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Cabrini students express concern
about racial profiling on the Main Line BY CHRISSY MCCOLLUM AND BRIELLE TOFF News Editors
“You can sense a different tone, how they act towards you. When I get pulled over, I’m not going to lie, I get nervous,” said an African-American student who asked that his name not be used. Charges of racial profiling have become an everyday news event. Students at Cabrini have expressed their fears as well. “I try to do the most that I can to avoid the situation. I try to have all of my stuff out. You have to explain everything that you’re doing. If you make a sudden movement, you never know...” The students enrolled in Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald’s Intro to Black Studies class have recently expressed their concerns about feeling racially profiled on the Main Line. The students are worried that if and when they get pulled over for something as little as a tail light being out, the police officer who pulled them over will assume the worst from them due to their race. The African-American students who expressed these concerns feel as if police officers think that they are lying, no matter what the situation is. “We all have a racial and gender profile,” said Fitzgerald. “How we are treated depends on how people view our profile.” Other students in Fitzgerald’s class have told their professor that police officers on the Main Line often assume that there are drugs in their cars, that they are not driving their own cars, or that the student is lying about the situation overall, just because of their color. Superintendent Christopher Flanagan of the Radnor Township police department - Radnor Township is where Cabrini University is located - explained that there are few complaints that Radnor police have received in regards to racial profiling. “Radnor police do not receive a lot of police complaints in totality. There are times when people are questioning why they are stopped, or about how the officer took action, or if they didn’t like a citation that was issued, but we have been able to work out almost 100 percent of the issues by having an open discussion,” Flanagan said. Fitzgerald calls racial profiling “an unnecessary burden, a toxic stressor for students to endure, as well as a violation of their civil liberties.” The African-American students in Fitzgerald’s class expressed that being racially profiled was not something they were always afraid of. Fitzgerald explained that in the 1980s, police looked for white males with long hair, typically those driving sporty cars. In recent years, many believe that police officers are looking for young black males. “I feel like now it’s happening to younger people,” said another African-American student who also asked Loquitur not to use his name. “We’re all growing up. We have cars now and we’re all moving around. I feel like before it wasn’t getting talked about as much because cops were going after adults, rather than 16, 17 and18 year olds.” A third African-American student in Fitzgerald’s class
talked about the worst experience he had while being pulled over. He was the only one of his friends who was under the legal drinking age, so he was the designated driver. “There was a time when I got pulled over and I was DDing [designated driving] for somebody, so it was a car full of me and my boys, and a cop pulled me over,” said the student, who asked that his name not be used. “He just made me get out of the car and he asked if there were any drugs or alcohol inside of the car, [I explained to him] that the guys in the back seat had a bottle but they were all 21 years old… I said, ‘I am the only one in the car that’s not 21. I’m the designated driver.’” The police officer who had pulled over this particular student insisted that he had marijuana in his car. “[He said,] ‘Well your car smells like weed.’ [I said] ‘Sir, there’s no weed in the car at all.’ He said, ‘Well it smells like weed, so if you just wanna tell me that weed is in there or I’m gonna call’ [for backup,]” the student said. He then explained that after the police officer had “hassled” him, he let him go.
“We all have a racial and gender profile. How we are treated depends on how people view our profile.” DR. JOSEPH FITZGERALD Cabrini students of color say they are feeling racially profiled on Cabrini’s campus as well as the Main Line. Another student in Fitzgerald’s class had explained that during the second semester of her freshman year of college, she was the master learner for a learning community on campus. During this time, she received several hate letters and messages underneath of her door. The same student had also explained that she, too, has felt racially profiled on the Main Line. In an instance where she needed an ambulance, she felt as if the EMTs that were working with her were treating her differently than they would have treated a student who did not belong to a minority racial class. Because of these circumstances, this student is now commuting to Cabrini. A racial imbalance between the population of the township and the police departments exists. African-Americans only represent 2.6 percent of the Tredyffrin-Easttown Township and roughly 93.5 percent of police officers in Lower Marion Township are caucasian, according to an article on Phillymag.com. The racial makeup on Cabrini’s campus is definitely different than that of the surrounding townships. 40.8 per-
cent of students at Cabrini University belong to a different racial group than Caucasian. Flanagan recognizes the challenge of numerous universities in Radnor Township. He has been a police officer for over 21 years and superintendent of Radnor police for six months. He said that the Radnor police deal with many college students, since Radnor and the bordering towns are very heavily populated with colleges. There is an added pressure to police on the job, especially when dealing with a person who feels like they are being profiled. Because so many incidents have been caught on video of police and minorities in confrontation, some people have a preconceived idea of how the police will act, Flanagan said. “Police often see people on the worst days of their lives,” said Dr. Fitzgerald. “It needs to be understood - but not excused - as to why there is unfair treatment to anyone.” Flanagan said video recording has helped in revealing the whole story that occurs during police encounters. Often times false reports can be made against police and now there is proof of how the whole situation goes down with the help of in car and body cameras for officers. “We have seen an improvement in situations due to the video cameras, help from other witnesses and officers being very well trained. All of those things molded with our values for the township and how we treat people, officers are enabled to use every tool possible to treat others with respect,” said Flanagan. Radnor police go through extensive training that exceeds state requirements. Within the past five years, the department has begun Anti-Defamation League (ADL) trainings that teach officers how to defend against “threats to our very democracy, including cyberhate, bullying, bias in schools and in the criminal justice system, terrorism, hate crimes, coercion of religious minorities and contempt for anyone who is different.” Flanagan said Radnor Township police do their best to build positive relationships with the community and invite citizens to get involved. Programs such as the Citizens Police Academy and the Radnor Community Youth Aid Panel Program allow citizens to interact with police and get a better understanding of the job they do and how they do it. “I just ask people to get involved where they live, where they go to school… get involved. Come take a tour of the police station, come meet our people, come do a ride along,” said Flanagan. “If you think that something happened to you that was wrong, then please report it. There are some things that happen that are wrong, but wrongdoings and illegal activity done by police is not tolerated anywhere.” BTOFF98@GMAIL.COM CHRISSYMCCOLLUM@GMAIL.COM
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Mother Cabrini’s legacy;
Understanding the issue of immigration The United States of America was built off of immigration, the blending of cultures and creating something beautiful by overcoming systematic adversity. It is only fair that we continue to welcome migrants into our country with open arms as we did when our country was originally structured many years ago. As informed citizens, we need to educate the people in our own country about migrants. The leaders of our country assume that the immigrants coming to America are “drug dealers, criminals, rapists and animals.” Although the migrants sneaking into the country should attempt to file legal documents for entry, the government and the American people need to realize that these are human beings who are either fearing for their lives or trying to make a better life for their families. The Statue of Liberty is epitome of American culture. It is a monument of immigration in today’s society, so do we not find it ironic that we have created a culture of “US vs. Them?” We have stigmatized immigrants. The black and brown people around the world are not trying to ruin America or create tension among our society. Countries like Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and so on face these issues. People are not getting educated because they have to work in order to feed their families. The lack of food in these coun-
tries have started unbearable violence. These people are vulnerable. We question “Why are they doing this? Why are they doing it this way? Why would they put themselves in that position if they know they will get attacked?” Although, we do need to accept those trying to enter into our country who are fleeing danger. We should also focus on strengthening our own economic system and creating financial opportunities for the people who are here now. That sense of fear is where this negativity is stemming from. People are afraid that if immigrants are coming for opportunities, what will be left for the people who are here now? However, to create an atmosphere of hatred and negativity around a group of human beings is not something America should be a part of. Immigrants and refugees are not coming over to the United States to take our jobs, to sell drugs or to kill anyone. They are migrating because they have to. If they stay where they are they will be killed. Imagine the journey they have to go on with only the bare minimum of personal items that they can carry and set off to a place they have never been before. There are people fleeing from things that we can not even imagine and instead of helping them, we make it harder for them to seek refuge. We need to understand that their lives are in danger. They are not living they are just simply trying to survive. The average person
in America does not understand the process of how long it takes for people to get a visa. Sometimes it can take months, maybe years to get their applications even looked at. We need to realize that they cannot sit in these situations for this long. They are going to do anything to get to a place where they know there is food, electricity and jobs. We need to do a lot to change the way we treat immigrants in the United States. Immigrants are not always coming from the best situations in their home countries, and even though America is not much better, the U.S. is not as poor or violent as other countries. America is the best out of a bad situation. When it comes to migration, no one wants to uproot their whole entire life, move somewhere else, and be alone while resetting their whole existence. People have been migrating to the United States for hundreds of years searching for opportunity. The people who have risked their lives to make the journey to the U.S. are seeking safety and a better life. We should be embracing everyone who wants to come here, not tear-gassing those to turn them away. It is not illegal to seek asylum. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services, “You may apply for asylum status regardless of how you arrived in the United States or your current immigration status.”
The student behind the immigration panel: Malachi Purnell BY AISLINN WALSH Staff Writer
Spearheading the inaugural panel “Dialogue With Migrants: Why We Are Here” is senior Spanish major Malachi Purnell, a student who is known by his peers and professors for his deep passion for immigration. Sophomore biology major Bianca Huertas-Perez notes that Purnell is deeply invested in immigration rights. “Every time you mention any topic related to immigrants and or immigration there is an inner flame that grows in him,” Huertas-Perez said. “He will fight with words to all of those that have negative ideas about immigration and he’ll try his best to convince others of what he thinks is best.” His interest in immigration began in his sophomore year after he found out that one of his close friends was undocumented. This discovery piqued his interest in immigration and he enrolled in Dr. Ray Ward’s ECG 200 class, Immigration: Faith and Justice. A hallmark event of the class
was traveling down to Washington D.C. to participate in an immigration rally. “That trip in retrospect was one of the things that brought to start me going above and beyond when it comes to migration,” Purnell said. Since the completion of the class, Purnell has traveled to D.C. several times to lobby for immigration rights. Purnell also began to get involved Cabrini’s chapter of Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors (CRS), a national college campus program in which students who are passionate about social justice issues gather to discuss and educate peers about prominent social issues, like immigration. Since its inception in 2006 the program has now expanded to over 122 colleges and universities across the country. However, Cabrini has the unique distinction of being one of the founding campuses. Over the summer, Purnell had the opportunity to travel to Baltimore, Maryland, to attend the CRS Ambassadors conference SALT, the student ambassadors leaders together. He was joined by two other Cabrini CRS ambassadors. It was at this event that Purnell was ignited with the passion to organize an immigration panel at Cabrini. He attended a presentation by Marquette University ambassadors discussing their experience hosting the event “cookies and conversation,” a casual, discussion-based panel on social justice issues. This event immediately inspired Purnell
Lobbying in Washington D.C.
to organize and host an immigration panel on Cabrini’s campus. “When I heard about this idea, I literally ran over to [my friend] Mignon,” Purnell said. “And was like ‘Mignon, we are doing this [panel] this semester…. There is nothing you can do stop me’.” True to his words, Purnell jumped into swift action at the inception of the Fall 2018 semester to make the immigration panel a reality. His tireless efforts cumulated in “Dialogue with Migrants” event on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the crowded library conference room, which was attended by students and faculty members. Perhaps what made the panel unique from others, however, is that panelists were not comprised by academic professionals, but rather Cabrini students themselves who had immigrated to the United States. Purnell notes that he wanted the panelist to be students all with various experiences and backgrounds. Dr. Ray Ward noted that he saw tremendous growth in Malachi in the planning and execution of the event. “I’m proud of how much Malachi has come into his own this year,” Ward said. “I think he’s getting to know himself and his gifts and how to share that with others around him.”
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Hard work brings home awards for Cabrini Day presenters BY JOSHUA SANCHEZ Staff Writer Cabrini Day took place on Nov. 13. The 2018 Cabrini Day small group presentation winners were seniors Hope Daluisio and Angelina Miller. Dr. Zurek’s Engagements with the Common Good (ECG) 100 class won the best large group presentation. What was the small group award winners’ presentation about? Daluisio and Miller’s presentation was titled “Mental Health is Ruff” which was about mental health issues and the importance of recognizing those issues. “We wanted our presentation to be interactive so we instantly thought, the best way to explain support for mental health was to have an emotional support animal at our table,” Daluisio said. The idea of an emotional support dog touched the hearts of the people who attended Cabrini Day, which was a great way to stand out compared to everyone else’s presentations. The emotional support dog’s name was Kya. Her purpose was
to get people to come up to the table, pet her and interact with her. What is an emotional support dog? “An emotional support dog is an animal companion that somehow benefits a person who suffers from a mental illness,” Daluisio said. So, not just the owners who are blind, but people who also suffer from depression, anxiety and any other form of mental illness need a companion to love and care about. Having an emotional support animal can make the biggest difference in someone’s life. All it takes is one person or animal to make the biggest difference in someone’s life. What was the large group award winners’ presentation about? Zurek’s ECG 100 class, explained the harsh realities of modern-day slavery and encouraged viewers to make smart and educated decisions on what to spend to
Cabrini Day presentation.
change the world. As of Sept. 2017, there are over 40 million people in the world who still experience slavery and out of those 40 million, one-fourth of them are children. Slavery is located in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. Modern-day slavery is broken down into four parts. What are the four parts of modern day slavery? The four parts are labor, forced marriage, forced sexual exploitation and state-imposed forced labor. About 16,000,000 people are forced into labor. Around 15,400,000 people are forced to marry. Over 4,800,000 people are forced for sexual exploitation and around 4,100,1000 people are forced into state-imposed labor.
Hard work pays off Working in a big group can be very difficult because everyone has to be dependent on each other and trust each other to do their part for the presentation. Winning an award after putting in hard work can be very satisfying.
What are the percentages of children and women who are affected? Children make up about 37 percent of
Hope Daluisio with an emotional support dog.
Don’t let the flu get you BY ANGELINA CAPOZZI Staff Writer It is that time of year again, when you walk around campus and everyone is sick. Sometimes this sickness lasts a few day and sometimes it can kill a person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last season more than 80,000 people died in the U.S. from the flu. “Health services is open to all students, full-time or part-time and all faculty. We are open Monday thru Friday 8:30-4p.m. and we do not close for lunch,” Cabrini University’s nurse Sue Fitzgerald said. Health services is located in Founder’s Hall room 98 by the cafeteria. How does the flu spread? Tiny droplets made from a cough, sneeze or talking to people who are infected can spread the virus to you. These droplets can land in your mouth up to six feet away. Places like schools and airports increase the transmission and puts you at a higher risk of getting the flu. Students living in dorms need to be aware and know how to prevent getting sick this season. Just by touching a surface or a
those forced to marry, 18 percent forced labor victims and 21 percent of victims who are forced sexual exploitation. Women make up about 71 percent of the slavery victims and 99 percent of women and girls are used for the commercial sex industry. “My part was to explain how modern-day slavery starts with the companies and works their way down to the children who suffer from slavery,” Juliet Jacob, a student in Dr. Zurek’s ECG 100 class, said.
door handle, you can attract the flu. Gym equipment is also a big flu spreader due to unclean equipment and not wiping it down after use. People on average touch their face 23 times per hour. Touching a door that is infected then touching your face easily spreads the virus to you. It may sound pretty obvious, but washing your hands is very important. Do you wash your hands after using the bathroom? What about after using the computer keyboards in libraries at school? The two most effective ways for hand washing is lathering soap in our hands, then rinsing with water. The makeup of the soap helps remove microorganisms from your hands. The second way is to use antibacterial such as hand sanitizer. This is always a good way to prevent germs but sometimes the resistant still remain on your hands. A study shows that 93.2 percent of 2,800 survey respondents did not wash their hands after coughing or sneezing. Think about that next time you shake someone’s hand. 3,749 people wash their hands for just six seconds.
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Labor trafficking simulation in action.
Defining mental illness BY HAYLEY THOMPSON Staff Writer Mental disorders today are characterized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM for short. This handbook is used by health care professionals in the United States and around the world. It includes numerous descriptions, symptoms and other criteria needed for diagnosing and assessing mental illnesses. In 2013, DSM-5 was released. The former version of DSM was released roughly two decades ago. Since then, there has been an abundance of new knowledge and studies on mental disorders. This new edition added several diagnoses that weren’t previously part of the manual including binge eating disorder and hoarding disorder. Each category in the DSM handbook has its own checklist. If you check off over half of the listed criteria, you are placed in that category. A DSM disorder makes it easier for doctors because it provides labels. These labels help them communicate about their pa-
tients, refer patients to specific treatment programs and supply billing codes for insurance companies. “Over the years, I have had to adapt to the changing versions of the DSM,” Dr. Bill Dibiase of the psychology department said. “I probably have a bit more cynical view of the use of the DSM and its categories than clinicians do, mainly because the more recent versions of the DSM were influenced as much by insurance companies.” The DSM-5 can be a very useful tool. However, only those qualified with specialized training should diagnose and treat mental illnesses. Diagnosis includes piecing together a considerable amount of components from the person’s whole life. It requires an excellent understanding of brain chemistry and human growth and development. CONTINUE READING ONLINE
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Studying in America post Trump: International students speak out BY ALLIYAH MADURO Social Media Coordinator
International students fear getting an education in the United States ever since Donald Trump became president. Many students from around the world come to the United States for the educational opportunities they can not receive in their own country. Since Trump was elected president in 2016, the numbers of international students have dropped consistently on university campuses. According to Student International, during the 2016-2017 academic year, enrollment for graduate students went down 1.8 percent. Many schools find their international students facing denial and delays with their student visas. The Washington Post states that colleges depend on international students to bring diversity to the campuses and the tuition they pay. Many leaders say Trump’s advocacy of immigration restrictions, travel bans and potentially creating a U.S.Mexico border wall is not helping the United States compete for academic talent in the market globally. International students at Cabrini face some of these challenges. As a university aiming to recruit international students, throughout the years, Cabrini has succeeded in recruiting students from Guatemala, Honduras, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia and elsewhere. Dr. Paul Wright, assistant provost for international affair, study abroad coordinator and adviser of the Intercultural Students Organization, says that there are about 16 international students on campus this fall semester. Most international students do not get federal financial aid due to them not being citizens of the United States. The students are paying full tuition to study at Cabrini. They have opportunities to earn scholarship awards during their studies. Cabrini’s focus is for students in Latin America due to the Cabrini Sisters’ mission and the Catholic culture of those countries. Although they aim more towards Latin America, Cabrini wants to welcome students from all over the world. “Our ideal is to expand the globe,” Wright said. It has been difficult to recruit international students due the competition between well known universities and Cabrini. Other factors are gun violence and the political situations in the United States. “Because of Trump, the welcoming spirit of the country does not seem what it ought to be,” Wright said.
Cabrini along with many other schools have seen multiple visa rejections since Trump has been in office. Cabrini has no specific information on why applicant visas are being rejected. “Peoples’ [visas] who would have been accepted before are not being accepted,” Wright said. Two international students from Cabrini share their personal stories and experiences about studying in the United States post Trump.
Huertas-Perez does not have any fears about continuing her studies in the United States. She is simply trusting in God through this journey.
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Lovera participating in the immigration panel this semester.
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Huertas-Perez getting involved in different activities on campus. Bianca Huertas-Perez (Guatemala) Coming to America to get an education has benefited plenty of students like Huertas-Perez. She is a Guatemala native who decided to further her education in the United States. Huertas-Perez is a sophomore biology major with a health science track at Cabrini University. Being in this country has only been a matter of coincidences in her life. After making a decision to become Catholic when she was around 16 years old, she also made the decision to become a missionary. She entered the Cabrini sisters congregation three years ago and set her mind that she was going to go wherever God needed her to go. She knew he needed her to be prepared for the mission academically. Even though she was already studying nursing back in her homeland of Guatemala, the sisters thought that the best will be to continue Huertas-Perez’s religious and academic studies in the United States. “Trump being in office only means that we have to work harder and speak louder for what we think is right,” Huertas-Perez said.
Alissa Lovera (Venezuela) Lovera grew up in poor educational circumstances like these. She is a digital communication and social media major and her graduation year is 2022. Being an international student in the United States while Trump is in office is frightening for Lovera. She is aware of the fact that there is a democracy in this country. She is certain that Trump can not just tell her to leave the country because she went through a legal process. She is studying in the United States with a student visa. However, there is a lot of hostility in the political environment and Trump promotes hate against Latinas. “ I am sometimes afraid that someone will hear my accent, ask me where I’m from and upon hearing I’m from Venezuela they will attack me,” Lovera said. Lovera came to the United States to study and prepare her life. Back in her homeland, she had to her studies because of the political situations and was forced to work in order to survive. “That is what people do in Venezuela, survive, not live,” Lovera said. CONTINUE READING ONLINE
How to spot when your on-campus romantic relationship turns toxic BY BROOKE FERTIG Staff Writer
Professor Colleen Lelli believes that knowing the warning signs of a toxic relationship is key. Common warning signs of a toxic relationship are isolation from loved ones, monitoring private accounts, extreme jealousy and the physical infliction of pain, according to a Cabrini University expert on domestic violence. “Breaking up with an abusive partner can be upsetting and a very difficult decision because the victim loves the person,” Lelli said. “Breaking up with an abuser is much different than breaking up with someone in a healthy relationship.” There are various reasons why people stay in abusive relationships such as conflicting emotions, pressure, distrust of adults and authority and reliance on the abusive partner. According to LoveisRespect.org, nearly 57 percent of college students say it is hard to identify if they are experiencing an abusive relationship. Additionally, 58 percent say they would not know how to help someone who is experiencing it. There are serious ramifications when individuals face abusive relationships. They can put the individual at higher risk for substance abuse, further domestic violence, eating disorder and unprotected sexual behavior. About half of individuals who have been victims of dating violence attempt suicide. In addition to being the associate professor of education at Cabrini University, Dr. Colleen Lelli is
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According to loveisrespect.org, nearly 57 percent of college students say it is hard to identify if they are experiencing an abusive relationship. the director of the Barbara and John Jordan center for children of trauma and domestic violence education. The center aims to provide opportunities between
professionals and domestic violence advocates while offering methods on how to tackle domestic violence and work with children who have experienced trauma. The center also aims to educate teachers and leaders to work to end violence in the lives of women, men and children. Additionally, the center aims to prepare others to confront issues that are specific to intimate relationships. Lelli emphasized the importance of “safety planning” when breaking off an abusive relationship. Having a plan in place is a good first step, followed by calling a counselor and organization that specializes in supporting victims of domestic violence. Safety planning is the creation of actions, strategies and resources that are designed to protect and keep safe the individual during and after leaving an abusive relationship. Though the strategies will differentiate, the ultimate goal is to keep the individual safe from the abuser. “Victims in dating or domestic violence relationships need support to grow stronger—people who will listen without judgment, believe the victim and offer specific help like forming a safety plan,” Lelli said. “It’s important to be there for them to help them grow stronger.” CONTINUE READING ONLINE
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Disney sequels and remakes: morals or money? BY JUSTIN BARNES Lifestyles Editor
Remakes have become a common trope for movies in recent years. However, there has been a lot of concern over why there are so many coming out. A lot of remakes that have come out in recent years have been of popular films from the 1970s, 80s and 90s including; “Robcop,” “Total Recall,” “Footloose,” “Carrie” and so many more. However, most remakes have received a lot of negative reviews from critics and audiences with some raising concern that studios are really using them just to make more money and that there’s a lack of originality in films these days. However, there are some instances where remakes can be a good thing. For example, if a remake of a classic film is considered bad, it can serve as a reminder to audiences as to why the original is better. In addition, it can showcase genuine improvements to the original film as well as introduce a new filmmaker. Assistant Provost of International Affairs Dr. Paul Wright claims that even though there is a sense of tiredness among consumers when it comes to reboots and remakes, a certain amount of such properties do well for studios. So much so that studios have begun accepting such under-performing projects in the hopes that a couple of them will be major blockbusters. “As generally risk-averse as Hollywood studios are in terms of the bottom line and the need for films to be major hits right out of the gate, in the realm of remakes at least, it seems that their financial calculations allow for a lot of risk-taking when it comes to established properties, be they decades or merely a handful of years old,” Dr. Wright said. Dr. Wright pointed out that Hollywood has been doing remakes for as long as they have been around. However, the stakes are higher than before as more remakes are coming out faster than before. However, Dr. Wright believes that the best remakes are usually ones that are older or cross cultural. Examples include the 1960 version of “The Magnificent Seven,” which was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars” which was a remake of Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo” and Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture-winning film “The Departed” which was a reinvention of the Chinese film, “Internal Affairs.” “I think what made these reinventions work was an acknowledgment of the storytelling genius in the original property combined with a willingness to tailor the remake to an entirely new cultural context,” Dr.
Wright said. Additionally, Dr. Wright claimed that remakes are often cash grabs as Hollywood and other film industries have relied on profitable properties being recycled in a variety of ways. The reason includes a seemingly proven profitability and nostalgia that producers hope to trade on. However, we are apparently being market-
Disney’s increasing amount of remakes and sequels coming out have raised both excitement and concern among consumers. engineered to feel nostalgia for media that is less than a decade old. In recent years, Disney has been producing a lot of live action remakes to their most classic films including “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast” with several more on the way. Such remakes are becoming more frequent as remakes of both “Dumbo,” “The Lion King” and “Aladdin” are scheduled for release in 2019 and several others to be released in 2020. While some would consider such remakes to be nothing more than cash grabs, others have argued that these remakes are becoming more progressive. For starters, “Beauty and the Beast” had made several
changes including having an LGBT character and a more feminist take on the tale. In addition, the upcoming “Mulan” remake will feature an all Chinese cast in response to a petition created by someone who claimed to have read the script and noticed some potential “white-washing” in it. Dr. Wright claims that Disney is simply doing what they’ve always done: taking existing properties and recasting them for present-day audiences. However, he has noticed that Disney has become more aggressive than before, especially since they are remaking their own movies. Junior human resources management major Ashlee Dushkewich has seen “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cinderella” and greatly enjoyed them despite concerns about the auto-tuning in “Beauty and the Beast.” Despite thinking that the remakes aren’t exactly necessary, she thinks that they’re a great idea for people who saw the original movies growing up. “It’s a great experience to bring family and friends together for,” Dushkewich said. “Like when ‘Incredibles 2’ came out, my family all reminisced on the first time we all saw ‘The Incredibles’ together so it was fun to almost relive that experience.” Dushkewich is very excited for the upcoming Disney remakes and is hoping that they make more. As a longtime Disney fan, she really has enjoyed watching them use their films and characters to bring people together and looks forward to seeing them expand on them in the future. “I think the sequels and remakes say a lot about how the creators of them had grown and wanted to depict how their characters have grown and even expand to their viewers,” Dushkewich said. Junior education major and former Disney College Program participant Danielle Basile is a longtime fan of Disney and has greatly enjoyed the remakes and sequels such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Monsters University” and the “Toy Story” sequels. She enjoys them because she appreciates how they continue the stories of her favorite characters and learn more about them in the process. Basile loves how Disney is making more remakes and sequels and is greatly excited for “Dumbo” and “Aladdin.” CONTINUE READING ONLINE
How religion can help reduce stress BY CHRIS GIACOBBE Staff Writer
Recent studies have shown that if you regularly attend a church or are part of a religion that you are helping yourself reduce stress. A team of 11 researchers from Vanderbilt University, led by Marino Bruce studied the relationship between religion and stress. It was stated in this research study that most church goers have been found to live longer as well. Longevity that can probably be linked to lower stress levels. Many people seem to see religion as some sort of escape and that it can really help you through hard times as well. Reducing the stress in your life greatly. “I feel like when I go it’s like nice to have a break,” Emma Turnbach, a psychology major at Cabrini, said. “Sundays are when I have a lot of homework, and then I’ll go to church and I can breathe for a second and just relax.” In more than just one way it’s very WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Many people consider religion to be an excellent stress reliever and a great obvious how the affects of religion can lower your stress levels. You don’t even have to outlet for self-reflection. be religious necessarily. Some people consider going to a church to be very calming and relaxing. Almost for a lot of people who are going through a lot of stress or like a good time to meditate and to just think things over a lot of hardships in their life and they find solace in the and evaluate where you are in your life. notion that its all according to plan.” “The phrase ‘God’s plan’ exists for a reason,” Jake Church, it would seem, can also take some weight Kaiser, a philosophy major, said. “I feel like it’s a write off off of your shoulders. If you believe in fate then you can
take some comfort in the idea that things are all happening for a reason. Maybe not everything is on you, maybe just accepting that some things are out of your control is just enough to calm a person down. To help them realize that they are doing what they can and that’s enough. Otherwise if by some coincidence things aren’t going your way in life and it’s totally by chance you don’t have to ask yourself, “Why me?” Nick Piscitelli, a business and tech major at Cabrini, said “[...] if you’re religious you at least have something to believe in or pray to, that could help take the weight off things I suppose.” Studies have shown that, while living a stress reduced life might not necessarily make you live longer, it will definitely and undoubtedly make your life more enjoyable. This should be obvious enough but not many people see it that way. We don’t have to be stressed. Yes, it is a part of life, and can sometimes be a good thing here and there, but it doesn’t have to take over your life. For those who are over worked and stressed out. Taking an hour out of your Sunday to go to church. Go for yourself. Go to improve your own well being. You might surprise yourself.
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Losing my best friend; the affects of losing a childhood pet him Toto since he reminded me of the dog from “The Wizard of Oz.” Unfortunately, my name didn’t win. We ended up naming him Buster. A year after we had him, he accidentally bit my lip and I had to get stitches. I blamed it on running into a table, due to my fear my parents were going to get rid of him. My parents knew I was lying, but they saw how much Buster meant to me. We dressed him up for Halloween of 2004 in a Harley Davidson jacket. Buster was not a fan at all of the costume. My family and I learned our lesson after that Halloween to never dress him up.
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The first night Buster was home with my family and I. MELISSA CASEY Staff writer
Coming home from day care and finding out my parents got a puppy was one of the best days of my life. I can still remember it clear to this day when my parents told me the amazing news. On Sept. 30, 2003, I was picked up from day care by my mom which was strange since my dad would always pick me up. I asked my mom, “why didn’t dad pick me up?” “He was stuck in traffic,” my mom said. Little did I know there was a puppy waiting for me and my sister. When I got home, I saw the cutest Cairn Terrier puppy in my dad’s arms. My parents told me I cried tears of happiness since I was begging and asking for a dog for a while. Naming him was the trickiest part. I wanted to name
In the 14 years we had him, he became so much to my family. He would always be there to lay with me if I was upset or about to take a nap on the couch. Losing Buster, to me, was one of the worst things ever. He grew up with my sister and I during those 14 years. It was the summer going into my freshman year of college when we lost him. Seeing my family upset was the absolute worst since he was a major part in all of our lives. Going through the grieving and the mourning process was tough. I felt that I took the time I had with him growing up for granted. The loss affected my family deeply and it felt like we all fell out of sync with routines and normal day activities. My mom felt lost during it since she would always feed him in the mornings before work and when she woke up on the weekends. It felt so unusual not having Buster jump on my bed every morning to wake me up. My dad was not able to take
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One of the last pictures taken of Buster on July 25, 2017. naps due to the fact that Buster would always be there to take naps with him. When I came home from school one weekend, the house felt so empty. There was no one to greet you, like a dog does when they haven’t seen you for a while. I didn’t like going home for a while since it felt all so different. When my dad told me that we were getting another dog, I was a little hurt since it was not even two weeks since we lost Buster. He got the same breed, Cairn Terrier, but a different color than Buster, who was a wheaten color. Even though our family has a new dog and same breed, it will never feel the same since our new dog is nothing like Buster. Buster will always be a part of our family. No matter what.
The benefits of strangers wearing my clothes the age of about 15, though, I had zero interest in buying anything that was not brand new, super cool and in trend. Then the Rana Plaza collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013, killing 1,134 people. This plaza housed several different factories where clothing was made for different brands across Europe and America. Just months before, a fire caused by poor safety precautions started in the same facility. When I found this out, my heart broke. I had never made the connection from the racks of clothes in stores to the poor FLICKR Thrift stores like Goodwill are becoming more popular among today’s foreigners, mostly women and even children, who were breakgeneration ing their backs and being treated ing that is so in demand, it is so cruelly just to make hardly BY EVA SOLER produced extremely fast and in any money. Staff Writer huge bulk so that consumers The cost of making these can always get their hands on it. clothes that are so expensive to Ninety-nine percent of my This sounds great though, right? me is hardly anything, workers wardrobe is bought second- You and I can get what we want making only cents, the wage of hand. Maybe I have some stuff no matter what and we’ll always a slave. that’s pretty old that I bought look good! I did more research and found new before, but the only things I There are so many reasons out how horrible the industry have that are new are my under- that this is so bad. There are so is, how many accidents hapgarments and a pair of vegan many reasons that so many peo- pen daily, how poorly workers Doc Marten boots, which I will ple have no idea about. I did not are treated, how detrimental fast explain later. until recently. fashion is to the environment It is because there is this thing I have been going thrift shop- and so many more things. called “fast fashion.” Ever heard ping since I was probably born, A lot of the clothes contribof it? to be honest. It is something that uting to fast fashion are made Fast fashion is trendy cloth- my mom has always done. Before from polyester because it is a
cheap textile. The problem with polyester is that it’s derived from fossil fuels, which contributes immensely to global warming. Polyester also sheds in the washer and causes plastic levels to rise in the ocean. Polyester, acrylic and nylon are some of the most common textiles used and when trashed, can take up to thousands of years to biodegrade. Textiles like cotton require insane quantities of water; creating a single cotton t-shirt can use up to 2,700 liters of water. Cotton also requires pesticides which are toxic to the environment and the populations of the developing countries nearby that are lacking environmental safety precautions for protection. Fast fashion includes a lot of colors, which are created with toxic chemicals that are also polluting the earth. We keep making more and more clothing, most of which we’re not even using. The world is consuming more than 80 billion articles of clothing every year, while America alone is producing 11 million tons of textile waste every year. All of this is only a fraction of the impact that the industry has on the planet. This is the
worst of it. Learning a lot of this stuff when I was younger and learning new information today still has had such an impact on me. From then on and to this day I have only bought second-hand because I refuse to contribute to the fast fashion industry. There is just no need for new clothes, most of which fellow peers will be matching with because most people shop at the same stores, or if not, all the stores have similar looks anyway. I like finding cool, older and interesting things that no one else has. There is “slow fashion,” or more commonly, sustainable fashion, which is clothing made sustainably and ethically. This is the industry that I contribute to when buying things like undergarments. As for my Doc Martens, I simply bought them because: finding non-leather boots in your size is extremely hard, no matter how many thrift stores you go to. CONTINUE REAIDING ONLINE
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US national women’s soccer team set to play in the 2019 World Cup Sports Source: The Eagles playoff hopes are still alive BY JAMES KELLY Sports Editor
It is not time to panic yet if you are a Philadelphia Eagles fan. The Eagles have not played their best football to any degree, yet they are right in the middle of the division race. The Dallas Cowboys beating the New Orleans Saints was not a good sign for the Eagles division chances, but the season is not over. It is unacceptable for fans to have the mindset of losing to get a higher draft pick next year. The Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champions, and there are people that believe the Eagles should tank the rest of the season. This season isn’t done yet. The Eagles still have division games to be played and the Cowboys are a very beatable team. Carson Wentz was an MVP candidate last year in an offense that could put up 30 points without a problem. The Eagles lost some pieces in the off-season, and no one thought they could win without Wentz but they did. The Eagles could run the table and finish 10-6. This team is capable of dominating the rest of their schedule and winning the NFC East. There is talent at every level of this team. Whether it is coaching staff, offense, defense or special teams. There is talent at every level of this team. Injuries have plagued the team all season, just as they did last year. The secondary is the weakest part of this team with five of their top cornerbacks having missed time this season with an injury. Players will soon get healthy like Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones and Jordan Hicks. However, the Eagles will start putting the pieces together and win some games. During the Super Bowl parade, Doug Pederson screamed that this was the norm of the Eagles. (winning the Super Bowl) The Eagles have to prove, it is clear the whole team has been a disappointment thus far. But there is still hope and time for this Eagles team to run the table and win the NFC East. The win against the Redskins as a huge step, the next step is to go into Dallas and win in a tough environment.
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including Montpellier and Nice. There are 24 slots allotted in the tournament. The eighteen In 2019, the U.S. women’s qualifying countries include soccer team is set to compete France, Spain, Italy, Germany, in the World Cup in France. Norway, Sweden, Scotland, On Oct. 14, the team secured England Brazil, Chile, USA, a position in the 2019 World Canada, Jamaica, Australia, Cup after winning a qualifying China, Japan, South Korea and match against Jamaica 6-0 Thailand. The final eight slots at the CONCACAF Women’s are to be determined and will be Championship in Frisco, Texas. announced shortly. During the game, the United Details pertaining to game States had 26 shots on goal and times, venues and opponents will 78 percent possession of the ball. be determined at the World Cup The game ’s key leaders were Final Draw on December 8. forward Tobin Heath, forward Since its inception of the Megan Rapinone, midfielder World Cup in 1991, the U.S. Julie Ertz and forward Alex has made eight consecutive Morgan. appearances. Three of which The World Cup is set to take has brought them the World Cup title in 1991, 1999 and 2015. The 2015 winning match garnered a record-breaking 23 million views in U.S. households. However, the women’s soccer team did not always receive the publicity that it gets now. The initial PEXELS women’s soccer team Soccer ball on the field before a game. came home from winning place in France between June the 1991 World Cup- with no 7 and July 7. The opening reaction from the country match in July will take place whatsoever. No fanfare, no in Paris and the closing match parade, no applause. Nothing. will take place in Lyon, a city Despite this, players on the just about five hours south of 1991 U.S. Women’s soccer team Paris. Other matches will be were driven to succeed out held in the surrounding cities of passion and love for their
sport. Nowhere along the line were they rooted in the desire for fame and fortune. These characteristics have transcended far beyond the 1991 team and have been integrated into the core values of the national team today. Cabrini assistant women’s soccer coach Jess Huda acknowledges all of the women on the team, both past and present, as trailblazers to leading U.S. women’s soccer team to forge national success and acceptance. “To be honest, there isn’t one individual that hasn’t inspired me,” Huda said. “Instead it is every single woman that has played for the US team from the beginning until now.” She acknowledges that there is still a ways to go before they gain the same recognition and success as the national men’s team, even though the women’s team has reaped more international success. Despite their underrated talent, the passion, drive and work ethic evident in the team members has raised up a generation of women’s soccer players eager who look up to them as role models. Sophomore early childhood education major Maria Hagan notes that Julie Ertz, center midfielder has inspired her because of her work ethic and is excited to watch the World Cup.
U.S. national women’s soccer team logo Senior middle-level Education major Theresa Mignogna, mentioned that she looked up to Mia Hamm as a child, continued to be inspired by Hope Solo’s talent and integrated Carli Lloyd’s work ethic into her own training. Mignogna credits the U.S national team members as being crucial influencers in gaining national acceptance of professional women’s soccer. “They also created the sport we know,” Mignogna said, referring to the U.S national team members and alumni. “A lot of what they did build the foundation for women who wanted to play soccer.”
Moving on: Fall senior athletes wrap up their last season at Cabrini BY AMY KODRICH Staff Writer
The last season For many senior athletes at Cabrini, they have been a part of the athletics program since freshman year. For many of them, the fall season is the last they’ll ever play. It’s a bittersweet ending but throughout the years they have made memories that will last a lifetime. Playing a sport at the collegiate level is difficult while balancing school, friends and work. “Playing for Cabrini was a blessing because not everyone is privileged enough to play a sport in college, Cabrini has allowed me to do so,” senior men’s soccer player Jared Irwin said. “ While playing for Cabrini I have had lots of ups and downs, but none the less, I have had endless amounts of memories that I would not have had if I did not play a sport.”
Advice to give to future student athletes A lot of students are nervous of joining a sports team during
college because it seems like it is too much to handle. After playing sports all throughout high school, students may want to focus on school work in college. However, being a part of a team is more than just playing a game. “To anyone that wants to join a sports team, I would tell them to absolutely go for it,” senior women’s soccer player Brittany McCullough said. “I didn’t play my freshmen year because of the fact that I was nervous to try out and join a team. Deciding to play was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I’m really glad I did.” Students feel welcomed into a second family when joining Cabrini athletics. Sports are especially a great way to meet new people. You all share a passion for the sport you play and go through a season of hard work and bonding that results in new friendships. According to the Huffpost, “You are likely to form deeper friendships with your teammates than with anyone else at college.” “Being a part of a team, especially one with a Cabrini mentality, is something that cant even be described,” senior men’s soccer player Sal Zampirri Jr. said. “It really will be the best
decision you’ve ever made and that team will welcome you with open arms no matter who it is.” It’s not always going to be fun at MICHELLE GUERIN/ VISUAL MANAGING EDITOR times, its Jared Irwin sending the ball up field. a lot of hard work and dedication. You spend gateway for so many memories hours at practice and hours for students. on buses to get to games and “[One of my] favorite sometimes you may lose. experience was when we went to “You have to be very South Africa this past summer,” dedicated because sometimes McCullough said. Not only did not everything is going to go your we play against and meet with way but you have to do whats soccer players over there, but we best for the team,” senior men’s also went on a lot of adventures soccer player Vince Biche said. like shark cage diving and zip lining hundreds of feet in the air between the mountains. Getting You’ll make some of the to do that with my team not only best memories from being on made our bond stronger but also a sports team. One of the best made us better people as well.” moments for a team is winning championships game. Cabrini has participated in the Colonial State Athletic Conference (CSAC) with 123 championship wins. Being a part of the athletics AMYKODRICH@GMAIL.COM program at Cabrini has been a
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Alumnus takes on the basketball court but in coach’s shoes BY MICHELLE GUERIN Visual Managing Editor
A basketball team needs leaders who know the game inside and out to help push the team to its limits. Cabrini’s athletic department welcomes AJ Williams, a 2013 graduate who completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in sports management. Right out of college, Williams started coaching for Wesley College in Delaware. The head coach knew that Williams wanted a coaching position. From Wesley College, Williams went to Immaculata, took a job as athletic director at Seaford High School in Delaware, to head coach at the high school before taking his current position at Cabrini. “I left the high school because my goal is to be a college head coach one day, so I wanted to get back into the college network to eventually make that happen,” Williams said. “I also have family and a fiance back in Wilmington and wanted to relocate back to be closer to them.” Coming back to his home away from home, Williams feels like he is meant for many purposes for the Cavaliers. “I think my purpose here is to support and help Coach Mac in any aspects of the program that he needs,” Williams said. “I also want to help give back to the basketball program everything that it gave to me. I want to help this next wave of studentathletes experience being apart of an elite program and prepare
them in practice to be successful basketball players in the court and young men in the world.” Tim McDonald, the men’s basketball coach, could not be happier to have his old student back on the team for extra support. “AJ brings a wealth of knowledge of the game and the intricacies of the guard position,” McDonald said. “Not only can he coach everything we are trying to do with our guys, but he was also on the other side of having been a player in this program. He knows what it takes to be a Cabrini basketball player and is willing to put in the world to help our guys become the best versions of themselves they can be.”
Williams has brought much to the program while he was a student at Cabrini. According to Cabrini athletics, Williams helped bring the team to 120 victories, including the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) title and the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship game. “As a staff, we now have two of the most winning players in Cabrini history,” McDonald said. “We have AJ and Jon Miller, both having over 100 wins as players in a Cabrini uniform. Both played in the National Championship game in 2012 and both won four conference championships in their careers.” Being able to coach at
previous facilities before Cabrini, Williams has grown from player to an assistant coach in many ways. “I think the biggest growth AJ has had has been in his verbal communication,” McDonald said. “He knows exactly what he wants from his players and knows how to communicate that with him. As a player, he was a great leader who most of the time lead by example; he also communicates his leadership with the guys both individually and in group settings.” As an addition to Cabrini’s team, there are nine new players. “Coming to Cabrini, our coaching staff demanded hard work from the beginning of the season,” Voshon Mack, freshman
AJ Williams dribbling down the court forward, said. The coaches really took me in and trusted me to give my best effort at all times.” Having a coach who went through the program himself and now teaches the studentathletes gives the athletes a different perspective during practices. “AJ has helped me by giving our team extra motivation to push us through those tough practices,” Mack said. “AJ can relate to us.”
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The passion and mindset of what it takes to be a Philadelphia sports fan BY ALEX MAIORANA Staff Writer
alone should be enough to get any fan who might not support Philly anymore to jump right back on.” With a recent Super Bowl win it is no surprise that many fans on Cabrini’s campus are fans of the Eagles. Schueler explained how he had never met a Philly fan who wasn’t at least somewhat invested in the Eagles. “This just proves how dedicated these fans are here,” Schueler said.
There are many other Philadelphia sports fans that express this same mindset. Philadelphia sports fans “Sure, I like the Eagles they’re are known across the nation pretty much Philly’s top team as being passionate, excited but what I really enjoy is hockey,” and dedicated to their teams Ally Schell, junior accounting regardless of their record. Many major, said. “I’ve been a Cabrini students embody these Flyers fan for as long as I can qualities down to the core. remember and I don’t plan on “I’m a huge Eagles fan. I don’t that changing anytime soon.” get to go to a lot of games, but I With the Flyers introduction watch when I can.” Kurt Schueler, of their new mascot, Gritty, sophomore business marketing they have also gathered a new major, said. “The Super Bowl following. Students on campus have varying views on Gritty. Schueler believes that Gritty is a great character, but doesn’t seem like a family friendly character. Schell on the other hand; believes Gritty is a “ horrendous creature that needs to go back to wherever it came from.” “Man is wild, he just looks like a crazy Muppet but he’s cool,” Zach Debow, junior CONNOR TUSTIN/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF international business Philadelphia sports fans showing up early to a Phillies game major, said. “I am all
Philadelphia Eagles fans cheering at the game about Gritty but I don’t really watch hockey. The Sixers are my team.” “Jimmy Butler is my boy and we know we out here trusting the process,” Debow said. These students were not the only ones who expressed excitement and support for Philadelphia sports teams. Many others have expressed support for other teams as well, such as the Phillies, Soul, Wings and the Union. Cabrini University may be a primarily Philadelphia sports campus, but student need to
keep in mind there are other fans. While Philadelphia fans are often known as rambunctious and disrespectful it is important to the campus that the fans be courteous of others as well.
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