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Trayvon Martin remembered BY ALLIE JETER Asst. News Editor BY JESSICA JOHNSONPETTY Asst. A&E Editor The saying, “I am Trayvon Martin” is not a whisper, but now known on Cabrini Campus. Approximately 30 students and faculty circled at the Peace Pole. Some were hooded but all holding a lit candle stood for the life that was slain, as they remembered the life of Trayvon Martin and raised awareness. The bodies came to gather on the commons at the vigil for the late Trayvon Martin, April 17 under the organization the Black Student Union and the Wolfington Center. The vigil was led by BSU, the prayer was given by the Wolfington Center’s Roxanne De La Torre, campus missioner and Stephanie Salinis, campus minster, and the executive board of BSU spoke about their take on the case. “The event was a candle lighting memorial in honor of Trayvon Martin,” John Eddings, treasurer of BSU and sophomore biology major said. “We were trying to inform the community of the injustice in the world.” “Cabrini’s Black Student Union, our adviser Stephanie Reed; Wolfington centers Roxanne & Stephanie invited the community to join us for our vigil,” Eddings said. BSU members began the event by handing out Skittles and iced tea, which symbolized the event of the shooting. Martin was leaving his house to go to the 7-Eleven store where he bought a bag of Skittles and TRAYVON,

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In room 265 of Founder’s Hall. Sr. Josephe Marie Flynn, SSND, spoke to members of the Cabrini community on Tues., April 17. Flynn worked with a smaller group on what they can do to advocate for immigration reform.

Author calls for immigration reform BY LAURA HANCQ Editor-in-Chief Immigration reform in the United States is needed immediately and we, as citizens, must act now. Such was the message of Sr. Josephe Marie Flynn, SSND, author of “Rescuing Regina: The battle to save a friend from deportation and death,” who addressed members of the Cabrini commu-

nity on Tuesday, April 17, in the Widener Lecture Hall. Flynn used her Catholic faith and personal experiences to lend gravity to her fight for change. “Our discipleship calls us to be moved with compassion, then to take action,” Flynn said. Because the Catholic Church serves as her vocation, Flynn traces the need for discipleship and subsequent transformation back to the Bible, specifically

Matthew 25: 35, 40 which states, “For I was a stranger and you welcomed me…what you did to the least, you did to me.” She carries this mantra into her view of how Americans must help immigrants following the style of Jesus, who put high value on those who were outcast. Flynn’s experience with two Ugandans, Regina and David Bakala, serve as a testament to her beliefs. Through their situ-

ation of seeking asylum in the United States, she gained personal insight into the asylum and refugee system in the United States. Distinguishing between asylum seekers and refugees in addition to understanding overall immigration policy was paramount to Flynn because as she noted, most Americans REGINA,

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Autism: an obstacle for life BY AMANDA TOTH Asst. Features Editor One out of 166 children will be diagnosed with autism each year. When a child is diagnosed, a family’s life turns upside down and can affect how the rest of their lives will be. This reality was all too true for the family of Zoe White, now 10 years old. Zoe White During Zoe’s first year of life, her mother, Karen Newberg, knew something was different about Zoe.

“I would say ‘don’t do that rain girl,’ she would hit herself in the head,” Newberg said. Newberg brought her daughter to see doctors and specialists to find out why Zoe acted the way she did and was developing the way she was. Newberg first got the diagnosis that Zoe had autism when she was 3 years old. “I was not shocked,” Newberg said. “I was sad and angry but not shocked.” Newberg explaineded that autism is a “bioneurological disorder that is broken up into different parts of what is called a spectrum.” Autism makes it harder for the child to communicate and think critically. Autism ranges from severe, low-functioning to the less severe, high-functioning. Lowfunctioning autism is known as pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise speci-

fied (PDD-NOS), where the child is non-verbal and anti-social. High-functioning autism is known as Asperger’s Syndrome, where the child will be very gifted in an area of study or interest, yet still have social issues. Everything in between is known as simply autism. Zoe is diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Children with autism often will be diagnosed with other disabilities and problems, such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, anger management problems and physical disabilities. Often, children with autism will have to be medicated TRAYVON,

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Editorial: Emergency brings about issue of student-college respect By now, most are likely aware of the crisis situation unfolding at the University of Pittsburgh. For the uninformed, Pitt and its students have been terrorized by nearly 100 anonymous bomb threats received over the past month. Almost every building on the university’s 132-acre campus has been forced to evacuate at least once, throwing classes and student life into utter chaos. The 800-student residence halls have been hurriedly evacuated at 3:00 a.m. (more than once) so that police and K-9 units can spend hours sweeping and securing before students are allowed to reenter and (try to) sleep. The toll on students is profound, as it would be on anyone else subjected to such a living situation: not knowing when you’ll have to evacuate next; not knowing if you are safe in your own room. Despite full police and FBI involvement, there has been no slowing the torrent of threats. Quite the opposite, they have ramped up quite steadily. It is no longer uncommon to receive several threats for several buildings at once. While it would be unfair to claim that any of this is the university’s fault, one would expect that through such harrowing experiences, the school would be going out of its way to ease the stress and burden on its students. After all, it’s rare that the daily living situations of college life put students potentially in harms way to say nothing of the mental and emotional harm. In this instance, Pitt had made quite a few changes in order to ease the burden on students. They have made many courses available to finish online for the students who want to leave campus; they have extended the deadline to declare pass-fail for those whose grades are being affected by the disturbances and they are offering additional free counseling services. However, some bomb threat situations have been critically mishandled. During one evacuation and ensuing building sweep, several resident assistants for that hall were asked by superiors to help with the bomb search. That should strike anyone as an unacceptable request. The fact that resident assistants at any school willingly take on additionally responsibilities above and beyond those of their peers does not make it permissible to ask students to enter a building that may contain a bomb.

While that is but one especially onerous example, it underscores what we at The Loquitur believe to be a basic, if oft neglected, necessity: respect and responsibility on the part of schools toward their students. The tumult currently playing out at the University of Pittsburgh is not a scenario many will ever have to face, and thankfully not. But it does serve as an interesting reminder of what it means to be a student, to have responsibility and the responsibility that a school should have to its students. Just as students must (generally) commit to living within college rules, to attend class and to perform within specified academic boundaries, so too must colleges commit to their students. Failure on the part of a student to meet any of the aforementioned requirements can result in penalties or expulsion. Stiff penalties to be sure. But what does the school then owe back to the student? Most would readily cite a good education and improved outlook for our future. But what about safety? Fairness? Understanding? Respect for the students as students? Often lost is the fact that a university has a responsibility to its students commensurate, if not greater, than that which the students must give. Any individual student must pay respect to their school, the school however, must watch over hundreds to thousands of young adults who entrust themselves, their education and a stake in their future to the school of their choosing. Obviously a school cannot universally promise safety (as this case indicates), but fairness, understanding and respect are far from outlandish demands. Yet, too often, we college students see them ignored. In keeping with the example at hand, Pitt simultaneously excelled and failed at different aspects of this task. Ultimately this must serve as a lesson for all colleges and universities. Your responsibility is to your students first and foremost. Too often schools get painted in the unflattering light of self-absorption. Caring about notoriety, minimizing bad press and the bottom line above all else. We at The Loquitur believe that reputation is not always necessarily earned but that all schools should be constantly reaffirming and reevaluating their obligation to their students for the betterment of both.



Sr Josephe Marie Flynn, author of “Rescuing Regina”, discusses her thoughts on the current need for immigration reform.

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are unaware, which is why much of the wrongs of the government go unnoticed. “While refugees flee to a refugee camp outside their own country, asylum seekers flee directly to the country they want to live in,” Flynn said. “All immigrants need money, a sponsor in the United States and the ability to wait but the main issue is that most have immediate need, which is why reform is necessary.” Consequently, Flynn explained how the largest misconception regarding immigration reform is that people believe immigrants should just get in line but fail to understand that the line is not an option for most because of the immediate need. The immigration process can take up to 20 years; most do not have the luxury of time if they are fleeing lifethreatening circumstances “The system is broke and we need to fix it,” Flynn said. “We blame the people but they are the result of a broken system.” Flynn credits the process of expedited removal as one of the leading antagonists in the fight against immigration. As she explained, when one enters the country as an asylum seeker, he or she is met by a border control officer, not an asy-

lum officer, who gets to determine their fate based on three questions used to determine if their fear is “credible.” If an asylum seeker passes, after being sent to a second set of officers, they are shackled and sent to prison for holding. After being placed with criminals, the process entails preparing for a case, usually without a lawyer and then having a hearing, which can take years to get. According to her statistics, 84 percent cannot afford lawyers and pro-bono lawyers are scarce, which in turn results in 93 percent of those without lawyers are denied. Today, up to 32,400 asylum seekers and immigrant detainees are in 250 jails which cost taxpayers $2 billion a year and a whopping $5,500,000 a day. The Catholic Church is the largest group to welcome and help refugees and immigrants, a fact that Flynn boasts. She takes this to heart as part of her identity as a Catholic sister. In addition to writing “Rescuing Regina,” Flynn also is the co-founder and chairperson of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Justice for Immigrants Committee. To learn more about immigration reform and what you can do visit her foundation’s website, LCH23@CABRINI.EDU

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to control the other disabilities that they might have. Many children take medications that will help control their ADD and ADHD, such as Concerta, Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Strattera, Focalin or Attenade. They may also take anti-depressants and medications such as Paxil, Prozac Zoloft or the antipsychotic Risperdal to help manage their anxiety. “We first started Zoe on medications when she was in kindergarten,” Newberg said. “They tried other methods of treatment such as therapies and diets so that Zoe wouldn’t have to be medicated but in the end, Zoe needed to be medicated so that she could function and make it through the day.” Newberg did not want to medicate Zoe. “When she is on the medication, it’s like she isn’t there anymore, she’s not herself,” Newberg said. “She is always so hungry and each medication has side effects, so it’s hard to manage.” Zoe’s family has to watch her and make sure that she doesn’t overeat or make herself sick. Her entire family participates in the autism awareness walk in Philadelphia every year and do everything they can to help with Zoe. Luckily for Zoe, she has a great support system and family members who have knowledge of what autism is and its effects. Newberg herself is a speech therapist at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (or DCIU). However, when Zoe was born, Newberg was a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in Oxford, Pa. Corinne Toth, Newberg’s aunt, is an

therapies with her. Both Toth and Newberg stressed the importance of a good support system. “First, we started working with Zoe and did basic social work,” Toth said. “Then, as she got older, we started working on academic and life skills. Zoe has a great support system that many families who have a child with autism don’t have. So Zoe is very lucky.” Once Zoe was diagnosed with autism, Newberg, along with many of her family members, took the initiative to learn all that they could about autism. Newberg, Toth and her mother all go to autism information conferences and have taken further classes to learn more about autism. Conferences are held often in different places each time and speakers often come to the conferences. Sometimes they have autism, know someone with autism or are doctors specializing in autism. “There is always something new about autism coming out,” Peggy said. In the future, Zoe’s family has worries for her future as any family would have for their child. For Zoe’s life however, it is painful to look to the future. “She won’t do the ‘normal’ things that kids her age do and as she gets older she will miss out on things like prom and marriage,” Peggy said. “She won’t have a job or be able to be on her own. She will be alone.” Nobody knows what the future will be but for now, Zoe is happy. “Zoe is a friendly, loving girl,” Toth said. “She is happy and loves life.” itinerant teacher at the DCIU and she specializes in doing floor time therapy with children in the preschool age that have

autism. Toth has been with Zoe from the time she was younger and has done a variety of


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a can of Arizona Iced Tea before he was fatally shot. “The BSU and the Wolfington Center were trying to inform students of the case and to also remember that he did not die in vain. There were a lot of students who came out to attend the event and to show their support,” Kayla Tindal, secretary of BSU and junior criminology major said. “I feel as though the events that led up to his death and the events afterward are tragic and that they should not have had to happen for us to acknowledged injustices in our society.” The vigil was not open for discussion but for time to reflect on the life lost over racial profiling. The moment of silence filled the air for many. The media, slowly picked up to a frenzy when the 17-yearold African American high school junior Martin was shot and killed by Hispanic George Michael Zimmerman on Feb. 26, 2012, after people raised awareness through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The death of the teen, with the delayed justice response, left the world in shock and also in

desperation of a change. “I Am Trayvon Martin” has been appearing everywhere including tweets Facebook captions, and Pinterest pins. Protestors, celebrities and major news networks have been getting word out on the supposed “hate crime,” but then also have many people wondering “why now?” Even President Barack Obama has said, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin.” There have been so many other cases that involve white-on-black crimes but since Zimmerman wasn’t white, does it not make this a hate crime? Zimmerman has stated that he shot Martin in self defense but other sources say that Zimmerman was racially profiling Martin and when a 911 call which was released to CNN, Zimmerman uttered the words, “This kid looks like he’s up to no good or his on drugs or something.” So, no one knows what happened that night. But what everyone can agree with is that Martin was killed in uncalled and unwilling circumstances. The thought of an innocent human being taken away suddenly and at such a young age shakes anyone to the core.

Anyone could be a Trayvon Martin. “I feel as if it was not handled appropriately,” Eddings said. “As an African American, I automatically join the side of Trayvon, but in order to be unbiased I am willing to hear out the end of Zimmerman. Because everyone is innocent, this includes Trayvon and George Zimmerman.” Brandon Mazepa, sophomore history major was one who thought that the vigil was a positive way that the college could pay their respect for Martin. Mazeppa said, “I thought it was a great idea to have a candle light vigil for Martin tonight and to keep him in our prayers. I really think it’s amazing that the Cabrini community came together to remember and give our respects to a boy who did not deserve to have his life taken from us.” With the closing words leaving the Commons open for as much time as people needed to reflect in silence, numbers of hoods and candlelights slowly trickled down in numbers. ANJ34@CABRINI.EDU JRJ56@CABRINI.EDU


George Zimmerman appears before Judge Mark E. Herr on second degree murder charges for the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Courtroom J2 at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida, Thursday, April 12.


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Secret Service agents relieved of duty after sex scandal

Mass transit ridership increasing

Members several of the Secret Service were relieved of duty after accusations woke of misconduct involving prostitutes. The misconduct was alleged to have occurred in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to President Barack Obama’s arrival for the Summit of the Americas. Secret Service spokesman Edwin M. Donovan said in a statement that the 11 agents have been recalled and that they will be replaced with other agents. However, Donovan did not mention anything regarding prostitution. Read the oRiginal stoRy on | apRil 14, 2012


Prior to President Barack Obama’s arrival for the Summit of the Americas, several Secret Service agents were relieved of duty after the sex scandal broke.

Summit of the Taliban aimed to deliver message in Americas ends after debate over Cuba latest attack In a complex attack on Sunday, April 15, Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers raided the Afghan capital of Kabul. The attacks began in three Afghan provinces at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday and continued until 7:30 a.m. on Monday, concluding at the Parliament. It is reported that 17 attackers, 17 police officers and 14 civilians have been killed.

The first Summit of the Americas since 2009 was held in Cartagenas, Colombia. The United States and several Latin American nations debated on whether or not to exclude Cuba from the summit. While no major achievements were made at the summit, President Obama and Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos still consider it to be a success.

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Tornadoes ravage the Midwest More than 100 confirmed tornadoes were reported to have touched down in parts of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa over a period of 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday. Despite enhanced warnings sent out several days in advance of the tornadoes, five people were reported to be killed in the rural town of Woodward, Okla. Read the oRiginal stoRy on | apRil 15, 2012

Native American tribes to receive billion dollar settlement The United States Department of Justice has agreed to pay a settlement of more then $1 billion to 41 Native American tribes. The settlement has been reached after the federal government failed to properly oversee conditions that companies could exploit resources such as oil and timber on Native American lands. Read the oRiginal stoRy on | apRil 13, 2012

SEPTA, New Jersey Transit and PATCO have all reported increased ridership over the past year. A multitude of factors have been responsible for the surge in ridership, with increased gas process being a major factor. The American Public Transportation Association concluded that a Philadelphia-area commuter could save an average of $983 per year by taking mass transit to work instead of driving. Read the oRiginal stoRy on | apRil 17, 2012

Arson not cause of Radnor fire Don Wood, Radnor Township fire marshal, stated that arson was not the cause of a fire that burnt down a famous mansion on April 4. There is no definite cause of the fire but it is believed that it may have been an electrical fire. An investigation of the blaze is still ongoing. Read the oRiginal stoRy on | apRil 10, 2012

THIS WEEK AT CABRINI Thursday, April 19

Friday, April 20

College partners with Norristown Friends for exhibit

Saturday, April 21

Spring Musical: “Working”

Spring Musical: “Working”

Starting at 8 p.m. in Grace Hall. The musical explores the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average American. “Working” is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling, award-winning book and was created by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked).

Starting at 8 p.m. in Grace Hall. The musical explores the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average American. “Working” is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling, award-winning book and was created by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked).

Starting at 8 p.m. in Grace Hall. The musical explores the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average American. “Working” is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling, award-winning book and was created by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked).

Free reserved tickets are available in the SEaL

Free reserved tickets are available in the SEaL

Free reserved tickets are available in the SEaL

Spring Musical: “Working”

Sunday, April 22

Monday, April 23

Tuesday, April 24

Spring Musical: “Working”

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Kick-Off

Outdoor Lemonade Stand

explores the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average American. “Working” is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling, award-winning book and was created by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked).

Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraiser and kick-off is happening in the Cavs Corner. Enjoy a delicious

memorative Cabrini’s Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Free reserved tickets are available in the SEaL

Visit for more information.


Cabrini College has partnered with the Norristown Friends to present “Spirit of the Arts” at the Norristown Friends Meetinghouse. “Spirit of the Arts” featured photography from students, as well as residents of the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center in Norristown. Two events were scheduled, including a presentation on April 15 and a family-oriented event on April 22. Read the oRiginal stoRy on | apRil 2, 2012


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Occupy protester seeks local congressional seat BY BRANDON DESIDERIO Asst. Managing Editor If you were to pass him on the street, you’d probably never know it. With his furrowed brow and determined attitude, Nate Kleinman, 29, seems like any other pensive, forward-thinking Joe Shmoe, appearing to require only a moment’s glance to size him up. But what sets him apart from the crowd is something intangible, something you can’t even see: Kleinman is running for Congress. And, if anything, his casual appearance works to his benefit; he’s approachable and personable. Perhaps Kleinman deserves a longer, more thoughtful second glance. After all, these aren’t traits normally associated with every congressional candidate. An active member of Occupy Philly and the larger Occupy Wall Street movement, he’s been acknowledged as the first ‘Occupy candidate’ running for office. He’s emerged as an agent of change in the political sphere. Kleinman served most recently as legislative assistant to former state Rep. Josh Shapiro. Prior to that position, he was an adviser to former Congressman Joe Sestak while he was running for the Senate in 2010, as well

as serving as a field staffer for President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Also a graduate from Georgetown University, Kleinman humbly recalls his classes with political greats such as Madeleine Albright, who served as the first female Secretary of State and Donna Brazile, a renowned political analyst affiliated with the Democratic Party. “I think having some of the professors that I had demystified the political process for me,” Kleinman said. “Where I used to think that people like Madeleine Albright were distant, amazing people, I came to realize that they’re just real, normal people.” Kleinman’s own demystification of the political sphere gives credence to how he presents himself, not as a distant, stoic politico, but as a fellow citizen whose voice is clamoring for change in endorsement of the common good. Running for the 13th congressional district in Pennsylvania, Kleinman faces substantial

opposition by the likes of Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who’s currently serving her fourth term representing the district. In the grand scheme of the approaching election, Kleinman acknowledges his own futility. “I’m running as a write-in candidate,” Kleinman explained. “My chances are really bad of actually winning. But you’ve got to start somewhere. And I’m trying hard anyway. I’m going to have vol-

the 1,500 that he collected from potential voters; Schwartz’s contest succeeded due to Kleinman’s deputy campaign manager, Patrick Morgioni, failing to register as a voting Democrat until four days after he began petitioning for the signatures. As exactly 1,000 signatures were required for Kleinman’s name to appear on the ballot, he was left with four short of 1,000. Schwartz was able to reduce his candidacy to writein status. “I think in a lot of ways, I’ve already won,” Kleinman said optimistically. “The messages got out there. A lot of people who didn’t know about Occupy Philly know about it now because of the added coverage that [my] running gave to the movement.” With this perspective in mind, it’s important to remember the context under which Kleinman is running. As a member of the Occupy movement, a lot of his time is dedicated to direct advocacy and activism. His work first and foremost concerns the people, whereas other politicians traditionally concern themselves only with whomever is scheduled

“I think in a lot of ways, I’ve already won.” NATE KLEINMAN unteers out there on election day handing out my materials and we’re doing everything we can to get as many votes as possible.” Kleinman’s write-in status means that his name doesn’t appear directly on the ballot. This wasn’t his original intent, of course. Schwartz’s campaign contested his bid to be included on the ballot, calling into question precisely 504 signatures of

to meet with them next. “I think my passion for advocacy and activism comes most directly from my family, from my parents and my grandparents,” Kleinman explained. “My grandparents were activists 50, 60, 70 years ago. And I grew up learning about the kinds of struggles they were engaged in. My grandfather went to the March on Washington when he was a teenager.” “One of the formative moments was when I was about 12 and the headmaster of my school asked my family if we would host two Bosnian students for a year during the war in Bosnia,” Kleinman explained. “And we all agreed that we absolutely should do that. So the experience of having two young people, one my age and one my older sister’s age, brother and sister themselves, living with us for an entire year, coming from a war-torn country. Suddenly, these issues of human rights were much less abstract for me.” Voting for the representative of the 13th congressional district will take place on Tuesday, April 24. Now more than ever it’s essential to realize the options open to us are not always endorsed in official print.



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How Do You View The A cry for help


The Foster Care System

Imagine that you were approached by a trusted source and informed about a 15-year-old child somewhere in the world who is in danger. You have just heard that this child is being held in an institutional setting and every movement that this young adult makes is being monitored and often dictated by workers of the institution. Most importantly, you have been told that this child is being fed a cocktail of powerful psychotropic drugs to ensure that the child will be numb to their surroundings and not act out emotionally. Okay now that you have a picture of this setting in your head, where do you imagine this child is being held? Is it a government institution in communist China or North Korea? Do you imagine that this is the plot of a movie about a secret and repulsive government experiment? Sadly, the answer is neither of those possibilities. If you were thinking along those lines, you would be sadly mistaken. The story is real, and it is the life that many youth in our nation are facing this very day. I have been describing some of the living conditions experienced by youth living in the child welfare system growing up in group homes. This semester, I have had the privilege of taking ECG 300 Foster Care Advocacy, taught by professor Justin Lee. Through this class, I have learned that the Child

Welfare System in our country is not always the saving grace for youth in danger that Hollywood makes it out to be. The truth is, the Child Welfare System is severely overburdened, heavily underfunded and its practices and laws are too often regulated by well-intentioned but ill-informed policy-makers. The system is in dire need of a complete overhaul. A big push for this reform was made in October of 2010 by Senator Charles E. Grassley and Senator Mary Landrieu, when they held a senate caucus on foster youth. This caucus resulted in the writing of “Options for Child Welfare Reform: A Call To Action,” which was a summary of their efforts. They involved experts as well as youth who had been in care and youth that were currently in care. In their “call to action,” they suggest several proposals for child welfare reform. One of the proposals that I have been focusing my writing on this year has been group home care reform, gerous psychotropic medication on youth in group care. Group homes, or congregate care, often treat their children as inmates that need to be punished or mental patients in need of treatment, rather than homes. Children need room to grow and explore as they are trying to heal from the abuse and neglect

of their pasts. These homes place restrictions on everything from telephone use to shoelaces, and lock up delinquent youth alongside children with no criminal history whatsoever. McNeely spent 15 years in care and was one of the foster care alumni who was consulted for “A Call To Action.” Charlie states “I was placed in this setting with girls who had been expelled from jail for stealing, selling dope, prostitution, etc., simply because there wasn’t a suitable family foster home for me to go to.” The truly scary part of the group home setting is the overuse of Psychotropic drugs. These medicines are most commonly utilized to control youth in group care from acting out and becoming angry and emotional, which would create more work for the group home employees. In order to be able to place these youth on these powerful drugs, the youth are often misdiagnosed with serious mental illnesses, such

subject of psychotropic drugs. He stated “I a cocktail of drugs. I had been diagnosed as depressed, bipolar, and explosive. If I did display any of the characteristics of these diseases, it was because I was living in a bad environment.” When asked about the effects of the medication, he stated “I love to write. I have always been a writer. I was on such powerful medication, I literally could not type.” He later stated that when he left the group home when he was 18, he stopped taking all of the medication with no adverse side effects. He then stated “to this day, I am afraid to take Nyquil because of the way it makes me feel.” The group homes should be a safe haven for youth in care who have nowhere else to go. “The system is overburdened” is no longer an acceptable excuse. Policy makers need to acquire the appropriate funding and resources in order to ensure that these youth are not denied their childhood.

disorder. I don’t know about you but when I was a teenager, acting out emotionally and getting angry was just part of growing up, and I was living with a “normal” family. If I was being raised in a group home, I probably would have been 10 times worse. A foster youth, who will remain anonymous, came to our class and spoke on the


Extracurricular and social activities : BY NICHOLE HANMAN Guest Writer

Foster children absolutely need the opportunity to take part in extracurricular and social activities. Academic and behavioral problems on average are worse for foster youth compared to other students. Upwards of two thirds of foster youth end up dropping out of high school before earning a diploma and 30 percent of students perform below grade level and. What is a great way to deal with these issues? The answer is simple: foster children need to become involved in social and extracurricular activities. These activities will help foster youth with academics, behavioral issues and identity development. Students have the unique chance to form strong bonds that will last a lifetime. These bonds can be with peers, teachers or staff members. Enforcing a minimum grade point average for participation would be a welcome suggestion. This would give students the incentive to perform well in the classroom to take part in activities outside

A Must Have the classroom. I know that I would certainly be motivated. The motivation may lead them to discover untapped interests and potential. They will be learning lessons in the classroom, as well as life lessons on the playgrounds

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Getting kids active and involved in activities helps them to fully develop. They will encounter new people, experiences, opportunities, and learn many new and exciting things. Extracurric-

had the following to say; “another key contributor for me while in care was being engaged at school. Early in my education, I began getting involved with extracurricular activities. It was my outlet to direct the negative situations

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Getting kids active and involved in activities helps them to fully develop.”

and society does not have to deal with mischief or criminal activities. The answer is so simple, yet why are children not being given opportunities? Unfortunately, many foster children are denied participation in extracurricular activities due the funds are either not available, or cut for these types of programs. When there is a budget crunch, activities for foster children become an easy target. Government area.

Team sports are an excellent way for foster youth to grow and develop. The team atmosphere will take away the loneliness and seclusion that a foster child may be experiencing. If a child suc-

they can succeed in the classroom. It will help them to build self-esteem and will help teach them how to interact with others.

ular activities open a child’s mind to a whole new world. Rather than focusing on what they do not have, they start to focus on what they can become. I know that I would be constantly thinking and worrying about being alone. Activities keep the mind occupied in a positive way. The focus of your mind shifts from the negative to the positive. According to Grassley and Landrieu Ashley Jackson,

I experienced at home. Entering care I was not certain how that would be affected. However, I was allowed to remain involved at school – something many foster youth are unable to do.” Chris (YAB), a foster care alumnus, “had no opportunities for extracurricular and social activities and a lot of time for mischief.” To me, it is obvious that extracurricular activities are a win-win. A child becomes well- rounded

However, how many of

direct interaction with foster children? The answer is most likely zero or close to zero. It is easy to cut funding when you are not the affected party. For a few dollars, the impact that activities and social events can have on a foster child are enormous. Their lives can be positively impacted and



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Foster Care System? Personalized Transition Plans BY JAMES FLICK Guest Writer

If you do not know about the struggles within the foster care system as well as the continued struggles foster youth face once they have exited the system, then hopefully this article will provide readers with a summary of a very extensive and complex journey foster youth face. The average age that studies show to be considered independent is roughly around the age of 24. I feel as though this is an accurate age for when total independence should be met, however for foster youth, independence hits them at the age of 18 or 21 in some more favorable circumstances. I describe the action of independence as “hitting foster youth at the age of 18” because I know that I found some sort of independence at the age of 18 but not enough to be faced with the responsibility of designating a health a place to live along with continuing education and working. All of that at the age of 18 seems like a hit to the face to me. There is currently a law in place called the “Personalized Transition Plan for Older Youth,”(Senate Caucus


In October of 2010, Pa. legislators formed a child welfare reform, called “A Call to Action,” in hopes to reform the foster care system for the youth. Although Pennsylvania has made conscious efforts in a positive direction for potential change in the Child Welfare System, there are still many areas that need improving, revising, or even for a law to be put intact. After reading through “A Call to Action” and having the opportunity to learn about the Child Welfare System through information and discussion with the foster youth, I realized that changes need to be made and they need to be made now. Every child deserves a healthy, stable life no matter what their circumstances are, so why should it be any different for the foster youth? Although creating a stable and comforting life for these children might not be easy, it is not impossible, and greater efforts need to be made in their favor. With the support from the public, and even the foster care workers,

on Foster Youth: A Call to Action). This law basically states that once the youth reach the age of 16 while still in the system, they must utilize their caseworker and any other appropriate representatives to form a projected plan for the time of their exiting of the Foster Care System. must include housing, health insurance, education, mentors, employment and acquiring other resources from outside the system,”(Senate Caucus on Foster Youth: A Call to Action). I believe this law is a stepping stone to what needs to be outlined in an entire staircase of resources and aids that should be exercised while trying to plan realistically for these youth’s lives. The planning process should be much more extensive in that most of these responsibilimanent housing and health insurance are responsibilities that require proper exposure and preparation for the means required to successfully obtain both of these examples. “Most foster youth don’t even own a cell phone or have a driver’s license,” (Youth Advisory Board) let alone know

how to enter into a lease or mortgage. The process of designing this plan should take into consideration the lack of knowledge or exposure to such documents and processes necessary to address all of these responsibilities. The Foster Care System is not some evil system to leave youth who have had less fortunate pasts behind and unattended or uncared for, the system just needs to gain a larger voice and more support to show the need for resources to be able to better prepare and aid foster youth in their transition process and create a future that is individualized to each youth and is sustainable. I have taken two ECG courses regarding the Foster Care System and with each class, my eyes are opened up to how fortunate I am and how my voice and participation in supporting the bettering of the Foster Care System will have an impact on someone whether it be one individual youth or on a much larger scale.


A Call to Action improvements are out there and can be made. In my opinion, the No. 1 problem in the Foster Care System is the overuse and over diagnosis of psychotropic drugs. When a child is taken away from his or her family due to a bad living environment at homem and then thrown into a system where they are not familiar to anyone or anything, it should be expected for the children to react very emotionally. Because each child is different, their reactions to the instability and emotional roller coaster that they are riding will vary. Some children will react in an extreme outrage of anger, while others will hold it all in and cry to themselves. This does not necessarily mean that they have anger problems or are depressed. More often than not, these children are wrongly diagnosed, and the medications that they are expected to take are causing them to have severe mental problems. Given the unique life situations of foster children, the importance of as-

sessment in the evaluation of these children is critical, and parameters associated with good clinical care need to be observed in the management of mental disorders in these children (Crismon, M. Lynn, and Tami Argo). Currently, there is no law on the psychotropic drugs for the foster youth. Although there is a proposal for a law in “A Call to Action,” there is no proposal on how many different dugs one child is given. Because the evidence of these mental disorders can be so little, detailed therapy sessions must take place to see if the foster children’s symptoms are legitimate or just a reaction to their unstable home life. Also, in the proposal, there is no statement on the concern of the mental effects that too much medication has on these foster children. A foster youth, Chris, explained how he felt. “I was so overmedicated that it felt like there was a pillow over my brain, and I couldn’t form enough of a thought to get mad,” Chris said. The Foster Care System

believed that Chris had anger problems, when in reality, once his life calmed down, he was no longer angry and did not need medication. Chris explained that the system did not take the time to understand that he was angry with his parents and the life that they provided him, which makes perfect sense. Raif, another foster youth, voiced his opinion on the topic of psychotropic medication, “Medication is not a cure for bad parenting.” Although these children might seem depressed or outraged, the Foster Care System needs to make greater efforts to analyze the real cause of these actions and feelings. Along with revising the proposal that “A Call to Action” discusses on the issue of psychotropic medication, a law needs to be put in order. Too many foster children are overmedicated and it is taking a toll on their ability to lead a normal lifestyle. Along with being numb to their feelings, their capability to think and even feel emotion is gone when

they are overmedicated. For starters, the department of health and human services must analyze the types of drugs being given to foster children. Also, the Food and Drug Administration must be sure that the foster youth are getting the right percentage of the medications, along with supervising the variety of drugs one can take at once. One medication for symptoms should usually be tried before multiple medications are prescribed (Crismon, M. Lynn, and Tami Argo). This is only the beginning of a proposal for a change on the issue of psychotropic drugs. With the dedication and motivation from the public, families and the Foster Care System, a change can be made, so that the foster youth can lead the most normal lifestyle possible.


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Top Left:Annette Donato, ‘07, Toni Donato, Angela Donato, ‘11 take a siblings photos. Top Right: Toni Donato was nine months pregnant when she died in a fatal car accident by a distracted driver. Bottom Left: The commuter LLC reached out to the foundation in order to bring awareness to distracted driving. Bottom Right: Angela Donato has spoken to many high schools about the dangers of distracted driving.

Tragedy turns sister into advocate against distracted BY CHELBI MIMS Features Editor On June 1, 2011, Angela Donato, graduate assistant in the Enrollment Management office, and her family recieved a heart wrenching call that would change their lives forever. Her sister Toni, who was nine months pregnant, was in a fatal car accident a mile from their home in Washington Township. The driver who hit her sister's car was distracted by putting information into his GPS, veered from his lane and missed two cars in front of her sister's car but crashed into Toni’s vehicle head-on. She was on the phone handsfree with their mother at the time of the accident and told her she was in a terrible crash. Their mother, their other sister, Annette, and Angela were the first to arrive on the scene of the accident. Angela gathered all the details of the accident while Annette was making calls to family members, telling them to go to the hospital. “When they were finally able to pull her out of the car, her big rock-solid belly was jello and I knew there was no way that baby was surviving,” Angela said. The day before the accident, Angela went to the OB-GYN with her sister and they heard the heartbeat of the baby and were excited about the birth of her sister’s second child. “I like to call that my last actual day with her. From seeing her the day before and seeing her after the accident was like night and day,” Angela said. At the funeral, the mother and baby were laid out together with the mother holding the baby in her arms. The baby was wearing a Christening outfit. “We were so excited when we found out it was a boy. They picked two names. If it was a girl they planned to name her Zoe and if it was a boy, Ryan Jeffery. He was beautiful," Angela said. Today, Angela works in Enrollment Management and speaks to high school students about the dangers of dis-

tracted driving. She and her family have started a foundation called the Toni Donato Bolis and baby RJ Foundation. The foundation was founded four months ago with the IRS and her first presentation was Feb. 10 at Clearview Regional High School. She then spoke at Washington Township High School, which is where the Donato sisters attended high school. “I was in The Philadelphia Inquirer and the article that was written gave my personal information and all these schools have contacted me and it shows that it’s something great that I have started here,” Angela said. The foundation is in the process of getting off the ground. “Our goal is to become the next Susan G. Komen,” Angela said. When Angela arrives at the schools, she shows a 10minute video and then talks about her sister’s story. She tells the students that she is not telling them this story to scare them but to make them aware that their eyes and ears need to be focused on the road when driving. She then has the students sign a pledge and brings two posters of her sister so the students can put a face with a name. The mission of this foundation is to educate drivers on the dangers of distracted driving through publicly sharing Toni and RJ’s story in schools and other public forums. The organization will award scholarships to students and donate its time and funds to other families in need who suffer from tragedies that parallel Toni and RJ’s loss of life. Along with the commitment to promote safe driving, the foundation will partner with legislators both on the Federal and State level to put laws in motion to create significant consequences for distracted drivers who cause automobile crashes. Angela’s work has really transformed lives of many high school and college students. She was recently honored at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. by the women and children’s committee. “I was one out of 12 women in the state of N.J. for women who make a difference,” Donato said. The commuters living and learning community on campus reached out to Angela and set up a distracted

driving awareness table in Jazzman’s Café and Bakery on April 11 and 12. Angela will also be speaking at a distracted driving rally at Cabrini later this month.

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Students help Cabrini annual fund The in’s

and outs of internships

BY JENAY SMITH Asst. A&E Editor For about two to three months out of each semester, a select few Cabrini College students are Phone-a-thon callers. Phone-a-thon students are students that call alumni, parents and friends on behalf of the Cabrini Fund. This fiscal year, their goal is a whopping $50,000. What is it like being a phone-athon caller? Some say it’s a challenge but the conversations you have with alumni, faculty and friends are priceless. “Actually the first person I called was this really nice woman who talked about how Cabrini was a great experience for her and it made a difference in her life,” Pat Schneider ,senior marketing major, said. These callers are students of different years, backgrounds, race and experiences. From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. these students make calls to alumni, past donors, people who have never given before, friends, parents and faculty. Calling this wide spectrum of people is not always an easy task according to Phone-a-thon caller Breona Palmer, freshman undeclared. She mentioned how sometimes you may have a caller or two that are a little difficult to deal with. There are even times when past donors pass away and Phone-a-thon callers are the first of the Cabrini family to find out. This makes the job very sensitive for some of the people they call. It also keeps them on their toes about professionalism and how to deal with sensitive issues. When these times come, callers are urged to stay optimistic. “Stay positive,” Schneider said. “Occasionally you’ll have people who just don’t want to donate but just don’t let that get to you and keep

BY LIA FERRANTE Asst. Perspective Editor


Phon-a-thon is a unique program where current students contact alumni and ask for donations for the Cabrini annual fund. calling and just stay positive and have fun.” The head of Phone-a-thon, Elona Lakuriqi, Cabrini’s annual fund coordinator, always encourages positive attitudes and smiles when calls are being made. She is known to often refer to “The Secret,” produced by Rohnda Byrne. “The Secret” is based off the law of attraction. The law of attraction states that you can attract anything into your life that you think about. “When you think positive you get positive results,” Lakuriqi said. This law has been proven for Lakuriqi during her time at Phon-athon and she maintains a positive attitude. “With myself, I set goals and I make sure I train my students properly and do anything necessarily to reach those goals,” Lakuriqi said. Some conversations had with donors and even non-donors are very pleasant. Sometimes the callers are graced with the opportunity to speak with people who share the

same major or extra-curriculum. Phone-a-thon callers often network and ask about the field alumni are working in. Someone actually received an internship from making phone calls with Phone-a-thon. Other callers mostly enjoy clever answering machines. Some have their children leave the outgoing messages, some like to rhyme and others love to sing. Those are the things about phonea-thon that lightens everyone’s mood. Kevin Matthews, sophomore finance major, feels that Phone-athon is a fun environment to work in and would recommend this job to anyone. “There’s not one time I think I can’t do this or that this is an unachievable goal,” Lakuriqi said.


How To:

Write a resume

BY LIA FERRANTE Asst. Perspective Editor BY BEATRICE MCQUISTON Asst. Copy Editor Are you interested in looking for a job? Have you thought about what you need to have when you have to go for an interview? Well, the No. 1 thing that you need to have prepared is your resume. Your resume is what sets you apart from your other competitors and shows your achievements and talents on a piece of paper. It is crucial that your resume looks professional and is well thought out. Your resume displays your objective of occupation, qualifications, education, skills, employment, achievements and references. Here are key points when creating your first resume. On the top of your resume you should have in bold, your name, where you’re from and your contact information. Your contact information should consist of your email address and your cell phone number. Your

main focus when creating your resume is to make sure it is easy to read and neatly organized with bullets and bold important headlines. On your resume, it is essential to list your employment history. It should be ordered from your most recent job first. Next, the resume should have your educational background. This will include your former high school, the college you now attend and your GPA. An employer looks at your professional experience the most. This will show your employer that you have worked in the real world and you know what to expect. Make sure you include a lot of experience in this section. Lastly, it is important to put down your honors and activities. This can set you apart from your competitors because it will show that you are active outside of your academics.

Applying for an internship or going in for an interview can always be frustrating. It can be hard to decide what to wear for the interview and what you are going to say. Internships are essential for getting into the work force. By proving that you have done different internships on your resume, it will set you apart from many other applicants applying for the same job. Here at Cabrini, the college provides students with helpful techniques and suggestions when applying for an internship. At the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Service, they provide any walk-ins for questions about anything in this process. “By having two to three internships on your resume, it will show employers that you have a strong work ethic and have experience working at a real job,” Samantha Gil, asst. director Co-op Career Services, said. Interviews can be nerve racking. They can cause a lot of stress for yourself. With simple tips on what to wear for an interview, you can make sure that you are looking your best for the employer. The easiest thing to remember when picking out your outfit is to always look professional. For men, they need to always remember that their suit needs to be pressed and to wear dress socks, and not just regular socks because it looks bad. Women need to make it essential not to go over the top with their outfits. It is always smart to look more professional and classy than to be dressed down. “I intern now at CBS in New York and although the commute is long I love the work experience I am receiving,” Felicia Melvin, senior communication major, said. Social media is now an essential part when an employer is looking at one’s resume. It allows a company to have a more cost-effective way for potential employees to apply to their internships. By alerting people of internships on a social media website, it costs the company nothing and it gets the word out in a fast and effective way. “Make sure your profile is clean, has no inappropriate info and create an account with LinkedIn,” Gil, said. If students are interested in applying for summer internships, it is crucial to start applying now. Cabrini College can give credit to students who intern. A student can earn up to two to six credits per semester, which totals up to 12 general elective credits. Career and job fairs are also a great place to network and meet many people looking to hire interns that after a semester of working, love to bring students on full time. “I attended a career fair at Neumann University and connected with many insurance companies that are looking for summer interns,” Sam Hallowell, junior math major, said. Internships are crucial in setting yourself apart from other students who may be applying for the same job. By getting an internship in a field that interests you and coincides with your major, you can confirm with yourself if this is really what you want your career path to look like. “Internships generate references and help you enhance your professional network,” Gil said.


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JESSE GAUNCE / copy editor

American Reunion Clerks II Beerfest SARAH LUCKERT / deputy editor

Iron Jawed Angels Crossroads Dirty Dancing

BY KRISTINE SEMPTIMPHELTER Staff Writer BY LAURA GALLAGHER Asst. Managing Editor The website that has everyone buzzing with excitement (and is my current addiction) is the virtual pin board, Pinterest. This online pinboard allows you to organize and share things of interest through photographs. The actual “pin” is an image that is uploaded to Pinterest. A pin can be added from a website using the “Pin It” button, just like the Facebook and Twitter buttons, or you can upload a picture directly from your computer. Each pin that gets added links back to the website it originally came from. Pinterest now has 11 million vistors since Jaunary, 80 percent being women between the ages of 25-44. A small team in Palo Alto, Calif., created Pinterest. The service is provided by Cold Brew Labs, Inc., but the team decided to keep it simple with the name “Pinterest.” Pinterest is like an online

scrapbook. You can follow other users who have similar interests, write comments and share others’ content. Pins can be organized by creating a board. A board is a set of pins that can be created on any topic and there is no limit to how many pins you can have in a board. Pinterest will start new users out with various boards but they can be altered to whatever suits you best. For example, my boards consist of ‘fitness,’ ‘style,’ ‘for the home,’ ‘animals’ and ‘products I love.’ There are a number of different categories to choose from such as art, design, do-ityourself, geek, sports and many more. What is most intriguing about the site is the creative ideas you can get from it for your home, wedding, style and yummy recipes. If there is a picture that you like but you do not want to follow that user, that’s okay. Liking the picture just adds it to the

“Likes” on your profile. There is also a button called “repin” that is like a “retweet.” If someone has an image that you like you can repin and add it to one of your boards. Repinning will show where the image was taken from. The caption can be edited and you can repin from a friend or a random user. As of now, Pinterest is funded by outside investments from different entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. They might try adding advertisements but have not done so yet. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networks right now. It is a great way to find creative ideas. So go online and give pinterest a try, just becareful it’s highly addictive and may cause procrastination.


Ever wanted to learn how to dougie? Or how to make a delish homemade pie? Did you ever want to learn something new without taking an expensive class or taking up a lot of time to learn it? There is always something new to learn with Snapguide, a free application and website. It allows people to create a guide for just about anything using videos, photos and words on your iPhone. It is as simple as capturing photos and videos that describe your project. Then, you publish your guide in a format that looks great on the web, on your tablet and on your iPhone. You can share your steps with others who have common interests. The photos you take can be taken right from your iPhone or unless you want to make it more professional, you can use ones right from the Internet. Using small video clips makes it easy to show a step in detail with motion. You can search for friends to follow through Facebook, Twitter, and even your address

book on your phone to others who are connected to the application. You can also search for interesting editors through featured users. Some of the guides that are currently posted include “How to make Easter Egg Pops,” “How to keep from catching a cold at work” and “How to roast your own coffee.” In some instances, the guides are done by professionals who specialize in a specific field; in others, someone with a hobby teaches something they love. There are plenty of competing online guides on the Internet, such as eHow, but Snapguide is a completely different medium, as it is created on your iPhone and the story is told through a clever and simple interface. Being able to create your own step-by-step guide gives you the power to be the teacher and to share ideas of how to make your own cell phone cover or even teach lessons of a common hiphop dance. KR252@CABRINI.EDU







Ben Vereen will be performing tributes to Broadway and artists like Sammy Davis. This is a one-man act that includes song and dance. Vereen also expresses his personal experiences through his music and dance during his performance.

Enjoy an afternoon of several collaborators and elite local acts at The Blockley. These performers travel the country putting on concerts in small, closeknit settings. WimBash brings together well-known artists and local artists under one roof.

Girls Night is a musical that trails the life of five pre-menopausal women living the good life. These ladies go out clubbing, share feelings, regrets joy and much more with each other.

Bristol Riverside Theatre, (120 Radcliffe St. Bristol, Pa.), $50-$65; $20 students, 25 and under, 8 p.m.

The Blockley, (3801 Chestnut street, Philadelphia, Pa.), $20 in advance, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Kimmel Center, (Broad & Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA.), $52, 8:00 p.m.

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Style changing “Patriotic style! I love it because it’s unique and fun.�

“My dress is my favorite part of my Forever 21.�

Ariel Brown sophomore, criminal justice major

Alexandra Saboe junior, communication major

“I got this lace shirt from Delia’s a few years ago and it’s one of my favorites.�

“My ripped sides are my favorite Robert Selmer freshman, biology major premed

Samanth Ysais sophomore, English and secondary education major

“I love my shoes because they’re EXPLODING with color.�

“My favorite thing are my sneakers. I designed them myself using Nike ID.�

Delany Hoffman sophomore, human resources major

Adrian Prawl junior, psychology major

mybaking addiction BY JENY VARUGHESE A&E Editor If you’re someone like me and love to bake or if you want to learn to bake but don’t know where to begin, then is a great blog to follow. Run by Jamie, a middle school teacher, this blog was started as a way to narrate her culinary and photography skills. The main page of the blog features some of the recent posts, which were published, as well as some of the popular recipe categories. Not only does this blog feature different recipes, it also has a section which features the basics, such as the fundamentals and essentials of baking. The fundamentals tab on the blog provides information on how to do the basics of baking and get you started. Each post in this section has pictures as well as video tutorials for the readers to follow and learn the different step-by-step process. The recipes tab on mybakingaddiction categorizes recipes into different categories, which makes it easy to find them. This blog section features recipes for different appetizers, cakes and many other food categories. The blog section of mybakingaddiction features blog posts by Jamie as well as other guest writers about different recipes. This blog also features a giveaways section where readers who wish to participate are asked to answer a question and then one person is selected to receive the giveaway. I like that the recipes tab on mybakingaddiction is broken down into different categories. I also like the simplicity of the direction for the recipes, which are featured on the blog. The next time you are planning on baking something simple or if you just want to try your hand at baking, visit www.

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This expanded exhibit will feature two facets of Warhol’s career, “Silver Clouds� and some of his “screen shots.� The screen shots recreate the 1966 exhibition at the Castelli Gallery in New York City.

This photo exhibit captures not only rock and roll artists but also the ones who captured the artists. The photography of the early rock and roll days sheds light on the uniqueness of rock and roll that would not be captured any other way.

April is featuring creative ambassador and jazz pianist Orrin Evans. This is a classic monthly jam session. Evans was recognized by NPR as one of the top 10 best of Jazz in 2011. This event is apart of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month.

Reading Public Museum, (500 Musem Road, Reading, Pa.), $10, all-day event

Allentown Art Museum, (31 North 5th St., Allentown, Pa.), adults $12, all-day event

Kimmel Center, (260 South Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa.), free, $4 beers $5 wines, 8 p.m.

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‘Titanic 3D’ commemorates 100th anniversary of sinking BY CAROL DWYER Copy Editor The 100th anniversary of the sinking of White Star Line’s R.M.S. Titanic brought about the re-release of James Cameron’s film, “Titanic,” to cinemas once again. This time, the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet joined a growing list of other cinematic works being given the 3D treatment. With the release of so many 3D films lately, some not so great for that reason if not other elements, it posed the question of how well “Titanic” would do with the same effects. As for the 3D version, this was unlike other films with that technological effect because of the story in history and a location few can go to. The 3D effects made the film more vivid as well as creating stronger human emotions represented throughout the story. Even for those who are not fans of the 3D trend, it is worth checking out how it comes together for the re-release of “Titanic.” In scenes of Jack and Rose strolling along on the first class deck, the addition of 3D gives audiences a sense of walking with them. As Jack and Rose talk about fun goals ahead and gaze out to sea, the ship’s railings seem within reach. Of course, the 3D also brought haunting details of Titanic, its wreck site and lifeboat passengers’ point of view as the ship sinks. When the expedition team searches the wreck for the Heart of the Ocean diamond with a submersible robot, audiences could see further into the halls and rooms. In other scenes, it was simply the more intricate detail that the 3D really brought


The tragic romance of Jack and Rose, now a classic story for many generations, came back to the big screen in rememberance of the 100th anniversay of the Titanic’s sinking. out to the film’s audience. This goes down to the tiniest details, including the carvings on first class fireplaces and the embellishments on Rose’s dresses. Some images in various scenes are slightly blurred, yet that only further draws out the important focal point of a particular moment. According to Pamela McClintock’s Hollywood Reporter article, the 3D effects brought to Cameron’s “Titanic” earned the film $200 million as of April 16. Unlike recent 3D films, the reception of “Titanic” in 3D already had a few other aspects in its favor. Many people are very interested in the great ship’s history via Britannica, from its construction in Belfast, Ireland

to its demise in the North Atlantic. At the Academy Awards 14 years ago, Cameron’s film won 11 out of 14 Oscar nominations as stated on IMDB. DiCaprio himself is a draw for the film’s many female fans and Winslet has since gone on to become an Oscarwinning actress. The romance that blossomed between Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Winslet) has become a timeless favorite. Rose’s dresses became a source of inspiration for girls’ formal attire following the 1997 film, according to a Google News archived article by the Albany Herald on April 15, 1998. This trend may repeat as

the film and Jack and Rose’s love gain a new generation of fans, especially due to 3D effects showing the dresses in greater detail. Along with the film, news and social media sites marked the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking on April 15, 1912. According to Fox News, on a memorial cruise following Titanic’s path, passengers remembered the lives lost that night.


Poetry celebrated in month-long tradition BY CAROL DWYER Copy Editor Spring is a romantic time of year as many flower blossoms come into sight throughout our natural surroundings. Adding to the romance of spring is the celebration of writing in poetic form, with April deemed National Poetry Month. Poetry is not just romantic in terms of love but also in the sense that it relays passionate messages the poet believes in and wants to share. According to the Poets website, the tradition of celebrating the creative work of poetry began in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. In written and spoken form, poetry is personal not only to the author but to its audience members who find something in it to which they connect. The Holy Spirit Library is taking part in the celebration of poetry by displaying culturally diverse poetry books. The library’s collection has works by British, Irish, American, Uruguayan and Latino writers. This follows the history of National Poetry Month, as it was an idea that grew on the heels of two other famous month-long celebrations, Black History Month and Women’s History Month, according to the poets website. As students head into the stairwell to the library’s second floor, they’ll find more than books of poetry on display. There are also books on the crafts of poetry and writing to strengthen budding talent. Look closely at the library’s displays; the notecards placed among its poetry books add encouragement to the pursuit of interest in poetic works. “There have been some people taking pictures of the books on display,” Lawral Wornek, systems librarian, said. “Hopefully, they’ll check them out later.” The poets website provides a great deal of useful information to those with a love of poetry, whether written or spoken. Check out their section entitled “30 Ways to Celebrate” as well as the listing of “This Year’s Programs”


The Holy Spirit Library displays diverse poetry books to celebrate poetry month. to further indulge in and appreciate great poetic works. Finding a local poetry-related event via the poets website is another simple way to join in the literary celebration. Under “Poetry Near You,” lovers of poetic works will see “Poetry Map” which then points to a listing of all 50 states. A wealth of information pertaining to poetry and a given state is then shown. The Poetry Foundation website includes a bookmarking feature that allows users to store their favorite poetry. “‘Spring and Fall’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins,” Jen Hasse, reference librarian, said. “That’s a favorite that comes to mind.” The poem is brief and can be read in full on Poem Hunter, a website which suggests other poets whose works readers may also enjoy. The collection of poetry books at the Holy Spirit

Library has works by many well-known poets. These include Alfred Lord Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane and more. For those who further seek reading poetry in the spirit of celebrating this literary form, Christian Science Monitor lists its top four bestsellers. Feeling inspired by the celebration of National Poetry Month? Newcomers and future writers alike will find that there is a wealth of resources for honing their talents. Along with celebrating poetry, the month of April also includes a National Library Week to bring interest to reading. Throughout the month, the campus community holds a variety of events to celebrate literary work. CD466@CABRINI.EDU


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‘Boots’ provides softball team with support, strong pitching BY MARYKATE MCCANN Asst. Copy Editor ‘Boots,’ better known as junior criminology and sociology major Marcelle Crist, has a passion for softball, an obsession with cowgirl boots and a second language that is out of the ordinary. Crist started her softball career at the age of 10 and has been going at it ever since. She played the sport all four years at Chichester High School in Upper Chichester, Pa. and her softball journey wasn’t going to end there. “Cabrini College is the only place I applied to,” Crist said. “I also looked at Point Park in Pittsburgh but I just wanted to go here.” Playing softball was not the deciding factor when it came to what college to attend. “I came here for the education,” Crist said. “Going to grad school in California and studying the homicide department was my main focus.” Crist’s parents have been there for her since day one. She also grew up using sign language in order to communicate with her mom. To her, it wasn’t different, it was normal. “I grew up to a language people think is difficult,” Crist

said. “My mom is deaf but I didn’t think anything of it. When she yells, she really yells, because she doesn’t realize how loud or soft she is actually speaking.” Since freshman year, ‘Boots’ has played a huge role on the Cabrini College women’s softball team. Whether she is in the game or resting, her voice is always heard. “Her nickname is ‘Boots’ because she had an obsession with wearing cowboy boots her freshman year,” Sammy Thompson, senior shortstop, said. “I enjoy wearing cowboy boots,” Crist said. “That was an easy target [for a nickname], I guess.” Crist is known to make people laugh and bring up the team’s morale whenever they are down. “Marcelle is one of the most supportive and encouraging girls on the team,” Taylor McGarvey, junior outfielder, said. “Batting against her in practice has helped me build confidence and get better at the plate.” “As a pitcher and leader on the team, you have to know how to compose yourself,” Thompson said. “She does a very good job of that.” According to McGarvey, Crist loves Disney movies and enjoys going to concerts. She also listens to One Direction before every game. Just like most athletes, Crist tends to be a little supersti-

tious when it comes to games. She washes and straightens her hair before every game, even if she has to wake up early to do it. “I also wear my pop pop’s ring on my necklace at every game,” Crist said. “I hold it while batting and let go right when the pitch is coming.” “She always has an upbeat personality, cheering us on,” Lea Enoch, freshman outfielder, said. “I love playing with her and I’m going to miss her once she graduates next year.” As a freshman, Crist hit .227 in 14 starts and struck out 21 batters in 90.1 innings. She received CSAC Honorable Mention and was named to the All-Academic Team. Primarily a pitcher, Crist currently has a 7-9 record with 36 strikeouts in 87.1 innings pitched this season. With a 15-17 record through April 14, the Cavs hope to finish the 2012 season strong. “We are going to do what we can to win Cabrini College and ourselves a CSAC championship,” Crist said.


IN THE DUGOUT WITH MARCELLE CRIST 1. How did you get the nickname ‘Boots?’

4. What professional sports teams do you root for?

- I have an obsession with cowgirl boots.

- The Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Steelers.

2. What band do you enjoy listening to?

5. Who is your favorite professional athlete?

- One Direction.

- Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies second baseman).

3. Do you have any superstitions?

6. In terms of personality, how would your team-

- I wash and straighten my hair before every game. I also wear my pop pop’s ring on my necklace at every game.

- Being supportive and encouraging.

mates describe you?


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Club lacrosse offers unique, competitive atmosphere BY ROB RICHES Asst. News Editor In addition to the 16 varsity sports that Cabrini offers, there are also a variety of club sports offered as well. One example is the men’s club lacrosse team. The club lacrosse team is ideal for those who want to play lacrosse as a Cavalier but may lack the time needed to commit at the varsity level. “We come out two to three times a week and throw together a scrimmage for practice,” John Kidd, senior criminology major and leader of the team, said. “We set up games with other schools and try to win.” The website for club sports states that they “can offer stiff competition against club and JV teams from other colleges in the region,” and that they “are a great way to try your hand at something new, get to know like-minded people and get the thrill of playing other schools.” The team gets to face off against area schools such as Temple University and Drexel University, providing an intense and fun atmosphere for the players. “It’s awesome and we’re all just having fun,” Brian Sugden, junior communication major, said. “We get to blow off some steam and have a good time.” According to the official website for clubs on campus, club lacrosse is intended “for male students interested in the fundamentals of lacrosse.” Anybody can play regard-

less of skill level or experience. “We have three guys on the team now who have never played before,” Kidd said. For the new lacrosse players, starting the sport requires practice but basic skills can be attained after a short period of time.

“We’re all good friends who play together. We’re all just having fun.” Brian Sugden

“I recommend buying a stick and a ball over the summer and just bouncing the ball off of a wall,” Kidd said. “If you play enough wall-ball, you’ll be ready to go by the time the season rolls along.” Finding equipment is not hard, as it can be found at various sporting goods stores in the area. Equipment, such as sticks, can be found at a relatively inexpensive cost. The club lacrosse team employs 27 players on the roster, relatively small compared to the 44-man roster used by the varsity team. However, the smaller roster proves to be no problem or challenge to the team, as it provides for

close friendships and a strong bond between teammates. “We’re all good friends who play together,” Sugden said. “We’re all just having fun.” While the club lacrosse team enjoys the opportunity to get out and play on a less-competitive level, they still have priorities. “The main part is that we get our schoolwork done first,” Sugden said. “Then we get to go out and play.” Critics may not understand why the college has two lacrosse teams for men. However, several players do feel that there is a difference. “We have more fun,” Kidd said, laughing. “That’s all it is.” If one is interested in signing up for club lacrosse next season, they can reach the team at mclublax@cabrini. edu. Additionally, one can attend an interest meeting in the fall semester, visit the team’s official Facebook page or contact Orlin Jespersen in the Dixon Center. The club’s last home game of the season is scheduled for Friday, April 20, at Edith Robb Dixon Field, so anyone interested can go watch and see the action first-hand.


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Playoff hockey not

about violence


Cavs erupt for 24 goals on Senior Day BY NICK LAROSA

Cabrini’s men’s lacrosse team exploded for 24 goals in a 24-5 victory over Immaculata University on Saturday, April 14, at Edith Robb Dixon Field. For seniors Joe Arrell, Brian Hill, John McSorley and Andrew Zelinski, the game was their last regular season home contest. The Cavs wasted little time jumping out to a lead and had already tallied nine goals by the end of the first quarter. At the half, Cabrini led 18-1 over the Mighty Macs. Hill led the Cavs with four goals on eight shots and was one of four players to score at least twice in the win. He was accompanied by freshman attack Damian Sobieski and sophomore attack Corey Elmer, who each scored twice. Junior midfielder Andrew Layne also added a hat trick for Cabrini, the first of his career. In the first two quarters alone, Cabrini fired 32 shots at

Immaculata goalkeeper Max Bonhage, who was charged with the loss. Immaculata was only able to take 21 shots over the course of the afternoon and managed just 18 ground balls, compared to Cabrini’s 55. Junior goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki made eight saves in just over 40 minutes for his 10th win of the year. Freshman Wes Odell and junior Kevin Gallagher also made appearances in net for Cabrini. In addition to Hill, Arrell and McSorley each recorded at least one point while Zelinski fired four shots on net. The four goals from Hill give him a team-high 32 and his 46 points this year are second on the team. While the loss dropped Immaculata to 2-11 on the season, Cabrini extended their winning streak to nine games and improved to 10-2 this spring. Up next for the Cavs is a CSAC matchup against the Neumann University Knights on Saturday, April 21. NAL42@CABRINI.EDU


Lady Cavs rout Neumann, earn fifth win BY KEVIN DURSO

Three members of the Cabrini women’s lacrosse team netted hat tricks in the Lady Cavs’ 17-9 win over Neumann University on Saturday, April 14, at Edith Robb Dixon Field. A pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the first half by senior attack Jacky McDermott and freshman midfielder/attack Lacie Doubet gave the Lady Cavs an early lead. Neumann knotted the score with under 17 minutes left in the half on a pair of goals separated by 19 seconds. Less than two minutes later, McDermott broke the tie with her second of three goals on the game. Cabrini wouldn’t relinquish the lead from there, carrying a 10-5 lead into halftime backed by hat tricks by McDermott and Doubet. Doubet added two assists for a five-point game while McDermott also posted an assist to finish with four points.

The Lady Cavs also controlled the second half, backed by another hat trick, this one by sophomore attack Sarah Means. All three of her goals came in the final 12 minutes of the game. Freshmen Melissa Scanzano, Sara Carzo and sophomore Breanna Thompson each scored twice in the win. Eight different Lady Cavs scored in the win with several of them posting multi-point games. Sophomore goalkeeper Janel Folkomer made eight saves. The win improves the Lady Cavs to 5-8 on the season. They are now 5-1 in CSAC play, which ranks them second in the CSAC. The Lady Cavs close their season with a pair of home games. They host Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday, April 21 and end the regular season with Senior Day against Widener University on Tuesday, April 24.


The Stanley Cup playoffs should be about hockey, not violence. Sure, fighting and those little scrums that happen after a whistle is blown can get violent but so far, it’s gone a little farther than that and we’ve seen it in almost every series. After game three of the Bruins-Capitals series, Caps star forward Nicklas Backstrom received a match penalty for cross-checking Bruins forward Rich Peverley in the back of the head. Backstrom has been suspended for game four. In addition to that, Madison Square Garden saw an ugly incident during game two of the Rangers-Senators series in which Rangers forward Carl Hagelin elbowed Daniel Alfredsson of the Senators in the head and gave him a concussion. That led to another incident in the same game as Senators defenseman Matt Carkner sucker punched Rangers defenseman Brian Boyle in the back of the head as he was down on the ice. There have been other incidents in other series’ in which dirty hits have been distributed and suspensions have been given out but those two have been the most talked about so far. That said, the series that has literally every hockey fan talking is...drum roll, please...FlyersPenguins. In just three games, I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed so much dirty play from just one team and you know which one I’m talking about. There’s been hair pulling, sucker punching, late hits and so much more. If the NHL is leaning on the Penguins as its golden franchise, they need to think about switching it up. Pittsburgh exemplifies everything that is wrong with hockey. If you’re not a Penguins fan, you more than likely hated them already. After this series, how could anyone outside of Pittsburgh not hate them? I dislike both teams but I hope the Flyers finish the job. When will it end? When did the playoffs become about which player can knock out who? Are the New Orleans Saints somehow involved in this? Cheap shots and diving are things the NHL wants to get rid of, yet it’s happening all over the place. This is not the time and place for it. It looks bad on the league and the players and the fans should not have to talk about players laying out dirty hits over the outcome of a game. This will stop when Sidney Crosby, Alex Burrows and others are not playing into May and June.



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Tennis continues CSAC winning streak BY KEVIN DURSO

The men’s tennis team remained undefeated in CSAC play by beating the Neumann University Knights in a CSAC match on Friday, April 13, by a score of 7-2. Seniors Justin Lutteroty, Ian Monson and Nate Martin, as well as junior Ryan Juhring and freshman Anthony DiCicco, picked up wins in individual matches, which Cabrini won 4-2. Lutteroty and Monson also teamed up for a doubles win. Juhring and Martin scored a doubles win, which paced Cabrini to a 2-1 win in doubles play. Rich Aldrete, 10th-year head coach, said that with a weaker conference, the possibility of getting an NCAA bid is better. That helps as a recruiting tool, one that has helped add some new faces to the Cabrini lineup, most notable Juhring and DiCicco. “Ryan has been just tremendous,” Aldrete said. “He’s beaten five or six players that could easily be the best in the conference.” Juhring joined the team as a walk-on during this season in the departure of senior Jake Neary. DiCicco is Cabrini’s

top recruit this season and possibly a CSAC Rookie of The Year candidate. “He comes to us with some very good pedigree coming from Middle Township,” Aldrete said. “He had a big win as a freshman. Playing No. 1 spot is a lot of pressure and that sets him up for Rookie of The Year.” The Cavaliers also won on Saturday, April 14, in another CSAC match against Keystone College, also by a score of 7-2. They were swept 9-0 by King’s College on Sunday, April 15, in a non-conference match. Cabrini’s record improved to 5-11 over the weekend, which featured two CSAC wins. All of Cabrini’s losses have come against top Division III schools. The experience is something the players are using as a tool to build on their conference success. “I think they just really helped us in terms of competition,” Monson said. “We’ve played a lot of good teams out of conference and I think that just helps in our practice to win these conference matches.” Monson joins his senior teammates Lutteroty, Martin and Walter Jesuncosky in the hunt to win the team’s first CSAC title since 2000-01. The team that ended Cabrini’s bid for the title last season, Marywood University, will be

the toughest challenge. Marywood is also undefeated in the CSAC and faces Cabrini in the regular-season finale on Saturday, April 21. The match will likely decide the final seeding of the CSAC tournament. The Cavaliers still have two matches left on their season. They are scheduled play on Friday, April 20, against Rosemont and the main event on Saturday against Marywood. Both matches are being held at the Dixon Courts. Both the Cavalier players and coaches alike are eagerly anticipation this match of high stakes. “I’m really looking forward to next Saturday when we play Marywood with the two undefeated teams,” Aldrete said. “I know we’re going to finish at least second which is good because we wouldn’t have to worry about facing them in the first round of the playoffs. Even though it’s regular season, I want to win that match.” “We’re looking forward to it and I think we can beat them,” Monson said. “It’s really just the top three that will be our toughest matches.”





Cavalier Athletic Calendar Thursday, April 19

Friday, April 20

Softball vs. Delaware Valley College 3 p.m. (doubleheader)

Men’s Tennis vs. Rosemont College 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 21 Men’s Tennis vs. Marywood University 12 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. Gwynedd-Mercy College 12 p.m.

Softball @ Keystone College 1 p.m. (doubleheader) Men’s Lacrosse @ Neumann University 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 22

Monday, April 23

Tuesday, April 24

Wednesday, April 25

No Events

No Events

Golf @ Messiah College Spring Invite 12 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse @ Rosemont College 4 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Widener University 4 p.m.

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