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CRS and other nongovernorganizations are hard at ERG722@the CABRINI .EDU improving the sanitation In less than a minute, work lives of the people were rallied facilities in Port-au-Prince, Hundreds of Haitian thousands of people at the National Mall the in turned upside down due to a capital and site the earthquake. Washington D.C. on Sunday, March 21 in support of ofcomprehensive tragic earthquake, with nearly a In addition to the cholera outimmigration reform. quarter million dead in an instant break, rest of Haiti hangs in !"#$%&'()'$(&*$+*),,*%)'-$%),-'-"&*()-&".*'/"*0the *)1&*$+*'/"-(*2$3%'(-"&*$+* and 1.6 million homeless. Elevthe balance. 4-('/*),$%1&-."*'/"*5#"(-2)%*0*)1*-%*)*2($6.*'/)'*&'("'2/".*+$(*4,$27&8*9/"* en months later, the country still Haiti is the poorest nation in :;)(2/*<$(*5#"(-2)=*(),,>*6)&*'/"*,)(1"&'*&-%2"*?@@A*)+'"(*-##-1()'-$%* finds itself struggling for stabilthe ("+$(#*,"1-&,)'-$%*6)&*&/$'*.$6%*-%*?@@B8 western hemisphere. Eighty ity. percent of people live on'/$&"* less <$3('""%* C)4(-%-* &'3."%'&* )%.* +)23,'>* #"#4"(&* 6"("* )#$%1* Since then, little progress has than $2 a day. Poverty, because '/$3&)%.&8* D'3."%'&* +($#* E(>%* ;)6(* C$,,"1"F* G)&'"(%* H%-I"(&-'>* )%.* been made to clean up the rubble. of the earthquake, has become J-,,)%$I)*H%-I"(&-'>*)&*6",,*)&*$'/"(*$(1)%-K)'-$%&*+($#*'/"*)(")*6"("* On Sunday, Nov. 28, Haiti more severe. The challenges for also present. tried to elect new leaders. But acthe relief agencies for immediate L)'>* <(-11,"MN$('$%* O("O)(".* '6$* 43&"&* '$* '()%&O$('* '/"&"* 1($3O&* cording to the latest reports, no effort remain crucial. A di!"##$%&'#"()*'+,-.."/%012.2 +($#* J-,,)%$I)* H%-I"(&-'>8* * N$('$%* -&* )%* )2'-I"* 2$%1("1)%'* )'*recent C"%'(),* clear winner has yet emerged for saster, burying Haiti even deeper Baptist Church in Wayne. president. Wide-spread problems into &-%2"* poverty :9/-&* -&* '/"* 4-11"&'* (),,>* $%* '/"* #),,* P4)#)* /)&* 4"2$#"* in voting occurred, as might be and instabilpresident,” Norton said to the group. expected,)'*but obity, was the;)/$%>* +($#* R$&* DO")7"(&* '/"* international (),,>* -%2,3.".* C)(.-%),* Q$1"(* servers say the election is still Nov. 5 hur5%1","&*)%.*S"&&"*S)27&$%8*T("&-."%'*P4)#)*),&$*#)."*("#)(7&*'/($31/* valid. ricane. )*O("("2$(.".*I-."$')O".*#"&&)1"*I$-2-%1*/-&*&3OO$('*'$*'/"*2($6.8 Recently, the country has exHurriD'3."%'&*6"("*#$'-I)'".*'$*)''"%.*'/"*(),,>*+$(*)*%3#4"(*$+*.-++"("%'* perienced a severe outbreak of cane Tomas (")&$%&8*;$%-2)*E3(7"F*&"%-$(*G%1,-&/*)%.*2$##3%-2)'-$%*)%.*4-$,$1>* cholera. The challenge for relief struck Haiti, #)U$(F* 4",-"I"&* '/"* 23(("%'* &>&'"#* -&* 4($7"%* )%.* 6)%'".* '$* &/$6* /"(* agencies has been enormous and f l o o d i n g Dennis Warner, support for an overhaul of immigration legislation. CRS technical basic relief work continues to- -%"++"2'-I"F* camps and :V-'/$3'* W*X-%1* '/"* ,)6&* '/)'* )("* -##-1()'-$%* O($4,"#&* adviser. day. chasing Hai2)%Y'*4"*&$,I".F=*E3(7"*&)-.8*:9/"*23(("%'*,)6&*#)7"*-'*-#O$&&-4,"*+$(*'/"* The outbreak of the disease, tian people %3#4"(*$+*O"$O,"*6/$*6)%'*'$*2$#"*'$*5#"(-2)*'$*.$*&$*,"1),,>8= an infection of the small intestine from their temporary homes. 9/$&"*'/)'*#)(2/".*/",.*4>*&-1%&*'/)'*(").F*:GZ3),*'(")'#"%'*+$(*),,=* that causes life-threatening diar- Families brought their belongand “No human can be illegal” at the rally. rhea, has affected 15,000 people, ings through thigh-high water to <()%2"&*[)(("'F*&$O/$#$("*&$2-),*6$(7*)%.*DO)%-&/*#)U$(*)'*G)&'"(%* about 1,500 of whom have died. get to higher ground. The hurriH%-I"(&-'>F*6)&*3O,-+'".*4>*'/"*&/""(*%3#4"(*$+*O"$O,"*)'*'/"*(),,>8 “Our long-term strategy to cane hit Leogane, a town west of :\'*6)&*("),,>*O$6"(+3,*'$*4"*-%*'/"*#-.&'*$+*&$*#)%>*O"$O,"*'/)'*6)%'* better the lives of the Haitians is Port-au-Prince. change and have traveled so far to stand up for their rights,” Garrett said. to ensure to appropriate The hurricane four lives 9/"* R)'-%$* access 2$##3%-'>* +($#* V"&'* C/"&'"(* 6)&* ),&$* took -%* )''"%.)%2"* water and sanitation facilities,” and left two people missing in ),$%1&-."* C)4(-%-* &'3."%'&8* D(8* ;-#-* !"T)3,F* 2$$(.-%)'$(* $+* ]-&O)%-2* Dennis Warner, Catholic Relief the town. #-%-&'(>* $+* D'8* 51%"&* C/3(2/F* 6)%'".* '$* ()-&"* /"(* I$-2"* +$(* '/"* Services senior technical adviser The immediate hope citizens undocumented. for water and sanitation, said at had for stabilizing their country :9/"("Y&*4""%*)*,)(1"*]-&O)%-2*O("&"%2"*^-%*'/"*2$%1("1)'-$%_*&-%2"* Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, a retired auxiliary bisha conference held at Villanova was the elections. `aAbF=* !"T)3,* &)-.8* :b@* O"(2"%'* )("* ;"X-2)%F*November `@* O"(2"%'* )("* T3"('$* op of the Detroit Archdiocese, works to rebuild Haiti University on Nov. 8. Some of the major candidates in the aftermath of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake. Warner’s plans include elimi- in Haiti’s presidential election nating the contaminated water !$##%&'()*+', ,3..%,45'#-,36)012.25#301$%*.377 supply and educating the people CHOLERA, Page 3 johanna Bberrigan / submitted photo ERIC GIBBLE
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“Right now we are working on measuring our impact on students’ understanding of social justice.”
judged by their “value-added” contribution. Of course, “valueadded” is difficult to calculate. “Right now we are working on measuring our impact on students’ understanding of social justice,” Skleder said. “There are no measures, and through work with a national group called The Wabash Study, Dr. Gingerich and the faculty are developing a way to measure this that other schools may use in the future.” According to the Wabash Study webpage, the study is a three-year project designed to create a deliberative process for using evidence that an institution can build on for improvements in
Irresponsibility the issue, not Four Loko See PERSPECTIVES, page 6 Cabrini student identifies victims of slavery See FEATURES, page 9 Ultimate guide for this year’s Christmas shopping See A&E, page 10-11
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Editorial: The most lucrative crimes in the entire world are in the slave trade. Yes, in year 2010 we have slavery existing both inside and outside of our borders. Modern-day slavery is now called human trafficking. It is also one of the most hidden crimes. How is this possible? Human trafficking is the buying and selling of persons for one of three reasons: domestic servitude, forced labor or sexual exploitation. This practice of modernday slavery is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Trafficking typically comes as a result of extreme poverty, lack of education and the des-
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The fastest growing criminal industry: Human Trafficking
perate hope for survival. Many are lured by false promises of a job outside of their unstable home and are in many cases drugged, raped or isolated from humanity to perform the job demanded by their new owner. While the problem of human trafficking has been glamorized in Hollywood films as something that exists miles away from our country, there is evidence of tens of thousands of trafficked people in the U.S. Service stores such as nail salons, massage parlors and restaurants are just a few industries that have been searched and arrested for human traffick-
ing in the U.S. According to the Polaris Project, a non-profit organization that works to combat trafficking, “An estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked annually in the United States alone. The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country is even higher.” As a country, we ignore this issue. Too many people refuse to believe that trafficking exists all around them. Are you wondering what role you play in addressing this problem? There are several ways that you can stop the demand for human trafficking. By researching all of
the products you buy such as food, clothing and electronics, you can ensure that no forced labor or injustice was performed while making your product. Free2work.org is a website that allows consumers to see the rating of their favorite brand from a scale of A to F. The power of being a wise consumer is the first step to ending the demand. Read our features section on pages 8 and 9 to hear how two ordinary people have helped to stop the demand by simply enlightening themselves and others on the issue or visit PolarisProject.org for more information on human trafficking.
Top 5 ways to give back during the holidays By Danielle McLaughlin A&E Editor The holidays are a time to reflect on everything we have to be grateful for. They are also a time to recognize those less fortunate. 1. Donate or volunteer at your local soup kitchen During this time of the year, soup kitchens have a drastic rise in attendance. People flock to soup kitchens seeking food and shelter and those seeking to help the less fortunate. Soup kitchens often accept both food and clothing donations. To find a soup kitchen in your area which you can donate to or volunteer your time at go to www.servicenation.org. 2. Toys for tots Toys for Tots is a foundation founded by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. They have been in operation since 1991. Toys for Tots collects donated, unwrapped Christmas presents to give to needy children. To donate toys to Toys for Tots, go to www.toysfortots.org. 3. Donate blood When we think of the holidays, the idea of donating blood isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, it is a great way to give the gift of life during the holiday season. According to the Red Cross, they need about 1,000 units of blood a day to keep up with demand. To find a local blood drive in your area or to find out more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org. 4. Adopt a Family
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The Loquitur is Cabrini College’s weekly, student-produced campus newspaper. It is the voice of students, staff, faculty, alumni and many others outside the Cabrini community. The Loquitur has earned its position by advocating for self expression through freedom of speech and by serving as an outlet for readers to affect change on campus and off. Founded in 1959, the Loquitur has thrived and greatly expanded its readership. The paper now has over 4,500 online readers and 1,500 print readers on a weekly basis. Our mission is to provide readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions freely, in an environment where their voices are effectively heard and respected.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Loquitur welcomes letters to the editors. Letters should be less than 500 words. Guest columns are longer pieces between 600 and 800 words. These are usually in response to a current issue on Cabrini College’s campus or community area. Letters to the editor and guest columns are printed as space permits. Submissions may be edited for length, clarity and content. Name, phone number and address should be included for verification purposes. Personal attacks and anonymous submissions will not be printed. Letters to the editor and guest columns can be submitted to email@example.com or to the newsroom mailboxes in Founders Hall 264.
Retired Lt. Col. John Hampton helped start Toys for Tots in 1991, which donates unwrapped Christmas gifts to children. The Salvation Army has a program called “Adopt a Family” which allows you to make a big difference for a family in need during the holiday season. If you sign up to adopt a family, you can choose which size family you can afford to “adopt.” From there, you will be given a wish list for each member of the family. You can purchase however many items on the wish list that you can afford. 5. Dress for Success With the poor state of the economy, ev-
eryone knows someone who is currently unemployed and searching for a job. For those who are having a hard time landing a job and can’t seem to afford appropriate clothes for a job interview, Dress for Success is the perfect solution. This program provides professional clothing for people seeking to be hired. To donate clothes to the Dress for Success program, go to www. dressforsuccess.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cell phones continue to distract drivers By Meghan McSloy Copy Editor
“Value-added” education aims to improve students’ education outside the classroom EDUCATION, Page 1 student learning. There are currently 30 colleges and universities participating in the 2010 study. Institutions use the study to measure a certain aspect of their education. David Glenn wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education that some institutions are using the study to measure the effects of their senior capstone courses, effectiveness of student help centers on campus and student research and writing skills. The National Survey of Student Advancement (NSSE) is another way that colleges and universities collect data about student advancement through a
variety of categories known as “benchmarks.” NSSE is administered to students on the freshman and senior level. There are five benchmarks in total composed of 41 subcategories. Cabrini students have scored well in comparison with scores of students at more than 700 colleges and universities in several categories, according to the 2008 survey. “While most popular college rankings are based primarily on measures of resources and reputation that research studies indicate are not related to learning and personal development outcomes, NSSE results are determined by the students and not by external organizations rating or
assessing colleges and universities,” Lisa Plummer, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, said. After the college receives the results from a survey such as the NSSE, one may wonder what is done with the results. According to Media Relations Manager Dan DiPrinzio, the college includes results when applicable from surveys in publications as well as in press releases and posted on the college website. “Once results have been interpreted, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness presents the findings to campus leadership and faculty for meaningful discussion,” Plummer said. “Cabrini employs multiple means of as-
sessment (i.e. surveys, focus groups, etc.,) both for improvement and accountability. It is from these multiple means that campus decisions are made and improvements occur.” According to Plummer, one change that has occurred as a result of multiple assessments, focus groups and campus polls was the revamping of Rooymans Hall as a student center. See the graphic above to see what categories Cabrini students have been recorded to have done well according to an email sent by Plummer. However, the actual data is not available for Loquitur to examine. email@example.com
“We will be there for them for years,” CRS president says on Haitian development CHOLERA, Page 1 had requested to call it off before the polls closed. Haitian residents protested the election. More than 9,000 UN peacekeepers helped patrol the streets to ensure security but chaos still broke out. Residents claimed to not know the location of the polling stations where their names are registered. Many of the residents came to fulfill their rights as a citizen to vote but were unable to vote because their names did not show up on the electoral list. There is a lack of a winner among the 18 candidates but an election between the top two candidates is expected in
January. CRS is one of the largest non-profit organizations on the ground in Haiti and has raised a significant amount of money towards developing the unstable country. However, Ken Hackett, president of CRS, said it is not how quickly you spend the money that matters but how smart you spend it. “Spending money smart is the best thing to do,” Hackett said at the conference held at Villanova University. “We [CRS] were there with them through the earthquake. We will be there for them for the years and years to come for their development.” firstname.lastname@example.org
On the road, a driver glances down for a split second to answer a text message. The next moment, they find themselves colliding head-on with another driver in the oncoming lane. This is the reality for 5,000 drivers who are killed each year due to distractions in their cars. Distracted driving is becoming a national epidemic. With the increasing prominence of smart phones and other gadgets in cars, drivers are increasingly busy on the roads. Defined as “any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing,” distracted driving is increasing at a rapid rate “An important takeaway is that distracted driving has been a single check-off on most police reports and could include texting, calling on a cellphone, drowsiness, eating food, playing with the radio, GPS, reading a map, talking to other passengers, so it has been hard statistically to break out by category,” Rick Remington, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic, said. “In addition, drivers who survive accidents are not likely to admit to a police officer that they were texting or calling on their cell phone.” The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety recently issued “grades” to all states based on safe driving laws. Pennsylvania was given a “red light” due to a lack of laws that keep drivers safe on the roads. When a state is given the “red light” it shows that the state is not doing much in terms of safe driving laws that limit cell phones and other devices while driving. New Jersey was given a “green light,” meaning that they are sufficiently fulfilling the safe driving laws recommended by The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. Despite laws that were recently put into place banning cell phones in cars, drivers are still using their phones. “One interesting statistic that has emerged from N.J. is that police there are issuing 10,000 tickets per month for cell phone use while driving which is banned in the state,” Remington said. The teenage and college-aged population also have a higher rate of distractions in their cars. An August 2010 survey of teen drivers concluded that 60 percent have talked on a cell phone while driving and 28 percent have texted while driving. These teens have sent 28 texts while driving within a month. Of all surveyed, 36 percent believe that they have been involved in a near crash due to their own or other’s distracted driving. email@example.com
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Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
[GLOBAL - NATIONAL - REGIONAL - CAMPUS]
REGION & CAMPUS
GLOBAL & NATIONAL FBI operation gone wrong
Philly rapist convicted
F.B.I agents planted a bomb as a part of an elaborate sting. A Somali-born teenager set off the bomb. The teenager, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, was taken into custody by police on Friday November 28, 2010. Federal Agents reported that they spent 6 months setting up the sting operation and 10,000 people were at the ceremony on Friday. Mohamud was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Read the original story on NYTimes.com. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010
North Korea launched an artillery attack on South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island on Nov. 24, 2010. A day later, the bodies of two civilian islanders were found, which drastically hightened tensions in the region.
Iraqis leave Baghdad for jobs Violent crime rises in NYC
After moving back to Baghdad since the war, many Iraqis are realizing they must leave their home once again years after the U.S. invasion because of the job deficiency and lingering violence. This movement of Iraqis leaving once again shows how far the nation is from being stable and safe. In a survey that was taken recently, 87 percent of the people said they could not make enough money here to support their families.
Ex-majority US deploys leader convicted carrier to Korean peninsula
Raymong W. Kelly, Police Commissioner, said that the state crime in New York City was down in 2010. But all crimes in the city are up; there was actually a 3.5 percent increase in violent crime through mid-November. The police commissioner can make this claim because the method used to count major crimes in New York is lumping violent crimes with far larger numbers of property theft complaints, including the largest category of grand larceny.
Tom Delay was found guilty and convicted of money-laundering. This conviction comes fives years after he was indicted. The ex-majority leader of the House of Representatives is looking at between 5 and 99 years in prison, but the judge may decide probation. He was attained of one count of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Delay said he would appeal the decision because it is a political vendetta by the Democrats.
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The U.S. is sending the aircraft carrier George Washington and a number of other ships into the region encompassed in this operation. This is being done to stop future attacks by North Korea and warn China that unless it retrains, it will see more of a presence of America.
THIS WEEK AT CABRINI
An admitted rapist who called himself the anti-Christ shouted out during his Philadelphia court hearing, “You’ll know I’m telling the truth if you give me a polyestergraph.” Pleading guilty to sexual assault in August, Jose Carrasquillo raped an 11-year-old girl in June 2009. Carrasquillo was arrested while on PCP and cocaine and claimed “it was the drugs” that caused him to do it. Carrasquillo later tried to change his guilty plea, only to have it rejected by Judge Rami Djerassi who sentenced Carrasquillo to 33 to 66 years in prison. Read the original story on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
Camden’s police force cut by 25 percent As part of a layoff plan approved by the state of New Jersey, Camden’s police force will be almost cut in half and a third of the firefighters in the city will be laid off, along with positions in each city office. After having been named the second most dangerous city in the U.S. by a national survey, altogether a quarter of the city’s work force would be cut down, including 20 police dispatchers. Read the original story on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
Thursday, Dec. 2
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Saturday, Dec. 4
Young alumni happy hour Join other Cabrini alumni from 6-8 p.m. for appetizers and two drinks on the college at the Plough and Stars in Philadelphia
Last day of classes and to declare pass/ fail For more information on declaring pass/ fail status for the fall 2010 semester, visit http://www.cabrini.edu/registrar.
CAP Board’s christmas and shopping in NYC Spend the day with CAP board enjoying the sights of a decorated NYC for just $10 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5
Monday, Dec. 6
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Mass Celebrate mass in the Bruckmann Memorial Chapel of St. Joseph from 7 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Final exams Final exams run from Dec. 6-10. Visit http://www.cabrini.edu/AcademicCalendar for a complete schedule.
Final exams Final exams run from Dec. 6-10. Visit http://www.cabrini.edu/AcademicCalendar for a complete schedule.
Dean of Academic Affairs named Serving as interim dean of Academic Affairs since July 1, Dr. Jeffery Gingerich, associate professor of sociology, has been named dean of Academic Affairs for Cabrini College. Gingerich came to Cabrini in 2005 and since then has helped develop the Justice Matters curriculum. Read the original story on Cabrini.edu. Monday, Nov. 29, 2010
Trevor Wallace News editor email@example.com
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
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Group protests first bear hunt in five years By Eleni Antipas Staff Writer The BEAR Group, formed in the 1970s when New Jersey’s bear population was nearly exhausted by trophy hunting, gathered in Mendham, NJ, on Saturday, Nov. 20, to protest the upcoming bear hunt. Protesters stood on Main Street holding signs and chanting, “Fish and game lie, bears are gonna die.” A few people drove by shouting “kill all the bears.” However, several drivers honked their horns in support of the protest. “Hunting is murder, plain and simple,” Deborah Kowalski, member of For the Animals Sanctuary, said. This December, New Jersey will have its first bear hunt in five years. Governor Christie agreed to allow the hunt during his campaign due to an increase in the number of bear complaints from New Jersey residents. However, the BEAR Group
believes this is based on faulty data. Dr. Edward Tavss, professor of chemistry at Rutgers University, reviewed the data provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that supports a bear hunt due to what they call “a spike in bear complaints.” Tavss found that the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife used the same formula for collecting data from 1995 to 2007 but a different formula was used in 2008 and 2009. Tavss’ research showed that the change in the method for data collection was the reason the DEP’s study resulted in an increase in complaints. “You have to compare apples to apples, not apples to oranges. When you do the comparison of data collection using the same method of the previous years, the complaints actually don’t spike at all,” Tavss said. During a Fairleigh DickinsonPublic Mind survey, participants were asked to respond to the statement, “If wildlife scientists
WHERE IS THE BEAR HUNT? The black bear hunting season is set for Dec. 6 to 11 in four areas across northwestern New Jersey spanning these counties. 1. Sussex
4. Somerset Hunters must be at least tenyears-old and they are only allowed to bag one bear.
Seleni antipas / staff writer
Members of the BEAR Group joined together to protest the bear hunt taking place this December. The bear hunt has seen a resurgence at the hands of Gov. Christie after complaints from New Jersey residents. conclude that bears are exceeding their recommended habitat limits and are destroying private property, a bear hunt should be allowed.” The survey found that 53 percent of participants were in favor of a hunt, 36 percent were opposed and 11 percent were undecided. “I have bears on my property and they do not bother me. They are beautiful animals,” Lois Messiana, BEAR Group member, said. “We live in a development so close to Route 80 that you can hear it. Last week at noon, with children playing nearby, about when the bus drops kindergarteners off by our house, a large bear appeared only 15 feet from our front door. Thankfully, our barking dog prevented my son from running out the front door without
looking and ending up right next to a startled bear,” Carl Rupp, a concerned resident of Rockaway, N.J., said. According to Elaine Dunn, vice president of public relations and educational programs for the BEAR Group, in 2005 Governor Corzine explained that nonlethal measures, including bear-proof education seminars and enforcement of anti-feeding laws, needed to be taken more seriously. Therefore, the DEP received $440,000 to educate the community and issue citations to New Jersey residents who are not following the proper garbage procedures. Since 2005, fewer than 100,000 people have had the opportunity to take the seminar. Currently, these seminars are no longer available but instructions on bear-proofing for private residents and businesses are of-
fered on the website http://www. njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts_ homeowner.htm. The DEP’s website states that 98 percent of New Jersey residents follow the anti-feeding laws, which would explain why only four citations have been issued since 2005. However, it does raise the question if New Jersey residents are not feeding the bears, how can there be an increase in the bear population? Dunn explained that bears have a natural selection process, so that a pregnant bear below optimal weight to produce milk will automatically miscarry the pregnancy. The DEP is currently offering free bear hunting seminars. This course is mandatory to become a certified hunter and to obtain a permit for the bear hunting season. firstname.lastname@example.org
Smokeout encourages smoke-free living By Jimmy Crowell Staff Writer The Great American Smokeout, an event aimed to encourage people on campus to quit smoking, was held as a part of the nationwide effort to help people to live healthier and happier lives. Relay for Life, which holds events on campus every month to raise awareness of a different cancer, held the Smokeout in Founder’s Hall Lobby from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. Students also had the option of leaving their cigarettes in a container in exchange for candy. According to Nikki Mosco, junior political science and history major and Relay for Life member, one student left half a carton. The number of students that participated also surprised Mosco. “We did not expect this kind of turnout,” Mosco said. For Mosco, the success of the event was personally gratifying. “My grandfather had a form of lung cancer. He smoked when he was younger
but quit when he was older. He died nine months after he was diagnosed,” Mosco said. Over three hundred students and faculty members also signed a petition urging legislators to pass a tax on smokeless tobacco products and cigars. Pennsylvania is the only state without a tax on smokeless tobacco and one of two states that taxes cigars, the other being Florida. Mosco believes that the revenue gained through the tax should be put towards cancer research. Mary Jo Rose, associate nurse at Cabrini College, said lung problems and increases in asthma and upper respiratory infections are common with people who smoke. According to Rose, one of the long term effects of smoking is lung cancer. “For the college age group, it’s a habit you don’t want to get involved in and you don’t want it 20 or 30 years from now,” Rose said. “And it’s expensive, especially for college students who don’t have a lot of money.” “I used to smoke occasionally and I would say that I haven’t quit entirely yet
because when I get stressed out, it relieves those who want to quit. my stress,” Allie Jeter, sophomore psy“The average person tries to quit seven chology and communication major, said. times before they’re effective,” Rose said. “I have not been smoking in nearly “Keep trying to quit is the best way to a month and a half but one reason why I stop.” don’t smoke at all now is because I choose email@example.com to spend my money more wisely instead of spending it on cigarettes,” Jeter said. Jeter said the main reason why she would not actively try to stop smoking altogether is because she is busy and cannot find the time to implement a stop smoking regimen. Rose said there are plenty of resources available for those who truly want to quit smoking. Seeking counseling and having a support group are strong ways to quit smoking for young adults. mct The American Cancer Society’s website, cancer. The Food and Drug Administration has been in debate org, offers resources for over whether or not to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes.
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Know what you’re eating and why it matters By Diana Campeggio Staff Writer When you head into the supermarket to grab some ground beef for hamburgers, do you ever stop and wonder where that meat has come from? Do you wonder how the cow was treated or what chemicals they are doused in? After watching “Food Inc” I have to say that I am generally concerned for the quality of the food we put in our bodies and I wonder if anyone else in the country is as concerned as I am. In a country that is technologically advanced in every field, farming and ranching is something that needs to remain closer to its roots. It needs to rely more on hard work and human contact with these animals instead of machines and technology doing all the work. I am not saying that farmers don’t work hard, because I’m sure that they do, but I’m simply trying to say that I don’t believe that machines should be the main contact that these animals have to the outside world, because machines do make mistakes. This is evident with the amount of Escherichia coli, or E. coli, contaminations this country has had in the past several years. I believe that these contaminations have been caused by farms and factory workers no longer being involved in the slicing and dicing of the meat that will eventually be placed on people’s dinner tables. Certain E. coli can make people very sick and these types of E. coli bacteria are called “shiga toxin-producing” or STEC for short. This bacteria lives inside the stomachs of animals, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, “infections start when
you swallow STEC—in other words, when you get tiny (usually invisible) amounts of human or animal feces in your mouth.” Isn’t this enough to make people want to change the ways our food is being harvested and produced? I can’t even discuss this without thinking about Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.” When do we make times change? If you have ever bought a package of chicken breasts and thought that they were huge, that is because our meats and poultry have been hormone induced and feed a heavy diet of corn until they are eventually killed. Animals in these plants are not fed a correct, natural diet that they would eat in the wild, nor are they aloud to roam free. I think the fact that we specifically have to label our beef that they are “free roaming” is ridiculous and disgusting. All animals should at least have the right to roam around outside before they are slaughtered at an early age. I feel like in writing this, I need to state that I am an avid meat eater and I don’t plan on changing that, but I am concerned about what I put in my body and the quality of the food I am eating. Should I need to be concerned that every time I eat a chicken breast it was submerged in chemicals to kill the bacteria and create a later expiration? In a country that is ripe with people who love to stand up for whatever it is they believe in, I feel like people are letting the quality of our food fall to the wayside. I feel that the standards that the FDA are setting are being too lenient on these big businesses, and the these standards need to be revised. These large companies aren’t treating their animals as animals, but more as meat. They aren’t feeding them a natural diet; they aren’t letting them roam freely. They only have a short time to live and they are spending that time in a crowded barn or at the milking station. I understand that these are eventually going to be eaten, but
shouldn’t we treat them with even a little respect while they are stilling living? The only solution that seems to make sense to me is to back away from these big business farms and to search out local farms or farmers’ markets that steer away from these methods. They have a smaller amount of livestock, but, in most cases, they are taking care of them while they are alive. They usually aren’t hosing their produce with chemicals to keep the expiration dates to be later. These farmers don’t have the finances to have these machine-based operations. They are running their farms as a farm should run, with a lot of manpower and hands-on work. If buying through farmers’ markets and local farms is not an option, then people should be looking for local, organic produce and free ranging meats. People are deterred from taking these actions because it will cost more to the consumer. In my thinking, I would rather have quality meats and produce, which is not contaminated with chemicals, and pay a little more per pound. I wish that more people had a similar thinking as I do. I think that the thought process is to believe that the mistreatment of animals, in any circumstance, is horrible gives you the label of vegan or an activist of some kind. But I don’t really believe in labels. I believe in treating people and animals the way they should be treated, and I don’t believe that big business farms are doing this. I hope that as a nation, we can reevaluate the quality of food and the way we treat the animals that will eventually become our food. I believe in the saying, ‘what goes around, comes around’ and the idea of karma. If we are cutting corners and taking the easy way out, then what will that mean for us in the end? Maybe this explains these E. coli and salmonella outbreaks. firstname.lastname@example.org
Irresponsibility the issue, not Four Loko By Ransom Cozzillio Staff Writer Two Penn State University students died last year. One died in a fatal car accident and the other after falling down a concrete staircase. Both students were found to have a blood alcohol content well into a mortally dangerous range. These deaths drew both local and national media attention, but no one seemed to care what exactly these students had consumed, and therefore this remains a tragedy, not a movement. Recently, a spate of injuries, deaths and delinquencies have been linked to the popular drink Four Loko (and those like it,) which combines caffeine, alcohol and fruity flavors in a large, 23.5oz can. And, unlike the unfortunate deaths at Penn State, now the alcoholic menace has a face. This time, it is a movement. As soon as information and reports started surfacing about the negative influence of Four Loko, people jumped to crucify the product as an unparalleled danger. In response to this torrent of bad publicity, college campuses across the country have banned Four Loko. The public has demanded FDA investigations and sanctions of such a product and, to date, several states have barred the product from being solid. Unfortunately, for lack of any truly blameworthy cause of irresponsible drinking , Four Loko has found its head on the chopping block. Isn’t it silly that we have nothing better to do than continually levy irrational blame? Four Loko should be banned no sooner than any other cheap, flavored alcohol. To accuse it and its manufacturers of acting irresponsibly is to shy away from our own poor judgment. Drinks aren’t dangerous, people are dangerous. At some point doesn’t the buyer (or “drinker”) beware have to take over? If drinking excessively is a health risk, then whose fault is it when one over-drinks?
Some may argue that the can size, alcohol levels and taste in Four Loko are overtly misleading. People allege that, with Four Loko, they can’t tell how much alcohol they’ve ingested until it’s too late. The interesting thing about that criticism is how clearly Four Loko cans are marked. It notifies the drinker in large colorful text that this drink contains both caffeine and alcohol. Furthermore, the amount of alcohol is specified and even conveniently converted to display the amount of actual drinks as legally defined. In other words, if a drinker is literate, this shouldn’t fool them. However, many hold that clear warning labels are irrelevant because Four Loko is an inherently dangerous and unhealthy product. After all, putting a warning label in broken glass doesn’t mean one can sell it in a grocery store. Proponents of this argument hold that mixing alcohol with caffeine can lead to heart attacks and can mask the alcohols effects, leading to more drunk driving (people can’t tell when they’re drunk and feel they can still drive.) The problem with these arguments is that they are all relatively baseless. First, while, in theory, large amounts of caffeine taken with alcohol can cause heart problems, Four Loko has only been linked to one possible heart attack since its appearance on the market. Given the millions of cans sold, this is a tenuous linkage at best. Besides, no one is rioting against the sale of vodka-Redbulls or Irish Coffee in bars (which both likely contain more caffeine than a Four Loko does.) As for the drunk-driving issue, anyone who would drink the equivalent of five or six beers and then get behind the wheel of a car lacks sufficient judgment to be drinking anyway. Unfortunately, judgment isn’t sold in a can but apparently blame can be. Ultimately, many blame Four Loko’s manufacturers, just as manufacturers are always blamed, for being irresponsible. They posit that with its colorful can, fruity taste and low price point, Four Loko is directly marketed at younger, more judgmen-
tally-vulnerable young adults. While this may or may not be true, it’s not consistent with the current maelstrom of criticism. After all, who is it exactly that Bankers Club vodka markets to? With its easilyconcealable plastic bottle and $11-per-handle price tag, I’m fairly certain they aren’t aimed at the liquor connoisseur. The poor college kid is a far more likely target, so where’s the outrage? There is no outrage, because vodka, or any other traditional liquor for that matter, is already too accepted to be a convenient target. Four Loko is new, and therefore strange and unsafe. The problem is, nowadays, blame and public outrage are so easy to stir. Now, it’s never a personal problem, behavioral problem or cultural problem (you’ll notice that Europe, with its lower drinking ages doesn’t have this issue,) it’s clearly a product problem. Of course there are no irresponsible consumers, just unscrupulous companies. So the next time young adults are acting recklessly with some age old substance, let's pillory Captain Morgan, or Budweiser. Go after the companies that are “forcing” kids to drink unsafely. Obviously that’s the solution we need. email@example.com mct
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Thank you for the music By Nick LaRosa Staff Writer Almost everyone can agree that food, clothing and shelter are three necessities everyone needs to survive. But have you ever considered a group of musicians to be a part of your everyday routine? I’m sure we all have favorite bands and musicians and consider music to be a big part of our lives. For me though, my favorite band is so much more than that. Nearly four years ago, I discovered the Doylestown, Pa., alternative rock group Circa Survive. To say they have changed my life would be an understatement. I can still vividly remember the day I purchased their first album, “Juturna,” and spent the afternoon listening to it from beginning to end, reading the lyrics to each song along the way. To this day, I can still not conjure up a word to describe that experience. That should give you an idea as to how powerful and inspirational this band has become for me – to the point that their songs and lyrics leave me speechless. As talented as this band is musically, perhaps the reason I am drawn to this band so much is because of their lyrics. Composed mainly by vocalist Anthony Green, whom I idolize for his writing ability and impeccable voice, every song has at least one line that I can relate to my own life at any given time. For example, if I’m under stress, “locked myself up in a room without a window, just to see if it was any easier to breathe” from the song “Get Out” plays through my head, instantly giving me the peace of mind that I need. Then there are the songs with lyrics that really make you ponder their meaning, lyrics like “it starts out like a season in reverse, a way to set your mind above and over words” from the track “Living Together.” Going back to the food, shelter and clothing analogy for a second, the name Circa Survive literally means “about survival.” Seeing as how this band is such an important part of my life, how perfect is that translation? To say that I am obsessed with Circa Survive would probably be a fair judg-
ment. I just feel like they are a truly unique musical group, one that if everyone knew about could change what music is meant to be. Even though I have never met any of the band members or attended one of their concerts, it is clear how fortunate they are to be musicians and how they put themselves on the same page as their fans. “We’re not higher up than you [the fans]. We’re not better than you,” guitarist Colin Frangicetto said in an interview with WatchMojo.com. “We’re just doing what we love to do and we want you to do that too.” This is exactly why I feel Circa Survive is more than just a group of musicians. They care about their fans; they make the effort to get to know the audience before and after the shows. To me personally, this band has given me a lifetime’s worth of inspiration through their music. I consider myself to be a writer at heart, and the band’s passionate lyrics only add to my creativity. This band has inspired me to write nearly everyday for the past four years, no matter what my workload is or how I am feeling on any given day. Circa Survive has become something for me to fall back on when things aren’t going my way. Their music brightens my mood and makes me wonder what perception of music would be like if I never discovered this band. I wouldn’t enjoy music to the same extent that I do today without the influence of this band, that’s for sure. As if you couldn’t have guessed, I had the bands latest album, “Blue Sky Noise,” blaring through my headphones as I wrote this piece. On this particular day, the song of choice happens to be “Imaginary Enemy,” also known as the song with the highest play count in my iTunes library. I only wish that there were a word in the English language that could describe the connection that I have with this band, but the only words I can think of are these: thank you. Thank you for the gift of your music. Thank you for being such a significant part of my life. Thank you for all of the inspiration that you have given me, and will continue to give me for years to come. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ask the editor What band or singer is more than just music to you? Danielle Alio, Junior Deputy Editor “I have to say that my favorite artists is Beyoncé because she is very talented and has worked hard for her success. I can also relate to a lot of her songs. She is a fantastic singer, actress and dancer.” Favorite Song - “Single Ladies”
Kelsey Kastrava, Junior Editor in Chief “I would say Sara Bareilles is my favorite artist to listen to. I find myself listening to her music no matter what my mood is. She’s a little pop, a little indie and I love her style.” Favorite Song - “Between the Lines”
Rachael Renz, Senior Copy Editor “I love Kenny Chesney. Whenever I want to listen to feel good music, he is the first person I turn to. His lyrics are either about having fun during the summer or love, and I would say that type of music is what comes out of my speakers 90 percent of the time.” Favorite Song - “Sweet Summertime”
Jamie Santoro, Junior Perspectives Editor “Ever since I first heard them, Florence + The Machine has been a constant on my iTunes. Huge, epic songs sung by the gorgeous Florence Welch is their trademark. They only have one album out and they’re one of the best acts I’ve ever heard.” Favorite Song - “Heavy in Your Arms”
The TSA wants you to let them cop a feel By Eion O’Neill Staff Writer First they were wiretapping your phones and now they’re groping you. Welcome to the era of paranoia where the government spies and embarrasses you in the name of security. No doubt, you’ve heard of the TSA pat-down procedure. If you haven’t at this point, here’s the basic rundown. A Transportation Security Agent (those friendly people at the airport scanners with their lovely wands) has the right to touch you in places you deem it inappropriate to touch. Anywhere else it’s called a violation, at the airport it’s called okay. According to the TSA website, a pat down compliments the wand inspection and for security purposes may include “sensitive areas of the body.”
A lot of people say that we The TSA website does note potentially bring back traumatic that you can request your pat memories and experiences. Is this should do whatever it takes to down in private and that the TSA all worth it. To traumatize some- stop terrorism and that they staff have been trained to main- body who has already been trau- would rather be groped by a stranger than get on a plane and tain “the highest levels of pro- matized in the name of security? I think there are better ways have someone blow it up. fessionalism.” The website also I can understand where they mentions that the pat down will to catch an “underwear bomber” are coming from but the reality is be done by the agent of the same than to “feel someone up.” We are a country that has sent that this is not a black-and-white sex as the person being patted issue. We have some of down. In addition, you the greatest minds in the have the right to have a If we allow government agents to country working and witness of your choice violate us at the airport, what’s next? living here. There are overlook the process Your child’s public school? should you decide to always alternatives that have it done in private. don’t compromise priThe real question is, does that people to the moon and built up vacy and national security. make it any more right? a military in a flash to defeat the Other people may claim that Some stranger or even some- Axis powers in World War II, and flying is a privilege and it is. I am one you know touching your pri- we can’t even perfect something not going to argue with them on vate parts is enough to get you up as simple as body checks at the that matter. There are other ways in arms. Is having a family mem- airport? of getting around the country and ber watching you get touched inThere has to be a better way the world but the bigger question appropriately any more comfort- and if enough people stand up they are missing is how much we ing? against this, if enough people are going to let the government in This also goes back to vic- threaten to oust the president and our lives. tims of sexual assault in which their politicians next election seaIf we allow government agents a stranger touching them could son, something will be done. to violate us at the airport, what’s
next? Your child’s public school? Imagine security officers at your local high school ordering your teenage son or daughter to strip search. Would you be okay with that? That’s the thing; a few years ago this sort of controversy at the airport was not unimaginable. When it comes to the airport, nothing seems to surprise us anymore but it certainly did not seem plausible. Look where we are now. People with bladder problems are urinating on themselves, sexual assault patients are reliving haunting memories and why, because the government decides to treat everyone like the bad guy. Stand up people! Rubber stamping things in the name of security will only make us less secure in the end. email@example.com
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Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 kelsey kastrava/ editor in chief
“I wanted to understand
more about trafficking and get close to the victims to learn their stories.”
A world without trafficking goal of Villanova law student
By Kelsey Kastrava Editor in Chief Prompted by a simple question about his interest, second-year law student John Rafferty digs inside of his satchel bag and pulls out notepaper and a pen. Rafferty draws a diagram to illustrate the world’s ignorance to the topic of human trafficking. “If we could take everything we know about human trafficking and put it on a graph,” Rafferty said while drawing a slanted line. “We could say the most we ever really hope to know about human trafficking is maybe 80 percent the scope of the problem. And so there are some people in the world who are fortunate enough to know 80 percent of the world’s knowledge of human trafficking.” Next, he drew a perpendicular line showing the average of people who knew anything, if at all, about human trafficking. “A great number of people have no knowledge. Some people have a medium amount of knowledge and by the time we get to the end here, we have almost no one who has 80 percent, or the most amount of knowledge we can hope to have about human trafficking,” Rafferty said. Rafferty says he realized that he had spent 25 years of his life occupying the large margin of people who knew nothing about this crucial problem. Rafferty began taking measures in his life to help him learn more about the issue and started to read the U.S. State Departments Trafficking in Persons Report. As a former naval officer, Rafferty was assigned to the country of Bahrain in 2007. With some knowledge of human trafficking, Rafferty researched the trafficking statistics of the place he would be living. “I found out before moving there that they [Bahrain] were on the Tier two watch list,” Rafferty said. The U.S. State Department ranks every country by how effectively they’re combating trafficking. Tier three would be the most severe case of trafficking and the smallest amount of law enforcement monitoring the issue. While in Bahrain, Rafferty contacted the U.S. Embassy and informed them of the severity of human trafficking in the country. “Their response was ‘we’re really overwhelmed and overworked and we don’t have time so we’re really not doing anything,’” Rafferty said. With the discouraging news, Rafferty contacted an
Arab nongovernmental organization (NGO) working to monitor the trafficking. He met with the executive director of the NGO and immediately began volunteering his time. “On weekends I spent a lot of time fundraising by interviewing men at labor camps, taking photographs and publishing newsletters,” Rafferty said. “I wanted to understand more about trafficking and get close to the victims to learn their stories. And I realized that’s done by learning about those who migrate to a new country and seeing the various levels of exploitation.” Rafferty explained that his overseas experience ignited his interest and devotion to end human trafficking. “Seeing first hand the conditions and the lack of pay these people are subjected to, really incensed me about this problem and convinced me that I wanted to spend the rest of my life working to combat this horrendous crime,” Rafferty said. After his assignment was complete in Bahrain, Rafferty knew he wanted to work closely with his own country’s efforts to monitor this crime. This summer, Rafferty interned at the Polaris Project, an NGO founded eight years ago by two college students who believe a world without slavery is achievable in our lifetime. Rafferty worked as a senior policy and legal specialist. There, Rafferty worked full time to learn the ins and outs of modern-day slavery. When asked to define human trafficking in his own words, Rafferty seems all too familiar with the fundamentals of the issue. “I would suggest that there are three major forums that is recognized by the U.S. government by its 2010 Tip Report as domestic servitude, forced labor and forced sexual services,” Rafferty said. Today Rafferty studies full time at Villanova and continues to heavily research the government agency’s efforts to focus on human trafficking. He stands by the notion that standing for something alone is more powerful than not standing for anything at all. “We live in a society that gets what it wants when it wants it. And for us to start taking a stand and say that we aren’t going to stand for this... Only a few people would be willing to stand alone,” Rafferty said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Trafficking Data • Domestic Servitude Trafficked people, both men and women, are forced to perform domestic duties including laundry, childcare and cooking with little or no pay. Many domestic servants are isolated from humanity and have severely restricted freedoms. • Forced Labor Traffickers force victims to work in many fields including agricultural work, factory work or construction work. They are coerced into believing they must pay off a debt to their owner from the expenses of their transportation to the trafficking site. • Sexual Exploitation Both men and women are taken into brothels with the false expectation of having a job. Instead they are physically and sexually abused, eventually forced to perform sexual favors between one and 20 times a day with no pay and almost no food.
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White Dog vows to be eco-friendly By Sarah Luckert Photo Editor The founder of the environmentally sustainable White Dog Cafe, Judy Wicks, shines as a local social activist and entrepreneur. Wicks founded the hospitable White Dog Cafe in 1983. She sold the restaurant in 2009 in order to focus more on her love of social activism. Through her creation of the White Dog Cafe, Wicks focused on specific major requirements that she used to keep her restaurant as environmentally sustainable as possible. The White Dog Cafe was located on the first floor of Wick’s home on a row of Victorian brownstones in West Philadelphia. The White Dog Cafe started off with humble beginnings. “I didn’t have much money so I only made muffins and coffee to start with,” Wicks said. Wicks said her customers would come into her home to use the restroom and at the end of the night the earnings
from that day were placed in an envelope under the pillow on her bed. Wicks really wanted to create a restaurant that people would enjoy coming to while at the same time realizing they could make a difference in the world. “We had table talks at the cafe,” Wicks said. “We would have different speakers so that people thought they were a part of something more.” Although Wicks owned the restaurant she didn’t do any of the cooking. “I am not a professional chef, but since I was a girl, I had to take home economics. The only thing I ever cooked was bread and soup.” After the transfer of ownership, the restaurant still keeps the same specific values. Even though the restaurant was sold, the name was not. When the owner changed, the mission of the café was required to stay the same. Their mission is to serve their customers, community, earth and each other. Throughout the years, Wicks has shared her life experiences and goals with many other leaders around the world.
“There have been a lot of people that have impressed me, but very few that I can call my hero,” Linda Panetta, photography instructor and friend of Wicks, said. “Judy is one of my heroes.” The White Dog Cafe now belongs to Pennsylvania and New Jersey restaurateur, Marty Grims. Grims has promised to keep the legacy of The White Dog Cafe in both the original University City, Pa., location and the new Wayne, Pa., location. “I want people to know that you can use business as a strong vehicle of social change,” Wicks said. Even if it is just a restaurant, The White Dog Cafe will continue to be a positive model of how businesses can make a difference. “Some people say I use good food to lure people into social activism,” Wicks said. “That is actually the truth.” http://www.whitedog.com/ http://www.judywicks.com/ email@example.com
White Dog Cafe Requirements: • Over 95 percent of their farm purchases are made from local farms located 50 miles of the restaurant.
• They use only the finest organic ingredients from farms that pasture feed their animals.
• Their wine list includes quality blends from American vineyards.
• They buy only Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate.
Cabrini student identifies victims of slavery emy. DiBartolo was the only person who took up Batstone’s challenge. “His call to action made me want to do something about it. After he came I went to my class and said I don’t want this to be another horrible thing that we hear about and don’t do anything about,” DiBartolo said. DiBartolo was persistent, proposing to the Honors program, Academic Affairs and the Wolfington Center to fund her trip to the academy. The school complied and DiBartolo flew to California for a trip that would shape her future. DiBartolo’s experience resulted in her developing an action plan to increase awareness of human trafficking on campus. But more than that, human trafficking is now a part of her daily life. “It is built inside me now. I learned their [victims] personal stories and I now take them with me,” DiBartolo said. DiBartolo touched on a specific story. An American woman who grew up sexually abused became sexually exploited by a San Francisco police officer at the age of 16. She continued to be his sexual servant for three years. It was only after she and other young girls mustered enough courage to turn in their owner that the man was arrested. Unfortunately, the same woman continued to prostitute voluntarily because it was the only life she knew. Only after she and her first son were almost murdered as a consequence to her refusal of his sexual requests, did she quit. Today this victim, or survivor as many women who have endured trafficking wish to be referred to, is the founder of an after-
care facility in California. DiBartolo says it was this woman’s story that has allowed her to make this issue a part of her everyday life and conversation. Her experience at the academy has granted her certification to train social service agencies, law enforcement officers or anyone interested in learning how to identify a commercially sexually exploited person. DiBartolo’s next goal is to see if Cabrini will allow her to host a week of events centered on human trafficking awareness, including a training session. “I want to make sure I tell anyone and everyone who is willing to listen about what it is, what it means and that it is happening here and that we can all play a small role in making that difference,” DiBartolo said. DiBartolo will continue her passion for human trafficking advocacy in parallel to her academic goals. A native from Cherry Hill, N.J., DiBartolo studies sociology, psychology, social work and has subconsciously added human trafficking to her coursework. She plans to continue to graduate school to attain a master’s degree in social work. DiBartolo dreams of making a home for mentally abused and fragile children to provide them with nurturing and loving environments to avoid the possibility of winding up on the wrong path in life. “Realizing the abuse and the neglect that goes on in our system and the lack of resources that we’re putting into it is what makes me want to fix this problem in my own backyard,” DiBartolo said. “My calling is to work on the domestic issue at hand.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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DiBartolo has worked at Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation hospital for the last three and a half years in Marlton, N.J. as a a recreation and nursing aide. By Kelsey Kastrava Editor in Chief In her junior year of high school, Danielle DiBartolo viewed a film at home with her grandmother titled “Human Trafficking.” What she did not realize then was that that movie had planted a seed in her that would become a major focus of her life in college, human trafficking. “When I was around 16 or 17 I saw the movie ‘Human Trafficking on TV,’ DiBartolo said of her first time ever learning about the problem. “I saw that it was horrible but I didn’t really think anything of it afterwards.” DiBartolo enrolled at Cabrini College and by fate was placed into a course that reintroduced her to what would be the focus of her college career.
“As a sophomore we read a book in my Engagements with the Common Good course,” DiBartolo said. “It brought the issue back up.” DiBartolo read “Not For Sale” by David Batstone with classmates and felt provoked by the stories in the book, enough to do something about it. “We talked about the book in class. I had said that this [human trafficking] is something that we all say is horrible. I felt like we all thought that and said that, but we weren’t doing anything about it. And that really bothered me,” DiBartolo said. Her eagerness to do something about it came to life when Batstone presented at Cabrini last year. With an audience of over 400 students, Batstone engaged and invited students to enroll in his Not For Sale Acad-
this to be another horrible thing that we hear about and don’t do anything about.”
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Your ultimate guide for
C hristmas gifts The holidays are fast approaching and you probably ask yourself the same question every year: “What do I get for him or her?” Don’t worry, we all have the same exact problem. Luckily, the Internet and those ads in the newspaper keep us well informed. Here are the must-have Christmas presents that should be under every tree.
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Fur real Go Go Walking Pup ($69.99): If you don’t know what Fur Real Pets are, here’s a brief explanation. They are toy pets that are made to look and act like actual pets. A lot of kids, especially girls, love them and the Go Go Walking Pup is the most popular, according to the number of sales.
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Apple iPod Touch (8G, 4th generation. Starts at $229): The new Apple iPod Touch can hold up to 2,000 songs, 10 hours of video, and a whopping 10,000 photos. Those videos and pictures will look amazing with the 960x640 pixel display. You can listen to all your favorite songs for up to 40 hours before the iPod needs to be recharged. That’s also equivalent to watching three feature-length films. That being said, what are you waiting for?
The Clicker ($24): This one may seem a bit obscure. Could you ever picture a remote changing the channel and opening your beer for you? Shake your heads, ladies. This thing exists. The Clicker has a bottle opener on one of its sides and can be programmed to control eight items. Get this for him and you won’t have to hear the dreaded “hey honey can you grab me a beer and open it for me?”
Call of Duty: Black Ops ($59.99 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. $49.99 for Nintendo Wii and $29.99 for Nintendo DS): This game has been all the rage since its release on Nov. 9. It is one of the top video game series of the modern day and would make a great gift for guys of just about all ages.
Cosmetics: Once again, something every girl owns way too much of. They will all tell you they can never have enough make up and in most cases that would be true. You can get full sets or stocking stuffers just to satisfy them for a little while. These have worked their magic as great gifts time and time again for this reporter.
Jet Pack Buzz LightYear ($49.99): Everyone knows how much popularity “Toy Story” has regained with the release of “Toy Story 3.” The Jet Pack Buzz LightYear is probably going to be the hottest action figure out. Because of the immense popularity of “Toy Story,” this toy could be one of the hardest to find on store shelves come late November and throughout December.
Gift Cards: Gift cards really satisfy anyone, but we all know girls, especially teenagers, are the hardest to shop for. With a gift card, they are at the mercy of themselves so you won’t have to spend three hours in the store debating which shirt she would like better.
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Fight winter break boredom If you are looking for an outrageous blend of music and comedy, look no further than the Blue Man Group. The group will bring their act to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, with shows beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 22 and ending on Sunday, Jan. 2. As an added bonus, depending upon availability, students with valid IDs can purchase Student Rush tickets for just $10.
George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” will be performing at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with shows between the dates of Dec. 4 and Dec. 31. George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” is a great way for families to come together around the holidays, all the while taking in the ballet’s characters, costumes and dances. Nutcracker Family Packs are available for selected show dates.
Cirque du Soleil Cirque du Soleil will perform a number of shows at the Liacouras Center between the dates of Dec. 21 and Jan. 2. They will be performing their new show, “Dralion,” which brings acrobatics, gymnastics, comedy and music together in one venue. Ticket prices range from $45 to $84 for adults and $36 to $68 for children under the age of 12.
By Rachael Renz Copy Editor
Blue Man Group
From now through Jan. 9, stop by Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., to see a spectacular visual display of lights, holiday trees and floral arrangements. One can also expect to see dancing fountains combined with holiday music as well as numerous musical performances each day during a visit to Longwood Gardens. For adults, the price of admission is $18 while students between the ages of 5 and 18 are charged $8.
The Philadelphia Orchestra will be at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia from Thursday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 19 to perform a number of different shows, including “Glorious Sound of Christmas” on Dec. 16, 17 and 18. “Glorious Sound of Christmas” aims to put all age groups in a great mood for the holidays and features songs like “Silent Night” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Students with valid IDs can purchase Student Rush tickets for just $10 at the Kimmel Center Box Office.
Theater of the Living Arts On Dec. 17 alternative rock band Good Old War will be performing at the Theare of Living Arts in Phildelphia with East Hundred and The Great Unknown. Standing room tickets for Good Old War will cost you $23. For more information on all of these events visit http://www.livenation.com/theater-of-thelivin-arts.com. By Nick LaRosa/ firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Speak Now’ has gone viral By Rachael Renz Copy Editor The latest edition to Taylor Swift’s library of talent is the highly anticipated “Speak Now.” This latest installment, released on Oct. 25, contains 14 new tracks written by Swift, each one better than the last. This newest album hasn’t gone unnoticed, winning her a prestigious honor at the Country Music Awards. Many people believe her songs are about her ex-boyfriends, Joe Jonas and John Mayer. Some think that she is singing about Kanye West while others counter that her lyrics are directed towards her family. On her website she says, “these songs are made up of words I didn’t say when the moment was right in front of me. These songs are open letters. Each is written with a specific person in mind, telling them what I meant to tell them in person. To the beautiful boy whose heart I broke in December. To my first love who I never thought would be my first heartbreak. To my band. To a mean man I used to be afraid of. To someone who made my world very dark for a while. To a girl who stole something of mine. To someone I forgive for what he said in front of the whole world.” Whether or not these lyrics are angry or sad or are written to someone none of her fans personally know, her loyal fan base still finds a way to relate. “I feel like she writes her songs about everybody’s life. Anyone can relate to them,” Peter Morrison, junior Spanish education major, said. For example, the song “Long
Live” is dedicated to her ever-sotalented band. She sings about how the crowds and stands went wild and how she and her band were the kings and the queens. The lyrics of the song “Dear John” are written about ex-boyfriend Mayer. Although her lyrics are quite angry, she shows emotion and speaks of a love that she felt was real. In one verse she sings, “Dear John/I see it all, now it was wrong/Don’t you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games. When I loved you so?/I should’ve known.” Although she speaks of either clear pain or happiness in each track in “Speak Now,” many fans still feel as though they can relate to her heartbreaks, losses and sometimes even those enchanted moments. “I like her lyrics because they basically go with every person’s life. She puts it into words we don’t know how to say,” Valerie Saar, senior social work major, said. Despite the fact that Swift’s songs can be heard on pop and country radio stations, she still exceeds listeners’ expectations and pushes the boundaries with every word she belts. “I think it’s her best CD yet. I downloaded it as soon as it was released and stayed up till 4 a.m. listening to it,” Morrison said. Another song that is loved by fans is “Last Kiss.” This song was written about her ex-boyfriend, Jonas. Some fans scrutinize literally every second of the song because they love the lyrics so much. On one lyric website a fan said, “the introduction of the song is 27 seconds long and that was how long their breakup was.” One thing that is sure is that
Country music star Taylor Swift performs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on April 16, 2010. “Last Kiss” is a sequel to the adored song “Forever & Always,” which appeared on her last CD, “Fearless.” This song was also written about Jonas immediately after their breakup. After giving her heart months upon months to heal, she then decided to write a beautiful love song about her ex. On Nov. 10, Swift won the Best Songwriter Award at the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Swift 100 percent deserves this award. Contrary to everyone’s belief, she writes her own lyrics. Anyone who actually takes the time to listen to her lyrics and the emotion she has in her voice while she sings knows it. This CD, without a doubt,
deserves four stars. In every track she has released, you can tell that she loves what she does and feels passionate about what she is singing. Although most of her songs are about boys, heartbreak and love, her listeners can relate to them because most are her age. Swift, keep up the awesome work. Your fans are extremely loyal and love you for your talent and personality that shines through your words. Keep writing with your head and singing with your heart. email@example.com
Application of the week: Sccope US
Look out shoppers! Sccope US is the newest and greatest app to the Blackberry App World market. Winner of the Crackberry Editor’s Choice of 2010, this newest application is considered the best Blackberry app. Just in time for the holiday season, this app is perfect for all of your shopping needs. This app is wonderful for many reasons. Besides being free, the app allows people to browse stores and products through different categories, making shopping effortless. You can also search prices by scanning bar codes or using your keypad. Among all these great features lies another excellent element. You can set a price alert on a specific product. If and when the price drops on a certain item, you will receive a notification on your Blackberry. Also, you can compare prices in different stores. Suppose your mom wants a satin scarf for Christmas. Holiday shopping can be extremely stressful. While someone is working and studying for exams, you still have to shop for the perfect gift for those special people in your life. You can easily make a wish list through the app too. If you create a wish list, you can keep track of your items and create specific lists for each person you have plans to buy a holiday gift for. Not only can you keep track of dropping prices through Sccope US, you can also receive coupons. Savings, savings, savings galore! An app that has been awarded editor’s choice, is free and saves you money is definitely worth downloading. Without a doubt.
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Weekly Sports Update
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Eagles lose to the Bears; tragic death at game Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears defeated the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 28, 31-26. Not only did the Bears take sole lead of the NFC North, but they also forced Michael Vick to throw his first interception since Christmas Eve of 2006. The Eagles had a three-game winning streak and led the NFC East. They are now tied with the New York Giants for first place. Vick threw for 333 yards and had two touchdown passes. During the unfortunate loss for the Eagles, a man tragically fell to his death at the game. The man fell at least 20 feet from a ledge at Soldier Stadium. Witnesses say the 20-something-year-old man ran to the ledge and jumped. This is the second death this week at a major sporting arena. A 2-year-old boy fell from a luxury box at the Staples Center during an LA Lakers game. Read Original Story at ESPN | Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010
Jimmie Johnson wins fifth consecutive Sprint Cup Jimmie Johnson did not lead Nascar with the best record all year but he won his fifth consecutive Sprint Cup race. Johnson became the third driver to overcome a points deficit in the season’s final race and win the championship since 1975. Johnson had 39 points over Hamlin and 41 over Harvick. Johnson crossed the finish line, pumping his fists and screaming, “this is unbelievable!” Johnson began his reign as Sprint Cup champion in 2006. The fifth title win moved Johnson past Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for most titles among active drivers. Johnson is now ranked third on the career list behind seven-time champions and Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Read Original Story at ESPN | Monday, Nov. 22, 2010
NFL fist fight Houston receiver Andre Johnson and Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan were involved in a fistfight which got both players ejected in the fourth quarter Sunday, Nov. 28. The game was halted for more than five minutes while officials attempted to get the chaos under control. Finnegan started the fight by pushing Johnson’s facemask at the line of scrimmage. Before referees could intervene, Johnson then ripped off Finnegan’s helmet and punched his head and neck at least two times. A Houston home game, Johnson had the support of his fans as he was escorted out off the field to a standing ovation. Finnegan exited through a tunnel on the opposite side, taunting booing fans. Johnson apologized to the organization, his owner and teammates after the game. Finnegan and Johnson have brawled before. Last season Johnson was fined $7,500 for taking Finnegan to the ground by his facemask. Read Original Story at ESPN | Monday, Nov. 29, 2010
Cliff Lee a possible Yankee next season Negotiations for the bidding of Cliff Lee are expected to heat up in the next week. The All-Star left-hander will choose his next employer during winter meetings that will begin Monday, Dec. 6. As one of the most dominant postseason pitchers in history, Lee is being scouted by many teams. The Washington Nationals are in talks with Lee but the two main teams are the Texas Rangers, who traded for Lee during the 2010 season, as well as the New York Yankees. Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, has said that there are a half-dozen teams in talks with Lee. The Yankees have made Lee their offseason focus, which could lead to the second largest in history for pitchers. The first largest is CC Sabathia’s sevenyear $161 million deal. Read original story from CSNPhilly | Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010
LeBron was recruited through text messages Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tried to recruit LeBron James during free agency last summer through a series of text messages. Cuban tried to convince James he would be closer to winning a championship with the Mavs than with the Miami Heat. The Heat have struggled this season while the Mavericks have gotten off to an impressive start in the league. Cuban is now wondering whether James regrets his decision to sign with the Heat, especially after their 106-95 loss to the Mavericks Saturday, Nov. 27. James was quoted saying the Mavericks were a team he looked at and that Mark is, “a very sly guy.” Even with an impressive start to a season, Cuban still burns with the thought of the potential All-Star team James could have played with. Read original story from CSNPhilly | Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 Melanie Greenberg Staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
cabrini college athletics
By Katie Bonanni Staff Writer Emily Yurick is one of the most dedicated swimmers on the Cabrini College swim team. After four years swimming for the Cavaliers, Yurick will be graduating in May and leaving behind an impact on the swim team. Yurick did not choose her sport like most other athletes did. Her swimming career began 15 years ago when she broke her arm. “I started swimming as a form of physical therapy for my arm that I had broken and have been
swimming since,” Yurick, senior finance accounting major, said. Originally from Allentown, Pa. Yurick also swam all four years at Emmaus High School. “I chose to come to Cabrini for several reasons; I was happy that I would be able to swim at Cabrini and contribute to the team,” Yurick said. In a recent performance, Yurick teamed up with three other Cavaliers to cruise to a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in a trimeet against Marywood University and Lebanon Valley College. Yurick led her team to a victory over Marywood University that day. “I’ve known Emily for four years now and she’s always shown great leadership in and out of the pool,” Lisa Somers, senior social work major, said. “She’s a great friend and I look forward to a great last season together.” Yurick was named the women’s team captain for the 2010-2011 swim season. “We've got a lot of new swimmers this year and I've really enjoyed getting to know everyone,” Yurick said. In high school, Yurick won the
player's player award, which is an award voted by the team for the athlete that showed the most sportsmanship, leadership and spirit. At Cabrini, she won the most dedicated swimmer, coach’s award. Yurick continues to hold numerous school records. She captured top times in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard individual medley. Yurick teamed up with other Cavaliers to break records in the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay. “The highlight of swimming at Cabrini has been the training trips. Its always fun to go to a warmer climate during the winter and its great team bonding and training,” Yurick said. Yurick is a finance and accounting major, and when she graduates in May, she plans to become an accountant. In the future she wants to work towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant. “I will probably continue swimming after college. Swimming is a great lifelong sport that has a lot of benefits,” Yurick said. email@example.com
Yurick’s Top Performances EVENT
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Lady Cavs have high hopes for young squad By Natalie Crawford Staff Writer Every new season means there will be new additions to a team. Cabrini College’s women’s basketball team lost four seniors but gained eight freshmen that are carrying the team. Cabrini women’s basketball team lost to Montclair State University with an ending score of 71-39 on Tuesday, Nov. 23. This was their first away game of the season. Cabrini has played Montclair in the past and expected this game to be their first win of this season. “These girls hustle and play with their heart which is something you can’t teach at practice so I am looking forward to this game,” Julie Bonomo, senior marketing major, guard and captain, said. Since this game was their first away game and they had to travel nearly two hours to get there, nervous feelings could have been built up. “It’s our first away game so it might be a little jittery but I don’t think we will be because it’s our third game. Last game we played really hard even though we lost,” Melissa Kudzmas, sophomore elementary and special education major and forward, said. The team is young this season so the freshmen have a lot of responsibilities to handle, at practice and during the games. Majority of the freshman girls do play during games. Four girls even start. During the Montclair game, the freshman girls were holding their ground and played offense like any team is expected to. Brittany Sandone, MaryKate McCann, Amanda Cundari, Colleen Stewart, Maggie McElroy, Michelle Petronaci and Leithie Faison, whom are all freshman play-
ers, played extraordinary during the game by scoring a majority of Cabrini’s points. That just shows how dedicated these girls are and how committed they are to prove themselves to the rest of the team and upper classmates that they deserve this spot on the team. “I love the freshmen. I think they are such a great group of girls even outside basketball and I think they are wonderful, wonderful girls. They play their hearts out every
“These girls hustle and play with their heart, which is something you can’t teach at practice.” game,” Bonomo said. “Since they are freshmen they really do have a lot of responsibility because a majority of them do play. They are smart players and have good basketball skills and they hustle.” The coaches and captains are a significant influence on the girls. There are two new coaches this season, but that doesn’t stop the girls from having a close relationship with them and confiding in them. “The captains have been doing very well managing the team and keeping our heads together. The coaches do the
same as well, they push us really hard because they know what we can do,” Kudzmas said. Being a captain comes with great personality traits. You need to be a leader, a role model, someone that the players can learn from and a friend all at the same time. Being the only senior on the team and a captain as well, Bonomo shows those characteristics to the full extent. “My responsibilities are to keep everyone together. It’s a very long season and a lot can happen. It’s very competitive so I try and keep the girls heads up. As a captain it’s good to keep that positive attitude and positive energy because it’s such a competitive sport. It’s honorable to me that I was appointed captain,” Bonomo said. “I am a sophomore right now but I’m definitely inspired to be a captain. I’m not so sure about next year but hopefully senior year. I think it’s something I can do because I have good leadership skills,” Kudzmas said. This talented group of girls have not just bonded in a special way, but they have aspired to have the opportunity to play basketball in Puerto Rico during their winter break and it doesn’t stop there. They also have the privilege to play a game in Madison Square Garden in New York City. That is something that is very rare for a DIII school to accomplish. Cabrini College made it and they deserve every second of fame for it. “Starting off as the only senior is definitely a challenge. It’s also something that I want to be the best year of my life. Being a senior is very bittersweet and you take a lot of responsibilities. Every game and practice I try and take hold of it. Each game I try and do my best and leave it all out there on the floor. This is the last season ill be able to put on a uniform and play,” Bonomo said. firstname.lastname@example.org
What if next year’s NFL season was cancelled?
Thursday, Dec. 2
6 p.m. W Basketball vs. Gwynedd-Mercy 8 p.m. M Basketball vs. Gwynedd-Mercy
Friday, Dec. 3
6:30 p.m. M & W Swimming @ Swarthmore
Saturday, Dec. 4
9:30 a.m. M & W Swimming @ Swarthmore Noon W Basketball @ Rosemont 2 p.m. M Basketball @ Rosemont mct
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senior biology major
junior exercise science
sophomore history major
Tuesday, Dec. 7
“I would cry. I wouldn’t know what to do on Sundays. Sunday is football day!”
“I’d be satisfied with college football on Saturdays because I like it more anyway.”
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“I would not know what to do. I mean football is like an American past time for people.”
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Tune into Cabrini College’s student-run radio station at 89.1 or listen live 24/7 at www.wybf.com!
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Inside Look: Menâ€™s Basketball Record: 2-1 Cabrini @ Haverford:
Cabrini vs. Drew:
Cabrini @ Widener:
Leading Scorers: #44 Dom Farrello
#30 Cory Lemons
Upcoming Games: Dec. 4: Cabrini @ Rosemont College 2 p.m. Dec. 15: Cabrini @ University of Scranton 7:30 p.m.
Cavaliers Holly Prendergast Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 29: Cabrini @ York College 7 p.m.
#24 John Boyd
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Spectators and swimmers encourage their teammates from the edge of the pool at the tri-meet on Nov. 20. The women’s team took second place, while the men’s team took first.
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Swimmers Josh Prown and Ben Nanna dry off while cheering on their teammates.
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Swimmers from Marywood University, Lebanon Valley College and Cabrini College wait at their designated platforms during one of the relays that took place at the tri-meet on Nov. 20. This was Cabrini’s first meet against Marywood University. Cabrini’s next meet will be the Swarthmore College Invitational on Friday, Dec. 3.
Swim team finds success in tri-meet By Laura Hancq Staff Writer Cabrini’s men’s and women’s swimming teams competed in a tri-meet against Lebanon Valley College and Marywood University at the Dixon Center Pool on Saturday, Nov. 20. The men earned the top spot against both teams in a close battle with Lebanon Valley while the women achieved second place by edging out Marywood. The men managed to defeat Lebanon Valley by only one point with a score of 48-47 while stomping Marywood with a score of 58-37. The women routed Marywood with a score of 64-31 but fell to Lebanon Valley with a score of 61-34. The senior men led the way to Cabrini’s victory with six first-place finishes. Seniors Kyle Teliszewski, Bill Boylan and Matthew McGuriman led the effort. Teliszewski won the 100-yard freestyle (51.26) and 500-yard freestyle (5:17. 51) as well as being a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:32.89.) The other members of the relay team were Boylan, McGuriman and freshman Rocco Del Monte IV. Boylan won the 50-yard freestyle (23.15) and McGuriman dominated the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.25) to help the senior effort. “I’m happy with the performance of this meet and how the team is supporting each other,” Ben Nanna, senior
freestyle, said. “I think this meet shows that as a team and as individuals we’re all making great progress.” The rivalry with Lebanon Valley has been established from previous seasons, but both the men and the women had never previously competed against Marywood. “We swim Lebanon Valley every year and it’s always really competitive,” Neil Gogno, junior freestyle/breaststroke, said. “This is the first time we’ve seen Marywood though and it’s always a great experience to see a team for the first time.” It was rewarding for the men’s and the women’s teams, as well as the fans, to be able to beat Marywood considering it was the first meet against this new opponent. Anytime there is a new opponent, there is uncertainty, but Cabrini went forth without hesitation and came out with a victory. “We weren’t really sure what to expect from Marywood today,” Lisa Somers, senior freestyle, said. “I think it was a great learning experience to compete against them.” Junior Lauren Sliva played a major role in the women’s defeat of Marywood by earning first place in the 100-yard butterfly (1:07.38.) She also helped bring in another first place finish for the Cavs in the 200-yard freestyle with freshman teammates Elyse Phillips and Breaghann Smith, as well as senior Emily Yurick. Unfortunately, the women were not able to top Lebanon Valley, but the stiff competition was a learning tool for
the rest of the season. “This was a tough one but also a great challenge,” Kim Crowther, freshman backstroke, said. “Everyone pulled through and we proved to ourselves that we can do really good.” The team support was in full swing with both the men and the women constantly supporting the other’s efforts. The support on both sides is a great sight for the fans who want to see the Cavs have a successful season with a closely-knit team. “It’s so important to support the team because when people are in the water they can hear one of their teammates rooting for them and it can provide that extra boost,” Somers said. “We really supported each other today and focused on getting the team hyped.” For Cabrini swimming, the month of December will include a tri-meet against Bryn Mawr College and Arcadia University, as well as the Swarthmore College Invitational. The Cavs will look to apply the experience gained in the meet against Lebanon Valley and Marywood to the month of December and the rest of the season. “Overall, we had a great meet today and we learned that we were pretty evenly matched with these teams,” Gogno said. “We were very competitive with them and we’re going to look to continue to be very competitive in the rest of our meets.” email@example.com
Published on Dec 1, 2010