Thursday, September 3, 2009 Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
YOU SPEAK, WE LISTEN
Pacemaker Winner Vol II VolLI, L, Issue 17
this week’s edition
BRIAN LOSCHIAVO/ EDITOR IN CHIEF
Swine Flu Many campuses, including Cabrini’s, are responding to recent H1N1 outbreaks.
SEE News, page 5
Students enrolled in the ECG 200 course visited Philadelphia to tutor refugees at the Nationalities Service Center.
ECG class tackles local social issues megan kutulis deputy editor
Cabrini’s slogan, “Do Something Extraordinary,” has long been manifested through social justice projects and programs, including trips to Ecuador and Guatemala. But students enrolled in the
Health Care Debate Two students’ opposing perspectives on health care reform.
SEE Perspectives, page 7
Sophomore ECG students met with mushroom farmers to evaluate how to further the group’s causes in the community.
Engagement for the Common Good course series are aiming to make a difference closer to home. Taught by professors from various departments, including Dr. Jerry Zurek, Dr. Amy Persichetti and Dr. Melissa Terlecki, the semester long courses are offered to students during their freshman, sophomore and junior years. For sophomores, the second year of the course presented
a new opportunity: to meet with local community partners and become more involved in civic engagements and the practice of social justice. “This year was so much more hands-on, whereas last year was kind of a preview for what we would be introduced to this year,” said Joe DeMarzio, sophomore communication major. DeMarzio, along with other
Cabrini to implement a new admissions strategy
Cabrini Admissions We listen.
New Philadelphia campaign ads attract out-of-towners.
SEE Features, page 8
Women’s Volleyball The women’s volleyball team sweeps Bryn Mawr College 3-0.
SEE Sports, page 15
COMMUNITY, page 3
College evaluates enrollment issues amanda carson
‘With Love Philadelphia’
students from his ECG 200 class, recently took a trip to Center City Philadelphia to visit the Nationalities Service Center, where students worked with refugees from Nepal. “We worked with younger refugees who are just learning the basic things, like ABCs, numbers
Cabrini’s incoming freshman class-150 fewer than previous years-is in itself a challenge for the admissions staff. Couple that with a retention rate at just about 65 percent when other regional colleges like Haverford are in the ninetieth percentile range. No wonder the college hired a new vice president for enrollment management over the summer. Douglas L. Swartz joined the college as vice president for enrollment management, on June 1. In a press release, Cabrini President Dr. Marie A. George described Swartz as “a seasoned enrollment professional with 26 years of recruitment, marketing, fi nancial aid, budget management and staff supervision experience.” Currently, Swartz has been tasked with designing
ADMISSIONS, page 3
1. How effective was the admissions process when coming to Cabrini? “Very effective. I felt that I was valued by admissions and that they deeply wanted it (my transition) to be as smooth as possible. It also helped that both my head coach and one of my assistant lacrosse coaches worked with me and my parents through the process. ” -Brian Churchey ‘11
2. Do you feel as though you were deceived by admissions? How so? “I don’t know about deceived as much as not mentioning some things about Cabrini. I know that with all colleges they aren’t going to tell you the truth about everything and I guess that’s just the way it has to be. I think what I would have liked was to see all the housing for freshmen even if all housing isn’t a highlight of the campus.” -Kerry Allaire‘11
3. What changes should be made to better Cabrini’s admissions? “I feel they should give you an entire tour of campus and give you a brief overview of the upperclassman life. There’s no need for extreme detail but I do not think it needs to be completely avoided and I feel that the tours should include Xavier and Woodcrest since most freshmen do not end up in East Res.” -Kristen Hughes ‘10 AMANDA CARSON/NEWS EDITOR
Cabrini has the lowest regional retention rate amanda carson news editor
Compared with other regional colleges and universities, Cabrini College has the lowest retention rate. It is 30 percentage points lower than The College of New Jersey and Villanova. It is 20 points worse than St. Joe’s and 15 points worse than DeSales. Clearly Cabrini is more than just leaking students, it is a major problem. Experts say the causes of the college’s 65.5 percent retention rate issue is multifaceted. It has developed from various internal faults. “You can’t point to just one or two reasons,” Douglas L. Swartz, vice president for enrollment management, said. One of these reasons has been the current economic crisis, which has a higher percentage of families struggling to fi nance their
RETENTION, page 3
Cabrini Night @ the Phillies pg. 16
Skin cancer on the rise Each hour one person dies of skin cancer. Ninety percent of all skin cancer is caused by sun exposure. Skin cancer accounts for more than 50 percent of all cancer. More than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year. Unless skin cancer has touched your life in some way, you may not know of its severity and prevalence. Out of all the different types of cancer diagnosed each year, you never really hear about skin cancer. The facts show that this is a form of cancer that should not go unnoticed. There are many contributing factors to the causes of skin cancer. The most common are heredity and the environment. Some people are born carrying a skin cancer gene. The environmental factors come from over exposure to UV rays from the sun. The average American receives 50 percent of their lifetime exposure to the sun by 18 years of age. Similar to any other cancer, skin cancer develops when the DNA, which is found in our cells, becomes mutated or damaged beyond our body’s ability to repair. These damaged cells begin to grow and divide uncontrollably. When this occurs in the skin, the cancer begins to develop. In most cases, skin cancer can be detectable in its early stages because discoloration or lesions become visible on the skin. Three types of skin cancer account for nearly 100 percent of all diagnosed cases. Each cancer begins with a different type of cell within the skin. It is divided into one of two classes, which are non-melanoma and melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. The three most common types are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Even with all of the knowledge we have about skin cancer, it is currently on the rise. As a society we are beginning to recognize that overexposure to the sun is unhealthy but the fact remains that most people do not protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. As a result skin cancer is common in the United States. If the current trends continue, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Melanoma continues to rise at an alarming rate. In 1930, one in 5,000 American were likely to develop melanoma during their life time. By 2004 this statistic jumped to 1 in 65. Today, melanoma is the second most common cancer in people aged 20 to 29. Like anything in life, even with all the information that we have about skin cancer, people are still going to act like it’s not a problem and ignore the facts. What are you going to do to prevent yourself and your loved ones from becoming one of those 1 million people diagnosed with skin cancer this year? Prevention and early detection are the only chances we have against combatting skin cancer. Sun protection can significantly decrease one’s risk of developing the cancer. You should stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. being that these are the times that the rays are at their strongest and sunscreen should always be applied. Dermatologists recommend that everyone learn how to recognize the signs of skin cancer, use this knowledge to perform regular examinations, and see a dermatologist annually for an exam. Skin cancer is highly treatable with early detection. Melanoma has a 98 percent survival rate if detected in its early stages. If you know that skin cancer runs in your family you should be even more cautious about your prevention and detection. With the sunny summer months coming to an end make sure you’re aware of your risks. Make an appointment with your dermatologist for a checkup no matter how much you are exposed to the sun. As a society we need to be more aware of this growing problem. To learn more about skin cancer visit The Skin Cancer Foundation at www.skincancer.org.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Textbook rentals a popular trend that helps cut costs for college students jessica wegelin sports editor
Each year, college students try to save their money by buying used books or ordering books overseas for half the regular retail price. After the academic year is over, another option that students take advantage of is selling their books back to try and get some of their money back. “For the past two years I have been buying my books from the bookstore, and I have always felt as though it is a rip-off but what are you going to do? You have no choice, it’s either buy the book or fail the course,” Jamie O’Hanlon, junior elementary and special education major, said. College textbooks are among one of the prevalent expenses after tuition, meal plans, and room and board. With the economy and continuous increasing cost of tuition, college students have turned to renting books instead of buying them. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, college students spend an average
of $900 a year on textbooks. The prices on books have also risen at four times the rate of inflation. A federal report done four years ago found that textbook prices nearly tripled from 1986 to 2004. There are many websites that offer renting books to students but Chegg.com, BookRenter.com and Skoobit.com are among the most popular for those students looking to conserve money on books. Besides giving students the alternative option of renting books, rentals also give both the publishers and textbook authors a way to keep on earning money from their books after the first sale. This is something the authors do not receive from the sale of their used book. A commonly used biology book that is normally listed at $158 in a school book store can be rented from Chegg.com for roughly $55. “I heard about Chegg from one of my friends who said she saved a lot of money last year, so I looked into renting my books for this semester and found that I saved over $200,” Melissa Mariani, junior communication major, said.
Books can be rented when needed, whether it is needed for the entire semester, quarterly or different time periods ranging from 30 to 125 days. “I just bought my books the other day and never heard about renting them, if I had known I definitely would have done that to save some money. The whole process sounds pretty convenient and beneficial at the end of the day,” Kate Schmid, senior marketing major, said. When the course is over and the student wants to return their books, they return them in the mail using a prepaid postage label. However, if books are late, Chegg charges a 25 percent late fee and a replacement fee for those who choose to not return their books. Congress passed the Higher Education Opportunity Act last year that included $10 million to help support textbook rental programs. Although Cabrini has yet to jump on the bandwagon of renting books to their students, about 20 other college bookstores have applied for grants.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009
Course collaborates with community partners COMMUNITY, page 1 their skills and motivation.
and states. We helped them learn to talk about things around their houses, and brought along notebooks and crayons for them, too. They were so eager to learn,” Liz Scopelleti, sophomore communication major said. Although Scopelleti worked with younger children, the refugees’ ages ranged from infants to senior citizens. Cabrini students were impressed with
“My favorite part was seeing just how they were raised. They were genuinely polite, nice people who had an amazing work ethic, and some of them had even put themselves through college,” said Christopher Sarvadi, sophomore communication major said. While their classmates were helping to teach refugees the basics of American culture, other ECG 200 students took a trip to Kennett Square to visit mushroom farmers at La Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores
Agricolas (CATA). They had a chance to meet with the head of CATA, Luis Tlaseca, to discuss the group’s efforts and how Cabrini could help. “We spoke with the mushroom workers and helped establish what kind of accomplishments we wanted to achieve. We wanted to understand, from their point of view, what they were going through,” Alyssa Mentzer, sophomore communication major said. With the help of a translator, Mentzer and her peers spoke
to workers to try and further their causes in the community. Students took the time to sit down and explain their majors and their roles in the ECG course. “Our goal is to help them and their cause be more noticed and welcome in their own towns, and help their families however we can,” Mentzer said. Whether students were in Center City or Kennett Square, they were fi nding ways to get involved, and the impact of civic engagement was not a one-sided matter. The sophomore group
was just as affected by their work as those they had helped. “I think it’s a valuable course; it’s good to see life from a different aspect than we’re used to. If we can just walk, like, a day in their shoes, I think it’s great for our lives and theirs,” Sarvadi said. “We’re helping refugees and we’re learning about people around the world who need our help; it aligns with what we’re learning in the classroom,” Scopelleti said.
New admission strategy will make visits ‘personal’ ADMISSIONS, page 1 and implementing an innovative admissions strategy. The “brand new strategy” will “craft and coordinate” personal campus visits for prospective students, Swartz said. An increased emphasis on campus visits will “enhance the quality of every single visit,” Swartz said. Students interested in the campus will now be given the options to meet with faculty, attend a class or shadow Cabrini students. They will also have the opportunity to vist overnight, including on Nov. 14, the night before the College’s open house. The new strategy will have territorial admission counselors working closely with prospective students. Swartz hopes that these counselors will establish a close connection to the students. Making the admission process more “individualized” should enhance its quality for prospective students, Swartz said. The new admissions strategy should ultimately show interested students the “real” Cabrini.
Cabrini AdmissionsWe listen.
1. Do you think admissions should focus solely on incoming freshmen or work on improving the current retention rate?
2. Less students are coming to Cabrini. Why do you think that?
“I think less students are coming to Cabrini because the food is horrible and the campus “It should focus on both. A lot of students is pretty much on lockdown. The school has have left in the two years I have been here. all the means to provide a fruitful environment. If we can’t get freshmen to come here, how Loosen the grip public safety has on us and let us enjoy the beautiful campus at 2 a.m. if we will we have students later that we might want to. Adjust the cafeteria hours to accomodate need to persuade to stay. ” the average college student’s hunger needs at -Samantha Monastra ‘11 1 a.m. I am paying $40,000 a year to get away from my mom’s curfew!” -Ben Nanna‘10
3. Are you a transfer student? If so, how effective was the transfer admissions strategy? Are you satisfied with your choice to come to Cabrini?
“I am a transfer student. I thought the admissions strategy was very effective in my case. I had originally intended to look at a few other options before I decided where to transfer, but after my appointment in the Cabrini admissions office I had already made up my mind. There’s no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision in choosing to leave Villanova and come to Cabrini. The quality of instruction is far better than what I experienced at Villanova. I know that the professors at Cabrini have my best interests in mind and want me to do well. ” -Jackie Ozzimo ‘10 AMANDA CARSON/NEWS EDITOR
College looks for new ways to improve retention RETENTION, page 1 education. But if the economy is to blame, why are other colleges doing so much better? When asked to comment on Cabrini’s retention rate or to offer any reasons about why it is so low, Angela DiLella, director of enrollment operations, responded, “I am not able to answer these questions.” Tracey Kemery, assistant director of enrollment operations, also declined to comment. Swartz, however, made himself available to discuss the issue. He was unable to comment on where Cabrini might have gone wrong with the retention since he is new to his position. Monitoring the College’s retention rate does not fall on a sole department but is “everybody’s job,” Swartz said. Swartz, however, said he will
Retention rate for regional colleges 100 75
Swarthmore Bryn Mawr
Cabrini AMANDA CARSON/NEWS EDITOR
keep an “eye for retention” in his new admissions strategy. He
plans to qualify Cabrini’s inquiry Living and pool and aim “for a better fi t.” communities will
Learning also be
expanded. “We have pretty strong evidence that they (LLCs) are enhancing retention,” Swartz said. The class of 2012 registration retention for students enrolled in LLCs was above 80 percent. “LLCs allow students to connect both socially and academically,” Swartz said. He believes that both of these facets need to be examined if the school plans to improve its retention rate. Swartz said “we are all concerned” with retention. He hopes that eventually the issue will gradually improve. Students who wish to offer suggestions or voice concerns are encouraged to pass any information along. “They (the students) are seeing and hearing more than those in admissions do,” Swartz said.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
New faculty welcomed at Cabrini’s fall opening convocation ceremony amanda carson news editor
Gabriel Akacha: Marketplace Breakfast Cook Kevin Baldwin: Jazzman’s Barista Kevin Durkin: Marketplace Cook Lesley Johnson: Marketplace Server
Agnes Randazzo: Catering Director Keith Wicker: Marketplace Utility James Williams: Marketplace
Eric Bascelli: HVAC Tech III Matthew Duffus: Groundskeeper
Marlayne Dundovich: IT Director Robert Getz: Help Desk Analyst Shane O’Malley: Help Desk Analyst
CSI – Housekeeping
Bonifacio Xincio: General Cleaner, night shift
Melinda Spengler: Dispatcher
Library to display Tom Baker exhibit amanda carson news editor
Cabrini College is now presenting the exhibit “Tom Baker: Print and Process.” It will feature roughly 20 works created by printmaker Tom Baker. Baker serves as the assistant professor of printmaking
Monmouth University. Baker’s work has been included in the collections of the Hunterdon Museum of Art, the Purdue University Galleries, the University of WisconsinParkside and the Fulbright Commission of Brazil. Aside from having his work featured at Cabrini, Baker has had his prints on display at the University of Hawaii, Hilo;
the University of Minnesota; the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria; Bradley University; and the International Print Center in New York. The exhibit will be in the Grace and Joseph Gorevin Fine Arts Gallery, on the second floor of the Holy Spirit Library. An opening reception will take place Thursday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m.
Professor to share research on images of black women amanda carson news editor
Dr. Michelle Filling will present “From Angela Davis to Michelle Obama: The Black Female Body Imag(in)ed in Magazines,” on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Filling will present her research on the ever changing
representation of black women’s bodies within the media. She will discuss how black women’s bodies have changed throughout the the past fifty years. Filling’s lecture will conclude with a discussion. Attendees will talk about how the media’s treatment of Michelle Obama’s attire and
physique has contributed to a long history of images of black women who have shaped beauty culture. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. in the Mansion Dining Room. For more information contact Melissa Waters by telephone at 610-902-1061.
Meal exchange hours extended amanda carson news editor
In an effort to better accommodate the schdules of Cabrini’s students, Jazzman’s and Sandella’s have changed their meal exchange hours. The new times make it more convenient for students to grab food on the go.
Monday-Friday Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Hours of operation for Jazzman’s & Sandella’s: Jazzman’s Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday Closed
Sandella’s Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Late Night Monday-Thursday 7:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Sunday 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Students urged to sign up for emergency notification amanda carson news editor
Cabrini activates a text messaging and email Emergency Notification Alert System in the event of an emergency, or when a potentially dangerous situation occurs. All students, first-year, transfer and returning
upperclassmen, are strongly urged to sign up for the system. Signing up for the system is not required. Campus-wide participation, however, would lead to its successful implementation. Students who had previously signed up for the alerts do not need to sign up again. To register students should visit www.cabrini.edu/txt.
Online withdrawal available to students beginning Sept. 3 period will end Nov. 5. Students can go online to email@example.com www.cabrini.edu/registrar. To manually withdrawal Beginning Sept. 3, Cabrini students must fill out the students will be eligible to withdrawal form. The form withdrawal from classes. is available in the Registrar’s The withdrawal process Office in Grace Hall. can be completed online The add/drop option or by filling out a form. will no longer be No matter how the process available for students. is completed, the withdrawal amanda carson news editor
Last day for textbook refunds to be Sept. 4 arielle friscia a&e editor
The last day students can get a full refund on textbooks will be Friday, Sept. 4. If a student needs to refund their book, they can go to the Cabrini bookstore, which is located right across from Jazzman’s
the Widener Center. To get their full refund students must have their receipt and the condition of the book must be in the same condition upon its purchase. There can’t be any markings inside of the books. For any books that were wrapped up in shrink-wrap, they must still be wrapped to get that full refund back.
Diversity club socials
to connect students arielle friscia a&e editor
It’s the beginning of the school year and everyone wants to meet new people on campus. Tuesday, Sept. 1, was the start of the Diversity Socials. It was designed for African-American, Latino, Asian, Native American and international students. This event is to help students casually network, helping students meet other
students, faculty and staff. Diversity Social is a great way for students to hear about what is happening on campus. Faculty, staff and alumni are invited to come and get to know the students. The socials are free events and RSVPs are appreciated. Events will be hosted in association with the Diversity club every Tuesday. For more information on events and to learn about the Diversity club check out the Cabrini website.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Next months key for
war in Afghanistan katie engell perspectives editor
firstname.lastname@example.org brian loschiavo editor in chief
AMANDA CARSON/NEWS EDITOR
Many signs, such as the one depicted above, can be found throughout Cabrini’s bathrooms. Not only do these encourage students to wash their hands, but it takes them through the proper steps to be germ free.
The Defense Department’s top leaders estimate that the steps taken within the next 18 months to defeat the Taliban and other extremists will decide whether the war in Afghanistan has been won. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be taking a closer look into the conflict and will be meeting with NATO allies who also have troops fighting in Afghanistan. “It’s very important for us to be able to show the American people that we are moving forward ... to show some shift in momentum,” Gates said. He and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen told senators they are hopeful about efforts to battle extremists along the remote Afghan-Pakistan border. The Pentagon chief previously said he is hesitant to send more soldiers to Afghanistan beyond the 68,000 already planned. There are currently 58,000 U.S. troops there now.
California wildfires fueled by heat
AMANDA CARSON/NEWS EDITOR
Washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent yourself from contracting swine flu. Students should also take other preventative measures such as avoiding to touch their faces.
H1N1 virus strikes college campuses to contain the spread of virus, some students remain skeptical. email@example.com “I think Cabrini should definitely be taking more steps Over the years, headlines to make sure everyone else have boasted national concern is unaffected. There should for diseases like avian flu, Mad be hand sanitizer dispensers Cow disease and West Nile virus. around campus or something, The most recent in this series of especially because it’s become animal-related outbreaks is the such an epidemic on college H1N1 virus, more commonly campuses,” Corinne Grasso, known as the swine flu. senior English major said. In order to accommodate Swine flu is a respiratory disease that regularly occurs the wishes of Grasso and other in pigs. Although the virus students, Health Services has typically does not affect humans, begun to publish tips for staying the symptoms are much like healthy in campus publications. “Health Services is educating that of the regular influenza virus and are spread the same the community on the prevention way, through person-to-person methods recommended by the contact and infected surfaces. Center for Disease Control. Recently, outbreaks seem to We have posted information be popping up at colleges and on our health page, put up universities across the nation, hand washing instructions on including Cabrini. As of Monday, bathroom mirrors and used Aug. 31, Health Services had Toilet Talk to discuss H1N1 and one confirmed case of the H1N1 its symptoms and prevention Fitzgerald said. virus and seen five students who methods,” Grasso also highlights a point presented with flu-like symptoms. “Since our ability to isolate that many students are looking ill individuals on campus is for answers to. Why are college extremely limited, ill students campuses so prone to the spread are told to go home until they of the H1N1 virus? According to are fever-free for 24 hours Health Services, college students without the use of fever reducing are at high risk for contracting the medicine,” said Ms. Susan disease, due in large part to poor Fitzgerald, Cabrini’s nurse. hygiene. By sharing bathroom Although Health Services has space, food and even cups at taken the necessary precautions parties, college students are megan kutulis deputy editor
putting themselves in jeopardy. Besides following preventative measures, students are warned to look for symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat and body aches. The virus is transferred via person-to-person contact, although it has rarely been sustained beyond three people. Students are also urged to avoid contact with sick individuals, cover their mouths or noses when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. For longtime prevention, a vaccine is in the works. “The H1N1 vaccine is still undergoing testing for safety and efficacy. There will most likely be a limited supply and it will be given first to those at high risk for complications and health care workers,” Fitzgerald said. Although the vaccine would not be primarily for students, some don’t seem to be worried. “I probably wouldn’t get the vaccine even if it was at Cabrini. I don’t like to take vaccines the first time it’s released because you never know its side effects,” Dana Sciamarelli, junior history major, said. For more information on the swine flu, students can visit the Health Center or the CDC’s Web site.
The intense wildfires in north Los Angeles that 2,500 firefighters are trying to tackle still remains very dangerous. The fires have been fueled by hot weather and dense, dry brush. The blaze doubled in size in a day to spread over 134 sq. miles of forest. About 12,000 buildings and key communications masts are under threat, and officials have said that the fire could easily double again over the coming days. Thousands of residents have fled the fires and about 6,600 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders. Two firefighters have died after flames overran their vehicle. Wildfires are a normalcy of the Californian summer, but it is very unusual for them to break out so close to a major population of cities. There are also a number of other fires that are burning in southern and central California.
Consumer incomes remain flat Consumer spending increased last month due to the popularity of the Cash for Clunkers program. However, household incomes still remained flat. Rising unemployment, weak income growth and depleted investments have not helped the economy’s need to emerge from the recession. The Commerce Department said that consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in July. However, personal incomes remained unchanged. This fell short of expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. The lack of change in personal incomes followed large swings in May and June. This is mainly due to the payments that individuals have received from the government’s $787 billion economic stimulus program. The concern is that consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, may not be strong enough to boost a recovery from the longest recession since WWII.
Political figures attend Kennedy’s funeral Former U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy’s funeral was held on Saturday Aug. 29 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston. Many political figures were in attendance such as former Presidents Bush and Clinton. President Obama offered an emotional eulogy calling Kennedy “the greatest legislator of our time.” Ted Kennedy was the brother of Robert Kennedy and also former President John F. Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated. Kennedy was laid to rest on Saturday in Washington D.C. at Arlington National Cemetary.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Paparazzi feeds public need for celebrity news
IN MY OPINION
melissa mariani sports editor
I am a huge fan of TMZ, Perez Hilton and US Weekly. I love watching videos and flipping through tons of photos of Britney Spears and her babies, or should I say toddlers now. I feel like I’m a part of her life by watching them grow up in the media. As a fan of certain celebrities, I enjoy anything the paparazzi can get a hold of. Videos of Shia LaBeouf walking around the streets of LA never get old either. Through the years it’s obvious paparazzi will do anything for a photo. However, I don’t believe that the paparazzi have gone too far with celebrities at all. If you are willing to be in the public eye as a celebrity, then there are going to be some consequences. Celebrities make a disgusting amount of money on just one concert or appearance on TV. They need to realize their lives are extremely different than an average American. The paparazzi are entitled to snap as many photos as the desire; if the celebrities don’t want photos taken of them, then they can always hide in their mansion or beach house. I don’t have any sympathy for actors or actresses in any aspect because they live easy lives and a little attention never hurt anyone. It’s not about fans caring that Paris Hilton is going shopping every day. Celebrity photos are all about money. This has become a form of living, getting paid hundreds of
dollars for a photo of any celebrity and being supported by popular Web sites and gossip magazines like US Weekly and People. Photo taking is a career for millions all over the country. During the Britney breakdown, paparazzi were making over $5,000 for a single shot. Celebrities get their money; let the paparazzi get theirs. However, I do think that if the west coast wants to make taking photos of celebrities a legal form of money making, there should be certain laws set. The paparazzi crowds who block celebrities’ cars, making them unable to drive away quickly, is wrong. Lindsay Lohan’s reported crashes are prime examples of how the paparazzi cause accidents harming the public. I think that in states where tons of paparazzi are present, the senate should take action to create a list of laws so they are not harming the public. A distance rule of staying at least 10 feet away from the celebrity while photo taking is reasonable. Celebrities are still humans and we all need some personal space no matter if we appeared in a movie or not. I think how paparazzi antagonize celebrities to get them to reply back on certain rumors is wrong. Trying to get them to reply is just another trick to get celebrities to act out of control, so they can just post more photos online. I am definitely a fan of stalking celebrities online and I enjoy the tabloids as well. However, I don’t feel bad for any celebrity who complains about photo takers and paparazzi stalking them, it’s a part of their title of being famous.
Cell phone use while driving has been banned from certain states due to the high risk of crashing and harming yourself and others.
Texting while driving; deadly combo IN MY OPINION
jessica wegelin sports editor
Everyone has an unhealthy addiction that they just can’t seem to escape. Of course, I have my occasional drink but I wouldn’t exactly call that an unhealthy addiction, at least not yet. However, the addiction that I can’t seem to break is texting. For me and the other estimated 1.6 million young adults who seem to have
the same problem, the worst part of this addiction is texting while you’re driving. That’s when this becomes unhealthy. Not only is it unhealthy but it is life threatening not just to you but also for everyone else on the road. Cell phones have become increasingly popular over the past 10 years and accidents where cell phones are involved are just as popular. In a study released in July 2007, 900 teens from 26 different high schools nationwide, exposed that text messaging while driving is just as risky as drinking and driving. Each year, approximately 21 percent of deadly car accidents involving teenagers were the result of cell phone use. This result has been projected to grow as much as 4 percent each
year. Statistics are interesting to read about but what I wonder was how many other young adults actually take them seriously? It wasn’t the statistics that made me think twice about texting while driving, it was the Texting While Driving Public Service Announcement that was released in the UK and quickly spread all over YouTube that really scared me. This PSA is so graphic and disturbing that it is not being shown in its entirety on United States TV. However, there are over 1 million hits for this more than four-minute video on YouTube. Just like many fictional characters that die in PSAs about the dangers of things such as drugs and drinking, the ending of the texting while driving PSA resulted
in a horrific closing. It shows what could happen if you take your eyes off the road for just a quick second. It is the story of a nice teen girl who kills four people because she decided to look at her phone instead of paying attention to the road. Watching that PSA, it really hit home because I pictured myself in that situation and it sent chills up my spine. I always think about my friends saying, “We are professionals at driving and texting,” but it honestly takes one time for you to ruin the rest of your life, along with others. I felt myself asking the question, is reading a text message really worth killing the people you love along with innocent drivers?
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Thursday, September 3, 2009
Health care overhaul raises controversy For: American citizens deserve universal care
IN MY OPINION
amanda carson news editor
In 1776 our founding fathers met to sign this important document called the Constitution. I’m fairly sure that your fifth grade history lessons taught you the specifics about this document and assured your naive ten-year old minds that our government truly is dedicated to protecting your rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Well, now that we are in college and hopefully not so naive anymore, I hope you have learned the same new lesson that I have:
the government is entirely corrupt and doesn’t give a he-uh heck about you. Sorry to be slightly negative, but I’m just calling it how I see it. With that being established, this brings me to the following point; if Thomas Jefferson and the gang really were concerned about our well being then why didn’t they think to guarantee us universal health care? Maybe it wasn’t a major priority for them, since they lived in a time where personal hygiene and medical advancements were lacking. I recall my freshman year when I took a sociology course that examined our societal flaws. One day we watched a video in which people on welfare were interviewed. They all had a different story, yet they seemed to share one thing in common they did not want to have to continue relying on welfare.
I’m sure you may now be wondering if they didn’t want to rely on welfare then why were they still on it? The answer: if they weren’t on welfare they would not be receiving healthcare. Aside from protecting themselves, many of the welfare recipients were parents who couldn’t bear to not provide their children with healthcare. Those interviewed reasoned, why get off welfare? To work a job in which they would receive the same payments and no healthcare. I completely agree, it makes sense and if you are far too ignorant to think that these people actually want to stay on welfare, wake up and smell the freaking coffee! THEY DON’T. Anyway, that is my main argument for why we should have, no why we NEED, universal healthcare. We live in such a hypo-
critical country. Wal-Mart waves the American flag in its commercial, yet buys its products from foreign countries. The president is supposed to be a source of truth. Nixon lied to his own country in the Watergate scandal and so did Bill Clinton, which needs no explanation. We are so proud boasting how advanced our government is; yet we don’t have universal healthcare. Want to know a fun fact? We think we are so advanced but there are so many other countries that have universal healthcare, including Iraq and some of them even received funding from our war efforts. Point blank, I think everyone deserves to receive funding for healthcare. It just makes sense. No one should have to worry about paying for healthcare. I know I sound like bubble gum and gumdrops, but I can’t help how
I feel. The government may not always be looking out for our best interests, but
maybe it could grow a heart and offer its citizens universal healthcare, maybe someday.
Against: Obama supporters fooled by the facts IN MY OPINION
brian loschiavo editor-in-chief
“So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.” These were the words of President Barack Obama on Feb. 24, 2009 when he spoke about health care reform. His statements seemed very reassuring. When he speaks of it, it seems as if he will change the problems within our health care system in the blink of an eye. But is all of this talk real, or is it just embellished to get the support of Americans? Is our president just another sweet talking politician? Ladies and gentlemen, don’t be fooled. All of you voters out there that punched your ballot for Obama because you thought he was going to turn the United States into utopia in a matter of
months, I’m sure you now see that President Obama is merely just another president who doesn’t hold the magic wand that most of you thought he did. I’m sure his approval ratings tell the story, considering that they have plummeted faster than any other president to take office in recent years. Even Mr. Bush. Now let me get this clear. I’m not just some misinformed, mad at the world, stick it to the man type of person. And in no way do I think it’s easy to be the President of the United States of America.Walking in his shoes is no easy task. I agree with many things that he has done so far in office and plans
to do. But his health care plan is something that I am strongly against. Mostly because a lot of what he says about his health care plan does not match up with the simple facts. Until every little detail of the plan is clear, such a drastic overhaul cannot take place. When listening to the president’s latest primetime news conference where he tried to reassure Americans that his health care plan would be flawless, I found that he made a few big mistakes. Most of what he said was twisted. From the fact that his budget would reduce federal spending to his statements talking about the percentage of Americans that his plan would cover. If we can’t trust him to get the simple
facts right about his own plan than how can we have trust that the plan will work. He promised our country that his health care overhaul plan would be paid for in full, which at this point seems to be very tall order. The congressional budget experts have a different story. They say that with the bills they’ve seen so far, within the next 10 years, billions of dollars would be added to the deficit, not taken away. Obama also exaggerated the discrepancy between U.S. and foreign health care costs. He stated that the U.S. spends $6,000 more on average than other countries on health care. This doesn’t match up with figures released just a few months ago from the
White House that showed the U.S. spends about $2,500 more than the next highest-spending country. It’s the little facts like these that make anything he says a bit harder to believe. The president also exaggerated the number of people who would be covered under his plan stating that it would cover at least 97 percent of all Americans. The plan he campaigned on would cover far less than that. He also said that his new budget would reduce federal spending over the next decade by $2.2 trillion in comparison to where it was going before. This can’t be true when looking at the figures that his very own budget experts have released. The Congressional Budget Office foresees a $2.7 trillion increase, not a $2.2 trillion cut. I mean that’s just a little mistake right? Obama also said that the average American family is paying thousands as part of their premiums to cover uncompensated care for the uninsured. This saying that his expanded coverage will cut the insurance costs in half, but the national numbers say the average family pays just $200. This is a claim that has been said to be unjustified from the be-
ginning of his campaign. Lastly, recent reports have said that our president has not been very forthright with the fact that his new health care plan would cover illegal immigrants and abortion. If taxpayers will be paying for abortion and people that are not even citizens in the United States, then I think it’s pretty important for them to know about it. If this comes out to be true, then that closes the case for me. It’s just not right. Simple as that. I could go on forever about all the little things that don’t seem right, but I only have so much space. I’ll remind you again that I don’t want to come off as some know-it-all that just wants to stir up the shit. I also don’t know everything there is to know about President Obama’s health care reform. But the things that have been brought to my attention show that the plan is not fool proof and he is not being very forthright with the citizens of the United States. So America, let me end with this, health care reform can’t wait, but for now it will wait and it will wait for a lot longer than a year, or at least until our president can figure out his own plan.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Philadelphia strives for new ad campaign gianna shikitino features editor
Catchy and cute ads displayed all over Philadelphia, identified as the “With Love Philadelphia” campaign, are an eye-catching hit to travelers seeking out new ventures in the “City of Brotherly Love.” But are these seemingly innocent ads inviting out-oftowners to stay overnight or is there a pretty penny to go along with it? The official visitor site for greater Philadelphia, gophila. com, has been up for over 10 years. The Go Phila corporation launched a new ad campaign, “With Love Philadelphia,” which kicked off in May 2009. “Our office is a separate group [from Go Phila],” Cara Schneider, Media Relations Director for the “With Love Philadelphia” campaign, said. “Our job is to promote travel in the city through a pretty aggressive campaign.” Last year, Go Phila attempted the “Philly’s more fun when you sleep over” commercial advertisements, which did not attract as many people as expected. “The city is in a pretty significant budget crisis,” Schneider said. “We spend money to make money. For every media dollar spent on an ad, we receive $185 that is generated on an economic impact.” “I think they should do more advertising,” Pedro Perez, senior business administration major, said. “They should have more publicity in airports. I think it is a great way to put Philly out there for travelers.” “The marketing campaign has
been a huge success,” Schneider said. “Different events and groups want to piggy back on it.” It seems as though this ad campaign will improve Philadelphia’s budget crisis by attaining a steady flow of visitors, but what do residents of Philadelphia think of this new approach? Kurt Gibson, a resident of Philadelphia, believes that although the campaign seems friendly, the main objective for the “With Love Philadelphia” campaign is to make money — and that’s it.
“They’re being your friend so you’ll spend money here,” Gibson said. “What they are doing is a desperate attempt to make money for the city,” Gibson said. “Each year they are coming up with different ways to campaign to come to Philadelphia and each year they have to set the bar higher and make more money in advertising than they did the previous year,” Gibson said. “They keep doing it over and over again but with different themes for the campaign. People are coming to Philly, but are not spending enough money, so
they want travelers to come out and stay overnight in the city,” Gibson said. “The ‘With Love Philadelphia’ campaign goal is working both in terms of awareness and hotel occupancy,” Schneider said. The ad implies having travelers come and stay overnight in Philadelphia. The more people coming to stay at hotels, the more profit the city will make. “You don’t see ads for places in the city such as Geno’s or Pat’s steaks because people know of those places and want to go to them because they’re both
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Train stations in the Philadelphia region display the noticeable signs, reeling in people to gain attention to the new and improved “With Love Philadelphia” advertising campaign that launched in May 2009.
famous and historic,” Gibson said, about the ‘With Love’ campaign’s newest ad featured on the Go Phila Web site titled “Dear What’s a BYOB?” “The campaign is trying to get people to go to big restaurants to spend more money,” Gibson said. Alfred Krawitz, owner of the Blarney bar and restaurant in Philadelphia, thinks that advertising in Philadelphia is a waste of time. “Why do they advertise in Philadelphia? They should be advertising outside of Philadelphia to bring travelers in,” Krawitz said. Krawitz believes that businesses shouldn’t promote or join the campaign because he is not aware of how the “With Love Philadelphia” funds are provided for other businesses. “Unless the state gave them [businesses] money, where do the funds come from? Are they coming out of Philadelphia tax dollars?” Krawitz said. The taxes for Philadelphia increased from seven percent on the dollar to eight percent over last year and both Krawitz and Gibson agree that the “With Love” campaign is just another marketing tactic for Philly to get money for the city and to benefit the mayor. Supporting or not supporting the “With Love Philadelphia” campaign may differ between residents of Philadelphia and outsiders, but who knows what ad campaign will launch next? The advertising campaign is content as long as the revenue goal is reached and the city’s sights and hot-spots are earning a pretty penny.
Melanoma on the rise, taken by surprise katie engell perspectives editor
Although a popular summer luxury includes hours of baking in the sun, there are severe and deadly side effects to consider, which can harm parts of the body that are repeatedly exposed to the sun. There are approximately 11,590 deaths due to skin cancer each year. Jim Johnson, the Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator, unexpectedly died due to a severe case of skin cancer known as melanoma, the most fatal form of skin. Melanoma is one of the most aggressive cancers to develop and accounts for 75 percent of all deaths associated with skin cancer. He succumbed to his battle against skin cancer at the age of 68. His death raised the question of how best to
protect oneself from skin cancer. His death shocked Eagles fans who have watched Johnson guide the team towards a Super Bowl appearance. But his death should not come as a surprise. According to the National Cancer Institute, the majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white males over the age of 50. Over half of these cases can be attributed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. “Although Jim Johnson was arguably the best defensive coach of all time, skin cancer was one battle he could not defend,” Sam Jeff, sophomore business administration major, said. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. While the sun leaves skin bronzed and beautiful, the powerful UV rays are ultimately damaging the skin. Over time, even if the skin does not burn, countless hours in the sun can
increase someone’s chance of developing skin cancer. The most common forms of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These two forms of skin cancer, along with melanoma, make up the three skin cancers that afflict nearly one million Americans each year. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are rarely fatal compared to melanoma but they can cause severe damage to the skin, leading to disfigurement and the need for surgery. The key to conquering skin cancer is that it is usually curable if detected during the early stages. Risk factors include having moles or freckles, which appear after long hours in the sun. A normal mole is solid brown, dark brown or flesh colored and its edges are well-defined. Some essential signs of skin
cancer to keep in mind include any changes in a previously developed mole or the appearance of a new mole. A fast-appearing mole, a sore that won’t heal or a mole that itches are also signs of the development of skin cancer. Preventing skin cancer is simple and viable if it is practiced a young age and continued throughout a person’s life. The ideal thing to remember is to use sunscreen when exposed to the sun. This is especially true those who have fair skin or those whose skin tends to burn easily. “Skin cancer seems to be the biggest concern related to tanning, but at the same time it’s fashionable to be tan. This leaves people our age to make a decision on what is more important to them,” Kirsten Wizeman, junior special education major, said. More factors to consider in preventing skin cancer are staying out of the sun during the prime
and hottest hours of the day, generally between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It’s also important to wear protective items such as hats or sunglasses when in the direct sun for a prolonged period of time. The use of sunlamps or tanning booths are also discouraged because they can increase a person’s risk of developing skin cancer by 75 percent. “Personally I think if a girl has to try that hard to be beautiful then she’s not very attractive overall. Jim Johnson probably developed skin cancer from working, not because of unnecessary exposure like tanning. He probably developed cancer when he was younger and never noticed it. But people today go out and intentionally put themselves at risk for a temporary and false beauty is ridiculous,” John Kidd, sophomore criminal justice major, said.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Stop splurging, start saving on textbooks meghan mcsloy staff writer
With the current state of the economy being as poor as it is, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people of all ages to keep their heads above the water. For college students, having to buy textbooks on top of paying tuition does not make the situation any easier. “The rise in tuition is unfair for students looking to continue their education at Cabrini, but it is also mandatory to keep the college going during the current recession,” Gina DiMidio, sophomore English major, said. While the campus bookstore is a convenient spot to purchase books, there are other vendors out there that do not put as much of a financial strain on students. There are Web sites such as eBay.com and amazon.com that sell textbooks for less. “I like buying my books
from amazon.com and eBay.com because it’s so much cheaper than buying them from the bookstore,” Megan Krouch, sophomore undecided major, said. When searching these sites, it is sometimes difficult to find every single book that is required for class. In addition, shipping costs and delivery time can be an issue. Aside from eBay.com and amazon.com, there are several other smart Web sites, which can be used to purchase textbooks. If you are looking for bargain textbooks, coursesmart.com can be a useful tool to find the best deal possible for textbooks. The way it works is through a search engine, which requires the book’s author, title, or ISBN. By entering one of these codes, coursesmart.com searches its database to find the best possible deal on any given book. “Coursesmart is a good option because you can
find out the cheapest places to get your textbooks,” Steve Baxter, sophomore undecided major, said. Another site is Chegg. com. At Chegg.com, students are able to rent their textbooks for the semester and return them free of charge when the semester has ended. According to the Chegg.com Web site, “Chegg offers great prices, free return shipping, over two million titles and flexible rental periods. You can order books from home or college, have them delivered to your door and not have to worry about storing or selling them when your class is over.” As an added bonus, Chegg.com plants a tree for every book rented. “I have never heard of Chegg before, but it definitely sounds like a good alternative to the bookstore,” Karina Wright, sophomore special education major, said.
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Besides the bookstore in Jazzman’s Cafe, students are finding a cheaper approach to save money on new and used textbooks.
Student assistance provided on campus lauren sliva staff writer
Resident Assistant (RA): Whatever it may be, unlocking the door because someone forgot their key, resolving roommate issues between roommates who seem to disagree about something, the Resident Assistant is always there to help. Public Safety: Public Safety are the ones that students can go to when their ID is not working or their car gets trapped in the snow. If a student is stranded, give public safety a call at 610-902-8245. The Counseling and Psychological Services: The counselors in this department are there for whatever students need. They are located in Grace Hall and their hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Health Department: People are going to get sick, lets face it. No matter the sickness, Health Services is there to help and is located behind the Marketplace in Founders Hall. Center for Teaching and Learning: The resource center is extremely helpful school wise. There are tutors for every subject. Located in the Iadarola building, the resource center will help anyone who stops by. Cooperative Education and Career Services: Career Services help students write resumes or find internships. Career Services can be found in Grace Hall, Mondays 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Information and Technology Resources: For any computer problems such as internet or viruses, go
to ITR. They can be found in Founders room 108. Holy Spirit Library: The librarians are eager to help in any way possible so that essays and research can be quick and simple. Hours are Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Financial Aid: Financial Aid is there to help with financial needs. The Financial Aid office is located in Grace Hall. The Center for Student Engagement and Leadership: This is where students can find all the activities available. The office is located behind Jazzman’s Cafe. If there is an event worth signing up for, like surfing or participating in Open Mic Night, SEaL would be the place to go.
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The Center for Teaching and Learning, located in the Iadarola building, has computers that students can use throughout the day. The Writing Center is across the hall and has a time slot sheet posted on the door for students to sign up for help with any writing issues.
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The Financial Aid office, located in Grace Hall, has representatives that are able to help with any financial issue.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Local coffee shop offers relaxing mood and great food melissa mariani sports editor
If you’re looking for a great local spot off-campus to indulge in drinks, coffee, lunch and delicious desserts then go check out the Gryphon Café. Two doors down from the Wayne movie theater, the Gryphon Café is located at 105 West Lancaster Ave. in Wayne. The atmosphere is a great place to relax, catch up on reading assignments, hang out with friends or even do homework, since the whole café has free WiFi internet access. Gryphon Café serves lunch until 4 p.m. and soup until 9 p.m. Their menu consists of a unique array of sandwiches, salads and soup. Sandwiches are made fresh daily include roast beef, chicken salad, grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, grilled Portobello hummus and roasted red peppers. They also have organic peanut butter and jelly. Owner Rich Mattis definitely takes pride in his café and enjoys making everyone feel at home. When you step into the café you feel at ease. The décor has a peaceful feeling like home, with calm lighting and a sense of comfort. The café walls are lined with beautiful paintings and two seated tables. The back of the café has extra seating for more customers in larger parties. “All our food is from local areas. We are mostly organic, even our milk is from local cows,” Mattis said.
Soups are available by cup or bowl, along with the house salad, Caesar salad, hummus plates, cheese and fruit trays. Customers can also get combinations of any half a sandwich, soup or small house or Caesar salad. The sandwiches come with a choice of mixed greens or chips and are prepared on fresh-baked Metropolitan breads. Muffins and croissants are made daily at the front counter, along with an assortment of cakes and desserts. “Our most popular drink is Sean’s vanilla bean latte. The fresh squeezed lemonade is a summertime favorite. For the winter it’s our rich hot chocolate and in the fall season our apple spice cider is one of our best sellers,” Mattis said. Another popular drink at the Gryphon is the jalapeno pepper shot. The drink is very spicy and only served in shot glasses. “I don’t recommend the jalapeno pepper shot, even though I shouldn’t say that. It’s just an extremely hot and spicy drink, but they are certainly very popular,” Mattis said. The architecture of the building is gorgeous with beautiful glass windows and arches. The café also has an added upstairs and balcony which you can see from the street outside. “Upstairs is usually where our meetings, live bands and open mic nights take place. Open mic night is on Monday’s and live music on selected nights, which will be added to our Web site soon,” Mattis said.
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The Gryphon Café is located next to the movie theater, exhibits art work and has a variety of food. “Everyone and anyone is welcome and can bring an instrument they play and perform right here at Gryphon on performing nights,” Mattis said. The Gryphon Café hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s, and 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s. Sunday hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Live music reaches college students on Main Line gianna shikitino features editor
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MilkBoy Coffee Shop offers live music and has been voted best coffee house for Mainline Life Reader’s Choice.
Looking for a coffee shop to hang out at that is different than Starbucks? Then MilkBoy Coffee Shop is the place to go. This student-friendly coffee shop has a relaxing environment, providing free Wi-Fi internet service and free shows. With two locations on the Main Line, getting coffee can be more enjoyable without waiting in those long lines with nowhere to sit and relax. Originating in Ardmore, Pa. in 2005, MilkBoy got its name from MilkBoy Recording in 1994 by musician and recording engineer, Tommy Joyner. Shortly after, a smaller shop opened in Bryn Mawr, connected to the historic Bryn Mawr movie theater. Selling more than just coffee, the MilkBoy Coffee Shop serves a wide variety of breakfast and lunch. Both shops are known for their free live acoustic shows, which are open to the public. The MilkBoy Coffee Shop have been voted The Best of Life 2007 and 2008 for Best Coffee House for Main Line Life Reader’s Choice. The MilkBoy main stage is located in the Ardmore shop and the Bryn Mawr shop
holds the acoustic cafe. Just like Cabrini, MilkBoy in Ardmore has Open mic nights. The sign-ups are free and are requested before 6 p.m. of each show. Shows are weekly and anyone is eligible to sign up via phone or by walking in. Monthly calendars are available online at milkboycoffee.com. “We have great food and good coffee and the open mic nights are great for aspiring musicians,” Gillen, server at MilkBoy in Ardmore, said. “The shows give the aspiring musicians a chance to play with professional musicians.” These coffee shops accommodate students with a quiet atmosphere that makes it easy for them to study and read. “We get a large number of college students that come in with their books and laptops and feel comfortable to relax and study in here, knowing that they aren’t in an overcrowded area,” Gillen said. “The environment is chill,” Lisa, manager of MilkBoy in Ardmore, said. “A lot of coffee shops don’t have much space and constantly want people to keep moving. Here we have a good amount of space to accommodate our customers to make them feel welcome to stay and kick back,” Lisa said.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Concerts in ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ katie engell
The Electric Factory (7th and Willow, Philadelphia)Rusted Root with The Kin, Sept. 18th, 8:30 p.m., $25 General Admission Regina Spektor, Sept. 24th, 8:30 p.m., $35 Theatre of Living Arts (334 South St, Philadelphia)Mat Kearney, Sept. 26th, 8:00 p.m., $55 Relient K, Oct. 10th, 8:00 p.m., $18 Tower Theatre (69th & Ludlow, Upper Darby)Jamie Foxx, Sept. 13th, 7:00 p.m., $160 “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Live, Sept. 17th, 8:00 p.m., $207 Snow Patrol, Sept. 26th, 7:30 p.m., $59 Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, NJ)Rascal Flatts, Sept. 11th, 8:00 p.m., $55 Dave Matthews Band, Sept. 19th, 7:00 p.m., $50 Keswick Theatre (Glenside, PA)Sinbad, Sept. 26th, 8:00 p.m., $41.50
Wachovia Center becomes “Circus” for Britney concert melissa mariani sports editor
Philadelphia welcomed Britney Spears to the Wachovia Center on Aug. 30 for her ‘Circus’ tour concert. The ‘Circus’ started with performing acrobats, gymnasts, clowns and stilt walkers. Britney opened the concert by coming down from the ceiling, wearing a dark trench coat covered with her hood up. As Spears landed on stage, she took off her hood and the ground shook with screaming fans. Her dancers and performers showed off their talent as the night progressed. The set list of songs Britney performed were “Circus,” “Piece of Me,” “Radar,” “Ooh Ooh Baby,” “Hot as Ice,” “Boys,” “If U Seek Amy,” “Me Against the Music,” “Everytime,” “Freakshow,” “Get Naked,” “Breathe on Me,” “Touch of My Hand,” “Do Somethin,” “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Toxic,” “….Baby One More Time” and “Womanizer.” “Britney always puts on a great show. I’ve been seeing her in concert since her very first album, and never left disappointed. She is such a pop icon, I really believe she is the queen of pop,” Sarah McGovern, a fan from Bucks County, said. In between songs, magicians and gymnasts showed their skills
and tricks, while Britney took quick in between song breaks. “You aren’t just getting a concert when you see Britney perform, you get a whole show. I think that’s what makes me keep coming to see all her concerts,” McGovern said. When performing the song “Everytime,” Spears sang on a large floating umbrella that circled and rotated around the whole stage. Spears’ stage props included a large circus cage, huge picture frames, furniture and metal fences that she used to dance with. The show got steamy when Spears performed, “Breathe on Me” from her Blackout album, then changed the mood to silly as she performed “Freakshow,” also off her Blackout album. “I loved how she sang older songs from previous albums and not just songs from her “Circus” CD. ‘Hit me baby one more time’, was such a surprise,” Julie Ciabattoni, a fan from Lansdale, said. Smoke, fire and confetti were some added surprises to the concert. A risky stunt by Spears herself was when two acrobats grabbed her by the waist and swung her upside down in the air. Her back-up dancers even got their very own chance to shine, as they played popular hip-hop songs to show off their moves. Dancers performed to songs by
Rihanna, Ne-yo, Michael Jackson and more. Side acts included acrobats twisting in hanging curtains, hulahoop performers and trampoline jumpers. “My favorite side act was the hula-hoop act. This girl was amazing, how she balanced a hoop on her head,” said Ciabattoni.
Spears put on an entertaining and amazing show for her fans. The pop princess’s music didn’t stop after Britney left stage. Fans continued to blare their favorite Britney music in their cars while leaving the “City of Brotherly Love.”
Britney Spears performed many of her greatest hits at her concert.
‘Julie and Julia’ tells story about fulfilling your dreams molly kearney guest writer
“Julie and Julia” is the story of two lost souls finding out what life’s meaning is all about. The film itself is taken from blogger and author Julie Powell’s blogging memoir “Julie & Julia,” and Julia Child’s posthumous biography. For Powell, it’s as simple as sticking to one goal just once in her life. Powell decides to prepare all 524 of the often daunting recipes in Child’s cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and blog about it. Child’s aspect of the film is about her time spent in France, where she realized her passion for cooking. Immediately, the moviegoer is enthralled in the action of the film, feeling real emotions for each woman as they go through trials and tribulations of their lives. Almost any college student could relate to the feeling of “What do I do next?” that each woman so bravely faced and met head on. I’d like to say this is a story of the hero and the villain, but it is not. It’s more so the story of the idol and the devotee. Powell has a depressing and exasperating non-profit job helping 9/11 victims with compensation, whereas Child is living abroad in the 1940s Paris trying to figure out what to do with her life, while her husband serves as a diplomat. It’s just two women trying to find their way in life. But the actors are what re-
ally brings this film to life Meryl Streep is Child and Amy Adams is Powell in writer-director Nora Ephron’s adaptation of two bestselling memoirs, as mentioned previously. The film alternates between Child’s story and Powell’s but it does so seamlessly. Taking pieces from each woman’s life and melding them together, the moviegoer feels as if they are a fly on the wall in each woman’s kitchen. The viewer can laugh and cry and what is most heart wrenching as you grow with the characters is to know that it’s not just fiction, but reality with a touch of movie magic. But, along with those emotions comes a very important underlying lesson of the film: Do what you want to do. At the beginning of the film Child’s husband asks her: What is it you really like to do? Child responded: Eat! It’s as if Ephron directed this movie to not only tell a story but to inspire the viewers. Now, go ahead and ask yourself what do you really like to do? If anyone takes anything away from the film it would have to be that if you are unhappy, make a change, just like Child and Powell. With brilliant settings and colorful language, intoxicating food and a dash of historical context, Julie and Julia is sure to please even the unassuming date on movie night. But what stands out is not the importance of food in each woman’s life, but that of unifying dinner parties and friendships.
Pictured: Amy Adams, one of the stars of the new hit movie now playing in theaters.
Pictured from left to right: Meryl Streep playing Julia Child and Stanley Tucci who plays Paul Child.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Bands of the ‘90s make a comeback in 2009 danielle alio staff writer
Nothing makes a music lover happier than when their favorite band releases a brand new album, no matter if the band has been together for years or if the members are coming back after a split. The big question that comes to every fan’s mind at the album’s time of release has to do with whether the new music will be as good as the old. Since 2007, many old school bands, as well as bands from the 1970s and 1980s, have released new albums and toured once again. Southern California rock band, Sugar Ray, known for their feelgood tropical melodies, released a brand new album on July 21, 2009 entitled “Music for Cougars.” “I’ve heard some Sugar Ray, but I’m not a big fan, they’re a little ‘soft’ for me,” Stephanie Iaccarino, junior English and secondary education major, said. “Music for Cougars” is the band’s sixth album since the release of “In the Pursuit of Leisure” six years ago. Another feel-good band, the Dave Matthews Band, came out with their twelfth album, “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” on June 2, 2009. The band, originally formed in 1991, dedicated their new album to their late sax player, LeRoi “Grux” Moore, who passed away. “I have found the Dave Matthews Band to be good for the feelgood atmosphere,” Brother Dominic Wetzel, sophomore English and secondary education major, said. “Their songs are mellow and some are great when you just need to chill out.” In September 2008, New Kids on the Block got back together and released a fifth album. The new album entitled “The Block” is the group’s first album since their split in 1994. “Although they were kind of the first boy band, they really missed the time for comebacks,” Wetzel said. “I didn’t really like their new song because it lacked the energy and style that their original music had.” “Green Day is amazing, their music is alternative enough to enjoy without being so metallic and crazy that my car vibrates when I listen to them,” Iaccarino said. Popular punk band Green Day recently released their ninth album entitled ‘21st Century Breakdown’ on May 15, 2009. “I looked up their new song, ‘21 Guns’ and frankly I like their older stuff better,” Eion O’Neil, sophomore communication major, said. “To be fair, I have to say that music needs to grow on me so I can’t say it’s not as good just yet.” “I am a fan of Green Day’s new stuff, but I prefer their older music,” Courtney Alio, freshman psychology major, said. “‘21st Century Breakdown’ attempts to continue the rock opera trend, but is incredibly overdramatized with titles like ‘East Jesus Nowhere’ and ‘Saints and Charlatans,’” Joe Cahill, junior communication major, said. “Billy Joe Armstrong and the gang need to return to their roots, something many thought would happen when the band released a far superior
garage rock album under the name ‘Foxboro Hot Tubs.’” “I like The Black Eyed Peas,” Wetzel said. “They have a dance, hip-hop and soulful style that gets your feet tapping, heart pounding and ‘I’ve Gotta Feeling’ stuck in your head for weeks.” Famous hip-hop band, the Black Eyed Peas, released their fifth album on Jan. 1, 2009 entitled “The E.N.D. [Energy Never Dies].” The album is their first release since their short break following their 2005 release. “Black Eyed Peas are on and off for me,” Iaccarino said. “For example, ‘Boom Boom Pow’ is senseless and overly sexual, but ‘I’ve Gotta Feeling’ is a little more subdued and enjoyable.” “I have always been a fan of the Black Eyed Peas so I think that their new music is just as good as their old music,” Alio said. “I can safely say that the new and old music of the Black Eyed Peas is very good,” O’Neil said Along with the newer bands releasing albums, older bands from the 1970s and 1980s are still together and releasing new music. Journey came out with their 14th album, “Revelation,” on June 3, 2008. Bon Jovi came out with their 12th album, “Lost Highway,” on June 19, 2007. “As for Bon Jovi, I liked a lot of his ‘80s stuff and a little bit of what he came out with a couple years ago,” O’Neil said. “Journey and Bon Jovi are classics - real music with people who can actually sing and play music and lyrics that have meaning behind them. Again, these songs have meaning behind them which makes them a little more wholesome,” Iaccarino said.
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The Black Eyed Peas came out with their very first record in 1998 called ‘Behind the Front.’
Green Day has a new record out, following their 2004 multiplatnium grammy record, ‘American Idiot.’
The Dave Matthews Band and Sugar Ray are two of the bands that came out with new records in the summer of 2009.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Lady Cavs drop opener to Rowan jessica wegelin sports editor
The Cabrini field hockey team suffered their first loss of the 2009 season on the Edith Robb Dixon field, Tuesday night against No. 10 Rowan University. The final score was 4-0 but junior goalkeeper Caitlin Donahue, captured 26 saves in the cage for the Cavaliers. “It was our first game of the season against a very good team, as the season progresses we should fall into more of a rhythm and the outcome will be a more positive one,” head coach Jackie Neary, said. Junior defender Allie
Rodolico took control of the Cavaliers’ defense collecting two defensive saves in the first half. Lynda Kaufmann also had one defensive save during the first half. “Our goalie Donahue really stepped up having 19 saves in the first half,” Courtney Davis, junior social work major, said. “Our defense played very well. Donahue really stepped up and played a great game having 19 saves in the first half,” Courtney Davis, junior social work major said. The Cabrini offense recorded 11 shots on goal. Junior forward Desiree Umosello posted five shots, while sophomore midfielder Maura Gordon had four shots. “We have really worked hard
throughout preseason, and even though we had our first loss, we will keep working hard and have a better game next time,” Davis said. Junior forward Lauren Ross ignited the Rowan offense scoring all four goals, having three in the first half. “Overall, it was a good game, the score doesn’t really justify that but I felt as though everyone played and worked well together, we just have to put this game in the past and move onto the next one. I am confident this is going to be a great season, with a great group of girls,” Neary said. Cabrini returns to play on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Drew University To u r n a m e n t against We s t e r n C o n n e c t i c u t S t a te.
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Courtney Davis, junior midfielder, calls a play during the game against Rowan.
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The lady Cavaliers defend their goal during a corner against Rowan at the Edith Robb Dixon field.
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Courtney Davis, junior, mid-fielder, passes the ball on Sept. 1.
Moran focused on back-to-back championship jessica wegelin sports editor
Playing soccer since before he can remember, history and political science major, Brian Moran is looking for a back-toback CSAC championship in his senior season. Moran began playing soccer with his hometown team of Aston and then moved onto a more comepetitive select team, Riverplate United, out of Ridley, Pa. He was a four year varsity player at Sun Valley High School. During high school his team won the Del Val league championship.
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Moran has played his whole career with his twin brother Jason Moran and fellow senior Justin McCall.
“It’s our last year playing together, its been a bittersweet feelng of excitement and sadness knowing it will be the last time all three of us play together but we hope to bring home another CSAC championship,” Jason Moran, senior communication major, said. While at Cabrini, Brian and the Cavs won a CSAC title in his junior season and he received first team all league. In his sophomore and junior season he received all academic honors. “My most memorable moment with Cabrini soccer is winning the championship last fall. Every year we had strong teams but we were not able to win a championship.
It was nice to win the championship with a great group of teammates last year,” Moran, said. “Brian has a great work ethic on and off the field which makes everyone around him want to work harder and challenge themselves to be better players,” Jake Neary, sophomore elementary education major, said. Moran’s main goal for his last soccer season at Cabrini is to win another CSAC championship, and after getting a berth in the NCAA tournament ,make it into the second or third round. “My inspiration to play soccer is first because I love the sport. I also have great
teammates which make the sport that much more enjoyable. I love playing in front of the Cabrini fan base, especially my parents who never miss a game,” Moran said. Once the season is complete, Moran will be hanging up his cleats as a player but looks to coach, especially at a high school level. “It has been a lot of fun playing soccer with Brian, he always has a great attitude about the game of soccer and he always pushed himself to be a better player over the years,” Justin McCall, senior business administration major, said.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Young cross country team has high hopes jen wozniak managing editor
The Cabrini men’s and women’s cross country teams are busy practicing for their upcoming season and getting ready for their first meet on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Delaware Valley College Invitational in Doylestown, Pa. While the women’s team has some strong returning runners, the men’s team is counting on the newcomers, as they have one returning runner, and he didn’t even run last year because he was injured. Returning juniors on the women’s team are Diane Gapinski, Kelly McEachern and Diipali Figgles. “Our women’s team has some strong veterans who should certainly make all-league or better,” Tom O’Hora, head cross country coach, said. The team also has some freshmen who are showing potential. “Our top freshmen are Jess Merone, Shatievah Lewis and Kate Freyvogel.” Gapinski, junior elementary education major and captain with McEachern, said, “We have some strong freshmen and are looking forward to a good season. We have five really strong runners
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The lady Cavs cross country team compete against other colleges earlier in the fall of last year. which is important for cross“This is a total rebuilding is ranked third in our conference county. People will hopefully be season,” O’Hora said. “We are but I think we can finish second. surprised by how well we do this really depending on the novices The team is getting along well so season.” and are looking to recruit more far and practices are going really The men’s team, which lost runners. It would be great to well, but we have a lot of work virtually everybody from last improve over last year and win left to do before our first meet. year, is looking to rebuild the second at the championship. I’m really excited for the season team and improve throughout [Last year the team placed and to see how the team comes the season. No longer with the third.] The key freshmen for the along.” team is Eddie Penetar, a key men’s team are Tyler Rooke and The biggest rival for both the runner from the past two years Jaiquann Beckham.” men and women is Gwyneddwho would have been a junior at Rooke, freshman secondary Mercy College, according to Cabrini this year but transferred. education major, said, “Our team O’Hora. He added that the new
assistant cross country coach has a sister who is a top runner for Gwynedd-Mercy, which should be interesting. “Our goal for the women’s team is to win the league championship as the underdogs. Gwynedd-Mercy will be tough to beat but the women are going after them,” O’Hora said. Shatievah Lewis, freshman biology major, said, “My goal is to work hard, run fast and win the cross country league championship.” The cross country teams will have meets once a week on Saturdays once the season starts, with the exception of one Friday meet. At meets, the women run 3.1 miles and the men run 5 miles. The conference championship is set for Saturday, Nov. 7 at Immaculata University. In preparation for the season, the teams are currently running every morning and afternoon Monday through Thursday and afternoons on Fridays. The morning run is at 7 a.m. and the afternoon run is around 3:30 p.m. If you are interested in joining the cross country team, please contact Tom O’Hora at tohora@ cabrini.edu.
This week in sports
brian loschiavo editor in chief
World Series Ring stolen Philadelphia police have now released that the case of the missing 3.84 karat World Series ring a theft. At first, police did not want to label the ring as stolen because it could have possibly been picked up by a stranger who was planning to turn it in. They also thought it may have accidenatlly been flushed down the toilet. The ring, which is priced at $10,000, was misplaced sometime Monday afternoon. The owner of the ring took it off when they used the restroom inside Citizen’s Bank Park. The man said he placed it on the toilet paper dispenser and forgot to pick it up when he left. They are also reviewing surveillance video from outside the restroom to try identifying people who could be involved. Vick jerseys selling fast online Michael Vick was welcomed with open arms during his Eagles debut Thursday night. He is also seeing some love, as his jersey is selling like hot cakes on NFL. com. The No. 7 green, white and black jersey was the fourth best-selling jersey on the NFL’s website. There has been a lot of controversy over the new addition to the Eagles, but it seems as if most fans could care less about Vick’s past. The jersey was put on sale only a few weeks after he was signed. Though the jersey was hot it failed to beat out the No. 1 selling jersey of Brett Favre. Hamels has 2-hitter as Phils escape Giants 1-0 Cole Hamels pitched a two-hitter and Ryan Howard had the only run of the fourth-inning as the Phillies slipped by the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Tuesday night. Hamels allowed a leadoff double in the second inning and a single to start the ninth inning. This game marked Hamels’ fourth career shutout and his second of this season as he struck out nine and walked one. This tied his career best, and gave him a win for the first time since July 28. Giants pitcher Sanchez didn’t allow a hit until Phillies playerShane Victorino led off the fourth with a single to left. Victorino stole second, advanced to third on Chase Utley’s groundout, and scored when Howard hit a double down the right-field line. In the game, Hamels grabbed his first career-stolen base in the fifth. This marked the first stolen base by a Phillies pitcher since Curt Schilling had one in 1997.
Upcoming Games Thursday, September 3 Women’s Tennis- Home vs. Philadelphia University @ 3:30 p.m. Friday, September 4 Men’s Soccer- Home vs. NYU @ 12 p.m. Women’s Volleyball- away @ Bethlehem, Pa. vs.Swarthmore College @ 4 p.m. Women’s Volleyball- away @ Bethlehem, Pa. vs.Wesley College @ 6 p.m. Women’s Soccer- Home vs.William Paterson University @ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 5 Women’s Tennis- away @ Bethlehem, Pa. vs. Ramapo College @ 9 a.m. Women’s Soccer- Home vs. Delaware Valley College @ 10 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Cross Country- away @ Doylestown, Pa. vs. Delaware Valley College @ 10 a.m. Women’s Tennis- away @ Bethlehem, Pa. vs. TBA @ 2 p.m. Field Hockey- away @ Madison, N.J. vs. Western Connecticut State University @ 2 p.m. Men’s Soccer- Home vs. TBA Women’s Volleyball- away @ Bethlehem, Pa. vs. TBA Sunday, September 6 Field Hockey- away @ Madison, N.J. vs. University of Southern Maine @ 10 a.m. Monday, September 7 No games Tuesday, September 8 No games
Thursday, September 3, 2009
What Grinds My Gears: Women’s soccer gets win over The new bar in town F&M: first time in team history
kasey minnick sports columnist
The Philadelphia Phillies have actually won a championship since I have been alive. I don’t think it has actually hit me yet and most likely won’t hit me until the next World Series will be broadcast on national television. With that bei ng said, there is no bet ter feeli ng for a spor ts fan than to go to thei r ballpark, sit i n the st ands and t a ke it all i n. Lately, though, t wo games i n t wo weeks have i rked me to no end. I was 21 once. I k now how it is to sit i n the park i ng lot, f r iends su r rou ndi ng you with a beer you r hand at 4 p.m. when the game st ar ts at 7 p.m. But what I don’t u nderst and is how the major it y of those people can wal k i n th rough those gates plastered, not even able to watch the game st raight. Let me give you an example. My f r iends and I were outside i n the park i ng lot, t ailgati ng, enjoyi ng each other, rem i n isci ng. Next to us were g uys and gi rls shotg u n n i ng beers, ti m i ng each other on thei r watches and t r yi ng to f it i n as many beers before they were goi ng to wal k i n at 6:45 p.m. It wasn’t li ke I was payi ng at tention to this g roup of people the enti re ti me, but when the park i ng lots get cram med, the spaces seem i nches away f rom one another. I was watchi ng one gi rl i n par ticular who looked no older than 20 years old and she d ran k f ive beers i n a mat ter of an hou r. A nd I k now it was f ive beers because she would yell, “Ti me for another one!” Af ter f ive ti mes of hear i ng her d r u n ken sh r iek, I was ready to get i nto the ballpark. Now, si nce I don’t get to as many Phillies games as I would li ke i n a season, I put away money for an amazi ng seat. For this par ticular game, I was i n the “diamond club.”
As I sat dow n with my Hatf ield hot dog my camera ready out to t a ke some g reat shots, g uess who came st u mbli ng dow n the steps to the row di rectly i n f ront of me? Yes, the same rambu nctious g roup f rom the park i ng lot. W hen I pay n ice money for a g reat seat, fork out $5.25 for a hot dog and $12 for park i ng, I would expect a rewardi ng, relaxi ng ti me. No, I did not get this. The ENTIRE game was slobbering chants that no one took part in, constant beer runs and trips to the bathroom since “the seal had been broken.” Not only did I have the drunken pep squad in front of me, but it was like I had Tom McCarthy and “Wheels” commenting on each pitch thrown. Baseball is said to be “America’s favorite past ti me.” To me, it is beginning to look like America’s biggest money racket and drunk fest. T here is si mply no way to enjoy a game and I k now if it is happen i ng to me and I am at the ballpark t wo, maybe th ree ti mes a season, then it has to be happen i ng to other fans that i ntend to cheer on thei r team. I even thought, what would have happened if it was a fam ily and child ren i n my seats? T hei r ears would have been covered due to the const ant “f-bombs” f lyi ng out of the d r u n ks’ mouths. But what even ma kes it more u ncomfor t able is that if I would have said somethi ng, I probably would have been the br u nt of thei r joke and felt as if I had to leave myself. I understand that many of you reading this may take part in these antics all of the time, but seriously, the point of a sporting event is to serve as entertainment to the fan. This isn’t the place to d r i n k you r face off and thi n k it is f u n ny to be a mess i nside the gates. T here are bars for that and quite honestly, we are i n a recession here. Save you r money and stop g r i ndi ng my gears.
jessica wegelin sports editor
The Cabrini women’s soccer team opened their 2009 season on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with a huge win over Centennial Conference opponent Franklin & Marshall College. This is the first time in the program’s history that they came out on the victorious end against F&M. The final score was 2-0 behind junior goalkeeper Gianna Poretta who had six saves in the win and recorded her first shutout of the season. “This was a huge win for us, we have worked hard all throughout preseason and there are many injuries within the team, but to come out on top against such a competitive team
is a great feeling,” Gianna Poretta, junior elementary education major, said. Offensively, freshman Maddy Edwards and Alex Tralie were the sparks for the lady Cavs. The rookie duo each scored one goal in the first half, beating the F&M goalkeeper Katie Golding. The goals were scored within 26 seconds of each other. The first goal was scored by Edwards who got a ball from sophomore Sammy Thompson setting her up for a breakaway at the 36-minute mark. Tralie followed by getting a give-and-go from Thompson at the 37-minute mark. The Cavaliers had the lead at halftime even though they were behind 11-4 in the shots on goal department. “Defense wins games and
that was definitely true for tonight’s game against F&M. They are an awesome team and we knew we had to come out and play strong defense to win the game,” Sammy Thompson, sophomore exercise science and health promotion, said. The Cabrini defense kept F&M’s offense away from their goal in the second half only allowing them five shots on goal. The shutout was the eighth of Porretta’s career. “What an awesome way to start our season, there are a lot of us with injuries but this just proved how much heart we have and what we can do when we work as a team,” Amanda Ribakusky, senior marketing major, said. Cabrini picks up play on Friday Sept. 4
Volleyball sweeps Bryn Mawr jessica wegelin sports editor
The lady Cavs’ volleyball team started the 2009 season off by sweeping Bryn Mawr College, 3-0, at Nerney Field House on Tuesday night. Senior Lizzie Williams captured a double-double, gathering a team-high 18 assists and 10 digs. Williams entered the game 23 assists shy of the two thousandth for her career at Cabrini. “This was an awesome win for us, and a great team effort shown by everyone. We all came out strong and got the job done at the end of the night,” senior biology major Lizzie Williams said. Cabrini led the way by
jumping out to a onegame win. Alexis Doss and Stephanie Recklau sparked the first victory with three kills each. The Cavaliers put Bryn Mawr in a hole they couldn’t get out of in game two with a convincing 25-16 victory. Sophomore Beth Gilespie and freshman Meg Ryan chipped in with a combined 9 kills for the Lady Cavs. In the third game, Cabrini closed out the match in a nail biter 2522 triumph in the third set. Doss and Ryan each totaled three kills as Williams chipped in with eight assists in the winning effort. Senior Traci Beltz and sophomore Courtney Abel controlled the backline with Williams, each capturing 11 digs. Beltz
added six services aces. Sophomore Alexis Doss drove the offense at net tallying a team-high of eight kills. Junior Stephanie Recklau had six kills on 12 tries for the night. Cabrini begins the Moravian Tournament on Friday, September 4 against Swarthmore College at 4 p.m. The lady Cavs will also face Wesley College Friday at 6 p.m. Times and opponents will be determined for Saturday’s game after the contests on Friday are completed. “The last game was a close one but we really came together and worked hard to come out with the win and have a sweep for the day,” Williams said.
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The lady Cavs swept Bryn Mawr in a 3-0 victory on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Senior Lizzie Williams gathered a team high 18 assists and 10 digs, bringing her closer to her two thousandth assist during her career at Cabrini.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
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Cabrini students hopeful to see their face on the jumbotron, Friday Aug. 28. at Citizen’s Bank Park during the Phillies game.
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During the rain delay fans took cover under umbrellas, and waited for about 45 minutes until the game resumed.
Cabrini students get soaked at Phillies game arielle friscia a&e editor
For the fou r th year, Cabr i n i’s par t nership with the Philadelphia Ph illies has show n g reat success. T he n ight of Aug. 28, af ter ever yone d rove i n t raff ic, the game st ar ted off with rai n clouds movi ng away, or so ever yone thought. Withi n m i nutes of the game st ar ti ng, the clouds came r ight back over Citizen’s Ban k Park and caused a rai n delay. For about 45 m i nutes, st udents waited u ntil the game would resu me by hidi ng u nder neath the cover i ng or by wear i ng thei r Cabr i n i College ponchos. T he game resu med, but the rai n came dow n agai n, which caused another 45 m i nute rai n delay. Du r i ng the game Cabr i n i President Mar ie A ngelella George came to the st ands to g reet st udents, facult y and alu m n i of Cabr i n i College. “I love the cam rader ie that we all have and I love to see the Cabr i n i shi r ts i n the st ands,” George said. “I love wal k i ng th rough the st ands and meeti ng people. I k now we get to show ou rselves off, but I thi n k the highlight for me is bei ng with the other Cabr i n i people.” Before the game st ar ted, Cabr i n i College’s chor us sang the national anthem for the thi rd year i n a row. T he per for mance was broadcasted on the ju mbot ron at the ballpark. Fou r years ago, Cabr i n i only sponsored half of the season with ban ners by f i rst and thi rd base,
and i n that f i rst year, approxi mately 10 0 members of the College’s com mu n it y at tended the f i rst ‘Cabr i n i Night at the Phillies.’ T he second year of ‘Cabr i n i Night at the Phillies,’ was the f i rst year that the Cabr i n i College chor us got to si ng the national anthem. For mer President Dr. Iadorola th rew out the f i rst pitch and the Cabr i n i d ance team was able to d ance on the top of the dugout with the Philly Phanatic. For the thi rd year, in 20 08, Cabr i n i was able to br i ng the Philly Phanatic to campus du r i ng f resh man move -i n d ay and more than 1,70 0 tickets were sold to the Cabr i n i com mu n it y for ‘Cabr i n i Night at the Phillies.’ Fast for ward one year, and the College has sold approxi mately 1,90 0 tickets. T he n ight still feat u red a per for mance by the d ance team, as well as some cost u mes as a par t of the ballpark’s “Ret ro Night.” T here were also t-shi r ts for the Cabr i n i com mu n it y and k n it ted caps for ever yone who was 15 years and older. “Because of ou r sponsorship we got the t rophy to come to ou r campus last semester,” Dan Di Pr i n zio, media relations manager of Cabr i n i College, said. “T his event has g row n ever y year.” T here were also alu m n i i n at tend ance at the big n ight. Ch r is Nelson, alu m n i of Cabr i n i College and now an English teacher at Upper Darby High School, came to enjoy the n ight with the Cabr i n i com mu n it y.
Nelson was joi ned by his wife and alu m n i K r isti na Nelson. T hey both enjoy com i ng back for Cabr i n i events. “T here’s such a st rong con nection bet ween Cabr i n i and the Phillies,” Nelson said. T he Cabr i n i crowd showed off with thei r blue shi r ts and sig ns such as “Cabr i n i hear ts the Phillies.” Many st udents wanted to get onto the big screen at the game by showi ng off thei r d ance moves and, af ter a few t r ies, they f i nally made it. T he Phillies won agai nst the Braves 4 -2 with t wo homer u ns f rom Ryan Howard. T he game did n’t end u ntil arou nd 12 a.m. and the ti red st udents headed back to Cabr i n i af ter the long n ight at Citizen’s Ban k Park. With the rai n delays and bad t raff ic, the Cabr i n i com mu n it y still k new how to ma ke Cabr i n i Night a successf ul one.
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Cabrini President Dr. George poses for a picture with the Phanatic and Phillies fan.
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Pedro Feliz steps up to bat against the Braves.
Published on Oct 17, 2009