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.
2008-2009 Loquitur Staff/Editorial Staff Editor in Chief Deputy Editor Managing Editor News Editor News Editor A & E Editor A & E Editor Features Editor Perspectives Editor Sports Editor Sports Editor Copy Editor Copy Editor Copy Editor Web Editor Multimedia Editor Multimedia Editor Graphic Designer Graphic Designer Adviser
Mallory Terrence Christine Graf Meghan Smith Liz Garrett Christopher R. Blake Christina Michaluk Jake Verterano Britany Wright Jessie Holeva Danielle Feole Nicholas Pitts Shannon Keough Brittany McLeod Diana Trasatti Megan Pellegrino Kara Schneider Brittany Mitchell Jake Verterano Anna Scholl Dr. Jerome Zurek
Asst. Managing Editors Brian Loschiavo Jen Wozniak Asst. News Editors Megan Bernatavitz Amanda Carson Andrew Stettler Asst. Features Editors Sami Godowsky Gianna Shikitino Asst. A & E Editors Gillian Davis Arielle Friscia Megan Kutulis Asst. Sports Editors Jill Fries Melissa Mariani Mike O’Hara Jessica Wegelin
Asst. Persp. Editors Sam Bokoski Katie Engell Morgan Miller Asst. Copy Editor Molly Kearney Staff Writers Christine Adolf Justin Bostwick Charles Bush Kerry English Janene Gibbons Kirk Manion Erin Nollen Eric Povish Tina Vitanza Candice Wojnarowski
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2008-09 Issue 23 Loquitur, Cabrini College student newspaper, Radnor, Pa. 19087