Students take part in Immersion Trip
Dallas named new coach
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Vol. LIII, Issue 14
Local diocesan schools face foreclosure BY KEVIN DURSO Asst. Sports Editor The Gospels, according to Catholic tradition, speak about Day of Final Judgment or Day of Reckoning. For an entire archdiocese, Friday, Jan. 6 served as a Day of Reckoning of sorts for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia school district. Archbishop Charles Chaput and the Blue Ribbon Commission, created by former Archbishop Justin Rigali in December 2010, announced a list of Archdiocesan school closures. The list included 45 elementary schools and four high schools. “The plan makes some hard, but necessary decisions,” Chaput said in a letter to the Archdiocese. “The Blue Ribbon Commission has provided a blueprint, not only to stabilize Catholic education in our Archdiocese, but to reinvigorate it.” The four high schools announced for recommendation for closure at the end of the current school term are Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast – a brother-sister school – in Drexel Hill, West Catholic High School in West Philadelphia,
Conwell Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills, and St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Northeast Philadelphia. The official announcement was made at a 4 p.m. press conference by Archbishop Chaput and the Blue Ribbon Commission’s Board of Directors, instrumental in the decision-making process. The students of all Catholic high schools learned their fate during the noon hour. For the four closing high schools, emotions simply couldn’t be contained. Students, teachers and parents alike sobbed following the “heartbreaking” announcement. The Commission’s chairman, John J. Quinlan, a graduate of West Catholic High School, opened the Blue Ribbon Commission report with the following: “Catholic schools make leaders.” Some students showed that the process of forming that leadership forms quicker than you think. Shortly after the official announcement was made, St. Hubert students crowded the front steps of their school in a protest-like pep rally. That same SCHOOL CLOSINGS,
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Students rally on the front steps of St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls on the morning of Jan. 9.
Business professor helps lead new Libya BY LAURA HANCQ Editor-in-Chief
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Assistant professor of business, Vonya Womack in Libya for Leadership Institute training.
The hub of the Arab Spring, Libya has been a country of upheaval for the past year. Words associated with the movement include youth, riots, technology, corruption, government and leadership. It is that last word that strikes the connection between this far away country and Cabrini College assistant professor of business, Vonya Womack, who traveled to Libya from Jan. 2-8 to provide training for the Leadership Institute. Womack worked closely with Iman Bugaighis, an orthodontist who transfigured into the spokesperson for the Feb 17th coalition. Bugaighis and 12 other committee members helped oversee Libya after the revolution and through the post-Gadhafi turmoil. “There is a huge need in Libya to help train people in conflict and mediation,” Womack said. “They ask for that.” The Leadership Institute consist-
ed of 10 days at the Benghazi Hospital where she trained professionals from the Ministry of Health, medical professionals and hospital staff, as well as professors, lawyers and judges alongside fellow American Lisa Gibson, executive director of Peace Prosperity and Alliance located in Colorado Springs, CO. Gibson has a personal tie to Libya, as tragic as it may be. Her brother was on the PanAm flight over Lockerbie that Gadhafi was accused of destroying. She has turned her personal devastation into a commitment to the Libyan people. There were four Americans and one French person also working at the Leadership Institute through a program called Silk Roads. Womack was able to assist them in cross-training intercultural intelligence to Afghan leaders and community workers. Because of her teaching profession, Womack felt a very close connection to the WOMACK,
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Editorial: Ban SOPA: call for a free internet
Editorial: Remembering Joe Paterno: a teacher for all Joseph Vincent Paterno. We could not call ourselves a newspaper in Pennsylvania if we did not write about him this week. However, formulating an opinion on this man is not easy. How do you judge a person who did so many positive things for an institution but then also possibly helped deface it? We could say that we do not have to judge him because he is with the Lord now, the only judge who truly matters. But that only works if you believe in God and many do not. We could say that the coach is a legend and is as much of a father to so many men and students as their own flesh and blood. But then we would be ignoring all the innocent children who were harmed. We could say that it doesn’t matter all the good he did if he didn’t stop the abuse. But then we would be wrong in saying that he didn’t represent and enforce all that is good in college athletics until he was 75- years-old. You can see how this is impossible. Paterno did so much right. It has been said that he was one of the most influential people in the transformation of Penn State from an agricultural school to an accredited university. He is known for holding his players to real academic standards. There are so many stories of how he made recruits be tutored by his wife Suzanne and turn in assignments to her before starting practice, how he supported his injured players, how he taught accountability and responsibility but despised vanity; to this day PSU players never don their last name on a jersey. People also can’t help but admire his modest home and car as well as his marriage and commitment to his wife. JoePa is old time football and reminds us all of the simpler days, our grandparents and the values of this country. Victor Fiorillo wrote for the Philly Post,
that a portion of Paterno’s defense, “I never heard of, of rape and a man,” has to be false because he was a self-declared devout Catholic and in 2002, at age 75, the sexabuse scandal in the Catholic Church was the issue at large. We all know Happy Valley is a bubble but it’s not a rock, and he wasn’t living under it. He had to have heard about it but he definitely never imagined having to deal with it, just like many of us think we are invincible. He admitted that he wished he had done more. This is how he teaches us the greatest lesson. We all need to shift our concentration from judging him to realizing what he taught us. Life is not black and white, or blue and white in this case. Our lives are a series of choices and he reminds us that we can make all the right ones but will be judged by the one wrong choice or the time where we don’t act because we are too afraid. What can we do? We can prepare ourselves. Just like an athlete, we always have to keep our heads up in a big hit. Never let the guard down. The coach teaches us to never let anyone ruin your legacy. You are building yours everyday. Some people may try directly and some may do it inadvertently but we have to protect ourselves from others by preparing for the worst. In this generation of technology and social media, it can happen in the amount of time it takes to send a text message. We cannot prepare for everything but we can have a game plan to always do enough; to do the absolute most we can. As the famous saying goes, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Our responsibility is to always do enough so we do not have to be 85-years-old standing on the porch, after an incredible life, saying we wish we had done more. He was a true teacher until the end. Rest in Peace.
Last week, Wikipedia and other popular websites protested the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act by blacking out their logos or redacting content on their websites. Sites like these, and many more, are resisting what would amount to an unprecedented level of unchecked internet oversight by the government. Both pieces of legislation are antipiracy bills that would grant intellectual property owners unprecedented powers over the internet. Such powers would give the U.S. federal government the ability to not only take down sites that host copyrighted content, but sites that link to sites that host the content as well. In laymen’s terms, these bills would enable the government to shut down sites like Youtube for hosting unlicensed content (think of every time you Youtube a song or ESPN sports highlight, chances are that could be censored). As they are written now, SOPA and PIPA amount to extreme censorship of the internet. China and Iran have extraordinarily repressive policies regarding their people’s freedoms and their citizenry’s access to the internet. If current anti-piracy legislation is revived and passes both houses, the United States would join China and Iran as leading censors of online content. SOPA and PIPA have now been postponed indefinitely, thanks largely to a wave of public opposition and internet protests. However, prior to being tabled in Congress, SOPA had the backing of nearly a quarter of the members of Congress making future bills of similar intent likely. Yet the Loquitur editorial staff strongly believes that it is fruitless to peruse anti-piracy legislation due to the
presence of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. For 14 years, both the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have heavily wielded the DMCA to request that infringing material be removed. If you have ever seen an error message on a previously viewable YouTube video, then you know full well that the DMCA is working just fine. It would be an understatement to say that SOPA is unfeasible. It willfully misunderstands the nature of the internet and has the potential to cause huge financial and cultural losses on a global scale. Last month, a New York Times op-ed called SOPA the “Great Firewall of America.” As college students, we know that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Congress’s current attempt to censor the web has been halted, however it is naive to believe that there will be no anti-piracy in the future. That being said, it is imperative that people call and write their representatives in Congress and voice their opinions. By signing petitions and contacting your representatives, one can help to maintain open and unencumbered access to the greatest pooled intellectual property in the history of the world. As both college students and as the editorial staff of a newspaper, we recognize the importance of and the sanctity of ones online profile and property. However, we also realize the enormous value of a truly free internet. The wealth and depth of knowledge now afforded to us is truly invaluable, as is the freedom it offers and represents. Now more than ever, we must strive to maintain and foster the internet as a fair, free and universal forum.
The English-language pages of Wikipedia would be one impacted greatly if the Stop Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act were to pass both houses of Congress.
2011-2012 Editorial Staff EDITOR IN CHIEF Laura Hancq DEPUTY EDITOR Sarah Luckert MANAGING EDITOR Melanie Greenberg NEWS EDITOR Ransom Cozzillio NEWS EDITOR James Crowell
SPORTS EDITOR Nick LaRosa A&E EDITOR Jeny Varughese FEATURES EDITOR Chelbi Mims PERSPECTIVES EDITOR Kelsey Alvino PHOTO EDITOR Jenay Smith
COPY EDITOR Jesse Gaunce COPY EDITOR Carol Dwyer ADVISER Jerome Zurek
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High school students fight to save their ‘second home’ SCHOOL CLOSINGS,
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The St. Hubert’s mascot, the Bambie, joins the rally of students in front of the school on Monday, Jan. 9.
student body rallied in front of the school on Monday, Jan. 9, before the first school day following the announcement. “We felt like after a few hours we got all the sobbing out,” Kate Brighter, a junior at St. Hubert’s, said. “We just wanted to try to save the school and do whatever we could.” Then, on Friday, Jan. 13, St. Hubert’s Alumni and Advisory Board officially announced a plan to appeal the recommendation for closure before the entire student body of 675 young women at another rally, the third of its kind in a week. Kathryn Lovell, a member of the Advisory Board and 1992 graduate, made the announcement to appeal, stating they needed to raise $1.2 million to even get a hearing. “We have a truly daunting task facing us,” Lovell said. “But we also know the strength, courage and resiliency of the Bambie Spirit.” The Archdiocese denied this report, but the Alumni Board still planned to raise enough money to erase a $624,590 deficit the school was facing. The efforts of the St. Hubert Bambies are being recognized heavily, as images adorned with gold and brown posters with pleas to save the school were seen throughout the entire Delaware Valley and as far across the country as California. “I’ve never seen a school with the school spirit that St. Hubert’s has,” John Durison, a senior at nearby Father Judge High School, said. “At a lot of other schools students probably wouldn’t care that much.” At Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High Schools, similar acts took place, and most recently, on Thursday, Jan. 19, school president, Reverend James Olson, announced their appeal to the Archdiocese’s
decision. The campus of Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast, which stretches over 33 acres, has even offered for students from West Catholic, another impending closure, to assist in the efforts of their schools. These high schools are slated to close less than two years after the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced and finalized the closing of Northeast Catholic High School and Cardinal Dougherty High School in 2010. These school closures would reduce the number of Catholic high schools in the archdiocese from 17 to 13. Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast were both in danger of closing after the 2010 school year as well, but after a strong appeal and funding process, remained open. The appeals process is scheduled to take place over the course of the next month, concluding with the final list of school closures being published on Feb. 15. St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls has their appeal hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25. Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High Schools have their appeal hearing set for Monday, Jan. 23. Both schools won’t officially learn if their efforts were successful or not until Feb. 15. St. Hubert’s students agree that their efforts – for whatever they’re worth – are a life-changing experience, regardless of the result. Still, they have “high apple pie in the sky hopes” that the school they call home remains open. “It’s our second home and we’re all sisters,” Giana-Lynn Iatarola, a senior at St. Hubert’s, said. “We all belong there and so do many generations after us.” KAD323@CABRINI.EDU
Faculty member works closely with Libyan spokesperson WOMACK,
city of Benghazi. Benghazi was neglected and tortured by Gadhafi because of the intellectuals who inhabit the city through the University. She states that every professor she met had been thrown in jail at some point by Gadhafi. “If you were an intellectual in Libya, you always feared for your life,” Womack said. “The more you knew, the more of a danger you were.” Understanding the suffering Libyans have endured under the dictator makes the need for communication throughout the Middle East great, especially between the revolutionaries and the new government. People want change immediately and maybe rightfully so after so much wrongdoing to them but realistically, governments and countries take time to adapt. “People do not understand that it will probably take at least two months for the government to transition. There is a real fear of the young people,” Womack said. “The elections are in June and I hope that it stays stable until then but it is a process of changing. America did not become what it was without any conflict.” The type of communication and management training that Womack did in Libya is crucial. In a country that has been ruled by a dictator, there is great need for new leaders to be trained with successful tactics. Understanding the cultural cues is key to a successful training problem. Womack
found little differences amongst the people of Libya that really made a big impact. For example, she saw firsthand how Libyans value relationships and how that is key for others in understanding their desires and goals for the future. “Libyans are very relational, they take care of relationships or settle a debate before they show up on time,” Womack said. Many professionals in global development agree that a key to successful growth is the assistance of those in developed countries but that those who aid cannot think they can just come in and force the “American way” upon an entirely different society. Therefore, the type of work Womack did is of the most successful kind: seeing and learning the cultural differences and helping leaders learn the most successful practices for effective management and communication so their country may know sustainability and prosperity. In the future, Womack would like to take college students on a cross-cultural experience to the Middle East. She lives by the quote, “qatra qatra darya mEsha,” which means, “drop by drop a river is made.” “You learn so much more than you can ever give. If nobody does anything, nothing changes,” Womack said. “You see sometimes it may just be the little things that get a process going and for me the reward is watching the process develop even if it was only a drop that I could contribute.” LCH23@CABRINI.EDU
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Vonya Womack standing with Iman Bugaighis, the spokesperson for the Feb. 17th coalition.
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As Crisis Deepens, Fear Of Civil War Mounts In Syria
Author And Historian Speaks about MLK Jr. Author and Historian, Brian Johnson, will speak at Cabrini College on how faith-based colleges and organizations can help in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Johnson’s presentation, “Equity, Social Justice, and Our Faith: Continuing MLK’s Works at a Faith-Based Institution,” was Thursday, Jan. 19. He talked about how to advance the work of the civil rights leader.
Failure of an Arab League, an international community with no power, has a mission to stop violence in Syria. Syria is defending into a conflict. Government actions led to widespread panic. The opposition is focusing less of the fall of President Bashar al-Assad than about the civil war that is happening across the country. The government is losing control over some regions. Read the oRiginal stoRy on nytimes.com | Jan. 14, 2012
Costa Concordia Runs Aground In Italy Rescue workers are searching the half-sunken Italian cruise ship off the Tuscan coast that sank on Friday, Jan 13. The ship was to close to the coast and it hit rocks and slowly capsized. The rescue workers found a glimmer of hope with the tragedy on Sunday, Jan. 15, when pulling three survivors from the wreak, including a couple on their honeymoon, as well as two more bodies, bringing the total deaths to five.
Rescuers work to enter the capsized cruise ship, Costa Concordia, in search of more survivors on Sunday, Janaury 15, 2012 in Giglio, Italy.
President Of Taiwan re-elected President Ma Ying-jeou was re-elected by a landslide on Saturday, knocking off a challenge his main rival, Tsai Ingwen, who questioned his handling of the economy but also south to exploit fears among Mr. Ma’s voters. Taiwanese business leaders, who feared his defeat could upset China and set back what has served them well the past three and a half years, welcomed Mr. Ma’s victory.
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Nobel Laureate Drops Bid For Presidency Of Egypt Mohamed ElBaradei, who helped the demands for democracy in Egypt, said on Saturday, Jan. 14, that he was dropping his presidential bid. He was in protest over the military’s continued hold on power nearly a year after the ouster of the strongman Hosni Mubarak. “The former regime did not fall,” Mr. ElBaradei said in disagreement with the military council. Read the oRiginal stoRy on nytimes.com | Jan. 14, 2012
Venezuelan Envoy In Miami Is Ordered To Leave By U.S.
Is This South Carolina’s Last Stand?
In a move sure to further deteriorate relations between the United States and Venezuela, the State Department ordered a Venezuelan diplomat in Miami to leave the county.
On Saturday, Jan. 14th, the South Carolina primary election is a huge turning point in the Republican presidential. Mitt Romney, the expected favorite, is facing an uphill battle in South Carolina. The conservatives are gravitating toward the media bashing Newt Gingrich. The right still remains divided among several alternatives. This means Romney has a chance to glide to victory in next Saturday’s primary.
for the removal of the diplomat. Last month a news report has suggested that Venezuela’s consul general had taken part in a discussion about a possible cyber attack against the United States. . Read the oRiginal stoRy on nytimes.com | Jan. 8, 2012
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THIS WEEK AT CABRINI Thursday, Jan. 26
Friday, Jan. 27
Saturday, Jan. 28
Last Day to Add, Drop, or Audit
Just Dance Competition
Ski & Snow Tubing Trip
Today is the last day to add or drop a course or declare an audit. For more information, visit www.cabrini.edu/Registrar.
How skilled are you at Wii? Can you dance? Test your abilities against your friends at CAP Board’s Just Dance Competition from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Grace Hall Atrium.
Take advantage of the joys of winter with Recreation and SEaL for a trip on the slopes of Blue Mountain. It’s only $15 to attend and $15 if you want to rent ski or snowboard equipment. Sign up in SEaL before the trip sells out!
Sunday, Jan. 29
Monday, Jan. 30
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Tuesday, Jan. 31
Celebrate mass in the Bruckmann Memorial Chapel of St. Joseph from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
See page 16 for a list of all Cavalier games and times.
Come win awesome prizes in a Cabrini tradition. BINGO night will start at 9:00 p.m. in Jazzman’s cafe. Take a break and come out for a quick game of BINGO from SEaL.
Body found in Delaware River A corpse was found floating in the Dekaware River in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond section late Monday night. The unknown man, said to be in his 30s or 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office to await an autopsy. Police say they have no further information on the man’s identity or cause of death. Read the oRiginal stoRy on Philly.com | Jan. 24, 2012 by James cRowell news editoR firstname.lastname@example.org
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Students glance into the future with Psychic Night BY KASSIA BERNOSKY Asst. Features Editor Students’ fortunes were told by professional psychics at Psychic Night on Thursday Jan. 19. The highly-anticipated and well-received event hosted by CAP Board brought real psychics to campus to share what the future had in store for students. CAP Board hired Marilyn Zukonick-Zeff for this event. Zukonick-Zeff is a psychic who has been reading peoples’ fortunes professionally for 20 years. She brought two other psychics with her to speed along the process since the anticipated turnout was to be large. Believers and non-believers attended Psychic Night to indulge in the supernatural phenomenon of tarot card and palm readings. “Initially, I didn’t believe in tarot cards and psychics, but after she read my palm I started to think that she knew what she was talking about,” Brandon Mincer, junior social work major, said. “I do believe in tarot cards,” Sean O’Neil, sophomore psychology major, said. “The fortune teller knew what my major was, how I’ve been lately and knew my per-
sonal problems. I was amazed at how he knew so much about me and how accurate he was with my facts.” “I’m not sure if I believe in tarot cards or not,” Lauren Morano, junior marketing major, said. “It was my first experience with them. I’ve been to a psychic once before but it was totally different than this. He didn’t use tarot cards or read palms.” “I believe in tarot cards because I believe it’s fate in what you pick and the psychics are just there to interpret what they mean for you,” Samantha Smith, junior math and secondary education major, said. While waiting to hear their fortunes, students had the option to watch the film Animal House. “It really helped pass the time when people were waiting to hear their fortunes,” James Brooks, sophomore undecided, said. Those who attended the event expressed their satisfaction. “I loved the event,” O’Neil said. “It was a great experience. I enjoyed hearing what my future has in store for me. I can’t wait until we have another event like this.” SUBMITTED BY SEAL
Students had their fortunes told by psychics at CAP Boatrd’s Psychic Night on Jan. 19.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s message remembered BY JENAY SMITH Asst. Features Editor Surviving on education alone is not the key to success; you have to balance education with your faith, humility and the ability to rise to the occasion. “We are only merely apart of a larger movement,” Dr. Brian Johnson, Assistant Provost/assistant vice president for Academic Affairs & chair of the University Wide Diversity Task Force of Austin Peay State, said. Even though Cabrini was closed on Martin Luther King Day, there was an MLK program awaiting them when students returned to campus. “I wanted to do something to recognize the MLK holiday even though our institution was closed on that particular day, the rest of the country celebrated the holiday,” Stephanie Reid, director of Student Diversity Initiatives, said. “I feel like we could use some time during the first week of class to at least recognize it.” The Office of Student Diversity Initiatives and the Wolfington Center sponsored a discussion, which was led by Dr. Johnson. Dr. Johnson is an old friend from college of Reid’s. She invited Johnson to speak because of his knowledge of African American history and his ability to engage students and faculty alike. Dr. Johnson is a well-respected historian who has earned many awards including the Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Fellowship for rising senior administrators in 2010 and an UNCF/Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2008. Johnson received his doctoral
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Stephanie Reid and Dr. Brian Johnson pose for photo at Cabrini’s MLK day program. degree in English at the University of South Carolina, his masters in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in English at Johnson C. Smith University. Among these prestigious accomplishments, he is the author of W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward Agnosticism (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). Johnson gave a presentation entitled Equity Social Justice & our Faith: Continuing MLK’s work at a faith based Institution. His seven main points were demonstrated as quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, Fredrick Douglas and Martin Luther King.
Johnson opened up with his first point which was a quote by Du Bois: “The ultimate solution is not intellectual but spiritual, for after climbing atop of the speculative ladder (of reason), you must leap out into the darkness of faith.” He explained that you need more than education to make it through life, faith is just as important. Many believe that intellectual skills are the key to success and that they don’t need faith. There was also some appreciation among the faculty who attended the event. “I’ve already received some feedback from administrators
and they were grateful,” Reid said. “They thought that he was exciting engaging and very thought provoking.” Some student’s felt that the presentation gave them a deeper insight and helped them look at their college career in a different way. “It was really informative,” senior phycology major,” TaRaja Davis said. She went on to say that the quotes that were used were very informative and helped her view her senior year in a new light. Other topics he talked about were making sure all people of different ethnicities and back-
grounds are included in all aspects of the institution. He brought to light how secular institutions are mandated to make sure there are certain percentages of each race in their institution. Catholic institutions are not mandated to do this. They should encourage this initiative because it’s simply what a Catholic institution should be about, making sure all different types of people are included and represented. Senior business administration major Quiana Volney was blown away by the whole presentation and wanted to know how the faculty could encourage students to diversify their campus. Johnson’s response was simple. “You may not like my encouragement,” Johnson said. “My encouragement is not going to go to the faculty and staff my encouragement is going to go right back to you.” He went on to say that students were at the center and forefront of many movements. Once the students get involved faculty will fall behind in support. Throughout the whole presentation there were many people intently listening to Johnson’s insight and direction. “I’m convinced that when you start something that’s powerful and most importantly right you’re not going to be alone,” Johnson said. JMS587@CABRINI.EDU
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Journey to BY KELSEY KASTRAVA GUEST WRITER KELSEYKASTRAVA@GMAIL.COM
Landing in the Philadelphia airport after a week spent in Duran, Ecuador left us with heavy mixed feelings. We had just spent a week without our cell phones, hot water, or choices for what we would be eating. We lived on $2
For many of us, we struggled with the concept of witnessing poverty on such an extreme level and not having a physical way of helping change lives. We are used to being a part of progress, and seeing what our hard work
culture, hospitality and relationships formed. We had discovered a place many people have chosen to forget. Duran is a town outside of a tourist city called Guayaquil. Similar to the disparity between Norristown, Pa and Radnor, Pa we were all witness to the extreme neglect of Duran in comparison to its counterpart city. But it was the spirit of the people of Duran that somehow diverted our attention to the overwhelming gratitude for the little these people did have. Rostro de Cristo, which translates to Face of Christ, is the program that invited nine Cabrini students and two faculty members into its mission for one week beginning on Jan. 9, 2012. This mission trip, unlike most, did not consist of accompanying the community in building homes or infrastructures; it was not meant to treat medi-
how powerful our kind of service was to these people. Our daily schedule revolved around conversation and relationship building with our neighbors, the children at the after school programs and the wonderful patients at a hospital for Hansen’s Disease. Our presence was our tool for the week and with that, we served as a companion to people who no longer were strangers to us. We became immersed in their culture as we prepared Ecuadorian meals as a community. We introduced ourselves in the Spanish language. We played soccer, card games and dominos. We learned dances and a newfound love of music. We shook hands and shared the warm embraces of so many good people. These small gestures of friendliness resonated as an act of God’s will. We were all witness to the faces of Christ in the children, the neighbors, the Rostro volunteers and within each other. This trip was an intimate experience and a chance to rediscover our place in this world. It was a sacred mo-
Instead, our mission was simply to be present in the com munity.
ment in time that allowed us to count your own blessings in life and to recommit to the importance of recognizing the human dignity of every person. Through our experience in Duran, we were all reminded of the many injustices that exist in our own country and for many, in our own backyard. Our challenge now is to take our own intimate experience and translate it into a way that can teach other of the opportunities to be a part of change for the common good. We encourage all members of the Cabrini College community, of all ages and backgrounds, to commit to service in any way possible. Whether that means using tools to build, using your voice to speak on behalf of those less fortunate or if it simply means to just be in someone’s presence who needs to feel like they have a reason for being a part of this world. As our group has get lost in the service of others.
New Year, New Image BY SEAN COLLINS STAFF WRITER
With the dawning of the New Year comes, of course, New Year resolutions. Yet in truth, do we really make any effort to keep these “resolutions?” Of all the ones I personally made this year, there is keeping. This is learning to appreciate myself for what I am and what I am not. The reason I say this is hard for almost everyone (particularly Americans) is because of what is so often portrayed in our media images. It seems like every few years, we as a mass audience, are presented with a certain image. This image is what many of us are tricked into believing. It is an illusion of what we have to look like in order for us to be considered attractive, beautiful, popular, etc. We let ourselves be tricked even though a sensible, authentic part of us knows this is not the case. This sane part of us knows that the media mirage couldn’t be farther from the truth. This media message is nothing new. In fact, there’s been talk of such things as “consumer manipu-
lation” or “subliminal messaging” in the media for decades. The reason why I think now is a good time to address it is because it has spun entirely out of control. All around us are various advertisements; movies, shows, and Internet popups seem to stress this message until it ultimately makes an impression on us. What is really essential in this situation is the impression that these “messages” have on us. Do we feel insecure about our physical appearance after we see a certain ad that features a beautiful model? Is it the way the message is crafted or is it just how we connect that image with beauty? It’s not a matter of what the product is. It is the means that most advertisers will go to in order to separate a consumer from his hard-earned dollars. Along with the mixed messages, it is obvious to see what they are doing to us in the process. people everywhere. This is why so many people have such a bad sense of self these
days. All people want to feel they are accepted. Unfortunately, instead of realistic standards based on character and perseverance, many just look to the examples and trend-setting of the rich and famous. In our media-driven world, we look to these celebrities as our “role models.” But do we really need these kinds of role models? As we grow and learn as college students, aren’t we old enough to discern the difference between right and wrong? Do we really need celebrity role models at this point in our lives? This may sound minor, but it is a real part of our maturity problem today. A failure to select the right role models is part of what leads us to the loss of our
dominant factor in how we see ourselves in today’s society. They are often prominent enough to control the way we think. It seems to me that most of the people I know concentrate only on their negatives and forget their good features. This is
where we start to doubt ourselves. This is why we begin to forget our best qualities and our talents. Instead of making an effort to improve what we can do, we become so surrounded by our own doubt that we forget our strengths. We feel like our best is never good enough. We feel goals are impossible. To some, January is just a month; to those of us struggling to improve, it is more. It is the beginning of a new tomor-
lives. It is a time of year for high hopes and resolutions. Let us be both fair and honest with ourselves. Let’s not let these resolutions be unattainable, or be unresolved and forgotten. Let us set resolutions we know we can accomplish. We need to take the know ourselves, believe in ourselves and do what we need to do to improve the real us. SFC35@CABRINI.EDU
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2011 BY ROBERT RICHES STAFF WRITER
Imagine a crowd of over 60,000 people at one place, with nobody to point them in the right direction. It does not sound like it would end well at all. That’s where CSC comes in, as they help out with crowd management You may see CSC employees in their distinct uniforms, consisting of bright yellow with dark black. CSC provides customer service as well as some security for spectators. This past fall, I had the opportunity to work with Contemporary Services Corporation, better known as CSC. You may see them in person or on television, as they are contracted to work in various professional and college stadiums throughout the United States as well as Canada. delphia is contracted to work in various venues in the area: Lincoln Financial Field, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania and St. Joseph’s University; all of which are located in Philadelphia. CSC’s contracted at Princeton
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Working with CSC:
A unique experience University in Princeton, Nj, PPL Park in Chester, Pa. and the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. My work with CSC mainly consisted of Philadelphia Eagles and Temple Football games at Lincoln Financial Field,
off. Following a shooting outside of Candlestick Park in San Francisco after a pre-season football game between the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, National Football League security requires all 32 NFL stadiums to perform full-body
Security checks would begin when gates would open, which was generally three hours before kick-off. During the ter, when most of the fans were inside the stadium, we would be repositioned elsewhere in the stadium.
“While the Eagles and Union may not have had their seasons end in ideal fashion, it was still great to work with them.” as well as several Philadelphia Union soccer games at PPL Park. For Eagles games, we followed a relatively simple protocol. We would report to the stadium off and clock in. Shortly thereafter, we would congregate in the seating bowl, where supervisors would break down what to expect. From there, we would proceed to any of the four gates to perform security pat-downs. Pat-downs are typically an all-hands-on-deck situation, as most fans try to enter the stadium within an hour before kick-
pat-downs prior to each not allowed into the stadium. In addition to the patdowns, we were also required to perform bag items on Lincoln Financial Field’s Prohibited Items list. Items on the list include weapons, alcohol, bottles of any kind and many other items. Bag searches were often the security check for non-NFL events, such as Temple Owls and Philadelphia Union games and no pat-downs would be performed for these games.
The work that I did inside the stadium variesdepending on the game. I have worked inside seating sections, written incident reports for fans ejected from the stadium, covered parking lots, and After being repositioned inside the stadium, we would stay until the end of the game, and all the fans have left. We would usually be at the stadium for 45 minutes to an hour after the referwould usually be an eight or nine-hour affair. Working with CSC also provided several
personal interesting moments. During a game in September between the Temple Owls and Penn State Nittany Lions, I helped out ESPN with their coverage of the game. During an Eagles/ Dallas Cowboys game in October, one of the most storied rivalries in NFL history; I assisted with the ejections of 124 spectators, the record for Lincoln Financial Field. Prior to the Eagles/Cowboys game, I assisted with the at PPL Park, a match between the Philadelphia Union and Houston Dynamo. I also bumped into former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham during a game in November; and as an Eagles fan, it was somewhat of an honor to meet “The Ultimate Weapon.” While the Eagles and Union may not have had their seasons end in ideal fashion, it was still great to work with them. It should be even better to return to them for a second season, after what may feel like a long offseason. RTR29@CABRINI.EDU
Philadelphia Sixers BY ANTHONY FOLEY STAFF WRITER
The Sixers are one of the most shocking teams in the NBA right now, with their 10-4 record. Early in the season on NBA TV, I remember Chris Weber (NBA analyist, former Sixers forward) talking about how he was unsure of the season coming up for them. He noted that they had a lack of stars and he was unsure if they would make the playoffs. Last week the 76ers were ranked No. 1 in power rankings and ranked No. 3 this week. Everyone in the City of Brotherly Love has been doubting this team since the Allen Iverson era ended. The arena has been empty and TV ratings have dropped dramatically. With head coach Doug Collins coming in last year, they improved from 27-55 back to a .500 team with a record of41-41. This season the Sixers have started off hot and are at 10-4 leading the Atlantic division by four games in front of the New York Knicks. The biggest suprise for the Sixers team
Spencer Hawes. Hawes is averaging 10.4 points per game, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks higher than previous seasons. This team also has a bright future in the back court with Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. Holiday is a star in the making and is one of the top 10 point guards in the NBA. Turner is slowly becoming a solid player on his jump shot. Andre Iguodala is having the best season of his career. The captain of the team is averaging 15 points, four assists and six rebounds per game also with two steals per game. Iguodala was one of 20 players selected to represent the USA team in the Olympics coming up this summer. Iguodala’s jump shot has also gotten much better sneaking into the top 10 in three point percentage in the league shooting at 41percent. But besides Hawes and the young back court, the Sixers have depth and any one on the team in the nine player rotation can give you 20 points a game. The Sixers have seven Are the Sixers good enough to keep the
hot streak going despite the easy beginning to the schedule? I believe so, with a 16- game home stand coming up this is the perfect time for the Sixers to heat up. The Sixers are ranked third in the league in scoring, second in points allowed per game, and seventh in assists and rebounds. With these rankings, I would say the Sixers are a threat to any team in the NBA. They are a young, run-and-gun team and are hoping to keep home court advantage for the playoffs. This season should be one for the books. Since the Sixers are one of the better teams in the league this year, many people have hopped on the Sixers band wagon. I can remember since Iverson left the team how people would say that the Sixers aren’t good I would be one of the only people that still routed and cheered for them every game no matter what team it was. Now look at everyone talking about the Sixers and how they are a good team now, it’s funny how it takes a winning record for people to cheer for their home team.
What would you do without your cell phone? BY KRISTINE SEMPTIMPHELTER STAFF WRITER
Did you ever wonder what we used to do before cell phones? I have had the unfortunate experience of losing my own cell phone this past week and I began to realize how much useless data I enter and retrieve from my cell phone every single day. In an article in the New York Times, an estimated 90 percent of households in America have cell phones with the youngest being eight years old. Why are these 8-year-olds using these cell phones? Yes, mommy and daddy can now keep track of where their child is at all times with the use of navigational devices on their phones. But what is the cost of having your 8-year-old have a cell phone? According to lifehacker.com the average cell phone bill for one line can cost from anywhere from $40 to $100. Americans are spending $40, for their young child to post pictures, videos and statuses on their Facebook? Shouldn’t that child be playing on the playground with their friends or studying for school? Maybe once I become a parent I will understand the importance of my child having a cell phone. Since I have been phoneless for about a week now, do you wonder what I have been doing to actually keep in touch with my friends and family? My iPad. Another revolutionary device that will once again change the way we transport and receive information. I use my iPad for pretty much everything, besides my phone calls of course. I haven’t made a phone call in three days. If it is truly needed, I will just use my roommate’s cell phone but I just haven’t found the need. I mean, why make a phone call when I can face-to-face chat with Face Time on my iPad? I check my Facebook, update my twitter, read a few articles in the New York Times and take and upload photos. It does everything my phone can do. I’m beginning to wonder why I’m even getting a cell phone. I would save $100 less, it would be a lot harder to sneak text messages on my iPad at work then from a small hand held cell phone. America has come a long way in communication. First we received information from the daily newspapers, then the radio and television. Then the Internet became a huge phenomenon. Now I receive information and news within minutes thanks to twitter updates. I can only wonder what my 8-year-old child will be asking for by the time I become a parent. By then will cell phones be a device from the past?
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Seeking Change Locally BY LAURA HANCQ Editor-in-Chief Service immersion trips can take you around the world or across a bridge. For the three Cabrini faculty members who traveled to the Romero Center in Camden, N.J. over the winter break to participate in the Urban Challenge Retreat, they can certainly attest to the fact that you do not need to go abroad to make an impact. Dr. Caroline Nielsen, assistant professor of biology and environmental science, Dr. Maria Elena Hallion, associate professor of exercise science and health promotion and Courtney Smith, assistant professor of history and political science, chose the journey over the Delaware River to Camden for their Mission Integration Immersion Trip as part of the President’s Initiative. Faculty who are part of the initiative got to choose between Camden, New Orleans and Guatemala. For Nielsen, the choice to go local was an easy one; it was about living up to her own teachings. Nielsen teaches an Engagements with the Common Good course about sustainable communities which has a focus concentrated in local purchases and the importance of valuing and protecting one’s own community. She, like her fellow retreaters, found they could make an impact very close to home. All three of the professors found truth in the words and theories of Vince Gallagher, author of “The Violence of Globalization”, who came to speak at the Romero Center. He believes there are many ways people can make a difference in a world today. “It’s just like our speaker said, in a world where so
many people are suffering, there are so many ways to help,” Nielsen said. “This experience reminds us there are so many opportunities to make things better.” Nielsen left feeling that any positive act that she did there helped make it a better place. Hallion agreed with this sentiment, especially through her positive memories of the incredible staff and volunteers she met. She credits them as having the most impact on her. “I met such wonderful people, the staff at the Romero Center and the volunteers and staff we met at the places we went, it felt great to know that I could make their day different or better because I was there,” Hallion said. The retreat consisted of visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Child Development Center and the New Visions Homeless Day Shelter. At the MLK Jr. Center, the teachers enjoyed time with the children while helping with the hot lunch and snack. The children are between 2-5 years old and their parents have to be working or in school as well as have financial need. Smith cites the center as being her most memorable experience because it reminded her of where her mother used to work. At New Visions, Nielsen, Hallion and Smith sorted and packed toiletry bags and helped make and serve lunch. They then went back that night from 9-10:30 to make dinner for those visiting the shelter that night. Both Nielsen and Hallion recalled that aspect of the retreat as being incredibly memorable because of the people they met. They recalled a young woman named Marie, a volunteer cook, who is a law student but still finds time to serve. “Marie really reminded us about priorities,” Nielsen said. “She’s an example of how we say we are too busy to help but she is a law student and still finds time to help.”
Part of the Urban Challenge retreat includes a day where the participants live on $3 a day for food. Each person gets a dollar for each meal and then the group has to go food shopping to feed their makeshift family. In this case, the professors had $9 to eat for the day. The group will go down in the history of the Romero Center as being the only one to ever buy tea bags. “It’s one thing to see it, it’s another to experience it,” Nielsen said. “It’s so easy to say others should do things differently but until you live it, you don’t realize how hard it is.” Smith was fascinated by how we think about the price of food and how little $3 a day is, especially when it comes to feeding a family. It is without doubt that the participants will not take fruits, vegetables and good meat for granted again. Having completed the retreat, Nielsen is very focused on finding a way for Cabrini students to participate and to change their perception of the nearby city. “Urban Challenge is not an opportunity for you to change Camden but for Camden to change you,” Nielsen said.
Living in Solidarity
Cabrini faculty a during immersi Ecuador
BY CHELBI MIMS Features Editor Each year during the winter holiday, students and faculty travel to Duran, Ecuador for the Rostro de Cristo Experience. The purpose of the trip is to live in solidarity with the people of Ecuador in a faith- based-community. This year, nine students and two staff members went on the trip, which lasted seven days. The students did not have to pay to go on the trip but participated in raising money by soliciting donations and organizing fundraisers and an auction. The attendees of the trip lived off of $2 dollars a day and learned simple options for food. They also developed relationships with the people of Ecuador by living and operating in their day-to-day life and participating in their community organizations. They built relationships with the students through the after-school program by helping them with their homework. Reflections were held nightly to discuss the events of the day and how it affected each person. Throughout the spring semester the group will have gatherings to reflect and debrief about the trip. “A lot of what we did was going around and meeting with specific people within the neighborhood and talking with them for a hour and learning their story and how they got to where they were,” Felicia Neuber, admissions counselor, said. “Since it was the rainy season everything was muddy and it was uplifting to see kids running around with no shoes but still so happy.” Before the trip in early January, everyone attending was prepped on what they would be doing while in Ecuador and the living environments. They met once a month and broke off into groups to develop a packing
list, information on what to expect and the culture and foundation of Ecuador. “I did not really have initial expectations. I was told we were going to live in solidarity with our neighbors but I didn’t know the actual agenda. I was kind of nervous and I had no idea that I would meet people that inspire me and change my life forever,” Hannah Wheat, junior social work major, said. The nine students and faculty lived in a “developed” neighborhood, which consisted of paved streets and cinder block homes but by the end of the week they saw cane homes and dirt roads. They also viewed the city of Guayaquil, which is a wealthy neighboring town. “It was a really intense experience! It made us all really think about the way we live our lives in comparison to the average life of an Ecuadorian. Every person we met though was immensely proud of who they were and what they had, which was really refreshing,” Cathy Matta, junior mathematics major, said. Students and faculty left the trip with a new view of life, family and friends. “Ecuador was the greatest experience I have ever had. This was the most eye opening trip I had and I wish more people could see what the 11 of us saw on this trip,” Jaclyn Rescigna, junior social work major, said. “I will always remember the people we met and the stories I heard from the children.”
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Top: The group went to a neighborhood market and bought goods from natives of Ecuador. Danielle Alio purches belts from a man they met in their village. Bottom: Father Carl plays with children after doing homework and arts and crafts.
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Rebuilding Hope through Mission
and students serve others ion trips to New Orleans, r and New Jersey ALL PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY JERRY ZUREK
BY JESSICA JOHNSON-PETTY Assistant A&E Editor BY CHELBI MIMS Features Editor Showing is better than telling. Eleven faculty members lived the principles that are instilled in all Cabrini students. As a part of the newly implemented President’s Initiative for Mission Intregration set forth by President George, faculty visited New Orleans to help build homes and view the lives of people from six years after Katrina. “I always wanted to go to New Orleans and the idea of helping to rebuild after Katrina really appealed to me and I really wanted to see Mother Cabrini’s continued legacy at Cabrini High School in New Orleans,” Colleen Lelli, assistant professor of education, said. The Cabrini faculty spent four days in New Orleans at the Hope House, which is located in a low-income area and offers services to the people living in these areas. They also visited the St. Joseph church, ministry of outreach to the homeless. The faculty learned about the ministry to the homeless from Sister Regina Peterson, MSC, a Cabrini sister who taught at Cabrini College, and nows works with homeless people in
New Orleans. Peterson explained why so many people are homeless throughout the city and the impact Katrina had on the homeless population. “Kristen Catalanotto ‘06 was one of the student communication department leaders her senior year. Hurricane Katrina’s destruction meant that she lost everything,” Cathy Yungman, associate communication professor, said. “I’ll never forget when she went to New Orleans over winter break of her senior year and took the most heart-breaking pictures of her destroyed bedroom. I had to somehow help the city that she really loved.” That evening they visited Loyola University’s Twomey Center for Peace and Justice and talked about the problems of poverty and crime in New Orleans and what their advocacy office does. “I was impressed by the determination of the people whom we met. They passionately respond with hope, joy and love to the many social inequalities that confront their communities,” Nicholas Rademacher, assistant professor of religious studies, said. The group participated in a day of service at the St. Bernard Parish. The parish was completely wiped out by Hurricane Katrina and the 11 faculty members and four other colleges worked to paint and
Top Right: Four Cabrini faculty work on a task. Middle Right: Jerry Zurek and Cathy Yungmann paint a home. Bottom Right: Faculty spent a day at the Cabrini high school. Top Left: A group of 11 faculty worked on service projects in New Orleans. Bottom Left: Carol Kessler paints doors for the homes.
spackle in the homes in preparation for the homeowner’s arrival. There have been140 homes built in the parish since the hurricane and 70 homes are on the waiting list. The faculty also took a tour of where the levees broke and the homes in the surrounding area that were greatly affected by the destruction. “We drove through where the destruction happened and it was really sad because some houses were rebuilt but you really just saw driveways,” Mary Harris, department chair and associate professor of economics and finance, said. The final day of the trip, the group went to Cabrini High School and talked with the school about how Cabrini College can connect with the high schools in New Orleans and New York. They also toured the school and connected with faculty about the presence of Mother Cabrini. “My favorite part of the trip was going to Cabrini High School. When we went around and looked at the high school, we saw Mother Cabrini everywhere. It sort of was another microcosm of what it is we are doing here and how we are taking the mission of the missionary sisters and integrating it,” Dr. Beverly Bryde, department chair and associate professor of education, said. “We can see it being actualized in another educational
environment, and how they are doing it. I think we learned a lot from that but it was also very enlightening for us to see the effects from another perspective; to me that was one aspect that pulled it together for us,” Bryde said. The trip to New Orleans was a part of the three-phase mission academy, with 21 faculty members, incorporated with the President’s Initiative for Mission Immigration. The first phase of the mission academy was a trip to Cape May last May where the faculty learned about Catholic Social Teaching and the mission. The immersion trips were the second phase. The faculty had the option of attending an immersion trip to Camden, New Orleans or Guatemala. The immersion trip came into existance in August 2010 when a group of faculty members went to Baltimore to visit CRS and started to talk about the need for an immersion experience.The final reflection phase will pull together everything they have learned to move forward and use Catholic Social Teaching in the classrooms and throughout the college.
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Stay fashionably warm this winter
Who says you can’t be fashionable in the winter? With stylish coats, boots, accessories and layers, warmth can be accomplished and a fashion statement can be made.
SARAH LUCKERT / deputy editor
The more you wear, the warmer you can become. Choosing the right long sleeve top will start the foundation of the stylish way.
This season is the perfect time to play around with boots, and the selection is surprisingly wide.
Add a printed cardigan or a slouchy sweater to add warmth and also dimension to your look.
You can always go with the usual winter boot by choosing the ever classic Ugg Australia. To put a variety in your foot wear gear you can choose a different color.
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If you want to shy away from the norm of winter style, invest in moccasin boots. To assure the warmth of your foot, purchase a boot with thinsulate.
To keep warm you may want to wear tights or thermal pants under your jeans to add warmth to the lower half of your body.
The layering of socks will help, and will also add a fun look if they are knit or patterns and you wear shorts to have them show.
An alternative is multiple tights, a pair of fun shorts and patterned socks with nice shoes
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Application of the Week: Pink Pad BY MARYKATE MCCANN Staff Writer
A classic look can be the double-breasted peacoat. This coat comes in two popular styles both at hip length.
A poncho may be another fun layer and will keep you warm. The poncho of choice should be thick to keep you warm.
Toggles can be the casual addition to your outerwear. The simple toggle, latch hook, button adds a special look to the coat. Must haves this season are leather and fur coats. These coats give an edgy look and keep you warm.
Accessories are a must-have even if you already have your winter wardrobe complete.
A standard scarf can be worn in many ways. You can tie it in a knot, trap it or wrap it several times around your neck. Play with your scarf until
Be creative when choosing your hats, there are many styles to choose from. If you want to play it safe, or if beanie hat. Wearing a pair of patterned gloves will give your outerwear a pop. ten is a style that is very popular and brings on bonus coziness.
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Are you a busy, active female who has trouble keeping track of your period? Well, I found an app that allows women to track their weight and plan/prevent pregnancy. cross-platform period and fertility mobile app. This app is simple and extremely easy to navigate. It has a female calendar that gives women a visual understanding of the stages they may be going through. All you have to do is enter your past periods and Pink Pad will predict future ones, as well as ovulation and fertile days, or your due date if you are pregnant. Not only does it do all that, it also tracks weight, basal body temperature, mood, cramps and spotting. No female enjoys that mini heart attack when you think you’re late, or that surprise you get when you forgot it was that time of month. The majority of us women are always running around, thinking of errands we have to do, homework that has to paid and a thousand other things. Why should we have to worry
about mother nature too? Most of us could say that we live by our smart phone. After downloading the app, the trouble of remembering to take your pill or being prepared for your period is not a problem. Pink Pad does all the work for you. This app is designed to look like a notebook and the different sections are accessed by tabs on the side of the screen. When you tap a tab the page appears to turn and you’re taken to the sections. This app allows users to create a free account and connect with the global community. The goal of the company is addressing women’s health. Through Pink Pad, women can get support and exchange information about their health. Pink Pad has the integrated community that takes advantage of allnative user interface technology that is extremely fast and is easy on users’ data plans. Pink Pad is available on the iPod touch, iPhone, Andriod and iTunes. MM3585@CABRINI.EDU
REAL MEN DO PILATES
AN EVENING WITH STEVE EARLE
Celebrate the music of John Paul, Brown Bird, Blonde Bird and Lorraine Leckie.
Milkboy Coffee Restaurant, (2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore), $8, 8 p.m.
This fun and vigorous three-hour class focuses can understand.
See the famous guitarist who has recorded songs with countless artists like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
Walnut Street Theater, (825 Walnut St., Philadelphia), $35, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Colonial Theatre, (227 Bridge St., Phoenixville), $29, 8 p.m.
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Green pleases fans with new album BlogRoll: BY NICK LAROSA Sports Editor With the month of January just a few weeks old, fans of Circa Survive front man Anthony Green can say that they have already been blessed with “Beautiful Things” this year. Green released “Beautiful Things,” his second solo album 2008, on Tuesday, Jan. 17. As Green’s new album features backing band Good Old War. The 13-track basic version of the album features a nice mixture of songs, ranging from the fastpaced track “Get Yours While You Can” to the heart-warming track “James’ Song,” written for Green’s young son James, born in October of 2010. As is the usual with Green’s work, every song features passionate lyrics that listeners can easily relate to their own lives. The song “Do It Right,” for example, features the lines “Better get your life together, better do it right. Make sure that everyone that you love in your life knows it.” The song itself is only slightly longer than two minutes long but in that time, Green stresses the importance of living a good life and appreciating the people in it. Perhaps the most fast-paced track on the album is “Can’t Have It All At Once,” the sixth song on the album. The song features a catchy chorus and the lyrics lean toward stressing pa-
tience and understanding. As we all know, the things in life we want don’t always happen all at once – they take time. Prior to the release of “Beautiful Things,” Green posted short videos on his website (http:// anthonygreenschildren.com) that discussed the meaning or inspiration for each song. When it came to “Can’t Have It All At Once,” Green said that the track was his “favorite song on the album.” “The last minute of the song is my favorite thing that I’ve listened to so far on the album,” Green said in the video. “It’s probably the most important song to me.” Another song from the album that many will love is titled “Big Mistake.” As Green puts it in another video on his site, “it’s like another one of those songs that’s on the pile of getting in a stupid argument with somebody and then writing it.” The song has more of a hip-hop feel to it than other tracks but the message is still clear. By now, it should be clear that so many of the lyrics Green writes are personal. It takes time to adjust to the role of fathersomeone can always be looked at as a mistake. Green puts it on track No. 11, “the whole world revolves around James.” Just as a book has the power to draw you in with strong opening chapters and a well thought-out conclusion, “Beautiful Things” has that same ability.
Melinda’s Fitness Blog
BY KRISTINE SEMPTIMPHELTER
Asst. Perspectives Editor
With the start of a new year underway, now is the perfect time to start that work out program that you have been putting off for nessblog.com is a nutrition and
“Beautiful Things” was released on Jan. 17.
The opening track “If I Don’t Sing” features Green discussing what his life would be like and how unhappy he would be without music. For a man with such a majestic voice, this track is a perfect precursor to the 12 songs that follow. The ending track “Lullaby” is exactly what it sounds like and is the perfect outro. The line “Beautiful things are coming,” perfectly sums up Green’s second album. For true fans of Green who want more bang for their buck, the deluxe version of the album includes a jaw-dropping 21 songs: the 13 songs recorded by Green and Good Old War plus four bonus tracks and four demos. The bonus tracks feature Chino Moreno from The Deftones (“Right Outside”), Nate Ruess from Fun. (“Only Love”) and Ida Maria (“Can’t Be Satis-
the album to an entirely different level. There is also a fourth bonus track titled “Soul 4 My Soul” which features backing vocals from Circa Survive Colin Frangicetto. Green also offers listeners demo versions of four songs that appear on the album, tracks that showcase the vocalist’s raw and intense vocalists in a rough format. With such a diverse listing of songs on this album, those who love Green’s voice and enjoyed will undoubtedly want to pick up “Beautiful Things.” If his name is unfamiliar to you, still give his work a chance. You may just be turned onto a work of art that some would call “perfection.”
Welcome to the Abby Lee hours of practice, malicious instructors and mothers who self-medicate with alcohol are all normal for an 8-year-old. Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” has shined a not-so-favorable light on Pittsburgh, Pa. mainly due to Abbly Lee Miller and the mom’s of seven little girls. Although viewers get a glimpse of young children and mothers who spend most of their waking hours in a dance studio, the show is rarely connected to dance and mainly
focused on the negativity surrounding each competition. The girls in Miller’s studio are expected to learn new solos, duets and group routines every week for competitions. Losing is not acceptable and is feared due to the “pyramid judging system.” In the pyramid, each student is ranked from bottom to top. Often the same students are at the bottom, feeling pressured and embarrassed for their poor performances. From hair, makeup, costumes and music, the mothers of these rising stars are involved in every way. The scenes with the mothers
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are unpredictable going from all smiles to threats and cursing. This leaves their children crying as they watch the incidents unfold. Although Miller is portrayed as the villain in the show, I believe she is the only person who acts like a real adult. Miller is introducing these girls to music, dance styles, stories, character types and cultures. She teaches them hard work, discipline and team work. Despite the moments of crazed parents and harsh criticism, “Dance Moms” seems to be the new addicting reality show on television. Watch for the
like you will never realistically reach your goals. Melinda is an average woman just like everyone else, who does not have professional experience, only motivation and dedication. The blog includes workouts such as cardio and weight training that Melinda posts throughout the week. She gives tips such as beginning slow and don’t overdo won’t want to do it again. Melinda says in her blog that listening to your body is key to a successful workout. Throughout most of her blog, she suggests each other motivation. nutritional facts, recipes and safe supplements. Desserts that are low in sugar yet still taste good can be hard to come by. But Melinda’s blog gives you a whole list of delicious treats and snacks that are still healthy. Because Melinda is not a professional, she knows how tough it
Dance Moms provides real life entertainment BY KELSEY ALVINO Perspectvies Editor
for women who need the motivation and techniques from someone who is not a professional. The blog was created in 2008 when Melinda began to post her daily workout routine to keep herself on track. It later became a tool for herself once her blog went public. Reading and listening to a pro-
out. The blog includes tips for beginners such as, “Six new things you must do before starting a new workout program” and “Five tips for buying work out clothes.” What was the turning point for Melinda? She wanted to change her body from lazy and unMCT
dancing or watch for the drama, either way it will be entertaining.
Melinda’s informational and moblog has changed the lives of women all over the country and could soon change yours.
TUESDAY RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
WEDNESDAY SHANE MAUSS AND APRIL MACIE
Don’t miss the hillarous reenactment of one of the greatest disasters in American history performed by Thomas Chionacky.
If you love the popular band who needs no introduction, you will love Rain. Back by popular demand.
See two of Comedy Central’s veteran comedians performing live.
Maas Building, (1325 Randolph St., Philadelphia), $15, 8 p.m.
The Academy of Music, (240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia), $20 - $85, time varies by date.
Philadelphia’s Helium Club, (2031 Sansom St., Philadelphia), $12 - $33, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
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‘Safe Haven’ captures romance through mystery BY LIA FERRANTE Asst. Features Editor
and haunts her every day. This novel brings out romance, mystery and intriguing facts that makes it hard for any
“Safe Haven,” a novel by Nicolas Sparks, is a book that can’t be missed. This book will capture your imagination and will turn anyone into a hopeless romantic. The excitement of learning about a character through each page makes readers never want to put the book down. “Safe Haven” was a phenomenal read, just like other novels by Sparks. This book allows readers to become fascinated about two people destined to meet each other when they are both in their hardest times in life. Sparks captured the essence of a girl named Katie with
reading this book, I loved being able to learn about different things about Katie and her past through each chapter.
she is hiding from everyone. They even get to experience realize that she is able to move on from her scary past and take care of the people who matter the most, Alex and his two children. The ending of the book also has a great twist to one of the characters. It was something that came out of nowhere and it makes readers want to read the lines over and over again to fully comprehend. This novel is beautifully written and it is something that will be passed down from generation to generation. “Safe Haven” is a book that will never get old and the story will live on forever. Sparks is an inspirational novelist with an open heart and amazing ways to write down an outstanding story.
life for herself on her own time and on her own terms. She tries to forget about her past and is always looking over her shoulders. She wonders if she will ever be able to run from what haunts her and if she will ever be safe. She becomes independent by meeting new people and da, but toward the end, she realized it was the best thing that could have happened to her since she moved away. She ended up at Southport with nothing but the clothes on her back and a past that she wanted no one to know about. Throughout the novel, Katie discovers herself and learns whom to trust with her secrets and how to open avoid all ties with any kind of relationships. Little did she know that after meeting Alex, a widowed store owner with two children and her mysterious single neighbor, Jo, her secrets would soon come out. Sparks allows the readers to learn about the personality of Katie and Alex and how they soon become very attracted to one another. Even though her love is getting stronger for Alex, she is
In addition, Sparks has great quotes and the story is beautiful to read about two strangers falling in love. Even though Alex is widowed, his heart is still big enough for Katie to come into and become a part of his family with his kids. The climax of the novel is thrilling and exhilarating
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“Safe Haven” is a book about Katie, a girl with a mysterious past which haunts her.
Tune-Yards’ Who Kill confronts social issues BY BRANDON DESIDERIO Asst. News Editor The musical act Tune-Yards (stylized as tUnE-yArDs) released their sophomore album Who Kill in April 2011 to much-critical acclaim. Largely described as experimental music, front-runner Merrill Garbus combines elements of multiple genres, ranging from acoustic folk and free jazz to R&B and Afro-beat. Who Kill has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Albums of 2011 by many media outlets, reaching as high as No. 7 on Pitchfork Media’s own list. Garbus employs many creative, often dissonant techniques throughout Who Kill to compare and contrast current social issues, ranging from abortion to the ignored and marginalized poor of America. Consisting of 10 tracks, the album opens explosively with “My Country,” a song that satirically includes the lines “My country ‘tis of thee / Sweet land of liberty,” from the patriotic song “America.” This the subsequent lines with a pointed, introspective question: “How come I cannot see / My future within your arms?” “My Country” opens up to pose more questions to the listener, including, “Why is there juice dripping under your chin / When they have nothing, why do you have something?” and “Well, what do you want me to say to the others? / Oh, yes, there’s a place for you / But that place is underneath the cushion of my behind.” The song makes use of these two separate perspectives, constructing a quasi-debate that has raged throughout society ad nauseam. As with much of Who Kill, “My Country” accounts for many issues that are being voiced during the current Oc-
cupy movement, despite its release a few months before the movement’s conception. Garbus herself coincidentally supports the movement, particularly through her Twitter account. The second and third tracks, “Es-So” and “Gangsta,” deal with eating disorders and race and class relations respectively. Like “My Country,” the songs are structured with the use of rhetorical questions in In “Es-So,” Garbus takes on the perspective of an adolescent girl, asking, “I gotta do right if my body’s tight, right?” The song ends on a powerful note, signifying the destructive nature of eating disorders: “It is true, daddy. It is true, daddy / I run over my own body with my own car.” “Gangsta” is perhaps the most powerful and thought-provoking song on Who Kill. ters, initiating the lyrical conversation by asking “What’s a boy to do if he’ll never be a gangsta? / Anger in his heart, but he’ll never be a gangsta?” As is made evident throughout the duration of the song, this thematic approach to race and class largely suggests that they’re more related than they’re perceived to be; Merrill implies socio-economic differences between the “wannabe gangsta” and his true counterpart, the authoritative voice that advises he “Never move to my hood / Cause danger is crawling out the wood.” In addition, the mention of “anger in his heart” symbolizes the subject’s internal similarity to the gangsta, although that’s where their similarities stop, much to the wannabe’s disappointment. The song “Gangsta” ends as powerfully and realistically as “Es-So,” reducing its message to a simple explanation of innercity struggles: “Life in the city makes more
Tune-Yards album Who Kill focuses on issues of advocacy.
sense when Jesus calls me daddy.” This line portrays the idea of the self as “God” - the perceived equivalent of the “true” gangsta’s day-to-day struggles against his external environment. of the 10 tracks that comprise Who Kill, they provide an adequate illustration of the major themes explored in the album and Garbus’ lyrical deliberation to provide the voiceless with voices. Personally an advocate for all that the Occupy movement stands for, I can’t help but appreciate the novelty of Merrill Garbus’ perspective. In a world dominated by big business and the often mindless Top 40
songs that crowd radio frequencies nationwide, the themes that Garbus explores and presents so authentically persist as understated and under-appreciated, even despite their urgent nature. It’s an album worth investing in, to say the very least.
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Freshman’s passions for swimming, medicine meet at Cabrini BY LAURA GALLAGHER Asst. A&E Editor Entering freshman year is a difficult transition for many students. Trying to balance swimming, freshman year, majoring in biology and pre-med while also trying to make time for loved ones is what Evan Strickland is aspiring to do at Cabrini. Strickland is 19 years old and grew up in West Philadelphia. He commuted to Malvern and attended Malvern Prep for high school. He has always had a passion for swimming through out his life. Though his athletic ability has always been a major part of his life, so has his dream of being in the medical field. One of his family members passed away from cancer, which inspired him to pursue a career in medicine. “With my major and everything, it’s hard to stay focused but I really enjoy swimming,” Strickland said. He started his swimming career at the age of three. He is the only one out of his family that knows how to swim and he has his grandfather to thank for that. “My grandfather went to the Y everyday and got me into a program there and got me on a swim team,”
Strickland said. “He was the first person that got me in the water.” He has been swimming for 16 years and has been doing it competitively for 14. His teammate Brandon Mazepa, sophomore history major, describes him best.
“With my major and everything it’s hard to stay focused but I really enjoy swimming.” Evan Strickland
“Evan not only contributes his first places but also his interesting personality,” Mazepa said. “He is probably one of the most laid back and chill teammates. He doesn’t ever get mad about anything, which is always a good attribute to have especially since he’s a part of the relay.”
Swimming wasn’t his only athletic ability. He did water polo at Malvern Prep and also played football his junior year. Whenever Strickland has downtime he enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing video games, watching movies and spending time with his girlfriend. Strickland has determination to excel in all areas in his life and will not let any obstacles get in the way. He is very busy but can always find a way to work with what he has. His swim coach, Diana Green, knows how busy he is and is able to adjust to his hectic schedule. Strickland swims butterfly stroke and his best record is 53:55. He has one of the top records as a freshman. He was also named the Cabrini Athletics Student-Athlete of the Week in November. “My biggest accomplishment is just knowing that I broke a time as a freshman,” Strickland said. “For anyone who doesn’t know Evan, he makes swimming look so easy,” Mazepa said. “I’m pretty positive he could break every record we currently have.”
OUTSIDE THE POOL WITH EVAN STRICKLAND 1. WHAT IS YOUR CLASS YEAR? Freshman
2. WHAT ARE YOU MAJORING IN? Biology & pre-medicine 3. WHO TAUGHT YOU HOW TO SWIM? My grandfather 4. WHAT IS YOUR BEST SWIMMING TIME? 53:55
5. WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? I spend time with my friends and girlfriend, watch movies and play video games. 6. WHAT OTHER SPORTS HAVE YOU PLAYED? Water polo and football in high school. 7. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? Knowing that I broke a [swimming] time as a freshman.
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CABRINI COLLEGE ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT / SUBMITTED PHOTO
Rob Dallas, center, stands next to former men’s soccer head coach Glen Jaskelewicz during a team scrimmage. Dallas was recently promoted to head coach of the men’s soccer program.
Dallas named new men’s soccer coach BY ALLIE JETER Asst. A&E Editor What makes up a great sports team? Many would say the players do. However, the players aren’t always born great and that’s where the coaches come in. No other coach at Cabrini produces more astounding players than new men’s head soccer coach Rob Dallas. Dallas worked with the men’s soccer team for six years as an assistant before being hired as the replacement for Glen Jaskelewicz, who stepped down in late November. A Radnor Township native, Dallas started playing soccer when he was 2 years old and played through college. He attended Millersville University and once his playing career ended, he began coaching. In total, Dallas has been coaching for eight years. When hearing the news, Dallas was very excited about the new job. “The former coach [Jaskelewicz] and myself helped turn the program around and won a lot of games,” Dallas said. “We felt like we were producing some quality young men and student athletes. I was really excited to take over the reigns and continue doing that.” Chosen by the heads of several sports teams around campus as well as Joe Giunta, Cabrini’s director of athletics and recreation, Dallas is the perfect fit for the soccer team. “It was all about the right place and right time,”
Giunta said. “He has a sharp soccer mind and is a great recruiter. He’s a nice young man and very personable.” Even though Dallas worked for Cabrini sports before, that didn’t set him apart from other candidates. However, it was an advantage for him to obtain the job. “The search was real and I was open to hiring the best candidate, whoever that is, “Giunta said. “Some people feel that we’re just going to go through the motions and we’re just going to hire the assistant anyway.” There were many qualifications that the athletic department had to go by when hiring a new coach. “When you hire someone, there are 15 to 20 things he has that and she has that,” Giunta said. “Some are tangible and some are intangible.” According to Dallas, the interview process was stressful but it was all worth it. Dallas did a lot of phone interviews before going in for a formal interview. He started on Tuesday, Jan. 17. “I knew all the boys coming into the job which made things a lot easier,” Dallas said. “To be honest, when it comes to recruiting and coaching, we never stopped and hoped I got the position either way.” Dallas is very passionate about soccer and loves everything about coaching. “It’s a great way to stay involved in the game and being able to interact with young men and shape them and mold them into who they become,”
Dallas said. Preparing for the job has been stressful and he says that knowing the players prior to getting the job makes his role as head coach a lot easier. The soccer team is in training now and looking forward to getting back on the field. “We felt last season ended abruptly and didn’t end the way we wanted to so we’re excited to get back out there and redeem ourselves a little bit,” Dallas said. Previous head coach Jaskelewicz had a huge impact on Dallas and how he coaches today. On why Jaskelewicz left, Dallas chuckled and said, “He had to take care of little ones at home and he wanted to become more of a family man but he left us in a good position and somewhere where we could succeed.” While he is just beginning his head coaching career, Dallas doesn’t plan on leaving his new role with the team anytime soon. “This isn’t just a stepping stone for me. I grew up in the area. I have a wife and a son and this is where my family is and this is where I want to be,” Dallas said. “I’m not using this to move up in the ranks. I don’t want to become a Division I coach. I love it here, I want to remain here and this is where I want to build along a legacy and what kind of heights we can take this program to.” ANJ34@CABRINI.EDU
PEOPLE POLL Will the Philadelphia 76ers win their division this season? SHAQ LESTER FRESHMAN BUSINESS ADMIN. MAJOR
MARIAH IRHON SOPHOMORE EXERCISE SCIENCE AND HEALTH PROMOTION MAJOR
“I know they will win their division because we are young and have the youth to get through this 66-game season.”
“Yes. I think they will win. They’re a better team this year compared to the way they played last season.”
ALANA FAZIO SOPHOMORE EDUCATION MAJOR
NICK BROWN FRESHMAN UNDECLARED
“I don’t think they will win because they normally don’t play that well.”
“I think we will win because we’re one of the best-playing teams of our division.”
BY VICTORIA TARVER / Asst. Copy Editor / VT65@CABRINI.EDU
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OUTTA’ RIGHT FIELD LAURA HANCQ
Football aside, I cheer for Tebow
SARAH LUCKERT / DEPUTY EDITOR
Members of the Rockin’ Radnor Girls, a basketball team made up of fourth graders from Radnor Elementary school, were invited to play basketball at the Nerney Field House during halftime of the Cabrini women’s basketball game on Monday, Jan. 23.
Rockin’ Radnor Girls visit Cabrini BY NICK LAROSA Sports Editor The Rockin’ Radnor Girls, a basketball team made up of 12 fourth-grade girls from Radnor Elementary School, brought their basketball skills to the Nerney Field House on Monday, Jan. 23, during halftime of the women’s basketball game. The team was invited by women’s head coach Kate Pearson to play
in front of Cabrini’s fans. The Rockin’ Radnor Girls play in the Malvern Basketball League and are coached by David Granson and Bill Gallagher. The team has a 5-1 record this year and have four games remaining on their schedule. Many of the team’s young players have used the experience to learn how to improve their basketball skills.
Bayla Granson, one of the team’s players, cited Michelle Petronaci, Brittany Sandone, Colleen Stewart and Leithie Faison as being very helpful. “They taught us how to do picks, screens and guarding,” Granson said. “They showed us how to get the ball and guard.” The Rockin’ Radnor Girls played an intramural game among themselves that lasted eight minutes. While this was
the team’s first game at the Nerney Field House, the girls do typically hold practice at the venue. The game may have been all about having fun but Granson still enjoyed the time spent with her teammates. “I think my team rocks,” Granson said. “They are amazing and I can count on them.”
Men’s basketball rolls over Baptist Bible BY AMANDA TOTH Asst. A&E Editor Cabrini’s men’s basketball team defeated Baptist Bible College by a score of 93-70 on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Phelps Student Center in Clarks Summit, Pa. The win gives Cabrini an overall record of 16-1 as well as an 11-0 record in CSAC play. Senior guard Cory Lemons was the star of this game, scoring 27 points and grabbing five rebounds. Senior guard John Boyd and sophomore forward Fran Rafferty each added 17 points each. Sophomore guard Corey Frizzera scored 10 points while junior forward Tim Sayles added seven points in nine minutes of playing time. As a team, the bench accumulated 23 total points in the winning effort. “We were coming into a game we knew we should win and needed to win to maintain ourselves atop the CSAC,” Rafferty said. “We got off to a slow start through the first six minutes but settled in and started playing Cavalier basketball.” The Cavaliers started off slow by letting Baptist Bible jump out to a 7-0 lead. After that, the Cavs closed the gap and went on a 20-3 run to turn the game around.
“I think we played an all-around good game on the offense and defensive end,” Saleem Brown, assistant coach, said. “Our starters got going after a slow start and we also received a great effort from the guys on the bench.” Junior guard A.J. Williams finished the first half with a lay-up to push Cabrini’s lead to 47-30. Williams finished the game with seven points in 19 minutes.
“Our starters got going after a slow start and we also received a great effort from the guys on the bench.” Saleem Brown
Cabrini didn’t slow down after halftime, even though they had taken the lead away from the Defenders. Rafferty had a big second half and helped Cabrini boost their lead to 24 points. The Cavs held onto the lead for
the rest of the second half as they continued to pour it on. The Cavs shot 52 percent from the floor and also knocked down 15 three-point shots. In a losing effort, the Defenders were led by Luke Peterson, Stephen Howard and Jordan Greve. Each player had double-digit points for Baptist Bible. “My hopes for the season is that we take it one game at a time and don’t overlook any of our opponents,” Brown said. “We have to take that approach every game in order to reach our goal of winning our conference and going far in the NCAA tournament.” Cabrini will be on the road this weekend when they take on CSAC opponent Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J., on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Cavs won their first meeting with Centenary College earlier this month by a score of 108-92. “We have a few tough games coming up against our rival Eastern and then a big, big game at Keystone, so we’re trying to take it one game at a time but our goal is to win the CSAC again and take that momentum into the [NCAA] tournament,” Rafferty said.
How does an NFL quarterback become a cultural meme? Mix together strong beliefs, a refreshing personality and a flair for a dramatic style of winning and there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, Tim Tebow. Known as one of the most winning quarterbacks in college football history, the only sophomore to ever win the Heisman trophy and the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Tebow is a national sensation and his football skill is only the half of it. I am a huge Tebow fan and proud of it. I just read his book, “Through My Eyes,” and I liked what I read. I, like millions of other Americans, also liked what I saw on the field in the wildcard round of the playoffs when Tebow put it away for his team in overtime with one incredible pass. But let’s be honest, that’s not why I like him. Tebow is different and that makes a lot of people uncomfortable but why are we uncomfortable with the fact that he values more in life than football? Former NBA player Charles Barkley once said, “I’m not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” And you know what? I agree with you completely, Charlie. Professional athletes don’t replace parents; they don’t have a line in their contract that says they have to be good role models or even good people. That’s something, we the fans, put on them that many of them don’t want. That’s their prerogative. But if an athlete wants to do more with his life and use his stature to help make the world a better place why is that a problem? Is it not sad that many of us are more comfortable with our quarterback being an ex-con than our quarterback being of strong faith and religious values? Fine, maybe you don’t believe in God and you don’t want to hear it but is that a reason to want to see the man fall? People get on Tebow for not playing like a top 10 NFL quarterback right now. But because he believes in God he can’t have a couple of seasons to mature? That’s ridiculous. From reading his book, I can assure you a couple of things: he isn’t faking his beliefs for publicity, his work ethic is truly inspirational and if his football career doesn’t work out, we can still expect big things from him. Whether it’s on the field or off, it’s Tebow Time. LCH23@CABRINI.EDU
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JENAY SMITH / PHOTO EDITOR
Cabrini forward Colleen Stewart, right, guards Montclair State University’s Colleen Kelly during the Cavs’ 66-47 loss at the Nerney Field House on Monday, Jan. 23.
Cavs fall to Montclair in Monday night contest BY COREY FRIZZERA Asst. Sports Editor The Lady Cavs took on the Montclair State Red Hawks but came up short as they lost the Monday, Jan. 23, game by a score of 66-47. The loss dropped the Cavs to 7-10 on the year and 5-4 in CSAC play. The team has also lost three games in a row. Coming in, the Lady Cavs knew they had a big challenge on their hands as they attempted to stop Red Hawks freshman Melissa Tobie, who averages 17.5 points per game this season. “I think we got off to a great start in the beginning [of the season] and now that we are reaching the middle of the season we are in a little slump and we need to get
back on track,” Brittany Sandone, sophomore guard, said. MaryKate McCann led all scorers for the Cavs with 12 points while Sandone added 11 and Renee Deas poured in 8 points. McCann finished with six rebounds and Sandone added five of her own. The Lady Cavs found themselves in trouble early when they were down 10-1 in just the first several minutes of the 1st half. “I think we need to start playing as a whole again to get back on track improve our record,” Sandone said. “We need to go into games knowing that we will come out with a win instead of hoping we will come out with a win.” The Cavs didn’t give up, as they kept fighting and grinding each possession.
They showed toughness as the Red Hawks went into halftime with a 31-19 lead. “We as a team just need to find our rhythm again,” Leithie Faison, sophomore guard, said. “We have the potential to do amazing things. It’s just about figuring out individual roles and capitalizing on our mistakes instead of losing confidence.” During the middle of the second half, the Cavs managed to cut their lead to 13, showing hope for them as the Red Hawks struggled to get a bucket. However, Montclair State again pulled away and put the game out of reach. Despite their struggles, the Cavs are staying positive for the rest of the season and hoping to reach the playoffs. “My outlook on the rest of our season is
solely positive things,” Michelle Petronaci, sophomore forward, said. “We are only going to excel in every part of our game for the rest of our season. We are going to take it in baby steps but we will end up doing great things at the end, which starts with a win out of every game from here on out.” The team takes on Centenary College on Saturday, Jan. 28, in a CSAC matchup. “[We need to] take each game and practice one day at a time,” Faison said. “We realize what we can do and we will do it.”
Cavalier Athletic Calendar Thursday, Jan. 26
Friday, Jan. 27
Saturday, Jan. 28 Women’s Basketball @ Centenary College 1 p.m.
Women’s Swimming @ Widener University 1 p.m.
Men’s Swimming @ Widener University 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball @ Centenary College 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29
Monday, Jan. 30
Tuesday, Jan. 31
Wednesday, Feb. 1
Women’s Basketball @ Eastern University 6 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Rosemont College 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball @ Eastern University 8 p.m.
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Men’s Basketball vs. Rosemont College 8 p.m.