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Successful CSAC Saturday

Cavs go 3 for 4 in fall championship games BY EMMA RODNER-TIMS & JOHN WILLIAMS News Editor & Sports Editor Saturday, Nov. 4 marked a significant day in athletics for the Cavalier family. Four fall teams were contenders in their Colonial State Athletic Conference (CSAC) championship game. Field hockey, volleyball and both women’s and men’s soccer fought for their respective titles. At the end of the day, three teams went home victorious– men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball. At home, the Cavaliers’ men’s soccer team defeated the Keystone College Giants by a score of 1-0. Freshman forward John Griffin decided the game in the 72nd minute off an assist from sophomore midfielder Chris Araujo. “It’s an amazing feeling that we won CSACs, but we are still trying to be the first team in Cabrini Men’s Soccer history to win the NCAA first round game,” Ben Roda, captain of the Cavaliers’ men’s soccer team, said. The women’s soccer team won on the road, defeating the higher ranked Marywood University Pacers 2-1. “Last year’s setback after losing in the semis and breaking our streak really built a fire under us and created a mindset that we were not going to lose this year,” senior midfielder Marisa Christensen said. “Going into it, we knew we had to play a full 90-minutes of Cabrini soccer.” The wins collected by the men’s and women’s soccer teams mark each team’s 10th CSAC championship. For both squads, it was their first championship since 2015. Despite losing freshman setter Olivia Blankenbiller to injury early in the matches, the Cavaliers’ volleyball team won 3-1 over the Neumann University Knights. “Trust was a huge part of our win. Since we lost our setter [Olivia], we had to believe in one another,” freshman outside hitter Morgan Collito said of her volleyball team winning the conference. “I think we have a great shot at going far [in the NCAA tournament]. Hopefully, we can prove that Cabrini is the best.” For women’s volleyball, it was their 5th consecutive CSAC championship. The team improved to 29-6, tying team’s all-time record for wins in a season set in 2013. While the three teams have gotten much younger over the past year or so, it was their veteran leaders that stepped up on CSAC Saturday to secure the victories.

Seniors Ben Roda (men’s soccer), senior Gabby LeGendre (women’s soccer) and junior Ashley Shannon (volleyball) walked away with their respective CSAC Championship MVP honors. “Winning MVP was truly amazing,” said Roda. “It means the world to me because I’ve put so much work in the offseason and did everything I could to put our team in the best position to win and I’m happy my work hasn’t gone unnoticed.” “I didn’t think that I was going to get the MVP because everyone stepped their game up once our setter, Olivia Blankenbiller, got hurt,” junior libero Ashley Shannon said. “Once they said, ‘Libero from Cabrini University,’ I thought that Kristen Betterman was going to get it because she had been thrown into the game unknowingly.” “It really is an honor to be named MVP; however, we wouldn’t have been in that championship game without Olivia Blankenbiller,” Shannon said. “I knew how badly the team wanted that win, and I was going to do anything to make that happen,” LeGendre said. “For them to give me that award was a really special and important moment for me.” The three squads will move on to play in each of their NCAA Division III tournaments. Men’s soccer will face the No. 6 Rowan Profs Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. on Rowan’s home turf. On Saturday, Nov. 11, women’s soccer will travel to Newport News, Va. and battle No. 8 Christopher Newport University at 5 p.m. Volleyball has been slated to face Otterbein University on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at Otterbein. The Cavaliers field hockey team, who played in their 10th straight championship game on CSAC Saturday, was dethroned by rival Gwynedd Mercy University in a 3-0 loss. “After the game, I was very upset but I don’t think there is anything I would’ve done differently,” senior captain midfielder Jackie Neary said about her final collegiate field hockey game. “We played our hardest with heart and grit, and I am very proud of my teammates.” Neary had the only two shots for the Cavaliers, during the game. Their lost battle was the farewell to the 13-person senior class. Together, they led the team to 45 victories over the course of their four years. All of Cabrini’s fall sports teams made their school proud, as they competed. They fought for their coaches, their teammates, their fans and their school. Going forward, the Cabrini community will look forward to more successful as the NCAA tournament begins. ERODNERTIMS77@GMAIL.COM







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. Loquitur Media provides a forum of free expression. All members of the univeristy community may submit work to the editors for possible inclusion. Publication is based on the editorial decision of the student editors.


Cabrini connects through immigrant culture Since her beginnings, Mother Cabrini encouraged embracing other’s diversity, culture and traditions. Today as a well established institution, Cabrini University continues Mother Cabrini’s legacy of connecting through cultures by celebrating the annual Cabrini Day. Conceived from Culture Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in a small village in Italy. Inspired by her missionary mentors, her dream was to join the Daughters of the Sacred Heart. When denied due to frail health, she did not quit. Tiny but determined, Frances founded her own order, which would eventually be recognized worldwide by the name of the Missionary Sisters o f the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the beginning, Frances Cabrini wanted to do her missionary work in China, but a visit with Pope Leo XIII pointed her in another direction when he said, “Not to the East, but to the West.” Inspired by his words, she knew what she needed to do next– help the thousands of immigrants already in the United States. Frances Cabrini and her sisters walked into chaotic New York only to produce tremendously successful work. She organized education classes for immigrants and provided for the needs of the surplus of orphans. She established schools and orphanages. Soon, the request for her expertise came flying from everywhere. She made 24 transatlantic crossings and established 67 institutions: schools, hospitals and orphanages. To Frances Cabrini, education was key to live a fulfilling meaningful life and race and culture did not matter.

Connecting the Community That was only the beginning of the Cabrini community. Today, Cabrini University flourishes with over 2,000 students, hundreds of faculty and over 33 percent student diversity. The class of 2021 alone entered Cabrini’s gates with the majority of students being of color. But how does this diversity affect our community?


Every single student at Cabrini University is unique, comes from a different background, has different cultures and practices different traditions. This diversity within people is key to having a well-rounded and strong community. The Patron of Immigrants, or known to us as Mother Frances Cabrini, was canonized nearly 30 years after her death. The fact that

she was recognized with such an honor that long after her passing means that she left a very visible mark on this world. The least we can do for her is to continue her work with immigrants and embrace culture not only in the classrooms but in our lives. Learning more about a different culture and embracing the immigrants that cross our paths only heightens the power we have in the world. The less ignorant someone is, the more peaceful the world can be. Frances Cabrini had that mindset from a very young age and her achievements were incredible. Connecting through Culture Cabrini University never fails to remember the work of Mother Cabrini and continue her legacy through an education of the heart. We run as a Catholic university but within our mission statement, we are far from the assumption that comes with a Catholic university. “Cabrini welcomes learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds and prepares them to become engaged citizens of the world.” By definition, culture is “the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.” Diversity makes that culture. A part of being an engaged citizen of the world is to accept all walks of life for who they are and what they bring. Cabrini Day is just one example of how connecting through culture flourishes the Cabrini community. Cabrini Day is an annual celebration of heritage and mission, honoring Cabrini’s namesake Frances Xavier Cabrini. This year’s theme is Connecting Through Culture to celebrate the 60th anniversary. CONTINUE READING ONLINE

‘Me Too,’ ‘Yo Tambien:’

Calling attention to sexual harassment and assault BY CARMEN FRIAS Staff Writer

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Loquitur accepts letters to the editors. They should be less than 500 words, usually in response to a current issue on Cabrini University’s campus or community area and are printed as space permits. Name, phone number and address should be included with submissions for verification purposes. All letters to the editors must be e-mailed to loquitur@

Editor’s note: All names have been modified to protect the identity of the victims. Half a century of life and the silence is now broken. A 50 year-old single mother of a daughter confesses to being sexually harassed multiple times within her lifetime in incidents that could have quickly escalated to sexual assault. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, an American organization against sexual assault, explains that sexual harassment includes the experience of catcalling, being followed, fondling, others exposing themselves and other unwelcome or threatening behaviors on the street, in public or in private. “It’s not a nice thing to talk about. I don’t want to relive those moments,” Mara Castillo said in Spanish. After a few moments of silence and with reassuring eye contact, she continued.

Mara Castillo’s first experience with sexual harrassment: “I was, like, four or five; so little and so scared. I got under the bed. He was so tall and could almost reach me so I crawled into the far corner of the wall under the bed,” Castillo said. “When he was close enough to stare me in the eyes and grip one of my legs, I got nervous and kicked him in the face. That’s how I was able to get out.” At the age of 15: “He asked me for water and he looked around to make sure that I was alone. I could see my dad talking to his father from a distance. He asked me for water so I would turn around for his disposal.” At the age of 22: “I felt disgusting. I would scrub my body so aggressively. I could feel his sperm on me. He didn’t touch me but the intention was clear. I woke up to him masturbating above my face.”

Mara Castillo is one of many victims of sexual harassment who do not give their experiences importance because an actual sexual assault is not present. RAINN defines sexual assault as the sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include attempted rape, unwanted sexual touching, forcing someone to perform sexual acts and penetration of the body. RAINN defines rape as a form of sexual assault and emphasizes that not all sexual assault is rape. Although sexual harassment and sexual assault have different definitions, both are based on the horrendous intention of violence.







Permafrost creates doubt for future BY JAMES KELLY Staff Writer Climate change has been a major issue in our society recently. Arctic Ice coverage has declined by 3.5 to 4.1 percent every decade since 1979. Permafrost is the frozen layer of land that is underneath soil in arctic areas. Permafrost is often found in regions where temperatures rarely rise above freezing. As permafrost thaws, microbes convert some of it to carbon dioxide and methane. Those gases can flow into the atmosphere and contribute to more warming. The melting of permafrost has an effect on a chain of things in that region. The thawing of permafrost contributes to the highly debated topic of global warming and climate change. This debate was hugely discussed during the presidential race. Gerald Healy, a sophomore accounting major studying at Cabrini University, believes that the issue of permafrost melting should more thoroughly and openly be discussed. Healy said, “Global warming is such a debated topic in politics throughout political races, but it is so forgotten after that.” Scientists predict that the process of permafrost melting could contribute as much as 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit to global warming over the next few centuries. Permafrost could also impact buildings and different structures over-topping the layer of land. Buildings and structures could seep into the ground and potentially collapse if the melting continues. This estimation does not include what society decides to do involving the burning of


Permafrost is a large contributor to cimate change and the deterioration of Earth. fossil fuels and other activities. Permafrost contains an abundant amount of carbon in organic matter. Plants that took carbon dioxide centuries ago died and froze prior to decomposition, according to the New York Times. Claudia Walewski, a freshmen student studying biology at Cabrini University, recognizes how damaging these gasses being released from permafrost melting could really be. “Global warming is a huge issue and the rate permafrost is melting could impact thousands of people now and for the future,”

Walewska said. Permafrost is estimated to contain about twice as much carbon that is currently in the atmosphere. Alaska is one of the most publicized areas when discussing the issue of permafrost. The temperature there is a degree below freezing three feet down into the frozen grounds of Alaska, according to the New York Times.




More than just male and female BY JUSTIN BARNES Staff Writer California’s inclusion of a third gender is taking a huge step in promoting diversity across America. On Sunday, Oct. 15, California governor Jerry Brown signed bill SB179 to allow state residents who do not identify as male or female to choose a third gender option “X” for their birth certificates and drivers’ licenses. Because of this signing, California, along with Oregon, will become one of the first states in the U.S. to offer the non-binary option for people who wish to use it on their documentation; however, the bill will not go into effect until 2019. Many Democrats, such as State Senator Tony Atkins, who helped write the bill, have praised this big step, especially considering how Atkins has friends in San Diego who have been waiting for this for a long time. “I want to thank Governor Brown for recognizing how difficult it can be for our transgender, non-binary and intersex family members, friends and neighbors when they

don’t have an ID that matches their gender presentation,” Atkins said in a statement. Kathryn Donovan, a gender-fluid early childhood education major at Delaware County Community College, was extremely proud that this bill was signed. “I hope that other states allow it and it will make a big change in the world,” Donovan said. Criminology professor Dr. Katie Farina was especially glad that the bill was passed, saying that this was a hard-earned win for both transgender individuals and people who do not fit in the regular gender categories. Farina considers this important because she believes it is misleading for social construction to indicate that male and female are the only genders. “There’s nothing in our biological makeup that dictates one should prefer wearing dresses or suit jackets,” Farina said. “Not only is gender a social construction, but it’s incredibly misleading to claim that we have only two: male and female.” From a criminology and sociology standpoint, Farina believes that there are two

classes that can help educate people about the third gender: SOC 215: Introduction to Sociology: Race, Class and Gender and CRM 330: Class, Race, Gender and Crime. SOC 215 is an introductory course that introduces gender as a social structure and how it impacts daily lives, and CRM 330 is the more advanced course. “The class uses an intersectional approach of class, race and gender and how this affects one’s experience in both society at large and the criminal justice system as a victim or offender,” Farina said. The director of Diversity Initiatives, Jose Rodriguez, believes that having third gender students at Cabrini will greatly improve diversity. He suggested that one way to educate people on the third gender is that they should not just assume that others identify as either a male or a female. “I think that just starts to help educate people that there’s a lot more than just the two options that are there for students in general,” Rodriguez said. JUSTIN.WANNABARNES@GMAIL.COM

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Think before you send

Potential dangers of sexting and revenge porn BY SYDNEY LYNCH Staff Writer

"Send nudes." The meme that trolled social media may have disappeared but the dangers of sexting remain apparent.

Sexting is, by definition, “an act of sending sexually explicit materials through mobile phones.” This includes pictures, videos and texts. In a 2016 study conducted by Cyberbullying Research Center, over 5,500 teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 were surveyed. Four percent of the participants have sent sexually explicit photos, while 13 percent have received sexually explicit photos. In 2016, MTV created A Thin Line. This campaign educates the public on online abuse and how it can be stopped. The website provides information of


People are often requested to reciprocate unwanted naked photos.

the dangers of sexting, ways to take control of a situation, actions to take to stop digital abuse and means to become a part of the solution. According to A Thin Line, 61 percent of people who have sent sexually explicit messages were pressured to do so. Popular media outlets including Cosmopolitan magazine and Refinery 29 have published articles encouraging sexting. These articles give tips and tricks about how to make a message more creative while bypassing the awkward beginning stage of sexting. In their Sex and Relationship column, Cosmopolitan often posts about what guys really want in sexting but rarely reports on the dangers of sexting. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are no laws about sending sexually explicit pictures between adults. Adversely, transmitting a sexually explicit photo of a minor will result in a first-degree misdemeanor. In a study conducted by Indiana University among a national sample of 5,805 single adults between the ages of 21 and 75, 23 percent of participants shared sexts that were sent to them with others. When sending a sexually explicit message, there is always the possibility of it getting shared with others. Revenge porn is the distribution of sexually explicit photos of someone without their consent. There are 38 states that have laws regarding revenge porn. In Pennsylvania, the law is expressed as Unlawful Dissemination of an Intimate Image. This is considered a second-degree misdemeanor but a firstdegree misdemeanor if person depicted is a minor. Margaret Rakus, professor in the communication department, touches on the

topic revenge porn in her community engagement and social media class. "We talk about revenge porn in the section of moral and social panic," Rakus said. "I think it's important for college students to recognize, as early as possible, that the images that are taken of them are not owned by them; the copyright goes to the creator of the image." In July 2017, Rob Kardashian took to Instagram to expose Blac Chyna for cheating on him with eight other men. Kardashian posted 17 consecutive Instagram posts before Instagram shut down his account. Those posts included photos and videos of Chyna with other men and a picture of her exposed vagina. The photos were removed from Instagram, but quickly spread throughout social media. In the state of California, where Kardashian and Chyna reside, posting revenge porn is considered a misdemeanor with a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail, according to Daily Mail. "I don’t think a lot of people realize the risks that they are at when they take part in sexting," Kim Pepenella, senior political science and business double major, said. "I think the effects should be talked about more." Pepenella believes the dangers of sexting should be more openly discussed "I think the problem with sexting is when it happens nonconsensually," Maggie Javitt, senior criminology major, said. "Getting a picture that is unsolicited, or even if you send someone a picture and they wanted it, then they spread it among their friends, that is where the problem lies." SYDNEYLYNCH929@GMAIL.COM

Is the chapter ending for printed books? BY CHRISSY MCCOLLUM Staff Writer

As technology continues to develop, the need for traditional paper books is diminishing. With devices such as the Nook, Kindle and e-books becoming more prevalent, will print copies of books become obsolete in the foreseeable future? In 2011, Amazon customers defected from printed copies of books and flocked to the digital copies as Kindle downloads outsold hard copies for the first time. People began raving over the small size of their e-books, making them easy to carry around and the convenience of having any book imaginable at their fingertips, available for them with just one download. Junior biology major Adreana DeJohn said she likes print and e-books equally but sometimes leans towards e-books because of the benefits. "I don't have a strong preference either way when it comes to paper books or e-books," DeJohn said. "I do enjoy my Kindle if I'm trying to read before bed and it's dark or if I don't feel like constantly flipping the pages but paper books are great too. I don't ever have to worry about the battery dying or paying more for a new book." The Nook, Kindle and other e-books are very convenient to transport and use but are useless when the battery dies. There is always the possibility that the screen could crack, the books will not load or the sun will glare down on the screen and make visibility nearly impossible. Another drawback to e-books to be considered is the price. Often times, e-books are more expensive than physical copies of books. This can be confusing, as many would think it would cost much less to download an e-book than it does to print a physical edition.

"Physical manufacturing and distribution expenses cost less than you think," Stacey Johnson, founder and editor-in-chief of Money Talks News, said, explaining the price increase in a recent interview. "There are other costs associated exclusively with e-books, like formatting them to fit e-readers." In a recent survey taken of 46 Cabrini students, 85 percent of the students prefer a printed copy of a book over an e-book. "Millennials— particularly college students— definitely have a preference for print, especially for textbooks," Ellie Knickman, a reference and instruction librarian at Cabrini, said.


Knickman said the younger generation still appreciates the value of a physical book. "People like to have their hands on something that they can also work on when they go home. E-books are still great for a lot of things. Collections of essays and reference e-books are very useful because you have search capabilities of both the internet and electronic databases.” People believe there is something special about holding a book, sitting down to read it and flipping the page. Also, for some, there is an experience in going to a bookstore and really reading the back of each book in order to find the correct one. Some people may prefer to read a paperback book on the beach rather than a Kindle. Buying print books also gives a person the chance to lend it to someone else to read. Although the current students prefer print books, it is unclear what will happen with future generations. Libraries and bookstores will have to combat the decrease of interest in print books. “When people ask ‘what are libraries planning to do about the rise of technology?' I answer, 'We’ve probably already done it if you look!' The library is filled with electronic databases and provides students with modern ways to search for information,” Knickman said. Although technology is beginning to overrule the everyday lives of individuals, there will forever be those who refuse to let go of the paperback book in their hands. "I don't have time to read very often, unless it's for class, so I didn't see the purpose of buying a tablet or any sort of electronic reading device," Danielle Jackson, a junior information systems and technology major at Cabrini, said. "If I'm going to read a book, I would rather get the hard copy from the library so I don't have to pay for it." CHRISSYMCCOLLUM@GMAIL.COM





All Saints' Day is a day that honors all saints, whether known or unknown.

A day to celebrate all saints BY MICHELLE GUERIN Staff Writer

All Saints’ Day, which can be often confused with All Souls Day, is a day where Christians remember all saints that made it to heaven. All Saints' Day on Nov. 1 is known also as a day of obligation, meaning Christians go to church to remember all those under the category of saint. “November is the month where we remember in prayer all those who have died, so we begin the month by honoring all saints," Father Carl Janicki, director of Campus Ministry and Reverend of Cabrini University, said. In 2015, Pope Francis had a mass dedicated on the solemnity of All Saints’ Day. In his homily, Pope Francis emphasized to use saints as role models. “This is what the saints did, those who preceded us to our heavenly home. They accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage; they encourage us to go forward,” Pope Francis said. “May their intercession help us to walk in Jesus’ path and to obtain eternal happiness for our deceased brothers and sisters, for whom we offer this mass.” Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, also known as Mother Cabrini, is one of the many saints remembered on this day. Mother Cabrini is the Patron Saint of Immigrants and the inspiration behind Cabrini University.

“We remember all saints on this day,” Janicki said. “Each saint found in their relationship with God a unique calling, which propelled them to do little things with great love over and over again.” Cabrini junior Nia Alvarez-Mapp agrees that All Saints’ Day is a day to reflect on all the work saints accomplished, like Mother Cabrini. “We are in the university that Mother Ursula started for Mother Cabrini and she is important, especially in a time when we celebrate the struggles of immigrants and immigrants that came to this country— immigrants that made a foundation in this country. Since she is the saint of immigrants, it would be rude not to acknowledge her,” Alvarez-Mapp said. Thinking about Cabrini Day, bringing together all Engagement of the Common Good classes that demonstrate social justice teachings, Alvarez-Mapp considers this another day Cabrini honors Mother Cabrini’s teachings in the classroom. According to Cabrini’s website, Cabrini Day is an annual celebration of heritage and mission, honoring Cabrini’s namesake, Mother Cabrini. Cabrini uses Mother Cabrini’s actions serving diverse immigrant populations as inspiration and uses the day to represent student creativity and imagination.

“All Saints’ Day is the day devoted to all saints who also don’t have set feast days,” Kimberly Pepenella, senior political science and business major with a finance minor, said. “It’s important to recognize every saint.” “Saints are not perfect models, but are people whose lives God has crossed and can be compared with the stained-glass windows of the church, which allow light to enter in different shades of color,” Pope Francis said on Nov. 1 in the Vatican City, introducing the day this year. In the public eye, All Saints’ Day is a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, France, parts of Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Philippines, Spain and more; however, in Austria, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, the holiday is not nationwide, though it is still recognized by many Christians. “We honor Mother Cabrini as a source of inspiration in how we respond to those in most need, right here, right now, using our God-given gifts and talents. Not hers, ours!” Janicki said. MICHELLECG122@GMAIL.COM

CAVs work for extra cash on campus BY BILLY MORGAN Staff Writer

Nearly every college student can use some extra money. Many students find themselves in debt the most for groceries, fast-food habits and party supplies. At Cabrini, purchasing food on campus— excluding the cafeteria— includes using your CAV Cash, which students need money to fill. Additionally, there are students out there that have to put themselves through college. On-campus opportunities to make extra money are essential to these individuals. Among the opportunities for students to find employment is the admissions

office. Through the admissions office, students can become a student ambassador. With the title of student ambassador, students represent the admissions office by giving tours to prospective students and their families. In this position, it is crucial to have a lively personality, along with being passionate about your university. Having a great tour-guide could make or break the prospective student’s decision. There are many advantages to being a student ambassador. “It's really convenient to work in between classes," John Myers, a junior writing major and student-ambassador from the summer, said. "You get to know a lot of people and it's great for networking."

Another opportunity for work on campus is in the Dixon Center. In this line of work, students can work the front desk of the fitness center. They also can work upstairs in the fitness center as staff supervisors. A common theme with on-campus jobs is the convenient hours that are offered. Working on campus is beneficial. “You can work in between classes [and] you can put the money you earn towards your tuition instead of a paycheck,” Nick McLaughin, a junior business management and human resources minor, said. McLaughlin started working the front desk at the Dixon Center in the fall of 2017. Allie Stein, a class of 2017 communication major, said working on campus elimi-

nates having to coordinate transportation to work. “Since I lived on campus throughout my four years here at Cabrini, it was nice having a job that I didn't have to drive to or worry about a commute,” Stein said. Stein also mentioned the key points that every college student needs: spending money. Her experiences while working as a student are helping her in her real-world profession. “Having an on-campus job throughout college helps you get professional experiences while making extra money, which is really beneficial especially as an undergrad,” Stein said. BILLYMORGAN22@GMAIL.COM


Many students have benefitted from having jobs and internships on Cabrini's campus, such as in the alumni office, Dixon Center or the admissions office.




‘Blade Runner 2049’ displays humanity BY JUSTIN BARNES Staff Writer

Even though it is doing poorly at the box office, “Blade Runner 2049” is garnering a reputation of being one of the greatest sequels and one of the most human films ever. The original “Blade Runner” is a cult classic known for including topics such as genetic engineering, eyes and memories as well as a monologue given by the main villain at the end. “Blade Runner 2049” not only expands on those ideas, but also focuses on thought-provoking themes such as what it really means to be human. The “Blade Runner” universe is set in the future where humanity has advanced robotics with the creation of replicants. Replicants are bioengineered humans that have superior strength and agility and are nearly indistinguishable from humans. These factors made them an ideal slave labor force on other planets humanity has colonized. Replicants are also deemed illegal on Earth and there are special officers called blade runners tasked with tracking down and retiring any replicants that set foot on Earth. “Blade Runner 2049” takes place 30 years after the first “Blade Runner” film. Advanced replicants known as Nexus9s are now integrated into society but are used as either servants or slaves. One example of such replicants is Officer KD63.7, or K, played by Ryan Gosling. He serves the LAPD as a blade runner who hunts down and retires older model replicants who have been considered outlaws. Being a replicant, K is naturally ostracized from society with humans derogatorily referring to him as a “skin-job.” Because of this, K is lonely and finds company in the form of Joi, played by Ana de Armas. It is through her that the theme of love is explored. Love Joi is a holographic woman and product of the Wallace Corporation who can be programmed by the user to say what they want to hear and remind them that they are special. Additionally, with the help


Ryan Gosling’s performance as K is incredibly relatable and uplifting. of a special device called an emanator, K can activate her wherever and whenever he wants. This makes her the perfect companion because K simply wants her presence and for her to remind him that he is more than just a tool. This gives K purpose because he feels that he is wanted and loved the same way spouses would love and support each other. Love is explored further with former blade runner Rick Deckard, played again by Harrison Ford. It is revealed later in the film that when his replicant girlfriend Rachael gave birth to their child, he made sure to cover their tracks, isolating the child from himself and the rest of the world and disappearing without a trace. His refusal to see his child or reveal that he is the father shows that he is trying to protect the child. If word got out that replicants could reproduce, the child would be dissected and experimented on by replicant manufacturer Niander Wallace, played by Jared Leto, who plans to use this discovery as a means to expand humanity’s reach to more worlds. Not to mention, the revelation of replicant reproduction could lead to a war between humans and replicants. Even though the child would be alone and would never experience the same love Joi gives K, Deckard isolates himself anyway because he knows that it is best for the child.

In rare instances, true love means letting someone go. Deckard represents that when he tells K that “sometimes to love someone, you’ve got to be a stranger.” Search for meaning Another theme that is explored in “Blade Runner 2049” is the search for meaning. We as humans are always searching for a purpose and sometimes, it comes to us in ways we don’t expect or know how to handle. This is shown all throughout K’s journey as he searches for the replicant child. As the film goes on, he starts to believe that maybe HE is the child; however, it’s revealed near the end of the film that he is not.

We as humans are always searching for purpose and sometimes, it comes to us in ways we don’t expect. Despite this, K still rises above his programming and takes his life into his own hands. Replicant memory designer Dr.

Ana Stelline, played by Carla Juri, tells K that the memory implants he has may represent a past, but he alone can choose his future. He does not get the answers he’s searching for but, in the end, K makes his own answers. This is a perfect and raw example of how we start off with no idea of who we are and come to define who we are. Through our own free will, we can choose how we live our lives. We can accomplish anything worthwhile and, above all, we can forge our own futures. Consciousness K exhibits a great deal of humanity throughout the film but no one in this movie is more human than Wallace’s assistant and replicant enforcer Luv, played by Sylvia Hoeks. Despite being the servant of someone who views her species as slaves, Luv still exhibits love and sympathy her kind. For instance, tears roll down her face when she watches Wallace butcher a newborn replicant because of her inability to reproduce. Watching this horrific act of murder breaks Luv’s heart because her boss shows that her kind is useless to him after hearing that replicant reproduction was possible. Not to mention, Luv wants to do something about it but her programming forbids her from doing so. This makes the scene even more gut-wrenching because it’s a perfect example of how some people who desire change feel helpless because they feel like there’s nothing they can do. Luv exhibits a volcano of emotion later in the movie when she confronts K’s superior, Joshi, played by Robin Wright, about the location of K and the replicant child. The revelation of this child could lead to monumental change for all synthetic life, which is a huge deal for replicants. The confrontation and kill are exceptionally personal noting that Joshi and the LAPD officers represent the racism and oppression that Luv despises. This makes Luv’s nuclear explosion of rage and distress completely relatable and justifiable. CONTINUE READING ONLINE JUSTIN.WANNABARNES@GMAIL.COM

Living life with chronic resting B*!$h face BY BRIELLE TOFF Staff Writer

According to Urban Dictionary, resting b**** face, more commonly known as RBF, refers to “a person, usually a girl, who naturally looks mean when her face is expressionless, without meaning to.” I am aware of the fact that I have chronic RBF but I have never really put much or any thought into it until recently. It all started about three weeks ago, when I had a strange conversation with one of my classmates. It went as follows: “Hey, can I ask you a quick question?” she asked. “Yeah, sure,” I responded. “Are you constantly judging me or do you just have a really bad resting b**** face?” “No, this is just my face,” I replied, stunned that she would have the nerve to ask me such a thing. It had always occurred to me that my resting facial expression could come off as nasty to those who do not know me personally, so I decided to conduct a poll to see what other people thought of my RBF.

I posted this poll on one of Cabrini’s Facebook pages to see what some of my other classmates thought about my face. Out of the people that answered, 94 percent of them do think that I have RBF while six percent of them do not. Personally, I never thought that my RBF was that severe, but since the day my classmate approached me, it has been such a hot commodity. RBF meant nothing to me until that day, though now it is something that I am extremely passionate about. “No, seriously, this is just my face,” is something I find myself saying at least twice a week. People are always asking me if I am okay because the look on my face often leads them to think that I am feeling sad or angry. Ninety-five percent of the time, I truly am fine. Do not get me wrong, I am definitely proud of

my RBF. It is a part of my life and one of my most defining features. Most people who know me know how goofy I actually am, so I find my RBF to be comical because I only just realized I had one. Maybe some of us can be b****y at some times, but we are not all b****es all of the time. Looks can definitely be deceiving. Since the beginning of time, people have always been telling us to not judge a book by its cover and that you have to read it to know its true story. The same goes for those of us suffering with RBF. You should get to know us before you let our faces define us. Those dealing with RBF need someone to vouch for them when someone else thinks that they are throwing shade at them or for when they are sick of hearing everyone ask them what is wrong with their face. People with RBF are suffering in silence and I plan to advocate for them from now on. BTOFF98@GMAIL.COM



Sports Source Editorial Column BY RYAN BRONG Sports Editor

The Philadelphia sports community and baseball fans alike are in mourning as news of the passing of former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay rocked the sports world. Halladay, who was taken much too soon at the age of 40, died in a single passenger plane crash in Florida on Nov. 7, 2017. Halladay leaves behind his wife, Brandy, and two sons. Halladay’s impact will forever be felt on a baseball diamond. ‘Doc,’ as was Halladay’s nickname, was a name that was revered by any hitter who stepped into a batters box. Halladay’s 203-105 win record is good for .659 win percentage, placing him at 19th all-time. That’s a higher win percentage than notable hall of fame pitchers Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux. The future hall of famer spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays. There he won the first of his two career Cy Young awards. The Cy Young is awarded annually to the best pitcher in the each leauge. In fact, Halladay is one of only six players to win the Cy Young in both the American League and the National League. That 2003 season he led the league in wins. It was his second all-star appearance and he would go on to make six more in his career. In the offseason between the 20092010 season, Halladay was aquired by the Philadelphia Phillies and, in typical Philly-fan fashion, he was embraced for four great seasons. He won his second Cy Young in the 2010 season. A testiment to the person that Halladay was, after winning the award, Halladay had a replica made, presenting it to his catcher Carlos Ruiz. In one of the most impressive baseball achievements ever, Halladay threw a perfect game that season. But the more impressive part was that he then threw a no-hitter during the NLDS that postseason. Halladay and New York Yankees legend Don Larsen are the only two pitchers ever to throw a no-hitter or perfect game in the post season. MLB has mourned the loss of the pitching great. Tweets from countless players, both current and retired, have poured out on social media. Players like two-time MVP Mike Trout and World Series winner Justin Verlander have expressed their disbelief, as well as former teamates who witnessed the postseason nohitter like Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino. The Phillies organization released a statement saying, “There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game.” Halladay will be a first ballot hall of famer and will be remembered as one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game. Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay May 14, 1977-November 7, 2017


Strong and independent:

How sports have shaped a girl’s life BY BRIELLE TOFF Staff Writer

Noelia Ramirez is a sophomore criminology and sociology double major at Cabrini University. She is also one of the goalies on both Cabrini’s field hockey and women’s lacrosse team. Ramirez grew up in Philadelphia, Pa., living with both her mother and her grandmother. Her mother and grandmother are originally from Venezuela, which makes Ramirez a first-generation VenezuelanAmerican. Ramirez’s heritage has always been important to her because it is important to her mother and her grandmother that she knows where her family came from and that she stays aware of all of the advantages she has had growing up in America.

Ramirez does not consider it a setback that she was raised by solely by women,but an advantage that made her who she is today. “It shaped me to be strong and independent, to follow my dreams and to never give up when things get hard,” Ramirez said. Growing up, Ramirez had a love for sports. Field hockey and lacrosse were not her first love though; basketball was. At three-years old, Ramirez picked up her first basketball. Soon after, she attended her first professional basketball game at the First Union Center– now named the Wells Fargo Center– to see her favorite team, the Philadelphia 76ers, play. “Ever since that game, my love for basketball only grew,” Ramirez said. “From that moment on, I could never put the ball down.”


Sophomore Noelia Ramirez plays field hockey and lacrosse for Cabrini University.

Ramirez started playing when she was five years-old. Growing up, if she was not playing the game, she was shooting around. For a while, it seemed as if basketball was going to be Ramirez’s life. It was her passion growing up, at least until she got to high school. When Ramirez started her freshman year at St. Hubert’s Catholic High School For Girls, she decided to try out for the field hockey team. She wanted to try something new. She thought that it would be fun and since it was not a fall sport, it would not conflict with basketball season. Come winter time when Ramirez tried out for the basketball team, she did not make it. She was not as sad as her friends and family members thought she would be and that was because she had found a love for field hockey. During her sophomore year season of field hockey, a friend of Ramirez’s convinced her to try out for the lacrosse team that spring and she made it. “Being a part of many different teams, Noelia has learned to be responsible, dependable and, most importantly, she has learned how to follow through on her commitments until the end,” Dina Ramirez, Ramirez’s mother, said. “Playing sports has instilled a confidence in her that she has carried into both her academic and social life.” Ramirez played four years of field hockey in high school, as well as three years of lacrosse. She ended up doing an overnight at Cabrini with another St. Hubert’s alumna as well as Cabrini field hockey alumna, Taylor Mack. CONTINUE READING ONLINE BTOFF98@GMAIL.COM

A gameplan for when the games are over BY ARIANA YAMASAKI Staff Writer

Being an athlete in college, no matter what division, is about playing the game that you love. As a senior, this season could be the last season many get to play the sport they grew up on. “Being a college athlete has made me realize that I had the opportunity to play the sport that I love while also receiving an education at the collegiate level,” senior basketball player Tyheim Monroe said. Alex Ramos is a softball player who has been playing since the age of five year-old. She has put 17 years into the sport she loves and will miss it when she leaves. “It’s hard to say exactly how I will feel after my last game, but one thing I will miss that reigns over all else is being a part of a team,” Ramos said. Monroe has been playing basketball since he was six years-old. “As I enter my final year in college, I’m truly appreciative to be one of those few kids to live my dream of having the chance to be a student athlete in college,” Monroe said.

After playing tennis for nine years, Kimberly Pepenella is saying goodbye to the team she has been with for the last four years. “Being a student athlete to me means that we get wear Cabrini Cavaliers on our uniforms and represent it while doing what we love. Coming back to campus with a win while still maintaining great grades is all that matters,” Pepenella said. Monroe reflects that having pride for the team you play for makes every game meaningful. “Most importantly, there is a chance I will never be able to play a basketball game with the same intensity that I have in college,” Monroe said. Throughout their years of playing the games they love, there have been tough times. “There were times when I felt like I was just not producing and not playing to my potential. All of the struggles sometimes made success seem so distant,” Ramos said. CONTINUE READING ONLINE



From left to right, Kimberly Pepenella, Alex Ramos and Tyheim Monroe.




Mascots more realistic than fans think BY CONNOR TUSTIN Staff Writer

Mascots have always been an important symbol for athletic teams across the world; however, these friendly, fun-loving faces are not always looked at fondly. Over the course of time, mascots like St. John’s University Chief Blackjack or the Syracuse Saltine Warrior have been phased out because of controversial ties. Yet, there still remains a fair amount of professional and collegiate organizations named after tribes. The most controversial athletic organizations who continue to characterize themselves with tribes are the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and Florida State Seminoles. Although these teams have been under much scrutiny for years, only a small amount of change has gone into effect. Teams such as the Redskins, Chiefs, Indians and Blackhawks have never really had a physical mascot, but the franchises continue to be represented by a native figure in some fashion. The Washington Redskins of the NFL have always been the most controversial organization out of all the Native American based teams. In 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of United States Patent and Trademark Office attempted to cancel six of the Redskins federal trademark registrations. The claims against the Redskins were that the name is “too disparaging to Native Americans,” but in the end, the team was still granted the ability to use the term Redskin in its name. Although the team is pressed often to change the name, the owners of the organization vow that they will never move away from being the called the Washinton Redskins. “I wouldn’t necessarily agree with a new professional sports franchise taking a Native American name,   but the teams who already hold these names mean a lot to the city and people they play for,” Jack Sanders, a junior at Cabrini University, said.

Another NFL organization named the Kansas City Chiefs have never been under as much backfire as an organization like the Redskins. The team identifies with Native American culture, but the fans of the team are usually more scrutinized than the organization itself. Over the years, Chief fans have been notorious for dressing up in Native American headdresses and beating on giant Native American drums. The fans of the Chiefs, Braves and Seminoles all have one thing in common: the tomahawk chop. The tomahawk chop is a celebratory chant performed in unison by the fans of each of these teams. The fans in the crowd all chant together while swinging their arms up and down, mimicking a Native American tomahawk. Although the Chicago Blackhawks use Native American culture to represent their team, they are one of the more respected teams. The Blackhawks have made numerous efforts in regards to respecting the Native American community, including a partnership with an American Indian center in Chicago. In addition to their

community outreach, the team has a rule in place that restricts players going near or on the Blackhawk logo on the floor of the locker room, out of respect. “There are definitely some mascots that are more inappropriate than others, but I think you also have to go back in history and see why some teams are named what they are,” David Howell, the athletic communication director at Cabrini University, said. In Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians team mascot, Chief Wahoo, has been looked at as offensive ever since he came into existence. Like the Redskins, the organization has been pressed to change the mascot many times over the years. Although they have not phased out the mascot entirely, they have attempted to promote their brand with a simple capital “C” for Cleveland. “The Indians have really toned down the use of the Chief Wahoo logo, but I think it’s important just to go the whole way and get rid of it,” Dr. Francis Klose said. Klose, a religious studies professor at Cabrini University, believes that there is no reason for the use of Native American

culture in sports “I don’t see in this day and age why there should be any names related to a person’s culture,” Klose said. The argument against using Native American tribes and culture is simply that it is a part of history. The way that the Native Americans are depicted through cartoons are unjust and give a negative connotation towards their race of people. For example, Chief Osceola was an actual person with an actual life, important to the history of the Native American people. Instead of recognizing who he really was, people think of Chief Osceola as a fictional character who charges onto the Florida State field pregame and pitches a fiery torch into the ground. Some people tend to believe that this may all be harmless, but others take it to heart. Non-profit organization Not Your Mascots  stands for the rights of Native American people who are portrayed unjustly through athletic mascots. This organization voices their opinions against teams who are named after tribes or figures in Native American culture. The organization and its members take time traveling to stadiums across the country to protest wherever one of these Native American based teams are playing. Most recently, the group was spotted outside Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for a contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins on Oct. 23. “A conversation should definitely happen,” Michael Bennett, assistant director of admissions, said. “Each of these teams represent something different, but it’s hard to determine whether they give the culture a positive stereotype.” TUSTIN.CONNOR1013@GMAIL.COM


Cabrini women’s basketball looks to make noise in the CSAC BY CONNOR TUSTIN Staff Writer

After an injury riddled season last year, the Cabrini Cavaliers women’s basketball team looks to make strides towards their ultimate goal this year, to win the conference championship. Last season, the Cavaliers posted a 16-13 overall record, as well as a 12-4 conference record in the CSAC. Despite battling multiple injuries to key players, the Cavaliers only fell short in the CSAC championship game to Gwynedd Mercy. “We’ve played in the conference championship for five straight years, only losing one time, last year, so we are hungry to contend for the championship again,” head coach Kate Pearson said. With the addition of eight freshmen and the returning players from past seasons, this young Cavaliers team is ready to cause quite the rumble within the conference this season. “We tell our freshmen every day to try and make an impact this year, but they should also work together to build a solid nucleus for their four years,” Pearson said. “There are a couple freshmen to watch that could be competing for playing time right away or possibly even a spot in the starting lineup,” Pearson said. Freshman point guard Kirsten Searcy is looking forward to her first season with the Cavaliers, as she anticipates building on her skills. “I’m excited to start learning and executing the plays, as well as improving my court vision,” Searcy said.

Although just a freshman, Searcy already has her eyes on the prize along with the returning players. “We talk a lot about the CSAC championship, so I am looking forward to pursuing our goal with my teammates,” Searcy said. The team may have a young core, but there are also plenty of returning players that are ready to redeem themselves and take back the CSAC. “We have senior forward Myonie Williamson who is seeking to build off being an all-conference honorable mention last year and our starting point guard Cassidy Gallagher, who is hoping to retain that spot,” Pearson said. “We also have Nomi Washington, who is one of our most experienced players, playing minutes in her freshman year and working her way up into a starting role her sophomore year,” Pearson said. Washington, a junior forward for the Cavaliers, looks to add a wealth of leadership to such young roster. “We have a lot of freshmen that came in, which will provide a lot of help that we didn’t have last year,” Washington said. As a veteran on the team, Washington is excited to see not only the freshmen make an impact, but to see some of the returning players who suffered season-ending injuries last year. CONTINUE READING ONLINE



Senior captain Brittany Runyen guards the ball from a defender.

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2017-18 issue 06 Loquitur Cabrini University student newspaper, Radnor, PA 19087 Nov. 09, 2017