Thursday, April 16, 2009
YOU SPEAK, WE LISTEN
Pacemaker Winner Vol L, Issue 23
The Loquitur: You speak, we listen The Loquitur has been a Cabrini College tradition since 1959― exactly two years after Cabrini opened. Over the years, The Loquitur has given hundreds of students the ability to experience writing and the world of journalism first hand. Each fall semester, a new staff of editors take on the task of creating the weekly publication to inform, educate and entertain the Cabrini community. The Loquitur is a nationally ranked college newspaper. In 2007, it was named one of the 18 best weekly newspapers in the nation, along with Harvard and University of Pennsylvania. What has been responsible for placing Loquitur on the national map? We did not earn that title by covering students’ dislikes of the cafeteria food or the lack of parking on campus. We understand that as writers we have the ability to tell a story that might not otherwise be told. That is why the current editors and previous ones have devoted much of the paper to important issues of local, regional, national and international scope that connect to the lives of students and staff on campus. Loquitur stories go beneath the surface. When other college newspapers might merely report that a speaker spoke on campus, The Loquitur tries to get into the heart of what the speaker spoke about. Cabrini is especially dedicated to social justice. Sure, social justice issues won’t be found in your average college newspaper, but Cabrini is not your average college. Social justice is a major part of Cabrini’s history and future. The students who study and are involved in working to make our world a better place for all should be honored and recognized by the articles that are covered each week, just the way college newspapers, and The Loquitur, honors its athletes. The Loquitur editors are constantly faced with the task of what to fill the 16-page newspaper with, content to please not only ourselves but to the whole student body, faculty, staff, alumni and prospective students. We recognize that the impact of the current financial crisis or the Middle East conflicts will have lasting effects on our futures. The Loquitur strives to make the connection between our dayto-day lives of studying, working and having fun and the bigger world beyond. We cover similar topics to the national commercial news media, but with this difference ― we always try to make the connection to Cabrini students’ own lives. But frankly, there are not many earth-shaking events going on in Radnor, Pa., that are front-page worthy. Of course when something major happens on campus like our basketball teams going to the championship, it gets put on the front page but on an average week, we try to tell the stories behind the scenes. For the students involved with the campus newspaper, it is much more than a class with homework and lectures; it is our job, our life and our passion.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
CRS ambassadors information session gillian davis
asst. a&e editor
It was difficult for Cabrini students to find a seat in the Wolfington Center on Wednesday, March 25, for an information session at the Wolfington Center held for prospective Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors. Students ran to other classrooms to grab as many extra chairs as they could. Forty people crammed into the Wolfington Center to show their enthusiasm for the event. “This is the first time we’ve held a meeting like this, but it is definitely the biggest response we have had regarding underclassmen, especially first year students, involvement with the program,” senior psychology major and ambassador at-large Jessica Zawrotny, said. The meeting opened with Dr. Mary Laver, director of international partnerships, giving a brief overview of how long she has been with CRS and Cabrini’s history with CRS. After Laver’s introduction, Candice Harris, program assistant at the CRS Northeast Regional Office, gave a PowerPoint presentation, where students learned some background information on what CRS does. CRS was founded in 1945 and has been actively involved in social justice since.
Several current CRS ambassadors, Zawrotny, Elizabeth Briggs, Kristie Bergin, Brittany Mitchell and Christopher Cantwell, talked about their past experiences with the program. Bergin, junior social work and religious studies major, explained to the students why they should fill out their applications. “Sign up because it’s a fun way to spread awareness about social justice and to grow in leadership and advocacy skills,” Bergin said. “Don’t hesitate to use the many resources we have here at Cabrini and with CRS to come up with good programs. Try not to be discouraged if people seem disinterested and know that you’re doing good work.” The slideshow continued to inform students of the opportunities of becoming an ambassador. Ambassadors work to bring awareness and work by the model principle of “never have the government do what the local people can do.” Prospective ambassadors were given applications and were told to consider which issue they would like to be involved in. The programs consist of migration, HIV/AIDS, food security, fair trade, peacebuilding and microfinance. “CRS has great opportunities with all of the programs, but I have become fully captivated and interested with the idea of immigration and migration,”
Michelle Costa, freshman communication major, said. “I hope to find a way to better our system for those who are trying to better their lives by crossing our border.” Students began filling out the applications immediately as they were handed out. The meeting concluded with a question and answer session. “I think the meeting went really well,” Briggs, junior psychology and sociology major, said. “The students got an idea of what exactly CRS does and why this is such a unique and valuable opportunity. Everyone seemed to be really engaged and excited about the global issues that we discussed.” Jamie Santoro, freshman communication major, expressed his feelings about his possible future as a CRS student ambassador. “I’m very excited. A little nervous because I really want to be an ambassador,” Santoro said. “I want to further the causes that have sparked my interest in my first semester of ECG. I want to develop this campus as a socially aware one. I hope that everybody can learn the issues, not agree on them but just be educated enough to have an opinion in the first place.” Please send your comments to Loquitur@googlegroups.com.
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The Loquitur is Cabrini’s College weekly, student-run, campus newspaper. It is widely respected as the voice of students, staff, faculty, alumni and many others outside the Cabrini community. The Loquitur has earned its position by advocating for self expression through freedom of speech, and by serving as an outlet for readers to affect change on campus and off. Founded in 1959, the Loquitur has thrived and greatly expanded its readership. The paper now has over 2,000 online readers and 1,500 print readers on a weekly basis. Our mission is to provide readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions freely, in an environment where their voices are effectively heard and respected. The Loquitur: You Speak. We Listen. Loquitur is a laboratory newspaper written, edited and produced by the students of COM 353, 352, 250 and 251. Subscription price is $25 per year and is included in the benefits secured by tuition and fees. Additional copies are $1 each. Loquitur welcomes letters to the editors. Letters to the editor are to be less than 500 words. These are usually in response to a current issue on campus or community area. Guest columns are longer pieces between 600 and 800 words and also are usually in response to a current issue on Cabrini College campus or community. Letters to the editor and guest columns are printed as space permits. Submissions may be edited for length, clarity and content. Name, phone number and address should be included for verification purposes. Personal attacks and anonymous submissions will not be printed. Letters to the editor and guest columns can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the newsroom mailboxes in Founders Hall 264.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
S3 program focuses on freshmen development shannon keough copy editor
Incoming first-year students are now given the opportunity to arrive at Cabrini College a couple days earlier than their classmates in order to participate in a preorientation program that focuses on service, spirituality and solidarity, known as S3. “Students who have an interest in service will really benefit from the program, but for students who are just curious and not sure what they want to do in college, this is a good first experience to help them make those decisions,” Christa Angeloni, campus minister, said. S3 was piloted this past August, in which 55 incoming students participated. For the class of 2013, up to 100 students will be admitted into the program and will move in Aug. 18, as opposed to Aug. 20. “It [S-cubed] gives you a head start at school as well as a head start at making new friends,” Nick Guldin, freshman communication major and S3 participant, said. During the program, students are introduced to the mission of the college, “service beyond one’s self,” through a variety of programming. They visit Cabrini’s
surrounding communities, such as Philadelphia and Norristown, connect with classmates and faculty members and are introduced to topics of faith, outreach and social justice initiatives. Some highlights of the program that students especially enjoyed were visiting Kensington in Philadelphia for an awareness tour, participating in an unexpected protest and viewing a show that revolved around criminals in prison who are devoting their lives to forgiveness. Also, after completing the two-day program, the S3 students are invited to join Cabrini President Marie A. George for dinner to share their experience. Freshmen Katie Keller, accounting major, and Jamie Tadrzynski, history and secondary education major, also took part in S3 and said that they benefited a lot from the program because they didn’t know anyone before arriving at Cabrini. “Within the first couple of weeks, I would walk around campus, know people and be known, which was a huge help to me,” Keller said. Angeloni believes that S3 was a success because S3 students were becoming involved in Wolfington Center programming throughout the year and some are now searching for leadership positions for the upcoming year.
RENEE ROFF/SUBMITTED PHOTO
Students hold candles following mass in Bruckmann Chapel during the first annual S3 pre-orientation program in August 2008. The program focuses on service, solidarity and spirituality. “S3 enabled the incoming freshmen to shape further their idea of what it means to be a leader as well as establish a mission statement that represents who they are as an individual,” Slutz said. Students that attended S3 recommend incoming freshmen to take part in the experience, in order to meet new people and get
involved from the start. “I think that with the refinements to the program the incoming freshmen of 2009 will gain a better understanding of service, have a larger sense of community and see Cabrini College’s dedication promoting social justice,” Slutz said. This year, an additional retreat will be held in mid-summer for
incoming freshmen and is open to all those who are interested in faith life on campus. For more information on these programs, contact Angeloni at cma722@ cabrini.edu. “I think everyone should participate in something like that [S3] at least once in life,” Keller said.
College to participate in annual Earth Day event molly kearney
asst. copy editor
Cabrini will particpate in its second annual Crabby Creek Earth Day event on Saturday, April 18. This event has previously been run by Dr. David Dunbar, associate biology professor, and Dr. Melissa Terlecki, assistant psychology professor. This year, they are joined by Dr. Caroline Nielsen, assistant biology professor, and Dr. Janice Xu, assistant communication professor. Dunbar was the first to become involved with Crabby Creek, after receiving a grant for stream restoration work. He wanted to set up a way for Cabrini to assist non-profit groups with stream restoration. Dunbar soon began helping the Valley Creek Restoration Partnership. The partnership works to restore the Valley Creek Watershed, which is a part of Crabby Creek. Storm-water runoff from surrounding housing developments has caused further pollution of Crabby Creek. Dunbar has worked with his students and allowed them to research stream insect life to see if the restoration work allows Crabby Creek to deal with storm water. Also, whether the restoration work improves the health of the stream. Crabby Creek, however, is not just a place for water runoff. Brook trout, the Pennsylvania state fish and the only trout na-
tive to Pennsylvania, used to inhabit Crabby Creek up until about a decade ago. Another goal of the partnership is to bring back the brook trout to the upper stretches of Crabby Creek. That is where Terlecki came in. She developed a survey that was
sent out to Crabby Creek community members to get a better understanding of environmental attitudes and whether they knew about the Crabby Creek restoration. Terlecki’s survey results showed most community mem-
bers did not know Crabby Creek was undergoing restoration but that they would like to learn more and would volunteer their time in order to help. Upon this realization, the partnership decided they could indeed allow the community to
dr. terlecki/submitted photo
Pictured left to right: Dr. Melissa Terlecki, Zach Berman, Erin McCole, Siobhan McKenna, Katie Ierardi, Lauren Galonski, young community member, Tim Liggett and Sarak Klingham at Crabby Creek Earth Day in 2008.
work with them as a team, hence Crabby Creek Earth Day. The goal is “to educate community members on the best storm water management practices as well as assistance with how they can make their homes and yards more conducive to the best storm water management practices,” Dunbar said. Dunbar and Terlecki co-teach an environmental psychology course and their students participate in this as well as the research on the stream as mentioned previously. “Environmental problems, like many problems that inflict us, are best solved through an interdisciplinary lens where faculty and students from many different disciplines come together and work on a problem,” Dunbar said. That is where the two new members to Crabby Creek Earth Day, Neilsen and Xu, have become involved. With their various areas of expertise, Dunbar is excited to see how the program will continue to improve. Dunbar encourages members of the Cabrini community to come out and get involved. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for Cabrini students in that they get to be involved in a very worthwhile community service project and get to see first hand their professors, a partnership and a community working together for the common good,” Dunbar said.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
N. Korea missile test has major repercussions kerry english staff writer
President Obama announced his promise to work towards reducing, but not removing, the number of nuclear weapons worldwide in response to N. Korea’s recent missile test. Obama did, however, acknowledge a nations right to obtain them for protection purposes. Some fear the debut of the three-stage rocket is N. Korea’s way of testing their capability for launching nuclear weapons. Obama called N. Korea’s actions “provocative” and further went on to explain the need for change from within the United Nations to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
Gates to renovate Pentagon budget
christopher r. blake/news editor
Boone Hall is a facility at the Foundation for Islamic Education at Villanova. A recent poll found American Muslims were more likely than citizens of Muslim countries to see themselves as thriving.
Poll finds Muslims in United States more confident than those abroad christopher r. blake news editor
“People are ignorant because they instantly associate Islam with terrorism,” Bassam Omar, sophomore business administration major, said. “If a group of Christians went and tried to blow up a building, you wouldn’t see people accusing all Christians of being terrorists.” Omar, 20, lives in Collegeville, Pa., and commutes to Cabrini College. He was born and raised in the United States, other than a three-year stint in Egypt. Omar’s Islamic faith plays an important role in his life. He regularly visits a mosque in Devon, Pa. “I don’t live by my religion 110 percent, but not a lot of people do,” Omar said. “But I try to be the best Muslim I can be.” The Gallup Center for Muslim Studies recently conducted a poll that found Muslims in the United States are far more likely than people in Muslim countries to see themselves as thriving. The organization interviewed more than 300,000 American Muslims by telephone in 2008 while focusing on 946 Muslims. “I believe on an overall basis, most Muslims are content with their religion. I have yet to meet a Muslim that has questioned their religion or said, ‘I don’t approve of this or I don’t approve of that,’” Omar said. However, the poll found that within the United States, compared with Jews, Mormons and Roman Catholics, Muslims are the least content religious group. “I don’t see myself as Muslim
first and then an American. I see myself as an American Muslim,” Villanova University Muslim Student Association President Irfan Kahn said. Kahn heads the Villanova chapter of the nationwide organization that was founded in the late 1960s. Campuses across the United States raise awareness on the Islamic tradition through the student-run group. “We try to get together and bring a community aspect to Muslim life in America,” Kahn said. Kahn estimates the Villanova MSA has 55 members including 20 non-Muslims. Each year there are two major events held, including a Ramadan dinner celebrating the Muslim Holy Month and an Islamic Awareness Week that educates students on faith. A counseling service that allows members of the Muslim community and non-Muslims to come discuss and question the faith has been implemented. In addition, they provide weekly transportation to Friday services at the Foundation for Islamic Education at Villanova in Villanova, Pa. “There are a lot of similarities between Muslims and Christians; there are a lot more similarities than differences to be honest,” Kahn said. “We highlight how closely Islam, Judaism and Christianity are related because that is something you do not hear a lot about, especially after Sept. 11.” Although Cabrini does not offer a Muslim Student Association, Muslim students, including Omar, can appreciate the organi-
zation’s actions and intentions. “I think it would be a good idea if Cabrini tagged up with Villanova and other schools to get involved with the organization,” Omar said. “It would be beneficial for the students to learn about Islam so the ignorance is not ongoing.” The Gallup poll found clear signs of social alienation among American Muslims. “They are less likely to be satisfied with the area where they live. These indicators are “worrying,” Senior Analyst at the Muslim Studies Center Ahmed Younis said. “We’re in this financial crisis, there’s a lot of political turmoil across all religious groups and I think American Muslims are mimicking the same feelings that their non-Muslim counterparts are. They’re seeing their finances dwindle, they’re seeing their homes being in danger of being foreclosed, so their mimicking the same things that everyone else is going through,” Kahn said. Please send your comments
to Loquitur@googlegroups.com. The editors will review your comments each week and make corrections if warranted.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates revealed the most current changes he would be applying to the Pentagon’s budget. Money that has traditionally gone to programs containing massive, expense weapons will now be geared toward the necessities required for guerilla wars. The $534 billion dollar budget was increased by 4 percent since last year. However, significant cuts will be made to notorious weapons programs. Experts are speculating a political disagreemt over the redirection of the Pentagon budget.
Iraqi suicide bomber leaves casualties A suicide truck bomber targeted a police station in Mosul, Iraq killing a total of five U.S. soldiers, three Iraqis and left 60 civilians injured. The bomber was able to dodge concrete blockades and managed to make his way to the front of Iraqi national police’s local headquarters. The truck was loaded with explosives and detonated upon arriving to the entrance. In addition to the fatalities, seven armored vehicles were burned and destroyed. The bombing in Mosul marks the first time in more than a year that this many soldiers have died in one combat incident. The incident came less than a week after the president’s visit to Baghdad, where he reiterated his plans to withdraw all combat brigades from Iraq by 2010.
American captain returns to crew After being held captive for five days by four Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, American Capt. Richard Phillips of Maersk, Alabama was rescued by Navy Seals. A commander for the U.S. Navy realized upon approaching the pirates the captain was in imminent danger when he saw the AK-47 being aimed at Phillips back. Snipers shot and killed three pirates during the return of Phillips. The fourth surrendered when the Seals left their destroyer, the Bainbridge, and boarded the Somali’s ship. Phillips returned to his crew members un harmed and in good health.
Obama aims for democracy in Cuba President Obama announced the U.S. plan to “take steps” to bring democracy to one of the last remaining communist countries, Cuba. White House officials explained that restrictions on American families in Cuba concerning travel and spending restrictions have been removed. This will now allow Americans to contribute to Fidel Castro’s government. The ban on U.S. telecommunications companies providing for Cuba has also been lifted and allows Cubans to receive new information and create new business opportunities.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
From business to psych. Cabrini students reflect on various majors alexandra rowley sophomore psychology major
What originally drove me to Cabrini was its serene and welcoming atmosphere. After spending a few weeks as a student here, the other students and faculty made me realize that I made the right choice. I chose to be a psychology major because I’ve always had an innate ambition to help others and knowing that I have helped make a difference in someone’s life is the most rewarding feeling to me. While at Cabrini, I have been able to take a variety of classes in the psychology department; these classes have really helped me pick a specific field of psychology that I know would be right for me and also fields I would not be interested in. I have been able to perform my own research, learn how to interact with people in a prolaura beck senior business major
When I came to Cabrini as a freshman, I knew that I wanted to major in finance. I love the business world and seeing how each sector within it ultimately affects every person. Because my dad is an actuary, he introduced me to the business world at a very early age, so I have always been surrounded by some element of business and trying to learn the different facets of it. I chose to major in finance because it is constantly changing , no situation is quite like another. With finance, you are able to choose among a variety of career paths and specialize in a specific area, whether it be securities, banking, lending or corporate finance. Since starting at Cabrini, I have been able to actively use my major in a number of ways. In the fall of my junior year, I was given the opportunity to
fessional manner and develop a sense of pride in knowing that I can achieve my goals and ambitions. All the while I was being coached and encouraged by my professors and fellow students to do and be the best I can be. Cabrini has given me the opportunity to meet not only some of my best friends, but also some of my best role models. The students, faculty and staff saw potential in me that I never saw in myself. With a helping hand, encouraging words and the utmost support, I have been driven to become not only the student but the person that I am today and will be forever grateful for the opportunities, the encouragement, friendships and the confidence that Cabrini has helped me to develop.
spend the semester in Washington, D.C., interning full time at the Department of the Treasury in their Office of Financial Management. While there, I helped to create the salary budget for the entire Treasury Department for the 2008 fiscal year. This experience helped me see first hand how the public sector worked and career path that I could choose by having a finance degree. At Cabrini, I have been the secretary and currently am the president of the Finance Club. The Finance Club brings together finance majors and minors through various speakers, trips and community-service engagements. I believe that the experiences that I have had inside and outside of Cabrini have significantly increased my learning within my major and have allowed me to fully develop an understanding of the vast world of business.
angela donato sophomore early childhood
elementary education major
I want to be a teacher for many reasons. After choosing Cabrini, I looked into the opportunities that Cabrini offered for education majors and compared them to other colleges. Along with all of the beneficial classes they offer education majors, they also offer great experiences. Field experience is when we go into a school for 10 consecutive Wednesdays, but the best part is that each semester you are placed in a different school and dina ditaranto senior graphic design
studio art major
I have always had a love for the arts. Even at a young age I knew that someday this creative field would become my major and career. I originally started at Cabrini as a studio art major not having any intention of adding a second major, but I’m thankful I did. Today, nearly all design is composed of computer graph-
jillian smith senior
& communication major
In high school, I was an anchor on the morning news show, which aired the morning announcements. While other students sat in a normal classroom for homeroom, I was in front of the camera, on all the TV sets, for all the school to see. I thought that was the greatest job ever, so naturally, after graduating, I decided that I was going to be a TV news anchor. Step aside, Katie Couric, I’m coming through! However, when I got to Cabrini and saw all the communication
in a different grade; this way we get a feel for all types of areas, schools and grades. So far I have only completed one semester of field experience and that was in first grade, but the knowledge I have gained from those 10 days will be beneficial throughout my life. I also work with a kindergarten student for my Spanish Educators class. Last semester and this semester, I worked with an English as a second language student at St. Francis School in Norristown. Being able to work with a student one-on-one really gives me skills to understand working with all different children. ics. Having the skills as a fine artist only enhances my abilities to draw and create through a computer. The graphic design program at Cabrini College is exciting and intense. As a graphic design major, I gained the knowledge of Adobe software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Dreamweaver. I also had the experience of producing print and multimedia projects including package design, magazine, corporate identity and Web sites to name department had to offer, my Katie Couric dream popped and I was off to explore something new. Almost four weeks into my first semester as a freshman, I had already gotten involved with the radio station and was playing songs on my very own radio show. Sophomore year was when I really came into my own. With journalism, I began reporting for the school’s award-winning paper, The Loquitur. I loved the rush I felt when writing an article and interviewing sources. Within no time, I was converging all three of my talents audio, video and writing to create multimedia pieces for the Web. The communication depart-
Not all colleges offer the experience in the classrooms that Cabrini offers. Along with the experience and the required classes, Cabrini makes sure that before we graduate we complete all of the PRAXIS exams so that with graduating, we will also be certified in Pennsylvania and be ready to start teaching. Because of Cabrini, I am comfortable to say that I will be completely ready to teach my own class and start my career when I graduate in 2011. As of right now, I would like to begin teaching kindergarten students when I become a certified educator.
a few of my college experiences. As a senior, I interned with a stationery design studio and boutique. I felt prepared and confident while working there and gained a positive experience in the workforce. My experience as a double major was very rewarding. I feel I have learned the skills of two completely different worlds, fine art and computer graphics, and have the chance to bring them both together.
ment is a place where I was able to learn and grow in an environment that I felt comfortable in. I was able to get hands-on experience right from the get-go. I have been able to use my skills to make award-winning pieces in audio documentaries, print articles and multimedia packages. I was also given the opportunity to learn about a different culture through multimedia when I visited Guatemala this past February with four other students and professors. I am thankful for all of the skills I have learned and know that I will continue to use them throughout my life.
EVENTS: April 16 - 22 B-I-N-G-O NIGHT
DONUTS AND DIVERSITY
Cabrini’s graduating graphic design majors present their work. A reception will take place in the Holy Spirit Library on Sunday, April 19, from 3 to 5 p.m.
A timeless tradition at Cabrini College is traveling the campus. Get your game face ready and your energy up for a tension-setting night of BINGO.
Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to present information or just to hear different perspectives on diversity.
Come on out and try rock climbing. Get away from the books and hit the wall! Transportation, equipment and instruction is provided.
Monday, April 20 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, April 20 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22 7 p.m.
SENIOR DESIGN EXHIBITION
Thursday, April 16, 2009
katie engell/ asst. perspectives editor
Stellar freshman year Graduating confident IN M Y OPINIO N
alyssa davies guest writer email@example.com
When I first pulled up and saw that stone sign and the huge brass gates, a feeling of excitement ran through me. I’m finally in college! My family and I slowly drove up the long driveway into what seemed like an invisible little community surrounded by vibrant colors of green, red and yellow. The trees were in full blossom and the campus was booming with people all around. I’ll never forget that first day of orientation, it was the first time I was really excited to be here at Cabrini. Ever since then, it’s been nothing short of amazing with the new experiences and different faces. I’m excited to see what the rest of my years
have in store for me. There were a few reasons why I chose to attend Cabrini College. I loved the fact that it was small and less intimidating as other schools. Here, I’m a name and not just another number. My class sizes are small, allowing the teacher to focus on a smaller number of students. Professors have more time to pay attention to you individually, which really helped me when I was struggling with anything. Another reason I found Cabrini perfect for me, was because I could still drive home to visit my family whenever I wanted. It’s comforting when you just need a break from things or just want to visit family. Cabrini prides itself on the slogan, “Do something extraordinary.” With the programs here, you really can do something extraordinary. As a freshman communication major, I immediately got involved with my major and opportunities that were given to me. I already have my own radio show and I’ve had the privilege of interviewing people from all around
the world on live Internet chats. The opportunities you get here are truly unlike anywhere else. As a freshman, you should expect to meet some good friends and have a good time. Professors are all very understanding and class for the most part is a lot of fun. There will be a lot of opportunities given to you and I must stress that you never turn them down. I’ve gotten involved in many projects and now I’m close with many seniors and professors who have opened doors for me. I’ve grown a lot here at Cabrini and I know that anyone who chooses to come here next year will do the same. It really is our time to do something extraordinary and we shouldn’t waste a second of it. Cabrini College is a beautiful campus exploding with activities. My freshman year so far has been more than I expected and I’m excited for the future. I hope that incoming first-year students will have the same experiences that I’ve had. I know that they will fall in love with Cabrini just as I have.
IN MY OPINION
CHRISTINE GRAF christine graf deputy editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Four years at Cabrini has prepared me for the “real world.” Something every parent, faculty member or perspective student wants to hear. Luckily for me, it’s true. My time here has not only prepared me for the working world but has enriched my knowledge of other worlds. Entering Cabrini College four years ago, I had little expectations besides that fact that I needed to go to college and get a degree. I was an undecided major and used my college success class and advisor to steer me in the right direction. My advisor, who happened to work in the Coop and Career Services Office, encouraged me to
take a wide variety of intro classes, even if I didn’t think I was interested in them. As a sophomore, I landed in Intro to Mass Communications and fell in love. I loved learning about the world and felt it was important to know what was happening outside of my normal comfort zone. It fascinated me. After declaring my major as English and communication, my career really took off from there. I enrolled in journalism becoming a staff writer and then promoted to Deputy Editor. I got involved in other media’s such as video, and was part of a class that used different medias to create a Web site. I became a leader within my major and got to incorporate my interest within my courses. I didn’t go looking for any of it; I just stumbled upon opportunity and said, “Yes, I’ll do it.” Within my major, I took a course called Career Development that I was required to take every semester. In that class I learned the importance of internships, and through my advisor and the Co-op and Career Services Of-
fice, I’ve had three very intense and diverse internships. They also require you to do a mock interview as a senior that prepared me for my job search. The Cabrini College communication department made it easy for me to make the right decisions that would prepare me for the real world, by letting me know exactly what I needed to do to be a competitive perspective employer. It was no secret, everyone received the same advice and the ones who listened are the ones ahead of the game. I listened, and I feel confident in my upcoming job search although the current state of the economy might be an obstacle. Recently I was asked the question, would you choose Cabrini College again if you could do it all over, and my answer is absolutely, especially now looking back at all the opportunity and experience I’ve received here. I’m thankful for my Cabrini College education and look forward to being a part of the alumni community.
Didn’t pick a major? Don’t worry about it IN MY O P I NION
ANDY STETTLER andy stettler
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If you’re like me, you came to college expecting a less restricted version of high school. I expected to live through the next four years by paying little attention to my education and much more to my social life.
Now, having spent one and a half years as an English and communication major, I wish I would have found my calling earlier. I remember watching Hollywood propaganda like “Van Wilder” where the “hero” always wins by living in the ideal world where drinking and getting girls are the most important things in life. I somehow believed that success and happiness would be on that path, as if I would somehow find a golden ticket, a high-paying job with little responsibility and even less intrusion of my own time. After three years of changing majors, wasting credits and time, I found
a place at Cabrini where I could use my creativity and talents for the common good while doing something I liked. When I became an English and communication major, I found a world much larger than what I had seen on that first tour of the campus. I found a world where finding out how to write a news article or how to make a video documentaries could be learned by helping the poorest of the poor on the other side of the globe. Cabrini has suddenly seemed so much larger than it’s physical self. In only a year and a half, I learned to film and edit video by creating a piece
about President Marie George’s trip to Guatemala. I learned how to interview someone on something that I know little about when I interviewed Drew Arata about the first U.S. Fair Trade town in Media, Pa. I learned how to run a radio news show by co-producing News at 2, a WYBF news show that brings students up to date on the weekly news and even now I am putting together a documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How far I have come from playing “Dynasty Warriors 5” until naptime. I once thought finding a girlfriend in the Marketplace would be the end of my troubles, instead I’ve
learned my troubles and my stress are very little in comparison to a college student in Gaza, the Palestinian territory that loses eight hours of power each day and has a population of over 75 percent youth without parents. I remember back to when I wanted to be a history major, then an accountant major, then an English teacher and none of the paths were right for me. It took me that long to figure out who I wanted to be in the world. But I think that the shortness in time also helped me. I have completely dedicated myself to journalism. Suddenly, I see everything as a story that everyone
needs to know. I recently saw Pat’s Barbershop in Wayne and knew that I had to make a multimedia piece for The Loquitur. My life has changed and it was because of Cabrini and the English and communication department. I have been empowered by every story I write, every interview, every video piece I edit. It is important for readers to find their place in the world. If you feel unhappy with your major now, move quick because there will most likely be a lot of catching up to do and though the hurry may be worth it, the sooner you take steps down the right path, the better.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Coming to Cabrini from Sunshine State I N MY O P INION
MEGAN BERNATAVITZ megan bernatavitz asst. news editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout freshman year, the most frequently asked question around campus most definitely was, why I came to Cabrini. I thought that when I came to Cabrini, there would be tons of people from different places around the United States and I would be just another person saying I came from Orlando, Fla. Boy was I wrong. Most students came from right here in Southeast, Pa. So I bet you are dying to know my answer, right? Why did I come from Orlando where the sun never stops shining to Radnor, Pa? My answer for the one millionth time: why not? Why would I not want to come to a college where I can get one-on-one interaction with my teachers? Cabrini is a place where I have finally found what I have been searching for in my education. In high school, I was never really good at a lot of things. I went to school and just got by with decent grades, but was never enthusiastic about what I was learning. When I came to Cabrini, I thought I was just going to do the same thing: getting
decent but not great grades, never finding anything that I was really thrilled about doing, getting involved but not actually caring and just being miserable in the classroom. Little did I know Cabrini had a different idea for me. When I finally arrived at Cabrini, I decided to come in undeclared. I tested out almost every major and I thought my parents were going to disown me for switching so many times. Finally, I took Intro to Mass Communications. In my first week, I knew that this is what I wanted to do.
Cabrini allowed me to see what classes I liked, what I didn’t and decide on my own with the help of different advisors what would be best for me. I would have never received that kind of help at a big university. I would have been stuck in the first major I chose. Could you imagine me as a dentist? Yeah right. When I came to Cabrini, I never thought I would be as involved in extracurricular activities as I am. I have taken classes, which allowed me to work with every part of the field. I have
worked with our radio station, WYBF 89.1 the Burn, I have taken Video Production where I was able to see how Comcast operates and I am Assistant News Editor for our newspaper, the Loquitur (obviously). Another reason why Cabrini is a great fit for me is because of the atmosphere. The Cabrini community is the main reason I stayed here. I am not going to lie, first semester freshman year, I called my mom crying at least once a day. I missed my friends, I wanted to transfer closer to home, etc. Then I started
going out places, mingling with others and finding the people here to be so wonderful. The small college atmosphere is great because you know so many people and a lot of them become really great friends. Everyone always asks, don’t you miss home? Why would you ever leave the warm weather? Honestly, I do not really miss home; it is part of growing up. I ichat with my family on a regular basis (usually only to see my dog) and I go home almost every time I have break. As for leaving the warm
weather, it is always there when I go home so I usually just go and visit once in a while. My roommates love having someone who lives in Florida; it gives them a chance to “get to know where I grew up”— which is an extremely lame excuse for going to the beach and Disney World. I know that Cabrini College was the right choice for me. I have everything I could ever want right at my fingertips. Cabrini has given me so many opportunities and I am grateful everyday that I chose to come to Cabrini.
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Commuting at Cabrini won’t leave you lonely I N M Y OPINIO N
GIANNA SHIKITINO gianna shikitino asst. features editor email@example.com
Many people wonder, do you get the full experience of college if you’re a commuter? My answer is that getting the full experience is what you make of it, whether you’re a commuter or not. I have been commuting since freshman year. Now that I am almost a junior, I have adjusted easily to
the whole commuting back and forth to school sort of thing. In my opinion, commuting isn’t all that bad. As long as you become involved in activities, hang out occasionally on campus and obtain social and friendly qualities, you’ll fulfill the college experience. You don’t need to live on campus to experience the typical college life. Let’s face it, the “college life” is a superficial illusion. It’s not as wild and crazy as they portray it in the movies. Well, Cabrini isn’t for the most part. Of course during freshman year, college is new and exciting, so it may seem that way at first. However, after adjusting to your freedom, partying on campus gets old after
awhile. Which is one of the reasons why commuting can be a plus, since you won’t have that feeling of missing home and being stuck on campus. So you may be thinking, how would I know about freedom and being on my own if I commute? Although I still live at home, that does not mean that I live a Cinderella-curfew lifestyle. My mom has been lenient since I have started college, so I don’t feel like I’m being babied. And plus, I get the reward of home-cooked meals after a long day at school. A disadvantage of commuting is parking. Cabrini’s parking lots are usually over packed with cars and it gets annoying after awhile searching for a spot. I do not have a car of my own; however, when I
get the privilege to use my mom’s car I can say that I have trouble finding a good spot. Depending on rides is another disadvantage of commuting and not having a car of your own. Sometimes it becomes frustrating when I have to compensate with my mom or brother’s schedules. Waiting for the Cabrini shuttle bus isn’t convenient either, since it runs on a timely schedule. The Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL), provides a commuter club, which benefits commuter students. The commuter club hosts events and contributes to commuters, providing giveaways and snacks. So at least us commuters can feel appreciated. Being a commuter does
not mean you will not have as much fun as students living on campus and it does not mean that you will not get the same privileges. If you are a commuter, or plan to be a commuter, there are ways you can go about making your one and only college experience worthwhile. Get involved. That is the key to fulfilling a college experience. Yes, getting involved requires a lot of time and dedication; but all of the hard work pays off in the long run. There are many benefits of getting involved. By getting involved in sports, clubs and extracurricular activities on campus, you’re creating an opportunity to make new friends and create lasting memories. On campus, I am involved in the newspaper,
radio station and work with video. It may seem like a lot to handle, but I am learning and experiencing so much while making lifelong friends in the process; and all of this experience is preparing me for life after college. Find something that you love doing. Whether it is playing a sport, joining or creating a club, being a DJ for the radio station or reporting for the news show, the possibilities are endless. It all depends on you and you’re determination to engage in all that Cabrini offers. Why not make the best of your college experience? It only happens once in a lifetime, whether you’re a commuter or not you might as well enjoy it while you can.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
ou speak, we listen
Best food for takeout: Campus Corner
Best meal in the cafeteria: Chicken Finger Wraps Professors to take before graduation: Dr. James Hedtke, history department Dr. Joseph Romano, philosophy department Dr. Anthony Tomasco, psych. department
Building with the best vending machines: Dixon Center East Res.
Best shopping destination: King of Prussia Mall Favorite hang out spot on campus: The Apartments
Best workout classes at the gym: Yoga Spin Best place to get your nails done: Unique Nails in King of Prussia
Best cheap dates for students: $2 movie tickets at the Anthony Wayne Theater & Fast Track to Philly train tickets (Both offered by SEaL office)
Dirtiest place on campus: Xavier Favorite intramural sport: Dodgeball
Favorite Public Safety Officers: Scott Monaghan Barry Robinson Best place to tan outside: Lawn by East Res. *Amanda Carson, Asst. News Editor
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Campus Guide Starting fresh, banning stress Get involved katie engell
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Starting fresh at a new school can be stressful. Starting off at college can be even more stressful. First-year college students at Cabrini, and first-year students everywhere, are forced to adapt to a whole new lifestyle. Transitioning from high school to college means changing from a comfortable standard of living to an unknown future. This dramatic change can lead to unwanted stress and sometimes ways of coping seem impossible to obtain. “When I first came to Cabrini, I was feeling stressed about leaving high school and I just wasn’t sure if I would be able to handle the workload of college. After being here for a semester, that stress has gone away, but thinking back, I was stressed about starting at a new school with new people,” Joe Acri, freshman history major, said. Stress can be caused for a variety of reasons and for firstyear college students, the reasons seem endless. Traveling far away from friends and family can lead to feelings of loneliness and seclusion from daily surroundings. The pressure of having to fit into a brand new environment can negatively affect just about anybody.
This pressure can be felt from numerous aspects of college living. Meeting the right group of friends, being involved with the school and getting good grades can be overwhelming. One of the answers to constant stress is balance. Keeping a balanced lifestyle can help peoples’ overall health. A balance in sleep, schoolwork, work, eating, exercise and recreation can be difficult to gain when there seems to be too much to balance in the first place. “When I think of my schedule first semester of this year, I was all over the place. I wasn’t organized and I was just trying to get into the flow of things. Now that I manage my time better, college seems a lot less overwhelming to me and I’m really getting used to being here,” Peter Morrison, freshman Spanish major, said. Many college students deal with the constant feeling of having to catch up. Not getting tasks done from the start is one of the main causes of feeling overwhelmed. An answer to this is staying well organized. Being organized will only help in trying to get schoolwork done and getting it done well. Finding time to relax is another aspect of college living that will help sustain a low stress level. Even if this is a short period of relaxation, it’s important to find time to ease the mind.
This means doing something enjoyable in the midst of a stressful day or week. Finding time to meditate and relax can ultimately renew energy levels and clear the mind of daily stressors. Getting caught up in a specific problem that arises and focusing too much on the issue is also something to avoid. Gaining perspective about priorities and what is important versus what is unimportant is essential for living a healthy college lifestyle but also for the future in general. It’s easy to get caught up in petty drama and lose focus of what is trying to be achieved while in school. “Something that has helped me since my freshman year is the friends I made from the start. Just having someone to turn to is a good feeling when I’m away from home and I probably wouldn’t be able to handle college as well I do now without all my friends,” Valeria Saar, sophomore social work major, said. Developing a trustworthy friend can help anyone cope with overwhelming issues. Being able to have a friend to discuss problems with can help erase the feeling of being isolated and lonely. Starting college can be overwhelming, but staying positive, keeping a balanced schedule and developing strong friendships can help ease the stress of starting fresh.
Theater Robert Stoop
Assistant Musical Director Describe your experience with theater in one word: Perfect “We put together two productions per year for the campus community. Each production is performed eight times, leading us to 16 performances per year for the theater crew. The theater is an activity, but can also count as a class. Therefore, it is a semester-long commitment for those involved.”
CRS Ambassadors Lisa Somers CRS Fair Trade Ambassador Describe CRS Ambassadors in one word: Justice “CRS Ambassadors advocate for justice and give a voice to those who don’t have one. Each year we host a Fair Trade Wallyball tournament. Our HIV/AIDS Ambassadors make bracelets and Food Security hosts a hunger banquet. Each ambassador has events to raise awareness on each issue.”
CAP Board Ali Thompson Director of Special Events Describe CAP in one word: Family “The Campus Activites and Programming Board plans events for students both on and off campus. Some events that CAP plans are fun game nights, such as bingo, and some events are bigger, like the trip to New York in December. A really exciting event we have coming up is the Mae concert on Friday, April 17.” *Megan Kutulis, Asst. A&E editor
Accessible transportation for students on campus janene gibbons staff writer
The shuttle bus: The Cabrini shuttle bus is a popular means of transportation for freshmen. The schedule is online at cabrini. edu. There are two shuttles that run in the area, the Lancaster Loop and the Cabrini shuttle. Some of the more popular places the shuttle stops at include Wawa, the King of Prussia Mall and the Radnor train station. As far as reliability goes, the shuttle bus drivers are required to keep a strict schedule. The Web site with the schedule on it recommends you make specific arrangements and know what time you are getting back. Commuter friends: Strike
a deal with commuter friends. If they can’t afford to pay for gas money, let them stay over for the night if they have to. This could work especially well if you are in the same major or activities and have some similarities in your schedules. The train: Fast-Track to Philly passes, free train tickets to Philadelphia, are available in the Student Engagement and Activities Learning (SEaL) Office. Check your monthly calendar to see when Fast-Tack passes are being issued. Campus Philly usually has really great suggestions and sites to visit when in the city. Walking: This may seem as a last resort to many, but shops, restaurants and the movie theater is only a short walk from Cabrini.
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There are many ways that Cabrini College students can travel from the college to other locations by using the shuttle.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
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WWE Wrestlemania slams 25 years on the mat jake verterano a&e editor
“What’s your favorite Wrestlemania moment?” The question rang through the ears of every fan of World Wrestling Entertainment on the weekend of April 3. The reason? The 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania rocked the foundation of sports entertainment on April 5. Wrestlemania XXV was held at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Over 72,000 fans filled the sold out venue to capacity. The WWE superstars, divas and crew were in Houston the entire week. The wrestling celebrities took part in readings, art exhibits and fundraisers to promote the event. “When WWE comes to a town for Wrestlemania, they don’t just put on an incredible show,” Vince McMahon, chairman of WWE, said in a promotional video for Wrestlemania. “They better the community and help the economy of the area. Wrestlemania is expected to generate up to $50 million into Houston’s economy alone.” “Wrestling is the fun part,” Jack Swagger, ECW Champion, said. “Signing all of these autographs is where the real work comes in.” Championships and pride were on the line throughout the evening when nine historic matches took place. A tag team match to unify the WWE Tag Team and World Tag Team Championships kicked off the evening. The Miz and John Morrison faced off with their long-time rivals, brothers Carlito and Primo. Primo managed to pin Morrison to make himself and Carlito the first ever unified Tag Team Champions. The actual Wrestlemania festivities began with Pussycat Doll, Nicole Schreizeneger performing “America, The Beautiful.” The “Money In The Bank” ladder match was the first official match to take place on the Wrestlemania pay-per-view. Last year’s “Money In The Bank” winner, CM Punk, battled Mark
Henry, Montel Vontavious Porter, Finlay, Shelton Benjamin, Kofi Kingston, Christian and Kane for the coveted “Money In The Bank” briefcase. The briefcase contains a contract guaranteeing the match winner a World Championship match at any time they choose. Punk was able to capture his second “Money In The Bank” victory by scaling the 15-foot high ladder and retrieving the briefcase. Kid Rock played a medly of some of his greatest hits including “All Summer Long” and “Cowboy” following the ladder match. He then performed his newest single, “So Hott,” as the WWE Divas made their way to the ring for the next bout. A 25-Diva Battle Royal was held including Divas from RAW, Smackdown, ECW and the past. The match was won by Santino Marella, who wore a dress and pretended to be a woman in order to win the match and be crowned Miss Wrestlemania. “I am Santina, Santino Marella’s twin sister from Italy,” Marella said to the audience after being crowned Miss Wrestlemania. “I have never been more ready in my life,” Eve Torres, WWE Diva and participant in the battle royal, said before her match. Chris Jericho faced WWE Legends Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat in a three-on-one elimination match. Jericho easily defeated the three legends and then took out some more frustration on 16 time World Champion Ric Flair, who accompanied the legends. Jericho then called out Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke, who was seated in the front row. Rourke entered the ring and knocked out Jericho with one punch. “It was good to be in the ring again,” Jimmy Snuka said. Snuka is the oldest competitor at a Wrestlemania ever, being 64 years old. The Hardy brothers faced off in an Extreme Rules match. These two pulled out all the stops with tables, ladders and chairs. Matt got the better of his younger brother after delivering
a Twist of Fate with a steel chair wrapped around Jeff’s neck to win. John Bradshaw Layfield defended his Intercontinental Championship against Rey Mysterio, who came dressed as the Joker. Layfield had promised to do something historic at Wrestlemania XXV, but ended up losing to Mysterio in under a minute. A stunned JBL then quit his job out of sheer embarrassment. Mr. Wrestlemania, Shawn Michaels, challenged The Undertaker in a one-on-one confrontation. The Undertaker has never lost at a Wrestlemania event with a 16-0 winning streak. Michaels and Undertaker went back and forth for over a half hour, countering each maneuver the best they could. In the end, The Undertaker caught Michaels in mid-air and drove him into the mat with a Tombstone Piledriver to pick up his 17th Wrestlemania victory. World Heavyweight Champion Edge was forced to defend his title in a triple threat match with the world’s largest athlete, The Big Show and John Cena. Edge’s wife, Vickie Guerrero, sat ringside to observe the match. Cena managed to show an incredible amount of strength by picking up the nearly 450 pound Big Show and 250 pound Edge onto his shoulders at the end of the match. Cena left his sixth Wrestlemania as the World Heavyweight Champion. The main event of the evening was so personal that only a stage like Wrestlemania could contain it. WWE Champion Triple H defended his gold against Randy Orton. Orton had targeted Triple H and his family for months, even assaulting Triple H’s wife, Stephanie McMahon. Triple H overcame the odds and Orton’s mindgames by defeating him at Wrestlemania XXV. Triple H ended the show by raising his title proudly over his head. With Wrestlemania XXV over, the WWE Universe has already begun preparing for Wrestlemania XXVI in Arizona.
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The Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas hosted the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania.
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Fans had the opportunity to meet the WWE Superstars and Divas at Fan Axxcess. WWE Divas, Gail Kim (far left) and Eve Torres (far right) pose with fan Gerard Verterano and junior English and communication major Jake Verterano.
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WWE Champion Triple H stares down his opponent Randy Orton before their title match.
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Wrestlemania XXV is the highest grossing WWE pay-per-view in ticket sales. The event made over $6.9 million in gate sales as over 72,000 fans filled Reliant Stadium.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Funny Fest delivers laughter gianna shikitino
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Laughter broke out when nine contestants experienced their five minutes of fame while performing in the second comedy competition, Funny Fest, where the winner landed a five-minute gig at Comedy Cabaret in Northeast Philadelphia. Jake Verterano, junior English and communication major, received the most votes and earned the crown as king of Funny Fest. The stand-up comedy battle sponsored by Cabrini’s radio station, 89.1 WYBF-FM The Burn, brought students and locals together in amusement on April 3. The Burn’s general and executive staff helped set the stage in preparation of a successful show. “We decided to give it a second run and it was really successful,” Caitlin Friel, English and communication major, said. Friel is the promotions director for The Burn and was in charge of planning the event. Heather Fullerton, general manager of The Burn and Jessie Holeva, junior communication major, thought of the event last semester. “About 115 people were in attendance and we had nine contestants,” Friel said. “That is awesome and I could not have asked for a better Funny Fest.”
The host for the evening, young and rising comedian John Poveromo, broke the ice by performing stand-up for the attendees and contestants. Poveromo has been featured in The New York Times, Comcast On-Demand stand-up, Sirius satellite radio and a part of Punchline Magazine’s 2008 Comedian’s New Year’s Resolutions. His energy and sense of humor made the contestants feel comfortable and at ease to take the stage. Poveromo participated as a judge for last semester’s Funny Fest. Students cast their votes by placing tickets into bags that displayed the names of each contestant. The atmosphere of the event is perfect for students to come out and show off their humor by entertaining their classmates and friends. “For anyone who wants to start stand-up, this is the best environment to do it,” Poveromo said. “The Funny Fest is just an all out fun event to promote our radio station and give the students a good laugh,” Friel said. “It is a good event because people get to let their funniness shine on stage while their friends get to watch.” All of the contestants who participated share a love for comedy. “Stand-up comedy is my favorite thing on earth. All I watch is
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Funny Fest host John Povoramo poses with WYBF staff members, juniors Gillian Davis (far left), Jen Wozniak (left) and senior Megan Pellegrino (right). Comedy Central,” Billy Bacovin, senior human resources management major, said. Bacovin was one of the nine contestants to take the stage. “I might do stand up as a hobby after college to keep my publicspeaking skills.” One contestant stood out from the rest by performing a rap song that he created. “I did the song for my boss and he really liked it,” Spencer Henry, freshman English and secondary
education major, said. “Everyone from my work convinced me to do it for Funny Fest and I thought I had nothing to lose.” After all of the contestants performed their best to make the audience laugh, a winner was chosen. Verterano will perform a five minute stand-up act at Comedy Cabaret. “I thought the event was very good. I was pleased and had a great time,” Joe Windt, senior
criminology major, said. “I didn’t expect it and I thought the contestants were very funny.” “It’s a good event to have each semester because it gets the students involved and it promotes the radio station to the college,” Friel said. “This is a really nice little get- together. It’s great how many people come out and how classmates support each other,” Poveromo said.
Entertainment industry brings hope for future alumni sami godowsky
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Cabrini is home to many aspiring entertainers, as well as alumni that have achieved fame. Cabrini offers several classes that benefit students that may want to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, such as radio broadcasting, acting, advanced acting and video production. Joe Zahn, 2008 graduate, not only is a DJ, but runs his own DJing company known as DJZmusic. Zahn has worked at big events such as the “MTV Video
Music Awards” held in Las Vegas, NV. “DJing opened my eyes to beat-making and producing. It is because of my beat-making abilities that I was able to work my way in with a local artist by the name of Jet Phynx to opening for Flo Rida and DJing the VMA After Party in Vegas,” Zahn said. Zahn has a lot of plans for the future; he plans to expand his business by supplying clients with everything they would need to host a party including photo/ videographer props, prizes and other services at a wholesale cost.
Zahn also wants to incorporate a fundraising service primarily for elementary schools. “This fundraiser would be a sponsored trivia contest utilizing questions from the school’s curriculum, for every question a child gets correct their sponsor will donate X amount of money,” Zahn said. So how did Cabrini prepare him for the entertainment industry? “My major at Cabrini was in elementary education. Much of the information I learned in so many of my classes was how to keep children engaged. This is a
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2008 Cabrini graduate, Joe Zahn can be found DJing at Ardmore’s Brownies 23 East in the night
vital tool when DJing children’s parties, school dances and Bah Mitzvahs,” Zahn said. Another alumn from Cabrini who is currently working her way up into the entertainment industry is Diana Ashjian, who graduated from Cabrini in 2006. Currently Ashjian is working towards getting her master’s degree in theater. “I felt that the communication department prepared me for the entertainment industry by really just pushing me outside of my comfort zone. I felt encouraged to do things I never knew I was capable of, like manage a team and write about things for which I felt compassion,” Ashjian said. There are undergraduate students at Cabrini that are interested in going in the entertainment industry when they graduate as well. “My ultimate goal is to win an
Oscar for best actress,” Janene Gibbons, senior English and communication major, said. Here at Cabrini, Gibbons has been involved in radio, video, journalism, creative writing, behind the scenes and crew work. Gibbons also produces her own talk show at Cabrini. “I am an executive producer for my own talk show now and it literally gives me a natural high,” Gibbons said. With all Gibbons’ experiences at Cabrini in the entertainment field, what are her plans for after graduating this May? “I hope to get a job in something I love. I recently applied to the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. The position sounds perfect for me. After saving up my money for a year, I plan to move to Los Angeles, Calif., get an agent and start auditioning,” Gibbons said.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Cavs gain early lead, hold off Widener sam bokoski
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The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team continued a five-game winning streak on Saturday, April 11, against local rival Widener University. It was a bucketing downpour at the game. Umbrellas sheltered the people in the stands. With the rain pouring in their eyes and the turf being so slippery they could slide across it, the Cavaliers pulled through with a 15-11 triumph. With six minutes left in the first of four 15-minute periods, the score was 4-2 Cavaliers. No. 13, senior Christian Burrows attempted to make a pass to a teammate but the ball ended up falling into Widener’s sticks. Widener, with a breakaway fired a shot and missed, which allowed Cabrini to take control. With one minute left in the first period junior Casey Grugan scored for the Cabrini Cavaliers, assisted by freshman Brian Hill. Grugan’s goal made the score 5-2. With a three-point lead in the first period, attack Hill commented on the teams unity; “I felt we played well as a team. The defense and goalie played good as a unit and I felt that the offense did a good job.” Sophomore Paul Skulski worked well under pressure. The clock ticked down to the 25 second mark and Skulski scored; the period ended 6-2 Cavaliers. In between the first and second period, Cabrini recognized senior Matt Conaway for scoring his 100th point in his career, and Grugan for his 200th point in his career. Grugan is only the third Cabrini lacrosse player to reach 200 points. “I thought the team came out and played very well early in the game and then were able to hold Widener off during the next three quarters despite the terrible weather conditions,” Head Coach Steve Colfer said. In the second period with 12
minutes left, Widener scored, but Cavaliers still held the lead, 6-3. Grugan, with five minutes left, scored another goal for the Cavaliers, assisted by No. 17 junior Steve Kapp, making the score 8-3. The Cavaliers spent five minutes in Widener’s territory, but no goal was made. Widener, with an overturn, took control; with 20 seconds left in the period Widener scored, still trailing by four points; 8-4 Cavaliers. At the third period, Cabrini’s excitement for the second half continued as they banged their sticks on the bleachers and chanted for each other. Cabrini goalie senior Kevin Chenoweth had a nice save against Widener’s first shot of the third period. Cabrini gained control of the ball. Unfortunately, Hill dropped the ball and this led to two Widener players on him fighting
for the ball, Widener re-gained control. With 11:33 left in the period, Widener scored closing the gap, 8-5. At the beginning of the third period, Conaway broke away starting the Cavaliers with the ball. Hill passed to Conaway with 10 minutes left and scored; Cavaliers were still ahead. Only 30 seconds later, Kapp scored making the score 10-5. Widener scores with eight minutes left making the score 116. The Cavaliers were on top of their game, senior, B.J. Kletcheck with an assist from Grugan scored maintaining the gap and the score was 11-6 Cavaliers. Boos and smart comments to the referee were loud and clear when one player of the Cavaliers was penalized for one minute for an illegal hit. Two minutes remained when Widener made yet another goal; 11-7 closing in on the Cavaliers.
Cabrini regained control of the ball and senior Jeff Moore made a high throw, a Widener defender reached in to catch it in mid-air. With 31 seconds left Widener scores, 11-8 Cavaliers at the end of the third. The fourth period began and fans can hear the excitement across the field from the Cavaliers, sticks still pounding bleachers, chants and supportive remarks to teammates. The Cavaliers were ready to finalize the win against their rival. “We as a team made sure that everyone on the sidelines were pumped and making some noise for the guys out on the field and I think that gave us a momentum edge over Widener,” history and political science major Bryan Churchey said. Within a minute of the period, Cabrini was off to a good start. Grugan passed to Hill for a 12-8 lead.
The goals continued back and forth between the two teams. With eight minutes left, Widener scored making the score 12-9. Senior Scott Reimer, made a goal for the Cavaliers making the score 13-9. With no more than a minute later, Kletcheck made another goal for Cabrini and made the gap even bigger, 14-9. Nearing the end of the game, the Cavaliers did not let up; sophomore Dan Terenick made the final goal for Cabrini. The score was 15-9. Within 3:00 left Widener made two goals, making the final score 15-11 Cavaliers. “We overcame the weather and played a relatively good game of lacrosse given the playing conditions,” Churchey said. The Cavaliers play at Shenandoah University on Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m.
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Friends and family sit in the rain to support the men’s lacrosse team during their game against Widener University on Saturday, April 11.
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firstname.lastname@example.org First-team All-PAC and PAC All-Academic are just two of the awards Cabrini’s softball third basemen Kristie Sandefur has received. Sandefur, senior psychology major, has been a major part of the softball team for four years. In 2008, Sandefur was named PAC Homerun Champion and PAC RBI Champion in 2008. Sandefur finished her 2008 season with nine homeruns and 31 RBIs. She had registered a team-high 36 hits and 26 runs; eight being doubles and three triples. She finished her junior season with a .928 fielding
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percentage and a .350 batting average. She has begun her final softball season at Cabrini with
a .333 batting average and 12 RBI’s with seven doubles, one triple and two homeruns. Sandefur started out playing baseball at the age of three. She began playing softball in sixth grade. Since she was 14, she played on a summer travel team called Philadelphia Spirit. Growing up in South Philadelphia, Sandefur attended Neumann-Goretti High School, where she continued her love of softball. She now plays for Cabrini at mainly third base and also shortstop. “My main goal for myself this season is to be a good leader for the girls on the team and hopefully help us make it to playoffs and a championship game,” Sandefur said.
She has high hopes for the team this season. Sandefur said, “We have a really great group of freshmen who have stepped up and most of the returning players are natural leaders.” She said they have enough talent to make it to the CSAC Championship if they play to their potential. “I think tradition is important to the softball team,” Sandefur said while explaining pre-game rituals. The softball team does the same warm up before every game starting with “Bring Em Out” as the first song on their warm-up CD. They also shout the same sayings before the offensive half of each inning. Sandefur reminisced of her favorite memory from her four
years of college softball. Her sophomore year, the team was supposed to go to Arizona when they got stuck in Chicago for three days. They had to sleep on the airport floor one night while their luggage and equipment went to Arizona. She said it wasn’t funny at the time, but looking back it is pretty hilarious. Being a senior and a leader on her team, Sandefur has some advice for her team. “You have four years and four years only to play competitively once you get to college. Don’t take any single practice or game for granted because it really goes by too quickly,” Sandefur said.
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History of champions: Cavaliers from the beginning Men’s Swimming Inaugural Season: 2006-07
Women’s Soccer Inaugural Season: 1993 Conference Championships: 3 NCAA Tournaments: 1
Women’s Basketball Inaugural Season: 1957-58 Conference Championships: 4 NCAA Tournaments: 5 Volleyball Inaugural Season: 1972 Men’s/Women’s Cross Country Inaugural Season: 1983
Softball Inaugural Season: 1958 Conference Championships: 5 NCAA Tournaments: 5 Women’s Lacrosse Inaugural Season: 1996-97 Conference Championships: 8 NCAA Tournaments: 5
Women’s Swimming Inaugural Season: 2003-04
Men’s Lacrosse Inaugural Season: 1994 Conference Championships: 8 NCAA Tournaments: 7
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Men’s Tennis Inaugural Season: 1974-75 Conference Championships: 8 NCAA Tournaments: 8
Men’s Basketball Inaugural Season: 1974-75 Conference Championships: 8 NCAA Tournaments: 8
Men’s Soccer Inaugural Season: 1975 Conference Championships: 5 NCAA Tournaments: 1
Men’s Golf Inaugural Season: 1987 Conference Championships: 1 NCAA Tournaments: 1
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Men’s/Women’s Track and Field Inaugural Season: 1984 Field Hockey Inaugural Season: 1957
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New coach signed with Wizards According to NBA executives, Flip Saunders will become the new coach of the Washington Wizards. The hiring of Saunders was made by Abe Pollin, owner of the Wizards. Saunders will be taking over the coaching position for the worst team in the Eastern Conference, with the record of 19-62 this past season. If they do not win against Boston this week, it will give them the worst record over an 82-game season. Saunders has coached in the NBA for 13 seasons. Three seasons with Detroit and 10 with Minnesota. The formal announcement of Saunders becoming head coach of the Wizards will be made next week after the team is finished with its season. Beckett suspended for six games After being cited with “aggressive actions,” Boston Red Sox Pitcher Josh Beckett has been suspended for six games. Beckett supposedly intentionally threw a pitch to hit Bobby Abreu in the head during a game versus the Los Angeles Angels last week. This is Beckett’s fourth season with the Red Sox. He is also being fined by Major League Baseball. Adenhart killed by drunk driver After last Wednesday’s game against the Oakland A’s, Los Angeles Angel’s Nick Adenhart, 22, was killed by a drunk driver. Hours earlier Adenhart had pitched the best game of his short career. Announcers were saying during the game that he was “the next big pitcher” and “the future of the team.” Adenhart underwent surgery immediately after the accident, but died shortly after at UC Irvine Medical Center. The Angels teammates were extremely saddened by this event and now have his number, 34, on their sleeves.
Upcoming Games Thursday, April 16 Men’s Golf @ SUNY Farmingdale Invitational - Bethpage, N.Y. - 1 p.m. Softball - home vs. Widener University @ 3 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse - home vs. Rowan University @ 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 Men’s Golf @ SUNY Farmingdale Invitational - Bethpage, N.Y. - 1 p.m. Men’s Tennis @ CSAC Tournament - Allentown, Pa. - All day Saturday, April 18 Women’s Lacrosse @ Gwynedd-Mercy College @ 11 a.m. Men’s Lacrosse @ Shenandoah University @ 1 p.m. Softball @ Neumann College @ 1 p.m. Men’s Tennis @ CSAC Tournament - Allentown, Pa. - All day Track and Field @ Moravian College - All day Sunday, April 19 Women’s Lacrosse - home vs. Colorado College - 11 a.m. Track and Field @ CTC Championship - Pomona, N.J. - All day Monday, April 20 Men’s Golf @ Albright College @ 1 p.m. Softball - home vs. Kings College @ 3 p.m.
Women’s Tennis Inaugural Season:1983 Conference Championships: 4 NCAA Tournaments: 2
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Harry will live on Remembering ‘Harry the K’ SPORTS SCENE By Nick Pitts
It is through tear-filled eyes that I remember a man who came from the cornfields of Iowa and warmed the hearts of even the most callous of Philly fans. Harry Kalas, voice of the Philadelphia Phillies spanning my entire life, has passed away and along with him, so has April through September throughout the Delaware Valley. It is simply amazing how much just one voice can mean to so many people. One voice, Harry’s voice, resonates through highlights from the best of moments, to the worst of seasons. The clips that don’t feature Harry the K seem like they never really happened. Players come and go, coaches get fired and upper management moves on, but Harry was the constant. Harry was our soundtrack. Baseball has not been watched as dearly as it has been listened to in Philadelphia. In this town of row homes and blue collars, it is hard to stop life long enough to enjoy a full three-hour game. But Harry always came along for those graveyard shifts, family outings and summers down the Jersey shore. As all of the reports from ball players, coaches and other bigwigs tell their favorite Harry the K moments, just as astonishing are the amount of stories pouring in over the airwaves from ordinary Delaware Valley citizens. While listening to 610 WIP for hours desperately seeking closure, one of the many stories was about a fan who was at the game to witness Ryan Howard tie Mike Schmidt’s season homerun record of 48. He bumped into Harry on the way out of the stadium, and told Harry that the worst part of going to ball games, was that there was no baritone narration. Harry mentioned that Howard hit that homer in the top of the sixth, and he was off that inning. Then, Harry smiled, and made the call for that fan, one that hadn’t been broadcasted, as if it were the real thing. Everyone has a Harry story, because Harry had time, for everyone.
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The great Harry Kalas passed away just hours before the game against the Washington Nationals on Monday, April 13. There is no way to truly measure just how many people Harry reached out to, but the best thank you we could have ever given him was fighting that worthless Major League Policy, which forbid him to broadcast the Phillies first World Series title in 1980. Harry and Richie Ashburn did not get to call the World Series back then because of a restrictive policy protecting the network who bought the rights to the games. There were many teams that went on to win the series without their true narrators, because their fans never spoke up. It took Philadelphia to right that wrong, and assure Harry and Whitey that should the Phillies ever reclaim the title, the proper voices would be there. That rule was changed the
very next season, and the Phillies 2008 World Series victory has become unbelievably special with Harry’s passing. Although Harry is up there in that skybox with Whitey, death will not silence him in the Delaware Valley. The next Ryan Howard, Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins gamechanging homer will not be accompanied by the boozy, heartwarming voice of our beloved Harry the K. But we all know how he would have called it, even if it never comes through the static-filled speakers. “Lonngg drive, watch that baby, outttta here!” Yes, that voice, that one that just read that line aloud, that’s the one. That’s Harry, living on.
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“I’ll always remember when Harry Kalas called Kevin Millwood’s no-hitter at the vet in April 2003. It was the first nohitter I’d ever seen the Phillies have and it was at the vet which made it really special. I just remember Kalas being genuinely excited and he spoke exactly what all the fans there that day were thinking. He just exhumed the emotion of the city.”
“A radio station held a contest for tickets to a show and the contestants had to get a famous person to call in and vouch for them. Someone called Harry Kalas, whose number was listed in the phone book, and he represented the kid and won him the tickets.”
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“Whenever my dad has a game on TV, he puts the radio on to hear the broadcast and I have always associated that voice with the Phillies. It’s going to be weird not hearing that voice when I watch games with my dad.”
“Working for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs last season, I was sitting down for lunch right before the exibition game versus the Phillies, and Harry walked up and joined our table.”
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Cabrini students experienced the sensation of flying from trees, hanging from ropes and gliding in the sky while dangling 50 feet in the air on Saturday, April 4. These students took part in the canopy tour at Spring Mountain Resort in Spring Mount, Pa. “It goes against all your senses to look down at the ground below you and then jump off a platform 50 feet in the air. It’s definitely a scary experience at first, but once you get through that initial fear it is an amazing feeling,” Julia Danks, senior special education major, said. The canopy tour was sponsored through Cabrini’s recreation center and organized by its director Orlin Jesperson. The cost for Cabrini students was $20, but partaking in this activity without going through the school could cost up to $69 per person. The different recreational trips are based on the different activities that Jespersen thinks
would be popular and enjoyable among students and have received positive feedback in the past. “With my budget, I discount the activities to around $20$40 per student, in the hopes that people will come out and try something new if it isn’t too expensive. Generally, if people are looking to go on their own, they would probably pay two to three times what I am charging for the student rate,” Jesperson said. The students packed into a Cabrini van at 12 p.m. and excitedly talked about the new experience that awaited them. The 40-minute drive flew by for the passengers. When reaching the resort, the participants strapped into harnesses and helmets and eagerly waited to begin the course while four guides covered some basic safety instruction with the nine students and two community members. A large portion of the group were students from the Putnam building, whose resident assistant Brittany Mitchell chose the canopy tour to be a program for her residents. “I wanted to take full advantage of what Cabrini recreation had to offer. With the help of Residence Life, we w e r e a b l e to go on the $60 c a no py tour for $ 1 5 , and I k n e w
that this opportunity would not be possible outside of Cabrini,” Mitchell, senior English and communication major, said. A lift took the eager students to the top of the mountain. Upon reaching the top, guides then led the students through a short hike in the forest to finally begin the course. A white cargo net that was attached to the ground and led up to a platform in a tree 45 feet in the air was the first challenge of the course. Students either raced against each other on the net to reach the top, or opted to take it slow and steady by themselves. “My favorite part of the tour was the first zip line. I don’t exactly love heights and it was very windy, but the guides were just awesome. I felt extremely safe and I definitely want to return to do their night canopy tour,” Mitchell said. The students partook in the Vertigo course. This consisted of four zip lines and three bridges with varying structures. The No Hands Bridge of Doom had four small wood cut outs attached to two wires and the participants had to walk across them with no rope or beam to hold on to. Two wires and a few hanging ropes were the only
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Sara Murphy and Jessie Wall tackle the first obstacle on the course. means of getting across the Vine Transverse Bridge. The students had to walk across the half inch thick wire with only white ropes hanging from above to balance them. The bridge deemed most popular by the group was the Tyrolean Bridge.
Here the group could balance themselves on a thin wire to get across the bridge or shuffle across the thick rope above them upside down. “My favorite part was climbing upside down on the bridge. The guides made it look so easy, but you really had to work to get across. It was definitely an experience to be hanging upside down from a rope 50 feet in the air,” Danks said. By the end of the two-hour tour, the group was satisfied with their first experience zip lining, climbing and seeing the trees, ground and sky from a whole new level. With the school year coming to an end, there are no plans for another canopy tour this semester, but next year a variety of outside recreational activities will be offered. “Things are starting to wind down for the year, but I do offer at least four to five activities like these each semester; we just need people to register early to make them happen. In the past, I have offered surfing lessons, canopy tours, paintball, whitewater rafting, sailing/windsurf lessons, flat-water kayak/paddle boating and rock climbing,” Jespersen said. LEFT: Sophomore Sarah Murphy, junior Jessie Wall, and seniors Meredith Row and Laura Goodfield gear up and anxiously await their canopy tour on Saturday, April 4. brittany mitchell/multimedia editor