Meghan Smith

Articles by Meghan Smith

Alarming number of students uninsured

Young adults are the nation's largest group of uninsured-13.2 million nationally in 2007, according to the latest figures from the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit research group in New York.

Senate passes $838 billion stimulus bill

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Senate passed an economic stimulus bill of $838 billion. The bill passed with a 61 to 36 vote, only three Republicans voting in favor of it. The House of Representatives passed an $819 billion version of the package on Jan. 28 with no Republican support.

Two different experiences mark an era

Widespread unemployment, near halts in industrial production and construction in conjunction with an 89 percent decline in stock prices led to a worldwide economic crisis called the Great Depression in America's history. One of six children growing up under the care of a widowed mother in the middle of the Great Depression, Catherine Arnesen, 94, remembers the Great Depression as "being not that bad.

Social justice experts praise new curriculum

Three national experts on social justice education agreed that Cabrini's new core program, Justice Matters, can bring about lasting changes in students in the coming years. In addition to the three experts, two students told about how their courses have changed them deeply.

Rally energizes McCain fans

Sen. John McCain held a rally at Montgomery County Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 13. McCain addressed the standing room only physical education center of MCCC for an energetic half an hour. He spoke about his plans for the job market, his response to the financial crisis, changing Washington and Obama's tax policies.

Editorial: Financial crisis to affect students and future of country for years to come

As a college student, what is important to you? Your friends, grades, the Eagles' score, weekend plans? Well, the current state of our economy should now become your top priority. Whether you realize it or not, this situation is going to directly affect our futures.

Financial crisis hits hard on Wall Street

Last week was the most turbulent week in money since the Great Depression. The following major financial institutions experienced bankruptcy failure or severe problems over the last few months: Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and American International Group.

Did pump prices hurt summer fun?

Dear Mr. President, I just wanted to thank you for emptying my wallet for me this summer. It was really nice of you. After working fulltime for the entire summer, I managed to save a little less than $1000. You're probably thinking I must have gone on some elaborate vacation.

Program unites students with inmates

With only a badge and an ID in hand, the gate slams shut and the key turns in the lock behind the students as they enter their classroom in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. This is the experience that 15 Cabrini students have had once a week during the spring semester as part of the Inside-Out Program.

Gas prices peak at record high; drivers forced to pay at the pump

Gas prices reach a national average of $3.31 a gallon Tuesday, April 1, slipping slightly from Monday's record high of $3.39, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. Prices are 55 cents higher than a year ago. The Energy Department's Energy Information Administration's monthly report on the supply and demand of petroleum predict that monthly average pump prices will peak close to $3.

Unpaid internships offer valuable experience

Internships are a key ingredient to any college student's resume yet have one major downfall; the lack of a paycheck. In many fields-politics, broadcast, journalism and nonprofit-unpaid internships are not only the norm, but the rule. When it comes to the decision if an internship is paid or unpaid, it is left strictly to the organization.

VOTE 2008

"I would vote for McCain but I'm not going to vote." This simple sentence almost gave me a heart attack. If you would vote for someone, why aren't you going to? Not enough people see the importance in voting and then complain when things don't go the way they think they should be going.

Experience is better

As college students, this election is one of the most important ones we will ever vote in; for it is who we elect in November that will be leading our nation when we step out into the real world. It is our duty as American citizens to pay attention to what these candidates have to say and formulate an educated opinion so that we can vote for someone with whom we can place our complete trust.

Campus hosts health care conference

Cabrini College hosted "Health Care, Human Rights and Social Work Practice," a day-long conference on health care in Pennsylvania on Friday, Feb. 29. Dr. Laura Groves, assistant professor of social work, and Kristen Smith Nicely, visiting assistant professor of social work, put the all-day event together.

Cabrini offers open sports as campus activity

You may often hear "Dodge ball! Dodge Ball!" being yelled across campus Tuesday nights around 9 p.m. This is the voice of Andrew Pillar. Pillar, a junior social work major, started dodge ball during his freshman year. "I was just looking for something to do on a Tuesday night instead of sitting in my room," Pillar said.

Men’s lacrosse chosen as pre-season favorite

Before the season even began, the Cabrini men's lacrosse team had been hard at work. The Cabrini College men's lacrosse team is ranked nineteenth in Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook Pre-Season Division III Top 20 poll that was announced Tuesday, Feb. 12.

House works to cut cost of textbooks

The cost of textbooks is a huge concern for many students. Recently, states and even the U.S. Congress have debated bills that either will lower the cost of textbooks or at least force publishers to be more open about their pricing. "I spent $750 on six books first semester and only used four of them," Jessica Bogia, a sophomore accounting major, said.

College to host government career information fair

Cabrini College will be hosting a SEPCHE Government Career Information Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Grace Hall Atrium. Representatives from federal, state and local government offices will be presented. According to Federal Jobs Net, within the next 10 years thousands of government employees from the baby-boomer generation will be retiring, opening countless job opportunities.

Professors enter the world of technology with web video

YouTube began as a site for goofy video parodies. It has now evolved into a generational icon, with presidential candidates utilizing YouTube to reach a younger audience. iTunes started as a music site. Now it has branched off into iTunesU, devoting a new section of their store to education.

Drowsy driving causes sleep related crashes

It is 2:30 a.m. and sophomore accounting major Erin Peters is just getting out of work. After working a double, she gets in her car for the two-mile drive home. Minutes away from home, Peters suddenly realizes she has slammed into a curb. How? Drowsy driving.

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