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Athletic dept. terminates Cabrini track and field megan kutulis deputy editor

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After 27 years as a varsity sport at Cabrini, the athletic department has decided to discontinue the men’s and women’s track and field team. The decision comes as a result of a number of factors, including a diminishing number of participants, the lack of adequate facilities, and the fact that the Colonial States Athletic Conference does not offer a track and field championship. “Athletic departments across the country never enjoy making these decisions. But unfortunately, it is happening because this is not an isolated situation only occurring at Cabrini,” Brian Beacham, director of sports information, said in an e-mail interview. Beacham went on to explain that many local colleges that have also terminated some of their varsity sports programs in recent years, including opponents of Cabrini’s teams. Moravian College got rid of the men’s and women’s lacrosse program, and Philadelphia Biblical University terminated their field hockey program. Schools like Wheaton College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology each terminated five sports teams or more. The recent news raises questions over the fate of students who came to Cabrini for the team, and for incoming students who were interested in joining. “Certainly there are concerns for those that have been affected by this decision. It is the athletic department’s hope that the current track and field student-athletes will return to Cabrini to compete for the men and women’s cross country teams, pursue the opportunity to be a part of another athletic program or simply remain at the college to continue progressing towards completion of an undergraduate degree,” Beacham said. Without the track and field teams, the number of varsity teams at Cabrini will decrease from 18 to 16. Many students question whether this will open up room for other sports clubs to form varsity teams, like the popular Baseball Club. Beacham acknowledged that there are currently no plans to add another, but stressed that the athletic department was not opposed to the idea. “The athletic department is always open to exploring the possibility of adding more varsity sports. However, it is imperative to have the appropriate facilities, funding and resources to successfully operate a Division III athletic program,” Beacham said.

Cabrini shows signs of spring Spring weather brought a lot of students outside to do homework, just hang out *Photos by Mary Jacobs/ Photography Staff

Skleder to become provost CRS renews college partnership amanda carson eric gibble

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Following an extended national search, the college has appointed Dr. Anne Skleder as Cabrini’s Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs. President Marie Angelella George said that her position will become effective as of July 1, 2010. Skleder will also join the Psychology department as a professor. “I’m eager to assume my duties at Cabrini, the College’s mission is closely aligned with my megan kutulis/deputy editor personal interests and Depicted is Dr. Anne Skleder during her visit to values,” Skleder said in Cabrini. a statement released by Cabrini College. Skleder is the current Dean of Chatham College for Women at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was a driving force in creating the undergraduate College for Women, as Chatham achieved university status. Skleder has also served in other academic roles including: Vice Provost and founding Director of the Center

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Five years ago Cabrini College signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Catholic Relief Services and became the first institution of higher education to partner with them. On Wednesday, April 7, that partnership was renewed and later celebrated in the Mansion. Cabrini CRS ambassadors were in attendance alongside alumni who set the stepping-stones for the program. Over the past five years Cabrini has actively supported the global outreach programs of CRS by advocating on their behalf on multiple social justice issues. Shannon Keough, senior communication major and current president of the CRS ambassadors club, has been able to see the growth of the program first-hand. “I witnessed the majority of the partnership when I began to get involved in CRS as a sophomore. I remember coming to the cafeteria my freshman year and seeing the Fair Trade posters in the napkin holders,” Keough said. There are only five other institutions that have a partnership with CRS. They include the University of Notre Dame and Seattle,

Santa Clara, and Villanova University. During the celebration, speakers including Joan Rosenhauer, the CRS executive vice president of U.S. operations, and Dr. Jeff Gingerich, the interim dean for academic affairs, praised the program and its effect on Cabrini. “I wanted to say that for me today and the work that we’ve done collectively over the past five years gives great hope,” Maureen McCullough, the northeast/mid-Atlantic regional director of CRS, said. Gingerich echoed McCullough in her praise for the ambassadors and faculty. “You clearly embrace mission as a part of who you are and a part of who we are and what we believe as Catholics and it plays out in so many ways, “ Gingerich said to the audience. Keough further noted how working with CRS has not only influenced students on campus, but also the academics of Cabrini. “We’re the only smaller school that has this partnership. It really affected the new curriculum,” Keough said. The new curriculum at Cabrini, engagements for the common good, emphasizes social justice issues, which

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EDITORIALS

Cabrini discontinues track and field Program comes to end at conclusion of 2010 outdoor season

  This past week Cabrini’s director of athletics and

recreations Joe Giunta announced that the men’s and women’s track and field programs will be discontinued effective at the end of the 2010 outdoor season.   After evaluating the athletics programs offered at Cabrini the department felt that due to the small number of participants, the lack of facilities to support the team and the fact that it is not offered as a conference sport the program should not be retained.   The Loquitur editorial staff believes that there was good reason for the program to be discontinued, but were questions ever asked about why there were a low number of participants? Was it possible for track and field to join a conference and why does Cabrini have “state-of-the-art” athletic facilities, but not outdoor or indoors tracks?   The decision has supposedly been in the works for months and the ultimate decision came down to the fact that the program was not benefiting the student-athletes. The funds from the program will be used to build other programs at Cabrini.   Were the effects of this on incoming and current students really thought about when making the final decision? As an institution are we willing to sacrifice students who decided to come to Cabrini based on the opportunity to participate in track and field?   There will now be 16 varsity athletic teams at Cabrini. The head coach of the teams Tom O’Hora, who has been at the helm for 27 years, will remain as the head men’s and women’s cross country teams.

Fr. Bielecki recalled for service   At the close of the 2009-2010 academic year Fr. Michael

Bielecki will be leaving the Cabrini community as he as been recalled by the Augustinians for service. He has been such a highly respected figure on our campus with his pastoral presence and spiritual leadership.   Though we are happy he is continuing his service he will be greatly missed. We will miss his presence all over campus; at his liturgies on Sundays, at various campus events and gatherings and for his openness that made everyone feel at home in the Chapel or in his office across from the Wolfington Center.   The Cabrini editorial staff would like to thank Fr. Bielecki for his service to the Cabrini College community. He has touched the lives of many current students, faculty, staff and alumni and for that we owe great thanks. Fr. Bielecki will always be at Cabrini in spirit.

Cabrini renews CRS partnership   Catholic Relief Services executive vice presidents for United States operations Joan Rosenhauer and Dr. Marie George have signed a memorandum of understanding. This renewed our partnership, which was originally signed in April of 2005.   Everyone in the Cabrini community should be excited and proud that we have this ongoing partnership with CRS. We were the first college to partner with the organization to support its global outreach programs. Since getting on board with CRS in 2005, the University of Notre Dame and Seattle, Santa Clara and Villanova universities have signed agreements with CRS, the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic church.

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Amazing Race event offers studying tips felicia melvin

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On Thursday, April 8, the Center for Teaching and Learning hosted “The Amazing Race: Surviving Finals.” The event offered methods on making study sessions effective, tips to help students succeed on essay questions, and test-taking strategies. “At the Center for Teaching and Learning we offer academic support, peer tutoring, math specialists and a writing center,” Maritza DeJesus, academic counselor and peer coach, said. “I provide support, time management and academic counseling. Any barriers a student has regarding academic goals, I will help them reach those goals.” The Amazing Race event consisted of methods that targeted procrastination, time management skills, essay writing

and combating anxiety that comes from taking final exams. “The main thing is planning ahead instead of cramming. Students should make a list and break down strategies for final preparations,” Dejesus said. “Although I am moving onto my junior year in college, it never hurts to attend an event that will help prep for finals. There are so many different studying techniques and I figured that a seminar on how to expand on my study habits would be beneficial. I figured, worst case scenario, I already exercise these techniques and they are further supporting and influencing these study habits,” Nicole Phinney, freshman math major, said. There are a number of staff members who work with the Center for Teaching and Learning. Tracie Kennedy and Catherine Beckowsk both work with the Writing Center and peer tutors. In the math resource center, Diane Devanney and Darla Nagy are

available for math tutoring, which also hosts peer tutors. “It is so great to know that you are not alone on this college midterms and finals ordeal. Also, by becoming more familiar with the presenters, I feel more comfortable asking for help if needed,” Phinney said. “I love helping students achieve their academic goals and sometimes helping them change one thing you can then watch them become more confident and effective students,” DeJesus said. “I learned that there are college kids who still do not know what their particular study technique is and hopefully by attending this event, they found what they are most comfortable with. I walked away thinking, ‘wow, the teachers and staff members really care about their students if they are putting in the time and effort for this seminar.’ Cabrini is a true family,” Phinney said.

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Brian Loschiavo Megan Kutulis Jen Wozniak Amanda Carson Arielle Friscia Gianna Shikitino Brian Loschiavo Megan Kutulis Jen Wozniak Katie Engell Megan Bernatavitz Shannon Keough Jake Veterano Dr. Jerome Zurek

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George appoints Skleder as vice president PROVOST, Page 1

for Community Engagement at Alvernia University. She also had teaching assignments at Temple University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University and DeSales University. During her visit to campus Skleder said that the newly implemented Justice Matters curriculum and the college’s faithbased mission were motivating reasons to apply for the position. “I believe it is important to have a strong core curriculum

that everyone experiences. I want to challenge how Justice Matters unfolds on the campus,” Skleder said during her visit. Skleder will work as a liason between faculty, staff and administrators to uphold the quality of Cabrini’s educational programs. She will also be in charge of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and academic programs. When Skleder assumes her role, it will mark the end of Dr. G. Thomas Mann’s interim position. In order to ensure continuity among this transition, Skleder

will be on campus working with Mann and George.

ROLES OF VICE PRESIDENT

• In charge of undergraduate and graduate curriculum and academic programs. • Manages budgets within Academic Affairs. • Makes sure there is appropriate staffing, evaluates the positions. • Reports to president.

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Cabrini, CRS: 5-year partners PARTNERSHIP, Page 1 parallels the mission of CRS. “It’s very easy, I think, for Catholic Relief Services to partner with Cabrini College because you have that core commitment to this mission that we all share,” Gingerich said to the audience. Keough showcased the major

CRS events on campus including popular Nets for Nets and Fair Trade Walleyball programs in a brief PowerPoint presentation. A Mass of Thanksgiving for the partnership, presided over by Fr. Michael Bielecki, was held afterwards at the Bruckmann Chapel of St. Joseph. Kristie Bergin, senior social work major and secretary of

the CRS ambassadors club, felt reinforced by the work the organization has done across the campus. “It was great to be able to see the highlights over the past five years and it was inspiring to think where the program could be in the next five years,” Bergin said.

Cabrini and Catholic Relief Services renewed their partnership. The two have been partners since 2005. Jerry Zurek/ Submitted Photos

THURSDAY APRIL 22, 2010 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. : Poster display 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. : Oral presentations


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THIS } {WEEK Thursday, April 15 Commencement Kick-Off will be held in the Grace Hall Board Room from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Seniors and graduate students should go to pick up commencement information, graduation attire, parking passes and announcements. The Body Image Coalition’s monthly meeting will be held in the 2nd floor lounge of the Holy Spirit Library from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EPIC’s Inflatable Fun Day will be held in the Dixon Center gym from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. Graduate Open House: Master of Education, Teaching Certifications, and Master of Organization Leadership will be held in the Mansion from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students should register at www.cabrini.edu. For more information contact Joyce LoDolce at 610-9028519 or joyce.m.b.lodolce@ cabrini.edu.

Friday, April 16

Commencement Kick-Off will be held in the Grace Hall Board Room from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. EPIC’s Phillies Day will begin with a pep rally in the marketplace from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Buses will load at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased in SEaL. The Spring Honors Convocation will be held in the Dixon Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All are welcome.

Saturday, April 17 Go M.A.D. will be hosting a volunteer opportunity with residents from Norristown’s Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center. Students will spend the afternoon at Clearview Anthony Wayne Movie Theater.

Sunday, April 18

Mass will be held in the Bruckmann Memorial Chapel of St. Joseph at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Monday, April 19

The Monday Mile will begin in the Marketplace from 11:30 a.m. Attendees will walk around campus and return at 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 20

The Active Mind’s Stress Out Day will be held in the East Residence Hall Lounge from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Students can make their own stress balls and enjoy free water ice and pretzels. Also the Post Secret project will be revealed.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

THURSDAY BRIEFING

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NATION & WORLD Krygyzstan violence, turmoil threatens U.S. base security After a day of violence that left 40 people dead and more than 400 wounded, the President of Kyrgyzstan fled from the capital of Bishkek. The opposition party took control of many government run buildings. This event has called into question the future of the U.S. air base in the country.

Greece receives bailout Leaders from a number of European countries offered Greece nearly $40 billion in aid to curve its debt. Greece will be forced to pay a 5 percent interest rate on the loan. The loan ends weeks of debate over how to aid the country.

U.S. economy strengthens While the country still appears to be in a recession, a number of indicators show the economy has strengthened. “The tough measures that we took — measures that were necessary even though sometimes they were unpopular — have broken this slide and are helping us to climb out of this recession,” President Obama said in a speech in North Carolina according to the New York Times.

REGION & CAMPUS McCarrick, Middleton to address 2010 graduates A Washington Cardinal and former chair of Cabrini’s Education Department will both address the college’s graduating classes of 2010 at Commencment. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington D.C., will address more than 400 undergraduates and Dawn Middleton, Faculty Emerita, will address more than 700 graduates. McCarrick earned his doctorate in sociology and master’s degree in social sciences at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY. McCarick will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters during Cabrini’s commencement. McCarrick has supported the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is the sponsoring order of Cabrini College. He delivered the homily during Sister Ursula Infante’s, Cabrini foundress, funeral Mass. Dawn Middleton received her doctorate and master’s degree in education from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education from West Chester University.

Polish leader dies in plane crash

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President Lech Kaczynski of Poland died on Sunday in a plane crash that killed everyone on board. After attempting to land in the fog, the plane crashed half a mile from the airport. A number of Poland’s leaders were also aboard including the deputy foreign minister, members of parliaments, and officers of the army and navy.

Justice Steven announces retirement at end of term Justice John Paul Steves announced on Friday that he will retire at the end of this term. This will allow President Obama to make a second appointment to the Supreme Court. She will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the ceremony. Middleton served as Cabrini’s chair of the Education Department for 21 years before retiring in December 2009. McCarrick’s speech will begin at 10 a.m. and Middleton’s at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 16.

Cabrini receives award for community service For four consecutive years, Cabrini has been awarded the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the highest recognition that any college or university can receive for being involved in community service. Cabrini was one of 43 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to receive this distinguished honor. The honor is given through the corporation for national and community service. Since Cabrini has such strong ties in social justice issues such as fair trade, microfinance, immigration reform and youth empowerment, Cabrini seemed like an appropriate fit for the award. Now since Cabrini has instituted the new Justice Matters curriculum, it is obvious that Cabrini has made it a point to institute social justice in every aspect of Cabrini students’ education. Not only are students at Cabrini educated in social justice, but some students have taken specific topics of social justice to heart. Students have found that it is important to lend help to the fair trade markets, microfinance, immigration reform and youth empowerment. Cabrini students have not been helping

He will most likely face challenges from the Republican Party in the middle of the midterm election season. According to the White House, Obama is currently considering 10 possible candidates.

WRITER: Eric Gibble/Asst. News Editor ERG722@CABRINI.EDU by sitting back and writing a paper about it. Cabrini student have helped by actually talking to immigrants, donating to them and helping them rebuild their lives. It was also taken into account that Cabrini has made ties in Norristown, at Catholic Relief Services and with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Cabrini has also given students the chance to serve in Appalachia, Central and South America, Guatelmala and Africa, making the social justice topics that the students learn in class come alive.

Phila. school district gives wage increase A new contract has been established between the Philadelphia School District and about 3,000 school aides, bus drivers, building engineers and maintenance workers. The four-year contract will give these service employees an eight percent wage increase. It will also offer employer-paid health care and training.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Phila. agency helps local abused women felicia melvin

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“It started off small with a slap, then a punch, then a full-on beating.” Nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend. “I was in a relationship for eight months. I was 23 years old when it started. He was three years younger than me. His dad used to beat his mom,” Michelle Malone, counselor advocate coordinator volunteer, at the Laurel House said. Laurel House is a comprehensive domestic violence agency serving individuals, families and communities throughout Montgomery County, Pa. “Everyone that comes here is a victim. The majority of the women have children. A lot of places don’t cater to single women or an older teen kid, that’s why they go back to their abuser,” Malone said. The Laurel House offers transitional housing, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, community counseling and support groups, children’s programs, support to law enforcement and expanded community education and prevention efforts. “I saw an ad in the paper and I came in for an interview and they hired me on the spot. I had experience as far as domestic violence and also working in a group home setting,” Malone said. “In my opinion it can be traced back to the home and they take it out into the world. If we treat the root cause of violence, which is the home, we can stop it in the community,” Maryrose Myrtetus, public relations associate for Women Against Abuse program, said. “You wouldn’t believe the horror stories from children who watch their mothers get abused by their husbands or boyfriends. Kids realize a lot of things you don’t realize as an adult. Kids are aware,” Malone said. American College of Emergency Physician estimate that between two and four million women are battered each year in the U.S. 2,000 of these women die due to injury they suffer. “You’re in love and you’re twentysomething years old and he’s taking me on shopping sprees. You don’t see anything else,” Malone said. “Every time he would hit me he would apologize and say it would never happen again. Then it got to a point where he didn’t care,” Malone said. “His dad noticed what was going on. He told me if I don’t get out of it he was going to kill me.” I was in denial. My dad’s friend saw us fighting one time and I denied it. Growing up we knew girls who were getting beat up and it was like who cares, it was the norm,” Malone said. In times of economic difficulty abuse becomes more severe in many households. According to the Women Against Abuse statistics, the United States Conference of Mayors in 2007 determined that domestic abuse is one of the topthree causes of homelessness in 23 cities. “Men abuse women because it’s a power and control thing,” Malone said. “I’m going to make you feel small because I do. They have problems with themselves. It doesn’t help when they see it as they grow up. They think it’s normal.” “I would leave my children at home by themselves just so I could please him,” Malone said. “The turning point was when he started chastising my son. It taught me a lesson. He took my self-esteem. I had guilt for years about leaving my kids.” “I didn’t want my son to become a woman beater and I didn’t want my daughter to think it was okay for a man to beat on her,” Malone said. 22 percent of women who are killed by domestic abuse are between the ages of 16 through 19, Women Against Abuse Statistics said. “My dad and brothers came and got me they went ballistic, they were going to kill him.” Malone said. “I left and went with my family members. My abuser set my house on fire after that. He thought me and my kids were in it. He followed me to the school I started attending and beat me in the elevator. He also tried to run me over with his car.” “It was really creepy because about eight or nine years after he was locked up he sent letters to my home saying he wanted to be with me,” Malone said. “I think back and I can’t believe I let it happen to me. I let someone control my life like that,” Malone said. “I reached a point in my life when I wanted to know who I was. I kept jumping in and out of relationships. I didn’t give myself enough time to heal. Get out as quick as you find out he’s abusive. It gets worse, it doesn’t get better and if he’ll hit you one time, he’ll hit you again,” Malone said. “Our hope is to really raise awareness. Domestic violence is a pattern. Make sure it gets reported with the truth. Without recognizing it and talking about it in the open there isn’t a way to end it,” Myrtetus said.

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Accepted Students Day was hosted on Sunday, April 11. Various activities took place throughout the day so that prospective students could see what life at Cabrini is like. Depicted is the involvement fair, which gave information on Cabrini’s many clubs/ organizations. eion o’neil/photography staff

Accepted Students Day offers preview of college life noelle westfall staff writer

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Cabrini College’s second annual Accepted Students Day offered prospective students and their families the opportunity to delve into what can be gained from a Cabrini experience. From 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on April 11, faculty, staff and current students spoke with prospective students and their families about the different majors and opportunities for involvement available on Cabrini’s campus. Kate Keglovits, an admissions counselor, helped to plan the day’s events. Keglovits describes Accepted Student Day as “a day to make or break a decision for students.” Many students who attended Accepted Students Day had already made the decision to attend Cabrini College and were anxious to learn more about the activities related to their upcoming major on campus. “A lot of colleges don’t offer things like this,” Kevin Durso, prospective freshman communication major, said about the events. Durso and his family were impressed by the hands-on experience Cabrini offers new students in the communication department. “I’ve always liked to write and do journalism,” Durso said. “I’ve toured a couple around, but I like this school the best,” Stephanie Toomey, prospective undecided major, said. “I like how it’s small and the kind of campus it is.” The day began with mass at Bruckmann Memorial Chapel, followed by a registration period with opening remarks from Cabrini’s president, Dr. Marie Angelella George. Students and families were then invited to

take part in a question and answer panel of students, alumni and parents. Finally, prospective students and families visited different departments and clubs on campus to research what would best suit each student. “Every time we’re up here it feels like a cult,” Sean McLaughlin, father of a prospective exercise science major, said. “I keep saying everybody’s too friendly, it makes you feel really comfortable here and everybody’s been great. From the first time we came here we learned a lot and we already know where things are. Today definitely helped a lot with all of the different clubs offered around.” “For us it’s close to home, so that was one of the deciding factors,” Kim McLaughlin, mother, said. “It’s small enough that when we come back again we see the same people, so you’re almost getting comfortable with it. The question and answer session was good for the parents.” The process of planning Accepted Students Day began by choosing the date to hold the event, followed by a meeting in November of last year. “A lot of [planning] doesn’t happen until a month beforehand,” Keglovits said. “The day is about being here for families and pointing them in the right directions. You have to coordinate everything with facilities, dining services, etc. A big piece is the commitment from the campus community, all of the clubs and departments. The fact that everyone is on board makes a big difference.��� For next year’s Accepted Students Day, Keglovits hopes there will be a little more leeway in the day’s schedule for students and families to get from event to event. “[Students] can design the day for themselves.”


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TMI: Facebook statuses getting too personal IN MY OPINION

meghan murphy asst. perspectives editor

mkm727@cabrini.edu

Social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, have become Web sites for people to promote themselves. Facebook allows the users to post “what’s on your mind.” Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but when I have someone’s statuses showing up on my news feed and they are disclosing everything about their lives, we have a little issue there. These sites were created to network with others, to find long lost friends from elementary school, or to keep in touch with family, but now it has become a place for people to express total self-interest. It is one thing when you're posting about going out with friends or if you're not looking forward to the week, but I don’t want to know that “my life is terrible, nothing ever goes my way.” Like they say, some things are just better left unsaid. People who do this are looking for attention. When they get 10 notifications of people liking their statuses and they have many people commenting, it gives them an ego boost. Everyone is buying iPhones and the newest Blackberry, which both have Facebook and Twitter applications available for download. This accessibility just makes it easier for everyone to update their status all the time, where ever they are. When I look at some people’s Facebook pages, it consists of all their status updates from when they woke up to when they go to bed.

Talking about your life in so much detail via status updates cannot be emotionally healthy. But for my generation, it has become a part of our daily routines to regularly check and update our statuses on Facebook and Twitter accounts. It has been my experience (constantly checking my facebook,) that this addiction to knowing what is going on is the biggest distraction from being able to complete my work. That's why, during finals week, I usually deactivate my account for a few days. Usually, this ends up becoming an epic fail, because my mind tends to wander and I end up activating my account not even 24 hours later. When my friends post something about getting a job, or getting accepted into graduate school or something monumental in their life, I will comment on it or “like it.” I know that this makes them feel good about themselves because they are promoting something that others want to hear about. Now I can’t sit here and say that these particular status updates that pop up on my home page aren’t humorous to my friends and me. When we sit in our dorms and read them to one another, even though we are not “liking” or commenting on their statuses, they are still getting the attention they are seeking. We come to class asking one another if we read soand-so’s statuses through out the day and we discuss them. The moral of the story is that Facebook statuses have become a way for people to divulge their lives. Granted, that's what Facebook is for, but some people need to realize that their entire network isn't necessarily concerned about every little aspect of their lives.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Top 5 things to do before graduation day IN MY OPINION

kasey minnick guest writer

km735@cabrini.edu

Now, keep in mind that I am not a professional when it comes to giving advice, but one thing I do have is five years at Cabrini College. So, with that in mind, I want to appeal not only to freshmen, but to sophomores, juniors and soon-tobe-seniors next fall when I give the top five things that I think a student should do before they leave this college. As I will be graduating on May 16, I wish I could have done a few things differently with my time. 1. Take the professors that challenge, not those who make you want to stay home from class. Instead of taking those that professors that make you wonder what the point of that class was, take those make you think and think outside of the box. I know

there are days that you just may want to stay under those covers and not walk to Founder's, but these professors won't allow it. Their teaching methods and oneon-one help will make you think twice about sending them an e-mail stating that you are sick. Take a Dr. Hedtke, Dr. Zurek, Dr. Yungmann, Dr. Wright or Dr. Owen class. Just because they give you work and make you earn your grade doesn't mean that they should be avoided. Why did you come to college in the first place? To EARN your degree. 2. Play an organized sport. You may feel intimidated by a college level sport, but there is no reason to. I wanted to try-out for the women's basketball team my sophomore year of college, but thought I was already "out of loop" with the girls that were playing together for a year. It was just my excuse for not putting my heart into the chance to play at the college level. If you push yourself hard enough, you will be able to balance a sport with your studies. Even if you don't want to play at the NCAA level, there are plenty of intramurals that may spark your interest. Even though I did not play basketball, I

played once a week with my roommate on a flag football team and you know what? I have a championship shirt to show for it. Ok, so we may not have been the pivotal people leading our team to victory, but we got to interact with other students that we may not have otherwise. 3. Even if you are not a communication major, take a class within those parameters. There is absolutely nothing better I did on this campus than declaring a communication major. There is journalism where you can start out as a staff writer and can later be promoted to newspaper editor or web content editor. Even if you do not like writing, why not try a video class where you can be even more hands-on with camera equipment, teleprompters, and audio and switcher boards? Maybe you would like hearing yourself on the air waves of 89.1 WYBF, and hosting your own radio show. These environments prepare you for what lies ahead in the real world of communications. 4. Take a service trip over your winter or spring break. I am definitely not a traveler; will not fly if my life depends on it, but if

you put me on a bus full of friends, I will go anywhere. My winter break of sophomore year was that time to make a difference in peoples' lives and in mine as well; I traveled with a few girls from Cabrini to New Orleans to help build homes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I realized what people were suffering from and how lucky I am to have what I take for granted everyday. 5. Follow your heart and never let someone tell you cannot be an achiever. NEVER and I mean NEVER lower your standards of yourself for any reason. Don't ever be scared to be looked at as an over-achiever because those that are looking at you in that way just wish they could be in your shoes. In your heart you will know if you are deserving of a special recognition so don't push a project, paper or award application to the back burner because other people do not want to put their time and effort into it. Go find those people that care about the same things as you do and surround yourself with that.


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Nike urges viewers to forgive and forget IN MY OPINION

megan kutulis deputy editor

mmk725@cabrini.edu

This week, Nike debuted its new commercial featuring Tiger Woods. Never thought you'd hear his name in the advertising world again, did ya? The ad has certainly recieved a lot of buzz, appearing as "breaking news" on both CNN and The Insider, which is kind of a sad indication as to where our world is headed, but whatever. I know I might get a lot of heat for this, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that was the smartest move Nike and Tiger

could have made. If you haven't seen the ad yet, here's the rundown. The whole commercial is a black-and-white still image of Tiger, staring into the camera, clearly after being coached on how to perfect the feel-bad-for-me face. The audio on the commercial is a recording of his late father, who asks questions like "What did you learn?" and "How did you fix it?" The audio was taken from a video series on Tiger's life that was produced a few years ago. Nike was able to retrieve the audio from one of his father's interviews, and it's almost eerie as how applicable it is to his current, um, situation. It's not a secret to anyone that Tiger royally screwed up, and that his wife pretty much has the whole you-owe-me thing going for her for the rest of her life. I definitely didn't see Tiger coming back anytime soon, and I definitely didn't see anyone wanting him promoting their brand,

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Tiger Woods, pictured in a still from his new Nike commercial, recently played at the Masters, and did not have a good reception from his fellow players. Nike and Tiger are hoping to rebuild the player’s image.

especially after the slew of companies that dropped him within seconds of hearing of his excessive infidelity. I think Nike might have been the only one of Tiger's endorsements that could get away with producing a commercial like that. It's a company that has established itself as the premiere sporting goods company, and there's no way that

Tag Haeur or Gatorade could have made that commercial in the same light. I think it had to be Nike that made it, because it's a brand that Americans have come to trust, and if there's one thing Tiger needs right now, it is definitely trust. I realize a lot of people are going to say that Tiger doesn't deserve to have this Nike endorsement, and that this commercial isn't going

to make them think any better of him. And you're right, you're totally right. I think Tiger wants to get back into the spotlight, I think he needs a lot more time to totally reflect on what he did wrong, and I don't think he deserves to get off that easily. What makes this commercial so unique and likable for me, is that, first of all, Nike didn't try and ignore everything that has happened over the past six months. The company could have easily created an ad where Tiger's golfing, happy as a clam, with his Nike apparel on, but instead, they acknowledged the fact that Tiger did something wrong, that he made a mistake and that this was his way of apologizing to his endorsers and to the public. The second thing that I liked about this commercial was that it was so raw. The camera was just focused on Tiger, and I know no matter how bad what he did was

or how much he deserved it, that had to have been incredibly hard on him. There's something refreshing about the fact that he seemed to accept that guilt more in this commercial than he did at his press conference. Do I think that this completely eradicates all guilt? No way. But at least he finally accepted that he messed up and admitted to making a mistake. Overall, I think Nike's marketing strategy was fantastic when they created this commercial. I think that if more celebrities were to own up to their mistakes like that and come back in such a unique way, it would be a lot easier to forgive the cheaters, liars and fame-hungry people that end up in our tabloids. Props to Nike, who didn't worry about what the critics would say. They, you know, just did it.

Russian adoption not a America’s obesity problem not getting any smaller give-and-take process IN MY OPINION

michelle costa

asst. managing editor mmc78@cabrini.edu

A child is a human, is it not? For some odd reason the American society has become the world of quick returns, and instant satisfaction. For one Tennessee woman, the confusion of an April Fool’s joke came 13 days too late. News flash lady, people are not returnable. 33-yearold Torry Hansen had always dreamed of having a child to call her own. That fantasy quickly became a reality after adopting a seven-year-old boy from Moscow. Her life simply seemed complete in the country town of Shelbyville, until six months after the young boy’s arrival. Her so-called sweet, adorable son, shortly became what she claims to be a “behavioral nightmare.” Her recent allegations cover from continu-

ous screaming, spitting and the most dramatic fixation of threatening to burn the house. For fun, lets say these were all true of the young child’s behavior, you still cannot possibly think returning a child is normal? Just the other day, Ms. Hansen sent her adoptive son on a one-way flight to Moscow with a lovely little note in his jacket stating “I no longer wish to parent this child.” Poor Artyon Savelyev was disowned quicker than the platform sneaker phase. Okay, we get his name was complicated to say, and maybe even hard to pronounce while being reprimanded, but you just don’t give a child away because you simply have had enough. The clearly unstable and hot mess of a mother claims the Russian orphanage failed to disclose the boy’s psychological problems? Wow doll, you must be kidding? Did someone forget to make records of your mental state? I think yes. This is not a shirt that makes you look fat. This is a child that has been brought up in an environment that often comes from complications and confusion. Although we as the public do not know the truth, due to the fact that this case is still under investigation,

we can assume that the person at fault would be the 33-year-old nutjob. Maybe it was the best thing for the boy to be removed away from this inhumane individual, for he deserves no more stress and dysfunction in his life. I could only imagine the Google searches this lady did before actually completing her outrageous tactic. “Can you return your son like a pair of shoes?” Like seriously lady, what was the problem? There is no way your darling son Artyom was nearly bad as Esther from the movie “Orphan.” And hell, they kept that kid and loved her like their own. The ultimate problem of this case is that the country bumpkin from Tennessee was not deserving of a child, and clearly holds a dark psychological past of her own. The only thing this lady should ever essentially be allowed to take care of is a beta fish, the ones that look half dead in the plastic containers. I wish you luck Ms. Hansen, cause you are currently America’s joke until Britney Spears forgets to wear underwear again, so do us all a favor and get your shit together.

IN MY OPINION

liz scopelliti

asst. web editor

ems83@cabrini.edu

“Eat, drink, and be merry.” I’m sure we’ve all heard that quote once or twice before in our lifetimes. That phrase, which originated in the Bible, has been repeated and glorified for decades upon decades. Who doesn’t love to eat or drink? It’s a way of life. Well, as a young college student, I can tell you first hand that it catches up to you. The burgers and hot dogs from family cookouts, the pastas and bread from cheap restaurants… it’s a recipe for disaster. Not to mention carbonated and alcoholic drinks. It all adds up over time. Obesity has become prevalent throughout the United States. Studies have shown that America is home to some of the most obese people in the world. Crazy, right? We’re one of the most advanced and progressive countries in the world, yet we are nutrition-

ally impaired. The facts are there: 58 million overweight, 40 million obese; 3 million morbidly obese. The scary part is that these numbers don’t seem to be decreasing. You would think that, after numerous amounts of articles and television specials detailing the horrors of obesity, there would be a change. Negative, Ronald McDonald. What’s even more disturbing is that scientists are saying that there may be something known as “food addiction.” Damn, if I haven’t used that excuse before. Should I say that every time I make a pit stop at a drive-thru, or when I pop a cookie or two in my mouth? Hell, if that’s the case, I’ll be 300 lbs by the time I’m 25. Listen, I understand that there are people who have health issues that alter what they can or cannot eat. Example: people who are cursed with thyroid problems. It’s a sin. But excluding those certain individuals who cannot control their bodies’ tolerance to food. There is really no other excuse for obesity. I wish there was, but I guess I’ll burst my own bubble and accept the facts. College kids are definitely limited with the food choices presented to them. At Cabrini, there are a few

healthy options available to the students, but there is definitely room for improvement, which is true for all schools. It's the little changes that make the biggest difference. White to wheat, soda to water, sugar to fat-free: it's bound to help someway, somehow. I know America is enthralled with pin-thin celebrities and Pussycat dolls, but let’s be realistic here, America: most people do not, and will never, look like those superstars. You can pretend you’re Megan Fox or Brad Pitt for as long as you'd like… sorry, sweetheart, the mirror will tell you different. You can control what goes in your mouth. No one is forcing you to eat. So instead of trying to justify your reason for eating, just stop. Not literally, but think twice before you put that double quarter pounder in your mouth. And get off of the couch and do some sit-ups or something. You’ll feel better in no time, I promise.


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Suburbia no stranger to drug addiction noelle westfall staff writer

nw66@cabrini.edu

The slums of Philadelphia and the back alleys of New York aren’t the only breeding grounds for drug users. In fact, many addicts who wander through the streets today were once children playing in middle-class backyards miles away from the city limits. It is not always clear why a certain person develops a drug addiction. A middle-class, welleducated family would seem to be the most unlikely of places for a child to begin looking towards numbing substances. Who are the children who get pulled into the deadly game of “shoot ‘em up”? Catherine Miller, 27, grew up in the rather-affluent community of Bucks County, Pa. Raised by her mother and grandmother, Miller felt the stresses of growing up in a home with two younger siblings and no father. “I was 13 when I started using heroin,” Miller said. “Friends from school had it, older kids, but I just tried it like a handful of times when I was 13. I went through a big crack binge. Before the drugs I started drinking when I was about 11.” Miller also smoked weed with her friends, as their older siblings supplied it. When she was 15, a doctor prescribed her the painkiller Percocet and she became addicted to those pills as well. When she was 16, Miller became pregnant with her son William and stopped using drugs altogether during the pregnancy.

Two years later, in 2002, she gave birth to her daughter Valerie. “Valerie was 3 years old when Children and Youth took them from me and I had a nervous breakdown and then I got addicted to heroin,” Miller said. “I did four bags a day. I was diagnosed bipolar with schizophrenic tendencies. They gave me the kids back, but I was just so far gone. I was really bad and [Children and Youth] took them again. I moved out of Bucks County and into Philadelphia. I cut off contact with everybody. I had a 15-bag-aday habit, about $10 a bag. I was prostituting myself to doctors, lawyers…‘sugar daddies.’ It went up to three bundles a day, which is about 40 bags a day, in early 2003.” In 2004, after several stays in rehab facilities, Miller was

prescribed the synthetic opiate methadone. She had already suffered a near-fatal heart infection, drug-induced seizures and hepatitis C. Miller moved back home on March 9, 2006 and is currently on methadone alone. In 2007 Miller gave birth to her third child, Samantha. She credits her recovery over drug addiction to herself and being ready to finally quit. “My home life was messed up. I didn’t have a normal childhood,” Miller said. “It wasn’t fair growing up like that. That’s what I guessed pushed me to do everything. Being lost and not knowing what to do, where to go, who to turn to, having nobody and then the first thing that makes you feel better and you’re like, ‘Whoa, what is this?’”

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Catherine Miller, age nine, posing on the right next to one of her cousins named Amber. This is four years before Miller started using heroine.

Miller is against the legalization of marijuana, “They say weed is a gateway drug and it’s so true. I find it very hard to believe that it’s used for pain. It makes you stupid is all it does.” Drugs are prevalent on college campuses across the country as well as on the street. No matter how affluent the college, or in what part of town, the use of illegal substances is still present. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported marijuana is most popular with college students. The Centers for Disease Control reported 30.2 percent of college students had used marijuana in 2005. “Per our Daily Crime Log, there are approximately nine reported drug events where most are ‘possession of marijuana’ since the beginning of school in

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August 2009 to current time,” Lil Burroughs, director of public safety, said. According to Sue Kramer, assistant director of community standards, if a student is documented for a violation of the code of conduct involving drugs or drug use they will have an administrative hearing. “If they are found in violation of the code of conduct they are sanctioned. The sanctions are included in the student code of conduct and are posted on signs in the residence halls,” Kramer said. According to a recent ABC News broadcast, heroin use in the suburbs is on the rise with drug cartels marketing specifically to teenagers. Packets of heroin are now being stamped with popular brand names like Chevrolet or Prada, or marketed using films aimed at youth, like the Twilight series. While many students party it up, hoping their brief uses of pills and bongs won’t catch up with them, Miller offers advice to hopefully spare others from going through the pain she’s experienced herself. “It can ruin your life in the blink of an eye. It’s not worth it. It is not worth it. For me it was that one time and now I have to go through chemotherapy or transplant or both. I would love to be a kid. I never really got that, I missed out on that.”

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Miller, 27, realizes the effects of her actions, but has an appreciation for living her life after drug abuse.

From high school to the front line: an Army experience justin sillner

asst. features editor jjs333@cabrini.edu

“I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I knew that it was what I wanted to do.” Before 18 year old Devon Bannister graduated from high school, he made a commitment to his country by joining the United States Army. “I honestly did it for my dad. I knew it was what he wanted,” Bannister said. More than 90 percent of Army recruits have a high school diploma. Many young people who don’t yet know what they want to do see the military as a place to serve and decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives, rather than take a lowpaying job or do nothing. “Maybe they felt like they had no other choice, that they couldn’t get a better job. Maybe they wanted to keep themselves out of trouble and felt that the Army would help them clean up their act or maybe they did it to make someone else proud of them. And of course you always have the ones that simply wanted to serve their country,” Bannister

said. Recruits tend to be much more highly educated than the general public and that this education disparity increased after the war on terrorism began. Bannister was stationed in Vilseck, Germany, at the Rose Barracks. There, Bannister underwent intense basic training. “It is definitely a big change in terms of lifestyle but it was easy to adapt to. I learned how to shoot, some tactical techniques and I had to adapt to sleep deprivation,” Bannister said. Bannister has now been in the Army for almost two years. Now 20, he has taken a lot out of his experience and transitioned it into his personal life. “I now live in a foreign country, away from the friends and family that I grew up with. However, I learned to make the best of every situation and I’ve gotten used to the fact that it’s not always going to be easy. Although it hasn’t been easy, I’ve enjoyed getting used to living on my own and taking care of myself. I feel like I’ve grown up and can now take care of myself without worries or concerns. I don’t depend on anyone but myself,” Bannister

said. The racial representation among the recruits has grown tremendously within the last couple of years. Caucasians make up 75.8 percent of the number of recruits. Now up front 24.05 percent to 68.63 percent of army recruits have identified themselves as black or Hispanic. Bannister is of Guyanese decent himself. “A lot of people would think that the Army is made up of more white people than any other. There are so many different races in the army that there are even people whose race I’ve never heard of,” Bannister said. Devon bannister/submitted photo Bannister is now getting ready Jose Arocha and Devon Bannister pose in their uniforms. to go over to Iraq in the next couple of months. He has matured, has a deeper understanding of those who have fought in a war and a better outlook on life. He even jokes that he is a better dresser. “I feel like maybe I’m not ready to go over and fight a war yet. But I want to because I’ve met a lot of great people here and I don’t want them to go without me,” Bannister said. “I’d like to say that I served my country but I just really hope that I could live devon bannister/submitted photo to say it.” Bannister pictured top right with other platoon members


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This is Ciaran Wilkinson’s first experience in America. He is a junior at Cabrini College. rachael renz

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Born and raised in the North of Ireland, Ciaran Wilkinson, 21, ventured to America with his visa in his pocket and his family in his heart. Currently a third-year law student at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, Wilkinson has spent his last academic year studying abroad through the Business Education Initiative program. Set up for students throughout the north of Ireland, this program was established after the troubles of Ireland ended and was meant to give students a chance to aquire business skills in America and use them to their advantage once they enter the world of work in Ireland. “I’ve wanted to practice law since I was 12 years old because of my interest in critical thinking and I like to debate and argue any case. I have always been passionate about human rights and the evolution of law interests me,” Wilkinson said. The war between Ireland and Britain has been ongoing for roughly 500 years. The north of Ireland, Wilkinson’s homeland, is mainly made up of Catholics or Nationalists who wanted freedom from the British rule while the Protestants, or Unionists, were in favor of Ireland being completely ruled by Britain. The Protestants still want to be united with Britain because historically, they are English. “Growing up the war was heading towards the political arena. When I was born in 1989, the nation was trying to come to a conclusion on how to stop the fighting. I remember as a child walking down the street seeing soldiers with guns, but it wasn’t like back in my dad’s day when bombs were going off and people were shooting. I’ve seen riots, but I was always too young to realize what was happening. My brothers and sisters and I never grew up in fear, we didn’t have to deal with the war like my father,” Wilkinson said. Before arriving in America, Wilkinson had spoken to friends who had previously studied abroad in the U.S.

“Friends before have had good and bad experiences while studying in America but that didn’t stop me from studying abroad. I love traveling and decided a year alone in America would broaden my horizons,” Wilkinson said. Wilkinson was given the option of choosing from 100 different colleges throughout the United States. Cabrini was recommended to him as an excellent college, both socially and academically. To be considered for studying abroad with the Business Education Initiative, the student must be in their final year at their university, have passed all of their exams before their trip, go through a rigorous interview process and they must also take part in a matching interview with a United States representative. “I would definitely suggest studying abroad; there is no better eye-opening experience. There were a lot of differences that I had to get adjusted to like the culture, dress, food and even driving on different sides of the road. The food was definitely hard to get used to. I went to a diner once with friends and ordered a salad and they brought me a forest! I only wanted a salad!” Wilkinson said. Not only does the student have to endure extensive pretrip requirements, the Business Education Initiative requires its students to complete assignments during their trip including six presentations, be an ambassador to Ireland and write a dissertation comparing America to Ireland. “The week before I came to America I was both excited and nervous. I had never been here before and going alone halfway across the world, leaving my friends and family, and fitting in with the culture was nervewracking, but deep down I knew it’d be fine,” Wilkinson said. One of Wilkinson’s priorities was to see as much of America as possible. He has thus far experienced Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Atlantic City, Boston and Florida. He also has plans to travel to Chicago, New Orleans and some of the west coast before his flight home in May.

“I have mixed emotions about returning home. I am happy to see loved ones, but sad because my year in America will be over. When I leave I’ll have to say goodbye to my friends and this experience only comes once in a lifetime,” Wilkinson said. During Wilkinson’s time in America he has made everlasting friendships. From lacrosse players to next-door neighbors, he has made an impact on all. Two friends who Wilkinson spent his spring break vacation with will always cherish their memories. “Even though we were squished in the car for eight hours it was worth every minute. I love Ciaran with all my heart and this school year wouldnt have been the same if he wasn’t here,” Allie Rodolico, junior communications major, said. “I am going to be devastated when Ciaran leaves. I love the lad and can’t imagine Cabrini without him,” Joe Barberi, junior math major, said. “I am very proud of my son. It’s a bit of a worry having him halfway across the world and it’s definitely the hardest part of not having him here. I miss him!” Patricia Wilkinson, Ciaran’s mother said. Coming to Cabrini, Wilkinson has experienced a completely different educational atmosphere. “Cabrini feels like a community rather than a big university. It’s strange to wake up and just walk to class five minutes before it begins. Schooling back home is different because we don’t have constant homework. Instead we have critcal thinking discussions. But, I have definitely enjoyed the classes I have taken here as I would not have been able to do them at Queens like Spanish and lifeguarding training which are both beneficial,” Wilkinson said. One thing that Wilkinson says he has learned from his time in the United States is that Americans have big ambitions. “Americans believe they can achieve anything and this belief makes me work harder,” Wilkinson said.

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“This year our staff faced a lot of adversity from the start, but everyone always pushed forward and contributed to put out quality publications. We laughed a lot and made many memories.”

“My favorite part about the paper this year is the teamwork that we put into each issue and the camraderie we have with each other. We all have something unique and my Tuesday nights won’t be the same next year.”

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megan bernatavitz

a&e editor

copy editor

“I really loved working with the editors this year. We not only had a great time with a lot of laughs, but we all had heart and dedication to making this year memorable. I am honored to have worked with these seven amazing editors.”

“I really enjoyed getting to know everyone on the Loquitur staff. They were so welcoming to me after coming in halfway through the year. The staff became like family to me!”

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gianna shikitino

news editor

features editor

“I loved how different everyone is and yet we had a bond. We all were thrown into this crazy situation and after so many 4 a.m.’s I have grown to love them all.”

“My favorite moments would be the Monday and Tuesday nights where we bonded together. We all have conquered so much together this year and I’ll never forget the memories we’ve shared.”

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jen wozniak

sports editor

managing editor

“My favorite moments throughout this year would be every night of layout because we’re always laughing and having a great time. The Loquitur was more fun than work and I’ll miss everyone a lot!”

“I really liked when the newspaper came out each week and seeing the final result of all of our hard work. And of course I love all of the friendships I’ve made- I know they will last even when our time as editors is over!”


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Students let loose ‘under the boardwalk’ danielle alio

asst. managing editor dla37@cabrini.edu

To kick off the EPIC events at Cabrini, the Student Government Association held their annual formal in the Mansion on Friday, April 9. The theme for the dance was “Under the Boardwalk” and the Mansion was decorated with different items to make students feel as though they were at the beach. The Mansion was decorated with a shore atmosphere. There were cut out lifesavers, surfboards and beach balls. Rather than having a photographer take formal pictures, there was a photo booth where students could have fun taking their own pictures. Along with the decorations, hors d’oeuvres were served in addition to special items such as snow cones, cotton candy and funnel cake. For the freshmen, this was their first spring formal as a student.

“Friday night was a blast and I loved hanging out with my friends,” Ali Van Schaack, freshman communication major, said. For the seniors, it was their last formal, which made for a night to remember. “I thought formal was an absolutely wonderful night. It was just great to hang out with everyone on campus in a totally relaxed environment. I was so happy to be with everyone and just relax for the evening. I couldn’t have hoped for anything more from my final formal here at Cabrini. I loved it,” Joe Kimpflen, senior history and political science major, said. The students were able to dress up and look their best. There were a variety of colors and styles that gave each student a different look. The event also offered students food and drinks for them to devour after dancing hard on the dance floor. A variety of music played throughout the evening from the beginning of the dance at 8 p.m. until the end of the dance at mid-

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Student Bryan Janowski dances the night away at Friday’s formal.

night. Many genres of music were played including rock, pop and hip-hop. Students were able to purchase tickets in the Center for Student Engagement and Leader-

ship for $25. “I thought the formal was really a night to remember. It was a nice break from a busy semester to spend time with really great

friends,” Stephanie Iaccarino, junior English and secondary education major, said. “I had a blast and I think everyone else did too.”

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Students dressed up for a night “Under the Boardwalk.” Students posed for pictures with friends.

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Students gathered around in the foyer area of the Mansion where the DJ and the dance floor was to dance.

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All the students dressed up for the kickoff of this year’s spring events called EPIC. The students enjoyed food, drinks and danced the night away in the Mansion.


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Jamie Oliver is a chef whose main goal is to show people healthy eating.

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Oliver travels to schools and towns where they serve children meals that will affect them later on in their lives.

Jamie Oliver makes healthy food his mission elizabeth krupka asst. a&e editor

efk722@cabrini.edu

With his thick British accent and pristine white apron, this “Naked Chef” is taking over the American food industry. There’s only one man that could revolutionize the way Americans are eating. James Trevor “Jamie” Oliver hails from Essex, England. Oliver has a diehard passion for healthy food. He is trying to infuse the American people with that craving for health food as well. He is reaching the heart of all Americans through his television show “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. The ABC series piloted on Sunday, March 21, at 10 p.m. with a whopping 6.2 million viewers. “The concept of the show is really cool. It’s really shocking to see this British chef come and completely change a school’s food menu in a matter of a week! It really shows viewers that healthy options are possible, they just take a little time to figure out,” Kaitlyn Vent, sophomore education major, said. The whole concept of the show is that Oliver picks the cities with the highest mortality rate, due to obesity, and completely overhauls the style of food. The first place that Oliver visited was Huntington, W. Va. This is statistically the unhealthiest city in the United States. Oliver went to an elementary school and was completely appalled by the food that the school was serving. After one day of watching all the processed and frozen food being ingested by elementary school

students Oliver had menus already planned. “This television show is an awesome idea. I am really interested in nutrition and it is cool to see this guy come to schools and be able to make nutritious lunches for school students. It makes me realize that it is possible to eat healthy everywhere,” Mandi Smith, sophomore graphic design major, said. Nutrition is the primary focus on Oliver’s system. No processed foods, no frozen foods and nothing coming out of a box. On the first episode the lunch women were making mashed potatoes from a box and Oliver almost had a panic attack realizing what these students were ingesting at their cafeteria. Oliver also stated multiple times that if this is what is happening in just this school alone, he couldn’t imagine what students are eating at other schools. “I think that ‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’ is bringing much-needed attention to the issue of school food. The Child Nutrition Act is being reevaluated this year so seeing exactly what the kids are eating can maybe help bring about reform. The fact that it’s being broadcast on national television will help get the word out to a bigger population. Maybe parents will want change and do something to get a change after watching the show,” said Anne Konicki, senior exercise science major, said. This is exactly what Jamie Oliver wants, for people to watch and realize that the food they are serving is not healthy for their families and children.

Healthy doesn’t mean frozen and processed and Oliver has made schools and families realize that it

is possible to do healthy in a timely manner. “I will never eat a chicken nug-

get again after watching the show,” Konicki said.

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Jamie Oliver has a new show called “Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution” where he transforms a city’s eating habits.


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Schedule of Events 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Come out to see your friends present their final pieces! Over 75 posters will be on display in the Dixon Center. 10:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Visit Founder’s to hear more than 40 oral presentations on topics selected by Cabrini students. There will be a break in presentations from 11:30-11:45.


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End to McNabb era jason moran staff writer

jkm724@cabrini.edu

For the first time in a decade, Donovan McNabb won’t be the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback to start the regular season. The team traded their franchise quarterback to division rival Washington Redskins for a 2010 second round pick and either a third or fourth round pick in the 2011 draft. The move comes after weeks of speculation that the Eagles were ready to part ways with McNabb and turn the reigns over to young backup quarterback Kevin Kolb. Many expected that Philadelphia would possibly be seeking to trade McNabb after two disappointing losses at the end of the year to the hated Dallas Cowboys. However at the NFL coaches breakfast, Eagles coach Andy Reid made it public that they were shopping all three of their quarterbacks (McNabb, Kolb, Vick.) After that public statement, anyone and everyone speculated what the Eagles were going to do with their quarterback situation. As time went on it became apparent that the Eagles were interested in keeping their younger QB Kevin Kolb and more interested in trading the 11-year veteran McNabb. Rumors had McNabb going to the Rams, Raiders, Bills and numerous other teams, but no mention of the Washington Redskins. Then on Easter Sunday the Eagles made the shocking decision to trade McNabb to the Redskins.

The move comes as a shock because both teams play in the same division and play each other twice a year. Many fans are puzzled as to why the Eagles would trade their aging but still good quarterback to a team that they play every year. The Redskins went 4-12 last year and haven’t had a stable presence at the quarterback position since the early ‘90s. Any NFL fan around the league was aware of the fact that McNabb and the Philadelphia fan base had a love-hate relationship. Some fans loved McNabb, some have always hated him and others liked him but felt it was time for a change. Say what you want about him, but you can’t ignore the fact that this quarterback is the best ever in Eagles franchise history. In his 11 years in Phlly he led the Eagles to eight playoff appearances, 5 NFC Championship games and 1 Superbowl. McNabb also leaves as the teams all-time leader in pass attempts, completions, passing yards and touchdowns. Many NFL fans have ripped the Eagles for trading their franchise quarterback to a rival in their own division. Before the trade the Redskins didn’t look to be much of a threat and probably would of ended up in the cellar of the NFC East. However, with McNabb, Reskins fans are thinking playoffs. Coach Mike Shanahan took over at the helm for the Redskins earlier in the offseason. Shanahan is a two-time Superbowl champion with the Denver Broncos. When Shanahan coached in Denver he inherited

a similar quarterback to McNabb in the form of John Elway. Before Shanahan, Elway was coached by Dan Reeves for 10 seasons and reached numerous AFC Championship games and Superbowls, but coming up short with no rings. Once Elway was teamed up with coach Shanahan they went on to win back-to-back Superbowls. Now Shanahan is entering Washington with another quarterback in McNabb who has been to the big games but hasn’t won the big one yet. Redskins fans are hoping that Shanahan can duplicate his success with another aging quarterback star. As for the Eagles, they will now look to 25-year old Kevin Kolb to lead the franchise. Kolb started two games this year in McNabb’s absence against the Saints and Chiefs. In those games the Eagles went 1-1, but Kolb played well and was the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in his first two starts. Kolb will lead an offense in which the average age is 24. The hope is that he will grow and develop with other young offensive stars such as Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek and Lesean McCoy. Also the Eagles have stockpiled draft picks in this years upcoming NFL Draft due to the McNabb and Sheldon Brown-Chris Gocong trades. This year’s draft is considered one of the deepest drafts in years, and the Eagles will probably look to draft defensive players in the early rounds to help rebuild their defense.

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Senior utility Mary Kate Smith scoops up a ground ball.

Softball sweeps Centenary justin sillner

asst. features editor jjs333@cabrini.edu

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Recent addition to the Washington Redskins, Donovan McNabb, shows off his jersey at the press conference.

The women’s softball team swept a double header from Centenary College on Friday, April 9, with the scored of 4-3 for the first game and 3-0 for the second. The team continues to be undefeated in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. In the first game, Cabrini was down 3-0 after six innings against the Cyclones. The Lady Cavs found their stride later in the game bringing in four runs off of four hits. “We didn’t come out as strong as we intended to but we pulled together as a team, and got the job done,” Angela Shookster, sophomore elementary education major, said. Sophomore shortstop Sammy Thompson helped with the comeback by hitting a two-run double into left field. There was now one out in the Cavaliers’ final turn at bat. Freshman centerfielder Casey O’Connell tied the game one batter following with an RBI single to centerfield. O’Connell went 3-for-4 at the plate in game one and also scored one run. Thompson recorded two hits in the victory. Freshman pitcher Marcelle Crist got the win for Cabrini allowing three earned runs and five hits. Crist is leading the team with five

victories and a 1.30 ERA in 2010. “It felt good because we were the underdog. We took two from a team that was ranked number two,” Shookster said. Senior pitcher Liz Zimmer posted her fourth win of the season on the mound. Zimmer gave up four hits and struck out two batters in her second complete game shut out of the season. Zimmer also shut out the College of Notre Dame over seven innings in her last outing on April 6. The game against Centenary College was her fifth shutout game in her career with the Cavaliers. Cabrini scored an unearned run in the top of the third inning. Junior catcher Chrissy Squillace crossed home plate catching a ball hit by Thompson and booted by Centenary freshman second baseman Brianne McManus. The Cavaliers added two insurance tallies in the top half of the seventh frame on a tworun RBI double from senior DP, Kerri MacNeal. Sophomore pinch runner Lauren Alessi and sophomore third baseman Ryan McDonough scored on the ball hit to left-center field. “It felt like we won the conference. Everyone had a lot of emotions during the last inning and when we took both games from a team that we felt was our biggest competition, we felt that we were the team to beat now,” Shookster said.


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Player Profile: Joe Strain

NFL to meet wtih Big Ben

The Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, will not be charged after a 20-year-old Georgia college student claimed that he sexually assaulted her. The Steelers organization may have sent a message to Roethlisberger by trading troubled wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who was recently convicted of substance abuse. Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, plans to meet with Roethlisberger in the next week to discuss the matter.

Mickelson earns green jacket at Masters Phil Mickelson won his third green jacket in this year’s Masters. He said that having his wife and kids with him for the tournament was more important to him than anything in the world. He arguably had one of his greatest shots ever on the 13th hole. Behind a few trees and in some rubble, Mickelson decided to go for it, hitting the ball within three feet of the cup. Mickelson finished the final round with a score of 67.

Garcia could fly with the Eagles again Now that McNabb has been traded to the Redskins and Kevin Kolb is set to take his place, it is time to think about back-ups. Michael Vick would be the one and only option to back-up Kolb, but if for some reason the Eagles decide to deal Vick as well, Jeff Garcia may be a viable No. 2. Garcia is experienced with the Eagles’ west coast offense and would have no problem finding his groove once again.

megan conte

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mec734@cabrini.edu

While Joe Strain has been taking faceoffs since his freshman year at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, N.J., this year he joined the stellar Cabrini men’s lacrosse team face off squad of Mike Gurenlian, Mark ‘Hambone’ Hamilton and Ryan Sankey as a straight up ‘fogo:’ faceoff and get off player. At press time, Strain, who considers himself more of a set up man on the team has 20 career points at Cabrini. Strain has made a number of contributions to the lacrosse team and is helping lead them to their 10th Colonial States Athletic

Conference championships. “Strain has really stepped up his game this season. I would say he is definitely the most improved player from last year to this season. He does a great job in the faceoff circle and is always flying around giving 110 percent,” Paul Skulski, junior marketing major, said. Coach Steve Colfer agrees with Skulski, “Strain has been a terrific addition to our face-off unit this spring. He will play a major part in how far we go this season,” Winning face-offs are an important aspect of the game because lacrosse is a game of possession. Thanks to Stains success at winning faceoffs, he has helped contribute to a nationally ranked team that has broken many records. “Being part of a team and breaking the NCAA record for consecutive wins within a conference was probably one of my favorite memories on the Cabrini lacrosse team,” Strain said. He would like to see the team return to the NCAA tournament and avenge losses suffered against Salisbury and Stevenson University in the past NCAA tournaments. Strain’s biggest academic accomplishment at Cabrini

was being selected for the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honors Society. He appreciates receiving recognition for working hard outside of sports. “Joe is a pleasure to lax with. He makes lax that much more awesome. Strain is a great all around laxer,” Mike Gurenlian, junior business major, said. Strain pulls most of his inspiration from two sources: the desire to win and his family. After college, Strain plans getting a sales job of some sort, “preferably near a beach,” he said. As for lacrosse, he would like to play in a men’s league, continue coaching his youth summer teams and possibly start a new program for youth players. Strain feels it’s going to be sad seeing the seniors such as Rich [Romanelli], Casey [Grugan] and Steven[Kapp] go this year because have been such a good inspiration to the rest of the team, their work ethic and commitment to the team. “The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team is all about having a good time and we really appreciate the support we get form the students and faculty. Lax or Die,” as Strain said.

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Upcoming Games Thursday, April 15

Golf - Away @ Immaculata Invite @ 12:30 p.m.

Friday, April 16

Softball - Home vs. Immaculata University @ 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 17

Softball - Away @ Gwynedd-Mercy College @ noon Women’s Lacrosse - Home vs. Gwynedd-Mercy College @ 1 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse - Away @ Neumann University @ 3 p.m. Men’s Track & Field - Away @ Day One all day Women’s Track & Field - Away @ Day One all day

Sunday, April 18

Men’s Track & Field - Away @ Day Two all day Women’s Track & Field - Away @ Day Two all day

Monday, April 19

Golf - Away @ Widener University Invite @ noon Men’s tennis - Away @ Alvernia University @ 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 20

Men’s Track & Field - Away @ Day One all day Women’s Track & Field - Away @ Day One all day

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Phillies look to promising season nicholas g. guldin

asst. sports editor

ngg27@cabrini.edu holly prendergast asst. sports editor

hmp35@cabrini.edu

The Phillies have quickly become one of the elite teams in professional baseball. With a Commissioners Trophy in 2008 and a World Series appearance in 2009, the Phillies have proven to be a well-oiled machine. The future success of every Major League team lies largely in its farm system. MLB. com takes a detailed look at every organization, from recent draft picks to top prospects. The Phils firmly believe they have top players at every position

and their recent success shows that unlike other organizations, they do not need to rely heavily on their farm system. This is extremely important for the Phillies due to the fact that many of their most dominant farm system players have been traded in the past year. What player out there is good enough for the Phillies to sacrifice so much young talent? Welcome to Philadelphia Roy Halladay, arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball. The Phils acquired Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays and with much sacrifice comes amazing benefits. In his first two outings, Halladay has been lights out. He allowed only one run in seven innings in his first game against the Washington Nationals. He topped that in the second game

though, pitching his 50th complete game allowing only one run. It isn’t tough to tell that the Phillies are preparing for the here and now. Obtaining Roy Halladay proved that the Phillies aren’t satisfied with one World Series and they are hungry for more. In addition to acquiring Halladay in the offseason, the Phillies have also obtained Placido Polanco. Polanco a 34 year old who has been a second baseman for the majority of his career, including a former stint with the Phils from 2002 to 2005, is now playing for the Phillies as a third baseman. Polanco, a 2007 All-Star and a 2009 Rawlings Gold Glove recipient for the Tigers has had an immediate effect for the Phillies. In just their first six contests Polanco has hit one homerun, tallied

10 RBIs and has a hitting percentage of a well-respected .434. Returning for the Phillies this year are many of their key players including Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Combined for the 2009 season, these three players have a combined 311 RBIs and a 97 homeruns. Each of these three players have been named to the all-star team multiple times and they all have also been recipients of the Silver Slugger Award which is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American and National Leagues. With the strength and athletic ability of these three players, the Phillies are in the right direction to making it well into the post season for 2010. Another Philadelphia Phillies

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Phillies closer Ryan Madson throws against Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at the Citizens Bank Park.

player who is currently making major league history is 47-yearold pitcher Jamie Moyer. Moyer is the oldest active player in the major leagues. He started his career in 1986 and entering this season he is the only player to play in four different decades. It is clear to any baseball fan that the Philadelphia Phillies are a team to watch out for. Their seasoned players, combined with young talent serve as a mix for victory. With their previous success the past two seasons, Phillies fans everywhere will just sit back, relax, enjoy the season and have “High Hopes,” for another victorious year.

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Shane Victorino catches a fly ball against the back wall.


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Cabrini demolishes Shenandoah 25-4

megan bernatavitz copy editor

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The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team defeated Colonial States Athletic Conference rival Shenandoah University 25-4 on Saturday, April 10. The win extended the team’s NCAA Division IIIbest conference to 75 games. Before the game the three senior players: Casey Grugan, Rich Romanelli and Steve Kapp, were honored for their commitment on the field over the past four years. “Each of the guys brought so much to the team both on and off the field. They have worked so hard these past four years and will continue to help us win for the remainder of the season,” Anthony Mazza, junior midfielder, said. Playing their final regular season home game, the seniors each had at least one point against Shenandoah on Saturday. Romanelli tallied two points, Kapp had two goals and two assists, while Grugan assisted with seven points. Grugan now holds the longest

active Division III streak in the country, with at least one point for 69 consecutive games. “It feels great to be recognized as one of the top players in lacrosse. I just really want to help lead our team to the national championship,” Grugan said. Grugan is not the only player with the hopes of a national championship. Everyone on the team determined to be the best on the field and they proved it on Saturday. By the end of the first quarter the Cavs had a 7-0 lead. “We knew that if we wanted to get ahead early on it was important to go out on the field and be productive offensive and defensively,” Steve Heaps, junior midfielder, said. 17 of Cabrini’s offensive players had at least one point during the game against Shenandoah. Juniors Jordan Coeyman, Paul Skulski and Dan Terenick each had two goals. Freshman midfielder Charlie Haugh also had two goals in the fourth quarter, while teammate Andrew Protenic had one goal and two assists. The Cavaliers won the faceoff battle 15-of-29 attempts at the X with the help of Junior

Mike Gurenlian and Joe Strain. “It was a great opportunity for everyone to get playing time and get valuable game experience. Its hard to get everyone playing time because of how big our team is so seeing everyone get in was a lot of fun,” Ross Salese, sophomore defenseman, said. By the end of the second quarter the Cavs were ahead 21-1. Going into the final half, sophomore Steve Farrell and freshman Kevin Gallagher split time in the goal with each tallying one save. “Everyone played really well, we have really high expectations for ourselves and want to bring home the NCAA championship,” Heaps said. The Cavs have won 92 straight contests against conference opponents since the 2001 season. Cabrini will play at Neumann University on Saturday, April 17 at 3 p.m. then will follow with two other away games to close out the regular season.

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Sophomore midfielder Andrew Zelinski craddles the ball during the match-up against Shenandoah University.

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Cabrini players (from left) Jeff Saverine, Tyler Canada and Bobby Thorp walk off the field after Saturdays game against Shenandoah University.


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