Commuter Club aims to raise voices

By Jaclyn Freese
September 19, 2002

For the people who live on Cabrini’s campus, the campus activities and social events are right at their fingertips and only a few strides away from the residence halls. However, for the many that do not live on campus, the campus events may prove to be difficult to participate in.

To make the transition of being a commuter student easier, students have the Commuter Club, a club entirely devoted to non-resident students.

The club was founded for commuter students to feel a sense of belonging at Cabrini. With over 40 percent of Cabrini’s students commuting each day, the Commuter Club plays a major part in Cabrini’s community.

This year’s chair of the Commuter Council is Maria DeFruscio, a junior education and Spanish major. She said the Commuter Club helps “make the commuters feel like they are a part of the campus community. We aim to be the voice of the commuters.”

Commuters are likely to be found using their voices in the newly renovated commuter lounge. The commuter lounge is located in the Widener Center next to the vending machines and across from the Student Government Association office.

Over the summer, the lounge received new furniture and carpeting and also added a computer, refrigerator, television and a voice mail system. Resident students may use the lounge but it was designed with commuters in mind.

Along with a newly renovated lounge, the Commuter Club recently added a website to their accomplishments.

David Carpenter, director of Residence Life and advisor to the Commuter Club, thought up the idea of creating a website entirely devoted to Cabrini’s commuter students. Along with the help of sophomore Ryan Norris, SGA President and fellow commuter Bern Hazel designed the website. Now, commuters have their own website to access school news, important phone numbers and various campus activities.
For commuters who feel like they are a distant part of Cabrini’s campus, the Commuter Club may be the voice they are looking for. Ideas are always welcomed and a pizza party is planned for the end of September.

If you would like to be a part of the Commuter Club, contact Maria DeFruscio at or Bern Hazel at

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