Mission Statement

The Loquitur is Cabrini University’s award-winning college newspaper. This student-produced news outlet is a vehicle for public expression and curiosity for students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and many others outside Cabrini University.

The Loquitur is a safe space for education and varying perspectives for the Cabrini community. We strive to deliver an opportunity for all members of the university to inquire, question, exchange ideas, and hold us accountable. Content, via multimedia expressions (video, audio, visuals and text), may reflect all areas of student interest, including topics about which there is dissent or controversy. The Loquitur upholds the First Amendment guarantee of free speech accorded to the news media and citizens of this country.

Founded in 1959, The Loquitur has continued to garner both print and online readers. Our mission is to provide students and the Cabrini community with news and information that affects and enriches their lives and offers them a chance to voice their opinions in an environment where those voices are heard and respected.

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THE LOQUITUR 2021-2022 Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief
Victoria Emmitt

Writing Managing Editor
Marcus Alvarez

Visuals Managing Editor
Thomas Ryan

Podcast Editor
Lashay Smith

News Editors
Jacob Pegan, John Rader, Victoria Giordano

Lifestyles Editor
Hannah Poggi

Perspectives Editor
Isaiah Dickson

Sports Editor
Santino Terranova

Faculty Advisers
Jillian Smith and Wendy Rosenfield

Awards

The Cabrini College Communication Department students produce a variety of award-winning student media.

Please visit:

WYBF Cavalier Radio
LOQation Video News Program
Senior honors students multimedia websites

Cabrini Communication Major Awards 2008-2018:

  1. College Media Association Pinnacle Award 2017 to Angelina Miller and Hope Daluisio for First Place for Best Multimedia Breaking News Story.
  2. Gold Davey Award: to the social justice website created by the 2016-17 Communication Department senior honors convergence class. The winning fixforaddiction.com site is titled – Fix For Addiction: Exploring Solutions for Addiction and Substance Abuse. Congratulations and kudos go to these Cabrini University alums who worked on the site: Keith Brown, Jessica Ferrarelli, Jaclyn Labes, Brianna Morrell, Katie Muska, Jill Nawoyski, Moira Prior, Emily Rowan, Casey Semenza, Allie Stein and Drew Vernon. It won in the Websites – Activism category.
  3. The SPJ Mark of Excellence regional judges have selected Emily Rowan as a finalist in the Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students category this year’s Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards!
  4. College Media Association Pinnacle Award to 2016-17 Loquitur Media. Second Place News Media award for college under 10,000 enrollment.
  5. Philly Ad Club $5,000 scholarship to Cecelia Heckman
  6. Best Multimedia Feature Website 2012 to Senior Honors Convergence students for YouthVoicesRise.com , awarded by the College Media Association
  7. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Small Program Interest Group awarded Cathy Yungmann first prize in the Scholarship of Application Competition for her submission of the course and resulting site as “A Prototype for Global Student Journalism: Covering Conflict Without Going There.”   This competition revolves around the best ideas linking academic interests and skills to a broader audience.
  8. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Teaching Committee has recognized the inventive integration of technology-based pedagogy involved in the creation of the web site/eBook in the Communication Department capstone The Arab Awakening: A View from the Inside.
  9. 2013 Communicator Award of Distinction in the Student Website category given by the International Academy of Visual Arts http://www.communicatorawards.com/awards/
  10. Philly Ad Club. $2,500 Scholarship to Brandon Desiderio 2013
  11. Philly Ad Club. $2,500 Scholarship to Laura Hancq 2012
  12. Kelsey Kastrava for 3 articles on Sudan independence. 2011 Chandler Award for Student Writer of the Year in Religion
  13. Philly Ad Club. 2nd Place $5,000 Scholarship to Danielle Alio
  14. Philly Ad Club. 2nd Place $2,500 Scholarship to Arielle Friscia
  15. The 2011 Gold Circle Awards for Newspapers Elizabeth Krupka and Alyssa Mentzer. In-depth news/feature story: “War, rape fueled by our phones, computers.” This story originated with a visit by two CRS representatives from the Congo in summer 2010. Alyssa and Liz did extensive reporting with rape counselors in the Congo, New York Times reporters, and other participants in the passing of the Dodd-Frank Bill, which regulates the use of conflict minerals in American technology devices, like smart phones.  2nd place.
  16. Kelsey Kastrava. Personality Profile. “Young refugees ‘lost’ and found in local woman’s home.” This story profiles a local woman who took in and raised several “Lost Boys of Sudan.” 3rd place.
  17. Kelsey Kastrava. Editorial writing, especially for “Homeless deserve more than just a casual glance.” 2nd Certificate of Merit.
  18. Best of Festival King Foundation Award, Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, Two Year/Small Colleges -
”Road of Insecurity: The Global Food Crisis,” Gillian Davis, Caitlin Friel, and Mallory Terrence. This documentary also won these awards: Finalist, College Broadcasters, Inc. Awards, Best Radio Documentary; Winner, 2009 Silver Davey Award; Winner, Philadelphia College Air Awards, Best Radio Documentary;
  19. Winner, Philadelphia College Air Awards, Best Public Affairs Anchor(s) or Host(s) -
”We Need To Talk,” Danielle Alio, Arielle Friscia, Noelle Westfall, and Rob Stoop
  20. Winner, two Silver Davey Awards in 2011 for best documentary – “The United World of Sports,” Danielle Alio and Arielle Friscia.
  21. Winner, Philadelphia College Air Awards, Best Public Service Announcement for The March of Dimes -
”Listen,” Joseph Cahill
  22. UWire named Megan Pellegrino as one of “the 100 best student journalists” in the US.
  23. “Our Hands Are Not Tied,” the audio documentary produced by students in SEM 300 in cooperation with WYBF, continues to win national and regional awards:
  24. Communicator Award of Excellence in two professional (not scholastic) categories: Public Affairs & Social Issues. Jillian Smith, Kara Schneider, Megan Pellegrino
  25. College Broadcasters Inc. National Production Competition: Finalist.
  26. Society of Professional Journalists: 3rd Place
  27. Philadelphia Air Awards: 1st Place: Grayce Turnbach’s Editorial, “An Economy in Crisis: A College Student’s Perspective”; nominated in 4 other categories.
  28. Society of Professional Journalists:  2nd place: Grayce Turnbach’s Editorial.
  29. Communicator Award of Excellence:  Promotions category: “4 Hours Later,” Angela Savasta, Gillian Davis, Caitlin Friel.
  30. Collegiate Keystone Press Award Honorable Mention to Megan Pellegrino & Kara Schneider for the Loquitur Web site.
  31. Video students and professor produced a video on Peacebuilding in Gaza, which was used as part of two Global Solidarity Network sessions on peacebuilding. Fall 2008. Seen by 600 students at 5 universities.
  32. Philly Ad Club 2009 “Philly’s Future” Scholarship Winners to Loquitur editors Meghan Smith and Mallory Terrence.
  33. Collegiate Keystone Press Award Honorable Mention to Jillian Smith for Loquitur article, “Side-By-Side with Africa”
  34. 2008 Meghan Hurley and Amanda Finnegan. The Egan Award for Journalistic Excellence recognizes journalists who demonstrate excellence in reporting on humanitarian and social justice issues. The awards are judged by an independent, expert panel from the secular media that is knowledgeable on issues pertaining to the developing world. Category: Series from a Publication with Regional/Local Circulation. The 2008 winners will be awarded a trophy and a trip to the Middle East to witness the work of Catholic Relief Services.
  35. 2007 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award, considered the Pulitzer Prize for college journalism, to the Loquitur in the category of Best Non-daily College and University Newspaper in the country. Loquitur was one of 18 selected. Amanda Finnegan ’08, editor in chief:
  36. Amanda Finnegan ’08, Loquitur editor: 2008 Collegiate Keystone Press Award for Best College and University Editorials in 2007 in Pennsylvania, First Place, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
  37. Melissa Steven ’07, project manager: 3rd place for the convergence project on war, 2008 Collegiate Keystone Press Award, Newspaper Web site category, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
  38. 2008 Communication Honor Society National Chapter of the Year, to Cabrini College Society for Collegiate Journalists chapter, Amanda Finnegan ’08, president, presented by the Society for Collegiate Journalists, the national honor society for students in mass communication.
  39. 2008 First Place News Series, to Loquitur editors Meghan Hurley ’07, Elizabeth Brachelli ’07 & Katherine Brachelli ’07, Elizabeth Lavin ’09, Jamie Hufnagle ’09, and Ashley Cook ’09 , for stories Localizing Global Human Rights Issues,  presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
  40. 2008 First Place for Best Personal Opinion, to Loquitur editor Kaitlin Barr ’08, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
  41. 2008 First Place for Best Broadcast Sport Video, to Jessica Hagerty ’09, Nicole Duggan ’09, George Post ’09, and Matthew McKinney ’08, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
  42. 2008 Second Place for Best Photography, to Loquitur editor Grayce Turnbach ’09, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
  43. 2007 Second Place for Overall Excellence in newspapers to Loquitur, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists, Amanda Finnegan ’08, editor.
  44. 2008 Third Place for Best Television Feature, to Elizabeth Lavin ’09, Jon Barnett ’08, Jane Chieco ’09, and Patrick McGowan ’09, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
  45. 2008 Honorable Mention for Best Front Page Layout, to Loquitur editors Katherine Brachelli ’07 and Brittany Liberatore ’08, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
  46. 2007 Honorable Mention for Best Front Page Layout, to Loquitur editors Katherine Brachelli ’07 and Brittany Liberatore ’08, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
  47. 2008 Honorable Mention for Best Feature Story, to Loquitur editor Megan Pellegrino ’09, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
  48. Megan Pellegrino ’09 won Best Radio News Editorial, 2007 Philadelphia College Air Awards, for her “9/11 Remembrance,” and was nominated for Best Promo.
  49. Janene Gibbons ’09 and Marcella DiSandro ’09 won Best Documentary, 2007 Philadelphia College Air Awards, for “Bombs in My Head.”
  50. Jillian Smith ’09 was 1 of 4 finalists in the nation for her “Quiet Promo” in the Collegiate Broadcasters Incorporated Production Awards 2007
  51. Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia awarded a Communication scholarship to Kelly Moorehead ’09 for the 2007-2008 academic year.
  52. Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia awarded a Communication scholarship to Megan Pellegrino ’09 for the 2008-20089 academic year.
  53. Philadelphia Advertising Club awarded a Communication scholarship to Amanda Finnegan ’08 for the 2007-2008 school year.
  54. UWire names Amanda Finnegan as one of “the 100 best student journalists” in the US.

Award-winning Stories

Students’ actions against systemic racism now need to be matched by university policy

A year filled with marches, initiatives and discussions, Cabrini has responded to national incidents of racism and broad inequalities.  However, the institution has yet… Read More

International adoptions pose issues for children trying to cross borders

Children from all over the world struggle to make ends meet under the circumstances they’re placed in. Most kids are stuck across borders waiting… Read More

University cuts departments, lets full-time professors go

Cabrini University made the decision in March to cut a number of faculty and staff positions and eliminate several departments and academic programs. Two… Read More

Earth Day 2021: Cabrini Green Team cleans up campus

Cabrini’s Green Team partnered with the Wolfington Center for “Campus Cleanup Day.”  Students volunteered to pick up trash and tidy up campus. It was… Read More

Eating disorders: not a choice or a lifestyle

Eating disorders: not a choice or a lifestyle Sam Mottolo, a freshman environmental science major at Saint Joseph’s University, is in recovery from her… Read More

College athletes are not essential workers; why do we think we are?

It is okay, I can say that.  I am one. Before I keep going, let me explain more about who I am. I come… Read More

Black@Cabrini: BIPOC community shares their experiences of racial bias on campus

Editor’s note: This story was part of a group of 2020 stories that shared the 2021 Student Keystone Media Award  for stories relating to… Read More

Cabrini athletes speak out against racism

Editor’s note: This story was part of a group of 2020 stories that shared the 2021 Student Keystone Media Award for DIVERSITY. Reporters: Ty… Read More

The Supreme Court ruling in favor of DACA is a step in the right direction

Editor’s note: This story was part of a group of 2020 stories that shared the 2021 Student Keystone Media Award for DIVERSITY. On June… Read More

‘We can’t breathe’: Racism won’t go away until the system that allows oppression does

Editor’s note: This story was part of a group of 2020 stories that shared the 2021 Student Keystone Media Award for DIVERSITY. Reporters: Maria… Read More

Young refugees ‘lost’ and found in local woman’s home

Editor’s note: This story won an award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and 2nd place 2011 Chandler Award for Student Religion Reporter of… Read More

Lost Boy finds success in the new world, has hope for homeland

Remembering life before the war, Malual Deng Duot pauses quietly as he recalls images of life as a happy adolescent living in Southern Sudan.“Before the war, we were happy and you see mom and dad everyday,” Malual said.

War, rape fueled by our phones, computers

Right now 1,100 women are being raped each month and approximately 5.4 million people have died in the Congo due to the effects of conflict minerals.

Homeless deserve more than just a casual glance

Our negligence to homeless people along with the negative stigma attached to those sleeping beneath city bridges contributes to the common belief that we should only help ourselves, because we’re all capable of attaining success on our own. Loquitur hopes that through courses like these Engagement In the Common Good classes, people can become more exposed to the reality of the situation

Students organize over Sudanese conflict

President of Catholic Relief Services at Cabrini College organized a separate working group of CRS that is immediately acting on what is happening in Sudan. His plans within the working group are reaching out to the Cabrini STAND (Students Taking Action Now in Darfur, a world-renowned student-run organization of college and high school students who are anti-genocide activists) chapter and the Black Student Union to join forces with the CRS Ambassadors.
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