EDITORIAL: Students still have Cabrini’s back, for now

By Abigail Keefe
April 28, 2005

A campus being molded by construction, expansion and in many different forms of the word, renovation, is an accurate way to describe the 2005 Cabrini College. As the student population grows, we seem to be getting squeezed and maneuvered every way possible, and it sometimes hurts.

Although we might not understand it all, new buildings have sprouted up on campus everywhere we turn. The student body has responded with questions and complaints, but has not given up on the school, no matter how many times the school has tested their patience.

Lost parking spaces, cramped quarters and relentless racket from falling trees and bulldozers have created confusion throughout the entire student body. Students question that they pay well over $30,000 to live here? In this environment?

The answer is yes, even if not by choice. The student body has taken the craziness head-on and adapted. The same result has revealed itself in all the other issues that have surrounded the college- the students got through it.

The failure to renew the contract of legendary men’s basketball coach outraged students, faculty and alumni alike. It appears as if the fire in that fight has dwindled, and leaders of the “Keep John Dzik” campaign have realized they made their point. Recently, the great leader and inspiration was rewarded with an honorable position at an institution that will truly value his skills. Due to the entire ordeal, however, a great number of people have completely turned their backs on the school, but the students have not.

National issues touched the school in many different forms throughout the year, as well. The Cabrini population rallied against one another to fight for their candidates in the 2004 election. Forming Democrat and Republican clubs, students watched the results come in and witnessed the victory of George W. Bush together.

This result pleased some and infuriated others. His past decision to invade Iraq caused confusion among citizens of the world, but students still have made certain that they support their troops, no matter what.

The tragic death of soldier and brother to Cabrini student, Michaela McGowan, brought the worst of the war in Iraq to our campus. The pain was felt throughout the college grounds and school support immediately aided the family.

Occasions such as this tragedy cause people to pull-away from the smaller issues in life and look at the big picture. Through misfortune we realize and reaffirm the importance of cherishing life. We instantly become aware of what is truly important in life and stop stressing over the everyday annoyances.

It is the job of the Loquitur to create awareness through truth and entertainment. At times, it may seem as if the newspaper goes overboard in its reporting. In this issue, a follow-up story on the availability of drugs was provided. The reporter found that it still was just as easy to purchase illegal substances.

Should one go as far as saying that the school is a “drug school?” Of course not. Drugs will be available on college campuses for as long as youths attend them. It is the simple concern of the Loquitur to build the knowledge of the campus community about an issue such as the availability of drugs and possibly generate a change.

The Loquitur does so because it is committed to the school, just as much as the student body is. The newspaper truly reflects the passion and thoughts of those that are responsible for Cabrini being what it is today, the students. The day that the students lose the passion for Cabrini and turns its back on the school is the same day the Loquitur does.

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Abigail Keefe

Abigail Keefe is a Cabrini College student studying communications, enjoying her time in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Abbie loves working for the school newspaper, the Loquitur, and is also passionate about everything that the communication field has to offer.

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