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BY BRIELLE TOFF News Editor Freshman students residing in Woodcrest Residence Hall discovered an outbreak of what appears to be a mold-like substance that has been spreading throughout a number of locations in the residence hall. Initially, five or six students had started complaining  to Residence Life  about the mold-like substance on Wednesday, Sept. 19, but when word started to get around, more and more people had started discovering what they thought was mold in their dorm rooms. Residence Life is working to determine whether the condition is mold or mildew. For an explanation of the differences, see the graphic to the right. Mold is a more serious building problem than mildew, which is more easily treated and eliminated. Woodcrest students were finding this mold-like substance on furniture such as desks, closets and air conditioning vents. A few students found the mold-like substance on their personal belongings and were forced to throw them out. Other students had someone pick them up from the university or they spent the night in other residential buildings. Roommates Brenna Walters and Grace Fox spent the morning rearranging their furniture and cleaning out their dorm room after finding the mold-like substance in it. “I was sick last week and I am not sure if that is the reason why,” Fox said. “I found that my shoes were covered in mold, I had to throw them out… It was disgusting.” Walters was in the room when facilities came to remove the mold-like substance. “He [facilities] moved the wardrobe and checked that there was no more mold,” Walters said. “After that, he bleached everything and wiped it all down, but there is more growing on the back of the closet.” After the Woodcrest Residence Hall flooded in spring 2016, the building was completely renovated with new air conditioning units, floors and furniture. Since the renovation, each room in the residence hall was equipped with its own air conditioning unit. A freshman who asked her name not to be used, living in Woodcrest Residence Hall, claims that she was originally told that the mold-like substance would be gone by 7 a.m, but when she arrived back at her dorm room this morning, there was still the mold-like substance there. “I had to throw away some clothes and shoes, but my roommate had to throw away all


of her bedding,” the freshman said. Brett Buckridge, the director of residence life, has been working hard to resolve the issues. “We are not evacuating people. The concern of our students’ health and safety is at our upmost priority,” Buckridge said. “We do have reports of mildew and a rise of cases of mildew. Right now we have facilities going through and trying to determine the actual reports, whether it’s mold or not.” The mold-like substance could have been a result of the recent weather patterns the Radnor area has been experiencing, or the lack of ventilation in the dorm rooms. “From what we can determine, it is a low circulation and ventilation issue. Right now we’re working with students to move furniture to help increase ventilation,” Buckridge said. “So right now we’re working with housekeeping, facilities and residence life coordinating and helping students move furniture away that is blocking anything.” As they are getting a number of complaints from students and parents, solving the problem of the mold-like substance is Residence Life’s first priority. “I think we’re confident enough that we are going to be able to resolve this in a short time period. We are working with facilities to do air quality tests and things like that to ensure that it’s not a risk, ” Buckridge said. Elaina Loveland, a junior early education and special education double major at Cabrini University, lived in Woodcrest Residence Hall during her freshman year on campus. Loveland loved living in Woodcrest Residence Hall and had a lot of fun there with all of her friends, but she felt as if she was making weekly visits to the nurses office due to frequent upper respitory infections. “Now that I am informed of the mold, I believe that it was the cause of the constant illness I was faced with during my freshman year,” Loveland said. “I am honestly not surprised because Woodcrest has always had a musty smell to it.” If any students on campus spot mildew or mold in their dorm rooms, houses or apartments they are advised to contact Residence Life as soon as it is spotted.





LOQUITUR 2018-2019 Editorial Staff



How journalism has changed over the years:

Celebrating 60 years of The Loquitur



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 University was founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC). A couple years later, The Loquitur, Cabrini University’s student-run newspaper, was founded. The Loquitur has been informing students, staff, faculty and those in the surrounding area for 60 years. Over the past 60 years, the way people consume media has changed immensely. The Loquitur has advanced so much from laying out newspapers with no computers to getting articles published online in hours for a timely piece. When the internet started to become a major place for people to get their media, The Loquitur did not only produce a print issue but they started to upload the media on The Loquitur website. Loquitur Media is evolving into a multimedia news source. We are not only writing news stories, but we are publishing videos and podcasts to release more information out to the public by using different media platforms. There are so many different ways to consume news anymore. Today, people might not be able to pick up a paper and read it before they leave for work like they used to. Some listen to podcasts on their way to work, and that is how they consume their news.

News has evolved and there are a plethora of stories, from light-hearted to heavy-hitting ones, that are told every day. Journalists are here to inform the public on what is happening in the world. Journalism is extremely important now more than ever, as it is an institution that keeps not only those in power in check, but allows all citizens to be informed and keep a united front as a nation and as part of the global community. Throughout the last 60 years, The Loquitur has been here to produce honest and unbiased content. Since the 2016 election, there has been an attack on journalists and how credible they are. “You speak, we listen” has become a motto to live by when editors are writing and interviewing students on campus. It is important to include all voices to present all opinions and sides. Journalism allows us to get deeper into the topics that most people just brush over. It gives us a platform to help voice those who cannot be heard clearly. For the past 60 years, The Loquitur has been proud to be your source of news on campus. Throughout the upcoming year, we will be celebrating 60 years of The Loquitur and how journalism has changed over time.

Loquitur's 60th Anniversary Word Search 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@ cabrini.edu





Meet Brian Eury: Cabrini University’s Acting President BY KEEGAN MCKOSKEY Sports Editor Over the summer, Donald B. Taylor, president of Cabrini University, informed the Cabrini University community that he would undergo back surgery, placing him on medical leave for the fall 2018 semester. Brian Eury, chief of staff and vice president of external affairs, would then become acting president of the university, focusing on day-to-day leadership with the help of administration, provost, faculty and staff. “Typically, when the president of a university has to step away for any reason, it is usually the provost who becomes the acting president,” Eury said. “But, because Mark Kiselica, who is an unbelievable asset to Cabrini, stepped up from dean of the School of Humanities and social sciences to become the acting Provost, we just felt that the decision of the board, executive committee of the board, and Donald Taylor was to go with my position because I worked in the president’s office and worked closely with DT.” Eury’s typical day consists of putting  out [figurative] fires and being decisive, but making sure that the decisions he makes aren’t rushed since they must be in line with Cabrini’s long term plan. Eury is also filling the duties needed for the $24 million construction project go-


ing on campus. This includes working with the project manager, neighbors of Cabrini and the township to obtain the necessary permits. Over the past couple of months, Cabrini has had many administration members leave to accept positions at different universities. “Filling those spots has been time consuming with the search committees and in addition to the larger search committee for the provost, which is a huge change,” Eury said. Eury was the youngest of five growing up and was always interested in politics. “We were always engrained with giving back,” Eury said. While in school, Eury went through four different majors at three different colleges including, Delaware County Community College, then eventually back to Temple University. He grew an interest in bartending, which then sparked an interest to the possibility of owning a bar. “One day, a light went off,” Eury said. Eury then attended Chestnut Hill College for an accelerated program majoring in Human Resource Management. “I didn’t want to practice law, I just wanted to learn the law, so I felt an MBA for what I wanted to do gave me the most mobility especially since I was already 28 years old,” Eury said. He then worked in health care hospitals as a lobbyist for eight years, working community affairs and with different constituent groups until one day was asked to move to Harrisburg. “I didn’t want to just be a lobbyist, so when this position opened up, I jumped at it. It has been an unbelievable four years since then,” Eury said. As Eury is adjusting to the added role of acting president, along with his current roles of chief of staff and vice president of external affairs, he has reflected on his


Brian Eury, Cabrini’s acting president. journey to a career in higher education. “I never thought higher education was going to be my career,” Eury said. “When I try to talk to students about my own pathways, I want to make sure that they know there are people here on campus who didn’t wake up when they were 5 and say, ‘I want to be in higher ed.’ There are people who have different journeys, that have had challenges in their life, and if they need to have a conversation about that then they should look here at Cabrini.” KEEGANMCKOSKEY11@GMAIL.COM

The Mansion at Cabrini University

Cabrini University tasked with finding new Provost; and it’s no easy mission. BY CHRIS GIACOBBE Staff Writer Cabrini University has been looking for a new Provost since the last Provost, Jeff Gingerich, left campus in May of 2018. Mark Kiselica has been the acting Provost of the university since Gingerich left last semester. Current acting campus president, Brian Eury, has a good idea on why the role of the Provost is so important. “The job description is always changing,” Eury said. “The provost is second in charge. They oversee all of faculty, classes, course offerings and they work hand in hand with faculty in course development.” As one can probably already tell, the role of Provost is a pretty big position to fill. Doing so will not be an easy task. “It’s a very time consuming job,” acting provost, Mark Kiselica said. “It is also a very honored position, it is a privilege to

Cabrini welcomes the class of 2020.

be a Provost. Especially, here at Cabrini.” It takes a lot of moving parts to select one person who is responsibile to oversee so many tasks. The process starts off with a search consulting firm partnered with Cabrini to help find good candidates. Hyatt Fennell has been partnered with Cabrini for the better part of five years now. They have been very useful in directing Cabrini to good candidates for these high level positions. “We have been very fortunate to have a partner in a search consulting business like Hyatt Fennell,” Eury said. The search does not stop here. After Cabrini receives a list of potential candidates, it is time for the interview committee to take action. Dr. Melissa Terlecki, is a proud member of this committee. “[The committee] choose what candidates are going to move forward, and

weed out the ones who don’t really meet the qualifications,” Terlecki said. This is an important step that can not be overlooked. The committee helps the president out so he is not swamped with sorting through thousands of different candidates. With a good system in place to weed out the candidates that are not qualified, it is left to the question, what qualifies a person to be second in command? To have so many responsibilities, Cabrini can not simply give the job to just anyone with a degree. Thankfully, the interview committee has significant standards for a Provost to have. The main factor that the interview committee wants is for the Provost candidate to fit in with Cabrini’s culture. “Though there are several duties of the job, the number one duty, more than anything, is supporting the Cabrini mission,

and that is education of the heart,” Kiselca said. Cabrini University needs a Provost who can handle the increasing enrollment here at Cabrini. It is very apparent that the university will not be as small as a school as it is for very long. The Provost needs to be dedicated to welcoming and supporting both, new and current students, for this position is about the students. The goal of the job is about helping and providing educational experiences that prepares students emotionally and spiritually for the world. The Provost, though most people probably didn’t even know what the position held, is quite literally next to the most important role on this campus. It’s a lot of responsibility to retain, and best of luck to Cabrini in finding a new one. CHRISGIACOBBE@GMAIL.COM





Cabrini’s First Active Shooter Drill BY ABIGIAL SCARDELLETTI Circulation Manager This fall, Cabrini University will be trying something that has not been practiced in the past: an active shooter lockdown drill. Even though the campus has gone on lockdowns in the past, it has been for events that have occurred off-campus such as the bubble wrap incident at Valley Forge Military Academy two years ago. With the rise in gun violence, especially mass school shootings, it has become imperative that Cabrini take steps to protect its students, faculty and staff while on campus. This drill will help train students, faculty and staff on what to do during an active shooter situation, as well as help Cabrini prepare for any situation that could bring harm to the school. The drill will take place on a random day this semester; the date undisclosed to help keep the drill as real as possible. Everyone on campus will know when the drill begins, as they will hear a siren coming from the PA system on Founder’s Hall and Holy Spirit Library. The siren will sound like a fire engine and occur for two minutes. While the siren occurs, there will be a text and email alert sent to all registered accounts via E2Campus. At the same time, a notification will be sent to all 900 computers on the Cabrini Network with a “warning” flashing across the screen. This will alarm the user to lock down and take shelter. E2Campus will be important during this drill as Public Safety will be using

the notification system to communicate with everyone involved with the drill and parents who have signed up for E2Campus. To prepare for this drill, sign up for E2Campus if you have not already, know your escape route for any space you may be in, know how to block the door, stay where you are and hide. Do not try to run or fight unless necessary. Keep in mind that while in a lockdown you are not supposed to leave where you are until given the all clear through E2Campus. If a fire alarm starts to go off, remain in place unless otherwise notified as there is a possibility that it is an active shooter trying to lure out possible victims.    During a real active shooter situation, work with police but also stay out of their way. They are looking to take the shooter into custody before they help the victims and those inside the buildings. During the drill, all faculty, students and visitors on campus should shield themselves in a safe location by turning off lights, silencing cell phones, locking and barricading doors, as well as listening to instructions from professors. Barricading doors is highly encouraged, unless it causes damage to the building. If you are in one of the 11 residences halls, do the same in barricading doors, staying away from windows and finding the safest spot in the room you are in to hide. If you are outside when the siren sounds, find the nearest building and go into it to hide. The doors will lock, but students have access to certain buildings when locked via their ID cards. If you are unable to enter a building, look

around you and ask yourself what you know. Make a decision based on what you know. If you are able to get off campus before campus closes, try to get off campus (as this is only a drill, you do not need to leave). If you are in the shuttle on your way to or from campus, the shuttle will find a safe location to wait out the situation. “Don’t come back [to campus],” Joe Fusco, Director of Public Safety, said. “[the shuttle would] take out kids somewhere safe.” Elected Campus officials from the Public Safety Department, Safety Committee and the Radnor Police Department will be going through the buildings to guarantee the doors are locked and to see how the campus reacts to during the drill. The Safety Committee consists of different departments on campus such as Human Resources, Residence Life and Public Safety that allows for people to help keep campus as safe as possible through reporting areas of concern. Once the drill is over, there will be an email, text and desktop alert sent saying, “All Clear, Drill Complete.” If you would like to receive more information, or ask Public Safety any questions there is another public meeting on Sept. 25 at 10am for Faculty and Staff in MICHELLE GUERIN/VISUAL MANAGING EDITOR Widener Lecture Hall and one for students at 3pm in Grace Hall GHMR - A-B. Cabrini University is set to practice their first There will be no gunfire or simula- active shooter drill sometime during the 2018tions of gunfire at all. First Responders 2019 school year. from Radnor and Tredyffrin Police Departments will already be on the scene ABIGAILSCARDELLETTI@GMAIL.COM as observers.

Construction on campus involve big plans for 2019 BY SYDNEY LYNCH Writing Managing Editor Cabrini University is in the process of conducting two major construction projects on campus. A new parking garage and drop-off point will be available to students in the spring of 2019, while a new dorm will  begin to resident-students in the fall semester of 2019.  This  building process began in June 2018, but the master plan has been in the works for eight years.   Brian  Eury, acting president of Cabrini, has played a major part in the planning and process of the construction on campus.   “I am still the vice presidents of external relations and community development and chief of staff,”  Eury  said. “That role is where the construction comes into play. I was leading the projects.”  According to the Cabrini Master Plan Planning Commissions Presentation provided on cabrini.edu, new the parking structure will accommodate 174  parking spots for students, faculty and staff. The parking garage is set to open for cars in late April or early May, just in time for the class of 2019 commencement.   “Radnor Township municipality, which our  campus is in, has a methodology with parking and the number of beds built in a new  residential  dorm,”  Eury  said. “Even though not all of our students drive, we had to fall in line with what the township was mandating. That why we have to build a parking structure.”  According to the minutes of a Radnor Township Planning Commission meeting that took place on Sept 5, 2017,

a meeting was held on Aug 7, 2017, where neighbors of Cabrini University voiced their concern of the new parking structure. Some worried that the headlights from cars and light from fixtures in the garage would shine into their homes. Over the course of a month, the plans for the parking structure were reoriented to reduces the likely hood of light pollution.  Inclement weather can pose a threat to the development of the project. While the weather has been steady for working conditions so far, the impending winter could be an issue.   “The  timelines  have gaps embedded in  them that  we can abide by,” Eury said. “We are worried about the winter, we are worried about the frost. As we get into February and March, the winds and the rains can be an issue.”  Currently, the projects are on track.  Along with construction, Cabrini has closed the roads in front of the Mansion and leading to Grace Hall. This abolishment of roadway access to cars is an effort to make Cabrini a more pedestrian-friendly campus. The commons  is  the center location of campus, where students can enjoy an open space for activities or relax and do school work.  “Best practices throughout higher education is that when you have a safe pedestrian crossway that opens up the campus to more opportunities for collegiality between staff, employees but also  students,”  Eury  said. “The way that Cabrini is laid out with the Dixon Center at the north end and then all the residential buildings at the south. Ultimately, the center, the core of campus, will be the anchor for the whole institution. Not having cars there will be a

big difference.” The new residence hall is being built on the grounds of the late Lanshe House. Since the dorm is on the west side of campus, it will house upperclassmen. The new  facility gives the housing situation flexibility, dependent on the number of on-campus residents.  “It’s  definitely  juniors and seniors, but there may be some sophomores,” Eury said.  Raechel  Aviles, freshman education major, lives in Woodcrest Resident Hall. She explained that the  construction usually does not interfere with her daily life on campus.  “If we keep the window open, we hear the noise and lot and dust comes in our room, so we just keep the window closed,” Aviles said.   With phase two of the master plan on target to be finished by summer 2019, the Cabrini community should not expect any construction on campus for a while following its completion.   “In terms of the 24 to 36 months, there will be no construction,”  Eury  said.  “When we have the fundraising in place and we have a critical need to move on it, that’s when phase three will be implemented.”






Grow what you know; food waste in the Lehigh Valley BY ANGELINA CAPOZZI Staff Writer

Walking into the vegetable section at a grocery store, we expect to find perfect, polished tomatoes with no blemishes or color discoloration. This mentality that society up holds on perfect fruits and vegetables forces farmers to throw away about half of the food produced. Food is the most wasteful product in Pennsylvania. Hate to break it to you, but, that perfect tomato is not as healthy as the one that is heavy and has a crack down the side with juice coming out. Farmers raise their produce to have three things; color, size and durability. They want produce that can withstand being shipped all over even if that means throwing away perfectly good food. $218 billion worth of food is thrown away each year. With that 21 percent of freshwater is used for that disposed food. One of the biggest issues in the world is world hunger, yet we have enough food to feed everyone. If we have enough food for everyone then why are people starving? Cabrini University’s Professor,  Thomas O’Donnell, PhD, speaks up about food waste in the PBS39 article titled “Food Waste in the Valley.” “Food waste is prevalent and present everywhere. The biggest issue to me is that there is more than enough food

raised and grown in the United States to provide food to everyone who is food insecure. That statistic is known, but it is also true in the entire world. Sadly, there is all of these people that are in need, both in terms of quantity and quality of food,” O’Donnell said. A study was done about food stores serving the misfit, or seconds of fruits and vegetable at a discount price, and they sold immediately. People wanted the perfectly good fruits and vegetables that had either a scratch or bruise of some sort because it was a lower price. “You get people who can’t afford expensive food so end up buying things like hot pockets or low quality cereal and fill up on empty food which isn’t starvation but a food insecurity issue,” O’Donnell said. These people then can buy the discounted fruits and vegetables, saving it from being wasted. A group of students from Lehigh University competed in a Hack-a-Thon to come up with new ideas to help lower food waste. The judges looked for innovation, viability, and how well these students managed their time with just 48 hours. The group that won the Progress award dealt with college campuses’ cafeterias. They shared ideas about students swiping into the caf with their ID cards and getting food but then knowing how much they wasted when they were done. Something that Cabrini students can do to help with food waste O’Donnell said is “Go to your local supermarket and find the assistant manager or the general manager, look for posters that indicate that they have some sort of a program about food waste reduction. Tell that person how happy you are that they’re doing that and please continue doing more of it. The reason is that they respond to customer feedback more than anything else in the whole world, and that statement by you to that store manager will help improve these programs.” Here at Cabrini we have a few ways to lower food waste that every student may not know about. One way is that we take all the leftover soup and bring it to local pantries. Students and staff have collected more than 4,000 pounds of food for those pantries.


Corn field in the Lehigh Valley Composting is something most people believe takes too much time and effort to do. If people were shown and taught how to compost, it would be a lot easier for them. Composting allows organic matter to break down naturally and then people can use that for their gardens. “I personally don’t throw any food away,” O’Donnell said. “I started a home composting with a little container by my sink where we put our leftovers and now I actually look forward to putting food in there. If my produce doesn’t look too great I throw it in soup a lot. I save my apple cores from work and take them back to my compost piles. I do everything I can because I’m uncomfortable wasting it. I would say I’m close to zero food waste now.” O’Donnell references Johnathan Bloom when he said, “When you learn about food waste you’ll start to see it everywhere.”


Dr. O’Donnell helping out at City Works


As construction on campus increases, student frustrations do too


The number of parking spots has been dwindling since the beginning of the semester due to construction BY BROOKE FERTIG Staff Writer Students at Cabrini University are feeling a number of emotions as the school year begins. Students feel excited to see their friends again. Additionally, many feel focused on their future and what is to come. However, students who drive to campus for their classes are feeling more frustrated than anything else. This is due to the construction on campus, which does not leave enough parking spaces to accommodate their arrival.  Joe Fusco is the director of the Public Safety Department at Cabrini University.

“If students have an active commuter parking pass and are unable to find parking spots on Tuesdays and Thursdays, they are actually allowed to park on res. boulevard between the hours of 7 am-5pm,” Fusco said. “For this great development, this pain point is worth it.” This construction of a parking garage was announced last Spring, and is in the second phase of upcoming renovations to Cabrini University. The purpose of adding this parking garage to Cabrini is mainly to improve student life. Additionally, it is to make our campus pedestrian friendly. Gus Feudale is the grounds manager at Cabrini University. “The construction has definitely caused some parking challenges,” Feudale said. “That said, I feel the campus community has shown a lot of patience and understands that this is all temporary.” This view of the parking lot was taken from the very last row, behind Founder’s Hall. This photograph was taken by Brooke Fertig. Students at Cabrini University need a parking permit. With the lack of physical spaces, students are feeling frustrated that they are paying for a permit. A parking permit grants the driver access to parking in any of Cabrini’s parking spaces, however,

does not guarantee a spot.  “I can’t wait for the new parking garage to be built and for more parking to be available at Cabrini for future students,” senior business major, Matthew Keelan, said. “I live in West Residence Hall this year and have a parking pass for the West lot, but parking is so limited that I usually end up parking my car at house two, which is near the freshman dorms. More parking spaces are definitely needed, and I am happy that is being addressed for future cavaliers.” An approved commuter permit for one semester is priced at $35 plus $5.95 shipping. Since it is common for students to purchase permits based on the semester themselves, this adds up. If a student purchases this twice, the student would have spent $81.90 this school year in permits alone. “It is terrible parking on campus,” Trent Vernon, a commuting marketing student, said. “I do not think they should give out parking tickets until the constructions done.”  One thing that is important to note is the time of day students and faculty are arriving at Cabrini and attempting to park their cars. David Madway, an instructor in the mathematics department has not had an issue.

“I have not encountered parking problems yet. I have an 8:15 class on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and there are always spaces available at that time...However, on Mondays and Wednesdays, I start at 9:40. I am here by 8:30 to 8:45 and notice the parking lot a lot fuller,” Madway said. “I do not anticipate parking being a problem for me this semester.” Faculty and staff of Cabrini University are encouraged to park off campus in the Church of the Savior lot. After parking there, they will be shuttled over to the University. There was an “off-campus parking lottery” instated, due to the lack of 70 volunteers needed to park off campus. As Cabrini opens its doors to more students, it will soon be able to accommodate them by opening its garage too.





First generation college student


Karena McDanel and her family on their way to Cabrini University BY KARENA MCDANEL Staff Writer

I am the first person in my family to ever attend college. Being the only one in college brings joy to me and my family. I was raised by my father my whole life. When my father was a young boy, college wasn’t in the picture or even talked about growing up. My dad worked throughout his whole life. He became a parent at a young age, so he never had time on his hands to go to college. His parents never stressed college to him,

so he never thought it was a big deal until now. My dad’s main priorities back then were to take care of us and make sure that we were happy and had a roof over our heads. My dad has always supported me through everything, especially school. He wanted me to do very well, and to always get good grades. My dad has always wanted me to strive and achieve great things in life. I hope one day I become as successful as my father. He worked so hard to make us happy, I feel like he deserves to be happy as well. My dad would always say, “do

whatever makes you happy.” When my senior year in high school finally came around, I knew, for a fact, that I wanted to go to college. When I told my dad that I wanted to go, he was excited and very nervous at the same time. He has never been to college, so he didn’t know what to expect and neither did I. My dad was very new to the whole college process, so it was pretty difficult doing most of it on my own. I went to visit my guidance counselor almost everyday to help me apply to schools. I decided to apply to four of my favorite schools including Temple, West Chester, Cabrini University and Kutztown. When I started to get accepted into these schools, I started to have doubts about how I was going to pay for school and how it was all going to work out. Thankfully, my dad was by my side through it all. “Karena, I’m making sure you are going to college,” he said. Today, I am a sophomore at Cabrini University. I’m majoring in communications and hope to study abroad in Ireland at Maynooth University. Being in college means the world to me. I’m furthering my education and

hope to graduate with a degree in communications. My family has been so supportive of me. They say that their proud of me, and it is the best feeling in the world. It motivates me everyday to do well in school. My future plan, when I graduate from Cabrini is to look for a job right away, pay off my loans and save up for a house. I hope to find a great job that pays wells, and that I enjoy. I hope that all this schooling pays off at the end.




How I made the most of my college experience after transferring


Humes and his sister pictured in Woodcrest Hall . BY JAMES HUMES Staff Writer

In early August, 2017, I made a decision that would change my life. I decided to come to Cabrini University. The two years prior to my decision, I attended Montgomery County Community College. I felt I was ready to move on, and earn my bachelor’s degree. Cabrini felt like the best fit for me. So, I finalized the application process and became a Cavalier! Before I made this change, I knew what I wanted out of a college or university. Simply, I wanted a place where I could get the best education possible, meet new friends and remain relatively close to my home. I had researched several schools that met these guidelines, but Cabrini stood out. The reason for this stand-out, was that I

had several friends and family members attend Cabrini over the years. I called them, and they all told me about their great experiences at Cabrini and recommended that I take a tour. I felt like their relationship with Cabrini, as alumnus, spoke volumes to the type of welcoming and friendly environment Cabrini has on and off campus. So, I took a tour, and after seeing the campus and meeting some very nice admissions employees I was sold, but not with total confidence. I was unsure about what my experience would be like at Cabrini coming in as a transfer student, and not with current friends or family attending. I wasn’t sure if I would make friends, and since I decided to live on-campus, I was intimidated about having new

responsibilities and freedoms unique time in people’s lives, unlike any I had before. and they have the time and the Mapworks conducted a frequency of contact with each survey of new college students other to really develop these living away from home. The kinds of close relationships.” survey concluded that 34 I had a great year and can say percent of students extremely that choosing to attend Cabrini missed their friends at their was an extremely positive old school, and 27 percent of change in my life. I, like others students extremely missed that helped me, would highly their families back home. Even recommend Cabrini University though I felt uneasy about these to anyone.department, the living new changes, I knew that if I just and learning communities, acted like myself and was open admissions or any other office to doing new things with new on campus - I’ve been given people, it would all work out. the sense of that I am never Soon enough, I proved alone and that I’ll always have myself right. I met some new someone rooting for me in my friends, joined a club and corner,” Dietrich said. worked towards getting hired “I think I’m ready to graduate for a summer internship. I met but not give up the college friends throughout the dorms I experience just yet,” Roda said. lived in, orientation groups, the “I just can’t believe four years gym, classes, mutual friends and went by so quickly.” just meeting people on-campus. No matter where the seniors Everyone I met was so friendly and welcoming, that the transition felt almost nonexistent, like I was at Cabrini since freshman year! Purdue University’s Glenn Sparks explained why friendships made in college are so strong and important by stating, “This During Cabrini Universities freshman move in day is a kind of a

go Cabrini will always be a place they can call home. “I feel that every memory (yes, every memory big and small and even the memories that put a huge smile on my face to the moments where I just wanted to yell at the top of my lungs.) Each memory that I’ve spent on the campus will always have a special place in my heart,” Marinelli said. JPHJR1215@GMAIL.COM





Instagram: poisoning todays youth



It is a continuous cycle every day for almost everyone to wake up and immediately check their social media on their phones. It is a sad addiction that has taken over our lives. When someone receives a certain amount of “likes” on a photo on Instagram, it is almost like an award to come back and do it again. And if someone is not happy with what they have received for “likes,” they are going to feel lousy and inferior about returning back to this site. “You average about 260 likes per post on Instagram and have 1,473 followers so that is a pretty

good average.” Yes, that is a statement that actually came out of someone’s mouth towards me. This statement made me open my eyes, specifically, on how Instagram can be affecting young women and their confidence. Comparing followers and how many likes someone may reach on a photo they post is now considered “normal.” To me, this is a crazy “normal.” Many women in this day and age lack confidence and it is mainly due to social media. I find that, on Instagram, the biggest factor is women not feeling they are good enough.  Think about it, you see girls who posts a picture with a perfect

body on the beach or girls who post selfies and never looks bad. Social media is the only place you can create your own reality to others. It allows women to make their lives or body seem to be whatever they want. What women post on Instagram is how they want themselves to be viewed as by others. Many young women are now looking to “likes” on a photo or how many “followers” they have on Instagram to determine their worth. That to me is strikingly alarming and sad. It makes some women truly question themselves and who they are; “Was something wrong with what I posted?,” “Did I not

look good enough?” Constantly comparing and judging other women based upon how they look; good or bad, is not a healthy habit. According to Time, “Instagram is the worst social media platform for young women and mental health.  It was also connected with “high levels of anxiety, depression, bullying and FOMO, or the fear of missing out.” Body image is the number one factor in correlation to these “side effects” of young women on Instagram.  Many of these women work hard for their bodies and proudly show them off. As do I, if I am being honest. I think  the problem comes in, specifically with celebrities, who women look up to, are posting about their bodies claiming it’s real. Setting that false sense of reality for young women can make them feel as though they should have that type of body too, or it can be easily obtained.  The truth is, most of those celebrities just walk into a doctor’s office and come out looking different. The Kardashians have a major impact on today’s young generation. Back in 2015, the Kylie Jenner Lip challenge hit the internet and caused thousands of women across the globe to try to enhance their lips to look like hers in a dangerous way.  I think if more women in the spotlight came forward about what they have done or why,

maybe more adolescents will not feel as pressured to look a certain way anymore. Instagram is not intended to be, nor should it be, a negative outlet for women to turn to. It is a great place for self-expression and a way to look back at memories that others can see. I would love girls to be more confident in who they are as a person; mind, body and soul.  Every woman should be able to hold their head high and be proud of who they are, despite anything they may see on Instagram. Some are lucky enough to just not care. They post what they want to post, and it does not matter how many likes it gets. Others, how many “likes” they get on a photo  does  mean something to them.  For me, I was not very confident in who I was until about my junior year of high school. I slowly realized who I am as a person and embraced it. It takes time. But in order to be at peace with yourself and be confident in who you are, you have to love yourself. Every woman in unique and different and that should be qualities every woman should be proud of.  Hold your head up high, your crown is falling.


I am a vegetarian: a phrase that notoriously rolls eyes


Domesticated animals are often killed inhumanely BY BROOKE FERTIG Staff Writer

Before being a vegetarian became socially accepted as it is today, elementary, middle and high school were tough times. In fact, I have heard almost all of the names and have been asked all of the questions in the book. I’ve even had the pleasure of having bacon thrown at me during a school lunch. The best part about all of it looking back is that I never even spoke out to classmates about being a vegetarian. Rather, it was discovered, and I was ridiculed. Being the target of everyone’s jokes came with the territory of being a vegetarian at such a young age. If I had a penny for every time I heard, “We are MEANT to eat meat...our ancestors always have!” Sometimes I feel the urge to inform that many human ancestors were actually vegetarian, however, I know what would happen if I did. Even though I would be explaining the lifestyle, I would be blacklisted. Growing up as a vegetarian in an omnivorous and carnivorous household was NOT easy. I grew up in an almost even split of Italian and German family. As you

can imagine, holiday meals, as well as daily meals, were always filled with meat. If it wasn’t the “star” of the dish, it was in the sauce, or in the broth. To put it simply, I lived on rice. When I was in 4th grade, I decided to become a vegetarian. A vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat from anything that was once living. Which differs from that of a pescatarian, who eats fish and seafood. A vegan is someone who does not eat any products that were derived from animals. Being a vegetarian is a lifestyle choice for myself that is still true to this day. There are many reasons an individual would decide to become a vegetarian. The two most popular reasons for becoming a vegetarian are animal rights and health benefits. Animal rights are the reason I initially made the choice to become a vegetarian. To me, eating meat never seemed like it was a fair trade for something to give their life. Especially with all of the alternative options available today. The options available at restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, coffee shops and even gas stations has grown immensely from 12 years ago, when I became a vegetarian. According to a study by the research firm Global Data, veganism in America increased by 600 percent since 2014. I remember when I would go out previously for meals, I would only have the option of the house salad or a fruit cup. Now, there are menus and establishments dedicated to this diet, this movement. The other popular perspective for becoming a vegetarian are the associated health benefits for your body and for your planet. Heart disease and cancer are the top two leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, the two are responsible for 46 percent of deaths. Vegetarians are 40 percent less likely to develop cancer, compared to that of carnivores. This is due to vegetarian diets being naturally low in saturated fat, high in fiber, and well supplied with cancer-protective phytochemical.

Additionally, when you’re vegetarian, you’re avoiding the animal fat linked to cancer altogether. As far as heart disease goes, vegetarian diets avoid saturated fats and cholesterol. In addition, the fiber from a vegetarian diet helps to reduce the levels of cholesterol in the human body. It is thought that the “simplest and cheapest thing anyone can do to reduce the human impact on the environment is to eat less meat.” In eating meat, humans are overheating our planet, using up our land, using too much water, deforestation, surpasses oil in production, poisoning our earth and polluting the oceans and air. At the end of the day, I will NEVER force my friends, my family or even my children to be a vegetarian. Life is about choices. I do, however, believe individuals should be well informed in order to make them. That is why I am so passionate about being a vegetarian. Knowledge is power.



Brooke pictured with her pet chicken.




Awkward first dates and what not to do BY CHRIS GIACOBBE Staff Writer

Whether you’ve been in a relationship for three years or three days, they all started somewhere. The first date. Your first date is crucial. It’s the date that you decide to go on a second one or never go out with that person again. This is the date you start to learn more about the person you’re interested in, how they operate. Though, if you’re like me, then Murphy’s law is always in effect and the close-to-worst case scenario will happen... Probably the most awkward date was the year of my infamous popcorn incident the summer going into my junior year of high school. If you easily get second

hand embarrassment I suggest you stop reading now. It was my first date after coming out of a relationship, so I was a little rusty as it is. But nothing could’ve prepared me for what was going to happen that night. About halfway through the date it was going pretty well, we were laughing, having a good time. After a very classy, five-star dinner at Applebee’s we decided to go to a movie. Now, I want to say that the rest of the date went well, I really do. I’d love to say, “Why yes we had a fantastic time and we’ve been dating ever since.” I’d also love to say I won the lottery, but neither of those things are true. It started with my decision to buy a comically large tub of

popcorn. It was the only thing we were getting at the theater so I wasn’t too concerned with money. Once we knew what theater we were seeing the movie in, we made our way over and then to our assigned seats. It was the type of theater that had the comfy reclinable chairs because sitting isn’t cool anymore. We start shuffling in and just before we got to our seats, I swear to you time slowed down. I was lugging that absurdly large tub of popcorn in my arms, when all of a sudden, my date steps on the heel of my shoe, causing me to trip over myself. Unfortunately, the woman in front of us, who was probably on a date herself, was fully reclined in her chair. As I was tripping, the entirety of that tub of popcorn

fell all over the woman. This wasn’t just a little bit of popcorn on her lap. This was a tidal wave of popcorn that came over her. There was so much popcorn on her, from her shoulders up, that I couldn’t see her face initially. But she jolted upright, as if I had tased her, and the entire movie theater stared at us. In a panic, I started brushing the popcorn off the woman, but there was just way too much. Defeated, I awkwardly apologized and mentioned how it could’ve been worse, that I could’ve accidentally spilled my drink on her too. Now, the worst part about that was probably the fact that we had to sit behind her as she would pick popcorn from her hair the

rest of movie. Granted, me and my date had a good laugh about it afterwards, even though that segment of the date was super uncomfortable. Thankfully, in my mind, that wasn’t worst case scenario, which was the theater exploding, but since that didn’t happen I was relieved. According to Truthfinder, “three percent of the people you go on a date with could be psychopaths.” I think, in the grand scheme things, spilling popcorn all over some lady in front of me doesn’t seem so bad.



The rise of women in 2018 BY AMY KODRICH Staff Writer

Trump’s inauguration. Also seeing how successful Hilary Clinton was in her candidacy inspired many women. That is in part reflected by the fact that far more Democratic women candidates are running It’s crazy to think that it has than Republicans.  taken this long for women to be a Hillary Clinton has proven serious candidate for numerous that a women can become a U.S elections. After 43 presidents presidential candidate for a major women are now being taken party. Although she may not have seriously. won, it created a ripple effect for presidential democratic candidates The number has continued to upcoming elections. Seeing first for 2020. Candidates include increase over the years and the hand that a women can run for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator number of women running for the president and become a major Elizabeth Warren, First Lady For our country to continue U.S House of Representatives this candidate is inspirational for me as Michelle Obama and the Senator- to flourish and excel, we need year is record breaking. 309 women well as thousands of other women elect Kamala Harris. something new and fresh. Many have filed candidacy papers to run It has inspired me to work hard Women are more likely to other countries head leading for the House.  every day to work for that higher look into problems that have figures are women and continue up position that may usually be a directly affected women and to to be very successful. Germany’s male dominant spot.  shine a light on the problem.  chancellor, Angela Merkal, is The surge of women had been Men have been the primary communication skills are useful considered by Forbes the most expected since the Women’s leading figure in this country and and women can work out powerful women in the world. March demonstrations nationwide it’s time for a change. problems fast. Women look into She isn’t afraid to be the lone just after Trump’s inauguration issues that were previously ignored voice and speak up and while in January 2017. I believe that the from past presidents from a new doing so. She has changed the increase of women candidates is Women of all race and ethnicity perspective. world’s perspective on Germany from the backlash of president are making an appearance for from its past. 

Rise of Women in 2018

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New faces


One of this chancellor’s strong points is that she has changed the meaning of strength. Her strength is different then the common definition. She believes strength has nothing to do with visible dominance, pride, boastfulness, intimidation, public humiliation, or with the ability to scare others.





Is a sleep problem really a Honoring the Hispanic Heritage problem? BY ALLIYAH MADURO Social Media Editor


Picture this... It’s 2 a.m.. While the rest of America sleeps, you lie awake. Your mind is racing, crowding you with thoughts about homework or paperwork and how awful it will be to get up in a few hours. While this only happens every once in a while for some of us, this happens almost every night for a small percentage of people. Many of these people deal with a condition called “Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome,” D.S.P.S. for short. Put simply, this covers anyone who goes to sleep hours after what’s “normal.” However, while they can’t sleep at night, that doesn’t mean they just sit there staring at the ceiling. Many people are actually more productive at night than they are during the day. “I’m more alert and clear minded at night,” Mack McKisson, sophomore biology major, said. “There are fewer distractions so I can just focus


and get work done.” Yet, this is still a small group, in a society that begins at sunrise. Work still starts bright and early every day. Schools still start right around 8 a.m. every morning, and for those constantly up deep into the night, that presents an issue. “I still like sleep,” McKisson said. The National Sleep Foundation says that, on average, adults between the ages of 18 and 25 should sleep between six and nine hours every night. CONTINUE READING ONLINE


it should be a month-long celebration rather than just a week. Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15 until Oct. 15. This is not only a month celebration in the United States, but also in Latin America and Canada. The 15th was specifically chosen because

junior pyschology major and President of Pura Vida, said. There are many activities Hispanic Heritage Month is around the nation during this a month to honor the Hispanic period in order to honor the community and all of their Hispanic community. Some of accomplishments and culture. the events that take place around Parents have sacrificed their the Philadelphia area are Mexican lives to give their chilIndependence Day dren a better life than Festival, Puerto they had. Many people Rican Day Parade have migrated in hopes and Feria del to have a better life Barrio. Many of than they did in their our students got homeland. Hispanics the opportunity to take a lot of pride from attend the Mexican their roots and like to Independence Day share their families Festival on Sept. 16. hard work and dedicaThey were able to tion with others. learn more about “I am very proud the Hispanic comto be Latina. It is what RENIN BROADNAX/PERSPECTIVES EDITOR munity and culture. has shaped me into the “I would like peoA dish from the Mexican Independence Day Festival. person I am today and ple to know that our I wish to share it with more it is the Independence Day of culture is so much more than people,” Guadalupe Mendez, three Latin American coun- what the media portrays,” said junior political science major, tries such as Costa Rica, El Mendez. said. Salvador, Guatemala,  Honduras CONTINE READING ONLINE Hispanic Heritage Month and Nicaragua. originated on Sept. 17, 1968. “I celebrate Hispanic Heritage At first, it was only a week-long Month as if it was any other celebration, but in 1988 that day since my daily life is filled MADUROALLIYAH@GMAIL.COM all changed. Former President, with the heritage of my ancestry Ronald Reagan, decided that and year-round.,” Alex Sanchez

Why you should sign up for CRS regional training BY AMY KODRICH Staff Writer

What is CRS? On Saturday Sept. 29, Cabrini University is hosting the CRS regional training program. Cabrini has been an institutional partner with the organization for the past 13 years. CRS, which stands for Catholic Relief Services, is a global development aid agency of the American Catholic Church in the United States. CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and helpless overseas. CRS work to alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion, or nationality. For this upcoming event, members from different schools, as well as the campus community, are coming to learn more about the event. The event will provide people information on the global issues CRS wants to address.

CRS Ambassador Chapter The regional training is open to all students of any faith, background or major. “CRS is for students to learn how to become ambassadors and what to do as CRS ambassadors,” Vice President of Cabrini’s CRS Ambassador Chapter, Danielle Basile, said. “It’s a group of students who are committed to the kinds of work that CRS does, and they want to bring awareness of the things that are going on in the world to campus and to do whatever they can to support.” 

Why You Should Join CRS “Being a member of CRS brings different benefits,” Associate Director of the Wolfington Center, Ray Ward, said. “You get to meet people that are committed to social justice issues and you broaden your horizons. You get to see glimpses of what’s going on in other parts of the world and it’s really heavily student-led.” CRS ambassadors discuss multiple topics such as human trafficking, migration, climate change and global hunger. These are the main topics that will be discussed at the training and meetings. CRS Ambassadors commit to representing CRS values and programs on campus, training at CRS headquarters in Baltimore, monthly meetings on campus, organizing and running at least two programs per semester and publicizing and reporting on those programs. Students don’t have to become an PHOTO POSTED ON @CABRINICRSAMBASSADOR ambassador, students can still come CRS Ambassadors from 2017-2018 academic year. out to meetings and help as much as Becoming an ambassador is simple. Students need to they want. CRS wants people to advocate and spread the attend at least five consecutive meetings and continue message around. to be involved in the chapter. They host meetings every “By going to regional training you’ll learn the skills Monday night at 6:00pm in the Wolfington Center. to become an ambassador and different ways to handle Ambassadors want to have events on campus to help social justice issues,” Danielle Basile said. spread the word for students. “We’re planning events right now. We’re planning a panel for immigration and migration and planning for a AMYKODRICH@GMAIL.COM human trafficker survivor to come speak.” President of CRS Ambassador Chapter, Mingon Toppino, said. “We’ve got a lot of great things planned for the semester.”




Time To SEaL The Deal; Focusing on SEaL and their events for the fall semester BY RODERICK MILLER Staff Writer

Coming back to campus can be such a rocky time for many college students. Starting off with the already overwhelmed upper-class men and very nervous freshmen. There are many emotions being thrown around campus at such a fast pace as classes begin the week after move in. Parents are often very upset leaving their adult babies alone for the very first time. Students don’t know what to expect, but have one goal set, to survive the semester. It takes time for young adults to realize that there are no more parents around to take care of them. At first, it is very hard for many college students to learn independence, which then leads to the very famous word of being “homesick.” It takes students time to get out of being homesick and some in fact miss home so

much they can’t stay. This is why the university has the Student Engagement and Leadership office, also known as SEaL for short. With the help of CAP Board, SEaL plans very fun events here on campus for students, to make people feel at home. “Dorney Park, the Temple game, Dave & Busters, and a Broadway Show in New York are all very fun events coming up that the SEaL office are hosting,” SEaL member Amir Moon said. “Bingo and Quizzo are held every month around campus so stop and check them out.” Grace Spencer, a Cabrini senior, weighed in on the conversation. After being asked her opinion on some of the events, her response was completely directed toward the Temple game event. “I really like the idea of the college game, but a professional game would be awesome,” Spencer said.

Another member of SEaL, senior Alicia Maynard, began to talk about the planning process of these events on and off campus and why the events that were picked were picked for this year. “We chose Dorney Park because this event is successful each year we plan it. Students enjoy being able to go off campus especially during the time of Halloween,” Maynard said. “The Temple game is going to be at Lincoln Financial Field, and we believed it would be a great event that students would enjoy because we don’t have a football team.”


Is celebrity beef real beef? BY JA-LISA GLOVER Staff Writer

expected. The world put everything on pause when the two posted about the rekindle of brotherhood. The Nicki Minaj and Cardi B fight that “This is something I would never have happened during New York fashion week left thought of ever,” Cabrini student, Aniaya many people confused. Once the video of Newton, said. “The music and rap industry is their fight went viral, the two females fans and not ready for this!” supporters began to take action. However, things took a turn for the worse Although no one knows the real answers to for Noah Cyrus who recently split with her what’s going on between the two, many have boyfriend of four months, lil xan. The two left it up to the media. Both rappers spoke have been in the media for some time, and out about the were seen incident but as a happy didn’t have young much to say couple. about it. Nicki The couple Minaj did took to take the time social to reach out media, to her fans like they and let them usually know what she did, to thought again explain saying she was there “mortified sides of by what the break happened ... It up which should never left fans happened.” confused. “Cardi just Some wanted to believe make a scene that this as always,” was made sociology as a stunt major De’aja for the new Gordon said. release PHOTO FROM @CHAMPAGNEPAPI “Nicki never of Noah Meek Mill and Drake reunited after years of drama and beef. Cyrus’s new wanted issues especially there.” song “Mad At You”. Meek Mill recently made a huge change in “I don’t know much about the two but they his life by making peace with rapper Drake, just seem to young for even being in that kind and putting there differences aside. Allowing of relationship,” Cabrini alumna Kayla Lee the rappers to finally put there differences said. aside, Meek and Drake  took it to the stage No one knows whether the two will be to handle their issues, and rekindled the getting back together anytime soon. Not much brotherly love. was said about the couple since the social Meek and Drake had an ongoing drama media feud on Instagram. Lil xan recently since 2015 when Meek revealed that Drake had a interview where he said that what was had ghost writers. Fans from all over watched going on between the two was somewhat this feud go back and forth from worse to planned by the label they were both signed virtually nonexistent. Fast forward to the year to. Although the two have just ended things of 2018 the two decided to put everything time will tell to see what happens. in the past and share this moment with the “I could see that as a stunt it was so random world. and looked so fake,” Cabrini student Tajah “This it probably the biggest moment in Jones said. our generations history like this is sick,” Pete Scahderi, Ursinus College media major, said. All social outlets where lit up with emotions JG.64.GLOVER@GMAIL.COM and outrage due this being something no one





The road to loving yourself is one everyone takes: The National Undergraduate Body Image Conference BY KARENA MCDANEL AND ARIANA YAMASAKI Staff Writer and Lifestyles Editor

skin too dark to win Miss America because they thought Miss America should be a blonde with blue eyes. “I promised him I would lose that five to 10 pounds,” Dr. Turner Bell was told that if she has to be a Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, former Miss America 1990, said. person of color it shouldn’t be too much color. Society makes us feel that if we do not look a certain Society made it so that if you have darker skin way we are not beautiful. It can be because of our weight, you aren’t as beautiful as those who are lighter. looks and color of our skin. These are all things that Dr. She watched her friends use Ambi to lighten their Turner Bell was criticized for on her journey to become skin to be the image society put in their heads as Miss America. beautiful. This is a struggle she dealt with leading up to and during the pageant. Pageants for Dr. Turner Bell were not just beauty pageants. She signed up for them to win the scholarships that they gave out. She knew that if she wanted to get the education she desired, she needed to win scholarships. The person who was there for her through it all was her mother. “She was the only person who never told me to give up, move on, CABRINI UNIVERSITY let this go or this can’t happen,” Dr. Turner Bell helping had doubts about recovering because she had said. low self-esteem. Every day she pushed her client passed “I had to learn how to eat the her limit to help her achieve their goal. meat and spit out the bone,” Dr. Going in every day, Greenwood would ask her clients Turner Bell said. By this, she why are we here today. She was a source of motivation meant everyone had something for the people she trained, “I wanted them to love to say about her. One person themselves again.” would tell her she talked too Her client soon enough reached her goal and felt very much and another would tell her good about herself after the whole process. It brought she did not talk enough. She had tears to Greenwood’s eyes after the client’s mother to sort through everything she embraced her and gave her a big hug and said thank you. was told then pick and choose This is what inspired her every day because they showed what she decided to listen to. that they wanted to build confidence in themselves even When she was discouraged if it was difficult. her mom told her, “this is God’s These stories were told through the National will you can do this.” From the Undergraduate Body Image Conference held here at outside looking in, pageants look Cabrini University on Thursday, Sept. 20. This event is like a piece of cake, but when held every other year and educates the students, staff, you are on the inside it is harder faculty and others who attend the conference here at than it looks. Cabrini by building our knowledge on gender and body MICHELLE GUERIN/VISUAL MANAGING EDITOR You do not just go up on studies. stage, wear pretty dresses and do This is an all-day event that included presentations by Dr. Turner Bell teaching those who attended how to wave like Miss America. your makeup all glamorous. There those who study under the umbrella of gender and body. Dr. Turner Bell was the former Miss America in 1990. is so much more that comes with being in a pageant. They talk about their experiences, different studies that She went through sweat and pain to wear that crown. It Everyone will pick apart everything that is wrong or have made and more. wasn’t an easy road to become Miss America, she had different about you. They will criticize the way you look to go through a lot emotionally and physically, but she and speak in order to become that “perfect” version of KARENAMCDANEL@GMAIL.COM never gave up. Dr. Turner Bell starved herself to meet the Miss America. standards for Miss America. She went on any diet she Tracey Greenwood is a clinical exercise specialist who could find which included the banana diet and cabbage works at Eastern University. She presented at Cabrini ARIANAYAMASAKI@GMAIL.COM diet. University for the body image “I needed three diamonds that shined through my legs event. Tracey had a presentation to be fit for the swimsuit competition,” Dr. Turner Bell on her experiences helping others said. At one point, she got a burger and was so ashamed gain confidence in themselves she hid it under the seats in her car. When it was again. discovered, she was told that she could win the pageant Greenwood brought her client if she lost the excess weight. As the pageant approached, to be happy again. Throughout she stopped eating to lose the water weight and would Tracey’s whole experience trying carry a snicker bar around in case she felt like she was to make her clients feel good going to faint. about themselves one client in Even after she won Miss America, she still had people particular stuck out the most. The commenting on her weight. After she had her first baby, client she helped had a disability her dad asked her, “are you practicing to be pregnant that affected her health mentally or are you just fat?” She was not only hearing about her and physically. weight from outsiders, but also from her family. This disability made it really “I related to Debbye when she talked about her difficult, however, everyday family judging her weight because my aunt who is really Tracey made sure to be by her side skinny told me that I was fat when I was younger,” Enajah throughout the whole process. Williams, freshman business management major, said. The client having only one leg and WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Weight is one obstacle she struggled with but there being overweight proved to be were many more to go through. Many people believed challenging for the both of them. Dr. Turner Bell during her time as Miss America in 1990. that she wouldn’t be Miss America. Some thought her The client that Greenwood was




September is Suicide Prevention


The counseling and psychological services that Cabrini University offers to their students each semester.


It’s out there, it’s real and it’s something that affects millions of people worldwide every year. However, people don’t like to talk about it. It’s a topic that makes people uncomfortable the moment it comes up, and it rarely ever does. Thus, it’s time for the conversation about suicide to change. September is Suicide Prevention Month, which means it’s the perfect time to start. There are several misconceptions about suicide in college students. The first is that if someone asks another

person if they are having suicidal thoughts, it might give them the idea, even if they weren’t contemplating it already. It is very much the opposite. Talking to someone who may be struggling can really help because just knowing you are there for them can make all the difference in the world. “Being able to talk to someone about what they’re feeling is the key,” sophomore political science and religious studies major, Christian Jones, said. “It helps them understand that they aren’t alone.” Another fallacy is that the pressures of school can contribute to suicide. While stressors, mental health conditions and feeling hopeless can contribute to

suicidal thoughts, college can actually be a protective factor. Suicide rates are actually lower in college students than in people aged 18-22 not enrolled in school. For years, suicide and mental health have been ignored. However, after decades of turning the other cheek, times may be changing. In recent years the conversation has shifted from what it is to how it can be prevented. “My family kind of has a history of it,” sophomore majoring in math and finance, Monze Baeza said. “Suicide can be prevented so we should be able to talk about it.” Roughly one in five college students experience depression or anxiety. According to Dr. Alissa Brown, the director of Counseling and Psychological services at Cabrini University, those are the most common in college students. “Other common concerns we see frequently are eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma and difficulty adjusting to transitions,” Dr. Brown said. There are resources on campus for people experiencing mental health symptoms or concerns. There are free, confidential counseling services available to Cabrini students. Counseling and Psychological Services, or CaPS, is located on the first floor of Grace Hall. There is also an “Ask the Counselor” form on the CaPS website and a counselor will respond. This should not be used in emergencies, but is good for learning more about mental health. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts yourself, please get help. Counseling is available on campus and is fully confidential. There are also 24/7 resources available. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273TALK) and the Crisis Text Line (Text “START” to 741-741) are open around the clock. CONTINE READING ONLINE


Public safety department patrols Cabrini campus; Students express mixed judgment BY MICHELLE GUERIN Visual Managing Editor

When looking at colleges, prospective students often look at the class sizes, their intended major but how can families really trust if a campus is safe? Because Cabrini University is a small campus, hidden from busy roads, many believe they are safe on campus. “I never feel unsafe walking alone on campus,” Liam Perry, a sophomore studying criminology, said. “Passing the public safety on a daily basis, they do a relatively good job. Some are lazy, but I do see a bunch of new guards on campus.” Having a campus on the Main Line often leads students to have jobs off campus, where it results in many students walking back to their dorms late at night. Olivia Constantino, a freshman studying special education and elementary education, talked a little about being in situations when she does return back to campus late. “Occasionally, I do come back late at night,” Constantino

said. “I have never really felt particularly unsafe, but there are a few areas that are not lit up like around the Commons and behind Woodcrest, walking from East and Xavier Halls.” Public Safety officers are not Cabrini employees. The employees are directed under Allied Universal company. “In order to work for the Public Safety Department, we look for a few basic requirements and qualities,” Joe Fusco, director of Public Saftey Department, stated in an email. “We generally look for individuals who are prior military, police, fire or EMS members who have a vast base of experience.” The public safety department patrols around campus 24/7. They have cars, as well as people on the ground, patrolling around the buildings and dorm rooms. “Currently our department employs roughly 35 staff members which include Public Safety Officers, Dispatch Officers and Shuttle Drivers,” Fusco wrote. “During standard shift evening and overnight shifts (3 p.m.-11 p.m. and 11 p.m.-7 p.m.),

there are four officers on site.” Being located in Radnor Township, Cabrini’s Public Safety department works closely with the Radnor police. In recent events, Cabrini turns to the Radnor police for assistance in many drills, including the lockdown drill. In the last two years, Public Safety has been making improvements. “For example, we’ve added new programs such as Rape Aggression Defense classes, Active Shooter Awareness Classes and we will be practicing our first campuswide lockdown drill during the fall,” Fusco wrote. Even though Public Safety is making progress with its training, the department still has a ways to go to win the confidence of some students, if faced with a major crisis. “I heard that Cabrini barely had room to house all students living on campus,” Costantino said. “If an active shooter, for example, were to come at night, four public safety officers could try to do something, but if there are multiple shooters or they’re


Public Safety on Cabrini’s campus is active 24/7. preoccupied on other things, then we’re dead.” Many students on campus are skeptical of public safety’s experience, however. “I’d call Public Safety if it was an immediate threat and I had already called 911,” Constantino said. “I do not really see a situation that I need to call them. If something like a rape or abuse were to happen, I would go to psychological services or a

professor or mentor I feel close to.” Constantino has relied on Public Safty before, but was not impressed by the outcome. CONTINE READING ONLINE





Sports Source Carson Wentz returns to lead Eagles to victory BY JIM KELLY Sports Editor

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 20-16, at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Sept. 23. It wasn’t just a normal, regular season game as Carson Wentz made his return from a torn ACL injury that occured in December of last season. Last season, Wentz threw 33 touchdowns with only seven interceptions prior to his knee injury. Wentz looked very smooth on his first drive back, throwing a touchdown to the rookie tight end, Dallas Goedert. However, after the first drive, the offense stalled for majority of the game. Wentz finished with 255 passing yards, while rushing for another 10 yards. However, Wentz did throw an interception on a play, forcing the ball to Zach Ertz, as well as losing a fumble. Wentz looked shaky at times, but overall his knee looked great. Wentz made a few nice plays, moving around and escaping pressure in the pocket. It was obvious that Wentz was not going to play like the MVP candidate he played like last season in his first game back, but it was a promising sign to see him move around in the rainy conditions on Sunday. The Eagles played without two starting offensive weapons, running back Jay Ajayi and wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, so it was a given that the offense would have to make adjustments. It was a good return for Carson Wentz, he got the fans into the game on the first drive and the fans got to see their franchise quarterback playing for the Eagles once again. Carson Wentz will have to be sharper in the future if he wants to repeat as Super Bowl champions, but Eagles fans should be encouraged by what they saw from Wentz.



Martin sisters take on ultimate goal BY RONALD WOLF Staff Writer

From the age of eight to freshman year in college, Allison Martin and Kaitlyn Martin have endured in long hours of training and working out to be the best in their sport, field hockey. “We have played together for the longest time, we’ve done everything together all of our life, I couldn’t be happier with our decision to come to Cabrini together,” Allison Martin said. “Our parents always pushed us to be the best people we could possibly be, regardless of what was thrown in our way.


Kaitlyn Martin hits the ball down field. We always worked our hardest and pushed each other whether it was during school, sports or

after-school clubs and activities,” Kaitlyn Martin said. The two attended Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Both achieved high accolades there, not only during their field hockey careers, but also through their academics. Before their senior year of high school, the Martin sisters took many school visits along the East Coast to various colleges and universities. After talking with each other and their parents, the two decided to take on the ultimate goal, and attend Cabrini University together. “You know, it has always been our dream to go to the same school together after high school. We know it’s cheesy to have spent our whole lives together and practically done everything together our whole lives, but we enjoy each others company and this school is a great fit for the both of us,” Kaitlyn Martin said. “We always get asked, what is it liked to be a twin? We simply say, it’s fun, it is like another you

but with similar personalities and different likes and dislikes. We also get asked, ‘why go to the same school aren’t you guys sick of being with each other?’ The simple answer for me is no! Yeah we have stupid fights and argue and bicker, just like all other siblings out there, but we love each other and care for each other very much. Cabrini just has the right fit for both of us,” Allison Martin said. Katie Kucia, a senior marketing major that is also on the field hockey team, explains how the Martin twins impact the team. “They are both great athletes, and work hard on and off the field. They are a pleasure to have in the locker room, and are always joking around and having fun with each other and the team as a whole. It’s a great feeling when their presence is around all of us,” Kucia said. Noelia Ramirez, who is a junior double major in criminology and sociology, has seen a lot of the Martin twins in practice. “As a goalie for our team I face a lot of shots during practice and

during games. Both of these girls have something special about them, it’s like they can feel where each other are going to be on the field without really looking up to see. Definitely a great addition to our team and this environment and atmosphere we have going around,” Ramirez said. Lauren Vanstone, a freshmen double major in early childhood education and special education, was in the same situation as the Martin sisters. “As a freshman, it’s hard to just jump right in and feel comfortable on a new team and both Allison and Kaitlyn helped me get out of my comfort zone. They are always smiling and laughing and bringing positive vibes during practices or if we are just hanging out together as a team,” Vanstone said. As the season continues, the team looks to grow more and more as one, with the help of both Allison and Kaitlyn, their futures are bright and so is the field hockey program.


Cabrini coach named to Misericordia 2018 hall of fame BY EVA SOLER Staff Writer

Cole Noll, assistant coach for Cabrini’s women’s soccer team, is one of the newest additions to Misericordia University Athletics Hall of Fame. Noll began her sporting career in high school. She graduated from Selingsgrove High School with a record for her track and soccer career. Noll then went straight to Misericordia to play four seasons of soccer, from 2001 to 2005. Freshman year, in 2001, Noll set records in the program. 1.12 goals and 2.71 points per game called for Noll to be rewarded with National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Second Team honors and President’s Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year. Noll was captain for two years. During those years, she lead the Cougars to three NCAA tournaments and two Pennsylvania Athletic Conferences.

Noll ranks third in single season goals, 19, and second in scored points, 49. Noll also ranks in career goals (47), assists (27), and points (121). During those four seasons, Noll earned second-team all-region honors and was a three-time first-team All-PAC In selection. Noll graduated from Misericordia with a dual-degree in elementary and special education. Eventually, in 2012, she received her master’s degree in education with a reading specialist certification from Cabrini. After graduating from Misericordia, Noll went straight to work with Coerver Coaching. Coerver Coaching is a program designed to focus on teams and their abilities on the field. Noll has been working with Coerver ever since. In 2008, Noll joined Cabrini’s coaching staff. It was all by chance when she and head coach, Ken Prothero, met up and discussed the position. “I couldn’t pass up an

opportunity to continue working in the soccer world,” Noll said. Since then, she has been providing the team with many skill sets and techniques to be successful in their sport. Avery Murphy is a senior who played soccer her junior year for Noll. Murphy agreed, “The Cabrini girls team would definitely need Noll in order to be successful.” When talking about Noll’s techniques and how helpful she is, Murphy said, “Her coaching is always so motivating and made the team get better. We won the CSAC and went in to play in the NCAA first round.” Noll credits her success to her support system. “A great deal of my success goes to the support system that I had along the way. My family, coaches, teachers and friends were always there to push me through when things were tough as well as share my success,” Noll said. Noll is beginning her 11th year at Cabrini as the women’s soccer assistant coach. As an


Cole Noll will begin her 11th season with the Cabrini womens soccer program. assistant coach, she works with the team to strengthen and develop offensive attack and skills. Noll doesn’t have plans to change this anytime soon. She said, “I haven’t thought much about coaching beyond. CONTINUE READING ONLINE ESOLER714@GMAIL.COM




Annual Cabrini Night at the Phillies brings community together BY CONNOR TUSTIN Editor-in-Chief

For the past 13 years, the Cabrini community has gathered in mid-September for a celebration of friends, family and baseball. Whether it be freshman, upperclassmen, alumni, faculty or family, the annual Cabrini Night at the Phillies has become a staple event to kick-off a new academic year. The event, organized by the Student Engagement and Leadership office, otherwise known as SEaL, brings the campus community from Radnor to Citizens Bank Park. It acts as the finale to a variety of welcome events for the incoming freshmen class each year. This year, the event was held on Sept. 14, a night which the hometown Philadelphia Phillies would face the visiting Miami Marlins. On a warm Friday


Cabrini logo showcased on Phanavision at Citizens Bank Park.

afternoon, Cabrini students packed multiple school busses to take the 40-minute commute down the Schuylkill

Expressway to the ballpark. Upon arriving to the ballpark, students made their way up to sections 308310, the designated Cabrini University seats, to find a good place to watch the game. The campus community was greeted warmly by a pregame appearance on the field from the Cabrini cheerleaders and school mascot, Calvin the Cavalier. A promotional ad for the University, which was shown on Phanavision prior to first pitch, was welcomed by loud cheers from the student section. In addition to all of the pregame festivities, Cabrini senior, Jessica Hayes, served as a Phillies ballgirl down the third base line for the game.  Later in the game, following the fifth inning, the Cabrini dance team took to the field for a special performance with the Phillie Phanatic. A big reason for hosting such an event is to help mix and mingle the new freshman class. Freshman Julia Davis was impressed with her first Cabrini Night at the Phillies experience, breaking her previous expectations “It’s pretty cool, I didn’t think the school was going to bring as many students to an out-of-school event as big as this,” Davis said. “It’s really awesome to see everyone get involved and show up like this.” The freshman students who attended the event were led by their orientation leaders, or OLs, who have helped them get acclimated to college life over the course of the past month. The OLs played a pivotal role in the organization of Cabrini Night at the Phillies, helping to direct students to the correct buses, distributing tickets and handing out the special Cabrini Night t-shirts. Theresa Burton, a junior Psychology major, acted as an OL for the first time


Citizens Bank Park prior to Cabrini Night at the Phillies

this year. Attending Cabrini Night at the Phillies meant much more to her than just hanging out with her friends, but helps to give a special sense of pride in her school. “It feels pretty cool to get Cabrini known on a big platform like this in the city,” Burton said. For Anthony Cirillo, a senior IST major, it was his fifth straight Cabrini Night at the Phillies. As a Cabrini upperclassmen, Cirillo is proud of his school and the recognition they get during big events like Cabrini Night. “It’s nice to know that we are recognized, even though we are so small and there are much bigger colleges around,” Cirillo said. Seeing alumni come together with the current school community on such a big stage is one of the best things about the annual event. Saleem Brown, Associate Director of First Year Experience, loves attending the event each year to see new and old faces alike. “The freshman come out and have the opportunity to enjoy a game and be amongst friends, but also the alumni

you run into come back just for this specific event,” Brown said. In addition to all of the Cabrinicentric events, the Phillies did indeed play a ballgame! The Cabrini community was treated to offensive explosion from the hometown team. The Phillies scored 14 runs on 18 hits to win the game 14-2 over the Marlins.


Cabrini student Jessica Hayes as a Philadelphia Phillies ballgirl. TUSTIN.CONNOR1013@GMAIL.COM

Rubgy begins first year at Cabrini University BY JOSH SANCHEZ Staff Writer

points), a penalty kick, (three points) and a prop Goal (three points). The eight forward positions are hooker, prop, For the first time ever, Cabrini University will have a second row, flanker and number eight. The seven Rugby team! Cabrini’s Rugby team, will be competing back positions include scrum half, fly half, inside in the NSCRO conference, which is a part of the USA centre, outside centre, wingers and a full back. RUGBY association. Captain and coordinator of the team, Ryan Rugby is a team sport that can have 15 players on Pfanders, wants to unify the campus through one the field at a time. The positions in Rugby are divided sport. into two groups, forwards and backs. “A lot of schools rally behind football but let me take what I know in Rugby and apply that to Cabrini,” Pfanders said. Rugby, like any team sport, requires teammates have to work together as one to win. Pfanders went on to explain that Rugby is something you can take beyond play. The teammates you play with in Rugby can become close friends that you take in life. Eddie Mercado, a Cabrini Rugby player, is playing for the first time. “[I’m] not expecting it to be easy, JIM KELLY/SPORTS EDITOR but the thing about me is I am going to always give 110% effort,” Mercado Cabrini University Rugby Football Club’s Facebook page said. “I expect it to be life changing because a lot of these sports are like MAX PIXEL this brotherhood kind of thing, like this tight informational meeting, however, you can still contact bonding and great relationships being made the team on Facebook. You can also contact Ryan Rugby is a growing sport throughout the country so I expect it to be really good.” Pfanders, at rip344@cabrini.edu or Orlin Jespersen at Expect big things from this years’ Rugby ojj722@cabrini.edu. The rugby games run for 80 minutes, which is team. For anyone who is concerned about experience, divided into two 40 minute halves. The field has to you do not have to have experience to tryout either. be about 100 meters long and 70 meters wide. The Mercado has never played Rugby before in his JOSHSANCHEZ51598@GMAIL.COM ways teams can score through Rugby is through a lifetime, but he is eager and motivated to start the try (five points when a player runs into the opposing season. team’s dead area), a conversion (A free kick worth two The Cabrini men’s Rugby team hosted an




Men’s and Women’s soccer teams compete internationally BY AISLINN WALSH Staff Writer

Over the summer, members of the men’s and women’s soccer teams traveled internationally to compete with teams in Spain and South Africa. Although the competition proved to be challenging, both soccer teams participated in service, cultural and adventure opportunities that brought them closer together as a team and encouraged them to grow as individuals.   Every three years, the NCAA permits collegiate sports teams to compete internationally. Previously, Cabrini soccer teams have traveled to Bermuda,


Women’s soccer team in Cape Town, South Africa. Germany, Brazil and Portugal. However, both teams had extended the travel back a year in order to fundraise, lowering the cost that the students had to pay. In June, 35 people associated with the women’s soccer team traveled to Cape Town, South Africa. This included students, coaches, parents and alumni.  They played against semiprofessional teams, known as club teams. The games were difficult and they found the competition to be fierce. Internationally, club teams are not a branch of collegiate sports.  Rather, club

teams are referred to as a competitive, semi-professional league. Men and women between the ages of 15-30 from all parts of the country compete for the sole intention of training and playing soccer. There is no college education associated with it. In July, the men’s soccer team departed to Barcelona, Spain. There were 33 people total, including parents, coaches and students. The men’s soccer team likewise encountered the same challenging atmosphere in their games against the club teams. Ray Wilson, sophomore finance major, thought that a lack of recent practice made the games challenging.  “The [club] players play together all the time whereas for us it was the first time we had played together in two to three months,” Wilson said. Josh Cunningham, Sophomore biology major, found that there were key differences between American and Spanish soccer. “There is also a different style of play.  They play less physically, more on the ball and a lot quicker. The players are also trying to become professional,” Cunningham said. True to Cabrini’s core values, each trip was embedded with a service component to the local community. The women’s team took a visit to a “township,” a specially set aside place where the poorer residents of Cape Town resides. The team visited a tiny school that was just experiencing flooding to sing and dance with the children. Likewise, the men’s soccer team participated in a soccer clinic for underserved youth in Barcelona. Players from both soccer teams found

the service work to be very positive and rewarding experience. They left inspired by the children they worked with.   In addition to their athletic events, both teams partook in numerous adventures, cultural excursions, and a service opportunity.   The women’s soccer team took part in many excursions, such as shark cage diving, a safari, ziplining and hiking. ROB DALLAS For many, it was the Men’s soccer team in Barcelona, Spain. shark cage diving that tested everyone’s limits. Due to rain, the seas injury. were rough and turbulent. As soon as the Although the men and women’s soccer anchor was dropped, several members of team were not as athletically successful as the team fell ill.  they hoped, the lessons and experiences Those who were not suffering from they took away from the trip were seasickness donned full-body wetsuits invaluable. and entered in nine at a time. The shark Men’s soccer coach Rob Dallas noted cage was attached to the side of the boat, the team culture and moral experienced so it was completely safe.   tremendous growth following the trip. Assistant coach Brittney Runyen  “Our team culture is better to spot described an up-close encounter with a than ever before. The [players] all shark. experienced theses one in a lifetime “When the shark caught on to the rope, opportunities together and it really drove they pulled it closer towards the boat. them together during these once-in-aThat’s when we were able to see inside the lifetime opportunities,” Dallas said.  shark’s mouth,” Runyen said.  Senior middle-level education major Events on the itinerary for the men’s Theresa Mignogna agrees that the bond in soccer team included a walking tour of women’s soccer team has strengthened. Barcelona, a cooking class, hiking up a “Now that we’ve come back we are mountain and paddle boarding in the stronger than ever before. I feel like I Mediterranean.   can have an intense conversation with Some team members had stepped anybody on my team,” Mignogna said. out never paddleboarding. Others faced their fears of heights while climbing ALLTHINGSBOOKS@GMAIL.COM the mountain or overcoming a physical

Athletes and social media; is it a problem? BY GREY STEPHENS Staff Writer

The presence of athletes on social media gives fans a place to love or hate them. Recently, JJ Reddick of the Philadelphia 76ers, deleted all his social media accounts. This left fans asking the question, why? When asked why by multiple news sources, Reddick says he has never been comfortable with social media, and that Twitter has become a bunch of angry voices. This past summer, he spent time with his family relaxing in the Hamptons. During the off-season, he almost signed to play for the Indiana Pacers, but decided to re-sign with Philadelphia. Reddick is one of the few athletes that feels this way about social media. While some athletes use social media for more exposure, it might not always be in their best interest. Anthony Linder-Creo, member of the Cabrini men’s basketball team, says he’s deleted posts from his past on his social media. The post were from a younger age and do not reflect who he is anymore. “Social media is basically your everyday life, and it’s how you portray yourself. You can get a lot from someones social media account, so I think its the best to

keep it as positive as possible,” Linder-Creo said. Last April, Julio Jones, member of the Atlanta Falcons, deleted pictures of Falcon photos from his Instagram. During that time, when the players returned from the off-season, he was expected to come back. Jones failed to show up. This created some tension, and made news sources interested in Jones’ agenda. The team of Atlanta said that the photos deleted were specifically because Jones wanted a fresh start on social media. Before this, Jones was a guest on an episode of “Bama Football Shop Talk.” “At the end of the day, when that social media is gone, you delete social media right now, what you stand for? Who are you? Social media ain’t going to make me,” Jones said. Another incident happened this year. Russian UFC fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov posted a video of him and his cousin giving homeless people money to do push-ups on the street, while laughing. People on the internet did not find this amusing, and called the behavior disgusting and degrading.  The video was seen by thousands before the UFC fighter deleted it. “Its hard for major athletes because they are under such a huge microscope, there has been slip ups with

some posting either a picture or something they regret doing and will take it down,” Linder-Creo said. Andre Justin, member of the Cabrini men’s soccer team says that star athletes tend to post things that don’t reflect their best self. “Sometimes I think they’re pushed to be someone they’re not to get their name out there,” Justin said.


Instagram of a student athlete at Cabrini University.






“Just Do It” campaign stirs up national controversy BY AISLINN WALSH Staff Writer

On Monday, Sept. 3, Nike became the center of national attention in regards to a new controversial campaign released in honor of 35th anniversary of the iconic “Just Do It” slogan. The campaign focused on a partnership with five pro athletics, including former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. In 2017, Kaepernick became a household name by blurring the lines between sports and politics. Some saw his actions as disrespecting the flag but also as a defiance of American principles. Others saw Kaepernick’s stance simply as a form of protest. Kaepernick signed with the 49ers during the 2017-2018 season. He has since left football. Regardless, the situation remained a widely debated and controversial topic during the 2017-2018 football season. After the campaign had been released, the initial response from consumers indicated that Nike had made a terrible mistake. Within a matter of hours, videos of people posting videos on social media of burning Nike shoes or destroying merchandise went viral. At the same time, Nike’s stock dropped dra-

matically by 5.7 percent. Within a week, Nike bounced back with incredible resilience. Their stocks reached a record high, sales skyrocketed and followers on social media increased by 170,000. Fortunately for Nike, the bad media attention did not hurt the brand’s reputation. “By burning the sneakers, all you are doing is bringing more attention to the brand,” marketing professor Tangi JamesBoone said. Nike found campaign success by shaping advertisements to specifically target their consumers. Nike took a gamble with their new campaign. It was very successful resulting in record high stocks and soaring sales. “Nike’s target audience, core consumers, are younger people who are socially conscious,” advertising professor Jen Gatta said. “What the [campaign] does is speak to the core audience, lets them know that Nike understands them and the issues that matter to them.” Nike was quite successful in this endeavor. A recent  survey  conducted by Quinnipiac University in light of the controversy found that 67 percent of voters between the ages of 18-35 were in support of sponsorship.

Those who expressed disdain for Nike were typically not in the target audience. Their reaction to the controversy didn’t impact the company. “Nike knows it’s core audience- most are 34 and under,” integrated marketing professor Kimberly Beck said. “The people who are very opposed to Nike’s use of Kaepernick are 65 and older, where Nike is not trying to reach them.” Despite Kaepernick’s involvement with Nike, students will continue to purchase from Nike.  The decision to boycott Nike over Kapernick sponsorship is not a topic of importance for college students. When Nelson Marin,  junior graphic design major, was asked if the controversy would determine future purchasing decisions.  He responded, “No, it will not affect me.” Christian Jones, sophomore political science major expressed similar thoughts.  “I don’t necessarily agree with Kaepernick’s actions,” he said. “But I agree with his freedom of speech.  I will continue to buy from Nike.” 


Nike’s recent advertisement featuring former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.



Kaepernick’s statement on kneeling during the National Anthem


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2018-19 issue 02 Loquitur Cabrini University student newspaper, Radnor, PA 19087 Sept. 27, 2018

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