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Partial government shutdown impacts thousands Imagine being forced to go to work every day without receiving a pay check. This is what 800,000 federal workers have had to face in the United States. The partial government shutdown is heading into its second month, making it the longest government shutdown in America’s history. Without receiving their pay, government employees are not able to pay for their mortgages, feed their children, pay for gas to get to and from work or buy their everyday necessities. Many of these employees fear losing their homes. It is a tough situation for some families because some were already living paycheck-to-paycheck.  Airports have been over-crowded because many of the unpaid employees have been calling in sick to work. According to USA Today, many government monuments and parks are not in the best shape because the trash is not being collected. People depend on government assistance, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to feed their families. The 40 million SNAP recipients received their Feburary benefits in January because they will not be receiving any benefits as far as the shutdown lasts. This

has led people into a fear of desperation so they have been applying to other jobs. Government employees are not the only people being affected by the shutdown. The FDA has stopped checking some of the food that has been stocked on shelves, which can later affect our health. Shutting down the government is not a way to solve the president’s problem, it is only making things worse. If this shutdown does not end soon, it is likely that people are going to experience homelessness, starvation and the crime rates will likely rise. Through all of this frustration, there are many citizens who want to help out. Churches and small businesses have been fundraising money and giving out daily necessities to give to those who are being affected. The United States is a nation built on immigration. We need to learn how to embrace people from different ethnicities and cultures. If we really want unity and security for a better future, a wall will only divide us. There are bigger issues going on in our country that we need to focus on rather than building a wall. Building the wall can only make matters worse for the United States and it is not the proper way to alleviate the issues surrounding the southern border. We are making enemies with our neighbors instead

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of creating relationships with them. As a country, we have to look at the root causes and try to help solve them. The people who live along the southern border are facing real life situations such as extreme hunger, climate change and gang violence. The process to become legal in America takes a long time. A way to begin is to reform our immigration system by making it an easier, organized process. On Saturday, Jan. 19 President Trump addressed the nation about immigration and potentially ending the shutdown. According to CNN, the president discusses his thoughts on swearing in five new American citizens and the impact it had on him. He still wants to invest in creating the steel barrier on the southern border but also invest to get more border security agents. President Trump plans to keep the government shutdown until he has the funds to hire 2,700 border agents and build the rest of the wall. He also acknowledges the crumbling immigration system and plans on fixing it. As American citizens, we should help those who are affected by the shutdown. They work hard for what they do and to not get paid must be devastating.

Cabrini welcomes new vice president of enrollment management

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Dr. Miller is excited to join the Cabrini community and is eager to ensure students welfare and success. BY AISLINN WALSH Assistant News Editor On Monday, Dec. 3, Cabrini welcomed Brandon Miller, EdD. as the new vice president of enrollment management. Having previously worked in large universities, Dr. Miller was drawn to Cabrini’s values and its warm, welcoming environment. What is enrollment management? In this role, Miller will be responsible for overseeing the growth, management, and retention of students in accordance with the university’s goals. He will be focusing on overseeing the University’s

2020 strategic plan. This plan includes increasing student diversity and enrollment in undergraduate programs and the retention rate between semesters. How did Dr. Miller get involved with enrollment management? Miller’s journey to this field began at Baylor University as an undergrad, working as a tour guide for admissions. In his junior year, he had the distinct opportunity to work on the “Student Foundation,” an on-campus organization in conjunction with the admissions

department. This organization is reserved for a select number of students, who have been bestowed the “responsibility of accomplishing the tasks of recruiting qualified students, raising scholarship funds and building goodwill among alumni and students.” He worked on the student recruitment team to attract students from the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. He thoroughly loved this experience working both as a tour guide and a member of Student Foundation. This passion would later come to fruition when he became the vice president of student success at his alma mater. It was this position that helped to lay the road for his future endeavors in enrollment management. In addition to increasing the retention rate by 4.5 percent, Miller was involved in several committees including working with committees for minority retention rate, student success team and served as the faculty fellow for the honors residential college. Following Baylor, he worked in enrollment management at the  University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and Texas A&M University- Central Park. During these years, he was very active in several on-campus organizations including the behavioral assessment team, the diversity committee and the Provost’s academic council. Junior social work major, Grace Adams, mentioned that Miller’s rich on-campus involvement would serve Cabrini well in the future. “I’m super impressed by his prior commitment to diversity in

previous positions,” Adams noted, “which I think is something that any institution can never have enough of.” How was he selected for this job? The interview process consisted of a panel of representatives from all across campus, including the athletics dept., the center for student success, admissions, campus ministry, academic affairs, etc. The panel was responsible for sorting through and evaluating resumes, selecting individuals for Skype interviews, and narrowing down the candidates for four on-campus interview. Fr. Carl Janicki, a campus ministry representative, saw Miller’s values and ideas for the future as an excellent fit for Cabrini. “He had a variety of higher education experiences…” Janicki noted. “He was really attracted to the vision and mission that Cabrini has and where it’s going.” Miller is optimistic about starting at Cabrini and has great plans in store. “I am very excited to be here,” Miller said. “I look forward to working with the entire campus community to ensure that we make Cabrini a first choice destination and ensure that all Cabrini students succeed, graduate and have a wonderful experience.”



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Father of Cabrini grad student detained by ICE BY BRIELLE TOFF News Editor Imagine waking up to a phone call and finding out that one of your parents has been detained by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, more commonly known as ICE. This recently became a reality to a Cabrini University graduate who is currently obtaining her master’s degree here when ICE picked up her father on Thursday, Jan. 17. Rita Alcaraz is a 2018 graduate and a current masters student at Cabrini University. She obtained a bachelor of arts degree at Cabrini, where she majored in criminology and sociology. Alcaraz is also a graduate of Mother Cabrini High School located in Manhattan, New York, which is now closed. While at Cabrini, Alcaraz was a resident assistant, an active member of Cavalier Radio, the sociology club, a part of three honor societies, and was on Cabrini’s first women’s rowing team. She currently works full time at Zoe’s Kitchen in Wayne to provide for herself while being away from home while she studies to get her master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice. On the morning of Thursday, Jan. 17, Alcaraz and her family’s lives were changed. At approximately 6:30 a.m., when Alcaraz received a phone call from her mother who told her that her father had been detained by ICE. “As of today, [Jan 22, 2019], I learned that the only charges he has are that of being here illegally. There are three or four counts of that such as not passing through customs, border patrol or obtaining a visa, etc,” Alcaraz said. When ICE came, the only people who were awake were Alcaraz’s parents and her 20-year-old sister. Her other six siblings were asleep. From what Alcaraz’s mother had told her, everything was done quietly and swiftly. There was no violence, no hesitation and no verbal or physical abuse of any kind. Instead, there was just simple cooperation from both ends. “Barely having enough sleep the day prior I didn’t really understand the words consciously until my mom repeated the words again and that’s when I broke down and started asking questions,” Alcaraz said. A few years before Alcaraz was born, her parents both came to the United States where they met each other in New York City. Together, her parents have eight children, with Alcaraz being the oldest and the rest of them ranging from 20-years-old to 6-years-old. Her 20-year-old sister is studying at New York University in New York City and her 16-year-old sibling is being homeschooled for high school. The rest of Alcaraz’s siblings are in middle and elementary school in New Jersey. Alcaraz’s family is actively a part of their church and they have a very close relationship with one another. “Now you can imagine there is never a dull or quiet moment in our apartment, but there is always something new going on with everyone,” Alcaraz said. Cabrini professor Abel Rodriguez explained the process of detention and what might happen to someone detained. Rodriguez is the director of the Center on Immigration and an assistant professor of religion, law and social justice here.


A post that Rita’s friend shared on Facebook.


The Alcaraz family at Rita’s graduation at Cabrini. Rodriguez has been an immigration attorney since 2011. He worked at Esperanza Immigration Legal Services in North Philadelphia on a fellowship for a year working with immigrant clients and then worked at Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia. He also worked at the Public Defenders Office in Philadelphia and has continued to do some legal work after joining the faculty at Cabrini as well. “Local police cooperate with ICE, and so if people are arrested their information is shared with ICE and they identify people in that way for removal. That said, they have a number of other ways that they identify people and target people for removal,” Rodriguez said, “Everything from home raids, raiding apartments, where they believe undocumented people may be living, workplace raids, targeting individuals specifically. They’ll sometimes act on tips that they get from people. People will call in and report on people that they believe to be undocumented. At times they follow up on those. And so there are a whole range of ways that ICE identifies people for removal.”

“We believe and know that everything happens for a reason, and typically for the better. So we have to take it one day at a time,” Alcaraz said. Alcaraz’s mother had mentioned to her that ICE had been looking for her father the day prior but he had already left to take her siblings to school. They returned earlier the next day and that is when they were able to find her father in his home. “It’s something that we knew could happen but instead of living in fear of the incident, we chose to [live] our lives as is,” Alcaraz said. “We’ve had multiple talks about it between the older siblings and a separate one with the younger ones. You never expect it to hit home but pray it doesn’t.” Due to his background on immigration law, Rodriguez explained the three different possible processes a detainee has after being detained. If a detainee has a prior removal order, they would go through a process referred to as expedited removal. In this case, it is possible that the detained person may not be able to go before an immigration judge. For other people, after someone is detained, a first hearing may be scheduled where the detainee will appear

before an immigration judge. After that, it will be decided whether or not they will have some sort of relief, meaning a range of options from detention to deportation. Then for people who do not have any defense available to them, they typically would either receive a removal order or they could be eligible for what is called a voluntary departure. This is where they would not be directly removed from the country, but would depart themselves from the country voluntarily. “In the recent past it ’s generally been over 400,000 people per year that go through the ICE detention system in the United States,” Rodriguez said. According to the National Immigration Forum, on average, 4,143 undocumented immigrants without a criminal record have been arrested each month since January 2017. This is more than double of the 1,703 per month average during November and December of 2016. Alcaraz’s father was the sole provider for her family. He worked hard as a delivery man and is now being held in the Hudson County Correctional Facility. The NIF also states that Congress requires ICE to fill a specified number of detention beds. For the Fiscal Year of 2018, Congress had set that number at 40,520 detention beds. After her father was detained, Alcaraz’s friend had convinced her to post about the situation on Facebook. She did not want to at first, but her friend had told her that posting about it would be the best way to get help in the situation. “We have no idea as to why he had been taken. As being people who are religious we cannot think this is done randomly and that there’s a far greater reason as to why. And the only thing we can do now is find an attorney who can take his case, and pray,” Alcaraz said. “We believe and know that everything happens for a reason, and typically for the better. So we have to take it one day at a time.” Since she has posted about her father, Alcaraz has had numerous Mother Cabrini High School alumni from years before her time reach out to her and provide her with recommendations of what to do and who to contact. “The Cabrini University family has been very helpful in keeping me and my family in their thoughts and prayers and that means a lot to me,” Alcaraz said. Alcaraz now has to decide if she is going to remain in graduate school this semester since her father was the sole provider for her family and her mom is now alone with her seven siblings. She is hoping to visit her dad at the correctional facility on Tuesday, Jan. 22 and attend his court date on Jan. 28. After that, Alcaraz can decide what will be in store for her for the rest of this semester. “I think the support I’ve had from school, work, friends, family, Mother Cabrini High School alumni and my church has really helped,” said Alcaraz. “I don’t know what my mental state or being would be like with any of them.” BTOFF98@GMAIL.COM



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American naturalization: How the process has changed over the years BY ABIGAIL SCARDALETTI Circulation Manager

Being a United States citizen is something that is often taken for granted and not thought of when it comes to our everyday lives. Americans have rights that are used everyday such as getting an education, getting married when/if we want to and voting. Americans often forget that what the United States has is not the same in every country. Immigrants come here for different individual reasons, but overall, come here to create better lives for themselves. Over time it has become harder and harder to come to the United States and make a better or more stable life for oneself. On June 13, 1955 Delfina Scardelletti entered the United States of America to Ellis Island, New York City. She came through customs in New York City and settled in Trenton, New Jersey, with two out of the three siblings she had. Scardelletti took night classes to help learn the English language and to become an American citizen. When she was ready, her sister-in-law, Maria Tattoni, helped Scardelletti fill out the proper paperwork to give to the judge that would grant Scardelletti citizenship. Delfina Scardelletti took an oral citizenship test before an American judge. Once granted citizenship, Scardelletti celebrated with her brothers, sister-in-laws and her husband, who also was granted citizenship. What made Scardelletti and her family immigrate to the United States from Italy was to make a better life for herself and her family. Coming to the United States was a lot different in 1955 that it was in 1980. Nancy Lopez currently lives in Upland, California, working as a nanny. But that was not always the case. In the fall of 1980, Lopez migrated to the United States from Sinaloa, Mexico, at the age of 10. Lopez migrated to the United States with her mother and three younger siblings from the state of Sinaloa to Mexicali in Baja, California. They stayed with family members while her mother worked in the United States to save money. After enough money was saved, Lopez and her siblings went to live with their mother. They traveled mostly by bus to enter the United States. After 16 years of living in the United States, on Nov. 15,

Lopez succeeded in becoming a citizen, but still has family in her birth town in Mexico. Her father and his family are there as well as a couple of her aunts on her mother’s side of the family. She has a fond memories of both places she lived while in Mexico, even though some are faded. Lopez would like to go back and visit; to show her children where she came from. But, the United States is home now since she has lived in the country for 38 years. Now let’s fast forward to 2002, to when Luisa Merino started her journey. Luisa Merino migrated to the United States on Aug. 28, 2002 from Colombia. Merino came here by plane with a residents visa after a two-year waiting period. She came here to be with her now ex-husband who was born in Indiana. He was born in the United States while his mother was working on an employment visa for three years. Merino received her citizenship in April 2010, eight years after coming to the United States on a visa. “To be [a] citizen it wasn’t harder, I got free help from lawyers through a Catholic Church, they did all the process, it was quick,” Merino said. “[It was] harder to study the 100 questions. And of course the interview, I got nervous.” Merino came to the United States due to the economic and safety issues in Colombia that put her children in danger. Even though Merino wanted to provide a safer environment for her children, her whole family is still in Colombia, whom she misses. She also misses the ABIGAIL SCARDELLETTI/CIRCULATION MANAGER food and the music because she loves the taste and loves to dance. Outside Kamala Harris’ office in Washington, D.C. Being a United States citizen is different for everyone 1996 at the age of 26, Lopez became an American citizen. and each individual has a different story to tell. Being “Applying [to be a citizen] is not hard, once you have a an immigrant is no different than being born in the good command of the English language,” Lopez said. “The United States, especially since it is a country founded by whole process is in English. The difficult part is learning immigrants. Immigration is not a political argument, but English.” stories about individuals making decisions in order to The process of becoming a United States citizen is change or better their lives. lengthy as you have to apply, be interviewed and take an exam. It takes time as you have to be literate in the English language as well as be well-versed in United States history. The written exam is 10 random questions out of a possible 100 questions. You have no idea which 10 questions will ABIGAILSCARDELLETTI@GMAIL.COM be on the exam.

Diversity is skyrocketing in pop culture

BY ARIANA YAMASAKI Lifestyles Editor

When sitting in front of a television watching a show or movie, do you see a character that looks like you? Do you see someone who you can relate to? In the entertainment industry, there has been a growth in black role models. Black role models have been in movies now more than ever. The 2016 Oscars #sowhite controversy has shed a light on an issue that non-white actors were facing. According to BBC, Andrew Ahn is a queer KoreanAmerican film-maker who was nominated for two Independent Spirit awards for his debut drama “Spa Night” but he had trouble finding the funds for his movie. He was told that if he wrote a white character into the movie it would be easier to get funding. In pop culture today there are many role models who are in the media who are not white. “The entertainment industry is especially changing with actors like Donald Glover, Taraji P. Henson and Michael B. Jordan breaking boundaries with the myriad of different roles they are taking on expanding peoples view on black people in general,” Renin Broadnax, Intro to Black Studies classroom coach, said. This change in the industry can help the younger generation by letting them see someone who looks like them on the big screen. It shows them that they can be whoever they want to be. “I feel that having more black role models in the media right now is good. It helps the younger


There has been many advances with diversity in pop culture over the years. generation and our generation realize where we came from and we can be seen as something positive and not always negative. Also, we can look up to them and say to ourselves one day that’s going to be me,” Jacara Goodmond, sophomore psychology major, said. In 2014, researchers from the University of Southern California did a study on Inequality in 700 popular films. The research found that out of 30,000 characters 73.1 percent were white, 12.5 percent were black, 5.3 percent were Asian, 4.9 percent were Hispanic and 4.2 percent were categorized as other. Out of 30,000 characters,

only 26.9 percent were not white. Now there is more representation with “12 Years a Slave,” “Black Panther,” and more movies who star strong non-white actors. “Lupita Nyong’o is my role model because she speaks out on subjects that matter most to her, not only has she talked about how she overcame self-hate about herself but once she did that it really was an inspiration to me because you should love yourself no matter what size, how dark or light your skin is, etc,” Goodmond said. “Sza (Solána Imani Rowe) is my role model because of her confidence and she is relatable. Her songs come with a message about problems and situations that we are going through now,” Asha Jackson, junior social work major, said. “Chance the Rapper is my role model because he uses his platform to speak up and help others. He helps the people of Chicago by talking at events and donating money towards education,” John Volz, junior business management major, said. These are just some of the black role models students from Cabrini University have. The diversity in the media is expanding and becoming more accepting. “I love that Hollywood is opening up and making more positive roles for black actors just look at ‘Black Panther.’ I’m really excited because black actors have roles in Hollywood but most are about the struggles we’ve endured. Now we get to show how powerful of an impact we have,” Jackson said. ARIANAYAMASAKI@GMAIL.COM

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Thinking outside the box: Jobs for college students that exceed far beyond the norm BY BROOKE FERTIG Assistant Lifestyles Editor

Waitressing, bartending and working in retail shops are taking the back seat as students step outside of their box in order to make a living while in college. According to a study conducted by the Huffington Post, four out of five college students are working part-time jobs while attending universities. These part-time jobs average about 19 hours a week. The concept of part-time entrepreneurship is relatively new and is one that college students are taking advantage of. Through part-time entrepreneurship, students are able to plan their own schedules while producing designs, concepts and products to customers. This is made possible through sites that allow creators to upload their items or their designs through their website. According to Entrepreneur.com, entrepreneurship is taking college campuses by storm. It is estimated that at least twothirds of U.S. universities now offer courses in entrepreneurship. Some of the most famous CEOs created their ideas while in college themselves. To name a few, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Insomnia Cookies’ Steve Berkowitz. For these men, their office was their dorm room.

“I sell logo designs, code websites and create designs based on client needs,” Marin said. “I use Instagram and Twitter for most of the connections with my clients.” Tutor and teach Andrew Mclean is a sports management major at

influencer in college is possible and in some cases profitable. Emily Crouse graduated from Cabrini University in 2018 and is a social media influencer. “As an influencer, I’m informative and helpful for people,” Crouse said. “I share my life experiences so they can take something away from it to help better themselves.”

Driving jobs Applications such as Postmates, Uber and Lyft, allow students to create their own hours by utilizing their car as a means of travel to serve customers. Students all over the United States are choosing to drive for businesses such as Postmates due to the flexible work, the opportunity for tips and option to drive without hosting strangers in your car. This contrasts to applications such as Uber and Lyft. Miguel Ugarte is a sophomore transfer student at the University of Central Florida. Ugarte studies theater tech and design. “I work for Postmates,” Ugarte said. “Postmates is good because you can make your own schedule and have the chance to catch up on podcasts.” According to an article produced by Entrepreneur.com, college is arguably the best time for students to start a business. When you live on a college campus, you have access to experts and a built-in-network and support. EMILY CROUSE Design and sell Even though you may not be a business major, Social media influencers such as Emily Crouse (@FittyFreckles) “promote Society6 is a website that allows individuals to there are professors who are ready to help and products and services on social media.” upload their designs, where prospective buyers advise you. Better yet, they do so for free. can have access to them and purchase them in various the University of Georgia. Personal trainer, ballroom Once students are out of college these same experts forms of merchandise from clothing to totes.  Many instructor, vlogger and owner of an eBay resale store. are known as consultants that actually charge. Another students are utilizing sites such as this, as although “I teach ballroom dance and etiquette to everyone benefit of starting a business in college is that students Society6 keeps a portion, it requires very minimal effort from middle school to adults,” Mclean said. “It paid well want people at their university to succeed and to do from the actual creator in terms of selling the products. and it was rewarding to teach wedding couples their first great things, as it only helps the reputation of the Nelson Marin is a junior graphic design major at dance, through ballroom dance classes.” university. Additionally, students are usually social Cabrini University. Marin currently is a freelance artist media savvy and are able to spread awareness to your who also tutors others in graphic design and works partSocial media influencer business. time at Panera. After Marin gets a client, he gives them a An influencer is when a credible and established user BROOKERFERTIG@GMAIL.COM questionnaire to obtain a clearer understanding of their on social media promotes a number of products and needs. services to a large audience. Becoming a social media

New year, new you: Making and sticking to your New Year’s resolutions BY SYDNEY LYNCH Writing Managing Editor

For many, a new year comes with new resolutions. People promise to better themselves with the intention of making their resolutions a habitual reality. Losing weight, eating healthier food and saving money are just some of the common goals people set to kick-start their new year. Freshman elementary and special education major Raechel Aviles makes new resolutions at the beginning of each year. “I made a resolution for 2019 because when I was doing my yearly reflections, I saw how my 2018 could’ve been way better for myself, and I wanted to actually make the change this year,” Aviles said. Aviles new years resolutions for 2019 include waking up at 5 a.m. every day, going to the gym twice a day, staying proactive with her school work and spending time with her friends. While estimates vary, research has found that about 80 percent of people fail to continue their resolution by midFebruary. As January comes to an end, it can be difficult to be consistently motivated to reach your goal. “Saying you are going to do something is different than actually doing it,”Dr. Melissa Terlecki, chair of the psychology department, said. “If your goals are measurable, attainable and reasonable, you are more likely to do it.” Here are a few tips to keep your new year’s resolution on track:

Set small goals Setting small goals makes the task seem more achievable. If the goal is too big, it can seem almost impossible to reach. By breaking down big goals, each achievement is a milestone to the long-term goal. Make yourself accountable Accountability can be the main reason that people do not pursue their New Year’s resolutions. If people do not hold themselves accountable for their deterring actions, they will not accomplish their goals. Writing your goals down or having a friend to complete this task with can make someone feel more liable to stick with their plan. Aviles has created a method to hold herself accountable to stick to her 2019 resolution. “I made a plan that if I did not stick to my resolutions even for a day, I would put $5 in a jar for each resolution that I broke that day,” Aviles said. “In college, its especially hard to always have cash, which would mean I would have to go to the ATM and take out more money than needed. That is a great motivation because I don’t want to keep taking out money.” Make it a habit Making your resolution a part of your daily routine will make the task feel natural and less like a chore. Consistency is a good way to make a habit, by embedding your resolution into your schedule, you are more likely to stick to it, According to one study, missing one day does not reduce the chance of forming a habit, so do not beat yourself up for missing a day. “If something is practiced often enough, it becomes

implicit. You don’t even think about it and it becomes routine,” Terlecki said. You don’t have to wait until Jan 1, 2020 to kickstart your next goal. The new year may symbolize new beginning but creating goals to better your lifestyle will always be worth the resolution. “If people can break their resolutions apart into more manageable bites, they would be more likely to get to the end result,” Terlecki said.


Making a schedule will help you achieve your goal. SYDNEYLYNCH929@GMAIL.COM



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Anonymous text apps: the dark side of technology advancement


AMY KODRICH Assistant Lifestyles Editor

“So do you even eat food at all...” “Seriously are you bulimic?” These are all texts I’ve received from an anonymous text app called Sarahah. When I first heard of the app I didn’t think anything of it. It wasn’t until my friends started sharing it I decided to make an account. Never did I think I would receive such cruel and hurtful comments. The app, Sarahah, was originally created as a way for employees to provide honest feedback to their employers.

However, the developers saw an opportunity to reach a new market. The developers started marketing the app as a way for friends to connect and to, “Improve your friendship by discovering your strengths and areas for improvement.” Sarahah is meant for people to leave positive or constructive comments, but what I received was far worse than what I ever expected. I was vulnerable to the new app. I continued to post the link to my Snapchat and continued to get more comments, except this time it took a dark turn. “You lost so much weight

you look like a skeleton. It is not healthy and it is not cute.” I was lost for words. I have been struggling with my body image since middle school. I always saw myself as fat and not as pretty as other girls at my school. This led to decisions I am not proud of. During the first two years of high school, I started to feel confident about myself for the first time in a while. Nothing to worry about right? Junior year was different though. I slowly saw myself fall back into bad habits. I wasn’t eating. I never consulted with anyone about my habits. I didn’t see it as a problem at the time. I also didn’t think people noticed my weight loss but apparently, they did and thought saying it maliciously through an anonymous app was the right way to do it. Stop anonymous apps and bullying. Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the internet. By hiding behind a screen, the bully has more vocal power than they would in person. Bullying victims are two to nine times more likely to consider committing suicide. People don’t think before they act. They don’t think their words have consequences. Many people don’t speak up when they are being bullied online. According to StopBullying.gov, there are

multiple signs to look out for from your friends and check up on them if they exhibit: • Noticeable increases or decreases in device use, including texting. • A child exhibits emotional r e s p o n s e s ( l a u g h t e r, anger, upset) to what is happening on their device. • A child hides their screen or device when others are near, and avoids discussion about what they are doing on their device. • Social media accounts are shut down or new ones appear. • A child starts to avoid social situations, even those that were enjoyed in the past. If you recognize there has been a change in mood or behavior in your friends, reach out to them and ask questions to learn what is happening. Don’t just assume that it’s not a big deal. Being there for someone makes the situation easier for them. Once I finally told my friends what had been going on they were there for me 24/7. They made sure I was okay and didn’t let it get to my head. They reminded me that I am beautiful just the way I am.  Because the app is anonymous it is hard to go to the school board and report anything. If you feel that it is

serious, report it. Check on your friends because you never know what they are going through. Road to self-love After receiving many more painful comments I knew I had to delete the app. It was easy to just delete the app but the thoughts still lingered in my head. It was not easy to block out the negative thoughts. It took time to start to love myself again. I didn’t start eating healthy or doing yoga because of those comments. I knew I was unhealthy and I wanted to save myself. Freshman year of college I started taking yoga classes and eating healthy. I went to yoga classes every Tuesday on campus. It was perfect for emptying my mind and pushing out the negative thoughts. It helped to focus myself on bettering myself for me and not anyone else. I would be lying if I said I still didn’t think about it. It’s hard to move past something that really hurt you. I am trying to be better, and it takes time. Don’t let people’s opinion control you’re life. If you’re struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts don’t be afraid to call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.


The ups and downs of being a full-time student and worker

BY TROI PATRICK Assistant Perspectives Editor

Most nights I sleep less than six hours and hardly have any time for myself. In a typical work  week,  I work roughly 32 hours. Some weeks are slower, with 28 hours and other weeks are busier where I work up to 36 hours at my  off-campus job alone.   At my desk assistant job, I work 15 hours maximum and three hours minimum a week. With peer tutoring, I usually work six hours a week.  I have two hours a week for in-class time and  two hour-long office hours. If it sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. Some nights I will work from two in the afternoon to 11 at night at my full-time job and then work as a desk assistant from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Hours per week

Shift overlaps

Trying to balance out my responsibilities as a full-time worker and a student is difficult. I work at least 30 hours a week, sometimes more. Along with that I also have two work-study jobs. I took 17.5 credits for the fall semester, so I guess you can say I was quite busy.  

This is typically when I run out the door and try to get back to Cabrini as fast as I can. One time my shift at my full-time gig ended at 11:30 p.m. and I had to work as a desk assistant at 11 p.m. I had to leave as soon as I could, run upstairs to get my laptop and other supplies for an assignment and change into my desk assis-


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tant shirt.   When I work as a desk  assistant,  I try to get as much work done as I possibly can. I plan out what assignments I will do for each shift. This includes writing a checklist for those assignments and planning to complete that checklist before the end of my shift.  By the time I get  off  one job, I’m heading to the next. Working a full-time job as a full-time student is as stressful as you think it is. After work, I tend to have a hard time focusing on my assignments. Most of my energy goes into my job. I usually work  eight or 10-hour  shifts. Out of those eight to 10 hours, I am on my feet the entire time besides a 30-minute lunch break. .  

Managing my time If I am pressed for time on an assignment, I’ll even bring my laptop to work. Over lunch breaks, I study or do small bits of work during downtime in my shift. Typically, I tend to try to get work done as much as I can throughout the week because on weekends, I work longer shifts and 

I leave work sore and tired. From foot aches to backaches. Trying  to do school work after a shift is difficult. I find it hard to maintain focus because my brain is still in work mode. I usually try to do work during classes or while I am working as a desk assistant. Sometimes I get a ton of work done and other times I don’t.  The biggest task for me is TROI PATRICK/ASSISTANT PERSPECTIVES EDITOR staying focused and not putMy desk assistant badge given to ting in more effort in one me by Residence Life. area than another.  It’s easy to be more focused on work and not performing as great without working? According to in school. I constantly  have The Atlantic “Nearly 40 percent to  remind  myself  that school is of undergraduate students and my first priority.   76 percent of graduate students work at least 30 hours a week, according to the report.” At the end of the da It is a shame that we have to choose between being able Working full time and being to afford college and having to a student is one of the hardest overload ourselves with school things to balance and sometimes and work but in todays’ society you have to work long hours just it seems like those are only two to make ends meet. It also is options. However, with speaknot something I would recom- ing with your financial counselor mend if you are taking a full course load but at the same time, what are you supposed to TROIMONEMUA@GMAIL.COM do if you cannot afford college



THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2019


Tyheim Monroe’s journey from Cabrini to Brazil Sports Source: Carson Wentz and his future in Philly BY JAMES KELLY Sports Editor

Now with the season over, Doug Pederson has already publicly named Carson Wentz as the starting quarterback moving forward. The Foles vs. Wentz debate is over, being that Nick Foles is most likely leaving the Eagles in the upcoming weeks. But is Wentz the franchise QB beyond next year? Wentz has suffered injuries each of the last 4 years, dating back to his senior season of college. This includes a wrist injury, rib injury, knee injury and back injury. All of these injuries can take a significant toll on a person’s body, especially just being in their third season. With the injury prone question surrounding Wentz, is he worth a big contract that will most likely make him one of the highest paid players in the league? Recently, a report came out which called Wentz a “selfish player” and “controlling” over the Eagles offense. Plenty of Wentz’ teammates have already come out to dispute the report. According to the report, other Eagles in the locker room think otherwise. Before his knee injury, Wentz was the best player in football and on his way to his first MVP. Wentz has the trust of his coach and Eagles executives going into next season, but he needs to prove something if he wants that big contract. Wentz was not himself this season and struggled winning games, especially in clutch moments. The Cowboys beat the Eagles twice and the offense did not click with Wentz under center. If he wants that big contract next offseason, this is a make or break season for him in the minds of a lot of Eagles fans. Wentz has to be that guy who threw 33 touchdowns, not the guy that threw three interceptions and zero touchdowns against the Saints.



BY JAMES KELLY Sports Editor

Monroe has always been a great leader at Cabrini, and he plans to implement that Two years ago, Tyheim leadership trait when he goes to Monroe was just starting his Brazil. A good teammate always senior season at Cabrini. Fast has his players back, as well as forward and he is now getting leads verbally and by example. ready to play professional Monroe’s attitude towards the basketball in Brazil. The game is contagious and that type transition process from a senior of attitude is what landed him in college to a professional in Brazil. Mike Doyle, a former basketball player in a place you teammate of Monroe’s at Cabrini, have never been before is a huge described Monroe as a “guy step in someone’s life. that just wants to win basketball Monroe graduated from games.” Cabrini in 2017 and didn’t know “Tyheim was probably one of where life was going to lead him, the best teammates I have ever but he knew that he wanted had. He made everything so basketball to remain in his life. much easier for everyone else on Cabrini gave Monroe a chance to the court,” Doyle said. showcase his skills while making It is difficult  to comprehend him a better person off the court. how hard Monroe has worked “I think I became more for this opportunity, and he is humbled as a person, I am more determined to make the most of appreciative of the blessings this. Monroe wants to make his I have versus focusing on the mark for those to follow in his negatives in life,” Monroe said. footsteps one day. There have been multiple “The most important take is I NBA players that have played feel like I’m giving hope to those overseas before starting their playing Division III sports. Many career in the U.S. Monroe knows people take Division III sports as what doors this opportunity a joke not knowing there’s a lot of could open up years down the talent there,” Monroe said. road. Regardless of what division you play or league you may be in, hard-work and effort doesn’t have a division. That is where Monroe sets himself apart from Division III athletes. No one expected MICHELLE GUERIN/ VISUAL MANGING EDITOR him to go to Monroe gets ready to drive to the lane. college and finish as the

leading scorer and rebounder in Cabrini’s history while racking up numerous accolades along the journey. No one expected MICHELLE GUERIN/ VISUAL MANGING EDITOR him to get Monroe has always been a great leader at a contract Cabrini. to play professional basketball in Brazil. communication with others,” The probability of playing Monroe said. men’s basketball at a Division Brazil’s culture is very different III school is 1.4 percent. The from the American culture he odds have always been stacked is accustomed to. Along with against Monroe his whole the culture change, Monroe is life. The probability of playing determined to earn the respect of professional men’s basketball out his teammates, as well as people of college is 1.2 percent. Monroe he will encounter in the streets. didn’t let these numbers get in “Earning the respect as a the way of his dream. person and player in another “It’s a dream come true, I country might be a little difficult have been dreaming of playing at first,” Monroe said. professional basketball my whole Monroe wants to give hope to life,” Monroe said.  those who could one day follow There are 6,717 American in his footsteps. He wants to pave basketball players that are the way for children growing up overseas playing in various in Philadelphia with the same countries. Out of those 6,717 dream he had when he was a Americans, only 77 players play child. professional basketball in Brazil. “Growing up in Philly, I Monroe will join the Brazilian want to give these younger guys basketball team UniFacisa, who hope,” Monroe said. “They need are currently 4-6 in their last to know it is possible to be a game and could use Monroe’s professional athlete and there are ability to score tough baskets in more opportunities outside the the paint. neighborhood.”  The mindset of Monroe going into a new team, country and culture could be a lot to take in JAMESEJKELLY@GMAIL.COM for a 22 year-old. “My biggest challenge would be adapting to the culture and

Meet Cabrini’s strength and conditioning coach BY TROI PATRICK Assistant Perspectives Editor

Dustin Malandra is the head strength and conditioning coach for Cabrini’s sports team. Malandra has been working at Cabrini for six years. Before working at Cabrini, he was doing minor strength and conditioning jobs and attending graduate school at West Chester University. While attending school there, he was already working his first year and a half at Cabrini.   During the day he worked a full-time job and at night attended classes. He commuted every day from Downingtown, Pennsylvania to Cabrini and West Chester. “It was tiring,” Malandra said. “I’d come out here and then I’d drive all the way to West Chester, and then I’d drive back to Downingtown and vice versa. Last year, I had class in the middle of the day, so I’d

have to drive all the way to West Chester and then drive back to work and then drive back to Downingtown.” “Dustin is very helpful to our training and he is very knowledgeable about what we are doing,” Katherine Buckman, junior psychology major, said. “He makes each sport an individual lifting program that supplement our practices. He also pushes us in the weight room and really cares.”  Not only is he a dedicated strength and conditioning coach but also a husband and father. He has a wife and an eight-monthold daughter. He and his wife got married last year and welcomed their new born daughter into their family less than a year later. The couple share similar professions and tend to help each other out with work. “She’s a physical therapist so we like to bounce ideas off of each other,” Malandra said. Between working and having a family, it’s safe to say

Malandra has his hands full. He finds ways to balance his responsibilities despite how demanding his job is. “This job is a lot of hours,” Malandra said. “After a couple of years I was like well you need that work life balance.”  “He’s very creative with his strength workouts, he’s always learning something new,” Justin Henry, sophomore marketing major said. “He’s about to go to a seminar this break to learn something and teach us it when he comes CABRINI ATHLETICS back.”  Dustin Malandra headshot. His schedule in the fall is pretty jam packed. “The fall is a lot busier than tend to work on a first come the spring. The teams that are first serve basis. Bigger teams in the off season in the fall lift such as lacrosse, baseball and a lot more than the teams that swimming get two different are in the off season in the lifting times per day. spring,” Malandra said. Not only does he help students weight train he also makes schedules for training. He tries to work the schedule around TROIMONEMUA@GMAIL.COM the students class times. They


THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2019


The underdog reaching his highest potential in his basketball career BY MICHELLE GUERIN Visual Managing Editor

Tearing an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the many injuries athletes can endure while playing sports that include jumping or sudden stop in directions. According to UPMC, if surgery is performed, it can take up to six months for an individual to feel fully recovered after the appropriate physical therapy.   “An ACL tear as soon as it happens is one of the worst feelings I’ve ever felt,” Ivan Robinson, a senior guard on Cabrini’s basketball team, said.  “The moment it actually happens, it almost feels like someone is stabbing you in the knee repeatedly.  Eventually, the pain fades after a while but the initial feeling is definitely one of the worst feelings I’ve ever felt.” An ACL can sometimes ruin someone’s athletic career, but not DeVahnte Mosley. After transferring from Bard College, Mosley found community at Cabrini University, and continued his love for basketball within Cabrini’s program. “I’ve known DeVahnte for about 10 years now,” Robinson said.  “We competed against each other in middle school, went to high school together and now college.  He is my best friend and roommate.” Playing from middle school to college, Mosley has adopted many traits on and off the court. When joining the team, Mosley came in with an open mind and ready to try anything. “From day one, after transferring into Cabrini following his sophomore year,

he was always the type of player to come in and put in the work required to be successful,” Tim McDonald, Cabrini’s men’s basketball coach, said. “One area he (Mosley) has improved on has been becoming more of a vocal leader who is looked up to by everyone on the team.” Always being ready for a game, the off-season was a time to work and improve. “It was like the second week of school and we were playing a pickup game since the season hadn’t started yet,” Mosley said.  “I was going up for a lay-up and when I went to plant, I just remember feeling my knee pop out and falling immediately.  I barely made it off the ground and I just remember laying there, holding my knee.” Being out on injury was never part of the plan but Mosley did not let his motivation down. “Being out with injury again this year, and fighting back from the ACL tear last year, was really frustrating for DeVahnte,” McDonald said.  “However, he showed up every day to do this rehab and was always on the sideline trying to lead and motivate our guys to help them become better.  While he couldn’t be on the floor with his teammates; his leadership on our team never wavered.” Coming back from the injury and always staying positive really showed leadership towards the team. “DeVahnte has been a big part of our team and is one of our teams’ vocal leaders,” Voshon Mack, freshman forward, said.  “Being able to bounce back from injuries and to accomplish his goal of 1,000 points is very inspiring.  It shows us that hard

work will eventually pay off too.” Scoring 1,000 points in an athletic career alone is such an accomplishment. Cabrini has had many players before accomplishing the unbelievable, and to have players each year prove themselves is not only inspiring to their teammates but also the coaches. “The majority of players after each game MICHELLE GUERIN/ VISUAL MANAGING EDITOR look at exactly one thing on the score sheet after Mosley drives for a layup with two defenders on him. games and it is how many points they scored that day,” McDonald said.  “As ACL and MCL. tournaments, rehabs, and coaches, we always try to get Luckily, Mosley did not have everything that I’ve been through the players to understand the to go into surgery. in my entire basketball career, importance of the other stats “The whole process of going all of it finally paid off,” Mosley and try to teach them to be through rehab and getting said.  “I didn’t score 1,000 in high unselfish and not worry about another MRI made me doubt school so I made it a goal for how many points they scored as whether I would ever play again,” myself to do so in college, so all individuals but to really focus Mosley said. of those things kind of just went on making the best play for our Mosley’s teammates were through my head at once. team.  We hope that it helps us very proud to be present for his Seeing Mosley transfer to an win the statistical category that moment of reaching 1,000 like entirely new program and make really matters, which is having Mosley has been present for all a name for himself has been scored more points as a team their achievements.   such a successful roller coaster than our opponent at the end of “Being back on the floor with for all. the game.” DeVahnte and with him to score “DeVahnte is one of a kind Consistently going to physical his 1,000 point was extremely type of person,” McDonald said.  therapy to get stronger, Mosley humbling and great to see,” “He is a good student who is tried his hardest to keep a Robinson said.  “He worked always upbeat and has a positive positive attitude. extremely hard to get to this outlook on life.  I couldn’t be “There were definitely times point to even give himself a shot. happier and more proud of him where I thought I wouldn’t play It’s moving and I’m so glad I got for fighting through all of the again, especially earlier this to share that experience with adversity he faced up until now year,” Mosley said.  “After doing him.” where he is able to get back on rehab for a whole year and An overflow of emotion hit the floor to finish out his senior finally making it back, I hurt the Mosley when the announcement season with his teammates.” same knee again in the second shouted his 1,000 points.  These game of the year.  It didn’t feel points were successfully earned exactly the same as tearing through his time at Bard and my ACL but I knew I messed it Cabrini. MICHELLECG122@GMAIL.COM up again.  I got an MRI and it “Just knowing that all the showed that I partially tore my hours of workouts, practices,


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