Laura Van De Pette

Articles by Laura Van De Pette

Packed to the max with freshmen

Cabrini is at maximum capacity and is bursting at the seams with new students this semester. The office of Residence Life has housed freshman in every nook and cranny of the campus from the basement of Woodcrest to the lounges of Xavier to Rooyman's Center and even on Valley Forge's campus.

Armstrong to retire after Tour de France

Lance Armstrong is retiring after this year's Tour de France, ending a cycling career in which he inspired millions by overcoming testicular cancer to win his sport's signature event six straight times. Armstrong says he remains "fully committed" to winning his seventh straight Tour de France this year and is driven "by that dream to go out on top.

Sex scandals place doubt in Catholics

Black smoke continues to rise from the conclaves, offering little hope to millions of mourning Catholics. The 115 member conclave is debating over who will resume the role of the late Pope John Paul II. While Catholics around the globe anticipate the sight of white smoke and the announcement of a new pope, I am still mystified that one of the votes for our new pope will come from a man who casually disregarded more than 550 molestation claims involving priests in his archdiocese.

Michael Jackson ‘tickles’ his jury

The son of Michael Jackson's former housekeeper testified Monday that the pop star molested him during a tickling game in 1990. The 24-year-old witness was called to the stand as prosecutors in the current molestation case against Jackson began trying to show the jury that the singer has a habit of molesting boys.

Missing the beach

Thirty-one degrees, blustery winds, three inches of snow and icy roads greeted Cabrini students a few weeks ago when they packed their bags and headed home for spring break. As I skidded on ice, I wondered, "Where did the 'spring' go in my spring break?" Most colleges let students run wild on spring break during the week of March 6 or March 13.

Danehy seeks replacement for Dzik

Cabrini's athletic department has a lot of homework to do before the start of the next men's basketball season. After the firing of the legendary head coach John Dzik, the department now faces the daunting task of hiring a coach to replace one of the most winningest coaches in Division III history.

Junior represents Philly in Ultimate Frisbee Championships

Junior Read DeSabato was thrilled to leave his RA duties on Cabrini's snow- covered campus and gladly accepted his team captain's invitation to be one of seven players to represent Philadelphia in the "Adios Diablo National Ultimate Frisbee Tournament" in sunny Tempe, Ariz.

Torn between passion, paycheck

The clock is ticking down on the second semester, the deadline for students to declare their major is looming and students like Carolyn Steck are climbing into the ring again to fight the never-ending battle whether to choose a major for the paycheck or her passion.

Alum protests by denying team facility access

The men's lacrosse team is feeling the adverse effect of the firing of basketball coach John Dzik as they struggle through their practice season. With the men's first game less than three weeks away, the goal area of their field is still covered with a tarp that has done very little in preventing the field from turning into a near swamp.

Loosing the freedom of free speech

How free is your speech at Cabrini College? College students and professors across the country are questioning whether or not to keep their mouths shut after the president of Harvard University voiced a controversial opinion. According to the Christian Science Monitor, "Harvard University president Lawrence Summers suggested that innate differences between the sexes may partly account for male dominance in science and math.

Graduate school creates split decisions

As graduation approaches quickly many of the seniors will consider attending graduate school but one question they need to consider is whether or not graduate school is necessary to enhance their career or just a way to avoid a mediocre job. When it comes to grad school, are students attending because they need to, or just because they can't find a spectacular job? Before you drop 50 thousand more dollars for a graduate degree that may take two to four years, you had better know if it is worth it.

Stick to the books or hit the gym

The mind may be a terrible thing to waste, but the waist is also a terrible thing to mind. In fact, most women would rather have a thinner waist than a higher I.Q., according to the results of a recent nationwide woman's survey. According to the survey, when asked if women would prefer a slimmer waist or a higher I.

‘Failure to Launch’ fails to surprise

If you are looking for predictable romance, look no further than the aptly titled, "Failure to Launch," playing in theaters now. Matthew McConaughey returns to his favorite movie genre, and in this film, he plays Tripp, a 35-year-old yacht salesman, outdoor-adventurer and typical playboy who has avoided responsibility his whole life and thus still lives with his frustrated parents.

Rich kids win in the fight for college aid

Every year Cabrini's tuition increases causing low-income students to fret. The tuition at Cabrini has increased 32.7 percent over the past five years while the national average among private colleges shows an increase of 22.2 percent. With an increase of nearly eight percent between last year and this year, low-income students have good reason to worry.

Students take on long-term burden as debt loads rise

It's three o'clock in the afternoon and Megan O'Brien, an early childhood education major is running around her dorm-room frantically trying to throw off her jeans and change into her work clothes. She has been in classes since 8:15 this morning and is exhausted but manages to rush out the door in time for work with text books in-hand to study on her dinner break.

Grand jury report: scandal covered up for 30 years

The Philadelphia grand jury concluded its three-year-long investigation of sexual abuse of children by priests in Philadelphia, accusing two former archbishops of "a continuous, concerted campaign of cover-up." The Philadelphia Roman Catholic Archdiocese quickly denounced the grand jury findings as "reckless rhetoric, dispensed from any burden of proof, and it is not responsible law enforcement.

Presidential powers explained

Dr. James Hedtke, professor of history and political science, quoted John F. Kennedy saying, "As president, I have extraordinary powers but I have to exercise them under extraordinary restraint." The lecture on presidential power and the Constitution was held in Grace Hall on Thursday, Sept.

Plastic surgery scares some, entices many

Cosmetic surgery proves to be more than skin deep. The sexy airbrushed bodies on magazine covers and the beautifully toned bodies of celebrities are tempting women of all ages to chose plastic surgery to obtain their dream body.

Surprising survey: students bored

The electronic responses of 10,378 teenagers who participated in an online nationwide survey painted a grave picture of how students rate the effectiveness of their schools in preparing them for the future. A large majority of the high school students surveyed say their class work is not very difficult, and almost two-thirds say they would work harder if courses were more demanding or interesting, according to the survey which was conducted by the National Governors Association.

Freshman chaos

If you have tried to find a seat in the cafeteria and failed then you might agree that there are entirely too many new students at Cabrini this semester. The college has accepted 601 new students, including transfer students. If you think it is tough finding a place to park now, what will happen next September when the largest freshman class in Cabrini history attempts to cram over 500 cars on Cabrini's crowded campus? It seems to me there will be many sticky situations and controversial issues for the resident students' to hurdle.


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