Laura Van De Pette

Articles by Laura Van De Pette

Alumni return for coach’s farewell season

The Nerney Field House was electric as students, faculty, parents, and alumni shook the stands with excitement as the final seconds ticked away in the second overtime of the men's basketball game against Gwynedd Mercy College on Saturday, Feb. 5. Regardless of the 86-84 loss, Coach John Dzik was smiling as alumni from the past 24 years returned to their almamateur for the Annual Alumni Game.

First year goalie leads hockey team

With the entire team dressed and pumped to tear up the rink, first-year goalie Steve Hughes takes a moment to sit in the silence of the tiny locker room after his teammates have left. These final moments before the game get Hughes ready for the intense pressure he faces every week as Cabrini's goalie.

Fly Eagles fly

Despite the sub-zero weather and blizzard-like conditions, 70,000 screaming fans with green and white painted faces, McNabb, Dawkins and Westbrook's jerseys, posters, and flags prevailed. Goosebumps and chills ran up the spines of true fans and an overwhelming sense of Eagles pride could be felt on Cabrini's campus on Sunday, Jan.

Roller hockey on winning streak

The roller hockey team has had an unparalleled season thus far and their first game back on the rink after a month-long break was no exception. The first place Cavaliers battled the second place West Chester University Rams on Sunday, Jan.30 and emerged victorious with a 3-2 win.

Retreat reorganized for ‘freshman escape’

Fifteen freshmen, six group leaders, two staff chaperones, three motivational talks, 24-hours of reflection and 450 acres of secluded Pocono Mountain beauty equal one amazing Freshman Escape. The newly revamped first-year retreat was accordingly renamed the Freshman Escape as it offered freshmen an escape from all the term papers and final-exam studying that has been consuming their dorm-room desks.

Cavaliers soar over St. Joes Hawks roller hockey team

If you're feeling a hockey void and you crave the hard-hitting slap shots of the Philadelphia Flyers, get over it. You will not be seeing any National Hockey League games this season, but you could see the amazing talent of Cabrini's men's roller hockey team.

‘Girls: don’t waste the pretty’

Do you know that guy in my life and probably in your life? Come on, you know him! He's that guy who's so tired from work, so stressed about the project he's working on. He's just been through an awful breakup and it's really hitting him hard. He just got a new apartment and the move is a bitch.

Funny man George Carlin’s book banned from Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, is refusing to sell comedian George Carlin's best-selling new book, "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops," in its stores because its cover makes fun of the "Last Supper," said a spokesman for Carlin. But Wal-Mart spokeswoman Karen Burk said the book was not being stocked in Wal-Mart stores because the company felt it "would not appeal to a majority of our customers.

Registrar offers online service to students

Cabrini students will bombard the quiet office of the registrar on Nov. 9, when spring registration begins with seniors. Many will tap their feet impatiently and glare at their watch as they weave through the slow-moving line and then will sigh in frustration when told the class they need is closed.

New hall brings new living options for residents

The fall semester of 2006 will provide 120 resident students with an additional housing option that will be a cross between New Residence Hall and Cabrini Apartment Complex. In recent years, Cabrini's retention rate, the number of students staying at Cabrini from freshmen year to graduation, has increased, making housing more difficult every year.

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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