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MISSION The Loquitur student newspaper and website are integral parts of the educational mission of the Cabrini Communication department, namely, to educate students to take their places in the public media. The newspaper and website provide a forum of free expression. All members of the college community may submit work to the editors for possible inclusion. Publication is based on the editorial decision of the student editors.

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An identity tested: University defends immigrants and refugees in face of adversity Founded upon social justice, the heart of Cabrini University beats to the sound of the diversity that flows through its veins. Its very mission is given life by the students, faculty and staff of all religions, cultures and backgrounds. Our mission constantly challenges all of us and others to embrace our individual differences that make us beautiful as a whole. To this we owe a gracious tip of our graduation caps to our namesake and patroness of immigrants, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, and all other fierce advocates who provided for us an opportunity to learn- no matter what our background may be. Since becoming Cabrini’s president, Dr. Donald Taylor has worked tirelessly to make sure that students of all minorities would have the opportunity to receive an education of the heart. Taylor’s actions have included making Cabrini University a Hispanic Serving Institution, by partnering with organizations such as the National Hispanic Institute and Esperanza as well as by creating and strengthening partnerships with schools in the Americas, EuWIKIMEDIA COMMONS / HAEFERL rope and Asia. However, on Friday, Jan. 27 an executive order was issued by People around the country protest in favor of allowing refugees into President Trump that seeks to destroy the very oxygen our campus the United States. requires to breath. The national ban on immigrants and refugees challenges and those that have been forcibly displaced. Some of America’s greatest engineers, scientists, artists, teachers, quite frankly weakens to the core the very principles that this instituphilosophers and citizens found themselves to once be immigrants. tion and country were founded. Our university thrives on the heartbeats of its students. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Taylor signed a letter of his own, promising to No matter where they come from. “continue to protect all of our students—each and every one.” On the dreams its students hold to be the next great citizens of this He continued by stating that Cabrini has always been a university that welcomes immigrants, refugees and undocumented students. country. On the told-you-sos of all those that were once deemed unwelTherefore, the university took the action of signing a letter from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities promising not to come. On the success stories of those that were told they were not smart voluntarily identify undocumented students. enough to receive a college degree. Now more than ever, people are afraid. Our university thrives on the diversity that flows through its walls. As humans, we fear the unknown. And so does this country. However, the people being targeted by the ban are not a threat. Loquitur Media stands in solidarity with Dr. Taylor, our readers They themselves are fleeing from the very terrorism that we fear. With more than 65 million refugees in our world today it is crucial and all of those protesting the injustice of this order. for the United States to be a beacon of light, liberty and hope for all

Starting in 2018 Pennsylvania state IDs will not meet Homeland Security’s approval for travel the Pennsylvania legislature has barred any changes to driver’s licenses that would make them compliant with the new federal regulations. Lawmakers argue that this new policy is costly and states should not have to pay. Passports are needed in order to fly domestically as well, which is causing confusion and frustration among citizens. People without passports will not be able to get past airport security. “I don’t see the correlation between us needing a passport to travel within our very own country,” junior communication major Xavier Taylor said. “What happens when we drive across state lines? Will we have to bring our passports everywhere with us?” According to Communications Director for the PA Department of Transportation, Rich Kirkpatrick, “If the law would repeal so that PennDOT can adapt to the new federal law, it would take 18 to 24 months to make all of the system changes needed to bring the state into full compliance. It is very likely Homeland Security would grant WIKIMEDIA COMMONS another extension if the law is repealed, but that is ultimately their New federal law creates major setbacks for travelers with state iden- decision. PennDOT has made many upgrades to the driver license security over periods time.” tification cards. “The details of this new federal law need to be clarified,” junior marketing major Alexis Schwartz said. “A passport is not a cheap BY LAUREN STOHLER form of identification to obtain, and it usually takes a lot of time to Staff Writer get one. In certain states your passport is imprinted onto your ID, so I wonder if they will do that for the states this is affecting.” A new federal law will be implemented on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018 Although no changes are currently implemented, advertisements making Pennsylvania and other various state IDs invalid for all air and signs reiterating the new policy are slowly appearing in airports travel, federal buildings, military bases and nuclear power plants. in the states where this new policy enforces change. Citizens with a Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Washington or Pennsylvania identification cards starting in January 2018 will be required to obtain a passport for proper identification that meets Homeland Security’s LAURENJSTOHLER@GMAIL.COM approval. “It seems like more of a pain than anything,” junior criminal justice major Samantha Viera said. “Even though I’m from New York and have a New York state ID, this will be a major setback for many Americans.” According to WNEP 16, PennDOT officials brought to light that

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Shape, reflect and celebrate: Cabrini turns 60

BY MARISSA ROBERTO AND EMILY ROWAN Lifestyles Editor and Photo Editor 60 years. 60 years of growth. 60 years of success. 60 years of educating hearts. “60 years old. That is a long time,” Dr. Joseph Romano, philosophy professor, said after a reading of Cabrini history as the celebration of the anniversary started. Jan. 26, 2017 marked the kickoff to celebrate Cabrini’s 60th birthday. A celebration was held in Cabrini’s historic mansion. It was a joyous occasion bringing together faculty, staff, some of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, students and more. Those in attendance not only enjoyed reminiscing fondly on all of their old Cabrini memories, but spoke excitedly about the future of the university and how it will continue to grow. Cherishing the memories of the past “When I was a student here, we were an all women’s college still,” graduate of the class of 1971 Nancy Gorevin Costello said. “We were only 94 in our class, which by today’s classes is really really small. But there were only 394 students total, so you got to know everybody.” Nancy Costello came to Cabrini College as a freshman in 1969. Her class lived in Grace Hall for two years then moved into the newly built Woodcrest Hall. “We thought Woodcrest was just the best thing. Our class never got a chance to live in the mansion because we were too big and the mansion did not have as many rooms. We thought being the first ones in this building [Woodcrest Hall] was neat and modern and at the time it was so exciting,” she said. As a junior, Costello was president of student government and was inspired to start raising awareness of issues happening on the college campus. She organized a student protest in the courtyard of the mansion. It was a very peaceful protest as the students showed up with candles. “We were seeking better food in the cafeteria, we were seeking change in curfews (to extend our curfew because we actually had to be in at a certain hour as quaint as that may sound), we were hoping to be able to have guys come visit us at the dorms for certain hours, so those were our big issues,” Costello said. “We felt very empowered by it, that we were standing up for our cause.” At the time, Sister Regina Casey was president. She very graciously listened to Costello and her classmates’ needs and said she would take each one of their concerns into consideration. “In the four years that I was here, I saw a tremendous evolution,” she said. “Cabrini College went from a school that could have been seen as more of a convent school [to a more progressive school].” In the first six weeks of her freshman year, Costello experienced Mother Ursula Infante’s, the founding president’s, school policies. “They would just close campus on Mondays. You could not go off campus; literally we were not permitted to go off,” she said. “It was Mother Ursula’s belief, and I respected that. She wanted us to prepare ourselves for the academic week ahead, so therefore you just had to be in the academic mindset

and ready to engage in your studies for the remainder of the week.” After Mother Ursula left, Sister Barbara Leonardo came in as acting president. Costello saw she was very progressive and aware of changing trends in education, and the campus began to evolve. After graduation, Costello always remained active with Cabrini and its alumni association. She was invited by Sister Eileen Currie to work for the college in the office of institutional advancement. Following that role, Costello was appointed director of the Mission Integration program, taking over for Sister Regina Casey, who she previously protested against. Costello now works as the communications director for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and is the website director. “[With the 60th Anniversary], it is very edifying to see that the college began with 43 women, largely through the inspiration and the commitment of the missionary sisters, has now grown and prospered and is so diverse with men and women,” she said. “It has such a wide variety of academic offerings and majors, now more recently with the doctoral program. It makes me proud to look back and say we did it because many [Catholic universities] have closed in those years.” This university will always be a part of Costello. She feels such a strong connection and great happiness for the campus and sees great things for its future. “What is heartening is that in an age when many small liberal arts colleges, some of them Catholic some of them not, are having a struggle with enrollment, we are bucking those trends. There is excitement here. There is dynamism here. I think it’s the university status. I think it’s the sense of a diversifying campus.” The importance of a Cabrini degree “I firmly believe the imprint of Cabrini University is much larger than its 112 acres,” Steve Highsmith, a graduate of Cabrini College in 1988, said. One of his best memories being at Cabrini involves the faculty he had while he was a student. Professors like Jim Hedtke really resonated with him. With every class he took, he connected what he learned in his classes to his everyday life. “Their impact on me positively, intellectually and then understanding how to navigate the world, the decisions you have to make and what your challenges are going to be and how history informs all of that and just the other things you need to know, [the faculty] just really did a good job,” Highsmith said. Being on campus is also one of his fondest memories. He would have time gaps in between his classes and just explore. “To take that study break and walk throughout the campus and just be in this beautiful place, it was inspirational. So for me, it really resonated,” he said. Cabrini has changed in that there are new buildings on campus and the demographics have changed since he was a student. Highsmith now works at Cabrini as the vice president of institutional advancement. He oversees alumni relations and fundraising efforts. Highsmith feels Cabrini has evolved rather than changed.

“It is a maturing of what the original mission is. This idea of the education of the heart: being able to learn the things you need to learn to be successful in your career or job, but also to be able to learn those other aspects of what it means to be of personal faith, or a good person,” Highsmith said. “I think that the institution of Cabrini College, now University, continually gets better and better at being able to manifest what [the mission] means.” The 60th anniversary, to Highsmith, is a wonderful mile marker that says Cabrini has come a long way. “The integrity of the Cabrini degree continues to rise in importance and strengthen and I think that is a wonderful thing. I think Cabrini is going to be a leader in Catholic social teaching. It is also going to be a leader in education,” he said. “Cabrini’s future is bright, strong and one of leadership in the United States and quite frankly as part of the whole Cabrini charism around the world.” Cabrini continues to grow “It is a great time to stop, pause and celebrate the accomplishments of so many who made the school what it is today,” President Dr. Donald Taylor said. Taylor was very excited to kickoff the 60th anniversary celebration. He feels this time is a reminder that the school has evolved tremendously. “Initially, the vision was that it was going to be an orphanage, and then it was going to be a two-year school and then it was going to be a four-year for women only,” Taylor said. “You have to keep evolving and changing and growing as an institution because if you don’t, you stay the status quo. To move forward, you have to be willing to change.” Taylor has big plans for change to come in the next few years. “We will have a campus center, that will have an auditorium for gathering, a theatre for concerts, TEDTalks, with all of the state of the art technology. We will have something like a Starbucks in that. The residential students will have a video arcade, bowling alley, mini cinema, all of the things they want to not be viewed as a suitcase campus.” Furthermore, “There will be space for interfaith prayer and the other activities of our student government and co- curricular programs. We will expand on-campus housing opportunities, not only for traditional undergraduates, but for graduate students, international students. We will have a completely renovated library, as well as have academic centers of excellence in areas like domestic violence and immigration studies. We will have finally solved our parking issue.” While great changes are in store, Taylor and the rest of the Cabrini community are dedicated to preserving the 60 years that lead to such success. “While remaining true to our Catholic Identity and the Cabrini charism it will be a decade of growth. However, we will continue to honor the work of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and their legacy.” MARISSANROBERTO@GMAIL.COM EMILYROSEROWAN@GMAIL.COM

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Cabrini celebrates 60th anniversary with a world record attempt BY CECELIA HECKMAN Editor-in-Chief Each year, the Cabrini community works to engage themselves in acts of service and giving. This year they used that goal to celebrate Cabrini’s 60th anniversary and break a world record all in one big event, Sox for 60. Currently the world record for the largest sock drive in eight hours at a single location is 2,459 pairs of socks. Cabrini University hopes to claim that record in Grace Hall from 12-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Why socks? Cabrini has been partnered with The Joy of Sox since their founding in 2010, with their founder being married to one of Cabrini’s trustees, Nancy Costello. “For the 60th we felt as though it was a natural connection,” Jacqueline Marciano, director of alumni engagement and annual giving for institutional advancement, said. “It’s a name that our constituents are familiar with and can easily get behind.” The Joy of Sox are not looking for just any type of socks for this drive. The preferred donation is men’s wool socks. This type is best for the homeless population receiving the socks, as regular socks are simply not durable or waterproof enough to keep them healthy. “Wool socks are a breathable fabric and cotton holds in the moisture. So, if you are a homeless person you’re not changing your socks everyday and if you have the moisture being held against your skin it’s going to cause infections and other problems,” Jessica Webster, director for conferences and events at Cabrini, said. “So the wool socks is what is needed, and men’s in particular is because 85 percent of the homeless population in Philadelphia is men.” While these socks may be expensive if buying them from a store, Cabrini has already purchased many two-packs of these socks from a local distributor in order to resell to anyone looking to participate. Student participation is especially encouraged, with a special prize for the class that has the most participation. “We want them to as a whole come together and try and compete against each other,” Marciano said. “The class that has the most participation through our sock shops will win a special lunch in the mansion on Feb. 24, but it’s only the people who participate. So, if you don’t play, you don’t get an invitation, even if your class wins.” These “sock shops” will be located throughout campus for the convenience of students, faculty and staff. Beginning Monday, Feb. 6, two-packs of the men’s wool socks can be purchased for $5 from the Alumni and SEaL offices during normal business hours Monday through Friday. There will also be a “sock shop” in Founder’s lobby and the Dixon Pavilion from Feb. 6-14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Cabrini is attempting to break the world record for largest single location sock drive in eight hours at the “Sox for 60” event. After purchasing the socks, do not forget to bring them to Grace Hall for donation on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Those who cannot physically attend can give their socks to a friend to be donated. Marciano encourages existing clubs and organizations to come donate together as a community that day. “There’ll be activities that day,” Marciano said. “You can write letters, well wishes to the homeless, a photo booth, games and food- sock food.” CECELIAHECKMAN@GMAIL.COM


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Are gun violence incidents misrepresenting the mentally ill? BY JACLYN LABES News Editor Since 2013, there have been at least 205 school shooting incidents throughout America. In the wake of gun-violence incidents in American schools, two positions are always voiced. Should there be stricter gun control,or should the mental health of potential shooters be the focus? On the one side, former president Barack Obama has repeatedly called for more gun control. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred on Dec. 14, 2013, in Newtown, Conn., Obama pledged new firearm proposals. On the other side, advocates say it is not guns but the mental stability of the shooters that is the cause. They place an emphasis on mental health. Representative Howard Coble, Republican of North Carolina, expressed his opposition to Obama on the topic of gun control. “I think it is more of a mental health problem than a gun problem right now,” Coble said. “Traditionally states that enact rigid, inflexible gun laws do not show a corresponding diminishment in crime.” The connection between mental health and gun violence is very different in reality to the message presented by President Donald Trump. Trump calls for mental health reform in his Second Amendment policy paper, but he has no detailed plan that explains what these reforms entail and how they will help people. What do psychologists have to say about mental health and shooters? According to a study published by the American Psychological Association in 2014, there was no predict-

able pattern linking criminal conduct and mental illness symptoms over time. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, fewer than five percent of gun-related deaths between 2001 and 2010 were caused by individuals diagnosed with a mental illness. “We have the same rate of mental illnesses as any other developed nation,” Diana Trasatti, Cabrini alumna and volunteer communication lead of the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Gun Sense in America, said. “We just have ridiculously higher rates of gun deaths.” The data shows that people with mental illness only make up a small portion of those who have caused gun-related deaths. According to a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, mass shootings by people with a mental illness have received significant news coverage in the media, which has created negative attitudes among the public. “It is very important for college students to know their facts about and have a stance on the issue of gun violence,” Trasatti said. “91 people are killed everyday through gun violence in America.” According to an informal questioning recently conducted at Cabrini University, 40 out of 44 college students between the ages of 18-24 believe that there should be laws in place in the United States to prevent someone with a mental illness from purchasing a gun. An assumption that frequently arises in the aftermath of a mass shooting is that mental illness causes gun violence. According to the American Journal of Public Health, this issue becomes obscured when mass shootings come to stand for all gun crime. A common misconception is that mental illness is a

big part of the gun problem in the United States. According to the Epidemiologic Catchment Area survey of mental disorders, the majority of people with a mental disorder are not violent. Only four percent of violence in the United States is attributable to people that have a mental illness. Therefore, 96 percent of all violence in America has nothing to do with mental illness. JACLYNLABES@GMAIL.COM


6 resident assistants resign before the spring semester BY RYAN BRONG Assistant Sports Editor A drastic change in the office of Residence Life has occurred as six of its resident assistant employees have resigned from their position at the start of the spring semester. The move has caused a lot of speculation surrounding the office and why so many of its employees suddenly decided to leave. The responsibilities of a resident assistant are to host programs within their respective residence halls and wings. They are also responsible for promoting wellness and safety within the residence halls and around campus. Drew Vernon is a senior digital communication major and one of the RAs who resigned after five semesters in that position. Vernon applied for the position as a way to meet new people and experience the campus in a different way, all while gaining a good resume piece. Vernon was an RA in all three of the freshman residence halls throughout his tenure. “My experience with my residents was really good. This year has been my favorite year so far,” Vernon said. “My reason for leaving is a bit complicated,” Vernon said. “My dad received a promotion that would require him to travel more, which would leave just our dog and my sister at home.” Vernon felt that it was best for his family if he moved home to look after the house. “At times there were some clashing personalities on the staff,” Vernon said. “But I would suggest to anyone apply to be an RA.” Anna Laquintano is a junior digital communication major. After becoming an RA her sophomore year due to bad roommate situations in her freshman year, Laquintano was the RA in Woodcrest residence hall, West residence hall and East residence hall. “My experience with residence life had its ups and downs,” Laquintano said. “I gained a lot of experience, but there were times when I had a lot of trouble in the position.” Laquintano was put on probation by the residence life

office for handing in paperwork late and being behind on a few of her programs. The punishment seemed a bit unfair and harsh to Laquintano, for an offense that she felt was very minor. Last year she was put on a similar probation for writing an article in Loquitur for the perspectives section, stating her opinion that students should go home on the weekend because of the lack of activities on campus. Laquintano’s supervisors felt she was misrepresenting her position as a resident assistant. “For awhile I was unhappy in my position with Residence Life,” Laquintano said. “I felt like I missed out on a lot of other opportunities because of my duties.” Laquintano’s senses came to a head this past winter break, leading up to her resignation. “I had a dress fitting on Jan. 14, because I was asked to be in a wedding,” Laquintano said. “I also had a tickets to see my favorite band on the night of Jan. 14. The concert was originally supposed to be in November but was cancelled and rescheduled to that night.” Laquintano’s supervisors told her she had an obligation to a training session that day, and that she would not be able to attend her personal events, both of which the timing of the event was out of Laquintano’s control. The next day, after deliberation, Laquintano decided to hand in her letter of resignation. “I have no intentions of bashing Residence Life or anyone involved,” Laquintano said. “But there were many times I felt like I was singled out.” All six former resident assistants were contacted about this article. Unfortunately, Laquintano and Vernon were the only two who responded. Sue Kramer, director of Residence Life, was contacted about the article as well, but stated that Residence Life does not comment on student employment.




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If we are all human, aren’t we all equal? BY NINA SCHIRMER Staff Writer

Throughout high school there were never any issues of racism that I noticed. I went to a private Catholic school and everyone seemed to get along pretty well. If there were any issues, none of them that I know of dealt with race. I remember in my sociology class of my junior year we discussed world issues such as bullying and the whole class agreed that there really was not anything that went on in the school that we knew about. The only kind of talk about racism I experienced was in the classrooms especially in history classes when we learned about the Civil Rights Movement. It is definitely important to learn about different racial issues so we can learn from them and prevent them from reoccurring. It is never okay to judge someone based on the color of their skin and teaching that in schools and at home is a great way to start up conversations to grasp a better understanding of these issues. Because racism has unfortunately been around for centuries, I think that it’s something that at this point, is next to impossible to get rid of. There are people out there who might never accept a different race because they might have been brought up in an environment where they were taught not to accept, respect and love everyone. In life you are not going to like everyone you meet but it is important to understand the reasons as to why you might not like someone. Racism might start at home but no matter what you are taught, it is important to respect everyone and treat everyone equally. No matter what the color of your skin is, we are all human and share this world together.

As the world crossed over into the new year, there was a notable amount of talk over certain things that need to change in the world throughout the new year. Various people began listing social issues they believe need to be addressed and accepted such as the LGBTQ+ community and defying gender roles by allowing men to be feminine and woman to be masculine. Of the many issues that are a part of the world, one of the main issues that still continues on today is racism. Racism was always such a strange concept to understand when I was growing up. When you are young, you do not see the same differences that adults see. People are people and growing up, the idea that someone did not like someone else because of the color of their skin was so silly to me and still is. It never made sense. It always seemed that the basic problems that would always come up for young ones were if someone stole their spot in line or the blue crayon they wanted to use. When my younger brother was in preschool, one of his classmates had cerebral palsy but no one in the class treated him any differently. They knew he needed help sometimes so they would help him. They treated him equally because they did not see any differences. They were equal in each other’s eyes. As we grow up the world begins to throw ideas Racism in America keeps people in bonds. of differences and judgement into our brains.



How I learned to live with purpose BY ANGELINA MILLER Assistant News Editor

New Beginnings A mere six months ago, Cabrini College officially became a University. With this monumental transition came a new logo, brand identity, website and slogan. While Cabrini College students had been pushed to “do something extraordinary” every day since 1957, Cabrini University students such as myself are now motivated on a higher level, to always “live with purpose.” In comparison to a majority of incoming freshman students, August to December of my first year at Cabrini was a time of change, transition and discovery. It was not until about January that I was ready to begin doing extraordinary things, or really, living with purpose. After my best friend and former roommate set out for Florida to pursue her dreams of working in Walt Disney World, I began my second semester of college a bit lost. However, one thing that I was certain of was that my passions of writing, photography and music still had the capability of effortlessly bringing me happiness.

my camera in hand was just what I needed to feel a sense happiness that the beginning of my second semester of college was missing. While I already knew this would be a day that I would never forget, I can now actually look back on it as one of the most monumental turning points in my life so far. Onward and Upward As I stood in the crowd of Winter Jam, I got to see and listen to the beautiful music of artists including Elle King, Nathaniel Ratliff and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. I could really only give about 50 percent of my attention to the actual concert though, due to being uncontrollably distracted by the photographers taking pictures of the artists from the pit in front of the stage. One could definitely say I had turned into a bit of a green-eyed monster. Despite the fact that I was front row and taking decent pictures with my camera in hand, I finally stopped and thought about how my heart and being truly belonged on the other side of the barricade, with the other photographers. Inevitably, my next thought was, “How hard can it really be to get there?” This weighed on my mind the whole night and days after the concert, and I knew I would not be at peace until I acted on it. Little did I know that wandering into the office of Dr. Jerry Zurek, my professor and the chair of the communication department, would magically answer all of my questions faster than I ever thought was possible. By simply asking him if it was possible to take photos in the pit at a concert in the future and how I would be able to do so, he gave me the contact information of Lauren Hight, a recent Cabrini graduate that had a connection to Radio 104.5 through her job with iHeartMedia. After reaching out to Lauren, I immediately ran to the phone to call my mom, a Cabrini alumni, and tell her the good news. This was only to have her shock me with the news that Lauren was actually the daughter of the roommate she had at Cabrini back in the day.


Angelina Miller photographed bands at Winter Jawn. Naturally, those passions had drawn me to become an avid concert goer since my early years of high school. Aside from having a drive to hear my favorite bands and artists perform their music live, I would always walk into concerts with a camera in hand, anticipating capturing exciting moments that I would never be able to live through again. Putting all the pieces of this unorganized puzzle together, going to an event such as Radio 104.5’s 2016 Winter Jam concert to see some of my favorite bands with

Our worlds had collided, and I had never stood by the phrase “everything happens for a reason” more.

After connecting with Lauren by e-mail, we decided to meet in Jazzman’s Cafe at Cabrini to discuss my aspirations. What I expected to be a brief lunch turned into over an hour of conversation about Cabrini, our families and the potential opportunities that I could have as soon as that upcoming summer. Time passed between February and March, as my second semester started going by in the blink of an eye. By staying in touch with Lauren, being persistent and making the right connections, I received an email with good news by the end of April. To my disbelief, I received the logistics for the first Block Party of Radio 104.5’s 2016 series, admitting myself to take photos in the press pit of the concerts all throughout the summer. As a result of that, bands that I photographed including Modern Colour and Kaleo ended up posting my photos on their own Instagram pages.

“Nothing ever comes without a change.” -WINTER JAWN

While that was inevitably one of the highlights of my summer and career as a freelance photographer so far, I did not want to stop there. Come December, I was immediately onto the next one and had my eyes on Radio 104.5’s Winter Jawn concert coming up in January. By continuing to work my connections and be consistent with my interest in photographing the show, I watched my life come full circle right before my eyes. On January 15, 2017, I walked independently and proudly into the press pit for Radio 104.5’s 2017 Winter Jawn concert to take photos of Grouplove, Capital Cities, Judah & the Lion and more. Something in the air at Cabrini University pushed me to make a change in my life and push myself to be better. By simply living with purpose and being blessed with wonderful people surrounding me, things that I once envisioned only as fantasies in my photographic career have now become a reality.


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Here for our safety or an invasion of privacy? BY HAILEY MCDONOUGH Assistant Lifestyles Editor

About a month ago, Cabrini University had 10 new security cameras installed on campus. It is always good to have stronger security on campus, but is this an invasion of our privacy? “The cameras have been added in all of the dorm housing for safety and security. The cameras focus on the entrances and exits of the buildings and are not there to take away anyone’s privacy,” Joseph Fusco, director of public safety said. I personally believe that it is never a bad thing to have more security and protection on our campus. I was unaware of these new cameras being installed until just recently. It did not seem like a big announcement and seemed to have happened somewhat quietly. It makes me wonder where else Cabrini has installed security cameras on our campus. But in the grand scheme of things, it does make me happy to know that they have taken a step to secure our campus that much more. It is also very important to get other students opinions and thoughts on this topic because after all, students are the ones living on this campus.


Students feel safer with new security cameras. “I am happy with the decision of installing security cameras around campus. I am all for making our campus a safer place to live,” Matthew Dawson, junior business management major said. Another student shared a similar opinion. “I think they’ll be helpful. The security cameras are there just for our protection and they will help with our safety which

is great for everyone,” Ali Ercolani, junior biology major said Overall, students seem to be glad that these cameras have been installed and Cabrini is doing their part in helping us feel more at home. “The cameras were installed about a month ago to better beef up security on campus and help cut back on recent acts of vandalism that had been taking place,” Fusco said. There have been recent instances with car vandalism which had and still has students worried about their own car. Hopefully these cameras will be enough to put an end to the destruction on our campus. It is never a good feeling to have tours of incoming students walk around our campus and see trash on the ground and things broken. Hopefully by adding these new security cameras, this will help our campus become a lot nicer and much more welcoming for those incoming freshman. After all, who wouldn’t want a safer campus?


Paid internships vs. non-paid internships BY WISSAM OMAR Staff Writer

Getting an internship is an unwritten rule for most ambitious college students. The fact of the matter is that some internships are paid while others are unpaid. These two options can make or break the decision for a current student looking for an internship. Indeed it is worth the experience regardless of what decision a student makes on what will they will be getting in return for their time. The bigger picture is that an internship is a sample of how the work field of your choice is and you can get a good understanding on how the pace goes on a daily basis. As a junior I have had a paid and non-paid internship. From someone’s perspective that has done both I would say that paid internships should be the only option given out. The motivation that you are getting paid to learn something you are interested in makes you want to work even harder, which results in success within the company. The nonpaid internship was at a sport facility called Competitive Edge Sports. It was an amazing experience but compared to the paid internship I did shortly after that with a company called Coredial it seemed as though the paid internship had an effect on me. Working and knowing that I will be rewarded for my hard work made me work even harder, which landed me a part-time position with Coredial.

Money motivates people to put in more effort and having paid internships across the board will help society. College students building a good work ethic before they even graduate will have them ahead of the game to say the least. In fact, this will bring up the success rate after college. Landing an internship and doing a job at times may result in a permanent position at the company. With that being an option, there can be some students graduating college and the next day have their first day at the job as a full time employee. All of this comes back to paying the interns. The result in that can only be a positive return for college students. In conclusion paying these college students for an internship will only motivate them and help them obtain big corporate jobs.


New meal plan comes with special upgrades BY ALYSSA MASSARELLA Staff Writer

Although I do not have a meal plan, I have CAVS cash which gives me the option to eat anywhere on campus whenever I want and I can refill my card when I run out. However, my friends have always struggled with their meal exchange as they prefer Jazzman’s and Sandella’s so this extended meal exchange is giving them more options and less hassle. The change also means that students with different dietary needs will be saving money by eating on campus more often as opposed to dining elsewhere (though I will always prefer Chipotle). In addition, the RAC changed their location and hours to allow students to get their food in a more reasonable amount of time and also have a place to hang out and JANELLE DESOUZA / PERSPECTIVES EDITOR eat their late night goodies. Sodexo A student gets her food at the new RAC Grille. released a statement to students in an email at the start of This semester has brought some big changes to the semester saying: campus, and Sodexo has contributed to this greatly “Due to the popularity of the RAC Grill, we changed by updating their RAC services and extending meal the late night program for the spring semester. Effective exchange to an all day service so students have the option Monday, January 16, 2017 the late night venue (formerly to dine anywhere on campus with their meal plan. known as the RAC Grill) will relocate to Cav’s Corner.

The new late night program will function similarly to that of the RAC Grill and the menu options will remain consistent.” Though the only drastic difference in the new RAC is the location, it really just is not the same. Students will get used to it over time but, it was nice to have that adorable little shack in the middle of campus for everyone to visit to satisfy their late-night cravings. It may not be the RAC we all know and love, but there will always be curly fries.


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Devoted Cabrini alumna of 1969 continues to out live her education of the heart BY CECELIA HECKMAN Editor-in-Chief

A long history with Cabrini Finding Cabrini University on a map is easy. Finding Cabrini University when you are driving to it is a whole other story. Hidden behind the trees, it can be easy to drive right by any of the three entrances. However, that long drive through the trees lands you on a beautiful campus, one that sticks with many students long after graduation.

said. “I was on the committee that picked Dr. Iadarola to be the first lay-president, and I was on the first capital campaign committee and I was chair of the gala that took place that weekend, so I’ve been really pretty tightly involved for a long time.” Balshi even has ties with Cabrini’s founder, Mother Ursula, who made sure Balshi always has a piece of Cabrini with her. “Even after she went to the nursing facility, the sisters’ nursing facility, I would visit her there and she gave me a relic of Mother Cabrini,” Balshi said. “It’s a little piece of Mother Cabrini’s actual veil and I carry it with me everywhere I go, I’m never without it.” Giving back to today’s students Joanne Kovacs became Joanne Kovacs Balshi only six weeks after her graduation from Cabrini, which, she said, “was kind of the thing to do back then. Practically the whole class got married that summer.” Her husband, Thomas Balshi, was a student at Villanova University when she chose to attend Cabrini. “It wasn’t the most honorable reason,” she said. “I chose Cabrini because of its proximity to Villanova…but, within weeks, I knew I had made a tremendous accidental decision, because I loved every minute of being here.” By the time she graduated and they were married, Thomas was finished his first year in dental school at Temple University. She said he chose the school for the same reason, proximity to home and Joanne.


Cabrini alumna Joanne Balshi (’69) and her husband Thomas Balshi at the 2016 Cabrini Visionaries Gala. Alumna Joanne Kovacs Balshi loves making that drive. Even 47 years after her graduation, she said when she pulls onto campus she feels like she is back home. “Wide-open walkways and leaves blowing in the fall and azaleas everywhere in the spring. I mean, to me it was just absolutely God’s gift,” Balshi said. “Everything was so beautiful. I remember so many times walking like from Grace Hall to the Mansion or over to the library senior year and thinking how lucky I was to be living in a place like this.” An English major in the class of ‘69, Balshi was around when campus looked very different than it does today. “Grace Hall was an underclassmen dorm. The Mansion was like everything. It was all of the academic leadership and the dean and it was also the dorm for the upperclassmen because there were no other dorms,” Balshi, who lived in the Mansion her senior year, said. “Founder’s [Hall] was called Sacred Heart Hall at that time and all the classes were in there, and [there was] the chapel and that was it. All that area back where the houses are now, that was all forest. It was amazing.” Balshi was also a senior when Holy Spirit Library was opened across from Founder’s Hall. Formerly, all of the books from the library were kept in the basement of Founder’s Hall. “The students actually hand-carried the books from the old library, across the walk, into the new library,” she said. “You know we would volunteer to do like six runs and back and forth, back and forth with all these heavy books and drop them off.” Balshi’s dedication to Cabrini did not stop with her graduation. Soon after, she continued to stay involved with the Cabrini community in various ways. “I never ever really wanted to let go of my college experience, so whenever they needed volunteers for anything I was always willing to do it,” she said. “I was on committees for fundraisers and parties and things like that and then I became a member of the Alumni Board and [then] was elected president of the Alumni Association.” Besides her time spent with the Alumni Association, Balshi also spent 13 years on the board of trustees for Cabrini, first as a member representing the Alumni Board, then as a regular member, and finally, for her last three years on the board, as the chair. In all of that time, she was involved in much of Cabrini’s history. “I was by nature just involved in everything that was going on at the college,” Balshi


Joanne and Thomas Balshi pose with Cabrini’s president Donald Taylor after receiving the Christopher Award at the 2016 Visionaries Gala. Being married to a dental student meant Joanne learned all of the dental terminology right alongside him. He was in school and she was teaching English at Merion Mercy Academy. They both lived in Philadelphia and he walked to class while she drove to teach. It was the Joanne’s love for Cabrini, Thomas’s dental experience at Temple and their joint knowledge of dentistry that led to their next big gift to Cabrini, working to create the 3+4 dentistry program between Temple and Cabrini. “We always laugh about it that we got married twice, once when we were in our early 20s and once when Cabrini actually did marry Temple in a program,” Balshi said. “That was something that we had in our heads for a really long time and finally all the chips just fell together.” After working with Cabrini’s Dr. Kimberly Boyd, associate dean for student success, who was working with the Balshis on sabbatical at the time of the idea for the program’s conception, and later speaking with the new dean at Temple at the time, the program was announced in 2014. For this, and their many other forms of dedication to Cabrini, Joanne and Thomas (an honorary Cabrini alumnus) were recently awarded Cabrini’s 2016 Christopher Award for Extraordinary Leadership. “That was a huge Cabrini honor. It was my, as I said in my speech, the greatest Cabrini moment of my life to, after all these years, have both my husband and I together recognized for the effort,” she said. “People are usually recognized for giving large sums of money that build buildings, and we’ve never been in a position to actually do that. In our hearts we wish we could, but we’ve just never had enough excess capital to be able to build a building here. But to be able to do something that would be recognized really meant a lot to us and we’re very excited about it.” Through the program, qualified students spend three years at Cabrini, followed by four years at Temple in order to obtain a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. Along with this program, the Balshis have worked to support a scholarship that will continue to provide extra financial stability to Cabrini students. “We’re hoping to build that scholarship,” Balshi said. “Maybe some day more than one person a year will be able to get it. But that’s our dream, to really be able to build that scholarship and see a lot of good dentistry coming out of Cabrini students.”


Joanne Kovacs Balshi always carries with her an image of Mother Cabrini with a relic attached to the back.




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Helpful tips to freeze out the winter blues BY JESSICA FERRARELLI Staff Writer

Winter is often considered the loneliest time of the year. Individuals can feel lonely for many reasons including recent breakups, the gloomy weather and not seeing family and friends. But why is January and February considered the loneliest months and what can those suffering do about it? Dr. Sara T. Maggitti, director and licensed psychologist at Cabrini University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center, said that January is considered by some to be the loneliest month due to the holiday season and social gatherings ending. “The phone calls and invites drop off markedly in January leaving them feeling pretty lonely,” Maggitti said. “It is also around midJanuary that many are feeling the financial consequences of the holiday season as credit card bills are coming in.” Maggitti also said that January leaves some feeling lonely due to the cold weather. “The shorter days and dropping temperatures drive people indoors resulting in more isolation from others and less contact with people,” Maggitti said. This is also the time of year known as cuffing season. According to Vogue, “cuffing season is actually the period of time between fall and the dead of winter when people start searching for someone with whom they can spend the those long, frigid months.” “I can agree that some people might feel lonely this time of year, especially since everyone might be getting into new relationships around this time because of cuffing season,” Chris Lara, a senior chemistry-biology major at West Chester University, said. Feeling lonely can have serious health consequences. According to an article from TED, “loneliness activates our physical and psychological stress responses and suppresses the function of our immune systems. This puts us at increased risk for developing all kinds of illness and diseases, including cardiovascular disease.” So what can be done to deal with the winter blues? Fabrine De Oliveira, a freshman business management major, tries to keep herself and her mind occupied. “Whether it’s pick up a book and read, whether it’s go out and do community service, I always try to keep busy and keep occupied one way or another,” De Oliveira said. De Oliveira’s advice for those feeling lonely is to find something enjoyable to do such as reading or taking a bike ride. “Just try to occupy yourself with things that interest you,” De Oliveira said. “Pick up your phone, call a friend and arrange something.” When feeling lonely it is best to first connect with oneself. One


suggestion from Forbes is to “take a walk but don’t just look aroundnotice how you walk, how you breathe, what excites you, how your mind thinks, what makes you you.” It is also helpful to put energy toward something productive as well as help others. Another suggestion from Forbes is to “invest your energy in something you care about.” Brunna Dos-Santos, a freshman biology and pre-med major, said that when she feels lonely she makes herself get out and do something. “When I am feeling lonely I have my best friend and I call her,” Dos-Santos said, adding that she also turns to reading and music. “Do something. Anything. Go for a walk, exercise, go to a coffee shop,” Maggitti said, adding that any small step made is a good move. Cabrini’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center is located in Grace Hall, room 174. They are available by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or for emergencies from noon to 1 p.m. JFERRARELLI215@GMAIL.COM

BY KAITLYN D’AMBROSIO Assistant News Editor


Some students room with their sibling on campus.

Students adjust to spring semester BY JORDAN CLOUTHIER Staff Writer

The ups and downs of having a roommate Living at college is full of excitement and mystery. Students are fully immersed in a new environment with new people, including a roommate. Sometimes roommates meet each other and have an instant connection and are great friends; however, some people are not so lucky. When students come to college, they begin to share their room with somebody new. That was the opposite for freshman Sahara Burkeholder. Burkeholder was having disagreements with the students she lived with before luckily her older sister, Cheyenne, had an open bed in her dorm According to the Burkeholders, they


disagree and bicker like how they do at home. “She can be a little mean sometimes,” Sahara said. “She bosses me around and thinks that I’m her maid.” “Whenever we try to hang out or do something together we end up arguing because we can’t agree on something,” older sister Cheyenne Burkeholder said. Freshman Olivia Schiffert got along moderately well until after midterms. Schiffert went into her room after a club meeting to see towels all over the floor because the refrigerator began to leak. Her roommate claimed the refrigerator leaked because Schiffert “leaned on it” when she went to open the blinds. “All of the stuff under my bed was ruined,”  Schiffert said. “My backpack and books were ruined then the stuff under my bed had water stains.” Sumi Sunni, freshman, had a roommate who slept with a tent over her bed. She had a black zip-up tent with windows. The roommate told Sunni the tent helped her sleep; however “she was on her phone the entire time. “It made me really uncomfortable because she never left her bed,” Sunni said. “One time she got up while I was sleeping and I heard her unzip her tent to turn off the lights.” Education major Miranda Anderson has a blast with her high-energy roommate while living in East together. “She has moments


Miranda and Teddy spend time together off campus. where she needs to just let it out and starts dancing and singing crazily to her songs even though she can’t sing that well,” Anderson said. Freshman Allison Thomas and her roommate got along moderately well. Thomas moved to a different room during the fall semester and is currently trying to move again to be with a friend; this will be her third room this year. Thomas recalls one of her previous roommates being a big fan of Chucky from Child’s Play. “She had a Chucky doll and it was really scary,” said Thomas. “One time I went into the room and she was watching Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with him.”


Students love the little break they get in between semesters. Getting to go home to friends and even mom’s home cooking is something they look forward to. Most of all, students enjoy having time off for a long period of time. It is a time where they do not have to worry about grades and all of the school work they get during the semester. But what happens when they have to come back to school? Do students feel the struggle of adjusting back into the routine that they had before? “It didn’t take too long to adjust. When I had my first day of classes, I had three classes that day and already had some homework. At the end of the day, it didn’t take too long for me to fall asleep when I got in the bed,” sophomore Tyree Holmes said. While some students might be adjusting well, others may be having a hard time. “Im finding it hard to re adjust to classes and getting back into the schedule. I miss being at home and sleeping as late as I wanted too with no schedule to follow,” sophomore Nana Baptiste said. Some students even complain that the cold weather is making it hard to adjust back into the semester. “The cold weather does sometimes make it harder for me to want to go to class. Lets face it, most of us would rather stay in bed watching netflix on a cold day then go to class. Of course I always go to class because thats the right thing to do but the option does cross my mind every now and then,” junior Monica Rego said. The biggest thing most students experience when they arrive back home is that they miss home. Students miss their family and friend and all of the other aspects of being home. Some have even said they miss their moms homecoming the most. “I definitely miss my mom’s cooking. Just nothing compares to home cooking. especially after Christmas, when there was an abundance of good food. I also feel better after eating home cooking,” Holmes said. “I love my moms food, it makes college feel a little more homier when I bring leftovers from home back with me,” junior Sabrina Hackendorn said. While many students enjoy the time off and the relaxation break brings, coming back to college may be a struggle but they fall back in the swing of things rather quickly. JCLOUTHIER20151997@GMAIL.COM



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Ready or not, Girl Scout cookies are here BY HOPE DALUISIO Assistant Photo Editor

Who can resist the cute little face of a Girl Scout asking if you want to buy cookies as you walk into the grocery store? It is officially that time of year again when Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs are available to buy at your every turn. The Girl Scouts of America is a 100-year old organization who believes girls can change the world. The organization teaches young girls about leadership, opportunity, confidence and much more. The cookie sale is a fundraiser for the troop that funds their trips and materials. Local troop 4126 recently visited Cabrini’s campus to sell cookies in Founder’s Hall Lobby. “My favorite thing about girl scouts is hanging out with my friends and selling cookies,” troop member Calliee Degler said. “I like going to different places to sell them. Selling them at Cabrini sells at lot more than at other places.” Cabrini students flocked to the lobby as soon as the girls opened their stand and happily bought their favorite boxes. The girls were friendly and attentive as they handled the money and counted out the change to give back. “It is really fun being a Girl Scout and selling cookies,” troop member Kayla said. “You get to deal with the money, make up lesson plans and teach them.” Selling cookies teaches young girls how to run a business and how to deal with money. Troop 4126 ran the table completely on their own confidently asking students as they walked by if they wanted to buy any cookies. Girls Scouts are not all cookies though. Each troop goes on different trips and does many activities too. “I like being a Girl Scout because you get to do fun things with your friends,” troop member Avery Malone said. “You get to do different activities like going camping and a lot of other fun stuff.” In addition to the cookies and trips, the girls will earn badges for every new skill or task accomplished. The badges are proudly worn on a sash that the girl’s wear across their bodies. “My favorite thing about being a Girl Scout is earning badges and selling cookies,” troop member Elizabeth Dougherty said. “The sports activities when we go camping is my favorite.” There is more than just a tasty treat when you open a box of Girl Scout Cookies. Girls all across the country work hard to sell these cookies to create a brighter future for themselves so go head buy a box or four! HEDALUISIO@GMAIL.COM


10 year olds Kayla, Avery, Elizabeth and Calliee sold cookies to the Cabrini.

Connect to your smartphone, disconnect from the real world BY STEVE HALKO Assistant Sports Editor

When walking down the sidewalk today, individuals might as well be naked because everyone is so fixated on looking at their smartphones that no one would notice. Evan Downey, a senior at Cabrini University, noticed this in the world around him and decided to change it. “I deleted social media because I caught myself with the need to check various sites multiple times a day,” Downey said. “It was disconnecting me from the real world.” This generation has been nicknamed the generation of zombies due to the dead behaviors you see on the subway, walking down the street or passing acquaintances in the hallways. Spending a great amount of time scrolling through social media apps and communicating to people through a handheld computer has become a common theme across the adolescent community. Throughout history, tales have been told of a member of a neighborhood really connecting and knowing their neighbors well and

not only knowing what trips they took this year and how many friends or followers they have. The idea of asking your neighbors or family members for directions or help on a subject is not that outdated. Only 10 years ago, you could see people confiding in others for information but with the rapid advancement in technology, that is no longer the case. There is a study on the effects on trust of neighbors with an indirect correlation with gaining information from a smartphone. Indirect in this case meaning that as the amount of information gained from a phone increases, the amount of trust in neighbors decreases. The main culprit of today’s lack of social interaction is the lack of true communication in the form of holding a conversation with someone. “I would give my neighbor’s advice a try at first, and if that did not work I would look it up on Google,” Downey said. According to a poll on Twitter, with a following base of mostly individuals ranging from 18 to 23 years of

age, 83 percent would take out their smartphone if they were lost in the city. Not only would they whip out their smartphone and google directions, they would rather this tactic over asking a local that may know a better way to get to your destination. Within that same poll, 83 percent say that they use their phone for more than four hours of the day. If a person is awake for 12 hours in a day, that is at least one third of their day spent looking at a small screen in their hands. Downey was among the outliers (not included in the Twitter poll) that said he uses his phone for about an hour a day. This information could prove the findings of the study mentioned earlier, that since he uses his phone less than most, he would trust the advice of a neighbor until given a reason not to. STEVEHALKO19@GMAIL.COM


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Men’s basketball overcomes injuries en route to a CSAC title


Deryl Bagwell goes up for a contested layup. BY MEGHAN NILAN Staff Writer

Basketball is a true team sport, with each player on the team having a specific role to fulfill. From the freshman that probably will not be seeing serious playing time until next year, to the star senior captain who is looked at as the leader of the team, if there is one thing both are trying to avoid it is the dreaded injury. The hard-work, time and effort spent on improving can be set back at anytime just by landing from a jump at the wrong angle, or making the wrong turn. Kane McGovern, junior guard on the men’s basketball team, tore ligaments in his ankle, and was out for 5 weeks. “I got my injury during practice when I went for a layup and landed on the back of one of my teammates feet.” Hisinjury required that he wear a walking-boot for five weeks, but he did not let that deter him from staying active. “While I was in my boot, I was doing physical therapy at school with a therapist as well as lifting weights on my own to stay in shape, and make sure I was healthy when I got back,” he said. The five weeks I was out felt like the longest weeks, but thankfully I had my first game back this past Saturday against Marywood.” McGovern made sure to stay involved with his team by going to all of their practices and helping them out with whatever they needed. Another player on the team that battled with an injury this season is junior forward DeVahnte Mosley, who had to nurse an ankle he sprained at a practice. Mosley was running when a teammate cut him off, causing him to roll his ankle. “I haven’t been able to do much to stay in shape since the injury was to my ankle. As I've gotten healthier, I've been able to ride the bike in the training room to get my heart rate going and I've lifted a few times to try to maintain my strength.” Mosley said.

Mosley has been out for a little over a month, but he came back to play in the game against Immaculata on Wednesday, Dec. 7th. Mosley said, “I've still attended all of our games and practices, and have been trying to be a good teammate in any way that I could like giving reminders, helping to correct their mistakes, fetching waters during timeouts, etc.” Robbie Brosh, sophomore guard for the Cavaliers, had to step away from the game after discovering achilles tendonitis in his ankle. He sustained his injury from constant impact of his tendon hitting his bone, and because of this he is not sure how long he is out for. “I’ve been staying in shape these past couple of weeks by just lifting weights for my upper body and working on my core.” Brosh said that all he cares about is just making sure that he is 100% supporting his team at every practice and game. “Watching from the sidelines has given me a new perspective. I've been able to learn from watching other people's mistakes which is usually a bit harder to do when you're playing. We've played six games so far, so people are starting to figure out what their roles are on the team. Sitting out watching his teamtes has gave him time to think about his return. By watching so much, I've been able to get an idea of what my role will be when I return and what the team needs from me and may have struggled with. The more you watch, the more the game slows down. So I think that I'll have more of a poise and understanding of what needs to be done when I return,” Mosley said. MEGNILAN1006@GMAIL.COM


Tyheim Monroe possesses the ball in the post.



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Athletics adds new position to department BY BRIDGET GAYNORD Staff Writer

In his sixth year at Cabrini, David Howell has just been named athletics communication director in the university’s athletic department. This entails being responsible for the day-to-day public relations efforts for the Cabrini Athletic Department. Howell also serves as the primary media contact for the Cavaliers, maintains the department’s web site – – and coordinates all game day sports information operations. He also supervises new hire Trent Brown, assistant athletics communication director. Together, they are taking social media to the next step. “We’ve done some cool things so far, with the evolution of social media and the help of other people, students, DAVID HOWELL administrators and coaches,” Howell said. “We have a very good presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We have some student athletes who have been the best in the country, but that’s their effort. It’s the effort of the coaches and the students that have these God-given talents and knowing how to use them. We just try to promote our students that best that we can every day.” Promoting student’s is one of the main goals of the athletic department. “Working in the athletics department provides a fast-paced environment because of the nature of athletics. There are weeks that provide a ton of events which allows you to get out from behind a computer and put on quality events for our student athletes and the campus community. It also allows you to work first hand with quality students and see them succeed on the playing fields as well as in the classroom,” said Kate Corcoran, associate director of athletics. “It is an all-inclusive environment where we (staff, coaches) collectively pursue/provide opportunities for student-athletes to follow their passions, develop potential, and perform at an optimal level both in and out of the classroom,” added Brad Koch, director of athletics and recreation. Howell earned his undergraduate degree in marketing from Kettering

University. and completed his master’s degree in sports administration at Wayne State University and MBA at Rockford. He then worked a few odd jobs until becoming a strategic communications intern with Palace Sports & Entertainment, working directly with the Detroit Pistons, and the organization’s marketing and promotions efforts. He came to Cabrini in 2011 and students and colleges have been thrilled ever since. Howell is loved and respected throughout the athletics department because of his dedication “I believe that the new position goes with the growth of the athletics department. Dave has done a great job in marketing our student athletes and the success of our teams and this position allows him to grow the athletics communication department as well,” Corcoran said. “His promotion to Athletics Communication Director is a direct result of his hard work and dedication to Cabrini University and our student-athletes,” Koch said. “I love it here. I think we have a highly passionate and highly dedicated group of administrators and coaches who are so dedicated to the development of our student athletes both inside their sport as well as in the classroom and in the community,” Howell said. Even though Howell is entering a new position, he is eager to get back to working with the life-line of the athletics program, the student-athletes. “Something I’m also proud of is we treat that student who’s the last person on the bench as close as we can to the best students because they’re just as important to the program. Overall there are great kids here which makes it a better place to come work every day.”


New lacrosse captains ready to lead Cavs to 17th straight title BY MEGHAN NILAN Staff Writer

Being the captain of a sports team is a lot of work and commitment. Getting picked to be a leader of your team is a huge accomplishment and shows many different qualities about you. Senior long-stick midfielder Steve Halko and senior mid-fielder Evan Downey were picked to be the new captains for Cabrini’s 2017 men’s lacrosse team. “Evan and I both have good experience on the field, and we usually stay out of trouble off the field,” Halko said. “We both took the initiative the past two years to meet with coach and kind of make sure that our team was as best prepared for the season that we could be.” The two captains are actually roommates as well, so they really do spend a lot of time together on and off the field. “You would always hear coach saying at meetings or around recruits that those two were always doing the right things on and off the field,” Downey said. When picked to be a new leader, one should always make sure a good example is set for everyone else who is looking up to you, and following in your footsteps. “I prefer more of a leading by example kind of role,” Halko said. “The guys who need a little extra help could see myself playing on the field the right way, or talking on or off the field. Usually I’m not the one to pull someone aside and yell at them or talk to them. I would rather them visually see what I’m doing, and hopefully set a good example for them.” “Growing up I had two older brothers and they were basically the two people I always looked up to. They would single me out push me to be the best, and always give my all,” Downey said. Being a captain can be difficult for a college student because they are now in a position that is in between a coach and a player. Teammates have to listen to the captains, and might not agree with everything they do. “I love the guys here on this team, they’re all such good players and guys in general. They all have their heads screwed on straight and they know how hard they have to work to make this program successful. I hope my teammates respect me, but at the end of the day I think of it as we’re all one team and we all have to put everything else aside and work together,” Halko said. “It’s our job to try and get everyone to get along and agree on everything so processes during practices and games can go a lot smoother. I think both of us think of our whole team as a big family,” Downey said. “It’s hard to draw the line of being a teammate, a friend, and also that authority figure.” The Cavaliers put together another successful season last year, going 15-5 overall and finishing as the 2016 Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) champions for the 16th time in a row. They went undefeated in conference play (7-0), and used the home crowd to their advantage going undefeated at Cabrini’s Edith Robb Dixon Field (10-0). Under the tutelage of head coach Steve Colfer, who’s been there for every one of the past 16 championships, the team is hoping to keep it’s reign over the CSAC’s continuing. Steve Colfer, head coach of the men’s lacrosse team, said “The captains are basically an extension of the coaching staff to the players. They know what the expectations at practice are, on campus, at games, and when we travel. This year, Steve Halko and Evan Downey are good representations of what the leadership of our program should look like.” Colfer says that the whole team got to vote on who should be the captains this

season, and Downey and Halko had the most votes. “There were a number of players that got a vote, but Steve and Evan got the majority of everyones vote. And obviously the coaches concur with these decisions, and we agreed with choosing those two. I think everyone is comfortable with their leadership styles and personalities. They are also very well respected. Colfer says that the captains this year work hard and always get along with their teammates. “I think they work very hard everywhere. They put in a lot of effort on the field, and they are both strong students in the classroom. I think those are key things that their other teammates identify and follow by.” “This season we’re definitely going to have to play our strengths,” Halko said. “We want to emphasize just coming together and making this a great season and trying our hardest to work as a team. In years past we’ve had a lot of ups and downs come our way and some players isolating themselves but in the end we all need to have the mentality that we’re all in this together, as one team.” Everything just comes down to putting your ego aside, and everyone on the team wanting the same things. The title of being a team captain is honorary. Downey and Halko will assist in making sure all of the players are progressing properly and staying focused on and off of the field as well. “In college, being a team captain is really about reinforcing what the coaches say, picking up your buddy from the sidelines when he’s hurt, just stepping back and looking at the team and seeing what everyone needs to work on to be the best,” Halko said. “Sometimes players even listen to us before they would listen to the coach because they know we are in their same shoes, and we know every feeling. We’ve been through all the ropes and it really all comes down to practice and experience.” MEGNILAN1006@GMAIL.COM


Captain Evan Downey carries ball past the defender.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2016



Cabrini men’s lacrosse coach takes on dual role


Ricci (pictured right) championship helmet from his time on the Chesapeake Bayhawks BY STEVE HALKO Assistant Sports Editor

Professional sports players more often than not are looked at as idols for their respective sports. Cabrini’s athletic program has a coach that has been leading a double-life of assistant coach and professional player. P.T. Ricci recently signed a contract extension to play for the Florida Launch over the next two years. Since then, he has jumped around between a few teams with two total MLL championships. “I re-signed with the Launch because of the teammates,” said Ricci. “If we figure some things out we will be a championship contender.” P.T Ricci has been the defensive coordinator for Cabrini’s men’s lacrosse team since he joined the team in September of 2015. Ricci attended Loyola and received a bachelor of arts in communication where he was an All-American long-stick defender and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season. Immediately after graduation, P.T. was drafted 11th overall in the 2009 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) pick. “There was a three-week gap which included the MLL combine and draft to my first professional game with the Chesapeake Bayhawks,” Ricci said. He began his professional career on the Bayhawks, where he helped the team to an MLL title. For the sport of lacrosse, Ricci is in that pool of individuals that are looked up to with his great amount of success in his years. Ricci brings different experience, excitement and ideas from his multiple teams over the past.

“He is a huge asset for our team because with our young defense and guys trying out different positions it helps to have a coach with such experience,” senior defender Colin McGavin said. Being a college coach is not an easy task because of the complexity of responsibilities that change from high school to college. In college, assistant coaches usually run either the offense or defense under the head coach’s supervision. On top of the difficult task of coaching, Ricci works at the Dixon Center and does a great deal of recruiting for future Cavaliers. “Coaching is my full-time job and first priority,” Ricci said. “Luckily, the college and MLL season only overlap for a few weeks a year.” The MLL season usually has games early in the season on Sundays, which would allow Ricci to travel after a Saturday game for Cabrini. This life is definitely no easy task and should be admired for the level of organization it takes. “Coach Colfer allows me to be flexible with playing and recruiting,” Ricci said. The biggest issue would be focusing and balancing these two things because they take up a lot of time. Coaching is a full-time job, as P.T. explained, and to be a professional athlete you have to be in top shape and train hard in the off-season as well as in season. “I know plenty of guys who had to quit playing in the MLL because their boss wouldn’t allow them, so I am very lucky in that sense,” Ricci said.


Softball preseason: Cabrini looks to end CSAC title drought BY RAHMERE GRIFFIN Staff Writer

Before you know it, spring will be here. With that comes the start of Cabrini’s spring athletic season. One team to really look out for is Cabrini’s women’s softball team. The Cabrini Cavaliers added several different freshmen to the roster this season with the hopes of heading in the right direction and making it back to the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship this year. One notable absence from the team this year is shortstop Kaitlyn Cooper. Cooper ended her playing career with the Cavaliers during her senior season in 2016. She spent all four of her collegiate years on the team and averaged a .369 batting average, racked up 119 total RBIs, 16 home runs and 274 putouts. The lady Cavs also have plenty of players returning to finish what they started. That includes junior softball student athlete Christine Ferraro (Outfield #17). Ferraro was named to the 2017 Fastpitch News Preseason NCAA Division III All-American Softball Second Team. Ferraro is the sixth softball player in Cabrini’s history to receive such a honor and the first to receive the honor one since 2004. She is a two-time All CSAC First Team Performer and was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-East Region First Team in 2016. The junior finished last season with a .504 batting average, which ranked 13th in Division III softball. Ferraro posted a .590 on-base percentage last season which ranked fifth in the entire county. Christine Ferraro led the entire women’s softball CSAC

in 2016 with 62 total hits, 22 stolen bases and ranked second when it came to batting average and third in total walks. With Ferraro back on the roster for another season there’s no doubt that the Lady Cavs will look to be just as successful as they were in 2016. The Cabrini Cavaliers finished 25-18 on the season and 19-3 in CSAC play. Cabrini managed to make to the CSAC tournament finals and played for the championship as the number two seed. The lady Cavs played the fourth seeded Marywood and came out with the win, beating them 3-1 and earning a spot to play in the championship against Neumann University. Cabrini fought hard but fell short to the Neumann Knights 9-4. For the past three years the Lady Cavs have made it to the CSAC championships and lost. Cabrini is definitely looking forward to breaking that streak and bringing home a CSAC championship in 2017. Cabrini’s softball team will head down to Clermont, Fla. during spring break to start their preseason with a matchup against Otterbein University. The lady Cavs played the Otterbein Cardinals last season and fell short 0-2. The Cabrini Cavaliers are hoping to come out with a win this time around to start the year off right.





Superbowl 51 goes down in the record books


New England Patriots came out victorious against the Atlanta Falcons in Superbowl 51. BY STEVE HALKO Assistant Sports Editor

Super Bowl LI presented by the National Football League took place on Feb 5, 2017. The New England Patriots battled back from a 21-3 deficit at halftime to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 Final/OT to clinch the program’s fifth set of Superbowl rings. The first record set was by quarterback Tom Brady who in total threw for 466 yards, the most by any quarterback in a Super Bowl appearance. Brady also passed for 43 completions on 62 attempts accompanied by two touchdowns thrown. “We’re all gonna remember this for the rest of our life,” Brady said in a postgame interview with ESPN. The second record was set by the game itself, being the first Super Bowl to ever go into overtime. The Patriots tied the game up in the last few minutes to bring the 28-28 ball game into extra minutes. The night before the game Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was officially named the MVP of the league for the 2016-17 season, as well as the league’s offensive player of the year. Ryan finished this season with 45 TD's and an overall passer rating of 132.6. “As players we had opportunities…at the end of the day we just didn’t make them,” Ryan said in a postgame interview with ESPN. The Falcons suffered a heartbreaking finish after going into the second half with a ton of confidence based off of their initial performance. The Super Bowl was very important for one individual in particular. Chris Hogan, a wide receiver for the Patriots had a standout year and it came with a very interesting

story. Hogan was a standout lacrosse player for the Penn State Nittany Lions earning allleague honors. It was not until his transfer to Monmouth University, where he played football again for one year, that he gained the recognition of the New England Patriots. In the Super Bowl, Hogan got in touch with his roots while sporting a green bracelet on his right wrist. The bracelet reads HEADstrong, which is a foundation that is wellknown in the lacrosse world as a non-profit organization for cancer awareness. Hogan will donate $15 for every catch he made during the NFL season. For the 201617 season, he caught the football 55 times resulting in a total of $825 donated. “I couldn’t think of a better way to show my support than to personally make a difference through each catch this season,” Hogan said to the HEADstrong foundation. “I am extremely honored to be a part of the HEADstrong foundation.” STEVEHALKO19@GMAIL,COM

Professional athletes are standing apart from Domestic Violence BY RENATA MCGRATH Staff Writer

With cases of domestic violence occurring throughout major sports, the questioning of the policies of different leagues and how domestic violence is being dealt with amongst them has heated up. High profile cases of domestic abuse taking place in sports leagues such as the NFL, MLB and MMA, rethinking the way consequences are handed down amongst players facing charges or having found evidence of the crime. Among those leagues, some domestic violence rates may be higher than others, but all of them have cases that deal with it. A website, FiveThirtyEight, stated that the arrest rate for all crimes for NFL players is just 13 percent of the national average for men 25-29, which is considerably lower than that of the comparable young male population as a whole. However, domestic violence rates are quite high: “There are 83 domestic violence arrests, making it by far the NFL’s worst category — with a relative arrest rate of 55.4 percent.” So the site concludes: “Although this is still lower than the national average, it’s extremely high relative to expectations. The MLB also released a statement (2015) emphasizing how important the issue is and they want everyone to know that they will be taking it seriously. According to an article written by the Huffington Post, there was a research study done by “Real Sports (2015),” that found domestic violence arrests are three times as likely to involve a MMA fighter than professional football players. The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a code of conduct and policy against domestic violence and other behaviors, and Dana White himself said, “you don’t bounce back from putting your hands on a woman,” in an interview with Fox Sports Live September. There have been fighters who have returned to the octagon after

charges of domestic violence even though the charges were dropped. UFC President Dana White preaches for forgiveness. This has led to some public outcry for more strict policy from the UFC. No matter where it occurs, domestic violence is a very serious topic. Questioning and creating discussion on the policies of major sports is needed. General awareness of the problem is the only way forward to a solution to it. At Cabrini University, they have been trying to spread that awareness throughout the campus and student-body. Dr. Colleen Lelli, assistant professor in education and program coordinator at Cabrini, said, “I have seen plenty of cases in the media about athletes who commit domestic violence and I have also seen athletes that are falsely accused of it as well. Athletes should be leaders and honestly any athlete or someone who is in a student group, they are considered leaders. They are role models and they should also teach others on what is right and wrong.” People may believe that leaving abusers are easy, when in reality they are not. When the victim decides to leave their abuser, it can be very dangerous for them to try to do and there can be tons of factors that can happen when they finally decide to leave. Victims love their abusers and they believe that one day, they can change. Amy Persichetti, assistant professor for English at Cabrini, said, “Remember that leaving an abusive relationship is a lot harder than it seems from the outside. The average victim leaves seven times before the relationship is over. Also, keep in mind that the most dangerous time for a victim is directly after he or she leaves or ends the relationship. It’s particularly important to remain aware. Don’t abuse the ones you

love. Don’t make excuses for friends who abuse others. This is the standard. It is the same for everyone, and it needs to be a high, high standard,” Persichetti said. Tommie Wilkins, Grant Project Coordinator and Office of Violence Against Women at Cabrini, has advice for those whether they’re married to professional athletes, or here on Cabrini’s campus. “Asking the victim why they don’t leave is almost victim blaming and it is my job to prevent people from thinking that way. On a college campus, it might be hard to get into a shelter, because of age,” Wilkins said. One of the main questions surrounding domestic violence is why people stay in their abusive relationships. “There are a thousand reasons on why people stay in abusive relationships. If they are married or together at the same college, financial aid and scholarships can affect their ability to leave,” Wilkins said. Wilkins in his time here at Cabrini has heard various of stories from students trhat have been invilved in an domestic violence incident. “Talking to students, having open conversations, bringing it into classrooms, having students take classes that revolve around that, like our ECG 300 class, and always having something on campus are ways awareness can be raised on the issue. Never acting like it is not happening and making the conversation approachable for them are more ways to bring awareness to domestic violence,” Wilkins said.


Feb. 9, 2017 issue 05 Loquitur  

2016-17 issue 05 Loquitur Cabrini University student newspaper, Radnor, PA 19087 Feb. 9, 2017

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