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Cabrini’s Rebecca Clark, died Friday

On Friday, Sept. 5,  Rebecca “Becky” Clark, 21-year old pharmacy major from Cabrini College, “passed away accidentally” according to the Times Herald Obituary.

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Protesters march in Ferguson, MO.., on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, marking two weeks since Michael Brown was shot dead by a Ferguson police officer. (MCT)

The constant fight for justice

In a world that is filled with so much hatred, despair, war, pain, grief, judgment and anger, there is one remaining commonality to keep our society from falling apart: hope for a better tomorrow.

Within the past month, two people have been killed, their deaths prompting us to reflect on the search for justice. One was consciously fighting for justice, while the death of the other has caused many to speak out.

Protesters march in Ferguson, MO.., on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, marking two weeks since Michael Brown was shot dead by a Ferguson police officer. (MCT)
Protesters march in Ferguson, MO.., on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, marking two weeks since Michael Brown was shot dead by a Ferguson police officer. (MCT)

In Ferguson, the death of Michael Brown at first brought rioting but since then has prompted many people to step up with regard to racial justice.

He may have been jaywalking and then he also could have very well stolen those cigars from the convenience store, but what actions justify shooting and killing an unarmed 18-year old?

We will never know what exactly happened because while one man is trying to justify his own guilt and actions, the other, Michael Brown, cannot share his side of the story.

His death, however, has prompted many reflections about justice. In order to make a change in our world, you have to make a stand. The people in Ferguson and elsewhere continuously stand every morning until their eyes close remain dedicated to the change they wish to see. Brown’s family, friends and people all over the nation have remained persistent in their fight for justice for someone who will never be able to fight again for himself.

This fight for justice is not a fight that is not easily won.

Our education systems, homelessness both in our backyard and overseas and the constant attacks and murders that go on every single day in America, they are all injustices that thankfully have people who will speak out for the creation of a better, more just world.

In another part of the world, we have the example of the brutal slaying of James Foley who risked his life trying to make a difference in the world. He was a journalist who was killed reporting the truth. He was a man who went to college, who worked hard at his career and who worked every day to better the lives of others. He wanted to make that change, to speak up for those whose voices were not heard under the fire of machine guns and explosions from bombs. Because of this he was captured and beheaded when the United States refused to give ISIS the money they were looking for.

Foley wanted to tell the truth of what is continuously going on in the Middle East with ISIS and may he rest in peace as he was unable to finish what he set out to do.  But along the way he fought, as a proud American, for freedom of speech and justice for all, an essential piece of our constitution that is sometimes forgotten.

Being on the right side of history, doing the right thing in the name of a better world, is what each student, parent, professor, humanitarian in our world should strive to do every day, even when that means risking your life, living in fear or doubting yourself.

Cabrini College’s mission is dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice.  Our students are taught from the moment they begin their studies until they are handed their diploma, that social justice is extremely important because everything in our lives is interconnected.  This interconnectedness is what allows the injustices to be so complex and confusing, but that’s why there are people like the leaders in our society, to explain what is going on in our world.  This is something that does not come easy or instantaneously.  It is something that takes time, dedication and commitment to constantly stand up for what you believe in.  Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

In this year’s summer reading at Cabrini College, “Almost Home,” Corey Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., expresses his own frustrations with the slow progress towards justice. “So often we allow our inability to do the big things to undermine our determination to do the small things, those acts of kindness, decency, and love that in their aggregate over days, weeks, and years make powerful change.”

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The ‘Wrath of Kahn’ comes to an end

After six years, Cabrini men’s basketball head coach Marcus Kahn has stepped down to take over the role of head coach at the University of Mary Washington.

Kahn earned 153 wins and a mere 27 losses during his six-year stint at Cabrini. (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)
Kahn earned 153 wins and a mere 27 losses during his six-year stint at Cabrini. (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)

Kahn led the Cavaliers to the 2012 national title game, an elite eight appearance in 2013, a sweet 16 appearance in 2011 and finished with an overall coaching record of 153-27 in six years as the Cavaliers head coach.

“I love talking about my time here at Cabrini, my success here is ultimately a reflection on the players that we’ve had in the program and I give them the credit for what we’ve accomplished and what we’ve done over the past six years. We’ve had a lot of great guys and great players come through the program. It’s been unprecedented success for Cabrini and what they’ve accomplished. Making the runs we have in the NCAA tournament that is a complete credit to the work they’ve put in, the assistant coaches and the time I’ve asked them to put in and the managers we have in place. Top to bottom I think it’s just a sign of the commitment that was made for our program,” Kahn said.

Kahn will be taking over the head coaching ranks at the University of Mary Washington. Kahn will take over a program that has had 11 winning seasons in the past 12 years. The University of Mary Washington Eagles made it to the NCAA quarterfinals last season before losing to Williams College 79-46, finishing with a 25-6 record. The Eagles won the program’s second Capital Athletic Conference championship. Mary Washington will not only gain a head coach with an overall coaching record of 230-110, but also a “leader of men” as ex-players and coaches said.

“A great leader, Cabrini lost a huge part of their men’s basketball program. Yeah there’s 15 guys that come out to play each year, but you’re talking about leading those guys into battle that was coach Kahn for the past six years at Cabrini. Mary Washington has just got a steal with this one,” former player Fran Rafferty said about what Cabrini lost and what Mary Washington gained from Kahn leaving.

“Cabrini will lose a guy who definitely cared about the school, the program, the players, the students, the faculty and staff here on campus. Every time we talk he tells me about how much he and his family love being here not only for basketball games, but for other community events. I think Mary Washington will gain a great man who will give 120 percent as the head men’s basketball coach as long as he’s down there,” assistant coach Saleem Brown said.

While on the sideline for the Cavaliers, Kahn led Cabrini to an overall record of 153-27, including 96-10 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. Kahn was honored as CSAC coach of the year each year for his six-year career here at Cabrini. Kahn’s Cavaliers appeared in six CSAC championship games, winning five consecutive (10,11,12,13,14) out of the six.

“My favorite moment was making the run to the final four, obviously it was awesome winning that game down there in the semifinals, it was probably the highest moment of my career here and I will cherish the moments here forever,” Kahn said.

With Kahn at the head of the program, there were 12 Cavaliers that earned all-conference honors, also including five Players of the Year and the 2010 Rookie of the Year. Kahn also coached a duo of All-American’s, former standout Cory Lemons and junior Aaron Walton-Moss, who was recently named 2014 NABC Division III Player of the Year.

“I’m going to remember the people the most for sure, the coaches I’ve worked with the time spent with them and the athletic department. Going back to when Joe Giunta, the athletic director who hired me, he’s going to be one of my life-long friends. Brian Beacham, Steve Colfer, Jackie Neary and Kate Pearson there going to be life-long friends that I always remember along with the coaches and players,” Kahn said.

The Cavaliers Athletic Department has issued a statement stating that there will be a national search for a men’s basketball head coach and it will begin immediately.

Budget cuts threaten arts programs, student development in Phila. schools

100-degree weather, a 100-piece orchestra and just one director outside of the offices of school district of Philadelphia to advocate for one thing—the love of arts education in the school system. “Over the years, I’ve had students tell me that music is what keeps them coming to school,” music teacher Kimberly Neu said.

But it was 2011 and the school district was cutting the budget and music education was a potential cut. Neu felt she needed to do something about keeping music education funded.

'Don't Cut Music' sign made by a Philadelphia arts student. (Jamie Comfort/Submitted Photo)
‘Don’t Cut Music’ sign made by a Philadelphia arts student. (Jamie Comfort/Submitted Photo)

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, the arts are a fundamentally important part of culture, and an education without them is impoverished. Neu says that she can attest to this. Growing up she was painfully shy until she began playing the clarinet in 5th grade at Loesche Elementary School. “The Philly schools gave me the opportunity to shine in music and excel in what I am good at and meant to do,” Neu said.

Over the years, the Philadelphia school district offers a variety of opportunity for students to participate in music programs. Programs consist of various choirs, bands, and orchestras including the popular “All City.”  “I took lessons in school and also took lessons outside of school with older kids in the district,” Neu said.

Neu attributes her success in and out of the classroom to the opportunities she had to play music.

“All of the best musicians from all over the city would perform the highest level of music,” Neu said. Though there is an audition process for the All-City groups, students learn from their music teachers and are prepared. Music had an impact on the way Neu socialized and communicated. But she did not understand at the time that it was music that was responsible.

Studies have shown that music is an effective way to enhance cognitive abilities. Though the studies have proven to help with the development and growth of a child the school district still decides on cuts to the system. Not only with music programs, but teachers have lost jobs and there is an overcrowding of schools. This overcrowding can cause a student to not receive the attention they need in the classroom and may affect the way the child learns.

In a PBS documentary “Project gives young brains the benefits of musical training,” Dr. Nina Krause explains that early studies have shown a connection between music and education. Though there have been many studies conducted none have shown a direct correlation. “Music is an important investment in teaching a child skills,” Krause said. Such an important investment that it can teach a child how to multitask and communicate.

Studies such as this one suggest that a student can benefit from music programs all across the board. No matter if you are rich, poor, black or white, music is a universal language that everyone can understand. Sophomore instrumental performance student Jack Saint Clair knows what it feels like to be able to communicate.

“Music teaches you to listen and communicate with others on the bandstand,” Saint Clair said, “which in turn helps you form meaningful relationship in life.” Having been led by music director Neu for a while, Jack was not foreign to the world of music. He began in the 4th grade and to this date has been playing for almost nine years.  Saint Clair knows much about the discipline of music, as he is a musician of three instruments: saxophone, flute and clarinet.

“Music has provided an emotional outlet, humbled me and taught me to be patient and perseverant,” Saint Clair said.  Much like Saint Clair, students highlighted in the PBS documentary benefited from music as well—academically. A project called the Harmony Project founded by Margaret Martin is an opportunity much like what is offered in the Philadelphia area schools. It originally began in California but has since branched over to Ventura, Tulsa, New Orleans and Miami. The project gave students an opportunity to play music and be a part of a band at no cost. Many students that enter the program struggled academically. The program has had 93 percent of its students graduate and go on to college.

Musical training enhances the neurological development. This is why the Harmony Project has such a high success rate.

Art is important to an education because it gives students an opportunity to spread their wings. “Art allows students to be creative, express themselves, work as a team and find their voice,” Neu said. Neu never expected to turn from a shy student to a teacher who would have the chance to give other students the same privilege and opportunities as she did. “I was a student who taught lessons,” Neu said. “I never saw myself as a school teacher.”

She said the very thought of teaching 33 students terrified her. However, her opportunity came from a high school teacher remembering her drive and potential. “Music in the School District of Philadelphia was my family,” Neu said. “Teachers were like second parents to me.”

Though Neu’s role has changed in the School District from a student to a teacher, opportunities continued to shower down on her. “When the state took over the school district I got scared,” Neu said. She was an itinerant music teacher at the time and taught music lessons at seven different schools.

As fortune would have it, a position opened at Masterman School. “I have never looked back,” Neu said. “Once again the School District of Philadelphia has helped me to find my voice.”

Music not only in the school district of Philadelphia but around the world gives students a sense of hope and belonging in an ever-changing society. “Music is used to heal, sooth, entertain and so much more,” Neu said. “So in many ways it is more important than calculus and chemistry even!”

Neu believes this to be true from experiencing hands on the neurological effects of music. “A few years back, I had a student with Asperger syndrome,” Neu said. “He had trouble communicating with the other students.” Neu recalls that music is what really got this student to open up. He learned how to play a number of woodwind instruments. “He composed a piece for the orchestra which we performed.”

The school district continues to face financial difficulties. Though the music program has been safe for a time, cuts will soon be made once again in the district, once again threatening the music and arts programs. “Nobody wants to cut a math or English teacher, god forbid,” Neu said. Many lesson teachers were cut last year due to the lack of budget for the school system. The increasingly declining funding makes it hard for schools to continue their programs.

“Due to budget cuts, teachers like me are forced to teach general music classes all day,” Neu said. “We serve more as prep teachers than the instrumental teachers we were hired to be.”

Reports from the National Endowment for the Arts also suggest that the lack of interest in music programs is responsible for the decline in schools. This could mean jobs in jeopardy.  The solution is simple to invested teachers like Neu. “No more charter schools,” Neu said. “We need more money to the Philly Schools where it belongs.”

Along with money there needs to be more interest and demand for music programs. Personal testimonies need to be told of how music programs have impacted their life. “We need a government that feels that public education is important and their responsibility,” Neu said.

Until then Neu, and other teachers will do everything they can to advocate music programs and its benefit to a student’s education. “ I am putting in time before and after school to teach lessons,” Neu said. “I love my kids and will keep on fighting for these kids to have what I had.”

With limited resources and little power one voice can only hope to be loud enough for someone somewhere to really listen. “Our school and my administrator value music,” Neu said, “but with bare bones budgets, they have to do what they have to do.”

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Persia selected as valedictorian and ready for big day

“I was scared little freshman Jen who didn’t want to go to college.”

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With graduation right around the corner, senior Jen Persia has been selected as the valedictorian for the class of 2014. (Amy Held/Staff Photographer)

Although Jen Persia, senior elementary and special education major and class of 2014 valedictorian, has had a successful four years at Cabrini, she certainly didn’t enter Cabrini as the same person she is today. She entered Cabrini – like many probably do – being nervous and scared and excited all at the same time. Throughout her time at Cabrini, she has gained more confidence in herself and in her future.

“I came to Cabrini for the education program but I wasn’t set on going anywhere,” Persia said. “It was just what I fell into. I’ve been given the opportunities and I think Cabrini has opened a lot of doors and when those doors are open, when you take advantage of them, a lot of people can succeed.”

And succeed she has. Persia has been an active member of Cabrini’s campus since her freshman year. She’s a member of LEADStrong, three different honor societies, active minds, and interfaith. In addition, she’s also cemented her place in Campus Ministry as a peer minister, SEARCH leader and participant and leader in multiple immersion trips.

“We are very proud to see Jen as the valedictorian,” the Rev. Carl Janicki, director of Campus Ministry, said. “I have worked with Jen for four years.  I have seen her grow and develop over these years.  She is a pleasure to serve with.  Jen has worked hard to come to know herself, develop her heart, and the courage it takes to follow one’s heart. Jen’s legacy for Campus Ministry has been one of growth and development.  Jen is a woman of faith who is determined to be inclusive, kind, and whose life exemplifies Cabrini’s Education of the Heart.”

“I think everything I’ve done, I’ve done through Campus Ministry. With being able to go to West Virginia and lead the trip to West Virginia, and go to Ecuador and now lead the trip to Ecuador and go to Mexico and Brazil as a representative for Cabrini at World Youth Day,” Persia said. “A lot of it has gone through Campus Ministry and it’s also been where I’ve been able to do the leadership part of it.”

As excited as Persia is about being valedictorian, she is still nervous.

“I’m excited because it’s a really big moment. I feel really confident in what’s written and with the help from Dr. Stretton, the final finished product is going to be really awesome,” Persia said. “The thing I’m most nervous about is that I want to feel like I’m representing the class really well and that’s what my hope is, but it also makes me nervous. I’m the one representing everybody so I just hope that I do it well and try to hit on things that people really enjoyed in their experience here.”

“I’m sad to leave Cabrini because it’s given me so many opportunities. I’m nervous because it means I have to find a job and I’m still looking for that,” Persia said.

Even with all of her experiences and successes, Persia still would have never guessed she would have been valedictorian. According to Persia, at the beginning of the semester, each of the qualified candidates received letters asking them if they’d be willing to go through the process of trying out to be valedictorian. After that, the candidates had to submit a resume of sorts of all of the things they’ve done at Cabrini, and then later they had to present to the Academic Board. The decision was made the night they all presented.

“Last year, I was watching Cathy Matta do it and I was like ‘that’s pretty cool, I’d like to try that,’ but I didn’t think I’d ever get that far,” Persia said.

It’s evident to both friends and faculty that Persia is more than deserving of being valedictorian.

“Jen is such a fitting representation of our senior class in so many ways. She’s an outstanding and committed student, involved in so many aspects of campus life from campus ministry to active minds and orientation, and a fantastic friend and a mentor to the underclassmen,” Robyn Suchy, senior philosophy and English double major, said. “Jen is the true representation of a Cabrini student doing extraordinary things.”

Suchy has been a friend of Persia since their freshmen year when they both met and became friends in the honors program. Persia stated that in addition to Campus Ministry, she considers some of her favorite memories the ones she created living in the Honors Living and Learning community her freshmen year. “Just looking back that’s where I meant a lot of the friends that I still have and whether we were doing tea parties with Dr. Skleder and Dr. Primiano or just hanging out, that’s where I met a lot of the people I was able to grow with,” Persia said. “But they’re also so different than me, there’s people that are brilliant science majors and people that work in communications, there are English majors who write twenty times better than me but I feel like we’ve all really helped each other grow.”

“Jen and I have been friends since freshman year. After having had the privilege of getting to know her over the past four years, I think she’s an amazing choice for valedictorian because she embodies what Cabrini is about,” Brandon Desiderio, senior communication major, said. “I’ve seen Jen’s dedication to service, both on campus and abroad, with my own eyes; I’ve encountered her spirituality through many talks we’ve had, whether late at night or in the classroom. And her solidarity with others – whether with her fellow students here on campus or with the kids of Ecuador – have truly inspired me to be a better person. Besides all of that, though, she’s hilarious and creative, which I think are increasingly important traits to have in today’s world.”

Looking back on her four years at Cabrini, Persia has noticed that she has grown into more of a leader and a generally more confident person. When asked if she had any advice for the underclassmen, Persia stated simply to not stress the little things.  “Just enjoy it and don’t stress the little things,” Persia said. “I know that this past month has been jam-packed with something every single weekend but I couldn’t say I didn’t enjoy a minute of it. I’ve enjoyed every minute of a jam-packed semester.”

In the end, although graduation is a scary thing, Persia is confident about what’s ahead, even though she’s not exactly sure what that is.

“Don’t be scared of what’s going to happen, because it’s all very positive things that are ahead and if you just open yourself up to people and places and things, you’ll go a lot further,” Persia said. “Which is also what I’m trying to do know, open up and not be scared of wherever I land.  It’s just a new step.”

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Dietrich keeps an eye on her passion through injuries

Tearing an ACL is an injury that ends most athletes’ careers. Some athletes call it quits but other take that long road to recovery to get back on the field.

Amber Dietrich is a freshman social work major who leads the team with 7 homeruns and is batting .422. (Amy Held/Staff Photographer)
Amber Dietrich is a freshman social work major who leads the team with 7 homeruns and is batting .422. (Amy Held/Staff Photographer)

Cabrini softball’s left fielder, Amber Dietrich, tore her ACL in the first week into her senior year field hockey season. Dietrich continues to get back on the field to never lose sight of what she loves to do.

“I’ve been playing since I was five,” Dietrich said. “I played baseball first then softball.”

Amber did not play travel softball until she was 11 and she joined the team Hamilton Hurricanes out of Hamilton, N.J.

After just one year of being on the Hurricanes, Dietrich and her team won the Babe Ruth World Series at the age of 12.

She stayed with the team until it folded when she was 16.

Her entire time since she had been playing she batted on the right side of the plate.  Going into her sophomore year of high school she switched to the left side of the plate.

“I batted .450 and then was out until April of my junior year because of my knee,” Dietrich said.

Dietrich never thought of playing softball in college originally.

“I chose academics first. Cabrini had my major,” Dietrich said. “I chose that in September and a week after I decided to came to Cabrini, I blew out my ACL.”

Dietrich is freshman at Cabrini majoring in social work and is from Trenton, N.J.

“I was in contact with the coach,” Dietrich said. “The fact he wanted me on the team was my motivation to get better.”

After making the team this spring, Dietrich switched back over to the right side of the plate.

“I was nervous because I haven’t batted righty since my sophomore year in high school,” Dietrich said. “But coach Kline let me.”

Amber has started 20 games in left field for the Cavs and is currently batting .426, 16 RBIs, and leads the team in homeruns with five.

“I’m currently in the process of going abroad to play softball,” Dietrich said.

Dietrich is looking to play overseas during her college career either next winter or summer in Prong or Guatemala.

“Being involved [at Cabrini] has really helped me grow as a leader,” Dietrich said.

Amber is part is part of the honors program, secretary of the Student Government Association, helps organize the intramural leagues, works in faculty support and has recently become a student ambassador.

“Amber is a very driven individual on and off the field,” teammate and fellow outfielder, Lea Enoch said.  “She is an honor student, plus she is heavily involved in our school which I can imagine would be very difficult, but Amber seems to juggle everything very smoothly without a problem.”

Amber has a very organize and structures schedule. Her day starts at nine in the morning, class until one, work 1-3 then practice till 6:30 p.m. Then dinner, homework and bed, then repeat that Monday through Friday.

“It seems like everyone knows Amber because she’s has such a good attitude and personality,” junior teammate Becca Miles said. “She is always smiling at practice and making others smile too.”

Dietrich’s motivation is giving back by being involved in her local community and politics in her home town.  In Hamilton, she assists her mayor in her political campaigns and is part of a Breast Cancer organization taking position on their panel.

Dietrich wants to follow her passion and work with kids.

“I want to work with kids with hard lives,” Dietrich said, “I want to work with local organizations like the YMCA in recreational therapy to prevent kids from going down the wrong path.”

“I know a lot of people who lost interest in what they love to do and took the wrong path so I want to help stop that from happening because I’ve seen it happen to so many people before.”

Amber is thankful for her opportunity to come to Cabrini and play softball even with the obstacles in the way she has taken this opportunity to grow as a leader.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without the support from my friends and family,” Dietrich said.

“When I blew out my knee, I was out of commission for seven months. I don’t think I would be able to be here or where I am right now without any of them.”

Deb Takes’ year as president of Cabrini

In this story on Deb Takes’ year as acting president in the April 24, 2014 edition, the article stated the selection process incorrectly. Marie George neither contacted nor chose Takes as president.  The hiring of the president is strictly the board’s purview. This story has been edited to reflect the correction on April 29, 2014. Loquitur regrets the error.

“It’s been one of the most interesting years of my career. It’s a really happy place to work. I just love the people.” After graciously serving as Cabrini’s interim president starting in July of 2013, Deb Takes will be stepping down on June 30 and will be succeeded by Dr. Don Taylor.

Deb Takes working in her suite in the Mansion. (Cassandra Phipps / Staff Photographer)
Deb Takes working in her suite in the Mansion. (Cassandra Phipps / Staff Photographer)

As a former member of the board of trustees, Takes was only familiar with the other members as well as those who served on the different committees she worked with. Coming into her term as interim president, Takes involved herself in as many campus activities as she could. In doing so, she has not only made herself known across campus but has become someone cherished by the Cabrini community.

“There’s so much that I want to be a part of with all of the dinners and honors society inductions and concerts. It’s a very vital place.”

Throughout the past year, Takes has been involved in numerous events around campus. The fall convocation, the Christmas tree lighting, the Lenten Lectures and a few other speakers are just a small amount of the activities that have become everlasting memories for her.

When asked what her fondest memory here has been, Takes said, “Just working with the people [she’s] met and working with the people [she’s] had the privilege to work with.”

Beginning in 1986, Takes’ career at Cabrini started through her position as an adjunct professor under the communication department teaching advertising, advanced advertising case studies and advertising copy writing. This lasted for about 10 years when she stated that the department was moving on and the classes had simply run their course. This then opened up the opportunity for her to continue her own education and earn her master’s degree in management.

In 2000, former president Dr. Antoinette Iadarola then made an unexpected phone call to Takes asking her if she would serve on the board of trustees. She happily accepted the position and served until 2013 where she ended her two year term as chair and went into retirement.

In July 2013, the college community was given a surprise as President Marie George resigned from her position. The board of trustees selected Takes. “I committed to do 18 months if they needed me,” Takes said in a recent interview.

When asked what she feels was the reason behind George’s choosing her she said, “I think because I had been here for such a long time I was probably one of the five people that had been here that long. I had been really involved in almost every committee. I knew all the people and I knew the college and I had a business background.”

With that, Takes then took on the role as interim and has had, as she describes, one of the “most interesting years” of her career.

Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, Takes was unable to extend her term past the 18 months that she had committed to. “It was a difficult decision to not stay longer but it was the right thing for my life.” The reason the interim position fit so well was the combination of her retired status and experience with the college as well as the fact that she simply had the time.

Now that the national presidential search has concluded and the college prepares for the term of Taylor, Takes was able to reflect on her past year at Cabrini and what she is looking towards in her near future.

Takes currently owns a home in Florida where she has been taking care of her mother. Once her time at Cabrini concludes, Takes plan on going back into retirement and spending the summer relaxing and traveling and eventually going back to Florida in October.

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347 days later – Eric Bascelli revisited

347 days, 26 weeks of chemo and a 20 pound daughter that can be lifted by her father again.

After being diagnosed with stage three esophageal cancer on Dec. 18, 2012, Eric Bascelli finally received the news that he is cancer free on Nov. 29, 2013.

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Bascelli and daughter at a Phillies spring training game in Clearwater, Florida. (Eric Bascelli/Submitted Photo)

April 1, 2013, Bascelli went under the knife having an Ivor Lewis Esophagectomey. The surgery took out half of his stomach and esophagus. It took about two months for Bascelli to be able to do anything.

“The first month after surgery, I could get up and walk around, but I couldn’t lift my daughter who is 20 pounds,” Bascelli said.

The second month Bascelli was finally able to pick up his daughter, because he had recovered enough that he was in rehab, but was still going through chemo treatments.

“I had 29 years of eating how I want to eat, and they take half of my stomach out and expect me to eat a certain way, and my body still wants to eat like it used to,” Bascelli said.

After hitting an all-time low weight of 155 pounds, Eric has almost gained 30 pounds back and is now back to his normal weight.

“People ask me how I look so good after 26 weeks of chemo,” Bascelli said. “The best way I can describe it is a lot of people train for football season, a marathon or a test, something that they are training for they have to practice at it.”

Eric would bring his IV and chemo treatments with him to the gym and exercise as much as he could, when he could.

“So I could do what I needed to do to be myself a little bit I guess,” Bascelli said.  “I was really training to be normal again. Three times a week to the gym, and I would feel good when I left, I felt like I beat cancer that day.”

Prior to the surgery, Eric and his family won a trip to Disney courtesy of The For Pete’s Sake Foundation.

“The trip was great!” Bascelli said. “We were in Disney for a week! It was just what we needed at the time.”

Bascelli and family in Walt Disney World. (Eric Bascelli/Submitted Photo)
Bascelli and family in Walt Disney World. (Eric Bascelli/Submitted Photo)

The Bascelli family was given a house with four bedrooms, a pool, and everything was already set up when they got there, all they needed to get was food.

Bascelli and his family were also given tickets to every amusement park and one day they even got a chance to see the Phillies take on the Braves in spring training.

“I was out of work for a year, so I wasn’t making a ton of money,” Bascelli said. “Jen [Bascelli's fiancé] is going to school to be a nurse so she’s not working just yet.”

Eric accumulated over one million dollars in hospital bills over his time of being sick. Cabrini College kept Bascelli employed so that he could keep his health benefits.

“I would really like to thank my department for the support,” Bascelli said. “Even through the layoffs and everything they let me keep my job which was so important because if I lost it, that would have wrecked me.”

This helped the Bascelli family resume life without skipping a beat. Bascelli’s insurance covered most of the hospital bills and home mortgage.

“We live comfortably still and I attribute getting better to that,” Bascelli said. “If I had to worry about losing the house, how to pay the bills and how to put food on the table it would have been a big load of stress, and it was a huge key to me getting better.”

Jay Unger, Mike Cerceo, Larry Stauffer, Dawn Barnett and Howard Holden supported Eric through his time out while he was going though treatment.

“Things may have been a little different,” Bascelli said. “The guys that I work with everyday contributed a lot of money and time and their efforts and I’m extremely grateful for what they have done to help me get back on my feet.”

Bascelli, 29 years old came back to work at Cabrini on Sept. 30 which was just 14 days after his last day of chemo treatments.

“It was a little weird the first few days back, it was a lot of talking and curiosity and all eyes on me, I couldn’t get any work done,” Bascelli said. “After the first couple of days, things started feeling normal again, and I got my hands dirty, and it feels good to get your hands dirty when you haven’t for nine months.”

On March 17 Bascelli got his chemo port and he continues to give back in any way that he can to the people that helped him through his time of being sick.

“People are often still sick and there are a lot of obstacles that they have to face,” Bascelli said.  “I still have obstacles, but nothing that inhibits me that much. They want me to talk I guess to give my secret to success.”

Bascelli continues to help other people who are going through the same thing he did by working with the For Pete’s Sake Foundation. Bascelli guest speaks at the University of Pennsylvania and functions for cancer survivors on behalf of the foundation.

Montana spins dials

Montana Bray – from fitness to music to graduation

I’ve seen Montana around – we’ve met a time or two at a party or friend’s place, but it wasn’t until interviewing him that I was able to gain a sense of his ambition.

Montana mixing music. (Amy Held/Staff Photographer)
Montana mixing music. (Amy Held/Staff Photographer)

Montana Bray is graduating this May with a degree in exercise science and health promotion, but his college experience has not been the typical four-year plan.  He started college in 2008 at age 15, after a “gifted children” program allowed him to finish high school early, and has studied and transferred from seven different schools before calling Cabrini his home.  With graduation less than two months away, he already has three job offers, all in his desired field.  Not something many students these days can say prior to graduating.

Apart from his passion for fitness, he loves music.  After he’s finished school Montana plans to split time between his offered jobs and taking audio engineering classes so he can learn to produce music professionally.  Many people on campus are familiar with Montana’s musical interests and know he DJ’s as Monty B, playing parties and putting up remixes and original tracks to his Sound Cloud page, and like everything else he does, he has big plans for his music dreams.  Over the coming years he wants to put out more of his own material and eventually be someone that his classmates will be buying tickets to go see.

“I dream big, but I don’t give up easily and don’t mind working hard for something I really am passionate about,” he says.

He’s been making good use of his time left at Cabrini.  Currently, Montana spends his days at his internship, working at a local gym, and keeping up with his studies. He enjoys being a member of Alpha Delta Gamma, the college’s fraternity, and participating in community service and fundraisers.  When he’s not busy with work or school related activities you can find him at a club or a concert.

Sad to see his college-life and his time at Cabrini come to an end, Montana wishes his friends all the best in their remaining schoolwork and in life.

Bray has the whole setup in his dorm room. (Amy Held/Staff Photographer)
Bray has the whole setup in his dorm room. (Amy Held/Staff Photographer)

It’s sure a bright and busy future ahead for him as he gets to work on both his professional and musical careers, and even dips his hand in a few entrepreneurial interests as well.  One of which is an invention that he is currently in the works of getting patented.  And although he couldn’t go into specifics of what it is, you may be seeing it in a Spencer’s Gifts in the coming years.

So whether he’s headlining music festivals as Monty B, the next celebrity personal trainer, or coming up with next years hot, new product, I’m sure we can expect something big out of Montana in the future.

Act now! Stand tall! Childhood obesity!

Previous article: Bullied:Two stories

“I was bullied,” Isabella said.

Isabella was bullied due to her weight.

Isabella DiGiacomo, a sophomore at Harriton High School, suffered from the beginning of her kindergarten term till the end of her eighth grade year. Bullying was her enemy. “It was difficult waking up in the morning,” Isabella said. “I was fearful of going to school, and worrying about being bullied.”

 

Today:

“I am no longer being bullied,” Isabella said.

Being bullied is still a fear in Isabella’s mind. “I still worry sometimes when attending school that I will get bullied because of my weight,” Isabella said.  “I try and not let it affect me.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe in the screening of the BMI (Body Mass Index) to determine whether or not a child is overweight. If a child falls in the 85th-95th percentile that means they are at risk for being overweight. If children fall equal to or greater than in the 95th percentile they are considered overweight.

“Do I think the test should still be administered?” Isabella asked. “Yes, a child, teenager, adult, whoever, needs to know no matter how much it hurts.

There are a multitude of factors that play a role as to how children become overweight. “Screen time and electronics,” Dr. Maria Elena Hallion said.

Hallion has a doctorate in Health Education from Temple University and is a professor of exercise science and health promotion at Cabrini College. In 2011 Hallion took a sabbatical where she worked for four months in Dupont Children’s hosptial weight management clinic.

“During that time I worked with the pediatricians and exercise physiologists,” Hallion said. “It was centered towards family weight management.”

She worked with over 100 children and their families towards complete family involvement.

“Everyday tasks are easier and take less time,” junior exercise science and health promotion major Amanda Vogel said. “How many people make an effort to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise every day?”

“My parents have been and are currently completely involved in helping me to get healthier,” Isabella said. “But I’ve taken it upon myself to eat the right foods and exercise on a daily basis.”

“I’ve been riding horses since I was four years old,” Isabella said. “One of my passions and one of the physical activities I do every week to stay active.”

“So far I’ve lost 12 pounds.”

Getting active is one of the first steps to getting healthy. Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign centers around five simple steps: Learn the facts, eat healthy, get active, take action and join the Let’s Move campaign.

Hallion created an ECG 300 course that focuses around childhood obesity while integrating social justice. “Let’s Feed Kids Well” is as also a part of the course, a play on words from the Let’s Move Campaign, which is as well a part of the course.

“We have done numerous amounts of research,” junior elementary education and special ed major Megan Decker said. “We have also heard from local speakers on the issue of childhood obesity.” 

A majority of obese children continue to stay obese into adulthood. According to the recently published New York Times article “Obesity rate for young children plummets 43% in a decade”  Children who continue to stay obese will have a harder time as they get older and are at higher risks for heart disease, strokes and other problems.

“I feel as though many children lack the prior knowledge of the importance of dietary selections,” Vogel said. 

But recently statistics show there has been a 43 percent drop in children between the ages of two and five. With this new found evidence it’s been stated that children as young as these ages are turning the corner from the current obesity epidemic.

“Children who become obese when they are young and continue to be obese throughout adulthood probably didn’t know what it was like to live a healthy lifestyle,” Decker said. “Unfortunately these children got into bad, unhealthy habits that they could not get out of.”

According to the New York Times it’s uncertain as to why the drop in rates in young children. But evidence shows that children are consuming less calories from sugary drinks;  families have been buying lower calories foods.

There has also been a small drop in obesity within low-income families. “Lower quality foods tend to be less expensive,” Hallion said. “When a family has a tight budget there is a tendency to buy more calories for the money and these are often lower quality,” documented in the literature and documentaries from “A place at the table.”

Roughly 93 million Americans are affected by obesity. It’s been estimated that, that number will climb to about 120 million Americans in the next five years according to the Obesity Action Coalition.

Action starts now! Become your own advocate. “It took time, but I’ve become my own advocate,” Isabella said.

“It’s always been a necessity for me to lose weight and get healthy,” Isabella said.  “I was too lazy.”

“No one can make you do it. No one can force you to lose weight. Only you can do it, and the day you decide to do it is up to you,” Isabella said. “It may be too late, it may be the perfect time, it all depends on when it clicks in your mind that you need to do it.”

Isabella with sister Jennarose and mother Paula at a recent baby shower
Isabella with sister Jennarose and mother Paula at a recent baby shower

 

Cradles to Crayons – Quality and Dignity for children in need

 

Some of the storage bins at the Cradles to Crayons facility. (Jessica Paradysz/Asst. Lifestyles Editor)

A donation from a non-profit changed a homeless woman’s life. During a conference for Cradles to Crayons, the members of the team received a coincidental surprise. A woman walked up to the executive director, Michal Smith, and thanked her for the kid packages the organization sent. The woman, who explained that she was living in a homeless shelter with her two children a year before, was able to reform her life. She is currently an employee at the convention center and has a home with her children. The packs were a beacon of hope during a dark and trying time.

“We don’t hear all of the stories,” Maureen Sacaro, development manager, said, “But we know that there are thousands of other people like that who are just going through a difficult time and they deserve the help they need to get back on their feet.”

Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization located in Conshohocken, provides new and gently used clothing and items for those in need, free of charge, in the five county area. The 16,500 square foot and aptly named “giving factory” is full of brightly colored bags brimming with clothing. The warehouse is immaculately organized, with separate sections for clothing, toys, infant supplies, books and diapers.  The factory is filled with volunteers working diligently at stations, smiling with co-workers and placing the perfect outfits together.

Sacaro, explains that the motto of the organization is “quality equals dignity,” which is blazoned across signs around the warehouse. She explains that all of the materials are carefully inspected before chosen to be sent in packages for deserving children in the area.

“We are really focused on ensuring that we send items that are of high quality,” Sacaro said. “Because it affirms their dignity as people.”

Volunteers must consider if they would give the toys, clothes or books to their own children or children they care for. This careful, loving approach guarantees that all children receive quality items. Volunteers from Norristown High School gathered one morning to carefully clean shoe donations, label the shoes with tags, and place them in corresponding, brightly-colored bins.

17,000 people volunteer their time every month at the warehouse. Cradles to Crayons runs approximately 1,000 collections a year.

Some of the items children receive. (Jessica Paradysz/Asst. Lifestyles Editor)
Some of the items children receive. (Jessica Paradysz/Asst. Lifestyles Editor)

The organization operates through donations and in correspondence with 240 human service organizations, including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Abington, after-school programs, immigrant, refugee and domestic violence victims, homeless shelters and temporary housing organizations. Volunteers range from ages 6-96, and include local corporations, schools and individuals.

As a non-profit, Cradles to Crayons does not receive government funding. However, economic issues and government cuts increase the need in the region.

Poverty is primarily considered an inner-city problem, yet Sacaro explains the situation expands to a suburban issue.

She added that poverty is often “invisible,” concealed by families on the outskirts of the city who are suffering from the recession, but are often overlooked.

“Part of our mission is to engage and connect communities that have with communities that need,” Sacaro said.

According to Sacaro, the sheer amount of need for items significantly increases. “The need is prevalent in the Philadelphia area…the need for our services goes up because people are struggling,” Sacaro said.

Congress voted on the Farm Bill and included $8.6 billion cut to SNAP, formally known as food stamps on Jan. 29.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities site, the cut is the equivalent to 16 meals per month following the cost of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s “Thrifty Food Plan.”

Eighty percent of households that rely on SNAP benefits are living below the poverty line.

“If you are struggling to pay for food then you might not be able to afford school supplies or a warm coat for your child,” Sacaro said. “That’s not a choice that any child should have to make.”

In 2013, 20,723 children’s packs were created, an overwhelming increase from the 15,665 created the previous year.

Bundles ready to be sorted through for individual packaging. (Jessica Paradysz/Asst. Lifestyles Editor)
Bundles ready to be sorted through for individual packaging. (Jessica Paradysz/Asst. Lifestyles Editor)

The kid packs are carefully selected by the volunteers in accordance to the standards of the organization. Volunteers locate a form with the child’s name and “shop” around the factory to find all of the requested items, from spring outfits, books and toys. The service is free for families and there is no limit on requests.

In addition to basic necessities, the non-profit donates high-quality school supplies year-round.

Ideally, school is a safe and inviting setting where children can grow and thrive. Unfortunately, many children do not have the resources to afford school supplies to succeed in school.

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth reports that nearly two thirds of all homeless adults did not receive a high school degree or GED.

U.S. public schools enrolled 1,168,354 children and youth experiencing homelessness during the 2011-2012 school year, up ten percent from the 2010-2011 total of 1,065,794, according to the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.

Cradles to Crayons supports an annual event at Lincoln Financial Field where the football stadium transforms into a massive assembly line where volunteers fill backpacks with new notebooks, pencils and an encouraging note for the recipient.

Sacaro recounts that the organization heard the story of a boy who was so thrilled to start kindergarten that he slept next to his new backpack. The backpack is an object of hope and security for the future.

The “backpackathon” event, which occurs in August is not the only chance where children in the area can receive school supplies as Cradles to Crayons, donates all year round.

Most children do not have access to books in low-income households, Sacaro explains. Books open up an entirely new fantasy world to the children, who will be introduced to lovable characters, whimsical situation and the beauty of words.

Education is vital for a child’s future and for breaking the vicious cycle of poverty.

The organization also donates packages of new children’s books, which are selected and wrapped in shiny pink and blue ribbons. Cradles to Crayons aims to send books to all of the children in order to cultivate a love of reading and literature.

“Books in combination with high quality school supplies help kids go to school prepared and continue learning outside the classroom,” Sacaro said.

Volunteers and staff work tirelessly to meet the needs of the community and send packages to social workers within 3-5 days of the original request.

Diane Garvin, champion volunteer at Cradles to Crayons, joined the non-profit four and a half years ago. Garvin primarily works in the infant section, choosing adorable outfits and striving for an organized and efficient work station.

Licensed social workers distribute the packages to children in need. Therefore, the volunteers do not see first-hand how the children have been helped. The spirited volunteers form a connection with the children, the epitome of the non-profit’s “quality=dignity” mantra.

“When packing the bags I often think about the person who is opening the bag and think that they will be surprised and delighted for what we packed for the children,” Garvin said.

Garvin explains that the request form with the child’s name and age printed across can help volunteers connect with the child they are helping.

“Even if it’s people you’re not going to meet, you still care about them. That’s what Cradles is all about,” Sacaro said. “This warehouse is an overwhelmingly positive environment. Even though there are a lot of tough situations out there and a lot of suffering Cradles is a nice place to come and be reminded that people are good.”

Dr. Donald Taylor and the Cabrini promise

You’re going to hear Dr. Donald Taylor talk a lot about the Cabrini promise.

Dr. Donald Taylor during the Brownie Social, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (Noelle DiCioccio/Staff Photographer)
Dr. Donald Taylor during the Brownie Social, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (Noelle DiCioccio/Staff Photographer)

“The promise is going to be, from a retention standpoint, a Cabrini student is a Cabrini student for life. So from the time that we recruit you, we’re going to recruit a very diverse student population – we’re going to mentor, retain, educate and graduate those students,” Dr. Taylor said. “And then our promise is going to be that the students – when they graduate – that their experience was so transformative in their lives that they want to be the best ambassadors for Cabrini.”

And Taylor is ready. Ready to take on a challenge, ready to move Cabrini College to the next level, and ready to do something extraordinary.

“I know where Cabrini needs to move to really reach the next level and really excel in the next 10 years, so I’m excited. I’m ready to start, July 1st,” Dr. Donald Taylor, Cabrini’s eighth and first male president, said. Taylor was on campus last week for a few days and will visit campus every month until his family moves here in mid-June and he officially starts his position July 1.

Taylor is originally from Tennessee and, along with his wife, is a first generation student. Taylor grew up in a hardworking family, however, education wasn’t something that was a priority. Part of what attracted Taylor to Cabrini was the mission of the school and the students it serves. “So institutions like Cabrini and the mission of Cabrini resonates with me because of the mission that we’re serving immigrants, first generation students, you know, middle class, broad, diverse, low-income students and to provide them those opportunities because I know the value of education and what doors education or degrees opened for both myself and my wife,” Taylor, who received his undergraduate degree in secondary education and received his PhD in cell and molecular biology/biochemistry, said.

Taylor has a great amount of experience in the education field teaching both public and private high schools and having jobs in administrative offices and admissions offices. “I always felt that if I had an opportunity at some point in a latter part of my career, I wanted to have an opportunity to kind of come full circle and lead an institution and give back the way that people made opportunities for us,” Taylor said.

This idea of coming full circle led Taylor to a very successful 22-year run at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. Throughout his time at Benedictine, Taylor was a full time professor and department chair. The school decided to reorganize and launch a college of science and Taylor was appointed by the Board of Trustees to be the initial dean of the college of science.

During the last six years, however, is where things really took off at Benedictine. “We built a major adult education college and an adult online division for working adults. And now Benedictine is one of the leading providers, along with DePaul, for adult education in all of Illinois for part time working adults in education, business, leadership [and] healthcare,” Dr. Taylor said. “Then we launched a major international program with a focus in Asia. So we have six partnering universities in China and two partnering universities in Vietnam.”

In addition, Taylor introduced two branch campuses; one in Springfield Ill., and the other in Mesa, Ariz. Dr. Taylor feels that all of his hard work at Benedictine has prepared him for his time at Cabrini. “I’ve spent 22 years are Benedictine, loved every single day, fabulous, fabulous experience. But now it’s kind of come full circle,” Dr. Taylor said. “A lot of what I’ve done in the past four years with those two branch campuses has really been the work more of a president. So I think I’ve had really good preparation.”

Not only does Taylor feel prepared for his new role as president, but he also feels at home at Cabrini. He knew a few colleagues – one of whom is Eboo Patel, the keynote speaker at Cabrini Day 2013 – who know Cabrini and they said this school would fit him perfectly. “So it’s a great fit, it feels very familiar,” Taylor said. “When I talk to people here, I walk the campus, I close my eyes, it feels like home. So it fit like a glove because I could literally see so many similarities of my own current institution for the past 22 years here. So it doesn’t feel like something new, it feels just like home.”

When asked about the plans to make Cabrini a first choice school and push it to where it needs to be, Dr. Taylor spoke about many ideas. “One, we want to try to keep it as affordable as we can, I want to increase fundraising efforts for student scholarships and for financial aid,” Dr. Taylor said. “I want 100% of all students to – when they graduate – to participate in multiple, high-impact learning practices. So learning communities, internships, practicum, undergraduate research, study abroad, study in the local service learning projects – multiple.”

Furthermore, Taylor wants to focus on retention and student engagement. “I want to significantly increase the retention rate, the graduation rate. One of the ways that you do that is you really focus on things that matter to the students that really help push the boundaries on student engagement. So the research shows that the more your students are engaged and feel that they’re a part of your community, then the more likely that they’re going to succeed,” Taylor said. “So a lot of it is focusing on the student experience, the student engagement, student immersion – you know, making sure we’re using technology effectively for learning.”

“I have tons and tons of ideas, I’m an idea-innovation person. So part of it is I have to listen to the faculty and listen to the students and do the environmental scan to see what are the right opportunities,” Taylor said. “But my record has been both as a chair, as a dean, as a provost, we’re always adding and building new programs and new partnerships every year.”

Taylor also spoke about the importance of being able to define Cabrini from the many other Catholic colleges in Pennsylvania. “What I’ve shared with the faculty and what I’ll continue to share with them is that Cabrini has to do two things; one, it has to define its values and differentiate itself from Rosemont, Immaculata – you know, we have to define who it is we are, where we’re we going, what it is that’s unique about this experience and then second, we have to constantly be architects, we have to constantly be building programs, partnerships, etc.,” Taylor said.

Although Taylor is aware of the challenge ahead, he is also aware of the excitement coming from the staff, faculty and students. When asked where he would like to see Cabrini in ten years, he answered without a moment of hesitation. “Absolutely the most entrepreneurial, innovative, affordable, assessable, offering of liberal education in the entire Philadelphia area. Period. Cabrini Promise, that’s it, that’s where we’re going to be.”

A close up of some of the pictures from Swaziland. (Joey Rettino/Asst. News Editor)

Swazi Crafts for Care

Both members of Cabrini and supporters from off campus attended the Swaziland Children Photo Gallery event, to benefit the children in Swaziland.

On the evening of Thursday, March 20, the class, ECG 200: People, Planet and Profit, presented a photo gallery in the Cabrini Mansion’s dining room, where the for-sale photos were to raise money for the children who were both in pictures and, in some cases, took the pictures themselves.

The Swaziland Crafts for Care photo gallery. (Joey Rettino/Asst. News Editor)
The Swaziland Crafts for Care photo gallery. (Joey Rettino/Asst. News Editor)

The event, which hosted over 60 people, raised nearly $650, on the evening alone, not counting the orders placed to be paid on a future date.

The class, which is co-taught by Prof. Anne Servey and Dr. Erin McLaughlin, divided the ECG class into four different groups, one of them being Swazi Crafts for Care, the group that orchestrated the event.

The four person group, which included Drew Krewson, sophomore communication major, Rachel Rossi, junior accounting major, Katie Kelly, sophomore accounting major, Valeri DiCarlo, sophomore social work major, and Jasmine Rivera, sophomore social work major, has been working on the photo gallery since the beginning of the spring 2014 semester.

“We worked really hard to put the event together,” DiCarlo said. “I’m really impressed and proud about the turn out of the night.”

Swazi Crafts for Care is not just the name of the ECG 200 group, but also a business, which was born out of Dr. McLaughlin’s first visit to Swaziland, nearly four years ago. It has been merged with the class for three years now and has both changed and grown tremendously over the years, according to McLaughlin.

A major change occurred last year, when children from Swaziland visited Cabrini and asked for some of the funding to be funneled towards the kids who were “aging out” of the orphanages to help them create business and education opportunities for themselves.

While it is only the first year of having this event, the photo gallery will not have sophomore occurrence. “In the future we will be incorporating the photos into a book, which will include poems that have been written by the children,” McLaughlin said. “We are going to continue the evolution of the cause.”

Champion of the poor is Ivy Young Willis Honoree

Immigration reform needs to be addressed and accepted. Sister Simone Campbell stresses the importance of accepting immigrants into our community.

“We in the United States have not accepted responsibility for passing out global hope,” Campbell said. “We the people of the United States need to form a more perfect union.” As Campbell addressed the audience she referred to the idea that the United States has portrayed itself as a place of new beginnings. Unfortunately, we as a broken nation have not lived up to that standard. Sister Simone Campbell has been serving as Executive Director of NETWORK in Washington, D.C since 2004. NETWORK works as a Catholic leader to educate, lobby and organize for economic and social transformation. As a voice within the Catholic community the organization strives to influence Congress. For over 40 years NETWORK has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice.

Sister Simone Campbell receiving the 2014 Ivy Young Willis Award, Thursday, March 13th, 2014. (Amber Marshall/Photo Editor)
Sister Simone Campbell receiving the 2014 Ivy Young Willis Award, Thursday, March 13th, 2014. (Amber Marshall/Photo Editor)

As a religious member of Sisters of Social Service (SSS) she is looked up to as a leader within the community. Not only is she a strong religious leader, she is also an attorney and author with a lot of experience in public policy who advocates to the government for change. Campbell lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare, and economic justice.

A large portion of Campbell’s lobbying campaign is currently recognized as “Nuns on the Bus.” The 2012 campaign consisted of a nine-state tour, which disputed proposed budget cuts to federal safety-net programs. Campbell led another “Nuns on the Bus” trip in 2013, this time focusing on comprehensive immigration reform. From these experiences came her soon-to-be released book cleverly titled “A Nun on the Bus” which is to be released on April 15.

Campbell is a leading activist on a variety of issues and has made many different types of appearances. She has not only stood before Congress lobbing, she has spread her message through television programs such as “60 Minutes,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.”

Her voice has been heard and earned her great honor in many communities. Cabrini College recognizes her ambition and determination to seek change within the world. Due to her hard work and dedication Campbell was able to humbly accept The Ivy Young Willis Award on March 13. William G. Willis created the award in 1992 to honor his late wife. The award is a combination of his wife’s involvement in the League of Women Voters and the World Affairs Council and his interest in political science.

Interim President Deb Takes, Sister Simone Campbell, and Dr. Darryl Mace. (Amber Marshall/Photo Editor)
Interim President Deb Takes, Sister Simone Campbell, and Dr. Darryl Mace. (Amber Marshall/Photo Editor)

Centered at Cabrini College the Ivy Young Willis Award is awarded to a women who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of public affairs. In accepting the award Campbell shared some her experiences that lead to this great honor. She stressed the importance of speaking up. “Use your power, use your voice,” Campbell said. As she spoke about the importance of immigration reform she addressed the image we have created of the United States, “the American dream.” Immigrants come here expecting the chance to succeed, yet we do not open our communities to them. “We in the United States have not accepted responsibility for passing out global hope,” Campbell said “we the people of the United States need to form a more perfect union.”

Within advocating for immigration reform Campbell is supporting the improvement of life for the 100 percent. She feels that success in this area will be beneficial for the United States as a whole. “They are in our community, in churches and in schools; hidden in the shadows yet woven into our community,” Campbell said. It is at this time that we recognize that immigrants are here. Here for the hope of a better life for themselves and their children, “the American dream.” Now is the time to open our hearts and advocate to our Congress the importance of immigration reform, an issue that has no quick fix. Campbell dreams of breaking hearts, breaking hearts means creating more acceptance for immigrants in the United States.

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Cabrini set to raise tuition, room and board

Cabrini has recently announced an increase in the costs of tuition and room and board. Effective for the 2014-2015 academic year, the undergraduate tuition and fees will increase $842, a 2.9 percent increase, to $29,842. The average room and board costs will go up by $167, a 1.4 percent increase, to $12,026. Students and their families received letters about these increases early in the spring semester. The letter stated that these “modest increases are necessary to keep pace with our costs.”

According to Gene Castellano, vice president for advancement and external relations, a small, private college (like Cabrini) has the bulk of revenue running from tuition, student fees and room and board. At Cabrini, tuition and fees cover roughly 80 percent of the costs of operating the college while, on the spending side, 60 percent of the total revenue is spent on students. The revenue being spent on students includes financial aid, which 98 percent of Cabrini students receive (roughly $20 million), instruction (roughly $12 million) and student services (roughly $10.5 million).

Compared to other schools in the area, the increase at Cabrini does seem modest. Tuition at Immaculata University is $32,000, according to their website. Rosemont College’s tuition, which was increase two percent, is $30,950 while tuition at Chesnut Hill College is $32,235, increased by three percent.

One of the major differentiators among these local colleges and universities and Cabrini is that not all include tuition and fees in one. According to Chestnut Hill College’s website, their tuition is $31,930 for the 2014-2015 academic year; however, that does not include an additional fee of $305. “Between academic year 11-12 and academic year 12-13 (between May 2012 and May 2013), in the country the average tuition of a four-year private school increased by 5.5 percent,” Castellano said. “That was the same time that Cabrini reduced tuition by 12.5 percent. That’s when the school made the big difference—people were still making these big increases and we said ‘that’s enough.’”

So then how is this increase of 2.9 percent determined? According to Castellano, the budgets on the expense and revenue side are proposed, which then goes to the chief financial officer (CFO) who develops a budget from there. It is then submitted to the board. “The board sees it at one meeting and they vote on it the next meeting,” Castellano said. “The board is the actual body that sets the tuition and it has to be so that it’s proper for the entire budget for the college.”

Students who have transferred out of Cabrini have also mentioned how the cost was one of the reasons they chose to transfer.

“It’s up to Cabrini to realize the point to which its education remains important in financial terms and then rethink how to maintain the importance while lessening the financial burden,” Brandon Desiderio, senior communication major, said. “…It’s not just about getting a piece of paper in the end, or it shouldn’t be thus, the liberal arts schools –and that’s really where Cabrini’s unique mission and vision does come into play.”

Also mentioned in the letter was how Cabrini’s “food costs increased by more than four percent last year,” Cabrini didn’t increase student’s room and board fees so the costs were not passed along to students. This increase comes in part from the increase in the consumer price index (CPI).

Part of this tuition increase is just a matter of balancing the books, according to Castellano. There will also be a new position coming to the college within the Center for Career and Professional Development. This new position will offer help to students to find jobs after graduation. The letter stated, “95 percent of Cabrini students are employed or in graduate school 10 months after graduation.” This new position will help students in that area.

Then how will this increase affect students the most? Well, until the FAFSA is filled out for the next academic year, it is hard to tell how much each student will be impacted. According to Castellano, two-thirds of students live on campus. This increase will be hitting the students both in the area of tuition and fees and room and board.

“I feel like the tuition increase affects so many college students and their family as well because now it is even harder for us pay it off than it was before and even for our loans it costs more,” Christina McCullough, freshman double major in criminology and psychology, said. “For some of us or even most of us, our parents are the ones paying for our college tuition and possibly some of the jobs they have are not well-paying so it also makes it more difficult for them.”

This increase is coming before the college’s affordability plan is set to end. Announced in October 2011, the affordability plan included a cap on tuition of $30,000 “to keep the school affordable for the middle-class families [Cabrini] tends to serve,” Castellano said. This affordability plan also decreased the tuition and fees from $33,176 to $29,000 effective for the 2012-2013 academic year and that has remained for this 2013-2014 academic year. The tuition and fees cap is set to go through May 2015. It is not yet determined what the final costs of tuition and room and board will be beyond that point until the board votes again sometime in February.

Upperclassmen lead Cavs to best start in program history

The Cabrini Men’s lacrosse team continued you their undefeated win streak to 6-0 with a 20-11 victory over the visiting Nazareth Golden Flyers. The No. 6 Cavaliers’ win tied their best start in the program’s history.

The Cavaliers didn’t control the game from the start as the Golden Flyers took an early 2-0 lead over the Cavs with over two minutes in the first half of play. The Cavs didn’t panic as they relied on the leadership from their upperclassman.

Junior Anthony DiNenno scored the first goal for the Cavaliers coming out of a timeout, marking his first goal of the year. Just 40 seconds later senior Corey Elmer assisted junior Tyler Johnston to notch the game up at 2-2.

Going into the second quarter the Cavs trailed the Golden Flyers 3-2 by giving up a goal in the final seconds before the end of the first.

But the Blue and White wasted no time as Sobeski netted his first goal of the game only one minute into the second quarter.

Junior Mike Leyden gave the Cavs the lead less than a minute later. Cabrini quickly took a 6-4 lead over the Golden Flyers after Johnston and Elmer scored back-to-back goals in just over a minutes’ span.

However the Golden Flyers didn’t go away as they tied the game at 6-6.

Sobieski’s goal gave the Cavaliers a short lived 6-7 lead as the Golden Flyers repeated their end of quarter heroics, scoring a goal with seconds left at the end of the quarter to tie the game at 7-7 just before halftime.

In the second half the Cavaliers tightened up their play and dominated the game. The Cavaliers caught fire as they tallied five unanswered goals. Two goals came from Sobieski, while junior Anthony DiSanzo, Elmer and DiNenno each tallied one more to their totals, extending the Cavs lead to 12-7.

Once again for the third time, the Golden Flyers continued to fight, scoring a goal in the final minute of the quarter cutting Cabrini’s lead to 12-8.

In the fourth the Cavs opened up strong as Leyden scored his 15th goal of the season. Sophomore Brian Kittredge got in on the action, assisting freshman Mike Crowley for a goal.

Nazareth continued to fight cutting the Cavaliers lead to 15-10. However it wasn’t enough as the Cavaliers went on their second 5-0 scoring run of the game. Eventually the Golden Flyers tallied one last goal.

Elmer tied a game-high seven points off of three goals and four assist. One of his goals went on to tally the 100th of his career.
Sobieski had a team-high five goals while Johnston tied Elmer with a team high seven points with a team high five assists.

Leyden and DiSanzo each had three goals. Freshman goalie Austin Marshall tallied his fist win with 10 saves in the second half.

The Cavaliers look to have their best start in program history as they prepare to take on Whittier College at Edith Rob Dixon Field at 3:00 p.m.

Evan Guinessy

Give him the light, he’s ready for action – Evan Guinessy

Evan Guinessy (Kassia Bernosky/Staff Photographer)
Evan Guinessy (Kassia Bernosky/Staff Photographer)

Living in the spotlight is something Evan Guinessy is use to. A freshman, elementary education major, Guinessy is ready to make his mark. Theater has always been a big part of his life. Guinessy has been acting since the age of six. Starting early gave Guinessy a different view on life and his future. “I have always had a positive inspiration of arts and theater,” Guinessy said.

Guinessy wasted no time jumping into theater here making his debut in Cabrini College’s fall production ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. “I am bringing myself and all that I have to offer talent wise.”

Though a new face to the audience Guinessy is a familiar face to the cast and crew. “When I visited here, I saw the production of ‘Out of Order’,” Guinessy said. “I was completely blown away from the cast to the set.”

Guinessy will also make an appearance in this spring’s musical, ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’, by the Cabrini College theater.  He will play a character named Jose. “I am a normal go with the flow type of guy,” Guinessy said. “So it is a challenge for me to play José because he is so much like myself.”

Guinessy will play José in Cabrini’s upcoming production of ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.’ (Kassia Bernosky/Staff Photographer)

Guinessy tells how his fun and enthusiasm keeps him eager to learn more about theater. As he prepares for the musical at Cabrini, he is also preparing to audition for the King of Prussia Players. “I will be auditioning for their production of ‘Footloose’ for the part of Ren McCormack,” Guinessy said.  This is a complete contrast to his supporting role in the spring musical. “The challenge faced is juggling responsibilities being here at Cabrini and auditioning for the KOP players,” Guinessy said.

Challenges are something Guinessy believes he deals with well. Though he invests much of his time in theater, he is able to balance his school work and acting career. “At first I was not sure if I was going to do theater because I was afraid I wasn’t going to get my homework done,” Guinessy said, but it proved to do the opposite for him. Theater allows him to escape for just a few hours. Enough to clear his mind and keep his stress balanced. “Joining theater mentally puts me in a position to do homework.”

Guinessy believes that his role as a future teacher of America is like playing a role on stage. He understands that it will be the most serious role he will play in his life. “My inspiration was my third grade teacher,” Guinessy said. “She really inspired me to be what I want to become in the near future.”

Being a teacher is something Guinessy always knew he wanted to be. “I envisioned myself as a teacher since I was little,” Guinessy said. I would pretend to track stuffed animals. Along-side loving theater his love for school is the same.

Though he is not sure if he will teach drama, his major goal is to make sure that his students leave his classroom with the education they deserve.

A final reflection on Guatemala

During spring break, 10 students, three graduate students and two professors spent their week doing service work in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala. I was one of the lucky few that got to experience this.

I decided to take this ECG 300, Working for Justice in Guatemala, last semester while I was abroad. By the time course selection came around I was addicted to traveling and the energy that comes with it and I wanted to do something that would continue that, something that I could look forward to when I got home. Honestly, I didn’t know much about the class, just that the students did a service trip in Guatemala over spring break. But that alone was good enough for me. I did not know, exactly, what the course or trip entailed; I just wanted to keep traveling.

Fortunately, this trip was more than just traveling and it did more for me than I could have asked for.

While in Guatemala, we worked with The Friends of San Lucas Mission. The Friends of San Lucas uses the Preferential Option for the Poor as its foundation. The Preferential Option for the Poor states that the poor have the most urgent moral claim and that the test of a society is how it responds to its most marginalized. The work that the Mission does acts from this philosophy. The decisions they make ensure that the people that need the most help benefit from their actions.

We sorted coffee beans, helped build a house, helped build a stove, and worked on a reforestation project. We had reflections every night about the work we did and the people we met. We became a single unit, each contributing the best of ourselves for the good of the group.

Madison Milano laying dirt down for a foundation to build a house.
Madison Milano laying dirt down for a foundation to build a house.

But more importantly, we learned. By doing, by seeing, by listening, we learned. And there was an overwhelming feeling of everything making sense.

It’s important, when service work is being done, to understand why it is being done. It’s important to not just go in blindly and accept the work you’ve been given to do. Immersion is a huge part of service trips, getting out of your comfort zone is when the best things happen. And it will always be beneficial, hopefully for longer than a week.

When everyone comes back they (hopefully) talk about the amazing experience they had and the people they met, but what they don’t tell you is this: trips like this are difficult. They open your eyes to global problems and you can no longer hide behind blissful ignorance. You suddenly become increasingly aware. You are also put in a vulnerable situation, being in a new environment where you probably don’t speak the language and don’t have the comfort of your smartphone to keep you pre-occupied. There is a responsibility comes with service trips, a responsibility to keep going and keep fighting. It’s easy to stay home, sleep in and watch Netflix on your couch. Because in that way, you don’t have to be aware of what’s going on.  People may not openly admit it, but leaving home is the hard part.

Junior Vinny Walls had a career-high of 39 points in the CSAC Semifinal win vs. Rosemont.  (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)

No. 6 Cabrini advances to the CSAC final with win over Rosemont

No. 6 Cabrini men’s basketball defeat Rosemont College Ravens and advance to their 6th straight CSAC conference final with a 109-97 win.

Junior Vinny Walls had a career-high of 39 points in the CSAC Semifinal win vs. Rosemont.  (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)
Junior Vinny Walls had a career-high of 39 points in the CSAC Semifinal win vs. Rosemont. (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)

As the game started, neither team could generate momentum in the first five minutes.  After the first five minutes of the game, both teams were tied at 13.  Cabrini then went on a 16-7 run to take a nine point lead with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half.

The Ravens cut the lead to four with just under seven minutes to play, but then the Cavaliers went on a 19-12 run to close out the half with an 11 point lead (54-43).

Junior Vinny Walls and freshman Brennan McCann led the Cavs with 16 and 13 points after the first half. The Cavaliers were 23-37 or 62.2 percent from the field, while having 11 assists with only three turnovers.

“Our focus was possessions that we didn’t score on,” head coach Marcus Kahn said. “I think we wasted 4-5 possessions, we focused defensively we didn’t talk much about our offense.”

The Ravens came out aggressive in the second half taking control of the game. Cabrini went back a forth trying to hold on to their 11 point lead in the first three minutes of the half, but the Ravens went on a 15-4 run that was capped off with senior Dan Kearney knocking down three consecutive three pointers to tie the game at 62.

The Ravens took a 63-62 lead which turned out to be their first and last lead of the game. The Cavaliers immediately answered with a 20-7 run in the next five minutes to take a commanding 12 point lead with just under eight minutes to play.

“Aaron [Walton-Moss] just got mad,” Senior Fran Rafferty said. “That’s usually what happens…he just takes the ball and goes, he was finding Vinny, Brennan hit some shots for us, but honestly, Aaron spearheads those runs for us and it showed tonight.”

The Cavaliers did not look back after that run as they did not allow the Ravens to come within eight points, ultimately winning 109-97.

The “Camden Connection” of juniors Aaron Walton-Moss and Walls led this run and took control of the game.  Walton-Moss was one assist short of this third triple double of the season, but still captured his 13th double-double of the season with 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.  Walls had a career high 39 points and had his fifth consecutive game with at least 25 points per game.

“He’s done well offensively,” Kahn said. “He’s getting a lot of shots up…with Aaron out, we needed someone to score…he may have helped start a couple runs for us and end runs that they [Rosemont] had with a big shot for us.”

The Cavs shot an overall 58.2 percent from the field and were 23-28 from the free-throw line.

This was the fifth time this season that the blue and white have allowed more than 90 points in a game this season.

“Defensively we really have a lot of work to do,” Kahn Said. “My number one thing is we can’t give up 97 points in a conference championship game or an NCAA tournament game and expect to win.”

Looking ahead the to the CSAC final, the Cavaliers take on Neumann University at the Nerney Field House Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.  This will be Kahn and the Cavalier’s sixth consecutive appearance in the CSAC final. If they win it would be Kahn’s fifth straight CSAC championship as head coach for Cabrini.

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Dr. Don Taylor named 8th president of Cabrini College

After looking through numerous applications, conducting 15 interviews (by phone, via Skype and in person) and meeting with two candidates on campus, Cabrini College has named a new president. On Feb. 13, 2014, Dr. Don Taylor was named Cabrini College’s eighth president. While the process was long, Taylor stuck out to the Presidential Search Committee from the start.

Dr. Donald Taylor will become Cabrini's eighth and first male president. (Photo Credit: ben.edu)
Dr. Donald Taylor will become Cabrini’s eighth and first male president. (Photo Credit: ben.edu)

“When Dr. Taylor walked into the interview room and began to tell the Search Committee about his background and qualifications, we immediately took notice,” Dr. Sheryl Fuller-Espie, biology professor and member of the Presidential Search Committee, said in an e-mail interview. “We had been interviewing candidates for hours already on the day that his interview was scheduled, but none of the other applicants gained the same level of attention from the group compared to Dr. Taylor.”

The excitement was a mutual feeling throughout the committee, which consisted of faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and Alumni Board members as well as Student Body President Greg Robinson. The Search Committee was in charge of identifying candidates that fit Cabrini, but also bring a sense of innovation and creativity to higher education.

Robinson had a similar reaction to seeing Taylor interview. “I was very excited for Don Taylor because he had a very innovative and push-forward type of attitude and that’s where Cabrini needs to be.”

“I was sitting literally on the edge of my seat, and the time evaporated,” Fuller-Espie said. “I think that is always a positive sign when you are interviewing someone of this caliber. I kept thinking to myself that Dr. Taylor really ‘gets us’ and he had done his homework.”

Taylor visited the campus last month and met with multiple facets of the Cabrini community, including a town-hall style meeting with students, faculty and staff as well as a personal meeting with the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board. Undoubtedly, people took notice of his background and leadership style.

“I believe that Dr. Taylor will be decisive, but only after careful analysis and in-depth consultation with relevant constituents,” Fuller-Espie said. “He is a scientist, afterall, so his training is based on reviewing critically all available data before coming to a final conclusion.”

“I believe that when he starts next year he is gong to hit the ground running and just start making decisions and making them quick,” Robinson said. “He’s definitely a go-getter and he’s definitely someone that you have to keep up with.”

While on campus, Robinson did hold some reservations about Taylor in the presidential role.

“I was a little hesitant about his ability to let others give their opinion, because he is a very outspoken individual,” Robinson said. “But after sitting down with him and the executive board of student government, he said ‘this isn’t about me, I don’t want this to be about me, I want this to be hear you guys have to say.’ That’s when my reservations went away.”

There will, of course, be some adjustment among the community as this process comes to a close. Deb Takes became interim President on July 3, 2013. The Search Committee started looking at candidates in August of the same year. Almost one year later, Taylor will begin his presidency on July 1, 2014. Taylor is a businessman, and a president unlike ones in the past. Robinson is confident about the change and transition that the entire college will go through; noting that Takes has been an incredible help for all that will be involved.

“I feel like now she’s gotten the college prepared for that,” Robinson said, “it will be an easier transition for Don and the institution will get used to it in a more permanent way.”

There are many things that the entirety of the college is looking forward to and much of the community believes that Taylor will be the right man for the job of making Cabrini a first choice school.

“I look forward to opportunities to show regional, state and national audiences why Cabrini College is truly extraordinary,” Fuller-Espie said. “Dr. Taylor understands our mission well, and he will ensure that as we continue to gain momentum with the strengthening of existing programs and the development of new programs that we will never lose sight of who we are.” Fuller-Espie also said that she is certain that Taylor will work effectively with the Admissions Department to address enrollment issues, though the biggest thing she believes he will bring to Cabrini is leadership.

“We need strong leadership and administrative stability at Cabrini College,” she said. “I think Dr. Taylor is an entrepreneur that has his finger on the pulse of higher education with a vision of what we will need to do to remain competitive in the Philadelphia marketplace while remaining committed to delivering an education of the heart.”

While Taylor was not available for an interview, he is looking forward to meeting the students when he visits campus on March 20 to March 22.

A picture of the plans to expand the Dixon Center. The white spaces are the new additions, the beige building is the current Dixon Center. Photo Credit: Mackenzie Harris / Asst. News Editor

Dixon expansion: is it what the students really want?

Walking up the stairs to the second floor of the Dixon Center, the men’s lacrosse team, made up of 50 student-athletes, has to get ready and dressed in the dance studio or the hallway before every scrimmage and game because the men’s locker room does not fit all of them.

A picture of the plans to expand the Dixon Center. The white spaces are the new additions, the beige building is the current Dixon Center. Photo Credit: Mackenzie Harris / Asst. News Editor
A picture of the plans to expand the Dixon Center. The white spaces are the new additions, the beige building is the current Dixon Center. (Mackenzie Harris / Asst. News Editor)

Cabrini College has 16 varsity teams and 87 Colonial States Athletic Conference Championships, but with a fitness center with only one locker room each for men and women and open to the public, Cabrini athletes rarely have an opportunity to get dressed as a team.

“Right now it’s not big enough for all the students and the fitness center is crowded,” Deb Takes, interim president, said.  “You can’t have Zumba classes, you can’t have exercise classes when the lacrosse team is getting ready in the hallway and dance studio, it’s ridiculous.”

Marketing major and lacrosse goalie Christopher Treat expresses his concern that “because there’s so much contact with the floor between walking on the floor, sports equipment bags being placed on the floor – which are stored on the bottom of buses – and people working out on the same floor, there’s a chance that is floor unsanitary and could pose a danger to students.”

Therefore a master plan was made and the preliminary approval was finalized in January of 2012. This plan involves many components and has yet to be approved by Radnor Township.  According to Takes, the plan for Dixon that was originally made, was different than the plan Cabrini came up with this past August.

This expansion is not only for the benefit of student-athletes or students that use the fitness center, it is also for those who commute or keep their cars on campus and for students looking for more enticing things to do on campus.

Currently, the first phase of this master plan is in place; the Dixon center will be adding an addition to the front right and then expanding the back right of the building to add not only more lockers for student-athletes to use but another gymnasium as well. No trees will be cut down in this process.  However, the problem is not the trees; the biggest issue Cabrini is currently dealing with is the slope of the land.  Takes explained that the slope of the land is  such that we cannot put a building on it.  So when someone looks at how much land Cabrini actually has, there really is not much.

“From a Cabrini pride perspective, we have championship teams and because of our facilities, championship games – of which we are a part of, cannot be played here,” Takes said. “We have to go some place else because they won’t come here, there are no lockers.”

What is going on is no different than what has been going on for the past four years with the addition of a student center and two parking structures with then trying to make the campus more pedestrian friendly.  The student center is the last phase of this plan and consists of a snack bar, a theater and more places for students to congregate.

“The expansion of the Dixon center will potentially bring in more revenue for the institution,” Jessica Johnson-Petty, senior communication major, said.

However, not all students are excited about this expansion and some feel as though the money should be spent differently.  “I don’t necessarily dislike the expansion, I just think that our money can be used more wisely,” Madeline Coutu, sophomore social work and religious studies major, said. “I think it is important to focus on the counseling center because their budget continuously gets decreased and there’s no administrative assistance in there as of now and I think that is more important than building space or room for gym facilities when our enrollment is not necessarily increasing.”

Some students said they would prefer the money to go towards solving different issues like housing and resident buildings, clubs, health services, a modern theater that is not attached to Grace Hall, better internet and another turf field.

The money however is not the issue because donations from alumni will be raised in order to pay for the expansion.

“There is a process for getting this done and it has absolutely nothing financially to do with the Dixon Center,” Takes said.  “The Dixon Center is a capitol project, running a club is a day-to-day expense. Two totally different categories of cash while they coexist financially, one is an annual thing and one is a twenty year project.”

Approximately 22 percent of undergraduates at Cabrini are student-athletes.  According to Takes, Dixon is almost 20 years old as it was built in 1998 and the focus of the country currently as a whole is on fitness and athletic activity to stay healthy and that Cabrini “would be doing a disservice by not providing some kind of athletic facility for the students who just want to work out.”

“Although it would get enrollment up, subsequently to expand the Dixon center,” Danton Moyer, political science major, said.  “I think the main concern should be academics and the integrity of the school and what pertains to students, what makes it a destination school, somewhere students want to go, or when people do get here, there is enough housing, places to go and places to succeed.”

This expansion will also be a recruitment task, as it will entice more student-athletes to Cabrini.

“I think athletics plays an important role at Cabrini and an updated facility could make a difference in attracting talented athletes and students who might otherwise select another school,” Dr. Dawn Francis, assistant professor of communication, said.  “Of course, as a faculty member, I would like to see funding put into new programs, existing programs and academic initiatives. But I also see the validity in making investments that help with recruitment purposes as well.”

Majority of students who filled out a survey stated they would prefer the money go towards housing and resident buildings, but they are at least glad to see the money is going back to student facilities and hope that this will be a positive step in continuing to improve and update the campus.

“I think that our athletes and the people who use that facility deserve space and appropriate facilities, like real locker rooms and enough equipment,” Robyn Suchy, senior double major in philosophy and English, said. “But there are definitely ways that other parts of campus could be improved, more study space in the library, updating of the res halls, creating more outdoor space. We need to start somewhere.”

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Get in the zone – Philadelphia Auto Show

All Photos Submitted By Joe Hudak

 

Just a train ride away in the heart of Philadelphia. Next stop Market East, just two floors up from the train station an experience like no other: the opportunity to see a diverse array of cars, dubs, trucks and many other models all spaced out on two sets of floors.

The Philadelphia Auto Show located at the Philadelphia Convention Center happens every year. After your ticket is scanned, one enters onto the beginning of the tour, where the flashiness of Mercedes, BMWs, Acuras and other cars surround you.

“I’ve been going to the auto show since I could walk,” junior graphic design major Joseph Hudak said. “The entire place is electric.”

It’s the perfect opportunity to sit in almost every car you’ve ever wanted to sit in at a dealership under one roof on one floor.

Mclaren MP-12C white
Mclaren MP-12C white

The main floor has just about every car maker from Ford, to Mustang, to KIA, to Porches, to BMW and so many more. Some spectators got a chance to ride in different cars while riding through a course. The course began with a ramp, then over some logs, then another ramp and then through a patch of dirt. 

Blasting from another one of the show’s rooms are the sounds from today’s music. The vibrations are so big you can feel them even before you enter into the room. 

“I loved seeing the exotic cars, especially the DUB show,” junior business major Leyla Withrow said.

The DUB tour is more formally known as cars that are well over-done. They either have their truck raised, speakers that you would see in someone’s dorm room blasting out of their trunk, different colored cars.  This is where “Do Not Touch” signs are on almost every car window.

“Just being able to see all the DUB cars decked out was pretty outrageous,” Withrow said.  “Who would have ever thought to do some of the things that the owners do to their cars.”

 

Ford F250 power Stroke Diesel on a 12 inch lift and 44 inch tires
Ford F250 power Stroke Diesel on a 12 inch lift and 44 inch tires

As you turn the corner to leave the DUB showroom there was a giant blue Ford 250 diesel. “The four tires were enormous which elevated the body of the truck to a height imaginable,” Hudak said. “I asked the owner how his truck does in snow? he simply replied, “I didn’t even feel it, let alone think there was even snow on the ground.” 

“Jaw dropping,” Hudak said.

“It was well put together, interesting and informative,” Richard Hudak, salesman at Matthews Paoli Ford, said. “Great for consumers to learn more about current and future cars to come.”

The auto show pulls together a week-long event of walking around, learning about old and new cars, and what more they have to offer. It’s almost impossible to walk somewhere without bumping into another car. Especially when there are well over $100,000 cars sitting arm lengths away.

Tim Headley, salesman for Maserati of the Main Line and business major at Cabrini College finds the auto show incredible.  It’s a chance to meet all types of potential clients, which was especially noted at the launch of the show; the black tie gala.

“The entire 10 day experience is tiring, especially on the weekends,” Headley said. “However my colleagues and I believe that hard work will pay off.”  In fact Headley noted that their dealership managers had already received emails and calls seeking more interest in their products.

“We were able to enjoy a personal tour of the new Maseratis on display at the auto show,” Withrow said. “Our friend works for Maserati and we were able to go behind the ropes and sit in all five cars that were showcased.”

“Truly an experience, since you can’t do this just any day,” Withrow said.

Headley interest in automobiles started before he can even remember. “Growing up my eyes drew quickly to the exotics,” Headley said. He later found out he wanted to make this his career one day. Thus his perseverance to become a sales assistant is just one step closer to his dream.

“I’m excited when I go to work,” Headley said.

It’s not just about walking around and seeing all different cars, it’s also about learning, even more so shopping. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.  It’s basically a whole bunch of dealerships put together and the salesmen are just waiting for your questions.

“The auto show is a chance for people to have a good time,” Matthew Brennan junior exercise science and health promotion major, said. “An experience to view the old and new cars that have come to be.”

(Ty Davis/Staff Photographer)

Hoop Scoop – No. 1 in the division, but struggling in the rankings

It should be no surprise to anyone at this point that the Cabrini men’s basketball team is good. A 19-0 record, 13-0 in the conference, certainly speaks for itself. Cabrini has moved up the rankings steadily as the season has gone on. At this point in time, the men’s team is ranked at No. 2 in the nation.

(Ty Davis/Staff Photographer)
The Cavaliers are currently having a powerhouse of a season with a steady first place in the conference, but can’t make it big in the D3Hoops rankings. (Ty Davis/Staff Photographer)

One might wonder how, with the only perfect record in Division III, Cabrini is not the top ranked team in the nation. The No. 1 team in the nation, Wisconsin Stevens-Point, lost their first game of the season on Jan. 5. It seemed that this would mean that Cabrini would move up to the top team. When the updated rankings came out, Stevens-Point received 14 of 25 first place votes while the other 11 went to Cabrini. It’s hard to believe how this Cavalier team does not top the rankings.

They certainly do not lack in the talent department. Senior Aaron Walton-Moss tops the Cabrini team in almost all categories. He averages 26.0 points, 6.2 assists and 11.2 rebounds per game. His point total so far this season is 442, almost 200 more points than teammate Fran Rafferty who has 290.

They have most definitely showed their dominance over teams this season. The team has reached the 90 point mark in 12 of their 19 games this season. The Cavaliers are outscoring their opponents by a wide margin, 1,739 points to 1,450. When teams come to play at the Nerney Field House, they are faced with the tough challenge of dealing with a Cabrini team holding a 19 game home win streak that can be dated back to last season.

This brings us back to the question of why the Cavaliers are not the top ranked in the nation. There are a couple of things that we can take a look at. Last week, the team had to postpone two games due to the weather conditions. At that time they were 18-0 while the current number one team, Stevens-Point, was at 20 wins. The fact that Cabrini had played fewer games is one place to look. The postponement and what looks to be a possible cancellation of the Cabrini and Wesley match-up certainly hurt. This game would have featured two top-10 teams and would have been a great test to show that the Cabrini men’s basketball team means business.

Another point that doesn’t work in the Cavs favor is that they play a weaker schedule. Stevens-Point is in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a much more difficult conference. While the Cavaliers do face tough teams, most of them come from outside of the Colonial States Athletic Conference.

Coming up the Cavaliers will play four game in six days, the first of which was a victory Monday against Cairn. These games will be very important for Cabrini and could possibly help them gain the top spot. The week off helped a Cavalier team that has dealt with injuries this season. The extra rest could be just what this team needs going in to the end of the season. Keep your eyes peeled on the Cavaliers remaining regular season games, they could be what pushes this team to number one.

Freshman Meghan Horn tallied a career-high 11 points in just 13 minutes-played versus Cedar Crest on Monday.  (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)

Lady Cavs roll past Cedar Crest with confidence showing

The Cabrini women’s basketball team blew past the Cedar Crest Falcons on Monday, Feb. 10 with a wide margin win of 83-43. The Lady Cavaliers started the offensive show in the first half and kept the ball rolling in the second to maintain the win.

Freshman Meghan Horn tallied a career-high 11 points in just 13 minutes-played versus Cedar Crest on Monday.  (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)
Freshman Meghan Horn tallied a career-high 11 points in just 13 minutes-played versus Cedar Crest on Monday. (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)

The blue and white got the game started with 12-0 lead only three minutes into regulation.  Then, before the halfway mark of the first half, some new faces that you wouldn’t normally see made it onto the court for the Cavs.

At halftime all 13 available players for Cabrini had posted minutes and each of them helped to take it into the locker rooms, 45-18.

The Lady Cavs continued to bring the heat in the second half making 16 of their 34 field goal attempts.  Cabrini ended up outscoring Cedar Crest in the second half 38-25 to secure the win.

Senior Annie Rivituso led Cabrini with 13 points and 10 rebounds garnering her fourth double double of the season.  Freshman Meghan Horn had a career-high 11 points and junior Megan Decker notched 10 for the Lady Cavs.

Seniors Brittany Sandone and Colleen Stewart each contributed 8 points and overall the Lady Cavs tallied 43 points off of Falcon turnovers.

Horn said, “I feel like we showed Cedar Crest what Cabrini basketball really is.”  She continued,  “By being able to execute our plays as well as shooting from the perimeter, tonight’s win gives us the confidence for Wednesday and gets us fired up for the game as well.  This is a huge game for us and we’re even more excited coming off of a great win.”  Horn concluded, “Tonight was a big game for me and I’m glad I was able to step up.  I really think tonight showed what I am capable of.”

When asking about the key to success tonight, head coach Kate Pearson said, “We hadn’t played in a week due to the storm so we talked about making sure we got a good start and we were able to build from that.” She continued, “It was great for some of the players who do not generally see a lot of minutes to take advantage of their time on the court.  Meghan Horn played hard and came up with some really nice plays as did some of our other younger players.”  Pearson concluded, “First place is on the line on Wednesday and we will be ready to step up against a tough opponent.  We will look to our seniors to continue the strong play and lead us to another win.”

Tonight’s win puts the Lady Cavaliers at an overall record of 17-4 with an 11-1 CSAC record.  Cabrini will go to work again in a jam-packed week of basketball when they travel to Immaculata on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.