credit cards and I’m hoping to use this info for when I graduate,” Keefer said. “I am [not] planning to move back with my parents.” According to CollegeGrad. com, in 2008, 77 percent of graduates moved back home with their parents. Many of these graduates moved back home because of the debt they acquired while in college. “The average credit card debt of a college student is $2,100,” Besse said. “You have to love your money.” College students need to not only love their money when in college but upon graduation and the workforce as well. “There’s nothing sexy about a 401k, but it’s essential to know,” Besse said.

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Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009


Philadelphia newspaper claims bankruptcy andy stettler

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Facebook, pictured above, has recently fought and lost a legal battle with its consumers regarding the wording used in their new legal term of use.

Facebook users win battle over networks’ legal terms britany wright features editor

Recently Facebook fought and lost a battle to consumers about jargon they used in their new legal terms of use. It was found in the terms of use that the Web site is allowed to keep users’ content and licenses, even if the account is terminated. After a barrage of complaints, Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive, has agreed to allow Facebook users to have an active say in the revision of the legal terms. The reason there was so much confusion among users was because a whole passage from the original terms of service had been deleted saying how their content would be taken out at the point of termination of an account. “They didn’t advertise the change a lot. I received a message two weeks after the switch saying there had been a change to the terms and conditions, but not what it was,” Christina Mastro, senior graphic design major, said. It wasn’t until the online consumer advocacy blog, The Consumerist had spotted the changes made to the legal terms of use and generated an uproar against the legal department of Facebook. The blog was written by senior writer Chris Walters who generated tons of publicity for the blog site in the three-day battle of legal terms. In protest many users deleted their Facebook account, so the Web site could no longer have ownership of the personal photographs, notes and comments posted on former friends’ walls. Many users are still unaware that Facebook had ever made a change to their terms of service. Danielle McLaughlin, freshman communication major, said, “I probably wouldn’t have noticed. It was weird because that

day they had sent me a warning that one of my pictures wasn’t appropriate and my pictures are set to private.” Ben Popken, co-executive editor of The Consumerist reported that Zuckerberg said, “We wouldn’t use your content in a way you wouldn’t want, but there’s reality and there’s lawyers.” Users began to create public groups that fought the new legal terms. Odds are that when many users created a Facebook, they didn’t read through all of the terms of use, but even so, one should receive notices as to when those terms have changed. Facebook as a whole has made users less aware of the content that they post online. This upset may lead to users being more cautious with posting personal information that could fall into the wrong hands. “I thought they were already doing stuff [keeping people’s photos and information] like that. I guess Facebook is even creepier than it was before. That’s almost borderline illegal,” Liz Lavin, senior English and communication major, said. However, in the last revision of the legal terms posted on its Web site on Sept. 23, 2008, Facebook says, “We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add or delete portions of these Terms of Use at any time without further notice. If we do this, we will post the changes to these Terms of Use on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the date these terms were last revised. “Your continued use of the service or the site after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Use. If you do not agree to abide by these or any future Terms of Use, do not use or access or continue to use or access the service or the site. It is your responsibility to

regularly check the site to determine if there have been changes to these Terms of Use and to review such changes.” The privacy policy goes into detail about how once users submit personal information it becomes a part of their system. It even continues to say, “By using Facebook, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.” As a social network, the Web site has submitted that if the site operators know of information of the user in newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services and by other users of the site, it will be made aware to the user. For the past five years it has been described as an online phenomena that young adults and older adults use for social and business networking, which has allowed users to feel as if they had ultimate control over the information that they post online. The Web site previously in only the past year, host of 175 million active members, has undergone a “facial” re-construction. Users reacted strongly to its “facial” re-construction by creating myriad of groups demanding an option to use the old Facebook again. Temporarily, the users won and were given time to have the option to use the old Facebook design before it would be taken away. The same basic principles that the site has established may not continue if Zuckerberg decides to sell or turn over ownership in some way. Popken said, “All that philosophy is gone and all that remains in the legal language.” From now on, this debacle serves as a reminder that however basic the legal terms and service and privacy policy may seem, that it is best to read through them before posting personal information.

Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, owner of the Inquirer and the Daily News, filed chapter 11 bankruptcy last weekend after months involving troubled negotiations with Citizens Bank and ailing hedge funds. The bankcrupcy report mentions that Philadelphia newspaper owner, Brian Tierney, had raised 37.5 percent in December from $618,000 to $850,000 annually. Though the times are tough and the economy has made several papers in the U.S. go “Internet only.” Tierney claims that the company is still profitable and that they are not going out of business. In fact, the chapter 11 bankruptcy is meant to protect companies from debts so that they can survive and eventually bounce back to success.

SEPTA receives $193 mil. The South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority just received $193 million from the stimulus, which will allow more scheduled train and bus stops. This means students will have more availability to take public transportation to Philadelphia and other areas in southeastern Pennsylvania and the demand for oil may drop a bit. The stimulus has also funded state and local high ways in New Jersey, $120 million and Pennsyvania, $318 million. Together with SEPTA the stimulus has provided $631 million to the Greater Philadelphia region.

Obama’s ambitious plan to help our nation President Barack Obama’s plan to cut the deficit in half or nearly two-thirds has been seen as ambitious to many Americans. His plan, to put higher taxes on the wealthy and less spending in Iraq should also help progress of the healthcare system and save $90 billion a year by removing troops from Iraq. He plans to do this all by the end of his term. To make this happen, he must first wait for Bush’s tax cut to expire in 2011 and make a new budget plan for Iraq that will not be released until April.

Prison growths increase through the years One and a half million people locked in jail, along with another 800,000, makes up one-third of the world’s population. With one out of 100 adults behind bars, America has a population of criminals like no other country in the world with the highest incarceration rates. With these statistics, a new study has developed that the incarceration rate has increased from 738 per 100,000 between the years of 1978 and 2008.

First Lady speaks to children Michelle Obama went to a local school in Washington, D.C. to teach students the importance of giving back and being grateful. This was her first trip to the neighborhood by herself since becoming the First Lady. She wants to offer herself as a symbol to work hard and to listen to your parents in making the right decisions and ambitious goals.


Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009

Stimulus bill: pro-American dream IN M Y O P IN IO N

amanda carson asst. news editor

Let’s imagine for a moment that I personified the proposed stimulus bill in human form and named him Mr. Aid. I know it’s not a very clever name. If I were to compose a simple character sketch of Mr. Aid, I would describe him as being fickle, bold and completely hard to understand. I would probably not only refer to him as “quite the extremist” but as “America’s saving grace.” I’m sure many would agree that Mr. Aid’s character sketch accurately describes our nation’s most prominent bill at this time. Sorry for including the literary element of personification, but constructing a character sketch of an inanimate object just seemed irrational. Fickle and completely hard to understand sum up

my personal feelings about the proposed stimulus bill, I mean “Mr. Aid.” During the past couple of weeks, as governmental heads have sought to plan out the specifics for a stimulus bill, I attempted to track their progress. I add emphasis on the fact that I attempted to track their progress, for it seemed each day yielded a new proposed bill. Thus, I was relieved when Obama finally signed the $787 billion stimulus bill into action. When I heard about the $787 billion stimulus bill, I immediately began researching the specifics. I spent much time reading newspaper articles and opinion pieces, seeking to both understand the bill and formulate an opinion. Here is what I identified as the main aspects of the bill: it will save and create 3.5 million jobs, provide tax relief for “hardworking families,” work towards energy independence and improve both our transit and school system. Obviously, it is a lot more comprehensive than that, but I summed up the basics. Of course after identifying the main points I was left with questions and critiques for the bill. I now wonder if we can create four million

jobs, and will the jobs fit one’s specialties? I question what the government considers “hardworking families,” because I do not believe income should determine how hard one works. I am also unsure as to whether improving our transit and school systems, which have been craving improvement, through the stimulus bill is the best means. It almost seems that the government is trying to kill two national problems with $1 billion. Putting all these thoughts and questions aside, I have formulated my opinion on the bill. I’m neither for nor against the bill, but I do favor what the bill represents. The $787 billion stimulus bill represents the American dream, and I do not mean the stereotypical “American dream” in a Great Gatsby kind of way— finding a girl, get hitched, make lots of money and buy a big white house. I am talking about the desire within each of us to want to succeed, overcoming all obstacles and negativity, in order to fulfill our own personal goals. Obviously, our economic situation is harrowing and unsettling. I have watched one of my closest

friends constantly worry about whether he will be able to afford finishing college, despite his high academic achievement and dedication. I heard of my grandfather’s worry, who as the son of an Italian immigrant, has struggled to achieve stability, wondering how he will be able to afford his bills. We are all Americans

pealing aspect of working overnight. Most companies also tend to pay more for overnight workers since it is not a popular shift. Rules and regulations are often more relaxed for third-shift employees due to the “off-hours” atmosphere. There are numerous drawbacks associated with this schedule too including hours of alone time, sleep deprivation and bouts of depression. The only way to survive the difficult transition from diurnal to nocturnal is to develop effective time management, and establishing a sleep schedule. Depending on your exact position and profession, privileges and responsibilities may vary accordingly. For example, a security guard working the third shift would have much less free time than a retail associate. I have worked three third-shift jobs in my lifetime, and each one, though drastically different, has consisted of the same pros and cons. For example, working third shift retail allowed

for me to listen to my iPod for eight hours while stocking shelves and completing product movements. There was no customer interaction, and therefore no uniform requirement. As a valet manager at Embassy Suites in Center City, I was busy parking cars and verifying ticket information for about three hours. The remaining five hours were more or less mine to study, do homework, read or even just sit and relax. My current position, a concierge at a condominium, requires a bit more vigilance than I was used to. It is a very high-class building in an upscale part of the city, but there are still issues with crime. I am responsible for registering all visitors, monitoring security cameras, watching resident cars and auditing keys. I do, however, have access to the Internet for the majority of the night, and am encouraged to study and do homework at the desk. From personal experience, I have found that the advantages of this shift outweigh the disadvan-

tages. I have weekends off, solid hours to devote to homework, a quiet working environment and the ability to take a varied class schedule. I still struggle with balance and time management. Deadlines and group work prove to be difficult because I am literally operating on an opposite schedule from most of the people I know. It is easy to get lonely and depressed due to the quiet darkness that comes with the graveyard shift. My best advice for anyone considering a thirdshift position is to talk to your friends about it in detail. This will take a toll on your social life, and they should understand what this means before you make the switch. Establish a sleeping schedule before you start; either plan to sleep when you get out of work, or before you go in, but set aside a few solid hours. And finally, practice time management, especially with school work. Projects and tests won’t disappear just because you are operating on a different schedule.

and have been blessed with freedom and opportunity and should continue to reap of these blessings. The stimulus bill may not be 100 percent effective, but it was created with the intent of strengthening the economy preserving everyone’s American dream, especially my friend’s and grandfather’s. So, when asked about my views on

the stimulus bill all I can simply say is that I am proAmerican dream. The Loquitur welcomes your opinion. Send your views to loqperspectives@

Working graveyard shift


CANDICE WOJNAROWSKI candice wojnarowski staff writer

If this was the 19th century, eight hours of my day would be spent in a cemetery, listening for those who had been mistakenly buried alive. For those of us who report to work long after everyone is asleep, the graveyard shift has not changed all that much in the past 200 years; for the most part, it is still the quietest, loneliest shift. There are many advantages and disadvantages that come with working overnight. It is important to consider each of these before accepting a thirdshift position. The obvious advantage is that you have the whole day to yourself, a very ap-

Correlation doesn’t prove causation Dear Editor, I would like to respond to the article on the relation between video game playing and drug usage. I have spent the last decade studying video game behavior in males and females and recognize that video game playing may have beneficial as well as detrimental effects. Yes, it is true that studies find a link between aggressive behavior and violence in video games, and there may also be a link between playing video games and drug usage, but these studies are merely correlational. Correlational research only shows that two variables are connected in some way; it does not prove that one variable cause the other. In fact, studies have

shown that owning a dog correlates with driving a red car. Does one cause the other? No way. Thus, linking drug usage to video game playing is artifactual. Perhaps a third variable, like depression, could be related to the two, maybe an individual would self medicate with drugs and stay at home, because he or she is depressed, and plays video games. There could be many other variables at work here, and I want to point that out. Video game playing has been linked to other benefits, like improvements in spatial ability and visuospatial reasoning. Video games are not all that bad. Thank you, Dr. Melissa Terlecki, Psychology Dept.

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Celebrities acting as role models? Phelps and A-Rod prove differently I N M Y O PINION

JESSICA WEGELIN jessica wegelin staff writer

As I turn on the TV or take a walk down the magazine aisle at the grocery store, I can’t help but notice all of the negative publicity some of the people we consider heroes are getting. Just to name a few recent happenings, 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps smoking weed, all-star baseball player A-Rod using steroids and singer Chris Brown allegedly beating his girlfriend, Rihanna. The pressure of always being perfect in the spotlight must be challenging, but for stars like these, they need to step up and make a better example for the young children who dream to be like them. Many people admire and

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Various public figures such as Michael Phelps and A- Rod have been making headlines recently, but not for noble reasons. look up to professional athletes, movie stars and singers who have made it big. People are always waiting in lines for autographs and paying big money to see them in concert or in a game, but that is when I ask myself the question, is it really worth it?

I feel as though many people in America are materialistic and we are always trying to keep up with our neighbors. The people we look up to and idolize aren’t really good role models, but in reality those are the people who have the most money.

We see these big stars driving around in their new sports cars, wearing designer clothes and living in these huge houses and that is what we consider the ideal life. Yes, they may have accomplished big goals and broken records but are they the ones who put their lives

on the line every day? It is time for America to start recognizing the heroes in the big picture, not just on the movie screen. The people who go to war and those who give their lives to fight fires and keep our streets safe need to be recognized as the he-

ways to spend your break without spending all your money or running up that credit card. One idea is you can keep your vacation local. For instance, if you want to go to the beach, but can’t afford Florida then go to the Jersey Shore or the Delaware beaches. Maryland. Although the weather will be different, there are many activities to do such as surfing, walking the boardwalk, laying on the beach and there are also has many great spots for nightlife, especially in Atlantic City. Trust me, the sand is no different in Florida than it is in these two places. If anything, it’s more expensive. As for those who would like to experience a morewintery spring break, maybe think about a road trip to the Poconos. With gas prices no longer at what seemed like $100 a gallon, it might be more affordable to take a car rather than a plane. In the Poconos, you can ski, snowboard or spend

some time at one of the many local spas. The Poconos are also home to one of NASCAR’s best tracks. So if you’re a fan like me, you can catch a race or just visit the track for your very own one-on -one tour. Another thing you can do is take all the money you would spend your trip and just use it right here in Philadelphia. There are many things to do in a big city like Philadelphia that you couldn’t necessarily do during school because of a job or homework such as going out somewhere nice for dinner with friends, Dave and Busters or taking a trip to Old City and just dancing the night away. These are just a few things you can do without mentioning a trip to the art museum or going to see the Sixers or Flyers play. A rather unique way of spending your spring break would be with family. Now I know that half of the student body would rather throw back beers in the sun and I’ll be the first to admit that does sound nice, but

just think, it’s free and your family might not always be around so why not enjoy their love and company while you can. We also know that our families can be very fun sometimes, you know in their own unique and annoying way. Some students may opt for hanging around the

house rather than going through the extremes of traveling. So you can enjoy a fun movie night or just a nice dinner table conversation that leads to laughs and smiles all for the price of $0. There are many different routes you can take this spring break that won’t

roes of today. To me, that is who a hero is and that is who we should be looking up to, not the people who continuously let us down once they make it big. I understand that Michael Phelps, A-Rod and Chris Brown are humans and make mistakes, but when you have a fan base and people who want to be just like you, there is no room for mistakes. You have to step up, grow up and prove to people why you should be their hero. Why should parents allow their child to dream of being you someday? It’s a big let down when you see someone who has the world at their fingertips make a mistake, but it’s even more upsetting that we give the name “hero” to people who aren’t deserving of the title. We as Americans need to start realizing who our real heroes are in life. How many times are we going to build these big name stars and sports figures up, just to be let down, over and over again.?

Spring break fun in poor economy


CHARLES BUSH charles bush staff writer

With spring just around the corner, every student is looking forward to spring break. A number of beachgoers, cruise-takers and airline trips are just a few things that come to mind when talking about spring break. But how much of this is truly feasible with the current state of our economy right now? Sure, everyone wants to go somewhere nice for spring break, but the truth is the majority of students can’t afford it. I mean it’s hard enough to afford a cheese steak from Campus Corner let alone a round trip ticket to Florida. But there’s still many great

make you completely broke. However, if all else fails and you absolutely, positively, must go to that exotic island and spend money, then try your best to use South West Airlines, because nine times out of 10 they’re the cheapest.


While some students enjoy taking pricey cruises, other students may decide to hit local beaches despite the cold temperatures. Cabrini’s spring break runs from March 7-15.

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Bienvenidos a Guatemala

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Dr. Jerry Zurek, communication department chair, and Dr. Mary Laver, Director of International Partnerships, speak with a CRS staff member outside of Latin American and Carribean headquarters located in Guatemala City.

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Senior English and communication majors Kara Schneider, Megan Pellegrino and Jillian Smith hold coffee berries they helped local Guatemalan farmers pick at San Lucas Mission.

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Local Guatemalan coffee farmers weigh their coffee berries to receive around $30 per bag in wages.

The sign above reads: Mother Cabrini Clinic, an infirmary run by Cabrini Missionary Sisters.

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Cabrini’s president, faculty, alumnus and students enjoy a meal with Cabrini Sisters in Barcenas.

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These children attend public school outside of Barcenas, Guatemala and have access to free medical attention and medicine from the Cabrini Missionary Sisters.

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Students, Cabrini faculty and Cabrini alumnus tour a poor area of Guatemala City, Guatemala where the Cabrini Missionary Sisters serve.



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Chocolate festival delights taste buds danielle feole sports editor

The International Club hosted the third annual chocolate festival in Founders Hall on Thursday, Feb. 12. Jennifer Gold, International Club advisor and Marta Skuza, president of the International Club, helped make this event possible. This year, 17 countries were represented with chocolates and international teas. Students and faculty were eating chocolate cookies, wafers, crepes, candy bars and much more. “The turn out was amazing. We had a great amount of support from faculty, staff and students,” Gold said. Gold traveled to several places to bring a variety of chocolate to the event, including Russian markets for many European countries, Asian markets and Trader Joe’s for different chocolates including Irish and Canadian.

“This year my Venezuelan student, Patti, brought in chocolates from her country,” Gold said. “In the past, I’ve had students bring food and chocolates from the Phillippines, Poland, Dominican Republic and more.” “In the club, we believe this is a really cool way of getting to know some other cultures and traditions,” junior history and political science major Skuza said. The French crepe station with chocolates and strawberries seemed to keep guests eager and in line. “While the event is always a big hit with the Cabrini community, I believe this year was bigger and better than ever,” Skuza said. The International Club’s purpose for the festival is to bring cultural understanding, exposure to new things and to learn about our international students and other countries. Gold also organizes a fall food festival every year with 15 differ-

ent countries. “It was a good break from classes and I got my caffeine fix for the day,” senior Spanish and

katie engell

Going green has gone further with the introduction of ecofriendly jewelry and makeup. The start of this year has brought a new trend and this year jewelry and makeup are being designed to help the environment. Clays and woods are being used in the production of these tools and makeup. They contain more natural resources to help decrease the negative effects placed on the environment and women’s skin. Many women use and wear makeup and jewelry to enhance their appearance. Caring about ever yday-appearance-means buying hair care and skin care products, cleansing daily and using cosmetics such as makeup. Women tend to be the target audience by the cosmetics industry, as it tries to sell products which guarantee to make women look younger, thinner and more attractive. According to thegoodhuman. com, when it comes to makeup, the average woman absorbs five pounds of makeup a year. Some of these products are not regulated to a level that would make most people feel safe about putting chemicals on themselves. The majority of these products contain chemical ingredients as well as potentially toxic agents that are not even included on the label. There are, however, affordable and healthier alternatives available. “I use M.A.C. because I like how they encourage consumers to recycle their empty makeup containers by giving free eye shadow when you bring them in, because I think going green is really important,” Diipali Figgles, sophomore political science ma-

jor, said. “I also use Bare Minerals because their natural ingredients are a lot better for my skin and I definitely feel the difference. These companies also don’t test on animals, which I think is really important to support.” Choosing green personal care products means choosing plantbased ingredients in replacement of chemicals. This prevents these chemicals from being absorbed into people’s skin and ultimately damaging their skin in the future. Skin is the largest organ on the human body and between soaps, lotions or sunscreen use, skin absorbs about 60 percent of the products placed on the body. “I think it’s worth it to use environmentally-friendly makeup, because I don’t think animals should die so I can look pretty. This makeup may be more expensive but it’s worth it. Plus, it makes you look just as good as any other makeup would anyway,” Kelsey Wetmore, freshman criminology major, said. Jewelry is now being designed to capture the beauty of nature. With the environment as a top priority, many buyers are considering recycled jewelry. The wires and metals used are now being recycled and scraps left over after designing jewelry are also re-

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Students eagerly await to taste samples of chocolate from around the world at the Chocolate Festival hosted by the International Club on Thursday, Feb. 12.

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secondary education major Rizwan Ishmail said. “It’s chocolate, who can say no,” Gold said.

used and recycled. Some jewelry companies are also cutting back on their use of chemicals or adhesives commonly found in many pieces, including Dawes Design, Socially Conscious and Bottled Up Designs. Natural resources can be building blocks to any trendy piece of jewelry. Gold, silver and gemstones are extracted from the earth through mining, which impacts the environment. Vintage jewelers offer countless choices that incorporate these natural resources such as clay or wood. Manufacturers are also now using recycled metals and gemstones in new pieces. “I would probably buy ecofriendly jewelry because it looks cool and I like the natural looking materials, but wouldn’t say I would go out and buy it because it was eco-friendly,” Arianna Bennett, sophomore psychology major, said. Recently, there has been an emphasis on more earth-friendly products by going green. New methods of living an eco-conscious life have proven to help the planet now and in the future. Consumers now have the opportunity to purchase expendable items and women now have the opportunity to look trendy and help the environment.

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Physician’s Formula eco-friendly makeup can be purchased in various pharmacies and also at the school store located on campus.

Heart-healthy choices christine adolf staff writer

Many parents of students at Cabrini are in the prime age range for developing some kind of heart condition, whether it may be high cholesterol, a heart attack or heart disease. “It scares me a little bit, as my parents are in the range. They’re doing the best they can though, as am I,” Joe Cahill, sophomore communication major, said. “While it’s scary, I think it’s something people should be conscious of, just so that they can live healthier and longer.” “It does not scare me that a heart attack may be lurking because a lot of times heart attacks are preventable and people are not doing what they should be in order to prevent them,” Katie Mageeney, sophomore biology pre-med major, said. High cholesterol is one of the risk factors of disease. Students can have high cholesterol as well as many parents. In 2009, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have a heart attack and about 470,000 will have a recurrent attack, according to the Center for Disease Control. The month of February is dedicated to helping raise awareness about heart disease and heart conditions. “Cabrini College has several educational programs to increase awareness about maintaining a healthy heart and healthy heart lifestyles,” Susan Fitzgerald, RN and Cabrini’s Health Services Coordinator, said. Cabrini has posted awareness facts about Heart Aware-

ness Month on “Toilet Talk” posted in the bathrooms on campus. Students on campus are encouraged to read “Toilet Talk” to help educate themselves about potential health problems. “I do read ‘Toilet Talk’ and I think that it is helpful because it shows things that otherwise people our age would not read about,” Mageeney said. “‘This Week in Wellness,’ the weekly health bulletin at Cabrini, also held information about symptoms of heart conditions and tips on how to stay fit and not raise your risk of having a heart condition,” Fitzgerald said. The offices of Health and Wellness Education, exercise science students, the fitness center and Health Services partnered to have an event in the marketplace that included free cholesterol screenings, free blood pressure readings and possibly an appointment with a registered dietician. There was also a healthy heart lunch menu that went along with the screenings. In 2005, over 850,000 men and women were killed because of heart disease. In comparison to that statistic, “The number of college-aged students affected by heart disease is relatively small,” Fitzgerald said. “It is during this time that individuals begin to make lifestyle choices that will impact their heart health later on.” The ability to choose diets low in fat and cholesterol, maintain healthy weight and blood pressure level and exercise will reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Heath Ledger and Penelope Cruz were all winners of the coveted Oscar prize on Feb. 22. The evening celebrated astounding achievements in directing, acting, screen-writing and technical production.

A night of gowns, glamour and gold jake verterano a&e editor

Hollywood’s finest took the red carpet for the 81st annual Academy Awards on Feb. 22. The event, more commonly known as the Oscars, is held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The awards represent the excellence of professionals in the film industry for their work during the year. Directors, actors and writers are just some of the groups recognized by the prestigious award. “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk” and “The Reader” were the films granted the honor of being in the Best Picture category for this year. The Academy chose “Slumdog Millionaire” as the big winner. “I wasn’t really surprised ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ won,” Daniel DiPasquale, junior business major, said. “The film has been generating a lot of attention and was a shoe-in for an Oscar.” Sean Penn accepted the Best

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Actor in a Leading Role award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk in “Milk.” Penn made a strong statement in his acceptance speech against those who voted for Proposition 8 in California. The other nominees included Mickey Rourke, Brad Pitt, Leeroy Jenkins and Frank Langella. “It was a pretty emotional moment,” Jacqueline Marciano, junior business major, said. Kate Winslet finally won the big Best Actress award for acting in “The Reader.” The Best Actress in a Leading Role winner beat out Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Melissa Leo. “It’s about time she won an Oscar,” Meghan Sullivan, junior education major, said. “She’s unbelievably talented.” In one of the most anticipated awards of the night, the late Heath Ledger won the Oscar for Best Acor in a Supporting Role for his role as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Philip Seymour Hoffman and Michael Shannon were the other front runners for the award. “If I wasn’t around so many people, I would have cried after

Ledger won,” Carolyn Sweeney, junior education major at St. Joseph’s University of Long Island, said. With a selection ranging from a stripper to a nun in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category, no one was really sure who would win. In the end, it would be Penélope Cruz beating out fellow actresses Amy Adams, Marisa Tomei, Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson for her performance in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” “Cruz is amazing in ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona,’” Lindsay Buckley, junior education major, said. “See the film before chugging the haterade.” Other big winners of the night included “Wall-E” for Best Animated Film, “Milk” for Best Original Screenplay and “Slumdog Millionaire” for Best Directing. This year, the stage was the real star of the program. It was adorned with thousands of Swarovski crystals that formed a curtain across the stage at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. An entirely new production team was hired to change up the

event this year. The orchestra played various movie themes including “Moon River” and “Lawrence of Arabia” to some newer modernized beats. Host Hugh Jackman opened up the show with a musical tribute to the biggest movies of the year. The performance included an “impromptu” duet with nominee Anne Hathaway. The “Wolverine” star also performed a tribute to musicals with Beyonce, Zac Effron, Vanessa Hudgens, Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried . “Grease,” “Hairspray,” “Chicago” and “Moulin Rouge” were just some of the musicals highlighted. The presenters were also granted the ability to show much more personality with unique parings such as Tina Fey and Steve Martin. All of the acting awards were presented by former winners of the respective awards, including a speech highlighting the hard work of each nominee. Besides the acceptance speeches, some of the more emotional moments of the night included a video showing the contributions Jerry Lewis has performed for

children with muscular dystrophy. He was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the event. The ceremony took a break from celebrating the people who have won and took a look at the talent that was lost over the past year. Queen Latifah performed “I’ll Be Seeing You” as a in memorandum video package played. A video yearbook was also shown to highlight some of the best films of the year. Some of the categories highlighted in the yearbook included animated films and love stories. Films that were not granted the Oscar nomination got their chance to shine in this moment. With awards given to films, actors, directors, crew members and just about anyone involved in the film industry, it was truly entertainment’s night. Everyone was celebrated for their hard work throughout the year. Cruz said it best when she said in her acceptance speech, “art is one thing that brings all of us together.”

EVENTS: Feb. 26-March 5 Casino Night

Donuts and Diversity

Reminder for those who signed up! Come learn how to Dine for Success!

Bring your friends and your a game to Xavier’s Great Room on Friday for Casino Night.

Come and join students, faculty and staff for discussion or just to hear different perspectives on diversity. Free refreshments!

Thursday, Feb. 26 5:30 p.m. Mansion Dining Room

Friday, Feb. 27 8 p.m. Xavier Great Room

Tuesday, March 3 3:30-4:20 p.m. Founders, Rm 370

3rd Annual Fair Trade Wallyball Tournament Learn how Fair-Trade goods help impoverished communities around the world, through the work of Catholic Relief Services. Wednesday, March 4 3:30-5 p.m. Dixon Center

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Front row tickets at discount prices sami godowsky

asst. features editor

If you are low on cash but enjoy going to see plays and concerts, you are in luck. There are several different venues in the Philadelphia area that offer reasonable prices on tickets for students. The Philadelphia Theatre Company offers several different student specials that make it convenient for college students to be able to afford going to see shows. They offer what they call the Happy Hour Student Rush, where

they sell tickets that have not been sold the day of a show to students that show a valid ID for a price of only $10. However, this special is not available Saturday and Sunday evenings. The special is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Wednesdays from 1:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. matinee 4:00 p.m.-5:00p.m. or 7:00 p.m. evening performance. Saturdays only 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. matinee. The Philadelphia Theatre Company offers another special for students if you are interested

in buying a membership. Just by showing a valid ID students 25 and under can purchase a membership for only $60, which is equal to $15 a ticket. The Arden Theatre Company in Old City, Philadelphia also offers a rush seating program for students. Five minutes prior to any performance, students are able to purchase tickets for a low cost of $5. Students can only purchase the student rush tickets in person at Arden’s Box Office and cannot be reserved in advance. Tickets are only offered if there is available seating and students

can only purchase one ticket with a valid ID. The Wilma Theater on South Broad Street also offers rush seating for students. You can purchase tickets at the box office 30 minutes before a performance for only $10. On Saturday and Sunday matinees, you can purchase rush tickets for $25. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, you can purchase rush tickets for $30. If you are more interested in music, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society also offers a student rush seating special. If you call the box office 24

hours prior to a concert and there is available seating, you can buy a pack of three student ticket vouchers for $24. Show these vouchers at the concert and you will receive a ticket without waiting or paying an average of at least $75. So next time you are planning to go see a show or concert, before you think about paying full price take advantage of being a student and use the rush seating special. “Now that I know about these rush seating specials I am definetly going to attend more shows in Philly,” junior psychology major Jessica Leason said.

The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia is one of the places offering discounted tickets to students. Prices of tickets range from $5 to $75. Concert tickets are also available.


Don’t blink, Blink-182 is back eric povish staff writer

At the 2009 Grammy Awards, three men took the stage to present Best Rock Album of the Year. But before the winner was announced, they had something to say. In front of a hushed crowd of thousands of people the smallest of the three, with his left arm in a sling, drummer Travis Barker, calmly said, “We used to play music together and we decided that we will play music together again.” “Blink-182 is back,” Mark Hoppus, bass player for the band, said. “When I heard Blink-182 was getting back together, I was pretty excited,” Rob Benedickson, freshman marketing major, said. “I’ve been a Blink fan since the third grade.” The band, which also features guitarist Tom Delonge, had a very successful career in the late ‘90s all the way until early 2005. On Feb. 22, 2005, the band announced on their Web site that they will be taking an indefinite hiatus. It later came out that the reason behind the split was an argument between the three. The details were never clearly told but in the end a rift was formed that left Hoppus and Barker on one side and Delonge on the other. Hoppus and Barker went on to

form the Blink-sound alike band +44. Although not as popular as Blink, +44 left their fans satisfied but still wanting more. “I never really listened to their other bands,” Courtney Byelick, junior English and communications and philosophy major, said. “I just never got into them.” Angels and Airwaves was the brainchild of Delonge that was conceived weeks after the break up. It houses all of Delonge’s creative energy where he channels his emotions, feelings and love through his songs. “I wasn’t a big fan of Angels and Airwaves, but I really like +44,” Benedickson said. “They reminded me so much of Blink, but it just wasn’t the same without Tom Delonge.” On Sept. 19, 2008, Barker was involved in a plane crash that left four dead and Barker and a friend covered in burns. Almost losing a friend was what brought the three back together. “I was glad to hear that Travis survived the crash,” Benedickson said. “I never really thought about how it could have been a factor, but I’m sure it must have been a big one.” The band is currently in the process of writing a record and putting together a summer tour. “It’s all really exciting,” Tom Walsh, junior philosophy major, said. “Their old stuff is awesome and I can’t wait to get my hands on their new CD.”


Blink-182 announced they will be touring this summer at the 2009 Grammy Awards. This will be the band’s first time touring together since 2005.

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Marketplace hosts ‘concert of flavor’ eric povish staff writer

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The annual Chef Fair was held in the Marketplace on Feb. 11. Cabrini chefs, along with a few from neighboring schools, prepared some flavorful items for the students.

Loud thumping music and fresh aromas wafting through the air greeted students as they entered Cabrini’s Marketplace on Wednesday. Feb. 11. Cabrini College held host to the Chef’s Fair, a competition between local college chefs, which featured Cabrini’s very own Chef Rodney Stockett. “What we do is we get the closest chefs in the district and they have a cook off,” Bob Veasy, Sedexo representative, said. “We have the kids vote on their favorite. It gets a little hometowny, but it’s a fun experience and a good experience for everyone.” This year’s cook off had Stockett facing off against the chefs from Ursinus College, Delaware Valley College and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medication. Each of the schools have their own Cook off’s scheduled in the future. “A Concert of Flavor” was the theme for the night. The DJ in the corner of the room spilled out the sounds that would serve as the soundtrack to the night’s dinner. Around the room were posters that talked about music and food together. “I think we were all just a little caught off guard,” freshman communication major Liz Scopelliti said. “We were expecting cheese

burgers and fries.” The food for the night was prepared by the chefs and according to Ursinus College’s Chef Craig, “was a real labor of the love.” His smoked trout and Irish car bomb inspired dessert were student favorites. “My favorite was the chicken and pineapple apple rice,” Brittney Hume, freshman math major, said. “I also really like the Irish car bomb.” Erin McCole, senior chemistry major, was so won over by the competition that she gave her vote to them. “I am voting for Ursinus. I liked the Irish car bomb and the fish was really good. It made a great combo.” Some students enjoyed the food so much that they had a hard time making up their mind. “I don’t know what I am eating but it’s banging,” Rizwan Ishmal, senior Spanish and secondary education major, said. “It’s the best food the cafeteria has had all year.” At the end of the night the winner of the cook of was revealed to be Cabrini’s own Stockett. Even though he did not win, Chef Steven Rothstein of Delaware Valley College still had a successful night. “I ran out of food early. I cooked the same amount of food for tonight as I did for Mansfield University. You guys eat a lot.”

African Americans influence entertainment brian loschiavo

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African Americans have made great strides in many different areas of American life and culture. In the entertainment industry they have gone where some thought they never would. One of the large aspects of entertainment that African Americans have excelled and played a huge role in is the music industry. The most popular music heard on the radio today contains many different elements of African American rhythms and culture. When native African people first came over to the United States, religious and spiritual hymns were sung which account for some of the earliest known forms of American music. These songs eventually transformed into the blues, which took over the United States and most notably the south during its beginning. Jazz which first surfaced in the late 1800’s was born out of black folk, blues and ballads. Many musicians in the mid1900’s combined spirituals, blues and jazz styles to develop what we know as rock and roll today. In the late 1900’s the newest of American music came onto the scene, hip-hop and rap. These two categories of music

are some of the most popular in the United States. Today rap and hip-hop have taken over the radio and have influenced the American culture of our time. The impact of African Americans through music and entertainment is seen greatly at the annual Grammy awards, where the best of the best in all areas of music are recognized for that year. On May 4, 1959, the first Grammy Awards were held honoring the recordings of 1958. That year, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie were the first African Americans to win awards at the event. Fitzgerald won best Individual Jazz Performance for singing the Duke Ellington Song Book and Best Female Vocal Performance for the Irving Berlin Song Book. Count Basie won Best Group Jazz Performance for Basie and Best performance by a dance band also for Basie. These awards were not only huge steps for African Americans in the music industry, but huge leaps for the African American community as a whole in the United States. In 1959, there were only two blacks to be recognized at the Grammys. At the 2009 Grammy presentations, 33 African Americans were presented with Grammys in almost all areas of music.

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Count Basie, Beyonce, Jimi Hendrix and Ella Fitzgerald are some of the most influential African Americans in music history.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009


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Junior English and communication major Erin Nollen gets surrounded by four Eastern defenders while carrying the ball during a game played last season.

Tournament or bust for Lady Cavaliers megan bernatavitz asst. news editor

As the girls lacrosse season gears up in less than three weeks, Head Coach Jackie Neary has high expectations for the team. With intense conditioning, scrimmages and 6 a.m. practices, the women’s lacrosse team is ready for their first game against Franklin and Marshall College on Wednesday, March 4. “We only lost two strong players this year and our freshmen are very talented,” junior exercise science and health promotion major Amanda Alexandrowicz said. “I am most excited for the CSAC championship because the seniors and I have yet to win one.”

With a 13-6 record ending last year, the girls are hoping for an even better season. “We try to approach every game with the same intensity; however, there are some games that you know are going to be extra tough, like opening up with the No. 2 team in the nation, Franklin and Marshall,” Neary said. “Every game counts and we know we need to play hard, and execute at a high level all the time in order to make this a rewarding season.” They will get help from Reid Watson, the newest assistant coach. Prior to his move to Cabrini, Watson was an assistant coach for the University of Delaware for four seasons. “The new addition to the

coaching staff has already made a difference in a good way,” Alexandrowicz said. One of the premier returning players is junior Erin Nollen. “We have lost in the championship the past three years so this year we’re pissed off and determined to win,” Nollen said. Nollen led the girls in scoring with 64 goals and 15 assists last season. She was also named PAC player of the year, PAC First Team, PAC all-academic and Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All Region Metro Region Second Team. “My personal goal is to lead the team any way I can to help reach our overall goal which is to win the league,” Nollen said. After making it to the Eastern

College Athletic Conference last season, Neary has long and short term goals for the girls. “Currently we are looking forward to improving during our pre-season. We hope to continue to grow as a team with the ultimate goal being to make the CSAC playoffs and advance into the NCAAs,” Neary said. Neary knows that hard work and dedication are two key components of what her team needs to become a winning team. She also plans a trip to Florida every year during spring break, so her players are able to practice and bond as a team. When asked what she enjoyed most about joining the girls lacrosse team, Jacky McDermmit, freshman elementary education

major, said, “The girls on my team are incredible. I never thought within the first month I would have such a strong bond with them; they are like family already. They make me feel so comfortable and are always going out of their way to help. Having Jackie as a coach really is a privilege and I do not think I could have picked a better team to play with.” “If we use all of our skills and play like we know how, than there is no reason why we shouldn’t meet Neary’s expectations for the team,” Alexandrowicz said. Loquitur welcomes your comments on this story. Please send your comments to:

Sophomore credits father as inspiration arielle friscia

asst. a&e editor The inspired sophomore of the Cabrini men’s basketball team can’t wait to take the next step of his basketball career. Lamar Fisher, sophomore communication major, made his decision about coming to Cabrini a few months before he left for school. “One of the coaches here said he was really interested in me and that I had a lot of talent and decided to set something up for me to come here and play,” Fisher said. There were a few other schools looking at Fisher to play for them. One of those

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being Rutgers-Camden in New Jersey. Fisher came from Metuchen, N.J., where he played four years

of basketball with St. Joseph High School. His inspiration comes from his father, who introduced him to the game of basketball at a young age. “You know I just enjoy watching the NBA and college basketball and all the hype. I always dreamed I would be there one day and I’m still trying to make that next step,” Fisher said. Not only is Fisher’s father an inspiration, but Kobe Bryant also inspires him. On the court, Fisher sometimes feels like he is Bryant. “He’s just an amazing player; he inspires me a lot. Just the way he moves around the court, he’s so comfortable. No worries at

all,” Fisher said. Starting in a few games this season and as a freshman with the Cavaliers, Fisher has seen his teammates not only as a group of men who play basketball together, but more of a growing family. “Oh yeah, it’s family. It took a lot of getting used to. We had a lot of new players. We lost a couple of seniors that were a big part of this team, but we started getting comfortable,” Fisher said. Not only does Fisher look to his teammates for support, but his family also supports him tremendously on and off the court. “They are a big part of my support,” Fisher said. “They

let me know what I am doing wrong, the mistakes I made and what I could do to improve myself. They are on top of me for everything.” Fisher said that coach Marcus Kahn is always making sure that Fisher is doing what he is supposed to be doing on and off the court. Fisher personally has big goals. “The rest of the season I’m just going to keep pushing my teammates and hopefully get something out of basketball and try to take it to another level when I graduate,” Fisher said. “If not, I’ll probably take my communication skills further and see what I can do.”


Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009

‘Goalie controversy’ a media fabrication SPORTS SCENE By Nick Pitts So I have finally figured it out. The media hates us. That is right. The media hates the Philadelphia Flyers and that is all there is to it. I am over the fact that ESPN does not cover our games because apparently college basketball trumps the National Hockey League. I suppose I won’t lose sleep over Mike Richard’s third, and record-setting, mind you, three-on-five goal of his career not cracking the coveted top 10 plays. Finally, when the Flyers get coverage, it comes in the form of criticism, and I am just so tired of every sports writer getting it all wrong. The latest story to be fabricated out of desperation is the “goalie controversy” that seems to be stirring among the depths of the Wachovia Center. Well, yeah, now that there is a giant write up about a half truth on a globally appreciated site like ESPN, somehow that makes the controversy concrete, and now there is a dire competition when before it was just two guys, happy to do a job, stop pucks and make the fans of Philly happy. The latest media pressure creates something that simply is not there. Martin Biron and Antero

Niittymaki are the most cool, calm and collective people, both between the pipes and off the ice. These guys are each others biggest cheerleaders and they happen to be very complimentary as net minders. In the “ideal” situation, a team has one tried and true goaltender that plays the bulk of the 82 regular season games. So far this season, some giant names have fallen to injury, perhaps from overuse? St. Louis Blues keeper Manny Legace was injured three separate times this year, and is currently playing for their affiliate farm team because he cannot seem to regain his swagger. New Jersey Devils famous Martin Brodeur needed elbow surgery in the offseason and is finally planning on returning in the next week, after missing twothirds of the season. The most peculiar case, however, is San Jose Sharks guy, Evgeni Nabokov. Nabokov started the first three games for the Sharks last season before finally receiving a day off. I wasn’t too surprised when he went down earlier this season with a knee injury. Not many people without a severe hockey sickness can name their understudies. A tandem goalie system has worked in the past, and there is no reason why it won’t work again. Take a look at the Detroit Red Wings. In 1996-97 Chris Osgood

and Mike Vernon shared goalie duty. That was a cup winning team. They did it again together the following season. In 2007-08 Osgood played with a shouldbe-retired Dominik Hasek, and the two even shared time in the playoffs before Hasek choked and Osgood took over to eventually win another cup. The Wings won those cups with superior defense and an ability to score on demand. Those teams could dominate, no matter who you put between the pipes. Need proof? Phil Myre and Pete Peeters. The only thing those two did together back in 1979-80 was anchor the Flyers 35-game unbeaten streak, a record in professional sports in North America to this day. Flyers Coach John Stevens is a smart man, he knows when either goalie has played too much and needs a break, and is certainly not afraid to pull one masked man for another when the team is in need of a momentum change. Stevens pays attention to stats, realized that Niitty will never lose a game against the Atlanta Thrashers and plans accordingly. I said to myself after Niitty won a huge game, ‘he needs to start tomorrow night too.’ Sure enough, Stevens started him. Be it Marty or Niity, when they earn another start, Stevens grants it. As much as the media wants to see one of these guys come out and take the reigns, the truth is that they both play well when

called upon, and if sharing the crease is what it will take for a Stanley Cup in Philly, Stevens seems prepared to distribute the workload. By the way, around this time last year reports came in from media outlets that couldn’t tell a puck from a soccer ball claiming that General Manager Paul Holmgren was trading Jeff Carter for Tomas Kaberle. Yes, it is true, there was contact between the Flyers and the Maple Leafs, but the trade deadline came and went, Carter was still wearing orange and black and writers were still talking about how Kaberle could have really benefited the team. A year later, Carter is second

only to Alexander Ovechkin in goals. Kaberle and the Leafs have lost four more games than they have won, and Kaberle himself has four goals and a minus 12 rating. Good call on that one fellas. I’m eager to hear what the media claims will be the “smart moves” for Philly as the trade deadline edges closer. Gee, Brian Boucher had himself a decent year as a backup in San Jose, maybe they should bring him back, eh? If anyone is looking for a real story line, you might want to start with pretty boy Danny Briere, and what he has done for the team lately.


Philadelphia Flyers goalie Martin Biron makes a save.

This week in sports

melissa mariani

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Phillies begin spring training The World Series Champions, Philadelphia Phillies, began spring training this past week in Clearwater, Fla. Pitchers and catchers were the first to report to spring training. There are four candidates chosen for the final starting pitchers slot in the starting rotation. Charlie Manuel, the Phillies skipper, has openly stated that the final starting spot is Klye Kendrick. Kendrick was the starter last year, and until another player proves their mark he will remain a starting pitcher. Those competing against Kendrick are J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park and rookie Carlos Carrasco. Kendrick will round out the Phillies starting rotation along with Cole Hammels, Bret Myers, Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton. Vick’s choices limited upon release Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will be released from prison this upcoming July after serving 23 months for federal dog-fighting charges. Many teams have ruled out the possibilities of Vick playing for them. However, the one team that has not ruled him out yet is the San Francisco 49ers. In a recent news conference, Head Coach Mike Singletary has discussed the possibility of Vick quarterbacking the 49ers in the future. Analysts agreed that Vick could be very productive alongside running back Frank Goore in this upcoming NFL season. Earnhardt apologizes for wreck Dale Earnhardt Jr. apologized for his Daytona 500 wreck on Sunday, Feb. 15. He gave his version of a mea culpa, accepting blame for the big wreck involving Brian Vickers. Vickers and Earnhardt were a lap down on the inside line when the accident happened. Earnhardt made a move to pass Vickers, who blocked Earnhardt and forced him below the yellow line. With him knowing the rules do not allow drivers to pass anyone below the line, Earnhardt wanted to get back above the line as fast as possible. He moved back up the track too quickly, clipping Vickers car. The wreck involved 10 cars on lap 124, 28 before rain ended the event.

Thursday, Feb. 26 No games Friday, Feb. 27

Men’s Basketball Finals - TBA Track and Field - Fast Track Invitational - New York, N.Y. - All Day Saturday, Feb. 28 Men’s Lacrosse - Home vs. Haverford College @ 1 p.m. Track and Field - USATF Indoor Championship - Boston, Mass. - All Day Women’s Basketball Finals - TBA Sunday, March 1 Track and Field @ Seton Hall University - All Day Monday, March 2 No games Tuesday, March 3 No games Wednesday, March 4 Men’s Lacrosse - Home vs. Franklin and Marshall College @ 3:30 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse @ Franklin and Marshall College @ 4:30 p.m.

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Young softball team ready to turn heads gianna shikitino

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Junior Liz Zimmer catches a ball in the infield during a practice last week. The women’s softball team will have their first game against Gallaudet University on March 6 over spring break in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Senior Kristie Sandefur throws a ball from third base in a game played earlier last season.

Despite ending the 2008 season with an overall 12-25 finish and an 8-12 mark in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, the Cabrini women’s softball team has hopes to better their record this year. For senior players, it’s astonishing to start their final season playing Cabrini softball. “I think people are going to underestimate us, because of last year just going by our record,” Kelsie LaBauve, senior religious studies major, said. “We have a lot of new players, so a lot of people won’t expect what we’ll bring to the table.” Last season, two teammates received PAC All-Conference recognition, Kristie Sandefur and Melissa Benedetti. In addition to those achievements, LaBauve earned All-Sportsmanship Team honors. Bernadette Dolan, senior marketing major, explained how the team lost a key player last season, but gained a lot this season with freshmen players. With new players on the team, Dolan has high hopes for the upcoming season. “I’m pretty excited this year. It’s exciting to see all of the changes and I’m hoping to leave with a CSAC Championship,” Dolan said. Leslie Farrell, sophomore math and secondary education major, said, “Last year was the first time we made playoffs in a while.” According to Farrell, last season the defense was good, whereas the offense needed some work. “Hopefully we’ll be more

well-rounded this season,” Farrell said. The team has come together as a unit, but not everyone has started off playing since freshmen year. Benedetti, senior exercise science and health promotion major, did not play softball her first two years at Cabrini. “I’m still learning about the team and team traditions,” Benedetti said. Benedetti earned second-team honors last season, with a .343 hitting clip, 11 runs scored and 12 runs batted in. She is one of the 39 Cabrini student athletes to receive PAC All-Academic honors following the spring 2008 semester. “There’s a lot of new teams we’re playing this season. We still have some of our old rivals, but hopefully we’ll win a championship. It’ll be fantastic,” Benedetti said. Lisa McGregor, head coach of the women’s softball team, has high hopes for her team this upcoming season. “I think they play very well as a team. They come together as one unit,” McGregor said. “We’re going to shock a lot of teams in the CSAC with what we’re bringing to the table.” The team’s first game will be over spring break in Virginia Beach, Va. against Gallaudet University on March 6. McGregor and the team will come back to open the CSAC at Cabrini on Saturday, March 14 against Marywood University. “I think that Cabrini softball this year is going to be a team to watch for,” McGregor said. “We have a group of girls this year that want to win and be successful, and I want to see them do that.”

Lady Cavs down Immaculata, finish on top of division danielle feole sports editor

The Cabrini women’s basketball team clinched their division, earning a first round playoff bye after beating Immaculata University 64-48 on Thursday, Feb. 19. They are currently 21-4 at the end of their Colonial States Athletic Conference regular season schedule. “Immaculata needed to win that game in order to potentially make the playoffs, so we knew that we were going to get their best effort,” head coach Bernadette Laukaitis said. “This game was a great culmination of our season.” Cabrini led by 10-0 before the Mighty Macs scored their first point of the game. “We knew we had to play well because they had just come off of a huge win at Gwynedd-Mercy, so we knew they were going to come out confident,” senior English and communication

major Nicole Duggan said. Senior forward Kayleen Smith led the offense, scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds. Senior Brittany McLeod tallied her eighth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and 12 boards. “It was a great playoff atmosphere and the girls answered everything they threw at us,” Laukaitis said. The Cavs led by 11 points at the 16:43 mark. After a back-door lay-in from senior forward Rachael Caron, Cabrini led by 13 points, 22-9. “We came out ready to play and knew that it was going to take a lot for us to win a game of that magnitude,” Laukaitis said. Immaculata responded with eight points that allowed us to only have a five point lead, but the Cavs led by 16 points at the half mark. The Cavs brought their lead back up to 14 points, 51-37, after junior Deana DiAmico hit a runner in the land and led by

19 points with only two points remaining. Junior shooting guard Alyssa Brady tallied nine points and collected 10 rebounds. Caron scored a season-best 10 points. While, point guard DiAmico added eight points for the Cavaliers. “It was a great team win and was a great way to end our regular season and get us ready for the playoffs,” history major DiAmico said. For the first time since the 1996-97 campaign the Cavs have won 21 regular season games. “I catch myself watching almost as a spectator because they are just playing great basketball right now and are enjoying every minute they are out there together,” Laukaitis said. “As seniors, it felt great to win our last regular season game, especially with it being a conference win,” Duggan said. Cabrini will begin the postseason as the top seed in the CSAC tournament.

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Junior Deana DiAmico looks to start an offensive play during a game earlier this season.

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Cavaliers advance to conference finals nick pitts sports editor

With the game in his hands, senior Charles Bush took the inbound pass, allowed the clock to tick below 30 seconds, and then made his mark. The rest is history. The men’s basketball team defeated Keystone College by a score of 64-62 on Tuesday, Feb. 24, but it came down to the very last possession. “When I got the ball, I was hoping the play that coach drew up would work,” Bush, English and communication major, said. “Once it broke down, I was just trying to get in position to make the best shot possible. When it dropped, I was excited until I saw the ten seconds left on the clock, and I realized we had to go play some defense.” The Cavaliers prevailed on the defensive end and earned themselves a berth in the conference championship. Bush scored a hard-fought 13 points in the relatively low scoring battle, while sophomore Lamar Fisher tallied 12. It took the Cavaliers four minutes to make a dent on the scoreboard, and Keystone lead the majority of the first half. The score was tied at 12 halfway through, but the Giants were all over the Cavaliers after that. Cabrini found themselves down 35-28 at the half and shot only 32.4 percent from the field, a near season worst. When asked if he was feeling nervous to start the second half, Coach Marcus Kahn said simply, “Absolutely. I knew we had it in us, I knew we would make a run late in the second, but when Keystone answered right back, I definitely got nervous.” Junior Corey White understood what needed to be done. “I wasn’t worried about being down,” White, computer science major, said. “We all walked in the locker room and agreed that we needed to play better defense and rebound better, and ultimately work hard until the clock read double zero.” White had five points, all of which came in the second half, as the Cavaliers stormed back and finally took their first lead with under 16 minutes to go in the game, on a Dom Farrello lay-up. “When it came down to it, we just wanted it that much more,” White said. With less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, the game became a nail biter for both sides, with five lead changes and neither side reaching more than a five-point lead. But the Cavalier faithful shook the bleachers in support of their team throughout the majority of the half. Keystone was up 61-53 after a technical foul was handed to Farrello, but the Cavaliers chipped away with hard earned free throws, setting up for that story book ending.

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Junior Kevin Misevicius jumps high above a Keystone defender for a crucial field goal during the second half on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

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Sophomore Dom Farrello takes a jump shot over a Keystone player.

Senior Charles Bush eyes up his eventual game-winning shot.

“During that last timeout we told the guys to go out there and get us to the championship,” assistant coach Saleem Brown said. “Bush had a lot on his shoulders and he came up huge.” Bush waited until after the game to celebrate his gamewinner, making sure to hustle back on defense to make one last stand. “Honestly, I was just thanking God through that entire last play,” Bush said. “It has been a long time from that 5-19 season. We

“Winning that award really made me feel honored,” Kahn said. “But I really give all of the credit to my players, and my assistants more than myself. I have incredible assistants and my players are great too. They go out and do it every night, grind out big wins just like they did tonight. To me, those are the biggest reasons for the award.” Brown said Kahn’s award was well deserved. “Kahn came in and made the players believe in a system that

lost in the first round last year, and it is definitely great to finally get over that hump.” Kahn was among a few people left lingering on the floor once the game was over. With what was left of his voice, he stood by his family as he thanked a few of his friends who came out to watch the game. Already with a Coach of the Year honor under his belt, the first-year coach of the Cavaliers was all smiles as he gave thought to how this season has unfolded.

works,” Brown said. “We all follow him and believe in him.” The Cavaliers will dance with conference rivals Gwynedd-Mercy College for the championship on Friday, Feb. 27, at Gwynedd-Mercy. “When we played Gwynedd here and beat them, most valuable player of the league Dave Smith looked at me and said, ‘we’ll see you guys again,’” Bush said. It looks like he was right.”

2008-09 Issue 18 Loquitur  

2008-09 Issue 18 Loquitur, Cabrini College student newspaper, Radnor, Pa. 19087

2008-09 Issue 18 Loquitur  

2008-09 Issue 18 Loquitur, Cabrini College student newspaper, Radnor, Pa. 19087